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Friday, October 26, 2007

Gambler Won't Eat Until He Can Play Roulette Again

A Romanian man has taken compulsive gambling to a new level, by going on a hunger strike after being banned from a local casino. One suspects this is publicity the gambling industry could do without!

Ioan Seutiut was kicked out of the casino for allegedly swearing and shouting too loud while playing roulette, but the man claims that he was not doing anything different from anyone else that was in the casino.

"They say I swear and talk to loud but everybody shouts in there especially when losing. After all it's not a church, it's the roulette", said Seutiut in response to being thrown out.

He is currently sitting out front of the casino with a note that reads, "Roulette Hunger Strike".

The patron plans to sit outside until allowed back in and claims he will not accept medical attention or eat food until he's readmitted to the casino.

He went on to say, "I have a lot of money on me and I want to play it all on the Roulette but they just don't let me."

He plans to erect a tent just outside the casino and stay in it until he is allowed to play or is given back the he lost there--about $10,000.

He claims, "I love the Roulette even though it cost me lots of money. But that's my problem and all I ask from this casino is to let me play. If not I will not leave this place."

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Serena Williams Crumbles, Offers Excuses in WTA Moscow Final

The Williams' sisters continue to unravel, and Serena continues to offer lame excuses for her losses.

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It's a rare post-US Open sight these days in Europe and Asia -- Serena and Venus Williams, both healthy at the same time, in a flurry of tournament activity trying to raise their rankings to both qualify for the year-ending WTA Tour Championships. Unfortunately both sisters are finding it difficult to simply reemerge into tournament play and sweep titles as they've done in past years.

Venus Williams lost this week in the semifinals at Bangkok to unheralded Flavia Pennetta, after losing the Japan Open final a week earlier to Virginie Razzano, neither of which you'll ever see inscribed on a Grand Slam trophy.

On Sunday in Moscow, Serena Williams won the first set 7-5 over Elena Dementieva in the final before the homecountry favorite rolled the American 6-1, 6-1 in the next two sets for the title.

Prior to Sunday's Moscow final, Serena Williams had never lost a set to Dementieva in four career meetings, making a total of 59 unforced errors in the final.

"I made a lot of errors," said Williams, making her signature statement in the post-match conference that she lost the match rather than her opponent winning. "It was me. Every ball I hit I felt was out. It was so frustrating."

Williams broke to begin the third set before losing six straight games and the match.

"She played really unbelievable," said Williams. "She should try to play like that more often."

It was the second 2007 title for the former No. 4-ranked Dementieva, who entered the event at No. 14 on the WTA Tour Rankings. It has been an erratic year for the Russian, who failed to reach a quarterfinal at any of the four Grand Slams.

Williams showed up surprisingly overweight in January at the Australian Open but put on a stunning display to win the title, then won again at her next event in Miami in March. Since then she has failed to win a title in seven tournaments.

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Bill Maher: Show me a man wearing an American flag pin, I'll show you an asshole

As usual, Bill Maher can be counted upon to illuminate the stupidity of what passes for political discourse in America today. Here is the latest example, curtesy of the Raw Story...

Bill Maher: Show me a man wearing an American flag pin, I'll show you an asshole

Nick Langewis and Mike Aivaz
Published: Saturday October 13, 2007

the Raw Story

"Show me a man wearing an American flag pin in his lapel, and I'll show you an asshole," says Bill Maher during a recent New Rules segment.

Calling it the "first genuine controversy" of the 2008 presidential campaign, Maher brings up last week's "shocking news" that Democratic candidate, Illinois Senator Barack Obama, does not wear an American flag pin.

"So apparently, he and America are no longer going steady."

Quips Maher: "Why don't you just stab the Statue of Liberty in the eye while bitch-slapping a 9/11 widow?"

Obama came under media scrutiny after expressing to a reporter that wearing the pin seemed like a "substitute for true patriotism."

Continues Maher, "Another in a series of bullshit non-stories that have zero effect on the troops, the war, or anything in the real world. Or, as Fox calls it: Breaking news."

One personality called it "too much information," saying that Obama was showing a sign of insecurity by not simply saying he was making a fashion statement.

"This is typical press hypocrisy," says Maher. "They say they want someone who doesn't give pat political answers, but when they get one, they call them a loser. They say they don't want safe robots like [Sen. Hillary Clinton], but they create conditions where only that species can survive.

And then, they give cover to people like Sean Hannity, who reported on No-Pin-gate...and then had to call a doctor because his fake outrage hard-on lasted longer than 72 hours."

"Of course, the Republicans are the party of Mark Foley, and Ted Haggard, and Larry Craig, and countless other closeted homosexuals... so their fixation on jewelry is understandable."

Video of the entire monologue, and the remaining New Rules segment, is below. It was broadcast on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher on October 12, 2007.

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Serena Williams Reiterates Petty, Classless Comments about U.S. Open Match with #1 Justine Henin

A baffled Serena Williams during her quarterfinal loss to Justine Henin--Clueless & Classless

As MrKen posted on 9/28, Serena Williams raised eyebrows during a surly press conference at the U.S. Open, during which she blamed her quarterfinal loss on "a lot of lucky shots" hit by #1 ranked Justine Henin.

Just in case any readers were willing to overlook her immature & childish comments about the loss to the best female player in the world- as just reflecting momentary frustration with her poor showing-- check this out...from Reuters (10/8/07)

Serena Sets Sights on Reclaiming Top Spot

...Serena Williams lost in the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open to top-ranked eventual champion Justine Henin last month and said the Belgian hit some "lucky shots" to win 7-6 6-1.


While admitting she was frustrated during the post-match news conference, Williams would not apologize for the remarks.

"I want to know what I said that was such a problem," said Williams after facing some sharp criticism. "It was what it was."

Williams then tried to lamely also blame her loss on injury and, amazingly, "other interests". Are we to believe that she is just a dilettante at tennis? As she told Reuters,

"Definitely injury has a lot to do with it," Williams told Reuters in a telephone interview from Moscow. "Well, maybe it's a little bit of both, injury and my other interests.

"But I'm not going to stop doing what I do. I'm stubborn. That's a flaw that I have."

The 26-year-old Williams is involved in a variety of off-court projects, including fashion design and acting.

"I definitely do a lot of different things," she said. "I'm not just a tennis player. I don't want to be one of those girls that doesn't have anything to change in to when I'm done with my career.

"I think it's important to have things to fall back on."

I get it, Serena--even though you lost this very important match to Justine Henin, you are more "well-rounded", right?

MrKen says that this is just so much nonsense, Serena! You apparently don't possess the necessary skills or focus to regain a #1 ranking, so you make weak excuses.

MrKen is disgusted with the childish & petty egos of the massively overpaid athletes like Ms. Williams in the U.S. today. For instance, as the historic collapse of the N.Y. Mets was starting to unfold in mid-September against second-rate teams, one star gave an explanation of several key losses. "We're so good, that sometimes we get bored."

Hey Serena--wanna join the Mets?

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Friday, October 05, 2007

The Muddleheadedness of Alan Greenspan

It seems that the former Federal Reserve Chairman, Alan Greenspan, cannot stop babbling now that he is retired. But the former 81 year old Fed chief is as muddleheaded as ever.

In testimony before Congress in 2001, Greenspan gave a major boost to Bush's tax cut plan which mainly benefited the wealthy, irking Democrats.

But in his new book, "The Age of Turbulence", he bashes George W. Bush for not responsibly handling the nation's spending and racking up big budget deficits. And he acknowledges (approvingly) that the Iraq war had something to do with crude oil.

According to the Associated Press:

"My biggest frustration remained the president's unwillingness to wield his veto against out-of-control spending," Greenspan wrote.

Of the conflict in the Middle East, Greenspan said: "I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil."

Bush took office in 2001, the last time the government produced a budget surplus. Every year after that, the government has been in the red. In 2004, the deficit swelled to a record $413 billion.


James Grant, editor of 'Grant's Interest Rate Observer', authored a critical review of the book in The Wall Street Journal last month (9/18/07). Some excerpts illustrate Greenspan's fuzzy thinking and less than stellar record as Fed chief:

"...Mr. Greenspan, a consulting economist of no special attainments (on the eve of the 1974 stock market collapse, he was quoted in the New York Times saying
"it is rare that you can be as unqualifiedly bullish as you can now)..."

"...the work he performed as chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1987 to 2006, in all but name, was price-fixing. It consisted...of setting an interest rate and shoving it down the throat of the world's largest economy. It is mighty strange work for a 'libertarian Republican,' as the Maestro styles himself here, let alone a former worshipful member of the inner circle of the radical individualist Ayn Rand."

"Mr. Greenspan notes, 'it did not seem like a job I felt equipped to do; setting interest rates for an entire economy seemed to involve so much more than I knew.' "

"...Nowhere in the book does Mr. Greenspan own up to his role of ... dangling the most beguiling teaser rate of all during the mortgage rate frolics of 2004--i.e., that 1% federal funds rate. In February 2004, only months before the Fed started to raise its rate, in a speech titled "Understanding Household Debt Obligations," Mr. Greenspan domonstrated next to no understanding. His advice to American homeowners was not that they lock in a fixed-rate mortgage while the locking was good, but rather that they consider an adjustable-rate model. He who set the rates got it backward."

"...To fend off the peril of low and lower everyday prices, the Fed pressed its interest rate all the way down to 1% in 2003 and kept it there until mid-2004. Now it was house prices that went into orbit...Readers who got one of the fancy new teaser-rate mortgages in 2003 or 2004, and who have lived to rue the day, are unlikely to find much nourishment in Mr. Greenspan's discussion of the theory of financial bubbles or in his self-exculpating account of the Fed's role in financing them with artificially low interest rates..."

"...At one point during his long interview on "60 Minutes" Sunday evening, Alan Greenspan could be seen autographing dollar bills for his smiling fans. Meanwhile, off-camera, unautographed greenbacks continue to depreciate against a variety of metals and foreign currencies. Striving to understand why people trusted it in the first place, historians will naturally reach for the memoirs of the foremost central banker of his day. But Mr. Greenspan's "The Age of Turbulence" will leave them just as confused as they ever were..."


MrKen notes that Greenspan admitted to often being disingenuous during his many appearances before Congress. In the '60 Minutes' interview, as well as others, he indicated his strategy for questions that he couldn't or wouldn't answer. He admitted retreating into his "Fed-speak" mode of obfuscation--hoping to confuse the questioner or even making him forget that his query had not been answered!

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