Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Bill Frist: Dirtbag.

Has anyone noticed what's going on with Billy Frist these days?

A little background. He's:
-the Senate majority leader from Tennessee
-a liar
-a crook
-the guy who "diagnosed" Terri Schiavo based on her videotape
-a dirtbag who should go to jail

See, Frist has a "blind trust" for many of his investments. The idea is to let someone else manage his money without any input or reporting to Billy, so any conflicts of interest can be avoided.

The problem is, Billy's trust was as blind as Saddam's WMD's were existent. That is; not at all.

The AP reports Frist received regular updates from his trustee. He also initiated a stock sale of his daddy's old company, just weeks before some bad news went public and the stock plummeted.

The funny part is, Billy Boy admits he directed the sale. "I had no information about HCA or its performance that was not publicly available when I directed the trustees to sell the stock..."

So much for blind.

So why does any of this matter? Martha Stewart.

Poor old Martha went and saved herself about $50k when she sold a company she had no ties to, other than holding some stock. Martha's problem was that she lied to investigators about the sale, and she went to jail for it.

Billy Boy saved himself millions by directing this sale, before the company stock tanked. Not only does it smack of insider trading, it proves he already broke rules by engaging his "blind" trust.

At least the SEC is looking into it.

The end result of this could be good for all of us, if the repercussions are strong enough to knock Billy Boy out of contention for President in '08.

Yay for America.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Cindy Sheehan

Not too long ago, Cindy stood up to the man. She got her 15 minutes. That wasn't enough. Now she's drunk on fame. Her son is still dead, and her family is broken up. She's happy as hell to get arrested (based on the pictures,) and waste everyone's time. She called Hurricane Rita "a little wind and rain" and complained the media ignored her.

Cindy Sheehan: attention whore.

Karl Rove couldn't have scripted it better.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Bills Week Three Recap

I can't think of a better topic for my first post.

The Bills are 1-2 after week three. The defense has kept them in games and given the offense a chance to win (yes, even against Tampa, when the Bills were within a TD until the second half.)

Unfortunately, J.P. Losman is guiding the offense like a rookie (which he basically is, in all fairness.) The kid obviously has the raw skills to be a good QB, but he hasn't played particularly well. He's completing under 50% of his passes, which is never a good sign. On the plus side, he has only thrown 1 INT so far, partly because opposing defenders are dropping easy picks.

To make matters worse, jettisoned QB Drew Bledsoe is the third highest rated passer in the league. He's putting up good stats, and actually brought the Cowboys back in the second half last night.

So did the Bills make the wrong decision by letting Bledsoe go? Methinks not, and here's why:

The Cowboys' offensive line is much better than the Bills'. Drew has always been a good passer when he has all day to throw the ball. However, like any quarterback, Drew has his limitations, and the Cowboys OL masks his inability to move around effectively. I don't expect Drew to be able to run like Mike Vick, but a 10 year+ QB should be able to shuffle around in the pocket without patting the ball and staring down his receiver. The defensive book on Bledsoe is simple: get in his face and make him move. If you do that consistently, he will turn the ball over and make bad plays. It's inevitable; ask any Pats or Bills fans.

a) 21 of 37 56.8% for 302 yards 1 TD, 3 INT's rating-58.6
b) 21 of 33 63.6% 188 yards 1 TD, 3 INT's, rating-51.1
c) 20 of 44 45.4% 193 yards 0 TD, 2 INT's, rating-39.3
*thanks to forums for the stats

Those are J.P. stats for his first three starts.... Well, actually, I'm a big fat know-it-all lying blowhard. (Rodomont.) They're actually Peyton Manning's numbers. I'm not saying Losman will be as good as Manning. But I am saying he's in pretty good company for the first few career games.

The Bills need a mobile QB like J.P. They do not have the time or cap space to acquire and develop top-notch OL talent. A mobile QB helps keep pressure off the line. Look at Buffalo during the height of the Flutie/Johnson controversy. The OL went from giving up the most sacks in the league under Johnson to relatively few under Flutie. The lineman were the same; the difference was the QB. This year's defense is good, but aging. The running game and special teams are there. The missing link is an efficient QB. Kelly Holcomb is not the answer; just ask Cleveland. I believe J.P. can develop into that 65% passer the Bills desperately need.

I stand by my 6-10 prediction, but I'd love to be wrong.