New to soccer (or as the rest of the world calls it - football)? So am I! This is my place to share thoughts about the sport and news and commentary about the clubs I'm following. Who am I following? LA Galaxy, IF Elfsborg, Falkenbergs FF, Liverpool FC, Queens Park Rangers, and LAFC. Send comments to rrblog[at]yahoo[dot]com.
Excerpt: City officials are betting yes with $5.5 million of our tax dollars. They've synced 256 traffic signals between Wilshire and Hollywood boulevards, and La Cienega Boulevard and Western Avenue, My Fox LA reports. That'll translate to a 15% reduction (am I alone in thinking, that's it? 15%?) in travel time.
7 years ago I jogged 26.2 miles in Los Angeles in a tad over 6 hours. It was a wonderful experience!
Seeing the city from ground level, chatting with people I trained with and talking to total strangers was a pleasure and crossing the finish line a thrill!
One of the friends I gained from that experience many years ago is running yet again (she has participated in many, many, many of these events all over the USA) and what is special this year is that her daughter will be running as well ... somewhere on this big blue planet ... confused?
Big West Basketball is pretty typical mid-major stuff. Only one team is likely to get into the NCAA and most players will not be making a living playing ball when they finish college. Nonetheless, since I went to graduate school at UC Irvine, I have some rooting interest in this mid-major conference.
This year is actually an up year for the Big West as two of the teams have gained some attention and will be televised in Bracket Buster Weekend.
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE is 18-6, 10-2 in the Big West and will play Rider.
UC SANTA BARBARA is 20-6 and 9-4 in the Big West and will play former Big West menace Utah State.
My Anteaters are in the middle of the Big West in 5th place 6-6 in conference play and 11-14 overall.
Tonight, they play Idaho in a non-ESPN televised part of the Bracket Buster Weekend.
Go 'Eaters, zot, zot, zot!
UPDATE: The Big West went 4-5 this weekend. The Anteaters win! I went down to the Bren to see the game and finally got to see the Anteaters win while I was in the bu…
Job continues his monologue ... Gold and silver are mined, then purified; the same is done with iron and copper. Miners carry lanterns deep into the darkness to search for these metals. They dig tunnels in distant, unknown places, where they dangle by ropes. Far beneath the grain fields, fires are built to break loose those rocks that have jewels or gold. Miners go to places unseen by the eyes of hawks; they walk on soil unknown to the proudest lions. With their own hands they remove sharp rocks and uproot mountains. They dig through the rocks in search of jewels and precious metals. They also uncover the sources of rivers and discover secret places.
I confess, the image that came to mind is the dwarves of the Lord of the Rings!
image source: http://uk.games-workshop.com/dwarves/tactica/images/art-balin.jpg But where is wisdom found? No human knows the way. Nor can it be discovered in the deepest sea. It is worth much more than silver or pure gold or precious stones. Nothing is its equal-- not gold or costly glass. Wisdo…
But this one touched me on a such a deep level. I felt the Lord truly grab onto my heart and reasure me that it belonged to Him. It was like watching every aspect and phase of my life being performed before me, it was scary. Not only did I see that, but I felt like I was also watching those phases of my life from Jesus' perspective - and what He was going through at the same times. Trying to get my attention when I wondered, trying to win me back, fighting to get me back, battling what I could no longer handle when my strength was completely drained.. still He was there fighting for me.
Jason is blogging up a storm over at Obediently Authentic. Looks like the memes being discussed come from a class on Christianity and contemporary culture. Here is an example: Is home constituted as a p…
World War I started because of a Serbian assassinated Archduke Ferdinand of Austria in the city Sarajavo.
The region has known turmoil for a long time.
Where do we stand now?
The ball is in the Serbian court. They are making lots of noise about Kosovo Independence because Kosovo has historic significance to the Serbians but their ethnic group accounts for only a small percentage of that region's population.
The question is whether their protestations will take the form of military action to regain control of the area.
If they make that move then the ball will be in the court of the rest of Europe: will they intervene to stop such a military action.
If they opt to stop such a drive by the Serbians the ball will be in Russia's court: will they back the Serbians?
If the Russians get involved, what will the USA do?
One must hope we don't wind up with a world war over this but it was a sequence of action and reaction …
We do not yet know for certain who will have the honor of being the Democratic Party's nominee for President. But we know where either of their candidates will lead this country, and we dare not let them. They will promise a new approach to governing, but offer only the policies of a political orthodoxy that insists the solution to government's failures is to simply make it bigger.
When it is distilled down, McCain hits the key difference between the two parties.
Obama may be eloquent and speak of change but is there much difference between his positions and the bulk of the Democratic party in the Congress?
Excerpt: Although many Africans, especially Muslims, share negative perceptions of Bush's foreign policy with other parts of the world, there is widespread recognition of his successful humanitarian and health initiatives on the continent. ...... Bush has stressed new-style partnerships with Africa based on trade and investment and not purely on aid handouts.
His Millennium Challenge Corp. rewards countries that continue to satisfy criteria for democratic governance, anti-corruption and free-market economic policies.
Bush signed the largest such deal, for $698 million, with Kikwete on Sunday.
Because of the U.S. anti-malaria program, 5 percent of patients tested positive for the disease on the offshore islands of Zanzibar in 2007 compared to 40 percent three years earlier, the Tanzanian leader said.
Bush's legacy in Africa would be saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of mothers and children who would otherwise have died from malaria or AIDS and enabling millio…
Eight years ago, I supported McCain in the GOP primary in California. Here are some of my old photos from an event in Los Angeles I was able to attend.
"We're going to beat Al Gore like a drum!"
Supporters listening at the Puente Learning Center rally.
LA County Sheriff, Lee Baca endorses McCain.
Telling the truth, what the people want from their politicians.
Sen. McCain addresses the crowds in Los Angeles rally. Also on stage (l to r): Sheriff Baca, Mrs. Baca and Mrs. McCain.
This year, I supported Romney for the California primary. Alas, two days later, Romney suspended his campaign when McCain won many more delegates on Super Duper Tuesday. Today, Romney is endorsing McCain for the Presidency.
I look forward to finding some avenues to support the McCain campaign!
Since I don't have cable TV, I have only seen bits of ESPN's PTI (Pardon the Interruption) when I've been traveling or visiting people who have cable TV.
Anyway, in that show, two sports writers give a quick opinion on some top sports subject of the day.
Don't have a partner in crime to do a blog version of theological PTI but I figure I'll dive in anyway with some occasional quick hits on some theology subject I'm baking in my mind.
The constraint is that I give myself a mere 5 minutes to write on the subject.
What does being an "evangelical" mean as I understand it?
I think this flavor of Christianity places a high emphasis on the Bible. There is an intramural disagreement on whether the Bible is inerrant or is it infallible. I suspect those who are Christians who don't call themselves evangelicals don't have this discussion about the nature of the Bible.
I think another aspect of this stream of faith is the importance of a person making a …
As a businessman used to weighing the cost-benefit of a decision, he knew his time was up. Alas, in politics, one needs a certain amount of ego to make a go of it and sometimes because of that it can be hard to throw in the towel.
However, between Romney's good sense and probably the good sense of his family and advisers, they decided that exiting sooner rather than later was better.
Huckabee is now in the same position of having to examine the cost-benefit of going onward.
As a center-right blogger, I've been sympathetic to the Romney campaign and the concerns some have about McCain.
Nonetheless, I voted for McCain in the Cal primary in 2000 so I will be supportive of his campaign in 2008 going forward.
The drama for this voter is that in both races, California is close!
On the Democrat side, if Clinton holds onto California then she probably goes onto the nomination pretty easily as the bubble for Obama burst. If Obama takes it, then the magic carpet ride continues and its an indication of a tide of history that …