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Chris Lynch's slanted view on sports, politics and entertainment. Please send thoughts or comments to chris.lynch@gmail.com



Updated: 2018-02-20T07:34:46.386-05:00

 



Religious Affiliations of the Super Heroes

2018-02-20T00:30:51.188-05:00

I found this very interesting.Who knew that Batman was a lapsed Catholic who is now an Episcopalian? It was easy to guess that Catholic Girl was Catholic (how come there's no Catholic Avenger? That would be a cool name for the Pope's alter ego and while I'm rambling - who ever heard of Catholic Girl?). But did you know that Ben Grimm (the Thing from the Fantastic Four) is Jewish? Magneto (the X-Men super villian) is also Jewish.The funniest one I thought was J. Jonah Jameson who is the employer of Peter Parker. His religious affiliation is listed as "hates Spider-man". I just found that amusing.Here are some of the major super heros / villians and their religious affiliations:Superman - Methodist Spider-Man - Protestant Batman - Episcopalian/Catholic (lapsed)Lex Luthor - Nietzschian atheist (I would have guessed Lutheran)The Joker - atheist[...]



Bon Scott

2018-02-19T00:30:14.267-05:00

On this day back in 1980 Bon Scott died - some say he choked on his own vomit but his death certificate says "death by misadventure" (wouldn't that be a great name for a band?). Anyway - here are what I consider the top 5 AC/DC songs with Bon Scott as frontman.1. It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)2. Whole Lotta Rosie3. Highway to Hell4. Jailbreak5. (tie) TNT (tie) Dirty Deeds Done Dirt CheapIt's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll) may be the most perfect hard rock song ever recorded. There is no way to improve on that song. Not many people know this but Bon Scott wasn't even the original lead singer for AC/DC. It was a guy named Dave Evans who Scott replaced after about a year[...]



Linky Links

2018-02-18T11:00:04.508-05:00

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- Interesting interview with Dr. Spencer Wells - the man who basically created the commercial market for ancestral DNA testing.

- Not sure if Boston has the requisite number of strip clubs

- Further argument for the legalization of drugs

- What SpaceX means for space exploration. We are looking at a giant step forward.

- Basic mountain bike maintenance

- 12 people you might not have known were Olympians

- Heh heh

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Flotsam and Jetsam

2018-02-18T10:35:52.892-05:00

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Used to be a big fan of NBA All-Star weekend. Now I probably won't see one second of the 3-point contest, dunk contest or actual game... I love the idea of Pedro Martinez being more involved and hands-on with the pitchers at Spring Training for the Red Sox... Subterranean Beavers would be a good name for a band... This week I was having lunch at a Japanese restaurant when I notice the movie Pearl Harbor was playing on the TV's in the background. I was amused by that (but also slightly uncomfortable)... It has to be said that the world has really gone to hell since the passing of Abe Vigoda. Was he some sort of sentinel guarding the gates of chaos or something?... I really want one of these trucks... A blonde is a blonde. A brunette is a brunette. A redhead is a redhead. So what do you call a woman with black hair? She's not a "black" and definitely not a "Blackhead". And don't come at me with "raven" because that's a bird or a pro football player from Baltimore... 

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Shattered - Eddie Vedder & Jeanne Tripplehorn

2018-02-18T00:30:20.881-05:00

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This video always makes me smile.

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Heroes Who Walk the Earth

2018-02-17T09:47:52.832-05:00

Abdullah Shrim has helped free hundreds held by ISIS. You can't help but be full of admiration for this man. A man who risks his life doing what he think is right and what his conscience tells him he MUST do.
"But I think my life is worth nothing compared to a tear from the eye of a 12-year-old girl who has been raped." - Abdullah Shrim
ISIS must and will be destroyed. Our nation also must re-evaluate our relationship with Turkey who either is turning a blind eye to this human slavery or is assisting it.

The United States should be helping people like Abdullah Shrim. And our help MUST be much more tangible than pathetically frowning and holding signs.

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Linky Links

2018-02-17T08:53:07.392-05:00

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- Skydio R1 - cool technology but I couldn't help but think police might benefit most from the product.

- This is cool! Couldn't help but wonder where the V1 bomb ended up landing though?

- Rob Gronkowski is a good person

- This is true

- Remind me again on why we are in the UN?

- Marc-Andre Fleury is a good person too. Here's the video.

- Who knew? We have a major shrimp trade deficit in the US. Shrimp made up more than 1% of the total US 2017 trade deficit.

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Charlie Munger

2018-02-16T00:30:06.162-05:00


“Knowing what you don’t know is more useful than being brilliant.”“Acknowledging what you don’t know is the dawning of wisdom.” “People are trying to be smart—all I am trying to do is not to be idiotic, but it’s harder than most people think.”

It is good practice to review the words and lessons of the great Charlie Munger every once and a while.

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Flotsam and Jetsam

2018-02-15T00:30:06.649-05:00

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

For the record I have no problem with Josh McDaniels walking away from the Colts Head Coach job at the last minute. You know there was doubts about leaving a great organization for one run by a buffoon. McDaniels now gets to stay and continue to work with the best QB and best coach of all-time and I'm sure Robert Kraft gave him a very nice bump in pay. No problem at all... Heh heh... Breast Milk Cheese would be a good name for an all female punk Barry Manilow cover band... Heh heh... "I went to my doctor and told him 'My penis was burning' he said 'That means someone is talking about it'" - Garry Shandling (one of my favorite quotes)...  One of the greatest scenes in TV history... OK - I'll be honest - I've watched this several times and I still don't know how to fold a fitted sheet. I'm not just the domestic sort I guess...

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Pitchers and Catchers Report Today

2018-02-14T08:05:19.764-05:00


Red Sox Magic Number is 163 (but so is every other team's). Hope springs eternal. Play ball!

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Valentine by Ayn Rand

2018-02-14T00:31:07.980-05:00


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Taxing the Internet

2018-02-13T13:04:05.195-05:00

There's a bill currently in Georgia that would basically tax the Internet.
[Rep. Jay] Powell's measure would replace that lost revenue with a broader tax base, imposing a sales tax on music downloads, streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu, and other digital purchases.
Powell is co-Chair of the Rural Development Council and heads the House Ways and Means Committee so you would have to guess there's a good chance this bill becomes law in Georgia.

The revenue from the bill would supposedly go to fund broadband expansion for those areas of the State that are currently "unserved" by high speed broadband. That's a commendable goal but is this the right way to go ahead and fund something like that? I can see other states following suit just to get the funds without the commendable goals.

The TEA in TEA Party stood for "Taxed Enough Already" and I can foresee a measure like the Georgia Bill spreading to other states also potentially giving rise to a rebirth of the Tea Party. Maybe Apple and Google can use their considerable hoarded wealth to lobby to help stop this from happening.

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Linky Links

2018-02-12T10:16:52.811-05:00

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- This is a REAL scandal. Why isn't the ACLU involved yet? Why isn't the MSM covering this? Maybe it's time to get rid of the FISA Court all together.

- Wow - never noticed this before but just move the part in the hair to the other side. Maybe Mitt Romney is secretly the Highlander?

- This is taking Olympic sponsorship to a whole other level.

- I agree - this is the coolest photo I'll see this week

- Heh heh

- Once a Marine always a Marine. Very touching.

- The Ecstasy of Saint Lindsay?

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Forever the Truth - Forever a Celtic

2018-02-11T12:38:31.221-05:00

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Paul Pierce

2018-02-11T09:59:10.162-05:00

Tonight Paul Pierce will have his number retired during the Boston Celtics game vs the Cleveland Cavaliers. On sports talk radio in Boston they are debating his place in the Celtics all-time pantheon. Is he in the top 5 of all-time Celtics? Well he's obviously behind Bill Russell and Larry Bird. Behind John Havlicek too. What about Cousy, McHale and don't forget former MVP Dave Cowens? Talk about a wealth of riches.

What struck me was the thought of what if Paul Pierce wasn't a Celtic? He probably would be THE greatest player in franchise history for the following teams; Toronto, Brooklyn/New Jersey (I'm going to say that he's better than Buck Williams), Milwaukee, Charlotte, Los Angeles Clippers (Blake Griffin was traded before having a chance to pass Pierce), Memphis and the New Orleans Hornets (the New Orleans Jazz had Pistol Pete).

Think of that - 7 franchises for whom Paul Pierce would be their greatest player of all-time. Paul Pierce is one of those players who most likely won't get his historical due.

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Climate Change

2018-02-10T09:24:28.988-05:00

The climate is changing (but in geologic terms the climate is always changing). And the science is far from settled.

The Earth's magnetic field is shifting - the magnetic poles may flip and this could get bad. The magnetic poles have changed hundreds of times in Earth's history and the scientists don't know why this happens. The Earth's magnetic field protects us from harmful solar and cosmic rays. How will a weakened magnetic field effect the climate or life on this planet? Nobody knows.

But don't worry - people who also don't understand why or how this happens are saying it won't be all that bad. The article states, "it's actually a good thing that the current switch is taking a long time to happen because it means the human race has time to prepare for it." Prepare for it how? Stocking up on SPF 30 sunblock? Moving to underground cities? Weaning ourselves off anything that runs on electricity? 

Couldn't the same be said to those who believe in man-made climate change? The seas are rising but very slowly giving those who live on the coasts plenty of time to move inland. Oh and this warming is going to be great for Siberian farmland - goodbye world hunger!

Then you throw in the fact we are probably in a Solar Minimum (another natural occurrence scientists don't understand) and the picture of what's happening gets even more muddled. Not to mention the Earth's "wobble" is also changing. We really have no idea scientifically what's going on.

Look I think everyone agrees that pollution and waste are bad and we should be working to reduce both. What drives me nuts is the "science is settled" idiots. Scientists actually have no real idea what is happening or why.

People who deny this should be thrown into active volcanoes to appease the angry Science Gods.

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National Pizza Day

2018-02-09T13:24:21.714-05:00

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Today is National Pizza Day and in Boston the above is what many first think of when hearing the word "pizza".

I miss the pairing of Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy.

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Interesting Question

2018-02-09T09:22:54.477-05:00


"What if Elon Musk's just committed the perfect murder?" - Jim McCauley

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Flotsam and Jetsam

2018-02-09T00:30:30.077-05:00

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Thinking about changing my name to Sugar Ray Chris Lynch. Just like the idea of people calling me Sugar Ray... You have to assume that when you order a Tesla one of the color options for the cars will be Mars Red... Just started watching old Frasier episodes... Seriously - I've decided to self-identify as Sugar Ray. Please respect my Sugar Rayness... Am I the only one who misses the old silly Internet?... Sorry but after the fake Trump nudes photos prank - every time I see Representative Adam Schiff's name my brain shouts "Baba Booey!!"... Reminder - Hollywood once put out a movie (not a porn) called Anus Macgillicutty... Never mind. Call me Marvelous instead...

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Linky Links

2018-02-08T08:54:28.092-05:00

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- Socialism fights obesity! And true socialism has yet to be tried!

- The women who took on the mafia

- This was really cool

- The government really shouldn't be making dietary rules. Historically they are always wrong when they do.

- The Boston Bruins have quietly become one of the elite teams in the NHL. And coach Bruce Cassidy should be the leader for NHL Coach of the Year.

- Long article but worth it to get to suggestions on how Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein can fix the mess the FBI is in with the Mueller investigation.

- "The coolest photo I have ever seen"

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Saint Cornelius of Ireland

2018-02-08T00:30:12.894-05:00

Though not widely remembered today - at one point Saint Cornelius of Ireland (not to be confused with Saint Cornelius of Antioch) was second in popularity in the Emerald Isle only to Saint Patrick. 

Saint Patrick is remembered for driving the snakes out of Ireland. Saint Cornelius was said to have driven the squirrels out of Ireland. This "miracle" of Saint Cornelius later proved to be his undoing. During the Great Potato Famine starving Irishmen and women wished they had tasty squirrel meat to eat and they cursed Saint Cornelius for driving out the furry rodents. In response to this outrage - Pope Pius IX removed Cornelius from the roll of official Catholic Saints. 

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