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Hockey Gets It

So now that the US is out of the World Cup, will we still have to talk about it?  I hope not.  Watching games with 1 or two goals sucks.  And what about the fact that 5,000,000 viewers can tell a ball went in the goal and the one ref on the 125 yard field missed the call? Are you kidding me?  Hockey has 3 refs and a goal judge on each end of the ice letting the refs know if a puck goes in or not.  Read more

Soccer Mom Teaches How To Grow Pot

S0 is this a bad thing?  Still not sure what, exactly a soccer mom is. Is it a mom that has a pussy for a son and can’t play American football?  Or, is it a mom who is just real boring like the sport soccer? Why not a baseball mom or a Lacrosse mom? I like the way that sounds……Lacrosse Mom. Read more

Soccer/Tennis Take Sporting Headlines; Related News, Hell Freezes Over

Mark this date, remember where you were because never again will the following two sports ever dominate sporting fans mouths in the same day. Did anyone really imagine they would wake up this morning and say aloud, “not only am I going to watch both tennis and soccer, I’m going to enjoy it?” Having no interest in either sport, I watched both today and not only did I enjoy it, I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat.

In the USA vs. Algeria soccer match there was 90 minutes of goalless action. 90 minutes of players running up and down the “pitch” attempting to put the ball in the net. 90 minutes of panicked play, as these two teams on the brink of elimination, fought tooth and nail for the promise of tomorrow. That all changed in 11 seconds. If the game had lasted just 90 minutes the Americans would be on a flight home, explaining how they blew another World Cup opportunity, fortunately they had those 11 seconds.

In a game that was mostly counters by both sides, the U.S. finally capitalized in the 91st minute as they literally ran away with the victory. Never has there been a more exciting soccer game in U.S. history and it won’t ever happen again.  They survive for tomorrow as they continue on to play Ghana Saturday, winning their bracket for the first time since the first World Cup in 1930. Whether a soccer fan or not, this game was truly inspirational and as an American almost breathtaking.

Just like the rest of you I have gone out to the tennis courts and messed around with some friends while I tried to hit the hell out of the ball. This rousing event would last a half hour maybe more if there were some beverages involved but can anyone imagine playing tennis for 7 hours and 6 minutes? What if you were then asked to do it again the following day because you didn’t quite finish? How about the fact that this was after playing for 2 hours and 54 minutes the day before, would you even leave your bed? If your head hurts just thinking about this imagine how American John Isner and Frenchman Nicolas Mahut are feeling? They are in the midst of the longest game in tennis history. Today they played to a 59-59 tie in the fifth set and for the second consecutive day, play was called due to darkness.  To compare, their fifth set alone was longer than the previous longest tennis match (6:33), heck it’s almost longer then the longest double-header in MLB history (7:39) and the match is not even over. It is arguably the most impressive athletic performance by two individuals in the history of sport, not just tennis.

So two sports take the headlines, sports that few in this country love, but for one day these sports took over are daily sporting banter. It is simply amazing what these men accomplished today because it may not seem like much, but somewhere in America a kid has changed their perception of both tennis and soccer. I know the little kid in me did, even if it is only for one day.  TheTruth@RollinSD.com

Idiots Living Amongst Us

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This just goes to show how stupid people are in the US.  I don’t claim to be the sharpest tool in the shed but c’mon, is this inteview even real?!?  I am not a huge fan of Michael Savage either, but this interview is worth listening to and it just shows the direction this country is heading.  TMTMTL@RollinSD.com I am not a political guy, but if you want some interesting takes, go to Creed’s Corner located on the banner.  Not only does he have an interesting perspective, he provides some crazy info on what is happening in the US.

Things That Don't Suck

Lake Havasu is just one of those places. My buddy sent this photo to me today from his weekend trip to Havasu.  This girl is fine and has the right attitude. I have not been in 4 years, but am making plans now for my next trip.  Anyone else have photo’s we can post? Hook Rollin’ Up… Enjoy the video also.   Iceberg@RollinSD.com

Full Frontal

One only has to look as far Obama’s most recent Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan, to see an example of his full frontal assault on the Constitution.  As Kagan’s papers are slowly released, her liberal idealogy is glaringly obvious and on full display in her stance on the Second Amendment.  It is indicative of how this administration views the Constitutional and the rights therein.

While in the Clinton Whitehouse, Kagan wrote a memo that led to an executive order that banned dozens of semi-automatic weapons.  She also supported the D.C. gun-ban that was eventually ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.  She is so hostile to gun rights that she equated the NRA with the KKK in two separate memos.  In her mind, they are on the same list.  If that doesn’t tell you all you need to know about Kagan and her view of the Constitution, recall her days at Harvard Law School.  While Dean of the law school she radically changed the tried and true method of case law study.  “A central plank in Kagan’s revolutionary platform is the abandonment of the requirement that students at Harvard Law School study constitutional law. The course’s place in the curriculum was replaced by classes examining the laws of other nations and international law.  In fact, according to the requirements for receiving a J.D. as listed on the Harvard Law School website, the study of our republic’s founding document is nowhere to be found.”  To graduate from Harvard Law School you don’t have to study the Constitution!?!?!?  That’s like graduating from medical school without having to study biology or anatomy.  Our entire body of laws is built on the Constitution, and, thanks to liberal radical Elena Kagan, you can get a degree from the best law school in the world without even reading this nation’s founding document.

That reminds me of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano redefining terrorist attacks as “man-made disasters,” which, in effect, means that 9/11 and the BP oil spill are on the same list in this Whitehouse.  While this administration seeks to create rights where they do not exist (e.g., healthcare), it places those who are openly hostile to rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights on the forefront of shaping policy and law in this country.  Creed@R0llinSD.com

Friday, June 18, 2010 Did Kagan Compare the NRA with the KKK?   [Robert VerBruggen]
It has become clear that Elena Kagan, Obama’s most recent Supreme Court nominee, is no friend of gun rights, to say the least. While clerking for Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall in 1987, she wrote the judge that she was “not sympathetic” to a Second Amendment–based challenge to the D.C. gun ban. While serving in the Clinton administration, she wrote a memo that “paved the way for an executive order banning dozens of semiautomatic weapons,” according to the L.A. Times.

And National Review has learned that in 1996, Kagan apparently tied the NRA to the KKK — yes, the KKK — while debating the Clinton administration’s position on a bill.

The bill in question was the Volunteer Protection Act, which, when it was passed and signed the following year, protected some non-profits’ volunteer workers from tort liability in certain cases. The administration worried that it would apply to volunteers from unlikable non-profits.  FULL STORY

Michael Jackson, A Billion Dollar Man

OK,  so it takes a person to die or be killed in order for them to become a billion dollar man? Two years ago he was being evicted from his house and declaring bankruptcy! Then he dies (or is killed) and now his estate is worth more than a billion dollars?!?  I can’t believe he is selling this many cd’s/music and his video is selling this much.  He was not a good guy.  He was a very talented musician, but he was a freak.  I know it has never been substantiated, but we all know he ‘allegedly’ played with little boys.   I hear his kids are going to be attending a private school this year Someone from the estate is worried about them because they have no friends. This is the first time they will not be home schooled and let out of isolation and to be able to deal with people.  Do you think they are going to have issues? I just hope Celebrity Rehab is still on VH-1 in 10 years so we can see a whole family in it at once.  I hope the money from the estate is being put to good use and not just to support all the Jackson family leaches……..  Iceberg@RollinSD.com

The late Michael Jackson a billion-dollar man

Singer’s estate has generated at least $1 billion in revenues since his death

Billboard updated 6/21/2010 9:23:59 AM ET

Michael Jackson’s estate has generated at least $1 billion in revenues since the singer died a year ago, thanks in part to a lucrative new record deal with Sony Music and the most successful concert film of all time, according to Billboard estimates.

Through interviews with industry experts and some number-crunching, Billboard examines the various music-based revenue streams flowing into the estate.

Music sales — Value: $429 million
Since his death, Jackson has sold about 9 million albums in the United States, while the Jackson 5 and the Jacksons have sold about 800,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Outside the States, Jackson’s album sales for the past year stand at around 24 million units. Based on a blended worldwide retail sales price of $11.62 ($12.30 per unit less mechanical royalties), Billboard estimates that Jackson’s album catalog generated about $383 million in sales.

On the digital side, Jackson’s songs have generated 12.9 million track downloads in the United States in the past 12 months, according to SoundScan. Based on those figures, Billboard estimates that the total number of worldwide downloads is about 26.5 million units, with a value of $34 million (net of mechanical royalties).

Jackson’s ringtone sales totaled 1.5 million last year in the States, with the bulk coming after his death. Digital ringtones sales worldwide are about twice that stateside, which brings Jackson’s global ringtone tally to 3 million. At $2 per unit, ringtone revenue was about $5 million last year (net of mechanical royalties).

Monies generated from subscription services and digital performance royalties typically amount to about one-third that of mobile revenue, so Jackson’s catalog probably generated about $2 million from those streams.

U.S. digital performance royalties represent about 13 percent of the revenue generated by single track downloads. Applying that rate to global track sales, Jackson’s recording catalog generated another $4.5 million from global digital performances.

Film/TV — Value: $392 million
Sony Pictures bought Jackson’s rehearsal footage from AEG for $60 million. In retrospect, the price was something of a bargain. “Michael Jackson: This Is It” was released Oct. 28, 2009, and earned $72 million at the U.S. box office, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com, making it the highest-grossing concert film in history.

Overseas, the film earned $188 million at the box office; of that, $56 million was tallied in Japan alone. After AEG recouped the company’s investment of more than $35 million in the canceled shows at London’s O2 and the film, the bulk of the theatrical take — court documents indicate it could be as high as 90 percent — went to Jackson’s estate.

On the home video front, the “This Is It” DVD has earned $43 million in U.S. sales, with 2.7 million units sold since its Jan. 26 release, according to The-Numbers.com, a division of Nash Information Services. Nash estimates the film made another $25 million in rental revenue.

In Japan — where the film was also sold as part of a special “This Is It” bundle for the PlayStation 3 — DVD sales topped $18 million on its first day of release; 351,000 Blu-ray copies have been sold, according to rankings service Oricon, adding about $7 million to the total.

In terms of TV, the industry standard is that exclusive rights for ad-supported TV costs 12% of the domestic box office for a four-year window; this rule of thumb is in flux, however, as the length of exclusive windows extend and the number of outlets involved in the deals increase. In November 2009, Viacom purchased the exclusive U.S. TV rights to air “This Is It” on its MTV and BET family of networks — including VH1 and Palladia, as well as MTV and BET — for six years. Given the additional years in the contract and the film’s box-office tally, the deal could be worth upwards of $15 million. (By contrast, FX is reported to have paid between $25 million and $30 million for just the U.S. commercial TV rights to “Avatar.”)

With its family-friendly rating, “This Is It” can be shown in all distribution media outside of traditional theaters, including airplanes, cruise ships and hotel chains. Licensing fees for nontheatrical performances vary based on the movie and its potential reach and how long it will air after it debuts in theaters, but it’s generally forecast to be about 7 percent of total revenue for a film. For “This Is It,” that puts the number at $24 million.

Music publishing — Value: $130 million
Jackson’s music publishing company, Mijac, is administered by Warner/Chappell. Based on a reported value for Mijac of at least $75 million in 2005, Billboard estimates Mijac currently has a value of around $150 million. At that value, it generates about $25 million per year in revenue. In the last 12 months, according to sources, that number could have doubled to as much as $50 million.

Jackson also owns half of Sony/ATV, formed in 1995 when Sony paid Jackson $90 million for 50 percent of ATV Music Publishing. Barry Massarsky of Massarsky Consulting says that Sony/ATV is comparable to BMG Music Publishing two years ago when Universal Music Group acquired it for $2 billion. Massarsky estimates Sony/ATV is worth about 80 percent of BMG at the time of acquisition, or $1.6 billion. Jackson’s share is half that, or $800 million. Based on a multiple of eight to 10 times net publisher’s share, Jackson’s share of the company’s revenue is $80 million per year.

Licensing/Touring — Value: $35 million
Despite being canceled, the 50-show “This Is It” tour at London’s O2 paid big dividends. Revenue from tickets retained by fans as souvenirs and not refunded brought in an estimated $6.5 million, and Bravado’s This Is It concert merchandise brought in $5 million, both less AEG’s share.

An AEG-produced Jackson memorabilia exhibit is showing in Japan and has brought in another estimated $3.5 million to the estate. Plans call for the exhibit to head to China.

Last August, Bravado followed its AEG/“This Is It” merch deal with a new pact with the Jackson estate that included a $10 million advance, sources say.

Based on conversations with insiders, Billboard estimates licensing royalties and retail sales accounted for another $10 million in revenue to the Jackson estate. Actual retail sales were far greater.

This week, gaming company Ubisoft announced it will release a dance-oriented Jackson videogame in time for the holiday season. Licensing fees weren’t disclosed.

Finally, sources say there wasn’t any advance on royalties and no guarantees paid for the estate’s two-pronged deal with Cirque du Soleil for a tour and a Las Vegas residency, a deal structure in line with past Cirque tributes to the Beatles and Elvis Presley. After startup costs are shared by the estate and Cirque, revenue will come from box-office receipts and other ancillaries associated with the projects.

The financial tragedy here is what might have been. Billboard reported before Jackson’s death that the O2 shows would gross up to $100 million and merch possibly another $15 million. Beyond that, AEG had a 36-month global touring plan in place with Jackson had the run successfully been completed.

Recording contract — Value: $31 million
In March, Sony Music Entertainment reached a deal with Jackson’s estate to release 10 albums of the singer’s music through 2017. The albums’ content will vary — a collection of previously unreleased tracks is expected in November and a reissue of 1979’s “Off the Wall” is expected next year. All told, the estate is guaranteed between $200 million and $250 million for the deal. Some of that amount was likely paid in an advance. No albums have yet been released, however. If just one of the contract’s eight years is recognized, that would add $31 million to the money the estate received in the last 12 months.

At the time of the deal, John Branca, who serves as special administrator for the estate alongside John McClain, said that Elvis is the model for Jackson’s legacy. “To this day, there’s interest in Elvis,” he said. “And I think there will be enduring interest in Michael. It’s our job to continue to expose Michael to new generations.”

© 2010 Billboard

I Hate Tori Spelling

I heard on the radio she was 2 hours late for her own book signing.  The first question I have is who the fuck would buy her book and why?  I could see maybe when she was on 90210; young girls wanting her autograph and maybe teen boys wanting to catch a glimpse of her, but now?? She is a walking skeleton with a big head.  She must have a real strong neck to keep that melon balanced all the time.  What is she talking about in the article below?   She feels bad because she is a role model for a lot of women out there?  And how is that, Tori?  They want to have a real rich dad that they can free load off and set them up for life?  She lost all the weight because of swine flu, migraines and other things.  No, how about she is mental and too into herself like half of Hollywood.  That and she probably sticks her finger down her throat after eating and has some serious mental issues. The article reports she was down to 107 lbs and 15 of those pounds must be her  tits. C’mon Tori….. just go away with all your dad’s money and leave us all alone. There are too many of you has been actors and actresses that can’t keep themselves out of People magazine and the other rags.  Do us a favor and move to Iceland…… Iceberg@RollinSD.com

updated 6/16/2010 8:51:59 AM ET

Tori Spelling’s wafer-thin frame has been the topic of much debate — and in her new book, “TerriTORI,” she reveals why she shed so much weight.

According to USA Today, Spelling, 37, blames swine flu, stomach pain, migraines and nerve problems for her weight loss. She says she had to take three rounds of antibiotics that caused severe stomach pain. “I’ve never had a great stomach, but (being ill) just completely tore up my stomach and broke down my immune system, and I’ve basically just been a mess ever since, stomach-wise,” she says. “It’s about rebuilding my immune system.”

Photos: Stars who got scary skinny

Last year, tabloid rumors got so wild that it prompted the “90210” alum to declare last fall on Twitter that she weighs 107 lbs.

“I’m a role model for a lot of women out there, so I hate that they say these things unwarranted, without any research and facts,” she says. “I think it’s doing a disservice to women out there that look up to any celebrity.”

She says she worries “every single day” how the coverage will affect her daughter Stella, now 2, down the road.

Photos: Find out Tori Spelling’s supportive celeb BFF — and more!

“I’m so grateful that she can’t read yet,” she says. “I’m hoping they’ll let up on that by the time she gets old enough to understand, but I’m going to have to explain to her that this is what happens.”

Spelling — who recently renewed her vows with husband Dean McDermott, as Us Weekly exclusively reported — also weighs in on their marriage, admitting that things got rocky last year.

“We had problems that we never thought we would have,” she vaguely says. “We thought we had the perfect relationship. We realized we love each other, but the communication had completely broken down and a lot of our issues, honestly, came from parenting.”

Photos: Tori Spelling’s romantic vow renewal

And how are things with her once-estranged mother, Candy?

“We do talk on the phone. We do e-mail. We see each other for dinners. We do the normal stuff I think families do. There’s no strain,” she says. “We’re still building our relationship, of course, but she’s great with the kids (Stella and Liam, 3). She’s completely involved, which is all I ever wanted. We’re just moving forward.”

Copyright 2010 Us Weekly

Hello, Europe

In less than a year and a half, Obama has managed to bring European debt and health care to the US.  Now, he is trying to bring their gas prices here.  Following his chief of staff’s policy of never letting a crises go to waste, Obama is using the BP oil spill to renew his push for his cap-and-tax legislation, and he used the backdrop of the Oval office to do so.
A study done by Harvard University reports that this legislation will result in $7-a-gallon gas.  Let’s ignore what $7-a-gallon gas will do to transportation, the price of all goods and services, and the economy, which will be catastrophic.  Let’s briefly consider the cost of this proposed legislation.
The administration has moved away from calling it what it really is, cap-and-tax, and has re-branded it a “jobs bill.”  Obama did the same thing when he called the second stimulus package a “jobs bill.”  The government does not produce anything, nor does it have any money.  It confiscates our money and gives it to other people.  (47% of the people in this country pay zero federal income tax).  When there are more people drinking the water than carrying it, we will have huge problems.  Neither can the government “create” jobs.  Again, it takes our money and gives it to someone else.  Of the 440,000 jobs “created” last month, 410,000 were government jobs.  That means less money in the private sector.
The “jobs” that this legislation “creates” will come from the green energy economy.  Sounds good, right?  Create two million new jobs while cleaning up the environment is a win-win.  Not so fast.  Just as we only have to look to Europe to see what our health care system will look like in a few years, we can also look to Europe to see what the green economy will do for us.

Spain implemented a similar law.  For every one job it created, two were lost.  More importantly, each job created required an average of $774,000 in government subsidies.  It’s hard to see how any of this makes sense, right?  Why would Obama be doing so many things to destroy this economy?  If you have a few minutes, google “cloward and piven.”  Educate yourself.   Creed@RollinSD.com

$7-a-gallon gas?

The folly of O’s oil-spill ‘fix’

By BEN LIEBERMAN

Last Updated: 4:31 AM, June 19, 2010

Posted: 12:02 AM, June 18, 2010

President Obama has a solution to the Gulf oil spill: $7-a-gallon gas.

That’s a Harvard University study’s estimate of the per-gallon price of the president’s global-warming agenda. And Obama made clear this week that this agenda is a part of his plan for addressing the Gulf mess.

So what does global-warming legislation have to do with the oil spill?

Good question, because such measures wouldn’t do a thing to clean up the oil or fix the problems that led to the leak.

The answer can be found in Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s now-famous words, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste — and what I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.”

Obama: Using Gulf crisis to push unpopular cap-and-trade bill.

That sure was true of global-warming policy, and especially the cap-and-trade bill. Many observers thought the measure, introduced last year in the House by Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.), was dead: The American people didn’t seem to think that the so-called global-warming crisis justified a price-hiking, job-killing, economy-crushing redesign of our energy supply amid a fragile recovery. Passing another major piece of legislation, one every bit as unpopular as ObamaCare, appeared unlikely in an election year.  FULL STORY

What Do Dads Really Want?

I read TMTML’s post and couldn’t resist a follow up, so here goes…..

We had friends over the other night to watch the Lakers whoop down on the Celtics one final time, (that’s right, I’m a Lakers fan even being a transplant!) and I overhear my boyfriend’s buddy bitching about Father’s Day.  Let me start by saying, this all started because I gave my boyfriend a pass and told him to do whatever he wants on Sunday;  he has been hunting someone down for a simple round of golf to no avail.  The conversation couldn’t have been more stereotypical and went something like this, ‘I can’t go dude, my wife has me getting up early to go to her parents house for brunch, then we have to go to my Dad’s house for an afternoon BBQ.  What about me?  What about me wanting to do what I want to do??”

Back to TMTMTL’s post today – I did get to do exactly what I wanted on Mother’s Day, I went wine tasting with a big group of moms!  We get home and dinner was waiting, it was great!  So, why don’t we let them to do whatever they want on Father’s Day??  Why do we feel the need to plan and/or force them in to yet another family day?  In defense of all the wives/girlfriends out there, I know it’s not intentional; we think we are doing something nice for our men.  I am by no means the perfect girlfriend, (pretty damn close though!) but I do try to remember, this isn’t about him not wanting to be with me or the kids. It’s about him wanting the same courtesy he gave me; being allowed some time to do what HE wants with no thoughts about the kids, coaching, work, watching his language or catering to me.  Incidentally, I came across this link – http://www.momlogic.com/2010/06/fathers_day_gifts.php and according to this poll, the other thing they do want is….drum roll please…..sex!  When don’t they want that? Men really are that simple. It is his day, give him what he wants!  Sara@RollinSD.com

Fathers Day

To all the fathers out there – read this and let me know if you relate. I am a father of 3 and love my wife and kids.  This is a day for us, right?  Well, my wife asked me Wednesday night what I wanted for Fathers Day.  I told her nothing and she said come on you have to want something.  So I told her I would think about it and get back to her.  I did some deep soul searching yesterday and came up with what I wanted.  So last night we are finishing dinner and she said so what did you come up with.  I very smoothly said, Well I talked to Chris, Steve and Brian (all single guys) and I thought it would be cool to meet them in PB at the Broken Yolk for breakfast, have some good food and a few mimosa’s.  Then head over to play 18 holes of golf in the late morning.  After golf have a few drinks and then head home and have dinner with you and the kids.  I wish I had my cell phone camera ready to take a photo of what her face looked like when I said this.   It looked something like this

for 20 seconds and then her draw dropped and out came this.   “Are you serious?  No, absolutely not.  That doesn’t include us until late in the afternoon.”

Ok, guys I should have known when she asked me what I wanted to do that it was actually a rhetorical question.  I should have also known that it was a planned multiple choice question in disguise.  I knew her response was coming, but I thought I would give it a shot.   So I come back with, “What about on Mothers Day when I got you the 4 hours at the Spa for you and your mom?  That didn’t include us until late int the afternoon.”   Her response was, “I know, but I was with my mother”  I guess she had me there, but still she was doing what she wanted.   What I am trying to say guys is, when asked what you want make sure you ask first, what are my options.  I have been getting the emails for years about having a male Valentines Day and having it be called Steak and Blow Job Day and am really going to start to push for it.  Women when you ask a guy what he wants be prepared for a real answer.  When asking if your ass looks fat in the jeans you have on expect a fake answer.  If you have to ask- then yes it does look fat in the jeans you have on.   So to all the married men out there have a great Fathers Day and hopefully some of you can get an early round of golf in with the guys, come home sit on the couch and suck back a few cold ones and watch the US Open and maybe end the night with a steak and a blow job.   PS.  I am going to Sea World if anyone wants to meet me there.  Aren’t I lucky.

Send me what you are doing for Fathers Day and I will post the best of the best. TMTMTL@RollinSD.com