Imagine you're 19 again and playing junior hockey. You're in a tightly contested game still in the first period. And there's been a wee bit of nastiness and some hurt feelings. The other team had a player tossed after a shoving match. Minutes later some more shoving and ungentlemanly-like play sees a couple of more players to the box. Then on your next shift, a 6ft 7in, 230lb, 18 year old behemoth challenges you to a fight. Do you do it?
That was UAA future player current Spruce Grove Saint's Scott Allen's Friday night this weekend in the AJHL. Allen is no wisp of a kid at 6ft 3in and 190lbs so it's rare for him to actually have to look up 4 inches to an opponent. But, of course Allen fought. Probably without giving it any thought. I didn't find any sort of "fight report" as to the outcome etc. I'm mentioning it mostly because I'm wondering what it's like to grow to be 79 inches tall in 18 years. Whut? Would you be like 5 feet 6 inches in 4th grade? Wouldn't your bones hurt all the time from constantly growing?
Down in the BCHL, Sam Mellor (Trail Smoke Eaters) added more goals to his ever increasing league leading total this past week. The seventeen year old (about 3 weeks shy of his 18th birthday now) now has 21 goals in 19 games for 5 goals more than any other player in the league. Last season Sam knocked in 28 goals with 38 assists in 59 games. With just under a third of this season's league schedule completed he's only 7 goals off that total. It's crazy to think that he could score 60 goals this season. Crazy nice.
Andrew Pettitt (Powell River Kings) has upped his totals over the past week to 9 goals and 8 assists after he suffered through a fairly long cold streak at the beginning of the season. He's got a ways to go pace-wise to match his 36 goals from last season but it's certainly within his reach.
In the USHL, Eric Scheid (Lincoln Stars) picked up his second goal of the 6 game old season. Coupled with his 3 assists he's tied for 2nd most points on the team. Derek Docken and Tony Larson are both +/- studs so far this season with Dubuque. Derek is a +6 in 7 games which is tied for 1st best in the league. Tony is a +5 which is obviously tied for 2nd best in the league. Dubuque has the best record in the USHL at this point in the season.
Lots of commitments from the various leagues are being announced lately with more to come between now and the fall signing period. I'd that the Seawolves are mostly set for the 2011-2012 season since they're scheduled to lose only 6 players (2 D and 4 F) and have 7 (3 D and 4 F) recruits on the way. There are several pretty special looking uncomitted players I've been noticing in the BCHL that I'm hoping and praying the UAA staff are as well. It'll be interesting to see who the Seawolves pick up as I'm expecting a name or two to be added sooner rather than later.
This U.S. electoral cycle is the pinnacle of ugliness, stupidity and grostesque bullshit I've seen in my life. Never before have I seen such a deeply divided electorate. It's like the really crazy fucks have discovered the internet for the first time. In one sense it's good that nutjobs have figured out they can express themselves politically. And by that I mean, it's good that they've come out of the shadows so us rational folks can see them for what they truly are.
So of course speaking of nutjobs (I'm sure you know where I'm going here) let's take a look at the #1 nutter. That's right. Joe Miller. Look folks, I know Joe's initial message and core belief system appeals to you. Sure, less government can't be a bad thing and dayum ... they sure do like to spend money on some crazy sounding shit in Washington. I fully understand how that resonates with you. But look, any fool can spew that shit.
I'm pretty burned out on all this election shit. But there's one reason for me to keep engaged this time around. Joe Miller. He's a complete fruit loop. And I mean that in the worst possible way. Whatever anyone would do to keep that crazed fucker from getting into office would get my support. Let's review a couple of things with regard to this extremist eh?
He waited for his office mates to leave for their lunch then jumped onto their computers in an attempt to oust the leader of his political party from his position. Then he cleared the caches of those co-workers computers to make it appear that he hadn't done EXACTLY the same thing that he was trying to oust the guy for doing. That's right. He wanted Randy Ruedrich out of the Republican Party heirarchy because Ruedrich used state computers and state paid time for politicking.
This was the event that launched Sarah Palin's political career. She got Ruedrich tossed from the State Oil and Gas Board that she was a member of for this shit. Meanwhile, she's in Miller's ear firing him up to try to get Ruedrich tossed from the leadership of the party. Hey, politics is no doubt a sleazy affair. I get that. But pretending your one thing to the public when you're completely the opposite is hypocrisy of the worst kind. None of that is bothersome you say? Ok then. Onto the next part.
Miller hired a security company with DEEP ties to the extremist former Michigan Militia leader. This is a man that sympathized with and supported Timothy McVeigh both before and after McVeigh murdered 168 people in the Oklahoma City bombing. Remember that? It is the single most destructive terrorist event by an American terrorist on American soil. Sure, I'd imagine if you asked Joe Miller about Timothy McVeigh that he'd decry his act of terrorism. But ask Miller what he thinks about "The Turner Diaries" eh? And I know you'll find he's a fan of that book. All his positions are aligned with the philosophies expressed in that work of fiction.
This Miller dumbfuck runs around telling people what a waste of money public assistance programs are while at the same time living off of those programs? He and his wife made sure they took advantage of EVERY available public dollar to support them and their 8 kids. Unemployment insurance, aid to dependent children, farm subsidies and regular monthly payments for a disability he suffered during the 1992 Gulf War.
Whut? Disability from a ground war that lasted like 3 days in which he was never engaged in any shooting? Does he look "disabled" to you? I can't spot any physical ailments so it must be something else eh? Does he have Gulf War Syndrome? Oh wait ... the Veterans Administration doesn't recognize that as a disability. What other malady could he have acquired during his service during the first Iraqi "War For Oil"?
Well, the overwhelming #1 VA recognized claim by veterans of that conflict is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Hmmm. Is that it? I doubt we'll find out exactly what it is that he's receiving monthly disability payments for ... but here's the biggest issue with regard to it. If his disability is considered more than 30% then AT MINIMUM he is getting checks of over FOUR-THOUSAND DOLLARS A MONTH from the VA because of the number of kids he has. Yes ... he isn't technically a WELFARE MOM but then again HE IS A WELFARE MOM.
So if you really want to vote for a TERRORIST SYMPATHIZING WELFARE MOM FASCIST PIG then you go right ahead and do so. But stop reading here ok? Because if that SONOFABITCH get's elected to the United States Senate to represent Alaska then I promise to include declarations of his fucking stupidity in each and every post I make on this hockey blog. He is quite probably the worst person in this state for the job. This Tuesday we're pretty likely to finally find out exactly why he was about to be fired from his government job with the Fairbanks North Star Borough if he hadn't quit the day before.
Really people, get on board this anti-Miller train. The guy got discharged early from the military for some undisclosed malady after we paid his way through the military academy. He gets out and goes on the dole while purchasing an expensive house. He then gets a government job lawyering and quits the day before he was to be fired after he'd been reprimanded for illegally using state resources for political purposes. Then when he runs for Senate his terrorist sympathizing buddies handcuff a reporter who'd been writing about the issue?
Then the next day when asked about illegal immigration he fucking says the East German's know how to control their border? What the fuck idiot? The East Germans shot and killed HUNDREDS of their own people who were trying to escape from the country. They didn't have a problem with ANYONE trying to get in. You dumb fucking carpet-bagging piece of shit.
And you're going to vote for him? If I could block you from reading this blog, I would. How do you not see that his WHOLE ADULT LIFE has been about getting money from various state and federal governments while he decries the very same programs for his political gain? He should not only never be a Senator, he should be beaten like a rented mule.
At this point, I'm still unsure how to keep this vile piece of shit from getting elected. Do I vote for the Democrat because he's closest to my commie mindset? Or do I vote for the idiot daughter of the 2nd most disgusting politician in Alaska history (ok ok ... Frank is technically tied with Don Young on the disgusting politician scale). Vote for anyone except him ok? Yes, Lisa is a manipulative lying bitch and Scott MacAdams is ineffectual. Either one though is a quality alternative compared to Joe Miller.
I post the video below once again (from a 34 year old movie) because it is the premier ficitonal exposition of the non-fictional state of our world today. There is nothing really that any of us can do to make it other than so. But the knowledge of this reality is none-the-less important for each of us to remember. Yes, I suppose (in one sense) the truth of this message abrogates the need for my rant above. It's a dichotomy. What can I say?
And now another vid with a similar message from George Carlin.
So that's it for today. I don't have the energy to go on any further and you're likely not listening anymore. The mundane rules you. I understand that mostly. Considering these propositions for more than a few seconds means a headache. It means facing truths that are difficult and who really has time for that when we've got to eat and do what we can to try to take care of our families.
But unless and until we each recognize these truths (and others) we will continue to be manipulated and used by the forces described above. My imploring of you to be otherwise will have no real effect, yet to not implore you would be a failure on my part. So there it is. To any of my readers that made it this far and watched both vids ... thank you.
Come back tomorrow for my thoughts on the weekend and what it means for the week ahead. All hockey I promise.