Monday, October 30, 2006

COM: Blogarithmic #164

Well, it was something of old home week here. Members and reps of the Cailloux Foundation were at the Ranch here Friday to help dedicate the new school building they funded, and in the party was Ben Modisett, one of my all time favorite players and great kids from the Tivy heydays. He was here with his wife Leslie and his two sons, his sister, and his mom, who is Sandy Cailloux now. It was great visiting with them. Ben is the same outstanding young man he was a dozen years ago when i last saw him. Also here, and great to see and visit with again, were Judge Steve and Linda Ables, whose sons are also among the finest young men i ever worked with. Matt is a biologist, and from all reports an very astute and active one. David, unfortunately, is hospitalized in California after surviving a bad bike wreck a few weeks ago. He is going to make it, but will have quite a bit of reconstruction and therapy to regain his life. Best to you David. And great seeing all of you!

And as i was leaving CiCi's yesterday i thought i saw Brad Hurt leaving. Didn't catch him though.

If that's right, and you couple it with having seen Amy Grace Tharp here a few weeks ago at Streetcar i've seen three folks from that team-era ca. 1994 that i haven't seen in many, many years. Very cool.

Football overall suffered a monstrously bad weekend from this vantage point. Even No. 1 ranked Highland Park, who won their 22nd straight game, got peppered in the Dallas press for not matching their 50-point scoring average in a 34-10 win. Go figure. Worse was top-area ranked Smithson Valley getting knocked off by Reagan, 14-10. It was their first loss of the season. Sorry about that Brad. Tivy got beaned by Fredericksburg 34-21, and the Warriors remain winless after a 34-0 shellacking by Llano. What's with that 34 points thing? Luckily the Ags posted 10 fourth-quarter points to beat Baylor, and at least look good on paper.

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From Soccer America
Cal and Santa Clara clinch first NCAA berths
California and Santa Clara are the first teams to clinch berths in the NCAA Division I Men's Tournament. The Northern California schools won their respective conference titles on the road in Los Angeles on Sunday.

California clinched the Pac-10 title with a 4-1 victory over UCLA in front of a season-high crowd of 2,815 (fourth-largest crowd ever) at the Bruins' Drake Stadium. Forward Javier Ayala-Hil had a hat trick to lead the Bears to their first Pac-10 championship. Steve Purdy scored the fourth goal on a free kick from 25 yards.

Santa Clara captured its first West Coast Conference championship since 2003 with a 2-0 road win over Loyola Marymount. The Broncos' win at Sullivan Field coupled with San Francisco's 2-1 overtime loss to Gonzaga Sunday clinched the championship for SCU. Senior Keith DeVey and sophomore Jide Ogunbiyi scored second-half goals to give Santa Clara the win.

The Pac-10 and WCC are two of five Division I men's conferences that don't have a postseason tournament.

In the Big West, red-hot UC Santa Barbara leads UC Irvine by two points and Cal State Northridge by three going into the final week of the regular season.

Denver has a three-point lead over New Mexico in the MPSF. The Lobos, last year's NCAA Division I runners-up, need to beat Air Force on Friday and Denver on Sunday to have a chance to win the MPSF title and the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

In the Ivy League, Harvard, winner of seven in a row, can clinch the Ivy League title with a win over Columbia on Sunday. The Crimson leads Penn by two points with one game to play.


MEN: Wake takes over top spot
Wake Forest moved into the top spot in the Soccer America Men's Top 25 with a 2-1 win at Virginia on Friday night. The Demon Deacons climbed two spots, moving ahead of SMU, which fell at UAB, 2-1, on Wednesday, and Duke, which lost at Clemson, 1-0, on Saturday.

Substitute Cody Arnoux scored the winning goal for the Demon Deacons in the 77th minute when he rifled a shot from 15 yards out off a cross from Steven Curfman. Nico Colaluca put Virginia ahead in the 50th minute, but Wake Forest answered a minute later when Pat Phelan's shot from 25 yards was saved by Ryan Burke, but Julian Valentin knocked in the rebound. The win was the fifth in a row for the Deacons and their first over Virginia since 2002.

In Duke's loss to Clemson, a game postponed until Saturday because of the bad weather, sophomore Michael Brooks had the only goal. Duke and Wake shared the ACC regular-season title. The Blue Devils earned the top seed by virtue of their 4-3 win over Wake on Sept. 8.

SMU captured the Conference USA regular-season title with a 1-0 victory over visiting Marshall Saturday evening. The Mustang win was Coach Schellas Hyndman's 450th career win.

TOURNAMENTS
BIG EAST. West Virginia, No. 2 in the Soccer America Top 25, beat South Florida, 1-0, to move into Friday's semifinals. Dan Stratford scored on a floater from 35 yards for the only goal in a game marred by rain, snow and sleet. Adam Sternberger netted two goals, including the game-winner in double overtime, to give Rutgers a 2-1 victory over Notre Dame. For the second straight game, Ryan Soroka's goal was the difference for St. John's. The Red Storm beat Pitt, 1-0, on Wednesday and UConn, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon to move into the semifinals. For the second straight year, Providence knocked Cincinnati out of the Big East Tournament, topping the Red Division champion Bearcats, 2-1, on goals by Amir Ikner and Jonathan Medcalf.

HORIZON. Croatia U-21 Tonci Skroce ended a heart-pounding shootout by scoring in the 12th round, giving No. 1 seed UIC a spot in the semifinals with a 9-8 shootout win over No. 8 seed Wright State after the teams played to a 0-0 tie. Other quarterfinal winners: Loyola (Ill.), Butler and Wisconsin-Green Bay.

SOUTHERN. All-American Randi Patterson scored twice as top-seeded UNC Greensboro advanced to the semifinals with a 2-0 win over Wofford. Appalachian State, Georgia Southern and Furman also moved into the semifinals.

SOCCER AMERICA MEN'S TOP 25: New Rankings
RANK/TEAM (RECORD) PREVIOUS RANK
(Last week's results)
1. Wake Forest (15-2-1) 3 10/27 at Virginia 2-1, 11/1 North Carolina (ACC Tournament).
2. West Virginia (15-1-2) 5 10/23 Pittsburgh-canceled, 10/28 South Florida 1-0 (Big East Tournament), 11/3 at Rutgers (Big East Tournament).
3. SMU (15-1-3) 1 10/25 at UAB 1-2, 10/28 Marshall 1-0, 11/1 Marshall or FIU (Conference USA Tournament).
4. Duke (13-3-1) 2 10/24 North Florida 5-0, 10/28 at Clemson 0-1, 11/1 Virginia Tech-N.C. State winner (ACC Tournament).
5. Virginia (13-3-0) 4 10/27 Wake Forest 1-2, 11/1 Boston College or Clemson (ACC Tournament).
6. Maryland (13-3-1) 6 10/24 Bucknell 4-1, 10/27 Virginia Tech 2-1, 11/1 Boston College or Clemson (ACC Tournament).
7. Indiana (12-4-2) 7 10/24 at Butler 4-2, 10/27 Wisconsin 1-0, 11/3 Penn State-Northwestern winner (Big Ten Tournament).
8. Santa Clara (11-3-4) 10 10/27 at San Diego 2-1, 10/29 at Loyola Marymount 2-0, 11/3 Portland, 11/5 Gonzaga.
9. Clemson (12-3-2) 12 10/28 Duke 1-0, 11/1 Virginia or Maryland ACC Tournament.
10. North Carolina (11-5-2) 13 10/26 at Boston College 3-1, 11/1 Wake Forest (ACC Tournament).
11. California (12-4-2) 11 10/27 at San Diego State 1-3, 10/29 at UCLA 4-1, 11/3 at Stanford.
12. Saint Louis (12-3-2) 19 10/27 at Massachusetts 3-1, 10/29 at Rhode Island 3-1, 11/3 lowest remaining seed (Atlantic-10 Tournament).
13. Notre Dame (13-5-2) 8 10/25 DePaul 2-0 (Big East Tournament), 10/28 at Rutgers 1-2, OT (Big East Tournament).
14. Towson (14-1-2) 17 10/27 at George Mason 2-1 OT, 11/3 George Mason-Northeastern winner (CAA Tournament).
15. New Mexico (11-3-3) 9 10/27 at Sacramento State 1-1, OT, 10/29 at San Jose State 3-1, 11/3 Air Force, 11/5 Denver.
16. UCLA (9-5-3) 14 10/27 Stanford 1-1, OT, 10/29 California 1-4, 11/3 San Diego State, 11/5 San Diego.
17. Lehigh (15-1-1) 23 10/25 at Penn State 1-0, OT, 10/28 Lafayette 2-1, OT, 11/3 Bucknell (Patriot Tournament).
18. Creighton (11-4-3) 15 10/24 UMKC 3-0, 10/28 Bradley 1-2, 11/3 Missouri State-Eastern Illinois winner (Missouri Valley Tournament).
19. South Carolina (10-4-1) 16 10/28 at Tulsa 0-1, 11/1 First Round (Conference USA Tournament).
20. Kentucky (12-4-2) NR 10/25 at Tulsa 1-0, 10/28 Memphis 3-1, 11/1 First Round (Conference USA Tournament)
21. Denver (11-3-2) 21 10/28 Air Force 1-0, 11/3 at UNLV, 11/5 at New Mexico.
22. Harvard (12-4-0) 24 10/29 at Dartmouth 3-1, 11/4 Columbia.
23. Providence (13-5-0) NR 10/25 Louisville (Big East Tournament) 2-0, 10/28 at Cincinnati (Big East Tournament) 2-0, 11/3 St. John's (Big East Tournament).
24. UIC (12-2-4) 20 10/28 Wright State (Horizon Tournament) , 0-0 OT (9-8 on penalties), 11/3 Loyola (Ill.) (Horizon Tournament).
25. Rutgers (10-6-1) NR 10/28 Notre Dame (Big East Tournament) 2-1, OT, 11/3 West Virginia (Big East Tournament).
25. St. John's (10-5-2) NR 10/25 Pittsburgh (Big East Tournament) 1-0, 10/28 at Connecticut (Big East Tournament) 1-0, 11/3 Providence (Big East Tournament)

WOMEN: No. 1 Notre Dame advances in Big East
No. 1 Notre Dame moved into the semifinals of the Big East Tournament with a 3-0 win over St. John's on Sunday.

Brittany Bock showed her strength in the air with two early goals on headers off set plays, and Kerri Hanks capped the victory with her 16th goal of the season. The victory at Alumni Field extended the fifth-longest home unbeaten streak in NCAA history to 37 games (36-0-1).

U.S. international Heather O'Reilly assisted on three goals in her final-regular season game at Fetzer Field to lead No. 2 North Carolina to a 4-0 win over Wake Forest -- its 18th victory in a row.

No. 3 UCLA extended its winning streak to 10 games with 2-0 wins over Washington and Washington State. Danesha Adams and Christina DiMartino scored against UW; Bristyn Davis and Lauren Cheney (her team-leading 14th goal) struck against WSU. The Bruins can guarantee itself at least a share of the 2006 Pac-10 title with either a win or a tie against Oregon next Friday.

No. 4 Santa Clara moved one step closer to claiming at least a share of the WCC title with a 3-0 win Sunday afternoon over San Francisco. All three Bronco goals were scored by seniors. Marian Dalmy twice found the net, and Bonnie Bowman scored as well.

On the second-to-last weekend of the regular season, big crowds turned out at No. 5 Portland and No. 7 Texas. The Pilots, who share the WCC lead with Santa Clara, beat Pepperdine, 3-1, on goals by Rachael Rapinoe, Michelle Enyeart and Angie Woznuk before 4,368 fans. Sophomore defender Kasey Moore scored the lone goal of the match to lead Texas over Texas A&M before 4,133 fans, the third-largest crowd ever at Myers Stadium.

TOURNAMENTS
AMERICA EAST. The first final pairings are set as No. 1 seed Hartford and No. 3 Maine will play for the America East championship on Saturday in West Hartford, Conn. The Hawks earned a 2-1 win over No. 5 New Hampshire on first-half goals by Meagan Riemer and Kacey Busque. Maine used a 2-0 advantage in penalty kicks to break a scoreless deadlock and advance past Boston University into the championship game for the fourth straight year.

BIG EAST. Besides Notre Dame, West Virginia, Marquette and Villanova moved into Friday's semifinals. Christy Zwolski's goal was all Marquette needed to defeat ranked Villanova, 1-0, for its sixth win in a row and further boost its NCAA Tournament chances. West Virginia and Rutgers beat Louisville and UConn, respectively, on penalty kicks.

MID-AMERICAN. All four seeds were knocked out in the first round. Miami (Ohio) beat top seed Ball State, 2-1, on a pair of goals by freshman Jodi Zwingelberg. The wildest contest took place at Central Michigan, where Lisa Kurz's second goal of the game, a penalty kick in the 102nd minute, gave Kent State a 5-4 win and ended the highest-scoring match in MAC Tournament history. Fifth seed Toledo will host the MAC final four and open up against Northern Illinois in the semifinals.

SOCCER AMERICA WOMEN'S TOP 25: New Rankings
RANK/TEAM (RECORD) PREVIOUS RANK
(Weekend Results)
1. Notre Dame (18-0-1) 1 10/24 at Cincinnati 3-0, 10/29 St. John's (Big East Tournament) 3-0, 11/3 Marquette (Big East Tournament).
2. North Carolina (18-1-0) 2 Wake Forest 4-0, 11/1 N.C. State (ACC Tournament).
3. UCLA (16-2-0) 3 10/27 Washington 2-0, 10/29 Washington State 2-0, 11/5 at Oregon, 11/5 at Oregon State.
4. Santa Clara (14-3-1) 4 10/29 San Francisco 4-0, 11/1 at California, 11/4 at St. Mary's.
5. Portland (14-3-2) 7 10/29 Pepperdine 3-1, 11/4 at Loyola Marymount.
6. Florida State (13-2-3) 6 10/24 Jacksonville 3-0, 10/28 Clemson 0-0, OT, 11/1 Virginia (ACC Tournament).
7. Texas (15-3-1) 9 10/27 Texas A&M 1-0, 11/1 Nebraska (Big 12 Tournament).
8. Texas A&M (13-4-1) 5 10/27 at Texas 0-1, 11/1 Baylor (Big 12 Tournament).
9. West Virginia (14-2-3) 8 10/29 Louisville 0-0 (5-4 on penalties) (Big East Tournament), 11/3 Rutgers (Big East Tournament).
10. Utah (14-4-0) 11 10/27 Wyoming 2-0, 11/2 New Mexico-Wyoming winner (Mountain West Tournament).
11. Oklahoma State (15-2-2) 12 10/28 at Murray State 4-0, 11/1 Oklahoma (Big 12 Tournament).
12. William & Mary (16-1-2) 17 10/27 Old Dominion 5-2, 11/2 VCU-James Madison winner (CAA Tournament).
13. BYU (13-2-3) 18 10/28 at UNLV 2-0, 11/2 UNLV-San Diego State winner (Mountain West Tournament).
14 Stanford (13-5-1) 19 10/27 Oregon State 2-0, 10/29 Oregon 1-0, 11/4 at California.
15. Navy (19-1-0) 14 10/26 Penn State 1-0, 10/28 Bucknell 1-2, 11/3 Lehigh (Patriot Tournament).
16. Penn State (12-4-3) 10 10/26 at Navy 0-1, 11/2 Northwestern (Big Ten Tournament).
17. Wake Forest (14-5-0) 16 10/27 at North Carolina 0-4, 10/29 Duke 1-0, 11/1 Duke (ACC Tournament).
18. Villanova (15-3-2) 13 10/29 Marquette (Big East Tournament) 0-1.
19. Illinois (12-6-0) 20 10/27 at Iowa 1-0, 11/2 Wisconsin (Big Ten Tournament).
20. Boston College (11-5-2) 21 10/27 Maryland 2-1, 11/1 Clemson (ACC Tournament).
21. SMU (15-3-1) 15 10/27 at UCF 0-1, 10/29 at Southern Mississippi 2-1, 11/1 Tulsa (Conference USA Tournament).
22. Rutgers (14-2-3) 22 10/28 Connecticut (Big East Tournament) 0-0 (6-5 on penalties), 11/3 West Virginia (Big East Tournament).
23. Florida (11-4-4) 23 10/27 at South Carolina 1-1, OT, 11/1 Georgia (SEC Tournament).
24. Loyola Marymount (10-2-5) 24 10/26 Utah Valley State 4-1, 10/29 at Gonzaga 1-0, 11/4 Portland.
25. Clemson (10-6-2) NR 10/28 at Florida State 0-0, OT, 11/1 Boston College (ACC Tournament).
25. Marquette (11-4-4) NR 10/29 Villanova (Big East Tournament) 1-0, 11/3 Notre Dame (Big East Tournament).



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COM: Some thoughts on electing people . . .

Michael Ventura, of the Austin Chronicle, has long been one of my favorite writers . . .


Letters @ 3AM
Be Heard or Be Herded
BY MICHAEL VENTURA

How's this for insanity? The NSA can tap my phone without a warrant, but "the Energy Department is ending required polygraph tests for thousands of workers at its nuclear weapons facilities [and] ... will also no longer periodically administer polygraph tests in areas of high security" (The New York Times, Oct. 5, p.23). Just as insane: Our chemical plants are still unprotected (The New York Times, Sept. 25, p.24). Not to worry, Donald Rumsfeld just convinced the prime minister of Montenegro – population 650,000, about the same as Baltimore – to lend units of its 2,500-man army to "help America's military operations ... with peace-keeping or special operations forces" (The New York Times, Sept. 27, p.6). Maybe he'll send them to Afghanistan where, after five years of American/British/NATO efforts, Taliban attacks are "more frequent and lethal" (The New York Times, Sept. 27, p.15) and the opium harvest is at a "record level" (The New York Times, Sept. 3, p.1). Or perhaps Montenegrins can patrol Baghdad, where the body count has nearly tripled (The Washington Post, Sept. 8, p.12). We need tiny Montenegro because our military's been run ragged. As the Army's Third Infantry Division prepares for its third Iraq tour, "equipment levels [have] fallen so low that it now [has] no tanks ... to use in training and [its] soldiers [are] rated as largely untrained in attack and defense" (The New York Times, Sept. 25, p.1). All of which is apparently fine with Dick Cheney, who famously told Tim Russett in September, "If we had it to do over again, we'd do exactly the same thing." Victory must be just around the corner, or why would Congress earmark $20 million in military spending "for a celebration in the nation's capital 'for commemoration of success' in Iraq and Afghanistan" (The New York Times, Oct. 4, p.28)? Twenty million to throw a party while the Third Division is running out of tanks. Meanwhile, "health care costs are rising twice as much as inflation" (The New York Times, Sept. 27, p.C1), and, "once you adjust for inflation, you find that the income of a typical household headed by a college graduate was lower in 2005 than in 2000" (The New York Times, Sept. 8, p.29).

Republican stewardship of our government has miserably failed. Polls show that Americans finally realize this, including "weekly churchgoers [who are] about a quarter of all voters. ... Two years ago they favored the GOP by a double-digit margin. But in the new Pew survey, 44% leaned toward Republicans and 43% toward Democrats, a statistical dead heat" (The Washington Post, Oct. 6, p.6). You'd think Democrats could duplicate the 1994 Republican congressional landslide. Possible. It's also possible that the Democrats won't win the Senate or the House – because Democrats are, after all, Democrats and because U.S. elections can no longer be trusted.

At its highest levels the Democratic Party is in disarray. Democrats have about $80 million less than Republicans for their get-out-the-vote campaigns, as usual. What's not usual is that Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean and Democratic Congressional Campaign Chairman Rep. Rahm Emanuel are "not talking, in a feud over money" (The New York Times, Sept. 24, p.WK1). With everything on the line, these guys aren't speaking! Dean's National Committee "has no plans to help finance a last-minute push" because it fears getting into debt, though Emanuel's "private polls have convinced top party officials that they could pick up 40 or more [House] seats if they spend enough money for long-shot races" (The Washington Post, Oct. 18, p.12). In the Post article, Democratic "operative" Harold Ickes says that under these circumstances "there is more optimism than is probably warranted" about the party's prospects in November.

The GOP "has built its electoral success in the last two elections on identifying and producing nearly every obtainable Republican vote at the polls" (The New York Times, Oct. 15, p.1). Countless articles have been written about this get-out-the-vote operation; everyone knows how it's done, yet Democrats still don't do it. John Roberts reported, "[T]he Democrats admit that Republicans have it all over them in vote organization" (CNN, Oct. 12). Though the polls favor Democrats, the head of the Pew Research Center, Andrew Kohut, said that because of the Republican ability to get out the vote "the turnout consequences for the G.O.P. might not be as dire as these poll numbers suggest" (The New York Times, Oct. 15, p.1).

No one knows how many disaffected, discouraged Republicans will stay home on Election Day or vote for Democrats in anger. No one knows how many Democrats will vote. No one knows how many independents who went Republican last time will vote Democratic this time. And there's been very little reportage about the Hispanic vote. "March Today – Vote Tomorrow" was their slogan last May, but organizers have found it's easier said than done. Apparently they have been shamefully abandoned by the Democratic hierarchy. Juan Carlos Ruiz, coordinator of the National Capital Immigration Coalition: "We had the number of volunteers ready to go, but without financial support, without the technical support, it is very difficult" (The New York Times, Sept. 11, p.11).

We do know that, legally and openly, American elections have become much less small-d democratic, much less small-r republican. "Because of congressional redistricting plans that gave huge advantages to incumbents, fewer than 50 of the 435 House seats are competitive" (The Washington Post, Oct. 10, p.1). A majority of our citizens, as well as our politicians, value victory more than democracy. Fairness used to be a much-touted American ideal. You stated your case, put it to a vote, and gave it a fair shot. That's how the system was originally designed. It's been redesigned because citizens either weren't paying attention or hungered to win at all costs. The price paid: Many politicians, particularly in the House of Representatives, are no longer accountable. This, combined with our failure to demand a just campaign-finance system, has given us a form of government that is the envy of no one in this world and for which there is no properly descriptive name. It is not a democracy; it is not a republic. It is a corrupt, buy-and-sell, wheel-and-deal, ad hoc, short-sighted, stumblebum, incompetent, make-it-up-as-you-go-along business in which the few profit and the many don't – a government in name only, which daily fails seriously to address our most serious problems. We are neither governed nor ruled. We are ignored. That most of us don't make a peep about it is perhaps an indication that we deserve to be ignored. We've demanded to be flattered, agreed with, and comforted; we've demanded almost anything but competence. Only a massive shift in public sentiment – and public action – will change things, and no one knows if that's afoot.

The polls are encouraging, but we don't know if they'll translate into votes. Even if they do, we don't know that those votes will be counted.

"Votes in about half of the 45 most competitive Congressional races ... will be cast on electronic machines that provide no independent means of verification" (The New York Times, Oct. 19, p.1). I haven't space to detail what a colossal mistake these machines are. See Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s well-researched "Will the Next Election Be Hacked?" (Rolling Stone, Oct. 5), or read "The Big Gamble on Electronic Voting" in the The New York Times, Sept. 24, p.BU3. "With about 40 percent of registered voters nationally expected to cast their ballots on these machines in the midterm elections, many local officials fear that the lack of a paper trail will leave no way to verify votes in case of fraud or computer failure" (The New York Times, Sept. 24, p.31). That article quotes experts at Johns Hopkins and Rice: The machines "are far below even the most minimal security standards." The article also notes that the makers of these machines have refused to allow an independent board of scientists to examine them – a fact that speaks for itself. Also noted: "In Tarrant County, Texas, electronic machines counted some ballots as many as six times, recording 100,000 more votes than were actually cast." Kennedy's article quotes Ion Sancho, a Florida election supervisor: "Every board of election has staff members with the technological ability to fix an election. Even one corrupt staffer can throw an election. Without paper records, it could happen under my nose and there is no way I'd find out about it."

The only antidote for a failure of democracy is the exercise of democracy. What every government fears most is a million citizens peaceably assembled at its front door, people who won't go home until they get what they came for. We must vote, and if the election's fishy, we must show up at the front doors of our state and federal governments. Be heard. Or be herded.

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ENV: Big Springs Survey, 29 October 2006

Well the unexpected happened -- no one showed up for the survey except me. I had several RSVPs to let me know some folks wouldn't be coming, but somehow i didn't expect no one. So, i have to say i missed having all the extra eyes yesterday.

Butterflies were everywhere, and i know i missed a lot of things, for not being able to keep up with all the stuff. Since i was alone, and with my new camera, i focused mostly on trying to get film of the cool stuff we'd found before. Nevertheless i had some good things.

Besides just the big numbers of Leps, the best single was probably a Mexican Yellow -- not new for the survey, but still a good bug in these parts if you ask me. I also filmed two crescent/checkerspot types that i haven't worked yet, but i think they're both going to be new for the survey once i pin them down.

A Hutton's Vireo i filmed was new, but these days i think it's hardly unexpected. Otherwise, birds were fairly light for the day, although i did have some migrants and winterers around, including Curve-billed Thrasher, Gray Catbird and Golden-crowned Kinglet.

I wanted to film the salamanders but they were a no show. The pools have filled with leaves and i suspect there was plenty of food there for them to forage unexposed, and as fragile as the spot is i didn't want to mess it up.

I found a Jade-striped Sylph fairly early, a nice male, that would hang in the vegetation until seconds before i got the camera and tripod set up (thing about this new camera i'm learning fast, is that it's huge and heavy and so is the tripod and just getting into position for a quick shot of anything is not easy). then the thing would fly a few feet and hang up again and i'd just about get set, etc. i chased it for 20 minutes before it got up a slope where it was hopeless. this was at the main spring.

Later in the afternoon, as i was plodding back down to the last crossing, i noticed that there were quite a few odes over the little ponded stream above the rock bridge over the springs. since odes had been light for the day i stopped the jeep and glassed what was there and immediately located an Autumn Meadowhawk perched. so i pulled over to get some film, and just about had the tripod set, and was picking up the camera to put on the tripod, when an in copula pair of Jade-stripes zipped in about three feet from my nose and sat on a nettle leaf. as smoothly as i could i turned on the camera and got some footage of the pair (conscious that this seemed late for these guys i wanted some documentation -- turns out it's not late). when i made a move to get the camera on the tripod though they split and i lost them. so i guess i have some shaky footage anyway. i am going to try to post captures from that film here when i get the chance.

The best bug of the day was what seemed to be a very nice male Cobra Clubtail. but it flew too before i could get the camera set. this would have been a new county record. but it would also be a VERY late record by some time, and so i've had a lot of second thoughts about it without coming up with a reasonable alternative. i'm hoping someone can steer me a better direction on this one.

TX: Real Co., Big Spring Ranch for Children, 29 October 2006, 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. CST, 64-75dF, clear, occasionally breezy to gusty, tg

 = filmed
* = new to survey

5 Common Pondsnail sp., Physa sp. 

+ European Honeybee, Apis mellifera

3 Day-flying Underwing Moth, Catocala sp. 

8 Pipevine Swallowtail 
2 Black Swallowtail
45 Dainty Sulphur 
1 Lyside Sulphur
1 Mexican Yellow
90 Sleepy Orange 
4 Orange Sulphur 
10 Large Orange Sulphur 
12 Cloudless Sulphur 
34 Southern Dogface 
4 Gray Hairstreak 
9 Painted Lady 
1 American Lady 
3 Vesta (Graphic) Crescent 
2 Phaon Crescent
2 [two as yet unidentified crescent/checkerspot sp.  *]
30 Variegated Fritillary 
24 Gulf Fritillary 
30 Common Mestra 
5 Arizona Sister 
1165 American (Southwestern Snout) 
1 Monarch
2 Queen
3 Checkered-Skipper sp. 
2 Mournful/Funereal Duskywing 

1 Great Spreadwing
15 Desert Firetail 
2 Double-striped Bluet
40 Familiar Bluet
9 Aztec Dancer 
3 Blue-ringed Dancer 
4 Common Green Darner
1 Gomphid sp.
[1 ?cf. Cobra Clubtail (very late/[NCR]) *]
3 Jade-striped Sylph (pair in copula) 
4 Pale-faced Clubskimmer
3 Autumn Meadowhawk *
1 Setwing sp.
1 Checkered Setwing
2 Flame Skimmer

100 Tiger Beetle sp., Cicindela sp.

2 Water Boatman, Corixidae

+ Water Strider, Veliidae

+ Common Mosquitofish, Gambusia affinis affinis
+ Pugnose Minnow, Opsopoeodus emiliae
+ Blacktail Shiner, Notropis venustus

3 Blanchard’s Cricket Frog (+24 tadpoles), Acris crepitans blanchardi
1 Rio Grande Leopard Frog, Rana berlandieri

1 Diamond-backed Water Snake, Nerodea rhombifera rhombifera *

26 Black Vulture
2 Great Blue Heron
1 American Kestrel
4 Spotted Sandpiper
1 Ringed Kingfisher
1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
1 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
2 Black Phoebe
6 Eastern Phoebe
2 Western Scrub-Jay 
2 Common Raven 
1 Hutton’s Vireo *
1 Curve-billed Thrasher *
1 Gray Catbird *
1 Winter Wren *
2 Canyon Wren
3 Carolina Wren
5 Carolina Chickadee
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
3 Golden-crowned Kinglet *
2 Orange-crowned Warbler *
3 Spotted Towhee *
3 American Goldfinch *
1 Lesser Goldfinch

2 Fox Squirrel
4 White-tailed Deer

Orange Shelf Fungus on Pecan

Mountain Mahogany 
Thoroughwort, Eupatorium havanense
Cardinal Flower, Lobelia cardinalis
Purple Spires Sage 
Copper Canyon Daisy 
Chinkapin Oak 
Claret Cup Cactus, Echinocereus triglochidiatus
Four O’Clock, Mirabilis linearis
Special I 


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Saturday, October 28, 2006

COM: Blogging for Free Speech

Free speech online 'under threat'

Bloggers are being asked to show their support for freedom of expression by Amnesty International.

The human rights group also wants web log writers to highlight the plight of fellow bloggers jailed for what they wrote in their online journals.

The organisation said fundamental rights such as free speech faced graver threats than ever before.

The campaign coincides with the start of a week-long UN-organised conference that will debate the future of the net.

Watching words
"Freedom of expression online is a right, not a privilege - but it's a right that needs defending," said Steve Ballinger of Amnesty International. "We're asking bloggers worldwide to show their solidarity with web users in countries where they can face jail just for criticising the government."

Mr Ballinger said the case of Iranian blogger Kianoosh Sanjari was just one example of the dangers that some online writers can face. Mr Sanjari was arrested in early October following his blogging about conflicts between the Iranian police and the supporters of Shia cleric Ayatollah Boroujerdi.

Amnesty wanted bloggers to publicise cases such as this, said Mr Ballinger, and to declare their backing for the right to free speech online.

The human rights group is also taking its campaign to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) - a group set up by the UN to act as a debating body for national net policies. The first big meeting of the IGF takes place in Athens from 30 October to 2 November.
"The Internet Governance Forum needs to know that the online community is concerned about free expression online and willing to stand up for it," said Mr Ballinger.

Many governments were using technology to suppress the free flow of information among their citizens, said Mr Ballinger.

"People have been locked up just for expressing their views in an email or a website," he said. "Sites and blogs have been shut down and firewalls built to prevent access to information."

Hi-tech firms such as Yahoo and Google have been criticised for the help they have given to nations such as China which works hard to monitor online discussion.

In May 2006, Amnesty International started a campaign that aimed to expose the ways that governments use the net to quash dissent. Co-ordinated via the Irrepressible.info website, the campaign asks websites to use an icon displaying text from censored sites.

Pledges gathered from those backing this campaign will be presented at the IGF.

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ATH: The Cards in Five

'We shocked the world': Cards close out Tigers
Weaver dominates Game 5 as St. Louis wins 10th crown and first since 1982
The Associated Press, Updated: 10:52 a.m. CT Oct 28, 2006


ST. LOUIS - No Fall Classic, for sure.

Flatter than the Midwestern heartland and a flop in the TV ratings, this World Series crowned a champion that barely made it to the postseason and then had to survive rain and cold as much as the bumbling Detroit Tigers.

The St. Louis Cardinals will take it, though.

They beat the Tigers 4-2 in Game 5 on Friday night behind castoffs Jeff Weaver and David Eckstein and sore-shouldered Scott Rolen to wrap up their first Series title in nearly a quarter-century and 10th overall.

“I think we shocked the world,” Cardinals center fielder Jim Edmonds said.

Manager Tony La Russa’s team had just 83 regular-season wins, the fewest by a World Series champion, and nearly missed the playoffs after a late-season slump.

But St. Louis beat San Diego and the New York Mets in the first two rounds, then won their first title since 1982 by taming a heavily favored Tigers team that entered the Series with six days’ rest and looked as stale as unharvested corn — Tigers pitchers made five errors, two more than the previous Series record.

After closer Adam Wainwright struck out Brandon Inge for the final out, the ballpark erupted. Wainwright raised his arms in triumph, catcher Yadier Molina ran to the mound and the pair bounced off toward second base, where they were joined by teammates running from the dugout and the bullpen. Ace starter Chris Carpenter and injured closer Jason Isringhausen gave La Russa bear hugs.

Minutes later, fireworks filled the sky above the ballpark as the Cardinals prepared to receive the gold-colored Tiffany trophy.

“No one believed in us, but we believed in ourselves,” said Eckstein, the 5-foot-7 shortstop who won selected Series MVP after batting .364.

A repeat of 1968’s dramatic Tigers-Cardinals matchup — won by Detroit in seven games — ended on a cold night more suitable to football than baseball. The Tigers made two more errors, raising their Series total to eight — three by Inge, the third baseman, the rest by pitchers.

“We didn’t play well enough,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “There’s no excuse here. I don’t really know what the reasons were.”

Eight of the 22 runs allowed by the Tigers were unearned, the most by a team since the 1956 New York Yankees against Brooklyn.

“If you don’t make the plays, you’re going to lose — whether you’re playing the Yankees or the junior varsity,” Detroit closer Todd Jones said.

Detroit, which had won in three straight Series appearances since 1940, hit .199, the lowest in a five-game Series since the 1983 Philadelphia Phillies, with the averages of key players shrinking with the temperature. ALCS MVP Placido Polanco was 0-for-17, Magglio Ordonez 2-for-19 (.105), Craig Monroe 3-for-20 (.150) and Ivan Rodriguez 3-for-19 (.158).

“We just never got the bats going,” said Rodriguez, stating the obvious.

It was the National League’s first title since the 2003 Florida Marlins.

La Russa, who led the Oakland Athletics to a sweep in the earthquake-interrupted 1989 Bay Bridge Series, joined Sparky Anderson (Cincinnati and Detroit) as the only managers to win Series titles in each league.

“I have such a respect and affection for Sparky,” La Russa said. “It’s such a great honor. He should really have this alone.”

La Russa, who took over as Cardinals manager in 1996, had yearned for a title in this traditional baseball town.

“I just saw Bob Gibson,” he said about a half-hour after the final out. “When you’re around here, especially if you’re around here for a while, I just don’t feel you can join the club unless you can say you won a World Series. Now we can say this group can join the club.”

While the Tigers tossed the ball to the tarp, the Cardinals were mostly crisp, with the notable exception of right fielder Chris Duncan, who dropped a fly ball just before Sean Casey’s two-run homer in the fourth put Detroit ahead 2-1.

St. Louis had gone ahead on Eckstein’s infield single in the second, with Inge throwing making a diving stop over the bag put throwing the ball low and wide instead of setting and throwing.

Casey, who batted a Series-high .529, homered for the second straight night, but St. Louis came right back to take a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth as pitcher Justin Verlander threw away a ball for the second time in two starts. One run scored on the error and another on Eckstein’s grounder.

“I just threw it away. I had the wrong mind-set,” Verlander said. “I picked it up and said to myself ‘Don’t throw it away,’ instead of just picking it up and throwing it. I got tentative.”

Rolen, who led Cardinals’ batters at .421, added a big run with a two-out RBI single in the seventh off reliever Fernando Rodney, extending his postseason hitting streak to 10 games.

It marked the first time since the 1912 Red Sox at Boston’s Fenway Park that a team won the Series at home in a first-year ballpark. And the Cardinals (83-78) almost didn’t even make it to the postseason. They had a seven-game NL Central lead with 12 to go but lost eight of nine before recovering to finish 1½ games ahead of Houston, the defending NL champion.

Minnesota, in 1987, had set the previous low for wins by a Series winner, going 85-77.

“The team that wins a world championship is the team that played the best,” La Russa said.

As the Tigers failed in their bid for their first title since 1984, their season ended with Kenny Rogers rested and ready with no place to pitch. Rogers, who threw 23 shutout innings in the postseason, was saved by Leyland for a possible Game 6 in Detroit on Saturday.

Weaver, cast off by the Yankees three years ago after a World Series flop and dealt to the Cardinals by the Angels in July, allowed four hits in eight innings, matched his season high with nine strikeouts and walked one before Wainwright finished for the save. St. Louis pitchers held Detroit to a .199 average over the five games.

“It’s all the belief in yourself, knowing that you’re going to work through it,” Weaver said. “Just never say die. Just keep working.”

Verlander gave up three runs — one earned — and three hits, recovering from early control problems to give the Tigers a decent effort. Throwing up to 100 mph, he walked the bases loaded and tied a Series record with a pair of wild pitches, but escaped when Ronnie Belliard hit a grounder up the middle that shortstop Carlos Guillen just got to in time to make an off-balance throw to first, beating Belliard by less than a step as Casey scooped the ball on a bounce.

Pujols hit just .200 with two RBIs in the Series but turned in the night’s niftiest play, sprawling to snare Polanco’s grounder to first leading off the seventh, then making a one-bounce throw from his back to Weaver covering the base.

“Anytime you make big plays, it changes the momentum of the game,” Weaver said, “and I think that was a big one.”

Notes: The record for unearned runs allowed in the Series is 13, shared by the 1903 Pittsburgh Pirates and 1909 Tigers. ... Verlander was the first pitcher to lose twice in a five-game Series since Oakland’s Storm Davis in 1988.

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Friday, October 27, 2006

COM: Blogarithmic #163

Highland Park is leading Forney 28-10 in the third quarter. The update of course is that Highland Park won 34-10.

Blogger was down all weekend, so i'll update all the scores and good news later today (Monday).


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OBT: Good kid, sad day . . .

ITM grad dies in Iraq
By Alison Beshur, The Daily Times, Published October 27, 2006

Charles Victor “Chuck” Komppa, a 1990 graduate of Ingram Tom Moore High School, died Wednesday in Iraq. He was 35.

Komppa, a U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class, was traveling Wednesday with a U.S. Marine convoy, when a roadside bomb exploded, killing him and four U.S. Marines in Al Anbar province of Iraq.

Reporting the deaths, the Associated Press described Al Anbar as a hotbed of the Sunni insurgency against U.S. troops and their Iraqi government allies.

The deaths of Komppa and the four U.S. Marines increased this month’s death toll to 96 American forces, the highest monthly total since October 2005. Before that, the deadliest months were January 2005, at 107; November 2004 at 137 and April 2004, at 135, according to the AP.

Komppa had served as a reservist in Montana for three years, before he was called to active duty in June. He was assigned to the 3rd Naval Construction Regiment, according to the U.S. Department of Defense statement.

Komppa also served from 1990 to 1995 at a U.S. Navy training center in Great Lakes, Ill., and on the USS Camden, a fast combat support ship.

Steven Komppa, Charles’ younger brother, said his family wasn’t happy, but supported Charles’ decision to rejoin as a Navy reservist.

“He felt very strongly about it, so we supported him,” said Steven Komppa, 32. “We’re supportive now, even though this tragic accident occurred.”

Charles Komppa leaves behind his wife, Lisa Dewey, also an ITM graduate, and their children, Alicia, 14 and son, Gary, 11.

Steven Komppa said he spoke with his older brother about five days before he died.

“We just chit-chatted,” said the younger Komppa, who last saw his brother at Christmas. “He asked how the kids were. Basically, he was checking on me.”

Steven Komppa said his brother was quiet and serious and never wanted to burden anyone else with his concerns.

He said his fondest memory is the 1989-90 school year, when he was a sophomore and Charles was a senior in high school. That year, the two brothers earned silver medals in a state three-mile cross country meet.

“That was our best year,” Steven Komppa said. “We were as thick as thieves. We did everything together that year.”

Ingram Superintendent Bruce Faust was head football coach when the Komppa boys attended the high school.

Faust said he remembers Komppa’s determination. Komppa would play football on Friday night and then get up the next morning to run cross country. Charles Komppa never complained, Faust said.

“He was one of those youngsters who didn’t have a lot of natural ability, but everything he did was because of good, hard work,” Faust said. “He would do anything you asked him to do.”

Charles Komppa also is survived by his mother, Margaret Martin of Montana; father, Gary Komppa of Ingram; sister, Senia Carlson of Ingram; brother, Steven Komppa of Colorado City; grandparents, Charles and Helen Bradshaw of Sebeka, Minn.; nieces and nephews, Gaige Carlson and McKinna and Steven Komppa.

His funeral service will be held in Montana, and is pending. Memorial cards for the family can be sent to Steven Komppa at 1404 Waco in Colorado City, Texas, 79512.

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Thursday, October 26, 2006

COM: Blogarithmic #162

I somehow missed the big story in Saturday's game for Highland Park. William Lawson had four catches for 28 yards and a touchdown, his first of the season with his feet in the endzone (he threw a 59-yard pass for one in an earlier game). Congrats William! He's No. 1 ranked HP's third leading receiver with 286 yards.



William versus J.J. Pearce


Peter Navarra was Player of the Week in the Journal this week again. That's after another big day rushing and receiving and scoring for OLH as they won their final home game of their first-ever season. Critical was his scoring a touchdown with seconds remaining to go, to set up the win.


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ATH: Nooooooo . . .

UPSET: UAB knocks off No. 1 SMU

UAB handed No. 1 SMU its first loss of the season with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday night before what is believed to be a record crowd of 2,755 fans at West Campus field.

Canadian Lukasz Kwapisz and Birmingham product Trey Gregory each tallied goals in the UAB victory.

"You put together a game plan and hope that the players execute it" UAB coach Mike Getman said. "I don't know if a group of players could execute it any better."

The Blazers are only 8-6-2, but they have had several big wins. They've also beaten No. 8 Notre Dame, UNC Greensboro, the Southern regular-season champion, and Stetson, which went unbeaten en route to the Atlantic Sun regular-season title.

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Monday, October 23, 2006

COM: Blogarithmic #161

Well, Lend Me A Tenor is now history. I had a great time. We had a great time. A million thanks to all the cast, all the crew, all the students who helped out in so many ways, and the 500 people who graced our audience and laughed, and gave their support and thanks. It was a wonderful experience. We're pretty dang proud in the Guadalupe Stage Quartet at our intial production. From the show we completely paid for the year's educational trips for the Thespians and got a giant start on the endowment for the Roy Burney Scholarship Fund. Thanks again, so much, for all your support.

If you missed out, andwould like to be a part of the productions in the future, or just come see a show, we already have a couple more in the works. We're definitely doing The Octette Bridge Club in May, and i'm working now on the logistics for doing The Drawer Boy, perhaps in the next couple of months. Stay tuned.

From Soccer America:
Duke dumps reeling UNC on own goal
An own goal gave No. 2 Duke a 1-0 win over North Carolina before 6,549 fans at Koskinen Stadium on Friday night and remain in first place in ACC men's play with a 5-1-1 record.

The struggling Tar Heels are winless in five games and have been shut out in three straight games for the first time since 1982. The only score of the match came in the ninth minute when Carolina defender Ted Odgers redirected a Zach Pope cross into the back of the net.

Senior forward Adam Cristman registered the first hat trick since 2000 by a Cavalier to lead No. 4 Virginia to a 3-1 win over No. 19 Virginia Tech in front of a record crowd of 2,711 fans at the Hokie Soccer Stadium. Virginia, which remains in second place in the ACC behind Duke, snapped Tech's five-game winning streak.

MUSTANGS BOUNCE BACK. Top-ranked SMU bounced back from a 1-1 tie with South Carolina Wednesday night to soundly defeat Memphis, 3-0, Saturday afternoon in Memphis.

Sophomore Ryan Mirsky connected on a 30-yard shot for his first goal of the season, and Chase Wileman added two goals in the second half. The first came on an assist from U.S. U-20 goalie Steve Sandbo playing in the forward position. Sandbo has been unable to supplant Matt Wideman in the SMU goal this season.

PAC-10 LEADERS. California beat Stanford, 2-0, in a top-of-the-table Pac-10 clash to extend its lead over the Cardinal to five points. Pat Marion and Jacob Wilson scored for the Bears, who won their fifth straight games.

Ely Allen and George John scored in the first 18 minutes to lead Washington to a 2-0 over UCLA, snapping the Bruins' six-game unbeaten streak.

REGULAR-SEASON CHAMPS. Pavle Dundjer's two goals guided UIC to a 2-0 win over UW-Green Bay. The Flames clinched their first Horizon League regular-season championship since 2000.

Lehigh clinched the Patriot League regular-season title with a 1-0 win at Colgate on John O'Reilly's free kick from 25 yards. The Mountain Hawks are unbeaten in 13 straight games.

Stetson beat Jacksonville, 1-0, on Victor Webb's goal to earn the top seed in the Atlantic Sun and give the program its first undefeated conference season.

Binghamton clinched the America East regular-season title with a 0-0 tie with Vermont and the top seed for the conference tournament, which begins next Saturday.


SOCCER AMERICA MEN'S TOP 25: New Rankings
RANK/TEAM (RECORD) PREVIOUS RANK
(Last week's results)
1. SMU (14-0-3) 1 10/18 South Carolina 1-1, OT, 10/21 at Memphis 3-0, 10/25 at UAB, 10/28 at Marshall.
2. Duke (12-2-1) 2 10/17 Alabama A&M 4-1, 10/20 North Carolina 1-0, 10/24 North Florida, 10/27 at Clemson.
3. Wake Forest (14-2-1) 3 10/18 UNC Greensboro 3-0, 10/21 N.C. State 1-0, 10/27 at Virginia.
4. Virginia (13-2-0) 4 10/17 Longwood-canceled, 10/20 at Virginia Tech 3-1, 10/27 Wake Forest.
5. West Virginia (14-1-2) 5 10/18 Notre Dame 2-1, 10/21 at Providence 1-0, 10/23 Pittsburgh-canceled, 10/28 South Florida-Seton Hall winner (Big East Tournament).
6. Maryland (11-3-1) 8 10/19 Hartwick 1-0, 10/22 Albany 4-0, 10/24 Bucknell, 10/27 Virginia Tech.
7. Indiana (10-4-2) 6 10/20 at Penn State 0-1, 10/24 at Butler, 10/27 Wisconsin
8. Notre Dame (12-4-2) 7 10/18 at West Virginia 1-2, 10/21 at Connecticut 1-0, 10/25 DePaul (Big East Tournament).
9. New Mexico (10-3-2) 12 10/21 UNLV 1-0, OT, 10/27 at Sacramento State, 10/29 at San Jose State, 11/3 Air Force, 11/5 Denver.
10. Santa Clara (9-3-4) 14 10/20 San Francisco 1-0, 10/27 at San Diego, 10/29 at Loyola Marymount, 11/3 Portland, 11/5 Gonzaga.
11. California (11-3-1) 17 10/20 Stanford 2-0, 10/27 at San Diego State, 10/29 at California, 11/3 at Stanford.
12. Clemson (11-3-2) 11 10/18 UNC Asheville 3-1, 10/21 at Boston College 1-1, OT, 10/27 Duke.
13. North Carolina (10-5-2) 9 10/20 at Duke 0-1, 10/26 at Boston College.
14. UCLA (9-4-2) 10 10/20 at Oregon State 3-0, 10/22 at Washington 0-2, 10/27 Stanford, 10/29 California, 11/3 San Diego State, 11/5 San Diego.
15. Creighton (10-3-3) 18 10/21 Evansville 1-0, 10/24 UMKC, 10/28 Bradley.
16. South Carolina (10-3-1) NR 10/18 at SMU 11, OT, 10/21 UCF 2-1, 10/28 at Tulsa.
17. Towson (13-1-2) 20 10/20 at James Madison 1-0, 10/22 VCU 2-1, 10/27 at George Mason.
18. Cincinnati (11-4-2) 21 10/18 at DePaul 1-0, 10/21 Villanova 2-1, OT, 10/28 Louisville-Providence winner (Big East Tournament)
19. Saint Louis (10-3-2) 22 10/20 at St. Joseph's 1-0, 10/22 at Temple 1-0, 10/27 at Massachusetts, 10/29 at Rhode Island.
20. UIC (12-2-3) 13 10/20 at Loyola (Ill.) 1-1, OT, 10/22 Wisconsin-Green Bay 2-0.
21. Denver (10-3-2) 15 10/20 San Jose State 3-0, 10/22 Sacramento State 1-1, OT, 10/28 Air Force, 11/3 at UNLV, 11/5 at New Mexico.
22. San Francisco (10-4-1) 16 10/20 at Santa Clara 0-1, 10/22 St. Mary's 1-0, 10/27 at Portland, 10/29 at Gonzaga, 11/3 San Diego, 11/5 Loyola Marymount.
23. Lehigh (13-1-1) 23 10/17 Philadelphia 4-0, 10/21 at Colgate 1-0, 10/25 at Penn State, 10/28 Lafayette.
24. Harvard (11-4-0) 25 10/17 at Holy Cross 5-2, 10/21 at Princeton 2-1, 10/29 at Dartmouth, 11/4 Columbia.
25. Virginia Tech (10-5-1) 19 10/17 at Davidson 4-2, 10/20 Virginia 1-3, 10/24 Appalachian State, 10/27 at Appalachian State.
25. Connecticut (10-5-2) NR 10/19 at Marquette 1-0, 10/21 Notre Dame 0-1, 10/28 Pittsburgh-St. John's winner (Big East Tournament)


WOMEN: No. 1 Irish extend unbeaten streak
No. 1 Notre Dame (16-0-1) extended its unbeaten streak to 17 games with wins over Villanova (4-2) and Georgetown (1-0),

The game against Villanova was a matchup of the nation's top defenses, but each squad allowed its most goals in a game this season. Sophomore star Kerri Hanks scored the first two Notre Dame goals and added an assist. Villanova freshman Erin Byrnes tied the game in the 49th minute, halting Notre Dame's shutout streak at 492 minutes.

The Irish, who play Cincinnati Tuesday in a makeup game before heading into the Big Tournament next weekend, rested two of its top starters, sophomore forward Brittany Bock and senior center back Kim Lorenzen, against the Hoyas. Carrie Dew scored the only goal on a header off a Hanks free kick.

Surging Connecticut, which tied Notre Dame last week, upset West Virginia, 1-0, Friday night, and beat Pittsburgh, 4-2, to its unbeaten streak to six games. Sophomore forward Brittany Tegeler had the only goal in the win over the Mountaineers and scored two goals and added an assist in the come-from-behind victory over Pitt. West Virginia had been unbeaten in its last 15 games at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

NAVAL BLOCKADE. Navy extended the nation's longest winning streak to 18 games with Patriot League wins over Lehigh (4-0) and Lafayette (4-0).

The Mids have played more than 851 minutes since last giving up a goal. Navy has set school season records for wins (18) and shutouts (15).

REGULAR-SEASON CHAMPIONS. Navy puts its perfect season on the line Thursday when it hosts Penn State, which captured its ninth consecutive Big Ten title with a 2-1 win over Northwestern on Sunday.

William & Mary clinched the CAA regular-season championship with a 2-0 victory over UNC Wilmington and improved its unbeaten streak to 14 matches, establishing a program record. Hartford earned the America East regular-season crown with a 1-0 victory over Boston University and will be the No. 1 seed in the conference championship that begins this week.

ACC UPSETS. North Carolina, which has the second longest winning streak at 17 games, was idle. Elsewhere in the ACC, Duke upset Florida State, 3-1, on Sunday. Rebecca Moros, Darby Kroyer and Lorraine Quinn scored for the Blue Devils as FSU allowed one more than in the second half than it had in its first 15 games.

Boston College beat Virginia, 1-0, Friday night at Klockner Stadium. Gina DiMartino's goal in the 15th minute was all the Eagles needed to win, despite the Cavaliers outshooting them, 13-3. Two days later, Virginia had more bad luck as it lost to Maryland, 1-0, after having Alli Fries sent off in the 10th minute.

BIG 12'S BIG THREE. Texas A&M clinched its third straight Big 12 regular-season championship with a 4-2 win over Missouri in front of 3,285 fans at the Aggie Soccer Stadium.

Oklahoma State finished second with a 2-0 win over Nebraska. Last year, the Cowgirls finished ninth and missed out on the Big 12 Tournament. Their previous highest finish was seventh place. Third-place Texas tied the school record for most regular-season wins (14) with a 4-1 victory over Iowa State.


SOCCER AMERICA WOMEN'S TOP 25: New Rankings
RANK/TEAM (RECORD) PREVIOUS RANK
(Weekend Results)
1. Notre Dame (16-0-1) 1 10/20 at Villanova 4-2, 10/22 at Georgetown 1-0, 10/24 at Cincinnati, 10/29 Seton Hall-St. John's winner (Big East Tournament).
2. North Carolina (17-1-0) 2 10/19 at N.C. State 4-1, 10/27 Wake Forest
3. UCLA (14-2-0) 4 10/20 at Arizona 1-0, 10/22 at Arizona State 2-1, 10/27 Washington, 10/27 Washington State, 11/5 at Oregon, 11/5 at Oregon State.
4. Santa Clara (13-3-1) 7 10/19 Portland 3-2, 10/22 Gonzaga 6-2, 10/29 San Francisco, 11/1 at California, 11/4 at St. Mary's.
5. Texas A&M (13-3-1) 8 10/22 Iowa State 7-0, 10/22 Missouri 4-2, 10/27 at Texas.
6. Florida State (12-2-2) 3 10/19 at Wake Forest 3-2, 10/22 at Duke 1-3, 10/24 Jacksonville, 10/27 Clemson.
7. Portland (13-3-2) 5 10/19 at Santa Clara 2-3, 10/22 at San Diego 2-1, OT, 10/29 Pepperdine, 11/4 at Loyola Marymount.
8. West Virginia (14-2-2) 6 10/20 Connecticut 0-1, 10/22 Providence 4-0, 10/29 Pittsburgh-Louisville winner (Big East Tournament).
9. Texas (14-3-1) 10 10/20 Missouri 1-0, 10/22 Iowa State 4-1, 10/27 Texas A&M.
10. Penn State (12-3-3) 12 10/20 Wisconsin 3-0, 10/22 Northwestern 2-1, 10/26 at Navy.
11. Utah (13-4-0) 13 10/29 TCU 4-0, 10/22 at San Diego State 2-0, 10/27 Wyoming.
12. Oklahoma State (14-2-2) 14 10/20 Nebraska 2-0, 10/22 Oral Roberts 1-0, 10/28 at Murray State.
13. Villanova (15-2-2) 9 10/20 Notre Dame 2-4, 10/22 DePaul 3-0, 10/29 Marquette (Big East Tournament).
14. Navy (18-0-0) 17 10/16 Howard 10-0, 10/20 Lehigh 4-0, 10/22 Lafayette 4-0, 10/26 Penn State.
15. SMU (14-2-1) 19 10/20 Marshall 3-0, 10/22 East Carolina 1-0, 10/27 at UCF, 10/29 at Southern Mississippi.
16. Wake Forest (13-4-0) 15 10/19 Florida State 2-3, 10/22 Miami, Fla. 1-0, 10/27 at North Carolina.
17. William & Mary (15-1-2) 21 10/20 at Georgia State 3-0, 10/22 UNC Wilmington 2-0, 10/27 Old Dominion.
18. BYU (12-2-3) 18 10/19 Wyoming 3-0, 10/21 New Mexico 1-1, 10/28 at UNLV.
19 Stanford (11-5-1) NR 10/20 at Washington State 1-0, 10/22 at Washington 2-0, 10/27 Oregon State, 10/29 Oregon 11/4 at California.
20. Illinois (11-6-0) NR 10/20 Indiana 1-0, 10/22 Purdue 2-0, 10/27 at Iowa State.
21. Boston College (10-5-2) NR 10/20 Virginia 1-0, 10/22 Virginia Tech 3-3, OT, 10/27 Maryland.
22. Rutgers (14-2-2) NR 10/20 Cincinnati 2-0, 10/22 Louisville 1-0, 10/28 Connecticut (Big East Tournament).
23. Florida (10-4-2) 23 10/20 Arkansas 1-0, OT, 10/22 at LSU, 1-1, 10/27 at South Carolina.
24. Loyola Marymount (8-2-5) NR 10/20 at San Francisco 1-0, 10/22 at St. Mary's 0-0, OT, 10/26 Utah Valley State, 10/29 at Gonzaga, 11/4 Portland.
25. Connecticut (10-7-2) NR 10/20 at West Virginia 1-0, 10/22 at Pittsburgh 4-2, 10/28 at Rutgers (Big East Tournament).


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COM: Another important read . . .

After Pat’s Birthday
By Kevin Tillman , Posted on Oct 19, 2006


Digg Editor’s note: Kevin Tillman joined the Army with his brother Pat in 2002, and they served together in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pat was killed in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004. Kevin, who was discharged in 2005, has written a powerful, must-read document.

It is Pat’s birthday on November 6, and elections are the day after. It gets me thinking about a conversation I had with Pat before we joined the military. He spoke about the risks with signing the papers. How once we committed, we were at the mercy of the American leadership and the American people. How we could be thrown in a direction not of our volition. How fighting as a soldier would leave us without a voice… until we got out.

Much has happened since we handed over our voice:

Somehow we were sent to invade a nation because it was a direct threat to the American people, or to the world, or harbored terrorists, or was involved in the September 11 attacks, or received weapons-grade uranium from Niger, or had mobile weapons labs, or WMD, or had a need to be liberated, or we needed to establish a democracy, or stop an insurgency, or stop a civil war we created that can’t be called a civil war even though it is. Something like that.

Somehow America has become a country that projects everything that it is not and condemns everything that it is.

Somehow our elected leaders were subverting international law and humanity by setting up secret prisons around the world, secretly kidnapping people, secretly holding them indefinitely, secretly not charging them with anything, secretly torturing them. Somehow that overt policy of torture became the fault of a few “bad apples” in the military.

Somehow back at home, support for the soldiers meant having a five-year-old kindergartener scribble a picture with crayons and send it overseas, or slapping stickers on cars, or lobbying Congress for an extra pad in a helmet. It’s interesting that a soldier on his third or fourth tour should care about a drawing from a five-year-old; or a faded sticker on a car as his friends die around him; or an extra pad in a helmet, as if it will protect him when an IED throws his vehicle 50 feet into the air as his body comes apart and his skin melts to the seat.

Somehow the more soldiers that die, the more legitimate the illegal invasion becomes.

Somehow American leadership, whose only credit is lying to its people and illegally invading a nation, has been allowed to steal the courage, virtue and honor of its soldiers on the ground.

Somehow those afraid to fight an illegal invasion decades ago are allowed to send soldiers to die for an illegal invasion they started.

Somehow faking character, virtue and strength is tolerated.

Somehow profiting from tragedy and horror is tolerated.

Somehow the death of tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people is tolerated.

Somehow subversion of the Bill of Rights and The Constitution is tolerated.

Somehow suspension of Habeas Corpus is supposed to keep this country safe.

Somehow torture is tolerated.

Somehow lying is tolerated.

Somehow reason is being discarded for faith, dogma, and nonsense.

Somehow American leadership managed to create a more dangerous world.

Somehow a narrative is more important than reality.

Somehow America has become a country that projects everything that it is not and condemns everything that it is.

Somehow the most reasonable, trusted and respected country in the world has become one of the most irrational, belligerent, feared, and distrusted countries in the world.

Somehow being politically informed, diligent, and skeptical has been replaced by apathy through active ignorance.

Somehow the same incompetent, narcissistic, virtueless, vacuous, malicious criminals are still in charge of this country.

Somehow this is tolerated.

Somehow nobody is accountable for this.

In a democracy, the policy of the leaders is the policy of the people. So don’t be shocked when our grandkids bury much of this generation as traitors to the nation, to the world and to humanity. Most likely, they will come to know that “somehow” was nurtured by fear, insecurity and indifference, leaving the country vulnerable to unchecked, unchallenged parasites.

Luckily this country is still a democracy. People still have a voice. People still can take action. It can start after Pat’s birthday.

Brother and Friend of Pat Tillman,

Kevin Tillman

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Friday, October 20, 2006

COM: If you read only one thing . . .

'Beginning of the end of America'
Olbermann addresses the Military Commissions Act in a special comment
SPECIAL COMMENT By Keith Olbermann, Anchor, 'Countdown', Updated: 2:00 p.m. CT Oct 19, 2006


Original here, please support this column for speaking truth to power.

We have lived as if in a trance.

We have lived as people in fear.

And now—our rights and our freedoms in peril—we slowly awaken to learn that we have been afraid of the wrong thing.

Therefore, tonight have we truly become the inheritors of our American legacy.

For, on this first full day that the Military Commissions Act is in force, we now face what our ancestors faced, at other times of exaggerated crisis and melodramatic fear-mongering:

A government more dangerous to our liberty, than is the enemy it claims to protect us from.

We have been here before—and we have been here before, led here by men better and wiser and nobler than George W. Bush.

We have been here when President John Adams insisted that the Alien and Sedition Acts were necessary to save American lives, only to watch him use those acts to jail newspaper editors.

American newspaper editors, in American jails, for things they wrote about America.

We have been here when President Woodrow Wilson insisted that the Espionage Act was necessary to save American lives, only to watch him use that Act to prosecute 2,000 Americans, especially those he disparaged as “Hyphenated Americans,” most of whom were guilty only of advocating peace in a time of war.

American public speakers, in American jails, for things they said about America.

And we have been here when President Franklin D. Roosevelt insisted that Executive Order 9066 was necessary to save American lives, only to watch him use that order to imprison and pauperize 110,000 Americans while his man in charge, General DeWitt, told Congress: “It makes no difference whether he is an American citizen—he is still a Japanese.”

American citizens, in American camps, for something they neither wrote nor said nor did, but for the choices they or their ancestors had made about coming to America.

Each of these actions was undertaken for the most vital, the most urgent, the most inescapable of reasons.

And each was a betrayal of that for which the president who advocated them claimed to be fighting.

Adams and his party were swept from office, and the Alien and Sedition Acts erased.

Many of the very people Wilson silenced survived him, and one of them even ran to succeed him, and got 900,000 votes, though his presidential campaign was conducted entirely from his jail cell.

And Roosevelt’s internment of the Japanese was not merely the worst blight on his record, but it would necessitate a formal apology from the government of the United States to the citizens of the United States whose lives it ruined.


The most vital, the most urgent, the most inescapable of reasons.

In times of fright, we have been only human.

We have let Roosevelt’s “fear of fear itself” overtake us.

We have listened to the little voice inside that has said, “the wolf is at the door; this will be temporary; this will be precise; this too shall pass.”

We have accepted that the only way to stop the terrorists is to let the government become just a little bit like the terrorists.

Just the way we once accepted that the only way to stop the Soviets was to let the government become just a little bit like the Soviets.

Or substitute the Japanese.

Or the Germans.

Or the Socialists.

Or the Anarchists.

Or the Immigrants.

Or the British.

Or the Aliens.

The most vital, the most urgent, the most inescapable of reasons.

And, always, always wrong.


“With the distance of history, the questions will be narrowed and few: Did this generation of Americans take the threat seriously, and did we do what it takes to defeat that threat?”

Wise words.

And ironic ones, Mr. Bush.

Your own, of course, yesterday, in signing the Military Commissions Act.

You spoke so much more than you know, Sir.

Sadly—of course—the distance of history will recognize that the threat this generation of Americans needed to take seriously was you.

We have a long and painful history of ignoring the prophecy attributed to Benjamin Franklin that “those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

But even within this history we have not before codified the poisoning of habeas corpus, that wellspring of protection from which all essential liberties flow.

You, sir, have now befouled that spring.

You, sir, have now given us chaos and called it order.

You, sir, have now imposed subjugation and called it freedom.

For the most vital, the most urgent, the most inescapable of reasons.

And — again, Mr. Bush — all of them, wrong.

We have handed a blank check drawn against our freedom to a man who has said it is unacceptable to compare anything this country has ever done to anything the terrorists have ever done.

We have handed a blank check drawn against our freedom to a man who has insisted again that “the United States does not torture. It’s against our laws and it’s against our values” and who has said it with a straight face while the pictures from Abu Ghraib Prison and the stories of Waterboarding figuratively fade in and out, around him.

We have handed a blank check drawn against our freedom to a man who may now, if he so decides, declare not merely any non-American citizens “unlawful enemy combatants” and ship them somewhere—anywhere -- but may now, if he so decides, declare you an “unlawful enemy combatant” and ship you somewhere - anywhere.

And if you think this hyperbole or hysteria, ask the newspaper editors when John Adams was president or the pacifists when Woodrow Wilson was president or the Japanese at Manzanar when Franklin Roosevelt was president.

And if you somehow think habeas corpus has not been suspended for American citizens but only for everybody else, ask yourself this: If you are pulled off the street tomorrow, and they call you an alien or an undocumented immigrant or an “unlawful enemy combatant”—exactly how are you going to convince them to give you a court hearing to prove you are not? Do you think this attorney general is going to help you?


This President now has his blank check.

He lied to get it.

He lied as he received it.

Is there any reason to even hope he has not lied about how he intends to use it nor who he intends to use it against?

“These military commissions will provide a fair trial,” you told us yesterday, Mr. Bush, “in which the accused are presumed innocent, have access to an attorney and can hear all the evidence against them.”

"Presumed innocent," Mr. Bush?

The very piece of paper you signed as you said that, allows for the detainees to be abused up to the point just before they sustain “serious mental and physical trauma” in the hope of getting them to incriminate themselves, and may no longer even invoke The Geneva Conventions in their own defense.

"Access to an attorney," Mr. Bush?

Lieutenant Commander Charles Swift said on this program, Sir, and to the Supreme Court, that he was only granted access to his detainee defendant on the promise that the detainee would plead guilty.

"Hearing all the evidence," Mr. Bush?

The Military Commissions Act specifically permits the introduction of classified evidence not made available to the defense.

Your words are lies, Sir.

They are lies that imperil us all.

“One of the terrorists believed to have planned the 9/11 attacks,” you told us yesterday, “said he hoped the attacks would be the beginning of the end of America.”

That terrorist, sir, could only hope.

Not his actions, nor the actions of a ceaseless line of terrorists (real or imagined), could measure up to what you have wrought.

Habeas corpus? Gone.

The Geneva Conventions? Optional.

The moral force we shined outwards to the world as an eternal beacon, and inwards at ourselves as an eternal protection? Snuffed out.

These things you have done, Mr. Bush, they would be “the beginning of the end of America.”

And did it even occur to you once, sir — somewhere in amidst those eight separate, gruesome, intentional, terroristic invocations of the horrors of 9/11 -- that with only a little further shift in this world we now know—just a touch more repudiation of all of that for which our patriots died --- did it ever occur to you once that in just 27 months and two days from now when you leave office, some irresponsible future president and a “competent tribunal” of lackeys would be entitled, by the actions of your own hand, to declare the status of “unlawful enemy combatant” for -- and convene a Military Commission to try -- not John Walker Lindh, but George Walker Bush?

For the most vital, the most urgent, the most inescapable of reasons.

And doubtless, Sir, all of them—as always—wrong.

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COM: Blogarithmic #160

Only three shows remaining for Lend Me A Tenor! -- tonight, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Contact me for details, or scan the posts below.

OLH played a Thursday night game, and turned the tables on FEAST, wnning this time 22-20 to go up 3-3-1 in their inaugural season. Peter Navarra had a 40 yard burst for a TD.

Highland Park is at J.J. Pearce tonight, Tivy takes on Memorial, and ITM has an off week.

I took the Kerrville Daily Times to task yesterday on a front page story that messed up a bunch of bird stuff. Then today, a columnist, who i respect for his skills mis-IDed another bird -- Jackdaws for Pied Crows -- and complained about not using American vultures in a TV ad -- surely he must know that that's patently illegal, as would be using American Crows for the Pied jobs.

Here's my letter, which of course they won't print:

One would think that someone could have researched the proper names of the birds on your front page story today, especially since it's about birds and not just some throwaway piece. None of the identifications on the small pictures are totally correct, although you could get by with some. They are, properly, in order, Great-tailed Grackle, Mallard (though judging by its beak, it's likely a domestic bird turned loose -- and the last ducks you pictured on the front page in a story about migrants were likewise too fat to fly, which got quite a laugh among biologists i was leading on a migrant survey that day), Great Egret (the most egregious error, since Great White Heron is another species altogether, and which does not occur here), Northern Cardinal, and Turkey Vulture (Buzzards are European hawks, though Americans mistakenly call our vultures -- which are actually storks, not hawks at all -- buzzards).

Some additional notes: I was looking at the pictures online, alerted by someone else, and have just now gotten a copy of the print edition. I’m not certain it can be positively identified from the photo there, but the vulture pic looks to me like it might possibly be a Black Vulture instead of a Turkey Vulture – head color is a clue although it does not eliminate Turkey Vulture, but the bird also appears to have a tail length more typical of Black Vulture.

In your list of winter birds, a couple of comments. Pine Siskin is two words. Also, while all the birds listed there can be found here in the winter, one could get the impression from the sidebar title that these are birds arriving solely for the winter. That is not the case for several of these birds which are year round residents and breeders: Lesser Goldfinch, Chipping Sparrow, American Robin, Western Scrub-Jay, Carolina Wren, Bewick’s Wren, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, and Golden-fronted Woodpecker. Only 11 of the 22 species in your list are “wintering birds” by ornithological definitions. While some of these species do increase in numbers during the winter as birds come from up north, one, the Lesser Goldfinch, is actually much less common here in winter than other times of the year. Some like Western Scrub-Jay do not migrate and thus our numbers remain fairly static.

For those who are stumped by my pickiness with names – English names of birds are standardized by country of origin societies. In the U.S. this is the American Ornithologists’ Union. These names are duplicated in two state publications – The TOS Handbook of Texas Birds by Mark Lockwood and Brush Freeman (Texas A&M Press), and the Checklist of Texas Birds by Kelly Bryan, Tony Gallucci, Greg Lasley, Lockwood and David Riskind (Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. Press). All of these compendia of proper names are available online from those organizations – AOU, TOS & TPWD. Lockwood’s excellent book Birds of the Texas Hill Country also uses this nomenclature as does any modern field guide (although names occasionally change when DNA evidence shows unknown relationships among species). I highly recommend his book, and companion checklist, for anyone with a serious interest in Hill Country birds.

In the article proper, in the section on habitat (which doesn’t mention habitat), the statement that “American birders can pare down their checklist to the 5 billion or so found in North America” defies comprehension. Checklists are made up of listings of species. The US checklist – what people use in birding to list as many species as they can see – and which would be ludicrous to try at 5 billion – is actually about 800 species. The Texas checklist, largest in the US, just hit 630 confirmed species last month. The world total for species is about 10,000 – not anywhere near 30 billion. Those billions numbers, whose countenance is unknown to me but i assume to have been obtained from a reliable source (although the US having one-sixth the world total seems arrogant, especially considering the density of birds in the tropics – another clue is that we have less than one-tenth of the total species), is the estimated total for individual birds. If birders were counting those they’d never get out of the city limits. Can you imagine a field guide with pictures and descriptions, or even a checklist, of 5 billion birds?

Also, there seems to be a generalization in the article that birds migrating in Texas come from between the Rockies and the Mississippi. While not totally clear in the article such an implication would entail a bit of reverse logic. Most of the birds from that expanse that migrate do indeed migrate through Texas, but to imply that most migrant birds in Texas come from that expanse doesn’t wash, at least in part because that expanse is the least diverse and least densely populated major bird area in the lower 48.

In fact, many migrants from east of the Mississippi are funneled around the Gulf of Mexico into Texas – including the hundreds of thousands of Broad-winged Hawks that make the Corpus Christi hawkwatch such a tourist/birder draw. They only very rarely cross water, so virtually the entire population of that most common of North American hawks passes through Texas on its way south, and the greater percentage of that population breeds east of the Mississippi. The same is true of other eastern species.

In the spring migration period Texas is responsible for providing stopover grounds for a large percentage of eastern woodland breeding birds, and fall features huge numbers of Arctic, Alaskan and Tundra breeding shorebirds, gulls and terns, sparrows, finches and waterfowl. And if you consider the expanse of the Trans-Pecos west of Van Horn and the Big Bend to be part of the state of Texas, then it will come as no shock that, since it is west of the Rockies (which end at the Guadalupe Mountains), the birds migrating through there are largely species from the Rockies and further west.

We could also go into the post-breeding dispersal in which large numbers of Mexican birds move north in late summer as the northern breeders begin moving south, but . . .

P.s. in your wire service story on the back of section one about prairie-chickens – the correct spelling is Attwater’s Prairie-Chicken – the caption states they were released from an acclamation pen. Unless they were incarcerated legislators, i believe they were probably released from an acclimation pen.

Thanks for letting me vent. Newspapers rarely get science right.


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Thursday, October 19, 2006

COM: Blogarithmic #159

More Cool Stuff!

So, on the front page of the West Kerr Current yesterday two more of our kids -- Irec Hargrove and Cadi Hawkins were ITM Homecoming King and Queen! Congrats! Also in the mix, and in pictures inside were Kate Tally-Foos, Derek Holbrook, Jeff Achee and Hilary Bunker -- all members of the court.

In football action Juan Corpus, Derek Holbrook and Tyler Brown got mentioned, and Wade King had a 79-yard punt! He also got kudos for cross country and, if you've been following along lately, Taylor Faust broke the 20-minute mark in Saturday's run.

Louise Leahy reviewed Tenor in the Kerrville Daily Times today. Posting here, when i get a chance.

From Soccer America

Englishmen lead West Virginia past Irish
It was supposed to be a duel between No. 5 West Virginia's Jarrod Smith (14 goals) and No. 7 Notre Dame's Joseph Lapira (19 goals), but Englishmen Dan Stratford and Andy Wright were the heroes Wednesday night for the Mountaineers in the much-anticipated Big East showdown.

To the delight of a sellout crowd of 2,153 fans at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, West Virginia overcame an early Irish lead and won, 2-1, on goals by Stratford and Wright to improve its record to 13-1-2. Notre Dame (11-4-2) had a seven-game winning streak snapped with the loss.

"We shattered the attendance record by a thousand," said first-year West Virginia coach Marlon LeBlanc, "and I think it proves that we're catching on in this community."

Stratford knotted the game in the 17th minute on a shot from 22 yards off a pass from Wright. Eleven minutes into the second half, Wright won the game with arguably the Mountaineers' best goal of the season, connecting from 12 yards to finish off a sequence that also involved Stratford and Smith.

Lapira, the NCAA Division I leading scorer, had his seven-game goal streak snapped. Cory Rellas scored Notre Dame's only goal.

"This was a very close game," said Notre Dame coach Bobby Clark. "We played okay. We scored early and then they got back into it. Their second goal was very good. It was a good combination play."

#1 SMU 1 SOUTH CAROLINA 1 (OT). For the second straight game, the Mustangs (13-0-3) had to settle for a tie. They gave up the tying goal with 16 seconds remaining in regulation when Ayo Akinsete pounced on a loose ball in the box and scored with Mustang goalkeeper Matt Wideman out of position. Manuel Mariel scored in the 34th minute for SMU, which remains the only unbeaten team in the NCAA Division I men's ranks.

#5 WAKE FOREST 3 UNC GREENSBORO 0. Ryan Solle opened the scoring for Wake from the penalty spot in the 19th minute after being taken down by Icelandic defender Henning Jonasson, who was red carded on the play. Within 15 minutes, the Demon Deacons (13-2-1) had put the game with goals by Zack Schilawski (snap header) and Steven Curfman (swerving shot from 25 yards). Junior Brian Edwards broke his own single-season record with his 10th shutout.

#11 CLEMSON 3 UNC ASHEVILLE 1. Jamaica international Dane Richards scored one goal, his 10th of the season, and assisted on another for the Tigers, who are now 11-3-1. Brazilian Frederico Moojen opened the scoring for Clemson with his ninth goal of the year.

DEPAUL 0 #21 CINCINNATI 1. Omar Cummings' goal in the 64th minute was the difference for the Bearcats, who lead the Big East's Red Division with 19 points with one match remaining.

#25 SOUTH FLORIDA 1 LOUISVILLE 1 (OT). Frank Jonke evened the score in the 86th minute, a quarter of an hour after Hunter West had put South Florida ahead. The Bulls have qualified for the Big East Tournament, while Louisville has a precarious hold on the fifth and final spot in the Red Division.

WEDNESDAY WOMEN'S ACTION
#24 DARTMOUTH 2 NEW HAMPSHIRE 0. Dartmouth hasn't allowed a nine games. The Big Green earned bragging rights in the Granite State derby with goals from Emily Tracy and Megan Wijas. First place in the Ivy League will be on the line Saturday when Dartmouth (4-0-0 in league play) faces Columbia (3-0-1).

FOCUS: UTEP's Yeamans leaves everything on field

Last year, as a junior, Kelli Yeamans missed UTEP's unbelievable victory at heavily favored Texas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Miners' sweeper had gone down with an ACL tear of her left knee six weeks earlier.

This year, Yeamans tore the ACL in her right knee. It came in a game against Rice where she did not allow Owl star Clory Martin to get a shot on goal. Two days earlier, she had scored against Houston. Conference USA Defensive of the Week honors were a small consolation for the sad truth: Yeamans' career was over with four weeks left in the regular season.

The Miners (13-4-0) are in a four-way race with No. 19 SMU, No. 25 Colorado College and UCF for the regular-season title in the vastly underrated Conference USA. UTEP drew a record crowd of 1,106 fans for the Rice game, and another record could be set when it hosts CC Saturday at University Field, where they are 9-0 this season.

Watching from the sidelines isn't where Yeamans wants to be, but she learned from her injury last season that every game could be her last.

"It wasn't the happy ending I wanted it to be," she told the El Paso Times. "But I left it all on the field."


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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

COM: Blogarithmic #158

Cool Odds and Ends:

Our boy Phillips Wagner made the cover of the Hill Country Journal this week! Why? He was elected Tivy Homecoming King!

Casey Hubble seems to be doing great up in Lubbock. He's got his own website now. Check it out here. And be sure to follow the link to CD Baby to get a listen to his stuff. Very, very nice . . .

OLH lost their homecoming game to NYOS 31-30, though they were threatening at the end of the game. Peter Navarra scored once and finished with 18 carries for 118 yards to lead the Hawks. I've also been neglecting to mention that Tyler Brown has been doing some stout running for ITM lately. Irec Hargrove doesn't get mention in the press for his work at ITM, but i can assure you he's anchoring the line, and anchoring it well. Wyndham Burney seems to having a great season for the Tivy freshmen too.

Speaking of front pages, also on the cover of this week's Hill Country Journal is Clifton Fifer.

Went to You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown rehearsals at ITM Monday. Marie Cearley is directing. Quite a few excellent auditions that day -- and zero duds. Cadi Hawkins' voice has really blossomed in the last year -- that girl can wail. Also, a kid i just met at Streetcar, but who looks to have real promise if we can sway him to stay in theatre (he's also ITM's current quarterback as a sophomore!) is Wade King. What a fine, fine voice. And he's a step beyond animated. Look out seniors. Although i have to say that the usual crew did exceptionally well at auditioning. This is clearly going to be one of those really fun shows, everyone is so hyped already.

Be sure to go backwards on my blog here and catch the news about The Producers.

And if, you somehow don't know, i'm directing Lend Me A Tenor at The Point Theatre right now -- this is the last weekend. I'd love nothing more than to see old friends, and have you all see the show. Besides being funny, the money, all of it, goes to a scholarship fund in the name of our friend Roy Burney, who passed away in August. He is missed by all his ITM students, and this show is our way to come to some closure, celebrate him and local theatre, and do some good for the future. So please come check it out. Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday 3:00 pm. Get hold of me if you need more info or want to reserve seats.

See, or will write to everyone soon! Love ya, tony g

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