Archive for February, 2005

The Passion of the Weis

Monday, February 28th, 2005

New football coach Charlie Weis once again spoke at halftime of an ND basketball game yesterday. As I was leaving the game, I overhead a male student, apparently responding to a female student’s disparaging comment about Weis’s speech, saying the following:

“Charlie Weis is God! You can’t disrespect God!

And here I thought you had to at least win a national championship in order to attain God-like status. But apparently, Notre Dame football coaches are divine until proven mortal. Heh.

Kristy’s boyfriend’s mom won my Oscar pool!

Monday, February 28th, 2005

The mystery is solved! I should have put 2 and 2 together and figured this one out, but alas, it took an e-mail from Kristy to clear things up:

you nerd … My boyfriend’s mother won your pool!!!


FYI, my Eddie is Edward Charles Domaingue III, his father, who entered your pool, is the II. And yes, his mother was an alderman once-upon-a-time, and his father is managing editor of the Union Leader.

LOL! So I do know the Domaingues personally… sort of. I met them for like 30 seconds, two and a half years ago.

On a related note, Kristy was at a hip Oscar party last night with Eddie. Here’s an article about it from the Union Leader.

Republicans are evil?

Monday, February 28th, 2005

I was prepared to give Howard Dean a chance as DNC chair, to not immediately assume that he’ll be a disaster. My patience is rapidly waning:

“Moderate Republicans can’t stand these people (conservatives), because they’re intolerant. They don’t think tolerance is a virtue,” Dean said, adding: “I’m not going to have these right-wingers throw away our right to be tolerant.”

And concluding his backyard speech with a litany of Democratic values, he added: “This is a struggle of good and evil. And we’re the good.”

When told of Dean’s remarks, Derrick Sontag — executive director of the Kansas Republican Party — said he was “shocked.”

“My immediate reaction to that whole dialogue is, it’s full of hatred,” Sontag said. “The Democratic Party has elected a leader that’s full of hatred.”

So it would seem.

UPDATE: Hugh Hewitt comments:

While political rhetoric can and indeed must become heated at times, the idea of tens of millions of Americans being “evil” is the sort of extreme, Michael Moore rhetoric which has taken the Democrats into the ditch and will keep them there. Will MSM follow up with the new DNC Chair and press him for details? Because Dean just labeled every Catholic Bishop and every major Evangelical figure “evil.” … So, does Senator Clinton agree? Senator Schumer? Senator Reid? Minority Leader Pelosi? Shouldn’t every Democrat in leadership be asked if those opposing them on abortion, gay marriage, and apparently everything else are “evil?”

Vaginagate redux

Monday, February 28th, 2005

Saint Mary’s College performed its own Vagina-style “Monologues” over the weekend.

Patrick is not happy.

The “procedural republic”

Monday, February 28th, 2005

InstaPundit points to this article by John Leo, yet another analysis of modern liberalism’s faults:

Modern liberalism, says Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel, has emptied the national narrative of its civic resources, putting religion outside the public square and creating a value-neutral “procedural republic.” …

Liberals have been slow to grasp the mainstream reaction to the no-values culture, chalking it up to Karl Rove, sinister fundamentalists, racism, or the stupidity of the American voter. Since November 2, the withering contempt of liberals for ordinary Americans has been astonishing. … We are seeing the bitterness of elites who wish to lead, confronted by multitudes who do not wish to follow. … [W]hile most Americans value autonomy, they do not want a procedural republic in which patriotism, religion, socialization, and traditional values are politically declared out of bounds. Many Americans notice that liberalism nowadays lacks a vocabulary of right and wrong, declines to discuss virtue except in snickering terms, and seems increasingly hostile to prevailing moral sentiments.

For a stark vision of what cultural liberalism has come to, consider the breakdown of the universities, the fortresses of the 1960s cultural liberals and their progeny. Students are taught that objective judgments are impossible. All knowledge is compromised by issues of power and bias. Therefore, there is no way to come to judgment about anything, since judgment itself rests on quicksand. This principle, however, is suspended when the United States and western culture are discussed, because the West is essentially evil and guilty of endless crimes. …

In their bafflement over rejection of their product, liberals have been lacing speeches with religious phrases and asking mainstream Americans to vote their economic interests by rejecting Republican fat cats. It will take a bit more than that.

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Who the heck did Beyonce sleep with?

Monday, February 28th, 2005

Why in the world they picked her to sing the French song is beyond me. When she came out to sing the second song, from Phantom (why the heck couldn’t they have Emmy Rossum do it?), I nearly cried. When she came out to sing the THIRD song, I just about threw the remote at the TV. From the people watching who spoke French, her French was terrible; she was barely intelligible singing the Phantom song; and by the third song, it was ridiculous.

It was bad enough that this year’s best-song nominees were sub-par, it just makes it that much worse when you have Beyonce sing over half of them. Oh well, at least the Shrek 2 song was sung by the original group, and you can’t go wrong with Santana and Banderas.

Oscar pool details

Monday, February 28th, 2005

Here’s an updated table of all 27 pool contestants’ picks, sorted by order of finish, with each correct pick in green boldface.

I wuz robbed!

Monday, February 28th, 2005

Dammit… if the object of the game had been simply to guess to largest number of Oscar winners, I would have won!!!

I got 15 out of 24 categories right. Vicki Lopez was next with 14. Pool winner Jackie Domaingue only got half of them right, a measly 12! But Jackie got more of the “big” categories right, and those ones were worth more points under my scoring system.

So basically, I was robbed… by my own rules!!! :)


Who is Jackie Domaingue?

Monday, February 28th, 2005

So just who is this Jackie Domaingue, who won the first annual Oscar pool? The honest answer is: I’m not really sure. But I have some clues.

Ed Domaingue and Jackie Domaingue submitted their Oscar picks this afternoon at 3:26 and 3:34 PM, respectively. I don’t believe I know either of them personally; I assume they are random Internet visitors who stumbled upon my site, via Google or a another blog’s link or whatever, and decided to enter my pool.

A cursory Googling of the Domaingues suggests a New Hampshire connection. There is an Ed Domaingue who is the managing editor for news at the Union Leader, and there is a Jackie Domaingue who is a former state representative in New Hampshire, according to the very same Union Leader.

I sent an email to Mr. Domaingue a few minutes ago, trying to confirm the connections and figure out just who exactly our pool winner really is. I’ll update y’all when I know more. :)

Million Dollar Baby wins! Jackie Domaingue wins the pool!

Sunday, February 27th, 2005


1. Jackie Domaingue 56
2. Jen Persaud 53
3. Chris Aemisegger 52
4. Brendan Loy 49
5. Vicki from NJ 44
5. Kristen Wall 44
7. Josh Rubin 43
8. Briandot 42
9. Brian Kiolbasa 40
9. Kate Spitz 40
9. Ed Domaingue 40
12. Becky Zak 39
13. Kate Morran 36
13. Chris “Doc” Evans 36
15. Evan Sparks 35
15. Lisa Velte 35
17. Joel Thrift 34
18. The Backer 32
19. Toni Byers 30
20. Sergio Lopez 26
20. Chris (?) 26
22. Courtney Sweet 25
22. Mike Wiser 25
24. David Kreutz 24
25. Kevin Moot 22
26. Kristy LaPlante 14
27. Shawnee Bananee 13

Best Picture: Oscar pool scenarios

Sunday, February 27th, 2005

If The Aviator wins:

Vicki from NJ 59
Kate Morran 51
Chris “Doc” Evans 51
Evan Sparks 50
Lisa Velte 50

If Million Dollar Baby wins:

Jackie Domaingue 56
Jen Persaud 53
Chris Aemisegger 52
Brendan Loy 49
Vicki from NJ 44
Kristen Wall 44

Oscar pool standings thru 23 awards

Sunday, February 27th, 2005

Eastwood beats Scorcese for Best Director! Vicki still in the lead… barely. It all comes down to Best Picture! Here are the Top Five for now:

1. Vicki from NJ 44
2. Jackie Domaingue 41
3. Brian Kiolbasa 40
4. Jen Persaud 38
5. Chris Aemisegger 37

Full standings after the jump.


Best Director coming up…

Sunday, February 27th, 2005

Everyone in the Top 7, except Jen Persaud, picked Martin Scorcese to win Best Director. Jen picked Taylor Hackford. Jackie Domainque is the highest-ranked contestant who picked Clint Eastwood, so she’ll gain ground if he wins — but only as far as second place. She’d still be five points behind Vicki, and then it would come down to Million Dollar Baby (which Jackie picked) vs. The Aviator (which Vicki picked).

Here are the currrent Top Eight:

1. Vicki from NJ 44
2. Jen Persaud 38
3. Chris Aemisegger 37
4. Kate Morran 36
4. Chris “Doc” Evans 36
6. Evan Sparks 35
7. Brendan Loy 34
8. Jackie Domaingue 32

Oscar pool standings thru 22 awards

Sunday, February 27th, 2005

Jamie Foxx wins Best Actor for Ray! No surprise there, so no major changes in the standings. Full standings after the jump.

Here are all 27 contestants’ picks for the remaining two categories.