Is Bonds being aided by a mechanical device?

EXCLUSIVE: Barry Bonds’ Home Run Record Tainted by Mechanical Device

Bonds tied Henry Aaron’s home run record of 755 on Saturday night and will go for the new standard this week back at home in San Francisco. As a student of baseball – and currently a mechanics consultant to a major league baseball team — I believe I have insight into the Bonds “achievement.” I have studied his swing countless times on video and examined the mechanical gear closely through photographs.

For years, sportswriters remarked that his massive “protective” gear – unequaled in all of baseball — permits Bonds to lean over the plate without fear of being hit by a pitch. Thus situated, Bonds can handle the outside pitch (where most pitchers live) unusually well. This is unfair advantage enough, but no longer controversial. However, it is only one of at least seven (largely unexplored) advantages conferred by the apparatus.

Read the article, but I find it hard to believe that no one would have complained yet if this were truly a mechanical device aiding him, rather than merely an (extremely) elaborate elbow pad.

I especially find the point about Bonds getting tired in home run derbies unpersuasive: everyone gets tired during home run derbies. Add in the fact that Bonds is old and has a number of physical problems and it’s hardly surprising that he might tire faster than other players.

It’s an interesting theory, but I’ll need to see someone actually study the protector directly and up close and confirm the claims before I’ll believe it.

UPDATE: Baseball Prospectus mocks this story. It apprently doesn’t deserve even the limited credence I gave it.

Rome to be destroyed tomorrow?

It was unveiled to us since 1985 that the collapse of the Roman Catholic Church will occur on August 7, 2007.

The Holy Bible described to us how the GREAT CITY, which refers to the VATICAN CITY of the Roman Catholic Church, will be destroyed as stated:

“And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.” (Rev. 16:18 KJV). The GREAT CITY OF BABYLON split into three sections, and the cities of many nations fell into heaps of rubble. So God remembered all of Babylon’s sins, he made her drink the cup that was filled with the wine of his fierce wrath. And every island
disappeared and all the mountains were leveled.” (Revelation 16:19-20 NLT).

NOTE: As stated above the GREAT CITY OF BABYLON will split into three sections which means fissures will form to split it into three sections. Also, cities of many nations fell into heaps of rubble. So, the city of Rome in Italy is not the only one that will be ruined but other cities of neighboring countries.

What will occur on August 7, 2007 will be the worst earthquake in the history of mankind. It will be
an ultimate earthquake. Most likely this earthquake will also produce an ultimate tsunami.

The undersea Indian Ocean earthquake that occured on December 26, 2004 which devastated Thailand and other countries in the Indian Ocean region is a prelude on the devastation that will occur on August 7, 2007. Italy and the neighboring countries together with its islands in the Mediterranean Sea will see devastation which is unimaginable. Between Spain, France, and Italy are islands like Sardinia, Corsica, Majorca, Ibiza, Isla de Cabrera, Isla de Frontera, and Minorca.

Also, countries in Northern Africa are bordering the Mediterranean Sea like Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt. They are also in danger of being hit by tsunami. There are many other nations that are bordering the Mediterranean Sea as you can see on the map.

Source

(I copied it all in case it suddenly is no longer posted tomorrow….)

Somehow, I bet the followers of this particular denomination will still believe the next prediction they make despite the likely failure of this one.

Hat Tip: Mark Shea

Eight Things about me

In the 8 facts about [name], you share 8 things that your readers don’t know about you. Then at the end you tag 8 other bloggers to keep the fun going.

Each blogger must post these rules first.

Each blogger starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.

Bloggers that are tagged need to write on their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.

At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

1. I really hate to shave.
2. I don’t like driving either, which makes working in Dover right now a real chore.
3. I majored in math in college, and I really miss math sometimes.
4. The most excited I was last week: finding Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure on DVD for $5.50 at Target.
5. I hate the designated hitter with the passion of 1000 fiery hot burning suns.
6. Despite (or perhaps because of) making my living as a Microsoft products programmer, I hate Microsoft.
7. I am one of sixteen cousins on one side of my family, and one of nine on the other, for a total of 23 first cousins. (That’s not including my second cousins; one grandmother was one of thirteen children, and my other grandparents all came from families of five or more, I think, so I have no idea how many second cousins I have and am a little frightened to find out.)
8. I was once given the nickname “Mr. Excitement.” It was an ironic nickname.

I also will not tag anyone; if you feel inclined to do this, do it. You’re old enough to make your own decisions.

Quote-a-palooza

“If it be asked, What is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic? The answer would be, An inviolable respect for the Constitution and Laws- the first growing out of the last… A sacred respect for the constitutional law is the vital principle, the sustaining energy of a free government.” – Alexander Hamilton

“Very few established institutions, governments and constitutions… are ever destroyed by their enemies until they have been corrupted and weakened by their friends.” – Walter Lippmann

“[T]he ultimate stated goal of the U.S. Constitution is ‘to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.’ When it comes to the blessings of liberty, the Constitution places our posterity on an equal level with ourselves. Now, human life is the prerequisite for the enjoyment of all liberty, which makes the protection of human life a prerequisite for achieving the ultimate goal of the Constitution. Since it places our posterity on an equal level with ourselves, this implies an equal obligation on our part to respect the life of our posterity. This means that we cannot simply disregard the effects that our present decisions and actions will have on our descendants, even those we will not see and can barely imagine. This has implications for every area of policy, requiring at the constitutional level that every exercise of liberty or government power be mindful of its impact upon future generations.” – Alan Keyes

“Freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp. Are you willing to spend time studying the issues, making yourself aware, and then conveying that information to family and friends? Will you resist the temptation to get a government handout for your community? Realize that the doctor’s fight against socialized medicine is your fight. We can’t socialize the doctors without socializing the patients. Recognize that government invasion of public power is eventually an assault upon your own business. If some among you fear taking a stand because you are afraid of reprisals from customers, clients, or even government, recognize that you are just feeding the crocodile hoping he’ll eat you last.” – Ronald Reagan

“Atheism has nearly always been with us in one form or another, but the atheists we’ve been hearing the most from lately- chiefly Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris- are a new breed. Unlike the old-school humanists, the new atheists- or anti-theists, as some of them prefer to be called- don’t want to just deny the existence of God, they want to wipe religion off the map… That’s why I believe the anti-theist movement, as hot as it is right now with books like Hitchens’s topping the bestseller lists, is doomed to fail. The moment you take it seriously and start to study it, it falls apart. There’s no substance, just anger and a lot of hot air. Because anti-theists simply ignore evidence and arguments they don’t like, they’re ill-equipped to deal with them rationally. The old-guard secular humanists are questioning this new trend, and rightly so. Most traditional atheists simply had their own belief system, and if we wanted our belief system that was okay. The new breed reflects the death of truth. They’re like the Communists who feared religion more than anything else because it was a competing truth claim… When you think about it this way, you have to wonder if the anti-theists, in their heart of hearts, are a little uncomfortable with their own beliefs. After all, if you really believe that truth will win out- and to Hitchens and company, their idea of truth is so obvious that it cannot fail to win- you can let other people make their own claims and live by their own beliefs without feeling the need to destroy everything they stand for.” – Chuck Colson

“When I speak on college campuses, students often ask what can be done about the ‘problem’ of young people who don’t care enough to vote. I always say that I don’t see it as much of problem ‘because most of you don’t know anything yet. I’m OK with you not voting!’ The students laugh, but I’m not joking. It wasn’t until I was about 40 that I started to believe I had acquired a good sense of what domestic policies might serve people well. (I still have no clue about international affairs.) I only started to think I knew what ought to be done after years of reporting and reading voraciously to absorb arguments from left and right. The idea that most voters vote without having done much of that work is, frankly, scary.” – John Stossel

“If a candidate is of compassionate nature, you can harass him. But that’s all the Dems have: compassion and anger, not ideas. Stick pins in their egos, point out their all-too-obvious connections to the activist media, and they’ll spend more time defending their weaknesses than attacking Republicans’… And don’t continue to let the media set the time and place where the battle is joined. The Republicans can’t cure media bias, but they can overcome it. They can’t wait for weeks or months for the next debate. They need to be on America’s television screens, in their radios and IPods and on the Internet. If the Republicans only play their pat hand, they’ll lose the opportunity. The more the Dems are alone on the airwaves, the more people will assume they are the only ones worth listening to.” – Jed Babbin

“Let me be clear about one thing: Obama is full of it. This country is never- never- going to stage a major military action against Pakistan. Pakistan is a nation of 170 million people that has nuclear weapons and whose admittedly problematic and troublesome regime has, to some extent, cooperated with the United States in the war against Al Qaeda both in ways we know and ways we have no idea about. The concern that this strategically vital county might become an Islamic fundamentalist state is, should be, and will be paramount in every and all discussions about how to conduct the fight against Al Qaeda. What’s more, every serious person knows the United States won’t invade Pakistan, even with Special Forces- since the reason we cancelled the proposed action against Al Qaeda in 2005 is that it was going to take many hundreds of American troops to do it. This isn’t 15 people dropping like ninjas in the darkness. It’s an invasion, with helicopters and supply lines and routes of ingress and escape. It would have had unforseen and unforeseeable consequences, but it would have been reasonable to assume the Pakistanis would have turned violently against the United States and hurtled toward Islamic fundamentalist control. If the evil Bushitler Cheney Rumsfeld Monster wouldn’t do it, nobody will do it. And you can bet there isn’t a single person in line to run a Democratic State Department or Democratic Defense Department who would give the idea three seconds of thought. Obama is using Pakistan to talk tough, in the full knowledge that he will never actually pull the trigger. He is trying to put one over on the American people, which is certainly using the ‘audacity of hope’ in an entirely new way.” – John Podhoretz

“‘The old rules’? Would that be the U.S. Constitution? Well, as I never tire of repeating, the Constitution poses no serious threat to our form of government. And we can thank three generations of liberals for that- including those who feel that arbitrary executive and judicial power has suddenly fallen into the wrong hands. If only we can get it back into the hands of people who know what to do with it! People named Clinton, Obama, Edwards, or Gore, or even a progressive-minded Republican… Now that so many nominal conservatives have forgotten what real conservatism is, I pray that some wise liberals will discover it… It’s a lovely attitude of caution, prudence, respect for tradition, love of peace, and fear of concentrated power- the opposite of all the official fanaticisms of our age.” – Joseph Sobran