March 20, 2015 archive

2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: Round of 64 Day 2 Evening

Yesterday’s Results-

Score Seed Team Record Score Seed Team Record Region
69 3 Notre Dame 30-5 65 14 Northeastern 23-12 Mid-West
59 3 Iowa State 25-9 60 14 * UAB 20-15 South
56 3 Baylor 24-10 57 14 * Georgia State 25-9 West
93 2 Arizona 32-3 72 15 Texas Southern 22-13 West
56 6 Butler 23-10 48 11 Texas 20-14 Mid-West
59 6 SMU 27-7 60 11 * UCLA 21-13 South
76 6 Xavier 22-13 57 11 Mississippi 21-13 West
72 7 VCU 26-10 75 10 * Ohio State 24-10 West
93 1 Villanova 33-2 52 16 Lafayette 20-13 East
66 8 Cincinnati 23-10 65 9 Purdue 21-13 Mid-West
67 4 North Carolina 25-11 65 13 Harvard 22-8 West
57 5 Utah 25-8 50 12 Steph. F. Austin 29-5 South
66 8 NC State 21-13 65 9 LSU 22-11 East
79 1 Kentucky 35-0 56 16 Hampton 17-18 Mid-West
56 5 Arkansas 27-8 53 12 Wofford 28-7 West
84 4 Georgetown 22-10 74 13 Eastern Wash. 26-9 South

Tonight’s Matchups –

Time Channel Seed Team Record Seed Team Record Region
6:50pm TBS 8 Oregon 25-9 9 Oklahoma State 18-3 West
7:20pm TNT 7 Iowa 21-11 10 Davidson 24-7 South
7:27pm True 3 Oklahoma 24-10 14 Albany 24-8 East
7:10pm CBS 1 Duke 29-4 16 Robert Morris 18-17 South
9:20pm TBS 1 Wisconsin 31-3 16 Coastal Caro. 24-9 West
9:40pm CBS 8 San Diego State 26-8 9 St. John’s 21-11 South
9:50pm TNT 2 Gonzaga 32-5 15 North Dakota St. 23-9 South
9:57pm True 6 Providence 22-11 11 Dayton 26 – 8 East

OK. Do let us think about the children

Everyone knows the right wing oratory.  When it comes time to adress LGBT…especially T, rights, the religious conservatives are all, “Think about thew children!”

I do.  All the f’ing time!

Let’s think about some of the children whose stories I have recently run across, shall we?

Let’s think about Tom Sosnik.

I am no longer Mia. I never really was.  And now I finally stand before you in my true and authentic gender identity as Tom. I stand before you as a thirteen-year-old boy.

For a while, I dismissed the fact that I hated my body. I pretended to be content with what I was assigned until, at a certain point, I broke.

I went through a series of horrible breakdowns. And I would stand under the water in the shower crying. I knew I wasn’t happy.

I really hope that you all will support my decision to embark on a harder route in life as the boy I truly am.  Any form of support I receive with much gratitude and I hope that everyone can really support me because you guys are like my second family. And if you support me, I’ll feel like the luckiest boy in the world. Thank you for letting me share my story.

In my heart, I am still the same person. Whether you like that person or not, it’s me.


Tom adds:  “To all those struggling to embrace their true and authentic gender or sexuality, I want you to know that if no one else accepts you, I always will.”

Health and Fitness News

Welcome to the Health and Fitness News, a weekly diary which is cross-posted from The Stars Hollow Gazette. It is open for discussion about health related issues including diet, exercise, health and health care issues, as well as, tips on what you can do when there is a medical emergency. Also an opportunity to share and exchange your favorite healthy recipes.

Questions are encouraged and I will answer to the best of my ability. If I can’t, I will try to steer you in the right direction. Naturally, I cannot give individual medical advice for personal health issues. I can give you information about medical conditions and the current treatments available.

You can now find past Health and Fitness News diaries here and on the right hand side of the Front Page.

Fear of Frying

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Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times

Nutritionists will tell you that “butter is back” is not quite the right message to be sending to the public about the significance of fat in a healthy diet. We can, however, let go of our fear of frying, especially if we use monounsaturated fats like olive oil and polyunsaturated fats like grapeseed oil. Study after study has indicated that refined carbohydrates play a much more insidious role in our national health problems than fats do, and that a moderate-fat (but low-saturated fat) diet like the Mediterranean diet (about 40 percent calories from fat) is a healthy way to eat, and even more important, an enjoyable, very easy way of eating to adhere to.

When it comes to frying and deep-frying food it’s not so much the frying that is the consideration, but what you are frying. If coating vegetables in a batter that crisps up when you fry them in hot oil makes you and your kids want to eat lots of vegetables, then why not do it from time to time? Try crispy kale coated with a crunchy spiced chickpea flour batter and you will find yourself eating kale like popcorn.

~ Martha Rose Shulman ~

Crispy Spiced Kale

Irresistible, crispy kale that is a delicious alternative to kale chips.

Fried Green Beans, Scallions and Brussels Sprouts With Buttermilk-Cornmeal Coating

A fluffy and crispy coating can give tired vegetables new life.

Spiced Green Beans and Baby Broccoli Tempura

Deep-Fried Cauliflower With Crispy Dukkah Coating

A Middle Eastern specialty with a little extra kick.

Herb Fritters

Light and delicate fritters that can be made with a variety of greens and herbs

A test essay

Just a test.


The Breakfast Club (Total Eclipse)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover  we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

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At 1845 hours EDT, the Sun will shine directly over the equator welcoming Spring’s return to the Northern Hemisphere. Here, in the northeast United States, we are expecting three to five inches of snow as winter continues to hold us in its icy grip.

Europe, northern Africa and much of northern Asia witnessed a solar eclipse this morning. According to NASA this is the first and only solar eclipse for 2015 and the first since November 3013.

There will be two lunar eclipses on April 4 and Sept. 28.

Solar Eclipse 2015: Watch In Full

Also it’s new moon. This is a super moon because it occurs during the point the moon is closest to the earth in its elliptical orbit. But you can’t see it from earth.

So, Happy Spring. Think of warm sunshine and flowers and me, shoveling snow. Die, winter, die!!

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This Day in History

American and British forces invade Iraq; U.S. soldiers charged in Abu Ghraib scandal; France’s Napoleon regains power; ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’; Sarin attack hits Tokyo subway; John Lennon marries Yoko Ono.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.

Mark Twain

2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: Round of 64 Day 2 Afternoon

Well, this is one of those days I warned you about.  No results until the evening, but don’t worry, none of those teams will be playing today.

This Afternoon’s Matchups-

Time Channel Seed Team Record Seed Team Record Region
12:15pm CBS 2 Kansas 26-8 15 New Mexico St. 23-10 Mid-West
12:40pm True 7 Michigan State 23-11 10 Georgia 21-11 East
1:40pm TBS 5 UNI 30-3 12 Wyoming 25-9 East
2:10pm TNT 5 West Virginia 23-9 12 Buffalo 23-9 Mid-West
2:45pm CBS 7 Wichita State 28-4 10 Indiana 20-13 Mid-West
3:10pm True 2 Virginia 29-3 15 Belmont 22-10 East
4:10pm TBS 4 Louisville 24-8 13 UC Irvine 21-12 East
4:40pm TNT 4 Maryland 27-6 13 Valparaiso 28-5 Mid-West

2015 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament: Round of 64 Day 1

Meta notes-

The one thing you will instantly notice is that the Women’s Tournament shares 1 time slot on 1 network between 4 teams.

This leads to a hodgepodge mishmash kind of game hopping programming that the Men’s Tournament used to use (and Golf still does) that is highly confusing and some, like me for instance would call sexist because the Women’s games are so much more entertaining (please, we shall not talk of the NBA, the single most boring sport on the planet, even exceeding Turn Left Racing because there are so seldom flaming chunks of twisted metal).

This is the whole day because because it’s basically a single continuous broadcast from noon to 10 pm.

Oh and by the way-

Back in the day it was performed vocally, a cappella.

UConn Husky

Symbol of might to the foe.

Fight, fight Connecticut,

It’s victory, let’s go!

Connecticut UConn Husky,

Do it again for the white and blue

So go, go, go, go Conecticut.

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U-Conn Husky

Today’s Matchups-

Channel Time Seed Team Record Seed Team Record Region
ESPN2 12:00PM 7 Dayton 25-6 10 Iowa State 18-12 East
ESPN2 12:00PM 7 Northwestern 23-8 10 Arkansas 17-13 Mid-West
ESPN2 12:00PM 6 Washington 23-9 11 Miami (Fla.) 19-12 Mid-West
ESPN2 12:00PM 4 Duke 21-10 13 Albany 24-8 West
ESPN2 2:30PM 2 Kentucky 23-9 15 Tennessee State 18-12 East
ESPN2 2:30PM 2 Baylor 30-3 15 N’western St. 19-14 Mid-West
ESPN2 2:30PM 3 Iowa 24-7 14 American 24-8 Mid-West
ESPN2 2:30PM 5 Mississippi St. 26-6 12 Tulane 22-10 West
ESPN2 5:00PM 5 Texas 22-10 12 Western Ky. 30-4 East
ESPN2 5:00PM 8 Minnesota 23-9 9 DePaul 26-7 Mid-West
ESPN2 5:00PM 1 South Carolina 30-2 16 Savannah State 21-10 South
ESPN2 5:00PM 3 Oregon State 26-4 14 South Dakota St. 24-8 West
ESPN2 7:30PM 4 California 24-9 13 Wichita State 29-4 East
ESPN2 7:30PM 1 Notre Dame 31-2 16 Montana 24-8 Mid-West
ESPN2 7:30PM 8 Syracuse 21-9 9 Nebraska 21-10 South
ESPN2 7:30PM 6 Geo. Washington 29-3 11 Gonzaga 24-7 West

On This Day In History March 20

This is your morning Open Thread. Pour your favorite beverage and review the past and comment on the future.

Find the past “On This Day in History” here.

March 20 is the 79th day of the year (80th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 286 days remaining until the end of the year.

March 20th is also the usual date of the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, and the autumnal equinox in the Southern Hemisphere when both day and night are of equal length, therefore it is frequently the date of traditional Iranian holiday Norouz in many countries.

On this day in 1854, Republican Party is founded in Ripon Wisconsin.

The Republican Party emerged in 1854, growing out of a coalition of former Whigs and Free Soil Democrats who mobilized in opposition to the possibility of slavery extending into the new western territories. The new party put forward a vision of modernizing the United States-emphasizing free homesteads to farmers (“free soil”), banking, railroads, and industry. They vigorously argued that free-market labor was superior to slavery and the very foundation of civic virtue and true republicanism, this is the “Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men” ideology. The Republicans absorbed the previous traditions of its members, most of whom had been Whigs; others had been Democrats or members of third parties (especially the Free Soil Party and the American Party or Know Nothings). Many Democrats who joined up were rewarded with governorships. or seats in the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives. Since its inception, its chief opposition has been the Democratic Party, but the amount of flow back and forth of prominent politicians between the two parties was quite high from 1854 to 1896.

Two small cities of the Yankee diaspora, Ripon, Wisconsin and Jackson, Michigan, claim to be the birthplace of the Republican Party (in other words, meetings held there were some of the first 1854 anti-Nebraska assemblies to call themselves by the name “Republican”). Ripon held the first county convention on March 20, 1854. Jackson held the first statewide convention on July 6, 1854; it declared their new party opposed to the expansion of slavery into new territories and selected a state-wide slate of candidates. The Midwest took the lead in forming state party tickets, while the eastern states lagged a year or so. There were no efforts to organize the party in the South, apart from a few areas adjacent to free states. The party initially had its base in the Northeast and Midwest. The party launched its first national convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in February 1856, with its first national nominating convention held in the summer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

John C. Fremont ran as the first Republican nominee for President in 1856, using the political slogan: “Free soil, free labor, free speech, free men, Fremont.” Although Fremont’s bid was unsuccessful, the party showed a strong base. It dominated in New England, New York and the northern Midwest, and had a strong presence in the rest of the North. It had almost no support in the South, where it was roundly denounced in 1856-60 as a divisive force that threatened civil war.

Historians have explored the ethnocultural foundations of the party, along the line that ethnic and religious groups set the moral standards for their members, who then carried those standards into politics. The churches also provided social networks that politicians used to sign up voters. The pietistic churches emphasized the duty of the Christian to purge sin from society. Sin took many forms-alcoholism, polygamy and slavery became special targets for the Republicans. The Yankees, who dominated New England, much of upstate New York, and much of the upper Midwest were the strongest supporters of the new party. This was especially true for the pietistic Congregationalists and Presbyterians among them and (during the war), the Methodists, along with Scandinavian Lutherans. The Quakers were a small tight-knit group that was heavily Republican. The liturgical churches (Roman Catholic, Episcopal, German Lutheran), by contrast, largely rejected the moralism of the Republican Party; most of their adherents voted Democratic.

The Daily/Nightly Show (Nerds!)

Extended Panel!

The extended panel!  Now this is an idea I can get behind and I think it will improve the show tremendously.  It means you can discuss the topic in depth AND broadcast the funny bits.


Tonightly’s panel is Sana Amanat, Mike Lawrence, Jean Grae, and Phil Jimenez.

With 2 comic book artists, a comedienne, and a rapper we will be talking about Nerd stuff.


More corrupt than I thought

The poor interns

Next Week’s Guests-

Sigh, I’ve never seen a Will Ferrell movie that I liked.  I didn’t even like his W on SNL.  We continue that streak with Get Hard if last night’s appearance by his co-star Kevin Hart is any indication.

He might want to talk about that, but I’m sure Jon will be more interested in his recent appearences with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, and the San Francisco Giants, playing all 10 positions, including designated hitter.

The web exclusive extended interview with Kevin Hart and the real news below.