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  1. Podsednik out six weeks after surgery 01/23/2007 4:41 PM ET By Scott Merkin / MLB.com CHICAGO -- The White Sox outfield just might feature a very different look at the start of the 2007 season. Scott Podsednik, the team's left fielder and leadoff hitter brought back during the current offseason on a one-year, $2.9 million deal, will be out of action for the next six weeks after undergoing groin surgery on Tuesday. The problem stemmed from an injury four years ago with Milwaukee and not the groin injuries plaguing him the last two seasons. In order to help compensate for Podsednik's loss, while adding another productive bat to the outfield mix, MLB.com has learned Darin Erstad will be joining the White Sox on a one-year deal with an option for the 2008 season. The deal is pending a physical later in the week, but if all goes as planned, Erstad should be part of the team by SoxFest this weekend. Erstad will compete with Brian Anderson for starting time in center field if Podsednik returns healthy during Spring Training and is ready to go for the start of the regular season. Rookie outfielders Ryan Sweeney and Jerry Owens also could figure into the overall mix, depending on Podsednik's recovery period. Tuesday's move basically leaves White Sox position battles for the fifth starter and the final bullpen spot to be hashed out in Tucson. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
  2. Heads up for those of you who may be regular Home Depot customers. Over the last month I became a victim of a clever scam while out shopping. Simply going out to get supplies has turned out to be quite traumatic. Don't be naive enough to think it couldn't happen to you. Here's how the scam works: Two seriously good-looking 20-21 year-old girls come over to your car as you are packing your shopping into the boot. They both start wiping your windshield with a rag and Windex, with their breasts almost falling out of their skimpy T-shirts. It is impossible not to look. When you thank them and offer them a tip, they say "No" and instead ask you for a ride to another Home Depot or Lowe's. You agree and they get in the back seat. On the way, they start having sex with each other. Then one of them climbs over into the front seat and performs oral sex on you, while the other one steals your wallet. I had my wallet stolen November 4th, 9th, 10th, twice on the 15th, 17th, 20th, & 24th. Also December 1st, 3rd, twice on the 6th, three times just yesterday and very likely again this upcoming weekend. So be careful..
  3. Anyways, back on topic, the woman getting the ticket sucks. I personally think she'll get off. Edit: I've decided I no longer care about this issue. My thinking has changed. The police aren't there to be liked. As long as they're doing their jobs, which I personally think they "mostly" are, I'm fine with other people thinking they're crooked, etc. Good! :thumbup
  4. It's too early for me to get behind and support any candidate.
  5. and if my experiences are not the norm, then why does such a large portion of the population feel the way I do?! I don't think they do. You haven't used statistics. You've used the internet and what others like you think. That's not scientific and that's not numbers. Of course kids pretend to hate the cops. It's non-conformist and cool. I'm not saying you're entirely wrong. But that "I hate cops" attitude, frankly, sucks. Because no matter how much you hate them, distrust them, whatever, they're the first person you call when your house gets robbed, etc. So, how many people have a good rescued by the police people story to relate? Most people's encounters with the police are completely negative. Sure when I get robbed, I notify the police but it's not for hope of being rescued and getting my property back. It's for insurance, tax deductions, documentation and paper trail reasons. And sometimes the police will not file a theft report, or try to influence you not to file a theft report. The police have their own agenda and it does not help their political image if crime statistics rise in the community. I completely encourage everybody to be cautious in dealing with the police as they have a gun and authority to detain you if neccesary. Just common sense......... :hat :hat
  6. However, I guess, by your rationale, because I think YOU'RE an idiot, it means ALL Angels fans are. Guess that's sound logic. By your logic, I would believe everybody from Columbus, Ohio is an IDIOT just because you're one. (As I never said all cops are liars, I say "now" most cops are liars)........... I've got a right to my opinion, regardless of your thoughts, fabrications and posts. And actually I don't think everybody from Columbus, Ohio is an IDIOT. One of the current Angels radio play by play men is from Columbus, Ohio. His name is Terry Smith, he used to do the play by play for the Yankees AAA club over there. When Terry Smith first started with Angels, he was very "stiff" sounding on the air. But now he has injected more personality in his routine. Terry Smith is really a hard worker as he does part of the pre-game show, the post game show and attends all Angels functions.
  7. "I hate cops because a story related to me by some friend and one negative cop story." Please. Without cops you have anarchy. If you don't understand how this works, I suggest reading some Hobbes and learning about egoism and the state of nature. You know, I support police. If anything, I hate ignorant people. The question is, are you against local law enforcement, or this lady getting a ticket? The articles contain a story about an unfortunate incident involving one senior citizel and is not an indictment of all police officers. Also, the cop's "story" is usually well-documented on the ticket and on video camera's in the police officer's own automobile, etc. They have checks. If anything the police want people to trust them. It's not like they're a bunch of random vigilantes out to get their kicks busting innocent people. So the question is how much do you hate yourself? LOL The LAPD do not have video cameras in their patrol cars, I wish they did......... And the cop in question was on a motorcycle, (please learn to read). Further I stated: Sure cops have a job to do but they often lose their cool and sadly this appears to be the case. I only posted one story that I personally know, I have many stories about cops and can research the internet for many more. I don't hate cops as they reflect and are from the general populace which is not saying much.
  8. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-ma...-home-headlines From the Los Angeles Times She Has World at Her Not-So-Fleet Feet The LAPD is under fire here and abroad for ticketing an elderly woman when she failed to make it across a street before the signal turned. By Amanda Covarrubias and Cynthia H. Cho Times Staff Writers April 14, 2006 First, 82-year-old Mayvis Coyle got fined. Then she got famous. She got a $114 jaywalking ticket and now people the world over know her story about why she thinks the motorcycle cop did her wrong. Editorial writers from Sacramento to Scotland have rushed to Coyle's defense. Strangers in distant lands are rising to support her. Camera crews show up at her Sunland trailer unannounced, wanting Coyle to repeat the story once again. And she doesn't even have a phone. As Coyle tells it, she was doing her best to shuffle across Foothill Boulevard, with her cane in one hand, groceries in the other, when the light changed from "Walk" to "Don't Walk". Enter an LAPD motorcycle officer, who gave her the ticket, which she is challenging in court. Her case has become more than just a traffic dispute; to her supporters, it's about the rights of senior citizens and pedestrians everywhere. "STICK YOUR FINE," Scotland's Glasgow Daily Record said. The San Fernando Police Department got so many calls and e-mails from people angry about the ticket, it sent out a news release saying the Los Angeles Police Department, not the San Fernando cops, gave Coyle the citation. Sitting outside her trailer Thursday, Coyle said she was stunned by the turn of events. "This is the first ticket I ever got in my life for trying to cross the street," Coyle said. "I always try to obey the laws of the land." Coyle lives alone in Sunland's Monte Vista Mobile Estates during the winter and in her hometown of Sedalia, Colo., in the Rocky Mountains during the summer. A retired hairdresser and onetime rancher, she's facing the media in her trademark orange straw hat and Indian beads around her neck. Because her trailer lacks a phone, the park's office manager has been taking scores of messages on her behalf over the last week and showing TV news crews to Coyle's place. An 80-year-old woman from Canada sent her a letter of support with a $20 bill. A representative from Ellen DeGeneres' talk show called Thursday, trying to book the great-great-grandmother on her TV show. "I didn't want all this publicity," said Coyle. "But I'm not objecting to being used if it gets the lights changed and gets respect for the elderly. I think people can see I'm being sincere," she continued. "I'm speaking for all those seniors who can't get across the street." It was Feb. 15 when Coyle was crossing Foothill Boulevard and Woodward Avenue after a trip to the grocery store. Coyle said she was crossing the intersection on a "Walk" signal, but was only past mid-street when it changed. That's when a motorcycle officer rode up and began repeatedly shouting at her, "You're obstructing the flow of traffic!" she said. "I don't like being talked to like I'm a 6-year-old," she added. Coyle said she tried to explain to him that she couldn't make it across in time because of her age, but he refused to listen. "He should have gotten off his motorcycle and helped me cross when he saw me struggling," Coyle said. But the Los Angeles Police Department said the officer saw her begin to cross the street after the "Don't Walk" sign began flashing, signaling it was about to change. "While many people may look at that and say the LAPD should have a greater heart and should care more that this was an 82-year-old woman, our desire is that this 82-year-old woman, and all citizens of L.A., conduct themselves in a manner that is safe," said Michel Moore, deputy chief of operations at the department's Valley Bureau. Moore noted that an elderly woman was struck and killed by a car in the area just eight days earlier. LAPD officials acknowledged that citing Coyle for jaywalking has not been popular. The department has received a flood of cards and e-mails from Alaska, Indiana, Texas, Tennessee and elsewhere. Some protesters have mistakenly sent their missives to the San Fernando Police Department, a smaller agency that patrols the nearby city. San Fernando Police Chief Anthony Alba said the angry letters have come from across the U.S. mostly from seniors. One senior from Rochester, N.Y., wrote that he was "disgusted" and "astounded" by the citation. A letter writer in the Los Angeles Daily News, which reported the story earlier this week, questioned why Coyle was ticketed when many immigrant rights protesters were not. At Los Angeles City Hall, Councilwoman Wendy Greuel is calling on the city Transportation Department to reexamine how long the agency sets "Walk" signals. John Fisher, assistant general manager for the Department of Transportation, estimated that Coyle would have had about 27 seconds to cross Foothill Boulevard before the signal began to flash. Some intersections such as those near senior centers are modified to give pedestrians more time to get across. Fisher said his agency would study the intersection where Coyle was ticketed next week. Greuel believes a more sweeping study is needed. "We've had calls from Canada and all kinds of places," she said. "I think it's because everyone pictures their own mother, grandmother, aunt, uncle trying to cross the street and they have a picture of that." Coyle is fighting her ticket in court. If she loses, the owner of her mobile home park gave her the money to cover it. Friends at the mobile home park, however, hope she wins her case and that the incident forces the city to help pedestrians more. "I think [she] may stir things up enough to get things done," said Darwin Benjamin, a retired stuntman who once doubled for Chuck Norris. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx It's one of the most insensitive stories that I've heard in awhile....... Sure cops have a job to do but they often lose their cool and sadly this appears to be the case. Also I believe it is a federal law that people with disabilities are given leeway. So what gives with this LAPD cop? But the Los Angeles Police Department said the officer saw her begin to cross the street after the "Don't Walk" sign began flashing, signaling it was about to change. I say it's BS......... Cops are maybe the biggest liars on Earth after politicians IMO. I don't say all cops are liars just most of them.... Why do I say that most cops are liars? (IMO) Well I relate this story that was told to me as an example. This cop from Texas was telling somebody that I know how he had transfered to the LAPD from Texas to be near his girlfriend in L.A. Anyways at his home, he heard his dog barking so he looked out the window and saw his dog in his yard fighting another dog, while a neighbor women watched while holding a third dog on leash. From inside his home through the window, the Texas cop saw that suddenly the neighbor women released the third dog to join the fight against the Texas cop's dog in the Texas cop's yard. The Texas cop immediately got his dog and stopped the fight. Then he questioned the neighbor women, "Why did you let your dog go to join the dog fight?" The neighbor women responded and said, "I'm a cop and that is not what happened. Your dog attacked both of my dogs. I going to report your dog to the animal control department and your dog will be put to sleep." The Texas cop then showed his ID and fortunately he out ranked the neighbor cop women so that was end of it. But this Texas cop went on to say, "Things are different out here!" Sad but IMO cops do lie and if you have to fight a cop's story in court forget it unless you have collaborating witnesses to your story as the Judge always sides with the cop. Good luck to this lady..........
  9. Go Glaus and Bee Mo(lina).......... :notworthy :notworthy :thumbup
  10. I'm going to try to watch the Marlins game today, 4/11/06........ :thumbup
  11. I'm not for pre-emptive attacks and feel they are a radical philosphy. I doubt it!
  12. * Name: David * Age: 49 * Nationality: English (with Scottish, Spanish and Cuban ancestry in addition), USA citizen (Relatives in USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Venezuela, South Africa, and maybe some distant suckers in Cuba). * Height: 5'-11" * Eye color: brown * Hair Color: was brown, now black/gray
  13. Nice collection that you are building........... :notworthy :thumbup
  14. Rollcall: Who got the MLB.com's internet TV package for $ 79.95? I just got it today....... I can watch all the Angels games on cable locally, (thanks Arte), but I wanted to watch more MLB. Steve Finley just got his 2nd hit of the day, (2 for 5)......in the Giants' game. Where was Finley last season? The quality is not digital or HD but good enough. However there should be "brightness" controls as the picture is a little dark. :arms :compute :super
  15. Das Texan :notworthy :thumbup But you forgot to list Juanky........LOL
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