Friday, November 20, 2009

Pass the blame around

It's funny sometimes, you think that you did something good by figuring out why something isn't working, but instead people assume you had something to do with it in the first place. I don't know why, but I suppose it was all in good fun. I suppose no one meant anything by it, but I still felt uncomfortable and I am sure to be blamed for it again on Monday. Oh well. I suppose I shouldn't expect anything else from my co-workers. They're good people and they probably mean well, but sometimes they can take things too far. Although I still admit I don't know what caused this issue, but I don't think I had anything to do with it. That being said I'll be sure to try to resolve it as soon as I can. I think I just need to stop taking things so personally. I don't know why I let things get to me. I shouldn't. Maybe I have an anger problem, or I am too prideful. In either case, I just need to relax a little. Crap happens, as they say and its not that big a deal. I think I was the only one really making a big deal about it. That's the other thing, I think I take my job too seriously or I take it more seriously than my co-workers. Who knows. Maybe my job isn't as serious as I think it to be. I am clueless.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Wii on Dell Store for 179.99

If you're looking for a Wii and think 199.99 is too much check out the title link for a Dell deal currently going on. You can get the Wii for 179.99

Thursday, October 15, 2009

This weather

So the weather is just annoying me. So much rain, and it just won't stop. I don't know how much more of this I can take. Of course it doesn't bother me so much as it bothers my driving ability. I say that in the fact that my car can't stop worth a crap in the rain, although that may or may not be due to the fact that I need new tires and more desperately need new brakes. Maybe, weather permitting, I can give my car some new brakes this weekend. That shouldn't take too long and hell it might even be fun to get out and do something. Now I just need to figure out where to buy some decent inexpensive brakes and remember how to change them. Thankfully I have a book on my car and the Internet is usually there to fill in the blanks. If all else fails I can always try my father in law as he is generally knowledgeable about these things.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

You're Always At Most 107 Miles From A McDonald's [Infographics]

I'm loving it!

 
 

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via Consumerist by Meg Marco on 9/23/09

Stephen Von Worley has figured out that while located in these United States of America, one is always within 107 miles of a McDonald's.

He also created this nifty map to illustrate the concept. According to Mr. Von Worley, "Between the tiny Dakotan hamlets of Meadow and Glad Valley lies the McFarthest Spot: 107 miles distant from the nearest McDonald's, as the crow flies, and 145 miles by car!"

That's quite a drive.

Where The Buffalo Roamed [Weather Sealed via Buzzfeed]


 
 

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Is Everything the Drug Companies Say About Cholesterol Wrong?

 
 

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via Dvorak Uncensored by Uncle Dave on 9/23/09

We have all been led to believe that cholesterol is bad and that lowering it is good. Because of extensive pharmaceutical marketing to both doctors and patients we think that using statin drugs is proven to work to lower the risk of heart attacks and death.

But on what scientific evidence is this based, what does that evidence really show?

Roger Williams once said something that is very applicable to how we commonly view the benefits of statins. "There are liars, damn liars, and statisticians."

Read the article for a list of what statins can and can't do.

So why did the 2004 National Cholesterol Education Program guidelines expand the previous guidelines to recommend that more people take statins (from 13 million to 40 million) and that people who don't have heart disease should take them to prevent heart disease. Could it have been that 8 of the 9 experts on the panel who developed these guidelines had financial ties to the drug industry? Thirty-four other non-industry affiliated experts sent a petition to protest the recommendations to the National Institutes of Health saying the evidence was weak. It was like having a fox guard the chicken coop.



 
 

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Video – Baby Panda Gets a Checkup

Something you don't see everyday

 
 

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via Dvorak Uncensored by Gasparrini on 9/23/09

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Monday, September 21, 2009

And now, back to real (meta-)news…

 
 

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via Dvorak Uncensored by Guilherme Cherman on 9/20/09

This is what the American media is all about. And for anyone who hasn't figured it out yet, they all lie.



 
 

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FCC Proposes New, Awesome, Net Neutrality Rules [Net Neutrality]

 
 

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via Consumerist by Ben Popken on 9/21/09

The FCC today proposed new rules to protect and preserve "net neutrality," the idea that ISPs must treat all users the same and not prejudice against different types of customers. In a speech, Chairman Julius Genachowski supported adopting the "Four Freedoms" first articulated by the FCC in 2004 (PDF) not just as principles but as formal rules, and adding two more: "non-discrimination" and "transparency." The big networks are, naturally, incensed.

More specifically, the new principles are:

5) Non-discrimination — broadband providers cannot discriminate against particular Internet content or applications.
6) Transparency — providers of broadband Internet access must be transparent about their network management practices.

And to recap, The "Four Freedoms" are:

1) Freedom to Access Content: Consumers should have access to their choice of legal content
2) Freedom to Use Applications: Consumers should be able to run applications of their choice
3) Freedom to Attach Personal Devices: Consumers should be permitted to attach any devices they choose to the connection in their homes
4) Freedom to Obtain Service Plan Information: Consumers should receive meaningful information regarding their service plans."

With the fifth principle, it's like they're staring directly at Comcast.

"Preserving a Free and Open Internet: A Platform for Innovation, Opportunity, and Prosperity" Prepared Remarks of
Chairman Julius Genachowski The Brookings Institution, Washington DC September 21, 2009
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Saturday, September 19, 2009

So

Well I've gotten lazy and let google reader do my blogging, but what can I say I am busy, anyway the good thing is the blog hasn't been without updates - but don't worry I will start writing soon

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Singletary Pleased After Week 1

 
 

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via Goal Posts by Taylor Price on 9/14/09


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Head coach Mike Singletary just concluded his weekly Monday press conference with the Bay Area media. The 49ers head coach answered a number of questions pertaining to the 49ers 20-16 season opening victory from one day earlier.

"It was indeed an ugly game," Singletary said. "But it was beautiful to see our guys work through all of the stuff and come out with a win. We fought together and ended up winning together."

Singletary was pleased that his team was able to go into a hostile environment and come out with a win against a good football team. He also expressed his disbelief in rushing for under 30 yards as a team but still coming out victorious.

"I find it hard to do but that's we ended up doing," he said.

Singletary praised several of his player's performances on both sides of the ball, but called out the play of his offensive line.

"We did not play well up front, but it will get better," he said.

Despite not being able to move the ball efficiently in the first three quarters, Singletary was pleased that his offense put together a 15-play drive in the fourth quarter that put the 49ers up for good.

"I think the best thing that helped us offensively was that fourth quarter," Singletary said. "Shaun [Hill] did a good job, everybody settled down and we took it down the field. They really did what they had to do when they had to do it and that's the sign of something special."
 
Other notes from Singletary's presser:

-According to Singletary, Hill did a good job of managing the game and taking what the defense gave him.

-Vernon Davis, Isaac Bruce, Josh Morgan and Arnaz Battle were highlighted for making "critical plays" during the 49ers fourth quarter go-ahead touchdown drive.

-Arizona's penetrating defense was a bigger factor than Singletary and the 49ers anticipated. "I think it got to our guys early on but it didn't on that 15-play drive," he added.

-Defensively, Singletary thought his guys played relentless. "We did things we needed to do in order to win. Our defense challenged their wideouts," he said.

091409-willis-blog-Patrick Willis was everywhere. Singletary said his first quarter interception was a result of tremendous coverage that was very well played.

-Singletary also complimented the play of his secondary as well as the pass rush supplied by the likes of Justin Smith, Manny Lawson and Parys Haralson.

-Recently signed tackle Tony Pashos will begin sharing snaps with Adam Snyder this week, so Singletary and the rest of the 49ers staff can evaluate the 49ers new tackle.

-The 49ers suffered no major injuries against the Cardinals.

-Also, wide receiver Brandon Jones will return to practice this week. But, it has not been determined if he will play against the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday at Candlestick Park.


 
 

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Week One Blog from Arizona

 
 

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via Goal Posts by Scott Kegley on 9/13/09


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We're just about two hours away from the kickoff of the 2009 season and I think everybody's pretty amped up to get things going.  We'll also have some new features on the website for you!  Once the game begins, click on the game box on the homepage for live play-by-play, updated stats and scoring summaries.  You can also stay tuned to this blog for quarterly summaries, injury updates and statistical milestones.  I'll also post the inactive list once we get that information from PR.  The picture above is the view from the press box.  I'll try to do this every week when we're on the road.

An interesting note from today's game as Shaun Hill becomes the third undrafted quarterback to start the season opener in 49ers history.  Who were the other two?  Frank Albert in 1950-52 and Jeff Garcia from 2000-2003.

The inactives for today's game are…

San Francisco: Ahmad Brooks, Jason Hill, Ricky Jean Francois, Brandon Jones, Reggie Smith, Curtis Taylor, Cody Wallace and Nate Davis

Arizona Cardinals: Brian St. Pierre, Steve Breaston, Greg Toler, Reggie Walker, Herman Johnson, Brandon Keith, Early Doucet and Dominique Byrd

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FIRST QUARTER:

The 49ers appeared to have forced a 3 and out for the Cardinals on their first drive, but Justin Smith was called for holding on third down which gave the Birds and automatic first down.  On the next third down, Warner found Hightower short, but Patrick Willis chased him down and forced the punt.  It was an impressive series to start the game for the defense, holding the Cardinals despite the costly penalty.

It was an equally impressive series for the Cardinals defense, forcing the three and out.  Frank Gore was stopped for losses on 1st and 2nd down.  Hill was able to find Vernon Davis on third down, but he was held shy of the sticks.

On the second drive for Arizona, Fitzgerald appeared to have mad a big play in the middle of the field, but that was due to pushing away Nate Clements.  The offensive PI call backed the Cardinals up.  On third and long, Patrick Willis made a leaping interception in front of WR Urban.  It was Willis' 2nd career interception

Thanks to the pick by Willis, the 49ers started their next drive from the AZ 37.  On 3rd and 6 from the 19, Hill floated it up for Morgan in the end zone.  The defender was draped over Morgan for what could have been a pass interference call.  The 49ers settled for a Nedney field goal.

49ers 3 – Cardinals 0

Due to a low block penalty on the kickoff, the Cardinals began the next drive from the 9.  On 2nd down, the 49ers showed great pressure as Justin Smith hit Warner as he released the ball.  Fitzgerald was the intended target, but the ball fell low.  On 3rd and long, the 49ers dropped into coverage, allowing the short completion to Hightower and making the tackle – textbook defense on 3rd and long.  the 49ers were called for 12 men on the field on the punt.  Singletary challenged the call and the review was clear that the 49ers had 8 men on the line and 3 deep.  That's 11, no penalty… 49ers ball.

Hill targeted his talented tight ends on the first two plays of the next drive, hitting Walker on 1st down and looking for Davis on 2nd down.  Adrian Wilson was flagged for leading with his helmet against Davis which knocked the ball loose.  The 49ers were held to a 50-yard field goal attempt by Nedney which he nailed right down the middle.

** Nedney ranks 1st in franchise history with 7 field goals of 50 or more yards.

49ers 6 – Cardinals 0

The Cardinals got off to a quick start their next drive as Warner found Urban deep down the middle of the field.  Warner then found Hightower in the flat who escaped the reach of Willis and got out of bounds at the 27.  On a broken play, Warner scramble and was sacked by Haralson.  That wraps up the 1st quarter.

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SECOND QUARTER:

On 3rd and 8, Dre' Bly was able to bat down Warner's pass intended for Boldin.  Rackers came on and connected on a 44-yard FG.

49ers 6 – Cardinals 3

On the 49ers next drive, Hill was able to find Morgan on a few occasions, once on each side of the field to move the ball out to the 50.  On 3rd and short, Hill was unable to find Gore out of the backfield as his pass was knocked down at the line.

The 49ers pass rush has been effective so far this game as Harlson got to Warner for the sack.  Haralson beat T Levi Brown off the right side and brought the QB down at the 5.  The 49ers were flagged for a block in the back on the punt and will start the drive at their own 27 with 8:19 left in the half.

Darnell Dockett shot into the backfield on first down to stop Coffee for a loss on first down.  Hill found Battle on a slant on 3rd down, but he came up just inches short of the first down and will punt.

Good defense by the 49ers forced the Cardinals to go 3 and out on their next drive.  On third and short, Warner's pass went off the hands of Lance Long.

The Cardinals continue to play well against the 49ers running gain.  Gore picked up 3 on 1st down and just a couple more on 2nd down.  If they're able to break a long run, it could open things up quite a bit.  Hill moved the chains on 3rd and 5, finding gore just past the markers.  On second down, Hill had Walker open down the right side in between the corner and safety, but his pass was a bit too long.  HUGE PLAY on 3rd and 10.  Hill pump faked and found Isaac Bruce for a 50-yard gain on a deep slant.  On the very next play, Gore punched it in from 6 yards out.

*** The 50 yard completion to Bruce was a career best for Hill.  His previous best was the 48-yarder to Morgan against STL last year.

***It was also Gore's 23rd career rushing TD.

49ers 13- Cardinals 3

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On the first play of the next drive, Warner was pressured by Lawson.  Warner couldn't get anything on the pass and the floating pass was picked off easily by Nate Clements.  The 49ers will take over from the AZ 39-yard line.

With just two minutes left on the clock, another score her could be huge as the 49ers will receive to start the second half.  A sack by Darnell Dockett though makes that more difficult as it brings up 3rd and 19.  Rolle came with a corner blitz on 3rd down and hit Hill as he threw.  It was initially ruled an incomplete pass and blown dead.  However, the play was reviewed and reversed.  Since it was blown dead, the Cardinals will get the ball at their own 40-yard line with 1:15 left in the half and 1 timeout remaining.

In just two plays, the Cardinals were able to move the ball down to the SF 45.  Ray McDonald brings down Warner for a 5 yard loss and forcing the Cards to burn their final timeout.  With just 11 seconds left, Rackers will attempt the field goal, but unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on SF moves the ball half the distance to the goal.  Warner and the AZ offense will come back on.  The penalty was almost very costly as Warner looked for Fitzgerald for a would-be TD.  Clements had great coverage on the play and was able to break up the pass.  Rackers hits the field goal.

49ers 13 – Cardinals 6

THIRD QUARTER:

The 49ers went three and out on their first drive of the half as Hill's pass was too high for Gore on 3rd and 5.

Warner found Hightower on 3rd down for a 10 yard gain and a first down.  Several great plays by the 49ers defense forced the Cardinals to punt.  Willis had a TFL on 1st down, Bly made a diving pass break up in front of Boldin on 2nd down and Fitzgerald couldn't haul in Warner's pass on 3rd down.

After a touchback, the 49ers will begin their next drive from the 20.  The 49ers couldn't get anything going however.  On 3rd and long, the 49ers went with a run by Gore, but were stopped well short of the chains.

The Cardinals began their next drive on fire.  After a big completion to Fitzgerald down the right sideline, Wells ripped off two big runs down to the SF 28.  On 3rd and 1, Warner found Hightower out of the backfield who beat the coverage of Haralson and got all the way down to the 5.  The Cardinals were able to tie it up as Warner hit a wide open Fitgerald for the TD.  Warner rolled right and was pressured by Willis, but Warner got the pass away.

49ers 13 – Cardinals 13

All the momentum is with the Cardinals right now.  Two incomplete passes and a sack force the 49ers to punt.

In just two plays, the Cardinals picked up two first downs to Urban and Boldin.  The Cardinals offense is really starting to click. The 49ers had a chance to get off the field on 3rd and 4, but Haralson was called offside and the Cardinals got the first down the easy way.

FOURTH QUARTER:

Rackers connected on a 43-yard field goal to give AZ the lead.

Cardinals 16 – 49ers 13

The 49ers got their first 1st down of the 2nd half after Hill found Davis wide open on third down on a short slant route.  On the next play, Rogers-Cromartie nearly picked off Hill's pass as he looked deep to Bruce.  Hill moved the chains again on third down, threading the needle to Bruce who made a nice grab.  Again on third down, Hill found Bruce for a nice gain on the left side on a comeback route.  the 49ers are now within field goal range to potentially tie it up.  Nice move by Battle who caught a short out route, cut back and gained 10 yards.  Hill found Davis coming across the middle for another 1st down at the 9.  the 49ers then took the lead as Hill found a wide open Gore in the flat to the right.  There wasn't anybody within 10 yards of him and Gore easily walked in for 6.  Nedney tacked on the extra point to put the 49ers up by 4.

49ers 20 – Cardinals 16

It'll now be up to the defense to hold with 7:21 remaining in the game.  The Cardinals were able to get one first down before the D forced the punt.  Ben Graham had a great 64-yard punt to pin the 49ers at the 2.  With 5:31, this will be a big drive for the offense.  If they can get a few first downs here, it could make things tough for AZ.

the 49ers go with three runs and lose one yard and will have to punt from their own 1.  Lee's punt was a good one, but Rolle had a 27-yard return back to the SF 38.

I have to go down on the field soon, so follow all the action on Twitter.


 
 

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Philadelphia To Close All Public Libraries October 2nd [Libraries]

Sad, very sad

 
 

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via Consumerist by Laura Northrup on 9/13/09

What frugal person doesn't like libraries? They're like a video store, only better. Which is why we're horrified to learn that thanks to the economic meltdown and the state of Pennsylvania's inability to pass its budget, the Philadelphia Free Library is closing on October 2nd. They'll be ending all services and programs, and closing all of the buildings. They want all of the books back, too.

Most American libraries receive funding from multiple sources; usually a combination of municipal, state, private, and sometimes federal funds. Depending on the particular mix of funding sources, and whether a library system levies its own taxes or depends on a changing budget line item, a late budget can be catastrophic. That's what's happening in Philadelphia—without their regular state aid, they can no longer function.

Meanwhile, if you live in Pennsylvania or just really love libraries, you can contact state legislators about the budget situation. Or open your own rogue library on your front lawn.

All Free Library of Philadelphia Branch, Regional and Central Libraries Closed Effective Close of Business October 2, 2009 [Free Library of Philadelphia]

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Is Cheap Food To Blame For Our Expensive Health Care? [Literal Consumption]

 
 

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via Consumerist by Meg Marco on 9/14/09

Michael Pollan thinks so. He's got an op-ed in the NYT where he examines the relationship between or expensive health care and our cheap fast food.

Pollan says:

But so far, food system reform has not figured in the national conversation about health care reform. And so the government is poised to go on encouraging America's fast-food diet with its farm policies even as it takes on added responsibilities for covering the medical costs of that diet. To put it more bluntly, the government is putting itself in the uncomfortable position of subsidizing both the costs of treating Type 2 diabetes and the consumption of high-fructose corn syrup.

Why the disconnect? Probably because reforming the food system is politically even more difficult than reforming the health care system. At least in the health care battle, the administration can count some powerful corporate interests on its side - like the large segment of the Fortune 500 that has concluded the current system is unsustainable.

That is hardly the case when it comes to challenging agribusiness. Cheap food is going to be popular as long as the social and environmental costs of that food are charged to the future. There's lots of money to be made selling fast food and then treating the diseases that fast food causes. One of the leading products of the American food industry has become patients for the American health care industry.

He goes on to suggest ways that health care reform might align the insurance companies priorities with those of public health crusaders. Pollan says that each case of Type II diabetes prevented could save the insurers $400,000 — if they couldn't just rely on purging their rolls to keep costs down.

What do you think? Does Pollan make his case?

Big Food vs. Big Insurance [NYT]
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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Microsoft Teaches Best Buy How To Diss Linux, Macs [I'm A Penguin]

 
 

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via Consumerist by Marc Perton on 9/10/09

A recent flurry of reports on the internets claim that Microsoft has been training Best Buy employees to push customers away from Linux and Mac systems to those running Windows. While some posts claim that the Gatesians are teaching Best Buy workers to become "Linux assassins," most of what's going on looks like typical retail marketing: a deep-pocketed supplier working with a chain to hawk its products more aggressively. However, Linux pros are up in arms about "inaccuracies" in the Microsoft program that walks customers through the advantages of Windows vs. Linux.

Most of Microsoft's anti-Linux pitch focuses on familiarity, reliability, and ease-of-use, and the inaccuracies are on the order of statements like, "Linux is a self-help solution. There are no step-by-step tutorials provided, and help documentation is limited." True? Only if you ignore the hundreds of online tutorials, not to mention the wizards that make installing distros like Ubuntu at least as easy as working with Vista.

Still, we sort of agree with PC World's Tony Bradley, who points out that "Linux is getting easier and more mainstream as time goes on, but we're talking about Best Buy customers. ... they tend to buy a computer system like they buy a microwave or a dishwasher. They just want a computing 'appliance' to set on the desk and connect to the Internet." If that's the case,though, how to do Microsoft's "assassins" go after the Mac? Oh, right, it's expensive. Guess they had a hard time using that argument against Linux, given its price point of, oh, free.

Microsoft trains Best Buy Linux assassins [ZDNet]
Microsoft and Best Buy Gang Up On Linux [PC World]
Microsoft helps Best Buy employees troll Mac users, too [Ars Technica]


 
 

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Orange Tabby Takes One to the Head… Travels 13 Miles to its Home

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Orange Tabby Gets One to the Head..Travels 13 Miles to it's Home

 
 

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Al Franken conducts the first health care DEBATE

 
 

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via Dvorak Uncensored by Guilherme Cherman on 9/5/09

Something I'm starting to notice, and I'm wondering what are you guys' opinion on this, that politicians that had a job before becoming politicians are much honest and actually trying to solve problems.



 
 

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History Buff Fires Replica Cannon… Hits Neighbor’s House

 
 

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via Dvorak Uncensored by McCullough on 9/8/09

History Buff Fires Replica Cannon...Blows Up Neighbor's House

 
 

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Nutjob High School Football Coach Baptizes Player Without Mom’s Permission!

 
 

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Raw Story – September 8, 2009:

The mother of a Kentucky high school football player is furious over the Christian baptism of her son during what he said was supposed to be a school outing to eat a steak dinner and see a "motivational speaker."

Instead, Breckinridge County High School football coach Scott Mooney took 20 of his players on a trip to a Baptist revival, where eight or nine of the students underwent the Christian ritual of baptism, according to published reports.

Michelle Ammons, mother of 16-year-old Robert Coffee, said she's upset that nobody ever asked her consent to take her son to the August 26 religious ceremony. She added that she's even more upset with the school district superintendent Janet Meeks, who was at the revival and did not object to the coach including his students.



 
 

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