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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

FIA announced the calendar for 2007

The 2007 calendar counts a total of 17 races. The San Marino and European Grands Prix have been dropped, while Belgium returns, making for a 17-race schedule.

The approved 2007 Formula 1 calendar:

Australia March 18
Malaysia April 08
Bahrain April 15
Spain May 13
Monaco May 27
Canada June 10
United States June 17
France July 01
United Kingdom July 08
Germany July 22
Hungary August 05
Turkey August 26
Italy September 09
Belgium September 16
China September 30
Japan October 07
Brazil October 21

Monday, August 28, 2006

Tribute 9/11

I just watched United 93 (the movie) and wanted to post this 9/11 tribute.


Friday, August 25, 2006

Option Trading

For those interested in options trading, here are a few worthy, free resources:

Alex Jacobson - Volatility for Options Investors

Al Brinkman - Straddles and Strangles - Comparing and Contrasting These Two Volatility Strategies

Steve Meizinger - Covered Call Writing for Options Investors

Save! $14 a Day Could Grow Into More than $1.6 Million in 35 years

Did you know that if you invested $14 per day (or $200 every two weeks) for 35 years in a retirement account that earned an annual return of 10 percent, you would have $1,678,293.78?

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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

MLS 2006 - week 21 goal compilation

Goals: Chris Klein, Christian Gomez, Landon Donovan, Kyle Beckerman, Andy Herron, Carey Talley, Sebastian Rozental, Santino Quaranta, Joseph Ngwenya

Friday, August 18, 2006

Live from the Bridge to Nowhere...

The Ending Earmarks Express tour visited the "Bridge to Nowhere" in Ketchikan, Alaska.


Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Speed camera snaps F1 driver going 202 MPH on public roads

Early yesterday morning Robert Doornbos, the backup driver for the Red Bull Formula One team, was clocked going 202 mph in his Red Bull F1 car on Dutch public roads by a Dutch Gatsometer speed camera. The company admits an older version of the camera that's still widely in use wouldn't have been able to accurately capture the F1 car. The stunt required a portion of the road that crosses the De Afsluitdijk dam to be closed for obvious safety reasons. You can check out a video of the run on the Doornbos website here.

Credit: Autoblog

Monday, August 14, 2006

Goals From The FC Barcelona-New York Red Bulls Game

It was clear, based on the number of jerseys sporting the royal blue and burgundy of FC Barcelona, that many of the 79,002 in attendance at a sold-out Giants Stadium on Saturday night were there to see Ronaldinho and his teammates work their magic.

For the first 20 minutes or so of the game, so were the New York Red Bulls, Barcelona's opposition on the night.

After an initial onslaught that resulted in a penalty kick converted by Ronaldinho in the 18th minute, the Red Bulls stopped stargazing and started playing soccer, pulling level with a goal just before halftime through Youri Djorkaeff. While Ronaldinho, Lionel Messi and Javier Saviola all scored second-half goals for a 4-1 final score, the Red Bulls acquitted themselves well against the reigning European champions in Bruce Arena's first official match as head coach.

MLS 2006 - week 19/20 goal compilation


Friday, August 11, 2006

FC Barcelona vs. NY Red Bulls at Giants Stadium tomorrow

The two-time defending Spanish league champions and last year's UEFA Champions League titleholders have been on a whirlwind tour of Mexico and the United States for the last week and a half. They complete their preseason journey across North America with a match against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday at Giants Stadium. The game against Barcelona will also mark the debut of Bruce Arena as Red Bulls coach, who officially took over Monday.

In other team news: NBA MVP Steve Nash trains with team and you, yes, you can train with the NY Red Bulls as well. Midfielders Dema Kovalenko and Shawn Kuykendall became the first acquisitons of the Bruce Arena era with the New York Red Bulls Thursday.

Red Bull Park groundbreaking set

HARRISON, New Jersey - The official groundbreaking ceremony for Red Bull Park, a 25,000-seat soccer stadium to be developed as a major component of the three-million square foot Harrison MetroCentre, will take place on September 19, 2006 at 11:30 AM it was announced by Nick Sakiewicz, president of AEG New York, developers and managing partners of the outdoor venue. . . The $100 million state-of-the-art stadium will feature a 360 degree 'European"-style roof/canopy covering the majority of the seating area, spacious locker rooms, sound and lighting systems specially tailored to the unique surroundings of Red Bull Park, the finest turf to create soccer's best pitch and well-appointed hospitality areas featuring 63 luxury suites positioned only 12 rows from the playing surface.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Chelsea FC v MLS All-Stars

Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Ill.
Saturday, Aug. 5, 2005 (5:30 p.m. CT; ESPN)

This is the third time the MLS All-Stars have taken on international competition in the All-Star Game. Last year, on a brilliant sun-filled day at Columbus Crew Stadium, the MLS team ran out 4-1 winners against Fulham FC of the English Premier League. All-Star Game MVP Taylor Twellman gave the MLS a 23rd-minute lead, but Claus Jensen converted a penalty kick to pull Fulham level at halftime. Ronnie O'Brien put the MLS in the lead for good in the 56th minute, then Jeff Cunningham scored twice in the final five minutes to salt away the match.

In 2003 at The Home Depot Center, the MLS stars hit for three goals after the halftime break to defeat Chivas of Guadalajara 3-1. Ante Razov gave the MLS the lead in the 57th minute, then just two minutes after Jair Garcia leveled terms for the storied Mexican club, Carlos Ruiz scored in the 68th minute to again give the MLS the lead. DaMarcus Beasley finished off the scoring in the 83rd minute. Ruiz, the then-Los Angeles Galaxy striker playing on his home ground, was named the game's Honda Most Valuable Player.

That was the second consecutive year a single team of MLS All-Stars was selected for the midseason classic, as the year before the MLS All-Stars took on a U.S. national team selection following the USA's historic quarterfinal performance at FIFA World Cup 2002 Korea/Japan. All 18 of the players selected by Bruce Arena for the match plied their trade in MLS. In 1998, an international theme was also used in the MLS All-Star Game as a team of U.S. MLS stars took on a squad comprised of international MLS stars. Each of the other seven All-Star Games has featured an East vs. West format.

Read more: MLSnet

Dan Loney of American Soccer News has an excellent preview. Kristian Dyer posted another preview on ESPN. Lastly, don't miss this chat transcript with Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber.

US Sales of Hybrids Top 25,000 Units in July

Sales of hybrids in the US hit a new high in July, with 25,626 units sold—a 32% increase from July 2005.

Hybrids represented 1.7% of the total new light-duty vehicle market in July 2006.

Read more at:

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

NY's Political Pork

To continue my anti-pork blog campaign (as organized by the Club For Growth), let me turn the attention to the other NY Republican (um, RINO) reps.

One of the reasons that Republicans took congress over in 1994 was the promise of some fiscal sanity. I guess that just isn't happening.

Previously, I've written about Rep. Peter King (Yes 0-19), Rep. Sue Kelly (Yes 3-19). Remember, a “yes” vote is a vote to remove the spending from the appropriations bill.

NY RINO Hall of Shame
(These RINOs voted for the pork provisions 19 out of 19 times):

1.) Rep. Sherwood Boehlert - New York District 24, currently serving in his 12th consecutive term representing Upstate New York. Time for a change!

2.) Rep. Randy Kuhl - He makes the shameless claim on his website that "We're all looking to keep more of the money we earn, for less government intrusion, and for more financial freedom." LIAR!! How does voting for a $500,000 swimming pool in Banning, CA help "keep more of the money we earn"?

3.) Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds - He supposedly was called "Hero of the Taxpayer". Can you believe it? How about "Robber of the Taxpayer"? Or "Hero of the Pork Lobby"? He won't post these "awards" on his website.

4.) Rep. John M. McHugh - serving his seventh consecutive term in office. His official website claims that "In addition to lowering taxes, Rep. McHugh believes one of Congress' top priorities is to make our government less intrusive and more efficient". Wow! Centainly he can somehow spin his vote for the $1 million Mystic Aquarium in New London, Conn. as a tax-lowering project. Rep. McHugh, Enron may be looking to hire creative accountants!

5.) Rep. John E. Sweeney - His website boasts that "Since being elected to Congress, Rep. Sweeney has carved out an impressive list of legislative accomplishments." Well, I'm sure the Leonard Wood Research Institute is grateful for the $20 million of taxpayer $$s.

6.) Rep. Jim Walsh - He mentions on his site that Buffalo News has described Walsh as "commonly seen as New York's most powerful House member." He's not powerful enough to say no to the $1 million Juniata Locomotive Demonstration :(

With RINOs like these, who needs Democrats?

F1: Hungarian Grand Prix preview

Plenty of F1 news this week in preparation for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

1.) The BMW Sauber F1 Team will take their place on the grid for the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest this coming weekend with a different driver line-up. After his accident at the German Grand Prix last weekend Canadian driver Jacques Villeneuve will not be racing. Test and reserve driver Robert Kubica will take his place. He will be the first Pole ever to contest a Formula One Grand Prix.

1 a.) Jacques Villeneuve may not return to F1, according to the Polish press.

2.) WilliamsF1 announced its driver line-up for the 2007 season with Alex Wurz and Nico Rosberg as the team’s race drivers.

3.) The Hungarian GP will be Kimi Raikkonen's 100th Grand Prix start! Kimi won last year in Budapest and I'm sure he'll do his best to celebrate his 100th GP.

Ferrari are on a roll with Michael Schumacher taking the last three Grand prix wins and closing the championship fight to Fernando Alonso and Renault. Shumi won the GP in Hungary 3 times, no doubt he'll push his car to the limit on Sunday.

P.S. Budapest btw is a beatiful city. Check out nice photos in this Flickr group.

MLS 2006 - week 18 goal compilation

Climbing the Ladder Blog has uploaded the goal compilation for week 18.


Toyota passes Ford, DaimlerChrysler in U.S. sales

July marked the first time that Toyota sold more cars in the U.S. than Ford. Toyota has also outsold DaimlerChrysler year to date in the U.S. market.

July was a bad month for US auto sales, however, Toyota and Honda found a way to increase sales and market share.

Acura –4.9% at 18,203 (July 2005: 19,909)
Audi –2.6% at 7,005 (July 2005: 7,190)
BMW –13.4% at 20,083 (July 2005: 23,178)
Buick –34.7% at 23,609 (July 2005: 37,618)
Cadillac –21.8% at 19,124 (July 2005: 25,431)
Chevrolet –17.1% at 244,080 (July 2005: 306,160)
Chrysler –35% at 38,124 (July 2005: 61,193)
Dodge –35% at 76,394 (July 2005: 122,673)
Ford –35.7% at 199,735 (July 2005: 310,757)
GMC –36.5% at 48,085 (July 2005: 78,717)
Honda 12.7% at 133,601 (July 2005: 123,308)
HUMMER –2.7% at 6,991 (July 2005: 7,476)
Hyundai 6.2% at 47,205 (July 2005: 44,431)
Infiniti –18.1% at 10,548 (July 2005: 13,395)
Isuzu 34.2% at 1,336 (July 2005: 1,035)
Jaguar –15.1% at 1,997 (July 2005: 2,353)
Jeep –34% at 35,831 (July 2005: 56,280)
Kia 2.3% at 26,429 (July 2005: 26,052)
Land Rover –30.6% at 3,524 (July 2005: 5,080)
Lexus 5.6% at 26,959 (July 2005: 26,562)
Lincoln –21.5% at 9,125 (July 2005: 11,621)
Mazda 5% at 25,963 (July 2005: 24,820)
Mercedes 3.8% at 21,591 (July 2005: 20,791)
Mercury –34.1% at 16,635 (July 2005: 25,238)
MINI -3.7% at 3,528 (July 2005: 3,662)
Mitsubishi 1.2% at 10,376 (July 2005: 10,376)
Nissan –16% at 75,860 (July 2005: 93,905)
Pontiac .1% at 40,993 (July 2005: 42,541)
Saab –41.2% at 3,658 (July 2005: 6,469)
Saturn –4.3% at 22,516 (July 2005: 24,471)
Subaru - 5% at 18,923 (July 2005: 17,959)
Suzuki 13% at 8,030 (July 2005: 7,125)
Toyota 17.71% at 214,867 (July 2005: 189,855)
Volkswagen 5% at 22,627 (July 2005: 21,553)
Volvo –10.2% at 10,323 (July 2005: 11,499)

BMW Group
–12% at 23,611 (July 2005: 26,840)
Chrysler Group –35% at 150,349 (July 2005: 240,146)
Ford Motor Co –34.2% at 241,339 (July 2005: 366,548)
General Motors –19.5% at 410,332 (July 2005: 530,027)
Honda America 10.2% at 151,804 (July 2005: 143,217)
Nissan North America –16.2% at 86,408 (July 2005: 107,300)
Toyota Motor Co. 16.21% at 241,826 (July 2005: 216,417)

ercentages are reported as the change in daily sales rate (DSR) since there were only 25 selling days in July 2006 versus 26 selling days in July 2005.