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12:42 am EDT        63°F (17°C) in Dearborn, MI

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As I write tonight, I have just been watching the soon-to-end Major League Baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the Seattle Mariners; when I left it, it was 6-3 Detroit, with the Tigers batting in the top of the ninth inning. The only reason I mention this is that watching a couple innings of the game has exposed me to perhaps the greatest, most hilarious display of stupidity yet from Fox Sports Detroit color analyst Rod Allen. During Detroit right fielder Gary Sheffield’s at-bat, Allen referred to home plate as being “six foot, six inches” from the mound, instead of the correct distance of 60 feet, 6 inches (18.44 m).

Rod Allen’s struggles with the English language are the stuff of legend, I tell you. During a July 3 telecast of a game against the Cleveland Indians, Allen told us that legendary former Tigers radio voice Ernie Harwell would “narwate” a series of between-inning pieces about patriotism during the July 4 game. (He should have said narrate, of course, and I would bet he probably had the text for that promo right in front of him.) A few days later, he referred to the team’s website as “Tigers dot gom,” apparently inventing a new top-level Internet domain in the process. What else can you expect, though, from a former player whose greatest career moment was chasing a Japanese pitcher who had just hit him with a pitch all the way into the outfield?

We’ll now move from dumbass baseball announcers to Christofascist terrorists. Three such terrorists were put in jail — where they belong — Thursday morning, after shouting down a Hindu chaplain who was trying to give the daily prayer in the U.S. Senate. This just goes to prove exactly what I said about so-called “fundamentalist ‘Christians’” in my June 25 entry: that their mantra is “freedom of religion for me, but not for thee.” Thankfully, so-called “Christians” seem to be busy making attacks among themselves lately, what with “fundamentalists” asserting that Catholics aren’t Christian and Pope Benedict XVI retorting that non-Catholic churches “suffer from defects”; at least the rest of us normal people might get a break from their anything-but-Christian behaviors for a while.

All that aside, it looks as though today will be the day I will move into an apartment in preparation for my new job, which will start a week from this Monday (July 23). I am going down there to sign the lease, get the keys, and begin moving in later today; additionally, I will have to be there for Comcast to install my new cable TV, high-speed internet, and phone service. The actual moving of my stuff from my parents’ house to the apartment will probably come later, maybe Sunday or Monday.

I spent a good bit of yesterday preparing for this move. Two things I had to do before they would even print up a lease contract were obtain renters’ insurance and set up electric utility service in my name; both of those are now done, with the renters’ insurance having cost me a mere $137 for a year. Also, I have all the various cashier’s checks for move-in and Comcast installation ready to go; it’s just a matter of handing those to the appropriate people later today.

I have to be up early to take care of all this shit, so I’d better be going for now.