Mummies And Bunnies Trash

It has been a while since we have taken in the Trash and the natives are restless. So, for yer Easter pleasure, we have a special Mummies and Bunnies edition of Trash. The bunnies, well, they are the official mascot of the holiday weekend of course, and they are absolutely necessary to go down the rabbit holes we have been lately in search of some semblance of our Constitutional rule of law. The Mummies, well, they are a relatively new discovery to me and they kind of fit in with the whole buried alive torture thing. Actually, they are officially known as Here Come The Mummies, and they are one kick ass live act. I have included two songs for your listening pleasure, one live and the other from a live set in a Chicago studio for a radio/TeeVee simulcast show. Enjoy.

Now, for the action, we start off with March April Madness Final Four. The first semifinal game pits the Butler Bulldogs against the Mighty Michigan State Spartans. This seems like a mismatch, but don’t sell Butler short, they are a perennial tournament team, well coached by Brad Stevens, who looks baby faced enough to be one of the players, but has put his team in the tournament all three years he has been head coach. The Bulldogs have some stud players too, led by Gordon Hayward and they play tenacious and disciplined team defense. On the other side stands Tom Izzo and the Spartans who were in the Final Four Championship Game last year, losing to Carolina, and are in the Final Four for the sixth time in the last twelve years. Izzo knows how to coach em up and the Spartans have really gelled in the tournament. It is telling that when their star guard, Kalin Lucas, went down with an achilles in the second round, you would think they were done. Nuh uh, and they win close games consistently. This is in Butler’s hometown, Indianapolis, so they have that going for them (Butler plays their home games just down the road in Hinkle Fieldhouse, a National Historic Register listed building and literally the home of Hoosiers, the real life team the movie is based on and the filming location for the movie). The Spartans are favored by a point; I call it a tossup. Thankfully, there is no riot in Michigan yet!

The second game has Huggy Bear’s West Virginia Mountaineers taking on the Dookies. Coach K and Duke are not newbies, although this particular team has never smelled the rarified air of the Final Four. West Virginia has been a top flite program for several years too, dating back to when they had a different coach that those Wolvereenies in Ann Arbor stole (Big Blue takes all of the Mountaineers’ coaches sooner or later apparently). Another solid and close matchup with the Dookies favored by two. I can see that, Duke looks to have too much speed and shooting and should prevail.

Formula One: As Petro noted, this weekend is the Malaysian Grand Prix. Malaysia is famous for the wet, there is always rain during GP week, and this year looks no different. That’s okay as the wet makes for great Grand Prix racing, and they do not wimp out and stop like those overhyped sissies that drive in circles. Actually rain is good, because otherwise Kuala Lumpur is a fast track with a lot of straights and not great overtaking opportunities. Hamilton, Vettel, Button and Schumacher were fast in practice. The first two races were won by former World Champions, Bahrain by Fernando Alonso and Down Under by Jenson Button. Is it time for Schumi to round into winning form? Nobody roots for Lewis Hamilton anymore, in fact the Aussies actually literally called him a dickhead! Gotta love the Oz. Qualifying is Saturday morning at 4 am Eastern and the race goes off Sunday morning 4 am Eastern; both on Speed TV.

76 replies
  1. burnt says:

    Well, I’m not a college basketball fan, however, I always enter a pool. How can that be? Well, I never bother my beautiful mind with the details. I let a quarter do my work for me. I flip that thing like crazy and it picks winners for me.

    This year I’m in a pool with 32 others and my quarter is sitting fifth. I can’t win because first and second are out of reach but my quarter will finish 3rd if Butler beats Michigan State. Essentially, it’s a home game for them so I think the odds are not bad.

    The wisdom is in the quarter…

  2. whitewidow says:

    Me, I’m just waiting for baseball. My team has a brand spanking new ballpark. Putting aside the economics/blackmail issues surrounding sporting venues, it is beautiful and I must admit I am thrilled that my team will finally play in a park built for baseball. Outdoors, on real grass, finally free from the dreary confines of the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Dome.

      • PJEvans says:

        Ah, another aficionado of weird technology ….

        One of my co-workers was telling about getting bunny-season stuff for assorted young relatives. Apparently someone has candy dispensers in the shape of peeps – the head comes off and … well, someone has a really strange idea of candy dispensers.

    • phred says:

      Thanks Mauimom — I forgot about that, I love that contest. Which one did you like best? My favorite was the Terra Cotta Peeps, but Alfred Hitchcock Presents The Peeps made me laugh out loud : )

  3. bobschacht says:

    Well, March April madness is not for men only: The women are having their own finals party on Sunday.

    First up will be #2 Stanford against 3-seed Oklahoma. Stanford, while everyone’s #2 team, survived a squeaker against Xavier at the last minute. Oklahoma survived an early scare against the University of Kentucky with absolute mastery in the second half to coast to a surprisingly easy victory. I expect them to provide stiff competition for Stanford.

    Odds are heavily in favor of Geno Auriema’s #1 UConn Huskies to run away with the prize again, but the game should be interesting to watch for, oh, say, the first quarter or so because they are going up against Baylor, which has a phenom 6’8″ freshman who has already broken the record for number of blocked shots in an NCAA women’s BB tournament. She also may have the distinction of being the player in the tournament with the lowest voice, and is capable of dunking. She also shows offensive prowess rare for a freshman center. Baylor barely squeaked by Duke, and I really thought Duke was going to win, but they fell apart in the last 6 minutes, and lost their star player to fouls just when things were getting dicey.

    My biggest worry is that company is expected to arrive in the middle of the second game. Maybe by then superstar Maya Moore will have helped the Huskies open an insurmountable lead.

    Bob in AZ

    • bmaz says:

      It is hard to get excited when Charli Turner Thorne and the Devils didn’t even make the dance this year. That is really rare and took the air out of this state for women’s BB.

      • bobschacht says:

        I agree– they’re one of the teams that I watch whenever I can. Unfortunately, this year they had only one NCAA-tournament-level player, Danielle Orsillo. She’s a great story, but she needed more help from the rest of the team.

        Bob in AZ

  4. Mauimom says:

    I’m waiting for Monday morning when I can go down to K-Mart and get Peeps at half-price.

    Ever tried “fighting Peeps” [toothpicks as swords]in the microwave?

    • skdadl says:

      and fatster and PJEvans: lol. In an earlier life, I used to make things like that. I also made gingerbread houses — what was I thinking?

      I’m just sitting here contemplating a post at our place about how to poach an egg, a chemistry experiment I still take most srsly. I’m getting quite good at Julia’s method, but it’s an adventure every time. Benedict is maybe not the happiest reference this Easter, so I’m going to recommend florentine (spinach as a bed), or asparagus if you got ’em, or maybe Beluga caviar (anyone got some?). Odd that so many things that go well with eggs are stinky too, eh?

      In an earlier life I also used to make hollandaise, but life is short, eh? I’ll tell people how to do it anyway — found a clever curried version that I’m sure I’d enjoy if I were still into washing a lot of dishes. In real life, I just got a new toaster, so I think I’ll spend the rest of the day making toast.

      Love the Mummies, bmaz, and I hope you won’t mind if I steal the rabbit-hole metaphor.

      • scribe says:

        re the curried hollandaise – for a 3 yolk quantity of halloandaise, what’s the recipe?

        re the adventurous nature of poaching the egg, you recognize that’s a function of the fresh? Get thee a hen or, better, a flock.

        Yesterday was two scrambled, with kippers and mustard. Mmmm.

        • BoxTurtle says:

          After much work, I successfully made Hollandiase sauce from scratch. I made a tremendous mess, but it was pretty good. It was NOT as good as the sauce I could buy off the shelf for about $3.00 a jar.

          I am forced to conceed that the folks who make 1000 gallons of sauce a day just might know a little more about it than I do.

          Boxturtle (And it certainly requires the right touch with the whisk)

          • PJEvans says:

            I’ve made mayonnaise. More than once. (No, it didn’t curdle. But it’s a lot of work for something that’s really not enough different from the kind in a jar at the market.)

            Mostly what I do with eggs is hard-cook them so I can have one at lunch. Sometimes I’ll put one in soup. (Or there’s ‘egg tea’, when you’re in a hurry and don’t have time for more than a snack: 17th century fast food.)

        • skdadl says:

          Kippers! I have been to Loch Fyne, and I have kipp’d. I don’t know where I’d find kippers in this burgh, though. Marks and Spencer used to have a store in Toronto that sold frozen Loch Fyne kippers, which were great (the kipper already being a pretty preserved product), but they gave up on us after a few years and retreated to the mother country.

          I would love to keep some hens, but I think it’s illegal in town — it is in Toronto. This country could stand to loosen up a bit … A rooster would be fun too, but then there’s the sex and reproduction problem.

          The online curried hollandaise I found is one of those blender cheats, and it uses “curry powder,” another cheat. I was just interested in the proportions; my old recipe has a dash of cayenne, so I was curious to know how much more of anything one could add. With a blender, apparently quite a lot, although the texture wouldn’t be as delicate as BoxTurtle’s.

      • Petrocelli says:

        *Blink*Why dontcha just stick the Eggs on a BBQ ?!! *g*

        Oshawawa Oshaweewee must have one place that stocks Kippers …

          • Petrocelli says:

            {{{ Skdadl }}}

            Enjoying it ! We’re getting back to zero by Friday, but can’t wait for more like this. We got two miserable summers, so a nice loong hot summer is overdue.

      • bmaz says:

        What’s mine is always yours, pilfer away at anythyme! Okay, that was a food pun since you are on the subject…….

  5. scribe says:

    Who gives a crap about basketball? Not me. Especially not when the NCAA in its unending quest for more money, and the prominent schools in their unending quest to stack the odds, are going to expand the tournament to 96 teams. Disgusting.

    Baseball starts Sunday night – a proper Easter egg to my eyes. And my NYY will go into Fenway and deal, the start of a long season for the Sawx and a successful one for the Yanks.

    • BayStateLibrul says:

      Beware the Ides of Pedroia, Ellsbury, and Lackey.
      I still have two Yanks on my fantasy team… Granderson and Swisher.
      Granderson might win the MVP…

    • Petrocelli says:

      Erm … methinks the fans are gonna love a bigger tourney, kinda like when Baseball added the Wild Card thingy.

    • freepatriot says:

      finally, a REAL American

      I don’t know where the rest of you live

      formula 1 ???

      Peeps ???

      hollanday sauce ???

      I gotta listen to this on the day before baseball season

      what will you do next, order some FRENCH apple pie (it’s actually really good)

      but that’s beside the point

      whut ???

      never mind …

      (high everybody)

      • phred says:

        High to you too freep : )

        Go Sox!

        Feel better now?

        Good, now leave me and my peeps alone ; )

  6. Oskie says:

    Yay! Formula1 Trash Talk is back!

    Having just woken up on the east coast and checked the results from qualifying I am now wondering if I can actually regain consciousness again tomorrow morning at 4:00AM because this is sizing up to be an entertaining race. Neither Ferrari nor McLaren qualified in the top ten? But both Force India cars did? And the BMW Sauber Ferrari as well. (Actually, I don’t find that last position interesting. I just like saying “BMW Sauber Ferrari.”)

    Thanks bmaz!

    • Petrocelli says:

      The Force India team is serious about winning and the head guy is throwing Millions around, hoping to stay in the chase.

      As much as I like a little rain – esp when Senna was racing – a downpour is not uncommon in Malaysia, and can spoil a good race.

    • bmaz says:

      Well, it is not just that the Sauber made it as high as you say (P9), but that it was young Kobayashi piloting it. Kobayashi has shown himself to be fast, and clearly getting faster, but with a disturbing predilection to shunt. If he is really maturing, that could be a huge deal and very good for the sport.

    • fatster says:

      Near the end of the article you linked, Citizen92, is this:

      “Steven Aftergood, the director of the Federation of American Scientists’ Project on Government Secrecy, noted that Ford’s memo to “reaffirm and renew” the warrantless wiretap authority given to the attorney general implied that he was perpetuating rather than initiating the surveillance program.”

      Who? Tricky Dick?

      • BoxTurtle says:

        That would be a good guess. We KNOW we was wiretapping folks. LBJ maybe, certainly privacy was not a heavy issue to him and communisium was.

        But I might suspect Ike. The Soviets had just stolen the bomb when he entered office and communionists were everywhere, every in the judiciary.

        Boxturtle (How long after the first phone was installed was the first tap installed?)

        • bmaz says:

          How long after the first phone was installed was the first tap installed?

          Heh, you are not thinking early enough, it was before that, on telegraph lines. The first Supreme Court case on wiretapping occurred in 1928, Olmstead v. United States. Olmstead did not, however, go as you might think. In a split decision, the Court, with Taft writing the opinion, basically concluded the 4th Amendment did not apply as there was no physical search intruding on the individual’s premises. There were really no proscriptions on the government until the Federal Communications Act of 1934, but those were primordial and largely ineffectual. The modern view of wiretapping really did not come into focus until the Berger and Katz twinned cases were decided by the Warren Court in 1967. By the way, warrantless ”National Security” electronic surveillance at the behest of the President or AG was first mentioned as kind of an aside by Justice White in his concurring opinion in the Katz decision.

        • bobschacht says:

          Wait. you’re talking about J. Edgar Hoover era, aren’t you? He’d never let some stinkin’ laws get in the way of gathering trash on whoever his enemies were at the moment.

          Bob in AZ

  7. Petrocelli says:

    F4: Spartans V Mountaineers in the final, with teh Michiganders taking it !

    F1: Rain might be the eventual winner, or else it’ll be: 1-Hamilton 2-Alonso 3-Button

    I don’t see how Schumacher wins from 8th place, but I hope he gives them all a fight.

    • bmaz says:

      How are Hamilton and Alonso going to win from literally the back of the field?? Button isn’t real close to the front either by the way……

      • Petrocelli says:

        After the crash fest in OZ, I ‘spect these 3 will survive.

        So, you agree with me on F4 then ?

        • bmaz says:

          The Butler gonna do it!

          Wait those back markers are going to survive, make it all the way through the field and get by Schumi?? Michael will run Alonso off the course before he will let him by.

          • Petrocelli says:

            I don’t think Schumi will last the entire race, although I hope that he does, and that he is in great shape for the entire season. A healthy Schumi will make this F1 Season a very exciting one.

            • bmaz says:

              Maybe not! But keep in mind that Schumacher is widely considered to be one of the finest racers in the wet in the history of motorsport.

  8. freepatriot says:

    I got West Virgina over Villanova an Kansas over syracuse

    on monday, I got Kansas over West Virgina

    you need an address to send me my next hubcap ???

  9. freepatriot says:

    and in the main event, I pick the Oakland A’s to win the world series

    and with the 27th highest payroll in MLB, it will be a MIRACLE

    thank you Jebus

  10. CTuttle says:

    …and the natives are restless.

    Damn Skippy…! About fricking time…!!!

    Btw, bmaz, not one mention of Opening Day in your post…???

    How can ya not mention the galactic battle between the Evil Empire and the Rebels Red Sox…? ;-)

    C.C. Sabathia and Josh Beckett showdown even…!

  11. Quebecois says:

    Hey F1 fans.

    Vettel is driving a truly unreliable car, and that’s a shame. The guy was dominating this season’s two races and the cars died. The assembled world champions were gazing at his young derrière getting smaller and smaller. I find him the greatest talent to have landed in F1 for a decade at least.

    I’ll probably stay up for the event, and by lap six, i should be sleeping…

    • Oskie says:


      I’m in Massachusetts and my plan is to tank up on fluids – pretty much starting now – with the hope that they’ll wake me up some time after 3:00 with the need to wii. At least that’s my plan. A girl can dream.

      But I know what you mean. I look forward to the races returning to Europe. Watching those ones live are a great way to start a Sunday.

      Go Schumi! Go Kubica! Go Rubinho! (Did you know Rubins Tweets?)

  12. bmaz says:

    Guess there ain’t gonna be a riot in East Lansing, so that is a good thing……….

    Hope those wild and crazy 4,000 students at Butler don’t burn the joint down though!

  13. Oskie says:


    Often he’ll Tweet in both Portuguese and English and even when he doesn’t, when he posts a photo, it’s great fun. You should look for the one of him bowling with the family. Honestly, it’s a photo of several smiling sort of orbital shaped men. You’d never guess that one of them pilots an F1 car for a living.

    • bmaz says:

      No doubt! I am shocked Hamilton has gotten through the field as much as he has; I was teling Petro he couldn’t do it. He didn’t, but got a lot further than I thought he would.

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