Monday, February 27, 2012

BC Football Schedule Released

9/1 - Miami (Fl.)
9/8 - Maine (FCS)
9/15 - @ Northwestern
9/22 -  OPEN
9/29 -  Clemson
10/6 - @ Army
10/13 -  @ Florida State
10/20 -  @ Georgia Tech
10/27 -  Maryland
11/3 -  @ Wake Forest
11/10 - Notre Dame
11/17 - Virgina Tech
11/24 - @ NC State

Latest College Hockey Poll

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Obama View vs. Traditional View

COMMENTARY: Late yesterday afternoon, this is in the Coral Gables, this is at a fundraiser, this is after Obama sang the praises of pond scum as the next substitute for oil.

OBAMA: We’ve gotta make sure that everybody’s doing their fair share. Everybody needs a fair shot, everybody’s gotta play by the same set of rules, everybody’s gotta do their fair share. Everybody’s gotta do their part! Everybody in this room, we are here, successful, because somebody down the road have not just thinkin’ about themselves, they were takin’ responsibility for the country as a whole.

COMMENTARY: What an absolute crock! That is the exact opposite of what goes on. That is his translation of Karl Marx: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” This is absolutely full of it. “Everybody gotta do their part. Everybody in this room, we’re here, successful, ’cause somebody down the road was not just thinkin’ about themselves, they were takin’ responsibility for the country as a whole.” That is not what propelled this country! This country was propelled by rugged individualism and rugged self-interest, and it was made possible by virtue of the freedom this country offers its citizens thanks to our Constitution, founding documents, and Founding Fathers.

Now, this may be a fine line. Obama wants you to think that everybody that he deems “successful” is first thinking of government and then, second, thinking of government, and then the last thing they think of is government, and everything they do is oriented toward making the government better. And that isn’t true. Most people today are finding a way to avoid the government! Because of guys like Obama, most people are trying to find a way to evade the government. Because the government, run by guys like Obama, is an obstacle. It’s in people’s way.

Here’s the next sound bite.
OBAMA: We’re not gonna win the race for new jobs and new businesses and middle class security if we’re responding to today’s challenges with the same old, tired worn out “you’re on your own” economics that hasn’t worked. What these other guys are peddling has not worked. It didn’t work in the decade before the Great Depression. It did not work in the decade before I became president. It will not work now.

COMMENTARY: Do you believe this? The country has never worked. Capitalism has never worked. America was not great until the New Deal, and then America plunged into the abyss again, and only is on the path to reclaiming its greatness now that Obama is replicating the New Deal by a factor of ten. Has he ever heard of the Roaring Twenties? Has he ever heard of the boom in the fifties and the sixties and the seventies? Has he ever heard of what happened in the 1980s? It never worked? This is the second time he’s said this in such a prominent way. Last time was when he made his speech, I guess it was in December, might have been January, the days run together so quickly now, in Osawatomie, Kansas, where he said, America, as founded, hasn’t worked.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Our First Lady - Love Her!

Michelle Obama told an audience of supporters last night, “Everyday, I hear about how the folks are suffering.”

But, so far, it hasn’t stopped her from taking a record 16 vacations in 3 years.
CNS News reported, via Lucianne:
Every day, I hear about how folks are struggling — the bills they’re trying to pay; the businesses they’re trying to keep afloat. I hear about how folks are taking that extra shift, they’re working that extra job, they’re doing whatever they have to — they’re saving, they’re sacrificing, never spending a dime on themselves because they desperately want something better for their kids.
“And make no mistake about it, these struggles that I’m talking about, these are not new. For decades now — decades — middle-class folks have been squeezed from all sides. See, the cost of things like gas, groceries, tuition — prices continuing to rise, but people’s paychecks just haven’t kept up. And when this economic crisis hit, for far too many families the bottom just completely fell out.”

Ameritopia

"Inside the home, the federal government regulates washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, dishwasher detergents, microwave ovens, toilets, showerheads, heating and cooling systems, refrigerators, freezers, furnace fans and boilers, ceiling fans, dehumidifiers, lightbulbs, certain renovations, fitness equipment, clothing, baby cribs, pacifiers, rattles and toys, marbles, latex balloons, matchbooks, bunk beds, mattresses, mattress pads, televisions, radios, cell phones, iPods and other digital media devices, computer components, video recording devices, speakers, batteries, battery charges, power supplies, stereo equipment, garage door openers, lawn mowers, lawn darts, pool slides… toothpaste, deodorant, dentures."

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Jerry York Quote From December 1996

“I’m certainly going to coach the next decade here,” said York. “We want to win national championships. No question, that’s our goal. You do that by making your team a player in the national scene. If you’re one of the top five programs each year, then you’re going to win national titles. I don’t think you go from being an obscure program to all of a sudden winning a national title. You’ve got to be knocking on the door. So I want our team to be always be in the thick of the race.
“Then I think we can win a championship.”

Read more: 

Nice Article About Jerry York's Success

http://www.uscho.com/2012/02/23/jerry-york-and-a-remarkable-string-of-success-at-boston-college/

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Look at Where BC Baseball Is Ranked!

17. Boston College (3-0)

Of note: Not sure how long this ranking will stay, but you've got to respect the fact that the Eagles were the only team in the country to beat two ranked teams (Virginia and Coastal Carolina were both in the NBCWA preseason poll).

No Leadership

Last week the President released his latest budget, proposing policies that would result in a $1.33 trillion deficit this year and continued budget deficits for as far into the future as government bureaucrats project.  As budget experts like the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office have explained, the main cause of the looming fiscal problems going forward is unsustainable spending in entitlement programs like Social Security. 

Yet the President’s FY 2013 budget does not propose major reforms to this broken program. 

Social Security has nearly $18 trillion in unfunded liabilities, and with continued waves of Baby Boom retirees and sluggish growth in the number of workers to support them, the problem is only likely to get worse. 

Opponents to reform often argue that the program can be fixed with minor tweaks around the edges, but those changes tend to make what is already a bad deal even worse for workers. 

Unless the program sees major structural reforms, massive benefit cuts, tax increases, or more government borrowing will be needed.  This would be a huge disappointment to retirees, a drag on the American economy, or an even bigger debt burden onto the shoulders of our children and grandchildren. 
 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Montel Harris - Is He Done With Football?

From BC Media Relations

Boston College football coach Frank Spaziani announced today that senior running back Montel Harris will not participate in spring practice due to a re-aggravation of the left knee injury that sidelined him for much of last season. Harris participated in this past Saturday's first practice of the spring season and complained of soreness afterwards.

BC Baseball Gets Some Attention

http://www.collegebaseballinsider.com/TOW/TOW120221.html

Monday, February 20, 2012

Top Endowments

Endowment
Funds
($000)
*Percentage
Change
(%)
1 Harvard University MA 31,728,080 27,557,404 15.1
2 Yale University CT 19,374,000 16,652,000 16.3
3 University of Texas System TX 17,148,649 14,052,220 22.0
4 Princeton University NJ 17,109,508 14,391,450 18.9
5 Stanford University CA 16,502,606 13,851,115 19.1
6 Massachusetts Institute of Technology MA 9,712,628 8,317,321 16.8
7 University of Michigan MI 7,834,752 6,564,100 19.4
8 Columbia University NY 7,789,578 6,516,512 19.5
9 Northwestern University IL 7,182,745 5,945,277 20.8
10 Texas A&M University System & Foundations TX 6,999,517 5,738,289 22.0
11 University of Pennsylvania PA 6,582,029 5,668,939 16.1
12 University of Chicago IL 6,575,126 5,543,084 18.6
13 University of California CA 6,342,217 5,441,225 16.6
14 University of Notre Dame IN 6,259,598 5,234,841 19.6
15 Duke University NC 5,747,377 4,823,572 19.2
16 Emory University GA 5,400,367 4,694,260 15.0
17 Washington University in St. Louis MO 5,280,143 4,473,180 18.0
18 Cornell University NY 5,059,406 4,378,587 15.5
19 University of Virginia VA 4,760,515 3,706,823 28.4
20 Rice University TX 4,451,452 3,786,548 17.6
21 University of Southern California CA 3,517,173 2,947,978 19.3
22 Vanderbilt University TN 3,414,514 3,044,000 12.2
23 Dartmouth College NH 3,413,406 2,998,302 13.8
24 New York University NY 2,827,000 2,370,000 19.3
25 Johns Hopkins University MD 2,598,467 2,219,925 17.1
26 University of Pittsburgh PA 2,527,398 2,032,798 24,3
27 University of Minnesota and Affiliated Foundations MN 2,503,305 2,195,742 14.0
28 Brown University RI 2,496,926 2,155,330 15.8
29 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill & Foundations NC 2,260,970 1,979,220 14.2
30 University of Washington WA 2,154,494 1,904,970 13.1
31 Ohio State University OH 2,120,714 1,869,312 13.4
32 Purdue University IN 2,001,601 1,633,034 22.6
33 University of Richmond VA 1,877,193 1,614,871 16.2
34 University of Wisconsin Foundation WI 1,872,933 1,551,384 20.7
35 Williams College MA 1,784,305 1,526,571 16.9
36 California Institute of Technology CA 1,772,369 1,556,198 13.9
37 The Rockefeller Institute NY 1,746,363 1,561,470 11.8
38 Boston College MA 1,726,100 1,479,700 16.7
39 Pennsylvania State University PA 1,725,138 1,368,031 26.1
40 Case Western Reserve University OH 1,703,164 1,462,027 16.5
41 Pomona College CA 1,700,454 1,458,974 16.6

Saturday, February 18, 2012

BC Baseball

For those of you who know me, baseball is my real passion.   I am so happy to see the BC baseball team start out 3-0.  And, Andover High alum John Hennessy has started all three games at third base and is batting .300 with an RBI.     Note to Gene:  Get the stadium built on the Brighton campus!

Go Eagles!
http://www.bceagles.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/021812aac.html

http://www.bceagles.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/021812aad.html

Great Picture - 2001

Congratulations Coach York

http://www.uscho.com/2012/02/17/york-notches-900th-win/

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Obama Budget - From Today's WSJ

The Amazing Obama Budget

He's proposing higher spending and deficits this year.

 
Federal budgets are by definition political documents, but even by that standard yesterday's White House proposal for fiscal year 2013 is a brilliant bit of misdirection. With the abracadabra of a tax increase on the wealthy and defense spending cuts that will never materialize, the White House asserts that in President Obama's second term revenues will soar, outlays will fall, and $1.3 trillion annual deficits will be cut in half like the lady in the box on stage.

All voters need to do is suspend disbelief for another nine months. And ignore the first four years.
The real news in Mr. Obama's budget proposal is the story of those four years, and what a tale they tell.

• Four years of spending of more than 24% of GDP, the four highest spending years since 1946. In the current fiscal year of 2012, despite talk of austerity, Mr. Obama predicts spending will increase by $193 billion to $3.8 trillion, or 24.3% of GDP. The top chart shows the unprecedented four-year blowout.

• Another deficit of $1.327 trillion in 2012, also an increase from 2011, and making four years in a row above $1.29 trillion. The last time that happened? Never.

• Revenues at historic lows because of the mediocre recovery and temporary tax cuts that are deadweight revenue losses because they do so little for economic growth. The White House budget office estimates that for the fourth year in a row revenues won't reach 16% of GDP. The last time they were below 16% for any year was 1950.

• All of this has added as astonishing $5 trillion in debt in a single Presidential term. National debt held by the public—the kind you have to pay back—will hit 74.2% this year and keep rising to 77.4% next year. The bottom chart shows the trend.

Economists believe that when debt to GDP reaches 90% or so, the economic damage begins to rise. And this doesn't include the debt that future taxpayers owe current and future retirees through the IOUs in the Social Security "trust fund."

But, lo, says the White House, all of this will change in 2013 if Mr. Obama is re-elected. Next year, revenues will suddenly leap to 17.8% of GDP thanks to tax increases on the wealthy, which we are supposed to believe will have little impact on growth.
Meanwhile, spending will fall by one percentage point of GDP to 23.3%, thanks to the automatic cuts in last year's debt-ceiling bill. But more than half of those are scheduled to come out of defense, which even Mr. Obama's Defense Secretary says are unacceptable. They will be renegotiated next year no matter who wins in November.

The cuts also include an estimated $1 trillion in savings in domestic discretionary programs that also won't happen, especially because Mr. Obama's budget proposes to add $350 billion to these programs. His budget also proposes no meaningful reforms in entitlements, which are the fastest growing part of the budget and will grow even faster once ObamaCare really kicks in.

The only thing that you can be certain will become law in this budget if Mr. Obama is re-elected is the monumental tax increase. His plan would raise tax rates across the board on anyone or any business owners making more than $200,000 for individuals and $250,000 for couples. These are the 3% of taxpayers that Mr. Obama says aren't paying their fair share, though that 3% pays more in income tax than the rest of the other 97%.

A central contradiction of this plan is that the White House predicts accelerating real GDP growth of 3% in 2013 and 4.1% by 2015 even as the economy is whacked by these tax increases. The President's plan would also cancel the investment tax rate reductions that have been in place since 2003, impose a new investment income tax hike of 3.8%, and introduce the new "Buffett rule" on the rich.

Tax rates will rise as follows: capital gains to 30% from 15% today; dividends to 30% from 15%; the estate tax to 45% from 35%, and don't forget the end to the temporary payroll tax cut that Mr. Obama is making such an issue of now. He only wants it to last for another 10 months.
 
Copies of President Obama's fiscal 2013 federal budget arrive at the House Budget Committee.
And there will be more. Yesterday, Mr. Obama's chief economic adviser, Gene Sperling, reported that the President wants a new "global minimum tax." Mr. Sperling said the new tax is necessary "so that people have the assurance that nobody is escaping doing their fair share as part of a race to the bottom or having our tax code actually subsidize and facilitate people moving their funds to tax havens." He didn't offer specifics but said the White House will be saying more, "perhaps not in gory detail, but in more detail," by the end of the month.

You would think amid all of its other tax increases that the White House wouldn't need another. But its problem is that other countries rudely compete for capital by keeping their tax rates low, so Mr. Obama wants to punish Americans who dare to take that advantage rather than cut the U.S. rate to 25% to make America more competitive.

Despite its tax increases, the White House still predicts that the annual budget deficit will be $901 billion in 2013 and never fall below $575 billion in any of the next 10 years. Democrats denounced George W. Bush for allowing so much red ink, but his deficits averaged only 3.5% of GDP if you don't count 2001 but do include the 10.1% of 2009. Mr. Obama's deficits have averaged 9.1% of GDP if you count 2009, as you should because his $800 billion stimulus passed that February.

The political reality of budgeting is that voters should only believe what they can see, which is what politicians are proposing now. Promises of future spending cuts are a mirage. Mr. Obama needs to point to the mirage because his fiscal record is the worst in modern American history.

Beanpot Highlights

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6Q1h5AMmBI&feature=player_embedded

Beanpot Photo Gallery by Melissa Wade

http://www.uscho.com/photos/2012/02/13/gallery-2012-mens-beanpot-final/

BC Hockey: Up To #2

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/pairwise-rankings/d-i-men/

Sunday, February 12, 2012

I'm Not A Big Basketball Fan But ..

I have met BC's head basketball coach Steve Donahue several time.  Mark my words:  he will have this team in the Sweet 16 within 5 years.    

Paul Peterson To BC?

I would certainly like to see it.  Go get him Spaz!

http://www.suutbirds.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=20100&ATCLID=1369060

ObamaCare

Karl Marx once said: “The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion.”
When Karl Marx speaks, Barack Obama listens.

In what is perhaps the most egregious executive overreach in our lifetime, the president’s Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, has unconstitutionally decreed that both Catholic and Protestant organizations must violate fundamental tenets of the Christian faith by providing ObamaCare coverage that includes birth control, sterilization and various forms of abortion. This is as blatant a violation of the First Amendment’s guarantee to religious “free exercise” as we’ve ever seen.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

What is Wrong With This Picture?

Overall, 7,066 Massachusetts state employees earned more than $100,000 last year. Three toll collectors earned more than $100,000, including one who earned $123,662. The number was higher than the 2010 tally of 6,400 public employees who earned more than $100,000.

BC Hockey: Peaking at the Right Time?

http://www.uscho.com/2012/02/09/boston-college-may-be-putting-it-all-together-at-the-right-time/#ixzz1m0WRdn5r

Friday, February 10, 2012

2 More Coaches Out at Boston College

Rutgers: I am told that Boston College running backs coach Ben Sirmans will join the Rutgers' staff in the same capacity.

Temple: Sources tell me that Boston College wide receivers coach Ryan Day has accepted the offensive coordinator position at Temple.

6 Colleges That Are CUTTING Tuition

http://www.smartmoney.com/borrow/student-loans/6-colleges-cutting-tuition-1328828632715/?link=SM_hp_ls4e

This President Continues to Promote Deficit Spending

News Alert
from The Wall Street Journal


President Barack Obama's budget request to Congress on Monday will forecast a deficit of $1.33 trillion in fiscal year 2012 and includes hundreds of billions of dollars of proposed spending on the nation's infrastructure, according to draft documents viewed by Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal.


The projected deficit is higher than the $1.296 trillion deficit in 2011, and is also slightly higher than a roughly $1.15 trillion projection released by the Congressional Budget Office last week.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

BC Football Home Opener 2012 - Tough Way to Start

BC football to host Miami in 2012 opener

February 9, 2012 
 
Boston College will open its 2012 football season at home against Miami on Labor Day weekend, according to sources at Boston College.
The likely dates are Sunday or Monday, although the entire weekend remains in play.

The Eagles will likely play at home against Maine the next weekend.
BC will have only six home games next season because a game against Army was moved to to West Point.
The Cadets will play at BC in 2013.

MARK BLAUDSCHUN

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Dave Brock To Rutgers

New Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood has reached into his past to find the school's next offensive coordinator.

Dave Brock, a Moorestown native who was the interim offensive coordinator at Boston College last fall and has held that position at Kansas State, Temple and Hofstra, will be named the Scarlet Knights' offensive coordinator, replacing Frank Cignetti, possibly by the end of the week, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The person requested anonymity because the hiring is not official yet.

In addition, according to two people familiar with Rutgers' plans, Western Michigan defensive coordinator Dave Cohen, the former head coach at Hofstra, is also expected to be added to Flood's revamped staff. Cohen's role remains uncertain, though his strength is as a linebackers coach.

Those people also requested anonymity because the official announcement has not been made yet.

Brock, the tight ends coach for Boston College in 2009 and 2010, became the Eagles' interim offensive coordinator when Kevin Rogers took a leave of absence in mid-September for health reasons.

Brock coached at Hofstra in a variety of roles from 1997 to 2001, where he was on the same staff as Flood for that time.

A linebacker at Ferrum (Va.) and a graduate of Salisbury (Md.) University, Brock coached Josh Freeman and Jordy Nelson as Kansas State's offensive coordinator, and also coached Hakeem Nicks as North Carolina's wide receivers coach in 2005-06.

He has coached both pro-style and spread offenses during his career.

Deficits

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Giants Chris Canty's Pre Game Prediction

INDIANAPOLIS -- Defensive end Chris Canty wasn't satisfied telling New York Giants fans to get ready for a Super Bowl parade.

The veteran took it a step farther before Sunday's kickoff. He predicted on his Twitter account the score by which the Giants would win.

"Giants 28, New England 17" appeared on "ChrisCanty99" about five hours before game time
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady did his own chirping a week ago. The three-time Super Bowl champion told some 25,000 fans at a send-off in Foxborough, Mass., that he hoped there would be more fans for the rally when the team returned.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Our Irresponsbile President

Obama Underestimates 2012 Deficit by About Half a Trillion Dollars

9:33 AM, Feb 2, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
In President Obama’s first budget, entitled (with no apparent sense of irony) “A New Era of Responsibility,” he projected that the federal budget deficit in 2012 would be a rather hefty $581 billion (see summary table S-1). Fast-forwarding three years, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) now projects that it will instead be $1.079 trillion, meaning that, if the CBO is right, Obama was wrong by $498,000,000,000. To put that into perspective, that roughly half-trillion dollar margin of error is more than Obama allocated is this year’s budget for Medicare (see table S-3).  Medicare could magically have become free for 2012, and the deficit would still have exceeded Obama’s earlier estimate.
tws-F-obama smile.07
Deficit spending under Obama has truly been historic.  An editorial in the Wall Street Journal rightly observes that “Mr. Obama has the worst fiscal record of any President in modern times.  No one else is even close.”  However, even this is somewhat generous.  When you factor in the context — we’re not currently fighting the Civil War, World War I, or World War II, which are the only other times that our deficits have exceeded 6.0 percent of GDP (as they have every year under Obama) — the deficits on Obama’s watch are by far the most profligate in all of American history.

Mike Cappuccio - Separated at Birth

BC Accounting Faculty Ranked #3!!

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/fab6434a-48fe-11e1-954a-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1lBO4jUi3