Snoop Lion Rips a fat Blunt live on Television on the huffington Post
If you follow or even slightly enjoy college basketball or basketball in general than it’s a must you fill out a bracket “bracketology” . ESPN has folks sign up every year for this. This year it was sponsored by All State Insurance.
It is estimated that tens of millions of people fill out March Madness tourney brackets every year; 8.15 million brackets were entered in ESPN’s Tourney Challenge alone.
Over 60,000 brackets were filled out by Facebook users in Yahoo!’s Tourney Pick’em game  and Yahoo! was kind enough to share their data with us. We observe most users’ age, educational background, team and athletic page likes, location, and estimate the effect these have on how people fill out their brackets.
I signed up for one on espn. I did well but I didn’t win. I guess getting a rank of 435,107 with a PCT of 94.7 isn’t too bad out of 8.15 million. Although I didn’t win squat other than some bragging rights to the group I was in which only goes so far.
Oh well that’s the beauty of March Madness…. There is always next year to win the big one. It’s the closest thing we have to the lottery in Utah so I can always hope ha.
There are so many ways to guess, pick or choose who can run all the way to the end of the Road to the final 4. There isn’t a right or wrong way to picking and that’s all the fun in the madness… “Never really knowing” who could be this years Cinderella Like Wichita St. VCU years earlier among many other great solid teams. That’s probably one of the factors that really just entice and keep people so excited about March Madness.
The tourney really stress’s strategy for coaches, along with stamina for players. It’s one of my personal favorite times of year. Except football isn’t on ;/ But hey can’t win them all.
I picked Louisville and am glad they won, not because Kevin Ware broke his leg, but because Rick Pitino is a Great coach and made it to the Hall of Fame recently! He will also have a new tattoo soon. Good for the Cardinal Basketball program and team. They were fundamentally sound and played well as a team.
It’s a very big thing for the Cardinals to bring the title back to Kentucky a year after their in state dreaded Rival the “Kentucky Wildcats” did it previously. Shows how strong the East side of the country is in basketball.
Shout out to the Wolverines and Big 10 for putting on a hell of a run as well. They have a bright future with a solid 4-5 freshman on the come up
Written By Ryan Jensen
Mark Shurtleff has been in the Attorney General’s office for so long that you really have to dig back to remember everything that has happened through his tenor. The Salt Lake Tribune once again spells out how deep you have to go back and really just how close the Former and now Current AG’s office, Division of Consumer Protections Office, and Governor really are to business’s, MLM’s, and other side deals.
I find it amusing how quick Francine Giani and The Utah Dept of Consumer Protections is to point the finger and as they really try to blame and separate themselves from the AG’s office when really they operate with all the same attorney’s, they communicate frequently, share information among each other and other behind the curtain things the public has no idea about.
They know each other’s cases very well. A good way to draw it up Is almost like that evil 3 headed serpent that you have to attack. However they muddy the waters as much as they can so there won’t ever be any clarity from The Governor’s office, The Division of Consumer Protections or The Attorney General’s office.
They all abuse their powers, play the semantics, and blame the business’s. They need direct guidelines and rule. Not these vague laws that walk small business owners down a nasty path. The reason they are vague is so that these elected officials can walk both sides of the fence and it’s really disturbing.
I find it funny the Division of Consumer Protection is fining another business over a licensing issue instead of giving them a realistic fine “without the Shock factor” that is pro business, maybe like get them in compliance with the state first.
Who didn’t Green Tea pay off? Apparently Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow got paid for it? Is this why Francine Giani The Division of Consumer Protections always go behind the Attorney General’s back and fine the people they get money from? Jealously?…
There is a lot more that goes on behind the scenes that people aren’t aware of. When is Utah going to elect some re presentable and ethical politicians in Utah? Yeah that’s right… Even Francine Giani Plays the fierce game of politics and special interests in Utah right with the good ol boys.
I guess I won’t beat the drum much more on this post about Utah’s Corruption here in the State. I just find it sad no one has carried John Swallow along with his friends out of office as this mess continues to unwind. “including the Governor and Francine“
You have to be naive not to see there is a fine level of corruption in Utah. From the governor’s office, to the Division of Consumer Protection on over to the Attorney General’s Office.
Article pulled from the web
Written by: Ryan Jensen Salt Lake City Utah.
I would like to give a shout out to a good friend and a guy that has battled the rap streets a long time here in Utah.
Every Since I have known Alex Mamatuki which dates back to 7th grade which is now about 15 years previously from now in 2013, his passion has been rap, basketball, ladies among other good things.
Alex is a good guy and always there if you need him. He has done many good things for Utah’s underground battle scene. It’s great to see and hear him traveling more out of state and putting it down for Utahans. Along with getting some publicity. The guy works extremely hard on his raps and anything he puts his mind to.
Feel free to get a feel for one of his many different styles-
Mamatuki is quoted in the Salt Lake City weekly as saying “You have to be witty,” Mamatuki says. “Every flaw you can think of about yourself, flip it. … Make your weaknesses your strength.”
I hope Alex continues to do well as he has done for so many years! Good Job Homie and hope it comes big for ya!
written by: Ryan Scott Jensen
Has anyone noticed that we have a drug, pill, or some type of medication that we can take for almost any symptom out there? I find it disturbing that we can go out to the pharmaceutics industry and find a poorly regulated industry that is sucking and ruining the live’s of so many Americans.
We have people struggling every day with addictions, along with the heart break, crime and every day violence that comes along with this painful prescriptions. We want to even give the addicts a pill for their addiction… If that makes sense?
More kids are typing from over doses than ever before. I personally am not a fan of pills, I understand it helps some clients in real pain. However, I believe it gets to a point where we have to walk a fine line with what we are feeding and pumping into society.
Most normal folks don’t understand most doctors get a referral or kickback “money” off of writing you a prescription. Of course the Doc has to feel comfortable prescribing that prescription How can we tell when a doctor is just wanting to push a prescription through?
Hopefully you trust your doctor…
I mean I wouldn’t sit here and complain if this wasn’t the 11th Consecutive year that the death rate has gone up. I was speaking to an officer the other day that works in West Valley City about homicide.
I asked the officer what do you see most deaths related to here in Utah?
He said “just this other week in February 2013 he had 3 dead bodies to investigate over alcohol mixed with prescription drugs or synthetic heroin “oxy’s”. It’s sad that we are shoving death pills down our society!
We should really take a loot at the pill problem that America has as should be a much larger concern than it is right now! Many innocent lives are being ruined by the “pill abyss”
Oscar Pistorius has shocked the world not only once “The Olympics” but a second time in dismal fashion. Unfortunately they are finally releasing affidavits on this case and they say it was a tragic accident by Oscar to shoot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Apparently Oscar Shot Reeva 4 times. They found another weapon or key piece of evidence and it should be interesting to see how the case turns out as both sides setup for their cases.
Written by CNN
Pretoria, South Africa (CNN) — It was the middle of the night,Oscar Pistorius says, and he thought an intruder was in the house. Not wearing his prosthetic legs, feeling vulnerable in the pitch dark and too scared to turn on the lights, the track star pulled his 9mm pistol from beneath his bed, moved toward the bathroom and fired into the door.
It was only after he called to girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp — whom he thought had been in bed beside him after a quiet evening — that he realized something horrible might have happened, he told Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair in a statement read by his lawyer during his bond hearing Tuesday. Prosecutors dispute the version of events that Pistorius detailed in his statement.
Pistorius says he broke down the locked bathroom door — at one point in the statement saying he kicked the door in, at another saying he used a cricket bat to break it down — then scooped up the mortally wounded Steenkamp and carried her downstairs after for help.
“I tried to render the assistance to Reeva that I could, but she died in my arms,” he said in the statement. “I am absolutely mortified by the events and the devastating loss of my beloved Reeva.”
While prosecutors and defense lawyers agree Pistorius shot Steenkamp, the track star denied intentionally killing her, in the statement read Tuesday.
Prosecutors say they believe Pistorius put on his prosthetic legs, picked up his gun and walked to the bathroom where Steenkamp, 29, had locked herself — apparently after a heated argument — and shot at her four times.
Three of the bullets struck Steenkamp, who died soon after. Her funeral was Tuesday.
Pistorius spent much of the hearing sobbing and heaving at the mention of his girlfriend’s name, at one point forcing Nair to stop the proceedings to ask him to compose himself. His family stood nearby, huddling during breaks and appearing to pray. During parts of the hearing, Pistorius’ brother placed his hand on the suspect’s back.
During Tuesday’s hearing, Nair upgraded the charge against Pistorius to premeditated murder, saying he could not rule out the possibility that the track star planned Steenkamp’s death. But Nair said he will consider downgrading the charge later.
The allegation of premeditation makes it more difficult for Pistorius’ attorneys to argue he should be released on bail pending trial. To win bail, the defense must argue that “exceptional circumstances” exist that would justify Pistorius’ release.
The session ended Tuesday afternoon with no decision on bail for Pistorius, 26. Prosecutors said they needed time to study the affidavits read in court before deciding how to proceed.
In the statement read by his lawyer, Pistorius said he would not try to flee or influence any witnesses if he is allowed out on bail, and argued that his release wouldn’t be a danger to public order.
Pistorius friend: He’s ‘kind and gentle
A tragic mistake?
In his statement, Pistorius said Steenkamp came over February 13, opting for a quiet dinner in over a night out with friends. They wrapped up the night with a bit of television in bed for him, some yoga for her. She had brought him a Valentine’s Day present to open the next day.
After the couple had gone to bed, he said he got up in the early hours of February 14 to close the balcony door in his bedroom when he heard a sound in the bathroom.
Pistorius said he’d been a victim of violence and burglary in the past, and realized with terror that contractors who worked at the house had left ladders outside.
Fearing someone had entered the home through the open bathroom window, moving in the dark on the stumps of his amputated legs, Pistorius grabbed his pistol from under the bed and yelled at the intruder to get out.
“I fired shots at the toilet door and shouted to Reeva to phone the police. She did not respond and I moved backwards out of the bathroom, keeping my eye on the bathroom entrance,” Pistorius said in his statement. “Everything was pitch-dark in the bedroom and I was still too scared to switch on a light.”
“When I reached the bed, I realized that Reeva was not in bed. That is when it dawned on me that it could have been Reeva who was in the toilet. I returned to the bathroom calling her name,” he said.
He said he threw open the balcony door and screamed for help, put on his prosthetic legs and tried to kick in the door to the separate room inside the bathroom containing the toilet. Then, he said, he picked up a cricket bat, smashing panels out of the door before finding a key and unlocking it.
“Reeva was slumped over but alive,” he said.
Pistorius said he called for help and was told to take her to the hospital himself.
He carried her downstairs and tried to help but, but she died.
“I cannot bear to think of the suffering I have caused her and her family, knowing how much she was loved,” he said.
But he said he did not mean to kill her, and protested the charges against him.
“I fail to understand how I could be charged with murder, let alone premeditated murder because I had no intention to kill my girlfriend,” Pistorius said in the statement.
“We were deeply in love and couldn’t be happier,” he said.”I loved her and I know she felt the same way.”
A premeditated murder?
Prosecutors, however, painted a different picture.
They rejected Pistorius’ claim that he mistook her for a burglar, saying it would make no sense for an intruder to hide behind a locked bathroom door.
Instead, they say Pistorius armed himself, attached his prosthetic legs and walked 7 meters (23 feet) to shoot Steenkamp through a bathroom door after a heated argument.
Defense attorney Barry Roux questioned the state’s argument, asking how prosecutors would know Pistorius had put on his prosthetic legs and walked to the bathroom before shooting his girlfriend.
Police were alerted to the shooting by neighbors, and residents had “heard things earlier,” police spokeswoman Denise Beukes said.
Authorities said there had been “previous incidents” at the home, including “allegations of a domestic nature,” but did not provide details.
Detectives are investigating the blood-stained cricket bat found in the home, Johannesburg’s City Press newspaper reported. They are trying to determine whether it was used to attack Steenkamp, if she used the bat in self-defense, or if Pistorius used it to try to break down the bathroom door, the newspaper said.
Final farewells for Steenkamp
As the drama in court unfolded, friends and family mourned Steenkamp at a private funeral in her hometown of Port Elizabeth.
“There’s a space missing inside all the people she knew that can’t be filled again,” her brother Adam Steenkamp told reporters outside.
Steenkamp was a law school graduate whose modeling career was on the rise. She landed the cover of FHM magazine and recently appeared on a reality TV show.
On Sunday, South Africans heard Steenkamp’s voice one last time after her death, when the national broadcaster aired a pre-recorded episode of the show. The model talked about her exit from “Tropika Island of Treasure,” on which local celebrities compete for prize money.
“I’m going to miss you all so much and I love you very, very much,” she said, blowing a kiss to the camera.
Case rivets fans
The case of the global sports hero known as the “Blade Runner” has riveted stunned fans around the world.
As he walked into court in a blue shirt and gray suit, frenzied photographers snapped away, prompting the judge to demand they stop.
The scene was a far cry from the packed stadiums that erupted in applause whenever the double-amputee competed against men with legs.
On social media, sentiment appeared to mixed. “Oscar Pistorius is telling us rubbish,” one Twitter user posted.
But others were more supportive after hearing Pistorius’ story. “I for some reason believe Pistorius after reading his affidavit!!,” another person tweeted.
Robyn Curnow reported from South Africa; Holly Yan reported and wrote from Atlanta. CNN’s Nkepile Mabuse also contributed to this report.