Saturday, December 03, 2011

Will He or Won't He? And other questions of note...

Herman Cain makes his big announcement today, regarding whether or not he plans to stay in the race for the GOP Presidential nomination.  My guess is that he'll stay in.  Both he and most of his followers tend to ignore reality as much as possible.  It's almost a badge of honor for them to ignore any facts they don't care for. guess is that the stays in for now.  I'm further guessing that Cain's campaign is still basically toast...but that he'll string this out for as long as possible.  Always remember T. S. Eliot's comment on endings:
Not with a bang, but a whimper.

In a much more important question, of the day.  LSU or the University of Georgia?   I'm picking LSU, though I think the Georgia boys will at least make things respectable for about 3 quarters.  If there's going to be an upset today, I think it will be Oklahoma over Oklahoma State.   Which will of course make all the SEC die-hard fans who want to see a LSU vs. Alabama re-match happy. 
Check back in a few hours...

Saturday, July 30, 2011


I was going to address my philosophy regarding leadership and education on the blog and my thoughts on education and heroism on the Coach's Reviews blog, but for now I'm simply putting up the great Nina Simone on both...

Monday, July 11, 2011

Summertime Blues 07-11-2011

Summertime Blues 07-11-2011

Summer vacation update: Monday, July 11, 2011. After waking up at 4:30 am and not being able to go back to sleep, I went to the dentist this morning for an 8:00 am appointment to have two teeth pulled. On the way home I turn on the radio to a local news channel and hear that hot weather will continue, with predictions of close to 100 degrees, switching to a sports talk station, one of the topics being discussed is the torture that Jaycee Dugard went through during her kidnapping ordeal. When I get home I read on the net stories about the Atlanta Public School test cheating scandal, the continuing glut of folks losing their homes to foreclosures, the stalemated negotiations between the two political parties over the raising of the debt limit, and updates on the NFL and NBA lock outs. If anyone wonders why I sometimes go off and read fantasy and pulp era science fiction, the preceding should give a big clue.

In a word, escapism. At least in the Pulps, the good guys Sometimes win. I mean, after all Robert E. Howard’s “Conan” sometimes wins out and once or twice gets the girl, ditto with Dashiell Hammett’s “Continental Op” and Edgar Rice Burrough’s “John Carter.” We’ll kind of forget those stories where H. P. Lovecraft’s monsters stalk human kind or Clark Ashton Smith’s tales of a dying world where necromancers keep even the deceased from getting to take a fifteen minute break or an afternoon nap. Or maybe I can read those as well. It still won’t be depressing like the daily news.

Yep, I think I’ll go read some of that “good old stuff” as John D. MacDonald called it and wait for my pain medicine to kick in….

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Ok, time to change the background.Or The Eyes no longer have it...

I guess the eyes are starting to go.  I used to think the really dark background was cool and gothic looking.  Now all I know is that I have a hard time reading it on other folk's blogs and mine as well.  What's next? Large print books (I've already checked a few out from the library when that was all that was available, will I soon be able to only check those out??!!?? Are there any large print H. P. Lovecraft books out there????
And we won't even start to talk about toothaches and knees and shoulder joints here lately.
My daddy warned me this would happen...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Furlough Day

Presently on my "furlough day" - i.e. forced day off without pay, which is part of my county's cut back attempts to balance the budget.  Trying to use the day wisely, did some house chores this morning before the rest of the family woke up, later went to the chiropractor, and ran a few errands.  Presently enjoying the use of my local library's computer and internet access since our main house computer is in need of repair.  Hope everyone is doing well out there in the rest of the wired and unwired world.
Good news, the Democrats picked up a House seat in a special election yesterday.  Congratulations to Kathy Hochul.