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August 6, 2010

Is it wrong to eat yogurt raisins for breakfast?  I mean, I usually have plain yogurt with granola, which contains raisins, so is there anything so bad about just cutting out the middle-man? 

While you ponder that, feel free to ponder this article sent to me by one of my loyal readers in the comments.  Apparently, while Jehovah’s Witnesses are apolitical, they don’t much care for gay marriage.  I wonder, then, how they feel about their case of redemption by the Supremes being used by Judge Walker to give the LGBT community their case of redemption in asserting that, actually, all citizens are created equal here in the land of ours.  Which includes marriage. 

I think the next time they knock on my door I’ll ask them.

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The opposite of love

July 31, 2010

Hello loyal readers!  Thanks for checking back to see if I’m here.  First off, Bravos over the Reds tonight, very thrilling game.  Reminds me of my childhood- I spent several weeks every summer near Cincinnati at my grandparents’ house and their hometown newspaper, every morning during baseball season, has a little baseball with the Reds face and logo on it in the upper right corner of the front page either smiling if the Reds won, or frowning if they lost.  I can already see tomorrow’s.

You know the saying that it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere?  Usually I use England, especially at 11am on Sundays.  Well, a corollary of that is it’s always 2am somewhere as well.  And right now, it happens to be exactly where I am.  But this is not a version of M. Ward’s Four Hours in Washington, this is a product of 2 boxes of old letters that need going through.  I’m about halfway there.  There are a pile of letters from my folks and grandfolks to me while I was at a variety of summer camps.  Inevitably they are about rain, or my mom bemoaning my lack of writing.  But usually rain.  I ran across one letter from someone who really really really loved me (that’s what the letter said) and who I had no recollection of.  Sad.  The name became more familiar as I thought about it but a face?  Nothing doing.  But the letters are all a variety of love- parents, grandparents, friends, mysterious and not so mysterious people that I either knew or didn’t know I was dating.

Inevitably the letters lead to memories and me really hoping I wrote back more often than not.  But that letter of love made me think a bit about this clip I watched earlier- which is, I humbly submit, the opposite of love as demonstrated by Rep. Anthony Weiner on the floor of the House of Reps last night.  You really need to watch the clip.  But probably not in a library unless you have earphones.  Now, I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but as Oscar Wilde once said- A true friend stabs you in the front.  Rep. Weiner is the true friend, calling out, to their faces, the false friends who gamely sit there while plotting their next attempt to take you out from behind, at your knees, while you’re trying to cross a busy road, at night.

Enjoy your weekend readers!

Pure rant, and you thought you were bummed before . . .

July 28, 2010

Well hello my loyal readers- it has been longer than I anticipated and I apologize for that.  I appreciate you all checking to see if I’ve gotten off the stick, and here I am.  It’s been a busy few weeks, my better half and I have been looking for a new apartment.  It’s kind of amazing the amount of “amenities” that are available in new apartment buildings these days.  We saw one building that had a theater- surround sound, huge HD tv, and 9 leather recliners.  Sounds pretty awesome right?!?  Yeah, we thought so too.  We didn’t pick that place, but it was tempting to be sure.

Lets talk baseball for just a second- go Bravos.  For real.  I haven’t been this excited about a Braves season since the 1991 one, notwithstanding the Marlins series.   I know, that’s not a big gap, especially if you are a Royals fan, but that’s what happens when your team is out of the playoffs for 4 years and it’s all Phillies, Mets, Phillies, blah blah.  My better half’s sort-of favorite player, Matt Diaz, has been unstoppable against lefties since his return.  Bring it on Matty.  And bring the J-Hey kid while you’re at it.

So what else is going on?

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A Torture Inquiry

July 6, 2010

Hello loyal readers- I hope everyone had a lovely 4th of July, whether it was a holiday (because you’re state-side) or a regular Monday (everywhere else in the world).  I participated in drinking beer, going to a demolition derby, and watching fireworks.  I think that the majority of the people at the demolition derby were all those “real ‘mericuns” Bush deux and Ms. Political Celebrity Palin keep going on about.  It was quite a collection of folks, to be sure.

Today is a short post, expect a longer one later this week, but I just wanted to bring your attention to an article I found on the Guardian this afternoon, because chances are you aren’t going to hear a lot about it in our mainstream media.  I would love to be wrong, but with a media that doesn’t seem to be bothered by the fact that wanna-be Speaker Boehner has absolutely no governing plans should the unthinkable occur in November, I won’t be holding my breath.

New Prime Minister David Cameron announced that there will be an inquiry into Britain’s role in torture and rendition since 2001.  Amazing.  And responsible.  And a sad reminder to us the complacency our current administration is demonstrating with the prior administration by not undertaking similar investigations. 

Keep in mind this is on the heels of the release of the Bloody Sunday inquiry.  Responsible governance indeed.

Lessons and takeaways and MacArthur

June 24, 2010

Hello faithful readers!  I hope you all had a wonderful solstice, sad to think we’ve already had the longest day of the year and it’s not even July.  Boo.  I bring you in consolation, however, a few lessons and takeaways from the weekend and the beginning of this week:

1)  Having someone around that can change a tire is good.

2)  Beware the second mint julep, especially after you’ve already had a beer, a gin and tonic, and the first mint julep.

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The ever-so cool Bay City Rollers

June 18, 2010

Ha!  Didn’t think you’d be hearing from me again so soon did you loyal readers?  Well, if there’s one thing that this blog ought to show you is to always expect the unexpected.  The news of the week has just been bumming me out, so I thought I’d leave you with a few fun tidbits for your weekend.  I’ll expect thank you cards in the mail.

First off, US v. Slovenia.  Yup, I’ll be following it.  Here.  I don’t know where to livestream it and honestly, since I’m at work it would feel a little wrong.

B.  England.  Go lions.  After James is in for Green at GK, well, go England!

Third:  Mets fans, here’s a nugget for you to chew on.  While you were sweeping the Orioles and the Indians, the basement dwellers of the AL East and Central, respectively, my Braves took 2 of 3 from the Rays and the Twins- the leaders in both those divisions.  As my co-worker said this morning, and I’m paraphrasing, baseball tends to all even out in the end. Your 7 game run probably counts like my Braves 9 game run over the Pirates, Reds (oh, what’s that?  They lead the NL Central?  interesting), and D’Backs. 

Finally, my better half and I are off to a wedding this weekend in a place 7 hours away.  I wish for the cake to be good, the bar to be open, and the tunes to be awesome.

Much like this.

Have a good weekend one and all!!

ps- Don’t forget Pop this weekend.  I got to see “Your Mother” on mom’s day, my dad will be in the land of “you can tell an illegal immigrant by their shoes” so will only get a phone call.

Sunday, Bloody Sunday

June 16, 2010

Happy Wednesday loyal readers!  I hope you all had a great weekend wherever you were.  I spent it in humidity, the kind where you walk outside at 8am and feel the entire day settle on you and you can’t tell if the shower you just took is helping or hurting.   The kind of humidity that makes one realize why the word was invented in the first place.   I’ve been following the World Cup and the quest of the Atlanta Braves to find their way back to the postseason.  The news these days, both here and abroad, has been a bit grim, although there have been moments of levity (if one is willing to see the ironic humor in all of it).  Yes, I missed the Oval Office address last night, I was drinking whiskey and reading a little Stephen Jay Gould on baseball.  But all is not lost.

An amazing thing happened the other day in England.  After 12 long years of inquiry into the events of Bloody Sunday, senior judge Lord Saville released his report on the January 30, 1972 Derry massacre, calling the actions of the British Army on that day “unjustified and unjustifiable.”   Large books and entire college courses have been devoted to the “Irish Question,” so I will not attempt to summarize all the myriad issues here, only the thirty-second overview (ok, maybe 5 minutes). 

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