Friday, January 20, 2006

Playing Catch-up

Memorial of Pope St. Fabian
Memorial of St. Sebastian

I'm still looking to regain the blogging rhythm I lost when the house was flooded in October. This week's priorities have been five basketball practices (three that I coached for Troglotykes #'s 1's & 3's teams), 'Tyke #1's game (coached), 'Tyke #2's history fair project, and, oh yeah, two presentations today for work. Not that I'm complaining. Unlike last fall, I haven't been unplugged and have even noted a few items that I'd like to post, it's just that I haven't yet figured out how to carve the time consistently to write. Anyway, here are some short takes on just a handful of (mostly political) items:

1. It seems my streak of missing entertainment awards shows continues with the Golden Globes. No matter because the results were fairly predictable. Go figure.

2. Sen. Ted Kennedy continues his self-imposed cockshy ways, including the exposure of his membership in Harvard's Owl Club after his grandstanding over Judge Alito's membership in Concerned Alumni for Princeton. Go figure.

3. The Democrats, in their zeal to take political advantage of the Abramoff scandal, are failing to recognize that the "ethics arms race" they've launched with the "culture of corruption" bit holds little sway because the backroom deal mentality is presumed to be like catnip for politicians and already baked into the calculus for outrage by the populus, i.e., the phrase, "A pox on both your houses," isn't going away anytime soon. Go figure.

4. "I think a lot of people in film and the arts themselves feel kind of helpless..." Apparently the Sundance Film Festival is running short of soapboxes. Go figure.

5. The NFL has confirmed that it wanted Peyton Manning, Tony Dungy, and the Indianapolis Colts to win the Super Bowl by choosing not to fine Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker, Joey Porter, for saying, "The whole world wanted Indy to win so bad, they were going to do whatever they had to do." While players are not often fined for criticizing officials, the high profile nature (playoffs and all) would have made it appropriate in this case, unless he was right. Go figure.

6. In other words, "Osama Bin Laden has fleas." Yeah, OK, go figure.

7. Hey, anybody want to go in with me on a hockey team?

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