Friday, December 21, 2007

Ask Mitt Anything . . .

. . . he will tell you anything.

The World in Peril?

henry clay vii: This election is one of the most important elections in US history and the reason it is so important is because of the number of tremendous threats that exist around the world today. We must elect a president that takes the WOT seriously and when a candidate comes out with an isolationist foreign policy, all it says to me is that this person is either lazy or stupid. I dont want either one. Plus, with China and Russia potentially becoming more and more of a threat, that just adds to the significance of this election.

kilgore forelle: I appreciate your view, hcvii, but the world has always been in crisis -- eg, 2000 years ago we conspired to kill Jesus Christ!

You must not place so much reliance on your young eyes and your partisan precepts. I was unfortunately at the lexington cemetery yesterday, and on visiting the office, I gazed upon the beautiful painting which focused on your 5g patriarch and his colleague, abe lincoln -- I doubt that either would agree that your times are more perilous, but both would grieve about how little we have learned from the intervening years.

We have always had crisis because the political process does not produce the leadership that we all crave. It is a fine measure, however, of influence without a rudder of right and wrong.

It is the sheerest accident when we get a good president. And good presidents always rise above the quotidian spats of the party system.

The estimable henry clay -- a leader if ever there was one -- said it best when he said he would rather be right than president.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

The Nanny State digs in

Last night I went through a process that leaves me bewildered.

Just before Thanksgiving I came down with some malady that is not unlike what we used to call the common cold (the difference being that nobody knows what to call it now.) Among the sort of shrugging recommendations that my family doc made was to get some pseudofed, which he advised did not require an rx, but did require a certain amount of groveling and jumping through hoops of fire. The pseudo whatsis is now kept behind the counter, like trading cards, girlie magazines, cigarettes, and small flagons of distilled spirit. I had to show my drivers license and sign some sort of life altering document submitting myself to the domination of walmart and the KY legislature.

WTF? Surely there has to be a way of separating criminals (drug chefs) from patients that rises above requiring patients to register as potential criminals. How many numb skulled bureaucratic schemes must we endure on a day-to-day basis? Does anybody see this as an effective program, as a shot ringing out in the war on drugs? Please tell me how.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Another Good Person, #0003

John Havlicek combined a one-of-a-kind mixture of athleticism and court sense, but the incredible difference was that he could run all day, all week, all year, if that was what it took to outrun you. In any battle of endurance, the opponent was his.

As this series expands, you will see many Celtics and many pro basketball stars, but the number 1 in my sky is John Havlicek.

Btw, Hondo is being guarded(?) by 1 of the best defensive players ever, Jerry West (left) in the photograph. He has his work cut out for him.

Another Good Person, #0002

Thelonious Monk, the coolest human who ever lived

Another Good Person, #0001

David Gilmour

Can you imagine Pink Floyd without him?

Rated 82nd in Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitars list.

Obviously, they're all a gang of idiots. But, you and let live -- David Gilmour