Archive for December 3, 2009

This morning while everyone was getting ready to go to school I was sitting on the couch next to my oldest watching Morning Joe when the latest of the Direct TV film ads went up on the screen.

I commented to my 18 year old son that I know I’m getting old because I didn’t recognize the video or who the girl in it was. I asked my teenage son who that was…

…he said it looked like Lady Gaga.

Now a few clicks on the net and I discovered that it was Christina Aguilara and the video was for a song called Keeps getting better.

I’m a balding graying 46 who has been married 21 years, I might be excused for not knowing or recognizing her or her music, but my son is 18 and in college, works in a local department store, was active in theater in high school and is in the improv club in college.

This was an embarrassment to him, he had some concerns it might make him an object of some ridicule among his peers when this post went up. What a geek! What a dork! My answer was his fellows at college can enjoy their laugh…

…until graduation when they won’t have time to laugh as they struggle to pay back those student loans taken to pay for school while he while he completes his through college with Das Full Boat.

If he shakes off the laughs and continues to hit the books it won’t matter if he keeps his car radio on his classical stations, and hangs out with sober, religious, drug free friends like Amanda and company. (A crowd that rivals or defeats my college group in sobriety and beats us in the sick sense of humor division but loses to us hands down in the medieval edged weapons category.) He will come out of college way ahead financially and with the freedom to decide what he wants to do without a millstone of debt around his neck to hold him back.

If the economy hasn’t recovered by then it might just be the edge he needs to make it. I guess the joke isn’t on him after all. Remember Sheldon didn’t know who Radiohead was but who did Penny turn to for help…

and no I don’t know who Radiohead is either.

Update: But I bet these teen girls do.

reporting that is:

Today, I did something that Pulitzer Prize-winning NYTimes columnist Nick Kristof apparently didn’t do: I talked to a spokesman at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon.

She is talking about this NY Times column and her initial response to it.

She being a reporter decided to do something actual reporters do; check the facts. What did she find?

OHSU confirmed for me two things:

1) OHSU is a safety-net hospital not far from where Brodniak lives. The hospital accepts all Medicaid patients and would not turn Brodniak away.

Okay, are you ready for Number 2?

2) Brodniak is a patient at OHSU — and has been a patient there for the past three weeks.

In other words, at the time Kristof’s article was published this past Sunday, Brodniak was already being treated and cared for by some of the best neurologists in the country!

Didn’t we see something like this a mere two weeks ago?

Realize that she was able to get this information via that radical new cutting edge technology known as the phone!

I knew the NYT was having money problems but I didn’t think it was so bad that the phone bill wasn’t getting paid.

A: Both got more attention this week then they have in a very long time.

Doc Weasel might think I’m a putz but he makes a very good point on the subject:

The madness of King Charles might be deeper than you think. He crowed about getting 6k pagehits yesterday like it was an Instalanche. Our site is FAR from a top-shelf righty blog, and we get 2k-2.5k pagehits a day. And we don’t allow comments: he has an active comment community who must reload dozens of times EACH many times a day.

I think the only time anyone goes there at all is to see what madness he’s descended to now.

I think that’s exactly right. My rare visits come when significant events happen with Israel to see if he has changed sides concerning them. As long as he hasn’t I think there is hope.

Tweak him, laugh at him, he has earned it lately; but never forget he is an actual person with the same value before God as all others.

We don’t know what personal problems he might be dealing with, (at least I don’t) but I would be very pleased if he decided to contact Robert Stacy, and Pam Gellar et/al privately and talk to them and get his personal house in order.

As for Meridth Baxter. Can you think of the last time you thought of her? Can you even name the month that was in?

Update: The Doc is kind enough to link back again. I’m redeemed from Putzhood but must plead guilty as charged on the other charge, I’m always in the hunt for a happy ending. BTW I should point out that his blog is definitely Not work safe, but apparently in line with every 20 year old man currently alive.

My favorite president Grover Cleveland said this. It is my answer to this post and others like it.

Pubic office wasn’t meant to be a meal ticket, it is meant to give the best possible governance by advancing idea and policies for the public good. I’ve read the resolution and it looks good to me.

The party has to decide if principles are more important than the approval of the MSM.

And if principle won’t do it consider: Conservatives are a huge source of Republican funding and have been sending back fundraising solicitations with colorful comments. What is more important? A happy MSM or a happy voter base?

On any kind of oath or pledge there is a simple rule: An honorable man doesn’t need an oath and a dishonorable man won’t keep it. The trick is to start with honorable candidates.

All of this wouldn’t be coming up if the party had remembered another saying of old Grover:

“A public office is a public trust.”

A lot of people forget Grover Cleveland, read his Obit from the New York times of 100 years ago. This man epitomized what a public servant should be.