Unrelated and Incomplete Things Pondered

Quote of the Day:

I’m a limousine ridin, jet flyin, kiss stealin, wheelin dealin son of a gun. Whooooo!” Ric Flair

Did you know under the Obama administration if you and your spouse die the GOVERNMENT can decide who raises your kids????!!!!!! It’s true.

TB was reading this morning about the upcoming gender testing of a South African runner competing and setting all sorts of records as a woman. I ain’t gonna lie–lady looks like a dude. But there’s no way…..is there? Also, there is a growing movement to have male sprinter Usain Bolt tested. To see if he is human. I was listening to the Dan Patrick Show the other day and they were discussing a physicist’s conclusions on the capabilities of human speed in the 100 meters from the 1990’s. Last weekend Bolt ran faster than the physicist calculated was humanly possible.

I think one of the causes of the Republican party’s collapse from 2006-2008 was that they conclusively disproved widely held public understanding of their core strengths and their primary campaign talking points–strong national defense and fiscal restraint. I’m of the opinion that if the Democrats fail on health reform they will expose the same disconnect between rhetoric and action and will consequently suffer the same electoral fate. If they fail on reform this year, how can they effectively campaign on the issue in the future? They can’t. It seems to me they better figure out how to ram something worthwhile through Congress on their own right now and take a chance on losing in 2010 and 2012 instead of playing it safe this year and  losing with certainty the next two rounds.

Sean Hannity is the latest to provide national exposure to a guest comparing the Obama administration to the Nazis. In the 1950’s, Eisenhower built the interstate highway system–similar to the Nazi construction of the German autobahns. In the 1980’s Reagan engaged in an unprecedented military buildup, not unlike pre-World War II Germany. I was wondering why there was no comparison in the political reporting of those days to the Nazis and no popular movement of citizenry taking the same leap of logic. I’ve given the question careful consideration, applied all my skills of deduction, assumption and knowledge and I’ve come up with this theory. Maybe people weren’t SO FREAKIN STUPID back then!

Mike Vick is coming back to the NFL. Some people are mad. Really pissed, actually. My view–he’s paid the price set by our society and there is no reason he shouldn’t be allowed to hold a job for which he is qualified. Then again, if I were the NFL or the Philadelphia Eagles I would keep him on a, um, short leash.

Brett Favre is coming back to the NFL. Some people are mad. I can’t figure out why.

I’ve got this story forming in my head. It’s about a wrestler. The “Greatest Wrestler In The World.” I’ll call him Andre the Monolith. He has a few allies, and I’m just making these names up off the top of my head–Hulk Smith, Randy “YMCA” Savitch, and Tiny Frazo. He’s a fan favorite. He has destroyed all challengers he’s ever faced–Mexican luchadors, Middle Eastern sheiks, American fairies and dozens more. His enemies list has grown through the years and the fans are sick of hearing about them. The fans want him to destroy all these posers once and for all. Hulk, et al, have warned him its a bad idea but Andre won’t listen. There is a big pay per view coming up and there’s gonna be a battle royal. But what if all the bad guys team up on Andre? He’s had a couple of narrow escapes in the past fighting two guys at once. There was even a draw or two when he was unable to catch up with a speedy little gnat. But Andre is stronger than ever. So it’ll be one against twenty, winner take all. I can’t decide how the story will end right now.

Oh, about that Obama controlling your kids thing at the beginning. That was just to get your attention. Really, the government has been able to decide who raises your kids under all Presidents, but only if you don’t have a will. So if you are a parent you ought to have a will, if for no other reason than to make your wishes plain on who you want to raise your kids if you and your spouse die. No joke here, just free, good advice. If you have questions just drop me a line. I’ll recommend a living will too–you know, one of those death panel documents Obama thinks you should have to keep a Senator from diagnosing you from the floor of Congress.

About travellinbaen

I'm a 40 year old lawyer living in Ridgeland, Mississippi. I'm several years and a couple hundred miles removed from most of my old running buddies so I started the blog to provide an outlet for many of the observations and ideas that used to be the subjects of our late night/happy hour/halftime conversations and arguments.
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12 Responses to Unrelated and Incomplete Things Pondered

  1. irvineredd says:

    Much agreement on the idiocy of our population. They clearly don’t know anything about the nazis or how they operated or how they managed to manipulate the german political system to get power and then overthrow the system to keep themselves in power. Of course this is impossible to do in our system because of the two party monopoly.

    On Vick, much agreement there. I find what he did to be pretty deplorable, but he’s done his time, lost a large chunk of his money, and this is America, where we supposedly give people second chances.

    On Farve, I think as Mississippians we have a different perspective. People like my assistant, who don’t care about Farve, are just annoyed by the constant will he or won’t he. Personally, if he thinks he can play, he should play.

  2. Jessie Lou says:

    The Vick and Farve controversy is something that will draw some people into watching NFL football to see them succeed or fail. And the newest possible member of this group will be Plaxico Burress. I’m wishing I would have taken off my headphones at the gym this morning to hear his interview on ESPN but I failed to make the effort.

    I would love to know just how many of the TB universe believed the first line of your intro. There has got to be at least one.

  3. Well, I DID fudge that opening line a little bit. It’s really governors under which government can decide who gets your kids since custody matters are determined in state courts, but its government nonetheless.

  4. Samsmama says:

    Wow…so much stuff!

    I consider the South African runner to be a very handsome woman.

    Vick can play, as long as it’s not for my team. Not that I really have one, but still.

    “Randy “YMCA” Savitch”??? AWESOME!!!

    My biggest fear is something happening to me and my child going to his dad and him never letting my parents or husband see him again.

    And I’m LOVING the fact that Jessie Lou put forth the effort to go to the gym but not to take off the headphones.

  5. Jessie Lou says:

    SM: And at 5:15 am no less – yes I AM tooting my own horn.

    As Irvine (and others here) can attest I had those same fears when he would go off to see his dad. He started flying to meet him at the age of 9. There was only one major snafu that scared me to death and when I called to report it to his dear sperm donor the idiot hung up on me. Guess he was not too concerned that his child was stuck in Houston and would have to sleep with a stranger (read possible child molestor) in a hotel room. The good news is – one day they do not have to go anymore unless they want to.

  6. coachteajay says:

    After kicking off my first losing season in a long time with a 16 to 1 trouncing tonight at the hands of George County. I’ll comment on a few things. Its going to be a long season. Alcohol helps.

    Farve can play as long as he wants, I just wish he would just come out and say. “Hey I’m Brett Effin Farve, I dont do training camp, and I’ll show up when the games start”

    Im getting our dogs vick jerseys for the season. They’re not real happy about it, but they will have to submit to the providers wishes or off to Vicks kennels they go.

    I havent watched wrestling since I moved to biloxi.

    I don’t have any kids so who cares.

    as for the Nazi’s they actually got stuff done, the whole genocide and causing WWII was messed up, but that Hitler guy did bring his nation out of a terrible economic situation. And plus proved to the world once again what puss’s the French really are. He should have left Russia alone. As for Reagan, he built up our military because he knew the Russians would try to keep up, knowing their GNP was not even comparable to ours. Thus bringing an end to the cold war with communist Russia’s collapse. So good job Gipper.

    Hannity is a fear monger who is a complete idiot. He hurts the republican party more than he helps, if you ask me. I cant even watch him anymore. Glen Beck is getting quite annoying as well, he’s just plain obnoxious. But I would really like to punch Rachel Maddow in the face along with a kick to the private area of Nancy Grace.

    Your analysis on the GOP and the Dems is dead on.


  7. Jessie Lou says:

    Saw your loss in the morning mullet wrapper TJ – they never give a coach’s name so I wasn’t sure if that was your team or not.

    I don’t like any of those media folks – they get on my nerves in a major way. They are all fear mongers preying on the paranoia of people. I choose to turn the channel.

  8. irvineredd says:

    That’s why I get my news from NPR and reading the NY Times website.

  9. IR, same here. If I don’t hear it on NPR, then I don’t hear it — which explains why I know lots about the various health care proposals and less about what is allegedly wrong with Obama’s birth certificate.

    Speaking of the NY Times, there’s a great comment on its website from one of the readers that says, “If ignorance is bliss, why are those people so angry?” It’s one of those lines that I wish I had come up with.

  10. irvineredd says:

    I always liked, “If ignorance is bliss, then wipe the smile from my face.” RATM

  11. Jessie Lou says:

    I like them both!

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