I really couldn't care less what happens to Roman Polansky but his arrest has certainly prompted the artsy-fartsy left to seize the opportunity to look foolish.
The list is endless: This shouldn't happen because he's a great talent. It wasn't (my personal favorite) "rape-rape". This shouldn't happen because he's a philanthropist. This shouldn't happen because his wife was murdered by whack jobs. This shouldn't happen because he owns property in Switzerland. This shouldn't happen because the show in Switzerland was to honor him.
All I know about this caper is he pleaded guilty, skied and continues to make money off the American economy but avoids her justice system.
I just hope it gets over soon so people who identify with my political party (but not necessarily my world view) can stop with the babble.
FOLLOW THE MONEY
There is a demonstration planned today in Chicago to oppose the Olympic games being awarded to that city in 2016. The rally consists of three things: First, yelling; Second, waving signs; Third, taking up a collection to send the Executive Director of the movement to Copenhagen to express the feelings of what he calls "84 per cent" of Chicagoans against the games.
Give the guy credit. He looks like a young, healthy fellow and he's hit on a way to get to Copenhagen on somebody else's dime. I'm sure he'll be very expressive while he's there.
Somebody always benefits from public protest movements. I imagine a lot of folks wish they'd have thought of this one first.
EARTH TO MICHAEL CRABTREE!
It's week three of the NFL season. Somehow they managed to start it without you.
Fire your agent.
COACH T: ALL MAN AT A TOUGH TIME
First, let me get my biases out of the way. Bill Terlisner and I are not close friends. We have a very close friend in common and I do know and like Bill.
I should add that, since Bill's becoming the Head Coach, we have not had nearly as much police business from QU's football scholar-athletes. That's a credit to the football program's values--and its leaders.
Coach has always been a fantastic post-game interview. Really the best I've ever heard. He's clever, analytical, polite and funny (when appropriate). He will evaluate his teams (O,D, Special) fairly on a dime. He'll be gracious about the other team. He rarely rips an official. He emphasizes personal responsibility.
But it's really in adversity that you learn what's inside of somebody. Coach's interview after Saturday's bitter defeat (and after he was let down again by Special Teamers) was smart, dignified, truthful but still conveyed his disappointment.
If I ran a small university, I think I'd get this guy under contract
HEALTH CARE RATIONING
This health care debate gives me a headache.
I read. I ask questions and mostly what I get is opinions. There are two things of which I am certain:
First, and rather obviously, the cost of a plan depends upon what covered services it includes. There is no plan, in any country that covers "Everybody for Everything.";
Second, rationing happens. In the US we ration pretty much by wealth/plan access. In Canada they ration by time. It's all rationing and it usually applies to elective non-life threatening care.
So the questions on the table are "What do we want to cover?" and "What should our rationing method be?"
Damned if I know.
AT THE HOSPITAL TODAY
Thought about tipping the cushman courtesy driver and saying "Here Kid. Go buy yourself a taxi license."
USE THE TERM "FASCIST MSM," FORFEIT YOUR CREDIBILITY
Everybody gets excited at political rallies. Speakers can occasionally boil over but "Fascist Mainstream Media?"
If you wanna say they're in the tank, OK. If you wanna say they're spoon fed, I get that. But passion doesn't excuse stupid.
It's unfortunate that all the speakers were not of Glenn Reynolds' caliber. Tookie needs a better screening exam.
COMPARING TERRELLE PRYOR TO VINCE YOUNG
If Pryor were white, would anybody do this?
LEFTIES CAN BE OUT OF TOUCH, TOO
There's a contributor on "DailyKos" writing about what a jerk Shimkus is for bailing early on the Prez in symbolic fashion. Fair enough.
Then this "in touch" writer says he's from Southern Illinois and is gonna call Shimkus' office and invites others to do the same. Then he GIVES THE PHONE NUMBER beginning with a "202" area code.
Sure, son, you're from Illinois. Pass the KoolAid. Us mindless dems will follow you anywhere.
He had the jerkness right, then peed away his credibility.
MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE, SORT OF
Coming up on Mexican Independence Day. Cool.
If Mexico is so freaking independent, why does the United States of America pay through the nose to police Mexico's drug gangs?
But (try to look solemn) the guns from the USA and the drug demand is in the USA. Great. The illegal alien serial killers tend to come from Mexico. How about some pesos for homicide cops and prosecutors here?
Ooooh, maybe that "shared responsibility (read: "Guilt") " doesn't work so well for Ol' Mehiko after all.
C'mon, Mexico, hombre up! If you wanna claim independence, act independent!
LET'S PLAY "DEATH PANEL"
Here's the deal. Let's pretend there really were "death panels". A panel would consist of seven people, One Pro-Mercy, one pro-death, one private sector owner, one clergy, one physician, and two non-relative, non-acquaintances (excluding your treating physicians) to be selected by the patient.
Your panel consists of Mother Theresa, Dr. Kevorkian, Andrew Carnegie, Michael DeBakey, and Norman Vincent Peale. What two public people do you pick to fill out the panel if you are the patient who either gets curative or palliative (hospice) care, based upon the panel's decision?
NOTE: This is an intellectual exercise and it is stipulated that this concept is both fictitious and disgusting. Please don't waste our time with decrying the concept. Either play or don't.
TODD STROGER HAS A 10% APPROVAL RATING
How come so high?
(Sad to say about the son of a great man.)
"TOWN HELL" MEETINGS, LISTENING TOURS AND KNUCKS
Congresspeople have town hall meetings. Knucks interrupt them with all manner of out of order shouting, showing no respect at all for the speaker who might have the floor at that moment. Other Knucks support that as "Free Speech".
Then the same Knucks rail at Senator Durbin for having a completely different kind of meeting where he is gathering specialized information. They're just angry because he didn't give them an opportunity for a knuck-fest.
Let me quickly add that rudeness knows no political stripe. Lefties have done similar pukey behavior.
Where's Rodney King when we need a little street philopophy?
DEPARTMENT OF REDUNANCY DEPARTMENT, DEPARTMENT, REDUNDANCY DIVISION
Local newspaper had a feature about an attractive young woman with a little bio piece.
"She is engaged to [get this] her fiance.."
I am sure that's a relief for the fiance. It would be a scoop if she was engaged to someone other than her fiance...or, her goldfish or something.
Today I am in a town where the wait staff, store clerks, hotel employees ask you "Sir, are you a veteran?" When I tell them "yes" they say "Thank you for your service. Enjoy your stay." A lot of stores discount to vets.
We've come a long way from being spit on in airports (which I was).
Gotta admit, it feels pretty good.
CAN YOU SAY "SWING STATE?"
Just spent some time in SW Missouri. The amount of Stimulus Highway work there is staggering. Ah, the joys of being a nearly split even state.