As usual, or rather, as is too often the case, I’m overbooked. For the next two days, I have committed to getting downtown in a state of bodily cleanliness and mental alertness by 10 a.m., which means this must be wrapped in the next 12 minutes, and pals? I don’t have much.
Figures, as I don’t feel as though I’ve left my house for anything other than a chore or a dire errand in days. It’s 7 degrees at the moment, which doesn’t exactly invite going out for a ramble.
But go out I must, and it’ll be good to get the blood circulating and see some new faces. In the meantime, I have some bloggage:
Sally Jenkins, WashPost sportswriter, takes a look at the just-completed Super Bowl and says: Enough. And says it well:
A tipping point was reached with this Super Bowl, for me. It was the screwed-over anger of those 1,250 people without seats that did it. Those travel-weary, cash-whipped fans paid small fortunes to go to the game, only to discover their stubs were no good, because fire marshals declared some sections unsafe. All of a sudden the whole thing seemed offensive. It was just too much.
For absurdity, how about those four Navy F-18s flying over the stadium – with its retractable roof closed? Everybody inside could only see the planes on the stadium’s video screens. It was strictly a two-second beauty shot. Know what it cost taxpayers? I’ll tell you: $450,000. (The Navy justifies the expense by saying it’s good for recruiting.)
Mark Bittman, after last week’s manifesto, presents the accompanying slogan: Eat real food. I am so glad I don’t watch Oprah. This would drive me insane:
Ms. Winfrey, who has been on more diets than the rest of us combined, challenged her staff to “go vegan” for a week. Intriguing, except her idea of surviving without meat and dairy — no explanation given for why we should go from too much to none — is to fill your shopping cart with fake versions of both, like meatless chicken breasts and dairy-less cheese.
Finally, what does it say about the newspapers in Fort Wayne that this week’s Richard Lugar talker, linked all day yesterday on memeorandum, was produced by one of the city’s anemic TV news departments? It contains snark material…
Lugar’s spacious Washington office is so covered with books that it looks like a library. The bookshelves are a testament to Lugar’s longevity.
(Wrong verb, trite modifier, etc. etc.)
…and the usual Hoosier politics jaw-droppers. Brian, I assume this Pat Miller is the radio host?
“[We’re saying to Lugar] thank you for what you’ve done. We respect you greatly as a person and for what you’ve done in the past. But to go forward, we feel it’s going to need to be a different candidate,” Tea Party activist Pat Miller told NewsChannel 15 in January.
I expect so, and having suffered through pieces of his show from time to time, I recall a host so dumb he made Mike Pence look like NPR material. That’s saying something.
So now it’s been 12 minutes, and I have to get away. Let’s hope for more tomorrow. Thanks, as always, for stopping by.