This morning I put out my official Tom Brady Bobble Head Doll! Bring on the damn Seahawks! And all of those Patriot naysayers.
Because you are seeing this, it means I am happily living in a world with power. I went out to sweep snow that had blown in through big doors at the front of this old church in which I live. While sweeping I was concerned that the snow could ruin the floor below. Then I thought that this church was first built by Congregationalists in 1735 and remodeled by Baptists in 1862. It seems to have met the test of time very nicely. Isn’t it odd how we humans can focus on the ills of the moment while forgetting all of the accomplishments of the past. But maybe the past has been brought into the future because thousands before have focused on their own task at hand. Just one of those thoughts while sweeping.
According to all reports, Scott Walker, my personal favorite, seems to have done the best job of all in last weekend’s Republican Iowa affair. He is a guy who gets things done, and has the ability to bring along enough rational thinkers from both sides to make himself electable. I worry about the union leadership ganging up on him in a Presidential election. But, the enlightened membership of these times have an ability to see the truth, even if it hurts.
If the World goes completely to plastic, how will we ever knock on wood again?
This is one of those questions asked mainly to keep the memories of courageous people alive. Who were the other two astronauts who were killed in a flash fire aboard a space capsule along with Gus Grissom 48 years ago today? Bonus: What was the first name of the always affable Gus?
--Big Northeast Blizzard Misses Out On History; Wind Velocity Lives Up to Predictions; Philly, NYC Spared; New England Gets Up To 30 Inches In Some Regions; Severe Cold Settles In.
--Wall Street Awaiting Apple Report; Street needs “Wow” Factor Or It Could Gut Tech Sector; New IPhone Catching Up to Samsung.
--Wall Street Leery: A String Of Bad Earnings Reports From Dow Components Increasing Worry Factor; Other Bad News: Durable Goods Orders Drop 3.8%; Home Prices Lower; Stocks Expected to be Affected By New Repots Today On Consumer Confidence Index, New Home Sales, Richmond Fed Manufacturing Survey; Check Your Parachutes.
--Kurds Force ISIS Out Of Kobani.
--Army expected To file Charges Against Bergdahl.
--Medical Experts Advising Women As Young As 16 To Get Pap Smear Test; New Sexuality Puts More At Risk; According To British Authorities, Cervical cancer Up 33% In Past 10 Years.
--Libyan Gunman Invade Luxury Hotel Killing 8, Taking Hostages.
--Drone Found Inside White House Fence Flown By Hobbyist; Incident Raises More Questions About Future Protection Of Presidents
Are your ready for The Americans, which lifts the iron curtain on another season of intrigue and angst, tomorrow at 10:00PM on Fx. Yikes!
No wonder I can’t get the distance out of Wilson golf balls. They’re deflate.
US Air power has still got it. I think the ISIS retreat from Kobani is additional proof that if you let the generals take charge, magic happens. Did anybody really think that Islamists in pick-up trucks, no matter how organized they are said to be, are any match for serious US airpower, and new tech target identification capability? If you let the military what it does best, the US will win.
The snow seems to have let up early in NYC which enable the financial market to get in the trenches and wrestle with today’s slew of expected reports. We may not like the blizzard that follows! Get your shovels ready.
While I have been knocking on wood all morning, I’m still rushing to get this Tids out just in case there is a chance of a power outage. Knock on wood.
I always thought of my car as a little haven away from the madding crowd. But, Eric Holder thinks my car, and millions of others, are just a terrific way to keep track on citizens habits. Yes, the US Government’s Justice Department is building a national data base to track in real time the movement of vehicles around the country. This growing collection system uses a license plate reader program. Isn’t technology grand?
Oh yeah, and there are indications that some of the new offerings recommended to Docs by Medicare are basically designed to reduced costs at the expense of superior care; where costly procedures are eliminated in favor of tests that may or may not provide a proper diagnosis of current and future problems.
It is still snowing here quite heavily with gusts in the 30-40 range. Knock on wood.
You may have missed it, but the newest focus of the NFL deflation investigators seems to be on how long it takes a Patriot bellboy to perform #1 or #2 in the men’s room. Yup, the guy toting two bags of footballs stopped in the tiny room for 90 seconds on his way to the playing field. Looks like a Pissing match between Goodell and Kraft.
More and more journalists are asking the question, “Are we crazy?” The football fiasco focused their attention on how easy it is to sucked in to news trivialization. And one I read even went so far to criticize the manic attention to Charlie Hedbo while Boco Haram were killing thousands in Nigeria. You know the Tids editorial board has talked about this for years, and I know you have responded with your opinions of disgust for a misdirected news media. Maybe this football thing has some value after all.
Grissom’s buddies also killed were Edward R. White and Roger B. Chaffee. Good men who should never be forgotten. Bonus: Gus Grissom’s real name was Virgil.
While I like a lot of the rock music of the 70’s, Jason Mraz seems to be getting into a lot of attentive ears lately.
I leave you with that Jason ditty while I trudge through the blizzard to buy my Stevie Nicks tix.
Snuggle in and enjoy. And if you’re on a beach somewhere with sun broiling your back, just know that it is beautiful here, quiet and uncluttered.