If you open the home page to this blog, you will see a rap about the blog that I wrote on this date, 2007. This was the very first entry in this blog. I don't think I have changed it, although I can't swear to it.
This is somewhere about the 680th entry. It's been primarily a political blog, as I love to think about and get my opinion out there regarding politics. But there have been other things also - photos, reviews, person entries, etc. And there have been columns by other writers, including well known Kentucky writer Berry Craig.
It is a serious body blow to the public unions in Wisconsin that the campaign to recall Gov. Walker failed. It is the results of that election that lead to the announcement by Mitt Romney today (at least I think) that Paul Ryan is his VP candidate.
It makes me think the GOP have a formula of how carrying Wisconsin could put them over the top in the Electoral college. Maybe so.
I'm not sure whether we had all been there before, but I certainly felt like I had last night. (actually "last night" was July 28. I have been working on this piece on and off since then). Especially when I thought back to my senior class trip. It must have been June, 1970. The high school class of 1970 for Wesclin HS which at time was located in Trenton, Illinois, had socked away money (wisely I might say) so that we could take a senior class trip.
Last night, as we slept on our screened in porch, we smelled wood smoke. We thought it was weird because of the very serious drought we are in. But, we just thought it was someone in our neighborhood burning a little brush. We didn't really think to call any authorities. But low and behold, this afternoon, here comes this parade of vehicles with fire fighting equipment, including a Forest Service truck with a bulldozer and a couple trucks with full water tanks and an ATV.
There was one tidbit of a conversation, between democrat strategist Bob Shrum and a republican counterpart, which I thought was poignant. It happened on Meet the Press.
Romney is making things worse by his wimpy, amateurish response to Obama's questions about his role at Bain capital. His faux outrage, after the republicans have spent the last 3 1/2 years ruthlessly doing everything they can, including such farces as the "birther" controversy, to bring Obama down, rings totally hollow. Mr. Romney is a big boy and he has to know that a presidential campaign is going to bring out everything that is there to bring out.
Although I continue not to have a lot of time to write these days, I do keep up with the news. I have to admit that I have found the last few days of the presidential campaign to be quite comical, in a way that could have been, and was predicted, although the twists and turns of the "facts" again prove that fact is stranger than fiction could ever be.
Since I'm on a roll here and I actually broke the drought of not posting, I thought I'd post one more thing that I think is significant on the Sunday News Show circuit. I heard it last week on MTP in an interview with Nancy Pelosi.
Ms. Pelosi said that she thought and that there was evidence to support that the republican's contempt citation in the house against attorney general Holder was retribution against Holder's suits to block voter suppression laws against poor and minority communities, particularly in the south.
I can't believe that it has been almost a month since I made a post on here. I think that may be the longest break in the over 4 years that I have been writing in this blog. A lot of things go into any change. Part of it is adjustment to my new job, which I like, but which takes a lot of energy. Part of it is the heat, which has been incredible, even for the south. Part of it has been that I just needed to take a break. There are other things too.
Kristi and I watched the men's French Open tennis finals today. The match was between Djokovic, the number one men's player in the world at the moment, and Nadal, the number 2 player. However, Nadal has dominated the French Open, played on clay courts, for the last 7 years. In fact, if Nadal wins, it will be his 7th French Open championship, more than anyone else. Djokovic, on the other hand, has the chance to win a consecutive Grand Slam, something only a couple of players have ever done.
Kristi and I ushered for the performance of Glen Campbell at the Carson Center in Paducah on May 18. We had missed signing up the first time he was supposed to perform several months before that, but he cancelled that show and rescheduled. We had wondered if he would really perform, as his condition with early alzheimers had been well publicized. But the show was publicized, and by the evening of the 18th, it was still a go. We put on our black pants and white shirt and went to the center. And we are so glad we did!
The Sunday News shows focused today on what was described as the "dismal," "terrible," "horrible," "disappointing" and probably other extremely negative terms national monthly employment report for May which came out this week. That report indicated that the economy had only created 69,000 thousand jobs, and that unemployment claims had ticked up a tenth of a percentage point. This dismal, et al, report purportedly sent the stock markets into a tizzy and all of the gains of the year were lost in a Friday sell-off.
Doc Watson passed away today. He was in that class of musicians that is in a special class of talent. He was just an incredible instrumentalist. I remember listening to his recordings when I was first learning to play guitar - back when I was in my teens and early 20s. I was just blown away listening, trying to figure out how he moved his fingers that fast. I felt the kind of admiration and astonishment that one feels for heros. That feeling has never gone away.
I haven't posted anything for over two weeks. It's not unprecedented, but it is unusual. But it has been an unusual two plus weeks. The best thing is that I got a new job that I like. But it hasn't been all good. There have been deaths of people that are in my circle of life that I liked. There is a horrible drought here, and a heat wave on top of that.
Of course, the top story for the Sunday News Shows was Obama "coming out" in favor of same sex marriage. There was a lot of equivocating about whether or not this was a net negative or net positive for Obama. Pat Buchanan, on McLaughlin Group, said that it was a huge political blunder by the administration that will cost him the election. I think Pat gets carried away with high hopes sometimes.