This spring has been odd to say the least. The warmth came early and has been sustained. And, it has had its effect on some things. For example, flowering things, such as fruit trees, were very early - blooming weeks ahead of time. The american toads that trill every spring in our ponds were finished by early in March. Whiporwills have been here for several weeks. Bats have been flying for many weeks. The spring peepers have been intermittent, and on some of the hottest days stopped peeping. Local birds like brown thrashers have been doing nesting behavior for weeks.
In terms of TV, we are prisoners of digital antennae TV. We get NBC out of Paducah, WPSD, and as far as the three big networks go, that is it. Different than the analog signal, which allowed us to receive all three of the major networks - ABC, CBS, and NBC.
This is my sculpture, "Big Man," a full sized male figure hand wood carving, dressed to cheer on the Kentucky Wildcats in their big game tomorrow.
It was the most controversial legislation the Democratic-majority Congress approved during the Democratic president’s first term.
Conservative Republicans slammed it as “socialism.” They claimed the measure was a dire threat to the free market.
Almost two years after it passed, the act ended up in a conservative-tilting Supreme Court.
I want to elaborate a little on something that I brought up in the last piece about the oral arguments in front of the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the "individual mandate," or the requirement that everyone has to buy health insurance or pay a penalty.
The pundits are saying that they aren't sure how the supreme is going to decide on the health care law, which has now been labelled "Obamacare" by about everyone, although that isn't really fair. But the arguments are about whether or not the case is "ripe" for the supreme court to hear, whether or not congress can require that someone buy a private product or be penalized, and then finally, whether or not the whole law should be thrown out if the court finds that the requirement to buy is unconstitutional.
There is a Kentucky state representative named Will Coursey that represents a district in western Kentucky just a little east of the Paducah area. Lately, (and just a few minutes ago as I am sitting here listening on the radio to the Kentucky vs. Indiana NCAA bball game) I have been hearing Coursey do radio commercials during the Wildcat's NCAA games broadcasts for a bank in western Kentucky.
Can he do that? Can a Kentucky state representative make commercials for a bank in his district? Seems beyond the pale to me.
At least Mort Zuckerman took the night off. McLaughlin had a black woman - Michelle Benard - as the second liberal. Her main role was to be the black face to discuss the Martin shooting in Sanford, Florida. '
But the Martin shooting wasn't the first issue to be discussed. It was the republican nomination for president. No doubt that the republican mainstream is trying to rally around Romney. It remains to be seen whether or not the rest of party is going to follow them.
The political pundits are stretching hard to find something to talk about in regard to the republican presidential nomination. Romney won, wow! Quelle Chance! But the turnout was low and he didn't even get 50% of the vote.
I actually heard his victory speech last night on WBBM as I drove home. Rush Limbaugh says it was his best speech ever. His speech was ridiculous. He kept talking about "economic freedom" and "free markets" and how this is what was needed to save the economy. Oh really?
Since I'm in Illinois, I guess I should make a comment on the republican presidential primary. Romney will win, I think. Illinois is not Mississippi, and I don't mean that in any judgmental way - I like Mississippi. I know that Santorum will get plenty of votes, particularly downstate, but I just can't see him carrying Illinois. We'll see.
Once again KET was in fundraiser, and played the same commercial grade show that they played last week. The news show access was limited. But, I did see Meet the Press and McLaughlin Group, which are both about the epitome of their genre of shows.
Meet the Press had Sen. McCain as their first guest. Generally, I don't really like McCain interviews. He's a very condescending figure - talking to public as if they are the naughty child that got caught with their hand in the cookie jar and needs a lesson from dear ol' dad. It's irritating.
Santorum is going to win both Mississippi and Alabama. Romney isn't even going to beat Gingrich. This will be an eye opener for those republican party bosses trying to push Romney through with big money. The problem for the republicans is that Santorum can't win across the board either. In fact, he probably can win less than Romney. Big problems for republicans.
I only got to see two news shows yesterday - Meet the Press and McLaughlin Group. (which is actually filmed on Friday).
Meet the Press wasn't that memorable. David Gregory had Santorum on again. It was too soon since he was on the last time and he didn't have anything new to say. The roundtable spent a lot of time talking about who will get the republican nomination. At this point, it's becoming an irrelevant subject.
Rush Limbaugh, who, if there was any kind of equality of justice in this country, would be in jail or would have spent time in jail for his widely publicized drug abuse, but didn't because of his white and money privilege, has made his fortune pandering to the least common denominator of U.S. politics - bigotry.
Because of fund raisers on KET, where we get access to most of our Sunday News Shows, and, they stupidly preempt them for shows about Frank Sinatra and the like during fundraiser, and because of the change over to digital TV, and the only network station we an get is WPSD, NBC, the only Sunday News Shows I got to see today were Maria Bartiromo and Meet the Press.