Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Sunday, January 25, 2015 11:03 am

Odds and ends for Jan. 25

I’ve had trouble finding time to blog at length about anything lately. (Working two jobs will do that to you.) So instead I’m going to return to the birdshot approach I’ve used under similar circumstances in the past. Blogging experts will tell you this is not how to maximize your audience, but blogging experts usually have only one job.

The News & Record’s Janice Carmac, a part-time employee to whom the paper wisely grants column space to from time to time, has a well-grounded, understated column today on the literally life-and-death importance of health insurance in general and the Affordable Care Act in particular, based on her family’s experience. Naturally, the paper didn’t put it online. UPDATE: It’s now online here.

Also in the N&R and of particular interest to Greensboro folks, columnist Susan Ladd righteously dopeslaps both Earl Jones and Mike Barber for their egregiously ill-intentioned dialogue over the International Civil Rights Museum and the larger issue of race in Greensboro. This is one of the few times where “both sides do it” really is accurate and contextual criticism.

My Davidson Wildcats beat George Mason on the road in OT last night to go 5-2 in the Atlantic 10 and win their second straight game (the first was against No. 22 Dayton) without their starting point guard. Someone remind me again how the ‘Cats were supposed to finish in the conference cellar this year.

If I were in charge of the Republican Party’s presidential-election efforts, I think I’d be doing everything short of human sacrifice to make sure that the first good look the nation got at my candidate pool wasn’t watching the richest of them suck up to two sociopathic billionaires right out of a James Bond film followed by watching the lot of them pile out of a clown car to genuflect in front of Iowa’s batshit insane religious-right GOP base.

Even as a final Supreme Court decision likely affirming the constitutionality of same-sex marriage approaches, some politicians — primarily Southern Republicans — continue to fight, pardon the expression, rear-guard actions against fairness and equality, as by threatening the state salaries of public officials who facilitate such marriages. The heathen rage for they know the end is near. And although I know that anecdotes are not equal to data, I must say that my own, different-sex marriage appears to have been remarkably unaffected by the advent of same-sex marriage here in North Carolina.

My Braves appears to have written off 2016, perhaps in hopes of fielding a strong team in 2017 when they move to a suburban stadium. No link; this is  just my (very disappointed) impression.

Politics 1, science and the future of humanity, 0: The U.S. Senate pretended not to be insane by voting 98-1 for a resolution stating the climate changes is real, then spoiled the effect by failing to approve (60 votes were necessary) a resolution saying that it is largely driven by human activity.

“Why do people in positions of power ask so many stupid questions?”

We’ve finally got teleporters. But still no jet packs. Grrr.

That’s all I’ve got. Time to work. A good week to all.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 6:06 am

Gloat? Moi?

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A number of my friends are Kansas Jayhawks fans, and I love them all dearly.

Still: In your face, guys.

Sunday, May 22, 2011 7:12 pm

Davidson vs. Clemson rain-delay antics

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In the unlikely event that you haven’t already seen this, here it is:

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 8:52 pm

“It was like Salvador Dali had somehow snuck into Norman Rockwell’s Thanksgiving portrait”

This short documentary about Richard Blackwelder, an autistic man in Davidson, N.C., has been up on YouTube for 2 1/2 years, but I’ve only just discovered it. Both Richard and barber Ken Norton, one of the people interviewed in the film, were fixtures in town when I left Davidson almost 30 years ago (Norton cut my hair, and his father cut my dad’s hair in the early 1950s). I knew Richard by name because I often ran into him on Main Street, but a lot of my friends referred to him primarily as “the walking man” because we tended to see him walking up and down Main Street, often in something of a hurry and always looking as if he knew exactly where he was headed.

Richard tells his own story engagingly, but the comments of other Davidsonians also are interesting. Documentarian James Billy Hill has neatly captured a kind of community that tends to get discounted in the age of social media — and how easy it would be for a person like Richard to fall through the cracks, or worse.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 6:22 am

Davidson: Two 3’s in 2.2 seconds. For the win.

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See more funny videos and Sports Videos at Today’s Big Thing.

UPDATE: The video has disappeared. Copyright issues, I guess. The question is, how could code that was in MY WordPress account be deleted remotely by someone who’s not me? I change passwords regularly. Anyone at WordPress want to step up to the plate?


Tuesday, December 29, 2009 11:50 pm

Odds and ends for 12/29

Gettin’ back at ’em: Wall Street’s 10 Greatest Lies of 2009 and 10 Ways to Screw Over the Corporate Jackals Who’ve Been Screwing You. For informational purposes only; no endorsement implied. IANAL. Void where prohibited. Etc.

Waykewl pitchers: Time’s “The Year in Pictures 2009,” National Geographic’s “Top Ten Space Pictures of 2009.”

Denzel in the house: Denzel Washington came to the Davidson-Penn game last night to watch his son’s team lose to the Wildcats. (Malcolm Washington converted a 3-point play for the Quakers’ final points of the game.)

Connecting the dots: Fecund Stench does an excellent, if scary, job of it.

I’m sure the Right-Wing Noise Machine will apologize to the Dixie Chicks right after it excoriates Ted Nugent.

Following in the footsteps of the other death merchants: Like the tobacco industry before them, the health-care industry, not satisfied to mess things up at the national level, is now also messing things up at the state level.

Attention, deficit hawks: Despite what you may have learned in Right-Wing Math Class, a $900 billion health-care program that’s paid for is NOT as big a problem as a $9 trillion unfunded liability.

Chase and Citibank are dropping out of the FDIC 4K program. Uh, what does that mean, you ask? Basically, they’ve found a way to do more gambling with your money.

Two Panthers are going to the Pro Bowl, RB DeAngelo Williams and DE Julius Peppers. RB Jonathan Stewart’s final stats may outshine Williams’s. Peppers, on the other hand, is tied for 305th in the league in tackles through Week 16, with 39; ranks tenth overall, and sixth among defensive ends (fifth among DEs in the NFC), in sacks; tied for 177th in passes defended (eighth among DEs), with five. In his defense, he is tied for third in the league with five forced fumbles and is among only four DEs in the league who have returned an interception for a touchdown.

Carbon gap: All the blather about a carbon/environment/clean-energy bill is overshadowing an ominous fact: China is going to eat our lunch in this arena … if we let it.

Quote of the day, from Bruce Schneier: “Only two things have made flying safer [since 9/11]: the reinforcement of cockpit doors, and the fact that passengers know now to resist hijackers.” So let’s 1) stop wasting hundreds of millions of dollars a year on equipment and people that don’t do what they’re supposed to do and 2) stop making flying commercial any more of a miserable experience than it absolutely has to be. Thank you.

Another quote of the day, from Osama bin Laden, which we really ought to look at again before rushing off to start new wars in Yemen and Somalia: “All that we have to do is to send two mujahidin to the furthest point east to raise a piece of cloth on which is written al-Qaida, in order to make the generals race there to cause America to suffer human, economic, and political losses without their achieving for it anything of note other than some benefits for their private companies.”

John Dugan owes us trillions, and if he can’t pay, I say we have the Mafia (who pay sales taxes, if nothing else) break his legs.

Pat Buchanan: Still crazy.

Speaking of crazy: It’s time to stop giving Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., air time. He handles it worse than I handled Jell-O shots, which is pretty bad.

I wouldn’t call it a “fix,” but it’d definitely be an improvement: NYU online-journalism guru Jay Rosen suggests the Sunday talk shows start fact-checking their guests. Unlike Jay, however, I wouldn’t wait ’til Wednesday to post the corrections. That ought to be happening in real time, online and with live screen crawls.

Speaking of fixes, if we want to fix the terrorism problem, we have to start with the engineers. They’re dangerous, I tell you. Including my brother.

Mashup du jour: This is genius.

Attention, police: You can’t Taser people just because they don’t do what you want them to do anymore. Not that all that many of you were doing that to begin with, just as almost none of you hit people over the head with your batons just for the hell of it. But those few of you who have been doing this are now on legal notice that you need to stop.

Elections have consequences, and the biggest consequence of the 2008 election so far is that the people who worked hardest to elect Barack Obama president have been serially and collectively screwed.

Reasons to freak out: Number of Americans who’ve died this year for lack of health insurance: about 45,000. Number who’ve died from salmonella: about 600. Number who’ve died from terrorism, including all those at Fort Hood: 16. Let’s keep this in mind before we soil ourselves, shall we?

Parker Griffith didn’t just take a congressional seat with him, he also took some of the Alabama Democratic Party’s voter-registration data. His primary is June 1, so get your popcorn early.

And I’ll bet you thought the story of Orly Taitz and the birthers couldn’t get any weirder: BZZZT! Wrong!

OK, maybe the world really WILL end in 2012, because it sure can’t keep going like this: DougJ at Balloon Juice for the win: “Let’s be frank: at this point, there is no real difference between Michelle Malkin and the Washington Post editorial page, none between Marc Ambinder and Matt Drudge, none between the Republican Congressional delegation and RedState. We have Jim DeMint holding up the confirmation of the head of the TSA while simultaneously acting as the point man for Republican criticism of the TSA … and he’s getting a lot of traction in the very liberal media. Maybe there is no value in saying this over and over again, but our public dialog really, really sucks.”

And, finally, just because it’s cool and you deserve a reward for reading this far:

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 6:45 pm

Because I am still not tired of this stuff …

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(h/t: DrFrankLives)

Sunday, May 18, 2008 1:23 pm

The fame, it is spreading

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The Wildcats are now a pop-culture reference!

(h/t: Mom)

Sunday, March 23, 2008 6:10 pm

No, you do not want any of this

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If I had the time, I’d hunt down a photo of a dispirited Georgetown Hoyas team, walking around looking dazed, and post it with a big ol’ Lolcat label: DO. NOT. WANT.

Because after this, the Davidson Wildcats are officially a team no one wants a piece of. Just ask Georgetown’s 7-foot-2 center, Roy Hibbert: six points and five fouls against a team a head shorter than he.

Now? It’s badger-huntin’ season. Lock and load.

UPDATE: DrFrankLives takes my idea and runs with it.

UPDATE: Here’s a taste from CBS via YouTube (h/t: The Davidson Basketball Update blog):

Monday, March 10, 2008 12:15 pm

A team on the verge

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The Davidson Wildcats are ranked in the AP poll — No. 25 — for the first time in almost 40 years. They went 20-0 in the Southern Conference, only the second time in that ancient conference that any team had gone undefeated the first time anyone in the SoCon had gone 20-0. Shooting guard Stephen Curry is an SI All American (second team). Point guard Jason Richards leads the nation in assists but likely will wind up as nobody’s All American.

After dispatching UNCG, the SoCon team that perhaps best matched up with them, yesterday, Davidson meets local heroes and upstart underdogs the Elon Phoenix at 9 tonight for the SoCon tourney title and the automatic NCAA bid that goes with it. Because of the string of early-season losses, the ‘Cats probably must win this game to go to the dance — quality losses are, in the end, losses. But if they do go, they’ll be one team nobody, but nobody, will want to play.

Despite an oh-dark-thirty assignment tomorrow morning, I’ll be up tonight to watch and make sure the Wildcats take care of business.

UPDATE: And they’re in! Elon kept it close late, but Curry, after going cold, got hot late. And, yes, Richards knows how to dish the rock. The ESPN announcers were talking about a seeding as high as 7 or 8. Wow.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 7:01 am


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More than a month ago, I said that after losses to UNC, UCLA, State, Duke and Western Michigan, the Wildcats’ early promise had been erased and it would now be a tough slog to an NCAA bid.

So far, the Wildcats are slogging just fine, currently standing atop the SoCon at 9-0 after a win last night against Western Carolina. Playing in their first game after defeating previously undefeated (in SoCon) Chattanooga, the ‘Cats were ripe for a letdown, and it came in the second half. But they still were able to win by a respectable margin.

Yet this team has a lot still to prove. Let’s hope they continue playing that way.

Thursday, November 15, 2007 7:58 am

So close

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UNC 72, Davidson 68. I didn’t see the game, but I gather from the reports that 1) it was ugly (the Wildcats actually blew FIVE layups) and 2)  it could have gone either way.

Davidson has Duke, State and UCLA on its nonconference schedule, and I think they showed last night that they can play with anybody. I’m blocking out TV time for March.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 12:29 pm

And now, Lex’s official basketball preseason prognostication

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Fear the Wildcat.

(h/t: Ed)

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