Archive for March, 2011

Almost done with Sarah Palin’s ‘Going Rogue’

March 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Not a bad read. Pretty interesting. Moves briskly.

I suspect that even if only a fraction of Sarah Palin’s account of the 2008 presidential race is true, no wonder John McCain lost. His campaign seemed to have an inexplicable refusal to drop the gloves and really discuss the issues.

Makes you wonder what’s in store for 2012…


Presidents and March Madness

March 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Much heat has been heaped on President Barack Obama for his doing an NCAA March Madness bracket when he should instead be focusing on the problems the U.S. faces, his critics say.

I’m no fan of his, but is there really anything wrong with the president–a noted basketball fan–filling out a bracket in his free time?

Granted, it is probably not a great idea to publicize it while we are dealing with many sticky situations, such as Libya and the price of oil. Some would have us believe Obama should never, ever have free time. That, of course, is absurd. President Richard Nixon gave football teams unsolicited advice about plays to run. Many presidents golfed, including Ronald Reagan.

Again, I’m no fan of this president, but I find this criticism a bit ridiculous.

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Reading Sarah Palin’s book ‘Going Rogue’

March 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Not too bad so far. Some say she employed a ghost writer; if she did not, it would not exactly surprise me: she majored in journalism at college.

Yes, yes, “refudiate”. Well, it’s funny: a few weeks ago the Saginaw News invented a new word in its headline when talking about Dioxin: Dixoin. Even the best wordsmiths will have goofs, just like great passers like Peyton Manning will throw interceptions from time to time.

Part of me wants to read this book to learn more about Palin, while another part of me is reading it to do my duty to piss off the Liberal Left.

As I read, I can almost hear Palin’s enthusiasm and Alaskan accent. 😀 Sometimes I can almost hear the Northern Exposure theme.

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A complaint I received about my column

March 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Last week, while working at my newspaper, I ran into a gentleman who didn’t sound too happy. He told me that he and his friends felt I trashed democrats and unions too much and they didn’t like my column.

I looked through my archives the past four months and came across one column–late last year–where I was critical of a democrat: Senator Carl Levin, who believes that companies that outsource jobs should not get tax breaks–never mind those companies have been leaving Michigan because the price of doing business here is far too high.

Politely, I told the gentleman that he was mistaken about me trashing democrats and unions all the time and that contrary to what he insisted, he did not read my column all the time. Lately, most of what I write has been in the humor realm (my wife and I are divorcing, and divorce causes stress, and since I don’t smoke, drink or do drugs, I deal with stress with humor). The gent was upset that in a recent column I referred to Minnesota senator Al Franken as “comedian Al Franken”. Never mind that Franken has made a mockery of himself as a senator (I waited in vain for him to ask then-Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor a real question).

“A lot of people don’t like your column,” he told me.

I replied: “A lot of people do. You know there are democrat-leaning columnists in the Detroit Free Press, Flint Journal and Saginaw News. Is it the end of the world if there’s one conserative columnist out there?”

“Are you a republican?”

“I’m an independent conservative who believes the GOP has lost its way.”

I hope I didn’t come across as feisty, but in recent months I have developed self-respect and self-confidence–both of which have been lacking in my life for a very long time (around 13 years). And, among my vast array of pet peeves, I absolutely hate it when people use hyperbole to accuse me of something I haven’t done.

In short, if you like to read my column, wonderful. If not, feel free to skip over it. I make no apologies for my sense of humor, and most certainly not for being a conservative.

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A few poems I’ve written

March 11, 2011 Leave a comment

3-10-2011 — The Duck Puppet

Even with Kelly

My mallard puppet

The ducks still didn’t realize

I was their friend.

Much anxious quacking!

3-10-2011 — Bluebonnets

Is it strange

To like Forget-Me-Nots

Because I love the name

And they remind me of


Highway 181

Is beautiful

When it is






With Bluebonnets.

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Count your blessings, Carlos Estevez…er, Charlie Sheen

The headline is a dig at Carlos Estevez, a.k.a., Charlie Sheen, for calling Two and a Half Losers producer Chuck Lorre “Chaim Levine”.

Oddly enough, Lorre’s real name is listed as Charles Levine. I guess Sheen felt that Chaim was the Hebrew equivalent of Charles.

So now, apparently Sheen wants a salary increase from$1.6-ish million an episode to $3 million. That is assuming the head honchos choose to bring back Two and a Half Men.

Is the show funny? Yep. But it’s a type of humor that doesn’t satisfy me. Jon Cryer is a loser who lets people walk all over him, their mom’s a shrew and Sheen wins all kinds of accolades for essentially playing himself. Watching the show is like watching an episode of The Jerry Springer Show: it makes you feel much better about your own pathetic life.

One episode I remember involved Charlie’s girlfriend. She wanted a breast reduction due to her large chest causing her back pain and headaches (which really do happen, I’m told). Charlie, horrified at his toys becoming smaller, tricked her into believing if her boobs became smaller, people would notice her butt more. So, she chose to keep them the size they were.


Why are the daily trials of a hedonistic pig supposed to be funny?

Still, Sheen could easily be a quillionaire if he banked most of his salary and didn’t spend tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands on drugs and hookers. The money will run out someday.

And now, I will head outside to watch a falling star and call it “Charlie Sheen”…

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