Posting is down because (1) the holiday season and a bazaar of holiday bacchanalia kept me away, followed by (2) a relatively strong case of gout. Amazing how a sharp pain in your foot keeps you from wanting to do all sorts of other things!
However, a combination of remedies-based in both prescribed meds and hard earned holistic experience-is beating back General Gout. So before running with anything approaching serious commentary, I thought I would kick back with some prednisone, celery seed extract, cherry juice, and (I want to say black cherry soda courtesy of BFIV) other remedies and toss of some thoughts of the past two weeks.
The Virginia blogging world takes a horrendous hit with the retirement of Anonymous is a Woman, known less anonymously as Karen Duncan. I consider a literary pal of the first order. While she and I agree on almost nothing in the political arena, I always admire her graceful prose, her tenacious defense of what she believes, and her consistent insistence that political fervor does not preclude good manners.
If I could have figured out a way to include “gout” and “Marsden” in this post, I likely would have done so. As noted elsewhere, his most recent mailing is ridiculous and over the top, as has been his campaign. Carpetbagged into a district where he will move only if he wins the election, he attempts to campaign as the answer to problems in Richmond when he has been in Richmond causing those problems. I imagine his frenetic wild swinging campaign is based in simple fact-fear. Marsden knows he has done precious little but ride good fortune in his HOD tenure, Marsden’s blind adherence to the Democratic “Power on the Cheap”, his role in recruiting candidates in 2009, and his relatively narrow win last month leave him fearful of redistricting in a majority GOP HOD…so he wants to get out. As a result he is throwing everything he can at the wall, hoping something sticks. As Hunter Thompson said of Ed Muskie in 1972, Marsden is campaigning with the desperation of “a farmer with terminal cancer trying to borrow on next year’s crop.”
Lowell Feld is optimistic that Obama will be relected in 2012, and will carry Virginia. I tend to think he is right on the first count, but no so certain on the second. While I don’t see the GOP candidate who will defeat Obama, I do think enough bloom will be off the rose to make Virginia highly competitive. I think that if the various Obama initiatives are to work they will be in full swing by 2012, which will work to his favor. Plus there will be the historical imperative of reelecting a minority as president in his favor. This will be balanced by the likely continued bad reaction to his legislative initiatives and an ongoing sour tone from such things as an undeserved Nobel Prize.
Vaya Con Dios Jim Zorn. Hard to see how he stays around, and it is to everyone’s best interest that he leave. The last two games and the obvious lack of communication at Redskins Park suggest “The [Fill in the Blank] Era” are about to begin. I continue to figure it will be Shanahan, as the ‘skins have a solid defensive personnel but it is the offense that creates excitement and fan involvement. Doubters should look back to the 1960’s and the pre-George Allen Redskins, when the Sonny Jurgensen aerial circus to Charlie Taylor, Bobby Mitchell, and Jerry Smith kept the stands filled.
Did I mention I am coming down from the Gout? Good, I forgot if I mentioned that.
Mens Health offers a list of the best sandwiches for guys. Somehow the Vienna Inn Chili Dog and the Gus Burger at Charlottesville’s White Spot fail to make the list.
Don’t know if the Verizon Droid is the best thing since sliced bread, but set SWMBO up to get one as a Christmas present…so we shall see!
I am a late comer to the world of “NCIS”, but I have grown to love the show. I shouldn’t be too surprised, as the old country doctor was a big fan of “JAG”, and “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”. The corollary of this is seen in the stage prescience of WMD #1, who caused the comment “the ham doesn’t fall far from the tree”.
When is Eric Holder going to get on the ball about the Philly Voter Intimidation matter? He showed with the Clinton pardons that he has no conscience, but at least there he was only recommending. Now he has to make the call, and he hasn’t the cojones to explain his decision? This doesn’t bode well for the Justice Department in the Obama era…
One of the glories of the digital culture and websites like Youtube is the ability to see old television shows and movies…but the disappointment comes in that not everything has been converted to a digital image for sale, rent, or show. I would love to get a DVD of the PBS American Experience program “Simple Justice” (1993). It was educational, entertaining, and less marble-like righteous than the earlier “Separate But Equal” (1991).
That’s it for now..and the farther General Gout retreats, the more postings!