October 29, 2014

Sometimes I think that most of the homes built on big lots around Boerne are butt-ugly, what with all that Texas Tuscan crap, but lookie, finally someone showed excellent taste! Bauhaus, I think.

October 29, 2014

We were watching The Voice the other night. Young, mediocre pop talent, just like American Idol. Only worth watching because the judges are sometimes interesting.

I was listening to the kind-hearted judges raving over some contestant who would be lucky to score a gig on a cruise ship. She had sung Whitney Houston's Saving All My Love for You," and she mushed it, and for some reason I thought to myself, "Hey, come back when you can sing like Marilyn McCoo. Hell, come back when you can hit seven notes in One Less Bell to Answer."

(The pic is a young McCoo, not Whitney.)

In all this TV talent competition crapola let's not lose sight of the fact that there are probably still people out there somewhere who can sing. Jennifer Nettles, for example. Get your sorry ass off that stage and come back when you can sing like Jennifer Nettles.

October 29, 2014

I had a fruit smoothie for breakfast yesterday, and the same on Monday. I'm feeling too heavy (duh) and a smoothie breakfast is an important step toward fooling myself into thinking I'm doing something about it.

A big smoothie costs about six bucks. Woof. So I went to the store today and got smoothie makings. I looked into protein powder to add to the smoothies, but cheap soy protein is over a buck an ounce—about the same as beef tenderloin. Crazy. Instead, once a week I'll have this healthy, protein-rich French delight for breakfast.*

I like smoothies, so I now plan to move toward a smoothie-intense diet. I'm looking forward to a fruit smoothie for lunch. For dinner, your basic mashed potatoes and gravy smoothie.

*They put ketchup on them?

October 29, 2014

I guess it began when Eric Duncan lied about Ebola contact to get into the country.

This morning they're reporting that Craig Spencer, the NY doc who is in isolation for Ebola, lied to the police, saying that he had been under self-quarantine when in fact he had been out on the town. The lie couldn't have been designed to protect anything other than his own reputation. It hindered our ability to trace his contacts.

Meanwhile, Amber Vinson, the second Dallas nurse to get sick, was released yesterday, all smiles, without mentioning that she has a lawyer who's going to sue the crap out of everyone who said anything bad about her.

And, in Maine, Ebola-free nurse Kaci Hickox has also lawyered up and is refusing to accept voluntary home quarantine. Maine has stationed troopers outside her house; her lawyer is making constitutional noises.

If Ebola gets loose, it will happen because of human nature: denial, lying, ego, defiance, entitlement, litigiousness, irresponsibility. It is disappointing to see that the medical profession is leading the movement.

October 26, 2014

October 26, 2014

Did you know that these are the same person?

October 26, 2014

Last week Fox News Sunday had a joint appearance by the two national political committee chairs, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Reince Priebus. It was a stupid food fight, with people talking all over each other in loud voices, making petty points on silly issues. Chris Wallace seemed pleased with the fireworks. I was appalled. Even Hermit Bart, who hides in the mountains, got word of it and was offended.

This morning Candy Crowley put the same combatants on CNN. It was worse than ever. A discourteous, uncivil, information-free, lowbrow food fight. They weren't just talking over each other—they wouldn't let Crowley get a word in. Awful.

I listened more carefully this time. I'm no fan of Priebus, but it was clear that the problem was Wasserman-Schultz, who would not shut the hell up. She was incessant. When she had nothing new to say, she would keep repeating her most recent phrase to smother out Priebus. At one point she was shouting, "My turn, my turn, my turn!" Priebus would mostly let her talk unchallenged when it was in fact her turn, but she would drone on and on and on and Crowley couldn't make her turn it off, so eventually Priebus would try to say something.

How does this enhance the image and stature of either party? How does it advance any purpose or cause? Why has the Democratic Party endured Wasserman-Schultz as long as it has? I'm betting she's gone after the mid-terms.

October 25, 2014

Who is going to apologize to this woman? Who is going to say that we have enormous admiration for healthcare professionals who put their lives at risk to fight this disease? Who will say that they deserve the highest respect, the best care, the greatest accommodation, and all our love? Who will go on the screen and apologize? Who will travel to her to apologize in person?

Should she be screened? Yes. Should she be monitored? Yes. Should she be quarantined? Perhaps. Should she be treated with the utmost dignity, delicacy, honor, and respect? Absolutely. Should she be given a ticker-tape parade? Yeah, that might be a good idea.

Damn, we have everything backwards.

[Postscript: After reading the article and comments in the Dallas Morning News, I can report that I am deeply into the minority on this. The considered opinion of the Great American Public is somewhere between "Suck it up" and "Kiss my ass."]