Soft Balls

Nobody likes soft balls.     NOBODY!!!! ________________________________________ How many times must the cannonballs fly Before they're forever banned? The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind The answer is blowing in the wind (Actual lyrics from Peter, Paul and Mary's 'Blowin' in the Wind') _________________________________________ How many ways can a pro team cheat Before we finally call them cheats? The answer, my friend, is in America's attitude The answer is in the attitude (High Heels lyrics) ______________________________________ How many times can a man turn his head And pretend that he just doesn't see? The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind The answer is blowing in the wind (Peter, Paul and Mary's 'Blowin' in the Wind' lyrics) _________________________________________ How Read more

The Real State of the Union

by Wes Richards Okay, maybe you heard the presidential spiel, maybe you didn’t. But you don’t need this space for a recounting.  The president touched on many important points.  But he never quite got to the actual state of the union.   Let’s do that little chore for him.   It’s pathetic. It’s twisted out of shape. It’s under attack from the outside and suicidal from within.  We’re a nation of liars.  We lie to ourselves and to others.   We lie about the weather. We lie about the economy. We lie about race relations. We lie about health.   And we lie about what once made us a great country. It was smokestacks and farms and mines. It was a government that knew when to meddle and when not to. All with a well paid and productive Read more

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr King. Dr. Martin Luther King. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. That's a lot of proper title for an educated man who is often referred to in the media and in conversation as "King" or "Martin" or "Martin Luther King", at best. Most grammar and fashion police should be able to relate to the subconscious reaction to things you hear or see that are just plain wrong. I always find myself correcting news people on tv and radio when I hear them say "Martin Luther King day", as they are doing today."Today we (celebrate or commemorate) the life of Martin Luther King, who is regarded as a leader in the African American civil rights movement." Who wrote that? How old is the person who wrote that? How old is the editor who approved that copy? There is no reference to his education and title, no reference Read more

The Accused Pleads Goo Goo

News Item: a two year old boy in Idaho shot his mother dead.  They were in a Wal-mart and he was searching through her purse, unzipped a hidden carry compartment, pulled out the 9 mm semi automatic and it went off. Well, you know… terrible twos.  Cute, usually. Bad age, almost always. They’re forever sticking their fingers in light sockets, painting the rug or the dog with peanut butter and jelly.  Easily breaking easily breakable anything. And curious.  At two, they start asking questions.  And quickly expanding a vocabulary of about 50 words. The mother, Veronica Rutledge, 29, was shot once in the head.  She was “a responsible gun owner,” her father in law said. She and her husband, Colt Rutledge -- that is not a typo, Colt -- agrees.  They both have hidden carry permits. He Read more