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Ugh – Wolf Blitzer AGAIN?!  2

Posted on January 24th, 2008. About News and Politics, Ramblings.

I had a busy week at work last week, but was able to watch the recorded Democratic debate tonight (the one from Myrtle Beach, SC, during which Obama said Clinton was on the board of Walmart and Clinton said Obama couldn’t pay for his programs). He said, she said, blah blah blah – but geez, what the heck was Wolf Blitzer doing hosting it?! Hasn’t he already hosted a debate? And this one was TWO HOURS LONG! As usual, everyone steam-rolled over him, he tried to redundantly make the same comments when he was allowed a chance to speak, and he succeeded at annoying me again. Interestingly, when I spell-checked this blog post, Windows Live Writer asked me if I wanted to use the word “Blister” in place of “Blitzer.”

At the end of the debate, Blitzer said, “We are completely out of time. But we do have time for one last question…” Grrr! Then apparently you are not completely out of time, are you? That last question, by the way, was about why Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr should endorse each of the candidates – a “Why should Dr. King have chosen you?” I think this is such a stupid question, and very disrespectful to Dr. King. How can anyone judge who he would have supported? I can easily draw a parallel with those ridiculous billboards that say: ‘ “I am watching you.” -God’ or something equally unattributable to God.

My Political Update  3

Posted on January 11th, 2008. About News and Politics.

First of all, since Hillary Clinton won the New Hampshire primary, why are the pundits now questioning whether Barack Obama really has what it takes to win? Clinton won by all of about 11,000 votes in a very small state after losing to Obama in a larger one (Iowa). Plus, Obama and Clinton received the same number of delegates in New Hampshire, overall he is leading in the number of delegates (albeit narrowly – 25 to 24), and a candidate needs 2,025 delegates to be the nominee. It appears to me the race has only barely begun, so how can the race be called? Are some of these people the same people who called Florida for Gore, then Bush, then “too close to call”?

I’d also like to know why Fred Thompson haughtily puts Ron Paul down so frequently – Thompson is so condescending, and I believe it was Paul who got 8% in New Hampshire compared to Thompson’s 1%. Hmm…

Gabriel is punished for refusing his nap  0

Posted on January 6th, 2008. About Baby Dodds, News and Politics.

This morning, Gabriel became screechy and cranky and needed to go down for a nap. When he was placed in his crib, he was moaning and fussing. We had recorded the ABC Republican debate and were watching it in the living room. After a few minutes of fussing, once we realized G was not going to be falling asleep anytime soon, Evan got up from the couch, went into the nursery, and said, “Okay, little boy. You asked for it. Now you get to listen to what John McCain thinks of healthcare.”

My guess is G will be asleep within minutes. 🙂

A quick comment about the debate itself – Mitt Romney made the almost laughable comment that if someone can afford health insurance and chooses not to buy it, then he should pay for his own healthcare interventions. My first thought was – so if a person making $50,000 chooses to send his child to college rather than paying for health insurance, then we tell him – sorry, you should have spent that money on health insurance instead? Romney then went on to explain if the patient has to go to the hospital and pay “$1000” because he needs “some sort of repair” he should be responsible for it. I appreciated Huckabee’s response – that a kleenex in a hospital these days will run $1000. This interaction reminded me of Bush, Sr. not knowing how much a gallon of milk would cost. Romney is so out of touch with what it is like to live as a normal person in America. He is my least favorite of the major candidates from either party. Does he even realize that a single MRI out of pocket is more than $1000?

The chicken curse lives  0

Posted on January 5th, 2008. About Sports.

Now that the college football season is behind us, I’m finally ready to write about the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, and I have evidence that the chicken curse is alive and well:


Sept. 1
W, 28-14

Sept. 8
*at Georgia [ESPN]
W, 16-12

Sept. 15
W, 38-3

Sept. 22
*at LSU [CBS]
L, 28-16

Sept. 29
W, 38-21

Oct. 4 (Thu.)
W, 38-23

Oct. 13
at North Carolina [ABC]
W, 21-15

Oct. 20
L, 17-6

Oct. 27
*at Tennessee [ESPN]
L, 27-24 (OT)

Nov. 3
*at Arkansas
L, 48-36

Nov. 10
L, 51-31

Nov. 24
L, 23-21

Now, please note the 6-1 record during the first half of the season, the only loss occurring against LSU when that team was ranked #2. The chicken curse took effect between October 14th and October 20th, because how else do you explain how a team ranked #6 in the country suddenly suffers five straight losses to mostly unranked teams? The guy that writes this blog was having the same freak-out thoughts I was during the Vanderbilt game.

As always, I am a loyal fan. I can complain, and I can question why things like this happen, but next season I will still be screaming: “Go Cocks!”

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