I didn’t have any interest in listening to the retirement press conference of Dallas Star Brenden Morrow, but listening to him speak was touching. One thing that stood out was thanking all the people behind the scenes that set stuff up do he could play a game. I always found it fascinating how he married a teammate’s daughter. I know that former NY Giants coach Tom Coughlin coached his son-in-law, but this is a different dynamic.
Political junkies will remember the name Lee Water. It wasn’t until reading this article that I learned he apologized to Dukakis for the “naked cruelty” he displayed in the 1988 campaign.
Arm-Chair Political Strategist – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is denying confirmation hearings for President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. I get that he wants the party to appear strong and united against Obama, but I think this approach is too much of a gamble and going to backfire in the long run because they are going to be viewed as obstructionists and can harm a future Republican president if he or she is placed in the same situation. McConnell has stated the Democrats started the SCOTUS war back in 2006 by attempting to filibuster Samuel Alito’s nomination, and Republicans are citing that Joe Biden argued for delaying a Supreme Court nomination due to the election season back in 1992. I’d suggest to McConnell and the GOP to use this ammo in a different way. At every opportunity state these two things over and over again, to the point of ad nauseam, then state that despite the immaturity and flip-flop nature of the Democrats and their unwillingness to work together for the good of the American people, he and his party are above petty politics because the American people elected them to get things done. But behind closed doors, make sure all Republican members of the Judiciary Committee are on the same page and vote down every nomination. This way he and the party appear strong and united and don’t appear as constitutional obstructionists and get the same result, keeping the Supreme Court vacancy open until after the election.
I remember when Obama was the president-elect and there was a lot of talk of what he should be saying in regards to the economy and Syria, and he stated, “The United States has only one government and one president at a time, and until January 20th of next year, that government is the current administration.” That statement always stuck with me and has come to mind since this SCOTUS nomination fight. It showed respect for the outgoing administration and displayed stability in our form of government.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner news – Less than a month after taking office, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller flew to Oklahoma City with a top aide, billing the taxpayers at least $1,120 for flights and a rental car, budget records show. – I found this part quite interesting – “Miller, a former rodeo cowboy who suffers from chronic pain, told the Houston Chronicle earlier this year he has received the “Jesus Shot,” a controversial but legal medication administered only by a single Oklahoma City-area doctor who claims that it takes away all pain for life.”
Tyler man says he found fossils from Noah’s flood – One East Texas man believes he found fossils from Noah’s flood and a self-proclaimed fossil expert says he’s right. – I got a kick out of how the article ended – For the record, KYTX has not independently verified if the rocks are, in fact, historic.
This quote is mistakenly attributed to C.S. Lewis but I like it anyways, “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different.“
That quote also makes me think of the adage, “The days are long but the years are short.“
Several years ago the NCAA changed things up with March Madness by making all the basketball courts look the same, which I thought was a big mistake. The venue used to use their own court and you could easily tell one location from another. Then they made all the courts look the same with the exception of the host city name on the corner of the baseline, which was hard to see and you couldn’t easily tell what city or region the game was on. This year, I’ve noticed they finally took my suggestion of keeping all the courts the same but have some of the outside border a different color. Now it’s easy to tell the regions apart. Sure, there’s the “Info” button on the remote, but sometimes you don’t have that option when you are at a sports bar and looking for a certain team that’s playing in a certain region.
I’m sure Little Rock and Yale ruined many a bracket yesterday.