Super Bowl LIV: The Rise of Mahomes

Even though my Seattle Seahawks did not make it to this year’s Super Bowl, I will nevertheless have a team to root for. That will be the Kansas City Chiefs. And the primary reason? They are quarterbacked by the great Patrick Lavon Mahomes II, fellow alumnus of Texas Tech University!

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Attitude boots for Liz

Ms. ET, I saw an article.  It was a hostile profile of Sidney Powell, the lawyer who took over General Michael Flynn’s defense.  It included a detail intended to somehow illuminate context.

I don’t know why it made me think you would want to see it, but here goes.

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January 20

….is St Agnes’ Eve. If you are a maiden and you skip supper, and go to bed without looking behind you or to either side, you will dream of your future husband, and you will feast with him!
I reminded my daughter and she asked me to tell her the ritual. Maybe she’ll be vouchsafed Agnes’ vision! But it occurred to me: I wish there were a companion ritual for mothers of maidens. Cuz I probably won’t live long enough to show up in her wedding photos in some dumpy pastel chiffon sack; so I’d like to catch a glimpse of the lucky guy!

Nota bene: remember St Agnes, be ye a maiden, or parent, friend, etc., of a maiden. I have done my part.

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Hugh Hewitt: “I’m voting for Bernie Sanders…”

On “Meet the Press” yesterday, conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt said he was voting for Bernie Sanders—in the Virginia Democrat presidential primary election on March 3rd, 2020.  Virginia has an open primary, where voters can vote in the primary of any party.  He went on to say he was not engaged in “calculated voting” but preferred an “authentic, traditional socialist” to “all the people who are just pretending to be”.

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TOTD 2020-1-19: What do you see?

There is a saying, “You hit what you aim for.” What is in your viewfinder? Do you see something of beauty or something ugly? This also means the mind’s eye. Does your mind dwell on the good or the bad? What I have seen for many people is their lack of awareness that they can change their views. (Pun intended.)

I keep trying to work up an aphorism for complaining and its opposite. Complainers have the stench but not the stretch. Or complainers deplete not complete/compete.

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#metoo, Cole Porter Version

There was a revival of the Cole Porter musical Kiss Me Kate in 2019. One of the numbers is “Always True to You in My Fashion” about the relationships between a woman and wealthy men. It’s hard to see how the interactions described in the song differ from the complaints leveled about Harvey Weinstein. Surprisingly, the 2019 revival seems to have kept the explicit money-for-sexual-favors-exchange lyrics. How the Wokerati reconcile these lyrics with the #metoo kerfuffle perplexes me.

There’s an oilman known as Tex
Who is keen to give me checks
And his checks, I fear, mean that sex
Is here to stay!... [Read More]

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To Be, or Not To Be (Polysyllabic)

Lately I just can’t stop me from spouting poetry. I mean I’m always that way, but toss me the slightest ort of kind encouragement, and I am off! or rather, I’m “on”!
I think I’ve told you before that one of my favorite phrases is MacLeish’s “the iron of English rings from a tongue” . That’s so great,shiver-inducing! because the words: ENGlish, rING, TONGue, themselves “ring”, resound, resonate. Like blows on an iron anvil. And a blow only has one syllable.
Think of Hamlet’s soliloquy. Everybody knows those first six words, everybody. Yeah, he gets a tad more polysyllabic as it goes on—and most people couldn’t recite much more of the speech. In our glorious iron tongue, if you wanna hit ‘em hard, say it in words of one syllable:

“I dare do all that may become a man./Who dares do more, is none.” (Macbeth)... [Read More]

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Replacement for his royal highness….

Ya’ know, this has gone too far. Now he wants us to call him; “Your royal highness”! Impeachment is too good for him and if we let the democrats in this forum in charge of it, well you know how that goes, it will take forever.

I propose we just look for a replacement, and I have just the puppets in mind that will fill the bill nicely. They once stared on a segment of MTV and now they say they are ready to come out of retirement! Isn’t that great?... [Read More]

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This Week’s Book Review – Ghost Galleon

I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) After my review appears on Sunday, I post the previous week’s review here on Sunday.... [Read More]

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To maintain equilibrium, please call me …

Your royal highness. I figure since the royal formally know as Prince won’t be needing it anymore this should be okay. I want you to all know that I will treat you all in the same way I treat everyone beneath my rank. Don’t expect to be invited to tea anytime soon.

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