Monthly Archives: June 2008

Monday Morning Musings

There are rumors that IL Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) might want to appoint himself to finish out Barack Obama’s senate term, should he become President. But, he might also be angling for the Vice Presidental post. While perfectly legal – both presidential and vice-presidential candidates can be from the same state, electors in the Electoral College can only vote for one from the same state as themselves. (Snopes)

So – Barack Obama could pick any of several different Illinoisians to be his VP; Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Rahm Emmanuel (D-IL5), Governor Rod Blajojevich (D-IL), Rod’s father-in-law Alderman Dick Mell (D-Chicago), Mayor Daley (D-Chicago), House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-IL), his daughter the Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D-IL),  the Illinois Senate Majority Leader Debbie Halvorsen (D-IL), Rev. James Meeks (D-IL15), Melissa Bean (D-IL8), Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL2), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL9), Bobby Rush (D-IL1), or Luis Gutierrez (D-IL4).

So Illinois’ 21 electoral votes could all go to Barack Obama, they just wouldn’t go to the VP nominee. But that shouldn’t be a problem.

Happy Fathers' Day

Dad as a young man:

Dad in 1963

Dad with baby me:

Dad and Baby Me

I was a mess. And so was Dad’s pants’ leg.

I miss you Daddy.

Flag Day

Flag proudly flying on Flag Day

We have two old flags that we will take to our local VFW hall for proper disposal.

Happy 233rd birthday Army!

Happy Birthday Army

The View to the East

The view to the east this evening was beautiful. Pink cotton candy clouds on a sky of flawless blue.

pink clouds on blue sky

It should be a beautiful day tomorrow, perfect for getting some yard work done and getting the gutters cleaned out.

Tim Russert, R.I.P.

Tim Russert has died of a heart attack. He was 58 years old. He had just returned from a vacation in Italy to celebrate his son’s graduation from Boston College.

Our condolences and prayers are with his friends and family.

Visit Ocean City

Before the seas boil away!

This is the real mayor of Ocean City and it’s a real commercial. Love it!

Steak Off a Truck

So, I’m sitting here watching the news and the dogs start barking. I go to the door, and there’s a guy standing there. He asks if I like steak, he has a couple extra in his truck to sell.

He’s dressed in jeans and a plain white t-shirt with a folded bandana as a headband. He points over to a maroon pickup with another guy sitting in it when says he has a couple extra in his truck.

There’s no logo of any kind on the truck or on the guy’s t-shirt. He is not sporting a badge of any kind. He doesn’t say what company he’s with.

I, of course, said, “No thanks.”

They’ve come around before and I’ve always said no. I guess they do get some suckers to buy from them, but it sure sounds shady to me. I would never buy meat from someone I didn’t know, grocery stores and Omaha Steak stores aside.

Maybe that’s how Denny Crane got “the mad cow”, maybe he bought meat from a stranger out of a pickup truck.


Beautiful.iris photo

Monday Morning Musings

Saturday I was pulling weeds out of the patio, getting it cleaned up, getting out the umbrella, and cleaning table. Yesterday I was quite sore. Today remains to seen.

Also on Saturday Hillary Clinton gave a speech in Washington, D.C. in a beautiful building called the National Building Museum. One of the things that she said was that she hadn’t broken the glass ceiling but now there were 18 million cracks and there’s more light than ever shining through.

I have a problem with that analogy. The “glass ceiling” would be transparent by definition. You can’t see the barrier, but it’s there. Cracks would tend to make the glass ceiling more opaque, not less. For an example, take a look at an automobile windshield with safety glass before and after it’s broken. You can clearly see through the unbroken windshield, but you can’t see through the broken one.  I know what she meant, but I still see the ceiling that she describes as full of 18 million cracks, one that lets less light through.

Its been very stormy this weekend. Saturday the alarms went off although thankfully it was a false alarm. Yesterday there were torrential downpours while we were at church. Tornado watches all evening until 1 am.