Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Here in I-OH-WAY


"Your insolence will be punished in due time, human!"
So, at last night's Democratic town hall meeting in Des Moines, in which each candidate faced the audience by themselves, one at a time, Hillary Clinton reverted to her "I did nothing wrong" defense in response to questions about the ongoing national security scandal involving her illegal email server.

Asked if she had made an error in judgment when she set up her illegal server, her exact words were: "I’m not willing to say it was an error in judgment because what - nothing that I did was wrong.  It was not - it was not in any way prohibited."

And, of course, the MSM says nothing, because even though almost every word of her response is false, they don't want to talk about it.

This ought to put to rest once and for all the canard that Democrats constitute the "reality-based community." There is no more brazen denier of reality than Hillary Clinton. Anyone who votes for her needs to admit that it is her uterus that really matters to them, not her character, or her political views. There can be no other explanation for supporting her...

"You just don't like pantsuits."

Pantsuits are fine, but she'd look better in an orange prison jumpsuit...

Hilton Magic Redux

Cyclones guard Monte Morris had 21 points and 9 assists
One week after their stirring Big Monday victory over top-ranked Oklahoma, the Iowa State Cyclones welcomed another highly-ranked Big XII opponent to Hilton Coliseum. This time it was No. 4 Kansas, and the Cyclones routed the Jayhawks 85-72 before a packed house.

The final margin was even more impressive when you consider that KU led by 7 at halftime.

The Cyclones now own victories over three teams in the RPI Top 10, while no other team has more than one. They have defeated No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 3 Iowa, and No. 4 Kansas. They've won four straight conference games after stumbling to a 1-3 start in
Big XII play.

If they keep playing like this, March Madness should be quite interesting...

"Is there anything you enjoy more than seeing Kansas lose?"

It is a short list, but there are a few things, yes...

Some Things Never Change, Kid

From the delightful comic strip Zits, by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman, which you should read every day, as I do.

Until Next Time...

On January 26, 1953, just three weeks before I entered the world, singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Just as happened in my own life, her father's work caused her to live an itinerant lifestyle while she was young. That may explain why so much of her music strikes a chord in me.

She became interested in writing at a very young age, as I did, and by age 12 she had taken up playing the guitar (I was 14 when I got my first one). Lucinda, unlike me, turned out to have talent both as a singer and songwriter, and began performing at 17.

Because her music is an eclectic blend of country, folk, blues, and American rock influences, Lucinda's career hasn't enjoyed the sort of commercial success that comes to artists who more narrowly focus their efforts. It hasn't prevented her from winning three Grammy Awards, though. She is also one of the most-covered songwriters, and her
Car Wheels On a Gravel Road is widely considered one of the best records in American popular music history by critics.

In 2007, Lucinda released her album West, which reached No. 14 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.

Among the songs on the album was "Are You Alright?" a song about worrying about someone suffering from depression. Simple and direct, the song's lyrics really hit home with me the first time I heard it, just a few weeks after my dearest friend unexpectedly took his own life.

Today's send-off pairs Lucinda's heartfelt performance with video clips from the HBO series True Detective, which featured the song on one of its episodes. Enjoy...

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