Archive for September, 2008

#16: My First Look at Bo’s Huskers

So maybe this isn’t yet fabulous, but it will be: I have high hopes for the Bo Pelini regime at the University of Nebraska, and I finally got to see the new team.

I’m a lifelong Huskers fan. I have Big-Red blood in my veins — I was born in Lincoln and spent my formative years in Nebraska, growing up listening to Husker football on the radio (good old KRVN-AM in Lexington, Nebraska!), starting back with Bob Devaney and celebrating the back-to-back championships in 1971 and 1972 and then that long drought until Tom Osborne landed his well-deserved three titles. Come to think of it, every fall Saturday since I was about ten has been spent keeping tabs on college football, so football season is like a comfy old safety blanket for me — it’s always there!

Anyway, last night I tuned in my first Husker game under Coach Bo Pelini. I was SO excited when Bo returned; he – and the program — had been done a huge wrong when Bill Callahan came on board. I love that guy; Bo KNOWS football! So the excitement is back in Huskerland. And the boys came oh-so close to toppling Virginia Tech last night, but alas, they fell, 35-30. The defense isn’t quite where it will be, but they gave it a good go. I like Bo’s notion of holding back the Blackshirts until the defense lives up to the Blackshirts name, and I think that’s coming in a couple of weeks.

My prediction: Huskers will finish 9-4 or 10-3, and boy, they’ll be fun to watch throughout the season.


Must-See Barack TV

Okay, I know I’m behind on weighing in the debate (I started a half-hearted Twitter account, but had to stop because my “thumbing” is not what it should be!). I do think Barry did well, John not so much. Anyway, for all of those pundits who accused Barack of being passionless and not addressing what he’d do for the middle class, here’s the antidote: His speech from yesterday in Fredericksburg, Virginia, in the rain.

Take that, you pundits! I think the bottom line is twofold:

  • The debate format constricts Barack’s preacherosity.
  • The talking heads aren’t listening to anything he’s doing outside of their interviews and TV!

WT…?!?!?! More Random Crapola!

Okay, today has to go down as one of the wackiest ever! Let me see if I’ve got this straight — no, I can’t even go there; it’s all giving me whiplash! And just what WAS the point of lying to David Letterman about going to Washington, only to end up sitting down for a nice chat with Katie Couric?!?!?!

Instead, I’ll go with these:

  • McCain’s Plan: Blurt Out Random Crap: Bob Cescas probably said it best in this hysterical column at Huff Post: “If what we’ve seen from the senator so far is him ‘focusing’ on the economy — what the hell is he like when he’s multitasking? What’s next, McCain? Suspending the election?”
  • Wanda Sykes tears into McCain and Palin on Leno last night:”That’s a crazy, scary lady right there. Gun-toting and, you know, shooting caribou. … They don’t let her talk. They say, “Oh, she’s meeting with the world leaders.” But there’s no reporters. I’m like, is she meeting with the world leaders, or did you take her to the Epcot Center? Let her drink around the world? You know, because I’ve done that. Maybe I should be Secretary of State. … She has been to Mexico. Does this ring a bell, George W. Bush? … She was like, ‘I can see Russia from my backyard.’ What — what — what — while you were delivering letters to Santa Claus at the North Pole?”
  • Letterman’s zingers just wouldn’t stop tonight:
    • “What are you going to do if you’re elected and things get tough? Suspend being president? We’ve got a guy like that now!”
    • “You don’t suspend your campaign. This doesn’t smell right. This isn’t the way a tested hero behaves. I think someone’s putting something in his metamucil.”

You Just Gotta Laugh

Okay, here are my current giggle-inducers:

    What I’m Wondering About

    1. How higher math works in Wasilla: If Sarah Palin landed $27 million in earmarks for Wasilla as mayor, how the heck did she end up leaving the town $20 million in debt?
    2. Renaming Rights: Why don’t we just bow to reality and call it the “Double Talk Express”?
    3. Whither Independents? What happened to all of the independent voter focus groups? I can’t find much on this, other than articles that show little movement toward her. The silence seems odd, if she’s making such a difference in the overall polls.
    4. McCain ties to a Failed Bank: Speaking of deathly quiet, why the silence over last week’s failure of Silver State Bank, where Andrew McCain until recently sat on the audit committee (which, according to the WSJ, was “responsible for overseeing the company’s financial condition.”)?
    5. Where’s Oprah?!?

    Life After Ike

    While it’s flooding in Wichita, Ike devastates the Texas coast. It was really strange watching it all on TV — while all hell is breaking loose not all that far away, we had sunny skies and a brief shower late Saturday. But that was it. Then today, when I approached the freeway, the big digital sign warned travelers to avoid traveling to Houston and Galveston. Eerie.

    My friend Marianne stayed on the Island as part of her duty at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. I haven’t yet talked with her, when I tried her cell phone Saturday afternoon, she answered, but then we lost the signal. Friends in Houston report little damage, although they’re all dealing with power outages and the unreliability of getting gas. Friends Judy and Chris have a neighbor’s huge pecan in the back yard and a huge limb almost took out one window, but other than that — and the Houston swelter — they’re fine, thank goodness.

    This is going to be one loooong recovery.


    This is just too funny, courtesy of Talking Points Memo. Oh, for a T-shirt!

    #15: My Sister Carol Is Up for a CMA Award!

    Okay, this isn’t technically a first for me, but this sort of thing HAS to go down as a family first, at least: My sister Carol has been nominated for a Country Music Association broadcast personality of the year! Her station, KFDI, also got a nod for best medium-market station! This is so exciting! I got all teary when she called to tell me — and she said both Cathy and Mom had already burst into tears.

    She deserves it; she’s a fabulous DJ and works her little tushie off for emerging artists like Lady Antebellum and Taylor Swift (all of whom call her “Aunt Carol”). She was especially proud of her interview with Trisha Yearwood (Garth, where the heck where you!). Plus, she has a way of getting hugs from the likes of Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, and Darius Rucker (photos from KFDI)!

    She’s supposed to be sending me a copy of her package or whatever the heck you call it — if I get the green light, I’ll put a link up. Meantime, check our her Lady A video and Darius Rucker interviews at her KFDI page (and be sure to check out her pics of her dogs Lily and Buddy!)

    Three cheers for Carol!

    I’m With Barack: ENOUGH!

    This is really important. Today Barack Obama shot back at McPalin with a brilliant speech that said exactly what I’ve been thinking (well, not in his eloquent terms, but the sentiment remains the same): “I love this country too much to let them take over another election with lies and phony outrage and swiftboat politics. Enough is enough!”

    Here’s a 4:48 minute clip; please watch it NOW!

    Even though this could have appeared on TV news shows, but apparently the nattering nabos were much too busy carrying on about pigs wearing lipstick and who called who a pig and about how sexist we all are for daring to ask anything about the Alaska governor.

    “Spare me the phony outrage, spare me the phony talk about change. We have real problems in this country right now.”

    I’m so with Barack Obama on this. Please forward this to everyone you can think of. This deserves to be heard.

    What the …? It Just Gets Deeper

    Whoa! I cant’ even keep up with the onslaught! Here are my new choice WT…? bits:

    • Troopergate: Why, that’s a page out of the Bush playbook, isn’t it?
    • The lawsuit filed against her by the parents of autistic boy who has to live in another state because she won’t approve state funds to help — whoops! — special-needs children, after all!
    • Karl Rove on why a governor is not qualified to be VP: “With all due respect again to Governor Kaine, he’s been a governor for three years, he’s been able but undistinguished,” Rove said. “I don’t think people could really name a big, important thing that he’s done. He was mayor of the 105th largest city in America.” (Wonder what number Wasilla weighs in at on that largest-city list

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