Random thoughts from a warped and fevered mind...
Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, he of the Fruit of the Boom exploding underwear and failed attempt at bring down an airliner, is a sign for us all. A warning sign that should be heeded. Try as we might as a nation, there are peoples and nations that despise our freedom, our lifestyle, and our way of life, and no amount of singing Kumbuya and trying to be friends will change that fact. This is an extremely dangerous world occupied by extremely dangerous, and yes, evil people that seek to do grave harm to innocents to make a statement about their beliefs. This world requires, no demands, recognition of that fact and commensurate preparation and vigilence to prevent this evil from carrying out its twisted plan. Contrary to what we have been told, the system did not work- unless the system is for passengers on every international flight to fend for their lives because of lax security. The sooner we honestly address the threats to our nation will be the first step toward increased safety for our citizens.
My wife wanted to go to one of those hotels with the rotating restaurant on top. I was too cheap to do that, so I took her to a merry-go-round and gave her a burrito.
Employers shed 85,000 additional jobs in December, and the stated unemployment rate is at 10%. The reality is that unemployment in this country is approximately 18% when you count in all those who have stopped drawing unemployment benefits and those who have stopped looking for work. Remember last year, the $781 biliion dollar stimulus package that was supposed to get the economy jumpstarted and people back to work? Nope, didn't happen, for a number of reasons, not the least of which was the gross amount of waste in that package that had nothing to do with jobs. Now there is talk of another stimulus package to create jobs. Good people, we cannot continue to have the waste and fraud in Washington without some dire consequences because of our profligate spending. These so called stimulus dollars will not create lasting employment. It's time to pay close attention to what is happening with the financial affairs of our country and demand resposible action and accountablity from our government.
I'm tired of following my dreams, so I'm just going to ask where they are going and hook up with them later.
Paul Swaney has a blog called Stadium Journey, an interesting look at sports venues all over the country, written by people that have been in the stadium or arena. The blog is focused on the fan experience- everything from food, to sight lines and acoustics as well as the neighborhood surrounding the site. If you are planning a trip to see the Predators in another arena or the Titans on the road (uh, ahem, next season), this is a great site to visit to learn about the arena and the the attractions in the surrounding area. The site is http://stadiumjourney.com/ and you will find LP Field and the Sommet Center reviews. You might even recognize the writer of those reviews.
Isn't every book a children's book if the kid can read?
And that, my friends, is my view.
*pithy quotes on this post from the late and great Mitch Hedburg