This is not one of those “I’ve been too busy with real life to write about my fake life” blog entries (though the fake life would be more interesting). This is more of a “I can’t believe this is the first post of the year” type thing. Let’s get to work:
First off, mind-boggling tragedy in Haiti as evidenced by the mainstream media and these pictures. Go to redcross.org and donate right now. (By the way, I recommend thinking twice about helping through Wyclef Jean’s charitable foundation.)
The grandparents of Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh would be ashamed of them.
The pundits are all over the map on Mark McGwire’s confession. For what it’s worth, I think Mark is a decent human being who made bad choices and found himself way over his head (have you ever testified in front of Congress?). He strikes me as someone who will follow the advice of people he knows and respects without thinking things all the way through to their conclusion, and I’m willing to bet dinner that Tony LaRussa sat him down sometime recently and had a “father-son” talk. Finally, I believe McGwire’s Hall of Fame candidacy was the farthest thing from his mind and he personally doubts he’ll ever get in. When it’s all said and done, I’m glad that on the day of his confessions that he reached out to the Maris family. All things aside, that took balls and speaks to his character as a person.
Sammy and Barry: Confession has an atomic half-life of a soap bubble. Jump on this bandwagon now.
And congrats to Andre Dawson for getting in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Hawk, I hope you wear a Cubs cap but the Expos were pretty cool, too. Either way, it was overdue and well deserved.
Nevada’s budget crisis is worse than you know, trust me. Politicians and candidates across the state are lining up to take whacks at low-hanging pinatas labeled “social programs”, including the primary health care provider to the impoverished children and adults. Speaking as a private citizen, this is an incredibly complex issue and there’s a rare chance it could be the opening salvo at programs once considered sacred cows. What’s next on the chopping block? Child protective services? Elderly advocates? Services for mental retardation and developmentally impaired citizens? Does Nevada so desperately want to balance the state budget at the cost of its soul and for the honor of becoming a third-world state in the greatest country in the history of history? Personally, I think this is all political smoke and noise but, oh, the humanity.
Speaking of budget things, the health care reform bill should become law if for only one reason: better fiscal management of medical services provided through a hospital’s emergency department. Big bucks there, folks. Do you think the hospitals are *really* losing money there? Think it through.
And speaking of politics, a lot of hubbub over Harry Reid’s remarks last year about candidate Obama. Bottom line: probably didn’t change the mind of a single Nevadan voter. We all made our minds up about Harry long ago, one way or the other.
As for Nevada’s other senator, I get the sense that John Ensign the politician will revert to John Ensign the veterinarian in his next election. You can screw up when talking about the President, but you can’t screw an employee and get Dad the Casino Mogul to pay off the hubby for (failed) silence. There’s some things you can’t do, even in Vegas.
Was stopped at an intersection and took a straw poll to see how many people were talking on cell phones while driving. Results: about one out of ten. Is this problem worse than drunk driving or is it yet another instance of the popular media selling fear?
A certain family member wants a weight update here. Can I take the Fifth?
Seven weeks from today, The Bride and I will be watching Spring Training in Arizona with some of the greatest people in the world. Maybe I’ll post again before then. In the meantime, keep reaching for those stars, folks.