Thursday, January 31, 2008


Boy, at times like this I really miss Ronaldus Magnus. Our relevant new California primary is coming up next week and I feel like sitting it out. Can't say I'm excited over ANY of the candidates Democrat OR Republican.

I'm registered Republican, so that is the ticket I have to choose from in the primary. But I'm suffering from what KFI AM 640 calls Electile Disfunction: the inability to get excited about any of this season's crop.

I can't stand McCain's superior attitude or his habit of siding with the Democrats and back-stabbing his own party. But I'm afraid McCain is going to get the GOP nomination. In that case, what's the difference between the DEMs and the GOP?

I'm not going to throw a vote away on Huckleberry. The last time I voted for a presidential candidate because he was a Christian--AND a Navy man!--We were stuck with Carter's ethical slide into recession and international irrelevance. Huck is not going to make the cut anyway, and even if he did he would not be acceptable to over half the electorate. Remember all those people who voted for Kerry? They are not going to cast their lot with a Southern SOUTHERN Baptist preacher. On top of all that, I don't like what he did with social initiatives in Arkansas.

I guess I'm going to vote for Mitt. Not completely satisfied with him but I do like the fact that so many people I disagree with are against him. Maybe there's more there than meets the eye.

On the other side, Obama is either the greatest person to walk the earth since Jesus Christ or he's the Anti-Christ. Well, maybe not, but we sure don't know much about him other than his public persona. He hasn't done enough for us to know anything about his real self. And his speeches sound like collections of Bartlett's Famous Quotes.

As for Hilly? My wife thinks Bill doesn't really want her in the oval office, but I disagree. I think He lusts for that power, even if he has to sit in the opposite wing. Besides, a bumper sticker I saw the other day sums it up for me: "Monica's ex-boyfriend's wife for President."


Monday evening History Channel ran it's season premiere of "Cities of the Underworld." Among other sites in the Near East, Don Wildman was granted a pretty much exclusive tour of the "Well of Souls" under the Dome of the Rock Mosque in Jerusalem. This, remember, is in the huge foundation under which Herod's temple once sat.

I fervently hope there are other "secret" passages under temple mount. Because what we were allowed to see was NOT impressive. The "Well of Souls" was a big disappointment. Steven Spielberg did a much more impressive job with his fictional "Well of Souls" in the Egyptian ruins of Tanis.

The Dome of the Rock's Well was, well... silly. Obviously it was made by leaching out the softer dirt and rock, following the limits of the more permeable limestone. The excavation is deep, wide and short. But that is not its most disappointing aspect. The cheesy wall-to-wall, indoor-outdoor carpet takes that award. All they need is a big-screen television and some La-Z-Boys to have a real Man Cave.


I'm going to write January off as vacation down time. Call it PHSD--Post Holiday Stress Disorder

Friday, January 4, 2008


This just in... It's RAINING in Southern California. The local media are going crazy doing stories about the terrible floods that are going to sweep us into the ocean. Meanwhile, the camera shows a drizzle falling behind the reporter while shots of the pavement show individual raindrops spattering on the surface.

I just thought the people in the Northwest and along the Mississippi might like a laugh about now.


Ah, the Writer's Life!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008


"The seat of the Vatican did not complete it's fabrication during the course of a single sidereal interval."

Stan Drake

Humm... Not getting any takers on this one. How about, "Rome wasn't built in a day"?