Thursday, April 3, 2014


I am really having a hard time focussing because the world is completely absurd.  Vladimir Putin is in heaven.  He clearly loved the Cold War and the KGB. Those were his happiest days.  Now, he is taking us back there.  He is flexing his muscles and it's working.  Clearly, you can go back.  Putin is proving it.  He is smart as a whip.  He played the world perfectly.  He made nice before the Olympics so we'd all show, but when they were over....Too bad the world didn't take a stand on their human rights violations against homosexuals before the Sochi games. Maybe that would have clipped his wings.  Now, he is feeling mighty powerful.  

Speaking of power, what about the fabulously biased Supreme Court Justices?  I am not a constitutional lawyer.  I barely studied the great words of our Founding Fathers where all our laws are measured.  However, how in the world can Chief Justice Roberts think, for one second, that allowing corporations and individuals give limitless dollars to a political campaign supports democracy?  It's outrageous and against any common sense.  If you can poison the well with money, any election can be bought and sold to the highest bidder.  Legally, they may have been technically correct, only Alan Dershowitz can tell me that, but the Supreme Court is 5-handedly destroying our election process and insuring that the deepest pockets get their way.  How is that protecting democracy?  How is that holding the Founding Fathers intent near and dear?  Our country is in serious trouble and those that are supposed to protect us are not.  The whole system needs a re-haul.  The Supreme Court is not neutral as they are supposed to be.  It makes my heart sick.  What are we allowing to happen?  

On the opposite side of power is the Eastern Conference in the NBA.  The balance has shifted completely and  the West has all the power.  Have you looked at the standings?  The East is a disgrace. Only nine teams are above 500. As opposed to the West, where only 5 teams are below 500.  That means that undeserving teams that have no right to be in the Eastern Conference playoffs, will be in the Eastern Conference playoffs.  That means that a few teams in the Western Conference playoffs that have good records won't be in the playoffs.  What a goddamn joke.  It's a scam.  It's just a money machine.  Maybe the NBA needs to scrap the system and do a tournament like March Madness.  The top 16 teams play no matter who or where they are.  The NBA has problems, no doubt. The best commissioner in sports, David Stern, built a multi-billion business over the past 30 years.  They have a new commissioner, Adam Silver.  It's time to take a look at making changes.  The fans don't deserve to be paying top dollar for below par games and teams.  The Knick fans have suffered enough.  The Bucks fans must be down to four fans.  There is no parity in the East and the standings prove it.  

I am getting into waters that I know little about, though that doesn't stop me.  All of these topics have to do with money and/or power.  There is a connection, though at first glance there may not be. My mind is swirling around so many different topics and my heart is swirling about so many different feelings.  These are a few that have been bugging me.  I have no power to make changes, but I do have a voice and I'm trying to use it.  

Sidebars:  The word "Selfies" has been co-opted.  Talking about bugging me.  Any photo of oneself is now called a selfie.  That is not a selfie.  A Selfie, in its original, annoying intent, is a photo where one turns the camera on oneself.  But now, you hear people all the time on television talking about photos taken by another, as a selfie. Bugs the crap out of me.  As if the word isn't irritating enough. It's painful to watch American Idol dying on the vine.  It's like a bandaid, just rip it off.  The Good Wife's last episode was deeply painful. If you missed last Sunday's 60 Minutes, try to catch it on demand.  All three stories were compelling.  March Madness is down to the Final Four for both the men and women.  By Monday night, another bracketology season is over.  Happy Birthday Doris Day!  Spring is teasing us in the East.  Enjoy your day wherever you are.

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