1.24.2008

Some Current and Likely Random Thoughts

Instead of trying to put together a single issue blog post, I thought I'd just dump the current contents of my brain out into a post.

There are lots of things I'm working on or working through or thinking about.

A big one is the Governator's current plan to close 48 state parks to save $13 million over two years. Which is, as anyone with two brain cells to rub together, completely and utterly asinine. Scuttlebutt online says that he's shutting them down to eventually sell to his rich GOP pals to turn into summer vacation homes. And yeah, I am just cynical enough to believe it.

One of the other legs of his three sided proposal is to cut school budget's by 10% across the entire state. What does this mean on the ground level? Teachers won't have enough materials to effectively educate our kids and the downstream effects of shorting education will take decades to repair. Underfunding education is like shooting yourself in the foot right before a marathon.

I had a thought about Amy Winehouse being the English version of Courtney Love from a couple of years ago when she was in the headlines all the time for increasingly bizarre and shout-for-help behaviours.

Teh Brit needs to go on a long vacation away from people with cameras. Her trainwreck is not entertaining, its just sad. Her pregnant 16 year old sister, her mother and her entire life are a cautionary tale.

I am bummed that spring training will be out of reach again this year. I'd hoped to be able to figure out some way to get here but it just isn't going to happen. I think that I am going to try and figure out a way to go up for Opening Day and a few more games this season since I missed all of last season.

And, because I've got a bunch of work to take care of, I'm going to leave this post with a quote from Gandhi that my mom sent out to me last week.
Seven blunders of the world that lead to violence: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, politics without principle.
- Mahatma Gandhi
Its that last one that we, as a nation, have been lacking. No wait, that's not quite accurate, Bush has principles, just really messed up and wrong principles.

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