Musings of the Chronologically Challenged™ Fourth Generation
Monday, February 23, 2004
Another pun for the music lovers out there from Grouchy Old Cripple.
The orchestra conductor had been having problems with the bassists; they were the least professional of his musicians. It was the last performance of the season, Beethoven's 9th Symphony, which required extra effort from the bassists at the end. Earlier that evening, he had found them celebrating a birthday by passing around a bottle. Then, as he was about to cue the bassists, he knocked over his music stand. The sheet music scattered. So he stood in front of his orchestra, his worst fear realized: It was the bottom of the 9th, no score and the bassists were loaded.
by Peggy Noonan
It is fascinating to me that after two months of the Democratic Party demonstrating what appears to be dynamism, and the Republicans struggling with such questions as the weapons of mass destruction, and the president fighting back charges regarding his military service, the smartest read on where we are came this week from a a Zogby poll that said the Democrats are leading in the Democratic areas and the Republicans are leading in the Republican areas. Mr. Bush's poll numbers are down, but the blue states are blue and the red states are red. And no one knows what will change that. Entire article here.
>^..^< Proudly presented as the result of help from Mike the Marine. Thanks again, Mike.
>^..^< Cait, the really 'catty' cat, says "The rumors about the governor of Texas have gotten thick as flies on a dead horse." Interesting links too.
>^..^< Following the progress, or lack thereof, on the Kenneth Walker case, via redneckin', , looks like yet another delay while the Georgia Attorney General takes over and begins his own investigation. Most unusual that the video tape has yet to be viewed by anyone other than law officials. In similar cases I remember, the video was on the 6:00 News. Hellooooo. Georgia?
>^..^< Every once in a great while, America is utterly captivated by an entertainer who has charm, grace, dignity, persistence in fulfilling his dreams: someone like WILL!
>^..^< "There is an endless stream of foreigners, impossible to identify, flooding into the United States, and Americans living on the frontline are concerned." Army of One has more here.
>^..^< What did you do in the war, daddy?
>^..^< Update from Yellow Dog: "The endorsements are still rolling in: Voters from all over America are expressing their support for Yellow Dog in my run to the White house." Read it all.
>^..^< If you have, or will have, college-bound kids, you need to educate yourself about Federal Student Aid.
>^..^< Don't want to say he's obsessing on the First Amendment, but here's Alphecca's Monday update. I report. You gun people decide.
>^..^< SayUncle: Clairvoyant?
>^..^< We the People has an interesting piece on "An Unintentional Synchronicity."
>^..^< Betsy is following the flap at UNC and Duke for us. Update here.
>^..^< Bubba refers us to "Here's what the fuss is REALLY all about."
My forgetter's getting better,
But my rememberer is broke.
To you that may seem funny
But, to me, that is no joke
For when I'm "here" I'm wondering
If I really should be "there"
And when I try to think it through,
I haven't got a prayer!
Oft times I walk into a room,
Say "what am I here for?"
I wrack my brain, but all in vain!
A zero is my score.
At times I put something away
Where it is safe, but, Gee!
The person it is safest from
Generally is me!
When shopping, I may see someone,
Say "Hi" and have a chat,
Then, when the person walks away
I ask myself "who was that?"
Yes, my forgetter's getting better
While my rememberer is broke,
And it's driving me plumb crazy
And that isn't any joke!
[thanks to Jimmy, Ayden, NC]
Mother, Mom, Mama, Mommy
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