Gosh. Darn. Son of a Gun.

Well, the news is in, or out, I should say. The long wait is over. HornGirlWithoutAGig is going to grad school.

The details are still coming together. And we have to work out housing and transportation and MONEY and other such things. But my sweet girl is going to New York to further her education as the most awesome of horn players.

There are so many memories of band concerts, half-time shows, solo competitions, district bands, JanFests, All-State bands, Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony and ASYO. Dozens of auditions. Thousands of hours of practice. Aunt Peg, who put her horn in the hands of that young girl the summer of Ridgecret Music which we unfondly remember as TheTripWithNoAirConditioning and taught her her first scale. The years of lessons from CR, Master Horn Jedi and waker of dragons in the misty hills of Black Mountain, NC. Sweet and encouraging LH, who lent her Strauss No. 1 for the audition that landed her the spot at Governor’s Honors Program where she met Robert Rumbelow who led her to Columbus State. JD, who gently coaxed back into playing with the Sons of Jubal which led to remembering how much she missed it.

Her first year at UGA JanFest, as a tender high-school freshman, her group played Hindemith’s March from Symphonic Metamorphisis. She said it was the most exciting piece she’d ever played. The conductor told the band to play the last six notes as you would say, “Gosh. Darn. Son of a Gun.” Or maybe something else. (I picked this recording from YouTube because you can hear the horns the best. Gives me goosebumps every time.)

Lately, we’ve had some dark months here at the praxeum. But as Mr. Lundie told Tommy in Brigadoon, “Sunshine can peek through a wee hole.” And indeed it has.

Congrats, sweetpea. I’m so VERY proud of you.

It’s a Tax, Stupid

The Obamacare SCOTUS ruling came down today. The big take-away is that the mandate requiring all Americans to buy health insurance stood, but only as a tax, not as a provision of the Commerce or Necessary and Proper Clauses of the Constitution. Could this be the future of social legislation? Using the tax code to enforce/discourage certain behaviors/beliefs instead of the rule of law? Disturbing…

Initial reaction here. Much more to come.

This Makes Me Sad

Maurice Sendak died last month. While one of my favorite children’s authors, I didn’t post on it because just face it, I was so sad about so many things, I just couldn’t work up the energy.

Now Mr. Sendak makes me sad again, but for a completely different reason. Seems one of his fondest fantasties in later life was to blow up Bush and Cheney, along with their wives, as a suicide bomber.

Sad, sad, sad.

The President’s Very Bad Week

Just a quick round-up to get the revved up for this week, which promises to be a very bad week for POTUS, as if last week wasn’t bad enough…

Doug Ross’ Top Ten Takeaways from the Obama-Holder coverup

The White House OOZE is not a new party drink, trust me.

Durham, NH is considering dis-inviting the Prez for a campaign stop since the campaign has already declined reimbursing the town for the expected 17K-30K bill for increased security. Caveat emptor, indeed.

Bill Whittle, Heads on Pikes Edition.

Harry Truman once said, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” Obama has “evolved” that phrase as well, so now it’s “If you can’t stand the heat, head to the golf course.”

And the icing on the cake, so to speak… The Obama campaign has sunk to a new low. How low you ask? This low.

#AllUrWeddingPrezBeOurs

They must be very desperate at this point.

UPDATE: Fausta has a brilliant idea – let’s all sent O a toaster!

Romeo & Juliet, or Something

UGA Cheerleader Syndi Vaughn transfers to Georgia Tech to be near her boyfriend, kicker David Scully.

See, even Love can overcome Good, Old-Fashioned Hate. How sweet!

Cute girl. Hopes she likes to lose at least one game in the fall.

And Why Wouldn’t Jesus Love Baseball?

Dear Anchoress points to Bruce Reyes-Chow, who asks the ever important question, WWJP?

Baseball, of course. He explains why:

      The Mascots // Angels, Padres and yeah, why do you think that the team fro, Tampa Bay are now known simple as The Devil Rays. – Jesus likes them.
      The Team // Baseball is a unique team team sport in that there are so many working parts that make up the team: starting pitchers, pinch hitters, closers, power hitters, base-stealers, etc and each player has a unique skill set. I dare say the 25 player roster has more diversity player to player than football’s 52 player squad – Jesus likes communities that bring all their gifts together for the common good.
      The Individual // In baseball, ones individual contributions and skills can both take over a game as well as be part of a team. Each person plays a particular role on the team, but if need be a player can carry a team for a game or two at a time pitching a shut-out, hitting a couple of home runs, making a game saving defensive play, etc. – While this can go wrong sometimes when a player tries to do too much, in the end Jesus liked Peter, he tried too much, but also carried the disciples through time of struggle.
      The Utility Player // Not everyone can be great at all things, maybe not even great at one thing, but many can be really good at a great many things. Utility players are a crucial part of a team’s 162 game season: outfield, infield, pitcher, catcher, you name it . . . there are a few folks who can do it all. Bert “Campy” Campaneris was the first to play all nine position in one game. – Paul, all things to all people.
      The Long Haul // Spring training followed by 162 games in a season allows a team to start with a clean slate each year while requiring them to think with the Big Picture in mind. – Hope and perseverance, hope and perseverance.
      The Nuance // While some think Baseball is boring to watch on TV or in person, the nuances of the game, if open to seeing them, make every pitch and every play an exercise in imagining the possibilities and seeing a glimpse of grace. – Sorry literalists, but I think Jesus likes a nuanced approach to scripture, faith and sports.

Let me interrupt here to interject most of the most beautiful things I have ever seen was in the early 2000’s when during a blazing hot day game at The Ted, Atlanta Braves pitcher Tom Glavine pitched himself out of a no outs, bases loaded mess. Methodically, patiently, perfectly executed. Jesus would have approved, I think.

Go read the rest of the outstanding post.

Breaking: The Election may be over before it even starts….

Orignally, I was going to post something about the impending contempt vote against Holder along the line of “The Giant Game of Chicken,” or something. Then Twitter blew up this morning when Crook1 Eric Holder asked Crook2 President Obama to exercise Executive Privilege over #FastandFurious.

Bam.

Ask and ye shall receive.

Oh my, it will be a busy day. Ace has more…

UPDATE: Point of order – Why would Obama use Executive Privilege if he supposedly, according to Holder’s testimony, never saw any documents related to #FastandFurious? Hmmm… Either Obama lied or Holder perjured himself. Per Issa: The contempt motion will be moving forward…

UPDATE II: Twitchy has a long and entertaining feed on #FastandFurious.

UPDATE III: Shades of Richard Nixon. More from Michelle Malkin, Ben Howe, Moe Lane, William Jacobson.

UPDATE IV: Boom. Full vote next week….

Quote of the Day

I’d like to say that my sporadic absences are due to working on a big project, rolling out a new blog format, something bright and shiny to make the world a better place and possibly allow me to quit the day job, whatever. Sadly, that’s not the case. The case is I’m just sad, so sad some days that it’s all I can do to get out of bed. I continue to covet your prayers.

In the meantime, Deacon Greg Kandra gets the esteemed Obi’s Sister Quote of the Day Award for his response to the MSNBC/Andrea Mitchell/NBC creative editing of a Romney campaign stop and the subsequent non-apology. Remember, these are the very same folks who purposely misdirected the Martin/Zimmerman affair. The Good Deacon has 25 years of media experience; in other words, he saw the sausage made daily, understood the pitfalls and that sometimes mistakes were made. But he’s done covering for them.

Forget it. I’m done. You deserve what they’re saying about you. It’s earned. You have worked long and hard to merit the suspicion, acrimony, mistrust and revulsion that the media-buying public increasingly heaps upon you. You have successfully eroded any confidence, dispelled any trust, and driven your audience into the arms of the Internet and the blogosphere, where biases are affirmed and like-minded people can tell each other what they hold to be true, since nobody believes in objective reality any more. You have done a superlative job of diminishing what was once a great profession and undermining one of the vital underpinnings of democracy, a free press.

Good job.

For the Czechs: A History Lesson

About Those Leaks…

Let’s just cut to the chase, shall we? The leaks coming from the Obama administration are occurring solely for his re-election bid. Neither he, nor his minions, care about the lives endangered and/or lost by these actions, the security of our nation, or the damage done to international relations.

Since the complicit media only aids and abets, and doesn’t do their job to report, it’s up to YOU to educate yourself. Regardless of what Juan Williams believes, blogs are the best place to start. Sure, some blogs are more ‘agendaized’ than others. My only agenda is to SAVE AMERICA from those who want to destroy her. Since you are here, I bet that’s yours, too.

So have at it, kiddos.

First stop is SpecialOperationsSpeaks.

Background on the site can be found here and here.

And definitely read Austin Bay’s post on the group.

Little wonder the “Obama’s guts, Obama’s glory, vote Obama” media campaign, employing such narrative-dominating powers as Hollywood and The New York Times, is backfiring on Obama’s election campaign. Spicing the narrative with concrete military and intelligence operational details has angered and energized a very small but aggressive group, Special Operations Speaks (SOS). Its members are retired U.S. special operations soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines, the mentors and comrades of the guys who really did get Osama bin Laden.

Mad yet?

“…technically correct, but completely useless.”

And now for something completely different (h/t American Digest) –

A helicopter was flying around above Seattle when an electrical malfunction disabled all of the aircraft’s electronic navigation and communications equipment. Due to the clouds and haze, the pilot could not determine the helicopter’s position and course to fly to the airport. The pilot saw a tall building, flew toward it, circled, drew a handwritten sign, and held it up in the window. The sign said ‘WHERE AM I?’ in large letters. People in the tall building drew a sign of their own and held it in one of their own windows. Their sign read: ‘YOU ARE IN A HELICOPTER.’

The pilot smiled, waved, set a course for SEATAC airport, and landed safely. After they were on the ground, the co-pilot asked the pilot how he determined their position. The pilot responded: ‘I knew that had to be the Microsoft tech support building in Redmond. The response they gave me was technically correct, but completely useless.’

Happy Birthday, Hubby

The Birthday Boy with long time friend, John Berry

Every good blogger has a power behind the throne. It’s been a rocky year so far, but we’ve hung in there like troopers. Here’s a great picture of the better half, along with our dear friend John Berry, in better times.

Happy Birthday, dear Hubby, as you swat all those the gnats at your south Georgia music camp.

It’s the Little Things

You can’t turn a cruise ship on a dime. But yes, you can turn it around, slowly and carefully to set it on course.

Exhibit A – N:

– Saying the President is “cool” is raaaaacist code.
– You keep saying that word. It doesn’t mean what you think it means.
– Obama’s very bad week.
Florida sues the Fed DHS to get a voter’s database that should belong to them anyway called “Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements” (SAVE). They want to use the database to verify the citizenship, and thus the voter registration, of suspected illegal immigrants in Florida. But the Feds say, “Nooooooooo….”
– Remember when Top Secret meant something? The current administration leaks solely for fun and pleasure...and to skew the political landscape in their favor.
– Americans net worth dropped 40% in the last 3 years. And that inheritance? Fughetaboutit.
– “Just Fine” gaffe now blamed on … wait for it… the media.
NY Dems about to nominate a former Black Panther, anti-Israel race baiter for Congress.
Obama channels his inner Caesar as he decides who lives and who dies. Sic Semper Tyrannis.
Politifact may be not as factual as you think. I’m shocked! Shocked, I tell you!
– If AG Eric Holder has a ‘Advance to Go, Collect $200’ presidential pardon card in his pocket, this might be the time to use it.
– House Republicans, 85 of ’em, don’t like the idea of their constituents being SWATted.
Navy unmanned drone crashes in eastern Maryland. What was it up to? Surely not looking for a mythical #BrentKimberlin SWATting… Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga.) wants to ground the drones domestically. Smart guy.
– We will take converts, one at a time. Welcome, Greg.

Admit it. You knew #DonDraper was only in remission.

People yell at TVs around here. But it’s usually in the fall and usually involves college football, especially the Dawg’s defensive line.

Last night, Horn Girl Waiting on Grad School jumped up and yelled at the TV, admonishing debauch-bag Don Draper at the end of the season finale. “No! No! No!!!!!”

What better time for a poll?

Silence

More here.

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