Tuesday, January 26, 2010

South Carolina played a good game tonight

I just wonder why Patrick Patterson and John Wall didn't show up for the game.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Disagreeing with Scalia

In general, I am a big fan of justices Thomas and Scalia. I think they are the two most libertarian on a court packed with statists. Both still aren't far enough, but the current trend in anti-government Constitutional thinking derives straight from Scalia.

That is why I am particularly upset at Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. As I've gone along, I've grown to appreciate Vox Day's opinion that corporations should not have their "legal personhood" fiction, and that legal entities have no rights, much less First Amendment rights.

I wish Scalia had gone down that path here.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I'm done with Dickie V.

Several years ago, Dick Vitale did an interview about his career. He made me feel sorry for him by saying how he just loved basketball, and wanted everyone else to love it too, and he couldn't understand why people didn't like him. I felt really sorry for him.

Today, I turned him off. The sound, at least. I am watching the UK game on espn360.com, and the sound is off. I just can't take it any more.

Monday, January 11, 2010

A committed Relationship

OK, I can be a very dense man. Just ask Milady. I often don't understand things.

I am very confused by the term "committed relationship". It seems that Peter Orszag was in a committed relationship with woman number 2. He wasn't committed enough to marry her (the jury's out on whether it was mutual or not), and wasn't committed enough to stay with her after she's pregnant. He's already in yet another "committed" relationship with his new fiance, a couple of months out.

I see no commitment here. He stayed as long as he was getting something out of it, and then left. I would prefer the honesty of "it was only about the sex and food" than "we are in a committed relationship".

Of course, he could be using an alternate definition of committed: "To place officially in confinement or custody, as in a mental health facility". That would work with Michael Savage's theory that current liberalism is a mental illness.

Thursday, January 7, 2010


I attended the University of Kentucky as an undergraduate. Being a night owl, I tended to be on campus in a computer lab or visiting the Tolly-Ho or Perkins for late-night food.

A cloudy night after a snow storm was extra special. I would bundle myself up as possible, and then wander around campus. At 2AM, the air would be completely crisp and clear. It looked like every photon of light had to have bounced up and down at least 20 times before stopping. I know it was a trick of the eyes, but it looked brighter and crisper than a clear, sunny day. A snowy night in the country is nice, but you have to have the solid light pollution of a city to pull this one off. One of the terms I used was "snowshine".

Tonight, it's snowshining again. I can't walk on campus or down our street - I'm too cold, and I've got to get in bed to meet tomorrow's responsibilities. But, for 10 or 15 minutes, I can look out the front window and be amazed at God's blessings yet again.


Right after Christmas, I realized that I hadn't seen PokerStars mentioning the Blogger tournaments. I was afraid I'd missed them. No, they are just running late.

Registration code: 843197

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy 2010!

The Packrat family prayed, worked, and then relaxed. A perfect way to start the year.

We worked by putting the final touches on the upstairs lounge paint job. Now the paint is almost done; we only have to paint the new day bed I'm putting in tomorrow.

Now we are relaxing, watching the after-ball-drop shows on the tube. What high quality....