Saturday, April 11, 2009

Smorgasbord Saturday

It's a beautiful spring Saturday in Pocatello. I have the window open, the fan on and I can seriously here birds chirping. Please, oh please, let the winter be over.

Major League Baseball is in full swing, literally, and it has been an exciting opening week. I'm a little annoyed that a guy like Alex Rodriguez can have hip surgery, surely due in part to his steroid use in the past, and be back with the Yankees and on their roster by the first of next week. In the meantime, guys like John Smoltz, an all-around decent guy ('cept for the fact that the Atlanta lifer signed with Boston this year), won't be ready to pitch after shoulder surgery until maybe mid-year if he pitches at all this year. Sure, A-Rod has youth on his side, but you'd think the baseball gods would be a little miffed about the steroids. Just sayin'...

Surprisingly, the Braves aren't as bad as I thought they would be during the first week of the season. They had an awesome outing against the World Champion Phillies opening night and have shown they have the starting pitching and power hitting to compete in the National League East. However, their bullpen is a mess and it may cost them many games. It's great to see Derek Lowe on the mound for Atlanta, it was great to see the Braves show Philly that it's a new season, and even though I like the Nats, watching the play-by-play on Gameday through the latest night game in awhile wasn't all that bad. The Braves have my attention once again.

I find myself amused by the editorial positions of the Times-News. I hear that James Wright, the editor, was on "Zeb at the Ranch" recently and he spent that time sucking up to Zeb. Probably because he's been getting livid phone calls from Zeb's listeners every time the Times prints something that is less than kind to Zeb. Just today, the Times-News is saying that "law-abiding" Idahoans won't have a problem showing government-issued identification at the voting booth. Tell me what law-abiding has to do with this. I guess I shouldn't expect so much from a paper that has an editorial comment running titled "Why we call a male transsexual 'he'" and a paper that prints the insane ramblings of Magic Valley residents who truly believe this country is in the crapper.

The funny thing about the increasing idiocy of the Times-News is that I've always thought the Times-News website and general framework trumped my local paper, the Idaho State Journal. The ISJ started a slide downhill when they revamped their website and gave the print edition a whole new look--I like neither. For every nice, thoughtful op-ed the ISJ prints there are ten from the conservative fringe. Running on the ISJ "blogs" section (somebody please tell the editor that blog does not mean what he thinks it means--you can't just copy and paste what you run on your editorial page in the so-called "blogs") is a great piece about bullying and a downright crazy piece from the oft-printed Craig Bosley. Just because Craig Bosley is an educated man doesn't mean he knows a thing about politics, but then again maybe the title of his post ("The Socialist States of America") gives that away. The thought just occurred to me that Zeb Bell could reach out to Bosley and have him appear on the show weekly like he does "Dr. History" (Dr. History doesn't hold a doctorate in history, he actually is a chiropractor). Oh, wouldn't that be loverly.

I've been thinking a great deal about health insurance lately, mostly because by August I'll need to find an insurance company that will insure me and at a reasonable price. The reasonable price part is where I keep having trouble. Anyway, I found this article about a New York couple desperate for coverage. What did they do? They got married. Granted, they were planning on getting married eventually and their decision only served to speed up the nuptials, but I found it pretty representative of Americans right now. Why does it have to be so damn hard to get insurance? I've often joked to friends that they need to find me a nice, insured guy to marry so I can be covered under his policy. Of course, I wouldn't want to live with the guy or really have much to do with him, maybe an obligatory bi-monthly dinner. Yeah, that's what the health insurance system has come to.

In case you haven't read it, Congressman Walt Minnick (R-Idaho) has an op-ed floating around explaining why he's refusing earmarks, earmarks that would bring essential funds to Idaho for various projects. I think d2 pretty well sums up my feelings on the Congressman.

Lots of homework on this beautiful day. Lots of new music to listen to, yet I've listened to the Hope Floats soundtrack, "Stop" by Ryan Adams repeatedly, and even a little Lucinda Williams. I guess that all says to me it's a pretty mellow Saturday.

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