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11/23/2004

 

AFTER-WORD


  • The GAO – Government Accountability Office (erstwhile, General Accounting Office) – will investigate "irregularities" in the recent U.S. Presidential election, much to the delight of the French wire AFP and the complaining Democrats: Representatives John Conyers Jr. and Jerrold Nadler of New York, Robert Wexler of Florida, Bobby Scott of Virginia, and Rusty Holt of New Jersey.
    "We are hopeful that GAO's non-partisan and expert analysis will get to the bottom of the flaws uncovered in the 2004 election."
    This stubborn refusal to accept defeat is unbecoming and is a threat to the efficient function of our Democracy. These lawmakers, and their fellows (sportscaster Keith Olbermann, etc.) lack the dignity and class of Dick Nixon circa 1960.



  • When some of us were younger, Walter Cronkite retired, there were many folks who had never known news from someone else. Things have changed. Now that Cronkite's successor, Dan Rather, has announced that he is quitting in March, it bears reflection that there are probably many teens who have never heard of Rather except for what they've read on the Internet.



  • I've not written much about football, and I am a fan. There is a reason. My college team is my alma mater, Penn State. There are only two good things to say about that program: Firstly, this recruiting class promises to be the best in over a decade; secondly, JoePa just might retire… after next season.

    My pro team is the Steelers. 'Nuff said.



  • I'm listening to Modest Mussorgsky, a Russian composer who was part of a group of nationalists called "The Mighty Handful," upon other things. Mussorgsky puzzles me, in that other composers, such as Rimsky-Korsakov and Ravel -- had to clean up his stuff, make it comprehensible. The other thing is that he is reported to have been a drunk. In fact, he is said to have been so drunk and sick most of the time that he rarely finished any of his works. Written of Mussorgksy: "I am a Romantic period psycho who's drunk more often than not."

    His depictions do have that wild look, in his eyes and his unkempt beard. Can a drunk man find grace?

    2 comments
  • 2 Comments:

    Mark,
    I am on a liberal listserv, and the big talk lately has been the conspiracy theorist's excitement that the electors may vote for Kerry anyway. Between the crazies that write on that listserv, the aforementioned Reps, and frankly, most of MSNBC, they, collectively, are having difficulty facing reality. When MSNBC's website is still covering perceived irregularities in Ohio, one might reasonably question where the news ends and fantasy begins. Thank you for continuing to cover this.

    By Blogger Cranky Bastard, at November 23, 2004 at 11:54 PM  

    We...ARE...PENN STATE!!!

    I miss going to Penn State games now that I live out west.

    E-A-G-L-E-S..EAGLES!!!

    Sorry pal, I am from Philly, so my team is the Birds. (Yeah, I know the Steelers kicked their ass.)

    By Blogger Brian, at November 25, 2004 at 12:31 AM  

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