11/20/2017

Jul. 5, 2004: Random Thoughts on Random Subjects

The primaries are upon us. Some interesting questions to ponder: Will Ambassador to Outer Space Cynthia McKinney alight on earth long enough to win the Democratic primary in the 4th Congressional district? Can former House Judiciary Chairman Tom Bordeaux, (D-Savannah), a staunch opponent of tort reform win reelection? Does anybody besides doctors, lawyers and insurance company lobbyists even know what tort reform is? Will businessman Herman Cain run for public office again if he loses the Republican primary for the United States Senate? (I hope so.). . . .

Georgia law requires that you move over one lane if you come upon an emergency vehicle on the side of the road, or slow to a safe speed if you cannot. This happened to me on Highway 41 in Cobb County last week. Two police cars were tending to an accident in the median. I couldn’t move over because of traffic, so I slowed to 35 mph in a 55 mph zone and put on my blinkers. That occasioned a yahoo in a black pickup with “God Bless Number 3” pasted on the back to run up behind me and flash his lights. At the next light, I told the Earnhart wannabe I had slowed down as the law required and didn’t appreciate the flashing lights. That got me a one-finger salute. The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety tells me the driver could have been fined $500 had he been stopped. I hope Bubba goes to NASCAR heaven and gets his black pickup rammed throughout eternity by Number 3. . . .

The History Channel presented a program recently examining how Allied forces dealt with German terrorists – called Werewolves – at the end of World War II. We rounded up suspects, tied them to a pole and shot them. Even the weenie French popped a few. Germans decided it might be better to make nice with us than with the Werewolves and that seemed to take care of the problem. We ought to do the same thing in Iraq— shoot a bunch of suspects every time terrorists kidnap somebody – except that today’s weenie French would probably end up shooting off their big toe. Can you imagine the hyperventilating had CNN been around in those days? On the other hand, do you think Harry Truman would have given a damn what CNN thought about anything? . . . .

One of the world’s great people is Dr. Raymond Cook, a retired professor living in Valdosta. Dr. Cook had a lot to do with me finishing college. I looked him up 47 years later to tell him so. I’m glad I did. Not only was he an important figure in my life then, but he has become a role model for me today. In his 80’s, Dr. Cook has more energy, more outside interests and more opinions on more things than most people half his age. If you remember teachers that were important to you, find them and tell them. It is a great reward for both teacher and pupil. . . .

Have Democrats lost their minds? Former Governor Roy Barnes hosted a fund-raiser for former State Senator Charles Walker, of Augusta on the day a federal grand jury handed down 142 felony indictments against Walker. Walker’s myriad legal and ethical problems haven’t exactly been a big secret. Why does the State Democratic Party leadership still kowtow to this guy? . . . .

A Georgia Tech booster got his britches in a wad over my recent column explaining the brouhaha in Athens to my Tech friends. Something I said made him see fit to accuse me of being from Bainbridge. I’m not, but I take that as a high compliment. I love Bainbridge. Too bad they don’t play the Whatsit Bowl in Bainbridge, instead of Boise, Idaho. He could see Tech play there every January and find out for himself what a great town it is. . . .

Finally, pseudo-filmmaker Michael Moore keeps telling Europeans how stupid we Americans are. For once, I agree. Anybody who cares what Michael Moore thinks has to be dumber than a yard rake.