“Woman takes her pet duck on flights for emotional support.” I came across this headline in a recent news feed and it reminded me of a story I read in a 1960s Texas newspaper. A friend and I had stopped for breakfast and I was reading the front page of the local newspaper.
The lead story was about a man who had been arrested for “bestiality.” He had been caught engaging in some sort of carnal relationship with a duck in the city’s park. His case had come to trial and the charges had to be dismissed since the city had no ordinance against f*@king a duck.
Having failed with that the city’s solicitor filed charges of improper use of city property. Those charges too had to be dropped when it was learned that it was the man’s own duck and that he often took his duck to the park for a breath of fresh air.
ANTI-SEMITIC: “The Anti-Defamation League identified 2.6 million tweets containing anti-Semitic language, 19,253 of which were sent to journalists. More than two-thirds of the tweets directed at journalists came from 1,600 Twitter accounts.”
When I lived in Southern California in the 1960s I was in close proximity to several colleges and universities. That meant there was often some art exhibition or performance to take in. I remember seeing Death of a Salesman and other plays, the LA Philhar-monic Orchestra, ballet, light opera, several of the era’s popular rock groups, gallery shows and other such things. It was a very available and affordable way to broaden my cultural horizons.
Such can be experienced in our part of Southern Ohio but you may have to seek it out and travel a little further. My wife and I have seen several productions at Wilmington College as well as an evening with one of the founders of blues music, David Honeyboy Edwards. I spend a wonderful evening at OU Chillicothe last year enjoying the talents of the Foothill Folk Society and ever so often Southern State Community College stages something that catches my fancy.
We voted early today and once again realized afterwards that we didn’t know a thing about those running for seats on the Ohio Supreme Court (there are three open seats). What we both did was simply not cast a vote for someone who we didn’t know, who was running unopposed, or wasn’t clearly a member of our party.
If you’d like to be a little better informed here’s a website that will give you most of the non-partisan information you might need.
Paddy Power is an Irish bookmaker who, among other things, runs a book on American presidential elections. Apparently is is so sure Clinton is going to win it has paid off its book early. Here’s the story.
“With national polls showing a healthy lead for the Democratic candidate and Donald Trump’s campaign running into scandal after scandal, Paddy Power believes it’s a done deal and that Hillary is a nailed-on certainty to occupy the Oval Office.
The Donald had seen his initial odds of 100/1 (November 2012-June 2015) freefall to as short as 13/8 (May 2016) at one point but recent revelations have halted his momentum and caused his chances of victory to plummet like the value of sterling, resulting in chunky odds of 9/2 (representing a 18.2 per cent chance of winning).
Get stuck into the latest US Election betting over on PaddyPower.com
Read the story of the betting with our in-depth look at Trump vs Clinton
The gutsy call sees one of Europe’s largest betting companies put their neck on the line for over $1,000,000. Prior to paying out, the former First Lady’s odds fell to a low 2/11 (84.6 per cent chance of winning) and over the past week Paddy Power have seen a flood of money on Clinton.
A Paddy Power spokesperson said: ‘Trump gave it a hell of a shot going from a rank outsider to the Republican candidate but the recent flood of revelations have halted his momentum and his chances now look as patchy as his tan. Recent betting trends have shown one way traffic for Hillary and punters seemed to have called it 100 per cent correct. Despite Trump’s Make America Great Again message appealing to many disillusioned voters, it looks as though America are going to put a woman in the White House.
The bookie has form in this area having famously paid out $700,000 on Barack Obama winning two days before the 2012 election.
However, things haven’t always gone to plan for the trigger happy Paddy Power who were stung by Y.E Yang after paying out early on Tiger Woods winning the 2009 PGA Championship and Manchester United whose late season collapse in 2013 saw their rivals Manchester City pip them to the Premier League title after the bookie had paid out on the Red Devils.
Should Trump upset the odds and become 45th President it will trigger the biggest political payout in bookmaking history and leave Paddy Power with some very expensive pie on its face.
Paddy Power continues to offer betting right up to and including Election Day. One of the most popular bets currently on offer is predicting the winning margin of the successful nominee on November 8th.”
RIGGED: Like so many things these days CHAPMAN’S GENERAL STORE will be rigged until the day after the elections, November 9 , 2016. I have a fiduciary responsibility to maximize profits so I have rigged the system to make you think you’re getting something you’re not.
Just returned from a short fishing trip to Pensacola, FL and several times I thought about what my father would say if he were here today and exposed to the travel technology that exist.
I suppose the majority of smartphones are GPS ready and can make use of Google Maps. I began the trip by telling my phone to navigate to Pensacola Beach and within seconds it told me to take a right turn at the top of my driveway. Every turn thereafter was given me in advance along with the mile remaining and the estimated arrival time for my destination.
Someplace below Nashville I needed gas so I started an app called GasBuddy and it revealed where gasoline was the cheapest and provided a map. Next was time to find a good motel price so I activated the Travel Coupon app and it told me there an a reasonably priced motel at exit 46.
ELECTION: If the election were held today the odds of Clinton winning the Electoral College majority would be 88%. An Electoral College landslide. The odds also favor the Democrats regaining control of the US Senate.
A year ago I found myself unfriending a former teaching colleague over his political beliefs. There was zero anything moderate about his views and after several years of trying to get him to back it down some I finally decided I was wasting my time and told him to get back on the U-Boat he rode ashore on and return to his native land.
One thing that wrongly rubbed my ego was his insistence that my degree in history, political science, and almost thirty years of teaching experience didn’t trump his often unfounded opinion. I would have never challenged his input regarding a music question but was seldom given credit for my specialty.
That happens a lot to those in my profession. We teach everyone that they have an opinion but they often never hear the second part of the lesson, that your opinion is worthless if not based on provable evidence.
MISOGYNIST PRICK: Conservative GOP senator, Jeff Sessions, says that what Donald Trump said on Billy Bush’s bus was not sexual assault. I don’t think Sessions or any man has the right to decide that. Like blacks have the right to say what is racist, sexual assault is whatever women say it is.
It is just too difficult to write an individual comment regarding every utterance of bullshit that comes out of the Trump campaign. So, I starting a page of running comments and positions and was going to call it Trumproids. Then I remembered just how highly Donald thinks of himself, hugely God like, so I’m calling it HIM-roids. Here’s a few to get things started:
10/7 – Video/audio tape uncovered showing Trump at his misogynist worst. His apology is to say Bill Clinton has said worse.
10/7 – Trump makes the totally bogus claim that the Border Patrol is allowing illegals into America so they can vote for Hillary.
10/7 – Against DNA evidence Trump still denies the Central Park Five were wrongly accused.
10/5 – The conservative Wall Street Journal has found a pattern of Trump contributing to the state’s attorney generals whose offices were investigating his businesses.
10/5 – Trump’s former tax account said in multiple interviews that It was Ivana who understood taxes more than Donald. That Donald is not the tax genius he claims.
10/5 – Trump’s questionable charity may be in trouble in dozens of states. Attorneys General all over America are looking into the legal status and activities of the Trump Foundation.
10/4 – Trump told Pennsylvania steelworkers that America would be rebuilt with Pennsylvania steel. Most of Trump’s recent projects were built with Chinese made steel and aluminum.
Looking back I remember Rudy Giuliani being referred to as America’s mayor following 9/11. He had everyone’s admiration for how he pulled NYC through the twin tower attacks. He was the rock that millions turned to for comfort and security.
Between then and now something happened to America’s mayor. He morphed into a crazy old white man who seldom parts his lips without saying something radically wrong or just plain ignorant. Maybe he’s simply overdosed on the Trump flavored Kool-Aid in the past year.
The same thing has to be asked about Bill Clinton, what the hell is wrong with him? Clinton was Slick Willy, the Comeback Kid. The guy believed to have written the textbook on American politics. The guy with the golden tongue, who never met a dias he couldn’t command. The guy who was so admired that even after lying about “that woman” and being only the second president in American history to be impeached, still left office with a popularity score approaching sixty. One of the highest ever for a two-term president.
ABANDONED: Libertarian Gary Johnson may have just been abandoned by his VP mate, Bill Weld. Last week Weld said no one is better prepared than Hillary and today he said he is focusing all his energies on defeating Trump. I think that puts him on Team Hillary.