Long Time Gone

So it’s been 2 years, 4 months and 17 days since I last posted on this blog. Let’s just round that up to two and a half years. Feels like a long time ago, although in the grand scheme of things it really isn’t.

Obamacare still exists, unfortunately. It’s performing about as well as had been predicted, but the inertia of government seems to have set in and who knows when we’ll be able to get out of that mess. Religious liberty is on the ropes, with the triumph of the marriage-redefinition crowd in the Supreme Court. The 2016 presidential race seems to be coming down to a contest between a Democrat nominee who is most qualified to be in prison and a Republican nominee who may qualify for a diagnosis of Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

So that’s that.

Perhaps I’ll blog again, just for fun. Perhaps not. But it’s been sort of fun to log in and kick the tires.

Obamacare: The Greatest Show On Earth

Artist’s rendering of Wednesday’s meeting

Roll Call posted a fascinating article on Wednesday detailing the growing sense of concern (or perhaps it would be more accurate to call it PANIC!) that many Congressional Democrats—especially those in marginally safe to contested seats—are experiencing over the rolling catastrophe of Obamacare’s implementation. For those who opposed the passage of the law in the first place, it’s a somewhat satisfying scene, which Jonah Goldberg is correct to refer to as a sort of “Schadenfreudarama.” Now, granted: it’s not a completely satisfying sort of schadenfreude; it would be much more satisfying if the consequences of the massive failure only affected those who insisted on pushing the thing through in the first place, and didn’t involve millions of people losing health insurance plans that they liked, with millions more likely on the way—along with the hardships that fact will entail for so many people. But in these days of chaos and confusion, I suppose I’ll take comfort in what little scraps of enjoyment come from watching those who supported this massive act of legislative malpractice scramble to save themselves from the consequences of their actions (which, of course, they had repeatedly been warned about).

But back to that article, which provides details on a meeting that occurred Wednesday between House Democrats and White House officials in which members of Congress basically demanded that the Obama Administration FIX THIS MESS. Some of the quotes in the article seem to me quite revealing of the mentality that prevails on the left side of the aisle in Congress*. For instance:

“Why can’t we call people who know how to do these things, who do it for corporate America, and say, ‘We have a website, fix it?’” asked Rep. José E. Serrano, D-N.Y. “Maybe I’m being simplistic, but can’t we call Bill Gates up and say, ‘Take care of this?’ Or go to a college dorm and say, ‘You guys, you invented Yahoo, can you take care of this?’”

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Prayers for the Biden family

Oh man; you hate to hear this kind of news:

Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden has been hospitalized.

Sources tell Eyewitness News the 41-year-old son of Vice President Joe Biden is undergoing treatment for an apparent stroke.

Remember to say a prayer for Beau Biden and his family today.

Update: Looks like it was a minor stroke, and he’s doing reasonably well.  Good news.

The Greatest Ever Is Gone

Ernie Harwell | 1918-2010
Ernie Harwell | 1918-2010

How many nights did I spend as a kid, laying in bed on a stuffy summer night under just a sheet with the rest of the blankets bunched down by my feet, trying to ignore the humidity, and listening to the voice of a man from Georgia who had been transplanted into Detroit to call baseball games for the Tigers?

Ernie Harwell, along with his broadcasting partner Paul Carey, taught me to love baseball.  Ernie taught me the cadences of broadcasting, the rhythm of the game, and the amazing power of the spoken word to break down the reality he took in with his eyes and send it hundreds of miles over the air to be reconstructed in vivid detail in my mind.  He was an artist – a genius with words – and I have never heard a voice like his since he left the broadcast booth.

Just prior to my high school graduation, I received a letter in the mail from the Ernie Harwell Foundation; it informed me that I had received a $500 scholarship.  It was completely unexpected – it turned out that I had been nominated for it by an english teacher.  I was thrilled to have received a letter signed by the man himself, and honored.  A few years later, I was working at the local sports radio station as a producer on the morning show and got to call Ernie at his home in order to get him on the line for a scheduled interview.  I took the opportunity to thank him for that scholarship, and I remember how humble he was in response.  The Foundation had apparently been shut down at that point, but he told me how pleased he was that he could help a number of young people in some small way.  He went on to do his interview on the show, which was great as usual – the guy had a million fantastic stories to tell – and that was that.

I got to talk to Ernie Harwell on the phone.  What a thrill.

Ernie Harwell’s voice is a treasured part of my life.  That voice has been silenced now, but it will live on in my memories.  My thoughts and prayers go out to his beloved wife Lulu and the family he leaves behind.

And this is for Ernie:

For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the earth;
the time of the singing of birds is come,
and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land…

This is going to take some getting used to…

…for an airport geek like me, anyway:

Well that's different.

Yes, United and Continental are merging.  So my current favorite airline (CO) is merging with an airline that I haven’t made it onto yet (UAL), keeping the United name but ditching the UAL logo and livery for Continental’s.  Which is OK, I guess, considering that CO has a nice looking fleet, but I really did like the new UAL colors that they introduced a while back.

I guess this could mean that I’m going to be flying through ORD more often…

Meh. Should have kept UAL's font.