Even a blogger needs to eat. This blog is primarily Charles' hobby. But if he is intent on continuing to woo the Hooter's waitresses
in Chatanooga he needs something that pays.... wings don't come free you know. Here's a link to his
day job where he works the education beat
and, assuming he can't annoy enough people that way, is sometimes allowed to write opinion pieces.
Need perspective? Watson offers readers all they could possibly eat. For a unique view on current events, namely how they look from
orbit, here's Chuck's Real-Time(ish) Satellite Imagery of Areas of Interest.
Whenever it strikes his fancy, and there's good telemetry, Chuck will
process and post near real-time images of locations in the news. Eminently engrossing.
Wanna get into the head of a Japanese salaryman? Why, for Chis'sakes?! Well, assumin' you do, feel welcome to check out
the on-line journal of
Campbell's English class. Everyday, a group of disaffected salarymen are required to spill out their inner-most thoughts about life, the universe
and everything in broken English. Amazingly prosaic.
Shoutin' across the Pacific
Chiizu taberu koufuku shiteiru saru ga kangei-saremasen.
Wednesday, June 30, 2004 Conservative Cassandras. From LewRockwell.Com's blog:
Open Letter to Rich Lowry
Recalling your magazine's cover story last year "Unpatriotic Conservatives," which termed those conservatives opposed to the war on Iraq "anti-American" and claimed that they "explicitly yearn for the victory of their nation's enemies":
One can only wonder now that the founder of your magazine has essentially admitted that we "unpatriotic conservatives" were right all along (see WFB quote in NYT on 29 June -- "With the benefit of minute hindsight, Saddam Hussein wasn't the kind of extra-territorial menace that was assumed by the administration one year ago. If I knew then what I know now about what kind of situation we would be in, I would have opposed the war.") whether National Review will 1) apologize to all those, named and unnamed, in Frum's story, or; 2) denounce Mr. Buckley immediately for his "unpatriotic conservatism."
Of course, Buckley says if he knew then what he knows now, he would have opposed the war. But he didn't, so he could still, and presumably does, say that the U.S. made the right decision based on the available data.
Sunday, June 27, 2004 Bush Lost another Redneck? Apparently, Fox Sports reported that Dale Earnhardt Jr. took his crew to see "Fahrenheit 9/11" together as a bonding experience telling them it was a good thing for Americans to see.
Saturday, June 26, 2004 Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out. Domenic sent this story about how some doctors are working without malpractice insurance.
I found this earlier story about how some doctors now refuse to take Medicare, Medicaid or even insurance patients. They are cash only.
I'm not completely convinced that it's prudent for doctors not to have malpractice insurance in today's litigious society. But if they can make it work, more power to them.
The second development seems much more promising. The state isn't going to voluntarily relinquish its power. But to the extent we can remove ourselves from its grasp, or the grasp of its third-party enablers, we preserve not only our own freedom but a sphere of freedom for everyone.
Sunday, June 20, 2004 Steamboats. The rivers that crisscross northern Georgia and northern Alabama are pretty small. I never really pegged them as major conduits for commerce. But a historical piece The Citizen ran a few months ago shows how steamboats once hauled cotton and other goods all along the the Coosa, Coosawattie, Ostanaula and even the Conasauga, with cities like Rome and Gadsden as hubs.
Crimes That Just Shouldn't Be Reported. About three or four times a month, I pick up the police blotters for our courts reporter. I've come to the conclusion there are some crimes that police just shouldn't be bothered with.
First up, the woman who filed a complaint against her former roommate, claiming the woman stole a 7-in. strap-on dildo and a couple of vibrators.
The Baddest. There's a story, perhaps apocryphal, about George Best. If I recall it correctly, a hotel worker was delivering some room service food to Best's room early one afternoon, Best answered the door obviously hung-over, and in the background, the man noticed a very shapely and nude blonde passed out in the bed. He looked at Best and asked plaintively "Where did it all go wrong, George?"
Seriously, Best did squander his talent partying, boozing and bedding numerous women, including, by his count, three Miss Worlds.
But is that worse than murdering two people or biting an opponents ears off in a boxing match.
Fake Russian Wrestlers For Reagan Slate gets it right. And a note on Nikolai Volkoff: Fred Blassie relates in his book how Volkoff, who had fled Yugolsavia and was staunchly anti-Communist, hated it when promoters told him he'd be playing an evil Russian. He hated the Russians and really didn't want to play one. But Blassie told him that in that case he should play the Russian character just as sneaky and evil as he could make him. It seemed to work. Volkoff was a big star for almost 20 years.
Thursday, June 10, 2004 Ray Charles, RIP. Ray was one of the four or five most important musicians of the post-World War II era. Maybe the TV networks can take a few minutes from covering the deification of Ronald Reagan and give this man his due.
Wednesday, June 02, 2004 Two More Notes on Local Celebs. First, Trion, Georgia's most famous native, Rick Camp, once made the headlines regularly, but not quite like this.
Second, as I mentioned previously, Marla Maples is originally from Tunnel Hill. But as far as I know, neither that city nor Whitfield County have done anything to honor her.
But if you are ever in Chattooga County, about 50 miles southwest of Tunnel Hill, there's a Marla Maples Lane out in the middle of nowhere. I've asked around, and no one seems to know when or why the road acquired that name.