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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.

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Thursday, January 27, 2005
Those Small-Goverment Republicans. Today's editorial in The Daily Citizen shows what they are up to now that they control the General Assembly.

posted by Charles at 1:01 PM

Wednesday, January 19, 2005
RIP Pistol Pez. Just heard that Pistol Pez Whatley died.

Pez wrestled for almost 20 years across the South.

He played football and wrestled for Chattanooga's Notre Dame High School in the late 1960s and was a state champion in the latter sport. He was also the first black man to wrestle for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. I've heard that he placed highly in the NAIA national championships while at UTC, but I've never been able to confirm that from a reputable no-pro wrestling source.

Pes spent almost his entire career in the South, and much of it in outlaw or semi-outlaw groups outside the NWA cartel that controlled things. Hence he wasn't that well known.

He probably achieved his greatest fame in the mid-1980s as "Shaska" Whatley feuding with Jimmy Valiance for Jim Crockett's promotion when it was carried every week on TBS.

But Pez was a solid performer and a pretty fair draw for his entire career, and from everything I've heard, he was a legit nice guy, too.

posted by Charles at 6:59 PM

Saturday, January 08, 2005
Armstrong Who? Like most Americans, that's how I reacted when I heard Armstrong Williams had been paid by the government to tout the No Child Left Behind law. I understand the contract called for him to shill for it in his syndicated column. I also have heard he has since lost that column.

I never even knew he had one. I read quite a few papers, and I've never seen it.

Before this, Armstrong was most famous (to me, anyway) for repeatedly calling Rae Dawn Chong "Rae Dong Chong" on an episode of Politically Incorrect. At first, I thought he was going for some sort of Ann Coulterish "humor," but when Chong finally called him on it, it really seemed he was so clueless he really thought her fmaily had named her Dong.

Armstrong has always been one of those sort of people, such as Ted Casablancas, whom I sometimes see on the tube as I zap past shows I don't watch. I don't know who they are or why they are on TV, and nothing they say ever makes me want to linger long enough to find out before pressing the button and moving to the next channel. And after all these recent headlines, I still don't have a clue who Armstrong Williams is.

posted by Charles at 8:37 PM

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