To the Point

There comes a time in every epoch when pragmatism simply evolves into extreme acquiescence and surrender to the forces of apathy and do-nothingness, a guarantor of the status quo in all of its easy, democratic criminality--its fortress of greed. You could line up all the pols in the U.S. in a straight row and examine them head to toe and not find a single man or woman capable of admitting, never mind ending, the corruption of their vocation--Buddy Dooley

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015

Good Fun, Bad Vibes

Oregon beat ASU in an amazingly entertaining football game last night on ESPN.

Much of Oregon's fan base is in a bitching mood.  The win wasn't good enough.  That places Oregon in new territory for sure.  I can't recall the last time, if ever, the Ducks started a season at 5-3 and had so many clamoring for a hatchet job on the program.

It's sad, not my cup of tea.  I enjoyed the game and would gladly watch more like it.  Well, in fact I do every Saturday throughout the college season.

Talk about misplaced priorities.  The fans more so than the team are turning into a joke.  The sense of entitlement is off the charts, a Nike-induced miasma.

When people can't accept change it makes for a lot of misery.  The whole blame-it-on-the-coaches mentality that prevails right now is, frankly, stupid.  Central to that is the misguided notion that Oregon's talent is superior to all others.

Reality doesn't suggest as much.  The inability to understand that Oregon is not beyond the beyond is sort of funny.

Oh well...


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


The World Series finally begins tonight.

Zzzzzz...I may hibernate instead.



Monday, October 26, 2015


Off to see the doctor again.  Skin conditions.  Driving me nuts. First appeared 40 years ago, getting worse with age.

Diet and topicals, both of which tame the conditions but never cure them.

I'm out of topicals and the doc wants to see me before prescribing more.  Guess he wants to rule out skin cancer for the umpteenth time.

Jesus, at this late stage just give me the damn prescription!


Friday, October 23, 2015

Drink Giroux

George Orwell’s nightmarish vision of a totalitarian society casts a dark shadow over the United States. As American society has moved from a welfare to a warfare state, the institutions that were once meant to limit human suffering and misfortune and protect the public from the excesses of the market have been either weakened or abolished. With the withering, if not evisceration, of the social contract, the discourse of social responsibility has been removed from the principles of democratic reform.

I don't link to articles here often, but when I do I prefer to link to Henry Giroux.

Quite simply, the tastiest link in the world.  Stay thirsty my friends.


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Entertain Me

A good one tonight at 6 p.m., Cal and UCLA.

UCLA mirrors Oregon a little, having lost some good players to injuries.

Two solid quarterbacks.

Should be entertaining, and you know that is all I'm looking for these days.


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Hedges on Bernie

On...the giddy celebration of war and violence...


Song of the Day

Thanks to CL.


Friday, October 16, 2015

Thursday, October 15, 2015


And so another football weekend begins...

Looking forward to UCLA v. Stanford tonight. Somebody needs to beat Stanford or they'll walk off with another PAC title eventually, unless...

Unless the dreaded Utes of Utah take them out in Santa Clara, Dec. 5 in the PACCG.

Lots of football left though, including Alabama and A&M in the SEC.

Notre Dame and USC will be interesting for obvious reasons.

Washington will be sky high for Oregon Sat. night, savoring a realistic shot at beating the Ducks for the first time in twelve tries. Washington is favored, so maybe struggling Oregon will play better as the disrespected underdog...

Or, if a guy had a few extra bucks and a yen for live ball, PSU hosts Montana State Sat. at the perfectly reasonable 12:30 hour.  PSU is playing well this season and a nice crowd will likely materialize at Providence Park.

Go Viks!!

Much else, including more baseball is on tap as well...all of it more enticing than televised "debates" or their inane cousins, the television sitcom.


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Look Again

This is a  well-drawn and specific evocation of the Israel/Arab wars.


Teach the Children

Once again this year many schools will pause to commemorate Christopher Columbus. Given everything we know about who Columbus was and what he launched in the Americas, this needs to stop.

Bill Bigelow's annual reminder.


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Doc of the Day

I can't honestly say I understood every word of this, but perhaps you can take something from it.



Oregon's newest helmet design is in the planning stage at Nike, borrowing liberally from Garcia/Kesey.

Meanwhile, this sounds like a book I might enjoy.


Friday, October 2, 2015

Storm Warning

But of course some fools won't listen to this sage advice from the NWS.


Thursday, October 1, 2015


This is bizarre, my computer is letting me open  this site and Yahoo mail (albeit slowly) and nothing else.

My first confrontation with this particular glitch...hmm...