“I read the news today oh boy
About a lucky man who made the grade
And though the news was rather sad
Well I just had to laugh”
“A Day in the Life” – Lennon/McCartney – from “Sgt. Peppers” – 1967
There is so much going on in the world today that it is hard to pick a topic.
The passing of Senator Byrd and the posthumous right wing attacks on him? (Expected.) The situation with North Korea and demands, after sixty years that we withdraw our troops. (Where have you been for the last six decades?) Panetta’s comments about Iran. (Let’s start another war!) McChrystal? (No, he doesn’t have “freedom of speech.”) Jobs? (No kidding, it’s bad, but “we messed up, so vote for us!” doesn’t seem like a real good idea.) Kagan? (Dang, just confirm her and STFU!) Congress? (Yeah, they suck, but they are all we have.) Biden calls someone a smartass? (Damn, who wudda thunk it?) World Cup Soccer? (Beat that one to death already.)
My allergies? (Pfffffft! Ah-choo!) Cookie? (Doing better, groomed her myself so she is a bit cooler, too.) Weird pets? (The tubes aren’t big enough to tell all the stories about my weird pets!)
The weather? (Like that is a story?) Kansas? (It’s red and kinda flat.)
The SCOTUS gun decision yesterday? (Nope, saw that one coming a mile away.) Brownback, Tiahrt, Moran, Hartman, et al? (We have the loons by the bushel and peck.) Wichita? (Shoot, we are doing just okay despite ourselves.)
So, what should I write about today?
There is definitely a great surplus of topics that are on my mind and the minds of many others today. Our warp-speed communication systems put everything on the table before we can even recognize that there is a table to put it on. Dang, if you are bored, you can watch a live stream of the oil gushing on the floor of the Gulf. There is even a link available to watch the entire Isner – Mahut Wimbledon match on video – all eleven hours and five minutes of it.
The world, as we know it all to well, is a crazy place. What’s on your mind today?
William Stephenson Clark