The Other Shoe Drops


Titles are catchy, often frustrating in their conception, today being no different from any other day, the title escapes me.  I thought about “Another Offered Up Metaphor” or “Defining Moment In History.”  Maximum Effort, End of the Line …

Finally settled on this.

The other shoe drops today, the Fat Lady Sings, call it what you want, the long, long, election process is over with the culmination of the voters choices tonight on each and every channel … Check your local listings.

May the best “whatever” win the prize.

But wait!  It gets better, what else do we have for our viewers Art?  A free donut!  If you vote and then trot yourself over to Krispy Kreme Donuts, they will give you a donut for just voting.  Now what red-blooded, 47th worst in the nation for health issues Okie, could turn that down?  Not many.

Vote in your candidate and raise your cholesterol … A win/win.

So the prize, the carrot is to be had today.  Must be valuable, the last count I heard was $250 million dollars in ad money alone, just to win a trip to the Oval Office.  Must have a heck of a dental plan or something, to spend that kind of money.  I suppose some bloggers will immediately begin PWS (Post Withdrawal Symptoms) and start retiring from the front lines.  I have noted just in the past twenty-four hours two of them suggesting that they were going to “pack it in” and stop writing, evidently thinking that their days of importance and influence have come to an end.

To the utter dismay of a few … We are going to keep on keepin’ on.

We have never been that heavily invested in the political arena around here, and we can always find something to talk about, so we are going to keep on shooting for that “elusive hit count” that is our goal.  We know that this is indeed a defining moment in history, but as politics’ is not our main staple, we will be here tomorrow.  Some are outright joyful about that, and others I suppose are just sittin’ on it right now and all sour looking and disjointed because of it.

So be it.

Got my flu shot yesterday and the girl said, “See, didn’t hurt at all, you didn’t even flinch.”  I just smiled and said, “Yeah, after 22 months of election coverage and media bombardment, I can take just about any kind of pain there is!”  Which is the way I see it.

My name is Don Smith, and I have used my mute button.

To be totally honest about it, I have virtually worn the thing out at this late stage of the game.


Creme De Crude …

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: “Regardless of the vibe you think you’re getting from your dentist, you should never, ever, lick her finger.”

Arizona: Officers dispatched to what they thought was a domestic disturbance Monday night discovered a lone Mesa man fighting with himself. Though the original call reported a verbal argument between a man and a woman, police said they found the 21-year-old man arguing with himself, changing the pitch of his voice as he acted out each part.

The man was also destroying the inside of the apartment, officers said. He broke the front window as officers tried to calm him down and coax him out of the home, according to authorities.

Now let’s see. If you are crazy, they take you off to someplace like this guy, and shut you in a room by yourself. If you write a blog, you go off, shut yourself in a room by yourself and write. Hmmmm … Kind of like people who write in blogs everyday.

Denver, Colorado – Good news and bad news. First the good news, if you win over $1200 at anything, they are going to check to see if you are behind of child support or other pressing items, and divert the winnings to the mother and the kids that need it. This is great. Some help for all those girls struggling to make it on their own these days. It only took “five attempts” to pass this legislation, that is kind of sad isn’t it.

You cannot exercise your right to Free Speech at the Convention in Denver, they are going to erect a fence to keep you out. That kind of sucks huh? Getting where all this “I live in America, I can say what I want about anything” is no longer applicable. By the way, it was a ruling from a “Federal Court” that paved the way for this.

In a related item, half way around the world.

SYDNEY, AustraliaNew regulations making it a crime to annoy or inconvenience people gathering in Sydney during Pope Benedict XVI’s visit later this month were criticized Tuesday as a heavy-handed blow to free speech.

The laws will apply in dozens of areas of downtown Sydney — including the city’s landmark opera house, train stations and city parks — that are designated venues for World Youth Day, a Catholic evangelical festival at which the pontiff will conduct mass and lead prayer meetings.

The regulations give police and emergency services workers power to order anyone to stop behavior that “causes annoyance or inconvenience to participants in a World Youth Day event,” according to a New South Wales state government gazette. Anyone who does not comply faces a 5,500 Australian dollar (US$5,300) fine.

It costs big bucks down under to tell some to “piss off.”

Two young ladies (much too young to drive) in Salt Lake City are protesting the high price of gasoline. Their mother had to cut cable TV in order to purchase high priced gas and they are incensed at the idea of losing their cartoons and favorite shows. So they took some old political signs and lettered ’em up and are walking the streets in Salt Lake protesting.

Sad note, when children have to show the adults what needs to be done.

California’s administration of the death penalty is “close to collapse” and would require massive new state spending or changes in sentencing laws to end decades of delay and dysfunction, a state commission reported Monday. The average death row stay is now 20 years with appeals. Here in Oklahoma, we have a guard dress up in a clown suit, run thru the door and hit them in the face with a poison pie. Not very cool, but it saves a lot of money!

Where is the happiest place in the world to live?  Denmark, with its democracy, social equality and peaceful atmosphere, is the happiest country in the world, researchers said on Monday. Zimbabwe, torn by political and social strife, is the least happy, while the world’s richest nation, the United States, ranks 16th.

Overall, the world is getting happier, according to the U.S. government-funded World Values Survey, done regularly by a global network of social scientists. It found increased happiness from 1981 to 2007 in 45 of 52 countries analyzed.

They allow you to smoke pot in Denmark or is that Norway?

Speaking of pot (nice blend huh) California is trying to place an initiative on the ballot to legalize smoke (pot). Best get your investment portfolio updated to include Doritos’s and Hostess Cup Cakes. This thing passes and the sales of “Munchies” are going to go thru the roof.

The New West Coast Gold Rush.

And last but not least. Sioux Falls, South Dakota was picked as the safest city in the U.S. to drive. It won out over other cities “who were not included in the survey” (I am not making this up). When our mayor was informed of this development he was overheard saying to his staff ……. “Hey? Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has cars!”

Now go shut yourself in a room and write something funny for me to read. There isn’t a dog-gone thing on U-Tube today.