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The misfortune of one brings out the worst in others…NOT surprised

Yesterday, the godfather of talk radio, the revitalizer of the Amplitute Modulation band (AM, for the rest of you) and conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh was hopitalized with chest pains.

I have always enjoyed Rush Limbaugh, not for what he says and believes, but for how he presents it.  Now, I admit, I agree with a lot of what he says, because he IS RIGHT, but it is the presentation that I have always enjoyed.

And yes, Rush Limbaugh inspired me to pursue a career that really didn’t exist when I was a child.  I achieved that goal and was successful.  [The short-sightedness of my most recent former employer is what derailed my radio career.  Letting someone go, someone who is bringing in 8 to 10 TIMES his income in revenue, in my cicumstances was just a stupid business decision.]

Anyhow, all of that said, when news broke of his hospitalization, the vitriol from those on the Left came out.

Fellow blogger Brian Maloney has compiled some fine examples.  Here is the link:

http://radioequalizer.blogspot.com/2009/12/limbaugh-hospitalization-brings-out.html

I have no respect for these sub-human individuals.  However, this is not isolated.  I went to the Huffington Post, out of curiosity, and commenters there were urging others NOT to say what is on their minds because it would only give more ammo to Bill O’Reilly.

They are right.  They need to shut up, but more so, they need to rethink their lives and beliefs.

One person at Brian Maloney’s site “The Radio Equalizer” made a very interesting statement.  They compared the vile actions of many on the left to the dancing in the streets in the Middle East after the attacks on 11 September 2001.  Noting the difference being that there is just one Rush Limbaugh.

How true.

I openly admit that I have NO respect for Barack Obama the man, but I do respect his office.  That said, I do not wish him any personal harm and I do wish the best for his family.  I just know that he is not bright enough and not decisive enough to lead our nation.  So, I do not respect him, personally.  And I think he has the potential to be a great ex-President, starting on 20 January 2013, unless he resigns sooner realizing that he is in over his head.  Not that I want a President Biden, that is a man that I actually have less respect for.

But again, I wish neither of them, nor their families any harm.  I actually feel conflicted when I do wish harm on truly awful people in this world, Usama Bin Laden, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Robert Mugabe, FU Gators and ucla bruins.  But they are all really deserving of bad things.  [The last two are a joke...kind of.]

If you do not like Rush Limbaugh, there is a solution.  George Carlin, hardly a conservative, gave us this.  There are two main controls on a television and a radio.  One, controls the volume.  The other, changes the channel/station.

Tune out.

If you can’t do that, then accept the fact that you are a bad person.  And if you are a bad person, why do I know you and why are you reading my blog.  I hope that it is because you are seeking personal growth and redemption.  If not, let me just add you to the list a couple of paragraphs up.

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TTU Football – Thoughts from a columnist, and then a blogger

I don’t how many of you know who Jason Whitlock is.  He is a sports columnist with the Kansas City Star, has been on ESPN as a regular contributor in the past and had a radio show on two different sports radio stations in Kansas City.

Some like him, some think he is a jerk.  Well, this column, about the situation at Texas Tech, caught my attention.

http://www.kansascity.com/182/story/1657819.html?storylink=omni_popular

I am sort of mixed on my feelings toward Whitlock.  I have met him and I have been around him on a few occasions.  But in this case, I think he is dead on correct.

When Mike Leach was suspended, I heard the allegations and I didn’t understand the connections that Craig James was trying to make between discipline and a concussion.  Leach’s actions show him to be a bully.  Unfortunately, that is common in football.  I had a coach who was a bully, an example being how he would grab guys by their facemasks and pull them around.  It happened to me, more than once.  That is why I think Dennis Thome is one of the biggest assholes on the earth.  And it why I have low tolerance for bullies.  Especially when I witnessed it to my own son this fall.  (I made sure that the school principal and the district’s head football coach were aware of it.)

I will say this, I have never met Craig James, but I do not care for him.  I think he is a bombastic and very arrogant jerk who shows no remorse for his role in putting Southern Methodist University on its “Death Penalty” by the NCAA.  I know he was never implicated, but he was there and he HAD to know something.  I also don’t think he has much to contribute as an analyst.

That leads me to this, I have little doubt that the stories of Adam James arrogance, cockiness and laziness, as asserted by his teammates and TTU assistant coaches are true.  And I have little doubt that Adam James needed to be disciplined. 

But no matter how badly Adam James needed an attitude adjustment, he didn’t need to be bullied by his coach.  And Adam’s father didn’t need to go public with this situation.

I agree with Jason Whitlock, and I hope you read the article….I put these links in for a reason, the only responsible adults in this situation are the Texas Tech University administrators who ended it.

Adam James needs to grow up.  Craig James needs to shut up.  And Mike Leach needs to man up.

Why ALLEGED man-caused Global Warming is NOT important.

I heard about this a few years ago.  And many of us saw the movies “Deep Impact” or “Armaggedon” back in 1998. 

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2009/12/russia-plans-space-project-to-prevent-asteroid-collision/1

This is ONE object.  There are BILLIONS of them out there, some could be of concern, some are not.  But we, as a unified planet need to focus on self-preservation from these objects and NOT from JUNK SCIENCE professed by a bunch of zealots.

While this one may not hit, another that we are not even looking for yet could.

To quote Bill Paxton’s character from “Aliens”….”Game Over, Man!”


College Football fans, let me explain something about conferences

OK, we are in the middle of the College Bowl Season.  Lots of college football fans are going to spend the next few days in front of their TV’s, in sports bars, or if they are fortunate enough, at a bowl game.

I love college football.  I remember my first game.  It was in 1986 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, WI.  The Badgers hosted, and lost to, the Wyoming Cowboys.  But it was a great experience.

My next games were at the Division II level in 1988.  Central Missouri State University (now University of Central Missouri) had a decent program and the games were fun, but not the same.

In 1990, I got to experience BIG TIME college football.  I flew out to Los Angeles to see Notre Dame play USC at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.  LOVED every SECOND of it.  Even when the people behind me asked me to sit down…..in the student section.  I told them NO!  [People in front of me were standing, so if I sat down, I couldn't see.  Besides, its DIVISION ONE FOOTBALL!!!  THE BIGGEST Intersectional Rivalry in the game.  Stand up or stay at home]

Two years later, I went to the game again in LA.  I had moved to Las Vegas by then, so it was easier.  SC lost to ND, again.  But it was a lot of fun.  Always was.

A year later, I lived in Southern California.  My love of college football led me to acquire a “fake ID” to get to the games.  OK, it was a real ID, just not mine.  It was a student ID that allowed me to acquire student tickets.  So for the 1993 season, I was a fake student with real tickets.

It was also in 1993 when I got to go to my first and only Big Eight game.  Kansas hosted Iowa State in October….it was a nasty rainy day.  Enjoyed myself, but I will admit that it could not compare to the USC/Oregon State game that I was missing back in LA.  But, Kansas won and it was a good time.

It was four years later when I got to my next college football game.  But it was more than simply a game.  It was a religious experience.  1997 was Peyton Manning’s senior year at Tennessee.  Kathleen and I got tickets from one of my co-workers for the Homecoming Game against Southern Mississippi.  Long story short, awesome seats at the 40 yard line, 35 or so rows back from the field and the Volunteers beat the Golden Eagles 42-20 (I think). 

My next game was the 1999 SEC Championship Game between Alabama and Florida.  My good friend Dr. Roger Thompson was on staff at UA and he scored some extra tickets for Kathleen and I, so we were there…and we supported the Tide.  This was also the first time Kathleen met Roger and Deb.  A very nice night in Atlanta, and the Tide did roll all over Steve Spurrier’s FU Gators.

One month later, I enrolled in classes at the University of Tennessee.  I learned that fall that I could get student tickets even if I was going part time.  I could buy a “spouse card” for Kathleen and we could both go to the games.  Again, in 2000, I had season tickets.  Kathleen went to most of the games with me, my good friend Lori pretended to be my wife for a game to go when Kathy couldn’t. 

In 2001, my role changed.  I had gone from being casual fan, to intense fan and now I was covering the games.  I became the Sports Director at WUTK radio and used that position to get media passes.  I even went to the preseason SEC Media Days.  And that was a great experience for me.  I had the opportunity to meet many of the coaches and chat with them on a deeper level.  During that season, I traveled to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and South Bend, Indiana, to cover games.  The Vols made it to the SEC Championship Game, so I covered the game and Kathleen and Roger sat together in the Georgia Dome watching.  I finished the season by covering, and attending, my first bowl game.  That was the last Citrus Bowl (now Capital One Bowl).  Tennessee faced, and beat, the Michigan Wolverines for the first time.

From 2002-2006, I covered the Volunteers teams as a the radio pool reporter.  That allowed me to do some work for various radio networks, including ESPN Radio, ABC Sports Radio, Metro Networks, Westwood One, Fox Sports Radio and Sporting News Radio as well as a few local radio stations in other markets in cities like Chicago, Seattle and Boston.  Great experience and decent exposure, but it also allowed me to check my status as a fan AND truly be objective.

And that is why, to this day, I am a Tennessee loyalist, but I can view them critically, while at the same time I am an almost blindly loyal fan of USC.   To be 100 percent honest, I would want Tennessee to beat USC if they played each other.  Some friends of mine have questioned me on that.  So far, this has not been tested in football.

In 2004, I traveled as a fan to Washington, DC, to see the Trojans play Virginia Tech at FedEx Field.  And we ended that season at the Orange Bowl to watch the Trojans destroy the Oklahoma Sooners, 55-19, in a game that wasn’t even as close as the score shows.

Finally, in 2007 and 2008, I covered the Missouri Tigers.  I was on the local pregame show and I went to the games, including the “Border Showdown” games with Kansas at Arrowhead Stadium.

So, now you have my resume.  In short, I have been exposed to Big Ten, Pac 10, Big Eight, SEC and Big 12 football.  I have worked both SEC and Big 12 games.  The quality of football between the conferences is pretty close, but they all have different styles.

The differences between the conferences is this.  The fans and their devotion to their teams.

That is where the Southeastern Conference kicks the asses of every other conference.

As I said earlier, it is an almost religious experience.  There is a reason why SIX of the twelve schools in the SEC made the list of 20 schools that The Sporting News book “Every Saturday in Autumn” from 2001.

It is something that Big 12, Big 10 and Pac 10 fans cannot understand until they experience it.  And going to see “your” team play at a SEC school doesn’t really give you the experience. 

In the SEC, every game is a rivalry game.  Seriously.  When Tennessee played Ole Miss this season, there were Vols fans who were wearing their “Archie Who?” buttons from nearly 40 years ago to the game in Oxford.  The Vols and Rebels don’t even play every year.  Would you get that at a Kansas State/Baylor game?

Even the Tennessee/Vanderbilt game, the Vols first real rivalry, is a big game to many.  That series was dreadfully in favor of the Commode Doors until the emergence of Robert R. Neyland.  The Vols had only beaten Vandy twice and tied them twice with 18 losses prior to Neyland’s arrival.

I could go on and on, but the nearly 80 year history of the Southeastern Conference combined with the fact that most of the schools are outside of major media markets has led to SEC football being THE sport in that part of the country.

Many coaches get it.  Some want to be a part of it, others fear it and would never tread there.  Steve Spurrier and Nick Saban both left the SEC for the NFL before coming back to the SEC.  Lane Kiffin had a disasterous turn in the NFL and lobbied hard for an SEC job when openings emerged. Bobby Petrino bolted Louisville for the NFL, then jumped to Arkansas.  Why did they all want to come to the SEC?  Because the loyalty and intensity of the fans in the SEC surpasses that of every other conference AND the NFL.

In closing, rather than dismiss what I am saying as an SEC bias, remember that I have experiences in other confereneces.  I encourage anyone who doubts what I am saying to experience it for themselves.

Once you do, unless you choose the Kentucky/Vanderbilt game and maybe even then, you will see what I have been saying.

And then you will know that I am right.

But I still love the USC Trojans and always will.  Unless they play the Volunteers.


Why is a terrorist, an UNLAWFUL enemy combatant, in a civilian jail/court?

Many people are wondering why “Captain Underpants” is in the civil court system.  If they aren’t, they should.

I thought, my bad, that terrorism was now a matter for the military and not for the criminal justice system.  Guess I was wrong.

That is what you get when a former terrorist’s defense attorney is now the Attorney General.

But the problem is deeper than just Eric Holder.

First, a history lesson.  Nathan Hale was a spy for the Rebellion during the Revolutionary War.  The British caught him, tried him in a military show trial and killed him.  Later, the Rebellion caught Major John Andre in civilian clothes, tried him in a military show trial and killed him.  Precedent established before the Constitution.

During the Second World War, the Germans had an espionage program in the United States called “Operation Pastorius” with eight members of the team.  All eight members were German born but had lived in the United States before returning to German between 1933 and 1941.  The goal was to destroy power plants and ALCOA’s plants in New York, Illinois and Tennessee.

They were caught, tried by a military tribunal and sentenced to death.  The Supreme Court affirmed the sentence and authority of the military tribunal’s decision in “Ex Parte Quirin” in late July 1943.  Six of the eight were executed by electricution, the remaining two spared the chair by President Franklin D. Roosevelt due to their cooperation in capturing the others.

The cool part, all were caught by 10 July 1942, SCOTUS issued their decision on 31 July 1942, the six were whacked on 8 August 1942, but the full written decision didn’t come out until 29 October 1942.  Swift justice, huh?

OK, so precedent set, right? 

I thought so.  It makes sense to me that it would be.  Unlawful combatants have been determined, again, as those who fight against the United States without the uniform of a foreign military.  Just like John Andre before them, the six met the same fate.  Why shouldn’t those in Gitmo?  Why shouldn’t “Captain Underpants”?

Because the United States agreed to the 1949 Geneva Conventions and thus made them part of U.S. municipal law.  So what?  Well, that led SCOTUS making a decision in 2006 (Hamdan v. Rumsfeld) that the rules regarding unlawful combatants did not fall within the Geneva Conventions nor the Uniform Code of Military Justice. I am not an attorney, not do I pretend to be one, but this ruling has been received as more broad than it should be applied.

Why?  SCOTUS overturned the methodology applied by President Bush and his administration.  The problem, simply put, is that the Executive Branch cannot assert such authority without having specific powers granted by Congress during a time of war.

My solution is simple.  Declare a state of war against Al-Qaeda and related organizations.  The precedent is set by the declarations against the Barbary Pirates over 200 years ago.  The Congress can establish, or all the President to establish, military tribunals under the UCMJ for trial of unlawful combatants.

All the 5-3 decision in Hamdan did (Chief Justice Roberts took no part in this case) one thing, which was strike down the process as flawed.  Congress did not act to correct it.

Failure to protect its citizens.  That remains today.

My understanding is that “Captain Underpants” can currently be tried ONLY in a civilian court.  There is no standard for determining and trying “unlawful enemy combatants” in the United States.

John Andre, Herbert Hans Haupt, Heinrich Heinck, Edward Keiling, Herman Neubauer, Richard Quirin and Werner Thiel never would have been executed for their dangerous acts against the United States if those acts were committed in 2009.

Am I alone in thinking that Congress needs to correct this?

The “Ruler” fails and points fingers….subtle this time

Remember when President Obama was still a Senator and he told us that he would be ready to “Rule” from Day One.

I do.  I remember being appalled by that statement.  The United States of America is managed by a blueprint called the Consititution of the United States of America.  And the Constitution opens with the three most important words possible……”We The People….”  That means, we the people consent to be lead, not ruled.

Well, ole Barry dropped the ball and pointed fingers once again.  How did he drop the ball?  First by having Janet Napolitano as his Homeland Security Secretary.  I’m not saying she is inept, I don’t have to because the record is clear.  This is much worse than the Tom Ridge run on Duct Tape back in 2002, that was scaring We The People and it was stupid, but at least it seemed that Ridge and company could explain it.  Secretary Napolitano coming out and telling us that the system worked AFTER “Captain Underpants” successfully set himself on fire, is NOT the system working out.  Sorry, that is a failure.

The President IS responsible for her because he appointed her.  And where does the “Buck” stop?  Anyone, anyone…..Democrat President Harry Truman said “The Buck Stops Here”…at HIS desk….the Presidents desk.

But it goes on from there.  President Obama proved that he is either ignorant of the whole story or that he is a liar.  How so, you ask?  First, he said that this was a lone act of an individual.  I heard shortly after he spoke that Al-Qaeda claimed credit for this botched attempt.  And that there are, at-least causal, links to the Foot Hood shooter.  And that two of the Al-Qaeda members who worked with “Captain Underpants” are former Guantanamo detainees.  I do not know when they were released, but I will assume that it happened under President Bush.  I like to give benefit of the doubt when I can.

So, if I heard all of that shortly after the President spoke, he HAD to know that by the time he spoke.  This is where I do not give benefit of the doubt.  He has resources and this is his job.

Then his repeated use of alleged.  Allegedly set fire to explosives.  No Mr. President, he DID set fire to explosives.  Not an allegation, it is a fact, sir.

And then, here is the icing on the cake for me, Obama Administration officials, while discussing the list of 500,000 names that “Captain Underpants” was on, pointed out that the list began under the Bush Administration.  First, DUH!  We didn’t get serious about terrorism until 11 September 2001, so it HAD to start under the Bush Administration.

So, what was to be gained by saying that, especially when they were not prompted to bring it up?

President Obama has been in office for nearly a year.  He gives himself a B+ so far in his Presidency.  I doubt many Democrats, those who think for themselves at least, would grade him that highly.  To be honest, I’d give him a C- and I will explain it later.  But part of why I downgrade Barry O is because he has YET to “Man Up” on much.

George W. Bush and Bill Clinton did point things back to their predecessors at times.  This guy does it ALL the time.  He is not responsible for anything, just ask him.

The response of President Obama and his team to the attempted airplane bombing in Detroit is a big failure.  What should happen now, and I think it is to a point, is a re-evaluation of the procedures that allowed this fool on an airplane bound for the United States in the first place.

But they had to point fingers first.

Sad.  But worse yet, dangerous.
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Are you finally ready to think about things?

As I have often said, my self-appointed role is to make people re-think their preconceived thoughts and actions in life.  Back in 2005, I was asked to speak to a student organization at the University of Tennessee.  My opening remark was met with gasps, dirty looks, whispers and other chatter around the room.

But, I got their attention.

It was a Republican group and I simply said that while they support a political party who is currently holding power in Washington, they do a lot wrong.  I cited examples of proposed legislation that were contrary to the First Amendment or contrary to the intent of our Founding Fathers, as understood from reading of the Federalist Papers.

After some of them wanted to walk out and watch “Shaun of the Dead” being shown across the hall, and that might have been a better idea anyway, I explained to them it was more important to maintain their individual values over that of any organization they may join or support.

BOOM!

Many got it.

Then I polled the room.  How many share political beliefs with their parents?  Two-thirds of the group (about 50 students) said that they shared views with both parents.  The other 25 or so students broke down like this: 10 or so had parents with split political views.  6 or 7 never discussed politics at home and the remaining 7 or 8 actually held different political values from their parents.

Interesting, but not surprising.

A year later, I was approached by some of those same students who thanked me for my presentation.  They realized that they may have been over-influenced by parents or peers.  One young woman told me that had resisted peer pressure over drugs, alcohol and sex, but until that night caved in to those around her by nodding and agreeing with them.  She realized that she had, until that time, never sat down and seriously thought about what she really thinks about many of the issues she would face after leaving college.  She told me that she started to engage those around her in debates on certain issues, rather than hold it in.  She was conservative and she knew it, but now she was willing to say it because she had finally thought about it.  And she told me that she could now discuss various issues because she had taken the time to help herself, after my challenge.

I was beaming when I heard that (she had accompanied other UT students to the radio station when I moderated a debate between students who supported Bob Corker and those who supported Harold Ford, Jr. in their 2006 Senate race).  That was a moment that made me feel like my choice of a career was the right one.

When I throw out my opinion on something, I am NOT looking for you to agree with me.  I am also not looking for you to argue with me.  I am looking to make sure that you have given the idea some thought before you make a decision on it, like casting your ballot.  I really want you to think.  I really do.

Back when I was working in radio full-time, I often told people that if they did not know and understand the issues on the ballot that day, stay home.  Do not vote and screw things up for those of us who have done their homework. 

Harsh?  Maybe, but I am deadly serious about it.

Following the last election, nothing pissed me off more than seeing the zombie-like zealots who supported Barack Obama…..but could not say which party he belonged to, which party controlled Congress, or even name a key issue that then-Senator Obama supported.  And there were tons of videos available out there to expose it.

That is not to say that you didn’t have ignorant people supporting George W. Bush, you did.  I knew some.  They scared me too.

And back in October 1992, I sat in a bar after work with several co-workers.  One of them said that he was a Bill Clinton supporter.  I asked why he liked Clinton.  His honest-to-God answer was, “Because he went on Arsenio Hall and played his sax.  That took guts.”  Huh?  I asked about issues, to which Pat responded, “I don’t pay attention to that kind of stuff.”  Stuff?  Like taxes, international affairs, etc.  Playing the sax on late night was all that Pat needed to win his support.  He was not the only one….others at the table agreed.

My point is that this is not a partisan issue.  This is a cultural issue.  And it is not a 21st Century issue.

It is widely known that those who watched the Kennedy-Nixon debate on television said that Kennedy won, but the radio audience said it was Nixon who bested Kennedy.

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright had a simple philosophy to his designs.  “Form follows Function” was the belief that Wright followed and that Wright taught.  But, Wright also knew that form was important.

“Form follows Function” should also apply to issues and politics.  Listen to the facts, not the sleight of hand of slick politicians.  Process the facts and formulation your opinions based on those facts.  Be prepared to re-evaluate your opinions when new facts present themselves.  And know how to defend your opinions.

But do so on issues that have a real and direct impact on your life.  Do not become the expert on why Adam Lambert didn’t win on American Idull?  Doesn’t matter.  Being able to gush on ad nauseum about what Donny Osmond should not have won on Dancing with the Has-beens will not get us a better government in Jefferson City, Nashville, or Washington, DC.

My talk impacted one young woman four years ago.  I hope she still feels that way.

But for now, I still hope that other who read my words do not simply take offense and dismiss me.  If you do, that is your loss and exposes your own closed-mindedness.

And I hope you miss Paula when American Idull starts up next month. I am sure that Ellen will be fine.

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Coming soon to Japan….a battery to run your home.

No idea how many will be needed and how long they will last per charge, but this could be a move that may make other forms of self generated energy more viable without the need for net-metering [which electric utilities hate].

I quit, wait…no I don’t. AND, I might retire, but I don’t know.

Call it the land of the indecisive coach.  It is the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division.

First, we heard on Saturday night that FU Gators head football coach Urban Meyer quit citing health concerns.   Heart trouble.  Probably breaking because Timmy the Mohel is about to play his final game for him.  But anyhow, he quit.

Then yesterday, he reconsidered.  He is taking a leave of absence for health reasons following the Sugar Bowl.

Question number one…..Can a head football coach on a leave of absence still recruit?

OK, next case is Rich Brooks.  The Kentucky Wildcats head football coach said following his teams loss to Clemson at the Music City Bowl that he was eighty percent sure that he wasn’t coming back.  Brooks is older and he has set Kentucky on a pretty decent course for success during his tenure, getting to more consecutive bowl games than Paul W. Bryant did while coaching at UK.  [Unfair comparison as there are many more bowl games now than during Coach Bryant's tenure.]

That still leaves Georgia’s gridiron leader, Mark Richt, as the dean of the SEC football coaches.  But, he failed to live up to preseason expectations, so who knows what will happen in 2010.

Will Meyer coach the Gators season opener in 2010 against the Lobomized Friars of St. Jude’s College of the Limbless?

Will Brooks continue to develop the UK Wildcats into a competitive squad in the SEC East, but add to the losing streak against the Volunteers?

Will Richt survive the 2010 season?

Will Lane Kiffin continue to have the best hostesses in College Football (shame on you Pete Carroll and USC, you can do better!)?

Can Steve Spurrier bring back the brashness (is that really a word?) that Lane Kiffin copied from him?

Does anyone know if Bobby Johnston ever has concerns over his job leading the Commode Doors?

And people question the quality of the SEC.  If the game isn’t better on the field, and it is, it certainly is more interesting off the field than the Big Televen, Big 4/Little 8, and ACC.  The Pac 10 can, in many cases, match the on-field quality….but their soap operas are sooooooo boring.

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The coffee pot at the Kersting house dead at age nine.

Purchased 23 December 2000 at Meijer’s in Michigan (Belleville, I think…..that is the bottom right on your left hand) as a Christmas present to my wife Kathleen.  It was always wanted and often loved in the Kersting household.  For nine years, in three locations in two different states (was not opened and used at our residence of the time, but two months later at the luxurious Sutherland Apartments) the Black & Decker Spacemaker 12 cup coffee maker was a dependable servant to the Kersting family.

Whether for the single pot of coffee on a daily basis, or for the mulitple pots when hosting vistors, the Kersting Black & Decker Spacemaker never failed to brew when needed.

At 6:19am, 28 December 2009, the Kersting Black & Decker Spacemaker 12-cup coffee pot ceased to be.  Sure, the hot plate warmed, but the water would not pump through the mechanical veins to be heated and filtered through the grounds.

The Kersting household is now at a crossroads.  Can this Black & Decker Spacemaker 12-cup coffee pot truly be replaced by another, new design, Black & Decker Spacemaker 12-cup coffee pot?  Sure, but it will NEVER be the same.  You just CAN’T replace a trusted family friend that easily.

I am thinking it is time for a new brand and a new model.  Kathleen thinks that we stick with Black & Decker and get another Spacemaker.  But I think that is like trying to replace the kids dead turtle with another turtle, like in “My Blue Heaven” (after Joan Cusack ran the dear pet through the garbage disposal).

There will be discussion.  There will be debate.

But we MUST move on.  We must.