Stimulus limitations

April 3, 2009 There’s an old saying that “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.”Add to that — courtesy of a March 20 Obama administration directive — “… and marked with the occasional constitutional pothole.”The White House directive attempts to limit the influence lobbyists have on decisions about the distribution of economic stimulus billions. The goal is to prevent improper influence on officials in charge of doling out the unprecedented funding for federal, state and local projects.

Fried green liberalism

April 3, 2009 My friend Bill G. offers an apt term to describe what is going on in Washington: Fried Green Liberalism.Bill is the type of fellow upon which every great civilization is built. He sacrificed long and hard to get himself through law school. He’s worked harder ever since to provide for his family and sock away dough for college and retirement.Like many fine citizens, Bill follows current events closely and participates in his republic actively. He’s been mighty worried by the “modern liberalism” that is taking over our government of late.

‘1800 and froze’

April 2, 2009 Climatic aberrations caused 1816 to be called the Year Without Summer.It also was called Eighteen Hundred and Froze to Death and the Year There Was No Summer. Some also called it Poverty Year, as the summer abnormalities destroyed crops in the American Northeast, eastern Canada and Northern Europe.

At a turning point

April 1, 2009 Forget world peace, we just need to make money.To recycle a phrase made popular during another political season — it’s the economy, stupid.You can’t open the newspaper, surf the Web, or watch TV without hearing someone either suggesting a plan for fixing it or arguing why the other guy’s plan won’t work.

Cat conspiracy, Part 2

March 31, 2009 A while back I told how I came to be cursed. Well cursed might be a little harsh. Blessed, maybe? As a cat person, that is.My childhood is filled with memories of kittens and cats. That first kitten my mother got me for Christmas I dubbed Tinker Bell, having recently seen the Peter Pan movie. My red-haired sister, always having a strong opinion even at the age of four, preferred Shooting Star, for some obscure reason. So the poor little thing answered to two names.

Pennies saved = dream trip

March 31, 2009 Change is good. I’m talking about the change that jingles in your pocket or coin purse — not an alteration of our lives. Although sometimes that kind of change can be good while other times it’s not, I am saving my change (quarters, nickels, dimes and pennies) for a long-term goal: A second honeymoon on our 20th anniversary to Hawaii.

Lotto pays political dividends

March 30, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Months before the first tickets are even sold, Arkansas’ lottery is already a political jackpot for many of the people involved.From the governor who voted against the state-run games to his one-time political rival who spearheaded the campaign to get them on the ballot, plenty of people are going to benefit from the newly enacted games and the massive legislation that will set them up.

So long heels, feather fans

March 30, 2009 It’s like going to Paris, France and there being no Eiffel Tower; but at least I got to see it on my second trip to Las Vegas.“Les Folies Bergere,” an act that was months shy from turning 50 hung up the headdresses, sequins and feather fans for good Saturday night on the Las Vegas strip.

Not ‘self-absorbed’

March 27, 2009 Yet another national columnist lambasted today’s college students in a magazine I read this week. It seems they’re “self-absorbed” and thus “resentful” of high standards, expecting at least a B just for showing up in class and thus uninterested in really developing their skills and capacities.