Just call me ‘Team Leno’

January 11, 2010 I may be in the minority, but I hope NBC gives Jay Leno his spot back on late night. Conan O’Brien who hosted “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” for more than two years took over the “The Tonight Show” June 1, while Leno went to prime time at 9 p.m. with “The Jay Leno Show.” Ratings show that O’Brien is trailing behind CBS’ David Letterman and Leno isn’t faring too well with prime-time NBC.

Looking at budget cuts

January 11, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Lawmakers knew they would face a tight budget when they return to the Capitol for their first fiscal session next month. Now they know it could be downright ugly.The state fiscal officer’s declaration that Arkansas — facing a nearly $55 million shortfall — will likely face budget cuts this year was a reminder of the state’s economic picture as lawmakers prepare for the first-ever fiscal session.

Predictions for New Year

January 8, 2010 All right, it was a hecka-long holiday season. I’m tired and you’re tired. And neither of us has the energy to go through the whole post-modern deconstructionist explanation as to why you’re reading a predictions column here.Yes, I’m doing a predictions column. What’s the matter with you people? It’s the beginning of a new year. That’s what journalists do: prediction columns.

From East to West, they came

January 7, 2010 For the first time on an “official” Web site, an American Indian tradition that some tribes’ ancestors came to ancient America from the east has been presented. Several tribes have such traditions.Official academic dogma is that all ancestors of the Indians came to ancient America by walking across the Bering Strait land bridge that existed in the distant past.This is definitely a breakthrough moment.

Fed-style resolutions

January 6, 2010 Get this: The federal government is offering tips on New Year’s resolutions.I stumbled upon its “Popular New Year’s Resolutions” page on usa.gov, the official Web portal of the United States government.“Lose Weight” is one. When I clicked the link there, it took me to the page for the Weight-control Information Network (WIN), a government agency tasked with keeping the public informed about obesity, weight control, physical activity and nutrition.WIN’s advice: “To lose weight you need to take in fewer calories than you use” and “create a healthy eating plan.”

New year new moon

January 5, 2010 It was cold at 4 a.m. on New Years day, standing between my car and that Malibu with the annoying red and blue lights, flashing in my face as I blew into the little plastic tube.“Keep blowing ... keep blowing ... keep blowing ...”Geesh, dude, whatta ya think I am, a compressor? Put in another quarter!

Winter wonderland moments

January 5, 2010 OK, I’m happy. We’ve had one really pretty snow this winter, one where we can get out and roll in it, make snowballs and snow angels — the whole nine yards. Even better for us working folks, it fell on a weekend! Luckily for area school children, it didn’t melt off and they got to miss school.

Picturing a 75-year-old Elvis

January 4, 2010 It’s hard to picture a 75-year-old Elvis Presley, yet, had he lived this is exactly what he’d be come Friday. I wonder if he’d have gray hair like his father, Vernon, or if he’d continue to dye it? Would he let nature do its thing and age gracefully, or be a fan of plastic surgery like ex-wife Priscilla?He’d surely be a wonderful, not to mention doting, grandfather to Lisa Marie’s four children Riley Keough, 20, Ben Keough, 17, and 14-month old twin sisters Finley and Harper Lockwood.

2009 record-breaking snow job

January 1, 2010 The last Saturday before Christmas I attended a little Tea Party in Starkville. About 500 people came, one from as far away as New York! Actually, the young man from New York was walking across America to protest out-of-control spending in Washington and happened to be in Mississippi.Others came from our state capital as well as surrounding towns and communities. All in all, I was surprised at the whopping turnout on the coldest day of the Christmas shopping season in our little town.