The 25th Amendment

I’ve always been a fan of Keith Olbermann’s work. Knowing how much he disliked the Bush administration, often mentioning so on his old MSNBC show. It shouldn’t be so surprising that he also dislikes the president to be, Donald Trump.

Of course, Olbermann lived in property owned by Trump up until a few months ago, but that’s a side issue.

Not surprisingly, KO brings up that pesky 25th Amendment to the constitution, which can serve as another means for impeachment. Even though I voted Trump, kudos for KO for mentioning this. It’s something we all should have thought of before the elections, I suppose.

The Future Is Now In Pewterland

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My local area of Tampa-St. Pete was a bit fired up over the Bucs 14-5 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. (Yes, 14-5 is a very rare score for an NFL game, with Sunday’s game only the 2nd such occurrence in NFL history.)

I was telling friends before the season that if the defense began to gel, the Tampa Bay squad had a very good chance at being a good team. I was recommending the defense as a fantasy pick early on in the season, but that was back when they were giving up a lot of points to their opponents.

A win against the Chargers in San Diego gets the Bucs to 7 wins and 5 losses with four games left in the regular season. If that happens, it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Tampa Bay makes the playoffs THIS season, ending a nine season drought.

I think it’s a safe bet that most people didn’t see them making the playoffs this year, so the future might be here for them sooner than anyone thought.

The Day Fidel Died

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Usually, the first thing I do when I wake up is check my IPhone, which is usually either by my side or charging on my TV stand, depending on how much juice I have in the battery.

I saw red icons on the front page of the IPhone as I scrolled down Saturday morning, usually a sign there was breaking news while I slept. Then I read it. Fidel Castro, the long time leader of Cuba, had died at the age of 90.

Fox News Channel ran the video of people celebrating in the streets on a rainy overnight in Miami, almost as if God was crying tears of joy. While I found the celebrations a bit ghoulish, it should be pointed out Castro was one of the worst dictators of the last century, an eyesore among the world leaders of his time.

Cuba had already begun to change in the years leading up to his death, and as power was passed to his brother, Raul Castro, no spring chicken himself at the age of 85. I’m sure more changes and opportunities are in store for the island nation in the months ahead.

As for Fidel, all he will be remembered for was the pain and suffering he caused his people. Those same people of Cuba are now a step closer to the restoration of what they once were.

Aircheck: WLCY-FM, 8/1975

I love Tampa Bay radio airchecks prior to the 80’s!

Today’s trip takes us back to WLCY-FM, 94.9 on our area’s radio dial in August of 1975. A year later, the station changed it’s call letters to WYNF, going to a top-40 format up until 1980, then to a hard rock format that lasted until the mid-90’s while going thru a few ownership changes.

The station was then bought by Cox Broadcasting, going to a softer pop format it’s kept ever since. A few years ago, it was the all-Christmas music station in the area from Black Friday thru Christmas Day, but they gave that format to easy listening station WDUV a few years ago.

The Podcasts On My IPhone

I’m getting more and more interested in the world of podcasting. I’ve read a few Kindle books on the subject, enough to realize I have the equipment on hand to do one, and the small amount of finances needed to start it up, which would require a website with the WordPress plugin, and a place to host the podcasts, most likely Libsyn.

Were I to do one, it would be 30 minutes long or so (which I would do solo ala Vin Scully most occasions), and the working title would be The Weekly Pauly. If anyone can think of a better title, I’m all ears, and I’ll give you a credit on the to-be website as a content advisor.

So here’s who I listen to:

  • The 6:05 Superpodcast
  • The Jim Cornette Experience
  • The Nerdist
  • Big Brother Gossip
  • The Gambler’s Bookstore
  • Lionel Nation
  • Inside The Dugout
  • Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me
  • TED Radio Hour
  • Five Hundy By Mindnight
  • The School Of Podcasting
  • Three Moves Ahead

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And with that, I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. Stay safe in your travels, and eat as much turkey as you want. Be back on Black Friday weekend with a new Flashback and a brand new Aircheck.

Summertime

I watched Summertime, better known as La Belle Saison in Europe, on Netflix last week. Was expecting a girlie buddy movie, and…well, the buddies were a bit more than buddies.

The two leading women were each pretty good looking, though I thought Izïa Higelin stole the show as Delphine, the farmer’s daughter who goes to Paris at the height of the French feminist movement in 1971. There are some girl-girl love scenes in the flick, but they are not over the top or as overtly explicit as the longer sex scene in Blue Is The Warmest Color, and the women are historically accurate in their…um…form. (In other words, no breast augmentation, or lack of hair not on their heads.)

The use of music in the movie was also interesting to me, shifting from the 70’s to the present day. Janis Joplin tunes like “Move Over” and “Me And Bobby McGee” blared in spots, with 2011’s “In The Grace Of Your Love” by The Rapture playing in the big outdoor scene between Higelin and Cecile de France.

An interesting story to me, considering I didn’t know a lot about modern French history. Worth a look, if you’re an adult.

Pauly The Social Justice Fugitive

We may have a new President come January, but the social media world is getting a bit darker. I notice that certain people on Facebook have the need to correct me if I dare make a political post, especially if I’m pro-Trump or if the post is somewhat neutral.

Did I bring this upon myself voting the way I did? Maybe. Though I didn’t know this shunning and/or shaming was going to be the consequences of making such a decision. Would have been nice to know in advance, though it wouldn’t change my decision.

Now there’s talk of banning so-called “fake news” out there. I don’t deny that there are sites out there who engage in some rather foul tactics, such as click-baiting. But the one thing I notice is how vague these accusers are being. Exactly which sites are fake news and which are not? Where do we draw the line, and who gets to draw such a line?

Then there was what happened at the “Hamilton” Broadway show Friday, with the cast engaging in a rather unusual castigation of Mike Pence, the vice president to be. I have no problem with the cast engaging in free speech, respectfully or no. I’m just hard pressed to remember when a elected political figure was challenged so personally in recent memory with such verbiage.

Interesting times we live in, and it doesn’t look like it’s getting less interesting anytime soon.

Flashback: “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town” by Kenny Rogers And The First Edition

Can’t think of a lot of sad but up-tempo songs, but here’s one of them. Kenny Rogers and his First Edition scored a hit with this song in 1969 written by another country legend, Mel Tillis.

As for me, I’m still exhausted writing the title up.

In The Neighborhood

I didn’t watch a lot of Netflix as the elections closed in, but now I’ve gone back to watching some stuff on there now that all of that is in the rear-view mirror. Recently, I’ve been watching the six newest episodes of The Fall, starring Gillian Anderson (whose also not that bad an author from what I’ve read) as a Northern Irish detective trying to catch a strangler in Belfast. The third season that I’m watching now adds some new twists that keeps things interesting.

What caught my attention recently was a documentary called Pervert Park, a Swedish film shot in a trailer park a few miles away from where I live, located on the northern side of St. Petersburg near I-275. It captured the life story of several sex offenders living in this community, each with their own stories of abuse, each totally different to the other.

One element did not surprise me: how many of the sex offenders (such as one of the women there) were not only offenders, but offended upon by someone older, more than likely a parent. While abuse is wrong no matter who does it to whom, I find it interesting in a sense how cyclical it all is, and that how no one in government wants to look at or end the vicious cycle. It seems to me that they have no interest in ending the cycle, perhaps to keep its “prison industrial complex” going for the foreseeable future.

While leadership changes at the top, what happens at the middle and the bottom is equally important.

Abolish The College?

It was interesting to hear California senator Barbara Boxer mention that the Electoral College should be abolished. I’ve had the same thoughts many times in recent years, well before Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton despite getting a fewer total of votes.

For every election in this country, we use the same system. The person with the most votes wins. That is, with the exception of the presidential election. If you take away this system, Al Gore becomes president in 2000. Does 9/11 happen? What challenges would have awaited us in the early in the 21st century in its place? Would Al Gore have been re-elected in 2004? Would the Democrats have won an incredible seven straight Presidential elections from 1992 to 2016?

Abolishing the Electoral College would probably require a Constitutional amendment, meaning two-thirds of both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives would have to pass it. Or, two-thirds of the state legislatures could enact and pass such a change.

I think it’s time the system changed. One person, one vote, most votes wins. Not a hard concept.