Sunday, March 20, 2011

Views like this . . .

. . . make me glad that winter is over.

And make me forget what an absolute disaster the city has made of trash collection.

This seems to happen every couple of years because Campania has run out of landfill space, the single incinerator does not function very well, and neighboring cities will not allow landfills nearby.

Because of the difficulties, Napolitani have taken to dumping their trash just about anywhere that seems handy. Prime dumping spots seem to be the emergency pull-offs along the autostrade.

Or the street corner.

Or the roadside ditches.

Or parking lots.

Or sidewalks.

Or . . . .

Random synapse firings . . .. . . Some political. Some not.

Army Gen. Carter Ham, head of U.S. Africa Command is in charge of the Libya military operation. Ham's headquarters are in Stuttgart, Germany. George Patton just rolled over in his grave.

I am sick of "reality" television. Most of the programs consist of patently unlikeable people plotting against other unlikeable people while watched over by equally unlikeable hosts or unlikeable groups of judges. I would not mourn the demise of The Bachelor, The Real Housewives of (fill in the blank), Survivor, Big Brother, The Real World, Jersey Shore, The Apprentice (especially the celebrity version), Fear Factor, America's Next Top Model, Project Runway, Road Rules, ad nauseum. What ever happened to stories and plots and people we could actually like?

With the attack on Libya, Barry just set a record for number of horses changed in the middle of the stream.

Billy Ray Cyrus sang the National Anthem at the Bristol NASCAR race today. Except for a country attempt at urban yodeling near the end, he did OK.

Do you find it odd the Europe is pissed when we intervene somewhere, and is equally pissed when we don't?

The United States Air Force took the time, effort and expense to fly a KC-135 tanker over the Bristol race track at the conclusion of the National Anthem. Fox Sports gave it a full five seconds of air time.

In 1986, France denied overflight of American aircraft bound for Libya. Last week, they were all aflutter because we weren't dropping bombs.

Pane Pugliese may be the finest bread made on this planet.

MARCH 19, 2003
BUSH: 'American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger'...

MARCH 19, 2011
OBAMA: 'Today we are part of a broad coalition. We are answering the calls of a threatened people. And we are acting in the interests of the United States and the world'...

Barry needs a new speech writer - or at least one with original ideas.