Friday, April 4, 2008

Miscellaneous Thoughts

This morning, Alex Benepe, intercollegiate Quidditch commission oversees kids at Princeton and Middlebury playing a championship Quidditch at Amherst College (estab.1821). To date there are eighty college locations where participants challenge one another with this game.

Yes, Harry Potter’s 400 million worldly books has spawned a strategic air broom game to a new fantasy amazing “ground” sport not played by “magicians” but young college athletes. Keeper or goalie protects the three golden rings; Chasers take the soccer looking ball and passes it back and forth to their players to throw it through the hoops to make points. Seekers are the people opposing the Chasers. Meantime everyone must keep a broom with one hand in between their legs. The Beater with the bludger (person with red ball) hits the seekers and chasers so they must run back to their perspective goal post and run around the post before reentering the game. The Snitch (representative of the golden ball that everyone was pursuing) is a guy with a sock tucked into his back waistband that is the gold sock is last object to attain to running over the goal line and winning the game. What you say? This is a combination of Dodge ball, soccer and rugby without the pads or helmets but gloves, a pair of cleats, shorts and great running quickness definitely suggested. How’s that for sport?

I got weepy watching a 10-year old brain cancer daddy’s girl seeking her “last wish” to have 20 minutes with her father, who was in a minimum security federal prison miles away. His sentence ends in August, mind you this is March. He was serving a five year sentence for drug possession. The warden said they allowed him free phone calls to the hospital (but we don’t know how many). The family apparently financed four visits to the hospital during this grave period. Why didn’t they allow this man to go to a supervised halfway house within walking distance? American compassion? And you still don’t believe the stories at Guantanamo? Think again.

At last night’s meeting, our resident attorney in the our local democratic club brought up last night that that 49.8% of the vote is what is separating Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton! If not we stand to have McCain referred to now as McBush for another 8 years with 2 more Republican selected Supreme Court judges. The Democratic candidates’ personal attacks are demoralizing voters to possibly go to McCain. Remember once upon a time McCain was revered by Feingold, Clinton and Kennedy. 800 Superdelegates are believed to be deciding whom they are supporting. 350 still haven’t said whom they are pledged to but before the July national convention scheduled in Denver Colorado, 450 superdelegates are poised to cast their votes. Howard Dean met with the two candidates but no one is saying what the outcome is. Meantime McBush is running all over the world looking presidential and vomiting Bush’s rhetoric of “democracy for all”. Democrats, this isn’t watching sausage anymore this is borderline party suicide. To hell with the egos the party needs unity. The Green party is looking for new registrants, what did I do with that membership envelope?

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