Apr 15, 2013

A Monday Morning Mash

1. My friend John in ultra-urban Arizona spent hours looking for .22 Shorts for his friend who owns a Beretta Minx. This crap has been going on for a long time now -- long enough to get me questioning my usual iron resistance to goofy conspiracy theories.

2.I'll ask her to do something about the slightly frizzy hair, but Rep. Martha Blackburn of Tennessee will be offered a high position in my First Administration. This morning on the teevee she characterized the Gosnell murder/abortion case as 'horrible" rather than "horrific." This persuades me she might refrain from  using "impact" as a verb. In this language-murdering 21st Century, that qualifies anyone for cabinet-level office.

3.  Global warming, anyone? The Plains weather continues to suck. If this kind of weather hangs on for a few more weeks, we're only a middlin' Tambora eruption from a rerun of 1800-and-froze-to-death. If you look at your weather graphic on your telescreen, you'll see a splotch of white about the size of Europe splashed across the country from Oklahoma up to the western Great Lakes. That's real snow, cold and pearly white, reflecting heat back into space at a time when The Good Earth should be soaking up warmth for the 2013 growing season. We'll probably be okay, of course, but it never hurts to remind the climate politicians of how little it takes turn an 8,000-mile diameter rock into a pretty snowball.

4. Nothing else impacts on my mind this morning. So have a nice day if you can, otherwise endure.






5 comments:

dennisranch said...

I shall endeavor to preserver.....hopefully them new born calves will also...Hey Al, ship me some Globull Warming please....

Jim said...

New calves dropped in the snow? Creating ribeye steak can be a challenge, eh? How's your local drought situation?

Joel said...

Not disagreeing, just ignorant: What's wrong with "horrific" in that context?

dennisranch said...

Jim, this will help in the drought deal.... we just need it to continue.... even tho' I asked for this job, it always vexes me a might when someone who does NOT have to go out in the weather whines about snow and cold..... present company not included..... ;-)

Jim said...

Joel: It's just my reaction to inventing buzzy new words when perfectly good ones have been in our language for centuries.

Over the past few years "horrific" has become the chic way of saying horrible in front of television cameras, and I think the motive is to try to sound more concerned, more sensitive.

By itself, all this horrificating isn't very important, but it is a symptom of the language bloat that our leaders in politics and the media use to make themselves feel more important.