May 15, 2011
No slice ball
I have played golf most of my life. I had a great teacher in Racine, Mike Bencrischutto, who tought me how to fade (minor slice) almost all shots. While the ball did not go as far with what was known as the "Hogan Fade" it rarely went out of bounds. In other words, the ball was under my control. Every time I stood to hit a drive, I knew where the ball would end up. (Well, almost every time.)
Now a new golf ball has come on line. The new ball will not slice period. No Hogan Fade, no duffer's banana ball. So the golfer can swing away at the ball without worrying about a slice. More distance, more control. Huzzah!
Ah, but purists will declare the ball illegal so only the cheaters will sneak the ball onto the tee. I thought about this when I read that Obama has yielded to the whining of the arrogant oil barons. He will permit more drilling in Alaska, experiment off the Atlantic coast, provide incentives for oil companies to move quickly and speed up the permit process. Egad! Speaker John Boehner smirked: "The president just conceded what his party in Capitol Hill denies: more American energy production will lower costs and create jobs."
I understand Boehner's gleeful response. Obama is, in fact, agreeing with the oil folks that $4 gas is a "supply-demand" problem not a greed problem. Whoa Nelly! But I must note that the environmentalists are too quiet. Audubon society said, in essence, "OK but be careful." Why so quiet?
Perhaps the Democratic progressives should stop worrying about Obama's re-election, study the non-"slice ball" formula, and figure out a way to put one on the tee for Obama. Stop hitting to the right! Hit it straight or hook to the left. Herb Kohl probably has a bagful of the new balls. Maybe he might drop off a dozen at the White House.
SECRET ARMY: Some liberal commentators were furious that a few on the left, like Michael Moore, were unimpressed that our president was cool, calm, calculating and happy that bin Laden was killed not captured. Ed Schultz was almost apoplectic that any Democrat would criticize the president for lack of due process or the precedent set that our country can take out any foe with a shot to the head.
I suspect you also have mixed feelings. Then today's NY Times has a headline story that that creep Erik Prince has a secret armed force in the Middle East paid for by the United Arab Emirates. Here is the kicker: "The gulf countries and the UAE in particular don't have a lot of military experience. It would make sense if they looked outside their borders for help." Who said that? It was "one Obama administration official who knew of the operation."
Catch this: "They might want to show that they are not to be messed with." Too close to "don't mess with Texas" for my comfort.
It was Blackwater, then Xe and now Reflex Responses. Any thoughts on how we should handle the Prince?
No Muslims need apply, because Muslims might be reluctant to kill Muslims. I am not making this up.
Obama said "anyone who opposed killing bin Laden should have his head examined." Well, anyone working with Erik Prince should have his politics examined.
Capitol Repair: Well, OK. DOA was off a tad with claim of $7.5 million in damages to the Capitol caused by the protesters. The spokesperson for Walker, Mike Huebsch, DOA (Dept of Propaganda), admits the "damage" is about $108,000 inside and $161,99 outside. And his nose grew seven inches during the announcement.
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Between now and the Special Elections in July we need to spend all our time working to salvage what we can of this session of the legislature.Number one issue going forward is the required reapportionment of our districts.We do this by regaining a majority in our state senate.All our efforts should be there.
Lets all work together and next year we will have some bigger fish to fry.
And Ed, How come you never showed me how to do the Hogan fade? Is it because I can never get my drives off the ground and all I do is burn worms on my way to each hole?
-Joe Gruber | Campbellsport,WI | May 15, 2011