....So my younger daughter, ever the delight, insisted on wearing a T-shirt to school yesterday that said:
[Name of Harry Potter Character] Dies on Page 582
There. I Just Saved You 4 Hours and $30
The name was actually on the T-shirt. I protested that it was unfair-- her point was that anybody who really cared read the book this summer (I did). And that the information was already all over the place. And that she was in high school, and any high schooler who would be upset should get over it.
To prove her point she Googled "Harry Potter" and showed me the results.
How does that compare?
Bill Clinton? 40,300,000
Pope Benedict? 4,590,000
Thankfully, George W. and George Washington have more hits.
Not to feel badly for J.K. Rowling, but the numer of sites that are speculating on the next book is daunting. Literally thousands, if not millions, of these sites are laying out, in elaborate fashion, potential plots for the last book.
It must be somewhat intimidating for an author to try to surprise her readers.
I don't care. I've enjoyed the books greatly, and I'll be sad to see Harry and the group go.
....I don't understand the appointment of John Roberts as Chief Justice. As a conservative, I was hoping W would appoint Justice Scalia as Chief, then one of the conservative women to Scalia's seat.
And if Chuck Schumer and Barbara Boxer didn't like it, too bad. Frist should have killed the filibuster when he had the chance (and if the Dems threaten it again for a qualified nominee, the Senate should suck it up and abolish it).
....I've always thought Labor Day was America's true New Year. School starts, vacations end. football starts, new cars, new TV shows.
So Happy New Year to all.
....My town is adopting a Red Cross Center in Huntsville, Texas. We'll focus our fundraising efforts for their specific needs; our schoolchildren will reach out to the 150 children at the Center. Our thought is that by identifying with a small set of people we will be able to continue our aid efforts long after the media moves on to the next tragedy or celebrity trial.
....I've said a bunch about my feelings on this catastrophe in New Orleans, as have many others, and every day brings more anger.
I think the thing we are all frustrated by, Red and Blue, no matter at whom we are pointing our fingers is this:
It wasn't that somebody tried something that didn't work.
It's that it feels like the people at the controls froze, and tried nothing.
America is still a nation of doers-- inaction is a sin. If people had charged in and bungled, we would be more understanding. It was, and is, the failure to act that is unpardonable.
....And finally a quote from the great Theodore Roosevelt:
"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing."