Monday, October 29, 2007

Trinity Vs Millsap

For those of you college football fans who have not seen this, this is worth taking a look. Can you believe all of these laterals took place without a penalty -- holding or something?

Maybe Coach O should take add this to the Ole Miss playbook.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Senator Clinton Takes Swipe At Mississippi

Hillary Clinton, the current front-runner in the Democrat Party race for the presidency, apparently inserted her foot in her mouth in a recent newspaper interview while campaigning in Iowa.

She chastised both Iowa and Mississippi for never having elected a woman governor, senator or member of congress. Nothing especially wrong with that statement, but she went on to say, "I think Iowa poses a special burden or special obstacle to me because when you look at the numbers, how can Iowa be ranked with Mississippi?" Just what do you mean by that, Mrs. Clinton?

The Democrat candidate added, "That's not what I see. That's not the quality. That's not communitarianism. That's not the openness I see in Iowa." Say what?

Deemed "the smartest woman in the world" by some of her devout followers, I'm not even sure that she knows what she said. Read the quotes again and see if you can figure it out. I would challenge her to give a definition of communitarianism. It is defined: advocate of collective way of living: member or supporter of a collectivist or cooperative community or system. I'll let you decide what she is advocating if she truly understands. Sounds like a little of that "it takes a village" crap is creaping back into her thought processes.

Mississippi Republican Congressman Chip Pickering labeled the remarks, "inappropriate, inaccurate and unnecessary." "She was responding to a weakness of hers by trying to use a stereotype of Mississippi in contrast of what she thinks of Iowa," he added.

Republican Party Chairman Jim Herring said the comments were "calculated on her part to try and use Mississippi as some sort of ploy to get votes in Iowa."

It is certainly smart politics to go to one state and criticize another. I suppose she thinks that we are unable to read, as well.

Even though she apologized by phone on Tuesday to Senator Trent Lott, her remarks still stand as an indication of her political philosophies and feelings toward Mississippi and Mississippians. My question is, "Who really gives a rat's butt?" One might also remind American voters how the state of Arkansas progressed by leaps and bounds under hers and Bill's leadership. They really jumped to the front of the line in almost all categories when compared with other states.

Political experts and others who have one ounce of political savvy know that Senator Clinton knows she stands a snowball's chance in hell of carrying the Magnolia State in 2008. Mississippians haven't voted for a Democrat presidential candidate since Jimmy Carter carried the state in 1976 -- and history shows that was a gigantic mistake.

So Ms Clinton, take your best shots at Mississippi and while you are at it, see if you can insult the citizens of other states as well -- that is smart politics.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Hoops On The Horizon

Roundball fans need to get set for another exciting season to begin soon, and there is plenty of basketball action scheduled for the Hump.

Clemson, Miami and Missouri are some rare, if ever, visitors to the Dawg House along with Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee from the SEC East Division. The usual round robin of home and away with the SEC West rounds out the 2008 campaign.

It all starts with tipoff on Saturday, November 3rd, against the Patriots from the University of the Cumberlands from Williamsburg, KY (the basketball equivalent of Gardner-Webb). But let us not get cocky and overlook any team this year. The old cliche of playing them one at a time should be drilled into this squad from the get go. As an aside, the Patriots' colors are also maroon and white.

Basketball media days begin today (Wednesday) in Birmingham with the Dawg's time before the writers from 9 to 11 tomorrow. In attendance for the Bulldogs will be coaches Rick Stansbury and Sharon Fanning. They will bring with them Jamont Gordon, Charles Rhodes, Marneshia Richard and Imesia Jackson.

A tacky aside -- if some of you ladies are expecting twins, you might want to consider Marneshia and Imesia as possible names to honor the Lady Dawg players -- or maybe not.

The Boy Dawgs are coming off a season as SEC West Division Champions and a run to the NIT semifinals. Actually only Arkansas should stand in the way of an SEC West repeat in 2008.

Returning from the 2007 campaign are Charles Rhodes, Jamont Gordon, Jarvis Varnado, Ben Hansbrough and Barry Stewart. Redshirt Phil Turner and transfer Brian Johnson have been through one year of practice with the Bulldogs and should contribute off the bench.

Freshmen Kodi Augustus, Ravern Johnson and Riley Benock can all shoot from downtown Starkville. Elgin Bailey (name remind you of a great BB player?) is big and impressive. preseason ranking picks the Dawgs at #20 and says, "This is a strong team that should return everybody. They look to be the best of the SEC West." Don't know when this was written, but we know that everybody didn't return -- some opted to leave and some were opted to leave. named Jamont Gordon as the top point guard in the country and lists Charles Rhodes as the 13th best power foward. Good kudos guys but don't read your press clippings.

Joel Welser of calls Stansbury's squad, "A deep and very talented team." He goes on to say "anything but another trip (to NCAA Tourney) in 2008 will be disappointing." You got that right. Welser adds that Gordon, Steward and Hansbrough are the "who to watch" guys.

But we all know that all of this stuff in print is not worth a tinker's dam -- performance is what counts -- you got to have a heap more W's than L's.

Continuing on with the cliches, the Dawgs have a long road to hoe, but barring any kind of misfortune, they should make all of us Dawg fans proud and make the ole Hump rock.

Go Dawgs!!!!!!!!!!

A Few Notes On The World Series

My prediction, for what it is worth, is the Sox in six. I have mixed emotions about the Series because of one particular player for Boston, even though, being a Yankee fan, I have an intense dislike for the Red Sox.

A sports columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram put it this way, "I have no doubt Boston will win the Series, but I have my doubts."

Home field is definitely an advantage for Boston, and who knows how the long layoff will effect the Rockies -- remains to be seen.

A great story written by Rick Cleveland in this morning's Clarion Ledger is recommended reading to baseball fans in general and particularly those of State and Ole Miss.

Cleveland sets up a senario of a matchup between former Mississippi State Bulldog great Jonathan Papelbon coming to the mound in relief to face pinch hitter Seth Adams, former Rebel. The game is on the line.

Rick goes on to dub Papelbon as the best relief pitcher in baseball and describes the actual senario happening in the 2003 Southeastern Conference Tournament in Hoover. Jonathan came in in relief to face pinch hitter Smith. Papelbon went right after Smith, not wasting any pitches and got two straight strikes. Smith fouled off the 3rd pitch and hit a looping single on the 4th to tie the game. State did go on to with the game in extra innings on Thomas Berkley's homer in the 12th. Papelbon retired Smith the other two times he faced him in their college careers, both on ground-ball outs.

The matchup would be worth watching and would bring a lot of Mississippi interest to the Series.

I have no doubt Boston will win, but I have my doubts.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Wear Your Broccoli?

As one of the purposes of this blog is to inform the hundreds or even thousands who read it, this post is for those who worship the sun and must have that perfect tan. Up to now because of the scare of skin cancer caused by those ultraviolet rays of the big hot yellow ball, tanees have been prone to pile on sunscreen or sunblock with an SPF rating sometimes approaching their IQ's. Take that statement however you choose. Some don't use any sunblock and have no IQ's.

Yo momma probably told you over and over to eat your broccoli, but here comes along a study by a team of Johns Hopkins' scientists who say it is better to rub on the dark green veggie than to eat it. Specifically, the researchers say that the damaging effects of UV rays can best be reduced by the wearing of a topical solution containing an extract from broccoli sprouts.

Apparently what happens chemically is that the SPF creams only attempt to block the UV radiation whereas the broccoli solution works within the skin cells boosting the protective enzymes that defend the skin against many aspects of the sun's rays. The protectiveness of the green stuff also outlasts sunblockers, and in some cases was effective days after application.

Six human (what else would they use?) subjects participated in the broccoli research, and the results proved to be more successful than sunscreens but varied on different individuals. The researchers deemed those variances were due to genetic differences, dietary habits, etc. It all boils down to more study is required.

But in the meantime in planning for the next tanning season keep this in mind (why wait for the scientists to get it all figured out?) -- you will need some broccoli, a blender and some liquid of your choice. Swirl it around until it is spreadable and not likely to cake on the skin. Apply liberally to the exposed parts of the body, and you are set to go. Remember that this goo can last for days.

After your thorough application, you may be mistaken for Kermit, the Hulk or the Jolly Green Giant, but just laugh at your detractors, because you know you are protected. It may not be a bad idea to ingest some of the broccoli as well -- you will be protected from the inside out and outside in. Keep some in your cooler for snacks as you lie under those burning rays.

For those of you who have no inclination of going the broccoli route, I feel you need some directions as to dosage of the SPF numbered lotion you have selected. This is calculated by using a formula for body surface area and then subtracting the area that is uncovered. Make sense?

Provided one assumes an average female adult build of 5'4" in height, and weight of 125 pounds with a waist of 24", the rule of thumb is the application of 25 grams evenly to the uncovered body parts. This assumption is based on the idea that the swimsuit is of a rather modest cut, but, of course, the skimpier suits call for an increase in the amount of lotion. If your swimwear has bloomers, you will need a lot less of the sunblocker. Then too, you must adjust if your measurements differ from any or all of the averages above. This has gotten way to complicated.

Just stay covered up and buy yourself some of that stuff that turns your skin sort of an orange color, and you won't have to wait 'til summer.

Monday, October 22, 2007


Sorry! On the preceeding post I should have written "Wintley" Phipps -- it's tough getting old.

Amazing Grace History/

For those of you who have never seen this video, I would like to post it here for your enjoyment.

Winton Phipps is a fantastic singer, and you who are pianists know what he is talking about with the black notes.


Friday, October 19, 2007

John Stossel To Grill Big Al Gore

If you are looking for something to watch on TV tonight (Friday) tune to ABC's 20/20 at 7:00 Central.

I have seen some promos on the show, and co-host John Stossel says that he is going to ask some tough questions of Al Gore on the inconsistencies and downright falsehoods found in An Inconvenient Truth and other of his global warming theories.

This thing is getting out of hand in that Gore is now stating that the debate is over, and all scientists agree with him. This is an outright lie. Many scientists disagree, but they are afraid to come forward because this thing has become so political they are afraid of losing grants and maybe even their university jobs.

Stossel, who is the science correspondent for ABC News, says that statements made by Gore and his cronies about the polar bears dieing off because of melting ice caps is absolutely untrue, and, in fact, the population is actually increasing. He points out other claims that are either untrue or Gore fails to tell the whole story, only using the facts that support his contentions.

No one denies that the earth is getting warmer, but is cyclical or is man the sole contributor? As I pointed out in a blog back in June, Neptune is also getting warmer -- has man caused that -- I doubt it.

As you have probably gathered, I do not appreciate Al Gore or the horse he rode in on -- he is a fake who is garnering a fortune at the expense of others.

There, I have gotten on my soapbox again, but I detest hypocracy and lying and those who are guilty of the same.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Eaux Must Geaux!

Just saw this on an Ole Miss person's post on a blog. I couldn't pass up passing it on to all my Dawg friends.

Eaux must Geaux -- apparently a reference to his coonass heritage. We need to see some bumper stickers. Come on Rebel fans.

Remember those "O" stickers that were like President Bush's "W" stickers -- where have those gone -- don't see them anymore.

Don't you just love it when there is turmoil in Hoddy Toddy heaven?

Geaux Dawgs!!!

Rock And Roll Giant To Get His Day

Ellas Otha Bates (78) aka Ellas O. B. McDaniel and better known in the music world as Bo Diddley will return to his hometown of McComb, Mississippi, on November 2-3 to be honored with a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail.

The Dawgs have an open date that weekend, so there is no excuse for the likes of Travis Wolfe, who is prone to attend any music festival, not to attend the event. What could be more fun than a weekend in McComb? You could even have a bite to eat at the famed Dinner Bell Restaurant featuring a roundtable help yourself variety of country cooking favorites.

Back to Diddley -- he took the name from the "diddley bow", a one-stringed African instrument. In his performances he primarily used a rectangular-bodied Gretsch. Along with the Gretsch, nicknamed "The Twang Machine", Diddley used similar-shaped guitars made for him by other manufactures.

Bo Diddley played a rhumba-like beat which has been described as similar to the "hambone." For those of you who have never seen one do the hambone, you have missed out on a real treat. It brings back memories of my younger years.

"I've Got Spurs That Jingle, Jangle, Jingle", a song by Gene Autry, was the source of what is known as the "Bo Diddley beat." Diddley developed the beat while trying to play the Autry hit.

For you music buffs, the Bo Diddley beat can be counted out as a two-bar phrase:

One and two and three and four and one and two and three and four and -- the bolded counts are the clave rhythm. His sound cannot be properly created without tuning the guitar: 1st string E 329.6; 2nd string B 246.9; 3rd string G sharp 207.6; 4th string E 164.8; 5th string A 110.0; and 6th string E 82.4. Wow!

Those of you who might think that I understand what I have written in the above paragraph are utterly and completely wrong -- I do not have the foggiest idea what all of that means. It is all courtesy of Wikipedia, and if you need more information, you can read the 8 pages for yourself.

Like his music or not, his beat shows up in the songs of Elvis Presley, U2, The Smiths, Johnnie Otis, George Michael, The Strangeloves and BowWowWow, Guns N' Roses, David Bowie and the Stooges to name a few (courtesy of Wikipedia). Don't ask me who all of these people are -- I have heard some of the music by these artists, and I do vaguely remember the likes of "Willie and the Hand Jive" (Otis), "His Latest Flame" (Presley), "How Soon Is Now" (The Smiths) and "Faith" (George Michael), but probably Elvis is the only one I could pick out of a crowd.

So let's all meet in McComb and tailgate to the music of Bo Diddley.

As an aside -- a young man from Meridian, Mississippi, attended, along with his father, a Bo Diddley concert and later begged his dad to help him build a two-sided amp just like the one he had seen that Diddley built for himself. And as they say, the rest is history and Peavey Electronics was born. Hartley Peavey, a 1965 graduate of Mississippi State University, is known in the music business as a real genius and a man ahead of his time in developing and producing musical instruments. Go State! We Dawg folks even honored him in 2004 by granting him an honorary doctorate in creating and performing arts. Go Dawgs!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Has Nobel Peace Prize Become A Joke?

I prefer a blog with humor rather than one on politics (albeit politics is mostly laughable), but sometimes I must get things off my chest and point out obvious wrongs in today's world, as I see them. I am really bothered by this latest award to Albert Arnold Gore, Jr.

As many of you know the Nobel awards, of which there are five, were set up by Swedish industralist and inventor, Alfred Nobel. Nobel never revealed his reasoning for establishing the Peace Prize to accompany those awards for chemistry, physics and others, but the speculation is that it was remorse for his inventions of dynamite and ballistite -- instruments of war.

According to Nobel's will, the Peace Prize would be awarded "to the person who shall have done the most or best work for fraternity between the nations, for the abolition or reduction of armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."

You be judge on the following examples of Nobel Peace Prize winners:

James Earl (Jimmy) Carter, 39th President of the United States, received the honor in 2002. Carter, suffering from by all accounts a miserably failed Presidency, has desparately tried to secure his place in history as a great diplomat. His efforts have many times run counter to and interfered with the policies of administrations since his time in office. It it my thinking that he should be nominated for the "Senility" award.

Kofi Anan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations (a joke in itself), was a co-conspirator with his son, Kojo, in the UN Oil-for-Food program from which they are accused of benefiting to the tune of millions of dollars of graft in their pockets. Anan was awarded the coveted prize in 2001.

Yasser Arafat received the Peace Prize in 1994. A leader of the Palestinians against Israel, Arafat was accused of associations with Hamas and other terrorist organizations. He was also accused, after a World Bank audit, of diverting almost a billion dollars in public funds to a personal bank account.

Then we come to Big Al Gore -- recipient of the famed honor in 2007. Gore's accomplishments in the field of global warming are the backbone of his claim to fame -- dubious as they are. He is an Academy-Award winner for his documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth" and an Emmy-winner for a TV network, "Current TV", which he was instrumental in forming. He is also on the board of Google -- supposedly a non-political entity -- which has recently become involved in some rather far left leanings. According to a ruling by an English judge, "An Inconvenient Truth" must be preceeded by a disclaimer when shown to school children because of a number of "untruths" in the film.

With his strong advocacy of the dangers of global warming, Gore has found a way to turn this pulpit into pocket change in that he receives $100,000.00 for each engagement on the speaking circuit. This is obscene.

Others could be mentioned as questionable Peace Prize winners, but I think that the point is made that the awards have turned completely away from what Nobel envisioned -- a political agenda and/or securing monetary wealth are the basis for and potential results of the prize and Nobel truly wanted to award someone for efforts toward world peace -- what a shame.

My whole problem with all of this is HYPOCRACY! Why cannot most Americans see though this sham? Do we not know what is happening here? I am dismayed at how people latch on to a public individual and completely ignore what these people are doing.

Well, enough of that from my soapbox. I have said some of what I wanted to say and let it fall wherever it may. Thanks for indulging me.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

North Carolina Bound

I probably will be absent from the blog world for the next few days as Melinda and I head to Winston-Salem to visit with Amanda, Rob and especially Mary Peyton -- the prettiest and smartest granddaughter anyone ever had.

Amanda has promised to keep me busy while I am there. As usual during our visits I will be painting, building, tearing down, etc. If I can find time maybe she will let me check all of my favorite blogs and maybe, just maybe post one.

For you football fans Rob has invited me to go to a Wake Forest game Thursday night. I will be wearing my Demon Deacon cap and cheering loudly for the black and gold.

We unfortunately will miss the Dawg/Volunteer game Saturday, but one must have his priorities. Who would you pick to see -- Philip (one or two l's, I never know) Fulmer or Mary Peyton Marble?

Yall wish us luck and pray for our safe journey. See you on Tuesday, if not before.

Yankees Bow Out Early

Travis and Caleb probably thought that I would not write this post today. I had high hopes for the Yanks, but all of those were dashed last night with a 6-4 win by the Indians. Cleveland deserved to win because, quite frankly, New York did not perform like a Yankee team.

Now it remains to be seen what the Yanks will look like next year as a team. Will Torre be back as manager? What about A-Rod, Rivera, Posada, Pettitte and Clemens? Will they and others opt to don colors other that the famed pinstripes in 2008? It all remains to be seen and really falls in the lap of one man -- George Steinbrenner. I think it is a safe bet to say that New York will be a different team next year.

Steinbrenner has already said that an early out for the Yankees this year would result in Torre's departure. Steinbrenner is a first-class idiot, but he does control the purse and the team.

If, in fact, Torre does involuntarily leave, who will manage -- Don Mattingly and Joe Girardi appear to be the leading candidates, but others are waiting in the wings. Only time will tell.

"This has been a great 12 years. Whatever the hell happens from here on out, I'll look back on these 12 years with great, great pleasure," the 67-year-old Torre said, his voice quavering as he tried to keep from choking up. "The 12 years just felt like they were 10 minutes long, to be honest with you," he added.

Love or hate the Yankees, Joe Torre is a class act. George Steinbrenner is an ass act.

Get some rest those of you who will remain on the New York roster, and whoever is at the helm, because more than likely baseball will play another season in 2008 and the Yanks will be in the thick of things.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Observations At The Wolfchase Galleria

Saturday and Sunday I had the pleasure (?) of manning a booth showcasing Collierville Winnelson's plumbing fixtures. I can't say that it was a huge success, but I was able to talk with a few people who were either building or remodeling.

The main thing is that people who come to the mall are either teeny boppers, food court buffs or shopping for panties at Victoria's Secret or other items at Macy's or the like, and the last thing on their minds is a faucet.

As those of you who read this blog know, I am an avid people watcher and chronicler of their dress and actions. Most of my people gazing is done at WalMart, but I welcomed the opportunity of perhaps watching a little different crowd, but I found out there were some people who left WalMart and came to the Galleria.

On to my observations of mall patrons and list of don'ts for those who frequent public places:

1. Just because it comes in your size doesn't mean you have to wear it.

2. High heels are not compatible with mall shopping. If one has a problem walking anyway, heels are not going to improve the malady. For some women and girls it looks as if they are desperately trying to wall downhill against a stiff headwind. I also might caution about color -- a black dress with a bright, bright yellow 4" belt and matching heels one or two sizes too large is not very attractive, but it will make you stand out in a crowd.

3. For those men who feel they must cover a bald head with a toupee -- save your money and buy a good one. One rug I noticed looked as if it needed a chin strap. Along that same line, a radical comb over is a very obvious attempt to cover baldness -- bite the bullet and accept how God intended you to look.

4. If you are naturally ugly, do not try and enhance it. You should try to improve your looks and not go in the other direction.

5. Large bodies should not be covered in tight-fitting clothes. This, of course, points out the problem even more. Also, if you are a "big-boned" person, there is nothing for you at Victoria's Secret. Simply pass on by with a smile and shop at the place for "mature figures."

6. Men with large bellies should invest in longer t-shirts. And by all means do not squeeze into size 28 pants that are girted below the protrusion.

7. Is there a denim paint? One girl had obviously found some because there was no way on God's green earth she could have pulled on those denim shorts.

8. Large rings and other metal objects in noses and other exposed parts of a body should relegate those who sport them to the jungles of South America -- they should be more comfortable with people who do the same.

9. The Elvis look is out -- particularly on a man who is obviously Oriental.

It is not my intention to embarass or in any way cast fun at the people mentioned above, but common sense should prevail. When I last checked mirrors were still available in this country.

Enjoy your next mall visit -- I enjoyed mine.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Beware! Cogon Is Coming

Few of us who live in the South have never encountered Kudzu -- that lush, green plant that can choke a tree. Some even warn not to camp near a patch of the dreaded vine for fear of awakening completely covered by the stuff. Kudzu's only redeeming factor is that it covers and hides eyesores like tumbling down shacks and abandoned cars on Mississippi's highways and byways.

But you ain't seen nothing yet. Onto the plant scene marches Cogon grass, a highly invasive Asian native that even trumps our beloved Kudzu.

What is really frightful is that city workers in Tupelo recently discovered a patch of the tall weed in a drainage ditch on the west side of the city. This is the first sighting in the area of what is considered the world's worst weed. And here I thought that title was shared by crabgrass and nutgrass which grow in my lawn. I had better contact Beauty Lawn, my yard service and collector of $45 a month, and have them cast a watchful eye to the south. Incidentally, Beauty Lawn is something of a misnomer -- maybe to be renamed "We Tried But We Didn't Quite Make It Beautiful, But It Does Look Better Than Your Neighbor's (Larry's) Lawn Service" -- catchy but maybe too wordy.

According to John D. Byrd, Jr., research professor of weed science at State, "Cogon grass has no value as a hay crop, no value for wildlife habitat, minimal value as an ornamental, because it is so highly invasive." Byrd has been tracking the dreaded flora for several years, and says that in 1979 it was limited to 13 of Mississippi's 82 counties. Now it grows in about 60 and is headed north.

A word of warning to the Coopers and their fellow Lee County citizens -- you better pack up your stuff and get out of Dodge 'cause Cogon is there and is a spreading. Build you a house in a Kudzu patch and hope that Cogon won't see you.

Anyone spotting Cogon is asked to call the State Department of Agriculture and Commerce's Bureau of Plant Industry -- and ask for the Cogon Division, I guess. And be sure and not tarry after you report the sighting.

For those of you who are interested and would like to become Cogon hunters, it and Zoysia grass are the only two grasses in Mississippi that bloom immediately after turning green in the spring.

Seems to me that Cogon may be fodder (no pun intended) for a Japanese horror flick -- the name sure sounds right.

Some of you have never thought that my blog was very educational or informative. I would venture to say that nairy a one of you have ever heard of Cogon, and I feel just like Paul Revere must have felt when he warned the colonists that the British were coming.

I'm not riding a horse, but "Cogon is coming."

Monday, October 1, 2007

Chester A. Arthur To Get Face On Coin

In 2012, the U.S. Mint will put into circulation a $1.00 gold coin bearing the face of President Chester A. Arthur. This follows the successful (?) minting several years ago of gold dollars with the likenesses of Susan B. Anthony and Sacajawea. Could the mint be wasting its time and resources on coins that are used only for change out of stamp machines at the post office?

As a side note, for those of you who do not listen to Coast to Coast A.M. on late night radio, December 31, 2012, is the date that the Mayan calendar abruptly ended pointing the way, as some believe, to a real calamity for the earth. This will be the subject for a later post.

Back to the gold dollars. I carry two of them for good luck -- one with George Washington on the obverse and the Statue of Liberty on the reverse. The other is Sacajawea bearing hers and her child's likenesses on the front and a soaring eagle on the back. Neither of these I can determine has brought me luck -- at least not good luck. But if I am ever broke and hungry, I will have two dollars for one Krystal and a small coke -- hope they will take them and not refer me to the post office for stamps.

The point is what did President Arthur do to merit this honor? He came into office as a result of the untimely death of James Garfield amid a prethoria of scandal. If this is the criteria for ones face on a gold dollar, how about one of William Jefferson Clinton with Monica Lewinsky on the reverse? That could really make the gold bucks a big hit.

Are there no other American icons whom we could celebrate? How about Bill Gates since he owns most of the dollars in this country anyway? Perhaps Sam Walton who took a small Ben Franklin five and dime in Newport, Arkansas, and turned it into the multibillion dollar mega giant WalMart -- the place where one can visit China and never leave home.

There are other American presidents who should be considered for some recognition -- Ulysses S. Grant's face on one side and a key of whiskey on the other -- Calvin Coolidge pictured on one side, and the same picture on the other with a gag in his mouth (Silent Cal for those of you who are not students of history) -- William H. Taft's picture on the obverse, and a blank on the reverse (after he was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, he wrote, "I don't remember that I was ever President.") -- Andrew Jackson's picture on one side and a parrot on the other (it was reported that Jackson's pet parrot had to be removed for swearing at the ex-president's funeral) -- and a number of other presidents deserve the face on the coin honor, but you may be getting bored with this whole dribble.

Possibilities abound from the private sector for this high honor, with their likenesses on this piece of gold -- other citizens who have contributed so, so much to this country -- the likes of Sean Penn, Danny Glover, Jesse Jackson, Madonna, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton -- you get the idea.

So I will be very excited, if we are all still here in 2012, and will rush to the post office, get some stamps out of the machine, reach for my change and hope that I get a Chester A. Arthur and not a Britney Spears.