P.S. And this time, it was a Republican victory. Voters’ support for Uncommitted’s noncommittal message is a bipartisan phenomenon! If neither party nominates Uncommitted, I think the late great Unity08 should resurrect itself and take up the cause. Uncommitted-Lieberman ‘08!
So much for #1 Memphis and #3 Tennessee winning out until their meeting in the Jay Johnson Invitational next month. The Vols, newly dubbed by the AP as the nation’s third-best team, promptly lost to sub-.500 Kentucky last night, 72-66. Not even Bruce Pearl’s orange blazer could save UT from losing to the team that lost to Gardner-Webb (which, incidentally, is now 8-11 overall, 2-3 in the Atlantic Sun).
At this rate of poll attrition, Dickie V’s triumphant return could be at a #1 vs. #2 game between Duke and UNC (currently #4 and #5, soon to be #3 and #4). Though I’m not sure who Memphis is going to lose to between now and then, unless maybe… Gonzaga this Saturday? Hey, it could happen. Go Zags!!
Meanwhile, Andy Katz says Tuesday’s most significant result was not UK over UT, but Drake over Creighton, at Creighton, in overtime. Up the Bulldogs!
I asked this question of a few friends, in relation to something that I’m writing about fatherhood, and I’ve been getting some fun answers, so I thought it might be entertaining to ask the wider blog audience:
What female celebrity or celebrities do you consider to have "good morals," in the sense that you might say of your (real or hypothetical) daughter, "I hope she grows up to have good morals like _______"? (The implicit, unspoken end to that sentence, of course, being "…and not like Britney Spears, Lindsey Lohan," etc. etc.) And why?
No questioning the premise of the question, please. :) I know all individuals are unique, and I cherish my daughter’s uniqueness; and further, I know that celebrity hero-worship can be toxic, especially for girls, and I’m not actually hoping Loyette grows up to be just like some celebrity or other. I’m simply trying, for analogical purposes really, to come up with a list of celebrities who people consider to be "moral," whatever that means to each of you.
P.S. Feel free to define the term "celebrity" however you like.
A surprise freezing-rain storm caught East Tennessee off guard yesterday, causing hundreds of fender-benders and some serious accidents, two of them deadly. It was so bad in the early morning hours that police cars and firetrucks were themselves getting into accidents while trying to drive to the scene of other accidents. (Clearly, these Southerners don’t know how to handle winter weather. :) At one point, I heard a report on the radio that an ambulance had flipped over on its roof with a passenger inside — but not to worry, more ambulances were on their way!
Before long, TV and radio anchors were busily putting out the first responders’ urgent pleas to "stay off the roads if you can." As for those who had to drive, police asked them to please refrain from calling 9-1-1 about any accidents that didn’t involve injuries. If they got into a fender-bender that caused damage to property only, motorists were told to just take down each other’s insurance information and go on their way. Even so, the Knoxville Police and Knox County Sheriff’s office responded to a combined 362 car crashes yesterday, most of them between 6:00 and 9:00 AM or thereabouts. Here’s some video of the chaos:
Many schools and businesses announced delays and closures at the last minute; in some cases, school buses had already started their rounds when school was cancelled. This led to a classic case of "fighting the last war" this morning, as nearly every school district in the area had already announced a two-hour delay by the 6:00 PM news last night — delays which proved utterly unnecessary in most of the Knoxville area, as the roads this morning were perfectly safe.
Myself, I ventured out into yesterday’s icy mess with no concept of how bad it was, as it wasn’t very icy at all in my apartment complex. I didn’t even slip once while walking the dog! I noticed a wee bit of ice on the Camry, and I overheard somebody talking on his cell phone about "UT being closed," but I didn’t think much of it. I made it to the dentist’s office for my 8:30 AM appointment withuot incident — only to discover that the office was closed because of the weather. (If I’d called ahead, I would have known that from their voicemail. D’oh!)
I then got a call from a co-worker relating our boss’s directive that we should feel free to stay home until the roads improve. My dentist’s office is about halfway between home and work, so I sat indecisively in the parking lot for a while — but then I gathered from the radio that things were still quite bad downtown (where I work), so I decided to turn tail and head home. Long story short, the icy weather meant I got to spend a good chunk of the morning with my baby instead of at work. So I have no complaints. :)
UPDATE: Here’s a photo of some icy branches with the Sunsphere in the background:
Is Barack Obama becoming Jesse Jackson in the public’s perception? Mickey Kaus thinks so, and he suggests a solution.
I heard a commentator on CNN the other night arguing that Rudy Giuliani, if he wants to become a factor in this race, needs to appeal to the GOP’s conservative base. Not hardcore evangelicals and others who care only (or primarily) about social issues (and hence support Huckabee), but rather National Review conservatives, Rush Limbaugh conservatives, etc. — conservatives who oppose abortion rights, gay rights, the coarsening of the culture, and so forth, but who also care just as much about limited government, low taxes, the war on terror, etc.
That caveat notwithstanding, we are talking about social conservatives here (just not single-issue-voter social conservatives). And the concept of Giuliani appealing to social conservatives seems ridiculous at first — everybody knows Rudy is the cross-dressing, gay-loving, baby-killing former mayor of godless Gotham, right? — but I actually think it’s right. (Which, given my track record this election season, undoubtedly means it’s wrong.)