Everything leads to corruption.
— Iggy Pop
A few leftover thoughts from 2012 as we dive headlong into 2013:
— Even if that out-of-touch-with-reality group in Washington that laughingly purports to represent us at the highest levels of government comes up with an 11th-hour solution to the so-called fiscal cliff or sequestration — or whatever the latest idiotic government-speak term for catastrophe is — don’t rush out to get in the (very short) line planning to pat them on the back. The oil barons are licking their crusty old lips in anticipation, knowing that as soon as a deal is struck, the futures traders are going to make a mad, lust-filled dash back to oil, sending prices soaring again. God bless capitalism!
n If you want to help the greatest of causes — the thousands of returning American warriors who are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder — you can do so by signing up for the K9s for Warriors 5K Charity Run Saturday at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany. K9s for Warriors works to provide service dogs that are a proven medical tool in helping warriors with PTSD return to civilian life with dignity and independence. Registration fee for the 5K race is $20 ($25 on race day), and registration for a 1-mile run/walk event is $10. Sponsored by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church’s Barney’s Fund, the Deerfield-Windsor School cross country program and the Marine base, the race starts Saturday at 9 a.m. Go to k9sforwarriors.org for more information or to donate to this worthy cause.
n If the days leading up to Monday’s Sun Bowl in El Paso did nothing else, they proved to the rest of the world what people around the Southeastern Conference in general, Tennessee in particular, already knew: Lane Kiffin is perhaps the most classless jerk in college football. (Kinky Freedman’s “A---ole From El Paso” came immediately to mind.) The University of Southern California coach offered lame excuses for his team not showing up at an event sponsored by the folks who worked year-round to put on the Sun Bowl (he says the team was merely late, others say the Trojans were no-shows), an embarrassment to those officials who worked diligently to make the teams feel welcome and special. The biggest embarrassment for USC, though, was the pitiful effort the team put forth in its 21-7 loss to Georgia Tech, which came into the game with a 6-7 record. Isn’t this the school that produced O.J. Simpson?
n Two end-of-2012 entertainment spectacles worthy of your attention in 2013: Michael Connelly’s new Harry Bosch novel “The Black Box” and Tom Cruise’s portrayal of Lee Child’s “Jack Reacher” character in the movie of the same name. Bosch, the hard-nosed L.A. detective who does things his way, is as great a character as ever, and even if you’re a Child fan who knows Reacher should be 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, the diminutive Cruise does a good enough job to make you forget (almost) the size inequity.
n As he ends a tumultuous but effective 12-year run as a member of the Dougherty County School Board, David Maschke goes out of office the way he came in: uncompromising and steadfast in his beliefs. Maschke was a nightmare for school officials who’d always skirted with their own rules, applying them as a matter of convenience. In a time of rampant cynicism when it comes to elected officials (see above), Maschke remained the rarest of the breed: an official whose word actually meant something. There will be some, I’m sure, who will be glad to see him go, but for those who admire a man willing to sacrifice precious time with his family and his business to try and bring a semblence of order to a dysfunctional system, Maschke is owed a debt of gratitude.
Email Carlton Fletcher at firstname.lastname@example.org.