Archive for September, 2008

May we live in interesting times…

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Honey I shrunk the economy!The house of cards that once was the American financial system is falling faster than Sarah Palin’s poll numbers. 

Yesterday saw the single greatest drop on the New York Stock Exchange in history.  (more…)

We’re back…

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

Thanks to the loyal readers who noticed that I have been off the air for a few weeks.

This was not intentional, but after almost two years of Sparkplugging I was suffering a mild case of blog burnout.

It’s not that there hasn’t been a lot happening what with the Presidential debate, the Canadian election and Sarah Palin’s latest strangeness. 

I just needed to take a short break.

Sad to say that my friend Douglas passed away last week after battling a long illness.  I wrote a piece on eating chicken wings at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo several postings back.  That was almost the last time that our family and Douglas’s spent time together.  We all had a great time that day. 

Again it is often the simple pleasures in life that can mean so much.  As Warren Zevon once said “Enjoy every sandwich.”

As we approach our second year I have been thinking a lot about Sparkplug and over the coming months I plan to take it in a new direction.  Over the next weeks I will talk about this further.

But for now, I have crawled out from under the bed and gotten back to work.

Frankenberry and Count Chocula address the RNC…

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Fred Thompson addresses the RNCThe contrast is in the shots of the crowd.  I’ve been watching pundit free coverage on CSPAN of the RNC and everytime they go to a shot of the crowd the faces are always the same – white, well-fed and wrinkly. (more…)

Watch out for flying monkeys at the RNC…

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

A typical RNC delegateWhile the hurricane tore across the Gulf of Mexico toward New Orleans Republicans danced the night away to the rock group ‘Hookers and Blow’ at a party thrown by the National Rifle Association.

It had to set the tone for the rest of the week as those wacky elephant men get together for an old fashioned John McCain clusterf**k.  (more…)