Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

October 18, 2013

Calamity avoided (sort of) makes for odd news week

By JAMES BROWN
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — News, notes and an opinion or two.

Now that our nation’s certain demise has been avoided, it seems like a good time to sit back and have a laugh. (What else is there to do at this point?)

I asked a friend, because I am always asking questions, “Do you feel any different today?” (The question was asked on Thursday after our D.C. political leaders the night before courageously avoided the financial destruction of the known world by kicking the budget can three months down the road. (Detect sarcasm. The potential disaster looming Thursday if they had not kicked the can was overblown. But the politics that got us to the point Tuesday, when many were certain our nation is led by a disconnected “Confederacy of Dunces,” is the most dysfunctional we’ve seen in our nation since that leading to the 1824 presidential election. It took our nation many years to settle some of those disputes and some have never been resolved. Look up “Corrupt Bargain” for more information. (By the way, Kentucky was in the middle of the first reference to that phrase. Also, according to a map available through wikipedia.com, Henry Clay carried Barren County with 90 percent of the vote in 1824.) The question to be answered is: Was Wednesday’s deal the equivalent of the “Corrupt Bargain” and will it be the prelude to the 1828 election re-enacted in 2014. Or, was it a signal our politics must drift back to the middle from the fringes of the left and right.))

My friend’s response to my question was, “No.” Then he added: “I do think every incumbent should lose in their next election.”

I believe he is not alone in his feelings toward our present elected officials. We will see what happens when the primaries begin in 2014. First, there must be people running against the incumbents in their own parties, then there must be a general election challenger.

I believe Democracy is about choice and in the political arena, that means having choices of candidates. Not all who run would make good leaders, but more choices are better than fewer.

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Those were the opinions. Now, the oddities:

BERLIN — The United States government shutdown could have the unintended effect of making Germans go to bed earlier.

Fans hoping for fresh episodes of a cult late-night German TV show featuring footage of Earth seen from space accompanied by ambient music have been told its relaunch will be delayed by at least two weeks because of the U.S. budget battle.

Public television station Bayerisches Fernsehen said Monday that new high-definition video it hopes to use for its “Space Night” program won’t be able available Nov. 1 as planned because archivists at NASA, a key source of footage, are among U.S. federal employees who were furloughed.

“Space Night” was launched in 1994.

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While on the subject of Germans:

BERLIN — A German couple’s marriage got off to a rocky start when the groom forgot his bride at a highway gas station on the way home from their honeymoon, only noticing she was missing after hours had passed.

Police said Friday the couple was heading home to Berlin from France when the man pulled over near the central town of Bad Hersfeld late Thursday to fill up their van.

The woman had been sleeping in the back, but got up — unbeknownst to the man — to use the toilets and he drove off before she returned.

Only after 2 ½ hours on the road did he notice she was gone and called police, who said she was patiently waiting.

(He will be in die Hundehütte.)

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Speaking of dogs:

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — An Indiana dog who became an Internet sensation after crashing a half marathon has won a medal — and an appointment with a veterinarian to nip his wandering ways in the bud.

The chocolate Labrador retriever named Boogie ran most of the 13.1 miles two weeks ago in the Evansville event and then was taken to Animal Control.



Owner Jerry Butts tells the Evansville Courier & Press that the 100-pound dog slipped his leash the night before the event. It was his fourth escape.

Butts says Boogie now has a microchip and an appointment to be neutered.

Boogie finished the race in 2 hours, 15 minutes. That’s better than more than half of the race’s participants.

James Brown is editor of the Glasgow Daily Times. He can be contacted by e-mail at jbrown@glasgowdailytimes.com.