Tidbits - May 18, 2017

TIDBITS by RALPH SHEALY


INVENT HELP!

  I would like to invent a political commercial zapper.
  This would be software you download to your TV, and each time a commercial comes on for a politician who does not live in your district, the TV will automatically replace it with the a clip of your choosing.
  It could even be a blank screen for 30 seconds. That is much better than hearing the constant dribble.
  I’m sure Ralph Norman and Tommy Pope are fine men, but after Tuesday’s election, if I ever see either of their faces again, it will be too soon.
  None of us in Saluda County live in their Congressional District, but we have heard their commercials over and over and over and over, at all times of the day and night.
  Sadly, they are on the same side, Republicans.
  With friends like these, who needs enemies?
  PBS, satellite and cable are particularly popular during political campaigns.
  Actually, the zapper would work well for politicians that live in your district, too. It would only allow you to hear the same commercial once a week.
  Yeah, that will work!
  Monday night, knowing there would be constant Pope-Norman ads before the election, I started hitting the mute button. Enough is enough.

SPOOKY

  I got the Amazon Echo Dot for Christmas.
  It’s a neat little thing that answers questions, but is can also give you a heart attack.
  As I was writing this column and enduring yet another Tommy Pope and Ralph Norman commercial back to back, Alexa said, “I didn’t understand that.”
  Well, I didn’t ask Alexa anything, so what or who did she hear?
  This is about the third or fourth time this has happened.
  When you hear a voice in the corner of your bedroom late at night, it’s a bit disconcerting.
  I have an app called “Ghost Hunter,” that shows you if ghosts are near and calls out random words.
  I don’t put much credence in this, because it is basically a game, but Alexa talking when unspoken too sounds a like the “ghost” voice.

STREAK CONTINUES

  The State of South Carolina’s great streak continued Sunday night when Miss District of Columbia won the Miss U.S.A. title.
  Kara McCullough is a graduate of S.C. State and is a nuclear physicist!
  Of course, she did not come out unscathed. When asked if affordable healthcare was a privilege or a right, she said it was a privilege.
  She said she had healthcare, because it was provided by her work. She said what we needed was jobs.
  Later she was asked if she considered herself a feminist, and she said as a scientist working for the government, she considered herself an “equalist.”
  She caught flack for both of those answers.
  One headline said, “Miss USA is a conservative.”
  I’ve said many times, I am not a fan of President Trump, but when did we get to the point in this country that people, who are not liberal,  are not entitled to an opinion?
  That kind of thinking is the reason a hotel builder is the president of the United States.
  University students have so protested conservative speakers on their campuses, that the events have been cancelled. It’s called “free speech.” Perhaps they have not heard of that.
That kind of thinking is the reason a hotel builder is the president of the United States.

TOUGH TIME

  I don’t envy Carolina Athletic Director Ray Tanner.
  He may be facing having to fire the first coach he hired, his replacement Chad Holbrook.
  The Gamecock baseball team that began the season ranked in the Top Five, has lost seven straight SEC series and may not make the NCAA tournament for the second time in three years.
  At a school that holds baseball at such high a level, that will not do.
  After over 50 games, this team has not shown one ounce of improvement.
  They have had the opportunity to win all seven of the series they’ve lost, but they have blown it each time.
  Like I said a few weeks ago, let the Gamecocks finish the season. Maybe, they will miraculously learn how to bunt and the bullpen will quit blowing leads.
  Maybe, the baseball team will catch fire like the basketball team did, but if they can’t beat one of the worst teams in the conference, Missouri, I don’t have much hope.
  Following a legend is never easy, as Holbrook has found out following Tanner, who coached the Gamecocks to two national titles.
  It’s like the old saying goes, “You don’t want to be the coach who follows Bear Bryant. You want to be the coach who follows the coach who followed Bear Bryant.”
  It’s time for a change.

JIM CORLEY

  I was saddened by the passing of Jim Corley last week.
  For years, Jim has been seen around town on his cart that became his legs.
  He was everywhere, from 7-11 to Saluda High football games.
  He has a good personality about it. I’d ask him if that thing had air conditioning.
  He said it went so fast, the wind took of the place of AC.
  Jimmy always had a great personality. He had a comeback for everything, and you weren’t going to get anything over on him.
  His late father, James, was a longtime mayor of Saluda and another fine man.
  I’m sure going to miss seeing Jim around town.
  My sympathy to his family.