Topic: "Ides of Texas" (6)
When things go poorly in Texas, Frodo finds reason to celebrate. The Texas Rangers choked in the World Series, against Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco Giants. The Dallas Cowboys are in last place in the NFC East, and they have yet to play either of the two scheduled games with Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles (with God's help, the Cowboys may actually have the worst record in all of professional football this season). The University of Texas Shorthorns lost to Texas A&M, and almost everybody else they played this season. Now, however, comes the best news of all, the seemingly resilient money-laundering activities of former Congressman Tom DeLay have yielded a guilty verdict and a sentencing possibility which could put the star-dancing exterminator in prison for the rest of his life. Frodo would pay real money to see what the future holds in prison for an alumnus from "Dancing With the Stars."
Now, if only Dick Armey and Bill Archer could get their just desserts.
Imagine, dear reader, a row of cells at a Federal Prison facility (not on an outsourcing contract) with Archer, Armey, and Delay, followed by the seceding Governor, Rick Perry. Joe Barton, the BP apologist and soon-to-be milkman to special interests in the energy activities of the House of Representatives, would hold down a suite of cells for all his cohorts. Willy Gomert, the halfwit clown scraped off the bottom of a cow hoof somewhere near Whacko (that is how you pronounce Waco, isn't it?), would be the trusty responsible for doling out gruel to the other prisoners. What a wonderful mental picture of possibilities.
The skies above the Shire are sapphire-blue, and the last flights of sandhill cranes honk their route to the swamplands of southern Georgia. The detritus of the last growing season has mostly fallen, and gathered where visitors to the Shire can huddle for warmth throughout the deep frosts to come. Fiona and Mick, the Wonder Dog, lay in sun patches as they follow the Hobbit from task-to-task. Sam, dressed in the finest of fashion, toodles about in Frodo's motorcar, in search of holiday treasures and treats for Shiremates. Football games from throughout the land are near, and the black-and-white is tuned to those of greatest interest to the Hobbit.
This is one of those days that should never end. Perfect it would be if there is news to come of thunderstorms and tornados in Texas.