August 1, 2014

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The Political...and Not-So Political...Silly Post-Season

Secession, pardons and Twinkies.

We have all heard of the "Political Silly Season".  Now, with the election over, there appears to be a post-season.

First, the move by people in some states to have those states leave the union.  While this is a movement by people in all 50 states, a lot of it seems to be centered around those states President Obama did not win in the November 6 election.

While this is unconstitutional, it's also ridiculous.  The president may be a polarizing figure to a lot of people, but there have been such figures in the past, and I don't remember anyone wanting to leave the union over it-at least not seriously.

And speaking of the president, there are now some (and, again, I do emphasize, some) Ohio State football fans who want the school to get a presidential pardon for the violations which led the football program to be placed on probation-meaning the now 11-0 Buckeyes aren't eligable for the national championship.

Again, I don't expect this to go anywhere, except to give some football-crazed fans some attention.  The probation Ohio State is now serving, which includes a ban on bowl appearances, was agreed to by the school.  It's fair to say no one expected OSU to be undefeated this far into the season, but the sanctions nonetheless were agreed upon by the school and college football.

And then there's the Twinkie.  The snack people have called "iconic" since the announcement its manufacturer, Hostess, is going out of business.

In fact, it hasn't had this much publicity in years, except to be called nothing but a lot of empty calories.

I won't get on a soapbox about bad eating. I've had more than my share of no-no (albeit legal) indulgences in my 56 years.  I can't, however, remember ever eating a Twinkie, although I had my share of Hostess Snack Cakes before cutting back some years ago.

But there are still, I guess, a lot of people who remember them, if only for nostalgic reasons.

I recall an episode of All In The Family years ago, for instance, when Archie Bunker came home in a bad mood.  It prompted son-in-law Mike Stivic (a.k.a., "The Meathead", played by Rob Reiner) to make this inquiry:

"What's the matter? Someone steal a Twinkie from your lunchbox?"

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