Read quotes from George Orwell's 1984 right here.
Are we getting closer? It becomes so insidious, you can't escape it.
If you've never read it, get the thumbnail of it right here.
Do you think they really thought it could happen back in 1954?
Dr. E. Gordon Gee is expected to retire this morning... we'll carry the press conference live. Here's a compliation of Gee's gaffes over the years.
Was it the Catholics comments that ultimately forced him to retire?
Here's what Jackie Sherrill had to say about Gee's comments...
And here's what Tony Barnhart from CBS Sports had to say...
The take home... do not say anything derrogatory about anyone at any time. Not in jest, not to a group of sports people where ripping on opponents has been standard operating procedure, not ever. And especially if you hold office or rank higher than chief bottle washer. Welcome to a world where there is no room to poke fun or exagerrate for comic effect. Be straight, be boring, but above all do not be inflammatory to any group or person ever.
Congrats to all the people who didn't want this story to go away... you win.
So last night I was up past my bedtime for my son's graduation. It was a nice affair with all the pomp and circumstance necessary... the graduates paraded in under the direction of their teachers, the sat orderly, and received a certificate indicating they'd graduated. The only glitch in the works was that the principal didn't sign any of the paperwork as she'd been whisked away on a last minute trip and had just returned to the school with 30 minutes to spare.
My son's teacher said he'd heard me yesterday 'running down' the graduation and I suppose he was right. I don't really see all the need to make this a 'special' day. There were a few extra awards, but all in all it was a celebration of all the kids moving from 6th grade to 7th. Now, they are moving to a new building, so it does kind of qualify, but if we have one for 6th grade, why not 8th or 3rd or 11th? My fear on this kind of thing is that kids get accustomed to being made over for something that used to just be an ordinary moment. We spend all this time celebrating moments in time that used to be just expected. it reminds me of the key moment in the animated movie 'The Incredibles' (at least for me). All the characters in the main family are truly incredible with super strength, super speed, etc. and they live in a world of people like you and me. The nemesis character shows up and in one scene says he's working on all kinds of gizmos to make the ordinary people extraordinary... thereby making everyone incredible, and when that happens, then no one will be remarkable. Isn't that what were doing? We 'celebrate' events that are bordering on mundane so when the truly special days come, they don't stand out because we're already celebrated out.
I won't say that I'm not pleased with my son and honestly with his entire class. They all handled themselves well, generally presented well, and when congratulations were offered, each was cordial and polite. Can't we just make a big deal over big deals? I mean can you imagine getting a particiaption trophy when you played ball? We might as well start offering show up money and go absolutely nuts when a kid turns in homework. I really think ultimately kids will not have greater self esteem as a result of these kinds of events... but maybe I'm wrong. By the time this generation gets to the working portion of their lives, there might be show up money and employers might rah rah over the completion of the day's or week's tasks... but I doubt it.
LITTLE GIRL ON A PLANE
A Congressman was seated next to a little girl on the airplane when he turned to her and said, 'Let's talk. I've heard that flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.'
The little girl, who had just opened her book, closed it slowly and said to the total stranger, 'What would you like to talk about?'
'Oh, I don't know,' said the congressman. 'How about global warming or universal health care', and he smiles smugly.
OK, ' she said. 'Those could be interesting topics. But let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff - grass. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, and a horse produces clumps of dried grass. Why do you suppose that is?'
The legislator, visibly surprised by the little girl's intelligence, thinks about it and says, 'Hmmm, I have no idea.'
To which the little girl replies, 'Do you really feel qualified to discuss global warming or universal health care when you don't know crap?
How fun wouldm it be to make 10 birdies in an 18 hole round? And then to ice the cake, do it on a course as fabulous as Muirfield Village? I can't allow myself to imagine, but first round leader Charl Schwartzel doesn't have to imagine... he did it enroute to a 65. We reporters had the chance to chat with Charl post round and the guy is super low key and said he hit the ball so well that the wind didn't really effect it. That's pure.
I don't think many people will follow Scott Piercy today which is too bad. I mean good golf is golf. And it's funny, Mr. Golf Ray Hustek says his daughter has been following him on Twitter so she said she was going to keep aneye on him this week. Well, so far so good. Maybe we should have her on... Ms Golf has a nice ring to it.
Matt McCoy reported that Fred Couples was almost apologetic to Tiger for being in his group for the first two rounds of the Memorial. Funny stuff since Freddie beat the World Number One by a shot in the first round. Amazing, too when you consider that Couples hit at least four errant shots midround, none of which hurt him too badly.
I hope the weather holds through today and tomorrow... always good to see things finish on time, but one of my fondest memories of the Memorial is the year Steve Sticker won. Matt and Ray and I all hung out through the weather delay to see if they would finish and the weather finally broke, so Ray and I went out to see Stricker finish 18 and win it. There were only about 500 people or so left, but it was cool to watch that final putt and see Steve shake hands with Jack Nicklaus... good stuff for sure.
Listen through the day and all weekend... Matt and Ray will have hourly updates untilthis year's winner makes his final putt. Hope to see you out there!
Four days of pure bliss for golf fans in central Ohio... the Memorial starts today! With all due repsect to the 120 players in the field, here are the groups I'm going to be paying attention to in rounds one and two.
7:20a today. Right out of the shoot comes Australia's Jason Day with Matt Jones and Nicolas Colsaerts. Day lives in Westerville and is a heck of a player. He took alot of last year off to welcome his first child, but he's back and swinging well.
7:31a today. Jordan Spieth with William McGirt and John Senden. Spieth is 19 years old and has been in the mix late on Sunday several times in the past couple months on Tour.
7:53a today. Johnson Wagner along with Jonathan Byrd and Stewart Cink. I love this group... Wagner has the best moustache on Tour and maybe one of the greats in all of sports... we men of facial hair must stick together. Jonathan Byrd once made a hole in one to win a playoff... awesome. And Stewart Cink has one of the great swings on the planet. Super group to follow.
8:15a today. Adam Scott Masters champ along with Ernie Els and Charl Schwartzel. Huge star power and the most classic group of swings together in the tournament, period.
8:26a today. Rory McIlroy along with Bubba Watson and Justin Rose. The international gold gods will be watching this group so why shouldn't you? Plus Bubba hits it long... I mean, even Hunter Mahan calls it Bubba long for a reason.
12:43 today. Zach Johnson along with Henrik Stenson and Robert Allenby. Zach was awesome last week, but never seems to get it down here. Maybe he'll surprise me.
1:16 today. Tiger Woods with Fred Couples and Keegan Bradley. Three awesome competitors and the World Number One. Get ahead of them and let the crowd wash by you if you want a good, close look.
Group I'm going to follow? 1:05p. Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson, and Hunter Mahan. As a fan, I'm pulling for Mahan... I like him as a player and his commercials crack me up. Plus he's a Golf Boy which shows he's human and has a wild streak. Kuchar is playing so well right now and his smile is infectious. Simpson is due and may shake Jack's hand on Sunday afternoon.
Group I wouldn't watch on a bet? 1:27p. Ted Potter Jr., Vijay Singh, and Trevor Immelman. Potter always looks like he smells a skunk, Singh is suing the Tour, and Immelman just doesn't move the meter. I predict you'll be able to hear crickets around this group... or maybe roars from the Woods/Couples/Bradley group right infront of them.