Bruno Mars Doing Elvis At Age 4

Bruno Mars scored high here tonight with his performance at the Super Bowl.  I had never seen him perform before or heard him sing but once I saw him tonight there was no doubt he had an Elvis influence about his moves and energy.  After doing a You Tube search I found this perfect video.


Bruno Mars Was Awesome At Super Bowl, But What Followed Was Ghastly

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I absolutely loved Bruno Mars during the half-time show of the Super Bowl.  I tuned in to the game just to see the music, and loved what is clearly an Elvis influence to Mars’ moves.  I had to smile as it even appeared there was a slight mimic of the famed 1958 gold lame jacket that Elvis made famous.  I loved Mars’ energy and performing ability.  Great vocals!!

But then in one of the worst segues perhaps ever during a half-time show aging men (Red Hot Chili Peppers) with no real reason not to wear shirts were (not even sure how to describe the noise).  What a let-down from what had preceded on the stage.

I really am curious about the reaction of others to this event.

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead Of Drug Overdose

Needless.  Senseless.


A law enforcement official found Philip Seymour in the bathroom of 4th floor apartment with a needle in his arm.  Hoffman was 46.  He won the Oscar for Best Actor in 2006 for his role in Capote.

Wisconsin Drunk Driver About To Vomit In Mug Shot?

I suppose one could have a caption contest with this mug shot taken following an arrest for a sixth driving while drunk.   If might even seem funny to some if it were not so damn serious for the vast majority of Wisconsinites who live by the rules and wish not to encounter drunk drivers out on our roadways.

Last evening James and I were out for dinner and came home late after a long and pleasant evening of laugher and conversation.   I suspect many couples might have done something very similar around the state.  While I am always conscious for deer out on the country roads, as most drivers in this state have learned to be over time, we should not also have to be mindful that the car coming towards us might be a drunk driver.

Far too often folks in this state wake up in the morning and find a news story about some pathetic drunk driver who somehow thought their self-importance and need for fun was on a level far and above the needs of the general public to drive around on safe roads.  At some point we really need to say this has to stop, and implement laws that match the problem that we have with our drinking culture in Wisconsin.


Officers had to use a Taser to get a woman to exit her vehicle after she crashed it into a snow bank as she was fleeing police, officials said.

The Janesville Police Department said officers responded to a report of a disturbance at a North Parker Drive parking ramp early Saturday morning.

Police said 33-year-old Tanya Kraege fled the ramp in her car when an officer tried to talk to her at about 2:30 a.m.

Another officer spotted the vehicle near the 5 Points intersection and attempted to stop Kraege, the report said. He turned on emergency lights but Kraege accelerated and led the officer on a 5-minute pursuit through the Look West Neighborhood before failing to stop at a stop sign at West Court Street and North Grant Avenue.

Kraege crashed into a snow bank and became stuck in a vacant lot about 25 feet from the roadway, police said. Kraege tried to drive out of the snow bank and refused to exit the car. Officers used a Taser and were able to take Kraege into custody.

Kraege is from Madison’s west side, police said.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Turns Pugilistic

When was the last time you read a news story that summed up the actions of a politician as pugilistic?  That, I feel, in and of itself makes for a blog post.

I came back from dinner at a friend’s house late last evening and turned on the computer to catch up on the headlines.  Sitting in my email box was the following.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), after a low-key initial response to Friday’s explosive allegations about his bridge-closing involvement, mounted a pugilistic defense late Saturday afternoon, attacking The New York Times and a former political ally in an email to friends and allies obtained by POLITICO.

It says a great deal about the combat style of Christie that those covering him would use the word pugilistic.  But given how low the governor is now stepping in order to defend himself it is not a wrong word to employ.

The blowback is in regards to David Wildstein, a former high-ranking official at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who is now portrayed as a loose cannon by Christie.  Wildstein accused the governor of lying about how much he knew about the lane closings at the George Washington Bridge, a scandal that has become the biggest political hurdle the governor has ever faced.

Consider that the memo released by the Christie team to defame Wildstein included items such as saying that “as a 16-year-old kid,” Wildstein had sued over a school board election; that he had been “publicly accused by his high school social studies teacher of deceptive behavior”; that he had a controversial tenure as mayor of Livingston, N.J.; that he had been an anonymous blogger; and that he “had a strange habit of registering Web addresses for other people’s names without telling them.”

This type of ‘defense’ makes Christie look small, and that is a hard thing to achieve.   This memo from Christie was produced more in anger than a thoughtful rebuttal aimed as minimizing the damage that Friday’s news produced for Christie.

But the reporters got it right.

Pugilistic was the right term to have used in the news story.