Author Archive: Paul Epps

Car Enthusiasts Considered Harmful?

 

1 dead, 2 injured and 2 arrested after dozens of car enthusiasts congregate in Anaheim, Costa Mesa — OC Register How does one die from congregating with car enthusiasts? Read more →

California Proposition 23, Dialysis Clinic Requirements Initiative

 

The ballot summary sounds pretty reasonable: Requires at least one licensed physician on site during treatment at outpatient kidney dialysis clinics; authorizes California Department of Public Health to exempt clinics from this requirement if there is a shortage of qualified licensed physicians and the clinic has at least one nurse practitioner or physician assistant on site. Requires clinics to report dialysis-related infection data to state and federal governments. Prohibits clinics from closing or reducing services without state approval. Prohibits clinics from refusing to treat patients based on the source of payment for care I can see in the ballot summary that the proposition is supported by the California Democratic Party, but I haven’t personally heard a single endorsement or seen a single ad supporting it. Almost all the “No on 23” ads feature dialysis patients saying that Prop 23 will force the closure of dialysis clinics and that without dialysis,… Read more →

I’ve been trying to get down to the heart of the matter but my will gets weak and my thoughts seem to scatter, but I think it’s about . . . forgiveness . . . forgiveness . . .

My Boyhood Sports Icons are Dying: Bob Gibson and Joe Morgan

 

Between games, [Willie] Mays came over to me and said, ‘Now, in the second game, you’re going up against Bob Gibson.’ I only half-listened to what he was saying, figuring it didn’t make much difference. So I walked up to the plate the first time and started digging a little hole with my back foot…No sooner did I start digging that hole than I hear Willie screaming from the dugout: ‘Noooooo!’ Well, the first pitch came inside. No harm done, though. So I dug in again. The next thing I knew, there was a loud crack and my left shoulder was broken. I should have listened to Willie. — Jim Ray Hart RIP Bob and Joe Read more →

U-C-L-A Sucks

 

Forty years ago, @mickfleetwoodofficial, @stevienicks, and @lindseybuckingham presented the USC Trojan Marching Band with a platinum record for “Tusk.”   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by The Spirit of Troy (@usctmb) on Oct 4, 2020 at 3:28pm PDT Read more →

EppsNet Album Reviews: Rough and Rowdy Ways and Red Dirt Girl

 

One new, one old: Highlights: “False Prophet,” “Goodbye Jimmy Reed,” “I’ve Made Up My Mind to Give Myself to You.” Rating: Highlights: “The Pearl,” “Michelangelo,” “My Baby Needs a Shepherd.” Rating: Read more →

The Last Words of the COVID Patient

 

This mask-wearing thing has really developed into a holy war . . . People want to blame President Trump for virus deaths but there are a lot of people out here who aren’t going to be told what to do (e.g., wear a mask) based on what somebody else believes! This is America and that’s not the way things are done! I don’t know a single healthcare professional who doesn’t advise wearing a mask, but for some reason every RV salesman and 7-11 clerk thinks they’re qualified to evaluate medical research. “Do some flippen research,” they say. I tell you what, I wouldn’t go to my doctor’s office for a Big Gulp, and I wouldn’t go to 7-11 for medical advice unless I was really tired of living and I’d rather be dead. I wonder how many COVID patients’ last words were “The clerk at 7-11 said wearing masks is… Read more →

How to Kill a Boycott

 

“I’m disappointed to see that this yogurt I’m eating is the official yogurt of the NFL. I’m not happy about it. Don’t like it.” “Why is that?” “Because I’m boycotting the NFL.” “Why?” “Too much bullshit.” “You’ve never watched the NFL anyway.” “Yeah, well don’t let that get around. It’ll dilute the impact of my boycott.” Read more →

Would There Be No One to Remember

 

Did you suffer at the end Would there be no one to remember Did you banish all the old ghosts With the terms of surrender And could you hear me calling out your name Well I guess that I will never know Michelangelo Last night I dreamed about you I dreamed that you were weeping And your tears poured down like diamonds For a love beyond all keeping And you caught them one by one In a million silk bandannas that I gave you long ago Michelangelo — Emmylou Harris, “Michelangelo” Read more →

The Silence is the Voice of God

 

Our path is worn our feet are poorly shod We lift up our prayer against the odds And fear the silence is the voice of God, of God, of God And we cry Hallelujah, Hallelujah, we cry Hallelujah It is the heart that kills us in the end Just one more old broken bone that cannot mend As it was now and ever shall be amen, amen, amen — Emmylou Harris, “The Pearl” Read more →

There’s a Fine Line Between Comedy and Elder Abuse

 

Nailed it.???? pic.twitter.com/3hT6ZOOgZ6 — Praying Medic (@prayingmedic) August 31, 2020 Read more →

Former Socialists on Socialism

 

The RNC 2020 speaker who’s made the biggest impact on me thus far is Maximo Alvarez, a Florida businessman whose family fled Cuba when he was 13 years old. Here’s an excerpt: I heard the promises of Fidel Castro. And I can never forget all those who grew up around me, who looked like me, who could have been me, who suffered and starved and died because they believed those empty promises. . . . Those false promises — spread the wealth, free education, free healthcare, defund the police, trust a socialist state more than your family and community — they don’t sound radical to my ears. They sound familiar. . . . But the country I was born in is gone – destroyed. I may be Cuban born, but I am 100-percent American. This is the greatest country in the world. I said this before. If I gave away… Read more →

I Blame Donald Trump

 

On this date, Aug. 24, in the year 79 A.D., an estimated 20,000 people died when Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in volcanic ash. Read more →

DNC 2020 Notes (So Far)

 

It’s too bad Barack Obama wasn’t president of the United States for 8 years because he would have been able to fix all these systemic problems he seems to think we have. I get that convention speakers are expected to take shots at the incumbent but at some point don’t they have to address why Donald Trump’s tweets are more of a threat to our democracy than cities in flames, anarchy in the streets, looting, rioting and police departments being shut down? I live in California. We’re currently having rolling blackouts in 100-degree heat, in part because we are increasing reliance on wind power, which is greeny-green-green but also unpredictable and unreliable. Our governor, Gavin Newsom, who can’t keep the lights on despite skyrocketing taxes, got a speaking slot at the convention (although fellow Californian Willie Brown did not) Read more →

Michelle Obama Fact-Checked by Associated Press

 

Surprising! Normally as a Democrat you really have to go off the rails to motivate a media organization to fact-check you. “Trump used facilities that were built during the Obama-Biden administration to house children at the border. They are chain-link enclosures inside border facilities where migrants were temporarily housed, separated by sex and age,” AP fact-checkers said. It noted that photos of children in housing centers that were circulated by Democratic officials online to criticize Trump were actually taken in 2014. These pictures actually “depicted some of the thousands of unaccompanied children held by President Barack Obama,” AP said. The “ripping migrant children from their parents and throwing them into cages” distortion was the most urgent issue in the world right up till the day everyone forgot about it, so why the AP is fact-checking it at this late date I do not know, but better late than never I… Read more →

Be Prepared

 

An ad comes on the radio for a lawyer offering to sue the Boy Scouts on behalf of anyone molested by a scout leader . . . “I was in the scouts. I wasn’t molested though. Or maybe I was molested so traumatically that I’ve blocked it out of my mind. What was that guy’s number again?” “What are you talking about?” “I like to ‘Be Prepared’ for financial opportunities.” Read more →

Weekend at Biden’s

 

I have a sense that Joe Biden is already dead and the Dems are trying to pull off a Weekend at Bernie’s scenario . . . just keep moving him around from place to place and propping him up . . . Read more →

Why Are You Crying So Sadly?

 

One late autumn night, the disciple awoke crying. So the master asked the disciple, “Did you have a nightmare?” “No.” “Did you have a sad dream?” “No,” said the disciple. “I had a sweet dream.” “Then why are you crying so sadly?” The disciple wiped his tears away and quietly answered, “Because the dream I had can’t come true.” Read more →

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