Author Archive: Paul Epps

Two Main Enemies

 

I feel like I have two main enemies: Myself Everyone else Read more →

God Cannot Feel Disappointment or Pain

 

“Your god must feel a bit disappointed,” Doctor Colin said, “when he looks at this world of his.” “When you were a boy they can’t have taught you theology very well. God cannot feel disappointment or pain.” “Perhaps that’s why I don’t care to believe in him.” — Graham Greene, _A Burnt-Out Case_ Read more →

Incompetents

 

Politics and political office are not and never have been the method and means by which we can govern ourselves in peace and dignity and honor and security, but instead are our national refuge for our incompetents who have failed at every other occupation by means of which they might make a living for themselves and their families; and which as a result we would have to feed and clothe and shelter out of our own private purses and means. — Faulkner, The Mansion Read more →

Just Like Santa

 

The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. — Proverbs 15:3 Read more →

My Boyhood Sports Icons Are Dying: Jake Scott

 

Jake Scott was a free safety best known for his work with the Miami Dolphins. Scott was a key member of the 1972 Dolphins’ undefeated season, and the championship teams of Super Bowl VII and VIII. He was a legendary closer and finisher, a punishing tackler and a superb pass defender. He had 35 interceptions in six seasons with Miami, most in team history, and also holds the career interceptions record at the University of Georgia. Scott was a five-time Pro Bowl selection, twice a first team All-Pro and was voted MVP of Super Bowl VII, a 14-7 win over the Washington Redskins in which he had two interceptions. RIP Jake Scott Read more →

No More Lockdown

 

No more lockdown No more threats No more Imperial College Scientists Making up crooked facts No more lockdown No more pulling the wool over our eyes No more celebrities telling us Telling us what we’re supposed to feel — Van Morrison, “No More Lockdown” Read more →

Wanna Get It Right This Time

 

Well, sorrow is an angel that Comes to you in blue light Then shows you what is wrong with you To see if you’ll set it right And I’ve fucked up so many times in my life Wanna get it right this time — Poi Dog Pondering, “Complicated” Read more →

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 →

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