Joe Paterno passed away this weekend. Good and bad things are being said about him. Most of the bad seems to be coming from a younger generation that reflects a lack of tolerance on their part.
His failings, if any, in the the Penn State scandal were ordinary and minimal. He waited 24 hours to report to higher authority. He failed to notify the police after his Penn State superiors did not do so.
A great man whose life is now besmirched. Shakespeare said it best. Through Marc Antony. Marc Antony’s words in eulogizing Julius Caesar.” The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones…”
Enjoyed Meet the Press yesterday. It is a disgrace that Newt Gingrich may very well be the Republican presidential candidate. The Republican Party could have done better. The Nation requires better.
I spent a good portion of the rest of the day sitting on the deck. The weather was fine. The sun shining. A small breeze. I sat under the umbrella and did one of the things I enjoy best. Sunday newspaper reading.
I also wrote my column for this week’s Konk Life. It will be published Thursday.
The subject was Joran van der Sloot. He was the young man who was thought to have murdered Natalee Holloway several years ago in Aruba. He was never held for trial. The police said there was insufficient evidence.
Joran van der Sloot pled guilty this past week to murdering a 21-year-old woman in Peru. He admitted strangling the lady to death in a casino hotel room. He was sentenced to 28 years in jail.
From my perspective, it was a victory for justice. Similar to the O. J. Simpson cases. If society does not get a wrongdoer for one thing, it will ultimately for another. Justice triumphs!
I was at Louie’s Backyard late in the afternoon. I went over to have a couple drinks, watch the setting sun and observe the tourists. By the time I left, the stars were out. I was there that long.
I had no desire to either go out to eat or to eat last night. Having a house guest has certain benefits. Terri enjoys gardening activities. I can always depend on her when she’s here to trim the palm trees, the shrubbery and generally tend to the foliage. Anna cooked for me yesterday.
A Sunday morning traditional dish in many Italo-American homes is fried meatballs. I have not had fried meatballs in years. Anna made them for me yesterday. Beef, egg, mint, bread, milk, salt and pepper. Plus, the oil in the frying pan. Absolutely delicious!.
Sufficiently delicious that I ate too many. I kept munching on them all day until I left for Louie’s Backyard. There was no room left in my stomach after that!
I occasionally quote my Facebook friend Jim Brown who lives in Crete. The man has many profound thoughts! Today’s is an example.” I don’t like Monday, whose idea was it to make the weekend two days only?”
Syracuse basketball again tonight. Cincinnati at Cincinnati. We should win. I hope so. There is a degree of hesitancy after Syracuse’s defeat 48 hours ago at Notre Dame.
As usual, I will be watching the game at the Sports Page Bar. The game starts at seven o’clock.
Enjoy your day!