So, today is Friday (in case you weren't paying attention) and I'm playing with the layout of this long-established-and-soaring-in-popularity blog (I mean, did you notice I added an RSS Feed -- whatever that is -- and a link to sign up to my Twitter account?). so...
...today, I'm toying with the Multiple Column feature on this. You may have noticed you started reading over there <-----. And, now you are reading over here. The magic of the InterWeb! So, I'm going to rest now. I've accomplished another feat (fete? feet? just a quiz.)
I’m now a believer in Florida Gulf Coast University (for those of you uninitiated, they are the Cinderella of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament).
In an unrelated topic, I’m also a believer (and have been) in gay marriage, the topic of the week in DC as the Supreme Court takes on two cases on the topic.
I congratulate U.S. Sen. Rob Portman on his change of mind on the topic. Folks say he changed because his son is gay. I think he changed not because his son is gay but because with his son being gay, he focused more on the righteousness of changing his position – he could relate to it. It literally brought it home. He could see the harm it does to same-sex couples, who want the law to acknowledge they have the same rights as the rest of us; the same right to being happy and in a committed relationship. More importantly, he could see the joy it could bring.
I know a couple – a man and a woman – who got married for similar
reasons: without the marriage certificate one spouse had no say in the other
spouse’s health care, had no claim on savings they both had earned, had no
right to the other’s pension, or health benefits, or to live in the house they
shared if the other should pass away, or many other things.
Did love have something to do with it? Of course. But you can love and not be married. You have to be married to have rights, though.
In the office pool, throughout the first round (they now call it the second round
because they have these silly play-in rounds to get a make a few more million
dollars), I was up among the leaders. After that first, or second, round, I was
third from the top! Sitting pretty. I'm the only guy has Miami winning it all,
so I had a good chance. Then, they finished the first, I mean, second round. Now
I'm third from the bottom.
The G's have beaten me -- Gonzaga and Georgetown. I always hated G.
Post Number One, or is it Two?
Not sure what the blog protocols are. Is the post below announcing there are posts coming a post? Discuss.
I wanted you all (assuming I might get more than one reader) to know that I was playing around creating the blog yesterday because I plan to do one when I retire -- so figured I'd practice. Playing around, I clicked a "like" button, and bam! I outted myself on Facebook and announced, unintentionally and prematurely, that I had a blog. Some of you nicely wrote me it was a good idea. So, I felt obligated to post something quickly because, I figured, I'd lose followers. That's not to say I have followers or that I won't lose them after this bogus post.
So, I'll introduce the blog and my intent: I intend to write about various things - current events, politics, old events, language (I'm not a grammarian, but I do believe in simple English and proper English, meaning don't bastardize or create words because you think it makes you look smart), and anything else I may find interesting.
I don't plan to write daily, but I hope regularly when the mood strikes.
I may write about kids or grandkids (did I mention I have two new grandchildren, born two weeks ago today?). Here's the most recent pic (from yesterday). The boy is Cooper Dany (named Cooper for my dad); the girl is Emma Jeanne. I still don't know which is which though I'll say the one with the pink blanket is Emma. None of you can tell me I'm wrong anyway.
Next time, no grandchildren bragging. But no promises.
The web is a little self-absorbed, at least those of us using it are. So, count me in that group. I like to write. So, here is where I shall write. If you stop by (which you apparently have done), stay a while, see if you like what you read. If you do, or if you don't, feel free to let me know. Then you can join the self-absorbed, too.
B. Jay Cooper
B. Jay is a former deputy White House press secretary to Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He also headed the communications offices at the Republican National Committee, U.S. Department of Commerce, and Yale University. He is a former reporter and is the retired deputy managing director of APCO Worldwide's Washington, D.C., office.