Thursday, January 5, 2017
Revised Friday, January 6
The expletive content of my language rose when I read the article telling that Obama had initiated 145 new regulations  in the 36 working days from the election through Dec. 31.
I suspect that he's not finished. He can do a lot more  to disrupt the free flow of the legal transition from his worn regime to that of the future.
He has two more weeks. What other awful things can he do in that length of time? Obama is behaving like a petulant child, wreaking as much havoc as he can with this tantrum.
Last week he dishonored the long-standing rules of designating national forests by his gift to Harry Reid of over 300,000 acres of Nevada. This was accompanied by a 1.35 million acre allotment in Utah. Both land grabs are huge by historical standards and offer little reason for national Monument designation beyond political payback.
Last week, the president ordered U.S.-owned waters in the Arctic Ocean and certain areas in the Atlantic Ocean placed "indefinitely" off-limits for future oil and gas leases. He has also blocked new mining claims outside Yellowstone National Park. [The last paragraph was plagiarized from Fox News website]
This president, in taking over-reaching actions to preserve his legacy, is ensuring that his legacy will be erased.
Donald Trump will be able to nullify most of these actions and he probably will. There are so many of these ill-intentioned last-minute regulations, however,  that some of them may slip through. There are some, like the national forest creations from last week, that will require an enormous effort to nullify. Obama intended this.
We tend to forget the actions of a president at the very end of his term – Bill Clinton pardoned Marc Rich, an international fugitive and law breaking bond trader, and other questionable individuals. .
Usually the pardons, and other executive decisions don't amount to much and do not present a real stain on the president's image.

Obama foresees the unraveling of Obamacare, Dodd Frank, and other heinous regulations. He, rightly, understands that this is an undoing of his legacy.
That it is. We want to undo his legacy. We want nothing left of him to remember. It was a dark eight years that is best forgotten.
Sunday, January 1, 2017
New Year's Day
Happy New Year
Clemson beat Alabama in a last second–literally, one second to go – effort to win 35-31 on Tuesday night Jan 10. Clemson trailed Alabama 28-31 so that a field-goal would only give them a tie into overtime. They sagely passed the ball for a short touchdown and extra point.
Tennessee won Friday, defeating Nebraska 38-24, a resounding victory in the Music City Bowl at Nashville. 
Tennessee's 2016 record was 9-4. One of those losses, to South Carolina, is an embarrassing loss, but the other 3 were to powerhouse teams which finished high in the rankings. Alabama (#1) beat us, and I'm sure that they will, rightly, take their place at the  #1 spot. Typing that almost made me sick, but they are a very good, classy, team and they deserve the kudos.
Josh Dobbs (QB-UT), speaking of kudos, turned in a superlative performance for his last game in a UT uniform. He ran for 118 yards and three scores on 11 carries and passed complete 23-of-38, throwing for 291 yards and one touchdown. We will miss him.
By the way, his  poor performance at the South Carolina  game, it turns out, was because he had a project due. When will Vols learn that Aerospace majors should not be distracted from football  by their life's work during football season.
Reminds me of Terry Dalton, Tight End, in architecture school a class behind me, who didn't take Design classes in fall quarters. Our 8 credit hour design class took 8 or 10 hours a DAY every day, which he determined was not compatible with the effort needed for football.
Derek  Barnett set the Tennessee career record of 33 sacks surpassing my old friend and Guzzlers* teammate, Reggie White's mark of 32.
Finally, a soundly accomplished win over a good team.
We'll see how  badly Florida gets their clock cleaned on Monday. [They didn't. They beat Iowa  30-3]
* The Guzzlers were a slow-pitch softball team, which played in a municipal league in Knoxville. One of the fields we played was located next to an I 40 interchange which went over the Tennessee River. The road next to the field was about 25 feet above grade, and somewhere around 250 to 300 feet from home plate at the field we were playing.
Reggie White came to bat, and hit a limited flight softball designed for slow pitch softball leagues onto that off-ramp. It was the farthest, most towering hit I have ever seen. I've seen baseballs hit further, but not softballs. Thank God he was on our team!