Tim Chitwood

Monday Mail: Go vote for a bloody politician

Tim Chitwood tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.com

The blood more stirs to rouse a lion than to start a hare, and it's Monday Mail.

Sir Bill

Today's opening is from William Shakespeare's play "King Henry IV."


Speaking of royalty, Georgians can go vote for some rich people today in the presidential primary, as early voting for the March 1 election begins today. So, get it over with.

Feel the Bern

In the email inbox we have this message:

The U.S. Marshals are selling six pieces of jewelry that formerly belonged to Bernard and Ruth Madoff in an online auction at www.txauction.com.

The auction for the six pieces, a diamond tennis bracelet, gold money clip, antique necklace and brooch, and two Patek Philippe watches, runs through Feb. 16.

The pieces were discovered in 2014 and ordered to be sold by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York last month.

The marshals have sold thousands of Madoff assets, including real property, boats, vehicles, jewelry and household items. Net proceeds from the sale will be made available to the court for restitution to the victims in this case.

Dear Marshals:

Why is it called a "tennis bracelet," anyway? Do women typically wear jewelry while playing tennis? Wouldn't that risk breaking the bracelet? What if you hit with the racket?

I think I'd rather bid on the gold money clip, were I inclined to keep my cash in something that's worth more than the money.

Bloody mess

Here's a crucial public service announcement I would heed had I not already donated blood recently:

The American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donors. Severe winter weather since Jan. 1 has forced the cancellation of more than 300 blood drives across 20 states, resulting in more than 9,500 donations uncollected, further depleting an already low winter supply. Blood donation appointments can be quickly and easily scheduled by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

In the Southern Blood Services Region, serving Georgia and parts of Florida and South Carolina, four blood drives were cancelled on Jan. 22, causing more than 97 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. ...

Dear Red Cross:

Well, we all know you can't go somewhere and bleed if it snows here, because everything has to shut down while people rush to the grocery to load up on milk and bread.

Better import some blood from up North.  Snow doesn't keep those folks from bleeding.

Tim Chitwood, tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.com, 706-571-8508.