While watching the seventh game of a really good World Series, I just saw a commercial for a Starbucks marketing push called createjobsforusa.org. It goes like this: Starbucks is teaming up with Opportunity Finance Network® (OFN) which is a group of community lending institutions set up to provide financing to community businesses that need our … Read more
If there’s one constant in the human condition throughout all the flavors of humanity, it’s our inability to cope with good fortune. The better our fortune, the more it discombobulates us. Our brains spin constantly with hopes and dreams and wishes, and then when we get the things we hope for we react like we’ve … Read more
He was a little later than we were expecting, but Graham Knight Anderson has finally joined us. He’s a thinker: A style maven: He’s a nine pound, ten ounce bundle of man. He’s not to be trifled with. Here, he’d like to introduce you to his two friends, Thunder and Lightning: And there are plenty … Read more
When you write something on the internet, you might as well assume that it will be out there, somewhere, forever. With that in mind, I want to write something great on the occasion of the birth of my first child, which, if everything goes according to plan, will happen sometime later today. If this, this … Read more
The first time I cried because of 9/11 was the day after, when, instead of “God Save the Queen,” they played “The Star Spangled Banner” at the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. God bless them still.
Courtesy Instapundit (isn’t everything?), the Tax Prof Blog highlights the data showing that 43% of all grades given at 4-year universities and colleges are A’s. When you break it down by sector, the easiest graders are private, nonprofit universities. The toughest graders? Commuter colleges. So, either the students at commuter colleges are getting challenged more, … Read more
As Jesus said, “Take up your cross and follow me, unless it’s uncomfortable or inconvenient, in which case just do whatever, dude“: On May 10, Presbyterians in Minneapolis became the needed 87th local presbytery to vote for deleting the denomination’s expectation for ministers and elders of “fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man … Read more
The folks at Powerline describe the global warming issue in terms that I can relate to. Click over so you can read and then enjoy the parrot sketch in it’s entirety, because it’s always a good time for that.
You read that right. File this under “cultural phenomena I did not know were overlapping.” And now, I’m going to go subscribe to Jack Kerouac’s Twitter feed.
How often do you see American performers pay such a heartfelt tribute to the country that gives them the freedom and opportunity to perform as they please? Nice. (via The Anchoress)
At last, the first act of the Anthony Weiner saga has drawn to a close. (I say “first act” because, if you don’t think this clown is coming back at some point, well, go look up Marv Albert on Wikipedia and come back when you’re done. I’ll still be here.) The whole thing was silly … Read more
From combat historian S. L. A. Marshall, First Wave at Omaha Beach.
There’s been a minor panic-ette over the World Health Organization’s recent declaration that cell phones may cause cancer. More specifically, WHO has classified cell phones as a Class 2B carcinogen. Gizmodo helpfully provides a list of other things that are classified as Class 2B carcinogens, including: Bracken fern Carpentry and joinery [I have no idea … Read more
In commenting on an LA Times story about how high school outsiders become successful adults, Instapundit hits me right where I live: If high school is an environment that systematically punishes traits that lead to success in the real world, then why not abolish high school? As institutions, they don’t do a very good job … Read more
Every time I read some headline like “Perry will consider White House run,” I think, “Hey, that’s great! I would totally vote for him!” Then I realize that his presidential duties would probably leave Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s evil schemes unchecked, and we can’t have that.
Hey, we’re still here! My spiritual advisor and brother-in-law (and pastor) says that people have been calling him on the phone to make sure he’s still here too, so they’ll know they haven’t been Left Behind™. They’re just joking, but still, it’s got to be flattering to know that you’re the canary in the coal … Read more
Among all the “rapture-palooza” stuff on the internet (and by the way, I say kooky things and make terrible predictions all the time; why don’t I get that kind of attention? Anyhoo…), I ran across this “Will You Be Raptured?” flowchart. Notice the Old Testament flavor: I know this is all in good fun, and … Read more
Stephen Hawking has taken the occasion of a Guardian interview to reiterate that he doesn’t believe in any of that childish heaven jazz: I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people … Read more
If you’ve got anything nice to say about David Mamet, better hurry up and say it now (and you could say plenty nice about the writer of, among other things, The Untouchables—“Where’s Nitty?” “He’s in the car.”). He’s publicly declaring his conversion from liberal to conservative, so he’s about to be booted from the ranks … Read more
Today’s This instant’s review: Unthinkable, starring Samuel L. Jackson. Review: Would’ve been better if it was written by David Mamet. Thanks for reading today’s this instant’s review!