By "Small Business" We Mean "Charity"

While watching the seventh game of a really good World Series, I just saw a commercial for a Starbucks marketing push called 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

Sometimes, Life is Like You Won Something

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

This May Very Well Become an All-Baby-Pictures Blog

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

Waiting on Graham

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 Day After 9/11

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.

I Will Now Return to College and Make Honor Roll in a Subject I Know Nothing About

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

Mainline Protestants Not Protesting Very Much Anymore

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

Climate Change Crisis Compared to Monty Python “Dead Parrot” Sketch, Allowing Me to Finally Understand Climate Change Crisis

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.

Mr. Rogers Breakdance Remix

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.

Penn & Teller’s Patriotic Flag Burning

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)

Anthony Weiner and the Importance of Shame

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

No One Here Gets Out Alive

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

The Opposite of Education

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

Oh, There You Are Candidate Perry

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.

The Day After the Rapture: Well, Shoot, I Guess I Have to Cut My Grass After All

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

Getting to Heaven the Hard Way

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 on Heaven, Which Isn’t One of the Seven Extra Dimensions That We Can’t See

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

David Mamet: F-ing Republican

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

The Cynical Christian 3-Second Movie Review

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!