Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
The Naked Cowboy stands around Times Square all day playing the guitar in his underwear — but that doesn’t give the maker of M&M’s the right to make fun of him to sell candy, he says. That, says Robert Burck, the man in the tighty-whities — and not much else — is the naked truth behind the $4-million lawsuit he’s filed against Mars, the maker of M&M’s, along with the advertising agency that (un)dressed up a morsel of candy in Naked Cowboy gear for a commercial. On Monday, a New York judge, after reviewing the bare legal facts, ruled that Burck can go ahead with the lawsuit.
Good luck, Cowboy. Pick something appropriate to wear when you go to court. Something that would match your, ahem, legal briefs.
Martin Luther was born on November 10, 1483, in the German town of Eiselben, the first son of Hans and Margarette Luder (as the name was spelled at this stage; it was later Latinized to the more familiary "Luther")... Having himself risen from the ranks of the German peasantry, Hans was determined to see his son rise still further and bring both status and income to the family. He began to plan his son's future. He would become a lawyer - then, as now, a career with excellent financial prospects.And, it led me to think: what present-day careers will still exist - and be just as lucrative, or perhaps more so - 500 years from now? Obviously we will still need doctors and other healthcare professionals in some form or other. I'm betting that we will continue to have clergy members and religious leaders as well, even though Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens probably hope that we won't. I don't know if it's quite so obvious that we'll have lawyers. Maybe our societies will be such that every law is perfectly clear with no wiggle room, so lawyers will be unnecessary.
UPDATE: It means you can carry a gun. Didn't it already say that?
That morning coffee is just the thing to get the brain in gear and the body moving. But it turns out that just the aroma of coffee also gets some of our genes up and at ‘em. That’s according to research in the June 25th issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. The authors report that a sniff of coffee turns on several genes in the brain in ways that help diminish the impact of sleep deprivation. In rats, at least.
Of course, this all begs the question: what do rats have to be stressed out about?
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Dobson believes that Obama "equated" him with Rev. Al Sharpton. You can listen to Obama's speech and Dobson's response here. You can also read the text of Obama's speech here.
Naturally, voices from the blogosphere aren't united when it comes to Dobson and Obama:
- Denny Burke thinks Dobson's statements were correct.
- Scot McKnight writes that Dobson misunderstood and distorted Obama's statements.
- LaShawn Barber (who stopped being a political blogger some time ago but seems to be slowly creeping back into it) believes Obama interprets Scripture just like John Kerry.
- Jim Wallis thinks Dobson uses inappropriate language. Of course, Wallis isn't always so charitable with his own language. He has said Vice President Cheney is a liar and President Bush is too stupid to be president. What did the pot say to the kettle?
- Mark Byron says Dobson acts like it's December 25.
- Peter Wehner writes that Obama was "respectful and authentic."
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
- Expand your cinematic vocabulary.
- Respect the medium you are criticizing.
- Develop an appreciation for all the arts.
- Study classic film criticism.
- Develop a unique voice.
- Don't be dull.
- Invest yourself in other pursuits.
- Become an excellent essayist.
- Avoid the reviews of others before writing... study them afterwards.
- Develop a philosophy of trash.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
In a way, the world is a great liar. It shows you it worships and admires money, but at the end of the day it doesn't. It says it adores fame and celebrity, but it doesn't, not really. The world admires, and wants to hold on to, and not lose, goodness. It admires virtue. At the end it gives its greatest tributes to generosity, honesty, courage, mercy, talents well used, talents that, brought into the world, make it better. That's what it really admires. That's what we talk about in eulogies, because that's what's important. We don't say, "The thing about Joe was he was rich." We say, if we can, "The thing about Joe was he took care of people."
The young are told, "Be true to yourself." But so many of them have no idea, really, what that means. If they don't know who they are, what are they being true to? They're told, "The key is to hold firm to your ideals." But what if no one bothered, really, to teach them ideals?
After Tim's death, the entire television media for four days told you the keys to a life well lived, the things you actually need to live life well, and without which it won't be good. Among them: taking care of those you love and letting them know they're loved, which involves self-sacrifice; holding firm to God, to your religious faith, no matter how high you rise or low you fall. This involves guts, and self-discipline, and active attention to developing and refining a conscience to whose promptings you can respond. Honoring your calling or profession by trying to do within it honorable work, which takes hard effort, and a willingness to master the ethics of your field. And enjoying life. This can be hard in America, where sometimes people are rather grim in their determination to get and to have. "Enjoy life, it's ungrateful not to," said
Ronald Reagan. When it's your time to die, what do you want people to say about you?
I am reminded of a quote that's been attributed to the Cherokee: When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Happy Father's Day, Dad.
An aside: I think it's rather funny that McCain entered politics because he became sort of "stuck" where he was in the military, and now he is someone who could become the next Commander in Chief.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
The Wife and I chose the same dishes for our meal. We started off with the appetizer that St. Elmo is most famous for, the shrimp cocktail. It's every bit as fiery as everyone says it is and certainly not for the squeamish.
Our main course was the filet mignon, accompanied by redskin mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables. The filet, cooked medium, was delicious. The potatoes were mainly creamy with a few meaty lumps. The vegetables on my plate were mostly green beans, with a couple carrots and mini cherry tomatoes for good measure. Our waiter assured us there was no salmonella anywhere on our plates.
Our dessert was chocolate pots de creme, which is similar to a rich pudding. It was topped by fresh blueberries and a sprig of mint. A rich, sweet end to a delicious meal.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
As an internist at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital, Dr. Stephanie Santos is used to finding odd things in people's stomachs. So last spring when a young man, identifying himself as an Iraq-bound soldier, said he had accidentally swallowed a pen at the bus station, she believed him. That is, until she found a second pen. It read 1-800-GREYHOUND. Last summer, according to published reports, a 20-year-old Bronx soldier paid a hit man $500 to shoot him in the knee on the day he was scheduled to return to Iraq. The year before that, a 24-year-old specialist from Washington state escaped a second tour of duty, according to his sister, by strapping on a backpack full of tools and leaping off the roof of his house, injuring his spine.It's very catch-22.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr., who earlier in the week called Big Brown’s victory in the Belmont Stakes a “forgone conclusion,” rushed back to the barn to tend to the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, the lowest price Belmont Stakes favorite since Secretariat in 1973. He later told reporters that he couldn’t find anything physically wrong with the colt and was next planning to “scope” him to see if bleeding from his nostrils or throat could have interfered with his breathing.I think there are several lessons to be learned from this:
- There is very little in life that is a "foregone conclusion," much less a horse race. Like Patrick Henry supposedly said, the only certain things are death and taxes.
- It's never wise to boast, because if you don't follow through, you look like an idiot.
- If you're going to race, you have to prepare, no matter how you've done in the past.
- There's a new new sensation every year.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
It was the speech she was supposed to give. I think it took the extra few days from Tuesday evening just to get it right. I wonder what ran through her mind the five minutes before she took the stage.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Take this assessment of Hugh Hewitt's views of Obama. Sullivan has just created "the Hewitt Award, named after the absurd partisan fanatic, Hugh Hewitt, is given for the most egregious attempts to label Barack Obama as un-American, alien, treasonous, and far out of the mainstream of American life and politics."
Sullivan uses this example:
Its most proximate inspiration was this quote from Hewitt himself about the Portland, Oregon, rally:You might read that and think Hewitt probably wrote that out of the blue without any kind of context whatsoever. It turns out, he did not. He asked the question because the rock band The Decemberists, who "opened" for Obama when he spoke in Portland, typically begin their concerts with the Soviet National Anthem. Hewitt, in that particular post, makes no connection between Obama and communist ideology.
"And did the Obama rally begin with the Soviet National Anthem?"
Since subtle attempts to describe Obama as a commie atheist alien are a central plank of Republican attacks, the Hewitt Award is reserved for those that border on hilarious extremity.
When someone writes something that is incredibly unfair, be sure to hand out The Sullivan Award.