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Yesterday I noticed that my local Chipotle had a sign on its door saying it'd be closed on Easter. Warms this atheist's cockles.
Angels. As a kid I lived and died for them. Back in the 70s, when it was Tanana and Ryan and 2 days of cryin'.
Not such a baseball nut anymore. Players seem too muscle-bound. I miss the days when skinny dudes played short and second, and they choked up at the bat ... Larry Bowa, Freddy Patek, etc.
And I miss complete games. Can't stand the multiples of pitching changes.
He could jump ship and, linking up with a few experts in the field, start a Khan-Academy-style online DIY university for military history.
How cool would that be.
Then again, a flower?
I grew up with an older brother who from high school on was always in really weird prog-rock bands. Accordingly he would not permit me to listen to anything that smacked of pop or mainstream rock. Even Led Zep was verboten.
One rule of thumb was that if a song was danceable, it was suspect.
So I adjusted, and grew to like prog, and spent 1000s of hours in my youth, age 10-17 roughly, curled up in the easy chair next to the big console stereo, listening to early Queen, early Genesis, early Yes, King Crimson, Van Der Graaf Generator/Peter Hammill, Gentle Giant, etc.
Tough to pick a fave track, but one that always stands out for me is an otherwise obscure Genesis song, from the album Foxtrot, titled Can Utility and the Coastliners. Just perfect.
Does it contain a cheesy tune? Yes, definitely - since it starts out like a simple little unassuming ditty. But at about a minute in, the entire feel changes, and momentum picks up. Then you get another change, and an intensity starts to build until the song ends in a rousing finish, with Peter Gabriel at full throat.
And by the way, the link in the post doesn't work. What's the story behind it?
I'd like to see a website, called Celebridirt or something, that would serve as a general reference source for 'calling out' celebrities.
Envision a page for each celeb, on which you'd list, simply and concisely, 10 stupid or disgusting things they've said or done. Political or otherwise.
Wanna quickly look up Matt Daaaaamon's most idiotic quotes? It'd be right there, all compiled for ya.
Bravo. More like this!
(Also I wonder if this sort of thing could be a daily feature. Too much for one busy man to produce, sure. So have funny content contributed by members in an open thread setup. E.g. provide, for about 5-10 news items, the first line, i.e. the straight. Then have users in the comments come up with the funny for the second line. At the end of the day have an editor choose the best, and post it in finalized form, like we see here.)
If the Left attempts this, the right should just shake its head, sigh, and somberly say:
"So you're saying he's a cornball brother? Not down with the cause?"
Problem with Geraldo running as a Republican is that he embraces the worst prejudices about the party. Listening to Geraldo's radio show yesterday while driving to work, heard him take a call from a black dude talking about the supposed deeply-entrenched racism within the Republican Party, etc. Implying that the GOP is hopeless. Geraldo basically agreed, riffing right into a simplistic caricature of the Southern strategy, saying that in civil-rights era, when the Dems were busy being righteous, the Repubs cynically decided to embrace the George Wallace sector of the Democratic Party, etc.
Geraldo would run as a Republican to try to help realize the vision for the party that groups like Moveon say they have for it: the me-too pseudo-opposition, subordinate to and essentially supportive of the rightful majority party.
Original sin. Growing up and well into my 20s I always assumed capitalism would destroy the planet by, oh, about 1998. And then we'd be doomed to the Soylent Green world.
I think it takes the average person a good old-fashioned epiphany (Schumpeterian?) to understand that capitalism rightly understood is a bona fide good thing, and responsible for most of what's good about our modern world.
Countries typically topping these sorts of 'best places to do business' rankings are either small ones with dense populations or large ones with light populations.
When people out here in southern California suggest that the state should secede, I tell 'em, no, go one step further: Los Angeles should secede, and model itself as Singapore West.
I remember years ago having such high hopes for Porkbusters.org. But unfortunately it just faded away. Wonder if Ricochet or Breitbart could create something like it, and follow through and keep it effective.
And I'd love to see rallies staged by, like, young ronpaulophiles at prominent pork sites. With inflatable pigs and stuff, and mock celebrations of pork-procuring politicians.
How about a list that would rank all congressmembers according to their friendliness or anti-friendliness to the U.S. Constitution. Attach concise explanations for each. Update it weekly, to keep it in the news.
Also, do the same for all US presidents, 1 through 44. Average person would be shocked to find that FDR was suspect in this regard.
There should be a website called Progressidirt.com, where prominent progressives throughout history are listed and each has their own page with a concise list of 10 really really bad things they did or said.
But there isn't.
Good idea. But. The thing to bear in mind here is that to the average American the words 'federal' and 'national' are essentially interchangeable. Tomato-tomahto.
Probably the best way to wake up the folks to the difference, and call out the statists, is to just bring up the question in the title, whenever relevant. That'll make the average person wonder what the difference is, and why it matters.
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