Speaking of Instapundit
Here's a damn nice sentence:
"It just requires attention to detail and a level head."
Here's a damn nice sentence:
Happy birthday Cassandra Wilson, one of the top jazz vocalists of our day.
It's hard to believe, but Frank Zappa died twenty years ago today, robbing us of who knows how many more years of work. Luckily, while he was alive, it was practically all he did.
I was watching a recent episode of Parks And Recreation, "Filibuster." As you might expect, it's about Leslie filibustering. She wants to ensure Eagletonians, whom she incorporated into Pawnee, are allowed to vote--even if it means she'll be recalled. As usual, her nemesis is council member Jeremy Jamm (played by an old acquaintance, Jon Glaser). He makes sure she follows all the filibuster rules--she can't sit down or stop talking or get help, etc.
Tomorrow will be the birthday of Chris Hillman, of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, among others. He could sing, play and compose--sometimes all at once.
Happy birthday, Adolph Green. He was born in 1914, back when it was okay to call your kid Adolph. He, with his partner (but not wife) Betty Comden, wrote great lyrics and scripts to a lot of shows and movies, and were great performers themselves. So let's hear some of Dolphie's great work.
In the Washington Post, Dana Milbank has another one of those bring back the draft pieces*. I've said it before and now I have to say it again--this may not be the worst idea ever, but it's probably in the top ten. The armed forces are not primarily a social experiment. Their main purpose is to protect and defend the United States. A volunteer army has much higher morale than one that's been forced to serve. Really we don't need to go any further than that.
On a Mercedes--DRMUZIK. I'm sure lots of people make jokes about a prescription for more cowbell.
Happy birthday Lou Rawls. The soul singer would have been 80 today.
Hard to tell where the advertising ends and the news begins in this story, about Alderney and bitcoins. (Shouldn't bitcoin be capitalized? Is currency generally capitalized? US Dollar? Yen or yen? Japanese Yen or Japanese yen? Focus, CG, focus.)
Speaking of food, I saw a spot advertising new items on McDonald's Dollar Menu. For instance, there's the Bacon Cheddar McChicken, the Grilled Onion Cheddar Burger and the 20-piece Chicken McNuggets.
Can it be? Magnus Carlsen turns 23 today. He's spent so many years as the amazing chess prodigy that it's hard to get used to him as just the greatest adult player ever.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ben Stiller is considering giving up acting for directing: "...as a director I feel much more freedom. There are just so many different kinds of movies that I can make that aren't limited by who I am as an actor."
Happy birthday Billy Strayhorn, the great jazz composer best known for his work with Duke Ellington.
Happy Turkey Day. It's my favorite national holiday. I'll be going to a friend's house to enjoy the meal and the company. Hope you have as nice a time as I will.
Last year I watched The Neighbors, mostly because it was between The Middle and Modern Family. The critics hated it but it sort of grew on me--as it did on some of them. The concept was a group of beings from another planet live in a gated community in New Jersey. They've been there for years when an actual human family moves in, a family who soon discovers who their neighbors actually are. From that point on, the plots revolved around the aliens, particularly the leading family, reacting and adapting to the ways of earthlings, particularly New Jersey earthlings.