Friday, July 20, 2012

Hither and Thither 7/20/2012

Howdy howdy, friends and neighbors. I do believe I've cooked up a nice little collection for y'all.
  • News-reading: it may be more dangerous than it looks.
  • Book update. The Proverbs book understandably didn't have a massive PR push, and it's quite a slower read than TWTG, so reviews have not been as fast in coming as an author might hope. But they do trickle out, and this one from Pastor Chris Anderson, a man I like and admire (and owe, forever, for his help with TWTG) put out a very encouraging and kind preliminary review.
  • We've had some very impressive storms come through. The boys and I had the greatest time Monday on the back porch, watching more lightning than I saw in 23 years of living in Sacramento. Some of the lightning was so close that it was like the (always-wrong!) movie lightning, as Josiah observed: flash-bang! all at once.
  • What's odd is how one little brief storm blew out the power a few weeks ago, but all these hammering storms recently have not. Not complaining! Just don't get it.
  • Maybe we need one of these though.
  • My neighbor Voddie Baucham has produced a brilliant, articulate, bare-knuckled article titled Gay Is Not the New Black. (thx Robert Sakovich) There are a number of "money-quotes." Here's one, speaking of a legal ruling:
this is asinine logic. For example, following this line of reasoning, one could argue, "I have the right to join the military, but I am a pacifist. Therefore, I don't really have the right (since it would be repulsive to me). Therefore, we need to establish a pacifist branch of the military so that I can fulfill both my desire to join, and my desire not to fight."
  • You think you're serious about the cheese on your cheeseburger?
  • Mm-mm! Bacon bowl! (Developing a tip from Steve Hills)
  • That sound you hear on the stairs? It might not be nothing
  • File the previous entry under Coming Robot Overlords Update, btw.
  • And this as well: good to know that Our Coming Robot Overlords will be keeping us safe and secure.
  • Ironic reflection: maybe close to 100% of those behind that movie don't see that President Obama and his ideology is right in line with what they're parodying.
  • You know, actually, sometimes... standing is a lot of work.
  • Even the price of yelling at bums is going up.
  • I Never Liked Target All That Much Update: now they're selling "gay" "wedding" cards. Yeppers. Why? "'Target is focused on diversity and inclusivity,' spokesperson for Target Molly Snyder said, adding that they offer wedding cards relevant for everyone,'” including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender couples."
  • Well, since we're being all diverse and everything, will they sell "You're Not Really Married, And Let Me Tell You About Jesus" cards? I'll let you know.
  • In the meanwhile, breathe. No breath-holding.
  • And then there is beloved Chick-fil-A, who swims cheerfully against the tide on that issue. (thx Chris Carney)
  • This would totally work in Houston:
  • Plus, in a more pious tone:
  • Right now, there's a very funny hash-tag on Twitter titled #ObamaKidsBooks. Some of the titles
How the Grinch Subsidized The Non-Denominational Winter Solstice
Twinkle Twinkle little Czar
Heather Has Two Mommies Without Jobs
The Little Engine That Couldn't Without Federal Assistance
Little Section 8 House on the Prairie
Diary of Wimpy President
Charlie & The Shuttered Chocolate Factory
Twas The Night Before Stimulus

The Taxing Tree
My Little Crony
Oh, The Debt You'll Owe!
Green Jobs and Scams
Fast and Furious George
Harry Potter and the Death Panels
Alexander & the Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Obama Presidency
— and, finally—
Goodnight, Future
  • Julie Garrett sent me a funny, in the person of someone whose tax return the IRS supposedly rejected because it didn't accept this answer to "list your dependents": 12 million illegal immigrants; 3 million crack heads; 42 million unemployed people on food stamps, 2 million people in over 243 prisons; Half of Mexico; 535 persons in the U.S. House and Senate; and 1 useless President."
  • BTW, I think one of the Obama-team failed themes has been to try to get Romney to release tax statement #479 or something. Well, there are a few things Mr. Obama hasn't released, we shouldn't forget.
  • But don't take Obama out of context. (BTW, when I'm doing this link, there is nothing out of color on that site. I only say that because I know how The Intarwebs are.)
  • Well, the BSA remains sane. At present. But they had to deliberate it over, first. Mustn't be hasty. I mean, after all, maybe it's a great idea to allow folks pursuing sexual perversion to lead groups of young boys into the wilderness! You know, if you forget the Bible and all that.
  • Perfect food? A 100% ground bacon patty. (thx Matt Olmstead)

  • And for dessert?
  • Dang, I am so hungry right now.
  • And to wash it down? (thx Anthony Forsyth)
  • No.
  • And yes, please (Randy Talley):
  • Okay, this is pretty wonderful. Who knew that Joss Whedon, in addition to script-doctoring and creating terrific TV and smash movies, was a genuine action hero... sort of? Check out this Written By a Kid feature titled Scary Smash. You'll love it.
  • So... a guy joins a really strange cult, marries a few times, has a kid, names her "Suri"... and says  he wants her life to be "as normal as possible." Yeah, well. Clearly.
  • Finally: bad cobra! Bad!
  • (I can see a new expression being born: "Dude, you really slapped the cobra on that one.")
  • And...


The Blainemonster said...

I always suspected that about USB cables!!!! Thought I was crazy, I did...

Tom Chantry said...

Did it occur to anyone to suggest the
kicky little Marxist title: Llama, Llama, Red-Obama?

mikeb said...

When I tell people about the Salman case, they say things like, "Oh, there must be something we don't know about this case."

First they came for the...

Marla said...

One thing the pundits noticed about his "you didn't build that" comment? Narry a teleprompter in sight. I think that should happen more often! His foot goes in his mouth knee-deep without the teleprompter.

I was thinking about 4-dimensional space the other day...I'm convinced that's where my own personal gremlin (youngest boy)hides things.

(the sleep pie-graph is listed twice)

Thanks Dan, another great H-T!

Marla said...

Updates already! The cobra thing reminded me of the guy-cleaning-the-cobra-pit video on youtube. Had to go watch that again. That's a job I'm glad I don't have. That weather graphic could just as well be Columbus Ohio. (That was the weather yesterday.)

Friday is the best day of the week, mostly because of H-T. :)

Frank Turk said...

I would say something nice about this post, but I am credited in it and don't want to seem self serving.

DJP said...

A vanity comment eschewing vanity-comments.

It's like "The Gary Shandling Show," only in print and rated G!

canewbie said...

Kudos to Chick-Fil-A!!
California town doesn't get it either.

Lynn Arthur

Robert said...

The thing about the whole Chick-fil-A that always shows up is the hateful comments from the pro gay-marriage (talk about an oxymoron) crowd. And then they try to call statements like the one that Mr. Cathy made hate speech. One wonders if these people ever examine the words that come out of their mouth or that they type on the screen.

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Bacon. Taco. Now there's a good thought for a wet summer(?) day.

And now I can rest at night, assured that I'm not losing my mind, re USB cables.

Love the book titles!


Gilbert said...

We need a "Hither and Thither" theme song. Turk, run with that ball. :-)

Generator, Dan? See how often the power goes out first. Hint: the first hurricane you get affected by (directly or indirectly), they may shut down the power forcibly so that people don't drive or walk over live lines. One lightning strike on one pole will take you down. A million that miss the grid won't phase it. That's how God's electric plant works. :-) If you can afford it, in your area, I would get it. Houston outages, between extreme heat and numerous thunderstorms, tends to go out more. Not the power company's fault, usually. If you do get a generator, make sure it can power the A/C, microwave, refigerator/freezer, gas stove (electric starting and operating, sadly!), and TV. And get a small "rabbit ears" TV antenna when the cable/satellite goes out. A storm up here knocked out a friend's power for 6 days. He had all those powered, but could only watch DVD's until I got him some rabbit ears. Then he was able to see what was happening.

Another excellent H&T, Dan!

Gilbert said...

Sorry, more: A generator keeps $200-$500 worth of food good, and in extended outages, can be used to be witnesses by inviting people over who don't have power. If nothing else, it lets you sleep and keeps crankiness down. :-)

trogdor said...

You know, I'm starting to think that trading Voddie Baucham for TD Jakes may not have been a great idea.

Mizz Harpy said...

Thanks for the H&T Dan.

I thought the Smithsonian using an image from the Creation Museum was hilarious.

Isn't Obama's "you didn't build that" line just a variation of the "It takes a village to raise a child" line that Democrats love to trot out?

I can appreciate the insomnia image right now. I gave up trying to sleep, got up, had coffee then decided to grill a skirt steak, zucchini and an apple for dinner.

A generator is a good idea along with plenty of bottled water. Remember to fill your tub and any large pots too so you have water for washing, bathing and flushing the toilet.

Dorothy said...

The spider was a bit freaky so I watched the kitten fall over for a while and felt better.
Scary Smash made me laugh.
And...I saw someone at church yesterday with a copy of the Proverbs book, proving that it's gaining popularity in the northern parts of Canada.

DJP said...

Oh, just a random Canadian (or Canadienne)? Sweet!