Thursday, July 08, 2010

Catching up

What I'm catching up on from vacation, now that I can finally focus on something other than where LeBron James will throw a ball through a hoop next season ...

- AFTER PUTTING Cooper to bed at 7:30, I finally got around to mowing my backyard for the first time in a month. I'm not saying that the grass was high. I'm just saying that afterward I got a call from some guy claiming to be from the feds asking for the clippings to fill enough boom to cover the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Found four golf balls, including my first yellow one.

- ONCE COOPER began sitting up while we were on vacation, we realized that it was time to lower his crib one notch, just in case. Our boy's growing up! I don't think we're prepared! Now we have to start making the house as baby-proof as possible, which won't be easy. We really need to get carpet since the entire house has tile floors. It was okay when we bought the house, and might be okay when Cooper's old enough to track in dirt in a few years, but for now we may have to cover him head-to-toe in Charmin, as overprotective parents are wont to do.

- FROM THE ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Department: Check out what the director of NASA says is the mission that President Kickass gave him:
"And third and perhaps foremost he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contributions to science and engineering."
Hey, who wants to fly to Mars or orbit the Earth when you can remind a few Arabs that they figured out how to add and subtract the number of infidels they killed in the 9th century?

- DON'T DISTURB! National Review editor Jonah Goldberg explores how the left-wing media treats conservatives as "Gorillas in the Mist":
Well, according to many of the nation’s leading editors, it’s that shadowy, often-sinister world where carbon-based life forms of a generally humanoid appearance say and do things relating to, and supportive of, conservative causes and the Republican party. These strange creatures have been observed using complex tools, caring and nurturing their young, and even participating in complex social rituals. Most worship an unseen sky god that traces its roots back to the ancient Middle East. Even more astounding, these creatures are having a noticeable impact on American politics.

And that is why many of our leading journalistic enterprises have found it worthwhile to assign full-time reporters to the task of spelunking through the dark caves of conservatism to better understand these fascinating, if vaguely worrisome, beings.

- SAY CHEESE. Strange photos on Google Streetview, including "horseboy" in Scotland.

- AN OLD MARINE has some gripes in an awesome diatribe, including:
I’m tired of a news media that thinks Bush’s fundraising and inaugural expenses were obscene, but that think Obama’s, at triple the cost, were wonderful. That thinks Bush exercising daily was a waste of presidential time, but Obama exercising is a great example for the public to control weight and stress, that picked over every line of Bush’s military records, but never demanded that Kerry release his, that slammed Palin with two years as governor for being too inexperienced for VP, but touted Obama with three years as senator as potentially the best president ever.

- MY HEART, it just glows with pride in how our government works after reading this from Sen. Chris Dodd (Conn.) on new financial regulations:
"No one will know until this is actually in place how it works. But we believe we've done something that has been needed for a long time. It took a crisis to bring us to the point where we could actually get this job done."
Please, let's keep voting these people back in power.

- LOOSE-LIPPED VP Joe Biden called a store manager a "smartass" after asking the veep to lower taxes, then told an audience to essentially give up because "there's no possibility to restore 8 million jobs lost in the Great Recession." Did I mention that two weeks before, the White House had started a fluffy PR campaign known as "Recovery Summer?"

WHAT I MISSED ON VACATION ... I didn't even know that Sen. Robert Byrd died until the Monday after we returned from vacation, a week later. Reminds me of when I went to England for two weeks in 2000, my senator from Georgia died and I didn't know until I got back. I think my vacations are bad news for senators.

- HEADLINES:

"Yawning is a sign of sexual attraction, scientists claim"
$1.5 million study shows that it also may mean, "You are tired," asks for more funding to find out.

"Virgin blames Customs for delay"
Most reject the "Great Personality" defense.

- HOW CAN THE MEDIA BE BIASED WHEN THEY ALL AGREE? A German network held a "Global Media Forum" that dealt with, among other topics, how to shun "climate change skepticism."

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