Friday, May 22, 2009


"I don't think evolution should be associated with our school."

Sherry Melby, a band parent who teaches in the district. T-shirts promoting the Smith-Cotton High School band's fall program have been recalled because of concerns about the shirt's evolution theme.
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Ya down with P.O.E,? Yeah you know me! 

Hunter from Kos writes a perceptive statement

if there is one thing that conservatism is truly expert at, it is telling you that anything in conservatism means the exact opposite of everything conservatism has been telling you it means for the last thirty years, and it all makes perfect sense, thank you very much, because that was yesterday and this is today, and conservatism will likely mean something else tomorrow, so don't get too comfortable with it.

There is an abiding fascination among conservatives for continually defining conservatism to its purest and most essential qualities. Most of the time they don't know what the hell they're talking about. But if they use words like "principle" and "liberty" with enough solemnity, and attack liberals with enough venom, then they feel like they're re-discovering that magical "purity of essence" that will cure all their movement's current ills.
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Shorter Nagin 

The naked truth is that I am poised to take credit for anything positive that happens in New Orleans between the end of my term and the 2018 tricentennial, and beyond.


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Not trending favorably 

Donald Trump hired Joan Rivers as his "Apprentice". America voted for Kris Allen as its "Idol".

I'm suddenly concerned that Bill O'Reilly is in the running for Supreme Court Justice.


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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Where we bend over backwards to make a suggestive Primus reference 

Sunday, the New Orleans Zephyrs played the Portland Beavers in near tornadic conditions. Lovely and I took the Pearlgirls to the baseball game because we had purchased the "family pack" special several weeks earlier. I couldn't believe the game wasn't called off. We sat down near first base, and looked in awe as dark charcoal clouds churned and cold rain blasted our faces. "I'm cold daddy! I wanna go home!"... etc. So the girls' first baseball experience was rather abbreviated and... diluted. They did enjoy a hot dog, a Ms. Pac-man game, and Boudreaux the Nutria came by and hugged them. And since the Zephyrs' pitching is rather weak, they did see the Beavers hit some line drives into the gaps.

Saturday Louisiana native Calvin Borel rode filly Rachel Alexandra to victory in the Preakness. Last year, Louisiana native Ken Desormeaux rode Big Brown to victory in the Preakness. I was so sure that Big Brown would win the Triple Crown in 2008. But a crack in his hoof dashed my high hopes.

Speaking of Big Brown and Beavers, Winona Ryder is featured in this month's People magazine. She has received fewer movie offers since that embarrassing shoplifting incident in 2001. Instead of drugs or a lapse of reason, however, I prefer to believe that Winona was simply inspired to try a shoplifting "experiment" after reading Conrad Aiken's Impulse.

It's an example of something I prefer to believe that isn't true.

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