Our favorite college bar isn’t really a college bar at all. It’s a tavern in both name and appearance—dank, coarse, and undemanding. Jukebox in the corner, pickled eggs in a glass jar, and bathrooms covered in woozy signatures. No tank top-clad undergrads shimmying on the bar and pouring shots in boyishly joyful guys’ mouths. It’s all brick walls and broken Pabst Blue Ribbon taps here.
The owner’s a stout, gruff man with a pencil-drawn mustache and stance like a penguin. He’s there nearly every night, a grungy rag draped over his shoulder, always eager to grab you a Budweiser or mix you a whiskey sour. He leans against the counter between orders, positioned below a fulsome shrine of liquor bottles and upside-down high balls. To his right, a bearded man with a lunatic glare and a bandana; to his left, his tattooed-behind-the-ears daughter.
Of course, these details are easier to distinguish when the place isn’t packed to capacity.
Fair warning: On my refrigerator I have a large magnet with a picture of Sarah Palin and the letters “WTF?”
So I tuned into the controversial HBO movie Game Changer much as Antony showed up at Caesar’s funeral, not to praise but to bury. To be more precise, I had formed a view of Sarah Palin as dumb, vacuous, ignorant, inept in matters of government, manipulative, avaricious and flighty. And of course a liar. As it turns out, at least according to the movie, that list was pretty much spot on as far as it went.
But it also added a few other words to that list: wonderful ( as in mother and wife,) caring, naive, loyal, principled, and most importantly used, abused, betrayed and discarded. I came away almost liking Sarah. Continue reading →
New York-based marketing firm BBH Labs equipped homeless people on the streets of Austin with devices that made them wireless hot spots. Internet seekers then paid what they wanted—in cash or via PayPal—to access the Web. The homeless men and women kept all of the money.
That article links to a short clip from an interview Inhofe gave to one Vic Eliason at Voice of Christian Youth America to promote his book The Greatest Hoax:
“Well actually the Genesis 8:22 that I use in there is that “as long as the earth remains there will be springtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night.” My point is, God’s still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.”