Existential panic at the taphouse

By Patrick Hosken

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.

Tonight, it is. Continue reading

"Game Change" movie changes my opinion of Sarah

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

SXSW "homeless hotspot" idea goes tragically (and predictably) wrong

What was BBH Labs thinking? Michael Sebastien at PR Daily is on the money in saying that “it might go down as one of the biggest PR disasters of the year.”

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.

The media wasn’t amused, and now BBH Labs is licking its wounds. Continue reading

Who should replace Hank Williams, Jr. on the Monday Night Football Intro? How about Mitt Romney, Man of the People®?

If you recall, Bocephus is out at MNF, thanks to a joke that ESPN deemed over the line. But somebody has to sing an annoying, poorly customized intro before each game, right? Who, though?

I have an idea.

Lately Mitt Romney, Man of the People® has been touring the country, connecting with the Common Man. He’s connected with Northern auto workers, with the black folk, with NASCAR fans, with hillbillies, and just yesterday, he made important inroads with America’s football fans. Continue reading

Sen. James Inhofe, climate change denier, the Bible only proves you don't understand words.

Senator James InhofeJust the other morning, I ran across this article from ThinkProgress:

Inhofe: God Says Global Warming Is a Hoax

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.”

Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy. Tsk. Tsk. Tsk. Continue reading