Trying to control stabbings by banning knives that have a point on the end was bad enough. But this is really going too far.
The BBC reported recently that the British Home Office is seeking a new design for pint glasses that it hopes may reduce the number of incidents in which people attack each other with pint glasses. – Lowering the Bar
Saw this amazing performance at the annual Dancing in the Streets festival on Grand Street in St. Louis today, performed on straps hung from a tree in a park across from the fabulous Fox Theater.
We went downtown to see my daughters Maxine and Isabel perform in two dance routines, ballet and tap. They were terrific, as always — despite the fact that their first performance was delayed for two hours by a horrific rain storm and the outdoor stage had to be squeegeed, mopped, and towel-dried before they could start.
Evann and I are helping my good friend Fathiyyah set up a YouTube account to promote her amazing custom caps. She’s a little bit older than I am and asked me to keep that in mind:
I have no idea about what and how to label any thing on YouTube. I’ve never even watched it. Just read about it. Dont forget, I’m still into 8-tracks. What are cassette tapes. CDs? DVDs? Bob, I’m still in the horse and buggy state of mind, as far as technology is concerned. Go easy on me.
She’s exaggerating a bit, of course, but I know exactly how she feels. One of our kids once asked us what those “round black things” were called. “Round black things?” “You know, that play music.” “Records?” “Yeah, that’s it!” Boy did that make us feel old!
The architects of education 2.0 predict that traditional universities . . . will find themselves on the wrong side of history, alongside newspaper chains and record stores. “If universities can’t find the will to innovate and adapt to changes in the world around them,” professor David Wiley of Brigham Young University has written, “universities will be irrelevant by 2020.” – FastCompany.com
Something to look forward to. (The absurdity of higher education is one of my pet peeves. Can’t wait for it to collapse.)
Next time you get pulled over by a cop — or stopped at random in a “sobriety checkpoint” — you might want to remember the following laugh line: It’s called the Fifth Amendment to the Bill of Rights, which reads, in part, that “No person . . . shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.” – Eric Peters
Eric Peters is a terrific writer. Let me tell you how good. I used to read his automotive column in the Washington Times regularly — despite the fact that I have no interest whatsoever in cars. That’s how good he is!
Here’s one I summarized in my own syndicated commentary way back in 1995. It’s all about an amazing device that would allow motorists to make the air cleaner while driving! Why hasn’t this “smog-eating radiator” become a standard feature of every car made in America? It’s been 15 years, right? Could it be that our guardians in Washington don’t really want to clean the air, but only to use the specter of pollution to circumscribe our freedoms?
No, that couldn’t be it, but can you think of another explanation?
I’m beginning to wonder about Maven’s learning curve. Sure, he’s the nearly infallible inhuman brain behind computer Scrabble, but he just doesn’t seem to understand what a bad idea it is to play into the outer rows and columns between the triple word scores. You may recall how I exploited this faux pas twice before — playingstodgier for a triple-triple bingo and 131 points, and muenster for 149.
Well, you’re not going to believe this, but Maven’s blundered again. This past Sunday, he played a seven-letter word into the bottom row between the two triple-word scores and set me up for credible — 167 points in a single turn!
Maven never got within a hundred points of me after that, but I failed to score as high as I might have, because my opponent, who doubles as the referee, disallowed my second bingo: caponise. It’s okay for him to use British variant spellings whenever he pleases — including bizarre Burnsian dialect – but not me, apparently.
Ah, well! When you play with cheaters, you just have to beat them by a wider margin.
1976-77: Bob edits bilingual Cajun newspaper, La Gazette
1978: Bob launches economical carnival krewe, the Platefaces ...
... and publishes boardgame based on transit system, Hike
1984: Bob publishes cartoon book, Only in New Orleans
1986-91: Bob edits national magazine, The New American
1995-2001: Bob is editorial director of America's Future
2000: Bob publishes collection of political limericks, Politickles
2005-08: Bob is communications director for St. Vincent de Paul
to St. Joseph
Holy St. Joseph, Spouse of Mary, be mindful of me, pray for me, watch over me. Guardian of the paradise of the new Adam, provide for my temporal wants. Faithful guardian of the most precious of all treasures, I beseech thee to bring this matter to a happy end, if it be for the glory of God, and the good of my soul. Amen
Novena to St. Jude
O most holy apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, people honor and invoke you universally, as the patron of hopeless cases, of things almost despaired of. Pray for me, for I am so helpless and alone. Please help to bring me visible and speedy assistance. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly (state your request) and that I may praise God with you always.
I promise, O blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor, to always honor you as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to you by publishing this request. Amen.