The Maverick

Maverick (n.) – an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party

If one were to ask some of our most politically minded individuals (or Sarah Palin) to name the first person who comes to their mind after hearing this word, the tabulated answer would probably be this man:

Meanwhile, others who are not so politically wired might name either one of the 2 gentleman here:

Not into movies? Then you might drag Brett Favre into the conversation (I hope the recent allegations levied against him are not true).

As for me, a blogger just trying to get a hit (get your mind out of the gutter), I wouldn’t go with any of the aforementioned people.

Who do I think of when I hear “maverick”? Larry David (below).

I think of Mr. David only because my “maverick” bears a striking resemblance to the Seinfeld (this show is so good that it made me like NYC) co-creator.

My “maverick” (let’s call him “Larry”) rides my commuter bus in the morning. Everyday, “Larry” makes use of our converted charter bus’ ventral luggage compartment by cramming his 10-speed in there.

Inevitably, people stare at him through the whole process. Even people who see him do this day in and day out, I’m guilty as charged.

People from all walks of life stare at him, from the suburbanites cocooned inside the bus to the homeless dudes who gather at “Larry’s” Med Center stop (Fannin at McGregor).

So why’s “Larry” a maverick? Because despite the hushed whispers and incredulous looks from fellow passengers (he makes us all late to work) and homeless people (their “c’mon man!” glares betray the fact that they all think he’s crazy), “Larry” keeps keepin’ on by making his bike every bit the commuter that he is.

So here’s to you, Ler and your maverick spirit, Dallas Maverick owner Mark Cuban’s got nothing on you.

[this post is dedicated to a true bike commuter, my fellow blogger, Jason K]

One of the Best Videos You’ll Ever Watch

Didn’t watch last night’s debate because I had better things to do, but even if that had not been the case, I would have watched either the Mexico-Canada match or Game 5 of the NLCS (I like my bread and circus as much as the next person).

I acknowledge that the title is a bit presumptous but that was my immediate thought after watching the vid.

Enjoy!

(H/t: A Slice of Polis via Tim)

Jessica Alba goes Hannibal Lecter for the Common Good

Election season can be amusing for a myriad of reasons. One such reason is that some celebrities come out of their sheltered existences to perform the noblest of tasks: get the narod to vote Democrat.

They do this using clever slogans, such as Sean Combs’ “Vote or Die” campaign or even more clever photography, like this:

Yes, that is movie star Jessica Alba doing her best Hannibal Lecter impersonation (read the full story here).

Truth be told, no matter what Ms. Alba does, I will forever think of her as the girl in Idle Hands.

Jessica is a professing Barack Hussein Obama (that’s for you Job) supporter. Describing this new campaign (Declare Yourself), she said:

If you don’t register and vote and make a difference, and hopefully change the bad things that are happening in our country, you are essentially just binding and muzzling yourself.

I know that not everything is peachy keen in this great country, but these words ring a little hollow coming from someone who pulls a couple million per film not to mention a few more from Revlon.

Unspoken in this picture, of course, is that us little people should get out to vote for her man and not the other guy.

In the interest of fairness, why wasn’t noted John Sidney McCain III supporter Chuck Norris given a chance to rock a muzzle in one of these ads? Oh that’s right, muzzles are afraid of Chuck, silly me…

To be a Fly on the Wall…


Via Daily Mail

Somehow I don’t think they were singing Kum Ba Yah

Got a caption?

Sarah Palin Gets Some Love from the U.K.

Yes, despite the fact that the Republican Presidential nominee John McCain spoke tonight, it shall remain the Sarah Palin show here at Last Row (not to mention across the pond).

So not only did her historic speech garner huge numbers (37.2 million viewers according to this story), now she is being compared, by at least one British journalist, to one Margaret Hilda Thatcher (the one on the left by the way).

You rock, no, you rock

Here’s British journalist Richard Littlejohn’s story:
A pistol-packin’ Looby Loo: the Left’s worst nightmare

An excerpt:

The way the Left, both here and in America, are contorting themselves is a joy to behold. Sarah Palin is every Guardianista’s worst nightmare.

It’s reminiscent of how they used to patronise Mrs Thatcher 30 years ago. What did this small-town girl know about anything?

How could any woman expect to run a country and raise a family? What does she know about foreign affairs?

Of course, they weren’t saying that a woman couldn’t be Prime Minister, you understand. Just not this woman.

Ann Coulter digs Sarah Palin

Republican Presidential hopeful John McCain’s choice of a running mate, Sarah Palin, has certainly struck a nerve with America. It doesn’t matter whether you are one of the faces of the seemingly left-leaning media houses (would Couric, Gibson and Williams been in NOLA had the DNC were ongoing? Pfft, please!), their adherents or someone on the other side of the proverbial aisle.

The pick generated talk, lots of it. At work we’ve gotten into discussions regarding the pick. I’ve had professing Democrats tell me that this woman is a poor choice because:

  1. She let her child get pregnant (“if you can’t keep control of your home…”)
  2. She has five children of her own (“How is she going to do her job effectively? Isn’t her teenage daughter’s pregnancy proof of that?”)
  3. She’s inexperienced (yes they said this with a straight face, must have forgotten just how junior the junior Senator from Illinois actually is).

Of course, given the fact that at least one of these folk is an unabashed admirer of President Clinton, I couldn’t help but bring up his dalliances while in office. To which my Clintonista co-worker replied with an ever thoughtful, “I love the guy”. Yeah…

Based on what she’s written, I’d have to say (for whatever it’s worth) that Ann Coulter (right) and I seem to have fairly similar worldviews. To be sure though, I don’t always agree with her methodology.

She recently penned a column (“The Best Man Turned Out to be a Woman”) in which in my humble opinion she deflates the liberal case against Sarah Palin.

Most striking is the following paragraph:

Then they attacked her daughter, who actually is pregnant now, for being unmarried. When liberals start acting like they’re opposed to pre-marital sex and mothers having careers, you know McCain’s vice presidential choice has knocked them back on their heels.

Zing!

For another well-written column on Mrs. Palin see,
A Time-Warped Sexist Assault

Thomas Sowell’s Random Thoughts

Check out this week’s Random Thoughts from Dr. Sowell, a couple of samples:

I wonder what radical feminists make of the fact that it was men who created the rule of “women and children first” when it came to rescuing people from life-threatening emergencies.

It is hard to get the supporters of Barack Obama to give a coherent reason for their support. The basis for their support seems to be guilt, gullibility or– in the case of some conservatives– a hatred of John McCain.

Good stuff…