A Swift Friday Linkage

Started a new job that has required me to adjust my sleeping patterns, hence we roll out a Lilliputian Friday linkage:

Because Jerr-o just oozes credibility.

A relegated story about the fall of Saigon reaches a new generation, thanks NPR.

Stephen Hawking believes in something far more incredible than spontaneous generation. Takes some serious “wisdom” to make that leap… On a related note, the last sentence of this piece is as sad as it is erroneous.

Your Texas Longhorns kick off the season tomorrow, to quote Dietrich, “I’m as happy as a little girl”.

Et tu, Brute?

A very sensible take on Glenn Beck’s farcical gathering.  Albert Pujols, what were you thinking?

Man encourages 8-year-old to cuss and thus is charged for “impairing the morals of a child”. Not shocked that this happened but I am shocked that the authorities of the Connecticut town have such a charge available to them.

That’s right, he said it. lt had to be said. Somebody got to say it. The Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson took a swipe at Taylor Swift’s talent or lack thereof. Here’s a picture of her from the archives, Kanye is fark’d in, Toth’s son is not,

Steve Jobs for President

Comedian Bill Maher and I are poles apart insofar as worldviews are concerned. He scoffs at the possibility of there being a Creator, I have been born again.

That does not mean that we have to disagree on everything. Showing that he’s not a shill for the current administration he has declared that Apple CEO Steve Jobs (below, after being Shepard Fairey’d) might be better suited to run America than President Obama.

I’m not an Apple fanboy though I do own an iPod and it is a great product.  What kind of platform would Jobs run on? MacOS, perhaps?

Not sure about Jobs’ politics but based on this email exchange with a blogger, “freedom” seems to be a dominant motif in his philosophy. The blogger asked Jobs if Bob Dylan was a 20-year-old at the present time, would he think that the iPad (insert joke here) had the “faintest thing to do with revolution?” The blogger then ends with “Revolutions are about freedom”.

Jobs’ response reveals his commitment to liberate the masses from various things,

Yep, freedom from programs that steal your private data. Freedom from programs that trash your battery. Freedom from porn. Yep, freedom. The times they are a changin’, and some traditional PC folks feel like their world is slipping away. It is.

Freedom from porn?!?! Judging by the fact that Americans drop more of their hard-earned money on porn than on pro-football, baseball and basketball combined, if Jobs ran, he wouldn’t make it out of the primaries.

If Pres. Obama said that he wanted to liberate people from porn, he’d lose his base and people on the right would even find fault with this noble endeavor. Possibly muttering something about this being another example of how socialist the man is. Lest we forget, the Soviet Union and China was and is, respectively, anti-porn so POTUS wanting people to be free from porn only shows how much of a Marxist-Leninist, not to mention Maoist he really is.

Politics…

Moratorium

On using out-of-context Biblical passages or events to bash or deify President Obama.

Enough already.

This might unsettle the throngs of Left Behind devotees, but POTUS is not the rider of the white horse in Rev 6, though Anna (below) might be.


“I can even save Charlie Weis’ job”

Nor is President Obama the rider of a different white horse in Rev 19, I’m looking at you Spike Lee. This does raise the question: If POTUS got inked up, what would he go with?

Psalm 2:1-2?

President Obama for Heisman

We’re about a third of the way through the college football season, and most pundits have their lists of contenders for the prestigious Heisman trophy.

Gene Menez at SI.com:

1. Florida’s Tim Tebow (concussion and all)
2. Notre Dame’s Jimmy Clausen (let’s just give it to him since he goes to Notre Dame)
3. Texas’ Colt McCoy (still riding the wave of last year’s amazing run)
4. Cincinnati’s Tony Pike (“I was at Tony’s house”)
5. Miami’s Jacory Harris (his mom had an attack of the clevers when naming him)

Fox Sports, don’t ask me why, has McCoy as the front runner followed by Tebow and Clausen and some other candidates.

Forget UH’s Case Keenum and Kansas’ Todd Reesing, let me present another darkhorse candidate whom, based on current history, has the potential to steal this thing at the end: President Barack Obama.

I know, I know, the President doesn’t currently play college football but he might. On the strength of this potential, the Prez has not only a puncher’s chance but a real possibility of taking home the hardware come December.

If anything let’s just give it to the man on the strength of the following pose in Mack Brown’s office:

Obama Heisman

Hail to the Chief indeed!

Shane Battier For President

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Original photo credit: Dan Winters, New York Times

Before President Obama entered the national spotlight, there was Shane Battier, the man who I believed would be this nation’s first biracial President  (like the President, Battier’s father is black).

This belief of mine first germinated back when Battier played basketball at Duke, where he dominated the college game. In ’01, he won all the major awards while leading his team to the national title.

Aside from his on-court excellence, Battier when interviewed, though a college student, already sounded presidential. He’s speech was graced with candor, eloquence, and grace.

Of course, we got to see plenty of him since in the words of former UVA coach Pete Gillick, “certainly Duke is Duke, they’re on TV more than Leave it to Beaver re-runs…”, but I digress.

Now that he plays for my (adopted) hometown Houston Rockets, I’ve gotten to hear Battier interviewed on local sports radio, and the man is as smooth as ever.

Apparently, I’m not the only one who had similar thoughts regarding Battier and the presidency. Dan Wetzel, a writer with The Basketball Times back in 1996, is quoted as saying,

I thought he’d be the first black president. He was Barack Obama before Barack Obama.

The quote comes from an outstanding canonization piece on Battier by Michael Lewis of the New York Times: The No-Stats All-Star

In it, Wetzel tells a story from Battier’s senior year in high school, in which many top programs were recruiting him,

Battier narrowed his choices to six schools — Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Duke, Michigan and Michigan State — and told everyone else, politely, to leave him be.

He then set out to minimize the degree to which the chosen schools could interfere with his studies; he had a 3.96 G.P.A. and was poised to claim Detroit Country Day School’s headmaster’s cup for best all-around student.

He granted each head coach a weekly 15-minute window in which to phone him. These men happened to be among the most famous basketball coaches in the world and the most persistent recruiters, but Battier granted no exceptions.

When the Kentucky coach Rick Pitino, who had just won a national championship, tried to call Battier outside his assigned time, Battier simply removed Kentucky from his list. “What 17-year-old has the stones to do that?” Wetzel asks.

“To just cut off Rick Pitino because he calls outside his window?” Wetzel answers his own question: “It wasn’t like, ‘This is a really interesting 17-year-old.’ It was like, ‘This isn’t real.’ ”

Shane Battier in ’16?