The First Fists Open Up Friday Linkage

Three-fourths of the First Family hard at play on the Gulf Coast:

“What coast?  GULF COAST!”

The other fourth? She’s probably too busy focusing on her future presidency (a preview here) and has no time for such trivialities as putt-putt.

Here are the week’s links:


Residents of Sac-town, hide your kids, hide your wife, there are zebras on the loose… Mark Driscoll’s helpful  thoughts on Anne Rice’s departure from the shores of Christianity…  You gotta use Starbucks’ designated size names (Tall, Grande, Venti) or face getting the boot like this prof did…  Ann Coulter?  She’s complicated…  Chicharito made his Man U home debut last Monday and was greeted with “rapturous applause”… A Houston teenager is slain by a tag team consisting of a permanent resident and an undocumented alien, her uncle “would like to see what they’re doing in Arizona done here” so clearly, he must clearly be a racist…This week’s entry into the “Best Illustration of Romans 1:21-24”  sweepstakes.  A contest which unfortunately we have all submitted an entry to…

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Kids don’t know their Animals Anymore

Ar at least if we are to believe the following story,
Attenborough alarmed as children are left flummoxed by test on the natural world

This is a caracal (a wildcat found in Africa and Asia),

and I’m guessing (if the story is accurate)that most children don’t know that, to be fair though, most adults probably don’t know that either.

The only reason I know it is because of this book I was given as a child, a book on African wildlife. I spent many hours poring over the pages of this book, so much so that eventually the binding gave out.

I found this bit from the story interesting,

Sir David Attenborough warned that children who lack any understanding of the natural world would not grow into adults who cared about the environment. “The wild world is becoming so remote to children that they miss out,” he said, “and an interest in the natural world doesn’t grow as it should. Nobody is going protect the natural world unless they understand it.”

Not sure how accurate this is since I grew up with perhaps an unhealthy understanding of the natural world and upon entering adulthood didn’t give a rip about the environment (this has since then changed though I don’t intend to start worshiping “Mother Nature” anytime soon). Perhaps they’re not as related as Attenborough seems to think?