Aug 172017
 
  • Glen Campbell was one of my very first heroes, because “Rhinestone Cowboy” was my first favorite song. What a tremendous career! I’m glad that his mind is again his, and God be with his family and friends. RIP.
  • Two escapees from Three Springs, a juvenile prison in our area, murdered a construction worker at our neighborhood Publix on Monday. (They are now in custody.) If you are local and want to join a group seeking Three Springs’ closure, it’s right here.
  • The 2017 Village of Providence Car Show, benefiting Still Serving Veterans, is set for Sunday, October 22. You can register a vehicle in advance here for $15.
  • I’m overdue for a #hsvhotwings review. Paul and I tried to go to Big Shake’s yesterday, but the wait looked to be at least 30 minutes. I may let that cool off for a month or so. Note that it is next to the Subway on Martin, and much closer to Wall-Triana than Zierdt. I don’t know how “Martin & Zierdt” has gotten traction, but it’s most of a mile west of that intersection.
  • Looks like it’s going to get crazy out there for eclipse glasses. There was so much traffic at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center this morning that I thought there was a celebrity appearance or something.
  • The grand $22 underwear review is in progress. It will probably be out next week sometime. Thankfully, it shall be completely devoid of photographs of me modeling the garment.
  • Only nine days until college football. Only sixteen until the first big Saturday.
  • IndyCar is at Pocono this weekend. If you want to see a genuinely entertaining spectacle with real race cars (225 mph) on the Tricky Triangle instead of the NASCAR snorefest, tune into NBC Sports Network at 1:30 CDT this Sunday.
 Posted by at 11:07 am
Aug 162017
 

Say you’re watching a cooking show. If, in step three, the chef pisses in the mixing bowl, do you care what comes in step six or seven? Or even what he’s making at all?

And here we have the problem with the so-called “alt-right.”

“They” say some appealing things, frankly. They tend to be federalists. They support a strong national defense. They tend to favor lower taxes. (These would be analogous to steps one and two of the recipe on the cooking show. It’s easy to nod along with steps one and two.)

But then step three comes—the piss-in-the-bowl step. It’s something about the blacks and the Jews.

Oops.

And these alt-right people claim considerable common cause with mainstream conservatism. How many “UNITE THE RIGHT” signs were at that foolishness in Charlottesville? (You should translate those signs as “LEGITIMIZE US.”)

In the early days of National Review, William F. Buckley Jr. noted that he had similar “clowns in his house.” He used his nascent (but already influential) magazine to effectively evict them from conservatism.

President Trump faces a similar issue today. He must break conclusively and unambiguously with the alt-right, saying these are not our people. He must stress that alt-right support for him damages his agenda, not helps it. And finally, he must flush his administration of alt-right apologists and/or sympathizers. That means Steve Bannon has to go.

It is a considerable understatement to call Donald Trump an atypical president. And despite my refusal to support him, his brash unorthodoxy is something I have thought might be an effective weapon against the ongoing metastases of political correctness and identity politics. I hope it still can be.

But he must take this trash out first.

 Posted by at 10:34 am
Aug 142017
 

Sunday morning, my pastor told me he wants me to talk more. (Well, he told all of us.) He was specifically talking about the kind of talk I really don’t like—that which we do largely or solely because we’ve conditioned ourselves to be uncomfortable with silence. I don’t mean talking with anyone you see regularly, […]

 Posted by at 11:32 pm
Aug 112017
 

Anything ever make you a little tingly at the table—like you’re suddenly aware you’re in public and maybe vaguely uncomfortable? Heh. Watch this cheese collapse into this first course soup at Rocket City Tavern. I think everyone had a blast on the Rocket City Food Blogger tour this year, and remember, Huntsville Restaurant Week kicks […]

 Posted by at 9:00 am
Aug 102017
 

(Click images below for larger versions.) My full report on the Rocket City Food Blogger Tour as Rocket City Mom Restaurant Analyst is here. I have been lax in introducing my fellow travelers on the Food Blogger Tour. I had a lot of fun hanging with Tomiko of Passports and Grubs, Kaleigh of KK Travels […]

 Posted by at 8:46 pm

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