The Sporting Spirit or Tribal Warfare?

George Orwell called sport “gunless warfare.”  The author of this article disagrees, claiming that sport is artistic enterprise.

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Swimming the Amazon

Heard an interview with this guy today on the BBC.   Amazing to think of the endurance and will power this would take.

Interesting tidbit from the interview unrelated to being crazy.  The Amazon contains pink dolphins.  Who knew.  Unsurprising sad, side note:  they’re being fished out of existence.

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About those unified Muslims…

Interesting piece on attacks against Sufi Muslims in Pakistan. Important to remember that radical jihadists don’t just advocate the destruction of Western ideals, but moderate and liberal Muslims as well.

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Phizer Is The Devil

Did Phizer Bribe Its Way Out Of Criminal Charges In Nigeria?

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What Makes A Song Sad?

Interesting piece on what makes music sound sad; in terms of minor vs. major keys. 

I tend to downplay the effect of lyrics in assessing whether a song sounds happy or sad; but I realize I pay a little less attention to lyrics than some.  “Smile” by Pearl Jam is an interesting example.  The lyrics are arguably ‘happy’ during the decidedly minor key verse parts (this is somewhat debatable I guess though), and ‘sad’ during the major key refrain.  Plus, this is a good excuse to get a little Pearl Jam here on the Boca Breeze.

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Grinch Alert

Dallas Baptist Church Pastor Starts “Grinch Alert” To Shame Businesses Not Celebrating Christmas

The Website: http://www.grinchalert.com/naughty/

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) kicked this year’s War on Christmas into high gear last week when he announced that he wouldn’t participate in Tulsa’s annual “Holiday Parade of Lights” because the city renamed the parade, replacing “Christmas” with “Holiday.” This week, First Baptist Church of Dallas pastor Dr. Robert Jeffress joined the war effort. Jeffress announced on a local radio station this morning that his church is launching a website — the Grinch Alert — “dedicated to showcasing businesses that do not show outward signs of supporting Christmas.” The top of the site reads: “Help us keep Christmas everywhere!”:

Have you encountered a “Grinch” this Christmas season? Share your experiences here at GrinchAlert.com! Here, you can nominate businesses and organizations that shut-out expressions of Christmas in their interactions with the public via marketing, advertising and public relations. When companies use misplaced political correctness to halt the celebration of Christmas, they belong on the “Naughty List.”

We also want to know which companies are celebrating Christmas with excitement and meaning–especially those who keep Christ in Christmas where He belongs! Those companies and organizations will be placed on our “Nice List.” Help us preserve Christ this Christmas.

The Dallas Observer reports that every morning on KCBI-FM radio, Jeffress will read the names of businesses submitted to his Naughty and Nice lists:

[I]t all started last week with the public shaming of a bank in Southlake that decided not to put up a Christmas tree in its lobby; says the morning-show host, the bank has since changed its mind due to the divine intervention. To which Jeffress adds: “I wanted to do something positive to encourage businesses to acknowledge Christmas and not bow to the strident voices of a minority who object to the holiday.”

There’s no word on how far Jeffress’s crusade will stretch geographically, but perhaps the Florida State government may be next. A spokesperson for the Florida Turnpike Enterprise said the agency banned all holiday decorations two months ago after some Christian groups complained about Halloween decorations. Thus, she said, turnpike leaders have now decided to ban holiday decorations of any kind.

Interview on CNN this morning  (worth watching)

Mola’s thoughts:

He claims he is doing something “positive” about this war on Christmas.  So it’s “positive” to put businesses on this “naughty list”?  He says “It’s a fun way to say to businesses and organizations: ‘you don’t have to bow to political correctness, it’s okay to say Merry Christmas.'”  Mola’s paraphrasing: “It’s a fun way to disrespect the freedom of religion.”

He says 91% of Americans celebrate Christmas (though only about 76% of Americans are Christian).  He goes on to say there is something unique about the entry of Christ into the world– after all, we measure time based on his birth!  Plus!!!!  Plus!!!!!… when Dr. Seuss wrote his famous book, he didn’t call it “When The Grinch Stole Hanukkah” or “When The Grinch Stole Kwanza” or some other generic happy holidays!  I just…  I …  I have nothing to add.  He’s right.

But don’t rush to judgment.  Pastor Jeffress insists that if he patronized a Jewish business, he would be happy if they wished him a Happy Hanukkah because they’re not succumbing to the generic “Happy Holidays.”  However, when asked whether his website accounts for that, he said “no”; but then quickly followed that up by emphasizing that this website is merely a forum.  Oh.  Ok then.

To be sure, though, he has never even hinted at a boycott.  He would never do that during a recession.  Hey, if that happens, it’s merely an unintended, ancillary effect… OF A WEBSITE DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY TO DEROGATE BUSINESSES THAT DON’T EXPRESSION STRICTLY CHRISTIAN HOLIDAY WISHES.

Now, don’t get me wrong, he and his parishioners have every right to do this.  It’s just yet another disgusting example of religion clouding reason and discouraging respect.

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Pat Forde Reports, You Decide

The media was understandably surprised by Urban Meyer’s abrupt resignation from the University of Florida yesterday, and I don’t think anyone took it worse than Pat Forde.  Taking a page out of the Fox News playbook, Forde couches his completely baseless accusation in the form of a question

Not only that, but Newton’s checkered Florida past — possession of a stolen laptop and a reported series of academic cheating issues — was getting a rather glossy makeover from the quarterback when he became a national sensation. Newton’s story was that he departed Gainesville because he didn’t want to back up Tebow another year, when Florida folks were quietly saying Newton’s indiscretions might have left him little choice but to go.

And there was Cecil Newton trying to shake down Meyer’s buddy Mullen in Cam’s recruitment by Mississippi State, then choosing Auburn instead. If you know that backstory — and you’d assume Meyer would — watching Newton lead a conference rival to the BCS Championship Game could only add to your esophageal distress.

In fact, all that makes you wonder about the timing of this announcement. Aren’t college football’s best players scheduled to receive an armload of hardware Thursday at The Home Depot College Football Awards?

Would Meyer be petty enough to purposefully upstage them?

Well, would he?

 Great question Pat.  After all, can Urban prove that he didn’t make his announcement to steal the spotlight from Cam Newton and other recipients of various awards?  Can he?  No, he can’t.

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