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Obama Considering Anti-Trust Breakup of BCS

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Superman Obama Going to Fix College Football

The never ending march of new government continues into the realm of sports.  Sports Illustrated is reporting that President Obama  is considering what anti-trust laws can affect with regards to the Bowl Championship Series and whether such laws could promote a playoff system in Division 1 NCAA Football.  Regardless of what you feel about a playoff vs. the BCS system; this kind of government intrusion into sports is unwelcome.  The only way you should be ok with this intrusion is if you legitimately believe that the BCS violates current anti-trust laws.

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Justification Sola Granola

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Saved by Granola Alone

Doug Wilson has some keen cultural insights into the current sub-cultural preoccupation with natural ‘hipster’ foods.  This is not all that different from the overlapping sub-cultures that claim salvation through recycling (sola recycling), and salvation through carbon neutral footprint (sola climata).  In the interest of self-disclosure, I do shop at Whole Foods, mainly due to Celiac Disease though.  I think there is some merit to some less-industrialized, less-processed food, however, Wilson’s cultural analysis is still keen and, in my view, correct.

Best of YouTube

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So, who doesn’t love to have a little YouTube session now and then.  I was recently back with some old college friends and it brought up some favorites:

Humorous (Intentionally or Unintentionally):

Somebody set us up the bomb.  One of the first “viral” videos.

Chocolate Rain – No one really knows what Chocolate Rain is, but it got Tay Zonday to get on tour with The Arcade Fire.

Whistle Tips with Bubb Rubb and Lil’ Sis’ – Woo Woo.

David After Dentist – “Is this real life?…”

Leprechaun in Mobile, Alabama – I love the amatuer sketch and the leprechaun flute.  The “Gimme da Gold” video is also good.

Tom Cruise Scientology Video – I wasn’t sure which category to put this under.  He is very very strange, like when…

Tom Cruise Couch Jumping on Oprah

Iconic:

Most T-Shirts Worn at Once

Obama Pay for My Gas and Mortgage – Who would have thought that her prediction would have come true.

Miss Teen South Carolina – I kind of feel bad for her.

Boom Goes the Dynamite – I kind of feel bad for him too.

Star Wars Kid – …him too.

‘Don’t Tase Me Bro’ – This one was hard to watch.  Strange that this happened at my alma mater.

Uncanny Talents:

Prison inmates in the Philipines do the Michael Jackson thriller dance.

Guys Backflip into Jeans

Ok Go – Here it Goes Again (Treadmill Video)

Insane Robot Dance – I have never seen anything quite like the slow-motion effect around 1:15.

What did I miss?


Compassion Intl Leader Uses iPhone App to Treat Wounds…

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American Heart Association iPhone App

CNN has a strange and incredible story of Haiti earthquake survivor, Dan Woolley.  He is a father of two, and a project leader for Compassion International.  Evidently, Woolley had an iPhone app from the American Heart Association and employed it for a kind of self-triage of treating wounds, setting bones, and avoiding shock.  Who needs Bear Grylls when you’ve got an iPhone… ‘massive bleeding and broken bones… we’ve got an app for that.’

You can’t make this stuff up.

Chandler Parsons Does it Again

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First it was the 70+ footer against NCSU (sorry to my Wolfpack friends), now he scores another buzzer beater against South Carolina.  Sick.

Conan’s Farewell Address

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This was interesting, particularly the last 30 seconds.  Conan is a guy who made his career through physical and self-deprecating comedy.  I had not noticed that he never relied on cynicism, perhaps the only cynicism in his comedy was a self-cynicism.  I am not sure why I had not noticed this before but rarely do you find comedy that is not in some way rooted in cynicism or sarcasm.

Written by Michael Graham

January 23, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Two Excellent Articles on Abortion

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Life is Precious

1.  Why Pro-Life Presidents Matter (First Things):  what influence does the President have on abortion beyond Supreme Court appointments…

2.  Overturning and Undermining Roe v. Wade: An Interview with Clarke Forsythe:  If you think overturning Roe v. Wade will make abortion illegal in the U.S., you are wrong.  It would still be legal in 43 states.  Please read this as it is one of the most even-handed, cogent, clear, and concise explanations of what the pro-life game plan should be.  Strategic and tactical.

To any of my pro-choice friends, I would challenge you to search Google Images for “abortion,” (WARNING: extremely graphic – I nearly vomitted and am not trying to be sadistic here).  Detachment is dangerous:  Out of sight… out of mind…

Post-Script:

Here are two more articles from Kevin DeYoung, one on Fetal Homicide Laws and one on Ultra-Sound Machines.

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