Saturday, July 21, 2007

Your Shin Chan for Today

Shin Chan's parents are having a paper blow-dart competition and are trying to decide who goes first:
Mom: I defer. After all, I'm using to waiting for you.

Dad: So ... we're playing by bedroom rules, are we?

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Headline, Meet Story

The "new" Commercial Appeal has long had a problem with information-free headlines, but this, I think, is a new one: the headline contradicts the story!

Price tag may scuttle Liberty Bowl rehab dreams it says boldy at the top. That's why I clicked. Has something come up that will force either a new stadium to be built, or will we just have to make do with the current one for those two or three games a year when we need it?

But then the story bafflingly continues:
When University of Memphis officials met with national consultants to present their wish list for a new football stadium, "It was like being with Santa Claus," said athletic director R.C. Johnson. "They said, 'What do you want?' "

But Johnson knows Christmas may not come -- the city's proposed new stadium on the Mid-South Fairgrounds could be financially doomed by such factors as the skyrocketing cost of steel and strong sentiment against building anything less than a state-of-the-art facility....

"We may end up having to rehab" 42-year-old Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
It seems that the story and the headline should at least have a passing acquaintance, yes?

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Separated at Birth?

Phyllis Diller and Bill Buckley:

Diller image via James Lileks.
Magic Trick

Found this picture online and the caption came to me immediately:

And now, with just the power of my mind, I will make this bulb glow! Wait for it ... wait for it ... wait for it ....

Monday, July 16, 2007

Main Street Journal Presents: July Dutch Treat Luncheon

When: Saturday, July 21; 11:30 AM - 12:45
Where: The Butcher Shop, Cordova (Germantown Parkway & Walnut Grove)
July Theme: The Role of New Media (Internet & Blogging) in Memphis Politics

July Panel:
Cameron Harper (Anchor and blogger, ABC24 and CW30)
Richard Thompson (former Commercial Appeal reporter and media blogger at Mediaverse-Memphis)
Steve Steffens (Blogger at Left-Wing Cracker)
Tom Jones (Blogger at Smart City Memphis)

Moderator: Jonathan Lindberg, Publisher, Main Street Journal

The oldest and most influential political gathering in Memphis for over 50 years. Come be a part of the dialogue that is shaping Greater Memphis.

Open to all. Great food. Shared community. Meaningful discussion.

Sponsored by the Main Street Journal
For more information about the luncheon visit

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Thought for the Day

Most people who smugly criticize America from abroad are European. If they angrily criticize America for what it did to their country, they're from South America or the Middle East. If they laugh at how much money they make off stupid Americans, they're from Asia.

From a fascinating discussion on high fructose corn syrup on Slashdot.