Archive for the ‘Odd but True’ Category
BITES TODAY: The 30th Annual Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colo., kicked off this past weekend. With over 450 breweries from 48 states featured, approximately 2,375 different beers were served to close to 50,000 attendees. Needless to say, it was a drinking party not to be missed. Joining a growing cocktail trend, brewmasters delved into the deviant side of beer by adding basil, guava, chilies, and even bacon. Here are nine breweries that went on a limb to experiment and did it well.
Eating your veggies takes on new meaning with this 2011 bronze metal-winning beer, Turnip the Beets. Head brewer Gabe Moline first came up with the name, then made the actual beer. Moline said they brought Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay barrels to their Denver location and filled them with chardonnay grapes, Champagne yeast and organic beets and turnips. After multiple tries, they finally got a flavor they liked. The resulting beer has a nice cotton candy head, a mildly sweet smell, and a smooth earthy flavor, which, in the end, isn’t like salad at all.
The photo on the left is of John Travolta. Is the photo on the right the 1860 version of John Travolta?
Is reincarnation incompatible with Christianity?
It could be that we get second, third and fourth chances here on earth to get it right.
Now I, for one, am a fan of bike paths. We have one that goes right past our house that links to 60 miles or so of bike paths. I love it.
I’ve often said: “We can thank nature loving liberals for these nice bike paths we have” — though I imagine a few snail darters were killed during construction of these bike paths (which makes bike paths something of a dilemma for liberals).
Fair enough. And they are a public good that everyone can use.
But I certainly don’t consider them a viable mode of transportation. They’re for exercise and recreation. They wind through the forests and creeks and go down by Lake Michigan. Nice.
At least I feel like I’m getting something for my tax money.
But this is a matter for local government — has nothing to do with what the Feds should be concerned about. Our local government can decide if we need bike paths, tennis courts, playgrounds, drinking fountains, hiking trails, skateboard parks, whatever. All fine. This is what local government is for.
We’re now facing an economic meltdown — an economy that’s teetering on the brink of a full-blown collapse. We have a $14.5 trillion debt. We have zero economic growth. Median incomes have dropped to 1996 levels. Obama’s Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner says we are now in the “early stage of economic crisis.” In other words, something much worse is coming even than what we have seen to date from Obama.
So why is Harry Reid wasting everyone’s time talking about bike paths?
Wanda and Ben enjoy bike paths, but don’t consider it one of the major issues to be talking about during these times of economic crisis. Nor is this a federal concern.
As you can see, we have lots of bike paths here in the Chicago area — paid for with local tax dollars. We really don’t need Harry Reid to build us some more.
TAPES: Jacqueline Kennedy hated Martin Luther King, Jr — couldn’t stand to look at him: “That man’s terrible”
ABC NEWS: Speaking in the months after her husband’s assassination, Jacqueline Kennedy was so upset with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that she told a friend and interviewer that she could barely look at images of him.
“I just can’t see a picture of Martin Luther King without thinking, you know, that man’s terrible,” Mrs. Kennedy said, as part of an oral history series of interviews released this month.
The widowed first lady soured on King as a result of secret wiretaps arranged by FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover had told President Kennedy that King tried to arrange a sex party while in town for the March on Washington, and told Robert Kennedy that King had made derogatory comments during the president’s funeral, Mrs. Kennedy recalled.
But as for what was actually said by King and his circle, history remains uncertain. The original surveillance tapes involving King have never been released publicly, and are under seal by court order until 2027.
Rep. John Lewis, legendary civil rights leader and friend of King’s, told ABC News that he believes Hoover concocted damaging material about King to give to the Kennedys because “he wanted to destroy the man.
“He did everything possible to make Dr. King look like somebody from another planet,” said Lewis, D-Georgia. “I cannot believe that Dr. King ever said anything in a negative manner about President Kennedy. He admired, he loved … the Kennedy family.”
WASHINGTON POST: LAST MONTH, Hurricane Irene forced the indefinite postponement of the official dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial. The delay could prove fortuitous if the people in charge use the added time to do some erasure and re-inscription of the quotation on the side of the main sculpture — and this time get it right.
The quotation reads: “I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness.” On first reading, it seems an odd choice, both for its obscurity — “I have a dream,” for example, is nowhere in the monument — but also its inscrutability. What did Dr. King mean by “drum major”? Without context, this part of the monument is baffling.
This is on a level with Jim Marshall’s infamous “wrong way” touchdown run into the wrong endzone
But the difference between Marshall’s “wrong way” touchdown run and the misquote on the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial is that Marshall’s mistake was a momentary lapse — the result of confusion in the midst of chaos. The Martin Luther King Memorial was decades in the making. How can you get the quote wrong that you are engraving permanently in stone?
They had decades to check this quote, to make sure it’s right? Was this quote not run past historians? Didn’t a committee need to approve the gigantic quote to be engraved in stone until the end of time?
Incredibly, the quote they have on the memorial means just about the exact opposite of what MLK Jr intended if you read the entire quote in context. It’s like omitting “not” from a statement.
And why no mention on the Memorial of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech? Would not a quote from that have been far more appropriate than this weird misquote that literally makes no sense at all?
This is stupidity on a truly cosmic scale.
Barack Obama’s illegal alien uncle from Kenya has valid Social Security ID and driver’s license. He also had a previous deportation order. Did he call White House for bail money?
So this is the family that now running the USA!
BOSTON HERALD: President Obama’s accused drunken-driving uncle — who was busted after a near collision with a Framingham cop — has had a valid Social Security number for at least 19 years, despite being an illegal immigrant ordered to be deported back to Kenya, the Herald has learned.
The president’s 67-year-old uncle, Obama Onyango, has had a valid Massachusetts driver’s license and Social Security number since at least 1992, said Registry of Motor Vehicles spokesman Michael Verseckes.
Onyango, whose sister, Zeituni Onyango, made headlines when it was revealed she was an illegal immigrant living in public housing in South Boston, was wobbly legged, “slurring” and had “red and glassy eyes” when he was pulled over at 7 p.m. Wednesday on Waverly Street in Framingham.
WATE: Police in Spring Hill arrested a local music teacher Thursday morning after he was caught engaging in a sex act with a doll outside a local elementary school.
Officers were called to Allendale Elementary School on Prescott Way in Spring Hill amid reports of a white male with a duffle bag under a bridge on school property. The bridge provides access to the school from the main road.
Spring Hill police told Nashville’s News 2 the responding officer witnessed the man, identified as 56-year-old Daniel Torroll, performing sex acts on a child-like doll police later discovered he’d cut holes into.
The officer reported the man was naked and in a location where he could be seen by people driving up to the school.
“I happened to be there I didn’t know it was school property. I wouldn’t be there if I knew it was school property,” Torroll told Nashville’s News 2.
This is a complex Constitutional question.
Some people are just not getting the humor in this.
HOT AIR: You can keep ObamaCare, the Commerce Clause, and the Tenth Amendment. As far as I’m concerned, truck nuts are the only constitutional game in town.
Threshold question: If it’s okay to ban these things as indecent symbols of American culture at its seediest, can we also ban The Waffle House?
On July 5, Virginia Tice, 65, from Bonneau, S.C. pulled her pickup truck into a local gas station with red, fake testicles dangling from the trailer hitch. The town’s police chief, Franco Fuda, pulled up and asked her to remove the plastic testicles.
When she refused, he wrote her a $445 ticket saying that she violated South Carolina’s obscene bumper sticker law.
The South Carolina code of laws reads, “a sticker, decal, emblem, or device is indecent … in a patently offensive way, as determined by contemporary community standards, sexual acts, excretory functions, or parts of the human body.”…
[Tice's lawyer] will argue whether these large, red, plastic testicles are “really an accurate depiction of a human body part.”
Marvel kills off white Spider-Man. Replaces him with new half-black, half-hispanic version who might be gay
CBS: There’s a new web-slinger in town.
New Yorkers take their fictional heroes seriously, so it may come as a shock to some that Peter Parker, the Queens native whose destiny was forever altered by a radioactive/genetically altered spider, has been killed off in the “Ultimates” imprint of Marvel Comics. The Ultimate series is different from Marvel’s standard line, in which Peter Parker is still happily toiling away as everybody’s favorite hard-luck hero.
No, in the Ultimates series, Peter Parker gets killed at the hands of his nemesis the Green Goblin. But, being a comic book series, no hero stays dead for long. While Peter Parker may be gone, a new kid is stepping into the tights: Miles Morales.
POLITICO: Rep. David Wu has been accused of an “unwanted sexual encounter” with the teenage daughter of a longtime friend, the latest scandal to engulf the troubled Oregon Democrat.
The Oregonian reported that the 56-year-old Wu “acknowledged a sexual encounter to his senior aides but insisted it was consensual,” according to sources aware of the incident.
The unidentified teenager and her family did not file any criminal complaint over the incident, which apparently took place sometime around last Thanksgiving.
Calling the episode “very serious,” Wu did not specifically address allegations that he made unwanted sexual advances toward the young woman who is the daughter of a donor.