1. Terry Jones, a dangerous and pathetic man posing as a Christian minister, caused the deaths of at least 11 innocent people by burning a Qur'an. He did so with full knowledge that his actions would incite Muslim people to riot. He should be tried for manslaughter.
2. On the other hand, the wild, hysterical, violent mobs so alarmingly common in the Arab world make one pause, wondering if that same mentality frequently makes its way into the culture of Muslim communities across the United States. I for one was not among those who considered the recent congressional committee investigation a witch hunt.
3. The New York Times persists in promoting Michele Bachmann on its front page. Is it because she’s a comedic sideshow, or because they want her to become the Republican nominee for president—or all of the above?
4. Conversely, does the Wall Street Journal choose not to give Ms. Bachmann much ink for exactly the opposite reasons the NYT does?
5. No matter what legislators do about the deficit, large groups of people are going to get really pissed. No matter who you are, your ox is about to be gored. David Broder, the now deceased but legendary political commentator, said years ago that America is no longer willing to sacrifice. Check out Congressman Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” proposal and let’s see if you are.
6. The number of potholes within a one-mile radius of my house likely exceeds the total number of potholes in the entire state of Minnesota 10 years ago.
7. Any more, the majority of stand-up comedians practice verbal porn.
8. Although I exercise and eat well, I’m ambivalent about doing it to achieve a long life. Statistics suggest that more often than not, the last 10 years of a long life suck.
9. Speaking of which, an enormous part of our ever-growing Medicaid/Medicare entitlements are spent funding medical treatments in the final months of life. Will the baby boomers be the generation to show how to nobly split this pop-stand without bankrupting their children’s future?
10. The number of people sitting alone in cancer waiting rooms, particularly young mothers with children, is one of the saddest things I’ve ever witnessed. Organizations like the Angel Network exist, with your support, to ease their pain.
11. A recent study indicated that the melting of polar ice brought on by global warming is a good thing, because it reduces the amount of toxic mercury in the water that is currently polluting fish and sea life. By extension, then, tsunamis are good because they clean up all the mess after an earthquake.
12. Duke, Penn State, and Notre Dame are no longer the ideal models for college athletics. Butler is.
13. After hundreds of additional viewings, I still don’t get the Cialis bathtub ad. Think about it, a man takes a pill to exuberate his tool. He sits in a bathtub by himself. His intended is also sitting in a bathtub next to him. Paging Lewis Black.