Happy Birthday, Wolfgang!

January 27, 2016

Happy Birthday, Wolfgang!

It’s the birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. We baked him a little kuchen, but the Internet fire marshals wouldn’t let us put 261 candles on it.

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‘Two Corinthians Walk Into a Bar ….’

January 27, 2016

'2 Corinthians Walk Into a Bar ....'

When Republican presidential hopeful, shady golfer and adulterer Donald Trump spoke at fundamentalist Liberty University recently, he quoted from his “favorite book,” the Bible, which someone else read for him (he “has people…”). Mr. Trump elicited ridicule by citing Second Corinthians as “Two Corinthians.” Oops.

Maybe The Donald would have been better off quoting from his “second favorite book,” Art of the Deal. That’s the autobiography he paid Tony Schwartz to write for him.

Really smartWharton grad Donnie Trump may have flunked Bible School, but that didn’t stop gun-totinlawyer and Liberty U. prez Jerry Falwell Jr. from endorsing him. Mr. Falwell, like his televangelist daddy, is a man of faith, facts and democracy be damned.

More:

“Trump Thumps Bible, Bible Thumps Back,” Monica Bauer, Huffington Post

“Trump’s Liberty U Performance Was Insulting to Christians Everywhere,” Tom DeLay, Christian Post

“Bible-thumping playboy: Associated Press explores faith, contradictions of Donald Trump,” Bobby Ross Jr., Get Religion

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How Americans Really Eat

January 26, 2016

How Americans Really Eat

The U.S. Government recently released new Dietary Guidelines. Since USDA also encourages consumer demand for beef, the guidelines don’t recommend avoiding red meat even though it’s a health risk. Why not? Beef producers have political clout, and anyway we all love our burgers.

Based on these lofty principles, we’ve developed “Guidelines on How Americans Really Eat Now” (above). Add an RC Cola or a PBR and you have a complete family meal.

And food processing creates millions of jobs too, amiright? Pass the Doritos, bro.

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Snowstorm Blues

January 26, 2016

“Snowstorm Blues,” organist George Papageorge in a trio setting.

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50 Words for Snow

January 26, 2016

“50 Words For Snow,” written and performed by Kate Bush, with Stephen Fry. Ochestra arranged and conducted by Jonathan Tunick.

Kate Bush website

More:

“‘Don’t you know it’s not just the Eskimo,'” Ben Zimmer, Language Log

Related:

“Mini Object Lesson: No, There Are Not 100 Eskimo Words for ‘Snow,'” Ian Bogost, Atlantic

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Deep Winter Blues

January 26, 2016

“Deep Winter Blues,” by Chris Rea.

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Winter Storm ’98

January 25, 2016

“Winter Storm ’98,” by Cadallaca.

“You think that it’s okay to drive in snow,
But I don’t know”

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Winter Wonderland

January 25, 2016

“Winter Wonderland,” written by Felix Bernard with lyrics by Richard B. Smith. Performed by Scott Weiland (formerly of the Stone Temple Pilots) in this sorta creepy retro video directed by Bryan Carberry.

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Snowbound

January 25, 2016

“Snowbound,” by Donald Fagan.

Snowbound
Let’s sleep in today
Wake me up
When the wolves come out to play
Heat up
These white nights
We’re gonna turn this town
Into a city of lights

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Blizzard

January 25, 2016

“Blizzard,” by (wait for it) Arctic Monkeys.

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