Friday, January 20, 2006

Phoning it in

Well, its been a while and there hasn't been an article or event that got my fur up so.....gasp! I don't have much to say!
Some random thoughts then...
1. I hope y'all watched John Stossel's report on 20/20 entitled "Stupid in America" (I would have watched it just for the title. I especially loved a friend's comment "Gee that was going to be the title of my autobiography."). You can check out an overview report at
Then check out this commentary about it at
2. I'm thinking of starting a list of books called "All Good Americans Need to Read..."
I would love to get everyone's input. I'll start

  • book #1 (actually more like an item) THE CONSTITUTION! Yes, if you are older than 20 and you haven't read an actual word for word facsimile thereof, you should be thrashed with a wet noodle.
  • book #2 John Adams by David McCullough
  • book #3 The Tragedy of American Compassion by Marvin Olasky

I could go on but then I'll sound like one of those wacko conservative pundits.
Wait a minute.....
3. My friend Arlene has a new blog. She's a darling person and its worth checking out:
4. Justin is as wonderful as ever (I warned you about this in an earlier blog so don't gag at your computer like this is the first time you've heard this!!)

Ok that's enough rambling for now.


Anonymous said...

Hey chickie! Maria sent me your link! I love the site--I can always use some wit to lighten my evening.

Congrats on the new baby--I'm so excited for you!

The Pampered Chef Goddess (which I can call myself since I'm Maria & Laura's director!!!!)

Justin said...

I'd love to see the book list...go for it!

Justin said...

Here are my submissions for the list of "books every American should read."

"Democracy in America" by Alexis de Tocqueville
In the mid-1800s, a French political scientist named Alexis de Tocqueville came to the United States to appraise the meaning and functioning of democracy. This extraordinary book, written as a result of his visit, contains his comments and criticisms-many of which are still vital in today's world-and is a must-read for anyone interested in American politics. (from Amazon editorial review)

"Common Sense" by Thomas Paine
This pamphlet unified the dissenters in the colonies and fanned the flames of the American Revolution.

Gail said...

OK, I'm done phoning it in :) anxiously awaiting a new post

sibling is not a dirty word! said...

If its not too late....

"Body Ritual Among the Nacirema"

Anthropological paper written by Horace Miner. Originally published in the June 1956 edition of American Anthropologist. This original paper is excellent and it, in turn, spawned other papers examining other aspects of Nacirema culture. Another great paper written in 1972 examined the environmental aspects of the Elibomotua cult prevalent during the latter stages of Nacirema society.

..sometimes we take ourselves too seriously.
Sometimes we take ourselves