Various random thoughts and theories that have occurred to me of late that I may or may not be prepared to defend, but seem like they’d be fun to discuss.
1. A thought that occurred to me while watching “Texas Singer/Songwriter” Pat Green perform an unreal version of Springsteen’s “Atlantic City” in Philly the other night: New Jersey is to the Northeast what Texas is to the Southwest.
2. Speaking of Texas – what are the odds that the epicenter of American football worship, anti-soccer hatred, and decent country music would produce the single most successful American soccer player of all time: Clint Dempsey, currently in the top 7 highest goal scorers in this season’s EPL, possessor of multiple hat tricks in different competitions this year, and the scorer of the game-winning goal for the USMNT against Italy. Moreover, what are the odds that this soccer player would not only be from Texas, but would be a white rapper from Nacogdoches?
3. Why is it that whenever someone escapes punishment because of a procedural mistake by the prosecution, the first response is so often to say that the person got off on a technicality who got off just because of a [shady defense lawyer/activist judge/idiotic jury]? Why do we so rarely question the prosecution’s errors? And how is it a technicality if a good chunk of the purpose for the procedural requirement is to set a standard for what constitutes reliable and unreliable evidence? It seems to me that the latest example of this is the Ryan Braun brouhaha.
4. How is it that in our discussion of conservative art and the purported lack thereof, no one seems to have mentioned bluegrass?
5. Gaslight Anthem is the best thing to come out of Jersey since the Boss himself.
6. I honestly don’t understand how anyone can think that the Colts had any choice but to release Peyton Manning, nor how Peyton staying with the Colts would have been good for anyone involved.
7. Brandy is an underrated liquor, especially when partaken from a snifter. It’s cheap, 80 proof, smooth, and delicious. Not as delicious as bourbon, but cheaper. While all else being equal, I’d prefer a glass of wine, it’s often tough to justify opening an entire bottle of wine for just one glass. It’s easy to have just one glass of brandy.
I reserve the right to add additional musings to this list at my leisure.