• Congressional candidate Jody Hice loves the Founding Fathers, which is why he voraciously reads and shares everything they post to Facebook.
• Pat Robertson prompted me to look at this chart:
See that there on the right? That is, unmistakably, a “W.”
Anyway, now that the stock market has soared past all those previous peaks, we just have to sit back and wait for all this prosperity to trickle down, right?
• From Mychal Denzel Smith, a reminder that “It’s OK to sit one out.” Yes. That’s not to say it’s OK to sit everything out, and it’s not to ignore that being a bystander isn’t really sitting out at all (injustice can’t survive without plenty of bystanders).
But everybody doesn’t have to do everything all the time. It’s all connected — “an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.” Find your role and do your part, but don’t think you have to do every part.
• Glad to see that You Can’t Take It With You — the Kaufman & Hart comedy that won a Pulitzer Prize for drama and an Academy Award for best picture — is being revived on Broadway. James Earl Jones is playing Grandpa with Rose Byrne as Alice Sycamore. Whedonverse staple Fran Kranz will be playing Tony Kirby (a role made famous by Jimmy Stewart, Barry Bostwick, and me, among others).
The play is now a period piece, and some of the humor now seems a bit dated. Kaufman and Hart also sand the edges off of some of their best jokes by fuzzying up Grandpa’s critique of the pursuit of wealth so that it never gets specifically “political.” Still, though, the theme of that title remains true, and I’m a sucker for running gags based on the Sermon on the Mount: “If you want to, come on over and be a lily too.”
• This one’s for ReverendRef: “Being a public address announcer is an opportunity to show people that priests can be real and alive in other places than around the church or the parish.”
• The Good News: I got that huge jungle of weeds cleared out in the corner of the yard by the gate. The Bad News. I’m gonna need an ocean of calamine lotion …
• The ice-bucket thing has made this a banner year for fundraising to find a cure for ALS. My guess is that this will only add to that:
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