Glenn Beck recently wrote a book titled “Common Sense”.  If you watch his program on Fox News or listen to his radio show, you have no doubt heard him touting it as of late.  The book is supposedly in the spirit of Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense”, the famous pamphlet that was published during the American Revolution arguing against British rule. 

Let me be clear.  I actually do agree with several of Beck’s points.  He focuses on some of the failures and mistakes of both major political parties, how expansive the government has become (though in reality it has been this way for quite some time), why we shouldn’t be content with a “lesser of two evils” mentality, and so on. 

Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck

Yet the writing itself is terrible.  The vast majority of the book reads like one long rant, and oftentimes it can be rather incoherent.  Beck rambles from topic to topic leaving the reader wondering how he made the connection from one point to another.  His writing is so much like his actual speech that I could not stop myself at times from picturing his flailing arms and wild facial expressions while the words resounded in his voice in my head.

If you really want to know what Beck thinks about the current state of affairs in America and the rest of the world, then save your money and watch his show on Fox News or listen to him on the radio. 


I realize I may get flamed for this, but at the moment, I can’t say I care.  Today at the gym I saw an older woman who was certainly anorexic.  Her calves were probably skinnier than my forearms, and I am rather petite myself.  Now, I do feel sorry for her, to a small extent, since she is certainly suffering.

However, it’s hard to feel too bad for someone who chooses to do this to their body when there are children in Ethiopia who look like this involuntarily:

African Girl

At Boing Boing I came across this article: India Plans Reform School for Monkeys

The BBC reported the following:

Officials say monkeys are a growing menace in Punjab as the animals move into towns and cities looking for food.

The state government has asked India’s Central Zoo Authority for funds to build the country’s first monkey rescue and rehabilitation centre.

The problems these monkeys are causing is the stuff nightmares are made of.

Many of the animals now live in towns and villages and it is not uncommon for them to attack humans as they forage for food…Officials accuse them of a variety of bad behaviour from terrorising children, snatching food from people and destroying property.

I, for one, have suspected for a long time that monkeys are inherently evil.  I realize some people find them cute.  Yet I ask, how can one find a creature that flings its excrement at you at the zoo adorable?  It defies logic.  Monkeys make loud, scary noises and faces (again, witness this at the zoo) and can be quite violent, as this story about India demonstrates. 

So I say, good for India for recognizing the devious inner workings of this cousin of ours.  However, if this reform school for the rogue monkeys fails, I, for one, am all in favor of simply shooting the damn things.

Can anything sound more disgusting than “carrot and raisin salad”?  UNLIKELY!  And yet the one from Chick Fil A is mm-mm–good.

I’m too lazy to give you an actual recipe today.  Come on, you know how to Google.  But here’s a tip.  Go by a Chick Fil A and order their carrot and raisin salad.  No, I’m not joking.  It’s very, very good.  Here’s a pic:

Carrot and Raisin Salad
Carrot and Raisin Salad

Yes, the president acted stupidly by saying the Cambridge police acted stupidly.  However, he has fixed his blunder by extending an invitation to Crowley and Gates to the White House for a beer!  So, what kind of beer should President Obama have with Crowley and Gates?

It takes four pounds of fresh grapes to yield one pound of raisins.

Recently in Baltimore three young children (ages 7, 8, and 11) were handcuffed and placed in a holding cell after stealing from a neighbor’s yard. 

Toya Goodson, mother of the boys involved, claims the punishment was too harsh, but does not deny her son did something wrong.  According to a recent article in the Baltimore Sun, Goodson, “acknowledges that her son, Ayize Massey, joined older kids and stole the man’s scooter from Newport Street, then dropped it as the owner chased him to the boy’s home on Falls Road and called 911.”

This morning, Goodson, her son, and another boy involved along with his mother were interviewed by Steve Doocy on Fox and Friends.  Goodson said she is considering legal action because the children’s “health and safety were put at risk”.  One of the more interesting parts of the interview, however, was when Doocy asked Ayize if he stole something out of the neighbor’s yard.  The young boy replied, “No.”  Steve then asked again, saying he had read in a Baltimore paper that the boy had already admitted to doing so.  Ayize said “no” again.  Goodson could then be seen and heard whispering, “Tell the truth, tell the truth” to her son as she stood behind him.  Ayize then admitted, “I did take something…”

Hopefully the boys learned their lesson, but perhaps the punishment wasn’t harsh enough if one of the young boys was ready to lie about it on cable news. 

What say you?

See the YouTube video of the interview at Scott Roger’s page here.