If, like me, you need a primer on Egypt, Huffington Post has your back.

It’s not like I went there very often, but NO MORE WAFFLE FRIES!

I’ve wondered about these for years.  Thank you CL for filling me in.

In case you missed it, Top 10 SAG Award Moments.

Read an excerpt of David Sirota’s new book: Back to Our Future.

 

11 Responses to Monday Open Thread

  1. JMPrince says:

    Dead Music notables:

    Charles Elzer Loudermilk/ aka. Charlie Louvin; Country music great & Grand Ole Opry star since 1955 (w/bro Ira), likely another one of those Hall of Famer’s who’s only known by a few Gram Parsons or EmmyLou Harris fans. Was active to the end. (Jan. 26)

    Milton Babbitt: “The composer Milton Babbitt was the high priest of American academic serialism and a pioneer in the field of electronic music.”
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/milton-babbitt-composer-regarded-as-the-high-priest-of-american-serialism-2200088.html

    “Babbitt was director of the influential Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center from 1959 and Conant Professor of Music at Princeton from 1960. He also taught at the Juilliard School from 1973, where one of his most brilliant students was Stephen Sondheim. Babbitt lectured widely in the US and in Europe and received many awards and honorary degrees. In 1982 he was given the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation for “his life’s work as a distinguished and seminal American composer”. His lectures, Words about Music, were published in 1987. ”

    Much like his Princeton colleague, Roger Sessions, few may have heard of him, despite his many inventions and long career.

    Finally! Someone you’ve likely heard of. Britain’s most successful film composer: (Also via the Indy):
    “John Barry: Composer and songwriter who won five Oscars and scored 11 of the James Bond films”.

    It’s always a strange pick up band up yonder, but Milton also played the fiddle in MS as a child too. And they all played Jazz. JMP

  2. EGaluszka says:

    Apparently some Georgia legislators are planning to take the North Fulton/South Fulton issue back up. I don’t really have a problem with the proposed secession, so long as a rider is placed on the bill that requires the new county to be named Hazzard county.

  3. JMPrince says:

    And yes, unambiguously, that Winshape Foundation is very serious about Marriage. 1.0, See here:
    http://www.goodasyou.org/good_as_you/2011/01/chick-fil-as-winshape-foundation-now-partnering-with-noms-ruth-institute.html

    and more explicitly here (if I’m not censored for the CITE):
    news.change.org/stories/yes-chick-fil-a-says-we-explicitly-do-not-like-same-sex-couples

    JMP

  4. JMPrince says:

    WRT Corp Chick: Dan Cathy’s semi unhelpful corp response here, updated this eve:

    1.) Still, always a perennial problem with secondary boycotts. More helpful might be to reassure others as to your good intentions by actually mentioning the issues that are involved.

    2.) Not an uncommon occurrence everywhere, but especially historically here, is a somewhat larger issue. It need not be ‘either or’, it can be ‘both and’ too. You can look around and know several very nice, very charitable, fine & upstanding Christian folks & families that contain bigots. And who firmly believe that not only is it their right, but duty & ‘light unto the world’ that their beliefs are supportable as morally superior as a matter of course and preference generally. (Hence the still unusual ‘closed on Sundays policy’).

    It’s often a delicate balance, now as ever. The Cathys have been very generous down the years to many causes, both local & not. They’re also very conservative as to their political & operational inclinations. Still, how they treat their guests is fundamental to their business, as they clearly recognize.

    3.) Also Wholly Unrelated to the topic. If you are of a certain age, you might even know or have known some otherwise now (or then) ‘sweet’ old Southern codger who admitted to you in a weak moment perhaps that they actually belonged to the KKK. They’ll claim that ‘way back when’ or ‘when they went’ it was ‘mainly a social organization’. You took their knee and calmly told them that you knew that to be true at times. And they still were somehow prone to doing not so nice, very nasty & probably perfectly dreadful illegal things from time to time. Just for spite or ‘because it was done back then’. If they were as honest as they were elderly, they might also admit to that too.

    So each day a new world. There’s many folks making & serving waffle fries & chicken sandwiches. What makes yours different? Is it Christian love & charity? In whole or in part? Then how do we come to understand that, realistically & daily? Just some thoughts. JMP

  5. David says:

    In 1985 my father was badly burned by a car radiator and was in the hospital for an extended time. Fellow Clayton County resident Chic-fil-a founder Truett Cathy heard about it and drove me back and forth to his new summer camp (Camp Winshape) without it costing my family a dime we did not have.

    Maybe it has nothing to do with this discussion, but you will NEVER hear me say a bad word about the Cathy family.

  6. Jen B. says:

    I do not get people’s obsession with Chick-fil-a.

    “But as she learns more about the company, Ms. Anderson is wavering about where to eat when they travel to Charlotte in April.”

    Is CFA the only restaurant in Charlotte? Sheesh.

    • Ed says:

      Because it is good fast food?

      Also “If you’re eating Chick-fil-A, you’re eating anti-gay” is so dumb it isn’t funny.

      • Jen B. says:

        It’s more like I don’t understand the feelings of, “It’s Sunday! I can’t get CFA, I’m going to die!” or “OMG, where will I eat in Charlotte!” or “I need to register months in advance to get this biscuit!”

        The sandwiches aren’t *that* great.