In his speech on the Senate Floor this week, climate change denier and Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, James Inhofe tossed a snowball and declared it as proof that climate change is a hoax. Opinion8ed2 has provided supplemental testimony to the Senate as shown above. In a related story, we have also obtained a draft of his next address in which he shows a movie of a ship disappearing in the distance as proof that the theory the earth is round is actually a hoax perpetrated by elite scientific snobs.
In January we visited some friends staying in Rome and then travelled together with them to the southern Italian cities of Barre and Lecce. International flights can be a gruelling affair these days and The Tale of Two Cabins is a recollection of our experiences to and from and a reflection on the challenges of establishing personal space while travelling at 40,000 ft.
We’ve seen lots of theater recently and one standout is The Lion, a musical written and starring Benjamin Scheuer at the Lynn Redgrave Theater. Scheuer, a singer-songwriter and guitarist par excellence tells his stormy autobiographical story through songs – from his introduction to music, his estranged relationship with his father, a failed love affair and some significant personal struggles. His tunes are catchy and the delivery both powerful and funny… but it’s his story that will move you.
I stumbled upon a very unusual musical pairing of two guitar virtuosos from different worlds who came together out of mutual respect to play and record. Mark Knopfler (formerly of Dire Straits) has been one of my favorite guitar players and the late, great country guitarist Chet Atkins was one of his favorites. Several joint concerts and a collaborative album resulted. An Odd Couple recounts my anthropological YouTube discovery.
It’s bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, with a chance for pinch-hitting Happy Smith to blow the game open for the hapless hometown Brooklyn Superbas against the league-leading Chicago Cubs. The rookie is nervous as he steps up to the plate and Into the Limelight…