Over the past few years, from Thanksgiving until Christmas, we have posted a Christmas themed song, video, or something like that each and every day.
This year, we wanted to start out with something in keeping with that tradition, but with a little more of a special meaning.
One of our contributors has been dealing with the issue of their mother being cooped up in hospitals, nursing homes and rehab centers for the last year or so. As you can imagine, it was draining on her as well as our friend. It was always the goal to get her home by the holidays. Many people said she would not make it, but the woman is a fighter and last week, she left a rehab center to return to her home of over 60 years.
Apparently, she always liked Bing Crosby, so this is for her.
We were going to post this one before Thanksgiving, but decided to save it.
Once again, this is from AF Branco at Comically Correct who, in case you like his work, has a coffee table book out now. It would make a nice gift for someone on you list. (And for the record, we have not received or expect to receive anything for mentioning Branco or his book.)
You may remember the story of Ahmed Mohamed, the 14 year old kid back in September who, while attending school in Irving, Texas brought a clock to school in a pencil case that looked like a small briefcase.
Mohamed showed the clock to a science teacher who seems to have understood the problem of clock in a briefcase into a school. The teacher told Mohamed to put the clock in his locker and take it home.
Mohamed did not do that. Instead he took the clock into another class where he the alarm either went off or like many digital clocks, began flashing after a power disruption. The teacher of that class freaked out as did some of the students.
Mohamed was taken to the principal’s office. Police were called. According to the police, Mohamed became combative and needed to be handcuffed. When he was asked about the clock, he couldn’t say how he made it or where the parts came from. The police took him out of school and arrested him on the charge of a “bomb hoax.”
After everyone had calmed down. people began to scream that the kid was a victim of racial profiling. “He was just a bright kid,” they claimed.
His celebrity got him visits to the White House. He met with astronauts. He met with heads of state and appeared on television.
Through it all, Mohamed claimed he built the clock. Him building the clock is an important part of the narrative in the story. If he built it, he is a pretty darn smart kid. If he didn’t build it, other issues arise.
What in the world happened to the liberal arts? A degree in the humanities used to transmit the knowledge and wisdom imbued in the works of great Western artists, writers, musicians and thinkers like Shakespeare and Mozart. But today, that same degree stresses Western racism, sexism, imperialism, and other ills and sins that reinforce a sense of victimhood and narcissism. So, what happened? Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute explains.
To identify the drunkest city in each state, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the percentage of men and women who report binge or heavy drinking in each state’s metro areas. Metro level data was aggregated from county level data provided by County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute joint program. Health outcomes, including the number of potential life lost per 100,000 people due to premature death annually and the percentage of adults who report fair or poor health was also aggregated from county-level data obtained from County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. All data are as of the most recent available year.
Naturally, after reading the article explaining the methodology, we were interested in seeing which Florida city was “crowned” as the “drunkest in the state.”
We thought it might be one of the larger population centers with tourism ties such as Miami or Orlando. Perhaps “party towns” such as Daytona Beach or Panama Beach would make the top of the list.
The town at the top surprised us greatly.
According to 247wallst.com, the “drunkest city in Florida” is…. drum roll please… (more…)