Archive for January, 2011

Glenn Beck loses a third of his audience.

Schadenfreude* should probably be enjoyed sparingly—you know, that whole karma thing; take pleasure in someone else’s failing and you’re bound to stumble to someone else’s delight sooner or later—but after learning the fact that Glenn Beck has lost more than one million viewers, but couldn’t help but crack a smile.

Mark Sandlin, over at The God Article, put it nicely (much more nicely than I could have):


So, when I read a blog post on alternet.org about how Beck’s show has lost a million viewers (that’s a third of his viewership) in just one year, I have to admit, it really made me happy. I’m glad to see that the work of those opposing Beck is making a difference. This is the kind of peaceful, non-violent resistance we are supposed to practice when faced with hurtful forces. Because of the work of many, many people and organizations, advertisers are stepping away from Beck’s programs. New York and Philadelphia radio stations have dropped his show. All of this happened on the heals of massive exposure for Beck last year. It’s pretty impressive work.

I honestly feel a bit bad about feeling good about his fall from grace in the eyes of his viewers. I wonder if Jesus felt bad about the money changers being kicked out of the temple? Probably not. At any rate, I’ll have to work this guilt out with God… but in the mean time, I am glad, I am thankful, that the hurtfulness of Glenn Beck seems to be winding down.


* For those of you unfamiliar with the term: Schadenfreude (pronounced /ˈʃɑːdənfrɔɪdə/ Audio (US),) is pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others.



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Need a break? Try doing nothing for just two minutes… it’s harder than it seems.

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Steeler babies.

In advance of the Pittsburgh Steelers taking on the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV on Feb. 6, in Texas, newborn infants are lined up in the ward for newborns at Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC in Pittsburgh, Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. Seven babies, all one or two-days old, are wrapped in the Steelers’ “Terrible Towels.”

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Friedrich Nietzsche

“We have art in order not to die of the truth.”

— Friedrich Nietzsche

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Alright foodies, here’s my latest restaurant review for the travel web site UpTake.com:

OK guys, this one is quick and easy. Still looking for a place to take your sweetie for Valentine’s Day? If you are in Atlanta, and your significant other likes wine, you can’t miss with The Grape: it’s is part wine shop, part wine tasting, part tapas and everything she’ll want for that special day.

I know. If you had your druthers, you’d go for beer and hot wings, but face it. This isn’t your day. Feb. 14 is all about her. Beside, expanding your vino horizons can only help you in the long run. Admit it: you know next to nothing about wins and when forced to make a decision in the past, you just winged it, picking a bottle of wine because of the fancy label (combined with the price). At The Grape, they say, “learning about the world of wine can be as exhilarating as enjoying a glass . . . we care as much about sharing our deep knowledge of wines as we care about serving you the perfect glass. Our promise is to inform—never intimidate. We’re just not that kind of people.” And they are not.

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Vince Lombardi

“The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.”

— Vince Lombardi

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Tacos al Carbon ($10.99), a dish of three grilled carne asada tacos, topped with onions and cilantro, served with rice and beans. Simple but delicious.

OK foodies, here’s my latest restaurant review for the travel web site UpTake.com:

In Atlanta, people are often identified by where they live: you are either tagged ITP (Inside the Perimeter) or OTP (Outside the Perimeter). For you non-Atlantans, the Perimeter is I-280, the freeway that rings the city. One of the disadvantages of living OTP is that finding a vibrant nightlife is challenging, to say the least. One place that fits the bill is After Five attached to Cinco Mexican Cantina in Suwanee.

OK, so the other night, before heading into town for a show at the Variety Playhouse, Johanna and I stopped at Cinco for a drink and a bite to eat. Since we weren’t going be there long, we opted to skip the dining room at Cinco and went on to After Five, a sort of grown-up space in the restaurant with a nice bar, a piano for entertainment and a patio for relaxing in the sun in warm weather.

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