I have to admit to you, readers: I’m legitimately depressed that The Daily Moustache has come to an end. Much like Christmas, it has afforded me great joy. And also much like Christmas, its passing has left a void. Life, once full of color and magic–and facial hair–is now a dull, gray blur.
But, let us not wallow in despair. Nay! Let us instead celebrate:
The Moustache That Was
A Month to Remember: One Man’s Journey Through Movember
I don’t know exactly how this happened, but I have been hoodwinked into running the White Rock Marathon as part of a relay team that includes Jessica Baldwin, Laura Kostelny, Krista Nightengale, and Sarah Reiss. I, obviously, will be running the shortest leg of the aforementioned relay. I say “obviously” not because of my physical condition, but because they are all runners and I generally get my exercise in two ways: benchpressing cinder blocks on the roof of the building, and picking fights at lunch time over by the railyard. Anyway, our team needs a name. So get to it in the comments.
I was there last night for the event, and I have to admit that I was a little underwhelmed. First, I was told Main Street was going to be shut down. One lane was blocked off. DART buses and cars kept driving past. As we stood waiting for the show to begin, a man told us that the speakers in front of us would flood the street with music. I could hear my husband’s snarky whispers the entire time. And I thought it was going to last an hour. As you see from the video, it lasted nine minutes. I will admit this video looks pretty impressive. But while I was standing there, I couldn’t help but think some of it looked like a screensaver.
I do think it’s great that new things are being tried out downtown and people are coming out for it. The interactive touch-board wall screen is pretty sweet. And, I learned that in 1909, people paid 50 cents to ride an elevator to the top of the Praetorian Building (which the trailer was projected on to). So there’s that.
Happy December unto you, FrontBurner readers. The season of giving is upon us, and I could really use a pair of these in gray. Thanks.
Former Senate majority leader Trent Lott, who’s now a Washington lobbyist, was in Dallas the other day to meet with clients and partners at the local office of Patton Boggs LLP. Patton in July snapped up the Breaux-Lott Consulting Group, which Lott, a former Republican senator from Mississippi, started with former Sen. John Breaux, a Louisiana Democrat, in 2008.
Lott, who epitomizes the Washington insider, recently found himself in hot water with Tea Party types over a story that appeared in the Washington Post. In his comments for that article–which Lott (pictured) contends were supposed to be off the record–he talked about the need to “co-opt” Tea Party members once they got to Washington. He also spoke unkindly about Sen. Jim DeMint, the hard-right Tea Part icon. In the following Q&A, he basically says his point was misunderstood.
This is NSFW if you can’t stop yourself from muttering “holy s–t” when you see something awesome and your job frowns on that behavior. Or, “wow, this looks sh—y” when you see the trailer for that dumb Johnny Depp/Angelina Jolie movie. Video was shot by Corey Rawdon.
I asked Jason (no last name) why he was there. “Other people alerted me, and I hope by doing this I alert other people.” Jason is from Fort Worth, which is about all I could get out of him. Frankly, he didn’t seem all that happy to see me. But then, that happens a lot.
There had to be one,Â of course.Â And right on schedule, here it comes — in Fort Worth, of all places — from a group called the Dallas-Fort Worth Coalition of Reason that has placed pro-atheist ads on Cowtown buses. Over to you, Fox News.
1. This one’s begging for a movie script. A bunch of kids from the projects on a Pop Warner junior-midget division football team go undefeated with a pastor as their coach. They’ve got a chance to go to the Super Bowl of Pop Warner football, in Florida. They’ve faced so much adversity, but there’s one problem that no amount of grit and character can overcome: to make the trip to Florida, they need to come up with $20,000 by Thursday. Will Smith’s kid Jaden plays the role of the lovable quarterback with the troubled past.
2. This one is just delicious. The husband and wife who founded Daystar, the second-biggest religious TV network, went on the air and thwarted would-be blackmailers by announcing that the husband had cheated on his wife. Some choice quotes from the story:
From Fred Kendall, one of their marriage counselors: “He had had one inappropriate period of misbehavior, with one person, and it wasn’t a man. It wasn’t a transvestite. It was with a woman.”
From the husband, Marcus Lamb: “Joni has no blame. The other person doesn’t have any blame. … I don’t even blame the devil. It’s all on me.”
From the head of First Baptist, Robert Jeffress, on why he’ll continue to broadcast on the network: “If the president of AT&T fell into some kind of moral transgression, we would be sorry to hear about it, we would pray for him. But that wouldn’t keep us from using AT&T products for our communication needs.”
From Tim Rogers: “Speak for yourself. If it comes to light that Randall Stephenson has been having unprotected sex with Haitian transvestite hookers, I’m switching to Verizon.”