Brad’s been at home sick the last couple days, which is why you’ve heard relatively little from him on FrontBurner. He did manage to crawl out of bed long enough yesterday to post about a fellow who’s been calling the Perot Museum’s exhibits “fairy tale propaganda.”
Brad sent this fellow, a “street preacher” named Jesse Morrell, several follow-up questions. Morrell has taken it upon himself to post his responses on his own website, soÂ I’d like to address a couple of the highlights. He writes:
And for the Big Bang to be promoted as an argument against God, as the Perot Museum present it is itself a fallacious argument. Even if all of the universe existed in a single molecule that exploded, this does not necessarily exclude the existence of a Creator and Designer at all. They are trying to explain the “how” but the “how” does not necessarily exclude the “who” that was behind the “how.”
I don’t believe the museum is arguing against God’s existence by explaining the Big Bang theory, but other than that, I agree with this point. And I say that as someone who knows that evolution is as much a fact (not a theory)Â as anything in the realm of scientific knowledge is fact, and someone who doesn’t doubt that something along the lines of the Big Bang correctly explains the development of our universe.
But the “how” doesn’tÂ necessarily exclude the “who.” I’d bet many of the people responsible for the creation of the Perot’s exhibits would agree with that sentiment as well. Â If Morrell would only listen to his own point, he might not consider his religious faith so terribly under attack by the museum’s presentation of scientific knowledge and wouldn’t wrongly accuse them of pushing a purely atheistic agenda.
It’s missing from this morning’s account in the Dallas Morning News. But addressing the issue of domestic violence yesterday, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings placed the blame for the problem partially on talk radio.
Yup, Mr. Mayor, there’s no doubt that after listening to the Rush, Michael Medved and Laura Ingraham shows, guys just can’t wait to get home and start knockin’ people around. Instead of playing Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, maybe Hizzoner ought to stick to pothole repair and recycling schedules.
Above is a video of Ghost, a Siberian Husky puppy from Fort Worth. He didn’t quite make the cut to compete in our 32-dog Survival of the Cutest tournamentÂ (please remember to vote daily for your favorites), but his is one of the many entries that deserves an honorable mention.
Scroll through photos and videos of all our contestants here.
It’s a snow day, people. Of course, it was more of a slight drizzling of frozen water in the wee hours of the morning than anything else, and it’s steadily melting away as I type this, but you really just have to take what you can get in Texas. So for all intents and purposes, we can call it a snow day and continue to act extremely fearful while driving, even though the roads are completely fine (albeit, wet). People from the Midwest will mock us for suffering paralysis at the sight of frozen precipitation, but whatever. Snow in Texas is like sunshine in Seattle – we can’t be expected act normally under these unusual circumstances.
I’m not going to lie: it’s a pretty slow Tuesday so there’s not much in the way of exciting outings tonight. That doesn’t mean you have to skip out on good food. Nothing’s better on icy days than soup, so I’m recommending a bowl of the avocado from La Luna de Noche because it just so happens to be my favorite. If you’re not a big fan of avocado (you probably can’t sit at my lunch table then), the xochityl soup with chicken, tortilla strips, and jalepenos is also to die for.
I am a big fan of FX’s Archer. If you’ve seen it, you probably are as well. Recently, the cast has been on tour, doing a live version of the show. A few days ago, they performed at Irving Plaza in New York. As part of the show, they had been firing Archer t-shirts into the crowd with a t-shirt cannon, without a doubt the best modern invention. But there was a problem.
Speaking of the cannons, Matt Thompson had ordered special Archer shirts for the New York date, but instead of the distributors mailing them to Irving Plaza, where the event took place, they were sent to Irving, Texas, so the clothing fired into the crowd was blank. To make amends, Thompson said that anyone who caught one could come backstage after the show and have their prize signed by the entire cast.
(Did I find a flimsy excuse to post about Archer? I did. Season four premieres on Thursday.)
Exactly like the headline says. By photographer Jonathan Zizzo.
Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts announced the two winners of its annual Meadows Prize today. Nadia Sirota is a musician and a founder member of theÂ American Contemporary Music Ensemble, and her 2009 debut album was aÂ New York TimesÂ album of the year; Tania Bruguera is a Cuban-born artist whose work was featured in Documenta 11.
So why is this award a big deal? Well, recipients of the Meadows Prize receive a $25,000 grant and participate in artistic residencies at the Meadows School. But what makes the prize both unique andÂ efficacious is the extent to which past winners have led projects while at SMU that have had a wider impact on the Dallas community. For example, the art group Creative TimeÂ completed a (somewhat controversial) report of the state of Dallas’ art scene. Playwright Will Power’s time at SMU has now evolved into an extended residency with the Dallas Theater Center. What can we expect form this year’s winners? Hint: Think West Dallas. Jump for my thoughts and the full release:
The 70th Annual Golden Globes were Sunday, and I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to be in the (cold) stands with my entertainment crazed family.
As an onlooker, the bright red carpet was turned into a sea of blood orange, nude colors, and metallics, as these were the hottest trends of the night.
Stars who graced the carpet in the red-orange hue included Zooey Deschanel, winner Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior Haute Couture, and Globe winner Claire Danes, who received her Versace at 9 p.m. the night before. Claire (a new mom as of three weeks ago) was exuding happiness, and very chatty on the carpet and at post events. I can only assume it was date night for her and husband Hugh Dancy.
Being in the bleachers alongside the red carpet is a lively affair, where most of the stars are thrilled to come by and acknowledge us. While rocking a shirtless Stella McCartney suit, co-host Amy Poehler exclaimed “My chest is going to pop out if I lift my arms up, so I can’t wave to you guys.”
Last year brought us books by a New York liberal (Gail Collins, As Texas Goes …) and a Dallas billionaire Republican and his son (Sam and Andrew Wyly, Texas Got it Right!). Now April will bring us one from a senior editor at Texas Monthly: Erica Grieder, Big, Hot, Cheap and Right. Collins was the early leader in the clubhouse, but Grieder uses the term “sui generis” to describe the state on page four of the introduction. So hang on. This isn’t over yet.
Richardson Bike Mart Sticks By Lance Armstrong. The doper got his first bike there, so the store’s general manager, Woody Smith, says he supports Lance. Smith told Channel 8: “He’s a homeboy. He raced for the team. He’s a friend. We still support him, his causes, and what he has done for the sport.” Smith said he also still supports Rafael Palmeiro, Josh Brent, Al Lipscomb, Violentacrez, and all the senior executives of Omni Consumer Products.
Man Kills Himself at Vista Ridge Mall. Yesterday afternoon, a man got into an argument with a woman at Vista Ridge, in Lewisville. Mall security was called and was escorting the man away from the mall when he pulled out a handgun and shot himself dead in front of a jewelry store. If only more people at Vista Ridge had been carrying guns, this tragedy could have been averted.
Irving Baby Becomes Internet Famous. Yesterday on The Today Show, they showed a YouTube video of 17-month-old Ethan Anderson shaking his money maker at Calvary Church in Irving. His dad, Coffey Anderson, was performing at a New Year’s Eve concert. The video has gotten more than 500,000 views. Wanna be next? Of course you do. It’s a baby. Dancing.