The Witty Lizard

Ramblings of a grilling, drinking, black flag hoisting father and philosophical eclectic.

The Witty Lizard - Ramblings of a grilling, drinking, black flag hoisting father and philosophical eclectic.

Thursday Links

This needs to be read aloud on the floor of Congress… MotherJones

It’s a brave new world… The Economist

Please, just one or two, or thirty… NY Times

“Sources of Federal Tax Revenue” tells the whole story here… MotherJones

Baahahahahaha, that’s all I got… NY Times

Death to Word = fawesomwe… Slate

Read this, please… Stop Stealing Dreams

I just don’t understand the Republican problem with this… The New Republic

Why shouldn’t people have health insurance? The New Republic

Intriguing thesis, God and America, duh… The New Republic

The original was a classic, this shorter update sounds good… Grantland

Wes Lunt = The Man… NewsOK

I wish I was “just a guy”… Pistols Firing

Sucks for everyone else in London… O’Colly

It’s about time someone did a story, well done Larry… NewsOK

Mr. Tannehill pay attention… The Big Lead

This just in, these guys are GOOD… BBTIA

Helluva a future… Star-Telegram

Solid but not spectacular, which is what they need… Blogging the Boys

No imput or relevance, that’s epic, but I hope He’s being honest… Cowboys Gab

Excitement and commitment… Just Blog Baby

2012 schedule is not easy, but is any in the NFL? Silver and Black Pride

He is a great soundbite… Grantland

Friday Five

Places I want to visit before I die. Admittedly, I’m cheating here a bit. I want to witness these historical places sure, but I also want to see the country/city associated with them. This is a list of place I want to explore.

  1. Aldford Castle
  2. St Peter’s Basilica
  3. Angkor
  4. Machu Picchu
  5. Kilimanjaro

Remember the scene in Braveheart  when Stephen refers to Ireland as “my island”? Aldford Castle is my castle. Built in the 12th century by Richard de Aldford, my great-grandfather many times over. I will concede that a motte-and-bailey castle built some 900 years ago is not really worth looking at but it’s mine. A trip to England would be amazing in its own right, highlighted by a journey into my history would make it perfect.

Rome was the center of the known universe, in the west anyway, for a millennium. The Forum, the Colosseum, the cathedrals and the art all make Rome a place that I must see someday. Although I am honestly more interested in the later period of Raphael and da Vinci. St Peter’s Basilica is the apex of  Renaissance art and architecture, the work of Michelangelo and Bernini. I can’t fathom the grandeur of walking through the plaza and entering the Basilica, but I want to find out.

South East Asia fascinates me, always has. There is something about the beauty, mystery and danger of the jungle and an exotic culture that captivates my imagination. The manifestation of all that for me is Angkor. Ancient and beautiful, it has an allure. A mighty civilization once thrived and prospered here and to see something so foreign and exotic would be a helluva trip.

Machu Picchu is simply mind-boggling to me. Four day hike to get there, which begs the question, how did they build in such a remote place? Better still, why did they build in such a remote place? That’s part of the coolness of the site, no one really knows. Theories range from remote prison camp to agricultural test station. Whatever, I really want to explore this ancient site at the top of the world.

Kilimanjaro is the biggest of the cheats on this list. I’m not a climber and have no aspirations to mount an ascent. The reason to include it here is East Africa itself. I have always wanted to see the savanna, the Rift Valley, Lake Victoria, Zanzibar and of course Kilimanjaro.  The chance to go on safari or to see the gorillas in the highlands is something I hope I get the chance to do.

 

Thursday Links

The Paradoxical China… The Economist

Obama is a putz… The Economist

Unleash the crowds… Slate

Red Sox are confusing me too… Grantland

Ranger stuff… BBTIA

Profar is looking like a stud… Texas Rangers

Things they are a changin’… NewsOK

Hasn’t this been going on forever? But still good stuff… Star-Telegram

SEAL Team 6, enough said… NY Times

William Wallace please stand up… NY Times

Big 12 (-2) expansion on the horizon? ESPN

I love this hire… ESPN

I agree with most of this… Just Blog Baby

Random Dallas Cowboys stuff… ESPN

Dude is a beast… ESPN

Great writer, intriguing story… Grantland

How ’bout less Xbox, just a thought… NY Times

Don’t I wish… NY Times