Happy Elvis’ Birthday!

And in honor of this momentous occasion, you should learn how Elvis saved the world from fascism.

UPDATE: I should also point out this Power Line article, which includes the following notes on Elvis’ meeting with Nixon:

Presley indicated to the President in a very emotionial mamner that he was “on your side.” Presley kept repeating that he wanted to be helpful, that he wanted to restore some respect for the flag, which was being lost. He mentioned he was just a poor boy from Tennessee who had gotten a lot from his country, which in some way he wanted to repay.

UPDATE 2: And, of course, Ziggy:

Quote of the Day

“I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.”

–Thomas Jefferson, letter to Thomas Cooper, 29 November 1802

Quote of the Day

“I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.”

–Thomas Jefferson, letter to Thomas Cooper, 29 November 1802

Quote of the Day

“It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows what the law is today can guess what it will be to-morrow.”

–James Madison (likely), Federalist No. 62, 1788

It’s funny

So I’m watching the rerun of Game 4 of the World Series on the new MLB network, and my heart is still breaking when bad things happen, such as when Pedro Feliz popped out with the bases loaded in the bottom of the first. Even though I know the Phils won the Series and this specifically is the game when the Phils scored in double digits.

It shows how baseball can get into your soul even when you know what the final outcome will be. Can any other game have that effect on you?

UPDATE (17:40): Joe Blanton’s home run still makes me laugh.

This might take the prize for most obscure humor reference ever…

And I feel sad for getting it:

Nerd Has Most Obscure Crush Ever

JACKSONVILLE, FL—The unrequited nature of area nerd June Manzo’s crush on actor Peter Tuddenham, who provides the voice of piloting computer Slave on Blake’s 7, is only slightly more agonizing than the process of explanation she must put herself through every time her media obsession is discussed. “He has this slightly sinister but dynamic way of speaking on the show, particularly in the ‘Headhunter’ episode,” Manzo said, painstakingly describing Tuddenham to fellow science-fiction fan Bradley Preakniss. “When I hear his voice congratulating Avon on his ‘consummate skill,’ I just get shivers… Doesn’t that ring a bell? No? Not at all?” Manzo’s crush is surpassed in geekiness and obscurity only by that of Denver’s Demitri Ostrow, who has a long-harbored passion for author Neil Gaiman’s “fabulous” assistant Lorraine.

From The Onion, of course.

Quote of the Day

“The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create whatever the form of government, a real despotism. A just estimate of that love of power, and proneness to abuse it, which predominates in the human heart is sufficient to satisfy us of the truth of this position.”

–George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796