Review: Jason Aldean w. Jake Owen at FedExForum, Memphis, TN – October 24, 2013
(And a list of reasons you should go to a big time country music concert ASAP.)
I won tickets to see Jason Aldean a month or so ago, and honestly I’m not that big of a fan of his. But my wife is and I know some of his songs and it was free, so it only made sense for us to go to his concert.
And it was a GREAT DECISION! Read more
Many in the auditorium cheered as the Navy SEAL team took down the final three pirates at the movie’s climax, yet I sat silent. I know I was supposed to cheer at the superiority of our military (of whom I am incredibly proud, because HOLY COW they are good!), yet the moment felt somehow different than a similar scene in Zero Dark Thirty when SEALs took down Osama Bin Laden. It wasn’t as if the United States was wrong to kill the Somali pirates holding Captain Phillips hostage. In fact, the young men were committing one of the oldest and most contemptible international crimes. Yet, while grateful for the U.S. military and our incredible Navy SEALs who keep innocents like Captain Phillips and ourselves safe and free every day, I simultaneously mourned for those slain pirates. Not particularly the moment of their death, but instead the tragic inevitability of their life that led them to that moment.
If you were to make a bet with me on who the best songwriter is right now, in terms of being a storyteller, I’d gladly give you the field and take Jason Isbell for myself. He’s that damn good. Unfortunately, his opening gig for Dawes at Minglewood Hall in Memphis was entirely too short. He played for about 30 minutes, maybe seven songs, and that was it. I don’t know what the contractual obligations were, but judging by how the crowd shrank a decent amount after the opener was done, I’d say it’s safe to say that the people wanted more Jason Isbell and less Dawes. I would be in that camp. Read more
[This post comes to us from friend of The Wise Guise, John Nesbitt. John Nesbitt is a rare guest contributor and team owner of a jungernaut Survivor Team. He just returned from a two week trip to India for work. He has previously written about his adventures in the Middle East.]
Shangri-La in India
The land of Maharajas and Mughals.
A land of people and trash.
A land of treasures and trash.
The juxtaposition is overwhelming
This juxtaposition makes the experience
When he’s good, he’s good. Jon Stewart has made two things clear during his long and hilarious run as host of The Daily Show:
(1) He leans left and is more sympathetic to liberal causes and the Democratic Party.
(2) He takes no prisoners and will call a spade a spade, hilariously attacking incompetence from politicians and policies across the political spectrum and from both parties.
Combined together, this means he often reserves some of his most scathing critiques for failures coming from liberals and the Democratic Party.
And the failed launch of the ObamaCare website is no exception. His takedown last night had me laughing until I cried. Enjoy!
Author’s Note: This post is excerpts of an essay I wrote for Fare Forward. I highly recommend you visit that site, like the publication on Facebook, and even become a subscriber. It’s a collection of people much smarter and much better at writing than me, discussing all topics you could imagine through a deeply intellectual Christian worldview. I’m humbled to have written for them previously and for them to have been kind enough to invite me back to write again. They’re far too kind to me. I’ve tricked them into thinking I’m a legitimate writer. Please don’t destroy this illusion. But do support Fare Forward. It’s amazing what they’re doing.
This post contains excerpts of my essay entitled, “Fantasy Worldviews: From Middle Earth to Westeros.” Whether you’re a fan of Tolkien’s Middle Earth or Martin’s Game of Thrones universe, I think you’ll enjoy my reflections on what Martin borrows from Tolkien and what each fantasy epic tells us about ourselves and our time.
I hope this letter finds you well. I began writing this after the second episode, but then I thought I was jumping the gun and being a bit too harsh. I thought that it wasn’t fair to judge a show so quickly that has such a strong history.
However, after watching episode three, I can’t hold back anymore.
Homeland… you know when you’re reading a book and you catch yourself zoning out? Then, you have to go back and find the part that you last remember? That happened THREE times to me during Homeland on Sunday. THREE TIMES! How many times have I had that happen during a TV show before? ZERO—and for what it’s worth, it’s not like I watch TV once a week. One time when I was rewinding the show, I realized that the last part I remembered was Carrie building a house out of popsicle sticks in the psych ward. Yes, THAT was a “memorable moment” of last night’s show. A show that once had its viewers squeezing the couch as the main character was escaping burning buildings now has this same character building miniature houses out of popsicle sticks.
Homeland, it’s as if no one told you that your show started three weeks ago. After three weeks, I feel like I’m watching the part of a show that happens in between seasons that isn’t supposed to be filmed or seen.