In re: Cuban coming to Columbus

The Plaintain cafe put up a sign in it’s Gay St. window a long time ago when it was still a gutted space. Over the passing months I’ve been waiting excitedly for this Cuban restaurant. While I love El Arepazo and it’s many Latin options aside from their core Venezuelan menu there can never be too many lunch options and especially too many ethnic food options. So today when I passed by and saw they added their menu to the door (they had put up their Nov. opening date recently as well). The menu of course features a Cuban sandwich but has a nice selection of sandwiches and entrees – and while it may be a bit small on their items compared to some places I am a big fan of places that don’t overreach and do what they do well. Hopefully the Plaintain Cafe will be just such a place.

In re: Passionately defending a made up history

“Spurred by an administration he believes to be guilty of numerous transgressions, self-described American patriot Kyle Mortensen, 47, is a vehement defender of ideas he seems to think are enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and principles that brave men have fought and died for solely in his head…

Right there in the preamble, the authors make their priorities clear: ‘one nation under God’ said Mortensen, attributing to the Constitution a line from the Pledge of Allegiance, which itself did not include any reference to a deity until 1954. “Well, there’s a reason they put that right at the top.”

“Men like Madison and Jefferson were moved by the ideals of Christianity, and wanted the United States to reflect those values as a Christian nation,” continued Mortensen, referring to the “Father of the Constitution,” James Madison, considered by many historians to be an atheist, and Thomas Jefferson, an Enlightenment-era thinker who rejected the divinity of Christ and was in France at the time the document was written. “The words on the page speak for themselves.”

via Area Man Passionate Defender Of What He Imagines Constitution To Be | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source.

Story from the Onion (so of course its made up, but the underlying concept is so common today it amazes me.) That hits the nail on the head about a man defending his fictional version of the constitution, that sets out the religious origins of the country.  Of course his history and knowledge of the document are probably coming from a single source of ‘news’ so what would you expect.  Like the made up war on Christmas that has been thrown around in recent years (without the effort to do any research on Christmas) the arguments about the religous nature of our country and its founders could well do with a little fact checking themselves.  The part I always think is interesting is that in countries with state religions and that are now wealthy religion is dying, but here where we separated the two it has thrived.  Despite that fact, it seems some folks want a theocracy, which I would warn them might start the slow march towards their demise.

In re: So long… Lou Dobbs to Quit CNN (finally)

Lou Dobbs, the longtime CNN anchor whose anti-immigration views have made him a TV lightning rod, said Wednesday that he is leaving the cable news channel effective immediately.

via Update: Lou Dobbs to Quit CNN – Media Decoder Blog – NYTimes.com.

 

I’ve got to admit I’ve given up on almost any TV news, probably the best reporting on the air depending on what your looking for is PBS, the BBC or the Daily Show.  Anyway, CNN has long been in decline and I’ve long since given up on it, for a while their international channel wasn’t bad, but then it got filled with most of the same crap in America.  I can’t really judge it anymore because it has been so long since I’ve seen CNN aside from those airport TVs, but Lou Dobbs was definitely a low point for the channel as his show morphed into his platform to spout his idiotic ideas (CNN should have stuck to a pure news format and at least had their credibility, but alas I am guessing that doesn’t sell advertising).

In re: Another football story: “Is It Time to Retire the Football Helmet?”

“One of the strongest arguments for banning helmets comes from the Australian Football League. While it's a similarly rough game, the AFL never added any of the body armor Americans wear. When comparing AFL research studies and official NFL injury reports, AFL players appear to get hurt more often on the whole with things like shoulder injuries and tweaked knees. But when it comes to head injuries, the helmeted NFL players are about 25% more likely to sustain one.”

via Is It Time to Retire the Football Helmet? – WSJ.com.

 

Another story on football head trauma, any interesting take that actually makes sense.  Rugby players definitely have huge risks of injury, but they ‘hit’ in a different manner than American football players do, almost never in rugby do player have the huge intensity driving tackles you see in the NFL, instead players bring them down in such open field tackling situations with more a judo move where you go with them going down with them, rather than through them.  Now there a lot of differences in rules that make inches gained throughout the field of football more important (first downs) but its just interesting.