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On Dying Young

Andrew Breitbart died yesterday, and half the people who knew who he was mourned publicly and sincerely, and other the half tried to hold their tongues. Some failed.

I was one of the latter group and failed a little. I follow this stuff for a living and knew who Breitbart was, and watched his work with some amusement, some dismay, and some anger. He was responsible for wrecking or hurting a lot of reputations and careers, some of whom might have deserved it, some of whom absolutely did not. He often lied about people and accused others of lying without basis. It doesn’t seem right to me, even on the occasion of his sudden death, to ignore this. Certainly, the death of a public figure never caused Breitbart to restrain himself from criticism.

One of the things that puzzled me about all the reaction was how often Breitbart was called a conservative or a “conservative warrior.” He was many things but calling him a “conservative” is arguable. By his own admission, he wasn’t that interested in policy, or even politics, in the sense of governance. He was interested in the battle, in the fight between His Team and Their Team, and he was utterly devoted to advancing His Team’s cause, and running up the score, which seemed to be counted by scalps. Ethics, morality, or even, really politics as detached from personality seemed to have nothing much to do with it. Is there anybody in the world who imagines, for example, that he would have said or done anything about Anthony Weiner’s Weiner if Weiner had an (R) after his name? Calling him a committed conservative, to me, makes as much sense as calling Lawrence Taylor a committed Giant. He was a very, very effective fighter for his side, and most of the people who mourn him on that side (excepting those who knew him personally) seem mostly to be mourning his departure from the battlefield. Who will take it to the enemy now?

Other people have opined about his legacy and his role in coarsening our debate better than I can. One of the things that bug me is that the political battlefield has now extended into every arena so that everything is fodder for fighting — my father in law, a staunch conservative, refused to use Heinz Ketchup during the 2004 election season. Once politics is interfering with your condiments, it’s no longer recognizable as politics. Breitbart was one of the many who made a nice living in the manufacture of brand new forms of brickbats.

And, of course, it’s frightening that anyone who dares stick their neck out into the public sphere now must need to expect to pay a harsh price, extracted by Breitbart’s role models, heirs, and imitators. I personally try — believe it or not — to treat people decently, even the people I’m making fun of so that we never cross the line from satire to cruelty. When I die, I don’t want half the people who knew who I was wondering if it would be polite to say what they’re really thinking.

Speaking of which, I happened to spend an hour today talking to Jennifer Gleason, the widow of G. Chris Gleason, who collapsed and died just a few hundred yards short of the Philadelphia Marathon finish line, minutes before I finished the race myself. I saw him lying there, being treated by the EMTs who could not resuscitate him. Like Breitbart, he died too young (Gleason was 40), like Breitbart, he had a wife and young children (who were waiting for him just on the other side of the finish line — Jennifer told me this part of the story and I started to weep.) Gleason — to my knowledge — never attacked anyone publicly, never got involved in politics, never denounced anyone, and never was featured on cable news by bookers who know that denunciations make good TV. He did touch a lot of people’s lives, though, as evidenced here. If you’re going to think about the tragedy of a husband and father died young, spare a thought for Chris Gleason.

No Habla Ingles?

Why do people think it is acceptable to speak to their friends/co-workers/family in their own language when no one else in the group can understand them? Would they like it if I started speaking in a foreign language around them?No Habla Ingles?

Case in point: I get my nails done at a salon that has only Asian women working there. They all speak English, this I know because they speak to me in English. So I know they can all speak it. But when they speak to each other, it is in their language, and sometimes they laugh and just keep talking and talking, and I can’t help but think “maybe they are talking about me?” Maybe I am just being a little self-conscious, but it’s rude!

It reminds me of that Seinfeld episode where Elaine gets her nails done and swears the ladies there are talking about her, so she gets George’s father, who understands their language, to come on an appointment with her. Turns out, they ARE talking about her and having a good time doing it!

No Habla Ingles?

Maybe I’m just a little paranoid…. but when I see them look at me from the corner of their eyes, and then a few remarks go flying in their language, along with a few smiles or chuckles… well, what’s one to think?? We all know women can be so caddy! YES, we can!!

Make Sure You Check Lipsense Today

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Lipsense are known to be very helpful in curing a number of lips ailments. One of the problems faced by people is pigmentation of the lips. While a little pigmentation is something that can be ignored, you cannot keep ignoring it when it keeps spreading. One of the worst things about pigmentation is it can happen on any part of the body.

When it starts spreading there are a number of problems that can occur. It becomes difficult to hide the white patches and it can get embarrassing to go out in public. With the help of lipsense you will be able to make sure that you go out in public with confidence because the pigmentation is cured almost immediately. You will also be able to ensure that the condition does not spread and there are no other lips problems.

Bluegill Ice Fishing Tips

Bluegill Ice Fishing TipsBluegills are a favorite target of ice anglers, who appreciate the fact they are good to eat and provide fast action once they are located. While ice anglers often can find bluegills, some particularly enjoy chasing large ones–those bigger than the palm of a hand–which provide as much of a challenge as any large game fish. For bluegill ice fishing tips, read on.

The Right Stuff
Do not use equipment that is too heavy–it will hinder your ability to know when a bluegill is biting. Two-pound mono-filament line works well for bluegills, as does a light-action, 24- to 36-inch ice fishing rod with a small spinning reel. Plain hooks and live bait can work well for bluegills, as can tiny jigs–1/32th to 1/64th of an ounce–tipped with live bait or curly tail plastics. Live bait options include maggots and wax-worms.

Find Green Vegetation
Vegetation that remains green under the ice nearly always holds bluegills. That’s because it gives off oxygen and is an important part of the food chain in that it attracts the invertebrates and other items bluegills eat. They might not always be right in the green weeds but instead may be in deep holes or suspended in open water nearby. Either way, begin fishing the shallowest part of the weed bed first and move your way deeper until you contact fish.

Bluegill Ice Fishing Tips

Stay on the Move
Near-constant motion is the key to locating bluegills. Drill a hole and fish for a few minutes. If you don’t get a bite, move and drill another hole. You do not have to move far each time–you’re searching for fish. Once you drill a hole and the fish start biting, continue fishing that hole until the bite stops. If you have caught bluegills and then go 30 minutes without a bite, it is time to move.

Keep Safety in Mind
The bluegill bite can be fast and furious once you have found the fish, but do not let safety slip from your mind. Many ice anglers wear life jackets onto the ice, especially if the water has just recently frozen. Using a chisel to test the ice in front of where you are walking is a good idea. If your chisel breaks through, or if you are uncomfortable for any reason, turn around and go back where you came from. No bluegill is worth a dip in a cold lake.

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