Happy Fourth of July, people of America! I hope you all enjoy some grilled meat, the cold beverage of your choice, and for the love of all things Jason-Pierre Paul, don’t play with firecrackers. Hell, I burned my hand on a sparkler when I was 4 and I haven’t come near a lit object on Independence Day since (seriously, it really freaking hurt.)
Anyway, Wimbledon has started and most of us have the day off and so let’s start with a pretty cool Fourth of July video I like to share when I remember to.
Very simply, Ray Charles doing “America The Beautiful” cannot be topped, ever, by anyone, in my book.
For all that’s wrong in this country, and right now, there’s so much, there is also so much that’s good. And this song always reminds me of that.
Take it away, Mr. Charles…
**Next up, we had a great stupid criminals story on Monday about those two yahoos at the gas station in Canada, but this stupid criminal story may be even better.
We travel to Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where a genius named Shamon West decided to break into a woman’s car that had just pulled into a local gas station. West stole her purse, which of course contained her driver’s license and credit card, while the victim was inside buying things.
Two days later, the 21-year-old West was eating at a restaurant when he handed the waitress the stolen credit card he’d pilfered.
And the waitress, Flora Lunsford, was the owner of the car he’d broken into, and whose name and picture was of course ON THE CREDIT CARD.
Also, and I cannot stress this enough, this quote from a police spokesperson after West was arrested:
“As a side note, the driver’s license, as all do, had her picture on it. Therefore, you would think he should have known what she looked like. Yet, he still handed her own credit card to her.”
I laughed so hard when I heard this. I mean, first of all, Shamon, sweetheart, wouldn’t it have been a good idea to use the stolen credit card somewhere else? And Shamon, maybe take a quick look at the face on the card before you hand it over?
I mean, from Shamon’s perspective, though, the least Flora could’ve done is swiped her credit card for him, and bought him a meal. I mean, he was going straight to jail, and we know he’s not getting any good meals in there.
Oh, stupid criminals make the world so much brighter.
**And finally today, I haven’t seen one of these Jimmy Fallon “busking in disguise in the NYC subway” videos in a while, and they always make me smile (And they make me miss the subway, which I know sounds weird to many of you. But I did love riding the NYC subway.)
This was a recent performance Fallon did with Christina Aguilera outside the 50th Street station in Manhattan, and as with all of these, I’m not at all surprised that a crowd formed, because anybody who can sing gets a crowd. What I love is the shocked expressions on spectators’ faces.
Also, Miss Aguilera has an amazing voice.