Now you will not swell the rout
Of lads that wore their honours out,
Runners whom renown outran
And the name died before the man. – A.E. Housman

For many of us Memorial Day is both a time of reflection and a time of sorrow as we honor those who died far too young keeping this great American experiment of ours flourishing.

For John Hinderaker, on the other hand, it’s Miss Universe Day:

Miss Universe Pulls an Upset

One thing I’ve noticed is that beauty pageants tend to follow form. I’m not sure how bettors are able to predict judges’ choices, but they generally do so pretty accurately. But not in this year’s Miss Universe competition.

I had thought about live-blogging the event, but dinner got delayed and I caught it on the fly, semi-DVR’ed. It was an entertaining show. For better or worse, Miss Universe doesn’t have a talent competition, so it goes pretty fast.

For the most part, the final fifteen contestants were the betting favorites. The evening’s only major mishap occurred when Miss USA, who I always thought was questionable as a favorite, slipped and fell down during the evening gown segment.

In honor of both Memorial Day and the Miss Universe Pageant, Mr. Hinderaker Esq. then pulled his own ” upset” and, seconds later, 50 million sperm gave their lives for “Oh God!” and country.

Smart lad, to slip betimes away
From fields were glory does not stay
And early though the laurel grows
It withers quicker than the rose.

Next time, try thinking about baseball….

Update: Jules Crittenden, unclear on the concept. As usual.



Yeah. Like I would tell you....