Jun 29, 2015

It's time to play "Guess Who Said That?" [SFX: 60s game show theme]

"When Congress passes a law that hurts people, that violates the Constitution, it crosses the street. And we have for centuries been able to count on the Supreme Court to stand up and defend the Constitutional rights of every American."

GEE, GUESS WHO SAID THAT?

Why, it was none other than Ramblin' Ted Cruz, speaking on the SCOTUS steps after they'd voted in alignment with his views in the Hobby Lobby case.

Yet he called the very same court 'naked, shameless, and lawless judicial activists' when they defended the Constitutional rights of every American last week, instead of just the ones that he approves of.

Compared to the rest of the Republican clown car, this man should scare the pants off of us, y'all. Imagine you're a closed-minded Evangelical who's afraid of everything and everyone...and tell me you wouldn't find comfort in him.

Whew, thank you, yes. I do feel much better.

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Jun 7, 2013

"there’s always an invisible eavesdropper listening in on our most banal and intimate conversations alike"

Wait, wait, wait. Do you mean to tell me there are people out there who thought this wasn't already happening? Surely I can't be the only one who was scarred by what the government did to that nice Will Smith in Enemy of the State in 1998? Or who believed Aaron Sorkin when he said (nearly a decade ago and via Sam Seaborn dialogue) "the next two decades are going to be about privacy"?

via Betabeat

EDIT 11 June 13: THANK YOU for agreeing with me, Daily Beast.

May 11, 2013

Social. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

I also realized that a lot of the people I was connected to on Facebook were people that I don't talk to regularly for a reason. While they are acquaintances, they really aren't true friends. But yet here I was, seeing their status updates, pictures and day-to-day life. I found myself checking Facebook often, and it was really providing no value to my personal or professional life. I got tired of reading about people complaining and spreading negativity. I realized the time I was spending on Facebook was time I was wasting.
Why I Quit Facebook by Christopher Thompson

Apr 17, 2013

to bribe you with uncertainty

I can give you my loneliness, my darkness, the hunger of my heart, I am trying to bribe you with uncertainty, with danger, with defeat. Jorge Luis Borges, 1934
Misty Trees

Mar 10, 2013

Men are not designed...

Men are not designed to think crazy, convoluted, sensitive thoughts. They're designed to spring up from behind a rock, kill something, and bring it home to you. It doesn't matter if it's a goat or a paycheck, that's the gig.
- Monique Marvez

Feb 20, 2013

"You need to get here."

This is what happens to best friends who love with all their hearts and wallets, but it especially to the best friends who have no babies, who are childless and therefore seemingly carefree. We are expected to book the flights to come visit, never to spend a single holiday in the comfort of our own homes. We hire the dog sitters and cat sitters and house sitters and rent the cars and find hotel rooms and pack the bags and stuff our carry-ons with presents for the kids. For without a child in your care, there’s no excuse you could give that’s good enough to miss Christmas. To skip that New Year’s gathering. To be unable to attend a fifth-grade graduation. Only: “You need to get here.”
The Big Idea: Pamela Ribon|Whatever

Jan 7, 2013

feel the sky blanket you with gems & rhinestones

Night sky by Just Peachy!
Night sky, a photo by Just Peachy! on Flickr.

feel the air up above
oh, pool of blue sky
fill the air up with love
all black with starlight
feel the sky blanket you
with gems and rhinestones
see the path cut by the moon
for you to walk on


But they failed to include The Rolling Stones in the control group...

When asked about their favorite band from a decade ago, respondents were typically willing to shell out $80 to attend a concert of the band today. But when they were asked about their current favorite band and how much they would be willing to spend to see the band’s concert in 10 years, the price went up to $129. Even though they realized that favorites from a decade ago like Creed or the Dixie Chicks have lost some of their luster, they apparently expect Coldplay and Rihanna to blaze on forever.
Why You Won’t Be the Person You Expect to Be | New York Times

Oct 3, 2012

And if you ever wish for things that are only in the past
Just remember that the wrong things aren't supposed to last
Babe it's over and done and the rest is gonna come when you let it
- Mary Chapin Carpenter

Oct 1, 2012

"those college radio people from the early 90s getting older and having their tastes..."

Seth: Thematically, we’re talking about a lot of grown man stuff, but I think that we can attribute part of our fanbase to the themes in the songs being something that an adult person can relate to. If you’re in your 30s or your 40s, and you’re someone who has weathered some storms, you don’t want to hear about partying in the club. You just can’t relate to that. That’s maybe in your past, maybe not, but the reality is, you’ve got a daughter, or you’ve got an ex-wife or ex-husband or whatever, and you can’t relate to songs that are all about basically, you having as much fun as you can possibly gather for yourself.

Scott: We like to gather as much fun as we can for ourselves, don’t get me wrong.

Seth: There’s value in music that talks about that kind of thing, but a lot of our themes are really very clearly, very obviously, some very real life stuff.

The Avett Brothers on 'The Carpenter,' Gap ads, faith, and how cancer has shaped their songs

Sep 28, 2012

I'm going to kill you. Marry me?

Find a girl or boy that you want to marry, gain their trust and, one day, have them come home to find their whole family dead in the living room with "Marry Me" written in blood on the wall (it will be fake blood and the family will be pretending — it's a really good joke). You'll be standing there with a knife, making your boyfriend/girlfriend think that you are the only person they have left in the world. Hopefully, they'll be okay with that.
This Has to Be the Cruelest Marriage Proposal Ever | Jezebel

Sep 9, 2012

love is a place

Morning by McPig
Morning, a photo by McPig on Flickr.

love is a place
& through this place of
love move
(with brightness of peace)
all places

yes is a world
& in this world of
yes live
(skillfully curled)
all worlds

-e.e. cummings