“Everything is more complicated than you think. You only see a tenth of what is true. There are a million little strings attached to every choice you make; you can destroy your life every time you choose. But maybe you won’t know for twenty years. And you’ll never ever trace it to its source. And you only get one chance to play it out. Just try and figure out your own divorce. And they say there is no fate, but there is: it’s what you create. Even though the world goes on for eons and eons, you are here for a fraction of a fraction of a second. Most of your time is spent being dead or not yet born. But while alive, you wait in vain, wasting years, for a phone call or a letter or a look from someone or something to make it all right. And it never comes or it seems to but doesn’t really. And so you spend your time in vague regret or vaguer hope for something good to come along. Something to make you feel connected, to make you feel whole, to make you feel loved. And the truth is I’m so angry and the truth is I’m so fucking sad, and the truth is I’ve been so fucking hurt for so fucking long and for just as long have been pretending I’m OK, just to get along, just for, I don’t know why, maybe because no one wants to hear about my misery, because they have their own, and their own is too overwhelming to allow them to listen to or care about mine. Well, fuck everybody. Amen.”—the Minister in Syndecnoche, New York (written by Charlie Kaufman) Happy Monday! (via sharingtime) (via dalasverdugo)
“Bush, famously, described his first budget by saying, “It’s clearly a budget. It’s got a lot of numbers in it.” Indeed it was, and did. This isn’t. There are no numbers. Let me repeat that: The Republican budget proposal does not say how much money they would raise, or spend.”—E.Klein
“I cannot prevent anyone from getting angry, or mad, or frustrated. I can only hope that they’ll turn that anger and frustration and madness into something positive…I know that you cannot live on hope alone, but without it, life is not worth living.”—Harvey Milk (via emilyposts) (via michaelikesit)
Dipshit Washington Political Journalist Person:Mr. President, why did it take you a couple of days to express outrage over the AIG bonuses?
Barack Obama:It took me a couple of days because I like to know what I’m talking about before I say something about it.
Yay old media! What would we ever do without them?!
In other news, how nice is it to have a president who takes questions from reporters on national TV in prime time? And he speaks in complete sentences and actually makes sense! I still can’t get over that!
Bachmann essentially tries to nail Geithner to the wall over the Constitutionality of the AIG bailout. Bachmann must be confusing the Constitution with The Bible again. You know? The Bible where God says, “Thou shalt not be socialists,” and “The Capitalists shall inherit the earth.” Oh wait? You mean that’s not in The Bible either? Michelle must have picked that up at the School of the Completely Batshit Crazy, then. She certainly didn’t gather it from reality.
Tokyo Police Club is a Canadian indie rock band that really isn’t all that special, and I mean that in the best way possible. They don’t play kazoos or some other pretentious indie “instrument”, they don’t have some precious backstory…they’re just a band, you know?
What they do have though is a knack for delivering knockout 2-3 minute songs that will have you tapping your feet and giving mondays the bird.
“And in Arizona, these are what are called ‘green pools.’ There are so many abandoned homes that this is a phenomenon in Arizona that they’re worried about. When the pool man doesn’t come around to put the chlorine in, it turns into this green mosquito breeding swamp, and they are worried about an outbreak of West Nile Virus. And you know what they tell you to do when they call up and say ‘There’s a green pool next door and I’m worried about the mosquitoes’? They give you a bag of mosquito-eating fish to put in your pool, and by the way, if these fish get into the general population, they will destroy all the other fish. Which I think is a metaphor for how we handled this whole crisis.”—
“The Pope’s statement that condoms don’t help control the spread of HIV, but rather condoms increase infection rates, is hurting people in the name of Jesus,” said Harry Knox, director of the Human Rights Campaign’s Religion & Faith Program. “On a continent where millions of people are infected with HIV, it is morally reprehensible to spread such blatant falsehoods. The Pope’s rejection of scientifically proven prevention methods is forcing Catholics in Africa to choose between their faith and the health of their entire community. Jesus was about helping the marginalized and downtrodden, not harming them further.”—Human Rights Campaign Responds to Pope Benedict’s Remarks that Condoms Increase HIV Infections (via retropolitics: willowphoto: atheistramblings: mikesova)
I’m moving to Miami at the beginning of May. I don’t know the first thing about the area and since I’m currently at the other end of the state I am not able to take the time to drive around and figure it out for myself.
If any of you are from that area or currently live there and would like to give me advice on where to live, where I can go for live shows, and where I can go for good beer, it would be greatly appreciated. I will be working in North Miami Beach (near the convention center).
Please help me learn to love Miami. We haven’t exactly formally met.
It was introduced by Rep. Bill Posey, R-Florida, who is apparently concerned about Obama’s citizenship. For what it’s worth, you can read the bill here.
H.R. ____: To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to require the principal campaign committee of a candidate for election to the office of President to include with the committee’s statement of organization a copy of the candidate’s birth certificate, together with such other documentation as may be necessary to establish that the candidate meets the qualifications for eligibility to the Office of President under the Constitution.
“But at the same time, when women still earn just 78 cents for every dollar men make, when one in four women still experiences domestic violence in their lifetimes, when women are more than half of our population but just 17% of our Congress,” he said before signing the order. “When women are 49% of the workforce but only 3% of our fortune 500 CEOs, when these inequalities stubbornly persist in this country in this century, then I think we need to ask ourselves some hard questions and we need to take a hard look at where we are falling short and who we are leaving out and what that means for the prosperity and the vitality of our nation.”—Obama (via jgh/allthingsalishan/sarahchristine)
“Really? Less than two percent? That’s why they’re against the bill? That’s like walking out of a ninety-nine cent store because something costs a dollar one.”—John Stewart on histrionics over earmarks in the omnibus spendng bill. (via squashed)