Here is a pretty lame quote from mental midget Paul Ryan:
“Just last week, the President told a crowd in North Carolina that Republicans are in favor of, quote, ‘dirtier air, dirtier water, and less people with health insurance.’ Can you think of a pettier way to describe sincere disagreements between the two parties on regulation and health care?”
Here is a great response from Paul Krugman:
“Just for the record: why is this petty? Why is it anything but a literal description of GOP proposals to weaken environmental regulation and repeal the Affordable Care Act? So Ryan is outraged, outraged, that Obama is offering a wholly accurate description of his [Ryan’s] party’s platform…. You really have to be somewhat awed when people who routinely accuse Obama of being a socialist get all weepy over him saying that eliminating protections against pollution would lead to more pollution.”
Under rules planned for one chamber, guns would be allowed on the Assembly floor and in the Assembly viewing galleries, said sources who have been briefed on the plans. That would mean the public could bring guns into the viewing galleries but would still have to adhere to other existing rules, including one that bars the use of still cameras and video cameras.
Rep. Robin Vos (R-Rochester) said he did not see a contradiction in allowing guns in the galleries while banning the use of cameras. He said people could bring both guns and cameras into the galleries, but couldn’t use either.
“You can have a gun in the gallery, but you can’t shoot,” he said.” —
“You can have a gun in the gallery, but you can’t shoot,” he said.
That’s partly because the Personhood movement hopes to do nothing less than reclassify everyday, routine birth control as abortion. The medical definition of pregnancy is when a fertilized egg successfully implants in the uterine wall. If this initiative passes, and fertilized eggs on their own have full legal rights, anything that could potentially block that implantation – something a woman’s body does naturally all the time – could be considered murder. Scientists say hormonal birth-control pills and the morning-after pill work primarily by preventing fertilization in the first place, but the outside possibility, never documented, that an egg could be fertilized anyway and blocked is enough for some pro-lifers.
Indeed, at least one pro-Personhood doctor in Mississippi, Beverly McMillan, refused to prescribe the pill before retiring last year, writing, “I painfully agree that birth control pills do in fact cause abortions.” Bush does prescribe the pill, but says, “There’s good science on both sides … I think there’s more science to support conception not occurring.” Given that the Personhood Amendment is so vague, I asked her, what would stop the alleged “good science” on one side from prevailing and banning even the pill?
Bush paused. “I could say that is not the intent,” she said. “I don’t have an answer for that particular [case], how it would be settled, but I do know this is simple.” Which part is simple? “The amendment is simple,” she said. “You can play the ‘what if’ game, but if you keep it simple, this is a person who deserves life.” What about the IUD, which she refuses to prescribe for moral reasons, and which McMillan told me the Personhood Amendment would ban? “I’m not the authority on what would and would not be banned.” No – Bush simply plays one on TV. And if her amendment passes, only condoms, diaphragms and natural family planning — the rhythm method – would be guaranteed in Mississippi.” —Irin Carmon (via fatmanatee)
Juli Weiner and Bruce Handy (hello? Are those their real names?), the Vanity Fair recappers of The New Girl, which I have actually not watched very much, are the best thing about this show.
It goes on to say this, which may or may not be facetious - I can’t tell, but I do agree:
”I would argue, Bruce, that New Girl is no more from Jess’s perspective than The Iliad is from the perspective of the Trojan Horse. Jess is an empty vessel whose existence is a mere catalyst for change in the lives of the three male roommates, Chad, Brad, and Tad—or whatever. Take the title, New Girl. Already we feel the oppression of the male gaze. Jess is only ‘new’ in the sense that she has just moved into the loft and met the men. Jess was not recently born; her defining characteristic, her ‘newness,’ is true only in the context of her relationship to the roommates. Without the men, she is simply ‘girl’—not even ‘woman’—and even then, she is identified by her biology (lack of male genitalia) and nothing else.”
I just looked again. Bruce Handy? Seriously? Am I twelve, or is that a crazy name?
I’m never going to hell” —
Kanye West. Dare I say that might possibly be a gross assumption?
I was the Star of David in the second grade Christmas pageant, but I can still feel my feet burn occasionally.
When I’m sober, I have a pathological fear of the phone. I hesitate before making calls, write scripts before I call to schedule my doctor’s appointments, and refuse to answer my phone if I’m nervous. It’s ridiculous. But if you put a phone in front of me after I’ve done any sort of excessive social drinking (two glasses of wine), it’s like I’ve got scores to settle - you’ll be virtually unable to pry it out of my cold, dead, chatty hands. I used to throw my phone at other people after I’d been drinking, so I consider this new a more social behavior that is generally an improvement, but it still gets me into some unnecessarily frustrating jams. I do this thing where I run through my list of recent calls and dial them, indiscriminately, until I get a person on the other line. Luckily, I have several friends with whom I can count on exchanging several boisterous, reliable, appreciated drunk dials a week. It’s like a thing.
But this new trick has put me on the other end of the AT & T automated customer service line, screaming about their poor treatment of their customers. It has led me to call Jimmy John’s and hang on the line, unable to muster the ability to make an order, until they hang up in disgust. It obviously also puts me on the other end of people whose numbers I’d misguidedly obtained in bars and meant to continue avoiding. It’s put me quickly back in touch with guys I’m trying to subtly seduce, which is unfortunate. Lately, now that I’m living at home and most of my recent calls are from my mom, I’m starting to call her. I am starting to drunk dial my mother. She’s been understanding - more so than most - but it’s definitely not preferred.
Most of the time I’m too useless to do any serious damage to my friendships or betray all of my serious inner most feelings, but sometimes I don’t remember. Then I do what I’ve done today, spending the day curled in bed under a large comforter, sending apologetic texts in an effort to repair any damage done. It’s embarrassing, to be sure. I figured by the time I was twenty-four, I wouldn’t be doing this anymore, but I am. It makes me cringe to know that most of my friends understand that when I’m calling at three a.m., the best action is to avoid answering unless they want to listen to me ugly cry or tell me why they think I’m still single in a thoughtful, heart-felt way. I know it pales to some of the tragic things I’ve done after over-serving myself in my younger years, and I make myself feel better by telling myself that it’s generally a nice, social action - I just want to talk to people! But I just really wish I could stop, or at least start to strategically avoid calling my entire recent calls list. Like my dad’s office phone. Or my ex-boyfriends. Or my bank.