Most successful young people don’t look inside and then plan a life. They look...– David Brooks, “It’s Not About You.” I rarely agree with David Brooks on issues of prosperity, but I agree with this, to the point that I would argue that in our society, it is not only irresponsible but also impossible to expect to be successful in any other way. We are creating...
HOWEVER. On top of all that, am I really expected to swallow the phrase “These...– Lindy West mar-see-ah via bthny It does seem like a lot of the hype for this movie comes from people who see it to gawk at a cast of women who are smart and funny and are able to get up off of the couch even though they don’t have a man of their very own - like Kristin Wiig’s character...
Sometimes these bros crash weddings. Sometimes they accidentally get people...– ADAM STERNBERGH, “‘The Hangover’ and the Age of Jokeless Comedy,” suggesting that comedies have become more about bros hanging out than they are about traditional jokes.
The United States has no state religion! →
If you would like to live in a Christian nation, I think that’s great! Unfortunately, the United States is not one of those. In fact, the United States actually doesn’t have a state religion. Too bad! Here are some countries that are sure to ascend straight to the heaven of their choosing when the Rapture strikes. There are 16! So many choices! I have a computer, so I checked them all...
There’s only one problem with refusing to train residents on...– Robin Marty, War On Women: Congress Proposes Refusing to Teach Doctors Life-Saving Procedures. 37 percent of all OB/GYN residents HAVE NEVER PERFORMED A FIRST TRIMESTER ABORTION.
I put it in quotes because, uh, well, hate to burst your bubble, GOP, but the...– Walk for Choice: “Abortion Training” Funds Banned By House I mean just seriously. This is why women who live in countries that do not afford them access to safe, adequate health care DIE when they miscarry babies. Nothing I’ve read has specified whether they are considering D...
I can’t for the life of me imagine that God would say, ‘I will punish you...– Desmond Tutu
What It's Like to Get a Breast Reduction | The... →
I remember this feeling, and I know some of the difficulty was in being forced to see yourself in a way that you don’t see yourself. As a woman with a larger chest, it’s often hard for people to realize that the rest of your body isn’t “plus size,” and that you aren’t completely thrilled about your huge chest. As a result, I always acted out against those categorizations, as if in doing so,...
calgary // bon iver The first single from Bon...
Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly "debate" whether... →
I know this issue has been laid to rest, but as I am a fan of beating dead horses, and as this is something that’s probably made me the most mad recently, I’m going to make a small comment. I think both these men are very intelligent, and I think they handled the debate fairly maturely, but what I think about that doesn’t matter, because I am sick of having to listen to so...
kelsium: My only other thing about Bridesmaids is to ask if there is really a preponderance of British people in Wisconsin. Is there? Or is that just coincidence? Because that’s kind of bizarre, right? I am by no means an authority on all the British people living in and around Milwaukee, but I can safely say that this is something that continues to surprise me about Milwaukee. I have met an...
JUST A SUGGESTION.
You know, in my understanding, our unemployment rate is pretty high, so if it’s really so time consuming and unmanageable for all you huge companies and you know, admissions departments at relatively small colleges, to send emails back to me confirming that you’ve received my application, or thanking me for applying and wishing me better luck next time, then maybe you could - I...
Catholic professors criticize John Boehner's...
More than 75 professors at Catholic colleges and universities, including Xavier, Dayton and Marquette, have written a letter to Speaker Boehner criticizing his support of the Republican budget that he recently pushed through the House, calling it contrary to Catholic moral teaching and consequently, “anti-life.” “Mr. Speaker, your voting record is at variance from one of the Church’s...
I don’t remember how I meant to stop it. There was something about...– Flannery O’Conner, in a letter to Betty Hester, February 11, 1956
So how did we capture the number one spot? Apparently Minnesota “leads the...– - Minnesota is the “most hipster” state Hipsters prefer climates that are cold like their hearts and their PBRs and provide a wide variety of kitsch for them to mock.
What Your American Girl Doll Says About You
A Quidditch Team of American Girl Dolls: I write this post fully prepared to become the most embarrassing person on the internet: I had seven American Girl Dolls. I received one every other Christmas, as my only Christmas present, between ages six and thirteen. I didn’t have many of their accessories - my grandparents made a lot of their clothes and furniture for me, but I had all the books...
Oh boy, I’ve never really spoken about this, so I get verklempt, and then...– Stevie Nicks on “Gypsy”
fleetwood mac // gypsy The best part of each...
They are pleasant and nice looking and utterly without distinguishing features....– A.O. Scott writes another gem of a romantic comedy review about Something Borrowed, which “is rated PG-13 (Parents strongly cautioned). Off-screen sex, some naughty language and a little weed, though not as much fun as any of that might suggest.”
Julia Allison talks food stamps →
greengrey: As a person who is leeching off of their parents, I don’t think people who leech off their parents should be allowed to talk about what people on food stamps should be allowed to buy. The issue with food, and who has access to what kind of food, is not that people are able to use food stamps to buy candy bars or soda or whatever else they want to buy for themselves and their...
…a photograph of the violence you inflict is always, in very large measure, a...– Philip Gourevitch on why we shouldn’t release the photos
indiana to axe healthcare for women →
“Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana says he will sign the controversial bill HB 1210, which will make Indiana the first state to defund Planned Parenthood. According to Planned Parenthood, that will leave as many as ‘22,000 patients without access to Pap tests, birth control and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases.’” Hey Mitch Daniels, I heard you might be running for president? Because...
The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting...– Martin Luther King, Jr., in his “Strength to Love” speech, 1963. Here is a little bit about the circumstances of the speech. This seems to be the little quote from which all our confusion sprung. The last part of the quote is very similar to the quote that was wrongfully attributed to...
The ability to kill Osama bin Laden does not make... →
Osama Bin Laden, evil incarnate, has justified so, so much American violence in the 21st century. We have launched two wars and executed God knows how many covert military operations in the ethereal, never-ending fight he personifies. We have made racial profiling of Muslim Americans normative, turned an already broken immigration system into an arm of national defense, and reversed decades...
[Killing bin Laden] sent a loud message to the world: Mess with the U.S. and...– Wes Messamore (via hipsterlibertarian)
an eye for an eye
First, I am happy for the men and women who have fought so hard for the past ten years to make sure this day would come. I hope Osama bin Laden’s death means that they are steps closer to being brought home to their families for good, although I have lived in a nation at war long enough to be skeptical. I am happy that President Obama is able to announce this news, because he needs the...