So I found out my brother John and sis-in-law Sharon (parents of my pen-pal who’s about to get some Bertie Bott’s Beans from me for Halloween) are coming to Annapolis for a wedding in Nov. My first Georgia visitors! Woot! I think I’ll travel to them since I’ve not been to Annapolis and I hear it’s really pretty. Also, John and I like to drink and act weird so it’s just really good news.
Today has been an exercise in keeping my fool mouth shut. I wake up in the morning sometimes and I have so much I want to write about, and it’s perfectly crafted in my head, and I know it will zing and be sharp and pointed and hit ’em where it hurts. This is why my father warned my mother that I may be mean when I was still in diapers. Because I can be I guess. But It’s nice when, as the day goes on and I’m surrounded by good people who exercise restraint and kindness with people, I begin to take on some of their qualities rather than continuing to carry the qualities of those who behave otherwise. Sure, I don’t get the release of just telling someone where to stick it (in my overly-intellectualized and cryptic style) but I like myself a whole lot better. And I think other folks like me better, too. So, win.
So, a few things: First off, this needs to be said now. Note the age of this post. It’s time.
On to politics, since abortion still seems to be the most pressing issue of the day (yeah right. How bout this? As the Coach noted, this story should be on every news channel. If the world hates us it is for the lack of honor and respect displayed by telling these men to stand down when they are trained to do everything but. Despicable.), I’ll go ahead and give you a few pieces on why the issue is like riding a crazy train. Because the lover of choice has this to say in response to Paul Ryan being absolutely predictable in the same opinion he’s had forever. Again, Ryan isn’t really making a statement here about rape. He’s making a statement about life beginning at conception. But make him a lover of rape or fundamentalist crazy if you must. My sister sent this along and they are good questions. Also, this is still happening. And no amount of “nothing to see here” is going to make it go away. It all reminds me of this scene from Patriot Games. “That is a kill.”
Anyway, here’s what I told a few new friends (they tend toward a more left-leaning philosophy) who asked me about it recently. I stand by it:
i’m afraid of getting into this because you boys are so AGGRESSIVE but I can handle this one quicker than Sean’s deficit/taxes issue: to begin, let me say that I believe life begins at conception and I am ALSO pro-choice. I can explain that to you sometime if you want but that’s where I start with this issue. I don’t like the comments made by Akin or Mourdock and Ryan was right to distance himself from them. This latest video where Ryan calls rape a “method of conception” is freaking everybody out but I’m not sure it should because a) what he says is, indeed, true: raping can fertilize an egg and lead to pregnancy. He believes life begins at conception so he sees this life as valuable no matter how it was conceived. this is nothing new. but he b)also clarifies that Romney has made a concession for rape/pregnancy and that Romney, as the man in charge, will make policy. so you can dislike what he believes but i’m pretty sure that you don’t have to FEAR it because he’s already disavowed a personal effort to make policy based on how he sees this issue, leaving that to the other man on his ticket.
This is always of interest. (h/t Henke)
Courtesy of my friend Lina. Y’all know how I love a good cover. And a cover of the Jackson 5 is so hard to pull off it may be a Halloween miracle.
Watch these if you dare. Some are obviously fake (but really scary) and some not so fake maybe (and not so scary). Boo.
Ze Frank explains the fine art of trading candy. It is a skill and they should teach it in advanced economics classes.
Also, music for your fright night jam. So glad to see Bauhaus in there. Because they were scary as hell.
Apparently I’m going to have a cocktail with some friends for happy hour at the Mighty Pint(!) This joint is not really my scene — far too much insecurity in one place for my general peace of mind. Insecure people do wacky stuff, oftentimes resulting in some nasty behavior and that holds little interest for me — but I do love me some Corey et al so I’ll see what’s shaking after work.
Y’all enjoy yourselves this weekend. And remember: even monsters can have hearts.