Hey yo. I have no time to talk because am again heading to Old Town and want to get a little run in before I do that. Which means I need moving in the next 15 minutes or so. But I do have a few things on my mind I’d like to put here…
DC is such a place for relativism. People here call themselves good for not being at the extreme end of evil. Only kind of crummy, only sort of a liar, only a little bit of a user and they consider themselves the golden children bound for heaven. Heh. Also the tendency to equate accomplishment with “good” is pretty interesting and is something I think can only happen when you inhabit a culture that respects stuff and things over hearts and minds. I guess what I’m saying is, the good people here would be considered barely tolerable elsewhere. And the most fascinating part of that is THEY HAVE NO IDEA. And if they do, they say it’s just jealousy or bullying or whatever other pity-inducing justification they can find to continue being marginally humane.
Now, before you get all — “But Sarah, if that’s how you feel, why do you live there?” — there are a great many people I’ve met here that are really, really fine people. And I meet more of them every day now that I’ve decided to actively try to do that. So I’m not jaded or cynical about this place, really. I just love the grand delusion. Sometimes I feel mean for pointing it out because — well it’s mean to burst people’s comfort bubbles, and I know that. But some people just deserve it man because they’re kind of nasty and spiteful behind that winning smile (but they consider themselves good. They’re truly fascinating.). And those people do real damage. And, having come out the other side after being on the receiving end of that kind of damage (not an atypical story of course), I have every intention of making fun of it and laughing my ass off at it every single chance I get. Fair warning.
Okay quickly…people really don’t like dictators. Not over here, not over there. I know that we, as is typical of us, are staying above the fray (which, honestly, at this point, is probably the right thing to do) but I sort of feel like if we’re going to do that we should say as a little as possible. Maybe something as simple as “We’re watching the situation develop and are as concerned as everyone else.” Period. But not this. Because that “consequences” talk is the kind of language that has these people protesting to begin with.
And then there’s this. Why in the name of all things holy and good would an official White House spokesperson tell a Hollywood actress that reporters sleep with sources? To plant a seed of doubt in the minds of the sheep that the press cannot be trusted? What a shameful tactic.
Interesting read. “…the U.S. should start quieting down and stepping up, rather than stepping back while sounding off…”
I might be going to hell for this — sorry Mom — but I love the Latin prayer candles and so these are simply great.
A pho baguette. I don’t even know what to say except Lordy let me at it…
In honor of the Cash prayer candle, here’s why I don’t think it’s quite sacrilege in his case: