Politics and policy mean more to those who love life itself. We want
government to stave off lawlessness and war and chaos and economic
misery so that we can wholeheartedly enjoy the pure goodness of life,
which, when you come right down to it -- and I come right down to it as
often as possible -- is a naked woman lowering herself into hot water
that you yourself are sitting in, waiting.
FORT HOOD, TX—Following Army psychologist Nidal Malik Hasan's shooting
rampage on the Fort Hood military base last week that left 13 people
dead and 30 others injured, fellow Muslims across the nation sent him a
message today, saying "thanks a fucking bunch, asshole," to the
39-year-old killer. "Hey, great, eight years of progress right down the
shitter," St. Cloud, MN resident Zahida Naseem said at one of dozens of
impromptu rallies held nationwide. "And you just had to scream 'Allahu
Akbar' while you did it, didn't you? May as well have put on a turban
and rode a fucking camel right through the army base, you dick. Thanks
for making the foreseeable future a living hell for normal,
peace-loving Muslims in this country. Really appreciate it!"
For my money, Mad Men has never been better than it was last night. The rush of the corporate coup d'etat, parsed with Betty Draper staging an uprising at home:
It's stunning, given how the world has changed, to watch a woman raised to be dependent and incapable of taking care of herself. She didn't leave Don because he was unfaithful or dishonest, she left him because she got a better offer, what appears (to her) a truer version of what she really wanted. By my calculation her and Henry have had one really extended conversation, and off passion, they'll commit their lives. Amazing.
From the first episode I assumed Betty, bored with her life as a Stepford wife, would try to break out and demand more. Maybe a passion could become a career. Woops. She wasn't looking for anything except more doting. She has no interest in taking care of herself. Or her kids.
One way or another, elections are all about asserting your dominance:
According to an interesting new study,
men who voted for Sen. John McCain in last year's presidential election
experienced a drop in testosterone levels after Barack Obama was
announced as the winner.
The testosterone levels of men who voted for Obama remained at the same levels throughout the evening.
The study's conclusion: "The present results suggest that male, but not female,
voters respond with testosterone changes to the outcome of presidential
elections as if they had personally fought to ascend a social dominance
What Rush is selling the commish apparently isn't buying. It follows that if the head of the league is wound tight enough to punish Pacman for making it rain, then he's probably also not going to be too big on having a pro-slavery owner:
Commissioner Roger Goodell cast doubt on Rush Limbaugh’s viability as an N.F.L. owner Tuesday, saying that “divisive comments are not what the N.F.L. is all about.”
“I’ve said many times before, we’re all held to a high standard here,” Goodell said. Then he continued: “I would not want to see those comments coming from people who are in a responsible position in the NFL –- absolutely not.”
Anyway, I'm still stuck on how a fat capitalist bastard like Rush has become so enamored with buying into a sports league built around profit sharing.
By one. Which means this operation is doubling in size. Boom goes the budget. As you might have gathered from the post below, I've asked a buddy to help carry the load around here because, well, he knows what's going on and I'm pretty sure this blog could use another voice. Plus I've noticed that he washes his hands after going to the bathroom, so no worries about judgment. Anyway, Benjamin has been living in DC for a few years, works in politics, knows more about foreign policy than frankly I care to, and figured this could be a better way to get some thoughts off his chest as opposed to being just another Beltway asshole waxing wonkish at a bar.