Christian apologists offer different explanations to try to make sense of why...– William Lobdell, Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America—and Found Unexpected Peace (2009), p. 210-211 (via friendlyatheist) (via thereisnogod) One of the interesting things I’ve discovered during this terrifying period is that my unshakeable non-faith is just...
lesexoflex: The unholy trinity of Halloween...
Kierkegaard on the Couch (New York Times) →
psychotherapy: There is abundant chatter today about “being spiritual” but scarcely anyone believes that a person can be of troubled mind and healthy spirit. Nor can we fathom the idea that the happy wanderer, who is all smiles and has accomplished everything on his or her self-fulfillment list, is, in fact, a case of despair. But while Kierkegaard would have agreed that happiness and melancholy...
Vatican condemns Hallowe'en as anti-Christian →
Um: Many scholars agree that the commemoration of saints on November 1 first originated in Ireland, spread from there to England, and then to the continent of Europe with the rise of Christianity. By the ninth century, the Roman Catholic Church adopted the Celt’s Halloween tradition and Pope Gregory IV sent out an official letter of notification urging that Halloween be observed in harmony with...
Communication is now a truly multi-media experience, and it is both empowering...– Me! Sending old clips for a prospective freelance job.
Why can't I quit you?
rosasparks: I have a major comma addiction. Can someone direct me to a grammar support group to rid me of this problem? Why, oh why, can I not, like, stop using commas, for, you know, everything I write?! There are usually 2-3 smaller sentences within every sentence I write. I just go back and find where the periods should be. It makes the writing much tighter. I removed 2 commas from the...
Cable news: who cares? →
soupsoup: azspot: Now, we could be spending our time decrying the fact that Americans seem to have a strong preference for opinionated editorializing (be it Obermann or O’Reilly) over real solid news. Except of course that CNN hasn’t offered real solid news in a long time. Or we could bemoan the fact that a vitriolic ideologue like O’Really totals almost three times more viewers than the equally...
Things I'm not down with.
Using faux cuss words. Either cuss, or fucking don’t. It’s like near-beer, decaf, and vegetarian products meant to simulate meat.
It’s A Girl! (At Gawker, Finally) →
subjecttomeg: gawker: katiebakes: fimoculous: Tracking Gawker gender hires is the new tracking SNL gender hires? “Image via Gawker, in a hat-tip to Weekend Editor Foster Kamer, who is all man.” If David Letterman can create a welcoming environment for female writing talent, why can’t we. I feel obligated to reblog this, rather than just like, since I’ve bitched multiple times about...
Back to work.
When the going gets this tough, you feel no shame calling Mom for help. She got here Tuesday, and is helping keep the lazy nurses at the nightmarish Palisades Nursing Home & Baby Factory on their toes while we get him through this critical post-surgical phase of his October Miracle. After 8 days out of work, I felt like I had to make an effort to get here, even though they have been very...
Does anyone seriously believe that a hate crimes federal law will actually...– Andrew Sullivan. I couldn’t agree more. Violent crimes are terrible ordeals for the victims, regardless of the motive behind the attack. If the perpetrators aren’t going to jail for long enough, then change the laws for everybody, not just us.
So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning.– Get a Job; 42. 12
Morrissey Collapses On Stage in Swindon
hman: twentyfourbit: According to a report by This Is Wiltshire and numerous accounts by fans online, Morrissey was rushed to the hospital tonight in Swindon, England after collapsing on stage. While finishing the opening song, “This Charming Man,” Morrissey reportedly knelt down, fell to the floor, and was taken off stage by members of his band. ** Update: Morrissey has been admitted to the...
Forgive me this Jezebel moment.
Tumblarity during my marathon “balloon boy” period: 205 Tumblarity during my emotional vomit period when I thought my boyfriend might die at any moment: 42 Suspicions about the nature of scoring and the (sorry, you gotta admit) heterosexual sports mentality: Confirmed We’re not out of the weeds yet. I will be giving you updates about his progress, and if my tumblarity reaches...
Im gonna avoid the cliche Im gonna suspend my senses Im gonna delay my...– Madonna
A note on tumblarity.
Why are we rewarded for reblogging, and penalized for original content with many hearts attached? Why, David Karp, why? Disclaimer: Please don’t confuse the question with concern.
Things that give me joy, Part 1.
The people you meet.
Dr. Miglietta Covers Hofstra Debate Chief of Acute Care Surgery, Maurizio Miglietta, DO, was the official physician-on-site for the McCain-Obama debate at Hofstra University that took place October 15, 2008. Dr. Miglietta is founder and director of the Homeland Security Mobile Trauma Unit, an all-volunteer group of physicians and paramedics supporting federal law enforcement. It is the only...
It is an unusual feeling to be this close to the raw emotional core of everything that holds meaning for you - seven days and counting. You swing to and fro, somehow feeling both relieved and guilty when the wave subsides for a few hours. When one cocktail can seem like your best friend. So much has happened in this trance that already seems removed and unreal. This 168 hour day. Now comes the...
Since the beginning of the nation, white Americans have suffered from a deep...– Ralph Ellison
With this ring.
Jeff survived two near-death experiences this weekend. I have been living in a CCU waiting room, going insane and experiencing the surreality of being trapped in a maudlin terminal illness movie. At his worst, before the surgery that beat odds a Vegas casino would envy, he was mumbling pop culture references (he will be disappointed to learn that Lady Gaga got top billing over Madonna) and...
hman: Hey aatombomb - Sorry to have caused offense before - my sarcasm sometimes gets the better of me. Feel free to leave me a comment, but I hope no hard feelings? Oh, good lord. Of course not. I met your sarcasm and doubled down - with dubious success, obviously. I guess we don’t actually know each other so you didn’t sense my natural aversion to seriousness. For the record: ...
sistermarymartha: Being anxious increases the itching! From the Instruction Manual of Life.
hman: Oh sure, I’ll reblog that pediatric cancer thing that’s being passed around. It’s just that, I didn’t participate in that 09/09/09 thing everyone was doing. So this time, I’m just waiting until I’m the 101,809th person - GET IT? “10/18/09” - isn’t that a super idea?! I’m sure I’ll receive some special recognition or something! Anyway, hope everyone understands! Yeah, well, that $.10,...
Torii Hunter booting a ball has GOT to be some...
(via inothernews) I’m not going to pretend to understand what this means, or even which sport this is referring to (I’m thinking cricket?), but come on - Torii? If your name already sounds like a made-up L.A. pseudonym, change your damn name to something less embarrassing. Carry on.
I’m busy and Nancy is busy with our mop cleaning up somebody else’s...– Barack Obama, who is awesome.
You know you’re beyond tired when the Basement Jaxx make you cry in public while walking to work.
I’m not a racist. I just don’t believe in mixing the races that way. I have...– Keith Bardwell, a Louisiana justice of the peace who refused an interracial couple a marriage license. (via hatethefuture) Ohh! I was wondering what all the bathroom references were about. Hey Keith: “I have black friends” has never been a good way to start a conversation about whether...
Brian Van for Gawker Night Editor
fek: youngmanhattanite: This makes sense. Please reblog your support. Okay. Here goes: Brian should definitely be applying to one of the two positions announced today. His takes on issues are mature, often without ego, and most importantly: intuitive. [They’re also always fully fleshed out, but we’ll get to that.] It’s pretty strange that this is kind of a novel idea, but not really: Brian...
n+1, Mark Greif, And Ignorance
spiers: johncarney: [Notes & Disclaimers: I bought the very first issue of n+1 and went to Keith Gessen’s “What I learned at the internet” party in Dumbo. They were pretty much out of booze so I didn’t stay long. Keith once rejected an article I pitched to him because he thought it was too philosophical and didn’t have a link to a compelling contemporary issue. Many of the writers for the...
I have decided on a Halloween costume!!!
thewarindrew: I shall be paying tribute to the 1969 woodstock festival by being a hippy! This year has been the year I’ve really become who I have always been in spirit! Hippy it is! (oh, and it’s super easy because I really won’t have to try hard! Hahahah!) Yay! This reminds me of the Halloween “costume” I always tell people I’m wearing on Gay Christmas: Urban Gay...
boggle: rosasparks: For spontaneouslove Don’t...
I would argue that it might actually be easier for the military to make this...– I served a four-year enlistment in the Marine Corps and I did live in crowded barracks, floated for six months on an even more crowded ship, and served a combat tour in the field.
Is #balloonboy the meme of the year? →
soupsoup: hipsterrunoff: It seems like the structure of the ‘floating balloon’ will allow photoshopping jpg meme producers to effectively memefy #balloonboy. Feel excited, like a ‘memorable blog post’ is brewing inside… The nihilism of the Internet is in full effect today.
Justice of the Peace in Louisiana refuses to offer... →
“Bardwell said he has discussed the topic with blacks and whites, along with witnessing some interracial marriages. He came to the conclusion that most of black society does not readily accept offspring of such relationships, and neither does white society, he said.” Just because he’s right, doesn’t mean he’s right.