29 9 / 2013
"Representative John Culberson of Texas said that as he and his colleagues were clamoring for a vote, he shouted out his own encouragement. “I said, like 9/11, ‘Let’s roll!’ ” That the Senate would almost certainly reject the health care delay, he added, was not a concern. “Ulysses S. Grant used to say, ‘Boys, quit worrying about what Bobby Lee is doing. I want to know what we are doing.’ And that’s what the House is doing today, thank God.”"
Quote from this NYT piece: http://nyti.ms/18c1efc
Dear John Culberson,
You are not a brave American making a last stand against terrorists, sacrificing yourself to prevent a greater harm. You are not a Union soldier protecting the United States from insurrection. You’re a self-aggrandizing asshole. Learn a little humility, and don’t ever invoke 9/11 like that again.
13 11 / 2012
I will admit that it is time to stop celebrating Obama’s reelection. If you believe in math, it wasn’t a surprise. It wasn’t even that dramatic: you could have gone to bed at midnight knowing that Barack Obama was going to keep bringing the hope and the change and the Beyonce/Jay Z to the White House for 4 more kick ass years.
Last Tuesday was a good day to be a Democrat, but now I’d like for us to channel our beloved “No Drama” Obama and just chill out. Not because we’re not excited, but because we want conservatives to stop whining.
If I read one more Facebook status from a conservative person who feels bullied by liberals, I’m going to lose my mind. Woe is me? That’s your post-election stance? Ok, I’ll send you a fainting couch on Farmville.
10 5 / 2012
"Back in high school, I did some dumb things and if anybody was hurt by that or offended, obviously I apologize for that… I participated in a lot of hijinks and pranks during high school and some might have gone too far and for that, I apologize."
- GOP nominee Mitt Romney, sort of apologizing for bullying a gay classmate in high school.
Listen, no one is at their best in high school. I was mean and sullen most of the time and I cared about all the wrong things. But hopefully my character will be a lot stronger by the time I’m 65 than it was when I was 17. If I did the wrong thing at 17, I hope I can make it right by apologizing for it or fixing it when given the chance. At 65, this is the best attempt at an apology Mr. Romney could muster. When I was a kid, I was basically awful. My family nickname was Attila (the Hun). I had a lot to apologize for, so my parents taught me to do it right. I was taught that an apology should be so specific that the person you’re apologizing to knows exactly the incident or comment you’re apologizing for and so heartfelt that they actually feel better. Here, Romney does not name his victim. He categorizes pinning a person down and cutting their hair against their will as ‘hijinks.’ He isn’t sorry that he hurt someone, he’s sorry that they had feelings that could be hurt. He isn’t sorry that he had the wrong response to a gay peer, he’s sorry that he’s been caught having the wrong response.
This isn’t an apology, it’s a gussied-up version of “boys will be boys.” But now Mitt Romney claims to be a man. He should apologize like one.
24 4 / 2012
"For the first eight years of our marriage, [Michelle and I] were paying more in student loans than what we were paying for our mortgage. So we know what this is about.
And we were lucky to land good jobs with a steady income. But we only finished paying off our student loans—check this out, all right, I’m the President of the United States—we only finished paying off our student loans about eight years ago."
—President Obama in North Carolina today on why Congress has to act to prevent interest rates on student loans from doubling (via barackobama)
Whoa, that is actually shocking to learn!
10 4 / 2012
Maryland is set to become the first state to ban employers from requesting the Facebook account information of current or potential employees. The Senate passed the new measure unanimously, with overwhelming majority support in the House as well, and lawmakers managed to squeeze the finalized bill in just before the end of the current legislative session. Now the bill heads to the desk of Governor Martin O’Malley. source
I think this is a privacy issue that sort of transcends liberal and conservative divisions, and I’m all in favor of it.
But hearing about a good idea from the MD state legislature reminds me: now that I live in a dark blue state, it is so weird to hear about state politics and think “Well, that just seems like a good idea!” It’s nice, but a little part of me is sad to feel the chip on my shoulder about being the political underdog when I lived in TN and TX being filled in with contentment. That’s healthy, right?