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How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: A Remembrance

I’m a walking regret, a truth-teller, a liar, a survivor, a frowning ellipsis, a witness, a dreamer, a teacher, a student, a joker, a writer whose eyes stay red, and I’m a child of this nation.

via How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: A Remembrance.

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“They swept through the storm like jagged bolts of lightning, flashing from cloud to cloud; they moved like the thunder’s roar, like the swell and rip of the hurricane. It was a crackling, impossible journey. There was no fear: only the power of the storm, unstoppable and all-consuming, and the joy of the flight.”
-p. 411, American Gods

Overwhelmed

“Writers seem to me to be people who need to retire from social life and do a lot of thinking about what’s happened–almost to calm themselves.”

–Helen Garner

Short update

Hello! Hey there! It’s been a while. Looks like I have some clean-up to do here.

While I was busy elsewhere, I had a “grace illustrious” contact me twice about removing their name and content from this blog (‘CLITORIS, VAGINA, MAJORA, MINORA | The Ellipses Project’, 7.26.13). Done. I’m very sorry it took so long. May you live long and prosper!

It’s almost autumn! Last night was a full moon, something I try to capture every so often. No pic this time though–got distracted by other things–but I must say, it was a beautiful sight indeed.

Have you ever tasted snow on a warm summer breeze? Felt the sensation of crunching through half-frozen grass? The end of the year is getting close, and I can feel it now despite the lingering summer heat. It feels good!

Bring on Halloween! Sorry about the hyper, got a nice sugar buzz going.

Grammar Jedi

“If we had no speed limits or traffic laws, some people would drive like idiots, even more than they do now. If we had no age of consent, some people would have sex with children, even more than happens now. If there was no IRS, no taxes would be paid, and our country would collapse overnight into anarchy, a horror almost beyond imagining.

And if we had basically no gun restrictions…whoops. We don’t. And gun crime is rampant, and accidental shootings as well, and mass slaughters are becoming more and more common.

One political party in America wants to have meaningful regulations, regulations that would not infringe on the right to gun ownership any more than speed limits infringe on the ability to drive your car. The other party wants mayhem and murder, crime and terrorism, mass shootings, 5 year old boys shooting their 2 year old sisters, and they will fight to the death to keep as many of those things happening as possible.

Sometimes life is very simple: Democrats are good people, Republicans are evil. May the Force be with us, always.”

via Grammar Jedi

Of Chocolate and Human Arrogance,The Modern Mocha

“Just the other day, I was in my neighborhood Starbucks, waiting for the post office to open. I was enjoying a chocolatey cafe mocha when it occurred to me that to drink a mocha is to gulp down the entire history of the New World. From the Spanish exportation of Aztec cacao, and the Dutch invention of the chemical process for making cocoa, on down to the capitalist empire of Hershey, PA, and the lifestyle marketing of Seattle’s Starbucks, the modern mocha is a bittersweet concoction of imperialism, genocide, invention, and consumerism served with whipped cream on top.”

 
― Sarah Vowell

 

 

 

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Bruce Lindner’s Message to Rand Paul

Bruce Lindner's (Portland, Oregon) message to Senator Rand Paul

I love this dude! 

Posted to the Americans Against the Tea Party facebook page!
Image found at www.democraticunderground.com

via Americans Against the Tea Party

Stop The Hate

"If you want to stop this Culture of Violence, then don't encourage sick images like this."

“If you want to stop this Culture of Violence, then don’t encourage sick images like this.”

 

Read, Give, and Share | We Give Books

Read, Give, and Share with We Give Books

I just found an amazing free resource and I wanted to pass it on to all of you. We Give Books is a free online library of children’s books that enables your kids to help other children around the world while they’re reading.  Whenever you read a book at www.wegivebooks.org, they donate a book to a child who doesn’t have one, and it doesn’t cost you a thing. Their tagline says it all, “combining the joy of reading with the power of giving.” It’s the perfect tool for parents, teachers, caregivers, and anyone who loves children’s books!

When you go to www.wegivebooks.org, you’ll be able to read a special selection of books without a We Give Books account, but you have to sign up to access their full library. It’s definitely worth it, though. It’s just a quick form, and once you’re signed up, you’ll have access to over 150 quality children’s books! There are a lot of familiar classic titles, and even more new ones for us to discover. You can sort the books by age level, genre, author, and seasonal selections in the “editor’s pick” section, so everyone can find something they like.

On the Causes page you can learn more about where your donated books are going. This fall, We Give Books is focusing on early childhood literacy across the United States and supporting great causes like Jumpstart for young children. In the winter, you’ll be able to read to support global literacy and give books to non-profits like Room to Read. They also give you the option to donate to help your book donations reach even more children.

We Give Books is a program of the Pearson Foundation and Penguin Group. Penguin works with its authors to provide an outstanding selection of online books while the Pearson Foundation donates print books to charity partners. We Give Books is a great way to get your children excited about reading and to teach them about the importance of helping others.

via Share | We Give Books.

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Dare I hope?

“This republican party is hurting the country. I would love a real debate over policy in this country but instead we are the party that embraces the crazies.

In 2008 when some crazy lady at a McCain rally said Obama is an arab McCain took away the mic and stopped it. That was one the best moments in the 08 race. He said that Obama is a good family man, a good citizen that he just disagreed with on policy. Thats what we need to get back to.

Over the last 4 yrs we have become the party synonymous with calling the president a communist, a socialist, a marxist, not born here, a Kenyan, a muslim, an anti American who secretly hates the country and on and on and on. The leaders of the party should do like McCain and stop this crap. But they don’t. And what they don’t realize is that while they allow it to continue, the independents (who don’t subscribe to this insanity) look at us like we are the party of lunatics. Today the average american looks at a republican and thinks “he must be one of those who thinks Obama isn’t an american” or some other garbage.

We are losing this election for a number of reasons but one main reason we are getting killed with women and independents is because we allow this lunacy to continue. Look, Obama is an american, he’s not a Marxist, communist, socialist or whatever else you guys think. We can have a real debate over policy and that would only benefit the whole country. But instead we have maniacs like Alan West in Fl. who publicly claim he has a list of 78 to 81 democrats in congress who are members of the Communist party!!!

This is ridiculous and NOBODY in our party comes out and says this guy is insane. They approve of it. We are not the party of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower or Reagan.

As republicans we can admit that Obama has done some good things for the country. And we can also argue that there are things he hasn’t done. He is not the worst president in our history, thats insane and a completely uneducated statement. And to keep babbling this rhetoric and garbage is only hurting the party and the country. There is nothing wrong with compromising and working with democrats, its how we became a great nation.

We need to have a grown up conversation about the future of the country. But we stand NO chance in winning any election if we keep making the independents think we are completely crazy. We can believe in science and we can treat him like the president. It would be great to see our party act like the republican of years past.

via Too Informed To Vote Republican

I am stunned someone said this. And it gives me hope that maybe, just maybe, we can pull ourselves out of this downward spiral we seem to be falling into. 

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