Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Just a Plant You Haven't Learned to Love

From The Atlantic:


My emerald legions, how tall you have grown:
so many. With what supernatural speed
you overlord the weakest in the garden—
frizzled hydrangeas, sere mint, sun-starved basil.
Tousle-headed, you can see the sky
above the cowering, defeated plots.
This is your day of triumph: Eager sugars
rise up through your ramifying stalks.
And I allowed it. My cool inattention
found good reasons to look the other way,
since all that grows is good, or so I thought.
How soon would height recall high thoughts, and yet,
if I uproot you now, how I would miss you.
Sweet knotgrass, heartsick briar, purple thistle.
Even tilled up, the garden wouldn’t be
as it was when I played here years ago
and my grandmother warned me, since I’d gotten
lanky, not to grow too fast. She lived
to be a hundred, early years wiped clean
from her memory, all except for this:
a vague lightness, as though a sense of wings
lifted her above the loamy ground,
and all she thought of, as the wind upheld her,
was of falling, how tenuous her flight.
Or so I imagine. Though half her age,
I, too, can’t quite remember what it was like
to feel light-footed, open to the sun,
without the clogging stems elbowing out
what I had meant when I first planted here:
larkspur, geraniums, cilantro, lime.

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Quote of the Day

It's a pleasure to quote Michael Stipe, particularly on the subject of guns. I didn't know the state of Georgia was considering going down the same insane road that Texas has.

You go to parties and drink too much. You fall asleep in the library and wake up hours before a paper is due. We all have our own versions of these stories. We all know the crazy things we did in college. 

There wasn't a lot in his essay that was really quotable, but it is fantastic as a whole and should be read that way. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Quote of the Day

From Amanda Marcotte's piece at Salon talking about the (attempted) presidentialness of Donald Trump.

 It’s near-certain that his opponent in the general election will be Hillary Clinton. Trying to compete with her to seem capable and intelligent is like challenging Steph Curry to a game of HORSE.

To be fair, Steph Curry is currently injured. Probably not that injured, though.

Bonus quote:

Like most trolls, Trump is annoying because he can’t get attention any other way. He’s not smart or talented or charming or savvy. All he has is an ability to say outrageous things and get attention for it.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Election Betting Odds

If you're a betting person that is.

See the Democratic and Republican race odds as well.

Just for fun you can go here and try to get Donald to 1237. It all comes down to South Dakota. Stop laughing, I'm serious.

Quote of the Day

Bless you, Sophia McClennen.

At times it can be very hard to distinguish between extreme right-wing politics and symptoms of dementia. 

Truer words were never spoken. Read the whole thing, tho. It's actually pretty serious.

I need to be reassured that Trump is indeed OK so that the jokes about him remain funny. Public mockery has been the only way to stay balanced this election. And, of course, the best jokes about Trump have come from political satirists because satire does more than poke fun. It encourages critical thinking in the face of blind acceptance. It doesn’t just make Trump look silly and stupid; it points out that he’s dangerous to democracy. It’s the difference between jokes about his orange face and jokes about his demagoguery.

I'm old enough to remember what Ronnie's team of the best and brightest did around him.

Satirical humor only works if it is punching up.  Humor that punches down is just mean.  A joke about Trump’s brain is amusing; one about an Alzheimer’s patient is twisted and cruel.

Well, there is that, too. How sad is it that these two guys are losing to him?

Of course, because these people can't really do anything right, the two campaigns made sure that God and all the world knew what they were up to before they actually did anything. This had the effect of handing He, Trump a gift that perfectly dovetails with the only real argument that he has presented for his candidacy—namely, They're All Out To Get Me…And You, Too. He jumped on it because, whatever his shortcomings as a prospective president, the man has the combative instincts of a wolverine. 

Let's All Get Along

I'll just link to Jon Favreau. He says it well.

I don’t think Bernie should stop pointing out where he and Hillary disagree, or pull back on his criticism of the way money influences politics, but I do think he should start repeating a line that he’s already said once before: “On her worst day, Hillary Clinton is a hundred times better than any of the Republicans.”

It’s important for Bernie’s supporters to know that he believes this undeniable truth. It’s important for them to hear Sanders say that while he’ll keep fighting for a more progressive Democratic Party, the Democratic Party has been a vehicle for tremendous progress in this country—especially over the last eight years. Denying or minimizing the achievements of the Obama presidency only deepens the cynicism of those who worry that change isn’t possible.

If I wanted to support someone who's perfect in every way, I'd be supporting Matt Funiciello.

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