#3 FTW! Love the stuffed unicorn, too!
#3 FTW! Love the stuffed unicorn, too!
What are the Republicans doing? “Winning! Duh.”
Good article, Andrew. I’ve thought a lot about this conflating of Obama = End of the World, and think this is happening for 5 reasons: 1. Aside from the weird symbols, the Book of Revelations is (in modern terms) not only about the end of the world, but how networks of people/business/whatever can become oppressive and more demanding, yet are required in order to live in society (think “The Matrix” minus the computers and kung fu). Which one finds in lots of ways in any society, and is a big reason that societies can become oppressive, demanding, and generally sucky. Which is also a big reason why people kept assuming that the End of the World is “now,” because you can always “come see the violence inherit in the system.” Which is why some could see a big network with oppressive costs being imposed upon their lives as kind of Mark of the Beast-ish. Which kinda-sorta makes some sense, if that was your worldview. And that’s the end of the “sense” part. 2. Republicans are traditionalists, and a lot of traditionalists are old people. Who are about to die. And who may not be too thrilled about the prospect. So, for some, the “End of the World” looks pretty freaking imminent. Because it is (for them). Also, for some, it may be comforting to think that the entire world will end in an imminent Armageddon or whatever, because then they personally won’t have to die alone and/or face death at all (if they are caught up in the Rapture). While I get that, I think hoping that everyone will die for your own convenience is, essentially, evil and/or mentally ill. But wait there’s more. 3. If you’re an entirely egocentric bastard, then if your world is ending, then the entire world is ending. Because for you, that’s all there is: you. Again, mentally ill. And, I have to say, as a lifelong Republican, that level of extreme egocentrism seems to be a hallmark of today’s Republican party. 4. Republicans are traditionalists, which means they generally don’t like change, which was Obama’s campaign slogan. For many, change reveals shortcomings in our ignorant/misguided/egocentric/whatever worldviews. Change does that for all of us. Change reveals that things aren’t always like “that,” because they could also be like “this.” Which is wildly disquieting for many people. And since change is the one constant of everything in the world/life/reality, they are left either rejecting much of our ever-changing world/life/reality, or accepting it and moving forward. And change gets really hard for some to accept, because (A) they have trouble seeing how changes are actually moving “forward,” when they liked how things used to be, and (B) because the major change they’re looking “forward” to is death. Cuz old people. So that’s the main reasons why I think there is this phenomenon throughout the GOP’s base equating Obama, Obamacare, etc., as the “End of the World.” (Bonus: 6. Un- and/or poorly-funded increases in medical coverage could cause financial problems for some people in the country, and if all you care about is your finances, then that could be the end of your “world.” Which could be equated with Armageddon, if you’re really egocentric. Again, see “mental illness,” above.)
Pretty much: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2009/09/was-holly-golightly-really-a-prostitute.html
Any show whatsoever featuring Adam Lamberg, I would Tivo the hell out of. Every episode. Multiple times. Protected forever. Gordo is my second favorite character in TV history, second only to Samantha in Bewitched. Adam Lamberg is a television god, who chooses to walk upon the Earth with mortal men.
He’s going bald. Which is a bummer for any guy. Cut him some slack.
Uh oh. The little tyke cars are foot powered — no pedals. Of course, they did concede that they weren’t professional toy car buyers. Live and learn, I guess. Wonderful promotion.
Anticipation is one of the best parts of any vacation. Why take that away?
FWIW: Communication isn’t part of a personal relationship. Communication is the personal relationship. That’s what a relationship is. That’s what it means. That’s what differentiates it from every other kind relationship. So many marriages try to base themselves around separation (you do this, and I’ll do that, the end), and it’s completely the wrong direction. So do lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of communicating. Become one, in every way.
If you hate a lot of these things, you really just hate yourself. Time to change.
The link to the listing of the 20 members who went to Dublin is here: http://blogs.rollcall.com/moneyline/members-of-congress-fly-away-free-to-dublin-on-372k-744k-trip/ “Republicans invited included Reps. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.; John A. Boehner*, R-Ohio; Kevin Brady*, R-Texas; Michael C. Burgess, R-Texas; Dave Camp, R-Mich.; Eric Cantor, R-Va.; Renee Ellmers, R-N.C.; Cory Gardner, R-Colo.; Robert W. Goodlatte*, R-Va.; Kay Granger*, R-Texas; Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan.; Frank D. Lucas, R-Okla.; Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.; Michael McCaul, R-Texas; Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.; Harold Rogers, R-Ky.; Mike Rogers, R-Mich., Steve Scalise, R-La.; Pete Sessions, R-Texas; Bill Shuster, R-Pa.; Adrian Smith, R-Neb.; Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio; Fred Upton, R-Mich.; and Greg Walden, R-Ore. “Democrats invited included Reps. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo.; Mike Doyle, D-Pa.; Luis V. Gutierrez, D-Ill.; Ron Kind, D-Wis.; John B. Larson, D-Conn.; Richard E. Neal, D-Mass.; and Bill Pascrell Jr., D-N.J. “Three staff members were also invited, including Michael Sommers* (chief of staff, Office of Speaker John A. Boehner), Steve Strombres (chief of staff, Office of Majority Leader Eric Cantor), and Tim Berry (chief of staff, Office of Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy). “Update: A spokesperson for the Speaker stated Speaker Boehner nor his chief of staff accepted the invitation to go on the trip. We have learned Rep. Robert Goodlatte, Rep. Granger, Rep. Kevin Brady, and Rep. Lynn Jenkins did not go on the trip.”
Don’t forget to use the four chords of every hit song, like, ever.
Cuban Pete from The Mask
You think that was trippy? Here’s Abba’s original “Dancing Queen” video. Velour jumpsuits at Junior High dances FTW!
This is a tragic story. Praying for the boy and his family. That said, Buzzfeed, please don’t turn into the evening news, or local newspaper, or the scary-things-happening-to-children crime report.
That’s very well explained. But this is why so many people don’t read comic books. K.I.S.S. Hopefully, that’s where this is all headed.
Um… Second degree burns are really, uh, funny…???
Dude, hop off the hatin train. This is an entirely effective (albeit a little long) promotional series of vignettes, to convey an overall emotional context for the brand/whatever the smell of that perfume is.
No way. Where’s Fred Randall, Julie Ford, and William ‘Wild Bill’ Overbeck?!?!?
In related news, a judge just relegated Bynes to long-term treatment (one year or more). http://www.gossipcop.com/amanda-bynes-long-term-psychiatric-hold-transferred-ucla-medical-center-conservatorship-mom-lynn/