Sunday, December 03, 2006

in today's nytimes:
On the plus side, the visit to Turkey by Pope Benedict XVI helped soothe
relations, especially after Benedict backed off his opposition to Turkey’s
application to join the European Union. The pope — who infuriated Muslims a few
months ago with a tone-deaf speech criticizing Islam — may have done even more
good with his visit to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, where he prayed facing
Mecca. [...] As he left Istanbul, the pope said he hoped his visit would bring
“civilizations progressively closer.” The European Union should listen.

"...and also, we're taking all our advice from the pope from now on. love, the new york times editorial staff." no? you don't think so? :)

not trying to be snarky, definitely not saying the nytimes should become a catholic publication. just one more step in my lifelong search for irony.

"given my lifelong search for irony, you can imagine how happy that makes me."

"i was BEING ironical."

also, you know what else i learned from the nytimes today? that harriet's character on studio 60 is based on kristin chenoweth, whom you may remember as glinda in wicked and annabeth on season 7 of the west wing. apparently she and aaron sorkin dated (hot - do you think he talks like his characters in real life?) and all that stuff (going on the 700 club, getting uninvited to perform at a christian concert, growing up in a religious family, discovering her talent at a young age) really happened to her. it was weird to read, actually. it's a really good article. oh, and she did pose for bikini pictures, so we'll see what harriet does...

do you think that matt is based on aaron himself? i'm going to pretend he is because of my intense love for matthew perry.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

THIS is what i'm talking about

the only thing worse than ignoring the facts is investing your ideological blindness with religious certainty. religion is meant to provide deep reflection, not easy certainty. - jim wallis

whaaaat jim wallis. i like him more and more. and ha! religion is supposed to be hard! beware of anyone who refuses to question any beliefs! exclamation!

so what i'm saying is, i don't completely like jim wallis because i am a QUESTIONER.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

that's madam speaker-elect to you, mr. president.

i remember when the republicans took both houses. i remember watching newt gingrich on tv and asking my mom why everyone had brought their little kids to see him speak. she said it was because only republicans care about children. oops, i mean she said that it was a historical event. but wouldn't it have been funny if she had said the other thing?

lauren has offered me $3.95 a month for periodic west wing quotes. here, i would like to include bartlet's "something can't be extremely historic" lecture from the first scene of galileo, in season 2, but apprently no one else found it funny enough to post online. i'd do it, see, but i'm on the couch right now. welp, there goes my $3.95.

here's some food for thought. i've heard a theory that bush's mispronunciation of "democrat party" is intentionally insulting. i've heard the same theory about his dad's "soddom hussein." is this a family political trick, or a family weakness in pronunciation skills? i guess it's been working decently well for them either way.

do you think madam speaker-elect will have the opportunity to correct him? hmm...

other things to think about.

1. should christians find ayn rand offensive? because apparently some do. and i say - come on, guys, her books are EDUCATIONAL. people read them in school! [realize that this is not an actual argument.]

2. do people think about the practical reasons for being christian? i ask because, in judaism [as i understand it] there's no necessary reward in heaven for all of this. moses says, in deuteronomy 6, "fear the lord, your God, and keep, throughout the days of your lives, all his statutes and commandments which i enjoin on you, and thus have long life... that you may grow and prosper the more, in keeping with the promise of the lord, the God of your fathers, to give you a land flowing with milk and honey." not "so that you'll go to heaven." not "so that you won't go to hell." i think that people can follow God because it makes them happy, but i got a lot of disagreements on this from people who say that the Christian life is hard and heaven is the only reward. and to that i say, rejoice in the lord always! ha.

also, here's something for all you third-party voters.

on a related [?] note, studio 60 this week - um, not really sure what the deal is. i see what aaron's doing with the myserious beginning and flashback thingy. but nothing really happened. and i see very little irony or self-deprecation. kind of sad?

i wish people would just walk through hallways and make fun of themselves. like this.

sam: where are you going?
josh: where are you going?
sam: i was following you.
josh: i was following you. all right, don't tell anyone this happened, okay?

Sunday, October 29, 2006

one clear opinion: i went to the coolest high school in the world.

"This new document puts more emphasis on the church’s moral teaching about sexuality. It says that although having a 'homosexual inclination' is not itself a sin, homosexual sex is a sin — as are premarital sex and adultery. The answer in all these situations is chastity."

so according to today's nytimes, apparently the US bishops are voting on a new document about ministering to gay catholics. i dunno. i'll snarkily say that this is a better summary than i expected from the times, because at least it's not "the catholic church says gay people are EVIL EVIL EVIL. for no reason." but i'm waiting. i don't know for what. things change slowly, but they do change - right?

i predict that the "gay Catholic leaders" quoted in this article are going to protest anything less than a 180 on moral teaching. that's not news as much as the times wants it to be news. time will tell if their protest is healthy or divisive - but again, the spirit leads people all kinds of places, and who can say which revelations are valid?

"A previous document, issued by a committee of bishops in 1997, was directed primarily at parents with gay children. But it proved controversial and was never approved by the bishops conference. "

i don't think that's true. as a rule, i'm suspicious of blurbs that quote a mysterious "previous document" as if the rest of us are too stupid to look it up. i don't know if always our children was controversial, but it's certainly not un-approved. perhaps there is another level of approval somewhere. we learned about it in high school, though, and i don't think i even realized at the time how concerned (in a good way) our teacher was about the gay students in her class. this is one of those things i didn't realize was cool until later, when i thought about how many catholic high school religion teachers would never bring this up...

i'd like the church to be a little clearer on loving gay people, with a little less emphasis on morality. but church leaders have a balancing act on this one, and i honestly don't know how i'd do it better. BAH. wait and pray...

apostles at the voting booth

"Jesus lived in politically hot times, and the people of his day were looking for a political leader and savior. Consequently, people were constantly trying to get Jesus to throw his weight behind this or that political issue, but Jesus consistently refused. He never so much as commented on the politics of his day. We know that two of his closest disciples -- Matthew (a "tax collector") and Simon (a "zealot") -- were farther apart politically than Michele Bachmann and Patty Wetterling could ever dream of being. Yet Jesus never said a word about it."

i haven't seen this point made a lot, but i LIKE it. i think i've said before that i'm afraid that this God's politics push is going to turn into another pendulum swing - aaaand now the left is religious! wheee! so i'd like to see more articles like this one from the faith perspective. as much as i'd like everyone to agree with me (wheee!) i think there must be some degree of danger in that. i know this is a point that pretty much goes without saying, but i think it's even more important to consider when we're talking about faith and politics - that is, the fact that disagreements are possible (and even necessary) among faithful christians.

who's picturing two men with beards and sandals glaring at each other before they go into the voting booths? anyone?

Thursday, October 26, 2006


oho, i am so darn happy to be watching sean casey on tv again. i just saw his player personality or whatever (brought to you by hp, the computer is personal again) and guess what - 1) dave matthews is his background music, and 2) he reads the bible every day. we'd totally be MFEO if, you know, he wasn't already... oh, whatever. anyway, he's playing really well.

do you ever glance at the tv and not realize that they're showing a replay from earlier in the game? i think that replays should be sepia-toned or something.

i wrote the earlier part of this post before the tigers started losing. missed the end of the game because we went to see little miss sunshine. um. i haven't laughed so hard at a movie since middle school. much better than that time we all went to see i heart huckabees.

Friday, October 13, 2006

oh my?

"i've decided i'm rooting for the lions. i mean the tigers."

okay, in my defense, here are things i know about the tigers.
1) they were almost the worst team ever in 2003.
2) my secret lover sean casey plays for them.
3) refer to the previous post on yankees hatred.

so there you have it. the tigers are going all the way.

Saturday, October 07, 2006


dear sean casey, thanks for beating the yankees and then spraying the fans with champagne. for this, i still love you. and maybe i'll stop hiding in trees and cabinets because it's october and my team is out of the playoffs.

"not only are the yankees out of the playoffs, but the red sox already got all the good tee times."
- dad, being snarky.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006


just in case you needed another reason that google rules all. i typed in "how many cups are in a quart?" [just to check, i swear...] and there it was! amaaaaazing.

the yelling show

"coming up: the baseball cardinals are doing badly. sad story, or kinda cool?"

i heard this line randomly when the boys were watching espn and i was half-tuning out the yelling [it was PTI today, not the actual yelling show, which is around the horn] to read this pretty awesome blog on notre dame football. i'm always impressed when bloggers are completely on the ball.

and i'm always happy to hear the cards are losing, even if i wish they were losing... not to the astros? maybe everyone in the NL central could just lose?

bahhh words

okay, i don't know if i'd call this moderate... there must be a better word for people who are trying to see all the social causes their faith calls them to support, especially in a typically conservative environment...

sr. helen prejean (of dead man walking fame) blogs on God's politics today. check it out.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

season 2 premiere on dvd

so i'm linking amy sullivan's blog post on john kerry because it's cool and because i haven't seen the speech yet. and i know i have very little perspective and i read just about one interesting blog and one news site. [and sometimes i listen to npr. local politics in pennsylvania, today. or PA, as a certain former roommate would say.] and sometimes i post things on my blog just so i'll remember them later.

what, it's not like you're reading this. er, that is...

"i'm mcdreamy. i'm tall, i'm handsome, i like to lean against things and ponder the difficulties of dating beautiful women." - bailey, dry and perfect. season 2 rules all.

i love it when the cardinals lose, but...


Monday, September 25, 2006

potentially the best thing ever.

soooo abc and nbc both have their shows replaying online for free. i'm not saying that it, you know, works well... or that they update it right away... but still.

there's a copyright violation

"is this a joke?"
"we're counting on it."

dear aaron sorkin, do you think we've never seen any of your other shows? because we're all watching studio 60 only because we're sorkin fans. only. and you've used at least two west wing lines [government camp, and something about... oh, i forget] and one west wing joke [she forgot the NAMES because she's NEW] halfway through this episode. and there's the talking about someone for a long time so that the other person knows you're in love with them! classic!

do you think that, when you're brilliant, you can quote yourself by accident? i mean, i quote the west wing all the time and i used to think that monica and chandler were my actual friends. so is aaron reacting the way i react when i've watched too much of one show?

it's surreal, though, seeing lines i know delivered by a different character on a different show. and there are several sorkin seasons i've never seen...

Saturday, September 23, 2006

madonna and veggie tales in the same article. maybe she could do a song for them?

okay, i know this isn't the first thing on many of your minds, but there's this controversy over airing veggie tales on NBC without the explicit references to God. the thing i think is interesting is that the creator of the show is being so awesome about it. it's hard to be civil and reasonable when people are tossing around words like "satan" and "apostate" and calling you a sellout - especially when, apparently, all this wasn't your choice anyway. he's standing up for someone else's choice, using the bible (which is really, really important to his audience) to back up his argument, ultimately leaving the judgment up to his critics, and altogether coming off really really cool. you all may know that i don't really agree with the "christians are strangers in this world" stuff that ends this post - i think it can be a really dangerous line of theology, especially when i see it used with young people who already know that there are good things about the world, too. but props for faith and reason, mr. veggie tales creator.

in the nytimes article about this, there's also an interesting quote from madonna about her controversial NBC concert - "I believe in my heart that if Jesus were alive today, he would be doing the same thing." are any of her critics reading this and, you know, respecting it? thinking that maybe she makes a valid point? i'm not saying madonna is my new spiritual director, but i don't really think we can say who God is and isn't speaking to.

i think my favorite grey's is "the self-destruct button" - the one that starts with meredith's roommates finding out she's sleeping with mcdreamy and has all the tiredness and anger and the patient who had his friend shoot him.

Friday, September 22, 2006

charity and justice are the two feet of... something...

"But charity is not justice – that’s where good public policies come in."

favorite things about grey's last night:
1. christina's "he's standing there all mcguilty and all he has to say..." i love christina's constant indignation, and i love how she defends meredith even when meredith is annoying.
2. how everyone in the show is always, always talking about something other than what they seem to be talking about. the patients are all so profound, and the doctors speak in secret codes about their life problems and the people they love... i don't care, i love it. :)

"you are my joy" by reindeer section is still the best song grey's has used yet (season 1, "winning the battle, losing the war") but i loved mat kearney's "all i need" last night.

Thursday, September 21, 2006


on the katie couric piece - you can tell which one of them is a well-known writer and speaker and which one is not. "30 million children are living in poverty" sounds better than "more and more people agree with us on the sanctity of life and the sanctity of marriage," and "america is searching for a new moral center" sounds better than "the center is where you usually find the dead cats and skunks that have been run over." and i don't think it's just because i agree with one

these things scare me:
IDs for voting, so that poor people stop coming to the polls.
christianity forced on the army, because what? yeah, let's separate church and state, except for in the people who fight to keep us free.
i know the nytimes editorial people pretty much play on fear and being bitter mcbittersons, but still.

and i'm not really sure what to say about them reds. i realize that my blog name, once again, is a lie - i haven't talked about baseball, nor have i talked about much except religion and politics lately. grey's update later? smiles?

church parking lots!

"maybe at the very least it'll spark discussion in a few church parking lots after bible study or choir rehearsal." jim wallis (God's politics and sojourners) and tony perkins (family research council) are going to be on cbs evening news tonight. i'm glad katie couric has such a high opinion of this topic's importance. she did say that she's going to start talking about her own faith - anyone know what it is?

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

kick in the butt

oookay, so it turns out that some of the land intended for the anti-immigration wall of america is actually tribal land, and the tribe isn't having it. for lots of reasons - but who sees karma from another time we denied rights to people who are different? anyone?

here's some badass church and politics stuff. i think anti-war is okay, but not so much mentioning candidates. we were just talking about this at lunch - you have to be consistent, not partisan. you have to speak against both abortion and the death penalty.

everyone's going liberal! one of the few things i remember from AP US history is that a midterm election is always a referendum on the current president.

sorry about the generally sloppy writing. i'm off my game.

but i thought the UN fixed everything...

"The intensifying war of words between Iran and the United States reached the floor of the United Nations last night when the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, accused America and Britain of violating international law." well crap.

"If people have a position on something and you try to argue them into changing it, you're going to strengthen that position. If you want to change people's ideas, you shouldn't try to convince them intellectually. What you need to do is get them into a situation where they'll have to act on ideas, not argue about them."
- Myles Horton [from sojourners]

something else you might want to check out from sojourners is jim wallis's God's politics blog. you know, if you're into that kind of thing.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

the aroma of the heart

"Firmly deploring all forms of violence, His Holiness hopes that the blood shed by such a faithful disciple of the Gospel will be a seed of hope to build an authentic fraternity among peoples, in mutual respect of the religious convictions of every one." [zenit]

well, i hope so, too. and i swear, someone gave the pope instructions like "i don't want to turn on the tv tomorrow morning without hearing you talk about your comments." [i think that line's from the west wing. likely? yes.] he talked about it at the UN, it was translated into arabic - and i'm sure this will be the last time he gives an academic lecture that leaves anything unclear.

here's an interesting issue that i heard about today. the movie facing the giants was apparently given a PG rating for "explicit religious content" - or for mentioning depression and infertility, depending on who you talk to. and now they've changed it, i think to "explicit thematic content," which means nothing. obviously many people are saying things like "evil hollywood censors religion more than sex or violence." anyway, it's an interesting issue. should parents be warned that their kids are watching a movie that [again, depending on who you talk to] is either trying to convert them or accurately portraying what christians are like.

you can google your own opinions on this - they're varied. trailer looks good, though.

Monday, September 18, 2006

this is what blogger searches are for

"crusty but benign"
"substituted quality for intensity"
"will eventually be left heart-broken"
"a homerun"
"i'm in love with amanda peet"

and oh man, i love blogging because it led me to this obama article - from this post by a blogger who clearly understands that the best politicians are the good looking ones.

for a little heavier reading, here's the new yorker article on studio 60. thanks, blogfriends.

studio 60

you know what aaron sorkin knows how to do? he knows how to write male friendships. i want to be a guy and be friends with his characters.

i'm a little worried that jordan is too perfect, but you know what? i'm ready to love her.

you may reuse material when you are aaron sorkin. that is all.

[this is an approximate transcript of the conversation i just had with melly. we're freaking out a little bit.]


it's a little late, but this, i love.

[requiem aeternam dona ets, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ets.]

of note...

couple things:

first, i've been avoiding the pope story, but this is a pretty good summary. [you can find the full text of the address and apologies at zenit.] i mean, i think it's a mistake - not everyone understands professor language, and you just can't say things like that. whether you're visible or not, i don't think you should say anything that could seem to be such a criticism of another religion. but i have some faith in benedict. i get frustrated when people doubt the intentions or motivations of church leaders too much - i mean, they do pray sometimes. they are at least sort of moral.

i know this is an op-ed, but have we seriously not considered talking to the taliban?

“We’re human beings, with the blood of a million savage years on our hands. But we can stop it. We can admit that we’re killers, but we won’t kill today.”
i like this, and i don't even like star trek.

as always, i'm interested in faith and politics and what's going on with this. dear relgious groups, please please be non-partisan. please? and this is both interesting and, well, potentially inflammatory. take it how you'd like...

Friday, September 15, 2006

i mean, he's probably my soulmate

this stranger understands my love of fonts. laur and i have this plan where we're each going to name all our kids after fonts. garamond? lucida? trebuchet? timesey? dinner!

paul and i just watched the boy meets world where shawn and angela break up - but don't they do that a lot in the college years? seriously, i love every boy on that show still. except cory, most of the time.

now we're watching grey's because the disney channel started playing stupid shows, and hello. best show ever and they've made every single person in the universe download "how to save a life" by the fray. life forms on other planets, even.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

this is from a sojourners article about an immigrant woman who is seeking refuge in her church. i was a little confused about the opinion of this writer - he sets up the reasons she should be deported and then counters with her biblical argument. mad props for mentioning isaiah:
Israel's scripture is relentless in its demand that God's people care for the
sojourner. This is not just an obscure law barked by a distant deity-it is a
command rooted in Israel's own experience as a mistreated foreigner in Egypt:
"You shall not oppress a resident alien; you know the heart of an alien, for you
were aliens in the land of Egypt" (Exodus 23:9).

and here's the really interesting part, i think:
Mainline liberal churches are not noted for their literalist view of
scripture. Generally it is "conservatives" or "evangelicals" who attend to the
letter of the Bible, and liberals who prefer its "spirit," to gain some wiggle
room out of uncomfortable moral positions like scripture passages on
homosexuality. But in this case the liberals are attending strenuously to the
letter, and conservatives are blithely and arrogantly ignoring it. Perhaps the
very categories "literalist" and "liberal" fail, and we should speak now of
different portions of scripture to which each seeks to be faithful. Some of us
would maintain that we could all be faithful to all of it-as long as we learn
also to forgive each other when we fail, as we will often.
yeah, i think the bible will continue to challenge us more than we think it
will. and i'd say [in a simplistic way, i know] that this is why we have the
church, if only to help us sort out the messiness that comes with this big of a

i heart obama

Obama has an important message about the need for Democrats to reach out to people of faith in America and not make concessions to the right-wingers who claim moral superiority.


i'm not saying that democrats need to co-opt religion, but i also don't think democrats should keep acting anti-religious when they're not. i mean, i think that the democrats have moral superiority on a lot of things. there's no reason to act like we just enjoy being evil people.

What? Friends listen to Amazing Grace in the dark.

i know this isn't much overall, but a few of the ones at the end... wow...

"electricity-based lighting"

from kristen: "i love that it goes 7 paragraphs before the 'disclaimer,' and thencontinues another 500 words." i agree, this is definitely blog material - i mean, is this the times or people magazine?

republicans win by losing. seriously? is this the best case scenario? booo. this sounds like something (no offense, guys) that a conservative frat boy would say, but it still makes me frustrated about the political climate, you know?

"I’m not one of those people who like to blame the French for things, especially now that the French turned out to be so very very right about Iraq, but there’s no question this trend began in France, where they’ve always had a weakness for dessert spoons." ahhh, nora. thanks for this.

i don't know why you all even READ THE TIMES when you could just be READING MY BLOG.

and this, from today's 1 corinthians 7 reading:
If you marry, however, you do not sin, nor does an unmarried woman sin if she marries; but such people will experience affliction in their earthly life, and I would like to spare you that.

hehehehe affliction. laughing out loud in church at that one...

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

and he's in the movie business

mark likes this movie. so should you.

the science of sleep. do it.

and join the facebook group.

i know that you're all convinced because my blog gets so much traffic.

7 days

i haven't seen this yet, but i'd like to, so here you go...

7 days in september on google video.

and there's the politics

from here:
The battle over the anniversary resolution reflected just how politically
charged the day has become.
Congress has passed a resolution every year. In
non-election years, the resolution has simply noted the valor of rescue workers
and extended sympathies to families.
But in election years — 2002, 2004 and
now 2006 — the Republican-controlled House has included language heralding
accomplishments in the war on terror. This time, the Republican version of the
resolution applauded the reauthorization of the legislation known as the USA
Patriot Act, as well as the tough immigration
bill passed in the House.

i MEAN. these things are not related. quit it.

"it is almost like bush is frantic."

i found this interesting:
“I do have a bit of mistrust,” said Mr.
McBride, who said that he twice voted for Mr. Bush but that he is now
disappointed — a sentiment he said is shared by many in his Bible study group.
“The whole thing about W.M.D. and that Iraq is somehow tied to 9/11, I just
don’t believe it.”

and have all of you heard mozart's requiem live? i swear, he worked out his own salvation writing that piece. i forgot to post it last night - don't want you all to think i'm cold and dead inside.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

it's a meta-something

If there is a single quality that separates those in their late teens and early 20’s from previous generations of young people, it is a willingness bordering on compulsion to broadcast the details of their private lives to the general public.

i'm ironically posting this on my blog. see how it is?


i love this, from the times:
For Mr. Irwin, wild nature was something to wonder at, and he did so with an enthusiasm indistinguishable from love. Animals — even deadly ones — are good, poachers are evil, and, crikey, that’s pretty much it.

Call that simple-minded, call it dumb, but it resonates. Future environmentalists and conservationists have to come from somewhere, and if the energetic wonderment of the Crocodile Hunter has seeped into the brains of significant numbers of children — as it did that of Sean, who went trick-or-treating as Mr. Irwin last year, who turned 6 with a crocodile cake, who wears khaki and boots and fills notebooks with meticulous drawings of reptiles — then Mr. Irwin used his 44 years remarkably well.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

what's been going on

a few articles for you, friends, on faith-politics-literature-whatever. you know, things i like.

from commonweal, is being spiritual enough? commonweal is always well done, you know? and obviously it's something i've been thinking about and i'm glad other people are also thinking about it and not, i guess, jumping to immediate conclusions about it.

recommended by rose, dappled things. i haven't really looked at it much, and i can't fault it for saying it's orthodox... right? :) [oh seriously, what kind of a person judges things on this basis? who am i?]

[okay, this makes it worth reading.]
If only I could hear His voice, I think,
Uplifted in some strange immortal tune,
I might learn hope amidst my doubt and sin�
But sometimes it's enough to see Him wink.

also, there is some predictability here, but zenit on democracy is pretty interesting. in case you were wondering where a lot of political stuff comes from in the catholic world, or at least one take on it.

and have you heard about google book search and how they put up out-of-copyright books? yes. you have to click on the "full view books" radio button. but you can get the whole thing! and while i don't know if i want to read on my computer all the time, it seems exciting. although i will still stick with adelaide, if only because of their sweet virginia woolf collection. check out "middlebrow" and we can chat about why i wrote my thesis.

"you can't date a vet. he's not even a real doctor."

ang and i just had a simultaneous "awwww" when danny came onscreen. yayy reruns.

more like mcmarried...

i'm watching the episode of grey's where meredith tells her friends that mcdreamy's married, and i love it - he walks up the next minute and starts acting like everything's normal, then meredith storms out, then all her friends block his way when he tries to follow her. like one at a time, all casual-like. they're fabulous. will you guys do that for me sometime? um, if i ever... need it...

Thursday, August 31, 2006


VERIZON made a deal with WAL-MART. soooo pissed. and the commercial i just saw - i mean, think about mixing an awesome verizon commercial ("do you guys work down by the docks?" for example) with a terrible, terrible fake-happy wal-mart commercial. shudder.

hehe, but has anyone seen that commercial where the annoying guy's like "i called you five times!" and the girl is all fake like "must be my network..." and all the verizon network guys like rappel off buildings as soon as he leaves? love it.

i mean, i am ANGRY at you, verizon.

faith, you say?

so this guy was raised a democrat, had a religious conversion, became a republican because of the abortion issue, and now is getting criticism from his party over his position on immigration. and he has this position because his grandpa was an irish immigrant. i mean, you can read about it. what a good political story, you know? it's almost like watching the west wing. i like it when people are like, you know what? this is what i believe is right.

although i disagree when people are elected and then go on a power trip. (this is where my brother would remind me what it means to be a republic, but he's facebook "very conservative," so what are you going to do?) so anyway, maybe i like this for another reason, hmm? :)

or maybe i should just read melly's article.

i just realized that "it's almost like watching the west wing" isn't exactly mature political dialogue.

i'm watching an episode of the cosby show where the whole family stops in the living room because rudy (age 6, maybe) is watching dr. king on tv, and they all just stop what they're doing and stand there and listen. this show could not GET any better. also, theo is still my number one tv crush.

Friday, August 18, 2006

i'm sorry, sir, you wanted to answer your own question.

Jed (President)


















Which 'West Wing' Character are You?
created with
You scored as Jed (President). Dear God, I wouldn't invite you to a party, but you can sort out my finances and MC at a function any time you like. Mr. President Sir.

hey now. i'd invite jed to a party any day of the week.

she was a CALL GIRL.

The idealistic speechwriter is well-liked by just about everyone. He's known for his excellent writing, sense of humor, and tendency to be clutzy. Although being younger than the rest of the staff, he's often treated as so, much to his dismay.

:: Which West Wing character are you? ::

HA. that's just who i THOUGHT i'd be. also, i have long hair.

i haven't been blogging lately because i've been, you know, watching west wing season 2 on repeat.

Friday, July 14, 2006

"too good for marriage"

this, from the nytimes:
What’s noteworthy about the New York decision, however, is that it became the second ruling by a state high court to assert a startling rationale for prohibiting same-sex marriage — that straight couples may be less stable parents than their gay counterparts and consequently require the benefits of marriage to assist them.
according to this article, the language here is used because it "sounds nicer," but it also sounds "more desperate." right. like this is the best defense you have? i can see the argument for heterosexual marriage from natural law, from procreation, whatever - but i really, really don't see this one. and i do think that a lot of this "defense of marriage" rhetoric is purely religious. this is a problem in a supposedly secular state, guys. seriously, base your arguments on something real, something not based on a church that's supposedly separate from the government, or realize you've lost the argument. in my opinion.

and also, this, from the same op-ed:
Hostile rulings delivered in friendly tones can take longer to overturn, as evidenced by the century that passed before members of the Supreme Court reversed their thinking about women and, in a 1973 opinion in a sex discrimination case, recognized that confining women in the name of cherishing them put them "not on a pedestal, but in a cage."
is this over? i'm not quite sure that it is. i'm a fan of the analogy, of course. not too bitterly. :) but it's really telling in this case. and i wonder if it's an indication of where we're moving in the gay marriage issue or not.

did everyone notice that i learned how to use the block quotation button?

Monday, July 10, 2006

bronson arroyo, do you like me?

check yes or no. here's what's going on in this picture - bronson and jason are talking about girls.

spencer accused me of liking adam dunn because of his tight baseball pants. and i said, but spence, every baseball player wears tight pants.

i think i made a decent point.

if you hate this post, who cares. we're all friends here.

Monday, July 03, 2006

nothing more

i mean, so i felt like posting this favorite, from

Often, I write all day long with white ink on white paper, late into the night, until it is all I can do to feel the letters curving to earth from the tip of the pen & then, I fall asleep. Dreaming of running, or maybe driving in a car the color of water & I wake the next day remembering nothing & I gather the stack of paper & a pen of black on the desk in front of me & the words begin to dance over the page like long legged insects across a still lake & the words in white whisper behind & underneath the new day. If there is any secret to this life I live, this is it: the sound of what cannot be seen sings within everything that can. & there is nothing more to it than that.

thought of you, and where you've gone, and let the world spin madly on... i could listen to this song TWO MILLION TIMES in a row.

also, is it bad if i put my feet up on a library table? because i almost did just now and thought better of it.

Saturday, July 01, 2006


okay, this is what happens when you talk about trading adam dunn, who is officially my new favorite reds player. the spot's been open since sean casey went to the pirates [sad, sad day] - welcome, dunner, to the prestigious position of being the player i defend by saying things like, "but i loooove him! he's so good at baseball!"

but hey, was i right about him? currently, yes. okay, so we'll see... :)

also, it's come to my attention that perhaps this blog should be called something else:

b: you know, you call yourself a blogger, by the way.
me: i just updated, hoebag.
b: hahahaha as I was typing that I realized that I didn't check it yesterday, and you probably updated it yesterday.
b: for the first time in FIVE MONTHS, approx.
me: i know, i think that's hilarious.
me: i also like how it's all about the reds.
bets: hahahaha it so is.
bets: it's like "so i like words, okay?" [proceeds to talk exclusively about baseball.]

um. so i like words and baseball, okay?

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

i let the day go by, i always say goodbye

has everyone heard "the world spins madly on" by the weepies?

woke up and wished that i was dead
with an aching in my head
i lay motionless in bed
i thought of you and where you'd gone
and let the world spin madly on

everything that i said i'd do
like make the world brand new
and take the time for you
i just got lost and slept right through the dawn
and the world spins madly on

i know what you're thinking. you want to tell me i'm sad. but i say to you, you'd be surprised how this song is kind of making me happy.

we've also been listening to "the world's not falling apart" by dar williams, "casimir pulaski day" by sufjan stevens, and always "all will be well" by the gabe dixon band. and most recently, madonna? what the hell is this?

happy music. that's what it is.

rocking the study room, clearly.

back to my roots, see?

The Royals have won seven of their last eight games, but still own the worst record in the majors. Their 10-30 road record is the worst in the American League.

WTF REDS. i'll see you tonight and things will be DIFFERENT.

if i remember, i originally started this blog in case i were ever bored in class with my laptop.

stayed late at the library, talked to faraway friends (not to mention andrew, who is not so far away this time) online in the middle of the night, budgeted my sleep, and woke up early to finish revising - i'm sorry, have i stumbled into fall 2003?
sometimes my font and style do things i don't understand. i'm just a caveman.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

i'll be there for youuu

okay, i'm obsessively watching friends season 10 (i meannn, i'm totally doing my reading and other very useful things) and i always love the one where rachel and ross go shopping and ross takes home one of rachel's shirts and WEARS it on a DATE and the woman is wearing the same shirt! bah! and every time, it's like hey, that shirt would not fit both ross and rachel, ever, in any universe. but clearly i don't even care.

okay, i'm totally doing work. really.

Monday, June 05, 2006


dear ken griffey, i know i've been angry at you in the past, but it's all forgiven. please continue to be awesome. remember that time you hit two home runs against the cardinals? i really liked that. i've been watching the replay for a while now, actually.

i know pujols isn't playing, jerks. it still COUNTS because ken GRIFFEY is injured all the TIME.

okay, what's the SNL skit where chris farley is asking an actor if he remembers all the roles he played? maybe i watched the wrong best of dvd. oh wait, no i didn't, because goulet is always worth it. you win. you allllways do...


Saturday, May 20, 2006

the internet, eh?

this hilariously sarcastic article made the nytimes most blogged list. so i'm going to just go ahead and add to that. i'm not sure if you'll be able to read it, but i'm posting it anyway, if only because it makes me giggle and feel superior to the world.

speaking of good writing, let's talk about having andrew and greg in mcsweeney's in the same week. can i be famous (or funny, for that matter) by association?

also, i think i'll be using this to make all my financial decisions.

great week for the internet, guys. :)

Thursday, May 18, 2006

tearing out the sutures

okay. let's talk about meredith and mcdreamy. i cannot believe how long this storyline is going on and it's still so, so good.

cried twice during the west wing finale. not going to lie.


that is all.

don't you feed me lies about some idealistic future
your heart won't heal right if you keep tearing out the sutures

Thursday, May 11, 2006

it'll be like two weeks notice, only cooler

good luck on your paper, kathr. this will all pay off when you're a big lawyer and supporting me in my poverty. and maybe saving me when i get sued in a theology-related incident.

travis is better looking than hugh grant. you can quote me on that. :)

more commas, please

so breaking news is how the nsa knows who i've called. i think i don't really care. like, i'll tell you who i called. and i realize that several people know that i, or at least my ip address, read mcsweeneys and watch gamecast almost every day. if the nsa starts monitoring the internet, they can find that stuff out. i mean, i don't know if it's a generational thing or what, but i'm aware that technology allows us much less privacy than we had in the past. and with the phone thing, it's not evidence and it's not proof of anything - it can only lead to information that's already there. [at this point in the typing, i can see why this makes people like the ACLU mad.]

did everyone know that they can figure out who you are based on your phone records, even if you change your number? the guy on npr [i listened to all things considered more than once today. kind of like my brother watches the same sportscenter all day] was like, "think of the combination of people you call. probably no one in the world calls the same people - you call the people close to you, but you don't call yourself." maybe a stupid hmm moment for me, but hmmmmmm.

i realized when i was driving home today that i live in the city now. there are more trees at home home. it's like a forest world.

and also, love this. has there been buzz about bloomsday 2006? there has.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

is it possible he may have been high when he picked it out?

so what ABOUT those ads that say "your parents may know more about drugs than you think"? i'm a little concerned that kids will actually be asking their parents about drugs. and their parents will not know anything about any drugs except the 1969 version of pot. i mean, i'm all about the "even if you smoked pot, tell your kids not to do it" thing. [sorry, potsmokers.] it seems to address a legitimate problem. but i'm afraid this new "ask your parents" thing won't work. maybe some parents can let me know about this.

hehe i just saw that sex and the city where everyone at miranda's law firm thinks she's a lesbian. and she kisses the lesbian just to check.

miranda: yup. definitely straight.
lesbian: yeah, you are.

oh! i'm supposed to be working on a PAPER!

and i was BAREFOOT, too, i'm sure

thank kath for the font size change. she manages to edit my blog even while studying for her 1L finals. :) she's just that awesome at life.

i'm in that not-wanting-to-write-a-paper moment. i was looking at pictures [of scenery, of course. you know how i roll] and thinking how much sweeter this would be if i were in college - but then, it's a lie. the pictures make me think that college was sitting outside all the time. and it was sunny. and i was wearing a skirt and friends were walking by. yup.


Monday, April 24, 2006

weeeee belooooong

will everyone please watch the new sheraton hotels commercial. it will change your life. i'll admit that i can't figure out how to link it, but if you go here you can click on where it says "watch our new commercial." so that's nice.

seriously, i'm talking LIFE CHANGING. although my housemates think the end is awkward.

Friday, April 21, 2006

don't be surprised if i love you, okay?

OH MY GOD i had legitimately forgotten all about alanis morisette's "head over feet." that is, until spencer turned on the 90s music station. HEAD OVER FEET IS THE BEST SONG EVER. does anyone else remember listening to it and being like "i will SO get a guy like that someday. maybe in HIGH SCHOOL. wow!"

and still, don't be surprised if i love you. it's all your fault.

"there's a hunger in the center of the chest..."

went to barnes today and forgot what i was doing as soon as i walked in the door. like, got sucked in by the "paperback favorites" or something and forgot who i was there to meet. oops. seriously, every time i go there i have to grab myself by the hand and drag myself out the door to keep from buying the entire store. i could buy everything there. when i was little, i used to say i'd like to live in barnes and noble. i think i was inspired by the classic from the mixed up files of mrs. basil e. frankweiler, in which the kids live in the museum. i hope you all read this when you were kids, because it's awesome.

anyway, now i'd just like to be able to buy all of barnes. i could go in there and come out with like ten books every time. yesss. it's so much better than the library, if only for the tables in the middle.

i just watched the west wing "college kids" episode [season 4] that ends with aimee mann singing james taylor's "shed a little light." that is, "let us turn our thoughts today to martin luther king..." you know. i'm such a sucker for political rallies with music. [technically, it was a rock the vote rally, but i'm just saying.] my parents have a record from the no nukes concert in the seventies that totally rocks, speaking of james taylor. i mean, maybe i've seen him live twice and maybe he is completely awesome at life.

does anyone [kristen, i know you do] think about the songs that political candidates use? was it kerry who was using elvis's "a little less conversation, a little more action" as his campaign song until someone was like, "um, senator? i think that song's about, um, sex." or something. or was it clinton? i'm not trying to make a joke, seriously.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

what sleeping position are YOU?

i love html code. and i love everything that mcsweeney's has ever done. [almost, not really.] but i kind of like it when they're like "paste this quiz in YOUR OWN AIM PROFILE OR BLOG!" and i'm kind of excited to see what this looks like.

I am a paper dolls!
Find your own pose!

[i'm just a caveman. your html code scares and confuses me.]

"hasn't felt like home, before you..."

okay, can anyone tell me who sings backup vocals on joshua radin's "the fear you won't fall"? it's pretty much the greatest song ever, if you're into indie whatever music that's kind of sad and has a guy and a girl singing at the same time. right up your alley? of course!

seriously, it's a sweet song. and of course i heard it first on grey's.

i hate the phone, but i wish you'd call... [i know, it's melancholy. i'm really fine. you don't need to call. i mean, i like it when ALL of you call. call me?]

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

just when you think the moment is right...

ooookay just saw a commercial for one of those ED drugs. there's a good-looking older man and a woman with long white hair. like LONG white hair. and it goes, "just when you think the moment is right..." and then the doorbell rings and it's their GRANDKIDS. does this creep anyone else out? "just when you think the moment is right... your grandchildren ring the doorbell, and you have to play with them in your bright, sunny backyard, even though you are BURNING WITH DESIRE for each other." does this happen?

i guess this answers my question about how old you are when you stop... oh, never mind. i don't want to talk about it.

well, we totally won today

dear ken griffey,
are you seriously still injured?

that is all.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

do you guys work down by the docks?

1. i'm watching an episode of seinfeld i've never seen. with the jumping shoes? and george is sweating from the kung pao so steinbrenner thinks he stole the equipment? and jimmy from the gym speaks in the third person? and mel torme?

2. i love the verizon commercial where the guy's like "i thought i told you to come ALONE," because he has the network with him. and then the mobster's all excited because he never gets reception out there. i'd just like to tell you that i love it.

3. so i lead a tiny life. whatev. i get to watch tv again!

i hope you all noticed that i learned to put pictures in my blog.

Sunday, April 16, 2006


from, on the last new grey's:

Meredith is sitting in the vet's office with her stupid knitting, and the preternaturally chirpy receptionist asks if she's getting the hang of it. Mere says not really. I'll drink to that. Receptionist: "You give up men?" Mere: "No. Yes." She says she doesn't really need to see the vet; she just wants to spend some time with Doc. It's too bad, then, that the vet walks out of the back just then with Doc, and the vet is none other than the surprisingly tasty-looking Chris O'Donnell. Well, hellooooo there, Scruffy McFinerson. Mere gets this "oh, SHIT" look on her face when he introduces himself, and can do nothing but look back down at her knitting. MereVO: "Okay, so it's not whether you win or lose. It's how you play the game. Right?" We get a gratuitous (but not unwelcome) shot of Chris O'Donnell's ass, and fade out.

well hellooooo there, scruffy mcfinerson. i feel like meredith's type... is very well-defined. i wasn't liking this recap toooo too much until right now, but i'm a total sucker for the fake descriptive name.

also, this from the grey's website [careful, it plays music] FAQs:

But just tell me this: when are Meredith and Derek going to get back together?
Seriously? You think I'm answering that question? Seriously?

Why do you and the characters say "seriously" all the time?
Because Krista Vernoff, one of our valued writers, says it constantly in the Writers' Room. CONSTANTLY. Like, four hundred and fifty times a day. And it is catching. Now we all say it. Seriously. Krista says she caught the "seriously" bug from one of her friends and brought it to work and spread it to all of us. It's an awesome word. Said correctly, it can convey sarcasm, dismay, disbelief, a sense of moral and ethical superiority and gentle chastising punishment all at once. Seriously.

seriously, watch for it on the show. especially in the rerun that was on last week, after alex kisses izzie at the bar. she's just like, "seriously." i've personally added it to my vocabulary to the extent that it's pretty much replaced "i mean." that is, now it means almost nothing. seriously.

this is the night

i hate the stupid cardinals. [even you and your hat, henchfest.] and SAD about sean casey! sean, i still love you even though you went to the ugly-uniform pirates and you're on the DL for 6-8 weeks. and thanks for keeping your reds uniform on. [as of today, his picture on the ESPN pirates page still has his goatee reds picture.]

watching tv all day today, alleluia alleluia. and i remembered why i love having families around - it's the talking in the kitchen thing.

:(|) <-- monkey!

Friday, April 14, 2006


so remember when gamecast was boring and now it's AWESOME and 3D? it apparently doesn't work on my computer at work and i am just now experiencing it for the first time.

but paul has just informed me that MLB gameday is faster. and it's true, because he knew we were up by one like five MINUTES before i did.

"so let us confidently approach the throne of grace..."

[the following is proof that i kind of miss writing papers. also i'm a theology nerd. also this blog is for things i think are interesting.]

Brothers and sisters:

Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens,
Jesus, the Son of God,
let us hold fast to our confession.
For we do not have a high priest
who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses,
but one who has similarly been tested in every way,
yet without sin.
So let us confidently approach the throne of grace
to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.

In the days when Christ was in the flesh,
he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears
to the one who was able to save him from death,
and he was heard because of his reverence.
Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered;
and when he was made perfect,
he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.
- Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9

okay, so let's take a moment on today's second reading. so "
we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses." this is for everyone who feels bad about praying for stupid shit. i swear, jesus feels our pain, no matter what it's about. this came up this week, and as always, it's really important to me - "similarly been tested in every way" means not just big suffering, but also the everyday stuff. and jesus "offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence." it is still reverent to ask for things we want. it is still reverent to want to avoid our own suffering. there is room for us to "learn obedience" through suffering when things don't go our way. and that's a whole nother thing. obedience and acceptance, yes. but we don't have to want the suffering ourselves before it happens.

i don't want to downplay the importance of sacrifice. but suffering is something different. this is going to take some more thought - it all comes from a conversation i had this week about "should i pray for this?" and yes, you can pray for God's will and also your own.

i saw two supercute guys leaving the taco bell drive thru as i was driving home, and they were both in the act of taking a huge first bite. well, either they were supercute or i'm starving.

paul's dad calls the pope "eggs," as in eggs benedict. love it.

Now I find hidden somewhere away in my nature something that tells me that nothing in the whole world is meaningless, and suffering least of all. - Oscar Wilde

an overthrow of the system

Violent revolution fails because it is not revolutionary enough. It changes the rulers but not the rules, the ends but not the means. Most of the old repressive values and delusional assumptions remain intact. What Jesus envisioned was a world transformed, where both people and Powers are in harmony with the Ultimate and committed to the general welfare - what some prefer to call the "kingdom" of God.
If Jesus had never lived, we would not have been able to invent him.
- Walter Wink, from The Powers That Be

i'm reading this book for work and it's really, really awesome - the author mentions that madeleine l'engle gave him the idea for it, and the theology is very much like hers. in this section, he's going through different interpretations of the crucifixion.

i don't want to overexplain it. but by being blameless and accepting punishment, jesus overthrew the system in which a scapegoat is punished [john 18:14]. and overthrew the system in which violence is used as a solution. not just overthrew the society of his time, or the evil people that existed then and still exist, but the whole system that we live by, that makes us believe we kill people to make things better. because that doesn't work. huh. [see, i'm very controversial here.]

violent revolution fails because it is not revoltionary enough...

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

the first rule of blogging

never talk about the blog.

this from miz, who says i am a high maintenance blogger. (i say so is she. she says, "but i don't TALK about my blog outside of my blog. big difference.") i think maybe i'm just high-maintenance in general. but at least i don't think i'm low-maintenance. or, as a certain friend would say, at least i'm self-aware. i really think that covers a multitude of sins. as they say.

got an email from my mom:


I imagine that you already know about the contact lens eye infections...Just doing my job



does anyone know what she means by this? i told her that the random mom paranoid warnings don't reach me as quickly as they reach her. her email is also still titled "Important Question" from another email she sent me, which kind of freaks me out.

let's be honest, anyone who uses as many words in a day as i do has to be some kind of high-maintenance.

and i'd just like to thank the miz... without her, i wouldn't be here on the blogosphere... [nor would i know the word "blogosphere" at all, really.]


this from about today's game:

"The game could prove costly for Cincinnati, which saw center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. leave in the fourth inning with stiffness in the back of his right knee. Griffey, who was 0-for-1 in two plate appearances, is listed as day-to-day."

SERIOUSLY, ken griffey. i don't want to slander you on my blog, but I MEAN what is UP with your random injuries. okay, that's all i'm going to say about that.


"life is a B movie, it's stupid and it's strange..."

today i've been listening to a lot of cheryl wheeler, and i'm kind of obsessed with this one:

must have been gandhi or buddha or someone like that
must have saved lives by the hundreds everywhere i went
must have brought rest to the restless and fed the hungry too
must have done something great to get to have you
- cheryl wheeler, gandhi/buddha

talked to cara [!!!] on gmail chat [which i love more every day, all you naysayers] and she told me what tomorrow's going to be like [because she lives in the marshall islands and it's tomorrow there, see]. so that's awesome. it will be 85 and sunny and the answer to number 4 on the decimals quiz is 1.1, just so you know.

"life's like a paper box filled with spaghetti..." - spence, imitating ani and her random metaphors. love it.

also, let me just point out that everyone in the NL central has a winning record except pittsburgh. i'm still thinking that we can be awesome at baseball this year. i would really, really like to be at a reds game right now.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

"every time i blink, i have a tiny dream..."

i kind of cried a little at confession tonight when the priest told me to "keep running the race." is that not the coolest christian image ever? do you think paul was a runner? like maybe he ran his own letters over to corinth and stuff? [i KNOW he didn't, people. it's just an idea.] the priest also talked about christian perfection, which is perhaps the second coolest christian image ever. [paul will be happy to hear about this when i tell him i have a blog.] maybe he had this in mind:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith. - Hebrews 12:1-2 [NAB]
and we don't have to be perfect because, you know, our perfection is in christ. i like it.

okay, so who read the new york times article yesterday about how the west wing writers originially wanted vinick to win. now WHAT? [kath likes it.] i feel that vinick has been really evil in the last few episodes i've seen. did they recently make him evil? when did they start changing the episodes, or did they just change this one? i mean, the election was really close. [okay, just to be clear, his STAFF is evil. not vinick himself.] i've also had "deep in the heart of texas" in my head since the second election episode. ["the stars at night, are big and bright - CLAPCLAPCLAPCLAP - deep in the heart of texas."]

i have a shoutout in kath's profile for saying that i often get too hot (HOT) in my office and should, therefore, stop in the church and get some holy water. and get someone to hose me down with it. and listen to the meat loaf song that used to get us from south bend to indianapolis.

every time i blink, i have a tiny dream...
what kind of paradise am i looking for?
i've got everything i want and still i want more
maybe some tiny shiny key will wash up on the shore...
and what can i say but i'm wired this way
and you're wired to me...
- ani, grey

[ususally when people quote things in their blogs, they use italics. i'm just saying.]

Monday, April 10, 2006

hello, i'm johnny cash.

i'm kind of into johnny cash's superlow voice. it ain't me, babe. it ain't me you're looking for. babe. [i'm buying the dylan version of this song as soon as stupid lent is over and i can buy music again.]

and a better rocker than liz phair? come on, miz. [ohhhh, i totally went there.]

Sunday, April 09, 2006

"we're too excited to sleep!"

"we're too excited to sleep!" [has anyone seen this disney world commercial?]

santos wooo! the west wing remains the best show ever. even though it is unclear whether josh and donna will continue having sex or just, you know, remain codependent. also, kristen is the best friend ever for saying she'll talk to me when the west wing is over. she totally GETS me. and my blog.

"next week. an emotional west wing." but thanks, the west wing, for acknowledging that we're sad about john spencer.

now, i think i may or may not watch a crime show.

of course i didn't start a blog, silly.

i'm not going to lie, i feel really powerful right now.