Sunday, September 19, 2010

"A little faith in many things."

Sharron Angle, following up on her statement that she doesn't believe in rape or incest exceptions in abortion law, said, "I believe that God has a plan and a purpose for each one of our lives and that he can intercede in all kinds of situations. So, we need to have a little faith in many things."

Here's Melissa Harris-Lacewell, Princeton professor, responding on Rachel Maddow.
I'm from a people who really did experience the need to hold on to a God who would see them through difficult times, including generations of black women who in slavery were forced to bear the children of their rapists. And I do believe, because I'm a person of faith, in an interceding God that can help people through difficult circumstances. But I'm also an American who believes that the point of government isn't to make life so hard for half of our citizens that the only force there to help them is God. We, as a government and as a people, deserve and should do better.
Here's the full transcript. Totally worth reading. I NEVER get to hear people acknowledge faith in God in their arguments about liberal politics (outside of God's Politics and those guys, obvs), and of course I'm happy to hear that everything, in good theology, does NOT happen for a reason.

I guess that I'm saying that, whatever your politics, bad things happen. Bad things are bad. And I think that there are different ways to address the bad things that happen to people, but can we all start from the fact that sometimes bad things happen to good people?

Friday, September 17, 2010

this has been a moment of grammar.

This is why it's important to watch your modifiers.
A rocket scientist with strong ties to the government security is found dead with his crotch on fire, and the SVU detectives must determine if that had something to do with his demise. (SVU Season 2 premiere, "Wrong Is Right")
Also in this episode, they arrest a "popular" and "good" kid (he's in a program to mentor kids with special needs, see) at school and they have to bring him through a crowd of kids and teachers, and the teacher goes, "This CAN'T be right. Not Michael."

Yeah, that's what school is like. I mean, I always think my kids are innocent and wonderful. But probably not enough to argue about it with the police, you know?

Thursday, September 16, 2010


There's been some person turmoil in my life, as many of you know. So I'm posting this on October 2, but it LOOKS like I posted it a long time ago - nice, right? I have a few back posts that I'm adding after this one.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

At a city building.

I saw it and had to walk by it again...

Sunday, September 12, 2010

We like him a lotto.

"I'm telling you, if everyone were as dedicated as Joey, we'd have a much better game. He's intense but mellow. He's serious but has a great personality. He's Canadian, you know." - Reds' manager Dusty Baker
Um, what? If only we were ALL Canadian. Right.

Kind of loving this Sports Illustrated profile of Joey Votto. Well, except for the part where they say he "gypsied around." Really playing it fast and loose with cultural stereotypes, aren't we, SI?

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Your football blogger.

Guy behind us, talking about Dayne: He looks like Brady. Or... James
Van Der Beek.
K: [Texas, Varsity Blues accent] I don't want... your life!

Also, for those of you interested in such things: Remember, having an
itch to get home could cause you a rash of trouble.

This just in - they inducted the safety officer into the Monogram
Club! And it was a surprise! Awww.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Notre Dame Plays Football Game, Does Normal Things Fairly Well

Players followed coaches' instructions, lining up in an orderly fashion and working together to achieve a common goal. After playing for 60 minutes, the Irish had acquired more points than their opponent.
Yes, I love football snark. Football season!

[This article passes, because they're making fun of it - but can I say for the record that I'm so not a fan of this whole "Charlie Weis was a bad coach because he's fat" thing?]

Friday, September 03, 2010

See this dent?

This is what happened to my water bottle today when it got hit by a
softball. The two smaller dents were already there, but the ball just
nailed it for that bigger dent in the middle.

I was pretty impressed. The kid who accidentally hit my water bottle
with a softball was pretty terrified.