Sep. 27th, 2010 07:01 pm
athenaltena: (Celty)
This guy hits the nail on the head:

So on behalf of queer folks everywhere, I am willing to negotiate. I promise to stop wearing my orientation on my sleeve and pushing my homosexual agenda on you and yours if you cease wearing your sexuality on your sleeves and stop pushing your heterosexual agenda on me and mine. Fair is fair. I think we can all agree that equality is awesome, Y/Y?

This entails but certainly not limited to:

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I've often thought to myself, especially when I see heterosexual couples on the train in the middle of a PDA, that if we're talking about "flaunting" sexuality being annoying people doing that is pretty much the textbook definition.

I'd be for getting rid of romantic comedies, though.
athenaltena: (Shigure)
In more antics from the crazy English professor, today he saw a half-eaten cheeseburger sitting outside the window and somehow managed to bring it into what he was talking about.

He also wants us to write for next week the last sentence we would write if we were about to die (or "cease to be" as he put it). A bit of a weighty task. The first thing I though of was this poem by Walt Whitman:

The spotted hawk swoops by and accuses me, he complains of my gab and my loitering.
I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable,
I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.
The last scud of day holds back for me,
It flings my likeness after the rest and true as any on the shadow’d wilds,
It coaxes me to the vapor and the dusk.
I depart as air, I shake my white locks at the runaway sun,
I effuse my flesh in eddies, and drift it in lacy jags.
I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love,
If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles.
You will hardly know who I am or what I mean,
But I shall be good health to you nevertheless,
And filter and fibre your blood.
Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged,
Missing me one place search another,
I stop somewhere waiting for you.

I think I actually cried the first time I heard this one. I have to make it all my own, but maybe go for the same sort of message.
athenaltena: (LoL)
I found a website called "Screen It" that looks at movies and decides whether they're "family appropriate" and found a bunch of gems. This one in particular about Watchmen:

"The person responsible for The Comedian and others' deaths obviously has a bad attitude."

And no, I don't think they were being ironic. This site clearly takes itself far too seriously. Besides, any parent who takes a kid under the age of 16 to Watchmen in the first place deserves to get dropped down an elevator shaft, IMO.

They also said this about the new Star Trek movie under the category "Imitative behavior", after things like a kid driving a car over a cliff:

"Some kids might imitate the Vulcan hand gesture of spreading apart the two adjacent fingers on each side of the hand."

I get that the point of these websites is to prevent things like dumbass parents taking their kids to movies like Watchmen, but the unintended comedy is too much for someone who actually knows what these movies are about. It probably helps that I'm old enough that I can see any movie I want and have a healthy sense of humor about things like this.
athenaltena: (writing)
Just a little gem from Monty Python I want to save for future reference (and philosophy department gatherings):

Immanuel Kant was a real piss-ant who was very rarely stable.
Heideggar, Heideggar was a boozy beggar who could think you under the table.
David Hume could out-consume Wilhelm Freidrich Hegel.
And Whittgenstein was a beery swine who was just as sloshed as Schlegel.
There's nothing Nieizsche couldn't teach 'ya 'bout the raising of the wrist.
Socrates, himself, was permanently pissed.
John Stewart Mill, of his own free will, after half a pint of shanty was particularly ill.
Plato, they say, could stick it away, half a crate of whiskey every day!
Aristotle, Aristotle was a bugger for the bottle,
And Hobbes was fond of his Dram.
And Rene Descartes was a drunken fart:
"I drink, therefore I am."
Yes, Socrates himself is particularly missed;
A lovely little thinker, but a bugger when he's pissed.

Also, this one, and I can tell I'm learning more and more about these guys so it becomes even funnier.
athenaltena: (happy)
I think I can hear the Republican party cracking in half:

In one of his very first public appearances since the 2008 campaign concluded, Steve Schmidt, chief campaign strategist for John McCain, made a 20-minute speech at the Log Cabin Republican convention in which he unequivocally voiced his support for same-sex marriage equality and said denigrating gay people in any way was “un-American.”

“I believe, and I think most Americans believe, you are born with your sexuality -- it is not a choice. It should offend us as Republicans and Americans when gays are denigrated as un-American or undeserving of the government’s protection of their rights. And the Republican Party should give voice to genuine outrage when anyone belittles the humanity of another person, it is offensive in the extreme to the values of this nation and we should be in the forefront of rejecting such truly un-American prejudice."

Good for him! It does seem like his hearkening back to the Lincoln era Republicans, and I'm of the opinion that a lot of the modern Republicans have lost their way, but they can be brought back. I'm also glad he didn't say anything about God or religion, since that's not what this is about.

Also can't help but think that he sounds like a UU in this.
athenaltena: (Reading)
Today Diversity Services invited a woman named Cathy Bao Bean, who gave a talk about being bi-cultural and how we have different "modes" because of our culture.

She was born in China and mostly raised in the US, she's married to a white artist who does stuff like paint the lawn and wear pick socks and sandals with a suit, has a bi-racial son, and is gut-bustingly hilarious while also being very deep and poignant while speaking. I also bought her book, The Chopsticks-Fork Principle, A Memoir and Manual since it includes quotes like this:

No father - especially an immigrant from China - says to his daughter, "Please, marry an artist."

Definitely have to read it. Just the intro is hilarious, I'll probably be quoting from it as I read. Diversity Services gets really good speakers at their events, though I always end up buying their books. ^_^;

And so the mighty book pile increases once again. I'll just put it after the John LeCarre that I'm only a few pages from the end of.
athenaltena: (Bored)
Oh yeah, because the book is literally sitting right in front of me on my desk, an excerpt from John LeCarre's book The Secret Pilgrim that I especially liked from the George Smiley character that seems very applicable to recent history:

"Sometimes I think the most vulgar thing about the Cold War was the way we learned to gobble up our own propaganda," he said, with the most benign of smiles. "I don't mean to sound didactic, and of course in a way we'd all done it all through our history. But in the Cold War, when our enemies lied, they lied to conceal the wretchedness of their system. Whereas when we lied, we concealed the very things that made us right. Our respect for the individual, our love of variety and argument, our belief that you can only govern fairly with the consent of the governed, our capacity to see the other fellow's view -- most notably in the countries we exploited, almost to death, for our own ends. In our supposed idealogical rectitude, we sacrificed our compassion to the great god of indifference. We protected the strong against the weak, and we perfected the art of the public lie. We made enemies of decent reformers and friends of the most disgusting potentates. And we scarcely paused to ask ourselves how much longer we could defend our society by these means and remain a society worth defending."

This book was published in 1990.
athenaltena: (lgbt)
I just read through the Amicus Curiae briefs being put in front of the California Supreme Court about overturning Prop 8, and even though I obviously have a horribly biased opinion towards one side, mainly the side that treats me like a person.

A few good quotes from my side that sum up the issue:

"The fundamental rights embodied in our liberty and privacy clauses cannot serve their critical need in our democratic society if they are denied to those minority groups in greatest need of protection."

"Because a 'core element' of the right to marry is 'equal dignity and respect' the deprivation of that right from a suspect class violates the core principles that underlie our constitutional democracy."

"... [Prop 8 should be overturned] Otherwise, the court will leave unpopular minority groups - who have been mercilessly persecuted based on characteristics that have no bearing on their ability to perform or contribute to society - beholden to the whims of an intemperate majority. If... a bare majority of voters may deprive a suspect class of a fundamental right through the initiative process, then voters may propose and enact a constitutional amendment authorizing the segregation of Muslims or lesbians and gay men in public school in order to prevent them from influencing other students."

"Amici suggest that these fears are overblown and that suspect classes should trust that voters will do the "right thing". But history belies this suggestion. Certainly, voters did not do the "right thing" when they passed an initiative amendment that authorized racial discrimination in housing. And history is replete with examples where a majority group sought to deprive an unpopular minority group of its fundamental rights."

"The blanket assurance of the amici that no other fundamental rights would be repealed or narrowed for lesbians and gay men after Proposition 8 provided scant comfort. As described by two amici, the misleading and demeaning tactics used by proponents of Proposition 8 hardly suggest that [they] will limit their efforts to depriving lesbians and gay men of their right to marry."

Also, Ken Starr is full of shit, and his argument lacks any substance beyond "ACTIVIST JUDGES!" type ranting. He also fails to address anything related to oh, a little thing called the 14th Amendment, and basically implies that if the voters say so that one can be disregarded. THE CONSTITUTION DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY!
athenaltena: (LoL)
Old news, but this is so Bostonian:

Representative Mike Capuano (D) of Mass, to bank CEOs at a congressional hearing:
"But basically, you come to us today, on your bicycles, after buying Girl Scout cookies, and helping out Mother Teresa, telling us 'we're sorry, we didn't mean it, we won't do it again. Trust us.' Well, I have some people in my constituency that actually robbed some of your banks, and they say the same thing. 'They're sorry, they didn't mean it, they won't do it again. Just let 'em out.'"

Unsurprisingly this guy used to be the mayor of Somerville. The reason I laughed so hard is that this sounds exactly like what people I know would say. Oh yes, that blunt Bostonian attitude. :D

That's right after the moment during the recalled peanut butter hearings when Sen. Harkin said that he'd sit there and eat his peanut butter sandwich while the company owners explained exactly how that had happened. That cracked me up to no end.
athenaltena: (thoughtful Fuuma)
I didn't actually watch the inauguration, but I think that the Invocation spoken by Gene Robinson on Sunday deserves to be reposted:

Oh God of our many understandings, we pray that you will bless us with tears, tears for a world in which over a billion people exist on less than a dollar a day, where young women in many lands are beaten and raped for wanting an education, and thousands die a day from malnutrition, malaria, and AIDS.

Bless this nation with anger -- anger at discrimination at home and abroad, against refugees and immigrants; women; people of color; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.

Bless us with discomfort at the easy simplistic answers we prefer to hear from our politicians instead of the truth about ourselves and our world, which we need to face if we are going to rise to the challenges of the future.

Bless us with patience and the knowledge that none of what ails us will be fixed anytime soon and the understanding that our next president is a human being, not a messiah. Bless us with humility, open to understanding that our own needs as a nation must always be balanced with those of the world.

Bless us with freedom from mere tolerance, replacing it with a genuine respect and warm embrace of our differences.

Bless us with compassion and generosity, remembering that every religion’s god judges us by the ways we care for the most vulnerable. And God, we give you thanks for your child Barack, as he assumes the office of the president of the United States. Give him wisdom beyond his years, inspire him with President Lincoln’s reconciling leadership style, President Kennedy’s ability to enlist our best efforts, and Dr. King’s dream of a nation for all people.

Give him a quiet heart, for our ship of state needs a steady, calm captain. Give him stirring words; we will need to be inspired and motivated to make the personal and common sacrifices necessary to facing the challenges ahead.

Make him color-blind, reminding him of his own words that under his leadership there will be neither red nor blue states but a United States. Help him remember his own oppression as a minority, drawing on that experience of discrimination that he might seek to change the lives of those who are still its victims.

Give him strength to find family time and privacy and help him remember that even though he is president, a father only gets one shot at his daughters’ childhoods. And please God, keep him safe. We know we ask too much of our presidents and we’re asking far too much of this one; we implore you, oh good and great God to keep him safe. Hold him in the palm of your hand that he might do the work that we have called him to do. That he might find joy in this impossible calling and that, in the end, he might lead us as a nation to a place of integrity, prosperity, and peace.

athenaltena: (LoL)
My dad on which State Departments should be cut:

"The Department of Redundancy Department has been cut. Again."

That's the sort of thing he comes up with. I'd just said that they should cut the Department of Assholes, Jerks and Shmucks, to which his response was "If only!"


Nov. 6th, 2008 10:56 pm
athenaltena: (ShunUki)
I just found a very profound line while reading a fanfic of all things, on the subject of love and intimacy:

"It was giving every little part of yourself to someone else and trusting them to treasure the pieces, not throw them away."

That sums up how I feel exactly, but I'd never heard anyone put it quite that way.


Apr. 15th, 2008 08:18 pm
athenaltena: (CC)
Damn CLAMP for using the same character designs. This guy from the new season of Code Geass looks like Yasha from RG Veda. Tell me I'm not the only one who sees this. :(

Speaking of Code Geass, I found the best summary of it over here:

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athenaltena: (freedom)
Ah, man, that really got me.

There was a program on Walt Whitman on PBS, and right at the end when they read one of his poems I just started crying at the last line. Jeez.

Here's said poem, Song Of Myself LII:

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athenaltena: (chibi)
From the Shoot the Shaggy Dog page about End Of Evangelion and what it does to its characters for the sake of angst and revenge at the fans:

End of Evangelion not only shoots the shaggy dog, it riddles it with 50cal bullets, fires an RPG at it, and runs it over.
athenaltena: (LoL)
One of the best things I've seen lately on the TV Tropes website lately at the I Am Not Making This Up Mythology Examples page:

Gilgamesh was 2/3 God. How that actually worked is anyone's guess.

And the response:

As Gilgamesh was essentially the Babylonian equivalent of Chuck Norris, the answer is that he's such a badass that he actually re-fertilized his own embryo.
athenaltena: (happy)
Patrick Lang makes me laugh and think yet again:

Homage to New Hampshire

For a couple of days up there in New Hampshah, people started acting in mighty strange ways. The wildest thing I saw was an interview in which a white woman college student sobbed softly that "at last there was hope." She meant Obama. Hope of what? The end of days? The second coming? Free lunch? What?

My Dad's also decided to start calling Obama "Muad'Dib" because of the whole way he's being broadcast as some sort of savior. And, according to Lang, that might be why he didn't win NH and managed to completely humiliate the media with an outcome they weren't expecting. That is one of the more interesting/laughable parts of this whole thing. The media was wrong about who'd win because they didn't think that people would actually turn out. And they get upset when the Democratic process actually works. They don't know until it happens. They never know.

Incidentally, Madeline Albright is on Charlie Rose talking about her book, Memo to the President Elect and what the next president will have to do to restore the US's international reputation. Now her I might actually believe.

"Fear cannot be the motivating factor for the way America conducts itself." Fear is the mind killer.

And yes, I actually managed to get two Dune references into this post. :D

Also: Damn, that's too bad. I liked Richardson. Hopefully someone will give him a high position somewhere, since he certainly has the experience. :/
athenaltena: (chibi)
Exactly what it sounds like.

But in the mean time, have "The Mendacity of Hope" an article about an editorial I read a few days ago and Patrick Lang sums it up nicely. What ought to be true isn't true, using the example of a claim made by Barack Obama that more black men are in prison than college. A hard-hitting message, but it has the small problem of not being true.

I've said before that Obama makes me nervous for some reason, and I think it has to do with all the talk of "change" and him being "the one" when the truth is that stuff like that can't pay the bills when it comes down to it. Plus I think he's way too wet behind the ears as of right now, and that people are getting caught up in his message. In short, I don't think he can deliver.

And I think Lang has a good message about not believing any claims like that, whether they be from the right of left, based one what we want to see in a person.

"There is a danger of seeing what you want to see in someone, of accepting the crude image building that modern political campaigns depend on for shaping our weak minds. In the case of Obama the danger is increased by the desire we all have to feel good about ourselves, to believe that he and we are now better and purer than we were."

OK, so this wasn't really about nothing. But I haven't had much to post lately. :P


Dec. 24th, 2007 09:31 pm
athenaltena: (LoL)
Just found the best summation of the differences between Emo, Goth and Metro ever courtesy of TV Tropes:

Goth: I like the dark...
Metrosexual: I love eeeverybody!

So yeah... needed that after the royal SUCK of today at work. But at least I got 9 dollars in tips. That's something, at least.


Nov. 13th, 2007 06:51 pm
athenaltena: (Ashura)
"We fight against the tyranny of the majority."

Watching a news program featuring about a PBS special that will be tonight about the Intelligent Design debate, and they have John Jones, the judge who ruled against Intelligent Design, there for an interview. He said the above quote, and all I could think was "That's how the judicial system should work."

And he was a conservative Republican, too, which was the kicker. I actually just made an argument in a paper last week that the right to have same-sex marriage is guaranteed under the 14th Amendment, but given the current state of the legal system I don't think it would win in court. But with more people like this John Jones -- people who actually believe in the Constitution and enforce it regardless of their personal beliefs -- then this country might just be able to move forward again.


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