“’Any nation that expects to be ignorant and free,’ Jefferson said, ‘expects what never was and never will be.’ And if the gap between the educated and the uneducated in America continues to grow as it is in our time, as fast as or faster than the gap between the rich and the poor, the gap between the educated and the uneducated is going to be of greater consequence and the more serious threat to our way of life. We must not, by any means, misunderstand that.”
Monthly Archives: June 2012
The World Is Too Much With Us by William Wordsworth
The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon,
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers,
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not.- Great God! I’d rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.
“Go for broke. Always try and do too much. Dispense with safety nets. Take a deep breath before you begin talking. Aim for the stars. Keep grinning. Be bloody-minded. Argue with the world. And never forget that writing is as close as we get to keeping a hold on the thousand and one things–childhood, certainties, cities, doubts, dreams, instants, phrases, parents, loves–that go on slipping , like sand, through our fingers.”
Oh and by the by, Iran hasn’t forgotten about that fatwa, no they have not. They’re making sure the kiddies don’t forget about it either and have created a Salman Rushdie fatwa video game. Yes, that’s right. Just when you didn’t think it could get more childish, disgusting or absurd…surprise!
1. The producers made the mistake of taking themselves too seriously. This movie could have been hilarious, mildly offensive for mocking one of our greatest historical figures, but hilarious.
2. Kids will think it is real, because they are not taught history in school. Remember the shock and horror a few months ago when everyone discovered that “Gen Y” thinks Titanic was only a movie, not an actual historical event. I guess it’s not fair to single out kids, I should have said Americans in general. When the play, The Madness of George III was adapted as a screenplay, the title was changed to, The Madness of King George, lest Americans fret that they had missed parts I and II. And I’m sure some lunatic, somewhere, is trying to get this vampire nonsense written into a history textbook.
3. This opens up the genre, if you can call it that, to endless possibilities. Teddy Roosevelt: Sasquatch Assassin; Ronald Reagan: Zombie Destroyer; Lyndon Johnson: Loch Ness Lyncher; George Washington: Extra Terrestrial Terrorizer. Ok, maybe it’s not such a bad idea…
NASA nerds get hilariously overdramatic telling you about something extremely cool. I discovered this on Andrew Sullivan’s blog, must give credit where credit is due.
I imagine as parents watch their children grow up, they mostly see deeply mutated versions of themselves, running around and screwing everything up. The time has come for the little Kardashian girls to follow in the stupid footsteps of their elders. They’re looking to cash in on the Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Twilight phenomenon by writing their own teen sci-fi series. They’re forgetting the minor detail that the women who wrote those books had some life experience and education, but whatever. Watch the video in the linked article if you haven’t heard the word “like” enough today.
Egyptian State TV says, and I’m paraphrasing, “Don’t talk to strangers, children…I mean, adults. Foreigners are all secret spies! And we believe you’re all stupid enough to believe this.”
Suspicious of your spouse? No problem. Buy them a ring that imprints the words, “I’m married,” on their finger.
KFC has a burger for people who like to get cheese all over their fingers, instead of in their mouths.
Hotels are now offering “50 Shades of Grey Packages,” which sounds like a fun, kinky, sexy weekend with your honey, right? Until you find out all you really get is champagne, a grey tie and a stupid map. Fine, there’s a helicopter ride too if you want to pay extra. Sounds like a mediocre prom night to me. Where are the whips and bondage items, you hotel prudes??