“However, Pitchfork rejected a request by Rape Victims Advocates for space inside the fest to present their views, saying that all of the booths for non-profit organizations already had been assigned.”—
But all of this pain is exactly why Ebert was right to speak up. This is the kind of pain that is caused by acting selfishly. Let the moment pass, and the lesson fades away. Maybe it’s insensitive to make a lesson of death, but when you break the public trust by driving at murderous speeds—and you further break that trust by doing it at twice the legal drinking limit—you lose the protection of privacy.
We just spent several weeks hearing thousands of opinions about Rep. Anthony Weiner’s lewd tweets. No one worried about crossing lines then, and few seemed to care about what the effect of the snickering commentary on Weiner or his wife or his family. It was as if his behavior opened the door to anything.
All Weiner did was send pictures. The stupid behavior underlying the sad deaths of Dunn and Hartwell is so much worse, and yet somehow Ebert isn’t supposed to speak up? If only someone had the courage to speak up and keep Dunn off the road before this awful thing happened.
There are A LOT of songs that I find extremely annoying on the radio these days. Actually, most of them really annoy me.
The Black Eyed Peas, though, really grate on my nerves because it seems as though they can’t put out a song without sampling and ruining the shit out of some really awesome and classic songs. Plus, if I hear “I Gotta Feeling”, or whatever the fuck it’s called, one more time I might have to end someone.
I hate them. I hate them. I hate them. I hate them.
I first noticed the bird motif on the pro-ana sites. Girls described wanting to have bird bones, to be feather thin, ‘become frail’, to be light as air, be delicate, small, like a shimmering, (starving) sparrow.
The bird lust has seeped into other facets of culture, fashion primarily. Bird tats, shirts, golden necklaces on mall teens; over priced frumpy Anthropolgie dresses with hummingbird patterns splayed across the skirt and bodice. The bird, the common bird, not the scavenger vulture or populist pigeon, but the sparrow of all creatures, the frail, dumb, petite beaked thing has been adopted as a hipster talisman, a way to signify delicacy and airiness.
It’s gone from collar bone tattoos and into the mainstream. Jonathan Franzen wrote in the NYT that he is a secret bird watcher, which he described as very uncool, which is not true! It is very cool, right now, probably cooler than collecting vinyls and collecting customized moleskin notebooks.
Here’s what I despise about the mass bird adoption, it glamorizes frailty. It’s Victorian in its idealization of the dainty and ruffled. Further, especially for women, you are the frailer sex, you are not allowed to operate weapons in combat and if a teenage boy wanted to over power you he probably could. You are also at nature’s mercy, far more so than men. Every month you do battle with this fact as your tits and womb engorge, and you have to pop hormone pills to stave off what nature’s brutal plan is for you and as symbol you choose— a bird?
Birds aren’t even mammals. They are cold, indifferent creatures. They are hatched, not born. They are like tiny raptors, eerily reptilian and unfeeling. Look into the eyes of a bird and see if there is anything you remotely recognize in yourself.
You wanna pick a spirit animal? Pick one that bleeds, that has hair, FUR! fur like your crotch and your arm pits, and all over your boyfriend’s chest (god willing), pick one that fucks with hip thrusts, and nurses its young from its swollen tits, but still has the ability to tear other creatures to shreds. One that poses some credible threat on the food chain.
You are existing in the twilight of an empire. The long standing edifices of authority are disintegrating and in the din of this collapse you choose to identify with a lipless worm eater? Grow up, be a mammal.
“I’m the death-panel-supporting, socialist, may-not-have-been-born-here president.”—
President Barack Obama on Wednesday during a White House meeting with House Republicans about lifting the debt ceiling. According to people “familiar with his remarks” who spoke with the Los Angeles Times, Obama was responding to Rep. Paul Ryan, who accused him of “demagoguery” over his disagreements to Ryan’s proposed Medicare overhaul.