Sunday, May 31, 2009

Doctor who provided late-term abortions gunned down outside Kansas church

I find news stories like this one interesting because they pit two ideologies against each other, and violently. And the fact that it happened as he was on his way into/out of a church adds an interesting religious angle to it.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Sunday, May 24, 2009

True. Good point.

"Words mean things."

-Tom Ridge, former Secretary of Homeland Security

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A Passage from Fyodor Dostoevsky's "The House of the Dead"

"Can you read fluently?"

"Of course, your Excellency. I'm baptized, and I was taught to read when I was a child."

"Then read this."

The convict already knows what it is he is asked to read; he knows, too, how the reading will end, because this joke has been repeated more than thirty times. Smekaloff, however, knows also that the convict is not his dupe any more than is the soldier who now holds the rod suspended over the unhappy victim's back. The convict begins to read; the soldier, armed with his rod, stands motionless. Smekaloff ceases even to smoke, raises his hand, and waits for a word agreed upon beforehand. At that word, which from some double meaning might be interpreted as an order to start, the lieutenant lets fall his hand and the flogging begins. The officer bursts into fits of laughter, and the troops all laugh with him; the executioner laughs too, as does the victim himself.

-From Fyodor Dostoevsky's The House of the Dead, 1862

Watch Caroline on Live TV Tonight

I don't have much time to write (heading to class). But Caroline is going to be on live TV tonight. She will be live on WTTW (Channel 11) at 7 p.m. She will appear with Jessica Crispin from Bookslut, and they will be (I assume) discussing Jessica's move to Berlin and Caroline's taking over as managing editor of Bookslut. Watch.

*I don't think that the previous paragraph wass grammatically correct. But I don't have time to fix it.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Happy birthday Audrina. My gift to you is the ever-increasing knowledge that we were obviously meant for each other (plus making out)

What do you know! Tonight is my birthday party (even though the b-day was a few days ago), and now it turns out that it's my girlfriend's birthday, too! Audrina turns 24 today. The list of things that she and I have in common continues to grow:

-Both Tauruses

-Both born in the month of May

-Both born in the fifth month of the year

-Both born in the eighties

-Both ridiculously attractive

-Both love each other intensely


Monday, May 4, 2009

Moral Issue-ness

It took about four seconds for this story to turn my brain into a pile of Jello.