I just deleted about 80 “friends” on Facebook. They were mostly people with whom I attended high school, loose connections from former jobs, people with whom I haven’t spoken in a very long time, etc.
And now I’m thinking about just getting rid of Facebook altogether. Maybe Twitter. I’m just not sure what I get out of either network. I use Facebook mostly for political commentary or posting interesting articles. I occasionally comment on status updates, photos, etc, but it’s nothing I’d really miss. And I rarely get responses to anything I post on Twitter. That might mean I’m just a boring jerk, but still - no reason to keep Twitter.
Anyone out there recently committed Facebook suicide?
“And even if we did have only Christians in our midst, if we expelled every non-Christian from the United States of America, whose Christianity would we teach in the schools? Would we go with James Dobson’s, or Al Sharpton’s? Which passages of Scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is ok and that eating shellfish is abomination? How about Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith? Or should we just stick to the Sermon on the Mount - a passage that is so radical that it’s doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application? So before we get carried away, let’s read our bibles. Folks haven’t been reading their bibles.”—
“Just why, pray, is giving the 600,000 people who live in DC proper representation in the Congress granting us a ‘ridiculously outsized power’? You mean: unlike North Dakota (pop. 650,000) or Alaska (pop. 700,000)? There is simply no way to justify spending trillions to bring ‘democracy’ to Baghdad, while refusing to grant it to America’s capital city. In fact, the US — because of this anachronism — is the only advanced democracy to bar the citizens of its own capital from having the franchise. I think this simple fact outweighs any practical argument whatever.”—Andrew Sullivan (via savingpaper)
The wife is out of surgery. The doctor said everything went well and that he didn’t see any blockage.
We thought that labor would be the tough part of the pregnancy, but boy were we wrong. This is the third major obstacle we’ve encountered since little Soleil joined us five weeks ago. And hopefully, it’ll be the last. My wife is tired of being broken.
“It is my personal belief that the Castros do not want to see an end to the embargo and do no want to see normalization with the United States, because they would lose all of their excuses for what hasn’t happened in Cuba in the last 50 years. I find that very sad, because there should be an opportunity for a transition to a full democracy in Cuba and it’s going to happen at some point, but it may not happen any time soon.”
People who are A blood type have a different set of characteristics than people who are Type O - they are susceptible to different diseases, they should eat different foods and exercise in a completely different manner.
“Here is my attitude. I think people passing a law against people wearing sagging pants is a waste of time. We should be focused on creating jobs, improving our schools, health care, dealing with the war in Iraq, and anybody, any public official, that is worrying about sagging pants probably needs to spend some time focusing on real problems out there. Having said that, brothers should pull up their pants.”—
Nobody who has ever experienced the reality of poverty could say ‘it’s not the money, it’s the message’. When your flat has been broken into, and you cannot afford a locksmith, it is the money. When you are two pence short of a tin of baked beans, and your child is hungry, it is the money. When you find yourself contemplating shoplifting to get nappies, it is the money. If Mr Cameron’s only practical advice to women living in poverty, the sole carers of their children, is ‘get married, and we’ll give you £150’, he reveals himself to be completely ignorant of their true situation.
How many prospective husbands did I ever meet, when I was the single mother of a baby, unable to work, stuck inside my flat, night after night, with barely enough money for life’s necessities? Should I have proposed to the youth who broke in through my kitchen window at 3am? Half a billion pounds, to send a message — would it not be more cost-effective, more personal, to send all the lower-income married people flowers?
Suggestions that Mr Cameron seems oblivious to how poor people actually live, think and behave seem to provoke accusations of class warfare. Let me therefore state, for the record, that I do not think it any more his fault that he spent his adolescence in the white tie and tails of Eton than that I spent the almost identical period in the ghastly brown-and-yellow stylings of Wyedean Comprehensive. I simply want to know that aspiring prime ministers have taken the trouble to educate themselves about the lives of all kinds of Britons, not only the sort that send messages with banknotes.
“Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.”—Thomas Jefferson (or as Texas schoolchildren will soon be calling him, “Who?”) (via savagemike)
I’m creating a list of all the Atheists who are here on tumblr. If you are an Atheist, and wish to appear on this list, please reblog/like (if you’re already on this list please only reblog) this post and I will update it as often as I see fit!
I’m so happy! I just heard a male contestant on Wheel of Fortune talk about his husband of ten years. I’ve wondered if there had ever been a gay contestant, because they always talk about their spouses. I’ve been watching for years now and this is the first I’ve heard.