Thursday, April 29, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
by Tim Wise
Let’s play a game, shall we? The name of the game is called “Imagine.” The way it’s played is simple: we’ll envision recent happenings in the news, but then change them up a bit. Instead of envisioning white people as the main actors in the scenes we’ll conjure - the ones who are driving the action - we’ll envision black folks or other people of color instead. The object of the game is to imagine the public reaction to the events or incidents, if the main actors were of color, rather than white. Whoever gains the most insight into the workings of race in America, at the end of the game, wins.
So let’s begin. Read on.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Yeah, you read that right.
Piss me off.
I've written before about how moderates piss me off, but these days, liberals are becoming almost indistinguishable from moderates. Just by standing still, I've moved to the radical Left. It is gratifying, therefore, to see that at least one other person feels the way I do.
After too many mornings waking up feeling guilty about mean things I've said, sometimes drunkenly, to dipshits who deserved it, and despite the fact that I'm probably the least religious person on the planet, I've made an effort to take this bit of Buddhist wisdom to heart:
The origin of suffering is attachment to transient things.
If ever something was transient, it's this infestation of early 21st century politics by spineless, cheerleading, pseudo liberal shitheads who have made it their life's work to achieve Wall Street's objectives by adopting formerly right-wing policies.
Of course, if I were truly taking that bit of Buddhist wisdom to heart, I wouldn't even be posting this, but it helps me to (sometimes) remember to say my piece and move on, rather than stewing over something.
Call it a catharsis.
Thursday, April 08, 2010
Monday, April 05, 2010
Sunday, April 04, 2010
The word, "Easter" is derived from the old English word "Eostre," which in turn is derived from the Old High German word "Ostara." Ostara or Eostre was a pagan fertility goddess in Saxon and Germanic traditions. The tradition of Eostre is probably derived from the ancient Greek goddess Eos, who was the goddess of the dawn. Many variations of this name and tradition exist throughout Norse, Germanic and Indo-European cultures. It is also related to the terms "estrus" and "estrogen." In ancient Greek times, "estrus" meant "frenzy" or "mad impulse." In Greek mythology, "estrus" was the fly that Hera sent to torment Io.