The minor notes that come to serenade you

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In the latest Left Behind post, we talked about the storyteller’s question of “And then what happens?” The Laura Marling video above (via Amber Haines) is a pretty terrific example of that. What’s in the suitcase? I want to know.

Being wrong is really just a form of wish-making, isn’t it? You’re fitting what you want of the world onto whatever evidence you have.”

“What if the heavens really do declare, and not deceptively lead us away from, God’s glory?”

“[The Puritans] had a tendency to identify all racial others with satanic powers, satanic control.”

“Feeling resentful about being kicked in the bollocks is a far bigger sin than kicking someone in the bollocks.”

“The alternative, of course, is that Ryan’s memory is fine and he shamelessly lies when it suits his purposes, but why be uncharitable? Let’s instead just assume that the poor congressman suffers from a terrible memory.”

“Until you change, we will weaponize your ridiculous public figures and turn them against you.”

You got your crotch area and that’s always good.”

“The NRA has quietly made enforcing existing gun laws nearly impossible by sneaking gun deregulation into unrelated legislation.”

“If conservatives want minorities to consider the Republican Party as a political home, they’ll have to begin by showing minorities they respect their right to vote.”

“The Prison Industrial Complex continues to grow and grow and grow precisely because when very bad things happen we are all too happy to see the people responsible locked away and few of us ever consider the need to find better and more effective ways to deal with violence within communities.”

“As soon as you crack your knuckles and open up a comments page, you just canceled your subscription to being a good person.”

“Let me put it like this: It doesn’t actually make sense.”

“Like so many things with Prince, it’s a little nuts, a little silly, and at least a little amazing.”

Church Sign Epic Fails: ‘Drive Thru Crucifixion’”

  • http://anonsam.wordpress.com/ AnonymousSam

    “Feeling resentful about being kicked in the bollocks is a far bigger sin than kicking someone in the bollocks.”

    Yet another variation of the rule of “identity > actions”! Other variations include (substituing racism into the variable as an example)-

    “It is better to be racist than to be called racist” (where the word is more unforgiveable than the attitude being condemned.)

    “I’m not racist, but I think a lot of blacks–”

    “Why is it you all say we should be tolerant of blacks, but you’re not tolerant of me for being white?”

    And so it goes…

  • Foreigner

    “Why is it you all say we should be tolerant of blacks, but you’re not tolerant of me for being white?”
    “Am I kicking you in the bollocks?”
    “No.”
    “Then I’m tolerating you.”

  • Foreigner

    “Why is it you all say we should be tolerant of blacks, but you’re not tolerant of me for being white?”
    “Am I kicking you in the bollocks?”
    “No.”
    “Then I’m tolerating you.”

  • http://anonsam.wordpress.com/ AnonymousSam

    They’re more likely to sputter something to the effect of “you’re being mean to me!”, because one of the most insidious forms of privilege is being able to say horrible things and get a pat on the back for them and they react very negatively to the loss of that privilege.

  • Lori

    I would dearly love to know which two racists down voted this.

  • http://anonsam.wordpress.com/ AnonymousSam

    I only see one downvote, so maybe one was an accident? I notice I’ve been getting at least one downvote on almost all my posts lately. Certainly curious who’s doing it.

  • aunursa

    Anonymous voting: another defect of the Disqus upgrade.

  • http://anonsam.wordpress.com/ AnonymousSam

    In other news, it is of grave importance to the Republican party that Obama explain his transgressions against the American people, and indeed, against all human rights, by allowing Beyoncé and Jay-Z to conduct their wedding anniversary in Cuba.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/marco-rubio-jay-z-beyonce-cuba-89792.html

  • Darkrose

    The LA Times had a piece this weekend–unfortunately I don’t have the link any more–with Rachel Robinson and her reaction to “42″. (SPOILER: she thinks it was pretty accurate.)

  • Lori

    I hate to say this, but someone needs to explain it. There are plenty of people who would love to go to Cuba for various reasons, including to see family, and they can’t go. They can’t go because US law forbids spending any money or giving or receiving any gifts in Cuba. You can’t fly there because even the airport tax would violate US law. Your grandma can’t make you a nice plate of rice and beans and some plantains because it would violate the law. In spite of that Beyoncé and Jay-Z get the notion to take their moms to Havana (have they been watching Guys & Dolls or something?) and they’re allowed to go and have dinner in a restaurant.

    If this is a step toward lifting the travel ban that’s great. If it’s just another case of the rich, famous and connected getting special privilege then IMO it’s not OK. I have no patience with the GOP’s attempts to make this yet another stupid, dishonest anti-Obama crusade, but that doesn’t mean that there’s not a legitimate question to be asked.

  • Lori

    There is only 1 now. The other one must either have been an error or the person thought better of it.

  • Lori
  • Darkrose

    Thanks! I was kicking myself for not saving that link.

    I loved the part where she pointed out that she knew damn well what a balk was.

  • http://anonsam.wordpress.com/ AnonymousSam

    Apparently it may be because you can get a license to go to Cuba if your trip falls under academic, religious, journalistic or cultural reasons, and the anniversary was planned as a “people to people cultural visit.”

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/09/entertainment-us-usa-cuba-beyonce-idUSBRE93600V20130409

  • Lori

    I got a little verklempt when her response to seeing the film was to say that she liked how much they kissed.

  • Victor Savard

    “Church Sign Epic Fails: ‘Drive Thru Crucifixion’”

    Fred this is all sinner vic was able to read here cause life happens so me, myself and i gave him permission to comment here about “IT” so here’s what he said below.

    And “I” thought “I” was having a bad hair day! (LOL)

    God Bless!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YK3zs7EV6Tk

    Peace

    I hear YA! Just too many blogs for “ONE” human being to keep UP with NOW! Right Victor?

    Go Figure! :)

    Peace

  • Lori

    I understand that’s the reason given for the license. I’m just less than fully convinced by the rational.

  • http://anonsam.wordpress.com/ AnonymousSam

    According to the article, it was possible to get licenses under the Clinton administration, but GWB cut back on them. Eight years of nil access may very well make it seem like this new and unusual, but hopefully it’s just a sign that we’re getting back to the precedent Clinton set.

    From the sounds of it, getting a license entails a specific request of the federal government, so perhaps people just aren’t aware that the option exists, or don’t have the resources/knowledge to utilize it? (I can’t say I’ve ever planned a trip to Cuba, so I have absolutely no idea what it takes…)

  • Lori

    Maybe my blood sugar is just low and it’s making me cranky and unfair, but I saw all that when people first starting flapping about the trip and it just doesn’t sit right with me.

    And I seriously doubt there are many Cuban-Americans who still have ties to Cuba and who don’t know the ins and outs of the travel rules. The community here in the US, especially in Florida, is not lacking in either savvy or organization on this issue.

  • stardreamer42

    This bit jumped out at me. Describing an on-set encounter between Rachel Robinson and the actor portraying her husband:

    “You’re sweating. Don’t kiss me,” Rachel Robinson said playfully but
    seriously, waving him away as he leaned in for a peck on the cheek. He
    insisted. She resisted. At last, he won.

    GODDAMMIT. What does it take for a woman to say NO and have it taken seriously? And then they describe it as a “victory” for the man. This is Rape Culture in action — a woman’s lack of consent is meaningless.

  • Darkrose

    My understanding–which could be completely wrong–is that the objection from at least some Cuban-Americans is that no one should visit Cuba ever, because it’s “putting money in Castro’s pocket”. That’s definitely the point that Rubio has seized on; he couldn’t care less about people who can’t visit their families.

  • http://anonsam.wordpress.com/ AnonymousSam

    “Playfully but seriously” is what stands out to me. How is it both? She either means it or she doesn’t, and erring on the side of “doesn’t” is a Bad Thing.

  • P J Evans

    The older ones are the ones driving this, just like the older Vietnamese in southern California are still fighting Ho Chi Minh.

  • P J Evans

    Also, Disqus seems to have fixed a couple of their problems, most noticeably the one where loading comments took the older ones off the screen.

  • http://commonplacebook.tumblr.com/ mattsaler

    “The NRA has quietly made enforcing existing gun laws nearly impossible by sneaking gun deregulation into unrelated legislation.”

    That’s just part of it. The other part is to lobby any gun regulation legislation down to ineffectiveness and then point to it should it become law as yet more evidence that gun regulation doesn’t work. Part of the long con by the NRA on the nation.

  • Lori

    I understand that. I’m not supporting Mark Rubio. I think the travel ban is stupid and harmful. In fact that’s my point. It is not OK to have an official US policy that makes it impossible for the vast majority of people to travel to Cuba, even to visit family, but makes exceptions for some people for highly dubious reasons.

    I am well aware of the political difficulties of lifting the travel ban. Until that happens if exceptions are going to be made I’m just not sold on the idea it’s good policy for Beyoncé and Jay-Z to be the ones getting them.

  • Darkrose

    I think we’re agreeing vigorously. The travel ban is stupid, and if Beyonce and Jay-Z gamed the system to get an exception. But I’m having a hard time getting worked up about a kerfluffle that’s really about scoring political points against the Kenyan muslim socialist usurper.

  • reynard61

    I’ve found the voting buttons to be very touchy, especially when the posting order is in the “Best” mode. I find that “Oldest” mode gives me more reliable and stable results. (Yes, Disqus has it’s problems.)

  • Lori

    If I’m coming across as worked up about the issue then I’m over-stating. My whole point is that there is a legitimate question about how this trip happened, I think Treasury is obligated to answer it and I’d rather that not get lost in the GOP’s stupid ish about Obama.

  • Jamoche

    It does at least require a login to downvote, but yeah, I miss being able to see who voted.

  • Jamoche

    Filing a bug under a disqus account seems to get results; at least, I got a “our devs have reproduced this and are looking at it” which, as a dev myself, indicates that’s not just a token response.

  • Rhubarbarian82

    Also, if you’re reading the comments on a tablet or a phone, it’s stupidly easy to accidentally vote down instead of up. I mess up constantly.

  • http://anonsam.wordpress.com/ AnonymousSam

    Heh, that might explain a couple, but a few of us are getting consistently downvoted on every single post.

  • Rhubarbarian82

    Oh, I just meant that that would explain 2 votes turning into 1. If you’re getting downvoted on every post, you probably just said something smart that made some troll mad. The people petty enough to go through your entire post history and downvote everything you’ve said recently usually don’t have much going for them. It’s a petty way of trying to get back at someone that doesn’t involve actually having to make cogent arguments.

    It’s also probably just Chris Hadrick or Eucalyptus Whatever-his-face, or someone on their level. Focus on the upvotes, chalk up the downvotes to the internet being the internet.

  • http://anonsam.wordpress.com/ AnonymousSam

    ^_^ If a downvote could significantly bother me, I don’t think I would be capable of functioning. I just note it because it happens so often. Vaguely curious who’s doing it, so I might troll them intentionally. :p

  • Matri

    Ultimately, it wouldn’t matter what the reason is. “Obama did it” is all they were ever looking for, and all they will ever listen to.

  • Lori

    That’s all that matters to the GOP. It’s not what matters to me and it’s not what ought to matter to other people who have an interest in the travel ban to Cuba. The fact that the GOP is asking the question in an asshole way, for asshole reasons, doesn’t invalidate the question. If the rule is that we have to ignore every issue that the GOP asks about in an asshole way for asshole reasons then we’re going to fail to talk about a lot of things that we actually need to talk about.

  • Baby_Raptor

    Agreed.

  • Baby_Raptor

    I think maybe a better way to word that would have been to use “teasingly” instead of “playfully”?

    I have a certain tone of voice that I use with the boyfriend that’s light-hearted, but he knows to listen to what I’m saying. It’s a sort of…”Stop this now or there will be shit” warning, I guess?


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