‘My only real motivation is not to be hassled’

‘My only real motivation is not to be hassled’ June 5, 2012

“The thing about old age is that you don’t get a chance to practice. This is the first time I’ve ever been old, and it just sort of crept up on me.”

Here, we are just people. … We are not ignored, tolerated or treated as ‘other.'”

“I got one more letter from Olaf after the convention thanking me for our conversation and telling me I was a blight on humanity.”

“If I didn’t have writing, I’d be running down the street hurling grenades in peoples’ faces.”

“Expecting culture warriors to leave you alone because you are a good person is like expecting a bull not to charge you because you are a vegetarian.”

“Sometimes when people know they’re losing, they get more virulent. That can be a dangerous time.”

“Walter Brueggemann wrote that ‘to address the issue of a truth greatly reduced requires us to be poets that speak out against a prose world. … Poetic speech is the only proclamation worth doing in a situation of reductionism.’ He addressed pastors there, primarily regarding the text of scripture, but I don’t think it stretches his point too far to extend this to artists, and to the work that Springsteen accomplishes with Wrecking Ball.”

“Oh yeah, Lee is white and Combs is not.”

Because that’s your go-to image, right there on top of the pile.”

She didn’t know what she was doing, but she did it anyways.” (via Jenny Rae Armstrong)

“Luckily, in her little town, there are lots of on-the-ball retirees who have time on their hands and a desire to help out even though they’re getting paid very little.”

“What is the most expensive federal government social program? (Hint: It is not what you think.)”

“Mosque opponents often raise concerns about traffic and parking, but Daniel Mach, director of the ACLU’s freedom of religion program, says they can be ‘sham arguments’ that mask anti-Muslim sentiment.”

“Helen Alvaré and her cohorts might seem absurd — after all, having sex isn’t like jumping out of an airplane — but in conservative circles, both academic and political, her views are given currency.”

Imagine if you could borrow at negative real interest rates, and just let time pay down your debts. Oh, imagine.”

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“Here are some reasons Gov. Romney might consider as to why arming the Syrian rebels is a very bad idea.”

Tentacles are the right height here.”

“Hey girl. Can I meet your parents soon? I just have to know these great people that reared such a Christ-loving woman!”  (via Rachel Held Evans)

(Today’s post title honors the birthday of Ron Livingston. He was the star of Office Space, but if you’re reading this at work today, you probably already knew that.)

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