Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Barney Frank bitch slaps a fanatic

Finally ~ a Democrat grows some gonads and tells it like it is.  It seems, once again, it's gonna take a gay to move the conversation forward.

At one point, confronted by an audience member holding a picture of President Obama defaced to make Obama look like Hitler who asked how he could support Nazi policies, Frank asked "on what planet do you spend most of your time?" When asked if he would respond to the question, he said "trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with a dining room table."

How refreshing! You other wimpy Dems - take notes.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

I love Julia Child SO MUCH.

“The best way to execute French cooking is to get good and loaded and whack the hell out of a chicken. Bon app├ętit.” What would she have done if she hadn’t gone into cooking? “I would have married a Republican banker and become an alcoholic.” Told by Margrit Mondavi at Taste3 2006. “I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.” Unsourced “Why languish as a giantess when it is so much fun to be a myth?” From Appetite for Life, a biography of Child. “If you’re afraid of butter, just use cream.” From one of her TV shows, relayed by one of its producers. “The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.” From the memoir Backstage with Julia: My Years with Julia Child. When asked if she knew her cholesterol level, she said, “Medium.” Unsourced. “Being tall is an advantage, especially in business. People will always remember you. And if you’re in a crowd, you’ll always have some clean air to breathe.” From Appetite for Life. When a sommelier asked her to name her favorite wine, she replied, “Gin.” Told by a friend at a public memorial after her death.

Smiles Predict Marriage

This just makes sense. Oh Dale Carnegie is lovin' this from beyond the grave.

Yearbook Smiles Predict Marriage Success:

I know the Midwest and the South can be full of fake smiles, but are they happier?

A Conversation: Kant and Integrity in Relationships

As for integrity: I hear what you're saying, and I agree, but I'm put off by the word itself. "Integrity" means a kind of wholeness and soundness, like "structural integrity," and that seems...what? rigid? to me.
As an alternative, how about a more relational word: Trust.

What do you think?

I've never thought about the how trust can signify or relate to integrity. I can't imagine I'd ever want to use trust as an alternative to integrity. It's a good compliment to integrity, and it's important. But I don't think it would be fair or sensical to demand that someone trust me, or have the qualities of a trustful person. Trust seems to be much more daunting to most people, especially in the modern urban world, than integrity. And I define integrity as "honoring one's word" ~ like Kant's Categorical Imperative. You don't always get to fulfill on your promises or do what is expected, but if your INTENTION is to honor your word; if you INTEND to be a person of INTEGRITY, then not only is your humanity/imperfect nature still intact, but you get to create life as a game. How? By putting your word out there, trying new things, reaching for new goals, taking new risks, etc. Sometimes you'll fail, or just show up late. Either way, if you find a partner who places emphasis on integrity and understands it, then you're both empowered to "try, try again." And I'm not talking about making uneducated risks that you know may not even really want to make a good effort at. I'm talking about things like quitting a lucrative but thankless job to found a nonprofit, or taking a leadership training course, or announcing that you are dating the man of your dreams to relatives that think you may be straight. For that matter, you can make a promise to be trusting. It may not always go well, but the Intention to honor your word is there. And THAT, to me signifies true strength and health in a relationship.


Thanks for the juicy conversation, Marcos!



New Orleans Greatness

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Crazy-Cool Eurovision Performances

The 2009 winner from Norway has it all.  Cute song, Norwegian folk culture, the Frikar dance group, a cute boy who can belt a catchy tune and fiddle to beat the band.

Ukrainians having a joke at the expense of the Germans - hysterical!

Powerful Serbian Song Wins 2008 - Molitva (bears a resemblance to kd lang)

Typical Germans~ shiny, kitschy, and kinky.

Russia winner 08 ~  layin' it on thick: evgeny plushenko skates, some smarmy guy plays rock violin, and the lead singer rolls around on the stage... and the olympic power lifter doesn't wear underwear.
Irlande Douze Pointe with Dustin the Turkey.  Beware of Bizarre:

Germany 2007 ~ super classy (egad!), and Roger Cicero is a damn fine musician.  Period.

Finnland's Lordi wins 2006 - those dudes in the monster outfits singing "Hard Rock Halleluja"

2005 Bring it, Andorran sexy-sexies:
2005 Croatian bagpipes and acrobatic percussionists
2005 - Helena from Greece wins with "My Number One"
2004 - The Ukrainian song with great beat and quirky shouts wins _ Ruslana sings "Wild Dances"
2004 - Germany lost because Max just can't groom himself on top of being ugly
2004 - This little chick from Albania can belt it out!  Fun little song.
2003 - WTF, Austria!?....  !? ....................   !?
2003 - More New Age pop from Belgium (?!)
2002 - Germany's vocalist seems to be petrified by stage fright ... or slightly autistic.
2002 - The winning song from Latvia is most cleverly choreographed.  The song is so-so.
2000 - I've liked this song since I bought the VIVA Hits vol 9 album while studying in Germany
Denmark wins with "Fly on the Wings of Love"
2000 - Comedian, show host Stefan Raab making fun of ?