Tagged: Texas

Been caught stealing

He may be a crook, but NYers owe Sheldon Silver a debt of gratitude for defeating ex-Mayor Bloomberg’s corporate giveaway/West Side Stadium project.

Republicans used to oppose frivolous lawsuits. Now they rush to file them in the roadkill state, like vultures descending on a rotting carcass.

In an ideal world, Charlotte Church would be a bigger star than Adele.

Now I know how Joan of Arc felt

Kim Davis is the Pope of religious bigotry.

Pope Francis looks a bit like Peter Gabriel.

Texas + football brings out the paleolithic in people.

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Anti-gentrification protestors are as well meaning and as misguided as their colleagues in the Occupy movement. Attacking a cereal shop in the East End of London is as impotent a gesture as the refusal to formulate specific demands for political authorities.

Hipsters keep our culture fresh. Embrace them and then real progress might commence.

Rose blue

According to school officials in Texas, a clock resembles a bomb. The yokel factor in American life is staggering.

Apparently, this guy is wearing a bomb.

If the 14 y/o clock builder had brought a loaded weapon to school, he’d be a poster boy for the NRA.

Re “religious freedom”: there should be a Prinzhorn Collection for “religious reasons” for violating the law (i.e., religion brut).

When I go

I can’t believe the Texas governor will accept federal disaster funds. Doesn’t he know its a precursor to martial law?!?!

Re the FIFA election: It’s great that post-colonial elites are so firmly united in support of corruption.

Re Sepp Blatter’s resignation: For extradition reasons, Mr Blatter could not afford to attend the Women’s WC in Canada. They don’t serve gourmet spätzle in US medium security prisons.

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I did an essay at university that was a structuralist comparison of Annie Hall and When Harry Met Sally,” Pegg recalls. “I got a first for it. I read it the other day and I didn’t understand it – it’s completely indecipherable to me. It’s like stereo instructions. But, basically, I tried to say that When Harry Met Sally is like a piece of prose, and Annie Hall is a poem because it uses cinematic devices figuratively, like poems, and it rhymes scenes, whereas When Harry Met Sally is a continuous narrative. It wasn’t saying either one is better. Though Annie Hall is better.

Simon Pegg shows that actors can also be intellectuals. He clearly knows the difference between sjuzet and fabula.

Latent and manifest

Concerning intellectual fashion:

Should academics really worry about how they look? Some, it seems, plainly don’t, but a colleague told me it probably takes her as long to decide what to wear to project her “I don’t care” look, as it does others who dress to impress. This, possibly, does mark a gender split. Men can just put on the same clothes every day until the trousers run away on their own in protest when you try to pick them up off the floor.

If one teaches in Paris, London, or New York City, the standards for academic attire are high. If one teaches in the hinterlands, it doesn’t really matter.

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Texas is a failed state, collapsing under the weight of Rick Perry’s stupidity.

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From Typhoid Mary to Ebola Kaci.

Kaci Hickox, the Maine nurse who treated Ebola patients and is locked in a standoff with the governor over quarantine rules, has been temporarily ordered by a court to stay at least three feet away from other people and avoid public places.

Why not just quarantine people from Maine and New Jersey. Problem solved.

Obsessional neurosis.