"I think there’s a really good chance that Sarah Palin could be president, and I think that’s a really scary thing. Because I don’t know anything about her. I don’t think in eight weeks I’m gonna know anything about her.
I know that she was a mayor of a really, really small town, and she’s governor of Alaska for less than two years. I just don’t understand - I think the pick was made for political purposes, but in terms of governance, it’s a disaster.
You do the actuary tables, you know, there’s a one out of three chance, if not more, that McCain doesn’t survive his first term, and it’ll be President Palin.
And it really, you know, was talking about it earlier, it’s like a really bad Disney movie. You know, the hockey mom, you know, “I’m just a hockey mom from Alaska,” and she’s the president. And it’s like she’s facing down Vladimir Putin and you know, using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink, you know, it’s just absurd. It’s totally absurd, and I don’t understand why more people aren’t talking about how absurd it is.
I…it’s a really terrifying possibility. The fact that we’ve gotten this far and we’re that close to this being a reality is crazy. Crazy.
I mean, did she really - I need to know if she really thinks dinosaurs were here 4000 years ago. That’s an important - I want to know that. I really do. Because she’s gonna have the nuclear codes. You know, I wanna know if she thinks dinosaurs were here 4000 years ago, or if she banned books or tried to ban books. I mean, you know, we can’t have that.”
This just never gets old, no matter how times I see it or read it.
There is a woman who wrote into the Salt Lake Tribune saying how offended she is that The New Pornographers are going to come here, and not only that but there will be alcohol at the show. Her FATHER WAS KILLED BY A DRUNK DRIVER. Our mayor is therefore supporting some 6,500 registered sexual…
“I’m in my room with the headphones on
deep in the dream chamber.
And then I’m awake and I’m guarding my face,
hoping you don’t break my stereo.
Because it’s the one thing that I couldn’t live without
and so I think about that and then I sorta black out.”—Hast Thou Considered The Tetrapod - The Mountain Goats
“Life’s only promise is its final deadline. When Mel, and others who are dear to us, depart, we should at least realize as we shuffle along living our small and persecuted lives, how absolutely ridiculous it is to be afraid of anything or anyone on this unhappy planet.”—Morrissey responding to the death of a longtime and dedicated fan Melinda Hsu, who passed away on April 12.
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How much does your life weigh?
Imagine for a second that you’re carrying a backpack.
I want you to feel the straps on your shoulders. Feel them?
I want you to pack it with all the stuff that you have in your life.
You start with the little things.
Things on shelves, in the drawers, the knickknacks, collectibles.
Feel the weight it all adds up.
Then you start adding larger stuff.
Clothes, tabletop appliances, lamps, linens, your TV.
The backpack should be getting pretty heavy now.
You go bigger.
Your couch, your bed, your kitchen table, stuff it all in there.
Your car, get it in there.
Your home, whether it’s a studio apartment or a two-bedroom house.
I want you to stuff it all into that backpack.
Now try to walk. It’s kinda hard, isn’t it?
This is what we do to ourselves on a daily basis:
we weigh ourselves down til we can’t even move
and make no mistake; moving is living
Now, I’m gonna set that backpack on fire.
What do you wanna take out of it?
Photos? Photos are for people who can’t remember.
Drink some ginkgo and let the photos burn.
In fact let everything burn and imagine waking up tomorrow with nothing.
It’s kinda exhilarating, isn’t it?
This is how I start everyday of my life.
Now this is gonna be a little difficult, so stay with me.
You have a new backpack.
Now this time, I want you to fill it with people
Start with casual acquaintances, friends of friends, folks around the office.
And then you move into the people you trust with your most intimate secrets.
Your cousins, your aunts, your uncles. Your brothers, your sisters, your parents.
And finally your husband, your wife, your boyfriend, your girlfriend.
Get them into that backpack.
Don’t worry I’m gonna ask you to light it on fire.
Feel the weight of that bag.
Make no mistake your relationships are the heaviest components in your life.
Feel the straps cutting into your shoulders.
All those negotiations and arguments and secrets, the compromises.
You need to carry all that weight.
Then you set that bag down.
Some animals were meant to carry each other to live symbiotically for a lifetime.
Star-crossed lovers, monogamous swans.
We are not those animals.
The slower we move, the faster we die.
We are not swans, We’re sharks.