Cancer: Your Week Ahead: Try not to compare yourself too directly to anyone else this week. Your situation may seem superficially similar but there is a deceptive difference. What works for another person may not work for you. Resist the temptation to adopt a role model, to seek guidance or to listen, too attentively, to unsolicited advice. You are in the process of finding out what you need to know. The final decision about what to do with this information must be yours alone. It is your heart that needs to be consulted, not your social rulebook - or your inner arbiter of ‘acceptable behaviour’. What you need is not approval; it is happiness.
Sometimes I search for people on Facebook even though I know I would never friend them in a million years. Sometimes I do it every few months and I see their new profile photo - I just like to know they are out there, they are okay, they are living their lives. Of course I am also totally curious about them.
I search for my best friend from high school. On my 16th birthday he gave me a card which said “I love you” inside but we actually managed to bounce back from that and be good friends again. I lost track of him sometime around 21 though, and I’m sad about that. I haven’t tracked him down yet.
I search for this girl I am not friends with anymore. I think about friend requesting her. But I never do. Can of worms, staying closed.
I search for my old boyfriends. One of them remains a real douche. One I am very curious about though (I haven’t seen him since i was 17, so you know) and tonight I discovered his “wall” is not private. So I read some status updates and some jokes. He has a lot of bad sex jokes on there. He plays something called Bejeweled a lot. He is friends with his wife but they never comment on anything the other posts. Is that sad? The wife also posted an entire photo album from Christmas of their daughter but managed to not post one photo of herself or him.
Now I feel like a stalker. I feel like I should tell him HEY YOUR WALL IS NOT PRIVATE! But then he would know. So I just signed out and tried to forget about it.
Judging by Scott Brown’s victory speech, opposition to due process has become just another mundane element of the Republican platform:
And let me say this, with respect to those who wish to harm us, I believe that our Constitution and laws exist to protect this nation - they do not grant rights and privileges to enemies in wartime. In dealing with terrorists, our tax dollars should pay for weapons to stop them, not lawyers to defend them.
This is the new normal for Republicans: You can be denied rights not through due process of law, but merely based on the nature of the crime you are suspected of committing. Brown’s rhetorical framing, that jettisoning the legal system we’ve had for two hundred plus years represents “tradition” while granting suspected criminals the right to legal counsel represents liberalism gone mad is new, and I suspect we’ll hear it again. For Brown and the GOP, if you’re accused of terrorism, you’re automatically guilty, so legal representation is frivolous.
Let’s also be clear: Brown, a former military lawyer, isn’t merely talking about denying people their day in court, he’s talking about torturing people who are suspected of being terrorists. Brown says he doesn’t think waterboarding is torture, which is on par with thinking evolution is fake and global warming is a hoax. He thinks not torturing people suspected of a crime or detained by the military is granting them “new rights”. We know where this goes.
Bottom line: This wasn’t just a win for the GOP, it was a win for the torture wing of the GOP. I can’t stress enough that while the president seems to be winning the short term political battle over national security, the larger argument over due process and human rights is being lost. (serwer)
It is really discouraging to live in Massachusetts today. I thought we were a Blue State - we have been one for a long time. The people of MA just basically said they don’t care about old people with bad health care, or women, or much else about being a humane tolerant country. All those red voters collectively said “I care about ME”. This makes me sad, to say the least.
On Friday I went out to have drinks with my friend, Meg, and we had a lot of fun. I have only known her for like a year now and it is nice to have a “new friend” who is funny and smart and interesting. Not that my old friends suck (I love them!) but it is nice to learn about someone you really like.
Yesterday Bob and I went to have Indian food for lunch then we went downtown and walked around and saw Crazy Heart. Then we came home and got Chinese food and we laughed a lot and were silly - he was stuck doing this new laugh that sounded like “HA HA HA” literally and that was cracking me up and then he couldn’t stop.
Now he is in the back room listening to records and I am watching The Hills (for some reason) waiting for the Golden Globes to come on.
Am I the only person who doubts the validity of Sleep Talkin’ Man? People have been forwarding this around all week and it just doesn’t ring true. I have no doubt that this man talks in his sleep often, and sometimes says funny things like, “Legs time! Everybody get your legs!”, but I don’t think he says, “I’d rather peel off my skin and bathe my weeping raw flesh in a bath of vinegar than spend any time with you. But that’s just my opinion. Don’t take it personally.”
Am I being a negative Nancy funkiller here? One of my new year’s resolutions was not to be so cranky on the internet, but I’m just not buying that someone says paragraph-long zingers in their sleep. Every night.
I’m engaged to a sleep talkin’ man myself, and I don’t really doubt the paragraph-long mumbled nonsense, but I do doubt the ability of his partner to write it all down verbatim. Chris says some weird fucking creepy-ass shit in his sleep, often in soliloquy form, and there’s no way I’m ever awake enough to write it all down. Also, I’m usually too scared because he’s saying things like, “Look! There’s a lady up there! An old lady. She’s watching us” while pointing up to the corner of the ceiling. Also, it doesn’t happen every night, usually just after he eats spicy food. We call it his night terrors.
She has a voice activated tape recorder that she keeps by the bed. I actually read the FAQ’s because I am a dork. I don’t doubt it either because I have heard some crazy sleep talking in my life and also she doesn’t write every day so I think she saves stuff up. Maybe I am gullible but I am okay with that.
The Hills star spent three years working on Superficial, which features songs like “I’ll Do It,” in which she tells a lover to "come eat my panties off of me." R-rated lyrics or not, she tells Seacrest that “it’s very personal, empowering music…just about living life and enjoying every moment and living it up—definitely club music.”
Wow. I just… Wow. Also I just saw on People that she had 10 plastic surgery procedures in one day. I wish they could have sewn her mouth shut.