Category: Politics

A Hot Mess

Salon.com:

This whole article should be framed on Hollywood Blvd. “Proclaiming oneself a “hot mess” has become a badge of honor for virtually all successful Caucasian women between 20 and 40. Once a choice epithet for the fashion blogger or Lohan-minded minion, the phrase now takes on an ironic sheen that blurs the marks of privilege. What it essentially means is, “I have such a complicated, demanding life that I proudly admit to be overwhelmed.” What it essentially suggests is, “I am super-accomplished but know the women (and men) who aren’t will find me more likable if I espouse an ineptitude for getting through the day.” What it essentially communicates is that— in all significant ways—“my life is markedly tidier than it is for the vast majority of womankind.”

In announcing the transportation decisions, Hogan’s Twitter account sent out a message that had critics fuming: Our transportation plan will provide infrastructure improvements to every single county in Maryland!” The map did not include Baltimore, and made it look as if the city was underwater as part of the Chesapeake Bay. “Every other county shows investments being made, and Baltimore is literally and figuratively a gaping hole,” said state Sen. Bill Ferguson, a Baltimore Democrat”

In announcing the transportation decisions, Hogan’s Twitter account sent out a message that had critics fuming: Our transportation plan will provide infrastructure improvements to every single county in Maryland!” The map did not include Baltimore, and made it look as if the city was underwater as part of the Chesapeake Bay. “Every other county shows investments being made, and Baltimore is literally and figuratively a gaping hole,” said state Sen. Bill Ferguson, a Baltimore Democrat”

If America Became a Christian Nation

I love this. From TIME:

Because truth be told, if America actually were to become a Christian nation, I don’t think the people who advocated for it would be too happy with the end product. Since Christian issupposed to mean “little Christ” or “Christ follower,” we actually have a way to offer some clear cut examples of what a Christian nation would look like– because all we have to do is look at what Jesus taught, and how Jesus lived, as a model to pattern national behavior.

 

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Painted Pedestrian Views of Dark, Urban Scenes by Crist?_bal P?©rez Garc?_a t.co/eIdeqWOMiR

Painted Pedestrian Views of Dark, Urban Scenes by Cristóbal Pérez García

Cristóbal Pérez García’s oil painted scenes are those found in twilight or dusk, landscapes encased in smog and the highly trafficked realities of living in an urban metropolis. The vantage points are those of the pedestrian, Garcia’s own view when embarking on a new city to paint.

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Africa is much bigger than you think

From Vox‘s Ezra Klein:

22 maps and charts that will surprise you

Africa is much bigger than you think Most maps you see are based on the “Mercator projection,” so named for Gerardus Mercator, who came up with it in 1559. The Mercator projection is excellent for sailing, as it shows constant bearing as a straight line. But it’s terrible for estimating the size of large masses of land äóî particularly when they’re close to poles. Under the Mercator projection, for instance, Africa looks to be about the same size as Greenland; it’s actually 14 times larger. The Economist äóî building on work by Kai Krause äóî made this graphic showing Africa’s true size: bigger not just than Greenland, but than China, the United States, India and Western Europe put together.

Thoughts on Paul Ryan’s Plan

After reading TIME’s article by Michael Crowley and Jay Newton-Small, who explain things to the point I can understand the gist of things on Paul Ryan’s plan to curb federal spending; as well as reading a quick blog article on Yakstand.com; I realize that while I like the way Paul Ryan looks and his gutsy back-it-up-do-the-work approach, I don’t like his plan’s gist.

As George Lakoff says in the book I’m reading, The Political Mind, conservatives find strength in obedience to the government when they benefit financially; but, then say the government’s control over their lives gets in the way of free-markets and the natural way of things. They support government being in bed with business when profits are up because the government lets it be so, but then when the cost for profits being up leads to debt-debt-debt or money going to moral causes at the expense of making more money immediately, government sucks. Paul Ryan’s article has its ups but also its downs: Tax cuts for the rich, suck it to the seniors and children (as Nancy Pelosi puts it). Risky business. As Lakoff would point out, if you privatize healthcare and keep treating it like insurance, instead of an necessary protection for all people like police and fire protection, food safety, etc., it’s on everyman to help himself (if he can). Oy vay. As Fareed Zakaria says in his response article, “Ryan’s plan is deeply flawed, but it is courageous…And it is an odd proposal from a man who seems genuinely committed to a comprehensive solution to the U.S.’s fiscal crisis.” Furthermore, he backs of Lakoff’s lead that the everyman won’t be able to afford private insurance. Hell, even now not everyone can afford healthcare. I suppose the argument is the market will lead prices down and maybe more people will be able to afford it. Still, aren’t we missing the equality-for-all opportunity? At what expense?

Let’s see how this unfolds. At least someone’s making headlines with a plan at all, gotta applaud that…