Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tom DeLay on DWTS

WARNING: VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED. This may scare politicos and small children. On the other hand, he IS surprisingly graceful for an old, conservative Republican politician.

Funny Stuff

I feel vaguely horrible for laughing at this, but laugh I did. Thanks to Rachel for posting the link!
Watch and enjoy.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Top Five Problems from Last Week

#1. "Keep the government out of my Medicare!" Really, have to be kidding me. I really don't think I have to elaborate on why this statement is a problem.

#2. "Obama is a fascist communist Nazi." Seriously? If you don't know the differences between those three ideologies, you should just leave the protest and go home. Do your homework before opening your mouth. Do not pass go; do not collect $200.

#3. The Birthers. You guys really can't come up with any more solid grounds to criticize the president? This conspiracy theory is both whacked out and out-of-date. Go away.

#4. Guns at town hall meetings. Sure, you have the constitutional right to carry them. But do you really need them at a town hall meeting with your congressman or senator? Are you expecting a war to break out? (Sadly, a war of ideas at least has broken out-- and I consider us very lucky that none of those guns were actually fired over the summer.)

#5. "You Lie!" When a US congressman feels the pressure and inclination to shout that at the President of the United States during an address to a joint session of Congress, something in the system has gone terribly wrong.

The Benefits of Spontaneity

If there is one thing I have learned in college, it's the immense rewards of opening yourself up to spontaneity. Sure, you COULD try to plan your life out down to the details. Sure, you can (and should) organize your time enough to stay on top of your work and other commitments. But I would contend that sticking too closely to that philosophy is a recipe for missing out on the best that college has to offer. The most fun times are often the completely random ones. The late-night conversations in the lounge that last for hours...even though you only came in to make a cup of tea. The quick chat with a friend after class that turns into an hour-long lunch. The fire drill that turns into an excursion off-campus for milkshakes with a couple of friends. The people around you and the time you spend with them are the stuff college is really made of. Maybe we can't afford to do it ALL the time...but why not try seizing those opportunities for fellowship as they come along? You may find you remember that conversation with a friend long after your classes are done.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


The good news from last night's inappropriate outburst by Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC):

"Mr. Wilson’s outburst last night has turned into a fundraising bonanza for Mr. Miller, who is challenging him again. Since last night, Mr. Miller has received more than $200,000 in contributions from across the country. (Update: By the end of the afternoon, the Act Blue fundraising Web site showed that Mr. Miller had received more than $466,000 in donations.) In a fund-raising e-mail sent out today, retired Gen. Wesley Clark, a former Democratic presidential candidate, noted: “With only $300,000 last cycle, Rob got 46 percent of the vote. Joe Wilson’s antics have given Rob the opening to win in 2010.”"

I love these boys.

I don't know most of them personally. But I loooove the music of On A Sensual Note, American University's male a cappella group. So because they are so awesome, here are a few of my favorite videos of OASN, courtesy of the great YouTube.

Here they are singing "In the Jungle [The Lion Sleeps Tonight]" at Mr. Yogato, one of DC's greatest frozen yogurt shops:

And here is the classic song "Good Ol' A Cappella in AU's Katzen Arts Center:

And my favorite, from last year's Parents' Weekend concert, here is Michael Jackson's classic song "Thriller," complete with dance moves:

Serious AWWWW Moment

If it was possible to die of cuteness, this kid would have killed me the first time I saw this video. Flippin' awesome.