Archive for the Culture Category

“Consolation” – Billy Collins

Posted in Culture, Entertainment on April 28, 2009 by gyma

Thank goodness April isn’t yet over, since it’s Poetry Month, and I wanted to share one of my favorite poets with you.  Several years ago I saw Billy Collins, ex-Poet Laureate, at the local, refurbished theater.  He was wonderful, understated, and flat out entertaining.  I’d highly recommend taking any opportunity to hear Collins read his poetry in person that might come your way.


What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Posted in Culture on April 26, 2009 by gyma

Some doofus, with the group calling themselves the Ohio Militia, is calling for 1,000,000 armed militia members to march on Washington, DC on July 4th.  That should end well.

Fail Whale

Posted in Culture on April 25, 2009 by gyma


Paging the Fail Whale to the wingnut courtesy telephone.

See?  Didn’t I tell you Twitter was stupid?  Seems some Okie, who is clearly old enough to know better, has been arrested by the FBI for filling his Twitter account with threats he would turn April 15th into a bloodbath on the Oklahoma City Capitol steps:

Daniel Knight Hayden, 52, was arrested by FBI agents who identified him as the Twitter user CitizenQuasar. In a series of tweets beginning April 11, CitizenQuasar vowed to start a “war” against the government on the steps of the Oklahoma City Capitol building, the site of that city’s version of the national “Tea Party” protests promoted by the conservative-leaning Fox News.

“START THE KILLING NOW! I am willing to be the FIRST DEATH!,” read a tweet at 8:01 PM that day. “After I am killed on the Capitol Steps, like a REAL man, the rest of you will REMEMBER ME!!!,” he added five minutes later. Then: “Send the cops around. I will cut their heads off the heads and throw the[m] on the State Capitol steps.”

I’m not sure how these guys are going to make it through the next 4 years when it hasn’t even been 100 days.  What concerns me the most is Fox News/Rush Limbaugh/Sean Hannity & ‘Friends’ will literally incite riots over a bunch of nonexistent bullshit.  I hope the Secret Service are eating their Wheaties every morning.

The End of Civilization…

Posted in Culture on April 25, 2009 by gyma

…as we know it.  I’m with David on this one.  Twitter is stupid.

What Would Molly Think?

Posted in Culture, Politics on April 18, 2009 by gyma


I miss Molly Ivins.

Common Bonds

Posted in Culture on April 17, 2009 by gyma

What do Richard Feynman, Jodie Foster, George Carlin, and Bertrand Russell have in common?  They, and 46 45 other fine folks, are on the 50 Most Brilliant Atheists of All Time list.  I’m in good company.

UPDATE:  See comments.

Yeah, Yeah I Know

Posted in Culture, Music on April 17, 2009 by gyma

Okay, I know people are already getting tired of hearing about Susan Boyle, but here’s her version of “Cry Me a River” that was done 10 years ago for a charity in Scotland.  I wish her great success.