“Which is more dangerous: kids driving drunk or kids driving stoned?”
"Kids driving while texting.”
Tom Brokaw lays it down for David Letterman (via kateoplis)
Their relying on the mainstream media to be informed is far, far more dangerous.
Vladimir Nabokov’s notecards for Lolita.
As the author told us in 1967, “[My wife] presided as adviser and judge over the making of my first fiction in the early twenties. I have read to her all my stories and novels at least twice; and she has reread them all when typing them and correcting proofs and checking translations into several languages. One day in 1950, at Ithaca, New York, she was responsible for stopping me and urging delay and second thoughts as, beset with technical difficulties and doubts, I was carrying the first chapters of Lolita to the garden incinerator.”
Lolita, Cuckoo’s Nest, The Long Goodbye and Suzuki Beane are about the only truly great works of literature to come out during the first decade or so after WWII.
Some Like it Hot (1959)
Off the top of my head, this and the ending of The Usual Suspects are my two favorite film endings.
“I’d like to congratulate the Democratic caucus in the United States Senate for once again putting its collective balls in a thimble and hurling it into the Potomac.
Along with Reid, the Democratic votes against Adegbile were Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), John Walsh (Mont.), Chris Coons (Del.) and Bob Casey Jr. (Pa.).”
Yes, Dems are wusses. But these aren’t Dems in name only, so Pierce’s comment is off a little.
Hypocrisy is the tribute vice pays to virtue. So when you see something like the current scramble by Republicans to declare their deep concern for America’s poor, it’s a good sign, indicating a positive change in social norms. Goodbye, sneering at the 47 percent; hello, fake compassion.
And the big new poverty report from the House Budget Committee, led by Representative Paul Ryan, offers additional reasons for optimism. Mr. Ryan used to rely on “scholarship” from places like the Heritage Foundation. Remember when Heritage declared that the Ryan budget would reduce unemployment to a ludicrous 2.8 percent, then tried to cover its tracks? This time, however, Mr. Ryan is citing a lot of actual social science research.
Unfortunately, the research he cites doesn’t actually support his assertions. Even more important, his whole premise about why poverty persists is demonstrably wrong.”
And this is the point where I got too depressed to continue reading.
“Relentlessly churning out devices of varying quality, relentlessly forcing its ads down your throat, relentlessly paying celebrities to use its devices to take selfies in public before they go back to using their iPhones …”
“Time ever marches forward. Soon, you die. It’s all very sad.”