TBT to visiting home last year.
But this was before he went on the Sunday shows and took it even further. He was pressed on what torture’s definition is, and what, if anything he rejects. This summary from the Atlantic covers it all:
Once 9/11 happened, Dick Cheney ceased to believe that the CIA should be subject to the U.S. Constitution, statutes passed by Congress, international treaties, or moral prohibitions against torture. Those standards would be cast aside. In their place, moral relativism would reign. Any action undertaken by the United States would be subject to this test: Is it morally equivalent to what al-Qaeda did on 9/11? Is it as bad as murdering roughly 3,000 innocent people? If not, then no one should criticize it, let alone investigate, charge and prosecute the CIA. Did a prisoner freeze to death? Were others anally raped? Well, what if they were?
If it cannot be compared with 9/11, if it is not morally equivalent, then it should not be verboten.
That is the moral standard Cheney is unabashedly invoking on national television. He doesn’t want the United States to honor norms against torture. He doesn’t want us to abide by the Ten Commandments, or to live up to the values in the Declaration of Independence, or to be restrained by the text of the Constitution. Instead, Cheney would have us take al-Qaeda as our moral and legal measuring stick. Did America torture dozens of innocents? So what. 9/11 was worse.
Read the whole thing. It’s horrifying.
why is “in cahoots with” not a relationship option on facebook
Group presentations where no one knows what the fuck they’re doing
I took my girlfriend to an improv show the other night and during intermission we were passionately arguing over whether half a 5 Hour Energy shot would give you 2.5 hours of energy or 5 hours of half-assed energy so we turned around to ask the opinions of the three people behind us and one of them said “Are all your arguments like this because we heard you in the lobby earlier fighting over the right way to pronounce ‘egg’?”
batgirl and prince: long may they purple reign
The common image of a barbershop quartet is of white men singing four-part harmony, but the musical form actually emerged from the barbershops and street corners of African-American neighborhoods. In the latest segment of NPR’s Present at the Creation series, Jim Wildman reports on the roots and styles of barbershop for Morning Edition.
A timeline: African American tenors improvise harmonies on church hymns to create distinctive sound patterns and perform in the places where black people create informal community meeting places (like barbershops and street corners). Later, groups record these distinctive “barbershop seventh chords” in studios, which favor these smaller groups as orchestras and bigger bands could not yet be properly taped. Competing companies promote and disseminate white quartets over the original black groups as they are seen as more “marketable.” Scholars will later incorrectly trace barbershop quartets back to England.
Many, many years later, Jimmy Fallon, a white comedian, creates several sketch comedy routines where songs by famous black artists (like R. Kelley and Marvin Gaye) are “hilariously” sung in a “white” way.
Nerdist writes, “Is there a whiter means of musical expression? One look at Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon’s group The Ragtime Gals, and the answer becomes clear — no, there most certainly is not. With their tutti-frutti suits, shiny shoes, boater hats, and squeaky clean faces, it’s unlikely one will find a less funky means of harmonizing than these a cappella dandies.”
Black people created amazing music —> white people took it —> white people erased black agency and creation —> forgot black inventors —> black people made some more amazing music —> white people sung it back to them using harvested black melodies, now colonized —> white people laugh at the hilarious juxtaposition, and it ends there?
or —>we can add this to the ongoing dialog about cultural appropriation and
try to change it.
My Dad died a little over eight months ago. I still don’t think I’m quite ready to talk about him, but I thought it might help to talk about some of my own feelings. As much as I cried drawing these pages, I think it was good for me — I’m not always good at expressing my emotions to other people, so making this became a safe place where I could deal with things.
Anyway, I just want to thank you everyone who has sent kind words of support since April. And thank you if you take the time to read this. It was made with love.
Thank you for this
Magritte, the Creator
Not to be Reproduced, Rene Magritte (1937) / Yonkers, Tyler the Creator
did i ever tell you guys that one time i made a pun during a job interview?
i did not get the job
no one asked for the full story but here it is: one time i was interviewing at an in-n-out and they asked me what my responsibilities were at my previous job as a camp counselor. i said, “mostly i supervised the kids and helped them with their art projects, but i also did other things like making food, cleaning up the campus, and signing the kids in and out.” then I paused and was like, “haha, in and out. get it? because this is an in-n-out?” the interview ended shortly thereafter and i never got a call back.