“You adamantly oppose gay rights … but you’ve also been married three times and admitted to having an affair with your current wife while you were still married to your second. As a successful politician who’s considering running for president, who would set the bar for moral conduct and be the voice of the American people, how do you reconcile this hypocritical interpretation of the religious values that you so vigorously defend?”—Asked of Newt Gingrich by Isabel Friedman (via neverbealoneagain)
I can’t embed the video, but check out this site for just released film of JFK’s visit to Houston in 1963, the day before his assassination. The event took place at the Rice Hotel.
I visited the Sixth Floor Museum a couple of years ago. The experience was intense — both the museum itself, and the economy of gore photos and conspiracy theories that has built itself around the area. An X in the street marks the spot where Kennedy was shot, and tourists risk life and limb to get photos there. It was just surreal.
And here is the moment I hate: the Explaining of the Situation (EOTS). Most of the time, the EOTS is not a big deal at all, but then again, we live in New York City. Not just New York City, but a liberal enclave in Brooklyn called Park Slope, where, depending on the time of day at the local playground, same-sex parents just might outnumber straight ones. I recognize, though, that not everyone is down with two women or two men raising kids together, so there’s the chance this family might quietly pack up their stuff and build their own campsite somewhere else upon the EOTS. Will our impromptu party suddenly become unbearably awkward?
“No, we’re not sisters,” I say, as I have hundreds of times before (Emily and I do look somewhat similar). “We’re partners.”
My new friend brightens and says, “Oh, who carried?” Who carried?! After I tell her that it was me who carried, we swap birth stories. Her husband leans over to tell Emily that he gained 25 pounds worth of sympathy weight. “Did you have the same problem?” he asks.
Clearly, the only person there with any judgments or preconceived notions was me. I shouldn’t have been surprised. In the five years that Em and I have been married (no, it’s not legal), and in the three and a half years since we had the boys, that’s pretty much the way it’s gone. We’ve received nothing but love, support, or, surprisingly, plain old indifference from friends, family, and strangers. That apathy says a lot about how much a part of the social fabric we have become. Truth be told, we’re neither sensational nor worth remarking upon. We’re just the New Normal.
What he didn’t know was that the school would decide his speech was “disruptive” and suspend him for a day and a half. The disruption? Cloutier says he was told that students and teachers talking about the speech were disruptive, according to My Edmonds News.
In other words, Cloutier had managed to disrupt the student body election by causing people to talk and think about the student body election. As silly as that is as a basis for discipline, it becomes sad and creepy when you realize that Cloutier’s argument in this speech—that the student government offices are “puppets of the teachers”—seems to hold water, because he was punished for even attempting to say something in an ASB election other than what the administration had approved.
“There is a real deficit problem in 2015 and a bigger problem in 2020 and in 2025. Cutting spending on child nutrition, prenatal health, and police officers in 2011 and 2012 doesn’t reduce the 2020 budget deficit. What it does is reduce the quantity and productivity of the workforce that will be available to meet our financial obligations to the retirees of the future. … Shooting ourselves in the foot in 2011 doesn’t make it easier to afford Medicare in 2020, it means we’ll have more injured feet.”—Yglesias » House Republicans Eating America’s Seed Corn
Before we begin let me again offer this disclaimer: Predicting the timing and intensity of precipitation is challenging (see a discussion of why), and it’s doubly so for snow in Houston, where conditions must be just right for frozen stuff. On top of that, there’s a fine line between ice, snow and sleet.
With that being said, parts of southeast Texas are going to see some wintry precipitation today and tomorrow — probably a lot of snow and ice in some areas. And this is going to create hazardous driving conditions only seen very rarely in Houston.