“I do think there was something a little bit off-key about the president slow jamming and appearing to make light of the fact that students are struggling. I don’t think it’s something to slow jam about or to make light of it. If that skit was brought to the governor, he would have declined.”—Romney campaign adviser Eric Fehrnstrom • Criticizing President Obama’s role on a recent episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, which you may have seen. Basically, President Obama “slow jammed” (really just deliberately spoke, more than anything else) about student loan interest rates, an issue he’s pushing hard at the beginning of his 2012 reelection campaign. We get why Fehrnstrom (and the Romney campaign) might be frustrated by this — it was an extremely crafty political message, and delivered in a particular way that is completely inaccessible to Romney himself. His conclusion, however, that President Obama was making light of a serious situation for students, is countered by the very real political effect of his pushing the issue; just yesterday the GOP-led House voted to extend the fixed, lowered interest rates that Obama has been harping on. source (via • follow)
Take the police out on a couple dates. Take the police to the movies or a nice stroll in the park. Feed the police some delicious fondue. Make the police fall in love with you. Then, fuck the police. And then out of nowhere, stop taking calls from the police. Ignore the police. Make the police miss you. Make the police cry.
“Traveling – seeing new sights, hearing new music, and meeting new people – is exciting and exhilarating. But when we have no home to return to where someone will ask us, “How was your trip?” we might be less eager to go. Traveling is joyful when we travel with the eyes and ears of those who love us, who want to see our slides and hear our stories.
This is what life is about. It is being sent on a trip by a loving God, who is waiting at home for our return and is eager to watch the slides we took and hear about the friends we made. When we travel with the eyes and ears of the God who sent us, we will see wonderful sights, hear wonderful sounds, meet wonderful people … and be happy to return home.”—Henri Nouwen (via azspot)
“If you want to be miserable, my theory is that you’re far more likely to do it successfully at home. Take the path most traveled. Travel down it so far and so often that you can do it blindfolded. Travel it with the same people, again and again, in a car pool, or a commuter train from the suburbs. You may not fail immediately, but by the time you hit mid-career you will be so bored that you start fantasizing about changing careers.”—Carl Elliott - How to be an Academic Failure: A Guide for Beginners
ryan seacrest and his mother sit down to catch up and chat, laughing and reminiscing of better times. suddenly ryan seacrest’s mother looks off into the distance and says quietly “now ryan dear. i want to ask you something and no matter what your answer is i will love you regardless. ryan…..are…