Broken shackles   Leave a comment

Matthew:

*reads carefully and thoughtfully* Well said, Max…well said. :)

Originally posted on Max's shop of horrors:

The most dangerous limitations are the ones we set for ourselves.

We tend to trust ourselves more than we trust others, so we’re more inclined to accept self-imposed shackles than those thrust on us by others. Often, we do it to shield ourselves from disappointment.

Throughout my life, I told myself I couldn’t do things.

At 15, I told myself I would never be able to move away from home, because just going on a 5-day school camp was an incredibly stressful ordeal.

When I was 18, I told myself I would never be able to go to University, because my High School scores weren’t that crash hot, and moving to the city by myself seemed insurmountably terrifying.

When I was 22, I told myself that because I’d never had a girlfriend, I never would, and I’d be doomed to a life of lonely celibacy, unwanted and unloved, because I simply wasn’t good…

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Posted July 29, 2014 by Matthew Little in Uncategorized

North Carolina AG Declines To Defend Anti-Marriage Amendment   Leave a comment

Following today’s decision by the 4th Circuit that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, North Carolina’s Attorney General – and presumptive 2016 gubernatorial candidate – Roy Cooper, announced earlier today that his office wouldn’t defend the Old North State’s respective ban (known as Amendment 1) when and if it ever goes in front of a judge…quoting WRAL:

Following a federal appeals court ruling Monday that Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said his office would no longer oppose challenges to the state’s constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage.(WRAL, Raleigh)

In his announcement, Cooper – speaking through the AG’s office – stated that:

“It’s time to stop making arguments we will lose and instead move forward, knowing that the ultimate resolution will likely come from the United States Supreme Court”(WRAL)

Adding that…

“All federal courts have rejected these arguments each and every time, so it’s time for the state of North Carolina to stop making them,” he said. “There’s really no argument left to be made.”(WRAL)

For what its’ worth, its’ about damn time; as far as I am concerned, marriage is a civil right and it should never have been brought before the voters of this state…both common decency and the rule of law make it clear that rights are and should never be subject to the whims of a fickle majority. AG Cooper’s decision also makes sense legally: ever since the 2013 Windsor decision, state after state (including a bunch of very-red states, I might add), have seen their respective marriage bans overturned and it was only a matter of time before North Carolina’s got to the head of the line; better to go ahead and stake a position on the issue now before the courts rule.

H/T to Daily Kos

CMB Music: The Beatles – “Happy Birthday”   Leave a comment

 

…happy birthday, Tanya. ♥

Posted July 28, 2014 by Matthew Little in Uncategorized

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Gordon’s Brickyard legacy superb, but can’t be compared to other Indy legends   Leave a comment

Matthew:

I’m of two minds here…on the one hand, I agree with Mr. Estrada’s idea that comparing Jeff Gordon’s five Brickyard wins isn’t quite in the same league as Messrs. Foyt, Mears & Unser’s four Indy 500 wins. On the other hand, Messrs. Foyt, Mears and Unser no longer hold the record for most wins at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway…that record – rightfully – belongs to Michael Schumacher and Jeff Gordon, who both have five wins at the Brickyard.

Originally posted on MotorSportsTalk:

Comparing apples to oranges to bananas is always going to come off as a bit pear-shaped.

Jeff Gordon became the first NASCAR driver to win five times at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon.

That in itself in an awesome feat, and it’s rather fitting that Gordon made it happen on the 20th anniversary of his first Brickyard 400 triumph all the way back in 1994.

But it simply cannot be compared, favorably or unfavorably, to the four Indianapolis 500 wins apiece from A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears, and Al Unser Sr.

Or for that matter, the five Formula One wins that Michael Schumacher racked up when the United States Grand Prix (now at the Circuit of the Americas) was run on the original IMS road course.

To say that Schumacher and now Gordon are superior to Foyt, Mears, and Unser simply because five wins trump four is a…

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Posted July 28, 2014 by Matthew Little in Uncategorized

What The Hell…Sarah Palin To Launch Her Own Channel?   1 comment

God, I wish this were satire…unfortunately, its’ not:

The Sarah Palin Channel, which costs $9.95 per month or $99.95 for a one-year subscription, will feature her commentary on “important issues facing the nation,” as well as behind-the-scenes looks into her personal life as “mother, grandmother, wife and neighbor.” Palin serves as executive editor, overseeing all content posted to the channel.

“I want to talk directly to you on our channel, on my terms — and no need to please the powers that be,” Palin, who is also a Fox News contributor, said in a video announcing the channel. “Together, we’ll go beyond the sound bites and cut through the media’s politically correct filter.”(Variety via. Crooks & Liars)

What’s that saying again…“a fool and his money are soon parted”? Well, wouldn’t this be another of that saying at work? For that matter, come to think of it, why in the hell do we still take Sarah Palin seriously?

Anyone…anyone…Bueller?!?

Another right wing “scandal” goes down in flames!   Leave a comment

Matthew:

If anything can be said about the ongoing supposed scandals that the Right gins up on a continual basis, it is that they do so in an effort to break government so that they can do what Grover Norquist infamously posited years ago…drown it in a bathtub.

Originally posted on AMERICAN LIBERAL TIMES:

Can you say . . . “IRS Scandal?”

Can you say, “The IRS targeted conservative groups?”

Can you say, “Total Bullshit Right Wing Conspiracy Theory?”

Fact:  The IRS was “Targeting” nobody in particular but was . . . looking at Liberals and Conservatives alike!

Sorry, Rightwads,  Reality wins again!

Read about the right wing fallacy – – – RIGHT ABOUT HERE. and HERE and HERE.

Did I mention that there are a lot of radical right bloggers going absolutely bonkers over this development as they gin up their denial machines?

Truth trumps right wing radical paranoia once again!

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Posted July 26, 2014 by Matthew Little in Uncategorized

Keith Olbermann Eviscerates Sports Media Over Their Treatment Of Women   Leave a comment

 

Just watch…trust me, just watch Keith Olbermann’s monologue above, where he uses the NFL’s insultingly pathetic two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens’ star Ray Rice for violating the league’s personal-conduct policy as an informative segue into how the media (and society in general) continue their double-standard in regards to women. 

All I can say is: well said, sir! Well said. 

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