What happens when my friend sees someone refer to the GOP as the “Party of Lincoln.” [And yes, this is what casual conversations with my friends are like… ]
“Party of Lincoln? Ha!! Today’s republicans would ride Lincoln out of town on a rail. He was a Whig most of his career, and thus loved a high tariff. He created the first income tax, and it fell disproportionally on the rich. Lincoln loved two things, taxing and spending. He did it to “protect labor,” and like Proudhon and Marx he felt working for a wage was a form of modern slavery. Today’s republicans are a result of the morphing of the party from Grant to Nixon. It is just after the civil rights reforms of the 1960’s that the solid south becomes solid for republicans and not democrats. During Lincoln’s time the south was the democrat’s stronghold. Lots of republicans try force their views onto Lincoln. Furthermore, the idea that our founding fathers were somehow universally religious is a lie perpetrated by politicians playing historian. Yes, some were religious, but many were Deists, which is enlightenment speak for “church dogma is irrational.” The real framers were subsisting on an intellectual diet of John Locke, and despite his personal views as to the veracity of miracles and revelation, his philosophical out put strengthened deist notions of spirituality based upon an empirical epistemology that is metaphysically more sophisticated than natural law. Don’t even get me started on Jefferson’s take on the role of established religion in perverting rationality. Too many politicians try paint the framers as a homogenous group of good all-American god-fearing white guys who established a Christian nation. There is no evidence for such a conclusion. I gotta say, every time Gingrich is called a “historian” I want to throw up in my mouth. Plus its just plain insulting to actual historians. Long story short. Too many politicians playing fast and loose with history. It is so damn blatant and I don’t know why the media doesn’t call out this nationalistic myth making. It is dangerous, and dare I say proto-facist to concoct a founding myth cementing Christianity as a core component of our governance since the beginning.”
“It is no wonder that kids are growing up more cynical; they have a lot of information in front of them. They can see that they are living in a world that’s made of bullshit. In the past, there was always the idea that you could turn and run and start something better. But now America has become one big mall, and because of the Internet and all of the technology we have, there’s nowhere to run. People are the same everywhere.”
Alexander McQueen ‘Illusion’ Bolero Sheath Dress
As worn by Irene Adler in A Scandal in Belgravia
Ivory wool crepe fabric, with matching trompe-l’oeil cap sleeved bolero.
£1,112 / $1,725 Available here at bergdorfgoodman.com
I LOVE this dress. Love. I don’t love the price tag.
When we except our own wild beauty, it is put into perspective, and we are no longer poignantly aware of it anymore, but neither would we forsake it or disclaim it either. Does a wolf know how beautiful she is when she leaps? Does a feline know what beautiful shapes she makes when she sits? Is a bird awed by the sound it hears when it snaps open its wings? Learning from them, we just act in our own true way and do not draw back from or hide our natural beauty. Like the creatures, we just are, and it is right.
“Death is the only wise advisor that we have. Whenever you feel, as you always do, that everything is going wrong and you’re about to be annihilated, turn to your death and ask if that is so. Your death will tell you that you’re wrong; that nothing really matters outside its touch. Your death will tell you, ‘I haven’t touched you yet.”
~Carlos Castaneda “Journey to Ixtlan”
Walking to the gym today, some dude stopped me to ask about my tattoos (this happens quite often, btw). He then told me that he was a spiritual healer who wanted me to know 3 things:
1) I need to have more faith in myself.
2) I have spent my whole life being the dutiful person to others, doing what is expected of me, and need to start following my own creative path.
3) I’m in a love drought.
He wanted me to know that I am awesome and that today is a turning point. How’s that to start your morning?
Incredible graphic ink almost architectural, the color offset against her skin is amazing.
My Bohemian Aesthetic
Beautiful red tattoos
There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable it is, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate YOU. Keep the channel open… No artist is pleased… There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction; a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.
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