Category Archives: Politics

Annals of Twitter: May and Brexit

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brexit cheese submarine tweet thread

Prime Minister May survived a No Confidence vote in the Parliament today. If only just. As for the cheese submarine, it’s a bit runny. It’s very runny, actually. A bit runnier than you’ll like it.

Mood music:

Thread and response on Twitter.

Steal This Meme: So Comfortable, Very Smart

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Trump, the Twitter certified @realDonaldTrump, called a travel lid today. That means he didn’t leave the White House. He was very busy tweeting. He did no honor to veterans, to the people of this country, or any one else today, but at least he didn’t wasn’t lying while standing in front of the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery.

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HONORED GLORY

Here, lies are solemn.

Here, lies are told
in the cadence of boot heels ringing on stone,
in the snap of a bolt shooting home
in the breech of a polished rifle, held at port arms
in white gloved hands.

Here, we fold our flag
and tell ourselves
the soldier died bravely
in a just cause.

Dead men cannot lie.
Here, all causes are lost.

Here, the living let stones tell the lies
the dead cannot.
To sooth sore hearts, tales are told
of glory in battle,
and courage under fire.

Here, the paths of glory
discolor marble
a shade of brown like dried blood
scuffed into the paving stones
by the slow turn
and turnabout march
of the Guard of Honor
in roped off sacred ground
in front of the Tomb of the Unknown.

Here, lies are told by Presidents and generals.
Here, chiseled stone names no names.
Here, the truth lies sleeping under stone.

Under lies, the truth rests,
but not in peace.
The dead have chisels that cut the heart.

Steal This Meme: Election Day Forcast

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This is your Election Day Weather Forecast: Snowflakes. Snowflakes everywhere. And Xmas may come early.

Steal this meme before it’s too late.

As Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody, puts it, “The stupidest possible creative act is still a creative act.” Words to live by in the latter days of the Internet Age. Steal this meme.

#VoteLikeYourLifeDependsOnIt

Steal This Meme: He’s Waiting. VOTE

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Steal this meme before it’s too late.

As Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody, puts it, “The stupidest possible creative act is still a creative act.” Words to live by in the latter days of the Internet Age. Steal this meme.

#VoteLikeYourLifeDependsOnIt

Steal This Meme: The Face in the Candy Corn

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Steal this meme before it’s too late.

As Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody, puts it, “The stupidest possible creative act is still a creative act.” Words to live by in the latter days of the Internet Age. Steal this meme.

#VoteLikeYourLifeDependsOnIt

Witness at the Trans Visibility Rally

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I attended the We Will Not Be Erased / Trans Visibility Rally held at the University of Louisville this week. About a hundred people showed up in support, including a couple who drove all the way from Paducah, Kentucky to attend, which is a three hour plus drive. The guy in the picture had the best sign. I didn’t make a sign, but if I had the caption would have been something like “OLD FAT WHITE GUY FOR LGBT RIGHTS/HUMAN RIGHTS ARE NOT DETERMINED BY GENDER.” I held someone else’s sign when they got tired.

There was a lot of chanting. We chanted ’til my throat got raw. I wished for more variety in the slogans chanted, but I have a loud voice, and I did my best to project on the key words. I did to swell the progress, if not start a scene or advise.

#MyPronounsAreFuckYouTrump

Grendel’s Laundry List: Least Remarkable Intelligence

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As a rule those who were least remarkable for intelligence showed the greater powers of survival. Such people recognized their own deficiencies and the superior intelligence of their opponents; fearing that they might lose a debate or find themselves out-maneuvered in intrigue by their quick-witted enemies, they boldly launched straight into action; while their opponents, overconfident in the belief that they would see what was happening in advance, and not thinking it necessary to seize by force what they could secure by policy, were the more easily destroyed because they were off their guard.

Thucydides (c. 460-400 BCE), History of the Peloponnesian War