“no.. but he was confusing with his difficult grasp of english. He wasn't joking. He thinks the dems are liars, hence the name....demliarz.... and he really thinks there shouldn't be any regulations. What a trip, eh?”
“My family and friends do something similar - nowadays when the talk starts getting negative or petty, someone will say, "Hey, President Obama wouldn't like to hear that kind of talk," or "Come on now, let's act right for President Obama."”
“I guess the salient issues are (1) the possibility that the kid was under 17 when it started (which would make it a statutory crime), (2) the fact that Sam lied about it with so much gusto and indignation, and (3) the whiff of sexual harassment/ abuse of power, since it started as a semi-professional "mentoring" relationship. Here in the land of Bob Packwood and Neil Goldschmidt, it's just kind of embarrassing. Chicago's got the crooks, but Portland's got the pervs. Of course, that's why a lot of us moved here.”
“The plane didn't crash the plane through any fault of Sullenberger's, as far as anyone can tell. A pilot can't usually see birds (and can't avoid them if s/he does see them). For that matter a bus driver can't always see a patch of ice. But you're right that there's always luck involved in these scenarios - both the bad luck to hit the obstacle in the first place and the good luck to have certain factors and resources that help you survive it. Nonetheless, what Sullenberger did was really a remarkable test of skill. I come from a family of pilots and we cried and celebrated all day.”
“I feel the same way, Helen. Hey, this is a little bit silly, but have you ever heard the song "Jimmy Carter Says Yes?" It was on one of those 1970s novelty records where people would send in lyrics and the company would set them to music. And, well, here it is:
Jun 16, 2008 at 21:01:08
“I keep trying to figure out why this blog touched such a nerve, since I do think the class aspects of yoga practice, particularly in N.Y., are worth considering. I think my sticking point is that I know some wealthy or type-A people who are genuinely trying to dissolve their egos and become more compassionate people through yoga and similar practices, but also some people who seem to transfer the same ego-driven behavior to these practices, so it becomes just a new way to put themselves above other people, this time by feeling more evolved, cool, hard-core, authentic, etc. To me, yoga is least attractive when it's used as a way to authorize or bolster one's relative privilege and dominance in the world, and most attractive when it's a way to question these things and move toward a more kind, open, and egalitarian way of being. I think Ms. Cahn's blog is aiming for the latter, but we're all creatures of ego and in-group/out-group thinking, me included. For me, it's easier to have compassion for hippies than for rich ladies from Westchester, but this article is helping me to look within a little bit more on that one and try to work on my own stereotyping ways - so thank you for that, and namaste.”
RPLinNYC on Jun 17, 2008 at 10:32:40
“Thanks for taking the time to sort this out, vivela.
I too have been unsettled by the negativity here, but I think it is in the post itself.
I agree with your read on how yoga can go either way -- but i believe that the poster is an example of the former (ego-driven) way. I was quite put off by this post and my reaction was only confirmed by the poster's cheerfully obtuse retorts to some of the comments when she might have taken the opportunity there to check herself in the mirror (provided by the comments). I'm dismayed to hear that she is an instructor, tho I also know that certification is no guarantee of an evolved attitude, just a start. With all due respect, this poster seems to fetishize the trappings of yoga and misses out on the spirit.”
“It really warms the heart when someone takes an interest in learning new vocabulary words, like "disenfranchised." For her next step, I think this superdelegate might benefit from looking up the definition.”
Jun 4, 2008 at 23:46:00
“I don't think we need to worry too much about this one - there's no guarantee that a fundamentalist eugenics program (or a progressive one) would actually work, and there are plenty of people who don't exactly abide by their parents' social and political platforms, plenty of impressionable children in need of care and guidance, and plenty of other ways to influence the younger generation besides trying to breed our own little soldiers. One could always try to lead by example, advocate for better education, or hand out a leaflet or something. OK, maybe not a leaflet, per se, but you know what I mean - whatever this thing is that we're doing right here, I have heard it said that the young people are available for persuasion through these very channels.”