Currently reading a pre-release copy of Brad Warner’s new book, Sex, Sin and Zen — available on Labor Day. Watch for a review.
“Life is just one damned thing after another.”
~ Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens)
Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.
After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.
~ Zen proverb
…GoDaddy, which is making a yearly habit of getting more press because of its “edgy” ads than it does with the actual ads, employs racer Danica Patrick that features “supermodels with short skirts and furry creatures emerging from vehicles” for the spot. At some point, somebody calls the beaver a beaver in the commercial. Fox told GoDaddy if it wanted the commercial run, it would need to omit the reference to nature’s most skilled gnawers…
So, Go-Daddy complied. See what they did. Talk about Faux handing them a ticket to the prom…
“When I got married, all I was thinking about was my own joy at committing to my partner for the rest of my life. I didn’t think about all the people I was hurting by getting married. That was selfish.”
~ Portia de Rossi, commenting tongue in cheek on her marriage to Ellen DeGeneres.
As hopeful as I am on this morning after, the cynic in me always is ready for things to go kerflooey on a global scale. What with the Gaza situation, China back to its repressive, pre-Olympics mindset and Russia seemingly nostalgic for a Cold War redux, my mind starts to wax apocalyptic. And when things get real scary, like most people, I think about starting my own religious cult. I’ve obviously got the leadership thing down, having been captain of my high-school debate team. If you’re not inclined to join my cult, maybe you’ll want to start your own, and in the that spirit, I’ve put together some tips to make your cult as successful as possible.
My adopted daughter Tracey does it again:
There are parents who have a special adult-only evening planned with dining, dancing and a toast at midnight. I envy those who have a reservation at a restaurant that doesn’t have paper placemats and crayons. But there are some others who have reservations of a different sort, and prefer to spend New Year’s Eve at home, or with friends close by rather than venturing too far or too long on the roads. And it is we who will begin the challenging task of baby-proofing the evening for the Baby New Year. …
Too wonderful! (Thanks Steve)
This offering of a “dharma burger” (Buddhist stuff used for merchandising) comes via Worst Horse, who coined the expression.
…though he claims to be a seeker, someone who “has to find out” why believers believe, Maher sets out not after answers but cheap laughs that preach, so to speak, to the converted. Rather than talk to Bishop Desmond Tutu — hey, how much fun would that be? — he goes out and about, scouring the globe for people whose responses to his qualms will make facile cinema. Review: ‘Religulous’ – Los Angeles Times
Instead of us all sending around emails about how horrible she is, let’s
all make a donation to Planned Parenthood in Sarah Palin’s name.
And here’s the good part: when you make a donation to PP in her name,
they’ll send her a card telling her that the donation has been made in
Here’s the link to the Planned Parenthood website:
You’ll need to fill in the address to let PP know where to send the ‘in Sarah Palin’s honor’ card. I suggest you use the address for the McCain campaign headquarters, which is:
c/o McCain for President
1235 S. Clark Street
Arlington , VA 22202
PS: make sure you use that link above or choose the pulldown of Donate–Honorary or Memorial Donations, not the regular ‘Donate Online’
[Thanks to Steve Waskow and Steve Bass.]
Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama appeared on the “Late Show” with David Letterman in New York on Wednesday, a day after heated debate ignited over a “pig” remark some took as a slam against Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. The following is a transcript of the “Late Show” interview.
Dave: “Let me ask you a question here. Have you ever actually put lipstick on a pig?”