Once I Was a Clever Boy: Campion country
Mary's Dowry Productions
John McWhorter Kicks Butt, Takes Names
1 hour ago
The Quebe Sisters Band
12/1/12 - Nashville, TN.
Performing on the Sat. Nite Grand Ole Opry. Held at the historic Ryman Auditorium - 7 PM & 9:30 PM CST
Tune in to 650 AM WSM or listen online
White Knight motivations I have observed (and some of which I engaged in before I learned better).
1) Thinking that if you let her cry on your shoulder eventually she will let you in her pants. In retrospect this is so pathetic I want to vomit.
2) Genuinely believing what you are taught in school and church, namely that women are innocent victims of predatory men, and that they need a “knight in shining armor” to save them from the bad guys they have between their legs. The women in question are, of course, entirely without responsibility for the bad boys being between their legs. Don’t ask why, it doesn’t really matter.
3) As a corollary to number 2, being taught by church/school/family that a “real man” takes care of women, even when the women in question created their own problems, and only want someone else to take the responsibility of their actions on their behalf.
4) As a corollary to number 3, failing to realize that the distressed damsel does NOT want to be rescued… She just wants somebody to pay the bills for her until the next hot bad boy comes along.
5) Actually believing that if you show her what a truly sensitive and caring guy you really are, and how you will always be there for her, she will someday realize that you are the one. And then let you into her panties. Because that’s how it works out in all the chick flicks, and that’s what all these women are telling you they “really want.”
6) As a corollary to number 5, believing what women tell you they want rather than actually believing what you see them doing with your own lying eyes. Because obviously women never lie, and your eyes deceive you all the time. Because if that’s not the way it is, you’ve been playing YOURSELF for a chump all along…. and you just can’t bear to admit that yet, now can you?
7) Desperately wanting approval from your family/church/female friends so badly that you voluntarily cover your own eyes to avoid seeing the truth. Because if you see the truth then you realize that you live in a fallen and sinful world, and women are just as guilty and depraved as men, and so…..
7. MY KID’S TEACHER SAID “LIKE”
Private schools cost a fortune in New York but the public schools are so terrible, the supply still can’t meet the demand. Once you’re finally afforded the opportunity to pay through the nose just so your kid doesn’t spend all day fighting Puerto Ricans, you’re still stuck with a teacher that says your boy’s progress is “Like, really amazing.” OMG. My father’s generation learned Latin for free. Today it costs tens of thousands of dollars to teach your kid to talk like a babysitter.
"The Americans," a period spy drama starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as KGB agents undercover in Reagan-era America, will also be debuting in January, but no date has been set yet, other than that it will be later than the shows announced today.
KA: You hate Jack on Lost! So do I. You get into this question in the book with some of the individual shows that had disappointing endings, but I want to ask about your personal feelings: How much do you as both a fan and critic care about how a show ends? (I will say that I've found that terrible conclusions very much affect my memories of loving a show: I retrofit that love. And never want to re-watch them.)
AS: As someone who went back and re-watched large chunks of these shows in order to write the book, I really didn't find my experience affected by knowing how things ended, whether well or poorly. Those early Lost episodes are still amazing. My favorite Sopranos episodes aren't ruined because I'm thinking of the scene at the ice cream parlor (which I've kind of grown to like, anyway). For me, I think the opposite becomes much more true: that a great ending is more likely to retroactively raise my opinion of a show than a bad ending is to diminish it. The Shield was an excellent show throughout its run, but I think the thing that elevates it into the discussion with the HBO and AMC shows for a place in the all-time pantheon are those last two episodes. That's a case of a serialized drama doing everything we've said throughout this era that we wanted them to do: paying off almost every major story thread, and in the most emotionally powerful way possible. And when I was looking back over old Shield episodes, I found my interest raised even over some periods I found patchier at the time.
Precious Cross to visit Holy Virgin Cathedral Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2.
Fr. Ioannis will be at the Cathedral from 9am on Saturday, December 1, and will remain in the Cathedral through the Vigil that evening. The following day, Sunday, December 2, he will be present during both Liturgies.
Here is more information:
Father Ioannis Maridakis from Greece is a priest at the parish of the Birth of the Theotokos in the town of Galata on the island of Crete. He has a metal cross with a piece of the Precious Cross of Christ with a drop of His Blood. The cross was given to Fr. Ioannis in September of 2003 by Maria Panou, the mother of the current representative of the Holy Sepulcher in Athens, who in turn received this cross from Patriarch Diodoros of Jerusalem. A month later after receiving the cross, Fr. Ioannis blessed with this cross a sick person at a hospital in Athens and the patient got well the next day. Since then Fr. Ioannis has blessed thousands of people with this cross in many countries. In the last several years, hundreds of people were healed from various illnesses, including cancer and infertility. Miraculous healings from various illnesses have been documented. The cross gives off a sweet scent and at times streams myrrh.
In today's fitness industry - because yes...it is an "industry" just like there is a car industry, food industry, etc,. - too many basic, universal, natural movements are completely overlooked. Completely. Movement as a whole is overlooked. Movement has become a tool for muscles..., while biologically muscles are mere tools for movement.
Back in the days...yes back, far back, a hundred, two hundreds, several hundreds of years ago, you know long long before Jane Fonda's "aerobic" and Arnold Schwarzenegger's body-building? "Fitness" did not exist. At least, our modern concept of fitness. But physical education did exist, and physical education was entirely based on preparing people's bodies and minds to demands of the real world. Practical physical competence and adaptability was at the core of their physical practice.
So you think they cared much about how "tone" their butts were? Or concerned about "core stabilization"? Or obsessed by the size and shape of their muscles? That's right, they didn't give a damn about those things. They did care about their ability to be strong in practical manners, i.e. physically competent in real world situations, where they could also be physically helpful and useful to themselves and others, to their community.
The finality of it all, this whole modern fitness industry, has switched from the truly practical to the clearly superficial. What a mistake and what a loss! Most fitness "experts" think inside of the box, as indeed their approach is boxed, severely boxed within the limitations of conventional thinking. They can't help but compartmentalize all the time....compartmentalize body parts, muscles, joints, physiological adaptations. They compartmentalize....you. You are not a whole being, no. You are upper body vs lower body. You are "core strength" vs "cardio". Though such an approach may work quite well for specific applications, it is not what the overwhelming majority of people need. You people need move naturally. You people need move humanly, to move the way humans do, beyond social and cultural or even historical differences. To revert back to your universal origins, to the deepest, most ancient forms of movement. The same way the eagle moves like eagles do, the bear moves like bears do, the dolphin moves like dolphins do, humans need move like humans, universally or at least originally, do.
I am not afraid to say that, except a few rare exceptions, a lot of what I see in today's fitness industry looks like a farce to me. What has this industry created in the last few decades that is so brilliant and so effective? Thousands of different exercise machines? Yeah!!! Tons of fitness plastic props and gadgets? Yeah!!! Thousands of gimmicky "conditioning" drills mostly based on muscle or joint isolation, that are terribly boring to do, and that for the most part do not relate to evolutionary, biological movement needs or function nor translate - or very minimally - to real world needs? Yeah!!! Have you ever heard that "less is more"? Because it is. What has this modern fitness industry invented that is so clever, so useful, so indispensable or so enticing? "Fitness", from a contemporary standpoint, has become 3 things. First, a temporary chore, an ineffective quick-fix for being out of shape. Secondly it is the delusional expectation of getting the physical appearance of those Photoshopped models and celebs you see in every magazine. Last, it is an industry that thrives on people's ignorance, vanity or despair. An industry that makes money on somatoform disorders, on body dysmorphic syndrome.
But moving naturally, humanly is not a chore, it is a biological duty. Furthermore, there is more to building a body than building muscle, and there is much more to building a human being than building their body. Ultimately, what we do should liberate and empower us. Now go step in a modern gym and tell me if you think you will liberate and empower yourself in such an environment?
I'm telling you, exercising the body is a stupid idea. What!?!? Yes, a stupid idea. I never exercise my body. I exercise my whole person through movement. I "exercise" my freedom; and the primary form of freedom is the freedom of movement.
In movement I am strong. In movement I am beautiful. In movement I am happy and free. In movement I am a physical expression of my spirit and a spiritual expression of my body. And I wish you the same, because you can experience the same, you can be the same, in your whole entire way. It belongs to all of us. It is our universal birthright. It is one of the most precious gifts of life.
Exercise your freedom. Get moving!