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Where has this been all my life? How come no one told me about it!? I’m very disappointed in you, internets.

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I don’t watch The View very often, but I enjoy their hot topics shows because I think they do a good job of covering the gamut of reasonably expected responses (considered/intellectual: Whoopi, Barbara; ignorant/emotional: Sherri, Elizabeth; going for the punchline: Joy). Today they were talking about the rumor of Joe Biden’s daughter having snorted cocaine and one of her dirtbag ‘friends’ shopping it around to tabloids. They were saying that you can’t tie the actions of a child to the parent, with which I absolutely agree.

Kids come into this world with their own personality and ability to make their own decisions. Ideally, the way that they are raised will influence some of their decisionmaking processes but ultimately they are their own person.

That shook round to the political spectrum and how it’s potentialy MORE unfair to hold these kids up because the press implies their parents aren’t good at their JOBS rather than at parenting (which is the more logical conclusion). This, of course, brought up the issue of Bristol Palin. I think there’s a difference in that particular case.

If Sarah Palin had refused to comment about the pregnancy (Biden has yet to comment on the drug allegation), or simply requested privacy, that would  have been just fine. Instead she started crowing about how proud she was of her daughter’s “choice” and turned it into a pro-life wictory. This would also be fine, if Sarah Palin wasn’t actively campaigning to take that exact same “choice” away from everyone else. She SHOULD have been talking about how there wasn’t a choice, of course Bristol was having that kid because it was the only right thing to do – because that’s what she believes.. Instead, she MADE it a political issue by discussing it in those terms,  precisely because she’s AGAINST a woman’s right to control her own bodily functions, and that is why it became okay to talk about it. You’ll notice that Bristol’s “choice” was a topic of conversation but her decision to drop out of high school was barely a blip.

Being a politician doesn’t hold you to a higher standard of being a parent. It doesn’t hold your kids to a higher standard, because your kids are entitled to make their own mistakes and learn from them. It DOES require that you occasionally shut your mouth and put your kids before your own political agenda.

The View was also hilarious today talking about Twitter. The whole ‘not getting it’ is easy to see. It’s sort of a mindless occupation, though it can be entertaining.

I was kind of interested to see Bill O’Reilly on the show and see if Joy Behar or Whoopi were going to call him out. O’Reilly *did* make a good point about shopping with your dollars – if you disagree with something, use your money to make your impact. It was also hilarious that Bill suddenly wanted to “move on”  when they began discussing WHY we were in Iraq. Oddly, he rarely wants to “move on” on his own show. Speaking of which, I wanted to link this particularly heinous story. It’s especially nice because he has frequently spoken out on the rights of ‘celebrities’ to not be stalked. I guess famous people get more rights than everyone else.

Last political note: when the economists say you’ve got to keep spending money in order to fix the problem, people like Bill O’Reilly and Sherri Shepard should STFU. We’ve already spent into what most average people would consider to be imaginary numbers (as in, we can’t IMAGINE how much money it is) so if the people who study this FOR A LIVING think it’s the right path, I’m okay with it.

In unrelated news, I’m finally posting my CO snowpocalypse photos!

 

The trees outside my house, when I left.

The trees outside my house, when I left.

 

 

 

 

 

Merging onto I-70, believe it or not.

Merging onto I-70, believe it or not.

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Unless, that is, you have no idea what I mean by BSG and in that case you probably won’t WANT to read this post. ;)

I think the gut reaction for a lot of fans was that I WANT MY KARA/LEE 4EVAH. I’ll admit it – I totally felt it for about 15 seconds. And then I started thinking about the Kara/Lee dynamic and why that ending for them totally worked (because it did).

From the start, Kara and Lee were on separate courses destined for a collision. It starts with drunken flirting and Kara’s admission that she fears “being forgotten” most, while she’s dating/engaged to his BROTHER of all things. Kara is the absolute arbiter of self-destruction. On the other hand, all of her self-destructive behaviors and crazy widespread fallout ensure that she WON’T in fact be forgotten.

Their sexual tension doesn’t ever dissipate because they never REALLY consummate what they both clearly want. She’s afraid it will mean actual happiness and a descent into ‘comfortable,’ ‘normal’ – forgettable. She’s also afraid of disappointing Lee, of screwing it up. When they finally have sex, she takes off and marries Sam – ensuring that Lee will always wonder WTF – both about her and what it means about HIM, what he did wrong.

She’s never really serious with Sam and begins pushing him away almost immediately and guaranteeing that his life will also be halfway ruined by her. He can’t ever quite let her go because he never really had her to start with.

Meanwhile, she Starbucks for all she’s worth. Does the crazy things no one else does, has no fear of her death in these ridiculous exploits because even if she bites it – people will KNOW. She doesn’t mind being talked about, being badmouthed. She has clearly defined her role and never deviates – not for a moment. She’s a trainwreck. She takes a lot of prisoners, tortures them, and makes no apologies. She doesn’t apologize when Leoben takes HER prisoner. And when she’s told she has a destiny (over and over) she isn’t upset about THAT – she’s upset that she can’t SEE it, can’t touch it, can’t CONTROL it. She’s been so busy making herself memorable that she’s afraid to let go of the icon she’s created and is afraid her destiny might take it.

Lee, meanwhile, is always half a person. He’s always responsible for someone or TO someone. His brother, his father, Kara, Dee. He can’t be who he wants to be because it will hurt his brother (and his brother’s memory) if he really pursues Kara. He’s the guy who has to try and keep Kara put together since she’s so determined to flame out spectacularly and in public view. He can’t walk away from the military (or roles of responsibility) because his father’s gravitational pull is impossible to overcome. The only way he can defend himself is to try and create his own roles and ultimately falls short. His relationship with Dee was far less well defined but it becomes clear that Dee sees herself as the rebound girl. Lee is responsible again, for not making her feel valued or important. He’s still not able to be himself. He doesn’t have any idea who he is but he has a thousand ideas about who he COULD be if his life was just different.

And in the end, Kara has become something EVERYONE will remember. She’s remembered because NO ONE knows what she really was. An oracle, an angel, a savior? The contradiction – that someone so flawed could become something so mysteriously benefiical – has guaranteed her the one thing she wanted most. She is the enigma that allows them to keep living, keep believing. And when she leaves, she’s the perfect example for how you don’t REALLY get a second chance. You don’t get to have a second life where you can do everything right – even if you’ve learned from all your mistakes – or get to rewrite history. The second chance is a great idea but you have to live your life like you only get the one you’ve got. 

I wish Lee had chosen his own destiny, but it makes perfect sense that he can’t. Dee leaves him – twice – and the first time was an attempt to make him choose his own path. The second time she left, she was so far past him that he couldn’t even see her. His father leaves him as well, and I’m willing to wank that it’s because he knows Lee will never become his own man with the Admiral around. And Kara winks out in the moment before he can ask her to stay. He can see the thousand paths he might take but now he HAS to take one, and the only one he’s repsonsible to is himself. There is no one to live up to, no one to take care of, no accounting to be made. He gets to finally become Lee.

There are a few things I would quibble about with the finale, but this is the one thing the writers got perfectly and absolutely right.

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The slideshow is spectacular. Love, love, LOVE the posters these students came up with.

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I have to take a trip down to BV today so I’ve got useless lemery first and photos later:

How many of these best-picture Oscar nominated movies have you seen? Bold the ones you’ve seen, regardless of whether you saw them in the cinema, on TV/video, or on a plane years after they came out.

1980.  Ordinary People, Coal Miner’s Daughter, The Elephant Man, Raging Bull, Tess
1981.  Chariots of Fire, Reds, Atlantic City, On Golden Pond, Raiders of the Lost Ark
1982.  Gandhi, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Missing, Tootsie, The Verdict
1983.  Terms of Endearment, The Big Chill, The Dresser, The Right Stuff, Tender Mercies
1984.  Amadeus, The Killing Fields, A Passage to India, Places in the Heart, A Soldier’s Story
1985.  Out of Africa, The Color Purple, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Prizzi’s Honor, Witness
1986.   Platoon, Children of a Lesser God, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Mission, A Room with a View
1987.   The Last Emperor, Broadcast News,Fatal Attraction, Hope and Glory, Moonstruck
1988.   Rain Man, The Accidental Tourist, Dangerous Liaisons, Mississippi Burning, Working Girl
1989.   Driving Miss Daisy, Born on the Fourth of July, Dead Poets Society, Field of Dreams, My Left Foot
1990.   Dances with Wolves, Awakenings, Ghost, The Godfather Part III, Goodfellas
1991.   The Silence of the Lambs, Beauty and the Beast, Bugsy, JFK, The Prince of Tides
1992.   Unforgiven, The Crying Game, A Few Good Men, Howards End, Scent of a Woman
1993.   Schindler’s List, The Fugitive, In the Name of the Father, The Piano, The Remains of the Day
1994.   Forrest Gump, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Pulp Fiction, Quiz Show, The Shawshank Redemption
1995.   Braveheart, Apollo 13, Babe, Il Postino (The Postman), Sense and Sensibility
1996.   The English Patient, Fargo, Jerry Maguire, Secrets & Lies, Shine
1997.   Titanic, As Good as It Gets, The Full Monty, Good Will Hunting, L.A. Confidential
1998.   Shakespeare in Love, Elizabeth, Life Is Beautiful (La vita è bella), Saving Private Ryan, The Thin Red Line
1999.   American Beauty, The Cider House Rules, The Green Mile, The Insider, The Sixth Sense
2000.   Gladiator, Chocolat, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Erin Brockovich, Traffic
2001.   A Beautiful Mind, Gosford Park, In the Bedroom, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Moulin Rouge!
2002.   Chicago, Gangs of New York, The Hours, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Pianist
2003.   The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Lost in Translation, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Mystic River, Seabiscuit
2004.    Million Dollar Baby, The Aviator, Finding Neverland, Ray, Sideways
2005.   Crash, Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Good Night and Good Luck, Munich
2006.   The Departed, Babel, Letters from Iwo Jima, Little Miss Sunshine, The Queen
2007.   No Country for Old Men, Atonement, Juno, Michael Clayton, There Will Be Blood
2008.   Slumdog Millionaire, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, Milk, The Reader

This proves nothing I didn’t already know – I spend too much time watching movies. I feel marginally better that I have an enormous library of books.

What would possibly make this meme more interesting would be to bold the ones you think were actually the best film of that year. Or do a bracket battle to see which of the nominees is ultimately the Best Picture Evar.

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Totally awesome.

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more about “The Quest for G | Quest for G at Miss…“, posted with vodpod

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In case it’s applicable

This is the DC phone number for Colorado’s House Rep (District 5) Doug Lamborn(R): 202-225-4422

Feel free to call and express YOUR opinion about what he should be doing with this stimulus package!

For other CO political stuff: http://www.coloradopols.com/

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