“The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I have to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand.” — Paul Ryan
THE ME PARTY
So, Willard opts for one of America’s biggest Ayn Rand groupies.
Frankly, I’m glad. Romney’s vice presidential tab provides us with a necessary referendum on where we want to go.
Will the Great United States, Inc. be the land of the mythical rugged individualist? Will the number two man in the nation be a profit-oriented slave to economic theory? Or will we cast our lot for four more years of a man who pays exquisite lip service to hope and change?
Yeah, I’m fabulously unimpressed with the choices I’ll have this November. But I’ve still got my c-note on Barack. And he’s still got my vote.
THE LAST STAND
Indiana’s second-greatest writer, Monroe Anderson of Gary, has the Sikh Temple Shooting all doped out.
Wade Page is the canary in America’s racial coalmine. Anderson points out that this holy land already has passed a point of no return.
To wit: just over a year ago, minority births for an entire year in the US exceeded those of whites.
And that train ain’t slowin’ down, babies.
The End Is Near
Guys like Page, who immerse themselves in thoughts of white and black and brown and oh dear god what’ll happen to us all when the mud races take over, are doing doing what little they can to delay the inevitable.
Those of us who are sane don’t care what color our progeny will be in 50, 100, and 200 years. The Page gang thinks about it constantly.
They think they’re losing the battle but they’re not going down without a fight.
Expect more guys like Wade Page to pop up over the next few years.
Oh, and don’t kid yourself. It’s one of the driving forces behind the monolithic force of the gun lobby.
MITT’S BLOOD MONEY
One more thing about Mitt:
And I predict this will have absolutely zero effect on the American electorate.
Here’s how I waste my time. How about you? Share your fave sites with us via the comments section. Just type in the name of the site, not the url; we’ll find them. If we like them, we’ll include them — if not, we’ll ignore them.
❏ I Love Charts — Life as seen through charts.
❏ XKCD — “A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.”
❏ Skepchick — Women scientists look at the world and the universe.
❏ Indexed — All the answers in graph form, on index cards.
❏ I Fucking Love Science — A Facebook community of science geeks.
❏ Present & Correct — Fun, compelling, gorgeous and/or scary graphic designs and visual creations throughout the years and from all over the world.
❏ Flip Flop Fly Ball — Baseball as seen through infographics, haikus, song lyrics, and other odd communications devices.
❏ Mental Floss — Facts.
❏ Caps Off Please — Comics & fun.
❏ Sodaplay — Create your own models or play with other people’s models.
❏ Eat Sleep Draw — An endless stream of artwork submitted by an endless stream of people.
❏ Big Think — Tapping the brains of notable intellectuals for their opinions, predictions, and diagnoses.
❏ The Daily Puppy — So shoot me.
Electron Pencil event listings: Music, art, movies, lectures, parties, receptions, games, benefits, plays, meetings, fairs, conspiracies, rituals, etc.
◗ IU Gladstein Fieldhouse — Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale, flea market for items rescued from student moveouts; 7:30am-3pm
◗ City Hall, Showers Plaza — Farmers Market; 8am-1pm
◗ Unitarian Universalist Church — Summer garage sale; 8am-1pm
◗ Bloomington American Legion Post — Back-to-School Breakfast, all you can eat, sponsore dby the Bloomington Community Band; 8-11am
◗ Discardia ReBoutique — Grand opening, non-profit gift store featuring goods made from recycled materials; 10am-6pm
◗ Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center — Workshop: Mind Training through Pain and Disability, presented by Ani Choekye; 10:30am-noon
◗ IU Art Museum — Theme tour: Exploring German Expressionism; 2-3pm
◗ Downtown Nashville — Second Saturday Village Art Walk; 5-8pm
◗ IU Fine Arts Theater — Ryder Film Series: “Kumaré: The True Story of a False Prophet”; 7pm
◗ IU Cinema — Film: “To Rome with Love”; 7pm
◗ Muddy Boots Cafe, Nashville — Barbara McGuire; 7-9pm
◗ IU Bill Armstrong Stadium — Hoosier Women Soccer vs. Northern Kentucky University; 7:30pm
◗ Brown County Playhouse, Nashville — Music: Area Code 812, Blue Mafia; 7:30pm
◗ IU Woodburn Hall Theater — Ryder Film Series: “The Pigeoneers”; 8pm
◗ Cafe Django — Ron Kadish Quartet; 8-10pm
◗ Max’s Place — The Groundsmen; 8pm
◗ The Comedy Attic — Tim Wilson; 8 & 10:30pm
◗ IU Fine Arts Theater — Ryder Film Series: “Polisse”; 8:30pm
◗ Bear’s Place — Dirty Kluger; 9pm
◗ The Bluebird — Sheila Steven, Bigg Country; 9pm
◗ Lake Monroe, Paynetown SRA — Perseid Meteor Shower Party at Deer Run Shelter; 9:15-10:45pm
◗ Muddy Boots Cafe, Nashville — David Dwyer; 9:30pm
◗ Max’s Place — James Woodard & Friends; 10pm
◗ Ivy Tech Waldron Center — Exhibits:
- “40 Years of Artists from Pygmalion’s”; through September 1st
◗ IU Art Museum — Exhibits:
- Qiao Xiaoguang, “Urban Landscape: A Selection of Papercuts” ; through August 12th
- “A Tribute to William Zimmerman,” wildlife artist; through September 9th
- Willi Baumeister, “Baumeister in Print”; through September 9th
- Annibale and Agostino Carracci, “The Bolognese School”; through September 16th
- “Contemporary Explorations: Paintings by Contemporary Native American Artists”; through October 14th
- David Hockney, “New Acquisitions”; through October 21st
- Utagawa Kuniyoshi, “Paragons of Filial Piety”; through fall semester 2012
- Julia Margaret Cameron, Edward Weston, & Harry Callahan, “Intimate Models: Photographs of Husbands, Wives, and Lovers”; through December 31st
- “French Printmaking in the Seventeenth Century”; through December 31st
◗ IU SoFA Grunwald Gallery — Exhibits:
- Coming — Media Life; August 24th through September 15th
- Coming — Axe of Vengeance: Ghanaian Film Posters and Film Viewing Culture; August 24th through September 15th
◗ IU Kinsey Institute Gallery — “Ephemeral Ink: Selections of Tattoo Art from the Kinsey Institute Collection”; through September 21st
◗ IU Lilly Library — Exhibit, “Translating the Canon: Building Special Collections in the 21st Century”; through September 1st
◗ IU Mathers Museum of World Cultures — Closed for semester break, reopens Tuesday, August 21st
◗ Monroe County History Center —Photo exhibit, “Bloomington: Then and Now” by Bloomington Fading; through October 27th