“I think it’s funny, but the last thing you’ll ever see me do is jump up and down, saying, “These are lies!” That would be unfair and unkind to my good friends in the gay community. I’m not going to let anyone make it seem like being gay is a bad thing. My private life is private, and I’m very happy in it. Who does it hurt if someone thinks I’m gay? I’ll be long dead and there will still be people who say I was gay. I don’t give a shit.”—
“The beginning of your program? Your Earth is spinning in the wrong direction.”—astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, to Jon Stewart, on the graphic in the opening credits of “The Daily Show.” (via washingtonpoststyle)
So I was just on the back porch of my hooch in near total darkness, my hands going through the motions of cleaning my bowl with baby wipes, a bottle of water, and some hand soap. My headphones were streaming some decidedly relaxing Air. The stars here are absolutely brilliant, especially on a night like tonight, the moon a waxing crescent and all.
My senses oblivious to all but the cold on my hands and the sight of the stars in the sky. Half way through my rinse cycle, the mountains, some 15 miles away are illuminated with a half dozen strings of the most brilliant orange, yellow, and ambers I’ve seen, flames tracing the outline of what I would normally, during the daylight, recognize as the peaks that represent the border with Pakistan. Six strips, probably a half mile long each left smoldering in the wake of what, after I take my earbuds out, I realize are ISAF fighter jets mulling about the area.
Someone out there is having, or I guess had would be more appropriate, a decidedly less pleasant Saturday night than I.
The soup in my wonderfully clean bowl is delicious.
Washington State has tended to be ahead of the rest of the country when it comes to abortion rights. Prior to Roe v. Wade, it was one of four states with sweeping legal protections to terminate a pregnancy. Now, the state is looking to set new precedent: It could soon become the first state to require all health plans to cover abortion.