Re: Ask me about my righteousness

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I'm a cause for hope in northern Uganda. Are you?"

I've never really put much thought into it, but hm, sure, I'd like to think so.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 7:04 PM
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North Uganda has no defense. South Uganda is going to win the conference.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 7:07 PM
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Presumably she was an ex child soldier who is not now murdering anyone. Or just a really, really hot woman who visited Northern Uganda.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 7:10 PM
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Sifu is a cause for hope for all mankind.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 7:14 PM
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I can disconfirm the second possibility mentioned in 3.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 7:18 PM
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5: Because the train was air conditioned?


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 7:19 PM
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Hopefully you could also confirm she wasn't murdering anyone on the train.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 7:20 PM
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Watched A Small Act last night. A Swedish schoolteacher gave $15 a month to educate a Kenyan child. That child got a degree, started a general education program, wanted to look modest donor up. etc. Okay, nothing special unless you are interested in education.

(She wasn't so interesting, unless you can have any admiration for a elementary school teacher, holocaust survivor, who lived alone in the same small apartment since 1968. No fucking like bunny, no babies, no boutique Scotch, no arugula. And saved a stranger's life. What a loser, huh.)

I wear my gimme blood donor, breast cancer, and dog charity t-shirts everywhere. I guess the difference is that mine don't bear any reproof.


Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 7:28 PM
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Isn't it nice how Facebook has made everyone aware of breast cancer?


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 7:32 PM
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9: Well, not all the time.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 7:34 PM
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Thinking abut the post, and the movie of 8, and my t-shirts.

She, the benefactor, had a scholarship program in Kenya named for her, and the movie was largely about her going to Kenya after being looked up. Big party, tiny woman made Kikuyu elder. Lots of dancing. She didn't seek out gratitude, but didn't reject it either.

I wear the t-shirts, 1) because I'm cheap, and don't care what I look like. 2) Advertising? Maybe 1 of 1000 will give, and I presume the causes know what they are doing. This is not a coffee mug. 3) And maybe throwing the shirts away or not taking them would be rejecting the gratitude.


Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 7:47 PM
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bob for the connection to humanity!

Seriously, I'm not a fan of logo t-shirts in general, and self-congratulatory charitable giving can certainly be grating. But in general I'm in favor of small daily reminders that hey, there's a big wide world out there and it isn't all like your little corner.

I drive past a Darfur lawn sign pretty regularly. I appreciate that someone cares enough to publicly signal their worldview, even in a neighborhood that is unlikely to be too sympathetic.


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 7:48 PM
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There once was a shirt from Uganda,
whose wearer was saving a panda.
The shirt was real thin,
laying right on her skin.
If only she had breasts like Miranda.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 7:49 PM
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This is not a coffee mug.

Are coffee cups bad? I usually go for the NPR gift mug, but nobody tell Bave, okay?


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 7:50 PM
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LYING right on her skin.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 7:55 PM
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Sometimes I get mad about this kind of thing, because I'm like "Why are you so fucking worked up about northern Uganda or Darfur when there are horrible, immediate problems in your own backyard that no one pays attention to and that you could help with." Then I realize that I'm basically a yuppie bastard who doesn't do much to help with anything locally, either, and that calms me down.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 7:57 PM
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Sorry.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 7:57 PM
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LYING right on her skin.

OK, maybe she's not actually a cause of hope. But if she thinks she is, is it really fair to call it lying?


Posted by: Mr. Blandings | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 8:00 PM
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I like my women like my coffee mugs.
Ostentatiously self-righteous.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 8:01 PM
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9: Oh but Facebook is personalized! Don't overlook this feature! So while yours may be making you aware of breast cancer because it knows you are a cause for hope among all breastkind, mine has discerned from something I have typed that it should inform me about alternatives to manscaping. Thanks, facebook. You're a pal.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 8:11 PM
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I didn't know what 9 and 20 were talking about, but then I remembered I have AdBlock.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 8:14 PM
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"My other t-shirt is a pipe bomb"


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 8:22 PM
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...it should inform me about alternatives to manscaping

Wouldn't being really hairy have occurred to you even without advertising?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 8:24 PM
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23: long about puberty, yah. Less occurred than happened, I guess. I wonder if facebook suggested manscaping alternatives because of something in my profile suggesting teh gay or something indicating Ashkenazic heritage. I guess I'm kind of the daily double.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 8:34 PM
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Risk it all, with... Mister Smearcase!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 8:36 PM
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You can shave your back with a disposable razor taped to a pencil. Maybe I'll make that my Facebook status.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 8:37 PM
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Not exactly to 16, but I recently received a primer (months in advance) for a speaking engagement. I would not have thought it likely that there was a group of people more earnest than I am, but they exist. (Think Unitarians, squared.)

I am apparently to prepare a phrase or quotation for pondering during the "musical interlude" before I speak. Also, members would appreciate it if I would provide a summary of my remarks for later reflection.

Holy Toledo. I am not sure I have written down a speech, other than testimony, in the umpty-umpty years I have been delivering them. I am not sure I can.


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 8:43 PM
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Are you enjoying this chance to feel relatively callous and flippant? You should take this opportunity to revel in being least-earnest.


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 9:00 PM
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What Megan is trying to say is that you need to work some puns in there.


Posted by: Not Prince Hamlet | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 9:03 PM
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I was thinking of starting off with a limerick, actually.


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 9:06 PM
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I'm sure that wasn't what I was trying to say, NPH. I know how to form those words, should I want to say them in that order.

A limerick! Can't go wrong with that.


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 9:11 PM
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An earnest young Quaker from Philly
Said "limericks are really quite silly"
I came to your speech
Instead of the beach
So I expect you to make it a dilly.


Posted by: Not Prince Hamlet | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 9:12 PM
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I put those quotation marks there to punish Megan. Or neB. Those Californians all look alike anyway.


Posted by: Not Prince Hamlet | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 9:13 PM
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Excellent. I'm hiring you as my speechwriter, NPH. What's your rate?


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 9:23 PM
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Alas, I am also of the "speak from an outline, if that" persuasion.


Posted by: Not Prince Hamlet | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 9:30 PM
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I am apparently to prepare a phrase or quotation for pondering during the "musical interlude" before I speak.

What does that even mean? Depending on the tempo of the music, people are going to think about sex or fighting regardless of what you say. And if it is just you giving remarks, who do you call a racist?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 9:34 PM
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Good afternoon, everyone. I'm here today to talk about why public debates about race are really a way of vocalizing our society's fears and biases about sex.

Please ponder that while we enjoy this musicial selection. Brother John?


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 07-13-10 9:43 PM
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Hmm, since I can guess from Witt's Phrase for Pondering that the song in question is going to be Frère Jacques, I'm curious whether thoughts will turn to sex or fighting. Or maybe both!!!


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 07-14-10 6:20 AM
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