Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Lazy Day, definition of. And newsy stuff...

Today was the epitome of a lazy summer day, and I liked it. I worked like mad yesterday to clean my house, pay my bills, balance the checkbook, and veritably got my ducks in a row so that I didn't have any responsibilities today. I woke up not necessarily late but not obscenely early. I went for a jog outside, went to the gym, enjoyed the hell out of the pool, and I piddled around with my blog. Oh, and I nearly finished Kelley Armstrong's new book Waking the Witch, which - by the way - you can win by entering this month's swag contest!

I think this was necessary, and it was a good reminder to me that my days off can - and SHOULD - actually be OFF DAYS! Too many times we fill our days up to the brim, and we set aside the things we'd rather do on our days off, because we feel bad. We feel bad about not doing the chores and mundane daily tasks that keep our lives running. Sure, I could head to the gym for 2 hours, OR I could make sure all the laundry and dishes get done. I could try out a new running trail or go browse around my favorite store, or I could balance the checkbook and pay the bills.

As I get used to this new work schedule of mine, I am hammering out what looks to be the beginnings of a routine. I like routine. I like it because I can work with it and around it. I am not someone that does well getting the things I need/want to get done completed when left to my own devices. Without some form of set schedule to go off of, I seem to scramble to keep my head above water. Anybody else have this problem? Sure, it might make me conformist, but I like my box. I get the irony of loving boundaries while championing the tearing down of convention and conformity.

Hypocrite I may be, but I accept it wholeheartedly.

In verbal dumbassery news: Sarah Palin - that font of unending blog material - invented the word 'refudiate' in a tweet regarding the mosque being built near the Twin Towers' remains. I covered this story back in May of this year. Her tweet went as follows: 

Ground Zero Mosque supporters, doesn’t it stab you in the heart as it does our throughout the heartland? Peaceful Muslims, please refudiate.

Presumably, the former half-term Alaskan governor meant to use the word 'repudiate,' which means 'refuse to accept or be associated with.' While I appreciate the fact that the formerly relevant politician recognizes that not all Muslims are evil terrorists, I disagree with her sentiment - if not her grammar. Why should it stab a Muslim through the heart to have a house of worship built? I'm patriotic, and I don't get the outrage.

Also, after the post was deleted (of course she would delete it), she then compared herself to Shakespeare with this gem:


NPR's Wait..Wait...Don't Tell Me radio show made the humorous observation that Mrs. Palin does share two things with the Bard:

  1. They both quit their jobs halfway through.
  2. Half of the country doesn't get what the other half sees in him/her.
I must say, I agree.


In Presidential appearance news: Barack Obama will be making an appearance on The View on Thursday. Set your DVRs, because this should be good. Will Elisabeth shut the hell up, or will she unleash her conservativeness all over him? Will Sherri be able to contain herself, or will Michelle Obama have to pull Ms. Shephard off his lap as she screams, "Be my babydaddy!" Either way it goes, it will make for one hell of a show.

That's it for now, folks! Remember to comment, tweet, or email your feedback to IncitingARiotPodcast@gmail.com!

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte

5 comments:

  1. Alright I disagree with the mosque at ground zero.
    here is my reasoning behind this.
    I understand that we live in America and we are free to express our religion and views but right now near ground zero that is a place where we lost a lot of American lives. Extremists hijacked the planes and etc. They should have some respect for us in that nature that we lost lives there and they should build it ways away from there. Maybe in another city where we did not have 9/11. I had a friend who's uncle died in that plane crash and I feel like we should respect that area as where we lost many lives.
    I am trying to stay Project Pagan Enough here and neutral but this just crosses the line for right now. I understand it happened almost 9 years a go but they should respect that area and know that they cannot build something there that we would find offensive. Muslum extremists blew up the planes and everything. War in Iraq...HELLOOO we will not approve of such a thing EVER or atleast for a while. Another thing. Where in the world are we going to get the funds for this? incase people have not noticed out country is in debt right now serious debt!!!! Ok I tried to stay neutral here so I am done with this ranting.
    Renee from Mountainsidepagans

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  2. I'm kinda confused by my own team on this one. Private property (and what you can do/build on it) is supposed to be one of our most sacred of sacred cows.

    I understand the distasteful historical context, and how uncomfortable it might be to folks, but if he owns the land he can build what he wants on it.(well, within the guidelines of the law and building codes :P)

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  3. Here is another thing to consider. If you are building on American soil it should not offend people. Golden Rule. I know it is not written in our laws but still GOLDEN RULE of how people live. This is going to bring up controversy, offend people and so on. People riot over small things and it grows and then breaking of buildings then killings. It is an endless cycle of how we live. If the masque is built then it will just get ruined.
    Again funding is the issue as well. We are in a recession as I see it. Why do we want to waste money trying to build things instead of helping the economy?

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  4. Possible offense to people is not a good enough reason to deny someone the freedom to build on their own property.

    As to your 2nd point on funding..The Mosque is being build with private funds, the property is already privately owned by those who wish to construct the mosque.

    This isn't public funding from the State or Federal Government to build the mosque. In fact, it would be $100 million worth of stimulus to the New York economy, in the form of construction costs, permits and property taxes.

    Liberty, it's kind of a big deal.

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  5. Firstly, I'm learning to appreciate taking breaks and stopping for a moment here and there. It's not easy. I have worker bee tendencies and now that I'm self-employed, there's no one to tell me to go and eat lunch. I think most people are hardwired for systems and routines, finding patterns and living within them.

    I don't mind that a Mosque is being built there. I lived in the City for many years and lived with Ground Zero as a backdrop. I think it's important to heal and move forward.

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