Thursday, November 6, 2014

Darwinian Twitter Talk

Someone told me the other day that Oliver appeared on Twitter, dressed in his Halloween costume of Jake from State Farm. I think I set up a Twitter account a while back, but I haven't ever twittered, and today as I traversed the highways and byways of this great and insane city, Twitter-like thoughts were really the only thoughts that I had. Other than those thoughts, I spent a bit of time shedding tears, but I can't really tell you about all of that, so here's the diversion. Twitter thoughts. You know the kind, I think. Sentences or groups of words that are less than 140 characters. Is that right?


That's Darwin up there, and his wise old lined face and weird pancake index finger, his shushing motion, gives me comfort.

I gaze at him in response to the agita I feel reading about the new Repubs in town, and the old Repubs with new power.


Evidently, the estimable Republican senator from Oklahoma, Jim Inhofe, uses verses from the Old Testament to deny climate change as a human problem. He is poised to become the head of the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

Here's what he told a group of Christian youth:

“[T]he Genesis 8:22 that I use in there is that ‘as long as the earth remains there will be seed time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night.’ My point is, God’s still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.”

I think that was too long for a proper Twitter, but it gives me the shivers.

Holy shit.

Let go and let God, at best.

I wish Darwin would appear to Inhofe in a dream with his finger against his lips like the photo. I imagine Inhofe would think it was God Himself and perhaps shut up.

I don't even feel bullied into voting anymore by those who rattle on about who died or was chained to give us the privilege to vote. I vote, but purely on principle.

I don't believe that my vote counts for a bean, to tell you the truth. Or yours.

I vote so I can visit the Korean church down the street or the Lawrence of La Brea Morroccan rug store.

Kids in Florida with epilepsy won't be able to legally try cannabis to stop their seizures, but their older brothers and fathers can stand their ground and protect themselves with assault rifles if they feel threatened.


Evidently a few red states whose residents have benefitted the most from the Affordable Care Act, insured for the first time, voted for conservative governors who want to repeal the reforms.

I think that was too long for a proper Twitter, but it gives me the shivers.

I try not to think some people are stupid, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say it.

Some people are stupid.

That Inhofe keeps his smarts in a leaky bucket, someone said today.

Twitter, twitter, twitter, twitter, twitter, twitter.



  1. I think that the word "twitter" may be an insult to the birds.
    My Lord but how I love your picture of Darwin. He does look like a god.
    I told Mr. Moon about Oliver's Halloween costume and he could not quit laughing. "She sounds hideous!" he would say, and laugh again.
    Maybe we should say, "Let go and laugh."
    Yes. Some people are stupid. It's just the truth.
    Obviously, quite a few. Let us bide our time. The pendulum always swings the other way to balance.

  2. I love your tweets. You should tweet them on twitter too. It would lift the level of insight tremendously.

  3. I'm sorry that you are crying. I'm sending you a non-partisan hug ((hug))

  4. Other than the part about your tears I absolutely adore this post.

  5. But did Oliver appear on Twitter if you didn't tweet him?!

    I deleted my Twitter account. I decided at some point that I just don't need that in my life. Likewise Linked In and Foursquare, and I think I will do the same with Pinterest.

    Re. Inhofe, it is incredible to me that someone really believes that in this day and age. I have to believe he is posturing for his constituents. I hope so, anyway.

  6. I also have a twitter account that I ignore - do I really care what people think in 140 characters or less - nope I don't.

    Great post - I love the part about the medical marijuana. Thanks again for reminding us that the ridiculous is out there and we need to be prepared.

  7. As a Canadian, I must say I enjoy feeling politically superior to Americans (not our present PM though). Just lucked out I guess where I live- I'm sure if I were born and raised say in Kentucky and was poor and couldn't afford post-secondary education and etc. - my political views would be different. So much seems to depend on where you were born, how you were raised, if you could afford to go to university or not, if you were raised in a religious household, etc. I'd love to claim a superior intellect for my lefter wing views but realistically, if I had been born and raised somewhere else to parents who couldn't afford to send me to university - I'd have far different views. But despite all that, I still love the superior feeling! Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum, the Duggars, Michelle Bachmann - it's like candy to a baby.
    - Karen



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