Occasional Notes: Temptations
Savants have much disputed and are in no agreement about whether Moses predates Bacchus or vice versa. Both were great men; but when Moses struck the rock with his staff he drew forth only water, while Bacchus struck the ground with his thyrsus and drew forth wine instead. Thus come all of the drinking songs in honor of Bacchus, while Moses gets only maybe one or two. — Voltaire, Les Lettres d’Amabed
At some point, let’s see, must have been…August 2010 or so, our younger daughter Violet, then 6, decided she was actually Calvin, and therefore a boy. Thus, her precious special stuffed animal Saki, probably the single least tiger-like toy in the universe, was Hobbes. She was in a phase of reading—well, being read to—a LOT of Calvin and Hobbes, which constantly reduced her to paroxysms of laughter. She is one of the laughingest children ever, so this isn’t hard, but her love of Calvin and Hobbes was special.
So, she insisted we all call her Calvin, and call Saki “Hobbes.” And refused to wear any of her dresses or skirts or girly T-shirts. And then a few months later she insisted she needed a boy’s haircut, and a boy bathing suit, and also boy underwear.
This to me is part of why people are interesting.
Naked Therapy: This is what happens when ex-gays run their own ex-gay program. Can’t say much for the success rate, but at least it’s well attended.
Rand Paul for VP: Rojas is right, Rand Paul would make a very strong VP candidate. But I don’t see Mitt Romney of all people choosing him:
At a stroke, Romney ensures the full support of the Paulites, who would otherwise overwhelmingly defect to Gary Johnson in November; indeed, he likely cements them to the Republican Party for a generation. He brings any possibility of a third-party campaign by Ron Paul to a screeching, immediate halt, and resolves any possible convention dispute by giving Ron Paul a Thursday night speech in which he introduces his son–a platform on which Ron will promote the ticket rather than his own pet causes. He enhances his candidacy in an otherwise loseable state and region and bucks up otherwise questionable support among independent libertarian centrists AND tea partiers.
Of course, it would ruin libertarian messaging, so maybe Rand Paul would decline anyway. Or party insiders might try to discourage it, as they did with Rand’s Senate run in the first place.
Should the Times Report Facts? Opinions differ.
Sabrage: At some point in my life I really need to have a sabrage party. Probably outdoors, mind you: