January 29, 2006


Arms. Hands.
Most of us, legs and feet.
Wars. Battles.
We call them engagements.
And marriages.

Madness. Insanity.
For most of us reality.
Nurses. Doctors.
Fight for us viral wars.
And marriages.

Bother. Don't bother.
Hellos and goodbyes.
Awake. Asleep.
Some of us asleep for good.
Don't bother,
it's the end of this marriage.

Laughter ensues

Let me ensnare you
Trap you
Hold you there
Touch your hair

You touch yourself
You find your muse
Laughter ensues

You're fourteen
But twenty-seven
Says everyone else
Who's right?
No one can tell you otherwise

And laughter ensues.

January 21, 2006


Pete says Brokeback Mountain is horribly overrated. Having listened to his synopsis of it, I'm inclined to agree. It's just unrequited love between two guys. I breaks new ground, sure, but it's just another movie about unrequited love.

It's slop and sappiness by and between guys!

January 19, 2006

Like burnt popcorn.

There's nothing quite like something done in bad taste. It can leave the audience with a taste like carbonized popcorn in their mouths. This is about something tasteless.

It was only a couple days ago that we celebrated the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King. We celebrated the progress that we have made as a society towards the honorable goals of equality and justice. Silent vigils and candlelight marches were held across the country to recall the progress of civil rights leaders. On this same night, a certain cable channel, and no, Virginia, it wasn't a broadcast of South Park on Comedy Central, had the audacity to show a documentary on cotton.

Maybe not audacity. Maybe it was a complete oversight failure. Whatever. Tasted like shit, whatever it was.

I just completed reading this book, Race Matters, last night.

Cornel West is an interesting guy. A professor of religion, he is an outspoken activist on issues of racial equality.

Race Matters proves this. But I believe that is the only thing it accomplishes. I sympathize with what he has written, as a strong sense of what is just and right leads me to do so. However, this book simply seems to provide reasons why there remains discrimination, laments over it, and yields very little in the form of substantive ideas to resolve (or simply ameliorate) the issue of race in America. West implicates the weak leadership of African-American leaders since the 1980s for the great apparent lagging of African-Americans behind white America.

He asks for a Messianic leader, in the grain of a Malcolm X or MLK, but provides scant description of what that leader should do. He critiques the attitudes of the upper-class of African-Americans and their apparent willingness to simple yield to the white culture and forfeit their own culture. But what can/should an effective black leader do? Be a Messiah! Okay. What does that mean?

The book is a quick and very informative read, but it leaves you feeling lacking.

2.8 out of 4.0.


January 15, 2006

70-degree snowflakes


That's the wørd.

Cavalier is the approach of certain well-established members of the Democratic Party.

Cavalier is not how the Democrats will win in 2006.

That's all I have to say.

Which brings me to the number two threat facing the nation: honey. Honey attracts bears... and we all know of the problems that come along with bears.


January 13, 2006

January showers bring February apocalypse

It's 13 January and at 8:55am, the temperature reads 51 degrees F with a projected high of 57 and a strong chance of thunderstorms for the afternoon.

The rapture approaches!

The end is nigh!

Well, at least until tomorrow.

This year has so far represented a significant break from January 2005. When school reconvened in January '05, there seemed to be a foot or so of snow on the ground and it was... cold. (Gasp.) January 2005 was... normal. We'll see how long this pattern will continue into this year - with the unnecessary heat and snow (or lack thereof.)

Senatorial Candidate and Congressman (OH13-D) Sherrod Brown is coming to campus on Sunday, after some intense scheduling on Glassburn's part and some douchebag embargoing the information on who the contact person for the College Dems was... any College Democrat would have been more than fine. Anyway... 7:30pm in the Grindstone Room of the Union.

Speaking of Senate candidates... the College Dems exec went to Westlake to see Paul Hackett speak. If you don't remember, Paul Hackett narrowly lost to Jean Schmidt(R) in a special election held last summer to fill Rob Portman's vacant seat. What makes it significant is not that he lost, but that he narrowly lost in a heavily Republican district (OH-2). He has a broad appeal as an Iraq War vet and being in favor of limited gun control. Hackett was impressive on Tuesday. Introducing ideas that seemed foreign to Northeast Ohio Democrats, he suggested that Democrats need to work hard at dispelling the notion that we want homosexuals to marry just because they're gay and we want them to get married and to rather treat it as another example of excess government interference in the public's personal lives. He actually suggested... reaching out to rural voters. And he's right. Correct, that is.

I'm still on the fence with this one. Having always been a fan of Sherrod Brown - but being thoroughly impressed with Paul Hackett - I've got a hard choice in front of me come May. Then there's the Governor's race.

I wish I had dirt on either side. Eric Fingerhut is a great guy and has some great ideas to spur business in the state. Ted Strickland is electable.

Look for stuff happening on campus in the upcoming weeks...

... as I search for my Bible and prepare for Sunday's double-dosing of church... neither being Roman Catholic. SCHISM TIME!


January 4, 2006

Hello, Again

After trying that BlogginRyan.com bit out, I've come to realize that Blogger is simply much easier than that to simply post things. So, with that, I will be redirecting all traffic from BlogginRyan.com back to here.

Square up, yo.