“I think we feel we really underserved Rachel this season. And in general, Rachel Brooks and Tim Gutterson do get short-shrifted. It’s a series about the guy in the hat. And then it’s Boyd and then it’s Art and the women. Anyway, in terms of Rachel, we’ve always felt there was more of a mutual respect that she could put up with him, because she could see he was good at his job, but she looks at him slightly askance. That he’s a bit preposterous to her…You know, it’s somewhere in between. Erica [Tazel, who plays Rachel] and Jacob are just real troopers, and they’re enjoying the ride. They just wish they had more to do. And I wish we could give them more. And we always plan to give them more.”— Graham Yost on Rachel Brooks and Tim Gutterson (via fuckyeahericatazel)
This is why when my ex got so pissed about “why can’t I be European American, or Irish American, why do I have to select white?” it’s because you’re seen AS THE AMERICAN whereas the rest of us will always be ‘other’.
MOFFAT: Sherlock Holmes is indifferent to sex. So is Irene. She uses sex to get what she wants, and John Watson happily has a string of girlfriends.. Sex is not really the issue among any of these people. Love is. Infatuation is. I think John Watson is infatuated with and fascinated by Sherlock Holmes. I think Sherlock Holmes absolutely relies completely and utterly on John Watson and is devoted to him.
Scott Brown’s 23-year-old daughter is insured because of Obamacare — specifically, through her dad, who took Ted Kennedy’s seat and voted against the Affordable Care Act. He says it’s not hypocritical because of something something state’s rights blah blah he’s a flaming hypocrite. -Jess
“I was slow to come around to social media. I cover stories, I don’t have time to be tweeting people five times an hour. Besides that I don’t think anybody’s interested where I got my hamburger today at lunch or some other important news bulletin. But I say that only half jokingly because I have found that it is another venue, it’s another pipeline if you will, to people who are interested in news.”—Journalist Dan Rather in a radio interview with NPR member station KETR. (via ericathas)
(Nuns) were the first feminists, earning Ph.D.’s or working as surgeons long before it was fashionable for women to hold jobs. As managers of hospitals, schools and complex bureaucracies, they were the first female C.E.O.’s.
They are also among the bravest, toughest and most admirable people in the world. In my travels, I’ve seen heroic nuns defy warlords, pimps and bandits. Even as bishops have disgraced the church by covering up the rape of children, nuns have redeemed it with their humble work on behalf of the neediest.
So, Pope Benedict, all I can say is: You are crazy to mess with nuns.
The Vatican issued a stinging reprimand of American nuns this month and ordered a bishop to oversee a makeover of the organization that represents 80 percent of them. In effect, the Vatican accused the nuns of worrying too much about the poor and not enough about abortion and gay marriage.
What Bible did that come from? Jesus in the Gospels repeatedly talks about poverty and social justice, yet never explicitly mentions either abortion or homosexuality. If you look at who has more closely emulated Jesus’s life, Pope Benedict or your average nun, it’s the nun hands down.
Since the papal crackdown on nuns, they have received an outpouring of support. “Nuns were approached by Catholics at Sunday liturgies across the country with a simple question: ‘What can we do to help?’ ” The National Catholic Reporter recounted. It cited one parish where a declaration of support for nuns from the pulpit drew loud applause, and another that was filled with shouts like, “You go, girl!”
At least four petition drives are under way to support the nuns. One on Change.org has gathered 15,000 signatures. The headline for this column comes from an essay by Mary E. Hunt, a Catholic theologian who is developing a proposal for Catholics to redirect some contributions from local parishes to nuns.
“How dare they go after 57,000 dedicated women whose median age is well over 70 and who work tirelessly for a more just world?” Hunt wrote. “How dare the very men who preside over a church in utter disgrace due to sexual misconduct and cover-ups by bishops try to distract from their own problems by creating new ones for women religious?”
Sister Joan Chittister, a prominent Benedictine nun, said she had worried at first that nuns spend so much time with the poor that they would have no allies. She added that the flood of support had left her breathless.
“It’s stunningly wonderful,” she said. “You see generations of laypeople who know where the sisters are — in the streets, in the soup kitchens, anywhere where there’s pain. They’re with the dying, with the sick, and people know it.”
“You won’t allow me to go to school.
I won’t become a doctor.
One day you will be sick.”—
Poem written by an 11 year old Afghan girl
This poem was recorded in a NYT magazine article about female underground poetry groups in Afghanistan. An amazing article about the ways in which women are using a traditional two line poetry form to express their resistance to male oppression, their feelings about love (considered blasphemous), and their doubts about religion.
“The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.”—John Kenneth Galbraith (via juliaudacious)