While I'm waiting for the Crater Lake prints to be finished at Quickstop Photo, I thought I'd outright steal one of Eryk's recent entries.
Just to stir the pot, you know?
Our drive home from southern Oregon was leisurely (despite the fact we nearly ran out of gas). We stopped for an hour in Oakland, a small town just outside of Roseburg, where we looked at antiques and had a bite to eat. Kris read bits of Watership Down aloud.
I really liked The West Wing during its first two seasons, but began to lose my interest during the whole "Gosh the President has MS—will he be re-elected?" plot line.
Still, those old episodes were very, very good.
The following exchange is an example of the show at its best. President Bartlet, addressing a group of radio talk show hosts, confronts Jenna Jacobs, an analog for conservative talk show host Laura Schlessinger. Dr. Laura, as she calls herself, is evil. Her gimmick is that her advice is supposedly Bible-based. In reality, she is a self-righteous pompous bitch who dispenses advice without listening to her callers, advice which is often ill-conceived and apt to create even more problems in the lives of those who are seeking her advice. She makes my skin crawl.
This is Aaron Sorkin's response to her:
President Bartlet: You know with so many people participating in the political and social debate through call-in shows, it's a good idea to be reminded...
(President Bartlet loses his train of thought when something attracts his attention. The camera pans over to Jenna Jacobs, sitting on her chair.)
President Bartlet: ...it's a good idea to be reminded of the awesome impact... the awesome impact...
(He finally gives up and addresses her.)
President Bartlet: I'm sorry, um... you're Dr. Jenna Jacobs, right?
Jenna Jacobs: Yes, sir.
President Bartlet: It's good to have you here.
Jenna Jacobs: Thank you.
President Bartlet: The awesome impact of the airwaves and how that translates into the furthering of our national discussions but obviously also how it can... how it can...
(He sighs, and addresses Jenna Jacobs again.)
President Bartlet: Forgive me, Dr. Jacobs. Are you an M.D.?
Jenna Jacobs: Ph.D.
President Bartlet: A Ph.D.?
Jenna Jacobs: Yes, sir.
President Bartlet: In Psychology?
Jenna Jacobs: No sir.
President Bartlet: Theology?
Jenna Jacobs: No.
President Bartlet: Social work?
Jenna Jacobs: I have a Ph.D. in English Literature.
President Bartlet: I'm asking, 'cause on your show, people call in for advice and you go by the name of Dr. Jacobs on your show. And I didn't know if maybe your listeners were confused by that, and assumed you had advanced training in Psychology, Theology, or health care.
Jenna Jacobs: I don't believe they are confused, no sir.
President Bartlet: Good. I like your show. I like how you call homosexuality an abomination.
Jenna Jacobs: I don't say homosexuality is an abomination, Mr. President. The Bible does.
President Bartlet: Yes, it does. Leviticus.
Jenna Jacobs: 18:22
President Bartlet: Chapter and verse. I wanted to ask you a couple of questions while I had you here. I'm interested in selling my youngest daughter into slavery as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. She's a Georgetown sophomore, speaks fluent Italian, and always cleared the table when it was her turn. What would a good price for her be? While thinking about that, can I ask another? My Chief of Staff, Leo McGarry, insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly says he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself or is it okay to call the police? Here's one that's really important, 'cause we've got a lot of sports fans in this town. Touching the skin of a dead pig makes us unclean, Leviticus 11:7. If they promise to wear gloves, can the Washington Redskins still play football? Can Notre Dame? Can West Point? Does the whole town really have to be together to stone my brother, John, for planting different crops side by side? Can I burn my mother in a small family gathering for wearing garments made from two different threads? Think about those questions, would you?
Good stuff. Why is it that members of organized religions like to pick-and-choose which scriptures they'll follow? This is true not only of Christians, but also Moslems and Jews and every other religion. Members can quote those scriptures that support their beliefs, but entirely ignore those that would contradict them.
Wouldn't it be better to just follow Dana's religion of the Golden Rule?
On this day at foldedspace.org
2005 — The Good Stuff I'm often torn between frugal living — buying all my clothes, etc. at Costco and Goodwill — and a desire for top-quality stuff. Today I yield to the latter, sharing a collection of links to purveyors of quality products, form clothes to hats to pens to camping supplies.
2004 — Unintended Consequences In which I recount several tales of my actions and their unintended consequences.