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Overseas.

I’m drenched with sweat; I’m panting like a dog, and with each breath my mouth dries out even more. My eyes are stinging, either from the sunlight or the sweat dripping down my brow. I look down at my hands, bleeding and worn down two or three layers raw. Looking further, my shirt is dotted in red and my shorts and shoes have taken on the color of the dust that surrounds this place. I’ve survived my first week of Crossfit, and I step out of the box and back into Afghanistan.

The experience of being deployed so far has been something like a dream. Even trying to remember what I did yesterday seems so hard and far away, yet certain moments seem so vivid; waking up in a plane doused in red light and seeing flares flash by outside. Lately it feels like entire days pass by too quickly to finish work, yet too slowly to bridge the gap between where I am and that plane heading home. Regardless of what I may have thought before I arrived, being here in this place has been nothing like I imagined.

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laughingsquid:

Beerbulance, A Beer Ambulance for Beermergencies

Where has this been all my life?
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Text From Dog, Humorous Text Conversations With a Dog
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theatlantic:

The Case for Gay Acceptance in the Catholic Church

The Catholic Church’s attitude towards homosexuality is at odds with its tradition of tolerance and understanding. The actual practice of the Church is true to this tradition. What other institution separates men and women and encourages them to live together in monasteries and convents where they can develop deep relationships with those who share their kind of love?
The fight for the dignity of the LGBT community is a fight for the soul of today’s Church. Some conservatives see the hierarchy’s current, traditional teaching on sex as the Church’s defining position. They don’t really like to talk about, or even be reminded of, the Church’s teachings on immigration, or protection of the environment, or the greed that produces financial meltdowns, all of which they would find distastefully liberal. 
For them there is only one issue — sex, or pelvic politics as some call it. The Pope himself pointed this out on in visit to Mexico, where he said that “not a few Catholics have a certain schizophrenia with regard to individual and public morality…. In public life they follow paths that don’t respond to the great values necessary for the foundation of a just society.”
If we wish to change the Church, we must first convey our views in language, images, and theology that reach people where they are. And secondly, we should make it clear that disagreement with the hierarchy is a critical part of our history.
Read more. [Image: rococohobo/Flickr]


Interesting read for Catholics of all stripes

theatlantic:

The Case for Gay Acceptance in the Catholic Church

The Catholic Church’s attitude towards homosexuality is at odds with its tradition of tolerance and understanding. The actual practice of the Church is true to this tradition. What other institution separates men and women and encourages them to live together in monasteries and convents where they can develop deep relationships with those who share their kind of love?

The fight for the dignity of the LGBT community is a fight for the soul of today’s Church. Some conservatives see the hierarchy’s current, traditional teaching on sex as the Church’s defining position. They don’t really like to talk about, or even be reminded of, the Church’s teachings on immigration, or protection of the environment, or the greed that produces financial meltdowns, all of which they would find distastefully liberal. 

For them there is only one issue — sex, or pelvic politics as some call it. The Pope himself pointed this out on in visit to Mexico, where he said that “not a few Catholics have a certain schizophrenia with regard to individual and public morality…. In public life they follow paths that don’t respond to the great values necessary for the foundation of a just society.”

If we wish to change the Church, we must first convey our views in language, images, and theology that reach people where they are. And secondly, we should make it clear that disagreement with the hierarchy is a critical part of our history.

Read more. [Image: rococohobo/Flickr]

Interesting read for Catholics of all stripes

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Really, America? We’re still dealing this stuff? RAGE. Also, yeah I know it’s Jezebel. I insist I’m straight.

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Darn you Microsoft for getting this in my head this late at night!

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"I have said very publicly that if Duke was playing against the Taliban, then I’d have to pull for the Taliban."

U.S. Rep. Brad Miller, D-N.C. (via officialssay)

-Replace Duke with Stanford, and I have the exact same sentiment

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Imagine walking through a forest and seeing just a glimpse of these awesome invisible figures! They’re the creative work of artist Rob Mulholland, who makes these sculptures out of mirrored Perspex (or acrylic glass). It has been called the Predator effect after the 1987 film where an alien life form seamlessly blends into its background. Mulholland has previously installed these chameleon-like figures in the woods around Alloa, Loch Ard and the David Marshall Lodge in Scotland.

Mulholland told BBC Scotland that the key to the effect was creating a distorted reflection. “It alters reality, one moment you see them and the next moment they blend in. There’s an ambiguity to it - it doesn’t answer all the questions.”

[via My Modern Metropolis]

You say invisible figures, I say Squiggoths.

(via theatlantic)