Washington, when you consider that he set the bar high for everyone who came after him in terms of personal dignity, putting his country first, humility, and lack of political ambition. (Some wanted to make him king; he refused.)
After that, my personal favorites are Lincoln (not controversial) and Teddy Roosevelt (much more so). TR is a personal hero of mine ever since I researched his life for a school report many years ago. He was blind in one eye and deaf in one ear and raised himself from being a sickly bookworm of a child (a "nerd" before there was a word for it) into several different kinds of macho, death-eating badass. He hunted big game. He was a war hero and survived an assassination attempt. After losing favor with the Republicans of his day, he ran for President on a third-party platform which got the greatest percentage of votes in US history. He was finally put on Mount Rushmore next to Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson, a move so controversial back then that it would be the equivalent of putting Ronald Reagan on the $20 bill nowadays. Definitely a badass.
Why? This is from a previous journal entry:
"Liminal moments, those moments apart from time, when you are gripped, taken, when you're so fully absorbed in what you're doing that time ceases to exist."
"When the Deep Purple falls
Over sleepy garden walls
And the stars begin to flicker in the sky,
Thru the mist of a memory
You wander back to me,
Breathing my name with a sigh
In the still of the night,
Once again I hold you tight,
Tho' you're gone, your love lives on
When moonlight beams.
And as long as my heart will beat
Lover, we'll always meet
Here in my Deep Purple dreams."
Liminality (from the Latin word līmen, meaning "a threshold") is a psychological, neurological, or metaphysical subjective, conscious state of being on the "threshold" of or between two different existential planes, as defined in neurological psychology (a "liminal state") and in the anthropological theories of ritual by such writers as Arnold van Gennep, Victor Turner, and others.[citations needed] In the anthropological theories, a ritual, especially a rite of passage, involves some change to the participants, especially their social status.
I love these two :)
Oh and a little more on Liminality
The liminal state is characterized by ambiguity, openness, and indeterminacy.[citations needed] One's sense of identity dissolves to some extent, bringing about disorientation. Liminality is a period of transition where normal limits to thought, self-understanding, and behavior are relaxed - a situation which can lead to new perspectives.[citations needed]
People, places, or things may not complete a transition, or a transition between two states may not be fully possible. Those who remain in a state between two other states may become permanently liminal.[citations needed]
That's why :)
Generally speaking, US Presidents don't really do anything. Diplomacy (sometimes a bare minimum of), giving speeches to placate or rile the citizens, making appearances to lend his weight to causes, and "supposedly" upholding the Constitution, which is complete bullshit because they don't. Ever.
The real action in politics comes from the US Senate and Congress and the hidden ballet of lobbyists who waltz among them like medieval courtiers.
I'm going to be a controversial asshole here and say President Obama, and I'm keeping the asshole reason to myself. Because I'm an asshole. But don't get the wrong idea. Obama is one of the least enjoyable presidencies to witness because he conned the American people and gave our tax revenue away with nothing to show for it. Hey Obama, you should have spent all that at Vegas. At leas there would be a small chance of a return on it!
На психику взрослых тоже конечно, но порой лучше негативные эмоции выместить на зомборях, чем на реальных людях!
I think the only two people who have been president during my lifetime who have made positive impacts have been Reagan and Clinton. Of the two of them, I have to say that Clinton has made the more positive impact despite the revisionist history that those on the far right have crammed down our throats. Our economy was a lot stronger during the Clinton administration, and unemployment wasn't as big of a problem as it is now.
As for the other presidents that we've had during the 31 years I've been alive, both Bushes plunged us into unnecessary wars, and the younger Bush basically torpedoed our economy. Obama was left with too big of a mess for anybody to clean up, and lately he's been way too quick to buckle under pressure from the right. He's trying to please everybody but he isn't accomplishing enough.
Some chapters of the book:
1. Even when it ends, it really isn't over
3. Goodbye great White buffalo
4. I said I'd wear anything, not do anyone
and heres a song I like. Enjoy!
Well, I don't know. I've written about 42 of them and they each have different titles. So I guess it would depend on what spin it was taking on my life. I really have picked several good titles.
If it were more based on my relationships I would say something along the lines of a reference to Dante's Divine Comedy. Although maybe that's a little strong. I certainly had shitty relationships, but they could have been a lot worse. But the point remains, shitty relationships lead me into being the person I am today and the person that Dan fell in love with.
If we were talking about my specific psychological struggles I really think that "Left Unsaid" would the best title. It encompasses a lot, things I should have said, things others should have said, things that should have been left unsaid...
If it was like an actual all encompassing book on my life, well, that's a bit trickier. I'd say something along the lines of "Perfect in a Fucked Up Way" or "Perfect in my Imperfection", because in the end, everything happened the way it was supposed to, and even if everything WASN'T perfect, it is what led me to the path I'm on now and as uncertain as it is (and holy shit, it is REALLY uncertain right now) I think it is right where I'm supposed to be.
If anyone wrote a book about my life, it would be me, and it would be called I Can't Remember My Life Before Now. Two themes would dominate: 1) angst about wanting to become a writer in spite of self-doubt and the other charming obstacles that every would-be writer faces and 2) a long string of fandom obsessions that don't come and go, but pile up into a heap of I-can't-remember-my-life-before-now moments.
I would never be the person I am today if I hadn't gotten addicted to Laura Ingalls Wilder, or G. A. Henty, or Jane Austen, or J. R. R. Tolkien, or Star Wars, or Star Trek, or Pirates of the Caribbean, or Phantom of the Opera, or Bach, or Beethoven, or Mozart, or Vivaldi, or Within Temptation, or Nightwish, or Gackt, or Hyde, or Versailles Philharmonic Quintet, or . . . okay, I'll give it a rest.
Ever read mollyringwraith's Lord of the Rings Condensed Parody Scripts? She posted the one for FotR back in 2004, I discovered it in 2008--and to this day, I still love it to bits. Anyway, that spoof deserves credit for "I can't remember my life before now." (My family and I still quote it from time to time. Especially when we're watching the Council of Elrond scene in the movie . . .) If you've never read it, by all means, treat yourself! I dare you not to die laughing. If you have already read it, it's time to read it again. XD
or maybe 'Locked' or maybe 'Covered' or maybe 'Weirdo' (<--- it's a fun though alienating to some I wouldn't care for anyway term) or 'Somewhat Sane' and it would be empty because basically I'm rather guarded or there is more to know I'm just not the open book type IRL. It wouldn't be called 'F'd Up' not just yet in any case, and it certainly wouldn't be called 'Wild' because I'm far too emotional and romantic to be 'Wild' - not my scene. Maybe 'Voila' because there it is out in book form. The Book form would be limiting because it is limited by it's medium and I am not physically there to be pondered: you can't see, feel, or hear me. Similarly, I myself am limited to the life which I can make for myself given my talents, connections, & so on. Also, I would desire that the reader interpret the book in the way I want and only make comments based upon my approval of the comment. If any given reader were to misread, misinterpret or come to conclusions which I find don't agree with my own personal bias regarding myself or activities described in the book or comments are unflattering I would be allowed to inflict such punishment as I would see fit. Much if not all of the book would be lies and exaggerations based on what I would like to see in the mirror vs. what is actually there. So perhaps the most accurate title would be 'distorted' or 'distortions'.
Мне кажется, что любая жестокость в видеоиграх, фильмах, мультипликации - очень вредны для психики детей и взрослых. Ребенок понимает, что можно застрелить человека, убить, а он потом встанет и пойдет. Формируется легкое отношение к агрессии, к крови, не воспитывается сочувствие и сопереживание, доброта.
Поэтому, я предпочитаю показывать добрые советские мультики малышам, а взрослым тоже советую смотреть фильмы, от которые внутри мы чувствуем умиротворение, эйфорию от искусства актеров и работы режиссера.
I think the biography of Steven Post Hitchcock would be named after a city I once lived in, but doesn't live in anymore. It would be fun if most of the action taking place in the biography has nothing to do with the city that the biography is named after. It would be such a surreal sight where people are trying to figure out why the biography of Steven Post Hitchcock is named Chicago976 when all of the action takes place in both Columbus, Ohio and Cleveland, Ohio.
The Harp, The Chubby Sausage And The Little Chocolate Tea Pot: Art, passion and misnomers of man in the 21st century
Further news as events warrant.
That is why the Americans killed him.