They did the tourist thing in various places before arriving at their respective destinations, and one of the sights they saw was a sign in Amsterdam that said "LIVE FUCKING SHOW". The guy who spent the semester in Italy was the one who told me about this, and he attended Northwestern University.
If it was now, he could stay home for that kind of thing. He wouldn't even have to leave the campus to see it.
"It's not supposed to be titillating; it's supposed to be educational!" That's a paraphrasal of the actual statement, but I can't imagine a college student that would not be titillated by the sight of a woman being asshammered to orgasm. (The "sex toy" in question is a freakin' sawzall with a dildo in place of the saw blade. That's an asshammer. It may not be a three-piston turbodiesel asshammer, but it is still an asshammer.)
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Newt Gingrich would be a better President than Obama. But that would not be hard to manage.
The problem is, Newt Gingrich is not President material. He's no better suited for the position than any of the other likely contenders for the GOP nomination--the usual suspects: Romney, Huckabee, et al.
If the GOP nominates any of them, it'll be throwing away a chance to be rid of Obama before 2016. All the contenders from the 2008 election have shot their bolts; it seems like a bad idea to try fronting one of them a second time. They'll just lose again. All the candidates (save Thompson, who wasn't in it to win anyway) were RINOs, and given a choice between Democrat and "Democrat Lite", well, the American public is not known for its love of cheap imitations.
Sarah Palin--maybe. As a frontrunner, not VP. Maybe. And I have my doubts about that, too. She would have to have the full support of the GOP to win it; if all the party elites went in on a full-court press, if the GOP suddenly grew a spine and remembered how to defend its candidates, she'd win--hands down.
And as long as I'm wishing, I'd like a pony. I might as well wish for the moon; that GOP no longer exists. The party elites in the GOP hate Sarah Palin. They'd rather nominate Mitt Romney and lose the election--and gain us another four years of Obamanomics--than support and defend a true conservative candidate. Even one that wasn't Sarah Palin.
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So, I got my prescriptions refilled; and today I finally got around to putting them away. Tucked in with the Paxil was a little sheet of precautions about side effects.
"Anxiety"? The anti-anxiety medication I'm taking has anxiety as a potential side-effect?
The precautions were mostly about the fact that some people become suicidal when they take antidepressants (Paxil is also used to treat clinical depression) and "anxiety" is listed as an indicator that the drug is doing more harm than good.
The whole issue makes my brain ache, though. What good is psychiatric medicine if it has a random chance of making the problems worse?
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I did not sleep well last night. And I don't know why.
I was tired when I went to bed before midnight; yet I tossed and turned until 3 and managed only fitful sleep thereafter. I'm only up now because I thought I'd better feed the cats, and decided on having a Hot Pocket before going to bed. And naturally I can't just eat; I have to sit at the computer--well.
What a crazy-ass world I inhabit.