America will soon belong to the men and women — white and black and Latino and Asian, Christian and Jew and Muslim and atheist, gay and straight — who can comfortably walk into a room and accept with real comfort the sensation that they are in a world of certain difference, that there are no real majorities, only pluralities and coalitions. The America in which it was otherwise is dying, thank god, and those that relied on entitlement and division to command power will either be obliged to accept the changes, or retreat to whichever gated community from which they wish to wax nostalgic and brood on political irrelevance.

David Simon, creator of “The Wire” (via alexblagg)

It’s worth reading the whole thing on Simon’s website, where you’ll find his point is more nuanced.  But I’m struck by it’s optimism.  I saw David Simon speak at USC 2008 and someone in the audience asked whether he was for Hilary or Obama.  His response was “they’re all Carcetti”…Carcetti being The Wire’s well intentioned mayor of Baltimore who is inevitably corrupted by the system. 

I think both quotes are worth thinking about, because whatever side of the political spectrum you fall on, you should temper your happiness, sadness or apathy with the sobering thought that our system is still deeply flawed.  And without deep systemic change we won’t be able to tackle the very real challenges that face us all.

(via twiststreet)

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Which Candidates Are NBA Personnel Donating To?

From @hoopshype, a list of NBA Owners, Players, Coaches etc. who donated to Obama and Romney, and what their contributions were (this doesn’t include money give Super PACS, Congressional and Senate Candidates etc):

HoopsHype.com NBA Campaign Donors
by HoopsHype - Updated: August 18, 2012

JOB
WORKPLACE
DONATION
CANDIDATE
Basketball operations
Boston Celtics
$2,500
Mitt Romney
Adam Aron
CEO
Philadelphia 76ers
$5,000
Barack Obama
Ownership
Oklahoma City Thunder
$5,000
Mitt Romney
Johnny Bush
Ownership
Los Angeles Lakers
$600
Barack Obama
Player
Dallas Mavericks
$5,000
Barack Obama

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All Dead Mormons are Now Gay

"HEY, EVERYBODY: you know how Mormons “baptize” dead people who weren’t Mormons — including Holocaust victims — because Mormons believe they have a right to choose Mormonism for the deceased? And you know how the Mormon Church says that being gay is a choice? The same church that doesn’t think you should have a choice about being posthumously baptized? Well, now you can choose homosexuality for dead Mormons! Just go to www.AllDeadMormonsAreNowGay.com, enter the name of a deceased Mormon or ask the site to find a dead Mormon for you, and — presto! — that dead Mormon gets to have a gay afterlife!”

(From Dan Savage’s "Savage Love" column on Nerve.com.  This may beat his successful effort to have the word Santorum defined as "The frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex. )