it is curious why Ronstadt, apparently 1/4 German or thereabouts, did not become a polka star instead
In the 1830's, or so, a German settlement took root in Texas and soon they influenced a style of music in Mexican-American culture that sounded vaguely like German polka: Mariachi and Tejano music. It's no coincidence that much of traditional Mexican music shares waltz and polka beats and the accordion. And don't get me going on the Mexican beer thing.
It's not that women are more judgemental--it's that men are *less* judgmental. See here: we'll bang pretty much anything within very loose parameters (yes, pun bought and paid for). Oh, of course, we have minimal standards not to plow the ultra obese or smelly/hairy/manly ones, but, as my mama always said, "Bend 'em over and they all look the same."
Lemme guess. When the courts rule in your favor, it's Justice. When they rule against your interests, it's Judicial Activism. I don't know who this specter of "you fuckers" is. Maybe adjust the tint on your BluBlockers.
The United States currently has a 99% literacy rate. Off the cuff, I'd posit we are more literate than ever. Newspapers are dying because they are a horse and buggy, and local newspapers are the casualties of globalization, which have widened the scope of our "back yard". Family-owned print papers can't compete with the internet and large corporate operations like Gannett. This is like saying because we don't use tickertape anymore that nobody is trading the stock market.
PRNDL, don't get me wrong. I think the concept of Christ's sacrifice is a salient difference from most other ancient storytelling. I regard it well on an aesthetic and emotional level. But in the hands of a young one, it is devalued, simplified, and stripped of its richer importance.
The death of Inkidu and Gilgamesh's sorrow of lost friendship is another deeply touching artifact of universal humanity. But reading is so much more than just a story.
I think the Bible is a difficult work for young minds. The stories themselves are okay as epic narrative, but the heavier philosophy, poetry, and metaphoric substance, coupled with the fact that many languages (via translation) and writers are involved instead of a single mind and single tongue, make it challenging even as an adult with great life experience. Also, separating the tangled morals from the literary aspects is problematic. I would not want my child to read the Bible for the simple reason that he would not grasp any of the substance and simply reduce it to "God hates fags and Jesus died for us".
I was reading Dr. Seuss at age three, all of the Lewis Carrol fiction by age six, and 'Bleak House' by 10. I was reading Proust and Tolstoy by 12 or 13. As a result, I am fucked up beyond all repair and have a general distaste for most human society.
It's time to get an electric car as the electricity works out at 3 to 4 cents per mile. Imagine your fuel costs at $35.00 per month
Doesn't pencil out for me. The car would be $20,000k (easily more), insurance would double, and I only drive 5000 miles a year @ 21 cents/mile for fuel using current gas prices. I'd essentially pay double my current vehicle expenses to get into an electric car for fuel "savings".
I can still make a top notch gin Martini in the comfort of my own home for less than $1.50 a drink and I don't have to deal with sassy bartenders, obnoxious bar flies, or DUI's. Also, I don't have to be subjected to some hipster's jukebox selections or LA's baffling 1:45 a.m. closing times.
I've always had 20 year old cars. I buy one-owner cream puffs and try to keep them as new looking/driving as possible. Nobody is embarrassed to ride in my cars to dinner, or scared to go on a road trip in them. I run an avg 50% less than new car expenses would be. If you only make $100k in a town like LA, this is one of the few tricks to still having money at the end of each month to save/invest instead of living paycheck to paycheck.