Memorandum from Speechwriter William Safire to President Nixon , 07/18/1969

Unbeknownst to the American people, one President Nixon’s speechwriters, William Safire, was asked to write a statement that the President would make to the American people in the event of a disaster and the Apollo 11 astronauts were stranded on the Moon. Though never delivered, it remains an eloquent tribute to the bravery and pioneering spirit of the astronauts. When the astronauts of Apollo 11 returned safely to earth, their mission was hailed around the world as an achievement of epic proportions, and this statement was quietly tucked away into the record.

via “American Originals” Treasures from the National Archives

Gattaca (1997)

  • Vincent: You want to know how I did it? This is how I did it, Anton, I never saved anything for the swim back.


In his book Free to Choose, Milton Friedman described four ways to spend money.

1. You spend your own money on yourself.
2. You spend your own money on someone else.
3. You spend someone else’s money on yourself.
4. You spend someone else’s money on someone else.




Watercolor tattoos make my heart sing

Seriously if I was white / had lighter skin tone I would totally get one.

(Source: hilda-05)

A Tale of Two Presidents

A man that I am chummy with who works at my local Trader Joe’s (who thinks the Tea Party is racist, but that is another conversation) was telling me about his son, a Marine of 8 years. He served as security for President’s Bush and Obama when they were overseas. He told me his son was very impressed by Bush and related how Bush was very friendly and respectful to his security detail. One day, Bush walked up to him, addressed him by his first name (GWB knew everyone on his security by first name - some 60 people) and asked him how his mother was doing. He then asked about his parents in L.A. in general. This shocked the Marine because he had only mentioned he was from L.A. once at their first meeting, and had told the President in passing that his mother was ill a few months before (the security details rotate throughout the year, depending on a schedule that I am not privy to).

I told the Marines father that I wasn’t at all surprised to hear that story. I know some on the right really didn’t like him. In fact, I always laugh at my liberal friends because they never knew that Bush’s harshest criticisms came from the right! Of course if they ever watched the dreaded Faux News, they would know that. But George Bush is a kind and decent man and, malapropisms aside, very smart. Maybe not college drop-out Hollywood Star/Liberal activist smart, but he has an MBA from ‘Hahvahd’ and was a fighter pilot. Fighter pilots ain’t dumb.

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All Star Superman (2011)

Happy mother’s day!




Scientific engravings from 1850

by John Philipps Emslie

(via the Wellcome Collection)

I move to give John Philipps Emslie his own posthumous Tumblr, like now.

I need these for my house.


The Lost Boys (1987)

(Source: ashtonxrwins, via vintagegal)