31 December 2009

Jason Mraz Speaks Out For Marriage Equality (UPDATED)

UPDATE BELOW

From his blog:

As a straight man I really have nothing to gain by standing up for equal rights for Gays, Lesbians, Bisexual, and/or my Transgender friends. Except for the fact that I have many friends who are still subjected to hurtful comments by a society that hasn’t yet embraced fully the nature of… nature.

Supporting a limiting system of rules for specific people to follow is prejudice. It’s the Antithesis of Christ Consciousness and (like smoking) it’s Soooo last century.

Allowing love to freely flourish will only enhance the life experience - For All.

Toward the end, he makes a salient point about how important it is for those who aren't directly affected by this issue of civil rights and justice to plug in and speak up:

I understand many people who stumble onto this blog are already dialed in and ready to transform the world. Much of my community is too. But there are some who still don’t care one way or the other about the ways of being in the world. Thereby, it’s up to us to share our positive outlook on our favorite issues.

That's the key, really. The more that we can encourage our friends and families to make like a Diane Savino and speak, the closer we'll be to a place where LGBT equality is a foregone conclusion and the voices of hatred are not silenced (because this is the United States, of course), but are so marginalized as to be rendered irrelevant.

Read the whole thing.

In other news, I had a love affair with this Jason Mraz song a few years ago, so I think I'll post it.


UPDATE: Egad, most of the comments over there are pro-equality and pro-humanity, but there are a few backwards fools in there. I'm trying to set them straight as long as I have patience, but any of you who want to go lay the smack down, be my guest.

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30 December 2009

Awwwww, kisses for Christmas

There was recently a big gay kiss-in in Paris.


Here's a little montage to make you go "awwwww!"

And also, it might make you go "Oui, give me some of that, plz."



(AMERICAblog Gay)

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27 December 2009

My inaugural Genius Eleven

I'm shamelessly taking this from Amanda Marcotte, but a couple of other bloggers do it too, so whatever. She does ten, so I'm doing eleven, just to be different.


So here's the deal, if you're not familiar. You pick a song, you hit "Genius" and post the songs your iTunes magically brings you, songs that supposedly fit with that flow in some way. (Srsly, I'm like the last person on Earth to get iTunes, I do hope I'm not covering new material.) Sometimes it makes sense, other times it doesn't. Last night it somehow put Bonnie Raitt and Van Hagar next to each other. That was unsettling.

I'm also doing this because, even though I don't yet own an iPod, I'm finally entering the digital age, and I'm about 20% done loading everything I own onto iTunes. So the mixes will get more varied/stranger/more interesting each time I do this.

Anyway, the song I'm choosing tonight is inspired by Rep. Pete Hoekstra, a known moron, who used the truly frightening Christmas Nutsac Non-Bomber to try to make a ridiculous political point against the President:

"It's not surprising," U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, a Holland Republican, said of the alleged terrorist attempt to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight in Detroit. ... "People have got to start connecting the dots here and maybe this is the thing that will connect the dots for the Obama administration," Hoekstra said.

Uh...whatever. Dude singes his teabag on a plane and we're all supposed to shit our pants. Steve Benen and Thers have commented quite enough on what a buffoon Hoekstra is, so no need to expand on it, except to say, once again, that Pete Hoekstra is a grade-A douchebag.

So anyway, Pete Hoekstra is from Holland, Michigan, and Sufjan Stevens happens to have written a beautiful song about Holland, Michigan, called, appropriately, "Holland."

Genius Eleven and more videos below the Sufjan.




1. Sufjan Stevens - "Holland"
2. Andrew Bird - "Plasticities"(live)
3. Beirut - "The Penalty"
4. Death Cab For Cutie - "Styrofoam Plates" (live)
5. Wilco - "At Least That's What You Said"
6. Bright Eyes - "Bowl of Oranges"
7. Thom Yorke - "The Eraser"
8. Grizzly Bear - "Little Brother" (live)
9. Sufjan Stevens - "That Was The Worst Christmas Ever" (how appropriate...)
10. Andrew Bird - "Anonanimal"
11. Neko Case - "Hold On, Hold On"

Beirut:




Neko Case:



Andrew Bird:



Enjoy! If you feel inspired to do your own, leave it in the comments.

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26 December 2009

QOTD, possibly of the year

As they so often do, it comes from Thers:



We, the greatest nation on earth, are supposed to be Collectively Freaked Out because some sad little geek couldn’t make his fucking underpants explode properly?


No shit! I'm a bit amazed at the depths of Wingnuttia's collective hysteria over this one.

Also, read Maha.

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25 December 2009

RIP Vic Chesnutt

What a loss.



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Happy War, Xmas is over

This is fucking awful.


I'm out, unless I decide to come back.


This is one of my favorite Christmas songs, because I'm a big gay pinko.

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24 December 2009

Ha ha, conservatives are up late on Twitter trying out this "humor" thing they keep hearing about

If you go to Twitter right now and search #leftistholidaysongs, you will find the biggest cesspit of humor fail of the year.


They're all getting together, and they are trying SO HARD. It's like "We've seen this 'funny' thing before, read about it, and we know liberals are naturally good at it, let's give it a whirl!"

Oh, the results...

Naturally, Erick Erickson is the biggest failure of them all:

First No Hell. #leftistholidaysongs

Ho ho ho, you got us there, because some liberals don't believe in Space God, but you know who else doesn't? Um, lots of libertarians. Many of whom you teabag with, retard. Next:

Have Yourself A Merry Little Partial Birth Abortion.#leftistholidaysongs

THAT'S NOT EVEN A JOKE, dumbass! No attempt at a clever play on words, nothing! Just a pathetic moron in Georgia pulling Rush Limbaugh's dingleberries out of his rectum and posting them on the internet!

Go Tell It On MSNBC.#leftistholidaysongs

Erick, sweetheart. You don't understand the concept here... When you "do funny," you need to have two things at your disposal:

1. A quick wit. We read your posts and know that this is in short supply in your general area.
2. A grasp of reality. It helps. Humor only works when it's based, at least in part, on reality.*

Instead, Erick is just starting with a Christmas carol, and then taking a word away and inserting a word he finds "liberal." Perhaps this works with the 70-and-below IQ set (RedState's readership, granted, is probably leaving puddles under their computer chairs right now, from the peeing and laughing), but not with smart people.

Let me give you an example. If we were doing #wingnutholidaysongs, I might post "Wingnuts Roasting On An Open Fire." Because A., brings back memories, you know, of Roman Lions, so, you know, LOL. B. It's a good pun! And that would be FUNNY.

Oh, shit, he accidentally did land one though, sort of:

Mary Did You Know You Have the Right to Choose.#leftistholidaysongs

Of course, I would have gone with "Bring Your Coat Hangers, Jeanette, Isabella," but that's just me.

Anyway, back to the FAIL. Erick Erickson is an insecure Southern redneck with penis issues, so he can't resist the gay jokes, because those are still funny to people over the age of thirteen, really:

We Three Queens. #leftistholidaysongs

See, um, correct use of pun but, again, wayyyyy too obvious. If you're going to make a gay joke, it has to be a GOOD gay joke. Like maybe...

"Carol of the Balls"

No, wait, sorry, that's a teabagger joke.

Sorry, just trying to help!

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517 Miles, potentially, or is it 793?

Merry whatever it is.

The Pretenders.


(h/t Roger Ailes)

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If you forgot to get a Christmas tree, some moron lady in Kansas, named "Bunny," has one.

You see, everybody, Bunny is really upset that Mean Old Harry Reid passed this healthcare legislation, which Bunny doesn't like, and so now Christmas is ruined, (Jesus saw his shadow and went back in). Bunny took down all the pagan symbols she had used to decorate the house for The Jesus, and thinks everybody else should too. Also, they should turn off the lights in the White House, though I'm not exactly clear on what her reasoning is there.

Anyway, stupid wingnuts are the Xmas gift that keeps giving, every day of the year, so here, listen to this dingus calling into the C-SPAN.


(Wonkette)

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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Enjoy your The Holidays, however you celebrate/don't celebrate them.


Be sure to get drunk.


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23 December 2009

The quote that just won the internet (for today anyway)

From Gil Mann at Rumproast:


I doubt I’ll ever waver in my belief that religion’s been a net negative for society, but I will say this: atheism has yet to provide mankind with a yearly opportunity to fuck drunken coworkers. Advantage: space ghost.

Giggle. Fine, space ghost it is, but only until Friday. Then it's back to sanity.

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I will always love you, Matt Taibbi

I may disagree with what you say sometimes, and that's okay. But because you start pieces with paragraphs like this,

I’m always afraid to write about David Brooks, because I worry that my attitude toward this guy is colored by certain strong feelings I have about his appearance — he just looks like a professional groveler/ass-kisser, and every time I see him in public I have to fight off visions of him home at night in his Versace jammies, feverishly jacking off with one hand while caressing in the other an official invitation to, say, a White House event, or a Harvard Club luncheon.

I want to be your BFF.

And it's a great piece, so read it.

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22 December 2009

LOL C-SPAN

This has to be the funniest moment in C-SPAN history. Senator John Barrasso (Wingnut-WY) was being interviewed when a call came in from a man purporting to be a teabagger. The man stated that he had taken Tom Coburn's (Wingnut-OK) instructions and convened a group to pray for Robert Byrd's death, I mean for a member of the Senate to miss the crucial cloture vote early Monday morning. He was then alarmed to find out that Jim Inhofe (Wingnut-OK) had missed the vote, and started crying as he asked Barrasso if perhaps they had prayed incorrectly/not hard enough and the imprecatory prayers accidentally struck one of their own.


I highly doubt that this is real, because it's just too perfect, but who gives a damn? It's totally fucking hilarious.



(h/t John Cole)

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21 December 2009

Running To Stand Still

I've probably posted this before, but I don't care.


This is one of my favorite songs of all time.

U2, back when they were one of the best bands in the world.


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That Virgin Mary is such a jokester

Look where she's appeared this time.


I'd say she's sending a message to the Robbie Georges and Bill Donohues of the world, and that message is pretty much, "Oh fuck you, you stupid white men."

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QOTD

If Palin runs again, I’m going to run on a Republican ticket. What I know about Middle Eastern policy could fit on a thumbnail, but I still know more than she does.


Heh. That would be singer Tori Amos.

Heart her.

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Everything you never wanted to know about Manhattan Declaration Author Robert George

The second step is more complicated, and more graphic. George argues that only vaginal intercourse — “procreative-type” sex acts, as George puts it — can consummate this “multilevel” mind-body union. Only in reproduction, unlike digestion, circulation, respiration or any other bodily function, do two individuals perform a single function and thus become, in effect, “one organism.” Each opposite-sex partner is incomplete for the task; yet together they create a “one-flesh union,” in the language of Scripture. “Their bodies become one (they are biologically united, and do not merely rub together) in coitus (and only in coitus), similarly to the way in which one’s heart, lungs and other organs form a unity by coordinating for the biological good of the whole,” George writes in a draft of his latest essay on the subject. Unloving sex between married partners does not perform the same multilevel function, he argues, nor does oral or anal sex — even between loving spouses.

Oh, hi. I'm just sitting here reading this long profile from the New York Times Magazine of Robert George, author of the now-infamous bigot manifesto known as the "Manhattan Declaration," and the largely behind-the-scenes brain* of the right-wing religious industrial complex. You might read the above quote and ask yourself, "What kind of pseudo-intellectual self-congratulatory wankfest is this? And shouldn't a tenured professor at Princeton (how embarrassing for them) be able to see that he's arguing that only couples with biological children are actually mar..."

Infertile couples, too, are performing this uniquely shared reproductive function, George says, even if they know their sperm and ovum cannot complete it. Marriage is designed in part for procreation in the way a baseball team is designed for winning games, he says, but “people who can practice baseball can be teammates without victories on the field.”

Oh, you have to be kidding me. Okay, so, infertile couples/olds who still do the dirty-dirty are still technically playing the World Series even if they know their balls, er, baseballs, don't work? All you need is a team that's willing to practice?

Well by that logic, even though my (nonexistent -- taking applications) husband and I know that our parts aren't extremely likely to create a baby, it's the thought that counts, and as long as we practice a whole bunch, and we both love being on the team, then it's just as valid as any other loving, committed marriage.**

Q.E.D., loser.

Read the whole thing if you have nothing better to do with your life than read the convoluted musings of a quasi-philosopher with far too much education for his intellect and a Mommy complex.

(h/t No More Mister Nice Blog)

(Cross-posted at Truth Wins Out)

*Words have lost all meaning.

**And don't give me that arbitrary B.S. from the first quote about how it has to be a vagina. If you know it's a reproductive dead-end, then it really doesn't matter. That's merely Church Lady Robert failing to grasp the epic fail of his 13th century thinking.

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20 December 2009

Moron

According to Sarah Palin, earth has been going through climate change for "ions," so we shouldn't worry.



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19 December 2009

The Strangers

St. Vincent.


You're not protecting everyone's rights if you're most concerned about protecting the "freedom" of the entrenched status quo to shit on the minority.

That has absolutely nothing to do with this song. Just a thought.

Okay, music!


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18 December 2009

Yes, but what effect will Global Warming have on Ryan's Family Steakhouse?

This piece from Tara Lohan at the Huffington Post, "Thanks to Climate Change, You Can Kiss These 8 Amazing Things Goodbye," is really interesting, and for those among us who acknowledge the reality of global warming, those of us who have a perfunctory understanding of science, it's heartbreaking. There are so many things we stand to lose, some which threaten our survival on this fragile planet, and some which are just things we enjoy about living here. But I fear that the list will fall on deaf ears with the people who need to hear it the most, i.e. dumb wingnuts. Why? Because the entire list is composed of things that wingnuts either don't understand, don't eat, can't conceptualize, or don't believe in. Let's go through them.


1. World's Best Wines

Whoa there, stop right there, dumb wingnuts don't drink the "world's best wines." They don't even drink the "world's mid-range wines." If they're going to hear this message, tell them what it's going to do to chilled Franzia, or better yet, Natty Light.

2. 50,000 Rainforest Species a Year

First of all, wingnuts don't know where the rainforest is. They also don't understand the concept of the rainforest being the "lungs of the earth," as they most likely attribute life to the breath of God, rather than biology, much less biology involving plants. WAY over their heads there, Tara.

3. New Orleans

Black people, jazz music, culture...yep, those are Wingnuttia's favorite things, all right. Tell them what it's going to do to Macon, Georgia or Colorado Springs or something. (Gotta keep the Dobsons safe!)

4. Pacific Salmon

Do they serve that at the Ryan's Family Steakhouse? I do not think they have that there. Show them the effects of global warming on soft serve ice cream and Funyuns. Then you might have attentive listeners.

5. Maldives and Tuvalu

Furrin' island nations full of brown people aren't REAL to wingnuts, silly! (Unless they're currently bombing them.) Will Alabama be underwater? Will the Holy Land Experience in Orlando be rendered inaccessible to all but the most adventurous wingnuts? Focus on that.

6. Glaciers

Yes, it's well documented that glaciers are disappearing, but wingnuts would like to remind you that it's snowing in Copenhagen right now, because they have no concept of the difference between climate and weather. Many of them also think that the snowing in Copenhagen is a "haw haw" from God, because God really can't come up with any better Fuck You to liberals than snow in Scandinavia in December. Are there any Wal-Marts which depend on glaciers in order to stay open? Talk about those, a whole bunch.

7. Coral reefs

Yes, well, wingnuts aren't going to coral reefs, are they? No, they are going to NASCAR races and WWE events. Will global warming hurt those? Show them how. Plus, sea anemones are transgendered perverts, the "Murphy Brown[s] of the deep," and they are one of the thousands of species in nature which exist as a pretty simple Fuck You to wingnuts' arguments about "natural sexuality," so they don't care.

8. Really big bears

They might actually pay attention to this one, because everybody loves bears. Oh, you mean polar bears? Unfortunately, wingnuts already think, even though all the evidence denies their belief, that polar bear populations are just fine, because their overlords/pastors/corporate daddies/Fox News told them so. Now, if it's about the effects of global warming on this really big bear, then they might listen. Tell them about that.

You see? It's all about tailoring the messaging for your audience. The people who are concerned about the things on the list above already have brains, already like nice things, already appreciate diversity and good food. The piece is preaching to the choir.

Want to get wingnuts on board, though? Show them exactly how Wal-Mart will change in a world where the worst effects of global warming are running their course. Show them how much more difficult it'll be to get screen printed tee shirts with crying eagles on them if the factories in Southeast Asia where children make them are underwater. Show them how Sarah Palin will no longer be able to "write books" if we don't have the trees to make the paper for her to fuck up with her garbled version of English. Dude, show them how Rush Limbaugh will no longer be able to go see his Dominican boys if the tropics become uninhabitable. Tell them exactly which menu items Cracker Barrel will no longer be able to offer.

Any of those things.

It might not do the trick, because we're still dealing with wingnuts, but at least it would be a step in the right direction.

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You're So Vain

I just happened to be listening to Carly Simon, so I thought I'd post this for Joe Lieberman.


He, of course, loves the attention, even if it's just us pointing out that he's a petty fucking attention whore.

But whatever. Just kidding, I'm dedicating this to all of you.

Fuck Lieberman.


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17 December 2009

Holy shit

You have to listen to this Alan Colmes interview with H.K. Edgerton, the ignorant moron on the Asheville, North Carolina city council who is trying to get Cecil Bothwell removed from the council because Bothwell doesn't believe in God. You see, North Carolina's Constitution prohibits atheists from serving in government, but the United States Constitution (which supersedes North Carolina's) says that, um, no, that's unconstitutional. Basically, Edgerton is an embarrassment to humanity, and yet he continues to talk, because ignorance usually can't recognize itself.


Everything starts out normal, with Edgerton showing that he's quite unaware of how government actually works, or even of what country he lives in, but then it starts to get interesting:


Colmes then asked Edgerton, who is African American, about his insistence on calling the Civil War the "war between the states" and a claim posted on his website asserting that during the Civil War "there were an estimated 50,000 blacks who served willingly as Confederate soldiers and almost four million other blacks who stayed on the farms, plantations and factories in the South of their own free will" ... at which point the debate went entirely off the rails.


Omigod, yeah, it did. Apparently Edgerton is a racist redneck trapped in a black man's body. Listen to this, seriously, you will die laughing. Click on over to RightWingWatch to hear Edgerton ramble on in his moronic glory.

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Popular Gay Website Says It's Okay For Fundamentalists To Discriminate Against Gays (UPDATED)

(Cross-posted at Truth Wins Out)

I'm going to try to type this out before my head hits the desk...

In 2006, an incident occurred in New Mexico, were a fundamentalist Christian photographer refused to photograph a gay wedding. NPR reported on it last year:

On January 28, 2008, the New Mexico Human Rights Commission heard the case of Vanessa Willock v. Elane Photography.

Willock, in the midst of planning her wedding to her girlfriend, sent the photography company an e-mail request to shoot the commitment ceremony. Elaine Huguenin, who owns the company with her husband, replied: "We do not photograph same-sex weddings. But thanks for checking out our site! Have a great day!"

A complaint was filed, and the wedding photographer retained the services of the Alliance Defense Fund, the legal house devoted to upholding Fundamentalist Christian victim complexes everywhere. Continued, from NPR:

In April, the state human rights commission found that Elane Photography was guilty of discrimination and must pay the Willock's more than $6,600 attorneys' fee bill. The photographers are appealing to state court.

They did appeal, and the ruling was released today. The higher court upheld the ruling of the human rights commission, and of course, ADF will appeal yet again. This, from the right-wing LifeSite News:

Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) will appeal a New Mexico judge's decision to uphold a ruling by the New Mexico Civil Rights Commission against an Albuquerque photography company. The commission ruled that the company, run by a young Christian husband and wife, was guilty of "sexual orientation" discrimination under state antidiscrimination laws for declining to photograph a same-sex "commitment ceremony."

The right-wing Christian set obviously doesn't like this (as you can see by their use of scare quotes), but the ruling makes sense. If you want to do business in the state of New Mexico, your personal religious beliefs and biases aren't relevant to your business dealings, and you don't get to deny people service simply because you don't like them. This is why non-discrimination laws exist.

Unfortunately, widely-read gay blog Queerty doesn't seem to get it. Calling it a "frightening court ruling," they reported it like this:

A photography company is not a public accommodation; it is a private business, which should have the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason. Even if that means it's engaged in discrimination. There's a distinction between private companies and government-run entities, which must adhere to non-discrimination codes. But we wouldn't want to see a court rule against a gay photographer who, on moral grounds, refused to take the business of a religious fundamentalist and homophobic couple.

(...)

Let the wedding photographers discriminate. It's their choice who to engage in business with. And besides, what gay couple wants to patronize — and, literally, fund — a business that looks down on us?

Um, no. By the writer's logic, it would be totally hunky dory for a fundamentalist Christian owner to deny food, housing, employment, or anything else to a gay couple, because after all, why would we want to give them money anyway?

Also by the same logic, it would be fine for a gay owner to deny housing or services to a fundamentalist couple. And no, that is not okay!

Refusing to photograph a gay wedding has nothing to do with the free exercise of a person's religious beliefs. This was discrimination, pure and simple, and the photographers didn't even try to hide it.

Either we believe in laws that protect people from undue discrimination or we don't.

I sincerely hope the writer at Queerty simply didn't think this one through before posting. Otherwise, he's being no better than the Christianists who seek to deny the LGBT community life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness at every turn.

UPDATE: The Queerty editors have posted the following note as an addendum to Travis Smith's piece:

Ed: Rightfully so, a number of readers completely disagree with Mr. Smith's argument. Queerty counts itself among them. We don't maintain too many "policies," but generally we're in favor of prohibiting discrimination across the board, whether it's based on religion or sexuality. We understand Mr. Smith's rationale. We do not agree with it.

Glad to hear it.

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15 December 2009

Washington DC City Council Passes Marriage Equality 11-2

The two dissenters, Barry and Alexander, used their floor speeches to beg people not to hate them for voting No.

As long as Congress doesn't butt into the council's affairs, WE WIN.

More here.

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14 December 2009

Needy Baby Joe Lieberman Pisses On Kennedy's Grave

Wherever you are, Senator Kennedy, I hope you’re not watching this desecration of your life’s work. It is absolutely shameful.


Read every word of that.

If you've been paying attention today, you've heard that Joe Lieberman, who supported a Medicare buy-in, oh, three months ago, and supported it in 2000, AND BASICALLY HAS ALWAYS SUPPORTED IT, has decided that nyaaaaaaaah, he doesn't like it anymore, because he's a petulant little bitch, and he has to be the center of attention, and his anus still stings from that time Democrats tried to get rid of him.

Seriously, what a motherfucker.

Harry Reid, look:

He's never, ever going to like you. I'm so sorry. So here's what you have to do:

1. Kill the filibuster. Get rid of it. Forever.
2. Strip Joe of all his leadership positions. Get the good members of the caucus together, and have everybody agree that they won't sign on to any of Joe's legislation, no matter what it is.
3. Start talking shit about him in the media, like you should have done years ago.
4. Grow a pair, dude. This should have been number 1...All You Need For Christmas Is Your Two Front Balls, Harry. Grow them, cultivate them in a lab, borrow them from Elizabeth Warren, fucking SOMETHING.

Christ.

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12 December 2009

In For The Kill

I give up.


I like La Roux. I tried not to.

And this Skream remix of "In For The Kill" is pretty much, um, just listen.


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11 December 2009

Access denied

I don't tend to post personal reflections here, or in any kind of prose. As a songwriter, the more personal threads tend to weave themselves through songs...when I'm writing, at least, and that's been a world full of tumbleweeds lately, so hopefully that will change, and soon.


But occasionally the personal blends with the political.

This evening, I again received a friend request and note from someone I knew about ten years ago. The specific details of the story are not important, but this is a person who chose to play a role when I came out of the closet, and ended up hurting my family in the process. She, most likely, is blissfully unaware of the harm she caused, and the way it rippled through our family dynamics over the years. She comes from the conservative, evangelical side of the spectrum. Unfortunately "those people" are often too absorbed in their interpretation of reality, smitten with their ideology, that they fail to see the human beings in front of them as human beings. Also unfortunately, they are often unaware of the predatory nature of their actions, because their actions are informed by a worldview that is so deeply ingrained in them and everyone they know.

This person saw a grieving mother (whom she didn't really know), and poured salt in the wound by exposing her to people and false ideas that still, ten years later, inform a piece of the current estrangement in my family.

This is not about blame. I wish I, at nineteen, had been emotionally available and adult enough to provide a cushion and a gentle spirit when it was needed.

This is not about forgiveness or harboring grudges, either. I wish this person only the best.

But she does not deserve access to my life.

I again denied the friend request.

We'll call it tough love in action.*

Perhaps she will forget about it and go about her life. Or perhaps she'll realize that her "How you doin?!" notes have elicited no response, that her requests for reconnection have been ignored, and it will cause her to mull over the question: Why?

And maybe she'll find her answer.

*Yes, that was a hint, you are so smart!

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Stillness Is The Move

Two songs, one night.


This is the other song I can't stop listening to.

Dirty Projectors - "Stillness Is The Move."


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Little Lion Man

This is pretty much the most awesomest thing I've ever heard.


It's like...indie bluegrass folk.

Mumford & Sons, they call themselves.

At around 3:30, you'll have a total bluegrasm, if you're into that sort of thing.


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10 December 2009

Fuck off, Goldilocks

Throughout the "debate" over healthcare reform, one of the GOP's most commonly used "arguments" against reform is that the bills have been too long, hard to read, and that they don't have any pictures. Think Progress links to some examples of that sort of illiterate bitching. Oh, but now? Mike Enzi (Wingnut-WY) says that the 2,074 page Senate bill is much too short!


And we talk about 2,074 pages, which seem like a lot, and it would be for a normal bill that you could debate in a limited period of time, which is what we’re being asked to do. But 2,074 pages isn’t nearly enough to cover health care for America. So why is it only 2,074 pages?

So what's "just right," Mike? Seriously?

Fuck off.



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04 December 2009

"A Silent Night With You"

Tori Amos with a string quartet. Beautiful.


From her holiday record.



It's very weird seeing her playing a Yamaha piano, though. Total piece of shit piano.

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Mean President Obama Will Not Let Arlington, TN Mayor Watch Snoopy Jesus Special

Omighaa, socialism you guyz!


A new act has been performed in the world's longest running wingnut opera, The Rage-Gasm of the Douche. The scene opens with Arlington, Tennessee mayor Russell Wiseman, just cold sittin' around in his underpants, ready to watch some Crimmus Snoopy. But the Moozlem Nazi Socialist president had more sinister plans:

In the opinion of Arlington Mayor Russell Wiseman, President Barack Obama's speech on Tuesday night on the war in Afghanistan was deliberately timed to block the Christian message of the "Peanuts" television Christmas special.

Wiseman made the statements on his Facebook page, where he declared Obama to be a Muslim. (...)

"Ok, so, this is total crap, we sit the kids down to watch 'The Charlie Brown Christmas Special' and our muslim president is there, what a load.....try to convince me that wasn't done on purpose. Ask the man if he believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and he will give you a 10 minute disertation (sic) about it....w...hen the answer should simply be 'yes'...."

Oh boy, these people. This is the mayor of a Memphis suburb, taking to his Facebook page to have a very public night terror about the muslin preznit deliberately scheduling his war speech during Snoopy and Linus and the Jesus message of it all, and...IT'S A CONSPIRACY, YOU GUYZ, DON'T YOU SEE? DON'T YOU SEE?!?!?!

Wiseman decided to continue typing embarrassing things with his fingers in the comments on his thread:

At another point he said, "you know, our forefathers had it written in the original Constitution that ONLY property owners could vote, if that has stayed in there, things would be different........"

Okay first of all, a nitpicky point. The number of periods in an ellipsis is not debatable, and it's not open to interpretation. There are three. Not four. Not fifteen. Not "hold your ring finger down on the period button while you think." Three.

God! Okay, but the subtle, grunting nostalgia for slavery and white supremacy is cute, isn't it? I've often said that normal people would be stunned to hear how White Republicans (especially in the South) talk behind closed doors, when they think no one who isn't like them is listening. In public discourse, they communicate through dogwhistles, but man oh man, give them some privacy and the white hoods come out so fast.

Now, whether or not one agrees with Obama's escalation of the war (I do not), one would think that an adult could grasp the concept that sometimes, events in the real world take precedence over Christmas specials, WWE Wrestling, Everybody Loves Raymond, and whatever the hell else this guy watches. If you don't want to watch the President's speech, you don't have to. But in the real world, decisions of war, which send our troops into harm's way, are important.

So, Mayor Wiseman, we, the normal people, are collectively sorry that you had to miss Linus talking about his personal faith in Jesus Christ. It will be on next year. Or, as Jason Linkins points out, you could always just buy the damn DVD!

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02 December 2009

I know wingnuts are stupid

Really, I do.


But are they really stupid enough to believe this obviously contrived tale of a "turrurist dry run" on an AirTran flight a few weeks ago, which describes scary Mooselem men drawing all kinds of attention to themselves and making a scene on the plane before it's even left the damned ground?

Fucking really?

Really?!

Goddamn.

Every time I think they can't get any dumber...

Read the whole thing and mourn for the failure of the American educational system.

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30 November 2009

Grace

Sometimes music is so beautiful, so breathtaking, that it hurts. You feel it coursing through you. When that sort of music is accompanied by a story so cruelly tragic as the drowning death of Jeff Buckley, twelve years ago, well then...

So, in the spirit of bringing Jeff's music to people who haven't heard it, and also for those of us who have listened to Jeff for years, here are the songs from the one full record he released while he was alive, Grace. Some are studio versions, but most are live. So sit back and listen. Do other things, or do nothing at all. As a bonus, I've included Jeff singing the spiritual "Satisfied Mind," a version of which was actually played at Jeff's funeral. If you have tears in your eyes at that point, all that means is that you have a soul. So, without further ado, Grace:


1. "Mojo Pin"


2. "Grace"



3. "Last Goodbye"



4. "Lilac Wine"



5. "So Real"



6. "Hallelujah"



7. "Lover, You Should've Come Over"



8. "Corpus Christi Carol"



9. "Eternal Life"



10. "Dream Brother"



And, as promised, here is "Satisfied Mind":



Life is so precious, and brief. Savor it.

Now, if you don't already own it, go buy the record.

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29 November 2009

Putting "gay" on trial/"Going To A Town"

As you may know, Ted Olson and David Boies, erstwhile legal rivals, filed a federal suit against Proposition 8 (Perry v. Schwarzenegger) soon after the voters of California decided to choose bigotry and bias over fairness and equality. This case is different; for one thing, it's federal, which means it very well may end up being decided by the Supreme Court. But as Gabriel Arana points out in this long piece from The American Prospect, this case has implications far beyond marriage equality and Proposition 8 -- indeed, it's putting the entire concept of "gay" on trial.

Perry v. Schwarzenegger indeed asks the "ultimate question" of whether gays have a federal right to marry, but because the case is alleging that Prop. 8 violated the equal-protection clause of the U.S. Constitution, the federal court decision will have implications for gay Americans in nearly every arena of public life, from housing to parenting to military service. The court is set to consider questions as wide-ranging as what it means to be gay and whether it affects one's contribution to society. It's not just marriage rights on trial; it's homosexuality itself.

(...)

The stakes are high. If Perry v. Schwarzenegger reaches the Supreme Court and Boies and Olson are successful, gays and lesbians nationwide would not only have the right to marry, they stand to gain many of the legal rights they have sought for decades. Don't Ask, Don't Tell would be invalidated, as would employment discrimination against gays and lesbians. In the eyes of the law, gay people would be equal to straight people, and any legislation that discriminated against them could be challenged and easily struck down against this precedent. However, defeat could legitimize such discrimination against LGBT Americans, making it far more difficult to sue for parental or housing rights. The door to any federal litigation on marriage equality would be shut for decades.

As they say, read the whole thing.

And while you're doing that, here's a great live performance from Rufus Wainwright that sort of addresses what's at stake here.

(Yes, Rufus again. I get on kicks, you see.)




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Everything you need to know about the new Twilight movie-film

Here it is, in handy synopsis form!

Look, you just saved $10.

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28 November 2009

27 November 2009

Yay for Christmas, no homo! (More fun with Sarah Palin's abjectly stupid fans)

So before Thanksgiving, Sarah went rogue into Michigan to see people like this couple:


Bob Weinert, 56, a fencing salesman from Lansing, said he’d heard Rush Limbaugh say recently that Palin is “the most conservative candidate out there.” She represents, he said, “limited government and traditional values,” including “putting homos back in the closet.”

“And putting Christmas in the stores,” added his wife, Rexanna, who said she felt she could trust the “down-to-earth” Palin.

Yay for Christmas, no homo!

It's sad that these people, with their names like "Rexanna," exist as such a striking reminder of the utter failure of our educational system.

Morons.

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26 November 2009

"The Consort"

I'm fucked up on Tryptophan, and I'm listening to Rufus Wainwright.


This song is so beautiful, good night.

Oh, go read this, now. It's an amazing story, with a Thanksgiving tie-in, about a gay guy raised in the Mormon church, that bastion of discrimination and hatred. Like so many of us, he not only was raised in a faith (it was Shi'a Presbyterian for me), but he loved it, and it was an integral part of him (or so he, and I, thought). The church, its bigotry, its homophobia, its rank pig ignorance, almost killed him, but he survived to find out what it means to live an authentically spiritual life. Here's the Thanksgiving part:

After the main Thanksgiving meal had been served that afternoon in the Cultural Hall, the dessert judging began and the judges (the Bishopric) started announcing the winners. Several prizes were given out in lots of categories. Most Colorful Jell-O Salad. Greatest Amounts of Chocolate and Cool Whip in a Single Dessert. Most Creative Use of Deep Fried Ice Cream. With each award, it slowly began to dawn on me that only women had submitted desserts for the competition. That is, with one significant exception. Me.

Then the judges got to the biggie – Best Overall Dessert. The Bishop stood up on the stage in the cultural hall to make the formal announcement that the award was going to...that’s right, the custard baked inside the pumpkin! This took me completely by surprise. I had no idea, had all but forgotten about my dessert, thought it had been totally bypassed in the judging. Then I realized I had actually won the grand prize and needed to go up to the stage to accept the award from the Bishop. As I stood up and people (especially the Bishopric) realized that a MAN had won the dessert competition – and not just any man, but the Ward Fag had won - chaos broke loose. Half the Ward was on the floor rolling with laughter. The women who had been in the competition glared at me like they were fit to execute me on the spot. The Bishop was blue then red with humiliation and disbelief, shaking his head in his hands as though the cruelty of the gods had become too much for him to bear. Later, a woman named Karen drug me into another room and literally yelled at me, “You’re gay! Oh my heavens, you’re GAY!” She sobbed that I was such a spiritual person, was so faithful and strong in my testimony, that she had assumed that over the past few months somehow I was turning straight.


Seriously, read the entire thing. And listen to the Rufus.


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Happy Thanksgiving from Sarah Palin!

Here's your traditional Thanksgiving video of Sarah Palin just cold chit-chattin' while live turkeys get put in the grinder behind her.

That rhymed, doncha know!



(Wonkette)

Never forget.

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25 November 2009

"Today"

Jefferson Airplane.



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The beginning of the left/right divide

I wouldn't be surprised if it happened exactly like this.



Keith Knight via Pharyngula

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"Cactus Tree"

There really is never a time when I'm not in the mood to listen to this song (and others from that era) on repeat.


Joni is so special.


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Kirk Cameron tells UCLA science students that "evolution sux OMG," gets destroyed in seven minutes

Poor Kirk Cameron. He started with the best intentions, which went like this:


1. Be "Mike Seaver" on 80's teevee show, with best friend named "Boner."
2. Turn into scary retarded fundamentalist Christian.
3. Team up with dippy Australian pastor Ray Comfort, who believes that genetically modified bananas prove the geeeenius of God's creation, by fitting so comfortably in the hand, and being so easy to open, for monkeys. Also, they don't squirt into your face when you play with them, unless you've provided written consent that you're into that sort of thing.
4. Find underpants.
5. ????
6. Become Christian acting hero by portraying OMG CHRISTIAN WET DREAM Buck Williams in icky porn movie, "Left Behind."
7. Hand out copies of Darwin's Origin of Species on college campuses, replete with a special introduction written by the Australian Banana Pastor (also, bananas have pull tabs, just like Mountain Dew, and we KNOW God made Mountain Dew!), while explaining the wonders of Creationism to mean atheist science students, who will suddenly see the errors of their "science" and follow the 80's child star with the DSL.*
8. Profit!

Yeah, and it woulda been fine if those atheist scientists hadn't decided to use "facts" and other mean stuff to make him look like an ass. But you know those science people, making people do awful, degrading things with their brains, like thinking. So there was an exchange with a nice girl, which from start to finish was a whole banana hammock of Fail (also made by God), and which included this exchange:

Student: Science is based on evidence, where religion is based on faith.
Kirk: But Darwinism is extremely based on faith
Student: Not really, it's based on a lot of evidence.


Oh, how pathetic. Somebody needs to explain to these Christianist morons that every time they do shit like this, the world laughs at them even harder. They are SO out of their league every time they talk to intelligent human beings.**

Here's the video. The sound quality is awful, but it's worth it. There is so much more Kirk Cameron fail to watch.


(TMZ)

Okay, so here's the funniest part, to me. That was reported by TMZ, which has a wide audience, and of course, a comments section. So comment #12 presciently says this:

12. Get ready for alot of misspelled words using Caps Lock

For obvious reasons.*** And what do you know?

17. WOW SO MANY NON-BELIEVERS IN THE TRUTH. BUT I GUESS THAT'S WHAT HOLLYWEIRD IS ALL ABOUT. KIRK, (EVEN THO YOU NEED TO GET MORE KNOWLEDGE, WE ALL DO, IN EVERYTHING) KEEP DOING YOUR THING AND SPREAD THE TRUTH... IF JEHOVAH WITNESSES AND DUMB ALIEN BELIEVING SCIENTOLOGISTS CAN SPREAD WHAT THEY THINK IS THE TRUTH THEN SO CAN WE CHRISTIANS...EVERYONE ELSE, GO TO...WE'LL YOU ALREADY KNOW WHERE YOUR GOING....IF YOU DON'T, YOU'LL FIND OUT...

I STILL LOVE ALL...I CAN'T JUDGE... ;)

OMG YR GONNA BURN IN HELL GOD IS LUV I CAN'T JUDGE.

29. Keep up the good work Kirk. One day those who have not believed will be looking up from you know where and crying out to be saved and it won't happen. Yes, the big bang theory does exsist. God spoke and bang.....he created the heavens and earth.

When we're in heaven, you'll be sorry, lol. Jesus saves!

This one's a special kind of stupid:

45. he who has the son has life, he who does not have the son does,

does not have life!

don,t complicate the word of god, just love him.

don,t be haten!
l.n.

That ma,de a lot of sence 2,

me.

Anyway, I could cut and paste idiot comments for hours, and it's TMZ, so you know there are 40,000 comments, and I'm only on page four. So I'll just leave you with two more:

Sounds like the typical lame arguments on the web. Evolutionists will NEVER admit to believing it takes a great leap of faith, not to believe in Evolution, but to believe it happens the way they say it did. Why? Their beliefs are based on a guess. I used to be a snooty tooty evolutionist that "beat up on" creationists. During that time, I would NEVER admit that my belief was also faith based. But it was.

Proof that evolution can go backward. I once was snooty tooty, but now am snardy tardy. Amazing Grace &c.

47. HE WHO HAS THE SON HAS LIFE ITS A SHAME THEY CAN,T SEE THE SON OF GOD THE SECOND PERSON IN THE TRINITY!

GOOD JOB KIRK GOD BLESS YOU!

ALSO I REMEMBERED TO WEAR PANTS TODAY!

Anyway, like I said, lots more where that came from if you want to go read and laugh. There are also lots of great comments from smart people.

_______________________________________________________________

* Oh, you do too know what DSL stands for!

**This is why so much Christian evangelism focuses on illiterate, hungry people in the Third World who will listen to them because they need hope, and also food, and maybe these white people brought some.

***Anyone who's ever paid attention to the internet knows that when commenters are Conservatives/Evangelicals/Both, there will be a hell of a lot of bad grammar, misspelled words, and LOTS OF CAPS LOCK. This is because there's a lot of stupid on that side of the fence.

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24 November 2009

Dumb and Dumber

Instructions:


1. Go to Amazon and search "Dumb and Dumber," you know, the movie.
2. Do not buy it.
3. Never mind, here, I searched it for you. Click the clicky.
4. Scroll down to the suggestions...you know, the "if you like Dumb and Dumber, you might also like these" part.
5. Laugh and laugh at the first and third suggestion.

You're welcome.

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"Nothing Compares 2 U"

No, not Prince.


No, not Sinead O'Connor.

This is the best version ever, by a singer named Holcombe Waller, who I've been listening to for quite a while now. SO fun. Think disco, think karaoke, think trashy.


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Matt Taibbi wrote a letter to the teabaggers!

Oh yes, he did. It's actually a long piece responding to all the bitching and moaning from the teabagging set about how everybody is being so mean to Our Sarah of Perpetual Word Salad, and putting it in the greater context of a lesson on just how the inside-the-Beltway press actually works. Conservatives whine about the "lib'rul media," because they can't stand to hear anything but their own shitty beliefs repeated back to them all day, every day. Liberals tend to refer more to "The Village," the inbred culture of the insiders and the corporate media and Tweety and Let's Beatify Tim Russert, who really never was all that good to begin with.


Consider:

The press corps that is bashing her skull in right now is the same one that hyped that WMD horseshit for like four solid years and pom-pommed America to war with Iraq over the screeching objections of the entire planet. It’s the same press corps that rolled out the red carpet for someone very nearly as abjectly stupid as Sarah Palin to win not one but two terms in the White House. If there was any kind of consensus support for Palin inside the beltway, the criticism of her, bet on it, would be almost totally confined to chortling east coast smartasses like me and Glenn Greenwald and Andrew Sullivan.
What the people who are flipping out about the treatment of Palin should be asking themselves is what it means when it’s not just jerks like us but everybody piling on against Palin. For those of you who can’t connect the dots, I’ll tell you what it means. It means she’s been cut loose. It means that all five of the families have given the okay to this hit job, including even the mainstream Republican leaders. You teabaggers are in the process of being marginalized by your own ostensible party leaders in exactly the same way the anti-war crowd was abandoned by the Democratic party elders in the earlier part of this decade. Like the antiwar left, you have been deemed a threat to your own party’s “winnability.”

And do you know what that means? That means that just as the antiwar crowd spent years being painted by the national press as weepy, unpatriotic pussies whose enthusiastic support is toxic to any serious presidential aspirant, so too will all of you afternoon-radio ignoramuses who seem bent on spending the next three years kicking and screaming your way up the eternal asshole of white resentment now find yourself and your political champions painted as knee-jerk loonies whose rabid irrationality is undeserving of the political center. And yes, that’s me saying that, but I’ve always been saying that, not just about Palin but about George Bush and all your other moron-heroes.

Heh. Seriously, do read the entire thing.

In this one instance, the press corps is correct, but for the wrong reasons. They should not let it go to their heads and start thinking they suck any fewer bags of dicks.

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23 November 2009

Sarah Palin supports "entrepenooyal conducive environments" for our country!

More interviews with Sarah-tards, who are in public, and yet are somehow not embarrassed to open their mouths.


None of these people have the first clue what their Lady Savior even believes.

Pathetic.

One girl mentions her opposition to Cap and Trade, at which point the interviewer asks her why. She replies, "I don't know too much about it...it's just the whole...spending..."

Seriously. This is the failure of the American educational system, puking out word salad in front of Borders.

(This explains why they like Sarah.)

Ugh.

(h/t Ed)

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Teabaggers laugh at woman whose daughter died from lack of healthcare

Because teabaggers are bad people with no morals.


Period.

Or they're too stupid to understand what they're doing.

So here's the backstory:

A group called the Chicago Tea Party Patriots publicly heckled a grieving family and suggested that the couple fabricated their tragic story.

At a town hall held by Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) on Nov. 14, Dan and Midge Hough spoke about how they believed the death of their daughter-in-law and her unborn child were caused, in part, by a lack of health insurance. Twenty-four-year old Jennifer was uninsured. According to her in-laws, she was not receiving regular prenatal care and was not properly treated when she got sick. She ended up in an emergency room with double pneumonia that developed into septic shock, had a heart attack, a brain bleed and a stroke. The baby died and Jennifer died a few weeks later.

Midge Hough was heckled by anti-reform crowd members. "You can laugh at me, that's okay," she said, crying. "But I lost two people, and I know you think that's funny, that's okay."

Um, yeah. The designated Queen Teabagger tried to explain why she and her friends are such fucking un-American assholes, but it was lame, so fuck her. You can read it for yourself if you like rank pig ignorance of the kind that makes you want to gouge your eyes out with a spoon.

Here's the video:


These people...

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Hipped hopped white youth pastors know what's what, word to my JC, WHAT?!

Hey, Christian kids! Want to learn how to be cool and hipped hopped and, above all, NOT SEXUALLY AROUSED IN A NON-HOLY WAY?

Yes, well, then you need to watch some white people doing the hipped hopped rapping about "side-hugs," which will help you keep yourself from accidentally bumping loins with somebody who's not your wife/husband!

If, on the other hand, you don't get a sexual thrill out of each and every contact you ever have with a human, you are most likely normal and comfortable in your own skin, and perhaps you don't need to learn how to do the side-hug.






I cannot believe that a large segment of the population looks at this and thinks it's normal. Then again, I grew up in that world, and a lot of fucked up things are "normal" there.

More here.

h/t Amanda

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Chaz Bono on Good Morning America

This is a really interesting video. Chaz Bono, as you may know, is the former Chastity Bono, daughter of Sonny and Cher. Chaz came out as a lesbian years back, but as with so many who are transgender, being a lesbian wasn't really the full story, but rather an answer that works at the time. He explains in this video the difference between sexuality and gender identity, and how they're really not related at all. We wish him the best in his journey.


As I've said before, I readily admit that there was a time, even as a gay man, that I didn't understand the concept of "transgender," and was a bit uncomfortable with the concept. But as I did my research and talked to a couple of transgender people, I realized quickly that my discomfort was simply my own ignorance, no better than the fundamentalist bigots who think they have a right to dictate how the government and society regards my life.

So this is really a video for everyone to watch.

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22 November 2009

Summing up Sarah Palin, and then hopefully we're done with her for a while

Why do dinguses love her?



Like, OMG, she’s just like me and doesn’t understand that the expression is actually “For all intents and purposes” and not “For all intensive purposes!” OH, THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR IN MY 2012 PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE.

And also this:

She is beloved because she willing to tell Americans that just because they are ignorant does not mean they are wrong.

And that's it.

Both of those links are a lot of fun, by the way.

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"Pinball Wizard"

Let's listen to The Who, for some reason or another.

This is one of my non-gaynesses.

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God, I hate "centrists"

Almost as obnoxious as the far-right loons who comprise the Republican party are the "centrists." Given a choice between adorable puppies and Satanic murder clowns from hell, these assholes can be relied on to seek compromise.


So let's honor two "centrist" dicks, Senators who love nothing more than having the DC village fawn all over them, and care little for the activities of commoners, like legislating.

Hi, my name is Joe Lieberman, and I'm scared to go on Rachel Maddow's show, due to the actual journalism that is committed there. Again, I'm Joe Lieberman, and I'm scurred of Rachel Maddow.




Hi, my name is Ben Nelson, and I'm scared to talk to bloggers, due to the fact that bloggers are increasingly, as Mike Stark points out, the actual Fourth Estate, and I much prefer the milquetoast shit that passes for "journalism" in the mainstream media. Again, I'm Ben Nelson, and I'm scurred of bloggers.



Both videos courtesy of Mike Stark, who does all this fine work.

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"As Long As You're Mine"

I'm a sucker for a good musical theatre love duet.


This is one of my gaynesses.

"As Long As You're Mine" from Wicked.



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21 November 2009

Senate votes to allow itself to talk about voting at some point in the future, at which point they'll vote to decide if they want to vote, in 2012

At which point they're going to be all "Haha, suckers, just try to primary us for sucking now, since you're all dead," because of the Mayans coming back from outer space.

Yes, the world's most/least respected deliberative body has decided that yes, they shall deliberate, on mandatory sex change death panels and free boob jobs for Trig, or something or other.

Democracy!


Go read Wonkette.

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Hilarious, brave people venture into Sarah Palin's hinterlands

No, not THOSE Sarah Palin hinterlands!

Those are just for Todd!

Or was there a second shooter?

No, here are two guys who bravely decided to go visit the lame-tards who camped out all night in the rain waiting for Princess Eskimo Boobies' book to be released, and he asked them some amazing questions, all of which are "gotcha journalism," because for a Palin supporter, anything that requires thinking is "gotcha journalism."


(Wonkette)

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