Sunday, April 26, 2009

Shorter Andy McCarthy from NRO last night:

1) Iraq was too in cahoots with al Quaeda! WAS TOO!!

2) The CIA report says we have no idea whether torture actually worked. Which really means that we have no idea whether torture didn't work, which really means that torture had to have worked on some instances!

3) Who cares if there's no ticking time bomb? Let's shove the little fuckers in a box, cover them with insects and spiders, and hey, maybe we'll get lucky and they'll know something!

I really don't feel like responding to any of these in any detail, so let me just say this. Even if I were to concede all of his points (which I don't), it wouldn't make a bit of difference. It doesn't matter, and I don't care. Torture is still morally abhorrent and illegal, and we as a civilization should have nothing to do with it or anything that looks like it.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Something New

I'm gonna try something new. Starting today, I shall now post on teh stupid.

Witness Congressman Joe Barton try to trick Secretary of Energy Steven Chu into admitting that, because there's oil in Alaska, global warming is a myth.

Seriously, watch it.

This might be funny, if only Rep Barton wasn't one of the 0.001% of Americans in charge of our country.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Creme That Egg!!

this is awesome

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Maybe NOM Needs Doppler Radar

Seeing an end to life as we know it in the wake of Vermont legalizing same-sex marriage, the National Organization for Marriage decided to make a (rather sappy IMHO) ad letting everyone know what they could expect if this is allowed to go any further:At first blush, some of them seem quite serious: punishing a church because they won't recognize a gay couple? That doesn't seem right. However, as you've probably guessed, there's more to each of these stories than meets the eye. HRC goes into more detail, but here's the basic gist:

1) A doctor who must choose between her faith and her job
This is a reference to California's Benitez decision, which ruled that doctors who perform elective procedures cannot refuse to perform the procedure on moral grounds if the patient is legally allowed to undergo it. In this particular case, it had to do with a doctor who refused to perform an in vitro fertilization on a lesbian.

2) A New Jersey church that's punished by the state
This is a reference to a church that owns and operates a beachside pavilion as a money-making enterprise. The pavilion is open for public use, and has been used for concerts, weddings, and Civil War reenactments ... but the church refuses to allow a gay civil union ceremony. Per New Jersey law, if the church operates a public place, it must abide by public anti-discrimination laws, and the church was fined accordingly.

3) A parent whose child's school teaches that gay marriage is 'ok'
The school in question had a program which taught students about all the different kinds of families they might encounter; from married to divorced to single-parent to foster-parent to bi-racial to military to grandparent to gay. In Massachussetts (where the school is located), gay marriage is legal. Thus the school included a gay couple as part of the program. The mother flipped out, and demanded that the school eliminate the gay couple (but not the rest of the program) because she didn't agree with the law. The school refused.

While you're at it, you probably want to check out National Review's editorial against the Vermont legislation. Quite telling, really, but I'm too tired to write about it now.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Most Awesomenest Line Ever!

Leslie Jordan, from his stand-up last night at the Equality Virginia Banquet:

"With all due disrespect to the religious right, ain't none of that 'choice' shit going on in this head!"

I think I have a new favorite phrase :P

Dumbing Down God

Well here's an interesting idea: pay a computer to vocalize synthetic prayers for you
"We use state of the art text to speech synthesizers to voice each prayer at a volume and speed equivalent to typical person praying," the company states. "Each prayer is voiced individually, with the name of the subscriber displayed on screen."

Prices, however, are dictated by the length of the prayer. As noted in the Information Age Prayer FAQ, "A discounted prayer will cost less than other prayers of similar length."
Call my crazy, but isn't the whole idea behind prayer that it's a personal one-to-one with the almightly? Apparently, we've now reached the point where people will spend 10 minutes a day getting their outbound voicemail message exactly right, but will outsource their prayers to a computer with horrible diction.