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Monday, October 29th, 2012
3:31 pm
Lena Dunham and the Crazy Right
Originally posted by filkertom at Lena Dunham and the Crazy Right
I'm just lifting this verbatim from David Waldman's dKos Radio post of the day, because WUT.
Oh. My. God.

Yesterday, the FBI arrested a NYPD cop for conspiring to kidnap, cook & eat a woman.

But by the end of the day, conservatives had identified the sign of the coming Apocalypse, and it wasn't this.

It was this:



They live among us, people.

By yesterday evening, Erik Erickson had declared we were living in a fallen, depraved world, destined for the fire.

You should totally trust this team of wacked-out end timers with the nuclear codes, America
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Personally, I love the ad. Funny, smart, and if you can't figure out where it's going in the first ten seconds, you likely deserve to have a fainting couch.

But -- perhaps especially -- since this is an official Obama campaign ad, apparently some folks are getting bent out of shape. The YouTube comments alone are... fascinating.

I was going to idly speculate on what the problem could possibly be, until I remembered that they're afraid of sex, too, and women's sexuality in particular.

Me? I never metaphor I didn't like.

This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1572085.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
11:48 am
Against Big Bird, The Gods Themselves Contend In Vain
Originally posted by scott_lynch at Against Big Bird, The Gods Themselves Contend In Vain
I was a hard-core Sesame Street viewer from about 1979 to 1984, and my memories of the show are the sort of deep nostalgic tangle you'd expect, with a great deal of idiosyncratic noise blended into the signal. So, for many years, I carried around a vague but emotionally vivid recollection of a Sesame Street episode in which Big Bird and Snuffleupagus had witnessed the the passage of a soul to the ancient Egyptian afterlife, complete with the weighing of the human heart against a feather. I shit you not.

For all those years, I just assumed that I was nuts, or that I was conflating a memory of a childhood dream with a childhood television experience. Not long ago, I was trading Sesame Street memories with that girl I like, and I determined to Google-fu my way to the truth.

In the 1983 special Don't Eat the Pictures, assorted humans and Muppets are stuck overnight in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. While Oscar, Bob, Cookie Monster, Olivia, and some small children are having the sort of mild and educational adventures you'd expect, Big Bird and Snuffy meet Sahu, a 4,000-year-old Egyptian prince (!) condemned to wander eternally in spirit form (!!) unless he can answer a riddle posed by a demon (!!!) that appears to him each night at midnight. I am not fucking with you. This really happened.




There's Sahu!





ACTUAL DIALOGUE from Big Bird: "Oh no! The demon's gonna be here any second now!" And here's the appearance of that demon, played by James motherfucking Mason.


You know you want to keep going past the cut.Collapse )
Thursday, September 13th, 2012
10:44 pm
Tuesday, August 7th, 2012
10:29 pm
Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
7:53 am
This is the Scout Law
Originally posted by chadu at This is the Scout Law
BSA National:

Your recent statement has perverted every single thing I believed Scouts were about.

Let's examine BSA National's opinions on gay and/or atheist Scouts in light of the Scout Law.

A Scout is:

Trustworthy: Excluding former Scouts that happen to be gay or atheist obviates trust.

Loyal: Excluding former Scouts that happen to be gay or atheist makes a mockery of loyalty.

Helpful: Exclusion is helpful, how?!

Friendly: BSA National is the opposite of friendly to our gay and atheist Scouts.

Courteous: Announcing their annoyance and lack of brotherhood with gay Scouts is the opposite of courtesy.

Kind: You have to be fucking kidding me.

Obedient: Oh, and here's the rub, BSA National. There's being obedient to your dictates, or being obedient to the actual Scout Law. You lose.

Cheerful: Not applicable.

Thrifty: Not applicable.

Brave: Those Eagles who have returned their medals/badges are brave as hell. Those who retain them to beat the heck out of you from inside, no less so. The only ones not brave here, BSA National, is *you*.

Clean: Not applicable.

Reverent: I interpret this as a respect for religious beliefs, even if they are not my own. Thus, I am reverent when a Buddhist or a Methodist or a Muslim or a Quaker evinces religious belief. That encompasses the possibility of rejection of any belief. Any atheist, who respects the beliefs of someone they deal with (even if they think those beliefs are misguided) is okay in my book.


To sum up: It is my belief that Scouting makes better men than you, BSA National. Better than the organization's stated opinions. Better than your fear and your idiocy.


Chad Underkoffler, Eagle Scout 1987, Troop 1305, ATC


Current Mood: disappointed
Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
5:00 pm
Sunday, June 24th, 2012
8:13 pm
Petitions | The White House
Petitions | The White House


Enforce federal 501(c)(3) regulations by removing the tax-exempt status from churches that engage in political activity.
Since 2008, pastors of some churches have openly supported and advocated specific political candidates in sermons to members in early October in an event referred to as "Pulpit Freedom Sunday". According to Reuters, videos of these sermons are sent to the offices of the IRS.

According to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, the provision of the tax code from which these churches derive their tax-exempt status, a compliant organization must not "participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of ... any candidate for public office."

The IRS has failed to remove the tax-exempt status of these churches despite their violations of tax code. This must change, and the law must be applied equally to everyone.
Saturday, May 19th, 2012
12:52 pm
Stop Wall Street banks from gambling with our money
The recent news that JP Morgan Chase lost at least $2 billion in a matter of weeks on hugely risky bets shows once again that we need to rein in Wall Street and stop the banks from gambling with our money.

For over half a century, the Depression-era law known as the Glass-Steagall Act kept commercial banks (where we have our checking accounts, saving accounts and the like) separate from high-risk investment banks.

The government agreed to insure the deposits we make in commercial banks through the FDIC, but banks weren't allowed to turn around and use these deposits as stakes in the Wall Street casino.

That all changed in 1999 with the repeal of Glass-Steagall, which paved the way for the financial crisis and the massive Wall Street bailouts.

If private investors want to use their own money to make risky bets on Wall Street, that should be up to them. Ultimately, they're risking their own money.

But when these giant banks take on more risk than they should, they do so knowing that they can keep any profits they make if things go well, but that ultimately U.S. taxpayers are on the hook if things go terribly wrong. That creates a perverse incentive for them to be massively irresponsible.

When Congress passes Wall Street reform in 2010, it was supposed to end precisely this type of "heads they win, tails we lose" scenario. But the Volcker Rule that was supposed to address this, still hasn't been finalized and looks like it will be riddled with loopholes.

Tell Congress that we need a new Glass-Steagall Act that reinstates the firewall between the banks we use to keep our money safe and the all Street banks that make risky investments. Click below to sign the petition:

http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/glass_steagall/

Current Mood: Outraged
Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
11:58 am
Read this on Tom's LiveJournal, so you can appreciate the comments. They are worth it.
Originally posted by filkertom at ... And I Thought The Sentence YESTERDAY Was WUT I DON'T EVEN
I must remember that the Washington Times is owned and operated by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, and he and his employees are fuckin' insane:
The Obama campaign apparently didn’t look backwards into history when selecting its new campaign slogan, “Forward” — a word with a long and rich association with European Marxism.
No, really. Tell me more.
Many Communist and radical publications and entities throughout the 19th and 20th centuries had the name “Forward!” or its foreign cognates. Wikipedia has an entire section called “Forward (generic name of socialist publications).”

“The name Forward carries a special meaning in socialist political terminology. It has been frequently used as a name for socialist, communist and other left-wing newspapers and publications,” the online encyclopedia explains.

The slogan “Forward!” reflected the conviction of European Marxists and radicals that their movements reflected the march of history, which would move forward past capitalism and into socialism and communism.
Get outa town.

Just read the rest of the excerpt that the Washington Monthly has on its site (at the link above, obviously). It's boggling. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll kiss our civilization goodbye.

This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1512779.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.


Current Mood: amused
Saturday, April 7th, 2012
9:34 pm
Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
7:10 pm
6:41 pm
Sunday, March 11th, 2012
5:34 am
Saturday, March 10th, 2012
6:43 pm
5:37 am
Let's Talk Dirty To The Animals (NSFW)
Originally posted by filkertom at Let's Talk Dirty To The Animals (NSFW)
Just felt like listening to it this morning. We miss you, Gilda.



This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1497154.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.


Current Mood: amused
Friday, March 9th, 2012
5:52 am
It's International Women's Day 2012, and YOU MUST WATCH THIS VIDEO
Originally posted by filkertom at It's International Women's Day 2012, and YOU MUST WATCH THIS VIDEO


This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1496931.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Monday, February 13th, 2012
6:32 am
Sunday, February 5th, 2012
7:37 am
Saturday, February 4th, 2012
2:28 pm
The Pink Badge Of Cowardice
Originally posted by filkertom at The Pink Badge Of Cowardice
If you haven't already heard, the Susan G. Komen For The Cure foundation has cut ties to Planned Parenthood.

Their stated excuse is that they don't want to be associated with an organization under Congressional investigation. Of course, the reason Planned Parenthood is under Congressional investigation is that Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) wants to stop funding to Planned Parenthood. For more info, click this diary at dKos.

As TBogg, linked at the top, says:
It’s rare when you see such a high profile organization shit the bed so spectacularly particularly in the case where people can not only refuse to donate to the Komen Foundation, but also boycott all the products that carry the Komen Pink Ribbon of Caring logo, for which the Komen people are paid handsomely.
TBogg also recommends making an Honorary Donation to Planned Parenthood and requesting a thank-you card be sent to:
Karen Handel
Senior VP of Fail
c/o Susan G. Komen Foundation
P.O. Box 650309
Dallas, TX 75265-0309


This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1483294.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.


Addendum: It is now two days later, and the stink raised is having some beneficial effect. But Tom and his commenters brought forth some interesting facts that need to be examined.
Thursday, January 26th, 2012
10:50 am
Comic Poses
Super Stupor

Current Mood: amused
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