Saturday, November 03, 2007

Life, Liberty, and the Fursuit of Happiness

Thank you and damn you BoingBoing.

And yes, I will watch this when it comes out.

This, Too, Be the Internets

I have never pretended that Cause for Concern is high-end or hoity-toity. For as much time as I spend on the internet, it is not uncommon to wander down a shady alley or, in this case, into a fifty-acre circus of energy-drink-induced, brain-scrambling wonder.

This is Reymon14's video entitled this is true. No, you will not get these ten minutes of your life back.

And if you should have some time to spare, Reymon14 has 284 more videos posted, most of them teetering across the chasm of 10 minutes.

Ay, here there be monsters. I venture so that you need not.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Moonbatty Malkin Shuts Down Motivation, Inspiration

Michelle Malkin thinks that showing kids that it's okay to march to the beat of a different drummer, that empowering children and showing them that they can make a difference in the world is liberal, commie indoctrination. Especially if this devil indoctrination comes from Nickelodeon.

Then again, Michelle Malkin also thinks that anyone who doesn't chin-up and open wide for the Bush-Cheney teabag is a traitor to America. She has trouble accepting that bloggers have power, let alone children. You see, bloggers and children and Americans should know their place.

Sweatshops, torture by America, absurd standardized tests, circus animal cruelty, and the tragedy of displaced children in Iraq are the highlights of the video in the above Nickelodeon link. And kids are making a difference. This is not something to rail against but to be inspired by. I have an 11 year old daughter and am far more worried about her watching piss-poor sitcoms than watching something that might get her interested in the world around her, something that might allow her to see beyond herself and get out in the world to change it for the better.

If Michelle and her cadre of goons doesn't like Nickelodeon or kids effecting change to stop suffering in the world then they can pay attention to what their kids are watching for once and change the fucking channel. Pop some popcorn, put in a copy of Jesus Camp, and revel in the indoctrination and brainwashing you condone.

(h/t to Blue Gal)

The Bastard's Bastion: Out of Context!

Larry Craig played footsie under an airport bathroom stall in the hopes of fellating some man meat, or having his meat fellated. Then, when it turned out that his courting overtures were directed towards a man of the law, in order to cover it up, he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. At least that's what the devil liberal media says. Obviously, his actions were totally taken out of context (and that's okay because the GOP has decided that under the rug and back in the closet is good enough for them - despite a conviction - good enough for America, and good enough for earmarks).

Rush Limbaugh made an outward, generalized claim that any member of the U.S. Military - past or present - who was or is against the war in Iraq is a "phony soldier" (complete transcript and audio). But this is even more of an outrage: the liberal media is not only taking it out of context but is just plain lying.

On Wednesday morning, Fox and Friends Brian Kilmeade blamed the sexualization of children on I Dream of Jeanie: "Barbara Eden lowered the bar by wearing that sexy outfit, traumatized me as a child and then every kid wore the Barbara Eden outfit, and that's when times were good." Jon Stewart poked at Brian Wednesday evening. Thursday morning, the FnF trio chuckled about how the Liberal Media has an agenda to take FOX out of context. Brian, after admitting to getting Jon Steward's "traumatizing myself" joke only after hearing it for a second time remained sheepishly silent about the previous day's comment, as those taken "out of context" are generally prone to do.

Also on Wednesday, it was revealed that when Arnold Schwarzenegger said that marijuana was not a drug, you guessed it, it was taken out of context.

Thursday, Dog the Bounty Hunter was heard (or beeped, at least) repeatedly dropping the N-bomb in a message telling his son to break up with his black girlfriend, Monique Shinnery, ironically because he doesn't want her "drunk" ass hearing him say "nigger" and going to the press (it's an ugly word and I do not hide behind euphemism). Preliminary reports emerged that the phone message was taken out of context.

None of the previous instances of heinous misinterpretation were, in fact, misinterpreted. But the right wing is slowly dissolving the idea of context as a whole. Out of context is the new black, and unless we try to counter-act this trend, context will eventually be another casualty of a dying system of accountability.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Notes on the Philadelphia Democratic Debate

I swear that with each debate my resolve to cover debates weakens just as my consciousness falters relative to that single pint of blood on donation day. We keep turning to issues that are not issues and leaving the real issues to hold up their hands crying "hey, pick me, pick me! Awww...."

Note on this week's non-issue related issues: Mike Gravel didn't have enough money, so MSNBC wouldn't put him on TV, and GOP disses black voters, yes, again.

So without further adieu, those notes:

  • Barack Obama says he's like Rocky and Hillary's Apollo Creed. There is five more times the significant symbolism in what he said than in reality. Really, Barack, this is not that epic.

  • Obama, on Iran, discusses the "carrots we can provide," delivering a new dimension to the America as Master of the World language that the President loves and that some of us thought the Democrats were not going to embrace.

  • Hillary Clinton, not to be outdone by Obama, declares sanctions as a form of diplomacy and touts "both carrots and sticks," simultaneously ramping the rhetoric up to Team America status and raping the analogy of "a carrot on a stick." Ms. Clinton, if you're beating Iran with the stick, there is nothing to support the motivating carrot they're never going to get.

  • John Edwards: why was his mic fuzzy? Why did Glenn Beck have John Edward of real-life mysticism and medium fame on his show the day after the debate? I call shenanigans.

  • First audience applause: Kucinich as the only voter against Iraq and Iran is not an option.

  • And Joe Biden says Pakistan is way the hell out of control. Wait, what? Aren't we talking about how we shouldn't...attack...huh?

  • Obama is still having a lot of trouble banishing the UMs and is easily the worst public speaker on stage. Clinton, while not nearly as pause-y, has minimized it even further by going with AHs.

  • Bill Richardson: You're no Jimmy Smits. Even if you saved a guy in Iraq who's sitting in the audience. If you were Jimmy Smits, you'd be in the middle of the stage and you'd be asked many more questions.

  • Could we have one single debate without something stupid to distract us from the already-distracting format of "hump the front-runners?" While MSNBC's font graphics were informative and stylish, did we really need the "whoosh/shwoosh" extension noise for each one? As I was trying to focus on audio, this was even more distracting than the flashy lights in the FOX Repub debate.

  • Edwards: Attack, attack, attack, um, just don't vote for Hillary.

  • Clinton says we don't just need to turn the page but "throw the whole book away" on the Bush/Cheney administration. This was easily the best line in the "why I should be president" category as opposed to "this is why everyone else shouldn't."

  • Obama speaks, but everyone is staring at Hillary drinking a glass of water. What did he say about special interests? Hilarious.

  • I'm guessing many of these male candidates are uncomfortable around a strong woman as Bill Richardson stuttered through some of his delivery like his mom was watching over his shoulder. It was only Hillary.

  • Joe Biden says that everything Rudy Giuliani says is a noun, verb, and 9/11. Overall most delicious line. Tru dat.

  • Hillary, yet again, during her answer about the Alternative Minimum Tax, owned Tim Russert.

  • Bill Richardson says teachers should have a $40K minimum salary. Awesome. At least someone is talking about education.

  • Dennis Kucinich follows up with the huge strides we could make in education if we ended our waste in Iraq and moved even a small amount of that money into teaching our kids.

  • Clinton makes a good point in that our first teachers are our parents.

  • Dodd: Did you just say "accident of birth?" Yes you did. Ask Gravel to save you a seat in the pub for the next debate.

  • Clinton says a driver's license for illegal immigrants sounds like a good idea. This is a slippery slope, but bhfrik has some reasonable understanding of the issue.

  • And yes, Dennis Kucinich said he saw a UFO. But so did Carter. Maybe I'm crazy, but I don't think this is crazy. Remember: our current president says he talks to God.

In Post
- The language and the ticker focused on attacking Hillary Clinton. Did I sit on the remote? Is this FOX?

- For as much filth as I've heard in the last two days, I didn't think Hillary Clinton did poorly at all: she was easily the best speaker on the stage and maintained a command of the debate despite constant attacks.
- Chris Matthews should keep a keen eye on the spit on his lower lip. Gross.
- As I said, I'm becoming disillusioned by the whole debate schedule, especially when it comes to the Democratic Party; I want to hear about the issues I care about (besides the war, because they're relatively clear on that): education and health care. The candidates need to stop attacking Hillary and start attacking the issues.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

GOP Says "Meh" to Pesky Black Voters

Last month, you may remember that the GOP frontrunners decided not to appear for the African-American voter forum in Baltimore, putting into action the oft-cried "unfair" stereotype that white bread Republicans don't care all that much for the affairs of African-Americans.

Well, the crazy Whitey GOP is at it again. From the Huffington Post:
The Congressional Black Caucus Institute announced in September that it had scheduled a debate for November 4 on Fox News for Republican presidential candidates. But a spokeswoman for the group confirmed to the Huffington Post that it has now been postponed, with no new date set.

"The debate will not take place on November 4, and we're still considering the debate schedule," said CBC Institute spokesperson Georgella Muirhead.

Republican candidates have cited scheduling conflicts in resisting new proposed dates, Muirhead said.
There's really nothing more to say about this except it neatly coincides with the the report on Dick Cheney and his priorities:
A proposal to help the poor or sick would be presented at a White House meeting, but Vice President Cheney’s office or the budget team or some other skeptical officials would shoot it down. Too expensive. Wrong priority.

Sidenote: The Democratic boycott of the CBC forum (due to its airing by FOX) was quickly rescheduled on CNN for January 17th.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Lego Jesus and the Lego Bible

Only in Sweden:
Stockholm - A Swedish pastor has urged members of his congregation to help collect pieces of Lego, plastic toy bricks, in order to build a statue of Christ, reports said Monday.

Pastor Per Wilder believes some 20,000 Lego pieces are needed to build the man-high statue, based on a model by Danish artist Bertel Thorvaldsen from 1839, the VLT newspaper said.
At first I read this and thought "What kind of wacky shit?" and then I hunted down the statue they're trying to copy.

Thorvaldsen's Christus

If they can pull this off, that would rock something fierce.

And then I did some more searching and discovered something not entirely new but massively impressive and thorough: The Brick Testament.

Brick Testament

From Genesis to after Jesus, I'm amazed by the detail and thorough work.

I say Thumbs Up to Lego Jesus!

UPDATE: Thank you dear readers. New post on the completion of the statue is here.

Hillary Knew

I'm not against Hillary Clinton, but this video is well-produced, raises a good point and it's put together by Democrats. Warning: explicit language and violent (war) images.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Bush Cronyism Must End

From the Center for American Progress:
Are you tired of Bush cronyism? Have you had enough of the ineptitude? Are you concerned that the way this administration has handled the war on terror is making us LESS safe?

The Bush administration treats the war on terror as a way to pad the pockets of friends, such as Halliburton and Blackwater. These companies are making a killing on the taxpayer dime and failing to deliver on services and products promised... or worse, destroying our reputation by their “malfeance” (make that malfeasance). We need oversight in Afghanistan, the real front in the war on terrorists. With Osama bin Laden and the Taliban roaming free in the Afghani countryside, bungling reconstruction there will only help them recruit more terrorists hell-bent on attacking us.

Click the link. Take action now.