“Marco Rubio es un pañuelo rosa!”

Let Montgomery Burns explain it all to you:


Two good developments in the fight for marriage equality in Minnesota

The first is a video from David Blankenhorn. You all remember David, right? The expert witness testifying for California’s Prop 8? The guy who spent a decade trying to convince people that gay marriage was bad.

Be prepared to be surprised.

(I couldn’t get the YouTube link to load properly, so here’s a local copy.)

The second is an announcement of a streaming event featuring a debate concerning marriage equality between Minnesota Viking punter Chris Kluwe…and an empty chair.

No, really.

It’s at 17:00 CDT on 10/19/2012.  That’s today! Right now! Go watch it !

(There will be a recording of it, so if you miss it, you can see it here later.)

“Poisoning Pigeons in the Park” ain’t got nothin’ on this

I’m feeling irreverent today, so here’s a big dose of Tom Lehrer making fun of the most egregiously political churches in history:

(Pedantic note: Lehrer was poking fun at the fact that in 1962 the Roman Catholic Church decided to “become more commercial” by slightly relaxing ritual strictures in order to attract more parishioners.)

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t

I actually kinda  buy the “rock at a McDonald’s” sentiment, but for very different reasons.

I have had very mixed feelings about Islam lately. On the one hand, U. S. laws dictate that religions qua religions must all be treated equally and fairly. On the flip side is the mounting pile of evidence demonstrating that even moderate Muslims support (or at least passively support) the violence instigated because someone said something insulting about their religion.

Equal opportunity putdowns

In light of the political madness going on this week in Tampa, and in two weeks in Charlotte, heeeeeeeere’s Paul Jury.

Don’t both looking up the YouTube copy of this. Jury’s video was uploaded by SmashPandaTV, who prefixed an ad for the GOP onto it, thus trying to make money off of someone else’s work.

The irony of that action is that Jury’s comments on AZ, IL, KY, LA, MN, MS, and TX speak directly to the GOP’s influence on those states.

“Wow! Wow! This is like the night Hillary won the New Hampshire primary!”

I’ve never been one to pass up a cheap laugh:

I will have to say, however, that the scene was not quite as hot as I’d hoped.

(Thanks, Joe!)

“Never be ashamed to say what you’re not ashamed to think.”

Samuel Clemens is one of my greatest heroes. I love his works, I admire the man for his stances, and I laugh at how often he deflated the self-important and lampooned the pompous.

Here is one of my favorite quotes of Mr. Twain’s, from the first volume of his Autobiography, published 100 years after his death (finally!):

“There is one notable thing about our Christianity: bad, bloody, merciless, money-grabbing, and predatory as it is–in our country particularly and in all other Christian countries in a somewhat modified degree–it is still a hundred times better than the Christianity of the Bible, with its prodigious crime–the invention of Hell. Measured by our Christianity of to-day, bad as it is, hypocritical as it is, empty and hollow as it is, neither the Deity nor his Son is a Christian, nor qualified for that moderately high place. Ours is a terrible religion. The fleets of the world could swim in spacious comfort in the innocent blood it has spilled.”

(The format of his official autobiography is a rambling collection of anecdotes and observations — my favorite form of reading.)