Thursday, April 23, 2009

Funny Headlines on Faith

Both headlines are old. One far more so than the other, but both are rather amusing and come from short pieces found on TimesOnline.

The first is as follows:
Coming soon - Kosher Tequila

This piece talks about the unveiling of a new tequila that will be made according to kosheric law and, according to the piece, should already be available for purchase.

The second headline:
Airline sacrifices goats to solve technical faults

Apparently, in 2007, a Nepalese airline sacrificed two goats on the runway to garner the favor of the Hindu sky deity, named Akash Bhairav. The airline felt that this was the best way to handle the technical difficulties one of their jets had been having.

The first article can be found by clicking here.
The second article can be found by clicking here.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

In Case the Log Cabin Republicans Weren't Being Taken Seriously

So, apparently, the Log Cabin Republicans were becoming far too liberal and alienated form conservative values. So, a few members went on to create GOProud. No, seriously. This is according to an article on, the same website that posted the ad for their paid membership, of which I have posted a picture of on an earlier post.

According to, the group, "is committed to a traditional conservative agenda that emphasizes limited government, individual liberty, free markets and a confident foreign policy."

If they are in fact, committed to these prinicipals, I say go them. However, if this is a gay neo-conservative think thank, I'm already getting ready for my trademarked eye roll. What concerns me more than that, though, is the next line on the homepage,
"GOProud promotes our traditional conservative agenda by influencing
politics and policy at the federal level."

I don't think that they understand the vastly small amount of influence that they seemed to have while they were part of the LCR. I can understand that they want a voice, but joining in with the very people who want nothing to do with you seems... shall we say odd? Even more odd is then leaving said group because you want to be even more like the people who want nothing to do with you. I must admit, and perhaps because I am just one of those dirty liberals, I am utterly perplexed.

To view the original article, click here.
To see the site for GOProud, click here.

A Little Late, but About This Whole 420

So, it is a little late, but I did find this article on the Huffington Post that finally explains where the code "420" come from. Most people identify this code with stoners, that is people who smoke cannabis. Most people though, including the stoners themselves, have no idea where it comes from. It is simply taken for granted as part of the subculture. When perusing though, I found an article where someone took the time to do the research and found the root of it all with some random teenagers, in California in the early 70's and their fateful influence on none other than the Grateful Dead. And thus. Read for yourself.

The article can be found by clicking here.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Accurate Advertising

So, the National Organization for Marriage (For Special People And No One Else), or the NOM(FSPANOE) created an ad attempting to inform the modern American on the dangers of same-sex marriage by showing how real Americans suffer from those relentless homos. So, they hired actors. I do not feel like giving that ad the space on my blog and so have not included it here. If you wish to view it, and most likely be pissed off, you may click here. However, there was another video created, and I, for one, laud their more accurate advertising for this same organization.

The Politics of Attraction

One of the many types of comments that has earned a Hardy Eye-RollTM from me, ever since the fateful loss of the White House by Republicans this past election, is that many on the Left now seem to almost adore President Obama. Comments indicating that retail displays of his books and books about him are "shrines" to him are not uncommon. This is not to say that some of these comments do not come from a sore losing with many on the political right admitting freely that the very soul of the Republican party is up for a new definition, and for grabs, for that matter. Still, I can't help but notice that part of the coverage that he gets is a bit more positive in the media.
Is this due perhaps to his relative youthfulness? While past presidents have often engaged in sports, many of those sports are golf, horseback riding, and the like. These sports certainly require a good deal of skill, but neither of them are quite as rigorous as basketball, which President Obama still makes time to play despite his new schedule. Perhaps this has helped him maintain his appearance? I am fairly young, but I cannot recall any president before him being pictured shirtless on the cover of a magazine as I have seen of President Obama. In fact, the last time the nation seemed to be this excited about a president whom they felt showed a youthful exhuberance was President Kennedy.
There are also many women, and a few men, who cannot help but remark to me that, all politics aside, they do find him attractive. I noticed this trend for some time and said nothing, until I noticed an ad for a popular gay dating web site pushing for unpaid members to purchase a paid membership.

The ad shows an African American gentleman who bears a younger, but very real resemblance to the current president. They even go so far as to refer to their paid membership as a "stimulus package" referencing not only the president's economic agenda, but presumably also to the steamy dates one is supposed to acquire via said paid membership.

I do not believe that this is the only reason that people voted for Mr. Obama for the office of President, but after hearing comments from many people who admire men, and the aforementioned ad, I cannot discount the possibility that this has played a role. I do not know precisely what to say about the subject. All I know is that all I could think to myself when I saw this ad was, "I knew I wasn't the only one."

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