thistlerose: (wtf?)
I was thinking yesterday that there seem to be more and more Toyota Priuses (Prii?) on the road, and how nice that is.

Then I ended up at a red light beside this monstrous black Hummer. It had one of those chain frames around the license plate, skull decals on the windows, and horns attached to the front of the hood.

What do you think? Smallest penis in St Paul?
thistlerose: (Default)
So. Jerry Falwell had a heart after all.

ETA: Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] liz_marcs for this link. Earlier, I was feeling a little guilty about taking pleasure in a person's death. Then I did a little reminiscing. Guilt's all gone. Byeeeeee!
thistlerose: (cynical)
I had to share this.

The stupid. It burnsssss.

ETA: As someone just pointed out, the letter was tongue-in-cheek. Nope, had no idea when I first made the post and neither did the person who forwarded the letter to me. Oops!

Well, that's a relief.

Still, I have no trouble believing that people really are that stupid.
thistlerose: (safe place)
*snort*

This story is from Mother Jones. The earlier start of Daylight Savings Time might not save us a damn thing. )

I'm not liking it at all. Before, when I woke at 6:15, the sky was beginning to lighten. Now, when I wake at the same time, it's completely dark. It's depressing.

General Pace is an asshole homophobe. Sir, you're violating one of the Commandments. You don't get to dictate morality.

_____

Went to the gym yesterday and today. I think five days a week is a good number. This is Operation Fit Into Cute New Jeans By May.

Damn. Still haven't finished the Buffy story. It's about 600 words long right now, and I feel like I'm right at the middle part. I need to a burst of inspiration to get the rest out.
thistlerose: (facepalm)
You know what's a funny word? Scrotum.*

Censorship isn't so funny, though. I don't get it. What's the big deal? It's a word. It's not even slang. So, it's in a children's book. Big deal. The scene isn't about sex. It's not even a human scrotum. I haven't read the book, but my feeling is that if it's a part of your body (I mean, half the population) how can knowing what it is be bad? The things you try to keep from kids only end up seeming more enticing, anyway.




*Okay, so maybe not. But I can't hear the word without thinking about MadLibs. We ended up with a story called "The Scrotum of Frankenstein" and...yeah. :)
thistlerose: (puppylove)
STFU, Pat Robertson. Mass killings. You'd like that, wouldn't you? You'd feel quite smug and superior if that happened. I hope someone drops a house on you.

Oh, bite me, Massachusetts. Don't be an asshat. Bravo to the new governor for speaking out against the amendment.

While I'm on the subject of gay, I chose a good time to give Torchwood another try. )
thistlerose: (Bite Me/Will/pissed off)
Right. So. Last month, last month Minnesota elected Keith Ellison, the first Muslim in the U.S. House of Representatives. Shortly thereafter, some tv asshat had the audacity to ask Ellison to prove that he wasn't working with our enemies. Now there's this.

Oath on Qur'an: Provocation or act of faith?

The choice by Keith Ellison, the first Muslim in the U.S. House, to take his oath of office on his faith's holy book, has stirred a debate. )

That's just ridiculous. For one thing, this is not a Christian nation. For another, would you even want a person to swear an oath on something in which he doesn't believe? Thirdly, "When all elected officials take their oaths of office with their hands on the very same book, they all affirm that some unifying value system underlies American civilization," Prager wrote. "If Keith Ellison is allowed to change that, he will be doing more damage to the unity of America and to the value system that has formed this country than the terrorists of 9/11. It is hard to believe that this is the legacy most Muslim-Americans want to bequeath to America." UMM, WHAT?

They're all swearing to uphold the same document, the Constitution. Asshats.
thistlerose: (facepalm)
Not sure why I have two separate tags for stupid people. I mean sure, non-Americans can be pretty stupid too, but I think that most of the people I've posted about have been American.

Here's another example of why my country should not be running the world:

Subdivision Bans 'Divisive' Wreath With Peace Sign

(AP) DENVER A homeowners association in southwestern Colorado has threatened to fine a resident $25 a day until she removes a Christmas wreath with a peace sign that some say is an anti-Iraq war protest or a symbol of Satan.


Right.

Anyone in Canada or the UK looking for a bride? Get me out of here!

No?

Well, anyway, I've got SPN episodes to dull my pain tonight. Also chocolate cake.
thistlerose: (letter writing)
I watched Watership Down (1978) tonight. It was...rather abreviated. And more than a little trippy. But sweet. Zero Mostel provided Kehaar's voice; that was his last film. Bigwig is the best, bravest bunny ever.

This really isn't funny at all, but...

U.S. Web Archive Is Said to Reveal a Nuclear Guide

By WILLIAM J. BROAD
Published: November 3, 2006

Last March, the federal government set up a Web site to make public a vast archive of Iraqi documents captured during the war. The Bush administration did so under pressure from Congressional Republicans who said they hoped to “leverage the Internet” to find new evidence of the prewar dangers posed by Saddam Hussein.

But in recent weeks, the site has posted some documents that weapons experts say are a danger themselves: detailed accounts of Iraq’s secret nuclear research before the 1991 Persian Gulf war. The documents, the experts say, constitute a basic guide to building an atom bomb.


How nice. Maybe now they'll shut up about the NY Times and other newspapers publishing not-so-secret secrets.

On a lighter note, Golden Retriever puppies. Puppies! *ded from teh cute* <-- [livejournal.com profile] casirafics, take a look at the puppies' names.

I still don't have a title for the story I wrote this afternoon. It's about Percy and Ginny, set after HBP, more an exercise in dialogue than anything else. I'll post it tomorrow, I guess.

Heh. I'm toying with ideas for a semi-epic, Faith-centric story. I don't want to write it. I want to have written it.
thistlerose: (penguin of death/batshit crazy)
This is funny, scary, bizarre, and SO VERY VERY not safe for work. Or children.

Molly Ivins on the Texas sex toy ban (video)
thistlerose: (wtf?)
I had to share this:

Woman pleads guilty in fake penis case

September 15, 2006

MCKEESPORT, Pa. --A woman pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in connection with a bizarre incident in February that resulted in a fake penis being microwaved at a convenience store.

The link will take you to the rest of the article (at the Boston Globe).

ETA: Have you noticed that the little people that go beside usernames have eye patches today? [livejournal.com profile] thistlerose. :P
thistlerose: (facepalm)
RIP, Steve Irwin.

I guess it was bound to happen, considering. Still. I liked him. He wasn't perfect, but I hate a lot of people seem to be afraid of nature (not just the most poisonous snakes in the world) and he tried to do something about that. In his own unique manner. :(



Also, Television stations are nervous about airing some 9/11 documentary because some of the language the firefighters use is a little uncouth.

On Friday, Sinclair Broadcasting became the latest company to say it was delaying the broadcast until after 10 p.m. on its stations in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Portland, Maine, saying it was concerned it could face fines.

The announcement came as the Tupelo, Miss.-based American Family Association readied its 3 million members to flood the FCC and CBS with complaints after the documentary airs.


Oh, for fuck's sake.

ETA: They're making a movie of Walk Two Moons. That's cool - though I doubt it will be as wonderful as the book. One thing, though. It's been a while since I read the book, but aren't Sal's grandparents Native American? Because Martin Landau and Blythe Danner? Very cool, but not Native American. Or was it Sal's dad? Or am I making the whole thing up?
thistlerose: (eh?)
Oh, Ann Coulter. How your ravings amuse me.

Ms. COULTER: I think that sort of rampant promiscuity does show some level of latent homosexuality.

DEUTSCH: OK, I think you need to say that again. That Bill Clinton, you think on some level, has — is a latent homosexual, is that what you’re saying?

Ms. COULTER: Yeah.



Mmmm. Speaking of gay, good on Lance Bass. Um, not that I ever liked 'Nsync.

I need to go and write a letter in response to this guy who thinks free tuition for all college students is a bad idea. Because if kids get free rides, they'll miss important lessons in self-sufficiency.
thistlerose: (facepalm)
From cnn.com:

Town won't let unmarried parents live together

BLACK JACK, Missouri (AP) -- The City Council has rejected a measure allowing unmarried couples with multiple children to live together, and the mayor said those who fall into that category could soon face eviction.

Dude.

ETA:

From washingtonpost.com:

New federal guidelines ask all females capable of conceiving a baby to treat themselves -- and to be treated by the health care system -- as pre-pregnant, regardless of whether they plan to get pregnant anytime soon.

That's just... *mind boggles*

I'm all for taking care of my reproductive system, despite the fact that I DON'T WANT CHILDREN. However, preconception care? The focus seems to be less on the woman and more on any children she may or may NOT choose to bear.

If they really want to protect pregnant women and children, how about affordable healthcare? Or paid maternity leave? Or affordable day care?
thistlerose: (SEX!!!)
Why are so many Americans disgusted by the mere existence of the human body? Seriously. I was just reading a magazine, and this woman had written to the editors to bitch about last week's cover, which depicted a nude woman. (I'd seen the cover. The main story was about breast cancer, so the cover depicted a woman's naked torso. She had one arm over her breast, so only the slightest of curves was actually showing. No nippleage.) She informed the editors that she had a few small children, and that they would do well to keep their readership in mind when choosing covers.

Okay.

My mother is a maternity nurse, and was in school when I was growing up. My father is an associate professor of biology. There were always anatomy textbooks lying around. I don't remember NOT knowing what a naked human body looks like. (An adult human body, I might add.) I'm a little screwed up, but I would argue that seeing pictures of naked people - not even engaged in sexual activity - has had nothing to do with it. In fact, I'd argue it's actually been beneficial because I've never had any awe for the penis or fear of the vagina. Whatever, people.

But, really. What's so disturbing about a naked body? Everybody has one. What's indecent about it? What about children who are breastfed? They see boobies on a regular basis. Does that fuck them up? Quite the opposite, actually. Is it because naked body = sex? Woman, there are quite a lot of naughty things that do not require disrobing at all.

It's just a body. It's not doing anything. It's not lying with its legs spread. (And even if it were...that probably shouldn't be on a non-pornographic magazine cover, but really, I can think of about 100 things more frightening than genitalia.) It's just there. You've got one, too. GET OVER IT.


I also wonder if this fear of the body isn't linked somehow to the obsession with thinness. Skinny = less body to fear? What the fuck, people?


ETA: Seriously, Lady Justice's naked breast isn't one tenth as frightening as John Ashcroft covering it up.
thistlerose: (Thistlerose - angry)
I'm working on an application for an RPG, and a ficlet, and a couple of mix CDs. Then I spot this letter in today's paper and GRRR. So, I wrote a response.

On gay marriage and God's plan )
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Check out the links in [livejournal.com profile] ashkitty's journal. There's some scary, depressing stuff. All the more reason to read it. We owe it to ourselves and to the world to educate ourselves, because our leaders are doing their best to see we don't. Ignorance isn't bliss.

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