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Last week I was so busy at work that I went three days without washing my hair. I just didn't have time in the morning and didn't have the energy at night. I was using this dry shampoo shit and don't let anyone tell you it "refreshes" your do. It don't. It's just sicky-sweet fragranced corn starch. If you have oily hair like I do it turns your hair into a sort of mass that would probably look kind of sexily tousled on a younger or more attractive person but just make me look like an unkempt drunk who never made it home the night before.

I've always been kind of rigidly fussy about my personal hygiene and appearance and I don't know why. It's never done me a whit of good. I discovered last week that, for now at least, I kind of like being dirty. It saves me a lot of time and effort and is a highly satisfying outward expression of how I feel on the inside. I've stopped showering in the morning altogether. I shower and wash my hair the night before and then in the morning I do the bare basics: comb hair, brush teeth, put in contact lenses, apply antiperspirant. I get dressed pretty much in whatever comes to hand. Last week I literally went to work in some clothes that had been piled up on the floor. Add to that routine a quick cup of tea and the mandatory morning crap and I can be out the door in one hour or less. This morning I was at the bus stop by 7:20 am. The sun was barely up. I felt a sort of weird, masochistic glee at standing there in the dawn cold all grungy and frumpy. If I hadn't had to stop off and buy bagels for a stupid office party I would've gotten to work at 8:00. Generally I've been getting to work around 8:15. Even my boss doesn't get in until half an hour later. She still gives me this look like, "What are YOU doing here?"

Most of the people in my office are latecomers. It's surreal to have to turn the lights on in the office and then watch people start to trickle in after you've already been there for an hour...or two hours or more. Even more surreal to watch the same people blithely sailing out the door at 4:00 or 4:30 (if they make it that far) and then listen to them complain about how busy they are. You're busy, huh? Maybe working more than five hours a day would help you out with that.

I don't know how long this will last but right now, like I said, there's something masochistically pleasing about it. I've been taking the Long Island Rail Road to work in the morning and I keep trying to catch an earlier and earlier train. I went from the 8:17 to the 8:01 to the 7:46 and, this morning, the 7:43. A new record. LOL, if this keeps up I'll be standing on that platform in the fucking dark. Bring it. I'll catch the five a.m. and pay off-peak fare. Dirty hair and all.
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I don't know if you foreigners are aware of this, being godless and all, but here in the Christian States of America we've for many years been entrenched in a terrible war, that is, The War on Christmas. The enemies of Christ and Christmas have many insidious weapons at their disposal, the greatest among them being the replacement of the word "Christmas" with the godless, secular word "holiday."

Praise be to Jesus, the always at-the-ready Christian soldiers at Focus on the Family have fired their "Stand for Christmas" salvo, which now includes the opportunity for fellow Christian soldiers to rate popular retailers on their Christmas-Friendliness.

You bargain hunting Christian soldiers will be happy to hear that K-Mart is a very Christmas-Friendly place to shop, apparently because salespeople say "Merry Christmas" and because they play religious carols like "Silent Night" over the speaker system. Let's be sure to give plenty of business to this Christian corporation so they can keep bringing us lots and lots of low-quality merchandise made by godless heathens in the finest sweatshops of the third world.

However, if you prefer overpriced urban casual separates for the up-and-coming career Christian soldier, you're going to have to start shopping somewhere besides Banana Republic. With a staggering 81% (of the vast sample of 21 Christian soldiers) reporting the chain is "Christmas-Offensive," there's just no way that any true Christian could continue to shop there. Tough cookies for the third-world heathens who make their slightly higher-quality merchandise, but who cares about them, they're godless anyway. We really need to worry about the poor salespeople, not because they make $8 an hour and have no benefits because they'll only be employed until January, but because the store is just so anti-Christmas that working there could be hazardous to their faith! From the ratings:

"I'm sad for their employees who are told not to say "Christmas". Many of them must be conflicted. They are mostly young people, so I wonder, does it harm their faith? Add to the prayer list...."


Okay...seriously? If you find that having to say "Happy Holidays" to someone at your shitty mall job is harming your faith? You don't have any faith. You just don't. God forbid anyone ever put your sorry ass in the Coliseum with a bunch of lions if your faith can't even weather saying "Happy Holidays."

And also...is it even necessary anymore to point out the sick irony of linking "the true meaning of Christmas" to the retail experience? Lemme tell you something. If you were living "the true meaning of Christmas," you wouldn't be spending your time shopping, much less posting your "Christmas-Friendly" ratings on some idiotic website. But I do somehow love the idea that people are shallow enough to think that a few piped-in Christmas carols and a "Merry Christmas" from a cashier reflects a store's values. LOL! Keep voting with those dollars, ya dimwits, and when you drop dead I'm sure you'll just have to tell Jesus that you shopped at K-Mart instead of Banana Republic and he'll usher you right through those Pearly Gates himself.

Click here to discover more of the true meaning of Christmas.

ETA: Just have to include one more comment, this one about The Gap's advertising in which perky people wish us a "Happy Holidays, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Solstice" etc...

"Very offended by the recent advertisement. How dare they suggest we celebrate what we want? This is a Christian nation.


Actually? This is a nation founded on a principle of religious freedom. Which means it was our very Founding Fathers, so revered by conservatives, who dared to suggest that we celebrate "what we want." A good 200+ years before The Gap thought of it. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!
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Do you guys have a watch list of people who aren't allowed in your country? Because if so, I strongly recommend you put Mrs. Palin on it.

Comedian Mary Walsh of the comedy show This Hour Has 22 Minutes, a sort of Canadian Daily Show, stormed a recent Palin book-signing in Columbus, Ohio, and said to the former Alaska governor: “I just wanted to ask you if you have any words of encouragement for Canadian conservatives who have worked so hard to try to diminish the kind of socialized medicine we have up there.”

The question was tongue-in-cheek: Walsh’s character, Marg Delahunty, may be a conservative, but the CBC’s comedy show is decidedly not.

Walsh was pushed out of the Borders outlet as Palin tried to answer the question, but later, in the parking lot outside, Palin told Walsh that she should “keep the faith because common sense conservatism can be plugged in there in Canada too. In fact, Canada needs to reform its health care system and let the private sector take over some of what the government has absorbed.”

Now if only we could find a way to throw her out of here.

From Balloon Juice.
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I don't know whether to laugh or cry over the splooge-in-your-face phallic blatancy of the Dodge Ram commercial in which an unseen, husky-voiced fellow suggestively rumbles, "My name is Ram and my tank is full."

Since women aren't really the target demographic for hugely oversized pickup trucks, I have to assume that this hilariously homoerotic message is directed at men. I really wonder what goes through a man's mind or some other part of his body when he's presented with this sort of thing. Does he have any idea how gay it sounds? I don't think there's anything on the distaff side that would compare. Women don't fetishize and idolize their sex organs the way men do and I don't think that your average straight woman responds to double-entendre advertising pitches delivered by sultry-voiced femmes. Do we? The closest thing I can think of are fragrance commercials but those are usually more intent on creating a sort of fairytale aura that's more sparkly-princessy than obviously sexual.

Men are weird. Good thing some of them are fun to look at.
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I've been hearing conservative media talk an awful lot about how terrifying and dangerous it is for New York that terrorists are being tried here in New York City and I just want to tell you what New Yorkers are saying about it:

Nothing.

The most crybaby pantywaists about this stuff are the people who are furthest removed from it. I remember that not long after 9/11 one of the biggest hand-wringers about the terrorist threat that I knew was a girl who lived in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Warwick, Rhode Island.

I remember her being in a panic over the first anniversary of 9/11 and telling her that hi, I had to get up and get in the subway that day and get on with my life, along with the other 7,999,999 New Yorkers who were equally sanguine about it.

I love how conservatives are all about guns and God and acting like they have big brass all-American balls until the shit hits the fan and then they're all hiding under the bed wetting their didies. Typical.
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As long as I'm in a venting mood, here's my last word on Episode 5:09... )
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This was just too incredible to let go by without a post.

If you follow my LJ regularly, you know that I've posted about how conservative Christians really should stop calling themselves "Christians" because they're not following the teachings of Christ. Well, they've solved that little problem. No, they're not getting in line with Christ...they're getting Christ in line with them.

They're rewriting the Bible.

Yes, you read that correctly. Conservapedia, the conservative-skewed (and often reality-challenged) alternative to Wikipedia has taken up the task of rewriting the Bible to reflect modern-day conservative values instead of those "liberal biased" Christian values. Among other things, their "Conservative Bible Project" will be focused on:

> "Providing a strong framework that enables a thought-for-thought translation without corruption by liberal bias"

> "Using powerful new conservative terms as they develop...updating words which have a change in meaning, such as 'word', 'peace', and 'miracle'"

> "Explaining the numerous economic parables with their full free-market meaning"

> "Not dumbing down the reading level" but then again, "preferring conciseness to the liberal style of high word-to-substance ratio"

Emphases mine. You see, the problem with the Bible we have now is that it's just a bad translation with a liberal bias. All that stuff about loving thy neighbor and taking care of the least among us and how impossible it is for the rich to get into the kingdom of heaven and blessed are the peacemakers is nonsense based on a biased translation. The new and improved conservative Bible will reflect real Christian values. You know, like free-market economics. Personally, I'm very interested in finding out what "powerful conservative term" will replace a word like "peace."

Look, I know Conservapedia is pretty much a joke except to a relatively small segment of the population but nevertheless...the gall. The absolute gall of these people.

And if anyone tries to tell me that this is the same as just "updating" the Bible with more modern, accessible language or gender-inclusive pronouns...don't. Okay? Just don't.

UPPITY

Sep. 8th, 2009 09:35 pm
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Senator Saxby Chambliss* of Georgia expresses his opinion on the proper demeanor that President Obama should adopt during his speech tomorrow night:
"I think he’s gonna have to express some humility based on what we’ve seen around the country this August and that’s not his inclination.”

Interesting, isn't it? Eight years of George Bush Jr. swaggering around like some half-assed John Wayne impersonator, strapping his scrotum up into a Top Gun flight suit and spouting off brainless, cliched machismo like "bring it on" and "with us or against us" and now we've suddenly got the good senator from Georgia worried about the president getting all uppity not being humble. Yes, very interesting.

When Texas secedes, they are welcome to take the whole rest of the Deep South with them.

*I will however say this much for the South -- it sure is unique. The very name "Saxby Chambliss" reads like something straight out of Flannery O'Connor and the South's rich, stinking gumbo of proud bigotry, ignorance, religious hysteria and nostalgia for an apartheid state makes it not just unique but irresistibly, horribly fascinating.

Whore

Aug. 21st, 2009 11:44 pm
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Up until now I've been posting videos of "jes' plain folks" humiliating themselves in public. Last night, supposed healthcare "expert" Betsey McCaughey, the person basically responsible for fabricating the whole "death panel" lie, humiliated herself on The Daily Show. Because of time constraints, the show was only able to air a portion of the interview, but you can watch all three parts of it here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/21/betsy-mccaugheys-ideas-ca_n_264970.html

You know how you can tell this woman is lying? The obvious answer is because she has no facts to back up her claims. But there's something else, like a gambler's "tells" -- this weird shtick she's doing. The cheesy flattery of Stewart, the hair-flipping, the smug "See what I mean!" nods and shrugs and all that death's-head grinning and addressing the audience directly (so much that near the end Stewart asks her, "Who are you talking to?") What I see here is a lot of what I also see in Sarah Palin -- a woman who's used to influencing people by being pretty and charming in that awful sort of smarmy, phony, used-car salesman sort of way. There's no honesty going on here. It's all lies and spin and the grimacing bleached-blonde theatrics of a whore.

I think Stewart does a great job but I wish he'd hammered her like he did Jim Cramer. I think in that case, Stewart had a lot more documented evidence against Cramer, but I also think Stewart's going easier on her because she's a woman and because she's pretty. I adore Jon Stewart but I think in his mind he's still this nebbishy kid from Jersey and he has a tendency to get a little bashful when he's interviewing a pretty woman, as if some part of him can't really believe that someone like her is even talking to him. I don't care when the woman is just some actress but in this case? He could have gone after her a lot harder and you can see moments where he literally seems to be biting his tongue and I wish he hadn't.
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Two vids for you.

In the first one, a guy from Israel talks up national healthcare. Apparently Israel has national healthcare for its citizens, so it must therefore be a Nazi state, leading some idiot to start yelling "Heil Hitler" at the guy. He very rightly lets her have it. "Shame of you," indeed, my friend. Be sure to watch this one all the way to the end when the idiot decides that making crybaby noises and faces is a key component of thoughtful debate. This is the level of infantilism we're dealing with.



And this one's making the rounds and deserves it. Congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts finally shows us exactly how these protesters should be dealt with.



Absolutely stellar. Now...this young lady really ought to be going home and hanging her head in shame. Instead, I'm sure tomorrow she'll be making the rounds of Fox News to whine about how she was "abused" by her congressman. I'll bet Sean Hannity is home right now practicing his patented, simpering "sympathetic outrage" face.
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The Wall Street Journal has an article profiling Mad Men as one of the only shows on television with a predominantly female writing staff. Seven out of the nine staff writers are women (interestingly, I found out from this article that one of them is Cathryn Humphris, who's done some episodes for Supernatural, including "Born Under a Bad Sign").

I knew that women were under-represented behind the scenes of television, but I didn't know it was THIS bad:
"According to the Directors Guild of America, the labor union that represents film and television directors, about 13% of its 8,000 directors are female. Women comprised 23% of television writers during the 2007 to 2008 prime-time season, a 12 percentage point decrease from the same period a year earlier. Nearly 80% of TV programs in the 2007 to 2008 prime-time season had no women writers, according to a study by Martha Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University."

Those numbers are DISMAL.

Equally dismal somehow -- at least to me -- is that one of the writers for Mad Men is only 27 years old and caught the attention of series creator Michael Wiener while she was babysitting his kids. See, he was so impressed by the insightful comments she made while watching Emmy Awards screeners.

*facepalm*

I always read stories like this, of people who get big breaks because they somehow displayed such sparkling promise, even in the most commonplace circumstances (commenting on a blog, babysitting someone's kids, writing a letter to the editor) that others just couldn't help but take notice. I never know what to make of these stories. Seriously...how impressive could those comments have been? I read impressive commentary and critique on LiveJournal all day long and as far as I know, no one on my flist is getting calls from executive producers. For heaven's sake. Maybe there'd be more women writing for television if they just managed to get the right babysitting jobs. Hell, I wish I'd been babysitting for the right people when I was 27 instead of flushing my life down the toilet. LOL!
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Please watch this. I know it's long but please watch the whole thing.



I am so glad this video exists because this woman is the face of everyday American conservatism. Is she a "bad" person? No, I'm sure she's not. She seems perfectly pleasant. She's probably nice to her friends and good to her family. No doubt about it. She's also dumber than paint.

Yesterday she was in such a state of despair over the End of America As We Know It that she was passionately weeping at a town hall meeting. Today, stripped of canned talking points about "socialism" and "Russia" she doesn't seem to know much about...anything. She doesn't know her own household income. She doesn't know that Medicare and Social Security are essentially socialist programs. Her only awareness of current events up until now was of the rockets on TV during the first Gulf War. She thinks that a $5,000 out-of-pocket deductible on her family's health insurance is a good thing. She acknowledges that there are needy people out there, but thinks it would be best for them to rely on charity -- and has some sort of muddled notion that this is what the "founding fathers" wanted for America.

She says only one thing in this interview that makes sense and is demonstrably true: "Maybe I'm just not that smart."

Hold onto that thought, honey. Go with it. Really let it sink in. And maybe when it does, you'll think twice before you show up at a town hall meeting spouting off about things that you clearly don't know anything, anything about and trying to drag the country down to third-world status with your goddamned, laughable, disgraceful ignorance.
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Our own beloved Sarah Palin recently coined the term "Obama's death panel" to describe the (wholly fictitious) government bureau that would impose euthanasia upon the elderly and the handicapped and other "unproductive" members of society like her own dear little Down Syndrome baby Trig if we ever had any sort of national healthcare. Here is JUST the response that I've been waiting for:

"Don’t talk to me about death panels, Sarah Palin.

You, who so carelessly bolstered a lie about healthcare reform to score a cheap political point; you, the most craven of political opportunists, who fearmongers about some dystopian socialist/fascist fantasyland; you, who earlier this year were only too happy to accept free medical, dental and veterinary care from the U.S. military for Alaska’s remote villages; you, dear lady, are an idiot.

In your free market wonderland everyone somehow manages to get healthcare, even those who are poor or live in isolated areas, though the poor and isolated in your own state required assistance from the federal government.

And despite all of this, you appear blithely unaware that the free market healthcare system we have now does, indeed, have “death panels.” I’ve been part of a death panel conversation. I know about death panels.

You have no idea what it’s like to be called into a sterile conference room with a hospital administrator you’ve never met before and be told that your mother’s insurance policy will only pay for 30 days in ICU. You can't imagine what it's like to be advised that you need to “make some decisions,” like whether your mother should be released “HTD” which is hospital parlance for “home to die,” or if you want to pay out of pocket to keep her in the ICU another week. And when you ask how much that would cost you are given a number so impossibly large that you realize there really are no decisions to make. The decision has been made for you. "Living will" or no, it doesn't matter. The bank account and the insurance policy have trumped any legal document.

If this isn’t a “death panel” I don’t know what is.

So don’t talk to me about “death panels” you heartless, cruel, greedy sons of bitches, who are only too happy to keep the profits rolling in to the big insurance companies while you spout your mealy-mouthed bumper sticker slogans about the evils of socialism. You don't even know what socialism is. You don't know what government healthcare is. You have no fucking clue about anything except that you lost the last election and you're pissed off.

You are young. Your parents are still alive. You don’t know enough to take any of this seriously. It's all an exercise in political theater for you. But that will change. We all get older. The time will arrive, someday, when you are tasked with caring for someone you love who is seriously ill. You will be ushered in to that sterile hospital conference room with an administrator you do not know, where you are told to "make plans" for a day you never hoped to see. And then you will get your education.

If on that day you still think the healthcare system we have now is fabulous and worth lying, cheating and threatening people to maintain, I can only conclude that you lack even the tiniest grain of a soul."


From Southern Beale

Ignorance

Aug. 8th, 2009 07:42 pm
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The problem, of course, is ignorance.

When I hear that the brainwashed zombie rioters are shouting things like "keep government hands off my Medicare!" I realize that the ignorance is both profound and irreversible. So much so that even if you showed irrefutable proof that MEDICARE IS A GOVERNMENT PROGRAM, these people would not believe it.

The other flat-out, heinous LIE that's really gathering steam is this business that the government wants to impose "forced euthanasia" upon the elderly and other "non-productive" members of society. Not only is this a lie, but the people supposedly so afraid of it really do believe -- quite vocally and proudly -- that good healthcare is a PRIVILEGE, not a birthright -- a PRIVILEGE that should only be enjoyed by those who have enough money or a good enough job. People who are, in other words...PRODUCTIVE. Everyone else who isn't wealthy or doesn't have the right sort of job, all those people who aren't productive enough well...it's just their own fault that they can't get good healthcare.

There's the real euthanasia. And these right-wingers love it, this sort of euthanasia. They're all for it. So not only are they gleefully spreading the foulest of foul lies with this "forced euthanasia" crap, but they're putting on the most horrifyingly laughable act of being concerned about the very people that they do not give a shit about in the real world. And they're so goddamn ignorant they don't even know it.

Disgusting, repulsive, criminal ignorance.
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In my last post I said that conservative Christians should stop calling themselves Christians because they don't follow the word of Christ. Never let it be said that I'm unwilling to admit when I'm wrong because I now have good evidence that at least one conservative Christian is paying very close attention to the word of Christ. Or at least, the words of Christ.

"An American Christian has produced a brief film for YouTube that connects one statement by Jesus in the Gospel of Luke to President Barack Obama.

His 4-minute video focuses on the direct quote: "I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven." (Luke 10:18)

"When I started doing a little research, I found the Greek word for 'lightning' is 'astrape', and the Hebrew equivalent is 'Baraq,'" said YouTube contributor "ppsimmons," a self-described Christian with a theological education and many years in the ministry, who spoke to WND under condition of anonymity out of concern for members of his local church. "I thought that was fascinating."

As he continued looking into the rest of the words in the phrase, he focused on "heaven," and found that it can refer not just to God's dwelling place, but also "the heights" or "high places."

He then recalled Isaiah 14:14, where Lucifer, another name for Satan, is quoted as saying, "I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High."

"I wondered what the word 'heights' is," said ppsimmons, "and I looked it up in the dictionary, and it's 'Bamah.'"

Thus, on the video, the announcer notes, "If spoken by a Jewish rabbi today, influenced by the poetry of Isaiah, He (Jesus) would say these words in Hebrew ... 'I saw Satan as Baraq Ubamah.'"
Yes, of course. Why would anyone bother with boring, preachy claptrap like the Sermon on the Mount when they could be conjuring up fun "Paul is Dead"-style conspiracy theories? Say, I wonder what messages you get when you play a Toby Keith album backwards? Maybe "Where's the Birth Certificate?"

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!

WWJDLOL!

Aug. 2nd, 2009 12:37 am
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Slacktivist is my latest must-read blog. What Slacktivist mostly devotes himself to is a page-by-page deconstruction of Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins' Left Behind series. In case you're not familiar with it, Left Behind is hardcore fundamentalist Christian propaganda in the guise of fiction -- very badly written fiction. Anyone can criticize the LaHaye and Jenkins' "writing," but Slacktivist himself comes from an evangelical background, so he takes the series apart on a whole different level.

A quote in this week's edition caught my eye:

"In my most cynical moments, I sometimes think that the whole structure of Christian theology seems like an elaborate ruse to escape the unambiguous obligations set forth in the Sermon on the Mount."
Of course it's not just the Sermon on the Mount -- all the teachings of Jesus were about "unambiguous obligations" that usually had little or nothing to do with the external rules of organized religion and formal theology and everything to do with our obligation simply to love and to take care of each other...unconditionally.

A number of years ago I knew someone who was part of my Lord of the Rings message board. We were pretty friendly and used to chat on IM often, almost always exclusively about LoTR, I knew that she was a committed right-wing born-again Christian Republican but her views on real-world issues had never come up until one time on IM we somehow got on the subject of healthcare and she zinged me with, "Why should I have to pay for your lung cancer?" (I was a smoker at the time), and then sweetly added "Why should you have to pay for my diabetes?" (she was obese).

I dropped the subject because I literally had no idea how to respond to the beloved conservative fantasy that people only need medical care when they've been irresponsible about their health (and so therefore presumably deserve to pay up or drop dead). Also, I just didn't want to get into an argument with someone who was part of my fun online group and this was long before Abu Ghraib and Katrina and warrantless wiretapping and all the other horrors of the Bush administration so I wasn't as vocal on political matters then as I am now. But what I really wish I'd asked her was simply, "What would Jesus do?" As a self-described devout Christian, that should have been her primary concern, far outweighing any political or ideological loyalties. And frankly, I don't recall a phrase like "Why should I do X for you?" ever being part of Jesus' ministry.

I find few things more baffling than the easy coexistence between so-called Christians and conservative/Republican ideology, which is essentially about making and hoarding money, a very narrow and often hypocritically applied public morality, and about keeping people in their "proper" place -- all values that weren't exactly part of Jesus Christ's teachings. I can only assume that modern conservatism has irrevocably changed the Christian faith, at least here in America, into something that has absolutely nothing to do with Jesus Christ. In fact, I'm sure that if any public figure were running around today saying things like:

"If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
and

"I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."
and of course,

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you."
That person would be utterly reviled by conservatives, including my good "Christian" friend from all those years ago. They don't care what Jesus said, or what Jesus would do. I rather wish they would stop calling themselves Christians and come up with something more fitting.

LOL, of course.
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Today's LOL! will really crack your shit up!

Remote Area Medical is a non-profit volunteer organization that brings healthcare and dentistry to people who normally have no access to it. Considering that the Republicans have told me that Canada and England have such bad healthcare, I thought most of RAM's work would be in Canada and England. Strangely enough, here's their 2009 schedule:

Jan. 31-Feb 1 Jacobs Building at Chilhowee Park, Knoxville, TN
March 14-15 Pigeon Forge H.S. Sevier County, TN
April 18-19 Van Buren County, TN
May 2-3 Cleveland, Ohio POSTPONED
May 30-31 Tex Turner Arena at Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN
June 27-28 Pike County Central H.S. Pike Co.KY
July 18-19 Cocke County
July 24-25-26 Wise County Fairgrounds, Wise, VA
August 11-18 RAM-LA, at The Forum in Inglewood, CA
August 22-26 RAM Utah in Fort Duchesne, UT, Northern Ute Tribes Reservation
Sept. 19-20 Roane County, TN
Sept 26-27 Letcher County Central H.S. KY
Oct 3-4 Grundy, Virginia at Riverview Elementary School
Oct. 17-18 Franklin County H.S.

Hmmm...Tennessee...California...Virginia....what? No Liverpool? No Winnipeg?

Could it be possible that America is the only developed nation where people have to line up to get health care and dentistry IN TENTS LIKE REFUGEES OF SOME GODDAMN THIRD-WORLD DISASTER? Would anyone care to explain how this is acceptable in the richest and supposedly the greatest nation on earth? People -- citizens of America, working people, relying on volunteer MASH units for their healthcare needs. This is acceptable?

In case you're not LOLing, yet, you should read The HILARIOUS story of Wendell Potter, a former executive with insurance giant Cigna, who had a genuine Road to Damascus moment at just one of these traveling "health fairs" when he saw what his fellow Americans had been reduced to by the brutal, unchecked greed of his own industry. This guy testified before Congress but you'd hardly know it from the media attention he's gotten. Guess it's just not sexy enough for the news. Sweaty poor people getting their teeth pulled in nasty smelly tents...ick!

LOL!
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Man, today was just an LOL! kinda day!

Here's the inimitable Sarah Palin, talking about gun rights in her farewell speech:

"...you’re going to see anti-hunting, anti-second amendment circuses from Hollywood and here’s how they do it. They use these delicate, tiny, very talented celebrity starlets, they use Alaska as a fundraising tool for their anti-second amendment causes."

LOL! What is she talking about!?! Is this true!? Is a terrifyng circus of delicate, tiny celebrity starlets about to descend upon Alaska like locusts to take away their guns? And if they're so delicate and tiny, why can't the Alaskans just shoot them LOL!! Or do they only shoot shit from helicopters? And does this have anything to do with a Circus of the Stars revival?? LOL!!

Also LOLed over:

"Hollywood needs to know we eat, therefore we hunt."

Again with the Hollywood! WHY DOESN'T HOLLYWOOD WANT SARAH PALIN TO EAT? Because they're all so tiny and delicate?? And my God, did Sarah Palin really earn so little money as governor of Alaska that she had to hunt OR STARVE??

These are real quotes! I swear to God! Real quotes that people APPLAUDED!

LOL!!!!!!!!!!
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Hey, check out these dumb Canadians who are too stupid to know their free healthcare actually sucks:

Stupid Canadian One

Stupid Canadian Two

Boy, are they stupid! Especially the dope who says, "Ask what makes us a people and the majority will cite government-administered, publicly funded healthcare." What "makes you a people" should be cool stuff like stock-car racing and Big Gulps, not lame shit like "publicly funded healthcare." Boooring!!

LOL!

Actually, dropping the sarcasm, my real LOL! for the day was reading that Mitch McConnell's Canadian healthcare ringer, Shona Holmes, didn't really have cancer at all. LOLOLOL!! How can you tell when a Republican is lying? HIS LIPS ARE MOVING LOL!!!

LOL

Jul. 22nd, 2009 07:20 pm
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I've decided that whenever something drives me so insane that I feel like my hair's gonna catch fire and I want to grab a fork and rake it over my face, I'm just gonna say LOL! Because LOL! is just so perfectly, blithely banal and meaningless and these things that drive me crazy are so comical in their own blackly horrifying way that really, what else is there to say?

Today's LOL! is the news that my health insurance premiums are going up to almost $200 a month -- that's $200 a month, deducted automatically from my paycheck. This does not of course cover any of the copayments that I have to shell out every time I see a doctor or fill a prescription. And of course, this is the insurance I have through my employer, so I'm paying far less for it than if I had to buy it on my own. I probably wouldn't even be able to buy into this plan on my own.

Now, my company has just switched to Blue Cross which is owned by parent company Wellpoint, the biggest health insurer in the country. Wellpoint is at the forefront of pouring millions upon millions of dollars into lobbying, advertising and public relations to defeat any chance of national healthcare ever becoming a reality in America. So here's the LOL! part -- my own premiums are funding this. I am literally, literally giving Wellpoint thousands of dollars a year so that they can fight against my interests and against the wellbeing of America as a whole. I am funding this. I am forced to fund this.

LOL!

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