Saturday Dance Party: THP Orchestra – Dancing is Alright

THP Orchestra’s third LP, aptly titled THP 3 is one of my all time favorite dance records. The summer of 1979 was awesome in terms of the music coming out. And then “disco” died, but after a brief hiatus, reincarnated as “dance music.” (I remember how my DJ friend Steve used to roll his eyes at the term.)

When I first heard Patrick Cowley’s Megatron Man in 1981, I knew the genre—whatever you wanted to call it—was back, stronger and better than ever.

Five Minutes of Pure Batshit Insanity

This is what happens when dementia wards are left unlocked.

“Whitney Houston was found without clothes in a bathtub. Every corpse found without clothes has a partner that did away with them.” Also: Did you know that you’ll die within thirty minutes of rimming somebody?

My advice? Ignore the whack-job. Concentrate on the cute guy sitting in the background. His reactions to this cray-cray are PRICELESS!

Quote of the Day

“The problem—often not discovered until late in life—is that when you look for things like love, meaning, motivation, it implies that they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people recognize that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, and they generate their own emotion.” ~ Neil deGrassi Tyson

I Just Don't Get It

So all the usual suspects are foaming at the mouth because of Obama’s endorsement of marriage equality.

Quelle surprise. BREAKING: the sun rises in the east.

At least for me, all their yammering on about the sanctity of marriage is simply becoming so much background noise. While Obama has yet to do anything concrete to back up his supposed “evolution” on the matter, it still feels like a seismic shift has occurred in the American psyche. As I said to a coworker today, “The dam has burst, and there’s no turning back.”

After what happened in North Carolina on Tuesday, Obama’s announcement was nothing less than a thing of beauty and a very stiff middle finger pointed straight in their direction.

But what I really don’t understand—and maybe I really shouldn’t waste any more brain power because of the inherent stupidity associated with it—is why all these knuckle-dragging Christofascists are so upset that it’s happening. I mean, if they take it as a sign of  the imminent arrival of their beloved “End Times” (“Ooh Santa is coming tonight!) why aren’t they embracing it?  Don’t they want their invisible sky fairy to finally descend from the heavens, reveal himself to all the unbelievers and condemn the Atheists, gays, abortionists, Muslims, yada, yada, (basically anyone who isn’t them), to eternal damnation and never-ending hellfire so they can stand there smugly with their arms crossed and say, “I told you so!”?

Is it maybe because in their shriveled little black hate-filled hearts, while they have no doubts whatsoever about the existence of hell and the righteous judgment of unrepentant sinners, they do have doubts that maybe—just maybe—their names won’t be found written in the desired column on Jeebus’s Big List of Naughty and Nice®?

Let’s face it: we’re human. Who among us hasn’t done something we shouldn’t have. Show me someone who claims that he’s never lied and I’ll show you a liar. (The same goes for masturbation.) And the ones who are always screaming most loudly about GAWWWWD are the ones bathing in champagne and pissing out their penthouse windows on the masses below.

Wasn’t it their very own Lord and Savior® himself who supposedly said, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone?”

I’ve thought about this probably more than I should have, and this is the only explanation I can come up with. They have that one little bit of doubt about their own worthiness to enter the Magic Kingdom that’s bouncing around in their empty skulls, and basically, deep down, they’re scared shitless.

Thank You, Mr. President


President Obama today announced that he now supports same-sex marriage, reversing his longstanding opposition amid growing pressure from the Democratic base and even his own vice president.

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Pray Away, Miss Perkins…It Will at Least Keep You Occupied

Well-known hate group leader Tony Perkins hopes Dan Savage will see the light and embrace Christ as his Savior. He even prays for it.

“I would put out this challenge to folks who are listening: to put Dan Savage on the top of your prayer list and pray for him because I believe he has the potential to be a modern day Saul of Tarsus. I mean, just think if the Lord got a hold of his heart and changed him and turned him from persecuting Christians to being an advocate of Christianity and morality, what a huge impact that would have. So don’t get angry at Dan Savage; he’s doing what people do when they’re lost. Pray for him that he would see the light, be blinded by the light, and come to know Christ as his personal savior.”

Dan responds:

“Oh, Tony. If quoting their own scriptures to Christians amounts to ‘persecuting Christians,’ then every Baptist minister in the country is guilty of persecuting Christians. And Saul of Tarsus? That would be Paul, of course, author of huge chunks of the New Testament and the creep responsible for its most misogynistic and homophobic bits. (Jesus didn’t say anything about homosexuality, and Jesus never asked his mother or Mary Magdalene to ‘keep silent.’)

“Paul was a tortured closet case, which is the kind of Christian I would have to be to meet with the approval of someone like Tony Perkins. You know, a Christian in the style of Marcus Bachmann or Ted Haggard or Benedict XVI. And let’s not forget what ‘I’ll pray for you’ means someone like Perkins says it:

“Everyone knows, ‘I’ll pray for you,’ is how Baptists say, ‘Fuck you.’

“Fuck you too, Tony”

This Isn't Going Away, North Carolina

There you sit this morning North Carolina, all smug and self-satisfied in your hate, no doubt believing in your little heart-of-hearts that it was God’s will that you mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging assholes enshrined discrimination in your state law. But I’ve got news for you: you were on the wrong side of history when you outlawed interracial marriage, and you’re on the wrong side of history AGAIN.

The more I think about this, the more livid I become. I’m not sure why, because other states have passed similar laws. Maybe it’s because your state—whose motto should now be changed from “FIRST IN FLIGHT” to “FIRST IN HATE”—was a necessary tipping point to open eyes and get the masses’ blood boiling.

And despite your unwavering belief that you’re doing the Lord’s work (who NEVER said a word about homosexuality, by the way) I have a feeling, that this is going to come back and bite you in your shriveled, black, hate-filled hearts. More than 50% of Americans polled are now in favor of marriage equality. Major corporations, sensing the tide of public opinion, are increasingly coming on board and providing the same benefits to same-sex partners as they do to the rest of their married employees.

Your vote was a slap in the face to that, and I sincerely hope that every GLBT person and their supporters (including businesses) leave your state and let it free-fall back into the middle ages. Have you not seen what happened in Georgia with their stance against so-called “illegal” (i.e. brown-skinned) migrant workers? Crops are rotting in the fields. North Carolina deserves no less.

I spotted this in the comments section at Joe.My.God. this morning, and I couldn’t have said it better.

NORTH CAROLINA  
HATES  
FAGS

We get it…you hate us…you really, really hate us.

Which, of course, is what all these “protect marriage” amendments are about. You’re not protecting anything, you’re just preventing a small group of people that you hate from entering into your “exclusive” marriage club lest we sully it (GOD FORBID…we should swim in your pool…you’d have to drain it). Now, if y’all really had the courage of your convictions you’d make homosexuality itself in North Carolina a crime, punishable by death just like it says in the Bible (let’s run that up the flag pole and see how it flies…I bet it would pass or come damn close). But, of course, you don’t have that kind of courage because y’all are nothing but a bunch of bullies and cowards, as your state’s racist history would attest.

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

North Carolina doesn’t look much different today then it did back then does it?

Still ignorant, inbred and on the wrong side of history.

I hope businesses flee the state en masse now that discrimination has once again been enshrined in state law.

And So Begins Another Fucked Day in Denver

Surrounded by stupid. Literally.

Even before I got on the freeway, my morning commute consisted of:

  • guy in front of me so engrossed in his cell phone conversation that he kept drifting into the adjacent lane (not once, but every couple minutes)
  • woman on my left putting on make up—while driving, vanity mirror down
  • guy on my right, combing his hair with both hands while driving

When I got to I-25, southbound—the direction I was going of course—it was at a complete standstill. The overhead sign was flashing, “CRASH AT HAMPDEN. EXPECT DELAYS.”

A crash? In Denver? Impossible!

Half an hour later, when I finally got to Hampden, there were two cars (minor damage) and a highway patrol cruiser at the side of the road. THIS is what backed up traffic for at least two and a half miles because everyone (all five lanes) apparently had to slow down and look at it. “Ooh are there bloody, mangled bodies in the road? Decapitations? I WANNA SEE!”

And because of this I was late to work. Guess I’ll be taking a fifteen minute lunch today.

If that weren’t enough, I have yet another meeting scheduled with our absolutely clueless COO this morning…right after we had an I.S. meeting with her yesterday afternoon.

FML.

Every time…

…I am forced to unpack another piece of cheap plastic crap from Dell at work, I am reminded how Dell is not—and will never be—Apple. Dell equipment arrives in standard brown corrugated cardboard boxes with dozens of twist ties and styrofoam inserts that shed bits of themselves all over everything the minute they’re removed. Compare that to the simple, elegant beauty of Apple’s packaging.

It's the Hypocrisy, Stupid.

Republicans may be evil, but they’re most certainly not evil geniuses.

From AMERICAblog:

The Republican National Committee (RNC) used a call center based in the Philippines to hold a media conference attacking President Obama’s economic record, the Chicago Sun-Times reported today. The RNC didn’t help its image by pointing out that the call was run by Verizon.

CWA Chief of Staff Ron Collins, who began his career in a Maryland-based Verizon call center, summed up RNC’s move this way:

“It’s hard to imagine anything more hypocritical than the RNC making calls about U.S. unemployment from a Verizon foreign call center.”