Friday, August 07, 2009

The new Green Day album was somewhat disappointing... 

but apparently that has carried over to their recent tour as well. Ratboy just texted Lovely from the show, declaring: "Miley Cyrus is more punk rock than these douchebags".



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Please shut up 

Mara Liasson on Fox News: "Cash for Clunkers is like a mini-Katrina".

Yeah. In the same way the Alternative Minimum Tax is like a mini-Treblinka.

Apology here.

H/T: Suspect Device.


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Sunday, August 02, 2009

The dark side of the earth 

Bill Maher last night:

Lou Dobbs has been saying recently that people are asking a lot of questions about [Pres. Obama's] birth certificate. Yes, the same people who want to know where the sun goes at night.
Speaking of the sun, this week Bobo became fascinated by a thought experiment posed at Marginal Revolution. Bobo's column may be summarized as follows:

What if a freak solar episode sterilized half of the humans on the side of the planet that was facing the sun?

OMG! We'd start doubting God's omnibenevolence and we'd give up our grand, long-term projects! Aren't kids the best? They give us hope and discipline!

What a deeply enthralling mind-bender! Doesn't it just captivate your entire intellect for seconds upon seconds?

... yeah.

In January, I told Lovely that if she turned into a boy, I'd become "gay" for her. [Admittedly, I had a bottle of wine in me.] She thought it was one of the most romantic things I'd ever said to her. (And it might've been. The bar isn't exactly in the stratosphere.)

But that exchange led to a thought experiment, which I'll share: Suppose greenhouse gases caused a widespread incurable "disease" that randomly struck people and "reversed" their genitalia. Boy parts would quickly wither away and transform into girl parts. And vice versa.

Some questions: How would the conservative fundagelical right view this change of events? Would they interpret it as part of the divine plan, or as "punishment" for sinful man's lack of stewardship over God's creation? Would our current, rigid view of gender undergo a sea change? Would we all get more extreme about limiting greenhouse gases? ... Gay Marriage prohibitions? Mwah ha ha... How would parents change the way they raise their children, knowing that their precious kids might one day get a case of the ole 'switcheroo'? On a personal level: Imagine you or your spouse were "afflicted"? Would you tell your friends or would you keep it a secret? [Why is oyster suddenly a "stall man"?] Would you get surgically altered if you were afflicted? Then what if the disease hit you a second time? Would you pray that it would? Is it against God's law to give your wife a tug job? Is the tug job ok if you've both been "reversed"?

Put that scenario in your chaw and grind it for a while. I bet it's more fascinating and instructive than the one Bobo explored. Remember, in a thousand years we're all going to be wankers anyway.

Variation: I suppose a greenhouse gas-induced "switcheroo 'disease'" that affected skin pigment instead of sexuality might also be interesting to contemplate.

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