Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Rush to War Blues

This made me laugh, although it's not all that funny, is it?

via grow-a-brain

Thursday, July 26, 2007

I swore I wasn't gonna mention him again...

But I couldn't help myself. Fred Phelps has an all-new website, called godhatesireland.com. Check out the banner he's using:

So, now God hates America, Canada, Sweden, Ireland, and, of course, "fags" of every nationality. The Westboro Baptist church would slash its webhosting bills dramatically by combining all of its websites into one. It could be called something like "God hates everyone except Fred Phelps, his wife, and those of his kids who are still speaking to him dot com."

The reason Ireland is now the object of Freddy's vitriol is that civil partnership legislation is being introduced there, with the full backing of the Prime minister. Read the story at 365gay.com.

via Pam's House Blend

Monday, July 23, 2007

Barack Obama ringtones

Dumbest marketing idea since--oh, probably since about 5 minutes ago. Have your cell phone advertise your favorite candidate every time it rings , because the kids just love those ringtones. Check 'em out. As HuffPo points out, the first one's the only one that even sounds like a ringtone.

Monday, July 2, 2007

What kind of liberal are you?

How to Win a Fight With a Conservative is the ultimate survival guide for political arguments

My Liberal Identity:

You are a Social Justice Crusader, also known as a rights activist. You believe in equality, fairness, and preventing neo-Confederate conservative troglodytes from rolling back fifty years of civil rights gains.

Via Shakesville/Shakespeare's Sister--and when are they getting their domain back, anyway?

Edit: Shakesville has returned!

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Why kick someone while she's down...

When you can just jump on her with both feet?

I've been thinking about taking up crochet again. I used to do it when I was a kid and may have a achieved granny-square proficiency. This time, I could get past that point, and one day, who knows, maybe even learn to knit.

So, in searching around knitting and crochet-related sites, I came upon Warm Up America, and remembered one of my friends was looking for some sort of crafty venture for people at church to do together. Great, I thought, and set out to see if I could find some additional possible recipients for our hand-crafted donations.

And then I happened on a link to Gifts for the Unborn. I tried to figure out what the name of this group might mean (teeny little hats and booties that a fetus wears inside the womb?) but when I got to the site, I realized that I while may be imaginative, but I never could've thought this up:

Gifts for the Unborn offers small gifts to mothers when they first test positive in a crisis pregnancy. The special gift package consists of a newborn infant's picture frame plus a care product (like a baby washcloth, bib, soap, lotion or shampoo) and a pair of baby booties or socks.

By placing all three gift items in a transparent plastic bag and presenting them to the women, we hope the moms might turn away from any thoughts of abortion after being touched by this simple, affirmative pro-life message.

So the whole point of this organization is to dissuade pregnant women from having abortions by giving them cute wee booties for cute wee little baby feet. How do they find these pregnant women and distribute these "gifts"? "[T]hrough more than 428 crisis pregnancy agencies." Of course--what better setting for an underhanded strategy like this? The website has the nerve to refer to this as a "subtle, positive approach."

As I found out from my research, there are organizations of knitters and crocheters (and sewers) who send scarves and hats and blankets and all manner of things to babies who've actually been born, and people having chemo, and homeless people, and kids in foster care... and the list goes on. Surely this type of cruel emotional manipulation is not the best way in which these folks can indulge their impulse to share their needlework with the less fortunate. Perhaps it might be helpful to sending these items to people who actually need and want them.