I did this so you didn't have to: Best-of Fundie Blogs, Pt. 1

As promised, fun with fundies.

After the passing of Terri Schiavo this morning, religious right blogs were crazy. People were furious! Ashamed to be American, even!

Today, I am ashamed to be an American. [See! I told you!]

The inhumane monsters who condemned Terri Schiavo to be executed by prolonged torture succeed today. .. In the last hours, as a final blow to Terri's parents, the human debris known as Michael Schiavo refused them access in her final hours.

Yes I'm mad and I may call them more names. America is now officially a rotting corpse. We have embraced Nazi tactics in removing “unwanted” people. Our courts are a mockery, our legislators are lazy, and play silly games with legislation, making them meaningless. Our executive branch hides behind wimpy excuses and allows the innocent to die.

--Courtesy of jacklewis.net
I’m kind of interested where this quoted comment came from. Readers, any of you know when Michael called Terri “the bitch”?
But Michael chose to part from Terri in a much different, more dastardly way, while seeking her death and while sleeping with another. And that is not a marriage. That is not a bond...That is a sinister, ghastly form of selfishness that good men find incomprehensible and women should fear.

Michael, it most assuredly can be said, proved far sicker than his wife ever was. All Bob and Mary Schindler wanted was to be given legal guardianship of their daughter, so Michael could move on with his life, his girlfriend, and his two children by her...The Schindlers wanted no more than to rescue their daughter from years of lock-down confinement in a grim hospice room; to provide her a real home, real tenderness, and a place to live that was alive with life, rather than encircled by death.

But Michael would have none of that. No, Michael wanted something far different. He wanted "the bitch" dead, he wanted her body cremated, he wanted her ashes placed in the ground well before her time had come, long before God would have called her. And, were this not callous and calculating enough, Michael wanted those ashes far removed from his in-laws, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law. What he made difficult for the Schindlers while Terri was alive, he now wants to make more difficult after her death. His malice knows no bounds. This sad excuse for a man even denied the family their poignant request to be at Terri's side when her breathing expired and her spirit slipped away. Cruelty, thy name is Michael Schiavo.

--Courtesy of A Certain Slant of Light

Here’s my favorite though. Emphasis, bad spelling, and bad grammar are all theirs.
Let me tell you a story. Okay you have a dog that gets hit by a car and becomes so bad off brain wise that you have to feed it by hand for the rest of its life. You love this dog so much that you do this everday. So finally after six months, it gets to much for you. You decide to let it STARVE to death.

Then word of it gets out and every Animal Rights Group is calling for you Head on a Silver Platter.

The SPCA and local laws protect this dog and you go to JAIL for starving this animal its called ANIMAL CRUELTY LAWS

So what our animal are more important to us than another human life?

Its okay lets STARVE a HUMAN BEING to DEATH but boy do not do that to an animal as your going to JAIL

What I want to know is where are our HUMAN BEING CRUELTY LAWS

--Courtesy of Save Terri
What I love, though, is that people are tearing them a new one in the comments for the complete lack of a logical argument. I can’t really say it better than this person, lethergo, though:
I just love the "dog vs Terry" argument.

If my dog were in a similar state to that of Terry Schiavo, the state would arrest me for NOT having it put to sleep (euthanized). Reasonable people can see that this is the kind, "humane" thing to do.

Yet when the creature is a human being, people allow their personal crusades and agendas (hello anti-abortionist, moral elitist, bible-thumper's) to cloud their judgement. Suddenly it is no longer "humane" to ease suffering. Suddenly, those who discontinue the ARTIFICIAL extension of life come to be labeled as murderers. Pah-lease.

I truly wish Terri were capable of standing up and walking down to the cafeteria for a breakfast of scrambled eggs, toast, and coffee. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that she is capable of doing that. She has a physical state similar to a 100 year old, and a mental state that is undeniably less than a....well even a common mouse has the mental capacity to feed itself. She truly is in a vegitative state. There is no other way to describe it.

Let the poor girl go. I'm so glad for the family's sake that she truly is incapable of understanding her current state. If she could, I have no doubt she would scream out in horror at what her parents and family had put her through. Who would want to wake up one day and find themselves in this condition?

The father placed her hand into the palm of her husband on the day of their marriage. He turned over, at that time, her gardianship to him. It is his decision, period.

Who wants the government (any level) to have the authority to step in and make our final decisions for us???


person x at 3:12 PM

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It's official: Blogger is crashing as we speak.

My theory? The glut of posts about the passing of Terri Schiavo.

More on that later, though.

I'm going to scour the pro-life blogs and compile a post on the best fundie quotes of the day -- well, so you don't have to torture yourself by reading them in their entirety.

Stay tuned, kids.

person x at 10:56 AM

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T-Minus 15 hours....

...until I never have to come to work ever again. Well, at least not this work.

And then next week is big moving time, big TV time, and the week after is new job and new puppy time.

In addition to all that, I'm also taking two classes, in addition to a jewelry making class on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I am officially going to be dead by the end of April. Please pay your respects while I'm still living.

Don't mind the pitty party. I just like to throw one every now and again.

person x at 10:55 AM

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Moment of Silence: Johnnie Cochran

To steal a phrase from Ian, all the guilty mofos have to find someone else to defend them, because Cochran died yesterday, March 29, after battling an inoperable brain tumor.

Clients included:

Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt, Black Panther leader convicted of murdering a schoolteacher in 1972 and sentenced to 25 to life -- Cochran lost the case but continued to work to free Pratt, eventually having his conviction overturned in 1997;

Todd Bridges of " Diff'rent Strokes", acquitted of being crackidy cracked up and shooting/stabbing a dealer at a crack house;

Crazyface, aka Michael Jackson, for his first legally reportedtrist with a young boy, settled out of court for around $25 mil.;

Tupac Shakur for sexual abuse;

O.J. Simpson, of course;

Snoop Dogg, murder was the case, baby. Acquitted in 1996 of being an accessory to the murder of a man shot by his bodyguard. Bodyguard was also acquitted;

Sean Combs, remember when you were still with J.Ho. and got swept up in that whole bribery/gun posession/shooting thing at the Manhattan night club? And then you were acquitted? You'd better be at J.C.'s funeral, too.

Thanks, Johnnie. For keeping all these freaks and celebs out of jail. I don't know what the tabloids would have done without you. But, in all seriousness, if I were to be accused of a high-profile crime you damn well better bet that J.C. would be the first one I'd call.

person x at 10:42 AM

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And, finally, this is just too funny...

Captions, anyone?

person x at 1:33 PM

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Did you think she was going to sit up, drink, and say 'thank you'?

"I am proud of them," the mother of the two boys, Texan Geilen Keys, said, according to an AFP report. "They are very mature and they said 'we want to go and offer some water to Terri.'"

Ten people were arrested in Florida yesterday, including several children, for trying to bust into the facility where Terri Schiavo is staying, trying to take her glasses of water. Not to be heartless for pointing this out, but there is a reason there was a tube people.

person x at 1:22 PM

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No, YOU are simply the best!

This could be the funniest/most disturbing thing that I have seen in a long time. I'm not sure if these kids are retarded or special or what, but let's pretend that they are not so it's the former rather than the latter.

My favorite part: All the twirling!

[Thanks, Rob]

person x at 1:14 PM

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Friday Random Ten: Annamaria slipping?

"Where's Annamaria," you may be wondering. And where's my Friday Random Ten for the week?

Well, I miss my Friday Random Ten, too, so I'm taking the helm this week. As always, if you don't know the rules, check them out here. Here is is -- my almost-not-all-from-the-U.S version.

"Moonchild" -- Cibo Matto
"Fireworks" -- Tragically Hip
"Calm Go the Wild Seas" -- Beulah
"Trigger" -- The Deadly Snakes
"Lounge" -- Esthero
"What Are We Doing to Ourselves?" -- The Pets
"Just" -- Radiohead
"It Ain't No Fun" -- Snoop Dogg
"Something Nice" -- Mike O'Neill

Your turn.


person x at 12:54 PM

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Lifesite makes me angry

I’d like to thank Jen for introducing me to the veritable goldmine of fundie thought known as lifesite.net. Today, Lifesite highlights a survey by Canadian researchers showing a high correlative link between domestic violence and abortion. Let’s take a look, shall we?

1127 women completed a 65-item questionnaire at a hospital abortion facility in London, Ontario. The results showed that overall 20% had experienced physical abuse by a male partner, and 27% had a history of sexual abuse.

Similar research in the US has shown that 31% of women seeking an abortion have experienced physical or sexual abuse at some time in their lives and, of these, more than half have witnessed domestic violence as children. The British study showed that the risk of domestic violence more than doubled during pregnancy. The authors of the Canadian research suggest that a motive for some women who abort in a situation of violence do so to out of a misguided desire to protect future children from living in the disrupted or violent environments that they themselves face.

Well, they started out telling the truth, but apparently the fundie predilection for lying was just insurmountable toward the end there. What the study actually said was this:

“The authors of this research suggest that a history of victimization should be considered a risk factor for being abused when pregnant and imply that previous abuse has a demoralizing effect that increases susceptibility to further violence. There may also be some truth to the idea that women "trapped" in more traditional, passive feminine roles are less able to assert control over themselves and their lives. […] Perhaps, given this, we should understand both a mother's desire not to saddle her child with the risks she faces and the decisive behaviour that the act of seeking a termination implies.”

Yes, a misguided desire indeed. The leading cause of death of pregnant women in the United States is homicide, usually at the hands of the men who claim to love them. And research shows that a woman is more susceptible to domestic violence when pregnant—meaning that an abused women can look forward to more abuse if she carries her pregnancy to term. For these women, abortion is a way to save themselves from an escalation of violence, and also a means to protect future children who might be abused themselves. As a society, we tend to blame women who stay in abusive relationship, even more so when they have children who are being abused. Now the fundies are blaming abused women to failing to give birth to their abusers’ children—I’m sensing that we just can’t win here.

The study also revealed that a significant percentage of the women who were seeking second or repeated abortions were using artificial contraception at the time they became pregnant. 90% of women seeking repeat abortions had used contraception sometime in their lives and at the time of the current conception 60% were using condoms and 40% were using an oral contraceptive.

Wait…women who didn’t want to have children (thus, terminating their pregnancies) are more likely to use contraception?? You mean they actually tried to prevent the pregnancies that they didn’t want? Obviously, this means that all you whores on the pill are going to get abortions. After all, there must be a causal relationship between contraception and abortions.

Pro-life activists have for many years pointed out the danger of widespread chemical contraceptive use and its relation to high incidences of abortion. Their argument is that a woman engaging in sexual relations and using the pill is more disposed to using abortion as a 'back-up' form of birth control should it fail.

Yes, “pro-life” activists would say that. Unfortunately, researchers say otherwise. According to the Canadian study, "Fisher and colleagues show that, in comparison with women seeking a first abortion, those requesting second or third procedures are more likely to be using contraception. They are not psychologically maladjusted and are not using therapeutic abortion as ‘birth control.’" Do these people even read the articles they are reviewing?

The British survey cited above also found that despite the high incidence of abuse only 2% of the women seeking abortion were pregnant as a result of rape. This is despite the fact that the so-called 'rape exception' is often cited as a justification for legal abortion-on-demand.

Well, according to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, so-called “partial birth abortions” only account for about 0.03–0.05% of all abortions, and y’all didn’t seem to have a problem focusing on those, did you? In fact, according to Nevada Life, “(the) rate of incidence of partial birth abortion is not what makes it wrong.” Funny, I would argue that the rate of incidence of forcing women to give birth to their rapist’s child is irrelevant—simply doing so is wrong.

The effect of the widespread use of contraception in creating what is called the 'contraceptive mentality' and the evidence that such a mentality leads to abortion has been documented more than once by the medical community.

Where? What medical community are you talking about? The “pro-life” ob-gyns who lie to their patients? The Canadian study shows only a correlation between contraception use and abortion—but that makes sense given that women who do not want to have children are likely to use birth control to prevent pregnancy. I worked in an abortion clinic all through college, and I cannot recall a single women who walked in there with a blasé attitude.

Articles like should serve as a reminder that it isn’t just abortion they’re after—they want your birth control, too. Because they simply cannot abide by women maintaining control over their lives. After all, the Canadian study shows that anywhere from 20 – 55% of women have been in an abusive relationship at some point in their lives, which the leading researcher, Dr. Fisher, defined as an epidemic of victimization. Funny how in all the attempts to rain scorn and shame on women who seek abortions, their abusers were conveniently ignored.

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annamaria at 10:16 AM

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There ain't nothin' wrong with a little bump and grind...

[No accentuating your breasts, ladies.
At least if Texas Rep. Al Edwards has something to say about it]

...unless you are Texas Rep. Al Edwards. Edwards recently filed legislation that would end "sexually suggestive" performances at athletic events, i.e. cheerleading.

Best part?:

"It's just too sexually oriented, you know, the way they're shaking their behinds and going on, breaking it down," said Edwards, a 26-year veteran of the Texas House. "And then we say to them, 'don't get involved in sex unless it's marriage or love, it's dangerous out there' and yet the teachers and directors are helping them go through those kind of gyrations."
For the record: This moron is a Democrat -- proving that, in Texas, neither party has a monopoly on idiotic prudishness.

person x at 11:43 AM

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In other news: When does someone just get to fucking die?

And when does the line get drawn when family members have to stop being so selfish and just let them die? One year? Five years? Or, for fuck's sake, 15 years?

person x at 10:30 AM

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The devil decided to show its power by...saving a turtle.

The only thing I see in this picture is a turtle. I think Bryan Dora is taking a little too much acid.

person x at 10:22 AM

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I'm getting a puppy...

...and when it grows up it will look like this! I'm so excited!

person x at 3:54 PM

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Friday Random Ten

is this not the most fabulous photo ever?

You know the rules—and if you don’t you can find them here—so, my Friday Random Ten:

  1. Laid - James
  2. Golden Touch - Razorlight
  3. Our Lips Are Sealed - The GoGo's
  4. Into the Dark - Ben Lee
  5. Career Opportunities - The Clash
  6. Everybody Knows - Concrete Blonde
  7. I Love a Man in a Uniform - Gang of Four
  8. Short Skirts - Felix Da Housecat
  9. Killing Moon - Echo & The Bunnymen
  10. Joan Jett of Arc - Clem Snide

Your turn!


annamaria at 9:34 AM

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I want my two dollars

This has been the month of absent co-workers, and apparently, I am the only person in my office who is capable of being cross-trained, so guess who got stuck with all the work? Hence, the complete and total lack of blogging. I apologize, unreservedly.

I did manage to get my City of Pontiac income tax refund yesterday...from 2003. Seems they finally got around to sending me my $2.00. And it's a good thing I got it, because for a while there, I felt the like the paperboy from "Better Off Dead."

annamaria at 10:24 AM

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Awesome Quote of the Day: John Bolton

Most notably known as of late for his stunning toupee/moustache combo, John Bolton has recently been appointed as the United Nations ambassador by the Bush administration and has also been quoted as saying:

There's no such thing as the United Nations...if the UN secretary building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference.

-- John Bolton, at a 1994 panel discussion sponsored by the World Federalist Assn.

In other interesting Internet searches, do you think this is the same guy? I think it would support my theory that Republicans are closet freaks.

person x at 10:55 AM

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New Feature: Now Playing...

Take a gander to the left...yeah. The Chatterbox under the heading "now playing." It's almost a little extension of the Friday Random Ten, but only one.

And, well, all week.

Just plug in what's playing on your MP3/CD/record/tape player while you are surfing on through. Should see some interesting things every now and again.


person x at 5:10 PM

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Does every pro-life subset have a web site?: Pharmacists For Life International

[My pharmacist is not this nice, over the phone or in person]

I came across this site after doing some reading about pharmacist Neil Noesen, who refused to fill a customer's birth control prescription in July 2002 based on personal religious objections, and also refused to transfer the prescription to another pharmacy.

He faces all kinds of repercussions -- and rightly so. You are telling me that some man behind the counter in a customer service position is going to pass personal judgment on me if I need birth control or, god forbid, Mifepristone?

Pharmacists For Life International believes that pharmacists should be in the same category as physicians, hospitals and hospital workers, who have been able to decline to perform abortions and sterilization for moral or religious reasons since the 1970s based on an existing WI law.

Here's the thing, though -- I have a much more personal relationship with my doctor than my pharmacists. I actually HATE my pharmacists most days, because they are always fucking something up, or not returning my calls when I leave messages about how they fucked something up. If one of these pharmacists were to one day say they were not going to fill BC for some reason, and hold my prescription hostage, I might very well jump the counter and kick their ass.

But with doctors, even though they elect not to perform a certain procedure, they will still direct you to a qualified physician who will (as Miranda's physician on SATC said, "No judgment!"). And if they don't? Well, something tells me, dear readers, that you probably are not visiting a doctor that wouldn't. This isn't a fundie blog, after all.

Legislators in Wisconsin actually did pass a law in both the House and Senate which would let pharmacists run and hide when ladies with prescriptions approach the counter -- but the governor vetoed the bill.

Hooray for New Jersey, though! At least not all states are crazy.

Legislation in the state of New Jersey would force pharmacists there to dispense all drugs available at the pharmacy -- including drugs that act as abortion agents. The measure is backed by abortion advocates who say pharmacists should not be allowed to opt out of drugs that violate their moral beliefs.

[Their words, not mine.]

Brian Dixon, director of government relations for Population Connection, said that "[p]harmacists have a responsibility to provide their customers with the medicines prescribed by their doctors."


person x at 1:39 PM

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Friday Random Ten

You know the rules—and if you don’t you can find them here—so, my Friday Random Ten, Look How Fucked Up My Music Collection Is Edition:

  1. DUI - Har Mar Superstar
  2. Grand Canyon - Magnetic Fields
  3. Modern Day Emma Goldman - Pretty Girls Make Graves
  4. Across 110th Street - Bobby Womack
  5. Good Girls Don't - The Knack
  6. Busting Up a Starbux - Doughty
  7. Joey - Concrete Blonde
  8. Pressure Drop - Toots & The Maytals
  9. Finding Out True Love is Blind - Louis XIV
  10. It's Tricky - Run DMC

Your turn!

Jen says: Here's mine! Pick a Genre, Any Genre edition.

  1. Stop That Train -- Beastie Boys
  2. Bend to Squares -- Death Cab for Cutie
  3. It's Only Time -- Magnetic Fields
  4. Pusherman -- Curtis Mayfield
  5. You're Pretty Good Lookin' -- White Stripes
  6. Hairdresser on Fire -- Morrissey
  7. Rescue Us From Boredom -- Super Friendz
  8. Gene Autry -- Beulah
  9. Orange Glow -- Push Kings
  10. Blank Eyed, Nose Bleed -- Adult.


annamaria at 10:25 AM

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The court clothes of MJ -- A Retrospective.

I'm sorry, but could this trial get any stranger? I mean, after the judge issues a bench warrant because MJ is supposedly sick in the hospital again, he shows up to court wearing pajamas?

I wanted to see some other court outfits from this week, and I felt that it was only nice to share.

MJ, arriving on 3/11/05 in his pajamas.

MJ, weird as ever and under his umbrella, arriving to court on 3/10/05.

Whoa? A suit? Must be because dad is there and might whoop his ass. 3/9/05.

Another suit, but there's that damn umbrella again. 3/7/05.

person x at 5:39 PM

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In other news...

I visited the great capitol of IL yesterday -- Springfield, for those of you who failed the geography portion of middle school.

For those of you who have never made the trip, I highly do not recommend it. Especially driving there and back all in one day for work.

person x at 4:43 PM

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Have you heard the new Stevie Wonder?

Hot, hot, hot. Called "So What the Fuss." I'm loving it.

person x at 4:34 PM

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One more reason not to keep a loaded gun in your house

Michigan man shot when cat knocks gun onto floor

BATES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- An Upper Peninsula man cooking in his kitchen was shot after one of his cats knocked his 9mm handgun onto the floor, discharging the weapon, Michigan State Police said.

Joseph Stanton, 29, of Bates Township in Iron County, was shot in his lower torso around 6 p.m. Tuesday, the state police post in Iron River reported. He was transported to Iron County Community Hospital.

This post could also be titled "Further proof that Yoopers are a breed unto themselves."

annamaria at 3:47 PM

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just a note...

...that I am currently in work/school hell. My quarter ends next week and I have two papers due, as well as two exams. Pity me, and don't get pissed if you don't see the usual barrage of daily posts. 'kay?

person x at 2:34 PM

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Cardinal not opposed to pro-choice politicians lecturing on campus. God people go batshit crazy!

Apparently this link between white supremacists and pro-choice activists is not just limited to a few freaky sites on the internet [see post on Klan Parenthood from a week ago]

A United States of Conference of Catholic Bishops statement agreed upon last June stated that pro-choice politicians should not be honored by Catholic communities and institutions. "They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions."

I guess that Washington Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has stated that he has no opposition to pro-choice politicians speaking on a Catholic campus, provided that they do not receive an honorary degree or other kind of award -- because, my god! That would be crossing the line.

[Cue the crazies here, with the signs with aborted fetuses on them, and statements that have no logic.]

“It’s totally inappropriate for a Catholic institution to give a platform to someone who supports what the church teaches is murder of the innocent.”

My favorite:

“I doubt the Cardinal would even consider having a white supremacist come and speak at a Catholic college since such a person would rightly be viewed as a supporter of discrimination based on race, which the church condemns. However, according to the Catholic Church, abortion is at least as evil as racism. And besides, abortion, like racism, is all about discrimination. It’s discrimination based on age, size and dependency.”


person x at 2:31 PM

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Welcome back, Jen!

How do you say "It's fucking cold outside" in Hawaiian?

annamaria at 8:28 AM

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What rejected crayon are you?

You are

What Rejected Crayon Are You?

I'm not sure if this is telling me that I am bland, or perhaps merely something that resembles meat, but whose origins are suspect. Maybe I am available on nearly every street corner? Either way, I'm not a happy camper.

annamaria at 8:19 PM

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Welcome to your "Next Blog" feature

Fun stuff I found by clicking that little button in the top right corner of your screen…

It’s been one of those days, folks. Work is kicking my ass, and I just want to go home, crawl into bed, and finish season two of Six Feet Under. Enjoy the above blogs, or click on the happy little "Next Blog" button and discover some of your own.

annamaria at 11:49 AM

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Friday Random Ten

You know the rules—and if you don’t you can find them here—so, my Friday Random Ten, Girly Edition:

  1. Martha Wainwright – BMFA
  2. Tegan and Sara – You Wouldn’t Like Me
  3. Gwen McCrea – 90% of Me
  4. Neko Case & Her Boyfriends – Twist the Knife
  5. Tonya Donnelly – The Night You Saved My Life
  6. Le Tigre – Hot Topic
  7. Scissor Sisters – Tits on the Radio
  8. PJ Harvey – C’Mon Billy
  9. Kate Bush – Jig of Life
  10. The Rondelles – Like a Prayer

What is your Friday Random Ten?


annamaria at 11:21 AM

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Pope Idol

Brought to you by PopBitch:

Cast your vote for the new Pontiff

It's time for us all to nominate the next head of the Catholic Church. Here are some suggestions.

  1. Bono. He clearly believes he has a hot-line to God. Let's just hope those Andrea Corr stories aren't true.

  2. Madonna. It would be good to see her rocking a crucifix again. She's also shown her charitable side by marrying Guy Ritchie.

  3. Joe Dolce. It's the 25th anniversary of "Shaddup You Face", and devout Catholic Joe is still going strong.

  4. David Beckham. His body art suggests a religious bent, but the continuing rumours surrounding his private life might put off those who believe in chastity.

  5. Geri Halliwell. Geri was brought up as a Catholic. Her Kensington house has a picture of the Virgin Mary in the lounge and reproduction of the Last Supper in the dining room.

Made your decision? Now email the Vatican's Cardinal-Secretary of State with your nomination.

I personally think Mel Gibson should be the new pontiff. After all, he’s got the whole self-righteous attitude down pat, and his father supplies the perfect amount of Holocaust denial. Now if we can just figure out a way to justify the whole married with a bizillion kids thing...

annamaria at 3:06 PM

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File Under: You can't make this shit up

Man Sues Over Surprise Pregnancy

An appeals court said a man can press a claim for emotional distress after learning a former lover had used his sperm to have a baby. But he can't claim theft, the ruling said, because the sperm were hers to keep.

The ruling Wednesday by the Illinois Appellate Court sends Dr. Richard O. Phillips' distress case back to trial court.

Phillips accuses Dr. Sharon Irons of a "calculated, profound personal betrayal" after their affair six years ago, saying she secretly kept semen after they had oral sex, then used it to get pregnant.


"She asserts that when plaintiff 'delivered' his sperm, it was a gift - an absolute and irrevocable transfer of title to property from a donor to a donee," the decision said. "There was no agreement that the original deposit would be returned upon request."

How much to do you want to bet that from now on this guy is going to demand that all of his sexual partners swallow?

annamaria at 11:12 AM

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It's the Charter, stupid

That’s the slogan Young Liberals are using to promote marriage equality in Canada, and needless to say, the fundies are up in arms:

“It's the Charter, stupid,” is the slogan coined by the Young Liberals that has riled some same-sex “marriage” opponents, such as Defend Marriage Canada founder Charles McVety. “They have resorted to name-calling,” McVety said, as reported by the Globe and Mail news. “They are calling people who don't agree with them stupid.”

I think Mr. McVety as a point here. As satisfying as it is for those of us on the left to paint our political opponents as knuckle-dragging mouth-breathers, it really does us a disservice. I’m sure there are quite a few on the Defend Marriage side who are good people, and truly believe that marriage is a religious institution, and therefore, should be governed by religious rules. I don’t begrudge these people their right to their beliefs, however, I think the Young Liberals have an equally important point: the Canadian Charter prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and so long as secular marriage exists, there is no legal justification for denying marriage equality.

But what I find appalling is Mr. McVety’s state of shock about “calling people who don’t agree with them stupid.” After all, I seriously doubt Mr. McVety had anything to say about these gems:

So, you’re right, Mr. McVety, we should not stand for such horrible slanders as “stupid” being thrown at such wonderful people as those who would call my friends and family Nazis and sexual deviants while praying that they get AIDS and die. After all, I would hate to stoop to their level.

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annamaria at 10:48 AM

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Candace Miller can kiss my ass

I responded to an HRC Action Alert (because I am a good person like that), and this is the response I got from Rep. Candace Miller:

Thank you for contacting me regarding your support for the Scott Amendment to H.R. 27. As your Representative in Congress, I appreciate your thoughts and concerns over this important issue.

Issues that affect the citizens of the 10th District are my number one priority, and please be assured; I will keep your comments in mind when these important matters come before the 109th Congress.

Again, thank you for your correspondence. Should you have further concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

Yeah, somehow, given her track record, I really don't think she'll be keeping my comments in mind when she votes:

Yeah, she's pretty much the anti-Annamaria, isn't she?

annamaria at 2:46 PM

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Further proof that punk rockers are meant to die young

Ex-Sex Pistol wants no future for swearing

Punk really is dead: the former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock now minds the bollocks.

He may have been a member of the band that bequeathed to the nation the words "you dirty fucker" and "you fucking rotter" in 10 seconds of live television 29 years ago, but the man who helped assail the eardrums of the hapless Bill Grundy has declared that "something ought to be done" about swearing.


The bass player and father of two, who co-wrote The Sex Pistols' biggest hits, Anarchy In The UK, God Save The Queen and Pretty Vacant, hates it when his children, now 11 and seven, hear obscenities on the radio or TV. "It's pathetic when people just swear for the sake of it," he said in a carefully pre-recorded interview to be broadcast this Sunday.

Yeah...I could say a lot about this, but in deference to Mr. Matlock, I think I am just going to keep my mouth shut.

annamaria at 8:54 AM

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