Video from last week's Prop 8 protest here in Bellingham:
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Video from the W1QC DOMA/DADT rally on April 4th is now available. Be sure to check out me grooving to my Head Madonna in the second video!
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( Mar. 23rd, 2009 10:08 am)
I just made me some tomato soup for lunch. But I don't have any crackers.

So I dumped in Rice Crispies instead.

Actually tastes pretty good... and is entertaining, to boot!
They Snap! Crackle! Pop! in tomato soup just like they do in milk!

And now a blast from the past... Tom Paris orders Tomato Soup:

(Hee hee hee I'm so easily entertained...)
The Anti-Gentilist rhetoric coming out of Israel these days is caustic and rising, and it worries me greatly. The election of the right wing government, on the heels of the invasion of Gaza, raises all sorts of fears in me about the Zionist racism that bubbles just under the surface of some parts of Israeli society. (If one truly believes that one's people are "God's Chosen People," is that not the very definition of racist?)

The IDF seems especially prone to this racism, and its accompanying brutality. This is frightening, because these are the people who have the guns and the nukes, many of whom don't want a two-state solution, and many of whom are itching to go to war with Iran. I can only hope that the saner parts of Israeli society, as well as the Diaspora Jews, will prevail. Otherwise, I'm afraid it's going to get much, much uglier in the Middle East.

Food for thought:

  • Gaza war crime claims gather pace as more troops speak out
  • Israeli Soldiers Say IDF Rabbis Framed Gaza as Religious War
  • "The state of Israel is at war with the Palestinian people"
  • Worried about apartheid? Too late, Mr Olmert, it’s already here
  • Palestinians Not Allowed to Walk, Buy Food in Jerusalem Neighborhood
  • Zionism is the Problem: The idea of a Jewish state is keeping Israelis and Palestinians from living in peace.

    These T-shirts are particularly outrageous:

    Shalom. Salaam. Peace.
  • Beautifully done Graphic Design to explain a difficult subject:

    The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis on Vimeo.
    kevyn: (meme)
    ( Feb. 13th, 2009 02:35 pm)
    There seems to be a new fad out there among young men that has me intrigued: Gay Chicken.

    It's just like a regular game of chicken -- where two competitors speed towards one another, and the first to veer off loses. It's a test of courage and resolve.

    In Gay Chicken, two guys move as if to kiss each other, and the one to pull away first is the loser.

    This has turned into quite the YouTube fad. Doing a search for "Gay Chicken" on YouTube, you'll find literally hundreds of videos like this:


    Intrigued, I started researching the fad. The oldest reference to it I can find appears to be an episode of Scrubs that aired in early 2004 (I'm still trying to confirm the air date & episode name of the clip. Edit: title "My Screw Up," Episode 14, Season 3, first aired February 24, 2004.) I don't know if Scrubs started the craze, or merely popularized (and perhaps named) the game.


    What fascinates me about this whole thing -- besides the obvious titillation of seeing two guys kiss -- is what it says about the evolution of masculinity and dominance in young men in our culture. Here is a game that pits two of our culture's greatest masculine fears against each other: fear of being perceived as gay, and fear of being perceived as a coward. The winner is the one that can overcome the fear of being seen as gay, thus proving their courage and masculinity.

    With the increasing tolerance of same-sex relations among younger people, I think this fad can be seen as a welcome move towards normalization of homoeroticism. The images of men kissing are nowhere near as shocking as they were a decade ago, and many young men who would never dream of engaging in conduct like this in the past are willing to do it now, if only to prove they aren't cowards.

    Of course, young men who are exploring their sexuality may find this a gateway into further explorations, since it breaks the social barrier of having "kissed a guy" -- and in front of witnesses and peers, no less.

    Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] crimsonsaint, who made me aware of the trend when he posted this parody video on his blog:

    You know, I've heard tortured logic before, but this is just ridiculous:


    So by RNC Chair Michael Steele's logic, then a being a schoolteacher isn't a job. Being a fireman isn't a job. Being a policeman isn't a job. Being a member of the military isn't a job. Hell, by that standard, my mother, who spent 22 years as a career U.S. Army Nurse, taking care of military personnel and dependants, and raising 3 kids that way, didn't have a job. It was just work.

    BULLSHIT!

    This goes right to the heart of what's wrong with the Republican establishment today: They think that the "Free Market" is the solution to everything! I have news for them: IT'S NOT. It's just one tool in the toolbelt.

    The truth, as I see it: The tool we need right now is a big dose of FDR-style SOCIALISM.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=4752349n

    This is an ASTOUNDING piece of journalism to be broadcast on U.S. television.

    It's astounding because it is rare to get a perspective in the Israel-Palestine conflict that presents the conflict in such stark terms -- and even rarer for a respected U.S. news outfit to even raise the question: IS peace possible? Is the Two-State Solution, advocated by Obama and so many others, a realistic solution?

    Watching this story, I think it is not.

    Despite what the Israeli government says, the settlers continue to flood the West Bank, making the creation of a Palestinian homeland ever more unlikely. Watching Tzipi Livni say -- with a straight face -- that the settlers will have to be moved out of the West Bank, and the juxtaposition of the settlers saying they won't move, and the IDF will mutiny if ordered to move them... makes me weep for the future. This is a recipe for civil war. There will be blood.

    The recent actions by the IDF in Gaza also makes it clear that Israel isn't being honest about its intentions to find a peaceful solution.

    What's more, the stunning fact that Arabs will outnumber Jews in ALL of Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank in 10 years, means that the State of Israel isn't viable in its current form. You can't have a state dedicated to one religious/ethnic group when they are the minority.

    So what is going to happen?

    I see only one peaceful way out: Israel must cease to be a Jewish state, and become a secular democracy where all religions and ethnicities are respected and equal.

    Failing that, it's apartheid, ethnic cleansing, and war.

    But the Two-State Solution appears to be dead, or will be soon. Demographics will kill it.

    And so, it's time to find a new solution.

    If you cannot see the subtitles do the following:
    1. Play the video
    2. Click the triangle button at the bottom-right corner of the video
    3. Click the Turn on captions button that looks like the letters CC.
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    Prince Albert and I went to The Pickford Cinema tonight to see Slumdog Millionaire. It's an amazing film, I've never seen anything quite like it before. It's India, in your face, up close and personal. Music's awesome. And the kids... just amazing.



    Go see it.
    Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem is questioning Israel's widely-distributed video of "Hamas fighters loading rockets on a truck," which Israel subsequently bombed on Monday. B'Tselem claims it tracked down the truck, and the surviving men... and says they were loading welding equipment, and the "rockets" were actually gas canisters.

    Al-Jazeera has aired a report:

    I don't actually know who is telling the truth... but right now, I'm not very inclined to believe Israel's account of what happened.
    Up until now, I haven't taken a stand on the controversy over the choice of heterosexist Reverend Rick Warren to give the opening invocation at Obama's inauguration next month. My stance thus far has been to just shrug, and say that he's entitled to his opinions. I do not agree with Obama's choice, but I wasn't going to make a fuss, because I understand what Obama's trying to do with being inclusive of evangelicals.

    However, Warren crossed the line for me this week. What started as a reasonable disagreement over the choice of invocations has devolved into a divisive shouting match that threatens to overshadow the beginning of the Obama administration.

    In the video below, you can see for yourself that Warren is now accusing his detractors of "Christophobia" and engaging in "hate speech," because they disagree with his positions on homosexuality:

    I'm sorry, but no. I now see Warren as an entirely inappropriate choice for Obama. With the intense hurt that was inflicted on queers by California Prop 8, gay people have a very real reason to object to an anti-gay minister at the inauguration. It is a slap in the face for the many gay people who worked for Obama's election and voted for him (I was not one of them), and now Warren's unrepentant anti-gay comments are like rubbing salt on an open wound.

    Obama clearly miscalculated when he selected Warren, and the objections are only getting louder. Warren has become too divisive for the country as a whole, and the inclusive tone that Obama is trying to foster. It's time for Warren to be a mensch, and quietly step aside for a more inclusive minister to give the invocation. In the aftermath of Prop 8, it is the Christian thing to do.
    OK Americans, listen up!

    There's something going on next door that you need to know about.

    Because The Daily Show says it's important.

    Watch, and learn:
    I have an apartment full of drunk 18-year-old metalheads, singing the theme song to the Angry Video Game Nerd show.

    Here's proof:

    L to R: Jason, Doug, Terry, & Brian.
    The testosterone is flowing heavy in here right now....
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    While waiting for the new Trek movie to come out, here's a little something special to keep you entertained: Of Gods and Men, a fan-made Trek movie in three acts that brings back Uhura, Chekov, Tuvok, Rand, and a bunch of other characters from 40 years of Trek, along with cameo appearances by plenty of actors who have been in Trek over the decades. Directed by Tim Russ (Tuvok), for a fan-made film, it's not half bad.

    It asks the question: What would have happened if Kirk were never born?
    And, which TOS man-god would win in a fight: Gary Mitchell, or Charlie X?

    The clip above is part 1. Below are the all of the parts:

    Star Trek: Of Gods and Men - Part 1
    Star Trek: Of Gods and Men - Part 2
    Star Trek: Of Gods and Men - Part 3
    Star Trek: Of Gods and Men - Part 4
    Star Trek: Of Gods and Men - Part 5
    Star Trek: Of Gods and Men - Part 6
    Star Trek: Of Gods and Men - Part 7
    Star Trek: Of Gods and Men - Part 8
    Star Trek: Of Gods and Men - Part 9
    Star Trek: Of Gods and Men - Part 10
    Star Trek: Of Gods and Men - Part 11
    This is video quite amusing to watch:

    Peter Shiff is apparently someone to pay attention to on economic matters, because he got it right. He appears to be a real analyst, not a cheerleader, unlike so many of the talking heads on TV.

    Ben Stein comes off looking particularly bad in hindsight, especially when he goes all bullish on Merrill Lynch. And Charles Payne's prediction that WaMu will be the stock to have in 2008 is a real laugh.

    ( Ganked from BoingBoing )
    This week's Obama YouTube Address:

    It's a good start. It appears he's talking about a public works program, a la FDR.

    Here's to hope. I need it. WE need it.
    Last night, a bright light streaked across the sky in Western Canada, with hundreds of reports coming in from across the prairie provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

    What's really cool is how much video is available on the web of last night's event.


    Searchers are still trying to locate the impact site, which was probably in eastern Alberta -- assuming it actually made it to the ground.

    Of course, it could be an invasion of alien pod people.

    So if people in Alberta start acting like mindless zombies... oh wait, nevermind.
    Here's a nice video about Saturday's same-sex marriage demonstration here in Bellingham. It was wonderful to see so many people show up in a city as small as ours, especially when Seattle's demonstration was drawing off so many.

    Robert appears at about 4:35. I show up at about 6:55.

    What is it about the day after Halloween and smashing pumpkins?

    This morning, I took the bus to RadFae coffee, and in almost every neighbourhood we rode through, the remains of smashed pumpkins could be seen in the streets. It seems almost everyone in Bellingham decided to get rid of their Jack-O-Lanterns by throwing them into the street. What an orange, goopy mess! Ah well, at least it's biodegradable.

    After I got off the bus, I walked across Railroad Ave. (the bar district) on the way to the coffee house. Downtown was TRASHED! There must have been one hell of a party down there last night, because candy wrappers and beer bottles were EVERYWHERE! I even saw the occasional discarded witch's hat and costume pieces... I really should have gone down there last night!

    Apparently, there was a bit of guerrilla theatre during the festivities, when scores of zombies blocked traffic to perform a choreographed rendition of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" in the middle of street. I wish I could have seen it... fortunately, someone uploaded it to YouTube:

    Gotta love Bellingham!
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