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Teresa Nielsen Hayden has a useful collection of links to keep you updated and prepared for Hurricane Sandy, aka the “Frankenstorm.” Take care of yourselves and take care of each other. Be safe.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau launches complaint portal for credit-rating agencies. Release the Kraken!

Big Tex goes home to Big Butter Jesus.

• The Commonwealth of Virginia has a new, officially recognized, official member of the clergy. Huzzah!

• A PayScale survey “asked a variety of workers if their jobs do good things for the world.” The survey found that 4.9 percent of people who work in collections and 4.6 percent of investment banking associates believe their jobs are making the world a worse place. Or, in other words, 95.1 percent of people who work in collections and 95.4 percent of investment banking associates are lying to themselves.

For culture-warriors, everything is tribal. Absolutely everything.

• This isn’t that surprising: 96 percent of Ireland prefers the U.S. presidential candidate who’s part Irish.

• This is fun: “A is for Agujaceratops,” “B is for Becklespinax” … can’t wait for the whole alphabet.

• Here, again, is your regular reminder that the American Family Association isn’t just anti-gay, they also really hate Muslims.

• Meanwhile, John Sununu explains that he’s only supporting Mitt Romney because Romney is white. Sununu has, in fact, never voted for a non-white presidential candidate.

• Charlie Chaput: “We’re Catholics before we’re Republicans.” So what does that mean? Can you clarify that Mr. Archbishop? “Abortion is a very serious issue that requires absolute adherence on the part of Catholics.” Ah, so you mean you’re Catholics and therefore must absolutely adhere to the GOP. Got it. Good luck with that you abuse-hiding partisan hack.

Return of the lustful cockmonster. One side of this debate is a lot funnier than the other.

You can choose to listen to this for four more years. Or you can choose to listen to this.

  • Lori

    The Commonwealth of Virginia has a new, officially recognized, official member of the clergy.  

    Congratulations Literata!

    Or, in other words, 95.1 percent of people who work in collections and
    95.4 percent of investment banking associates are lying to themselves.  

    There are some investment bankers who don’t make the world worse. In fact, there are some who actually make it better. Really. I think it’s probably more like 90% of investment bankers who are lying to themselves.

    When it comes to defending collections I’ve got nothing. Yes, some people are deadbeats, but the whole collections industry has gotten so skeevy that I think it’s hard to make a case that the deadbeats are the greater of the two evils.

  • http://twitter.com/FearlessSon FearlessSon

    According to AFA’s Byran Fischer, “while there are moderate Muslims, no one has yet developed a error-free way to tell the difference between the Muslims we have to worry about and the ones we don’t. Until that day comes, we must be cautious about them all.”

    Huh.  Well, while there are moderate Christians, no one has developed an error-free way to tell the difference between the Christians we have to worry about and the ones we do not.  

    Until that day comes, we must be cautions about any politician that makes a big deal about their faith on the campaign trail.  

  • Morilore

    Aaaagggh my home state is having this vote and I’m stuck here in Illinois!  Come onnnn, you guys!  Don’t fuck this up!

  • Rhubarbarian82

    From the Ryan/soup kitchen article:

    It’s really kind of astounding, and speaks volumes to what the Republican party has become, that Romney/Ryan supporters would try to destroy a soup kitchen that feeds the poor and the homeless.

    Isn’t “screw the homeless” kind of one of the planks in the Republican party platform? Is this really that surprising? Terrible, sure; surprising… not to me, at least.

  • http://lliira.dreamwidth.org/ Lliira

    Most people who work in collections have no choice. Any job is better than none with our current unemployment rate. It is not a job that pays well, and it is not a job that the people who have to make the phone calls and such actually enjoy. But they’ve gotta eat.

  • Jessica_R

    I’m so glad that as awful as the internet can be, it can also signal boost to do things like preserve a soup kitchen from being shut down because Paul Ryan’s feelings got hurt. I’ll definitely be throwing them some coin when I can spare it.

  • http://danel4d.livejournal.com/ Danel

    On Friday’s radio program, Bryan Fischer reiterated his call to ban immigration to the United States from Muslim-majority nations because “while there are moderate Muslims, no one has yet developed a error-free way to tell the difference between the Muslims we have to worry about and the ones we don’t. Until that day comes, we must be cautious about them all.”

    Developed an error-free way? I think he may have confused “Muslims” and “Cylons”. 

  • http://deird1.dreamwidth.org Deird

    Congrats to Literata!

  • D9000

    There is however, a fairly sound methodology for telling the difference between Bryan Fischer and sanity. Mind you, he did actually admit there were such things  as ‘moderate Muslims’, which is probably heresy in his circles. Next thing you know he’ll admit that there are real, true Christians who aren’t right-wing nutjobs.

  • http://twitter.com/shutsumon Becka Sutton

    An interesting read someone linked me to on Twitter – http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/14/opinion/sunday/the-self-destruction-of-the-1-percent.html

    And it seems some Tory Councils in the UK are taking idea from the Republicans. http://labour-uncut.co.uk/2011/02/27/tory-council-to-make-homelessness-illegal/

  • D9000

    We get all our political ideas second-hand from America these days. *glares at Tony Blair*.  Westminster Council have always been more plutocratic than most (kind of goes with the territory) and this sounds like an attempt to make official what was once the common unofficial practice of rounding up the homeless and dumping them on the other side of the tracks. Mind you, in The Days Before Thatcher we didn’t have all that many homeless. Funny, that.

  • http://twitter.com/shutsumon Becka Sutton

     Yeah, I blame New Labour as well. People hiss a lot about the ConDem mess but I’m not sure Labour or a LibLab Coalition would have been better.

    As I was reminded earlier with regards to the ATOS debacle the Tories are just carrying on with the process brought in by Labour http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2008/05/work-benefit-claimants-reform *hisses*.

  • Fusina

    Yeah. Here is where the problem comes in, when group A decides that their way is the one true way, therefore all members of all other groups are heathens. Sadly, this seems to be the factory preset for humanity.  I have attempted to teach my children the tolerance route–although I think that is something that a lot of the next gen. are figuring out on their own, I refer here to the growing number of young republicans who are pro gay marriage.

  • http://loosviews.livejournal.com BringTheNoise

     We get all our political ideas second-hand from America these days.

    Sadly true, including some Tories (including the FUCKING HEALTH SECRETARY) who seem to jumped on the anti-abortion train: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/06/jeremy-hunt-12-week-abortion-limit

    Incidentally, how is Jeremy Hunt still in Cabinet?

  • D9000

    ‘Cos he’s big mates with Cameron, innit. He was his chief fag when Cameron was running for Tory leader. Favours, owed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charity-Brighton/100002974813787 Charity Brighton

    The funny thing is, from his perspective, the “real true Christians who aren’t ‘nut jobs’” are the ones that should be viewed with suspicion, at least as much as non-moderate Muslims are. 

  • Steve Morrison

    They just finished rebuilding “Big Butter Jesus”. I can’t seem to get Disqus to post links, but the Wikipedia article on the new statue is called “Lux Mundi (statue)”.

  • JustoneK

    I don’t think I’ll ever tire of lustful cockmonster.  As a term.  IRL I have a feeling I’d get exhausted rull quick.

  • Tricksterson

    Admittedly he original article was something of a tempest in a teapot thing but closing down a soup kitchen because they embarrassed you?  Really Ryan? Are you that fucking petty?

  • JustoneK

    Survey says:  YOU BETCHA

  • Tricksterson

    I’m beginning to hope that after his NFL career is over Kluwe takes a serious look at running for office.  Minnesota could do worse.

  • Dash1

     

    Take care of yourselves and take care of each other. Be safe.

    Fortunately, I have been studying the Williams-Steele techniques for taking care of others. My cell phone is fully charged, and I’m all ready, as soon as things get serious, to get out there in my car, create extra driving lanes for me only, and snarl at the first responders for getting in my way when I’m wearing my cranky entitlement pants.

    (Cranky Entitlement Pants courtesy of LaJenkins Outerwear, Inc.)

  • http://twitter.com/FearlessSon FearlessSon

    The funny thing is, from his perspective, the “real true Christians who aren’t ‘nut jobs’” are the ones that should be viewed with suspicion, at least as much as non-moderate Muslims are.

    I recall an expert say once that the people fundamentalists (of any kind) most hate are not the obvious heathens of other sects, but rather those of the same sect who do not hold the same interpretation that they do.  The other sects benefit fundamentalists, set them up as an Other against which they may form a united front and increase their solidarity.  The more moderate people of the same sect undermine that united front and compromise their desired solidarity by having the gall to possess the same beliefs and yet not have those beliefs push them to the same kind of extremism.

  • http://ifindaudio.blogspot.com/2010/02/joe-hill-sung-by-paul-robeson.html Murfyn

    I worked in collections for awhile.  My job was to proofread the complaints (official court documents) and to take care of the mail every night.  I got fired for spending too much time programming my Pandora stations, I think (The Boss didn’t say why, one morning she just said “You’re fired, get out of here”).  It was a tremendous relief, I didn’t realize how much I didn’t like the job until I was free of it.

  • http://twitter.com/FearlessSon FearlessSon

    Admittedly he original article was something of a tempest in a teapot thing but closing down a soup kitchen because they embarrassed you?  Really Ryan? Are you that fucking petty?

    To be fair, I would not place the blame for such acts directly on Ryan.  I sincerely doubt he mandated harassment of the soup kitchen, and I do not believe he would sanction such a thing if left up to him.  It was a photo-op that had its timing bungled, and frankly I think he would rather forget about the incident instead of keeping it in the public eye, if for pragmatism if nothing else.  Pettiness (at least of such a high profile) does nothing to benefit his campaign.  

    However, who I would blame for such a thing is a bunch of overzealous Ryan/Romney supporters.  Their campaign is following on the typical GOP election strategy for the last few decades of heavily courting the culture-warrior mentality which began in the sixties, and to such culture-warriors everything is a tribal gesture.  If that soup kitchen did anything to embarrass their favored candidate, even if only in a minor way, they will retaliate.  An attack against one of them (at least one in the public spotlight) is seen as an attack against their entire tribe, hence the reaction.  

  • Jessica_R

    I can’t believe Fred hasn’t already seen this but, Joss Whedon endorses Mitt Romney, http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6TiXUF9xbTo

  • http://dpolicar.livejournal.com/ Dave

     

    the people fundamentalists (of any kind) most hate are not the obvious
    heathens of other sects, but rather those of the same sect who do not hold the same interpretation that they do.  

    This makes sense to me. Not so much about fundamentalists, but about extremists. (Fundamentalism doesn’t actually imply extremism, but in common usage the two have become entangled.)

    My group of extremist Xists is less likely to lose members to some non-X group than it is to some alternate group of Xists. It is less likely to lose funding to a non-X group than to an alternate group of Xists. Etc., etc., etc.

    As long as the society as a whole is functioning pretty well (e.g., my group is not being actively hunted down and eradicated forcibly by its opposition), the biggest threat to my extremist group is from similar but more moderate groups.

  • http://twitter.com/FearlessSon FearlessSon

    I saw that earlier.  It was hilarious.  :)

  • Lori

    Most people who work in collections have no choice. Any job is better
    than none with our current unemployment rate. It is not a job that pays
    well, and it is not a job that the people who have to make the phone
    calls and such actually enjoy. But they’ve gotta eat.  

    I didn’t criticize them for taking the jobs. The criticism is strictly for the fact that 95.1% them don’t realize, or at least won’t acknowledge that their work as making the world a worse place. If fast food employees can see the harm in their jobs (which are low paid and which they take because they need the money & don’t have better options) then there’s no reason that people working in collections can’t.

  • Lori

     

    Admittedly he original article was something of a tempest in a teapot
    thing but closing down a soup kitchen because they embarrassed you? 
    Really Ryan? Are you that fucking petty?   

    Almost certainly. I imagine that Ryan thinks his brilliant plan to appear caring by getting his picture taken washing clean pots would have worked if it wasn’t for that meddling manager. It’s certainly not going to occur to him that he brought this on himself by being a jerk and really stupid about it. He’s a Randian super man so that’s clearly unpossible.

  • http://redwoodr.tumblr.com Redwood Rhiadra

    On that last youtube link – removed due to a copyright claim…

  • Lori

    It was a photo-op that had its timing bungled, and frankly I think he
    would rather forget about the incident instead of keeping it in the
    public eye, if for pragmatism if nothing else. 

    The fact that he considers keeping his mouth shut in hopes that the whole thing will blow over more important that making a statement telling his supporters to step the hell off the soup kitchen may not prove that Ryan is petty, but it certainly does prove that he’s not a good person. (Not like we didn’t already know that, but still.)

  • P J Evans

     If that’s the Whedon/Romney one, I just watched it at another location:
    http://tbogg.firedoglake.com/2012/10/28/zomney-2012/

  • http://redwoodr.tumblr.com Redwood Rhiadra

     No, I meant the last one in the main post – “Or you can listen to this”. Which of course, you now can’t listen to (I can’t even tell what it was).

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    Never mind. My humor-o-meter is clearly broken today. *sigh* Ignore this post plz.

  • Lori

    The Whedon one? It’s still up. I’m watching it right now. And I don’t see how it can be a copyright issue since Whedon made the video and clearly meant it for public viewing.

    (For some reason I’m really entertained by the folks you can see walking by his house through the window. Also, “Spam has it’s own key.”)

    ETA: Ah, that one. It was up yesterday and I know I looked at it, but I can’t remember what it was. Good grief I’m tired.

  • http://redwoodr.tumblr.com Redwood Rhiadra

     Nope, not the Whedon one – I was talking about Fred’s last link.

  • Lori

    Speaking of Hurricane Sandy and video that people should watch—-everyone in the path of the storm, or who cares about those who are, needs to be reminded that Romney is against funding FEMA and thinks all disaster relief should be handled at the state level. Because that’s going to go well.

    http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/10/28/1102471/romney-ryan-disaster-relief/

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    Latest update is that it will hit the shores of New Jersey some time this evening. Y’all stay safe up there, okay?

  • reynard61

    “(E)veryone in the path of the storm, or who cares about those who are, needs to be reminded that Romney is against funding FEMA and thinks all disaster relief should be handled at the state level. Because that’s going to go well.”

    Actually, he also says that handing it over to “the Private Sector” is “even better”. Really, Mitt? REALLY??? What makes you think that a privatized version of FEMA would be any faster, better, cheaper or more responsive than the current incarnation — especially in light of the “preview” that we got of such a version under Michael “Heckuva job!” Brown after Hurricane Katrina in 2005?

    To paraphrase Spider Jerusalem: “THE CLUE-BY-FOUR OF SENSE! IT DOES NOT LIE!!!”

  • Tricksterson

    That makes sense.  If you look at some of the nutter Christians all you have to do is substitute “Allah” for ” Jeezus” and the rhetoric of the Taliban or Iranian mullahs are close to identical.  They have more in common with each other than with the moderates of their own religions.


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