7 things @ 9 o’clock (9.17)

 1. Again. And again and again and again.

Dr. Janis Orlowski, after yesterday’s lethal rampage:

There’s something wrong here when we have these multiple shootings, these multiple injuries. … There is something wrong. … I would like you to put my trauma center out of business. I really would. I would like to not be an expert on gunshots and not to be an expert on this.

David Frum, from last December’s version:

“Gimme a D … Gimme an E … Gimme an A … “

I’ll accept no lectures about “sensitivity” on days of tragedy like today from people who work the other 364 days of the year against any attempt to prevent such tragedies.

It’s bad enough to have a gun lobby. It’s the last straw when that lobby also sets up itself as the civility police. It may not be politically possible to do anything about the prevalence of weapons of mass murder. But it damn well ought to be possible to complain about them — and about the people who condone them.

2. “If beauty pageants themselves aren’t yet considered retrograde enough to evolve or end completely,” Lori writes at Feministing, “perhaps we can all agree that the disgusting racism, fat-shaming, and sexist media coverage they engender are clearly within our collective reproach.”

The vicious outpouring of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bigotry toward the new Miss America — who is neither Arab nor Muslim — highlights a gap in our language. What do we call that? Mondegracism? Malapropjudice?

Miss South Carolina apparently also created a stir back home when she introduced herself by saying, “From the state where 20 percent of our homes are mobile ’cause that’s how we roll, I’m Brooke Mosteller, Miss South Carolina.” I read that as Ms. Mosteller cheerfully flipping the bird at anyone who looks down on the 17.9 percent of South Carolinians who live in manufactured homes, but the remark seems to have prompted a bout of indignation and site-built snobbery from Palmetto State residents offended by any association with the people they love to look down on.

3. The book of Proverbs says, “Though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again.” I’ve heard a lot of sermons preached on that verse, but I like Anne Theriault’s best — mostly because it involves roller derby.

4. kathy escobar responds to a skin-crawling story about a creepy, manipulative pastor with a long track record of exploiting women in his congregations — and of exploiting the lack of institutional accountability in independent, unaffiliated, non-denominational evangelical churches. This story also illustrates what I mean when I say that evangelicals lack a meaningful sexual ethic.

5. Timothy Kincaid reminds us that it’s Ex-Gay Awareness Month: “Ex-Gays, those who claim to have actually changed the direction of their attractions, are a rather elusive group that one encounters mostly online. … But should you happen to be among the few who actually know any ex-gays, please be sure to smile and wish them a very pleasant ex-gay month.”

6. I had a director once who had a rule about always giving one good note for every bad one. That was weird — it made us all suspicious and defensive whenever he said anything positive, just waiting for the other shoe to drop. But it was still a nice idea, so let me give that a try here and post one positive link for every negative story coming out of the States of Dismay.

So, for example, if I’m going to link to something negative — like this story of flagrant bigotry and corruption in Williamson County, Texas — then I could try to pair it with a link to something positive, like this cool playlist of Texas music from MaryAnn McKibben Dana. If I link to this depressingly familiar story about Texas education officials trying to keep science out of science textbooks, I could balance that out with a link to Cataclysmic, the terrific new blog by a group of Texas-based biblical scholars.

I could do the same thing with North Carolina. This negative story about unhinged conspiracy theorist Orson Scott Card being appointed to the board of trustees for UNC-TV public broadcasting could be balanced out with this good news story about angry North Carolina citizens booing a lawmaker for supporting voter suppression, or by this delightful story about the tall-bike-riding, cross-dressing “nuns” of Asheville, N.C.

But there are limits. Stories like this one from North Carolina are too grim and rage-inducing to allow much of anything to balance them out.

7. “When I saw some of the top freestyle MCs in the country on a few message boards knocking the idea of an ‘iron sharpens iron’ battle where you had to out-compliment your opponent, it kind of baffled me. It would be a substantial payday for doing what you do best, only using the other part of the brain.” That’s from Chaz Kangas’ surprisingly earnest story “I Won an Evangelical Christian Rap Battle.”

 

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  • aunursa

    “If beauty pageants themselves aren’t yet considered retrograde enough to evolve or end completely,” Lori writes at Feministing, “perhaps we can all agree that the disgusting racism, fat-shaming, and sexist media coverage they engender are clearly within our collective reproach.”

    I feel similarly about “most beautiful” and “sexiest” people lists. People and other magazines don’t list the most beautiful people in the world. They list someone’s personal opinion of the most superficially beautiful celebrities (with makeup and plastic surgery) in Western culture, primarily America. The people who make these lists didn’t visit Africa or the Far East, and are not in a position to declare that the people on these lists are more attractive than every one of the 6,990,000 person in the world whom they have never seen. Of course beauty, sexiness, and attraction all involve personal preferences, so the entire concept of a “most beautiful” or “sexiest” list is kinda ridiculous.

    But it sells.

    [aunursa steps off soapbox]

  • Fusina

    There are faces that are pleasing on first sight. There are far more faces that become more pleasing as time passes and you spend time with them. I know people whose faces are not photogenic, and yet, when I see them, I feel happy, and they are beautiful to me.

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

    As I’ve gotten older I’ve begun seeing the beauty in people I would have superficially dismissed when I was in my 20s. If I could just go back in time and smack myself in the head and say, “When they say there’s more to beauty than a pretty face? FUCKING LISTEN.”

  • Lori

    There’s also a great deal of truth to the old saw, “pretty is as pretty does.” I’ve known plenty of people who I thought were attractive until I got to know them. There is no amount of hawt that can compensate for being mean or ignorant. At some point I look at the person and just see the mean/ignorant.

  • banancat

    There’s also some value in recognizing that some people just aren’t pretty, but I can still like them and they are worthwhile human beings and their lack of beauty doesn’t reflect poorly on them. It’s ok that some people will never seem beautiful to me. It’s ok to not to be pretty. I prefer this attitude over redefining beauty to insist that those who feel down really are as good as those “better” people if we just redefine beauty to mean personality too.

    I’m fat and fat acceptance has done much more for self esteem than other insisting that I’m not truly fat or that my body type is actually superior than those skinny people. It’s really nice to just know that I’m fat and that’s ok. I think it’s analogous to people who aren’t pretty.

    ETA: I don’t intend to claim that you are insincere, and I actually agree with you that sometimes people I don’t consider beautiful seem more beautiful to me over time. My point is only that this shouldn’t matter.

  • Fusina

    I am also fat, and yet there are people who insist that I am beautiful. I look at my face and I don’t see it, but there it is. And no one would say that some of the people I think are beautiful are at all pretty–but that is the point. Some people are pretty, some are beautiful, and I guess the point I was trying to make and failed is that beauty is different from pretty.

    I guess I sometimes am not clear enough with what I am trying to say. “Pretty is as pretty does”, and “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” sum up my feelings well. As, actually, does “Beauty is skin deep, but ugly goes down to the bone”.

  • themunck

    1. Quoth the Dylan: And how many deaths will it take ’till he knows that too many people have died? The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind. The answer is blowing in the wind. :(

    2. Reminds me of a book we read in school once, where the protagonist looses his position of kiddie-football trainer because their parents heard a rumor going around that he was gay. He couldn’t decide whether to be angry over them firing him for being gay, or over them thinking he’s gay when he isn’t.

    6H. I cannot decide if I find this more depressing than the shooting or not. On one hand, the death count is far smaller. On the other hand…this is not just a result of negligent laws and someone falling through the cracks of the system that should’ve helped them. This, however, is not just an oversight. This is a betrayal. This is the police shooting an innocent, unarmed civilian because he approached them.

    Shoot first, ask questions later. Nobody’s happy to see the police. Everyone can shoot like John Wayne. Are those delusions worse or better than the ones that led someone to shoot and kill 12 people? I just don’t know.

    Meh, doesn’t matter anyway. We need to stop both.

  • GuestPoster

    There’s a bright side to that unarmed man story though. Not nearly bright enough, but – the shooter has been brought up on charges of manslaughter. Not given paid leave. Not taken off of foot patrol. He’s actually being held responsible for his horrible act. And given the speed with which it happened, it may not have even required a massive public outcry to accomplish.

    One set of bad cops – but a department treating bad cops like bad cops, rather than building a blue wall and claiming nothing wrong happened. Not bright enough, but still a light in the darkness.

  • themunck

    Thank you. That was actually a light in the darkness, yeah.

  • Matri

    That certainly is.

    And yet, the cynic in me can’t help but wonder: Is that light the end of the tunnel, or a train’s headlight(s)?

  • Launcifer

    Given the context, I figure it’s some bugger with a flashlight and a truncheon.

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

    “Our investigation has shown that Officer Kerrick
    did not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon during this
    encounter,” the police department said in a statement.

    Color me grudgingly impressed as well.

  • themunck

    Impressed might be a strong word. Appreciative?

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

    Considering how low my expectations are of police officers to effectively handle their own I’ll take what I can get.

  • GuestPoster

    It saddens me that David Frum was, quite literally, evicted from the conservative movement. As many honest to goodness conservatives say – they didn’t stop being conservative. Conservatism simply radicalized and left them behind.

    Every time a conservative tells me that the republican party, the Tea Party, and the other mainstream, big-noise sources of conservative ideology aren’t anti-intellectual, aren’t simply trying to make life worse for everybody possible, aren’t anti-women, anti-gay, etc. – I point to when David Frum made a very rational argument about Obamacare, about how it was a horrible law (frankly, it is), was still better than what we had in place, had no chance at all of failing, and could have been made much better had the loyal opposition been working to improve it, rather than working to make it worse, hoping they’d make it fail in the process. And how that caused him to lose his job – he wasn’t allowed to have that opinion and remain a card-carrying conservative.

    They tell me this is the new conservatism – that respectable pre-Reagan ideologies don’t count. That the only conservatism that counts are the more odious things believed by Barry Goldwater (which reminds me of how selective they are with which parts of the bible ‘count’.) There still are intellectual conservatives. The movement simply doesn’t let them into the meetings anymore.

  • The_L1985

    A long-time friend of my fiance recently pointed out, “I used to vote Republican. 20 years later, I vote Democrat. They’ve moved; I didn’t. I still have the exact same views I had 20 years ago.”

  • GuestPoster

    Exactly. US Democrats would be the right wing party in any other developed semi-democracy. Our Republicans are so very radical, other countries can’t even understand how they stay in power.

    I think what it comes down to is begging vs. blackmail. Democrats try and help everybody, and say that you should vote for them because they helped you. Republicans demand you vote for them, and actively harm you if you don’t. Since democrats will help you no matter what, it really is rational to vote republican so they don’t target your voting bloc. Or, ya know, vote them all out as a lesson to not be evil jerks. But that requires more help.

    Republicans tell us that the country is becoming more conservative. They seem to think this because they use stupid statistics, namely the average position. They’re run so very, very far to the right that they radically shift the average ideology of the country. But the median, the middle, is right where it always was, since nobody else has moved all that much. They can jump off all the cliffs they like, everybody else stays at a (rapidly rising) sea level.

  • Laurent Weppe

    Don’t kid yourself: the right-wing parties in Europe are as much the flagbearers of the idle rich heirs as the GOP, the main difference being that there’s still an handful of influential pragmatic intellectuals among them who know that demagoguery alone won’t suffice to preserve the status and assets of the upper class and that compromises have to be done unless the class-based genocide they fear so much become a foregone conclusion.

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

    Yeah. Same thing here in Canada. Stephen Harper, for all that he acts the high-handed Prime Minister while trying to score cheap political brownie points by trashing the NDP, isn’t stupid enough to think he can just stampede the country all the way to USA Lite status.

  • Hawker40

    I won’t say I hold the same views, but I last voted for a Republican in 1992. And he was a moderate.

  • Daniel

    For number 2: I suggest “Conflacism”- the assumption someone of a different colour is automatically connected to any number of folk devils on the tenuous grounds that they have a similar name/skin tone despite or even because of their doing something entirely at odds with those folk devils- say entering a beauty pageant or being the President of the US for example.

    I would also like to suggest a name for people who respond to this sort of thing- hypnagogic jerks. The sort of people who can have an immediate and angry reaction to something that only exists in their collective half-asleep dreaming. See The Daily Mail for more.

  • Launcifer

    Heh, I like that phrase. I actually googled it and was mightily chuffed to discover its more general meaning can cover my response to pretty much any television news provider as well, so that’s me having learned something for the day.

  • Madhabmatics

    Yo it’s actually just straight up racism sorry

  • http://www.nicolejleboeuf.com/index.php Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little
  • MaryAnn McKibben Dana

    Fred, thank you for the link to my Texas playlist. I am increasingly dismayed by the state of my birth. Putting together that set of tunes was an attempt to console myself, so I love that it works for you in a similar way. Not that it balances the scales, but it makes me feel a smidge better…

  • http://accidental-historian.typepad.com/ Geds

    I read your Texas playlist. Needs moar Lost Immigrants and Wheeler Brothers.

  • MaryAnn McKibben Dana

    Ooh thanks!

  • chad_chambers

    Fred thanks for the mention of Cataclysmic.

  • Seraph4377

    Had a few thoughts of my own on the Miss America situation. She’s from a town very near where I grow up, so I consider her a Local Girl Made good. There was plenty of reason to get mad about this to begin with, but that made it personal.

  • WingedBeast

    Regarding the two parts of #2.

    For the first part, I think we need a phrase to cover this. I think “Horseshoes, hand grenades, and racism.”

    Differentiating between people who share certain physical characteristics in common just takes too much effort. It’s just easier to hate in such broad strokes as to make sure you get everybody.

    For the second part, it may have been speaking out against classism. Or, it may have been a means of making poverty invisible. “People in mobile homes? Oh, they must choose that as a matter of style, rather than a higher than average poverty rate.”

    It’s a little like when someone says that homeless people by the freeway are actually wealthy people who just went crazy or decided to live that way on purpose. It’s a way of saying “There’s no problem there.”

  • Kubricks_Rube

    What’s the purpose of Ex-Gay Awareness Month anyway? We’re here, therefore you’re not queer?

  • Daniel

    We’re here, we fear that you might still be queer!

    We’re here, ex-queer, with fingers in our ears!

    (I also write banners, and have spent the day reading Chick Tracts so I’m totally au fait with ill thought out bigotry. Commissions start at 30 quid.)

  • Lori

    Isn’t it actually: We’re here, we fear that we’re still queer! That makes us super uncomfortable and to deal with that we demand that you participate in our fantasy!

  • Michael Pullmann

    We’re here! We’re queer! We don’t want any more bears!*
    .
    *Of the ursine variety, just to clarify!

  • Daniel

    Ripping off the mustache parade I see.

  • http://www.nicolejleboeuf.com/index.php Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little

    Yay! More beer for me!

    (Well, it should have been “any more beers.” Bears doesn’t even begin to rhyme.)

  • http://anonsam.wordpress.com/ AnonymousSam

    It’s just an attempt to drive in the idea that being gay is a choice and the only reason anyone persists in being anything but straight is because they’re deviants who need moar Jesus.

  • Daniel

    I’ve asked it before on here but given their assumption that being gay is a choice, why are they so utterly convinced it’s the wrong choice?

    there is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.

    I’m not a high fallutin’ theologist or nothing, and I’ll avoid making an obvious joke about the “entering into him” bit, but is there any theological reason to think that “things which come out of him” and defile a man do not include ignorant and hateful speech?

  • http://anonsam.wordpress.com/ AnonymousSam

    Because they only have two boxes: acceptable sex (post-marital missionary sex) and Everything Else. Everything not A is B. The problem with evangelical sexual ethics is that they haven’t got any.

  • Daniel

    As I said in another post, I’ve spent the day reading Chick Tracts- I am as much fun as that makes me sound- but they quite straight facedly assert the same point as in your link. Morality, as defined by Chick et al, is a series of diktats that remove individual thought. You are not required to know why something is bad just that it is and shut up. And that’s authoritarian.
    But is there any reason that speaking total crap to deliberately stir up hatred and denigrate an entire group of people for something that they do which has nothing at all to do with the speaker would not be considered “things which come out of him” that could defile the speaker? In other words, am I wrong in thinking Jesus is actually instructing them to shut up?

  • Daniel

    I have just found this article on the subject of converting gay people. It comes with a warning- it is horrible and about child abuse. But, in part, because someone thought it was their duty to “help them with homosexual urges” this happened http://www.advocate.com/politics/religion/2013/09/12/watch-pastor-had-sex-teens-make-them-straight

  • esmerelda_ogg

    Eeek. That is beyond twisted.

  • Lori

    Beyond twisted, but sadly not unique. Father Lawrence Murphy used the same excuse for molesting boys in his care. He also said that his victims liked what he did to them—he could tell because they didn’t push him away. He was in charge of a residential school for the deaf. The boys had very minimal ability to communicate with outsiders, including their parents. They all knew he was a rapist and that there was no escape because when they complained no one did anything to protect them.

    This documentary talks about Murphy in detail, including his bullshit excuses for his crimes:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mea_Maxima_Culpa:_Silence_in_the_House_of_God

    I don’t recommend watching it on a full stomach. (It isn’t all about Murphy. It also talks about other cases and about the way the Vatican handled rapist priests.)

    Some days I wish that hell was real. Murphy, having been sheltered by the Church through decades of child rape, retired in a house provided by the Church, complete with loyal housekeeper, and died without ever so much as seeing the inside of a jail. In spite of the incredibly brave efforts of some of his victims he was never even defrocked, let alone brought to any real account for his numerous crimes. He irreparably damaged the lives of hundreds of boys trusted to his care and he got away with it. The people who sheltered him have also never received anything like the justice they deserve, neither have all the other rapists like Murphy and all indications are that most of them never will. That’s hard to choke down.

  • esmerelda_ogg

    And that is also repulsive. Power corrupts.

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

    He did that? There are no words. :O

  • http://blog.trenchcoatsoft.com Ross

    It actually sounds like what they’re demonstrating is that being gay is innate, but being straight is a choice.

  • Lori

    Not exactly. They don’t claim to be straight, they claim to be ex-gay and that ex-gay is a separate orientation, not a synonym for straight. Their loud “look at me” dance actually negates what they claim is their main point.

    The whole ex-gay thing is a real head-scratcher.

  • http://timothy.green.name/ Timothy (TRiG)

    In Sligo, the chant at the Pride Parade is “We’re here, we’re queer, and so are some of you!”, which is all kinds of awesome.

    TRiG.

  • Jessica_R

    As soon as I find a clip with non jacked up audio/visual I’ll post Miss America’s beautiful Bollywood dance talent competition entry as a unicorn chaser.

  • guest

    Here it is, and it’s fantastic. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eh_0PzIsv5g

  • Trixie_Belden

    Thanks so much for that link! I was very curious to see her performance in the talent competition, and it is every bit as fantastic as you say.

  • guest

    I appreciate classical Indian dance, though not so much Bollywood (in classical Indian dance you use your facial expressions to interpret the story you’re telling; it’s a bit disconcerting that she’s smiling all the way through this piece)–but she’s done a beautiful job of incorporating the one into the other, with incredible energy and enthusiasm. I love it.

  • TheBrett

    2. I don’t see having beauty pageants as fundamentally wrong. Beauty is something you ought to be able to compete over, just like any other physical competition (like the Olympics, where success also tends to be fleating). The problem is when the standards for beauty are unhealthy and unrealistic, or when the pageant is steeped in some deeply hypocritical obsession with sexual purity while playing up sexual attractiveness. A beauty standard that encourages bulimia is vile.

  • Alix

    I have some … other problems with beauty pageants, beyond just the unrealistic beauty standards. Given that I don’t watch them (because I don’t like them), I may be barking up the wrong tree, but I always got a very distinct heteronormativity out of what pageant stuff I did see.

  • Lori

    There are a lot of different kinds of beauty pageants, each of which conforms to the beauty norms of its target audience. I’m not a fan, but I can sort of deal when the pageant is straightforward about that. Mainstream beauty pageants focus on a quite conservative interpretation of the mainstream beauty norm. Ultimately that’s my biggest complaint about them. They claim to be finding the “most beautiful”, as if that’s even possible, instead of saying that they’re finding the young lady that a certain kind of middle class, mostly white, group of people finds attractive. They follow society, they don’t lead it. As such they are still quite heteronormative.

    That’s changing though. One of this year’s contestants for Miss South Carolina was a biracial lesbian. She didn’t win, but the times they are a-changin’.

    See also: this year’s Miss Kansas broke the Miss America taboo against visible tattoos. Plus she wore her combat boots in the shoe parade.

  • Alix

    That’s good to know. Thank you.

  • stardreamer42

    4. Am I the only one who thinks that sexual relationships between a pastor and a congregant should be as off-limits as those between a teacher and a student or a doctor and a patient, and for the same reasons? It’s unprofessional, inappropriate, and there’s no way not to be abusing the power dynamic.

    6. I’ve also been wondering — and no news story I’ve seen has mentioned this — whether the guy killed by the cops in NC was black. The idea that “a stranger knocking on your door” is a reason to call 911 is itself kinda freaky, but given that it apparently happened in the middle of the night, I can see how that might go down. But the overreaction on the part of the cops sounds suspiciously like the same kind of overreaction as George Zimmerman’s — “a black dude in this neighborhood couldn’t possibly be anything but a criminal”.

  • Lori

    4. No, you are not the only one. I say that as the child of one minister and the SIL of another. I know how the dynamic between a minister and member of the congregation can be. In a million years neither my dad nor my BIL would ever have gotten involved with someone under those circumstances and neither would any other honest minister I’ve ever known. Totally over the line.

    6. Yes, Jonathan Ferrell was AA.

    http://www.thenation.com/blog/176176/jonathan-ferrell-former-football-player-killed-police-after-seeking-help-following-car-w#

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

    Huh. I was expecting the fact that the cops actually mea culpa-ed that one was because Ferrell was white.

    That one’s on me. My bad.

  • Alix

    Am I the only one who thinks that sexual relationships between a pastor and a congregant should be as off-limits as those between a teacher and a student or a doctor and a patient, and for the same reasons? It’s unprofessional, inappropriate, and there’s no way not to be abusing the power dynamic.

    You are absolutely not the only one, and you’ve articulated the reasons why it’s problematic perfectly.

  • Jessica_R

    As a native North Carolinian, living now in Maryland, all I can do is look on in horror. It’s like Jesse Helms has risen from the grave and is taking his final revenge.

    And for your Christianists trying spoil Halloween pile, Jesus Harvest Seeds, JESUS HARVEST SEEDS… http://www.halloween-blues.com/2011/09/its-not-candy-corn-its-jesus-harvest.html

  • Alix

    “Jesus Harvest Seeds”

    …the fuck.

  • J_Enigma32

    Jesus harvest seeds? Goddamn it…

  • Launcifer

    I suppose it’s too much to hope that’ll just lead me to the website of a Christianised Barclay James Harvest covers band, isn’t it?
    *checks the link*
    Of course. Silly me. These things are never less bizarre than I imagined…

  • http://hummingwolf.livejournal.com/ Hummingwolf

    Fools! Those are no Jesus Harvest seeds–they are multicolored Dragon’s Teeth! Sowing those will only bring trouble on us all!

  • Alix

    I was rather thinking that candy corn is so disgusting it’s a sin to claim them for Jesus. Had they gone with the notion that candy corn is Satanic, they might’ve been onto something.

  • themunck

    Alright, poll time. Is this better or worse than just handing them a chick tract?

  • Alix

    Worse, because candy corn is a vile substance that pretends it’s edible. I can almost guarantee you Chick tracts taste better, and provide more amusement as you laugh at his paranoid fantasies.

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

    So, the Pentagon’s FOIA request system is mostly out of order due to one broken fax machine.

    The sheer mindfucking boggleworthiness of the asinine reasons they came up with to justify a several-month delay to buy a $30 fax machine is just unreal.

    These asshats KNOW they’re purposely trying to sabotage the FOIA request system and they surely can’t think anyone can be fobbed off with ridiculous “oh it’s just bureaucracy” reasons for not replacing said machine posthaste.

    I swear to God, it seems like every time I see something done to inconvenience the ordinary citizen it’s always done with such a transparently stupid excuse a five-year-old could see through.

    It’s like a kid trying to tell you she didn’t eat all the cookies out of the jar when the jar is obviously empty only an hour after you personally put the fresh baked cookies in from the oven.

    And she’s grinning like she thinks she actually fooled you with her scintillatingly brilliant attempt at outwitting the adult who’s seen it all before and is manifestly unimpressed with the bullshit.

  • J_Enigma32

    I wonder how much red tape they had to cut through to fix it. I guess if
    you wanna know the answer, you’ll have to file an FOIA request to find
    out…

    Tangentially related, but this reminds me of my definition for government:

    Government [GUH-ver-ment]. n. The office downtown that is always slow, always understaffed, and always disorganized, and forever losing paperwork, despite repeatedly attempts of democratically elected officials to fix it by continually slashing its budget.

  • http://www.nicolejleboeuf.com/index.php Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little

    Obligatory YAY! ROLLER DERBY! over #3 … because that’s how *I* roll. :-)

  • http://www.fordswords.net/ Ford1968

    “Malapropjudice”. Totally stealing this. Per. Fec. Tion

  • Lori

    Random thing I meant to mention yesterday—–if you were religious in the past, but no longer are Michael Caton at The Lucky Atheist would like you to take a short survey about when you changed your beliefs and why.

    http://luckyatheist.blogspot.com/2013/09/did-you-take-formerly-religious-survey.html

  • Nick Gotts

    Judging by the comments, it’s a pretty crappy survey; and don’t bother if you’re not an American.

  • Lori

    It is only aimed at people in the US.

  • Nick Gotts

    Yes, I know. Hence my comment.

  • Lori

    In the context I took “Don’t bother if you’re not an American” as a criticism of the survey. That struck me as unfair, since the the survey is only aimed at people in the US. I apologize if I misunderstood.

  • Nick Gotts

    OK, thanks. I could have been clearer, so I apologize too.

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

    That actually wasn’t obvious at first glance. I went through it and only realized it was for Americans when geographic location questions came up.


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