Jon strikes again. (via)
(Jon does also take on ACORN, pretty hilariously, here.)
Also saving me from having to weigh in personally on a situation I found distasteful enough that every time I started to write about it, I got so cranky I had to stop. Speak on, my brother! (Hat tip Ilse.)
It’s also quite the mystery why she hasn’t married good old Levi yet. Her lack of enthusiasm for that eventuality pretty much oozes out of the screen, and the only time she ever brings him up is when the interviewer directly asks her about him. Otherwise, when she talks about her daily life as a mom and student, it’s all about her family. Particularly stupid question from the interviewer: “So you had no idea what raising a baby would be like?” Bristol stares at her and then clarifies that no, what she had no idea like was what it would feel like to have to change her own personal priorities to include how they would affect her son during his upbringing. When the interviewer returns to that theme again later in the interview, Bristol basically reminds her that not only has she been Mother’s little helper in terms of her younger siblings as far back as she can remember, her mother just gave birth to yet another child not too long before she got knocked up herself–so yeah, she really knew her way around a “onesie” already.
Interesting interview. Lots of nuance.
*Faux News has a, er, helpful feature under its embedded videos, described as “Automatically Generated Transcript (may not be 100% accurate).” Wow, it’s a good thing they include that disclaimer! Though you can have lots of fun with it–here’s a small sample of Bristol Palin talking about being a new mother:
“That’s what I expected. It’s just — different. He had no hint of led the short of the demands have been in Atlanta but not just that they — it’s just like I’m not living for myself meaning like flake. For another person that’s different. If you — talking a year ago and I said that — gonna happen in line with the UN told me.”
Last Wednesday, eight Jewish Canadian and Israeli women occupied the Israeli consulate in Toronto to protest the ongoing atrocities in Gaza. They were arrested and held for an hour (rather reluctantly on the part of the cops, I’m told) and then released without charges.
Today I found out that they’d taped it (one of the women is a filmmaker) and posted it to YouTube:
I’ve been protesting outside of that consulate for years now, though not as often recently because of my schedule. A lot of these women have been fighting even longer, through massacres and ceasefires and intifadas and periods of peace that weren’t really peaceful. But there’s something about this particular action that I find particularly compelling—its spontaneity, its creativity, the simple and effective statement that it makes—and apparently I’m not the only one, because they’ve received messages of support from all over the world.
I often feel like I’m repeating myself, saying: “I’m a Jewish woman. I don’t agree with what Israel is doing to the people of Palestine.” I forget sometimes that it’s still in some ways a necessary and even radical statement to make, to draw the line between Jew and Zionist (and Israeli and Zionist), to draw the line between ethnic identity and human solidarity and community. To state explicitly that Palestine, and other struggles, is a feminist issue.
And I salute these women for reminding me of that.
Not satisfied with claiming that Obama is communist, Muslim, gay (or at least meterosexual), and has black children, the McCain campaign is now claiming that he’s the fucking Antichrist.
I don’t even know where to begin. For one thing, it’s a completely incoherent ad, though it gets points for invoking Charlton Heston. But beyond that, its dog whistles are so shrill that only a premillennial dispensationalist or someone with a perverse fascination with premillennial dispensationalism would get what the hell they’re on about.
An ad like this in Canada would probably result in speculation that the candidate was senile. Just saying.
Hat tip: rojonoir.
“Humor is perhaps a sense of intellectual perspective: an awareness that some things are really important, others not; and that the two kinds are most oddly jumbled in everyday affairs.” -Christopher Morley
(His previous weighing-in can be found here.)
Happy Fourth of July! I’ll be on the National Mall in DC watchin’ the fireworks against the glorious backdrop of the Washington Phallus. Don’t even pretend like you’re not jealous.
“Dick is a Killer” by DJ RX. Gotta love it.
Metallica’s first video ever!
I post this in recognition of the 900-plus soldiers who have had to have at least one major amputation in the last five years as a direct result of serving in Iraq and/or Afghanistan.
Same reason I do.
Vote Obama ’08!
In honor of the newest PUNKASSBLOGGER, Quin! Who sent me this link. It is from Iraq’s only heavy metal band, and for that reason alone I wanna promote it. Also, it ain’t too bad in of itself. Enjoy!
Note: Requests and suggestions for the Friday War Protest Video are always welcome! and will only be rejected if the video just really sucks butt. And even then I will still send you a nice thank-you note.
Combining the old with the new…Faith No More’s even-better-than-the-original live cover of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs.”
Takin’ a break from the tunes with some classic Jon Stewart.