More about the Oregon bakery who won’t bake a cake for a lesbian wedding. Their version of City Paper called and was able to order cakes for Pagan ceremonies, divorce parties and even stem cell/cloning celebrations. The bakery claims it didn’t act with an anti-gay animus, just faith principles, but I’m not seeing it.
I spent Friday night watching the house floor of the Illinois legislature. Their marriage equality bill failed, and this was the tearful ending of the night. The bill however, in a surprise move, has been extended until August 31 by the Speaker, giving it a new chance.:
I’m going to warn you about following the link in this article. The thinking of so backwards, and so full of logical fallacies that I almost got an aneurysm. Not to even mention the leaps of judgement and total void of logic. I think I may have already gotten a nosebleed.
It was a bad day for me, but this made me feel better:
So DC and Marvel own the copyright to the term “Superhero.” That’s weird.
Courts have also overturned a ruling, now saying that cities can place restrictions in place barring protests (think Westboro). As strange as it is, it’s probably better if cities cannot stop that kind of speech. But then again, when they protest, they always take the risk of being taken to task. And while that is what they want (they then sue to raise money), it is great to watch this takedown as Westboro protests a funeral of a solider (only because she was a lesbian).
A law that has lost in federal courts five times, which the majority of the country opposes, and Speaker Boener had to request a special amount of 1.5 million to defend is a giant waste of time. Now that he’s run out of money, he wants more, even after a year and a half of defeats. Colossal waste of money and time.
Another quick update for everyone. First up, from The Second City, Captain Megaphone:
Mint has a cool article about decoding credit card numbers and what they actually mean (I was wrong, they aren’t just random numbers)
Washington State is proposing something radical: “Medical clinics” that don’t actually provide medical advice or anything besides over the counter items should have to declare those facts. And it will be a tough fight, guaranteed.
This made me laugh a lot, I hope you enjoy:
And lastly today, some profanity-laden advice that made me burst out laughing. My favorite lines (again, inappropriate, I know):
THIS BITCH CAN GET LEGALLY MARRIED AND I CAN’T?!?!
Sorry, sorry, sorry. That was cunty of me, I realize, nowhere near the level of respectful professionalism that people expect of me. So I’m gonna make amends by scrounging up some of that advice shit you’re after—my readers will doubtless have lots to say to you too—but on one condition: that you don’t write me ever again.
Another update for everyone, but first some quick site news. I tried installing an extension that will work with GoodReads, but so far, it has not worked yet. I’ll keep working on it, see if I c an get it to work. Also, Joomla 1.6 was just released, I’ll probably be upgrading sometime in the next month or so. It will probably take me a little bit to get everything back to normal, so the site will probably be down for a weekend or so.
Would you like to play the first Super Mario Bros. as Link, or Samus, or Mega Man? Check it out here.
Well I’m back. Well I never really left, so here’s a giant update for everyone, enjoy!
I somehow missed this commercial the first time around, and I really like it:
For all the music folk out there, Slate has a cool article about playing in tune. I remember going to a concert of Catham Baroque in College, they had major issues because where they were performing was a cold space, except the floor was heated. It wreaked havoc on all their instruments.
Also in Slate, an article about the AP Styleguide and how changes are made. I need a new one, I’ll have to check out their store to see if the 2010 version is available.
An employee yelled “Shut up!” to me after I stood in the middle of the lingerie section and screamed “Spring Break!” at the top of my lungs.
I know it’s over, but I meant to post this while the contest was going on, but this Lost video was made by a local guy. It didn’t end up winning, although when I watched all of the finalists, I really liked it the best:
Ok, some more about Lost. Here are the characters are summarized by cats:
There was a theory that the eruption and subsequent ash cloud of Mt. Eyjafjallajokull would cool us down a bit, or maybe even stave off summer. Sadly, it’s been warm here. Read the article here, and I’ll be glad that my friend Kyle was finally able to make it back from Europe after all kinds of delays getting there (and the possibility of becoming stuck)
NASA captured this amazing photo of clouds over Africa:
I fully realize that this would probably clog anyone’s arteries in about three seconds after putting the first bit in your mouth, but it still looks really good: pancake, cheesecake, pancake, strawberries whipped cream. I’m assuming the strawberries make it healthy, right?
Maybe the national media wouldn’t be blindsided by things like Arizona’s new anti-immigration law or Virginia’s racially tone deaf governor if it took attacks on gays and lesbians seriously, if the media saw them for the outliers they are, and stopped giving politicians like Brewer and McDonnell a faith-based pass when they attack sexual minorities. Because governors and legislators who attack sexual minorities today invariably go on to attack other minority groups tomorrow. Hate is hate is hate.
Leviticus 19:33-34 (NIV) When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him. The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt.
Moral of this story, don’t celebrate a win before the game is over:
Aussies are safer in a strip club than a church, suggests new government data. According to the latest figures compiled by the New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, 1600 people were charged with committing a range of 27 offences in the state’s “places of worship” in 2008. Astonishingly, the data showed only 282 people were charged with the same offences in adult entertainment premises.
I think I have a new favorite blog, it’s called The Big Caption, bringing together images and typography
I’m angry at Arizona for so many things, including their ban on willingly creating a human/animal hybrid (How will I amass my Centaur army now?!), but this is always heartbreaking, Arizona is now firing or moving teachers that don’t speak English properly, which makes sense to me (granted, how they frame that bill and everything associate with it was kind of underhanded), but I’d like to bring attention to what ope of the Secretary of Education’s advisers said:
Teachers should speak good grammar because kids pick up what they hear
And thanks to Jezebel for putting together this awesome guide to traveling in Arizona:
Thank you, that is all.
Ok, it’s cool, but the bicycle wheel is just showing off:
This ad is awesome, one because it’s the first motion-sensitive billboard that I’ve seen, and second, the format works great for the venue. A coworker of mine is in D.C. this weekend and even though I’ve never been there, I recommended the Spy Museum, I’ve only heard people rave about it, next time I’m down in Washington, I’ll have to check it out:
Just because it’s funny:
I don’t want to say I told you so. But I told you so (well, at least maybe).
Student newspapers at private schools are sticky business, I should know. From where I stand, the school is in the clear to do this. Should they? Well that is another matter entirely. My heart goes out to the writers and editors, I know how hard it can be, without the administration threatening the jobs of faculty members (good grief).
Panera is testing a “pay what you think it’s worth” store, and if it works (the money goes to charity), will open more. It’s fun, since I’m writing this in a Panera. With moronic teenage girls running the bakery counter. I’ve heard them argue about the unfairness of driving, and how they are stapling napkins. I’m not sure why either.
Ever want to know how the stop sign was created? Slate investigates here. And here’s what would happen if a corporation had been charged with making it: