Some big news from the BSA: Both Train and Carly Rae Jepsen have cancelled their concerts at the National Jamboree because of the membership ban. Jepsen has been welcomed by the Canadian Scouts (she’s Canadian, by the way), and the world jamboree is a joint effort by the scouts of the USA, Canada and Mexico (but hosted here in WV), but here’s the bigger question: Did anyone at national even watch the “Call Me, Maybe” video to the end? The guy Carly is drooling over is gay. You’d think that would have tipped them off that she’s interested in equality.
Also in BSA news, petitions were delivered to the National Geographic channel, asking them to cut “Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout,” or at least put a disclaimer before it. Personally, I don’t really care either way, I can’t imagine it’s going to get great ratings, only based on the fact that I don’t think Nat Geo is included in many cable packages (but I may be wrong).
As Conclave approaches, I have a new candidate I want to support:
Quick update for everyone, let’s see what we have. First up, an awesome mash-up for NES/SNES games and Google Map locations:
An awesome follow-up that I’ve been meaning to share about the Dan Savage issue. Slate nails it:
The American right is undertaking a huge project of trying to put right-wing politics beyond criticism by shouting “religious bigotry” any time someone gets in the way of their political agenda. If they can create a consensus that it’s somehow off-limits to criticize teaching that gay people are subhuman as long as you wrap it up in religion, that gives them a huge political advantage. Taken far enough, merely stating out loud in public that you don’t believe gay people are evil could be cause for the fainting couches to be pulled out and accusations that Christians are being oppressed. Sounds ludicrous? Well, consider that we’re currently debating whether or not it’s oppressing Christians to accurately state what’s in the Bible. Anyone who is actually supportive of gay rights shouldn’t be playing along with this feigned umbrage. It won’t stop until opposing anti-gay actions is considered completely off-bounds on the grounds that it’s an attack on religion.
Dan also weighs in here about the North Carolina amendment which passed yesterday.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Christianist have taken over the Republican party: and that’s a shame. We need to be able to have rational discussion, that is how we will solve our problems, by working together. But if one side just shuts down and cries out when someone disagrees with them or calls them on their bullshit, then we can’t have meaningful governance.
I went backpacking two weeks ago, and rightly so, I was a bit sore afterwards. We did the first part of the LHHT, which is just up and down and up and down. Here is the elevation profile. Check out my pictures here (and thanks to my friends for always making sure to be in them) if you’re interested, including awesome panoramics:
First up, this came out a while ago, and it’s in French, but it’s Mika’s new single:
Gizmodo reports on an awesome free t-shirt which was given out to German white supremacists, which, when washed, revealed a message of equality. We had shirts over the summer that when they got wet the ink would disappear. Close, but not quite.
Unplggd has a cool article about integrating your TV into your decor. Check it out. Or check out their article about clocks. There are a lot of cool clocks out there.
Remember when the Pirates were doing awesome, and then we were the victim of a horrible call which sent us into a ten game losing spiral? Well, Benstonium put together this video: