Cognitive Dissonance

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Shep Smith is really one of my journalistic heroes. Smith works for the most biased “news” organization on the planet and still deviates from the script. He calls out the tax cuts and for those blocking the 9/11 First Responder’s bill to account for themselves.

"Who’s going to hold these people’s feet to the fire? We’re able to put a 52 story building so far down there at Ground Zero, we’re able to pay for tax cuts for billionaires who don’t need them and it’s not going to stimulate the economy. But we can’t give health care to Ground Zero first responders who ran right into the fire? Went down there to save people? Do people know what this city was like that day? People were walking over bridges, they were covered in ash, they were running for their lives, they were crying, their family members were dead. And these people ran to Ground Zero to save people’s lives. And we’re not going to even give them medicine for the illnesses they got down there? It’s disgusting, it’s a national disgrace, it’s a shame and everybody who voted against should have to stand up and account for himself or herself."

Smith calls out senators who either refused to appear on his show to discuss this or simply did not respond to him. Sens. Enzi and Barrasso from Wyoming were among the “no” responses. The list begins at 6:15.

(Source: The Huffington Post)

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In Her Defense, I'm Sure the Moose Had It Coming

In Her Defense, I’m Sure the Moose Had It Coming
Aaron Sorkin 

"Unless you’ve never worn leather shoes, sat upon a leather chair or eaten meat, save your condemnation."

You’re right, Sarah, we’ll all just go fuck ourselves now.

The snotty quote was posted by Sarah Palin on (like all the great frontier women who’ve come before her) her Facebook page to respond to the criticism she knew and hoped would be coming after she hunted, killed and carved up a Caribou during a segment of her truly awful reality show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska, broadcast on The-Now-Hilariously-Titled Learning Channel.

I eat meat, chicken and fish, have shoes and furniture made of leather, and PETA is not ever going to put me on the cover of their brochure and for these reasons Palin thinks it’s hypocritical of me to find what she did heart-stoppingly disgusting. I don’t think it is, and here’s why.

Like 95% of the people I know, I don’t have a visceral (look it up) problem eating meat or wearing a belt. But like absolutely everybody I know, I don’t relish the idea of torturing animals. I don’t enjoy the fact that they’re dead and I certainly don’t want to volunteer to be the one to kill them and if I were picked to be the one to kill them in some kind of Lottery-from-Hell, I wouldn’t do a little dance of joy while I was slicing the animal apart.

I’m able to make a distinction between you and me without feeling the least bit hypocritical. I don’t watch snuff films and you make them. You weren’t killing that animal for food or shelter or even fashion, you were killing it for fun. You enjoy killing animals. I can make the distinction between the two of us but I’ve tried and tried and for the life of me, I can’t make a distinction between what you get paid to do and what Michael Vick went to prison for doing. I’m able to make the distinction with no pangs of hypocrisy even though I get happy every time one of you faux-macho shitheads accidentally shoots another one of you in the face.

So I don’t think I will save my condemnation, you phony pioneer girl. (I’m in film and television, Cruella, and there was an insert close-up of your manicure while you were roughing it in God’s country. I know exactly how many feet off camera your hair and make-up trailer was.)

And you didn’t just do it for fun and you didn’t just do it for money. That was the first moose ever murdered for political gain. You knew there’d be a protest from PETA and you knew that would be an opportunity to hate on some people, you witless bully. What a uniter you’d be — bringing the right together with the far right.

(Let me be the first to say that I abused cocaine and was arrested for it in April 2001. I want to be the first to say it so that when Palin’s Army of Arrogant Assholes, bereft of any reasonable rebuttal, write it all over the internet tomorrow they will at best be the second.)

I eat meat, there are leather chairs in my office, Sarah Palin is deranged and The Learning Channel should be ashamed of itself.

This is probably the first time I’ve posted the text of a link, but this is truly a thing of beauty.

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Spankin' Sarah Palin: A clown short of a circus

If Sarah Palin is not some kind of a massive political joke in the USA, wheeled out to liven up the political scene from time to time with nonsensical and pastiche (one hopes) displays of sheer and utter ignorance, then it is worrying…

Hockey Mum Sarah ex-Governess of Alaska is famous for her shrill shrieking style, displaying a pitifully shallow persona which one hopes is stage-managed to give the rest of the world a good chuckle at the Americans’ ability and unique quality to make fun of themselves, a real-life female version of Homer Simpson-cum-Belching Barney at Mo’s, giving us ever-more hilarious soundbites as she sets herself up as the dumbest woman on Earth.

Just occasionally, one encounters a bar-room idiot whose party piece is belching loudly before falling backwards off his stool, bouncing off the floor on his backside with a background provided by guffaws of laughter, yet who winks knowingly as he is carried out with his feet scraping along the ground and says “Don’t worry son, most of it is an act”…Sarah Palin, however, is the real-life thing. And it is becoming patently obvious that it isn’t an act.

Sarah Palin, the one famous for ludicrous statements such as “I want to help clean up the state that is so sorry today of journalism. And I have a communications degree”; she is after all someone who “must have lived such a doggoned sheltered life”, Sarah “We’re all Arizonans now” Palin, cracking down on immigrants when the US of A is after all a country formed by…whom?

And now she turns not only against the fibre and backbone of her country, but against its democratically-elected President, accusing him of being incompetent for not stopping Wikileaks. Where was she and where was her GOP before and during the 9/11 attacks? She accuses President Obama of not taking “steps” to assure the leaks were not published. What “steps”?

Sinister Sarah Palin then goes on to insinuate that she is an advocate of cyber terrorism, questioning “Did we use all the cyber tools at our disposal to dismantle WikiLeaks?” Surely a more sensible question would have been why the material for the leaks was provided in the first place…and this has nothing to do with President Obama, but indeed speaks volumes about the State apparatus itself which goes beyond party politics. Her question also speaks volumes about her own inability to perform logical and strategic thinking.

If anything is a threat to the national security of the United States of America, it is this screaming, unrefined oaf with as much class as a searing release of flatulence followed by hysterical giggling at a state banquet. Is this what the people of the USA deserve?

To attack the President of the country at a time when the USA needs to close ranks and stand together to consolidate the enormous strides his intelligent and respectful approach has achieved in building bridges, when her party’s period in government bombed them, Spankin’ Sarah Palin comes across as a pitifully inadequate anachronism from the times of the Far West.

The United States of America has evolved. She has not.

Sarah can see Russia from her house. Russia sees Sarah right back…

I could not stop laughing. Guess Pravda is a part of that Lamestream media!

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Porpoises rescue Dick Van Dyke: Mary Poppins star feared death after apparently falling asleep on his surfboard but friendly sea creatures pushed him to shore

On screen, Dick Van Dyke has been rescued from untimely death by flying cars and magical nannies. Off screen, the veteran star of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins had to rely on the help of a pod of porpoises after apparently dozing off aboard his surfboard. “I’m not kidding,” he said afterwards.

Van Dyke’s ordeal began during an ill-fated trip to his local beach. “I woke up out of sight of land,” the 84-year-old actor told reporters. “I started paddling with the swells and I started seeing fins swimming around me and I thought ‘I’m dead!’” Van Dyke was wrong. “They turned out to be porpoises,” he said. “And they pushed me all the way to shore.” The porpoises were unavailable for comment.

This is quite possibly the best news story ever. One question: How do you fall asleep on a surfboard?

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Shawn the Baptist visits the University of Wyoming

(All photos by Zachary Spadt of Laramie)

This was the scene on campus today after the preacher "Shawn The Baptist" showed up with his group. This guy began yelling that homosexuals and sodomites were going to be burning in hell. Women must be pure or be whores. When he asked if I “knew Jesus,” I said we had met and I was raised Catholic. He called me a “papist’s whore.”

He’s here every semester. After all the bullying I’ve read about in the name of what God supposedly thinks, I decided not to ignore him like I’ve done for 3 years.

I printed Flying Spaghetti Monster brochures and called my friend Mara. We stood outside at noon. By 12:30, Charlie Wheeler of the Secular Student Alliance was preaching the word of being touched by His Noodly Appendage with AJ Lamb, Mara and I, plus a decent crowd, as backup. When I went to class at 1 p.m., Charlie, AJ and Mara kept the crowd fired up.

Then, K Michael Richards showed up and shit got surreal.

Read more …

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The pastor of a Rockdale County megachurch has publicly announced he is gay. Jim Swilley, bishop of Conyers’ Church in the Now, said he hopes his coming out will change attitudes toward homosexuality. “I know a lot of straight people think it is a choice. It is not,” Swilley told Channel 2’s Diana Davis.

Swilley, 52, founded the church 25 years ago. He seemed the stereotypical picture of a pastor, with four kids and a wife who doubled as his associate pastor. But Swilley said he’s known he was gay since he was little boy. He said his wife, Debye, also knew his secret from the start.

"I think some women marry gay men because they really think they can change them," Swilley said. The now-divorced couple kept their secret for 21 years, but earlier this year, Swilley said Debye told him it was time to stop living a lie. She said he should practice what he preaches and follow the church’s motto, "Real people experiencing a real God in the real world."

So, Swilley came out to his kids and his congregation. He said he knew he might risk everything, but the recent rash of gay teen suicides pushed him over the edge. “As a father, thinking about your 16, 17 year old killing themselves. I thought somebody needed to say something,” Swilley said through tears.

He says he’s received support from many in his congregation, but at least one conservative Christian blog has called him sick, twisted, unclean and an instrument of the devil. “I know all the hateful stuff that’s being written about me online, whatever,” Swilley said. “To think about saving a teenager yeah, I’ll risk my reputation for that.”

I’m truly speechless. What a brave thing to do, after living a lie for so long.


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My friend Nathan Smith made a fantastic, heartwarming video: “What is Love?” He’s one of our local GLBTQ activists and Safe Zone trainers here in Laramie, as well as being a rather funny guy. You should reblog this. Seriously. More people should watch this because I think he is pretty awesome.

So, check it out, and follow him on Twitter: @natesmith86 

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KKK to Rally for Antigay Student

The Ku Klux Klan plans to rally on the campus of Augusta State University in support of counseling student Jennifer Keeton, who claims the school violated her rights by ordering her not to practice according to her personal view that homosexuality is an identity disorder.

According to the Augusta Chronicle, “Bobby Spurlock, who identified himself as imperial wizard knighthawk and grand dragon of South Carolina and North Carolina, said the KKK has met with school officials and plans to protest the school’s treatment of 24-year-old Jennifer Keeton on Oct. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. Klan members will be in full dress across from the school’s main Walton Way entrance in the median at Fleming Avenue.”

Keeton lost her First Amendment lawsuit against the school in federal court this year. Spurlock said that Keeton has not been in touch with his group, which is affiliated with the Church of the National Knights of the KKK based in South Bend, Indiana, and claims 100,000 members in 41 states and 21 countries, according to the Chronicle.

Oh, God. This is too much…

For some background, click here. I’m a psych major and totally agree with the judge.

(Source: lgbtqblogs)

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What’s this? An anti-rape campaign that focuses on preventing rape instead of preventing women leaving the house? Holy crap it’s Christmas.
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What’s this? An anti-rape campaign that focuses on preventing rape instead of preventing women leaving the house? Holy crap it’s Christmas.

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