Cognitive Dissonance

"Democracy! Bah! When I hear that I reach for my feather boa!" - Allen Ginsberg

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The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart. And being thoughtful. And being generous. Everything else is crap, I promise you. It’s just crap that people try to sell to you to make you feel like less. So don’t buy it. Be smart. Be thoughtful. Be generous.

Ashton Kutcher, having an almost Network-esque moment at the Teen Choice Awards this Sunday. 

One can make the argument that he has been a part of the industry selling said crap and is therefore complicit, but let’s remember one salient point — Kutcher has been marketed as a heartthrob since That ’70s Show. The audience watching and attending the Teen Choice Awards is largely teenage girls — his target audience.

Kutcher is onstage accepting an award, but instead of playing to their screaming adoration, he’s exhorting them to work hard, be smart, and to stop buying into the crap that sexy should be based on anything other than being an intelligent and giving human being. To me, that’s a message that many teens need to hear.

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Chick-fil-A store breaks with founder to sponsor LGBT Pride

New Hampshire’s only Chick-fil-A restaurant is going against the wishes of chicken chain founder Dan Cathy by pledging to co-sponsor an LGBT Pride Festival in the state.

In a statement on the New Hampshire Pride Festival website, Nashua Chick-fil-A franchise manager Anthony Picolia said he was backing the the event, citing “positive relationships with family, friends, customers and employees in the LGBT community.”

"It would make me sad if someone felt that they were not openly welcomed into my life or restaurant based on their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender," Picolia explained. "Chick-fil-A at Pheasant Lane Mall has gay employees and serves gay customers with honor, dignity and respect. We also don’t discriminate in giving back to the Nashua community, donating to a wide variety of causes."

Being a decent human being. You’re doing it right.

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Police Tell Banker To Move Out Of The Country If He Objects To Protesters’ Right To Free Speech

From ThinkProgress:

Over at DailyKos, user marvinborg recounts how he was handing out flyers about moving money at a local Bank of America branch. Soon after he arrived there, the branch’s manager came out and started to suggest marvinborg worked for a credit union or that he was unemployed and should “get a job.” Before long, two police officers arrived, after being called by the Bank of America.

One of the officers asked marvinborg if he was trespassing. He responded that he has simply been handing out flyers on the sidewalk. One of the officers then turned to the bank manager and amazingly scolded him for calling the police over an act of free speech, even telling him that he should move out of the country if he objects to the first amendment:

OFFICER: He has the right to speak and the right to hand out flyers. Unless he blocks you or causes a disturbance, he has the right to be here – please don’t call the police again if he is not bothering you. If you don’t like free speech you should move to another country.

Right on. We need more of this, please.

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Any professional athlete who gets on TV or radio and says he never played with a gay guy is a stone-freakin’ idiot. I would even say the same thing in college. Every college player, every pro player in any sport has probably played with a gay person…

First of all, society discriminates against gay people. They always try to make it like jocks discriminate against gay people. I’ve been a big proponent of gay marriage for a long time, because as a black person, I can’t be in for any form of discrimination at all… The first people who whine and complain is them Bible-thumpers, who are supposed to be non-judgmental, who rail against them.
NBA Hall of Fame player and sports analyst Charles Barkley on the reality of GLBTQ players in professional sports.

(Source: alternet.org)

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