Saturday, January 29
"African-American males have a — have had a shorter life span than other sectors of America," said White House press secretary Scott McClellan. "And this will enable them to build a nest egg of their own and be able to pass that nest egg on to their survivors."
Take it easy, Condi, honey, that big job consulting for Halliburton is just four short years away:
Sunday, January 23
"[Focus on the Family's James] Dobson was quoted by the New York Times on Thursday as having singled out the wildly popular SpongeBob during remarks about the video at dinner this week in Washington, D.C.
SpongeBob, who lives in a pineapple under the sea, was "outed" by the U.S. media in 2002 after reports that the TV show and its merchandise are popular with gays. His creator, Stephen Hillenburg, said at the time that though SpongeBob was an oddball, he thought of all the characters in the show as asexual.
It is not the first time that children's TV favorites have come under the critical spotlight of the Christian right. In 1999, the Rev. Jerry Falwell described Tinky Winky, the purse-toting purple Teletubbie, as a gay role model."
But here's another take on a children's character, from Captain's Log:
"According to Bishop Sharon A. Brown Christopher of Illinois, Tinky Winky is a bishop: "The episcopal color is purple," she notes, "and our liturgical shirts are purple." She also points out that "the purple Teletubby has a triangle on its head – the Trinity!"
However, this episcopal theory doesn't go far enough, according to Freethinkers website. The triangle on the Teletubby's head, plus the fact that like Tinky Winky, Jesus is often shown wearing a purple robe (see above), means that he is actually a new representation of Jesus. "Perhaps this is the Second Coming," the site helpfully concludes. No prominent theologian was available for comment on this vexatious doctrinal issue."Blue Gal, whose children have watched Teletubbies many times, would like to go on record as believing that, like many of her favorite church leaders, Tinky Winky is a tranvestite, NOT a homosexual.
Saturday, January 22
Oh, how 'bout, FOX NEWS CHANNEL? File this one under "huh?"
Last April 26, FNC reported that the economy was improving because "14 states now have an unemployment rate that is lower than the national average."
Wednesday, January 12
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
Okay, in this instance the Dragon was Shrek Two. But if we're going to congratulate Michael Moore for his People's Choice Award, we can't get upset about Wolf Blitzer's online "polls". Neither are genuine, both are part of the world wild web hype-o-rama machine. But Michael fights, and the dragons are subdued, and having such a brave, brave, brave saintly warrior in our corner, we can forgive some sanctimony..."Oh! Disney won't release my documentary in which a little girl's dead body is heaved onto a truck! They just won't treat me fairly! It's censorship! I'm on my way to Cannes right now, I'm so upset!"
In any event, Saint Michael Moore, you are one of my dearest heroes. Thank you for what you do and who you are. We need you and love you dearly.
Monday, January 10
Sunday, January 9
The Honorable Barbara Boxer
112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
It may be that one reason Ms. Boxer was such a champion this week was just such a letter writing campaign. Go figure.
I am sending email to Paul Krugman and Bob Herbert for their great op/ed pieces in Friday's NY Times. That paper does make a Blue Gal feel a little less lonely in this sad red nation.
Tuesday, January 4
I try to keep Blue Gal as ad free as possible, but do buy Homegrown Democrat before it goes out of print. It's on sale now. A lovely book, and a great comfort to Blue Gals everywhere.
Garrison and the raisin are older dads with tiny tots, too, but the raisin is older and his kids are more and younger.
Monday, January 3
Click on the picture and poke around rejesus.co.uk for more food for thought.
From the same site:
Teach us, good Lord, to serve you as you deserve:
to give, and not to count the cost,
to fight, and not to heed the wounds,
to toil, and not to seek for rest,
to labour, and not to ask for any reward,
except that of knowing that we do your will.
Ignatius of Loyola, soldier and founder of the Jesuits (1491-1556)
Sunday, January 2
So I agonized for most of the day whether to post the now infamous hooded torture victim from Abu Ghraib on my site. We're so busy with the Tsunami right now that torture victims rate second place. (if you've forgotten or are a Bush voter, thememoryhole.org-great name- has photos.) Yep. Nevermind politics, Mysteryseven, it's all about how we treat each other.
Which reminds me. Why is Rumsfeld still in office?
Memo to Rumsfeld: I checked out Mysteryseven's site and hey, he looks young enough to be drafted.