It's an outrage.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Go get your stickiness back right now

“You have to look at why sex was created,” Eric Love, the director of the East Texas Abstinence Program, which runs Virginity Rules, said one day, the sounds of Christian contemporary music humming faintly in his Longview office. “Sex was designed to bond two people together.”

To make the point, Mr. Love grabbed a tape dispenser and snapped off two fresh pieces. He slapped them to his filing cabinet and the floor; they trapped dirt, lint, a small metal bolt. “Now when it comes time for them to get married, the marriage pulls apart so easily,” he said, trying to unite the grimy strips. “Why? Because they gave the stickiness away.”

They gave the stickiness away. Dear God, where did it go? It's an outrage.

Friday, June 08, 2007

I'm thinking the citizens of Paris are beyond humiliation at this point

You know the world's soul is dying when the attorney general of the most populated state in the union weighs in on a 45-day jail sentence (or lack thereof) for driving with a suspended license:
California Attorney General Jerry Brown criticized the Sheriff's Department for letting [Paris] Hilton out of jail, saying he believed she should serve out her sentence. "It does hold up the system to ridicule when the powerful and the famous get special treatment," Brown told The Associated Press in an interview before testifying at a congressional hearing in Washington, D.C. "I'm sure there's a lot of people who've seen their family members go to jail and have various ailments, physical and psychological, that didn't get them released," he said. "I'd say it's time for a course correction."
I'd say it's time that he stop wasting his breath and California's tax dollars, and just correct whatever course he's referencing. Something tells me he's not going to do any of those things. It's an outrage.

Saturday, May 26, 2007


Lincoln is Katie's lover, but I don't care. Cell turnover was wasted on figuring this out.

You're kidding, right? Did he also have a cramp in his leg during the Gettysburg Address? If we don't know yet, let's sick some university professors on the case immediately. They clearly need a heftier workload.

It's an outrage.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Of hats and exclamation points

It's an outrage that I'm not outraged enough. This calls for an exclamation point.


For more than a moment the other day, the top story on Google News was this little diddy from The New York Times: "Bush And Queen Celebrate Common Values." Well, thank goodness. I thought the world was going to hell in a hand basket.

The Queen. It was truly good film making, and now it's bad reality television. The worst kind of reality television because there isn't even an objective or the promise of millions of dollars. There's just a stodgy old woman, who may have some political sway in her kingdom, but who essentially does nothing now but wear big hats and coordinated suit dresses. It's a good thing the Kentucky Derby was scheduled during her trip, or she would've looked like she was on her way to a costume party for the entirety of her American holiday.

Every shot of her at every stop on her American tour has made it quite clear why there was a revolution. She can't even laugh at the always-expected slip of George W. Bush's tongue, who almost accidentally incorrectly dated her last visit to the country her nation fought so hard to keep by 200 years. Americans lust after Queen Elizabeth because she is seemingly perfect — there is not much she can do wrong. There is simply a tiara, sparkly pomp and circumstance, and apparently, shared values.

Those shared values include the laziness of media companies everywhere, who follow Queen Elizabeth's every footstep and lend 10 minutes to her on the nightly news, but just 10 seconds to the 45 people killed in the latest Iraqi car-bombing.

It's nice to have nice news. But when our values mean that we celebrate to death one woman's mere existence for reasons that no one can really explain, and ignore the untimely, unjust and violent deaths of countless others, it's an outrage.

Monday, April 23, 2007

The Supremes vs. My Body

I'm not going to shut up about the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision on "partial-birth abortion." And I shouldn't.

"Partial-birth abortion" is a term that was created by abortion foes. It's not a medical term and it's not a specific description of one abortion procedure. In fact, there's plenty of argument over what exactly constitutes a "partial-birth abortion," and many doctors believe the term could include all second-trimester abortions.

If you read the court's opinion you'll notice extensive, graphic descriptions of abortion procedures. The court, conveniently, does very little in the way of describing the circumstances in which those procedures are used. If you don't know why a woman might want a second-trimester abortion you ought to read this. It describes just a few instances when a second-trimester abortion is necessary, and there are others.

The major, glaring, cruel error of the Supreme Court's Gonzales vs. Carhart decision is that there's no exception for an abortion to protect the health of the mother. The high court's majority contends that there's never any such circumstance. Doctors, particularly, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, disagree:
"Decisions involving pregnancy termination are among the most serious and personal that a woman will make in her life. As the medical specialists in women's reproductive health, we will continue to fight attempts to criminalize legitimate medical procedures."
The idea that I — or you, or your sister, your daughter, your friend — would be forced to forgo medical treatment for a sudden illness or carry a fetus conceived during a rape to term. It's enough to stand up and shout.

Here's a brilliant bit from Mahablog via Digby:
"The anti-abortion rights position is based on an assumption that women aren’t real people — especially women who get abortions. Oh, they’re human in a scientific sense, but they aren’t people. They are archetypes who live in the heads of the anti-abortion righters — Careless Woman, Selfish Woman, Woman in a Vacuum. The same people who imagine embryos can think and feel emotions — and therefore deserve protection — must believe a pregnant woman is just a major appliance.

There are copious anecdotes from abortion providers who say that often the same people protesting outside the clinic one week are patients (or parents of patients) the next week. These people assume that their situations are unique and should be the one exception. They often want the abortion staff to know they aren’t like those other women who get abortions. This inspired the bitter joke that the legitimate reasons for abortion are 'rape, incest, and me.' Such people recognize their own humanity (or their daughter’s), but those other women who get abortions are just archetypes who don’t deserve respect or consideration.

I’ve long believed that whether one is pro-choice or anti-choice does not depend on whether one thinks embryos are human beings. It depends on whether one recognizes that women are human beings. Not archetypes, but real, individual human beings. Including women who get abortions.

My body, my choice, my outrage. My choice, your choice, our reproductive freedom dashed away bit by bit. It's an outrage.

Friday, April 13, 2007

A scene of outrage from this morning

RCN Internet tech guy: I have no idea why this isn't working.
Me: Well, what are we going to do about that?
RCN Internet tech guy: You need to get a computer person.
Me: Aren't you a computer person?
RCN Internet tech guy:

And scene.

So, umm, anyone know a computer person? RCN doesn't seem to have any.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

I want a baby elephant

And I can't have one. It's an outrage.


I got another "women like to see penis" hit today. I just wanted you to know that.

Monday, April 09, 2007

I kid you not

President George W. Bush seems to be confused. In that speech he gave telling Congress he will not sign that Iraq bill for several reasons, not the least of which is because of all the pig parts stuffed in it, he highlighted one particular item. It happens to be a pet peeve of mine. You might have heard.
"Here's the bottom line: The House and Senate bills have too much pork," [Bush] said. He got a laugh at lawmakers' expense when he said $3.5 million was included "for visitors to tour the Capitol and see for themselves how Congress works."
Who could disagree with that? Certainly not me. It's interesting, though. He didn't seem to mind signing all the bills that have already appropriated more than $550 million for the center. It turns out it costs more than $3.5 million for visitors to see how Congress works.

But in that recent speech, according to the White House's official transcript, he actually did say, "There's $3.5 million for visitors to tour the Capitol and see for themselves how Congress works. (Laughter.) I'm not kidding you."

Oh, and, it seems that workers building this little, $3.5 million project (at least that's what Bush thinks) were exposed to life-threatening asbestos, despite the Architect of the Capitol's insistence that the tunnels they were working in were safe.

It's an outrage. I'm not kidding you.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Google has a map czar and he is a bad liar

Google Maps has apparently replaced new satellite imagery of New Orleans' wasted shoreline and city with older and prettier ones, apparently for nostalgia's sake, since Google Map Czar John Hank's only explanation to a Congressional committee last week was that "a combination of factors including imagery date, resolution and clarity" are the standards Google uses to decide which pictures to display.

The newer images of the city's coastline were not up to date? The more advanced satellite technology did not provide a clearer image of the wreckage Hurricane Katrina left behind and continues to be left behind by the myriad of agencies that are supposed to be hauling it away?

I think those people at Google are spending too much time on the climbing wall, and not enough time trying to make up logical lies for things like this. Wonkette agrees that it's an outrage.

Don't be an outrage. Be outrageous.