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May. 10th, 2010 12:41 pm
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From September 17, 2009)

Sidetrackedery, n.: the weird, interesting, and/or fun stuff I find via my ever-behindness in my LJ flist, from Twitter, emails, going back through friends' LJs, and elsewhere.

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:: From @militaryavenue, Financial Readiness: As Critical as Fully Charged Batteries (from militaryavenue.com)
:: From @USArmy, Combatives team gears up for contest (from army.mil)
:: From @airamericamedia, Post Mortem: Did Obama's Speech Set Stage for Death of Change? Excellent read. (from airamerica.com)
:: From @chrislhayes, The Trouble with Olympia Snowe's "trigger" compromise (from slate.com)
:: From @msnbc, Americans lacking health insurance rose in '08 (from msnbc.msn.com)
:: From @verucablue, The Republican Response, Arriving a Little Early (from washingtonpost.com)
:: From @gayatheist, Audio: Scientology says Homosexuals Are Physically Sick Ugh. (from thegayatheist.com)
:: From @HumanityCritic, Joe Wilson wasn't the only disrespectful Republican (from salon.com)
:: From @andersoncooper, One common goal (from ac360.blogs.cnn.com)
:: From @shannynmoore, "Get your waders..." Palin Respons To Obama's Speech...Where is Rep Wilson? (from shannynmoore.wordpress.com)
:: From @HumanityCritic, Flashback: Rep. Wilson Also Had To Apologize After Attacking Strom Thurmond's Illigitimate Daughter (from tpmlivewire.talkingpointsmemo.com)
:: The term I learned in boot camp: BAD ASS FEMALE. From @militaryavenue, Face of Defense: Unlikely Soldier Proves Self in Reserve (from militaryavenue.com)
:: From @natthedem, Wilson Faces the Cameras (from MSNBC and politicalwire.com)
:: From @danielabrams, Why is AP Claiming Obama's "Deep Sixing the Public Option"?

Analysis: Obama willing to deep-six public option

This analysis seems to spring from these two sentences:

For example — for example, some have suggested that the public option go into effect only in those markets where insurance companies are not providing affordable policies. Others have proposed a co-op or another non-profit entity to administer the plan. These are all constructive ideas worth exploring.

So, two sentences placating the GOP’s and Blue Dogs’ macaroni art constitutes a repudiation of the public option?

:: From @latara, Cheney Waits Until Last Minute Again To Buy Sept. 11 Gifts (from theonion.com)

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May. 10th, 2010 12:39 pm
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From September 16, 2009)

Sidetrackedery, n.: the weird, interesting, and/or fun stuff I find via my ever-behindness in my LJ flist, from Twitter, emails, going back through friends' LJs, and elsewhere.

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:: From @rkref, Paul Begala: Why I Loved Obama's Health Care Speech Right the fuck on, dude. (from huffingtonpost.com)
:: HAHAHAHAHA. From the links from the above link, Best News Blooper Ever? BBC Reporter Has Issues :D :D (from huffingtonpost.com)
:: From @ontd_political, AP FACT CHECK: Obama uses iffy math on defecit pledge and other checks.
:: From @partlyyellow via @harrislacewell, The look you do NOT want to get! The comments are priceless! (from twitpic.com)
:: Wow, that didn't take long. From @sarking, Joe Wilson Is Your Pre-Existing Condition :D :D (from joewilsonisyourpreexistingcondition.com)
Some examples:
:: Joe Wilson laid off your dad just before his pension kicked in
:: Joe Wilson let his dog poop on your lawn
:: Joe Wilson pilfered your grandparent's pension account
:: Joe Wilson doesn't respect the constitution of your United States
:: Joe Wilson didn't refill your Brita pitcher
:: Joe Wilson sued your gramma for filesharing
:: Joe Wilson is on your death panel
:: Joe Wilson readjusted your car seat and rearview mirrors
:: Joe Wilson farted during your wedding vows
:: Joe Wilson stopped seeding the torrent at 97% complete
:: From @natthedem, Obama's Speech Moves Swing Voters to Support Reform (from democracycorps.com)
:: From @rkref, E.J. Dionne Jr. - At Long Last, Obama Fires Back on Health Reform (from washingtonpost.com)
:: Also from @rkref, Republicans Behaving Badly by Eugene Robinson. (from voices.washingtonpost.com)
:: Another from @rkref, On Brink, Obama Is Resolute and Clear (from nytimes.com)
:: And another from @rkref: More Reactions to Obama's Speech (from politicalwire.com)
:: Excellent! :D From @militaryavenue, Navy helps families with special-needs children (from nayvtimes.com)
:: Also from @militaryavenue, DOD Targets Drug Abuse During Red Ribbon Week (from militaryavenue.com)
:: Another from @militaryavenue, Guide for Helping Children and Youth Cope with Separation (a PDF from the DOD)
:: From @chrislhayes, Does Joe Wilson Believe the President Was Actually Lying? (from thenation.com)
:: From @militaryavenue, Housing market crisis hits home with Soldiers (from militaryavenue.com)

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May. 9th, 2010 08:49 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From September 15, 2009)

Sidetrackedery, n.: the weird, interesting, and/or fun stuff I find via my ever-behindness in my LJ flist, from Twitter, emails, going back through friends' LJs, and elsewhere.

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:: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. The "H" stands for "Hussein." (from [info]atheism)
:: From [info]queer_theory, 100 Unintentionally Hilarious Spam Subject Lines LAWL. (from cracked.com)
:: Also from [info]queer_theory, the Mudhouse Cafe in Springfield, MO :)
:: This gem from [info]fancy_galloway:

I liked church. which is odd.

I came to a conclusion: I have not accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior, I have however added him to my buddy list. I friended him on myspace. I commented on his facebook.

So yeah, we are not exactly in the "close intimate relationship" the pastor described, but I dont mind him living next door, he can date my sister, and I'd buy a car from him.

:: And this unfortunate funneh from [info]sarken:
As I do about once every year, I took my contact out, dropped and couldn't find it, and concluded I must have missed and left it in. I tried to take it out again, thereby reminding myself that OW FUCK IT HURTS WHEN YOU GRAB YOUR EYEBALL AND PINCH.
:: This well-considered commentary on Genesis from [info]solid_squid at [info]antitheism.
:: From @msnbc, Tweet by tweet: Breaking Down Obama's speech (from msnbc.msn.com)
:: COOOOOOL. From @aesthetik_dekay, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland Touring Exhibit. XD
:: From whitehouse.gov, Remarks by the President to a Joint Session of Congress on Health Care. Full text, yo.
:: From @ontd_political, Text of letter to the President from senator Edward M. Kennedy.
:: From [info]metaquotes, a modern reboot of Passover. :P
:: From @impeachmybush, The Obama-Pelosi-Biden "bitch plz" face at Joe Wilson (FUCK YEAH.)
:: SCHAWEET. From Fizzy via Gtalk, The Passion of the Facebook :D
:: From @rkref, Joe Wilson of South Carolina said Obama lied, but he didn't. (from politifact.com)
:: From @books4soldiers, ACB maintainers keep Apaches in air (from booksforsoldiers.com)

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May. 9th, 2010 08:47 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
Sidetrackedery, n.: the weird, interesting, and/or fun stuff I find via my ever-behindness in my LJ flist, from Twitter, emails, going back through friends' LJs, and elsewhere.

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:: This is fucking awesome. From [info]forwrathandruinPartially Clips: Canoe in Storm *guffaws* (from partiallyclips.com)
:: From [info]antitheismStupid things Atheists are Assumed to Be. *sighs, shakes head*
:: This awesomeness from [info]antitheismJoss Whedon on Humanism :D
:: [info]thecuriomuseum suggested I look into RuneScape, and it looks interesting. I'm not an RPGer, but I'm putting the word out there in case any of y'all are. Some really spiffy graphics, it looks like.
:: This is so sad. From [info]aliyaskieAt an Age for Music and Dreams, Real Life Intrudes (from nytimes.com)
:: Dumbass NOM is dumbass. From [info]rahmbamaramaAnti-Gay Group Sends Letter to Colbert Thanking Him For Mocking Them *eyeroll* (from huffingtonpost.com)
:: From [info]rahmbamaramathe Racism Bingo Card (from amptoons.com)
:: This very good observation from [info]peapods42:
1. I am once again stunned by the fact that my head has enough room for all this snot.
:: Also, since RBR is locked, I'm gonna link individually all the posts from the April 19th mod post on racism.
:: On privilege: Unpacking the Knapsack, and Things you Need To Understand #4. (Also, Teabag Me and Ann Coulter really is a cunt, people.)
:: On how to respond when told your arse is showing: How Not To Be Insane When Accused Of Racism (A Guide For White People)How To Fuck UpHow to Apologize, and IBARW: Racism and intent.
:: Examples of racist imagery: The Jim Crow MuseumSubconscious Connection Between Blacks, Apes May Reinforce Subtle Bias (from ssri.psu.edu)Racist Historical Images of the Chinese, and Nazi Propaganda, 1933-1945.
:: Others that were pointed out: [info]ibarwStarkeymonser's "for clueless white people" bookmarksHow to Suppress Discussions of RacismSixteen Maneuvers to Avoid Really Dealing with RacismThe Angry Black Woman's Required Reading,...
:: continued: [info]rydra_wong's extensive archive of RaceFail09[info]sophy with More on RaceFail09 and racism 101, etc., from [info]paradox_dragonBaby-stepping away from racism: A guide for white people[info]debunkingwhite[info]deadbrowalking, and [info]mystickeeper's 101 Primer
:: Conversations about Being Afraid to Write PoC characters:[info]vito_excalibur's Being An Imaginary Conversation[info]friendshipper's Cruel little lies, and [info]shewhohashope's Cultural Appropriation and SF/F.

049.

May. 9th, 2010 08:46 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From September 13, 2009)

Sidetrackedery, n.: the weird, interesting, and/or fun stuff I find via my ever-behindness in my LJ flist, from Twitter, emails, going back through friends' LJs, and elsewhere.

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:: From the awesome artist [info]quirkybird, her comic Bite Me! :D Go read it!
:: From [info]queer_theory, the blogs 69 Love Songs, Illustrated and Feasting on Art. :)
:: Heehee. From a link in an [info]atheism comment thread, the Cult of Cthulu. :P
:: From a friend on Yahoo! IM, Pangender on Wikipedia, from there to Genderqueer.
:: From Genderqueer, United Genders of the Universe, Gender Queer Revolution, Genderfork.com, and Polygender.co.uk, and thus I felt a little less alone. Not exactly androgynous myself, but I do rebel against rigid gender roles.
:: Wow. From CNN Politics, Wilson calls White House to Apologize.
:: This is something Fizzy showed me. It's the last piece from the NYT reporter in Afghanistan who was killed. 'I would not leave Afghanistan'
:: From [info]poor_skills, this and this on Amish Friendship Bread starters and recipes. :)
:: From another [info]poor_skills comment thread, Paula Burch's All About Hand Dyeing. :D
:: From @milblogging, Wisconsin Troops: A World Away, But Maybe A Little Bit Closer Than You Thing with the Power of a Military Blog :) (from milblogging.com)
:: From [info]greencow, Waking up Canadian (youtube)
:: HAHAHAHAHAHA! From Fizzy via Gtalk, Chris Franklin - Bloke Famous Aussie comedian Chris Franklin doing a parody of Meredith Brooks's "Bitch." (youtube)
:: Heehee. Fizzy just showed me this to show Chris: Super Mario man: 20 years and still chasing Princess Peach. XD (from theage.com.au)
:: From [info]quirkybird, the Stumpdown Comics Fest 2009! (Yes, it already happened.):: Another from Fizzy: SA pigeon 'faster than broadband' :D (from news.bbc.co.uk)
orbitaldiamonds: animated: "Army Wife: toughest job in the army (aside from being a soldier which is obviously harder) ([ military ] toughest job in the army)
[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
It's Military Spouse Appreciation Day, but I thought I'd call your attention to these deployed GQMFs. :)



three more )

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May. 7th, 2010 01:59 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From September 12, 2009)

Sidetrackedery, n.: the weird, interesting, and/or fun stuff I find via my ever-behindness in my LJ flist, from Twitter, emails, going back through friends' LJs, and elsewhere.

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:: From [info]athiesm, Stupid Dinosaur Lies. It is win.
:: Ugh. From an [info]atheism comment thread, Vegan Couple Sentence [sic] to Prison for Baby's Death. What. The. Fuck.
:: Ooh, this is COOL. From [info]antitheism, Amazon tribe converts missionary. :D :D
:: This invective-filled fic awesomeness from [info]shakti at [info]rahmbamarama: Tea Baggin' It. XD
:: From [info]a_tergo_lupi, FreedomWorks Orchestrates 'Grassroots' Movements To Serve Dick Armey's Corporate Clients. O hai ASTROTURF. (from thinkprogress.org)
:: This awesomeness from [info]lavenderfrost explaining #teabagging.
:: From [info]a_tergo_lupi, The Rotting Racist Underbelly of the Tea Party Protests.
:: From [info]antitheism, Cenk Uygur: If You're a Christian, Muslim or Jew - You are Wrong. Originally published at Huffington Post.
:: From [info]antitheism, Chick tracts make witnessing easy! Lulziness is lulzy. Poe's Law? Prolly not, alas.
:: From [info]antitheism, This I Believe: There Is No God by Penn Jillette at npr.org
:: From [info]rahmbamarama, Yunnan: My New Favorite Tea by Zeke Emanuel at food.theatlantic.com.
:: From [info]curriejean at [info]atheism, from a link at Pharyngula, The 50 Most Brilliant Atheists of All Time (Douglas Adams is at 43, and PZ Meyers is at 45.) (from brainz.org)
:: Fuck ye, Sarah: From @newsminer, Sarah Palin blasts health care reform in editorial (from newsminer.com)
:: From the 50 Most Brilliant Atheists page, The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, and it's chock full of useful text and video. :D
:: This gem from [info]metaquotes about the sometimes-contradictory nature of Harry Potter fandom.

047.

May. 7th, 2010 01:58 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From September 11, 2009)

Sidetrackedery, n.: the weird, interesting, and/or fun stuff I find via my ever-behindness in my LJ flist, from Twitter, emails, going back through friends' LJs, and elsewhere.

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:: This spiffy post on regional accents from [info]driftingfocus. :D
:: Here, have a victory! Change.org Helps Negotiate Agreement Between ROCKSTAR Energy Drink and LGBT Rights Organizations :D Almost makes me want an energy drink. :P (from change.org)
:: From change.org, 5 Things You Absolutely Must Know About Homelessness.
:: Another from change.org. The Bible is Not About Beating LGBT People Up. More apologism. Sorry, folks, but Christianity taken literally hates teh gheys.
:: This gem from [info]rahmbamarama about the #teabagging (found at HuffPo):

Gergen: "They still haven't found their voice, Anderson. This happens to a minority party after it's lost a couple of bad elections, but they're searching for their voice."

Cooper: "It's hard to talk when you're teabagging."

:: This makes me sick, an anti-Day of Silence video by the certified hate group the Illinois Family Institute. From [info]antitheism.
:: From [info]rahmbamarama, After Pirates, Tea Pariters, Obama to fight Vikings, Dinosaurs. Fucking awesome and funny! (from huffingtonpost.com)
:: From [info]atheism, the Your Religion Is False blog. :)
:: From [info]atheism, The God Debate featuring Sam Harris being okay, and Rick Warren being (as usual) a colossal douchebag.
:: O noes! Found this at [info]metaquotes, lady falls down trap door evil ( Mairi Duncan ) Poor lady.
:: I'll use [info]forwrathandruin's words: FUCK. YES. Phelps' Church Hit With $10.9 Million Judgment **celebrates good times, COME ON!**
:: From military.com, Baggers beef with green bags (from cinchouse.com)
:: Also from military.com, Don't Mess With The Force. tl;dr Non-nerd discovers Star wars through her young sons.
:: LOLLERSKATES. From [info]metaquotes, 14:01 flashing granniesw in the park, hi-tech style# tl;dr, twatter. :P
:: More awesomeness from [info]metaquotes: Revoking your Poetic License. :D

046.

May. 7th, 2010 01:57 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From September 10, 2009)

Sidetrackedery, n.: the weird, interesting, and/or fun stuff I find via my ever-behindness in my LJ flist, from Twitter, emails, going back through friends' LJs, and elsewhere.

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:: From [info]antitheism, Why Do Christians Insit That Hitler Was an Atheist? 'Cause he, yanno, wasn't.
:: From [info]metaquotes, Straight men? in my gossip community? :P
:: From [info]antitheism, something I'd never given any thought to: foreskin restoration. Random sidetrackedery is random, y/n/foreskin?
:: From [info]trexsandwich just now, Pix Pâtisserie *om nom nom*
:: Awesomecakes! From [info]poor_skills, [info]poorskills and from there, TimeBanks.org, which is a freaking awesome idea. :D
:: This is fucking cool. [info]quirkybird linked to her Flickr photostream, and one of the sets is Battlestar Galactisimpsons!
:: From [info]curriejean at [info]antitheism, Articles written by Currie Jean at helium.com :)
:: I love puns. Especially puns from [info]rahmbamarama. :D
:: Well, shit. From @newsminer, State confirms swine flu cause of Fairbanks student's death :(
:: HAHAHAHAHA. From [info]antitheism, The Brick Testament. :D
:: This is so sad. From [info]eh_notsomuch, 10 years later, the real story behind Columbine.
:: Ugh. From @gayatheist, Catholic Church Steps Up Anti-Gay marriage Efforts In Maine. Dammit, what the hell is the problem with allowing consenting adults to marry?!
:: From [info]metaquotes, dome69 believes in the power of vagina. Is a great read that makes several good points.
:: Oh. My. Flying. Spaghetti. Monster. From [info]metaquotes, Aliens Rickroll the World. :D :D :D
:: Yep, more [info]metaquotes! kkatowll is having car troubles.

045.

May. 6th, 2010 12:50 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From September 9, 2009)

Sidetrackedery, n.: the weird, interesting, and/or fun stuff I find via my ever-behindness in my LJ flist, from Twitter, emails, going back through friends' LJs, and elsewhere.

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:: This is pretty neat. Another from [info]i_iz_norml, Colorful way to better autistic kids' social skills :)
:: While picking [info]europelaughing's icons for the icon meme, I got to [info]bitsy_icons, which took me to spiffy Twilight snark by [info]cleolinda. :D
:: Another bit of awesomeness by [info]cleolinda linked from [info]bitsy_icons: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in Fifteen Minutes Awesome.
:: The above post was a [info]m15m, so I went there, and from there found [info]made_of_fail_pc, and from there, Peter David's blog! Peter David is one of my favorite Star Trek writers.
:: From this post in [info]antitheism, this funny comedian by Maria Bamford:

I had a friend invite me to this "class" he had taken. "It's really changed my life. Would you like to come to a newcomers class at 7:30 PM? There's no obligation, and it's free!" And I was like "sure I'll join your cult!"

And I went! I went to the cult because they said they had free food, and that's MY religion. ;)

:: From @gayatheist, Michelangelo Signorile Takes on NOM's Brian Brown.
:: This is the only link I'm going to post regarding SurveyFail. From Hoyden About Town.
:: Neato! From kink_bingo at DW, Slash Books :D :D
:: This awesomeness from [info]thepodsquad, quoted by [info]supersuncspaz7 at [info]metaquotes:

Me: can I just say, really quickly, that whenever I watch shows about Jesus, I'm like, "Damn, Jesus, you were awesome."
Me: and then I get sad for him chillin' up in heaven having to deal with so many assholes invoking his name for stupid shit.
Me: Like...Creed.
Me: I bet Jesus is so not a fan of Creed.
Me: He's like, "Really, Scott Stapp? Really? This is what we're doing now?"
Me: Only in Aramaic or whatever.
MADELINE: i say that all the time
MADELINE: jesus is totally like OH MY GOD I AM GOING TO MY ROOM UNTIL THESE BITCHES CALM DOWN
MADELINE: and God is like, Jesus? Honey? Come out.
Me: And he's like, "DAD. DAD. I cannot deal with these people, okay? I mean, at least you can smite them. I'm just sitting up here chilling and wishing I could have a chocolate Easter egg."
MADELINE: and God's like, honey. come on.
Me: and eventually, God has to go get Mary
Me: and Mary's like, "He's your son."
Me: and God's all, "Mary, please. Not now. Your son needs you."
MADELINE: LOL
MADELINE: And Mary's all, you know, I try and I try, but let me just tell you this: when he lived with me, he was not like this.

:: From [info]thrifthorror, Evil Bunny Megapost D: (from shewalkssoftly.com)
:: After Fizzy saw the bit in an earlier Sidetrackedery about Barnacle Bill, she sent me the link to the lyrics to "Eskimo Nell" and it are NSFW.
:: Also from Fizzy, a bawdier version of Barnacle Bill.
:: A quote from [info]polyanarch posted by [info]torasama in [info]metaquotes:

Christianity: The belief that life and all of the universe is a gift from an imaginary magic spirit who lives in space and is angry at all humans because a woman he made of spare ribs was talked into eating the fruit from a magic tree by a talking snake. This is the same magic spirit who later came down and impregnated a virgin so he could have a son who would be killed and turned into a zombie. This was so that people could eat the meat and drink the blood from his zombie body and be saved from the stigma of what that rib-woman did by eating the magic fruit that made the magic spirit mad in the first place. Only by eating this magic zombie flesh and blood, and telepathically pledging their lives to him, can the descendants of the spare-rib woman be forgiven and follow his son whom he sent to save them from himself.

:: Okay, for the rest of this one I'll just link to the [info]metaquotes post. :P
:: This bit of Richard Dawkins awesome from [info]atheism. :)

044.

May. 6th, 2010 12:48 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
Sidetrackedery, n.: the weird, interesting, and/or fun stuff I find via my ever-behindness in my LJ flist, from Twitter, emails, going back through friends' LJs, and elsewhere.

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:: Hee. From [info]atheism, US religious Right concedes defeat
:: This is fucking awesome. The Gonzales Cantata A choir work based on transcripts of Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Alberto Gonzales, by Australian composer (who's lived in the US for six years) Melissa Dunphy.
:: From Fizzy via Gtalk, this adorableness of kids' responses to "What does love mean?" found at [info]sw_fangirl's LJ. :)
:: From [info]mil_wives, Working Around the Military: Challenges of Military Spouse Employment. Very well done, methinks.
:: From [info]words_spoken, her fantastic professional photography website featuring her often-breathtaking images.
:: This are epic smackdown. From [info]atheism, Christopher Hitchens vs. Todd Freil on Wretched Radio. FULL POINTS SIR. Also, Todd Freil is a douchebag. (from atheistmedia.com)
:: From [info]navytron89, these sci-fi-ish pics from the Paris Fashion Show I always wonder when I see stuff like that, who would buy such a thing, and where would he/she wear it? (from [info]wendylady2)
:: From [info]rahmbamarama, Stephen Colbert on Whose Line Is It Anyway! (youtube)
:: Awww. :( From Fizzy, Mr. Percival's last flight. (from theage.com.au)
:: Here, have some creationist bullshit: From [info]atheism, How God Helped Noah by Using Earth's Magnetosphere. And I was really impressed with this comment, which is rare because it comes from [info]vox_diabolica, one of the community's trolls:

Wait... Doesn't hydrogen need to combust in order to combine with oxygen to make water? That was strangely missing from the Genesis account. 'And Noah said: "Oh the humanity! The sky is on fire!" And lo, the boat he made out of very flammable wood was fried.'

:: This is fucking awesome. From [info]amuin at [info]metaquotes, [info]elenbarathi on same-sex marriage: (yes, I'm gonna quote the whole thing)

"I'm very much against ALL marriage, except in the religious sense. If people want to get married by the rites of their church, whether it's the Catholic Church or the Church of All Worlds, that's fine with me and I wish them all mazel tov (or the Martian equivalent.) I totally support the church's right to say who may or may not be married within its tradition. HOWEVER, this joyful religious ceremony should have NO standing under U.S. law, any more than baptism has. In this country, Church and State are separate.

Let adults wishing to legally share their resources and responsibilities with their adult cohabitants go down to City Hall and file a contract specifying the details of their arrangement. The number and sex of the signers and which (if any) of them are sharing a bed should be NO business of the State's.

:: ARGH. From [info]ontd_political, Trigger Warning (It's about the public option, it's not actually triggery.)
:: Cuteness picspam here! Is [info]rahmbamarama so it's locked.
:: From [info]i_iz_norml, Michigan part of growing push for autism coverage. 'Bout time.
:: Also from [info]i_iz_norml, Still Overlooking Austistic Adults. Another one to file under #HCRNAO

043.

May. 6th, 2010 12:46 am
orbitaldiamonds: penguin in a green shirt with Earth on it, "<3 Earth" sign (Default)
[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From September 7, 2009)

Sidetrackedery, n.: the weird, interesting, and/or fun stuff I find via my ever-behindness in my LJ flist, from Twitter, emails, going back through friends' LJs, and elsewhere.

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:: From military.com, Guard Opens First Academy for Dropouts. Neato! :)
:: Also from military.com, Working With War Wounds. Best wishes, Sgt. Ranno.
:: From [info]rahmbamarama, TRMS Insani-Tea: Conservatives Rally Around "Teabagging" Oh, here they come. Going through April is gonna be FUN!
:: From @DonLemonFans, Viral Web site mocks Wal-Mart customers. I'm looking through People of Wal-Mart, and as a Southerner, I haven't found anything particularly offensive yet. Most of it's just funny/embarrassing.
:: From @Scoop44, Why Objectivity Just Won't Matter
:: From @gayatheist, Protect Maine Equality Releases First Two TV Ads Well done!
:: From Encyclopedia Dramatica, quoted by [info]zevshir:

how being verbose works to your advantage:

"If your teacher assigns you a paper on some boring-ass topic like the Whiskey Rebellion of 1791, you know that bitch isn't gonna read every single paper in your 500 seat lecture class, so you can just fire up the copypasta machine and make your paper so long and boring that she'll get about 3 pages in before giving up and scribbling a "B" on it before running off to some seedy motel with one of her other students."

:: Neato! From [info]zevshir, North Carolina Town Prints Own Currency to Support Local Business
:: Awwwwwww. From [info]exceptindreams, I know you little, I love you lots.
:: WIN. From @GayRainArmy, Finger Bitten Off in Fight At Health Care Rally. The injured anti-reform man walked to Los Robles hospital to have the finger reattached. He has Medicare.
:: This, this, and this, and this on the conservative freakout over President Obama's speech to schoolkids on Sept. 8th.
:: Awwwwww! From @sarking, Squirrel nuts over builder friend (from news.bbc.co.uk, automatic audio/video)
:: From @USArmy, Pledge of support from first lady begins family conference Nice.
:: YAYS! From @gayatheist, BREAKING: Calif. Assembly Passes Harvey Milk Day Bill :D :D :D
:: From an [info]atheism comment thread, this (an NZ survey) and (a US survey) on religion, non-religion, and demographics. (from openparachute.wordpress.com and doubtreligion.blogspot.com)

042.

May. 5th, 2010 02:14 am
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Sidetrackedery, n.: the weird, interesting, and/or fun stuff I find via my ever-behindness in my LJ flist, from Twitter, emails, going back through friends' LJs, and elsewhere.

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:: From this post in [info]ohnotheydidnt, Antiziganism, or prejudice against the Romani people (otherwise known as Gypsies).
:: **flees [info]stupid_free and [info]ohnotheydidnt for the relative sanity less-fuckity of my flist**
:: My goodness, this is awesome. From [info]outercourse in a [info]nacho_cheese comment thread, Los Colorados: Hot & ColdIs so cute!
:: From [info]iisz in [info]atheism, A Pale Blue Dot. YouTube vids here and here. :D
:: From the YouTube site of that second video, subtitle.in! Like the Braille Printer, another duh, of course it'd be out there kind of awesome thing. :D
:: This gem from [info]colbertobsessed:

Oh, and Glenn Beck is fucking insane, but I think we all know that already, lol. I saw that clip of him weeping for his country. HOLY MOO COW. Really? I mean, really?

:: From [info]ontd_political to [info]ms_treesap's userpics to [info]nextjuly to Rappin' Rudd vs. Hip-hop Howard HAHAHAHA "What up my diggers!" (youtube)
:: From @BWBooks, 'Reading Rainbow' Reaches Its Final Chapter I know I've posted another link about this, but it's still sad. (from npr.org)
:: THIS EPIC FANART OF KEITH AND RACHEL by [info]jesidres, found at the Aug. 28 Shenanigans Friday at [info]ontd_political.
:: From a [info]poor_skills comment thread, RecipeMatcher, Supercook recipe search, and CookingByNumbers.com. Very useful!
:: From [info]atheism, Why Fred Phelps should be left the fuck alone. tl;dr Freedom of speech includes freedom of being an asshole.
:: AWWWWW. From @lechatsavant, Ted Kennedy and Bo Obama! :D
:: SING IT. From military.com, Vets' Groups Slam 'Death Book' Claims. A bit late on the draw, but very well done.
:: And here's Tammy Duckworth laying the smackdown on Fox News Sunday. And ugh, be moar of a douche, Chris Wallace. (youtube)
:: From...I don't remember...on Twitter, US extends Blackwater Iraq contract. FAAAAAIL. (from english.aljazeera.net)

041.

May. 5th, 2010 02:13 am
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(From September 5, 2009)

Sidetrackedery, n.: the weird, interesting, and/or fun stuff I find via my ever-behindness in my LJ flist, from Twitter, emails, going back through friends' LJs, and elsewhere.

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:: This will make any sane person's blood boil. From [info]rpeate at [info]antitheism, NOM's Marriage Talking Points. Nope, it's still bigotry and discrimination.
:: From @jorajo, this super-cute kitty .gif! :D
:: From a comment thread in [info]atheist, shitty advice is shitty. (from salon.com)
:: And this excellent comment to said shitty advice from [info]chron_job. (Also, a lot of the other letters in response to the article are very good.)
:: An excellent bit on friending and LJ by [info]skreidle, found at [info]fragbert:

It occurs to me that you may just want to lay out some ground rules...about how this LJ is for you first, audience second; that there will be some days you don't post, and that's just life, please don't email/comment/txt about the lack o' dailypost; to keep the drama out; and that when you boil it down, listing someone as a "friend" on LJ only means two things: 1) 'I currently enjoy reading what you write', and 2) 'I'm allowing you to see my Friends-Only posts.' Anything beyond that is icing."

:: From @danielabrams, Voices Revealed: Kidnapper's Blog Flooded With Vengeful Comments. Because that's so constructive, yanno? *eyeroll* (from mediaite.com)
:: More Beckshit. From @danielabrams, Glenn Beck Accuses Obama of Starting Oligarhy (Sic) :P (from mediaite.com)
:: From [info]aesthetik_dekay, the [info]autism community, and from there, Carly's Voice. Is fascinating.
:: Have some Newt Gingrich being an ignorant jerkoff: from [info]repate at [info]antitheism, Obama administration 'anti-religious,' Gingrich says. Dude, liberal non est secular. There is a religious left.
:: From @roomerholmes, H.R. 3200 IN ITS ENTIRETY. And I'm determined to have read it all by the end of the month.
:: Heehee, right on. From [info]ksol1460 at [info]olberfanns, Barnacle Bill the Sailor. Mightily NSFW, this is the bawdy version. :) (from kristinhall.org)
:: And here's the clean version she posted at [info]olberfanns. :P
:: From [info]lady_sci_fi (I still think that's an awesome username) at [info]olberfanns, Aaron Sorkin returning to TV? Possible fictional show based on Countdown with Keith Olbermann? That would be frakkin' AWESOME.
:: From [info]rahmbamarama, Biden's Puppy Breeder: "Never, Never, Never Again". Lordy, people were dicks to her.
:: WORDY GOODNESS. A comment thread in [info]mil_wives led me to [info]stupid_free which led me to a post in [info]ohnotheydidnt and in a comment thread therein I found World Wide Words. :D

040.

May. 5th, 2010 02:11 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From September 4, 2009)

Sidetrackedery, n.: the weird, interesting, and/or fun stuff I find via my ever-behindness in my LJ flist, from Twitter, emails, going back through friends' LJs, and elsewhere.

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:: Neato! From [info]a_tergo_lupi, Gay families to join White House egg roll :D (from msnbc.msn.com)
:: Also from [info]a_tergo_lupi, U.S. Census and Same-Sex Families: Epic Fail *disappointed sigh* (from bilerico.com)
:: And the main blog from above: The Bilerico Project | Daily experiments in LGBTQ. One for the blogroll. :)
:: WORD. "Senator Kennedy did not go to England" Because he was a US Senator who had some of the best insurance available. FAIL, Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women For America. FAAAAAIL. (from bilerico.com)
:: From [info]rahmbamarama, Obama's TV: sports, surprises Interesting. (from politico.com)
:: Horrible weird shit happens in Florida, makes Australian news. From [info]atheism, Deranged mother shoots son, self at Florida shooting range. *headdesk* (from news.com.au)
:: From [info]lavenderfrost, Not Yet Rain. Go watch it! (from notyetrain.org)
:: From [info]antitheism, IT'S A GREAT DAY TO BE AN ATHEIST. Right on. :) (from soulpancake.com)
:: From [info]rahmbamarama, The Avatar Face Maker! (from manga.com)
:: From [info]antitheism, Doctor pushes science over religion. (from media.www.gwhatchet.com) WIN:

Schempp, who holds a Ph.D. from Brown University, said he is a firm believer in the role of science and its dominance over religion. He is an accomplished physicist and was involved in the development of the MRI.

He said devotion to science is what made it difficult to believe in religion.

"The Bible is not a book of truth - no more than any other book written 2,000 years ago," he said.

It is because of these feelings that Schempp has devoted much of his life to limiting prejudice against atheists and increasing the separation of church and state. He finds the idea of forcing young children to recite prayers to be ludicrous, as they are doing so without meaning.

"Robots are neither patriotic nor spiritual," he said.

Ultimately, Schempp said he sees himself not as a critic of religion but as a firm believer in the First Amendment and the freedom of choice.

He told the audience to remember, "The Constitution mentions religion only twice, and both times 'no' is attached to it."

:: This fascinating conversation in [info]atheism: The conflict between parsimony and hypothesizing the infinite.
:: Fuck yeah Florida! (Well, part of Florida.) From @FreedomToServe, Broward County, FL Passes Resolution Against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
:: From @USArmy, Soldiers try to maintain 'cool' during Battle Lab experiment
:: From [info]eh_notsomuch, Rober Ebert on Bill O'Reilly. Right on:

Dear Bill: Thanks for including the Chicago Sun-Times on your exclusive list of newspapers on your "Hall of Shame." To be in an O'Reilly Hall of Fame would be a cruel blow to any newspaper. It would place us in the favor of a man who turns red and starts screaming when anyone disagrees with him. My grade-school teacher, wise Sister Nathan, would have called in your parents and recommended counseling with Father Hogben.

:: Two great webcomics: PVT Murphy's Law, which Chris introduced me to (we have all the books), and Jenny the Military Spouse (don't remember where I found that one...)

039.

May. 3rd, 2010 02:57 am
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(From September 2, 2009. Oops, out of order!)

Sidetrackedery, n.: the weird, interesting, and/or fun stuff I find via my ever-behindness in my LJ flist, from Twitter, emails, going back through friends' LJs, and elsewhere.

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:: From the second YouTube clip here at [info]olberfanns:

Joel McHale: We weren't born with wings.
Craig Ferguson: We weren't born with wheels either; you still drive a car.

:: From [info]landfill_sky, Birmingham Repertory Theatre: His Dark Materials Part 1 I'd so love to see that series on stage! :D
:: From a comment in one of [info]sideofzen's entries, How to Get Melted ChapStick Out of Clothes. Useful! (from ehow.com)
:: From [info]atheist, for the love of all that's cute and fluffy, The United States is NOT a Christian Nation!
:: From a [info]metaquotes comment thread, THE KITTY CAT DANCE. (YouTube, automatic audio, automatic AWESOME)
:: From [info]quirkybird, the poem How to Name Your Familiar by Erica Jong. Is lovely.
:: From @andersoncooper, Dear President Obama #221: Inch by inch ... it's a cinch ... maybe (from cnn.com)
:: This makes me cry. And it makes my blood boil. From [info]mil_wives, Why Are Army Recruiters Killing Themselves? ;_; (from time.com)
:: From @DonLemonFans, Protests to focus on doctor who performed 60,000 abortions *sigh* (from cnn.com)
:: From @DotGay, Linda Ronstadt's Gay Mission (from planetout.com)
:: SWEET. From @gayatheist, Referendum 71 Supporters Names & Addresses Will Be Released. :D
:: From [info]atheist, UMD Senate Votes to Drop Commencement Prayer Right on! :D (from wjla.com)
:: From this entry to [info]atheism, The End of Philosophy. I think [info]chron_job's commentary was better than the article. :P (from nytimes.com)
:: "Hey kids! Have you heard of NOM? And did you know that WaPo has their head up Brian Brown's ass?" From @GayRainArmy, Profile of Brian Brown, Executive Director of the National Organization for Marriage (jerk.) (from washingtonpost.com)
:: From [info]bisexual_world, Vermont lawmakers legalize gay marriage Marriage is a state issue. One at a time is how it should be. (from msnbc.msn.com)

038.

May. 3rd, 2010 02:56 am
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(From September 3, 2009. Oops, out of order!)

Sidetrackedery, n.: the weird, interesting, and/or fun stuff I find via my ever-behindness in my LJ flist, from Twitter, emails, going back through friends' LJs, and elsewhere.

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:: Excellent! From @gayatheist, Uruguay Approves Gay Adoption (from thegayatheist.com from afp)
:: From [info]metaquotes, I know it would convince me... Wordy goodness. :)
:: FULL POINTS, CANADA. From [info]ontd_political, Thanks, Canada: Facebooks's 4 Big Privacy Fixes :D
:: From an [info]ontd_political comment thread, Everysaturdaymorning's Blog, written by one of the Escort Volunteer Coordinators for the only abortion clinic in Louisville, KY.
:: This makes me so sad. From [info]ontd_political, Reading Rainbow ends its 26-year run. I'd say my childhood weeps, but I've watched it as an adult too. I hope it comes out on DVD or something, I'd show the episodes to my kids someday.
:: Right. The fuck. ON. (from an ontd_p comment thread)
:: From [info]shiruartist, Great Geek Debates: Stormtrooper vs. Redshirt *geeks the fuck out* (from wired.com)
:: WOOHOO! From [info]partlyyellow, Vermont Marriage Equality kicks in at Midnight Eastern! :D :D :D (from unitethefight.blogspot.com)
:: From @PaulReikhoff, Student-veterans pinched by aid delay. *facepalm* (from dailyiowan.com)
:: Awwww Joey! From [info]rahmbamarama, Biden Cracks Up Announcers With Jokes About His Baldness, Dan Quayle. With video! :D (from huffingtonpost.com)
:: From @roomerholmes, House Leadership Memo Urges Dems: Remember That Public Option Has Tons Of Support. (from theplumline.whorunsgov.com)
:: From this entry in [info]metaquotes, Asian Women Carnival #1, then Deconstruction of the Land, Which I Pledge No Allegiance, then Racism has consequences at UW, and You are guilty, Yellow. Can I go back to kindergarten where people were just people?
:: From this entry in [info]atheism, Medium Large. :)
:: From [info]exceptindreams, this lovely poem called The World Is a Beautiful Place, by Lawrence Ferlenghetti. An excerpt (emphasis mine on my favorite line):

Yes the world is the best place of all
for a lot of such things as
making the fun scene
and making the love scene
and making the sad scene
and singing low songs and having inspirations
and walking around
looking at everything
and smelling flowers
and goosing statues
and even thinking
and kissing people and
making babies and wearing pants
and waving hats and
dancing
and going swimming in rivers
on picnics
in the middle of the summer
and just generally
'living it up'
Yes
but then right in the middle of it
comes the smiling

:: From @DonLemonFans, President Obama's message in a bottle (from ac360.blogs.cnn.com)
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From September 1, 2009)

With great thanks to [profile] roboplege for posting these back in April.

Call it a Sidetrackedery special if you want to...

"But still, in terms of raw drama, the 'fair and balanced' newsmen of dystopian future sci-fi satirical shouting sledgehammer channel Fox News win out every time."


"...like a wacky neighbor from a bad sitcom..."


"He's good looking."
"Now, are you finding the world's news too scary and depressing to bear?"
"Yes."
"Do you tune in and simply think, 'oh, dear!'?"
"Yeah."
"Yeah I know you do because I am you, you dickhead."
"All right..."


"Fuck it, we'll do it live!"

037.

May. 2nd, 2010 04:32 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From August 29, 2009)

Sidetrackedery, n.: the weird, interesting, and/or fun stuff I find via my ever-behindness in my LJ flist, from Twitter, emails, going back through friends' LJs, and elsewhere.

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:: From [info]antitheism, The End of Christian America
:: From an [info]ontd_political thread, Barbara Boxer Gives Sen. Inhofe A Lesson Right on! (youtube, automatic audio)
:: From the same ontd_p posts's comments, Beck Rants Against Polar Bears: 'They Eat People! For The Love Of Pete, They're Big, Angry Bears!' *eyeroll*
:: From this post to [info]ontd_political, Breaking the Silence: Pro-Lifers' Choice for Women Well worth reading the whole thing.
:: From the above link, The Girls Who Went Away by Ann Fressler. "The stories contained in this book are painful to read. They will make you angry. They will make you cry. But they are necessary."
:: Rock on. Me and My Teaspoon ;_;
:: From the disability comm on DW, Perspectives from a Blind Point of View, and from Googling "Tiger Embosser," I found Braille Printers. I hadn't thought of it until she mentioned it, and then I though, well, duh. :)
:: Also, Access Ability is awesome.
:: Schaweeeet. Accessibility, There's An App For That! :D
:: From @kennedynews, A Lifetime of Service *wibble*
:: From @marlaerwin, 10 Ways to Avoid Hipster Baby Names
:: And from the previous page, Supermodel Baby Names
:: This from [info]afa_mom at [info]ontd_political brought the trolly political lulz. :P
:: From @kennedynews, President Obama's eulogy for Senator Ted Kennedy. *snifflesob*
:: From [info]gmth's profile page via me liking the icon he used at an ontd_p thread, We Want The Public Option! Sign the petition, and pass it on!

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