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May. 19th, 2010 02:30 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 tab's been open for days, no longer remember where I got it. Limbaugh's latest lie: "I don't tell lies on this program"Riiiiiight. (from mediamatters.org)
:: From IAVA, Report: Too many vets wait a year for claim. Can has change nao plz?
:: Also from IAVA, Durbin discusses help for homeless vets. (from chicagotribune.com)
:: Fuck Yeah Tammy Duckworth. From the above link, VA official lost legs, not her drive, in Iraq. (from chicagotribune.com)
:: It's about time! XD Another from IAVA, Let women work on subs, Navy secretary says (from usatoday.com)
:: This is unacceptable. Then again, it's been unacceptable. One more from IAVA, U.S. seeing more female homeless veterans. (from cnn.com)

HuffPo TVTropes'ing me again:
:: Ed's a partisan wanker, but he's on my side. ^_^ Another from HuffPo, Ed Schultz Challenges Eric Cantor To Exciting Debate.
:: Obama Slams Health Care Critics For Spreading "Outlandish Rumors".
:: Jacob M. Appel: "Mercy Killing: When Love & Law Conflict.
:: That guy has a point for the kind of situations he mentions, but I'm throwing my support behind Not Dead Yet.
:: Lionel Beehner: Why Dictators Tend to Babble.
:: Interesting. Henry Jenkins: In a Social Networking World, What's the Future of TV?
:: SING IT. Bill Maher: New Rule: If America Can't Get It Together, We Lose The Bald Eagle.
:: Well done, Mrs. Brown. Sarah Brown: A Changing Tide of Opinion for Girls and Women.
:: And this from British PM Gordon Brown and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf: Taking Women's Rights Seriously.

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May. 14th, 2010 03:26 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From September 27, 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 IAVA, Vets impatient with GI Bill payment delays (from militarytimes.com)
:: Also from IAVA, Obama to present Medal of Honor to Monti family Thursday (from militarytimes.com)
:: From HuffPo, Lorelei Kelly: Screaming Joe Wilson: Newt Gingrich's Frankenstein *sigh* Nevermind that Frankenstein was the doctor, not the creature.
:: This and this on the arrests made in Iraq after a rocket attack launched on the U.S. Embassy which coincided with Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Baghdad. (from militarytimes.com and nytimes.com)
:: From IAVA, Duckworth tells VA directors in Asheville to expect more women, more funding GOOD. (from citizen-times.com)
:: Heehee. From DailyKosTV, President Obama calling Kanye West a jackass. Off the record means off the record, but damn, that was fun to hear.
:: Right. The fuck. ON. From HuffPo, Trey Ellis: Mr. President, More "Jackass" Outbursts, please! XD
:: Getting TVTropes'd by HuffPo, cont'd: "Tea Party" Leader Melts Down On CNN: Obama Is An "Indonesian Muslim Turned Welfare Thug" Um, whut?
:: From a HuffPo Link, NineTwelvePhotos's photostream on Flickr.
:: From HuffPo, Reese Schonfeld: CNN Has Lost Its Way. He wrote:
When I heard one of the protesters demanding that President Obama and his "kind" were leading us to Communism, I had little doubt what "kind" he was talking about. Giving an audience of millions to enraged extremists is too great a gift to qualify as "freedom of speech."
And I disagree. Part of the beauty of freedom of speech is that everybody gets to be heard. I mean, yeah, CNN gets to decide what's shown on their air, but why not let the nutters hang themselves with their own rope?
:: So sad. Henry Gibson Died: Dead at 73 :( (from HuffPo)
:: SO not the change I voted for. RJ Eskow: Top Five Reasons the Baucus Bill is Really, Really Bad (from HuffPo)
:: Mo' HuffPo: CNBC's Maria Bartiromo Pretends Her Medicare Flub Never Happened I have a hunch that Maria Bartiromo is getting paid under the table by anti-reform corporations. But it's just a hunch. :P
:: This awesomeness about family from [info]metaquotes.
:: OMFFSM Dorkiest advice request ever. Is [info]mil_wives and therefore locked.

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May. 13th, 2010 01:50 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From September 26, 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 IAVA, 4 U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan ;_; (from cnn.com)
:: Also from IAVA, U.S. gives new rights to Afghan prisoners. (from msnbc.msn.com)
:: From @Scoop44, Making Media Partisanship Work.
:: From Brave New Films, SickForProfit.com. The video will make your blood boil.
:: From @trexsandwich, NatalieDee. Awesome and funny comics. :D
:: From @shannynmoore, Frank Schaeffer: Glenn Beck and the 9/12 Marchers: Subversive From Within Very informative, please read. (from huffingtonpost.com)
:: From @newsminer, Yes on sales tax Some of the comments are even smart. (from newsminer.com)
:: HAHAHAHAHA. Wilson Shouts 'You Lie' After Wife Fakes Orgasm (from borowitzreport.com)
:: From a link from HuffPo, The 9/12 Project: What? (from trueslant.com)
:: Beautiful time-suck win. From Fizzy via Gtalk, Orisinal : Morning Sunshine (from ferryhalim.com)
:: Why am I not surprised? From HuffPo, 9/12 March 'Tea Party' Photo: False Image Spread By Anti-Reform Activists and thisfrom PolitiFact that goes into more detail.
:: This will make your head explode with RAAAAGE. From Trialia via Gtalk, Steven L. Anderson: Killing Gays is Not Murder (from signorile.com)
:: From BBC News, Is race a factor in Obama protests Um, do bears shit in the woods?
:: From military.com, Military Spouses Create Group to Help Troops, Vets Find Jobs :D
:: Also from military.com, Military Chief Suggests Need to Enlarge U.S. Afghan Force (from nytimes.com)

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May. 13th, 2010 01:49 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From September 25, 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 change.org, Darfur Activism: Fact & Fiction.
:: Also from change.org, The Presidential Principle of "Make Me Do It".
:: From a [info]poor_skills comment thread, Survival Guide to Homelessness and Leaving Abuse.
:: In fact, the whole post is chock-full of good advice about escaping abuse and being homeless/living on the cheap.
:: Roller Derby FTMFW. From [info]landfill_sky, the Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames :D
:: Fucking AWESOME. From @milblogging, Col. Tim Kopra Tweets from Space, "We're preparing the orbiter for return--setting up seats, pulling out suits.Weather's iffy" :D :D (from milblogging.com)
:: WTFF? From @ontd_political, College president honors "diversity" by naming center after Dick Cheney. Dude, being pro-marriage equality is great, but it doesn't make up for all the other stuff. (via philly.com)
:: Your occasional does of tasteless jokery from an [info]ontd_political comment thread:

Knock knock
Who's there?
9/11
9/11 who?
YOU SAID YOU'D NEVER FORGET

...

When does a pentagon have four sides?
When it intersects a plane
:: (We can all hang out in the special hell later.)
:: From @zev4, US man fires cannon, hits neighbor's house (from gmanews.tv)
:: Hahaha! From @marlaerwin, It's time to play Cheese or Font XD
:: From @msnbc_politics, This 9/11, Obama has bullhorn on terrorism. (from msnbc.msn.com)
:: From [info]eh_notsomuch, Call the waaaaaaaaaah-mbulance. About the top 1% complaining about how "hard" they have it now. (via nymag.com)
:: From @newsminer, 'Make your pie and eat it too' at Ester festival. Books, pies, and a McDermott playing the ukulele. What more could you want? (from newsminer.com)
:: From IAVA, U.S. to send more counter-explosives units to Afghanistan. (from latimes.com)

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May. 13th, 2010 01:47 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From September 24, 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 @natthedem, President Obama Memorializes Walter Cronkite Is an excellent speech. (youtube)
:: From [info]rahmbamarama, Barack Obama with a Cricket Bat. :D 'Cause Fizzy sent me that link when it was new, and I'm sure it'll make her smile again since she knows who the other guy is too. ^_^ Also, is a wholly perfect use of the "liberal riot bat of justice" tag. XD (is locked since it's RBR.)
:: This warms the cockles of my heart. From @books4soldiers, from 1SG Rob :)
:: From [info]a_tergo_lupi, What Would Jesus NOT Do? Well worth the watch. (youtube)
:: From @rkref, Tim Pawlenty: I Might Invoke the 10th Amendment to Stop Health Care Reform Well, there hasn't been much federalism discussion lately, but it's still bullpucky. (from washingtonindependent.com)
:: From [info]bisexual_world, The Bigots' Last Hurrah I'll say it again: SUCK IT, @NOMTWEETS. (from nytimes.com)
:: This addictive game that Fizzy showed me: Bubble Spinner It's addictive. (from addictinggames.com)
:: From [info]i_iz_norml, Ana Marie Cox -- Why We Should Get Rid of the White House Press Corps (from washingtonpost.com)
:: Also from [info]i_iz_norml, John Green -- Why We Should Get Rid of the Prom (from washingtonpost.com)
:: From [info]atheism, Laughing at Religion, a compilation of the YouTube Religion Wars.
:: From [info]sunoftheskye at [info]antitheism, This week (of Apr. 20th) in Holy Crimes.
:: About time! From change.org, Department of Labor Releases List of Slave-Made Goods.
:: Also from change.org, It's Time to End the Federal Ban on Gay Blood Donations It's past time. That ban is my age!
:: Another from change.org, Don't Let Kellogg's Buy Scientists: Froot Loops Aren't a Healthy Breakfast. Fo'reals.
:: Lubna Hussein rocks my socks. One more from change.org, Lubna & Her Pants *fistbumps from Alaska*

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May. 11th, 2010 02:03 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From September 21, 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 needs to be seen. From an [info]ontd_political comment thread, Michael Moore's SICKO In. Its. Entirety. (from video.google.com)
:: Lordy fuck. From @HumanityCritic, VIDEO: Watch Joe "You Lie" Wilson Yell at Dem, Rant about His Hatred of America"More Judges Are Punishing Wall Street's Bad Behavior While Regulators Do Nothing... (via bloomberg.com)
:: From Huffington Post, New Rule: Conspiracy Weary Well done, Mr. Maher. XD
:: And another from HuffPo: Carolita Johnson: Obama's Zombification Of Our Children WIN.
:: From @linktv, Veiled Voices. This is fantastic.
:: From @verucablue, Obama Accepts Wilson's Apology. Can we get back to the HCR discussion now, please?
:: Oh, lordy. From @shannynmoore, South Carolina Congressman Who Sreamed at President Obama Fought to Keep Confederate Flag (from firedoglake.com)
:: From @USArmy, 1st Armored Division Museum moves to Fort Bliss
:: *sigh* From BreakingNews, President Obama proclaims September 11, 2009 as "Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance". National Day of Service and Remembrance wasn't enough? :P
:: From @AnaMarieCoxShow, Barbara Boxer Tells Rachel Maddow How She Feels Inside and other great video. Now I just wonder how the fuck they get the MSNBC embeds to work. :P (from airamerica.com)
:: *boggles* From @ontd_political, Japan death row 'breeds insanity' (via news.bbc.co.uk)
:: From @newsminer, Effects of Arctic warming seen as widespread. Learn from my mistake and don't read the comments.
:: From @shannynmoore RTing @Franklin808, Sept. 8's This Modern World (from salon.com)
:: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA TOP GOV. From @Scoop44 and CurrentTV.

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May. 10th, 2010 12:42 pm
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From September 18, 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 @natthedem, You Lie (from ta-nehisicoates.theatlantic.com)
:: ARGH. From @USArmy, Free health care available to those willing to sacrifice Why should you have to sacrifice (outside of, yanno, paying taxes) for something that should be a right of citizenship?
:: From @militaryavenue, Soldiers take 'Extreme Makeover' to Afghanistan (from militaryavenue.com)
:: Jerry Nadler, Fuck Yeah. From @ontd_political, Dems To Intorduce DOMA Repeal in House. It's about fucking time!
:: Ugh. Stay classy, Blue Cross. From @ontd_political, Blue Cross Blue Shield Execs Profited From Bogus Bonuses (via HuffPo)
:: From @natthedem, Probable beltway evolution of Wilson's "You Lie" :P (from dailykos.com)
:: *sigh* on so many levels. From @linktv, Frankfurt Book Fair revokes invitations to dissident Chinese writers. (from dw-world.de)
:: From the above link to the main page, Post 9/11, has Europe paid too high a price for security?
:: Another: Brussels to pump billions into helping poorer nations fight global warming.
:: From @newsminer, Alaska board denies appeals of Palin ethics complaints. (from newsminer.com)
:: Freaking cool. From @marlaerwin, The Trash Project: An evening of dance performed by the employees and machinery of Austin's Solid Waste Service Department. (from forkliftdanceworks.com)
:: Neato! From @linktv, Obama reverses the way the world sees America. (from dw-world.de)
:: RIGHT ON. From @ontd_political, Scrubs + Rock the Vote = Rock the Healthcare :D
:: Intawestink. From @ontd_political, It's against House rules to call President a liar. (from bluestateredhead at dailykos)
:: The specificity that it's okay for Members to refer to unnamed officials as "our half-baked nitwits handling foreign affairs" is fucking hilarious, though. XD

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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. 6th, 2010 12:46 am
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[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)

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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...)

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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)

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May. 3rd, 2010 02:56 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(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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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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Apr. 10th, 2010 06:00 pm
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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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:: From [info]zevshir, this gem of an April Fools' joke:

This is too funny.
The PA Wing website (www.pawingcap.com) has been updated for April Fool's Day. Here's a sample:

Notice of Proposed Regulation
Wednesday, 01 Apr 2009, by JColgan

Part 2, Section 972 (a) 1 (c)

Section I
No CAP member, or person or persons acting on the direction or suggestion or supervision of a CAP member, may try, or attempt to try, or make attempt to try to comprehend or understand any or all, in whole or in part, of the herin mentioned Regulation, except as authorized by the National Commander or an agent appointed by, or inspected by the National Commander.

Section II
If a CAP member or any group of members becomes aware of or realizes, or detects, or discovers, finds that he/she, or they are understanding or have been beginning to understand the Regulations, they must immediately, within three (3) days, notify, in writing, in triplicate, the National Legal Officer using CAPF 129a, Notice of Impending Comprehension.

Section III
Upon receipt of the above-mentioned notice of impending comprehension, the National Legal Officer shall immediately rewrite the Regulation that is in imminent danger of being understood. Such rewriting shall be done in such a manner to eliminate any further hazard of comprehension.

Section IV
The National Commander may, at his/her discretion, require the offending CAP member or members to attend remedial instruction on Regulations until such time that the CAP member or members is too confused to be capable of understanding anything.

:: From [info]metaquotesExamples of what not to do at goth night :P
:: My favorites are the bunny on the keg and the dollar-store Cthulu. From [info]thrifthorror.
:: From [info]atheismThe Atheist's Dilemma: Family Guy Takes A Stand (from cinemablend.com)
:: Another lovely poem posted by [info]exceptindreamsIn Your Version of Heaven I Am Younger by Rachel Zucker.
:: From [info]antitheismthis amusing Chick Tract. :P
:: From [info]rahmbamaramaAll the President's Emails. Is fukken awesome. :D (from guardian.co.uk)
:: From [info]babyzblueze via MSN, GNW opening monologue texts! :D
:: And another from [info]babyzbluezeHow to Eat Cheese. Because it's funny and she insisted. :P
:: And another... ^__^ Doug Anthony Allstars: Case File
:: This is fantastic. From [info]antitheismNZers becoming less religious: Survey Those statistics, right on!
:: From surfing the above-linked NZ Herald News website, NZ growing bigger and further apart.
:: Lordy fuck. Another from the NZ Herald News, US funding for 'no' vote Focus on your own damn families! *facepalm*
:: AWESOME. From [info]rahmbamaramaExclusive: Rahm Emanuel's speech (from media.www.gwhatchet.com) And the comments!
:: Another great April Fools joke from [info]atheism.

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Apr. 9th, 2010 03:02 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From August 19, 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]ontd_politicalObama's Man on the Budget - Just 40 and Going Like 60
:: This fucking awesome music video full of badass women getting what they want from [info]greensilver (via 
:: From [info]metaquote[info]james_nicoll on whether Canada should annex the Turks and Caicos Islands
:: From the above, The Rhinoceros Party of Canada Neeeeeato. (from wikipedia)
:: ARGH. *stomps around, fuming* Anchorage Mayor Vetoes Gay Rights Ordnance. I'd so like to make the drive there just to kick this motherfucker in the shins. (from newsminer.com)
:: From [info]metaquotesan excellent turn of phrase :D
:: I love these kind of lists. From Fizzy via Gtalk, Things that say 'Melbourne' (even more than a big M) :D
:: From @marlaerwin, OMG, how accepting: Australian Ruggers, and from there, This Is Oz - Speak up for an inclusive Australia EPIC WIN, Y'ALL. :D
:: From McClatchy, Who's behind the attacks on a health care overhaul?
:: From [info]ontd_politicalSpeaking Freely, Biden Finds Influential Role (from nytimes.com)
:: From @8C, Language Log >> An Old Person's Guide to "No Homo" I've seen this on an "Army / No Homo" T-shirt, and I even heard it at a barbecue with Reid and some of his Army buddies...but now I know the origins. (from languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu)
:: Also from @8C, Sweet Surrender: A Little Debbie Death Match :D :D:: One more from @8C, A Selection of People You Will Always Find in a Yoga Class ...heehee... 

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Apr. 9th, 2010 03:01 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From August 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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:: Awesome. From Fizzy via Gtalk, Browns join Twitter war over NHS (from news.bbc.co.uk)
:: From six degrees of , One SyStep Forward, Two SySteps Back. Who'd'a thunk it? A fail bigger than the name "SyFy" itself.
:: This is so cool. From Fizzy, Sit-Skiers relish fruity instruction
:: From @JoinTheImpact, Assembly OKs gay rights ordinance 7-4 :D :D
:: Another from Fizzy: School pupil, 90, dies in Kenya What an awesome guy. :)
:: From [info]ontd_politicalCanada prepared to fight zombie invasion! So. Fucking. Cool. (And the source article, Scholars put braaaaains together to thwart zombies :D)
:: From a comment in the above, the comic President Evil. (from ontd_political, locked)
:: From a link from one of [info]liz_marcs's cut-the-bullshit posts, the one for countries with government health care, Say Hello to Yellow: State-Sponsored Healthcare in Denmark I really like the card idea. (Though you'd think something like a Social Security Number would work here.)
:: From HuffPo, Michael Krantz: Who Would Jesus Insure? Tea Party Dispatch From San Francisco
:: From [info]fizzylandDNA Sculpture is "Vile and Offensive" Whut.
:: From the site of the last link, Being Religious is like Eating Sand
:: Heehee. From [info]atheismJesus of the Week :D
:: From [info]maddow_kicksRachel Maddow on Afghanistan -- ang Groupies and finally buying a TV (PODCAST) (but it's not automatic audio)
:: I call BULLSHIT. But this comment is fucking hilarious:

"Keep your Jesus off my penis, keep your Bible off my balls, keep your prayers outta my ears and your crosses off my walls. You can have the virgin mother and the ressurection[sic] too, but keep your Jesus off my penis and I’ll keep my penis off of you."
:: Another one from Fizzy: 10 Popular Porn Scenarios That Seem Highly Implausible (from cracked.com) 

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Mar. 31st, 2010 04:22 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From July 28, 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 awesome. From change.org, Youth Taking Action: Serving Iraqi refugees
:: Found at [info]rahmbamarama, Obama's First 100 Days from The Onion.
:: From [info]aesthetik_dekay at my Tim Minchin post, "I have this horrible fear of zombies..." Is good tiems. XD
:: From [info]queer_yay, another WBC smackdown! WIN.
:: Yes, another post of mine to [info]metaquotes. :) (Re: the "Ex-Masturbator" T-shirts, etc.)
:: Lordy. From [info]zevshir, Does Policy Endanger Female Soldiers? (from cbsnews.com)
:: From [info]a_tergo_lupi, An interview with Jerry Coyne (from americanscientist.org)
:: From [info]rahmbamarama, Attitude of Rahm Emanuel (from esquire.com)
:: From [info]olberfanns, this video and this video of Keith Olbermann on CSPAN.
:: Neato! From Fizzy via Gtalk, Top Gear star to build Lego house (from news.bbc.co.uk)
:: During a conversation on sexuality, I looked this up on Google: Two Spirited People A fascinating read.
:: An awesome Keith/Anderson AU by [info]peapods42.
:: From [info]driftingfocus, 6 Reasons North Korea is the Funniest Evil Dictatorship Ever (from cracked.com)
:: From the above link, The Insane Histories of the World's 6 Tiniest Nations (from cracked.com)
:: From [info]bisexual_world, Big City - A Teacher's Commitment Ceremony, and the Seventh Grade Is Invited WIN.
:: From [info]colbertobsessed, Snacks and Shit and Porn SFW - Safe For Work Porn Pictures :D
:: From @FreedomToServe, Gay Soldier on British Army Magazine It is so beyond time to repeal DADT.
:: From [info]exceptindreams, this poem that made me wibble:

"The Wounding Moment"
Chris Ransick

Don't try to tell me now
we were otherwise kind to the girl.
Such lies mock both the truth and
what we've become since with our
accumulated years. I know I will walk
backward through nightmares forever,
trying but unable to catch her tears
in my outstretched palm.
When you tormented her that day
at the woods' edge, summer sky
stormed because your words
curdled clouds. Yes, she was fat,
and her skin raw with blemishes.
I flinched when she raised her head,
red-rimmed eyes fierce, and learned
from her how to speak none of it.
I was, as always, captive in my
little-brotherness to you, my captain,
but I disowned you there with the
sunlight glinting off your blond hair,
all your beauty still somehow less
than her anger, sheathed.

:: The comments on this entry of [info]atheism are creative-solution-finding WIN.
:: From Fizzy, State faces 'worst-ever' fire season I'll be over here, worried sick for Fizzy and her family for the next several months.

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Mar. 25th, 2010 11:40 am
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[personal profile] orbitaldiamonds
(From July 22, 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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:: HAHAHAHAHAHA. From [info]metaquotes.
:: From military.com, Unknown No More; Fallen Troop Named Neato! :)
:: What would Pat Buchanan have to say to get himself fired from MSNBC? (from mediamatters.org)
:: Death to My Embryos! Long Live Stem Cells! (by Michele Kayal at HuffPo)
:: From [info]a_tergo_lupi, What's Left For A Soul To Do?
:: From [info]skywaterblue, EXCLUSIVE: Pocket Books Announces 2010 Star Trek Books -- Includes 4 'JJ-verse' Novels Um, in case it wasn't obvious, there are MAJOR SPOILERS therein.
:: Also from [info]skywaterblue, Doctor Who's David Tenant tipped to play Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit Interesting!
:: This massive stack of win from [info]metaquotes.
:: From Fizzy via Gtalk, Holy hoon: flying nun clocked at 180km/h :D
:: From the Fairbanks News-Miner, Alaska firefighters grapple with blazes
:: From military.com, Rules for Rendering Hand Salute of U.S. Flag
:: LAWL. From Fizzy via Gtalk, Stand-up straight and listen when Barack Obama speaks to you (from smh.com.au)
:: This awesome, awesome article, found via a link from [info]rahmbamarama: The Unitarian Jihad For the win:

We are Unitarian Jihad. We are everywhere. We have not been born again, nor have we sworn a blood oath. We do not think that God cares what we read, what we eat or whom we sleep with. Brother Neutron Bomb of Serenity notes for the record that he does not have a moral code but is nevertheless a good person, and Unexalted Leader Garrote of Forgiveness stipulates that Brother Neutron Bomb of Serenity is a good person, and this is to be reflected in the minutes.

And some more win:

Brother Gatling Gun of Patience notes that he's pretty sure the world is out to get him because everyone laughs when he says he is a Unitarian. There were murmurs of assent around the room, and someone suggested that we buy some Congress members and really stick it to the Baptists. But this was deemed against Revolutionary Principles, and Brother Gatling Gun of Patience was remanded to the Sunday Flowers and Banners committee.

People of the United States! We are Unitarian Jihad! We can strike without warning. Pockets of reasonableness and harmony will appear as if from nowhere! Nice people will run the government again! There will be coffee and cookies in the Gandhi Room after the revolution.

:: From this entry in [info]atheism, Quiverfull, the patriarchy movement o.O
:: Also, No Longer Quivering, the blog of the two escapees mentioned in the previous article.
:: This from [info]ontd_political on marriage from a [info]lavenderfrost entry, and also this, this, and this.

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