June 25, 2012

You mean the media doesn’t like a show that critiques the decline of American news? File under #shocking. I don’t care if “Newsroom” is hokey or ‘unrealistic.’ Why can’t we have a show about the way we think it should really be?

My favorite line was from Sam Waterston:

"I’m too old to be governed by fear of dumb people."

Well I’m too young, dammit. Speak truth to stupid. Speak up to power. I’m going to keep watching and keep writing.

April 1, 2012
Bill Maher Has Had It With Our Gun Culture

This is a cautionary tale about what happens when the Democrats completely lay down on an issue and let the Right get whatever they want. You get insanity.

Bill Maher can be too much, but I’m always happy to see someone arguing for better gun regulations.

March 29, 2012
slaughterhouse90210:

“It’s exhilarating to be alive in a time of awakening consciousness; it can also be confusing, disorienting, and painful.”—Adrienne Rich, “When We Dead Awaken: Writing As Re-Vision”

slaughterhouse90210:

“It’s exhilarating to be alive in a time of awakening consciousness; it can also be confusing, disorienting, and painful.”
Adrienne Rich, “When We Dead Awaken: Writing As Re-Vision”

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Filed under: tv Protest REVOLUTION 
March 29, 2012
"

O Lord, please don’t burn us.
Don’t grill or toast your flock.
Don’t put us on the barbecue
Or simmer us in stock.
Don’t braise or bake or boil us
Or stir-fry us in a wok.

Oh, please don’t lightly poach us
Or baste us with hot fat.
Don’t fricassee or roast us
Or boil us in a vat,
And please don’t stick thy servants, Lord,
In a Rotissomat.

"

Composed by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, authored by Graham Chapman and John Cleese

Happy birthday to Monty Python's Eric Idle (b. 1946)! So much to thank him for:

Monty Python’s Flying Circus" (1969 - 1974)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975)

The Life of Brian" (1979)

Spamalot" on Broadway

Tip of the cap to you, sir.

The Lord God Made Them All

All things dull and ugly
All creatures short and squat
All things rude and nasty
The Lord God made the lot.

Each little snake that poisons
Each little wasp that stings
He made their brutish venom
He made their horrid wings.

All things sick and cancerous
All evil great and small,
All things foul and dangerous
The Lord God made them all.

Each nasty little hornet
Each beastly little squid
Who made the spiky urchin?
Who made the sharks? He did!

All things scabbed and ulcerous
All pox both great and small
Putrid, foul and gangrenous
The Lord God made them all.

—Composed by Eric Idle, sung by Monty Python team

compiled by Annie Laurie Gaylor for FFRF

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Filed under: atheism tv movie birthday 
March 15, 2012

THIS IS THE STUFF MY NIGHTMARES ARE MADE OF.

via Vulture:

Toddlers & Tiaras’ Eden Is Getting Her Own Show

Because if there’s anything healthier than pageants, it’s reality television.

"It’s hard being Eden Wood, but I love it," 7-year-old Eden warbles in the trailer for her upcoming reality show Eden’s World. The child rose to tabloid fame after appearing on Toddlers and Tiaras and then anywhere else that would have her (The Talk, Anderson), and now Logo has given her her own series, which follows her quest for fame. The haunting phoniness of Eden’s line deliveries is disturbing enough, but the full teaser really seems to revel in the grotesque jamboree of childhood sexualization, gruesome on its own but now extra-distorted through the lens of reality television. “Not everyone is Judy Garland, you know?” some dude says, completely seriously. It’s too bad, too, because everything was so easy and wonderful and turned out so perfectly for Judy Garland. 

March 13, 2012
It's the comedy, stupid.

Well, I woke up this morning and Cathleen Falsani (aka @GodGrrl) had written the blog I had planned to post today (mine would’ve been minus the Christian viewpoint, of course). It does a pretty fair job of stating why the new show GCB is not, in fact, an attack on Christianity; if you watch and see some of those outfits, you’ll see that it’s really more of an attack on taste (oh, Texas!). Her article below:

Over the weekend, Newt Gingrich decided to wade into a minor cultural skirmish by claiming that the new ABC dramedy GCB is an attack on faith fueled by anti-Christian bias.

As Gingrich is, from my perspective at least, prone to flights of intellectual fancy, I was at first prone to roll my eyes and ignore his latest sojourn into the ridiculous. But upon further reflection, I thought it merited a response because his notion that a satire could be the latest cannon fodder in the alleged war on religion (which usually means “war on Christianity” to those who invoke it) speaks to a larger cultural conundrum: Christians and our sense of humor (or, rather, the lack thereof.)

I can understand Gingrich, whose name, from time to time, has been the punch-line for late-night-talk-show-host monologues, being a wee bit sensitive about standing on the wrong side of a joke. And yet, as he has spent his adult life in the glare of the public spotlight, one might assume his hide would have been a bit tougher by now.But this isn’t really about Gingrich. It’s about those “Good Christian Belles” (nee “Bitches”) aka the characters on the most-recently-renamed GCB (by nervous network executives) and whether they are primetime assassins with perfectly-manicured fingers poised on the trigger of cultural Kalashnikovs aimed at Christ and his Church.

I think not.

Read the rest…

March 7, 2012
IF ONLY.

In honor of Mad Men’s return later this month, Vulture has released a new flavor based on the agency’s silver fox, Roger Sterling. If only it were real!

via Buzzfeed

IF ONLY.

In honor of Mad Men’s return later this month, Vulture has released a new flavor based on the agency’s silver fox, Roger Sterling. If only it were real!

via Buzzfeed

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