Monday, September 27, 2010

Pagans Invade Local NPR Station

"Why I love NPR, Reason #28"

On today's installment of Epic Win, we bring you Pagans On The Air! This past Friday, local NPR affiliate WFAE's Mike Collins did an interview on Charlotte Talks with some peeps from the Charlotte Piedmont Pagan and Heathen community. I didn't put out any announcements before the show because the last three years, every time I've set up something like this save once, it's gotten canceled or something, and I've been left with nada to show for it. So it looks like outsmarting the media may have worked this time. If you missed the live broadcast, you can hear the show here, or order a copy from the station.

I couldn't exactly expect them to do an infomercial on our upcoming Charlotte Piedmont Pagan Pride Day, so I did the next best thing and aimed for a broad overview focusing on the diversity of PHA belief systems and discussion about PHAs being a part of the whole community, not just some insular fringe group who wear a lot of tie dye and live in an communal old farmhouse with 14.7 cats. While that would be nice, it isn't accurate for everybody, neh? (pauses to blow the cat, dog, and other critter hair off the keyboard)

My Evil Plan was to get a plug in for this past Saturday's PPD as a segue, shooting off from points about needing to communicate with the general non-pagan public. If we're ever going to move past Hollywood stereotypes and Chick Tract style smear propaganda, we're going to have to do more educating and debunking. It didn't quite go that way, but they did include a link for CP PPD and got in a brief blurb at the end, and I'd be an idiot to complain*.

I'm tickled about the line of questioning Mike Collins and the producers went with. As a broad subject to the uninitiated, Paganism can look like a barrel of monkeys on double-shot espresso, and they did a great job of wrangling an unwieldy amount of information and tying it all together coherently. Corbie (Kennari), Heather, and Tony did a killer job helping untangle all of the material, and I think they definitely hit the "not what I was expecting" mark. Beer & Cookies all round!

By the way, if you had to miss CP PPD, or want more, here's a list of PPD festivals still to come. Showing up matters!

*I have, however, been told that it might be a public service to confirm for Ms.Gaffney that no, that was not your daughter's phone! The responsible moose has been carted off by llamas!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

White Knuckles: OK Go Goes Goggie Style

On today's installment of Epic Win, we bring you more OK Go:

I love these guys. The link at the end goes to their ASPCA donations page. There's also some great backstory on the whole project in the Corvallis Gazette-Times.

Thanx muchlys to Melissa from Gothic Charms for the clue x 4!

Monday, September 13, 2010

"Dude, you have no Qur'an!"

 . . . or in netspeak, "Sk8terboi Pwns Repent Amarillo For EPIC WIN!"

On today's installment of People Who Are So Far From Suckage They're Over Quota, we bring you a story of Local Boy Makes Good. Actually, several local people made good in this business with Repent Amarillo and their Terry Jones impersonation attempt - watch the video and give Jacob Isom and the Cool People of Amarillo the props they deserve.

If anything, the whole sorry clusterfrack of the misnamed, media-created "Ground Zero Mosque" flap, and Terry Jones' Book BBQ, and similar stupidities have given people an impetus to get the word out that these clowns do not speak for all of America. I personally believe we (ie, the Non-Sucking Public) outnumber the fruitcake boogerheads and raving asshats; they just get more airtime because some substances just attract more press flies.

So, who else thinks "30 Mosques In 30 Days" would make a cool movie? Then there's the folks in Tennessee who totally get that whole "good neighbor" thing:

And Western Presbyterian Church in D.C. had a bunch of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim leaders over for lunch and a conference about speaking out against intolerance for any religion. Yeah, I know, most of them may not be thinking past the mainstream on that, but they still deserve Beer & Cookies for it. Besides, I'm a "gimme an inch" girl, and that's worth a couple of inches.

The Truth Is Out There - we just gotta make sure it gets more airtime than the garbage.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Propping Pakistan Plan Parries Petulant Pastor

I have been saved from major disappointment and despair, thanx to T. Thorn Coyle. My plan of plunking down across the street from Dove Outreach Center this Saturday with some really hugeass subwoofers and cranking up Dennis Leary's "I'm An Asshole" has to be ditched because I can't get a few of the ticky details together (the equipment, a sound permit, permission from the property owners, and a vehicle that will make it across three states).

Thorn, however, has rescued me from gloom and doom by coming up with a brilliant idea - making a counterpoint to all the Muslim-bashing dick waving by doing something productive and useful instead of polluting the air with burning paper.

You can help someone who needs it, and make a statement about being a decent human at the same time by going to the Doctors Without Borders site, and kicking some resources toward flood relief in Pakistan.

Cripes, for the past several years they've had enough crap to deal with on a good day - and what the flood refugees are going through right now makes those days look like a trip to a spa.

When was the last time you had to worry about whether or not you were going to eat today (or the day after that or the day after that)?

Or if your parents or children had a dry place to sleep, or a place to sleep at all? Winter weather isn't far off. We got people here in the US who've had to run from water; if someone helped you out then, think about paying it forward.

If you want to make a further point, you can opt for Morpheus Ravenna's also brilliant idea:

In the donation page, designate the donation to be made in honor of Terry Jones, with the card to be sent to his church at You can give a name or make your donation anonymously and hide your contact info.

Here is the message I included with my donation. You can use this, or better yet write your own message:

"Dear Terry,
Your attempt to spread hatred in the world through International Burn a Quran Day has inspired me to make this donation in your name, to support relief efforts for the Muslim nation of Pakistan. Let it be known that your actions will only inspire us to resist fear and hatred, and instead act to support and honor our common humanity with all people regardless of faith. May this act plant a seed of compassion that will grow and spread. May your efforts at spreading hatred and fear fail until you stand alone in this, or until you awaken to your humanity and find a new way of expressing your faith.

In love and hope,

Now, go forth and commit merciless acts of humanity - and pass it around too, huh?

** Note: on the Facecrack entry about this, I had stated that MSF's site would accept donations of one dollar. This was accurate as of the last time I donated; I do that to make a point. According to the current donation page, their minimum is $5.00 to process online donations. Five bucks isn't bad considering the changes credit card companies are making now, but I called the 800 line and asked about it. The rep said they were not able to take Paypal right now, but you can still donate less than that over the phone.