Monday, August 29, 2016

Bye Gene

Going to miss that guy. RIP Gene Wilder . . . thanx for everything from comedic brilliance to an international cancer support network, and tell Gilda and Richard we miss them (salutes)

** Awesome gif from Young Frankenstein courtesy of Frank Fradella

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Beach Burkini Bigoted Balderdash

This is a load of shit. Rudy Salles, the deputy mayor of Nice just made himself look like a colossal ass by insisting  that he's fighting for freedom for women and that wearing anything other than a swim suit on a beach is immoral and threatening to France's security.

You stupid, ignorant, petulant pile of rubbish, what will you do to women who are concerned about skin cancer, or who have scars they don't want to expose to the sun, or as Razia Iqbal pointed out, nuns who do, in fact, go to the beach?

What about people who are just out for a jog or walk? Can you still go to the beach in the winter, or are you going to be required to get hypothermia?

When I used to live at the coast and worked at Holden, Sunset, and Wrightsville Beaches, I used to see Mennonite families on the strand fairly regularly. Mennonite women and girls trek right out into the water in their traditional clothes and have a blast swimming and body boarding. I have to wonder if they would also be forced to leave the beach for not showing enough T & A.

The law is bad enough, but I think the worst of it is the public reaction noted in the reports:

"A witness to the scene, Mathilde Cousin, confirmed the incident. “The saddest thing was that people were shouting ‘go home’, some were applauding the police,” she said."

According to the accounts I've read thus far, this woman Siam is a French citizen. Where are her rights? If there's a claim of defending the freedom of women, why aren't they defending their female citizens' right to dress as they please instead of demanding that they get to see plenty of skin? Not that long ago historically speaking, women were run off the beach as indecent and immoral for not wearing something that covered up arms and legs. I get it that France has been through the wringer with terrorist attacks, but this is a shoddy, petty way to respond. It does nothing to increase public safety and everything to further ostracize and alienate people. 

So it seems France has a beach trash problem, but women who wear more than a string bikini ain't it.

UPDATE 9/1/16: as of August 26, France's national level administrative court suspended the ban in Villeneuve-Loubet, stating that it "seriously and clearly illegally breached fundamental freedoms". A proceeding to rule on all such bans is in the works. Thank you to all concerned there. Here's to more rational, nuanced thinking prevailing over ill-considered kneejerking off.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Meme A Day, or Flooded With Blowtoads

From a former NC Wilmingtonian who's heard ignorant blowtoad crap like this five times over: here ya go Louisiana, I fixed it (throws good luck at all ya'll)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Olympic News & Yep, Still Need Feminism . . . .

In case you're doing that dopeassed thing where you say "quit being a stupid politically correct bitch", try flipping it.

You gonna take the same attitude if a major news entity runs a headline like

"Olympian Corey Cogdell's Hubbins Makes Spectacular Play"?

The Tribune could've spotlighted the local connection to Cogdell and still managed to at the very least mention her name and athletic status pretty easily.

"Olympian Corey Cogdell-Unrein Wins Second Bronze; Chicago Bears Lineman Mitch Unrein Proud"
It wouldn't be such a deal if it weren't for the fact that it does mirror an attitude that is still ridiculously prevalent, that women are still often seen as extensions of their husbands, and all the garbage that goes along with that. If you're still blowing complaining about it off as needless, paranoid, overreactionary politically correct RadFeminazi ass kissing, go read the comments sections of a handful of the articles covering it. If we don't really have a problem with some seriously screwbared attitudes toward equality, why do (alleged) people, both male and female, feel the need to get craptastically nasty over the idea that a chick should get to be mentioned by name for her own accomplishments? 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Meme A Day, or They're Going There With Their Kids


On Today's Installment Of Epic Cool, We Bring You Green & Shiny In Brazil

"Gambiarra" was explained to me as the Brazilian metaphorical equivalent of managing to throw a fantastic party for a whole neighborhood with just a bag of chips and an old clock radio, or making a really cool mosaic window out of the broken pieces from another one. Rio, they haz it.

The torch cauldron reflector sculpture is gorgeous; it's tied for first place with the Olympic rings being sprouted out of green leaves to call attention to dealing with climate change. I love their idea for each athlete to plant a seed as they came in for the parade of nations to go toward a reforestation park project. Some of America has the gall to sneer at Brazil and all it's problems, but for the most part, at the national level we haven't got the integrity or the stones to even admit climate change exists, much less talk about what we can do to lessen it's impact.

Salutes to all the individual people who pulled off gambierra for the Games. May it keep rolling.

Friday, August 5, 2016

On Today's Installment Of Epic Hell Yeah, We Bring You The Olympic Refugee Team

Meet Yusra Mardini. She and her sister and a friend jumped into the Mediterranean Sea and swam to push a lifeboat with a failed motor carrying twenty other Syrian refugees for three hours to keep it from sinking.

Or James Chiengjie, who fled his home and escaped to Kenya at 13 rather than be conscripted as a child soldier to fight in South Sudan's civil war.

Or Popole Misenga and Yolande Mabika, survivors of the ongoing horrific conflicts in the  Democratic Republic of the Congo.

They're just a few examples of the far too many people who have been driven to become refugees in the morass of international conflicts of the last several years. People who've lost homes, family, sometimes everything to war but haven't given up. And at this year's Rio Olympics, they will be part of the first Olympic Refugee Team.

I wanna set the doping scandals, Rio's problems with it's economy, human rights issues, corruption, Zika, and all the other stuff over there behind a potted plant or something for a minute and say this:

Crowd applause

THAT kind of thing is why the Olympics, with all it's problems, politics, and pandering, is still worth something. There are athletes who are there to stand on the merits of their own personal best and the effort it took to get there before anything else. And there are people who see fit to step up and help them walk into that arena. They're worth fixing the rest for.

May you all medal; you've already won.