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Archive for September, 2010
Not taking sides, but I find this interesting just because it’s on TMZ. Usually fair, sometimes shockingly so, but not known for being a bastion of conservatism.
The company that Meg Whitman used to hire her maid Nicky Diaz Santillan back in 2000 claims Nicky deceived them about her immigration status before the company referred her over to Meg.
The owners of Town & Country Resources tell TMZ that when Nicky filled out the standard candidate questionnaire, she “indicated she was legally able to work in the United States” … even though Nicky knew she was in the country illegally.
T&CR add … “Further, Nicky provided us and our client with the documents that our client would need to complete the I-9 form as was their legal obligation as an employer.”
On a lighter note, Saturday Night Live actually did something funny this weekend.
It’s funnier if you’ve seen the previous it’d-be-offensive-if-it-weren’t-so-desperate skits of Patterson in the past, but still pretty brilliant as a stand-alone skit. I giggled through almost all of it.
(via Hot Air)
One of the things about being an atheist, is that people think it’s a no-brainer. Like you just wake up one day and say “Hey, that church that my parents raised me in, the one that married and buried everyone in my family? I think I’ll skip it.” People who make a conscious decision to give up their faith have generally given it a lot more thought than those who blindly follow.
And now testing supports that.
If you want to know about God, you might want to talk to an atheist.
Heresy? Perhaps. But a survey that measured Americans’ knowledge of religion found that atheists and agnostics knew more, on average, than followers of most major faiths.
A majority of Protestants, for instance, couldn’t identify Martin Luther as the driving force behind the Protestant Reformation, according to the survey… Four in 10 Catholics misunderstood the meaning of their church’s central ritual, incorrectly saying that the bread and wine used in Holy Communion are intended to merely symbolize the body and blood of Christ, not actually become them.
Those are easy questions, of course, and you wonder how much harder they got, as the test progressed.
One interesting point is that Jews and Mormons scored just below atheists, and above Christians. So not only do they know more about Christianity than most Christians, but it also hammers home the fact that Christians know virtually nothing about Judaism or LDS, or any other religion, frankly. Nor do most of them seem remotely interested in learning, even though the Bible says you should always be seeking, in order to learn more about your own faith.
And they call us unknowing.
Read the whole thing… but with a grain of salt:
For comparison purposes, the survey also asked some questions about general knowledge, which yielded the scariest finding: 4% of Americans believe that Stephen King, not Herman Melville, wrote “Moby Dick.”
Hee. But also, yikes.
These pictures are pretty brilliant. Liane Lang went to the official Communist Statue Graveyard in Budapest and used rubber human parts to make a statement. It’s whatchoo call art.
But it’s really good. And also surprisingly sensible for an artist — and so I must blindly presume that she lived through it, rather than just swooning over the concept betwixt postgraduate basketweaving classes in college. I particularly like this one.
Incidentally, somewhere in the world, there’s a photo of me, climbing over this guy’s leg. Oh yes, that is an enormous depiction of Ho Chi Minh. Surreal, no? I no longer have a copy of it, but I hope it turns up one day…
Just a friendly reminder that the Muppets didn’t always hate/fear the female form:
Kermie’s face in the Elke Sommer one cracks me up.
Ok, ok. One more Raquel Welch for the road…
And yet, somehow, my generation wound up more balanced (and less slutty) than any generation since… I wonder why that is…
Also, holy cow, Rita Moreno.
[click on any picture for full size]
[all pictures found at (but not hotlinked from) the amazing Muppet Wiki]
Presley is the cutest little thing. He’s five months old, and he’s getting the hang of housetraining. He’s a little timid when you first meet him, but he warms right up and loves to play.
He’s still a little nervous about leashes, but we’re working on it, and he’s making fast progress. And he’s just fine with being carried (and cuddled), too. And he’s so, so cute. Have you ever seen such a face? And those ears!
Presley is available at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. If you want to meet him, be sure to call first and make sure he’s still there.
Florida, I love you like a sister. So I’m going to tell you what I would tell my sister:
Is your man cheated on his ex, stole all her money, left her, and then slandered her to everyone who would listen? Hunker down, sweetie, because he’s going to do the same thing to you.
No kidding, governor.
I’m sure I should be quite happy about this article. I’ve said repeatedly, over the past several months, “Thank god for Barack Obama. Bad enough to make liberals finally think clearly.”
One-time Obama uber-supporter Kathleen Parker has been getting steadily more sensible in the past year, and it’s always nice to see her write things like this:
Everyone’s angry. But anger is cheap and tired. Rode hard and hung up wet, as we say down South. Most Americans are also sad. The always bountiful America seems on the edge of famine, spiritual if not literal, though the latter seems all too possible as jobs disappear and businesses close.
[I]t is probably fair to say that Obama’s ideas were too big for America’s appetite. It would have been nice had he made a few incremental repairs to the economy and left the transformative events for a less stressful time.
But this is not the way presidents operate. They want to make their mark, create a legacy, go down in history as having a made a difference.
And yet, the pedantic part of me keeps asking “rode hard and hung up wet?” Where would you “hang up” a horse? But I’m only a transplanted Southerner, so perhaps her closets are larger than mine.
In any case, it’s good to see more Americans — and more American women, in particular — come to their senses and realize that this administration has failed. Now all we need is a competent replacement.
Oh dear. Are we doing this again?