*disgusted sigh*

So, I have not written anything here in a bit, mainly because the current status of the political/media environment makes me more sad and angry than it has ever managed to do before.  I don’t think I have seen such open bigotry in the public forum (be it against women or african americans) since the treatment American muslims got after 9/11, when it was not uncommon to hear pundits and politicians suggest that traditional Islamic attire might get one shot.  Now, the major difference between then and now is that in the early post 9/11 environment anti-islamic sentiments were lent an air of misguided rage due to the whole ‘deaths of a couple thousand americans at the hands of religious zealots’ thing.  In contrast, all black people did was show some indignation over the unprosecuted murder of an innocent teenager, and all women want is to be able to decide what goes into their body.
I do not really know how to respond to these things because the fact that these people haven’t been shouted out of the public square for their hateful and worthless opinions is very upsetting to me.  The fact that Geraldo Rivera could suggest that an unarmed 17 year old’s hoodie was more responsible for his death than the man who shot him, and that people would not only support him but also his ridiculously racist idea just enrages me.
The fact that our religious freedom, one of my personal favorite parts of the Constitution, would get cited as a reason for allowing a workplace to fire a woman for using the pill (looking at you, Arizona) literally, LITERALLY, makes me want to throw up.  It is important to remember that while a good percentage of the early American colonies were founded by religious fundamentalists, these were the people who were also mostly content to live under British rule, not the people who would go on to create this nation. 
So, basically, I am just not going to write about current events, and instead write more boring-ass though pieces on the state of the world in general.  And maybe leave America, depending on how the 2012 election goes.  

I went to see Radiohead last night

The Amazing Sounds of Orgy

It was, of course, excellent.

Here are pictures, and I will be adding a couple videos into this post as I get them doctored and uploaded.

I don’t even see the point of writing a review of a Radiohead concert.  They are the best live band I have ever seen (and I have seen a lot) and they basically continue to evolve and progress every time they tour.  I have never seen two Radiohead shows that were alike, even when I saw them on back to back nights in San Francisco.  I was hoping to hear some new, as of yet unheard song, which did not happen.  However, there were many nods throughout the show to the serious fan; the Hunting Bears outro on National Anthem, playing Amnesiac b-side Amazing Sounds of Orgy, and the nearly two minute long True Love Waits intro to Everything In Its Right Place.  Of course, they are continuing to move in the same direction live as on their albums, focusing less on straightforward guitar driven rock and more on, well, whatever you would call their post OK Computer style, as they are basically the definition of undefinable.  (Haha)

I think the Post has outsourced their writing to some non-English speaking nation.

I was reading this article at the Post, which is not particularly worth mentioning, except for this gem:

Given Tebow’s remarkable competitive spirit, he would not likely to be happy about surrendering his starting quarterback job so easily.

To review: ‘he would not likely to be happy about…’
What?  Perhaps “it is not likely he would be happy”, or “he is not likely to be happy about” or really anything but what they actually wrote.  This does not even take into account the ‘so easily’ tacked onto the end.  Seriously, do they need editors?  I could probably be talked into doing it for the average salary of a major paper newspaper editor.

Headline: Lyin’ Ass Bitch Lies!

There’s nothing worse than DEA agents, not even grad students. For evidence of this, look no further than Colorado’s new DEA chief Barbra Roach, and yes that is her real last name, and no she probably does not have a sense of humor about it.  Also, she takes some time out of her  courtesy introductive fluff piece in the Denver Post to say:

“By federal law, marijuana is illegal,” she said. “There is no medical proof it has any benefit. People are not taking into account what can happen to those who are growing it. There are homes with mold and water damage in the hundreds of thousands, and there are children in there too.”

So, clearly she is either a lyin’ ass bitch or an idiot, because there’s somewhere around 500 studies that offer ‘medical proof’ that cannabis helps with a wide variety of ailments.  Some of the ailments it has been proven (by actual doctors) to benefit would include Glaucoma, according to the Institute of Medicine; and it has been proven across the globe to decrees spasms in MS patients.  The Scripps Research Institute determined that THC is more effective against Alzheimers disease than the currently available prescription drugs.  Cannabidiol, one of the many components of medicinal cannabis, has been proven to block the metastasis of breast cancer cells.  According to a study done at Complutense University of Madrid, one of the oldest universities in the world, THC can actually kill brain cancer cells. OK, you know what, I am sick of this.  I should probably smoke some weed to get better.  While I am doing that, I think it is important to ask why our government agents assigned to protect us from ourselves feels absolutely no obligation to tell the truth, and instead tells a blatant and self-serving lie in her introduction to the state in our only major newspaper.  Oh, because that’s what the government’s job is: to lie to us so that we will let them continue to rape our nation.

But did he gain any of his powers?

story from the Denver Post

Well, it has been kind of boring in the news lately, with the notable aside of whether or not we will go to war with Iran and the goings on in Syria.  I don’t particularly feel I have enough trustworthy information on either to really have any opinion other than my basic ‘war is an outdated and unnecessary concept’ opinion. So here is a story about a guy who murdered another guy with an axe, and then ate one (?) of his eyeballs and part of his brain. Happy Monday!

In Which the Author Weighs in on Focus on the Family Weighing in on Civil Unions

Online-only article on the Denver Post’s website from Tom Minnery

I’m feeling bored and contentious, so here we go.  So we will just summarize the first six paragraphs with this.

“Groups like ours saw that law not as a solution but only a stepping stone toward civil unions, and indeed the new civil unions bill mirrors marriage in all but name only. That is why we opposed the 2009 bill.

So, basically, the first half of the argument is that civil unions are bad because they are too much like marriage.  Which is bad why, exactly?

“But the impact goes much further as it jeopardizes the rights of parents to have a say in what’s taught to their children in school — even as young as kindergarten — about sexuality and marriage.”

I am pretty sure that the bill has nothing to do with education, public or private.  Furthermore, there are definitely PLENTY of religious schools in Colorado that would be happy to teach your children that the only thing worse than gays is their marriage, as well as that the Earth was created 4000 years ago, that condoms are murder, or whatever  misguided ancient creed you happen to be into.  Plus, I don’t remember too much of my kindergarten teachers talkin’ about straight fuckin’ and whatnot; so I don’t know why the gay stuff would suddenly be coming up then.

“It endangers business owners who are sued for not photographing or renting facilities for same-sex ceremonies.”

I am pretty sure there is no legal footing here, and the rights of business owners who post signs about their right to refuse service are pretty firmly established in this state; and there’s definitely nothing in there about forcing people to hold gay weddings if they don’t want to, so….we’ll just move on.

“Mostly, it impacts children who deserve every chance to be raised in a home with their own married mom and dad rather than the intentionally motherless or fatherless home created by same-sex unions.”

Hah, this is ‘mostly’ what civil unions will do.  Now, first, we’ll just throw out all this about kids doing as well or better in same sex households,  Next, where are all these children who are getting deprived coming from?  The kid store?  Apparently, there aren’t orphanages across the globe filled with kids that they can barely feed and clothe?  Or is he saying that if civil unions aren’t allowed, then once and for all gay people will just get over it and have straight families?  Either, I guess.

But we also join those whose voices are seldom heard, those of the children. As we have seen in California, the passage of civil union legislation will eventually threaten marriage. And if we say that marriage no longer means one mom and one dad, then we have denied children at least a chance to live in that special environment that gives them the best opportunity for success in life. This is one more reason why legislators should reject this bill.

Now, I am just going to go ahead and say it, this guy is the Executive director of the public policy arm of Focus on the Family, writing a letter to Colorado’s largest newspaper.  A letter in which in his closing paragraph he begins the paragraph with ‘But’ and two sentences later begins the sentence with ‘And’, so clearly Tom Minnery is not terribly bright or well versed with the pen, or perhaps he is fifteen.  He implies that children are calling out for the blocking of civil unions, with their voices, and this is news to me.  Apparently, marriage was eventually threatened in California, which I would love to see some statistics, or any kind of proof, or really anything, about.  Particularly since divorce rates are actually dropping.  Next, he basically restates his earlier ‘save the kids from gay parents’ argument.  You know what, that was just bad writing from an uninformed bigot, I don’t know why I wasted my time with it, but I guess I feel a little better.