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And now for something hilarious…

Posted in Fun with tags , on September 24, 2013 by Black Pumpkin

Please check out this tweet from Ari Fleischer (former Press Secretary for George II).

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Liberal atheists are smart! And now we have proof!

Posted in Fun with tags , , , on March 2, 2010 by Black Pumpkin

I just couldn’t pass this one up.  The headline read: “Liberalism, atheism, male sexual exclusivity linked to IQ.” Any time I see liberalism in a headline, my ears perk up.  And any time I see atheism in a headline, I have to read it.  And you throw both of those together, and I wouldn’t be able to pass it up even if the house was on fire.   And since I am a liberal and an atheist, that must mean I’m smart, right?  That’s what the article said, didn’t it?  Did I read it right?  Maybe not, but that’s what I’m taking away from it anyway.

Here is a similar article, “Study: Are Liberals Smarter Than Conservatives?” (From my own anecdotal evidence the answer is yes.  Just in case you were wondering.)

I had to…

Posted in Domestic, Fun with tags , , on November 23, 2009 by Black Pumpkin

I just had to post this article.  You see… I didn’t make up the phrase.

NPR article

Michael Jackson Faked His Death (Exclusive Pics)

Posted in Fun with tags , , , on July 6, 2009 by Mort the Sport

Just kidding. If you believe the claim offered by the title of this post, you may be drowning in the fetid cesspool that is our celebrity obsessed culture. I feel sorry for Michael Jackson’s family–mostly his kids–but I think it’s a pity that they are selling tickets to his memorial tomorrow at the Staples Center. It’s not just a pity. It’s disgusting. More than twenty years ago, Neil Postman argued in Amusing Ourselves to Death that television was eroding discourse in this country because of its structural elements as a medium. He claimed that TV has disconnected information from its context; that the lines between discourse–any discourse, political, legal, etc.– and entertainment were blurring more and more.  Michael Jackson’s death may not be the apotheosis of this phenomenon, but it is a disturbing signpost along the way.

It goes without saying that stories like his distract us from more important issues, and yet I feel I have to say this. Why? Because Postman’s argument is eerily prophetic. Discourse has become entertainment. That is to say, most discourse is entertainment. Look at the nightly news. It starts with a car chase or crash and ends with some mindless puff piece. News as entertainment. Look at any political rally or debate. The pundits are there to highlight the drama, to tell us who more skillfully handled the crowd. Politics as entertainment. Maybe, just maybe, the Internet has begun to change discourse. Maybe the fact that so many people turn to Internet to communicate with each other about issues that are important to them signals a dramatic shift in the discourse/entertainment continuum. Maybe real, serious, meaningful discourse is possible. Maybe this very blog and all the blogs like it are proof of that.

Then again, maybe not.

How Progressive Are You?

Posted in Fun with tags , on July 5, 2009 by Black Pumpkin

Normally, I don’t like quizzes, especially ones that are online.  But I have to admit that this one was interesting.  Of course, I know that I am an extremely progressive person, but this shows how I stack up to others.  Take the quiz and see how you stack up.

How progressive are you? from the Center for American Progress.