Friday quickies

  • So Microsoft and Yahoo have finally managed to connect their IM services together, allowing users of each service to communicate with each other.  Yay, now IM spam and evil worms can spread faster and more easily! (Honestly, though, it’s about time they did this.)
  • During his memorial, Ken Lay was compared to Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesus Christ by the Rev. Bill Lawson, who also added:  “He was taken out of the world right at the right time.  History has a way of vindicating people who have been wronged.”  Uh-huh.  Too bad they cremated him, though — they should have buried him face-down so he can see where he’s going.
  • Keira Knightley, starring in the latest “Pirates of the Caribbean” flick, has valiantly defended her bony, corpse-like look:  “I can safely say that I’m not [anorexic].  I’ve got a lot of experience with anorexia.  It’s in my family hugely.  My grandmother and my great- grandmother suffer from it, and I’ve got a lot of friends at school who suffer from it, so I don’t think it’s anything to be taken lightly.”  So you’re not starving yourself, hmmm?  Uh-huh…you just keep telling yourself that, missy.
  • A hysterically clueless anti-choice blogger mistook an article on The Onion for a genuine story (“I am totally psyched for this abortion”) and blogged embarrassingly about it.  His touching rebuke: “Miss Weber, you have killed your child, which you admit is a baby/human being, intentionally. That does make you an admitted murderer…Every baby you see from that moment on is going to wake you up to the realization that you killed your child.”  Oh, that’s rich. (via Huffington Post blog)
  • Some pics from last weekend’s camping trip are online, for anyone who needs to kill a few minutes.

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  1. Regarding the ardent anti-choice blogger:
    “It’s better to remain silent and be thought of as a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”
    –Abraham Lincoln
    And now, because of this blogging fad, you can remove all doubt on a global scale!

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  2. Oh yeah!
    I just remembered this funny little story! When I was in grad school, I took a diversity course. I was hoping we’d discuss some really meaty subject matter, but alas it was just a “token” course offered by the department’s “token” African-American professor. The course material was weak, the presentation incoherent, and the instructor himself an outspoken homophobe (I guess diversity is good, as long as you don’t include those fuckin’ faggots).
    Anyway, one day, he started going off about this horrible website called http://www.blackpeopleloveus.com, and how these people think that they’re progressive just because they have black friends. It look me a good 5 minutes to get a word in edgewise and get his attention to inform him that the website is satire. It even says so right on the site. Of course, he tried to save face after his 5 minutes of uninformed ranting, and made it sound like I didn’t know what I was talking about. Well, not to mention which is which, but I informed him that one of us got his graduate degree at DeVry (no shit) and the other was 2 quarters away from getting his graduate degree from the University of Washington.
    As an aside, I took that opening to discuss the concept of “authority” and asked him if he was gay. Shocked, he said, “Absolutely not!” So, I asked him if that was the case, what made him an authority on the homosexual experience, pointing out that if I claimed to be an authority on the African-American experience, I would — rightly so — be laughed out of the classroom. So I posed the question to him again: “What makes you — a supposed straight man — an authority on homosexuality?”
    He glared at me. It was the first time I ever saw a black man turn red.
    Oh, and when it came time for course and instructor evaluations, several of us were brutally honest. 🙂

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  3. That picture of Knightley was so scary that I had to GIS for more. She looks like a refugee from Ethiopia.
    She needs to have a diet goal, but more along the lines of “By the end of the summer, I’ll be able to fill these size 7 pants.” She needs to tell her fitness trainer that she needs to put on about thirty pounds. If she did anything other than make money because of her appearance, I wouldn’t even care.
    She makes girls feel inadequate like porn guys make men feel inadequate, and that is not good for creating emotionally secure people.

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