hurray for an obama campaign. boo to the propositions that were passed in a few states taking away the rights of same-sex couples. today i watched 30 Days (with Morgan Spurlock). the episode was on same-sex parents. it can be watched on hulu or you can google elsewhere to find the episode. i had to write this quick post because i never cry (very rarely, at least), but tears streamed down my cheeks several times as i watched this. i cried when i saw how loving the two fathers were with their kids. i cried when i contemplated people wanting to take away their right to parent. i cried when i saw one of their younger kids brushing his teeth and it made me sad to think some would have him taken away from them. i cried when i saw this woman (who was living in their home and against gay adoption rights) as her mind was torn left and right in order to deal with the cognitive dissonance caused by seeing these great parents. i cried when i saw two adults who were raised in foster homes, as they showed what it was like to live in that environment and how much they would have loved to have had a home, even a gay home, to call home. i cried when i realized what a noble thing these two men were doing as they adopted special needs kids and others without a home to go to. i cried when i contemplated the millions of people that voted in favor of taking away gay rights. there are far too many foster kids as it is now, and if gays cannot adopt that will only increase the number of kids who may never, ever have a home. that saddens my soul and sickens my stomach. i also cried as i saw this woman never change her beliefs even though she wanted to. she wanted to. but she couldn’t go against her faith as it had been taught to her that she should champion a faith-based belief over empathy, knowledge and experience. lastly, i cried because the woman was a mormon and she represented the unshakable bigotted ignorance of the LDS church and it’s primary involvement in supporting proposition 8. i rarely cry but this is a sad day.
ps: please take the time to watch the episode while it’s still available.
stuff i’ve found well worth the movement of a mouse, followed by a click:
- the 6 most badass stunts ever pulled in the name of science (by Cracked.com)
- How internet dating really works (comic)
- can you see the spider? (picture)
- chick gets revenge on construction worker (funny video)
- video with Jerry Coyne:
- weird animals (look at the pictures in the comments, as well). weird what natural selection can produce.
- africa in perspective (photo). btw, is this for real?
- 8 reasons why you’ll rejoice when we hit $8 a gallon (article)
- uncontacted tribes in the peru/brazilian border (link to article)
- Dean Kamen’s Robot Arm (article with video)
- certainty: blessing or cure? (mormonism)
- a tiny fruit that tricks the toungue into thinking a lemon tastes sweet (for about an hour) (NY Times)
- stephen colbert on gay marriage
- man repairs flat bike tires with his feet (photos)
- lds church handbook available on the internet (mormonism)
- penn says: atheism is a solace (video)
funny blog to check out…
#2 on “stuff white people like” is:
Religions that their parents don’t belong to (see post here).
White people will often say they are “spiritual” but not religious. Which usually means that they will believe any religion that doesn’t involve Jesus.
Popular choices include Buddhism, Hinduism, Kabbalah and, to a lesser extent, Scientology. A few even dip into Islam, but it’s much more rare since you have to give stuff up and actually go to Mosque.
Mostly they are into religion that fits really well into their homes or wardrobe and doesn’t require them to do very much.
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hahha funny article- especially the second half.
whoa. today there was an earthquake here in utah. actually it came from a little town in nevada but some felt it here in the holy town as well. my mother called me an hour ago and asked if i had felt it. i said “no”. she happily reported that an ornament on her christmas tree was left swinging back and forth as a result.
“why do you still have the christmas tree up, mom?”
other news- earthquakes ‘causing a ruckus’:
For years scientists have been studying earthquakes and their causes to better predict them. This research alone could save thousands of lives each year. But after decades of scientific research in the US and abroad, progress has been slow at best. It appears that scientists, who have focused on tectonic plates and faults, have been barking up the wrong tree all along.
The cause of earthquakes is far less complicated than expected and has nothing to do with science. In a stunning discovery by Ultra-Orthodox Jews, the root cause of earthquakes has been traced to homosexuality! I know what you’re thinking… WOW how could we have missed that one!
Not convinced? I have two words for you… San Francisco.