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Sunday: We’re making progress(?)

We’re about to crack open our 3rd 5 gallon drum of drylock as we are finishing our first bottle of Beaujolais. There’s a low fat cassoulet in the oven waiting for us to finish the second coat of drylock.

I just have to say for the record that drylocking a basement sucks, er, is of low quality. But we are almost done. Pretty soon the contractor can move in and finish this baby up. Will we finish by Christmas? I doubt it but fir sure I’ll be watching the Superbowl from down here.

This is an open thread.

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TAKE THE POLL AND HAVE YOUR SAY! What were the top, most offensive/outrageous sexist actions occurring during the election of 2008? (If you’ve forgotten any, there are helpful links below the poll!)

Write-ins can be submitted via the comments section and will be tallied if there are sufficient for any specific item.  Vote up to 10 times.

Tucker Carlson – Every time I hear Hillary Clinton speak I involuntarily cross my legs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_lnw9BgTtc

Chad Michael Morriesette – Sarah Palin hung in effigy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhLVdH3btMg

Barack Obama – “You’re likeable enough Hillary”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3DeCLPwxXI

Chris Matthews – The only reason Hillary is a contender is because her husband messed around
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zODHaIDfPXU

Obots – “Sarah Palin is a C*nt” T-shirts
http://www.whiterabbitcult.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/product_sarah_palin.jpg

Rep. Cohen (D-TN) saying Hillary was like Alex in “Fatal Attraction” — “she should have stayed in the tub”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnM6V2_pnvw

Barack Obama – Hillary is “periodically” down – and the “Claws come out”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qNpeGPdhEw&eurl=http://halfricanrevolution.blogspot.com/2008/02/it-was-kinda-sexist.html&feature=player_embedded

MSM – obsession with Palin’s 150K wardrobe
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-gzmLTciXc

MSM and Obama Supporters – How can Palin be a good mother AND run for office?
http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/sally_quinn/2008/09/sarah_palins_priorities.html
video of above: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=b2f_1220405519

Heckler – “Iron My Shirt” heckler
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAw7xzT0_-w

Keith Olberman – “….somebody who can take her (Clinton) into a room, and only he comes out.”
http://www.mydd.com/story/2008/4/25/143011/022

The “Terry Tate Video” – Visual Assault on Sarah Palin
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07kO9TtHYzQ

Michelle Obama – If she (Hillary) can’t take care of her own house, how can she take care of the White House.”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sN1qZMBE9Gc

Denying Hillary a full and fair convention roll call
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aF6vlimutCg

99 Problems – Played for Barack Obama celebration after the Iowa Primary and dedicated by Jay-Z to Sarah Palin in support of Barack Obama.
http://www.theboombox.com/2008/10/17/jay-z-dedicates-99-problems-to-john-mccain-sarah-palin-at-pal/

David Shuster – Hillary “pimping out” Chelsea comment
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmFJ-VQNe5Q

Randi Rhoades – Hillary and Geraldine Ferraro are Whores and Bitches
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1ZfwklHTSo

Sandra Bernhardht – Fantasizing about Sarah Palin being raped
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGhoYT84Jeg

Philadelphia Weekly article advocating an involuntary Hysterectomy for Sarah Palin
http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/articles/17907/news–the-angry-grammarian

The Sarah Palin Cartoon “MILP” – with Sarah being punched in the face
http://tinyurl.com/3z9mf2

Churches and Gay Marriage: Why Don’t They Mix?

(NOTE: My thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims of terrorism in Mumbai. Such a terrible tragedy. I just can’t write more about it today.)

Why Is This Scary?

Why Is This Scary?

After the passage of California’s Proposition 8,  I’ve been shaking my head over why many religious institutions are virulently against gay marriage. This interview with Richard Rodriguez, an author, fervent Catholic, proud Hispanic, and “out” gay man, has a very interesting take on the subject. According to him, it’s all about the family and the wimminz, and how the church is afraid of losing its power over them both. I have to admit that I’ve never heard of this theory before, but Rodriguez makes a convincing case for his point of view.

The first couple of paragraphs pack quite a wallop.

For author Richard Rodriguez, no one is talking about the real issues behind Proposition 8.

While conservative churches are busy trying to whip up another round of culture wars over same-sex marriage, Rodriguez says the real reason for their panic lies elsewhere: the breakdown of the traditional heterosexual family and the shifting role of women in society and the church itself. As the American family fractures and the majority of women choose to live without men, churches are losing their grip on power and scapegoating gays and lesbians for their failures.

Rodriguez goes on to say this about how the feminist movement and the gay rights movement are linked, in the minds of those who are invested in religious institutions:

American families are under a great deal of stress. The divorce rate isn’t declining, it’s increasing. And the majority of American women are now living alone. We are raising children in America without fathers. I think of Michael Phelps at the Olympics with his mother in the stands. His father was completely absent. He was negligible; no one refers to him, no one noticed his absence.

The possibility that a whole new generation of American males is being raised by women without men is very challenging for the churches. I think they want to reassert some sort of male authority over the order of things. I think the pro-Proposition 8 movement was really galvanized by an insecurity that churches are feeling now with the rise of women.

Monotheistic religions feel threatened by the rise of feminism and the insistence, in many communities, that women take a bigger role in the church. At the same time that women are claiming more responsibility for their religious life, they are also moving out of traditional roles as wife and mother. This is why abortion is so threatening to many religious people — it represents some rejection of the traditional role of mother.

In such a world, we need to identify the relationship between feminism and homosexuality. These movements began, in some sense, to achieve visibility alongside one another. I know a lot of black churches take offense when gay activists say that the gay movement is somehow analogous to the black civil rights movement. And while there is some relationship between the persecution of gays and the anti-miscegenation laws in the United States, I think the true analogy is to the women’s movement. What we represent as gays in America is an alternative to the traditional male-structured society. The possibility that we can form ourselves sexually — even form our sense of what a sex is — sets us apart from the traditional roles we were given by our fathers.

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Powered by Dreams; Grounded in Facts

New scene.

Elaine and Puddy on the plane.

Elaine: I can’t believe we broke up like that.

Elaine starts reading, Puddy stares off into space.

Elaine: Do you want something to read?

Puddy: Nah.

Elaine: Well, are you going to take a nap or —

Puddy: Nah.

Elaine: You’re just going to sit there staring at the back of a seat?

Puddy: Yeah.

Elaine tries to read but cannot concentrate.

Elaine: That’s it! I cannot take this!

– Seinfeld Scripts, The Butter Shave

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