As you can see, the look of this blog has changed, and may continue to change as I try to find something that’ll work best for my mix of photos, photosets and long, profane screeds against The Man. In the meantime … deal with it, I guess?
Redhead Mondays: Barbara Palvin.
Whenever a movie like “Hunger Games” comes out and a bunch of people get all het up like "SUCH-AND-SUCH CHARACTER WASN’T BLACK WHAT ARE YOU DOING AARRGGHHH," I roll my eyes and start despairing for the future of our society … but when Michael Bay released his first “Transformers” movie and Optimus Prime was a long-nose Peterbilt 379 rather than a cab-over Freightliner, I wanted to stab somebody.
These fucking people, man.
Republicans say President Barack Obama has been too passive in responding to the crisis in Ukraine, with some even suggesting he projects a weakness in foreign affairs that emboldened Russian President Vladimir Putin to advance militarily into that country… .
South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham told CNN on Sunday that Obama should “stop going on television and trying to threaten thugs and dictators.” Graham added that “Every time the president goes on national television and threatens Putin or anyone like Putin, everybody’s eyes roll, including mine. We have a weak and indecisive president that invites aggression.”
What do they want Obama to do, send American troops storming into the Crimea to drive the Russian invaders out? Even if that weren’t a fantastically horrible idea, it’d be something the American people would have no stomach for after a decade-long misadventure in Iraq that cost us billions of dollars we couldn’t really afford to throw away.
Or is it just that he’s not talking tough enough? Sure, he could say it’s wrong for Russia to invade a sovereign country that posed no immediate security threat (because it is), but then the rest of the world turns right around and says “Oh, you mean like y’all did in Iraq?”
The fact is, Obama doesn’t have a lot of good options here — or maybe any good options, period — and that’s primarily because our credibility on foreign military intervention was utterly decimated by Gulf War Part Deux. A war that Lindsey Graham, along with every other Republican quoted in that article, voted for and lustily supported until the bitter end.
Maybe they were playing a long game all along, knowing that a Democratic president would get elected sooner or later and hoping to be able to use this to back him into a corner? If so, bravo, guys — that is truly some awe-inspiring trollery on a global level. Doesn’t do much good for us or the Ukraine, of course, but at least you’re putting that feckless black president in his place.
Redhead Mondays: Alie Ward.
1. A couple years ago, when pro-LGBT forces declared a boycott of Chick-fil-A in response to CEO Dan Cathy’s homophobic statements, they were called "Christophobic" (?) and "un-American." But now, when right-wing business owners in Arizona want the right to refuse service to anyone they don’t like, it’s all about “religious freedom.”
So it’s proper and American to exercise your religious/moral beliefs as a business owner, but not as a consumer. How do you like that, man — not only are corporations people, their religious/moral convictions officially supersede those of individuals. Sounds awesome. I wish I was a corporation.
2. I’m flying out to Vegas this week for a freelance gig, and not only am I flying America’s Aeroflot to get there, they’re making me change planes in Phoenix both ways. Now, even though it’s 2014, there’s still a not-insignificant segment of the evangelical right who still believe the Catholic church is the whore of Babylon. What if I’m sitting around in Sky Harbor on Thursday and the waitress at Chili’s Too doesn’t want to serve me because she thinks I worship the Virgin Mary? Can she do that?
3. I don’t plan on spending any money in Phoenix, of course, but that may well require some prior planning on my part, i.e. buying a drink or a sandwich in the Atlanta or Vegas airport and smuggling it on board to enjoy during my layover in PHX. Both Georgia and Nevada have so far resisted what I’m sure is a burning temptation to pass a law similar to Arizona’s.
And it occurred to me the other day: Why haven’t they passed, or even brought up, laws like Arizona’s homosexual Jim Crow bill? Nevada, obviously, has a tourism industry to worry about. Georgia’s got tourism and convention money to consider too, plus they have a burgeoning film industry that would surely think twice about doing any work here if gay actors, directors and production members had reason to believe they couldn’t even get a second glance at a Waffle House.
Arizona, evidently, has none of those things, or they wouldn’t feel free to crap on entire demographic groups like this. I mean, sure, they’ve got the Grand Canyon, but that’s a national park and the feds aren’t ever gonna conform to discrimination like this. So congratulations, Arizona, Kansas, Idaho and any other state that proposes anti-gay bills like these: You’re basically telling the world, “Our state sucks and nobody would ever want to come here.” Hope it was worth it.
Edited: Well, shit. So much for Georgia managing to avoid the temptation to leap on board the discrimination train. Never let it be said that there’s nothing another state can pass that’s so stupid our own lawmakers won’t try to top it. Our legislature is basically composed of good ol’ boys standing around the campfire going “NAWWW, MAN, WATCH ‘IS.”
Redhead Mondays: Daibreeon Dominguez.
(glancing through Victoria’s Secret swimwear catalogue)
Why have these scrunch-butt bathing suits become so common all of a sudden? All it does is make you look like you have a wedgie all the time.
Ruching is good for skinny girls because it hugs the body in certain places and creates the impression of shape — like, it gives them curves in places where they wouldn’t otherwise have them.
But if you’ve got a flat ass, why would you want to call attention to it?
That’s the point — it makes your ass look curvier than it is.
I mean, if you want to call attention to your ass that badly, just wear a thong.
Yeah, that’s what everybody should do.
Fireworks during the dedication ceremony for the Downtown Connector, 1951.
No wonder we’re so reluctant to embrace mass transit; we’re a generation removed from motherfuckers lining to be the first to sit in traffic on a new stretch of highway.
I guess this was what people waited in ridiculously long lines for before iPhones came out.