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November 18, 2008

Sykes: "I'm proud to be a woman. I'm proud to be a black woman, and I'm proud to be gay."

I have always really liked Wanda Sykes. Now I really, really like her. Not a bullshitter. Nobody's fool. PageOneQ | Comedian Wanda Sykes says she's 'proud to be gay' | Wanda Sykes says at Las Vegas marriage rally that she's 'proud to be gay'
Comedian Wanda Sykes says the passage of a same-sex marriage ban in California has led to her be more outspoken about being gay. "You know, I don't really talk about my sexual orientation. I didn't feel like I had to. I was just living my life, not necessarily in the closet, but I was living my life," Sykes told a crowd at a gay rights rally in Las Vegas on Saturday. "Everybody that knows me personally they know I'm gay. But that's the way people should be able to live their lives," she said. Sykes, who is known for her feisty and blunt style, said the passage of California's Proposition 8 made her feel like she was "attacked." "Now, I gotta get in their face," she said. "I'm proud to be a woman. I'm proud to be a black woman, and I'm proud to be gay." Sykes' appearance at the Las Vegas rally surprised organizers. She was in town performing at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Apparently this ad is causing outrage?

Levi's 501 Live Unbuttoned

But I don't really see how this is any different from most jeans ads. It's a bit less subtle, sure. And it really isn't selling jeans so much as selling the idea of unbuttoning jeans. Maybe I'm just old enough to remove Calvin Klein's quasi-child porn ads, and so no other jean ad will ever be shocking?

Gingrich: "Secular, gay fascism"

Raw Story | Media Matters | Gingrich: "[T]here is a gay and secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us"
Summary: Discussing actions by individual protesters of Proposition 8, Newt Gingrich stated: "I think there is a gay and secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us, is prepared to use violence, to use harassment. I think it is prepared to use the government if it can get control of it. I think that it is a very dangerous threat to anybody who believes in traditional religion."...
GINGRICH: Look, I think there is a gay and secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us, is prepared to use violence, to use harassment. I think it is prepared to use the government if it can get control of it. I think that it is a very dangerous threat to anybody who believes in traditional religion. And I think if you believe in historic Christianity, you have to confront the fact. And, frank -- for that matter, if you believe in the historic version of Islam or the historic version of Judaism, you have to confront the reality that these secular extremists are determined to impose on you acceptance of a series of values that are antithetical, they're the opposite, of what you're taught in Sunday school.

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"America we have a Muslim president. This is a sin against the Lord!"

With video: Raw Story | Church sign: Obama election 'is sin against the Lord'
CNN's Rick Sanchez reported on a church marquee that reads "America we have a Muslim president. This is a sin against the Lord." Mark Holick is pastor of The Spirit One Christian Center in Wichita, Kansas where the sign is being displayed. Holick told KSNW, "The main point of the marquee is to cause the Christians to understand he is not a Christian, Again, they will call me and they will tell me that he's not a Muslim because he is a Christian. That's not the point. The point is he's not a Christian."

November 17, 2008

The top 60 Japanese words/phrases of 2008

Top 60 popular Japanese words/phrases of 2008 ::: Pink Tentacle

1. Guerrilla rainstorm (gerira gōu - ゲリラ豪雨): Sudden, unpredictable rainstorms struck Japan with alarming frequency and intensity this year. Although the expression “guerrilla rainstorm” has been in use for about 30 years, this summer’s abnormally unstable weather really hammered home the meaning.

4. Morning banana (asa banana - 朝バナナ): Years of online discussion between weight-conscious Mixi users resulted in the creation of the “Morning Banana Diet,” a simple diet program which, among other things, involves eating bananas for breakfast. The diet program took the nation and mainstream media by storm after it was featured on a popular TV show. Sporadic banana shortages occurred at some supermarkets as suppliers struggled to keep up with demand.

9. Hime-den (姫電): This abbreviation of hime-denwa (lit. “princess phone”) describes a garish style of mobile phone decoration popular with junior high and high school girls.

Hime-den are typically decorated with glitter, fake jewels, ribbons, lace, and little teddy bears.

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Repost: Dick Gregory apologizes to the first black president

So much has changed since the State of the Black Union back on February 28, 2008: Dick Gregory apologizes to the first Black President