Honestly, I had thought we had gotten over the old gay vs. bi dispute.
And then along comes Vladimir Putin to reignite it.
Posted in Bigotry, Civil Rights, International, LGBT, Marriage, People, Politics, Psychology, Strange
Tagged AmericaBlog, cleanse Russia, closeteer of the year, CutiePutie, ego defense, homophobia, John Aravosis, masculine insecurity, neuroses, neurotic, Putie the Cutie, Russia, sexual insecurity, Vladimir Putin, Vladimir Putin is bisexual
Two weeks ahead of the Super Bowl, half of American sports fans say they believe God or a supernatural force is at play in the games they watch, according to a new survey.
That percentage includes Americans who pray for God to help their team (26 percent), think their team has been cursed (25 percent) or more generally believe God is involved in determining who wins on the court or in the field (19 percent). Overall, half of Americans fall into one of these groups, according to the survey Public Religion Research Institute released Tuesday.
“As Americans tune in to the Super Bowl this year, fully half of fans — as many as 70 million Americans — believe there may be a twelfth man on the field influencing the outcome,” Public Religion Research Institute CEO Robert Jones said in a statement. “Significant numbers of American sports fans believe in invoking assistance from God on behalf of their favorite team, or believe the divine may be playing out its own purpose in the game.”
Football fans were the most likely to pray for their own teams to win, with 33 percent saying they ask God to intervene in games, compared to 21 percent of fans of other sports. They were also more likely to think their teams were cursed (31 percent compared to 18 percent) and to take part in rituals before or during games (25 percent to compared to 18 percent).
It is time to actually stop and think about this, for minute. No, no, don’t pray about it. Think.
Posted in Christianity, Culture, Religion, Sports
Tagged Abortion, American football, anti-abortion, chauvinism, competition, Denver Broncos, divine intervention, doctor, fair competition, feminism, Fighting Irish, fixing the game, football, Huffington Post, Joseph Kony, Kaleem Jaweed, misogyny, National Football League, NFL, petty God, PRRI, Public Religion Research Institute, Seattle Seahawks, Super Bowl, superstitions, throwing the game, Tim Tebow, Touchdown Jesus, University of Notre Dame
It’s one of those things. You know, where you see an irresistible phrase. To wit: exploding toilet.
Or, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission:
The system can burst at or near the vessel weld seam releasing stored pressure. This pressure can lift the tank lid and shatter the tank, posing impact and laceration hazards to consumers and property damage.
And there you have it. Exploding toilets.
The thing is that this has long been a joke among my circles; a friend lives in a bungalow built, I think, in 1938; the previous owners had installed a pressure-assisted flush system, and we’ve always joked that it sounds like the toilet is exploding, or launching to the moon. Unfortunately, we’ve never found an actual toilet called “Saturn V”.
And yes, there is the risk that such a thing exists, and the price of a joke written off the cuff will be people sending me the link. After all, this is the twenty-first century, and with the internet at our fingertips there are fewer excuses for saying, “I think”, or writing half-assed toilet jokes because it’s easier than coming up with better shit.
Posted in Business, Humor, Product Recall, Safety, Strange
Tagged Consumer Products Safety Commission, CPSC, exploding toilet, Flushmate III, Flushmate recall, impact hazard, laceration hazard
Is it fair to say that by the time the key players lawyer up, as such, we can start taking what should have been the silliest political conspiracy theory of the year seriously?
Even worse … well, the transition from silly to serious seems nearly obligatory, doesn’t it?
Posted in Congress, Conspiracy Theories, Election, Government, Politics, Psychology, Republican Party, Strange
Tagged Chris Christie, David Wildstein, Fort Lee, George Washington Bridge, gridlock, Heather Haddon, Kate Zernike, lane closure, Maddow Blog, Metroplis blog, Mike Segar, MSNBC, New Jersey, New York Times, political retribution, retain counsel, Steve Benen, Ted Mann, TRMS, Wall Street Journal
Apt. It’s not just a terminal command.
No, really. This is one of those things that just happens to happen, you know? Nudge-nudge, wink-wink. A nod’s as good as a wink to a blind bat?
Then again, it also helps that the other person has the aptitude to comprehend the aptness.
Huber, Adam. “Gluteus Minimus”. Bug Martini. December 12, 2013.
It’s a problematic proposition, and normally one I actually enjoy examining and unraveling. It is, of course, less amusing for those living in the moment. Meanwhile, it is very easy to see how this works:
• A does not appreciate the behavior of B.
• Behavior of B is observably a reaction to behavior of A.
• As A attempts to engage discussion of B behavior, B responds that the discussion cannot take place without consideration of A behavior.
• A walks away from the discussion.
To sum it up in a very juvenile manner, A wants to continue to offend B through recognizably offensive behavior patterns, and expects B to simply shut up and behave. That A and B are allegedly mature adults is interesting, exasperating, and probably largely irrelevant, of course, unless A wants to make this about B being childish.
We might also include or disregard, according to wont, the suggestion that it is rather quite silly, and even pathetic, that such circumstances occur so regularly in our lives.
Posted in Family, Health, Mental Health, Parenting, Psychology, Stupid
Tagged armchair analysis, comfort of sloth, dialectic of neurosis, Family, family as strangers, family dynamics, Freudianism, human condition, neuroses, Sigmund Freud, vacation