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Hasa Diga Eebowai!

I went to the Spectrum cable store today to pick up a part for my setup that they provide, that needs replacement.

Shortly after I joined the waiting list, a guy walked in wearing jeans and a t-shirt with a design just like this one:

So I was curious, I had never encountered this verbiage. I googled it on my phone. (You should do that too now, if you need to. The words being what they are, I don’t want to have to tag this post n_s_f_w.)

So when the guy wearing this most-excellent shirt wandered by, I told him I had a high opinion of it. He said, Really? What does it mean? I have no idea. It was a gift.

I was a little taken aback. For one thing, I would never wear a t-shirt with a message if I did not know what it meant! Would you? And now I had a dilemma. Am I going to tell this person what his t-shirt means? What if he’s super-religious? That’s always a possibility, in the USA. What if he has a meltdown, or becomes violent, right here in the cable store? I did not really want some random guy to learn about the blasphemy on his body from me.

Nope, I wimped out of that scene. I advised him that he should look it up, it was more fun to learn this one for oneself. Immediately, he scampers back to his seat. He and his wife start eagerly searching on their phones.

Next thing I know he’s heading back over to me with (yay!) a smile. He says, Well, f* God! I don’t care, I’m an atheist!. I said, So am I! And we exchanged high-fives.

This turned out OK but I find it a little sad that I had to worry.

Seven Million

via Kottke

The Beauty of Truth

A lie is not just anything untrue. A lie requires knowledge of the truth, and intent to deceive.

Biblical literalism about the origin of our world and our species has not always been a lie.

But it is now.

God Loves…

Click thru for the object of His affections

This does explain a lot.

Trudeau Gets It

He knows parody is impossible


So he just switches up to telling the truth – maybe not as strictly observed, but as how it could obviously be with no great stretch of the imagination.

Thus does religion show its true function in any society: the maintenance of inequality and patriarchy.

 

F* the BSA. Seriously.

Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NY Times

The NYT ran a story today that puts the lie (again!) to all the surface, meaningless, cosmetic moves the Boy Scouts of America have been making to try to overcome the PR penalties of being the sexist, homophobic, theocratic organization they are at their core.

The Cub Scouts (get ’em young!) den in Broomfield, CO heard 11 year-old member Ames Mayfield ask visiting State Senator Vicki Marble,

“I was shocked that you co-sponsored a bill to allow domestic violence offenders to continue to own a gun,” Ames said in a question that took more than two minutes. He continued, “Why on earth would you want somebody who beats their wife to have access to a gun?”

So they kicked him out of the chapter.

Let that sink in a bit.  They kicked him out.

How’s that for a bizarre manifestation of the 100% legitimate observation President Obama made about clinging to guns and religion?  Search carefully in the Boy Scouts charter or creed or whatever-the-f* they claim is their guiding principle that the most radical positions of the NRA are inviolable.  I doubt you will find it.

So their supposed reversal-not-reversal on gay scouts or leaders does not impress me.  Their new idea to compete with the Girl Scouts (a genuinely humane and progressive organization) by admitting girls does not impress me.  In case it might still be a little ambiguous: not only will I never, ever support any activity that supports the Boy Scouts, I will actively oppose any such activity.

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