Monday, September 26, 2011

Wee Little Paper Things



It's been awhile since I posted any art projects, which is a bummer since that's sort of why I started this blog.  "Harry Potter" is bigger over there to the right in my cloud of labels--a sign that something has gone awry. 

Anyway, here are two little wee stars that we made in my art group last month.  They're super cute and barely more than the size of your thumb nail.  :)

Together, with the "1," they make a one hundred to mark my 100th post.  This is approximately one hundred more posts than I thought I would ever do.  Here's to making it to 101!

With that, I'm going to take a break from blogging, maybe for about a month or two. 

Ta for now!


Sunday, September 25, 2011

SoulPancake and Formspring Questions

(Pinky swear, this is the last of these for awhile).

If you and your friends formed a biker gang, what would your name be?
Broadway Zombie Coven (ladies, am I right?)


Are you more of a talker or more of a listener?
Listener, which I enjoy sometimes, but not always.


What's your favorite sport?
Roller Derby!!! To watch, not play. I'm a pussy, and I can't skate.


Would you rather be really hot or really cold?
I'm hot then I'm cold, I'm yes then I'm no, I'm in then I'm out, I'm up then I'm down. ...I don't really wanna stay, no. I don't really wanna go-oh.


Who do you think should be the next president of the United States?
Barack Obama. I know that will piss off people who use phrases like "Obamacare" and who think that one day, if they've sprained their ankles, they'll have to stand before an Obama DEATH PANEL. Or, I guess prop themselves up before an Obama death panel.


Do you believe in fate?
In the end, there is only ka.


Have you ever been fired? If so, why?
No!


If you had the opportunity to live one year of your life over again, which year would you choose?
Right after college, so I guess 1996. I had 4 Jesus jobs after college (some overlapped), and if I had that to do over, I would have exactly zero Jesus jobs.


If you won a $1,000 shopping spree for any store, which store would you pick?
Gordman's or Target...or Best Buy...or Barnes and Noble. I have fancy taste.


Who do you think should run for president of the United States?
Rachel Maddow.


If you were stranded on a desert island, which one person would you bring with you?
Lena Headey.


Are you a morning or night person?
Night, baby.


If you had to cook dinner for someone tonight, what would you make?
BREAKFAST FOR DINNER! (see below)


What do you think was the greatest invention in your lifetime?
The Jesus Christ Sponge! The only sponge that, when you use it, makes you exclaim, "Jesus Christ, that's neat!"


What do you think is your most attractive feature?
I get the most compliments on my hair, which will eventually go gray and fall out, so...super.


Where's your favorite place to buy clothes?
Hot Topic. (for t-shirts, stripey socks and sneakers).


What did you eat for breakfast today?
Today I had one of my favorite things...BREAKFAST FOR DINNER! Southwest omelettes with black beans, red onions, pepperjack cheese. Sliced new potatoes cooked in a skillet with evoo. Yum.


What was your favorite year?
1996 Senior year of uni
2009 Ireland trip and half marathon
2011 Current year...still alive and kicking!


What celebrity would play you in a movie about your life?
I've been told Janeane Garofalo.


If your house was on fire and you could only grab three things, what would they be?
My sister wives.


How many countries have you traveled to?
4...2 were proper visits, 1 a day and a half layover, and 1 just an afternoon of shopping and eating.


If you could have the starring role in one movie what would it be?
Edward Scissorhands--cool costume and make-up.


Would you rather be a zombie or a werewolf?
Braaaaaiiiiinnnsss...


What's your favorite season of the year?
Autumn.


What's your favorite city?
That I've ever been to: Dublin
That I can easily get to: Chicago


Star Trek or Star Wars?
Wars if I have to choose, but I like both. My brother might disown me if I didn't choose Star Wars.


What website do you spend the most time on?
Passive Aggressive Notes, TED...


If you could go on a road trip with any person, dead or alive, who would it be and where would you go?
Ellen DeGeneres, Tina Fey, and Steve Carrell. They would inexplicably show up at my place, and we would drive to Vegas.


What's your dream car?
A periwinkle mini-cooper. I'm an idiot.


What was your favorite movie as a child?
Young Sherlock Holmes. I saw it with my childhood best friend, Jennifer, and immediately went home and started reading Sherlock Holmes novels end stories. Holmes was my first obsession! He made me love reading more than ever, and in that way, the movie was life-changing for me.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Bible Buffet

I know this guy has made the rounds, but I love this picture more every time I see it.  He's the tough guy who had Leviticus 18:22 tattooed on his bad self, proving some boss point to the world about how much Yahweh hates the gays and forbids their behavior (this verse is about man lovin', but one must assume that Mr. Awesome and his deity of choice also disapprove of the horizontal lady mambo.  Maybe he'll get the bad girl verses on the other shoulder). 

The joke, of course, is that barely over a chapter later in Leviticus 19:28, the same God also forbids tattoos.*  Cool guy bellied up to the Bible buffet, and chose the rule with which he agrees, and disregarded the one with which he does not. 

In other words, he is just like every other religious person, because picking and choosing from the buffet is what every modern person of faith must do. 

The Bible says I can't get a tattoo, but if I don't, how will the world know how I feel about gays?  So, you get one.

The Bible says that people who behave abnormally have spirits in them that can be cast into pigs, which will subsequently drown themselves, thereby subduing the spirits.  But we know that they are simply mentally ill, and may be helped with medication and counsel.

The Bible says that if I have enough faith, I can say to a mountain, "Move over, Rover," and it will.  But I know this isn't true, so if I want to erect that statue of Jillian Michaels in my backyard (GAY!), I will have to rent a backhoe. 

So, belly up to the Bible (or other holy book of choice) buffet.  The ones who don't, and take the whole thing seriously, are the FLDS who live on compounds and dress like the cast of Little House on the Prairie.  They are the Hasidic Jews wearing phylacteries and who have side curls down to their hip bones.  They are the turbaned, bearded, berobed Muslims (who, paranthetically, look more like Jesus probably did than the blue-eyed European guy we know from the paintings).  Fundamentalists from every religion seem so hard-core, because they take their religion literally.  They are not kidding when they say they believe. 

A fundamentalist is a religion's natural conclusion, its masterpiece.  Everyone else just picks and chooses.  Thank goodness.

So, well done, tattoo guy.  If I ever see you (I hope not) I will yell, "THANKS FOR PROVING MY POINT, ASSHOLE!" and "ANTI-GAY EPITHETS TATTOOED ON YOUR BODY USUALLY MEAN YOU ARE ABOUT A THOUSAND PERCENT GAY YOURSELF, EXCEPT THE GAYS I KNOW AREN'T DOUCHEBAGS!"

And then I will run like hell.



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*I have heard some conservative Christians deal with this tattoo issue by saying that these instructions were for the Levites only, the tribe set apart in the Hebrew nation to serve as priests.  However, when asked if it was also only the Levites who couldn't be homosexual, the "it's ok" rule doesn't carry over.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Emmy Round-UP

...Is the most deceiving title I could possibly have used, considering that I didn't watch them.  There are just a couple of reasons that I looked them up online later.

In our culture, we celebrate people in the entertainment industry.  Most of the time this is a train wreck, both for the people being celebrated, and for those of us who celebrate. 

But sometimes, we get it just right.  Sometimes, we choose people who are not just familiar to us and stunning, but who have the talent, brains, and at least in all appearences the heart...to capture ours. 

Oftentimes, if you run across all of these characteristics in one person, that guy will be a hot English lady.  There were two at the Emmys this year. 

And that is what I have to say about the 2011 Emmys!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Quote of the Week--Contagion

"Blogging isn't writing. It's graffiti with punctuation."

--A line from the movie Contagion (I forget who said it, but it was directed at Jude Law's character).

Ha! That one gave me a chuckle. :)

Irish Fest

I went to Irish Fest this weekend. Don't be jealous of my glitter tattoo. (I have been retrieving glitter from places glitter should never, ever go).


I meant to return for the second day, but pooped out for various lame reasons. I missed the Kilted Mile. Who won the Bonniest Knees award? Least Likely to Finish? I may never know.

Still, I enjoyed Saturday. I had some whiskey bread pudding (I KNOW) and heard/saw Celtic Spring perform. I'm not gonna lie, those kids give me girl wood. The little kid was awesome, too. When he would get up and do an amazing dance solo, he'd exit to wild applause, and then get straight back to his drawing with colored pencils just offstage. He was oblivious to the praise--so cool.

Then it was off to my friend's house. We watched This is Spinal Tap.

Sunday I read Penn Jillette's book God, No! and visited my parents for a few hours.

Great weekend!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Big Laugh

In a post awhile back, I laughed at/was pissed off by a Plugged In movie review. For whatever masochistic reason, I decided to look up what they thought of my Big Love. I found a review of the pilot from back in 2006.  Fortunately, this time they just made me laugh.

The first thing that I thought odd about this review was that, dispite the Salt Lake City locale, multiple views of the Temple and other little Mormon references here and there, it seemed that this reviewer had no idea that this show was about Fundamentalist Latter-day Saints, or even that it might be associated some way with the traditional LDS church.  I was a little baffled at this, thinking that for someone working in a culture-critiquing capacity for a religious organization, this person must be unusually ignorant on the topic of Mormonism, which was covered, at least marginally, in my fifth grade social studies class.  Either that, or he was purposely not mentioning the Mormon Church so as not to offend (which is unlikely, as Focus on the Family--the parent of Plugged In--isn't shy about pointing out the faults in religions outside of Evangelical Christendom). 

The real humor is when this guy makes it clear that he is very offended by the polygamy portrayed in the show.  He goes on to quote Genesis and Deuteronomy to display God's plan for marriage as (of course) one man and one woman for a lifetime. 

Surely I need not point out the problem here, but I will.  The Old Testament (as anyone who has read it knows) is rife with what many would consider "Heroes of the Bible" who are also...bum BUM BUUUUUMMMMMM...polygamists.  Among the more famous ones, of course:  Abraham, Moses, Caleb, David, Saul, Solomon, Ezra, Esau, Hosea, Gideon, and Jacob.  There are many more who are confirmably polygamists, and those who can be assumed to be, as they are said to have had forty, sixty or more children. 

Make no mistake, these are not Hebrews gone wild.  This behavior was clearly condoned by the God of the OT.  God instructed men to take on specific women as wives, even when they already had one or more.  God, speaking through the prophet Nathan told David (the "man after God's own heart") that He (God) had given David all of his property, authority and wives, and that if it wasn't enough for the big D, God would give him more.  God-approved polygamy.  Not in The Book of Mormon.  Not in Doctrine and Covenants.  The Bible used by mainline denominations of Christianity, Evangelicals, Pentecostals, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, Baptists, Roman Catholics, and on, and on, and on.

In this review, the Bible was pitted against Big Love, but the two have something in common.  Their greatest heroes are polygamists. 

The difference is that, unlike David for example, Bill Henrickson wasn't a cheating, murdering asshole.

More Questions

Do you believe there's intelligent life on other planets?
I think there probably is or will be. I can't imagine that the same processes that occurred on Earth haven't occurred elsewhere.

If you could look like anybody, who would it be?
Tina Majorino. She's freaking adorable.

What's the secret to happiness?
Friendship. And Tina Majorino.

What would be the worst thing about being a vampire?
Being a sparkley, glittery, asexual, whiney non-man with luxurious hair, a self-loathing girlfriend, and, mysteriously, the value system of a Mormon housewife.

If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
Anastasia Beaverhausen.

Cats or Dogs?
Dogs.

What was your favorite book as a child?
Anne of Green Gables, all of the Sherlock Holmes stories, anything by Agatha Christie...

If you could be on one TV show which one would it be?
30 Rock (or when it was on, Big Love. I would want to be a character who gets to wear a Deb's uniform).

Do you believe in ghosts?
No.

What's your favorite genre of music?
Broadway showtunes. Sue me!

What music are you listening to today?
Katy Perry. Judge away! Also, Celtic Spring and others at Indy Irish Fest today.

What makes you feel hopeful?
People with different belief systems working together for the good of mankind, for the sole reason that it is the right thing to do. And Tina Majorino.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Gods Behaving Badly

I was thankful for one of Thursday's SoulPancake assignments, which included this quotation (and quotation within a quotation):

"Nothing is original.  Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination.  Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul.  If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.  Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent.  And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it.  In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said:  “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.” --Jim Jarmusch
I appreciate it because I know I will be "borrowing" heavily for the writing activity I mentioned a few days ago.*  The few ideas that I have draw inspiration from Neil Gaiman's American Gods, the Origin of Love animation sequence from Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and others.  I'll be exploring the ideas in this post about people wreaking havoc on behalf of their gods, but hopefully in comic, satirical fashion.

Even if I only make it a few weeks and not nearly to the 50,000 word mark and it is a complete pile of balls, hopefully I'll at least have a bizarre little funny short story to show for it.

Oh--and as I threatened in the comments here, there will be a character who is bidden to knit at gunpoint...





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*This business of inspiration-theft is more clear to me than ever since I joined my film group.  I've learned (from movie buffs vastly more intelligent and informed than I) about how some of the most intense martial arts and gangster film scenes of violence are influenced by the choreography in classic musicals like Singin' in the Rain.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Message from Ozzy

Halloween 2010 Michelle had a very important message for September 15th, 2011 Michelle.  It arrived via Microsoft Office pop-up window a few hours ago, and this is how it read:

Don't wear a Halloween costume to work!  In 2010, the festivities were at lunch, and it was too freaking hot and uncomfortable!!!  Cheers, Ozzy
Last Halloween, I dressed as Ozzy Osbourne upon the request of a co-worker (there was this Wizard of Ozzy thing going on).  I normally wear a costume to work on Halloween, anyway. The festivities in previous years had been first thing in the morning, so after pictures and all of  the normal bollocks that goes on, you could shed some layers.  I usually don't, however, participate in the high school-esque antics that surround that day at my place of business, but they had me at "Will you be Ozzy?"

Warning from the past duly noted. I may just wear my "Boo" t-shirt this year. I'd totally forgotten the heat and discomfort of wearing the Ozzy stuff for most of the day. Halloween 2010 Michelle foresaw this, and I thank her for it.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

If Tyra Banks Can Do It...

I've been thinking about participating in Nanowrimo--National Novel Writing Month. You begin writing on November 1st and finish up on November 30th, no using previously written material, no starting ahead of time (other than maybe a general outline and some research). By the end of the month you need to have a 50,000 word novel. If you do, you win the thrill of victory and a little banner for your blog. If you don't...well, at least you gave it a go.

The liberating thing is, the home page of this thing states that what you will probably end up with is a pile of crap. The point is, though, that you commit to writing regularly (probably everyday) and you get lots of good practice. At the end of the month you have a decent sized piece to edit and add to.

I was about 50/50 over whether I would do it or not, when I sauntered by the magazines at the grocery store. I was looking for Martha Stewart's Halloween magazine (awesome as always). Anyway, to the left I saw the books (does anyone buy books at the grocery store?), and there was Tyra Banks' new novel, Modelland.

Screw it. I can do this.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Quote of the Week--Winslet Edition

"[My son] Joe turns to me the other day and says ‘One day I will have a girlfriend or a boyfriend, darling. Which would you prefer?’ And I said ‘My love, that would be entirely up to you, and it doesn’t make any difference to me.’"

--Kate Winslet

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Getting Ready for Katy


Chris surprised me with a stay at the Galt House, so we've got a nice river view while we get ready for Katy Perry. :) There's a skywalk over to the venue, so we're going to walk somewhere close by for a relaxed dinner, then put on our cupcake bras and get over there (ha).

Pride Night at King's Island was awesome! No lines, so we did everything we wanted in the park. September is the perfect time to go, too--it was so cool and breezy, with no mass of humanity stinking to Jupiter. I must say, too, that the crowd was much more neat, clean, civilized and well dressed than your typical summer freak show at KI. The gays know how to represent! Lots of cute couples, lots of fun. The park is getting ready for Halloween, so that was cool to see, too.

Ok, off to dinner, then Katy!!!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

More Fluff From Formspring

How would you describe your style?
English Major Chic.

What's the furthest you've ever traveled?
Ukraine.

Do you have any scars on your body? If so, how'd you get them?
Crescent moon on my right index finger knuckle. I broke a glass in the sink 15 years ago and cut it. It hurt like hell, but it's a cool shape.

Who's the most overrated musician?
Lady Gaga. I love her, she's my ringtone at the moment. Just overrated.

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
Introvert. Go away!

What's one thing you own that you should probably throw away, but never will?
Old, dirty Kermit doll.

What was the best concert you went to?
Idina Menzel.

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?
Can crime be one thing? That would eliminate murder, sex crime/trafficking, war...

Would you rather vacation at the beach or in the mountains?
Mountains. I'd take either at the moment.

Chocolate or Vanilla?
Vanilla.

If you had to perform at the circus, what trick would you do?
Flying trapeze. No circuses with animals!!! They are treated like shit.

What's your biggest phobia?
Ssssssssnakesssssss. I will face that fear and hold one before I die.

What was your favorite toy to play with as a child?
Wonder Woman doll. Her foot came off in her boot.

Who's the sexiest man alive?
Taye Diggs.

What's your earliest memory?
At the movie theater, sitting in the balcony to watch Star Wars...I was 3.

Who's the most beautiful person you know?
Mom.

What was the best advice you've ever received?
(On traveling to Ireland) Go now, while you're young and can enjoy yourself! ...Mom

Do you believe in angels?
Nope. Maybe Mama Mia! Angels..."I believe in angels/something good in everything I see..."

Do you consider yourself a good dancer?
No!

What was the last book you read?
Bossypants (again).

What's your favorite type of flower?
Bird of Paradise.

If you could have a super power, what would it be?
Flight.

What's the best place near you to get a drink?
O'Bryan's Nine Irish Brothers.

What would your dream job look like?
Traveling all over the world and writing.

What was your worst travel experience?
19 hour train ride in Ukraine. Good experience, but not the most pleasant.

How would you describe your personality?
Inscrutable.

Would you rather be really hot or really cold?
Cold--warming up is easier and more fun than cooling down.

Were you a Michael Jackson fan?
YES.

What TV show makes you laugh the loudest?
30 Rock.

Chocolate or Vanilla?
Still vanilla.

Would you rather be rich or famous?
Rich, please.

What did you eat for breakfast today?
Toast with peanut butter. Blah.

Do you believe in life after death?
I don't think so. The sense that I have now is that it will be the way it was before I was born...nothing. This doesn't make me sad. It makes me feel so very alive. I hope there is life after death, but I have no way of knowing; I have to live as if this is all there is, and that is a good thing indeed.

What's your favorite saying?
Hasa Diga Eebowai!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Behold! Blue Marilyn!

I'm still working on the mix.  The drink on Will and Grace is a much lighter shade, though I'm aware that it was probably water and food coloring.  I held it to the light in the picture to show what a "perty" blue it was.  Oh, and it is very tasty and zippy.  Marilyn is right--it does stave off thoughts of suicide, and it is fun!

I got the recipe here at the NBC boards (toward the bottom of the thread).  Some nice person tried out the recipe based on the ingredients that Karen Walker guesses on the Will & Grace episode, A Little Christmas Queer

Monday, September 5, 2011

My Life According To...

Upon request, I'm supposed to use only song titles from one artist to answer the questions as accurately as possible. Here we go.

My life according to Madonna...


Describe yourself:
True Blue

How do you feel:
What it Feels Like For a Girl

Describe where you currently live:
This Used to Be My Playground

If you could go anywhere, where would you go:
I Love New York

Your favorite form of transportation:
Ray of Light

Your best friend:
Cherish

You and your best friend are:
Into the Groove

What's the weather like:
Rain

Favorite time of day:
Bedtime Story

If your life was a TV show, what would it be called:
Who's That Girl?

What is life to you:
La Island Bonita

Your relationship:
Another Suitcase in Another Hall

Your fear:
American Life

What is the best advice you have to give:
Open Your Heart

Thought for the Day:
Don't Cry For Me, Argentina

How I would like to die:
Die Another Day

My soul's present condition:
Hung Up

My motto:
Express Yourself

Sunday, September 4, 2011

This Could Get Uglee

I'm going to write some posts about a few movies that I've seen lately, one of which is Scarface.  However, that won't happen today.  I've been waylaid.  Waylaid by James Dobson--not really him specifically, though.

While looking around online for material about some of the films that have captured or recaptured my imagination lately, something reminded me of Plugged In, Focus on the Family's movie review site. I remembered how I threw back my head and laughed out loud when I read their review of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and learned that "sexual content" can include Hermione Granger wearing a revealing dress.  I couldn't help but look up the article just now, and the direct quote is, "One of Hermione's dresses shows a lot of cleavage."  Pictured here is said character in said frock.  I confess that in this [un-messed with, true to the original] still, one can discern two humanoid forms, and most people [with no mild visual impairments] can conclude that one of the humans is a female.  For some in Focus on the Family's employ, this may, in fact, be wildly erotic.

I snickered as I scanned a few reviews of movies that I've seen lately, including Rise of the Planet of the Apes.  I expected a diatribe about evolution vs. creation; however, I found that something else was more concerning to the Plugged In reviewer who noted that a "negative element" of the film was that "Caesar picks someone's pocket and steals his knife."

Caesar.  Who is a chimp.  Stole.  This is bad.*

I haven't seen Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (and don't plan to, though I enjoy the show and love the music), but I was mildly befuddled by the part of the Plugged In review of it when the author cried "profanity" because Gwyneth Paltrow sang Cee Lo Green's Forget You, the sanitized version of Fuck You.  But wait a minute...she sang the edited version.  This still gets a mention?  I don't get it.

All of this is amusing.  I mean, people whose concept of whether or not a film is good hinges on their willingness to watch it with their homeschooled six year-old are just kinda cute, and not to be taken too seriously, right?  That is, until they start up with this stuff.  Here is a portion of the Glee movie review, which frankly makes my blood boil.  I'm tempted to embolden phrases that do so, or to edit down the milder parts, but instead copy it here with no changes:

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It's from a position of high moral ground, then, that Glee glams up the messages of individual self-worth, acceptance of differences … and homosexuality. Again and again eager fans echo the fact that Glee has tremendously influenced their lives for the better. It's inspired them to view the social fringes—the outcasts and nerds, if you will—in a more compassionate light. And because the show depicts how everyone is different in some way, fans also speak of experiencing greater self-esteem. It's given them a voice when they had none before and taught them that social, emotional, physical and cultural differences are to be celebrated, not ridiculed or shunned.

So is it true that entertainment does actually influence us, just as Plugged In has been preaching for so many years?

And if that's now been firmly established by all involved parties, can we talk honestly about what, exactly, Glee: The 3D Concert Movie is influencing us to think? And do? Some of the values Glee dispenses are great. Accepting others' emotional and physical differences is fantastic. Depicting how diverse groups can foster a community of friendship, trust and fun is also a huge plus. But what about the super-sexy exhibition from these performers who, remember, are ostensibly still in high school? What about them acting out Britney Spears' S and M fantasies onstage? What about the embrace of casual sex by fistfuls of other songs? What about the drumbeat of homosexual acceptance—for kids as young as middle school?

The stated goal of Glee's producers is tearing down what they consider to be prejudices and intolerance by making homosexuality shine. And along with it any other sort of sexual choice tweens and teens want to pursue.

And you just can't isolate that influence from the others.

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Oh, I am not amused.

In chronological order, here are the points from above which chap my ass:

  • Can't you just hear the sinister music (BUM bum BUUMMMMMM!!!) after the first sentance, "...and homosexuality."?
  •  Second one-sentence paragraph, "...is it true that entertainment does really influence us?" In some ways yes, but more importantly, I think that some entertainment is a reflection of what's already happening.  People of all ages, but particularly those in their youth, understand that they can step back from whatever background, creed or religion in which they've been brought up and say, "But what do my eyes tell me?  What do my experiences teach me?  What do I notice as I learn about people and cultures from all over the globe?"  The answers to those questions are what terrify institutions like Focus on the Family:  gay people aren't child molestors lurking in the bushes, they're my nice neighbors and co-workers; gay people aren't mentally ill, they're some of the most intelligent and creative people that I've ever known; gay people aren't anti-family and anti-marriage, otherwise why do so many of them want these things for their own?  More and more people who towed the line, followed like sheep (and, make no mistake, funded organizations like Focus on the Family through donations) are not as willing to listen, obey and place their own experience and doubts on the shelf anymore.
  • Farther down, "What about the drumbeat of homosexual acceptance—for kids as young as middle school?"  What about it?  What about it?  Are they serious?  Here's what about it.  Maybe if kids as young as middle school (and younger, please) understand that homosexuals have worth and dignity and deserve respect like everyone else, they won't grow up to kick the shit out of people like Dane Hall and Matthew Shepherd and Marcellus Andrews and...need I go on?  What about it?  Please.
  • Second to last paragraph, "...tearing down what they consider to be prejudice and intolerance."  Right.  This persecution of gays is all just a bunch of hooey.  (See bullet point directly above).
  • Same paragrapgh, "sexual choice."  This is really beating a dead horse.  I think we're all over this one, right?  Heterosexuals do not choose heterosexuality, ergo, vis a vis, concordantly, homosexuals do not choose homosexuality.  Are we really still talking about this?
The last point I'd like to make is so important, that I'm pulling it away from the others.  Plugged In, and therefore Focus on the Family, charges Ryan Murphy and the other producers (and I would say by default the actors, crew members and all participants) of Glee with "making homosexuality shine."

Plugged In, Focus on the Family, and James Dobson, I say to you:  Gay people don't need Glee or anyone's help to shine.  They do it on their own.

People in Ellen's audience get up to dance with her everyday, because she's so much fun.  She shines.

People tune in for news and information from Rachel Maddow, because she is so brilliant.  She shines.

People ask my friend Chris to sing at and DJ their weddings, because he's so talented.  He shines.

People read gay themed blogs like this, and this and this, because the authors have unique voices and have so much to say.  They shine.

Some people can't see, because they're afraid of the light.

Plugged In, Focus on the Family, James Dobson--I'll say this in a way that won't attack your sensibilities:

Forget You.



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*I should insert that he needed the knife in order to escape a stinky, dirty monkey prison and was being abused and provoked by Draco Malfoy, so maybe his chimp theft can be excused.**
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**I should insert that Draco did, in fact, view Hermione in her slutted-up state at Slughorn's party, so some of his angst and chimp-hate may have been caused by unsought-after witch cleavage arousal.