Monthly Archives: August 2012

Gay groups and “Homocon” welcomed to GOP convention despite platform

Nothing like a nice big helping of hypocrisy to get the day going.

Although I live in what used to be the gayest city in America according to Advocate.com, the South is not known for blazing trails of progressiveness in the area of social openness. I’ve heard preachers say when Republicans are in office that we need to pray for our leaders. However, when Democrats take over, the rhetoric changes to “a vote for Obama is a vote against God…a vote for murdering babies!” 

It seems that modern day preachers live a type of faith, mixed with politics to keep their pockets safe. They don’t care about affairs of men. They preach the gospel of Republican.

So it’s no surprise to me, considering the flack that Obama received from his open support of gay marriage, that the Republicans have touted the traditional definition of marriage heavily this election year while simultaneously inviting pro-gay right groups (and their money) to the Republican National Convention.

To me it truly shows where their value really lies. It’s not whether gays can marry or women can abort their babies. It’s all about protecting their money and investments. They are the party of themselves, for themselves, and beside themselves.

So in a year of Chik-fil-a protests and opinion-based bashing, why aren’t the talking heads talking about this?

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This Just In

Governments, business and residents in New Orleans and the central Gulf coast rushed Tuesday to complete last-minute preparations to bear the brunt of Hurricane  Isaac.

The storm made initial landfall Tuesday evening as a Category 1 hurricane after graduating from tropical storm status Tuesday afternoon.

Read the full CNN.com story here.

[Updated 11:29 p.m. ET] [cnn-video url=http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2012/08/29/isaac-coverage.cnn]

[Updated 11:11 p.m. ET] Hurricane Isaac is “producing a dangerous storm surge” along the northern Gulf Coast, the National Hurricane Center said in its 11 p.m. ET update. Flooding from heavy rainfall will follow the storm surge, the NHC said.

At 11 p.m. ET, the storm’s center of circulation was about 75 southeast of Houma, Louisiana, or 75 miles south-southeast of New Orleans, still moving at 8 mph with 80 mph maximum sustained winds.

[Updated 11:01 p.m. ET] Designer John Nelson created this fascinating and oddly beautiful visualization of every hurricane recorded…

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The Oatmeal

How did I not come across this sooner?

In my best Arsenio Hall voice, a special shout out goes to Mr. John Hart at Full Sail University for turning me on to the #1 site for teaching grammar in a way that sticks.

For those with a slightly twisted sense of humor and a hankering to know if it’s “they’re,” “their,” or “there,” you’ve got to check out The Oatmeal. Now if they could just do the same with politics…

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I can paint that! Wait, no I can’t! Amateur artist messes up century-old artwork

Oh man. If anyone saw the first Mr. Bean movie with “Whistler’s Mother,” you can definitely appreciate this story. Poor woman. LOL!!!! I can paint that! Wait, no I can’t! Amateur artist messes up century-old artwork.

Light Years

Editor’s note: We’re listening to you. Every day, we spot thought-provoking comments from readers. Here’s a look at what readers are saying.

Call Nikola Tesla a “cult hero” if you like, but some of our readers might take issue with you. News that Matthew Inman, the creator of Web cartoon “The Oatmeal,” is collaborating with a nonprofit group to create a Tesla museum has commenters singing the futurist inventor’s praises. Many say they think he deserves more recognition in the annals of scientific history.

Backers raise cash for Tesla museum honoring ‘cult hero’

They hashed out the legacies of Tesla and Thomas Edison, sometimes viewed to be at odds.

MDMick: “The article describes him as a ‘cult’ hero with far-out dreams, but Tesla was an accomplished scientist. He is the one who realized Edison was wrong by insisting on direct current public electricity supplies and it could be done more…

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LL Cool J subdues suspected burglar in his L.A. home

Mama said knock you out! LL Cool J subdues suspected burglar in his L.A. home. C’mon now! You can’t go around breaking in to people’s homes and think that the “celebrity” attached to their name will prohibit them from rearranging your face. Lol. Go ‘head LL. Protect your space!

Julia Child…CIA Agent and cook extraordinaire!

Eatocracy

Today would have been Julia Child’s 101st birthday, and Eatocracy is celebrating her legacy. Here are some lesser-known facts about the beloved TV chef and cookbook author.

– At 6 feet, 2 inches tall, Julia was no stranger to standing out. But her height wasn’t always welcomed. Child moved from California to Washington D.C. at the start of World War II to join the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). She’d previously been rejected for active duty by the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service and the Women’s Army Corps. The OSS eventually became the CIA.

– Her maiden name is McWilliams.

– Julia had high hopes of distinguishing herself in college basketball, but the administration of Smith College, her alma mater, changed the game rules (they did away with the jump ball) to ensure she didn’t receive an unfair advantage due to her height. “I was not good at…

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