Complete reblog: The Daily, “This Is Important, You Should Know About It of the Day”

This Is Important, You Should Know About It of the Day

This Is Important, You Should Know About It of the Day: Openly lesbian Syrian blogger Amina Arraf, who fearlessly wrote about her country’s political turmoil at A Gay Girl in Damascus under the nom de plume Amina Abdallah, was abducted last night by armed men while on her way to a meeting in Damascus.

Her cousin Rania wrote about the abduction on Amina’s blog: “Amina was seized by three men in their early 20s. According to the witness (who does not want her identity known), the men were armed.” Rania goes on to report that the men covered Amina’s mouth and hustled her into “a red Dacia Logan with a window sticker of [president Bashar al-Assad’s deceased brother] Basel Assad.”

The Guardiansays Amina — who is an American citizen as well — “had become increasingly popular after capturing the imagination of the Syrian opposition as the protest movement struggled in the face of the government crackdown.”

Supporters have taken to Facebook and Twitter to draw attention to Amina’s unlawful seizing, but, according to Rania, it’s unclear who took her or why. “Unfortunately, there are at least 18 different police formations in Syria as well as multiple different party militias and gangs,” she wrote in a recent update. “We do not know who took her so we do not know who to ask to get her back. It is possible that they are forcibly deporting her.”

Updates on Amina’s situation will be posted on her blog.

[guardian / globalvoices.]


To good to be true: “How Wendy Wright changed my mother’s life for the better.”

I saw this over at reddit, and thought you might like to see how one college-age atheist “proselytized” her mother into a world-view altered state.

I have trouble believing that anyone’s mom or dad is open-minded enough to actually read or listen to first-hand accounts of reality-based information, but I had to at least try to believe this person’s account.

Here’s the reddit post:

I am a Stanford student natively from Texas. I chose California because I am much more liberal in my beliefs than my conservative, Tea Party-style family. At least, I thought they were Tea Partiers… I came out to them as an atheist six months ago. Mom cried; Dad fumed. They loved me, so they didn’t cut off communication or college funding or whatever, but they did try to convert me a bit.

Well, I made a facebook status about Wendy Wright awhile ago. My fundie mother took the time to watch all 7 parts of her interview with Dawkins, and found herself thinking, “Dawkins was polite and sensible and that woman was crazy.” She then proceeded to watch dozens of other Dawkins videos, Hitchens videos, and general “liberal politics” videos, in an attempt to understand her godless heathen daughter.

When I came home to visit today, we had a long talk. My mother, clearly confessing something dirty to me, said, “I now believe in gay marriage, and abortion, and separation of church and state, and universal health care, and… and evolution…” She then took a deep breath. “I still believe in God, but I don’t think I can let him speak for my life anymore.” Richard Dawkins and Wendy Wright changed my fundie mom into a wavering agnostic liberal.

TL;DR: Youtube educated my mom.

In case you are interested in knowing the video series in question, start here.

In response to Sarah Palin’s Paul Revere botch-up job

Remember this? Well, you should know that this was written for Sarah Palin … and for Sarah Palin only.


Did you see this?

Actually, Sarah Palin proves that she is one of the hardest-core politicians to ever walk the earth, and should you believe a fucking word she says, you should go back to the above.

All politicians lie, but only some of them are psychopathic enough to stand behind such lunacy hoping the sheep mosey on into the slaughter house.

You think you’re hot shit, but you’re really just cold diarrhea

I saw this graphic over at Reddit, and I had to post it.

I have a generally busy day today. I had EKG and blood tests this morning. I’m off to a meeting about a creative project I’m working on. And I’m trying to get some video editing in the can.

Sooo, did you have good weather this weekend? Did you get out and enjoy yourselves?

I’ll add some more nonsense later today. And by nonsense, I mean, nonsense.

I think.