Let’s quote the National Organization for Marriage. I love this game!

“Hollywood with its cultural biases is far bigger than we can hope to be. We recognize this. But we also recognize the opportunity – the disproportionate potential impact of proactively seeking to gather and connect a community of artists, athletes, writers, beauty queens and other glamorous non-cognitive elites across national boundaries.”

Found on the page marked 15 of this document (bottom of page) called “National Strategy for Winning the Marriage Battle“. Read a little higher up as it discusses how to influence minds and the psychology behind it.

Imagine that. Non-elitists using the sciences of psychology to perpetuate their message.

NOM openly wants the stupid people to deliver their message, because they’re too dumb to understand it in full context.

Hey, gay marriage haters … your leadership is hoping your non-cognitive enough to repeat this shit. So go repeat it!

Via here and here.


The chances of Jonah surviving the whale … slim to zilch

One of the hardest things to palate if you grew up in the church is that miracles, especially Old Testament ones, are so completely foreign to anything plausible, unless they come out of Hollywood on a piece of film or a digital recording.

When I asked about OT miracles as a kid, the answers were absurd. The most common responses were that miracles still happen and encouraged not to doubt god’s greatness.

One of my other favorite responses: “You’ll have to ask God when you get to heaven.”

Oh, the sound of deflated balloons

There’s an article in Salon called, “Swallowed by a Whale – a true tale?” by Ben Shattuck that sheds some light on the possibility that the Jonah myth was real or not.

As if we needed an article in Salon to settle it once and for all.

Here’s the opening paragraph:

An idea’s been floating around for some time that whales more than chewed people — that they swallowed them, and people might have survived in the stomach. Jonah’s story came first, and then there were rumors from the 19th century Yankee Whale Fishery — whaling ships leaving New York and New England ports for years on the open ocean. I’d like to believe in swallowings, but it’s tough. There is no air in the stomach, for one. There are acids. And if we are talking about sperm whales, which we are most of the time, there is the deadly passage through the 30-foot jaws lined with 8-inch teeth.

And later, this:

More terrifying, with sharks in the diet, Americans who might have been swallowed by sperm whales would have had another thing to worry about: sharing the stomach of your predator with yet another predator. To be eaten after being eaten. To be the –en of the turducken.

Read the rest of this article. 

Via Kottke

Donald Trump releases video about his souped up 757, says “Fuck you, average Americans!”

Donald Trump sent you a Happy Birthday card … to him … it’s a short video showing you his personal jet equipped with gold plated seat belt buckles, a theater room with better-than-Hollywood sound and a bedroom that makes yours resemble the dog shit you stepped in last night that’s still on the bottom of your shoe.

You can rest assured that when you’re fretting over paying your $35 energy bill, he’s laughing at the top of his lungs when one of his over-paid assistants is paying for fuel to power his airplane.

For other celebs who say, “Fuck you, America!” check here.

Via Cynical C

Hump Day Nooner: Friendly Atheist » Billy Ray Cyrus Scared of Atheist Sign

I had to share this here. Poor Billy Ray Cyrus and his Achy Breaky whatever. He passed a sign with Miley everyday while driving into Hollywood that attacked him.

The sign literally attacked him and his family.

I smell a monster movie a brewin’. Click below for Hemant Mehta’s post.

Friendly Atheist » Billy Ray Cyrus Scared of Atheist Sign.

Paul Haggis slaps Scientology in the face, knees it in the groin … lives to tell about it … for now.

Tina and I know Paul Haggis’ personal assistant. She has worked for him for some time, and, name dropping aside, we have been able to hear about Paul Haggis’ exit from Scientology for a few years.

Haggis was one of the lesser-known Hollywood Scientologists. He wrote “Million Dollar Baby” and he wrote and directed “Crash.”

A recent New Yorker article has been published detailing Haggis’ exodus from Scientology, as well as a general Hollywood Scientology exposé, and I thought you might like to take a look at it. Like any New Yorker article, it’s long, but it’s worth it for the insider scoop.

Tina sent me the article saying that it might be something I should post here. She said, “Scientology might be crazier than … any of the other religions you write about on your blog.”

Okay, maybe she didn’t say all the words after the ellipsis. But she said all the words before it. And I softened the blow of what did follow the ellipsis.

Read the article here.

Bon appétit.