It's a dreary gray-sky kind of Bullet Sunday...
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• Eat! As I was passing through the city of Barnesville while in Georgia last week, I snapped a picture of a painting in a restaurant window...
Now, I am by no means a militant vegetarian. Not eating meat is a personal choice, and I have no problem with people who enjoy eating dead animal flesh. However... having animals inviting people to eat them is one of those things that freaks me out. And I couldn't quite figure if that's what's going on here. Is the cartoon suggesting that people eat LIKE pigs, or actually eat THE pig. It's ambiguous to me, unlike like this cow and pig I found in Korea who are totally asking people to eat them because they taste so good...
Sick! I cannot imagine that any animal would be thrilled at the prospect of being devoured, so when they get portrayed like this it is utterly bizarre to me. I guess it's more appetizing than having cute cartoon animals begging people not to eat them, but still...
• Time! There's a YouTube video burning up the internet called It's Time. I was given a link to it from a bulk email sent by a friend of a friend. Since the video link was formatted with QuietTube, it was presented on a blank screen and I had no context or distractions while watching it...
Keeping in mind that I had -zero- context while watching a video I knew nothing about, I was initially confused as to what it was supposed to be. For the first half of the video, I thought it was promoting tourism in Australia. But then it took a darker turn, and I wondered if it was some kind of "Occupy Australia" type video. Near the end, I thought it was going to be a commercial where the guy asks the girl to marry him then "It's Time" that they buy life insurance or something.
I had assumed the entire time that the person behind the camera was a woman. And that's what makes this video so astoundingly powerful. It very clearly shows how there is not one damn bit of difference as to how two people meet, fall in love, and want to get married. None. The fact that it turned out to be two guys that were falling in love through life's ups and downs doesn't make their commitment to each other any less special or deserving of recognition.
It's Time wraps everything up using the term Marriage Discrimination as opposed to Marriage Equality, which is far more appropriate. How can there be equality between gay and straight marriage if there isn't a gay marriage in the first place? It really is time that everybody have an equal shot.
• Equality! The marriage discrimination video from Australia reminded me of this clever marriage equality video from Ireland...
I gotta say, the organizations that are coming up with these brilliant commercials are doing an amazing job of presenting their case to the court of public opinion.
• Repugnant! And then, at the other end of the marriage discrimination spectrum, comes a video from the opposition which I saw posted on a blog the other day...
This repugnant freak-show is the best that these people have to offer?
Look, I understand how there are people whose deep religious convictions preclude them ever accepting same-sex marriage. And you know what? This is America where we have religious freedom and so they are entitled to their opinion. But, by the same token, This is America where we have religious freedom, and so their opinion doesn't get to dictate whether or not two consenting adults can celebrate their love and commitment to each other with marriage.
After seeing her name pop up again and again, I was compelled to Google lopsided hair failure "Maggie Gallagher" to find out what she's all about. And, of course, this "bastion of morality" once had a child out of wedlock, which should surprise no one. It's always the "do as I say, not as I do" crowd who are the ones dictating how people should live their lives. Well go fuck yourself, because we're ready to move past your stupid hypocrisy.
• Sorry! My sister and I are big game-players, and needed to get a new Sorry! game to replace the battered old set that she had. It's the perfect game for people who like a little vindictive streak in their entertainment like we do. When I opened the game, I was shocked to see THIS...
That's right, THE GAME TOKENS ARE HOLLOWED OUT NOW! Holy crap! This game cost me $22 and we get HOLLOW TOKENS!! Those Parker Brothers people are some cheap bastards. So... fair warning... before tossing out your old Sorry! game for a new one, salvage your tokens!
And now I should probably try and get some work done since I've been gone for a week. It's a tough call to make when all I really want to do is eat some chocolate pudding and take a Sunday nap.
Or even a regular nap, for that matter.
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I love the “It’s Time” video. Can’t even watch or listen to that annoying, cue card reading Maggie bitch. Don’t want to hear her, either. It’s amazing that this is an issue – still. I really can’t believe it, but people are so fucked up, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.
Take a nap and be happy. Work later. 🙂
Your reaction to the animal signs is pretty much the same reaction I have every time I see a commercial for Foster Farms. I just…what? Seriously? Why????
I only watched the Irish video ’cause of the spoilers on the others (or the fact I didn’t want to watch some idiot). I had no clue where it was going, which made it pretty cool in my book.
You should check out the new Risk game. It has several new features you and your sister might find intriguing.
Any video with that Maggie freak is not watchable at any time or place. The hate just seeping from her lips is mindless.
The pigs inviting people to eat them reminds me of that Simpsons episode where the sheep is talking to Lisa “pllleeeasse doonnttt eaattt meeeee!”
Iffn I’m every going to be eating by other animals, I want it to be by zombies. cause AWESOME! what a way to go. of course, I want to be 94, all dementia and have no idea what is happenning. and I want it to be quick and painless. And none of my family will be hurt. and zombies, gotta be zombies.
and seriously though. please don’t lump Christians in a pile. We don’t all think or look alike. We don’t all think same sex marriage is a bad thing. In fact, as I Christian I can stand up and say no, I don’t all think like my brothers and sisters.
Because we don’t.
And I can say I have deeply religious convictions. So please, allow some latitude with your verbiage. Not all Christians are alike. 🙂
ZOMBIE LOVE 4EVAH!!
That being sad, I’m kind of sad about the state of marriage in general, in society in general. Maybe it’s because I work in mental health, but people have no idea what it is to be married. How to figure things out (like NOT BEING A HEAD CASE/DRUG ADDICT/ALCOHOLIC) before latching onto a (HEAD CASE/DRUG ADDICT/ALCOHOLIC) and popping out kids.
Marriage is awesome if you do it right. It can magnify what is already there-love, friendship, awesome sex. Unfortunately, it will also magnify what is not so good.
OK and that’s my thoughts on marriage, gay or otherwise. and I thank you for letting me speak 🙂
I was just thinking that some cultures it is traditional to put a picture of what the food comes from/restaurant specialty.
Take your Korean restaurant. If I wanted to eat there I’d be able to tell they serve beef and pork. I cannot read Korean myself.
I understand the “cuteness” of the depictions being an issue, but the depictions themselves serve a useful purpose.
Deb loves pigs advertising for BBQ. She takes pictures of these signs when we see them.