Wednesday, April 28, 2010

An Unwelcome to Miami: Girl Gangs Drug Guys, Then Rob Them

A case for Horatio Caine: Lady robbers are ripping off men after drugging them in Miami. They're stylish and sneaky.



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Monday, April 26, 2010

The Blogosphere Is Abuzz Over Boobquake


From CBS News:


"A senior Iranian cleric's controversial theory that immodestly-dressed women can cause earthquakes is being put to the test, thanks to an Indiana student and 80,000 accomplices.

Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi was quoted in Iranian media last week as saying that "Many women who do not dress modestly ... lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes."

Jennifer McCreight, a Purdue University senior majoring in genetics and evolution, told CBS Affiliate WLFI correspondent Niccole Caan she wanted to take a light-hearted approach to field testing the cleric's scientific theory.

She's asking women to dress immodestly on Monday, April 26, so that any discernable effects upon the Earth's tectonic plates can be traced.

"I want to do good science to counter the bad science this cleric had performed," she told WLFI. "I'm going to compare the frequency and severity of the earthquakes on the 26th to earthquakes previous to that, and see if there is a statistical difference."

She admitted her experiment, dubbed Boobquake, was "light-hearted mockery," but had no idea it would take off the way it has.

Thinking the Boobquake guest list would be limited to a small circle of friends, McCreight soon found news of the event, posted on a Facebook page devoted to Boobquake, had gone viral, with many willing to participate in the experiment.

By Friday, more than 80,000 women had signed up, adding even more heft to the scientific calculus.

McCreight did not dictate what to wear - only that women should dress as immodestly as they feel comfortable doing.

"I'm not forcing people to dress differently than they would be," McCreight told WLFI. "Even showing an ankle to some people would be immodest, so you can interpret that however you wish."

For the record, on Monday she wore a tank top."

As I was looking up stories about the protest that went on today, NBC Nightly News was on with a story about little girls in Afghanistan who were attacked last week by the Taliban simply for going to school. I really wonder how college students walking around with low cut tops in the U.S. help dispel the myths of a Muslim Pat Robertson. And why they wouldn't want to protest (while remaining clothed) the violence against these girls trying to receive an education, something they are free to do... even while being scantily clad.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Why Don Miller is NOT Cool Like Jazz

Easy going, nature loving Christian writer... OR Sunny D chugging, Dr. Phil watching couch potato? You decide!


I've made no secret that I heart Donald Miller's books. Despite what some Knightly bloggers (I'm looking at you Wintery, lol) might think of his work, I think he rocks. He has a way of relating to readers so well, you feel as if he's having a nice long chat with you in the cafe section of some cool, eccentric bookstore someplace about God, life and relationships. At least that's what I imagine.

Being a follower of his blog and his Twitter page, of course my eyes would automatically click on Jon Acuff's "Stuff Christians Like Blog" when I saw his name mentioned in a post. I found this video by Tripp Crosby and Tyler Stanton who take a hilarious trip to visit Donald Miller at his home.



Holy Snap: Photos of Celebs Headed To Church

Happy Sunday! Perhaps you went to church today... imagine if the minute you stepped out the car, the paparazzi were there, cameras at the ready to snap your (and your kiddies) pics to be plastered all over the internet and Life & Style Weekly? Little intimidating, right? Well, some celebs still manage to their get God on regardless... and why not? They deal when they go shopping, to the park, for a Starbucks run...




Gwen Stefani and hubby Gavin Rosdale head to church on April 18th for a christening with their two sons. (From People.com)


Heidi Klum and Seal with kids headed to church last June. (From X17.com)


They were joined by Courtney Cox Arquette and David Arquette and their daughter. (From X17.com)


Although Miley Cyrus announced she had stopped attending church in March because of the ever present paps, she use to attend with her family. Here Miley is joined by her parents and ex-boyfriend Justin Gaston last year. (Picture from False Icon)


Jessica Biel headed to Hollywood Presbyterian Church in August 2008 wearing jeans from boyfriend Justin Timberlake's clothing line. (From Denim Blog)


The first family headed to church at St. John's Episcopal in Washington, D.C. last October. President Obama has taken some heat for only attending church a few times since taking office. (Picture from ABC.com)


Reese Witherspoon took her kids to Easter Services in 2007. This year she attended church on Easter with her children and new beau Jim Toth. (Pic from People.com)



Friday, April 23, 2010

Religion Rundown: Week of April 23rd


Here are some of the biggest stories about various religions this week, in case you missed them:

Islam

From MSNBC:

PARIS - French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday ordered legislation that would ban women from wearing Islamic veils that hide the face in the street and other public places.

In seeking to forbid the garment from public view, Sarkozy defied the advice of experts sought by the government who warned that such a broad ban risked contravening France's constitution.

Such a measure would put France on the same track as Belgium, which is also moving toward a complete ban in a similar reaction as Islamic culture has come in conflict with native European values. Sarkozy has repeatedly said that such clothing oppresses women and is "not welcome" in France.

Government spokesman Luc Chatel said after Wednesday's weekly Cabinet meeting that the president decided the government should submit a bill to parliament in May on an overall ban on burqa-like veils.

"The ban on veils covering the whole face should be general, in every public space, because the dignity of women cannot be put in doubt," Chatel said."

To read the rest of the story, click here.

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From The Los Angeles Times:


In its run of 200 shows, the irreverent animated program “South Park” has mercilessly satirized Christianity, Buddhism, Scientology, the blind and disabled, gay people, Hollywood celebrities and politicians of all persuasions, weathering repeated protests and threats of boycotts. But this week, after an ominous warning from a radical Muslim website, the network that airs the program bleeped out all references to the Prophet Muhammad in the second part of a two-episode storyline that featured the holy figure dressed up like a bear.

In episode 201, which aired Wednesday night, Comedy Central covered the character with a block that said “censored" and bleeped out audio apparently referring Muhammad.

Many Muslims consider visual representations of Muhammad offensive.

The incident provides the latest example of how media conglomerates are still struggling to balance free speech with safety concerns and religious sensitivities, six years after Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was shot to death for making a film critical of Islamic society.

Comedy Central declined to comment on the incident. But “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone clearly disagreed with their bosses’ handling of the situation. A statement posted on their website said executives “made a determination to alter the episode” without their approval and noted that the usual wrap-up speech from one character didn’t mention Muhammad “but it got bleeped too.”

The network may have felt it had no choice after revolutionmuslim.com, the website of a fringe group, delivered a grim warning about the previous week’s episode, which seemed to depict Muhammad dressed as a bear. “We have to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid and they will probably windup like Theo Van Gogh for airing this show," the posting said. A photo of Van Gogh’s body lying in the street was included with the posting. "This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them.”

To read the whole story, click here.



Catholicism

From MSNBC:

Pope Benedict has accepted the resignation of Bishop James Moriarty, the Vatican said Thursday, bringing to three the number of Irish bishops who have stepped down due to the sexual abuse crisis.

Moriarty tendered his resignation in December, after an official report named him among Church leaders in the Dublin archdiocese who had covered up cases of child sex abuse by priests for 30 years.

He was auxiliary bishop of Dublin from 1991 until his appointment as bishop of Kildare and Leighlin in 2002.

Hundreds of cases of sexual and physical abuse of youths in recent decades by priests have come to light in Europe and the United States in the last month as disclosures encourage long-silent victims to finally go public with their complaints.

Pope Benedict, under criticism from victims for not taking more energetic steps to counter the sex abuse scandal, pledged Wednesday that the Roman Catholic Church would take action.

In a statement released in Ireland, Moriarty said he was part of the Dublin hierarchy "prior to when correct child protection policies and procedures were implemented."

"I accept that from the time I became an auxiliary bishop, I should have challenged the prevailing culture," he said. "I apologize to all survivors and their families."

Two other bishops named in the report have also offered to resign, but the Vatican has not yet announced any decision in their cases."

To read the rest of the story, click here.



Christianity:


From AHN:

Los Angeles, CA, United States (AHN) - Christians are out to “restore” Stephen Baldwin. A Christian group has come to help the financially-challenged actor, who filed for bankruptcy last year, by setting up a website and encouraging donations to be paid directly into his bank account.

Baldwin – the youngest brother of his richer and still employed brothers Alec, Daniel, and William – filed for bankruptcy last year after racking up over $2.3 million of debt.

And because he is a very outspoken and devout Christian, his brothers and sisters in faith, organized by Christian Lyn Fletcher, have set up the website RestoreStephenBaldwin.org, with the permission of Baldwin’s spiritual adviser Daniel Southern.

The statement on the website reads: “Because of this convictions [sic] it has caused him the loss of many jobs and most recently, a highly publicized bankruptcy. He has been publicly ridiculed and insulted by people who think that he has been abandoned by God. A simple search through the internet will reveal that people not only mock Stephen, but mock God.”

The website asks for a minimum of $4.21 donation, a reference to the bible passage Job 42:10-11 as the inspiration for the movement.


To read the original story, click here.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Cool Guys Don't Look At Explosions

When You're Weary of Worshipping Alone


From Crosswalk.com:

By: Cindi McMenamin

Author of When Women Walk Alone


Do you know what it's like to sit in church, week after week, and feel lonely?

For years, Debe longed to have Randy worshiping alongside her. She was tired of sitting in church alone, singing songs of praise alone, taking notes on the pastor's sermon alone. Her heart ached for her husband to experience what she did through the music and the message at church.

Because her heart was focused on her husband's need to be there, Debe remembers filtering every sermon through her husband's life. Randy needs to hear that, she would think. Or, This verse is for Randy.

After several years of worshiping alone, Debe became discouraged - and sometimes even depressed - that her husband was not joining her in the most important quest in her life, and she was not growing because of it. She finally decided it was time to leave the marriage so she could find someone who would share her heart, worship alongside her, and encourage her in her walk with God. But Debe's pastor talked her out of it. He encouraged her to start focusing on her growth with the Lord, not her husband's. As Debe began to do that, she discovered that there was a whole new side of God she never really knew before.

Worshiping alone then took on a whole new dimension, Debe said. "The intimacy of my worship began to increase as I looked to God - and not Randy's presence beside me - to fill the longings of my heart. It became more one-on-one with Jesus and me. My spiritual and even emotional needs were being met during those times."

The day Debe realized that worship was not about who was - or wasn't - sitting next to her was the day she really learned to worship. And she also came to realize that being alone in worship could be a wonderful thing!

Embrace the Alone Times

There are powerful stories in the Bible about women who were alone in worship. One of them was Hannah, the mother of Samuel. She knew well what it meant to worship alone, pray alone, and carry burdens on her heart alone. She desperately wanted a child more than anything else on earth. And one day she bitterly poured out her heart to God about it. She told Him of her longings, her sadness at seeing all the other women around her with children, her frustration that she couldn't give her husband a child, and her sorrow at being the brunt of jokes from her husband's other wife. She prayed, cried, and told God that if He would give her a child, she would give him back to the Lord for service in the temple all his life.

This woman laid it on the line with God, and she did it alone. Her husband, Elkanah, must have been in another part of the temple worshiping and offering his sacrifices. But Elkanah didn't need to be with Hannah. God met Hannah there as she prayed and worshiped alone. And He gave her that child she prayed for.

After weaning her son, Hannah again went to the temple, but this time she went to praise God for His gift to her and to leave her son with the priest. And she appeared to do that alone, as well. Do you ever wonder why she didn't ask her husband, Elkanah, to pray with her for her child? Do you find it odd that it's a mother's prayer and song of praise that is recorded in First Samuel 2 and not one that is shared by the father, too?

I tend to think that Hannah had such a deeply personal experience with God when she begged for a child that she wanted to be alone when she went back to God again. In her earlier visit to the temple, she had some "pouring out" to do and she did it alone. Later, after being given a child, she had some praising to do, and apparently she wanted to do that alone. It was personal -between her and God. And it didn't matter to her, apparently, whether or not a man or someone else was beside her.

My friend, Sara, can relate. "Prayer is such a deeply personal thing between me and God, and I treasure those times alone with Him. My husband does pray with me, when I ask him to, but why would I want anyone else in the room with me when I'm pouring my heart out to God?"

God had to show me - a pastor's wife who many times feels alone in worship because my husband is in the pulpit ministering, rather than being alongside me - that praying to Him, and worshipping Him should always be a priority, no matter what the situation, and no matter who comes along.

Make It Personal

I was encouraged recently - while looking through the Bible's "song book" - that more than half of the Psalms were written from a personal perspective, recounting a personal experience with God. Only about 25 songs referred to corporate worship, using the terms "us" and "we." This seems to indicate that much of worship takes place as a personal encounter with God. While we are not to forsake assembling together with other believers for corporate worship (Hebrews 10:25), we can't live off of church worship services as our extent of worshiping God. And we can't depend on someone else being there beside us for it to be meaningful. Worship must flow from our personal lives, and much of that flow will happen when we are alone.

When Debe switched her focus from who was sitting next to her and onto who was above her, worship became a much more fulfilling experience - to the point that God's presence alone was what she longed for.

I know you'd prefer someone beside you as you worship, dear friend. But as long as you and I keep our gaze heavenward, we won't feel as if we're worshiping alone.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Some Like Their Tea...Black

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Epically ugly. And costs THIRTY DOLLARS? FAIL.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Naked Truth: Celebs Are Revealing Little More Than Themselves



What's going on with all the nakey celebrities? Is April National Nude Month? I know it's National Poetry Month, but I'm missing the art in seeing all this celeb skin.

A few weeks ago, neo-soul hippie Erykah Badu bared it all on the streets of Houston for the controversial video for"Window Seat"- controversial because she shot it without bothering to get permits and actually got naked... no pasties or anything. In the video, she walks about a block and a half to the location where President John F. Kennedy was shot, all the while stripping (you can see a number of stunned bystanders, including CHILDREN as she saunters over to the infamous grassy knoll). I've watched the video a few times now (K gave it one viewing before dismissing it as "too weird" for his taste), and I'm still not too sure what the message is. Hmm... rebirth? Letting go of baggage (but didn't she do that already with "Bag Lady")? There's truth if we strip down to the core of history?

While I'm still confounded by Erykah's nudity, other celebs are more than happy to explain why the world should be able to ogle their goodies. Kim Kardashian posed nude for "Harper's Bazaar" magazine, and her pics are supposedly all natural, with no airbrushing or help from PhotoShop. Why? Since she's a role model for girls, of course! (Let's just forget about that whole video thingy with ex-boyfriend and celebreality whore Ray-J.) "I think the message is embrace your curves and who you are. I feel proud if young girls look up to me and say, 'I'm curvy, and I'm proud of it now'. I might have a little bit of cellulite. I might not be toned everywhere. I might struggle in this area or that," she said. But considering earlier this year she was plastered all over "OK" magazine for losing 15 pounds and dropping to 109 pounds, or a size 2, I'm finding that quote to be a little disingenuous.

Sorry Ricky, there's no coming back from this. It will haunt you FOREVER!


Meanwhile, Ricky Martin, recently did a video sans clothing for a single for his comeback tour (Um, dude, there will NEVER be a way to comeback from the horror that was Menudo or "Livin' La Vida Loca"). Martin, who recently came out to the world revealing he's gay (which is the most shocking piece of news since Clay Aiken stepped out the closet), linked his nudity to his announcement, all inspired by his twin boys.

American Idol Judge Kara DioGuardi is in the buff for this month's issue of Allure magazine, which annually gets celebs to take it all off to... actually, I don't know why. Kara gave her reason: "'This shoot was less about beauty than about taking a risk and showing people a side of me they never have seen,' says the American Idol judge. She was proud to have the confidence to strip down for the camera after struggling with binge eating and depression in her early 20s. 'Back then I was a size 6 or 8; now I'm more like a size 2.'" Is a size 2, which by the way is far smaller than the average American woman's 12, the size to be in Hollywood these days? Well, I'm glad she's overcome depression and binge eating, but I'm still at a loss as to how being photographed naked (even if admittedly, it is tastefully done) helps anyone else who might be battling those demons now. I'm not even quite sure how it proves Kara is over her own obsession. How does one show she's not overly focused on her body and appearance by showing said body to the world, so everyone can focus on her now tiny appearance???

Would you show the world what you've got for him?

Stephanie Pratt just showed the world her "Hills" for PETA's "I'd Rather Go Naked" Campaign. She follows in the bare steps of "Dancing With The Stars" Karina Smirnoff, current "DWTS" competitor Pam Anderson and scores of other sexy models, singers and actors all committed to saving a furry friend's hide by showing their own.

Granted, this is not a new phenomenon whatsoever. Nineteen sixty-eight, the same year that saw the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy, also gave the world a Rolling Stone cover with lovebirds/mismatched musician singers Yoko Ono and John Lennon in the buff. Shortly before his untimely death 12 years later, Lennon would assume the fetal position, stripped of clothing, while tightly clutching Ono, who wore dark clothes for another RS cover (an eerie foretelling?). A very pregnant Demi Moore posed for the cover of Vanity Fair back in '91, later to be copied by both Britney and Christina years later. Madonna hitched a ride for her "Sex" book stark naked. D'Angelo asked "How Does It Feel" wearing nothing but cornrows and Alanis Morrissette said "Thank You" using her cascading waves as a top.

History aside, I feel like the last few weeks has brought a whole new high (or is that low) in stars shining their lights to the world. The funny thing is, they all spout some grand reason for flashing. Role model, past pain, good causes, blah blah blah. Maybe I wouldn't roll my eyes... okay, I wouldn't roll my eyes SO MUCH if they were more honest. Just be truthful. I have a TV show to promote, a tour coming up or an album being released. Or simply, I half starve myself to be a size 2 and I want as many photos of myself in this teeny state before I blow up like Aretha Franklin when I'm old. Now, that would be truth.

At the end of Badu's video, after being "shot", the word "groupthink" appears scrawled in her "blood" on the ground in front of the songstress' blurred body. Well, I hate to break it to Ms. Badu, but if she thinks her video separates her from the pack, she should think again. She's just another one of the many in the nude group who think- and prove- that flesh sells.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Join The "NO Evil Movement"!


A couple of my friends have joined up to create the "NO Evil Movement" which consists of taking a stand against sin by showing through artistic black and white photographs, their commitment to God. To find out more information, or join, you can go their Facebook fan page.


Since "Showgirls" Was Like, Way More Moving Than "The Passion"

Who needs a cross when you can have a pole? It certainly killed Elizabeth Berkeley's career!


From Big Hollywood:

"Director Paul Verhoeven doesn’t like all the violence in Mel Gibson’s “The Passion” because Jesus Christ’s suffering freeing us from our sins is ”not true,” is not all that different from the painful way in which a lot of people die (so why make such a big deal out of it?), and is not what Christ is “about.”

Here’s what Christ is “about,” according to Verhoeven’s book, “Jesus of Nazareth”:
Verhoeven constructs a new vision of Jesus as a child born from the rape of Mary by a Roman soldier, as a spiritualist who performed exorcisms by screaming and spitting in the mouths of the possessed to drive out demons, and as a militant revolutionary who urged his followers to arm themselves.

The good news is that Verhoeven would like to bring his interpretation of the life of Christ to the screen. You know, because he’s money-driven, not agenda-driven… Just another greedy Hollywood capitalist. Funny how non-believers spend so much time, energy and aggression attacking something that’s, uhm, not real. You’d think they’d give leprechauns and unicorns a little grief, but for some reason they’re always drawn to Christianity.


Wonder why?"



Even though in his opinion, Jesus' life and death was far from epic, he apparently has no problem cashing in on it through a book or a future movie. We all have to a god, I choose the Lord, Verhoeven, mullah. Not so shocking.

Houston, She Has A Problem!

Maybe she was saying a quick prayer. I think she should've made it a LOT longer.


Oh, poor Whitney. At a string of recent "comeback concerts", Whitney has been angering fans by screeching through her hits. The downfall of a diva... at least she KIND OF pulled it together at the end. Still, there were a few notes in there that were just plain painful.



If she were a contestant on American Idol nowadays, she wouldn't even get the yellow ticket to Hollywood.On the other hand, this chubby Asian boy could totally take the top spot:


It's actually freaky that he sounds more like Whitney circa 1992 than she does now. Anyway, Amy Winehouse, you have been forewarned. This is what years of booze, crack and a troubled marriage can do to you. Don't let it be you getting out-sung by overweight, pubescent Taiwanese boys 20 years from now with renditions of "Rehab".

"Hateful Christians"?

Sometimes it's a hard balance being in the world, but not a part of it. We want to stay true to our faith... without becoming modern day, self-righteous Pharisees, similar to Mandy Moore's crazed, Bible-hurling character of condemnation in 2004's "Saved!". It's actually like walking a tightrope.


I found this video on YouTube made by a guy named Chris Crocker. I really feel bad for him, since he sounds so... tormented. His rant is weird and at times nonsensical (Jesus died for Pamela and Tommy Lee so they can get it on for the cameras? Huh?), but oddly poignant.





You can go to his actual channel to read the various replies, ranging from basically, there is no such thing as sin (or God) all the way to those who felt it necessary to pull out the Old Testament verses to threaten, uh er warn the dude of his impending destruction. I'm not one to dump Scripture because it's not P.C., and post-modern revisions of the Bible doesn't change the fact that sexual immorality in all it's forms is sinful. But at the same time, I can’t help feel that after watching this guy’s video, if the first comment you can type involves “abomination” and “stoning”, you are at least a bit like Mandy Moore’s “Hilary Faye” in "Saved!"- quick to hurl Scripture as a weapon against people who need God the most, all the while claiming to be “filled with Christ’s love.”

So, I’m going to pray for Chris. He seems so full of anger, hurt and vengeance. And he is at least right on one point. Jesus did die for everyone- even the people who hate him. Because God loves us all.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Store Pulls Padded-Bra Bikinis for Seven Year Old Girls After Protests

The sexed up swimwear for the second grade-set.

And to think, just a little over 10 years ago, people were protesting 17 year old Britney Spears prancing around in padded bikini tops. Nowadays, marketers are just putting them out for SEVEN year old girls. From MSNBC:

A major British clothing retailer withdrew a children's bathing suit from sale Wednesday after a front-page tabloid story criticized the store for selling padded bras on bikinis aimed at 7-year-olds.

The bikinis also angered children's advocates and top candidates in Britain's upcoming national election, who say it was yet another product that sexualizes children and encourages them to grow up too fast.

"It's a shame it was ever put on the shelves in the first place," said Justine Roberts, founder of the Mumsnet, a parenting Web site that attracts a large, vocal audience. She nonetheless praised the decision to pull the bathing suit from the shelves.

Primark, a popular discount chain, is not the first retailer to draw criticism for offering padded bras for kids younger than 10. But the outcry of protest is prompting a growing number of companies to pledge support for Mumsnet's "Let Girls Be Girls" campaign.

The popular online forum said such clothing indoctrinates the idea that sexiness is the most important quality for girls and "encourages a culture in which children are viewed as sexually available."

Announcing the immediate withdrawal of the product, Primark promised to donate any profits already earned from the item to a children's charity. The product line, it added, "sells in relatively small quantities."


Community outrage

The retailer acted within hours of a front-page article in The Sun denouncing the product as a "paedo (pedophile) bikini." Politicians swiftly joined the clamor.

"Completely disgraceful," Conservative Party leader David Cameron said of the bikini. "The sort of country I want is one where it is not just the government (that) feels outraged about the early commercialization and sexualization of our children, but companies should stop doing it, they should take some responsibility."

Primark refused to discuss the bikini's padding but a source familiar with the product said the extra fabric was designed to preserve a girl's modesty and prevent any signs of a developing breast from showing through. She spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the topic.

There has long been a global concern that products and images may encourage the sexualization of children or direct sexual abuse at them. Barbie dolls have often been criticized for being unrealistically curvaceous. Teenage Disney star Miley Cyrus' bareback picture for Vanity Fair magazine was slammed for being too sexualized, as was 15-year-old Brooke Shields' ad for Calvin Klein jeans in which she said: "You want to know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing."

Too sexy?

The American Psychological Association, in a 2007 report on the sexualization of girls, raised concerns about other ad campaigns, such as Skechers' "naughty and nice" ad in 2004 featuring Christina Aguilera dressed as a pigtailed, lollipop-licking schoolgirl. The association also fretted about thongs for 7- to 10-year-olds with slogans such as "wink wink."

"If girls purchase — or ask their parents to purchase — products and clothes designed to make them look physically appealing and sexy, and if they style their identities after the sexy celebrities who populate their cultural landscape, they are, in effect, sexualizing themselves," the report said..."


As the article points out, for decades now, girls have been used as sex objects to move merchandise. Still, I can't help but shudder at the thought that one day I might have a daughter who will be exposed to this crap. Who knows what they'll have come up with in another ten years???

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Hatemongers: You Know You're in Trouble When the KKK Doesn't Want to Have Anything to do With You


Apparently, the "Reverend" Fred Phelps, evangelist of hate, is so full of it, that even the Ku Klux Klan has decided to distance themselves from him and his "church". From the New Humanist:

"...the Arkansas chapter of the Ku Klux Klan have, for reasons at present known only to themselves, felt moved to publish a disclaimer on their website pointing out that they are nothing to do with the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, who you may remember by virtue of their persistent "God Hates Fags" picketing of the funerals of US soldiers, who they believe are killed by virtue of God taking his revenge on America for its toleration of homosexuality. Here's the text of the disclaimer:
News Release

Disclaimer:

NOTE: The Ku Klux Klan, LLC. has not or EVER will have ANY connection with The "Westboro Baptist Church". We absolutely repudiate their activities.
Of course I was sceptical at first, but I did a little web checking and it does seem that this appears on the genuine website for the Arkansas KKK (here's the link, but note that it will take you to a KKK website, so if you'd rather not give them a hit you may like to just take my word for it).

When the Ku Klux Klan is repudiating your activities, your bigotry truly has gone off the scale. Not that that will bother the Westboro gang, of course."

That has to be a new low.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

How Does It Profit A Man To Gain The Whole World & Lose His Soul?



Awesome spoken word video my friend Keyia posted on FB that I had to repost here.


Friday, April 2, 2010

Why This Is Good Friday

I shared this YouTube video on the blog last Good Friday, and it's so touching, I'm going to do so again.


Thursday, April 1, 2010

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