Dr George Tiller
I heard about his murder while on the way to work Sunday. My first thought was somewhat as follows: Some stupid-assed fanatic "pro-life" domestic terrorist just kicked the pro-life movement in the nuts with this vile murder. Note the quotes in the prior sentence, as you can't be pro-life and go around shooting people in cold blood.
Condemnation is universal of this domestic terrorism, from President Obama to the pro-life groups. And regardless of your opinion on the subject, or the slain abortion doctor's role (and my opinion of him in that regard was not good), nothing can justify this; both the hypocrisy of murder in the name of "pro-life" and in shooting someone in church on orders from God. And unless you want to be intellectually dishonest in the extreme, there's a major difference between opposition to abortion and murder in opposition to abortion. Hell, even the Kos has it right.
And if you have any doubt, both opponents and supporters of Tiller's practices have joined in memorial of the man.
Party Favors and Pageants - Saudi Style
I usually find myself shaking my head when I read about the goings on in the land of Perpetual Repression, and I find myself glad in many ways (and sexual positions) that I'm nowhere near that ass-backwards hole of a country. I found this particular gem when I had to stop and read about their latest beheading and crucifixion. When I heard what the bastard did, I was in agreement with the sentence.
But crucifixion's not ALL bad. After all, it worked for Jesus (more or less, depending on your beliefs). And these guys:
Now that gem I was referring to before the virtually pointless video tangent would be the Miss Beautiful Morals Contest.
Yeah, can't wait for that one. In this one, "The idea of the pageant is to measure the contestants' commitment to Islamic morals... It's an alternative to the calls for decadence in the other beauty contests that only take into account a woman's body and looks," said pageant founder Khadra al-Mubarak.
"The winner won't necessarily be pretty," she added. "We care about the beauty of the soul and the morals."
Of course, later in the article is this gem: ...the only pageants [in Saudi Arabia] were for goats, sheep, camels and other animals, aimed at encouraging livestock breeding. And thus comes the interspecies erotica jokes.
Of course if one of the contestants supports gay marriage, I'm guessing there's stoning involved.
And now, on to the main event, who has gone from frumpy to fab to deserving the recognition:
Well, you know the story. It started with her appearance on Britain's Got Talent (which is more a talent show than the sub-asshattery that is American Idol (which I abhor)), where no one expected the performance. The vid went viral here, every 24/7 news channel picked it up, and she became a sudden overnight success, winning complimentary mention pretty much everywhere.
Of course, this meant the pressure of a worldwide spotlight. She handled it much the same way as I handle a cute puppy pissing in my shoe: Anger and a few f-bombs. But she made it through and finished second, beat out by a bunch of stupid-assed dancers (ok, I'm biased because my instrument of choice is my voice).
On the plus side, win or lose, she's got a ticket to an actual career now. I hope she'll use it well, put away enough bank to live the rest of her life, and maybe nail some hot 20-something guys (please no sex tapes!!!).
So you're wondering why she gets Asshat of the Week? Partially because I have a grudge against any shot into the stratosphere when a hack like Simon Cowell is involved (the manufacturing of "stars" being the reason I despise Idol). But mainly because we get to see all her ups and downs in such an intimate way that she'll be lucky to get out of the pseudo-reality pseudo-celebrity spotlight without permanent damage (look at the Jon and Kate mess, 'nuff said).
This also gives me the ability to make bad jokes about what she's going to do now. Like Playboy pictorials.
Okay, I'm blind now. Luckily I learned to type so I can find the keys easily enough to finish.