thatotherperv: (b. angelus dangerous (by amavel_bel))
this is gonna seem really random, but I've been rewatching the Shareef assassination arc on West Wing. and you know, sometimes I have random curiosity about the general thinking of my flist. so it's time for another poorly designed and unscientific poll!


for the purposes of this poll, let's SET ASIDE the fact that once you open the door to covert assassination, you open the door to the murder of foreign nationals who don't fall into the category of dire threat to national security, who our heads of state might want dead for less justifiable reasons. I'm not saying that's not a valid argument against covert assassination, because in my opinion it's the *best* argument against it. but for the purposes of this poll, I'm curious how you feel about it in cases where we hypothetically *know* this is a bad bad dude.

I didn't include a 'something else' because I *think* I covered the general spectrum. pick the one that fits you BEST, and if you have qualifiers, feel free to share :)


[Poll #1451280]
thatotherperv: (d. sex not war (by forever_xwrong))
How come Wesley Clark has never been president?

no, I'm seriously asking. that wasn't a rhetorical statement of support, though I've liked him every time I've seen him appear on tv. I know he's run but never gotten the nomination. why is that? how do you think he'd have done if he *had* gotten the nom?

and while we're at it, is there some reason I *shouldn't* like him? because at first glance he seems like the traditional candidacy wet dream, and liberal to boot.
thatotherperv: (e. skeleton blowjob)
the kind of government we voted in last night is pretty much my ideal ‐ a moderately liberal president (yes. *moderately* liberal. by *global* standards), and a Congress that is balanced enough for real debate while leaning left. not to mention, an election whose results were in by 10pm. for the first time in my voting career, I went to bed feeling good.

it's my ideal government. do I expect that they are going to perform up to the ideal? no. that's not cynicism or parade-raining, that's just real life.

running such a sprawling, plural society is really fucking hard. you couldn't pay me enough to be in politics, actually. not that level of politics, anyway. everyone is always quick to blame lack of progress on campaign promises on corruption ‐ and there is certainly enough of that ‐ but a lot of people overlook how many of our interests conflict with one another. how impossible it is to cut through spin to anything remotely resembling objective information. only so much time, only so much money. things that sound good on paper and are disastrous in practice in unpredictable ways. navigating when to execute the wishes of the majority, when it's necessary to protect the minority, and when to buck current wisdom altogether because something unpopular is necessary for our *future* interests...then there's the completely unavoidable niceties of politics that turn all earth logic inside-out. I really don't envy anyone all of that.

I've been a little fascinated, from the very beginning, by the particular kinds of hysteria Barack Obama seems to produce. I've personally never believed him to be the baby jesus. we've been starving for someone well-spoken, even-tempered and reasonable, and he is all three ‐ with the bonus of being an attractive, charismatic man with a young family. it has everyone dreaming of Camelot. but he *is* relatively untried. which is the opposite point of hysteria, because I'm going to ignore the truly batshit right-wing hysteria altogether. I don't see his relative inexperience as either a great thing or a cataclysmic thing. A presidency is more than just one man, and he seems like the type of person to surround himself with good advisers

disappointed on California's Prop 8, very pleased about their animal welfare prop passing with flying colors.
thatotherperv: (e. mickey whore (by vamptastica))
stolen from [livejournal.com profile] vamptastica and [livejournal.com profile] cafedemonde. feel free to engage me on any of these issues, but don't expect a reply until Monday afternoon, because I have a pharmacology exam in the morning.

the controversial quiz or whatever, which actually isn't all that controversial, when it comes down to it. )
thatotherperv: (e. jon lolz (by lidi))
I neeevvver watch SNL anymore, because I can't remember the last time it actually seemed funny. but on a whim I tuned in just in time for the pre-credits sketch and DUDE. if you live in a time zone where tonight's SNL has not aired yet, tune in tonight. Tina Fey and uhm. the blond one whose name I always forget do a joint press conference on sexism in politics as Sarah Palin and Hilary Clinton, and I wanted to cry. it was very smart and very funny.

I love Tina Fey. I have a ginormous girlcrush on her <3

ETA: BiL says it's a rerun, but if you didn't catch it the first time it's on tonight

ETA2: in case other people have been living under a rock like me (*facepalm*), I'm embedding the Tina Fey sketches under the cut.

back here )
thatotherperv: (e. shiny (by spikeslovebite))
I finally got around to watching the first presidential debates. I was curious as to how these candidates are being discussed abroad. not just your own opinions, but the general sentiments you've heard around you.
thatotherperv: (e. mickey whore (by vamptastica))
I'm probably late to this particular party, but I'm posting it anyway. I was pretty sure there was a brain in there, but this is the first evidence I've seen. though personally, I prefer dumb people to people who act dumb. whatevs.

See more Paris Hilton videos at Funny or Die
thatotherperv: (e. jon lolz (by lidi))
you know why I love Jon? he makes the choice a little bit easier in those laugh-or-cry situations.

god. srsly? srsly.



thatotherperv: (jon-stephen kisses (by lidi))
for so many reasons. in so many ways.



fuck you mitt, indeed...my man said it for me. I hated you as my governor, thank CHRIST there's no chance you're gonna be my president.

*spits*

and yes, that's how I really feel ;)

and, bonus round: mitt romney is a douchebag )
thatotherperv: (jon lolz (by lidi))
I enjoyed this interview. also, I love this man. in case I haven't mentioned this before.

also, I'm behind in fic. but you know...I have a three-day weekend coming up. lol. I'll be back.

thatotherperv: (jon lolz (by lidi))
Bush's proposed healthcare plan

I spent a good part of the morning wading through talking points that amounted to a lot of "huh?", and these are the conclusions that I've drawn (just before I found this editorial, which drew the same ones):
-it reduces incentive for employers to provide health insurance (!)
-it throws more people into buying private insurance
-which screws over the old and infirm (because they are now subject to medical exams and insurance rejection)
-old and infirm also screwed because their higher spending on health care opens them up to being *taxed* for being sick
-benefits the young, healthy, and wealthy, who are also the least costly people for insurance companies to insure.
-encourages us to buy "more cost-conscious plans." .....I'm *still* trying to figure out what this means, but given that lower cost = lower coverage, it sounds good for health insurance companies, and bad for us.
-it trusts the free market in ways that I *do not* trust the free market, particularly in the hands of insurance companies, who are *RAT BASTARDS*.



*smacks him* you lose. try again.

*is glad we currently have a Dem Congress*
thatotherperv: (gen pulp for the boys)
so as much as the stagegay/bandom debate (*cough*kerfluffle*cough*) raised as much ire and interest in me as a slice of unbuttered toast, I really enjoyed reading this post on appropriation of "the gay lifestyle" in the media. it's good food for thought on a subject that my mind has been circling distantly for some time now. especially since I started watching QaF and Emmett's conflict over being the sexless clown.

I've been debating with myself the degree to which certain shows, specifically Will & Grace and Queer Eye, help or hinder the mainstreaming of homosexuality. on one hand, they both do follow the pattern of cultural appropriation...reducing an oppressed minority to a comedic stereotype, washed clean of all the "scary" aspects and made more harmless as a result.

on the other hand, anything other than sexless comedy would never have made it to network television when Will & Grace began. it's as old as the argument between Booker T and DuBois...probably older than that: are such half-measures compromise or victory?

my brain isn't up to full-fledged meta thinkiness for my own post, but I'd love to hear your own thoughts on this. no-holds-barred victory, necessary compromise, or more of an insult than a blessing? you decide :)
thatotherperv: (angel jesus mary joseph (by lit_gal))
I think that the proposition of going to Bahdad is also fallacious. I think if we were going to remove Saddam Hussein we would have had to go all the way to Baghdad, we would have to commit a lot of force because I do not believe he would wait in the Presidential Palace for us to arrive. I think we'd have had to hunt him down. And once we'd done that and we'd gotten rid of Saddam Hussein and his government, then we'd have had to put another government in its place. What kind of government? Should it be a Sunni government or Shi'i government or Kurdish government or Ba'athist regime? Or maybe we want to bring in some of the Islamic fundamentalists? How long would we have to stay in Baghdad to keep that government in place? What would happen to the government once US forces withdrew? How many casualties should the United States accept in that effort to try to create clarity and stability in a situation that is inherently unstable? I think it is vitally important for a president to know when to use military force. I think it is also very important for him to know when not to commit US military force. And it's my view that the President [Bush #1] got it right both times, that it would have been a mistake for us to get bogged down in the quagmire inside Iraq.

--Dick Cheney, April 29, 1991
the Washington Institute's Soref Symposium


in other news, the only reason my roommate's husband is alive today is because somebody in Iraq didn't wire an IED correctly. I'm just saying. *gives Cheney the finger*
thatotherperv: (spike second look (by fantasm_bunny))
I feel chatty today, so don't be surprised if I make multiple posts. I miss your brains. *massages them gently*

I had a very interesting discussion with my father that lasted the better part of the morning. a good solid three hours of discussing policy theory. my dad and I get into this type of thing sometimes, now that I'm older and have clearly defined opinions of my own, and especially now that his own opinions are becoming more progressive. not because I didn't want to talk to him when he disagreed with me, but because he wasn't listening to what I had to say, so it was pointless. now that his ideas are more closely aligned with mine, he's better at listening. marginally.

yeah there's more where that came from...more about the discussion itself than the content of that discussion, really )
thatotherperv: (gen puppy eyes (by smittenkitten27))

recent NASA shot of sunset over the Pacific

this admin is pretty hostile towards the Endangered Species Act. I could go into detail but no time. recent Supreme Court decision here via NPR. there are specific reasons why I disagree with the decision, but if I don't go spend time with my parents right now, their heads are gonna explode. just wanted to share the link, since I haven't otherwise seen news coverage of this decision.

comments disabled because I won't have time to answer.
thatotherperv: (angel blankface (by eyeconic))
in a recent gallup poll, 68% of Republicans do not believe in evolution. on the flip-side, only 57% of Democrats *do* believe in evolution.

of Americans in general, 41% of Americans believe in creationism over evolution, versus only 29% that believe in evolution over creationism. 24% believe they're both true.

does anyone else find this *deeply* disturbing? I hope a lot of you do. because I find it deeply, deeply disturbing. especially since evolution is the best/only theory we have scientifically, because intelligent design is not a theory because it doesn't offer testable hypotheses. even a Vatican astronomer says so.

Dark Age:
-An era of ignorance, superstition, or social chaos or repression.
-An era in which superstition and devotion to organized religion prevail over science and reason.

*curls up in the fetal position*
thatotherperv: (db scared to look (by 43100))
*headdesk*

who says I can't get real news from comedy central?

Dr. James Holsinger is being appointed to be the next Surgeon General. why does this make me feel like I'm taking crazy pills? Because Dr. Holsinger wrote a paper (for the United Methodist Church, I might add) on the pathophysiology of male homosexuality.

what is pathophysiology? "the study of abnormal (or diseased) physiology"

I guess female homosexuality is physiologically normal. *stares*

the pdf of his report is here. (link opens DIRECTLY to the pdf)

let me tell you, it is a real scientific gem.

It is absolutely clear that anatomically and physiologically the alimentary and reproductive systems in humans are separate organ systems.

no SHIT, sherlock. he says this, or some variation of this, 3 or 4 times in the "paper." as best I can tell, it's the thesis of the paper. I wish I was kidding.

the whole thing reads like it was being written for a high school audience...or actually, younger. undoubtedly it's because his audience was a non-scientific organization. this should make it better, but to me, it only makes it worse, because he's presenting them with drivel that could never ever be published in a medical journal.

this thing is so riddled with faulty assumptions, it's redonkulous.

*cries*
thatotherperv: (jon lolz (by lidi))
[livejournal.com profile] nyghtpet sent me this thing before bed. ok, I really have concluded that *nothing* turns me into a squeeing fangirl like jon and/or stephen. man, what's wrong with me. I must be the biggest geek evah.

anyway. it's a little piece of backstage footage of stephen talking to john kerry, briefing him on his character and how the show works.

aww, embedding the vid didn't work. here we go:
"I'm in character. I'm an idiot"

seriously, if anyone can tell me how to rip this off the website to save to my hard drive, so I can clutch it to my chest and watch it over and over while mumbling to myself how cute he is? (you think I'm exaggerating about this, but ask Steph! I do!) you win at life, and I will be forever indebted. I know there's a way to save things from youtube, but this is a different hosting site, so I don't know.
thatotherperv: (db scared to look (by 43100))
will I ever get tired of looking at David Boreanaz? no. no I won't

here be Bones spoilers...mostly, pointless whining. )


man marries horse. read all about it.

I had to laugh when I saw that one of the critics had this to say:

Honestly, dude? If you're gonna be doing something with the horse, and the horse didn't want you to? The horse would let you know with a hard kick. Frankly thats not what I find overtly strange. The idea of marrying the horse, I find strange.

*headdesk* for the record, I have a problem with a man fucking a horse. on several levels.




the Texas House today shot down the HPV vaccine order. by enough votes that they'd be able to overturn it if Perry (the governor) vetoed. fuckers. knew it was too good to be true in this state.

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