Wednesday Reads: After the Strike Round-up…“Vado a bordo, cazzo!” Edition

Good Evening!

We’re baaaaaack!  Or should I say, we are back on board?

So, did you miss us? If you did, I certainly hope you sent a message to your congresscritters about stopping SOPA/PIPA.

Since we have been post free and comment free this Wednesday, today’s evening reads is going to be a big fat juicy one! Lots of links for you today, so grab your afternoon drink of choice and let’s get down to business.

I’ll go ahead and break the links down into sections.

First lets dive into the ripple effect today’s blackout is having on the proposed SOPA/PIPA bills. Hmmm…what shall we call this section? How about “Catching up on the Blackout Revolution!”

It looks like the blackout may be working, for now…but concerns about the bills being slipped through within a larger piece of legislation are still in the backs of people’s minds.

First a few video links:

You may have already seen this video via vimeo…

Here is a clip from RT News, discussing the blackout from a foreign press point of view…

From the Video Cafe at Crooks and Liars…MSNBC Brings on MPAA Lobbyist Chris Dodd for ‘Fair and Balanced’ Discussion on SOPA Protest | Video Cafe

MSNBC decided to bring on recently retired Senator and now lobbyist for the motion picture industry, Chris Dodd, for a nice “fair and balanced” discussion on the blackout. Dodd more or less accused the web sites participating in the blackout of acting like a bunch of spoiled children and offered little in the way of details to address the concerns of those who are against the legislation.

And here are a couple basic links discussing the blackout:

Your SOPA and PIPA Crash Course – Truthdig

SOPA, PIPA, Righthaven, NewsRight – and going dark | Pam’s House Blend

For a geeky way to understand and follow the events of today, this flowchart is fantastic, take a look at it: Choose Your Own PIPA-SOPA Protest Adventure [Flowchart] | Geekosystem

Let’s focus on the effects of the blackout, from the users point of view. From gamers to right wing megalomaniacs to students, this blackout has given many time to think and ponder just how important freedom of speech on the web is…

First let me say that I would never do a report that relied on Wikipedia…that said, here are a few tweets from the crowd who depends on their Wiki resources.

Wikipedia Blackout | Tweets From Students | SOPA | PIPA | Mediaite

Just like Jon Hendren’s Christmas brat list, fellow Internet superstar Katie Notopoulos’ tweet curation is a brilliant way to peek into a world of obliviousness. Apparently some people just have a hard time accepting an important symbolic gesture when that big book report is on the line.

Here’s a sample:

Don’t these people know who to actually look something up other than on the Wikipedia site? Sorry, but this is a bit ridiculous. Hopefully, these people will stop a minute and realize just what the blackout was about…and that their complaints are proving the point!

From the Gaming perspective: EA Speaks Out on SOPA | Piki Geek

SOPA is a hot topic among gamers, and understandably so. The effect the bill would have on the gamer community would be huge, as much of our culture revolves around the internet with things ranging from streams, to Let’s Play videos on YouTube, to sites like this one. So, it’s reasonable to want to know what our favorite game companies feel about the bill, especially since the ESA has put their support behind it.

Responding to a user on reddit, EA’s head of corporate communication, Jeff Brown detailed their lack of a stance on the legislation.

“EA has not expressed a position on SOPA,” Brown said, “We never supported so, naturally, never withdrew. We tried to correct the record but there is still plenty of confusion.”

Brown went on to point out that while the ESA supports SOPA, not all of publishers and developers that are members individually support it.

From some of the Wikipedia’s volunteer editor’s standpoint: Today’s e-Reads: Some Wikipedia Editors Question Blackout; E.U. to Decide Soon on Google Probe – Juliana Gruenwald and Josh Smith – NationalJournal.com

Some of Wikipedia’s volunteer editors are criticizing the site’s decision to protest controversial antipiracy legislation by blacking out the site, according to the Associated Press. Meanwhile, a Wall Street Journal editorial also assailed the blackout protest by many websites.

Murdoch has been in a furry today, thank you Boston Boomer for these next three links on Murdoch’s reaction to the blackout…it was a big help as I was putting this long post together.

The Story Behind Rupert Murdoch’s Rants About Google and SOPA – Forbes

How Rupert Murdoch’s Fear Is Getting in the Way of Internet TV – Technology – The Atlantic Wire

Rupert Murdoch tweets his fury at Google in US piracy row – Telegraph

From a legal perspective, the First Amendment and connecting it to the “corporations are people” decision, this is a good one: The Volokh Conspiracy » The Google Anti-Stop-Online-Piracy-Act Statement, Corporate Speech, and the First Amendment

Following Citizens United, I heard many people argue that the Court was wrong because corporations should not be seen as having First Amendment rights — not just that they do have First Amendment rights but that there’s some special compelling interest that justifies restricting corporate speech about candidates, but that corporations aren’t people and therefore can’t have First Amendment rights at all. (UPDATE: I don’t agree with this, for reasons that include those briefly sketched here, but I set those arguments aside for now.) Let me then ask this question of our readers who take this view:

Today, Google’s U.S. query page features an anti-Stop-Online-Piracy-Act statement from Google. Say that Congress concludes that it’s unfair for Google to be able to speak so broadly, in a way that ordinary Americans (including ordinary Congressmen) generally can’t. Congress therefore enacts a statute banning all corporations from spending their money — and therefore banning them from speaking — in support of or opposition to any statute. What would you say about such a statute?

Here is the “Abuse of power” angle: SOPA Blackouts: Free Speech or ‘Abuse of Power’? – Josh Smith – NationalJournal.com

Among the thousands of lesser-known websites that blocked access to their content or posted statements against the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act and its Senate counterpart, the Protect IP Act, were big names such as Wikipedia, Craigslist, and the online news aggregator Reddit.

But the names not on the list highlight a fine line for companies that depend on neutrality to maintain their credibility.

While they oppose the legislation, Yahoo, Facebook and Twitter, whose CEO called the blackouts “foolish,” decided to sit the protest out.

Google, which is so sensitive to its neutral reputation that it recently punished itself after inappropriately promoting its own web browser, was among those taking a middle road. The search giant remained up and operating but blacked-out its logo and linked to a petition against the bills.

And now for the important reactions to the blackout, meaning the change in various congresscritter support for the bills…Support for Internet Bill Wanes as Protests Spread – NYTimes.com

A freshman senator, Marco Rubio of Florida, a rising Republican star, was first out of the starting gate Wednesday morning with his announcement that he would no longer back antipiracy legislation he had co-sponsored. Senator John Cornyn, the Texas Republican who heads the campaign operation for his party, quickly followed suit and urged Congress take more time to study the measure, which had been set for a test vote next week.

By Wednesday afternoon, Senator Orrin Hatch, Republican of Utah and one of the Senate bill’s original co-sponsors, called it “simply not ready for prime time” and withdrew his support.

[…]

Protests organized in the real world drew far less attention. A rally convened in Midtown Manhattan outside the offices of Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand, who co-sponsored some of the proposed legislation, drew a few hundred protesters.

Members of Congress, many of whom are grappling with the issues posed by the explosion in new media and social Web sites, appeared caught off guard by the enmity toward what had been a relatively obscure piece of legislation to many of them. The Internet sensibility of the Senate was represented a few years ago in remarks by the late Senator Ted Stevens, Republican of Alaska, who called the Internet “not a big truck” but a “series of tubes” — an observation enshrined in the Net Hall of Shame.

In reaction to the pending legislation, the online encyclopedia Wikipedia went dark. Google’s home page had a black banner across its home page that led to pointed information blasting the bills.

Such new-media lobbying was having an impact.

Give that New York Times a read through, it has more info on the support flip-flops the blackout seems to have influenced today.

More on the “…new-media lobbying” i.e. blackout that is having an impact. Oh yes it is…Terry to remove name from bill – Omaha.com

Rep. Lee Terry said Tuesday that he will pull his name as a co-sponsor of a heavily debated bill that has taken aim at online piracy and intellectual property protection.

The Nebraska Republican co-sponsored the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, because of the economic impact that online piracy has on the U.S. economy, said Charles Isom, a Terry spokesman.

But after waves of negative sentiment toward the bill from free speech and civil rights groups, technology companies and others, Isom said, Terry has concluded that SOPA, as currently drafted, isn’t the solution.

SOPA blackout leads co-sponsors to defect – Jennifer Martinez and Tony Romm – POLITICO.com

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) — who was a co-sponsor of the PROTECT IP Act — became the latest lawmaker Wednesday to pull his support. In the House, Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.), originally a co-sponsor of the Stop Online Piracy Act, pulled his name from the list of sponsors on Tuesday. A spokesman for Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.), meanwhile, told the Omaha World-Herald on Wednesday that the congressman is also unable to support SOPA as written.

The widespread Internet protest is even bringing new Washington voices into the fray. Mostly silent in the debate, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) tweeted Wednesday he doesn’t back the bills.

“I support intellectual property rights, but I oppose SOPA & PIPA,” DeMint tweeted. “They’re misguided bills that will cause more harm than good.”

And this from The Maddow Blog – Senator Blunt withdraws sponsorship of PIPA, blames Senator Reid I especially love the picture associated with this post at Maddow!

Photo: Andrew Dallos

Protesting today in New York, where Democratic Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are both listed as supporters of PIPA. Click for whip list.

Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) has pulled his sponsorship of the Protect IP Act, or PIPA. He writes:

“American innovation is a cornerstone to our nation’s economic growth, and job creators have lost $135 billion in revenue annually as a result of rogue internet sites.
“While I believed the bill still needed much work, I cosponsored the Senate version of the Protect IP Act because I support the original intent of this bill – to protect against the piracy of lawful content.

“Upon passage of this bill through committee, Senate Judiciary Republicans strongly stated that there were substantive issues in this legislation that had to be addressed before it moved forward. I agree with that sentiment. But unfortunately, Senate Leader Harry Reid is pushing forward with legislation that is deeply flawed and still needs much work.
“That is why I’m withdrawing my co-sponsorship for the Protect IP Act.

“The right to free speech is one of the most basic foundations that makes our nation great, and I strongly oppose sanctioning Americans’ right to free speech in any medium – including over the internet.
“I continue to believe that we can come to a solution that will cut off the revenue sources for foreign websites dedicated to counterfeiting and piracy that steal American jobs, hurt the economy, and harm consumers. But the Protect IP Act is flawed as it stands today, and I cannot support it moving forward.”

We trust that Senator Blunt’s decision had nothing to do with Vice magazine exposing him earlier today as a violator of copyright laws himself. In the last 24 hours, Senators Scott Brown, Marco Rubio, and Jeff Merkley have come out against PIPA. Senator Ben Cardin, a cosponsor of PIPA, said earlier this week that he won’t vote for it.
UPDATE: Senator Tim Holden, another cosponsor, withdraws his support. And Senator John Cornyn.

Look for more links in the comment section.

Moving on, we come to the Global “Extra Extra” portion of the post…after the jump…as I said this is a looooong ass post!

I titled this post with a bit of Italian, “Vado a bordo, cazzo!” “Get back on board, for fuck’s sake!” You may not know exactly what and where that quote is from, but here is the reason behind the Italian coast guard’s recorded order for the Captain to return to his sinking ship.

Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino: I only left because I FELL into lifeboat | Mail Online

Captain Coward: ‘I only left because I FELL into lifeboat when ship listed suddenly as I was trying to help’

‘I didn’t even have a lifejacket because I had given it to one of the passengers’
‘All of a sudden the boat listed 60-70 degrees, I got trapped and ended up in one of the lifeboats’
Transcripts show coastguard demanded he ‘Get back on board, damn it’ after abandoning ship
German woman feared missing is found alive according to reports
He handles ships like he’s driving a Ferrari, claims colleague, calling Schettino ‘a daredevil’

[…]

Schettino made his bizarre excuse for leaving the ship during a three-hour court hearing in the mainland town of Grosseto before his release.

He told investigating magistrate Valeria Montesarchio: ‘The passengers were rushing all over the decks trying to scramble into the lifeboats. I didn’t even have a life jacket because I had given it to one of the passengers – I was trying to get them into the lifeboats in an orderly fashion. All of a sudden the boat listed between 60-70 degrees. I tripped and ended up in one of the lifeboats. That’s why I was in there.’

Schettino’s behaviour has already been called into question after dramatic audio tapes revealed how a furious harbour official had ordered him back on to the bridge to oversee the rescue, after he was shocked to learn he had already left the Concordia despite dozens of passengers still needing help.

Transcript and actual recorded tape at link. There is also pictures of the wreck from space here: Costa Concordia wreck seen from space – World Watch – CBS News

News out of Germany, via the BBC: BBC News – Germany backs neo-Nazi database after far-right murders

German ministers have approved plans to establish a national register of far-right extremists, after revelations of 10 neo-Nazi murders since 2000.

It is thought there are almost 10,000 neo-Nazis in Germany and the database would include information held by all federal and state authorities.

Police and intelligence have been criticised for failing to detect the gang allegedly behind the murders.

The database proposal still has to be backed by the German parliament.

It appears that the Georgian president is going to get a chance to meet face to face with Obama: AFP: Obama to host Georgia president January 30

And with that, let’s take a look at some US news…let’s call this section Born in the USA? Well some of these stories seem to be about “long dong daddies” of the USA…in other words, people acting like dicks.

h/t to Boston Boomer…U.S. News – Prosecutors aim new weapon at Occupy activists: lynching allegation

Sergio Ballesteros, 30, has been involved in Occupy LA since the movement had its California launch in October. But this week, his activism took an abrupt turn when he was arrested on a felony charge — lynching.

Under the California penal code, lynching is “taking by means of a riot of any person from the lawful custody of any peace officer,” where “riot” is defined as two or more people threatening violence or disturbing the peace. The original purpose of the legal code section 405(a) was to protect defendants in police custody from vigilante mobs — especially black defendants from racist groups.

Whether the police allegation in this case will be pursued by by California’s courts is uncertain. But the felony charge — which carries a potential four-year prison sentence — is the kind of accusation that can change the landscape for would-be demonstrators.

And in the same vein of police state policies: TSA admits wrongdoing in cases of two elderly woman who claim they were strip-searched – NY Daily News

In an about-face, the feds have admitted wrongdoing in the cases of two elderly women who say they were strip-searched at Kennedy Airport by overzealous screeners.

Federal officials had initially insisted that all “screening procedures were followed” after Ruth Sherman, 89, and Lenore Zimmerman, 85, went public with separate accounts of humiliating strip searches.

But in a letter obtained by the Daily News, the Homeland Security Department acknowledges that screeners violated standard practice in their treatment of the ailing octogenarians last November.

Assistant Homeland Security Secretary Betsy Markey concedes to state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) that Sherman was forced to show security agents her colostomy bag — a violation of policy.

“It is not standard operating procedure for colostomy devices to be visually inspected, and [the Transportation Security Administration\] apologizes for this employee’s action,” Markey wrote.

Hey, I knew these TSA jerks crossed the line, funny how it all comes out on a day of a world wide web blackout…

In Hollywood, Human head found in bag along trail near Hollywood sign – latimes.com

Two women were hiking with nine dogs when two of the dogs found a plastic bag in the brush containing the head. The victim is believed to be a man in his 40s.

There was some positive news about the Keystone XL Pipeline…at least for now.  Obama Denies Keystone, Will Allow Refile – Bloomberg

President Barack Obama denied a permit to build TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s Keystone XL oil pipeline and the company said it will refile a revised route to avoid an environmentally sensitive area in Nebraska.

The decision today was praised by environmentalists, who said the pipeline would add to greenhouse-gas emissions and endanger water supplies, and decried by business groups and Republican lawmakers, who had pushedObama to approve the project as a way to add jobs.

And a link for those of you who secretly watch the Food Network…Anthony Bourdain criticizes Paula Deen (again) after diabetes announcement – Celebrity Circuit – CBS News

Anthony Bourdain is continuing his war of words with Paula Deen.

The “No Reservations” host, who previously called Deen the “worst, most dangerous person to America,” made his most recent comments after the Food Network personality announced Tuesday that she has Type 2 diabetes and had signed a deal to endorse a diabetes drug.

Hours after Deen broke the news, Bourdain posted this message on Twitter: “Thinking of getting into the leg-breaking business, so I can profitably sell crutches later.”

He sent a second tweet later, responding to an article on TMZ about his tweet. “For the record: Never called anybody a ‘diabetic scam artist,’” he wrote. “TMZ’s words. Not mine.”

[…]

“When your signature dish is hamburger in between a doughnut, and you’ve been cheerfully selling this stuff knowing all along that you’ve got Type 2 Diabetes… It’s in bad taste if nothing else,” he told Eater. “How long has she known? I suspect a very long time.” (On the “Today” show Tuesday, Deen revealed she was diagnosed three years ago.)

I don’t mean to be offensive, but I always thought that if Paula Deen was a dog, she would be a poodle…as for the things Bourdain was saying, I think he has a point.

All this leads me to the 2012 campaign news of the day…I can’t think of a name for this section…crazy to crazy to even come up with something catchy. This link makes me think of the movie Idiocracy, and the way the restaurant Fuddruckers became Buttfuckers…Duggars Are Surprise Guests at Santorum Event – NYTimes.com

The two speakers who introduced Rick Santorum to the overflow crowd at a Fuddruckers here both proudly described their seven children as blessings — a popular sentiment in a gathering that was heavy with people who call themselves pro-life Christians.

But those speakers’ boasting rights wilted when the next guests came out to talk up Mr. Santorum and provide entertainment until the former senator’s rain-delayed arrival. The crowd gasped audibly when out came Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, the stars of the reality television show “19 Kids and Counting,” along with five of their 19 children and two grandchildren.

“We totally believe that Rick Santorum is the best candidate,” Mr. Duggar said, speaking with a polish earned through television work since 2003, when the family had its debut with a show called “14 Children and Pregnant Again,” and his family’s near nonstop campaigning for Mr. Santorum since early January, before his surprise surge in the Iowa primary.

We all know that Santorum is not shy about using his kids to do his dirty work…what is that called….exploitation?

Then the five Duggar children in the room — two on guitar, two on violin and the oldest son, Joshua, on vocals — regaled the crowd with patriotic song: “This Is My Country,” “This Land Is Your Land” and “God Bless America.”

When Mr. Santorum did arrive, he noted that he and his wife have seven children themselves, but admitted to being outdone by the Duggars. Among the topics he hit upon in his speech was the threat of a low birthrate and eventually declining American population. “We need to be a hopeful country,” he said, “that wants more children.”

Oh, hey….I got more on the Christian love connection further down the post.

And talking about exploiting kids for political gain…If the Kids Aren’t Working, Here Comes the Church | RH Reality Check

Apparently not finding the children and teddy bears to be effective enough to sway the Ohio state legislature into a vote on the state’s proposed, controversial bill that would ban abortion as early as 4 weeks post conception, a new group has shown up to lobby.

[…]

First, they come for your heartstrings, next, they come for your souls.

In other Campaign news: In South Carolina, the Economy May Favor Romney – Patrick Ottenhoff – Politics – The Atlantic

Most analysis of the South Carolina GOP primary has painted the state as a bit too conservative for Mitt Romney: it’s a hotbed of the Tea Party, a land of Bible-beaters and unemployed textile workers. These disgruntled workers, the popular narrative goes, are too suspicious of his Bain reputiation to support him.

But recent economic and cultural trends in the Palmetto State suggest it might be much friendlier to Romney’s resume, persona, and message than the conventional wisdom suggests.

Northerners are flocking to the Lowcountry, corporate equity and personal incomes in the state have skyrocketed, and foreign money — escorted by a new managerial class — is flowing into investments in South Carolina at a higher rate than any other state. All these trends point to a tide moving in Romney’s favor. While the former Massachusetts governor would probably never fit in naturally at a Darlington tailgate, he may not need to.

And in our last link about the 2012 Presidential race, take a look at this link from CBS. BTW it is written by Victor Davis Henson, so you have been warned: Barack Obama’s most disturbing legacy – CBS News

Never has America been more assimilated, integrated, and intermarried — as is evident in everything from politics to popular culture, from statistics to anecdotes. Yet from late 2007 to 2012, Barack Obama has been establishing new rules of racial referencing. In general, his utterances follow a disheartening pattern.

When he is ahead in the polls, has won an election, and is not campaigning, then he emphasizes the unity of the country. But when he is running for president, or campaigning for others, or sinking in the polls, he and his closest associates predictably revert to charges of racial bigotry, albeit usually coded and subtle. America is redeemed when it champions the Obamas, but retrograde when it does not.

As I have said, you have been warned…

Recently, First Lady Michelle Obama complained about a description of her White House infighting in an otherwise favorable account of the first family, written by a New York Times reporter. She suggested that the book’s criticism was unfair because “That’s been an image that people have tried to paint of me since, you know, the day Barack announced, that I’m some angry black woman.”

Oddly, the first lady did not cite anyone who, in fact, had tried to stereotype her as an “angry black woman.” To be sure, “people” have characterized her as “angry,” given her prominent role in the 2008 campaign, during which she repeatedly found herself in dramas of her own rhetorical making (saying Americans were “just downright mean”; never having been proud of America before the nomination of her husband; etc.). But no one suggested that her overt anger derived from being either “black” or a “woman.”

The reason I post this link, is because it connects to the next section of the post…Let us call it the “What you talking about Willis?” portion…yes, I am referring to Newt Gingrich.

Food-Stamp President?

So it turns out that I can still be shocked by public discourse. Yes, South Carolina is famous for primaries with dirty tricks and low blows; one almost looks forward to it, wondering what they’ll do this time around. But my jaw dropped when Newt Gingrich called Barack Obama the “food-stamp president.” Wait—is that a dog whistle I hear? I’m not always fond of Chris Matthews, but he sure did nail it: Everyone can hear the whistle now, not just the Southern racists of yore. We know the connections being made about race, laziness, welfare queens, and all the rest. And it’s shocking to hear it out loud.

Over the weekend, Lee Siegel published an essay in The New York Times positing that Romney is, essentially, running as white—whiter than white, really, as white as you can get, free of Catholicism, cosmopolitanism, zealotry, adultery, or any other pollutant…

Jimmy Carter Tells Piers Morgan That Newt Gingrich ‘Has That Subtlety Of Racism’ | Mediaite

In a preview of Wednesday’s Piers Morgan Tonight, former President Jimmy Carter surprised host Piers Morgan with his somewhat blunt (by mainstream media standards) assessment of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Speaking of Gingrich’s standing ovation moment at Monday night’s debate, President Carter told Morgan “I think (Gingrich) has that subtlety of racism that I know quite well, that Gingrich knows quite well, that appeals to some people in Georgia.”

“Really?” Morgan exclaimed as Carter spoke, later adding, “That’s a pretty serious charge to level at Newt Gingrich, that he’s being racist.”

“I’m not saying he’s racist, but he knows the subtle words to use to appeal to a racist group,” Carter responded.

“Same thing, isn’t it?” Morgan interjected.

“Not quite,” President Carter replied, adding “Newt Gingrich is probably as enlightened as I am about being gratified that we’re in the desegregation years in the South,” but “when you emphasize, over and over, welfare, food stamps, and ‘why don’t the black people get jobs,’ and if I’m president, I’ll make sure they turn toward a work ethic, rather than an ethic of welfare and food stamps, that’s appealing to the wrong element in South Carolina.”

Carter has been a bit off lately in his comments, but I feel this one is spot on.

More on Gingrich…Why Won’t Black People Let Newt Gingrich Help Them? | Mediaite

Like many liberals, I have long bemoaned the use of racial politics by Republicans like Newt Gingrich, but his much-ballyhooed standing ovation moment at Monday’s Republican debate in South Carolina has opened my eyes. Newt skillfully talked directly to the straitjacketed white person imprisoned within my bleeding heart, and made me realize that he’s not race-baiting, he’s just using facts and truth to try to help black people. Why can’t the media get off his back?

Have you seen the Palin/Gingrich love fest? Check out the latest… Wow | Talking Points Memo

Gingrich: Palin will “play a major role” in my administration.

For what it is worth, Gingrich is doing well in South Carolina…Livewire | TPM

CNN’s John King reported on-air Wednesday night that during the final day of the network’s South Carolina Republican primary poll, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich surged after his solid debate performance. The overall poll shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with a ten point lead over Gingrich, but King said the trend changed on the last day the poll was conducted — Tuesday, the day after the Republican debate in the state.

(You all know there is another debate tomorrow…please, can somebody lock me away in a padded cell, cause I just don’t think I can take it!)

As I teased a bit earlier…Have you seen those ads for Christian Singles. Yup, here comes the love connection section. Let’s call it “Don’t you wish your girlfriend was a freak like me?” …and that would have to be “Jesus Freak” if you really come down to it!

Colbert: Does God Want Us To Have Sex 7 Days In A Row?

Only Stephen Colbert can turn the Sermon on the Mount into a double entendre.

In his latest iteration of “Yahweh or No Way,” Colbert doles out divine judgment on the latest in Christian relationship news: Dating site Christian Mingle, which has 5 million members, launched an ad campaign highlighting success stories, and the roof of a church was recently host something unusual: Pastor Ed and Lisa Young’s “Sexpirement,” a 24-hour “bed-in” for Jesus. For extra credit, see if you can see Colbert cross himself..

I guess Christian’s have to get their freak on…but this is a bit too much: Sexperiment – A new book from Ed & Lisa Young

Marriage is designed by God to be one man and one woman. But what holds that bond together? In their newest book, Sexperiment, Ed and Lisa Young get readers back to the original design for having an intimate relationship according to God. And by challenging husbands and wives to strengthen their connection, the book helps strengthen marriages and unite the bond of matrimony.

Sexperiment shows couples that the intersection of God and sex can lead to a life punctuated by exclamation marks!

Ah, porn for Christians…but I have one question…isn’t every sperm sacred? But not to worry…as the website states:

All proceeds from Sexperiment will go to Fellowship Church and our impact around the world.

This is unbelievable stuff, along the lines of freaky-deaky, check this out: North Carolina’s Anti-Marriage Leader Has an Anal Obsession | Right Wing Watch

Yesterday, North Carolina pastor Patrick Wooden appeared with right-wing activists Peter LaBarbera and Matt Barber at the protest against the Southern Poverty Law Center, which Wooden condemned for its support of LGBT rights. Prior to the demonstration, Wooden appeared on LaBarbera’s radio show where he railed against gays and lesbians and claimed that gay men “have to wear a diaper or a butt plug just to be able to contain their bowels”:

Are you ready for some action? Maybe this will help, and yes this is exactly what was said:

Wooden: The God of the Bible made the human sperm, the God of the Bible designed it and it was not designed to be emptied into an area that is filled with feces, there is nothing for it to germinate with, it will most certainly mean the extinction of the human race. My belief is that if the medical community would just step forward and just would share with the American people what happens to the male anus, the problems that homosexuals have with their rectums, the damage that is done, the operations that are needed to sew up their bodies if you will, and how many of the men don’t even give these stitches time to heal before they are back out there practicing that wicked behavior. Some are bleeders, men who are not turned off by ingesting the feces of other men.

If the truth was told, people would literally gag and no one would want to be in a lifestyle like that. Who wants to practice anything that is going to ultimately lead a grown man to about the time he’s in his 40s or 50s, or what not, having to wear a diaper or a butt plug just to be able to contain their bowels?

Oh, now where did Wooden learn about butt plugs to begin with. He and Santorum need to get together.  There is definitely some underlying thing going on here.

Sticking with the freak fest: We Discovered The Clitoris In 2009? Heyyy, Wait A Minute… | The Mary Sue

This particular part of the female anatomy has been something the general public has given a lot of thought but as it turns out, science has mostly ignored. Turns out, we only really discovered the clitoris in 2009. Women the world over may disagree but we now know there’s a whole lot more than meets the eye when it comes to the clitoris and the results are rather stimulating. For your brain. Because you’re learning something new. Oh, forget it, just read on. (Following images are internal anatomical illustrations and should be safe for work.)

According to the official blog of the Museum of Sex in New York City, there is an internal clitoris. Yes, you heard that right. Internal. As you may or may not know, the clitoris has only one purpose, that of pleasure. “It is not required for reproduction.  It doesn’t have a urethra running through it like the penis, and thus, does not urinate,” writes Ms. M on the blog. “Sadly, it is precisely because the clitoris has no function apart from female pleasure that science has neglected to study it as intricately as the penis.”

And in connection with the little love handle under the hood…Condom use to be required for porn performers by Los Angeles law – latimes.com

The vote marks a significant victory for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which has been rallying for years to protect the health of porn actors by asking agencies in California to mandate condom use during film shoots.

That these porn actors didn’t take up condoms with gusto is beyond me…funny how it is going to take a law about condom use to save some lives.

And one last sexy link for you tonight…we are going out with a bang…Prada And Francesco Vezzoli Team Up For 24 Hour Museum Of Over-The-Top Decadence

Some people say museums are a bore. This is museum probably not what they are referring to when they make such a careless statement.

Art, celebrities, sex, greed, fantasy, over-the-top decadence, and superb fashion will all be witnessed at The 24 Hour Museum. The upcoming guerilla pop-up project from superteam Francesco Vezzoli and Miuccia Prada will take over Paris’ Palais d’Iena for, you guessed it, 24 hours. It will make you gasp, tingle and drool (for a limited time only!)

The palace housing the art bacchanal normally acts as France’s economic and social and environmental council. Vezzoli gleefully announced plans to fill the hall with neo-classical sculptures with celebrity heads that light up, making the vibes very “Brothel in Las Vegas.” The ephemeral exhibition will address the mythical vision we hold of classical Greece as pristine and white when, in fact, those classical sculptures we study were once painted.

Vezzoli’s magic lies in his ability to create unabashed kitsch monsterpieces with a deeper, almost political message for those who seek it. By turning a political edifice into a gaudy loveden Vezzoli reveals that underneath it all is power playing its game, whether in law, sex, fame or politics.

And by bang, I meant this…The Sun’s Lovely Loops: Solar Eruption Sparks Plasma Show — VIDEO – National Journal staff – NationalJournal.com

Vast loops made of superheated plasma, just one of which is the size of several Earths, spiraled above the active regions of the sun after a solar eruption this week. Click through to watch footage of the loops and other captivating sun video.

See you all in the comments! Waaaahooooo!


22 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: After the Strike Round-up…“Vado a bordo, cazzo!” Edition”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    I told ya it was a loooong ass post! It is good to be back online again, looking forward to seeing y’all in the comments.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Great post, Minx. Chris Dodd absolutely sickens me. And Pat Leahy does too. I’ll never trust another politician as long as I live.

  2. mjames says:

    It was dreadful, absolutely dreadful, to go a whole day without the toobz.

  3. boogieman7167 says:

    i not only called Washington but went directly to my congressman’s office to make a voice heard and to voice my opposition to SOPA

  4. Minkoff Minx says:

    Hey have you seen this?

    DRUDGE EXCLUSIVE: NEWT EX-WIFE UNLOADS ON CAMERA; NETWORK DEBATES ‘ETHICS’

    NEWT EX-WIFE UNLOADS ON CAMERA; NETWORK DEBATES ‘ETHICS’ OF AIRING BEFORE SC PRIMARY

    **Exclusive**
    Wed Jan 18 2012 18:47:14 ET

    Marianne Gingrich has said she could end her ex-husband’s career with a single interview.

    Earlier this week, she sat before ABCNEWS cameras, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

    She spoke to ABCNEWS reporter Brian Ross for two hours, and her explosive revelations are set to rock the trail.

    But now a “civil war” has erupted inside of the network, an insider claims, on exactly when the confession will air!

    MORE

    ABCNEWS suits determined it would be “unethical” to run the Marianne Gingrich interview so close to the South Carolina Primary, a curious decision, one insider argued, since the network has aggressively been reporting on other candidates.

    A decision was tentatively made to air the interview next Monday, after all votes have been counted.

    Gingrich canceled a press conference on Wednesday to deal with the matter.

    “He believes that what he says in public and how he lives don’t have to be connected,” Marianne Gingrich, Newt’s wife of 18 years, explained to ESQUIRE last year.

    Developing…

    UPDATE: The AP reports ABC is now likely to air the segment Thursday on NIGHTLINE.

    • bostonboomer says:

      That seems kind of sleazy to hold off on it. I hope it does run tomorrow night–too bad it won’t be before the debate.

      Tee-hee

  5. ralphb says:

    Romney Parks Millions in Cayman Islands

    As the race for the Republican nomination heats up, Mitt Romney is finding it increasingly difficult to maintain a shroud of secrecy around the details about his vast personal wealth, including, as ABC News has discovered, his investment in funds located offshore and his ability to pay a lower tax rate.

    “His personal finances are a poster child of what’s wrong with the American tax system,” said Jack Blum, a Washington lawyer who is an authority on tax enforcement and offshore banking

    Is Brian Ross the only investigative reporter in the US now? This is a nice story.

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      You know, it isn’t a surprise that he has all that cash in the Cayman’s I am just wondering why it took so long to come out.

      It will be interesting to see how that plays tomorrow…with all the Eye of Newt ex-wife news floating around.

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      What is also interesting is that ABC, the same folks holding out on the Newt stuff, are the ones who put the Romney story out…Isn’t ABC owned by Disney? There has to be something behind all of this.

  6. Minkoff Minx says:

    Check it out, cool ass “motherfucker” Samuel L Jackson is narrating an ad for Colbert. Samuel L. Jackson Narrates Scathing Colbert SuperPAC Attack Ad Against Stephen Colbert | Mediaite