Friday Late Night News Reads and Open Thread: Throwing beaucoup shade, Stormtrooper style…Posted: January 27, 2012
Again, I had planned to write an easy post tonight…since all the wacko debates, I’ve noticed my irritant level rising, have you all been getting that itchy feeling? The kind that makes you crinkle up your nose in disgust?
So here I am trying to write the fun Friday evening news post, and I see this crap on Memeorandum:
The last legal public hanging in America took place in 1936 in Owensboro, Kentucky. The “event” attracted 20,000 people and turned into such a sickening spectacle that many credit it with ending the practice in the U.S.
But one North Carolina Republican believes that as a country we’ve grown soft since banning public hangings and is calling for them to reinstated as a deterrent to crime. If Rep. Larry Pittman had his way, “abortionists, rapists, and kidnappers” would be first in line for the gallows:
Republican Rep. Larry Pittman, who was appointed to the District 82 House seat in October, expressed his views in an email sent Wednesday to every member of the General Assembly. […]
“We need to make the death penalty a real deterrent again by actually carrying it out. Every appeal that can be made should have to be made at one time, not in a serial manner,” Pittman wrote in the email. “If murderers (and I would include abortionists, rapists, and kidnappers, as well) are actually executed, it will at least have the deterrent effect upon them. For my money, we should go back to public hangings, which would be more of a deterrent to others, as well.”
As ThinkProgress reported, last year Republicans in South Carolina, Nebraska, and Iowa pushed legislation that would essentially legalize the murder of abortion providers. Such radical sentiments have been echoed by prominent conservatives like Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), who said during his 2004 campaign, “I favor the death penalty for abortionists.”
What the hell can you say to that? It is so surreal…and crazy, absolutely crazy.
Then we have the latest from Family Research Council…Tony Perkins: Star Wars ‘surrenders to gay empire’
An evangelical leader is calling on his army of followers to take action against a software company for allowing same sex relationships to be represented in a new Star Wars video game.
Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council — a hate group, according the the Southern Poverty Law Center — took to the radio to denounce Bioware’s Star Wars: The Old Republic, a massively multiplayer online (MMO) game.
“In a new Star Wars game, the biggest threat to the empire may be homosexual activists!” Perkins announced during his daily radio commentary. “In a galaxy not so far far away, Star Wars gamers have already gone to the dark side. The new video game, Star Wars: The Old Republic, has added a special feature: gay relationships.”
“That surprised a lot of gamers, since Bioware had made it clear in 2009 that ‘gay’ and ‘lesbian’ don’t exist in the Star Wars universe. Since the announcement, homosexuals have been celebrating the news, but parents sure aren’t.”
He continued: “On the game’s website, there are more than 300 pages of comments–a lot of them expressing anger that their kids will be exposed to this Star Warped way of thinking. You can join them by logging on and speaking up. It’s time to show companies who the Force is really with!”
If only we could send all these people to the moon, or at least to Alderan…prior to the Death’s Star visit. I guess to make it more “homosexual” and to get in the spirit of the man on dog debauchery, I suggest that the Death Ray be rainbow-colored.
A quick search of Bioware’s forum shows that there are probably not “300 pages of comments” on the topic — and very few if any of the commenters were “angry” about the idea. In fact, most players were more concerned that the featured had not already been released.
“[I]t does feel a bit like bioware neglected the same sex community,” a player named Romanticyde wrote. “I hope this will be fixed, in any way.”
See, why can’t these people realize that the average person doesn’t give two “Star Warped” shits about the Dark Side with the Gay Force a plenty on a video game…or in real life…and as far as the abortion providers being hung in the town square, I still don’t have any words to write about that.
That is all I have tonight…may the “break the dawn” force be with you!
(And btw, you must click that link or this one to find out what the phrase means. RuPaul’s Drag Race Slang: Tuck, Sickening, and More Drag Terms – The Daily Beast)
This is an open thread, have at it!
Oh, but one more thing…you need to see this amazing photo of the Aurora Borealis Solar Storm.
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