“If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?” - RuPaul - - - - - - - - - - - “if by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people -- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties -- someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal," then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal.” - John F. Kennedy - - - - - - - - - - - - “Imagine finding someone you love more than anything in the world, who you would risk your life for but couldn’t marry. And you couldn’t have that special day the way your friends do – you know, wear the ring on your finger and have it mean the same thing as everybody else. Just put yourself in that person’s shoes. It makes me feel sick to my stomach …. When I shared a picture of my tattoo on my Twitter page and said, ‘ALL LOVE is equal,’ a lot of people mocked me – they said, ‘What happened to you? You used to be a Christian girl!’ And I said, ‘Well, if you were a true Christian, you would have your facts straight. Christianity is about love.’ The debate resulted in a lot of threats and hate mail to people who agreed and disagreed with me. At one point I had to say, ‘Dude, everyone lay off.’ Can’t people have friendly debates about sensitive topics without it turning into unnecessary threats?” - Pop star Miley Cyrus on her marriage equality tattoo - - - - - - - - - - -

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Must Watch: The Steam Room Straight Boys

The straight boys at SteamRoomStories.com are at it again.  And this time, it's a bet of machismo proportions. LOL.  If you have never seen any of their videos, they're actually quite hilarious.  It's just a group of straight guys hanging out in a steam room sharing stories about their girlfriends, wives, friends, etc.  Kinda like a male gossip girl. LOL

In the following episode, a guy is looking at YouTube videos of guys playing "gay chicken".  When two guys walk in and ask what that is, he explains it to them.

The two guys think he's questioning their heterosexuality and their straight manhood, so they want to take part in this "gay chicken" - provided they win something of course. Little do they know, they get more than they bargained for. LOL.

Harry Potter Trivia

Here's a little Harry Potter Trivia for you Potter fans.

You're Not Alone

You see, you're not the only one alone on Valentine's Day.  In fact, its becoming the norm more and more.
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Americans are now within mere percentage points of being a majority single nation: Only 51% of adults today are married, according to census data. And 28% of all households now consist of just one person -- the highest level in U.S. history. That second statistic may appear less dramatic than the first, but it's actually changing much faster: The percentage of Americans living by themselves has doubled since 1960. [source]

I Quote That - Don't Waste Yourself

Impractical Jokers

Remember when truTV used to be Court TV?  Yeah, neither can I.  My favorite show on the network was Forensic Files, but that was back in the day.  In either case, their new show, "Impractical Jokers" which premiered in December has become a huge hit, and its pretty darn funny actually.  According to their website, Friends, "Sal, Murr, Q and Joe have entertained and challenged each other with the most hilariously awkward dares they could imagine. Now they're upping the ante, engaging in a series of outrageous public stunts (recorded by hidden cameras) to make each other (and you) howl with laughter. Think it's funny when one of these Jokers completes a dare? Wait till you see what happens when they can't!"

WTF Has Obama Done? - Issue No. 005 - Taxes

One of the most prominent issues of the current political climate are TAXES!  President Obama's Achievements on this subject are extensive, so I will be listing three today.  

As with my previous issues, I will come back to each category at a later time.  

When I read, and research all that our president has accomplished in the last 3 years, it is mind-boggling to me how much the Tea Party and Republican Party has lied, and continues to lie the American people.  I've even fallen into their traps in the past, but not anymore!.  I'm here to help fix that.

Today we will look at the president's broad policy and one targeted action (WTF-13).
Adopted Economic Substance tax doctrine.
A policy that states that tax changes must have significant economic justification, as a federal law.

It's called the "economic substance doctrine." It's a law that set a rule to prevent tax dodgers.  What it means is that people aren't allowed to find creative ways to avoid paying their taxes.

The measure is expected to generate a relatively small amount of new tax revenue, about $4.5 billion over 10 years, according to the the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation. [Reference]

Cracked down on tax cheats (Exec Order).
On January 20, 2010, President Barack Obama ordered a new crackdown on federal contractors who don't pay their taxes. 

Obama signed an executive order telling federal agency chiefs to take steps to bar those companies from receiving new government contracts. The order also directed the IRS to review contractor filings to make sure companies are not lying about the taxes they've paid.  Obama said the practice is inefficient, wasteful and, above all, wrong.

"It is simply wrong for companies to take taxpayer dollars and not be taxpayers themselves," Obama said. "We need to insist on the same sense of responsibility in Washington that so many of you strive to uphold in your own lives, in your own families and in your own businesses." [Reference]

Temporarily suspended taxes on unemployment benefits.
When the economy deteriorated in 2008, Congress extended benefits, giving more money and setting longer time frames for the states with the highest unemployment numbers. The economic recovery bill that Obama signed extended those time periods again. Depending on circumstances, most people receiving benefits should get an extension, with the hardest hit states winning extended benefits through Dec. 31, 2009.

Unemployment benefits are normally taxed as regular income, but the bill exempted the first $2,400 of unemployment from 2009 income taxes.

"Today, I signed the unemployment insurance extension to restore desperately needed assistance to two and a half million Americans who lost their jobs in the recession.  After a partisan minority used procedural tactics to block the authorization of this assistance three separate times over the past weeks, Americans who are fighting to find a good job and support their families will finally get the support they need to get back on their feet during these tough economic times.  Now it’s time for Congress to act on more proposals that support our economic recovery, including passing critical aid to our states and support to small businesses.  Small businesses are the engine of job growth, and measures to cut their taxes and make lending available should not be held hostage to partisan tactics like those that unconscionably held up unemployment insurance." - President Obama on July 21, 2010 after the Senate passed an extension of unemployment insurance. [Reference-1, Reference-2]

Please make sure to read Issue No. 006 tomorrow as I continue with WTF-14
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What a Hot Mess: Kid Eats A Habanero Pepper

Just in case you don't know, the Habanero pepper is one of the hottest peppers in the world. Personally, I love spicy food but I would never place one of these in my mouth, much less raw.  You can hold the pepper in your hand or hold a slice, and your finger alone will burn like hell.

Well... the kid in this video, thinks he's all cool for trying it out, but the outcome isn't so great.  After a few moments, he starts coughing it up, jumping up and down, and starts screaming his head off.  What a hot mess!  Lol.

Land of the Lost - Issue No. 006: Abandoned Yugoslavian Monuments That Look Like They're From The Future

I haven't blogged about abandoned naval ships, cities or highways, since August of last year, and yet it's one of my most admired segments.  

I definitely need to make "Land of the Lost" a regular series on my blog.  
The structures you see above, to the side and below are abandoned monuments in Yugoslavia that were commissioned by former Yugoslavian President Josip Broz Tito.  Most of these monuments were made during the 1960s and 70s to commemorate WWII battles and concentration camps.  

I found the images rather captivating.  For one, most of the sculptures look futuristic in nature, you wouldn't think they were made 40-50 years ago. On the other hand, their physical condition makes them even more stunning and beautiful.

After reading through several online sources, these monuments attracted millions of visitors per year, and after the Republic dissolved in the 1990s, "they were completely abandoned, and their symbolic meanings were forever lost." [source]

"During the 60s’ and 70s’ former president of Yugoslavia, Tito wanted to show the world the strength and con­fi­dence of the Social­ist Repub­lic by having sculptors and architects building those (very futuristic) monuments com­mem­o­rat­ing the Sec­ond World War. This series entitled Spomenik was photographed by Jan Kempenaers. Today these sculp­tures now in ruins are located in Croa­tia, Ser­bia, Slove­nia and Bosnia."  [source]
8 more stunning images after the jump...

RuPaul's Drag Race Queens in Caricature

Artist, Chad Sell will be drawing his favorite queens from Season 4 of RuPaul's Drag Race every week, so he asks that you please keep checking in.  

They are absolutely fabulous and fierce!

Laugh of the Day: Rookie Cop

Oh my Jesus!  Why not start your day off with a chuckle?  We know that cops, in general, are on their best behavior and are usually there to protect us within a matter of minutes.  But what if a rookie cop gets the wrong address?  Let me just say, it becomes a laughable mess! LMAO.

Alone on Valentine's Day?

I know that people often complain about being alone on Valentine's Day, and I completely understand - we've all been there.  But really you should...
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- Blade 7184 aka Peter