“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 16, 2012

Cyanide and Happiness: Knees

What a Hot Mess: Hug-E-Gram

Instead of sending flowers, send him or her a Hug-E-Gram.

That's it!  I'm quitting my job and inventing crazy crap like this.  I can't believe that this infomercial actually exists, better yet, that someone is getting rich off this product.

I seriously cannot see myself sending Ryan a cloth-wrapped swimming pool noodle with Mickey Mouse hands, and the product's name printed on it.  Are you kidding me?  He would slap the shit out of me. LOL.  On the other hand, he'd probably think it was cute.  

Aye, Aye, Aye, this is worst than the Snuggie and Pet Snuggie.

Quoted: Mary Griffith on Religion and Her Son

If no one had ever challenged religious authority, there’d be no democracy, no public schools, women’s rights, improvements to science and medicine, evolution of slavery and no laws against child abuse or spousal abuse. I was afraid to challenge my religious beliefs because that was the basis of creation—mine anyway. I was afraid to question the Bible or anything in it, and when I did, that’s when I became involved with PFLAG and realized that my son was a perfectly normal human being and there was nothing for God to heal because Bobby was perfect just the way he was. - Mary Griffith on religion and her son.

For those who have no idea who Mary Griffith is, you need to watch Prayers for Bobby.  I wrote a blog on it several years ago.  It's about a very religious mother, played by Sigourney Weaver, who's life drastically turns around after her gay son commits suicide.  It can literally change your thoughts on gay people and God, for the better.

Isn't This The Truth? What The Customer Wanted

Laugh of the Day: Wanda Sykes - Waxed [NSFW]

OMG, I love this woman!  She will have you ROFL before you can count to three, okay maybe twenty, lol.  Seriously though, if your day isn't going so well, Wanda Sykes will definitely make your day.  For those who have no idea who she is, she's a stand-up comedian/American writer who used to have a sitcom on Fox titled "Wanda at Large" - it was absolutely hilarious.  Unfortunately, it only ran for two seasons.  I have labeled it NSFW, because of the foul language, but otherwise it's a definite must watch.

OMG Hilarious! - ROFL Smartphone Texts

There's 6 more after the jump...

Kiss of the Week - Issue No. 012

A Couple of Losers

Wanna see a couple of losers making fun of passersby?  Only problem is, one of the losers freaks out when the other loser joins in on the fun.

Urine Color Chart

Check out this handy little chart courtesy of the Boy Scouts of America.  Regardless if it's not intended for clinical use, if you're urine looks like the color at the bottom, you should definitely seek medical aid.  The chart is accurate to say the least.

I Quote That - Don't

Must Watch: Set Fire To The Rain

Some of us get married thinking it will change who we are.  Some of us date girls or boys in high school to make our parents proud, or we don't want them finding out we're gay. Gay people often find themselves in this situation, and the fact that we're so afraid to come out - we hurt a lot of people in the process.  Straight and Gays alike should see this video, especially if you like music and dance.

I know that everyone is tired of hearing about Adele and Whitney, but this is not about them. 
Ryan shared this video with me this morning and asked if I had ever posted it on one of my blogs.  I hadn't, so I'm doing it now.  In the music video you have an Adele impersonator, 3 dancers, and a story of a man struggling with his sexuality, while a girl who thought she had everything, is now facing a struggle of her own.  It truly sets fire to the rain.
YouTube: The music video portrays a man struggling with his sexuality, while the girl in love with him fights to hold on as everything she thought she knew comes crashing down before her. The song speaks of a foolish love that's so hard to let go. This theme is not uncommon, most of us have been subjected to this type of unrequited love in some way, shape, or form. Whether gay or straight, single or taken, if you have not experienced this kind of pain, consider yourself one of the lucky ones.

Movie Poster Clichés

So how many movie posters or DVD covers have you seen or rented where, let's say, you have a pic of an actor taken from the back often with weaponry?  You'd be surprised - I bet you've seen 10 or more.  How about where the actors are standing back to back?  I bet you've seen 15 or more.  Check out these movie poster clichés, they're pretty darn cool - I would have never realized.

1.  Big heads in the sky over tiny people on a beach

2.  From the back (often with weaponry)

3.  Big text on faces

4.  Back to back

5.  In bed

6.  Through the legs

7.  Big eye

8.  Blue

9.  Running for their lives

10. Cute Red Dress

It's Purely Animal - Issue No. 47 - Puppy Conan

During the Super Bowl, Animal Planet airs their popular television show, The Puppy Bowl.  Well it seems Conan O'Brien has his all-time favorite too, Puppy Conan.  

In the following video, Conan introduces us to Puppy Conan, Puppy Andy, Puppy La Bamba, and his most special guest, Puppy Lady Gaga.

WTF Has Obama Done? - Issue No. 016 - Housing

You don't need me to tell you how the housing crisis took this country by storm.  It's been on the news since Bush scrambled out of The White House and left the Presidency and our country in the biggest disaster it has ever faced.
After U.S. house sales prices peaked in mid-2006 and began their steep decline forthwith, refinancing became more difficult. As adjustable-rate mortgages began to reset at higher interest rates (causing higher monthly payments), mortgage delinquencies soared. Securities backed with mortgages, including subprime mortgages, widely held by financial firms, lost most of their value. Global investors also drastically reduced purchases of mortgage-backed debt and other securities as part of a decline in the capacity and willingness of the private financial system to support lending.  Concerns about the soundness of U.S. credit and financial markets led to tightening credit around the world and slowing economic growth in the U.S. and Europe. [Reference]

To think that all this happened between 2004-2007, two years before Obama took office tells you who is to blame for all of this mess.  And then Republicans expected Obama to come in and clean it all up in three or four years, are you f-ing kidding me.  Today, the Repubs are trying to cast blame on the one man who has turned this country around by simply erasing what the previous President did.  How quickly they forget the lies, the betrayal, and the burden George W. Bush put on his fellow Americans.

Today, we will be covering one broad policy, one funding initiative, and a targeted action in the President's housing achievements.  I will add more in a later issue, as the President has accomplished so much in such a short period.

Unveiled $275 billion dollar housing plan.
All of us will pay an even steeper price if we allow this crisis to deepen -– a crisis which is unraveling homeownership, the middle class, and the American Dream itself,” Obama said at Dobson High School in Mesa, Ariz. “If we act boldly and swiftly to arrest this downward spiral, every American will benefit.

President Obama announced a plan in 2009 to help as many as nine million American homeowners refinance their mortgages or avert foreclosure, saying that it would shore up housing prices, stabilize neighborhoods and slow a downward spiral that was “unraveling homeownership, the middle class and the American Dream itself.”

The plan has three components. The first would help homeowners who are still current on their payments, but who are paying high interest rates and cannot refinance because they do not have enough equity in their homes, a problem afflicting growing numbers of people as housing values tumble.

A second component would assist about four million people who are at risk of losing their homes. It would provide incentives to lenders who alter the terms of loans to make them affordable for the troubled borrowers. A third component would try to increase the credit available for mortgages in general by giving $200 billion of additional financial backing to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. [Reference-1, Reference-2]

Provided $2 billion for Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

In 2008, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) implemented the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).  The program has provided almost $7 billion of funding in three phases for neighborhood stabilization. NSP grant funds acquire, redevelop, and finance foreclosed and vacant properties.1 NSP compliance requirements are very similar to the Community Development Block Grant program.2 Several additional restrictions apply, however, to focus the program more narrowly on stabilizing areas that are seriously affected by foreclosures and property vacancy. [Reference-1, Reference-2]

Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, helping millions avoid foreclosure.

"Let me talk a little bit about the housing bill.  The Helping Families Save Their Homes Act advances the goals of our existing housing plan by providing assistance to responsible homeowners and preventing avoidable foreclosures.  Last summer, Congress passed the HOPE for Homeowners Act to help families who found themselves "underwater" as a result of declining home values -- families who owed more on their mortgages than their homes are worth.  But too many administrative and technical hurdles made it very difficult to navigate, and most borrowers didn't even bother to try.

This bill removes those hurdles, getting folks into sustainable and affordable mortgages, and more importantly, keeping them in their homes.  And it expands the reach of our existing housing plan for homeowners with FHA or USDA rural housing loans, providing them with new opportunities to modify or refinance their mortgages to more affordable levels." - President Barack Obama right before signing the act into law.

I promise to come back to this topic in another issue, until then, please feel free to read my previous issues by clicking here.

Make sure to read the next issue
Issue No. 017 - National Disasters & Emergencies

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