Will Someone Please Ask Abigail Breslin Where She Parks Her Unicorn, and If Fairies Really Have Wings?
Yeah, I’m being mean to a seventeen year old. I am horrible.
But when I was seventeen I believed in shit like this as well, and wish that people would have told me I was being an idiot, rather than smiling and nodding their heads while I explained that I was a witch who was going ghost hunting.
From…ugh. Fox News:
“We did have two weird things happen when we were doing the scene with the Ouija board, it didn’t move on its own, but when we shot this scene in the attic, I got this weird asthma attack, which was so random. I don’t have asthma, so it was so random,” Breslin told FOX411. “Another time, I wrapped for the day and went back to the place I was staying and went to run on the treadmill at the gym and the door was wide open and had a stopper on it, yet it randomly slammed shut and then my workout for the day was done. I was terrified.”
OMG, OMG, OMG! Are you fucking kidding me? A door slammed under “mysterious” circumstances? Fascinating! And while shooting a scene in a tight, enclosed space that was probably crowded with production team members and more than likely overheated (and just to stop it here, I don’t care if it was overheated or not, that was just one of a million possible factors that could have caused a 17 year old with a heavy work schedule to have a “asthma” attack), you had a breathing related incident like an asthma attack? Un-fucking-believable!
Strange. You know, I wonder why she thinks these incidents are “weird.”
It turns out elements of the supernatural have long intrigued the young star, even before stepping into the thriller genre.
“(I’m fascinated) with ghosts and other worldly, paranormal things. I have always wanted to see a ghost or go on one of those Syfy channel shows talking about it,” she said. “I want to meet the Long Island Medium to see if she can see if anyone follows me. I want to know if anyone is trying to contact me. I would be sad if I went to her and she told me no one was contacting me.”
Huh. She was already interested in the supernatural. Never would have guessed that. Don’t worry, Abigail. I am willing to guarantee that the Long Island
con artist Medium would say someone is trying to contact you. Probably a whole lot of someones. As many someones as you want.
Anyone want to start a pool on how long it takes the Long Island
Faker Medium to see ratings gold and reach out to Abigail about appearing on Long Island Grifter Medium?
My guess is the second the Long Island
Cold Reader Medium heard about this interview.
Hey women! Want to stop getting raped? Then stop fucking drinking.
While you are at it, you may want to stop dressing like a slut as well. And make sure you are never anywhere alone. You probably also want to plan to be home before dark. Parties are right out. I’d probably suggest that you cut dates with out chaperons out of the picture.
Hell, how about you just stay inside all the time. You can go to school online, after all. Then maybe you can find a good job that lets you cyber commute.
Only then can you be truly certain that your tempting female form isn’t driving some poor, animalistic, unable to control his hormones man into the unstoppable fury of female caused rape.
On second thought, that may not be enough. You better make sure to install a security system as well, and make sure you have the best deadbolts that money can buy. Otherwise, I can just hear the man in court now. “But your Honor, she only had a chain lock and one dead bolt. She was practically asking for me to kick in the door and fuck her.”
Let’s see what the Salon thinks about Emily Yoffe’s victim blaming:
“College Women: Stop Getting Drunk,” reads the title of a Wednesday piece by Slate’s Emily Yoffe. “It’s closely associated with sexual assault,” the headline continues. “And yet we’re reluctant to tell women to stop doing it.”
And so begins Yoffe’s entreaty that women stop drinking alcohol so that men will stop raping them. Or so that women will not, according to Yoffe, “end up being raped” as a result of their drinking.
There is, of course, a lot to be said about Yoffe’s “this is not rape apologia” rape apologia, but let’s start with this: Our culture is not, and has never been, “reluctant” to tell women to stop doing things. In fact, people build entire careers around it.
And yet this false idea, that women’s behavior is the real reason they are victimized — and that we live in a society that does a poor job of policing such behavior — is regularly used to blame sexual violence on the “problem” of young women today.
Richard Cohen and Concerned Women for America have both cited Miley Cyrus’ recent embrace of tongue-wagging and half-shirts as a reason that teenage football players rape unconscious 16-year-olds. A judge in Montana declared a 14-year-old rape victim “older than her chronological age” and said she was ”as much in control” of the crime committed against her as her 49-year-old rapist. A 14-year-old cheerleader in Missouri is allegedly raped and abandoned outside by her alleged rapist, wearing only a pair of sweatpants and a T-shirt on a freezing morning, and Yoffe points to the girl’s consumption of a “big glass of clear liquid” as the real problem in need of addressing.
This is the very definition of rape culture. And it is so completely tired.
“We’re reluctant to tell women to stop doing it”? In what country? We live in a culture that has never had a single problem telling women to stop doing something. Hell, our culture practically screams “it’s your fault” at rape victims daily. Why don’t we go to the real problem? Why don’t we tell men not to rape?
You can read the Salon piece at your leisure, but I want to point out this final part to underscore the above point.
But what’s not being said or taught, and what Yoffe only mentions in the final paragraph of a piece spent blaming women and girls for drinking themselves into victimhood, is what men and boys can do to stop rape. First and foremost, they can not rape.
Yoffe notes that, if she had a son, she would tell him not to binge drink so that he wouldn’t “find himself accused of raping a drunken classmate” (a chilling framing, really, since it casts suspicion on the credibility of even a hypothetical rape victim’s accusation); this is, perhaps, the piece she should have written.
To tell her young, hypothetical son — and all of the young, not-so-hypothetical sons of others — not to rape women. Clearly, it is advice they need to hear.
Yoffe notes that, if she had a son, she would tell him not to binge drink so that he wouldn’t “find himself accused of raping a drunken classmate”
“find himself accused of raping a drunken classmate”
Trigger Warning: Satire. Probably offensive.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia recently gave an interview to New York magazine that touched on many topics, and that you can find here if you so desire. This is kind of old news to be honest. If you follow atheist blogs, or left leaning political blogs, you more than likely have already seen many of the choicest nuggets of batshit insanity from one of the nine most powerful judges in the United States. If you just want a small taste of the interview, The Salon has an article on it that you can find at this little linky. Let me say this up front: I have no idea how much of this shit Scalia actually believes and how much of it is pandering to his knuckle-dragging supporters. Since it is impossible to know what is real and what he just thinks his supporters want to hear him say, I am going to take the man at his word; I think we all deserve this. If Justice Scalia is going to go out of his way to tell an interviewer, an interviewer who was already moving on to the next subject, that he, a Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States, believes in an actual Fallen Angel that goes by the various names of Satan, the Devil, and Lucifer, amongst many others, then perhaps he really does. But you can find all those tidbits of crazy at the above links. I want to point out this exchange:
Isn’t it terribly frightening to believe in the Devil?
You’re looking at me as though I’m weird. My God! Are you so out of touch with most of America, most of which believes in the Devil? I mean, Jesus Christ believed in the Devil! It’s in the Gospels! You travel in circles that are so, so removed from mainstream America that you are appalled that anybody would believe in the Devil! Most of mankind has believed in the Devil, for all of history. Many more intelligent people than you or me have believed in the Devil.
I hope you weren’t sensing contempt from me. It wasn’t your belief that surprised me so much as how boldly you expressed it.
I was offended by that. I really was.
There is so much wrong with that exchange that I honestly do not know what to say. Perhaps the belief in an actual Satan is mainstream in America. But this isn’t my plumber talking about his religious beliefs. It isn’t my doctor, my dentist, or the clerk at the grocery store. It is one of the supposed top legal minds in the nation, one of the most powerful people in America. He is highly educated. He is trained in logic. He is a fucking Judge.
If the average person in “mainstream” America believes in a literal Satan, a point I do not in anyway concede, they are excused to a certain extent. Most pastors do not make a habit out of telling people how the Bible came about. During my years attending Catholic Church, it was never explained to me that the Gospels were not written by people who actually knew Jesus. That Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were names added to the Gospels later. That Luke and Matthew were largely reworkings of Mark designed to make specific points to specific audiences. That there are many, many more than four Gospels. That the virginity of Mary was unknown to the earliest followers of the new religion. That Matthew and Luke’s Christmas stories differ in very nearly every detail. That it is a historic impossibility that Jesus was born during the reign of Herod the Great and the governorship of Quirinius. The average person who never studied the Bible except as a devotional text can be excused ignorance of these facts. They can be forgiven for believing that Jesus believed in Satan. At Scalia’s education level, it is a travesty to believe we can actually know what Jesus believed about Satan from the Bible.
He uses the argument from popularity and the argument from authority in rapid succession, two logical fallacies for the price of one. Most of mankind has believed in the Devil? While I won’t grant this point, since the Devil is a Judeo-Christian figure and most of mankind has not followed this specific religion, I will say that most of mankind also believed the Sun revolved around the Earth. It is only relatively recently in our history that we discovered that stars are similar to our sun, only far away, that the Universe is uncomprehendingly vast, that germs cause disease, that things fall to the earth because of gravity, that dinosaurs once walked the Earth, and so on until your fingers fall off from typing. The beliefs of our ancestors mean nothing in our scientific world. And then immediately after he states that many more intelligent people believed in the Devil. So fucking what? Many people, far more intelligent than I, believed in alchemy. People far more intelligent than Scalia have believed in contradicting religions, that there is no God, that the Earth is the center of the Universe, that it is turtles all the way down. It does not matter what the genius minds that came before us believed, because they formed their beliefs without the evidence and knowledge that we currently possess.
Scalia is offended? I am offended that a member of the Supreme Court would use two blatant logical fallacies in the span of two sentences.
Yes, I am an elitist.
I want my Judges to be educated. I do not want “mainstream” America, Joe Everyman, presiding on the Supreme Court. I do not want a Justice who follows astrology, who believes in psychics, who thinks UFO’s are alien spaceships that abduct people for anal probing, who believes the world is 6000 years old, or who believes in a entity known as Satan who serves as God’s foil in a cosmic game of Cops and Robbers. I am not asking that they all be atheist, but if Christian would a course in Biblical scholarship be too much to ask? The creation of the Bible isn’t rare, esoteric knowledge kept by a few and guarded from the public. Multiple authors write books from many different perspectives aimed at the layperson to teach a basic level of biblical knowledge.
Perhaps Jesus did believe in Satan. What Jesus actually believed on the subject is something we can not know from the Gospels. To claim that we can is to cite a religious belief, not a historical fact based on evidence. Just as belief in Satan is a religious belief, a belief I would argue is on the fringe, if not overall, then at least among those who are educated.
Far be it from me to go to the local church and try to dictate peoples beliefs to them. With the way this nation treats education as an afterthought, I am not surprised that pockets of the nation believe God will protect them from rattlesnake bites, heal their sick children as long as they stay away from doctors, and that the proper method of receiving communion for young boys is penis in mouth. Hell, how many people are willing to trust the health of their children to Jenny McCarthy rather than the entire medical establishment?
But in a secular nation, I expect something more from our leaders.
Note: This is an extremely long introduction to the next post. It is not required reading. Feel free to skip ahead.
I am an elitist.
Some people consider that a negative. I believe it is common sense. Don’t get me wrong, I believe in equality; I think everyone should have an equal opportunity in life, I believe the disadvantaged should get a hand to level the playing field, and I am against discrimination. When born into the world, every child should have the equal opportunity to become President of the United States when they grow up. Of course, while everyone should have the opportunity to rise as far as they can, not everyone is qualified for the top jobs. I do not want an “everyman” as President of the United States. The last thing I ask when deciding who to vote for is if I would like to have a beer with him or her. I want a President who makes me look stupid. I want a President who is not only smarter than me, but smarter than everyone I know. I don’t want to have a larger vocabulary than the Commander in Chief. I don’t want to watch the President admit ignorance on a subject while my respect for him or her grows because it proves he is just like all of us.
Post #400! Some Christians Honestly Believe, and Others are Calculating Con-Artists Using People’s Faith to Rob Them of Every Cent Possible. Guess Which One Pat Robertson Is?
In disgusting human being news, I give you Pat Robertson, host of the 700 Club, engaging in a stomach turning bit of victim blaming as he assures an old lady that Christians who tithe properly are protected from all health problems, which obviously means her husband’s health issues are their own fault for not giving enough of their limited income to her church and the 700 Club. From Right Wing Watch:
Seriously. How many different ways can I say that the current GOP has lost its bleeding mind?
So go outside tonight and look for Uranus. It is just barely naked eye visible, and pretty easy to find with binoculars. If you have a telescope, you should be able to resolve it into a disc right now, and may even be able to catch a few of its moons.
I heard about this story on this weeks edition of The Scathing Atheist. I then spent a few moments researching it because I honestly didn’t want to believe it was true. I was hoping against hope that Noah got taken by a fake story. Unfortunately, the story is real.
What crime do you figure is worth 200 lashes?
I am not one for physical violence and the thought of giving the state the power to actually whip a person multiple times turns my stomach a bit, so it is safe to assume my list of crimes deserving the punishment of 200 lashes is rather small. If totally in my power, the list would honestly not exist. Personally, I think we can find better ways to punish criminals that having them whipped. But that answer isn’t an option. Nope, thought experiment time. What crimes do you figure deserve whipping as a punishment?
Depending on your own personal ethical stances, your list may have more or less crimes in addition to the ones I mentioned. It is only a thought experiment with the only requirement being that “none” is not a valid answer. You know no one is going to be actually whipped due to your answer. Is animal abuse on yours? White collar crime? Drunk driving?
It is hard for me to know exactly what your list would look like, especially since to me you are completely anonymous. I have no idea who you are or what you are like. Even with those limitations, I am willing to bet I know something that is not on your list.
I bet “being the victim in a gang rape” is nowhere on your “people in need of a good whipping” list.
(To be perfectly clear, if I am wrong and it is on your list, kindly fuck yourself with a nice splintery post then stab yourself a few times with something rusty.)
Then again, I doubt I have many readers in Saudi Arabia. I really wish this didn’t really happen, but…..from CNN:
(CNN) — A court in Saudi Arabia increased the punishment for a gang-rape victim after her lawyer won an appeal of the sentence for the rapists, the lawyer told CNN.
The 19-year-old victim was sentenced last year to 90 lashes for meeting with an unrelated male, a former friend from whom she was retrieving photographs. The seven rapists, who abducted the pair, received sentences ranging from 10 months to five years in prison.
You know, there is more to the story. You can read the linked article, and here is another CNN piece on it.
You could argue with me over parts of it, you could try to make excuses, you could trot out cultural relativism for a quick stroll, we could discuss how her sentence was more than doubled because she went to the media and attempted to get her attackers punishment increased, whatever.
Personally, I believe that any culture that whips a rape victim for …wait. Any culture that whips a woman for meeting with an unrelated male, since that seems to be the cause of her whippings, has forfeited any claim to the words “moral,” “just,” and/or “humanity.”
Sam Harris gets a lot of shit from the left for his views on Islam. I am sure if I was better known, I would get a lot of the same shit. The term “Islamophobia” is one I hear frequently. It is an easy trap to fall in to, I will admit, when you look at these nations under Sharia law and the absolutely disgusting way they treat women, hell, the way they treat all their citizens, all because of Islam.
This is less a problem with Islam, however, and more a problem with theocracy. Spend a few hours on Youtube watching videos of some of the more extreme Christian preachers. Don’t even try to tell me that a nation under the thumb of some of the more extreme Christian fundamentalists would be all that different from the Islamic theocracies that actually exist.
Imagine a world without fundamentalist religions. A world without theocracy.
A world where this women would not be facing the whip.
Fuck, I just can’t believe shit like this takes place in the year 2013.