A Flea in the Fur of the Beast

“Death, fire, and burglary make all men equals.” —Dickens

Why I Love the Internet (Part One of…)

by evanmcmurry

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Adventures in Bad Sentences

by evanmcmurry

“Maher, a proud atheist who supports legalizing pot, same-sex marriage and is a board member for PETA, upset a number of conservatives, according to Entertainment Weekly.” —Bill Maher Takes Heat Over Tim Tebow Tweet

Note the equation, probably unintentional, of Maher’s positions on marijuana, gay marriage, and ethical treatment of animals, with atheism; the implication is that believing in gay marriage is on the same ideological plane as not believing in God. I think the point is to underscore Maher’s riling of conservatives, but even in this reading the inclusion of the other positions is mystifying. Presumably, Maher’s tweet would have outraged Tebow supporters regardless of any of his other views.

This is, however, how legitimate views become radicalized: the more support of gay marriage is paired with atheism, the more it seems like just another position of the godless sodomites rather than a completely rational response to a civil rights issue.

Sentence(s) of the Day

by evanmcmurry

Graph of the day: “Middlebrow wags complain about how bad comic book adaptations imbue childish stories with grand social-political themes. It seems far worse to reduce the entirety of WWI to picture-book bathos about how everyone loves horses and it’s a small world, after all…To put it another way, in 2070, do you want to see an Oscar contender about a sweet-hearted Baathist and a decent Blackwater contractor who, against the artfully composed tracer fire of Fallujah, bond together, and save a brave, noble camel?”

Also good: “‘New Year’s Eve’ feels like the movie adaptation of a vodka ad.”