04 November 2006

Eat Some Pie, Please.

I've recently heard of a great program called Pie in the Sky, which is run though Boston's Community Servings. The organization delivers food to clients who are homebound with a life threatening illness. Each pie goes for $25, and every pie sold is enough to feed a Community Servings client for one week. They come in Apple, Diabetic Apple, Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, and Pecan. There's also a very fancy gift-wrapped raffle pie that can be purchased for $75, and you get the chance to win some prizes. Also, they're all baked by chefs and caterers througout the city.

You can order through pieinthesky.org and choose a location where you would like to pick up your pie. The only catch: they must be picked up on Wednesday, November 22, and alas, I am out of town that week and can't order any myself. So, I'm asking all of you to pick up the slack for me. You're getting tasty treats for yourself and helping those in need at the same time. Really, you can't go wrong.

03 November 2006

Thanks For The Laughs, Rev. Ted Haggard.

The headline for this posting probably should be: Evangelicals Led By Hypocritical Homosexual Methhead Adulterer...

From the Associated Press:
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A leading U.S. evangelist and outspoken opponent of gay marriage has given up his post as president of the National Association of Evangelicals while a church panel investigates allegations he repeatedly paid a man for sex.

Rev. Ted Haggard resigned as president of the 30 million-member association Thursday after being accused of paying the man for monthly trysts over the last three years...

Mike Jones, a male escort, alleged that Haggard, whom he knew as "Art", paid for sex with him during trysts which had been taking place between them on an almost monthly basis over the course of the previous three years.

Further, Jones said Haggard used methamphetamine before their sexual encounters to heighten his experience.

The church official filling in for Haggard said there has been "some admission of guilt," but not to all of the allegations.

Whaaahhhh...hahhahahhahaha...Hold on one sec..Did he admit to the sex or the meth? hahahahahahawaaaahhhh....let me catch my brea...waaaahhahhahhhhahahahaha...O.K. I think I'm over it now...no...wait...I'm not.

Oh, Ted. I felt so bad for you and your family when I first read the reports of these vicious rumors that were being propagated about your being a hypocritical homosexual adulterer. Then I read that you were high on crank the entire time and that just put it over the edge, into the realm of total absurdity.

You know what? There is a good chance that Mike Jones is full of crap and that you are merely a hypocritical asshole out to ruin the name of Jesus and rid the world of reason and not a homosexual adulterer meth-head. But the best part is that most reasonable people I know are saying to themselves: "Yup, that makes sense, a man of the cloth, totally hell bent against homosexual equality and rights, I can totally see that guy high as hell on meth, giving some dude a rim job in an Econo Lodge bathroom." Without a hint of sarcasm.

This is because we believe in decency and especially in karma, and karma Ted, is a bitch. And it seems that every couple of years one of you hell bent anti-gay hypocritical ministers turns out to be totally full of crap when it comes to your own lives (see Jim Bakker, Bob Gray, Jimmy Swaggart, etc.) I guess now it is just your turn. So although a very small part of me does feel bad for your (rumored) sexually deprived wife and your children with their shaken image of their father, this Ted, is what you get.

Here's a clip of Ted getting served by Richard Dawkins, a leading intellectual in the field of evolutionary biology. Ted clearly gets owned, and gets a bit out of control towards the end:

Update: It turns out Ted bought the meth from the gay prostitute. Now it all makes sense, because all good ministers know gay prostitutes are the "hook up" for meth...and anal sex.

31 October 2006

Halloween, Where Racism Lives

I know I live in Allston, and BU kids aren't representative of the town, and I think there's less racism in the northeast than in most places (Kerry Healey's Prisoner's for Deval and those who would be swayed by her race-baiting ads aside), but when I step outside my door and see a white guy dressed in an afro and a dashiki, I realize how far we still have to go. Especially since the guy he was with (of course, also white) was wearing the Flava Flav oversized clock. I don't have any great words of wisdom to add other than these: That's not okay. Not even close. It's racist. You might think it's funny and charming, and I'm certain that your all white fraternity thinks it is, but it's racist. I don't care if you listen to rap and took an African American studies course. It's racist.

Maybe this guy was making a political point about the struggle that black people face in American society, I don't know. But what I find more likely was that he and his friend were looking to find a few cheap laughs by perpetuating caricatures of black people. And this kind of racism is no less insidious and harmful to racial equality than the KKK. It's disgusting and I wish I'd never seen it; and if I lived in a city that wasn't so incredibly segregated, I probably wouldn't have. Because if these guys thought they might run into a black person tonight, they probably would have thought about whether or not it was over the line, and he'd have gone to the party with a T-shirt that said "this is my costume", because that's what all good hipsters wear.