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Exit ArchiveArchive for April 6th, 2006
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I am, of course, a sucker for great design. I also happen to be doing the organic food thing because sometimes you have to put thine moolah where thine gaping maw is.

So imagine my near orgasmic delight when I found the following at Whole Foods:

Late July Saltines

Can you just stand it? All their boxes are awesome. Just check their site to see the others. That these treats come from the people who make Cape Cod potato chips is not too surprising, I guess. And like those yummy chips, the saltines I bought are just about the best saltines I’ve ever had! No, I take that back. They ARE the best saltines I’ve ever had!

“But, Steve, they’re just saltines.” Well, if you’re used to throwing Krispy or Zesta into your tomato soup, like I am, saltines are about as boring as you can get without hopping the fence into the yard of the Water Crackers family. Oh, but these Late July saltines are so biscuity good, thick and crunchy, flaky and perfectly salted…

Oh, goodness me, yum.

Looks like Wal-Mart has actually done something sensical and has taken a stand against the vile American Family Association. In a story reported today, Wal-Mart says it will sell and continue to sell the Oscar-winning Brokeback Mountain on DVD.

Bravo.

By its actions and words, the now-less-than-entirely-reprehensible Wal-Mart has said that Brokeback is a movie with an audience, and a movie they want to sell. (Perhaps they realize how many men will be coming in to Wal-Mart to surrpetitiously look at the package and maybe even buy the movie to secretly watch at home before they go back to their redneck lives in which they hide their true nature from their bigoted communities?)

In the Reuters story, a heinously misguided AFA spokesman says, “It wasn’t even a blockbuster movie, so if Wal-Mart isn’t trying to push an agenda, why would they put it at the front door?”

Perhaps the AFA should take a harsher stance against the other non-blockbusters that Wal-Mart routinely sells and promotes. You know the movies I mean—stuff like The Dukes of Hazzard, which grossed only $80 million in the U.S. (less than Brokeback, despite its Confederate flags); Because of Winn-Dixie ($42 million worldwide); Doom ($43 million worldwide); and Ice Princess ($33 million globally).

On the other hand, if the AFA is continuing to decry the mere presence of Brokeback Mountain on Wal-Mart shelves because of some Biblical objection to homosexuality, you have to wonder why they don’t object to the presence of such movies as Saw and Saw II, Sin City, and Red Eye, since the Ten Commandments lists “Thou shalt not kill” as one of the most important commandments from God. To date, I haven’t seen the notes from God requesting a Commadnment rewrite that “Thou shalt not have sex with men if you are a man.”

It continues to amaze me that the AFA uses obscure Scripture to object to homosexuality so vehemently, but rarely (if ever) makes mention of the legion of its own members who daily break one of God’s supreme Commandments (you think not a one of them ever says, “Oh, G-d”?).

AFA members will never read this, but if one of them should happen upon it, ask yourself: Shouldn’t you be upholding God’s laws before worrying about possible allusions to potentially “God-offending” behavior elsewhere in the Bible?

 

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There are a few interesting tidbits out there today regarding our nasty government and their nasty spying and manipulation.

First, the bad news. A Washington Post article describes how scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have been having reports censored and interviews delayed when the topic of climate change is involved. Very interesting.

Now, some good news. According to Ars Technica, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed suit against AT&T for its role in Bush’s NSA covert surveillance program.