Saturday, June 29, 2013

Efficiency at Iced Tea & Sarcasm HQ

Wouldn't it just be easier if I froze the tea in the ice cube trays? I sense an experiment! Stay tuned. 

Friday, June 28, 2013

The "New Yorker" cover that quietly explains the impact of the DOMA ruling

Thank you, Jack Hunter.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

But California can.

Yes, California can.

via Urban Lumberjack

It's just one of those days: Goodbye DOMA and Prop 8

I was going to say that we couldn't have asked for a better preamble to San Francisco's 2013 Pride Weekend than the Supreme Court striking down both DOMA and Proposition 8 in California, but that's wrong.

We did ask for this. We marched for this. We voted for this. Throughout our history, our queer brothers and sisters have fought, bled, and died for this this.

And we, the lucky ones, lived to see it. Time was always on our side, but the wait! Oh, the waiting is the hardest part. Well, that and the second-class citizenship.

These decisions will be debated. People will shout for joy and others will gnash their teeth and pull their hair. Nevertheless, today's rulings were a victory for us all (yes, even you, Mr. Huckabee). The expansion of human rights is always a good thing. But, this is just one step in our journey. The work isn't done yet. Celebrate, cheer, have fun, then get back to the rallies, the polls, the phones, and petitions. As anonymous said, "No one is free when others are oppressed."

If you live in Oklahoma or another of the 37 states that still ban marriage equality, don't worry. We're coming for you soon.

Happy Pride!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Paula Deen: The Real Controversy

Yes, Paula yearns for plantation-style dinner parties with waiter-slaves, but this behind-the-scenes shot at the Food Network reveals her true debauchery and likely the real reason the Food Network is not renewing her contract.

Clearly, Paula is the Food TV Caligula and hosts raucous and immoral parties marked by feather headdresses, questionable fashion, and abdominal butter licking contests. At least, I'm assuming that's butter on Robert Irvine's belly. The execs of the Food Network can overlook a lot, but their morals clause is a line in the sand. 

Paula "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" Deen will survive, though. Fear not. America and the South are forgiving. She'll just deep fry a tasty, artery-clogging apology and people will be lining up at her restaurant in no time. If you're brave, ask for the Butter Shot Special. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A visit to Acqua Alta, the most beautiful bookstore in Venice

I stumbled across this amazing, decaying homage to books of all languages: Acqua Alta. How many bookstores do you know that are accessible by boat?

Wall of books:

Book staircase:

The view:

Beat that, Barnes & Noble.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Lunch at Cantina e Cucina today

Pizza Diavola, wine, and a warm Rome day. I did have to dodge a few scooters in this alley, but not one managed to steal a slice of my pizza. Veni, vidi, vici.