September 27th, 2009



  • 00:33 Photo: snuh: #
  • 14:09 Strange to think I'll be in Portland in less than a week. #
  • 14:24 Photo: (via kidskidskids) #
  • 14:27 Photo: My wife says that Rachel Maddow is her kind of woman. suicideblonde: #
  • 14:31 Photo: A deer, in the new Fun Size (via kidskidskids) #
  • 14:46 Video: Did you know that Oscar the Grouch h
    as an Israeli cousin?  Until I saw this, neither did I. #
  • 15:09 Megan Fox is only famous because her brother has Parkinson's. #
  • 15:37 I can't say I understand how "start your own business" became default advice for the unemployed. #
  • 15:37 I've never tried running a business, but there are plenty of people who have and got in WAY over their heads. #
  • 15:40 @MikeConway That evolution is strictly the territory of atheists was cooked up by fundamentalists anyway. #
  • 16:02 Gmail has an ad
    for "Gillikin Consulting Group." What if I'd rather consult a Quadling? #
  • 16:14 Photo: A rainbow house!  Awesome! smallvictories: #
  • 16:33 Video: News flash!  Kirk Cameron is still a moron! #
  • 16:49 Photo: friendlyatheist: #
  • 16:58 Why does Apple keep trying to give me iPhone software? #
  • 22:14 I'm not sure why the idea that God is perfect is still popular. Doesn't the Bible make a lot more sense if God
    makes mistakes? #
  • 22:18 @JaredofMo What's he done this time? #
  • 23:35 Photo: I want to play “Bowser’s Inside Story,” even though I still haven’t finished the first Mario & Luigi... #
  • 23:41 Photo: Those varicolored pumpkins seem wrong to me.  When I was a kid, we had orange plastic pumpkins, and... #
  • 23:48 People commit murder over the stupidest things. #
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The Big Big Whoredom Scares God

In the Old Testament, several metaphors are used to describe the relationship between God and Israel. One is the popular one of God as a parent, but another quite popular one is that of a marriage. Israel is the bride of God, so when the Israelites decide to worship other deities instead, they're playing the whore. After all, BAAL didn't lead them out of Egypt or help them win all those battles, did he? Actually, what I've seen suggests that the Baals weren't all that different from contemporary concepts of Yahweh, but I've also heard that people often cheat with people who remind them of their spouses. The Bible often blames women for leading men astray from the true faith, because apparently men can't resist doing anything a pretty girl wants them to do, including changing religions. The reason given for why marriages to foreigners are discouraged is that they're likely to lead the Jews into a-whoring after other gods, which is both sexist AND xenophobic at the same time. Still, I have to wonder how interfaith marriages work out, even today. If you can get it to work, more power to you, but is anyone really going to be comfortable thinking their chosen partner is going to Hell? I guess it depends on the religion, though, since not all of them regard themselves as the ONLY way.

Anyway, one Biblical figure suggested to have been lured into Baal worship by his wife is Ahab, described as the worst ruler of the Northern Kingdom of Israel. While his name is now more likely to be associated with whale-chasing, you almost certainly know the name of his wife, Jezebel. The name is now often applied as an epithet to promiscuous women, but I don't think there's any indication that Queen Jezebel was literally promiscuous. It was more a case of her being a whore for Baal. On the other hand, she IS one of the few Biblical characters specifically mentioned as wearing makeup. A lot of the hatred for Jezebel might well simply stem from her being a female who serves as the power behind the throne, first through her husband and later through her sons. She's not described as a very nice person anyway, though, not only ordering prophets of Yahweh executed, but also framing Naboth in order for Ahab to take possession of his vineyard. I have to wonder if the vineyard story is ever used to protest eminent domain laws, because it seems like it would serve the purpose quite well. Anyway, during the reign of Ahab and Jezebel's son Jehoram, Jehu launched a rebellion, and had Jezebel's eunuchs throw her out a window, after which she was eaten by wild dogs. The Bible sure is one gory book, isn't it?


More Than the Recommended Daily Allowance of Seth MacFarlane

Is it season premiere time again already? Yes, it is! And the Simpsons episode really wasn't too bad, even if its major themes had essentially already been covered. I liked the beginning, with the emphasis on Comic Book Guy, and the movie part had its amusing moments as well. A few jokes fell kind of flat, like the montage bit (it was kind of funny, but didn't really fit the tone of the show), and others had been done better in earlier episodes (they'll never top the bad editing joke from "Radioactive Man"). I did appreciate that they referenced superheroes from actual comics instead of ones they made up for the show. Hey, maybe the reason the movie went so far over budget was that they had to pay to use the likenesses of both DC and Marvel characters. {g} The ending was weak, but, well, you can make that criticism about pretty much every Simpsons episode from the past several years.

The Cleveland Show was all I expected, but that's because I didn't expect it to be very good. It kind of seemed like Seth MacFarlane was parodying the whole idea of spin-offs, but isn't that an idea with limited potential? When American Dad came out, the main criticism seemed to be that it was a weaker rip-off of Family Guy, and I think that applies even more to the first episode of this show. Not only is there another talking animal, but also another baby who says inappropriate things, another group of three friends for Cleveland to hang around with, and more cutaway gags (which American Dad usually avoids). Maybe it will eventually develop its own identity, but this episode just struck me as a weak FG episode. And you could say much the same thing about the actual FG episode, which had some interesting animation and alternate-universe gags, but too little plot to hold an entire episode together. And while the designs were mostly good, the parodies were rather tepid. They got the LOOK of the Flintstones right, and didn't do such a bad job with the Disney universe, but come on. Hey, the Flintstones say "rock" a lot! Walt Disney was anti-Semitic! Wow, THERE are some things I never really thought about until they were made the subject of satire! :P And I know the Robot Chicken bit was a friendly jibe at Seth Green (who, of course, works on both shows), but "Those shows existed!" is also a pretty valid criticism for some FG gags. As seems to be the usual way for Sunday nights now, American Dad was the best of the night, even if Klaus was underused. The Vietnam War reenactment worked well.