By melis on What's Your Most Played Song?

1748 plays of 'Rolling in the Deep'? How many people broke up with Amanda Dobbins this year?

Posted on January 5, 2012 at 5:29 pm 8

By MissNormaDesmond on Bitches Inscrutable, Genius Confirms

I doubt he understands other men, or himself, for that matter, very well, either, it's just that he's not approaching other men on an emotional level so the problem doesn't materialize.

Posted on January 5, 2012 at 2:01 pm 1

By Eccles on Michele Bachmann, America's Perfect Monster

I am, I suppose, one of those homeschooled kids with soft hands. Michele is actually my godmother and had a huge influence on my upbringing (including home schooling, being sent to Summit for extensive indoctrination, and Marcus having me hospitalized in his specially recommended Christian psychiatric facility half way across the country from my home, around the time I began to question the "Young Earth" theory.)

I've refrained from writing about her, because it's a pickle. I've wanted so much for there to be something... excusable about this. She and my mom are best friends. She was there the day my dad died, spoke at his funeral. But when her face started to be everywhere, I began to have these massive panic reactions and ended up calling a suicide hotline the week Michele won the Ames Straw Poll, which led to my being diagnosed with PTSD from that upbringing, and therapy, and now I can speak somewhat more honestly about her.

And I guess all I want to say is: Watch out. She won't give up. She really does believe she speaks for god, as @juliahairpincommenter indicates. The cultish branch of Christianity that I come from is absolutely authoritarian and without doubt, which is relativism, which is post-modernism, which is a lie from Satan.

They truly believe they are fighting the forces of darkness, these people. I was told, at five years old, that real Satanic witches in the next town were sending real demons to come and kill us in our beds, and I was taught how to pray a wash of Jesus's blood over my body in protection against them. Five years old. Who does that? True believers do that. When my dad was dying of pancreatic cancer, he truly believed that God would save him, to the point that he went on public television and told everyone who happened to be tuned in. He believed it up until the day his kidneys failed. His belief allowed him to completely ignore the fact of his coming death. It gave him meaning. It meant he didn't have to ask forgiveness for the things he did to me in the name of that belief.

That's why Michele hasn't stopped. She can't stop. The things she's done, the things she said, are so terrible from any other angle, and have caused so much pain and suffering, and taken such a toll on her personally, that she must ABSOLUTELY CARRY ON. If she doesn't, it is to deny Christ, and Christ living within her.

I absolutely believe that she will be back. Her response to losing this will only be renewed conviction that God is readying her for 2016. And the only thing that truly bothers me about this is how shallowly most people have apprehended the true violence of her beliefs. I grant you, she's a nice lady. And she stands by her convictions, bless her. But it's not just praying away the gay. It's a perfect spiritual holocaust.

Posted on January 3, 2012 at 5:46 pm 16

By kellyontheporch on The Year, In Order

There once was a boy named Pierre...
The picture is from Really Rosie...words by Maurice Sendak and music by Carole King. *sighs*

Posted on September 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm 1

By Vicky on The Year, In Order

This would be #1 on a listicle without commentary of listicles without commentary.

Posted on September 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm 5

By scroll_lock on How To Write A Love Poem

Just so I know if I'm constructing my "poymes" correctly- are those turkey or pork-based breakfast meats?

Posted on September 28, 2011 at 7:55 am 1

By SeanP on Inside Last Night's Michele Bachmann Debate-Watching Party

@Paul Smith@facebook Please tell me this is a parody.

Posted on September 26, 2011 at 4:41 pm 2

By Choire Sicha on Inside Last Night's Michele Bachmann Debate-Watching Party

+!!!! :)

Posted on September 26, 2011 at 9:03 am 1

By someofmybestfriends on Inside Last Night's Michele Bachmann Debate-Watching Party

@Choire Sicha what about Presidential Candidates who were born by Caesarean section?

Posted on September 25, 2011 at 6:54 am 1

By Choire Sicha on Inside Last Night's Michele Bachmann Debate-Watching Party

Oh dear. No. This is a somewhat popular line of thinking that has never held up under examination.

People who were born in the United States are "natural born citizens." Your concern about "Barry" Obama is misplaced.

Posted on September 24, 2011 at 9:00 am 1