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I was confident Jan Brewer would sign AZ’s gay Jim Crow law. When she vetoed it, Arizona’s religious conservatives lost their minds. Don’t believe me? How about this article from Tea Party Nation, (nice catch by Right Wing Watch):
Should a devote baker be required to create a cake for a homosexual wedding that has a giant phallic symbol on it or should a baker be required to create pastries for a homosexual wedding in the shape of genitallia [sic]? Or should a photographer be required to photograph a homosexual wedding where the participants decide they want to be nude or engage in sexual behavior?
What sort of person thinks people want pornographic cakes at their weddings? Shouldn’t that person be in some sort of psych ward?
Utah was very proud of the games when they were here, but I have to say that they have gotten better in Russia.
The Kiev incidents have been horrific, but we have to focus on the positive side of Russia, because the games represent the best of the worlds culture. The games represent a coming together of all nations and races as nothing else could.
I have been stunned by it!
Come on Johnny Rotten/Eminem.
Are you going to be out there in the streets?
Maybe you’d better think twice about your fans, unless you’re going to be in the streets with them.
It’s worth reading this long and fascinating article on fraternities at The Atlantic.
The author spent lots of time looking into frats, the associated accidents, lawsuits and various forms of malfeasance (both official and unofficial) that characterize the dark side of frat life.
I have no personal experience with a college Greek system (no frats or sororities at Grinnell). I know one woman who swears her time in a sorority was the best part of her college experience. I know a man who is still closer to his fraternity brothers than his biological brothers. I also know people whose participation in the Greek system was personally devastating. I have several relatives who flunked or nearly flunked out of college because of the partying associated with the Greek system.
The article makes me glad Grinnell diidn’t have fraternities or sororites.
Grinnell College gets a reference in NY Times today:
School traditions might also indicate where you belong. Take Colgate University and Grinnell College, two rural liberal arts colleges on pretty campuses that accept students with similar SAT scores and grades. Colgate students begin and end their college careers with a torchlight procession to a bonfire where they sing the school song. A big tradition at Grinnell is the annual Mary B. James cross-dressing ball. It should be no surprise that Colgate is beloved by preppy scholar-athletes while Grinnell is a haven for hipsters who discuss Derrida into the wee hours.
My impression of Grinnell students is that we are way more hippie than hipster, but okay.
On a related, albeit tangential topic, Grinnell alums recently started a facebook group that has been fascinating for the glimpses it provided into life now of Grinnell alums and life then. Read the rest of this entry »
You can view the view here on BYU Idaho’s student life youtube channel (most places you try to embed or play it, you get the message it’s been removed due to copyright claims by BYU Idaho).
The video was widely mocked online.
This morning, The Deseret News published an article discussing the video (which is why I included the “maybe” in my headline):
Time.com tried to clear up the misperception that the video was a “war on masturbation” by publishing a lengthy Q&A with BYU-Idaho President Kim Clark on Thursday. The piece includes a long description of LDS doctrine.
“Neither my talk nor the video has anything to do with masturbation,” Clark said. “There’s nothing in the video or in my talk about that. We were really focused on addictions, pornography, things that are really damaging spiritually to people.”
Between Clark’s “church voice” commentary, the imagery and the apparent anti-masturbation message, the video plays into widely held perceptions of Mormons as painfully earnest, prudish and a bit naive. Of course it went viral. It reinforces cultural stereotypes about Mormons and Mormonism. The serious tone, the painfully earnest church voice commentary by Clark, the obsession with sexuality, even the clearly well meaning purpose of the video plays into stereotypes of Mormons. It’s all there.
It’s also another example of the cultual chasm between the culture of the faithful in the Mormon corridor and the rest of America.
I’ll turn the floor over to the cult of Dusty so he can offer insightful and foul-mouthed commentary:
America isn’t the only place with diversity, but we have one guy who cares about it, and makes US safer.
It doesn’t matter how many times I watch these videos, I keep seeing new people who showed up to promote joy.
In chronological order:
Try to watch these wonderful videos in the best resolution you can. If you live in America? Good luck with that. We have some of the worst internet services in the world.
The tweets reposted by John Aravosis were by turns horrifying and hysterical.
This article by Katie Baker includes what may be one of the best one-liners of the week:
(A quick side note on the sphinxlike front desk clerks, by the way: I am legitimately infatuated with their unparalleled ability to deliver bad news.)
The horror stories have reached what Baker describes as the Tyson Zone – basically that point at which you mention a celebrity name and some legitimately insane behavior and everyone believes it without question. My favorite horror story:
Stacy St. Clair had no water in her room and was told by a receptionist to avoid it even if restored: “Do not use on your face because it contains something very dangerous.”
Once the actual games begin, I’m betting we’ll stop hearing these tales of woe. The big story will eventually be the shortage of condoms at the Olympic Village. But for now, funny stories of hotels falling apart and being constructed at the same time are highly entertaining. On a serious note, I hope no one is executed by an angry Vladimir Putin.