Homophobia in The Gaming Community?

Critically Acclaimed Mass Effect 3 sees its Metacritic score tanked by Homophobes.

Many of us in the gaming community see the expanding roles of video games and their impact on popular culture. The gaming industry is, capital wise, as big as the movie industry. With the greater amount of investment cash poured into gaming, I feel that better products are being created to reach a more diverse audience. Videogames are fast becoming much more that mindless diversions; they are becoming art and excellent story telling vehicles.

But the gaming community has a lot of maturing to do. [Read more…]

SSSD and Fox

Long day at work standing around, talking on a radio, and filling out official looking forms. Thus, I didn’t get a chance to do much reading.

However, I did run across a FOX News article trying to stir up some controversy about Rock Beyond Belief. The theme of those opposed to the event is that the evil atheist speakers and performers will be unable to tailor their speeches and performances to a family friendly environment. Which is silly, you always play to your audience and both the performers and organizers of the event are aware of the policies governing events on a military base.

So even though the rock bands will not come on stage covered in the blood of newborn infants and screaming a string of obscenities that would make a Drill Sergeant flinch, I will still be attending and SO SHOULD YOU.


Christmas is for Everyone, Except for Obama

Right Wing attacks President Obama for relatively modest holiday vacation.

Presidential holiday vacations are usually both uninteresting and long. Bush and Regan both routinely took 20 or more days of vacation during the holiday season, which is more than most people get, but less than others. For example, I get 30 days this year (Woohooo me). But it seems that the right and FOX can’t help themselves from turning anything, even the most mundane, into a barbed spear to hurl at Obama. But why Obama’s Christmas vacation? Because the President had the audacity, the sheer nerve, to take 17 days off in Hawaii; and the right is crying at the top of their lungs. [Read more…]

Fantastic Five

Bob Beckle is Awesome.

On the most recent edition of The Five, Eric Bolling was doing his very best to link Herman Cain’s recent revelations of sexual indiscretions to be nothing more than an attack by the Democratic organization. Fellow panel member and sole liberal on the show, Bob Beckle, was having none of it.

 “For you to suggest for a minute that the Democrats are the ones behind the taking apart of conservatives is just outrageous! The fact of the matter is I was — I have defended Herman Cain for the last week — I do not now after he made these allegation[s] about the Democratic organization that is behind this. Herman, it’s not us, it’s Republicans doing it to you!” – Beckle [Read more…]

Fox Force Five: Where Spin Happens

The Five Spin Income Inequality.

Every night at midnight chow (or as I call it ‘lunch’), My fellow officers of my little group (The Knights of Liberalism/ Obama Brown Shirts; depending on who you ask) sit around one of the few TV’s to watch the Fox News program The Five. Our Intel guy watches it for the eye candy, the PSD guy watches it to get angry enough to go out the wire for a patrol ready to kill something, and I watch it for blog fodder. None of us are ever disappointed.

So I almost spit out my crap legs (a huge upgrade from the MRE diet in Mosul, FSM bless the Department of State) when The Five took on the recent CBO report and did their very best to spin the massive income inequality in the United States as a good thing. [Read more…]

Blaze Continues to Rage Against the 99%

For a movement that The Blaze was quick to downplay, it sure is getting a lot of page space

The good folks at The Blaze can’t seem to stop talking about an insignificant little protest movement that clearly can’t actually accomplish anything. From investigative stories that prove that young people have sex and smoke pot to highlighting every single stupid quote that they are able to mine from the more idiotic members of the protests.

Today’s target, the rich who support the 99%, apparently it is completely preposterous that the protests would want to include people with real pull (even if one is Roseanne). [Read more…]

Are Anons Becoming the Progressive Response to Tea Party?

I may have spoken too soon when I called it a fail.

The Occupy Wall Street protests are continuing to gain momentum despite a slow start. Even with the left’s chronic problem of lacking a unified goal, one has begun to emerge.

“I am the 99%”

Shutting down the Brooklyn Bridge for a while, having New York bus drivers show solidarity by refusing to transport arrested protesters at the behest of the police, and spreading to other cities, the movement generated by Anonymous (channers affecting the real world?!?) is starting to take shape and break into the 24-hour news cycle in a much more substantive way. [Read more…]

“Economic Terrorism”

Mike Huckabee’s opinion of a boycott.

Terrorism as a word is thrown around far too often these days. The word has become increasingly muddled in recent history, just take a look at the Wikipedia page devoted to its definition.

Calling anything a form of “terrorism” is a cheap yet effective way of tossing any such labeled idea or action straight into the “anti-America” pigeonhole.

In response to Stuart Wilber’s activism to get companies to cease their relationships with internet marketer Charity Giveback Group over their ties to anti-gay religious organizations. Mr. Huckabee said,

“This is economic terrorism. To try to destroy a business because you don’t like some of the customers is, to me, unbelievably un-American.”

/sigh. Boycotts are as American as apple pie. Many conservatives champion the idea of money equals free speech, at least until that money, or the denial of patronage by consumers, is used against something that they like.

Then again, it could just be that Mr. Huckabee likes his money as he is a consultant for the Charity Giveback Group.

(source: HuffPost)

The Saga of News Corp. Continues

(From Media Matters)

The investigation of News Corp. for it’s alleged illegal business practices including (but of course not limited too) hacking, unfair business practices, and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has deepened as the DOJ has begun a probe to see if there is a larger pattern of corruption present. My spidy sense says yes, but I am WAYYYYY too biased to make that judgment objectively.

The DOJ has reached out to whistleblower Robert Emmel and is now sifting through the paperwork from News Corp’s anti-competitive lawsuits, to the tune of $700 million greenbacks paid out  by the company in settlements. What forest laid down it’s life for that mountain of paperwork?

As always, Media Matter covers the developments in depth.

The Blaze vs. Al Stefanelli

Missed this one when I was moving about Iraq, but it still deserves a mention.

It should come as no surprise that the individuals who abide by fundamentalist Christian and radical Islamic doctrines would be the first to cry out that they are being persecuted when their dangerous, damaging and disingenuous beliefs come under attack. Most of these people lack the maturity and intelligence to act in a socially acceptable manner.  Many of them are sociopaths and quite a good number of them are psychopaths.  All of them are clearly delusional. – Al Stefanelli

Boy o Boy, you were right, Al. In response to Al Stefanelli’s “explosive” blog post, The Blaze went full steam ahead on the batshit-mobile. Their article is so disingenuous that it made me almost swallow my chuck of skoal in disbelief. The same website that was so careful to later parse the booing of Steven Hill in my last post showed no such distinction when it came to distorting Al’s words. Even the byline was a piece of work “they want us to die”, trying to stir up hate against atheists when the line was taken from Mr. Stefanelli’s blog who used it to express the sentiments of fundamentalists. Such a dishonest tactic almost gives me a feeling of respect for The Blaze, it is such a pure unfiltered piece of work that I have to begrudgingly appreciate the hate filled balls on the author, Billy Hallowell.

Mr. Hallowell’s article is exactly the reaction expected as laid out by Mr. Stefanelli. First, The Blaze does everything it can to distance itself from Islam.

In the post, Al Stefanelli, American Atheists’ Georgia State Director, makes a bizarre connection between radical Muslims and Christians. In speaking about “fundamentalist Christian and radical Islamic doctrines,“ Stefanelli says that both are ”dangerous, damaging and disingenuous.” Throughout the blog post, he continues to create ties between these two groups, but declines to truly define them.

Certainly some would agree that Islamic extremists (and perhaps fringe Christian believers) are sociopaths or psychopaths, but Stefanelli’s comments are so vague it’s impossible to discern who the targets of his rage truly are. Without a clear definition of who, exactly, he’s referring to, one’s mind runs wild with wonderment. – Billy Hallowell, The Blaze.

Truly define? If you are an outside observer of both social groups it is easy. Both push similar tenants in support of different flavors of Yahweh, the only difference is that most fundamentalist Christians are ensconced in a society that limits the vast majority of their hate filled ideas from being implemented via violence in the real world by secular law and order and a society of tolerance while most radical Islamists are not.

Mr. Hallowell hides behind that fact, but Mr. Stefanelli was not linking the problem of fundamentalist Christians to violence but, merely points out that actions that would get you arrested for doing (i.e. blatant hate speech) becomes socially acceptable if you add the words “God said so”, you magically are now blameless through the passive acceptance of religious moderates. [Read more…]