Happy Caturday

May 23, 2015


Resist we much, part 3

May 22, 2015

Who thought it was a good idea to give this guy his own show?


Lots of luck, kids — you’re going to need it

May 21, 2015


Reach out and draw someone

May 21, 2015


Mormons attack Broadway show; media blames producer

May 20, 2015

From The People’s Cube.

MANHATTAN– The NYPD is reporting that shots were fired at 230 W 49th St. this afternoon into the front of the Eugene O’Neill Theatre, which is the site of the Tony-Award winning Broadway musical, The Book of Mormon. It is unclear whether anyone was injured in the attack, but witnesses saw a pair of young men in white short-sleeved shirts with neckties fleeing from the scene on bicycles.

It is being speculated that the young men on bicycles were angry Mormons expressing their outrage at the show’s producers. 

Up until this violent episode, the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive: most critics gave the show a thumbs-up and even the Mormon Church did not condemn the satirical parody, but rather took the opportunity to ask viewers to read the Book of Mormon for themselves.

However, in an effort to appear consistent after recent events in Garland, TX, the media is now changing the tune towards blaming the Broadway producers for inciting young practitioners of the Mormon faith to commit violent acts. 

FoxNews host Martha McCallum brought up criticisms that The Book of Mormon is “taunting” Mormon extremists, saying, “if you want to make a difference, you do it in a Christian way, you don’t do it in a crass crude way by insulting someone’s religion.”

In an exclusive interview, CNN’s Alisyn Camerota sat down with one of the show’s creators, Matt Stone, who is also a co-creator of South Park:

CAMEROTA: Matt, where were you when the gunmen opened fire, and what happened inside?

STONE: We had just finished Act I, and were preparing for the second act when the NYPD came in and asked us to remain calm. They informed us that shots had been fired into the theater lobby from the street.

CAMEROTA: Didn’t you know just how dangerous an event like this could be?

STONE: Well, it’s dangerous because increasingly, we’re abridging our freedoms, so as not to offend Mormons. The very idea that if something offends me, or I’m insulted by something, I’ll go on a shooting spree and that way I can get my way, is outrageous. But somehow this is okay with members of the elite media and academia, which is just as outrageous.

CAMEROTA: Well, I mean, but Matt, nobody —

STONE: It’s a Broadway musical. It’s a funny production!

CAMEROTA: Sure. And nobody is saying that this warrants the violence that you saw. I mean I haven’t heard anyone in the media saying that it’s okay for gunmen to show up at an event like this. But what people are saying is that there’s always this fine line, you know, between freedom of speech and being intentionally incendiary and provocative.

STONE: Intentionally incendiary and provocative by singing songs? This is the low state of freedom of speech in this country. I disagree, and I disagree most vehemently. The First Amendment protects ALL speech, not just ideas that we like. But even core political speech, ideas that we don’t like, because who would decide what’s good and what’s forbidden? The Mormon Church? The government? Inoffensive speech, Alisyn, needs no protection, but in a pluralistic society you have offensive speech. You have ideas. You have an exchange of ideas. You don’t shut down a discussion because I’m offended. If something offends me, should I go out and shoot up a lobby?

CAMEROTA: I mean what your critics say about this is that you weren’t just going after, say, Mitt Romney, or Glenn Beck, or Warren Jeffs, but Mormonism as a whole.

STONE: The West must stand up for freedom of speech. It’s the core, fundamental element of this constitutional republic.

CAMEROTA: Sure, of course, but I hope that you will reconsider whether your show contains a bigoted message that is fit to be seen by the public. You have a right to continue running the show, but many will ask whether it’s really appropriate in this age of political correctness. Thank you for sharing your views with me today.


Happy birthday, Sir Nicholas

May 19, 2015

It’s the 106th birthday of Sir Nicholas Winton, a British humanitarian who organized the rescue of 669 children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War, in an operation known as the Czech Kindertransport. Winton found homes for the children and arranged for their safe passage to Britain. 

After the war was over, Winton told no one about his humanitarian exploits for many years, and might never have done so had his wife not discovered an old scrapbook of his in their attic in 1988. It contained lists of the children he had saved, along with their parents’ names and the names and addresses of the British families that had taken them in. By sending letters to these addresses, eighty of “Winton’s children” were found in Britain. 

The world found out about Winton’s work during an episode of the BBC television program That’s Life, when Winton was invited to be a member of the audience. The program’s host showed Winton’s scrapbook and explained to the audience what he had done; she then asked whether any members of the audience owed their lives to Winton, and, if so, to stand. More than two dozen people surrounding Winton rose to their feet and applauded.

Memorial to Sir Nicholas Winton at Prague main railway station, installed in 2009.

In 2002 Winton was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in recognition of his work on the Czech Kindertransport, and in 2014 he was awarded the highest honour of the Czech Republic, the Order of the White Lion, by Czech President Miloš Zeman.


Prison vs. work

May 18, 2015

Just in case you ever get the two confused.

In prison you spend the majority of your time in a 10X10 cell.
At work you spend the majority of your time in an 8X8 cubicle.

In prison they give you three meals a day.
At work you get a short break for one meal, which you must pay for.

In prison you get time off for good behavior.
At work you get more work for good behavior.

In prison you can watch TV and play games.
At work you can get fired for watching TV and playing games.

In prison your family is allowed to visit.
At work you aren’t even supposed to speak to your family.

In prison all your expenses are paid by someone else.
At work you pay all your own expenses, and they deduct taxes from your paycheck to pay for prisons.

In prison you must deal with sadistic wardens.
At work they’re called managers.

In prison you spend your time behind bars waiting to get out.
At work you spend your time waiting to get out so you can go inside bars.

 


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