Not really, but The Second City knows how to make us laugh.
Well, not really. But it got your attention, dinnit? Rick Perry, Governor Goodhair of Texas, is actually just a garden-variety Republican asshole who is making a big play for the Jeebus voters so he can be preznit. I’d love to tell you all about it, but Rachel Maddow does it much better than I ever could. So watch and learn.
The Wizard of Oz. In four minutes and 20 seconds. Very nice remix here, and it captures the film perfectly, I think. It was my favorite movie as a child, even if I did hide under the kitchen table every time Margaret Hamilton appeared on screen as the Wicked Witch of the West. And I grew up to play the Wicked Witch in a high school production of the play, which, incidentally is rather different from the movie in some interesting ways. For one thing, the jitterbug scene that was cut from the movie is still in, and there’s some really weird dance thing to Funeral March of the Marionettes, which, you may or may not recall, was the theme for Alfred Hitchcock’s television show. Enjoy.
Well, the number of people who now have marriage equality more than doubled Friday night when the New York state senate passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed it at 11:55 p.m., so on July 24, gay men and lesbians in New York have the right to marry. Four Republicans voted in favor of the bill, and one shameful Democrat, Ruben Diaz, voted against it. There’s plenty of safeguards to keep religious organizations from being penalized if they refuse to recognize or perform a same sex marriage, but who cares? It’s the civil rights we’re talking about here, not some bunch of bigoted fools who want to keep their church pure and safe from the evils of homosexuality. Let them refuse. But the video you need to see is Sen. Mark Gristani, R-Buffalo, explaining his “yes” vote. Gristani apologizes for his previous “no” positions and says there’s just no way he can justify denying gay and lesbian couples the same rights he and his wife enjoy. Watch and weep.