Wednesday, February 29, 2012

What Can We Do to Stop One Million Moms?

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 5:49 PM


I get a fair amount of criticism in the comment section for being critical of American Christianity. That's probably a little fair, although I would content, as a Christian, I have some right to be offended by the wild misuse of what I believe in. However, it would really help me out if culture warriors like the One Million Moms group (affiliated with the American Family Association) would stop embarking on stupid campaigns.

In a recent Archie comc book, a series I think most people have largely forgotten about, a character from Riverdale got married. What is upsetting the One Million Moms is that the character, Kevin Keller, is male and he married another man. Cue the outrage!

Unfortunately, children are now being exposed to same-sex marriage in a toy store. This is the last place a parent would expect to be confronted with questions from their children on topics that are too complicated for them to understand. Issues of this nature are being introduced too early and too soon, which is becoming extremely common and unnecessary.

A few, as a parent of two, I spend a significant amount of time in Toys R Us stores and I have no idea where they keep the comics, so the odds of some sort of confrontation is somewhat slim. The odds of a kid being bombarded with a million messages to have more crap purchased for them to make them feel content for another hour, those odds are quite high, but I guess no one cares about that sort of thing.

Second, the battle over whether homosexual relationships actually exist is over. If you disapprove of such things, your children will be forced to accept the reality of same-sex marriage at some point. Two men might be holding hands in the very same Toys R Us! These things actually happen regardless of your religious-based horror! Hard to believe, but it's true.

There's certainly a space as a parent to be concerned about the world your children will grow up to live in, but instead of freaking out about a comic book cover that reflects an actual positive part of our world (people in love) and maybe start caring about whether there will actually be schools to attend, opportunity to be had, air to breathe, water to drink, whatever. I'm pro-people being happy and I'd like for my children to be the same.

The CEO of Archie Comics responded quite appropriately:

As I’ve said before, Riverdale is a safe, welcoming place that does not judge anyone. It’s an idealized version of America that will hopefully become reality someday. We’re sorry the American Family Association/ feels so negatively about our product, but they have every right to their opinion, just like we have the right to stand by ours. Kevin Keller will forever be a part of Riverdale, and he will live a happy, long life free of prejudice, hate and narrow-minded people.

Riverdale sounds like a great place to live, but I suspect it's not the sort of place that the Million Moms can deal with.

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Critter of the Week [Dog Edition]: Sam

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 4:00 PM


Sam - #715709 — 10 Years Old — Chow Mix — Male

Waiting and wishing — that’s how Sam passes his time these days. But this extremely easygoing gentleman never complains about anything and continues taking every opportunity to share his love with strangers. Surrendered due to sad family circumstances, Sam is now homeless but hopeful. An absolute sweetheart, Sam gets along great with big dogs, little dogs, cats and anyone willing to offer him a back scratch. His many friends describe him as “the world’s gentlest teddy bear” and rave about how fantastic he is to take on walks. If you could give this low-key and ever-appreciative sweetheart the comfortable retirement he deserves, please meet him soon at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.

Come meet Sam! He's currently living at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd. The Humane Society is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The phone number is 327-6088.

Watch a video of Sam after the cut.

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Farley Launches Congressional Bid

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Congressional candidate Steve Farley: Congress needs to learn a thing or two from Tucson.
  • Jim Nintzel
  • Congressional candidate Steve Farley: "Congress needs to learn a thing or two from Tucson."

State Rep. Steve Farley became the fourth candidate in the race for Congressional District 2 today, beginning with a kick-off speech at the Tucson Botanical Gardens and continuing with a tour of the new congressional district that includes planned stops in Green Valley and Sierra Vista, as well as interviews on local radio talk shows.

Farley, who was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2006, called for more bipartisanship in Washington, D.C.

"Our nation's problems are too big for any one political party to solve," Farley said. "We need to come together to enact solutions that work for all our citizens."

Farley joins fellow state Rep. Matt Heinz and state Sen. Paula Aboud, as well as political newcomer Nomiki Konst, in the Democratic primary that will be settled on Aug. 28.

A fifth Democrat, Nan Stockholm Walden, is expected to announce her candidacy next week.

Congressional District 2 covers much of the same ground as the current Congressional District 8, where voters are now settling a special election in the wake of the resignation of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

The field in the Congressional District 8 special election was set earlier this week when nominating petitions were due. More details on that here and in this week's print edition of Tucson Weekly.

The full text of Farley's remarks is after the jump.

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Talking Comics: Conan Surrounded by Breasts Edition

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 1:16 PM

This sounds like a very strange comic, including a scene Eric describes as Conan having a wet dream in the ocean. Barbarians certainly have changed.

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The Trailer for "Piranha 3-DD" Marks the End of Civilization

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 12:17 PM

That's it. Right when David Hasslehoff shows up at the one minute mark of the trailer for Piranha 3-DD (the sequel to the film our Bob Grimm called "too good, and beautifully disgusting, to be ignored"), there's officially no turning back from our certain cultural and sociological doom. Hopefully this bit of media will be preserved so other future civilizations can understand what brought on our doom.

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Prepare for a 12.5% Chance of Total Sun Induced Chaos

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Don't mind me, I'll just be hiding under my desk, caressing my iPhone and calling it "precious" while simultaneously cursing our giant solar enemy:

The Earth has a roughly 12 percent chance of experiencing an enormous megaflare erupting from the sun in the next decade. This event could potentially cause trillions of dollars’ worth of damage and take up to a decade to recover from.

Such an extreme event is considered to be relatively rare. The last gigantic solar storm, known as the Carrington Event, occurred more than 150 years ago and was the most powerful such event in recorded history....

Auroras may be beautiful, but the charged particles can wreak havoc on electrical systems. At the time of the Carrington Event, telegraph stations caught on fire, their networks experienced major outages and magnetic observatories recorded disturbances in the Earth’s field that were literally off the scale....

During a geomagnetic storm in 1989, for instance, Canada’s Hydro-Quebec power grid collapsed within 90 seconds, leaving millions without power for up to nine hours.

The potential collateral damage in the U.S. of a Carrington-type solar storm might be between $1 trillion and $2 trillion in the first year alone, with full recovery taking an estimated four to 10 years, according to a 2008 report from the National Research Council.


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What's With Leap Year Anyway?

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Perhaps you find yourself confused by seeing February 29th on the calendar. Personally as a devout Protestant, I don't trust the Gregorian calendar due to its origins as a papal decree, but for the rest of you that care about such things, here is a helpful video explaining the whole extra day escapade.

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Celebrate a Long Spring in Tucson

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Potted Petunias and Kale at Pastiche
  • Photo by Martha of The Contained Gardener
  • Potted Petunias and Kale at Pastiche
We had a great run of weather last week and except for the wind on Monday and Tuesday, another can be expected this week!

A few thoughts concerning your potted gardens as we roll into March:

1. You want your winter flowers to make it until May. Be sure to apply a water soluble fertilizer every two weeks so that you are keeping them well fed.

2. Be prepared for a March freeze. Average date of the last frost is March 15. Therefore:
~ Do not prune back plants until the danger of frost is over.
~ Do not plant frost tender annuals even though they may be in the nurseries. This includes Marigolds!
They will look sad if the nighttime temperatures fall below 40 and if we have a freeze, they will be history!

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For more information on potted gardens in the desert, visit The Contained Gardener. Have a question? Email Marylee

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