The Exciting Times V.4

Just another anti-gay hate crime.

From the Queens Chronicle:

[Jack Price] went to a 24-hour deli on College Point Boulevard and 18th Avenue around 3 a.m. to buy cigarettes. He told police two Hispanic men made reference to his homosexuality, calling him “faggot” and other names.
Police said Daniel Aleman, 26, and an accomplice, Daniel Rodriguez, both of College Point, beat Price after he left the store. Price was able to crawl home 10 blocks away and call police.
…[T]he NYPD says he suffered collapsed lungs, all his ribs broken and he underwent surgery on his spleen and had a metal plate placed in his jaw.

Fun drinking game: take a shot of something fruity every time this article uses the phrase “openly gay”.

A beauty pageant that requires plastic surgery.

From Deutsche Welle:

[G]oing under the knife was a requirement for the 50 contestants of Miss Plastic Hungary 2009.
…The competition was the first beauty show requiring substantial plastic surgery in order to qualify.
…The cosmetic surgeons of the top three contestants also received prizes for their work.

“I think this competition was long overdue,” photographer and jury member Marton Sizpal told the Associated Press.

“It is time for Hungarian women to care more about their appearance,” he said.

In-f’in-credible. I really don’t know how to respond to news like this. Your response?

Republicans defend Sen. Jim DeMint by saying he’s like Jews who “take care of the pennies.”

From Gawker:

Bamberg County GOP Chairman Edwin Merwin and Orangeburg County GOP Chairman James Ulmer wrote the Orangeburg Times and Democrat to defend DeMint in a newspaper editorial Sunday that said he was not funneling enough funds to local projects.

“There is a saying that the Jews who are wealthy got that way not by watching dollars, but instead by taking care of the pennies and the dollars taking care of themselves. By not using earmarks to fund projects for South Carolina and instead using actual bills, DeMint is watching our nation’s pennies and trying to preserve our country’s wealth and our economy.”

Wow, Jim, you’ve got some great friends. And the votes of antisemites everywhere. Well, at least the ones in South Carolina. Edwin Merwin, huh? For a guy with “win” twice in his name, he’s awful full of fail.

Roger EbertRoger Ebert is so goddamn awesome.

I am naive enough to think that universal care is obviously good.

…The fallacy of the free enterprise argument is that it assumes corporations are motivated to bring about the public good. Corporations are motivated to maximize profits for shareholders.

I highly recommend you read the whole post. Via Kate Harding.

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