Hello and welcome to our Sunday evening open thread.
I managed to avoid the Democratic Convention (mostly) - sadly, my Facebook page was positively spammed by enthusiastic pseudo-live-blogging Obama fans who trod dangerously close to getting themselves unfriended by the time it was all over. These are intelligent people who I would have thought would have been too smart to be taken in by propaganda and cheerleading, but apparently not so much. I think the final straw for me was a post from someone who I know is really struggling financially, applauding Michelle Obama for "only" spending $400 on her Convention speech dress (vs, apparently, Ann Romney's $2,000 outfit). This, from someone who could no more afford to spend $400 on a dress than she could flap her arms and fly to the moon. I mean, seriously. $400 on a dress? How many average Americans can afford that? It might as well have been two grand as far as most of us are concerned. Yeah, Mitt Romney is waaaay richer than Barack Obama. Romney is a one-percenter; Obama may 'only' be a two-percenter or a three-percenter, depending on which estimate of his net worth you use and how you calculate that one percent. Still. Obama is not one of "the rest of" us. Those who think he is, and who think that his interests and priorities align with ours, are suffering from a really bad case of wishful thinking.
Some highlights/lowlights from the week that was:
Religious intolerance run amuck in Pakistan forces a fourteen year old, mentally disabled girl into hiding.
Personally, I think she should get an award for creativity: A potty-mouthed cockatoo has landed his owner in legal hot water. The woman has allegedly trained her bird to hurl curses at her next-door neighbors - who just happen to be her ex-husband and his new girlfriend.
This one's not safe for the kiddies: Minnesota Viking punter Chris Kluwe schools a Maryland politician on gay marriage after said politician asked the owner of the Baltimore Ravens to muzzle a player who spoke out in favor of marriage equality. For those like me who have an epicure's appreciation for the articulate and creative use of profanity, this is a thing of beauty.
How was your week?