Four In The Afternoon: Awfulness, Happiness, God Loves Nascar

4 in the Afternoon1 NORWAY ATTACK SUNDAY UPDATE Anders Behring Breivik is expected to plead not guilty and also he says his murder spree was “gruesome but necessary”. The Globe And Mail’s Doug Saunders makes the case Breivik was an organized terrorist who used especially nasty bullets, while The Guardian’s Matthew Goodwin says he’s reflective of rising intolerance of cultural differences rather than traditional racial bigotry. Here’s some more on that from The New York Times. And here’s a story on how Breivik’s manifesto contained crazystuff written by Unabomber Ted Kaczynski. The killer says he acted alone.

2 DEBT SHOWDOWN SUNDAY UPDATE. Read here if you want. Doesn’t matter, point is there’s an insane political party breaking things in the U.S. and putting the global economy at risk. They’re awful. Republicans are famous for their unwillingness to accept science–just think of all the anti-evolution, anti climate-science junk they mutter. Why is anyone surprised they think the deficit can be cut without raising taxes? Understanding that would involve using math. Republicans can’t add.

3 SAME-SEX MARRIAGES ARE NOW COMPULSORY IN NEW YORK Ha, that’d be funny. Anyway they’re legal–and gays and lesbians and perhaps the odd bisexual are marrying the hell out of each other this weekend. Too bad some bigots have mental problems about it.

4 SHOOTINGS ARE NOW COMPULSORY ALL OVER AMERICA AND THE TALIBAN HAS SOME EVIL FUCKERS An estranged husband kills his ex-wife and her family and himself at a roller rink birthday party. Good thing Americans have all these guns. Also, the Taliban have hanged an eight-year-old child. How wonderful.

BONUS FUN! CELINE DION USES LAWYERS TO SHUT DOWN PEOPLE WHO MAKE FUN OF HER Not cool. I thought I should throw this one in because outside of the mixed-gender same-sex-marriage protesters, all the awful humans in today’s afternoon newser are male. We must have balance!

VIDEO BONUS FUN! A NASCAR PRAYER One of the most entertaining ever? Via Deadspin.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

7 thoughts on “Four In The Afternoon: Awfulness, Happiness, God Loves Nascar”

  1. Prairie Dog endorsing Christian Fundamentalism now?


    Slightly kidding

  2. The Christian preacher is funny, and prairie dog endorses funny. So laugh, goddamn it!

  3. Prairie Dog also endorses passive-aggresive attacks on Christians. Just check the whole of last week posts.

    What a friend you would have in Jesus, Whitworth. He’s not like your other friends who probably don’t really care about you.

  4. You know I love our wacky hipsters, Barb! It’s just that Christianity- hating is so 90’s.

  5. Sean: I’m an atheist with strongly conflicted feelings about religion in general and Christianity, which I understand the best because it was my nominal faith growing up, in particular. There are Christian ideas that I like a lot, and I am extremely aware, through close friends, of the kind of good that faith can bring into the world.

    But anti-science biblical literalism drives me nuts. So do anti-choice protests and anti gay-marriage protests.

    I’m also not a fan of politicians like Texas Governmor Rick Perry, who tout prayer as the only solution to problems. That’s just a transparent and self-serving excuse for being unwilling to do anything that actually helps people. It’s a despicable abdication of responsibility. Boo, I say.

    My aggression to all those things isn’t very passive at all.

    But Jesus seems quite swell. Even Monty Python couldn’t pick on him.

    When Christians feed and clothe the poor and work to make a kinder, better, happier world, I am marvelously tolerant of them.

    Hope that puts my chronic bitching in context.

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