This page uses satire to show us how *not* to be a Christian. The intention is definitely not to mock the Holy Orthodox Church or single out any particular group of Orthodox Christians (e.g. cradle vs convert). The intention is to use humour to help us to see ourselves better, to laugh at our own flaws…
On the page itself:
Grumpy Cat’s Eastern cousin, Todor Savaş, a.k.a. Grumpy Orthodox Cat, shares his reflections on faith and life.
You’ve probably seen/heard the story by now. There’s a JC Penney billboard advertisement on the 405 freeway near Culver City California that’s created some controversy. Apparently some southbound commuters in bumper-to-bumper traffic are getting way too many fumes in their noggins, and decided that an image of a teapot looks EXACTLY like Adolf Hitler.
I happened to be in the Culver City area last week, saw the billboard in question. I thought little of it, but after all the hoopla I shot this pic today:
Doesn’t look much like Hitler to me (maybe a bit like Charles Johnson circa 2004) but apparently the good folks at Breitbart.com bought into it as well.
Hitler, Chaplin, Johnson – I dunno, Babs, but I do know this.
It’s time for a Friday Edition of The Overnight Open Thread.
One thing is for sure. Tony Clifton is larger than life, and his imposing image on the Las Vegas Strip deserves to be spilled into the right hand margin. If you don’t like him, you can leave this blog right now. He’s that big.
The late Andy Kaufman knew Tony Clifton personally. For those who only remember Kaufman as Latka Gravas from the TV series “Taxi,” you’re missing out, as Kaufman was an awesome, if eccentric, comedian. Prior to his stints on SNL, Kaufman was a stand up comic whose specialty was long set ups that often had no punch line, yet occasionally provided a responsive audience transportation to a local venue for milk and cookies. He was also a talented impersonator.
Kaufman impersonated Elvis, Tito Puente and Jerry Lawler, but his epitome [embodiment, exemplification, quintessence, essence, perfect example, exemplar, representative, type, typification, personification, incarnation, archetype, model, prototype, pattern, ultimate, last word; see also model] was Tony Clifton, and it was spot on.
I’ve never seen a better impersonation of Tony Clifton, the greatest lounge singer/entertainer/comedian ever. So welcome to Rafael’s Silver Cloud Lounge, order a tropical beverage (the tiny umbrella is free) and tip the waitress while we introduce the next act: The Overnight Open Thread.
[Al-Jazeera] Word spreads of alleged change in law.
On Monday, Saudi daily al-Yawm cited an unnamed official as saying women can now ride bikes in parks and recreational areas. According to the official, the ruling stipulated that women must wear a full-body abaya, be accompanied by a male relative, and stay within certain areas. They are allowed to bike for recreational purposes only, not as a primary mode of transportation.
That’s not satire from The Onion. The Kuwaiti artist who produced that illustration (Mohammad Sharaf) is going to get a knock on his door in the middle of the night. It also turns out that Al-J cropped the original image. Here’s what was left out:
The sarcastic Persian caption translates to “non-prohibited.” Fun facts to know and tell on The Overnight Open Thread.
FIFA President Joseph Blatter and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff flattening favelas to prepare for World Cup [source]
Roman Catholic bishop covering up sex scandals [source]
Greek protesting against austerity measures draws a Hitler moustache on Angela Merkel [source]
Resignation of German Secretary of Education Annette Schavan following plagiarism scandal (contrast with Joe Biden and his subsequent career) [source]
Euro crisis: Angela Merkel as an unhappy pig suckling troubled nations [source]
“In true splatter-movie style, this float shows the disastrous impact on Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit of the city’s persistent failure to complete construction of its new airport. Wowereit resigned as supervisory board chairman of the project in January — but has rejected calls to step down as mayor of Berlin.” [source]
“Pussy Riot” attacking both Vladimir Putin and the Orthodox Christian Church [source]
Comeback attempt of Silvio Berlusconi portrayed as screwing the EU [source]
Today was a day to remember in sadness. I’m late in posting because words fail me; they seem so shallow and meaningless when we’re mourning the future of Sean Penn, freedom fighter and champion of the downtrodden masses. He must be distraught to the point of showering.
Sean, we feel your pain. Give me a call if you want to talk, because we really care about fucking assholes like you on The Overnight Open Thread.
Before Race Detective Charles Johnson jumps to a big fat pasty-white conclusion, this is a real book written by Baratunde Thurston just in time for Black History Month, and it’s available here. With mere hours remaining before all of black history is packed up and sent to the attic for another year, let’s celebrate diversity on The Overnight Open Thread.
Andrew Cuomo is one of the scariest politicians in America. He has advocated disarming people and taking their guns via confiscation. After the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, Andrew Cuomo implemented stringent gun control in NY. Here is his speech on this issue. Notice his anger, hate and rage.
This should scare any freedom loving American. Andrew Cuomo’s angry words could easily have been said by another progressive leader 80 years ago.