This nifty little website provides a cool animated infographic on the history of drone strikes. It begins in 2004 and breaks it down into 4 categories of casualties: "children," "civilians," "other" and "high profile". You'd expect the "high profile" to be the highest percentage what with all the high tech gadgetry that goes into drone strikes, but sadly its not
Full disclosure, I grew up extremely Catholic. So this post comes with an insider perspective. I also grew up reading LOTS of comic books.
The Vatican tweeted today their opinion on Batman. You read that right, Batman. In this article, they state the Dark Knight has grown more bitter, violent and vengeful. They urge parents to be cautious of exposing their kids to the comic, alerting them that he is no longer the Adam West version of the Caped Crusader they used to know.
Apparently, the Catholic Church thinks that reading Batman comics and watching the recent movies is bad for kids. While exposing kids to violence of any sort is generally a bad thing, I would argue that exposing them to images on a weekly basis of a human being bloodied and tortured (Jesus on the cross), stories of genocide through hell-fire and damnation, as well as closeted pedophiles is worse. Catholic guilt has way more damaging results on a child's psyche than any Batman comic does.
I would be willing to wager that Batman isn't bad for kids. Protecting child molesting priests is. Keep it classy Catholicism.
Arizona is at it again. This is what happens when you don't stand up for equal rights on the first abuse of power. Escalation. The abuse of power continues and so does the ignorant thinking and prejudices. This time around the great state that brought you the "papers please" law and decided to make life more difficult for minorities and immigrants, has decided to persecute the transgender community. Just when I thought they couldn't find more assholey ways to discriminate against minorities, Arizona manages to raise the bar of douchebaggery. This time the proposed bill by state rep. John Kavanagh would require transgender folk to identify their gender stated on their birth certificate before they use the facilities in a public place or risk facing 6 months in jail. Check out more about this knuckle dragging piece of proposed legislation here.
Simply put, this letter to Geroge W. Bush and Dick Cheney on the tenth anniversary of the Iraq war is one of the most beautiful things I have ever read. Take 5 minutes and give it a read then pass it along. Hopefully, W or Dickey will see it.
So uh, this happened. You can now buy my book on Amazon.com for your Kindle. Its 28 pages of full color illustrations lampooning the Arizona political environment and the most recent Presidential election. All for a whopping $1.99 for the digital version of this book. Click on the picture or the above link to go to the site and purchase the book.
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