Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Jackass of the week: 29th of May this year.

It’s another religious person. I don’t mean to be picking on religious people, but they do seem to come up with some of the most stupid, offensive and often down-right bizarre things.

I’m a fairly politically minded person, as such there are many views I hold, and many more that I don’t hold. There are some views and political positions out in the big wide world which, whilst I don’t share them or agree with them, I can see how people reached that conclusion. Homophobia is not one of them. I simply do not understand why anyone could have a problem with homosexuality; I simply cannot think of any good reason to be homophobic.

Fortunately for the amusement of the rest of us, homophobes themselves can't come up with a good reason either, and those who attempted to justify their bigotry sound like complete pricks. This is exactly what Pastor Charles L Worley has demonstrated with the finesse and grace of a cement cat. He’s so again’t[sic] homosexuality that he feels that the time for drastic action has come! And he has a plan!

This is just a 2 minute extract from this epic 13 minute ode to horseshit. As for his plan... Really? Are you sure that'll work? Dip-shit. I don’t expect a clergyman to be an expert in architecture or engineering, but it must have occurred to him that his suggestion of a fabulously impractical huge structure built for no good reason is the kind of thing a child would come up with. But then I guess so is having an invisible friend in the sky and freaking out over men kissing. I wanted to send him a picture of me kissing another man, but his rant has generated so many hits on his churches website that it’s crashed the server.

So for now I’ll have to make do with calling him this:

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Jackass of the Week: 22nd of May 2012.

This is Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson. If you're a woman, then he doesn't like you. He'd like to return to the 'good old days' where women didn't have power and were subordinate (he seems to think it particularly important that they are sexually subordinate) to men. I wonder if he's referring to the same good old days when people of his skin pigmentation had to sit at the back of the bus or drink from separate water fountains and had the pleasure of being randomly lynched by people dressed as ghosts?

Unlike the other jackasses I've posted; vloggers in their own rooms or an ill-conceived rant in a government hearing, this guy actually has some influence. Not just as a head of a church, but also as a radio host and regular commentator on Fox News, making his brand of ignorance and hatred doubly concerning

The Reverend seems to live in a world where filling less than 10% of all positions of power constitutes a take over by women that's going to destroy society. We can only assume then that in the world he inhabits, the likes of Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot didn't exist. In fact if there's one thing we can say looking at the way the world is, men have done really quite a shit job of looking after it. If women are capable of doing any worse, I'd actually be impressed.

What was the defining moment in causing the downfall of civilisation? Ah, of course! Giving women the right to vote! Before universal suffrage, everything was fine and dandy.Women of course can't handle political decisions, they can't possibly understand the important issues involved in politics like who they'd most like to have a beer with. Women are also irrational and freak out when faced with a stressful issue. As opposed to men, who of course haven't spent the last several thousand years beating each-other over the head with sticks in an ongoing argument over who's invisible friend is the real creator of the universe.

But even more important than the political and economic management of our society, is the fact that women may be having more than one sexual partner, OUTSIDE OF MARRIAGE! Imagine that! choosing to be intimate to someone without binding yourself to them for life in an institution that traces its roots to bondage and servitude? Shocking! And then taking action to avoid getting pregnant? what has the world come to.

He like many religious commentators takes great exception to Sandra Fluke, who has had so many words put in her mouth that it's actually quite depressing. Is there a legitimate debate to be had about whether or not the state should provide birth control? Certainly there is, but the sheer vulgarity and vitriol of so many commentators, the hatred and contempt that women like Fluke have attracted is so grossly counter-productive.

It's the laughable short sightedness of this view that gets me. He is completely hung up on being asked to pay for Birth Control (the issue is actually a little more complex for this, but let as assume for the sake of argument that this Reverend Jackass is accurately representing the issue). Assuming this women have unwanted pregnancy's and are forced by the state to carry them to full-term. Who do you suppose is gonna be paying for the education and other services the state provides for children? If you wan't to put it in economic terms, it is far more cost effective for the state to pay for Birth Control. The fact is, the economic issue is a complete red-herring. This is about cynical old men trying to control the sexual habits of young women.

Sandra Fluke is a woman, and as such I give her the credit of knowing her own lived experience as a woman better than any man does. It is disgusting to see so many men distort her words, and the words of countless other women, and dismiss them as 'sluts'. It never ceases to amaze my just how threatened some men seem to be by female sexuality. It would be funny if it didn't have such horrendous consequences for so many people.

I would tell this guy to go fuck himself, but I fear it would bring forth a lecture about the evils of self-sodomy and how God forbids it and how it's going to destroy society. So I'll finish by just calling him this:


Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Last weeks Jackass

Last week this blog didn't exist. Now it does. Such is the miracle of technology. At the behest of my friends, I'm posting last weeks Jackass as well, here she is. A young lady who thinks health is an optional luxury like a sports car, has no understanding of human rights and in general lacks human decency and compassion.

Jackass of the week! 15th of May.

I think my normal rule of thumb is that with each post I'll do a little commentary, pre-amble or maybe a rebuttal. But I'm not going to bother with this one; there really is nothing to say.

Hello you!

I'm Dave. I'm a student and I live in the city of Bath in southern England (Yes, Bath is a city, not a company Jeremy (also, if you don't get that joke, you aren't supposed to, so I wouldn't worry)) and I spend far too much of my life on YouTube. Over the last few months I have been posting videos on my Facebook account with the title of 'Jackass of the week'. Despite the name, these posts have been well less than weekly and have basically been the result of me finding people making fools of themselves on YouTube. I don't mean stupid stuff like falling off skateboards or riding bikes in to walls, anyone can do that. I mean people saying really, really stupid and insane things. Usually with a woefully ill-informed political bent to it. Like this guy for example:

I wanted to give this blog the address 'http://jackassoftheweek.blogspot.co.uk/' unfortunately, that was taken back in 2006 by an individual who made 2 blogs at 9 in the morning both concerned with the fact that Taylor is a jackass. So my first jackass of the week is Mary, for creating this blog and using my desired URL for school-yard politics...

Anyway, I'm waffling. But it's my blog, so fuck you!