49 percent of Americans have zero tax liability and your focus is on churches that survive largely off donations and spend a great deal of their time and millions of dollars investing in their communities? Great priorities.
Does the OP even know why churches are given tax exempt status? Because they do feed the poor and take care of the homeless. The better question is why is the government trying to duplicate their efforts? The Catholic Church is the single largest charitable organization in the U.S. Besides caring for the poor and the homeless, 1 in 6 hospitals are run by the Catholic Church and Catholic schools save taxpayers billions each year. Can you please point me to one successful government program that has helped the poor? Ever since LBJ started the war on poverty the poor have only become poorer.
More basic than that, I would say: if churchs do have to pay tax then they become a state-run church…and all the falderal about how there is a “separation” between the two will become a lie…and exactly what the Founding Fathers fought to keep from happening.
So fluffy your teeth will hurt.
“What the fuck are you doing?” Darren mumbles.
“Stop-” Chris warns. “Stay still, or this will get messy.”
Darren heeds the advice, not because Chris says it but because of the ticklish pressure on his neck. “What are you doing?”
“You fell asleep,” Chris says. “I got bored.”
People think Darren is trouble when he’s left to his own device. Those people haven’t usually met Chris. He’s bored, quiet, and crafty - it’s a deadly combination.
“That actually feels good,” Darren admits after a minute. “I hope you’re drawing a dick. This is a wasted opportunity if you aren’t drawing a dick.”
“I’m not drawing a dick,” Chris says.
challenge: gaze into his eyes for the whole song
i CANT DO IT
IT’S BACK ON MY DASH!!
i created a whole GAME based on this damn post!
I like how Lestrade posted this.
Pros-and-cons of Sherlock and Elementary, rebloggable by request
This is a REALLY good list.
Yeah, basically my thoughts too!
Although, you know, the Ms.-vs.-Dr. thing could be a matter of personal preference. I only get called Dr. so-and-so at work, and not even by everyone there. (Usually just in front of patients, but otherwise I generally respond to my first name, except for some nurses who insist.)
Outside of work, I would only expect to be introduced as Dr. So-and-so if it were directly relevant to something going on, such as “this is Dr. So-and-so, she needs to look at that person who just passed out” or “this is Dr. So-and-so, let her get elbow-deep in that corpse’s guts,” or “this is Dr. So-and-so, stop arguing with her because she knows what she’s talking about.”
But I guess we won’t know how conflicted she is about being called “Dr. Watson” until they give more details about what exactly happened back then - I seem to recall she was squirmy but not too squirmy about it in that episode with her colleague and that kid way back when. I guess I feel like if she wanted to be introduced as Dr. Watson, she would have let him know right away when he misspoke; she is not at all cowed by him, you know?
This is a video about gay parents, you should watch it.
bloodswap time motherfuckers
to be sure none of you get confused, THESE ARE, IN ORDER:
Kanaya, Equius, Feferi, Vriska, Gamzee, Karkat, Eridan, Sollux, Aradia, Terezi, and Tavros
i found the pattern on ara’s dress here
KANAYAHSDKAJDSA OMGHERPANTS… NEP… REZI— KAR SCKREMAM
The “Collect Her” episode of The Powerpuff Girls essentially predicted Brony culture which is funny because My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic was created by Lauren Faust who was an artist/writer/director for The Powerpuff Girls
Note that the fan was the villain of the episode but that Faust has gone out of her way to defend bronies even by the time they drew highly misogynist porn of her self-insert OC.
There’s a lesson in there. Somewhere. That may or may not have to do with Faust.
I agree, there is a lesson here:
Dear Princess Celestia, when certain individuals of a group make things that I don’t care for that doesn’t mean I have to dislike the group as a whole if I agree or enjoy other things they have contributed.
Signed, Twilight Sparkle.
To be honest I myself get creeped out by pornography based on real people, even when its the character they play or a persona and would prefer people didn’t make Fausticorn porn.
However, what can one do? If people want to draw this material they will draw it, and if they have no shame they will upload it to the internet. I think the best thing one can do is merely ignore it.
As of this writing there are 41 pornographic images tagged Lauren Faust on Rule 34. A quick glance at the page shows that several are drawn by the same artist. That means of a fandom consisting of at least tens of thousands, less than 41 of them have created porn of the creator. The amount who have viewed it without shame I cannot say, but if she shouldn’t defend bronies because of what less than 41 people have done then I don’t think anyone could defend anyone on the internet really :/
Considering that the brony fandom is probably the reason she got to make Super Best Friends Forever I’m sure she’s more than truly grateful for their existence as well as the PR boost to her career.
Regardless, I respect your opinion and understand that you would disapprove of a lot of the content produced by the fandom.
I’m not even sure where to start with your entitlement and smugness as they just ooze from this post. So I’ll try to keep it short.
Of all the responses you could give to my post, which referred to a SYSTEM of HORRENDOUS, SELFISH behavior visible in a LARGE PART of the brony community, you picked “But we are not aaaaaaallll like that!” You know what that tells me about you? That you are like that.
I will draw your attention to the word “even” in the sentence “Faust has gone out of her way to defend bronies even by the time”. That means there is more to say about bronies not being worth any defense, just not immediately relevant to the topic. I mean, have fun counting Faust porn on one single site. Have fun reducing the problem of bronies to one single source on one single aspect of the systematic problem. Or what, would it genuinely shock you if I brought up all the other misogynist and pedo porn produced by bronies, the demeaning comments all over YouTube on MLP content that is not G4, the harrassment of people who worked on previous MLP incarnations, the harassment over D’s case, the nonstop racism on every single humanization fanart or cosplay photo that didn’t picture everyone bar Zecora white, the cases of sexual assault and rape that occured in FIM fandom context? Would you be shocked to learn of all that?!?
I mean, lets just revisit the be-damned-for-all-time word “brony”. It was specifically made by male fans of FIM to identify themselves as special beings who are thus not little girls. Even if a number of women have taken up the identity, that does not negate its femmephobic purpose or the fact how bronies at large do not wish to consider women among their ranks (because women aren’t special for liking women stuff) yet at the same time want bronies as the face of the fanbase for one of the rare shows aimed at girls.
You ask what one can do? Call these shits out, that’s what one can do! And Faust, the way she’s been hailed as a goddess, would’ve been the one with the most impact. But she didn’t. She was perfectly content to laugh along with the bronies and ignore the shit they produced. She allowed men to stomp over girls. Where was her defense for women, for young girls?
And where are all the supposed good bronies who do not accept little girls to be evicted from their own club so have-it-all men can settle more comfortably? Too busy with making the next documentary on why bronies are awesome and progressive and deserve all the metaphorical cookies on the metaphorical plate?
Oh, but don’t let Faust’s eagerness to keep the bronies attached at the cost of everyone else fool you into thinking you and your pals have made her career. Maybe Faust wouldn’t have gone on to make SBFF if she’d never done FIM or if bronies had never existed, but one of the reasons FIM was accepted so easily by men is because of Faust’s reputation from earlier works. Bronies have made a point of that. Faust would’ve gotten herself involved in another project without them or FIM. You male beings did not make her - she made herself.
You say you “respect [my] opinion”. I am interested if your words will be proven to be true. Because they read more like an attempt to soothe any offense you know to be taken from your post beforehand. I’m not that easily soothed. Not after everything the brony community has shown itself to be. You included.
Enjoy the show. Enjoy the friends you made through it. But do not ever turn a blind eye to or excuse the brony community encompassing shittiness.
(Attempt to keep short: failed)
Parrotbeak brings the pain (and logical beat-down!), as usual.
But I’ll say this, brony friend: you are a SHITTY fanfic writer. (Just like most other Bronies!) Here, I’ll correct your ficlet for you:
Dear Princess Celestia,
When cruel or bad people are tolerated by those around them, and the only people who are punished for their bad behavior are those who are upset by it, then those people need to re-evaluate their life choices. A group of people who enjoy a lighthearted, innocent and carefree show about good morals and ‘how to be a friend’ should really not be half as shitty, hateful, and prejudiced as Bronies are!
It also really sucks that an awesome feminist utopia has been overtaken by a slavish horde of ill-bred men and their terrible opinions. Enclosed are 30 ears I’ve taken from the invaders; expect more on the morrow.
Your faithful student-slash-bounty hunter,
This popcorn is good.
Reblogging this here because, I don’t know, everything about it is completely insane. This is turning into fucking social justice, where we all just scream at each other to figure out who’s right. I don’t even know if I want to keep doing this blog after all of this bullshit. The show must go on I guess.
EVOLUTION OF MUSIC by Pentatonix
Canon in D - Pachelbel
Symphony No. 5 - Beethoven
Danny Boy - Frederic Weatherly
Old Man River - Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein II
Minnie the Moocher - Cab Calloway
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - The Andrew Sisters
I Walk The Line - Johnny Cash
La Bamba - Ritchie Valens
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
Barbara Ann - Beach Boys
I Want to Hold Your Hand - The Beatles
RESPECT - Aretha Franklin
ABC - Jackson 5
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Celebration - Kool & The Gang
Don’t Stop Believin’ - Journey
Thriller - Michael Jackson
Can’t Touch This - MC Hammer
…Baby One More Time - Britney Spears
Say My Name - Destiny’s Child
I Want It That Way - The Backstreet Boys
Hey Ya! - Outkast
Drop it Like It’s Hot - Snoop Dogg
Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
Hips Don’t Lie - Shakira
Single Ladies - Beyonce
I Kissed A Girl - Katy Perry
Bad Romance - Lady Gaga
I Got a Feelin - Black Eyed Peas
Baby - Justin Bieber
We Found Love - Rihanna
Some Nights - Fun.
Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye
Gangnam Style - Psy
Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen