it's just me (that is, m.e.) | a.k.a. elke

i'm an editor, news junkie, trivia hound, lol'er, tea fiend and amateur chef, as well as fan of the quirky and obscure. and while i don't always have much to share about my personal life, i might want to keep record of it when i do.

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(warning: it's gonna get gay up in here sometimes, so if that offends you, please, don't follow. there's even going to be some artistic nudity, so...)
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Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’
Isaac Asimov

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Tonight, Rick Santorum disrespected our brave men and women in uniform … That brave gay soldier is doing something Rick Santorum has never done - put his life on the line to defend our freedoms and our way of life. It is telling that Rick Santorum is so blinded by his anti-gay bigotry that he couldn’t even bring himself to thank that gay soldier for his service.

Statement from conservative group GOPROUD, responding to Republican candidate Rick Santorum’s call for the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy be reinstated.

Santorum and the other candidates were replying to a question from Stephen Hill, a gay soldier serving in Iraq, who had asked if they would reverse the repeal of DADT if they became president.

There is no limit to their penchant for disrespect.

(via the New York Daily News)

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Our lifestyle editor, Amanda Hess, reports on recent polling that finds the gap on support for gay marriage closing. Other sexual liberties aren’t growing support the same way though:

Americans are now evenly split on same-sex marriage: 47 percent support marriage rights for gays and lesbians, and 47 percent oppose them. That stalemate won’t last long—critics of gay unions are dying off. According to a new report from the Public Religion Research Institute, only 31 percent of Americans over age 65 support gays getting hitched, compared to 62 percent of Americans under 30.

But strong millennial support for gay marriage has not translated into an uptick in acceptance of other sexual freedoms, like the right to an abortion. The Public Religion Research Institute notes that popular support for keeping abortion legal has dipped a percentage point since 1999, and young Americans are not swelling the ranks of abortion rights supporters. Today, while 57 percent of people under 30 see gay sex as “morally acceptable,” only 46 percent of them would say the same thing about having an abortion.

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An army of “gay barbarians” descended upon Marcus Bachmann’s clinic in Stillwater, Thursday, condemning the clinic’s use of federal funds and practice of gay-conversion therapy.

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Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Near and Middle East – a map of Arab Spring stereotypes from the genius behind the now-legendary maps of European stereotypes

Fun with remaps

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