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Monday, June 9, 2008

Upcoming: Al Gore and Gay Cowboys Sing, Atheists Strike Back

posted by on June 9 at 10:48 AM

The Vulture brings news that there will be a Brokeback Mountain opera. Also, there will be an Inconvenient Truth opera.

But the upcoming entertainment news that I’m most excited about on The Vulture is the upcoming Bill Maher documentary Religulous. I’m not a huge Maher fan—libertarians tend to bug the ever-loving shit out of me—but I fully expect to love this movie.

I’ll withhold judgment on the operas until (or if) they actually happen.

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Your shit is loving?

Posted by wha? | June 9, 2008 10:55 AM

News for Dan Savages war: for more info see his Oct. 2002 article calling for war on Iraq.

Newsweek: Soldiers Turning To Self-Harm To Avoid Going Back To Iraq

Army suicides rose last year, Pentagon says
115 troops killed themselves in 2007, the most since at least 1980

Posted by Jingo Dan! He be bad! | June 9, 2008 11:21 AM

Preaching to the unconverted...

Posted by COMTE | June 9, 2008 11:30 AM

who's that movie FOR? i already know that monotheists are fucking insane.

Posted by max solomon | June 9, 2008 11:36 AM

As long as we're going off topic here, is anyone else bemused by the freakishly malformed implants on the obvious transsexual in the Sands Showgirls ad?

I'm gonna love this movie, I can tell. Step aside, Michael Moore; time for someone with a brain to make a documentary.

Posted by Fnarf | June 9, 2008 11:38 AM

Directed by Larry Charles- of Seinfeld/Curb Your Enthuisiasm fame...

Posted by Justin J | June 9, 2008 11:48 AM

Yeah, you'd think that such a usually sharp guy as Maher would understand that making a movie about how much religion sucks is textbook choir-preaching. If religious folks were the type to be swayed by facts, logical argument, or snark, they'd have jumped ship on their own a long time ago.

Posted by shub-negrorath | June 9, 2008 12:08 PM

Yeah, but Shub, you forget the pleasures for us of laughing at them.

Posted by Fnarf | June 9, 2008 12:28 PM

"I wouldn't mind seeing opera die. Ever since I was a boy, I regarded opera as a ponderous anarchronism, almost the equivalent of smoking." -- Frank Lloyd Wright

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | June 9, 2008 12:37 PM


Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | June 9, 2008 12:40 PM

@1 at least he didn't say FUCK in this post.

Progress, I guess.

Posted by Hartiepie | June 9, 2008 12:48 PM

I'm guessing snide professional atheists like Maher et al preach to the choir for the same reason preachers do -- to fill up the collection plate. It's niche marketing.

Plus, constantly repeating clever variants of "We're so much smarter than these yokels! Haw! Look at 'em praying like a buncha rubes!" can be a diverting pastime. But it's not going to make any converts any more than "If you don't do what we say you're all going to hell!" does going the other way.

Posted by flamingbanjo | June 9, 2008 12:52 PM

Well, if you can make an opera about the tastelessness of Jerry Springer or the inconvenient death of Leon Klinghoffer, why not one about Gore's Rising High Cs or Shepherds Lying on the Heath.

Posted by RHETT ORACLE | June 9, 2008 1:19 PM

I thought that e.e. cummings was a poet until I read these words of yours:

"libertarians tend to bug the ever-loving shit out of me"

Never has something spoken to the deepest depths of my soul that way. I have to admit it; I am now completely smitten.

Marry me, and let's be irritated by Libertarians forever.

BTW, I'm totally fat, so I hope you're into that.

Love always,

Posted by Sara | June 10, 2008 3:18 AM

@6-you're kidding, right?

Posted by cowboy mob | June 10, 2008 8:51 AM


Do not marry me.

But libertarians bug the shit out of me, too.

Most of them (in the U.S., at least) are just pot-smoking Republicans who like low taxes. Libertines who like small gov't.

The last 15%? True believers. Really think everything would work out fine. Totally off their fukkin' rockers. Anarchists, but with the sense to not knock over trash cans and newspaper boxes.

In this country at least, about all I ever hear them bitch about is money, particularly, their own notable pile. Cops beating people up, civil liberties? Not so much. A little more lately in our constitutionally-challenged times, yes.

Posted by CP | June 10, 2008 4:12 PM

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