February 14th, 2005

NewYorkNewYork

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"hey, look at this picture of someone on set in a movie.... I CAN'T BELIEVE SHE DYED HER HAIR THAT COLOR"
"She looks horrible with that color hair"
"What's with the outfit?"
"She doesn't look like herself at all"
"Oh my god, why would she dye her hair that color"
"Man, she looks really skanky in that outfit."
"Wow, is she wearing chaps with fringe? That's REALLY skanky looking!"


Yet another community I'm just going to have to take off the Friends list. When the best cattiness they can manage is tearing up Jessica Alba for the way the costume designer/ make up people did her up ( which is apparently EXACTLY how the comic book character she's portraying looks) they've lost their ability to amuse me.
Beyond the actual ARGUMENTS over why it may or may not be racist to say that someone has "a jew nose", Beyond the "how dare you talk smack about *insert favorite faux-punk band*" comments, and even beyond the "who the fuck cares" comments in the face of YET ANOTHER POST about Paris Hilton... these people are just the at the rock bottom of my esteem.

I thought that maybe if they were at least FUNNY about it, it could be funny. But no. Those 10 out of 300 who seem able to make a joke just don't balance out the cavalcade of 14 year old pop star wanna-bes. It just *hurts* to read that much stupid in one go.
Levi and Bunny

Just to be a pedantic asshole...

It's not a holiday created by Hallmark. So shut up. You're wrong.
St. Valentine's day is another example of the Catholic Church's need to convert the dirty pagans by usurping and repurposing existing Pagan festivals. Easter, Christmas, and also St. Valentine's day were all actually pagan festivals before they had anything to do with saints, jesus's birth or rebirth.

St. Valentine's day was originally Lupercalia. It was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, Roman god of Agriculture and also to Remus and Romulus to commemorate a young man's passage into adulthood.
It was named after the order of priests who began the festival (Luperci, named for Lupercus, God of the wolves).

When the vatican was going *nuts* (well, one of the times) with the need to convert the dirty pagans it decided to rename the holiday after Saint Valentius. A man who was killed apparently for marrying couples in secret against the will of the state when the then emporer was more interested in having lots of single men to be soldiers than in having a happy populace... so he banned marriage.

A lot of bullshit has been written about the St. Valentine holiday and what it means and who Valentine was. Stories differ wildly. However it's only christian sources that claim he was jailed becuase the romans were trying to keep people from worshipping christ. When in fact, in the cast of this one man, they just didn't want him going around fucking up their soldiers by marrying them.

The holiday has NOTHING to do with god or christianity. It has everything to do with a pagan fertility festival (they even got to draw a lotto of all the women in town to see who would be their lover for the next year), and with the willingness of the Catholic church to twist the history of the bible and lie to its own adherents in order to gain converts, and subsequently more power.

(For me... 2/13 into 2/14 is when Karl asked me to marry him. It is also my brother's birthday. Beyond that, it's one of th 10 or so nights a year that we steadfastly avoid any sort of food establishment)