It’s My Party, I Can Have A Meme Orgy If I Want To

Happy birthday to m’blog.  Happy birthday TO m’blog.  Happy biiiiiirthday, dear Smartyyyyyyyyyyy!  Happy birthday to m’blog.

SATP hey girl rachelIn honor of this one year mark, there’s some shake-ups afoot, my smahty dahlings!  Each week is gonna be a little different, a little looser, a little what the news suggests it wants.  For now, you’ll notice the blog’s suddenly called Shmooze News.  AH!  CHANGE!

darwinGo with me on this.  Let’s see if we’re feelin’ it.  And now: the week’s haps!

First of all, turns out the Pope is a good guy…

Screen Shot 2013-09-20 at 8.30.28 AMHe surprised — shocked — everyone with an interview released this week that doesn’t condemn homosexuality & birth control, and that suggests the church should probably be more about love ‘n stuff, rather than “a nest protecting our mediocrity.”  Quote unquote, the Pope.

SATP michelangeloOf course this freaked out a lot of conservative Catholics who rely on the Pope to help support their hatey stances.

SATP new bibleWhile back in the US, we were barraged with news of another terrible mass shooting — this time in the Washington, D.C. Naval Yard (the ceremonial & admin center of the Navy).  Some called to stop naming the gunmen in the press, guessing glory is what many are after.  Others, obviously, took it as a chance to mention that maybe there should, um, be better gun laws.  Or we’ll just keep seeing the same cycle.  In fact, now there’s breaking news about another mass shooting, in Chicago.

SATP knives not guns‘Cuz really…

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Meanwhile, we’re trying to ignore the crapola coming out of Congress — that Republicans are so desperate to repeal Obamacare that they’re playing with all the dangerous toys at their disposal, in what many journalists are calling murder-suicide.  It’s intense.

SATP petty thievesAs Jonathan Chait over at NYMag says, “Having achieved near consensus on [loathing] the policy, the party has fallen into intramural squabbling over which extraordinary threats to deploy. Shut down the government? Default on the national debt? […] Conservative activists have turned on their leaders as traitors for hesitating to employ the most obviously suicidal methods, affixing John Boehner’s name to the hated program (“Boehnercare”) or accusing McConnell of “empty rhetoric … about ending Obamacare.” These recriminations reprise the hallucinatory attacks by Cold War conservatives like Joe McCarthy.”  Great.  Juuuuust great.

SATP assembly requiredAnd we’re all la-la-la, don’t think about more government shutdown… Can’t we just focus on figuring out how ios7 works & pondering our millennial angst!??  This Wait But Why piece went around this week, and is admittedly, totally, embarrassingly accurate.

SATP life vs our headBut then, to be fair, this fuck-you response to the angst piece is also pretty genius.

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Been holding onto this one for months.

In fact, here’s even more angst, specifically of the man-related variety.  The author of the piece, Ann Friedman, says that “America is finally getting around to having the conversation about what it means to be a man that, decades ago, feminism forced us to have about womanhood.”  Not that we ladies are done.

SATP feminismOh, and finally?  Can’t end this awesome meme orgy without:

SATP control womanAnd that’s this week, my dears!  Next week, I’m attending Social Media Week and will return bearing gifts re: what’s changing our lives today & what might tomorrow.  In the meanwhile, let’s all remember to sing a little more:

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