Friday, February 5, 2016

We'll Let Jesus Be The Spokesman For Republican Candidates

"Jesus" quotes presidential candidates on
Jimmy Kimmel Live, and the results are jarring. 
The other night, Jimmy Kimmel noted the obvious: That a lot of presidential candidates are invoking their religious beliefs and using that to justify their poltical positions.

Since the candidates seem to be doing the WWJD -- What Would Jesus Do -- Kimmel decided to dress up an actor like Jesus and have him quote what the candidates are saying.

It's quite jarring and sadly funny. Here's the clip:

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Anti-Abortion Wackos Are Terrorizing School Children And Undermining Their Own Causes

 Very icky anti-abortion protestors in front
of a  Washington DC elementary school 
A group of anti-abortion zealots is severely harassing grade school kids because that school is near a proposed Planned Parenthood site.

I guess it's the kids' fault, I dunno.

The Two Rivers Public Charter School in Washington DC is a very good school. Much in demand by parents. It's also across the street from a proposed Planned Parenthood site.

Anti-abortion activists are not happy. They know Planned Parenthood performs some abortions, in addition to their wide variety of health care offerings for women.

That the activists hate abortions and make their feelings know publicly is fine. Yay First Amendment!

Here's the problem: They're basically torturing the kids going to and from the Two Rivers Public Charter School in - to put it extremely mildly - a horribly misguided effort to stop the proposed Planned Parenthood center, and to stop abortions altogether, reports Matt Ramos in Vice. 

The protestors wave giant pictures of aborted fetuses in childrens' faces. When teachers and parents started leading kids into and out of a side entrance to the school so they can avoid this sordid spectacle, some of the demonstrators followed the kids into the side entrance and shouting.

Shouting thing at the kids like, at them, demanding that they stop the "bloodbath that's coming across the street." and to "tell your parents that you don't want to go to school next to a baby killing center."

The mother of a student at Two Rivers said she is a pro-life Christian, but leave the kids alone, according to Vice:

"Challenge Roe v. Wade in the court system, find a way to create restrictions in the law, but going after kids is how you lose the value of what you're saying.......Heck at least do it where the kids need the message - go to a high school. But an elementary?"

Good luck getting rid of these zealots, though.

They're not protesting at the Planned Parenthood site because there's a court injunction against it. Demonstrators do have the right to occupy public sidewalks and such, so the group is being mean to the kids at the nearby school.

The school itself has not taken a position on whether it likes Planned Parenthood or not, apparently because they want to be even handed. Which is totally sensible.

But Two Rivers is fed up. Ramos reports that the school has filed for an injunction against the protestors, but a judge is not expected to rule on the  matter until March 11.

At least one of the protestors who occasionally shows up in front of the Two Rivers school is potentially dangerous, Ramos writes in Vice.

Robert Weiler Jr. was sentence in 2006 to five years in prison for plotting to shoot up a Maryland abortion clinic. He also had a pipe bomb with him at the time. Thankfully, the plot was thwarted when Weiler's parents narced on him.

I get it. If you have very strong beliefs, it's hard to contain yourself. But almost nothing turns a person into a villian faster than harassing and frightening little children.

I guess these anti-abortion zealots care deeply about children before they are born. But once they are out of the womb, screw 'em.

After serving his time for that offense, he worked as a pizza delivery guy and waited until the terms of his parole expired, as they forced him to stay at least 1000 feet away from any abortion clinic. He then picked up a new hobby, shaming women entering the same clinic he plotted to blow up. You can read about his exploits over at his blog "Contraception is Murder."
Weiler has stood outside Two Rivers to protest at least twice, school officials claim. Once he held a giant sign that read: "Two Rivers Hates Free Speech."

 ol—but an elementary?"
With the near arctic wind pushing her around like a used car lot's inflatable wacky wavy arm guy, Jennifer McCoy of Kansas smiles with excitement at the corner of Florida Ave and 4th St NE in Washington D.C.. The mother of eleven has a demeanor that masks the reality of what's on the six-foot banner that keeps pushing her backwards with every passing breeze—especially when an unexpected five-year-old walks directly in front of her.
"There's blood on here," the pre-schooler says while pointing at a mangled aborted fetus and a sobbing woman. The inscription reads: "ONE DEAD, ONE WOUNDED."
"No, that's not blood," McCoy says, hesitating a bit, "that already happened." Her posture regains its cheerleader confidence as she points behind her to a nearby construction site. "The people that want to open up this building, this is what they do here."
His face grows seemingly more confused as he states, "no, that's just blood."
McCoy is in D.C. for the March for Life rally, that commemorates the infamous day in January forty-three years ago when our country legalized abortion. McCoy and a dozen others who have come to the future flagship location site of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington on this mercilessly cold day want the world to know that they stand in opposition to this temple of nationally ordained infanticide.
The only hitch is that where McCoy and her comrades' feet are planted is the sidewalk of one of the most sought-after charter schools in all of the District of Columbia. Ever since Planned Parenthood won an injunction to keep the knots of protesters with their freaky signs off the construction site, the anti-abortion warriors decided to pick the next best bit of real estate: for the last six months, sleepy-eyed grade schoolers heading into Two Rivers Public Charter School have been met with a grand guignol of bloody anti-abortion propaganda waved at them and instructions to, "tell your parents that you don't want to go to school next to a baby killing center!"The trouble for Two Rivers started on August 27 of 2015, when Lauren Handy—a Virginia resident who regularly stands outside of abortion clinics hoping to convince the day's clients to cancel their procedures—stood outside the school with two signs that depicted aborted fetuses while children and their families arrived for the informational session about about the upcoming school year.
When the prospective and current parents of the Two Rivers community did all they could to shield their young from the violence of the protesters' signs, the protesters let it be known that they were only beginning.
Handy, who is also a member of a group called Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, told Think Progress"There will be disruption every day until (the clinic is) gone. It's for the good of the community."
Shortly thereafter, the school started to receive correspondence from Jonathan Darnel. Darnel, who is from Ohio, did something that none of his future co-defendants thought to do. He sent a letter to the school requesting they state their position on the construction of Planned Parenthood next door.
Handy and Darnel returned three months later on November 16, right before the start of the school day, with an even bigger sign that was clearly directed towards the smallest residents of the building. Approximately 8' by 3', the sign read, "They kill babies nearby! Tell your parents to stop them." With them was an unidentified man, as well as a man known to authorities around the area, Robert Weiler Jr.
The four of them allegedly went on a tirade directed at the children. The group allegedly pointed out a Two Rivers parent who was escorting students into the school saying, "This man is supporting baby killing!"
A week later, Darnel and Handy came back with two new recruits, Ruby Nicdao and Larry Cirignano. The group stood in front of the middle school building holding a 4' by 5' sign that read "Not 4 Sale" with pictures of various fetal body parts, clearly a reference to the now debunked "Planned Parenthood Sells Baby Parts" videos made by the recently indicted David Daleiden.
School officials allege that the group took turns telling the older children, "They are going to murder kids right next door if your parents don't do something about it."Administrators created an alternate entrance in order to curb the harassment. However, protester Ruby Nicdao followed the students into the alley and continued to shout at them, saying that they needed to stop the bloodbath that's coming across the street. One student felt so distraught that he went home sick, threatening he would only return the next day if a counselor promised to meet him at the front door.
Two Rivers is a public charter school focused on the method of learning based on the teaching of German educator Kurt Hahn. It opened in Northeast D.C. in 2004 and quickly became one of the most sought-after charter schools in all of Washington. Last year, they received over 3,000 applications for only 100 open spots in its pre-k through fifth grade.
The school encourages open thought and looking after one another. Cherished principles of the school are "Empathy and Caring" and "Self-Discovery." The school's pedagogy is based on outward bound learning, where teachers are tasked with helping students overcome their fears and move out of their comfort zones in real world settings.
According to Bill Harper, a Two Rivers parent of a five-year-old and a seven-year-old, those fears are being tested by anti-abortion zealots. "You're terrorizing our children!" Harper screamed while walking past the January 21 prayer rally. That protest, which brought in dozens more protesters from out of town, had interrupted the education of his kids.
"We're not allowed to be on Planned Parenthood property at all," a protester offered.
"You're not on Planned Parenthood property, you're at a school," Harper replied. "Would you have protesters at your kids' school?"
"No," the protester said in a softer tone, adding, "I live in a very small town."
In anticipation of the Roe v. Wade anniversary events set to take place on January 22 of this year, the school canceled classes and scheduled a teachers only professional development day (which the school eventually made a telework day out of security fears).
Fed up, Two Rivers finally filed for an injunction against the protesters in December of last year. A judge will rule on the matter on March 11.
"When class is canceled, you've got to pay for the daycare or you've got to stay at home with your kids. They also make pick-up and drop off impossible," Harper says. He spent $40 on daycare per child just so he could go to work. "I don't know if working parents had the same luxury that day."
Despite the school being shut down, the prayer rally event scheduled for that day went on as planned. The group of assembled protesters waited eagerly for the day's main speaker: David Daleiden, the mastermind behind the notorious Planned Parenthood "expose" videos that were intended to demonstrate how Planned Parenthood illegally sells fetal organs.
When he arrived, late, Daleiden received the type of praise and adoration normally reserved for Beyonce and the Pope. The crowd pulled and scrambled to touch or speak to him, and it was clear by his smile that the year he spent editing his videos finally paid off.
During his speech, he mocked Planned Parenthood for not putting libel or defamation in the suit against him. To loud applause, he told the crowd that the fact that they left those things out of the suit was an indication of their own guilt.
I approached Daleiden between hugs and selfies. I briefly explained injunction, pointed out where we were standing, and then asked him how he would explain his videos to a five-year-old like the ones who attend Two Rivers.
"How do you talk to a five-year-old about my videos? Well, the same way you would talk to them about abortion." He added, "it's going to be a conversation about violence, about people doing bad things, but ultimately, it's a conversation about what they do here, which is murder babies and sell their parts."
A few days after the protest, Planned Parenthood was cleared of any wrongdoing and it was Daleiden who was indicted on fraud charges for his videos.Parents' cries that the protesters are terrorizing their kids might be hyperbole rooted in frustration at being inconvenienced, but for one of the defendants listed in the injunction, it's a valid claim.
In court documents, one of the protesters, Robert Weiler Jr., is described as "at best, a partially-secured loose cannon" and at worst an "unrepentant domestic terrorist." Weiler—who is representing himself in the case–is the biggest cause for alarm to the school's administration. While already a felon for stealing $22 worth of gas and trying to outrun the authorities in Utah, he was sentenced to five years in prison in 2006 for plotting to shoot up a suburban Maryland abortion clinic. He even had a homemade pipe bomb ready for that campaign, and who knows what the outcome would have been had his parents not tipped off the authorities.
After serving his time for that offense, he worked as a pizza delivery guy and waited until the terms of his parole expired, as they forced him to stay at least 1000 feet away from any abortion clinic. He then picked up a new hobby, shaming women entering the same clinic he plotted to blow up. You can read about his exploits over at his blog "Contraception is Murder."
Weiler has stood outside Two Rivers to protest at least twice, school officials claim. Once he held a giant sign that read: "Two Rivers Hates Free Speech."
Most of his co-defendants in the injunction have tried to distance themselves from Weiler, but a quick social media search shows that a few are at least Facebook friends and have had contact prior to the beginning of the Two Rivers protests.
Currently only two of the protesters have lawyered up: Larry Cirignano and Ruby Nicdao. Cirignano is the Virginia state director of American Catholics for Religious Freedom and the holder of the "Not 4 Sale" sign at the school. He's being represented by
Liberty Counsel. You may have heard of Liberty Counsel, as they also represent Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Liberty Counsel has stated that they believe there are no valid claims against their client, but are shocked that the school would "allow the horrors of the abortion practice" nearby.
They filed an extension on a response, which is due on February 5, and wouldn't issue any other comment until then aside from continuing to distance their client from Weiler, saying that "Larry had no way of knowing if he would be in the same place at the same time as that individual."
Nicdao is the Virginia project director for the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, which bills itself as a "prenatal justice organization." It's also alleged that Nicdao approached cars and chased children down alleyways in order to hand them bloody pamphlets. Her lead counsel is Steve Crampton, who has argued in front of the Supreme Court in favor of the "Choose Life" license plates and once tried to stop the St. Louis Cardinals from removing a cross on the pitcher's mound.Representatives for the school have tried to remain as neutral as possible when it comes to the issue of abortion or what goes on at its neighboring businesses. An official who agreed to speak on condition of anonymity said, "This is not a culture war. This is about the kids."
They added that they had no clue that Planned Parenthood was moving in until they saw the permits. But that shouldn't matter; they simply want the protesters to direct their attention to their actual target and not school children.
"We've gone through great lengths not to stifle free speech," the school administrator said. Adding, "they can keep their signs, just make them smaller as to not harm our kids, and don't disrupt their education."
A Two Rivers mother, who asked that we not use her name, called herself a pro-life Christian, but was quick to ask me to relay a message to the protesters. "Challenge Roe v. Wade in the court system, find a way to create restrictions in the law, but going after kids is how you lose the value of what you're saying." She added, "heck, at least do it where the kids need the message—go to a high school—but an elementary?"
The protesters have not stated publicly if they will return to the school before their next court hearing in March.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Yup. Pets Are Totally Weird

This is Tonks, one of our dogs. This is also Tonks' idea
of finding a comfortable position to rest on the couch.
Pets are weird.  
Anybody who has a dog or a cat or almost any other pet knows their behaviors can be a bit, um, strange.

My two dogs, for instance, find the weirdest and seemingly most uncomfortable positions to take a snooze:  Upside down, hanging precariously off the back of a chair, splayed out in the middle of the hallway.

Whatever. Most other pets are bizarre, too, so I know I'm not alone.

Luckily, we have an outfit called the Pet Collective that documents and compiles some of these strange furry dudes and dudettes in action,

Here's the latest compilation, for your viewing pleasure:

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Debate Over The Rapper Who Thinks The World Is Flat Is Actually Interesting

No, the Earth is not flat despite what B.o.B says.
There's a popular rapper named B.o.B. who announced last week via social media that the world is flat. As in flat as a pancake.

I thought we resolved this question -  you know, is the Earth flat or round? -  centuries ago. I thought everybody agreed that it's round.

Well, not everybody agrees, I guess.  Apparently, B.o.B. thinks there's a vast conspiracy falsely tellling us the world is round. Okey, dokey, then.

Normally, I would have ignored this as just some ignorant musician spouting off on social media about nonsense.  So I was going to put B.o.B's rants in my delete folder.

Who the hell is B.o.B. anyway?

But this whole rapper says the world is flat thing has been bugging me anyway.

I suppose such a flat earth rant is no surprise in this age of anti-intellectualism.  I get it that you can't trust everything the experts tell you, but there's so many tin hat conspiracies out there being peddled by, to put it gently, wackos.

It's also irresponsible to ignore these weird statements without at least making an attempt at setting the record straight.

Or as Salon put it, "When millions of people are receiving assertive messages from a celebrity they admire, it's kinda hard to just pretend it's not happening because the rest of us don't want it to."

The reactions to B.o.B's startling announcement have been the most interesting aspect of all this. And B.o.B.

B.o.B. might be a decent rapper, but his
grasp of basic physics leaves much to be desired.
 B.o.B's "proof" that the Earth is flat is that if the Earth were round, the curvature would obscure the skyscrapers of distant cities from your viewpoint, that the horizon looks flat, not curved from an airplane, and it's hard to get permission to visit the North and South Pole, so what are governments hiding?

So, do the rest of us who have a basic understanding of science and physics and astronomy ignore the rantings, or do we risk people believing this junk?

Famous astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson jumped right, futilely trying to set the record straight for B.o.B.

deGrasse Tyson then went beyond science to say this, which I agree totally needed to be said:

"......but the whole thing is a symptom of a larger problem. There's a growing anti-intellectual strain that is growing in this country. In maybe the beginning of the end of our informed democracy. 

In a free society, you can and should think whatever you want. If you want to think the Earth is flat, go right ahead. But if you think the Earth is flat and you have influence over others, as would successful rappers or even presidential candidates, then being wrong becomes being harmful to the health the wealth and the securityk of our citizenry."

B.o.B. responsded to deGrasse Tyson by releasing a rap song dissing the astrophysicist.

THEN, deGrasse Tyson's nephew, chimed in. The nephew, who just goes by the name Tyson, also a rapper who put out a track dissing B.o.B. for dissing his uncle.

Are we going to have a street battle over astrophysics? That would be an improvement over wars over drug selling turf.

Offering another perspective, the rather intellectual magazine The Atlantic defended B.o.B, kind of.

Don't worry. It appears everyone at that rather intellectual magazine and web site agrees the Earth is round.    
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is
still struggling to convince conspiracy theorists
that the Earth is in fact round. 

But one Atlantic writer, Lizzie Wade, gives him a pass for at least questioning the (not flat) world around him. I guess that's better than just accepting whatever the Internet tells you is true as fact.

Says the Atlantic:

"This isn't a man who never learned science, or who has some fundamentalist objection to examining empirical evidence about the world. This is a man who has looked at the world around him and decided that mainstream science isn't doing a good job at explaining what he sees.

So he's collecting evidence, seeking out literature by well-versed "experts" and working out a better theory on his own. This is the hallmark of people I've come to think of as outsider physicists."

True, Wade writes, many of us also consider people like B.o.B. loons, kooks and crackpots.

However, physics has gone beyond helping us make sense of our own physical world. It's not about Newton's apple falling from the tree anymore.

There's these exotic theories of what goes on in space, things that us dumb laymen have a real hard time understanding.

If you think you're so smart, explain string theory to me, for example.

As the Atlantic points out, some of us just trust the scientists to figure things out for us, and some of us don't.

So we come up with our own theories to explain the universe. That's human nature.

I wish there would be some sort of balance.

As Wade writes in the Atlantic,  if it's not about a political or religious agenda, if you're not screwing up the world by insisting public schools teach creationism, and not discuss evolution, or blocking scientific and political efforts to fight climate change, or spreading disease by discouraging vaccinations, then B.o.B.'s flat earth stuff is pretty harmless.

Unless, coming back to deGrass Tyson's point, it prevents knowledge and safety and understanding from moving forward.

One last point. I've always wondered, if these conspiracy theories are true, why hasn't anyone blown the whistle on the "cover up.?" I mean, you'd think some Ed Snowden-like character would come forward and give us proof that the scientists and governments have been lying to us. That the Earth is flat, the moon landing never happened, or aliens are about to take over New Mexico or something.

But that hasn't happened.

Now I have research to back me up.

Grist has a story on a researcher named David Grimes of Oxford University, who calculated, roughly, how long it would take for someone to spill the beans on a conspiracy, depending upon how many people were involved.

The gist of it is, it would only be a few years before a whistleblower offered conclusive proof that the Earth is flat, or the moon landing was a hoax, or that there's a cure for cancer, but vested interests are keeping it from the public.

Grimes based his research on how long it took for actual conspiracies to be exposed such as the NSA scandal Snowden exposed, or the Tuskegee syphilis scandal.

But now I'm expecting someone to tell me that Grimes is part of the conspiracy that's lying to the public and saying the Earth is round.


Monday, February 1, 2016

Perfect Karma Might Strike Anti-Gay Harlem Church

Advocates are hoping for karma. This Harlem
homophobic church is up for foreclosure auction
and an organization that helps homless gay teens wants to buy it. 
There's this weird minister at this weird little church in Harlem called Atlah World Missionary Church, who is vehemently anti-gay.

And weird. Did I say weird?

The marquee in the front of the church has had messages like "Jesus Would Stone Homos," and "Obama has released the homo demons on the black man."

The church's pastor, Rev James David Manning, famously said in 2014 that Starbucks flavored its coffees with semen from "sodomites."

Yeah, did I say he was weird?

Anyway,  it appears that Manning, or whoever is running the Atlah World Missonary Church, isn't so good with finances.

The city of New York says Atlah owes debts and tax liens totalling a little over a million dollars. The church is about to be sold in a foreclosure auction, says the Huffington Post.

This is prime real estate, so I'm sure a lot of developers want to gobble this place up.

However, I'm really rooting for one of the potential bidders for this property - the Ali Forney Center.

Why? Because the Ali Forney Center would be awesome karma for this place. It's an advocacy group for homeless gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender teens.

Talk about turning a derelict property to good use!

The Ali Forney Center is conducting an online fundraiser tohelp raise $200,000 so it can buy the property and turn it into housing for its young clients, says the Huffington Post

The $200,000 would be used to leverage other funds and help from foundations to secure the property.

If the Ali Forney Center is ultimately unsuccessful in buying the building, it will use the donations to expand its services for homeless youth elsewhere.

Carl Siciliano, the Center's founder and executive director, said converting the "church" to a building that houses homeless gay teens would "truly be a triumph of love over hatred."

The fundraising for the Ali Forney Center at what is hoped will soon be the former Atlah church is going quite well.

As of Sunday, $75,000 had been raised, reports the JoeMyGod blog. Hopes are that today, as people head to work and tell each other about the fundraiser, the donations will skyrocket even more.

(UPDATE: As of 2 p.m. EDT, the fundraising has gotten up past $100,000)

If you want to make a donation hit this link. 

If you do donate, you will help make things just that much more right in the world.

And maybe prompt Manning to have more very weird, but highly entertaining rants.

The Harlem church could prove to be a commodity in Manhattan's cutthroat real estate market. But the Ali Forney Center, an advocacy group dedicated to homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teens and young adults, hopes that an online fundraiser will help raise $200,000 to secure the property as housing for its clients. 
Carl Siciliano, who is the Ali Forney Center's founder and executive director, said in a press release that repurposing the church to house homeless LGBT youth would "truly be a triumph of love over hatred." 
"The biggest reason our youths are driven from their homes is because of homophobic and transphobic religious beliefs of their parents," he said. "Because of this, it has been horrifying for us to have our youths exposed to Manning's messages inciting hatred and violence against our community. It has meant the world to us that so many Harlem residents have stood up to support our young people, and are now urging us to provide urgently needed care at the site of so much hatred."
LGBT rights activist Scott Wooledge, who is working with the Ali Forney Center to raise the funds to buy the church and has raised over $200,000 for homeless youth over the past two years, echoed those sentiments. 
"We, as a community, have a golden, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to turn what was once a center of appalling hate into a home where our youth can be safe, nurtured, supported and thrive into self-sufficient adults," he told The Huffington Post in an email. "Let's seize the day, and turn the page on an ugly chapter in Harlem's history."
Stacy Parker Le Melle, founder of Harlem's "Love Not Hate" Movement, told The Huffington Post, "When the ATLAH story broke on Thursday, immediately I heard from neighbors: Wouldn't it be amazing if an LGBT group could acquire the property? What if it were the Ali Forney Center? We all knew that this would be poetic justice. We need to care for those kicked out of homes, often on religious-based grounds. We need to care for those most vulnerable to ATLAH's hate speech."
ATLAH's pastor seemed to downplay his parish's debts in an interview with DNAinfo New York, and vowed to cite the church's tax exempt status in its fight against the foreclosure order, which he called a "land grab."  
"I assure you, it’s about a water bill and a tax that can’t be levied against this church,” Rev. James David Manning, who made headlines in 2014 when he argued that Starbucks flavored its coffee drinks with "sodomites' semen," told DNAinfo.
C'mon, New York, let's make this happen. 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

"Donald Trump" Touches Himself In Hilarious Totally Incorrect Video

Josh Gad does an, um, memorable lip sync performance
of the Divinyls' song "I Touch Myself." 
There's a television show called Lip Sync Battle on Spike TV that features celebrities doing elaborate lip sync performances to popular songs.

What I saw the other day was so over the top, so cringe inducing, so hilarious, I Had to share.

This Lip Sync faceoff was between Kaley Cuoco, who plays Penny on television's "The Big Bang Theory,"

She did a spot on, awesome imitation of Britney Spears, complete with a giant live python snake!  

But she was no match for her opponent, Josh Gad, known for his performance in "Book of Mormon."

The video is below. The first half of it has Gad's performance, the second Cuoco's. Gad's performance is one for the record books.

Gad dressed up as Donald Trump and did a routine to The Divinyls' icky 1991 song "I Touch Myself."

Gad/Trump's performance is certainly an exercise in self love.

Yeah, it's disrespectful of Trump. But the way I figure it, Trump is disrespectful to a lot of people himself.

Tit for tat, so to speak.

Gad's performance has other surprises, including a Miley Cyrus moment, "expensive" underwear, a donkey, and a spectacular ending with Cuoco's Big Bang Theory co-star Johnny Galecki, who plays Penny's husband Leonard.

Penny would have some questions about this performance with "Donald Trump," as you'll see.

Here is the wonderful and scary video.

The Best Explanation Of The Confusing Iowa Caucuses Comes From Vermont

Vermont Public Radio has the best explanation of
how the Iowa Caucus works. They just use Legos.
The whole political process leading up to the Iowa caucuses has been childish.

So why not use childrens' toys to explain the convoluted process of how the whole damn thing works?   Try Legos

The Iowa caucuses are tomorrow, and nobody really understands how they select their favored candidates. I didn't, until Vermont Public Radio of all things, explained it.

The public radio station made a YouTube video using little Lego figures to explain the process.

Why Vermont Public Radio? Well, a candidate from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, is a leading contender there, so VPR is covering the hell out of this.

Plus, VPR is in Vermont. We're all strange here.

Vermont Public Radio has been getting some national attention for their innovative video. I just saw it  at Raw Story, a national political and news web site.  Gizmodo also featured it. 

I won't even try to explain the Iowa caucuses. I'll let Vermont Public Radio do it with their innovative Lego video: