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Couple of things

By Amanda Marcotte
Thursday, January 26, 2012 21:08 EDT
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Updated to add: Jesse and I will both be tweeting the Florida debate tonight. Please tune in! To us, that is. If you don’t want to listen to Gingrich go off on a lecture about how 8-year-olds aren’t earning their keep, I can’t blame you.

If this was a Tumblr, these would be two separate posts, but since it’s an old-fashioned blog, I’m cramming them into one. 

First thing: My immediate response to Newt Gingrich whipping out his weird moon man fantasies again is that I’ve finally determined what sitcom character I believe Gingrich is. I’ve already dubbed Ron Paul to be the Dale Gribble of the contest, but Gingrich may be an even better character:

You could really play a “Newt or Dr. Spacemen” game with some of these quotes:

“Science is whatever we want it to be.”

And isn’t it easy to imagine this coming out of the mouth of Newt, the so-called historian: “Boy, it’s crazy to think we used to determine questions of paternity by dunking a woman in water until she admitted she made it all up. Different times, the 60s.”

And this is completely unrelated, but awesome. Samhita Mukhopadhyay—-author, feminist, friend, and all-around excellent person—has put up a Tumblr to protest Valentine’s Day called Occupy Valentine’s Day. It’s a great place for all you radical perverts to explain that you’re too busy having butt sex to worry about buying no-doubt non-sustainable flowers in a scripted act of relationship maintenance. There’s a submit button at the top where you can submit pictures of yourself holding signs, videos, cartoons, “bitch, please” gifs….

Whatever your heart desires. Marc and I did one together, and let me tell you, it wasn’t easy coming up with this idea. The first 30 we came up with were schmoopy, and my lifelong rejection of public acts of schmoopiness is one of the top ten reasons I don’t like Valentine’s Day in the first place. We eventually decided nothing is less schmoopy than an animated gif that has lots of curse words.

He was much easier to work with than the cat when I’m trying to get her to do something cute so I can take a picture of it. Seriously, read the whole blog and submit your own. There are some truly inspiring entries on there, and some faces you may recognize.

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
 
 
 
 
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