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Netflix drama ‘House of Cards’ returns en masse

What better way to spend Valentine's Day but to binge out on the machinations of the most duplicitous Washington power couple ever to grace the small screen? "House of Cards" returns Friday to Netflix, the Internet streaming video service that threw……

Valentine’s Day in the Vatican? Pope invites couples to new event

Looking for that special place to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year? Pope Francis on Tuesday set a date for engaged heterosexual couples at a special general audience with him in the Vatican on February 14. “The Joy of Yes Forever” read a Vatican note announcing the unusual initiative, which was…

Filipino company specializes in sending online Valentine’s Day messages to loved ones abroad

Romantic Filipinos abroad have found a way to bridge the gap with loved ones at home on Valentine’s Day — via an online serenade service. Jane Soco, managing director of Harana.ph, said Thursday the company’s professional singers would lift the spirits of those left behind as their partners toil in…

Link farm, traveling

I’m traveling around Kansas for 3 days, doing various speaking gigs; if you’re in Kansas and can come to one of them, here’s the schedule. As you can imagine, blogging will be light. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t content for you to read/listen to. Podcasts: Reality Cast this week…

Couple arrested for bondage role-playing on Valentine’s Day

A couple in Portland, Oregon found themselves spending Valentine’s Day in jail after their bondage role-playing resulted in nine police cruisers being dispatched. Responding to reports that a naked woman was seen tied up in the back of a car with duct tape over her mouth, Portland police converged on…

Valentine’s Day finds a niche in Islamic Iran

Iran may reject Western influences, but Valentine’s Day has become a growing phenomenon thanks to the romantically minded youth of the Islamic state’s affluent classes. Although the ruling clerics and hardline politicians have been waging a campaign against what they call “decadent” cultural imports, the Christian day dedicated to amorous displays…

UAE Islamic love guru urges women to enjoy sex

Emirati love guru Widad Lootah is not your typical marriage counsellor. She is an ultra-conservative Muslim who wears the full veil and talks a lot about sex, often quoting the Muslim holy book the Koran. On the eve of Valentine’s day, Lootah is calling on Muslim and Arab women everywhere to “embrace love and…

Why we don’t deserve nice things: Fundies and Halloween edition

Every year around Halloween, it's important to have a post explaining the ridiculous and seemingly growing fundamentalist hostility to the holiday, which they consider too fun demonic. And then after waging actual war on Halloween, these fucktards then go on Fox News and cry that we're trying to kill Christmas…

Atheist buses and abortion parties? That must mean it’s Christmas!

Roy Edroso has his annual round-up of wingnuts pretending Christmas is under assault up at the Village Voice, and it’s a doozy this year. What’s fascinating is that they’re always wrong. It’s always bullshit. A creche is moved from public to private property, and the assessment is this “ruins” Christmas,…

Against Valentine’s Day

I don’t know how to feel about this article by Tracy Quan giving cheeky Valentine’s Day advice to people in a variety of romantic entanglements that indicate that said people are immoral bastards. (With the exception of a sex worker who needs to make her client believe she’d love to…

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