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(Talking Points Memo)   Activist comes up with media fu tactic against Westboro Baptist Church that is, literally, brilliant   (talkingpointsmemo.com) divider line 55
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2013-03-19 12:48:33 PM
7 votes:
Two attention whores crossing streams.......OMG, it's like dividing by zero.
2013-03-19 02:10:08 PM
6 votes:

Maul555: You know... that house looks kind of cool like that, half finished in just those colors...

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Looks like an old Atari Cartridge to me:

popwhore.com

Super Breakout? More like "Fabulous Breakout...of the Closet"

/Good for the Activists.
2013-03-19 05:05:51 PM
4 votes:

one of Ripley's Bad Guys: too bad we couldn't "Waco" them...

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I like the way you think, but there's a better tool for the job:
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It's fine to crush your enemies and see them driven before you, but there's no reason you can't be fabulous while doing it!
d3
2013-03-19 02:50:14 PM
4 votes:
Anyone who doesn't think God has a sense of humor doesn't pay enough attention to the numbers of staunch conservatives who have gay offspring.
2013-03-19 02:12:19 PM
4 votes:
  Awesome. Two foaming at the mouth hate groups square off across a suburban street. I can't help but picture two groups of kids in snow forts winging snows balls at each other except they would use the old testament and tasteful decorating magazines for ammunition.
2013-03-19 02:11:51 PM
4 votes:

Maul555: You know... that house looks kind of cool like that, half finished in just those colors...

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They should stick a Nyan Cat in the yard.
2013-03-19 12:54:30 PM
4 votes:
They messed up the stripes, if you're going to gay things up a bit how in the bloody yell can you forget VIOLET!

ROY-G-BIV DAMMIT!

Feels very strongly about my mnemonic devices, I hope some day society allows me to marry my dear friend  Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge without judgement.
2013-03-19 12:46:24 PM
4 votes:
Clearly they mean;


"Cigarette marriage dooms nations."

God hates cigarettes
2013-03-19 02:26:59 PM
3 votes:
Now it just needs a pop-tart cat to the side...
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2013-03-19 05:35:51 PM
2 votes:
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OK, we're done here. Now let's go de-worm those kids!
2013-03-19 04:54:20 PM
2 votes:

d3: Anyone who doesn't think God has a sense of humor doesn't pay enough attention to the numbers of staunch conservatives who have gay offspring.


actually an even BIGGER irony/humor of all is these staunch conservatives tend to belief in the nurture part vs the nature ... so THEY raised their kids to be gay!
2013-03-19 04:43:20 PM
2 votes:
FTA: Turns out there are two bedrooms, one bathroom, a carpeting dining area, two garages (the house sits at a corner), a fireplace, hardwood floors, a small porch, and a decent-sized yard that overlooks the headquarters of an active hate group.

Seems appropriate
2013-03-19 02:46:24 PM
2 votes:
Those kids from Guatemala really need to lay down the really old egg salad sandwiches from truck stop vending machines.
TWX
2013-03-19 02:19:40 PM
2 votes:

chopit: Ohlookabutterfly: Two foaming at the mouth hate groups

I only see one hate group.  Oh, and a moron.


What about the owner of the rainbow house though?
2013-03-19 02:15:29 PM
2 votes:
This year, his charity, Planting Peace, also intends to de-worm every child in Guatemala.

While an admirable goal, next time you may want to try for a phrasing that makes them sound more like children and less like stray dogs.
2013-03-19 02:09:52 PM
2 votes:
Good thing there's no HOA; they'd probably side with Phelps.
2013-03-19 02:04:53 PM
2 votes:
these guys could come down and do a show for westboro in front of the rainbow house

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2013-03-19 01:23:03 PM
2 votes:
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...Although I would personally find the house garish and unsightly, I admire the man's pluck.
2013-03-19 01:15:33 PM
2 votes:
I think a lesbian bar with strippers would be the ultimate troll, but what do I know?
2013-03-19 12:39:11 PM
2 votes:
So, this is a thread about the Westboro Baptist Church. And an article about the Westboro Baptist Church. And a guy who spent $80k on the Westboro Baptist Church instead of his original plan- vaccines to Guatemalan babies.

The WBC wins this round.
2013-03-20 10:07:56 AM
1 votes:
Thanks to these WBC clowns, I can now only read "Baptist" as "Bastard"... It simply will not parse any other way in my brain...
2013-03-20 09:08:42 AM
1 votes:

ciberido: Stone Meadow: ciberido: For the record, I don't want the WBC silenced.  For one, I do want unpopular, even hateful, speech protected.  For another,  I prefer it when bigots don't try to hide their bigotry.

That's reasonable. However, I don't think anyone here is advocating WBC be "silenced".

No, but there are people here, such as  BEER_ME_in_CT, who are CLAIMING that people are advocating WBC be "silenced".


Hey it was Voltaire who said that. It was one of his lesser known quotes. LOL
2013-03-19 10:20:30 PM
1 votes:
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2013-03-19 08:59:24 PM
1 votes:
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2013-03-19 05:02:30 PM
1 votes:

Ohlookabutterfly: Awesome. Two foaming at the mouth hate groups square off across a suburban street. I can't help but picture two groups of kids in snow forts winging snows balls at each other except they would use the old testament and tasteful decorating magazines for ammunition.


Oh, look, it's the "Both sides are bad so vote Republican" of gay rights.
2013-03-19 04:37:35 PM
1 votes:
Next project: Install glory hole in bathroom
2013-03-19 04:22:04 PM
1 votes:

WTF Indeed: what_now: how will this effect them? The only good this did was let that poor dude sell his house.

"We'll show them! We'll buy the house across the street from the WBC and paint a rainbow on the house! That'll really stick in their craw!"


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Immediately thought of this...
2013-03-19 04:04:33 PM
1 votes:
I can't believe I never considered the possibility until now, but what if Fred Phelps and his WBC have been trolling us all this time?

Fred is a Democrat and was a Civil Rights activist. What if he's really as liberal as his past would imply, and he cooked up this scheme to discredit anti-homosexual movements and accelerate society's acceptance of homosexuality, and also to discredit conservative extremism in general? What if it's all performance art on a massive scale?

It fits. It would explain why, after picketing funerals of people like Matthew Shepard who were homosexual and killed for that reason, they also went after the funerals of soldiers, carried posters saying "God Bless IEDs" and such, and basically making themselves hated for reasons that go far beyond mere opposition to homosexuality, lowering the bar each time (even threatening to protest at the funeral of the Sandy Hook child victims ― would someone who professes to believe as they do really do such a thing to kids, most of whom wouldn't even have been gay? Remember, Jesus said that anyone who offends a child would be better off being drowned to death!) thus tarring that with the same brush in the minds of the populace.
2013-03-19 04:00:36 PM
1 votes:

TheGreatGazoo: Those kids from Guatemala really need to lay down the really old egg salad sandwiches from truck stop vending machines.


What's that black cracker?
2013-03-19 03:47:52 PM
1 votes:
Bah. Gay dudes in speedos making out right in front of them at every protest. And them ask them why they are such terrible parents for bringing their kids to these events.

I doubt they'll buckle but those kids are going to have have some pretty damn wierd anyway... May as well as throw that memory in the mix.

Don't fight them, play with their heads.
2013-03-19 03:40:32 PM
1 votes:

PsiChick: Telling WBC, or any other hate group, where to shove it--especially by making such an in-your-face point--is a solution. The WBC aren't just attention whores, they represent a lot of American hate, and that hate should be fought. This is a good way to do it. Ignoring the WBC wouldn't change a thing for anyone but the WBC; actions like this tell hateful people that society doesn't agree with them, and that changes society.


This is only true if society doesn't accept gays en masse, and other than bigots and closeted Republicans, this simply isn't the case anymore, and going out of your way to counter-protest the WBC is preaching to the choir. Everyone already knows the family is nuts. They're not called The Most Hated Family in America for nothing. So adding more vitriol is piling on/kicking a dead horse. It doesn't change the existing narrative, doesn't introduce any new ones, and the family wants you to do it.

There is nothing that can be done by any documentary filmmaker or news broadcast team or merry pranksters to improve society's understanding or relations with this Church nor is there anything anyone can say to discredit, denounce or sway them. Giving them more attention is like wrestling with a pig - you feel dirty afterward and the pig likes it.

The only solution, then, is to ignore them, but the media won't do that because the media can't help it - it is biased toward sensationalism and emotionally-charged rhetoric. Whenever there's a tragedy, the media is the first car to slow down and gawk at it. That's neither a good or bad thing, it's just what the media does.
2013-03-19 03:32:57 PM
1 votes:
I didn't realize the Phelps compound was so close to the road. Well within molotov cocktail range.
2013-03-19 03:30:39 PM
1 votes:
Now he needs to paint "gay sex is awesome" across the longest side.
2013-03-19 03:04:13 PM
1 votes:
Faaabulous!
2013-03-19 03:03:50 PM
1 votes:
Just looked at the google maps myself.  Is it just me, or is that a Canadian flag flying over an up-side-down US one in the WBC compound?
2013-03-19 02:53:43 PM
1 votes:
I'm changing my mind on Phelps. He doesn't preach violence. He doesn't press for laws against gays. He's just pushing his version of the Bible. Is he a mean, bitter jerk? Yes. Has any single person done more do advance the acceptance of gays? I can't think of one.
I don't think his animosity is grounded in gays, anyway. He hates the average American. He's trolling us on the First Amendment and Christianity, forcing us to take a side on an issue (homosexuality) the majority of us would prefer to ignore, and exploiting some of our hypocrisy toward free speech and the Bible.
He's fascinating and relevant - something most performance artists aren't.
2013-03-19 02:53:21 PM
1 votes:

d3: Anyone who doesn't think God has a sense of humor doesn't pay enough attention to the numbers of staunch conservatives who have gay offspring.




Well, it was their choice to raise them gay.
2013-03-19 02:48:04 PM
1 votes:
If the the "Westies" complain about it, just tell them it's the headquarters of The American Prism Manufacturers Association.
2013-03-19 02:42:40 PM
1 votes:
+1 to subby for appropriate use of "literally"
2013-03-19 02:42:33 PM
1 votes:
From TFA:

Turns out there are two bedrooms, one bathroom, a carpeting dining area, two garages (the house sits at a corner), a fireplace, hardwood floors, a small porch, and a decent-sized yard that overlooks the headquarters of an active hate group. "The view is what I bought the home for," Jackson said.

Once in a very great while, I love American journalism.
2013-03-19 02:41:53 PM
1 votes:
An artist can plop down 80k for a house. Once again, I got on the wrong career train.
2013-03-19 02:39:23 PM
1 votes:

Gonz: FloydA: Kids, please come out for goodness' sake! Mother very easily made a jelly sandwich using no peanuts.

No, no, no.

Mother very easily made a jelly sandwich using nothing. Peanuts should never have been involved in the first farking place, and it's for the best that they're out of the equation.


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2013-03-19 02:38:17 PM
1 votes:
It is funny, but it would be funnier if the dude painting the house knew which colors traditionally make up a rainbow.
2013-03-19 02:34:32 PM
1 votes:
Ugh.  Just reminds me I have to paint the garage this spring.  I hate painting.
2013-03-19 02:31:44 PM
1 votes:
Racing pinstripes. Nice.

They could stop with the five colours in the picture and it would look great!

On the North Shore of New Brunswick and elsewhere in the Maritimes, the Acadians (French) and the fishermen (various) often paint their houses in bright colours, unlike the Anglos who usually stick to white, gray, or occasionally, mustard yellow (the original mustard yellow paint was made from real mustard seed). I suspect that some of the fishermen use the same colours as they use on their fishing dories. Saves money and works as a sort of "team" colour so you can tell which fisherman lives where if you know his boat by sight.

I saw one small house which was decorated with daubs of coloured paint. Presumably some economical poor soul had gotten their hands on various small cans of left-over paint and decided to use them all. I'm not talking neat polka dots, here, but just rough brush strokes.

A bit eccentric, but then, my great-uncle wore a wig (long straight woman's hair, not a toupee) and paneled his car with house siding. Embarrassed my grandfather to no end but he was mostly harmless.

Speaking of eccentrics, I did some additions to my family tree this week and Lyndon Hermyle Larouche, Jr. is my eighth cousin twice removed*. Yes, that's really what his middle H. stands for. He got the name from his father, Senior, who got it from Hermyle Parent, an ancestor of his who died in the 1920s, about the time Junior was born.

*Not removed far enough, as some might say.

I managed to get Madonna the Female Cabalist down from eighth cousin twice removed to fifth cousin once removed, which is what I expected she would be given the close connection in maternal lines.

Here's the punch line:  Lyndon H. Larouche, Jr. is not the weirdest crank in my family tree.

Check out Dr. Ezekiel Stone Wiggins, the learned educator, bureaucrat and weather prognosticator. Among his bizarre beliefs were:  dinosaurs still live--on the bottom of the ocean; a planet must have an atmosphere to be visible so both the Sun and the Moon have atmospheres; and you can predict the weather and earthquakes. Wikipedia has a cartoon of him published by one of the New York papers of the day. He looks like a mad gnome. In reality he was a wealthy, handsome and distinguished gentleman who was, outside of his private beliefs, an able educator, genealogist and federal official (Department of Finance). Which proves that you don't have to be stupid to be weird and that intelligence and education are no protection whatsoever against weird religion, politics, or other cranky beliefs. Smart people are some of the dumbest people I know.

I fear that I have one or two distant relations who were even more tragically nutty than Wiggins. For one thing, my ancestors practically founded the Baptist religion in the Maritime provinces of Canada and some of them were no doubt fit rivals for the Westboro Church, although most of them were quite devout and earnest Christians, if a bit off the broad and comfortable beaten path of mainstream Christianity in their time.

Also, I don't now what a Justin Bieber is, but I found one in my family tree (tenth cousin, twice removed) and may have to shake him out with a broom.

French Canadians seem liable to become musicians and actors. In addition to Madonna, I have Angelina Jolie, Céline Dion, Avril Lavigne, Ryan Gosling and a number of other people of barely concealed French Canadian ancestry (also Hilary Clinton and LaRouche). Even the Bushes and Obama have turned up, albeit with English Canadian ancestors.

You'd expect Lyndon H. Larouche, Jr. to be a bit weird. His father was a Roman Catholic who became a Quaker who made his children not fight back. As a result, they were mercilessly bullied at school. i wonder if that's what happened to Richard M. Nixon? He certainly had a bit of a chip on his shoulder about the smart and popular kids. So did Senator "Joe" Eugene McCarthy, who was a Roman Catholic and a Eugene.

Oh, well. It is better to mock than to bully or be bullied. At least us weirdos think so.
2013-03-19 02:21:26 PM
1 votes:
So while considering the Westboro Baptist Church, he began dinking around on Google Maps late one night. He pulled up the church, at 3701 SW 12th St. in Topeka, and took a virtual walk around the block. In the front yard of a house across the street, he noticed a For Sale sign.
...
The house he'd thought for sale no longer was


Seriously? You thought that Google Street View is in real time/recent imagery?

cman: I think a lesbian bar with strippers would be the ultimate troll, but what do I know?


This, but I think a gay bar would be more of a troll to Fred Phelps. As was suggested in another thread (during the Ground Zero Mosque nontroversy), it would have a sign on the front saying "Come in Fred, we've been expecting you."
2013-03-19 02:16:18 PM
1 votes:
<i> The guy wouldn't budge. </i>

Dude hadnt even seen the inside of the house.  Were they even negotiating in person?  You have to show some interest and get the seller excited or your offer is pretty worthless.

Anyway, I think some of y'all are missing the point.  Once painted, this place will be flipped to a flamboyantly gay military couple with JDs.
2013-03-19 02:12:01 PM
1 votes:
Well I for one approve of this. Don't listen to all the Farkers crying "why bother" dude, it's easy to sit around and do nothing. That's done so well to stifle the WBC thus far, with every media outlet still publishing every protest they give.

Good on ya for the positive works described elsewhere in TFA too, sounds like he's doing good things around the world. No wonder Fark piles on the guy, he's just a dumb tryhard loser who isn't cynical enough to get on Fark and post about why things other people do are a waste of time.

Hope he hosts lots of pride events at the house too, just to make the neighborhood uncomfortable.
2013-03-19 02:02:11 PM
1 votes:
Would have been better had they turned it into an adult arcade, requisite with glory holes in the viewing booths.
2013-03-19 02:01:51 PM
1 votes:
God hates paint!
2013-03-19 02:00:20 PM
1 votes:
That's a pretty decently sized church, actually. Much bigger than the 4 pew room I had envisioned.
2013-03-19 12:48:34 PM
1 votes:

what_now: how will this effect them? The only good this did was let that poor dude sell his house.


Sometimes, a good deed is it's own reward.

It is kind of ironic that groups like WBC will become pretty much the pitiful equivalent of hallucinating street preachers because churches are finally, slowly, and - with a lot less resistance than anyone expected - getting dragged into the 20th century.
2013-03-19 12:34:06 PM
1 votes:
This will work right up until the place gets firebombed.
2013-03-19 12:33:56 PM
1 votes:
how will this effect them? The only good this did was let that poor dude sell his house.
2013-03-19 12:27:21 PM
1 votes:
Awesome!
 
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