Male Full Frontals on Reddit; Channing Tatum and Penis Enlargement Pills; The Pope, Again: Quotations Within Quotations

Male Full Frontals on Reddit

According to this article, men are now posting their full frontal nude photos on Reddit in sort of a retaliation to the government for snooping around on social media. This information comes from Edward Snowden in an interview with John Oliver.

“The good news is that there’s no program named the ‘dick pic’ program,” Snowden said. “The bad news… they are still collecting everybody’s information, including your dick pics.”

(Nosy bitches!)

“If you have your email somewhere like Gmail hosted on a server overseas or transferred overseas or anytime it crosses outside the borders of the United States, your junk ends up in the database,” he continued.

It’s kind of scary when you think about it, and makes you long for the good old days of ten years ago when all we had to worry about was using up our weekend minutes.

You can read the rest here. There’s a link to Reddit where over 100 guys have posted their erect penises. But there’s no mention of Snowden showing his erection.

Channing Tatum and Penis Enlargement Pills

I’m sure this is sarcasm.

Channing Tatum spoke about the sequel to Magic Mike and he mentioned the cast was taking penis enlargement pills, in an offhanded way…no pun intended.

No plot. Just a bunch of naked dudes sitting around doing dude stuff. We read all the message boards, and people were like, ‘Less story. Less plot. Just dudes’ things.’ And we listened to that. Basically, we all were taking penis-enlargement pills since the last one, so we weren’t worried about what temperature the room was when we came out to do our dances. That’s what XXL means.

Unfortunately, I think some people in the comments missed the sarcasm. 

You can read it all here.  

The Pope, Again

It’s getting harder and harder to take this Pope seriously when it comes to anything LGBT related. Now they’re saying he’s gone silent on the matter of an openly gay man, Laurent Stefanini, becoming the French Ambassador to the Vatican. 

Stefanini was nominated in early January, and credentials are typically accepted within six weeks. Now some thirteen weeks later, Francis has yet to accept him. The Vatican does not expressly deny credentials, so the silence is being interpreted as a rejection.

The rest is here.

More mixed messages from the Pope.  I might not agree with Mike Huckabee, but at least I know where he stands.

Quotations Within Quotations

I’m usually the first to agree that common usage in fiction is fine as long as you don’t push things too far. The grammar police gets on my nerves all the time. However, there are a few set rules that aren’t there for the grammar police alone. These basic rules of writing a novel (and reading a novel) are there so people don’t get confused.

The other night while scrolling through Facebook I saw a self-published author promoting her new romance novel. It was basically what you would expect, however, as I read a sample from the book I didn’t “get” it at first. And that’s because this author screwed up the quotations within the quotations. In other words, in dialogue when a character is speaking it’s in quotes. That’s a given. But when the character who is speaking quotes something, or someone, you have to show this to the reader. 

Here’s a link that makes it about as simple as it gets. 

Almost all of us have found ourselves confused with double and single quotation marks. When do we use single quotation marks? Where does the punctuation go with single quotation marks? With just a few rules and examples, you will feel surer about your decisions.

Rule: Use single quotation marks inside double quotation marks when you have a quotation within a quotation.

Example: Bobbi told me, “Delia said, ‘This will never work.’ ”

It’s a mistake that can be avoided.

Edward Snowden, Internet Sex Symbols, Jeffrey Toobin

Though I haven’t been following the story of Edward Snowden, former CIA employee, and I probably won’t because I’m tired of politics altogether at this point unless it involves LGBT issues or equality, I did think this article about Snowden becoming an overnight sex symbol was interesting.

My first thought when I saw Snowden’s photo on one of those Huff Po teasers on AOL was that he certainly wasn’t bad looking at all.

Then I read this:

“I know this is far beyond the point and making light of the situation, but Edward Snowden can blow my whistle,” one particularly ribald Twitter user proclaimed. (#ifyouknowwhatimean)

I don’t mean to make light of the situation either. I do understand the magnitude of it. But the man is nice-looking, and some are calling him a hero and others are calling him a traitor. Either way he can’t lose, because the only thing we love more than a hero is a notorious bad boy.

And being smart doesn’t hurt either.

Of course, it’s not just Snowden’s chiseled features that have the Internet lusting after him as though he were Mick Jagger. After listening to Snowden wax eloquent about a government granting itself “power it is not entitled to” and why that inspires people like himself “to go further than they are allowed to,” one Twitter user elevated her opinion of him from hot to “super hot” and “y’know, righteous and intelligent.” Clearly, the latter figures largely into his “super hot” status.

It’s also interesting to note that Jeffrey Toobin, of CNN and The New Yorker, isn’t a huge fan of Snowden. He thinks he’s a traitor, which you can read more about here.

But what many don’t know is that Toobin is a senior legal analyst at CNN and he’s been involved in a few scandals that made headlines of his own, which you can read about here in a piece dated from 2010.

One of the media elite’s most whispered-about scandals went public Wednesday when married CNN correspondent Jeffrey Toobin squared off with a woman who says he’s the father of her baby.
My only comment on this is that Jeffrey Toobin is one of the reasons I haven’t watched anything on CNN since the 2008 Democratic primaries (I’m a registered Democrat). And if you do a simple search and check out the ratings at CNN, you’ll see that I’m not the only one who’s stopped watching.

The other morning I was watching a segment on TV on my local news station where a big black bear was spotted in a cookie cutter housing development not far from where I live, in Buckingham, PA. The frantic mom who spotted the bear playing on her kids’ swings out back ran to close the gate of a four feet tall fence that surrounded her property so she could contain the bear until the authorities came. And then, as an added bonus, the rest of the cul-de-sac came out to watch the bear in her backyard on the swings as if they were at the public zoo. Some walked right up to the fence. And when the bear jumped the short fence that probably couldn’t even contain a large dog, they all ran screaming to their houses in shock. The local news never mentioned that part. They just reported the story with great big smiles. So you never have to ask why.

Photo here