The Best Of The Dish Today

Winter Snow Storm Hammers Northeastern U.S.

I might as well use the occasion to mention a couple of things that really stood out for me over the Christmas season. The first is the Chinese government’s account of how the fat little tyrant in North Korea murdered his uncle. In the Hong Kong newspaper, Wen Wei Po, a mouthpiece for Beijing, this was the story:

Unlike previous executions of political prisoners which were carried out by firing squads with machine guns, Jang was stripped naked and thrown into a cage, along with his five closest aides. Then 120 hounds, starved for three days, were allowed to prey on them until they were completely eaten up. This is called “quan jue”, or execution by dogs. The report said the entire process lasted for an hour, with Mr Kim Jong Un, the supreme leader in North Korea, supervising it along with 300 senior officials.

I don’t know how substantiated this is, but it seems to be what the Chinese leadership believes, which cannot bode well for the vile mass murdering regime in Pyongyang.

Then an utterly unrelated small piece of courage in the face of nasty homophobia. Josh Barro is a friendly acquaintance of mine, and we’ve had him in for some Ask Anythings. He took on the moronic Duck Dynasty nonsense and received a bunch of emails, of a kind I used to get by the bucketful but have eased up of late. One Facebook commenter, Lynn, was a classic of the genre and Josh had the balls to take her on. Read the whole response here. Money quote:

“I assume you have sex with other men, right?”
You’re pretty insightful there, Lynn.
“What do you and your male partner do during sex?”
Most of the things you’re imagining and a number of things you probably haven’t thought of.
“Do you let them perform anal sex on you?”
Sometimes, sure.
“Do you perform oral sex on them? Do you let them cum in your mouth?”
I sometimes do all of these things, yes.
“I would think you’d feel degraded by these acts. On the other hand, if the roles were reversed, you might feel like you have power over them. Do you feel degraded or powerful or is it just as exciting either way?”
Sometimes sex has a significant power exchange component, which can be great in either the dominant or the submissive role. But usually it’s more egalitarian than that. Getting fucked can be degrading (in a fun way) but it doesn’t have to be.

I just want to say this kind of completely frank, unapologetic description of sex between two men really shouldn’t be so refreshing, but it sure is. Having Josh out there taking names makes the world a better place.

As for today, I took a sledgehammer to the current theocon/neocon nonsense that Pope Francis’ disdain for the false idol of ideologized market capitalism somehow only applies to Argentina. We celebrated the dawn of legal pot in Colorado and near-universal health insurance in the US. Charlie Brown got punk’d; mayo got its due; and America continued to tell tourists to go away.

The most popular post of the day was The Pope Speaks; The GOP Flails, followed by Journalism Surrenders on the destruction of the integrity of Time magazine.

See you in the morning.

(Photo: Winds whip snow from the beach across Winthrop Shore Drive January 2, 2014 in Winthrop, Massachusetts. An overnight blizzard is due to hit along the Northeast U.S. with six to twelve inches of accumulation expected in the Boston area along with coastal flooding. By Darren McCollester/Getty Images.)