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Delta pulls 'Daily Show' ads over 'vagina manger' skit
A Jon Stewart skit that referenced "vagina mangers" has angered a conservative Catholic group.
May 8th, 2012
05:12 PM ET

Delta pulls 'Daily Show' ads over 'vagina manger' skit

By Dan Gilgoff and Dave Alsup, CNN

(CNN) - Delta Air Lines has pulled its advertising from “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” over a skit in which Stewart featured a picture of a manger in between a naked woman’s legs, the company said Tuesday.

In the April skit, Stewart jokingly encouraged women to use “vagina mangers” to “protect their reproductive organs from unwanted medical intrusions.”

In a statement Tuesday, Delta Air Lines spokesperson Leslie Parker said that “We're always re-evaluating our advertising opportunities and updating our strategy in an effort to reach our desired audience.”

“Delta doesn't discriminate nor do we condone discrimination in regard to age, race, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or gender,” Parker’s statement continued. She said that Delta made the decision to pull its ads on Thursday.

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The Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights, a conservative group that has waged a weeks-long campaign pressuring Stewart to apologize for the skit, had pressured Delta and other Comedy Central advertisers to pull their Daily Show ads.

Catholic League President Bill Donohue has encouraged a boycott of Kellogg’s because it has declined to pull its spots.

On Tuesday, Donohue announced that he’d sent a letter to the leadership at Viacom, the corporate parent of Comedy Central, which airs “The Daily Show.”

“You should be as offended as we are,” the letter said. “But if you are not, consider a picture of your own mother inserted there instead. Perhaps you now understand how the 80% of the nation that is Christian feel.”

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“What Stewart did wasn’t a joke,” Donohue’s letter continued. “It was hate speech. We could have pressed for him to be fired, but we did not. All we want is an apology.”

Media representatives at Comedy Central did not immediately respond to a request for comment. At a stand-up appearance in Florida last month, Stewart acknowledged the Catholic League’s campaign against him, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

“I'm not going to censor myself to comfort your ignorance," Stewart said, decrying what he called the cable news-fueled “outrage machine.”

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Catholic Church • TV

soundoff (2,495 Responses)
  1. Robert Hagedorn

    Google First Scandal.

    May 9, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  2. Steve

    We already do everything possible to avoid flying Delta. This simply gives me good reason to keep the effort up.

    When will the religious extremists in this nation leave well enough alone? For millenium they've been poking their noses where they do not belong, pushing religion on people who have enjoyed perfectly satisfying lives in the absence thereof. Now, given a new lease on life by nut-bag Replublicans, religious introllerance has reared its ugly head and it seems we all must suffer....

    May 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • cbus

      The guy puts a picture of the Holy Family against the crotch of a naked woman and you think asking for an apology is religious extremism?

      May 9, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • Halladay

      Asking for an apology–no problem; insisting that your point of view prevail–religious extremism.

      May 9, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
  3. n8263

    Is it completely lost on Donohue that if it was not for assholes like him trying to shove their religion up innocent women's vaginas that decent people like Stewert would not be put in a position to have to defend basic human rights like access to safe legal abortion?

    May 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
    • cbus

      Abortion is not a religious issue. If I were an atheist, my opposition to abortion would increase exponentially. As a Christian, I don't fear for the souls of the innocent. But if I were an atheist, then abortion snuffs out an individual's only chance at life. All the euphemisms in world doesn't change the fact that abortion terminates a human life and all its potential.

      May 9, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • sortakinda

      Do you kiss your mama with that mouth? Show some dignity. Yes "dignity." Look it up.

      May 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • Halladay

      The Taliban also insists that only its religious views are valid and denegrate everyone who deins to differ. Everyone, who is an individual gets to chose their course, unless you are hypocritically saying that an individuals right to live ends when they are born.

      May 9, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
  4. Terri

    I I will NEVER fly Delta again

    May 9, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • There is better

      I made that decision long before any of this political crud came up, and will stick with it long after this nonsense is long forgotten.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  5. Greg

    I just sent an e-mail to Delta letting them know I am boycotting THEM due to this spineless behavoir; I encourage others to do the same. We cannot give in to the humoirless "Fun Police" or we're all doomed to a life of lowest common denominator laugh track drivel.

    May 9, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • Ting

      I sent them an email letting them know that I am disappointed to find out that they support pedophiles.

      May 9, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  6. Tim

    Delta, meet the man you kowtowed to: http://dailyshowunited.com/2012/05/09/delta-meet-bill-donohue-the-man-you-kowtowed-to/

    If you want to continue the fight against Bill Donohue, check out http://www.facebook.com/SupportTheDailyShow

    May 9, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • Artie Aardvark

      I've seen interviews of Donahue. He is a raving looney. Even conservatives wouldn't want to talk to him. A real howler.

      May 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  7. Mark from Middle River

    >>>”Mark: Could you point to a reference point for your comment? Everyone is aware of what Hitler did to the Jewish people but Catholics is in question. Not arguing your point but would like to see the evidence for such a statement.”

    Hey TruthPrevails. I hope you see this. A few semesters ago I had a professor who detailed all of the different groups that the Nazis targeted and imprisoned in Concentration Camps. In the lecture she wanted to inform us that the Nazis targeted not only Jews but a lot of groups. The poem I gave at the end of the post...the “Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.”..poem was written by a German pastor who was sent by the Nazis to the camps.

    My sources today are:
    “Scheipers said it was common belief among Hitler's regime that priests were considered enemies of the state, because they refused to accept Nazi ideology.”
    http://www.sungazette.com/page/content.detail/id/534097.html?nav=5011

    There are Wiki entries that also cover it but some do not consider Wiki a reputable sources.

    http://www.scrapbookpages.com/dachauscrapbook/KZDachau/DachauLife3.html

    http://www.amazon.com/Priestblock-25487-A-Memoir-Dachau/dp/0972598170

    L'Chaim

    May 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • Eeesh

      Very true, Hitler was a pretty terrible individual (I think we can all agree on that one) and he wasn't just trying to exterminate the jews but everyone that wasn't part of the Aaryan race that he had in mind (Pretty much bling haired, blue eyed protestant germans)

      I'm not terrible sure about the nature of your conversation with TruthPrevails, but I will agree that Hitler didn't just target jews, however unlike every other group that was targeted and imprisoned and killed, jews were particularly singled out as well as having 6 million out of 20 million jews murdered was the single most devastating attack on jews ever.

      May 9, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • A bit more

      In a nutshell, the Nazis only sent those Catholic clergymen away who were actively resisting them, which is what they did to all forms of resistance. That is how fascism works. However, the Catholic church in Germany in general did not resist – the percentage of priests resisting were relatively small, and the evidence is that they were acting more on personal conviction that anything that came from the church. Moreover, the Vatican was very passive in this period, as Pope Pius XII was so obsessed with fearing communism to properly recognize and resist the horrors of fascism. He was stunningly passive about what was happening to the Jews. Indeed the British Foreign Office called Pius "the greatest moral coward of our age."

      So there was Nazi persecution of clergy, but it was relatively moderate in comparison. Atheist organisations were wiped out as soon as Hitler got in power is 1933, and being identified as an atheist was the same as being a communist to the Nazis, and off to the camps they went.

      May 9, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      To me the debate about whether or not Hitler was a Christian is pointless. He was baptised as a church member. He used a lot of buzzwords that are also found in the Bible. I wouldn't say that he did any of the things he did because he was a Christian. However, many of the Nazi's who willingly went along with, and fulfilled his wishes, considered themselves Christian. Then you have the instance of Stalin. Another bad man who we know for a fact was atheist. Many of his followers were atheist (many were also Christian but I'm sure many were not open about their belief in a God). There's a striking similarity between the two of them. They both thought of themselves as god-like in a way. As a matter of fact, their reign of terror is very comparable to the angry God we see in the OT. Genocide, rigid laws over small matters that would result in death, taking over land that was considered rightfully theirs.

      In the end, it comes down to this: Good people do good things, bad people do bad things. There are only two things in this world that can make a good person do bad things. Those two are Nationalistic Fervor and Religion.

      May 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • mandarax

      Dang, Mark. More of those pesky facts that keep getting in the way of your attempts to revise history!

      May 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • mandarax

      And mustaches, Jaques. They also had that in common. As long as we subst.itute correlation for causation we can conclude that mustaches cause people to do evil things.

      May 9, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • Moment of Clarity for You

      Would it be pointless to state the obvious, that dictators always wipe out all groups that might oppose them? That the issue is that they are tyrrants behaving as tyrrants, and that their stated beilefs (which are all over the map) have nothing to do with it?

      Dictators eliminating opposition? Could be communist dictators eliminating religious people, or Catholic banana republic dictators eliminating atheists, or whatever? Pretty ridiculous concept, huh?

      May 9, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Hi Mandarax. Who said we are rewriting or revising history? The question Truth asked me, a few pages back now, was to ask me for my sources of Hitler targeting Catholics.

      In the end, it just shows that anyone who stood in his way or was a threat to him.

      >>>”In a nutshell, the Nazis only sent those Catholic clergymen away who were actively resisting them, which is what they did to all forms of resistance. “

      A Bit More- The words of ex-nazis or just the statement from the Priest in the article:

      “Scheipers said it was common belief among Hitler's regime that priests were considered enemies of the state, because they refused to accept Nazi ideology.”

      It sounded like Hitler did not care for any Priest or clergy and that the ones that stood against him were dealt with. Your argument could be labeled on to all Germans that stood silent during Hitlers rule, so why single out the silence of those Priest or the entire Catholic church who did not resist?

      >>>”There are only two things in this world that can make a good person do bad things. Those two are Nationalistic Fervor and Religion.”

      Well I agree but there many reasons that make a good person choose a path to do bad. We have school shootings, such as Virginia Tech where it was simply bullying. There are fights over drug routes, blood diamonds and even the African Village, a few years ago, that was wiped out by a rival tribe just for water rights. According to many sources in the Middle East the West is not in a battle against Islam but simply to secure the oil under the ground.

      That's why I gotta agree and not agree. Its choosing to look for the negative in all people as well as the positive. “Nationalistic Fervor” or “Religion” is not what folks see when a kid is gunned down because he has the latest Nikes.

      Money, Power, and Love.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • mandarax

      But Mark, I know from your previous posts what you are trying to get at – that Hitler was not a Christian and therefor atheists must somehow take responsibility for Hitler.

      As for killing for drug routes or NIke shoes or oil – well, that doesn't really qualify as good people doing bad things. Those seem to be cases of bad people doing bad things.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • Moment of Clarity for You

      Yep, it was pointless. Go back to arguing about whether Attila the Hun was an atheist or a Christian.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • just sayin

      Hitler was not an atheist. He in fact believed in God. There is no evidence that he was an atheist.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
    • momoya

      Mark, your reply to "a bit more" was horribly lacking.. As many misses as swings: you struck out.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
    • fred

      Just sayin
      Hitler did not believe in God then Kill off the Jews anymore than the Sanhedrin belived in God then killed Jesus. It is possible they later repented and now sit on fluffy white clouds but that part is not our call.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      >>>”But Mark, I know from your previous posts what you are trying to get at – that Hitler was not a Christian and therefor atheists must somehow take responsibility for Hitler. “

      I am not a major historian but I did do very well in my Western History III class but I do not remember stating that Hitler was not a Christian. Can you cut and paste where I said such? I try to live a life where folks take responsibility for their own actions. If a group of White kids attack and kill a African American man down in Mississippi then I would not feel that the entire White race should “ somehow take responsibility” for them.

      In actually forcing the Atheist to “somehow take responsibility” for Hitler, would be no different than a Feminist looking at Hitler and his inner circle who all are males, and then forcing me as male to “ somehow take responsibility” for them because they were the gender as me.

      >>>”As for killing for drug routes or Nike shoes or oil – well, that doesn't really qualify as good people doing bad things.”

      Well, that all depends. Historians look at Ja'pan's reasons for their actions at the onset of World War Two. If your country is being deprived of resources, such as oil and it could possibly mean hardship for the children and families of your country, could you see war or out right aggression as a option?

      The world is not as black and white, evil and good as folks believe it too be. The motives for actions are various. That is why I asked another blogger what he or she considered a all evil company. This feeling is re-enforced the longer people blogg and read post here. They come in believing that all persons of Faith or all Atheist are evil incarnate, but then they find that it is not as cut and dry. How many times has a Atheist said that Christians hate Gays and Lesbians and then come face to face with Gay and Lesbian Christians . Or Christians that feel that all Gays and Lesbians are Liberal Democrats and then the Gay branch of the Republican party pushes through the overturn of Don't Ask Don't Tell.

      I just hold that there are no just bad people and no just good people.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      >>>"Mark, your reply to "a bit more" was horribly lacking.. "

      Ok 🙂 We often differ on our opinions so its all cool if you feel that way. Would be boring if we all agreed on everything in society and life, would it not?

      May 9, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • just sayin

      fred

      Just sayin
      Hitler did not believe in God then Kill off the Jews anymore than the Sanhedrin belived in God then killed Jesus.
      .
      Or anymore than the KKK not being Christians and hanging blacks. You are assuming again. The acts have nothing to do with the belief. Christians do bad things every day. Other than your assumption that he was not because of bad acts..do you bring anything else to the table?

      May 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Hitler’s Third Reich was no friend to atheists and encouraged religion in Germany. Having been exposed to religious methods of persuasion in school at a Benedictine cloister, Hitler recognized religion’s power to keep the people compliant.
      Instead of purging faith like the Communist regimes, he purged atheism:
      "We were convinced that the people need and require this faith. We have therefore undertaken the fight against the atheistic movement, and that not merely with a few theoretical declarations: we have stamped it out". – The Speeches of Adolf Hitler, April 1922-August 1939, Vol. 1 of 2, Oxford University Press, 1942
      While Mao, Stalin and Pol Pot put themselves into the Godhead position, Hitler publically professed his Christianity until his dying day and used Christian arguments to whip his people into a frenzy. This is why Nazi uniform belt buckles were emblazoned with the slogan “Gott mit uns” (God is with us).
      "My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God's truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. ...Today, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed his blood upon the Cross."
      – Adolf Hitler, speech on April 12, 1922

      May 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      "It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so, and will follow it by suppressing opposition, subverting all education to seize early the minds of the young, and by killing, locking up, or driving underground all heretics."
      – Robert Heinlein

      May 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • just sayin

      "My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter"
      .
      Hitler was a Jesus Warrior. Sorry Fred you don't get to choose only good Christians to represent your faith. However not surprised at Fred's attempt. Christians are the majority in the United States and only want to claim responsibility for the good actions and wish to blame the 20% for the bad actions of Christians

      May 9, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
    • just sayin

      "It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so, and will follow it by suppressing opposition, subverting all education to seize early the minds of the young, and by killing, locking up, or driving underground all heretics."
      – Robert Heinlein

      >
      Sounds like the playbook for the Christian Taliban

      May 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • fred

      just sayin
      You need to read the Bible again and note that the "Chosen Ones" of Old and the Christians of the New Testament are shown to be a very broken people that constantly reject God. I would never paint a group with one big brush as you did. Even the godless ones of today protest if you attempt to paint them with the broad brush of the Dawkins bilble

      May 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Wow guys... This was only supposed to be a responce to TruthPrevails. Never thought it would run like this. At the same time Just sayin does have a point:

      "Christians are the majority in the United States and only want to claim responsibility for the good actions and wish to blame the 20% for the bad actions of Christians"

      Isn't this what happens with any group though? Do African Americans want to claim responsibility for the actions of the "bad Blacks". Seems that so much focus on Zimmerman that members of the community forget that Black on Black murder is a bigger problem. Do Whites want to claim responsibility for the White teenagers that wanted to see what it was like to kill a Black man, then went out and beat one up and ran over him with a pickup? Do Asians want to take responsibility for Cho Seung-Hui after the Virgina Tech killings.

      You can say that Christians only want to acknowledge the good that they do in society and ignore the bad, but that is also true of basically all groups.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • just sayin

      fred

      just sayin
      You need to read the Bible again and note that the "Chosen Ones" of Old and the Christians of the New Testament are shown to be a very broken people that constantly reject God. I would never paint a group with one big brush as you did. Even the godless ones of today protest if you attempt to paint them with the broad brush of the Dawkins bilble
      >
      The bible or any book have no bearing. We are talking about Christians in general and acts. Whether you like it or not, Hitler was a Christian. Whether you like it or not our nation is majority Christian. Whether you like it or not, the 20% is not responsible for the decay or bad things in our society. Christians are the first to use God or the Bible for their advantage. And they are the first to point the finger at the evil Atheists/20% and scatter when the subject of bad acts or things are done by the majority. In fact Christians of now act no differently of past Christians in the World's history.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • mandarax

      Mark, I stand corrected. Your perspective is more nuanced than I gave you credit for, and mine came across as less so than I would have it to be.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
    • just sayin

      "You can say that Christians only want to acknowledge the good that they do in society and ignore the bad, but that is also true of basically all groups."
      .
      I agree and we could say a lot of different things about the percentage of bad drivers, the mating habits of spider Monkeys, flies f ing, percentage of people with blues eyes who are left handed, number of people who pick their noses...however the discussion was specific to Christians and bad acts. Personally I think discussing the mating habits of Spider Monkeys woudl be more exciting.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • momoya

      @Mark

      Sound reasoning isn't up to opinion.. Your reply to "A bit more" did not address the points he raised.. It's not a matter of opinion; it's a matter of recognizing logic when you see it and recognizing when a point levied was ignored in favor of spouting other useless facts.. "A bit more" pitched the ball, you swung facing the opposite direction, and so you didn't even come close to the ball.. Your opinion that you grazed the ball accidently on the swing recovery is as stupid as it is false.

      May 9, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Ok, if you feel that it was sound reasoning then its cool. I do, but like I said, we differ in views so I doubt that we would see eye to eye with a subject. Espeically on determining if the other actually "proved" his or her point. Just how debates go, I would not expect you to agree with me with our past history.

      We just disagree often and too me its all good. 🙂

      May 9, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
  8. mandarax

    The Christians won't hesitate to push for laws, manipulate your children, and threaten you with heII in order to control exactly what you may and may not do with your own va.gina, but don't you dare make a joke about one. That would be disrespectful!

    May 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  9. Reality

    Onto the nitty gritty of s-ex, contraception and STD protection in the 21st century;

    ONLY FOR THE NEWCOMERS:

    – from a guy who enjoys intelligent se-x-

    Note: Some words hyphenated to defeat an obvious word filter. ...

    The Brutal Effects of Stupidity:

    : The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill ( 8.7% failure rate) and male con-dom (17.4% failure rate) have led to the large rate of abortions and S-TDs in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or co-ndoms properly and/or use safer methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.- Failure rate statistics provided by the Gut-tmacher Inst-itute. Unfortunately they do not give the statistics for doubling up i.e. using a combination of the Pill and a condom.

    Added information before making your next move:

    from the CDC-2006

    "Se-xually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain a major public health challenge in the United States. While substantial progress has been made in preventing, diagnosing, and treating certain S-TDs in recent years, CDC estimates that approximately 19 million new infections occur each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24.1 In addition to the physical and psy-ch-ological consequences of S-TDs, these diseases also exact a tremendous economic toll. Direct medical costs as-sociated with STDs in the United States are estimated at up to $14.7 billion annually in 2006 dollars."

    And from:

    Consumer Reports, January, 2012

    "Yes, or-al se-x is se-x, and it can boost cancer risk-

    Here's a crucial message for teens (and all se-xually active "post-teeners": Or-al se-x carries many of the same risks as va-ginal se-x, including human papilloma virus, or HPV. And HPV may now be overtaking tobacco as the leading cause of or-al cancers in America in people under age 50.

    "Adolescents don’t think or-al se-x is something to worry about," said Bonnie Halpern-Felsher professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. "They view it as a way to have intimacy without having 's-ex.'" (It should be called the Bill Clinton Syndrome !!)

    Obviously, political leaders in both parties, Planned Parenthood, parents, the "stupid part of the USA" and the educational system have failed miserably on many fronts.

    The most effective forms of contraception, ranked by "Perfect use":

    1a. (Abstinence, 0% failure rate)
    1b. (Masturbation, mono or mutual, 0% failure rate)

    Followed by:
    One-month injectable and Implant (both at 0.05 percent)
    Vasectomy and IUD (Mirena) (both at 0.1 percent)
    The Pill, Three-month injectable, and the Patch (all at 0.3 percent)
    Tubal sterilization (at 0.5 percent)
    IUD (Copper-T) (0.6 percent)
    Periodic abstinence (Post-ovulation) (1.0 percent)
    Periodic abstinence (Symptothermal) and Male condom (both at 2.0 percent)
    Periodic abstinence (Ovulation method) (3.0 percent)

    Every other method ranks below these, including Withdrawal (4.0), Female condom (5.0), Diaphragm (6.0), Periodic abstinence (calendar) (9.0), the Sponge (9.0-20.0, depending on whether the woman using it has had a child in the past), Cervical cap (9.0-26.0, with the same caveat as the Sponge), and Spermicides (18.0).

    Scroll back to p. 30 for added details.

    May 9, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  10. brian

    will they lower their fares as a result!@? nope

    May 9, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  11. Sue Taylor

    It is to the Daily Show's credit that Delta Airlines dropped their advertising – Delta is the worst airline on the planet. I have a mixed race family and Delta has treated my family members of color HORRIBLY. Multiple times. No way in the world will any of us fly Delta ever, ever again. Congratulations Jon Stewart! To your credit.

    May 9, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
    • just sayin

      Not to mention, not safe with the failed inspections. 😮

      May 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  12. Primewonk

    OneFineBlonde wrote, "I know that this will come as a bolt out of the blue to you, but membership in the Catholic Church is entirely voluntary."

    Seriously? Entirely voluntary? Ever hear of the Stockholm Syndrome?

    From infancy you are constantly told (by parents, teachers, family members, preachers, etc.) that you HAVE TO believe in "this" version of the invisible magic sky daddy, or he is going to toss you into the lake of fire and torture you for all eternity.

    May 9, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • Pope Bengay XVI

      IF YOU DON"T OBEY AND CONFORM, YOU WILL BURN IN HELL FOR EVER AND EVER AND EVER ! ! ! ! !

      Membership is voluntary, but remember the DIE AND BURN FOREVER thing!!!

      No coersion here. None at all. Just friendly advice. Did I mention that you are going to BURN AND BE TORTURED FOR EVER AND EVER AND EVER if you don't obey?

      Oh, I'm short on cash again. Send some now or, well, you know already, and by voice is hoarse from all that gentle persuasion.

      May 9, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • Primewonk

      I especially like the cults who preach to the kiddos about the wailing and gnashing of teeth on your flesh as the flames burn off your limbs over and over.

      Seriously – how the hell is this not child abuse??

      May 9, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • momoya

      @Primewonk

      Christians wouldn't put it this way, but the h.e.ll thing is just kowtowing to a "might-makes-right" dynamic.. God is mightiest and he's going torture forever those that don't meet his standards.. In the parent's defense, they're trying to warn their child of the horror their god is really capable of.

      May 9, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  13. KMW

    BFD, I would also call them crumbs as they should be feed to the birds.

    Anon, I apologize if I have upset you but I am sure you will survive.

    May 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  14. OneFineBlonde

    Sometimes late at night, when I'm lighting the candles at my Sean Hannity altar or when I'm slipping into my warm Glenn Beck footy pajamas to listen to some classic Rush Limbaugh tapes (I only dig the boys who never graduated from college), and I walk over to turn on my home theater system that I bought with kickbacks from my American Crossroads donations to watch Rush in all his mushy hi-def majesty...and then there's HIM! Jon Antichrist Stewart and his stupid show that LESS THAN NOBODY watches!! UGH! I spill my Coors Light all over my climate change denial reading and my night's RUINED! I HATE HIM! I HATE HIM! I HATE HIM!

    May 9, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • Woooooot

      How very christian of you.....
      I mean...COOL STORY.

      May 9, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      Where can I get some Glenn Beck footy pajamas?

      May 9, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • OneFineBlonde

      Oh I love him... but why won't he answer my fan mail? I sent him a lock of my hair and EVERYTHING! I HATE HIM! I HATE HIM! oh god, I love him....

      May 9, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • GodPot

      "I sent him a lock of my hair and EVERYTHING!"

      and where might that lock have come from? Merkin anyone?

      May 9, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  15. Humbert Humbert

    Well, the market is down .5% but Delta is down 2.15% Apparently investors are not happy with Delta for some reason. Stupid self-destructive advertising decisions, perhaps?

    May 9, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
  16. Doc Vestibule

    You'd think Kellogg would be on the side of the Church.
    Breakfast cereal was devised by a s.ex hating 7th Day Adventist who was also obsessed with giving the patients in his sanitarium yogurt enemas.
    (insert pedo priest joke here)

    May 9, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • In One Rear and out the Other...

      "yogurt enemas"

      Must have been probiotic yogurt which helped keep them regular like Jamie Lee Curtis...

      May 9, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  17. just sayin

    Do Christians feel closer to God when they fly?

    May 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • Delta Fry Miles

      You do when you fly Delta... lots and lots of prayer...

      May 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • just sayin

      I heard Delta had issues with inspections and failing them. Cutting corners never works...perhaps the CEO's will pray more?

      May 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  18. OneFineBlonde

    The big news of this story is that JON STEWART IS STILL ON THE AIR!

    WHO would've thought it? Certainly not me. When I saw the most recent list of the 25 top-rated cable shows and realized that Stewart and his i diot friend, Bill Maher, weren't on there, I figured they'd bitten the dust like Keith Olbermann, Rosie O'Donnell and the rest of the unfunny l e f t a r d s.

    But no. Somewhere on the last (way down below the top 25) Stewart and Maher still live. Granted, they have millions fewer viewers than "Pawn Stars" and "River Monsters" . . . but still. They've got a dozen foaming-at-the-mouth fans here. Hey! You guys buy a lot of Kellog's Cereal, okay?

    You can consume all those empty calories to console yourselves over the fast that according to all the polls at Real Clear Politics, your messiah Obama's ratings are in the to i let. And all the latest polls show Romney beating your failed president. Oh, except for Reuters, which is the outlier. But then, Reuters was one of the least accurate pollsters in '08, so they're on track to equal their pathetic performance this year.

    And one more thing . . . in the West Virginia Democrat primary just held, a convict who's serving more than 200 years in prison won 4 out of every 10 Democrat votes cast. I thought that was pretty funny.

    Hey! Have a nice day and THANKS for NOT flying Delta. Delta has self-selected its future passengers and you have been officially disinvited.

    May 9, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • Woooooot

      Cool story!

      May 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • momoya

      It doesn't happen often, but at times, stupid people can be very entertaining.

      May 9, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • Humbert Humbert

      I love the flailers like Blondinka. As if yelling her crazy opinions makes them true. She sure has worked herself up into a froth-mouth lather.

      Clearly does not understand how ratings work. Stewart is in 11th place overall. The reason that other shows have more viewers is that, duh, more people are awake to watch them. Stewarts show is late night.

      Oh, and demographics? Stewart and Colbert's audiences have the highest median income. No airline would want that market!

      May 9, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • just sayin

      Not a cool story bro. It has no aliens.

      May 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      I'm also curious to see whether these ratings also include people watching his show on the Daily Show website. I didn't have cable for a brief period of time so I could only catch it online.

      May 9, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • Woooooot

      @justsayin: Fixed it: http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/6ijn/

      May 9, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • GodPot

      Jon and Stephen have huge followings around the world and nearly a third of their millions of viewers watch online each day. But I'm sure thats not something that OneFatBlonde would care anything about because reality obviously doesn't matter to her/him/it. Delta will go bankrupt long before either of these fine shows, or Bill Mahers show, will ever go off the air. And OneFatBlonde here would know that if she ever left her confined living space inside her portable toilet resavoir.

      May 9, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  19. Jesus

    Stop talking on my behalf. I am not going to fly Delta too. I do not need them anyway.

    May 9, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
  20. Duane - St. Pete FLA

    Obama's so cool he should host "Soul Train"!!!!!!!

    May 9, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
    • just sayin

      Soul Plane, the movie?

      May 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Just Sayin' ... Please for the love of God ..or Christopher Hitchens, mention Soul Plane...

      May 9, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
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