lefty-in-the-sky-with-diamonds asked:

Pin collecting and trading is so much fun! I have 3 pin suitcases that I bought at Disney World filled with all kinds of pins. Once you start it's never ending, especially when you want to trade. One worker at Disney World didn't want to trade me pins and it took me forever to finally convince him even though I thought they weren't allowed to deny you a trade :/ have fun!

CiticenX Answer:

didyouknowwaltdisney:

He must have been giving you a hard time on purpose, because I am pretty sure they are supposed to take whatever you want to trade with them. I am almost positive they are even given pins just to have on incase a guest wants to trade and that they have to return those pins, at least that’s how my friend who worked there described it. 

Yep, those pins are issued to them by the higher-ups! There’s actually a special room in the tunnels beneath WDW’s Magic Kingdom where the pins are stored. They have to trade.

disneydear:

I feel pretty tonight

"I feel pretty… Oh so pretty… I feel pretty and witty and gay!  And I pity
any girl who isn’t me today!!!"

disneydear:

I feel pretty tonight

"I feel pretty… Oh so pretty… I feel pretty and witty and gay! And I pity any girl who isn’t me today!!!"

gailsimone:

Falcon!

I think it’s fairly obvious that, had Sam been around at the time, Jane Austen would have most certainly written him into her stories…

gailsimone:

Falcon!

I think it’s fairly obvious that, had Sam been around at the time, Jane Austen would have most certainly written him into her stories…

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Music Industry Experts Say Pants-Pooping Draft Dodger Ted Nugent's Ongoing Diatribes Damaging Concert Promotion

justinspoliticalcorner:

Ted Nugent’s recent spate of offensive and racist comments that have sparked protests and canceled shows are damaging his image and could well cripple his income if he continues, according to veteran concert promoters and industry journalists.

In a week when two casinos operated by different Native American tribes canceled three separate Nugent shows set for next month and dozens protested a concert in New Jersey, concert touring experts say the National Rifle Association board member and conservative commentator is doing real damage to his money-earning potential.

"If you’re going to say something political, you’re going to have some backlash, it doesn’t matter who you are or what you say," said Larry Magid, a Philadelphia-based promoter who has handled Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac, and Bette Midler. "Nugent seems to have taken it to extremes. I don’t know that you can blame anyone for not wanting to play him for all of the baggage that he brings."

Magid, who also organized the famed 1985 Live Aid benefit show in Philadelphia, said Nugent was never a huge concert draw, but his declaration earlier this year that President Barack Obama is a "subhuman mongrel"may mark a turning point.

"I don’t know if that is frustration at not being a viable act, but it is stupid," Magid said of Nugent. "If you are a musician, you are trying to bring your music, your art to a broad group of people. It is one thing to take a stance, it is another thing when you are talking about the president of the United States.

"For all of the people enamored with him, there are 20 or 30 or 40 times that who are not enamored with him. To me, it’s not bright. If I’m a promoter I have to think two or three or four times before I take a shot with this performer."

"No one should be surprised by any of this," said Gary Bongiovanni, editor-in-chief of Pollstar USA, which tracks concert touring receipts. "It’s a free country and Nugent has always had a big mouth. But if he keeps making incendiary statements his future tours may be limited to NRA conventions and Fox News events."

Bongiovanni said the public reaction is not unusual: “Why be surprised if you can’t sell tickets to them after you insult people who are gay, animal rights, or gun control advocates, or just in the majority of people who voted for Obama?”

Although Nugent has long been a hardline conservative and pro-gun advocate, his “subhuman mongrel” comments triggered a massive media firestorm and led prominent Republicans to disassociate themselves from the rocker earlier this year. Nugent’s offensive and racist comments have more recently caused a backlash against his concerts.

Among the results:

  • Three Nugent concerts scheduled in early August at Native American tribe-owned casinos in Washington and Idaho were canceled this week due to the performer’s commentary. Puyallup Tribe Tribal Chairman Bill Sterud has said Nugent is a “jackass” and will never be booked again.
  • Earlier this summer controversy surrounded a concert scheduled for an Oshkosh, WI, music festival after a letter to the editor decrying Nugent’s concert received heightened attention. Nugent subsequently described his critics as “unclean vermin.”
  • "Picket signs lined the street" outside a July 22 concert in New Jersey as Nugent was greeted by “at least 75 protestors.”
  • While Nugent will perform at The Toledo Blade’s Northwest Ohio Rib-Off festival next month, the paper’s sales director told Media Matters he had received numerous complaints and strongly suggested Nugent would never be booked again. 
  • The City of Longview, TX in March canceled Nugent’s concert at a Fourth of July festival and paid him $16,000 (reportedly half his fee) not to show up.

John Scher of Metropolitan Entertainment Consultants, a longtime New Jersey promoter who has booked Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, and Billy Joel, said he’s never seen such a public backlash in his 40 years promoting concerts.

"I can’t really, really recall this kind of reaction because of political beliefs," Scher said, later adding, "All in all, I don’t think it can be a plus. Where’s the tipping point? I think he’ll find it will probably shrink to the places where his views are not so contrary to the views of the general population. You might see him doing most of his touring in the south or certain states in the west that are gun-toting conservatives. In the Northeast and in California he is probably not getting booked as much … I don’t see from an overall point of view how he is helping himself."

Michael Maietta, a promoter at Creative Entertainment Group in New York, which has handled the Neville Brothers, John Popper, and George Thorogood, said the financial impact is obvious when a musician offends so many people.

"Of course it will have an effect on how much money Ted will make going forward if he is not getting booked," Maietta said via email. "Soft ticket events, such as fairs and township gigs will get pressure not to book him with public dollars."

Steve Knopper, a Rolling Stone contributing editor who covers the rock concert business, said this is clearly a trend.

"It does seem like, whether it is a movement or people deciding to be offended by this en masse, it seems like it’s having an impact and that can’t be good," Knopper said. "I don’t know if Ted Nugent’s main source of income is from concerts, but the way right now to make money in the music business is to tour."

Knopper added, “I’m guessing that he needs to tour to make money and if his comments are preventing him from doing that he may well have to rethink how he handles his public image. He has said some incredibly offensive stuff in the past few years, now maybe it is hitting home.”

H/T: Joe Strupp at MMFA

BE WARNED: Michele Bachmann Will Most Likely Run For President Again: Gays Pursuing 'Tyranny,' 'Deviancy,' Polygamy, and Child Rape [TW: Extreme Anti-LGBT Bigotry, Extreme Homophobia, Extreme Biphobia, Extreme Transphobia] *PART I OF SEVERAL POSTS THROUGHOUT TODAY

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Many may have forgotten, but Tea Party Congresswoman Michele Bachmann got her start in politics by being one of Minnesota’s most anti-gay activists. Like many, the school board was her stomping ground, and Bachmann quickly gained a strong base among the radical religious right. 

Bachmann claimed “the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it’s bondage. It is personal bondage, personal despair and personal enslavement.”  She insisted it is “child abuse” to even discuss homosexuality with children. And she’s called being gay “the very real issue of sexual dysfunction.”

LOOK: Michele Bachmann’s Top Ten Anti-Gay Quotes

After Rep. Bachmann’s disastrous 2012 presidential campaign, for which she, her husband, and her campaign have been the target of several ethics investigations by several entities, including the Office of Congressional Ethics, the nation heard less and less from the four-term, 58-year old, Evangelical Christian Congresswoman, who announced last year she will not be seeking a fifth term.

Less and less, until now.

This week Bachmann announced, “there’s a chance I could run" for President.

And on Wednesday, Rep. Bachmann gave an interview with the conservative radio show, “Faith & Victory,” and harkened back to her extremist anti-gay roots.

Calling it “the rise of tyranny,” Bachmann claims there is “legislation being pushed all across the United States to punish people who don’t agree with” LGBT equality.

"It’s the basis for hate speech laws across the United States," Bachmann said. "This is an effort to have government coerce, force, speech and behavior, and it’s being pushed and advocated by the gay community."

Bachmann, who has spent decades railing against the LGBT community, same-sex marriage, and even gay people raising children, now claims that she supports a “diversity of opinion,” but the LGBT community does not.

"Today," Bachmann continued, "the big push is on transgender."

"I believe we’re going to see coming an effort for multiple in marriage. Not just tow, but multiple in marriage. I think they want to legalize that."

"Also, they want to abolish age of consent laws. We would do away with statutory rape laws, so adults would be able to freely prey on little children sexually. That’s the deviance that we’re seeing embraced in our culture today.”

Listen:

Editor’s note: This is the first in a short series of excerpts from Bachmann’s interview — stay tuned for more later in the day.

Image by Gage Skidmore via Flickr
Hat tip and audio: Right Wing Watch

Weird… what with her being married to a gay man and all…

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piranhapunk:

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Twenty-five years and three days later, reality takes a tip from fiction and charts “Weird Al” Yankovic’s new album Mandatory Fun at number one, with over 100,000 sales during it’s first week. In his 31 year long career, with 14 studio albums to his name, this is the first time he’s hit the top- and the first comedy album by ANY artist to hit #1 since 1960! Congratulations, Al! image

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comicsalliance:

ERIC STEPHENSON’S KEYNOTE SPEECH FROM IMAGE EXPO 2014: DIVERSITY, ORIGINALITY, GRAVE-ROBBING

By Andrew Wheeler

Image Comics held another one-day Image Expo in San Diego this week just ahead of San Diego Comic-Con, to shine a spotlight on a slate of upcoming titles, including new work from Rick Remender, Ray Fawkes, Marian Churchland, Jeff Lemire, and Becky Cloonan.

It was also a chance for Image publisher Eric Stephenson to talk about Image’s position in the comics market. In his keynote speech he called out his competitors for their reliance on “grave robbing the past,” hailed the importance of diversity, and derided the term “creator-driven”.

Above, you can also watch the nine-minute video that played before Stephenson’s speech, in which Stephenson and a host of Image creators acclaim the way Image allows creators to do what they want without micro-management or editorial oversight. As pointed out by Patrick Reed in his write-up of the live presentation earlier this week, the video fails to effectively reflect Stephenson’s belief in diversity amongst creators, featuring only one person who’s not a white male. But it should be noted that immediately following the screening of this video, Stephenson did introduce a number of women and persons of color to the stage to announce their new Image comics.

READ THE FULL TEXT OF STEPHENSON’S SPEECH AT COMICS ALLIANCE

I’m sure it was just a coincidence that the diversity came about at the same time as his speech…