Welcome to another week, and thanks for checking in. So far, it’s kind of a slow news day, and it’s a Monday, so that’s a double-dose of awful.

Megyn KellyI knew my day was ruined the moment I switched on Fox News and noticed Megyn Kelly’s absence this morning. Megyn is hotter than a five and a half foot lava lamp. In fact, she’s so hot that she was the only reporter invited to inspect the Bigfoot carcass purportedly found by the Bigfoot hunters who claimed to have it in a secret location (headline: ‘Megyn, come inspect our Sasquatch‘). What a ruse! Why didn’t they invite Megyn’s co-host Bill Hemmer, for example? (I’m not sure if they’re really hunting Bigfoot anymore, if you see what I mean.)

In that regard, the few blurry photos provided by the hunters, the lack of DNA evidence and the following report did little to inspire confidence that the biggest babe of all, the mighty Bigfoot, had been found:

Meldrum says Whitton and Dyer released a YouTube video said to show a scientist traveling to Georgia to examine the “body.” Both Meldrum and The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization say that numerous viewers quickly figured out that the “scientist” was, in reality, Martin Whitton, the deputy’s brother.

Megan McArdleElsewhere, an interesting piece from Megan McArdle this morning, who’s responding to Andrew Sullivan asking how we can possibly expect those with faith in God not to vote accordingly:

…if I did have a firm belief in God, I’d have a hard time reconciling the following two principles: (1) There is an omnipotent, omniscient and omnibenevolent deity, and man’s highest destiny is to fulfill His purpose; and (2) I routinely ignore what this deity says because my neighbors disagree.

As I said in the comments section, Megan is wrong on this one. It’s just a lack of theological understanding: the deity does not “say” (per the second premise) that people should legislate the morality of the faith in law using the political system. So the believer is not ignoring what the deity says by respecting the diverse opinions of others. The position she outlines fails to account for the moral good that is tolerance of the positions of others, in and of itself. (If we’re talking about Christianity, there’s no verse in the bible that could be used to suggest that Jesus wanted people to legislate their faith; that would impose Christian values upon other people. Instead it is a message of good news, ‘gospel’, which should be spread and gain followers of free will, an action dependent upon liberty rather than coercion. So the problem is with the second premise.) Ultimately, if I believe that there is a great omnipotent omnibenevolent God, I will vote against any measure which would crush the freedom of others to act of their own free will or impede their ability to choose their religious faith for themselves.

GabbyIn the Guardian, Ai Weiwei points out the fakery at the Beijing Olympics (which will thankfully be over soon). The girl with the crooked teeth being replaced with a cuter seven year old didn’t seem like such a big story to me. Meantime, Carole Cadwalladr takes issue with the fact that, out of 437 BBC employees dispatched to Beijing for the Olympics, a hot babe who had a photo spread in men’s magazine GQ – Gabby Logan – was the one asked to anchor the coverage. She appears to think this is unfair to the fugly cunts who had to stay behind the scenes. We all have our strengths and weaknesses; maybe Carole should come to terms with the fact that looks are one consideration when it comes to who to put in front of a camera.

Finally, in the London Times, Derwent May observes that the great tits are nesting earlier because of climate change. I’m just glad great tits are still around.