Sunday, July 10, 2011

By the Numbers

2 -- Number of GOP Presidential candidates who've signed off on The FAMiLY LEADER's "Marriage Vow" since it was unveiled last Thursday.  Those vowers are Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum.  One of the more troubling footnotes in the "marriage vow" is an observation that the black children of slaves were better off that many black kids today because those past kids were more likely to live with their moms and dads than the black kids of today.  After much criticism, The FAMiLY LEADER amended their "marriage vow" to remove that footnote.  It's unclear whether Bachmann and Santorum are being held to the standards of the amended or the unamended "marriage vow.  BTW, GOP Presidential candidate Gary Johnson has outright condemned the "marriage vow" and Jon Huntsman has declined to sign off on it, stating that he has a long history of gay families and doesn't like signing off on other's pledge cards.

7 -- There were seven superhumans "Worthy" enough to serve the evil Serpent over in Marvel Comics (Absorbing Man, Attuma, Grey Gargoyle, Hulk, Juggernaut, Sin, Thing, and Titania).  Marvel recently revealed seven "Mighty" heroes who might just be tough enough to oppose the Serpent and his Worthy allies.  The Mighty are all blacked out, but that doesn't stop me from speculating about their identities.  Some are easy choices, others aren't.  Here are my initial guesses (from left to right): Ms. Marvel, Iron Fist, Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Wolverine, She-Hulk (not sure which one, though I'm hoping for Red She-Hulk and planning for the future She-Hulk), Mockingbird, Hawkeye, and Spider-Man.  It's still unclear if these folks have been mystically or technologically charged by anyone or whom that might be.  I could be wrong with some of my guesses, but it's notable that neither Thor nor Captain America are mighty enough for this group of Mighty Men (and women).

10 -- Number of Projects "Comic Book Cold Cases" that Newsarama is still waiting for.  I'll admit to being more than anxious for Marvel's long awaited Marvelman, but truthfully I'm much more interested in the completion of a comic book that's not on this list: The Twelve.  I've been waiting for over two years for the next issue to come out.  That's just nuts.

1,618 -- Number of gay and lesbian couples who've applied for civil union licenses in Illinois over the past month since the legislature passed its civil union bill into law.  Equality Illinois believes that there are actually more Illinois couples who've civilly unionized, as they already unionized in other states.

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