OPINION »How a hurricane changed my mind about firearms.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
According to science:
More Housework, Less Sex: Married men who spend more time doing traditionally female chores, like cooking, cleaning and shopping, report having less sex than husbands who don’t do as much, reports The Houston Chronicle. Conversely, men who did more manly chores, such as yard work, paying bills and auto repairs, reported having more sex.
On the other hand, maybe husbands who are secure enough to do "women's work" also feel less compelled to exaggerate how much they're getting.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Right now, I only see a brief notice from the AP, so here's an extended version of one of my earliest favorite songs. Sugarfoot, aka Leroy Bonner, is the one with the double neck guitar and the baddest of the bad-ass afros.
Just passed 200k likes on Facebook.on.fb.me/5GZrQF So much for the progressive left's efforts to silence black Conservatives...— Allen West (@AllenWest) January 28, 2013
Allen West: Now reduced to second billing in Wonkette posts starring Victoria Jackson.
Don't click. It's everything you fear it will be.
Move over, "How Shamu Saved My Marriage By Convincing Me To Buy New High-
FiberAntioxidant Running Shoes That Would Cure Cancer End Hunger In Africa Get My Kid Into A Better Carbon-Neutral Preschool."
Monday, January 28, 2013
Rightbloggers pitched in, too, in direct responses or in reactions to Hillary Clinton's Congressional hearing, the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and gun control, proving that whatever lesson there is to be learned from 2012, they will do whatever it takes not to find it.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Other than that moment of amusement, I was not particularly happy with my decision to check the NYT's headlines this morning.
Here's one measure of how crazy desperate to oppose all things Obama some rich wingnuts have become:
The most mysterious of the new groups is Use Your Mandate. Portraying itself as a gay rights group, it has sent mailers to voters in seven states — including New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Montana — and run television ads against Mr. Hagel in New York and Washington. It has sent out posts on Twitter questioning his gay rights record and asking, “Is this what we worked so hard for?”
Which seems like it'd be about as effective as becoming a drag queen to boost Tupperware sales. Oh, wait.
Another measure of their desperation? Michael Goldfarb is a fundraiser in this anonymously funded campaign to Save America From Hagel. If you're giving money to Michael Goldfarb, you've really lost your mind.
I confess I could not make it very far through the article about the pushers.
The pages of Junior Shooters, an industry-supported magazine that seeks to get children involved in the recreational use of firearms, once featured a smiling 15-year-old girl clutching a semiautomatic rifle.
What, and not in high heels and a bikini?
Saturday, January 26, 2013
15,000 Crocodiles Escape From South African Farm
One of them was found on a school’s rugby field in Musina, nearly 75 miles from the farm.
This proves once again, of course, the need for every citizen to have at least nine AR-15s on hand.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Take a few minutes to look at this, from Roger Ross Williams.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
... a post responding to Chunky Jonah Goldberg is always a delight, especially when it comes from a master like Thers.
[Added] Schadenfreude of the Day, also from Thers (from last week). Allen West news! You must.
... but his guest post on Pierce's blog, about watching the inauguration on FoxNews, is a fun read, filled with vivid phrases that are almost impossible not to steal.
[Added] A response.
There is no Room for Debate. The prefix a- means not. Atheism is not a religion any more than asymptomatic is symptomatic, atonal is tonal, or amoral is moral.
And it's not a "belief system," either, any more than not seeing any evidence that unicorns exist is a branch of zoology.
As for awe, I marvel at everything from the back of my hand to pictures taken by Hubble. For meaning, I look everywhere, to science and art and my own linty navel. For comfort? Okay, yeah, I do occasionally get a warm fuzzy when realizing that I'm no longer in thrall to a set of superstitions that many in the
Taliban GOP would like made mandatory. But far more often, I turn to beer and chocolate.
And nice people.
And books. And music. And ... oh, hell, there's a whole universe of comfort out there, too.
Friday, January 18, 2013
... stick to that pledge, right after you read this.
Now don't you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? Me, too.
But even in context, it still caused me momentary brain-lock:
... middle class and wealthier white men — the population that tends to submit DNA data to recreational sites ...
[Added] And here's another:
A computer motherboard called Grouphug ...
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
I did not know until a few minutes ago that, some years back, Jimmy Page did a two-night stand with the Black Crowes.
Here is "Custard Pie" from one of those nights. Pretty much a straight-up version of the original recording -- the song remains the same, one might say, were one prone to cheap and obvious jokes -- but it's fun to see Page smile and bounce around, even, and to hear a backing band who obviously grew up on his stuff tear it up so well.
He's coming to take your guns, haha! He's coming to take your guns, hoho, heehee, ha-haa!
[Added] Also, the NRA has a new ad out, posing the entirely reasonable question, if the President's daughters have Secret Service protection, then why can't your kids have armed guards in their schools?
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Disinvite Beyonce from singing the Star Spangled Banner at the Inauguration
... that's recently up on the "We The People" petition-the-White-House site.
The best argument against democracy is ...?
Monday, January 14, 2013
“Entitlement costs”, if I understand the term correctly, means “one side of any contract on which the Republicans would now like to renege”. It is a way of branding as greedy bludgers the people who are claiming the unemployment insurance or pensions for which they have paid.
I will take the term “entitlement costs” seriously when people start applying it to farm subsidies or defense-industry corporate welfare. Or for that matter, to the rent, when the landlords demand their entitlement according to the tenancy agreement.
-- herr doktor bimler
Bonus: delicious-sounding recipe at the same link, if you scroll up to the top.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Aaron Swartz is dead, apparently by suicide.
To the extent that it is possible for someone half your age to be a hero to you, Aaron was one to me.
Hope someone is busy archiving his site.
[Added2] Glenzilla also considers him a hero.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Last line of something just in:
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Back up top:
In conclusion, Google is liberally biased.
Oh, wait. You wanted to read the whole thing? Okay!
Friday, January 11, 2013
Just happened across BadTux in Comments
over at M. Bouffant's house, and thus came across this:
BadTux99 says this about that:
Phoebe Snow sings “Just To Be With You”. I’m pretty sure this is a Muddy Waters cover, though it may be BB King’s arrangement. If she ever recorded it on an album, I can’t find it, but at least we have this YouTube video of her performance.
Nobody seems to have noticed that she died on April 26,2011. Granted, she was mostly active in the mid to late 1970′s, but still, she was only 60 years old…
Sad news, but thanks for the memorable recording, BT.
If by some chance the post title did not make you faint dead away, have a look at Ars Technica's report on FoxNews's dismissal of the latest temperature data sweeping the
liberal media denialist wolverines.
Document the atrocities.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Different car this time. Bumper sticker:
More Freedom Less Government
And yes, it was parked in a handicapped parking spot.
The driver clearly needed it. I wonder if she appreciated that the spot was there for her only because of, you know, FREEDUMB-ROBBING BIG GUMMINT.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Despite the report noted yesterday, about 2012 being the hottest year on record, by a lot, for the continental US, there is still no shortage of denialism.
We wish it were solely the Stupidest Man on the Internet, ...
... but he's only an example.
I have not yet finished reading Daniyal Mueenuddin's "Sameer and the Samosas," which appears in the 3 December 2012 issue of the New Yorker, but I had to stop to share a bit of it before I could turn the page.
This is from the story of a young man from Pakistan, who went off to Dartmouth College in the US, who returns home after graduation and decides to take over one of his father's farms.
My God, how penny-bright and clueless I was, arriving at the farm that day in 1987, to be met by the managers—the Committee, as I came to think of them. (Because they or their progeny still carry weight in the environs of the farm, I have assigned them fictitious names.) They should have been standing there in order of size as my jeep chugged up the drive: tall, volatile, vicious Shakil at one end of the line—in a cartoon, he would be the slavering Doberman, no brains but lots of bad muscle between the ears—and, at the other end, dumpy, lame Shaﬁk, the accountant, born to be a sidekick to some rogue, who spent the next four or ﬁve years trotting around me in circles as I struggled to understand the double-entry bookkeeping system he had devised expressly to be intelligible only to him. In lore and reality, these managers are a type as well defined as the English butler, but of a very different temper. Every absentee landowner has them, and most believe that theirs alone are honest.
In those days, I drove—I rolled in—an ancient Pakistani-made Naya Daur jeep. The name means New Era, and its production, at least of the one model built before production collapsed, did indeed signal a new day, a ﬂowering of Pakistan’s newly organized kleptocratic command economy of Bhutto's nineteen-seventies, built with a shoddiness that would have drawn an appreciative whistle from a Soviet metalworks manager. That ﬁrst day, rumpled and dust-covered after the ten-hour drive from Lahore in this crate, I was met, as I would be met each time I drove back in the early years, by these suave, ruthless, cunning operators, lined up in the farmhouse portico and waiting to embrace me, size me up, and then retire—like a conclave of Renaissance cardinals—to plot my confusion.
You might also have a look at Daniyal Mueenuddin's website.
FAIR is the organization that has most recently sorted and tallied the Sunday show guests, and yet again, the shows skew white and conservative. FAIR looked at the guest lists for ABC’s “This Week,” NBC’s “Meet the Press,” CBS’ “Face the Nation, and “Fox News Sunday” from June 2011 through February 2012. They found:
Of one-on-one interviews, 70 percent of partisan-affiliated guests were Republican. Those guests were overwhelmingly male (86 percent) and white (92 percent).
The broader roundtable segments weren’t much more diverse: 62 percent of partisan-affiliated guests were Republican. More broadly, guests classified as either Republican or conservative far outnumbered Democrats or progressives, 282 to 164. The roundtables were 71 percent male and 85 percent white.
U.S. government sources — current officials, former lawmakers, political candidates, party-affiliated political operatives and campaign advisers — dominated the Sunday shows overall (47 percent of appearances). Following closely behind were journalists (43 percent), most of whom were middle-of-the-road Beltway political reporters.
Media Matters tallied the guest lists in 2005 and 2006 and came up with very similar results. There are never labor leaders, scientists, academics, activists or public policy experts on these shows, ever. There are scarcely any women or people of color. The Sunday shows are broadcast live from the cocoon.
When you imagine how many millions of people congratulate themselves for not getting all of their information from FoxNews, because they get a big chunk of it from Dancing Dave, et al, you start to understand how an asylum run by the inmates still gets to call itself one of our two major parties.
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
It’s Official: 2012 Was Hottest Year Ever in U.S.
The numbers are in: 2012, the year of a surreal March heat wave, a severe drought in the corn belt and a massive storm that caused broad devastation in the mid-Atlantic states, turns out to have been the hottest year ever recorded in the contiguous United States.
How hot was it? The temperature differences between years are usually measured in fractions of a degree, but last year blew away the previous record, set in 1998, by a full degree Fahrenheit.
Yahoo Mail now, finally, offers a constant HTTPS connection. Sadly, it is not (yet?) switched on by default for most cases. Happily, it's easy to switch on by hand.
Should you do it? Yes, you should do it. Especially if you access your Yahoo Mail wirelessly, and particularly, if you do so from public wifi hotspots. Even if you only use your Yahoo Mail once in a while. Just do it now. Won't take but a minute.
Unless there is something truly pathological about your computer set-up, you should notice no difference at all, except for the appearance of a lock icon in your browser's address bar, as shown above. Things aren't going to get noticeably slower, you won't need to type in extra passwords, etc.
What is HTTPS? Basically, it's a more secure way to connect to a Web site. When you visit a site whose URL begins with
https:// instead of plain old
http://, information transmitted between your computer and the site is encrypted automatically before being sent. This makes it virtually impossible for someone else to eavesdrop on you. More details (than you probably want) are available on Wikipedia.
[–]sharilynj 151 points 3 hours ago
What's been the strangest experience you've had due to your sudden fame?
[–]NateSilver538[S] 413 points 2 hours ago
When I was in Mexico last week, I got recognized at the top of the Sun Pyramid at Teotihuacan, which I'm pretty sure really is a sign of the Apocalypse.
Monday, January 07, 2013
Apparently, Ross Douthat is still hand-wringing for the Grand Ole Par-tay (that never was). This provokes a response far more worth linking to.
If you want to save the Republican party, leave it. Find common cause with centrist Democrats; Lord knows you've got enough. You're gonna have to admit that the only sovereignty over a woman's reproductive system belongs to her own brain, and you're going to have to admit that the government can do good things, and really ought to pay lip service to the poor, the sick, and the needy while it stockpiles carrier fleets. That is, you're going to have to appear sensible,, and you're going to have to get your Bronze Age impulses cut down to where they'll fit in your own garage again.
-- Doghouse Riley
No word on whether said garage is allowed to have car elevators and such.
Compounding the hilarity: I got to the above thanks to the site's auto-recommendation mechanism, the if you liked that post you just read you'll probably also like these posts thing.
The post I did read to completion, however, is well worth a look, for geeks of all flavors.
From the paper of record:
Iliad reported third-quarter revenue of €819 billion, or about $1.1 billion.
Or, who knows. Maybe the euro actually did lose three orders of magnitude in value while I wasn't paying attention.
Friday, January 04, 2013
Click it to big it, and then print 5000 copies, and then wrap them all around a large brick, and then send that postage-collect to your favorite wingnut. Repeat for your second-favorite wingnut. &c.
Or! You could
buy them each a coffee cup find out their credit card numbers, and order them each a gross of coffee cups.
Welcome to Obamacare!!!1!
- START READING IT ON YOUR KINDLE IN UNDER A MINUTE.
Makes a great bathroom book!
- Order your copy right now!
[Update/Related] Satan Loves Anal Sex, according to "ex-gay" ex-pornstar (? ← WE never heard of him) Joseph Sciambra, posted by OnKneesforJesus4 (great avatar!), and all of this addendum is entirely to be blamed on Evan Hurst.
Thursday, January 03, 2013
Bad enough that phrasings like as per your instructions instead of per your instructions are becoming ever more common, but for the love of Strunk and White, this is just horrible:
... you will be able to read them on your Kindle as per usual ...
As usual. As usual. As usual.
[Added] vacuumslayer weighs in.
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
You've probably heard that each cigarette takes eleven minutes off your life (for various values of eleven).
But here's the real killer!
... according to a large study of Western adults, “Every single hour of television watched after the age of 25 reduces the viewer’s life expectancy by 21.8 minutes.”
Actually, given the amount of agita that mere seconds of exposure to ®eality teevee or FoxNews causes me, I'm surprised it's that low.