Saturday, September 21, 2013

Or, you might be two steps behind, and headed in the wrong direction

But a nice sentiment, nonetheless.

Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you are two steps ahead.
    -- Fannie Flagg

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Some new research on crack and meth addiction. Or "addiction."

Pretty fascinating article about work done by a Columbia professor named Carl Hart, and a book he has recently published.

It'd be great to hear him interviewed by Mark Kleiman.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

The mind reels. (But, really, how else to stay on track with Ms. Noonan?)

Not even a shorter. An actual quote:

Oh, Peggy’s reaching for her martini shaker again.

Maybe it grates on him [Vladimir Putin] that in his time some of the stupider Americans have crowed about American exceptionalism a bit too much ...



Bonus fun fact: Firefox's spell-checker simply does not recognize exceptionalism.


Line of the Day: 2013-09-13

I realize my lack of ruthlessness goes to the heart of the liberal dilemma.
    -- Roy Edroso

Dilemmas are hard.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Eleven-dimensional chess now goes to twelve

Oh my word. You must put off for three minutes whatever it is you were going to do next and read Roy's UPDATE under his latest announcement post.

You will never truly understand wingnuts until you realize how deeply they believe in Obama's seekrit majicull powerz.

(You will actually never truly understand wingnuts. Unpossible.)

Monday, September 09, 2013

Quarterback blackout?

Click the pic to see the caption more clearly.


Not shown above: Geno Smith


Oh, wait. There he is!

Yeah, suuuuurrrrre

Ajit Pai, the lone Republican on the Federal Communications Commission, is on a personal if quixotic quest to save AM. After a little more than a year in the job, he is urging the F.C.C. to undertake an overhaul of AM radio, which he calls “the audible core of our national culture.”

Being fair and balanced Objective™, the NYT makes you click through to page two before the eight hundred pound pilonidal cyst

is perfunctorily disclaimed:

Mr. Pai said he was not promoting AM to advance conservative talk radio ...

Well, good!

Because there's nothing cultured about conservative talk radio.

(pic. source)

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Actually, Andrew Bacevich, the correct answers are ...

... Nothing long-term positive that I can think of, Body counts!, No, No, and No, but your point, sir, is well-taken, nonetheless.

“If you think back to 1980,” Bacevich tells Donahue, “and just sort of tick off the number of military enterprises that we have been engaged in that part of the world, large and small, you know, Beirut, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia — and on and on, and ask yourself, ‘What have we got done? What have we achieved? Is the region becoming more stable? Is it becoming more Democratic? Are we enhancing America’s standing in the eyes of the people of the Islamic world?’ ‘The answers are, ‘No, no, and no.’ So why, Mr. President, do you think that initiating yet another war in this protracted enterprise is going to produce a different outcome?”

I have not actually watched this interview, because I'm sure I'll agree with everything else he says, but it's out there if you want it.

(h/t: LibertyBelleJ)

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Moar Christians like this one, plz

Yes, yes, we know some of you never watch the videos. WATCH THIS VIDEO.
    -- Doktor Zoom

Monday, September 02, 2013


Swiped from Snipy.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Fair trade?

One hand washes the other?

(pic source: screenshot of the NYT "Recommended For You" sidebar widget. Article links: 8, 9)

Who knew?

Congratulations to the happy couple!