Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kindler And Gentler

They type up this RNC press release every election cycle.

The Only Intolerance That Matters Is Your Intolerance For My Intolerance

Being pro-equality should be a hate crime, no?


Related to this is the genre of AL GORE HAS A BIG HOUSE* HYPOCRITE MUAHAHAHA. And, you know, if Al Gore was out there hectoring individuals for their individual choices this might be a fair charge. But he isn't. We can all do a bit through individual choices, though most of us probably aren't knowledgeable enough to know which choices really matter, but solving or ameliorating global climate change requires collective action. That's the point.

*I have no idea how "green" Gore's big house is and don't care.

Thursday Is New Jobless Day

284K new lucky duckies.

Pretty low.

The Worst Person In The World

Ron Fournier.


What's occurring?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wednesday Night

It's alright.

What's It All About Then

Maybe it isn't the most important thing, but the thing which always gets me about the surveillance/security state is just how incompetent they are. It's either totally pointless or more nefarious than I am capable of imagining, and I suspect it's the former.

And Former CNN Contributor

Horrible people thrive.


I think plagiarism accusations are often overblown. Citation customs are just that - they vary across disciplines and types of publications - and a few sloppy re-writes can be forgiven, but this seems like a pretty solid case.

I Suppose They Could Die

It's nothing new to observe that conservatives tend to have a bit of an empathy gap. This is occasionally made extremely apparent when one of them discovers an actual worthy cause to care about which they have discovered because it is something which has had an impact on themselves or their children.

Still one has to imagine that so many of them must have led lives of extreme comfort, almost unimaginably. I mean, is that hard to imagine being a bit down on your luck? To imagine being sick and not being able to pay for medical care? To imagine that you're one pissed off boss away from losing your cushy Fox gig?

It's weird.

Have Any Of These People Ever Actually Visited Another Country

When I'm abroad I'm reasonably confident (correct or not!) that emergency services will respond to my needs if they're, well, needed. Even if I'd overstayed a visa or whatever.

You Down With OPC

My takeaway is that Cuomo's corruption investigations were just another form of corruption, something done with the intention of hanging it over the heads of other politicians. Find out where the bodies are buried, and make sure everybody knows you know.


in the NYT:

With Albany rocked by a seemingly endless barrage of scandals and arrests, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo set up a high-powered commission last summer to root out corruption in state politics. It was barely two months old when its investigators, hunting for violations of campaign-finance laws, issued a subpoena to a media-buying firm that had placed millions of dollars’ worth of advertisements for the New York State Democratic Party.

The investigators did not realize that the firm, Buying Time, also counted Mr. Cuomo among its clients, having bought the airtime for his campaign when he ran for governor in 2010.

Word that the subpoena had been served quickly reached Mr. Cuomo’s most senior aide, Lawrence S. Schwartz. He called one of the commission’s three co-chairs, William J. Fitzpatrick, the district attorney in Syracuse.

“This is wrong,” Mr. Schwartz said, according to Mr. Fitzpatrick, whose account was corroborated by three other people told about the call at the time. He said the firm worked for the governor, and issued a simple directive:

“Pull it back.”

The subpoena was swiftly withdrawn. The panel’s chief investigator explained why in an email to the two other co-chairs later that afternoon.

“They apparently produced ads for the governor,” she wrote.

Update (thanks to commenters!): Zepyhr Teachout to Andrew Cuomo: Resign Now

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Late Night

Rock on.

Tuesday Night

It's alright.

Wanker of the Day

Rob Portman.

Afternoon Thread