Saturday, August 23, 2014

Afternoon thread

On the road

And Then The Fox News Gig

Bounty hunting.
NEW YORK ( MainStreet) Supporters of Darren Wilson the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, sparking days of tumultuous protests are opening their wallets for the cop who used lethal force against an unarmed teenager.

A GoFundMe campaign initiated by someone named Allison Wilson raised $235,100 from 5,900 people in four days, before it was closed Friday afternoon.

Morning Thread

Echidne is back from vacay and writing sexy posts about trolls and statistics. Who knew?

Friday, August 22, 2014

Happier Hour Thread

Happy Hour Thread

It's... FRIDAY!!!

Who Cares

I have theories, but I do get a bit puzzled by the intensity of general anti-immigrant (read: anti-latino immigrant) sentiment in this country. Not surprised that it exists, just surprise at the intensity of the issue in certain segments of the population. I'll switch back and forth between undocumented and documented immigrants a bit here probably, but what the hell could possibly motivate people to picket and scream at a bus full of refugee kids?

On the flip side, here in the urban hellhole nobody seems to care. My fair city is hardly a shining example of racial harmony, but anti-immigrant sentiment appears to be incredibly muted. Of course it exists, it just doesn't seem to exist with any intensity in the city.

Deep Thought

I wonder what exciting new products will be rolled out after Labor Day.

Even Fred Hiatt Occasionally Finds A Nut

I really don't get why Snyder resists the inevitable.

Lunch Thread


Take That, Stupid Libturds!

Gun nuts and military fetishists both get very upset if you stray outside their jargon. And, yes, the distinction between an automatic and semi-automatic weapon is, for most normals, irrelevant jargon. Sure it's important to make these distinctions if we're making laws about these external death penises, but conceptually, for most of us, a gun that can shoot a large number of rounds fast is an automatic weapon.

Morning Thread

Cause there's never enough!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

I Wonder Where They Got Their Cash And Weapons

Total mystery.
He said the group was "as sophisticated and well-funded as any organization we've seen.

"Oh, this is beyond anything we've seen," he said emphatically in response to a question as to whether the Islamic State represented a "9/11-level threat" to the U.S.

Hagel said the U.S. needs to "take a cold steely look" at the group "and get ready."

Evening Thread


Might Be A There There

I haven't looked deeply into the criminal case against that other horrible politician named Rick, but the Marcus types seem to be more concerned with criminalizing politicians than, as they state, criminalizing politics. Elites should not face consequences!

Anyway, no educated opinion on this issue personally, but the CW might not be quite right..


I usually try to resist picking on The Kids Today but... wtf.
Some men feel that too much responsibility for preventing sexual assault has been put on their shoulders, said Chris Herries, a senior at Stanford University. While everyone condemns sexual assault, there seems to be an assumption among female students that they shouldn’t have to protect themselves by avoiding drunkenness and other risky behaviors, he said.

“Do I deserve to have my bike stolen if I leave it unlocked on the quad?” Herries, 22, said. “We have to encourage people not to take on undue risk.”

Don't leave your vaginas unlocked on the quad, ladies.

May Chris Herries never get laid again.

Thursday Crass Commercialism

Been playing a couple of eurogame board games recently because, hey, we all need new hobbies sometimes. Not especially on the genre, of course, but Settlers of Catan, the one everyone knows, is pretty funm as is Small World.

Much easier to learn if someone who knows teaches you, but not too hard to figure out on your own.

Austerity Cannot Fail

It can only be failed.

...krgthulu has more.

How About You Do This Chicago

We were all told the story of how it was Rahm's dream to be mayor of Chicago. The mystery is, why? His policies have shown that he doesn't really like the place, or at least most of the people who live there.
New poll numbers out from the Chicago Tribune suggest a mayoral race featuring incumbent Rahm Emanuel and teachers union president Karen Lewis would be a close one. It gives Lewis a slim 4 percent lead.

It also suggests that Mayor Emanuel's approval rating is falling sharply, currently at 35 percent which is down from 50 percent a little more than a year ago, with more than half of city voters disapproving of how the mayor handled his first term.

A 4 point lead for an unannounced candidate against an incumbent mayor with high name recognition and national media fluffing might be slim, but it's also a big deal.