Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday Night

My recent experiences with the some of the "joys" of homeownership might finally be ending...

Happy Hour Thread


Life Is Long

Can't always outrun your past.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid a man to conceal a sexual relationship they had while the man was a student at the high school where Hastert taught, a federal law enforcement official told NBC News on Friday.

"Sexual Abuse"

A rather ambiguous term.

I Do Not Think This Is A Good Idea

It probably isn't the worst idea ever, but people who are driving should be focusing on the driving. Since I haven't driven very much for years my driving instincts have degraded quite a bit, and I acknowledge that other people can handle more distractions than I currently can when I drive (I can barely have a conversation simultaneously anymore), but do you really need facebook updates popping up on your windshield?

Life Shouldn't Be So Hard

Krgthulu's basic point is that too many people are one missing paycheck away from disaster. It's not how people in the richest country in the world (not really, but that's what we tell ourselves) should be living.

Recovery Summer

Things are better, of course, but we never really had a recovery.


The self-driving car really isn't going to happen any time soon.

Curious why Google has been touting it to credulous journalists as much as they have been. It just isn't going to work, at least not the fantasy version.


I have no idea exactly what the situation with Hastert is, and I'm obviously not his biggest fan, but it is kind of baffling to imagine just what would inspire a man at the end of his career, and out of politics, to feel the need to give into a blackmail request.

Morning Thread

5:35 a.m., and already light outside.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Late Night

Rock on.

Should Have Gone For 26

Short sighted, really.

Past Misconduct

Unless it was criminal I don't think we need to know what it was, but on the other hand what the hell is worth $3.5 million in blackmail money?

Um What

Former U.S. Speaker of the House John Dennis Hastert was charged Thursday with attempting to evade banks' reporting requirements and lying to the FBI about his actions.

He was charged with structuring a cash withdrawal of $952,000 so as to get around the rule that banks must report such transactions over $10,000. The charges also allege that he lied to the FBI about his actions.

Young Earth Creationism

There are various flavors of creationism, ranging from "God created the universe" to "the Earth is 6000 years old and evolution is a lie." Nothing can shake the faith of the faithful, I guess.

I went to a private school for my last couple of years of high school, so I can't complain on church-state grounds. But the guy tasked with teaching us evolution basically taught us the straw man version of evolution. Meaning, he "taught" all of the bogus critiques of evolution (no transitional fossils!!!) that creation science people throw out all the time. I knew enough at the time that I knew he was feeding us bullshit. Did he know he was? I can never figure this stuff out. No matter how many times you debunk the claims...

America's Worst Humans

Ted Cruz.

He Is The Champion, My Friends

Actual policies don't matter, just theater.

Must See TeeVee

Sounds good to me.