Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Late Night

Rock on.

Star War

The best Star War movie is Return of the Jedi.

Some Day Of The Week Evening

Maybe it is Sporgday.

Oh My Rosa

Nobody could have predicted...

Trump Voters Who Still Like Trump

Have we had one of those since yesterday's election?

I would like every editor who spent a year assigning those to answer the simple question: why?

We never had those pieces in the Obama years.

Afternoon Post

My kitchen sink drips a drop every 30 seconds.

IOW, I got nothing.

Haloscan

I wonder what happened to Jeevan. He was cool and actually responded to site-specific issues. He showed up in the comments sometimes. Then he sold to, um, js-kit, and then disqus took over the world, and? I don't even know. Seems like there should be more competition in the "comment system" world but I am stupid.

But for good or bad, the limits of haloscan have given me an anxiety syndrome that I can't shake. At about 250 comments it would...not work so well. So my "oh shit I need a new post" instinct is set to about 250 comments. It's hard coming up with something to say every 250 comments.

The White House's Best Employee

Actually not joking.


Would You Vote For Pat Toomey?

Revisiting this point... I don't think I would. As Democrats we don't really think of there being a "Democrat equivalent" to Roy Moore, but try to imagine that you are a Republican for a minute. Doug Jones is a babykiller who likes *those people*. Yes that's horrible..but, you know, they're Alabama Republicans. Asking them to vote for Doug Jones isn't so different from asking me to vote for Pat Toomey.

On the issues I don't really know what the D mirror image of Roy Moore would even be, but let's say that a month before the election with a closely divided Senate, the D candidate had their own series of "mall stories." What would you do?

Roy Moore won the primary. That's nuts. But I actually give a lot of credit to those Alabama Republicans who ultimately didn't vote for him (I'm not taking away from any efforts on the other side - Dem turnout). I wouldn't have voted for Pat Toomey. Maybe I would have stayed home.

Morning Thread

Finally, some good political news. Thank you Alabama!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Late Night

Rock on.

Well Then

Mars, bitches.

The Bye-Bell

One thing which has long confused me is how self-professed Christians who believe that the bye-bell is everything and they're going to spend eternity being digested in Satan's bowels if they don't follow it correctly have no idea what's in there. I know that none of this applies to all Christians (either the lack of knowledge or the belief in a literal hell) but it does for a lot of US Christians. I also don't mean that they lack some sort of deep theological training or that I am saying, ACTUALLY what the Bible says is... I mean trivial things that even an atheist like me knows. Name the four Evangelists. What are the Old and New Testaments. That kind of thing.

Your Moment Of Zen


Tuesday Night

I might leave the house. Apparently there is some Cambodian food to be eaten somewhere. Get your Moore/Jones coverage elsewhere!

Honor

Most cultural myths of bygone eras, especially ones about the past, are bullshit, but I'm pretty sure the cultural myth about the South was more "if you try to date my daughter I'm going to get my shotgun" not "please try to feel her up at the mall, kindly respected gentleman."

That isn't in contradiction to notions of women marrying younger, etc. You called her father and asked for permission. You didn't sneak in through the bathroom window.

These are all myths, of course, I'm not asserting any of it as true, I'm just saying that those myths involve honor and respectability (whatever that means), not creepy old men. Wear your tuxedo to the debutante ball. Don't creep her at the arcade.

Afternoon Thread

enjoy

We Went To The Murder Club And Roy Moore Didn't Murder Anyone. Good Guy.

I've been mulling this over since last night (god my life sucks) because... um.. what the hell?

Staehle said that, when he and Moore arrived, they soon realized the man had taken them to a brothel. The third man, Staehle suggested, essentially tricked them. “I could tell you what I saw but I don’t want to,” Staehle said mischievously.

“There were certainly pretty girls. And they were girls. They were young. Some were very young,” Staehle acknowledged. But according to Staehle, Moore was shocked by what he saw. “We shouldn’t be here, I’m leaving,” Moore said, according to Staehle.

They asked the third man to leave with them but he didn’t want to. So Staehle and Moore took his Jeep and left him there all night with sex workers, who they agreed were underage. The man returned to base the next morning on the back of a motorcycle, Staehle said with a grin.

There are so many things wrong about this that one doesn't know where to begin. I guess I'll just leave it at: if someone I know ever asks me to write a recommendation letter, I hope I don't front it with "Good person. Did not have sex with child prostitutes even when he had the opportunity."

Social Media

I've said this before, but once upon a time most normies had the luxury of paying very little attention to politics. I don't think you have to pay very much attention to politics to know which lever you plan to pull in the voting booth, at least for national elections. Sure it's good to have a rough idea of what goes on and maybe call or write a sternly worded letter to your Rep. occasionally, but certainly once all the Dixiecrats became Republicans, either you were a little liberal or a little conservative and you knew what to do. Truly undecided voters, most of the time, are weird.

On a related note, while I certainly don't want him to win, I get why Republicans will vote for Roy Moore. I wouldn't say that if he were running for governor, but what's he going to do in the Senate? He's just going to vote the way Mitch wants him to and little else. I suppose if he's a camera hog he might tarnish team Rs brand (if that's still possible), so that might be a reason to be wary, but otherwise...so what if he's in the Senate? If there was a Dem running in Pennsylvania with Roy Moore's, uh, record, I would want the powers that be to do everything legal to get him off the ballot, or find a way to otherwise replace him with somebody else, but would I really vote for Pat Toomey?

But back to my original point. Social media pushes this stuff onto everybody's facebook and twitter etc. Unless you are completely unconnected to anyone who pays any attention to politics, the news of the day is going to show itself to you. My friends used to know little of the day to day freak show stuff unless they read my sucky blog (or somebody else's sucky blog) . Now they do.

Our Self-Driving Future

This is long but I still can't believe people believe this is going to work.

The Tweetening

He's cranky this morning.

Morning Thread

It's all down to GOTV in AL. Good luck.