Monday, May 30, 2016

Monday Night

Tomorrow is...

Brexit

I don't expect the vote to support it, but if it does I do hope the rest of the EU tells them to fuck right the fuck off. The UK already gets pretty special treatment and they're always whining for more. Essentially they want the benefits without any of the rules. I'm not saying no case for exiting exists, just that the "we want it both ways" attitude is pretty childish.

And, yes, like all international institutions the EU is a flawed one which can never represent all of its member nations equally and fairly, but the UK is one of those extra extra special countries that more than gets what it wants, usually. The ECB and monetary union as implemented is a disaster, but the UK stayed out of that.

In any case, breaking up is hard to do. This breakup would be a big mess, one which can't be fixed by David Cameron holding up a boombox over his head by the window of the EU parliament.

One Weird Election

It's gonna get weirder.

Pork Américain

I'm not sure I'm sold on raw pork, though the concept doesn't make me gag or anything, but gone or the days when pork chop meant "thin piece of meat cooked to the consistency of a hockey puck." Generally get the thick ones and leave them a bit pink in the middle. Trichinosis just isn't a thing anymore.

Teen Curfews

My sleepy quiet "safe" suburb had a curfew for teens of a certain age. Don't remember precisely, it was probably midnight on weekends and 11pm on weekdays. I don't recall anyone actually getting arrested; I think the standard treatment was to call your pissed off parents so they had to pick you up and then deliver the iron hand of justice themselves (unless you actually snuck out the parents were probably more just pissed off at the hassle, but they couldn't take it out on the cops, so...). Still, what the hell? Why can't I go take a walk at 11pm on a summer night if parents are okay with that. It just reinforced the ideas that as a teen you have no agency, even as you're not that far from being dumped off at college with little supervision, and that the only appropriate place to be is inside your house.

Of course that was no big deal compared to places where curfews really are used to harass teens and speed certain teens into the criminal justice pipeline. Screw up your life by being outside after 10pm. Silly superpredators.

CoT: Teflon

Culture of Truth's latest exegesis.

Morning Thread

Who is going to a picnic today. I saw pictures of the crowded DE beaches and decided staying home was the best option.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sunday Night

Tomorrow is...

Happy Hour

For however long it lasts. Hey, even though today is Sunday, most of you have tomorrow off. Enjoy!

Afternoon Thread

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Live Elephants

Hopefully Trump does turn the RNC into a total spectacle. Why not? There's no particular reason for them to follow the basic format they've followed for decades. Those have been shows, too.

Happy Suck On This Day

13 years later.


I think it [the invasion of Iraq] was unquestionably worth doing, Charlie.
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We needed to go over there, basically, um, and um, uh, take out a very big stick right in the heart of that world and burst that bubble, and there was only one way to do it.
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What they needed to see was American boys and girls going house to house, from Basra to Baghdad, um and basically saying, "Which part of this sentence don't you understand?"

You don't think, you know, we care about our open society, you think this bubble fantasy, we're just gonna let it grow?

Well Suck. On. This.

Okay.

That Charlie was what this war was about. We could've hit Saudi Arabia, it was part of that bubble. We coulda hit Pakistan. We hit Iraq because we could. That's the real truth.

It Gets Worse

Here is the worst thing that has ever happened. It is a completely sincere pro-Trump rap video. If you watch it you will develop eyeball scabs and pray for the sweet release of death.






Saturday, May 28, 2016

The Nickname Campaign

First jut don't. This campaign is not going to be won on who comes up with the most High-larious (kill me) nickname for their opponent. Second, don't play Trump's game. You don't validate him, you undermine him. Third, not "Poor Donald." I have no idea how rich Donald is. The repo men might be about to pull up to his house and pull out everything, including the stuff nailed to the floor. But he's created the airs of a rich man, if a gauche one (well in the American tradition). As far as anybody knows he lives like a very rich man. If Clinton starts suggesting the Donald's lifestyle is "poor," (I know that's not the intention, but...) it doesn't say much about Clintonland's perception of what poor in America is like. Being poor sucks, but I don't think the Clinton campaign should be using it as an insult? WTF.
For now, her aides appear to be throwing ideas against a wall to see what sticks, including trying out different monikers after the Democratic National Committee’s “Dangerous Donald” flopped. An internal favorite is “Poor Donald,” with its implication that Mr. Trump, famously defensive about his net worth, is not nearly as wealthy as he lets on.
Did you hear? Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump is poor! Ya, that's gonna go over well. Glad this is what they get paid the big bucks for.

My job should be to sit quietly in the room and every 2 weeks or so get a chance to hit a buzzer and scream "ARE YOU PEOPLE FUCKING STUPID?"

Saturday Afternoon

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Apparently Prison Isn't A Holiday Camp

I'm all for improving prison conditions but it's, uh, "cute," that it never occurred to the Bundy Boys that they ain't a Club Med where the vacationers inmates get to carry their guns all the time. Well, they probably have an "only good guys" get to carry guns rule, and it's pretty easy to separate the good guys from the bad guys in the inmate population. Good guys = gun loving white people named Bundy. Bad guys = everyone else, especially the dusky ones.


And no internet porn Facebook? Better call a war crimes tribunal.

America's Worst Humans

Melissa Bailey.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Friday Night

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