The issue of theft and mutilation of rare books in the world libraries is trying to rise in the public consciousness so maybe someone will do something about it. And the gods know we don't want to impose Vatican Library restricted section rules everywhere. (Grokked from Mrs. Tadd)
The title of this article, Poor Little Rich Women is highly troubling (for it's implied denigration), but for the fact it misses exactly what that culture is like. The 1% of the 1% are just like us, not. Instead they live in a highly competitive world where birthday parties and "backyard bar-b-ques" are graded and social status assigned by their perceptions. Next up, the sexual mores of the rich aren't like the rest of us, nor close to what they're pushing on the rest of us (sort of like how Wisconsin just passed a law to keep SNAP recipients from buying certain foods, like ketchup). (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)
Lindsey Graham comes out in favor of extrajudicial killing of American citizens. Note he said, if "you're thinkin' about joining al-Qaeda or ISIL." Not that you joined, not that you fought for them, but just thought about it. Welcome to drone wars in America. The conservatives in attendance laughed and applauded that sentiment. I didn't hear one voice raised saying, "Wait, WTF are you saying here?"
Dear police officers, this is why you're being pilloried. "Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty says he's run into a blue wall of silence." You want the public to stand behind you? Then you must enforce the law, especially when it comes to your own. Most especially when it comes to your own. If not, they we will consider you as McGinty portrayed you. "In court documents, he likened their silence to the actions of an 'organized crime syndicate.'" And in the "us against them" you will lose in the long run. Every. Single. Time. Because there are more of us than there are of you, and you need our help. (Grokked from John)
Professor Jerry Hough wants someone to tell him where he is wrong in his racist comments. Okay, it's a basic dipshit argument point and attempt to get away from people calling you racist, but for this once I'll provide. Dear Professor Jerry Hough, you're wrong when you think blacks, asians, and other immigrants aren't already a part of this culture we call America. There's no need for them to change their names so they'll be accepted by white people like you. Also, most of those Asians who "adopt" western names, only do it because they're tired of hearing us westerners butcher them. Also, that practice started by assigning them names, i.e. white people giving them names they could pronounce. I'll refer you to this scene from the Roots Miniseries in case you're still confused. Any more questions… I think I'll call you "Asshole" because "Hough" could be "houg" or "hoff" or even "how" and I don't want to be confused. So, anymore questions, Asshole?
Oh, Jesus H Cthulhu, seriously? A politician, speaking to Native Americans, makes the childish "injun whoop" including hand to lips motion, to designate American Indians. Just fucking don't do this. Well, maybe it is progress she didn't start addressing them by raising her right hand and saying, "How." I will give her points that her apology, why maybe not profuse, was on point. She accepted responsibility for making the offending motion, and didn't try to pawn it off on, "I'm sorry you were offended."
The FBI is now claiming that their Stingray's NDA doesn't say what it actually says about disclosures. Apparently, at the request of the FBI, the NDA requires law-enforcement officials to drop cases that were effected by Stingray use, rather than disclosure their use or functions and features. Stingrays, you may remember, are the tech that mimics (actually it is) a cell tower to gather information from a target's (and everyone else's) cell phone including location and other data. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)
So, a positive outcome of the Citizens United case is the vast right-wing conspiracy against the Clintons is now more out in the open. In this case they're working hard to cripple Hillary before the primary season really even starts. So, hey, kudos for finally learning how to use social media, conservatives. But boo for doing it so badly and openly. Also note, it's way too early in the season for anyone but us wonks to actually be paying attention. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)
The right like to talk about the entitlement mentality of the left, but then there is the victimization mentality of the right. Seriously, Allen West couldn't buy his beer in one line at the Wal-Mart because he thought it was creeping sharia and all of a sudden it's the collapse of the Western World! Instead, it was an underage clerk who can't legally be involved in the transaction. But REASONS! Wal-Mart. Sharia. Try and wrap your head around that one (and also noted for the "but he was a weird name" meme). Yea, he's the head of a "think tank." I think that tank has lost its treads if you ask me. (Grokked from Jim Wright)