What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Linkee-poo only wants to say, if there is a way…

S. Andrew Swann is looking for gullible mules willing assistants going to cons this summer who may want to spread the word about his book by leaving bookmarks on tables. He's offering books as payment. I did this once for Jeff Vandermeer, it's not a bad thing (but then I went to World Fantasy on his membership, but didn't get a book out of it).

This is the problem with hate, it's blind. "Adam Kwasman, a Republican state representative and congressional candidate in Arizona, apparently thought it’d be a good idea to lead a protest… against a bus full of children. The kids,… (he) assumed, were undocumented minors…, and as the bus approached, Kwasman tweeted, 'Bus coming in. This is not compassion. This is the abrogation of the rule of law.'… Those weren’t the migrant children in the school bus. Those were children… heading to the YMCA’s Triangle Y Camp…" Brilliant. (Grokked from Stephen V Ramey)

It's a vast left-wing conspiracy. I'm sure it has nothing to do with using "America" in the title of everything he does. Nah. I'm sure that's not it.

You know, one thing you should never do in life is call a decorated combat-aviator and astronaut a coward. Just a word of advice.

"Asked whether Republicans were 'emulating' the Obama campaign, (Mark) Shields said no, they're trying to surpass it. He used the metaphor of the space race. 'I always say, the Democrats put up Sputnik, we can put a man on the moon,' Shields said." First of all, screw you Mark Shields. Also, what is not mentioned in the article is this isn't the first time the GOP has tried this trick. In 2008, they just didn't do it as well as the Obama team did. And in 2012 they had a myriad of technical glitches (they said) which kept them from being as successful as they thought. So, maybe they have their act together this time. Also I'll note here this isn't the first election where the GOP has been over confident of winning the Senate.

Kids these days, hacking into ATMs on their lunch break. Why, in my day, we'd take the money and run. Especially after the bank didn't believe that we had done it when we tried to explain their glaring security hole. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

"What the researchers found was that while those factors (past criminal history, severeness of crime) were the best predictors of a case's outcome, race still played 'a statistically significant independent factor' in how a given case was handled at almost every stage." So glad we live in the "post-racial" America.

And, John Sclazi has an update to his "Lowest Difficulty Setting" post, now with actual data.

Ever wonder what happens when you strap a jet-engine pod from a B52 B47 to a train? Sure you do. Well, they did it in 1966. I really can't think of a current example of this kind of engineering. (Grokked from Dan)

Well, I guess private drug-sniffing dogs for hire are a thing now. For the parents, spouses, schools, and other people who suspect someone somewhere might have drugs stashed. Or, you know, they could be observant. Yea, I know, drug users are good at hiding things and for somethings you need a somewhat official kind of confirmation. Now, in my head I'm writing the story of a former drug-dog who didn't play by the rules, but now sells his services on the street to help people for whom the law just doesn't work. Like a Lassie Equalizer.

Ah, that corporate freedom of religion. I guess they should have checked which religion. Give me that old time religion, give me that Cthulhu just like we usta do… (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

"Homicides increase under the 'castle doctrine' or Stand Your Ground laws, according to two studies published since 2012, while the laws do not appear to deter crime in any significant way." And now you know why the NRA and other conservative groups have blocked any attempt to track data when it comes to gun deaths and accidents. What they didn't realize is there are other was to suss out the data.

"… I think, because it illustrates part of the mentality that led to the whole recent Leadership Journal debacle. When you’re busily trying to pretend that you’re persecuted and victimized for your righteousness, you’re never going to be able to see… actual victims."

Someone with the crazy talk finally does it to the wrong people. Well, at least he'll have someplace to stay as they take his home for fines due.

"Fifty-seven percent of mass shooting incident… were connected to domestic or family violence… Additionally, the groups' most recent analysis found that the victims of mass shooting incidents have been disproportionately female." Strange, that.

Tweet of my heart: @GregMitch Cable news constantly invoking Soviets shooting down Korean airliner in 1983--with no mention of U.S. shooting down Iran airliner in 1988.


Dr. Phil (Physics) said...

B-47, not B-52. That's why it was surplus and cheap. New York Central skunked the Pennsylvania Railroad's government funded Metroliner -- and for little money. Not practical, mind, but impressive.

Dr. Phil

Steve Buchheit said...

Amended, thanks, Dr. Phil.