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, August 14, 2014

Linkee-poo, there's a man with a gun over there, tellin' me I ought to beware

"The wife of an anti-gay activist divorced him to be with a woman just before he started as president of a Texas anti-gay group." I'm just going to leave this here. (Grokked from Dan)

I want to live. :: points :: (Grokked from John Scalzi)

And now seems a good time to put this here. Dar Williams, After All. "And when I choose to live, there was no joy. It's just a line I crossed… So I was not lost or found." I still tear up whenever I hear this.

The controversy of Germany temporarily lowering the retirement age for some older workers. A lot of interesting social issues packed into that article. Also, keep in mind that the US's 65 year retirement age isn't a century old, yet. Once of the reasons it was set there was to free up positions and employment for younger workers. Also a reminder that for my generation, that age is now 67. It's also openly speculated that we will never actually be able to retire (look at the current "retired' generation and you can see what they're talking about). BTW, for full disclosure, I've been working for a paycheck for 32 years now. If you add in the time where I hustled doing lawn work and show shoveling (with an actual, steel shovel) and that grows to 36 years. And I have 19 more years to go before reaching retirement age. Yea, I'm a little tired.

"When a woman at work experiences breast cancer, does that make her colleagues more likely to get mammograms and be proactive about their own health?" And the survey says?! No. In fact, it has the opposite effect.

You know, if you're going to rage against the machine, it might help to remember exactly which machine you're raging against. Sure all Satanists look alike (just like all Santas) (especially when you're an idiot), but it would help if you really knew who "the enemy" was instead of making an ass of yourself (and opening up the State of which you're the governor of to lawsuits for defamation). (Grokked from John Scalzi)

"Nixon's newly revealed records show for certain that in 1968, as a presidential candidate, he ordered Anna Chennault, his liaison to the South Vietnam government, to persuade them refuse a cease-fire being brokered by President Lyndon Johnson." We have a word for that. Just something to keep in mind as the current political circus hikes up it's pants and gets marching. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

Rep. Steve King, I name thee "troll." Wow, just when you think a guy can't crawl any lower and be less self-aware. As least it's somewhat better than the obvious straddling the line that Ted Cruz does.

"'We can’t just abandon the field right now, you have to vote Republican even if it’s for a crap-ass Republican,' (Ann) Coulter told Hannity during a spot on his radio show." That. Is. Hilarious!

Obama wants impeachment?! "It's a trap!"

Uh, yea, Rush. Sure.

Dear RNC, you mustn't haven't paid attention in your history classes, because, yea, what the AP is focusing is accurate. Manifest Destiny (or Carving a New Life Out of the Redskin as Firesign Theatre put it) was pretty much a racist event motivated by an attitude of cultural superiority (just ask your local Native American). Our Founding Fathers did accept the concept of the "morally superior British". And you might want to research the history of that "Shining City on a Hill" and it's racial and cultural overtones. But I understand that it hurts when all the lies you've been telling yourselves for years (and worked so hard to indoctrinate in the classrooms) are smashed by the hammer of reality.

And Rand Paul does the (safe) right thing. Waiting for the media to find all those votes where he approved the spending to transfer military equipment to local police departments. Although I might have to wait for The Daily Show to get back off of hiatus.

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