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

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Linkee-poo just can't seem to drink you off my mind

Does this show go to Parma? Okay, that's probably only funny to someone from Cleveland. The story is about the death of Donald Featherstone, father of the pink, plastic flamingo lawn-ornament.

"Swedish researchers studying the mummified remains of a 17th century bishop have made an unusual discovery – a fetus hidden at the feet of the prominent clergyman." Okay, well, besides the "who is the fetus" and we'll hand-wave by the magical/spiritual connotations of kobolds, this is the kind of x-ray work I think I'd really like to be doing.

So, uh, when will your hard drive fail? Great, after trying not to, I bought a Seagate 4T drive earlier this year. Just fargin' great. (Grokked from John)

Hey, remember my comment about the TEA Party and a tax on sanitary products yesterday? Whelp, looks like the Democrats are on it. Hey, TEA Party, time to get behind this (of course, you also might be fighting the tobacco tax increase). Oh, wait, neither. I guess that's because if there's any tax a conservative loves, it's on women's genitals or tobacco (alcohol is another matter).

So where is the FEA Party? Fee-ed enough already when it comes to air travel? Now there's an organization I'd join (I wonder if the TEA Party realizes these fees are actually taxes, probably not).

Hey, Josh Mandel, fucking get rid of the money even if you have to cut the check out of your personal funds. Seriously, dude, you're showing your political ignorance here. And it doesn't look good on you. But then, I guess you never really cared as long as you got what you wanted.

Yes, Virginia, they're coming for your contraceptives. "Title X is critical for low-income Americans. Enacted in 1970, it is the only federal grant program dedicated solely to providing individuals with comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services. The people who rely on Title X are some of our nation’s most vulnerable, including those with limited English proficiency, victims of domestic violence, and people experiencing homelessness… The House GOP just declared war on it." Why? "For every public dollar spent on contraceptive services, $3.74 is added in Medicaid savings. This is clearly a fiscally responsible choice, and yet Republicans are trying to end it." Because conservative are not about fiscal responsibility, lower taxes, smaller government. Social conservatives are about controlling your lives and making government spend more money (it doesn't have, increasing deficit and debt) and interfere directly in your life. "This move flies in the face of any Republican deceitful claim that they support birth control access or that they simply oppose abortion (notably, Title X does not provide any funding for abortion). In reality, Republicans are trying to eradicate any semblance of reproductive health care from American women." Because it's about rolling back the sexual revolution, not about abortion. Or, if you're wondering about where the War of Women is, here ya go.

The privatized prescription drug program of Medicare is still awash in fraud and cost overruns? Why, but private industry is so much better at these things than government workers. Say, who passed Part D anyway? Shocked, shocked I am…

On the Stars and Bars, "This argument is–to deploy theoretical language I learned in grad school–dumb. And one of the occupational hazards of being a historian of the Civil War Era is that I find myself having to engage with it a lot–either from friends and colleagues who wonder what my take on it is, or from people who sincerely believe it, and seem to have a great deal invested in trying to get me to join them. Just about any teacher-scholar of the period has encountered this–an almost visceral need on the part of white people (and it’s always white people) who venerate a profoundly racist symbol to have that veneration coated with a sheen of scholarly respectability… My response: Nope." Look, Southerners, us Northern Folk have been quite indulging of your "sensibilities" for the past 100 plus years. We understand you all were pretty shocked to find God wasn't on your side and let us win. We accept you didn't want to celebrate the 4th of July in many of your localities (like Vicksburg). But the time for politeness is done. You lost. The Confederacy was about institutionalized slavery and white supremacy, even if your particular ancestors weren't rich enough to own slaves. The Stars and Bars, the cry of "States' Rights/Sovereignty" are dog whistles for racism. It's time to put on the long pants and grow up about it. Note, us Northern Folk have our own issues, and in Ohio I often see the Stars and Bars flown. I refuse to enter those places (always have). If you have it on your person, I automatically label you racist or imbecile (dealer's choice). Get over it. I have my own love of troublesome things (Lovecraft, Firefly, John Carter of Mars) that I no longer have time for your disfunction as well. (Grokked from Mur Lafferty)

Also, dear Southerners, when you talk about your "culture and heritage", this is what plays in my head.

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