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

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Linke-poo, hello my old hometown

The Mork and Mindy Show. I remember that show, and loved it. Watching Robin Williams was an education. Both his style, his manic energy, the way his mind skipped along the zeitgeist making connections. "And Robin kept up a busy schedule as well. He would play two, three, four comedy clubs every night,after putting in a full day of rehearsals. So everyone was sort of operating on fumes." Of course the drugs helped a lot. And Pam Dauber was so amazing in the way she matched the unmatchable. Also pointed to as an example of just how hard comedy is. (Grokked from someone, sorry)

Phil Plat let's us know what is really going on in NC. Turns out the solar project was really rejected because there was no benefit to the community (no tax revenue). Also he points out that NC is doing a lot in regards to solar installation (although in industrial sized installations, not so much on the point-source installations). Although, reading the original local news article, I'm still disappointed in the "retired Northampton science teacher" who talked about the solar farms blocking photosynthesis, and yes one resident did say it would soak up all the solar energy. (Grokked from John Scalzi)

"A Christian-run Kentucky homeless shelter, Emergency Christian Ministries, just wished homeless women and children a Merry Christmas by booting them back onto the streets, claiming that it decided to ban all women (and their children) in an attempt to stop the 'sex problem.'" I think they need to remove the "Christian-run" part from their description. (Grokked from John)

So, when Starbucks did their red cup and some people lost their minds over it, I saw other people say, "No way, we aren't that insane, this is all made up." Oh really? That's Congress passing a resolution to "'recognize the importance of the symbols and traditions of Christmas,' (and) 'strongly disapprove of attempts to ban references to Christmas.'" So, you're gonna have you Christmas if you want it or not, damnit, and you're gonna like it. I think they misheard John Lennon's "Happy Xmas" song. No no no, "War is over, if you want it." So, any of those Constitutionalists out there wanna standup and enumerate just how this violates the 1st Amendment in so many ways (and clauses there of). Note again the article on secularism I pointed to last time and just whom is being recriminated against (despite so much of the vapors on the opposite side).

NPR's Hidden Brain Podcast with the psychology of radicalization, how terrorist groups are attracting young followers.

The office holiday party and strategies to survive it. Basically, don't drink. As Admiral Ackbar says, "It's a trap!"

As another example of how the rhetoric of the right has consequences, a man is arrested for making threatening comments on a Fox Nation post about the Planned Parenthood sting video. In this case, he was threatening to kill employees of a biotech research film pointed out in the video as purchasing fetal tissue from PP. Now if only the FBI would start doing things about the constant threat level against women who comment on the internet. "Orton said it was intended to 'paint a mental picture with words. I’m a wordsmith. That’s what I do.'" Good job, Sparky. Also, never read the comments. (Grokked from TPM)

The AP fact checks last night's debate. They must have put in some serious overtime, because damn were there a lot of whoppers.

"'The problem for folks like Sen. Paul, they don’t realize we are already in World War III,' (Gov. Chris) Christie said on CBS This Morning."

Jeb! asks for a dollar on twitter. The responses are hilarious. (Grokked from Jim Wright)

In other Jeb! news. "In exchange for $25, Jeb (also known as Jeb!) promised to stop sending email for two weeks." Hahahahahaha. As Trevor Noah said on the Daily Show, his campaign is increasingly sounding like a Nigerian 401 Scam. The best part of that article? "Bush is so proud of his emails that he's currently selling an entire book filled with boring missives. 'I loved being the governor of Florida,' he wrote in the book's first chapter. 'My staff estimated I spent 30 hours a week answering emails.'" Um, didn't you have, like, other shit to do as governor? I imagine his staff running into the office, "I need to see the governor right away, we have an emergency." And his outer door secretary says, "Sorry, he started checking his inbox 2 hours ago." "Shit. We're all gonna die before he gets to the end of that."

You know, when your gun instructor fucks up by not remembering he has his actual weapon on his hip instead of the rubber firearm, that's not really a class you should be taking (or instructing).

Hey, remember when the Trumpster and his "investigators" found "something big in Hawaii" about President Obama? Now, he says, "I don’t talk about that anymore." This is not inconsistent with his personality.

"In a rare senatorial act, full-time Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio joined with a handful of fellow legislators on Friday in an attempt to block local municipalities from undercutting big telecom companies by providing cheap, fast internet service." Fuck you, Rubio. This is your conservatives in government. "Oh, you can't get a for-profit business to provide good service in your community, and you want your community to grow so you need a 21st century (well, really 1998 level for the rest of the world) electronic network infrastructure? Well screw you, you can't do it yourself. You need a 'market' solution." As someone who has fought this battle (and it took almost 8 years to be able to get crappy DSL service at my home), I thought Rubio was okay. Not anymore. Go home, Marco, you're drunk (on campaign contributions). (Grokked from John)

You know, when you're a conservative pundit and you can't get Charles Krauthammer to agree with your position that a candidate isn't as extreme as they appear you're in trouble. And memory to Bill O'Reilly, the Trumpster's supporters believe his rhetoric and accept he's going to do what he says he will do. That, at least to me, is the real problem (and why I think that Trump may actually win the nomination).

And in other Fox News, Sean Hannity gives up his humanity, rips off his outer skin to reveal the lizard face underneath. "'I'm not so sure if I agree with all the Geneva Conventions and whether or not other countries follow those rules…' Hannity said, suggesting that the U.S. should perhaps break the Geneva Conventions. 'But there's an executive order, I believe President Ford at the time that prohibits the assassination of foreign leaders. I think if we got an opportunity to take out an evil foreign leader, that we'd be wise to do so.'" The stupidity, it burns. And as pointed out elsewhere, the real problem is a lot of people agree with him.

Tweet of my heart: @cjwerleman You see how one terrorist shooting can radicalize Americans like Trump, but you can't see how 10,000+ US bombs might radicalize Muslims?

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