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

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Linkee-poo late weekend edition

Merrie Haskell on what is best in life. Well, on dissing things that you just don't like.

"Stage 7 is known as Lucky Seven, according to tour guide John Kourounis. That's because three Warner Bros. best picture winners — The Life of Emile Zola, My Fair Lady and Casablanca — and 10 best picture nominees were shot here." Susan Stamberg on the 75th anniversary of Casablanca.

Mary Robinette Kowal with her grandmother's recollection of a friend who went from being a girl to a boy, in 1913.

Apparently the whole Russian Flag incident at CPAC was a prank. Good thing nobody fell for it. Well, I know what the collectable from that show is going to be. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

"The Catlettsburg Police department, which employs eight full-time and two part-time officers for a population of about 2,500, features the images on the hoods of its 2013 and 2017 Ford Interceptor sedans and sport-utility vehicles, assistant police chief Gerry Hatzel said." (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

And in "Cleveland is number one!" news… "According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voluntary survey of students in 19 urban school districts, more than 20 percent of Cleveland students attempted suicide in 2015. Another 20 percent said they seriously considered taking their own life. Bill Denihan is CEO of the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County. He says the numbers are not surprising considering Cleveland’s poverty rate."

"Shortly after 1 p.m. Friday, the temperature in Buffalo, N.Y., hit 71 degrees, according to the National Weather Service, in the latest sign of the mild, even warm, winter that much of the eastern U.S. is experiencing." I'm sure it's fine. It's all fine. We're all fine here. How are you?

When I say, "fix Obamacare" you might wonder what I'm talking about. "Your doctor diagnoses cancer. She says there’s a good chance you can beat it, or keep it under control for a long time. But you can’t afford the thousands of dollars you’d have to pay for treatment that your health insurer won't cover… Cancer specialists have a name for it: financial toxicity." Yeah, fix this (and allow Medicare/Medicaid to negotiate pharmaceutical prices). Other countries get it, YTF can't we? (Grokked from Emily Buckell)

"Two CBP officials boarded a Delta flight from New York to SFO after it landed on Wednesday and demanded that passengers show government-issued 'documents' before they would be allowed to debark." Your rights are vanishing. This was a fishing expedition, a practice that has never been upheld in court before.

"A CBP spokesperson wrote to Rolling Stone on Friday to insist that the ID check on the jetbridge was 'consensual assistance from passengers aboard the flight' and that 'CBP did not compel' anyone to show ID." Uh, yeah, Bob. I'm sure people were Mirandized on that aspect by the CBP officers requesting the documentation. (Grokked from Patrick Nielsen Hayden)

So I'm sure you've seen those info graphics on "know your rights." Well, apparently you should pay attention to them even if you don't plan on protesting or engaging in any confrontational activism.

"A third of the border already has a barrier, thanks to the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which was signed by then-president George W. Bush. That initiative ran into issues with landowners near the Rio Grande. If the wall goes forward as Trump promises, more lawsuits may be coming." Say, don't conservative hate eminent domain powers? Well, I guess they hate them when it's their land, but screw everybody else.

So, back when GW was president and the GOP controlled Congress I talked about how they were attempting to make government so handicapped and dysfunctional (by slashing budgets and hiring incompetents to key positions) that it would either fall apart on its own, or the people would destroy it. Some people may have thought that was hyperbole. "Inside the White House, Mr. Bannon said, everything is going according to plan. The 'deconstruction of the administrative state' has just begun." Still think that? This isn't about disruption, this is about tearing it all down. This is still the party of "No."

"The head of the National Rifle Association on Friday claimed that anti-Donald Trump protesters were paid '$1,500 a week' and that they 'spit in the face of Gold Star families." Shit, where do I get one of those jobs? I mean, spitting in the face of Gold Star families is not how I want to make bank, but $1,500 a week? That sure as help beats flipping burgers. Well, someone in this story is getting paid a lot of money to be violent, but I think it was the guy up on the stage with his fear mongering.

Trump says he's keeping his campaign promises, how's that working out. Yeah, not so much. Share if you know someone who voted for Trump.

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