Whenever I read a complaint about ethnic studies or women’s studies or what have you I’m reminded that most institutions of higher learning have departments devoted to the study of an invisible superbeing.
-- Heliopause, Balloon Juice, comments
Call me lame, but I love the thought that the moon we see every day is the same moon our ancestors looked at with the same awe that we do.
-- Chillbro22, Imgur, comments
To pour some more cold water on any remaining illusions you might have, bearskin rugs are no good for having sex on, as the fur is incredibly coarse, and fireplaces are no fun for having
sex in front of, as one side of you will get goosebumps while the other blisters.
-- BigHank53, Alicublog, comments
So, it’s finally happened. The new definition of terrorism/mass murder/any other emotively horrific behaviour = disagreeing with the religious Right.
-- Gregory Greenwood, Pharyngula, comments
Lost: my brain, 1.5kg, pinkish-grey, answers to "Steve". Please return to me at Koobikal Hel.
Don't worry, it won't bite. (much)
-- anton_p_nym, on Twitter
This is what drives me nuts. Somehow a citizens’ group is unfairly taking on a huge corporate-funded rightwing political entity that ACTUALLY WRITES THE LAWS that are passed by these hacks in state legislatures that take away the rights and privileges that ordinary citizens have. And that’s just not right, somehow. Please, Professor Hack, explain to me how this is not fair.
-- geg6, Balloon Juice, comments
It soon became clear that race is a construct, but what you are is what cops think you are. The blacker you are, the blacker you shall be treated, and the whiter you look, the whiter you shall be treated.
-- Stephen Winter, quoted at Huffington Post
Oh, it's all more in sadness than anger, and it's always the same schtick: Whatever happened, conservatives are the REAL victims. NRO writer pens crudely racist screed that's so offensive even NRO can't stomach it and lets him go? Clearly, its another example of liberals victimizing conservatives for thought crimes. Gun-toting lunatic mows down women and children? Obviously, this is not only part of Obama's grand plan to hand all our guns to the UN, it's also one more incident that foment discrimination against gun owners. Women become upset because the GOP en masse publicly declares that any female using contraception is a slut and a whore? Once again, conservatives are being punished by the liberal feminazis who demand everything for free and want men's manhoods placed in the national trust. It's a wonder these clown can lever themselves out of their desk chairs considering their diapers are so filled from constantly soiling themselves over every slight.
-- Derelict, Alicublog, comments
Our server, who had been working both our table and theirs, came up and thanked us for telling that guy off, adding that she’d had an abortion a few months ago. We talked to her for a while, and learned that she already has a six-year-old daughter to support, and the guy who got her pregnant is in prison. ”I don’t get all this talk about how abortion is selfish,” she said. ”I didn’t do this for me. I did this for my daughter– so that I can afford to give her what she needs.”
-- Amelia, "A tale of pro-choice badassery," XYZ-PDQ
As a Canadian who moved to the US 17 years ago, in my 40′s, I see the US from the inside with an outsiders eyes. These are some of my impressions:
1) Americans (not all, but too many) have an inflate sense that they can make “what they want to be true” into “actual truth” by voting on it. They conflate “I have a right to my opinion” into “My opinion is right.” The whole political effort to get CreoID into schools is based on this – if the majority of people want CreoID taught in the schools, they the majority should get what they want. Isn’t that how democracy works?
2) Americans also have a sense of entitlement. The world has always bent to their will. Wealth and jobs came easy. One didn’t need a good education to get a good job. (Of course, that has gone the way of the dodo in the last 20 years – but the expectations die hard.) So there is little respect for education. Coupled with Point#1, those who don’t feel they need to be educated resent that those who are educated (the elitists) telling them that they are wrong about reality.
3) Politically, Americans have been forced to be progressives. Whereas other countries have pushed to respect minority rights (for other religions, women, racial minorities) from “the bottom, up” (IOW, peoples’ attitudes changed, then they changed the laws), the Constitution has pushed for minority rights from “the top, down”. This has brought out a reactionary backlash by people who feel that tolerance has been forced upon them.
-- hypatiasdaughter, Pharyngula, comments
The conflation of economics and “morality” is endemic to the right. I remember the exact same BS during the subprime crisis: They got mortgages that they didn’t deserve! Deserve? That’s a moral term. What does “deserve” have to do with anything? You can either pay off the loan, or you can’t. “Deserve” has nothing to do with it.
-- Judas Escargot, Your Postmodern Neighbor, Balloon Juice, comments
One reason conservatives (as commonly understood, and even if you go back to Buckley) fall into the trap of frothing racism and bigotry is that the fundamental premises of many conservatives was that existing hierarchies, existing inequalities, are not an expression of injustice but the just result of a meritocracy.
-- jesse, Dispatches from the Culture Wars, comments
Has anyone ever asked a conservative what the income cut-off is for women? At what income point does "slutty-mcslut" and her brood of trailer dwelling/ghetto living miscreants where someone needs to get a damn job become "Sally Homemaker" who nutures her children in their loving home rather than allowing someone else to raise them and is a saint. See, i'm guessing the cut-off is more of a geographic and, let's be charitable, "ethnic" point than an economic one. Still, watching my Rush Limbaugh listening Dad get upset at that question was worth the time. Is it 35K, Dad? Is it 75K? Or, is it where the woman lives and color her skin is?
-- timb, Alicublog, comments
I know one little girl who was so outraged and heartbroken when she realized that even Big Bird -- her last hope -- was a boy that she hasn't watched the show since.
-- Katha Pollitt, “The Smurfette Principle,” The New York Times, 1991
People are wrong-answer-generating machines.
-- Paul Ingraham, Science-Based Medicine, comments
Three sets of laws. One for cops, one for the rich, one for us.
-- Forum Transmitted Disease, Balloon Juice, comments
Have you tried sending out a viral anti-viral email? If nothing else, it would tear the very fabric of the universe apart. Then you’d get all those lost socks back.
-- Modusoperandi, Dispatches from the Culture Wars, comments
I have some wingnutesque friends (we go way back) with whom I will from time to time traverse San Francisco. These guys will pass up three tacquerias, a Thai place, and two Cantonese restaurants to get to a Mickey D's. Yeah, strange food is a problem for them... and they grew up around here, so they have had to make an effort to keep strange food strange.
-- DocAmazing, Alicublog, comments
My one remaining grandparent has so far spanned the days from fabric covered airplanes to spaceflight to the iPad 3. I was born a few months after Microsoft. Which one of us has demonstrated the most adaptability, again?
-- Brownian, Pharyngula, comments
Although palliative care is very, very important in terms of maintaining quality of life during terminal illness, no one embraces it because people don't want to be palliated; they want to live. They won't accept palliation until they realize that they can't live.
-- Orac, “Kind-hearted strangers and a failure of medical journalism,” Respectful Insolence
Wal-Mart merchandise is one step up from a hallucinatory fever dream; and lasts about as long. Everything in Wal-Mart is either the product of ruthless cost cutting that forces the manufacturer to turn out all their stuff as a shadow of an actual product; or just their Wal-Mart stuff that way. I seem to be constantly “therapizing” Wal-Mart addicts in my little town. They complain that Wal-Mart is an hour away; I explain that if Wal-Mart set up shop here, they would drive out the competition and double their prices; it’s their corporate practice. They wail that they have to get to Wal-Mart so often because the coffee pot is always breaking or the polo shirt dissolved in the wash. I explain that if they didn’t buy these things from Wal-Mart, they would last a lot longer. But then they give me the white-rimmed eyes and tell me the prices are so low at Wal-Mart! There’s a reason no one teaches economics in high school; it would ruin their plutocrat schemes.
-- WereBear, Balloon Juice, comments [I always tell people I can’t afford to shop at Wal-Mart, because I can’t afford to keep replacing things every six months. It’s a hell of a scam. -- ?!]
I occasionally hear people from my parents’ generation lament about how we’ve lost so much respect for authority. At least from my perspective, I think a fair bit of that comes from the fact that I see [police brutality] every other time I turn on the news. The rest is probably related to having been lied to by every adult in my life for my first 22 years about things that most educated people have known for centuries, but that’s another story.
-- redpanda, Dispatches from the Culture Wars, comments
That we now have a society in which, for example, one of the biggest monopoly-minded wealth scammers in human history, Jeffrey Immelt, heads up a Presidential commission on jobs and competitiveness ought to say everything necessary about the degree to which the very few, the very rich, have insinuated themselves into government power. That an extremely private consortium of corporations and right-wing flakes can now determine the content, language and passage of legislation in states across the country for a relatively insignificant annual cost ought to forever banish the notions that a "free" market exists, or that legalized, widespread corruption is not the norm in these United States, or that the entire system of representative democracy--as a means of effective self-governance--has not failed, because the effective constituency of our politicians has shrunk to the very tiny percentage of the population with real wealth.
-- Montag, Alicublog, comments
Ms. Rand mentored former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, yet look what he did. He poured gasoline on the free market until it exploded. Banks then required unprecedented government assistance. It's difficult think of a single individual who has redistributed more wealth and interfered in more free markets than Mr. Greenspan.
-- Al Lewis, “Call it ‘Atlas Snubbed’,” The Washington Post, July 17, 2011
You know, the Free Market was doing just fine, thank you, at making sure we all got the good, affordable and nutritious food that we desired before that damn Liberal Upton Sinclair came along.
-- JohnR, First Draft, comments
[I]f the observers who oversee countries’ transition to democracy were to apply the same criteria to the US, the report would be fucking ugly reading. Partisan officials in charge of county elections? Different standards applied from precinct to precinct? The press reports totals before they’re properly tabulated? That’s even before getting into the weeds about Diebold-ESS and Sequoia issue, and before engaging with the active voter suppression efforts in state legislatures and pundit shops.
-- pseudonymous in nc, Balloon Juice, comments
These are always people who wouldn’t know what scientific scrutiny was if it knocked them immobile with a carefully measured dose of Conus snail toxin, strapped them to an operating table, and pumped high-intensity Science directly into their brains with a laser. As I often wish I could do.
-- PZ Myers, “Another creationist list of lies,” Pharyngula
Remember how the Soviets were both incompetent and our greatest threat...and also both examples of an horrible Godless society and the home of young people who obeyed their elders, kept their hair short, never resisted conscription, and didn't listen to Damnable Wog Jungle Music?
-- Gerald Fnord, Alicublog, comments
This is how I know I’m a grown-up: I pay people to ride tractors around my backyard, because I don’t want to do it myself. Shut up, I’m still fun.
-- John Scalzi, “And That’s How We Finally Found Jimmy Hoffa,” Whatever
They weren't even white trash - these people were white toxic waste.
-- Chris Rock, quoted in comments at Ms. Daisy Cutter's DreamWidth
How about a bake sale? You’d buy a Glock-shaped brownie for two bucks, wouldn’t you? And an oatmeal raisin clip (the extended one with 33 raisins).
-- burnspbesq, Balloon Juice, comments
Hey, look what's on CNN: "In other news, the world's bank of "fucks" noticed a sudden drop in the world's supply of fucks. People everywhere cannot swear till the supply is replenished. The monopoly is coming from somewhere in the United States. Technicians are working on the production lines, trying to catch up with demand."
-- ginmar, "Oh, for fuck's sake," A View from A Broad
The Prosperity Gospel has been a strong force in the dismantling of the USA’s social safety net, education system, and infrastructure (in my useless opinion, that is). It has been a wonderful way to get people to vote to make themselves, and their children, more poor.
-- Brother Ogvorbis: Advanced Acolyte of Tpyos, Pharyngula, comments
Cancer is a word, not a sentence.
-- DrScrubs, Imgur comments