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I mean, seriously, it’s a little hard for us to be all properly rubbing our hands together in worry over “oh noes, some gangbanger thug might be stirring my latte” when rich wankers are tanking whole countries and ranting about the masses feeling entitled to food like full-fledged comic-book supervillains.
-- Cerberus, "Employment is Theft," Sadly, No!

The choice they're condemning is the choice to have sex without being married. ... they engaged in an
act that is, in the conservative view, only meant for married people. You could say that this particular ship sailed away long ago, but I defy you to point me to a time in human history when that ship was ever in harbor. ... Hell, the conservatives think the Palins are an ideal conservative family and they haven't had a wedding in three generations that wasn't chronologically shotgun.
-- jeevmon, Pandagon, comments

If they have the ability to put themselves in someone else's Payless sneakers, I don't begrudge them their Gucci loafers.
-- Blue Girl, "You're not supposed to pull the ladder up behind you," They gave us a republic...'

[O]n an international flight back in the 90's, my dad declared a pocket knife when he was asked if he was carrying any weapons. The official (who was French - not important, but makes it funnier) eyeballs the knife for several seconds, then says "You are a regular James Bond, no?" He let him keep the knife.
-- D Johnston, Alicublog, comments

Gays are getting married and gun nuts are fighting for their right to remain in the closet. Random
somewhat encouraging thought.
-- scav, Balloon Juice, comments

I'm relatively sure that I'm the only person ever to decide to say "fuck" on the Internet because of
a French sociologist. It genuinely was a conscious decision.
-- Thers, "Hatred into Sport; In Defense of FUCK," Whiskey Fire



I hear Miami got pretty batshit insane there for a while in the 80s & early 90s once groups like Omega 7 figured out that they could openly traffic coke or weed or heroin with impunity … the local cops would bust them fair & square, but a couple of CIA suits would give the judge the “national security” talk in chambers, & Abracadabra – all the charges would mysteriously be dropped. After repeatedly wasting their time in court for nothing, the cops just learned who not to shake down & looked the other way … & this ugly shit was going down right at the height of JUST SAY NO anti-drug fever to boot. Contra exiles – who often worked hand in fist with the Cuban exiles – got (& maybe still get?) the same sweetheart deal … once you get hooked up with the good ol’ boys at the CIA (AKA “Heroin Incorporated”), membership has its privileges. The CIA has growing influence in North Africa with its role in the fall of all the old regimes there. If the US really does get out of Afghanistan in the next few years, look for its heroin production to collapse … while one of the “Arab Spring” nations takes its place.
-- jim the heretical anti-cliff lemming, Sadly, No!, comment

I am a stay at home mother. It’s where I want to be but dear God there are plenty of times when I want to just hear an adult voice that doesn’t belong to my husband. Or actually go to the bathroom… alone…without someone outside the door…or someone asking…’Whatcha’ doin?’ I mean really?! It’s a bathroom. I’m obviously building a time machine to go back in time and perhaps rethink that whole, ‘I want children’ speech.
-- Honey, Sarah Kendzior, comments

I was watching an episode of “WWII In Color” on the Military Channel last night (spoiler alert – the
Allies won)...
-- Dangerous Bacon, Respectful Insolence, comments

I once tripped on a strawfeminist. Nearly fell and busted my balls!
-- atheist, Pandagon, comments

“An armed society is a polite society” means that white people need guns to keep the blahs from getting uppity. That may not have been its original meaning, but it’s an obvious subtext of the people who use it today.
-- Roger Moore, Balloon Juice, comments

In the 2000s, our government gave itself the power to wiretap its citizens without oversight, the power to lock up people without trial, and reinstated the torture chamber as an instrument of state – and with very few exceptions, the militia types who’d spent the previous decade freaking out about fascism and federal government abuse cheered. The chances that these people would rally against the abuse of American freedoms are zero.
-- Chris, Sadly, No!, comments

Here's Orwell, another "lesser" writer they just don't get, on Dickens: "a man who is always fighting against something, but who fights in the open and is not frightened, the face of a man who is generously angry in other words, of a nineteenth-century liberal, a free intelligence, a type hated with equal hatred by all the smelly little orthodoxies which are now contending for our souls."
-- mortimer quoting George Orwell, Alicublog, comments

Whole time I was pregnant people asked me what I was going to do with my cats. Seriously, why don't
people get that pets are a commitment?
-- LynnyLou, imgur, comments

I know, or knew, a fellow who once debated LaPierre on Good Morning America re: tot locks and gun show loopholes, and made WLaP look like...a fucking arms dealer. A year or so later that fellow was dead, murdered by a handgun, in a "still unsolved case".
-- vertalio, Whiskey Fire, comments

Start telling people you’re going to start a big program giving assault-style weapons, large magazines, training, and licensing aid to poor and black people to be armed & carrying legally at all times and suddenly things will change.
-- El Cid, Balloon Juice, comments

Conservatives could probably get liberals to acquiesce to their victories if they stuck to what they’ve won, but they keep needing to push the boundaries into full blown insanity. Stopped civil rights progress in its tracks fifty years ago and gutted the departments looking after it? Now take away their voting rights! Gutted unions and regulations? Now destroy Social Security and Medicare, and if you feel up to it, minimum wage, antitrust and income taxes too! Started two ruinous open-ended wars in the Middle East? Now invade Iran!
-- Chris, Sadly, No!, comments

One thing that particularly galls me is that on the Sirius Satellite Radio listings, the Liberal channel is called "Progessive," but the right-wing Rush/Hannity/Levin hate-mongering channel is called, "The Patriot Channel." If this situation was reversed, the Right-Wing Noise Machine would raise such holy hell that it'd eventually be changed.
-- Marc McDonald, Beggars Can Be Choosers, comments

I swear, I think you could replace a few words in The Communist Manifesto and slap Andrew Breitbart's name on it, and these unimaginative dolts would hail it as conservative.
-- Batocchio, Alicublog, comments

I read a post by a woman explaining how life was different after leaving a very fundie Quiverfull church & society. She said she and some church ladies were in a room where the door blew open a little and the natural assumption was that a demon had made it happen. And she had a moment of realization of how messed up that way of living / thinking really was. Yeesh, I cannot imagine what it's like to have to re-adjust to non-demon-based society after that.
-- MoseyM, Pandagon, comments

I will tell you all why we need to do something. Quite stark, and very tragic. I come home today and my roommate informs me a little kid he knew from birth,13 years old, died yesterday from a gunshot wound to the head. Kid’s friend was playing with a loaded gun, it goes off and strikes this adorable little boy. Now he is dead. Kids having access to loaded guns is not normal, but twisted, wrong. Perverse. Disgusting. I see that little boy in my mind’s eye. So smart. We bought him Nat Geo, he loved science. My roommate is devastated. I am so sad, and feel the utter pointlessness of it all. Lord.
-- Richard Fox, Balloon Juice, comments

As long as Caribou Barbie is out there squealing that there’s such a thing as a “real America” and by implication a not-real one and every one of you stands up and whoops in support, as long as you continue to demand that your cultural values should be everyone else’s cultural values and it’s not fair that they’re not, as long as you continue to scream bloody murder at the idea of people in the inner cities (and everyone knows who you mean) getting any help from the government while your Rugged Individualist states gorge themselves with Yankee and Californian money and no one’s allowed to object, as long as your pundits, your activists and now even your candidates are out there claiming that some people shouldn’t be allowed to vote, some people should be stripped of their citizenship because of how their parents came here, and some people should be singled out for strip-searching, purged from government positions, or even, as some of you have delightfully called for, rounded up into internment camps because of who they pray to… ... as long as you keep doing that, then it’s impossible for anyone to think of themselves as “primarily American before anything else.” You’ve seen to that. I’m sorry that the divided America you’ve worked so hard to create for fifty years is finally beginning to bite you in the ass (for a measure of “sorry” roughly equivalent to “delighted”), but it’s your doing. Deal with it. TL;DR – Fuck you, assholes.
-- Chris, Sadly, No!, comments

I have never heard of Porco until these idiots trying to get him fired brought him up. Now I'll buy one of his books. If it's good, I have read good poems. If it sucks, I have pissed off a dink. I win.
-- Thers, "Smutty Limericks and Socialism: Two Great Tastes That Taste Great Together," Whiskey Fire

I hate when people kick my ass at things I never even realized I always wanted to do. Good work.
-- justgottoexplainthisonething, imgur, comments

[A]nyone who says that there is money to be made in a stash of ACADEMIC ARTICLES is
either an idiot or a liar.
-- Lawrence Lessig, "Prosecutor as bully," Lessig Blog v2

I grew up in a situation where violence was a fact of everyday life. Violence waited for you when you walked to school. Violence waited for you in class. Violence waited for you on the way. Violence waited for you on the way to football practice. Beatdowns at the bowling alleys. Shootings at the roller skating rinks. You could not go and see your girlfriend if she lived in some other neighborhood without bringing five other dudes with you -- one of them possibly strapped. I was not a violent kid. I was, and am, a softie. But after about a year of living in that environment, I basically became acculturated. When I became a professional and an adult, I basically spent years trying to deculturate and act like I was civilized. This isn't a matter of punching people because they looked at you wrong. (Thought it kind of is.) It's a matter of understanding that what you once considered vital has no meaning in the wider -- much less violent -- world. I am the furthest thing you will meet from a street dude. And yet I still find myself in conversation with myself over how to comport myself like a civilized person. Add on to that thinking about how to comport yourself when you are a big black dude, and you see what kind of weight might be there.
-- Ta-Nehisi Coates, "More Guns, Less Crime: A Dialogue," The Atlantic

Convictions for rape are laughably rare. When they do happen, they tend to receive laughably low sentences compared to other crimes. And rarely come with any real rehabilitation. I mean, for fuck’s sake, we care so little about rape in our society, that most of our country’s favorite go-to joke is the epidemic of prison rape.
-- Cerberus, "Employment is Theft," Sadly, No!, comments

If you went ahead and appreciated something all on your own, without clearing it through the political filters, you might like something controversial. Something you had to defend from more powerful members of the tribe. Something that might get you kicked out of the tribe. It's authoritarianism all the way down, I'm afraid.
-- BigHank53, Alicublog, comments

I suspect if I were to inform someone (truthfully) that masturbation with a good fantasy is far more satisfying to me than sex with someone whose credentials are "but I want to stick my dick in you," no matter how skilled, I would not be believed.
-- Kyra_cat_soul, Pandagon, comments

Kids today, with their electronic thermometers, will never know the fun for trying to vacuum up
mercury spilled into a shag carpet.
-- Mark Crislip, “780.6,” Science-Based Medicine

Was reading through the manual for a new widget that we just got at work and found what has to be one
of the all-time best product safety warnings ever:

Do not explore unlisted hashes. Damage to equipment or injury or death to personnel may result.

Unlisted hash! Here be dragons!
-- dmsilev, Balloon Juice, comments

Hell, just look at Greyhound. The ‘hound wanted deregulation and they wanted to bust their union. So they went bankrupt twice and are a sixth of their former size. Multinationals have come into the US market to compete with them, undercutting them on price (and safety… Greyhound now looks like a safe carrier by comparison, when pre-deregulation they were one of the worst compared to some of the small, closely held privately owned locals… the upshot is that people are dying on coach buses in large numbers when you used to be able to count annual fatalities on one hand… and apparently nobody but the drivers cares).
-- not a gator, Sadly, No!, comments

I totally want a bumpersticker that says "Occupy the Moral High Ground."
-- Aimai, Alicublog, comments

when you goatse it, you can't unsee it.
-- JustinPulfer, imgur, comments

My cousin Gaylor is a big gun owner (as are pretty much all my cousins in Tennessee). One night someone broke into his house. He pushed the family into the back of the house, grabbed his gun and went out to confront the intruder. He said it was the stupidest thing he ever did in his life. He got the guy down on the floor and held a gun on him, but suddenly it occurred to him that the guy might not be alone, and that an accomplice could show up at any minute before the cops arrived. And at that point, Gaylor would have to shoot the guy lying on the floor. Which he firmly believed at that moment he could not do. It had never occurred to him he would feel that way. … If Gaylor didn’t think he could shoot an intruder in his own home, with his family there, I have deep reservations that any of these ersatz Dirty Harrys could do so just because they’ve seen it happen on TV.
-- Jane Hamsher, TBogg, comments

So long as your average American male thinks about his dick and his insecurities when we talk about
guns and not about public policy regarding a product safety issue, we’re fucked. The cult of machismo
that swoons for Commander Codpiece will never go for this.
-- Gex, Balloon Juice, comments

In the words of Freewheelin’ Franklin: “Dope will get you through times with no money better than
money will get you through times with no dope.”
-- S. cerevisiae, Sadly, No!, comments

It's a truism to me that the most anti-male feminist of right-wing imaginition, if she came life,
would look at conservatives' views of men and say "Wow, that may be taking things a little far."
-- witless chum, Pandagon, comments

[T]he Daily Mail does have an ongoing ontological program to divide all inanimate objects into ones
that will either cause or cure cancer.
-- Ben Goldacre, quoted at Respectful Insolence

I'm seeing "dumbing down the conservative message" as a kind of reversal of Lee Atwater's infamous
description of conservative rhetoric, such that one starts out complaining of social welfare
spending, then condemning the loss of law and order, and finally just yelling "nigger".
-- RobW, Alicublog, comments

The idea that you can reinvent yourself, that your fate is in your own hands, that you have the power inside of you to make yourself a winner (and if you fail, it’s all your own fault) — this may be America’s most toxic cultural snake-oil. And yet it never fails to find takers. … He failed at everything; he was one of those faceless, anonymous losers. But there was one thing he could still excel at, something that could get him attention, something that this country perversely celebrates: mass murder in a blaze of anti-glory. So long as you’re ready to make that transformation-of-character into a death row inmate, that option is always available here.
-- Mark Ames, “Behind Another Rampage Massacre,” Consortium News

In my line of work, I am in part responsible for overseeing armed employees, and formulating policies governing firearms safety. These employees get weeks – not hours or days – of training. The pay is good, and the background checks are stringent, so our hiring is selective. For the most part, these people are high caliber. And I still spend a ridiculous amount of my time dealing with stupid, careless mistakes and complacency. People get fired from good-paying union jobs because they forget and leave the gun in the bathroom, or because of a negligent (never to be called “accidental” because it’s always negligent) discharge. People who want armed teachers or armed janitors have simply never had armed employees.
-- Elmo, Balloon Juice, comments

And the question remains: how is it that everyone knows that an influential newspaper in the nation’s capital is owned and operated by an insane mind-control cult based in another country, yet said paper remains influential? It would read like a particularly stupid conspiracy theory were it not for the fact that they are completely out in the open about this?
-- J. Neo Marvin, Sadly, No!, comments

I realized long ago I have a readership of one: me. If I like it, if I think it is well reasoned and
clever, then I throw it into the world and if others like it, fine. If not, so be it.
-- Mark Crislip, Science-Based Medicine, comments

Anyone who's worked in a retail or restaurant establishment long enough--say, one afternoon--knows there are five-hundred ways to screw over a deserving customer without ever being suspected. Go on. Test the theory.
-- Doghouse Riley, “It Is The Height Of Idiocy To Insult the Cook,” Bats Left/Throws Right

People who name their children "Braden" and "Kaylee" ought to be locked up for child abuse. … The very worst people are the ones who give their children surnames as first names. It's so fucking pretentious, I kind of want to murder them. The parents, not the kids. Well, the kids a little bit.
-- DrKennethNoisewater, Alicublog, comments

Try running a marathon with an overgrown, oppositional two-year old chained to your ankle, and you’ve got an idea of what Reid must feel like when he’s actually trying to govern. I don’t know how the man suppresses the urge to slip an AK47 into the Senate chambers.
-- dr. bloor, Balloon Juice, comments

What is the advantage to anyone of staying together for life when it's shitty? My parents have been married for 57 years. They hate and distrust each other. They make each other miserable. They made their children miserable. They made a lot of people around them miserable. It seems unlikely to be coincidental that all three of their kids have suffered with depression at various points. We (their children) are unanimous - they should have gotten divorced about forty years ago, when it became obvious their issues were never going to work out. I'm not against marriage. I've been married for 22 years, quite happily, thank you. I'm against shitty, unfixable marriages being treated like there's some great merit to be gained by simply having people hang around together being miserable.
-- Tapetum, Pandagon, comments

Did you know that the colophon is an erogenous zone?
-- a hyper-intelligent Bible capable of demonstrating consent, Sadly, No!, comments

It is always easier to defend the symbol then to defend what the symbol stands for.
-- bocabill, Raw Story, comments

[P]ersonally, I'm strongly against monarchy as a form of government, yet somehow I can still enjoy all
those Shakespeare plays with kings. Hmm.
-- Batocchio, Alicublog, comments

I’ve been researching small batch manufacturing, which might be our saving strategy (Innovation, ya’ll!) and ran across some internet forum where they are opining that the product itself does not matter, just your splash page. The problem with American business is American business.
-- WereBear, Balloon Juice, comments

In September, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released a study that showed that a disproportionate number of men who played at least five seasons in the N.F.L. from 1959 to 1988 developed Alzheimer’s disease or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
-- Mary Pilon and Ken Belson, “Seau Suffered from Brain Disease,” The New York Times

A mean temp of 309.93 is much more impressive.
-- Mark Crislip, Science-Based Medicine, comments

Like i keep saying, if this being submissive in all way at all time in all things was really women's "natural" state, why do they need continual reenforcement of that "fact"? Wouldn't it, oh i dunno, COME NATURALLY if it were NATURAL?
-- BruceMcGlory, Pandagon, comments

I suppose this is historically a challenge for social progressives--the more you gain, the further you get in time from horrendous conditions, the more difficult it is to keep moving because the threat is not so obvious anymore. Complacency sets in as amnesic nostalgia floods the brain.
-- Cole, Alicublog, comments

A friend of mine in Connecticut worked with an immigrant from Eastern Europe in the early 80s, who brought his mother over here to live after a couple of years. The first time he took her to the local Edwards Food Warehouse, she literally passed out in the produce aisle, and then lived in fear for days that someone would come to get her for being somewhere she didn’t belong.
-- the Conster, Balloon Juice, comments

If the gutter didn't exist, my mind would be homeless.
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I mean, seriously, it’s a little hard for us to be all properly rubbing our hands together in worry over “oh noes, some gangbanger thug might be stirring my latte” when rich wankers are tanking whole countries and ranting about the masses feeling entitled to food like full-fledged comic-book supervillains.
-- Cerberus, "Employment is Theft," Sadly, No!

The choice they're condemning is the choice to have sex without being married. ... they engaged in an
act that is, in the conservative view, only meant for married people. You could say that this particular ship sailed away long ago, but I defy you to point me to a time in human history when that ship was ever in harbor. ... Hell, the conservatives think the Palins are an ideal conservative family and they haven't had a wedding in three generations that wasn't chronologically shotgun.
-- jeevmon, Pandagon, comments

If they have the ability to put themselves in someone else's Payless sneakers, I don't begrudge them their Gucci loafers.
-- Blue Girl, "You're not supposed to pull the ladder up behind you," They gave us a republic...'

[O]n an international flight back in the 90's, my dad declared a pocket knife when he was asked if he was carrying any weapons. The official (who was French - not important, but makes it funnier) eyeballs the knife for several seconds, then says "You are a regular James Bond, no?" He let him keep the knife.
-- D Johnston, Alicublog, comments

Gays are getting married and gun nuts are fighting for their right to remain in the closet. Random
somewhat encouraging thought.
-- scav, Balloon Juice, comments

I'm relatively sure that I'm the only person ever to decide to say "fuck" on the Internet because of
a French sociologist. It genuinely was a conscious decision.
-- Thers, "Hatred into Sport; In Defense of FUCK," Whiskey Fire

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I hear Miami got pretty batshit insane there for a while in the 80s & early 90s once groups like Omega 7 figured out that they could openly traffic coke or weed or heroin with impunity … the local cops would bust them fair & square, but a couple of CIA suits would give the judge the “national security” talk in chambers, & Abracadabra – all the charges would mysteriously be dropped. After repeatedly wasting their time in court for nothing, the cops just learned who not to shake down & looked the other way … & this ugly shit was going down right at the height of JUST SAY NO anti-drug fever to boot. Contra exiles – who often worked hand in fist with the Cuban exiles – got (& maybe still get?) the same sweetheart deal … once you get hooked up with the good ol’ boys at the CIA (AKA “Heroin Incorporated”), membership has its privileges. The CIA has growing influence in North Africa with its role in the fall of all the old regimes there. If the US really does get out of Afghanistan in the next few years, look for its heroin production to collapse … while one of the “Arab Spring” nations takes its place.
-- jim the heretical anti-cliff lemming, Sadly, No!, comment

I am a stay at home mother. It’s where I want to be but dear God there are plenty of times when I want to just hear an adult voice that doesn’t belong to my husband. Or actually go to the bathroom… alone…without someone outside the door…or someone asking…’Whatcha’ doin?’ I mean really?! It’s a bathroom. I’m obviously building a time machine to go back in time and perhaps rethink that whole, ‘I want children’ speech.
-- Honey, Sarah Kendzior, comments

I was watching an episode of “WWII In Color” on the Military Channel last night (spoiler alert – the
Allies won)...
-- Dangerous Bacon, Respectful Insolence, comments

I once tripped on a strawfeminist. Nearly fell and busted my balls!
-- atheist, Pandagon, comments

“An armed society is a polite society” means that white people need guns to keep the blahs from getting uppity. That may not have been its original meaning, but it’s an obvious subtext of the people who use it today.
-- Roger Moore, Balloon Juice, comments

In the 2000s, our government gave itself the power to wiretap its citizens without oversight, the power to lock up people without trial, and reinstated the torture chamber as an instrument of state – and with very few exceptions, the militia types who’d spent the previous decade freaking out about fascism and federal government abuse cheered. The chances that these people would rally against the abuse of American freedoms are zero.
-- Chris, Sadly, No!, comments

Here's Orwell, another "lesser" writer they just don't get, on Dickens: "a man who is always fighting against something, but who fights in the open and is not frightened, the face of a man who is generously angry in other words, of a nineteenth-century liberal, a free intelligence, a type hated with equal hatred by all the smelly little orthodoxies which are now contending for our souls."
-- mortimer quoting George Orwell, Alicublog, comments

Whole time I was pregnant people asked me what I was going to do with my cats. Seriously, why don't
people get that pets are a commitment?
-- LynnyLou, imgur, comments

I know, or knew, a fellow who once debated LaPierre on Good Morning America re: tot locks and gun show loopholes, and made WLaP look like...a fucking arms dealer. A year or so later that fellow was dead, murdered by a handgun, in a "still unsolved case".
-- vertalio, Whiskey Fire, comments

Start telling people you’re going to start a big program giving assault-style weapons, large magazines, training, and licensing aid to poor and black people to be armed & carrying legally at all times and suddenly things will change.
-- El Cid, Balloon Juice, comments

Conservatives could probably get liberals to acquiesce to their victories if they stuck to what they’ve won, but they keep needing to push the boundaries into full blown insanity. Stopped civil rights progress in its tracks fifty years ago and gutted the departments looking after it? Now take away their voting rights! Gutted unions and regulations? Now destroy Social Security and Medicare, and if you feel up to it, minimum wage, antitrust and income taxes too! Started two ruinous open-ended wars in the Middle East? Now invade Iran!
-- Chris, Sadly, No!, comments

One thing that particularly galls me is that on the Sirius Satellite Radio listings, the Liberal channel is called "Progessive," but the right-wing Rush/Hannity/Levin hate-mongering channel is called, "The Patriot Channel." If this situation was reversed, the Right-Wing Noise Machine would raise such holy hell that it'd eventually be changed.
-- Marc McDonald, Beggars Can Be Choosers, comments

I swear, I think you could replace a few words in <i>The Communist Manifesto</i> and slap Andrew Breitbart's name on it, and these unimaginative dolts would hail it as conservative.
-- Batocchio, Alicublog, comments

I read a post by a woman explaining how life was different after leaving a very fundie Quiverfull church & society. She said she and some church ladies were in a room where the door blew open a little and the natural assumption was that a demon had made it happen. And she had a moment of realization of how messed up that way of living / thinking really was. Yeesh, I cannot imagine what it's like to have to re-adjust to non-demon-based society after that.
-- MoseyM, Pandagon, comments

I will tell you all why we need to do something. Quite stark, and very tragic. I come home today and my roommate informs me a little kid he knew from birth,13 years old, died yesterday from a gunshot wound to the head. Kid’s friend was playing with a loaded gun, it goes off and strikes this adorable little boy. Now he is dead. Kids having access to loaded guns is not normal, but twisted, wrong. Perverse. Disgusting. I see that little boy in my mind’s eye. So smart. We bought him Nat Geo, he loved science. My roommate is devastated. I am so sad, and feel the utter pointlessness of it all. Lord.
-- Richard Fox, Balloon Juice, comments

As long as Caribou Barbie is out there squealing that there’s such a thing as a “real America” and by implication a not-real one and every one of you stands up and whoops in support, as long as you continue to demand that your cultural values should be everyone else’s cultural values and it’s not fair that they’re not, as long as you continue to scream bloody murder at the idea of people in the inner cities (and everyone knows who you mean) getting any help from the government while your Rugged Individualist states gorge themselves with Yankee and Californian money and no one’s allowed to object, as long as your pundits, your activists and now even your candidates are out there claiming that some people shouldn’t be allowed to vote, some people should be stripped of their citizenship because of how their parents came here, and some people should be singled out for strip-searching, purged from government positions, or even, as some of you have delightfully called for, rounded up into internment camps because of who they pray to… ... as long as you keep doing that, then it’s impossible for anyone to think of themselves as “primarily American before anything else.” You’ve seen to that. I’m sorry that the divided America you’ve worked so hard to create for fifty years is finally beginning to bite you in the ass (for a measure of “sorry” roughly equivalent to “delighted”), but it’s your doing. Deal with it. TL;DR – Fuck you, assholes.
-- Chris, Sadly, No!, comments

I have never heard of Porco until these idiots trying to get him fired brought him up. Now I'll buy one of his books. If it's good, I have read good poems. If it sucks, I have pissed off a dink. I win.
-- Thers, "Smutty Limericks and Socialism: Two Great Tastes That Taste Great Together," Whiskey Fire

I hate when people kick my ass at things I never even realized I always wanted to do. Good work.
-- justgottoexplainthisonething, imgur, comments

[A]nyone who says that there is money to be made in a stash of <i><b>ACADEMIC ARTICLES</b></i> is
either an idiot or a liar.
-- Lawrence Lessig, "Prosecutor as bully," Lessig Blog v2

I grew up in a situation where violence was a fact of everyday life. Violence waited for you when you walked to school. Violence waited for you in class. Violence waited for you on the way. Violence waited for you on the way to football practice. Beatdowns at the bowling alleys. Shootings at the roller skating rinks. You could not go and see your girlfriend if she lived in some other neighborhood without bringing five other dudes with you -- one of them possibly strapped. I was not a violent kid. I was, and am, a softie. But after about a year of living in that environment, I basically became acculturated. When I became a professional and an adult, I basically spent years trying to deculturate and act like I was civilized. This isn't a matter of punching people because they looked at you wrong. (Thought it kind of is.) It's a matter of understanding that what you once considered vital has no meaning in the wider -- much less violent -- world. I am the furthest thing you will meet from a street dude. And yet I still find myself in conversation with myself over how to comport myself like a civilized person. Add on to that thinking about how to comport yourself when you are a big black dude, and you see what kind of weight might be there.
-- Ta-Nehisi Coates, "More Guns, Less Crime: A Dialogue," The Atlantic

Convictions for rape are laughably rare. When they do happen, they tend to receive laughably low sentences compared to other crimes. And rarely come with any real rehabilitation. I mean, for fuck’s sake, we care so little about rape in our society, that most of our country’s favorite go-to joke is the epidemic of prison rape.
-- Cerberus, "Employment is Theft," Sadly, No!, comments

If you went ahead and appreciated something all on your own, without clearing it through the political filters, you might like something <i>controversial</i>. Something you had to <i>defend</i> from more powerful members of the tribe. Something that might get you <i>kicked out</i> of the tribe. It's authoritarianism all the way down, I'm afraid.
-- BigHank53, Alicublog, comments

I suspect if I were to inform someone (truthfully) that masturbation with a good fantasy is <i>far</i> more satisfying to me than sex with someone whose credentials are "but I want to stick my dick in you," no matter how skilled, I would not be believed.
-- Kyra_cat_soul, Pandagon, comments

Kids today, with their electronic thermometers, will never know the fun for trying to vacuum up
mercury spilled into a shag carpet.
-- Mark Crislip, “780.6,” Science-Based Medicine

Was reading through the manual for a new widget that we just got at work and found what has to be one
of the all-time best product safety warnings ever:

Do not explore unlisted hashes. Damage to equipment or injury or death to personnel may result.

Unlisted hash! Here be dragons!
-- dmsilev, Balloon Juice, comments

Hell, just look at Greyhound. The ‘hound wanted deregulation and they wanted to bust their union. So they went bankrupt twice and are a sixth of their former size. Multinationals have come into the US market to compete with them, undercutting them on price (and safety… Greyhound now looks like a safe carrier by comparison, when pre-deregulation they were one of the worst compared to some of the small, closely held privately owned locals… the upshot is that people are dying on coach buses in large numbers when you used to be able to count annual fatalities on one hand… and apparently nobody but the drivers cares).
-- not a gator, Sadly, No!, comments

I totally want a bumpersticker that says "Occupy the Moral High Ground."
-- Aimai, Alicublog, comments

when you goatse it, you can't unsee it.
-- JustinPulfer, imgur, comments

My cousin Gaylor is a big gun owner (as are pretty much all my cousins in Tennessee). One night someone broke into his house. He pushed the family into the back of the house, grabbed his gun and went out to confront the intruder. He said it was the stupidest thing he ever did in his life. He got the guy down on the floor and held a gun on him, but suddenly it occurred to him that the guy might not be alone, and that an accomplice could show up at any minute before the cops arrived. And at that point, Gaylor would have to shoot the guy lying on the floor. Which he firmly believed at that moment he could not do. It had never occurred to him he would feel that way. … If Gaylor didn’t think he could shoot an intruder in his own home, with his family there, I have deep reservations that any of these ersatz Dirty Harrys could do so just because they’ve seen it happen on TV.
-- Jane Hamsher, TBogg, comments

So long as your average American male thinks about his dick and his insecurities when we talk about
guns and not about public policy regarding a product safety issue, we’re fucked. The cult of machismo
that swoons for Commander Codpiece will never go for this.
-- Gex, Balloon Juice, comments

In the words of Freewheelin’ Franklin: “Dope will get you through times with no money better than
money will get you through times with no dope.”
-- S. cerevisiae, Sadly, No!, comments

It's a truism to me that the most anti-male feminist of right-wing imaginition, if she came life,
would look at conservatives' views of men and say "Wow, that may be taking things a little far."
-- witless chum, Pandagon, comments

[T]he Daily Mail does have an ongoing ontological program to divide all inanimate objects into ones
that will either cause or cure cancer.
-- Ben Goldacre, quoted at Respectful Insolence

I'm seeing "dumbing down the conservative message" as a kind of reversal of Lee Atwater's infamous
description of conservative rhetoric, such that one starts out complaining of social welfare
spending, then condemning the loss of law and order, and finally just yelling "nigger".
-- RobW, Alicublog, comments

The idea that you can reinvent yourself, that your fate is in your own hands, that you have the power inside of you to make yourself a winner (and if you fail, it’s all your own fault) — this may be America’s most toxic cultural snake-oil. And yet it never fails to find takers. … He failed at everything; he was one of those faceless, anonymous losers. But there was one thing he could still excel at, something that could get him attention, something that this country perversely celebrates: mass murder in a blaze of anti-glory. So long as you’re ready to make that transformation-of-character into a death row inmate, that option is always available here.
-- Mark Ames, “Behind Another Rampage Massacre,” Consortium News

In my line of work, I am in part responsible for overseeing armed employees, and formulating policies governing firearms safety. These employees get weeks – not hours or days – of training. The pay is good, and the background checks are stringent, so our hiring is selective. For the most part, these people are high caliber. And I still spend a ridiculous amount of my time dealing with stupid, careless mistakes and complacency. People get fired from good-paying union jobs because they forget and leave the gun in the bathroom, or because of a negligent (never to be called “accidental” because it’s always negligent) discharge. People who want armed teachers or armed janitors have simply never had armed employees.
-- Elmo, Balloon Juice, comments

And the question remains: how is it that everyone knows that an influential newspaper in the nation’s capital is owned and operated by an insane mind-control cult based in another country, yet said paper remains influential? It would read like a particularly stupid conspiracy theory were it not for the fact that they are completely out in the open about this?
-- J. Neo Marvin, Sadly, No!, comments

I realized long ago I have a readership of one: me. If I like it, if I think it is well reasoned and
clever, then I throw it into the world and if others like it, fine. If not, so be it.
-- Mark Crislip, Science-Based Medicine, comments

Anyone who's worked in a retail or restaurant establishment long enough--say, one afternoon--knows there are five-hundred ways to screw over a deserving customer without ever being suspected. Go on. Test the theory.
-- Doghouse Riley, “It Is The Height Of Idiocy To Insult the Cook,” Bats Left/Throws Right

People who name their children "Braden" and "Kaylee" ought to be locked up for child abuse. … The very worst people are the ones who give their children surnames as first names. It's so fucking pretentious, I kind of want to murder them. The parents, not the kids. Well, the kids a little bit.
-- DrKennethNoisewater, Alicublog, comments

Try running a marathon with an overgrown, oppositional two-year old chained to your ankle, and you’ve got an idea of what Reid must feel like when he’s actually trying to govern. I don’t know how the man suppresses the urge to slip an AK47 into the Senate chambers.
-- dr. bloor, Balloon Juice, comments

What is the advantage to anyone of staying together for life when it's shitty? My parents have been married for 57 years. They hate and distrust each other. They make each other miserable. They made their children miserable. They made a lot of people around them miserable. It seems unlikely to be coincidental that all three of their kids have suffered with depression at various points. We (their children) are unanimous - they should have gotten divorced about forty years ago, when it became obvious their issues were never going to work out. I'm not against marriage. I've been married for 22 years, quite happily, thank you. I'm against shitty, unfixable marriages being treated like there's some great merit to be gained by simply having people hang around together being miserable.
-- Tapetum, Pandagon, comments

Did you know that the colophon is an erogenous zone?
-- a hyper-intelligent Bible capable of demonstrating consent, Sadly, No!, comments

It is always easier to defend the symbol then to defend what the symbol stands for.
-- bocabill, Raw Story, comments

[P]ersonally, I'm strongly against monarchy as a form of government, yet somehow I can still enjoy all
those Shakespeare plays with kings. Hmm.
-- Batocchio, Alicublog, comments

I’ve been researching small batch manufacturing, which might be our saving strategy (Innovation, ya’ll!) and ran across some internet forum where they are opining that the product itself does not matter, just your splash page. The problem with American business is American business.
-- WereBear, Balloon Juice, comments

In September, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released a study that showed that a disproportionate number of men who played at least five seasons in the N.F.L. from 1959 to 1988 developed Alzheimer’s disease or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
-- Mary Pilon and Ken Belson, “Seau Suffered from Brain Disease,” The New York Times

A mean temp of 309.93 is much more impressive.
-- Mark Crislip, Science-Based Medicine, comments

Like i keep saying, if this being submissive in all way at all time in all things was really women's "natural" state, why do they need continual reenforcement of that "fact"? Wouldn't it, oh i dunno, COME NATURALLY if it were NATURAL?
-- BruceMcGlory, Pandagon, comments

I suppose this is historically a challenge for social progressives--the more you gain, the further you get in time from horrendous conditions, the more difficult it is to keep moving because the threat is not so obvious anymore. Complacency sets in as amnesic nostalgia floods the brain.
-- Cole, Alicublog, comments

A friend of mine in Connecticut worked with an immigrant from Eastern Europe in the early 80s, who brought his mother over here to live after a couple of years. The first time he took her to the local Edwards Food Warehouse, she literally passed out in the produce aisle, and then lived in fear for days that someone would come to get her for being somewhere she didn’t belong.
-- the Conster, Balloon Juice, comments

If the gutter didn't exist, my mind would be homeless.
-- <ljuser="goddess_jenn">, Facebook chat

Like fruit and flowers, femininity spoiled quickly and cost too much relative to its small utility in
wartime.
-- Edith Hahn Beer, from The Nazi Officer’s Wife

My father grew up in a company owned town. When the coal mine owned power plant was shut down, the
coal company demolished the town. It's gone.
-- Hazel-Rah, “A Town Called Power, WV,” Crooks and Liars, comments

My German roots go back before the Revolutionary War, the family legend is that we originated in the Palatine region before coming to America. I'm Chinese on my mother's side. That means I make German-Chinese food. The only problem is, an hour after you eat it, you're hungry for power.
-- The Dark Avenger, Pandagon, comments
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