Driving home from preschool, a conversation with my 5-year-old son: Javier: “Dad, can I move away from you and mom when I’m a grown up?” Me: “Yes.” Javier: “When I’m 39? I can move away?” Me: “Javi, you can move away when you’re 18!” Javier: “I’m going to move away somewhere and give speeches. Then I’ll put...
Remember when Princess Diana announced she was retiring from public life? She...– Time to strip Prince Harry of his title - Emma G Keller (via guardian) Interesting. Except I remember Princess Diana died in large part precisely because you didn’t leave her alone. Whether you want it or not, whether he wants it or not, Harry is stuck with the title—and the paparazzi.
Why do we spend at least 1,000 times more money protecting ourselves from...– Andrew Cohen, on terrorism and gun violence. (via theatlantic)
Americans have repeatedly rejected an expansion of gun control because it...– Ed Morrissey argues that gun-control has failed this country (via theweekmagazine) Sorry, but that’s not “gun control” but merely laws about where/when they can be used. I think what most people have in mind is the banning of certain kinds of weapons and/or ammunition. For...
Have you heard this new movie, the Batman movie, what is it, The Dark Knight...– Rush Limbaugh’s latest conspiratorial musings. (via theatlantic) Perhaps Limbaugh forgot that (a) the hero (Bruce Wayne) is one of the richest men on earth and (b) Bane has been around since 1993. But even Limbaugh’s usually tortured logic breaks down here. Notice he points out that The Dark...
How many votes would the PRI have had to purchase... →
Joshua Tucker, themonkeycage.org 0 comments Tolga Sinmazdemir, a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Washington University in St. Louis in the Department of Political Science, sends along the following response to Alberto Simpser’s now very well read Monkey Cag… Pure speculation. But what the heck, eh?
Not Exactly Dr. Seuss
Um, no thanks? mentalflossr: More: 8 Children’s Book Themes Dr. Seuss Never Tackled
NPR: Do You Deserve That Foul Ball? →
npr: There’s some impassioned debate going on in the comments on the post about the couple in Texas failing to surrender a foul ball to the weeping child beside them. What are the real rules, here? Possession is nine-tenths of the law? Children first? What’s the right thing to do to avoid the censure… I hope those people never have children.
Newsweek: ladynightblade: newsweek: Rolling Stone!... →
The more important question is, why are Newseek interns forced to do their research on their iPhones, rather than a real desktop computer? ladynightblade: newsweek: Rolling Stone! Why u make us watch Tyra video ad while reading insanely-paginated interview with the President?! In more important news, Newsweek makes a “why u” joke and is apparently watching Tyra Banks on their iphone at...
@Jankovitch: Can an Algorithm Write a Better News... →
I think it depends on the reporter. CNN, Newsweek, etc.? Probably. Although, that’s not fair to monkeys, either.
Newsweek: apoplecticskeptic: “I think it’s... →
Yep. From apoplecticskeptic: “I think it’s disingenuous that magazines like “Newsweek” know that their circulation goes up at Christmas and Easter if they put a spiritual issue on the cover, but it’s always bait and switch. They never tell the stories, never tell the stories of what the good — what good the church is doing. Never. It’s always some obscure scholar, who’s debating something that...
So … Len Burman, a Forbes blogger, wrote a story... →
Ha! Ha! From shortformblog: In a surprise move, Mitt Romney announced today that he is ending his presidential campaign and throwing his support behind Rick Santorum. The move shocked observers, including Senator Santorum, as Governor Romney seemed poised for a decisive victory in Wisconsin. The governor, however, said he concluded that he has “no chance” to win the general election in...
Walk Against Fear 2012: Remembrance of The Gravel... →
From walkagainstfear2012: The gravel road, oh the gravel road! In the stinging sun, my skin burned red like a stop sign, but I kept trucking through. The rocks we stepped on were mountains on the soles of my feet. Twenty one miles to Oxford, Mississippi and it ripped much out of me physically and mentally. Next to the highway, I travel next to three friends but can not help to feel alone....
Walk Against Fear 2012: Day 5: Racial Profiling,... →
From walkagainstfear2012: This was the fifth day of the Walk Against Fear. The past few days have been a learning experience. We walked by three youth who told us to go back to our country, we’ve walked by several Confederate flags, and today seven police cars drove by us. Four of those cars stopped us. The first policeman stopped us because he heard a complaint from someone due to the fact...
Mississippi anti-immigration bill passes state...
Earlier today, a Reuters reporter emailed me asking for my comments to the Mississippi anti-immigration bill (HB-488) that just passed the state lower house late last night, and is now on its way to the state senate. Here is the full text of my reply: I haven’t had a chance to see the final text of the bill as it passed in the state lower house. But in general, the kind of bill that...
Mississippi Anti-Immigration Bill
Don’t forget to contact your Mississippi state representatives. HB-488 is an anti-immigration bill almost identical to the one recently passed in Alabama (which has had disastrous economic consequences for that state). Here is the link to the status of HB-488 from the Mississippi state legislature’s website. And here is the text of HB-488. The bill has already been passed to the...
Rush has always been a controversial figure and we have always been a...– AshleyMadison.com founder Noel Biderman, on why his dating site (which helps people cheat on their significant others) offered to buy up Rush Limbaugh’s abandoned air time. (via theatlantic) So I guess this would make Rush Limbaugh a pimp?
Newsweek: Statement from Susan G. Komen Board of... →
That was fast. Good job internet! From newsweek: Susan G. Komen for the Cure has apologized for its decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood. CEO Nancy G. Brinker writes: We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives. The events of this week…
ShortFormBlog: How old does Google think you are?... →
Yeah, what’s up Google? Just because I search a lot about elections and political science … you think I’m a 65+ year old male?! What the what?! From shortformblog: Google thinks I’m a senior citizen. Based on the websites you visit and the stuff you search for, Google infers your interests, age and gender, in order to show you more relavent ads (digression: It does this, in...
washingtonpoststyle: Stephen Colbert interviews Maurice Sendak. This is the greatest interview in the history of “The Colbert Report.” (Go to our actual tumblog if you have trouble watching on the dashboard.)