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Monthly Archive: May 2009

May 26 2009

Happy Hour Discurso

Today’s opining on the public discourse. Obama announced his pick for the Supreme Court today. And the Cons sprang into action, giving us a superb view of their racism, sexism, and various and sundry other isms. Inhofe was perhaps the most obvious of the lot: A whole lot of senators issued statements today in response …

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May 26 2009

Memorial Day Roundup

A lot of bloggers had good Memorial Day posts up today. Just in case you missed them, here they are. Think Progress has stats showing that America’s failing her vets. Susie Madrak at Crooks and Liars reminds us: For Every Death, A Hole in the World DarkSyde at Daily Kos takes us Beyond Memorial Day, …

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May 26 2009

Seriously? This is The Case Against Gay Marriage?

Isaac Chotiner at TNR‘s The Plank tears apart an article arguing against gay marriage that is so egregiously stupid, so delusional, and so incoherent that one would be tempted to believe we’ve been Poe’d. Alas, that is not the case. Sam Schulman appears to believe his own schlock. A sampling: As part of the “kinship …

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May 26 2009

Look! Up in the Sky! Is That a Pale Horse?

Because I swear to fuck it’s Armageddon. I mean, we’ve got Helene Cooper blathering senselessly in the New York Times, comparing Obama to Bush, trying to claim Obama’s knocking down straw men, and offering this as her proof: ‚ÄúThere are those who say these plans are too ambitious, that we should be trying to do …

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May 25 2009

Happy Hour Discurso

Today’s opining on the public discourse. Well, my darlings, ’tis the last day of ye olde holiday weekend. I hope you’re coming back rested, refreshed, and ready for the onslaught of the burning stupid. That said, it’s time to introduce you to the new savior of the Republican party: Let’s see, Liz Cheney practically lives …

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May 25 2009

“Intense Discovery”

Does the image to the left bring you to tears? No? What if I told you those little black blotches were nanodiamonds, and they provided evidence for theories that a comet might have helped bring the age of the sabretooth and mammoth to an end 12,900 years ago? Imagine sitting in front of a computer …

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May 25 2009

Catching Up with Ecstathy

The problem with not subscribing to blogs is that you miss a blogger’s return from an absence. Which means you miss some awesome stuff. And if you haven’t been over to Ecstathy lately, you’ve really missed some awesome stuff. Like infinite cake. And a quote that should shut down any “you can’t be moral without …

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May 25 2009

Classy

Laughing too hard right now to come up with a suitably snarky intro: I’m actually sympathetic to the wingnuts who are angry about the national GOP “clearing the field” for Charlie Crist for the senate seat from Florida. I think people have a right to run in primaries and the political establishment should be more …

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May 24 2009

Happy Hour Discurso

Today’s opining on the public discourse. It’s a holiday weekend, but stupid never sleeps. And there are few things more stupid in today’s political landscape than the birthers: If the left were drawing up a script for the right to follow, which would make conservatives look hopelessly ridiculous, they might come up with something like …

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May 24 2009

Sunday Sensational Science

Overselling Ida: A Cautionary Tale Brian Switek’s Brilliant Discovery If you haven’t heard of Ida, the perfectly preserved Darwinius masillae, you’ve been living in a box. Plenty of information about this remarkable but not utterly revolutionary fossil shall follow. But first, I want to share an illustrative personal anecdote. A couple of day ago, my …

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