Jon Swift Kicks Total Fucking Ass

Jon Swift is a generous motherfucker, both with links and time, and has compiled an annotated list of the best blog posts of 2008, as chosen by each blogger on the dude’s blogroll. And for those of you who are not on Swifty’s blogroll, you should know that he has a liberal blogroll policy, and will blogroll you if you simply blogroll him and send him an e-mail letting him know. Check it out: there’s some seriously fucking cool shit!

E – A – G – L – E – S!!!!!!

Raiders beat the Bucs. Texans bear the Bears. That means the Eagles control their own destiny for the 6th seed in the NFC.

And it’s 27 – 3 Eagles over the Cowboys at halftime! OH, PLEEZ, OH, PLEEZ, OH, PLEEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111!!!!!11!!1!

UPDATE: Fumble forced by Dawkins! Return by Clemons! Massive stiff-arm to Choice! TOUCHDOWN!!!!!!!!!!!! w00t!!!!!

UPDATE II: Another fumble forced by Dawkins!!! TOUCHDOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! w00t!!!!!11!!!111!!!!

41 – 3! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
UPDATE III: Another Romo fumble! HAHAHAHAH! I hate the motherfucking Cowboys! HAHAHAHAHAH!

Bloggers And Journalists

There is a bit of a foofaraw going on right now in the science blogosphere concerning the relative ability of actual working scientists versus science journalists to convey the content of scientific advances to the general public. There are three main points I want to make here. The first concerns whether conveying the content of scientific advances to the general public is even a worthwhile goal. The second concerns whether science journalists are mostly clueless fuckwits who hinder, rather than advance, general understanding of the relevance of science to their daily lives. The third concerns whether the stylistic freedom enjoyed by science bloggers harms the communication of science to the general public. (It should go without saying that these issues arise in the more general case of blogging versus journalism, and have been explored in that general case deeply by outstanding bloggers like Glenn Greenwald and Digby.)

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Racism Is Dead In America

From the Nation:

Herrington shouted at the other men to run and turned to face his attackers: three armed white males. Herrington says he hadn’t even seen the men or their weapons before the shooting began. As Alexander and Collins fled, Herrington ran in the opposite direction, his hand pressed to the bleeding wound on his throat. Behind him, he says, the gunmen yelled, “Get him! Get that nigger!”

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Facing an influx of refugees, the residents of Algiers Point could have pulled together food, water and medical supplies for the flood victims. Instead, a group of white residents, convinced that crime would arrive with the human exodus, sought to seal off the area, blocking the roads in and out of the neighborhood by dragging lumber and downed trees into the streets. They stockpiled handguns, assault rifles, shotguns and at least one Uzi and began patrolling the streets in pickup trucks and SUVs. The newly formed militia, a loose band of about fifteen to thirty residents, most of them men, all of them white, was looking for thieves, outlaws or, as one member put it, anyone who simply “didn’t belong.”

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Over the course of an eighteen-month investigation, I tracked down figures on all sides of the gunfire, speaking with the shooters of Algiers Point, gunshot survivors and those who witnessed the bloodshed. I interviewed police officers, forensic pathologists, firefighters, historians, medical doctors and private citizens, and studied more than 800 autopsies and piles of state death records. What emerged was a disturbing picture of New Orleans in the days after the storm, when the city fractured along racial fault lines as its government collapsed.

Herrington, Collins and Alexander’s experience fits into a broader pattern of violence in which, evidence indicates, at least eleven people were shot. In each case the targets were African-American men, while the shooters, it appears, were all white.

The new information should reframe our understanding of the catastrophe. Immediately after the storm, the media portrayed African-Americans as looters and thugs–Mayor Ray Nagin, for example, told Oprah Winfrey that “hundreds of gang members” were marauding through the Superdome. Now it’s clear that some of the most serious crimes committed during that time were the work of gun-toting white males.

Please read the entire thing. Will we ever overcome our history of slavery?

Enough Is Enough

It is a disgrace–and politically stupid–that Barack Obama wants to “reach across the aisle” and “work with” these sick GOP motherfuckers. The only people left in the GOP are depraved misogynist, theocratic, racist, and/or plutocratic scumbags.

“Working with” the GOP is something Democrats have been attempting since Clinton. It never, ever, ever works. Give them the slightest bone, and it just emboldens them. NO MORE MOTHERFUCKING BONES for deranged assholes who hate you, hate your families, and seek to destroy everything that normal decent people hold dear.

Instead of reaching across the aisle, Obama and the Democratic Party should make it clear that the Democrats are not negotiating or otherwise working with the sick-fuck dregs of humanity that constitute the GOP, but that any former GOP members who want to join a coalition of the sane are welcome under the Democratic tent.

This is not only ethically, but also pragmatically, sound. Failure to take this tack establishes without question that Obama’s promises of “Change We Can Believe In” is just empty sloganeering from another political hackfuck.

Worst Person In The World

Keith Olbermann is Comrade PhysioProf’s WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD today. He gave an impassioned speech about the hatefulness that underlies the California Prop 8 anti-equality thingie. But I have yet to hear him passionately call out Obama for his selection of hateful scumbag anti-equality shitheel Warren as his inauguration jesus freak. Keith Olbermann is the WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Huh?

Comrade PhysioProf knows his physiomotherfuckinology, but he is no economist. Can someone please explain why the fact that the Fed decided today to lend money for motherfucking free caused a sharp jump in the equities markets? As I recall, the last time a national monetary authority was lending money for free, it was in Japan, and it was the beginning of a decade long L-shaped recession, right?

Caroline Kennedy

I’ve got nothing specifically against Caroline Kennedy, but can someone please explain to me what qualifications she possesses to represent New York State in the United States Senate besides that she’s a motherfucking celebrity and member of a political dynasty? She’s never been elected to anything and never spent time participating in government, legislative, or electoral processes. Appointing her to Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat sure as fuck doesn’t send a message of “change”. Rather it sends the message that our incestuous nepotistic Beltway political system is alive and well, and continuing to fuck normal decent Americans in the ass.