April, 2007

Gliese 581C, here we come!

By · Thursday, April 26th, 2007 · 18 Comments »

Sorry for the light posting this week (light being a polite euphemism for “non-existent”) but I’ve been totally wrapped up in something reclusive. I’ve been away from the news all week, and when I finally looked at the computer this morning I was astonished to discover two things: 1. It’s Thursday. I thought it was […]

In tooth and claw

By · Thursday, April 19th, 2007 · 13 Comments »

Here in Virginia the massacre at Tech is all people talk about. I know the rest of the country is paying attention too, but for most of you it’s all rather distant. Horrible shooting in some town you’ve probably never heard of. Unfamiliar names and places. A tragedy on TV. Here in Virginia it feels […]

Shaka, when the walls fell, Part 2: Supreme Court upholds ban on a whole bunch of abortions but nobody’s sure which ones

By · Wednesday, April 18th, 2007 · 27 Comments »

“The ‘partial-birth’ abortion ban is a political scam but a public relations gold mine.” – Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue. The Supreme Court has just voted to uphold a ban on something that doesn’t exist: so-called “partial-birth” abortions. There is no such medical procedure by that name. The whole thing is a boondoggle dreamed […]

Virginia gunshop to go ahead with free gun giveaway despite massacre

By · Tuesday, April 17th, 2007 · 42 Comments »

Richard Asshat Hill, manager of Bob Asshat Moates Sports Shop near Richmond, displays a pistol and tickets for the “Bloomberg Gun Giveaway” on Thursday, April 19. You might think that in the wake of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, a gunshop in the same state would call off plans for a free gun […]

Jeebus can’t help you now

By · Tuesday, April 17th, 2007 · 37 Comments »

This picture appears in the latest online edition of the New York Times. The caption reads, “Virginia Tech students prayed in a church near the university after a shooting rampage.” I don’t mean to be cruel; I really don’t. I would never say this to one of the traumatized and bereaved people in the picture […]

Massacre at Virginia Tech

By · Monday, April 16th, 2007 · 13 Comments »

I just woke up. Called my Mom to say hello and she told me the news. Holy Shit. ***** UPDATE: I’ve been reading the comments at the New York Times on this story, and I think I now have proof of something I’ve long suspected: the National Rifle Association imposes an IQ ceiling on all […]

Time for a picture!

By · Monday, April 16th, 2007 · 11 Comments »

Queen Mother, Akropong, Ghana. We haven’t had one in awhile, and it’s time. This will serve as a nice respite between the heavy-duty posts we’ve had recently and the heavy-duty posts we have coming up, assuming I ever get around to writing them. It’s also a break from the tax thing. For those of you […]

A World of Twits

By · Friday, April 13th, 2007 · 13 Comments »

UPDATE: I wrote this post before seeing the “Update” to Jill’s, in which she reported the comments the AutoAdmit trolls made about her on their own board: “I want to brutally rape that Jill slut,” “I’m 98% sure that she should be raped (even if only in Internet Land),” “So seriously, I think we should […]

God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut

By · Friday, April 13th, 2007 · 3 Comments »

I don’t know what sort of bedtime stories most parents tell their children, but here’s one my father told my brother and me when we were little: “A flying saucer creature named Zog arrived on Earth to explain how wars could be prevented and how cancer could be cured. He brought the information from Margo, […]

It wasn’t supposed to turn out like this!

By · Thursday, April 12th, 2007 · 11 Comments »

Imus has been fired! How can this be? Stories like this never have happy endings; instead the asshat in question does a little mea culpa in public, announces that he’ll be seeking some kind of consciousness-raising therapy (preferably from the group he’s been insulting), and then goes right back to raking in zillions of dollars. […]