March, 2012

Police murder an innocent man in his own home

By · Friday, March 30th, 2012 · 5 Comments »

This is like a cross between Trayvon Martin and the Skip Gates incident, times a billion. An elderly black man with a heart condition accidentally triggered his medical alert button. When the police came out to the house he told them he was fine; the medical alert company simultaneously contacted the police to cancel the […]

The complete George Zimmerman surveillance video

By · Thursday, March 29th, 2012 · 8 Comments »

The Sanford Police Department has released the full six minute video: He looks fine. No blood, no mud, no nothing. This is especially clear in the last two minutes of the video, when Zimmerman is shown walking through well-lit rooms and hallways.

Attention world: most Hispanic Americans are white

By · Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 · 19 Comments »

In a country where people think a Mexican restaurant is the same thing as a Spanish restaurant, it’s not surprising that there is confusion about what being Hispanic means. The other day some twit on a newspaper site questioned George Zimmerman’s identification as a white Hispanic. “I’ve never heard of that sub-grouping before,” quoth the […]

Pretty much everything you need to know about Wingnut America

By · Monday, March 26th, 2012 · 25 Comments »

It’s in this headline, from a twit I won’t link to who calls himself “Reliapundit” (and btw, somebody should really create a wingnut thesaurus or something so these guys can come up with an alternative to “pundit”): “MORE PROOF THAT TRAYVON WAS A “NIGGA” THUG” Yes, it’s in all caps, like his idiot brain. So, […]

Understatement of the week

By · Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 · 13 Comments »

On Florida’s Stand Your Ground law and the murder of Trayvon Martin: “It’s interesting to speculate about how the police culture was incorporating [information about the law] into their activities, and maybe that is the point of friction and difficulty,” says Nicholas Johnson, a law professor at Fordham University. Yes, it is interesting to speculate. […]

Why would you try to ambush somebody if you don’t even know what they look like?

By · Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 · 7 Comments »

The weirdest thing about the hilarious faux-ambush of a faux-Bono is that the guy doesn’t even look like Bono. I mean, this is not hard. Facial recognition is pretty basic to our species, yes? This is not a case where the impersonator so closely resembles the famous person that you might be fooled. The dude […]

Dog fix: I love this commercial

By · Sunday, March 18th, 2012 · 5 Comments »

War on Women: a treasury!

By · Thursday, March 15th, 2012 · 18 Comments »

No real connective tissue in this post; just a handful of gems from this week’s War on Women. First, Maureen Dowd (yes, Miss Clinton Derangement Syndrome herself): Hillary Clinton has fought for women’s rights around the world. But who would have dreamed that she would have to fight for them at home? “Why extremists always […]

Accurate my ass

By · Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 · 19 Comments »

From today’s New York Times article reporting on the death of the printed Encyclopedia Britannica: Since it was started 11 years ago, Wikipedia has moved a long way toward replacing the authority of experts with the wisdom of the crowds. The site is now written and edited by tens of thousands of contributors around the […]

Today’s dinosaur joy

By · Saturday, March 10th, 2012 · 8 Comments »

Artist’s recreation of the gloriously crow-like Microraptor that was published this week: When I was a kid the books still showed all the dinosaurs as cold-blooded greenish-gray reptiles. Amazing how far we’ve come in a few decades.