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Thanks for the memories

By · Monday, January 14th, 2013 · 66 Comments »

First off, I want to apologize for my extended silence. What started last November as a holiday break from blogging turned into a series of very weird and distressing events, culminating in the heat death of my old computer. The enforced hiatus made me think that maybe it’s time to hang this thing up for […]

Happy Thanksgiving from 1976

By · Thursday, November 22nd, 2012 · 4 Comments »

How’s your Thanksgiving so far?

Let’s compare Thanksgiving menus

By · Sunday, November 18th, 2012 · 15 Comments »

I’m always fascinated by people’s family traditions at the holidays, particularly with regards to food. This is my family’s planned menu for Thanksgiving (as supplied by four different cooks): Turkey Stuffing Pan dressing (this is a bread-like version of stuffing, baked in a pan and sliced into squares) Giblet gravy Mashed potatoes Green bean casserole […]

Irish murder

By · Friday, November 16th, 2012 · 6 Comments »

I haven’t written about the death-by-Catholicism of Savita Halappanavar, because it makes me so angry my typing fingers curl into knots. I’m not really going to write about it now, either, except to post a couple of links that sum up my attitude. From the India Times: Ireland Murders Pregnant Indian Dentist. Pretty much. And […]

Romney now running for Grand Wizard

By · Thursday, November 15th, 2012 · 2 Comments »

Mittens speaks: Romney Says Obama Only Won Because He Gave ‘Big Gifts’ To Blacks And Latinos. And this on top of Ryan’s complaint about the “urban vote.” I would say something pithy but I used up all my pith in the title of the post. These guys just disgust me.

Too depressing for words

By · Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 · 15 Comments »

National Schadenfreude Day Week now being over, the nation is rudely jolted back into the reality that it has just reelected the most Republican president since the last Republican president: Leaked deal memo for last year’s Grand Bargain: “Obama willing to go quite far”. The money quote: “This is a confidential document, last offer the […]

The GOP begins to re-think

By · Friday, November 9th, 2012 · 11 Comments »

National Schadenfreude Day is just gonna last all week, isn’t it? The headline from the Washington Post: Republican Party begins election review to find out what went wrong Hello, Republican Party? What went wrong is that you hate female people, black people, brown people, gay people, non-rich people, educated people, rational people, etc. That’s a […]

Post-election links and open thread

By · Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 · 16 Comments »

Here are a few interesting links from the roundup: Thank You, Republican Misogynists, for Handing Democrats Crucial Victories Last Night For Obama, a Bigger Win Than for Kennedy, Nixon, Carter or Bush Obama’s win matched by advances for progressive Democrats Victory Welcome To Liberal America Liberal America? Yes, Obama Won a Mandate A campaign about […]

Election Day Open Thread

By · Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 · 24 Comments »

I thought about titling this post “Voting with Racists,” which you’ll understand when I tell you my story. So I’m standing in line to vote, right? And the guy next to me—white guy in a trucker hat and denim—turns to me and says, “well, this ain’t bad. My buddy went to vote at 6:30 this […]

My vote tomorrow

By · Monday, November 5th, 2012 · 27 Comments »

Yesterday scott posed this question in the comments: This is just a question for Violet, if she sees this. I’ve vacillated back and forth this entire year whether or not to vote 3rd party on the principle that Romney is evil, Obama has been sometimes comically bad, and that indicating you don’t like what’s on […]