Various and Sundry

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 […]

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 […]

A charlatan shouting into a hat

By · Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 · 7 Comments »

I haven’t read P.Z. in a long time, but this is wonderful: The premise of the article is that the Book of Mormon is written as a literary homage to Bunyan — now I’m no fan of that pious nonsense Bunyan wrote, but that is perhaps the most slanderous thing I’ve seen written about him. […]

Nate Silver baffled by importance women place on their basic human rights

By · Monday, October 22nd, 2012 · 16 Comments »

No wonder they hired him at the Times. Does Nate Silver know any women? Has he ever met a woman? In his article on the gender gap in the polls, he discusses the overwhelming trend of women preferring Democrats—which, flipped around, is really a case of women rejecting Republicans. The trend is entirely understandable, seeing […]

I don’t give a shit how these men feel about abortion

By · Friday, October 12th, 2012 · 9 Comments »

Martha Raddatz to Joe Biden and Paul Ryan: “We have two Catholic candidates, first time, on a stage such as this. And I would like to ask you both to tell me what role your religion has played in your own personal views on abortion. And, please, this is such an emotional issue for so […]

Has Tchaikovsky ever been described as “sassy”?

By · Thursday, September 13th, 2012 · 13 Comments »

Today is the 193rd anniversary of Clara Schumann’s birth. She’s being honored with a Google Doodle, which is good, since Google Doodles tend to be overwhelmingly androcentric: However, this is what you get when you click on the doodle: Sassy? Sassy? There are few words more infantalizing than “sassy,” which is why you never hear […]

Foreign policy

By · Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 · Comments Off

How you do it: Clinton praises ambassador to Libya, calls attackers ‘savage group’ How you don’t do it: Foreign Policy Hands Voice Disbelief At Romney Cairo Statement Also, condolences to the families of everyone killed in the attacks.

Jimmy Fallon sums up the mood of the nation

By · Monday, September 10th, 2012 · 12 Comments »

By the way, as regards that “dream team,” the Frank Bruni piece about Hillary is interesting: Will she run in 2016? I can’t tell you how many times I heard that question and how largely it loomed in Charlotte. There’s a strong belief that she’s seriously considering one last bid, and a fervent wish that […]

Why do wingnuts think this election is close?

By · Sunday, September 9th, 2012 · 7 Comments »

So that Assrocket guy at Power Line published an unintentionally hilarious post yesterday entitled, “Why is this election close?” I’m not really happy about linking to it, but it’s getting a lot of attention from normal people who are wondering what’s wrong with this man’s head. Here’s his opening paragraph: For a long time I […]

Cherry Red Wine

By · Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 · 7 Comments »

In 1995 I saw Luther Allison live in a small club. I’d never heard of him before, and was baffled. How was it that this man was not the biggest star in the goddamn world? He was mind-bogglingly good. I had never in my life heard playing and singing like that. I bought his cassette […]