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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Dilution Of Dissent

Indeed, Fuck CNN:

In the [CNN video], a single protester runs into the camera’s frame and shouts, “F*ck CNN!”

Other demonstrators quickly took up the chant, which was broadcast live to all of Anderson Cooper 360‘s viewers.

“And as you can hear,” said Marquez, “they don’t exactly love CNN, either. These people are willing to protest anything.”

I see what you did there.  If people are willing to protest anything, then really they are protesting nothing, can be dismissed.  Dilute the dissent and we can move on without hearing, internalizing.  Even if we're protesting the media (who is part of the problem, though not quite in the cartoonish, self-serving way Darren Wilson's BFF made it out to be).

ntodd

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Speaking Of Ignorant Governors

What a fine ruben you New Yorkers have re-elected:

"We are experiencing a pattern of extreme weather that we have not seen before," Cuomo told reporters Sunday after a press conference about the massive lake-effect snowstorm that hit Buffalo last week and the flooding that's now likely because of warming temperatures. "I don't want to get into a political debate at this time about climate change causes, et cetera. Forget the causes. Is it global warming? Is it reliance on fossil fuels? Forget the causes. What is inarguable is the result."

Dog knows we wouldn't want to address causes to try mitigating these inarguable results.  Hey, let's just blame the NWS!  Cowardly asshole.

ntodd

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Ignorant Governors

I see Cuomo is throwing our wonderful, important National Weather Service under the bus, just as Georgia's Guv did earlier this year.  Fuck you, ignorant asshole.

ntodd

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Removing The Mustache Totally Fixed Things

That racist cartoon?  It wasn't meant to be, then it was edited to not be, so what's the big deal?

Gary did not intend to be racially insensitive in his attempt to express his strong views about President Barack Obama’s decision to temporarily prevent the deportation of millions of immigrants living and working illegally in the United States. 

No, of course he didn't intend to be racist.  He just intended to be an ignorant asshole.  BECAUSE THAT'S FUCKING FUNNY!

ntodd

PS--It ain't a crime to be here without documentation.  See below.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

White Guilt

Oh, Kansas, you provide us with great mirth and weeping:

Claiming that immigrant rights groups are “calling for the return of the Spanish territory, which could be almost half of the United States,” the caller warned, “When one race or culture overwhelms another culture, they run them out or they kill them. And it’s a bigger issue than just being Democrats. And they know in numbers, once the numbers are so bad, they can pretty much do whatever they want to do.”

“What protects us in America from any kind of ethnic cleansing is the rule of law, of course,” [Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach] responded. “And the rule of law used to be unassailable, used to be taken for granted in America. And now, of course, we have a president who disregards the law when it suits his interests. So, while I normally would answer that by saying, ‘Steve, of course we have the rule of law, that could never happen in America,’ I wonder what could happen. I still don’t think it’s going to happen in America, but I have to admit, things are strange and they are happening.”

I can't imagine any ethnic cleansing ever, ever happening on American soil, can you?

ntodd

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Friday, November 07, 2014

A Matter Of Partisan...er, Conscience

LOL:

Republican members of the Vermont Legislature will be free to vote their consciences in the upcoming balloting to choose the next governor, party leaders said Friday.
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Even though recent tradition has been for lawmakers to cast their ballots for the top vote-getter, some Republicans are considering backing Milne.

How sweet they get to vote their consciences!  And their consciences just tell them that they should buck tradition and the top vote-getter because, hey, they got $370k in outside money to win a couple seats in the Leg!

ntodd

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

These People Have No Souls

Jesus fucking Christ, are there really such people in our world?

I have noticed that on Halloween, what seems like 75 percent of the trick-or-treaters are clearly not from this neighborhood. Kids arrive in overflowing cars from less fortunate areas. I feel this is inappropriate. Halloween isn’t a social service or a charity in which I have to buy candy for less fortunate children. Obviously this makes me feel like a terrible person, because what’s the big deal about making less fortunate kids happy on a holiday? But it just bugs me, because we already pay more than enough taxes toward actual social services. Should Halloween be a neighborhood activity, or is it legitimately a free-for-all in which people hunt down the best candy grounds for their kids?

Not big fans of souling, I see.  Nor wassailiing, I'd guess.  Selfish assholes.

ntodd

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Firewalls And Ebola

Saw somebody on FB say he didn't care how a travel ban would negatively impact countries where Ebola is at crisis levels.  Must hate fire departments putting out blazes in his community's' homes, because it's not like that shit could spread, and fuck those people for not having fireproof houses, anyway.

ntodd

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Mighty White Of Them

I can't even:

On Monday night, mostly white St. Louis Cardinals fans clashed with a group of mostly black protesters peacefully demanding justice for slain teenager Michael Brown...
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[A] woman shouts, “We’re the ones who gave all y’all the freedoms that you have!” 

And if you don't appreciate us for all that, our white freedom protectors will fucking shoot you.

ntodd

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Why Not Wrap It In Bacon?

Oh, Lord:

Sneakers Bistro, a Winooski breakfast hot-spot, is one of several  businesses that has voluntarily maintained a small garden on a plot of publicly owned land to help beautify the city. As part of “Operation Bloom,” participating businesses are allowed to post a small advertising sign in their garden. Sneakers decided to have fun with its sign at the bottom of the Winooski traffic circle. 

“Yield for Sneakers Bacon,” it read.

Not everyone got the joke. 

Last week, a Winooski woman who identified herself as a “vegan and member of a Muslim household,” posted a notice to Front Porch Forum, saying of the bacon sign: “Its insensitive and offensive to those who do not consume pork.” 

Citing Winooski’s demographic diversity — 31 languages are spoken in the local K-12 school — she requested that it come down.
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Last Friday, Sneakers owner Marc Dysinger  announced that the bacon sign would come down, saying he didn’t want to offend anyone.

“We regret any harm or damage caused & the sign has been removed,” Dysinger wrote on the Front Porch Forum. “Our goal is to bring joy to Winooski as a community gathering place — never a source of stress or drama. We always appreciate any advice or input to help us achieve that goal. Thank you neighbors!”

Good on Sneakers--one of my favorite brunch sites ever--for making a community-oriented business decision.  But are you really fucking kidding me?  I have a hard time with this complaint, as though dietary choices are on the same plane as, dunno...racism or LGBT-phobia.  

Don't fucking eat God's most perfect food, I could give a roasted rat's ass.  Not sure how you can be offended by somebody else's sign advertising their culinary offerings.

ntodd

PS--This story only really caught my interest because in Southern VT off Route 100 we saw a sign for a smoked meats biz that said, "WHY NOT WRAP IT IN BACON?"  And really, why not?

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Judgers Gonna Judge Redux

I guess every once in a while we need to be reminded, there are stuck up sticky beak assholes on the Internet who feel compelled to police parents' photos.  They can fuck right the hell off.

ntodd

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Friday, August 15, 2014

And Never, Ever Squeeze The Fucking Charmin

Fuck this shit:

A South Carolina mother was arrested this weekend after she allegedly used profanity in front of her kids. Because a child hearing the F-bomb is definitely more traumatizing than watching her mother get handcuffed in the middle of a supermarket.

According to a report from local news station WJBF, a fellow shopper at a the grocery store overheard Danielle Wolf use the cuss while apparently instructing her children or husband to stop “squishing the bread,” and confronted her about it. The woman then reported Wolf to an official from the North Augusta Department of Public Safety. Wolf was then arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

“He was like, ‘You’re under arrest’ … right in front of kids, in front of my husband, in front of customers,” Wolf told WJBF.

At this point, I apparently am lucky I'm not in jail for fucking life.  Fuck all the busy bodies and stuck up sticky beaks.

ntodd

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

What Does It All Mean?

Well now:

Okay, this is the lowest new low that NOM has ever reached in their logic against marriage equality yet. In short, they are claiming that same-sex marriage should be illegal because not all chairs are exactly the same. That statement does not exaggerate or misrepresent, I promise you.

Cue Brian Brown:

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Definitions are important. They are the means by which we can reason together and communicate ideas intelligibly. Without definitions, social organization becomes impossible.

The great English writer and Christian polemicist G.K. Chesterton illustrated this principle very clearly in his book Orthodoxy, by taking to task his friend, H.G. Wells, for a particular phrase that Chesterton called "not merely a misstatement, but a contradiction in terms."

Wells had said once that, "All chairs are quite different." And Chesterton, with his characteristic wit and his common-sense, pointed out the obvious problem with that assertion: "If all chairs were quite different, you could not call them 'all chairs.'"

A similar descent into meaninglessness has been the hallmark of the push to redefine marriage.

Uhhh, what? WHAT? Are you f*****g serious? I always knew you guys were stupid, but that stupid? Really? Not all chairs have the exact same characteristics, so same-sex marriage shouldn't be legal?

They're trying to draw parallels to the different chairs to the different marriages. But I am just blown away by their assertion that if two things are not exactly the same in every single regard, detail and characteristic, then they cannot have the same name. Let's extrapolate their logic to some other things.

An important concept Wittgenstein discusses in Investigations is that of "family resemblances":

Consider for example the proceedings that we call "games". I mean board-games, card-games, ball-games, Olympic games, and so on. What is common to them all?
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[T]he result of this examination is: we see a complicated network of similarities overlapping and criss-crossing: sometimes overall similarities.

And what you'll find, I think, if you go through a careful study of these various types of games, is that there are similarities and differences. Poker is like chess in certain ways. They both have clear rules and the winner is likely to have practice and skill. But they are different in some ways, too, and if you look at how they are different, you'll find other games that are not different in these ways, but different in other ways.

I can think of no better expression to characterize these similarities than "family resemblances"; for the various resemblances between members of a family: build, features, colour of eyes, gait, temperament, etc. etc. overlap and criss-cross in the same way.-And I shall say: 'games' form a family.

Marriage is like games and chairs: they take many forms and still be recognizable as games and chairs, so too can marriage.

Wittgenstein sums it up for me in Aphorism #43:

[T]he meaning of a word is its use in the language. And the meaning of a name is sometimes explained by pointing to its bearer.

By that I mean, "fuck NOM."

ntodd

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Monday, July 28, 2014

There's More To The Constitution Than The Tenth

Senate candidates should know more about how federalism actually works:

"You know we have talked about this at the state legislature before, nullification. But, bottom line is, as U.S. Senator, why should we pass laws that the states are considering nullifying? Bottom line: our legislators at the federal level should not be passing those laws," Ernst said. "We're right…we've gone 200-plus years of federal legislators going against the Tenth Amendment's states' rights. We are way overstepping bounds as federal legislators. So, bottom line, no we should not be passing laws as federal legislators —as senators or congressmen— that the states would even consider nullifying. Bottom line."

Of course, as the Daily Beast pointed out, states can't nullify federal laws.

Yeah, nullification is a dead letter, and if we've gone 200-plus years of something, generally the presumption leans toward constitutionality.  Fucking idiot.

ntodd

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Luddites Shouldn't Whine Online

"Data! Data! Data!" he cried impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay."

-The Adventure of the Copper Beeches

Did you actually ever read the stories?

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes uses a smartphone just as you would expect a genius detective to, with the entire Internet at his disposal to assist in the deductive process. It’s clever, but it always seemed like cheating. Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock didn’t need no stinkin’ smartphone! A few puffs on his pipe was all that was necessary!

Actually, Holmes did use the Victorian equivalent of a smart phone: telegrams.  Not to mention newspapers, railroad time tables, etc.  Why?  Because he needed all available information to cogitate whilst puffing his pipe.

Fucking idiot.

ntodd

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

PETA Could Give A Shit About Humans

Jeebus:

PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, announced in a blog post on Thursday that it will offer financial assistance to 10 families who can’t afford their water bills — if the families go vegan, that is.

“[W]ith the help of a generous PETA member, we have come up with one small way to assist Detroit residents and save animals, too,” PETA writes in its post. “Thanks to this donor, PETA will be able to pay off the water bills for 10 families who commit to going vegan for one month. We’ll also help them get started by giving each family a basket of healthy vegan foods and recipes.”

The group asks people who are interested to take photos of their overdue bills and send them in along with a pledge to go vegan. It gives no indication of what it would do should someone accept the funding and then immediately start eating meat again.

Go fuck yourselves, you grandstanding, unethical assholes.

*munches on pork tenderloin with extra spite*

ntodd

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

July Crisis

One hundred years ago, Serbia received an ultimatum in the wake of Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination.  Two days later they would ultimately agree to essentially everything except a provision allowing Austria police to be involved in their official investigation of the incident.

British Prime Minister, Sir Herbert Asquith, wrote to his confidante, Venetia Stanley:

Austria has sent a bullying and humiliating ultimatum to Serbia, who cannot possibly comply with it, and demanded an answer within 48 hours - failing which she will march. This means, almost inevitably, that Russia will come to the scene in defence of Serbia and in defiance of Austria, and if so, it is difficult for Germany and France to refrain from lending a hand to one side or the other. So that we are in measurable, or imaginable, distance of a real Armageddon. Happily, there seems to be no reason why we should be anything more than spectators.

Yeeeikes.

Anyway, I've been thinking of this a lot lately when I hear McCain and Graham and others whine about "doing something" after MH17.  Fucking idiots.

ntodd

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Friday, July 18, 2014

At Least He Didn't Make A Lidice Joke

Jesus fuck, this is more assholish than usual:

“Dealing w/ Hamas is like dealing w/ a crazy woman who’s trying to kill u,” Maher posted. “u can only hold her wrists so long before you have to slap her.”

Genocide and misogyny all in one tweet.  Well played.

ntodd

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Sunday, July 06, 2014

The Framers Never, Ever Wanted To Promote Commerce, Either

The Congress shall have Power...To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes.

 - Some Document, Article I, Section 8, Clause 3


BooMan:

The idea that the government should not promote commerce is novel, but it has support on both the right and the left. That doesn't mean it is wise.

How did America become powerful?  By promoting commerce, per the Constitution, you fucking gits--ain't a mandate per se, but the power wasn't granted idly.  Seriously, didn't any of these people go to Sunday School?*

ntodd

* Name the movie.

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Who Owns Hobby Lobby?

The Decision, I mean.  Clearly: Hillary Clinton!

No, seriously...

ntodd

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