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The Rise Of The Lumbersexual

The Rise Of The Lumbersexual:

He looks like a man of the woods, but works at The Nerdery, programming for a healthy salary and benefits. His backpack carries a MacBook Air, but looks like it should carry a lumberjack’s axe. He is the Lumbersexual.

Last week they were called hipsters. Did we need a new word?

I tend to take the stance that Libertarianism is like Leninism

“I tend to take the stance that Libertarianism is like Leninism: a fascinating, internally consistent political theory with some good underlying points that, regrettably, makes prescriptions about how to run human society that can only work if we replace real messy human beings with frictionless spherical humanoids of uniform density (because it relies on simplifying assumptions about human behaviour which are unfortunately wrong).”

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Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire

Charlie Stross wrote an insightful post about BtC and Libertarianism, and closes with the above paragraph, which sums up why I looked at Libertarianism when I was younger, realized it was absolutely not for me, and embraced my OMG SOCIALIST ideals.

(via wilwheaton)

Anyone shocked that the party that isn’t able to function in congress without grandstanding and obstructionism is unable to have a smooth running convention?

When you hear some talk sympathetically about the rights of sovereign citizens; ask them if they are OK with undocumented sovereign citizens coming over the border from Mexico.

we have become a society in which less-educated men have great difficulty finding jobs with decent wages and good benefits. Yet somehow we're supposed to be surprised that such men have become less likely to participate in the work force or get married, and conclude that there must have been some mysterious moral collapse caused by snooty liberals.

we have become a society in which less-educated men have great difficulty finding jobs with decent wages and good benefits. Yet somehow we're supposed to be surprised that such men have become less likely to participate in the work force or get married, and conclude that there must have been some mysterious moral collapse caused by snooty liberals.
Money and Morals - NYTimes.com

I imagine that the halftime show people explained the Super Bowl to Madonna as the Straight Oscars.

In the four years since Obama took office, the stock market has gone up 54%, corporate profits are at all-time highs and taxes are at historic lows. America simply can't take much more of Obama's socialism.

In the four years since Obama took office, the stock market has gone up 54%, corporate profits are at all-time highs and taxes are at historic lows. America simply can’t take much more of Obama’s socialism.
Stupid Right-Wing Tweets | Crooks and Liars

Cyber Monday sounds like the commemoration of a Robot uprising, not a convenient day to goof off by shopping online when you should be working.

Noone knows.

When I see someone write noone for no one, I like to pretend they are talking about Peter Noone from Herman’s Hermits.

Noone cleaned the break room. That was nice of him! Thanks Peter.

The first person to make a global warming comment about the slushy snow in October without acknowledging it was tee shirt weather last weekend can please STFU.

One of the major differences between people with right of center views on economic policy who know what they're talking about and those who don't know what they're talking about, is that those who don't know what they're talking about tend to prattle a lot about equality of opportunity.

One of the major differences between people with right of center views on economic policy who know what they're talking about and those who don't know what they're talking about, is that those who don't know what they're talking about tend to prattle a lot about equality of opportunity.

Paul Ryan And Equality Of Opportunity | ThinkProgress

Funny but true. Article is well worth the read.

We are the 53%. We don’t care if Exxon payed taxes or not. But we care a lot about the taxes not paid by the 47% of people who make much less than Exxon.

Has anyone considered editing Trading Places and replacing the Duke brothers with the Koch brothers?

Preparing for hurricane by boarding up neighbor’s windows. Keeping boards up until neighbor buys blinds and/or pants.

When do the Job Creators arrive?

Government was cut without raising taxes. Taxes are at a 50 year low. The size of local and state governments are rapidly dropping. Enforcement of regulations is reaching a record low. Regulatory costs are near a 50 year low. This is just about everything the GOP has wanted for 30 years now. So when do these mythical job creators arrive?

When you hear someone on Bloomberg or CNBC attribute a change in the financials markets to profit taking, it is usually safe to assume they are BSing.

Google + feels like showing up to a party while the host is still setting things up.

He literally misused the word literally.

we could have a federal mandate that all such movies must star Nicolas Cage or a comparable actor

The federal government shouldn’t outlaw dreadful movies like Atlas Shrugged - rather, the feds should just regulate them. For example, we could have a federal mandate that all such movies must star Nicolas Cage or a comparable actor - someone who knows how to bring the right level of gravitas to dialogue like, “Which do I sacrifice: an excellent piece of smelting, or this Institute?

The reviews are likely better than either the movie or book.

Atlas Shrugged: A movie this demented ought to be against the law [Video]

I have a great idea for a Charlie Sheen / Andy Dick buddy cop movie. With Gary Busey as the police chief if we can get him.

Been busy trying to come up with some new cliches to replace the old ones.

Mr. Boehner’s skin is the same color of the interior of my Dad’s old 1979 Plymouth Volare. Its uncanny.

I’m going to start referring to the various Republican repeal Bills as a Government Takeover of Government. That will either piss them off or confuse them.

Whenever I read complaints about Facebook on Facebook, I think of that old joke about the food being bad and the portions too small.

If you kept the Christ in Christmas, please keep the Moon in Monday.

Ikeado: The martial art of pre-packaged furniture assembly.

Traditional Light Bulb Values!

One of the legislative priorities for Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), who’s vying to chair the House Energy and Commerce Committee is defending the “traditional, incandescent light bulb” against government regulators who want to replace it with “the little, squiggly, pig-tailed ones.”


From Traditional Light Bulb Values!

What about candles and whale oil lanterns? Is Joe Barton opposed to other, more traditional light sources?

Goat standard, not gold standard

in remote Korawan, … have come up with a novel bank which exclusively deals with goats - accepting the animal as savings and lending it out as loans.

"Prema and her friends hailing from Afrozi village have establish a bank which deals exclusively in goats," development block coordinator Subedar Singh told PTI.

”We provide goats to women having interest in taking up breeding as a full-time activity as loan. When a goat gives birth to kids, generally two to three in numbers, one of them is deposited with the bank again,” Prema explained.

The link is here, the point is from Paul Hsieh and Jeffrey Williams should be happy. The locale is in India.


From Allahabad embraces goat standard.

Town decides to stop using fiat currency and embrace the goat standard. Livestock has been used for trade in free societies for years. Glade to see them go back to sound money: The Goat Standard. And unlike gold, goats generate new goats.

Chris Kelly: Why You Don't Care About JournoList

The problem with the JournoList scandal is the problem with a lot of right wing news: It’s not happening on Earth I, where you and I live. Like the Black Panthers taking over the Justice Department, or Shirley Sherrod’s night raids on Andrew Breitbart’s small family farm or Glenn Beck’s lonely one-man struggle against the Tides Foundation, it exists in a parallel universe that only superficially resembles our own.

A universe where straight, rich white men are the only victims of anything, ever, and shrieking like an infant is their only defense; where Christianity and capitalism are in constant peril, where black lesbians and the very, very poor run everything and Iran has the Bomb and we don’t.


From Chris Kelly: Why You Don’t Care About JournoList

He forgot Soros. George Soros secretly controls everything.

My Country, Tis of Me

What is most irksome about the Tea Party Patriots is their expropriation of the word patriot, with the implication that if you disagree with them, you re not a patriot, or at least you re less patriotic than they are. Without getting all ask-notty about it, I think a movement labeling itself patriotic should have some obligation to demonstrate patriotism in a way other than demanding a tax cut.
From My Country, Tis of Me - Magazine - The Atlantic

Samuel Johnson said it best. Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. The Tea party seems to be made up of people conflating their personal self-interest with the interests to the nation.

Our socialist post office

With all the talk about a government take over of health care turning it into the post office, I started to wonder what it would be like if the socialist post office was like private health care companies?

Each post office branch would use a totally different zip code system. They would charge different amounts to deliver to certain zip codes and refuse delivery to some zip codes. They would also make this information nearly impossible for people to look up. It would also change every six months.

In each zip code there would be independent letter handlers that would have agreements with some post office branches but not all. They would also make the bulk of their money via letter handling fees that would change depending on what branch the letter originated and the path they took to your home.

Two weeks after a letter was mailed, you’d get a bill telling you how much you owe to the post office, the letter carrier, the stamp processor and how much of that bill will be paid by your mail insurance. They would also send numerous things that look like bills but aren’t.

The post office would make more money refusing to deliver your mail than carrying it. Every year they would refuse more mail and deliver to a smaller section of people. The post master general would receive a larger bonus because of it.

A large section of the population would have no mail service. Any attempt to provide them with access to a public mail service or subsidized private mail service would be dismissed as socialism.

Elderly and retired people would have excellent, low cost access to the private mail system managed by the government. Any attempt to provide everyone with that same access will be viewed as an attempt to kill old people.

Anyone who points out that most other industrial nations have systems where everyone has postal service at a much lower cost will be compared to Hitler. After all, Hitler had his face on stamps.

Ron Paul's Pork-Barrel

Rep. Ron Paul vehemently denounced the $410 billion catch-all spending bill approved last week by the House of Representatives.
But although the libertarian-leaning Republican from Lake Jackson cast a vote against the massive spending measure, his fingerprints were on some of the earmarks that helped inflate its cost.
Paul played a role in obtaining 22 earmarks worth $96.1 million, which led the Houston congressional delegation, according to a Houston Chronicle analysis of more than 8,500 congressionally mandated projects inserted into the bill.
From Houston Congress members want millions for projects | National | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle
by way of Andrew Sullivan

Any Ron Paul supporters willing to defend this?

GOPers

Not once during this 24 month campaign did I hear a conservative talk about leaving the country if the other guys won. This wasn’t the case in 2000 or 2004 where multiple web sites devoted to helping progressives move to Canada popped up. This is one of the more admirable qualities of my fellow citizens on the right.

Two Thoughts on the Debate

  • McCain would be really good at telling kids to get off his lawn.
  • Assuming my prior point, the first White House Easter egg hunt would likely be canceled to prevent the visual of the president chasing kids off the east lawn.

Mississippi's Ballot Trick

Defying state law, they have decided to hide a hard-fought race for the United States Senate at the bottom of the ballot, where they clearly are hoping some voters will overlook it. Their proposed design is not only illegal. It shows a deep contempt for Mississippi's voters.
From Mississippi's Ballot Trick

Remember the good old days when elected officials used to try and hide their law breaking rather than flaunt their contempt for laws they find inconvenient?

Sex, Drug Use and Graft Cited in Interior Department

the Interior Department agency that collects oil and gas royalties has been caught up in a wide-ranging ethics scandal - including allegations of financial self-dealing, accepting gifts from energy companies, cocaine use and sexual misconduct.
From Sex, Drug Use and Graft Cited in Interior Department - NYTimes.com

I bet there are a lot of record company executives that are upset that those dweebs in the Interior Department are getting all the best coke and whores.

Biden

I kind of like Joe Biden. I think Biden would make a perfectly good VP. I think he would be an amazing Secretary of State. His problem is that sometimes his mouth runs out of words so his ass has to finish his thought for him.

ranch undressing

Note to John McCain, W and everyone else. Unless your home is a place where you or people you employ raise cattle/sheep/goats/etc and/or a place where you have horses; then it isn’t a real ranch. Please stop calling your home a ranch. It’s a villa. Thank you.

Rice: Military power is not the way to deal in the 21st century

Just during the time Rice has served in the Bush administration, we bombed, invaded and occupied Afghanistan; did the same to Iraq; repeatedly bombed Somalia, killing all sorts of civilians; fed bombs to Israel as they invaded and bombed Lebanon; top political officials (led by John McCain and Joe Lieberman) have repeatedly threatened, and advocated, that the same be done to a whole host of other countries, including Iran and Syria.

The most enduring and predominant rule of American politics is that every national politician must demonstrate their willingness, even eagerness, to start wars.
Rice: Military power is “not the way to deal in the 21st century” - Glenn Greenwald - salon.com

I fear that one of the lasting legacies of the Bush administration will be the grudging acceptance that what world leaders say is largely irrelevant in judging true intent for a foreign policy position or military action. Besides the obvious and regrettable degrading of public trust; it leads to a national dialog where in the absence of honesty, you end up with debate by conspiracy theory and nazi analogy. Polemics to the left of me, cries of nazi appeaser to my right.

So when Secretary Rice says something so naive and clearly contradictory of recent history, I can’t help but wonder why she said it. She isn’t a fool. Why would he make a statement that almost begs a reply of *cough*Iraq*cough*? Maybe that statement meant to be ironic? A way of saying the opposite to the Kremlin while still being on the public record as opposing Russia’s military action?

New evidence suggests Ron Suskind is right

That story begins during the final weeks of 2003, when everyone in the White House was suffering severe embarrassment over both the origins and the consequences of the invasion of Iraq. No weapons of mass destruction had been found in Iraq. No evidence of significant connections between Saddam Hussein’s regime and the al-Qaida terrorist organization had been discovered there either. Nothing in this costly misadventure was turning out as advertised by the Bush administration.
According to Suskind, the administration’s highest officials — presumably meaning President Bush and Vice President Cheney — solved this problem by ordering the CIA to manufacture a document “proving” that Saddam had indeed been trying to build nuclear weapons and that he was also working with al-Qaida. The reported product of that order was a fake memorandum from Tahir Jalil Habbush, then chief of Saddam’s intelligence service, to the dictator himself, dated July 1, 2001. The memo not only explicitly confirmed that 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta had received training in Baghdad for “attacking the targets that we have agreed to destroy” but also carefully noted the arrival of a “shipment” from Niger via Libya, presumably of uranium yellowcake, the sole export of that impoverished African country
From Salon.com | New evidence suggests Ron Suskind is right

What strikes me as really odd is the lumping together of two right-wing talking points in one memo. This is so unlikely that I wonder who came up with the bone headed idea. Why didn’t just lump in some anti-Clinton talking points and a call for a flat tax while they are at it.

Today in Monkey News

Authorities are questioning a man caught with a monkey on a plane that landed at LaGuardia yesterday.
From NY1: Top Stories

Is that a monkey in your pocket or are you just happy the plane landed? I bet the TSA detained him because the monkey weighed more than four ounces and didn’t easily fit in a pint sized zip-loc bag.

why she banned Paris

A prominent and rich family. A drunk-driving arrest. Serious doubts about intelligence. A misspent youth. Sudden inspiration through the Bible. It’s interesting how two of the most unpopular and divisive figures in America today-George W. Bush and Paris Hilton-have so much in common. And on Wednesday, June 27, they found themselves in an unusual competition: Whose legal crisis would dominate the news cycle?
The editor of Us Weekly explains why she banned Paris Hilton from its pages. - By Janice Min - Slate Magazine

The less Paris the better.