Saturday, October 23, 2010

Many Small Blood-Sucking Creatures

Poly Ticks: Via Library Grape, a NYT story saying:
Of the thousands of complaints that have saturated NPR in the wake of Juan Williams’s firing earlier this week, some of the most telling have been from callers describing themselves as long-time “viewers” of NPR who warn that they are going to “stop watching.”
As they say, a face made for radio...

Helen Philpot provides the best response to Glenn Beck's recent comments that he doesn't believe in evolution because he's never seen a half man-half monkey:
If Glenn Beck hasn’t met a half-man-half-monkey yet, he didn’t get out much during his rally.  There was more knuckle dragging on the National Mall that day than the National Zoo… about 89,000 more.
I will say without reservation that Helen is my favorite living political commentator, and you should read every word she posts.  I've also been getting a serious case of the giggles over the whole Ginny Thomas-Anita Hill fiasco.  Gotta love a wife that reminds the entire world her husband is a porn-loving, enormous-boob-fixated, sexually-harassing predator, decades after nearly everyone forgot, and the resulting publicity brings more witnesses out of the woodwork.  Matty Boy has an appropriately tongue-in-cheek write up.
Cute li'l Ginny Thomas, a mere child of 53 years old, has had no one to instruct her in the proper ettiquette of drunk dialing, so she gets into the Drunk Dialing Hall of Fame on her very first try.
Incidentally, today is the 19th anniversary of Thomas' swearing into the Supreme Court. Hey, porn-loving, enormous-boob-fixated, sexually-harassing predators deserve representation, too.

WikiLeaks dumped about 400,000 classified documents into the innertubz yesterday, to a largely ho-hum reaction- we already knew that the US and its allies have been carrying out illegal murders of noncombatants and torture leading on occasion to death, and have been covering it up and lying about it. So it's really not news.  Perhaps the most interesting angle on this is the way it's reported. NYT uses the phrase "detainee abuse," while The Guardian rudely uses the politically incorrect word "torture," and suggests that the UN is looking into violations of international law.  Again, not news, but I do feel as if the American news-consuming public is being treated as less than adult.

Finally, on a personal note, I received my ballot on Tuesday, and I've had my voters guide for a couple of weeks. Sometime in the next sixteen nine days I'll work up the gumption to sit down and figure out where I stand on various candidates and measures, and get that stinker turned in.  But I'm not very excited about it.  Wonder why?

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