"'The collected stories of different cultures teach children how to behave in socially acceptable ways with examples of proper and improper behaviour in fables, novels and other literature,' explained Mark Riedl, an associate professor of interactive computing at Georgia Tech."
"'Policies of the Quicken Loans Arena do not supersede the rights given to us by our Creator in the U.S. Constitution,' the petition reads."
"Welcome to Portland, Senator Sanders, where the sketch comedy show Portlandia popularized the refrain “put a bird on it” as a way to parody the city’s hipster aesthetic."
Me, I’m not much for blaming the almighty media for every little thing that goes wrong around here. Mostly, the media—and by that I mean what Fox and lots of partisan apologists on both sides of the political aisle call the “mainstream media”—does a pretty good job. Most of the time. Almost.
But here’s a well thought-out, well reasoned, and accurate indictment of news reporting on the current Democratic primary contest that deserves to be read. All the way.
From the Huffington Post:
"The sour attitude comes after a tough year on Wall Street that saw bank profits take a hit and many banks tighten their belts through layoffs."
“…unless it’s a threat to national security…"
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[THIS IS A VIDEO. It’s full of science. And sprinkles. Watch it.]
"Of all the films to be handcuffed over, 'Freddy Got Fingered' is arguably among the most awkward."
The tape was 14 years overdue. The video store that rented it has gone out of business.
"They thought Trump would be such an unpopular nominee that the party would face a historic disaster in November. Obviously, the way to improve chances was to support the most actively disliked Republican politician in America.”
Not to mention backing him up with endorsements from a batch of guys who’ve already lost—Jeb without the !, Lindsey Graham, Carly Fiorina, Mittens, of course (sure, The Donald has his share of retreads to—Christie, Carson, Palin, et.al.—but still).
I’m getting nostalgic for John McCain who, by the way, writes an excellent and even moving eulogy for an old Communist in this morning’s Times, although you may need to be a geezer like me who also appreciates Robert Jordan and John Donne to get it.
"Just because he's supporting Ted Cruz for the Republican nomination does not mean he thinks the Texas senator would be the best president, Lindsey Graham said Thursday."
"Students woke up Monday morning to find messages written in chalk all over campus, in support of Donald Trump. That afternoon, a group of 40 to 50 students protested.…
"Jim Wagner, the president of the university in Atlanta, met with the protesters and later sent an email to the campus community, explaining, in part, 'During our conversation, they voiced their genuine concern and pain in the face of this perceived intimidation.'"
"Look, fellas: If Trump doesn’t get enough delegates to win, why would a GOP let entirely loose from primary and caucus results and able to choose anyone as its nominee turn to two candidates who received even fewer delegates than Trump did?"
"So much for that border wall."
"Following a pair of explosions Tuesday that killed more than 20 and put the Brussels Airport (BRU) on lockdown, air traffic controllers diverted an estimated 50 planes."
"Aerosolized particles in the atmosphere scatter light and cool the planet by reflecting some of the Sun’s light back out into space.…"
"NPR has sent its political reporters to 90-minute hostile-environment awareness training, which in its typical form lasts a few days and prepares journalists for covering war zones or regions where terrorists are active."
We do not plan to waste a single one of our rapidly-diminishing brain cells thinking about anything these guys may say
"We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized…[etc.]"
OK, well, maybe we will. But who could have imagined we’d have a presidential candidate calling for Muslim ghettoes? Trump is no Hitler, but that other guy just might be.
"An increasing number of incidents have been reported in recent years…"
"How little our elected officials say after these attacks suggests that members of Congress and even presidential candidates are struggling with how to respond to an increasingly violent and complicated threat abroad, especially among a war-weary public."
"'Many of us who have held senior positions in previous Republican administrations have been asking each other if we have ever heard of them, and pretty much everybody is turning to Google to see what they can find,' said Mike Green, a foreign policy expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies who served on President George W. Bush’s National Security Council."
Are you going to listen to Trump or your lying eyes. Or George W. Bush’s security experts. What a puzzle.
"The Republican frontrunner…reiterated his vow that if elected president, the United States would bring back waterboarding to interrogate suspected terrorists.
"'I would use waterboarding,' Trump said on ABC’s 'Good Morning America.' 'And I would try to expand the laws to go beyond waterboarding.'"
"We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized."
"Yet Democrats are more sharply divided over their candidates. Hillary Clinton has only a slight edge over Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and growing numbers of Democratic primary voters are more excited about Mr. Sanders as their possible nominee. In the past month, the level of enthusiasm for Mrs. Clinton among Democratic voters has fallen eight percentage points to 40 percent, while it has grown for Mr. Sanders by 12 percentage points to 56 percent. Still, more than seven in 10 Democratic voters expect Mrs. Clinton to win the nomination.…
"Among Democrats, doubts persist about Mrs. Clinton, with 40 percent of her own party’s primary voters saying she is not honest and trustworthy. She is viewed unfavorably by 52 percent of all voters, among the highest percentage since the question was first asked during the 1992 presidential race."
The phone in question, as I recall, is a 5c model.
"'To pay the duck' in Brazilian Portuguese means to unfairly pay for someone else’s mistakes. The term’s origin is unclear but the saying is common enough for the federation to employ it against what it sees as the failures of Rousseff’s administration."
In Brazil it’s the rich guys who are marching through the streets waving signs, protesting the “quackery” of leftist President Dilma Rousseff’s economic policies, while the working class stays home and pouts.
[Noted by Some Guy in Seattle]
“Few could predict that it would cause a series of economic and political earthquakes that has helped put the GOP in the difficult spot it is in today: with the most anti-trade Republican candidate in modern history, Trump, moving closer to clinching the party’s nomination."
"Once you get past the hyperventilation that Trump will destroy democracy, wreck the GOP, and make America unsafe, you’ll see that the objections of Trump’s Establishment critics have several common threads. Trump is a vulgarian (true). He has no fixed ideology or coherent policy portfolio (true). He repeatedly and brazenly makes things up (true). He wantonly changes his views (true). He is not recognizable as “a real Republican” (false)."
This is a longish read, but emphatically worth the time.
And also, has New Coke ever had a better year for publicity? Maybe it’s the drink of the future after all. First Jeb! gets himself compared to that ill-fated beverage (see below somewhere), and now:
"The Establishment’s prize creation, Marco Rubio — a bot candidate programmed with patriotic Reaganisms, unreconstructed Bush-Cheney foreign-policy truculence, a slick television vibe, and a dash of ethnicity — was the biggest product flop to be marketed by America’s Fortune 500 stratum since New Coke."
Get a six-pack today, just for the memories.