22 May 2016

Link round-up for 22 May 2016

Meanwhile, in Finland.....

Republicans' incompetence at verb-subject agreement turns Texas gay.

Libertarians could even foul up an SF/fantasy convention -- in fact, they have.  At least Detroit had better luck.

Visit witch-cursed, legend-haunted Arkham -- by train (found via Mendip).

Zombie apocalypse?  No problem, with the right equipment.

While the wingnuts fume about lesbian cartoon characters, it turns out there are lesbian gorillas.

Wonkette looks at the funny side of the MGTOW (from Mendip).

A Los Angeles TV station kowtows to assholes.

Pharmacists are not supposed to do this shit.

From Chicago comes another story of police abuse of black people.

Do you dream of an earlier, simpler time?

Einstein had a passion you don't hear about.

Michelle Wolf thinks it's time for a new tea party.

Larry Wilmore pwns Bill O'Reilly.

Love is not propaganda.  And movies still have a long way to go.

Obama's words here are tough but true.

Rules in some states make life that much tougher for rape victims.

Global warming is getting worse, fast.

A dead whale in Australia helps illustrate why "intelligent design" is nonsense.

Why don't we see signs of alien civilizations?  Maybe they have reason to hide.

Never forget the reality inside.

WTF Honolulu?  You're not Saudi Arabia.

Sadiq Khan may be the most gay-friendly mayor London has ever had.

Cool wedding photos -- I guess the photographer isn't much of a Christian.

You've probably seen pictures of Uluru (Ayers Rock) -- but not in the rain.

Finland and Sweden have a friendly border.

A year after Mexico's Supreme Court declared a right to gay marriage, the country's President moves to make that right a reality.

"Mr. Gay Syria" stands for defiance against the viciousness of Dâ'ish (ISIL).

A model which has correctly predicted every Presidential election since 1980 says Hillary beats Trump.

Progressive Eruptions has a round-up of Trump memes.

It's increasingly clear who should be Hillary's running mate.

Sorry, Bernie, it's over.

Trump makes Dan Quayle look studious and qualified by comparison.  Of course, the real issue is far more serious, as this history teacher observes.

Lady Atheist is concerned about the cultish qualities of some Bernie supporters -- see also part two and part three.  Bernie himself is still a team player, but is it too late?

No, Trump is not bringing new voters to the Republicans.


Blogger Paul W said...

That animated GIF is making me scream the opening lines to Immigrant Song!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, ah!
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, ah!
We come from the land of the ice and snow
From the midnight sun where the hot springs flow

The hammer of the gods
Will drive our ships to new lands
To fight the horde, sing and cry:
Valhalla, I am coming!

22 May, 2016 05:45  
Blogger Pinku-Sensei said...

Thanks for linking to me twice. Detroit actually had even better luck than I thought at the time. It turns out the Michigan Libertarian Party had their state convention the same weekend as Motor City Comic Con, but they were 60 miles up the road in Lansing, so no traffic tie ups from the two events in the same place. I'm looking forward to Paul's report on next week's dueling conventions. BTW, Paul, thanks for putting that earworm in my head--not!

That story about Liberté Chan covering up made me wrinkle my nose in digust and confusion. While I have lived in Michigan for 27 years, I'm originally from Los Angeles and visit my family there from time to time, so I'm familiar with the local TV stations. KTLA, where Chan works, is the station with the most light-hearted take on the local news, so it's exactly the outlet that I would expect to be OK with her outfit. I'm glad some of the reaction included an outpouring of support for her. I joined in by liking her Facebook page and following her on Twitter.

22 May, 2016 09:02  
Anonymous Marc McKenzie said...

A damned fine list of links, infidel. Thanks for posting them.

...But I have to admit that the opening gif reminds me a bit of the opening of PROMETHEUS!

22 May, 2016 09:49  
Anonymous Burr Deming said...

Thank you for the honorable mention.

Dan Quayle reminds me of Mark Twain's observation that Richard Wagner's music is much better than it sounds.

Mr. Quayle's performance in office, on the couple of occasions in which it mattered, was actually very good. And he did try hard to educate himself in preparation for whatever presidential role fell his way. He never mastered the ability to speak without swallowing his tongue.

What made him dangerous was his value system, including his instinctive denigration of those struggling to escape poverty. I don't think his evaluation of comparable time value was a slip.

When JFK met with workers in West Virginia, he was impressed by the deep and widespread poverty he witnessed. He demanded that the country do better.

After Dan Quayle encountered parents waiting at a food bank for something to feed their kids, he told America that he was also impressed. He saw for himself that they were appropriately grateful for the few minutes he took from his busy schedule to meet them. He demanded that the country see him as another JFK.

Donald Trump carries with him the same belief as did Mr. Quayle that accumulated wealth is what makes a human valuable. But he reverses Dan Quayle's quest to become qualified.

Trump sees traditional qualification (education, knowledge, skill, experience) as disqualifying. He sees himself as more qualified because he has discarded such mundane measures. His celebration of ignorance is embraced by those who follow him.

22 May, 2016 11:39  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Paul & Marc: I did think the ocean view looks a little otherworldly. Not really sure why.

Pinku: Yeesh, the Libertarians are stalking cosplayers all over the country? At least in Michigan their aim was off.

Ms. Chan's dress wasn't even unusually revealing by today's standards. It wouldn't have crossed my mind that there was anything out of the ordinary about it. Either KTLA somehow has a lot of viewers in Saudi Arabia, or Los Angeles has a lot of teabaggers with too much time on their hands.

Burr: Thanks for the post. I don't remember Quayle's performance as Vice President very well, but as the saying goes, first impressions tend to stick.

Seven years ago a Texas wingnut made the all-too-revealing declaration that "Somebody's got to stand up to experts!" In Trump, they've found that somebody, in spades.

22 May, 2016 15:05  
Blogger Paul W said...

I'm starting to think the Libertarians are following a particular web comic artist... but I gotta make sure.

Hey, Pinku-Sensei, did you have Danielle Corsetto of Girls With Slingshots at your comic-con?!

22 May, 2016 18:17  
Blogger Pinku-Sensei said...

"Los Angeles has a lot of teabaggers with too much time on their hands."

This. Orange County may be more moderate than when I lived there in the late 1980s (When I moved from Anaheim to Ann Arbor, I joked that both locales moved to the right), it's still pretty conservative. The same is true of the Inland Empire (San Bernardino and Riverside Counties). In addition, the L.A. stations are available over the hill in Bakersfield and the rest of Kern County. As a result, there are still millions of right-wing viewers in the L.A. media market.

"Did you have Danielle Corsetto of Girls With Slingshots at your comic-con?"

Not this year, as far as I can tell from the con's website. Sorry if that messes up your hypothesis.

23 May, 2016 13:59  
Anonymous paintedjaguar said...

Bernie supporters are cult-like? Seriously? Look in the mirror...
"I'M WITH HER!" (and I don't care if she lies to me!).

01 June, 2016 18:00  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

PJ: No cults here. Perhaps you have me confused with someone else. Hillary is simply the best person for the job. But as I've made clear multiple times, if Bernie had won the Democratic nomination, I'd have supported him fervently in the general election.

You, on the other hand, seem to have fallen prey to some Republican talking points about Hillary.

01 June, 2016 18:03  

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