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Weekend link dump for May 22

If you can read this, then I guess the world didn’t come to an end yesterday. Good thing, too, because it’s Art Car Parade Day in Houston. Woo hoo!

By the way, rapture or no, you still have to turn in your homework. Sorry, kids.

Turns out that the guy who wrote “88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be in 1988″ went on to write three sequels. For some reason, none of them sold as well.

And if you’re wondering why this particular rapture prediction got so much attention, it’s amazing what a little money – or a lot – can do. OK, I think I’m done with the rapture now. Except to say that no, I don’t feel sorry for the Rapture-believers, though I do most definitely feel sorry for those who have been hurt by their foolishness.

See, this is the sort of thing that happens when you have politicians that don’t care about science.

Newt the Novelist. I wonder if he collaborated with Susan Combs on any of his sex scenes (and wow, that sounds way dirtier than I intended it to be).

The alternate universe Sarah Palin is a very different person.

Is Michelle Bachmann smarter than a high school sophomore? Signs point to “no”.

An update on Lois, the corpse flower.

“Hundreds of thousands of young adults are taking advantage of the health care law provision that allows people under 26 to remain on their parents’ health plans, some of the nation’s largest insurers are reporting. That pace appears to be faster than the government expected.”

Credit reporting bureaus are an abomination and should be regulated to hell and back.

I don’t know about you, but I’m still trying to make sense of the Fringe finale and what it means going forward.

Phoenix Suns President Rick Welts comes out as the first openly gay man in a prominent position in men’s sports.

The surprising thing isn’t that Rep. Lamar Smith is an inflexible xenophobe, it’s that anyone would have thought otherwise.

Some prominent Catholic scholars help Rep. John Boehner understand what his religion is really all about.

“It turns out the six-month spending bill Congress passed in April increased discretionary outlays through the remainder of the fiscal year by a bit over $3 billion. In other words, total direct spending will be higher by the end of September than if Congress had just set spending on autopilot for the remainder of the fiscal year back in April.”

Arnie lied, California got shafted. Thanks for covering for his sorry, lying ass, Maria. And when you start to hear the wingnuts claim that they never really liked The Governator anyway, don’t you believe them.

Bill James looks at crime. I wonder how replacement level was calculated.

Age is just a number. When you’re too old for something has nothing to do with how many times you’ve been around the sun.

RIP, Harmon Killebrew.

A court challenge to the Citizens United ruling. Good luck with that.

Happy 10th birthday to CC the cloned cat.

From the “For it before he was against it” files.

Roy takes a trip down memory lane.

So I guess filibustering judicial nominees is no longer the greatest evil in the history of ever.

Just a reminder that Newt Gingirch‘s campaign team is full of Rick Perry people. Now he’s done for Newt what he’s done for Texas.

My daughters throw bigger tea parties than that.

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