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Weekend link dump for April 21

“The number of multistate lawsuits filed so far against Trump is twice the number filed against President Barack Obama during his second term, when the spike in such lawsuits started.”

“If you’ve ever fallen in love with someone whose main ability is to hurt you, you’re Chasing Ken Phelps. If you’ve ever bought an 85-inch gigglephonic 3-D television set when you already have a 84-inch gigglephonic 3-D television set in your 83-inch living room, that’s Chasing Ken Phelps too. If you need a car and buy a boat, ditto. Any time in life that your proposed solution to a problem is a complete and total non-sequitur, you’ve got a bad case of CKP.”

Inside the Scam of the “Purity” Movement.

“In light of Pence’s persistent obloquy toward gay people, does it matter that he was personally polite whenever he encountered Buttigieg? Does Pence’s courtesy render Buttigieg’s criticisms unfair and unprovoked? I don’t think so. To the contrary, I suspect that when Buttigieg inveighs against Pence, he does not intend to imply the existence of some personal beef. His critique is not that Pence was nasty to him face to face but that Pence promoted policies designed to strip him of his equality and made comments attacking his dignity. The fact that we have apparently decided to shove so many lawmakers’ anti-gay convictions down a collective memory hole does not erase the fact that their crusades inflicted profound harm on real people. People like Pete Buttigieg, who had the courage to come out when same-sex marriage remained illegal in much of the country.”

“The possibility that Bouman might have been a major player in the black hole discovery similarly seemed to have deeply upset right-wing trolls, perhaps because they feel their status is threatened by women like her.”.

“This Whole China-Mar-a-Lago Story Is Sketchy as Hell”.

“Republicans gave the working class (and the middle class) a temporary and minuscule tax cut while the rich got a big, permanent one. Then, because they don’t really understand the middle class at all, they futzed around with the withholding tables so that lots of people got smaller refunds. Then they wonder why ordinary people aren’t impressed. The answer is simple: it’s because they got close to nothing except a big surprise on tax day. Why would you expect them to be anything but resentful over that?”

William Barr has a long history of being dishonest with Congress.

When bad people sue each other.

“Aretha Franklin is still getting R-E-S-P-E-C-T after death: The Queen of Soul received the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor Monday, becoming the first individual woman to earn a special citation prize since the honor was first awarded in 1930.”

Good read on measles, vaccinations, and combating the anti-vax movement that ends in a place you might not expect.

“Those two offenders would be nothing but thrilled to see that there’s a two-decade marking of this event. They had this grandiose fantasy that they would be remembered. What’s perverted about the whole thing is that, in a way, they got what they wanted.”

The backlash to cashless stores.

“Whether it’s measuring a few-arcsecond deflection of starlight passing by the Sun or a 180-degree bending of light around a black hole of six billion times the Sun’s mass, a century later we’re still learning about gravity by measuring the bending of light.”

“How Not to Acknowledge a Data Breach”.

RIP, Jerrie Cobb, first woman to pass astronaut training in the 1960s.

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11 Comments

  1. Bill Daniels says:

    Buttigieg is playing the only card he has, the “I’m a gay victim” card. We might as well call him Eminiem. He’s begging V.P. Pence for attention, and Pence isn’t playing ball. Pence is ignoring him, as one should ignore a nobody. Buttigieg is like a little chihuahua making noise trying to get a response out of the big German Shepherd next door.

    I can only think he’s putting himself out there as a V.P. pick, but his only qualification for that job is he checks the gay box. Smollett is more qualified than Buttigieg, for example. Other than that, he’s just another privileged white, Christian male. He’s exactly what is wrong with this country. He’s not diverse.

  2. Manny says:

    Bill other than being Gay, he is like your god, Trump, not diverse. What is wrong with the brown and black people hater this Easter?

    Whoever the Democrats field will be much better for this country than the Russian Cheeto.

  3. C.L. says:

    Well played, Bill. A 119 word post that started from no where and went no where – written just to inflame Manny and/or begin a point/counterpoint thread.

    Lest you forget, the current POTUS had/has zero qualifications to hold the highest office.

    Props to you.

  4. Jules says:

    CL, props to you

  5. Manny says:

    C.L. what I do does not make sense to you, but those are the rules that Republicans play by.

    If you play with them one has to play by the same rules.

    Did you actually count the words?

  6. C.L. says:

    Manny, the internet counted the words. 🙂

    I know you like to rant with the best of ’em, but if you want to put an end to Bill’s self-important inflammatory posts, stop responding to them and attempting to match him tit for tat. On occasion, he’s little to no different from the “Russian Cheeto” who has mastered the news cycle by doing the exact same thing.

    The internet’s a crazy thing – (anonymous) folks post madness comments all over the web because they, mistakenly most of the time, believe there’s a group of folks out there who somehow value their opinion or position on any number of topics, and for whatever reason believe their personal positions are solidified and/or valid because (1) folks agreed with their post or (2) folks were riled up by their post.

    Politicians seek to gain public favor by doing the exact same thing, just not anonymously.

  7. Manny says:

    One can’t learn unless one challenges them, they have special places they go to get their daily messages. I know a few of them, but they are not normally good sites to go visit because there is no telling what they are doing with your information. It is amazing how much information we leave behind when we visit a site.

    Do you think that if I stopped he would quit? We will give it a test.

  8. Jules says:

    Yes! Let’s ignore the murder advocate.

  9. Bill Daniels says:

    Jules,

    You need to man up (no pun intended). You see my not fawning over ‘Mayor Pete’ as some kind of attack on his gayness. Wrong. I could care less if he, or you, are a little light in the loafers. I’m saying his sexual predilections aren’t any kind of benefit to him or his campaign.

    He’s apparently a smart guy, multilingual, with a fairly standard set of bad ideas that are bad for America. Nothing to see here. Move along.

  10. Jules says:

    I don’t give a damn what you think about anything.

    I think anyone discussing anything with you poisons this blog, I don’t care to have a discussion about the weather with a murder advocate. I don’t want you to type my name again. I hope that everyone will cease to engage with you.

  11. Bill Daniels says:

    Hey Jules!

    Jules! Jules! Jules!

    If you are OK with ripping babies from their mothers’ wombs, and selling off the body parts, then you need to get off that high horse you’re on. At the end of the day, you stop people illegally entering the country the same way you stop them from illegally entering your house…..with as much force as it takes. If you don’t believe that, post up your address, ’cause I need a new TV and some other stuff.

    Any other hypocritical opinions you want to share with the class, Jules?