File this under idiocy: A local group put up a bunch of decorated wooden snowmen out in front of the local K of C down the street from our house. Some asshat complained about one of the snowmen, which had the words “No Hate in 21228” written on it. This suddenly became a “political” message, and they decided to take all of the snowmen down. What the fuck? It’s a SNOWMAN, you idiots. I don’t know who I’m more disappointed in, the asshats that complained or the committee that bent to pressure and took them down.

Update: The church across the street asked if they could put it out on their lawn directly in front of our house. AWESOME.

Date posted: December 1, 2017 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Gary Younge, a writer and reporter based in the UK, interviews Richard Spencer about racism and slavery, and totally skewers him and all of his asinine beliefs. This is a teaching moment about how to deal with trolls, racists, and bigots. This is better than the video of him getting punched.

Date posted: November 8, 2017 | Filed under humor, politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Lathering up shampoo in the shower this evening, I brought my hands down to find them covered in hair.

On the plus side of things, it looks like the Democrats won both New Jersey and Virginia. Get out the gerry and start mandering, guys.

Date posted: November 7, 2017 | Filed under cancer, politics | Leave a Comment »

I’m not on Twitter, but this is too good to pass up. Trump Jr. took his kid out trick-or-treating and then tried to make a joke about socialism(!?!). Twitter responded with some brutal takedowns. Gervais and J.K. Rowling win this round.

Seriously, what the fuck? This prick was born with the gold-plated keys to life and he’s bitching about socialism? GET FUCKED, DON.

Date posted: November 1, 2017 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Apparently the Department of Justice wants an internet provider, Dreamhost, to turn over IP addresses of everyone who visited a website built to coordinate protests of Trump’s Inauguration.

The request also covers emails between the site’s organizers and people interested in attending the protests, any deleted messages and files, as well as subscriber information — such as names and addresses — and unpublished photos and blog posts that are stored in the site’s database, according to the warrant…

This is some chilling shit right here. Dreamhost responds:

We intend to take whatever steps are necessary to support and shield these users from what is, in our view, a very unfocused search and an unlawful request for their personal information.

I’m happy to say I use DreamHost for my personal website, and if I can get my act together, I’m going to move Idiotking there too.

Date posted: August 15, 2017 | Filed under housekeeping, politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

President Trump’s Lies, the Definitive List – via The New York Times

Date posted: June 23, 2017 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Quote of the day (yesterday) goes to Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) at Betsy DeVos’s appearance before Congress on the 2018 Education Department budget:

Education is not mayonnaise, and, frankly, the day we start treating the education of our children like we do the marketing of a condiment is the day we have given up on our kids.

This was in response to a Republican Senator’s (R-La.) comment that choosing a school should be like going to the store to choose from six kinds of mayonnaise. Louisiana was ranked #46 out of 50 states in USNews’ 2017 report and last in an independent 2016 study.

Date posted: June 7, 2017 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

In my office this afternoon, about 2/3 of my colleagues gathered in the conference center to watch a live feed of Trump announcing that he was withdrawing the US from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. I watched the first 10 minutes or so and then went back to my desk, as I’d heard enough bullshit by that point.

One of the first projects I worked on at WRI was an infographic explaining IPCC climate models and what they meant for the health of the planet; the takeaway is that we’re locked into a global 2˚ increase no matter what we do, but it’s most likely going to be 4˚ and we’ll keep getting hotter unless dramatic change is made. The Paris Agreement was the beginning of that dramatic change, and this shitstain just torpedoed it in the name of…coal? Business? I don’t even know what the fuck he was talking about because all of his talking points were half-science.

WRI was intimately involved in the Paris Agreement, from helping write the language of the actual document to shepherding individual countries through the talks to writing the actual protocol that countries use to measure greenhouse gases. We did excellent work there and it sucks to see this administration dismantle it to make a small bunch of xenophobic billionaires happy.

 

Date posted: June 1, 2017 | Filed under politics, WRI | Leave a Comment »

This is the Mayor of New Orleans, addressing the press about his decision to remove four confederate statues in the city. This speech says so much so well.

These statues are not just stone and metal. They are not just innocent remembrances of a benign history. These monuments purposefully celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy; ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement, and the terror that it actually stood for.

It’s long but I encourage you to listen to the whole thing.

Date posted: May 23, 2017 | Filed under politics | Leave a Comment »

File this under blue state, FUCK YEAH!

Maryland has become the first state to guarantee funding for Planned Parenthood, promising to reimburse clinics if the federal government cuts support.

My Governor, who is a Republican, did not endorse the bill but did not veto it, and allowed it to go into effect. $2,700,000 is fucking peanuts compared to the lack of any viable alternative to effective, low-cost family planning care.

Date posted: April 10, 2017 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »