That cry could seemingly be heard all along New York State’s Southern Tier, which borders Pennsylvania and has long been one of the state’s most stubborn economic laggards. In recent years, both hydraulic fracturing — known as fracking — and casinos had been posited as potential economic saviors here, where residents and leaders have watched with envy as neighboring Pennsylvanians dived into both industries.
Yeah, well, bite me.
Fracking has a lot of local support, sure, but saying that, the statement has to be deeply qualified. Roughly nobody here wants fracking done as it has happened in PA.
This is anecdata, but whatever. MollyI's family has roots in this area going back to the 1800s. The family has burial rights in a small, very rustic Catholic cemetary in far northern PA, about 5 miles south of the NY border. We had the sad occasion to bury MollyI's dad last year.
And -- to the point of this post -- this incredibly beautiful, remote, pristine cemetary -- was made totally horrific because of all the goddamn trucks.
For the Benefit of New Readers, my wife MollyI is a Country Mouse, and I am a City Mouse. We live in the country, near Binghamton. My mom is buried in a cemetary in the Bronx. That cemetary has things like fences and interior roadways, stuff that enables, like, quiet reflection.
While MollyI's dad was being buried, there was a lot of truck traffic, including a tanker that stopped on the side road with its engine running, very loudly.
Nobody in the family liked that. Everyone hated it.
So, yes, Broome County would be in favor of fracking. No, Broome County would not want the crazy shit that is easily observable a few miles south. The quality of life degradation issues are clear, and everyone here knows someone in PA who got screwed.
Also nobody here was dumb enough to think there were hordes of rich suckers wanting to come to Binghamton to go to casinos. Well, maybe one or two idiots. But those are always with us.
But it sure was nice for the NYT to send a reporter up here to talk to our dingaling fratboy meathead mayor and some random barflies. That at least was Authentic.
It is a shame that the field of statistics offers us great insight into professional sports, when what we really need are statistics for real life.
For example, a statistic that would be immensely useful in any given workplace, and perhaps even in academia, would be a TPA score, with TPA meaning "Time Past Adjournment."
It would work sort of like WAR in baseball. The TPA would measure the average amount of time an individual makes a meeting last beyond when it really should end, that is to say, when anyone sane would know that the work the meeting is meant to accomplish has been accomplished.
Thus, an individual with a +5 TPA would mean "he or she will add about 5 minutes to any given meeting."
Anyone with a TPA of +10 should be summarily shot, or else traded to the Cubs.
No one was hurt and no stores were looted. Between 1,000 and 3,000 lawful gun owners showed up openly armed at the state capitol in Olympia, Wash., on Saturday to defy the newly passed gun control law, I-594.
Organizer Gavin Seim made the extraordinary nature of the rally very clear, "This isn’t just a protest. We are here to openly violate the law." Attendees publicly transferred their guns to each other in violation of I-591’s background check provisions, and some even bought and sold guns just a few feet away from law enforcement. A fire pit blazed throughout the rally, and at the conclusion, gun owners lined up to burn their concealed weapons permits. A petition was circulated affirming gun owners’ refusal to follow I-594, which ended with, “We pledge our blood. We will not comply.”
Good for them! Refusing to comply with the law, a contempt for democratic norms, the "blood" thing -- gosh.
Point is, you don't have to like this white dude to note that he had hammers wrapped in plastic in a closed backpack, and these Olympia white dudes were brandishing weapons and openly flouting the law.
Despite the fact that the participants in the putsch had shot dead four policemen and staged an armed (and in any reasonable terms) treasonable revolt against a legitimately constituted state government, the court sentenced Hitler to a mere five years in prison for high treason.
There are predictable consequences for nations determined to hate their own laws and governments, nations that make a majority fetish of the gun, nations whose minority citizens are deliberately kept simmering at a seething desire for vengeance.
Sell, sell to white folks that savory, deep-felt benign bigotry that always does so swell at the hustings in places like fucking Staten Island. Tell, tell the cops, hey, it's all cool.
Seems an easy enough prognostication: either we have a genuine democracy, or we have spilled blood. I advocate nothing here; it's just how it goes.
The Clemson University chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon has suspended all fraternity activity and several of its officers have resigned following a "Cripmas" party where students dressed up as gang members.
Thank goodness that "racism" bother ended in the 1960s when Martin Luther King apologized for kicking up all that fuss back in the day.
I'm at a Major Conference in DC -- at a hotel right across from the Cato Institute, as it happens. Yesterday morning I was outside and saw a whole flock of appallingly young, disturbingly scrubbed, grotesquely cheerful bright young chattery white incubi all crowding into the Cato doorway. It put one in mind of a gang of homicidal Campbell's Soup Kids in pricy too-tight suits. In the near future, I look forward to hearing their pampered ideas about Liberty as they help themselves to the Social Security money accumulated by people who have been compelled by Providence to fucking work for a living.
And then this morning, as I enjoyed a plate of hotel-grade scrambled eggs, I glanced over at a teevee screen showing Fox n' Friends teasing the next session after the break: NEXT -- Race and the American Future.
And lurking backstage was the slouchy figure of... Ben Stein. Ben Fucking Stein.
The teevee screen was perched above the table of an African-American family having breakfast. The sound was off, so they did not get to hear Ben Stein's insights about race. But maybe they've heard it all before.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is starting to impose its views on universities in the regions it controls, Al-Fanar reported. Women and men may no longer be educated together, and instruction may only be provided by professors of the same gender as students. Courses involving study of democracy, non-Islamic societies and human rights have been canceled. Professors, speaking anonymously, expressed fear for the future. “The university is a real horror,” said a literature professor. “I do not think there will be learning."
The Rev. Al Sharpton says Rand Paul’s efforts to engage black voters could present a strategic challenge for Democrats: If the Republican senator runs for president, fewer African Americans may be motivated to show up and vote against him....
Democrats have traditionally done well among African American voters, especially with Barack Obama at the top of the ticket. In 2016, Democrats will “need maximum black turnout in a lot of states,” Sharpton told POLITICO.
“What I think is more dangerous for Democrats is, if a guy like Paul is out there, if he becomes the nominee, for argument’s sake, he … does not generate a turnout against him” among African Americans, Sharpton said. He added, “If he’s able to neutralize his past image on civil rights, if he becomes the candidate … and if you don’t get a huge black turnout saying ‘We’re afraid [of him],’” that could be a pitfall for Democrats.
This is top-flight Concern Trolling. C'est magnifique!
Sincerely, this is The Shit. Give it up for Sharpton.
This person says that Whole Foods is as anti-science as the Creation Museum, and I don't disagree:
But you don’t have to schlep all the way to Kentucky in order to visit America’s greatest shrine to pseudoscience. In fact, that shrine is a 15-minute trip away from most American urbanites.
I’m talking, of course, about Whole Foods Market. From the probiotics aisle to the vaguely ridiculous Organic Integrity outreach effort (more on that later), Whole Foods has all the ingredients necessary to give Richard Dawkins nightmares. And if you want a sense of how weird, and how fraught, the relationship between science, politics, and commerce is in our modern world, then there’s really no better place to go. Because anti-science isn’t just a religious, conservative phenomenon—and the way in which it crosses cultural lines can tell us a lot about why places like the Creation Museum inspire so much rage, while places like Whole Foods don’t.
The liberal approach to Whole Foods is to say, many things you do are great. Let's help you. However, we live in a democracy, and the People have a right to independently determine whether or not you, and your products, are full of shit.
The liberal accepts science, and argues that a government that rejects scientific fact is just fucking stupid. The libertarian only gives a shit about making money.
Senate Democrats are considering a vote in the lame-duck session to force approval of TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s Keystone XL pipeline, a party aide said, a move that may bolster Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu’s re-election chances.
One of the lucky inmates at the Tucker Carlson Charity Home for Blind Concussed Squirrels discovers nuts.
Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber said that lack of transparency was a major part of getting Obamacare passed because “the stupidity of the American voter” would have killed the law if more people knew what was in it.
Gruber, the MIT professor who served as a technical consultant to the Obama administration during Obamacare’s design, also made clear during a panel quietly captured on video that the individual mandate, which was only upheld by the Supreme Court because it was a tax, was not actually a tax.
Golly. What did Gruber actually say? Here's the Daily Caller's own transcription:
This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. Okay, so it’s written to do that. In terms of risk rated subsidies, if you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in – you made explicit healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed… Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical for the thing to pass… Look, I wish Mark was right that we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.
Gruber here is making an unexceptionable point: the "American people" are not necessarily stupid taken individually, but they sure are easily swayed by stupid arguments. The colossally stupid "death panels" nonsense proves that dispositively.
And the Tuckerista quoted above adds further evidence to this theory: Gruber didn't say the mandate is a tax in regards to the narrow (and stupid) legal issue that stupidly went before our stupid Supreme Court, he was only talking about CBO scoring, which is a different thing.
What Gruber was saying is that "we knew that there would be a huge problem if we had to explain how insurance works, because even though that's not a difficult concept, it would have been demagogued by screaming talk radio swine and their angry base of addled morons."
The far-right howler monkeys are pretty much just proving Gruber right; after all, they themselves get paid (or desperately want to get paid) to fling nonsense-poo to rally support for the idea that third-party swine deserve to get rich off you getting sick, and all poor people ought to quickly die, even if they have three jobs.
But at a time when McConnell is likely poised to take over as Senate Majority Leader, it's worth taking a moment to acknowledge his political acumen. Not acumen in winning reelection, but acumen in masterminding the Republican comeback after the huge Democratic wave elections in 2006 and 2008.
Mitch McConnell didn't decide to act like an asshole because he's some fucking Machiavelli supergenius. Mitch McConnell acted like an asshole because he's an asshole.
Mitch McConnell made the calculation that he'd rather fuck over the entire country before ever conceding jack shit to a Democratic president because he's an asshole.
Mitch McConnell has no strategy.
Mitch McConell gives no shits.
Mitch McConnell is just an asshole.
I don't know why this is a difficult point to grasp. The GOP are going to act like assholes -- they give no shits about the nation, they give no shits about democracy, they are just crazy angry assholes.
"Keep acting like an asshole" doesn't make you a fucking strategic mastermind. All it means is that we have a shite polity that tends to reward stupid assholes.