I thought the narrative was that anything that is “Koch-funded” is inherently evil and should be dismissed out of hand as corporate astro-turfing because (unlike George Soros, who’s totally ok) they only give money to causes that benefit them financially. Now the positions of anything “Koch-funded” should be dismissed out of hand because the Kochs benefit…
First it was the smoking itself. Second being around others smoking. Third is being around people who have smoked. Fourth, maybe, is the seeing of people smoking. If the degree of risk required to justify action is non-zero or somewhere around there, where exactly is the bottom of this slope?
Via many, many emailers comes this story in The Oregonian about a new, high-end yuppie grocery store in Portland that will open this week – and then probably close the week after that:
The zombie apocalypse is a go!
Cinderella story? Hardly! This was destiny.
A fine critical analysis of this week’s demonstration that the best show on television has eroded into a pale, unfunny, and indeed macabre shadow of itself.
Why I’m sticking a fork in my latest series.
Help me rebuild America after the Zombie Apocalypse
An arms trafficker in San Francisco was arrested for conspiracy to traffic in firearms without a license and to illegally import firearms. No matter which side of the aisle you sit on, I’m pretty sure that we can all be glad that this guy is no longer on the street.
I bet you can’t guess what the all-time most viewed post on Ordinary Times is.
GRRM is still plugging away.
Everything you need to know about life and love comes down to hockey.
The twitterverse’s rather bizarre right-and-left alignment to cancel the Colbert Report for racism.
There’s a great petition at WH.gov to have the White House buy that single album example and use it as a gift to the 6 millionth Healthcare.gov sign-up.
The weirdest marketing plan for music maybe ever. For starters, they’re only going to print one copy of their new CD.
… kind of, sort of. It turns out that my worries that the left might be starting down a troubling path are actually held by one OTer other than myself. It’s just that he’s one of the long-gone ones.
When real-life begins to imitate a bad John Woo movie, you know s**t is getting real.
When I wrote my post about payday lending, I pointed out that select commercial banks were offering products similar to those offered by payday lenders. According to this article, the banks have exited this business, citing the new rules set up by the FDIC and the OCC:
A government website that makes perfect sense? HUH???
It literally would have been cheaper to buy a “crib” than to rent one for more than a single night at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
At the risk of starting an intramural fight here at Ordinary Times, I’m highlighting Elizabeth’s recent article at The Week, Why Christians should forgive Fred Phelps, as a companion to Russell’s recent post If I ever visit Topeka, I shall pack dancing shoes. Elizabeth offers many worthwhile points, but this is probably the key takeaway:
So it turns out that I have a perfectly good reason that I won’t be able to make Leaguefest this year. Or, more accurately, I have two of them.
Gay marriage comes to Michigan.
For those of you jonesing for both the return of baseball and a little political writing by Connor P, check out this piece over at TPM on Detroit and its Tigers. Money quote:
Supporters of Hugo Chavez and his legacy typically argue that, regardless of his illiberal crackdowns on speech, dissent, and civil liberties, those aspects of his regime pale in comparison to the great good that he did for the poor in his country. At the newly relaunched FiveThirtyEight, however, Dorothy Kronick demonstrates – quite conclusively, in…
So I went to the supermarket, and to my surprise I came home with a jug of green milk.
A lean, inexpensive cut of beef: a London broil. A simple rub: truffled salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, ground savory, and garlic. Sous vide at 124 F for ten hours. Char with torch or on grill immediately before service; slice thin on a diagonal cut. Broccoli dressed with red pepper aioli (red pepper-infused olive oil…
A neat little David Carr piece about my grad school friend Conor Kenny’s experience at the Mohawk Incident a couple days ago. REMINDER: If you’re going to drink, don’t fucking drive.
My grandfather, Tamotsu Akimoto died on the 12th. He’d lived through 3 Emperors, a World War, an Olympics in Tokyo (and the approval of another!), and died peacefully in his sleep. His was the generation that fought our wars of aggression, then were forced to rebuild from the ashes. But all I can say is…
Statistics wizard Nate Silver talks about the re-launch of FiveThirtyEight on ESPN, political punditry, and burritos.
There are some concepts my sixteen-month old daughter understands. There are other concepts she does not.
Sometimes people suck.
… about software, and it just occurred to me that this might be a great place to ask for it. Do any of you use a task-management software that you might recommend (or caution me against trying)?
I am not making this up.
I’m still working on my post discussing my concerns that the left is needlessly starting down the road that’s made the right such a fishing joke. It should be up this week. But since we seem to be so deeply entrenched in “any criticism of the liberals/Dems is invalid because BSDI and False Equivalence!” here…