At last the big night is finally upon us. Just like last year, I offered a set of predictions totally blind and without the benefit (such as it is) of having seen any of the nominated films and prior to any of the preceding predictor awards. Having now seen all of the latter (but still…
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed SB 1062 yesterday. For anyone not familiar with it, it was a
Student: Mr. Kazzy, we need white chalk so we can mix it with the red to make pink. Mr. Kazzy: We don’t have any white chalk. Student: Why don’t you go to the store and buy more white chalk? Mr. Kazzy: We can’t solve all our problems by going to the store. Sometimes we just…
Tim’s post on Eric Holder reminded me of something I’ve been meaning to ask y’all. Over the past two weeks I have heard a new talking point repeated on all the talk radio stations, and I’ve been trying to puzzle out whether it is a valid but obscure legal point or just making s**t up.…
The FCC is preparing to send monitors into newsrooms across America, threatening the First Amendment rights of journalists everywhere. Or maybe not. Kevin Drum has the story here. I know I shouldn’t be amazed by this kind of misinformation flowing through the rightwing media and winding up at Fox, but it stuns me nonetheless. Even…
Rethinking the way Olympic results are posted.
[EDIT: SPOILER WARNING: Olympic Women’s Hockey Final Result is spoiled in the URL and possibly the comments. Proceed at own risk.] [EDIT: The URL should be safe now.
Trolls and original sin and Conor’s hobby horse.
For those looking for a panacea to all of the goodwill generated by the current Love Symposium, here’s a quick off-the-top-of-my-head theory that should allow people to revel in a little fun dose of Tod-hating.
Standing over the same old ground.
Not that I WANT to see people get pissed during the Love Symposium, but I thought I’d mention this… Via Outside the Beltway and the New York Times:
A headline writer for the E! website demonstrates awkward use of a prepositional phrase.
Facebook has expanded the options for gender identification beyond male and female. Well beyond male and female.
Guess the celebrity author of this breathtaking poem, without using Google.
Headline of the day: Suicide Bomb Instructor Accidentally Kills Iraqi Pupils.
Republican Rep Tom Cole is unhappy with the Washington Redskins name and has sent a letter with Senator Cantwell urging them to change it.
Cinematic shorthand tends to make use of emblematic actions to visually represent certain eras: the 40s USO dance, 50s drag race, 60s protest, etc. These, usually collective, activities come to be how we visualize historical periods such that we wonder if those who lived through the periods but sat out the activities were really there.
SEC Defensive Player of the Year and NFL prospect Michael Sam came out. While he says his teammates and coaches knew since the summer and that many people associated with the NFL also seemed to know, he wanted to formally come out on his own terms, saying, “I want to own my truth. … No…
In 2013, eighty-seven folks were exonerated of the crimes for which they were convicted. Twenty-seven of them were exonerated for convictions of murder, arson, and sex crimes that it was determined never happened (or weren’t crimes).
What a long, strange trip it’s been.
Good graphic design should be simple and communicate in an immediately powerful way. Here’s an example.
My friend Stephanie just shared this photo on Facebook and Twitter (she’s one of the folks that contributes to this Twitter account) and I thought ya’ll might like it.
Ralph Kiner, RIP. I grew up watching Kiner’s Korner after every game and delighting at the yarns he’d spin during the games; the occasional malapropism only added to the charm. It’s hard to imagine me learning to love baseball without him and without his signature line “That ball is gone, goodbye,” which I must have…
Jon Chait writes of the latest Republican health care proposal that:
ESPN Ombudsman Robert Lipsyte weighs in on the controversial Grantland piece.
For those of you who haven’t seen enough of my opinions about vaccinations, good news! I have more to say about them.
So, that Stephen Glass guy. Tried to become a lawyer. Whatever happened to him?
Falling in love with someone is the most common thing in the world, yet it feels miraculous- like the eruption of the divine into everyday life. When people have religious experiences, does it feel like falling in love?
By chance, sometimes the U.S. News and World Report rankings provide actual insight validated by empirical evidence. This is one of those times.
We need a place to talk about The Big Game and how Denver is going to win it.
One-time OT-er-before-it-was-OT Fredrik deBoer weighed in recently on Hanna Rosin’s defense of the title of her book in Time magazine, which New Dealer spotlighted not long ago.
What would you do?
The Republicans’ hope for capturing the governorship of California in 2014. No, really.
This does not look good.
Mike Francesa, while debating a caller about Craig Biggio’s Hall of Fame candidacy: “As I see it, there are two criteria for being a Hall of Famer. First, you ask yourself, ‘Is this guy a Hall of Famer?’ If the answer isn’t a resounding yes, than the guy isn’t a Hall of Famer.” I was…