October 23, 2014

Taffin would, I think, reluctantly approve

Although he did not use a sixgun, Kevin Vickers otherwise demonstrated Taffin-esque virtues.  He remained calm.  He retrieved his firearm from a locked box.  He fired it accurately and effectively.  And then he called his mother to tell her he was okay.

In an age of quasi-military abundance-of-caution types who prioritize costume and rate of fire above responsible alertness and good aim, it's worth noticing what effective self-defense with a firearm looks like.

And it's worth noticing what a hero looks like.  As you get further into that Washington Post story, itr becomes apparent that this may not be the most important thing he's ever done.

More like this, please.

October 22, 2014

Don Young is a Spectacular Asshole

Don Young says things again.


In honor of Bradlee, whose language was famously not a model of restraint, I’d like to say, fuck that. 


That ain't right

October 19, 2014

That's my President

“One of the things that Obama wanted to know was: Did this ever work?”


October 16, 2014

Botvinnik-Bronstein, 1951

photo source: Chess Notes 

"I just wanted to show he was not a God." - David Bronstein


His name is...

What's the difference between a New York consultant and an LA consultant?

See for yourself:

- Los Angeles

- New York

Hope you find that as educational as I did.

October 11, 2014


Oh come on, do we have to pass the fucking hat?

October 10, 2014

This should be really fun

[Y]ou can pit star quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson against each other now on “Temple Run 2.”

Kaepernick and Wilson are the first two NFL players featured in the hit mobile game as part of a new licensing agreement announced Friday between the NFL Players association and “Temple Run 2″ publisher Imangi Studios.


(I bought the Usain Bolt avatar a couple of years ago on vacation, and it was worth every penny.)

Running away?

Reports: Seahawks could move back to AFC West


October 08, 2014

FDR calls it

Reflecting on the concentration of economic power that preceded America’s economic collapse, [FDR] said: “Out of this modern civilization economic royalists carved new dynasties. New kingdoms were built upon concentration of control over material things. Through new uses of corporations, banks and securities, new machinery of industry and agriculture, of labor and capital—all undreamed of by the Fathers—the whole structure of modern life was impressed into this royal service.”

What’s striking about the convention speech is the grounds on which the president chose to criticize this historic inequality. It’s not a speech about money, or prosperity, or putting another car in the middle-class garage—rather, it’s an argument about liberty. Inequality was harmful to ordinary Americans because it put “the conditions of their labor … beyond the control of the people.” It threatened self-government on the level of everyday life—and, above all, on the level of national politics.

“The privileged princes of these new economic dynasties,” the president argued, “reached out for control over government itself.” Against their claim that the political process could go on uncorrupted in the presence of enormous concentrations of wealth, President Roosevelt urged his listeners to see political liberty as bound up with freedom from need. Against their claim that freedom was a question of the ballot alone, he reasserted the classical, small-r republican tradition that has played such a pivotal role in our political history: the view that the people’s liberty is threatened whenever they are subject to domination by elites, whether of birth or of wealth, whether political or economic.


Agree with Paul Krugman...

...about Obama.  In every detail.

Misread of the Day: Americans for Shattered Prosperity

Also, GOP dating service. Because ladies love dating services.

October 06, 2014

October 04, 2014

Now you know

October 03, 2014

Gentle Brain

You're welcome. The kids will love you for six minutes.

September 29, 2014

How it really went down

“We had lawyers joined at our hips,” said one participant. “And they were very helpful at framing the issues. But they never said we couldn’t [bail out Lehman].”

As another participant put it, “It was a policy and political decision, not a legal decision.”


Uh guys, are you familiar with the expression "fall guy"?  Lehman: code name Wilmer.

September 28, 2014

As a baseball fan let me just say...

...FUCK YEAH! --> (link)

As he ran, Souza knew he was never going to get to this ball. Or he almost knew it. His memory “blacked out” afterward. He doesn’t remember the instant when he realized “maybe.” But the picture comes clear for him in the fractions of a second when he “laid out” full-length. 

“I jumped at kind of a weird angle,” said Souza, who was near the warning track by the 377-foot sign. Outfielders know that, if they must, they can actually reach backward, over their heads, and still hope for a catch. Souza always wanted to try to “dive straight backwards.” But he never had. Until suddenly he did. 

Boswell elaborates further here.

September 27, 2014

Treadmill to oblivion

It's a storied Bay Area baseball franchise.  Now, late in the season they are 87-74, 2nd in their division after a desultory stretch run in which they went 4-6.  They could win 90 games this year, which will be a great outcome, but no matter how they finish, they will end the season looking up at that hated rival from Los Angeles.

What's weird is that this describes both the Giants and the A's today.

Only major difference is that the Giants have clinched a Wild Card spot, while the As are still scuffling (though they probably will make it, too.)

Many interesting scenarios could play out.  According to this not-dodgy-at-all website, Vegas thinks the A's still have a better chance (10-1) of winning the World Series than the Giants (12-1).

The most English thing ever

Radio 4's Blofeld and Baxter: Memories of the Test Match Special is slow, genial, droll, slightly naughty, and has a killer story about the Queen at the end.  You will never hear anything like it in a million hours of U.S. radio.


September 26, 2014

Click Play and roll saving throw vs. insanity

I rolled a '3.'

September 25, 2014

Memo to Disney

Please put this scene into the next Avengers movie  -kthxbye

A happy moment

The Van-Vans are the Woodward and Bernstein of the Ray Rice scandal, which gets more surreal with each passing day.

September 24, 2014

This Fark thread is the ultimate DONE IN ONE


September 23, 2014

"Troyer poked the bear with a stick. It didn't move. The culvert trap was opened."

Wildlife Scientist and Eric's dad, Will Troyer, passes away at 89, from Alaska Dispatch News

September 20, 2014

Just a flesh wound

Hits to USS San Francisco during the First Naval Battle of Guadalcanal as recorded in the Gunfire Damage Report, dated November 13, 1942.


As every schoolchild knows, a portion of the ship's bridge, removed during repairs, resides at Lands End in San Francisco, California.

More of them libarel facts

[T]he right is railing against the bums on welfare not only when there aren’t any bums, but when there isn’t any welfare.


Get a government

It is one of the paradoxes of the British that we have been skilled at constructing federal constitutions for other countries. British blood flowed through the veins of the American founding fathers who wrote the constitution of the United States. When Australia and Canada became independent, they did so as federal states. After the second world war, the allies, Brits to the fore, devised a federal constitution for Germany that has served that country well. It is here on our own islands that we have always struggled, ever since William Gladstone was thwarted over home rule for Ireland in the 19th century.


Time to switch to Premier League?

Nate Silver makes the case here.

Got no time...keep movin'

Jack goes to DMV

September 17, 2014

On behalf of 15 year-old me: FUCK YOUR GUIDANCE

Not invincible: Alaska teens pursuing risky outdoor recreation need guidance


You think you got problems

When historians come to write how and why Scotland was lost – or nearly lost – from the United Kingdom, they would do well to focus on the effete stupidity of our leaders...

The nullity that is Ed Miliband is well known; however, it can still surprise. Take this stirring article he wrote in Sunday’s Observer, urging Scots to vote No; hearken, in particular, to his lucid plea about the new Scottish politics: “But this mood of change is not just about how we are governed; crucially, it is about who we are governed for.” Yes. Who we are governed for. I’m glad someone had the guts to make that complex point so clear, as too many people think this is a debate about “why we are governed at”, or “when we are governed isn’t”.

 - The Telegraph


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