I have been an utter slacker in posting the ol' link dump. In fact, I may not do them all right now, and save a few for next week.
Last night's Daily Show lead segment is making the rounds, for good reason. It shows how nonsensical and just plain mean the tax rhetoric is on the right at the moment. Class warfare, indeed. This in the wake of Warren Buffet's op-ed that has been linked pretty much everywhere.
Why are corporate profits up, but there are no new jobs? In part, because of the speed-up.
Captchas to keep idiots out of comment threads. Well played.
Someone's made a documentary on the McDonald's spilled coffee lawsuit, which is only the most misunderstood legal case in American popular culture.
A couple of food items: I have quite enjoyed Lucky Peach magazine, which defies convention by, you know, being a printed magazine. Locally, I liked this review of Good Stuff Eatery, which is very specific in its criticism's of Good Stuff's burger technique. Down in comments, it sounds like Spike just kind of laughed it off.
The big prayer-fest that Texas used in place of sound public policy brings to mind a favorite joke.
An old man is sitting on his porch during a heavy rainstorm. A jeep pulls up, and a National Guardsman gets out. "Sir, flood's a-comin'. We're evacuating everyone."
The old man says, "Don't you worry about me, sonny. The Lord will save me." The jeep drives off.
The next day, the water is up to the top step. A guardsman comes up in a rowboat. "The water's only going to get higher! We have to get you out of here!"
He still refuses to leave. "The Lord will save me!" So the guardsman rows away.
By the next morning, the old man has been forced to climb on his roof. A helicopter flies over and drops a ladder. "I'm not leaving! The Lord will save me!" he shouts. When it's clear he's not budging, the helicopter flies away.
Soon thereafter, the old man is swept from his roof and drowns. He comes to in heaven, and when he finds himself in front of God, he says "Lord, I had faith! Why didn't you save me?!"
And God says, "Hey, I sent a jeep, and then a rowboat, and then a helicopter. What more did you want?"
As such I can imagine Rick Perry saying "Lord, why didn't you save us from economic calamity and the ruins of climate change?" And God will say "I sent Paul Krugman and Al Gore, but you meatheads wouldn't listen."