David Brooks gets paid to write this shit?

I really don’t know where to start. I guess here is as good as anywhere else:

The big Republican accomplishment is that they have detoxified their brand. Four years ago they seemed scary and extreme to a lot of people. They no longer seem that way. The wins in purple states like North Carolina, Iowa and Colorado are clear indications that the party can at least gain a hearing among swing voters. And if the G.O.P. presents a reasonable candidate (and this year’s crop was very good), then Republicans can win anywhere. I think we’ve left the Sarah Palin phase and entered the Tom Cotton phase.

Tom Cotton? The guy who said ISIS is in collusion with Mexican Drug Cartels to invade the good state of Arkansas? That guy is “reasonable”? That guy is “detoxified”? What the fuck are you smoking, David Brooks? Continue reading

The Esoteric Wisdom of Frank Luntz

The elections are over. We lost. They won.

But what does it mean?

To provide a meaningless answer to this meaningless question, the New York Times enlisted Frank Luntz, former adviser to Newt Gingrich (whom he describes, if I may digress, as “the smartest man I had ever worked for”; that should give you an idea of where this is going), and his asinine appraisal of the 2014 mid-term elections goes a little something like this: Continue reading

The Guardian must take headlining lessons from the HuffPo

Blazoned across the spiffy new tiled format of The Guardian‘s website were the words, “Amelia Earhart aeroplane fragment identified.” I know these words, and I know that in their particular order they necessarily imply A) there is a piece of an airplane, and B) it has been identified as belonging to Amelia Earhart’s erstwhile Lockheed Electra. Continue reading

Forgetting something, Mr. Speaker?

“Does anybody think that Vladimir Putin would have gone into Crimea had George W. Bush been president of the United States?” asked the Republican Speaker of the House. “No! Even Putin is smart enough to know that Bush would have bunched in the nose in about 10 seconds!”

And the crowd went wild, forgetting, of course, that one time when Putin sent Russian troops into Georgia while George W. Bush sat around with his thumb up his ass.

 

 

Men Behaving Badly, and the idiots who defend them

Hollaback!’s candid video of a young woman walking the streets of New York City is getting quite a bit of traction. Watching it, I can understand why:

Pretty horrendous, right?

Some people don’t think so, I am shocked to learn. They’re out in force, courageously defending these poor misaligned catcalling men from the oppressive rhetoric of authoritarian women and pinko commie social justice warriors like… Rebecca Watson… apparently.

And their argumentation is flawless: Continue reading

The odds I would ever make it to Guyana were slim…

Now, they’re non-existent.

Piotr Naskrecki was taking a nighttime walk in a rainforest in Guyana, when he heard rustling as if something were creeping underfoot. When he turned on his flashlight, he expected to see a small mammal, such as a possum or a rat.

“When I turned on the light, I couldn’t quite understand what I was seeing,” said Naskrecki, an entomologist and photographer at Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology.
A moment later, he realized he was looking not at a brown, furry mammal, but an enormous, puppy-size spider.

Oh, hell no.