We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
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Friday, December 28. 2012
American Fathers Disappearing
Mead's Yule Blog: Jesus' bio
Can you spot the 'invisible animal'? Incredible images show nature's disappearing act when predators are near
The Higher Ed Bubble: Medical Schools Offering Short Courses
In which the Guardian’s George Monbiot encounters the underclass and shows how his worldview is quite different from yours
PETA's culture of death
‘Right to Work’: Is Ohio Next? After Indiana and Michigan, Ohio must compete.
Who Is Too Unbalanced to Be Armed? The danger of treating gun violence as a mental health problem
Men and Women Can't Be "Just Friends" - Researchers asked women and men "friends" what they really think—and got very different answers
When kitchen knives are outlawed only outlaws will have kitchens.
Activist re-launches anti-toy gun campaign
Boy uses Dad's AR-15 to shoot home invader
Henninger: The Biggest Cliff of All - The largest threat in the world is the collapse of public policy making.
Dockworkers Strike Threatens to Close East Coast Ports
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It's a well-known fact that conservatives don't get irony.
Kuhner: Jamie Foxx and the rise of black bigotry
While an argument can be made that some black comedians reinforce negative stereotypes, and push the limits of acceptability, when the argument begins with this,
Kuhner: The actor recently hosted “Saturday Night Live,” delivering a rant that was supposed to be funny. It wasn’t. In fact, had a white person delivered the same monologue but simply exchanged the word “white” for “black,” his career would be over.
.. it displays blindness, not insight. Take a look at this classic Eddie Murphy skit. See if it would work, in any sense, by reversing the roles.
I especially like the part where he gets an 'no doc' loan at the bank because he's white. Why, it reminds me of how the CRA worked to help create the housing crisis. The only thing about that is that those loans weren't reserved for white people. They were for ANYBODY regardless of their ability to pay - but especially minorities since they had been "red lined' out of a decent mortgage in the past. In fact, I recently read that Obama had sued banks along those same lines before he started his career as a politician.
As for Jamie Foxx's comments about his new movie, personally, I don't think exchanging white for black applies. From what I understand the whites he was talking about, were slave holders. However, his comments were not directed toward slave holders but white people. Big difference. He, and I assume the movie (I am not likely to even take the opportunity to see it for free), also fail to note that for the most part, it was other blacks in Africa who sold the slaves to white slave traders - something that is usually lost in the discussion.
Foxx has already said that race is everything to him which makes him sound an awful like Rob Parker. So much for the content of one's character.
Irony has a different meaning. That would be a small problem in many comments, but in yours it is key. Your point is to disparage the social intelligence of an entire political group of fellow citizens, as if it is significant in understanding modern culture. In such a situation, precision is essential.
Out-group and in-group humor, top-dog and underdog humor are indeed different and cannot expected to be otherwise. The difference may make the humor. However, just because one group finds it funny and another does not does not mean the former is socially superior and "gets it" in both senses of that phrase. The assumption that you have here, that because the superior folks find it funny it proves they are superior, shows a rather stunning inability to observe oneself and ask even the most elementary of questions.
It is just possible that Foxx is indeed displaying bigotry, and the fact that some find that funny is analogous to the uproarious humor the Nazis found in Jewish stereotypes.
I mean, they were smart people, the most cultured and educated on the planet, and they all agreed such things were funny. How do you propose to discern between the two? Just so you know, I see the main difference as ascendancy of fashion. The old in-group, top dogs of America are being kicked out since around 1970, and the ascending group is reveling in its power. They think it is underdog humor, but it is just New Nazis, flush with their own success in 1935.
"It's a well-known fact that conservatives don't get irony."
Assistant VIllage Idiot: Irony has a different meaning.
Case in point.
Mark J. Perry: The top 1% of US taxpayers pay almost as much in federal income taxes as the entire bottom 95%, and half of that bottom group paid no taxes at all in 2010
From Carpe Diem
Cpranger: So, there is something to this kind of post being disingenuous:
“The total effective tax rate for the richest one percent (30.0) is only about five percentage points higher than the total effective tax rate for the middle fifth of taxpayers (25.1). All Americans pay taxes. Everyone who works pays federal payroll taxes. Everyone who drives pays federal and state gas taxes. State sales taxes affect everyone who shops, and state and local property taxes affect everyone who owns or rents a home (the tax is passed on to renters in the form of higher rents). Most states also have income taxes, most of which are not particularly progressive.
"Many conservative lawmakers and pundits focus only on those federal taxes that affect the rich more, like the federal personal income tax, estate and gift tax and corporate income tax. But as these figures illustrate, the tax system as a whole, including all the types of taxes that people pay, is just barely progressive.”
Zachriel: In addition, it’s important to realize that marginal income tax rates were dropped during the Bush Administration as the payroll tax surpluses could cover much of the resulting deficits. This policy was predicated on the promise to repay the trust funds out of future income taxes receipts. Apparently, they said the tax cuts would pay for themselves, or some such.
Robot Ship Will Hunt Silent Subs
So what's the over/under on when all these drones and automatic hunter/killer machines become self-aware and form Skynet?
George Monbiot encounters the underclass
It seemed to me that the Occupy movement closely followed society in that there were the Haves and the have Nots and when the Have Nots wanted what the Haves had, it become somewhat contentious. I strolled through the Occupy thing here in Columbia - there were two distinct groups on the Capitol grounds and it was obvious - the ones with the Starbucks cups and pastries and those who were eating stale Krispy Kreme donuts and Kangaroo convenience store coffee. The Starbuckers had nice tents, name brand sleeping bags, dehydrated foods and the Kangarooers had blue tarps and blankets and not much else.
Funny how that works out huh?
Funny how that works out huh?
"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.."
Boy uses Dad's AR-15 to shoot home invader
we liberals protest this outrage. the 15 year old should never have defended himself and his 12 year old sister with a violent assault rifle. we liberals believe the only safe course would have been to allow the home invaders to rape and burglarize, then, if possible, call the police to take a complaint.
when will this slaughter of presumptively innocent perps end?
Re: Invisible Animals
That snipe was amazingly difficult. Try spotting them before scrolling far enough to learn what you're looking for!
Activist re-launches anti-toy gun campaign”
The group will offer a personalized, frameable certificate to children and families that send the alliance a letter explaining “Why I will not buy toy guns for my children” or for children, “Why I do not like to play with toy guns.
Why I do not like to play with toy guns.
by Amanda, age 11
I do not like to play with toy guns because they're dangerous. We were hunting Cape Buffalo in heavy brush when one of the beasts charged without warning. The only liberal in the hunting party was carrying a toy gun. Even though he got off several shots, the clicky noise and the sparks did nothing and he was carried off screaming. Later we found his remains, sodomized by buffalo horns.
I want my certificate. Now.
Even in the UK this proposal from several years ago went nowhere.
The docs, of course, indirectly exempted their scalpels by saying they wanted to ban "long" knives (tableware steak-knife length or longer) not "short" ones (their scalpels, some chef's specialised boning knives?) without defining either "long" or "short." I know in many places, including where I live, buying a set of steak-knives at the supermarket makes you a felon since the blades exceed three inches...
And as I've pointed out before, knives have been banned for civilian use before: notably, the ones used to kill Julius Caesar were illegal to carry in the streets of the City of Rome.
animal camo pictures FaNtAsTiC! Except the vcayman and thwe adder are kinda cheating --they're covereed up underneath opaqeue --stuff you can't see thru --and would be thus hard to spot even if they were day-glo hot pink.
the rest is all legit tho, and wondrous!