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Instead of Actual Content: Story Pipeline Deadlock Edition

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Right now in the Pipeline of Half-Completed Blog Posts, I have:

  • A post on the “Sad Puppies” Hugo Awards controversy
  • Another update on Greece (which supposedly runs out of money on Thursday)
  • Analysis of the Iran Nuclear Weapons Deal
  • Another Texas vs. California update
  • Unfortunately, today is going to be unusually busy, so instead of finishing those and offering up actual content, here are some Golden Retriever videos:

    LinkSwarm for April 6, 2015

    Monday, April 6th, 2015

    I might have an analysis of the the Iranian nuclear deal later, or I might now, depending on how my taxes are going…

  • UN Human Rights chief praises Islamic State for “diversity.” No, really, that happened. It’s not a parody from The Onion. (Hat tip: Jihad Watch.)
  • Professor finds that texts of Islam are, in fact, more violent than those of other religions.
  • The Columbia Journalism Review investigation of the Rolling Stone University of Virginia rape hoax story is out, and found massive problems with the reporting…
  • …many of which Ashe Schow highlights.
  • But despite the numerous journalistic problems with the piece, no one is getting fired. Lying to support the victimhood identity politics narrative means never having to lose your job…
  • Speaking of which: Fraternity brothers perpetrate vicious rape. Wait, did I say “perpetrate”? I meant “prevent.” (Hat tip: Instapundit.)
  • Earlier: “Sorry I lead you on when I got drunk.” Later: “What I really meant was you raped me!”
  • The Obama Administration’s reckless engagement with Iran is probably the biggest reason Netanyahu won his surprise victory.
  • The Atlanta Federal Reserve forecast has cut Gross Domestic Product growth estimates in the first quarter from 2.3% to 0.0%. Unexpectedly!
  • Ted Cruz raises $4 million in 8 days. As the New York Times notes, the vast majority is from small donors and can be spent in the primary.
  • Being a liberal means never having to actually weigh evidence.
  • Muslim group kills Red Cross worker.
  • What town wanted: Statue of Lucille Ball. What town got: Statue of zombie lobotomized alcoholic Amelia Earhart.
  • George P. Bush Bans Comic Sans

    Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

    This is one of those rare April Fools jokes that works as both a joke as sound policy:

    In tandem with his plan to foster technological innovation at the Texas General Land Office, Commissioner George P. Bush today announced an agencywide ban on the use of the font Comic Sans in all agency documents and correspondence:

    “As land commissioner, I am committed to making the GLO a technological leader in state government. While this unrefined font is appropriate for early childhood instruction in our Texas schools, the use of Comic Sans is not befitting when conducting business on key matters concerning the state of Texas. Comic Sans has no place at an agency positioning itself as a technological pioneer.”

    And the tell a bit further down:

    “Current agencywide substitute font recommendations are Helvetica, Times New Roman, or even Arial,” Elam said. “Any of the standard ones really. Except Papyrus. It’s terribad.”

    Comic Sans+

    CNN Turns Out a Too Many Cooks 2016 Election Parody

    Thursday, March 19th, 2015

    Shockingly, A.) It’s pretty evenhanded, and B.) It doesn’t suck.

    On the other hand, Too Many Cooks was four months ago. It shouldn’t take more than a week to crank this out. Even if they did take a day to get the perfect font match…

    Who Is Behind “Texas Citizens Coalition”?

    Monday, February 2nd, 2015

    Back in the middle of January I got a four-page flyer form an outfit calling itself the “Texas Citizens Coalition.” The group is headed up by Rosenberg realtor Gary Gates.

    Their ostensible goals sound conservative enough:

    1. A smaller role for government at all levels

    2. The elimination of over-reach and reduced regulation

    3. A pro-business, pro-capitalism environment

    4. Personal responsibility

    All well and good. But why drop a flyer two months after the election?

    My working theory is that Texas Citizens Coalition is another group created with the express purpose of supporting Speaker Joe Straus against his conservative critics.

    Supporting evidence for the theory:

  • One of their first news blurbs is from Straus himself. (The fact that the most recent bit of “Latest News” is from January ninth suggests lack of follow-through on TCC’s part…)
  • Note that every single legislator singled out for praise in page 2 of the flyer was not among those backing Scott Turner for Speaker.
  • Note that many of those praised legislators (Giovanni Capriglione, Tan Parker, Drew Springer and Jason Villalba) were all notable for declaring themselves Straus supporters in November.
  • The only groups that have been dropping flyers to my mailbox post-election have been pro-Straus groups.
  • Finally, I sent an email through their contact address asking if they were formed explicitly to support Straus, and received no reply.
  • If anyone has an alternate explanation, I’d be happy to hear it. Here’s the flyer itself:

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    TCC2

    TCC3

    TCC4

    Those Two Crazy Kids Were Meant For Each Other!

    Sunday, January 18th, 2015

    From Milo Yiannopoulos comes the story of the man who taught Shanley Kane how to troll.

    San Francisco-based feminist troll Shanley Kane is a racist “full of hatred” who as recently as 2012 expressed disgust at interracial relationships and who uses racially-charged epithets to describe black people, a former boyfriend has claimed.

    “I’ve never made a sincere apology in my entire life, ”Andrew Auernheimer told Breitbart in an explosive interview that makes outrageous claims about Kane’s racist past. “The public largely despises me for my political views—I’m one of the most visible and public advocates of white nationalism—and my position as the world’s most notorious Internet troll. But I’ve never done anything that I think I should be sorry for, with one exception: for a few short months, I dated Shanley Kane, the technology industry’s feminist antagonist, and I taught her Internet trolling.”

    Auernheimer says that Shanley frequently shared his racist and antisemitic views while they were dating.

    Others may look at this as just a case of two horrible people hooking up together, but I choose to look at another way, the Hollywood way: as a sitcom waiting to happen.

    He’s a vicious racist.

    She’s the Queen of the Feminist technology trolls.

    When they get together as broke roommates in trendy San Francisco, the insults will fly—and LOVE will bloom!

    Internet Trolls in Love! Coming to FX this fall…

    (Hat tip: Instapundit.)

    (Previously.)

    Operation Choke Point’s Smoking Gun?

    Thursday, January 15th, 2015

    Via Instapundit comes updated news of Operation Choke Point, the Obama Administration’s unconstitutional attempt to force the banks and credit unions used by gun dealers (and other targeted businesses, most of which are entirely legal) to close their accounts. Bank regulator’s have denied they were doing this in the past, but now a gun business owner has recorded a credit union manager telling him the Feds have forced them to close his account.

    Here’s a Fox News report on the case:

    Imagine the media outcry if a Republican administration were using the same tactics against abortion clinics or gay bars.

    The new congress should investigate this along with Fast and Furious…

    Dave Barry’s Year End Roundup

    Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

    Dave Barry’s year-end roundup is out and, as usual, it’s well worth reading.

    Selections:

  • In a development that surprises film critics, Academy Awards voters, apparently hoping to woo a younger audience, award the Oscar for Best Picture to “Sharknado.”
  • On the domestic front, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, who oversaw the rollout of Obamacare, resigns from the Cabinet to take a position overseeing e-mail storage for the Internal Revenue Service.
  • In domestic news, the Department of Veterans Affairs is engulfed in scandal following revelations that some VA hospitals are just now getting around to treating veterans of the War of 1812.
  • In government news, the troubled Secret Service once again comes under withering criticism when an intruder is able to jump the White House fence, enter the White House through the front door, overpower a Secret Service agent, run through the Central Hall, enter the East Room, deliver a nationwide radio address and appoint four federal judges before being overpowered.
  • In politics, the big story is the looming midterm elections, which have President Obama crisscrossing the nation at a hectic pace in a last-ditch effort to find a Democratic candidate willing to appear in public with him.
  • In other political news, the debate over U.S. immigration policy intensifies when President Obama, in a move that infuriates Republicans, signs an executive order giving Texas back to Mexico.
  • Having An Intermittant Database Connection Problem

    Monday, December 29th, 2014

    I seem to be having an intermittent database connection problem for old posts. Not seeing it right now, but if you see it crop up again, let me know.

    Merry Christmas!

    Thursday, December 25th, 2014

    Enjoy a break from politics and spending time with your family. Here’s George Winston’s version of “The Holly and the Ivy” off his landmark album December:

    Merry Christmas!