I’m Going To Sit Right Down and Read Myself Some Letters

Here are a couple of items that my Internet Service Person (ISP) was kind enough to use their freedom of speech to deliver to me, and now I beg their forbearance to share them with you:

* One of the Democrats in the Wisconsin State Senate has a bad case of hurt fee-fees and he won’t be caucusing with the Democrats anymore. He’s going to be an Independent. I think we need to send the CDC to Wisconsin to check the air conditioning system for Libermanaires’ disease, which strikes only the dullest and most useless Democrats, invading their frontal cortex and forcing them to seek attention at any cost. The only cure is a successful primary challenge. Thanks to reader SMH for informing us of this tragic outbreak using his ISP’s personal autonomy.

* SteveM finds the latest stupidity on the Aurora shootings: the shooter got a NIH grant. It’s almost like the government paid him to kill. Reader JK’s ISP was kind enough to allow him to send that in.

* The filmmakers of this soon-to-be cult classic, which documents Bobby Jindal’s exorcism of a fellow student, claim that it’s the first use of WATB in film. I don’t know about that, but I did like the poster (click to embiggen).

13 replies
  1. 1
    Xenos says:

    Listening to Shartock’s show on WAMC lately?

    I am trying to remember which one has that ‘write myself a letter’ segment… but it has been years since I have heard it.

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    mistermix says:

    @Xenos: No, but you can make believe it came from there.

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    Steve says:

    You can laugh at the NIH story if you like, but two wingnuts I know are already calling it “Fast and Furious, Colorado-style.” My brain hurts.

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    erops says:

    The NIH grant isn’t a sign of anything but his intelligence and academic success. Shaming a funding agency this way is like reading a few abstracts (or dissertation titles) and blaming a whole field.

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    Xenos says:

    @mistermix: Thin skin today? I did not mean to insult you by suggesting you listen to Alan Chartock. Although I did once catch a half hour of “Mario and Me” that nearly killed me.

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    El Cid says:


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    arguingwithsignposts says:

    Libermanaires’ disease

    Is that yours, mm? If so, kudos. heh.

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    giltay says:

    @El Cid: I heard almost the same thing from the mayor of Toronto’s policy advisor, in the context of public social programmes vs private charity. These people really believe this (or really want us to believe that they believe this).

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    mds says:

    One of the Democrats in the Wisconsin State Senate has a bad case of hurt fee-fees and he won’t be caucusing with the Democrats anymore.

    Putting it this way makes him seem like a total cobag, but perhaps more context will show it’s not that simple:

    But in the effort to reach out to Governor Walker to try to strike a deal to save collective bargaining rights for public employees, he maintains, “we were close.”

    Still, he made clear, his decision to leave the caucus centers not on policy differences but on what he describes as an unprecedented insult in denying him a leadership position.

    On the Fourth of July, he said, “People yelled out to me, ‘I hope you guys can work together up there.'”

    …Okay, no, still just a cobag.

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    kerFuFFler says:

    @mistermix: I see what you did there—-finally a reference to music old enough for me to recognize!

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    kerFuFFler says:

    @erops: Yeah, it kind of reminds me of the NSF porn scandal from a couple years back.

    “It is tragic that shortsighted politicians and bureaucrats are railroading the progress of science and engineering research in this country, even as our country falls further behind others in this area. We spend more in Iraq in 3 weeks than we do on research funding in an entire year. What people dont realize is that NSF does not do research. It channels the funds to hundreds of thousands of researchers across the country who do the hard ground work and keep this countrys competitiveness in science and technology alive. It is sad and tragic and people are so shortsighted as to use one (or a few) people watching porn in their office to railroad the scientific research progress for the ENTIRE COUNTRY.”

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    kideni says:

    @mds: Cullen is indeed being a baby. He wanted to be in charge of the Health Services Committee, but since he was a health insurance exec for twenty years and has been clear in his opposition to the Affordable Care Act, I’m glad the majority leader said no. He was offered the chairmanship of the Small Business and Tourism Committee, which isn’t a terribly powerful committee but nonetheless does important work, but he said that if he didn’t get what he wanted, he didn’t want any chair. So he got nothing. Now he’s pouting.

    In the long run, this doesn’t make a difference because he’ll still align with Democrats; a Republican senator has left to be part of the Walker administration, so one of their seats is open; and the senate’s not in session until after the next election (unless Walker asks for a special session, which the Democrats would like to have to work on jobs legislation).

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    Barry says:

    How do I get a copy of this poster? It’s teh AWESOME!

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