Sunday Evening Open Thread: This Day in His-Story


Here’s a “safe space” for snark & general chatter.

What’s on the agenda as we wrap up the weekend?

(To be fair, yes, it is currently named after another son-in-law with Presidential connections: David Eisenhower, grandson of Ike and son-in-law of Nixon.)

Hopefully They Will Grow Out of This

The only thing you can do when you see things like this is A.) wonder where the rest of the faculty are and B.) hope they grow out of it.

It does raise some interesting questions, though. Do the kids not realize they are also white, and should probably not be there because they are de facto violating the rules via their whiteness? And why are they mostly only interviewing only white kids. And third, when did snapping take the place of clapping, or is that just something else I missed?

At any rate, they are kids, and college is where they are supposed to do stupid things, so they are at least in the right place. This made me laugh, though:

I guess if you are a Republican, and this is the face of the left to you, it could be problematic. I think the best lesson they could learn from this is not the message they are trying to send, but the organizational skills that can be later put to use rallying around more solid causes and discovering that when it comes to change, showing up is 90% of the battle. As long as they are not violent or actually get someone fired for no reason, just let them be, I say.

Which automatically gives them a leg up for me, because protests = crowds = lots of people and that shit ain’t happening for me. Also related:

There is going to be a long hot night because of the Castile verdict, which has even right-wingers scratching their heads.

*** Update ***

Good piece here.

Friday Evening Open Thread: Because We Need A Break


Apart from sad / horrifying news, what’s on the agenda for the start of the weekend?

Trolling the Big Leagues and Winning

Good evening. This is your Captain
We are about to attempt a crash landing
Please extinguish all cigarettes
Place your tray tables in their
Upright, locked position
Your Captain says: Put your head on your knees
Your Captain says: Put your head in your hands
Captain says: Put your hands on your head
Put your hands on your hips. Heh heh
This is your Captain – and we are going down
We are all going down, together.

This is amazing and depressing and terrifying all at the same time:

Thursday evening, Alex Jones dropped a bomb on Twitter. After a week of roiling controversy surrounding the conspiracy theorist’s upcoming interview with Megyn Kelly, Jones announced a plan to take the interview into his own hands and scoop NBC. He’d been secretly recording Kelly’s day-long interview and was going to release the tapes in full on his own website three days before the primetime airing.

“I’ve never done this…in 22 years I’ve never recorded another journalist but I knew this was a lie,” Jones said in the teaser, which featured the voice of a woman who sounded like Megyn Kelly assuring Jones he’d be getting a fair interview.

“The next time I want to get somebody, they’re going to say, ‘Look what you did to Alex Jones,’” the voice purported to be Kelly said. “It’s not going to be some gotcha hit piece, I promise you that.”

What a trainwreck. It’s a shame this isn’t just hurting Megyn Kelly and NBC, but it is bringing the country down with them. Fucking morons.

Late Night Open Thread: Now I’m Curious


Admittedly, the very thought of math usually puts me off food… and the professional mathematicians I know, while wonderful people, tend to be out towards the far end of the socialization bell curve… but what *could* precipitate such a stern message?

“We’re not Nazis, We’re the Fucking Klan” – A One Act Play

It’s all about ethics in bigotry, bro.

Late Night Open Thread: Very Dumbshow

ˈdəmˌSHō/ noun: dumbshow; noun: dumb-show; noun: dumb show; plural noun: dumb shows
gestures used to convey a meaning or message without speech; mime.
“they demonstrated in dumbshow how the tea should be made”
a piece of dramatic mime.
plural noun: dumbshows; plural noun: dumb-shows
“there were gags, spoofs, and dumbshows”