17 August 2017

On statues

“Yeah, well, where will it end? Should we get rid of statues of…” Yes. Just yes. Whoever you’re about to name, if getting rid of their statue is the price you’re going demand before we can get rid of statues of racist slaveowners, then I’ll pay that price. Go ahead and name someone. George Washington, MLK, Abraham Lincoln – if you’re that determined to see their statues gone before we remove statues of Confederate traitors, I’ll accede to your demands, because I don’t need a statue in order to admire or remember someone. ... Read more

31 July 2017

Shatners Toupee

I didn’t post this filk when I wrote it, because I felt it was a bit mean. However, he’s now managed to thoroughly milkshake duck himself, so here goes… I remember the year the show began The bridge crew had a woman named Uhura who was black Spock put his fingers around Van Gelder’s ears And it wasn’t too much later that a rock was talking back I remember the alien menagerie where they crowned the king of Ceti Alpha ... Read more

29 July 2017

Tesla Model 3

C|net has the numbers comparing the Tesla Model 3 to the Chevy Bolt. Everyone has pictures. My thoughts: Spec-wise, the Tesla is broadly comparable to the Chevy Bolt. I wasn’t expecting them to be so similar in raw numbers. I love minimalism, but that Tesla interior is just ugly. I could live with it if there was a head-up display, but there isn’t. The Bolt’s interior could use some simplification, but I think I prefer it. ... Read more

24 July 2017

A bold new Democratic agenda

Democrats have announced what they describe as a “fresh vision”. Let’s run through the three first planks of this “bold approach”. 1. Break up consolidated corporate power The new vision: The Better Deal agenda takes several swings at reversing this trend. The first is through new federal merger standards that would put the onus on corporations to prove that their merger wouldn’t make the economy less competitive, rather than on the government to show why it would. ... Read more

16 July 2017

The Watergate speedrun

As the Trump regime continues its attempt at a Watergate speedrun, here’s a timeless article found in the LA Times and other newspapers, circa 1973, written by Art Buchwald: WASHINGTON — These are difficult times for people who are defending the Nixon Administration. No matter where they go they are attacked by pseudo-liberals, McGovern lovers, heterosexual constitutionalists, and paranoid John Dean believers. As a public service, I am printing instant responses for loyal Nixonites when they are attacked at a party. ... Read more

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