May
31
2013
1

“Super Freak.”

Super Freak, Rick James

This is really an unfortunate music video that did not age well.

Moe Lane

PS: Again: kids, d0n’t do cocaine.

May
31
2013
4

Tweet of the Day, I Ain’t Expecting Any Social Security Payout, Either edition.

Not one dime, as presently configured.

Although, ironically, it is the goal of the Democratic party to stave off the date of insolvency for just long enough for my generation to be dead of old age before the final crash. Which means that, by calling for drastic reform of the system, I’m actually arguing against my long-term interests, and in favor of those of the generation right after mine. Because – unlike the Democratic leadership – I’m not an evil bastard.

May
31
2013
4

And now, for something completely different. And show-off-my-geekness-y!

Let me take a moment or two off from what is becoming an epic eye-rolling session at the Internet to show off a couple of treasures that have arrived in the mail.  First off, from Studio Foglio:

mechanicsburg

That’s the medal and signed card from their second-to-last Kickstarter.  Notice that I’ve saved some space there: there’s a reason for that.  Anyway, then there’s this fun stuff from Howard Tayler…

schlock

Absolutely had to have the “Not my circus, not my monkeys” challenge coin.  Absolutely.  Also, note that those two Tagon Toughs coins are Series One.  Only the people who… were lucky enough to hit the critical time window, honestly… were able to snap those up.

May
31
2013
2

Hey, Banner Latte is updating again!

Banner Latte is run by Eric Burns-White, an old buddy of mine from the last century.  We ran in the same amateur gaming circles; false modesty be darned, but there are few people who I think of as real peers when it comes to writing*. Eric’s on that list; check it out if you’re a nerd.  Which, honestly, I assume many of you are.

Moe Lane

*And now I’m going to look at that above paragraph six billion times, just to make sure that I wrote it in a sufficiently awesome style to justify what is pretty much an unsustainable brag.  Ah, hubris.

May
31
2013
4

Jim Graves (D CAND, MN-06) cuts and runs.

:snort: No kidding.

As of today, Jim Graves is going to indefinitely suspend his campaign for Congress from the 6th District.

Translation: He is not running. He is dropping out of politics to concentrate on his family and his business.

This is, of course, Michele Bachmann’s district; and absent Ms. Bachmann from the campaign environment the chances of Jim Graves of getting significant outside support for his doomed candidacy would have been somewhere between zip and nil.  Heck, Graves even admits to it in the article. Brutal truth of it is, a R+8 district is not within reach of the average Democrat this cycle.

:pause:

Contemplate that, folks.

Moe Lane

May
31
2013
6

QotD, What Do They Have To Engage Them? edition

Jim Geraghty:

There’s some anecdotal evidence that a significant chunk of the Left’s rank-and-file started tuning out shortly after Obama’s second term began, and they’re not re-engaging.

[snip of a clip of Lefty blogger digby doing the digital equivalent of grimly looking at the steadily-decreasing level on the vodka bottle]

A lot of possible reasons for this — scandal disillusionment, the crash after the high of Hope-ium, a public starting to feel like they’ve heard of all of Obama’s rhetorical tropes before, overall exhaustion and boredom with politics as a whole — but this is not a development that the Washington conventional wisdom has even noticed, much less even begin to analyze or explain.

(more…)

May
31
2013
1

Mitt Romney: don’t waste your time. Just give *me* $50 million to work with.

Come, I will conceal nothing from you. I only read this:

Romney Planning to Rejoin National Dialogue

Months After Election Loss, He Will Host Event in Utah for 200 Friends and Campaign Supporters

…the rest is behind a paywall.  Still: you want to rejoin the National Dialogue, Mr. Romney?  This is how you do it: you give me fifty million dollars and then you tell me what you want said.  Assuming that what you want said is nothing nasty – a safe bet; you’re ridiculously squeaky-clean – I’ll then say it for you.  If you like how it came out, you can keep giving me money until it’s gone, or you’re happy. (more…)

May
31
2013
6

I don’t think ending Section 5 of the VRA will cost the GOP the Senate.

Um, I understand the basic thrust of this argument:

While culture watchers are eagerly anticipating the Court’s decisions relating to the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 prohibition on gay marriage, political analysts are far more interested to see how the Court rules on the historic challenge to the 1965 Voting Rights Act. If the Court moves to strike portions of the law relating to the reapportionment preclearance provisions in Section 5 of the VRA, the wailing and rending of garments among liberal and progressive media commentators will dwarf the indignation they expressed over voter identification laws in 2012. Similarly, the focus on that decision and its impact on minority voters could drive up Hispanic and African-American turnout in the 2014 midterm elections. Conservatives may cheer the end of the VRA’s anti-federalist, arbitrarily enforced, preclearance mandates, but they may also be celebrating the eradication of the Republican Party’s chances of retaking the U.S. Senate.

(more…)

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May
30
2013
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“Bad To The Bone.”

Bad To The Bone, George Thorogood & The Destroyers

 

OT: How do my kids know when I’m trying to get a late-night movie in?  Oh, wait, they both know English now.  Crud.

May
30
2013
2

Alyssa Rosenberg is too goram smart for Think Progress.

She needs to be snapped up by Buzzfeed or something.  Anywhere where I don’t feel mildly dirty for linking to it

In terms of establishing its independent brand, PBS should absolutely adore the state of television right now. The reality glut may be irritating to donors who would like to see American tastes turn towards something more high-minded. But the fact that not everyone is going into the business of prestige family soaps and British imports actually makes it vastly easier for PBS to distinguish itself, find large audiences for programming like Downton Abbey, and prove to private donors, foundations, and the U.S. government that it’s meeting needs that no other channel has bothered to try to fulfill, along with providing access to things like high-quality children’s programming in areas where it might not otherwise be financially viable. If I were PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger, in fact, I would be slipping unmarked bills in plain envelopes under the table to Animal Planet to keep producing things like Mermaids: The New Evidence, trust that people who are disgusted by such things will arrive at a state of high dudgeon all by their own selves, and then use my advertising budget to put a lot of .GIFs of the Dowager Countess being awesome or clips of Ken Burns being eloquent on video advertising slots all over the place.

Heck, PBS should hire her to be their advertising manager.  And blogger.

Moe Lane

PS:

Martha Speaks is a freaking life-saver.  PBS Kids has a lot of that.

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May
30
2013
2

Terry McAuliffe: GEORGE W BUSH KILLED MY FATHER.

Oh, dear.  Terry McAuliffe really doesn’t know how the world works, does he?

In a May 2001 interview with C-SPAN, titled the “Life and Career of Terry McAuliffe,” the former Democratic National Committee chairman says one of the “reasons” his father, Jack, died was “he could not go into a new year knowing that a Republican was actually moving into the White House.”

While his father was in the hospital, McAuliffe’s mother “went and came back in five minutes later, and he had passed away. And I told the story, you know, I gave at the eulogy at his funeral, and there are many reasons why people thought Jack had died,” McAuliffe told C-SPAN. “He was 83 years old. And I said the main reason is that he could not go into a new year knowing that a Republican was actually moving into the White House. I just don’t think he could’ve handled that.”

(Via Hot Air) Or, you know, McAuliffe Senior just might have passed away.  If my father had been a Republican*, I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t have used his passing as an excuse to slam President Obama. Because my father wasn’t a f*cking political prop, Terry. (more…)

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