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    By fnord12 | October 22, 2014, 2:18 PM | Comics | Comments (0) | Link

    Hey, We're Pretty Sure Most of Them Got to the Right People...


    Video footage released by Isis shows what appears to be one of its fighters for in desert scrubland with a stack of boxes attached to a parachute. The boxes are opened to show an array of weapons, some rusty, some new. A canister is broken out to reveal a hand grenade.

    The Pentagon said it was investigating the claim but admitted that one of its airdrops had gone missing.


    Kirby confirmed the weapons shown in the video were the kind that were dropped. "So it's not out of the realm of the possibility in that regard," he said.

    "I do want to add, though, that we are very confident that the vast majority of the bundles did end up in the right hands. In fact, we're only aware of one bundle that did not."


    As well as grenades, the boxes appeared to contain parts for rocket-propelled grenades.

    Yeah. Tell me again how precise your targeted drone strikes are, too.

    By min | October 22, 2014, 10:50 AM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (0) | Link


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    By min | October 21, 2014, 9:23 PM | Cute Things & TeeVee | Comments (2) | Link

    SuperMegaSpeed Reviews

    Axis #1-2 - Almost immediately after committing to follow this series, i regretted it because i knew that from a certain point of view it wasn't really a special event, it was just Uncanny Avengers renamed. They put that series on hiatus and created this series with the same storyline, characters, and writer. And we'd already decided we didn't like Uncanny Avengers. So that's why Min is refusing to read this. But i figured they know more readers will be coming in to see this and the point of my resolution was less about getting something that i would love and more about just being able to follow the big events that are going on at Marvel. And issue #1 does open with a two page recap to catch me up on what i've missed (including the Magneto series). And it does work as my "keep up with Marvel" series, showing me how old man Cap is operating while Falcon is now Winged Captain America, Thor's got his axe, Young Apocalypse, etc.. And a big collection of additional characters show up as well. So, mission accomplished from that perspective. As to whether or not i actually liked it, the jury is still out. I definitely don't think much of the scripting. All characters equally alternate between blandly quippy and blandly earnest, with the occasional angst getting thrown in. The most character-ful moment was when Thor told Falcap the he "will not clean weeds while there is battle to be had", but then i realized that was part of the Red Skull's hate wave. Plotwise, there were definitely some cool moments, like when one group of X-Men showed up to rescue the captive group and there was a reconciliation. The adamantium Stark Sentinels are a good threat for an issue or so, too, and Remender is doing well poking at the idea that Tony Stark rebooted his mind after Civil War. I don't know that i love the retroactive idea that Stark has been keeping enemy lists since childhood, but the idea that Civil War era start would have compiled ways to defeat all his hero buddies makes sense. Overall, i won't say i'm hooked but i'm not regretting my decision to follow this series. My two concerns so far are 1) that Red Onslaught and his Stark Sentinels are so immensely powerful that the good guys are just crashing into such a wall of immovable force that the fight scenes are almost meaningless and 2) if i understand things correctly, many of the heroes have been wiped out (i.e. killed) which means that we're in alternate universe or cosmic reboot territory, which is exactly what i don't want from my "keep up with Marvel" series. But it's only two issues so far, and a surprisingly non-decompressed two issues at that, so we'll see where it goes.

    Daredevil #9 - At least once before i worried that Waid was going to give in to the rich history of depression and misery in Daredevil's backstory and he pulled back from the brink. But he's doing it again! Well, if so, i've enjoyed Happy Daredevil so i'm sure i'd enjoy Waid's Miserable Daredevil too. As for this issue, a nice continuance of the plot. I liked that blind Daredevil didn't know that the kids were purple instead of like, feeling the heat from their skin and knowing they were purple or something. I also liked seeing the Purple Man rise from the dead; it recalled the scene from Bill Mantlo's Alpha Flight. That was a horrible issue but i still love references like that.

    Ms. Marvel #9 - It's good; you should get it. This issue Ms. Marvel learns that she's an Inhuman, but she won't let them keep her in the Refuge and she goes back to her regularly scheduled plot. One problem is that Alphona's art is overly messy for fight scenes. The very stylized art is fine for the normal tone of the book which is mostly downtime, but the fights in the beginning and the end against mechanized opponents didn't come off very well. I think it would be better if we got Ms. Marvel some super-villains to fight instead of all the mechanical stuff sent by Cockatiel Thomas Edison. The other weird thing is the cartoonishness of the art in certain contexts. In the battle at the beginning, which is happening at a school, the school is completely turned to rubble and you can see students getting buried in the rubble and their hands sticking out. But it's all played for laughs. Seems kind of gruesome to me.

    Superior Foes of Spider-Man #16 - The last issue. It seems to suffer for it a bit. The conclusion is actually fine, but there's some dropped threads that maybe should have been fully removed. Like, the Punisher shows up for no reason. And they show us Mach VII getting a pep talk from Tony Stark about how he can take Boomerang by himself, but that goes nowhere. It's also not clear to me at all who Boomerang swapped costumes with in the end; i don't know if something got dropped in the compression for the final issue or if i have reading comprehension problems. I really didn't like that conversation with Tony Stark, by the way. First of all, it was just really dickish. Stark is not that much of a dick that he'd send some random guy that he doesn't know off to fight super-villains, does he? Second of all, Mach VII isn't just some random guy. He's the original Beetle, someone that Stark has fought on occasion. Does he really want to just blow that guy off instead of ensuring that he stays on the side of the angels? And why is Carol Danvers like Tony Stark's secretary or something? I squinted hard at the blow-ups of whatever document she's filling out but it seemed to be from a generic form; was it supposed to be a joke or important information or what? Also i guess i'll just note for future continuity purposes that this series ends with Boomerang and Shocker definitely not friends (c.f. Elektra #6) and while Carol Danvers is on Earth.

    By fnord12 | October 21, 2014, 4:33 PM | Comics | Comments (6) | Link

    Bonus Material

    A scene from our last D&D session that didn't make the recap. It's our good friend Al Roper.

    By fnord12 | October 21, 2014, 4:25 PM | D&D | Comments (0) | Link

    Recap 61

    Whose Brain Have I Got?

    By min | October 20, 2014, 10:42 PM | D&D | Comments (6) | Link

    All politics is national

    Why won't black voters vote for politicians like Mary Landrieu and Alison Grimes that have been doing nothing but running away from Barack Obama and the Democrats' national agenda? The mind boggles!

    By fnord12 | October 19, 2014, 3:11 PM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (1) | Link

    Feast Time Will Soon Be Upon Us

    Which is why fnord12 and i stocked up on vegan turkeys of multiple varieties. But behold this new treasure we found:

    Apricot plum glaze, my friend. And we can even slice it up for sandwiches!

    I don't even love ham all that much. It doesn't matter! I'm so excited by the idea of all this food that i think i have to convince fnord12 we should have a pre-Thanksgiving feast day.

    By min | October 19, 2014, 11:38 AM | Vegan Vittles | Comments (0) | Link

    Where *is* my panic button?

    More good news. Austerity and irrational inflation fears are getting ready to plunge the world back into recession. More of the same from Krugman.

    By fnord12 | October 15, 2014, 3:08 PM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (0) | Link

    WMDs in Iraq

    As Kevin Drum says, this isn't a "Bush wuz right" moment, but if you click through to the New York Times article it does look like our troops were treated very very poorly. Again.

    By fnord12 | October 15, 2014, 3:01 PM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (0) | Link

    SuperMegaSpeed Reviews

    I know i promised to buy Axis and i will keep that promise, but due to problems in the supply chain i only have one book to review this week:

    Captain Marvel #8 - Well, Min was right. After we both read last issue, Min said that she liked it better when Rocket Raccoon thought Carol's cat was a strange alien creature called a flerken but he was obviously wrong. It seemed like just a silly joke: Rocket is unfamiliar with cats. But then when last issue's focus was about the cat being a flerken and ended with it having laid eggs in Carol's spaceship, Min made her comment. And i said well, let's wait and see. It could just be a red herring and we retain the joke. But no, the cat really is a "flerken" and now it has laid a million flerken eggs which have hatched into flerken kittens. This issue has CM, Rocket, and Tic fighting an amorphous blob thing to defend the flerkens. And that's the story and it's not really that great.

    By fnord12 | October 15, 2014, 2:34 PM | Comics | Comments (10) | Link

    That's a good airport security story

    Brian Schmidt, describing traveling with his Nobel Physics Prize (in Scientific American):

    They're like, 'Sir, there's something in your bag.'
    I said, 'Yes, I think it's this box.'
    They said, 'What's in the box?'
    I said, 'a large gold medal,' as one does.
    So they opened it up and they said, 'What's it made out of?'
    I said, 'gold.'
    And they're like, 'Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?'
    'The King of Sweden.'
    'Why did he give this to you?'
    'Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.

    By fnord12 | October 13, 2014, 4:47 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0) | Link

    Maybe tell them not to hate people for no reason

    Social conservatives react to good changes coming from the Vatican:

    "What will Catholics parents now have to tell their children about contraception, cohabiting with partners or living homosexual lifestyles?" asked Maria Madise, coordinator of the Voice of the Family, which counts pro-life and conservative groups as members.

    "Will those parents now have to tell their children that the Vatican teaches that there are positive and constructive aspects to these mortal sins? This approach destroys grace in souls."

    I'm sure the phrase "destroys grace in souls" has some special meaning, but it makes them sound like crazy people.

    By fnord12 | October 13, 2014, 4:35 PM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (1) | Link

    Mark Trail gets awesome

    I of course wouldn't be aware of the awesome snake vs. croc battles in Mark Trail if it weren't for the Comics Curmudgeon.

    By fnord12 | October 12, 2014, 11:42 AM | Comics | Comments (0) | Link

    Drum on Klein on Krugman on Obama

    Everybody reacts to Krugman's Rolling Stone article. Klein suggests that Obama turned things around by giving up on his promise of lovey dovey bipartisan agreement on everything. Drum wonders if that was ever an actual goal of Obama's in the first place. I kind of think yes, based on another Drum post about Obama closing Guantanamo by executive order. My first thought on seeing that was "If he thought he could do that, why didn't he do it sooner?". Then i said to myself, you complain when he does things and complain when he doesn't. So i didn't blog it. But now this post lets me blog it anyway. I'd say that earlier he still hoped that he could come to a bipartisan agreement with Republicans in Congress, but now realizes that's impossible. So he's given up on bipartisanship in order to get things done.

    By fnord12 | October 10, 2014, 2:19 PM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (1) | Link

    Good reason to vote for something, actually


    The Republican challenger to Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) on Thursday blamed his double-digit lag in the polls on single women and mothers who vote Democratic because they are "wed" to the social safety net and "need benefits to survive."

    Jeff Bell's solution is for everyone to get married, by the way. Not a jobs program or a living wage or anything like that so people can survive without benefits.

    By fnord12 | October 10, 2014, 2:15 PM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (0) | Link


    Kevin Drum shows why we can't save the Kurdish town of Kobani on the Syria/Turkey border from ISIS. The answer again leaves me wondering what we are doing there at all.

    By fnord12 | October 10, 2014, 10:14 AM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (0) | Link

    The deficit is down

    "and nobody knows or cares" - more from Krugman.

    By fnord12 | October 9, 2014, 7:59 AM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (0) | Link

    Krugman on Obama

    In Rolling Stone, Paul Krugman has a (longish) fair but mostly positive assessment of Obama's record. Somewhat surprising for a guy that supported Hillary in the primary and has been fairly critical of Obama. I'll say that i think the section on "national security", which i think is meant to include the NSA and state secrets stuff (or else those areas are left out altogether), is pretty weak. Krugman acknowledges that it's not his area of expertise, but there's a lot more to say there, and brushing past that will definitely leave the overall assessment more positive than it should be (from a liberal/civil libertarian perspective, of course).

    By fnord12 | October 9, 2014, 7:54 AM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (0) | Link

    Then why is it an elected position?

    TPM has a kind of click-bait headline of GOP Nominee For Wisconsin AG Says He Would Defend Interracial Marriage Ban and of course i clicked on it.

    The actual exchange is a little more nuanced and perhaps even understandable:

    HOST: "But if you had been attorney general in, say, the 1950s, in a state that did not allow interracial marriage, do you think the proper role of an attorney general then was to not put himself or herself into the mix and say this is wrong?"

    SCHIMEL: "Yeah, it is."

    HOST: "Your job is to uphold the law, even if it's something that we might look back in the future and say that's absurd?"

    SCHIMEL: "It might be distasteful to me. I've got to stay consistent with that. As the state's lawyer, it's not my job to pick and choose."

    I've watched some of the video of this interview, and Schimel makes a perfectly coherent slippery slope argument. I wondered if they followed up with, "Do you find the ban on same sex marriage 'distasteful'?", but they don't. They do ask a different good follow up question, and he acknowledges that an attorney general ought to be advising the governor on which laws to put resources into enforcing.

    But Schimel's argument makes me wonder why the attorney general position is an elected position in the first place, if the role is just supposed to robotically enforce the laws. The general electorate isn't qualified to determine who would make the best lawyer. So it must be about the electorate picking the candidate that best represents their positions. In which case when you have one candidate saying i do not support the same sex marriage ban and another not taking a position on it, all while public opinion is increasingly comfortable with same sex marriage, it seems like a dodge.

    By fnord12 | October 9, 2014, 7:35 AM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (0) | Link

    Basically we should all work less and take naps

    They study doctors and judges but it's true of the rest of us too.

    By fnord12 | October 8, 2014, 12:08 PM | Liberal Outrage & Science | Comments (1) | Link

    Blonde Phantom vs. the Spoiler

    I'm working my way through 1989 in my comics timeline, and i'm up to John Byrne's She-Hulk series, the conceit of which is that She-Hulk is aware that she's in a comic book and so she continually breaks the fourth wall. And she meets a character named Weezi who turns out to be the Golden Age heroine the Blonde Phantom. Like She-Hulk (and unlike most other characters in the book), she's also aware that she's a comic book character. The joke is that she's getting old now and she wants to join She-Hulk's supporting cast so that she can age in Marvel time instead of real time.

    In the She-Hulk series, Weezi is breaking the fourth wall before ever meeting She-Hulk and she actually seems more experienced at it. So i was curious if it was ever the case that she broke the fourth wall in her old Golden Age stories. I don't own any original Blonde Phantom appearances and it's even difficult to find digital versions online, but i did find one in Sun Girl #3 (Dec 48) and holy crap if it isn't just perfect for what i was looking for. Blonde Phantom fights the Spoiler, a villain who ruins the endings of stories.

    And sure enough:

    But who really won that fight? After all, the dramatic ending was spoiled from the beginning.

    Ok, i might have edited one of the word balloons in one of the panels above, and there might even be an anachronism in there, but it's still pretty awesome.

    Continuity alert: the Spoiler also once fought the Sub-Mariner.

    Also, since i don't have any appearances of Sun Girl, either, i'll note that in this issue she fights King Kong...

    ...and meets some alien Humpty Dumptys.

    By fnord12 | October 8, 2014, 10:29 AM | Comics | Comments (0) | Link

    Overweight teens will earn less

    Kevin Drum links to a study that shows that overweight teens are likely to earn less as adults. To be clear, it's not that overweight adults are discriminated against in the workforce. It's that overweight teens are less likely to learn "noncognitive skills" like how to socialize. If this is true (it's just one study, and the conclusion isn't necessarily the only one to fit the data), i wonder if the results would change as being overweight became more common among American teens. It's also worth thinking of the implications for other ostracized groups, like ethnic minorities. Not geeks, though, since we've seen plenty of (awful) "revenge of the nerds" articles talking about how geeks are doing well in the modern tech economy.

    By fnord12 | October 7, 2014, 2:00 PM | Liberal Outrage & Science | Comments (0) | Link

    Once more unto the banks, dear friends

    Last night we watched the always depressing Bill Moyers, where he interviews William Black, who led the S&L and Keating Five investigations. Black described the Obama administration's complete failure, and more importantly, lack of interest, in prosecuting banks that caused our current crisis (link, including summary, transcript, and video).

    And then as if on cue, this news this morning:

    The Justice Department is preparing a fresh round of attacks on the world's biggest banks, again questioning Wall Street's role in a broad array of financial markets.


    The charges will most likely focus on traders and their bosses rather than chief executives. As a result, critics of the Justice Department might view the cases as little more than an exercise in public relations, a final push to shape the legacy of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who was blamed for a lack of criminal cases against Wall Street executives.

    Yet the breadth of the suspected wrongdoing in the currency inquiry -- Deutsche Bank, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays and UBS are among the dozen or so banks under investigation -- might distinguish it from the piecemeal nature of the crisis-era investigations.

    And prosecutors are testing a new negotiating tactic, two lawyers said, using the currency investigation as a cudgel to potentially reopen other cases. Arguing that the misconduct would violate earlier settlements involving interest rate manipulation, prosecutors have threatened to impose new penalties in the interest rate cases.

    We shall see. I am sure Min will say i'm Charlie Brown running up to kick Lucy's football again. But maybe with both Holder and Obama thinking about their legacy, we'll see something more than trivial fines this time.

    Update: here's the Matthew Yglesias explainer on this.

    By fnord12 | October 7, 2014, 8:41 AM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (0) | Link

    There is no wrong way to waste time

    From the cover of Thor #408.

    By fnord12 | October 6, 2014, 10:50 AM | Comics | Comments (0) | Link

    There's Glory For You

    Remember the scene when Alice meets Humpty Dumpty and he says,

    When I use a word it means just what I choose it to mean...

    My family seems to adhere to that philosophy, as well. The conversations at family gatherings are always interesting and baffling. Oh, and loud. If your point wasn't understood the first time you said it, just say it more loudly. That's the same thing as clarification, right?

    By min | October 5, 2014, 12:56 PM | My stupid life | Comments (0) | Link

    Fake Geek Girl Rehash?

    I haven't read Gone Girl, but i've read the "Cool Girl" rant that's in the book, and it sounds like a rehash of the "Fake Geek Girl" meme, which is completely offensive. It's assuming that a woman who likes things associated with so-called "straight male interests" has no agency and no independent opinion - that she only professes to like these things in order to make herself appear more appealing to men. I'm calling bullshit.

    "Men always say that as the defining compliment, don't they? She's a cool girl. Being the Cool Girl means I am a hot, brilliant, funny woman who adores football, poker, dirty jokes, and burping, who plays video games, drinks cheap beer, loves threesomes and anal sex, and jams hot dogs and hamburgers into her mouth like she's hosting the world's biggest culinary gang bang while somehow maintaining a size 2, because Cool Girls are above all hot. Hot and understanding. Cool Girls never get angry; they only smile in a chagrined, loving manner and let their men do whatever they want. Go ahead, shit on me, I don't mind, I'm the Cool Girl.

    Men actually think this girl exists. Maybe they're fooled because so many women are willing to pretend to be this girl. For a long time Cool Girl offended me. I used to see men - friends, coworkers, strangers - giddy over these awful pretender women, and I'd want to sit these men down and calmly say: You are not dating a woman, you are dating a woman who has watched too many movies written by socially awkward men who'd like to believe that this kind of woman exists and might kiss them. I'd want to grab the poor guy by his lapels or messenger bag and say: The bitch doesn't really love chili dogs that much - no one loves chili dogs that much! And the Cool Girls are even more pathetic: They're not even pretending to be the woman they want to be, they're pretending to be the woman a man wants them to be. Oh, and if you're not a Cool Girl, I beg you not to believe that your man doesn't want the Cool Girl. It may be a slightly different version - maybe he's a vegetarian, so Cool Girl loves seitan and is great with dogs; or maybe he's a hipster artist, so Cool Girl is a tattooed, bespectacled nerd who loves comics. There are variations to the window dressing, but believe me, he wants Cool Girl, who is basically the girl who likes every fucking thing he likes and doesn't ever complain. (How do you know you're not Cool Girl? Because he says things like: "I like strong women." If he says that to you, he will at some point fuck someone else. Because "I like strong women" is code for "I hate strong women.")"

    Also, it's a rant coming from a character in the book who turns out to be a horrible crazy person, thus undermining the validity of the argument anyway.

    So why are women giving this rant the thumbs up?

    By min | October 4, 2014, 3:00 PM | Boooooks & Liberal Outrage | Comments (2) | Link

    Why can't we teach the "nice" history?

    The one where we gave up slavery "voluntarily".

    By fnord12 | October 3, 2014, 4:56 PM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (2) | Link

    Enthusiasm gap

    Fun stuff, and predictable:

    The dumb war in Syria will haunt Democrats' 2014 prospects.

    Growing evidence that Obama's decision to wait on immigration is hurting Democrats.

    If i thought Obama was making these decisions for principled reasons, then fine, political implications be damned. But the decisions seem like they are made for defensive political reasons. It's bad enough that i think they are wrong on the merits, but they are failing as political tactics, too. And it's not like it's a new or wild idea that midterm elections are decided on base enthusiasm.

    By fnord12 | October 2, 2014, 10:21 AM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (0) | Link

    SuperMegaSpeed Reviews

    New Warriors #10 - One comic this week. And as the Evolutionary guy (i forget his name and there's nothing in this issue that tells me) says after a page with two empty panels, we are wasting time, "and time is something we have far too little of right now". But this issue does move the main plot forward in a big way while still providing some nice fight scenes, character moments for everyone, and a Team-Up between Jake Waffles and Mr. Whiskers. But what happens to Whiskers is just shameful. Wrong and cruel. No amount of Eternals showing up on the last page are going to make up for that when Min finds out about it.

    By fnord12 | October 1, 2014, 10:06 PM | Comics | Comments (1) | Link

    Count Duckula, no!

    I guess polybags are technically vegetarian, but that's no reason to eat them.

    Also, those bags may have technically been polybags, but not in the way we comic collectors understood it.

    By fnord12 | October 1, 2014, 6:38 PM | Comics | Comments (5) | Link

    What is "To Not Be a Jeopardy! Category"?

    Jeopardy!'s "What women want" category did not include answers like "healthcare" or "equal pay" or "bullshit like this category not happening".

    No. Instead, women apparently want jeans that fit and a guy who will do the vacuuming once in a while.

    They forgot to include "Dating superheroes and becoming their wives".

    By min | October 1, 2014, 11:04 AM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (3) | Link

    Public Hearing on Force-Feeding a Threat to National Security?

    Every day it's another story about another thing our government wants to be secretive about.

    The Obama administration has asked a federal judge to hold a highly anticipated court hearing on its painful force-feedings of Guantanamo Bay detainees almost entirely in secret, prompting suspicions of a cover-up.

    Justice Department attorneys argued to district judge Gladys Kessler that allowing the hearings to be open to the public would jeopardize national security through the disclosure of classified information. Should Kessler agree, the first major legal battle over forced feeding in a federal court would be less transparent than the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay.

    Attorneys for Abu Wa'el Dhiab, a Syrian detainee on hunger strike whose court challenge is slated to begin next week, said the government was using national security as an excuse to prevent the public from learning the extent of a practice that the judge in the case has considered brutal.

    They also sealed the videotapes of the force-feedings. Other than covering up prisoner abuse, i'm not sure what issues of national security could come up in a case about breaking a hunger strike. Did they call in undercover agents to perform the force-feedings? Are they wearing shirts embroidered with their passwords?

    And this was supposed to be the less conservative (batshit crazy) administration.

    By min | September 30, 2014, 2:22 PM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (0) | Link

    How did you pass the time during 1989's Plague of Frogs?

    By fnord12 | September 30, 2014, 10:13 AM | Comics | Comments (4) | Link

    State of our media

    Blogger begs comedy show to expose conflict of interest on cable news.

    By fnord12 | September 29, 2014, 6:13 PM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (0) | Link



    Meanwhile, in the real world after-tax corporate profits as a share of overall national income are at an all-time high but median household income is lower than it was in 1999. So for the plight of the overtaxed American corporation to become a leading cause of concern for a Democratic former president and potential First Gentleman of the United States is a bit peculiar.

    By fnord12 | September 29, 2014, 10:43 AM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (0) | Link

    Isn't it called Twitter?

    I give the latest SMBC five stars.

    By fnord12 | September 26, 2014, 1:29 PM | Comics | Comments (0) | Link

    Balls to you, Daddy

    We don't watch television at home, so forgive me if this is old news, but while i was in the waiting room at the dentist today, a Cadillac commercial came on and they were playing a lifeless version of what i think of as a Clash song, Brand New Cadillac. It turns out the song isn't actually by the Clash. So as terrible as that commercial was, i at least have it to thank as i now go do some digging and find older versions of the song. Which is so easy nowadays. At one point learning this would have triggered a cross-state epic record store adventure; now i'm just going to do some googling.

    By the way, one version not mentioned in that Wikipedia article is the hip-hop Incognegro version.

    By fnord12 | September 24, 2014, 6:45 PM | Music & TeeVee | Comments (1) | Link

    Comics and the narratives of criminality

    I confess i still like the Death of Jean DeWolff storyline, but Osvaldo Oyola points out a lot that is problematic with it, especially regarding how it handles the politics of crime.

    By fnord12 | September 24, 2014, 1:58 PM | Comics | Comments (2) | Link

    Evangelical Harry Potter

    I don't really think this needs any commentary from me.

    "I'm new to this whole fanfiction thing, but recently, I've encountered a problem that I believe this is the solution to," Grace Ann wrote on "My little ones have been asking to read the Harry Potter books and of course I'm happy for them to be reading, but I don't want them turning into witches! So I thought 'Why not make some slight changes so these books are family friendly?' And then I thought 'Why not share this with all the other mommies who are facing the same problem?' So-Ta da! Here it is! I am SO excited to share this with all of you!"

    Jezebel goes on to quote parts of the book. The writing is pretty spectacularly terrible and that's without even considering the awkwardly shoehorned Christianesque additions. Those are spectacularly terrible in their own right, but at least they're amusing.

    Christians are people who want to be good," Hagrid explained wisely; and crouched down so he was on eye level with Harry. "We want to go to heaven after we die. Do you know what heaven is, Harry?"

    Harry shook his head; and his big eyes were wide and curious.

    "Heaven is a beautiful place where we can be with God."

    Aunt Petunia smacked her hands over Harry's young ears; and her voice was sickly sweet when she said, "Thank you very much for your concern, sir, but he does not need your religion, he has science and socialism and birthdays. Haven't you heard of Evolution? I have a very good textbook on Evolution that I could give you on it if you would like to learn things."

    Hagrid laughed wisely. "Evolution is a fairytale. You don't really believe that, do you?"

    "Yes, I do!" Aunt Petunia screeched.

    "Well then prove it!"

    Aunt Petunia could only stare at him; and her big mouth hung open dumbly. Here she thought she was so educated; and always demanded that Christians prove what they believed in; but she couldn't even prove her own religion. It was then that Harry knew who the smart one here was!

    Yes! Science, socialism, and birthdays! Atheism rocks!

    By min | September 24, 2014, 12:18 PM | Boooooks | Comments (0) | Link

    No need to stop here. There's plenty more SuperMegaMonkey where that came from.