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The “Paleo diet” Gone Modern

Posted by That Other Mike on 12/06/2012

Shit, if the Paleo diet described by Freddie here were easily available, I would eat the hell out of it. Organ meat, frogs and such? Hell yeah, I’m European, that shit doesn’t scare me.

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A troll joke?

Posted by That Other Mike on 13/04/2012

Certainly not; but if you suggested that he might now get Derb’s gig at the National Review, I might believe it..

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Sometimes, I just want to give John Cole a big piece of cake…

Posted by That Other Mike on 01/02/2012

…because he brightens my day with an awesome rant like this.

Nice one, John – you should take your righteous anger out for a walk more often.

ETA: As the missus pointed out to me, the thing at the end about being antagonistic is a little ill-considered, but that’s just our JC.

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American racial politics – very fucked up

Posted by That Other Mike on 09/04/2011

See the title of this post.

Jeez. I’m not going to claim that the UK is some kind of bastion of racial harmony across the board, or that we all link hands and sing “Ivory and Ebony” during our weekly Appreciate-A-Minority meetings, because that’s not true. We certainly have problems around race, religion and ethnicity; some very bad ones, in fact.

That said, American racial politics is pretty messed up. FWIW, I think everyone involved in this is kind of being dickish to each other. Joan Walsh was hamfisted and insensitive, but she’s not being actively evil either.

In short, the whole thing is a big clusterfuck. The whole B-J commentariat’s habit of engaging in dialogue only to the extent of calling each other fuckheads is getting a bit silly, too.

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The Politics of Adolescence

Posted by That Other Mike on 23/01/2011

Teabaggers, via the WashTimes:
Waaah! The sheriff said some stuff which made us uncomfortable because it had a ring of truth to it! He needs to go!

Following the shooting of Gabby Giffords, the Rep from Tucson, the sheriff for Pima County, Clarence Dupnik, remarked that blame for the shooting could possibly be traced back to political “vitriol”, and identified Arizona as “a mecca for prejudice and bigotry”.

In certain quarters, his remarks have caused lots of pearl clutching and poutrage with certain people now agitating for his removal from office.

The Sherrif is right, though – recently, Arizona attempted to put into place a law which would have resulted in racial profiling and an un-Constitutional preemption of the Federal government’s immigration enforcement, said law widely recognised as being aimed at targeting Mexican illegal immigrants; the Governor is the State, Jan Brewer, has lied and said that people crossing the border illegally (whether to work or commit crimes) have been murdering people by beheading; Brewer also signed law repealing legislation which granted domestic partners of state employees the ability to be considered as “dependants” for tax reasons; Brewer also hired lobbyists from Corrections Corporation of America as campaign advisors (CCA operates six private, for-profit prisons in the State); Arizona (in)famously boycotted Martin Luther King Day for many years; and Governor Brewer has also instituted some horrifically racist policies, which I won’t go into here, for fear of creating a paragraph that has its own postal district. Just see here and here for a few more examples.

Arizona has gone from being the Grand Canyon State to being the White Supremacy State, not that this is exactly new; in the American Civil War, the then Territory belonged to the Confederacy.

Given all of this history, it seems a little strange that the Teabaggers, notoriously prone to publicity failures as it is, should be protesting about these remarks; it’s pretty clearly established at this point that the politics of Arizona is fucked up and bigoted in a lot of ways. It seems a lot like the kind of hissyfits my teenage son throws when he doesn’t get exactly what he wants – this, and everything else the Tea Party does, simply reeks of adolescence. They don’t get what they want, so they throw a tantrum.

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So there’s been a shitstorm at Balloon Juice…

Posted by That Other Mike on 21/01/2011

Balloon Juice, a blog I read regularly and fail to keep up with adequately because it moves so fast, has been experiencing one of its periodic shitstorms. Oh, Teh Dramas!!!!One!!111!Eleventy!!!

Said shitstorm having occurred because the Angry Black Lady (who frontpages there as well) posted calling out a diarist at FireDogLake (the mothership for the execrable Jane Hamsher and her army of emogressive goons) for having used the term “House Nigger” (later redacted to “House n****r” at the behest of the FDL modbots). Linkage here, here and here.

Said shitstorm then proceded to get into full swing at B-J, with various commenters agreeing with ABL (although some were dicks while doing it, which just shows that you can be right and be a fuckstick simultaneously) and others disagreeing and mostly being fucksticks as well. Basically, it was a shitstorm of fucksticks, which is something the more visually-oriented among you might wish not to think abo-Oh, too late for you. Enjoy that image.

While the shitstorm was occurring, people were arguing about what constituted racism, whether racism ever occurs against white people, if “cracker” is racist and so on, to which I answer: being dicks to other people because of their race, yes it does, and yes it is, albeit not anywhere near on the same scale of offensiveness as “nigger”.

The author of the shitstorm-provoking diary came in and made a non-apology apology and defended himself, things generally went to hell. A disaster of biblical proportions, real wrath of God type stuff, fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling! Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes… The dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!

Anyway, throughout this whole thing, while ABl was being slandered and non-topics were being discussed and accusations of racism were being slung around, nobody thought to look back at the main issue, so in the interests of educating my fellow human beans, here it is:

Of course it isn’t OK for white people to use the word “nigger” as any kind of pejorative, even if it’s a metaphorical pejorative like “House Nigger”. How fucking stupid are you that you think that’s OK? Especially you people calling yourselves progressives and liberals; shame on you even for asking.

Jesus wept. I hope none of you ever go outside again, the effort of avoiding being killed by running into stationary objects would probably cause you all massive brain haemorrhages.

I can’t believe I just had to write 400-odd words explaining this. What are you people, anyway, chickens? This shouldn’t even be a discussion. I’m only writing about it because I’m public spirited.

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Random Snippets

Posted by That Other Mike on 17/04/2010

A few random snippets of stuff I’ve been reading:

Taitz v. Obama – Dismissed
Ironically enough, Ms. Taitz could never establish such an injury because — as far as the Court is aware — she was not elected president nor could she be because she is not a natural born citizen herself.

I rofl’d. Well done, Justice Lamberth.

Tea Party Bears Beck’s Imprint
Wednesday’s NYT/CBS poll on the 18 percent of Americans who identify themselves with the tea-party movement was myth-busting in certain ways. Tea-partiers are wealthier and more educated than most Americans, the poll found. They are largely disinterested in the existence of a third party. And they don’t particularly care about social issues (three-fifths favor some form of legal recognition for same-sex couples).

Another stereotype, however, rings true: tea-partiers are disproportionately attached to, and perhaps influenced by, FOX News. And they are particularly enamored of Glenn Beck. Nationally, just 18 percent of people have a favorable opinion of Beck (the majority have no opinion whatsoever about him). But most tea-partiers do. Do the math, and you’ll find that 59 percent of those who do think highly of Beck consider themselves a part of the tea-party. This is, in fact, the single biggest differentiator of any of the items that the NYT asked about: not ideology, not any particular political belief, but whom they watch on television

Some good analysis from Nate Silver, although nothing particularly susprising to anyone who’s been watching the bagger phenomenon.

Just Lying About Everything
Remember that executive order in which Obama directed hospitals to allow patients to decide who can visit them, whether they be immediate family or not? But that patients are the ones who get to decide, not arcane and out of date hospital rules?

John Cole concisely eviscerates RedState and its Republican masters in just a few words.

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