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Weekend link dump for December 23

“Just as the calendar you have on your kitchen wall does not cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012. This date is the end of the Mayan long-count period but then — just as your calendar begins again on January 1 — another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar.”

NORAD’s Santa tracking is brought to you by Bing this year.

It’s good to be a Palin. Not so much for the rest of Alaska.

Do you ever fret that you just don’t have enough to worry about these days? Well then, this should help.

If Republicans ran women’s magazines. Yeah, it’s as bad as you think.

The World Wide Web, it ain’t what it used to be, many long years ago.

Bye-bye, Bennigan’s, and other restaurant chains.

There are thousands of computer-generated books on Amazon.

RIP, N. Joseph Woodland, inventor of the bar code.

“In a confidential 2010 filing, Crossroads GPS — the dark money group that spent more than $70 million from anonymous donors on the 2012 election — told the Internal Revenue Service that its efforts would focus on public education, research and shaping legislation and policy.” (via)

“There are a lot of folks who believe we’re free in the US because of guns…It is a bizarre, weirdly narcissistic notion that is totally unhinged from any of our history.”

“Descendants of Ernest Hemingway’s six-toed cat Snowball that live at his museum home are subject to federal regulation because they substantially affect interstate commerce, a federal appeals court has ruled.”

RIP, Sen. Daniel Inouye.

The politics of gun control are more favorable to Democrats than they used to be.

“It shouldn’t be this hard to get mental health help.”

The Nielsen Twitter TV Rating is now a thing that exists.

Some days you think that our public discourse can’t get any stupider, and then Concussiongate comes along and proves you wrong.

“Peggy Noonan is someone who is very, very skilled at making bullshit look like some elegant soufflé”, and other words of wisdom from Nate Silver.

Don’t believe a word the NRA says about “meaningful contributions”. They demonstrated why on Friday. Also, for a guy who claims to revere freedom, Wayne LaPierre has some bizarrely totalitarian ideas about how to combat gun violence.

Ever think about getting a PC through one of those rent-to-own places? This is why you shouldn’t.

Derek Jeter is a mensch.

“A Louisiana woman ran afoul of police when she gave her neighbors an unusual holiday greeting, hanging Christmas lights in the shape of a middle finger.”

Maybe someone else should put up the Christmas lights next year.

“If nothing else, this whole sorry episode should stand as proof that Maya MacGuineas and her pack of scoundrels are morally and intellectually bankrupt, who if they had any honor left would apply for work tomorrow as garbage collectors.”

RIP, Larry L. King, author of “The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas”.

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  1. Ross says:

    The ruling on the cats is one of the stupider things to come out of the courts since the Supremes started screwing up the definition of interstate commerce. Is there nothing that they think the Feds can’t regulate? The Founders would be horrified at the overreach.