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Weekend link dump for November 23

Fans of comic art should be sure to check this out.

Duck Dynasty: The Musical. Not a joke, apparently.

When corn mazes get out of control.

Maybe this will help Ted Cruz understand what net neutrality is all about.

Republicans don’t have to show they can govern. Anyone who tells you otherwise is at best being naive.

Some lessons from the fracking ban fights.

“Republicans and outside groups used anonymous Twitter accounts to share internal polling data ahead of the midterm elections, CNN has learned, a practice that raises questions about whether they violated campaign finance laws that prohibit coordination.”

The Milky Way looks lovely tonight.

Anyone who thinks that kids today aren’t at least as smart as grownups is welcome to sit in on Olivia’s fifth grade class and do her homework with her.

Pastafarians, unite!

“The agenda of white evangelical political activists today is not very different from the agenda of the allegedly anti-political white evangelical activists of 1964 and 1856. The defiantly politicized evangelicalism of the early 21st century is simply the shape that same thing has had to take in new circumstances.”

When the self-appointed defenders of the “sanctity of marriage” spend as much time bemoaning this as they do same-sex marriage, then maybe I could be persuaded that they’re not just a bunch of raging homophobes. Maybe.

On the other hand, if you’re fine with that item for whatever the reason, then this may be of interest to you.

What Ryan Cooper says.

Those nasty rape accusations are starting to have an effect on Bill Cosby.

And boy howdy, does this sound creepy.

As always, Ta-Nehisi Coates is essential reading.

“The really big difference between Tea Partiers and environmentalists is that the former are making irrational demands and using irrational tactics, and the latter aren’t.”

What Revolva says. Shame on you, Oprah.

All hail Lisa Saxon, the women who helped change sports writing forever, and for the better.

From the “Couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch of guys” department.

RIP, Mike Nichols, legendary director of The Graduate and so much more.

Throwing a tantrum is not a justification for getting your way.

Can science save chocolate from decline?

“If Republicans wanted more conservative-friendly policy outcomes, they could be getting them. But they prefer more Republican-friendly political outcomes. It’s not unreasonable for conservatives to think that this tradeoff is the right one, all things considered. But what is unreasonable is for conservatives to refuse to recognize that it’s a real choice, a choice that is in their hands, and a choice that they continually make in the direction of worse policy rather than better policy.”

Enjoy your retirement, Jason Collins. Maybe we’ll see you in a broadcast booth some day.

You really must watch this video of Marion Ross, Anson Williams, and Don Most talking about how the idea for Mork came about, the horrible first script and actor, and what happened when Robin Williams showed up. It’s awesome.

RIP, Tex Harrison, legendary member of the Harlem Globetrotters, and a native Houstonian.

For shame, ESPN. Seriously.

The overlap between people who are still attending Bill Cosby’s live shows and so-called “low-information voters” is probably pretty extensive.

“And in speaking from the position of Cicero, [Ted] Cruz presents himself as a decidedly undemocratic oligarch.”

“Every day should be Susan Rice Vindication Day. We should wake every morning to mockery of Darrell Issa and go to sleep each night to ridicule of Mitt Romney. This should go on until all decent people have long ago given up and stopped begging for it to stop. And, sometime in late 2017, we will have reached Fair & Balanced coverage of the tragedy in Benghazi.”

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