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Weekend link dump for May 10

Don’t buy me any peanuts or Cracker Jack, I’m allergic to them.

“This is important, because even if you’re a hard-ass law-and-order type, you should understand that we no longer need urban police departments to act like occupying armies. The 90s are gone, and today’s teenagers are just ordinary teenagers.”

Why you can cross giant ants off of your list of things to worry about.

RIP, Grace Lee Whitney, best known as Ensign Rand from the original Star Trek.

Very nice sendoff of David Letterman by Conan O’Brien.

Also, some of the craziest jokes and sketches that never made the air on the Letterman show.

The right to be offensive is still broadly supported. Also, what Josh Marshall says. This, too.

Tip the schools.

What if that state-imposed waiting period for an abortion violates your sincerely held religious belief?

12 tips to appear smarter in email. If you still use email, anyway. My inbox is too full for that.

Celebrating Star Wars Day Cake Wrecks-style.

I for one welcome our cursive-writing robot overlords.

“To be honest, I can imagine the kind of comparison you can make between the Charlie Hebdo attack of January 7 and this event, but there is nothing to do [with one another], there is no comparison, absolutely no comparison.”

“Yes, Simpson and Soofi were more dangerous and evil. But in terms of clownishness and buffoonery, Geller and Co and their would-be attackers are really two sides of the same coin, a collision of two clown cars who paradoxically need each other to justify their existence. Happily, no one but the attackers were seriously hurt.”

On behalf of The Heterosexuals, I’d like to apologize to The Homosexuals for this. Fortunately, it didn’t go very far.

“There’s no new news. We have a very strong statute, the regulations that interpret that statute are really clear, and we have case law that says unequivocally and repeatedly that equal means equal. And yet you have, every way you measure it, these great big disparities.”

Good for Elizabeth Banks. Olivia and I are looking forward to Pitch Perfect 2.

RIP, Jim Wright, former Speaker of the House from Fort Worth. See here for more.

Best use of the Pizza Hut app ever.

“In the aggregate, we almost don’t have public education anymore now that tuition is contributing more than half of all revenue. Really we have subsidized private education.”

In case further evidence was needed that abstinence-only education is a terrible idea.

“And that, in a nutshell, is pretty much the state of America’s gun debate.”

It’s not 1968 any more.

Would you like some McKale with that?

On unnecessary medical care and what can be done about it. Really good stuff.

And this. All of it.

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One Comment

  1. Bill Daniels says:

    “This is important, because even if you’re a hard-ass law-and-order type, you should understand that we no longer need urban police departments to act like occupying armies. The 90s are gone, and today’s teenagers are just ordinary teenagers.”

    The writer blames the 90’s crime wave on lead paint, then goes on to say that since lead paint is no longer a big problem, that crime wave is over. I challenge the writer to go to Baltimore when the 6 officers are exonerated by a jury and just stand around amongst those “just ordinary teenagers.” Two hundred businesses were burned to the ground and more were probably looted by those “just ordinary teenagers.” Lead paint was around in the 40’s and 50’s, but we didn’t see this kind of crime and violence back then? Why not, if lead paint is to blame, rather than some farfetched notion like the breakdown of the family, absent fathers, and multigenerational welfare?