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Weekend link dump for July 5

“This column looks back at Jaws and another shark attack movie that disappeared from U.S. theaters after lawyers sank their teeth into it.”

Wait, Ann Coulter is still a thing? Who knew?

And sadly, she’s just as horrible as always.

Uber is now operating a water taxi service in Istanbul.

Please dispose of unwanted goldfish in an environmentally safe manner. Don’t contribute to the invasive species problem.

“After Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling, there’s no longer any doubt: Barack Obama is one of the most consequential presidents in American history — and he will be a particularly towering figure in the history of American progressivism.”

RIP, Chris Squire, founder of and bass player for the band Yes.

“Your mom is not a threat to America, if she happens to be gay or bisexual. Nor is your dad. Nor your sibling, or your best friend, or Doug from Accounting or Jillian down the street or Ellen DeGeneres. Who are you going to choose to stand with? Your sister, or some dude at a pulpit demanding we believe the bowels of Hell will empty if she marries her girlfriend? Your sister’s girlfriend is awesome! That guy is a jerk!”

Don’t Let The Chief Justice Drive The Bus and other #Scalia4Kids jiggery-pokery.

The asteroid problem no one wants to deal with.

“If you’re a NFL fan who isn’t cool with state capitols proudly hoisting a banner synonymous with slavery, segregation, lynchings and hate, you shouldn’t be cool with Washington’s racist nickname. No matter how much you love the team.”

The only thing funnier than these #AskBobbyJindal questions is the fact that the hashtag was a super PAC’s idea.

“You get the distinct sense that we are being told by Green and other Christian Right folk that we must choose between letting them have their own country where they will be free to teach what they want at public expense and discriminate against anyone they wish—or shutting down Christianity altogether.”

“With concerns raised over Backpage.com’s role in facilitating sex trafficking, Mastercard and Visa have stopped doing business with the classified ad site and users will no longer be able to use the credit cards to place ads.”

“The Bible, in its writing, content, and canonization, is wonderfully complex and we do not do it justice, nor are we always able to discern God’s will, simply by quoting a handful of verses. If it worked this way we’d still embrace slavery, polygamy, and concubinage. Victims of rape would still be forced to wed their rapists.”

RIP, Nicholas Winton, the “British Schindler”, savior of over 650 Jewish children.

Tiffany and I visited Athens in 2000, when the city was busy building Olympic venues, among other things. Those venues stand abandoned and derelict today, a sad metaphor for Greece’s economic situation and a dire warning for any city (*cough* *cough* Boston *cough* *cough*) that would consider hosting the Games these days.

Happy 30th birthday, Back to the Future.

Best wishes for a happy retirement to Sonia Manzano, better known as Maria from Sesame Street.

What’s a guy got to do to get on the (very) long list of things that Mike Huckabee has denounced?

Becky Hammon will coach the Spurs during the NBA Summer League.

Mark Evanier writes about Glen Campbell.

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