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Weekend link dump for November 22

An oral history of Turkeys Away, the greatest episode of WKRP in Cincinnati and one of the greatest TV episodes ever.

“As the Internet of Things grows, we can scarcely afford a massive glut of things that are insecure-by-design.”

“The World Fantasy award trophy will no longer be modelled on HP Lovecraft”.

“Traditionally, most American white supremacists claim to be Christians…[but] a number of white supremacists are abandoning Christianity for a very different religion: Odinism”.

Silver insurance plans on the exchange are your better bet.

“But while PhD students are not so naive as to enter the program expecting an easy ride, there is a cost to the endeavor that no one talks about: a psychological one.”

Aaron Rodgers is a mensch.

“Our policy in Syria should be to destroy ISIS. Everything else can come after that.”

The case against killing baby Hitler.

Yogi Berra and Willie Mays will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year.

The best thing you will read today is this conversation with Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Gloria Steinem.

You are now free to wear a colander on your head for your drivers license photo. In the state of Massachusetts, anyway.

“So it was either loiter outside or sit in the river. We just thought we’re not going to get beaten by a river, we’re going to have a beer.” You have to admire that level of commitment.

“Lets’s start with the dick jokes. Oh, the endless dick jokes.”

John Kasich and Lindsey Graham demand equal time on NBC.

The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is an emoji. Trust me, your kids will love it.

“I’ve taught refugee kids. I mean no-shit refugees, kids who’ve spent much of their youth in UN camps and whose experiences and losses make the worst moments of my life look like a Disney comedy by comparison. I’ve taught in rooms full of multiple different accents and Somalis and Russians and Southern Asians and kids from Mexico and points further south. Hijabs everywhere. And you know what? They’re GREAT KIDS. They’re HAPPY TO BE HERE. They’re poor and often they’re behind the academic curve because they’re still working on language acquisition as high school students. And they’re a joy to work with, because they know how good they’ve got it just by being here.”

Give yourself a security freeze for Christmas.

Don’t know much about geography, Ben Carson edition.

RIP, Smaug, the Komodo dragon at the Houston zoo.

I support the Interstate Swatting Hoax Act, even if it is limited in scope.

What Scalzi says. And also what Russell Moore says.

“A political analyst who spends months predicting the fall of a candidate who shows not only resilience but a towering increase in polling over that time clearly fails to understand the subject s/he is talking about in such a profound way that their credibility and expertise should be permanently undermined.”

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  1. Bill Daniels says:

    I got a good laugh with the colander wearing woman. She’s pointing out the absurdity of both “religious liberty” conservatives and “bleeding heart” liberals, equally. The point of a DL is identification, so the state can identify its subjects. If either of those groups would like to wake up and renounce those positions, here’s a simple solution: treat everyone the same….no one gets to wear anything for the DL photo. No hijabs, no yarmulkes, no colanders, no cowboy hats, etc. Government treating all of its citizens the same….what a concept!