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Weekend link dump for February 19

Robocop was way ahead of its time, and it’s eerie how accurate a reflection of society it now is.

Foreign students tend to pay full tuition at American universities, which helps subsidize things for everyone else. So having fewer of them thanks to Trumpian immigration restrictions will make college more expensive for everyone else.

If you work for a Christian organization but oppose Dear Leader Trump, you are probably coming under pressure at your job.

Sorry, but nobody wants your parents’ stuff.

RIP, Al Jarreau, versatile jazz/pop/blues singer.

“Here’s the ironic part: All of the nonsense behind the misogynistic fear of a female president has been coming to fruition in Donald Trump’s first weeks in office. Worried that a woman in the White House would have careening mood swings often spurred by catty arguments? Look no further than Trump’s Twitter feed.”

“According to the AMA, today there are about 280,000 international medical graduates in the U.S. That’s about 1 in 4 doctors practicing here. Some are U.S. citizens who’ve gone abroad for medical school, but most aren’t.”

Why do we allow children as young as 12 to get married in the US?

“In other words, Trump — who made Hillary Clinton’s email security the centerpiece of his presidential campaign — discussed sensitive national security matters in front of waiters and diners who were later able to describe the scene ‘in detail’ to reporters.”

Maybe there should be more tie games in baseball.

“It goes without saying that anyone who has ever served as the head of our Defense Intelligence Agency should not be going to Moscow to fete Vladimir Putin and lead a standing ovation in his honor.”

“Nudity was never the problem because nudity isn’t a problem. Today we’re taking our identity back and reclaiming who we are.”

You, too, can be a space archaeologist.

The etymology of “shitgibbon”, the Internet’s new favorite cuss word.

“This is what made Baptists subversive — what made them a threat and a danger to the sectarian states of Europe a few centuries ago. It’s why so many Baptists — and Anabaptists, like the Quakers — hightailed it to the New World.”

The clear lesson here is don’t use your spouse’s cellphone to get an Uber so you can visit your lover.

“This fits squarely into the definition of an emolument. Trump is getting something of value from a foreign gov’t. He couldn’t get it when he wasn’t president but he can get it now.”

“When leaks are this damaging and this tied to the fundamental operations of government, it’s not about the leaks or the motives. It’s about what we’re learning and what we need to know.”

The true history of “fake news”, which includes the origin story of the word “pasquinade”.

RIP, Robert Michel, longest-serving minority leader in the U.S. House.

“Four weeks into its first term, the Obama Administration had already passed the biggest economic stimulus since the Great Depression and a sweeping fair-pay act. It had also announced a troop surge in Afghanistan. By comparison, Trump has achieved virtually nothing, except scaring the bejesus out of the world.”

RIP, Norma McCorvey, a/k/a “Jane Roe” of the Roe v Wade decision. (“Wade”, by the way, was longtime Dallas County DA Henry Wade.)

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  1. Bill Daniels says:

    A good, but depressing article about downsizing and estate liquidations. Thanks. I guess I must be out of the norm, because I like antique furniture and old stuff, generally.

  2. Bill Daniels says:

    With regard to the article about Flynn and the leaks, I wasn’t aware that Flynn was a neo-con. If that’s the truth, then I’m glad he’s gone. Anybody who was a cheerleader for the Iraq war, I want nowhere near our government. Of course, that includes Hillary, too, just saying. And with regards to the leaks themselves, I like it. The people are finally not mushrooms, kept in the dark and fed #$%^. Ever since the Patriot Act, and Snowden proving the government was illegally spying on every single American, I get a perverse kick out of seeing the secrets of our elite revealed.

    Hey. y’all thought it was great when Uncle Sam was spying on me, I’m going to sit back and enjoy the leaks to find out all about you. Of course, I’d be happy if the reformer Trump would put a stop to both the spying on ordinary Americans, and the leaks, but until that happens, then hey, leak away people!