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Weekend link dump for August 27

“Three years ago, however, a small German town found a fourth option — you can involuntarily conscript Nazis into anti-Nazism.”

“It’s a dramatic story, this epoch-defining tale about automation and permanent unemployment. But it has one major catch: There isn’t actually much evidence that it’s happening.”

“With the start of the State Fair of Texas just a few short weeks away, the deep-fried finalists for this year’s Big Tex Choice Awards have officially been announced.” And they are glorious, but they might give you palpitations just from reading about them.

“This seems to be the only way these Christians can imagine learning what Jesus had to say or to teach about anything — by reverse-engineering the opposite of what they imagine the Antichrist will do.”

RIP, Jerry Lewis, Hollywood comedy legend. As usual, Mark Evanier has the most interesting things to say.

“It would take time, generational change and external events to make Germany what it is today—a vibrant democracy that is notably less permissive of racism, extremism and fascism than the United States. Tearing down the symbols of Nazi terror was a necessary first step—but it didn’t ensure overnight political or cultural transformation. It required a longer process of public reconciliation with history for Germans to acknowledge their shared responsibility for the legacy of Nazism.”

“A small but growing number of Liberty University graduates are preparing to return diplomas to their school. The graduates are protesting university President Jerry Falwell Jr.’s ongoing support for Trump.”

“This is where the argument against steroid users falls apart. How can we justify keeping out [of the Hall of Fame] players who used steroids in the era before drug testing when [former Red Sox owner Tom] Yawkey and Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis — the baseball commissioner from 1920 to 1944, who rigidly opposed integration — are there?”

The skunk in the outfield. I’ve watched baseball all my life and have never seen anything like that.

The International Space Station photobombed the solar eclipse.

Me: I don’t think Trump can get any worse.
Trump: *interrupts #BachelorinParadise to make speech*

Meet Katie Sowers, the second full-time female assistant coach in the NFL, and the first openly gay coach of either gender.

“But as of Election Day 2016 it was certainly possible to squint at Trump and see the outlines of an ideological shakeup — a figure who would attempt to represent the interests of the Republican Party’s electoral base of older-skewing, less-educated white people rather than hew strictly to the reanimated corpse of Reaganism like the vast majority of the party’s elected officials. But with Steve Bannon fired and left to snipe from the sidelines as Trump embraces a South Asia strategy pushed by Mike Pence, Nikki Haley, and the uniformed military one must ask: What is the point?”

An oral history of Battle of the Network Stars. My God, the 70s were amazing.

Roy Edroso pours one out for the final print edition of the Village Voice.

A list of the worst storms in American history and the sins that had caused an angry God to send them to punish us.

“MTV has invited transgender members of the U.S. Armed Forces to the 2017 Video Music Awards and we would be honored if they could attend. Any patriot who is putting their own life at risk to fight for our freedom and stand for equality is a hero at MTV, and to young people everywhere.”

RIP, Tobe Hooper, director of Poltergeist and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

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