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“Sorry, Leonard Leo. If you wanted someone without a sense of humor, you probably shouldn’t have tapped a 44-year-old from Teaneck, New Jersey. Also, your party should probably have nominated a senate candidate who wasn’t credibly accused of sexual impropriety with multiple teenage girls.”

“Not surprisingly, many of Trump’s supporters don’t approve of how their dear leader is displayed on TV, and they’ve been very quick to let the FCC know. Roughly 360 pages of anonymous grievances from “SNL” viewers dating back to 2017 have been published on Government Attic, thanks to FOIA requests. And wow, they’re a doozy.”

“What do you get when thirty liars write thirty books? Thirty lying books.”

“Researchers have found that “expiration” dates — which rarely correspond to food actually expiring or spoiling — are mostly well-intentioned, but haphazard and confusing. Put another way, they’re not expiration dates at all. And the broader public’s misunderstanding about them is a major contributor in every single one of the factors I named above: wasted food, wasted revenue, wasted household income, and food insecurity.”

“You hear somebody that’s got $200,000 or $300,000 in debt, they almost surely went to graduate school. They didn’t borrow that much money from the Department of Education to get a bachelor’s degree.”

“American kids watched so much Peppa Pig during the pandemic they now have British accents“. Gotta admit, I don’t mind that my kids were too old for Peppa.

The simple reason why ratings for the Emmy awards are down.

“If I were a multi-billionaire, what would I do with my money? […] I would dedicate my fortune to destroying Fox News. I would do it any way I could. Marketing. Lawsuits. Boycotts. Talent poaching. Cable access. Making Rupert Murdoch’s life miserable. You name it. Nor would I have any qualms about playing fair. You have a plan for a space-based laser that interferes with Fox News broadcasts and makes them unwatchable? Great! Here’s a hundred million to give it a go.”

“How Sketchy Data Scavengers Are Using Hatred Of ‘Big Tech’ To Attack Plans To Make The Web More Private”.

“Hey everyone having politicized arguments about vaccine hesitancy/refusal: Are you sure you’re talking about the same people? Let me explain.”

“The last 48 hours on here have been all about The Vaccine Discourse. Is FB killing people? Is the govt passing the buck? Who even can tell what IS misinformation, and who watches the watchmen, anyway? I’ve spent ~7 years watching the AV movement evolve online and have thoughts”.

Of COURSE it’s “Mary’s dress sways”. How was this ever a question?

Screw Jeff Bezos. I’m happy that Wally Funk got to go up into space.

The goal has to be to eliminate COVID-19. Not live with it. Because we really can’t.”

“Many experts have argued that, even with Delta, the United States is unlikely to revisit the horrors of last winter. Even now, the country’s hospitalizations are one-seventh as high as they were in mid-January. But national optimism glosses over local reality. For many communities, this year will be worse than last.”

“The Pentagon’s watchdog said on Tuesday it would evaluate the safety protocols surrounding the president’s “nuclear football” – containing codes needed for a strike – after one such briefcase nearly came within range of rioters storming the Capitol on Jan. 6.”

The “conservative pr0n star” who got canceled at CPAC. It’s even stranger than it sounds.

“As more people are vaccinated (and all else being equal), total hospitalizations will decrease but the *percent* of vaccinated hospitalizations will increase, not because the vaccines aren’t working, but because there are more vaccinated people and fewer hospitalizations overall.”

“So Donald Trump isn’t going anywhere because he has finally found a swindle in American politics where he can quite literally just ask people for money and they simply give it to him by the millions. It’s not complicated. It never is with Trump.”

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9 Comments

  1. Bill Daniels says:

    From the article about FCC complaints about Saturday Night Live:

    “There was also a healthy dose of racist content from Trump’s MAGA crowd, especially people who thought Weekend Update anchor Michael Che using “cracker” to describe white people was equally as racist as someone using the n-word (which appears in multiple complaints). It’s definitely not, but angry messages that claimed a “racial slur” was being used on TV poured in anyway.

    “Segment on Saturday Night Live referred to President of US as a ‘cracker’. This is a racist term to describe a white person and was said by a black anchor for show who continued to speak divisively,” a complainant from Montgomery, Ny. wrote in 2017.

    One complainant explicitly asked “SNL” to publicly apologize for using “cracker” on TV, which, well they didn’t and pretty surely won’t. ”

    This is a an equal protection under the law issue:

    https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/interpretation/amendment-xiv/clauses/702

    If they can’t use the ‘N’ word that shall never be uttered, then they shouldn’t be allowed to use the pejorative ‘cracker,’ either. People were right to complain, and the FCC is actively discriminating against Whites by allowing slurs against Whites to be aired, while prohibiting the airing of slurs against blacks.

    Wanna talk about Jim Crow? HERE is Jim Crow, in action.

  2. Ross says:

    The FCC doesn’t police use of the N word. It’s not prohibited, except by convention. Plus, SNL is not subject to the 1st Amendment. Besides, Trump earned every one of those hilarious skits. Too bad he, and his sycophantic supporters, are so thin skinned. Although, since cracker is over used, perhaps he should be called a saltine. Or a graham. Or get totally really and tell the truth that he’s a narcissistic, sociopathic turd.

  3. Jason Hochman says:

    What about when Biden told the Corn Pop story and he said “that’s how I learned about Roaches?” How did he get away with that racial slur?

  4. C.L. says:

    #Whataboutism101

  5. Bill Daniels says:

    Hey C.L. (and Manny, too):

    Here’s a donation opportunity for you. The Dallas Democrats are collecting care packages for the legislators on the lam (legislators of lam-ness?). They’re requesting first aid kits, LOL! I guess they found out exactly how dangerous the cesspool of D.C. actually is.

    It’s real. Linky:

    https://twitter.com/dallasdemocrats/status/1419034820718604294

    Or maybe you’ll donate some Dr Pepper or salsa, because Lord knows they don’t have anything like that in D.C.

  6. Bill Daniels says:

    Edit:

    That twitter thread is worth a look, if just for the comments. Gold, Jerry, gold!

  7. Manny says:

    Bill, you must be thinking about your fellow stupids;

    1. “When a physician removes a child from a woman, that is the largest organ in a body. That’s a big thing. That’s a big surgery. You don’t have any other organs in your body that are bigger than that.”

    —Alabama state Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin (R), defending her sweeping anti-abortion bill.

    2. “They are going to cull the herd, so that instead of having billions, we’ll only have hundreds of millions of human beings on the face of the planet.”

    —Alan Keyes, warning what’s behind President Obama’s gun control proposal.

    3. “Some people could make the argument that a lot of people like being in abusive relationships. It’s a love-hate relationship. It’s very, very common for people to stick around with somebody they love who also abuses him or her.”

    —New Hampshire state Rep. Mark Warden (R), during a debate on a bill to reduce the penalty for simple assault.

    4. “Slavery and abortion are the two most horrendous things this country has done but when you think about the immorality of wild, lavish spending on our generation and forcing future generations to do without essentials just so we can live lavishly now, it’s pretty immoral.”

    —Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas), equating slavery with the national debt.

    5. “Like most men, I’m more opposed to violence against women than even violence against men. Because most men can handle it a little better than a lot of women can.”

    —Rep. Jimmy Duncan (R-Tenn.), speaking on anti-violence legislation.

    6. “There’s a lot of ill will towards Sen. Hagel because when he was a Republican, he attacked President Bush mercilessly. At one point, he said he was the worst president since Herbert Hoover, said the surge was the worst blunder since the Vietnam War, which is nonsense. He was very ‘anti ‘his own party, and people don’t forget that.”

    —Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), explaining the GOP backlash against Chuck Hagel.

    7. “To redefine marriage is discriminatory towards those who hold the sincerely held religious belief that it is a sacred institution between a man & a woman.”

    —Illinois state Sen. Kyle McCarter (R), in response to the state Senate approving same-sex marriage in Illinois.

    8. “I’m going to try to be brief because I notice you’re on your fourth glass of water, and I don’t want to be accused of waterboarding you.”

    —Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), speaking in the middle of a long, contentious confirmation hearing for John Brennan as CIA director.

    9. “Slow down. Slow down. How about a little foreplay?”

    —House Speaker John Boehner, joking that with bipartisan conversations on immigration reform taking place it’s too early to talk about specific legislation.

    10. “I was very proud of the fact that I didn’t get anything wrong that I said during the course of the debates. I didn’t get anything wrong, and that’s a huge arena.”

    —Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), commenting on her performance in the 2012 GOP presidential debates.

  8. Manny says:

    Just playing what aboutism with you Bill, since that is all you seem to do. How much are they paying you?

  9. Manny says:

    Jason, I seem to recall when you were in agreement with the orange buffoon that you adore;

    “Jan. 22

    Asked by a CNBC reporter whether there were “worries about a pandemic,” President Donald Trump replied:

    “No, not at all. We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.”

    Dr. Hochman, you are great at revising history to suit you.