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Weekend link dump for October 18

It’s a Big Bang fight, and I am here for it.

“A kidnap and murder plot targeted Gretchen Whitmer. It’s no coincidence she’s a woman.”

Some giant shark news to brighten your day.

Please enjoy this lovely profile of Mandy Patinkin.

“It’s blatant corruption, of course. The payment of cash to the privately held businesses of a sitting president in exchange for that president personally bending government decision-making in your favor is definitively corrupt. It’s not even the usual method of brazen American corruption, forking over huge “campaign” donations in an attempt to curry such favors; nope, this money is going into Donald Trump’s pockets. He keeps it. Trump is making personal bank off the powers voters gave him.”

“It’s a serious threat that serious people should take seriously.”

RIP, Joe Morgan, Hall of Fame second baseman for the Reds and Astros.

“As TV shows begin to return to air this fall, showrunners have had to decide whether or not to incorporate the coronavirus pandemic into their future storylines. From video chat-inspired comedies about quarantine to medical dramas facing the biggest medical story in generation, here’s how shows are incorporating COVID-19 into upcoming episodes.”

If only one person makes it to Final Jeopardy, is it still Final Jeopardy? (I got the question right, btw.)

“I ask you to do me a favor. Suburban women: will you please like me? Please.” (Spoiler alert: They do not and will not.)

“Given the kind of year 2020 has been, it’s best to prepare for the unexpected. But, it’s also important not to ignore what’s in front of us today. Trump is a president who is deeply underwater with only a few weeks to go in an election that lacks many of the things – like a deeply unpopular opponent and significant third-party support – that benefitted him back in 2016.”

Rudy Giuliani’s daughter urges you to vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

“As school districts deal with budget cuts brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak, many are switching to solar power to reduce costs.”

How to improve a billboard.

“Some amount of lying, and even more hypocrisy, is inevitable in politics. The Democratic Party isn’t immune. But it would be a mistake to confuse the acts of bad faith that have saturated Republican conduct for garden-variety hypocrisy or lying. These contradictions don’t point to a lack of self-awareness or passing acts of shame-faced expediency. Republicans and professional conservatives revel in double standards because by embracing double standards they claim power over their opponents. The Republicans have become a party that celebrates rulebreaking, because they have come to see rulebreaking as a show of strength. Their moral compass, inverted by their single-minded pursuit of self-interest, now points south.”

“I love that my mom aims to be polite even if the person she’s talking about is spiritually something akin to a boil on the left ass cheek of Satan, but Black elders have earned the right to be especially venomous, given what his victory in the 2016 presidential election signified.”

RIP, Bernard Cohen, ACLU lawyer who successfully argued for the plaintiffs in the case that outlawed bans on interracial marriage.

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  1. SocraticGadfly says:

    Big Bang fight? Ethan Siegal needs to read himself some philosophy and philosophy of science and stop practicing scientism, per:

    In science, when we see some phenomena that our theories cannot explain, we have two options.
    1. We can attempt to devise a theoretical mechanism to explain those phenomena, while simultaneously maintaining all the successes of the prior theory and making novel predictions that are distinct from the prior theory’s predictions.
    2. Or we can simply assume that there is no explanation, and the Universe was simply born with the properties necessary to give us the Universe we observe.
    Only the first approach has scientific value, and therefore that’s the one that must be tried, even if it fails to yield fruit.

    False dichotomy in the name of scientism. Off to blog at my second blog.

  2. Bill Daniels says:

    ““It’s blatant corruption, of course. The payment of cash to the privately held businesses of a sitting president in exchange for that president personally bending government decision-making in your favor is definitively corrupt.”

    I guess that’s unseemly. The traditional corruption model is the Chinese model employed by the Bidens……funnel the payoffs to the family members, then have the family members kick back to “the big guy.”

    And hey, update….in addition to Hunter’s laptop that the NY Post has a copy of, there’s ANOTHER laptop that the Ukranians seized belonging to one of Hunter’s ‘business associates!”

    Can’t wait for the debate on Thursday! The ‘big guy’ has a lot to answer for.

  3. Bill Daniels says:

    And the hits just keep on comin’ for the big guy:

    Here’s Hunter and Kerry step kid Devon Archer’s erstwhile business partner, flipping on Hunter from prison:

  4. brad says:

    Bill Daniels:

    a state of despair, typically one which results in rash or extreme behavior.

  5. Bill Daniels says:

    Sure Manny, I’ll respond.

    It seems your interest in women’s fashion outs you as a mariposa. Maybe you and Jules can start hanging out, now that you are out and proud?

  6. Manny says:

    Bill, you are a very sick individual.

  7. C.L. says:

    I think someone may have just hit a new low.

  8. Manny says:

    Bill your Spanish sucks, a mariposa is a butterfly, I don’t think that is the word you were looking for or thinking.

  9. brad says:

    Bill is continuing to unravel.

    It will only become more accelerated.

  10. Bill Daniels says:

    Sorry, Manny…..maybe I’m learning my Spanglish from someone from a different region than y’all are from.

    Next time I’ll just use maricón, to be crystal clear.

  11. Manny says:

    Bill I am from Texas as were my parents, grandparents, soy Chicano, former member of La Raza Unida and MAYO. The Texas Rangers will always be Los Pinche Rinches.

    We don’t use either Mariposo or Maicon, if you read a little more varied material, you would have realized what the word of choice for us Americans that have a Spanish hertiage is. We ain’t all recent immigrants, some of us have relatives from the Spanish side in what is the US since the 1500s. When did the Pilgrims Land? When was Jamestown founded? Hint almost a 100 years after my Spanish ancestors were in what is now California and New Mexico. My Native American ancestors, I can only speak as to two of them, Apache and Navaho tens of thousands of years.

    So when did your family immigrate to America Bill? You still dripping water from swimming an ocean?

  12. Bill Daniels says:


    Serious observation here…..did you notice how offended you got at my word usage? You weren’t offended by the fact that I implied you were a joto, you were offended because I get my Spanish from friends who are more recent Mexican immigrants. You acted like a guy in Spain getting upset some low life was using Mexican Spanish vs. Castilian Spanish. You felt it important to differentiate yourself from my friends that are actual immigrants, as if you’re better than them because your family has been here longer. You speak correctly, but they don’t.

    Can you see how elitist that looks? Ironic, too, because of the two of us, I’m the one that wants to stop illegal aliens from pouring in and deport the illegals that are here. You play a good game of being offended about that, but look at you, looking down on the language those recent immigrants are bringing with them.

    I mean, damn, I can only imagine how you’d react if I learned my Spanish from some Hondurans.

    La misma mierda, todo los dias.

  13. Manny says:

    Bill I don’t care what names you use, I just want people to see what kind of people support Trump, people like you. Thanks for helping