sights & sounds

June 10, 2010

I really want some of what Cathy Young is smoking.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jay @ 4:16 am
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..if she seriously thinks the following is a remotely accurate description of Sarah Palin’s politics:

“Yet the audience for a different kind of feminism — one that seeks individualistic and market-oriented solutions, rather than big-government-driven ones1, and focuses on women’s empowerment rather than oppression — is clearly there. The women who embrace it are likely to transform both feminism and conservatism. The feminist movement ignores them at its peril.”

The above is a particularly smarmy excerpt from a piece of shit that Young wrote for the Boston Globe on Sarah Palin’s new brand of Totally Revolutionary right-wing ‘feminism’. Major problems with the article are as follows.: (more…)

June 7, 2010

freedom of association

Dear Rand Paul,

You sorely embarrassed yourself in the debate on the Civil Rights Act with Rachel Maddow a few weeks ago. You could have waxed lengthy on grassroots solutions to racist policies that don’t rely on state authority, but you didn’t – instead, you just hemmed and hawed about your (false) commitment to freedom of association and ‘the Constitution’; and as a result, many people accused you of being a racist. Although Maddow never accused you of racism herself, perhaps you deserve such accusations – you can’t invoke ‘freedom of association’ and then violate Americans’ freedom to associate with people born in Mexico1; you can’t claim to have a love affair with the Constitution and then proclaim your rejection of the 14th amendment2.

But not to worry! You have a chance to redeem yourself. (more…)

“Where is her mother?!”: on overblown reactions to Baby Gaga

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jay @ 4:26 pm
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So, this video of a toddler reenacting Lady Gaga’s ‘Telephone’ is making its rounds on the internet, generating some interesting buzz on youtube and in the blogosphere. While some commentators are simply shrugging it off as something innocuous (though a bit silly), most of the commentary has been rather alarmist and…well, silly. A few common objections I see people making to the video, along with my critique of them: (more…)

May 6, 2010

A Story in Crayons.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jay @ 3:38 pm
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From BuzzFeed:

May 3, 2010

“Get the fuck out of here! I’ll fucking kill you all!”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jay @ 10:40 pm
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A gaggle of black bloc anarchists recently set their sights on an American Apparel store, startling the hipster shoppers into action – windows were smashed, cops were summoned1, and much silliness ensued. Footage of some of the incident below the cut: (more…)

April 25, 2010

what is this I don’t even

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jay @ 8:16 pm
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From the looks of it, Chomsky experiences the same frustration talking linguistics with Ali G as economically-literate people do when talking politics with Chomsky:

om nom nom

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jay @ 2:55 pm
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From The Guardian:

A recipe for tagliatelle with sardines and prosciutto has proved a little too spicy for Penguin Australia, after a misprint suggesting that the dish required “salt and freshly ground black people” has left the publisher reaching for the pulping machine, rather than the pepper grinder.

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