Monthly Archive: June 2013

Circling the Drain in the NSA Surveillance Debate

(The middle section of this post is a thorough re-statement and critique of David Simon’s argument that their are few “legitimate” concerns that can be raised regarding the NSA’s collection of metadata and web...

Big Tuesday 2013

We got the Voting Rights Act case today, but not same-sex marriage. Please join the discussion at NaPP!

Stupid Tuesday questions, “White” edition

I am fond of Julie Delpy. I have, of course, never met Julie Delpy.  I have never been to France (more’s the pity) and life has sadly not afforded me opportunities to meet glamorous French actresses any more than American ones.  For all I know, Julie Delpy may be utterly horrid in real life. But I doubt it.  She has always seemed so sane and lovely in interviews.  She radiates intelligence and a sense of humor about herself.  If she’s […]

Gooses and Ganders

New documents show that the IRS’s targeting of 501(c)(4) applicants was more widespread than initially reported: “Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee released 15 lists of terms that the IRS agency used...

Nobody this ignorant should be making laws anywhere

I usually avoid commenting on the stupid things people say when crafting laws at the state level.  It seems like a cheap way of making snarky comments when someone in a state legislature says something dumb and everyone across the country gets to cover their mouths and titter. But as God is my witness, I cannot help myself right now.  From Texas (via TPM): One Texas GOP state representative is apparently confused about what “rape kits” are used for. While the […]

I know I am going to regret this

First of all, enough already with the breathless coverage of Edward Snowden’s location.  Really.  Enough.  As much as everyone would like life to resemble a Robert Ludlum novel, it so rarely does.  Unless there is something innately newsworthy in his absence from a plane, I don’t need to know which vaguely hostile nation is harboring him at any given time. So I know I am totally asking for it by saying this, but maybe we can all take a moment […]

Vagrant Story

You can read about my pick for the best video game ever over on the front page.

Big Monday 2013

Today is the last scheduled day for decisions and opinions scheduled by the Supreme Court. In the comments to this post, I’ll be glossing the Voting Rights Act, affirmative action, and same-sex marriage cases.*...

Best Video Game Series Introduction

Evening to you, gamers.  Tomorrow we’ll begin our promised series in which those of us with an itch to talk video games using lots of  superlatives defend our pick for the title of best...

Hot But Dull

I really wanted Man of Steel to be fun movie. And at times, it was. It was worth the matinee price. [Continued at NaPP]

The Rehabilitation of Mike Tyson

The recent conversation about Chris Brown reminds me of something I have been wanting to write a post on for a little while. Ever since I saw one of the closing episodes of last...

Survey Says? BZZZZZZZ!

On Friday, Zazzy and I were at the mall dress shopping for an upcoming wedding.  While she tried on a bevy of brightly colored gowns, I retreated to a corner to feed Mayo.  There, they...

The Myth of a Man

In Linky Friday #29, Will highlights a recent column in The Atlantic by Hugo Scwhyzer that asked, “What If Men Stopped Chasing Much-Younger Women?” His argument, that the Old Man/Young Woman relationship dynamic intrinsically harms...


(The scene: Kazzy is bouncing Mayonnaise on his knee, narrating the happenings as they sit on the bed together.) Mayonnaise: AAAAAH-CHOOOO!!! Kazzy:  What a big sneeze!  And do you know why we sneeze?  Well,...