Friday, February 24th, 2017
Cincinnati judge Mark P. Painter has had more than enough of Donald Trump.
I am a lifelong Republican. I voted for every Republican presidential candidate from 1968 to 2004. But I have watched what once was a sane, center-right party go off the rails, first to the extreme right, then to wherever Trump is, which is in another universe.
Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
Frankly, it probably didn’t much matter that Senator Pat Toomey refused to appear for a town hall meeting this past Tuesday.
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
When you think of Tyson chicken, you might think of cheap grocery store chicken, and perhaps factory farms. At the very least, their logo certainly doesn’t convey anything upscale.
Ah, but now things have changed. Behold the new logo for Tyson Foods!
Why, surely we’ve got it all wrong, and we’ve confused Tyson with some other brand such as Perdue. No, no, Tyson must be a scrappy young upstart in the poultry game, one run by bearded, bespectacled gentlemen with a great deal of facial hair and many tattoos. Also, there are frequently suspenders involved in their wardrobes. Doubtless these men lovingly care for their chickens, naming each one individually and showering it with love and affection. Tyson chickens are assuredly never kept in cages, but instead permitted not just the run of the yard, but indeed the run of the entire house as well. Looking at that logo, I’m certain that these birds live happy lives of many years until their time is naturally up.
Then again, I suppose it’s possible this is nothing more than a co-opting of style designed to make everyone forget a long legacy of cruel and disgusting factory farming by the world’s largest chicken producer.
Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
Everyone knows that Snuggies are “the blanket with sleeves”. However, the Justice Department sought to have the product classified as a garment so that it could be taxed at a higher rate.
The Justice Department argued that the addition of sleeves made the Snuggie clothing and not a blanket. It also attempted to compare the Snuggie to priestly vestments or scholastic robes, according to Bloomberg News.
Wisely, Judge Mark Barnett disagreed.
Monday, February 20th, 2017
Using the language and tactics of dictators, Donald Trump declared the media to be “the enemy of the American People”. Mike Wilson, editor at the Dallas News, provides some crucial information on exactly who this “enemy” is.
Friday, February 17th, 2017
After posting about Sidd Bikkannavar on Tuesday, friend-of-the-site Colin Teubner reached out to suggest that the scientist should have refused to provide his password and demanded entry into the country. Worst case, CBP would have kept his device, but it would have remained locked. It’s definitely worth knowing that American citizens may not be denied entry into their homeland. Of course, it’s easy to talk about this in theory, and a lot more difficult to deal with it in practice.
Over at Ars Technica, Cyrus Farivar has done some digging on just what the laws are surrounding electronics at the border. At present, they can best be described as “muddled”.
Thursday, February 16th, 2017
America has long been a beacon of freedom, shining for all the world to see. While the promise of America has not always been fulfilled, we’ve damn sure tried. Unfortunately, President Trump’s repugnant Executive Order #13769 has greatly dimmed our light. As a result, fearful refugees are fleeing America and heading for Canada. I’m tremendously saddened by these images, and by what they represent.
A man from Yemen is taken into custody by RCMP officers after walking across the U.S.-Canada border on February 14, 2017. The Yemeni man was shaking so badly that the officer asked if he was cold. “I am scared,” he replied.
If you’re looking for something to cheer you up in these images, I offer two things. First, in that caption for photo #13, you can read that the Canadian officer informed a refugee that he didn’t need to have his hands up as they searched him, and that’s just nice and friendly. Second, in photo #16, can you think of a worse possible store to have shopped at prior to going for an illegal border crossing between two heavily-armed countries?
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
Nokia’s 3310 was a tremendously successful and well-loved phone from the pre-smartphone days. Now, it’s coming back.
Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
Sidd Bikkannavar is a natural-born US citizen and NASA scientist who hasn’t been to any of the countries listed in Donald Trump’s immigration ban, and who has undergonebackground checks by Customs and Border Patrol. Nevertheless, when he returned to the United States from South America, he was detained until he agreed to unlock his phone so border agents could search it. This is simply wrong.
Monday, February 13th, 2017
If you want to see a short video of a truck being launched off an aircraft carrier and then skipping like a stone, click this link. If you don’t want to see a short video of a truck being launched off an aircraft carrier and then skipping like a stone, what’s wrong with you?