At the risk of starting an intramural fight here at Ordinary Times, I’m highlighting Elizabeth’s recent article at The Week, Why Christians should forgive Fred Phelps, as a companion to Russell’s recent post If I ever visit Topeka, I shall pack dancing shoes. Elizabeth offers many worthwhile points, but this is probably the key takeaway:
So it turns out that I have a perfectly good reason that I won’t be able to make Leaguefest this year. Or, more accurately, I have two of them.
Gay marriage comes to Michigan.
For those of you jonesing for both the return of baseball and a little political writing by Connor P, check out this piece over at TPM on Detroit and its Tigers. Money quote:
Supporters of Hugo Chavez and his legacy typically argue that, regardless of his illiberal crackdowns on speech, dissent, and civil liberties, those aspects of his regime pale in comparison to the great good that he did for the poor in his country. At the newly relaunched FiveThirtyEight, however, Dorothy Kronick demonstrates – quite conclusively, in…
So I went to the supermarket, and to my surprise I came home with a jug of green milk.
A lean, inexpensive cut of beef: a London broil. A simple rub: truffled salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, ground savory, and garlic. Sous vide at 124 F for ten hours. Char with torch or on grill immediately before service; slice thin on a diagonal cut. Broccoli dressed with red pepper aioli (red pepper-infused olive oil…
A neat little David Carr piece about my grad school friend Conor Kenny’s experience at the Mohawk Incident a couple days ago. REMINDER: If you’re going to drink, don’t fucking drive.
My grandfather, Tamotsu Akimoto died on the 12th. He’d lived through 3 Emperors, a World War, an Olympics in Tokyo (and the approval of another!), and died peacefully in his sleep. His was the generation that fought our wars of aggression, then were forced to rebuild from the ashes. But all I can say is…
Statistics wizard Nate Silver talks about the re-launch of FiveThirtyEight on ESPN, political punditry, and burritos.
There are some concepts my sixteen-month old daughter understands. There are other concepts she does not.
Sometimes people suck.
… about software, and it just occurred to me that this might be a great place to ask for it. Do any of you use a task-management software that you might recommend (or caution me against trying)?
I am not making this up.
I’m still working on my post discussing my concerns that the left is needlessly starting down the road that’s made the right such a fishing joke. It should be up this week. But since we seem to be so deeply entrenched in “any criticism of the liberals/Dems is invalid because BSDI and False Equivalence!” here…
At last the big night is finally upon us. Just like last year, I offered a set of predictions totally blind and without the benefit (such as it is) of having seen any of the nominated films and prior to any of the preceding predictor awards. Having now seen all of the latter (but still…
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed SB 1062 yesterday. For anyone not familiar with it, it was a
Student: Mr. Kazzy, we need white chalk so we can mix it with the red to make pink. Mr. Kazzy: We don’t have any white chalk. Student: Why don’t you go to the store and buy more white chalk? Mr. Kazzy: We can’t solve all our problems by going to the store. Sometimes we just…
Tim’s post on Eric Holder reminded me of something I’ve been meaning to ask y’all. Over the past two weeks I have heard a new talking point repeated on all the talk radio stations, and I’ve been trying to puzzle out whether it is a valid but obscure legal point or just making s**t up.…
The FCC is preparing to send monitors into newsrooms across America, threatening the First Amendment rights of journalists everywhere. Or maybe not. Kevin Drum has the story here. I know I shouldn’t be amazed by this kind of misinformation flowing through the rightwing media and winding up at Fox, but it stuns me nonetheless. Even…
Rethinking the way Olympic results are posted.
[EDIT: SPOILER WARNING: Olympic Women’s Hockey Final Result is spoiled in the URL and possibly the comments. Proceed at own risk.] [EDIT: The URL should be safe now.
Trolls and original sin and Conor’s hobby horse.
For those looking for a panacea to all of the goodwill generated by the current Love Symposium, here’s a quick off-the-top-of-my-head theory that should allow people to revel in a little fun dose of Tod-hating.
Standing over the same old ground.
Not that I WANT to see people get pissed during the Love Symposium, but I thought I’d mention this… Via Outside the Beltway and the New York Times:
A headline writer for the E! website demonstrates awkward use of a prepositional phrase.
Facebook has expanded the options for gender identification beyond male and female. Well beyond male and female.
Guess the celebrity author of this breathtaking poem, without using Google.
Headline of the day: Suicide Bomb Instructor Accidentally Kills Iraqi Pupils.
Republican Rep Tom Cole is unhappy with the Washington Redskins name and has sent a letter with Senator Cantwell urging them to change it.
Cinematic shorthand tends to make use of emblematic actions to visually represent certain eras: the 40s USO dance, 50s drag race, 60s protest, etc. These, usually collective, activities come to be how we visualize historical periods such that we wonder if those who lived through the periods but sat out the activities were really there.
SEC Defensive Player of the Year and NFL prospect Michael Sam came out. While he says his teammates and coaches knew since the summer and that many people associated with the NFL also seemed to know, he wanted to formally come out on his own terms, saying, “I want to own my truth. … No…
In 2013, eighty-seven folks were exonerated of the crimes for which they were convicted. Twenty-seven of them were exonerated for convictions of murder, arson, and sex crimes that it was determined never happened (or weren’t crimes).
What a long, strange trip it’s been.