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  1. about 2 hours ago on Ted Rall

    Has anyone given any serious thought to what we must do if SCROTUS decides simply to allow all pro-GOP gerrymandering while disallowing all other layouts? It would almost look reasonable, given all the other shite they get up to without anything more than moaning from us.

  2. about 2 hours ago on Brian McFadden

    Indeed very nice.

  3. about 3 hours ago on Candorville

    Surely you jest: choco has caffeine in.

  4. about 6 hours ago on Candorville

    The best way to get a point across to a ~3yo is to frame it (in this case) as making daddy sad because he will be tired all day from not being able to sleep.

    At that age they’re beginning to be able to see the world as having people in it that aren’t themselves, whose happiness or sadness can be affected by the child’s own actions. It’s a very powerful, magical concept at that age. “Janey, please don’t pull Kitty’s tail. It hurts her and makes her sad”.

  5. about 6 hours ago on Brian McFadden

    Opus Dei, of course.

  6. about 6 hours ago on Kliban's Cats

    That or he’s about to topple over backwards.

  7. about 6 hours ago on Jeff Danziger

    Oh, he has fixed goals…but he’s had to keep switching between sub-goals because the Ukraintsy are too annoying —slava Ukraini! slava geroim!— and have no intention of letting him reprise the role of Ivan Groznyj. Not if they can get enough good hardware fast enough, anyway.

    Looking at photos of Ukraina before the invasion, it’s not hard to see why Putin thought he’d be able to conquer the country in fifteen minutes on a wet Monday afternoon. It was positively bucolic, all countryside. Villages of homes and fields, threaded together on wide roads. The few cities were modern —in many ways more modern than US cities— with public transport, recreation, schools, healthcare, the whole schnitzl.

    What misled Putin was that the photos didn’t show the old people who could remember the last time the Russians decided that Ukraina with its riches was really Russian land unaccountably filled with farmers who spoke broken Russian. Land that needed cleansing and re-unification with Russia. Wipe out all those silly myths about Kiev being an immensely cultured and rich European city when Moscow was just a wide spot in the road.

    Ooops.

  8. 1 day ago on Ted Rall

    The 1950s-70s were better than today, only through the lens of being a white American.

    Some White Americans. Those who were poor during WW2 were still poor afterwards. WW2 was a big wealth source for uni-trained Whites and a tiny number of non-Whites. Non-uni-trained White people, who were generally not commissioned officers or in privileged occupations, got little out of the war except killed or maimed unless they were stationed in Europe with the Occupation and got into a good black market gig.

    Black people got jack shite. An example that should infuriate, but rarely does, is the case of Doris-called-Dorie Miller, who was, like essentially all Black sailors then, assigned to the food service gang. He got the Navy Cross for heroism during the attack on Pearl Harbor (he was put in for the Medal of Honor by a White senator and a White congressman, but the Navy evidently thought the Cross was plenty for the first n*gg*r to get one), but he wasn’t allowed to escape the food service tracks, and was killed in action 2 years later. He’s worth reading about.

  9. 1 day ago on Ted Rall

    And the “successful coach” whose comment about Lesser I paraphrased unintentionally, is Barry Switzer, who has a huge win record but has never(?) been recognised for his coaching because he agrees that he’s a mediocre coach. He has never created a public “winning coach” mystique and wins just by picking the right players and caring about them both on and off the field.

  10. 1 day ago on Ted Rall

    the important sociologist whose name I’m blanking on

    C. Wright Mills