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El Coyote Gordo
30 June 2016 @ 09:11 am
Happy birthday, holyoutlaw
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El Coyote Gordo
30 June 2016 @ 06:34 am
A current theory states that Donald Trump doesn’t really want to be president (if nominated will not seriously run, if elected will punk out earlier than Sarah Palin) but is merely in it to line his pockets and promote his brand. If the Republicans are victimized by this scam, I will have less sympathy for them than for the guy who suddenly discovers that the friendly stranger offering to cut him in in a charming scheme to defraud the Nigerians was actually aiming at him because they’ve been promoting the hatreds that Trump exploits and the distrust of regulation that all scammers love.

But here’s another twist. Remember that Trump is not a rich, successful businessman; he plays one on television. Many of the Republicans and their supporters are what he pretends to be. (I suspect that Willard Romney could buy Trump and not have to sell him.) If he is trying to run a bust-out on the Republicans, he may find out what happens when you annoy the people with real power.
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El Coyote Gordo
30 June 2016 @ 05:56 am
Education, like the not entirely unrelated institution of prisons, is something the free market does worse than the state.

Thanx to Charles P. Pierce

ETA: who also has an excellent reply to the usually reasonable Matt Taibbi and all the other populists who want to brush aside the Stupid White People Hating aspects of Trump & Brexit.
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El Coyote Gordo
30 June 2016 @ 05:50 am
Imitative products, including second-order impostors “You’d think it’s butter,” “Could it be butter,” “Isn’t it butter,” and “Memories of butter.”

Thanx to Metafilter
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El Coyote Gordo
29 June 2016 @ 09:35 am
Happy birthday, bohemiancoast
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El Coyote Gordo
28 June 2016 @ 09:24 am
Happy birthday, hal_obrien
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El Coyote Gordo
28 June 2016 @ 06:55 am
Pop fiction, like alcohol and sodomy, gets so much moralistic criticism that those who enjoy it can find it hard to imagine anyone refraining out of displeasure, rather than disapproval. But I’ve never liked adventure and suspense, even when they’re vicarious, and I read science fiction for its play with ideas while treating the pop-fic parts as commercially necessary filler. (Damon Knight was a huge role model.) I’ve also liked a lot of “mainstream” books that tickle the same nerve endings (The Crying of Lot 49, Magister Ludi, The Name of the Rose). Here’s a theory that covers that similarity.

Thanx to File 770
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El Coyote Gordo
28 June 2016 @ 06:39 am
Hope  
Virtual Reality could be a really good thing.

Thanx to Charlie's Diary
 
 
El Coyote Gordo
Differently sane Nebraskan sues all the gays in the world on God’s behalf.

Thanx to Follow Me Here
 
 
El Coyote Gordo
28 June 2016 @ 06:31 am
The devices who cried wolf. Our car’s gas light gaslights us.

Thanx to Follow Me Here
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El Coyote Gordo
28 June 2016 @ 06:21 am
Stoya wants to make porn better. (Uses language & shows nipples.)

Thanx to Metafilter
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El Coyote Gordo
26 June 2016 @ 09:02 am
Happy birthday, nwhiker
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El Coyote Gordo
26 June 2016 @ 07:57 am
Islam, like Christianity, has a long history of accepting and even glorifying homosexuality underneath the official condemnation.

Thanx to andrewducker
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El Coyote Gordo
26 June 2016 @ 07:46 am
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Living in a country that threatens to elect Donald Trump, I cannot specifically look down my nose at the Brexiters.* We too have a number of people capable of voting their way out of the European Union and then frantically Googling to find out what the European Union is. Numerous voters are shocked to learn that voting actually had consequences and was not merely a way of saying, “Foreigners are big doody-heads.” Their leaders are no better; the Conservatives appear to have had no idea of what they would do next (besides going back to unwholesome acts with dead pigs) if they won, while the worst of the lot, Nigel Garbage, has practically said in so many words that his big economic argument was a lie. (Richard Nixon, who gains more and more relative appreciation all the time, would have said, “Inoperative.”)
*I can’t help thinking of the limerick: They looked at Europa and waved the distinguishing mark of their sex at her.

Even this will not kill the great fantasy of populism, that pious hope that under proper guidance the masses can be made to beat up on the rich instead of the minorities, the queers, and the geeks. I realize this is a horrible thing to say about anyone, but it looks as if vox populi really is Vox Day.
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El Coyote Gordo
24 June 2016 @ 09:22 am
Happy birthday, sturgeonslawyer
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El Coyote Gordo
24 June 2016 @ 08:58 am
Yesterday, while Brexit was winning, a friend posted a link to a screed about how condescending liberals are. Guilty as charged, your honor. One of my favorite things about being a liberal is that I don’t have to consider people my equals to want them treated decently. Everyone should have a living wage and a single-payer health system, even if they’d much rather be protected from queers marrying each other.
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El Coyote Gordo
22 June 2016 @ 09:48 am
Happy birthday, caprine, jackwilliambell, and sinangelx
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