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El Coyote Gordo
28 July 2016 @ 09:11 am
Happy birthday, maiac
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El Coyote Gordo
27 July 2016 @ 12:33 pm
Trump’s call for the Russians to meddle (or more precisely, to keep meddling) in America’s election by illegal means is probably not technically treason.
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El Coyote Gordo
27 July 2016 @ 09:29 am
Happy birthday, fjm
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El Coyote Gordo
27 July 2016 @ 06:13 am
The most overrated TV shows, it says here.

Thanx to Metafilter
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El Coyote Gordo
26 July 2016 @ 09:48 am
Happy birthday, magicwoman and mrissa
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El Coyote Gordo
26 July 2016 @ 06:09 am
Sane thoughts on the election, including
Q: What about Wasserman Shultz being made honorary chairperson of the Clinton campaign?
A: What, a face saving “promotion” with apparently no real power? You do understand how politics works, yes?
Also the Rude Pundit (both use language). I don’t know why this popped into my head, but cognitive scientists think that the reptile brain does not register negation. Anyway, I think we should remind the American people that there is as yet no conclusive evidence that Donald Trump is a Russian mole.
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El Coyote Gordo
25 July 2016 @ 02:40 pm
Pretty much the same as the old phone (which I lost, which is why I got a new one). It’s not a smartphone. (I don’t know what the euphemism is.)

When I was a child, I was the clumsy geek. I could do math (and English), but people wondered if I could walk and chew gum at the same time. I dreamed of the day when computers would enable clumsy geeks to deal with the world without manual dexterity. And look what happened. I don’t begrudge Kevin Maroney and all the other dexterous people their success (all manipulation is intelligence), but I am disappointed.

I don’t want to jinx it, but I think I got an undocumented upgrade. The phone has not once asked me to “Say a Command.”
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El Coyote Gordo
24 July 2016 @ 09:14 am
Happy birthday, beckyzoole
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El Coyote Gordo
23 July 2016 @ 12:54 pm
The late Dennis Green, the second Black head coach in the NFL, scored low on Works Well With Others, particularly press and owners, but the players and fans loved him and he won a lot of games. He got grief for using first-round picks on a notorious troublemaker and the son of an old crony. That was Randy Moss and Larry Fitzgerald, and it’s a shame he won’t be around to sponsor them at their Hall of Fame inductions.
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El Coyote Gordo
23 July 2016 @ 09:17 am
Happy birthday, cat_collector
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El Coyote Gordo
23 July 2016 @ 05:59 am
Stimtastic makes jewelry to help people engage in the ritually taboo practice of stimming (which I do not do a whole lot of).

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El Coyote Gordo
22 July 2016 @ 08:42 am
Ted Cruz has been compared to Richard Nixon, in terms of personal warmth and charm (Nixon usually wins), but now he is also following in Nixon’s historical footsteps.

In 1964 the Republican Party was widely perceived as having stepped out of normal political parameters with the extremist Barry Goldwater. Nixon offered dignified acquiescence, supporting the ticket but staking out alternative positions.

In those days a now-extinct species roamed the land: Liberal Republicans. Their leader, Nelson Rockefeller, was booed and hated. After Goldwater had gone down to stunning defeat, they expected to regain control. But no. The Goldwater campaign had tapped a rich vein of stupidity and hatred in the electorate, and while the party wouldn’t yet pick another extremist, they found a middle-of-the-road candidate, the good and faithful servant Nixon, and he won.

And the future belonged to them. Goldwater was a decent, honorable human being with some dumb ideas. He thought all would be well if other decent, honorable human beings voluntarily desegregated, as his family had done with their retail chain, and we wouldn’t need the government. By today’s standards, his was moderation in the pursuit of virtue. The goalposts have moved, and today Rockefeller would be running the DNC.

And now many of us are hoping that He, Trump is seen by the majority the way Goldwater was, and that seems likely. If so, Cruz hopes, the party will overlook his personal characteristics as it did Nixon’s similar ones, and he will be the nominee.

Also: Trump’s idea of letting his veep handle domestic and foreign policy while he makes America great again suggests that he actually seeks a different office: King. He is equally unqualified for that, as the prime regal requirement is gravitas. There is a reason the United Kingdom is reigned over by Elizabeth Windsor, rather than Boris Johnson.

And furthermore: I hereby apologize for something I said in yesterday’s post. Circuses, like whores, do not deserve comparison with the Republicans. (Maybe more like a carney, in which Cruz declined the proffered chicken head.)
 
 
El Coyote Gordo
22 July 2016 @ 07:29 am
A story in today’s Times begins, “Many facts in Mr. Trump’s acceptance speech appear to be true.”
 
 
El Coyote Gordo
22 July 2016 @ 07:09 am
News as creative nonfiction

Thanx to andrewducker
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El Coyote Gordo
21 July 2016 @ 09:08 am
Happy birthday, gerisullivan and kerkevik_2014
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El Coyote Gordo
21 July 2016 @ 05:50 am
Ursula K. Le Guin, interviewed on the occasion of Comic-Con

Thanx to File 770
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El Coyote Gordo
21 July 2016 @ 05:09 am
The Cleveland Circus continues to exceed my expectations. I was waiting for some pillar of the party to take a strong stand (and position himself for 2020) by saying clearly that Trump did not live up to [even] the standards of the Republican Party and so the speaker would not vote for him. But no. The dissident turned out to be Ted Cruz, who of course did it in the whiny, mealy-mouthed, chickenshit fashion we have come to expect of him.