I want to drink in that bar.
All of which makes this a give Rush Limbaugh a feminazi sad kind of post.
Image: Francis William Edmonds Barking up the Wrong Tree, between 1850 and 1855.
From Forbes (sic!) this analysis of President Obama’s economic record as compared with Saint Ronaldus of Reagan:
Economically, President Obama’s administration has outperformed President Reagan’s in all commonly watched categories.
Simultaneously the current administration has reduced the deficit, which skyrocketed under Reagan. Additionally, Obama has reduced federal employment, which grew under Reagan (especially when including military personnel,) and truly delivered a “smaller government.” Additionally, the current administration has kept inflation low, even during extreme international upheaval, failure of foreign economies (Greece) and a dramatic slowdown in the European economy.
That’s from Forbes contributor Adam Hartung, a business development and consultant kind of guy — i.e., no raging, card-carrying taker. The whole piece is worth a look.
When you’ve lost Forbes…*
*which they haven’t, really — one drive by piece doth not an editorial campaign make.
Preston Dickinson, Factory, c. 1920
A nice start to what might be a tolerable week* comes in the form of a message from Harvard’s rare books collection, the Houghton Library. Its collection of 114 early J.J. Audubon drawings is now online in high resolution. Among the treats, a depiction of two Ivory Billed Woodpeckers, the “lord god bird,” having their way with a tree.
According to the announcement, these early drawings are rare/of heightened interest because of Audubon’s practice of destroying sketches and alternate versions after selecting what he saw as the best of any subject. The earliest images in this collection date back to when Audubon was 18, and, says Harvard, they probably survived Audubon’s rolling erasure of his tracks in the hands of one of his patrons. In any event, the images are gorgeous, and there for the gazing.
That said, the image above is a later Audubon not from the Houghton collection, as Harvard requires permission from the curator before reusing their images. I’m asking for same; if I get it, I’ll add one from this trove.
*Hah! Who am I kidding. There are still Republicans with actual power!
Image: John James Audubon, Plate 66 of Birds of America, depiction of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker, 1838.
“They” in this case refers to the mouthpiece for he whom Charles Pierce indelibly dubbed the C-plus Augustus, one Dana Perino, who complained that in some photographs of President Obama’s visit to Stonehenge, ” he’s standing alone.”
Why is this a problem for the former White House Press Secretary, who, in that job, got to watch her boss amble past a global financial melt down? It’s obvious!
I don’t think that’s a good optic. [via TPM]
You know what’s scariest about this latest Fox News craptasm? Perino was actually the least insane voice in the conversation. The other two hacktaculars on air with her were upset that Obama had the effrontery to stop by the monument at all, where as Perino, at least, thought it OK for a President to get a few minutes at the site.
But dear FSM, give me strength. I take a couple of messages from this bit of foolishness.
First, again, Peak Wingnut lies in Cantor territory:* it infinitely retreats, to be approached but never reached. Second, last time I looked there were actual problems in the world, here at home and abroad as well. Just one or two. Our society formally locates the process of addressing such problems in our political system. It would help if those who interpret politics for the public actually connected their analysis to anything real.
Instead, we get a Stonehengegazi.**
When future historians wonder just how it was we were able to trigger the afterburners in the power dive of our republic, the transcript of this little snippet will give them a clue.
*Georg, not Eric.
**Saw that in a tweet. Wish I’d thought of it myself. Actually, no I don’t.
Image: Ma Yuan, Walking on a Path in Spring, before roughly 1225.
Well, no, he couldn’t, not really.
I’m talking about Bobbie Jindal, and I’m of the opinion that there never was any there, there. But up until his never-to-be-forgotten impression of Kenneth the Page the usual suspects spent a lot of bytes talking up this New Republican™ epitome of competence, intelligence and non-old-white-maleness.
Not anymore, of course, for an over-rich list of reasons, not the least of which is that after spending several years in close proximity, those who know him best, his constituents, have come to loathe him.
Still, give the man credit. He’s hit bottom, but does he give up? No! Not Bobby Jindal. Now’s the time he grabs a shovel.
Louisiana’s state school superintendent John White supports Common Core, an effort to foster interstate consistency in education standards. So does the state board of education. So does the state legislature, for that matter, which passed a law in 2012 enabling the state to opt in to Common Core standards. Indeed, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) actively pushed for this 2012 law, which he signed. Recently, however, Jindal decided that he actually opposes Common Core…**
OK, so far, not impressive. This is garden variety stuff: the ability to forget in an instant any previous held position is part of any ambitious Republican’s mental toolkit.
But Jindal, famously (once) one of the “smart” ones*** goes for All-Star goofery with the reasoning underpinning his suit:
The crux of Jindal’s lawsuit, however, is that the grant programs that reward participation in Common Core somehow violate the Constitution and federal law because they force Louisiana to enter into an entirely voluntary program that it did, in fact, enter into voluntarily.
Yup. That’s it. Bobbie Jindal haz a sad ’cause that nasty Kenyan Socialist Mooslim™ allowed him to choose to do — or not do — something he once thought he wanted to do, but doesn’t anymore.
Now that’s professional-grade horse shit — and that, my friends, is a once seriously considered contender for the GOP invite to the big dance in 2016.
*So I’m slow. Sue me. Use Bobbie J.’s lawyer.
**I’m not even remotely convinced by the common core, myself (I guess I read too much Diane Ravitch). But that’s not the point, is it. I didn’t go haring after federal cash to implement in my living room, no did I?
Image: Anonymous, Netherlands The Laughing Jester, 15th C.
A border patrol agent fired several shots at an armed militia member while chasing a group of immigrants Friday near Brownsville, Texas…
…the man was wearing camouflage and was carrying either a rifle or shotgun.
The self appointed guardian of the galaxy was lucky — the border patrol officer (like most people) was no Dead-eye Dick, and our last line of defense from the Ebola-carrying and Mooslim terrorist hordes of twelve year olds crossing our southern border was unhurt. But, as we say in the portending business, It’s Only A Matter Of Time.
The sheriff said militias really aren’t needed at the Texas-Mexico border given the number of law enforcement agencies already working to secure the area.
“It just creates a problem from my point of view, because we don’t know who they are,” Lucio told the AP.
This has been another episode of Listen To The Man.
Image: Claude Monet, Jean Monet on his Hobby Horse, 1872.
By these people, I mean (some) male gamers:
Earlier this week, feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian posted the latest in a series of crowdfunded videos called Tropes vs. Women, devoted to aggregating and analyzing games that portray women as damsels in distress, ornamental eye candy, incidental victims, and other archetypes that tend to be written in service of and subordinate to male players and characters….
…Since the project launched on Kickstarter way back in 2012, the gaming community has been treated to an incessant, deeply paranoid campaign against Tropes vs. Women generally and Sarkeesian personally….now, she’s apparently spent the night with friends after contacting law enforcement about “some very scary threats” against her and her family. She’s published a page of extremely violent sexual threats from the person who apparently drove her to call the police; in it, the user mentions the location of her apartment and threatens to kill her parents, who the user names and claims to be able to find.
Sarkeesian has tweeted out that she’s safe. The good news is that some very prominent people in and around gaming and tech have weighed in on her project. The bad news is that such public encouragement may be making Sarkeesian even more of a target:
In this case, the vitriol might have been compounded by the support her latest video received from popular developers and media figures. Joss Whedon and William Gibson, among others, mentioned it, and Tim Schafer of Double Fine — known for Psychonauts and the Kickstarter-funded Broken Age — spent several hours fielding responses after urging everyone in game development to watch it “from start to finish.”
I started to write here about how this is a test of the gamer community, and the need to shame and shun and all that, but we know. We do. Take it as read.
And, of course, it ain’t just gamers, though it’s pretty damn obvious at this point that tech in general has a dude-bro problem. I’ve recently been engaged in efforts to respond to gender bias and sexual harassment on my own patch, science writing, so I know better than to suggest that this is an isolated pathology. The hate and genuine danger may vary by degree, but it’s hardly confined to one corner of contemporary life.
IOW: if this is a test, it’s a test that we’re all are taking. Judge for yourself whether, when or if we manage to pass it.
Jan Sanders van Hemessen, Tarquin and Lucretia, before 1579.