Quote for the Day

So what lies down this road? A world in which key positions can only be filled by complete hacks, preferably interns from the Heritage Foundation with no relevant experience but unquestioned loyalty.

In short, we’re on our way to running America the way the Coalition Provisional Authority ran Iraq.

Paul Krugman


Because there’s always room for just a little more pessimism in our lives, I bring you the above throughts from Paul Krugman, who despairs over the way in which any technically profficient political appointee that Barack Obama nominates  is invariably blocked by GOP partisans.


The Sovs used to do this. “Not Politically Reliable” was what they used to say. Irony, lost on the wingtards.

Obviously no one in the RW ever read the Gulag Archipelago.

Oh yeah. I think Cat In The Hat is too long for most RW wingnuts. I read the first two volumes before I couldn’t take anymore. The comic tragic aspects stopped me from reading the last volume.


Oh yeah. I think Cat In The Hat is too long for most RW wingnuts.

Except the ones who’ve read Atlas Shrugged… over, and over, and over…

But then, those are probably the Heritage Foundation interns Krugman is talking about.

@Serolf Divad:
10 pages of Altass Snores was too much. It was the worst book I ever read… next to the Federalist papers.

Why do wingnuts right write the shittiest books?

/turns beet red at the irony/

I have to admit, I only made it halfway through “The First Circle” (another gulag novel) before I got so confused I had to give up. Solzhenitsyn’s habit of referring to characters by any combo of their three+ names and/or nicknames made it really hard to follow for somebody who wasn’t in tune with the Russian protocols for addressing others…

@Serolf Divad:
Fapping to the “love” scenes doesn’t count as “reading”, no matter how much the teabaggers insist. :)


I just got e-mailed free access to the New York Times website (courtesy of Lincoln) for teh remainder of the year. I figured I’d have to buy a Lincoln first, but… nope. Looks like it’s just free access for the remainder of 2011.

So I’m guessing the Times is going to play things safe and be handing out a lot of free subscriptions to ease the roll-out of of the new paywall.

I wonder what demographic I fit that they offered me a free subscription? maybe it’s all the comments I’ve left on Krugman’s blog.

Very interesting…

@ManchuCandidate: @al2o3cr: My gulag reading has been limited to One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, which is so so good and also blessedly short, and The Long Walk by Slawomir Rawicz, which admittedly only starts out in a work camp, but still gives you a good feel for gulag life before they escape. Also, the book has yetis! So!

@Serolf Divad: And then there’s the blog-link access (we’ll see whether we’re covered), the new NYT-linking Twitter account, the four-line Javascript trick…

Regarding the latter: Apparently all the NYT does is overlay the actual page with a subscription notice. Remove the overlay, and there’s the story!

I inadvertently left my laptop on last night and got logged out of Stinque. Is this to conserve electrons?

@flippin eck:

Classic fiction clearly suffers from a dearth of Yetis.

@Dodgerblue: I get logged out myself every so often, and I still have no clue why that happens. Stale cookies, I guess.

@Serolf Divad: The Long Walk is supposedly true. You can decide what sounds more implausible: that three men survived a hike from Siberia across the Mongolian Desert and the Himalyan Mountains into India, or that they saw two yeti-like creatures near the end of their journey. Also, the story (sort of) is set to be released as a Major! Motion! Picture! this winter.

@Serolf Divad: Maybe my dog logged me out. She’s very smart. I should check my history file for dog-related sites.

Hey Benedick: a dachsie squared off against my dog, Sophie, this morning. Sophie, a Chow/GSD/something mix, goes about 65 pounds, has a wrestler’s build, and, while on leash, is very aggressive towards other dogs. That dachsie had more balls than brains. Hilarity ensued.

If somebody doesn’t fix the drop shadow on that title treatment I am going to have to.

I swear you people do this to me just to hear me complain.

ADD: And don’t get me started on that font. The point of having letters on something is to be able to distinguish which letters they actually are, the better to understand the intended communication thereby.

“Apparently all the NYT does is overlay the actual page with a subscription notice. ”

They paid $40 million for THAT? FFS…

@Serolf Divad: They don’t read it. They carry it around and pretend they read it. The slightly more intelligent ones probably read the Cliff’s notes, but that’s about it.

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: Per ‘Catt Dearest: “No. Drop. Shadows. EVERRRRRRRRRRR!”

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: Be careful what you wish for, Tommy Dearest (+1 mellbell), as Serolf could make it Comic Sans next time…

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: The point of having letters on something is to be able to distinguish which letters they actually are

Didn’t like Raygun, did we?

Speak of the Devil: NY Times Asks Twitter to Shut Down Paywall Dodgers

Trademark violation, they claim. Dodgerblue’s comeback TK.

@nojo: Maybe it’s time for a new Stinque handle.

OH! WTF IS THAT GRAPHIC? Is someone getting married in SouthWest Philly?

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