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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-08-05 06:45
Subject: [links] Link salad goes down, down in the basement
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Steve Buchheit reviews The Sky That Wraps

A cruise for everyone: 7 themed sailings — In which Mary Robinette Kowal and I get name checked by CNN.

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire — Donnie Reynolds, the documentary filmmaker who's currently working with me, fights fires. Literally.

Tribe Revives Language on Verge of Extinction — (Thanks to Dad.)

Untrustworthy spirits: Pat Robertson and EliphazSlacktivist Fred Clark is hilariously snarky about Pat Robertson's relationship with God.

Ex-Idaho Sen. Craig says Minneapolis bathroom trip that led to arrest was official business — Because Republicans are always moral actors. Look! Bill Clinton! (Via [info]danjite.)

Romney Bemoans False Campaign Ads While Doubling Down On False Attack — More of that justly famed conservative intellectual consistency.

The hits keep coming: Romney demanded Kennedy release tax returns, then backpedaled eight years laterIt's been largely forgotten, but in [Romney’s 1994 Senate race against Ted Kennedy], Romney demanded Kennedy release his tax returns, saying the veteran senator needed to “prove he [had] nothing to hide.” Also, later on, Romney lied about what he'd said. He's like a crude cartoon of a GOP politician.

Romney’s “Recovery Plan” Could Bring On Another Recession — Ya think? The Supply Side Economics fairy might show up this time if we all just clap hard enough.

?otD: Do you hear the sounds of machines?




8/5/2012
Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (Revisions on Other Me)
Body movement: 60 minute coastal walk
Hours slept: 6.25 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems by Henry Petroski

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houseboatonstyx: smaller-healing-buddha
User: houseboatonstyx
Date: 2012-08-06 06:44 (UTC)
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Keyword:smaller-healing-buddha
Dunno whether it's reimbursable, but I looked into the case against Larry Craig at the time. The paper rightly calls it a 'sting'. The police ran this as a regular thing: a handsome young policeman spent hours in a toilet stall looking tempting; then travelers were arrested and taken to a special room where the police did a shakedown scam, giving them the choice of signing a gullty plea and paying a fine -- or missing their plane and being publicly tried.

No one accused Craig of actually doing anything lewd; just some alleged 'signals' such as tapping his feet and picking up a scrap of paper. No video, no evidence that he actually even did those 'signals'.

Imo it may have been Craig's karma for his persecution of gays, but ....
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-08-06 13:18 (UTC)
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I always thought the whole thing was ridiculous. Not that I have the least scrap of respect or support for the GOP party line on sexual minorities or reproductive freedom, but even closeted self-hating conservative gays should be free to pursue their sexuality. But (a) the irony and (b) the apparent silliness of the defense are both pretty heavy-handed in an amazing way.
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