Archive for May 14th, 2011

May 14, 2011

Baseball Field Invasion

by thefulllidvmg

TDW:

An Astros fan invades the field during last night’s match against the Mets, manages to (temporarily) evade the fuzz with some fancy parkour-inspired maneuvers.

May 14, 2011

Social Networks IRL

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A funny clip exposing how open some people are (or are not) to sharing their personal information in real life.

May 14, 2011

Fuel Psychology

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If you ever cared about saving money at the gas pump, you may have driven out of your way to save a few cents per gallon. Read this:

As the NACS notes, such a trip is more likely to increase your costs than it is to save you money. A 10-minute detour theoretically results in a 20-minute round trip. At an average speed of 45 mph, the trip would cover 15 miles. If your car gets 30 miles to the gallon, you have to burn half a gallon of gas to reach the station with the cheaper prices. At $4 a gallon, that’s a cost of $2. To make such a trip worth your while (without factoring in the value of your time or the additional wear and tear on your vehicle), you’d need a fuel tank capable of holding 67 gallons. At a savings of three cents a gallon, that 67-gallon tank would cost $2.01 less to fill up at the cheap station versus the more expensive station. This means that after subtracting the cost of the extra fuel it necessitations, your excursion would save you a penny!

One other note for those bemoaning the car/fuel age:

Indeed, while the gas that cost 36 cents per gallon in 1970 would only cost $2 per gallon today, the average fuel economy for cars in that era was approximately 13.5 miles per gallon. In contrast, a 2011 Ford Fiesta gets 28 miles per gallon in the city and 37 miles per gallon on the highway — so until gas prices top $4 per gallon, Fiesta drivers are actually paying less per mile for gas than the drivers of the 1970s did. And they’re not paying a premium to achieve such efficiencies — the Fiesta starts at $13,320 (that’s just $2312.72 in 1970 dollars).

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May 14, 2011

New Name

by thefulllidvmg

Pretty self explanatory.

May 14, 2011

Loathing Taxes

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The GOP way:

 The GOP doesn’t just hate taxes. They hate taxes so much that theirstated position is they’d prefer no deficit reduction, and even a default on the debt ceiling, to even a dollar in new taxes. They hate taxes, in other words, more than they like balanced budgets, or fear a federal default. Hating taxes is the absolute, number-one core belief of the modern GOP.

A recent history lesson is helpful:

 “In the 1990s, we raised taxes, particularly on the rich. And a lot of these people were saying our tax increases were going to kill the economy. But remember what actually happened? We got rid of our deficits and the economy grew really robustly for 10 years. And what if it happened again? We might get rid of our deficits and the economy would grow really robustly for another 10 years. Maybe it’s good for the economy to actually get the deficit under control.”

May 14, 2011

Obama on Fixing the Immigration System

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From El Paso:

More here.

May 14, 2011

“Is T.V. Too Gay?”

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A discussion with Bryan Fischer (of course) since the recent Glee episode that featured two same-sex teen couples. Money quote:

As much as you all (Bryan Fischer (American Family Association and other right wing groups) want to bring 1954 back, you can’t.

May 14, 2011

White Privilege, Donald Trump, and Unpaid Taxes

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Tim Wise helps us Caucasians out by using Donald Trump as an example (this is so worth a full read):

Now, with the birth certificate thing settled among remotely sane people, Trump has switched gears, casting doubt on Barack Obama’s academic performance and suggesting he didn’t deserve to get into the Ivy League schools he attended; namely, Columbia and Harvard Law. Although this plays directly into the long-running narrative so common on the white right for the past forty years, to the effect that black folks are getting things they don’t deserve because of racial favoritism, Trump insists it has nothing to do with race. Of course not. Neither could it possibly be about race that Trump would question Obama in this way, despite never having raised the issue of academic merit with any white president or politician, like, for instance, George W. Bush, who was a mediocre student (at best) in prep school and Yale, and actually bragged about his piss-poor performance to Yale students when he gave the commencement address there after becoming president.

One other noteworthy quote:

Never mind that General Electric paid less in taxes last year than undocumented immigrants, despite record profits.

May 14, 2011

Ron Paul on Taking Out OBL

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If he was POTUS, he wouldn’t have had taken OBL out in the night:

“I think things could have been done somewhat differently,” Paul said this week. “I would suggest the way they got Khalid [Sheikh] Mohammed. We went and cooperated with Pakistan. They arrested him, actually, and turned him over to us, and he’s been in prison. Why can’t we work with the government?”

Brian Doherty breaks it down:

This very controversial position is in line with his general sense that the U.S. should not and need not act like a power that can do whatever it wants wherever it wants, and that other people and nations in the Middle East generally deserve to be treated with the same sympathy and empathy as any other. He’s held firm to these stances, and seems like he’ll continue to, though it remains to be seen how many GOP primary voters will go along with him.

Doug Mataconis wraps it up:

In general, I tend to agree with Paul in principle. A foreign policy based on the idea that American can and should throw its weight around in the world for whatever reason it wants strikes me as a recipe for eternal war abroad, and deprivations of civil liberties and massive government spending at home. Paul, however, seems to apply this principle in an overly strict, some would say old fashioned manner that doesn’t take into account the realities of the world. The Pakistan of 2003 when KSM was captured is not the same as the Pakistan of 2011, and, arguably, Osama bin Laden is a far different target than Mohammed. Moreover, I think the Administration’s skepticism about trusting the Pakistani “government” with any of the operational or intelligence details of this mission before it took place was fairly well-placed given the considerable evidence that they aren’t necessarily trustworthy.

I agree with Doug. But in principle, I don’t believe it’s in America’s best interest to rampage through certain areas of the world. If we do, we have to accept creating some madness in the process.

May 14, 2011

Statistic for the Day

by thefulllidvmg

A boom in sales of bicycles has been washing over America (see this study):

We don’t want to underestimate Americans’ ability to buy things they don’t use, but bike sales were up 9 percent this quarter. There was an even bigger jump — 29 percent — in sales of road bikes, implying that people are using their new vehicles to commute. … The federal government has invested $2 billion in bike lanes over the last two years, and several cities have instituted bike share programs or expanded bike lane networks (New York City added more than 50 miles).

H/T: Andrew Sullivan, Kicki (cool pic!)

May 14, 2011

Historical Hyperbole of the Day

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For a guy with a PhD in History, 2012 Republican nominee Newt Gingrich is pretty good at hyperbole (and overblown fear-mongering):

Republican Newt Gingrich told a Georgia audience on Friday evening that the 2012 presidential election is the most consequential since the 1860 race that elected Abraham Lincoln to the White House and was soon followed by the Civil War.

Addressing the Georgia Republican Party’s convention, Gingrich said the nation is at a crossroads and that the re-election of Democratic President Barack Obama would lead to four more years of “radical left-wing values” that would drive the nation to ruin.

Gingrich also blasted Obama as “the most successful food stamp president in modern American history.”

May 14, 2011

Foreign Policy Wonkhood of the Weekend

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Jeffery Goldberg (of TheAtlantic) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (Secretary of State) discuss Arab foreign affairs.

May 14, 2011

Thrilling Read for the Weekend

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A 20+ year cold case is followed up on and will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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May 14, 2011

Fundamentalism Meets Pornography

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Osama’s compound had a few scattered electronic devices (which were banned under Taliban rule in Afghanistan). The Navy SEALs also found his porn stash (or someones stash of porn in his house). Was he that much of a fundamentalist?

May 14, 2011

Mitt Romney + The Onion

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“Every day I am haunted by the fact that I gave impoverished Massachusetts citizens a chance to receive health care. I’m only human, and I’ve made mistakes. None bigger, of course, than helping cancer patients receive chemotherapy treatments and making sure that those suffering from pediatric AIDS could obtain medications, but that’s my cross to bear,” - Mitt Romney

More:

“The major strike against Mitt Romney is that he not only tried to help people get medical care, he actually did help people get medical care,” conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg said. “No other Republican in the field has that type of baggage. And in the end, in order to defeat President Obama, the GOP needs someone who has a track record of never wanting to help sick people.”

H/T: Andrew Sullivan

May 14, 2011

Cat and Cigarette

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May 14, 2011

A&F Invades Paris

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