Archive for January, 2012

Romney pays the same tax rate he would if he made 1/365th what he actually does

January 25, 2012

13.9% effective tax rate while getting $56,986 per day, from interest as he doesn’t have a job.
It’s okay because its legal. Because his company lobbied to keep it legal. The problem couldn’t possibly be that rich people and companies can lobby to make tax laws favor them. As Jon Stewart observes, it is that “Poor people have —— lobbyists.”

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I see your twitter fiction…

January 22, 2012

… and I raise you the reality of Santorum’s website:

Look at that acronym.

Greta and Jen, my response to your twitter contest is:

“Santorum requests C.U.M. to add to the mix. Hopes for 1 million in donations over 24 hours.”

Many thanks to Political Irony and, of course, to Rick Santorum‘s website.

Edited to emphasize that yes, that banner is on the actual candidate’s actual website. Really. Go check. This edit prompted by a response of sheer disbelief.

Scary concept.

January 20, 2012

MORPHEUS: Where did you go to high school, Neo?


NEO: …in the Matrix.

MORPHEUS: The machines tell elegant lies.


NEO (in a small voice): Could I please have a real physics textbook?

MORPHEUS: There is no such thing, Neo. The universe doesn’t run on math.

From WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD, an aside within Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.

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January 8, 2012

The Popemobile and the power of faith

January 5, 2012

We will open now with Jesus words in Matthew 18:19: “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth concerning anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father who is in heaven.”

So, why does the Pope have a bulletproof Popemobile?

Okay, so this picture does appeal to my sense of whimsy, but there is a serious point here: The existence of a (non-cartoon) bulletproof Popemobile means that either A) The Pope and the Vatican do not have faith in the words of Jesus or B) think that fewer than two people have ever prayed for the safety of the Pope.

Even I think he is more popular than that, and I think he is an enabler of the rape of multitudes of children.

Simple in its gameplay and yet epic in its scope…

January 4, 2012

Ninja Rope.

In case anyone wondered why I’ve been absent from my blog: I asked my darling wife whether she would object to me buying Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. She said I was only allowed if it was as a Christmas present to her. So, now that Emily and I have watched it- including Commentary! The Musical– I have been exposed to Ninja Rope through the medium of song. I haven’t yet beaten Nathan Fillion, but my high score is a respectable 72 yards.