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This week’s helping of Republiconidiocy

February 26, 2009

Not much time but let’s start with Bobby Jindal’s apparent desire to let the free market watch volcanoes.  The $240m he complained about was for the USGS, and volcano monitoring was only a small part of that line, of course.  Maybe we should ask the commander of the US airbase near mount Pinatubo what he thinks of volcano monitoring.  Or people who live within 250 miles of Yellowstone National Park.

Maybe Jindal would make Rush Limbaugh his science advisor.  And policy advisor.  And, apparently, every other kind of advisor.  In fact, why not just cut out the middleman and have Rush Limbaugh for president?

Sometimes I think we should release the flying monkeys on the Republicans.  That IS the reason for genetic engineering, isn’t it?  To fulfill Frank Baum’s vision of those wondrous creatures.  But alas, the dream of a personal squad of flying monkeys would be dashed by a new law against owning primates as pets, proposed by Democrat Earl Blumenauer of Oregon.  It was supported by Dems, opposed by Republicans.  Not clear to me if the law makes an exception for helper monkeys for the handicapped – but those usually aren’t dangerously large.

That’ll have to be enough for this morning – off to work.

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  1. February 26, 2009 at 20:15 | #1

    That Senator is a disgrace to tv name Earl.

  2. February 26, 2009 at 20:21 | #2

    *sigh* I use Yahoo as a home page because that’s where my e-mail account is. They are constantly trying to tell me things of such earth-shaking importance as, “Why Jennifer Aniston brought boyfriend John Mayer to the Oscars”. Who gives a shit? Sadly, too many people. I fear the politicians that should be statesmen increaasingly live in this world of tabloid circuses. One woman gets her face bit off by a demented chimp, and congress springs into action. This could well be the Dem’s version of the Terri Schiavo passion play. What about Pit Bulls? Too ordinary. As for Rush Lardball, the Axis Sally of the Right Wingnuts, any endorsement from that odious tool should be the kiss of death. It’s not because the sane conservatives threw up their hands and abdicated years ago.

  3. February 26, 2009 at 20:40 | #3

    I forgot about your language fig leaf. I don’t have a problem with that choice. If that’s the way you feel, this is your establishment after all. I just wish it was a little less total. I choose my words carefully when I remember to, and my comment above could now read f-word or s-word. I meant “s”. I ususally reserve “f” for the reflexive. Forgive me, I grew up in New Jersey and my collar is permanently blue.

  4. February 26, 2009 at 22:14 | #4

    I forgot about your language fig leaf.

    I originally put it in place because I hoped for the blog to be reachable in schools that have “think of the children!” web filters. Also some religious people are mighty distracted by profanity. It’s a simple, though obnoxious fact that many people use profanity as an external marker of untrustworthiness. If deleting seven nonessential words could open doors of communication, I thought, maybe it’s worth it.  So I restricted the level to that of broadcast television. 

    But sometimes profanity isn’t nonessential.  Conservatives’ knee-jerk reaction to mock valid science is just such a case.  I often consider flipping the switch, in which case all the obscenities typed by all my visitors from the beginning of the blog would come back to life. (The database stores them in their original glory.)

    “Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.”
    —Mark Twain

    Maybe I need to write a post about the value of profanity and throw the switch back to the default position.  It’s been many years and I’m starting to think the original rationale was faulty.  Thoughts? Suggestions?

  5. February 27, 2009 at 09:12 | #5

    Today’s Republicon Party: ensuring your right to own assault weapons, buy dangerous primates, and die in volcanic eruptions. 

    As for the profanity, George, you can probably guess which side of the equation I come down on.  ;-)   But the idea of you not being trapped by decency filters is also nice.  After all, it’s not the language, but the ideas, that are dangerous to impressionable minds… and I loves me the image of a right-winger discovering his kid’s learned some harsh truth about the modern conservative movement.

    That’s worth giving up the f-bomb for.

  6. Ted
    February 27, 2009 at 14:31 | #6

    but those usually aren’t dangerously large

    It’s not the size that matters, except maybe in the biting department. I’m more concerned about their typing abilities.

    I’m for keeping the filter in place.

  7. March 1, 2009 at 18:48 | #7

    The rationale is sound. I support your decision not to give authority figures the excuse to decide for minors what is and is not profane.

    Seriously, I did not mean to imply that I thought you were personally offended, although there’s nothing particularly wrong with that either. I figured it was a decision based on the very real sensibilities of some readers, and the sensitivity some have to exposing young offspring to words they are probably using incorrectly among themselves. I just kick myself for forgetting it’s there, then I can’t resist having some fun with it. ;-)

  8. March 1, 2009 at 23:33 | #8

    The flip side to the filter is that hiding words of individuals could make it harder for inane responses to be brought out into the open. I guess most of the inanity you get on your blog doesn’t involve a lot of naughty words huh?

    Which is why I think you should keep the filter, but edit it so it only shows the first letter and hides the rest. This way people know what the commentator meant, but the whole thing isn’t there to offend.

    Are you sure website filters are searching through stuff on your main page and/or posts? I can’t speak for sure on this one, but I would of thought most website filters are scouring the comments due to blog software design. I don’t know about your blog software, but with WordPress the comments are not part of the post or the main page, but sort of a subsection under the post.

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