September 1, 2014
From the Twitterverse. MSNBC appears to have misplaced Europe.

From the Twitterverse. MSNBC appears to have misplaced Europe.

September 1, 2014
Jennifer Lawrence is more than a nude photo - Vox

File this under: duh.

August 31, 2014
A friend on the deck …

A friend on the deck …

August 30, 2014
My life — a play in one act

Scene: my back yard

Daughter cooing happily in Mrs Prof’s arms. Mrs Prof needs to go inside; hands Babyprof to me.

Babyprof: “Waa! Waaaaaa!” Agonized look on face.

Mrs Prof returns. Ecstatic look on Babyprof’s face; coos with happiness in her mother’s arms

The moral? It is good to know what position one has in society.

August 29, 2014
"A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."

Douglas Adams

Politicalprof: my love and appreciation of this quote is indescribable.

August 28, 2014
Grindstaff cave Spelunking - YouTube

Believe it or not, Politicalprof used to lead groups of campers through this cave back in his college days. BTW, Politicalprof is — or was — 6’10”. (But much skinnier than his current self!)

August 28, 2014
The top 10 ways to mess with political scientists

This is startlingly accurate. My favorite is #3: 

Say, “Today’s Tom Friedman column was really interesting. You should read it.  He makes some good points.” My parents do this to me.  All.  The.  Time.  I suspect other political scientists have the same reaction I do.  Bonus tip: Same statement, but replace “Tom Friedman” with “Maureen Dowd.”

That will work. Believe me.

August 28, 2014
We have A LOT more work to do.
ht: Bob B

We have A LOT more work to do.

ht: Bob B

August 28, 2014
Solid emergency planning …

Solid emergency planning …

August 26, 2014
"

And if Michael Brown was not angelic, I was practically demonic. I had my first drink when I was 11. I once brawled in the cafeteria after getting hit in the head with a steel trash can. In my junior year I failed five out of seven classes. By the time I graduated from high school, I had been arrested for assaulting a teacher and been kicked out of school (twice.) And yet no one who knew me thought I had the least bit of thug in me. That is because I also read a lot of books, loved my Commodore 64, and ghostwrote love notes for my friends. In other words, I was a human being. A large number of American teenagers live exactly like Michael Brown. Very few of them are shot in the head and left to bake on the pavement.

The “angelic” standard was not one created by the reporter. It was created by a society that cannot face itself, and thus must employ a dubious “morality” to hide its sins. It is reinforced by people who have embraced the notion of “twice as good” while avoiding the circumstances which gave that notion birth. Consider how easily living in a community “with rough patches” becomes part of a list of ostensible sins. Consider how easily “black-on-black crime” becomes not a marker of a shameful legacy of segregation but a moral failing.

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— Ta-Nehisi Coates, being amazing.