Tag Archives: california

  Lifestyle Pages

Mitt Romney Meets With Old Campaign Chums For No Special Reason, Why Do You Ask?

Mitt Romney gives a lecture about 2016 election at Stanford University. Pic by Stelio Ropokis via Twitter Mitt Romney has been keeping busy since our wayward nation made the biggest mistake of her life by walking away from the blissful comfort of his mechanical, Downy-scented embrace two years ago. Mitt is the forgiving type and has remained in the background of our political lives, just being our friend, because he would hate to think he and the American voters couldn’t be friends anymore. And he’s been meeting up with some of his best buds who, by total coincidence, played integral roles in his last run for president, just to say hi. Read more on Mitt Romney Meets With Old Campaign Chums For No Special Reason, Why Do You Ask?…
  Here have some news n stuff

War In Afghanistan Is Kind Of Over Now, Hooray Or Something!

Glad that's all behind us now
Remember that time we went to war in Afghanistan? Yeah, well, apparently that’s sort of over now, technically speaking. On Sunday, President Obama issued a statement declaring that We Won Woo Hoo! — or, more accurately, we’ve concluded our “combat mission.” We’ve come to understand this means we’ve won the war enough that we can share a collective celebratory high five, but we reserve the right to un-win the war, just in case it doesn’t stick. Because that’s how the U.S. of A rolls now. Read more on War In Afghanistan Is Kind Of Over Now, Hooray Or Something!…
  not all cops

Orange County Cops Putting All The Kids In Jail, No Big

That's some fine police work, Lou.
In 2009, celebrated Santa Ana Police Detective Andy Alvarez was tasked to investigate a bloody attempted murder case, in which a man in a Jeep pulled up to three teenagers and opened fire on them. Alvarez had two leads. The first was that the shooter reportedly shouted “Delhi,” the name of a Santa Ana street gang, before opening fire. The second was that two of the victims positively identified another kid in the Jeep as Francisco Vega, a former classmate with whom they’d previously had trouble. The OC Weekly reports: Read more on Orange County Cops Putting All The Kids In Jail, No Big…
  Here have some news n stuff

Stop Hating America So We Can Look Into This Benghazi Thing For The First Time Ever

How good do you heart America?
Talking about torture is just so yesterday. And besides, there is no reason to talk about bad things our country might have done, because we’re America, and we don’t do bad things. And if you say that we do, well, you obviously hate this country and freedom and George Washington. Love it or leave it, haters, because America is THE BEST. So let’s put that unpleasantness whole our government-raped-and-murdered-prisoners thing behind us, because we have far more important things to talk about. Things that really matter. You know what that is: Read more on Stop Hating America So We Can Look Into This Benghazi Thing For The First Time Ever…
  Choose Your Own A-Gender

Family Research Council Will Fix Constitutional Flaw That Allows Trans Americans Too Much Freedom

Yep, conspiracy to commit murder is right in there!
Could it be that the Religious Right — or at least some parts of it — has finally recognized that trying to reverse decades of civil rights progress by gay people is a lost cause? This might explain why it feels like they’re starting to freak out a lot more often about the threat to the Homeland posed by trans* people using whatever restroom they want. Or, also an optimistic view, they’re freaking out more because the culture as a whole is becoming incrementally friendlier to trans* folks? Read more on Family Research Council Will Fix Constitutional Flaw That Allows Trans Americans Too Much Freedom…
  The Poor Is Coming from Inside the Building

NYC Developers Not Losing Any Opportunity To Be Total Dicks

New York Post Times are tough for developers of luxury housing towers, with killjoys on city councils and planning commissions saying they can’t get massive tax breaks for building concrete-and-glass citadels for the wealthy without including some symbolic “affordable housing.” But who wants to pay three times as much for stainless appliances and rainfall showers only to take the elevator with coupon-clippers? Read more on NYC Developers Not Losing Any Opportunity To Be Total Dicks…
  Here have some news n stuff

RINO George W. Bush Totally Supports Obama’s Goal Of Beating Bad Guys

Is this guy even a Republican?
George Dubya gave an interview on CNN and said some stuff. Like how when he heard about the grand jury in New York refusing to indict the cop who choked Eric Garner to death, it made him “sad that race continues to play such a, you know, kind of emotional, divisive part of life.” And how if his brother Jeb runs for president, he will SO full-on win. And also how it was a real comfort to him sometimes, when he was president, that his daddy had been president too, because his daddy could, like, totally get it, man. Read more on RINO George W. Bush Totally Supports Obama’s Goal Of Beating Bad Guys…
  Some People Just Don't Belong

Rich White Bay Area Community Pretty Sure Little Brown Girl Doesn’t Belong There

The adorable 7-year-old in question, with her Justin Bieber doll.
California is home to the Bradley effect, so in a way, this story shouldn’t surprise us. Nonetheless, this tale is impressive for its imaginative completeness. It is a fully realized vision of the extent to which privileged white people can be horrible, how complaints don’t matter unless they’re registered by the right people, and how public shaming can still work. The story takes place in Orinda, CA, once named the second-friendliest town in America by Forbes. It was originally reported by Inside Bay Area: Read more on Rich White Bay Area Community Pretty Sure Little Brown Girl Doesn’t Belong There…
  justice delayed

Judicial Nice Time: Man Wrongly Convicted Of 1978 Murder Exonerated, Finally

Crimes against fashion are all he's guilty of
Photo by Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times Here’s a nice change: A story of what happens when the court system gets it right — belatedly, yes, but on a day like this, we’re about one post away from just saying screw it and posting adorable kitten videos all day, so we’ll take what we can get. Read more on Judicial Nice Time: Man Wrongly Convicted Of 1978 Murder Exonerated, Finally…
  department of silver linings

Fox News Displeased: California Begins Releasing Hardened Children From Juvie

Hardened criminals to now be released from chain gangs early.
One of the few bright spots for liberals in Tuesday’s “tectonic skullfucking” of an election was the passing of progressive ballot initiatives in various states. In California, voters passed Proposition 47, which reclassifies some nonviolent property and drug crime felonies as misdemeanors and could allow as many as 10,000 convicted felons to apply for resentencing and earlier release from the state’s seriously overcrowded prisons. Also, courts are expected to file about 40,000 fewer felony charges annually. Read more on Fox News Displeased: California Begins Releasing Hardened Children From Juvie…
  Your Morning Maddow

Morning Maddow: Rachel Has Some Silver Linings For You, And One’s A Butt (Video)

She likes Tom Butt and she cannot lie...
After Tuesday’s electoral disappointments — disappointments? More like tectonic skullfucking — we’re all in the mood for whatever bits of relief we can find. And while you might expect to find Rachel Maddow singing the blues, if you ask her for some happy news, she’ll just smile and say “Tom Butt.” Because Tom Butt is the newly elected mayor of Richmond, California, a one-company Bay Area city where Chevron spent over $3 million to try and buy itself a mayor and city council that would be friendly to its huge refinery — and lost. Tom Butt only raised about $45,000 in a campaign where Chevron bought every billboard in town, and he and the three non-Chevronic council candidates won anyway, so that there is a fine outcome: a city government that “one of the richest companies in the history of the Earth has emphatically not bought and paid for.” Read more on Morning Maddow: Rachel Has Some Silver Linings For You, And One’s A Butt (Video)…
  All The Derp What's Fit To Herp

Derp Roundup: Yes, Stevie Wonder Truthers Are A Thing

Ebony And Irony
Oh, golly, it’s time for another Derp Roundup, a chance for us to bring you some of the stories that were just too damned stupid to ignore altogether, but which didn’t quite merit a post of their own. You may want a good stiff serving of the reality-amending chemical compounds of your choice before you expose yourself to this stuff. Read more on Derp Roundup: Yes, Stevie Wonder Truthers Are A Thing…
  Here have some news n stuff

This Guy Ranked All The Coen Brothers Films, But That’s Just Like His Opinion, Man

His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you're not into the whole brevity thing.
It’s been 30 years since the Coen brothers released their first film, Blood Simple, so Christopher Orr at The Atlantic is re-watching and re-remebering all of them. And that’s cool, man, that’s cool. We’d even agree with him that this could easily be the best line from The Big Lebowski: “Say what you will about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it’s an ethos.” Read more on This Guy Ranked All The Coen Brothers Films, But That’s Just Like His Opinion, Man…
  The Thin Blue Twitching Emotionally Unbalanced Line

Police Departments Trying To Kill And Beat People A Little Less, Maybe

Help! Police!
Now that Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson has apologized for being worthless (but not for actively making matters worse), what are other law enforcement agencies doing to get back in the public’s good graces? Let’s start with a story we already touched on in the morning links, the top-notch police work of South Carolina Highway Patrol officer Sean Groubert, who earlier this month shot a guy several times because the guy was reaching for his wallet while black. You may have seen the video, but just because it’s complete madness, we feel compelled to embed it, because of its remarkably high WTF value: Read more on Police Departments Trying To Kill And Beat People A Little Less, Maybe…
  Your morning cup of wut?

GOP Sure Is Great With The Ladies, Part Why Bother Counting? And Other News You Can Maybe Use

except when they're not invited
Just think … somewhere in the world, it’s already weekend o’clock. Boy, those Republicans, man. They sure know how to woo the womenfolk. Or at least the menfolk, which, let’s face it, is really who matters: Read more on GOP Sure Is Great With The Ladies, Part Why Bother Counting? And Other News You Can Maybe Use…
  Your morning cup of wut?

‘Convert Them Or Kill Them,’ Said Jesus And Other News You Can Maybe Use

We have good news (weed and boobs) and bad news (Dana Milbank). Which do you want first? Too bad, here’s what you’re getting. Now that Duck Dynasty Derphead Phil Robertson is tourin’ the teevee to sell his “book,” we’ll probably be suffering through many of his deep thoughts. Like what Jesus would say about fightin’ terra-rists: Read more on ‘Convert Them Or Kill Them,’ Said Jesus And Other News You Can Maybe Use…
  Our Cold Dead Hands

Gun Fun: Our Responsible Gun Owners Have Been Busy Bees!

The right to bare legs is much more fun
Good golly, there’s a whole lot of shootin’ going on! America’s Responsible Gun Owners have been keeping the peace all on their lonesome, some with deadlier results than others. Let’s dig through the shell casings and see what’s out there! Read more on Gun Fun: Our Responsible Gun Owners Have Been Busy Bees!…
  the dumb is out there

Shasta County Supervisors Going To Get To The Bottom Of This Whole Chemtrails Thing

Do you live in Shasta County, California? If so, you really need to come and collect your County Board of Supervisors, because they just unanimously voted to explore, in a seemingly unironic fashion, the wide world of chemtrails. Unanimously. As in no one disagreed with this plan of action. We checked to see if Victoria Jackson held office in Shasta County, because that would explain so much, but we guess she lives in Tennessee. Apparently the government is spraying stupid in a pattern that covers both California AND Tennessee. Will they stop at nothing? Read more on Shasta County Supervisors Going To Get To The Bottom Of This Whole Chemtrails Thing…
  lawsplaining

Activist Judge Tells California They Can’t Murder People How Is That Even Fair?

This news seems to have dropped late enough on Wednesday night that our Twitter feed had not yet turned into a seething morass of conservative teeth-gnashing about the rule of law, but we expect that will have changed by the time you read this: a federal judge in the state of California has ruled that state’s death penalty scheme unconstitutional, in large part because of the lengthy and arbitrary delays. Cue so much derpy-har-har about how they can’t believe that what’s unconstitutional about the death penalty is people don’t die! Chuckle, mumble, burp, stare, sulk. But for real, that’s one of the big reasons, and it’s totally legit. Let’s lawsplain. Read more on Activist Judge Tells California They Can’t Murder People How Is That Even Fair?…
  Rage Against The Green

An Open Letter To People Who Water Their Lawns During A Drought

Dear Neighbors: Hello. Hi. How are you? I’m fine. Well, actually, that’s a lie. I am not fine. I am enraged. I am livid. I am ready to freak the fuck out. Why? Because we’re in the midst of the worst drought in California history, and you won’t stop watering your fucking lawns. READ MORE AT HNTP Read more on An Open Letter To People Who Water Their Lawns During A Drought…
  has to be a scandal somehow

Latest Obamacare Horror Story: ACA Cuts Uninsured People In Half!

Well, it’s just like the horror stories warned: Now that Obamacare has gone into effect, all the worst fears of the critics have come to pass: the government of Iraq is in danger of falling to Islamic radicals, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is blowing up, and terrorist soccer fans are swarming across the border. Oh, and the percentage of people with no health insurance has reached the lowest point ever recorded, and in California, the number of uninsured people has been reduced by half. So yeah, pretty much a total fiasco. Read more on Latest Obamacare Horror Story: ACA Cuts Uninsured People In Half!…
  clipbait

Rachel Maddow Quotes ‘Excellent And Profane’ Mommyblog On California Anti-Immigrant Idiots (Video)

You know when you’re a kid and your name is in the paper because you won 2nd place in the Pinewood Derby, and your mom clips it and puts it in a scrapbook and you tell all your friends? That’s how we feel about Rachel Maddow reading a full paragraph — not just a three-word snippet — from a story in Yr little mommyblog, recipe hub and pony meme repository, Wonkette.com. It’s a thrill, like Navin Johnson seeing his name in the new phonebook and just knowing he’s really arrived, he’s somebody now. Read more on Rachel Maddow Quotes ‘Excellent And Profane’ Mommyblog On California Anti-Immigrant Idiots (Video)…