The Jindal Portrait Flap

There was a huge internet driven controversy yesterday that was started by this tweet sent out by an old friend and blogger comrade in arms: I’m not going to deal with the Jindal camp’s weasely-n-whiny response or go into the details of the portrait. I’d rather discuss *why* I find it so disturbing that Gov PBJ likes this poorly done portrait that doesn’t resemble him at all. The twitter people are having a hard time understanding why this reveals something significant about PBJ. There was a lot of chatter about “the issues, not the man.” That’s nonsense, they’re inseparable. I rarely talk about … Continue reading The Jindal Portrait Flap

Women’s voices matter

To begin: I am a woman teacher of introductory computer sciences. My two sections this semester have 150 students each. When I say there’s a “pretty good” gender balance, I mean it doesn’t take me too long to find women to make eye contact with while I’m lecturing. It’s definitely nowhere near 50-50, though. I had a student come into my office hours on Monday and mention, in passing, how intimidating it was that whenever I’d ask a question there were a bunch of male hands that would immediately jump into the air. “The guys already know all this,” she told … Continue reading Women’s voices matter

Run, Willard, Run

Greetings earthlings, take me to your leader? There is actually a Draft Willard Mittbot Romney petitiony, websitey thingy and it has 51K signatories as of this writing. The guy who's morning show I never watch, Joe Scarborough, thinks the GOP could do worse; they will, they will. And wingnut Congressman Jason Chaffetz (LDS-Utah) not only thinks Mittbot will attempt for a third time to become the first robot President but that he will win. It is unclear if Chaffetz had a revelation from Joseph Smith or accidentally drank coffee and hallucinated this "testimony." I must admit to having liked the … Continue reading Run, Willard, Run

Annual Fundraising Drive: TEN YEARS MAN

We are ten years old. We are in fourth grade. We need new corduroys and school supplies. Ten years ago this weekend, Holden and Tena and pie and I decided we'd had a stellar time guestblogging over at the Crack Den while Atrios was off, I dunno, becoming famous and respectable, and we'd set up shop here at this web site that I had that was basically some password-protected Buffy fanfiction and ranting about people who don't turn their radios down at the drive-thru window at Taco Bell.  Those were, of course, good and awful times. Awful: We didn't have … Continue reading Annual Fundraising Drive: TEN YEARS MAN

The Internet Killed Tom Cruise, Too

Excuses, excuses: Cruise never jumps on a couch. It is Oprah who seeds the idea that he should stand on it. She thanks Cruise for attending her recent Legends Ball, where she honored Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King. “I turned and looked at one point and you were standing in the chair going, ‘Yes! Yes!’ ” she gushes to Cruise. “I loved that enthusiasm.” Minutes later, he stands on the couch for a second, and after she and the audience cheer that, he does it again. When she continues pressing about if he wants to marry Holmes, he exhales, “I’m … Continue reading The Internet Killed Tom Cruise, Too

The Internet Killed Tom Cruise, Too

Excuses, excuses: Cruise never jumps on a couch. It is Oprah who seeds the idea that he should stand on it. She thanks Cruise for attending her recent Legends Ball, where she honored Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King. “I turned and looked at one point and you were standing in the chair going, ‘Yes! Yes!’ ” she gushes to Cruise. “I loved that enthusiasm.” Minutes later, he stands on the couch for a second, and after she and the audience cheer that, he does it again. When she continues pressing about if he wants to marry Holmes, he exhales, “I’m … Continue reading The Internet Killed Tom Cruise, Too

The Internet Killed Tom Cruise, Too

Excuses, excuses: Cruise never jumps on a couch. It is Oprah who seeds the idea that he should stand on it. She thanks Cruise for attending her recent Legends Ball, where she honored Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King. “I turned and looked at one point and you were standing in the chair going, ‘Yes! Yes!’ ” she gushes to Cruise. “I loved that enthusiasm.” Minutes later, he stands on the couch for a second, and after she and the audience cheer that, he does it again. When she continues pressing about if he wants to marry Holmes, he exhales, “I’m … Continue reading The Internet Killed Tom Cruise, Too

The Internet Killed Tom Cruise, Too

Excuses, excuses: Cruise never jumps on a couch. It is Oprah who seeds the idea that he should stand on it. She thanks Cruise for attending her recent Legends Ball, where she honored Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King. “I turned and looked at one point and you were standing in the chair going, ‘Yes! Yes!’ ” she gushes to Cruise. “I loved that enthusiasm.” Minutes later, he stands on the couch for a second, and after she and the audience cheer that, he does it again. When she continues pressing about if he wants to marry Holmes, he exhales, “I’m … Continue reading The Internet Killed Tom Cruise, Too

The Internet Killed Tom Cruise, Too

Excuses, excuses: Cruise never jumps on a couch. It is Oprah who seeds the idea that he should stand on it. She thanks Cruise for attending her recent Legends Ball, where she honored Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King. “I turned and looked at one point and you were standing in the chair going, ‘Yes! Yes!’ ” she gushes to Cruise. “I loved that enthusiasm.” Minutes later, he stands on the couch for a second, and after she and the audience cheer that, he does it again. When she continues pressing about if he wants to marry Holmes, he exhales, “I’m … Continue reading The Internet Killed Tom Cruise, Too

The Internet Killed Tom Cruise, Too

Excuses, excuses: Cruise never jumps on a couch. It is Oprah who seeds the idea that he should stand on it. She thanks Cruise for attending her recent Legends Ball, where she honored Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King. “I turned and looked at one point and you were standing in the chair going, ‘Yes! Yes!’ ” she gushes to Cruise. “I loved that enthusiasm.” Minutes later, he stands on the couch for a second, and after she and the audience cheer that, he does it again. When she continues pressing about if he wants to marry Holmes, he exhales, “I’m … Continue reading The Internet Killed Tom Cruise, Too

The Internet Killed Tom Cruise, Too

Excuses, excuses: Cruise never jumps on a couch. It is Oprah who seeds the idea that he should stand on it. She thanks Cruise for attending her recent Legends Ball, where she honored Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King. “I turned and looked at one point and you were standing in the chair going, ‘Yes! Yes!’ ” she gushes to Cruise. “I loved that enthusiasm.” Minutes later, he stands on the couch for a second, and after she and the audience cheer that, he does it again. When she continues pressing about if he wants to marry Holmes, he exhales, “I’m … Continue reading The Internet Killed Tom Cruise, Too

The Daily Kingfish

I will be writing about Louisiana and NOLA politics at The Daily Kingfish. I will cross-post anything I think y’all might be interested in. First Draft remains my top blogging priority. It is impossible to top our loyal and devoted readership, which has morphed over time into a crazy, dysfunctional online family complete with its very own crack van. Continue reading The Daily Kingfish

The Daily Kingfish

I will be writing about Louisiana and NOLA politics at The Daily Kingfish. I will cross-post anything I think y’all might be interested in. First Draft remains my top blogging priority. It is impossible to top our loyal and devoted readership, which has morphed over time into a crazy, dysfunctional online family complete with its very own crack van. Continue reading The Daily Kingfish

The Daily Kingfish

I will be writing about Louisiana and NOLA politics at The Daily Kingfish. I will cross-post anything I think y’all might be interested in. First Draft remains my top blogging priority. It is impossible to top our loyal and devoted readership, which has morphed over time into a crazy, dysfunctional online family complete with its very own crack van. Continue reading The Daily Kingfish

The Daily Kingfish

I will be writing about Louisiana and NOLA politics at The Daily Kingfish. I will cross-post anything I think y’all might be interested in. First Draft remains my top blogging priority. It is impossible to top our loyal and devoted readership, which has morphed over time into a crazy, dysfunctional online family complete with its very own crack van. Continue reading The Daily Kingfish

The Daily Kingfish

I will be writing about Louisiana and NOLA politics at The Daily Kingfish. I will cross-post anything I think y’all might be interested in. First Draft remains my top blogging priority. It is impossible to top our loyal and devoted readership, which has morphed over time into a crazy, dysfunctional online family complete with its very own crack van. Continue reading The Daily Kingfish

Odd & Sods: Almost St. Patrick’s Day Edition

I haven’t done one of these hit and miss omnibus posts in a long time. I woke up feeling all omnibussy and hit and missy today, so it’s time to board the not-so magic bus: Passings: They say that deaths come in threes, I don’t believe it but I can pretend to. It seems to have happened with this week’s troika: Joe McGinnis wrote only one great book but it was a classic: The Selling of the President. McGinnis went undercover in Tricky Dick’s 1968 campaign, which was the first fully modern teevee driven campaign. It was the first time … Continue reading Odd & Sods: Almost St. Patrick’s Day Edition

Odd & Sods: Almost St. Patrick’s Day Edition

I haven’t done one of these hit and miss omnibus posts in a long time. I woke up feeling all omnibussy and hit and missy today, so it’s time to board the not-so magic bus: Passings: They say that deaths come in threes, I don’t believe it but I can pretend to. It seems to have happened with this week’s troika: Joe McGinnis wrote only one great book but it was a classic: The Selling of the President. McGinnis went undercover in Tricky Dick’s 1968 campaign, which was the first fully modern teevee driven campaign. It was the first time … Continue reading Odd & Sods: Almost St. Patrick’s Day Edition

Odd & Sods: Almost St. Patrick’s Day Edition

I haven’t done one of these hit and miss omnibus posts in a long time. I woke up feeling all omnibussy and hit and missy today, so it’s time to board the not-so magic bus: Passings: They say that deaths come in threes, I don’t believe it but I can pretend to. It seems to have happened with this week’s troika: Joe McGinnis wrote only one great book but it was a classic: The Selling of the President. McGinnis went undercover in Tricky Dick’s 1968 campaign, which was the first fully modern teevee driven campaign. It was the first time … Continue reading Odd & Sods: Almost St. Patrick’s Day Edition

Odd & Sods: Almost St. Patrick’s Day Edition

I haven’t done one of these hit and miss omnibus posts in a long time. I woke up feeling all omnibussy and hit and missy today, so it’s time to board the not-so magic bus: Passings: They say that deaths come in threes, I don’t believe it but I can pretend to. It seems to have happened with this week’s troika: Joe McGinnis wrote only one great book but it was a classic: The Selling of the President. McGinnis went undercover in Tricky Dick’s 1968 campaign, which was the first fully modern teevee driven campaign. It was the first time … Continue reading Odd & Sods: Almost St. Patrick’s Day Edition

Odd & Sods: Almost St. Patrick’s Day Edition

I haven’t done one of these hit and miss omnibus posts in a long time. I woke up feeling all omnibussy and hit and missy today, so it’s time to board the not-so magic bus: Passings: They say that deaths come in threes, I don’t believe it but I can pretend to. It seems to have happened with this week’s troika: Joe McGinnis wrote only one great book but it was a classic:The Selling of the President. McGinnis went undercover in Tricky Dick’s 1968 campaign, which was the first fully modern teevee driven campaign. It was the first time most … Continue reading Odd & Sods: Almost St. Patrick’s Day Edition

Odd & Sods: Almost St. Patrick’s Day Edition

I haven’t done one of these hit and miss omnibus posts in a long time. I woke up feeling all omnibussy and hit and missy today, so it’s time to board the not-so magic bus: Passings: They say that deaths come in threes, I don’t believe it but I can pretend to. It seems to have happened with this week’s troika: Joe McGinnis wrote only one great book but it was a classic: The Selling of the President. McGinnis went undercover in Tricky Dick’s 1968 campaign, which was the first fully modern teevee driven campaign. It was the first time … Continue reading Odd & Sods: Almost St. Patrick’s Day Edition

Odd & Sods: Almost St. Patrick’s Day Edition

I haven’t done one of these hit and miss omnibus posts in a long time. I woke up feeling all omnibussy and hit and missy today, so it’s time to board the not-so magic bus: Passings: They say that deaths come in threes, I don’t believe it but I can pretend to. It seems to have happened with this week’s troika: Joe McGinnis wrote only one great book but it was a classic: The Selling of the President. McGinnis went undercover in Tricky Dick’s 1968 campaign, which was the first fully modern teevee driven campaign. It was the first time … Continue reading Odd & Sods: Almost St. Patrick’s Day Edition

Odd & Sods: Almost St. Patrick’s Day Edition

I haven’t done one of these hit and miss omnibus posts in a long time. I woke up feeling all omnibussy and hit and missy today, so it’s time to board the not-so magic bus: Passings: They say that deaths come in threes, I don’t believe it but I can pretend to. It seems to have happened with this week’s troika: Joe McGinnis wrote only one great book but it was a classic: The Selling of the President. McGinnis went undercover in Tricky Dick’s 1968 campaign, which was the first fully modern teevee driven campaign. It was the first time … Continue reading Odd & Sods: Almost St. Patrick’s Day Edition

Paragraph Of The Day: Hadley Freeman Edition

Hadley Freeman writes about fashion, popular culture, and whatever else strikes her fancy for the Guardian This graph comes from a piece calledThe Elan Gale internet hoax sums up all that is rotten about our online lives: Gale is a TV producer from Los Angeles. He is also the proud winner of “Most tragic display of attention-seeking neediness of the week”, beating evenKate Moss posing in Playboy with a pom-pom pinned to her rear end – so you’re already getting an idea of the depths of idiocy here. Last Thursday, while many Americans were trying to escape their families and … Continue reading Paragraph Of The Day: Hadley Freeman Edition

Paragraph Of The Day: Hadley Freeman Edition

Hadley Freeman writes about fashion, popular culture, and whatever else strikes her fancy for the Guardian This graph comes from a piece called The Elan Gale internet hoax sums up all that is rotten about our online lives: Gale is a TV producer from Los Angeles. He is also the proud winner of “Most tragic display of attention-seeking neediness of the week”, beating even Kate Moss posing in Playboy with a pom-pom pinned to her rear end – so you’re already getting an idea of the depths of idiocy here. Last Thursday, while many Americans were trying to escape their … Continue reading Paragraph Of The Day: Hadley Freeman Edition

Dissing the Disses

In one of the more entertaining shit-fights I’ve seen in a while in academia, Naomi Schaefer Riley took it upon herself to read the titles of several black studies dissertations and then declare the field a complete waste of time. Her blog post on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s website takes three particular grad students to task for their topic selection and then mocks them mercilessly. In Episode V: The Interwebs Strike Back, folks almost wore out their keyboards beating the shit out of heror defending her for having the courage to take this position. As you would expect, the … Continue reading Dissing the Disses

Student media at odds with educational paths

Loyalty and affiliation, once earned and given, become a large part of who we are. It is for this reason that I still wear T-shirts from my student media days, root for the Cleveland Browns through every double-digit loss season and have never once thought about “Newting” my wife. It can also be something that blinds us a bit to the reality of our surroundings. I thought about this when one of my previous stops along “career highway” fell into my newsfeed this week.The editor-in-chief of a blog that critiques the Mizzou J-School was told to resign from her post … Continue reading Student media at odds with educational paths