randomsubu can haz tumblr!

Perhaps bad, but better than the last time one of my tweets appeared on Buzzfeed (h/t @OnceUponA, punditcomment):



I’m proud that I live in a country where it’s illegal to discriminate in the workplace thanks to the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Some folks don’t understand that women have become an extremely valuable part of the workforce today on their own merit, not because the government mandated it.

Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.), the GOP conference’s vice chair, says government had nothing to do with the Equal Pay Act or the Civil Rights Act.

AP: Disney is sometimes criticized for commercializing and homogenizing children’s entertainment. Disney is publicizing your book and Kingswell, a Disney imprint, is publishing it. Does your book promote Disney?

RON: The book is not in any way pro-Disney. It’s not anti-Disney. It’s just pro-fact. We understand the distaste people have for the power of Disney and the brainwashing. There were times when I said, “If I watch Peter Pan one more time, I’m going to take a sword and plunge it into my chest.” But over time we began to see it was the only way to connect with our child. And the reason I went to this publishing unit of Disney was when I talked to my agent, he said, “Every word your child speaks is licensed by a multinational company.” We’d have to pay licensing fees for every lyric or line of dialogue. I had to go to Disney.

Ron Suskind on his latest book, “Life, Animated”, which talks about connecting with his autistic kid through Disney movies. His book is published by Kingswell, a Disney imprint, which leads to charges of conflict of interest. Interview link.

(Maybe, just maybe, Disney could have said “OK, just publish it freely anywhere, it’s a good cause”?)

"[Republican politicans] think the old status quo, in which so many Americans had no insurance and so many more with insurance couldn’t pay their bills, was preferable."
- Jonathan Cohn, TNR.
To me, this simply reflects the base of the Republican party: upper middle-class, typically older, white Americans who were happy with the old status quo, and dislike change.


To think it all began with a simple tweet…

Then word slowly started to spread,


And sure enough, one tweet about Justice Scalia’s hat got the wheels in motion.

Nice work, Senator. (Or whoever writes her Tumblr.)




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Hey, ambedu!



False equivalence & vote accessibility

The NYT has a good article on GOP efforts nationwide to limit early in-person voting (though not absentee mail-in ballots), force voter ID, early registration of high school students, elimination of straight-party voting, etc. It’s a mostly a good read.

Mostly, except the part where Rick Hasen dismisses Democratic efforts to expand the electorate as partisan hackery: “It’s not just out of the goodness of their own hearts they are doing this.”

Basically, Hasen says the GOP is trying to limit the vote for the same reasons Democrats are trying to expand the vote. Never mind that one side is trying to help everyone vote - Republicans, Democrats, or Unaffiliated.

When I tweeted that Hasen was engaging in false equivalence, he pointed me to his blog, where he basically says Democrats shouldn’t protest too much against the above GOP efforts unless they actually do harm. Hasen dismisses voter ID laws with:

When a state puts a voter id law in place, many people will already have i.d.  Some without i.d. will easily be able to get it, and some who could get i.d. won’t bother because they won’t be voting anyway.

Well…I will let Pennsylvania Judge Bernard L. McGinley speak for me. He blocked voter ID laws for the reason that many people can’t get one:

the law hampered the ability of hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians to cast their ballots, with the burden falling most heavily on elderly, disabled and low-income residents

Still, Hasen has not answered my main question, which is very simple: if one side is trying to get everyone to vote - I assume that’s objectively good in a democracy - why does Hasen equate their efforts to the other side that’s trying to limit voting?

This “on the one side…on the other…” pontification is what turns people off - both sides are just partisan, so neither of them is engaged in anything objectively good.

That’s the derpy false equivalence I am talking about.



  • 26% the percentage of Americans that regularly buy hummus. Another 80 million americans don’t even know what the hell hummus is. Hummus, one of the world’s most popular foods, has failed to successfully crack the American market the way that,…

I am part of the 26% too!

Students of color are more likely than their peers to attend schools with a higher concentration of first-year and inexperienced teachers. Teachers in predominately black and Latino schools were paid less than their counterparts. In districts with more than one high school, nearly one in four reported a salary gap of $5,000 between schools with the most and least black or Latino students. And black students are nearly four times as likely than their white counterparts to attend a school where less than 80% of their school’s teachers are certified. Latinos are twice as likely as whites to attend such schools.
New Department of Education report, using Civil Rights Data Collection surveys. Summarized here.


I love Anna Kendrick, and this Superbowl ad from Newcastle Brown Ale is awesome. Seriously. No bullshit.