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Me: One of the players on the Baltimore Ravens was accused of murder, but there wasn’t enough evidence to convict him.
Mom: Oh, this is Density’s Child.
Mom: Densit— ah, Destiny’s Child. Her husband, Easy, got them to perform with her.
Dad, in moments before, during, and after a replay: Is this happening…now? Did this already happen? I thought this was live.
Dad: [mentions score that should be unlikely, given how points are awarded]
Me: No, there’s basically no way to score two-points except right after a touchdown.
Ravens awarded two points for a safety.
Dad: Who’s the expert now?
That thing where Pantsless Progressive celebrates your birthday with a blingee.
INFLATABLE UNION RATS FOREVER
Awful idea to get rid of these.
— James Franco’s inauguration “poem.” Those of you who didn’t like Richard Blanco’s performance should know that it could have been so much worse.
The single greatest Fox News moment of 2012.
Happy New Year!
Well, now I’m aware one more reason as to why so many people think affirmative action is that thing where super-qualified white dudes are passed over for promotion by black people. They’re being lied to by their employers, via shitty web-based courses on anti-discrimination law.
I am not happy with you, employee-training software that I will not be using again.
The NRA blamed gun violence on video games. Including… their own?
Honestly, most horrifying part of the NRA presser was was Wayne LaPierre calling for an “active national database of the mentally ill.” Let’s please keep these people as far fucking away from our “national conversation” on mental health as possible.
— Matt Yglesias on Plan B Christmas Tree
Pete Souza/The White House
President Barack Obama pretends to be caught in Spider-Man’s web as he greets the son of a White House staffer in the Outer Oval Office, Oct. 26, 2012. See more photos here.
Ben Domenech, The Transom.
Who decided that the only gun control measures worth contemplating are the ones that would prevented an exact, carbon-copy replica of the Newtown shooting?
It’s true that the measures being discussed — a ban on high capacity magazines, stricter background checks, a closing of the gun show loophole — would probably not have stopped the Newtown massacre. But they may well prevent other shootings. For each proposal, we can ask: how likely is it reduce gun homicides overall? What are the costs? The implication for civil liberties? And then we should do something, because yes, something must be done, even if that something doesn’t target the exact circumstances of the Newtown tragedy.
Ezra Klein has similar thoughts.