Category Archives: culture & philosophy

compare and contrast

Case 1: A federal judge has ordered Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis and her deputies to appear in his courtroom Thursday and explain why Davis should not be held in contempt of court for refusing to issue marriage licenses. … In a brief but tense encounter between Davis and a couple dozen marriage-equality demonstrators who [...]

freshman disorientation

Abandon hope all ye who enroll here (UTenn) We should not assume someone’s gender by their appearance, nor by what is listed on a roster or in student information systems. Transgender people and people who do not identity within the gender binary may use a different name than their legal name and pronouns of their [...]

black-and-white choice

Here’s a little thought experiment for all you physics students out there. (Cautionary hint: the EPA is involved, so be careful of your assumptions, process logic, and applicability of conclusion.) LA’s scheme to cover a reservoir under 96 million “shade balls” may not be all it is touted to be, experts told, with some [...]

not Samson

In the land of the hair-pullers, the bald man is king ~ vid ~Nah, this isn’t an end-of-the-world item. It’s just a feel-good/schadenfreude/hair-joke post; but I mean, maaan, I hate thieves. Hate ‘em hate ‘em hate ‘em! Theft is just sooo danged lazy and uncivilized. It breaks the basic covenants of any human community. It [...]

mea culpa

For, lo, these many years here at KisP, I have bemoaned the apparent skewing of the definition of “normal” to include what I (objectively, of course) consider things well out on the fringes of the distribution of human thought and behavior. You know, the mainstreaming of stuff I personally consider to be abnormal or aberrant [...]

Toldja so

“Those who treat animals as humans will eventually treat humans as animals.” — me “Republicans and conservatives are the enemy. They are expendable. They will be targets in the Revolution when it comes” writes Roland Windsor Vincent, in a recent post on his blog, Army Of The Revolution. The entry, entitled “Protect Animals And The [...]

submitted for your entertainment

The inevitable result of any anti-offensivity offensive is that it brings out the worst brats. [I'm torn between using the term "brownskirts" or "brat worsts."] This particular episode is like arguing about who the real Martian is. The organizers of Free Pride Glasgow … have hit a snag in their mission to plan a totally [...]

This guy gets it

Okay, this may be old news; but the principle is timeless. Enjoy this delicious rant. It’s fabulous. Sure, some PC bullying is tyrannical or even totalitarian; but let’s stick with this guy’s comment. (What? Yeah, perhaps he defocuses the real motivations of the jackasses a bit, but I’m still tempted to go buy some cookies [...]

Abbie Normal

… and a nice Chianti ~ story ~ Scratch an abortion pro, find a ghoul just in it for the money … or a racist eugenicist.

snark week

The feeding frenzy continues: [California] Senate Bill 539, which would prohibit the naming of public buildings and roads in California after Confederate leaders, advanced from its sole policy committee Tuesday …. [story] One assumes this means that TX Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee won’t be welcome in state buildings, either. *badump*dum*tshshsh* (What? Yeah, I made that [...]