The Law of Conservation of Evil

One way or another, this baby was going to get whacked:

An Indiana high school football player told investigators that he killed a 17-year-old schoolmate because he was angry that she waited so long to tell him she was pregnant with his child that it was too late to get an abortion, authorities said Monday.

Aaron Trejo, 16, was charged as an adult with murder in the Sunday killing of Breana Rouhselang and the fetus. He was arrested Sunday, scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday and had no attorney on record.

In a court filing supporting the charges, prosecutors say Trejo told police that he stabbed Rouhselang during a fight over her pregnancy and that he put her body in a restaurant dumpster in their hometown of Mishawaka.

Now there’s an actual example of toxic masculinity, though it’s less that Trejo had XY chromosomes and more that Trejo was a murderous asshole.

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Junior Trumpette

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez changes shoes

Columnist Jonah Goldberg contemplates the recent statements of Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and says he’s seen this sort of thing before:

If you point out the absurdity of these things, the almost instantaneous defense is that her critics are obsessed with an incoming-freshman congresswoman. In some cases, they’re right. The fixation some conservatives have with her clothes is over the top (though I did love one wag’s phrase, “Neiman Marxist”).

But what her defenders leave out is their own obsession with the woman.

In other words, AOC is quite brilliantly playing a lot of people for suckers. She already has more Twitter followers than the other 60 incoming freshman Democrats combined.

Ocasio-Cortez, wittingly or not, has appropriated a technique mastered by President Trump.

Trump prefers positive attention, but he’ll take negative attention over no attention every time, in part because he knows his supporters will intensify their dedication to him in response to allegedly unfair attacks. AOC is doing the same thing. By forcing partisans to take sides, she generates controversy. Controversy attracts media attention. Media attention generates even more controversy. And so on.

As with Trump, sometimes she clearly knows what she’s doing, and other times she simply displays her ignorance. But at this stage, it doesn’t matter. The more right-wing partisans attack her, the more left-wing partisans rally to her. The more left-wingers rally to her, the more justified the right feels in paying attention to her.

Personally, I think she’s fun to watch, and if occasionally she trips herself up, well, sometimes you need to be wearing different shoes. Then again, that’s just my take. AOC seems to terrify Severian:

I, personally, am terrified of Ocasio-Cortez, because I used to teach college. I taught college for many years, in fact, and I’m exaggerating only a very, very little when I say that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is every single college girl I have ever met.

I’ve met thousands, y’all, and they’re all like this. It’s not stupidity, really — though she sounds dumber than a box of rocks, I doubt this woman lacks for IQ points. What she is is solipsistic. Her narcissism is so vast, so all-encompassing, that the so-called “real world” only exists insofar as it impinges on her Twitter feed. She has the college girl’s invincible, sneering ignorance — if she doesn’t already know it, it’s by definition not worth knowing, and moreover, if what she knows ain’t so, well, that’s the so-called “real world’s” fault for not getting with the program.

Which may well point out my own weakness here, inasmuch as I had limited exposure to college girls and never actually went out with one. Okay, maybe once.

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This is your Holy Father’s Popemobile

And it could, assuming a miracle or two, be yours:

Roughly a year ago, Lamborghini customized a Huracán RWD for Pope Francis. This was not a commissioned job but a gift from the automaker to the Vatican. Tragically, His Holiness wasn’t interested in holding onto it so he could more easily cruise for babes and [the] Catholic Church decided the best course of action would be to auction the vehicle off for charity.

While sold by Sotheby’s in Monaco last May for 715,000 euros (about $813,000 USD), it would appear the final bidder either didn’t have the necessary funds or experienced a change of heart. Maybe it was divine intervention. Regardless, the Huracán is now being raffled off for ten bucks a ticket — though you can choose to donate more and better your chances.

The winner will “head to the Vatican to receive the keys to your new car during a private ceremony with Pope Francis and Lamborghini’s CEO, Stefano Domenicali. Flights and hotel included.”

And what of the money raised?

Proceeds will go toward rebuilding villages “that have been devastated by violence and war, assist victims of human trafficking, provide medical care and education to those living in poverty.” Funds will be distributed through Charities Aid Foundation of America.

The brunt of that was previously said to go toward the reconstruction of the Nineveh Plain in Iraq and aid to help the Christian community resettle the area. However, a significant portion had been reserved for the Pope John XXIII Community — a charity that focuses on helping women who were victimized by human trafficking at the hands of ISIS.

There are seven weeks to go before the drawing.

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Still Miss Dynamite

Brenda Lee’s first record, in 1956, was a cover of the Hank Williams and/or Moon Mullican standard “Jambalaya”:

The label on Decca 30050 bills her as “Little” Brenda Lee, and in parentheses: “9 Years Old.” Um, no. She was already 11 when this track was cut.

Then again, they say that a lack of height contributes to the appearance of youth, and Brenda Mae Tarpley, born on this date in 1944, never climbed above about four foot nine. In 1957, she cut a tune called “Dynamite,” and she was Little Miss Dynamite thereafter. And this being December, a radio station near you is playing this 1958 recording:

To this day, this site gets visits from people wanting an explanation of “the new old-fashioned way.”

Brenda Lee, teenager

Brenda Lee, long since grown up

Brenda Lee, no longer a teenager

And a 1966 single of hers got an unexpected shout-out in 1973 — in a Dutch progressive-rock number, no less — and remains part of her set list to this day, her 74th birthday.

Brenda Lee has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame. She is the only woman so honored.

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Gotta have my status

Loser really hates when he isn’t given the props he thinks he deserves: So I rented a premium car with hertz and they gave me an Avalon for the same price?

You can hear the pain self-righteousness in his voice:

So I had reserved an Infiniti or similar which came out to 80$/day and that’s on the premium car category aka “prestige” the Avalon is just a full size car and they wouldn’t adjust the price. Am I wrong to want to dispute it with my credit card company if they don’t adjust it?

What needs adjusting, farknozzle, is your attitude. The only Infinitis you’re going to find in regular rental fleets are bottom-of-the-line Q50s with nowhere near the amount of equipment you’ll find in an Avalon, and the Q50s are one size smaller besides. (I’ve rented two of the Qs. I know.)

Now, did this cost you a date with an actual (as distinguished from “inflatable”) woman? Then you’re better off. Once she’d listened to you whine for five minutes, it’s over. And besides, if you can’t put the dollar sign in the right place, you’re too stupid for either rental cars or women.

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A late arrival, one might say

A few days back, I wasted some time and space on the delusion held by some men to the effect that they think their junk is about to disappear. But weirder things than this actually happen:

Some children with a rare genetic condition appear female at birth but later develop a penis and testes around the time puberty begins. But what causes this to happen?

An article in BBC Magazine tells the story of some children in the Dominican Republic with this condition, who are known in the country as Guevedoces, which roughly translates to “penis at 12.” One child named Johnny was raised as a girl, but when he matured and neared puberty, he grew a penis and his testicles descended, according to the BBC.

Felicita apparently looked like any other girl until puberty kicked in. Enter Johnny.

Are these, then, trans men? After all, they were identified as female at birth. And I wonder if any of them decided, even after Mr. Johnson arrived, to continue to live as the girls they thought they were.

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How would one measure that, anyway?

Of course, there’s always the chance that it was a typo:

No, wait, it is a typo:

And that would seem to be that.

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As things grind to a halt

“Tiny violins sought as infamous Alabama speed trap town sinks into further financial trouble,” says Fark:

In the small Alabama town of Castleberry, once a highly profitable speed trap where the police department was five times larger than the national average, a lawsuit accusing the former police chief of theft, false imprisonment, and enforcing a made-up law, may about to be resolved.

More than 20 months have passed since local attorney Richard Nix filed suit against former police chief Tracy Hawsey and the town. During that time the contentious town law, or ordinance, that enabled Hawsey and his officers to pull people over and tow their vehicles for $500 each has been shelved and the police department shrunken from five full-time officers to two part-time officers that work on their days off from their regular jobs.

But the lawsuit, which is expected to be mediated before Christmas, according to Hawsey, remains. And while it may bring restitution to the plaintiffs in the case, some of which have never had their cars or cash returned, it also has the potential to devastate an already struggling Castleberry.

Yeah, I suppose five full-time officers would be quite an expense for a town of 600.

“We’re still terrible financially,” said Mayor Buddy Kirksey, who narrowly beat out the former mayor by just 30 votes during an election a little over two years ago. “The town can’t afford anything like this so right now we’re depending on the insurance companies to pay for it.”

And what of this Hawsey fellow, anyway?

In 2002, Hawsey saw multiple drug bust cases thrown out of by judges after he and his deputies used improper police procedure when entering suspects properties, according to AL.com reporting from the time. Four years later, he stepped down as Conecuh County Sheriff two months before his second term was up, according to the Evergreen Courant. He had just lost a run-off. The resignation was seen at the time as being unprofessional given that deputies under him lost their arresting powers. A new Sheriff was sworn in immediately, only to find that food for inmates at the county jail had run out. New Sheriff, Edwin L. Booker, was forced to use his own money to feed inmates.

Which is not to say Hawsey was loath to spend money:

In 2016, revenues from the court system and the drug towing law, brought in more than $546,000, approximately double from the year before. At the same time, however, payroll for the cops and court quadrupled, according to financial documents.

The city began to accrue new debts, which was compounded by debts incurred by Hawsey’s ambitious plan to grow the police department with personnel, dispatchers, new equipment and at one point five cop cars.

And cop tires, cop suspensions, and cop shocks run into some serious money.

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Thoroughly bebopped

The Jazz, so far, have had the least-favorable schedule in the NBA, so one should perhaps not snicker at their 13-14 record coming in. And if you want to point to the third quarter tonight, in which they gave up 42 points to the Thunder, you should probably look at the fourth, in which they fought back from a 29-point deficit to a more respectable 9-point loss, 122-113. Utah shot 51 percent from the floor, a tad better than OKC, and outrebounded them, 45-43. Where they fell behind was at the foul line, where they put up 30 and missed eleven. The Thunder also missed eleven, but they took 39. There’s nine points right there.

The one thing everyone wants to see, it seems, is Rudy Gobert vs. Steven Adams. Gobert was up to par, getting 13 points and 14 rebounds for his umpteenth double-double; Adams corralled only seven boards, but scored 22. Edmond’s very own Ekpe Udoh hit all five of his shots but missed both his free throws; Udoh was +16 for the night, while Jae Crowder, who led the Utah bench with 13, somehow wound up -22. Meanwhile, Russell Westbrook was having one of those nights where he doesn’t shoot worth squat but still got a triple-double, 12-11-10. Offense came from Adams, from Dennis Schröder (23 points), and especially from Paul George, who went 8-10 and 5-6 from outside for a solid 31.

The Jazz will start having an easier time of it soon enough. Things will not get any easier for the Thunder, who travel to New Orleans on Wednesday and Denver on Friday, only to dash back home Saturday to deal with the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Marx explained

Well, he didn’t explain it to me:

(Suggested by Nancy Reyes.)

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Reporting from San Antone

And in a timely manner, too:

Santa, Satan, and Santana

(From reddit via Miss Cellania.)

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A date unsaved

The Oklahoman tosses a “lifestyle magazine” into the hot little hands of subscribers four times a year, or at least that’s what we’re told. After seeing this in yesterday’s edition, I’m not so sure:

Title page of The OK 12-9-18

You’d think someone at GateHouse’s vaunted editors’ nest would have bothered to change the date.

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Strange search-engine queries (671)

Hey, kids, what time is it?

Yeah, you’re right. It’s too damn early in the morning. But we gotta get these search strings out.

Gasa pebkac loan:  You can borrow money for that these days?

it’s not like you can’t find it online:  Although some of you manifestly can’t.

does the chevrolet impala still have a 3000.00 cash incentive:  I can hardly remember a time when it didn’t.

yaks tibet catskill game farm ny:  Where they’re no doubt yakking it up.

results of fake smile project:  A five-year renewal for Fox & Friends.

fallible memory:  I have one of those. Or do I?

sharedintense porn:  None of that relaxing solo stuff.

supermodel diet plan:  Eat anything you want until you reach 100 calories. Then stop until the next day.

lost bet “you’re naked”:  I did indeed lose a bet of that sort. With the expected results, of course.

cute lil booger:  Well, not while it’s just hanging there.

pub anglaise pour vaseline petroleum jelly london transport museum:  Your cab driver will know how to get you there.

why twitter anyways?  Damned if I know.

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By odor of the Food and Drug Administration

Hmmm. Maybe I need an Uncommon Scents category:

Fine Land Corp is recalling its 12 ounce (340 g) Meiqili Durian Candy in plastic bag with clear window because it contains undeclared milk allergens. Consumers who are allergic to milk allergens may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.

The recalled “Meiqili Durian Candy” was distributed in retail supermarkets throughout the East Coast in Connecticut, New York, Philadelphia, Virginia, Maryland and Boston. The product is packaged in a 12 oz.(340 g) plastic bag with a clear window. It is labeled as a product of China and has a UPC code of 4-897055-795465-0.

Meiqili Durian Candy

No illnesses or allergic reactions involving this product have been reported to date.

(Via Fark.)

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No endorsements for you

Enes Kanter, despite being a New York Knick, is still staggeringly popular here in deepest Thunderland, but having two fan bases gets him nowhere with the makers of athletic shoes:

In the summer of 2016, around the same time as [Colin] Kaepernick began his protests, an attempted coup against the Turkish government sparked a crackdown on dissenting voices by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Kanter is a longtime critic of the regime and a supporter of US-based Fetullah Gulen, who Erdoğan blamed for the coup. And so he became a target.

The New York Knicks player had his Turkish passport revoked, and Erdoğan issued a warrant for his arrest. Kanter’s father even had to disown him in a bid to safeguard their family.

Despite playing for a popular NBA team, the 26-year-old cannot find a sponsor. This is because, he says, sportswear companies are wary of damaging their commercial prospects in Turkey. And in an interview with Vice Sports last month, he singled out (you guessed it) Nike as one of those companies.

“Strike a pose, there’s nothing to it,” says Ed Driscoll of Nike’s perfidy.

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This is not for you

There are wrong prescriptions, and there are really wrong prescriptions:

I’ve been prescribed a medication that isn’t covered (at all) by my medical insurance. Since it costs close to $1,500 per month at normal retail prices, there’s no way I can afford it; so the doctor who prescribed it signed me up with a specialty pharmacy, to see whether I qualified for a reduced price.

A few minutes ago I received a phone call from the pharmacy to confirm the information the doctor’s office had provided to them. All went well until, at the end of the call, the nice lady on the other end of the phone said, “You’ll be receiving your first prescription of (Drug X) next week.”

I hesitated, then said, “What medication was that, please?”

“(Drug X).”

“Er … I don’t recognize that name. Don’t you mean (Drug Y)?”

A brief pause, some background noises, and:

“You’re quite right; it should be (Drug Y). I’m afraid I mixed up your file with someone else’s. I’m sorry. I’ll correct it.”

I said, “Thank you – but what was the drug you were going to send me?”

With a quiver in her voice, she said, “It was hormone replacement therapy, to treat the menopause.”

Oops.

And now I feel sorry for those who actually need this drug and get to peel off eighteen grand a year for it.

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