Exercise No. 3 (Linking)

Exercise No. 3 (Linking) May 22, 2012

If I were a better blogger, I’d have something insightful, profound or witty to say about all of these links.

“The surprising thing to me as I look back at my career is the determination I had, because I never thought of myself as a determined person. … I guess I just had to find out if I was any good or not.”

It’s very much thinking about it all the time,” celebrity chef Mario Batali says of taking the food stamp challenge.

“In The Real World, you don’t unlock any rewards or receive any benefit for playing on higher difficulty settings. The game is just harder, and potentially a lot less fun.”

“So, to enlighten him, let’s list all the ways Eduardo Saverin has benefitted from America.”

“If the median household income had kept pace with the economy since 1970, it would now be nearly $92,000, not $50,000.”

“In your country, for example, there seem to be Christian political voices saying that you shouldn’t have a national healthcare system. To us, in Britain, this is virtually unthinkable.” (via AZspot)

“While the U.S. doesn’t have an official VAT, it has an unofficial one that we all end up paying for indirectly: the 8% difference between what we pay for our bloated, fraud-ridden healthcare system and what our global competitors pay for their universal-care healthcare systems.”

“That’s a disadvantage of doing comedy: You’re by yourself all the time and you have no insurance. Which is actually all of America: We’re all by ourselves too much and have no insurance.”

“Republicans and their allies are dusting off an old $500 billion deception about Medicare, trying once more to scare seniors into voting their way.”

“The idea that an abortion shouldn’t be paid for by the government comes from the broader stigma of abortion – that it’s a luxurious service we seek after we (women) do something bad.”

“They’re not all dealing with their own private conflictedness about homosexuality, but they’re all nursing a private moral failure they need a scapegoat to dump it on.”

“When an innocent man is convicted of murder and wrongfully incarcerated, that means that the real murderer is allowed to go free and commit other crimes.”

“The case, too, reflects the aggressive conservative judicial activism of the Roberts Court.”

“Separation of state and church is woven throughout the Constitution, part of the warp and woof.”

“The fact that The Lord’s Prayer has been the only prayer recited at the beginning of Council meetings for over six years is likely to be found to demonstrate that the Council gives Christianity an unconstitutionally preferred status.”

“Almost every policy battle has been transformed into a proxy in a Republican war to define ‘American’ as white, straight, male and wealthy — an us-versus-them war being waged ever more intensely in 2012 because changing demographics threaten to define the term on far different terms.”

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Hemant Mehta supplies the appropriate headline for news of the 7-story cross being planned for Branson, Missouri.

Not cool.

Also not cool.

The 400-seat New Hampshire House of Representatives is still too large.

No, really, the 400-seat New Hampshire House of Representatives is still too large.

Don’t get sneetered into drinking the wapatuli, you bufflehead.

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