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After spending some time with the Tribs new site, I now understand why EZ's new photo features that particular expression. -- MrJM
Toggle Commented Aug 1, 2014 on Transition time at Change of Subject
Quick question: Is there a Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies at the University of Chicago? It's not entirely clear from the new website. -- MrJM
Toggle Commented Aug 1, 2014 on Transition time at Change of Subject
"This comment is awaiting moderation by the site administrators." I'm already weary of this message. -- MrJM
Toggle Commented Aug 1, 2014 on Transition time at Change of Subject
"We're going to continue to see rates go up simply because ... no one has the ability to stop excessive rates." So says their Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-california-health-insurance-rates-surge-20140729-story.html -- MrJM
"California is among a minority of states that does not regulate health insurance costs." http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-california-health-insurance-rates-surge-20140729-story.html -- MrJM
If you're looking for something to do this weekend, Lollapalooza 2014 Platinum Passes are still available for just $3,600 each (air-conditioned restrooms included). http://www.cidentertainment.com/events/lollapalooza-2014/platinum-pass/ -- MrJM
--Demon Weed Fun Fact: Today's college students grew up in an America where every single president used marijuana recreationally. -- MrJM
Toggle Commented Jul 31, 2014 on Two takes on medical tokes at Change of Subject
Offered in the spirit of compromise: Fine line mashups. Parenthood is the joy of holding your kid's hand while they skip down the street tinged with dread that even though I am omnipotent and omniscient I am emotionally needy. "Woo, I'm on a roll today, baby!" -- God "All this killing in My name makes Me feel very loved." -- Butter -- MrJM
Toggle Commented Jul 31, 2014 on Fine lines final four at Change of Subject
And I believe that most tax attorneys are ok with terrorism. And I'm not aware of any study refuting that. -- MrJM
GregJ: "I've been very careful to delineate between laws that occurred after the point of no return on social consensus (sometime in the mid to late 70s) and issues, like the 1964 Civil Rights Act, that came before." That is a genuinely interesting theory of U.S. social history in the last half of the 20th century, but I don't think it matches the historical facts. For example, in 1968, the year after the Supreme Court declared anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional, only 20% of Americans approved "marriages between whites and non-whites." In 1987, two decades later, only 48% of the US public said it was “all right for blacks and whites to date each other.” By 2011, the share of Americans who approve of marriages between blacks and whites had grown to 86%. "Race-mixing" was wildly unpopular when the law was changed. Twenty years later, a majority still didn't think it was okay. But today, it is almost universally approved. And since Gallup first polled on the issue in 1958, the pendulum has never, ever swung the other way. A very similar one-way movement in the other direction -- from 60% down to 25% -- has occurred regarding the question, "Do you think there should be a law that would ban the possession of handguns, except by the police and other authorized persons?" And again, no pendulum swing in 55 years. Although it's still early days, the acceptance of same-sex marriage strikes me as one of the issues that will move in one direction and not be subject to political pendulum swinging. -- MrJM • http://www.gallup.com/poll/149390/record-high-approve-black-white-marriages.aspx • http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/files/2010/10/755-marrying-out.pdf • http://www.gallup.com/poll/1645/guns.aspx • http://www.gallup.com/poll/117328/marriage.aspx#1
"When you add amnesty to the equation, you have more legal low-skilled labor competing against today's American workers and you encourage more illegals to cross the border in anticipation of the next amnesty." Illegal low-skilled labor already competes with today's American workers. Job creators prefer illegal low-skilled laborers to American workers because those workers can be subjected to work-place exploitation without recourse. But of course, you already know that. -- MrJM
Because routinely exploited undocumented labor does what to the wages of American workers? -- MrJM
Toggle Commented May 31, 2014 on Open Thread: The Week in Review at Change of Subject
Anyone who lives in and around Chicago oughtta read this short piece about a vary familiar name: http://www.npr.org/2014/05/24/315259241/butch-ohare-the-heroic-namesake-of-chicagos-airport -- MrJM
Toggle Commented May 30, 2014 on Open Thread: The Week in Review at Change of Subject
"And in this final round you will spell the words backwards..." -- MrJM
Much is made of the generational shift driving the approval of gay marriage, but the Pew Research Center's polling shows significant movement within generations. In fact, except for GenX, every age cohort is now about 20 points more accepting than they were ten years ago. http://www.pewforum.org/2014/03/10/graphics-slideshow-changing-attitudes-on-gay-marriage/ -- MrJM
Bruce: "Anybody in the zone should come down to Do Division tonight... JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound headline tonight and it should be a blast!" And the band right before the Uptown Sound is a very talented group of youngsters, Marrow, who are former members of the late and lamented Kids These Days. -- MrJM P.S. It unnecessarily cruel that Do Division is making me choose between the Uptown Sound and High on Fire.
Toggle Commented May 30, 2014 on Oh, Jeez! at Change of Subject
"The people who make all this noise after a tragedy like the one in California know that an extra law won't prevent the next massacre. They are dishonest about their real intentions. They hate the 2nd Amendment and the hate the thought of law abiding citizens defending themselves." If I could read other people's minds like that, I'd use my superpower to fight crime. -- MrJM
Toggle Commented May 29, 2014 on Fine Lines at Change of Subject
"I know people who laud the 'richness' and 'warmth' of records, without considering that the warmth they're hearing and think they like isn't a true reproduction, but rather an artifact." The "'richness' and 'warmth' of records" is an artifact of the medium in the same way that pagination is an artifact of the codex. But to many of us, those artifacts are "features" not "bugs". -- MrJM
Toggle Commented May 29, 2014 on Ain't this the truth? at Change of Subject
So LA Kings fans are more delicate than the fans of the prop-comic Gallagher? I guess that makes sense. -- MrJM
Toggle Commented May 29, 2014 on Speaking of Sports at Change of Subject
"Didn't Leona Helmsly leave her dogs some obscene amount of money in her will? Like millions of dollars?" She wanted her fortune to benefit dogs, Pan, but it's tough to micromanage a fortune from beyond the grave: http://pages.citebite.com/f3m3d0e3q8xbk -- MrJM
A adapter that let you listen to cassettes in your car's 8-track deck? Yeah, that was a thing: http://tinyurl.com/nrm5lb5 -- MrJM
Toggle Commented May 28, 2014 on Ain't this the truth? at Change of Subject
16. Life is too short... -- MrJM
Toggle Commented May 28, 2014 on Fine Lines at Change of Subject
"I forget, what was the problem with Topinka?" Her pledge to she would lift the moratorium on executions and bring back a capital punishment system that wrongfully convicted more than a dozen death row inmates. -- MrJM
http://www.oprah.com/spirit/What-to-Do-if-Youre-Scared-of-Change -- MrJM
Toggle Commented May 28, 2014 on Change of Subject 4.0 at Change of Subject
"The Professor and the Madman" -- MrJM
Toggle Commented May 27, 2014 on Name that segment! at Change of Subject