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April 04, 2014

It's Friday Night and So Here's Some Crap Open Thread

I'm bored of superhero movies myself -- I still watch 'em, mind you, but not with any particular excitement about it -- but the new Captain America is getting 88% "fresh" ratings at Rotten Tomatoes, and quite a few reviewers claiming it's the best Marvel movie either since Iron Man 1, or the Avengers. Or maybe it's the best Marvel movie ever. Or the best superhero movie ever.

Eh, I doubt that. But still, it sounds like it's not awful (like Man of Steel) or competent-but-forgettable (like Thor: The Dark World).

It's done boffo box office in its early overseas opening. ("Boffo" is an industry term meaning "20% above expectations.")

I'll probably see it. I didn't bother with Iron Man 3 or Thor 2, but this one interests me. I'll let you know.

I've had this link open all week and it's time to close it. Not a big thing, but in this Washington Post blog entry on France's so-called Tea Party, the writer claims this:

Steeped in conservative rage and tasting of grass roots, a political backlash has traditional politicians and the news media asking the once-unthinkable: Is le tea party brewing in France?

If it were, it would be populated by the likes of Catherine Mas-Mezeran, a Parisian mother of three who wrinkles her nose at the mention of President François Hollande. She calls him “the Socialist,” which, technically, he is. But if President Obama had the birthers, Hollande now has the baptismists.

The head of the Parti Socialist, and a lifelong socialist (when he wasn't a communist), is technically a socialist?

What would be required for him to be a genuine one?

The left is just so used to dishonestly denying that socialists are socialists that they even do so when a guy actually has the title, "Head of the Socialist Party of France."

Those welfare cheats are reportedly in jail.

I don't really want to link this -- I hate giving Politico what it wants -- but they recently did a story on Sharyl Attkisson entitled Media Career Path: Cry Liberal bias. Yes, it suggests what that headline implies it does: That liberal bias is just something people "cry" to get attention. Completely fictitious, you know.

I wouldn't bother clicking on it. The headline is enough.

Oh you'll love this: Tom Friedman interviewing Hillary Clinton. No but seriously, enjoy Hillary kill two minutes with nonsensical babbling when she's asked to identify anything she's proud of from her term at SecState.

Great explainer on the left's lies on the Hobby Lobby case. Similar to the one Gabe did, but better, because this guy isn't a Turncoat when he posts at the Federalist.

Rand Paul still has a bad habit of repeating cherished-but-false leftwing agitprop talking points about American foreign policy. He should probably stop that.

This kid must be a reader.

Long piece -- but good -- on the need to actually, get this, hire better teachers and, importantly, fire worse ones.

60% of Intel's employees who donated to the gay marriage cause, either pro or anti, donated in favor of Prop 8.

Let's ban Intel.

No, of course we won't do that. As Allah suggests, you don't have to shoot all looters to establish the point that looting won't be tolerated. You just have to hang one of the ringleaders in the town's center plaza. The rest will get the idea.

Mark Pryor: Why sure I'd vote for Obamacare again. Why do you ask?

Most people think NBC is the most biased network. That is debatable -- I think that dishonor might belong to ABCNews, which had really better think about what it is putting at risk (Disney, Marvel, Star Wars) with its relentless and flagrant propaganda.

Nice corporation you have there, Disney. Be a real shame if someone were to boycott your trillions of dollars of non-news products, wouldn't it?

You might want to consider ABCNews' Progressive Politics Animal House operation if you're on the fence about seeing Captain America.

Democrat Representative Jim Moran: Gee Willickers, Congressmen sure do deserve a big pay raise.

Democrat Senate hopeful Bruce Braley: Sitting down with my trial-law clients for dinner is really no different than farm work, if you think about it. Or, preferably, don't.

I don't want to start any scurrilous rumors, but I'm pretty sure Bruce Braley is actually brain damaged.

Oh, and, yeah? That Brazilian poll that said "We're totally into raping scantily dressed women" that everyone linked except me/us? It turns out it's largely wrong, as I imagined it was.

Minor, minor content warning for this. I don't know why this squirrel does this, but this squirrel just keeps effing with and attacking a snake (identified by one of the witnesses as a rattlesnake, but I don't know about that).

The squirrel, for reasons I can't guess, is just determined to pick a fight with this snake. He thinks he's Rikki Tikki Tavi or something.

Just so you know: The squirrel appears to be unharmed at the end. The "content warning" is for the snake attempting to bite the squirrel, which I don't think it actually manages to do.

Then again, this squirrel could have pitched over dead from poison five seconds after the end of this video.

I don't know what this snake did to piss this squirrel off so much.

This is one badass squirrel. It has the soul of a honey badger.

Squirrels, Nemeses of Snakes. Buzzion informs::

Depending on the type of squirrel it could actually be immune to the snake venom.
Adult squirrels are not the snakes' prey, Rundus said in a telephone interview. The adults have a protein in their blood that allows them to survive the snake venom, and they have been known to attack and injure snakes, biting and kicking gravel at them.

Who knew.


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