“How the GOP Can Take Back the Youth Vote”

Justin Higgins at Pajamas Media, one of the many, many conservatives flailing around for life jackets since the Republican apocalypse a couple weeks ago, on rebuilding the GOP brand for youth:

The Republican Party hasn’t captured a majority of the 18-25 demographic for decades now, and with President-elect Obama renewing the debate about youth in politics, it’s about time we ask ourselves, “How can the GOP capture its fair share of the youth vote?” As a rare member of that demographic who votes Republican (Obama won the youth vote 66-32), I have a few answers — and they all have to do with some fundamental differences in mindsets and rhetoric. The disconnect is more about words and less about policies.

Hey Justin, I have a another suggestion for you: Try not completely sucking at government.

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Turkey Sucks

Matthew Yglesias makes the case against turkey, and he's not even a commie pinko vegetarian! His argument is based on the fact that turkey doesn't even taste good.

I see all manner of foodies wracking their brains for ways to make turkey taste good. By which they mean "tolerable." But the problem lies not with your recipe or with your technique — it’s built into the birds. As everyone knows, commercial tomatoes have been bred to (a) look very red and (b) hold up well during shipping. Consequently, commercial tomatoes are very red and can be shipped long-distance. But no matter what you do with them, they don’t taste very good compared to seasonal tomatoes that have been bred for taste. Similarly, turkey breeders aren’t trying to breed a tasty bird. They’re trying to breed a big bird and counting on the false god of "tradition" to force you to buy their crap. And when you breed something for size rather than flavor, you get a big, not-very-tasty animal. Resist!

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Phishing test

Phishing is how fraudsters obtain your personal information and use it for all sorts of shenanigans, from fake purchases to credit card scams to your basic identity theft.  I found it surprising at how sophisticated these people have become over time.

Here's a test that will show you a few emails. Your job is to determine whether or not it is legitimate or a phishing email. There are definitely enough clues on the page on every single one of them.

If you use email, you should take this test. 

Then, when you are done, send it to your parents and have a talk with them about email scams.


I got 8 out of ten. Beat my score.

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Forced to re-think my atheism

I am forced to re-think my atheism when stuff like this happens.

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Then and now…

-A minority community is upset with the Mormon church.

-The Mormon Church "severely opposes" one certain kind of marriage.

-The Mormon church fails to see why people are upset with them.

-Despite their clearly unfair actions, the Mormon church denies any bias

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God prefers atheists


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Since we’re talking “turkey” …

Over at John Cole's place, he has what will probably be my favorite 2008 Thanksgiving blog post. It's short:

Read this interesting article in the NYT about turkeys. Riveting and educational.

Then read Jim Henley’s point about the recent Palin/turkey silliness. The barbaric “execution” and “assassination” of those turkeys is the model for how these animals should be raised for food.  (And don't skip the comments. One was so funny I almost laughed hard enough to pee pee on myself. –Tim)

And since we are talking about turkeys, this Daniel Larsion takedown of assorted foolishness is not to be missed.

Thank you, John Cole, for this post. It was great and topical.

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