URLs du Jour — 2014-04-01

Well, it's that day again. Not all the links below are relevant, though.

  • Last month, Congressman Paul Ryan made a comment on a radio show, connecting poverty with “this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work.”

    Cue lefty outrage! Cue accusations of racism!

    Andrew Klavan calls bullshit.

    In order to create a world in which powerful elites (them) can steal the money of hard-working Americans (us) in order to buy votes by flinging coins from their limousines at the poor (often in the inner city), the left has created a perpetual motion machine of black self-destruction. Convince black people they are helpless victims, give them free stuff that discourages work, sell them feminist and anti-religious social policies that destroy families, infiltrate their churches so that they cease to preach moral and ethical behavior and instead preach “social justice,” that pernicious phrase…  and then, when someone like Ryan has the testicular fortitude to point to the problems created by all this leftism, call him the racist. As bloody if.

    The left has developed a wonderfully self-sustaining system. It works great — if, that is, you don’t like your fellow Americans whose skin happens to be dark. But the truth is: there is not one single thing inherent in being black that causes generational poverty and violence. It’s the leftism, stupid. It’s the policies.

    But extra credit goes to a very unlikely source: Bill Maher. Who produced an even more damning quote on a recent episode of his HBO show:

    [W]hen it comes to getting an education, too many of our young people just can’t be bothered. Today, instead of walking miles every day to school, they’re sitting on couches for hours playing video games, watching TV. Instead of dreaming of being a teacher or a lawyer or a business leader, they’re fantasizing about being a baller or a rapper.

    Maher spoiled things a bit by quickly identifying the Republican racist who made this outrageous attack.

    Michelle Obama.

    It would have been so much more delicious if Maher had let his liberal guests condemn this statement while they were under the impression it came from Ryan or some other Republican.

  • Netflix is bringing Firefly back! Yay!

  • I counted myself a Ken Jennings fan. Until today. Turns out he's a jerk. Disappointing.

  • You might like Kafka's Joke Book. Sample:

    Why did the chicken cross the road?

    It had been crossing so long it could not remember. As it stopped in the middle to look back, a car sped by, spinning it around. Disoriented, the chicken realized it could no longer tell which way it was going. It stands there still.

    You'll laugh, but it will be a laughter full of angst and depression. Still, you'll laugh, so…

  • Find your inner Finn with the Finnish Name Generator. For the record, the Finnish name for this blog is "Väinämö Rinne".

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