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Unfortunately, there’s no scale on the offense level of the patterns on your underwear

By Amanda Marcotte
Friday, July 11, 2008 0:59 EDT

This is apparently the Flint, Michigan police force’s guide on how to tell someone is wearing too-baggy pants.

Seriously, they give out tickets for this, or else the illustration is lying to me.

Cleaning out the toxins that aren’t even there

By Amanda Marcotte

I’d like to thank reader Sara for sending me some links about the ongoing political hell that is the autism controversy. It remains, to this day, something of a mystery as to why this disease, before all others really, brings in the woo-peddlers and causes so much political strife, but we don’t need to know the causes to know the effects—families suffer from an overload of bullshit that’s ultimately not helpful, and could be harmful.…


Oh. My. God.

By Jesse Taylor
Thursday, July 10, 2008 21:49 EDT

A reporter asks John McCain whether birth control should get the same insurance coverage as wang stiffener (the scientific name), a legitimate question about health care coverage in America. Here’s his response: You can see why McCain doesn’t favor negotiating with Iran. Just mention Viagra and you can run roughshod…


The Drudge Effect

By Jesse Taylor

Matt Drudge has always reminded me of that inexplicably popular kid in grade school, the one who wasn’t particularly clever or witty or rich or anything, but who could get a tooth knocked out riding a bike and send half the class to the nurse’s office because of the fumes…


On CounterSpin this afternoon

By Amanda Marcotte

I’m supposed to be on CounterSpin to talk about “pregnancy pacts” at 1:20-ish EST today. Listen in, if you’re interested. Update: My bad. It’s airing tonight and tomorrow, because it’s taped. So check your local listings. You can download the podcast at the link.…


Let the hideous beasts out of the closet

By Amanda Marcotte

The post below devolved into the same conversation that often happens when an atheist uses the same public forums aggressively used by believers to spread their beliefs—i.e., speaking up in books and websites. Why do atheists have to go around making the nice religious people uncomfortable? The religious people invoked…


Remember When Lying Was Wrong?

By Jesse Taylor

John McCain appears to have deceived dozens, if not hundreds of notable economists in order to sell a plan most of then hadn’t seen and many don’t agree with. Some black dude was talking about somebody’s nuts, though. That’s obviously more important. I guess it’s the George Washington Carver theory…



By Jesse Taylor

I’m going to ask a rhetorical question. I also want you to realize that I’m referencing Mickey Kaus as I ask the question, meaning that the obvious answer is that he’s wrong. You may reflect that answer choice on your sheets in the blank provided. Is someone who advocates for…


If Emeril Were Religious And A Dick

By Jesse Taylor

A young child with spina bifida and splints on his legs tears them off and bolts across the stage. He cries as he declares that his legs have strength like never before. “The boy’s been healed,” says the preacher as thousands cheer him on. Meanwhile, Bill Wise sits quietly with…


Bamboo Review: Wanted

By auguste

Just give me my paycheck and I’ll be on my way. From the moment I walked into Wanted – hell, from the moment I saw the trailer – I expected a giant, wanky, over-the-top [Update: misogynist and misanthropic] blood-drenched video game that takes itself so seriously it goes all the…