Link round-up for 31 January 2016
Ali Davis ranks the candidates by their usefulness in a bar fight (found via Mock Paper Scissors).
Trump gets pwned on Twitter by Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal. Here's a full listing of Trump's Twitter insults -- it's yuuuge!
Good time for a quick U-turn.
Here's a handy check-list for your next militia take-over.
Which half of the list has the best countries?
This map of abortion laws frankly holds few surprises.
Watch this SF short film on the use of virtual reality as an outlet for violent impulses, with a sinister twist.
A cat in motion is a wonder to see.
If that new planet beyond Pluto really exists, here's the perfect name for it (found via Mendip).
See the real-world inspirations behind the visuals in Avatar.
Winter brings snow, snow brings socialism.
Republicans not conservative enough for you? Check this party out.
It's too late to undo the worst consequence of the faked Planned Parenthood videos.
Here's what National Review was really saying.
Italy grows more defiant toward the EU.
I notice they didn't shoot this one down.
Here's some more World-War-II-era giant-tank lunacy (link from Nick M).
Lesser Republicans learn to grovel before their new master.
Christian counselors tried to "cure" a gay man by.....isolating him from women (found via Republic of Gilead).
An anti-vaccine nutjob learns from bitter experience.
Libertarian schmibertarian -- Rand Paul takes a hard line against abortion.
Faye Kane explains the Republicans. Here's a summarized history.
The Oregon "occupation" flounders in grandiose self-delusion.
Porn is more popular than ever, and most young people see nothing wrong with it.
A few Texas Republicans are trying to bring the party around on marijuana.
Religion is now a pretext for stiffing waitresses.
Here's what's waiting at the end of the anti-gun road.
A Christian activist calls for a "warrior mentality" against the Satanic gay movement (found via Republic of Gilead).
Obama considers his possible successors. Here are some thoughts to consider. Hillary represents the audacity of realism. The haters are getting desperate.
Palin meddled in her son's military service, apparently.
Here's a look ahead at the madness of the caucuses and primaries.
A Florida priest does the right thing and gets punished.
The victor in Thursday's debate was the man who wasn't there. If Trump wins Iowa tomorrow, he may be unstoppable -- feckless party leaders will not have the guts to stop him. His nomination may be good for us Democrats and for the country. The very strategy that's kept him ahead in the primaries will sink him in the general, likely taking the Republican Senate majority down with him. Rod Dreher, Rich Lowry, and Tucker Carlson assess Trump's appeal, and here's an Australian view (found via Crooks and Liars). Booman looks at why even Nate Silver misjudged him.
A bizarre mailing from Cruz's campaign appears to be backfiring.
The 2016 "March for Life" promotes Orwellian distortions of feminism.
The wingnut media are as wingnutty as ever.
Regulation, what is it good for? Then there's this (link from Ahab).
Ah, sweet dreams.
Oklahoma Republicans think they can abolish secular marriage (found via Progressive Eruptions).
Holocaust Memorial Day evokes disturbing echoes in the present.
A blogger is stabbed to death for criticizing religion.
These two skeletons are different, yet fascinatingly similar.
A wolf pack is better organized than you'd think.
Photos recall the Challenger explosion 30 years ago.
2015 was a year of environmental breakthroughs.
Bring back teh shrooms!