Gingrich apparently things he’s running for Dictator of the…

Gingrich apparently things he's running for Dictator of the United States.

It'd be interesting to hear what legal basis he thinks he'd have for such an action. As I recall the idea that the President doesn't have to abide by Supreme Court decisions he doesn't like meme has been circulating among the Far Right for decades. It'd certainly force a Constitutional crisis if he tried to do it which could end up damaging the country in the end. #google+ #politics #laws #Republicans

Gingrich: I’d Ignore The Supreme Court

Newt Gingrich told a South Carolina crowd he’d ignore Supreme decisions he doesn’t like as president.
The Republican contender told a forum of anti-abortion activists ahead of South Carolina’s primary election that as president he would ignore supreme court rulings he regards as legally flawed. He implied that would also extend to the 1973 decision, Roe vs Wade, legalising abortion.
“If the court makes a fundamentally wrong decision, the president can in fact ignore it,” said Gingrich to chee…

Pastor Mark Driscoll reveals himself to be a douche-bag. Admittedly…

Pastor Mark Driscoll reveals himself to be a douche-bag.

Admittedly, there's a certain amount of schadenfreude in listening to two Christians argue over whose church is better because of the gender of the person leading it, but it's also illustrative of the easily justifiable sexism which the Bible promotes and how some people latch onto that. Some particularly douchey people. #google+ #religion #sexism #assholes

Did Anyone Else Know Pastor Mark Driscoll Was Sexist?

If only every question had that obvious of an answer… Pastor Mark Driscoll , who just wrote a how-not-to book about marriage in which he admits he wouldn’t have married his wife had he known she “sinned” just after high school, just outed himself as even more of a douchebag. During a radio interview with British radio host Justin Brierley , Driscoll got into an argument over whose church was better — the one Driscoll runs or the one run by Brierley’s wife. Chris Massey has the transcript and …

The RIAA tries to be snarky and just pisses people off. And…

The RIAA tries to be snarky and just pisses people off.

And the wonder why the general public hates them. #google+ #RIAA #Politics #SOPA

RIAA Reminds Us Why We Hate Them With Obnoxious Smartass Tweet (Updated) [Sopa]

This tweet from the RIAA's Senior Vice President of Communications is just about the most asinine thing we've read all day. Way to totally trivialize an issue that millions of people care passionately about. Updated below
We understand that SOPA blackout day is probably a bummer if you're the mouthpiece for the RIAA, but here's a tip from your friends in that terrifying blogosphere: If you want to convince the public (you know, those people you like to sue) that you aren't a bunch of assholes…

Dave sums up the problems with SOPA/PIPA eloquently. It’s a…

Dave sums up the problems with SOPA/PIPA eloquently.

It's a bad bill and it will cause no end of problems for everyone.#google+ #politics #SOPA #Copyright

My consolidated nattering on SOPA and PIPA

Here are my thoughts on SOPA and PIPA, consolidating about a dozen other posts I could have written today. Copyright is a cool thing . Creators should have their creations protected. They should also be able to profit by selling their rights to something to a third party, who should then be able to profit from it. For some length of time, at least. Copyright has also been dreadfully abused by Big Media, among others – leveraging extensions of copyright periods ad infinitum, abuse of copyright…

When she said she was a Family Values Republican she didn’t mean her OWN family.

When she said she was a Family Values Republican she didn’t mean her OWN family.

That whole sanctity of marriage thing? That’s for everyone else. Especially those icky gays! #seb #politics #republicans #hypocrite

Another “Family Values” Politician Resigns Because Of “Inapproriate Relationship”

Amy Koch, Minnesota’s Senate Majority Leader, has quit that post after being confronted by fellow Republicans about an “inappropriate relationship” with a staff member. Koch was accused of being involved with a subordinate, although she neither confirmed nor denied it when confronted, but rather said,”I think I need to consider resigning.” (h/t Little Green Footballs)

Koch, 40, is married and has a teenage daughter. The day she resigned, she betrayed no hint of scandal. In an interview with t…

So it appears UMG is lying…

… why does this not surprise me in the least? It seemed odd for a company like Google to strike deals with media companies allowing them to yank whatever the hell they wanted from YouTube. UMG’s got some ‘splainin’ to do. #seb

Google: Universal lied about its private kill-switch for YouTube videos

Google claims that Universal had no basis for removing the “Mega Song” video posted in support of the MegaUpload service (which Universal is trying to drive off the Internet). Earlier this week, a court filing from Universal suggested that the company had negotiated the right to remove videos it doesn’t own from YouTube as part of a private agreement with Google.

“Our partners do not have the right to take down videos from YT unless they own the rights to them or they are live performances c…

Once again Obama does something very disappointing…

Once again Obama does something very disappointing…

…and potentially unconstitutional. Let’s hope this gets challenged and overturned by the courts ASAP. #seb

Obama to sign “Indefinite Detention by the Military” bill into law

Short and incredibly depressing. The “indefinite detention” bill is actually the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Even though the NDAA passed the Senate, Obama has been saying (i.e., using words to assert an actual intention) that he would veto this violation of the Bill of Rights. Wrong. Is it Cave Week again? Looks like words aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Glenn Greenwald (emphasis in original; my paragraphing): In one of the least surprising developments imaginable, Preside…

Another pretty good article on Male Privilege in geek and gaming culture from Kotaku.

Another pretty good article on Male Privilege in geek and gaming culture from Kotaku. #seb

Nerds and Male Privilege [Gender]

I want to tell you a story.
A few years ago, I was dating a girl who was decidedly not nerd curious. She tolerated my geeky interests with a certain bemused air but definitely didn’t participate in ‘em… not even setting foot inside a comic store on new comic day. She’d wait outside until I was done… which could be a while, since I was friends with several of the staff.
She came in the store exactly once, after I’d explained that no, it’s a pretty friendly place… well lit, spacious, organized …

Windows 8’s new password managed should be helpful…

Windows 8’s new password managed should be helpful…

…if you can get people to actually use it. I make use of LastPass right now for my password management needs, but if this solution from Microsoft is any good I may just switch. #seb

Windows 8 Is Going to Have Some Super Sweet Password Management Features [Windows 8]

Services like 1Password and LastPass are life changers, you sign in with one master password and the app logs you into everything. No need to remember how many symbols and alphanumeric codes you’ve used. No need to remember 312 different passwords. Well, Windows 8 is going to have the same awesome password management built in.
With Windows 8, all you need to remember is your Live password and Microsoft will handle the rest. Microsoft explains how the password management feature works:

When y…

Secret Santas paying off people’s lay-aways is a trend I can get behind.

Secret Santas paying off people’s lay-aways is a trend I can get behind.

It’s wicked cool that folks are helping each other like this. Makes me wish I was wealthy so I could join in on it. #seb

Reader Pays Off Strangers’ Layaway Tabs, Becomes Santa Claus

Reader Gail read our post last week about a mysterious benefactor who paid off $500 worth of layaway tabs for random strangers at a Michigan Kmart. She found it inspiring, but in a different way from most readers: the story actually inspired Gail and her husband to visit local discount stores and do the same exact thing for some families in her area. She shared how the experience works from the benefactor’s end. “I can’t remember the last time spending $100 made me feel so good!” she wrote. H…