Today in Whiskey Tango Fucktrot

First we have a call to increase empathy, tolerance, and understanding by mandatory social-networking participation:

Right, because the comments section on YouTube is full of empathy.


Next we discover that Louisiana is banning cash sales for used goods:

We’re talking about

Louisiana’s HB 125, which, in the cause of preventing transfer of stolen property, prohibits people from buying stuff at Goodwill and similar secondhand stores with cash.


Besides non-profit resellers like Goodwill, and garage sales, the language of the bill encompasses stores like the Pioneer Trading Post and flea markets.

The law rather curiously exempts pawn shops.  Cui bono isn’t that hard to find here.


After that, we discover that Obama’s literally been shitting on the Occupy Las Vegas protest:

Blue ice is the frozen material formed by leaks in commercial aircraft lavatory waste tanks, a mixture of human waste and vivid blue liquid disinfectant that freezes at high altitude. The ice generally dissipates long before the aircraft lands, but there have been documented cases of blue ice clinging to aircraft surfaces until the aircraft reaches warmer air on approach to landing, then the ice may separate from the aircraft and fall to earth.

Clark County Director of Aviation Randall Walker was immediately notified and dispatched airport personnel to the campsite, but witnesses report that the blue ice had melted by the time officials arrived leaving only a smelly brown residue.


And finally:

The 13th Amendment is the one banning slavery.


4 Responses to “Today in Whiskey Tango Fucktrot”

  1. October 27, 2011 at 17:27

    The worst thing about the first idea is that I think it would probably have the exact opposite affect. I know normally I’d like to clean up the welfare system, and start rolling back various programs, with the plan being for Government run welfare to be trivial or even non-existent within the next couple of generations. (you don’t want it to fast due to the likely suffering that would cause) But after I’ve had to deal with a “poor person”, particularly when we’ve been talking about politics and “fairness”, I’m tempted to end welfare tomorrow just to make the whiny entitled jerks suffer.

    I’ve suspected for quite a while that the reason the “rich and powerful” have some MUCH empathy for the “poor and disadvantaged” is actually because they don’t have to deal with them that much. Having empathy for the poor in abstract is easy, having empathy for the whiny jerk down the road who just blew his last welfare check on $1500 spinning rims for his pimp-mobile is hard.

    • October 28, 2011 at 15:28

      I think there’s some selection bias at work in your comment. My (limited) experience is that the poor people who would provoke a sympathetic reaction tend not to self-identify as “poor”, possibly to avoid associating themselves with whiny jerks. On the other hand, whiny jerks with entitlement complexes are more likely (a) to self-identify as “poor” to justify their entitlement and frame the argument in their favour, and (b) to bring up topics like politics, “fairness”, social justice, and redistribution for much the same reason.

      • October 28, 2011 at 18:48

        Yeah, you’re almost definitely right about that, though I think “mandatory social media” idea would have just as bad if not worse selection bias: the members of the first group probably aren’t going to mention it online, unless is specifically comes up, or unless members of the second group really annoy them, which means that the poor people the middle-class and above members of these groups will actually be aware of will almost all be members of the second group.

        • October 29, 2011 at 01:02

          Either that, or there’d be a lot of vicious arguments between the first and second groups, with well-meaning upper middle class “sensitive progressives” desperately trying to mediate.

          Shit, I’d buy tickets to see that.

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