G.O.P. Gun Nuts 

Matt Haughey can’t stop/won’t stop photoshopping dildos into pictures of Republicans who are trying to look tough as they hold guns:

Yes, it’s very juvenile, and I know it’s fairly pointless, but I wanted to rob the original images of any power they hold by making the same subjects appear ridiculous when the photos were altered. That’s all there is to it.

The strangest reaction to me is when someone finds these images “hateful”. I’ve seen the word pop up a few times in responses, and it really throws me how something as harmless as a dildo crudely added to an image is seen as hateful, as if the original photo of someone proudly displaying a weapon capable of ending anyone’s life instantly is instead seen as righteous. That right there? That is a set of priorities that are fucked up, full stop.

Mike Huckabee and his  GOP Dildo

I support Matt Haughey’s efforts. It’s a great project for an important cause and I helped him source a few photos early on. I look forward to a time when there are no more photos left for him to ‘shop.

You should follow Matt on Twitter or at gop dildo dot tumblr dot com.

Adding a Voice 

Mark Zuckerberg (via The New York Times):

“As a Jew,” he wrote, “my parents taught me that we must stand up against attacks on all communities. Even if an attack isn’t against you today, in time attacks on freedom for anyone will hurt everyone.

“If you’re a Muslim in this community, as the leader of Facebook I want you to know that you are always welcome here and that we will fight to protect your rights and create a peaceful and safe environment for you.”

Okay, maybe Zuckerberg isn’t so bad.

Blanding Toward Corporate Culture 

Bret Easton Ellis on “Living in the Cult of Likability” for The New York Times:

The reputation economy depends on everyone maintaining a reverentially conservative, imminently practical attitude: Keep your mouth shut and your skirt long, be modest and don’t have an opinion. The reputation economy is yet another example of the blanding of culture, and yet the enforcing of groupthink has only increased anxiety and paranoia, because the people who embrace the reputation economy are, of course, the most scared. What happens if they lose what has become their most valuable asset? The embrace of the reputation economy is an ominous reminder of how economically desperate people are and that the only tools they have to raise themselves up the economic ladder are their sparklingly upbeat reputations — which only adds to their ceaseless worry over their need to be liked.

I have this constant fear I got onto [Batman] too early. As a comic book writer, I’m a baby. I’m maybe five years old? Literally. Grant took on the character when he was Grant Morrison. He had done amazing things with All-Star Superman, New X-Men, right and left. Frank [Miller] had done amazing things with Daredevil. … I was talking about this with Neil Gaiman at a Vertigo gathering, and it’s pretty funny. We were at dinner and then he asked me how I was doing with Batman. I told him about “Super Heavy” and that I was nervous. He stopped me and said, “Scott, you’re worried that you’re not good enough,” which I replied that I was. “Soon,” he said, “you’ll be worried because you used to be better.”

It’s just a hill – up the bad side, down the bad side.

Scott Synder

Mark Zuckerberg Will Donate Massive Fortune to Own Blinkered Worldview 

Sam Biddle writing for Gawker:

We should be suspicious of $45 billion earmarked to build out this worldview, and we should remember that much of that $45 billion will benefit Zuckerberg’s peers, materially and otherwise. And perhaps we should also wonder whether instead of letting the mega-rich put their estates into “charities” of their own design, and thanking them profusely for it, we wouldn’t be better served by just taking it from their corpses.

The business community in Wisconsin should ask policy-makers to calm the seas around higher education funding, or risk sinking a research ship that helps keep the economy above water.

Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council

Trust and Policy Preferences 

John Sides on the Pew Research Center report Beyond Distrust: How Americans View Their Government:

There are clear partisan divides on some issues, such as ensuring access to health care. But on other issues there is a substantial bipartisan consensus.

If there is one good generalization about Americans’ attitudes toward government, it is this: Americans hate government, but they like what it does.

“Keep your government hands off my Medicare,” etc., etc.

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