These Links are Making me Thirsty
1. James Pethokoukis on the welfare cliff – the point at which single mothers are incentivized to maintain a lower income in order to qualify for government benefits. I had a conversation yesterday with a guy I work with whose wife isn’t going back to work after the birth of their child because they’d lose their food stamps and Section 8. Whatever makes them happy, right?
2. Via Roosh and Oz Conservative, President Obama wrote an op-ed to Newsweek celebrating Title IX. Money shot:
In fact, more women as a whole now graduate from college than men. This is a great accomplishment—not just for one sport or one college or even just for women but for America. And this is what Title IX is all about.
Cool, a 57%-43% split is a great accomplishment. Got it. Republicans chase back and forth trying to nail Obama down using all sorts of gimmicks – this disparity and Obama’s aloof comments on the topic are the perfect example of everything that conservatives should be combating Obama on. Obama talks up the transparency of his administration, but I’ll be damned if I can get Russlynn Ali, a lawyer in the admin’s Office of Civil Rights, or anyone else to respond to my queries on this topic. A low level blogger like myself has to do it since nobody else will.
3. Jezebel on men using their children’s sporting events to escape household chores. Does anyone ever ask this question: who cares more about the state of the domicile? Do men care nearly as much as women do that the dishes are perfectly washed and dried and put away? Feminists complain about household choreload but pretend that men are cracking the whip to get women to do them. Men kinda care about chores but not all that much.
4. Slate must be contractually obligated to fellate the TV show Louie while performing cunnilingus on Girls because they’ve not once admitted when episodes from either show are a dud as was last night’s Louie episode. David Haglund calls the episode “riveting and delightful”. I judge a comedy on this metric: how much I laugh. And I only laughed at the gimmicky stand-up portion of last night’s episode which was about Louie’s man crush on a Miami-based beach life guard who ends up believing that Louie is gay after Louie stays an extra couple of days at his hotel after striking up a friendship with the life guard. At the end, the life guard leaves believing that Louie is gay because Louie is unable to actually come out and say that he is straight. This comedic device – the bumbling, stumbling, incoherent conversation which ultimately involves no actual complete sentences but leads to mass confusion and a distorted truth – is played out and below CK’s pay grade, but he keeps relying on it in his shows and nobody will say that it isn’t entertaining, because it’s art or something.
5. Kids near Detroit can’t read and that’s the school system’s fault so the ACLU is suing them. (h/t Grerp)