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Dixie Chicks cover Radney Foster:


Dixie Chicks:

Grand bargain bullshit

Counting on the wingnuts to save us.

Ten years ago today

They got “Dixie Chicked”:

After watering down financial reform for his future employer. Remember, he was the “moderate” Republican senator.

Saving Mario

When your little girl wants to be the one saving Mario, what’s a hacker dad to do?

Oblivious to the kind of attention it started to get, I turned my attention to the reason behind all of this in the first place: My daughter. Just like clockwork, she woke up and sat on my lap asking to play Donkey Kong. Only this time, she could play as Pauline. She was excited! But for all she knew, I just figured out how to get Pauline to work. And that was fine. I wasn’t expecting it to change her life. We played for a bit. And some more. And again later. You know what? She really did seem to enjoy the game more. For whatever reason, she was more motivated to play as Pauline than as Mario. I can’t read into that too much, because it does feel a bit like a new game to her still. So we’ll see how she does after a week with it.

Meanwhile, a couple of my friends decided to tweet about it and post some of the work-in-progress to Reddit. By the time I started to catch up with all my social feeds, something insane had happened. This little mod exploded. I didn’t follow the whole Tropes vs. Women thing, but I saw a lot of references to it. In my wildest dreams, I just expected a bunch of fellow coders to chat about the merits of the mod. I never expected it to ignite a gender-role debate.

The comments under the YouTube video can, at times, be just as horrific as they are encouraging. While some of the things people have said about my daughter are almost comically inappropriate, they are still downright disturbing. One person wished her “dead” because “it would do the world a favor and be one less feminist in our future.”

WTF is the matter with some men? Seriously — you wish a little girl dead because she wanted to be the hero in a video game? For the sake of your daughters, sisters and wives, it’s about time men started talking to other men about that kind of misogynist bullshit, because when women do it, we’re apparently trying to neuter them.

Holy Joe

Off to the American Enterprise Institute! Big shocker, huh?

Lee Camp’s Moment of Clarity:

They offer upward mobility to the strangest people!

When Camden’s LEAP Academy University Charter School compelled its new food-service management company to retain the school’s executive chef and give him a $24,000 raise, LEAP also had to pay a $151,428 penalty to its previous vendor, documents show.

Including Michele Pastorello’s new $95,000 salary, LEAP has spent nearly $250,000 this school year to keep him employed as executive chef. The position typically pays about $40,000, according to industry experts.

Pastorello is the live-in boyfriend of LEAP founder and board chairwoman Gloria Bonilla-Santiago. His raise, as well as the fee paid to the previous management company, Aramark, now are under review by the school’s board of trustees.

On Friday, Aramark issued a pointed response to suggestions by LEAP that it was replaced because it was not meeting the school’s nutritional goals.

Bonilla-Santiago has recused herself from votes dealing with the food-service contracts. Through a spokesman, she has declined to be interviewed.

Life + Debt

I’ve tried to explain to people how the IMF and World Bank policies led to all those earthquake deaths in Haiti, but it’s probably easier to understand if you watch this documentary. Basically, we enslaved the nation with debt, destroyed their agrarian culture (which was working just fine) with targeted taxes and then pushed them into the cities, where we promised multinational corps they’d have a workforce for pennies a day. That’s why all those people were living in tin shacks when the earthquake struck:

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