commented on Will Elizabeth Warren Challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Nomination?
Tough primaries only tend to soften up the eventual nominee for the general election. If there hadn't been such a backlash against the Bush years in 2008 and if Obama hadn't been such a strong candidate, the tough Democratic primary could easily have given us President McCain. I would love to see Warren in the White House but I will take Hillary over any Republican. I just fear that Hillary will be the Democratic Romney, the big-money candidate nobody really likes but that no other candidate can beat. I will fall into line behind Clinton once she becomes inevitable, but unless she repudiates a lot of her Wall Street backers it will be hard to get excited about her before the general election.
commented on Who's the Bigger Asshole: Richard Dawkins or the TSA?
Even a stopped clock. Just because Dawkins is an asshole (and he is) doesn't mean he can't point out abuses of power. If anything, it helps when a person like him comes from a position of unquestioned privilege to wake us up to the outrages we've gotten used to.
commented on Satan, Scarecrows, and Skin
For me, The Blair Witch Project is a triple threat: rednecks, the woods at night, and abandoned houses. Thanks to the shakycam it didn't really faze me while I was in the theater, but after I left? And started thinking about that last scene? Oh hell no. I had the same Z-Rest camping mat as Josh's in the movie, and I couldn't even LOOK at that thing, not even in the daytime.
commented on Slog Poll: Getting Over the Beast Cold/Flu
Neti pot. It's best used as prevention, but it can also speed up the cure. I haven't had a head/throat/chest cold since I started using it four years ago, except one spring when I got lazy about using it. Eventually it gets to be as routine as brushing your teeth or clipping your nails. You don't have to use it every day, only whenever your head feels slightly stuffy or scratchy.