Feb 19 Calpete commented on Quirky Nest Houses Are Killing Birds and They Also Remind Us Why the Beacon Hill Library Is So Bad.
@6 - If the building Matters, it's black architecture. Otherwise, it's evil and contributes to the destruction of the environment and was built by stupid people.
Feb 17 Calpete commented on And Now Let Us Play the Supreme Court Nomination Speculation Game.
@21 - Warren got her JD in 1976 and has practiced and taught since then, most recently teaching Bankruptcy and Commercial Law at Harvard. You're correct that there's not a requirement a Justice be a lawyer, but lack of a JD would be the first thing the Fighting R-ish would scream about.
Feb 3 Calpete commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Introvert Dumps Extravert.
Dear Dan - extrOvert. Thank you.
Jan 25 Calpete commented on Trump's Spokeswoman Is Even Crazier Than He Is.
I thought the Tea Party folks were all about not letting the gol durn gubmint interfere in their lives. How'd she collect all that there free unemployment money then? Did she go to the place where the gol durn gubmint gives away them free Obama phones and them free 'lectric motorchairs an' stuff on her way to th' protest meetin'?
Jan 15 Calpete commented on The Morning News: Ride the Ducks Returns to Seattle Today, City Council to Examine Homeless Sweeps, Bezos Wants Tax Breaks.
What @2 said. I'm eagerly waiting for Bezos's gigantic retail Ponzi scheme to come crashing down on his head. He's a danger to the economy, a destructive force as ravenous as a commercial black hole. Let him pay the damn taxes or wave bye-bye.
Jan 14 Calpete commented on Why Cows Are Stupid.
Cows are not stupid. They have complex social organization, good learning capabilities and memory, and vocalizations that vary almost to the same point as those of elephants. Their usual slow pace might be what makes humans think they're vacant in the head, but if you spend any time with them you learn differently. A quick pace (see goats, above, or pigs) is no more an indication of intelligence in animals than it is in humans -- Charles is so very smart but I'd bet that he doesn't as a rule walk fast, much less tap dance or do fouettés chaînés on the way to the water fountain.
Dec 30, 2015 Calpete commented on 21st Century Ghetto Blasting on a Metro Bus.
No, Charles, this kind of behavior is not novel and it is not bearable, it's entitled and douchey. People with more disposable funds than usable brain cells have been doing this since the dawn of the portable radio era many, many years ago. Maybe you don't ride public transit enough to know that. If the rider was getting such a nearly sexual thrill out of it, I wonder why he didn't haul out and start beating off right there. Would that have been novel and bearable, too? Any asshole can ignore social norms; there's no special talent involved and no special merit results.
Dec 19, 2015 Calpete commented on Democratic Debate Live Slog.
Thank you @14 for the Snopes link.

Trying to watch this on my computer was an exercise in serious frustration, what with all the stalls and glitches on the ABC Web site. I wish I'd been able to look at the (not enough) photos Dan supplied at the time instead of having to wait till after.
Dec 17, 2015 Calpete commented on Martin Shkreli Defrauds Investors, Loves Emo.
@8 - I'd love to see him get the sort of punishment you recommend but I doubt it would do much good. He acts like a true psychopath and even if he did his community service in a public health clinic I think he'd be able to separate himself emotionally from the clients and create an internal scenario where they were responsible for their own health and he was there only to work off the unjust decision of the judge. I doubt he has an empathic bone in his body and he'd need to have some capacity for empathy to benefit from community service.