Sunday Tabs

Stories I'm reading but unlikely to write about.

  • CNN’s Harry Enten: “Biden’s best path to reelection runs through the Great Lakes and not the Sun Belt(tl;dr: If Biden wins 270 Electoral votes, he’ll be re-elected)
  • Rolling Stone: “The Polling ‘Disaster’ That’s Starting To Terrify Team Trump(tl;dr: Being convicted of crimes would make it harder to become President again)
  • Daily Beast: “Biden Says This Is the ‘Weirdest Campaign Ever’ as Trump Suggests He’s an Elvis Lookalike(tl;dr: It’s not so much the campaign that’s weird but Biden’s opponent)
  • BBC: “Bao Fan: Missing China billionaire banker resigns from all roles(tl;dr: A guy who nobody’s seen in a year has quit his job. Nothing suspicious at all.)
  • NPR: “Masturbation abstinence is popular online. Doctors and therapists are worried(tl;dr: It’s not just the campaign that’s weird in 2024 America.)
  • Matt Shugart: “Bad ideas sometimes keep coming back: The single, six-year term idea, again” (tl;dr: It doesn’t solve the problems its advocates hope it will and creates new ones.)
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  1. Moosebreath says:

    “Daily Beast: “Biden Says This Is the ‘Weirdest Campaign Ever’ as Trump Suggests He’s an Elvis Lookalike”

    The Onion’s staff resigns, citing Tom Lehrer’s line that political satire become impossible after Henry Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize.

  2. mattbernius says:

    Love the tl;drs!

  3. Mister Bluster says:

    It is clear that the authors of Our Great Charter had no use for term limits for officeholders under the Constitution of the United States* or term limits would be part of the original document.
    Amendment XXII was the result of Republicans being butthurt when a Democratic President won four terms in a row. I would have gladly voted for President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama again if they wanted to run for a third term but the Republican Party denied me that free choice.

    *That would include you Donald Trump.

  4. Sleeping Dog says:

    It’s going to be a long and boring year for pundits and political writers.

  5. Mister Bluster says:

    I lived with Teresa for 16 years ending in 1994. We never got married but we had what some called a closed relationship. My job had me on the road about a third of those years. If I could get back to the house for the weekend I was close to home. Don’t remember how it came up in a conversation with a local feminist who knew both of us but for some reason I mentioned that I carried a copy of Playboy when I traveled.
    “What does Teresa think of that?”
    “She gave it to me.” I said.
    The woman almost fell off her barstool.

  6. Slugger says:

    Does anyone actually believe the claims of non-masturbation? I mean really believe.

  7. Matt says:

    Oh wow some people are actually taking no nut november seriously and the various Nofap whatevers?? That shit started on 4chan as a bad joke but then again so did qanon….

    Hell one of the major bot programs for Aion was called nofap which dates back to early 2008.

  8. Gustopher says:

    @Matt: the frustration of No Nut November is what powers NaNoWriMo.

  9. CSK says:

    @Slugger:@Matt: @Gustopher:

    I think I recall reading somewhere that the Proud Boys take a vow not to masturbate more than once a month.

  10. Franklin says:

    @CSK: That would explain a lot.

  11. Slugger says:

    @CSK: The belief that male energy is easily drained and requires conservation is old. The football coach at my high school preached it. He also believed that drinking water during practice made you weak and that blacks didn’t have the stuff to be quarterbacks. Joe Namath overturned this in Super Bowl II.

  12. Mister Bluster says:


    I give up. Super Bowl II final score was NFL Green Bay Packers 33-AFL Oakland Raiders 14.
    How did Joe Namath of the AFL New York Jets figure in this contest?

  13. Slugger says:

    @Mister Bluster: It is a little known fact that both Daryle Lamonica and Bart Starr relied on Namath for romantic advice. Joe’s wisdom and expertise in romance were well established even before he left Tuscaloosa.


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