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  • Wednesday's Links: Evolution for Dummies

    * This guy still understands evolution better than most of Congress.

    * COPS: Skyrim is almost as entertaining as real life.

    * The history of Google is another successful American Dream story.

    * The International Space Station's ambassador to the internet is at it again!

    * Nate Silver is using his statistical powers to analyze your failing relationship.

    * Reuben Bolling's Tom the Dancing Bug cartoon presents "Star Se-Trek-Ster"

    Chuck Grassley tells the gruesome story behind one of his most popular tweets.

    SimCity is not only the model for Herman Cain's tax plan, it's also a model for urban development.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Chuck Grassley, Daily Links, Evolution, Google, Herman Cain, International Space Station, Nate Silver, Police, Racism, Sequester, Space, Twitter, Video Games
  • Gay Romance Coming to Star Wars

    The trend in favor of legal and social equality for LGBT individuals has long been in evidence: every generation of Americans has had more progressive views on same-sex marriage and gay rights than the preceding one. But now, instead of worrying about the future, social conservatives are outraged by same-sex romance a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.

    Game developer Bioware, the makers of the struggling massively multi-player online game Star Wars: The Old Republic, will make it possible for gamers to flirt with same-gender non-player characters and will introduce more gay romance options in future expansions. As always, a few social conservatives saw a conspiracy to force everyone to cross lightsabers…

    Games developers stop trying to shape the social consciousnesses by putting you [SIC] perverted lifestyle choices in games. If you choose to be gay that [SIC] your business, I do not need to have it forced on me when I attempt to enjoyed [SIC] a game. To those who would say, "gay people are all around you." They may be around but not in my social circle by choice.

    I can't wait for Rick Santorum to pick up on this argument and warn us of the dangers of man-on-Wookiee relationships.

    Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Image Entertainment/Getty Images

    Tags: LGBT, Star Wars, Video Games
  • NRA Blames Violence on NRA-Endorsed Video Games

    The NRA's message at today's press conference was simple: guns don't kill people, everything else in the world kills people.

    According to NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, Nikki Minaj kills people ("A thousand music videos portray life as a joke…and then they have the nerve to call it entertainment"), gun control kills people (gun-free school zones "tell every insane killer… that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem at minimum risk"), movies kill people ("blood-soaked films"), hurricanes kill people, celebrities kill people, the media kills people, Obama kills people and, perhaps most of all, video games kill people.

    LaPierre even name-checked Mortal Kombat, which did cause that rash of spine-ripping finishing moves we experienced in the mid-90s (nobody seemed to report this, perhaps because the media was so busy killing people). However, he failed to explain why video-game obsessed Japan has almost no gun violence, while regions governed by Moral Majoritarians like the Taliban are less than pacific.

    Really, the only way the NRA could have done a better job at shooting themselves in the foot with a military-grade caliber of stupidity would be if the NRA also endorsed the type of video games they blame for mass killings because they glamorize assault weapons. Guess what? They do!

    In the NRA's defense, they are really, really terrible video games.

    Tags: Guns, NRA, Video Games
  • Petitioners Demand Ron Paul Meeting, Death Star Construction

    It's been a while since we checked in on the civic-minded Americans who have flooded the White House "We the People" website with petitions to "punch Grover Norquist in the dick" or demand secession for the states in the wake of Barack Obama's re-election. The demand for a redress of grievances has not abated. Here are some of the best–not smartest, not most sensical, just best–recent petitions.

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    Tags: Food, Ron Paul, Star Wars, Video Games, White House
  • Orc Assassination Rogue Running for Maine State Senate

    I don't know about you, but I'm not quite sure that America is ready for an "orc assassination rogue" in one of our state legislatures

    In an email sent to reporters today, Maine GOP communications director David Sorensen reports that Colleen Lachowicz "has been living a time-consuming double life as a member of the World of Warcraft community."

    Sorensen's release notes that Lachowicz is at Level 85, the game's highest level, and is a character named Santiaga. Lachowicz apparently "lives vicariously through her," and comments as her on the liberal blog Daily Kos.

    A sample comment: "So I'm a level 68 orc rogue girl. That means I stab things . . . a lot. Who would have thought that a peace-lovin', social worker and democrat would enjoy that?!"

    Come to think of it, this isn't very hard to image at all.

    Dennis Kucinich was a U.S. congressperson for years.

    Tags: Maine, Nerdiness, Science & Technology, State Legislature, Video Games