Morning Links

Monday, January 31st, 2011
  • The prairie dogs. They’re judging me.
  • Former call girl Maggie McNeil debunks that CNN scare story on underage prostitutes and Backpage.com.
  • Agitator pal, one-time guest-blogger, and two-time Agitator.com fantasy football points champion Baylen Linnekin has written a fascinating paper on the role colonial taverns played in shaping the First Amendment’s Assembly Clause. Also, look for a great article from Baylen on the regulation of food trucks in the April issue of Reason.
  • Via Reddit, this Wikipedia entry has nine sections, five subsections, and 128 footnotes.
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20 Responses to “Morning Links”

  1. #1 |  Len | 

    That wikipedia entry isn’t worth the paper it isn’t printed on.

  2. #2 |  Matt I. | 

    Regarding the toilet paper, I will go on record and state the I am in the proud minority that prefers the ‘under’.

    My reason is pretty simple, though I’ve never seen it mentioned in arguments before – when toilet paper is hung underhand, you can pull the sheets away one handed with a hard yank straight down. This is pretty difficult if not impossible to do when the sheets are coming off over the top of the roll.

  3. #3 |  J sub D | 

    The quickest way to win the typical modern dullard’s respect is to throw some very large figure at him; in most cases he’ll simply accept it without even thinking about what it really means in terms of human experience.

    QFT!

  4. #4 |  J sub D | 

    The prairie dogs. They’re judging me.

    Harshly. ;-)

  5. #5 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    When I see Amber Lyon cavorting around town in tight jeans and fuck-me boots seductively telling prospective clients she’s underage, I always
    think “Isn’t that illegal?”
    But of course only Amber has access to the secret code
    of terms that actually denote underage trafficking. Fresh, pretty, cute–they’re all secret codes.
    I think she’s been watching too many James Bond and/or Cold War films.

  6. #6 |  Dave Krueger | 

    I can’t believe I went all the way through the prime of life and haven’t heard about “fuck-me boots” until now. Seems like a pretty cruel joke that I should find out about such important fashion statements after it’s too late to matter.

  7. #7 |  Jeff | 

    I lay the blame for that entire Wikipedia article the people that still cling to hanging it under.

  8. #8 |  primus | 

    Call me a rebel, but I have no toilet paper orientation preference; I just don’t care. Not something worthy of caring about.

  9. #9 |  Aresen | 

    I’m an agnostic on the “over/under’ debate. Whichever way it goes on, so be it.

    WRT Matt’s argument for “under': One can tear off sheets on a roll hung over single-handed by pulling sharply sideways.

    My biggest TP complaint is those huge rolls locked inside the canisters in public washrooms: The paper is so thin that you cannot pull enough paper to get a good handfull.

  10. #10 |  Aresen | 

    Don’t trust prairie dogs: Out there undermining the country, watching us from their hideaways, plotting against the very soil. Make ‘em learn English!

  11. #11 |  Nancy Lebovitz | 

    #10 | Aresen |

    And the prairie dogs are talking about us in a language we can’t understand!

  12. #12 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    I bring another perspective to the Underage Sex Slavery story; the historian’s. Historically, any time the american news media has gotten worked up over sex slavery, white slavery, or the like, all it has signified was that reader/viewer-ship was down and all numbers quoted have had their feet planted firmly in mid-air.

  13. #13 |  Bob | 

    Bah!

    I say again, Bah!

    Everyone knows that the proper orientation for toilet paper is vertical. Just stand it up on the tank. That wall hanger is for girls.

  14. #14 |  CRNewsom | 

    I don’t know what toilet paper is. I just use the three shells.

  15. #15 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Three shells it is! But you must set them concave down.

  16. #16 |  Victor Milan | 

    Prairie dogs: judgemental little bastards.

    Plus: love the comment, “Make ‘em learn English!”

  17. #17 |  Maggie in the Media « The Honest Courtesan | 

    […] but in the morning my column “Numerology” was featured in the “Morning Links” section of The Agitator, generating the best day I’ve had yet: 3486 views, of which 934 came directly from The Agitator […]

  18. #18 |  zoltan | 

    I LOVE Maggie McNeil’s blog. She is the voice of reason in a subject full of hysteria and emotion.

  19. #19 |  Maggie McNeill | 

    Radley, thank you so much for the link! And Zoltan, thank you for the compliment! :-)

  20. #20 |  The Agitator « The Honest Courtesan | 

    […] January 31st, 2011 the award–winning journalist Radley Balko  mentioned me in a one-line link on his blog, The Agitator:  “Former call girl Maggie McNeil debunks that CNN scare story on underage […]

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