Caricature of ISIS fighter and of KKK members.  Caption points out that both claim to be religious organizations.

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Cullen Hightower:

Those who agree with us may not be right, but we admire their astuteness.

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Junkyard seadogs.

. . . for the past several years, according to internal emails obtained by The Virginian-Pilot, the U.S. Navy has been negotiating to acquire Japan’s retired fleet of MH-53E Sea Dragons. The Navy wants to harvest the old helicopters for parts to help keep its own Sea Dragons flying until 2025.

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Guide to e-Holes:  Alpha-Dog Emailer,


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Yastreblyansky.

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Bob Molinaro, sports writer extraordinaire, explains discipline in big-time football:

It’s easier to distinguish the lines walked by NFL teams that cravenly attempt to discipline their players for off-field misconduct. Rarely does the punishment fit the crime; it’s adjusted according to the player’s value.

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And this surprises you how?

Scientists from Duke University, Ohio State, Stanford, Dartmouth, and the University of Rochester found eight clusters of drinking-water wells that were contaminated as a result of gas well integrity problems including poor casing and cementing. One of the contaminated clusters was in Texas and seven were in Pennsylvania,

“People’s water has been harmed by drilling,” said Robert B. Jackson, professor of environmental and earth sciences at Stanford and Duke. “In Texas, we even saw two homes go from clean to contaminated after our sampling began.”

“Gas well integrity problems” is fancy talk for slap-dash shoddy we-don’t-care-screw-the-people make-my-pile-and-get-out-of-here behavior. It’s the Buccaneer Petroleum way.

Addendum, Distinction without a Difference Dept.

Proponents of fracking are trying to spin this to mean that fracking’s okay because it’s all the wells’ fault, saying, in effect, that fracking didn’t set your water on fire, that nasty fracking well set your water on fire.

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Be polite in the playpen.

According to officers, a mother was taking care of three children, two boys and a girl, when she left the house for a couple of minutes to get them something to drink.

Police said in that time, a three-year-old boy found a loaded .22-caliber handgun and accidentally shot himself with it.

Officers said the boy did not survive his injuries.

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Stevie Wonder:

Sometimes we listen to too many commentators about things that don’t affect their lives because they’re in a different tax bracket.

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Steven M. notes that John McCain seems to want to bomb everyone.

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Bob Cesca seems to be almost as fed up with football as I am.

The upshot here is that America’s Sport (by which he means “football”–ed.) is polluted with lies, cheating and crime . . . . Yet it’s been, up to this point, immune from serious damage — damage that even Major League Baseball was unable to avoid, though it’s worth noting how the most juiced MLB players didn’t face Armstrong-level punishment. Even now, with the Rice scandal escalating all the way to Roger Goodell’s office, the activities that brought down Armstrong, not to mention the accusations against Barry Bonds or Alex Rodriguez seem quaint by comparison. But you’ll never again see Lance Armstrong competing in not just bike races or triathlons but any other professional sporting event of any kind because he’s been banned from all pro sports for life. When was the last time a football player was banned from all sports for life? Not even Pete Rose, whose punishment also far exceeded his infractions, was banned from all sports, just baseball. When a football player is banned from all sports for life due to PEDs or gambling — asshole, liar or whatever — hell will freeze over.

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Parents, foster politeness.

A Charlotte woman was arrested Saturday after her 7-year-old daughter shot herself with a gun in the family’s southwest Charlotte residence, police said.

The girl was shot in the hand, and her injuries were not life-threatening, police said. Investigators said Heather Nicole Davenport, 27, faces a charge of failure to properly secure a weapon.

Via C&L.

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Tom Tomorrow:  Contrasting right-wing hysteria about ISIS with right-wing denial of climate change.


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In the light of recent news stories, this is easy to believe.

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Texas edition.

Greg Abbott's get out the vote message for the elderly, students, minorities, and the poor:  Abbot stands at ballot boxes, points to door, and yells,

Same everywhere else, folks. Republicans know that, if the people turn out to vote, Republicans lose.

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So much for “playing for the fun of the game.”

Back when I was in Little League (I wasn’t very good, but I still enjoy baseball), the worst aspect of the game was the parents. The parents of one team, sponsored by a local fraternal organization, became notorious as the “Moose Mothers.”

Girls (and boys) may just want to have fun, but the parents seemed determined to poison the game.

If you wonder why big-time football and other sports are hopelessly corrupt, just look at their “fans.”

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Blaise Pascal:

The Christian religion teaches me two points; that there is a God whom men can know, and that their nature is so corrupt that they are unworthy of Him.

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