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President Obama to Congress:

Via Juanita Jean.

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Power-ful politeness, exercising their Second Amendment right to shoot at random stuff because they can.

The Bonneville Power Administration says people shooting at its high-voltage power line near Joint Base Lewis-McChord in the Tacoma, Washington, area have damaged power line insulators. The agency is offering a maximum $25,000 reward for tips leading to those involved.

Mayhap they be afeared of the dreaded mythical EMP.

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Ultra-entitled: This fellow wants a money-back guarantee for his big game “hunt” of a captive animal.

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After a brief allusion to Sony’s The Interview,* Jon Stewart gets to Gitmo.

Via Raw Story.

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*”Artistic integrity” and all that to the side, I can’t get worked up over Sony’s and movie houses’ chickening out of showing The Interview, perhaps because I suspect that that movie is just another steaming pile of Hollywood cow patties. I reckon I should be outraged on principle, but, as Hollywood has neither principles nor integrity, why should I waste mine on them?

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Friends. Or else.

Rachel Anne Hayes, of Clearwater, allegedly became enraged Wednesday at an undisclosed private residence when the unidentified 72-year-old victim said Hayes’ Facebook name was inappropriate. She told Hayes she would be willing to accept the friend request if she changed the name, which was not disclosed in a news release from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

The most intriquing question, natch, is this: What was that Facebook name?

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Wingnyt with bullhorn screaming,

Via Bob Cesca’s Awesome Blog.

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Just how public is a private Facebook page?

(Pretty damn public, actually. “Privacy” and “Facebook” contradict each other. Also, this is yet another case of “the one thing is not like the other,” and saying it is don’t make it so.)

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Hadley Freeman points at that, as regards the US Presidency, family matters.

Should Hillary Clinton win the next election and get two terms, followed by Jeb Bush for the next two terms – a scenario that is far from impossible – the American presidency would have been controlled by two monarchies for 44 years, with a brief Obama interlude. Rather knocks the House of Stuart (1707-1714) to a cocked hat or, that is, a cocked crown. . . .

Any suggestion that the American political system is democratic is so outdated it has taken on the quality of an ancient myth. Outliers – such as Barack Obama, for one – are the exception, and the norm is dynastic families.

Follow the link for the rest.

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Alexander the Great:

I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.

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Thoreau.

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Great moments in polite parenting:

Adelaide Clinger, who attended Centennial Junior High, was accidentally shot and killed inside her home, 1941 Cooper St., on Nov. 23.

Kaysville police have released very few details about the shooting. But according to a search warrant filed in 2nd District Court, officers discovered upon initial investigation that “adults in the home were examining handguns.”

Clinger’s father placed a loaded 9mm handgun in his pants pocket, the affidavit states. That’s when a 10-year-old sibling “accessed the firearm and discharged the firearm,” striking Adelaide.

The investigation is continuing because these things take time.

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18 December 2014 · 1 comment · Categories: Mammon

David Cook has had enough Uber.

The kids were acting up the other night. You know, pushing the limits. Rude, sneaky, too big for their britches, that sort of thing.

Someone had to put their foot down.

“Enough!” I yelled. “Quit acting like Uber!”

Uber is the business world’s spoiled child. It doesn’t play well with others, won’t respect its elders and seems to have forgotten everything it was supposed to learn in school.

Do read the rest.

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Meanwhile, Yves Smith wonders

Jeb Bush: The Forrest Gump of Financial Improprieties?

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Those values, my friend, are blowing in the wind.

You can’t make this stuff up.

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Based on what I saw at Toys R Us, board games are going the way of T. Rex.

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Somewhat better.

Jobless claims decreased by 6,000 to 289,000 in the week ended Dec. 13, the fewest since early November, a Labor Department report showed today in Washington.

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The four-week average of jobless claims, a less-volatile measure than the weekly figure, declined to 298,750 from 299,500 the week before.

The number of people continuing to receive jobless benefits dropped by 147,000 to 2.37 million in the week ended Dec. 6, unwinding the previous week’s surge. Insured unemployment had jumped to 2.52 million in the period ended Nov. 29, which was the highest since August.

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Don’t get uppity, boy.

Jesus.

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Alexis de Tocqueville:

I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.

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