Tow-truck driver to climate-change denier stuck in snowdrift:  According to the laws of science, I can pull you out of there.  Denier:  No thanks, I'm skeptical of science.

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Via Farnsworth.

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. . . or the Man behind the Medicine Show:

A daytime talk show guest has agreed to pay $9 million to customers he duped on The Dr. Oz Show and The View.

The Federal Trade Commission accused Lindsey Duncan of selling phony weight-loss aids, including green coffee bean extract, that he claimed could cause consumers to lose 17 pounds and 16 percent of their body fat in 12 weeks – without diet or exercise.

Duncan told Dr. Oz Show viewers that his claims were backed by a clinical study, but the company that sponsored the study settled FTC charges in September that found it to be severely flawed.

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Adam Kilgore thinks the NFL may be using the kerfuffle over Bill Belichick’s under-inflated balls to its own advantage. A snippet:

During its most important week of the year, the NFL has willingly enabled a phony “controversy” to fill the space that may otherwise be dedicated to actual controversies that engulf the league. Rather than concussion settlements, or the league’s response to domestic violence, or the viability of Roger Goodell’s commissionership, discussions have focused on the amount of air inside the Patriots’ footballs.

If the Patriots cheated, they of course should be punished. But the NFL has complicated the process beyond reason, and in doing so it allowed a farcical over-reaction to stand in for discussion pertaining to the game’s alarming sins. The league has allowed the Patriots to play the role of the villain, a convenient distraction from its own scandalous year.

You can read the whole thing and decide whether you agree. I don’t; over the past year, the NFL has demonstrated a public-relations ineptness indicating an inability to come up with so sophisticated a misdirection play.

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Politeness takes practice.

Dawn Bryan told deputies that bullets hit her house, pool enclosure and a window, shattering it, shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday.

Sheriff’s officials say Scott Radford, 33, of Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, and Hillsborough Sheriff’s Deputy Paul Adee, 25, were firing a rifle behind Radford’s house when some bullets unintentionally hit Bryan’s house on the 3800 block of Porter Road in Lithia, a community in east Hillsborough. The properties abut each other.

The bozos clearly need a lot more practice in how to be polite neighbors.

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Pig:  What kind of food do you eat, Victor the Vegan?  Victor:  Fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains.  Intruder:  Grains!  I'm Freddy the Fruitarian.  I eat only things that fall from trees, you barbarian wheat butcher!  Victor:  I will pelt you with a pear, Freddy the Fruitarian!  Rat:  Where does it all end?

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Beverly Jones:

Romance, like the rabbit at the dog track, is the elusive, fake, and never attained reward which, for the benefit and amusement of our masters, keeps us running and thinking in safe circles.

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From outstanding warrants to instanding a cell.

H/T Susan for an outstanding instance of instand.

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Pony:  What's your homework assignment?  Danae:  Write a report on Nature.  Pony:  What part of nature?  Danae:  Any part.  Pony:  Ah, so you chose human nature?  Danae:  What are your talking about?  Pony:  The nature of making up stuff to support your preconceived notions.  Danae:  It's called


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Jim Wright marvels at Sarah Palin’s recent speech. Here’s a bit:

I’m a skilled writer, I’m even more skilled at mockery, and there is nothing I could have penned that would have come close to that golden horde of … well, hell, you can’t call it word salad, it’s more like finely ground mulch. Compost.

Edit: No in retrospect, mulch and compost are the wrong words. “Word salad” is pitifully inadequate. It’s more like Word Coleslaw. Wordslaw!

Do read the rest.

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Sen. Joni Ernst wearing

Via Job’s Anger.

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Anchor Person: Someone said snow. Snow snow snow. Brooklyn Blond, is there snow?

Brooklyn Blond: Yes, there is snow. See the snow. Fall, snow, fall.

Boston Brownette: There is more snow. See the snow fall. Snow is slippery. See the car slip. Slip, car, slip.

New Hampshire Hussy: It also snows in the rural areas. See the snow? There is snow. See the snow fall. Fall, snow, fall.

Anchor person: So you are saying that snow is falling, that snow is slippery?

All together: Yes, see the snow fall. Fall snow, fall. Slip, car, slip. Fall snow, fall. Slip, car, slip. Fall snow, fall. Slip, car, slip. Fall snow, fall. Slip, car, slip. Fall snow, fall. Slip, car, slip. . . . .

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Being white and Republican has its rewards.

In a two-page order, the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that McDonnell could remain out of prison on his own recognizance because his appeal was “not for the purpose of delay” and raised “a substantial question of law or fact.” Though it is not clear which of McDonnell’s arguments resonated, experts said the higher court must believe at least one of the questions in his case is close.

All he did was sell the public trust for a Rolex and a ride in a Ferrari.

That in no way matches the heiniousness of shoplifting a six from a 7-11. Had he done that, he’d be wearing orange as I write this.

If you don’t know what “white privilege” is, look closely, because this is white privilege writ large.

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Claudette Colbert:

Why do grandparents and grandchildren get along so well? The mother.

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A political tactic is not a “value.”

I’m with John Cole. I hope they call her bluff and find out that it’s not a bluff.

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Chauncey Devega explains how terrorism is not “terrorism” when it’s done by the white right people.

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