Chris Christie:

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I’m so old I can remember when the University of North Carolina was a respected institution of higher education.


Somewhat better:

The four-week average of jobless claims, a less-volatile measure than the weekly figure, dropped to 281,000, the lowest since May 2000, from 284,000 the week before, a Labor Department report showed today in Washington. The reading for the week ended Oct. 18 climbed by 17,000 to 283,000, in line with the median forecast of 52 economists surveyed by Bloomberg.

More surprising than the improved numbers is that Bloomberg’s experts got it right. Think I’ll run out and buy that lottery ticket today.


Politeness is next to cleanliness.

Witnesses state that Hambaugh was sitting in the kitchen, preparing to clean his handgun.

When Hambaugh attempted to disassemble the gun a round had inadvertently been left in the handgun.

As he attempted to remove the slide, the bullet discharged.

It struck the inside of Hambaugh’s left thigh, traveled through the thigh, and after exiting struck the (nine-month-old–ed.) child in the head.

Note how “he had negligently left a round” morphs into “a round had inadvertently been left,” as gun nuts are never responsible for what they do because they have Second Amendment rights–just ask them.

If you read such reports regularly, you will see this pattern: Gun nuts who negligently inadvertently injure or kill others always do so in the passive voice.

The stupid, it burns.


The ammosexuals were out in force at our recent City Council Meeting (link complete with picture of one wannabe Wyatt’s personal Real-Big-Man enhancement device).


Lillian Gish:

You can get through life with bad manners, but it’s easier with good manners.



Via Funny or Die.


From rear window of an SUV:  Picture of Jesus's wrist on the cross captioned: Body Piercing saved my life.

Words fail me.


Reg Henry wonders at the Republican One Note Samba:

History provides many examples of the public being invited by these folks to get their underpants in a knot: Russian expansionism, deficits, SARS, gay marriage, Marxist influence on government (a golden oldie), Common Core, the Islamic State, Obamacare death panels, Obama administration gun seizures, use of the Fairness Doctrine to shut down talk show hosts, terrorists in sombreros crossing the southern border to the astonishment of the locals, whatever crazy fool thing happens to be the fear du jour.

And now it is Ebola’s turn.

Because frightened persons stop thinking . . .

Read the rest.


The kids may be all right, but the parents are another story.

And, courtesy of my brother, here’s another story of Parental Football Impairment Syndrome.

Yet, some wonder why, by the time they get to big-time football, some players think they are exempt from law and morality . . . .



Be polite in school.

A 13-year-old student accidentally shot himself in the leg with a gun he brought to school in his backpack, according to police.

More guns will no doubt prevent incidents like this in the future.


Emmeline Pankhurst:

Justice and judgment lie often a world apart.


Dr. Dan Gottlieb speaks with Dr. Priscilla Ward and Dr. Cindy Dell Clark about the dynamics of fear. The first part of the show considers why Americans are panicking over ebola, but don’t get flu shots. Here’s a bit from the webpage:

Dr. Priscilla Wald, author of Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative, a study of the intersection of medicine and myth in the idea of contagion and the evolution of the contemporary stories we tell about the global health problem of “emerging infections. Wald is also the author of Constituting Americans: Cultural Anxiety and Narrative Form. She is also editor of American Literature as well as on the Editorial Board of Literature and Medicine as well as a is a member of the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy and an affiliate of the Trent Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities and the Institute for Global Health.

The audio is at the link. I think you will find the show well worth a listen.

I do think that the discussion did not give sufficient weight to one factor: the racism and bigotry that provides a base line to the ebola melody from the wingnut Wurlitzer.

The segment ends at about the 34 minute mark; there’s a short begathon break at the 20 minute mark.


Sportswriter extraordinaire Bob Molinaro remembers the San Francisco earthquake of 1989. He was there. A nugget:

A few minutes before the scheduled start of Game 3 between the Oakland A’s and Giants, I was in a media workroom on the mezzanine at Candlestick Park when I heard a rumble from above. At first, we thought it was fans in the upper deck stomping their feet.

Then there came a stranger sound – like 62,000 people taking a collective deep breath – before the room began violently shaking. The lights went out as the shaking continued – for a total of 17 seconds, we would learn.

As this was happening, a feeling of helplessness began in my knees and sent me to the floor. I may have tried to crawl under a table. I remember thinking that I hope the TVs attached to the walls don’t come down.

At the time, my then-in-laws lived in the Bay Area and my father-in-law’s route home included the double-decker freeway that collapsed on itself. He happened to work late that evening.



John Oliver’s Supreme Court is going to the dogs.

Via the Daily Banter.


More stuff you can’t make up.

A woman accused of illegally entering the Thousand Oaks home of a man she went on multiple dates with was arrested Sunday after firefighters used jackhammers to partially dismantle a brick chimney she had become trapped inside.

She was clearly not related to Santa Claus.