One less bank:

Another one bit the dust last week and I missed it:

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Caption:  In a democracy, we all have equal access to our elected representative.  Pictured:  Email from a constituent, letter from a constituent, postcard from a constiuent, $500,000 check from the Koch Brothers.

Via Kos.

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Yves Smith asks a question:

Let’s start by looking at the maps resulting from studies of well-being that identify the states where people are not at all well-off, such as the 2013 survey done by Gallup Healthways, available here. Those poor states are the reddest of the red belt in Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida and elsewhere across the Deep South–places where I grew up in a decidedly Republican household that bought the GOP economic fallacies hook, line and sinker, and places where today’s populations are worse off in terms of the various measures of economic well-being and happiness than the more progressive northeast and west.

Isn’t it likely that the anti-government, low-tax and pro-wealthy/pro-big business policies of the GOP politicos that have run these states for several decades have something to do with these negative results, and that the more progressive policies in the northeast and northwest are reflected in the much more positive results in those areas?

Yet rural, southern populations continue to proudly proclaim their allegiance, against their own economic interest, to ill-fated Reaganomics that favors tax cuts (for the wealthy and big business) coupled with use of old-time, regressive consumption taxes (toll roads, sales taxes and property taxes), privatization of public functions (e.g., charter schools managed by for-profit, nontransparent corporations), socialization of losses, militarization, and de-regulation.

The answer is simple: That’s what the hatin’ is all about.

As Lyndon Johnson once said,

If you can convince the lowest white man that he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll even empty his pockets for you.

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Suprme Court telling voter she can't vote.  In the background, one Republican says to anotther:

Via Juanita Jean.

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Dick Polman on the recent belated conviction of a few of Blackwater’s mercs:

What a perfect metaphor for the Bush occupation, which reaped the whirlwind we’re experiencing today. First he staged a needless invasion; then, when it became clear that he needed way more troops than his neoconservative dreamers envisioned, he hired scads of private contractors (Blackwater being a prime beneficiary) to fill the breach. Blackwater CEO Erik Prince hailed from a well-connected, politically-wired Republican family. Before Bush took office, his firm had garnered less than $1 million in federal contracts; after Bush took office, his firm tallied more than $1 billion.

As Polman points out, there’s a lot more guilt to go around.

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. . . and there be monsters.

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A clean society is a polite society:

Atlantic Medivac and local authorities were sent to 803 Cedar Street shortly before 7:30 p.m. Upon arrival, authorities discovered 26-year-old Jarred Johnson of Kimballton with a gunshot wound in the lower left leg. An investigation determined Johnson was cleaning his weapon when it accidentally discharged.

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Marguerite de Valois:

The more hidden the venom, the more dangerous it is.

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Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.

I will never watch another football game again once more another time all over again.

Like Crabby Appleton, the game and everyone associated with it are rotten to the core.

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Who woulda thunk you can’t believe what twits twit?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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Lillian Gish:

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

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