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As I heard persons say back in the olden days, when I was a young ‘un growing up white under Jim Crow, “What’s the big deal? It was only a [insert slur of choice here].”

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It’s all about the “heritage.”

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Wear blue. Get a license to kill.

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Still not too bad.

Jobless claims increased by 12,000 to 267,000 in the period ended July 25, from 255,000 the prior week that was the lowest since November 1973, a report from the Labor Department showed Thursday.

(snip)

The four-week average, a less volatile measure than the weekly numbers, decreased to 274,750 last week from 278,500.

The number of people continuing to receive jobless benefits rose by 46,000 to 2.26 million in the week ended July 18.

Republicans, no doubt, have a plan to fix the disturbing downward trend in joblessness.

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Man to Florida GOP Redistricters:  What part of Florida Voters Fair Congressional District Constitutional Amendment don't we understand?  Other man:  Fair.

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Via Mother Jones.

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Lewis Carroll:

Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it.

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Another picture from my brother in Virginia’s Northern Neck.

Goldfinch in tree

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Trevor Timm thinks he has discovered part of Donald Trump’s appeal.

For Trump supporters, it doesn’t matter what he says, just how he says it. And if Republicans think calling out Trump’s flip-flops will actually matter, they will soon look as foolish as the journalists guaranteeing his demise after the McCain comments. It only guarantees he will attack them more . . . .

Read the rest.

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jason330 explains how the media will cover the next mass shooting.

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Lying Republican twits.

Honest to Pete, you couldn’t make this stuff up.

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29 July 2015 · 1 comment · Categories: Gunnuttery

Greet prospective home buyers politely.

A five-year-old child accidentally shot his seven-year-old sister in the leg after the siblings followed a cat into a bedroom and found a handgun under a bed, the Hanover Sheriff’s Office said. Saturday afternoon’s accidental shooting happened when the family was viewing the Beaverdam Road home that was for sale.“

The investigation revealed that while the family was viewing a home for sale, the two children followed a cat into a bedroom. One child followed the cat under the bed, where the handgun was stored,” investigators said. “The victim was shot in the leg and had non-life threatening injuries.”

No charges will be filed because what the hey! stuff happens.

Aside:

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, how is it not criminal negligence to leave a loaded gun under the damned bed in a house open for real estate showings?

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Shorter Bill Cosby (and many many others): “But she really wanted it.”

Yeah, Bill (and many many others). Keep telling yourself that.

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C. S. Lewis:

Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.

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In The Guardian, Frank Pasquale and Siva Vaidhyanathan see a precedent for Uber etc.

It’s not the precedent you would expect. Here’s a snippet (emphasis added):

The analogy is most obvious in the case of an American civil rights law itself. Uber has ignored advocates for the blind, and other disabled persons, when they claim Uber’s drivers discriminate against them. In response to a lawsuit by the National Federation of the Blind, Uber bluntly asserts that it’s merely a communication platform, not the type of employer meant to be covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Some judges and regulators accept that reasoning; others reject it. But the larger lesson is clear: Uber’s aggressive efforts to avoid or evade disability laws are nothing less than a form of corporate nullification, as menacing to the rule of law as defiance of civil rights laws in the days after courts ruled against racial segregation in the US.

Follow the link for the rest of the article.

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Excerpt:

Conservatism and racism in the post-Civil Rights era are one and the same.

Via We Are Responsible Negroes.

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Crossfire:  Tonight's Debate:  Should corporate subsideies for the rich be cut instead of food stamps for the poor?  Debaters:  GOP Elephant and Jesus Christ

Via Juanita Jean.

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