Cartoon lampooning legal decisions upholding religion (hobby lobby) and disregarding science (overturning a local fracking ban in Colorado).

Via Kos.

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Karl Rove to Socrates:  But surely you agree that, if you tell a lie often enough, it becomes the truth

Via Job’s Anger.

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Texas ladies tease Texas ammosexuals.

Juanita Jean’s comments on this are priceless.

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Be polite to yourself.

An 83-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the leg while cleaning a gun in Litchfield Monday, according to fire department officials.

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A private drone trying to film a wildfire that has charred nearly six square miles in Northern California briefly disrupted firefighting efforts, although workers had gained the upper hand against the blaze, officials said on Monday.

Fire officials spotted the drone over the so-called Sand Fire on Sunday and immediately called police to find the drone’s owner and have the toy grounded to avoid a possible mid-air collision, a California fire official said.

Drones are not the problem. It’s the droners.

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What happens when crackpot state legistors arrogate the role of doctor?

Debra L. Ness and Charles Cutler answer that question in the Inky. A nugget:

Pennsylvania and many other states have considered or enacted laws that mandate bad medicine, undermining the relationships between patients and health-care providers. These laws concern a range of issues, including women’s health, gun safety, environmental hazards, and more.

One of these laws forbids doctors from telling patients which by-products of natural-gas extraction may be making them or their children sick. Others prohibit physicians from discussing whether a gun in a patient’s home might be within reach of a small child. Still others require doctors to subject women seeking abortions to unnecessary medical tests or inaccurate information.

This Republican quackery needs to end.

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Thomas Henry Huxley:

I know no study which is so unutterably saddening as that of the evolution of humanity, as it is set forth in the annals of history. Out of the darkness of prehistoric ages man emerges with the marks of his lowly origin strong upon him. He is a brute, only more intelligent than the other brutes, a blind prey to impulses, which as often as not led him to destruction; a victim to endless illusions, which make his mental existence a terror and a burden, and fill his physical life with barren toil and battle.

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Mike Kelly tries to understand Chris Christie’s veto of a bill to limit the capacity of ammunition clips.

Chris Christie wants to use common sense in analyzing whether to impose stricter gun controls. Fine. Here is some common sense about mass murder.

Police say that it is hardly surprising that most mass killers of the last decade have used semi-automatic, military style guns that can be equipped with high-capacity magazines. Whether it’s a Glock or an AR-15, the essential workings are similar. The shooter only has to pull the trigger to fire. And with a magazine that holds a large number of bullets, a killer can keep firing – and murdering — without reloading. What about that last sentence does Chris Christie, our blunderbuss governor, not understand?

You can read his answer at the link, but facts and logic have nothing to do with it.

The base Republican base loves it some guns, and no Republican politician–hell, no Democratic politician–has the guts to go against the gun nuts. Those folks get touchy when their substitute phalli are threatened.

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Twits who are beyond the Palin.

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Cenk dissects the duplicitous drivel.

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Uncle Sam to children fleeing violence in Central America:

Via Job’s Anger.

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Be polite to mothers-to-be.

A stay-at-home mother who had recently moved from New Port Richey to Inverness, Katherine Hoover died in a hospital emergency room early Sunday.

She was shot in the head Saturday evening while being shown a gun at a friend’s house in Brooksville, authorities said.

She and her husband, Carson Hoover, had gone to visit friends at 20079 Suncrest Drive in northwest Brooksville, just outside the city limits.

Sometime around 6:45 p.m. inside the house, William DeHayes was showing the Hoovers some of his guns, including a .22-caliber revolver. The gun accidentally fired and shot Katherine Hoover in the head, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.

Another gun owner too stupid to own guns, and. apparently, another gun that just fires itself.

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Dennis G. at Balloon Juice points out that mass migrations are normal parts of human history over millenia and highlights the racist motives of the right-wing anti-immigrant clamor. A nugget (emphasis added):

Given the scale of human history, borders, fences and other barriers to migration are a very recent development and the idea that you can stop human migration with non-porous borders is a very recent fantasy. There are some who want America to embrace this fantasy. Unsurprisingly, the wingnut plan to create these non-porous barriers is firmly rooted in our mythologies of race. These mythologies make it easy for white or white approved migrants to come and stay with or without documentation, while other migrants face extra hurdles and fear mongering design to turn them into “the enemy.” This is the standard wingnut reaction to migration and immigration from the Know Nothings to the Tea Party, from the Chinese Exclusion Act to border fences. Policies rooted in race-based fears never work and always lead to trouble. And yet, that is the only type of policy today’s conservatives can imagine.

Please do read the rest.

Wherever the scalpel cuts into American “Conservatism,” racism will be found at (and in) the base. All the rest is window-dressing.

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J. B. S. Haldane:

Now my own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.

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It’s growing out of the window box, right along with the geraniums and impatiens and the vincas.

10" tall sunflower

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The New Haven Register shares the stories of some of the immigrants refugees who have lately fled to the United States from Central America and found themselves in Connecticut. If you want to know why these children are heading north, read them.

They are chilling. Here’s a bit from one:

“They made an announcement at school that if the gangs didn’t get some money, they would kidnap a little girl who was five years old. They never heard from her again,” Hazel said, through a translator. When the mother of the child went to look for her, they found her dead with her organs removed.

Hazel said the principal of her school told the students that they would be safe there, but no one believed her as students disappeared, either fleeing the city or victims of extortion.

Nothing illustrates the venality, the cynicism, the moral bankruptcy of the Republican Party and its dupes, symps, and fellow travelers more fully than its crusade to victimize these who are already victims.

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Linux Voice’s Ben Everard explains bitcoin. It’s an editorially neutral, technical explanation, but if you are bit-curious about the mechanics of the scam* or want to better understand what all the fuss is about, it’s worth a read. A nugget:

The only real difference between Bitcoin and a national currency is that national currencies are backed by governments, whereas Bitcoins aren’t really backed by anyone other than the miners. Whether or not this is a good thing depends entirely on your economic philosophy. On the positive side, no one can print excessive amounts of money leading to excessive inflation (like the German government did following World War One). On the negative side, there is no one to step in and help stabilise it should things start to go wrong (for example, the various governments that printed more money to help ease the cash flow crisis in the ‘Credit Crunch’).

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*I don’t mind editorializing, in case you haven’t noticed.

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California is sinking into the sea, just not in the manner that many predicted.

The ground is sinking because farmers and water agencies throughout the Central Valley are pumping groundwater heavily from far beneath the Earth’s surface to make up for the lack of rain. The problems caused by this sinkage are many, with no easy fix in sight.

Vlot’s wells are collapsing, crushed by the shifting soils. The dam Hurley depends on to divert water into the company’s canals from the San Joaquin River has sunk so far – about 3 feet in just five years – that the river is threatening to spill over. If that happens, he’ll have less water to distribute to farmers who grow cotton, tomatoes and a range of other crops.

Cali’s not the only place with that sinking feeling.

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