Dick Polman struggles to find the right analogy for Chris Christie:

Now that two former senior aides have been indicted in Bridgegate (nine counts apiece) and a third has pled guilty (to fraud and to “conspiracy against the civil rights” of kids and motorists), the only remaining debate is whether it’s more accurate to describe Christie as toast or as a headless chicken.

Follow the link to see which one he selects.

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Politeness is a family affair.

Lt. Larry Rice with the Tarrant Police Department said the father of the young child was cleaning his gun when it went off, striking the boy around 6:45 p.m at their home on Bell Avenue.

If you are too stupid to unload a gun before cleaning, you are too stupid to handle a weapon–any weapon.

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What the Booman said.

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Jim Wright tries to figure out the terror in Texas. A snippet:

This right here, this drooling lunacy, this mental illness, is the state of America. This is what talk radio and reality TV and Budweiser fueled NASCAR has done to the gene pool.

This, right here.

I’ve been putting it off, talking about Jade Helm, because it’s just so stupid, just so utterly fucking stupid even for the twitching under-medicated paranoia that passes for Republicans nowadays. But I see I can’t evade it any longer.

Read it.

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Get out of JailThoreau explains how Teflon blue is the Catch-22 of the color pallet.

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    Hold the pickles, hold the lettuce,
    Special orders don’t upset us.

Chart showing which verses

Via Job’s Anger.

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Margaret Chase Smith:

I don’t want to see the Republican Party ride to political victory on the Four Horsemen of Calumny: Fear, Ignorance, Bigotry, and Smear.

Aside:

So much for that.

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Think twice about the Disney Princess Industrial Complex.

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. . . even as they eagerly sign up for the “Surveillance Society.”

Last month, news outlets reported that John Hancock was the first insurance company to offer discounts to policyholders willing to wear a Fitbit, and presumably let the company track their activity.

And, in related news.

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Looters arrested in Baltimore.  Wall Street Banker still roaming the streets.

Via Job’s Anger.

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My ex was a nurse. Whenever she was a patient and had to wear a hospital gown, she would always grab two and wear one frontwards, the other backwards.

This summer, Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park will join a select group of medical centers that are trying to close the dreaded gluteal gap patients get with most hospital gowns.

Beyond complaints about flimsy materials and faded colors, patients in focus groups have told the hospital they feel exposed with current gowns — in ways that promote an unnecessarily hierarchical relationship with caregivers.

For some fool reason (as my mother would have said), they need a study to confirm that persons don’t like walking around with their rear ends hanging out on public display.

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John Cole has the best headline I’ve seen about the propagation of House of Windsor.

American media’s fascination with the idea that rich persons who attend ceremonies for a living are capable of procreation does rather baffle one, eh, what?

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Warning: Worse taste than usual.

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Politeness as child’s play:

Authorities say a child was flown to a hospital after reportedly being shot with a BB gun in suburban Philadelphia.

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Cicero:

Endless money forms the sinews of war.

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Warmongering cotton-mouthed snake-in-the-grass twits.

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The Las Vegas Sun’s Brian Greenspun points out that, too often, propaganda masquerades as news and serves, not the pubic interest, but the public biases. A snippet:

In today’s world, there are three different media. There is entertainment media, there is the news media and then there is the kind of media that calls itself “news” but is really a form of manipulation that takes advantage of a significant portion of our population by telling people what they want to hear without regard to truth or justice.

(snip)

Just look at Congress.

We have people in charge of science and technology who believe the world is 5,000 years old. We have people in charge of foreign policy who believe venturing away from the shores of America is a foreign concept. We have people who talk about women in a first-class way who legislate laws about women as if they were second-class citizens.

I ask myself why that is every day. And now I know the answer.

There is an entire industry of very smart people who realize they can manipulate Americans like sheep just by telling them lies, over and over again. Lies the people are only too willing to hear. Sound familiar?

Read the rest.

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Organization of persons who habitually rush to judgement alleges “rush to judgement.”

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Ensure that the young conduct themselves politely.

Sources report that police were called to a home near Cholla Street and 83rd Avenue to investigate a shooting about 9:30 p.m. There, investigators learned a boy, 2, who shot himself in the face while playing on a bed with his grandmother. Apparently, the gun was “rolled up in sheets,” but it’s unclear how the child discovered it.

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