Oh, my.

Police in West Frankfort say 27-year-old Danielle Saxton posted pictures on her Facebook page showing off a new dress.

But the problem was the dress was stolen from a local boutique.

She won’t be wearing the dress again.

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Via Raw Story.

Watch it. If you don’t have time to watch it now, bookmark and watch it later, but watch it.

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Political scientists Kyle Dropp, Joshua D. Kertzer. and Thomas Zeitzoff asked the question. The results were distressing (emphasis added).

On March 28-31, 2014, we asked a national sample of 2,066 Americans (fielded via Survey Sampling International Inc. (SSI), what action they wanted the U.S. to take in Ukraine, but with a twist: . . . we also asked our survey respondents to locate Ukraine on a map as part of a larger, ongoing project to study foreign policy knowledge. We wanted to see where Americans think Ukraine is and to learn if this knowledge (or lack thereof) is related to their foreign policy views. We found that only one out of six Americans can find Ukraine on a map, and that this lack of knowledge is related to preferences: The farther their guesses were from Ukraine’s actual location, the more they wanted the U.S. to intervene with military force.

A number of persons located Ukraine in the Americas.

Map showing where Americans think Ukraine is located.


Click for a larger image.

We are a society awash in stupid.

Via Juanita Jean.

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Armed citizenry shivering in fear, crying about an invasion.  On the doorstep, a foundling baby.

Aside:

Coverage of the border situation would be improved if the children were referred to accurately as “refugees,” for they seek refuge, though they are met with refusal.

Via Bob Cesca’s Awesome Blog.

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If you are white, you do. I do–not nearly so often as I used to, but still occasionally–and I kick myself when I do because I know it’s my Virginia heritage and not my humanity talking.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Peggy Schultz has the guts to admit it. Do you?

The group of 10 or more young white men walked down Cambridge, as I sat in the bus stop on the other side of the FedEx Office store at Farwell and Brady. I could see them through the windows, all nicely-dressed, in T-shirts, with their shorts at their waists, not sagging or drooping several inches below onto their thighs. The first word that popped into my mouth was “gang,” but then I laughed to myself. This was no gang. After all, they were white, right?

After all, nothing is more American than racism.

Follow the link; read the rest.

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Be polite at Mickey D’s.

Police were called to McDonald’s at 13516 U.S. Highway 43 North at 10 p.m. The victim was driving his father’s truck and decided to show his friends his father’s handgun, said Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit commander Sgt. Dale Phillips.

The gun accidentally discharged, Phillips said, striking the man in the right leg.

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Pat Paulsen:

We have nothing to fear but fear itself … and, of course, the boogieman.

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What Noz said.

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Geese on pond

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Jonathan Martin wants persons to say what they mean when they say stuff.

Interviewing Congressional candidates over the past two weeks, The Seattle Times editorial board kept a tally of vague but repetitive phrases. Top of the list: “secure the border first.”

I asked candidate after candidate to define “secure,” and got more vacuous rhetoric. Why is that so hard?

Find out his theory at the link.

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Image showing 15th century man denying that the earth is round by laying straight edge on ground, 17th century man denying existence of gravity by pointing at a bird, 19th century man denying evolution by waving the Bible, modern man denying climate change by pointing at snowflake.

Via Job’s Anger.

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The Zuckerborg continues to assimilate.

Beginning this fall, when Facebook users watch a TV show on a cellphone or tablet, Facebook will probably know about it. The social network will scan its databases and send the age and gender of the viewer to Nielsen, the TV ratings measurement company, to help advertisers learn more about the audience watching shows online.

The story goes on to explain that Nielson and Facebook say your privacy will be respected, you have nothing to worry about, oh, not at all, oh no indeedy-not.

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Ruminating about a novel he read that included scenes from the War in Viet Nam, Dan Simpson concludes that the United States of America seems incapable of learning. A nugget:

Mr. Just (Ward Just, the author of the novel–ed.), by no means a severe critic of the United States, put it well: “American delusions, mostly of grandeur, often of the evangelical variety, the Good News of democracy … frightened people.” Worse, he also suggests that we can’t help ourselves: “ … [N]ationality is destiny,” he maintains, talking with two Germans. He considers Washington — “a greenhouse with the usual suffocating gases” — the nexus of the problem.

(snip)

We should have learned a lot from the Vietnam War. It showed how ill-suited we are to engineer “regime change.” We signed on with a very corrupt, French-speaking Catholic minority government. When we tried to change horses to a series of generals, things got worse, not better. Vietnam also made it clear that pouring U.S. troops into a place like that doesn’t change the situation on the ground, and it eventually fractured our own society and wore out our own military.

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Drive courteously.

Police arrested a man for pointing a gun at an innocent bystander after he crashed into a car, then into a tree.

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. . . is an oxymoron, as Colbert points out (video below the fold because it autoplays).

Hate sells. Conservatism sells hate, and conservatives eagerly buy it.

For the life of me, I do not understand how hate became a “Republican family value.”

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

No mind is thoroughly well organized that is deficient in a sense of humor.

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Rick Perry, the Remake (below the fold in case it autoplays).

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If you don’t think that “Redskins” is a slur, consider the reaction if Dan Snyder decided to rename his team the “Washington Whiteskins.”

H/T Susan for the thought.

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Michigan Republican operatives make spectacles of themselves.

. . . and persons who wander about wearing Google Glass wonder why they are greeted acrimoniously . . . .

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Reg Henry considers the current state of American political discourse. His observations worth a read, though they are flawed by a gesture towards “both sides do it.”

Volume matters. Comparing a roar from one side to a whisper from the other is blatant false equivalence. When what is mainstream on one side is rare and isolated on the other, both sides are not doing it.

A nugget:

No wonder the nation is in such a ridiculous state, when people on each side think those who disagree with them are psychologically disturbed. Worse yet, this view has been encouraged from on high in the culture.

How many times are we told that “liberalism is a mental disorder”? The ones who email me this clearly think they are being so darned witty. Of course, they would never have come up with this, if talk show host Michael Savage hadn’t written a book with the same name as his contribution to the debasement of humanity.

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