Two cops in MRAP.  One says,


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Jasiri X raps Ferguson. I used to think that they left the “c” off of “rap,” but he has convinced me otherwise. (Warning: Language.)

From the website:

I never really wanted the role of Hip-Hop artist that speaks when something tragic happens in our community, but I guess it is what it is. I got so many calls, tweets, and texts from folks asking me to say something so here it is. It’s raw and angry because that’s how I feel about more Black death unjustly at the hands of the police. For Michael Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford, and Ezell Ford, I hope your lives are not in vain, and God brings your families peace. For my community, this won’t stop until we stop it, and the first step is unity. I called this song 212 degrees because that’s the boiling point. The lid is about to blow off this whole masquerade.

Full lyrics at the link.

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Just listen.

Once again, the language gets emotional. I cannot take exception to the emotion.

Next, read this.

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Playdates must be polite.

“What happened was the other two boys were out after my son had gone to sleep. He woke my son up and said he had accidentally shot Dillon,” Mohr told WDRB.

According to the coroner’s office, Walker died at University Hospital from a gunshot wound to the head.

“We didn’t know for a long time whether he was going to make it or not,” Mohr said.

Police have charged a 17-year-old juvenile with Walker’s murder.

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Bernard Baruch:

During my eighty-seven years I have witnessed a whole succession of technological revolutions. But none of them has done away with the need for character in the individual or the ability to think.

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Geppeto incorporates and Pinnochio becomes alive as a corporate creature planning to outsource jobs and do anything, however immoral or illegal, to make more money by moving the corporation off-shore.


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Via Kos.

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This is a hoot.

Full story here.

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While the cat’s away, the polite will play.

A 14-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the face Thursday while he and a friend were handling a gun, police said.

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They said a 15-year-old boy who lives at the home found a hidden key to the gun safe and was able to get to a handgun inside. The 15-year-old told police that the gun went off as he was putting it back in the gun safe.

Both parents were at work at the time of the shooting. Police said the 15-year-old had been told not to have friends over when the parents weren’t there.

An, in more news of the polite, the polite shoot first and ask questions later (Via Atrios):

A Loudoun County sheriff’s deputy shot his teenage daughter at their Winchester home after mistaking her for an intruder, then crashed his car as he tried to race her to the hospital, according to the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.

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Things to do.

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky:

Realists do not fear the results of their study.

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Cop in military combat gear to James Madison, who is drafting the First Amendment:


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Robert Reich doesn’t see it. A snippet:

Does anyone seriously believe hedge-fund mogul Steven A. Cohen is worth the $2.3 billion he raked in last year, despite being slapped with a $1.8 billion fine after his firm pleaded guilty to insider trading?

On the other hand, what’s the worth to society of social workers who put in long and difficult hours dealing with patients suffering from mental illness or substance abuse? Probably higher than their average pay of $18.14 an hour, which translates into less than $38,000 a year.

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Play with your toys, politely.

A MAN required emergency surgery after accidentally being shot by his brother in Thurgoona on Wednesday night.

The pellet lodged in the 18-year-old’s stomach after his brother, 25, accidentally discharged an air rifle at their Honeysuckle Street home.

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Corporate America, where punishment is just another deductible expense

As Bank of America prepares for a possible multibillion-dollar settlement with the government, the deal is expected to share a feature common to similar settlements with other banks – a big portion that’s tax-deductible as a business expense.

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In similar deals recently struck by the Justice Department with large U.S. banks, portions of the overall settlement amounts were designated as penalties, which banks aren’t allowed to write off.

But by law, banks can write off portions of their settlements that aren’t considered fines or penalties, such as payments to states affected by their alleged misconduct.

That means billions of dollars in Bank of America’s expected settlement could be tax-deductible.

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In other news, George Smith points out that more and more caissons are rolling along.

Image via Bob Cesca’s Awesome Blog.

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I have lately been leaning my way around Mutt, a command line email client. It’s not my only email client–the one I use most is still Opera’s email client.

Mutt Inbox Interface

Mutt Inbox

I got there via a circuitous route. I want to improve my skills using vi and vim (“vi improved”). Vi or vim (sometimes both) are present in almost every Linux distribution and do not require a GUI to work.

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