Via C&L.

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Be polite at the late-night drinking party.

Police in Glens Falls say 56-year-old Carl Critelli was drinking with friends late at night this week when one of them started passing around his .32-caliber handgun.

The gun went off, sending a bullet tore through Critelli’s left hand and causing serious damage to two fingers. Critelli told The Post-Star of Glens Falls that he didn’t seek medical help because he doesn’t like doctors.

Instead, he put bandages on the wound and wrapped it with duct tape.

Afterthought:

If you can’t fix it with duct tape and a pair of vice grips, it can’t be fixed.

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Elon Musk:

The path to the CEO’s office should not be through the CFO’s office, and it should not be through the marketing department. It needs to be through engineering and design.

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George Smith chronicles the latest updates from the Secesh.

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Vie the Bob and Chez Show Blog.

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As Tony Norman points out, it’s no longer a game if you let Barney Fife have the bullet.

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Still not too bad.

While a Labor Department report in Washington Thursday showed jobless claims increased by 12,000 to 294,000 in the week ended April 11, readings this low are typically consistent with an improving job market.

(snip)

The four-week average of claims, a less-volatile measure than the weekly figure, was little changed at 282,750 compared with an almost 15-year low of 282,500 in the prior week.

The number of people continuing to receive jobless benefits dropped by 40,000 to 2.27 million in the week ended April 4, the fewest since December 2000. The unemployment rate among people eligible for benefits held at 1.7 percent. These data are reported with a one-week lag.

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Once again, a Libertarian is a Republican who is ashamed to admit it.

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I am receiving emails from folks who, thanks to an offhand remark by Jon Stewart, call themselves the “Warren Wing” and want to browbeat Senator Elizabeth Warren into running for the Democratic nomination for President.

Senator Warren has repeatedly declared that she does not want and will not run for the nomination. Who the hell are they to question that?

Also, as a practical political consideration, she can likely do more good as a Senator for many years than she can do as a President for no more then eight. Furthermore, browbeating is seldom a propitious tactic.

I suggest that the “Warren Wing” grow up, live in the Real World where real stuff gets done, and stop tilting at windmills.

Furrfu.

Afterthought:

One of the failings of many of my fellow lefties is the notion that the only election that matters is the Presidential election. This bunch should go “Warren Wing” themselves a few state legislatures and learn how stuff works.

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

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Bee among pansies

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Matt Taibbi:

Over the years, many in the public have become numb to news of financial corruption, partly because too many of these stories involve banker-on-banker crime.

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There is no such thing as a “humane” execution.

Utah, upon adopting the firing squad:  It's quick.  It's humane.  ISIS member wielding beheading sword:  What he said.


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Most of the time, folks are sentenced to death, not because of what they have done, but because of who they are.

Certainly, the argument can be made that some deeds are so heinous that their perpetrators forfeit the right to live amongst society–I’ve made that argument myself–but I have realized that, until and unless the justice system stops getting it wrong over and over and over, the death penalty must end.

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And this surprises you how?

Two Transportation Security Administration screeners have been fired for conspiring to allow the fondling of attractive male travelerers passing through a security checkpoint at Denver’s airport, investigators report.

Police learned of the illicit activity last month when an official with the TSA’s inspector general’s office contacted them “in regards to a possible Unlawful Sexual Contact” at Denver International Airport, according to a Denver Police Department report first disclosed by CBS4.

Opportunists take opportunities. It’s what they do.

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Beware the E. Z. Pass scam.

In related news, we’ve gotten at least three of the IRS scam phone calls in the past week.

In the case of these two scams, at least, the guiding principle is, “If it doesn’t come by U. S. Mail, don’t pay it no nevermind.”

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Via Alternet.

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As Will Bunch explains, the “privilege of citizenship” does not mean what you may think it means. A snippet:

In the last day or two, I’ve sensed weary resignation to the alarming realities of the Eric Harris killing. The story of the privileged cop-wannabes and their weekend criminal hunts is just a new spin on same exhausting stories we hear on the news every single day, isn’t it. There is nothing that the circle of power in the country — the fabulously wealthy, the politicians and judges that they buy, and the “good guys with guns” who protect their interests — can’t or won’t do for each other, no matter how important or how trivial. Conversely, there is never a break for the people who don’t have their money or influence or don’t look like them.

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Read J. M. Ashby on the cover-up.

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Yet another sacrifice to NRA Paradise.

Buckeye police are investigating an accidental shooting involving a young boy.

It happened shortly before 5 p.m. in the Tartesso neighborhood in Buckeye, near 311th Avenue north of Thomas Road. Police said the 7-year-old was shot with a handgun.

As of the dateline for that story, police don’t have any idea how it happened or whether anyone else was involved.

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