You can relax. More politeness patrols the polity.

At 4:13 a.m., three or more men broke through the front window of the Suburban Armory, at 1008 McDade Blvd., in Collingdale. Once inside the store, they stole semiautomatic handguns, and revolvers, said Steven Bartholomew, special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

NRA Paradise proliferates.


Warning: Taste.


Dizzy Dean:

It ain’t bragging if you can do it.



In the eye of the beholder:

Biker Gang Shootout,


From the stuff you can’t make up department: In Florida, some lawyers have got their briefs all in a twist.


Status Update: Guilty.


Somewhat better.

The average number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits over the past four weeks dropped to a 15-year low, a sign the labor market continues to strengthen.

The four-week average for jobless claims decreased to 266,250 in the period ended May 16 from 271,750, a Labor Department report showed Thursday in Washington.


The number of people continuing to receive jobless benefits decreased by 12,000 to 2.21 million in the week ended May 9, the lowest level since November 2000.

Republican efforts to counter this trend are, no doubt, continuing.


The legacy of Buccaneer Petroleum continues to expand.

In a new study, a team of scientists says there’s a definite link between the massive BP oil spill in 2010 and a record number of dolphin deaths along the northern Gulf of Mexico.

The scientists said large numbers of dead bottlenose dolphins found stranded along shores since the spill suffered from lung and adrenal lesions caused by swimming in oil-contaminated seas.


Be polite with your sawyer.

“Upon arrival, police made contact with [the victim] outside of his residence with a gunshot wound to his left foot,” (Lt. Curtis–ed.) Muhannad said. “He stated that he was loading his gun and pointed it down toward his foot when the gun went off.”

According to Muhannad, the weapon was a modified shotgun.

“It was a shotgun that had apparently been altered,” Muhannad said. “The barrel had been sawed off, and the stock was shortened.”

Guns and stupid–always a delightful combination.



Havelock Ellis:

A sublime faith in human imbecility has seldom led those who cherish it astray.


Americans seem to be all for motherhood, except for the part about actually acting like a mother.



Dick Polman offers his suggestion for managing the Republican “debates”: Brackets. He says, “Under my system, only a manageable handful will make it to debate night.”

Here’s his list of proposed brackets; follow the link to see who he thinks should be in each one.


China Hand tries to make sense of the minstrel show. A snippet:

I think there was more to blackface minstrelsy than a) making black people look foolish, subhuman, & not needing or missing basic human rights or dignity and b) thereby allowing white America to reconcile itself to its blithe disregard of the horrors of racism, birthed by slavery but perpetuated by de jure and de facto legal, economic, and social repression after the Civil War.

There was that. Well, there still is that, but a closer look at the minstrel show reveals that the flip side of southern black inferiority was northern white superiority which, in turn, unexpectedly fed back into ideas of southern white superiority.

Read it.


More friendly politeness in NRA Paradise . . .

Sapp was taken to the hospital early Monday with a single gunshot wound to the head from a .22 caliber rifle, allegedly received when he was shot by a friend, a 26-year-old male, when the rifle accidentally discharged.

. . . and another gun that “discharged” itself.


Hey! Rubio!.

Meanwhile . . . .

Woman watching Mad Men finale:  I'll miss these chauvinistic suit-wearing self-obsessed white men trying to sell Americans things that aren't good for them.  Man:  Don't worry.  The Republican debates will start soon.

Image via The Bob and Chez Show Blog.




Man looking at television:

Elon elucidates the verbal gymnastics. Listen to the audio at the link, then subscribe to TWIB.

Via Juanita Jean.


Jane Roberts:

Suffering is not good for the soul, unless it teaches you to stop suffering.