Shaun Day explains “ethics” (or at least legislation) on one situation do not lead to “ethics” (or at least legislation) on the other situation(s). A snippet:

Lawmakers have made a bipartisan effort over the years to protect incumbents, particularly those who’ve served for decades, and their respective party’s hold on that seat.

This year’s bipartisan ethics reform bill focused strictly on one component of ethics in government — restricting gifts to elected officials — while ignoring two others that are critically important: redistricting and campaign finance.

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Scott Walker responding

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Events.

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Kenneth L. Pike:

The price that one pays for refusing to act on the truth as one sees it, is to be led to believe untruth to avoid guilt.

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A permit for youthful politeness:

A three-year-old boy accidentally shot himself inside a home in northwest Harris County Friday, according to police. . . .

Harris County Precinct 5 Captain Romeo Chapa tells us they believe the child’s parents have a concealed handgun permit and that the child may have found the gun and accidentally shot himself.

The child didn’t make it.

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Redneck sitting in front of shack adorned with Conferate flags.  Woman asks,

Via Job’s Anger.

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Noah on ark balanced on Mt. Ararat.  Caption:  When it dawned on Noah that the real reason was to rid the world of Twitter.


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Jeb Bush on the shoulders of George the Worst on the Shoulders of George the First:  Read my lips.  I am my own man.


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Jeez Louise.

Sex between lobbyists and government officials who are covered under North Carolina’s ethics laws does not constitute a gift that must be listed in disclosure reports, the State Ethics Commission said Friday.

“Consensual sexual relationships do not have monetary value and therefore are not reportable as gifts or ‘reportable expenditures made for lobbying,’” the formal advisory opinion says.

If consensual sexual relations “do not have monetary value,” why is prostitution illegal?

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The Roanoke Times calls out the Virginia Republican Party for (guess what?) hypocrisy, this time on schools. A snippet:

It (the amendment–ed.) would give the state Board of Education the power to authorize charter schools — charter schools being public schools that can operate independently of the rest of the local school system.

Or put another way, it would allow Richmond to tell local governments how to run their school systems.

That runs contrary to how conservatives such as Obenshain generally think schools should be operated. Ordinarily, they believe schools should be run locally, with few mandates from Richmond and even fewer, if any, from Washington.

So why the philosophical about-face here? Because it appears to be the only way to accomplish another conservative goal: The creation of more charter schools.

In Republican land, putting public money in private hands outweighs using it for the public good six days a week and twice on Sundays.

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Johnny Weismuller:

How can a guy climb trees, say Me Tarzan, You Jane, and make a million?

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Be polite to your neighbors.

A city resident told police that at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, she and her boyfriend and juvenile daughter were inside their apartment in the 600 block of Greenbrier Court when they heard a loud bang and a bullet came through the wall of the living room.

The round struck a piece of furniture in the dining area before it was spent, the report said. A few minutes later, Swisher, the victim’s next-door neighbor, knocked on the door and apologized for the incident.

Deadeye was arrested. The story does not indicate whether the charges against him include at least one count of stupid.

Afterthought:

“Juvenile daughter.”

I imagine that that’s police-speak for “little girl.”

The stupid. It burns.

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Begging.

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Bob Molinaro:

You know what’s just as good as most of the pictures of Hampton Roads snowscapes being sent via Twitter? Looking out your window.

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Republican Congressman:  Today is sunny, so who needs a clean air bill?  No one got indicted today, so who needs campaign finance laws?  I got my government-funded health insurance, so who needs to expand Medicaid?  But we urgently need laws to protech relights liberties from gay wedding cakes!

Via Job’s Anger.

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Once in a while, I toy with the notion of becoming a twit on Twitter, then Twitter convinces me to slowly back away.

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A former travel agent from New Jersey has been ordered to sell his house and car to pay restitution to 20 customers who paid him for a Mediterranean cruise that never happened.

Now, if that remedy could be extended to Wall Street banksters . . . .

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Jessica Valenti suggests that Republicans think that women are magickal beings with mystical powers beyond masculine understanding.

Methinks she is onto something.

Then, again, mayhaps they are simply sexist nutcases.

Inquiring minds want to know.

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