Be polite at the drive-through:

“He was in a car there in the drive-thru, and he was moving the pistol from the side door pocket to the glove box, and it went off and accidently shot him in the thigh,” said Capt. Tommy Lovett with the Alexander City Police Department.

Also, another gun that magically fires itself.

Via Southern Beale.

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. . . and reruns of Lawrence Welk.

I mean, really, now.

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Meanwhile, our local privatization scam continues.

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Daniel Ruth considers Florida State University’s hold over Tallahassee:

You have to wonder what it takes to get arrested in Tallahassee, especially if you are a member of the Florida State University football team. The players seem to enjoy greater immunity from prosecution than the diplomatic corps.

Read the rest, then do something useful with your Saturday, like not watch NCAA football.

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Steven M.

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Mike Nichols:

There’s nothing in the American dream about character. It’s a serious flaw.

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Off to drink liberally.

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Graphic:  Outside political spending by big polluters increased 11,761% since Citizens United.

Via PoliticalProf. Follow the link for his comment.

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The one twit who is always wrong about everything. (Warning: Language.)

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Lowest since just after President George the Worst started his war on workers.

The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment aid fell 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 264,000, the lowest level since April 2000.

(snip)

The four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, dropped 4,250 to 283,500, the lowest level since June 2000.

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Why do some campaign types think that I would be interested in emails “From: [somebody]‘s iPhone”?

It’s not cute. It’s not clever. It’s not even mildly amusing.

It’s stupid and silly.

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The hunt for politeness.

He is accused of firing a shot from a 12-gauge shotgun toward ducks while hunting on the west side of the Schroon River, across the river from Adirondack Adventure Resorts campground. He was off duty at the time.

A man who was outside a camper called police after he heard a shot fired, and was hit in the leg with a small projectile. Police believe the projectile was a pellet from duck shot, fired from about 400 feet away. It did not penetrate his skin or go through his pants, officials said. He suffered a bruise that did not require medical treatment.

He said he saw the campground, but he told hisself it was closed so he go shoot.

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Hugh Downs:

I’ve always thought that the stereotype of the dirty old man is really the creation of a dirty young man who wants the field to himself.

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John Aravosis considers the history that is obscured by “tradition.” A nugget:

. . . “traditionally” women were property; they pretty much belonged to their husband. And as property, they couldn’t inherit a dime. In the old days it was all about the kids. If you had a farm, or an empire, you needed a son to take over some day (to hell with the daughters). The wife was important as an incubator, and your daughters were relatively useless, unless you could sell one off and get a decent dowry in return.

So when you hear conservatives, like the National Review’s Mona Charen, talk about the traditional reason behind marriage — the children — she’s half speaking the truth. The traditional purpose of marriage was “male children.” Wives were tolerated as necessary, and little girls were mistakes.

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Werner Herzog’s Bear has another excellent blog post on Republicans’ skills at turning fear into power.

Just read it.

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. . . but the thief slipped away like a greased pig.

The 36,000 pounds of shortening in a semitrailer stolen Sunday from St. Petersburg is still missing, police said early Wednesday.

Authorities found the semitrailer late Monday abandoned in Hialeah, police have said. It was bound for a Publix distribution center in Lakeland before it was stolen from Coastal Towing on 118th Ave. N, according to St. Petersburg police.

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