Pap and Thomas Franks discuss the punditocracy’s pablum.

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This is a hoot, even if it is 50% promo.

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Robert Klose explodes torturous reasoning at the Bangor Daily News. A snippet:

Twits in blue.

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The hunt for politeness marches on.

‘Splain me, Lucy, why this sort of stuff is an “accident” and not “negligent homicide”?

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Susan B. Anthony:

I shall earnestly and persistently continue to urge all women to the practical recognition of the old Revolutionary maxim. Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God.

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Chart of when religious liberty is or is not being violated.  Example:  Your religious liberty is violated if you are forced to use birth control if it's against your religion.  Your religious liberty is NOT being violated if you are unable to prevent others from using birth control.

Via Job’s Anger.

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The Philadelphia Daily news editorializes about yet another example when you let persons interested in profit loose to dine at the public’s table.

Last week, the Daily News raised a number of questions about a painting contract by a charter school run by ASPIRA. Lyon Contracting won a $163,000 job to paint Olney Charter High School, but school staff claim they did most of the painting, and never saw the contractor in the building.

ASPIRA has not responded to requests for documentation on the job, and attempts by the Daily News to contact Lyon Contracting were unsuccessful. Their phone number is no longer in service. Meanwhile, the district’s Office of Inspector General has begun an investigation.

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More holster hijinks:

Brent Pipgrass, 36, was strapping a .45-caliber pistol into its holster just after 5:30 a.m. Saturday when the gun fell to the ground and fired, Pipgrass told deputies. The bullet struck Pipgrass in his lower leg.

Note how the gun fell, all on its ownsome. Heaven forbid that some real person with agency could have, like, you know, dropped it.

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See what happens when the fee hand of the market meets the privatization scam.

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The San Jose Mercury-News reports that employers are rushing to surveil their employees.

Employers are rushing to embrace the Internet of Things, with its array of smart gadgets, to keep watch on their workers. Studies contend that these devices help reduce theft, boost productivity and weed out lazy, incompetent or abusive employees. Many managers swear by them, including Eric Weakley, owner of R&A Trucking in Oakland, who has outfitted his vehicle fleet with onboard recorders that alert him if the trucks suddenly brake or do something else unusual.

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But other studies conclude that such monitoring can be so intrusive it undermines an employee’s work and well-being, producing anxiety or even depression. The U.S. Office of Technology Assessment, a now-defunct advisory branch of Congress, warned that the trend might lead to poor office morale, staff turnover, worker slowdowns and even “employee sabotage.”

In another life, I did management training. Fundamental to good management is trusting employees to do their jobs, then, as the saying goes, “working the exceptions.” Employers who do not trust their employees will find that they have created untrustworthy employees. Persons tend to meet expectations, and, when you expect misconduct, you will get misconduct.

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Jean Cocteau:

Elegance ceases to exist when it is noticed.

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Frolicking football fans.

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Via C&L.

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Frolicking in blue.

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The Daily Banter rounds up Republican defenses of torture.

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Indeed.

Nearly $1.5 million in debt, the Minnesota Republican Party is using a line of credit to help it through recent cash crunches.

The party owes $75,000 on a line of credit at Alliance Bank for loans taken out in late October and November, according to federal finance reports filed this month. It owes another $85,000 in other bank loans.

All told, the party had $990,000 in debt in its federal account after the election. As of mid-October, it also had $450,000 in debt in its state account.

I trust I am not the only person to see the irony in this.

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Play politely . . .

Dylan Harvey, 19, and Tony Roe, 23, were rolling the gun’s chamber and taking turns pointing it at each other, investigators said. Eventually, when Harvey pointed the gun at Roe, it went off. A bullet hit Roe in the chest, according to the Sheriff’s Office, but his injuries are not expected to be life-threatening. He was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, deputies said.

. . . and another gun that apparently just goes off all on its ownsome.

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It occured to me last night that that jingoistic chestnut, The Green Berets, from the Viet Nam era needs updating. Here’s a try at it:

Flying robots in the sky,
Raining death as they spy,
Making war the American way,
Flown by gamers a world away.

Air power, robotic or not, will succeed in today’s Middle East, whatever the hell “succeed” means there, as thoroughly as it did in Viet Nam, whatever the hell “success” would have meant there. The war in Iraq, like the one in Viet Nam, was based on a lie, and our falling for the lie is not a reason to keep fighting for the lie.

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