Werner Herzog’s Bear sees an interesting and alarming one. A nugget:

For those of you who don’t know, Leonid Brezhnev lead the the Soviet Union from 1964 to 1982. While its military might grew to unprecedented levels and its oil resources better exploited, beneath the images of tanks parading down Red Square on May Day sat a vast festering reservoir of economic and cultural stagnation. The situation, where a massive military machine had to be supported by hobbled economy, led to Gorbachev’s reforms and eventually to the Soviet system’s collapse. A world power, one of the two superpowers, was brought low in an astoundingly short period of time. One notable thing about this period was not only the economic stagnation, but the basic loss of faith in the Soviet system and communist ideology. Laconic workers in this period used to quip “we pretend to work, and they pretend to pay us.” This is hardly the spirit of the “shock workers” who helped build steel mills in the Ural wilderness in the 1930s. . . .

I see plenty of parallels to America’s present and its recent history.

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Chris Hayes tries to make sense of Republicans’ inability to recognize “treading” when they see it.

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Scott Maxwell tries to draw some lessons from Florida’s primary, which took place this week. I suspect that they apply to more places than just Florida.

Here’s one (emphasis in the original):

1. You people lie. I know it’s harsh for me to start off with such an ugly statement. But it’s true. You folks lie. You claim you’re sick of the status quo. You claim you’re sick of incumbents. You claim you’re going to send a message. But you don’t . . . .

Follow the link for the rest.

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Bumper Sticker:  Back Off, bumper humper.  My brakes are good.  How's your insurance?

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Petrarch:

Who naught suspects is easily deceived.

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Off to drink liberally.

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Jim Wright takes a look at Republicans’ presidential prospects. A nugget:

Republicans are headed into 2016 the same way they went into Iraq and Afghanistan: ass backward into the unknown and no idea what the hell they’re going to do if they win.

Their election strategy, hell their plan for the country should they win the Senate and maybe even the White House in 2016, is based almost entirely on “We hates Obama, Precious, we hates him!” while gleefully rubbing their hands together and cackling maniacally – other than that they’ve got nothing.

Do read the rest. It just gets better.

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The first half-hour or so of this week’s Linux Outlaws, hosted by an Englishman and a German, was all about events in Ferguson, Mo.

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Fox News Logic:   Man says he's moving to Canada because he doesn't want to pay for ill-advised wars labeled traitor.  Burger King moving to Canada to avoid taxes labeled patriot.

Via Job’s Anger.

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Oh, yeah. There’s an app for that.

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Then they took it back.

A woman who believed that a St. Petersburg hair salon owed her money decided to get revenge by stealing the business’ barber’s chair, police reported.

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Status quo ante.

Claims decreased by 1,000 to 298,000 in the week ended Aug. 23 from 299,000 in the prior period, a Labor Department report showed today in Washington.

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The four-week average of claims, a less-volatile measure than the weekly figure, declined to 299,750 from 301,000 the week before.

The number of people continuing to receive jobless benefits climbed by 25,000 to 2.53 million in the week ended Aug. 16.

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The polite value their privacy.

A tuxedoed Seattle man was arrested early yesterday after he fired a gun at a couple who accidentally interrupted him while he was being pleasured by a woman in an alcove in the city’s nightlife district, cops report.

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John Wooden:

The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.

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Eugene Robinson recognizes the Regent’s Republican Family Values. A nugget:

How far would you go to stay out of jail? Would you publicly humiliate your wife of 38 years, portraying her as some kind of shrieking harridan? Would you put the innermost secrets of your marriage on display, inviting voyeurs to rummage at will?

For Robert McDonnell, the former Virginia governor on trial for alleged corruption, the answers appear to be: “As far as necessary,” “Hey, why not?” and “Sounds like a plan.”

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. . . because the facts lean left.

(Video moved below the fold because it autoplays on some systems. Autoplaying is rude.)

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Fun and fellowship for liberals. Join us and talk about anything in a relaxed atmosphere.

When: Thursday, August 28th, 6 p.

Where:
Croc’s 19 Street Bistro
620 19th Street (Map)

More here.

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Politeness is all about how you shoot your load.

When officers and medics arrived at the home in the 45000 block of North Bend Way, they found the body of the shooter’s roommate. Almquist originally said the victim was the brother of the shooter, but later confirmed they were long-time friends and roommates.

Almquist says their investigation is still ongoing, but it appears to be an accident.

“He was showing his firearm to his (roommate) and he was checking to see if it was loaded and it went off,” Almquist said.

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