Ian Millhiser asks, “What Libertarian movement?”

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Ulysses S. Grant:

It is preposterous to suppose that the people of one generation can lay down the best and only rules of government for all who are to come after them, and under unforeseen contingencies.

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Oh, for Pete’s sake.

This is just stupid.

Paying a grand for a puppy is stupid too, but, if the lady wanted a collie, let her have the damned collie.

I wouldn’t say I love animals, but I like them okay and have housed more than my share. I do contemn cruelty, but fanatical “animal lovers”–well, words fail me.

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A black man goes undercover in the Trump campaign and reports on what he observed.

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This sounds as if it could have happened in Texas.

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I was living in the Philadelphia area when the MOVE assault took place. Had I happened to look out ny bedroom windows that day, I would have seen the smoke from the fire that eventually wiped out a city block, dispossessing not only MOVE, but also its neighbors.

Instead, while West Philly burned, I sat in my easy chair reading a book while listening to music.

Here’s a nugget from Jone’s piece; follow the link for the full article.

Solomon Jones look back and sees similarities between MOVE and the Bundy Bund, plus one glaring difference:

Incredibly, some of Bundy’s armed followers remained in the federal building on Monday, and they’re being given the opportunity to leave peacefully.

Let me be clear. That wouldn’t happen if they were anything other than white men in cowboy hats.

(snip)

Compare their story with the tale of MOVE, a black naturalist group whose yearslong conflict with law enforcement in Philadelphia ended in fiery tragedy.

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Granted this is a at least 50% a plug for the show, which I plan not to watch, but it’s still worth a viewing.

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Man labeled

Via Job’s Anger.

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Still not bad.

Jobless claims climbed by 8,000 to 285,000 in the week ended Jan. 30, from a revised 277,000 in the prior period, a report from the Labor Department showed on Thursday.
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The four-week moving average, a less volatile measure than the weekly claims numbers, increased to 284,750 last week from 282,750. The last time the average exceeding 280,000 for at least three consecutive weeks was in April.

The number of applications dropped as low as 255,000 in mid-July, the lowest in four decades.

The number of people continuing to receive jobless benefits fell by 18,000 to 2.26 million in the week ended Jan. 23. The unemployment rate among people eligible for benefits held at 1.7 percent. These data are reported with a one-week lag.

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You want politeness? You can’t handle the politeness.

Deputies responding to a reported shooting and found that Baker was handling the weapon when it discharged, hitting the unidentified man’s hand, shooting his thumb off, Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said.

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Philip K. Dick:

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.

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It’s February.

I’m running the air conditioning to dehumidify the joint.

Don’t you dare tell me that it’s a fluke of weather and not somehow related to climate.

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C&L points out that Donald Trump’s nauseating “Freedom Girls” schtick syncs perfectly with a tune my Nine Inch Nails–a tune that is much more appropriate than the original.

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Via C&L.

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At the Boston Review, Anna Clark considers the public poisoning of the residents of Flint, Michigan, and the climate of secrecy that is endemic to Michigan government. She fears that the guilty may go not only unpunished, but also unidentified. A snippet:

Michigan is the rare state where both the legislature and the governor’s office are exempt from public records requests. The Michigan Supreme Court, the attorney general’s office, and the secretary of state’s office are also exempt.

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(Michigan Governer Rick–ed.) Snyder’s actions to date have done little to peel back the layers of secrecy. As revealing as the release of his emails from 2015 and 2014 has been, it is striking that he did not also release messages from 2013—the year when the emergency manager changed Flint’s water source. While Flint elected officials supported the move to a new independent water system, there is no indication that they were in favor of using untreated river water as a short-term source. That nuance has been muddled in statements from both the governor and the then-emergency manager, seemingly to sidestep culpability. The 2013 emails would clarify who was responsible for the fateful decision.

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Paul Prather tries to understand why persons who call themselves “Christian” support Donald Trump. He expresses his wonderment:

Trump is an insulting, profane, thrice-married, megalomaniacal billionaire from New York City who can’t even pronounce 2 Corinthians correctly. Indeed, he seems to proudly stand for everything the Christian faith supposedly opposes.

And yet a great throng of Christians love the guy.

Follow the link for his theory as to why he attracts them.

Aside:

That whole “2 Corinthians” flap was stupid and silly (sort of like Trump). It wasn’t even a mistake, it was just a less common usage.

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There is no ceiling to the heights that the polite can attain.

The 7-year-old sustained a graze wound to his buttocks around 9:30 p.m. in the 3900 block of South Grand, police said.

A downstairs resident, who police believe was drunk, was handling the gun when it discharged and fired through the ceiling.

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Headquartered just up the road a piece.

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Via Raw Story.

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