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September 14th, 2020 - 10:26 pm § in Politics

Will federal employees send my Christmas cards, too?

This article contains news and sarcastic liberal commentary. “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s wife asked State Department staff to help send personal family Christmas cards,” CNN reported on Monday, September 14, 2020. Toni Porter, an aide, told the House Foreign Affairs Committee[...]

September 14th, 2020 - 6:58 pm § in Politics

GOP attorney general killed a man and reported hitting a deer

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, a Republican (of course), killed a man walking on a road Saturday night, September 12, 2020, while returning home from a fundraiser. He called police and reported hitting a “deer.” Authorities aren’t saying whether Ravnsborg called 911[...]

September 14th, 2020 - 6:22 pm § in Law and Courts

Oregon deputy suspended for inciting vigilantes

This article contains news and liberal opinion. Oregon police and fire agencies are having to devote resources to combating the false rumors. Now, one of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s own deputies is accused of helping to propagate those rumors. The deputy also is accused of inciting vigilant[...]

September 14th, 2020 - 4:05 pm § in Donald Trump, Politics, Russia

Trump aide laughably warns of “leftist insurrection”

This article is news and liberal commentary. Which is almost amusing, because rightwing extremists have most of the AR-15s in circulation in this country. Also, consider the source, the notorious Michael Caputo (photo at right), a Roger Stone protege, whose ties to Russia were “so concerning&#[...]

September 14th, 2020 - 3:04 pm § in Politics

GOP hoaxer gets caught staging fake FBI raid on himself

If you see the name “Jacob Wohl” on anything, write it off as a hoax. Because it is. That includes today’s FBI raid on Wohl’s partner in intellectual crimes, Jack Burkman, which was staged by Wohl and Burkman with actors hired through Craigslist posing as FBI agents. The sche[...]

September 14th, 2020 - 2:24 pm § in Racism

Karen kalls kops on census worker

A Houston woman called police on a black man “in front of my neighbor’s house” because “he doesn’t have a reason to be here” and is making a “political statement.” He’s a census taker, and his final repartee to the woman dubbed “F***YouKaren” on social m[...]

September 14th, 2020 - 9:00 am § in Misc.

Ellensburg: Mel’s Hole

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September 14th, 2020 - 5:13 am § in Misc.

Lincoln’s hair fetches $81,250

A few 2-inch strands of Lincoln’s hair fetched $81,250 at auction on Saturday, September 12, 2020, ABC News reports. Read story here. It’s not the same item shown at left. In fact, when I started nosing around on the internet I found a lot of these, and learned they typically sell for $2[...]

September 14th, 2020 - 4:45 am § in Misc.

Fires in world’s largest wetland are decimating wildlife

An ecological disaster is unfolding in South America as thousands of fires sweep across Brazil’s dried-out Pantanal wetland, a gigantic wildlife-rich floodplain which Wikipedia says “includes essential sanctuaries for migratory birds, critical nursery grounds for aquatic life, and refuge[...]

September 14th, 2020 - 12:09 am § in Hypocrisy, Politics, Science

Toxic Flag Syndrome

A single exposure to the US flag shifts support towards the Republican Party for up to eight months (T. J. Carter et al. Psychol. Sci. 22, 1011–1018; 2011). There is scant evidence that incidental cues in the environment significantly alter people’s political judgments and behavior in a [...]