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Republicans aren’t the only ones who can filibuster, GOP finds to its utter amazement

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Aghast! (Spoken with a feminine, Southern accent).  Whatever has happened to our lovely pipelahn?

Keystone decision delayed yet again
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The Obama administration says it is indefinitely extending its long-awaited review of the Keystone XL pipeline — providing a Good Friday jolt to one of the president’s most wrenching environmental decisions.

The move could easily push President Barack Obama’s final decision past the November election….

Oh fiddle dee DEE! Heavens to Betsy! Whatever shall we do? Oh, I pray, Draw out the faintin’ couch for ah feah the vapors coming on. Ahhh … Continue reading

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Wyoming Tales: T. Rex at Fifty

April 11, 1964 was windy at the University. Of course, in Laramie, Wyoming it’s generally ALWAYS windy.

I was bundled into my dress jacket, and was wind chilled by it all. Just like the dedication of the Lincoln Monument up top of what was then US 30, “The Lincoln Highway” and is now Interstate 80 at its highest point, the “tarp” for the “unveiling” had managed to form a sort of surrealist windbreaker/inner tube installation effect:

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T. Rex in Poncho (Not sure whether real or Sears poncho)
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This was about the year that Dick Cheney decided to scream and yell at my brother and I. (“Once a Dick, Always a Dick,” 22 December 2008.) But that day was the culmination of Wyoming’s “Citizen of the Century”s career. Continue reading

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A Low News Day Slow Days Later

NOTE: This is the follow-up and payoff  toA Low News Day — if you didn’t hear the joke, you’re not going to ‘get’ the punch line. 

And here we are. They’re brawling in the gutter over the Pulitzer Prize. As they say in the law: Res ipsa loquitur, the thing speaks for itself

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Maximilian I’s Monogram

And “Russian Separatists” are on the verge of a civil war in Ukraine. Blood  has been spilled, which takes everything up one immeasurable notch. “Up” as in closer to armageddon.

And the Teabilly Teatards and their Second Amendment Solutions almost decided to play “Alamo” over the absurd notion of management of shared  resources. In southern Nevada, fer chrissakes. Continue reading

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Beware the Ides of April

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If there were ever a day and a moment for domestic terrorism, it is today. 2014 You know: Ted Nugent’s “Fedzilla” is outta kontrol n must be attacked, a gazillion Gomers and Jethros are tellin’ their trusty firearms, lovingly named.

Bundy Ranch ‘Militia’ Considered Using Women As Human Shield
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo

 It appears that the anti-government activists protesting the Bureau of Land Management’s actions against a Nevada cattle rancher were considering using women as a human shield if a gun battle had erupted during the standoff [sic] ….

If you are a government worker, be particularly wary today. Continue reading

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Short and Sweet for the Quisling

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Ragging for Rupert; Mealy-mouthed for
Murdoch; Asinine for Ailes

Sour Grapes from the Conservatard Princess:

Sharyl Attkisson Slams CBS News, Obama Admin’s ‘Chilling Effect’ on Reporting
Evan McMurry / Mediaite

Sharyl Attkisson, an investigative reporter who recently resigned from her post at CBS News, took shots at both her former employer and the Obama administration on Media Buzz Sunday morning  …

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What’s the Matter with Kansas?

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According to BuzzFeed and PornHub, Kansas watches the most porn in the land.

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They want to make various idiotic points about this that hold no journalistic water, and, as a result, are TOTALLY within BuzzFeed’s usual reporting penumbra — emphasis on ‘numb.’

Who Watches More Porn: Republicans Or Democrats?
Let’s take a look at the body politic, shall we? Turns out that porn is a highly accurate predictor of presidential politics.

posted on April 11, 2014 at 11:23am EDT
by Ryan Broderick
BuzzFeed Staff

Pornhub’s data team split the country into red and blue states—based on the 2012 election—and then took the total number of pages viewed per state and divided that by the population….

It is NOT “highly accurate.” In fact, it’s a journalistic abomination. Over one third of voters are now “independents” (a term meaning “I’m so stupid that I ace myself out of voting in primaries, where candidates are actually chosen, and I can have the most effect”) and, as a result, the whole conceit is intellectually bankrupt.  But …

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A Low News Day

Ho hum. Nothing to talk about in today’s news. A whole bunch of stuff is just to the boiling point, but nothing has yet boiled over. Crimea, GOPs, the new “standoff” in Nevada that the Right wants to turn into Ruby Ridge II.

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Kathleen Sibelius resigned (but that had been announced long ago; even before the election, IIRC) as director of Health and Human Services:

Health Secretary Resigns After Woes of HealthCare.gov
 Michael D. Shear / New York Times

WASHINGTON — Kathleen Sebelius, the health and human services secretary, is resigning, ending a stormy five-year tenure marred by the disastrous rollout of President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act.

And I salute her, both as a great governor of Kansas and as HHS Secretary during one of the most critical and difficult periods in the history of that Department. “Botched rollout” will fade and she ought to be remembered well, and not, as now, scapegoated.

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The GOP Gets the IRS Vapors. Again. Part 684

They are idiots, of course. And, of course, they are lying. But this nonsense will exercise its Skinnerian Conditioning on all of Pavlov’s little foxes, and it will be “fair and balanced news” to them. Again.

Rinse. Lather. Repeat. Return brain to cranium. Reseal.

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Seriously. Give us SOMETHING that can be exaggerated.

Benghazi. IRS. And there was another pillar on the stool of GOP pretensions.  Oops. Continue reading

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Are You XPerienced?

Well, if not, the operating system is dead to Microsoft, as of today.

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XP X-its

Only problem? 20-30% of all PCs still run it. (Forgive the writer below) The BBC reports:

Windows XP users face end to Microsoft support By Mark Ward 7 April 2014

Support for the venerable Windows XP operating system ends this Tuesday.

It means that there will be no more official security updates and bug fixes for the operating system from Microsoft.

Some governments have negotiated extended support contracts for the OS in a bid to keep users protected.

Security firms said anyone else using the 13-year-old software would be at increased risk of infection and compromise by cyber-thieves.

Statistics suggest 20-25% of all users have stuck with XP despite the fact that there have been three major releases of Windows since its debut in 2001.

Some of those existing XP users have struck deals to get security fixes from Microsoft while they complete their migration away from the ageing code.

The UK government has signed a £5.5m deal for extended support. Similarly the Dutch government has signed a “multi-million euro” deal to obtain help for the 40,000 PCs running XP used by the nation’s civil servants.

Anyone currently running Windows XP already faced a disproportionate risk of falling victim to malware, said Dave Emm, a senior research analyst at security firm Kaspersky….

[Or, you can read the seemingly-plagiarized version HERE.(and by plagiarized, I mean word for word, with a little stapled to the end and the clear implication that it was written by the author at the bottom). She may be a "wanna-be writer" but she may well be an honest-to-gosh plagiarist.]

But just for argument’s sake, let’s assume the lower numbers. That’s STILL one in five desktop computers in the damned world! Good Lord.

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Ignoring Obama to Death

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How great is it that we live in a country SO devoid of problems, issues and news that we can IGNORE the upcoming off-year elections to endlessly masturbate over an election two and a half years in the future? Even CSPAN is running a “ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE 2016″ series of video toilet paper.

Today, this dominates the blogosphere, because, of course, Syria, Israel, Crimea, North Korea and the plane junk allegedly in the South Seas BORE us. Better to deal with an unknowable future (can you say “National Debt”?) than address a nation in the icy grip of a GOP-stymied recovery after a GOP-enabled financial meltdown. And now this:

Jeb Bush to make decision on 2016 by the end of this year
Ed O’Keefe / Post Politics

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush said Sunday that he will base his decision on whether to run for president in 2016 on whether he thinks he can mount a campaign that would transcend the modern-day mechanics of such a run.

Bush, the second-oldest son of former president George H. W. Bush and younger brother of George W. Bush, spoke at an event marking the 25th anniversary of his father’s presidency at the library and museum that bears the patriarch’s name. The event was closed to reporters, but moderated by Fox News anchor Shannon Bream and portions of the event were later broadcast on the Fox News Channel….

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Dead Skunk (conclusion)

This was a Tale of Two Charlies. Now it is a tale of one: Charles Humphrey Keating, Jr., born December 4, 1923 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Died last Monday, March 31, 2014.

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“Mr. Clean” — Char Lie Keating [sic]

 Charlie Keating, crook, died in Arizona last week. But, while his “poster boy” for the S&L scandal status is well-known (he got out on a technicality after serving four years; charged with a staggering number of NEW charges for the largest S&L collapse in US history to that date, he was “sentenced” to time served), very little has been written about his OTHER ugly life.

Let’s start with the Wikipedia entry, and then I’ll tell you a couple of stories:

In 1956, Keating joined a priest leading a group of concerned Catholics in Cincinnati who were concerned about the dangers of pornography, and he began giving talks on the subject to parents and other groups.  In 1958, Keating testified before the House Judiciary Committee on mail-order pornography, saying that it was “capable of poisoning any mind at any age and of perverting our entire younger generation”, and that it was closely tied to juvenile delinquency, while also quoting a congressional report that it was “part of the Communist conspiracy”. 

Keating mentioned links between pornography and Communism at other times also, but was generally careful not to overplay the political connection and sought to distance himself from the more fervent anti-Communist groups of the early 1960s.

Or, shorter: that dog no longer hunted the way it did back in the Doc J. Freddie Wertheimer/post-Joe McCarthy Republican Party.

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