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October, 2015 archive

Trick or Threat 0

Scary GOP candidate Hallowe'en costumes:  Vampire Trump, Frankenstein Ben Carson, Zombie Ted Cruz

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The Haunting of the House 0

There’s no escape.

Nearly all states require Realtors representing sellers to disclose legitimately scary material facts to buying agents and their clients that could cause them to reconsider, such as a cracked foundation, a leaking roof or toxic mold or the federally-required disclosure of lead paint. But don’t bother trying to get out of your contract if you discover there was a murder, or a suicide, or even a violent crime committed in the home after you bought it — it’s a dead end.

In July 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a murder-suicide that occurred in a Thornton, Penn. home in February 2006 wasn’t a material defect when a seller who bought the home at an auction, remodeled it and sold it to a buyer in 2007 — without disclosing the crime that occurred inside.

“Purely psychological stigmas are not material defects of property that sellers must disclose to buyers,” the court said.


Twits on Twitter 0

Shielded twits.


“The Smart One” 0

Daniel Ruth asses Jeb!‘s debate performance and is not impressed. A nugget:

After Wednesday night’s in-the-tank appearance during the latest Republican presidential debate, Jeb disdainfully dismissed the notion that his campaign was wanting. “I’m not a performer,” Bush sniffed, after spending two hours on stage exhibiting all the warmth and charisma of an Easter Island statue.

Bush is wrong, of course. He is indeed a performer in the political theater of the GOP presidential nominating process. He’s just not very good at it.


“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Be polite whilst preparing for school.

Lewis said the gun had not been secured and that the 5-year-old reached for the weapon as the children were getting ready for school. The 9mm pistol belongs to the family and had been kept in a bag, police said.

She will recover.


The Privatization Scam 0

It just keeps getting scammier.

Via Atrios.


American Taliban 0

The Virginia Republican Party embarks on a holy war.

Where is HUAC when you need it?


Cashing Out 0

Norway’s second largest bank is going to stop handling cash as of next Monday.

Not everyone thinks this is a good idea.

Access to cash in Scandinavia has gained international attention after The Local reported on a campaign against its disappearance, headed by former National Police chief Björn Eriksson.

Eriksson, now head of a lobbying group for the Swedish security industry, argues that cash is a crucial part of society’s infrastructure. He alleges that the decision to abandon cash is being made by banks simply to increase profits:

“Something is being privatized without people knowing what the implications of that privatization are.”

More at the link.


The Candidates Debate 0

Catherine Rampell spells out what lessons Republican candidates have learned from the media coverage of first three Republican debates. Here are the main points; follow the link for her evidence for each one:

  • Lesson No. 1: Lie, but lie confidently.
  • Lesson No. 2: Invent your own math.
  • Lesson No. 3: If you can’t think of something better to say, just bash the media.

And, in a related story, Joel Connelly reminds us that we’ve heard it all before.



Stephen King:

Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.


And Now for Something Completely Different 0


Facebook Frolics 0

Larcenous frolics.


The Candidates Debate, Lies and Lying Liars Dept. 0


When You Need Teachers . . . 0

. . . hire consultants.


Dis Coarse Discourse 0

Republican voters sway back-and-forth between Donald Trump and Ben Carson, as Donald Trump says,

Via the Bob and Chez Show Blog.


Denial–Not Just a River in Egypt 0

Peter St. Onge comes out as a bacon-science denier.


Copyrights and Copywrongs 0

Somewhere, a baby is dancing.

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Frankenstein Deplores Monster 0



Will Rogers:

Now if there is one thing that we do worse than any other nation, it is try and manage somebody else’s affairs.


And Now for Something Completely Different 2