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All the News that Fits 0

Saudi Prince bin Salman holding paper labeled

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Have Cake, Eat It Too 0

Headline of the week: Collins blasted ‘dark money’ groups in Kavanaugh fight. One just paid to thank her for her vote

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Break Time 0

Off to drink liberally, hoping that the storm doesn’t really start until we’re done.

Addendum:

As I write this at about 11:00 p. m., the storm hasn’t amounted to much. There’s been a bit of rain, heavy at times, but really no big deal.

I’ll check the rain gauge (yes, I have a rain gauge) in the morning and report back.

And, yes, those of us who showed up at the DL gathering had a great conversation, ranging from Hammer Films vampire movies to OTR (Old Time Radio). It was a nice break from politics.

Addendum-de-dum-dum:

We got only about half an inch of rain, but the winds kicked up over night; as I look out the window, I see a number of branches, some of them substantial, that were once attached to trees . . . .

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Virginia Beach Drinking Liberally Thursday 0

When fellowship is needed, join us . . . .

When: Thursday, October 11, 6 p.

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

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Tales of the Trumpling: Snapshots of Trickle-Down Trumpery 0

Schoolhouse Trumpling.

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Break Time 0

Off to drink liberally.

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Check Your Local Listings 0

If you are a mystery buff, as I am, and like your mysteries delivered with a soupcon of comedy, you can’t do better than Carter. It gets better with every episode.

Private Eyes is also a fun watch.

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The Attack 0

Republican Elephant standing in front of statue of Lady Liberty labeled

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(Misplaced tag fixed.)

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(Sticky) (Unstuck) Virginia Beach Drinking Liberally Hurricane Delay (Updated) (Updated Again) 0

The Virginia Beach Drinking Liberally gathering will be delayed one week until Thursday, September 20, because of Hurricane Florence.

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Recommended Reading 0

Robert van Gulik’s last book of the Judge Dee series, written shortly before his untimely death, Murder in Canton.

I’ve just started it and I’m already enraptured.

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Profiles in Discourage 0

Leonard Pitts, Jr., points out that the recent New York Times column about Donald Trump by “Anonymous” does not mean what its author thinks it means. He takes issue with the implication that Anonymous and his fellow insurgents are somehow bravely standing between Donald Trump and catastrophe. A snippet (emphasis added):

To the contrary, he or she shows the jellyfish spine and bunny rabbit bravery common among Republicans these days. Real courage would’ve required the writer and the “many Trump appointees” he or she says are part of this to quit their jobs en masse, find a public forum and speak the obvious truth without hiding behind the cloak of anonymity. Namely, that this tantrum-throwing child is unfit to govern.

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Probiotics 0

New studies indicate that perhaps persons should stick with amateur biotics.

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Deboned 0

Mitch McConnell, labeled

Via Job’s Anger.

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The Price of Petulence 0

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Just another day in NRA Paradise.

“My neighbor’s son just came over and said he was on Facetime with a friend and the kid shot himself in the head,” said the neighbor in the 911 call.

The 14-year-old’s friend then got on the phone telling the 911 operator that the shooting appeared to be an accident.

The 911 operator asked: “Did he say anything before he did it?”

The friend on the 911 call responded saying: “He didn’t know there was a live round in it. He thought it was completely empty. He just pulled the trigger and shot himself.”

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What Is Truth? One More Time 1

Ira Hyman contemplates the assault on truth and suggests that the medium does indeed have some responsibility for the message. Here’s an excerpt (emphasis added):

When most news was presented to the public through TV news programs and traditional papers, editors and journalists followed ethical standards that helped the news adhere to the truth. When errors occurred, ethical journalists acknowledged and corrected. But today there are so many promoters of “news.” I’ve put news in quotes because some of what is promoted is known to be false. And this matters.

When social media platforms become the source of news for many people, they may have the same ethical obligations as newspapers and journalists. Social media platforms can’t hide behind claims of being neutral. Being neutral with respect to true information and misinformation isn’t neutrality. Instead, this promotes the misinformation by treating it the same as the truth. Similarly when news and opinion shows present people peddling snake oil, misinformation, and conspiracy theories, they have ethical obligations. Giving air time to people who deny climate change, for example, promotes that misinformation – even when the peddlers of false information are asked hard questions.

Methinks he has a point.

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The Deals of Justice 0

Donald Trump gestures at a statue of Lady Justice while saying to a companion,

Via Job’s Anger.

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Decisions, Decisions . . . . 0

Distressed-looking man in voting booth considering choices on ballot:  1)  the uncompromising partisan you admire for their (sic) principles.  2)  the candidate who can actually *win* in the general election.  3)  the stooge for special interests backed by dark money.  4) the desperate mudslinger.  5)  the incumbent clown your district was gerrymandered to protect for all time.

Via Job’s Anger.

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Fixated on Fiction 0

Pollster interviewing man with

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Practice random acts of politeness (more at the link).

Police say they believe a public bus in Utah traveling on a highway was accidently (sic) hit by a bullet when someone fired shots from a nearby peach orchard, but authorities haven’t yet found the shooter.

Davis County Chief Deputy Ty Berger said Monday that no one was injured on the bus or in a semitrailer that was also hit by a bullet when five to 10 shots were fired from the orchard before sunrise.

Yeppers, that just what responsible gun owners do: shoot randomly in the direction of a public highway that is hidden from view by trees. Yes-indeedy-do. Just a lil’ old accident.

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