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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

28th August 2016

Chattanooga Choo-Choo

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Eddie Murphy Reveals He Has Not Read a Newspaper for 20 Years and Does Not Have an Email Address

22nd August 2016

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The actor said he does not feel the pressure to match or live up to expectations which others may have.

Living the dream.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

21st August 2016

I Walk a Lonely Road

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

14th August 2016

If You Want Me To Stay

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‘How CVS Invaded My Brain’

9th August 2016

Joe Bob Briggs meets modern marketing.

There’s some guy at the world headquarters of CVS drugstores screwing with me.

I don’t know who he is yet, but he lives in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. This is where CVS Health, the largest drugstore chainin the history of drugstores, has its main offices, and where a designated marketing jerk chews on the nub of a pencil and thinks all day about how many coupons he can string onto the bottom of my sales receipt.

I was thinking about this recently while having three hot dogs and a Dr. Pepper during the time it took to print out my receipt for two 6-ounce cans of Gillette Fusion ProGlide Two-in-One Shave Gel and Alpine Clean Skin Care. Why two cans of shave gel when one can is likely to last six months? And why the shave gel that has skin-care ingredients for a man who’s more likely to stick his head into a bowling-ball polisher than apply moisturizer to his face?

Because I had a coupon!

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How A Black College Democrat Turned Into A Republican

9th August 2016

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“On April 1, 2015, I officially switched from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party and I never looked back.”

He probably wanted a piece of that White Privilege and decided that if he identified as white there was probably a government program….

Just for fun, read He Talk Like a White Boy: Reflections of a Conservative Black Man on Faith, Family, Politics, and Authenticity.

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Man Fought Off Armed Would-Be Carjackers With High-Pressure Car Wash Sprayer

9th August 2016

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Hey, you work with what you’ve got.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

7th August 2016

No One Like You

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Signs of the Times

5th August 2016

If you do not read the Bluebird of Bitterness, you really really ought to do so.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

31st July 2016

Neutron Dance

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If Only It Worked That Way

30th July 2016

Wally And Agile Programming - Dilbert by Scott Adams

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

24th July 2016

Boogie Nights

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Thought for the Day

20th July 2016

Hillary For Prison T-Shirt...'Til The End Of Time

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Thought for the Day: Retirement

18th July 2016

Feel the Power

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

17th July 2016

Magic Carpet Ride

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Thought for the Day

14th July 2016

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The Latin Speakers of West Virginia

11th July 2016

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Much of her life seems like classic soccer-mom material, which makes her destination all the more astonishing: she is heading to Charles Town, West Virginia, to spend the week in an old country villa speaking no language other than Latin. A group called SALVI (Septentrionale Americanum Latinitatis Vivae Institutum, the North American Institute for Living Latin Studies) rents a secluded space large enough for thirty-odd people to spend a week without any outside contact: no phones, no internet, no stores.

Forget the books. It has to be people talking to people. Once you lose that, it will never be the same.

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You Can Print Your Photos as Pancakes Now

10th July 2016

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I am not making this up.

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Thought for the Day

7th July 2016

Know Your Eels

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McDonald’s to Expand All-Day Breakfast Menu

6th July 2016

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Now the ‘breakfast cheeseburger’ will be available all day.

Every day, in every way, life keeps getting better and better.

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New App Lets You Know Where Folks Are Coughing and Wheezing

5th July 2016

Lileks.

Condolences to everyone by the Milwaukee Road train station: Hope you’re feeling better. How do I know you’re ill?

Simple. I have a new smartphone app called “Sickweather,” and it tracks illness in your immediate area. How? Does it listen for your hacking coughs, fix your location via GPS, cross-check with Walgreen Cold-and-Flu aisle trips, and upload it so the NSA and Chinese hackers can send you get-well cards?

No. It scans Facebook. Well, you say, what doesn’t? The accuracy of the app depends on people staggering to their computer, feeling like achy sweaty sloths, and typing URGH I HAVE FLU so people can LIKE it, and companies can send you a coupon for something that makes you feel 17 percent better and tastes like blueberries grown in Chernobyl.

When I first opened it up, little markers indicating disease rained down on Minneapolis like the Judgement of Heaven, and any rational person would instantly run outside and daub an X on the front door in lamb’s blood. (We were out. Had it on the list, too.) Downtown was a seething mass of SICK icons, concentrated in two areas: Right outside the Milwaukee Depot, and the Warehouse District.

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HAPPY DANCE MONDAY

4th July 2016

Columbia the Gem of the Ocean

I learned to sing this in elementary school. I don’t suppose they do that any more.

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Eagle-eyed Army Sharpshooter Frees Eagle Hanging Upside Down in Tree

4th July 2016

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The eagle was found hanging upside down in a tree near Rush City Thursday, according to KARE-TV. Its leg had gotten caught in a piece of rope, wrapped around a branch, about 75 feet off the ground.

The vet, Jason Galvin, was able to free the bird after firing 150 shots at the rope with a .22 caliber rifle. Galvin served two tours in Afghanistan.

“It was very windy and I was just waiting for the right shot,” he told the station.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

26th June 2016

Hot Hot Hot

Hey, it’s Texas in the summertime.

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The Navy Is Going to Test a Big Laser Soon

24th June 2016

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Damage done by laser weapons is a function of power and time. The longer a laser can stay on a target, like a drone or an incoming missile, the more damage it can do. The more powerful that laser is, the less time it needs to spend burning its target. The U.S. Navy already has a 30-kilowatt laser mounted on a ship. Yesterday, at a summit on directed energy weapons in Washington, D.C., the Navy announced it plans to go bigger: 150 kilowatts.

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Texan Finds Creative Way to Clear Highway Fast Lane

22nd June 2016

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He was attempting to pass a slow-moving bobtail Peterbilt tractor when he got hung up by a white Ford Econoline squatting in the passing lane. On his YouTube page, Machine stated that the van, which apparently belonged to a plumbing company, was traveling along between 60 and 70 miles per hour along a stretch of highway with a stated speed limit of 70 mph. Confronted with the slow-moving van blocking the left lane, and traffic in the right lane, Machine called the number on the back of the Econoline and politely asked him to get out of the way.

In the Econoline, the passenger picked up and was momentarily confused as Machine asked him to ask his driver to move out of the lane and let traffic pass. The van sped up, passed a tractor-trailer, and got out of the way, much to the relief of the traffic behind him.

We have the technology.

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U.S.’s First Public Solar Road Will Roll Out on Route 66

21st June 2016

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The street pavers were developed by Solar Roadways, a company created by inventors Scott and Julie Brusaw which raised more than $2.2 million in crowdfunding in 2014 to bring their technology to market. The Brusaws claim that replacing all of America’s roads and parking lots with their solar pavers would generate more than three times the country’s electricity consumption in 2009.

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Columbia Is Turning Its Pesky Clothing Labels Into Sets of Survival Tools

18th June 2016

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They have turned their clothing labels into a set of tools, which can be used for sewing, fishing, sawing, even purifying water. And each tool has a code to access a video on how to use the tool. Though you should probably use it before you leave cell service and venture into the great outdoors.

I am not making this up.

 

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McDonald’s: You Can Sneer, But It’s the Glue That Holds Communities Together

12th June 2016

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When many lower-income Americans feel isolated and empty, they yearn for physical social networks. All across US, this happens organically at McDonald’s.

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Texas Man Uses 400Ft Plastic Dam He Found on the Internet to Protect His House From Record 27-Inch Floods – And It Worked!

12th June 2016

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Pretty bad when you have to read about interesting Texas news in a British newspaper.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

12th June 2016

Invisible Touch

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How Millennials Can Still Live Bernie’s Dream

11th June 2016

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Despite some recent budgetary setbacks, a long-running American experiment in socialism is still going strong, and yet somehow it remains one of the country’s best-kept secrets.

The federal experiment involves 1.3 million Americans—less than 1% of the population, but 75% of the participants are themselves millennials, so Bernie’s supporters should feel right at home. Unless they feel like they’ve arrived in socialist heaven.

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Cowboy Hero Lassos Thief in Car Park

11th June 2016

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POLICE say a rancher jumped on his horse and lassoed a man who was trying to steal a bicycle in the parking lot of a Walmart in Oregon, USA.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports 28-year-old Robert Borba was at the store getting dog food Friday when he heard a woman screaming that someone was trying to steal her bike.

The rancher says he quickly got his horse out of its trailer, grabbed a rope, rode over and lassoed the man and bicycle.

“I seen this fella trying to get up to speed on a bicycle,” said Borba, who was planning on helping brand cattle in California that afternoon. “I wasn’t going to catch him on foot. I just don’t run very fast.”

It was a first for Borba too, as he had only ever used his lasso skills to rope in cattle before. “I use a rope every day, that’s how I make my living,” he said. “If it catches cattle pretty good, it catches a bandit pretty good.”

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How to Sound Smart at a TED Talk

10th June 2016

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Will Stephen is brilliant.

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The Austin Ridesharing Saga Continues

8th June 2016

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Residents of Austin, Texas recently voted against Proposition 1, which would have overturned a city council decision to impose robust background checks on drivers for ridesharing apps like Uber. At the time, Kevin Williamson covered the foolishness of that decision. New developments reinforce his point: The vacuum caused by Uber and Lyft’s departure has been filled with a patchwork of ridesharing services that lack any regulation at all.

Arcade City is the most prominent of these. It is charitably described by some news services as an “app,” but the mobile app itself has yet to launch. The form in which it currently exists is a Facebook group with 32,174 members, and the protocol for catching a ride simply involves posting your trip details to that group and arranging a ride with anyone who comments. There is no vetting process for the group; I requested to join and was added but ten minutes later, despite not having lived in Austin since age two.

Markets work, even when you don’t want them to — even in the blue pustule on the red ass of Texas.

Yes, there will be a certain legal entity offering rideshare insurance to drivers starting this summer. But we will always stand firm on principle that two people should always be able to connect directly with each other, free from outside interference.

Holy Moly! How … American.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

5th June 2016

Kick It Out

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Moose Gives Birth to Calf in the Parking Lot of an Alaska Hardware Store

1st June 2016

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Not something you see every day.

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Thought for the Day

30th May 2016

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

29th May 2016

Sittin’ Heavy

 

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Navy Railgun

27th May 2016

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It requires 25 MW. The new Zumwalt destroyer produces over twice that.

WSJ article here.

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Charlie Daniels Speaks for the NRA

25th May 2016

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I kept expecting him to break out a fiddle but I guess not.

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Star Wars Libertarian Edition

25th May 2016

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You can’t make this stuff up.

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Illinois Teen Graduates College Before High School

13th May 2016

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An amazing achievement, and a slap in the face to those who say that persistent racism and sexism are holding back minorities.

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Why Naval Academy Students Are Learning to Sail by the Stars for the First Time in a Decade

7th May 2016

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Sometimes the old ways are best.

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Top 5 Songs From 1958

6th May 2016

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This is pretty cool.

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Most Ordinary Americans in 2016 Are Richer Than Was John D. Rockefeller in 1916

6th May 2016

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But you’d never know that from listening to Democrats or their lackeys in the press.

Honestly, I wouldn’t be remotely tempted to quit the 2016 me so that I could be a one-billion-dollar-richer me in 1916.  This fact means that, by 1916 standards, I am today more than a billionaire.  It means, at least given my preferences, I am today materially richer than was John D. Rockefeller in 1916.  And if, as I think is true, my preferences here are not unusual, then nearly every middle-class American today is richer than was America’s richest man a mere 100 years ago.

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Alligator Caught on Video Attempting to Ring Doorbell of South Carolina Home

4th May 2016

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‘Hey, lady, can your dog come out and play?’

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Town’s Entire Police Department Quits in One Day

23rd April 2016

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A town in the US state of Colorado has been left without any police after the entire department quit in one day.

The resignation of police marshal Tim Bradley prompted the town’s three other volunteer officers to do the same – leaving nearby El Paso County and Teller County sheriff’s offices to look after the town of Green Mountain Falls.

Residents were apparently offered no explanation for the sudden departure of their police force, although Fox News reported an anonymous source as saying the police were unhappy with the newly elected mayor Jane Newberry. Their resignations happened just a day before she took office.

I don’t want to seem insensitive, but this strikes me as very American.

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Grace Under Pressure

23rd April 2016

Read it. Just … read it.

I’ve never seen Scorsese’s The Last Waltz. But I’m going to, now.

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Texas Drawing Millions Moving From Other States

22nd April 2016

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In recent years, people moving to Texas from other states — rather than from other countries — have played a key role in the state’s population growth, according to a new analysis by the Office of the State Demographer. From 2005 to 2013, an estimated 5.9 million people moved to Texas, and 4.8 million of those came from one of the other 49 states.

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