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Tune for a Blackberry Winter morning…

by Boohunney

Hold on

Alabama Shakes:

Shotgun down the avalanche

Shawn Colvin:

Tucker Carlson

Whose entire career path is a textbook example of failing upwards, is a recipient of Cato Institute wingnut welfare (his father is a former U.S. ambassador and adoptive mother is an heiress to the Swanson Foods fortune) who somehow thinks it’s not hysterical that he wants to lecture us about middle class “entitlement”:

Lost in my mind

The Head and the Heart:

The poodle

Another “devout” Catholic lying through his teeth:

When the Qaddafi regime fell in Libya, the headquarters of the secret police were occupied by the rebel forces, who retrieved a large quantity of memos and documents detailing the cooperation between western governments and the Qaddafi regime, including the sale and maintenance of network surveillance equipment, and, notoriously, the use of Qaddafi’s torturers on suspected terrorists who were secretly rendered to Libya by western intelligence agencies.

One set of documents show that the UK intelligence service worked to kidnap and render Libyan dissident Abdel Hakim Belhaj and his pregnant wife, Fatima Bouchar, for a horrific round of torture that was directly overseen by UK intelligence agents, with the knowledge of the CIA.

Now Tony Blair, who was prime minister of Britain at the time of the illegal kidnapping and torture, denies having any recollection of the programme, and insists that Libya was a fine partner in the war on terror.

New hope for Christie 100-Yard Walk

Chris Christie shouting down a member of the paternalistic entitlement society? No, it's Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden, another paragon of fitness and integrity.

By Odd Man Out

Planners believe the hoped-for event, inspired by the governor’s legendary self-discipline, could help keep Americans from becoming “a bunch of people sittin’ on a couch waiting for their next government check.” More here.

You’re not a criminal

So stop working and get back on Facebook!

Good news, slackers: It’s not illegal to use your work computer to shop on Amazon, set your fantasy roster, or, well, read Newser. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has shot down a Justice Department argument that a 1984 anti-hacking law covered not just hacking, but any unauthorized use of a computer, the Wall Street Journal reports. The judge writing the majority opinion said the government “failed to consider the effect on millions of ordinary citizens.”

Voter ID

The Metro has a very clear explanation of why the new voter-ID laws will suppress voting:

What’s the big deal about getting a government-issued photo ID, anyway?

Well, let’s walk through the process. First, you have to physically show up at a PennDOT office – there are five locations offering the service in Philadelphia and about 70 statewide, though some are closed several days of the week and, when open, have hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Can’t miss work? Don’t have transportation? Doesn’t matter.

There, after most likely waiting for – we’ll be generous and say an hour (or three) – you must present your social security card plus either a birth certificate, a certificate of U.S. citizenship or a passport.

You say you don’t have any of those documents? Hey, it happens, especially if you’re a youth or a senior or a member of a whole host of other demographics. But that’s where it gets hairy.

We’ll start with the birth certificate. You’ll have to get that through the Division of Vital Records, which charges $10 for each application.

You can’t get the certificate online through third party vendor VitalChek (which only accepts credit or debit cards, charges an additional $10 processing fee and heavily pushes the “more secure” UPS Air shipping method at an additional $18 charge) because the site requires that you scan and upload your valid government-issued photo ID, which you don’t have.

So the Department first suggests that a relative who does have an ID apply for a birth certificate on your behalf via snail mail or at one of the six Division of Vital Records offices. No aunts, uncles, or cousins, either – those eligible are limited to parents and grandparents, children and grandchildren, spouses and siblings.
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Trayvon Martin

Zimmerman to be charged.

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