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Guns: the porn of 3-d printing

Until 3-d printing came along, the proof every technology had "finally arrived" is someone figured out how to produce either a picture of a nude woman or a depiction of two people having sex with it. There are galleries online with naked women people created on Model 19 Teletypes; Mod 19s are so ancient they can't print lowercase characters, but people printed naked women on them.

Now we have 3-d printers...and no one cares about printing nudes on them. The big thing now is trying to build a working handgun. So far it's mostly been the modern equivalent of a zipgun, but today's news brings word of a metal .45 automatic.

Somehow I liked the nudes printed with Baudot characters better. All they killed was your account balance.

So, how'd your local races turn out?

We had four: mayor and half the city council. All the candidates endorsed by our loudest local right-wing group lost, in no case by less than 15 percent.

Bobcat kitten!

This little guy showed up in downtown Coeur d'Alene, ID, sometime before noon. He eventually got picked up by the Department of Fish and Game, who sent him to a cooperative rehabilitation facility. He'll be released back into the wild.

There are more pictures:


The Cooch is currently taking out a contract on Robert Sarvis

Without Sarvis, the Cooch would be sitting on an insurmountable 100,000-plus lead. With him, the Cooch is going to be sitting on his La-z-boy wondering why God hates him.

Let's talk about Tuesday's election for a second

I remember the interim between the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. And I remember that every time an office flipped from Democratic to Republican, the press deemed it a "harbinger of 2012" - because, after all, everyone knows that when a DINO is replaced by someone who admits to being a Republican in Pig's Knuckle, Arkansas, while a first-term Democrat is in the White House, said first-term Democrat needs to call the moving truck Right Now.

If the Virginia polls are even slightly accurate, on Tuesday Terry McAuliffe is going to tear Ken Cuccinelli in half. Will the press pronounce this election an "anomaly" (for some reason, Virginia tends to prefer governors of the party not currently holding the White House), a "rejection of religious extremism" or a "harbinger of 2014"?

The difference between healthcare.gov and the Republican Party

Healthcare.gov can be fixed, will be fixed and is being fixed right now.

None of which is true about the Republican Party; they are in fact making it worse and celebrating their success in that field.

Maybe they should have worded this a bit different

We're running a classified ad for a motorized-lift recliner, which helps you stand up when you press a button. The ad says:

"Nearly new overstuffed electric chair."

Here we go again, same old shit again

In tomorrow's paper will be an article with the subhead "Republicans make 'Obamacare' their next target"

Uhh...hasn't killing first the bill and then the law been the Republicans' only reason for living since the 2008 election was called for Obama?

Ted Cruz made a name for himself...

I got an AP wire service photo...the caption they attached to it, which probably won't be in any paper, reads "Ted Cruz made a name for himself by leading the tea party charge toward shutdown."

Unfortunately for him, the name is "mud."

Has anyone here heard of the "Ocean of Life Foundation"?

Tip O'Neill once said, "All politics is local." This is a post about local politics.

Coeur d'Alene, ID, is having a city government election this year. Up for grabs are the mayor's chair, three seats on the city council and a couple other seats I don't remember right off the top of my head, sorry. There are two candidates in the mayor's race anyone cares about: Mary Souza, who is really far to the right, and Steve Widmyer, who is a centrist. (In this town, that makes him Che Guevara.) Souza has a history in city governance, and it's not pleasant: she was kicked off the Planning and Zoning Commission several years ago for being an asshole, and brags about it on her website. She was one of the big drivers in last year's attempt to recall the mayor for building a park Mary Souza didn't want without first holding a meaningless (and, as it turns out, illegal - according to Idaho code, only bonds can be put to public vote) "advisory vote" that, from what I see, she probably would have lost.

Back to the intent of this post: We were going through the candidates' campaign finance reports last week and discovered a $1000 contribution to Mrs. Souza from the "Ocean of Life Foundation." We naturally questioned this because it's an out-of-town donation and none of us had ever heard of this group. We fed "Ocean of Life Foundation" into Google and got a lot of stuff about marine biology. Next thing we know we're getting calls from someone who claims to be the president of the foundation telling us to lay off the candidate. And I'm like, what the fuck? Anyway, you can read what we know here:


My first thought is, it's some kind of fundamentalist group, just from the name. The people we found who vaguely remember them claim they're hardcore Republicans and that the group is one guy and his church, so there's at least slight confirmation.

We don't know and they won't tell us. DU is pretty up on unmasking these kinds of things, so anyone ever heard of these people?
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