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There are seven states with no restaurants

The federal minimum wage law has a loophole big enough to drive a serving cart through: tip credit. Because waitstaff receives gratuities from guests, the feds allow restaurant owners to pay the workers less than minimum. Ask any restaurant owner and he'll tell you: you couldn't survive in this business without tip credit.

This is why there are no restaurants in Alaska, California, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Oregon or Washington, the seven states that don't allow tip credit.

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The movie you know you want to see

I know Tarantino doesn't do derivative projects...but you KNOW that the minute you left the theatre after seeing Inglourious Basterds, you wanted to go right back in and see The Life and Times of Hugo Stiglitz.

How can we actually stop abortion?

The right wing wants to ban abortion.

They have always wanted to.

But as they'll tell you if you suggest banning something they like...gun magazines that hold a whole 750-round ammo can, maybe...banning something won't get rid of it. Abortion being something they want to get rid of, how will they proceed?

First, they'll want all pregnancies registered.

Because women who don't want to keep it won't register, every woman will have to report for monthly pregnancy tests.

And they'll have to report weekly until it's born to ensure they're still pregnant.

Because other countries will still have abortion all women trying to leave the country will be tested. If you're pregnant you can't go. Better hope your plane ticket is refundable.

Because birth control causes abortions* no woman can use birth control.

And surgical sterilization aborts babies yet to be conceived* that will be banned too.

This is the thing: if the government can do this to "those women," why can't they do it to you?

* I know it doesn't but try telling them that.

Hugh Bowman will lose, and deserves to

Hugh Bowman is the 75-year-old soybean farmer who bought beans at a grain elevator, planted them and is now at the Supreme Court in a patent infringement case.

Most of the media is talking about this sweet old grandpa who is so set in his ways he still uses a rotary-dial phone, tilling his little plot of land and fighting the good fight against the evil soulless corporation.

Here's the rest of it: Bowman plants Monsanto seed. He signed the standard contract that stipulates you can only plant seed containing Monsanto genetics if you buy it from Monsanto. About a decade ago, he decided to plant a late-season crop. He knew there was significant risk in this decision so, in mitigation, he went to the grain elevator, bought a dump truck load of soybeans and planted them, in clear violation of the contract he signed. He theorized this seed might be Roundup-resistant so he tested it by spraying the crop. It was.

Then he did it again for seven more years. He even bragged about doing it to his Monsanto rep.

So far, he hasn't managed to convince justices of either political persuasion of the merits of doing what he promised not to eight years in a row.

Many years ago we got the case of Canadian canola farmer Percy Schweiser, who was sued after Monsanto seed blew into his field. Bowman is different: he signed a legal agreement not to do what he did, then did it anyway.

This is really a contract law case and the potential results are far reaching: is a contract a valid legal document? If the court sides with Bowman they will nullify every contract outstanding in America today.

The last time they handed down a ruling that stupid we wound up with Ted Cruz and Steve Stockman. They won't do it again.

(No link because I can't copy and paste from Android, but Huffington Post has a good article and so does the AP.)

Benghazi looks like the GOP wants to Saddam Obama

Last decade, the neocons decided they wanted Iraq. They had no reason to so they created a story from whole cloth that Saddam had chemical and biological weapons. They then used this lie to the fullest - "if you don't think he has WMD then tell us where his WMD are and "destroyed in the early nineties" is the wrong answer."

Now they want to impeach Obama over Benghazi, so they are holding up nominations until someone tells them something they can use.

How long would it take for one person to smoke 599 pot plants?

In today's St. Maries Gazette-Record (small town Idaho weekly) is a story about a drug bust.

Idaho law states that anyone busted with at least 100 marijuana plants be cited for trafficking, whereas 99 or less has the option of simple possession...I don't know why the threshold is that high because more than one lid of finished marijuana gets you charged for trafficking in at least 43 of the 44 counties - maybe not Idaho County because there's no one there to sell pot to...

This candidate for immortality told the cops his weed was for personal use. When they got in there they found he had 599 pot plants in his living room, that he had 30 kW of metal halide lighting (the power company reported a massive increase in electric use) and he'd removed the roof over his living room so the plants would get sunlight.

Oh...there is no medical marijuana here.

Can one man smoke 599 pot plants in one life?

The Conservative Idiot of the Week is on the front page of tomorrow's newspaper

If you want a link to this wait till tomorrow...

'A Hayden resident believes his rights were violated when he was disqualified from obtaining a concealed weapons permit because of a felony charge from over 40 years ago.

'"Why are you trying to stop me from buying a gun, just because I'm charged with a crime?" said Frank Burnette.'

You were charged with a felony crime (auto theft) and it was never expunged from your record? That would be the reason.

What to do with that cat you just bailed out of the shelter...

All the cats in this video are rescues.

The Rubio water gulp is this year's Mark Block moment

Mark Block, as you might recall if you remember all the not-Romneys last year, was Herman Cain's chief of staff.

This is him...

Cain's candidacy devolved from "fringe" to "sick joke" when Block made an ad that ended with him taking a huge drag on a cigarette.

Similarly, Rubio may have ended up the same way, but with a glass of water this time.
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