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Samuel Clemens sends a letter to his brother about his "new fangled writing machine"

Evidently, he was the first author to ever submit a typewritten manuscript:


A Brief History Of Corporate Whining


FBI Director James Comey Should STFU.

Comey's "common sense"

by digby

This is interesting:

These 4 Cops Lied About Getting Shot to Manufacture Outrage Against ‘Black Lives Matter’
Dylan Sevett | November 7, 2015
If there’s a war on police, it’s being waged by officers themselves.

Four cops from four different departments lied about shootings they were responsible for, and their lies were used by media outlets and pro-police groups to implicate Black Lives Matter protesters each time. It turns out that in all four cases, the officers involved either shot themselves, shot their own car, or were shot by a fellow officer.

The link goes into the four cases.

An I think that James Comey should STFU. This is just irresponsible nonsense:

FBI director James Comey conceded on Monday that he had little evidence to support his theory that a recent increase in crime was caused by heightened scrutiny of the police, as the White House appeared to distance itself from his remarks.

Addressing police chiefs at a conference in Chicago, Comey said he could not be certain that the so-called “Ferguson effect”, following unrest in the Missouri city after the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old last year, had led to a retreat by officers, but said this was “common sense”.

“The question is, are these kinds of things changing police behavior around the country?” said Comey. “The honest answer is I don’t know for sure whether that’s the case … but I do have a strong sense.”

Basically he's saying that police are refusing to do their duties if they are subject to scrutiny. If they have to follow the law they just can't do their jobs. They're out there doing their duty and the head of the FBI is saying they are slacking because they're scared of being caught on tape. I think most decent cops would be offended by that.


Sanders: Clinton On Her Worst Day Is An 'Infinitely Better Candidate' Than Any GOPer

On “ABC This Week,” Bernie was asked if he thought his agreements with Clinton outweighed his disagreements.

"Well, that’s -- well, the answer is yes and no," Sanders responded. "Yes, we do agree on a number of issues, and by the way, on her worst day, Hillary Clinton will be an infinitely better candidate and President than the Republican candidate on his best day."

"But having said that, we have very significant differences and the key difference is I see a nation in which we have a grotesque level of income and wealth inequality,"

I just thought this is a reasonable summary by the candidate himself of the limits of the differences between he and Hillary.


"I'm just as surprised as you are"

Donald Trump bombed last night, according to WAPO

Donald Trump bombed last night, according to WAPO:

Donald Trump’s highly touted and almost certainly inappropriate hosting gig on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” turned out to be an anemic and halfhearted dud.

Once upon a time, not so long ago, there might be a lesson to learn from Saturday’s boring and misspent episode — but that world no longer exists, certainly not where politics and TV intersect. Everything’s turned upside down. Bring back the old America, I say, the one where our preeminent vehicle for topical satire would have ably skewered a hateful, nonsensical, vainglorious presidential candidate, rather than invite him into the club and give him more of the empty-calorie media attention he seeks.


Ben Carson, the humblebragging instrument of God

I binge-read five of the GOP candidate's books and found two deep faiths -- in his medical skills, and in God's frequent intervention in his life:

Ben Carson became convinced of two things during his teenage years. First, that he was uniquely talented, “one of the most spectacular and smartest people in the world.” Second, that God would answer his prayers, however specific they might be. Carson absorbed his mother’s mantra: “If you ask the Lord for something and believe He will do it, then it’ll happen.”

Little has occurred in Carson’s life and career since then to counter those impressions, and much has happened to confirm them. That may help explain why, during his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, the retired neurosurgeon has appeared at times indifferent to or uninformed about matters relevant to the office he seeks, such as the federal debt ceilingor natural disasters, and has expressed little regret over his controversial comments on the Holocaust, mass shootings, slavery and Islam. … Why stress over policy details or gaffes when you’re the brightest person in the room, and when the Big Guy will show up if you ever need a hand?


Once you have God on speed dial, well, it’s hard not to press that button. At one point, Carson requests God’s help to find his stolen passport; it is retrieved. On the eve of a safari in South Africa, Carson asks God to “bless us with the opportunity to observe a wide variety of wildlife.” No surprise: His party witnesses such an astonishing range of animals that the guide can remember nothing like it. (“I never dreamed just how literally my prayers would be answered,” he writes.) And in a particularly unnerving intercession, Carson asks God for help in dismissing his incompetent, alcoholic secretary without hurting her feelings. (“I’m softhearted,” the doctor assures, “and it is especially hard for me to fire somebody.”) Two weeks later, the secretary doesn’t show up for work. “We never did find out what happened to her,” Carson writes. “She simply disappeared.”

If Carson wins the nomination, even the presidency, I suspect that in some future book he will deem the victory divinely ordained. If he doesn’t prevail, I’m sure the doctor’s postmortem will find someone to blame.

....and that ONE RICH GUY lived happily ever after.....

blast from the past:

Artificial intelligence: ‘Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us’
A new report suggests that the marriage of AI and robotics could replace so many jobs that the era of mass employment could come to an end

Would You Call THIS Treason?


St. Cruz: "Any president that doesn't start the day on his knees isn't fit to be commander in chief"

Cruz, Huckabee, Jindal preach conservative principles


When Cruz took the stage, he didn't hesitate in diving into how religion and government should be connected.

"Any president that doesn't start the day on his knees isn't fit to be commander in chief," Cruz passionately said.

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