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Your Thanksgiving Turkeys

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News reports of the annually banal pardoning of the White House turkey triggered memories of that video where Sarah Palin blathers on about whatever Sarah Palin was blathering on about, word-salad-wise, while behind her a workman looks on while he slaughters a turkey.

Several of our current GOP presidential candidates thought it might look more dignified if the turkey they were mock-pardoning was in black tie:

Gotta say the hands visibly holding the turkey’s legs from underneath a velvet cushion are bit of a distraction, if not quite as Palinesque as a workman holding a turkey’s legs while bleeding it out into a trough.

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What Meets The Eye

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Okay, it’s the engineer in me. There are more examples of cleverly disguised infrastructure here.

[h/t Roger Hartley]

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Saturday Afternoon Amusement

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The Tampa Bay Times, the home of has gone online with PunditFact. The new site fact-checks your favorite (and least favorite) pundits.

PunditFact is a project of the Tampa Bay Times and the Poynter Institute, dedicated to checking the accuracy of claims by pundits, columnists, bloggers, political analysts, the hosts and guests of talk shows, and other members of the media.

The site has been live for less than a month, so the quantity of the rulings is small. But it’s entertaining to see who has gotten the most “Pants On Fire” rulings to date.

Please return to consuming mass quantities.

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Russell Brand In His Fullness

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Damn. I mean, damn.



Throughout the interview, Brand repeatedly dodged Paxman’s efforts to trivialize his message — at one point Paxman literally called Brand a “very trivial man” — until finally, even the entrenched newsman appeared to relent against the rushing tide of Brand’s valid arguments.


Shutdown or Shut Up

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Susie Sampson’s yankee twin sister, Jackie, helps out during the government shutdown.


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What’s that saying about never going full on something or other?
(Video courtesy of dixiegirlz.)

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Just a couple of sample shots of the Scrutiny Hooligan page from the beginning til now. Get out there and enjoy the day!


“If any of you happens to see an injustice, you are no longer a spectator, you are a participant. And you have an obligation to do something.” - June Callwood


“The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life: Overcome fear, behold wonder.” - Richard Bach


“Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” - Franklin D. Roosevelt


“I do not insist," answered Don Quixote, "that this is a full adventure, but it is the beginning of one, for this is the way adventures begin.” - Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra


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    Random Thursday Variousness

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    Ladies and Gentlemen, we’ve arrived in the vast cornfields of Canada…*


    Another day, another death. Today’s featured death is Muhammad Ziad Awad Salaymah a 17 year old Palestinian teenager shot dead in West Bank. He pulled a toy pistol from his belt at a Israeli checkpoint, and was gunned down by IDF soldiers.  Protests ensued. The use of leathal force against non-violent protesters is left to the discretion of Soldiers in the field. The US give an average of $3 billion a year in military aid to Israel (that’s billion with a “B”).

    Israeli soldiers use rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas bombs and stun grenades against non-violent protesters in the the West Bank – in addition to spraying them with water mixed with chemicals. These tactics have led to the injuries of hundreds and even several deaths among protesters.

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    Random Wednesday Variousness

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    It’s 12.12.12. Do with that what you will. In the past 24 hours there have been approximately 153,400 deaths world-wide ( with approximately 356,201 births, do with that what you will), one of those deaths belonged to Ravi Shankar, again, do with that what you will. Also, several people were shot and killed at a mall in Portland, by a man wearing a white mask and brandishing a semi-automatic rifle. He killed himself. Also, North Korea shot something off, and had a parade. They are fond of parades.


    Here’s some random stuff to read/discuss/ignore (after the break):

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