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Your daily withdrawal limit

How about zero? Does zero work for you guys?

Authorities say two burglars thought they were clever when they used a blowtorch to break into an ATM machine, but they never hit the jackpot.

Instead, the burning heat actually welded the ATM’s hinges shut.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s officials say video surveillance shows two male suspects entering the Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island on Friday. One was armed with a crowbar and appeared to serve as the lookout while the other took the blowtorch to the ATM.

Instead of cutting the ATM with the blowtorch, authorities say the would-be thief welded the metal parts shut and the pair left with nothing.

I left one word out of the story because I felt it wasn’t necessary. That word is “Florida.”

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Lots of sex where he’s going

And if he doesn’t like it, well, tough noogies:

In January 2018, Christopher Wayne Cleary of Denver posted a disturbing message to his Facebook page:

“All I wanted was a girlfriend, not 1000 not a bunch of hoes not money none of that. All I wanted was to be loved, yet no one cares about me I’m 27 years old and I’ve never had a girlfriend before and Im still a virgin, this is why I’m planning on shooting up a public place soon and being the next mass shooter cause I’m ready to die and all the girls the turned me down is going to make it right by killing as many girls as I see.”

Cleary already had an extensive history of cyberstalking. His Facebook threat was reminiscent of “incel” (involuntary celibate) killer Elliot Rodger. Last month, Cleary was sentenced to prison.

In fact, the little prick seemed to spend all his spare time issuing threats:

Among the complaints against Cleary in Colorado were reports that he threatened to bomb a grocery store in 2013 after an employee refused to cash his check; that he threatened to slit the throat of a Denver city employee after his car was towed; and that he threatened a mass shooting at a mental health facility during a 2016 phone call.

Apparently he never did figure out that being a douche does not mean you automatically gain proximity to a vagina.

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Cancel that parole request

Oh, there’s just one more thing before you leave:

An Alabama lawmaker has a plan to permanently and physically punish someone convicted of certain sex offenses against children. The bill, known as HB 379, would make those sex offenders have to undergo chemical castration before they leave prison.

HB 379 was introduced by State Representative Steve Hurst, R-Calhoun County. He said the bill will be for sex offenders over the age of 21 that committed sex offenses against children. “They have marked this child for life and the punishment should fit the crime,” said Hurst.

The bill, after passing the Senate 27-zip and the House 72-16, has gotten to Governor Ivey’s desk; the Office of the Governor has scheduled a “ceremonial signing” event tomorrow, including eight bills, but not this one. The legislative session in Alabama has ended, so she can’t send it back for revisions.

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Schlock around the block

Now here in Oklahoma, we don’t wait around for giant boulders to take out a roadway. We just turn on the Spigot in the Sky and watch as the ground gives way.

Sinkhole in Blackburn Oklahoma 5/29/19

This happened Wednesday in Blackburn, a town of 100 or so on the Arkansas River in Pawnee County. The driver was apparently in a hurry, and drove around not one but two barricades to get to the sinkhole. Said driver was bruised a bit but will live. The scary part: there was a dog crate in the truck bed, and yes, it contained a dog. (Dog got damp but is otherwise okay.)

This incident should at least get a (Dis)Honorable Mention from the Darwin Awards.

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Smuggly but still sort of warm

Good morning, Mister Leech, have you had a busy day?

A man has been fined $11,000 for trying to smuggle thousands of leeches in his carry-on luggage on a flight from Russia to Canada. Ippolit Bodounov was detained at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport last October.

Some 4,788 wild, live leeches were found in a large reusable grocery bag, Canadian environment officials said. The leeches, intended for medicinal usage, are regulated to control the wildlife trade.

Less than $3 per leech, if you’re keeping score.

The discovery was made after a dog working with border agents smelled the leeches. They were then sent off for tests to determine if they were lawful, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) said in a statement.

The leeches were identified as Hirudo verbana, one of only two species of medicinal leech that come under regulations aimed at controlling wildlife trade.

“These species are regulated because over-harvesting of medicinal leeches from the wild is a major threat to the species,” the statement said.

The IUCN lists medicinal leeches as near-threatened.

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Scum alert

Out of the Quora queue, and I really hope this is a troll:

My wife somehow knows about my affair and has threatened to tarnish my reputation especially when I plan to run for political office next year. How do I buy her silence and save my future?

You can’t afford it.

No political party is specified here, but I’m guessing this guy is a Republican, simply because Democrats in this day and age expect, not entirely without reason, that everyone will cover for them.

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Do you even Yelp?

I don’t. And neither do some individuals who say they do [warning: autostart video]:

A Sacramento woman in need of home repairs tried to contact a company through Yelp and ended up with imposters at her door.

Local police said this is an elaborate scheme they’ve never dealt with before. The woman looked up Elite Heating and Air Conditioning on Yelp and tried to contact them using the “call” option on the app.

Instead, the call was somehow intercepted by tricksters, who pretended to be the business and showed up at her front door.

Jason Richardson is the owner of Elite Heating and Air Conditioning. He said he’s baffled at how someone was able to pull off such a thing. “It stinks that there are people that are dishonest and there are crooks in this industry,” Richardson said.

Yelp offered an explanation of sorts:

“It looks like the number the business listed on their Yelp page is the same number listed on their website. If their business phone number was targeted and cloned as part of a potential scam, we would encourage them to contact their local authorities and update the number listed on their Yelp page.”

“We do so have to shoot them now,” remarked an itinerant rabbit who happened to be passing by.

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Sanctuary much

You will never persuade me that society can justify this individual’s continued presence:

Federal immigration officials lashed out at authorities in Multnomah County, Oregon, and local sanctuary laws Thursday after a man residing in the U.S. illegally was set free upon serving 60 days for raping a dog to death.

Fidel Lopez, 52, was convicted on April 8 of sexually assaulting his fiancée’s Lhasa Apso mix so forcefully that it had to be euthanized. He received a 60-day sentence but was released immediately because he had already served that amount of time awaiting trial on the February offense.

But ICE says the county should have notified the agency at least 48 hours before Lopez was let go so they could apprehend him on immigration violations.

I’m waiting for some Chamber of Commerce type to explain how it’s necessary to keep jerks like this around so that the nation’s dogs can be properly violated.

(Via Robert Stacy McCain.)

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Twice the annoyance

At 6:36 yesterday, a call came in over the cell phone, which the carrier branded as “Scam Likely.” The offending number, or so it seems, is 405-369-5261. These jerks are blacklisted already, and deservedly so; were it up to me, I’d bind the lot of them and send them down the chute into the cremation over.

Twelve minutes later, the same goddamn number dialed into my landline, identified as “Out Of Area.” What they need to be is out of air.

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North and exposure

The roiling turmoil at the National Rifle Association, claims the Z Man, can be blamed on one person:

Oliver North was recently pushed out of the National Rifle Association, after he tried to extort the long serving leader Wayne LaPierre. Oliver North is, of course, a notorious right-wing grifter, who has been hustling gullible white people for going on four decades. His public career started when he put on his old uniform to perform in front of Congress during the Iran-Contra hearings. That was in the 1980s. Since then, he has been waving around his service and the American flag as part of his act.

Peddling shabby patriotism to middle-class white people seems harmless, but inevitably it leads the patriotic into supporting people who have no intention of actually representing their interests. North was more than happy to subvert the venerable gun group so he could haul away some of its cash. The terrible decisions by the group of late in terms of cucking to the gun grabbers all seem to lead to North. His interest was to stuff his pockets with money, not advance the interests of gun owners and gun rights.

It is a good example of how the con works in politics. North has spent a lifetime flattering the sorts of people willing to give money to the NRA. He is very good at flattering these sorts of people, which is how he made a TV career telling other people’s war stories. He is very good at flattering middle-class white people. The National Rifle Association naturally assumed he would be a good face for them, as he appeals to the sorts of people they represent. They made the mistake of trusting someone who flattered them.

I remember reading about his ascent to one of the seats of power, and wondering what the hell they were thinking. In retrospect, it should have been obvious to the NRA front office that Oliver North was no Charlton Heston.

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Thug life, beginner level

This person is, I suspect, beyond hope: Can you use multiple emails to get a free month of Spotify premium each month or are there rules against this?

Now who would have thought there would be actual rules against fraudulently obtaining multiple free trials?

This is the sort of douchenozzle who will swear up and down on the affidavit that he bought this car from his brother-in-law for only $10 and the registration fee and taxes due should be assessed accordingly. He’s lying like a farging rug, of course, but he has no discernible grasp on morality and therefore he’ll look you in the eye and ask “What did I do?”

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A very old script

This whole “I have hacked you and will now tell all your friends about your polymorphous perversities” business is, of course, complete and utter bullshit, and I have long advised recipients of that particular email to delete it before they break into uncontrollable laughter.

Of course, as word gets around, the scheme gets handed down to progressively less ept scamsters. One of them — 108.62.3.46, if you care, though presumably this guy has multiple angles of attack — was actually stupid enough to send one as a blog comment, which I reproduce here, all typos and other inanities intact:

YOU HaVe BeEn HacKEd,
IMPORTANT: HeLlo,
The last time you visited a ?orn website,
you downloaded and installed my v?rus Encrypted in ads.
My program has turned on your cam and recorded the act
of your ?asturbat?on..
I also have all your email contact l?sts
and a list of your friends on Facebook as a result of the encryption.
I have the – Admin.mp4 – with you jerk?ng
off, as well as a file with all your contacts
on my computer.
You are very ?erverted!
If you want me to delete both files and scale through this,
you must send me a Bitcoin payment.
I give you 72 hours only to send the funds.
If you don’t know how to pay with Bitcoin,
visit Google and search – how to buy bitcoin/ you can buy from http://localbitcoins.com

Send 1500 USD (0.268216 BTC)
to this Bitcoin address:

[redacted]
(copy and paste)

1 BTC = 5,588 USD right now, so send exactly 0.268216BTC
to the address above.
Do not try to cheat me!
As soon as you open this Email I will know you opened it.
I am tracking all actions on your device..

This Bitcoin address is linked to you only,
so I will know when you send the correct amount.
When you pay in full, I will remove both files and deactivate
my program.
If you choose to not send the bitcoin…
I will send your ?asturbat?on v?deo to
ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND ASSOCIATES from your

It ends there, probably because the dumbass had no idea how much buffer space he had to spare.

Anyway, if you see anything that even slightly smells like this, feel free to wad it up into a virtual ball and shit-can it. And if anyone asks what I think the appropriate punishment might be for people like this, it is twofold:

  1.   Put him to death;
  2.   Inform God of his timely demise.

God, needless to say, does not require notification, which is how you know God does not use Facebook.

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Ill-disguised thieves

For some reason, Quora is crammed full of people who want to steal credit card numbers, and none of them are the least bit subtle about it: a typical question might be “I don’t have my card with me. How can I look it up online?” No merchant who expects to pass a security audit ever posts numbers anywhere where they can be found, and people with actual cards seldom leave them at home, so this is obviously some sort of phishing expedition. Members of the answering corps grow increasingly weary of these things, but the crooks aren’t about to let up. In fact:

What are some good sites or apps for generating fake debit/credit card numbers that match major card companies real number patterns so I can test my app?

A whole lot of people need to go to jail for this one: both the questioner, and anyone who’s ever written a generator.

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Future unemployed dumbass

No way this can possibly end well: Ok please help ASAP. Ok i just made a bet with my boss but no one told me he had an F150 Ford Lightning with a 351 Cleveland kit and a blower?

The Sympathy Office is closed:

I have 370z its quite fast i even beat my co workers car who also has a 370z and i beat em about 2-3 car lengths we bet for 400$$ and a day off and if i lose i pay him 400$ and gotta come in on both my off days. Please dont talk ****. Me and my boss rlly dont like eachother and if I win itll be a huge slap in his face. Maybe a link or 2 on how to race quickly?? I kno how to go fast but haha maybe faster??

What are the chances these two jerks are actually going to a proper track to have their childish little race?

Yeah, that’s what I thought.

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But I want it now

Patience is a virtue. This person doesn’t have it: For me to get a driver’s license do I bring the documents and the fee and then do I get the driver’s license immediately within seconds?

“Immediately within seconds”?

What’s the over/under on how fast this little brat ends up in a road-rage incident? I’m betting he doesn’t make it home from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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Aging toddler

Funny, he doesn’t sound like he’s three years old: Is deathly hallows book sold as part 1 and part 2 anywhere?

Until now:

I’ll keep asking until I get a satisfactory answer

There are exactly two possible answers: “Yes, it is,” or “No, it isn’t.” You might think that either of these would be satisfactory, were it correct.

But for now: is there any reason why this little shit shouldn’t be grounded until his 40th birthday? Other than the fact that his parents will be wanting to kill him, I mean.

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Bastion of stupidity

Actually on Quora yesterday: What are my options if a Walmart charged me $2.48 for the a chicken pot pie with the same bar code as another Wlamrt [sic] 15 minutes away that charge $1.84?

Take this, you stupid bastion:

Not having to drive those 15 minutes there and back saved you 64 cents worth of gas. But hey, if you want to spend thousands suing Walmart over a matter as insignificant as this because “muh principles,” be my guest. I’ll be waiting to read your story on Fark.com, tagged “ASININE.”

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At the other extreme

The other day we had a story about now-retired Miami Heat icon Dwyane Wade, a man to whom much was given, and who was more than happy to give back. We will always need such men. Women, too.

And then there are the sort of people we will never need at all:

A distraught influencer poured her heart out in a YouTube video after her Instagram account with 113,000 followers was deleted. While it’s difficult to fault anyone for being upset about losing such a viable income stream, it’s the way she expressed her devastation that is getting so many people ticked off.

Scrolling through your Instagram feed, you’ve probably felt a little self-conscious every once in a while. It’s filled with people who can do yoga better than you. People are always starting screenplays on $2,000 MacBooks in fancy coffee shops. Their workouts are better than yours and their skincare routine is 100 percent on point and they always manage to find the best lighting and have way fuller hair than you ever will.

For many influencers, their “jobs” are better than yours, too.

We’ve all seen those travel Instagram accounts where people are amassing hundreds, if not thousands of followers every week by simply chronicling their glamorous vacations. After they start hitting big numbers, that’s when the monetization happens. They get free clothes, free lodging at hotels, and free meals at restaurants simply by posting about their experiences. Then there are the sponsored posts they get paid directly for.

And when the gravy train is derailed, something like this happens:

Sympathy? By about eighteen to one, YouTube viewers say not only no, but hell, no. Instagram later claimed that the account was deleted “in error,” which is probably why the aggrieved young lady left that video in place.

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Spirited douchery

You might expect this sort of thing from a seven-year-old. But from a state senator?

One morning back in February, Paul Scott tippy-toed into the Senate before session and unscrewed a roller on Carri Hicks’s chair. He also hid her microphone. There’s no word on if he put tape under her mouse, or encased her stapler in Jell-O.

Later that morning, when Hicks arrived for work and attempted to take her seat, the chair gave way, causing Carri to fall to the floor. Startled, confused and hoping she didn’t just flash the world in her dress, she left the Senate chambers to compose herself like a Bachelor contestant who learned she didn’t receive a rose.

Usually, after playing a stupid prank like that, the culprit will come forward, help the victim laugh it off, and then everyone will go play on the big toy at recess. As least that’s how things worked when I was in elementary school.

Paul Scott, on the other hand, does things a little differently. As opposed to admitting that he committed the prank, or even (gasp!) apologizing, he went silent and didn’t fess up. Classy, huh?

The Senate, not unreasonably, launched an investigation, and yes, they had the whole incident on video; Scott, on the spot, issued an apology with about as much sincerity as y0u’d think.

District 43 is stuck with Scott through next year. Let’s hope the opposition takes note of this.

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I’m only trying to help

Yeah, we’ve heard that before: I joined a neighborhood help website that disallows anonymity, after one of my posts I was personally attacked, should I stop posting?

Furthermore:

I dislike websites that require your real name because there is no protection against personal attacks and posters can research where you live. I gave some helpful advice regarding a possible solution to a neighborhood issue and I was personally attacked, told to get a life, etc. I haven’t posted since. I should have known better than to sign up to a site that prohibits anonymity, they don’t work.

Hmmm. I’ve never, and I mean never, had this particular issue come up in three and a half decades of hanging out online. And since my advice is not necessarily any better than anyone else’s, the major difference here seems to be that I am not a thin-skinned chickenshit. What’ll you bet this guy’s “helpful” advice was given in bad faith?

Peripherally: Spellchecker coughed on “blockquote,” “else’s” and “what’ll.” Didn’t even flinch at “chickenshit.”

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Desperate for bragging rights

Off the Quora queue: How can I get a fake credit card? I don’t want to generate a fake credit card number but instead I want to have a physical card with a name and some non-working number printed on it so that other people will assume its mine.

And how are these “other people” going to see this fake card, unless you actually try to buy something with it? Or are you going to glue it to your forehead so they have no choice but to see it? (In that latter case, you should superglue it to your penis, thereby displaying twice with the same motion.)

If you have money to spend, one Quoran suggests:

I assume you want such card to pose and increase your street cred rather than to con people.

The simplest would be going to the famous (or infamous) Chinese website “Taobao” and buy a “props” AMEX Centurion card there. You can give them your name and it would be imprinted on the card. It looks quite real but of course it’s totally nonfunctional.

And it’s totally $125, which is a lot to spend for someone who evidently can’t get a real credit card.

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What part of “Do Not Call” do you not understand?

Four down, 9,996 (approximately) to go:

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced [Wednesday] that it shut down four separate robocall operations responsible for placing billions of illegal robocalls. The four organizations responsible for the calls agreed to settlements with the agency. Under those agreements, the companies will no longer be able to make robocalls or use automatic dialers to place calls, effectively barring them from the telemarketing business.

The four organizations involved in the FTC crackdown include:

NetDotSolutions, a massive robocalling operation that pitched unsuspecting consumers everything from auto warranties to home security systems and supposed debt-relief services. The company was accused of leaving unlawful prerecorded messages, calling numbers on the Do Not Call registry and using spoofed caller ID to trick consumers into picking up. The company faces a $1.35 million fine.

Higher Goals Marketing, a company that used robocalls to promise consumers it could lower their credit card interest rates. The operators of Higher Goals Marketing were previously part of another robocall operation, Life Management Services, that was shut down by court order. The organization received a $3.15 million fine as part of the recent settlement.

Veterans of America, perhaps the scummiest of the operations involved in the FTC’s sting. The company was part of an alleged charity scam run by Travis Deloy Peterson that convinced people to donate cars, boats, and other things of value. Peterson is accused of selling those items and keeping the profit. He now faces a fine of just under $550,000.

Pointbreak Media, a company that is accused of falsely claiming to represent Google in an attempt to get small businesses to purchase services that would improve their page rank and position in search results. The company had no real affiliation with Google. The company was hit with a $3.62 million fine.

You may have noticed that Higher Goals is a repeat offender under a different name. And I don’t see “crucifixion” anywhere in the list of penalties.

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Magical nonthinking

From the Quora queue: If I create an email address with a domain I do not own, can the owner of the domain do anything to my email?

There’s just one little hitch: you literally cannot create an email address with a domain you do not own. Oh, you could probably tell some credulous dulllard that it’s your email address, but saying so will absolutely not cause it to come into existence.

And that said, whatever stupid prank you might have been planning will not work either. If you’re really lucky, it won’t be actionable.

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Time to close the schools

If the best we can do is to turn out people at this level of dumbth, it’s pointless to spend a single dollar more on the effort. Live from Quora:

Why don’t car manufacturers make cars with lifted and/or bigger back wheels so the car is always going downhill? It would increase gas mileage by a ton?

As a matter of fact, I’ve actually driven something like this: Susannah, my ’66 Chevy, had 13-inch wheels up front and 14s in the back. The most obvious effect was hoping that if I got a flat tire, it would be in the rear, because the spare was a 14. Fuel economy was every bit as indifferent as you’d expect from middle-1960s Detroit iron.

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A spate of spite

From the Quora queue:

Can my accusations get this 22 year old woman fired? I’m a high school girl who dislikes her, so I called her workplace and lied to them. I told them that she made an offensive post about her manager online, and is rude to customers.

At some point, we’re going to have to start shooting these people.

Oh, this was the first answer:

Don’t know. But why not re ask the question saying you are a 22 year old woman threatened with being fired by a high school girl lying to your manager?

If that’s the case, he’s far more astute than I.

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This would never have happened to Hera

She’d have planted a sandal right in this guy’s face:

The attorney for a 29-year-old homeless California man has stated that his client thought he was the Greek god Zeus when he sneaked into a woman’s home and sucked on her toes as she slept.

The defense lawyer said, according to court documents, that Richard Parkhurst “developed a delusion that he was a Zeus-like god who was sent down from the stars to seduce women.”

“It was his destiny to seduce women and they would willingly have his children. Mr. Parkhurst believes that his progeny will create a super race that will save the planet,” the attorney added.

Entirely too many wackos claim to have planet-saving on the brain. And this chap’s brain has seen better days:

The attorney said that Parkhurst’s life was turned upside-down when a girlfriend died and he stopped taking medicine for schizophrenia, resulting in the delusions described. At one point, he was hospitalized. He said that his client thought voices coming from his television were “telling him to do things.”

The “things” apparently included flashing a woman who was walking her dog on Oct. 15, 2017. He claimed he was walking his dog, too. Later that day, Parkhurst broke into a woman’s home and sucked on her toes. She said she woke up when she noticed what was happening.

Dick Morris was not available for comment.

(Via Lindsay Beyerstein.)

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More dumb Klux

This guy wields a mighty lynch pen:

The editor and publisher of a local paper in Alabama is under fire for penning an editorial calling for mass lynchings by the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).

The opinion piece ran in his print-only newspaper, the Democrat-Reporter, last Thursday, Goodloe Sutton confirmed on Tuesday.

He said Democrats were going to raise taxes and that the KKK should hang them and raid Washington DC.

Alabama lawmakers have called for Sutton to resign.

Since Sutton owns the paper, resigning would be a bit more problematic than it would be for politicians who make similarly dumb statements.

And it’s not like he’s always been the villain:

The newspaper won national acclaim in the 1990s for its investigation of [Marengo] county sheriff Roger Davis for political corruption, despite his widespread popularity and death threats to editor Goodloe Sutton and his family. Davis and two deputies from the office were sentenced for misuse of public funds and other crimes, including intimidation tactics used against the Suttons.

Still, calling for the Klan to save the day is an amazingly tone-deaf and, yes, dumb idea, even if the Democrats are going to raise taxes, which they most certainly are.

Maybe this is just a reflection of growing up in Linden, Alabama, which before 1818 was known as Screamersville.

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Up where you belong

Politicians are horrible, says Roberta X, but there’s a reason for their existence:

I can think of no group of persons who would more deserve to be saddled with the dull, boring, messy and imperfect process of running government. I don’t much trust them to do it well, or to stay inside the limits they are supposed to observe — but better them than some finer group of men and women, who would be taken away from doing useful and productive work in other fields of endeavor.

Think of a Congressbeing of whom you disapprove — would you want that person driving an 18-wheeler on the same highways you take? Designing a skyscraper or passenger aircraft? Doing brain surgery?

Hey, Alexandria Whatzername-Hyphenate was a pretty decent barista, or so I’ve heard.

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Moist trollette

She’s got to be trolling, right? I mean, how else can you explain this level of dumb?

Then again, if she feels like a “lesser being,” it’s almost certainly deserved.

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Adjusted for inflation?

Bernie is Not Pleased:

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders sent a letter to Catalyst Pharmaceuticals on Monday asking it to justify its decision to charge $375,000 annually for a medication that for years has been available to patients for free.

The drug, Firdapse, is used to treat Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome (LEMS), a rare neuromuscular disorder, according to the letter, made available to Reuters by the senator’s office. The disorder affects about one in 100,000 people in the United States.

The government is intensifying its scrutiny of the pharmaceutical industry and rising prescription drug prices, a top voter concern and a priority of President Donald Trump’s administration.

That word “free” actually means something in this case:

In the 1990s, doctors in the US, on behalf of Muscular Dystrophy Association, approached a small family-owned manufacturer of active pharmaceutical ingredients in New Jersey, Jacobus Pharmaceuticals, about manufacturing amifampridine [the generic name] so they could test it in clinical trials. Jacobus did so, and when the treatment turned out to be effective, Jacobus and the doctors were faced with a choice — invest in clinical trials to get FDA approval or give the drug away for free under a compassionate use program. Jacobus elected to give the drug away, and did so for about twenty years.

But that compassion stuff buys no yachts:

Catalyst anticipated that it could earn $300 to $900 million per year in sales for treatment of people with LEMS and other indications, and analysts anticipated the drug would be priced at around $100,000 in the US.

Fooled you, analysts.

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