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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Vagina selfie for 3D printers lands Japanese artist in trouble | World news | theguardian.com

The artist, who works under the pseudonym Rokudenashiko – which roughly translates as “good-for-nothing girl” – was arrested after emailing the data to 30 people who had answered a crowd-funding request for her recent artistic venture: a kayak inspired on her own genitalia she calls “pussy boat”, according to Brian Ashcraft at the gaming website Kotaku.

via www.theguardian.com

That's one of the weirder things I've ever heard.

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Jet in 'near miss' with UFO - Telegraph

An airline pilot has reported a near miss in which a “rugby ball”-shaped UFO passed within a few feet of his passenger jet while flying near Heathrow Airport.

via www.telegraph.co.uk

Maybe it *was* a rugby ball.

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Video: Mysterious giant hole appears in Siberia - Telegraph

A huge unexplained crater has appeared in Siberia, Northern Russia.

via www.telegraph.co.uk

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Peter Singer considers the merits of Scotland and Catalonia's bids for independence. - Project Syndicate

BARCELONA – The European Union has brought 28 countries into a closer political and economic union. Paradoxically, it has also made it more feasible to contemplate the breakup of some of those countries.

via www.project-syndicate.org

I still remember his defense of having sexual intercourse with ducks.

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Robert J. Shiller believes that recent warnings that asset prices are rising dangerously fast may be correct. - Project Syndicate

NEW HAVEN – In recent months, concern has intensified among the world’s financial experts and news media that overheated asset markets – real estate, equities, and long-term bonds – could lead to a major correction and another economic crisis. The general public seems unbothered: Google Trends shows some pickup in the search term “stock market bubble,” but it is not at its peak 2007 levels, and “housing bubble” searches are relatively infrequent.

via www.project-syndicate.org

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

We’re in the third biggest stock bubble in U.S. history - Brett Arends's ROI - MarketWatch

U.S. stocks are now about 80% overvalued on certain key long-term measures, according to research by financial consultant Andrew Smithers, the chairman of Smithers & Co. and one of the few to warn about the bubble of the late 1990s at the time.

via www.marketwatch.com

Bummer.

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Appeals Court: Texas Can Use Race in Admissions - ABC News

In a 2-1 ruling, judges from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that barring the university from using race would ultimately lead to a less diverse student body in defiance of previous legal precedent that promoting diversity was an important part of education.

via abcnews.go.com

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The VA Scandal Just Keeps Spreading - NationalJournal.com

The scandal that erupted over allegations of data manipulation at the Veterans Affairs Department's medical facility in Phoenix has now spread to the VA's disability claims.

via www.nationaljournal.com

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Mr. 'I, Me, My': Obama Oughta Know He's Not the Hero - NationalJournal.com

The Democrat shook his head. "That's the problem with this White House. Barack Obama is the hero of their narrative, but he's not supposed to be," he said. "The hero of every political narrative should be the voters."

via www.nationaljournal.com

He's the hero of a boring story.

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Prof. Philip Hamburger (Columbia), guest-blogging, on his “Is Administrative Law Unlawful?” - The Washington Post

I’m delighted to report that Prof. Philip Hamburger of Columbia Law School — a leading scholar of constitutional law and constitutional history — will be guest-blogging this coming week on his new book, Is Administrative Law Unlawful?:

via www.washingtonpost.com

I've read the first chapter and it looks really, really good.

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The Strange Leak of the New Exposé ‘Clinton, Inc.’ - The Daily Beast

Perhaps surprisingly, it’s Bill Clinton who emerges as selfish and coldly calculating in the portrait drawn by Halper’s reporting, and Hillary who comes off as warm and caring, albeit charmingly transactional for political gain, particularly with her Republican colleagues in the Senate. All the Clintons are described as obsessed with enriching themselves, using their charitable foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative not only to perform good works but also to help support an imperial lifestyle and provide Hillary’s presidential ambitions with a vast political infrastructure.

via www.thedailybeast.com

Ah, Bill.

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Why Obama won't take strong action in border crisis | WashingtonExaminer.com

So chalking up the president's performance to incompetence doesn't tell the whole story. Everybody who really matters to the president, politically and perhaps emotionally, is pushing against strong action at the border. Why would he alienate them, and ignore his own inclinations, to do what Republicans want?

via washingtonexaminer.com

Bingo.

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We Are Our Bacteria - NYTimes.com

In his new book, “Missing Microbes,” Dr. Blaser links the declining variety within the microbiome to our increased susceptibility to serious, often chronic conditions,  from allergies and celiac disease to Type 1 diabetes and obesity. He and others primarily blame antibiotics for the connection.

via well.blogs.nytimes.com

I smell a new trend.

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Scientists Are Beginning To Figure Out Why Conservatives Are…Conservative | Mother Jones

The occasion of this revelation is a paper by John Hibbing of the University of Nebraska and his colleagues, arguing that political conservatives have a "negativity bias," meaning that they are physiologically more attuned to negative (threatening, disgusting) stimuli in their environments. In the process, Hibbing et al. marshall a large body of evidence, including their own experiments using eye trackers and other devices to measure the involuntary responses of political partisans to different types of images. One finding? That conservatives respond much more rapidly to threatening and aversive stimuli (for instance, images of "a very large spider on the face of a frightened person, a dazed individual with a bloody face, and an open wound with maggots in it," as one of their papers put it.)

via www.motherjones.com

This story is absolutely revolting.

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We Can See Political Bias From Space - World leaders illuminate their hometowns like a Lite-Brite, researchers claim

(Newser) – Deceased dictator Mobutu Sese Seko wanted his hometown to shine brighter than the diamonds he ransacked from the Congo’s coffers—and he apparently isn’t the only world leader to shed some light (and money and resources) on his birthplace. Researchers say that political favoritism can, as LiveScience puts it, "literally be seen from space." The home regions of leaders become brighter at night after they come into power—and then appear to fade back to black after the leader dies, retires, or is otherwise deposed.

via www.newser.com

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Obamacare’s Biggest Legal Threat | National Review Online

The legal positions of President Obama’s Justice Department have been slapped down unanimously a remarkable 13 times in the Supreme Court in the last two years. Over and over, even Obama’s own two appointees to the court — Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan — have held that the president has exceeded his authority and violated the separation of powers. This coming week, we could see the second-highest court in the land rule that the administration broke the law in enforcing a key provision of Obamacare, calling into question once again Obama’s fidelity to the Constitution — and further endangering his signature program.

via www.nationalreview.com

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Senate 2014: Fight for Control Still Up in the Air

The bottom line looks about the same in the fight for control of the Senate in November — but some of the pieces of the puzzle have moved around dramatically over the past few months.

via www3.blogs.rollcall.com

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Divided they stand? Billionaire in push to carve up California into six states | Fox News

"California needs a reboot," Draper, who has spent $4.9 million of his own money on the effort, said in a press release. "Six Californias is our opportunity to solve the many problems we face today. ... Six states that are more representative and accountable. Six states that embrace innovation and strive to improve the lives of residents."

via www.foxnews.com

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Monday, July 14, 2014

At Dinner Tables, a Restless Obama Finds an Intellectual Escape - NYTimes.com

Sometimes stretching into the small hours of the morning, the dinners reflect a restless president weary of the obligations of the White House and less concerned about the appearance of partying with the rich and celebrated. Freewheeling, with conversation touching on art, architecture and literature, the gatherings are a world away from the stilted meals Mr. Obama had last year with Senate Republican leaders at the Jefferson Hotel in Washington.

via www.nytimes.com

We should be able to fire him. It's a real constitutional liability.

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Buffett, Gates and Adelson Don't Get Immigration - Bloomberg View

A trio of billionaires -- Sheldon Adelson, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates -- say they want to "End the Immigration Impasse," to quote the headline of their recent New York Times op-ed article.

The article will do nothing to end that impasse, however, because the authors show no understanding of why it exists in the first place.

via www.bloombergview.com

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Running for life: How speed restricts evolutionary change of the vertebral column | (e) Science News

"The stiffness of the back of a mammal is key to whether evolutionary change is possible or not," said Frietson Galis, researcher at Naturalis Biodiversity Center and one of the authors of the study. "the locomotion of slow mammals with a stiff back is only marginally affected by irregular lumbosacral joints, but for fast running mammals such joints are fatal" continued Clara ten Broek another author of the study.

via esciencenews.com

I presumably am a slow mammal.

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Teen Pilot Finishes Record Worldwide Flight in San Diego | NBC 7 San Diego

"I guess it's good to be back," said Matt Guthmiller, a man of few words, as welcomers called for a speech.

via www.nbcsandiego.com

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TaxProf Blog: Are Law Professors (And Lawyers) Playing Baseball When We Should Be Playing Soccer?

Is life more like baseball, or is it more like soccer?

via taxprof.typepad.com

I hope it's like neither. Soccer is really athletic and baseball is boring. Or maybe I just don't like David Brooks. For a big man he is really a little kitty.

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After Lapses, C.D.C. Admits a Lax Culture at Labs - NYTimes.com

ATLANTA — Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, spent much of Wednesday completing a report that would let the public see, in embarrassing detail, how the sloppy handling of anthrax by scientists at its headquarters here had potentially exposed dozens of employees to the deadly bacteria.

via www.nytimes.com

It's this sort of thing that leads to vampires.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-strain-recap-vampires-episode-one-fx-20140713-story.html#page=1

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Swastika banner flies over Coney Island; beach-goers complain - Los Angeles Times

small plane carrying a banner of a swastika, flew above Coney Island beaches over the weekend as part of an annual effort by the International Raelian Movement to resurrect it as a symbol for good instead of its hated representation of Nazi racism and fascism.

via www.latimes.com

Nah, I think the swastika is ruined for good.

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K-9 hurt by man killed in officer-involved shooting - San Diego, California News Station - KFMB Channel 8 - cbs8.com

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A machete-wielding man who slashed a police dog and threatened to kill family members and police officers while holed up in a City Heights apartment was shot and killed by police, a lieutenant said Monday.

via www.cbs8.com

Another day in paradise.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Political fallout from underage illegals may spread far from the Rio Grande Valley | WashingtonExaminer.com

Well, maybe that metaphor is a bit labored, but my point is that these young and not-so-young people are being transported to various parts of the country, to be put under the care of relatives, we are told, though it's not so clear that the caregivers are always relatives. My former Washington Examiner colleague Joel Gehrke, now at National Review, highlights the at least fragmentary evidence that some are being turned over to human traffickers. Those are exactly the kind of people that a near-unanimous Congress tried to keep them away from by passing the William Wilberforce anti-trafficking law in 2008.

via washingtonexaminer.com

This is very irregular.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Second federal judge tells IRS to explain lost Lerner emails | Fox News

A second federal judge has now ordered the IRS to explain under oath how the agency lost emails from former division director Lois Lerner, the woman at the heart of the Tea Party targeting scandal. 

via www.foxnews.com

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The Insiders: More IRS smidgens show up. ‘Perfect.’ - The Washington Post

In a stunning revelation this week, it was disclosed that former IRS official Lois Lerner told colleagues, “we need to be cautious about what we say in emails” and then proceeded to ask the IRS IT department, in an e-mail, “if [instant messaging] conversations were also searchable.”  When she was told they were not, she e-mailed back, “Perfect.” This is a smoking gun e-mail in that it makes plain she had a cover-up in mind. There is no other plausible explanation.

via www.washingtonpost.com

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Chimpanzee brain power is strongly heritable - life - 10 July 2014 - New Scientist

If a chimpanzee appears unusually intelligent, it probably had bright parents. That's the message from the first study to check if chimp brain power is heritable.

via www.newscientist.com

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Summer School for Anchovies - NYTimes.com

This week, scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, Calif., noticed an enormous school of anchovies gathering near the coast. Pressed into a huge swarm, an estimated one billion of the tiny fish are taking cues from their neighbors, carefully coordinating their every move.

via www.nytimes.com

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Houston man gives Obama 'reluctant pass' for skipping long BBQ line | Fox News

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'Ha, Ha!' Even toddlers get schadenfreude - Health - TODAY.com

You know that happy feeling you have when Justin Bieber gets arrested again? Schadenfreude, or joy over another’s misfortune, isn't just for grown-ups. That complicated emotion starts much earlier than expected, when we're barely old enough to point and say, "Ha, Ha!" Children as young as 2 experience a type of schadenfreude, a new study finds. 

via www.today.com

You can't say the word though.

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Navy's Newest Assault Carrier Headed to San Diego | Times of San Diego

The first of a new class of warship, the future amphibious assault ship USS America, left Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, MS, Friday on route to its new homeport of San Diego.

via timesofsandiego.com

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What's the buzz? Unfortunately, it's flies - San Diego, California News Station - KFMB Channel 8 - cbs8.com

"It's really hard for us because we really want people to enjoy San Diego's weather and they can't sit outside. Or they're sitting there moving flies by," she said.

via www.cbs8.com

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Crumbs chain to reopen under Dippin' Dots owner - chicagotribune.com

Crumbs Bake Shop will be resurrected through a deal with Marcus Lemonis, a local investor and star of CNBC reality show "The Profit" and the owner of  Dippin' Dots ice cream, the companies confirmed late Friday.

via www.chicagotribune.com

Those Dippin' Dots things are absolutely vile. How someone could ruin ice cream, I don't know, but this guy figured out how to do it. Of course, people loved it and he got rich. Go figure. I hope he doesn't ruin cupcakes.

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New life for Crumbs cupcakes - Jul. 11, 2014

On Friday, an investment group offered to buy the Crumbs cupcake business as part of its bankruptcy filing.

via money.cnn.com

Cupcake update.

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‘Harry Potter’ actor found dead in ‘remote’ area    | Fox News

British actor Dave Legeno, who played a werewolf villain in the “Harry Potter” movies was found dead in a “remote” part of Death Valley, according to a statement released by the Inyo County Sheriff's Department in California.

via www.foxnews.com

Two facts about desert hiking. It's so hot in the summer, you almost certainly should not do it. OK, more than two facts. If you are going to do it, you have to take lots and lots and LOTS of water, so much it will make you consider whether you really want to do it. It is too hot to be comfortable. If you're going to do it, don't do it in the heat of the day. Do it in the heat of the night instead. Hiking in the desert at altitude is even less well advised, as your fluid levels get a double whammy. If you have an urge to do yourself in, almost any other way, with the exception of burning yourself to death, is probably preferable to heat exhausting yourself to death. By all accounts, it is a really horrible way to go. This British guy may have come to Death Valley to kill himself; I don't know. Lots of foreigners do, for some reason. Or he may have just underestimated the difficulties of walking about in July, for heaven's sake, in one of the most inhospitable places in the world. All that said, for brief excursions, the desert is a really, uh, cool place to explore, even in the heat of the day. But you have to be really careful. Thus endeth the lesson of the day.

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Why Are Songs on the Radio About the Same Length? | Science Blogs | WIRED

What about now? Since 1990, it seems that the average song length has sort of stabilized around 250 seconds (over 4 minutes). Maybe that’s because humans prefer 4 minute songs. Clearly there is no technological limit to song length anymore, right?

via www.wired.com

Good question.

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Science Graphic of the Week: Hummingbird Wing Aerodynamics | Science | WIRED

Hummingbirds interact with the air in a more complex way. Their wings are relatively thin and can’t take advantage of Bernoulli’s principle on their own. But, as their wings move backward and forward to hover, vortices of air form and sort of stick to the leading edge of the wing. The wing and vortices together essentially act like a thicker wing that creates low-pressure lift system like other birds’ wings (panel B in the graphic).

via www.wired.com

Oh.

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Absurd Creature of the Week: The Feisty Shrimp That Kills With Bullets Made of Bubbles | Science | WIRED

But the greatest real-life gunslingers have to be the pistol shrimp, aka the snapping shrimp, hundreds of species with an enormous claw they use to fire bullets of bubbles at foes, knocking them out cold or even killing them. The resulting sound is an incredible 210 decibels, far louder than an actual gunshot, which averages around 150.

via www.wired.com

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Man Sues Feds After They Target Him for Photographing Rainbow Art | Threat Level | WIRED

When 86-year-old photographer James Prigoff paused to photograph a natural gas storage tank in Boston 10 years ago, he was simply doing what countless of tourists have done before. The colorful tank, painted with a rainbow-like design, is a popular photo op. He had no reason to suspect his snapshot would prompt an ominous visit by a federal agent months later and the addition of his name to a government database of suspicious activity.

via www.wired.com

These SARs seem almost ubiquitous.

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Legal Maze Gives Old Hand New Role - WSJ

His move to start a firm while still working with the U.K.-based bank is unusual, underscoring the demand for compliance experts created by the U.S. government's increased scrutiny of the financial-services industry. Many corporate monitors, typically selected as part of white-collar settlements, come from big law or consulting firms. But as his career moves illustrate, Mr. Cherkasky, 64 years old, doesn't hew to the usual playbook.

via online.wsj.com

Huh.

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Few Children Are Deported - WSJ

Thousands of children from Central America are undertaking a perilous journey to the U.S. border despite warnings from the U.S. that they will be sent back. In fact, many will get to stay.

via online.wsj.com

So I guess the cartels and gangstas were right.

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Two children rescued from hot car in La Mesa - San Diego, California News Station - KFMB Channel 8 - cbs8.com

Firefighters responded around 12:30 p.m. to the parking lot of 5500 Grossmont Center Drive after getting a report that the children -- one 4 years old and the other 9 months old -- were locked inside the car, said Sonny Saghera of Heartland Fire & Rescue.

via www.cbs8.com

Can you be denied custody on grounds of stupidity? FWIW this is a pretty nice mall, except for the customers.

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Santee man, apartment management settle dispute over display of American flag - 10News.com KGTV ABC10 San Diego

SAN DIEGO - A Santee man who was initially told he could not display an American flag in his apartment window will now be allowed to do so, 10News learned.

via www.10news.com

Darn. I was hoping for some gunplay.

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This Beautiful World Cup Fan Got a Modeling Gig With L'Oreal After She Was Spotted in the Crowd | E! Online

Seventeen-year-old Axelle Despiegelaere was spotted in the crowd at the Belgium-Russia game on June 22, because camera guys love their game of "spot the hottie." The Internet definitely took notice of the beautiful teen all decked out in Belgium gear and cheering for her team. Turns out, it wasn't just the Internet who was into her.

via www.eonline.com

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LeBron James announces return to Cleveland Cavaliers - NBA - SI.com

Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I’m their son. Their passion can be overwhelming. But it drives me. I want to give them hope when I can. I want to inspire them when I can. My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.

via www.si.com

Golly. I'm honestly shocked. Presumably though there's a lot of money involved. I thought he looked pretty poor in the Championships however. Not sure which way that cuts.

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Kurds seize two oil fields, pull out of Iraqi government « Hot Air

If Nouri al-Maliki wanted to dissolve the Iraqi union purposefully, he could hardly be doing a better job. While Kurds fight ISIS in the north — and more effectively than Maliki’s politically purged army has — Maliki accused them of being in league with the extremists even as Kurds mull over whether to just go on their own. Now they want Maliki out, or they’ll be leaving for good:

via hotair.com

Just guessing on the news coverage, but Maliki seems like a walking turd.

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I'm with Glen Beck on this one

Glen's heart is in the right place.  MSNBC doesn't want to talk about Glen, notice.  Whether we like it or not, we need to help the kids who are already here and also close the damn border, at least for now. Obama's action, or inaction I should say on this, is beyond cynical.  Maybe the House's is too; I don't know. Everybody in Washington should have to spend a week confined to one of those 110 degree hell-holes with no access to takeout from The Palm.  The whole thing makes me sick.

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