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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A lovers’ quarrel over a glass eye and an attempt to sic police on Senator Mike Duffy make 2013 list of silliest 911 calls | National Post

Second place went to a driver who ended up being carjacked by a goat.

via news.nationalpost.com

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MSNBC Panel Mocks Romney's Adopted Black Grandchild; Apologies Follow | NewsBusters

MSNBC weekend host Melissa Harris-Perry lined up a panel of alleged comedians to mock the Christmas picture Mitt Romney posted on Twitter. In a segment with the on-screen question "What's So Funny About 2013?" Harris-Perry announced: “This is the Romney family. And, of course, there on Governor Romney’s knee is his adopted grandson, who is an African-American, an adopted African-American child, Kieran Romney.”

via newsbusters.org

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China tycoon 'in talks to buy New York Times'

First he handed out cash to victims of China's 2008 earthquake. Then he sold "canned fresh air" to residents of smog-ridden Beijing.

Now Chen Guangbiao, listed as one of China's 400 richest people and a man known as much for his publicity stunts as his wealth, claims he is in talks to buy the New York Times.

via www.breitbart.com

If true, Tom Freidman must be in heaven. Probably not true though.

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California Dreamin'

Granted it's all poppycock, but you've got to kind of hand it to the "ecofeminists." I mean, it must be kind of nice, form the lifestyle point of view, to make a profession from your hobbies and psychological preoccupations. Then when it comes time to write something, you just blurt out whatever comes to mind, and if you have built in a little module that translates everything you say into fashionable babble, so much the better. Yes, I know it's a minor menace to the rest of us, but it's easily ignored.

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Why We’ll Never Stop Arguing About Benghazi - Blake Hounshell - POLITICO Magazine

On a sleepy holiday weekend, the New York Times revived a debate that most of us thought was over: Did the Obama administration mislead Americans about what happened in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012? Was it really a spontaneous response to an anti-Islam video, as officials first claimed, or was it a planned al Qaeda attack?

via www.politico.com

This was *not* a boat accident.

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TaxProf Blog: Faculty Pretend to Teach, Students Pretend to Learn

The parlous state of American higher education has been widely noted, but the view from the trenches is far more troubling than can be characterized by measured prose. With most students on winter break and colleges largely shut down, the lull presents an opportunity for damage assessment.

via taxprof.typepad.com

Well, it is completely unlike this for my son at Cal and only like this for the self-selected for my other son at USD. Still, one gets the sense that for a lot of kids it is like this.

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Monday, December 30, 2013

NPR: Colleges Use Photoshop to Paint Faux Diversity

The photo was a shot of students at a football game — but Shabazz had never been to a football game. "So I flipped back, and that's when I saw my head cut off and kind of pasted onto the front cover of the admissions booklet," he says.

via taxprof.typepad.com

O lord.

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Obama Loves GoT, Every Other Top Cable Drama -- Daily Intelligencer

When he isn't running the country, President Obama finds time to watch every show friends say he really has to watch. He's working his way through the DVD box set of Breaking Bad, and has said he's a fan of Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, House of Cards, Downton Abbey, The Wire, Mad Men, and Homeland. Obama is also into Modern Family and Parks and Recreation, but the New York Times notes that in general he seems to prefer "the kind of heavy, darkly rendered television that echoes the sadness and strife that make up so much of his workday." It sounds like he'd enjoy Scandal too, especially since Bill Clinton is a fan. They can call each other up on Thursday nights and awkwardly chug red wine every time Monica Lewinsky is referenced.

via nymag.com

I'm impressed that he finds time to keep up with all these shows.

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Lawsuit demands city eliminate stink on rocks at La Jolla Cove - latimes.com

SAN DIEGO -- A lawsuit has been filed demanding the city eradicate the "foul, noxious and sickening odors" left by birds and sea lions defecating on the rocks next to La Jolla Cove.

via www.latimes.com

Rich people hangout or sea lion toilet! You decide!

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UPDATE: Lawmaker issues apology about driving over ducks | New Hampshire Public Safety

The man also claimed that Campbell suggested to him the ducks should have gotten out of the way.

via www.unionleader.com

A Democrat AND a BMW driver.

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