I mentioned a while back that I gave blood? And they gave me a $10 Kroger gift card, up from the old $5 Target cards? Today, a new wrinkle:


It’s like an open adoption, isn’t it? They tell you where your blood went. As it turns out, the sides of the triangle formed by St. John Hospital, the gym where I donated and my house are no longer than half a mile. Now that’s some locally sourced blood. That’s blood a blood snob would be proud to infuse.

They must really need blood. Probably you should give some, if you’re able.

A mixed bag today. The heat wave continues. Kate’s leaving tomorrow on yet another trip, a straight vacation this time with friends, so there were some errands and I made a big pile of granola. (They’re going backpacking.) And I worked, simultaneously thinking I wish I were in an office with people and thank God I don’t have to get dressed so I can be around people. Of course the social-media story of the day was the lion killer, which I see you have already started tearing apart in the previous post’s comments. The local paper seems to be on top of things, and I don’t know what to add — it’s just a terrible story. The hunter sounds terrible. The situation sounds terrible. The whole idea of traveling to Africa to hunt heads – terrible. That this guy is a cosmetic dentist – terrible.

Which seems like a segue into yet another NYT piece on the outlaw seas, more of the Ian Urbina package on the astounding lawlessness on the high seas and yet another argument for the human race as not much of an improvement on primordial slime. The piece does have a hero, the environmental group that pursued an outlaw fishing vessel for more than three months, only to see it almost certainly deliberately scuttled to hide evidence of its crew’s crimes. But a good read just the same.

Finally, you may have read about the unveiling of the Satanist statue in Detroit. This is the real story. You’re being trolled, America.

In spite of the heat, I took a little bike ride. And I took a little picture:


It’s the original. Accept no substitutes.

Posted at 12:30 am in Current events, Same ol' same ol' |

56 responses to “Spilled.”

  1. Linda said on July 29, 2015 at 3:14 am

    The social media have indeed been all over the lion story, as my nephews would say, like a jimmy hat. Best tweet from Tbogg: “if the lion killing, sexually harassing, Romney donating dentist owns a Confederate flag, we may have another entrant in the 2016 GOP field.” Amazing how much of your stuff can be found out on the Internet, but in all fairness, the harassment was claimed, not proven as far as I know.

    Again, if you live by–and seek validation from–the social media, you die by it. We now know the dirty details of the hunt, including his efforts to get rid of the tracking collar and luring an animal out of a protected sanctuary. If you want folks to know about your exploits online–but only so much–you are in for a real shock.

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  2. Sherri said on July 29, 2015 at 3:51 am

    A local prominent Republican family knows and tries to defend the hunting dentist: http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/kirkland-hunter-defends-acquaintance-who-allegedly-killed-treasured-lion/

    Reagan, the son, is a piece of work, with a couple of tries at rehab in his past, and during his failed campaign at attorney general, proudly declared that he was probably the only candidate who owned an AR-15, said declaration coming about a week after James Holmes used an AR-15 to shoot up a movie theatre.

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  3. David C. said on July 29, 2015 at 6:24 am

    I give blood and occasionally platelets. Giving platelets is a 2 hour process, so I wish I could do it more. They ask every couple of weeks, but it’s hard to give up that much time any more than once a month or so. All we get for donating is cookies and fruit juice. We work cheap here.

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  4. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 29, 2015 at 6:43 am

    O- is a great way to feel popular! But these days, they need us all.

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  5. alex said on July 29, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Baphomet Bafflement! Introducing iconoclasm’s oldest — and newest — icon! Sorry Flying Spaghetti Monster but perhaps if you’re still around in 800 years you’ll get cast in bronze instead of plastic.

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  6. beb said on July 29, 2015 at 8:12 am

    When it comes to religion I prefer to stick with the old gods, like Cthuhlu. The Satanist are a self-conscious shtick. I admire them for their political theater. I kind of wish they didn’t call themselves Satanists but admire them for playing the Religious Freedom angle on anyone trying to promote a state religion.

    I guess it’s the “Original” Primitive Baptist to distinguish it from all the spliters who left to form their own Primitive Baptist churches. And what any of them primitive? Dirt floors? lack of water and plumbing?

    My first thought was that the dentist came to Africa without reading up on the laws in the nation he was visiting, like that guy and his wife who brought their purse dog to Australia without realizing it was illegal to do so. But comments are saying that he actively went after this lion so piss on him.

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  7. Jeff Borden said on July 29, 2015 at 8:29 am

    The dentist may envy Cecil his eternal rest in the very near future. Good. I have no problem with hunting, in general, but not these magnificent and endangered creatures. And what a waste of money. Couldn’t the dentist have just leased a Lamborghini if he needed a hard on? Aside from Ted Nugent and $arah Palin, who would want this fuckweasel for a dentist?

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  8. brian stouder said on July 29, 2015 at 8:34 am

    If you go to the Lincoln Boyhood Home near Dale, Indiana (just north of the Ohio River, and east of Evansville), and visit the gravesite of his older sister Sarah, you will be standing near the Little Pigeon Primitive Baptist Church…although I don’t think they call it an ‘original’ Primitive Baptist Church.

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  9. coozledad said on July 29, 2015 at 8:34 am

    The party of “life” is always seeking affirmation through death, whether it’s shooting a pet, starting a war in the Middle East or cheerleading for cops who murder civilians. Death is the tie that binds them- from the Confederate flag waving gobshite to the smarmy realtor who hatefucks his wife.

    I wish they could all do time with hard labor down in the Everglades, but jails have never been built for that flavor of skank.

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  10. Jolene said on July 29, 2015 at 8:39 am

    I find the idea of paying to kill wildlife repulsive, but U.S. wildlife managers auction such licenses to, apparently, raise money to support their activities. Among other kills, he “harvested” a Desert Bighorn Sheep in California. Only three such licenses are sold, and each cost $200,000. He paid for the privilege of killing a lion in Zimbabwe too, but it appears that (a) he didn’t entirely follow the rules and (b) most important, he took the wrong lion.

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  11. brian stouder said on July 29, 2015 at 9:03 am

    When Chloe, our 11 year old, and I go to our marvelous Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo*, the very first area she wants to go see is where Bill and Ina (the lions) are. Often as not, one or both of them will come over to the glass, and check us out, too (kitties are always curious, I suppose).

    Anyway, the next display over is of the hyenas, which I can take or leave – although Chloe always likes to visit them, too. Recently we stopped in there, and a zoo-keeper was on hand, and was sharing information about the hyenas, and I learned something I did not know.

    In a hyena pack, the females rule – which I think I knew. But, interestingly, female hyenas have (what amounts to) faux-penises (that was the news, to me!); they serve no practical purpose (other than decorative, presumeably).

    So – intending no offense to hyenas – this dentist is a hyena

    *They call it a children’s zoo – but I love that place. And – having explored the marvelous San Diego Zoo and the superb Columbus Zoo and the classic Toledo Zoo and the sub-par Indy Zoo and the St Louis Zoo, and others – Fort Wayne’s zoo is second to none

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  12. Icarus said on July 29, 2015 at 9:09 am

    “They must really need blood. Probably you should give some, if you’re able. ”

    I hear there’s a vast source of blood they won’t/cannot tap: homosexual donors

    Question for the group: I understand Doxxing to be defined as publishing another person’s private contact information such as phone numbers, addresses, family members, and so on.

    Is providing someone’s place of business also Doxxing? What if they are just an employee versus say the owner?

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  13. Cinna the Poet said on July 29, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Allowing rich people to buy very expensive licenses may actually help reduce the amount of killing in the long run. Locals may come to see the animals as a precious source of income to be protected and preserved — because when the lions are gone, so is the cash from American dentists.

    The idea is to reduce indiscriminate illegal poaching by allowing a few lions to be killed in a controlled manner that helps support the local economy.

    I’m not a fan of this sort of trophy hunting; in fact, I think it’s awful. Just raising the point that there may be nuances that the Twitter-outrage-verse is not considering, because it doesn’t fit into a 144-character format.

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  14. Julie Robinson said on July 29, 2015 at 9:44 am

    If you have 0- and haven’t had CMV, they collect your blood in four tiny bags. Then you get a call imploring you to come in and donate your special blood, the kind they give to babies. It’s hard to say no to that.

    Yesterday I drove my mom back to her Illinois home and sweated blood as we tried to work without benefit of air conditioning. As fun as that was, today we go to Iowa to visit the ur right wingers. No wifi access there, so I’ll try to read comments on my phone, but probably won’t say much. Just know I’ll be seething.

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  15. brian stouder said on July 29, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Julie – here’s wishing you strength, and only the barest minimum seethe

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  16. coozledad said on July 29, 2015 at 10:06 am

    You know, sometimes Titonville just needs to burn:

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  17. john not mccain said on July 29, 2015 at 10:14 am

    “Dirt floors? lack of water and plumbing?”

    That would explain it. Among other things, “Primitive Baptists” are the ones who practice footwashing to prove how humble they are in a showy way. When I was five or six, my mother was late getting us to church (as usual) so we stopped at a Primitive Baptist church instead of trying to get to our regular Baptist church. The guy near the door told us we “didn’t belong there.” We must not have had the right smell.

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  18. brian stouder said on July 29, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Cooz – that’s definitely an unsettling article

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  19. Bitter Scribe said on July 29, 2015 at 10:35 am

    The one time I tried to give blood, it had to be aborted because I grew faint and started to pass out. I don’t know whether it was due to some medical condition or I’m just a wimp. Whatever, no more blood donations for me.

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  20. MichaelG said on July 29, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Stopped for not having a front license plate?

    And have you listened to that poor girl on the 911 tape from Albuquerque having the jerk hang up on her?

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  21. Basset said on July 29, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Many gallons for me, started donating freshman year at IU… damn… 42 years ago. I get a text when it’s time and usually just drop by on the way home.

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  22. alex said on July 29, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    A follow-up to Cooz’ earlier post on Cincinnati:


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  23. coozledad said on July 29, 2015 at 1:43 pm


    The video is an American horror story. Police collusion suggested in officer Tensing’s alibi. Rot in jail, motherfuckers.

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  24. susan said on July 29, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    His attorney said he expected an indictment, given the current political climate.

    Not given that the fucker murdered Dubose point blank. What a dirtbag.

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  25. Sherri said on July 29, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    In death penalty news, Washington currently has a moratorium on executions declared by the governor. That didn’t stop the current King County prosecutor from pursuing capital murder charges in three cases more or less at the same time, quite a strain on resources (and really, really expensive, since the taxpayers are paying both sides in these cases – $15 million just for the defense on the three cases so far) Two of the cases are related: boyfriend and girlfriend kill six members of girlfriends family, including a couple of small children. The other is a cop killer. Guilt was not in doubt in any of the three cases. The cop killer is only sorry he didn’t kill more cops. He set off a bomb that failed to kill any before shooting a cop.

    The boyfriend’s case came up first. Guilty, but the jury refused to sentence him to death, opting for life without parole. Much gnashing of teeth among the death penalty set, talk about jury nullification, lying jurors, improperly death qualified jury (you can only be “death qualified” for a jury if you’re willing to sentence a person to death in a capital case, otherwise you’re supposed to be excused, which seems prejudicial to me, but whatever.)

    The cop killer came up next. Guilty, life without parole.

    The prosecutor today finally saw the handwriting on the wall, and has dropped the pursuit of the death penalty in the prosecution of the girlfriend.

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  26. Deggjr said on July 29, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    The lion hunt story intrigues me. The news reports say the guide and the landowner face $20,000 fines and up to 10 years in jail. What did they receive in return and from whom for taking such a risk? The dentist is trying to keep arms length from the guide and landowner. I wonder if his position will survive Dennis Hastert/Eliot Spitzer style scrutiny.

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  27. Deborah said on July 29, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    I’m A-, so I used to give often, but haven’t for years after I had a bad experience while getting blood withdrawn.

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  28. Jolene said on July 29, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Deggjr, the dentist is reported to have paid $50,000 for authorization to hunt a lion. Not sure how much of that goes to the guide and how much to the government of Zimbabwe.

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  29. Brandon said on July 29, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    the smarmy realtor who hatefucks his wife.

    You have a thing with realtors. I can see if they’re all like these guys:


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  30. Deggjr said on July 29, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Jolene, sure, Palmer paid a legitimate fee to hunt. It has also been reported that he paid bribes. If Palmer only paid legitimate fees, why do you think the guide and landowner took such risk?

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  31. Jeff Borden said on July 29, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    I just read something from the game warden, who noted that the next male lion in succession, Jericho, will probably kill off all of Cecil’s cubs. So, the dentist not only destroyed Cecil, but had a hand in the destruction of his offspring.

    I think it may be time to find my old lapel button –worn with pride at Crazy Mama’s and the Westwood Country Club back in the day– which reads, “Eat the Rich.” When you throw this wanker into a group that includes Donald Trump’s boys and the founder of the Jimmy John chain, all of whom killed exotic animals in Africa, you have a pretty nice indictment of plutocrats as soulless fuckweasels who know the price of everything but the value of nothing.

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  32. Jolene said on July 29, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    “Jolene, sure, Palmer paid a legitimate fee to hunt. It has also been reported that he paid bribes. If Palmer only paid legitimate fees, why do you think the guide and landowner took such risk?”

    I haven’t read anything about bribes, but you may be right. Probably, like most crooks, the landowner and guide, simply thought they wouldn’t get caught. They had an impatient paying customer on their hands, and they did what they had to to satisfy him. Doesn’t seem all that complicated.

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  33. MichaelG said on July 29, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    It doesn’t seem complicated because it’s probably commonplace. Ivory, rhino horn, big cats, whatever other animals cause a gleam in these people’s eyes and in poacher’s eyes. It’s been going on forever.

    It’s a hundred something – three or four – and the sun feels absolutely searing. The humidity is 13%. That’s very low. You can feel the moisture being sucked out of your body. Whew!

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  34. Deborah said on July 29, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Again, I say, where is the sport in hunting down animals that have been lured to you by people you’ve paid thousands of dollars to, then the area lit up so you can shoot them easily (the animal unfortunately, not the unethical guides). How is that pitting your wits against the primal animal? How is that fun? Because you get to put the animal head on your wall and claim that you shot it like a mighty hunter? Wow, is that pathetic or what? The fact that it’s an endangered (or whatever the correct term is) majestic lion to begin with is sad, sad, sad. What a douche bag.

    The rightwing is up in arms that people seem more concerned about the lion being shot then Planned Parenthood “selling” fetal tissue and organs from abortions. To that I say, wouldn’t you rather see those fetal remains go towards saving human lives in research or direct stem cell usages, whatever those may be? Would they rather see those remains go into the garbage where they can help no one? And PP doesn’t profit from it, they break even on processing and transportation. And they get permission from the woman getting the abortion to use the remains. Not that I’m going to change anyone’s mind, but whatever.

    Little Bird made Pad Thai for the first time for dinner this evening. It was OK, I have no point of reference because I’ve never had Pad Thai before. I would definitely have it again sometime.

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  35. brian stouder said on July 29, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    And PP doesn’t profit from it, they break even on processing and transportation.

    Deborah, isn’t it amazingly odd – to hear the flying monkeys of the rightwing airwaves (et al) work up all this “moral outrage” about profits(!!) –

    and THEN you see the dollar amounts??!! $30.00?? $40.00??

    I mean – for heaven’s sake!! we’re literally talking small change/petty cash…none of that would come anywhere close to even covering costs, let alone making an actual profit – even leaving aside that these same rightwing reptiles shedding crocodile tears about PROFIT is just amazing amazing amazing to me

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  36. alex said on July 29, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Right-wingers never let logic and facts get in the way of a good moral outrage meme.

    I work with lawyers who are otherwise impeccable when it comes to logic and facts, but when it comes to politics and religion all bets are off.

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  37. Dexter said on July 29, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    I heard Zimbabwe and USA have an “ironclad” extradition pact and that the scumbag dentist will have to be extradited. I will believe it when I see it.
    I was outraged when I first read the reports and I have not cooled down one bit.
    There are just some things only monsters do, people that do what the dentist did are simply goddam oxygen thieves. You think Steve Bartman’s life was ruined by overzealous Chicago Cubs fans when he messed up a foul ball that Alou would have caught? Wait until the aftermath of the dentist’s fuck-up catches up to him. He has had many death threats already and if there is a bi-lateral agreement and he is tried for a crime and sentenced to prison in the USA, he’ll meet the fate of one Jeffrey Dahmer…remember what happened to him? Yeah baby. If I was the dentist, I’d be scared to death. Fuck that sumbitch.

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  38. Linda said on July 29, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Right wingers are ticked off about outrages that are stepping on their territory. For about the last 30 years, they held the keys to the outrage machine, and turned it on with a vengeance. But now people are more outraged about the lion than the faked Planned Parenthood video, and angry about police violence on a par with terrorism. Losing the ability to write the public narrative sucks, and must be scary.

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  39. coozledad said on July 29, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Boy, does the right wing suck. Do you think this Wingnut Daily scum will ever see a jail? The prisons ought to be bursting with this garbage:,

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  40. dull_old_man said on July 29, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    David C. at #3, for giving platelets once a month you are a hero. After I retired I found time to give six times a year and feel mighty self-satisfied. I hate it but do it because a platelet donation keeps somebody alive. I’m AB, rare but in a pinch we can take A or B or O, I have heard, so blood centers don’t recruit AB whole blood donors. Give platelets once though with any blood type and they will call forever.

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  41. David C. said on July 30, 2015 at 6:13 am

    Thanks dull_old_man, but not really. I don’t have as much money to give to the organizations I like, so I give blood and platelets. I’m just doing what I can do.

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  42. coozledad said on July 30, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Pareene hits another one out of the park:

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  43. beb said on July 30, 2015 at 8:51 am

    So that’s where Alex Pareene went to. I do enjoy his writing. The article is much too long because it is, really, two articles. One on how ISIS’s videotaped violence is a godsend to cable news the other is how cable news encouraged much pf the violence in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Grey. The connecting thread is cable news’ displaying violent footage to bring views to the set while piously complaining about the violence in the world.

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  44. Tim said on July 30, 2015 at 9:24 am

    In case you hadn’t seen it before (and I hadn’t), here is the story about George McGovern’s secret child — “the Fort Wayne story.”

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  45. brian stouder said on July 30, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Well, I’ve never heard of “the Fort Wayne story” ’till I clicked Tim’s link.

    But I bet my mom knew that one, and probably where the kiddo went to school, too!

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  46. alex said on July 30, 2015 at 10:36 am

    I heard about the “Fort Wayne story” when I was a youngster, but somehow I remembered it being about Nixon having a love child, not McGovern.

    There was another story that used to circulate about Fort Wayne having been used as a Defense Department guinea pig in the ’50s or ’60s in which the city was showered with radioactive particles dropped from military aircraft at a high altitude.

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  47. brian stouder said on July 30, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Alex, I never heard that one, but when the Dr Strangelove bit with General Jack D Ripper (and his sacred bodily fluids, etc) lost me at the bakery and then I learned about all the fluoride-in-the-water scares, etcetera (good ol’ John Birch Society politics-of-scare), things came together

    Swiss bank gave thousands to Clinton Foundation after IRS settlement

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  48. Deborah said on July 30, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Interesting reading this morning, the one about cable news and the one about McGovern.

    OT, only in New Mexico http://talkingpointsmemo.com/theslice/roswell-new-mexico-alien-identity-crisi

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  49. brian stouder said on July 30, 2015 at 11:13 am

    oops! Meant to move onto today’s Fox News anti-HRC ranting headline (“Divine Intervention” shown above)

    here’s the link, and the lead –


    Donations to the Clinton Foundation by Swiss bank UBS increased tenfold after Hillary Clinton intervened to settle a dispute with the IRS early in her tenure as secretary of state, according to a published report. According to the Wall Street Journal, total donations by UBS to the foundation grew from less than $60,000 at the end of 2008 to approximately $600,000 by the end of 2014.

    The Journal reports that the bank also lent $32 million through entrepreneurship and inner-city loan programs it launched in association with the foundation, while paying former President Bill Clinton $1.5 million to participate in a series of corporate question-and-answer sessions with UBS Chief Executive Bob McCann

    For such a screaming headline, this is sort of a wet noodle of a story – but hey! We know there’ll be more tomorrow!

    In fairness to Fox, Ms Maddow went after the New York Times last night for their very shoddy reporting about HRC and a “criminal investigation” that…uhhh…errrrr… wasn’t actually “criminal”

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  50. brian stouder said on July 30, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    A great (and angry) piece about the New York Times’ mugging Secretary Clinton, because…balance?


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  51. beb said on July 30, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Sigh. someone’s link broke NN.c again…

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  52. brian stouder said on July 30, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Uh oh…was I the weakest link? (again!)

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  53. coozledad said on July 30, 2015 at 4:36 pm


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  54. Brandon said on July 30, 2015 at 7:01 pm


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  55. Kirk said on July 30, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Ever heard that the Roswell saucer had Russian writing in it? That the “alien bodies” were children or little people who had been altered by Josef Mengele? Who knows what’s true, but Annie Jacobsen’s 2011 book “Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base,” addresses these possibilities. Roswell and UFOs occupy less than 5 percent of the book, which mostly looks at secret AEC, CIA and other agency programs such as development of the U-2 and drones, and atomic-bomb testing. Some of it’s written in overly dramatic style, but a lot of it is well-sourced. Hugely interesting read.

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  56. Sherri said on July 30, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Jacobsen does like dramatics: http://www.snopes.com/politics/crime/skyterror.asp

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