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Texas Tribune: "Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been indicted by a Collin County grand jury... Kent Schaffer, one of two special prosecutors who took the Paxton case to the grand jury, told The New York Times that the indictments include three felony counts -- two alleging first-degree securities fraud and another alleging a third-degree charge that he failed to register as a securities agent." Is this legitimate or more "law-fare"? [Y-not]

Rowdy Roddy Piper
1954-2015

Now he can chew bubblegum AND kick ass. Annnnnd the coconut. [@ComradeArthur]

Thanks for the picture, @ComradeArthur. BTW, how could it ever work? [rdbrewer]
Republican Governor of MD Outraged that FEMA Has Denied Disaster Relief Funds for Baltimore's Riots
One drawback of Republican Governors: They are still governors, and hence, still highly incentivized to suck in as much out-state money for their states. They depart from ideology here, almost always, due to the impossible-to-pass-up popular sentiment bonus for claiming that Other People should send us Their Money... it's just never really an unpopular thing to say. You can almost always find a majority to say Other People should send us Their Money.
New York Times Simply Embargoes Fourth Planned Parenthood Video, Focusing Instead on "Typical Conservative Tactics"
As I keep saying: the most powerful spin is dead silence, and only the complete merger of the Democrat Party and the Corporate Media permits such an effective response-by-pretending-it-didn't-happen strategy (though it's merely 90% effective -- but that's still pretty darn effective)
Rachel Stoltzfoos, TheDC: Qualcomm Lays Off 4,500 Workers While Demanding More H-1bs
"Another tech giant that says it must import foreign workers because there arenít enough skilled American workers in the industry is laying off thousands of workers." [rdbrewer]

Intelligence Fears Hundreds Of U.S. Secrets Leaked In Hillaryís Private Emails
"A U.S. official directly familiar with the the case, who spoke to the Washington Times only on the condition of anonymity, said the notification of possibly hundreds of additional emails with classified secrets came from the State Department Freedom of Information Act office to the Office of Inspector General for the Director of National Intelligence." [rdbrewer]

USA Today: Man tries to get cat arrested for eating his bacon
A Florida man??? Anyway, I don't see the problem here. [rdbrewer]


Eugene Volokh: Court temporarily bars publishing allegedly illegally recorded conversation about transactions in aborted fetus body parts
Eugene Volokh: Court upholds Florida law restricting doctor-patient speech about guns
Ilya Somin: The Supreme Court and property rights [rdbrewer]



Blue moon tonight
Tacky pictures today. More from Space.com. [rdbrewer]

LiveSci: Weed: Good for the Bones?
Another reason weed beats alcohol. [rdbrewer]

BI: New drug offers '100% protection against Ebola' [rdbrewer]

Legal Insurrection: Florida man arrested for playing Star Spangled Banner on 4th of July rejects plea deal [rdbrewer]

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My wisdom for today: When out of office, Joe Biden should do whiskey commercials. He'd be perfect. Now, I know you have today's news in mind, so not like this (NSFW). Like this. Big smile. Dark room. Fireplace light shining through the iced booze. YES, wizards think about things like that.
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