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Monday links

  • The economy slides closer to that black hole.
  • Confirmation of that unlikely truth: pot users are thinner than contemporaries with similar lifestyles.
  • And confirmation of an unsurprising truth: pot prohibitionists have as much respect for the law and for truth as anti-gunners.
  • Second Amendment sanctuary cities. Imagine it; government actually serving the people and our rights for a change.
  • “For the first time in a generation, Democrats are betting they’re on the winning side of the gun issue.” And they’re sending out Giffords and Kelly as their “majority” representatives to the swing states.
  • There’s not a reason in the world — not one — that “enlightened” people should tolerate or respect values like these.
  • OTOH this is both cool and respect-worthy.
  • Grain of salt time. But FYI: CIA insider spills lifesaving trade secrets.
  • Why is the MSM gabbling over libertarian Trump supporter Palmer Luckey? Or if what he did and thinks is so gabble-worthy, then why isn’t that selfsame MSM gabbling over all the celebrity Clinton supporters, too? Isn’t their political involvement just as deplorable?
  • Oopsie. Big TV celeb just unknowningly argued against gun-free zones.
  • The Intercept: A walking tour of Manhattan’s giant surveillance network.
  • When will millennials start liking Hillary? Hint: the answer involves snowballs in very hot places.
  • Flash story: “Under My Skin.” (H/T MJR)
  • Smart pup.


  1. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty September 26, 2016 3:52 am

    RE: “Under My Skin”. I think I’ll have that image in mind for a while… each time I see someone with the wire going from their “phone” into their ear. If something doesn’t change soon, I suspect the “implant” is coming very close to reality. The question remains… how many would accept that implant. I sure wouldn’t.

  2. Pat
    Pat September 26, 2016 4:48 am

    It seems to me I’m finding or reading more anti-left articles from the Wash. Post these days; is that true? This blog links to them, and so does Real Clear Politics.

    I knew I loved Spokane for a reason. As beautiful as Western Washington is, Eastern Washington has more smarts. (No reflection on present company, of course. :-)) I lived in Opportunity (name of town) for a time and explored the entire NE corner of the state, and it is lovely in a leave-me-alone sort of way. I think a 2A Sanctuary Region would be a better name.

  3. pyrrhus
    pyrrhus September 26, 2016 8:41 am

    Dogs are smarter than people realize. Our Westie chewed through an irrigation hose in our backyard to get a drink….

  4. Comrade X
    Comrade X September 26, 2016 9:13 am

    Methinks a lot to do with skinny pot users is age. My experience and I understand there are studies to back this up that as you age you use pot less (but as we know there are exceptions to every rule) and for many this is not to use it at all anymore after a time.

    And as you age (again this is on the average) you tend to put on weight.

    I know there are still some old hippies smoking a joint but most pot users tend to be younger IMHO. BTW in my younger days I was what you called a red neck hippie and proud of it!

  5. Claire
    Claire September 26, 2016 9:52 am

    I believe, Comrade X, the study was adjusted for age as well as various lifestyle issues to get populations as similar as possible. (There have apparently been past studies that were less conclusive because they failed to make such adjustments.)

    But as to being a “redneck hippie” — now that I can identify with!

  6. Comrade X
    Comrade X September 26, 2016 10:06 am

    Well I reckon smoking pot can make you skinny, but getting those munchies might counter act it a little bit.

  7. Desertrat
    Desertrat September 26, 2016 1:44 pm

    For CNBC to acknowledge the bad-news reality of the economy is right at being a proverbial Second Coming! Even so, they understate US debt.

    If the government used Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) as all corporations are required by law to do, the unfunded obligations of debt would be way above $100 trillion.

    I’m in accord with John Williams of Applying his CPI numbers to the GDP, we’ve yet to recover from the 2007/2009 recession–particularly when you consider the 3% add-on to GDP in 2014 from inclusion of R&D expenditures.

  8. John
    John September 27, 2016 2:13 am

    On “pot users are thinner”
    2.7%-3.1% diff in BMI? Almost to small to measure…
    From a social “science” study? Smallish samples, often skewed? -( my read).
    Seems like an advocacy site grabbing at weak thread.
    And a distraction from fundamental idea of self ownership, into arguing “scored” and “approved” behaviors. Seems to me like just noise. – Not much help.

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