I-594: Background Check “Loopholes”? Much Ado About Nothing

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Originally posted on The Right Argument:

This is the second post in a three-part series on I-594, a Washington State ballot initiative that would require background checks on all state gun sales and transfers. The first post delved into commentary regarding several implications of the proposed law, and can be found here. Later this week, part three will cover various philosophical aspects of gun ownership in general, and how I-594 would impact it.

In geometry, the shortest distance between two points may in fact be a straight line, but in political discourse, the shortest distance between everything wrong in America and Shangri-La are those dreaded “loopholes”.

And why not? For if there’s a culprit in every injustice, for some, “loopholes” fill that role quite well indeed. Warren Buffet purportedly pays less tax than his poor secretary? “Loopholes”, they cry. Burger King gobbling up Canadian coffee and doughnut store Tim Horton’s to skirt fiscally chilling U.S. corporate…

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WTF: Oregon’s First Lady admits she had a sham marriage with an immigrant for money

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Originally posted on Twitchy:

It looks like things just got really, really awkward for Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber of Oregon. His fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, admitted yesterday to entering into a sham marriage with an immigrant for cash:

Even worse, it was with a guy with two first-names. Who does that?

Note, Abraham-squared was 18 at the time of the “marriage,” Ms. Hayes 29. That didn’t raise any red flags with immigration officials? 

And it looks like Gov. Kitzhaber gets his news of major of events the same way as President Obama — from the newspaper:

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Polyphonic Singing — the human ability you didn’t know existed

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Originally posted on Rare:

Anna-Maria Hefele is an amazing German singer with a very unique talent. She has trained her voice to the point where she can sing two notes at once. It’s known as polyphonic overtone singing, and not many people can do it. In fact, before you succumbed to this amazing piece of click bait you’ve most likely never heard of it before.

Hefele’s life has always been centered around music. Her family are musical instrument makers, and studied music all throughout college. With intense practice she was able to achieve something that almost sounds inhuman.

As Hefele demonstrates, polyphonic overtones happen when you manipulate the resonant cavities of the mouth, larynx, and pharynx. I can’t begin to figure out how to manipulate those in weird ways, much less point them out on a diagram, so it’s impressive all around.

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‘This is horrifying': Frank Luntz shares YouGov favorability ratings [correction appended]

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Originally posted on Twitchy:

Correction: The title of this post has been changed to reflect that the polling data cited comes from a YouGov poll and not Frank Luntz’ organization. Text within the post stating that the data was from a Frank Luntz poll has also been corrected to cite the correct source of the information. The original title of this post was “‘This is horrifying': Pollster Frank Luntz releases latest favorability ratings.”

Twitchy apologizes to Mr. Luntz and our readers for the inaccuracy.

Frank Luntz shared polling data from YouGov showing favorability numbers for some likely 2016 candidates, and it’s not pretty.

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‘It’s inexcusable’! Fed-up citizen details her ‘Obamacare nightmare’

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Originally posted on Twitchy:

It may not be dominating the news these days, but rest assured: Obamacare still sucks as much as ever.

Here’s today’s reminder, courtesy of tweeter Brittany Cover:

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It started with Obama advising ISIS to ‘pin notes on [hostages] chests.’ It ended with this brutal mockery

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Originally posted on Twitchy:

No, really. That actually happened.

The shake fisty is strong with this one. That’s right: President Obama pretended he was an “adviser to ISIS” and his big plan was for terrorists to pin notes on the chests of hostages. NOTES. On chests.

The mockery was swift and spectacular. Hey, we have to laugh so as to avoid curling up in the fetal position while weeping.

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5 Reasons Why Bugging IN is Smart

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From The Survival Mom Blog

I have seen many articles and posts about bugging out should some major disaster happen. These writers go on and on about having Bug Out Bags (BOBs) and heading to their Bug Out Location (BOL) to hide away until it is safe. I can imagine several reasons why having a bug out plan is a good idea but honestly, it should be a last resort.

If your immediate home is not threatened, staying put and “bugging in” should be the first option for several reasons. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide whether or not to hunker down or Bug Out, but consider the following reasons for staying in, at least at first.

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If you think you are the only one baffled by Obama’s speech, you aren’t. Consensus: ‘WTF?’

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Originally posted on Twitchy:

Well, the best part of Obama’s speech on Wednesday night seemed to be the weird echo. The speech itself? A hot mess.

Yep. Baffled by the befuddled idiocy? You aren’t alone.

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Favorite Spots to Hang Out in Salem, Oregon

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Originally posted on Intentional Travelers:

This is our third post in the series “Rediscovering Salem.” Since returning from Peace Corps, we’ve been using Salem and Portland as our home bases between travels. The Rediscovering Salem series is my way of looking at my hometown from a tourist’s perspective and sharing the best places on the blog. My goal is to cover both the classic Salem spots that I remember as well as new or up-and-coming places that have brought more character to the area since I moved away.

Read more from the Rediscovering Salem series here: 
3 Fantastic Day Trips from Salem and 5 Favorite Places to Run (or Walk) in Salem

Broadway Coffeehouse

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As soon as we landed back in Oregon, I started hearing talk about the Broadway Coffeehouse. Being a digital nomad and someone who loves to work in bright, open spaces, I made a point to check it out right away. It quickly became a…

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