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It turns out, he never even applied. And West Point doesn’t actually have “full scholarships.” I’m personally not sure if any part of his story is right.

His campaign admitted the lie today and tried to walk it back.

Politico ran this story down and broke it today:

Ben Carson’s campaign on Friday admitted, in a response to an inquiry from POLITICO, that a central point in his inspirational personal story was fabricated: his application and acceptance into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

… West Point, however, has no record of Carson applying, much less being extended admission.


Chanting “God Save The Queen,” a mob of angry children surrounded Westboro Baptist Protestors who had shown up to harass a school’s community who had elected a transgender homecoming queen. The protesters were forced to get back in their care and get the hell out of Dodge. Or, in this case, Oak Park Missouri.

From this Revolution News:

High School students, Church groups, anarchists, antifacists, liberals, LGBTQIA+ activists, and more came together to send the Westboro Church and their message of hate back to Topeka Kansas – and to honor Landon Patterson. The Westboro Baptist Church didn’t even make it to the school.

At a street corner, activists swooped in on them, and a group of anarchists immediately held a banner in front of the WBC to block them. Other protesters swarmed in from behind, and everyone chased the four or five members of the WBC back to their van. The police, of course, protected the WBC the whole way.


Two quick items for you to have a look at.

First: Why the Democratic Debate Should Focus on Climate Change

The pressure is on: Activists are pushing hard to make climate change a major topic in the Democratic presidential debates. The first of six planned debates will be hosted by CNN on October 13.

Tom Steyer, the billionaire founder of NextGen Climate, sent a memo on Tuesday to CNN debate moderator Anderson Cooper arguing that he should devote significant time to the candidates’ climate plans. “To be a leader of the Democratic Party—and the country—you have to lead on climate change,” wrote Steyer. “During the first Democratic presidential primary debate, I urge you to push the candidates to articulate, defend, and refine their plans.” Steyer has previously called for the Democratic National Committee to add an entire debate devoted solely to climate change, a proposal that drew praise from founder Bill McKibben.

And gun regulation.

Second: Debates on cable, not free TV — a new poll tax?

A large share of the presidential primary season debates will not be aired on free over-the-air broadcast networks. Of the 15 primary season debates, all but five will air on cable TV.

That pattern has led Susan Crawford, a Harvard University law professor, to question whether there is something terribly wrong here. Crawford published a piece last week in Medium about the cable subscription fees necessary for interested voters to watch the debates in real time.

She said it amounts to nothing short of a poll tax.

That’s a big, bad claim in a country in which poll taxes were deployed uniformly to keep black and Latino voters away from the polls in the Deep South and Southwest in the decades before the 1965 Voting Rights Act.


Rachel Maddow on the shifting dynamics on gun reform and gun control among Democrats. In particular, she puts Bernie Sanders’ campaign and prior politics in context, and discusses O’Malley’s gun safety provisions.

Rachel also discusses Hillary Clinton’s position on guns. Overall, it looks like the Democrats are starting to get serious about gun reform. Among other things, Clinton suggests specific gun reform policies that Rachel asks if President Obama could just go ahead and do now.

That’s a good idea, because a second term president may be more able to implement some of these gun reform ideas more effectively than whoever is elected next November.

Perhaps President Obama will make such suggestions in Oregon later this week when he visits the site of the mass killing.

The Saturday Night Live skit embedded in the Maddow piece is brilliant.

Note the slip of the tongue on Martin O’Malley being “arrested” instead of “elected.” Or, at least, I think it was a slip of the tongue.

Gun violence

Why you have to do something about guns

This message is primarily for those living in the United States. In the US, we have an outdated Constitutional amendment that has been interpreted by many, including the courts, in a way that hampers effective legislation to address what is clearly a major problem with the proliferation and use of firearms in inappropriate ways. We are frequently reminded of this by the regular occurrence of mass killings such as the recent event in Oregon. But really, that is a small part of the problem, numerically. I lay out some of the numbers below, and address some of the arguments that regulation of guns should be absent or minimal. We have another problem as well, one that is paralleled in many other areas of policy. Special interest groups such as the National Rifle Association, through pressure and campaign financing, control much of the Congress.

Other countries have addressed their gun violence problem effectively. We can too. But in order for that to happen, this has to happen:

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ST. PAUL, MN - SEPTEMBER 2: A woman is taken into custody by police near the Xcel Energy Center, the site of the 2008 Republican National Convention (RNC) September 2, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The GOP will nominate U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) as the Republican choice for U.S. President on the last day of the convention. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

Saint Paul Mayor Coleman has laid down the gauntlet for Black Lives Matter over the Twin Cities Marathon. The Saint Paul police will be deployed to ensure that there is no disruption of the event. This is different from two recent actions by Black Lives Matter, an action at the State Fair and an action to stop a transit line going to the stadium where the Vikings played their hope opener. In those cases, the police observed and the demonstrators demonstrated and, in the case of the Vikings game, buses were used to route game-goers around the stopped part of the transit line.

According to a report by MPR

Coleman, who plans to meet Thursday morning with Black Lives Matter leader Rashad Turner, said “all options” are on the table to maintain order Sunday.

Hours after the mayor’s statement, Smith and St. Paul City Attorney Samuel Clark reinforced Coleman’s vow to keep the event from being disturbed.

“We will not tolerate any actions that compromise the marathon,” Smith told reporters.

Smith said the department is committed to protecting protesters’ First Amendment rights as long as their behavior doesn’t threaten public safety.

Marathon runners and spectators should enjoy the day without worrying about their safety, he added.

“Make sure your actions do not interfere with the safety of others, not the runners, not the spectators, not the men and women who will be working the event,” Smith warned would-be protesters. “Otherwise there will be consequences, including arrest.”

Coleman and the Saint Paul police are famous for taking no prisoners, and by that I mean taking several prisoners, in stopping actions and disruptions at the time of the Republican National Convention in Saint Paul several years ago. More recently, the Saint Paul police have been involved in a number of incidents that appear to be over-reactions by police to unarmed black citizens, in which those citizens were harmed, and one killed, which is one of the reasons Black Lives Matter is planning the action at the marathon.


Huxley has not yet been required to use a pencil box. He had to buy one, but they’ve not used it yet. I guess they get to that later in Kindergarten.

So, I have time to get a new one, just ordered. Better get yours now, they are likely to sell out.

I’m wondering if this would hold the Raspberry Pi.

Anyway, note that there is also a version available for pirates.

Click here to get it at Amazon.

Do not build an actual bomb. This is for hoax bombs only.