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Monday Morning Open Thread

He's a little battered, but still beautiful. I took this as he perched on the flowers on our Lugustrum. This was taken with a zoom, but I was still rather close to him. Enjoy on this gorgeous Monday morning.

What's on your mind?

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Sunday open thread: Buying stuff online

As an Internet hermit, I rarely leave the house. So when it comes to shopping, I do almost everything online. This week, I extended into a new arena: buying furniture. My story is below the fold.

How about you? What's the most unlikely thing you've bought online? How often do you purchase online? Any tips or tricks we should know about?

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Independence Day Open Thread

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Open thread: It's about freakin' time

From BlueNC's national desk, a blog post by Lt. Col. Robert Bateman.

I am coming home. I need to be there and be part of the solution. Moms Demand Action is getting some traction, but they can use the lean-in of a few U.S. Army Airborne Infantry Rangers. I am only sorry that I did not stand up to this threat to our nation before. I am sorry. I was busy.

I have been overseas in Afghanistan and in NATO nations for half a decade while the insanity of the National Rifle Association expanded and exploded, and the NRA became, essentially, the tool of death in the United States. They made mass killings normal.

Well done, NRA. But this shit is too much.

Here's hoping an army of other active duty officers and enlisted rise up to take this on.

James Protzman
2nd ANGLICO
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
1974-1977

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Open thread: A reassuring thought

No matter how much the Tillisberger does to destroy progress in North Carolina, in the final analysis, those actions will be not even a raindrop in the ocean of cosmic time.

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On this most important day for our democracy, please remember that the geniuses who represent us in Raleigh had the foresight to make climate change illegal in North Carolina. We're off the hook!

The effects of human-induced climate change are being felt in every corner of the United States, scientists reported Tuesday, with water growing scarcer in dry regions, torrential rains increasing in wet regions, heat waves becoming more common and more severe, wildfires growing worse, and forests dying under assault from heat-loving insects.

None of that is happening here, you know. The Tillisberger declared there will be no accelerating sea-level rise in North Carolina.

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Just in case you believe bias against women and minorities is imaginary, it's not.

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Your tax dollars hard at work in a charter school that recruits out-of-state basketball players to build a sports franchise. Sickening.

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