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  1. Open Thread - Caption This Picture!
    Open Thread - Caption This Picture!

    Got a caption for this image? Mine comes from my daughters' hit music earworm:

    Ooh woo, I'm a rebel just for kicks, now
    Let me kick it like it's 1986, now
    Might be over now, but I feel it still

    There are other funny animal photos, finalists at The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.

    h/t Tastefully Offensive.

    Open thread below....

  2. Trump Invites More Monsters Into The Swamp
    Trump Invites More Monsters Into The Swamp

    We do not have the fox guarding the henhouse. We have damn Col. Sanders guarding the henhouse.

    A former coal executive, who had been cited for dangerous practices “numerous times”, is Trump’s pick for heading up mine safety.

    The White House announced Saturday that Trump would be nominating David Zatezalo to run the Mine Safety and Health Administration. Zatezalo was previously the CEO of Rhino Resources, a Kentucky-based coal company.

    Zatezalo got at least one man killed during is tenure at Rhino where safety violations were more the norm than an oddity.

    Hell, even Joe Manchin opposes him.

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  3. C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Throwing Muses

    Some days are calm and collected. Some are a dizzying whirlwind. Today was the latter.

    What are you listening to tonight?

  4. Trump’s Call To Green Beret’s Widow Is Horrific: He ‘Knew What He Signed Up For’
    Trump’s Call To Green Beret’s Widow Is Horrific: He ‘Knew What He Signed Up For’

    Donald Trump, President* Crazy Pants, finally got around to calling the families of the 4 dead Green Beret soldiers murdered in an ambush in Niger over a week ago. And the calls went about as well as expected. No, scratch that, they went even worse than expected.

    Local 10 from Miami reports that while on a call with the pregnant widow of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson's, he said:

    "{David] knew what he signed up for ...but when it happens it hurts anyway."

    My god. I don't even know where to begin. He started off by BLAMING the dead soldier because he should have known better and then forced out some fake empathy. I the hell is this man allowed to represent our country, our military, our people?

    Florida Rep. Wilson, witnessed the conversation and said: "Yes, he said it. It's so insensitive. He should have not have said that. He shouldn't have said it."

    Duh, of course he should not have said it.

    Johnson's widow is about 7 months pregnant with their third child. Their other children are a 2 year old son and a 6 year old daughter. Trump's insanely awful conversation happened as Johnson's widow was en route to Miami International Airport to receive her husbands remains.

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  5. Study: Colorado Opioid Deaths Are Dropping After Pot Legalization
    Study: Colorado Opioid Deaths Are Dropping After Pot Legalization

    From the Washington Post, a very interesting report:

    Marijuana legalization in Colorado led to a “reversal” of opiate overdose deaths in that state, according to new research published in the American Journal of Public Health.

    “After Colorado’s legalization of recreational cannabis sale and use, opioid-related deaths decreased more than 6% in the following 2 years,” write authors Melvin D. Livingston, Tracey E. Barnett, Chris Delcher and Alexander C. Wagenaar.

    The authors stress that their results are preliminary, given that their study encompasses only two years of data after the state's first recreational marijuana shops opened in 2014.

    While numerous studies have shown an association between medical marijuana legalization and opioid overdose deaths, this report is one of the first to look at the impact of recreational marijuana laws on opioid deaths.

    Marijuana is often highly effective at treating the same types of chronic pain that patients are often prescribed opiates for. Given the choice between marijuana and opiates, many patients appear to be opting for the former.

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