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The “Friday Night lame excuse for Lack of Original Thought and exercise in random Capitalization” linkfest

I had an altercation with a cat and a box in my kitchen last night.  In attempting to avoid the cat I failed to avoid the box, got my feet tangled up with no place to put them not occupied by the cat or the box and ended up on the floor.

It was not graceful.

This morning I woke up with stuff hurting from my knees to my neck   The phrase “the spirit was willing, but the flesh is weak” comes to mind.  I’ve spent most of the day on the heating pad.  One could argue that an entire day spent in bed would be an extraordinary opportunity to reflect on matters of import and an excellent chance to organize my thoughts in regard to the essay I threatened you with some time back.  One could make such an argument if one did not know me.  Those that do know me will not be surprised to learn that I watched “The Fifth Element” (with Bruce “anyone else want to negotiate?” Willis).  Twice.

So, here’s the stuff that has been accumulating in tabs at the top of my browser.

First, I had never really thought about it, but Sen. Harry Reid looks an awful lot like Granny Clampitt.

Continuing with something marginally resembling a theme, Radley Balko at the Agitator is onto a company that generates buzz for itself by creating free commercials for local businesses.  Check out this commercial for a mobile home retailer guy who sells trailers.

When you’re done with that, try the former Cuban Gynecologist turned Auto Salesman pointed to in the comments of the trailer entry at the Agitator.

On to Politics.

Jonah Goldberg on last week’s election results.

The American Energy Alliance on the Top Ten reasons to support Cap and Trade (via Q and O).  My favorite:

3) California and Massachusetts have adopted similar policies and they’re now enjoying some of the highest energy prices and unemployment rates in the nation. We need to level the playing field so every state can reap the benefits of expensive energy and abundant joblessness.

On a very serious note, Nick Rowe on the Bitter Irony of Ft. Hood.

(after listing the stuff that others have and will continue to talk about regarding the murders)

I’m not talking about any of those things because none of them are remarkable. They are all common and to be expected. We see and hear about these things every day.

Here’s what I’m going to talk about that is remarkable:

In a room full of soldiers, the only one who was armed was the murderer.

We are a nation at war. We are a nation where the right to keep and bear arms is specifically mentioned in our Constitution. Our soldiers take an oath to support and defend the Constitution.

There are many cities and states in our country run by pitiful, paranoid cowards who do not believe that law-abiding citizens should even own firearms, much less bear them. They see firearms as the cause of crime, not a tool used by evil people. To them, the instrument is evil.

An alarming fact is that the strictest gun-control measures in the nation are imposed and enforced by the military on military bases.

No doubt these murders will be spun 19 ways from Sunday.  But, like so many other tragic events like this, it didn’t have to be this way.

Lastly, on a note of no importance whatsoever, nothing annoys me more than ramping up for the Christmas season before Thanksgiving.  I once vowed to never set foot in any store that started the Christmas sales hype early.  Faced with the prospect of starvation, I had to back off when all the grocery stores started putting out their Christmas stuff right after Halloween.  We don’t do a Christmas tree.  Originally it had to do with losing all of our tree ornaments to cat-related incidents.  (It doesn’t take too many time of the cats toppling the tree to eliminate your entire stock of decorations.)  I also don’t do outside decorations.  If I did, however, it would probably look something like this:

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