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Category Archives: 5 Random Thursday

Man Uses Raccoon To Start Breathalyzer Equipped Car, Raccoon Then Attacks Driver

Does it get any better than a headline like that? Click here for the incident report. So this convicted drunk driver has to blow into a tube before his car … Continue reading

October 1, 2015 · 2 Comments

Defense against the Dark Arts: Propaganda vs. journalism and rhetoric

As the race for the White House gears up, you are being bombarded with stories, 30-second ads, attack tweets and Instagram videos. Back in the 1970s, the average person got … Continue reading

September 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

The simple story of a dog–and why it makes you cry

So there’s something stuck in your eye, right? Let’s talk about why this works, as a story, and how it could be even better. Because I’m not adding value by … Continue reading

August 8, 2015 · 6 Comments

The most epic and hilarious Crime Stoppers in history

Why is this so funny and perfect? Let’s take it apart and see why it sings. 1) The sheriff deputy is from central casting. If there’s a factory where Hollywood … Continue reading

August 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Just dogs freaking out about magic tricks

Loved this. Our own Hound of the Baskervilles gets faked out every time I pretend to throw the ball and palm it. Where’s the ball? The ball? I CAN’T FIND THE … Continue reading

June 18, 2015 · 2 Comments

Bourbon and birthdays and such

So I try not to write about personal things, because a good blog is not a bad version of Dear Diary. HOWEVER: It’s my birthday and I’ll blog if I … Continue reading

June 17, 2015 · 4 Comments

JADE HELM: Texas rebels train kamikaze armadillos for coming federal invasion

HOUSTON—In an empty parking lot behind a suburban Cabela’s, they’re preparing for war. There’s a retired Marine who did two tours in Afghanistan in the far corner, teaching five local … Continue reading

May 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

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