Wednesday Morning Open Thread

Izkoff’s full NYTimes report [spoilers!] of the taping of the first Colbert show here, and his pre-taping interview with the man here.

Jeb Bush remains a bumbling idiot (although Colbert was extremely kind to him) and Les Moonves remains a narcissistic jackwad (not a spoiler).

Also “cut for time”, via Deadline Hollywood:

Now that the suspense is over, what’s on the agenda for the day?

83 replies
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    Amir Khalid says:

    I clicked to play the Jeb! Bonus! Clip! video, and got a message: “This video is not available.” I clicked on each of the links and when I tried to play the video, I got: “The uploader has not made this video available in your country.”


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    Betty Cracker says:

    For once I went to bed at a decent hour (around midnight) and was sleeping like a baby for a change until one of my idiot dogs started barking her head off just before 4 AM. The rest of my family could sleep through a bomb, so it was up to me to check it out. There was nothing out there. Psychosomatic cats, squirrels or burglars, I guess.

    Stupid fucking dog! Still, it’s not like that particular dog to bark at nothing. The other, yes — we assume she’s barking at random pieces of dandelion fluff floating through the air. The dog who barked is generally the more trustworthy of the two. Maybe she really did scare something away.

    @Amir Khalid: No fair!

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    Morzer says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Amir Khalid, I solved that problem by applying Hola Unblocker and setting it to .. America the Beautiful *cough* Sorry, I had a Romney caffeine-free flashback there.

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    Morzer says:

    I believe I have found the next Fox news cameracritter:

    A camera operator for a Hungarian nationalist television channel closely linked to the country’s far-right Jobbik party has been filmed kicking two refugee children and tripping up a man at the border hotspot of Rőszke on Tuesday.

    Petra László of N1TV was filming a group of refugees running away from police officers, when a man carrying a child in his arms ran in front of her. László stuck her leg out in front of the man, causing him to fall on the child he was carrying. He turned back and remonstrated with László, who continued filming.

    How these people manage to live with themselves, I have no idea.

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    raven says:

    Liz has been Queen for 63 years today.

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    Morzer says:


    It’s going to be an interesting day when UKIP realizes that she’s just another German immigrant living high on the hog on welfare wrung from suffering English taxpayers.

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    tesslibrarian says:

    @Betty Cracker: I’m awake because my 21-lb heat-bomb of a cat stomped across my legs, settled in across said legs, and then started poking at me because his bowl is empty.

    I know it would cause chaos, but I do sometimes wish he had thumbs.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Stupid fucking dog! Still, it’s not like that particular dog to bark at nothing. The other, yes — we assume she’s barking at random pieces of dandelion fluff floating through the air.

    We refer to those as “coded transmissions from the Dog Planet.”

    Of course, in our house, if one dog barks, all the other dogs feel compelled to join the choir…

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    raven says:

    @tesslibrarian: I’m awake because I’m always awake at this time! At 6:30 we’ll wrangle up the dogs and walk to Bog City!

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    tesslibrarian says:

    @raven: We have a loaf of French country bread from Independent bakery in the kitchen, so no Big City for me this morning, though it is my favorite place to have breakfast. The weather coming in this weekend is supposed to be amazing–I love sitting on their patio.

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    raven says:

    @Anne Laurie: Lil Bit never barks except when she wants a cookie. Bohdi howls when he hears a recording of Raven barking.

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    raven says:

    @tesslibrarian: If you look next to the door on your way out there is a picture of Raven. We found Bohdi there almost 11 years ago so it’s his home-away-from-home every morning!

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    tesslibrarian says:

    @Anne Laurie: My sister’s sheltie barks at everything, but it’s the howling along with her 2-year-old daughter’s tantrums that, as merely the visiting sister/aunt, I find sort of hilarious.

    (ETA: I realize this is not nice of me. But damn if that dog doesn’t hit pitch and duet with the cranky baby.)

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    raven says:

    This is Raven looking for a cookie in the window of Big City. This was before they knocked out that wall and expanded.

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    tesslibrarian says:

    @raven: I love that picture. I grew up with a black cocker (English cocker). She was a sweet, sweet dog.

    It’s always nice to have a home away from home. We get our lunch there often enough that they give us a gift certificate at Christmas.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @raven: It just cracks me up when dogs howl! Our Patsy Marie used to howl at the songs played over the loudspeaker by ice cream trucks when she was a pup, but she stopped when she got older. I guess maybe her ears were more sensitive then?

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    tesslibrarian says:

    @raven: Awww! Sweet picture!

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    raven says:

    @tesslibrarian: That is good to hear, Matthew always gives us one too! We go their every day and have since they have opened 15 years ago! We actually pay for our coffee by the month so I don’t have to carry any dough.

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    raven says:

    @Betty Cracker: I don’t know. The only time Bodhi does that is when he hears Raven. There is something burned into his brain.

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    MomSense says:


    Bohdi is a sweetheart.

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    raven says:

    Mornin Jihad is continuing with the whole outfit just having the best time ridiculing her to the point of showing the end of “It’s a Good Life”.

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    tesslibrarian says:

    @raven: Matthew is a nice guy. My husband is the one who usually goes by and picks up lunch, but we come in for dinner on occasion, and Elena is always great when I call her with some sort of last-minute catering request for the historical society.

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    raven says:

    @tesslibrarian: And the kids!

    eta What’s interesting for me/us is to go there other than 7-7:20. We have a strict weekday schedule and meet our friends for those 20 minutes. When I pop in to get a baguette during other times it’s like another world! Enough, off we go!

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    bemused says:

    I haven’t watched Morning Joe for several months until this am. Just wow. It was bad enough how ridiculous they all sounded as they obsessed about how “flat” Hillary has been saying she’s sorry but then Mika started in on the length of Hillary interview on Ellen vs with other media. Worse than high school.

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    Baud says:


    That show is essentially a free ad for the RNC.

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    tesslibrarian says:

    @raven: Have a lovely walk and coffee!

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    bemused says:


    Bohdi is part or half Samoyed, iirc? Most Sammys have the howl gene. Our young one often greets my husband when he comes home from work with long howling conversations. She is so happy he’s home, you’d think he’s be gone for 8 days, not 8 hrs. It’s hysterical.

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    bemused says:


    That too but for the most part mainstream media is pathetic. MJ is a horror.

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    bystander says:

    I’m glad they’re expanding Moanin’ Joe to 4 hours. More for me to ignore, plus no Jose Diaz Balart Show, with guest star Ileanna Ros-Lentinen and her vocal stylings of garbled nonsense.

    The new season begins in NYC. Lots of ways to spend money on the theater, especially on revivals. Cloud 9, Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me. Relieved that I will feel no guilt in missing Laurie Metcalf performance in the stage version of Misery. Love her, but not about to part with my Social Security to pay Bruce Willis so he can take acting lessons.

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    @bemused: Did I hear right and that they’ve added yet another hour to MJ? Why don’t they just do re-runs of Pink Lady and Jeff or Supertrain and get it over with?

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    Gindy51 says:

    @Anne Laurie: This is why I love my deaf dog so much….

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    bemused says:


    OMG, seriously, MJ is expanding to 4 hrs?! I thought their ratings weren’t so hot.

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    Baud says:


    But the right people watch it.

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    bemused says:


    It’s been that way for a long time but only gets worse.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    United Airlines chief executive officer Jeff Smisek stepped down “effective immediately” on Tuesday with the company citing an ongoing federal corruption investigation into the company.

    The airline is under investigation over whether it improperly sought to influence officials at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in a scandal that has embarrassed Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie.

    United also announced that its executive vice president of communications and government affairs and its senior vice president of corporate and government affairs had stepped down.

    Bit don’t you worry your pretty little heads over poor Jeff’s fate:

    According to the filing, Smisek will receive a payment of $4.875m as severance, in addition to a portion of his performance bonuses received in 2013, 2014 and 2015, which are still outstanding. He will also remain eligible for his bonus this year. In exchange, he is subject to a non-disparagement clause and a two-year-long non-competition agreement in his termination deal. He will also “hold in strict confidence any confidential information related to the companies”.

    Yes, failing up, always.

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    Baud says:


    MSNBC will be transitioning from the “liberal” network persona. The big change will be when they dump Rachel.

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    Zinsky says:

    Jeb! has all of the charisma of a moldy dog turd. At least his idiot brother could be mildly amusing, in a cocky Texan sort of way. Jeb doesn’t even have that. Loser.

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    bemused says:


    I played the vid while our dogs were having breakfast and they stopped eating to listen.

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    bemused says:


    Wouldn’t be surprising. Setting aside how a network leans politically, they don’t seem to notice that their news shows are incredibly boring and tedious to watch.

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    Baud says:


    Agree. I’ll watch if there is nothing else on, but it’s not compelling. I hate the idea of having nothing, however.

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    bemused says:


    I’d watch CBC, BBC news if available on cable tv pkgs but that won’t happen.

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    SRW1 says:


    Jeb! was dog-whistling!?

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    @bemused: Comcast in Miami carries BBC World News; it’s an island of sanity among the maelstrom.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Morzer: What kind of human being does something like that? Kicking refugee children and tripping a father running with his child in his arms should be reprehensible even for the Far Right.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Patricia Kayden:
    That woman didn’t believe she was kicking out at human beings.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @raven: It’s also CA Admission Day, 165 years in the US.

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    bemused says:


    Ha, no, Bohdi vid, of course. Bohdi is way more watchable.

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    bemused says:

    @Mustang Bobby:

    So comcast does have at least one favorable.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Baud: Or Chris Hays.

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    Kay says:

    Oh, no:

    “As you know, a winning strategy for any politician is to find common ground with potential voters,” she explains on her Facebook page. “So, what’s the best way to get to know someone pretty well—really fast? I went to and pulled ten questions they recommend you ask during a first date.”
    She and a camera crew took the questions to Kasich during at a house party in Rye held by former Massachusetts Sen. and New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown.
    You’ll learn Kasich’s favorite movie, his biggest inspiration and what makes him laugh

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    debbie says:


    But that’s how things get done in Jersey. Just ask Tony.

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    Baud says:


    Hayes doesn’t carry the same cachet as Rachel IMHO.


    Please tell me turn ons and favorite position aren’t two of the questions.

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    WereBear says:

    @Mustang Bobby: That cracked me up. I actually watched one show of Pink Lady and Jeff when it was broadcast. Like a slow motion cartoon train wreck.

    Our malamute mix would talk. When we got back from a trip, it sounded just like “I love you.” And when we made our video to be accepted as a NewTek dealer, he successfully said, “Newtek.”

    @Betty Cracker: I know you spend all day looking at screens, and so do I, and they fill our heads with blue light and our bodies don’t get the GOTOBED signal.

    Wearing amber tinted glasses, even cheap sunglasses, at sundown can make a huge difference. I also have f.lux on my laptop. My favorite reading app, Oyster, has a similar sequence which ties into sundown in my area and tints my reading screen red instead of blue.

    There’s tons of research now that staring at TVs, computers, or handhelds will bring on serious insomnia. With the blue light blocking and a sleep mask I love, my sleep has gone from awful to incredible.

    It’s very easy to try.

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    debbie says:


    Is there a link for this?

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    Punchy says:

    So 5 minutes and counting (Im assuming the Rowan CCO opens at 8 EDT) before we know whether Kimmy spends more time in the clink or violates her beliefs?

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    Morzer says:


    The food here is terrible and the portions are getting bigger.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Not exactly accurate. The 63rd anniversary of her accession was back on February 6, 2015 (her father died on that date in 1952).

    What today signifies is that she will become the longest-reigning sovereign in British history, surpassing the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.

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    Manyakitty says:

    @Anne Laurie: One more reason I’m glad we have cats. They don’t hesitate to jump on us or walk across our heads, but they’re generally quiet about it.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Baud: True, I still watch Rachel.

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    raven says:

    @bemused: Yay! We got soaked walking home!

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @WereBear: Thank you. I don’t think my chronic insomnia is screen-related since its onset predates the Internet, but I’m sure staring at a screen all day for work and then in the evening for leisure probably doesn’t help. An easy fix is worth a shot!

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    WereBear says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: We watch Netflix or occasionally Hulu and that’s about it. I love Rachel but I’m always doing other things in rooms away from the TV. However, she is an awesome force and it would be a terrible shame if they yank her.

    I suspect she has the best ratings of anyone, though.

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    WereBear says:

    @Betty Cracker: My insomnia was stress & illness related, but the fix worked for me and getting good sleep sure helped the other issues, so it was all good. :)

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    Germy Shoemangler says:

    @WereBear: I posted this last night:

    NYC cats of the urban wild. Feral cats who live in the big city, mostly out of sight.

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    bystander says:

    Before you know it, we’ll all be wearing visors and sleeve guards like bookkeepers in 1923. The visors will emit a relaxing gold light and the sleeve guards will massage stress prone wrists and forearms.

    I’m a regular HG Wells!

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    WereBear says:

    @Germy Shoemangler: I didn’t see it before, thanks!

    Cats are very clever survivalists. But they have another, more delightful, operating system:

    Which operating system is your cat running?

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    WaterGirl says:

    @raven: That was so great. Howling always sounds to me like the animal is terribly sad, but that was an awesome video.

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    raven says:

    @WaterGirl: He may be but he gets over it quickly. Actually he had no action at all when Boo Boo *Raven” died. He just seemed happy as a clam to be the only dog and wasn’t thrilled when we took in Lil Bit.

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    Kay says:


    No. I’m sorry. It’s from the twitter feed of the vast army of ordinary Kasich-haters on Twitter. Many of them are link-impaired but theyr’e fun anyway :)

    Plunderbund has heard from multiple sources that Republicans on the Franklin County Board of Elections (BOE) have discussed hiring David Hansen, John Kasich’s disgraced school choice chief, to run the county’s early voting center. The voting center is co-run by one Republican employee and one picked by the Democrats on the BOE.
    Hansen was forced to resign from his position with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) in mid-July after it was revealed that he illegally altered data on an official state report in order to improve the rankings of some large charter school sponsors. The illegal tampering was confirmed in a release of public records by the Ohio Department of Education. We have made all of the documents available here.

    Great. Theyr’e appointing a serial data-manipulator who is married to Kasich’s campaign chief to a Bd of Elections. I know he needed a crony-job after his two year stint cooking the books on charter schools but this is ridiculous.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @raven: Our little guy, Nari, took a real downturn in his health after our previous cocker, Wendy, died. We had to put him down a few months later.

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    debbie says:


    OMG. I canNOT believe they’d even consider hiring Hansen. What next, Tom Noe as Treasurer?

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    Amir Khalid says:

    It’s my understanding that howling was originally the Wolf Telephone.

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    Kay says:


    Please tell me turn ons and favorite position aren’t two of the questions.

    I just love the whole thing- softball questions at an event with Scott Brown!

    God, campaiging is brutal. Kasich sent a press release to Ohio where he’s lying about privatizing the lottery, so it’s not like he’s not doing his other job. He can lie from New Hampshire as well as anywhere else, I guess.

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    bemused says:


    Our 7 yr old Sam didn’t want to stay in outdoor kennel when her pal died at 13 and has slept in our bedroom since that sad day. She was very happy when we got a Sam puppy 2 years ago and took on protective, mother role right away as if saying, “She’s my baby”.

    I just watched video of our young one behind my husband in easy chair with her front legs draped over his neck, howling and crooning her happiness he was home. Sweet.

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    Kay says:


    That’s why they should have done a real investigation. Now he’s free to continue his career as a data-manipulator. This is the second time he skated. He did the same thing in ’09.

    I’ve decided anything that comes out of the OHDOE is complete bullshit. They are pulling this stuff out of thin air and there’s no reason to think they aren’t doing that across the board. “Data-driven” my ass. People can do anything they want with numbers and make it look very science-y – it means nothing if the human beings involved are all corrupt.

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    @debbie: Link. As appalling as this is, it’s probably more informative than most interviews on Fox News.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @raven: They never fail to surprise me.

    I’ve had a beloved dog die and thought for sure that the remaining dog would be grieving, but he seemed light as air, almost as though he knew his friend was in a better place after a long illness. And I’ve had the reverse happen. One cocker developed skin allergies and a gimpy leg after his dog companion died and the vet wasn’t able to resolve either issue. After about 6 months I brought another dog home and the limp immediately disappeared and the skin condition cleared up.

    My second cocker, Mellon, only howled in response to two things: ambulance sirens and my mother’s singing.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Amir Khalid: I once went to a Wolf Park where they had a pack of wolves living pretty much in the wild, and on Friday night they had a wolf howl. We would start howling and the wolves would howl with us – it was pretty cool howling with the wolves.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Morzer: I think it would have been funny if the tripped up man had pulled out a knife & stabbed the SOB.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @raven: Who’s the long haired hobo with the orange shirt?

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    debbie says:


    I think “data driven” is the 21st century equivalent of the 1990s’ “bottom-line efficiencies.”

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