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PLEASE NOTE: We're in the midst of trying to revamp the site, so posting may be light for quite awhile. Please bear with us. All of our posts can be found right under this semi-permanent one, so scroll down to read, and thank you for your patience!

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Overnight: The Natchez Trace runs from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee

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Image from the video: Blacktop Chronicles: Natchez Trace from Whippoorwill Hollow Films on Vimeo.

The Natchez Trace runs, as the post title says, from Natchez, Mississippi, on the Mississippi River itself, to just south of Nashville, Tennessee. It's 444 miles long and is, itself, a national park, administed by the National Park Service. It is a limited access highway with a maximum speed of 50 miles per hour. Since no commercial traffic is permitted and there are few gas stations (I actually know of only one which closed down a few years - I'm not sure if there are any further north), the big RVs seldom travel it. In fact, except for certain stretches few vehicles travel it at all because it's only two lanes, the speed limit is strictly enforced, it is poorly or not at all lit, and the woods are full of deer and other animals.

I love it.

Because of the danger of hitting a deer at night, I travel it very slowly and stop often just to be in the middle of the Mississippi wilderness.

I looked at one video which was a time lapse of the entire trace and, as time lapses do, the entire distance was covered in a matter of minutes, giving you the impression you were traveling at 100 mph. Nothing could be further from the actual experience. The trace is for taking your time and savoring.

Enjoy.

Oh, here is the Wikipedia entry about the historical trace.

Note: this beautiful road / national park would not have been built without the backing of Franklin Delano Roosevelt - FDR: Another wiki..

Blacktop Chronicles: Natchez Trace from Whippoorwill Hollow Films on Vimeo.

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Afternoon-Evening Links

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Patrick Stewart Wants to Ban Strollers in Park Slope

The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

The Oldest Living Things in the World

36 Unexpected Origins Of Everyday British Phrases

Going the Distance in North Korea

Train Nearly Takes Out Senator During Safety Press Conference

Rebel Group Frees French Journalists Kidnapped in Syria

Smart Key, Pretty Dumb (Shades of 'Hal')

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Republicans Are Plagiarizing from Plagiarist Rand Paul

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Republicans are plagiarizing from plagiarist Sen. Rand Paul (via FreakOutNation)

If you plagiarize from a plagiarist, then I guess you’re a super-duper plagiarist. Rand Paul lifted a speech in November straight from Wikipedia then tried to disappear any trace of his plagiarism. And now at least 8 Republicans have been found to…

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"Now we're running out of ways to kill people. Legally, that is."

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right to life my ass pro life kill people

Another snark-filled guest post by the one, the only Will Durst, who's having a little fun with how to legally kill people, aka the death penalty. So much for that whole "pro-life" thing. Take it away, Will:

LET’S GET LETHALER

You’d think that we Americans would have enough stuff to worry about. Severe drought desiccating a third of the country. A political system whose major talent is demonstrating stasis in action. The rich using the poor as fleshy paving stones for the road to mansions on the hill. Ben Affleck as Batman.

But, guess what- apparently not enough stuff to worry about, because now we’re running out of ways to kill people. Legally, that is. Accidentally and illegally we’re doing just fine. Might even say it’s become a robust and vigorous pursuit.

Talking about carrying out the death penalty. Although the word “penalty” always seems to criminally understate the case. Over the years, civilizations have evolved in how to rid themselves of their various nefarious. They cycled through stoning, strangulation, beheading, death by 1000 cuts, hanging, firing squad, guillotine, electric chair, before finally settling on poison, deemed the most humane. First the gas chamber and now, even humaner- lethal injection. So humane, we swab the injection point with alcohol, which is like repainting the shutters before burning down a house.

Problem is, the producer of the go-to-lethal injection drug, Thiopental, stopped making it. States turned to a different drug called Pentobarbital, but the Danish manufacturer didn’t enjoy being associated with executions, and pulled the plug. Now, the states’ Departments of Killing People on Purpose are resorting to unreliable and possibly illegal sources, and refusing to reveal those methods; meaning for all we know, they could be shooting inmates up with Drano flavored Jell- O.

These punishments are being carried out on behalf of We the People: so We the People should have a say in the process. It’s the 21st Century, for crum’s sake. Why not kill the condemned creatively? Film it for pay-per-view. Strike a deal with Amazon Prime and make some coin on the back end. There’s tons of ways to end a miscreant’s life that would be a barrel of fun to watch and still insure justice gets done.

For instance, imagine the merriment to be shared if a convicted man were forced to spend an entire evening in the company of Joan Rivers. Death would not only be instantaneous, it would be hilarious.

Or what if one of the soon-to-be-deceased were dispatched to act as Chris Christie’s pedicab driver when visiting Atlantic City?

Perhaps a position could be arranged as Vladimir Putin’s Ukrainian food taster.

Becoming Barack Obama’s personal pollster would certainly drive any sane man mad.

Sentencing denizens of death row to carry Michael Bloomberg’s ego might be an amusing spectacle. Or would that be considered cruel and unusual?

Assign one as sole salesmen at the only New York City based Foot Locker to distribute the next re- release of Air Jordan classics.

Forced to endure an entire season on Dancing With the Stars as Chelsea Handler’s partner. An excruciating proposition.

Spend the Christmas season in Times Square dressed in the Disney character costume of Iago from Aladdin.

Got 3 words for you, people: CSI: Miami binge-a-thon.

And finally, the state could force the reprobate to wear Google Glass into dive bars all over the Mission District of San Francisco. And the beauty of it is: they function as their own cameraman.

Will Durst is an award- winning, nationally acclaimed political comic. Go to WillDurst.com to find about more about his new CD, “Elect to Laugh,” the one- man show “BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG,” a calendar guide to personal appearances and info about the documentary film “3 Still Standing” in which he's still one of the standing 3. And jokes. He’s got jokes.

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Koch brothers can buy anything, including Doonesbury!

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doonesbury logoI don't know how Garry Trudeau does it, but he always does what he does well, including his latest Doonesbury strip. In this Sunday's snark fest, Trudeau concentrates on none other than the infamous Koch brothers and their big spending ways. That creative wizard can pack more into a few panels than Chris Christie can pack into his... lawyer's whitewash of Bridgegate.

Using the Kochs as his focus, Trudeau sets his sights on the Supreme Court's awful Citizens United decision. That would be the same decision that allows a very few obscenely wealthy individuals to influence our elections while the rest of us donate a few bucks here and there hoping to boost our candidates of choice. One can only imagine the handful of rich donors cackling as they haul out their checkbooks.

However, unlike the "Doonesbury" below, they're not in the least bit amusing.

Trudeau ironically points out the ease with which "nasty billionaires" like the Koch brothers can buy whomever and whatever they want, including the very comic strip that houses his creation, a now unsuspecting "supporter" of the two "respected, civic-minded job creators" (vs. those Evil Labor Unions).

Don't look now, Doonesbury, but you've been acquired:

doonesbury koch brothers

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Sunday Links

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America Before Pearl Harbor - Early Kodachrome Images

Supreme Court Justice Commits Sedition By Telling People to Revolt Over Income Taxes

An Idahoan shows Bundy what a real Western rancher is

Ukraine crisis: US boots on the ground in Poland is an option, Hagel says (+video)

Women From Koch-Funded Conservative Groups Lambaste Equal Pay Measure

U.S. Airways: We’re Not Firing Staffer Who Tweeted Toy Plane Porn

This Map Shows Just How Quickly America Has Embraced Marijuana

With One Speech Elizabeth Warren Terrifies the Koch Brothers and The Supreme Court

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Sunday Talkers

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Image: Arseniy Yatsenyuk via Getty Images

Please read about this week's Sunday talk show talkers on Politico.

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