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Just did this vid for the Facebook page. It's about this gem that Deb wrote about earlier.

#RIP Jay Thomas

Thomas would make an appearance on David Letterman's show every holiday season to tell what was referred to as "the greatest talk show story of all time." Here he is, telling it for the last time before Letterman's retirement:

The great junior senator from California shared some profound words of wisdom on Twitter today:

"Children are our nation's future." Wowwww. What an original and deeply meaningful thought.

I was so inspired by Kamala's amazing tweet, I found some other great lines she can use to wow her constituents with:

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."

"Live, laugh, love."

"You have to look through the rain to see the rainbow."

And my favorite:

"Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody is watching."

Hat tip: E News -- 21 Cliché Inspirational Quotes That Everyone Needs to Stop Using Immediately

North Korea has just inked a deal with a Russian travel company to offer tours of up to 10 people "to show the travelers the multi-faceted life of this most closed of countries."

Reuters:

Guests to North Korea must necessarily be "checked" before their trip and will always be accompanied by a guide who will monitor the "adequate behavior of the tourist and guarantee his safety." Pictures of strategic and military facilities are banned and long talks with locals "are not recommended".

Sounds like a barrel of laughs. The "guides" are notoriously humorless, although they are supposed to be polite to a fault. To be on the safe side, don't take any pictures at all since "strategic and military facilities" are numerous and usually disguised as something else.

The most pricey tour, 15 days "full immersion in the culture of North Korea" costing 118,090 rubles ($1,997), includes visits to a farm, a mineral water factory, a Buddhist temple, walks in the mountains and an introduction to national cuisine. Visits to numerous museums to founding leader Kim Il-Sung are also on offer.

Other less demanding tours include relaxation on a beach, an aviation show and even a beer festival.

The beer festival was just recently canceled, which begs the question: what does North Korean beer taste like? Even if it's rancid slop, I'd suggest pronouncing it the best beer ever, far superior to western brews.

I once tasted South Korean scotch, which is a fair facsimile to the stuff they make in, you know, Scotland and far superior to Japanese scotch, which actually had a fishy aftertaste.

It is unclear how popular these trips will be among Russians who have already developed a fondness for visiting Europe and the affordable resorts of Turkey and Thailand.

Many Americans have paid for their curiosity about what North Korea is really like. Some, with their lives. Others enjoyed the hospitality of North Korea's prison system. I wonder if the tour company mentions the fate of those who deviate a millimeter from the tour plan.

The Charlottesville mayor and police chief are at each other's throats after the city's botched response to the "Unite the Right" rally that turned deadly on August 12.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer on Thursday said that the police chief told him to "stay out of his way" during planning for the rally.

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer on Thursday said he was denied access to security details before the deadly white nationalist rally earlier this month, claiming that his city's police chief at one point told the mayor to "stay out of my way."

In a lengthy Facebook post, Signer said the Charlottesville City Council was not given the city's security plan for the Aug. 12 rally.

"During a briefing on the Thursday before August 12 with the Police Chief, the Fire Chief, and the City Manager, when I asked the Police Chief what I could do to be helpful during that day as Mayor, he answered, 'Stay out of my way,' " Signer wrote in the post."Despite repeated requests, I was not allowed into the City’s Command Center (run by City staff) and was instead asked to be in the Emergency Operations Center (where fire, rescue, and other stakeholders were monitoring the situation)."

Signor has repeatedly denied giving a "stand-down order" to police. "I simply don't have that legal authority," he said. "I couldn't order a 'stand down' if I wanted to."

City officials have been hit hard for their grossly inadequate response to the off-the-charts violence at the rally.

Immediately after the car plowed into a crowd of protesters in the street, a shell-shocked local told a reporter that cops were standing on the side of the road and "didn't do anything" to prevent it.  The eyewitness complained that the police were just standing around guarding "the people at the rally" instead of the townspeople.

"It took him [the driver] three - four - five minutes to get down here! There's hundreds of thousands of cops down here and they can't get to us like this?!" the exasperated man exclaimed.  "They can stand around and surround everybody else, and protect them --  but the people who live here -- they can't even protect us?!"

Asked if he thought the accident was intentional, the man answered, "Yeah, it was intentional -- and the way they [the police?] backed up -- it was all intentional."

An update on that situation in Charleston:

Landfall for "Harvey" is expected late Friday or early Saturday:

Currently a Category 1 hurricane, Harvey is barreling toward Texas with 80 MPH winds. If you're in its path you need to read this:

 

If you ever grow weary of watching Ana Navarro's ongoing televised nervous breakdown on CNN and want to see what one looks like on social media, follow the New York Times Opinion Twitter feed:

Few things are more tedious this year than the constant repetition of the phrase "constitutional crisis" by people who have not read the Constitution or, if they have, are generally dismissive of it.

If President Trump pardons Arpaio it will be a bad move and another ridiculous distraction, for sure. Sheriff Joe is a corrupt lunatic. It will not, however, be a constitutional crisis.

That's a media fantasy.

There's an active shooter situation underway in Charleston, S.C. with hostages:

(CNNA "disgruntled employee" was holding hostages Thursday after shooting one person at a restaurant in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, officials said.

"This is not act of terrorism," Mayor John Tecklenburg told reporters Thursday. "This is not a hate crime. It's a disgruntled employee who has come on the scene of his employment."

Several hostages are inside the restaurant, spokesman Charles Francis of the Charleston police said during a news conference, describing the scene as an "active shooter situation." The shooting was reported shortly after noon.

Police are asking people to avoid the area near Virginia's on King, a Southern-style restaurant in the heart of downtown.

Mayor John Tecklenburg emphasized that this is not an act of terrorism. "It's a disgruntled employee who has come on the scene of his employment," he said.

 

In case you had any doubts about which side the hard Left-leaning Central Intelligence Agency has always been on, check this out:

Former undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson is looking to crowdfund enough money to buy Twitter so President Donald Trump can't use it.

Wilson launched the fundraiser last week, tweeting: "If (at)Twitter executives won't shut down Trump's violence and hate, then it's up to us. (hash)BuyTwitter (hash)BanTrump." The GoFundMe page for the fundraiser says Trump's tweets "damage the country and put people in harm's way." As of Wednesday morning, she had raised less than $6,000 of her $1 billion goal.

Good luck with that, lady. That's what you get for allowing yourself to be used shamelessly as a weapon against the Bush administration, which may explain why the movie about you, Fair Game, flopped so badly in 2010.

In an emailed statement, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the low total shows that the American people like the Republican president's use of Twitter.

"Her ridiculous attempt to shut down his first amendment is the only clear violation and expression of hate and intolerance in this equation," the statement read.

This is your CIA, America.