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Mark & Dave: Let Amazon drones deliver manners to Ohio

The list is out on the most rude states in America. Ohio was named most likely state to curse — Oregon did not make the list. We’re guessing they didn’t conduct the survey during rush hour traffic.

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Rocky King, the head of Cover Oregon, is taking a medical leave of absence to deal with previously diagnosed health issues. We wish him well and really hope he can find a website where he can sign up for good insurance.

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Meanwhile, Volvo says they’ll put self-driving cars on the market by 2017. Why worry? We fly in planes that are pretty much automated. Here’s the part that gets us excited: You will be able to get out of your car at your destination and it will go find a parking spot — all on its own. However, at a Timbers home game, it will likely just have to drive around until it runs out of gas.

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Amazon is experimenting with unmanned drones to deliver packages to their customers. Imagine one day a drone will come flying overhead to drop off your favorite book or new kitchen gadget, all within 30 minutes of placing your order. With all the drones in the sky, how will we know if it’s a new product from Amazon or something more sinister from the U.S. government?

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Nearly a year later, the 911 calls from the Newtown school shooting finally were released, only after a lengthy court battle. Some argued, out of respect for the families, they should remain sealed. We think everyone should hear the horror of that afternoon. Gun violence is sanitized by video games and movies. The 911 tapes are real life, real terror and real-life fear. How can we have a meaningful debate about gun control and school safety if we are not exposed to the ugly underbelly of violence in America?

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The mysterious diner (@tipsforjesus) who leaves monster tips for servers he encounters across the country has blessed a Port Orchard, Wash., bartender with a $5,000 tip. This altruistic angel has handed out more than $50,000 in “tips” but gets us wondering: what a shame it isn’t simply gifted to these people. Tips are taxable. If the money was simply gifted, the bartender(s) at Moon Dogs wouldn’t have to hire an accountant to figure out what they really get to keep. Leave it to us to look a gift horse in the mouth.

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With an improving economy, tax receipts are on the rise. But is the city happy with that? Not likely, because slipping away is the city’s last opportunity to plead poverty. Hence the reports of a task force being formulated to map out new transportation funding sources: taxes and fees. Here’s hoping it goes the same way as the carbon tax idea.

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More and more Americans are retiring in Latin America. Why are Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica and other southern realms so popular? The cost

of living is much cheaper than in the U.S. — and the water bills are much lower than in Portland.

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A new poll shows that Americans feel that only one-third of other Americans can be trusted. Pretty sure the IRS considers that number generous.

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Think we’re kidding about not getting along? The National Republican Congressional Committee has produced a T-shirt and coffee mug with the slogan “Happy Holidays is what liberals say,” an attempt to gain traction using the “war on Christmas.” Enough already. Just because someone says “Happy Holidays” doesn’t mean they are liberal, does it? Could it be they want someone to have, heaven forbid, a happy holiday? Despite our little rant, the shirts and mugs have sold out. Happy holidays to you.

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Ferrari’s new 458 Speciale, the “affordable” $250,000 production car launched this week. The car is so exclusive we are told fewer than half of prospective buyers will ever be successful in their applications. Good thing, because the car doesn’t come with a radio. Why? A Ferrari executive says, “The car is the entertainment, and the noise of the car is, of course, the music.” They’d rather listen to engine noise than hate radio?

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Barack Obama says he wants to host ESPN’s Sports Center when he retires. After the health care rollout, there is nobody more qualified to talk about fumbles than the president.

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