Great Women of Egypt; Lori Berenson On Parole; Lie of the Year: PM Links

House rejects two-month extension of payroll tax holiday. Republicans insist on a year-long extension, not the 60 days the Senate recently approved. The cockamamie piece of legislation, which also includes language about the Keyston XL pipeline and what Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada) calls a "bipartisan compromise to protect middle-class families," goes back to the Senate, which is on vacation. 

Egyptian women protest public abuse of women activists by the army. Ruling military council issues statement expressing "deep regret to the great women of Egypt" and affirming "respect and total appreciation" for the rights of women. 

Lori Berenson returns to U.S. Fifteen years after being convicted (first by a closed military tribunal and then in an open court) of aiding Tupac Amaru, the New York native has been paroled and is expected to return to Peru next month. 

Your revolution is over! The bums lost! Newt Gingrich’s Tea Party appeal proves that the Tea Party movement is even deader than Occupy Wall Street. 

Politifact’s "Lie of the Year" generates more mojo than Time’s "Person of the Year." Lefties go apeshit as the St. Petersburg Times’ fact-checking site (which this reporter is not sure he had ever heard of until today) calls bullshit on the claim the Republicans want to end Medicare (if only!). The frenzied response from Krugabe, the Washington Monthly and others proves Steve Martin right: Comedy is not pretty. 

Woman endures 25 years with a felt-tip pen stuck in her stomach. But when doctors take it out, it still writes. In Vegas they call that a push. 

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    Fist!

  • ocogenesis||

    How does one go about tipping the Reason editors to a story of interest?

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    42 minutes late.

  • Bill Clinton||

    Want a cigar?

  • Fist of Etiquette ||

    Dammit.

  • A Serious Man||

    So in liberal, Krugman Newspeak, reforming = elimination?

  • El Commentariosa||

    Oh, did Christopher Hitchens die?

  • Christopher Hitchens ||

    Who cares? I'm hoping for a resurrection

  • Jong||

  • Gojira||

    Just for Dunphy and sloopy:

    Example of cops not being dicks, using the carrot instead of the stick.

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    Gary McHone gets it. We need to get him carbon-frozen and sent to the Kamino.

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    carbon freezing adversely affects a subject's cloning viability.

  • Apatheist||

    I was going to nitpick about taxpayer money but it says it says the money was raised, so good on them.

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    But don't get your hopes up, Jim. Prosper is only 1/10th the size of East Haven, CT. And Seattle's PD is only around 175 people shy of that town's entire population.

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    seattle PD has to be mediocre. when you have a liberal govt. that is more concerned with PC and with LOOKING good than doing the right thing, you are going to have a mediocre PD.

    seattle is run by the kind of libertards that decry bush and everything he stood for (like executive orders for all kinds of shit) and then their mayor goes and bans guns (contrary to state law AND the state constitution) from city parks (which was promptly overthrown).

    they failed ot see the irony there in there liberal mayor violating people's rights via executive order

    they get the PD they deserve. relatively low standards to get in, a pussilanimous administration that would rather see innocent men die than to have their officers seen hitting violent rioters (of color) with sticks, etc.

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    Well, they obviously are more concerned with covering their own asses than they are in seeking justice and being open with the public.

    Truly sickening. Not surprising, but still sickening.

  • Gojira||

    I actually live very near Prosper, and have a few friends there, so I'm not an infrequent visitor to that town. And I say, good on them. That will build positive relationships in the community, and I note and appreciate how he even acknowledges that people are nervous when cops approach, so they try not to frighten anyone.

    Too bad guys like that seem to be the exception rather than the rule.

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    sloopy, here's something you might consider...

    the DOJ is not necessarily right.

    i hedged my statements with "assuming the DOJ report is accurate" because this is exactly that... an assessment.

    i am certain you would not accept a lot of other subjective stuff from the DOJ at FACE VALUE.

    i am saying i think it MORE LIKELY THAN NOT, the DOJ is at least mostly correct, but i am certainly NOT ASSUMING they are correct.

    i am simply saying "assuming they ARE correct..."

    this is the problem i have with ideologues, no matter where they are on the political spectrum

    if an assessment, a poll,or whatever supports their bias, they accept it w/o question

    if it doesn't, they question it.

    we should question EVERYBODY and EVERYTHING.

    the DOJ has CERTAINLY railroaded innocent men for political reasons before, it is entirely possible they would do so to a PD

    show a LITTLE bit of fairness and at least consider that many of the people at SPD defending their PD may THINK their PD is not to blame (iow they are being honest, just not correct) OR they may be correct and the DOJ is wrong, OR they may know the DOJ is right, and they are just CYA'ing

    i don't know, nor do you.

    fwiw, i spoke to my relative (long retired and not from SPD but worked with them a lot and he was a key member of the green river task force) and he said that SPD had a culture amongst it old skool hardline downtown beat cops (mostly foot cops but some patrol cops) where they were known to be pretty heavy handed. they were fair, if people were respectful, but given any amount of shit or resistance, they came down way too hard and fast.

    is it STILL that way>? don't know, but i certainly consider it MAY be

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    You guys need to get a talk show, like Hannity and Colmes. I hear Lonewacko knows how to upload videos to You Tube, maybe you should talk to him about getting this thing going.

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    I'd be down for that. Can I upload my part of it through the PSN or can we get bloggingheads to host it?

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    my favorite example (and it wasn't sloopy. he is not THAT ridiculous (talk about damning by faint praise)) of this syndrome was the person who said that the polls that show how much the public respects/admires police could not be true. it must be a case of the pollees lying because they were afraid to give their true opinion of police

    lol

    that's kind of the syndrome in reverse.

    if it agrees with predetermined metanarrative - MUST BE TRUE

    if it doesn't - no argument too ridiculous to help ignore it

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    I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and wait until after the trials to pass judgement. Oops, that's not possible since nobody is being charged with the myriad crimes the DoJ has documented.

    Sorry, but I've just read too many stories over the past few years that leads me to conclude the SPD is corrupt, criminal and unconcerned with the wants or needs of the city's citizenry.

  • Coeus||

    Example of cops not being dicks

    The fact that this occured in Texas qualifies it for a Twilight Zone episode. I am amazed.

  • RoboCain||

    I'm thinking Newt didn't win over the Tea Party.

  • Mike M.||

    Outstanding. Keep shoving the pipeline down these scumbags' throats, and don't stop until they cry uncle. We need this thing, and we need it now.

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    Yeah, the Tea Party is so dead that people who clearly don't share its ideals want to be associated with it.

    Unless that poll included a 50 question questionnaire with responses cross-referenced to ensure that the respondent really was a Tea Partier.

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    Evidence that anyone in your movement supports someone Reason doesn't like is proof that your movement is dead.

  • Apatheist||

    I'm going to wait for actual vote totals but if they support Gingrich then it is dead.

  • chris||

    Romney to Obama, 'you are no TR!'

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/.....08223.html

    How does America not come out the winner between these two!

  • cynical||

    If Ron Paul wins the GOP primary, expect to see the return of the Bull Moose Party led by Romney, Bloomberg, or some other progressive "Republican". Split the right, hand the win to the progressive Democrat.

    Presumably that means Peace Prize winner Obama will get us into WW3 in 2013, and 2014 will feature a global pandemic. Fortunately (except for the fact that we live in this reality), if Marx is correct, we get the Onion version of the early 20th century this time around.

  • RoboCain||

    The term "African-American" does not refer to race:

    http://www.mainjustice.com/201.....by-racism/

  • Rich||

    “This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him,” [Holder] said, “both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we’re both African-American.”

    Will this clown be removed NOW?

  • RoboCain||

    I wouldn't hold your breath.

  • Eric Holder||

    I'll surmise you're white, then.

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    Lori Berenson is a murdering scumbag who got much less than she deserved. The double standard of justice for cute American white girls continues.

  • Apatheist||

    She had a child with her lawyer she met while in prison? Weird ass prisons they got there.

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    Just another person getting fucked by their attorney.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    The double standard of justice for cute American white girls continues.

    Based on the pic, there doesn't seem to be a lot of "cute" going on there.

  • Old Mexican||

    Lori Berenson returns to U.S. Fifteen years after being convicted (first by a closed military tribunal and then in an open court) of aiding Tupac Amaru, the New York native has been paroled and is expected to return to Peru next month[...]


    ... to turn off the lights of her prison cell. Energy ain't free, darling.

    [Or, what the fuck is she returning there for?!?]

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    No doubt to cause more trouble for those poor people. She is a first class menace.

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    I am confuse. Is she returning to the US and then turning around to go back to Peru?

    And did she have that kid in prison? I would have thought a freakin' Peruvian jail would the the last place to have a kid.

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    I am thinking her time there wasn't so bad.

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    And how are the Peruvians letting her back in the country? She is a convicted criminal. Isn't that grounds for deportation?

  • LarryA||

    RTFA. Peru is requiring her to live there for the remainder of her 20-year sentence.

    Don't know why. Seems like they'd be better off expelling her.

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    Um....yeah. I'll be right back. Pinko-promise!

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    Huang Jinqiu, a Chinese writer and dissident, has been released after eight years in prison. So, how did it go for him? This report gives us a whiff of it:

    According to reliable sources, Huang, while in prison, was transferred to the Liyang Psychiatric Hospital in Changzhou because he appealed his sentence and refused to kneel on one knee while speaking with prison authorities. After being returned to prison, he was placed in the strict supervision block, where he was subjected to torture and physical and verbal abuse, including beating, being shocked with an electric baton on his legs and mouth, having his toes crushed, and solitary confinement. During this period, he was forced to run 150 laps a day on gravel, and, when he could not run anymore, was dragged through gravel, which tore through his clothes.

    The abuses and torture resulted in torn cartilage in both of his knees and torn ligaments in his legs. He developed traumatic arthritis and inflammation of the joints. At his worst moment, he was unable to stand to walk and lost some of his ability to care for himself. The prison hospital refused him treatment.

    If we could only be China for a day.

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    That Politifact one is hilarious, because it really is a left-wingish site.

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    Naturally, many of PolitiFact’s liberal fans are apoplectic. Steve Benen of the Washington Monthly calls it a “credibility-killing choice…indefensible.” Paul Krugman calls it “really awful” and pronounces PolitiFact now “useless and irrelevant.”

    That's making me giggle like a school girl. Their tears are so yummy!

  • Coeus||

    Seriously. Given the transparency and medical marijuana promises from obama are not listed as "broken" or "pants on fire", I'm gonna venture a guess that 'ol krugnuts feels betrayed by a friend, rather than betrayed by a fact source.

  • A Serious Man||

    Well going around telling seniors that Paul Ryan wants to kill you is, in fact, a lie when his tepid plan specifically exempts the current beneficiaries.

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    Naturally, many of PolitiFact’s liberal fans are apoplectic. Steve Benen of the Washington Monthly calls it a “credibility-killing choice…indefensible.” Paul Krugman calls it “really awful” and pronounces PolitiFact now “useless and irrelevant.”

    Scorpion, frog, etc.

  • RoboCain||

    "Everything Obama Knows About The Economy is a one hundred and fifty page book and every page is totally blank. The front and back cover are realistic representations of a classic economics book. This book contains no words inside whatsoever - just one hundred and fifty blank pages."

    http://everythingobamaknowsabouttheeconomy.com/

  • El Commentariosa||

    Should Feminists be vegetarians?
    http://www.feminisms.org/4141/.....egetarian/
    "There are, of course, many good reasons not to eat meat, but the necessity that feminists, in particular, should take on speciesism as part of their fight, was new to me.

    Interestingly, there are many who strongly believe that feminists who don’t include ‘speciesism’ in their anti-oppressive analysis, are hypocritical. "

  • RoboCain||

    They only eat the male animals.

  • Nat E Dressar||

    feminists who don’t include ‘speciesism’ in their anti-oppressive analysis, are hypocritical

    Eat me.

  • Apatheist||

    The "speciesism" brand of vegetarians can go fuck themselves. What a load of claptrap.

  • AZ||

    Limiting their anti-opression stance to speciesism? Bullshit half-assed measures. Step it up to standing against kingdomism and then get back to us in a year.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    Sorry to break in here but I really need a ruling on that Guest1776 guy in the Coulter thread...cause if he IS real I am so excited.

  • RoboCain||

    I looked over there. It seemed such a benign comment, I doubt the WP deleted it.

  • Apatheist||

    I think the question is whether he really believes Gingrich is the true conservative anti-establishment candidate and not just a hold your nose alternative to Romney. Or someone like Gojira trolling us. If it really is trolling it is well played.

  • RoboCain||

    Not that I think Fission Tits is a true conservative, but that he would be more effective than Obama in getting things done because he is much more experienced as a sleazy beltway insider seems a valid argument. Not that I would approve of those things, but that he would be a more effective politician.

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    He stopped posting right around the same time Jim showed back up.

    Coincidence? You decide.

  • RoboCain||

    I noticed that many of the usual suspects -- triple asshole, honky engine, etc. haven't been around lately.

  • Coeus||

    Honky engine is definitely back.

  • Krugabe||

    Stop deflation now! Stop deflation forever!

  • Krugabe||

    I see signs of deflation EVERYWHERE!

  • PantsFan||

    Iceland’s fear of the euro collapsing has caused one of Iceland’s political parties to openly suggest the idea of going Canadian and dropping the idea of EU membership and currency.

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    Hey, they did the right thing during the Great Banktard Bailout of 2008. They might just do the right thing again.

  • mofo||

    Why do they even need a currency in the first place? Why not just accept whatever the residents prefer to use?

  • cynical||

    What's next, allowing them to pick which language to conduct business in? Which religion to follow? Don't be ridiculous, man.

  • Binky||

    Reid: “It is unconscionable that Speaker Boehner is blocking a bipartisan compromise that would protect middle-class families from the tax hike looming on January 1st ...."

    It is unconscionable that the United States Congress is blocking legislation that would address the SHTF looming on [insert your guess here].

  • RoboCain||

    "Authorities had alleged that Susan Finkelstein posted a racy online ad, then met with an undercover Bensalem police officer in October 2009 and offered to perform sexual acts in exchange for tickets to see the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees."

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/.....story.html

  • Old Mexican||

    Woman endures 25 years with a felt-tip pen stuck in her stomach. But when doctors take it out, it still writes. In Vegas they call that a push.


    It wasn't a Bic, of that I'm sure - those things tend to leak if you leave them even for just a minute inside your shirt pocket. They're worse than thermometers!

  • anarch||

    Case of writer's block.

  • Sky Captain Au H20||

    So just as I was getting tired of skyrim, along comes the old republic to amp my video game lust

  • RoboCain||

    "Study Shows Home Births Aren’t As Safe. So What?"

    http://jezebel.com/5869719/stu.....fe-so-what

  • Natalie Drest||

    So What?

    Plan B!

  • Fist of Etiquette ||

    That endorsement would really tie Newt's campaign together.

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    In a stroke of luck, I went to Fye today to look for a video for my kids. My local store is going out of business and everything is heavily discounted. Anyway, I found a Blu-Ray copy of Papillon without a price. They woman couldn't locate it in their computer and sold it to me for $3.00.

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    Take that Negro dialect back to Haiti.

  • Ted S.||

    I was in my local FYE last week. They didn't open up until 5 minutes late, and they had next to nothing in the way of classics. (I don't like buying my nieces and nephews anything relatively recent out of fear they'll already have it.)

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  • PantsFan||

    Stupid Canadian overreaction to Gun sighting
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/.....nipeg.html

    Someone thought his anti-theft club for his truck was a shotgun and the SWAT team was called out and his home was searched

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    If he didn't have anything to hide, blah...blah...blah.

  • RoboCain||

    Like so what if actually did have a shotgun?

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    Why do you hate children, RoboCain? Why?

  • LarryA||

    Hoplophobia.

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    Gojira|12.20.11 @ 2:38PM|#|show direct|ignore
    Wow, that sucks. I need to get on the horn w/ my one rapid Buckeye friend to make sure he doesn't do something stupid.

    Sloopy though can go hang for all I care.

    Jesus, Jim. WTF? I'm already gonna come in last in the reason FFL. Now you gotta rub salt in my wounds?

  • RoboCain||

    "Welcome to the Supervillain or Newt Game, where you have to decide whether an idea comes from an indestructible megalomaniac hell-bent on ruling the world, or from a fictional supervillain.

    Play the game!"

    http://supervillainornewt.com/

  • Mr. Mark||

    Since when was Newt Gingrich a Tea Party favorite?

    Revolution dead? I ain't started yet. Do you really think it is possible to push a return to constitutional law and individualism with the Northeast, the Great Lakes, and the Left Coast still part of the picture? Of course not.

    Secession...still waiting for folks to catch up.

  • Coeus||

    Woman endures 25 years with a felt-tip pen stuck in her stomach.

    Has 4chan really been around that long?

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    "Gingrich's appeal among tea partyers has its roots in a number of factors, including his early support of the movement, his scorched-earth maneuverings in the 1990s that helped guide the country toward balanced budgets and even surpluses, and the fact that he's being targeted for takedown by the same Republican establishment that the tea party has vowed to depose via electoral insurgency."

    None of this suggests 'death'. It seems to make sense.

    And how would someone who is not in the Tea party, who derides the Tea Party, have any idea what might constitute the 'death' of the Tea Party?

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