A.M. Links: Newt Gingrich Still Has Secret Service Protection, India Tests Long-Range Missile, Eyeless Shrimp in the Gulf

  • Newt Gingrich still has Secret Service protection, which is costing taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars a day. Ron Paul, meanwhile, is picking up delegates formerly supporting Rick Santorum, who suspended his campaign earlier this month.
  • Russia’s foreign minister condemned NATO for its timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan as being “artificial” and too rushed.
  • India tested a long range missile that could carry a nuclear payload more than 3,000  miles.
  • France’s Nicholas Sarkozy may not survive even the first round of Presidential elections, due to start this weekend.
  • Eyeless shrimp and other mutated marine life are being found in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Texas Governor Rick Perry says he’s probably going to run for President in 2016. “If I decide to run for the presidency in 2016, I’ll be way in before the summer of 2016; 2015, even,” he said.

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  • sarcasmic||

    This just in: I didn't find anything on the DailyMail worth linking to!

  • ||

    What?! This never happens!

  • ||

    Not even the photos on this?

    Will YOU inherit your mother's body?

  • sarcasmic||

    I thought about putting that up for John.

  • Restoras||

    I can confirm it was a very light day at DailyMail

  • Hell's Librarian||

  • ||

    God I hate people

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    I guess "trash" is a culture.

  • ||

    +1.

  • T||

    Sweet. I can finally claim to be oppressed by you tasetful types.

  • Lord Humungus||

    Cannabis Wine is catching on in California
    Link

  • sarcasmic||

    Every now and again I think of using a certain cousin of Cannabaceae Humulus lupulus (aka hops) in a batch of homebrew.

  • ||

    Every now and again I think of using a certain cousin of Cannabaceae Humulus lupulus (aka hops) in a batch of homebrew.

    I can see that being a great addition to a beer. I can't help but think that wine + cannabis would taste like a mix of Kool-Aid and bong water.

  • SugarFree||

    Low temperature alcohol extracted marijuana has very little flavor. Hot extracted is very bitter, but tastes no worse to me than those vile super-IPAs that have taken over American craft brewing.

  • sarcasmic||

    Drop it in the secondary and forget it for a month. I just might try it.

  • SugarFree||

    You have to breach the cell walls for full extraction, otherwise you are only dissolving what's on the exterior. 5 20-second rounds in a microwave, with a 1 minute cooling in-between has worked well for me.

  • R C Dean||

    What the sugarless one said about super-IPAs.

    I like me some hops, but too much of what is being peddled from microbreweries as IPAs is borderline undrinkable.

    Dumping more hops into a beer takes no skill. Balancing hops and malt, now, that's the trick.

  • Lord Humungus||

    +1

    There's a local brewery here that the hipsters love, but I find the majority of their beers to be too hoppy.

  • SugarFree||

    Yes, it's boring and one-note. I go to some taprooms, and they'll have 24 taps and not a single hefeweizen/witbeer/wheatbeer, just hopped-to-death basic lagers that taste like Pine-Sol.

  • JW||

    Huh. And here I thought it was juts me hating on the over-hopped.

  • robc||

    hopped-to-death basic lagers

    Extremely unlikely.

    I do have a hopped-to-death "dopplebock"* in my kegerator right now. Malt/hop balance is amazing on it.

    *quotes for CMS

  • SugarFree||

    You are a known over-hopper, robc. An enemy.

    The three microbrewies we have here now are making super-hopped light-colored beers that I'm pretty sure are not ales. They are pretty awful to me. Or they are ales, I'm not poking around in the back after all.

  • robc||

    They are almost assuredly ales. Way too much work to lager unless you commit to it.

  • robc||

    You are a known over-hopper, robc. An enemy.

    Actually, Im not. I make very few hoppy beers. And Ive never made anything like the grapefruit juice IPAs that some make.

    And when I get up and running, the two everyday beers that I plan to make at first are a Hefeweizen and a Schwarbier. Not a lot of hops in either.

    But there will be a couple of hop-forward beers in my seasonals.

  • sarcasmic||

    My two staples are a pilsner that is lightly hopped, and a session ale that is only mildly bitter.
    Achieving a pleasant balance is much more challenging than making a high octane brew with a ton of hops.
    Any monkey can do that.

  • robc||

    Schwarzbier.

  • sarcasmic||

    I do have a lager that I recently made using some black patent, chocolate malt, roasted barley, and pumpkin.
    Came out interesting. Not my greatest creation, but I won't dump it either.

  • sarcasmic||

    Guinness Black Lager?

  • sarcasmic||

    Ales can be light in color.

  • AuH2O||

    The thing that pisses me off about it is that IPAs were originally brewed so strong because they were meant to be shipped from Britain to India, and they mellowed out during the month(s) long journey.

    Super IPAs are an even further abomination. Thanks for ruining craft brewing, hipsters!

  • robc||

    And about 2 minutes after the first one was brewed, the Brits decided they liked them and stopped shipping them, because they enjoyed them fresh at home.

  • sarcasmic||

    Really? I thought that it was returning soldiers who developed a taste for them that created demand at home.

  • robc||

    The apocryphal story is that a shipwreck caused the IPAs to wash ashore in an english coastal town and they enjoyed them so much that the Burton breweries started selling them in England.

    Thats bullshit, of course.

    As is the soldier bit, because if they mellowed out, why would they want to drink the unmellow versions back at home?

    The real answer is that they shipped most and sold some at home and it got popular and the ratio shifted, as they continued to ship them while also selling it at home.

    And the realer answer is that the hop rate slowly rose over time for beers shipped to India.

  • robc||

    This seems appropriate.

  • T||

    Thanks for that link. Good stuff.

  • BigT||

    IMHO the best beers are like the precious metals.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/4.....192616403/

  • sarcasmic||

    It would have to be a strong flavored brew, and some pretty good herb. Hash would probably be better since it would contribute less chlorophyll. Cheap mex would probably make it taste like grass clippings.

  • ||

    Now is this something that would contain meaningful levels of THC; i.e., would you get a buzz from it, apart from the alcohol?

  • sarcasmic||

    I'm not expecting to get hella-stoned off one beer. But after three or four I'd expect my attention span to wander.

  • robc||

    Nearly everyone who has tried it says it sucks hard.

    Except the few delusion ones who refuse to believe that for reasons unsurprising to any of us.

    Havent tried it myself.

  • sarcasmic||

    Also the fact that an amount that would add any meaningful punch to a five gallon batch ain't cheap.
    That's an expensive experiment.
    I do have some cider jugs. Perhaps try racking off one gallon and trying it there.

  • Lord Humungus||

    Kristof: Not Quite a Teen, Yet Sold for Sex
    Link

    If you think sex trafficking only happens in faraway places like Nepal or Thailand, then you should listen to an expert on American sex trafficking I interviewed the other day.

    But, first, wish her happy birthday. She turns 16 years old on Thursday.

    She asked me to call her Brianna in this column because she worries that it could impede her plans to become a lawyer if I use her real name. Brianna, who grew up in New York City, is smart, poised and enjoys writing poetry.
  • SugarFree||

    His protestations have started to look like a guilty conscience.

  • John Tagliaferro||

    Sounds like a reporter just discovered "Avenging Angel".

  • Anacreon||

    Is Kristof Angel's pal the skinny old cowboy?

  • R C Dean||

    Brianna, who grew up in New York City, is smart, poised and enjoys writing poetry.

    If he's trying to argue that teens caught up in sex trafficking are being harmed, this may not be the way to do it.

  • Restoras||

    I think Kristof meant to send that to Penthouse.

  • Brett L||

    I'm still uncertain on how the method of advertising links to the fact that a 12 year old runaway got hooked up with a pimp by one of her "friends". Something stinks in the whole back tale. Well, that and the story of seeing her mom crying and putting up fliers. Its possible, but a damned close to "too good to check". It seems like a set piece to me.

  • Soc Indv Sparky||

    Good ole Mel is at it again.

    Mel Gibson shouted terrifying epithets at his houseguests during a rampage at his home in Costa Rica in December, according to a recording obtained by TheWrap.

  • Ice Nine||

    It appears that the author is unfamiliar with the meaning of "epithet" and for that matter, with the meaning of "terrifying".

  • Lord Humungus||

    Tattooed People Drink More
    Link

    The researchers asked nearly 3,000 young men and women as they were exiting bars on a Saturday night if they would take a breathalyzer test. Of those who agreed to take it, the researchers found that people with tattoos had consumed more alcohol than those without tattoos, the researchers said.
  • DJF||

    Shouldn't that be "Drunk people more likely to get tattoos".

  • ||

  • Translucent Chum||

  • Rich||

    Probably choked on a Vegemite sandwich.

  • Ice Nine||

    I would guess that he chundered and choked on it.

  • ||

    well it's the land where men chunder, so maybe that's the culprit

  • Solanum||

    Why Don't Conservative Cities Walk?

    A few of the comments:

    Conservatives don't like walking because it increases their likelihood of interacting with other races or cultures or people they have decided "aren't as good as me".
    Plus, then they couldn't show off their huge SUVs and enormous trucks that never have anything in them.

    well, another thing to consider is that neither NYC nor Boston are in "open-carry" states with "stand your ground" gun laws. Perhaps people feel safer in NYC than in the states of the "wild, wild, west" South.

    the denser the place the more liberal. And liberal means to be able to tolerate more people for the benefits of the city.

  • Spoonman.||

    Liberals just really, really hate people who don't agree with them.

  • o3||

    where's that in the article?...or were you not agreeing then?

  • Restoras||

    Yes Spoonman, it is also whay they hate free markets, and freedom in generally. It is all so messy and untidy, with no one moving in the same direction - the betterment of humanity!

    They love order, control, Liberals despise everything that smacks of freedom - it's all so messy, you see.

    Is it any wonder that our modern liberals are the descendents of the early 20th century "progressive" movement - and their partners in crime, fascism and communism?

    Neat, orderly, and as homogenous as possible, in thought and deed if not in race.

  • Soc Indv Sparky||

    Everyone should be the same in the name of diversity.

  • o3||

    needs moar theys plus bad-isms

  • DJF||

    How about the fact that Liberal cities are older and were built when walking was more important while Conservative cities are newer and built after the automobile was invented

  • ||

    But, but, that can't be! Newer cities have to be more progressive, since that's what progressive means! No, it has to be because anyone who disagrees with me is an intolerant racist who actively wants to ruin the Earth, and who's scared of getting shot by someone who has more guns then they do!

  • o3||

    my daughter quickly noticed far fewer fat people in NYC. she believes its the walking

  • Soc Indv Sparky||

    When can we expect to see her well documented scientific study?

  • o3||

    what's this science you speak of?

  • Restoras||

    She can't. NYC is full of fatties. Orifices' daughter just hangs with the hipster crowd, not your run-of-the-will, unwashed NYer.

  • R C Dean||

    my daughter quickly noticed far fewer fat people in NYC.

    In Manhattan, sure. But wealth and obesity are negatively correlated.

    Get out to the boroughs or the burbs, and get back to us.

  • o3||

    NYU's in the village, so yea manhatten

  • ||

    my daughter . . .

    So you've procreated then.

  • KMA Too||

    Sorry, Karl. I didn't read far enough.

  • KMA Too||

    Awww, shit. It procreated.

  • John Tagliaferro||

    Los Angeles never struck me as "Conservative."

  • Lord Humungus||

    Last time I was at DC, the traffic was terrible. The same with Seattle and Chicago.

  • Brett L||

    NYC is known for empty streets at rush hour. Why you can drive from Wall St to the Hamptons without seeing another car!

  • Soc Indv Sparky||

    the denser the place the more liberal. And liberal means to be able to tolerate more people for the benefits of the city.

    Despite the rules of logic, hating conservatives actually makes you more tolerant.

  • o3||

    whadda mean? im progressive & i dont hate the elderly

  • mad libertarian guy||

    "Tolerance" is one of those dog whistle words liberals have that just lets other liberals know they're part of the right club.

  • John Tagliaferro||

    Plus, then they couldn't show off their huge SUVs and enormous trucks that never have anything in them.

    Sure, some white people drive those. If you stand near a busy intersection in DC or other large cities, minorities are usually at the wheel of large SUVs.

  • Chupacabra||

    That's only because of racism.

  • Ska||

    I never see cars in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens or the Bronx.

    Staten Island? Oh, they drive but that's part of NJ.

  • Drake||

    How does a city walk?

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    Those comments are the same "What's the Matter with Kansas" bullshit that progs cling to like a tattered binky.

    The culture of the suburbs and rural areas has very little to do with the available transportation networks. They're built on communitarian ideals, where criminal, parasitic, and socially deviant elements are much more threatening to the social fabric and the functioning of the town. Those vices are those of the city, which are better-equipped to handle them NOT because city-dwellers are more tolerant, but because up to a certain level of scale, both socially and economically, the cities can withstand those pressures.

    Put a massive welfare class in your typical rural or suburban town, for instance, and they'd rapidly overtake the capacity of the town's resources to handle them. A massive criminal class would quickly overwhelm the law enforcement arm, and a socially deviant class would quickly undermine neighborly bonds.

    Spergs like Tony and your typical Slate SWPL can't handle living away from the suburbs because they simply don't fit in culturally, and when they try, they inevitably end up becoming a divisive social element in the community that sets neighbors against each other.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    That should read, "can't handle living in the suburbs"

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Oh, Rick. That race for the White House will start in 2014. And a primary challenge to President Romney? Knock yourself out.

  • tarran||

    I really don't think Romney has a chance. The narcissist-in-chief has all sorts of push button demagogueric opportunities to energize his base to show up at the polls for.

    The latest I-wanna-be-prez-to-deal-with-my-daddy-issues candidate the Republicans are fielding? Not so much.

    Then again, in March of 2008 I was predicting that Al Gore would be taking the oath of office in Jan of 2009, so YMMV

  • R C Dean||

    Depends on the economy. If employment softens (as it shows signs of doing), the Eurozone rolls over (as it shows signs of doing), which will contagion over to us, deficit spending continues unabated (as it will), thus weakening the dollar and keeping gas and other essential prices high, well, I don't like Obama's chances.

    Throw in some humiliating foreign policy setbacks (again, an easy projection of this administration's history), the continued pitter-patter of Master Class scandals (Panetta's weekend getaways, Michelle's lavish vacations, GSA partays, etc.), and Romney's need to go negative diminishes.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Don't forget Obama's whoring drug snorting praetorians.

  • Killazontherun||

    Not his. They belong to the Illuminati to keep the POTUS in line.

    P.S. I'm only 99.7% joking. The way they fucked over Nixon makes me wonder.

  • Drake||

    Some poll on the news yesterday had Romney ahead - very bad news for an incumbent at this stage.

  • Lord Humungus||

  • Brett L||

    Hah! The jokes on both of them. The GOP sold its soul to Satan years ago.

  • Soc Indv Sparky||

    In that case, the joke's on Satan.

  • Brett L||

    They promised they'd be souls worth saving -- you'd think Satan would know better than to trust a pack of politicians.

  • Lord Humungus||

  • o3||

    why does the house GOP hate existing american-owned pipelines?

  • Killazontherun||

    You're slipping. Every well informed progressive knows that Canada is our better half.

  • Soc Indv Sparky||

    India tested a long range missile that could carry a nuclear payload more than 3,000 miles.

    They're good guys so this is OK right?

  • SugarFree||

    Are you suggesting we should bomb their nuclear facilities?

  • DJF||

    Yep, until they do something the people in Washington don’t like and then its panic time.

  • Rich||

    Are you suggesting we curry favor with them?

  • SugarFree||

    +1

  • Soc Indv Sparky||

    Mmmmm...curry...

  • Lord Humungus||

    I see what you did there...

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Someone needs to Vishnu a lesson.

  • Tim||

    What's vishnu?

    Oh not much, what's vishnu with you?

  • Syd Henderson||

    Seeing as India has launched satellites to the moon, alarm over this is rather late.

  • ||

  • Baby, my cash money!||

    "The woman, aged in her late 30s, was employed in the human relations section of a Commonwealth government agency.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I wonder what Gingrich's Secret Service code name is. I wonder if his head has a seperate code name.

  • SugarFree||

    Jack O' Lantern, but it's not because of his giant head.

  • Translucent Chum||

    It's so expensive because his head and body each require their own detail of agents.

  • o3||

    one doesnt walk with newt; one walks amongst him

  • Lord Humungus||

    Now in 3D: "The Head from Another Time Zone!"

  • Tim||

    "asshole"

  • Ice Nine||

  • Lord Humungus||

    Researchers Claim Sex Robots Will Be Future Of Sex Tourism
    Link

  • Soc Indv Sparky||

    I'm not seeing a downside here.

  • Ken Shultz||

    Researchers?

    I've been claiming that since I saw Cherry 2000.

  • Brett L||

    Well, it ought to drive the price of human sex workers even lower.

  • kinnath||

    They took our jobs . . .

  • ||

    Weird, they were giving me jobs.

  • kinnath||

    Look for the union label . . .

  • Tim||

    The Secret Service will buy hundreds. They'll spend more on fembots than machine guns.

  • NotSure||

    Can't say I feel sorry for Sarkozy, he is your typical slimy lying politician. Not that the next guy is any better.

  • Ken Shultz||

    He still gets to alternate between dating or marrying French models, right?

    Awwwww, I guess he'll just have to spend more time with his wife AND his girlfriend...

    I think he's gotten married, divorced, and married again just since he assumed the presidency, and that's not counting all the girlfriends in between.

    How sorry can you feel for a guy like that?

  • NotSure||

    In France it is customery for the leaders to have a mistress, it probably is more of a scandal if the French head of state is not banging someone else on the side.

  • Lord Humungus||

    The voters are clinging to the life raft, hoping the "next" politician will somehow save them from the impending fiscal-alypse. An avowed socialist will either make things worse, or may have the cover to actually make the required cuts. I'm voting on the former, but hey...

  • NotSure||

    Yes, if one has observed the last few elections in Europe, left wing governments are replaced by right wing governments and vice versa. The voters are desperate, but in the end, the politicians they vote for are not that different from the other guys.

  • Baby, my cash money!||

    That shrimp thing sure is freaky.

  • Translucent Chum||

    Detroit has the highest income and property tax rates in Michigan, is the only city in the state to levy a utility tax and gets a quarter of all state revenue sharing given to municipalities. It hasn't been enough, because the costs of operating Detroit haven't fallen as sharply as revenues.
    Link.

  • plu1959||

    City comptroller of Dixon, Ill. (pop. 15,000) charged with embezzling $30 million over 6-year period.

    Doug Hoyle, 61, said the huge losses for a city with an annual budget of about $9 million have raised concerns that city officials "are grossly negligent and incompetent."

  • R C Dean||

    Or perhaps are getting a little taste on the side.

  • Soc Indv Sparky||

  • RFID||

    I'm always excited when a socialist is elected to a high office in any country. Its always heartening to see their careful planning fail in new and spectacular ways.

  • ||

  • ||

    that is impressive.

  • Longtorso||

    Is this f'ing comment valid?

  • Longtorso||

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Darla Rooks, a lifelong fisherperson from Port Sulfur, Louisiana, told Al Jazeera she is finding crabs "with holes in their shells, shells with all the points burned off so all the spikes on their shells and claws are gone, misshapen shells, and crabs that are dying from within ... they are still alive, but you open them up and they smell like they've been dead for a week".

    Well, I'm not eating that, I don't care what the Commerce Clause says.

  • Ice Nine||

    I'm not eating anything caught by a "fisherperson".

  • Soc Indv Sparky||

    Why anyone would eat a seafloor-scavenging ocean beetle anyway is what I'd like to know.

  • Hell's Librarian||

    I have thought about that too. Eating crickets is (to me) disgusting, but crabs and shrimp are so very delicious.

  • Baby, my cash money!||

    Shrimp sauce piquant.

  • SugarFree||

    Elzar: Here you are, big spender. Foie gras and caviar.

    Dr. Zoidberg: [sniffs it] Goose liver? Fish eggs? Feh! Where's the goose? Where's the fish?

    Elzar: Hey, that's what rich people eat, the garbage parts of the food.

    Dr. Zoidberg: I ate garbage yesterday, and it didn't cost me 300 dollars. I'm not paying! I bid you good day, sir!

    -

    Crabs are the rich people of the sea.

  • Tim||

    Feeling crabby?

  • Translucent Chum||

    I stopped reading at "Dr Riki Ott, a toxicologist, marine biologist and Exxon Valdez survivor told Al Jazeera."

    Exxon Valdez survivor? I must have missed something about that incident.

  • o3||

    survivors = clean-up workers getting their cancer on! hope that helpz it

  • ||

    Exxon Valdez survivor? I must have missed something about that incident.

    I'm with you on the "survivor" thing, but most people haven't heard a lot of the facts about that incident.

    OK, I tried including a link to a page showing all the causes, but the fucking squirrels kept calling it invalid. WTF squirrels? Type "Think Reliability Exxon Valdez" into google, and you can see what I was trying to share.

  • Soc Indv Sparky||

  • Soc Indv Sparky||

  • ||

    This. Thanks.

  • Soc Indv Sparky||

    I don't think you can post raw links anymore, have to tag them now.

  • ||

    Thanks for the heads up.

    Test

  • Lord Humungus||

    so, what exactly are the rules to make a valid comment? Some links - especially obscure sites - seem okay, but some news outlets - WP, WSJ, The Hill, etc are verboten. What's the rhyme and reason (drink!) here?

  • Soc Indv Sparky||

    This is a test

    Just WSJ posting a quote from Ron Bailey.

  • Lord Humungus||

    weird, the other day, I couldn't link to WSJ. I'm currently getting a ~50% hit rate.

  • Soc Indv Sparky||

    I hear if you're having trouble posting now it's because you suck and reason hates you.

  • Lord Humungus||

    i already knew that!

  • Tim||

    It's that Lucy Staggerwalled.

  • o3||

    mary stacked

  • Hell's Librarian||

    I can't post a link to NYT, even making it a tiny rule. FAIL

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

  • ||

    behold, a link to the NYT

    Embedding seems to work better than reproducing it as text

  • Hell's Librarian||

    I tried it both ways. Apparently I suck and Reason hates me. :(

  • Hell's Librarian||

    LOL. I stripped out any quotation marks except for the URL, and it said my comments contains a word that is too long. Progress?

  • T||

    And yet motherfucker slips right through. Obviously the limit is above 12 characters.

  • Mike M.||

    Yeah, this makes no sense. Reproducing their material is illegal, but linking to stories on their sites is completely fine.

  • Hell's Librarian||

    What's interesting to me is that some people can post some things. I can't make a primary comment now (it now says my comment contains a word that is too long regardless of what I do), but apparently I can respond to comments. I dunno, very odd.

  • Translucent Chum||

  • Mike M.||

    All hail the Obamessiah: also now officially known as The Five Trillion Dollar Man.

  • Brett L||

    These are the competent professionals your teachers' unions are protecting! (What does he think he's a cop?)

    "A Kingsport man who teaches at a vocational school in Abingdon, Va., has been arrested after allegedly pulling a blank firing gun on his students, pointing it their direction and firing multiple times."

  • T||

    Jon-Erik Hexum approves.

  • BigT||

    Bloomberg. Hope they choose nice yellow stars.

    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/ny-la.....23922.html

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