White House Still Wants Assault Weapon Ban, Camden Pays for Police Corruption, ICE Raids Immigration Activist: P.M. Links

  • White House officials confirm the administration is still committed to pushing for an “assault weapons” ban beyond any discussion of universal background checks.
  • The City of Camden, N.J., will pay $3.5 million to 88 people whose convictions were overturned due to widespread police corruption. Five officers face accusations of planting evidence and filing false reports. Their entire police force is being disbanded.
  • A young DREAM Act supporter and immigration activist and her family were raided by ICE. She and her brother are safe under President Barack Obama’s program for younger illegal immigrants. Her mother does not have the same protection.
  • Obama and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai are meeting today to discuss U.S. troop withdrawals. There had been discussion of the possibility of pulling all troops from Afghanistan, but at a press conference today, Obama said remaining troops would move to a support role.
  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to explore the possibility of privatizing Midway Airport.
  • Authorities in Georgia are looking for help investigating the shooting death of a gun enthusiast with one of the most popular video channels on YouTube.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    White House officials confirm the administration is still committed to pushing for an “assault weapons” ban beyond any discussion of universal background checks.

    They literally have nothing to lose.

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    literally?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Maybe I meant laterally. But they're not up for re-election ever again.

  • ||

    ...unless the 22nd Amendment gets repealed.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    PUT ON THE TIN FOIL BEFORE THEY STEAL YOUR THOUGHTS.

  • Brett L||

    You idiot, the tin foil acts as an antenna so they CAN steal your thoughts. Only lining the inside of your skull with lead can save you!

  • ||

    It worked for Juggernaut.

  • Ted S.||

    Juggernaut failed.

  • dave b.||

  • NeonCat||

    Pray he does not alter it any further.

  • ||

    dave b.

    Big deal.

    Serrano's efforts are just a parallel to what Republicans started in about 1985 when they decided that they had erred by pushing the 22nd Amendment through in the first place.

    There is no such term limit in the original text of the COTUS. The 22nd Amendment was pushed through by postwar Republicans to stop another FDR.

  • ||

    IOW, attempting to pas an amendment, or repeal one for that matter, is a perfectly legal and reasonable action. OTOH, so is opposing it.

    But it's not as if Serrano is engaging i some nefarious underhanded conspiracy here.

  • Zeb||

    I seem to remember, not too long ago, a lot of Democrats worrying about that happening. I wonder what happened?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    And they will again. There are plenty more Bushes on deck.

  • ||

    The fact of the matter is that just about any party in control of the White House will support repeal and the party that doesn't, won't.

  • Brendan||

    I don't believe any of this. They were pretty adamant that they hadn't made up their minds on any one thing and would listen to solutions. No way would they just push for a ban without a good reason, no way.

  • NeonCat||

    More history should be in rage comic form.

    http://i.imgur.com/IDaCj.png

  • ||

    They just didn't have the right TOP MEN in charge.

  • NeonCat||

    I love the phrase "greedy Soviet belly".

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to explore the possibility of privatizing Midway Airport.

    Looks like Valerie Jarrett is getting into the airport business.

  • Scarcity||

    Can we stop going along with calling these bastard monopoly-granting exercises "privatizing"?

    The parking meters, Skyway, and potentially Midway are about as "private" as the USPS.

  • Xenocles||

    How else can they blame the failure on privatization?

  • nicole||

    Dude, don't talk about the parking meters. Fucking NAP.

  • fish||

    If only she can bring her "Slumlord Millionare" management skills to airport administration?

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    This Seattle woman is going on a Starbucks diet

  • Xenocles||

    They hardly even have actual food. I mean, I've had lattes and mistos for breakfast (heavy cream for the calories) but you kinda need vegetables sometime, I think.

  • ||

    Starbucks is serving real food now; it's their new thing.

  • Xenocles||

    Fine, I'll read the FA.

  • Xenocles||

    Had to click through to her blog, which is unreadable, but it seems like "only Starbucks" includes whatever grocery/prepared food items they're into now under another brand. So it's basically expensive fast food or something.

  • ||

    I don't know, I never set foot inside of a Starbucks normally.

  • Xenocles||

    They are extremely convenient for travel.

  • Chaucer||

    I only step foot inside of a Starbucks abnormally.

  • R C Dean||

    Picked up an extra mag and some pricy self-defense ammo for the new Sig today.

    Fuck, if this "national conversation" over gun control doesn't wrap up soon, I'll be broke.

    Well-armed, but broke. Hmmm . . . .

  • ||

    Oh Counselor, before I hit the hay, I have a question WRT mental health databases:

    As written, and I posted the relevant law language a couple of weeks ago, in ObamneyCare, how does a discrete mental health database not run afoul of the regs and comprehensive gun protections?

  • R C Dean||

    I wrote up a quickie reply to that post.

    As long as they had their "Too Crazy For Guns" database operated by a different agency than HHS, Obamacare doesn't affect it.

    Some people have been hyperventilating that ObamaCare blocks any gun registration, but they're wrong. It applies only to HHS, and not to any other federal agency.

  • ||

    I'm considering purchasing a Beretta 92F; hopefully I'll get around to it before I'm limited to the 10-rounders, like I was when I bought a Glock 17 in 1999.

  • Professor Booty||

    Where did you find the mag, RC? I can't find mags for my 9mm 229 anywhere right now, with the exception of the crappy 10-round ones.

  • fish||

    You should check with David Gregory not only can he get High Cap items he can get them with impunity!

    http://www.politico.com/story/.....86079.html

    Eat it proles!

  • Ted S.||

    Every future defendant facing charges of having an oversized magazine ought to cite this as precedent.

    (As if that will work.)

  • R C Dean||

    They had these at the local gun store. They're not high-cap; this is my carry gun (P938), and I like/need/want/demand the ones with the little pinky extension.

  • libertarian viking||

    RC; Looking at getting a Sig. Any suggestions? Anyone else?

  • R C Dean||

    Depends on what you'll use it for (full-size? carry?) and what fits your hand/feels good.

    The P938 was the smallest gun that wasn't too small, for my hand. I really like Mrs. Dean's little Kahr, but its just too small.

    I went 9mm because (a) I'm already stocking the ammo, and trying to avoid caliber proliferation, and (b) .45s (my other option under (a)) are just too fat/bulky for me to want to carry.

  • ||

    RC; Looking at getting a Sig. Any suggestions? Anyone else?

    If you're looking for a full-size, you can't go wrong with the P226. It's available in 9mm and .40S&W.

  • SIV||

    And .357 Sig. Which is a stupid name for ammo. Get the 9mm.

    Great pistol as far as full-size service pistols not invented by John Browning go.

  • libertarian viking||

    Thanks to both of you. It's primarily for home, but maybe some carry.

    Any thoughts on the P250?

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    It's broken windows all the way down.

  • A Serious Man||

    Seth MacFarlane attempts to diffuse controversy over Hitler joke, instead reminds people that he's really not that funny or creative.

  • Jeff||

    REMEMBER THE TIME GARY COLEMAN HERPED A DERP

  • DJF||

    So was the Hitler fan club protesting?

  • Zeb||

    Everything that people who hate The Family Guy say about it is absolutely true, but I like it anyway. Probably helps that I only see it about once a year or so.

  • A Serious Man||

    It can be funny at times, even inspired like that episode where Stewie abducts the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but so many of the storylines are just terrible and too often MacFarlane will use Brian as a mouthpiece for his atheist and liberal views.

    I can see why Groening and Judge really don't have respect for him.

  • Killazontherun||

    Is it just me, but it seems that the Simpsons writers know exactly where that line is where they can get away with the smug certitude of New Republic reading liberals without making you click to another channel. Watching the episode last week about preppers, I'd often find my thumb hovering over the button and then something funny would happen to negate the nastiness of the previous moment.

  • Jordan||

    Only the episodes that aired on Fox before it was cancelled are funny. Post-resurrection, the show has been complete shit.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    It was worth it for the one gag in the first epsiode where Peter listed every single show Fox had cancelled during the three years between the first run and the second.

  • Killazontherun||

    Hey, he steals only from the best.

    http://cdn.wwtdd.com/wp-conten....._earth.jpg

    His Harvey Weinstein joke was spot on, though.

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    What's new in Men's Fashions?

  • fish||

    Well that's it then.....the modern fashion idea well is completely empty!

  • DJF||

    What! No feathers? I thought this was the year for feathers in men's fashions?

  • mad libertarian guy||

    That's about the worst shit I've ever seen.

  • fish||

    T o n y is intrigued.

  • Tman||

    Go home Fashion, you are drunk.

  • Juice||

    wow

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    Game of Thrones Season 3 teaser shows no footage from Season 3.

  • Ska||

    So it would be like watching a hot girl walk by in regular clothes and calling it a striptease?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    GOOD. The spoilers are dark and full of terrors. In the game of spoilers, you abstain or you die. Spoilers are coming.

  • ||

    Ashton Kucher is replacing Peter Dinklage as Tyrion.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Peter Dinklage is replacing Alison Brie on Community.

  • ||

    Alison Brie is replacing your mom.

  • Killazontherun||

    Invitation accepted!

  • Pro Libertate||

    Not your best riposte.

  • ||

    FoE will be the judge of that.

  • Pro Libertate||

    He has judged. And has found you wanting.

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    The dude who plays Ser Ilyn Payne has terminal cancer.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Yeah, I was trying to picture which guy that was.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    What a tease.

  • Mickey Rat||

    "Its inclusion here suggests the upcoming season will be a very brutal and Lannister-centric one, which is A-OK with us."

    If only there was some way to find out where the story goes this season!

  • NeonCat||

    Also, since I posted it late in the earlier thread on cannabis use in Versailles on the Potomac, Fats Waller's cover of "If You're a Viper", just because it always makes me smile.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lm-L9uMxzQA

  • A Serious Man||

    Democracy in action: White House petition to have Alabama QB AJ McCarron deported so Brent Musburger can move in on his girlfriend created.

    If it gets 25K signatures he has to respond.

  • db||

    Obama has been very selective in which petitions to which he "has to" respond. What make you think if serious issues go ignored, he'll respond to this?

  • ||

    I think you just pointed out why he WILL respond to this one. It's a fluff question.

  • JEP||

    Precisely because it's not a serious issue.

    Obama hasn't hesitated to involve himself with sports figures before - it promotes his "down to earth" image.

  • An0nB0t||

    Reddit! White house beer! Torture!

  • Brett L||

    It was pointed out to me today that Musburger was the guy who brought the FSU Cowgirl (also of Brett Favre dick-texting scandal fame) to national TV audiences attention.

  • Pro Libertate||

    She's a Tampa girl.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    ...Obama said remaining troops would move to a support role.

    Supporting each other, perhaps like they found themselves doing in Somalia?

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    Repost from late last night because nobody saw it:

    Ok all you cold hearted libertarians.
    this is how customer service is done

  • Jordan||

    Excellent. Build up his morale before you crush it by sending him to work in the monocle factory.

  • fish||

    But.....EVUL CORPORASHUNS........

  • A Serious Man||

    Astronomers say they have discovered the largest structure in the universe.

    I'll allow you all to make your own jokes about this one.

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    Is it en route to Earth?

  • ||

    They found Paul Krugman's ego?

  • ||

    Actually, it's his id.

  • ||

    SHUT UP SIGMUND

  • ||

    "Tell me about your mother..."

  • gaijin||

    I could tell you about his mother...

  • T||

    Let me tell you about my mother.

  • Ted S.||

    My mother is a fish.

  • Ted S.||

  • ||

    That would be the only thing about Krugnuts that has structure.

  • nicole||

    That's less of a structure, more of an ooze, isn't it?

  • ||

    It can be both!

  • ||

    Dessert topping and floor wax?

  • db||

    What, their database accidentally got linked to the CFR?

  • db||

    What, their database accidentally got linked to the CFR?

  • Brett L||

    Would you rather fight a horse-sized duck or a herd of duck-sized horses. Huge geek cred, here.

    The item I produced on the subject would've been impossible without shark expert Ralph S. Collier, who graciously answered the question put to him by email. The experience taught me a valuable journalistic lesson: If you send animal researchers outlandish hypothetical questions that touch on their area of expertise, they'll respond generously, especially if inter-species combat is involved*.

  • db||

    Well, a horse-sized duck is too terrifying to comprehend, and a duck-sized horse? Adorable!

  • nicole||

    Seriously. Can I just have the duck-sized horses as pets? Why on earth do I have to fight them?

  • Brett L||

    It was a Reddit question to the President. Also, I think duck-sized horses would be mean little shin biters and ankle kickers.

  • db||

    I think it's from an Archer extra on the Season 2 bluray.

  • ||

    It was a Reddit question to the President some staffer. It's asked in pretty much every AMA. The sad thing is that was one of the few questions that was answered. They answered a bunch of fluff and left and yet people were like "OMG he's soooo cool and in touch with us." Gary Johnson and Jill Stein answered a bunch of stuff in their (multiple) ones.

  • Generic Stranger||

    Also, I think duck-sized horses would be mean little shin biters and ankle kickers.

    Meh. Horse-sized horses will typically run from you, and they outweigh the typical human by a factor of 10. Duck-sized horses would flee in terror. Also, you could probably do them in with a single kick.

    You know what they call a horse-sized duck? A fucking dinosaur.

  • Generic Stranger||

    Also, here's a duck sized horse.

    Can you imagine being afraid of that thing?

  • nicole||

    I really did want one of those as a kid.

  • ||

    Looks like nicole needs this mansplained to her:

    BECAUSE.

  • nicole||

    Epi, you should know that it's impossible to mansplain anything to a woman about equines.

  • ||

    Ahem, My Little Pony? Bronies?

  • nicole||

    Fuck bronies, they are watching some bullshit new TV show that has nothing at all to do with the My Little Ponies I knew and loved as a child. I saw that shit once when it was on at the gym and I had to avert my eyes. Now where the fuck is my juicebox?

  • ||

    You liked Rainbow Brite too, didn't you, nicole? I suspect Strawberry Shortcake was beloved as well...

    **Hands nicole juicebox and a Woobie**

  • nicole||

    Yes and yes! Thank you.

  • ||

    What if a brony explained something about Rainbow Dash to you?

    (Oh my fucking god there's a My Little Pony named "Derpy". Seriously.)

  • Killazontherun||

    Gravity's Rainbow Brite. Now with one hundred percent more child porn.

  • db||

    db: "I just don't get why women seem universally to like horses. It seems strange, is all--"

    *Warty leans in, whispering*

    db: "Oh, uh, I um, ah... *seriously?*"

  • $park¥||

    That's a big Twinkie duck.

  • A Serious Man||

    Iranian director to make his own film about the hostage crisis in response to 'Argo'.

  • Heedless||

    Is this going to be like that time they held their own conference on the Holocaust?

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    Which Monopoly token will be removed? Which will be created?

  • A Serious Man||

    I would always be the cannon.

  • ||

    Not being the Top Hat automatically gets you expelled from HampersandR.

  • A Serious Man||

    I wasn't always a monocle wearing libertarian, I had a happy childhood!

  • NoVAHockey||

    odd. I always picked the top hat, even as a kid.

  • Generic Stranger||

    I always went for the Bentley.

  • Xenocles||

    The battleship has many cannons.

  • Ska||

    When did they remove the horse?!

  • ||

    The top hat is the only choice.

  • SIV||

    The wheelbarrow isn't going anywhere. Unless Parker Brothers intends to offer larger denominations.

  • ||

    Finally, my childhood "make a fake trillion dollar bill" strategy is becoming mainstream.

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    We used to play Monopoly with money from "Careers"

  • SIV||

    When we played with the Free Parking jackpot "rule" I'd flaunt my wealth with a tightly folded $500 note in my wheelbarrow.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Who ever doesn't want to be the car? I think they can lose the iron, even though an iron can be swung by its cord to make an effective weapon. The wheel barrow, like almost anything with wheels, can be useful.

    To replace it, the robot has utility even though it doesn't look like the fighting kind. Could always turn on you, though. The helicopter looks to be a Hughes model, very popular and mobility is always key.

  • Zeb||

    I think it's the old kind of iron you have to heat up on the stove.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Well, still potentially a weapon, even more so if they catch you while your wife is doing laundry and you can - wait for it - strike while the iron is hot.

  • ||

    Punnery will be the dearth of you.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Shouldn't you be in bed asleep?

  • ||

    Da, tovarishh. Or should I say, Mat'? You fuckers are hard to quit, and I have been sipping on vodka...

    Do skorogo, Fisty.-D

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Spokoiny nochy, Tovarish Doktor. (That's got to be close.)

  • ||

    Horoshij vrach,-) (ili "hrurg", jeto - mnogo slovo provilno.)

  • ||

    Grrr! "pravil'no"

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    how do you turn Cyrillic into Latin script?

  • ||

    Sound it out. Problem is how terribly wrong it looks without the Cyrillic alphabet.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Nasha lusche, doc. Nasha lusche.

  • Ted S.||

    Michael Vick votes to get rid of the terrier.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    http://www.avclub.com/articles.....sin,90779/

    Conan and Jack White sit down for a very real, serious conversation.

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    I'll try to watch that later! Thanks

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    The author seems baffled that people can have normal conversations on topics outside the realm of geek obsessions and not fill the space with glib, pointless jokes.

  • Killazontherun||

    I just hope that they are going to friends.

    [prepares to dodge a bullet or two]

  • Killazontherun||

    Can i haz a vowel?

  • Caleb Turberville||

    http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/01.....-series-3/

    ABC is pursuing a live-action Star Wars television series.

  • Brett L||

    I thought Lucas selling was going to save the brand from Ewok Christmas Special II: Katy Perry and Bea Arthur's corpse save Christmas.

  • ||

    If ABC (or CBS or NBC) does it, it will suck. Count on it.

  • A Serious Man||

    It needs to be done by HBO. Just retell the whole saga, only with lots of nudity and some, um, uncomfortable tension between Luke and Leia.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    Just make it about the Empire's failing war on the Rebel Alliance's drug trade.

  • A Serious Man||

    That or have it be about Han Solo, who prior to meeting Luke flew from one side of the galaxy to the other, saw a lot of strange things, but nothing to convince him that there's a mystical energy field controlling everything.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    Call it Cheeseburger to reflect the absurdist atheism of what Han is seeing in the galaxy.

  • kinnath||

    most definitely

  • kinnath||

    Game of Clones

  • ||

    Carrie Fisher's letter to Leia.

    You always act the heroine; I snort the stuff in the feeble attempt to dim the glare of your intense, intergalactic antics. You take the glory; I give way to age. You: so physically well and well-meaning it makes me mentally ill—well, something does, anyway. While you fight the dark side with your light, white ways, I’m in the sarlacc pit, covered in Jabba’s vile body fluids. Will it ever end? It probably won’t, but I will. I’m pretty sure I will. My sequels will finally, blessedly stop, while yours will define and absorb an age.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    At least we know why he sold it now:

    http://abcnews.go.com/Entertai.....d-18128279

    You know the story; aging geek finally finds a woman and the first thing she does is make him sell all his Star Wars stuff.

  • Killazontherun||

    Okay. That was funny. I'm stealing it.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Yes. Thefted.

  • Xenocles||

    I wish Lucas had left his Star Wars stuff in the plastic rather than playing with it.

  • A Serious Man||

    Planned Parenthood to abandon using the terms "pro-choice" and "pro-life", feminist griefers outraged.

  • nicole||

    They don't seem outraged...

  • Zeb||

    I wish everyone would stop using those. Just say what you mean.

  • Juice||

    Anti-murder and pro-infanticide.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9kejvxRokg

    FBI agent uses a Tibetan secret to utilize his intuition in order to solve a murder in a small Washington town.

  • gaijin||

    I though Eddie Murphy already solved that case.

  • Brett L||

    Despite the brave efforts of the LAPD SWAT team somehow two robbers in a completely surrounded building managed to slip away after stabbing one employee and sexually assaulting another in a 5 hour standoff.

  • rts||

    Canada's First Nations' answer to Occupy Wall Street "Idle No More" takes to the streets across the country.

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    This is a good explanation.

  • GILMORE||

    "Idle No More" takes to the streets across the country

    ..."Where they proceed to sit on their ass and wave cardboard signs with incoherent, poorly worded slogans"

  • GILMORE||

    Authorities in Georgia are looking for help investigating the shooting death of a gun enthusiast with one of the most popular video channels on YouTube.

    For those unaware = this guy was "FPS Russia's" partner

  • $park¥||

    Nothing really matters anymore, we're all gonna be dead in a couple months.

    Influenza has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, with 7.3 percent of deaths last week caused by pneumonia and the flu, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

    That is above the epidemic threshold of 7.2 percent, CDC said. Nine of the 10 regions of the United States had "elevated" flu activity, confirming that seasonal flu has spread across the country and reached high levels several weeks before the usual time of late January or February.

  • Jordan||

    BAN ASSAULT VIRUSES!

  • A Serious Man||

    I'm probably one of the youngest posters here, but even I remember a time when the flu was not a big apocalyptic event. What gives?

  • kinnath||

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_flu

    The 1918 flu pandemic (January 1918 – December 1920)was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic which infected 500 million people across the world, including remote Pacific islands and the arctic, and killed 20 to 50 million of them—1 to 3 percent of the world's population at the time—making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in human history

  • Cytotoxic||

    How did that virus get to those islands and the Arctic? Was there no way to avoid it?

  • NeonCat||

    There are these things called "ships" that people sail on.

    Plus there was a war on, so lots of people were headed lots of places, taking the flu with them wherever they went.

  • NeonCat||

    Darn you, Kinnath, darn you to heck!

  • A Serious Man||

    I'm aware of that, and from what I understand people still don't have a clear understanding of how that happened.

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    A wizard did it.

  • ||

    Immunologically speaking, Archduchy, that really is the best explanation we have. It still stumps immunologists and epidemiologists (that group is quite as difficult to stump). Spanish Flu was both exceptionally virulent and pathogenic, but I theorize also very fragile, as transmission was dependent on being in close quarters, like on ships and in battle trenches.

    About the only thing I can think of is that particular strain was so successful, it killed off the most desirable victims, and was otherwise quarantined and did not incubate so the strain could not be passed on.

  • T||

    It's a shitty parasite that kills the host.

  • Dr. Frankenstein||

    Almost makes me wonder if it was an early biological warfare attempt?

    But most likely a mutation that took atvantage of the millions of men in close quarters in the trenches.

  • NeonCat||

    Sometimes the flu really is a big, apocalyptic event. I don't know if this is one of those times, though. Having read about the (so-called) Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918-20, I don't think this is all that bad.

    I genuinely fear the year we have one as bad as 1918-20. Hopefully medical science will prevent that, but you never know.

  • A Serious Man||

    I get that we might have a year where a higher than average number of people get sick, but how many them will actually die that aren't elderly or otherwise with a compromised immune system?

  • Zeb||

    If I recall correctly, the thing that made the 1918 flu so bad was that it killed a lot of otherwise healthy, younger people. And no one is sure why that was.

  • Brett L||

    IIRC, a surprising number of older people (over 65 in 2009) were immune to the H1A3 (I think that was the designation) that was going around. This was the non-Swine Flu that was particularly dangerous to pregnant women and people 55-65. It turns out that most of the people born before 1947 had antibodies that were pretty good at recognizing and attacking it. I think the bad flu cases this year are H3N3, which is a type of flu A. I used to put together the reporting for this system for the stste of FL in a previous job.

  • NeonCat||

    What I read, and I'm sure that the good Dr can correct me, is that some flu strains are so bad that the immune system basically adopts a scorched earth policy, literally killing off masses of lung cells to try to contain the virus. Younger people have a stronger immune response so they died more frequently.

  • NeonCat||

    I believe this is the book I read. I thought it was excellent.

    http://www.amazon.com/Great-In.....panish+flu

  • BakedPenguin||

    I think NeonCat is correct. As someone who has had an auto-immune lung disease, I can vouch that they are not pretty.

  • Coeus||

    is that some flu strains are so bad that the immune system basically adopts a scorched earth policy, literally killing off masses of lung cells to try to contain the virus.

    I must have had that a few months ago. 7 or 8 days of high temp and coughing. Then it turned into pneumonia and another week of the same. My body ate my muscle. I lost 2 inches off my chest. I'm just now fully recovering.

  • SIV||

    Hopefully medical science will prevent that,

    They can't.

  • Brett L||

    I can hear the money flowing out from the CDC to state, county, and local health departments as we speak.

  • NoVAHockey||

    Google is tracking it in real time. CDC is based on reports, so they're data is a old by the time they release it.

    http://tinyurl.com/azfgoww

  • NoVAHockey||

    their.

  • Brett L||

    Yeah. I know. I wrote and maintained the program for state flu numbers for FL. The only time we went daily was about 3 weeks during Swine Flu. If the numbers get much higher, the CDC will do that again.

  • Enough About Palin||

    "A system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie."
    -- Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

    "The measures adopted to restore public order are: First of all, the elimination of the so-called subversive elements .... They were elements of disorder and subversion. On the morrow of each conflict I gave the categorical order to confiscate the largest possible number of weapons of every sort and kind. This confiscation, which continues with the utmost energy, has given satisfactory results."
    - Benito Mussolini

    "The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the supply of arms to the underdogs is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty."
    - Adolf Hitler

    "All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The communist party must command all the guns, that way, no guns can ever be used to command the party."
    - Mao Tse Tung

  • Jeff||

    Oh, please. Are you a crazy person like Alex Jones or somethin'?!

  • Killazontherun||

    Translated into therapeutic welfare state totalitarianism:

    The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow rednecks to possess arms. History shows that all community activist who have allowed demographic peoples targeted for improvement to carry arms have prepared the obstruction of the greater good by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the supply of arms to the obstructionist is a sine qua non for progress to be deterred.

  • Jesus H. Christ||

    I just pasted this onto my Facebook. We'll see if anyone hates on me.

  • Gladstone||

    I hope those Lenin, Mussolini and Hitler quotes are real.

    I've heard of Mao's before but only the first part.

  • ||

    For sheer irony:

    "We, the People are the rightful masters of both Congress and
    the courts - not to overthrow the Constitution, but to
    overthrow men who pervert the Constitution.

    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)"

    from http://www.quotations.com/gun_control.htm

  • Brett L||

    We don' need no steenkin' periscope.

    A nuclear-powered U.S. attack submarine struck a suspected fishing vessel shortly after passing through the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf on Thursday, damaging one of the submarine's periscopes but injuring no one, a Navy official said on the condition of anonymity.

  • Brett L||

    I can't see how this ends well.

    The Sheriff's Department in Caddo Parish, Louisiana is inviting children to participate in the "Kids First Gun Program," which will teach young children how to safely operate firearms.

    "Now what you're gonna want to do is shout 'he's got a gun!' before discharging the entire magazine into the center of mass. Unless its a dog. Then just shoot the little fucker."

    (I'm having fun with this, but I'm pretty sure the Sheriffs Dept of Caddo Parish know how to shoot.)

  • Zeb||

    In seriousness, it is probably a good idea. Better than telling everyone to hide their guns all the time and pretend they don't exist.

  • Cytotoxic||

    1) Is Halo 4 worth buying?

    2) I found this of interest.

    http://ca.reuters.com/article/.....dChannel=0

    In a measure of the outrage, several Pakistani social media users posted Facebook comments urging the U.S. to expand its covert program of drone warfare beyond Taliban strongholds on the Afghan border to target LeJ leaders in Baluchistan.

    3) Syrian rebels build a snowman. Would fundies build snowmen?

    http://news.yahoo.com/syria-re.....55844.html

  • ||

    w.r.t. 3, let me know when they build a snow Muhammed (pbuh) and then you'll have a point.

  • Cytotoxic||

    wrt 3, I wasn't making a point.

  • ||

    Uh-oh. If the snark didn't get through to you then I probably better prepare for a fatwa.

  • T||

    I'm enjoying Halo 4. I haven't tried to do any online multiplayer yet, but the Spartan Ops can extend the single player campaign a bit if you want.

  • RyanXXX||

    Halo 4 is fun. Multiplayer is awesome, graphics are unreal (as in, very real). The big story about the "ancient evil" is kind of shitty, but the personal story about Chief is well done.

  • rts||

    No gun magazine charges for David Gregory

    Prosecutor decides laws are for little people, life goes on.

  • Killazontherun||

    A manufacturer should stamp David Gregory's likeness on the side of their magazines. It's no longer just a weapons part, it's a political statement covered under the first amendment as well as the second.

  • nicole||

    Now that my initial rage has worn off, I think the worst thing about this is that the AG's statement will actually make statists believe prosecutorial discretion is used wisely and for good.

  • Coeus||

    Of course not. He's one of the good guys. Not some racist tee-bagging redneck with a room full of guns and moonshine.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    In case I don't get to post this tomorrow:

    David Gregory's wife knew the prosecutor who gave Gregory a pass on the whole gun thing:

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2.....y-general/

  • Cavpitalist||

    One of my best friends from the Army is getting the Medal of Honor.

    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_new.....l-of-honor

  • Xenocles||

    I like how the picture is of the President.

    Seriously, though, good for him and I hope he's recovering/recovered from his injuries.

  • ||

    Jesus fucking Christ Obama is a megalomaniac. Instead of a picture of the recipient, it's a clip of the president saying how he will present it to him? FUCK.

  • NeonCat||

    To be fair, I doubt Obama told them to use his picture. Bootlickers gonna lick, yo.

  • ||

    I have no desire to be fair to Obama or his bootlickers.

  • NeonCat||

    You could console yourself with the thought that somewhere out there some Obamanoid has seen the picture and hates it because it doesn't do him justice.

  • ||

    That doesn't really do anything for me. You're not helpful at all!

  • Pro Libertate||

    You could console yourself with the thought that, if the many-universe theory is correct, somewhere out there, Obama and his cabinet are serfs working for you on your lands, of which you are the total and absolute lord over.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Just like they stopped and took a photo of him getting the news about the latest shooting tragedy. It's all about him--very fascist.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    How did he react to the news?

  • Brett L||

    Hit the food truck for lunch today (shepherd's pie wrap with bacon and mac&cheese;) and noticed that their napkins have "Legalize Street Food" printed on them. Looked like some street food lobbying group has come together. Damn that wrap was good, and in less than 2 minutes from order to having it in my hot little hand.

  • ||

    We have a ton of food trucks here, but because there are so many Amazon people, if you don't get out to them before 12, the lines are insane. Had a great burger the other day. And they even cooked it very rare like I asked.

  • Xenocles||

    If you can find a location of The Counter they'll cook you a rare burger. They're mostly California; I thought wrongly that they had one in Seattle. Really random locations outside of southern CA.

  • ||

    There are a couple of places I've found here that will do it right. That food truck is one; Skillet is another (and they have poutine!).

  • np||

    Tech journalists visit CES, stop by Indian restaurant and finds that the Mint Indian Bistro’s Inferno Curry requires a signed waiver:

    As you might expect with such warnings, the resulting curry was hot—very hot! The curry contains a special blend of ghost naga chilis, habeneros, seranos, jalepenos, and perhaps a dash or two of hellfire thrown in just for good measure. From the first bite it takes about five seconds for your taste buds screaming in agony to reach your ears. Then your whole mouth lights on fire, your eyes begin to water, and if you’re eating on an empty stomach…well, may God have mercy on your soul. The initial shock isn’t even the worst of it; I think the heat/pain peaks at about a minute after first contact, but it maintains that level for at least five minutes. And that’s with something to help cool off your mouth, like the mango lassi we had—it’s unfortunate that there was no way to hook a fire hose up to the mango lassi dispenser.

    I should note that there’s actually a challenge at the Mint Indian Bistro: if you can finish off the whole dish, you get your picture on the wall along with a $50 gift certificate for return visits.
  • Pro Libertate||

    My wife just requested Indian food tonight, though I don't think any challenges are involved.

  • R C Dean||

    My wife just requested Indian food tonight,

    Lucky devil.*

    *I'm assuming that's one of them euphemism thingies.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Well, whatever it means, it starts with actual Indian cuisine.

  • Enough About Palin||

    Here's a Game: Hostess Cupcake Icing, Charlie Brown's Hair, or Jack Lew's Signature?

    http://www.nationaljournal.com.....gnature-11

  • Coeus||

    No dress codes for women.

    When Stuyvesant says that women’s dress and bodies are distraction in a learning environment, for example, what they’re really saying is that they’re distracting to male students. The default student we are concerned about—the student whose learning we want to ensure is protected—is male. Never mind how “distracting” it is to be pulled from class, humiliated, and made to change outfits—publicly degrading young women is small price to pay to make sure that a boy doesn’t have to suffer through the momentary distraction of glancing at a girl’s legs.

    Someone's obviously never had to go to the chalkboard with an erection.

  • Coeus||

    Cop shoots 3 people, gets 3 years probation and a $150 fine.

    The case revolves around events that occurred in August 2011. On a Washington, D.C. street, Furr asked one of the transgender woman for sex for money. After the woman refused, Furr followed her to a CVS store and, when he was outside the store, pointed a gun at the transgender woman. After the officer drove away, the group of transgender woman and their male friends followed him, until Furr stopped his car and fired his gun at the car.
  • Coeus||

  • ||

    Apparently, black people are also invisible because there are at least 6 fast food places within a mile of my place and I only ever see 1 or 2 of them around.

  • Professor Booty||

  • Pro Libertate||

    That's such blatant bullshit. I'm not in a "black" neighborhood, and we're loaded with fast food. Like THE WHOLE FUCKING COUNTRY.

    Racism must be mostly gone if people have to keep trying to invent it out of whole cloth.

  • ||

    That's not fair! White people deserve just as much access to fast food as black people.

  • Coeus||

    Goddamit.

    The Lingerie Football League has announced that it will be rebranding itself to more accurately reflect its position as the "most successful women's sports league" by focusing on the actual athletics of it. The LFL will be changing its name to the Legends Football League and that players replace the bras, panties, and garter belts for more traditional uniforms and protective padding.
  • BakedPenguin||

    Huh. They missed the whole point of their business model.

  • Coeus||

    Billy Michael Martin, Lufkin's most treasured asset.

    According to a report from KTRE 9, the ABC affiliate in Lufkin, police apprehended William "Billy" Michael Martin, 45, and charged him with three counts of burglary after he went into the East Texas Medical Center, stole master keys and stole photos from various offices as masturbatory aids. Oh, but the story gets so much more odd and interesting than just some weirdo jacking it in some hospital offices.
    The police report that he also stole women's underwear from various laundromats in the area when the women weren't paying attention. At his home, police found stolen photos and porn next to stacks of ladies' undergarments.

    Back at the hospital, he reportedly masturbated in the office of the director of nurses, where he stole two photos and left "a trail of semen" telling officers he had a thing for blonds though he denied masturbating in her office. No word on if he only kinda liked brunettes and redheads. He even walked into women's bathrooms and scared women in them. He did admit to jerking off in bathrooms at the hospital, so there's that.

    But the best part had to come (pardon the pun) at his home, where...
  • waaminn||

    This makes a ll kinda of crazy sesne dude.

    www.DotAnon.tk

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