Women in Paris Can Wear Pants, Amash Calls McCain Tweet Racist, British Police Stole Identities of Dead Children, French Troops Leave Timbuktu: P.M. Links

  • Women can now wear pants in Paris. An old law required them to ask permission from men.
  • Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) has said that a tweet sent by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in which he referred to Iranian president Ahmadinejad as a “monkey” was racist
  • British police stole the identity of dead children to infiltrate protest groups for decades without getting permission from the parents. 
  • French troops are leaving Timbuktu in an effort to wind down the French presence in Mali. 
  • The leader of the Syrian opposition wants talks with the Assad regime. Many Syrian rebels want Assad to step down before any talks begin. 


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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    ...in which he referred to Iranian president Ahmadinejad as a “monkey” was racist.

    Well, who can you call a monkey these days?

  • ||

    Your mo...Warty?

  • Rich||

    That's why I say "minkey".

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    Does your dog bite?

  • Rich||

    That is not my dog.

  • Almanian.||

    Do you have a lieSAHNS for that minkey?

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

  • rts||

  • crashland||

    Although this is old, it seems we have a lot in common with those Kenyan villagers.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6959209.stm

    "They estimate there are close to 300 monkeys invading the farms at dawn. They eat the village's maize, potatoes, beans and other crops."

    That guy in the WH whose daddy is Kenyan, has much in common with these thieving monkeys.

    "Some residents have lost hope and abandoned their homes and farms, but those who have stayed behind, like 80-year-old James Ndungu, are making a desperate plea for assistance."

    Millions of Americans who have exited the job market since the ascension of teh Won, know exactly how those villagers are feeling.

  • Ice Nine||

    "The monkeys grab their breasts, and gesture at us while pointing at their private parts. We are afraid that they will sexually harass us," said Mrs Njeri.

    Damn lesbian monkeys never have had any grace.

  • Rich||

    Sorry to break it to you, Mrs Njeri, but they already are.

  • Ice Nine||

    If she were only American she could sue their asses.

  • ||

    I'm thinking a dozen AK-47s and a couple thousand rounds would fix this problem.

  • Pro Libertate||

    It just so happens that almost the entire galaxy refers to humans as "Monkey Boys."

  • NeonCat||

    Laugh while you can!

  • Copernicus||

    Yummy. I Buckaroo Banzai reference.

  • ||

    That looks like the Hannibal Lector of monkeys. He'll not be flinging any poo or biting any faces off from there.

  • ||

    Ho be trippin!

    Atlanta mall security guard Tasered an unruly shopper. Fortunately for us, he was wearing a video camera. Video goes viral, donations start pouring in for the guy. Go to the You Tubes to see the full, unedited version. The guy was a model of restraint; a cop would've lit her up as soon as she mouthed off.

  • NeonCat||

    OT, but love the link to the side that says
    What really causes cancer?
    Myths

    Damn you Edith Hamilton!

  • SIV||

  • NeonCat||

    I guess he was afraid he'd have to pay foal support.

  • ||

    Is H 'n' R still awarding cash prizes to threadwinners? If so, you'd better wait by the mailbox!

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    He hanged himself in prison? I guess that's a loss for the equine gene pool.

  • ||

    I guess that's a loss for the equine gene pool.

    Are you sure? The article doesn't mention whether conception was successful. What's the gestation time for a man-horse anyway?

  • Enough About Palin||

    I suspect longer than for a manbearpig.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Serially.

  • Mickey Rat||

    That is the expected response to incarceration so the prosecutor is responsible for his death.

  • db||

    The mane problem I see with this is it is indicative of Man's tendency to foal with the proper workings of Nature. Gaia wishes humankind to be Nature's caretaker, not rein roughshod over Her generous gifts. We, as sentient beings, oat to respect her wishes, not spur Nature's destruction.

  • Thane of Whiterun||

    +1 centaur

  • Enough About Palin||

    "I ain't gonna lie. I blew a nut in the horse."

    I have now heard it all.

  • Ska||

    Seriously, that makes the whole paragraph.

  • Rich||

    A veritable George Washington.

  • fish||

    Andrew Mendoza, 29, waived his assorted rights and told of a late night encounter with a brown horse.

    Stay tuned for the obligatory RACISS claim!

  • Killazontherun||

    Mendoza’s criminal career subsequently ended when he hanged himself in a county jail, where he was being held on indecency with a child and trespassing charges.

    After unsuccessfully trying to make a horseman baby, he attempted to make a babyman baby. Worst. Scientist. Ever.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    Actually, I'm wondering if the "child" in question isn't the horse, with the prosecutor arguing the horse counts as a minor since it's not 18 yet.

  • NeonCat||

    Sorry if this has been posted previously.

    Japanese professor creates glasses to disrupt facial recognition.

    http://www.steves-digicams.com.....ition.html

  • Rich||

    They may disguise your face per se; but it would seem you'd be rather, um, distinctive on camera.

    "Tase the guy with the purple dots!"

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    WHAT IS HE HIDING?

  • ||

    Japanese professor creates glasses to disrupt facial recognition.

    What's cool about these glasses is they're so discreet.

  • Pro Libertate||

    A Scanner Darkly?

  • Mickey Rat||

    Carol Ferris approves.

  • A Serious Man||

    Researchers confirm that bones found under carpark are that of King Richard the III.

    The match was confirmed after researchers tested the DNA of the bones and the king's closest living relative, a Canadian man.

    And in other news, said Canadian man was last seen on a horse rallying troops in Canada to try and take back what is rightfully his from the Windsors.

  • John||

    He has a better claim to the thrown than that damned live in German family.

  • Gladstone||

    You know who else hated their German royal houses?

  • John||

    The Italians?

  • Almanian.||

    Some Germans?

  • ||

    The Spanish?

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Austrian nobodies.

  • ||

    Robb Stark?

  • Dr. Frankenstein||

    All hail the King of the North.

  • Almanian.||

    "And now he'll rip the sleeves off his jacket, and poop in the corner, as is tradition...."

  • A Serious Man||

    If so he's going to have a...memorable wedding feast.

  • ||

    I wonder what the theme color will be?

  • Sudden||

    I need to finish books four and five already. But damned if four hasn't been a huge let down after the insanity of three.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I've stopped reading the fourth book. I suppose I'll pick it up again, but I'm losing interest.

  • Sudden||

    I know I'll return to it (probably when HBO airs season 3 covering the first half of book 3). Besides that, I figure since the sixth installment isn't due for release until Spring 2014, I have plenty of time to play catchup. I just wish GRRM didn't feel the same way about writing the damn things.

  • Dweebston||

    I can't recommend Roy Dotrice's SOI&F audiobooks enough. He's a masterful narrator. Apparently he played a role in season two of the HBO series, but I haven't caught up yet.

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    Book five is pretty good.

  • Sudden||

    So I've heard. And based on the characters I assume will be covered in book 5, I'm looking forward to it. But having to trudge through Dorne and the Iron Islands on my way there is becoming cumbersome.

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    Dorne doesn't really stop being cumbersome, unfortunately.

    Most of the rest is pretty good, though.

  • Rhywun||

    Yah, I stopped in the middle of 4 too. Which basically means I have to start over now.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    How would that confirm it was Richard the III and not just some other dude related to the Canadian guy?

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    Yeah, it could be any guy with a maternal line DNA match, of the right age, at the right time, with humiliation injuries, and scoliosis.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Yeah, RTFA makes it a lot more conclusive.

  • Pro Libertate||

    My understanding is that there is a lot of other evidence that makes it likely that it's Ian McKellen.

  • ||

    Researchers confirm that bones found under carpark are that of King Richard the III.

    What's ironic is that he was found under the parkling lot of a social services building. Makes me wonder if he'd have fought and died if he knew what a cradle-to-grave hell his country would eventually become.

  • ||

    I don't think a guy who considered himself as having a divine right to rule and who had no qualms executing former close friends who turned on him would really give a shit about what the proles had to deal with.

  • ||

    Actually, Richard was pretty liberal for his day.

    In December 1483, Richard instituted what later became known as the Court of Requests, a court to which poor people who could not afford legal representation could apply for their grievances to be heard.[49] He also introduced bail in January 1484, to protect suspected felons from imprisonment before trial and to protect their property from seizure during that time.[50] He founded the College of Arms in 1484,[51] he banned restrictions on the printing and sale of books,[52] and he ordered the translation of the written Laws and Statutes from the traditional French into English.[53]

    Founding the College of might not be a big deal, but banning the restrictions on the printing and sale of books is the beginning of free expression.

    And having the written Laws and Statutes translated into the language that the common people used made them more accessible, even if most of them couldn't read them.

  • ||

    And the notion of the divine right of kings was something the English had a huge problem with.

    The Normans tried to bring it in but soon found they had to remake their monarchy along lines more resembling the old Anglo-Saxon kings, essentially recognizing basic liberties, albeit not as extensive as we might like, for all Englishmen.

    Trying to invoke the divine right of kings got one king beheaded and another run out of the country.

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    Well, maybe not fought...

  • A Serious Man||

    Actually the Shakespeare play is Tudor propaganda, Richard III was not a deformed monster but a pretty competent king and brave warrior that died within a swords length of Henry Tudor at Bosworth Field.

    When several of his retainers switched to supporting Henry he charged the field in a suicide run to try and take the usurper with him.

  • Mickey Rat||

    Odd, how the Bard would write a play making the guy Elizabeth's grandfather took the crown from a monster, isn't it?

  • A Serious Man||

    MacBeth was written for James I and intended to show people why you shouldn't fuck with the King of Scotland.

  • Dr. Frankenstein||

    Considering he was on the losing side he can honestly say it wasn't his fault.

  • Pro Libertate||

    He was fighting against Tudor tyranny. In advance.

  • pmains||

    That would be Murray Rothbard's take, I suppose.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Women can now wear pants in Paris.

    When will Parisian men be able to as well?

  • DJF||

    As soon as French woman give them permission.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Ohio Gov.John Kasich has proposed implementing an income tax cut while raising taxes elsewhere.

    Tax titration.

  • John||

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_.....ctive.html

    Maths are just sexist. And the coming demographic implosion is just unfair!!

  • A Serious Man||

    If women don't want to have more children, then instead of abandoning women's equality as a goal, we should rework our economic system so it doesn't rely on a steadily growing population to function. After all, the point of society is to serve the people in it, not to reduce us to cogs in a machine that serves no one at all.

    So does this mean Marcotte is now a libertarian opposed to Social Security, Medicare, and taxation in general?

  • John||

    Life is just hard. Leave Amanda alone@!!

  • nicole||

    What a magnificently terrible quote. First, you've got "we should rework our economic system so it doesn't rely on a steadily growing population to function," which is comedy gold. Please, Amanda, tell us how! Tell us all about reworking economic systems, you Top Lady! Then we have "the point of society," something she assumes without even wondering what the fuck "society" actually is, and "a machine that serves no one at all"--the horrors of an organic, bottom-up system.

    Just remember, Ms. Marcotte: whatever machine you build, there will be someone waiting to use it against you.

  • T||

    That's why I built my death machine with interlocks, so no one could use it against me!

    Of course, I discovered too late that meant I couldn't use it either. This human factors design shit is harder than it looks. I'm going back to a point-click-destroy interface on the next one. If somebody uses it against me, I can console myself knowing I deserved it for being dumb enough to let it fall into the wrong hands.

  • ||

    Just make it Evil Overlord list compliant.

  • Corneliusm||

    "I'm going back to a point-click-destroy interface on the next one. If somebody uses it against me, I can console myself...

    I see what what you did there.

  • ||

    "After all, the point of all the other people in society besides me is to serve what I determine to be the correct goals of 'society'."

  • nicole||

    But I thought it was supposed to serve me!

  • ||

    It's a cookbook!

  • Thane of Whiterun||

    I'm saving this baby for later

    What really galls me about Last's piece (and most like it) is the underlying assumption that human beings exist to serve society and not the other way around.
  • nicole||

    I tried to read that and think logically at the same time and it broke my brain.

  • Thane of Whiterun||

    It's almost like it contradicts everything she has ever written ever. Almost.

  • Mickey Rat||

    "What really galls me about Last's piece (and most like it) is the underlying assumption that human beings exist to serve society and not the other way around."

    If she really believes that, she'd have to be, right?

  • Mickey Rat||

    Thinking even more on it, society is the amalgamation of all other human beings. So how can human beings be served by society and not also serve society?

    The only question is how human beings serve one another, by voluntary mutual benefit, or by force.

  • nicole||

    That would be the brain-breaking part.

  • Tonio||

    The sad thing is that she actually believes this. All of this.

  • Rich||

    If women don't start making more babies, they dimly warn, the country is headed for catastrophe as the workplace empties out of workers

    *** rising intonation ***

    What about the robots?

  • NeonCat||

    Oh, I suppose you want us to fantasize about robots clawing their way out of Amanda Marcotte, huh?

    Fine, we will! But I'm going to stop before the robots turn around and gaze down on her increasingly lifeless corpse and say "MA-MA" because it will just make me cry for the now motherless robots.

  • T||

    You're deranged, NeonCat. And I mean that in the best possible way.

  • NeonCat||

    Thanks!

    People say such nice things to me here.

  • Tonio||

    That was good, Kitteh. Watch out, Sug, you've got competition.

  • Mickey Rat||

    Then the robots rise up, genocide us, we escape the system and having babies becomes a presidential order.

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    What is this -- someone else posting Marcotte links?!

    Just more proof that I'm John's sockpuppet account.

  • ||

    Eh. When it becomes a big enough problem, corporations will start paying women to stay home and breed.

  • NeonCat||

    Will they have to be qualified? Because there's a lot of people who have had kids with no experience whatsoever. Not even a certificate from an accredited agency!

  • ||

    What? Just being wimmenz uniquely and solely qualifies them to be the final authority and arbiter on all things related to chirrens. Are you questioning that?

  • T||

    I've been trained by the state and I have a certificate and everything!

    Not on having them, mind you. Biology prevents. I've just been trained on raising them.

  • Invisible Finger||

    America isn't doomed, only its welfare system.

    Although I think most of the population would gladly sacrifice America to keep the welfare system.

  • rts||

    Top. Men.

    "What they [the researchers] were saying there is, particularly for growth forecasts or their unemployment rate forecasts, that they [Reserve Bank of Australia] really weren't too much better than the consensus or even flipping a coin kind of forecasts," he explained.
  • Enough About Palin||

    It just dawned on me that when Hillary Clinton did that whole reset button thing, the button was red.

  • Enough About Palin||

    "British Police Stole Identities of Dead"

    How does one steal from the dead? It's a well known fact that I hate the cops, but the cops, in this case, didn't steal shit.

  • Zeb||

    That's sort of what I thought. They are using the names of people who don't exist. Big deal. I can understand the creepy factor, though. ANd impregnating someone so you can spy on them it pretty sleazy and low.

  • John||

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....p00000003]

    The year in side boob. And are all the women on Girls fence post homely?

  • Enough About Palin||

    I'm thinking of finally watching the show as I have never seen ugly women naked. What's that like?

  • ||

    Brian Williams' daughter is on the show and gets reamed, so it's got that going for it. Unfortunately through the entire first season the only girl who got naked was the ugly Obama supporter.

  • Mickey Rat||

    Some of the characters look decently attractive, but I only know that from the trailer spots around Game of Thrones episodes, and I want to keep it that way.

  • C. Anacreon||

    Hey! That girl is the dyke from Mad Men season 2. Is she on that show I have no interest in ever seeing?

  • A Serious Man||

    Consensus is pretty solid that GoDaddy's Bar Refeali ad was worst ever.

  • ||

    There were so many idiotic, terrible ads that they all deserve that crown. It was like the ad agencies all collaborated to outstupid each other.

  • John||

    The worst was the anti Gun lets show pictures of dead kid ad.

  • NeonCat||

    I don't think I saw that one.

    I did think Coca-Cola's "look at the happy surveillance footage" was disturbing, but that's because I'm one of those libertarian kooks.

  • ||

    There were a lot of head-slapper moments in those commercials. The Coke one you mentioned, the very first ad where the kid goes up and surprise kisses the prom queen, just so much stupid I can't even remember it all.

  • nicole||

    I really disliked the (Kia?) "where do babies come from?" one. I mean the part with the baby animals and shit was actually pretty cute, but I'm like, Christ, do all commercials have to be about how it's cool to be retarded? All?

  • NeonCat||

    I thought that ad was about what cowardly liars parents (can) turn into, but that's probably just me.

  • nicole||

    Yeah, they just seems to revel in being such cowardly liars. "Oh haha, isn't it so cute and funny we can't talk to our child about sex?" Blah.

  • Enough About Palin||

    Huh?

  • NeonCat||

    It was so terrible that everyone remembers it - and GoDaddy - vividly.

    So, I'd say it succeeded, unless people stop using GoDaddy because of it.

  • A Serious Man||

    'Terrible' in an aesthetic sense. Of course GoDaddy the first domain registry people think of.

  • NeonCat||

    I can agree with the aesthetic part of it, but as a non-Adonis myself I can't really fault a dude getting paid to kiss a swimsuit model.

  • BakedPenguin||

    I read they had to have about 45 takes. I cna just imagine the kid screwing up over and over on purpose.

  • Mickey Rat||

    No, it's not. That's why they changed their campaign. Too many people thought they were some kind of porn site and had no idea of what they were actually selling.

  • Killazontherun||

    What are they selling, btw?

  • Corneliusm||

    "Dates" with Danica Patrick.

  • Mickey Rat||

    I hate that ad for making the sight of Bar Rafeali being kissed repulsive.

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    GoDaddy's ad was stupid but that article is cloyingly obnoxious.

    We're not supposed to notice when people are attractive or unattractive because... diversity? We're supposed to be up in arms because some group is poked fun at, albeit in an awkward way?

    How about, who gives a shit. Were people always this whiny about meaningless cultural bullshit?

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Were people always this whiny about meaningless cultural bullshit?

    Have you ever read Catullus?

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    Fair enough, heh.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    ...in an effort to wind down the French presence in Mali.

    Mission accomplie!

  • Tonio||

    Hmmm, what other country did the French invite us to "help out" in and then bolt and run? These things never turn out well.

  • John||

    http://althouse.blogspot.com/2.....-that.html

    Congressional Democrats whine that their boyfriend never calls them.

  • Rich||

    Ah, so *that's* why they're alleged to be horsefuckers!

  • John||

    http://althouse.blogspot.com/2.....th-of.html

    Babboons terrorizing tourists. They apparently don't respect humans who don't have guns.

  • ||

    This:

    Baboons lurk on the edge of the parking lot, watching tourists come and go. They look for car doors that aren’t locked, windows that are left opened, absent-minded tourists carrying food....

    A baboon strikes me as an animal that you do not want to tangle with, at least not unarmed.

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    Baboons lurk on the edge of the parking lot, watching tourists come and go. They look for car doors that aren’t locked, windows that are left opened, absent-minded tourists carrying food....

    Sounds like any mall.

  • Rich||

    RACIST!

  • Enough About Palin||

    That is an interesting analogy.

    no racist

  • Rich||

    analogy

    SEXIST!

  • ||

    A baboon strikes me as an animal that you do not want to tangle with, at least not unarmed.

    This is no shit. I want a spear at a minimum to maintain some range. Would prefer a carbine.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Anyone else notice that baboons were not represented in The Planet of the Apes?

  • Tonio||

    Only the Great Apes, aka Hominids, were featured in POTA. The various species of Lesser Apes were not featured.

  • Zeb||

    Yeah, baboons are pretty much big monkeys.

  • Joe Biden||

    You come over here and say that to my face!

  • NoVAHockey||

    homebrew update -- I had a moderately successful attempt at bottling. I had hell of a time getting the siphon to work from 1) 1 gallon carboy into pot with bottling sugar (honey) and 2) from pot into bottles.

    ended up getting 10 bottles, probably lost at least a couple in the process. any tips appreciated

    but, i've got 10 bottles that will sit for 2 weeks before i open them, so i'm happy with that.

  • db||

    Go for a keg. It is so much better than bottling. If you crash cool the fermenter the day before you keg, you can force carb and drink the beer in a couple of hours after kegging.

  • Proprietist||

    Kegs are a lot of money for just starting out, especially for people brewing 1 gal batches. I brewed about 5 5-gallon batches before I made the jump when I new I was serious.

    Last time I kegged I force carbed and got beer in the regulator. Also, ten glasses of foam. Not doing that again, although I am looking forward to kegging my apricot witbier tonight.

  • Proprietist||

    "when I knew I was serious..."

  • db||

    I have never had a problem force carbing. You have to use the right pressure for a given temperature to get the right concentration of CO2. This helps too.

  • db||

    Beer in the regulator: it helps to have ball check valves on your gas lines.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    You were only doing a 1 gallon batch?

  • Tonio||

    WTF were you transferring the entire batch into another (unneccessary) vessel just to add bottling sugar? Add to individual bottles after you fill them.

    I prefer fermentation vessels with bottom valves. That way you suck the yeast pack through first and discard (or give to australians).

    There are always problems with siphons; avoid them. Gravity feed is our friend.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Adding to the individual bottles is a good way to get a lot of variation.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Aren't the links supposed to be at 4:30? Did the power go out?

  • DJF||

    Your lucky you even have links, you young whippersnapper.

    Back in the day we had to wait for starving urchins to bring libertarian newsletters to our doors.

    Shaking his cane!!!!

  • Almanian.||

    Luxury!

    We had to wait in air conditioned anterooms on comfie chairs while Mexican orphans fed us grapes before we killed them and drank their blood as we read the links posted on the wall...through the ONE monocle we each had!

    It was barbaricly backward - having to raad it ourselves. Through one eye. Horrible, really.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    I do remember back in the day, we only got links once a day.

    *shudder*

  • DJF||

    Shhhh!!!! They told the unpaid internists that it use to be three times a day and they are now getting a break.

  • rts||

    Royal Canadian Mint stops minting pennies today

    The cause of death for the penny was likely the drop in its purchasing power, as inflation took its toll. An 1870 penny would be worth about 31 cents today, adjusted for inflation. In its last year, one penny was costing the government 1.6 cents to produce. With the penny's passing, the government expects to save $11 million a year.
  • Invisible Finger||

    Yet the IRS would probably bitch and prevent someone paying their taxes in pennies.

    "Give us that real currency, not that crummy specie."

  • ||

    Actually, copper pennies have never been "specie".

    They've always been nothing but tokens.

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    My Timmy's coffee is now 2 cents more!

  • ||

    Ah, the rounding problem.

    Actually, I'm surprised the Canadians are so far behind the Australians on this one. It's been twenty years or so since they quit using the penny (actually, IIANM, it was always called a "cent" since "penny" was associated with the old pounds, shillings and pence currency.

  • Enough About Palin||

    "Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) has said that a tweet sent by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in which he referred to Iranian president Ahmadinejad as a “monkey” was racist"

    Tell Justin Amash to shut his cracker-assed pie-hole.

  • ||

    As soon as people start admitting the Bush monkey meme was racist, I will join Rep. Amash.

  • SIV||

  • Rich||

    He said the night before the shooting, he attended a so-called “Peace Party” intended to address his concerns about helping the black community find equal footing, but two white people were there.

    What an idiot! Those were the gay caterers!

  • NeonCat||

    Nothing mends white people like shooting them.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Ban African American studies departments!

  • A Serious Man||

    Coco Brown wants to go where no porn star has gone before, endeavors to become the first porn star in space.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Was already disappointed by the time I hovered over the link and saw the url.

  • rts||

    Alabama hostage-taker 'killed'

    Police in the US state of Alabama have killed a hostage-taker who kept a five-year-old boy in a storm shelter for nearly a week, US media report.

    The boy is reported to be alive. Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, shot dead the driver of the boy's school bus before abducting the youngster.
  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Let me fix that link for you.

  • Thane of Whiterun||

    Does anyone know how much a wire service material costs? I like the concept of 24/7, just not the implementation.

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    Another victim of gun violence in America.

  • Brandon||

    Reason had this up for a minute, I don't know why they pulled it.

  • Jumbie||

    "The Dothan Eagle newspaper reported hearing two loud bangs from the scene shortly before 3:30 p.m. According to the report, an ambulance then drove up the private dirt road where Dykes’ homes is located and then left a short time later."

    Many Dothans died to bring us this information.

  • A Serious Man||

    Meet Lynsi Torres, drag race enthusiast and heir to the In N' Out fortune, making her one of the country's youngest billionaires.

    She's attractive and interesting and all, but she better not fuck up the business model they got there.

  • Jerry on the boat||

    Torres ... is on her third marriage.

    So she's already an expert at In N' Outing.

  • Proprietist||

    Amazed that a Google Image search turns up hardly anything at all.

  • nicole||

    Just heard on NPR that the superintendent of the Chicago PD thinks an assault weapons ban and a ban on high-cap mags would help curb gun violence here. You cannot make this shit up.

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    And when it doesn't, of course he'll recognize his mistake and call for the bans to be lifted, right?

  • nicole||

    Well, since he's not calling for that already...

  • ||

    Banners gonna ban.

  • ||

    NPR is working hard to push for more gun control. This morning they were talking trash about gun manufacturers, and how they are not liable for crimes committed by gun wielders. They claimed it was a unique concession to the gun industry, and that no other industry has such protection. But I'm pretty certain Playskool wouldn't be liable if you beat someone to death with a Playskool Busy Poppin' Pals toy set.

  • Jerry on the boat||

  • Xenocles||

    Rubbish. You remember how there are no car companies anymore because of all the car crashes.

  • Invisible Finger||

    How can you listen to NPR?

  • nicole||

    For car rides that are over in less time than is worth it to connect my phone to the dash via Bluetooth, I listen because I don't even know other radio stations. And I like some of the non-news shows.

  • db||

    That's what CDs and thumb drives are for.

  • DJF||

    Think of it as spying on the enemy.

    Plus they are often funny, though never intentionally.

  • Sudden||

    I'm a bit diappoint at Amash for calling McCain a racist for the monkey comment. I always worried that some on the paleocon/libertarian right would adopt certain mannerisms of the anti-war left. The stupid allegations of racism being the one I find most antithetical.

  • JeremyR||

    Yeah, one of the rather silly things is how they label everyone in the world "brown", even though in this case, Persians are essentially Caucasian in features, their skin is just slightly dusky. (And how Arabs, despite being indistinguishable from Jews are "brown" while Jews are apparently considered "white")

  • Calidissident||

    Jeremy, I would hardly say that's something exclusive to them either. Most conservatives (and most people in general) I know don't consider Middle Easterners to be white, but do consider Jews to be white.

  • ||

    "...consider Middle Easterners to be white, but do consider Jews to be white."

    People commonly conflate race and culture.

    Consider the expression "acting black/white".

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Fair enough, but I've met plenty of Saudis, for example, who were darker than I am.

  • Tonio||

    +1 Mel Brooks.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Where's all tha Saudi women at?

  • Calidissident||

    I agree. It's like how people consider Hispanic a race and find terms like "white Hispanic" to be laughable when it actually describes a large portion of Hispanics

  • Tonio||

    No, "white hispanic" is code for being accorded victim status in any interaction with non-hispanic whites but not in interactions with brown or black people. They've never abandoned their bogus race-classification schemes; they just use it differently now.

  • Calidissident||

    I agree that in a media context, the term "white Hispanic" is used mostly for the purpose you describe. However, when the media used that term to describe Zimmerman, a lot of people acted as if the term (rather than its use) was ridiculous and contradictory when it isn't. There are a good number of white Hispanics in the world.

  • Tonio||

    Judaism is a religion. Arab and Semite are gene pools ("races"). HTH.

  • Zeb||

    Even Arab is a linguistic and cultural grouping. There are Lebanese Arabs who you would believe were Italian and African Arabs who are pretty black.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Not that simple in this case. Firstly, Judaism is a different animal than "universalist" religions, such as mainstream Christianity, Buddhism, or Islam in that it is clearly an ethnoreligious group, more akin to Hindus and Hinduism, or Parsis and Zoroastrianism, or the Amish and the Amish Mennonite Church. Meaning, that when one practices Judaism or Hinduism as a "religion", there are certain ethnic and cultural practices that are a part of observing said religion.

    Secondly, "Semitic" is primarily a linguistic and anthropological term. It has as much utility in describing human genetics as the term "Aryan" (i.e. none at all). People from Malta, the Levant, Arabia, and Ethiopia are all Semites.

  • Tonio||

    Sure, judaism started as an ethnoreligion, but after millenia of wandering and intermarriage and some random converts that's not true anymore. Sure a large number of jews can trace ancesty back to the original twelve tribes, but jews display just as much ethnic variation as, say, Americans.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    That's true. Still, unlike the universalist religions, Judaism has "becoming part of the tribe" as an inherent concept of conversion. Indeed, this mandatory Judaizationwas a major controversy for early Christianity.

  • Calidissident||

    I don't think that's exclusive to the anti-war left or palecons and libertarians. How many times have we seen neocons and mainstream Republicans accuse people of being anti-Semitic, for example, just because they oppose foreign aid to Israel or disagree with some policy of the Israeli government.

  • DJF||

    Anti-Semite!!!!!!

    Oops, sorry, got carried away

    Racist!!!!!

    Oops, there I go again

    Statist!!!!!!

    There, that is better.

  • Tonio||

    That's a standard Israel-Firster talking point which they use to derail any serious conversation about American foreign policy, iow Bullshit.

  • A Serious Man||

    Don't buy for me Argentina: Argentina freezes grocery store prices to combat inflation.

    Well what could possibly go wrong there?

  • Sudden||

    Putting the ado in mercado

  • NeonCat||

    Since Argentina is in such a shitty condition they let a naval vessel sink at dockside, I'm sure as soon as the shortages hit they're going to tell people about how the grocery stores on Las Islas Malvinas are fully stocked with hoarded food.

    Look for the Malvinas Boatlift, Spring (local Fall) 2013!

  • A Serious Man||

    Amazing how the country next door, Chile, is so much better off in almost every way.

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    'Cept when it comes to women. Just saying...

  • A Serious Man||

    Never met an Argentinian woman, but I have met some Chilean exchange students that are stunning. They don't hold a candle to the Brazilian girls, though.

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    Chilean women are great, don't get me wrong, but the order of things is this:

    Brazilian Argentinean Chilean

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    Damn Reason and its innumeracy.

    Brazilian (Greater than) Argentinean (Greater than * 10) Chilean

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    WHAT ABOUT PARAGUAY?

  • Calidissident||

    Let's not ignore Peru

  • Generic Stranger||

    You SF'd the link, dood.

  • Sevo||

    "Don't buy for me Argentina:"

    FUNNY!

  • Drake||

    I love it when Fernandez threatens to invade the Falklands again. If they actually had ships and planes, they couldn't afford the fuel to make it to the islands. They never replaced the old junk they lost in the first war - because they have been crazy broke since Evita.

  • nicole||

    Some Russians are not the biggest fans of Lolita. Even post-Communist Russia hates my beloved VN.

  • ||

    It might not be Lolita. IIRC, Bend Sinister was none too kind to Russians.

  • nicole||

    Seems to be religious/conservative folks who object to his "pedophilia" though. Sure there was plenty of nasty things he said about Russians though!

  • ||

    Grr. They should try actually reading the fucking book.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Do we know for certain it wasn't a false-flag operation by the museum itself? I'm not sayingit was...

  • Invisible Finger||

    Here's a good one: Judge found insane, seeks return to bench.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/.....6103.story

  • The Late P Brooks||

    It was so terrible that everyone remembers it - and GoDaddy - vividly.

    I think ADM owes Chrysler some money.

    I find it incredibly hard to believe that ad with Paul Harvey sold any pickup trucks.

  • Sudden||

    Am I the only person that absolutely loved the GoDaddy commercial? The guy cast as Walter is living the damned dream.

  • tarran||

    How so? he got to kiss a beautiful girl while the cameras ran and directors shouted instructions at him. And then she walks away.

    That's not a dream, it's a fucking nightmare.

  • ||

    He had to kiss lips that have probably been all over Leo DiCaprio, hopefully he got a pile of cash for that.

  • Proprietist||

    Uhhhh...They certainly wouldn't have to pay me to get Leo's sloppy seconds.

  • Enough About Palin||

    The guy now has a lifetime of bating imagery in his head.

  • Thane of Whiterun||

    Yes. It is the same kind of trash as The Big Bang Theory except at least the latter has that hot Indian* chick.

    *The paucity of Asians on such a "nerd show" -- set in CA no less -- is disappointing and befuddling.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Don't be silly...everyone knows is no such thing as funny Asians.

  • Thane of Whiterun||

    Ken Jeong annoys me.

    And I was thinking more along the lines of eye candy. But it seems like there would be at least one recurring Asian character too.

  • oncogenesis||

    Occupy Buddhism, Or Why the Dalai Lama is a Marxist

    Any respect I had for the Dalai Lama was just exiled to a gulag.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    You had respect for him before? (And I say this as a Buddhist, albeit not a Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist.)

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    Always wondered why some people seem to think that the sort of Buddhism characterized by a feudalistic theocracy is something to aspire towards.

    Not as bad as Soka Gakkai, but still.

  • Tonio||

    Mahayana or Theravada, Dude?

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Me? I'm a Mahayana Ch'an Buddhist, and my wife is a Theravada Thai Forest Tradition Buddhist.

    It was a love story in a world...

  • Tonio||

    Interesting. Cool.

  • The Bearded Hobbit||

    I was a caddy for him once and he stiffed me on the tip.

    ... Hobbit

  • SIV||

    The only Super Bowl ad I liked was the Hyundai turbo "get in front" one.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    she better not fuck up the business model they got there.

    Based on the story they were telling on the Bloomberg teevee this morning, it sounds as if she is pretty much hands off, so she's not a complete idiot. She has apparently been married three times, so i imagine she's got the pre-nup nailed down tight.

    I know people who will veer hundreds of miles off course just to hit an In n Out.

  • Andrew S.||

    The only time I've ever had that stuff is when I was in CA for my cousin's wedding a few years back. Went there 4 times in 3 days. If there was one within a couple of hundred miles from me, I'd go for it, but I think the closest would be in... Texas, maybe? And from Florida, that's a bit far, unfortunately.

  • Brandon||

    Texas doesn't have them. Texas has the superior Whataburger.

  • Proprietist||

    Yeah we do. We have several in Dallas, as well as Whataburger. Both are good, but local chain Burger House is the best fast food burger chain in the world.

  • The Bearded Hobbit||

    Whataburger

    Harumph! A Lota Burger wannbe!

    ... Hobbit

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    O-VER-RA-TED

    clap clap clap clap clap

    They're good, but "around the corner" is about as far as I'd veer for one.

  • ||

    have you tried getting the burger "animal style"? it's the way to go.

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    Yeah. And, like I said, they're good. I wouldn't turn one down. But they aren't legendary. They aren't as good as Five Guys, even.

  • ||

    i thought five guys burgers were good, but the fries are AWESOME.

    i'd take an animal style over a 5 guys, but ymmv.

  • nicole||

    Awesome and cholesterol-free!

  • ||

    i thought five guys burgers were good, but the fries are AWESOME.

    Opposite for me: their burgers are the best in fast food, but their fries are merely good.

  • Xenocles||

    They're just slightly upscale crappy burgers. No better than Five Guys except for the shakes. I have no desire for either.

  • Sevo||

    Xenocles| 2.4.13 @ 6:24PM |#
    "They're just slightly upscale crappy burgers."

    Tried the place three times; got three really miserable burgers and fries the gulls wouldn't eat.

  • ||

    Tried the place three times; got three really miserable burgers and fries the gulls wouldn't eat.

    The whole time I lived in L.A., I never tried In 'n' Out. I loved me some Jack In The Box, though.

  • Brandon||

    Best Fast Food, in descending order:

    Whataburger
    Jack in the Box
    Carl's Jr.
    In N Out
    Wendy's
    Arby's
    Burger King/McDonalds (tie)

  • Thane of Whiterun||

    Is Culver's fast food or is it fast casual?

    Oh how I miss Culver's... nearest one is 4 hours or so away.

  • ||

    Best Fast Food, in descending order:

    Not a Five Guys fan?

    We have Whataburger here, and while I like it okay, I wouldn't put it at the top of my list. Of the ones you listed, for me, Wendy's would be closer to the top of the list.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    See, there are two types of people in this world: people who like Five Guys and pedophile rapists.

    The two groups are not mutually exclusive.

  • Brandon||

    I put Whataburger at the top because about 3/4 of the times I've gone there it's been for sausage egg and cheese breakfast taquitos, which are just insanely good, especially when drunk. Five Guys is not really fast food. I've never seen one with a drive-through.

  • Rhywun||

    I live in NYC and like Five Guys. WTF is a "drive through"?

  • ||

    I'm taking a Texas trip in March. I already know where the easternmost Jack in the Box on I-10 is. Oh, we will be stopping.

  • Xenocles||

    You want a burger in SoCal - or at least LA - look for The Counter.

  • Sudden||

    Umami yo

  • C. Anacreon||

    No The Counter for me, thanks. Just make the damn burger for me, don't make me fill out a goddam form to tell you every little thing to do about the burger. By the time I'm done filling out the form I should have already finished eating my burg.

  • Brandon||

    Carl's Jr. is better.

  • ||

    So a friend of mine who is teaching a class in Environmental Policy and Issues has invited me to speak in front of her class about the Industry perspective (I consult, but she's a lawyer seeking an honest degree, so she doesn't need the parasite perspective) on such things. I'm wondering if wearing full Libertarian regalia (monocle, spats, carried into the class by a palanquin) would give the wrong impression to college seniors.

  • NeonCat||

    You could come in dressed like a total granola hippie and then blow their minds by going full-libertarian on them, ma-a-a-n-n.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    I'm wondering if wearing full Libertarian regalia (monocle, spats, carried into the class by a palanquin) would give the wrong impression to college seniors.

    Balderdash! That's how I enter my lectures everyday, man!

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    Sartorial question: is it more appropriate to wear the tinfoil hat or the top hat when out and about on the town looking to replace my worn-out switch?

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    It depends on the color of your frock coat.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Bring a smoke machine. And make them bribe you to turn it off.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    They're good, but "around the corner" is about as far as I'd veer for one.

    That's pretty much my opinion.

    The last time I ate at In n Out was about fifteen years ago; last time I was in Vegas, whenever that was. As I recall, their shakes are pretty damn good.

    The cool thing was, this morning when the Bloomberg talking heads were comparing their business model with the "major" burger joints, they said In n Out has about four things on the menu, and MacDonalds and Burger King have DOZENS. Ands the company owns all the restaurants.

    Oddly enough, In n Out has much much higher margins.

  • Xenocles||

    That doesn't strike me as odd at all. Fewer menu items means less stock to maintain and less chance of having ingredients spoil in inventory.

  • ||

    they don't even have freezers in the stores supposedly!

    fwiw, the "secret" menu items are on the register. so, they are arguably menu items, and they outnumber the non-secret items.

  • Xenocles||

    And it may be selection bias, but with nearly every episode of "Restaurant Impossible" I've seen the first thing they do to fix the restaurant is prune the menu.

  • Virginian||

    It would seem to be common sense. In my experience, people have a favorite at the restaurants they go to regularly. If you put out six things that are excellent, even if they're not original, you'll get a lot more business then having 20 mediocre things. Too many people open a restaurant and try to have their own spin on stuff, or come up with entirely new stuff, and they crash and burn because it just isn't that good.

  • ||

    "Oddly enough" was ironic.

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    the Shat will talk to a real space captain

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    Shawshank Redemption, Brasilian style

  • ||

    Wow, 31 tried, and 27 of them actually made it out.

    There's always a small part of me, when reading about prison breaks, that hopes they never get caught, at least as long as were in for nonviolent offenses.

  • Thane of Whiterun||

  • Heroic Mulatto||

  • Thane of Whiterun||

    Nope, it's Jasper Puna'ikaika Curtis Mayfield Kavanaugh.

    Really.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    I've never met this woman, and already I am filled with the uncontrollable rage of the Úlfhéðnar.

  • Thane of Whiterun||

    That's because you're a hate-filled, cisnormative, heteronormative misogynist.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    I think it has to do more with my lycanthropy, but that's a possibility too.

  • nicole||

    That was...wow. That little dude was dressing like more of a girl than I do.

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    A more appropriate title would be "My child isn't participating in my attempts to fuck him up for life!!"

  • Mickey Rat||

    "The other day I was leafing through the racks of a local Goodwill when I saw it: a bright pink sweater covered with multi-colored hearts. I swooned, smiled, and then stopped: Was this too girly?"

    If you are asking yourself the question, then the answer is: YES!.

  • ||

    I've actually clicked on that link and a few others, just like I do when I read AM or PM links. I then read a few of them, went on to do other stuff but came back a few hours later, and for some reasons, right back on this.

    So I read that without having the usual preparation of reading something awful when I click on a link on H&R.

    I have nephews around that age man... how can you do that to people....

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    HOW PANDA BABIES ARE MADE!

    (PROTIP: Hover over link before clicking.)

  • Mike M.||

    Holy crap, gas has gone up like twenty freaking cents a gallon in the last three days. This really sucks.

  • Thane of Whiterun||

  • Tonio||

    I missed the part where someone was forcing her to buy them.

  • Proprietist||

    Oh Jesus Christ! Justice Department to sue Standard and Poor over credit downgrade?!

    How is this not a violation of the company's freedom of speech? Under what legal auspices does a company stating an opinion on the creditworthiness of the country establish a tort against that company? Is this from the 14th Amendment that the "[t]he validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned"? And is this not one of the most disturbingly chilling assaults on free speech? Where is the line? Can editorial boards for for-profit newspapers criticize the national debt? Can citizens?

  • nicole||

    And is this not one of the most disturbingly chilling assaults on free speech? Where is the line?

    Well isn't this fun. As soon as Argentina started going after financial analysts for publishing inflation rates the government disagreed with, I predicted they would be instituting price controls on food before long. A repossessed ship later, here we are. So...fuck it, let's just talk about Bar Refaeli and gender-fucking helicopter parents instead.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    I blame the gringo.

  • Proprietist||

    Ah, a little different than that - they're suing over the inaccurate corporate ratings in the runup to the recession, but a.) this still smacks of retaliation for the downgrade, and b.) can not credit rating agencies ever be wrong without breaking the law? Why would a credit rating agency stake their credibility on corrupted ratings?

  • Zeb||

    It sounds a bit like charging the Italian seismologists for not predicting the earthquake. I suppose it is possible that S&P conspired to over rate some securities, but it really doesn't seem likely.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    Christian Pastor argues in court that Christians have a first ammendment right to kidnap the children of homosexuals:

    http://www.rutlandherald.com/a...../702019895

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Umm...no, that's not what he's arguing at all; however, I understand your need to ride your ideological hobby-horse into the sunset.

    Not that I agree with his actions, but he has a 5th amendment right not to give testimony that would self-incriminate.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    He's not claiming it on fifth ammendment grounds, he's claiming it on the grounds that he somehow ought to be legally protected from having to testify about a co-religionsit.

  • Mickey Rat||

    Which is still not what you are characterizing the argument as.

  • Tonio||

    "Mennonite Pastor argues in court that Mennonites have a special first amendment right to not testify about crimes of which they are aware when homos are the victims."

    That better?

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    I don't see where you're getting that. The pastor isn't saying that he is exempt from punishment for not testifying. He's just choosing not to testifying because "Mennonite snitches get stitches from Jesus*".

    *Jesus of Nazareth, not Jesus of Cell Block C.

  • nicole||

    Yeah, his lawyer is also pretty clear that the dude is willing to spend more time in prison because of this.

  • nicole||

    Wow, I remember that couple from when their custody battle started years ago but totally missed that it ended in kidnapping. That is fucked up. Also, what's with so many people named Miller, none of whom are related?

  • Tonio||

    Perhaps Miller is a common name among US mennonites.

  • Generic Stranger||

    It's an "occupation" name. Those tend to be fairly common, e.g. "Smith". I'd assume that it'd be even more common amongst a religious group that largely tends to stick to more traditional, agricultural trades.

  • Calidissident||

    I didn't see anything there suggesting that he thinks his actions are legal, but that he thinks he must follow "God's law" rather than civil law.

    Note that I do not at all condone his actions, or the actions of Lisa Miller

  • Tonio||

    Worse. He's arguing that he is immune from the law because he's religious. And I'm sure this is the only circumstance in which a religious person would claim this, and that this is the only religious group that would ever claim that. Nobody would ever make up claims of religiosity to avoid testifying in inconvenient circumstances.

  • Mickey Rat||

    Clergy has had certain rights in this sort of thing. For instance, Catholic priests have had a right not to disclose information gained in confession.

  • Mickey Rat||

    The kid's biological mother decided she was no longer homosexual and fled the country with the child when court's would not dissolve her former lover's parental rights.

    Describing what happened as if the pastor was involved with kidnapping random children of homosexuals. This is a messy custody fight made even messier by the circumstances.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    Miller is facing up to three years in prison on his conviction for helping mother and child flee. Sentencing is set for March 4.

    The pastor was already convicted for his involvement in the kidnapping.

  • Mickey Rat||

    Which was not what I was commenting on.

  • mr lizard||

    I wonder how many classified emails will show up from the treasury telling them to keep the scam going?

  • waaminn||

    There is a dude that seems to know what time it is!

    www.ImAnon.tk

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