A.M. Links: Obama Approval Rating at Record Low, Obamacare Employer Mandate Postponed Until After Elections, Bolivian Jet Diverted Over Suspicions About Edward Snowden

  • whatever, i'll do what i want!White HouseThe Presidential Leadership Index notches Barack Obama’s approval rating at 43.2 percent, a record low during his presidency, with more than three years left to go.
  • The Obama Administration is delaying the Obamacare employer mandate by one year, pushing it to 2015, after the midterm elections.
  • 343,000 people applied for unemployment benefits for the first time last week, down from 348,000 the week before.
  • Bolivia’s president is outraged his jet was diverted in Europe and searched on suspicion that Edward Snowden was on it. The Europeans all want to impress their big brother across the pond.
  • The price of oil hit a one year high, buoyed by  worries over the unrest in Egypt. President Obama has inserted himself into the situation by issuing warnings to some of the players in the unrest, which the AP describes as “not intervention.”
  • Dennis Rodman wants a Nobel Peace Prize for his outreach to North Korea.
  • Encouraging results in two HIV positive patients who no longer show signs of being infected with the virus after getting bone marrow transplants.
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  • Matrix||

    UVA student jailed for possession of bottled water
    Damned terrorist got what she deserved!!

  • some guy||

    Again!?

  • Agammamon||

    yeah, like the NSA scandal - that's old news everyone already knew about.

  • ||

    “The agent identified herself as a police officer and was displaying her badge. Other agents did not join the incident until the subject refused to cooperate.”

    “We take all citizen complaints seriously..."

    I am calling double bullshit on that.

  • Loki||

    Why? It's not like the LEOs had any incentive to lie. I mean, it's not like their jobs are in jeopardy or they're likely to be charged with a crime or anything. /sarc

  • Rich||

    “We take all citizen complaints seriously..."

    "We *take* them seriously. Then we fucking *ignore* them."

  • H. ReardEn||

    I think it's:
    'We take them. Seriously.' *eyeroll*

  • Tonio||

    Charlottesville is a major proggie enclave. It will be interesting to see what the local proggietariat does with this.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Depends on the student's race.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    I saw a bunch of proggies going crazy over this last night. They must have finally gotten permission from their betters to do so.

  • fish||

    The rationalization will be epic! Get a video of their contortions.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The Presidential Leadership Index notches Barack Obama’s approval rating at 43.2 percent, a record low during his presidency, with more than three years left to go.

    He'll need to get those numbers up if he wants to win re-election.

  • some guy||

    You're assuming there will be another election.

    \progtard, RE: BOOOSH

  • thom||

    1.20.2017
    Obama's Last Day

  • jester||

    43.2 % approve? There really is no hope. (especially when you consider that a good number of the disapprove only do so because he works for the other team).

  • gaijin||

    see, he just needs to work on his explaining things to the people. That's all this reflects.

  • ||

    Actually, he's right about that. The president could get the other 56.8% of us to give him head too if he was a better PUA.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Dennis Rodman wants a Nobel Peace Prize for his outreach to North Korea.

    That's Obama's prize, punk.

  • some guy||

    This is not the craziest thing Dennis Rodman has ever said.

  • WTF||

    Hell, he's actually more deserving than Obama.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    He killed fewer people.

  • Bobarian||

    He didn't kill enough people.

  • The DerpRider||

    When I was in HS, I worked at the arcade he went to all the time. The Worm nickname was put on him because of how he squirmed around playing the fighting video games there.

  • The DerpRider||

    Or it was because he may have slept with Vinnie Johnson's wife.

  • Lord Humungus||

    'Oompa loompas' deny street assault
    http://web.orange.co.uk/articl.....et_assault

    A 28-year-old man suffered cuts and bruises after an alleged attack near the Prince of Wales Road nightclub.

    Police have issued an appeal for information, explaining that some of the alleged participants in the attack were dressed as the pint-sized characters from Roald Dahl's children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
  • Eduard van Haalen||

    They could have been plainclothes cops looking for UVa students.

  • Matrix||

    The Cult of ObamaCare make missionaries of public school students
    I just don't even know what to say anymore. Progs just love using children for their twisted causes... dead or alive, children are a valuable asset in their War on Liberty.

  • Ted S.||

    I just don't even know what to say anymore.

    I'd say we alreday discussed this story. But that's just me.

  • gaijin||

    children's minds are so, malleable....and tasty!

  • AuH20||

    Mark my words, this is the kind of shit that really pisses people off.

    Oh, wait, it's California. Nothing short of Lex Luthor is saving that now.

  • matty||

    "For some reason Winston suddenly found himself thinking of Mrs. Parsons, with her wispy hair and the dust in the creases of her face. Within two years those children would be denouncing her to the Thought Police. Mrs. Parsons would be vaporized."

  • Enough About Palin||

    "The Cult of ObamaCare"

    You know it really should be called PelosiCare.

  • trichome||

    Excellent point. More people should know this--if only for accuracy.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Dennis Rodman wants a Nobel Peace Prize for his outreach to North Korea.

    That sounds about right.

  • DontShootMe||

    Why would anybody want the same prize Yassar Arafat and Al Gore got?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I can think of about a million reasons.

  • Matrix||

  • fish||

    I got fired once for this very same reason.

    I should have let them do it....the garden needed a little maintenance.

    PS: CHRISTFAG

  • ||

    Wha?

  • fish||

    Poorly crafted humor + plus obligatory CHRISTFAG reference for shreek.

  • trichome||

    Wait, she said, "I really felt like this was illegal?"

    So the law is based on hurt feelings now?

    I bet she either settles or outright wins her goddamn case.

    Also, I wonder what her vulva and vagina look like.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    343,000 people applied for unemployment benefits for the first time last week, down from 348,000 the week before.

    It wasn't unexpected?

  • gaijin||

    and for something like the 55th week in a row, the previous week's number was revised UP, to show a headline this week of claims being down.

  • Lord Humungus||

    Samuel T. Wilkinson: Pot-Smoking And the Schizophrenia Connection
    Medical research shows a clear link between marijuana use and mental illness.
    http://online.wsj.com/article/.....on_LEADTop

    Recent legislation has permitted the recreational use of marijuana in Colorado and Washington state. Those who support legalization often tout the lack of serious medical consequences associated with the drug. Most of us know people who used marijuana in high school or college and seem to have suffered no significant medical consequences. As the medical and scientific literature continues to accumulate, however, it is becoming clearer that the claim that marijuana is medically harmless is false.

    There is a significant and consistent relationship between marijuana use and the development of schizophrenia and related disorders. Schizophrenia is considered by psychiatrists to be the most devastating of mental illnesses. Patients who suffer from it often experience auditory or visual hallucinations, severe social withdrawal and cognitive impairment. Many require frequent and prolonged hospitalization in psychiatric wards.

    REEFER MADNESS!

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Pretty clear case of
    correlation =/= causation

  • AuH20||

    Yeah. My guess is that many schizophrenics are self medicating with pot.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    I self-medicated for some problems I was having early on in college.

    I had tried all of the drugs the docs gave me, but none of them worked or allowed me to feel any types of emotions other than anger. So I started self medicating. And it worked.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    Thats funny, I now self medicate WITH anger. I find it helps when talking about cops shooting dogs, liberals, and H&R commenters.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    Ohh, and "Conservatives" who think small government only applies to economics. that too.

  • Bobarian||

    "And it worked."

    Who told you that?

  • Lord Humungus||

    Police arrest man after fight over seat saving at LDS church
    http://fox13now.com/2013/07/01.....ds-church/

    “There was some seats that were allegedly saved, and there was a disagreement over whether they were saved or not and an individual sitting there,” Weber County Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Lowther told FOX 13. “This continued to escalate throughout the day.”

    The argument continued outside to the parking lot, Lowther said, where punches were thrown. One man went inside to clean himself up and returned and was then struck by a car, Lowther told FOX 13.

    “He ended up on the hood of the car,” he said. “We did an investigation, there was conflicting stories (between the two men), but according to witness accounts there was enough probable cause to make an arrest for aggravated assault.”
  • Ted S.||

    There was some seats that were allegedly saved, and there was a disagreement over whether they were saved or not

    I'd rather those seats burn in hell for eternity.

  • Fluffy||

    Luckily, since they're Mormon seats, even after they've been removed and sent to the dump, there's a special ceremony where they can be saved after the fact.

  • Tonio||

    Nice.

  • country bumpkin||

    +1

  • jester||

    There's a reason Mormon congregations are called wards.

  • DontShootMe||

    "Let us now offer to each other, the sign of peace."
    "Wham!"
    "Er, that's not exactly how it's done..."

  • Brett L||

    They were having an Irish Mass?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Bolivia’s president is outraged his jet was diverted in Europe and searched on suspicion that Edward Snowden was on it.

    Just wait until they divert Air Force One in search of spies and war criminals.

  • some guy||

    That would be hilarious an international incident, if not an act of war. Standards, we have multiple of them.

  • Rich||

    "Get off my plane!"

  • Tonio||

    Yeah, this is a huge deal. Effectively, the europeans have suspended diplomatic immunity. So much for rule of law.

  • Agammamon||

    You know this is what I don't get about governments - Snowden has been committed of committing a non-violent crime in the US (and only the US).

    Why, absent a pretty compelling presentation of evidence to a duly appointed judicial reviewer, would any other country even want to bother trying to apprehend the guy? Its not like *we're* going to appreciate it.

    Personally, I'd stay out of it - America its your mess, you deal with it.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    And you're that rare country that doesn't enjoy U.S. tax dollars shoveled your way.

  • trichome||

    You'd lose access to the big, fat, juicy American market of incontinent spenders and innumerate morons.

    Feels bad, man.

  • Tonio||

    Snowden has been committed of committing a non-violent crime in the US (and only the US)

    Not sure whether you meant accused or convicted. He's been accused, I believe he's been formerly charged. His case hasn't been to trial (at least not in a non-secret court).

    Extradition treaties require that accused people like Snowden be turned over to the country doing the accusing. IANAL, and some restrictions apply.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    There's usually an exception for nonviolent political offenses. That should tie up the case in litigation for a while. If he's caught.

  • Tonio||

    Yes, but this incident wasn't part of a legal extradition procedure; it was a blatant snatch attempt.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    Yes, but this incident wasn't part of a legal extradition procedure; it was a blatant snatch attempt.

    This.

    It was the long arm of US influence, getting other countries to do our dirty work. Were I the Bolivian president, I would sue the fuck out of Austria (or wherever the fuck).

  • Tonio||

    If I were the Bolivian prez, I'd make sure that the Austrian (or whichever) ambassador to my country spent the night in jail on trumped-up charges.

  • Brett L||

    ^This. Oh, you like diplomatic immunity, now?

  • Tonio||

    No, I don't like diplomatic immunity since it ultimately privileges some individuals above others.

    But having said that - treaty obligations, rule of law, SLDs, yadda yadda.

  • RickC||

    Gonna go out on a limb here but I think BL was directing that at Austria.

  • Tonio||

    I wasn't sure.

  • Rrabbit||

    If I were the Bolivian President, I'd offer Snowden asylum. And not just Snowden.

  • Cdr Lytton||

    Doesn't the accusing country need to formally make an extradition request first? Is it normal for a country to detain someone before such a request is made if no local laws were broken?

    Speaking of extradition, maybe Snowden could shack up with ole Roman Polanski? No? Bringing egregious constitutional violations is evil but drugging and ass raping a minor is A-Ok?

  • Tonio||

    Again, this wasn't anything resembling an attempt to extradite through normal channels. It was a blatant search, and almost certainly a treaty violation. As some guy pointed out, wars have been started over things like this.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Being emperor has it's benefits.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Don't be sill,

    Obama is the princeps of the world community.

  • ||

    Does this mean France will be sending Polanski to the States to face trial for raping a 14 year old in the ass? Or those other asylum seekers it refused to send back because the US has the death penalty? Nothing like a country with principles.

  • Sevo||

    PS| 7.3.13 @ 9:53AM |#
    "Does this mean France will be sending Polanski to the States to face trial for raping a 14 year old in the ass?"

    Nope.
    Polanski's an "artist" and it wasn't "rape-rape".

  • Cliché Bandit||

    France had not been unresponsive?

  • trichome||

    This is inaccurate. She was 13.

    Also, after she grew up she said everything's cool. As the ancient common law principle says, "No harm, no foul."

  • mad libertarian guy||

    Bolivia’s president is outraged his jet was diverted in Europe and searched on suspicion that Edward Snowden was on it. The Europeans all want to impress their big brother across the pond.

    Further proof that the biggest bully of them all is government.

  • ||

    Which is ironic because Morales is a Marxist.

    The worst enemy of humanity is capitalism. That is what provokes uprisings like our own, a rebellion against a system, against a neo-liberal model, which is the representation of a savage capitalism. If the entire world doesn't acknowledge this reality, that the national states are not providing even minimally for health, education and nourishment, then each day the most fundamental human rights are being violated.
  • Rrabbit||

    Some country could arrest President O'Bummer to verify that he is not Fantomas in some clever disguise.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Bolivia’s president is outraged his jet was diverted in Europe and searched on suspicion that Edward Snowden was on it.

    American Exceptionalism at work!

  • DJF||

    So where can Snowden go?

    It looks like getting to Central or South America will be very difficult

    Africa is out since I doubt if they will be willing to pay the price in US displeasure

    Asia is mostly out, North Korea and Iran might take him in just to piss off the US and North Korea does border Russia so there is no problem getting there while there is no US ally between Russia and Iran

    Europe is mostly out since they won't stand up to the US and even if let in there will be long court fights which Snowden might lose

    Belarus is a possibility if Russia does not want to keep him. Belarus is already on the US enemy list and might do it as a favor to Russia.

    Ukraine is too split between Russian and US supporters.

    The Stan’s would sell him to the highest bidder

    China probably does not want him because it might remind the Chinese on how much the Chinese government spies on them.

  • jester||

    He will probably have to charter a plane which could prove tricky. My guess is that a fake mechanical will force it to land in the US where he will be apprehended. I don't think the Obama Admin has the huevos to shoot it out of the sky.
    Anyway, I don't think he'll have trouble finding donors to fund his flight.

  • Tonio||

    No, he'd be an idiot to fly over or even near US airspace.

    He's also going to have to avoid the airspace of any country which is overly friendly with the US.

    And he has to worry about the crew of any chartered aircraft being compromised by US agencies.

  • Loki||

    Whatever ends up happening to him I think it's a safe bet that things won't end well for him. At some point the intelligence agencies might decide they're sick of playing around and he'll fall victim to some unfortunate "accident."

  • Tonio||

    ^This. Except they will wait for a decade or so before doing that so it's not so obvious, and people have mostly forgotten who he was. See: Trotsky, Leon.

  • Rasilio||

    There is no chance that he gets assassinated by the US anytime soon, the media and political backlash against Obama would be just too huge.

    I could see them doing it quietly in a few years as a message to any other potential "leakers", but it is just as likely that once his data dumps are done they'll leave him alone as not worth the effort.

    There is also the possibility he's created a deadmans switch to protect himself, basically given data so sensitive that even he wouldn't normally release it to a trusted group who would release it in the event of his death

  • mad libertarian guy||

    There is also the possibility he's created a deadmans switch to protect himself, basically given data so sensitive that even he wouldn't normally release it to a trusted group who would release it in the event of his death[.]

    Something is up. The government clearly fears whatever it is that Snowden still has. Had he dumped everything, there wouldn't be the manhunt theater we see all around the world. When Diplomatic Immunity is suspended like this, shit is real. He has a card he hasn't played, and the government is doing everything they can to keep him from spilling the beans.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Nunavut?

  • Gordilocks||

    RCMP sled chase when he gets off the plane.

  • Pro Libertate||

    He has a fighting chance there, where military power is measured in a man's grit and the worthiness of his dogs.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The Obama Administration is delaying the Obamacare employer mandate by one year, pushing it to 2015, after the midterm elections.

    Document dumps on Fridays and bad decisions on the day after Election Day. Leadership!

  • Sevo||

    You can't *rush* something like this, right Ms. Pelosi?
    Oh and:
    "Pelosi: This Independence Day, Let's Celebrate Obamacare"
    Yes, you miserable hag, let's do that!
    http://reason.com/blog/2013/07.....ets-celebr

  • ||

    If congress passes a law, is not the executive required to enforce it? Since when does the executive have discretion over what laws to implement or not implement and when to do so?

    After telling us so many times how much we are gonna love obamacare, why wouldnt they implement it before the 2014 elections? Then everyone would just love the dems and they could sweep the house, right?

    Shitweaselest shitweasel ever. Who in god's name buys his bullshit?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    As I recall, they wrote into PPACA giving the Secretary of Health and Human Services tons of discretion. Because vague, sweeping laws enforced at the whim of a single individual are the very best kinds of laws.

  • Rich||

    This.

  • DJF||

    We are not a nation of laws, we are a nation ruled by unelected bureaucrats

  • Sevo||

    Could be, but it seems it was announced (and decided?) by Valerie Jarret, who holds the official position of, what, white house nag?

  • Nephilium||

    Apparently this is not one of those items that falls under HHS, it falls under the IRS.

  • Tonio||

  • Loki||

    Who in god's name buys his bullshit?

    *Suthenboy lights the Assplug signal!*

  • DJF||

    So does this means that all those employees will now have to get individual insurance since they won’t have employer insurance and the individual mandate is still in effect?

  • Lord Humungus||

    Wonkbook: Is this the laziest Congress ever?
    http://socialreader.com/me/con....._p=article

    Six months into its term, there's little evidence that the 113th Congress will be the worst Congress ever. But they might be the laziest.

    On Monday, simply by doing nothing, they allowed the interest rate on student loans to double, from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. That might be permissible if they were busy with more important things, like inventing a cure for cancer that's also a source of endless clean energy. But they're not even working this week.

    The 112th Congress passed 220 laws. That's the fewest of any Congress since we began keeping track in 1948. But the 113th Congress is on track to pass even fewer laws than that. "Just 15 bills have become law this year, compared to 23 over the same period in 2011," writes Dashiel Bennett at the Atlantic Wire. It's the do-nothingest Congress ever!

    and the problem is?

  • some guy||

    If by "laziest" he means "best. This is why I always pull for gridlock after watching my preferred candidates pull < 5% of the vote. Gridlock is the only hope we have left.

  • Ted S.||

    Politicians' Logic:

    We must do something.
    This is something.
    Therefore, we must do this.

  • Tejicano||

    No, no, no! Pay Attention now -

    We must do something.

    This is something and we've slapped a label on it which evokes empathy for the victims of this problem.

    Therefore, we must do this.

    Got it?

  • T||

    Cry me a fucking river. We're still paying off the wife's law school at 8%. Entitled little whiners.

  • fish||

    ....and the problem is?

    The problem is that somewhere E.J. Dionne is crying over the countries lack of enthusiasm for governance.

  • Irish||

    It makes me laugh that liberals think there is some amount of laws that congress has to pass, and a failure to pass the requisite amount of laws is bad.

    I was unaware that we had a law quota.

  • ||

    Transpose wonk to wank and it will always be more accurate. Always.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    Welcome to Wonkbook, Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas's morning policy news primer.

    "Welcome to Wonkbook, our hopelessly derivative attempt to replicate the success of Reason's A.M. Links!"

  • B.P.||

    Stupid ideas about law quotas aside, the problem with this calculus is that Congress can pack a hell of a lot of stuff into one bill since they don't have a single-subject rule.

  • Sevo||

    "Dennis Rodman wants a Nobel Peace Prize for his outreach to North Korea."
    There's a wasted one laying around in DC. Maybe they can get it back and give it to someone who deserves it.

  • Brett L||

    Can we nominate him?

  • BelowTheRim||

    Dennis Rodman wants a Nobel Peace Prize for his outreach to North Korea

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-NDZGtU7So

    But no he deserves the award

  • Lord Humungus||

    Mich. man driving wheelchair to White House for marijuana
    http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/20.....372702708/

    A Michigan man with cerebral palsy said he is rolling his wheelchair to Washington in the hopes of talking to President Obama about medical marijuana.

    Curtis Kile, 52, said he left his Taylor home June 14 on a mission to steer his motorized wheelchair to the White House for a chat with President Barack Obama about nationwide legalization of marijuana, a drug he said has been instrumental in his treatment, the Detroit Free Press reported Monday.
  • RickC||

    When I read the headline my first thought was, "So, he's going to the choom master to score some stuff."

  • db||

    Like the Choomster would share.

  • Lord Humungus||

    Intercepted!

  • db||

    Like all posts at Hit y Run, yes.

  • Ska||

    Man, just reading about that makes me want to punch somebody. I've hung out with plenty of inconsiderate assholes but nobody would try that shit in our ciphers. What a dick move.

  • Raven Nation||

    Wouldn't be surprised if Obama meets with him for the photo op. And makes some comments about how terrible the situation is and that he supports doing something about it.

  • Loki||

    And then Joe Biden asks the guy to stand up so everyone can see him.

  • Raven Nation||

    heh heh heh

  • mad libertarian guy||

    He's going to get there, and the O won't have any goddamn thing to do with him. It will all be a waste.

  • robc||

    Lawsuit Avoision:

    I dont know when this started, but its been in the last few years, I think. The Ladies Poker Championship at the WSOP is now an "open" event, 10k entry, but ladies get a 90% discount.

  • Brett L||

    The 12 "most offensive" startups. I have no clue why these are offensive. Also, it should open in single page, not slide-show. You're welcome.

  • Brett L||

    Oh c'mon, no one wants to play with The SnuggieSutra, the worst sex book since SF's tell-all memoir?

  • SugarFree||

    Fleece is anti-erotic.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I would say that silk is the most sensual of fabrics, but Warty insists that it's asbestos. His reasoning was unclear.

  • fish||

    His reasoning was unclear.

    Heat resistance. Warty should consider lube once and a while to reduce friction.

  • Rasilio||

    "Fleece is anti-erotic."

    Unless you're in Germany

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    What, no jokes about Scotland or New Zealand?

  • Rasilio||

    Well I don't know, I hadn't heard that they had erotic zoo's in Scotland or New Zealand.

    Course in both those places sheepfucking is probably more like marital relations and not something you do for kinky fun on the side.

  • Enough About Palin||

    "Fleece is anti-erotic."

    Not to Joe Pile.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    Not to Joe Pile.

    I love that of all of the sheepfuckers we read about on a daily basis, that this particular sheepfucker is the one we remember.

  • ||

    Half of those are just variations of Hot or Not.

  • SugarFree||

    "Great things happen when your ass feels fantastic."

  • Rich||

  • some guy||

    Apparently he "forgot" about the Patriot Act, or some such nonsense. When will he be removed from office for incompetence? Soon, right?

  • Rich||

  • Brett L||

    So he's getting Martha Stewart's old cell for perjury, right?

  • WTF||

    Don't be silly, he's one of the Nobility!

  • Lord Humungus||

    Wendy Davis Offers a Warning for Democrats
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/.....crats.html

    This time, Republicans actually have a response: legislation that highlights how pro-choice Democrats are out of step with the public. Most Americans think abortion should be legal in cases of rape, but they also think it should be illegal in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. The Gallup Organization has never found more than 27 percent of the public supporting legal second-trimester abortion.

    The last time Republicans fought a national election when specific pro-life legislation was at issue was in 2004. Republicans had passed a popular ban on partial-birth abortion. Most Democrats opposed it, but had a hard time justifying their stance. After losing the election, many Democrats -- including their presidential candidate, John Kerry -- said the perception that they were extreme on abortion had contributed to their defeat.
  • robc||

    The Gallup Organization has never found more than 27 percent of the public supporting legal second-trimester abortion.

    Nick was claiming 88 percent support 2nd trimester abortion in an earlier thread this morning, which I knew was a lie.

  • some guy||

    Probably depends on how you phrase the question, as all opinion polls do. Something about lies, damned lies and statistics...

  • Agammamon||

    I'm sure you can find a significant percentage that supports post partum abortion.

  • Brett L||

    They are called parents with teenagers.

  • wareagle||

    and there was a former state senator from Illinois that crafted a bill that would have allowed for post-abortion termination. His name escapes me at the moment.

  • CampingInYourPark||

    15 Photos From the Tahrir Square Protests You’ll Never See In Legacy Media.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/.....ur-freedom

  • Sevo||

    Gee, aren't you glad we're supporting the right folks over there?

  • gaijin||

    haha! They used the term 'vintage media' in the article. I will steal that for use.

  • AuH20||

    Don't, or else the hipsters will latch on to its corpse. Do you really want artisan newspapers?

  • gaijin||

    Do you really want artisan newspapers?

    true. The AOL 'Patch' franchise is bad enough.

  • Fluffy||

    Apparently according to a zerohedge commenter "Hyzaboon" is an Arabic word that means a very ugly and very evil old woman.

    I welcome this word into English and look forward to employing it often during the 2016 Presidential campaign season.

    Perhaps Feinstein and Pelosi keep it warm while Hilary is waiting for it.

  • Raven Nation||

    I vote for "Obama, your bitch is our dictator."

  • Spoonman.||

    I like the pure hatred in this sign:

    ANN PATERSON
    You and Your Country
    Go To Hell
    Liars
    SHIT!!

  • Loki||

    I like the one that says "Wake up America, Obama backs up a fascist regime in Egypt."

    No shit, maybe that's because he "backs up" a fascist regime here too.

  • Marc F Cheney||

    Looks like they hate America for all the right reasons for once. I'm touched, frankly.

  • Marc F Cheney||

    PS I liked best "Go back to your home on Obama island."

  • Lord Humungus||

    IT worker beams porn onto giant outdoor screen
    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/ho.....?print=yes

    It turns out a technician had hooked his computer up to the screen to fix a fault - but forgot to disconnect a cable.

    The man then tuned into the raunchy film, unaware he was broadcasting it to hundreds of unwitting travellers.

    Warning: NSFW pic

  • Fluffy||

    As big a hero as Snowden?

  • db||

    You can't stop the signal.

  • Brett L||

    We have the technology, we have the skill, we can rebuild him. The $6 Duck.

    Born with a backwards left foot last November, Buttercup the duck had never been able to walk normally. But that was until Sunday, when thanks to 3D printing technology, Buttercup was fitted with a custom-designed silicone foot that has him up and walking like a duck.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    But that was until Sunday, when thanks to 3D printing technology, Buttercup was fitted with a custom-designed silicone foot that has him up and walking like a duck.

    They are trying to make a duck version of Planet Terror?.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I've got the music in my head. And Oscar Goldman's voice: We can rebuild him. We have the technology.

  • fish||

    We have the technology, we have the skill, we can rebuild him. The $6 Duck.

    AFLAC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Some fucking idiot on my teevee just said, "This $2000.- per employee penalty for not offering health insurance is no big deal."

    If you have thirty employees, and your tax bill magically jumps by sixty grand overnight, I think that's kind of significant. That must be why I'm not a journalist.

  • some guy||

    It's not a big deal because the business owner can just foist that extra expense onto the customer. I mean, libertards always say that the free market is great at handling stuff like this. Let the market handle it.

    \Krugnuts

  • Spoonman.||

    I don't understand how BarryO can just delay the implementation of the law. Congress passed the law with that deadline, right? Would a small business employee have standing to sue the executive branch?

  • some guy||

    How can he (via Sebilius) decide to give subsidies to people buying policies through federally managed exchanges. How can his admin give out thousands of waivers to various other provisions in the law?

    BFU,TW

  • Brett L||

    Crank up the volume and sing along!

  • Spoonman.||

    Well yeah, I knew about the FYTY reasoning, but I wondered if they'd pulled anything more formal out of their butts.

  • some guy||

    No. They said they were doing it to guarantee proper, effective implementation of the law, or something like that. Basically, a cop out. They claim they are giving up the deadline to ensure that they will do a good job. Nevermind that the deadline is part of the job. Combined with all the other stunts they've pulled regarding this law, it all comes back to FY,TW (however you want to spell it).

  • Auric Demonocles||

    He's required to spend the money Congress appropriated for it, right?

  • WTF||

    He's required to spend the money Congress appropriated for it, right?

    Or else....? Oh, that's right, there is no 'or else'.

  • some guy||

    Oh, he'll spend it. The question is: "On what?"

  • ||

    I asked the same earlier, but of course it is a rhetorical question.

    Because he is the fucking king. He is a progressive, and all progressives know that you cant make progress if your power is limited.

  • Rich||

    I don't understand how BarryO can just delay the implementation of the law.

    You probably don't understand how photons travel from the depth of the sun, either -- yet, it happens.

    Seriously, as Fist pointed out, *much* of DemocratCare is discretionary.

  • ||

    "...*much* of DemocratCare is discretionary."

    Of course. They wrote the damn law to give themselves maximum discretion. You could probably sum up the entire thousands of page law with " We get to do whatever we want, and fuck you."

    When that idiot biden said " This is a big fucking deal" he was right, but not in the way that most people thought.

  • Rich||

    he was right, but not in the way that most people thought.

    Nice.

  • Pro Libertate||

    With the IRS and other scandals, the last thing this administration or any other should have is more discretion.

  • some guy||

    No, no, see they need more discretion to ensure that such scandals aren't revealed in the future.

  • Pro Libertate||

    They should have negative discretion. Meaning they have to get 310 million people to agree with each action they take.

  • db||

    Any guesses on what would happen if Air Force One were denied a clearance to fly into several countries' airspace and was forced to land in a foreign nation?

  • WTF||

    It's good to be the King!

  • Pro Libertate||

    Wait, this involves drone process, right?

  • Rich||

    Sanford ... city officials .... have crafted a “secret law enforcement” plan to deal with potential social disorder.

    FEMA was training pastors and other religious representatives to become secret police enforcers who teach their congregations to “obey the government” in preparation for a declaration of martial law, property and firearm seizures, and forced relocation.

    Boston was a good test, apparently.

  • Ted S.||

    You're linking to Infowars??

  • Rich||

    Not exactly.

    Anyway, my friend -- can you prove it didn't happen? ;-)

  • ant1sthenes||

    Right now, Infowars is about as credible as any other media outlet.

  • Lord Humungus||

    Hidden microphone found in London embassy: Ecuador
    http://sg.news.yahoo.com/hidde.....36212.html

    A hidden microphone was found in Ecuador's embassy in London, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is holed up, Ecuador's foreign minister said.

    Ricardo Patino said the origin of the bug would be revealed Wednesday and explanations demanded of the country involved. He did not elaborate.
  • Seriously?||

    They should have at least attached the mic to the toilet for a few days before announcing it's discovery.

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    "OK, Assange goes out tonight at 19:00 in the trunk of our diplomatic limo. Is everyone prepared?"

  • some guy||

    Why not do something like that to embarrass the culprit as much as possible?

  • Tonio||

    Yeah, that would have been great, Mullet. I wonder if the bit with the plane carrying the Bolivian Pres was a setup.

  • Loki||

    How much you want to bet that if it turns out to be planted by the US, Ecuador decides to go ahead and grant Snowden asylum. This could get interesting.

  • Loki||

    Dennis Rodman wants a Nobel Peace Prize for his outreach to North Korea.

    He's probably done more to actually deserve one than Obama.

  • jester||

    His rebounding while playing in the NBA deserved a Peace Prize more than Obama's Peace thru War post-acceptance display.

  • AuH20||

    He also managed to be on both Isiah's Bad Boy Pistons and Jordan's Bulls. His diplomatic skills are clearly unparalleled.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Rodman hasn't applied drone process to anyone. Probably has no killings at all to his credit.

  • alittlesense||

    He applied something to Carmen Electra.....

  • The Late P Brooks||

    The 112th Congress passed 220 laws. That's the fewest of any Congress since we began keeping track in 1948.

    What if we already have more laws than we need?

    That fucking crook Rattner was on some show a few days ago, bleating the same talking point.

  • Seriously?||

    Too bad the stat is meaningless because they attach laws to laws ad infini.

  • Enough About Palin||

    I bet if one were to count pages instead of laws (think PelosiCare and the immigration bill), the 112 and the 113 congress hold first and second place.

  • AuH20||

    Did you know that the Voting Rights decisions doesn't allow blacks or Latinos to vote?

    What does this have to do with gay rights? Well, nothing explicitly. The cruel juxtaposition of the two decisions is what’s most startling. We may call it progress when one historically oppressed group gains unprecedented rights, but what do we call it when another group simultaneously loses theirs after decades of brutal struggle? Furthermore, how do we begin to understand the total cognitive dissonance that begins to settle in when we realize that these groups are not mutually exclusive? There are now Black and Latino voters in “our community” who are not voters anymore. Their marriages may be recognized in the eyes of the state (if they are married under very specific circumstances), but suddenly their votes are not.

    The idea seems to be to divide and conquer. Oppressed groups can’t gain true power in this country without each other. They may be placated with wins throughout history, but as we’ve just been shown, these wins can be taken back at any time, given the right context, political climate, and national culture that is taking place at any given historical moment.

  • Brett L||

    Huh. I would think that the 13th, 14th, 15th, and 24th Amendments still apply.

  • AuH20||

    IT'S BEEN REVOKED!

  • Zeb||

    But how could anyone possibly have voting rights without a Voting Rights Act?

  • Fluffy||

    "If we have to sue after you make minor changes to voting procedures and not before, it's like not having the right to vote AT ALL!"

  • Don Mynack||

    WTF?

  • mad libertarian guy||

    The obfuscation and hyperbole programs are in full swing after the VRA vote. The amount of disinformation is staggering. It's a good bet that this asshole couldn't explain in anything resembling a coherent way exactly what the opinion entails, and what the ruling means.

    TEH VRA HAZ BIN GUTTED!!!!!!!one11!!!

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Any guesses on what would happen if Air Force One were denied a clearance to fly into several countries' airspace and was forced to land in a foreign nation?

    SHOPPING!

    And a nice lunch.

  • AuH20||

    Butch doesn't get masculinity

    How do we, as butches, form a healthier community, one that reaches out rather than puts up walls? I know and understand why those walls are there. The queer community has to be insular for its own protection, and we're a bunch that has learned defense mechanisms the hard way. But butchness doesn't just arise from queerness. It's also directly influenced by hegemonic masculinity, and patriarchal notions of manhood, and what it means to share and bond and connect when these expectations for expression are in place. I'm not saying we need to wake up tomorrow and stand in a circle together and kumbuya this into existence. I'm saying that instead of expecting the worse from our fellow butches, we need to see the best. We need to support and accept, instead of attempting to one-up and establish superiority. There are many kinds of butches, and they're all equally important and equally welcome to our community. Let's make sure we all have a place at the table. We can be hard motherfuckers who kick the ass of the world that tries to beat us down, but we should still be able to smile at our fellow butch, and let them know we see them as friends, siblings, and fellows in the struggle.

  • AuH20||

    I revisited that emotion when I came out as butch. Sometimes it feels like my inability to feel at home in the butch community and make butch friends has something to do with my inability to make guy friends, too. When masculinity is the dominant trait that ties a group together, it's a very different kind of bonding experience. I'm used to the secretiveness of girlhood, the connections that are formed from whispering and huddling together in the dark and sharing hidden things that society has told us not to display. In a butch social group, it feels like I'm meant to be putting everything on display, from my sexual prowess to my good hair. We're either peacocking together or we're sizing each other up, or both. And when we can't find a greater cause to identify with, we resort to shitty practices like misogyny and shoving our swagger around. Masculinity isn't about forming community without pushing someone out of that community, so it's not that much of a surprise that access to that community doesn't always feel natural or okay.

  • Brett L||

    Wait, even butch women act like women and have a pecking order? Noooo.

  • wareagle||

    but that is men's fault, isn't it? Isn't everything?

  • AuH20||

    Well, she invokes misogyny throughout the piece, so the answer is... yes.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    We need to support and accept, instead of attempting to one-up and establish superiority. There are many kinds of butches, and they're all equally important and equally welcome to our community.

    The first sentence dictates that the second is not possible. The cognitive dissonance from one sentence to the next is staggering. How can someone be so intellectually blind.

  • Loki||

    How can someone be so intellectually blind.

    I'm gonna go out on a limb here and predict that she went to public schools for K-12 and majored in Gender Studies or Queer Studies or something eually ridiculous at the School for the Permanently Aggrieved. That's how.

  • AuH20||

    Okay, maybe I'm missing something, and her piece is all kinds of dumb, but how does the first sentence negate the second? To my way of thinking, she's just being a kumbaya type who wants everyone to get along.

    In a piece that she explicitly says she isn't a kumbaya type. I mean, it's stupid, but I just ain't seeing it in the parts you highlighted.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    Okay, maybe I'm missing something, and her piece is all kinds of dumb, but how does the first sentence negate the second?

    If everyone is setting up a hierarchy, it cannot be possible that everyone is "equally important and equally welcome to our community."

  • SugarFree||

    Masculinity isn't about forming community without pushing someone out of that community

    We need to form a Kickstarter page to gather the required funds to pay this poor woman a clue.

  • AuH20||

    Yeah, that's why I posted this. She writes these long screeds about being a "masculine of center" queer, but she also clearly doesn't know shit about masculinity. It ain't bow ties and butch haircuts and binding your boobs- which any man could happily explain to her, but she hates men.

  • SugarFree||

    Proposition: If you have to think about being masculine, there is little chance you ever will be.

    "Gender as performance" is one of the greatest dead-ends of academia.

  • Tejicano||

    Exactly.

    Masculinity can never be a pose.

    Butch is nothing but a pose.

  • Fluffy||

    My question is:

    Where's all this "world trying to beat us down" stuff taking place?

    Not a lot of literal gay bashing going on any more. Not in the US.

    Putting your picture up on peopleofwalmart so that we can laugh at it is not really the world trying to beat you down.

    Butches are mainly just invisible to me. I only notice them if the femme is really hot, and that's only in passing, as in: "Wow, that chick is really hot...(sees butch)...ANNNNNNNNND she's gay." (Moves on to pay attention to other stuff and forgets about butch in milliseconds.)

  • Lord Humungus||

    I've had a Butch try to act all macho with me. It was pretty funny... so I kept smiling (and checking out her hot girlfriend). You would think the metal mask would be some sort of clue.

  • Fluffy||

    BTW -

    Fuck France.

    Also -

    Fuck Spain.

    This is in keeping with the truism -

    Fuck Portugal.

    That is all.

  • robc||

    This match will determine once and for all which nation is the greatest on earth - Mexico or Portugal!

  • Tim||

    "Before I left my Country I left $4.800.000.00usd cheque draft with my
    secretary in Benin Republic Mr.Ogini Chigozie, I told him that I will ask you to
    contact him for the money.Therefore,I would like you to contact
    Mr.Ogini Chigozie now and ask him to transfer the fund to you. You shall
    use ($4.400,000.00usd) out of the total amount to launch a foundation on
    the motherless babies in your area in my name and keep $400,000.00 to
    yourself as a reward of your participation and effort."

    Regards
    Dr.Haji Babakan

  • Lord Humungus||

    sounds legit.

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

  • The DerpRider||

    The HIV story - I earned that hat tip!

  • Tonio||

    Congrats, buddy.

    But remember, those whom the authors would destroy they first make proud.

  • Ken Shultz||

    "Barack Obama’s approval rating at 43.2 percent, a record low during his presidency, with more than three years left to go."

    An unpopular Obama is better in a way.

    I mean, it's not better than having a tuna sandwich for a president, but it's better than having a popular Obama in the White House.

    For sure.

  • datcv||

    The Democrats have 3 years to convince themselves they never liked Obama and always wanted Hilary to be President.

  • Ken Shultz||

    "Dennis Rodman wants a Nobel Peace Prize for his outreach to North Korea."

    Makes more sense than Obama's Future Achievement Award.

    Seriously, if they gave one to Obama for nothin', why not give Dennis Rodman one for somethin'?

  • The Late P Brooks||

    "Hate and Fear" will be a fitting legacy for the Campaigner-in-Chief.

  • Tim||

    "I didn't know"; " First I heard about it was on TV, same as you."

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Pro abortion mob chants HAIL SATAN at a christian pro life group in Houston.

  • Fluffy||

    That was actually pretty funny.

    A counter-protest is mainly an exercise in flaming and trolling no matter how polite you are, so you may as well really fuck with people.

  • John||

    True. Except that if someone showed up to troll a pro abortion protest the FBI would be called.

  • Zeb||

    Doesn't that happen all the time (the trolling, not the FBI calling)? Anti-abortion protesters are hardly meek and polite.

  • Rasilio||

    That's because pro abortion groups are not known for blowing up churches or assasinating preachers, the same cannot be said for anti abortion groups

  • Enough About Palin||

    "That's because pro abortion groups are not known for blowing up churches or assasinating preachers, the same cannot be said for anti abortion groups"

    "I'm a fucking saint!"
    /Dr. Kermit Gosnell

  • Zeb||

    Nobody said all abortion providers are good people. Just that pro-abortion activists don't have a history of killing people (who have been born, if you insist).

  • Xenocles||

    I guess when you kill babies* what more do you need?

    *I know, I know, this is controversial. But why spoil a good joke?

  • VG Zaytsev||

    I don't think it's a very good way for them to get their point across.

    Kinda like libertarians arguing that the south had a right to secede in 1861.

  • Zeb||

    NO it's totally stupid from a PR point of view. Just pure culture war. But it is funny.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Wait, what about the Declaration of Independence, which is basically a legal brief outlining the justification for secession? As a basic right of people?

    Regardless of the motivation, the right to secede is absolutely necessary to any concept of libertarianism, even the minarchist view. Otherwise, the government owns us. The South's motives were impure, but the right to secede was an important barrier to federal tyranny.

  • Brett L||

    What if we agree that the seccession question was settled by right-of-conquest in 1865, regardless of the previous Constitutional understanding?

  • Pro Libertate||

    That's some bullshit, Brett. If that works, then we've been conquered by the federal government since then. Please submit.

  • Brett L||

    Someone, not mentioning any names, suspended habeas corpus without creating a Constitutional crisis. So, yeah, the Constitution has been mostly dead since then, and probably completely dead since sometime between the 17th and 22nd Amendment.

  • Pro Libertate||

    It's not totally dead, but it has endured many, many wounds. The problem isn't the Constitution so much as the weak, weak people that have inherited it.

    Our predecessors were hugely flawed, but at least they weren't total sheep.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    It's not totally dead...

    Sure it is. It was killed by FDR and SCOTUS in the 40s.

    A government that claims the power to tell a farmer what to grow and send it's citizens to concentration camps is not limited in any way.

    Separate of powers is dead when said government has unelected bureaucrats writing regs with the force of law, and then has the same agency enforce those rules and adjudicate disputes of them.

    Federalism is dead when the central government has the power to harmonize the laws of the states and dictate laws that the states must enact.

  • Floridian||

    The problem is we all have our own personal lines in the sand. Mine is if they tried total firearm ban with confiscation or imminent domain on my house. Since we all have different triggers we are not organized in defiance. Also the government is so large now it is ubiquitous. If I wanted to become violent, where would I direct my violence? It is not like in the old days when you knew who the local lord and tax collector were and could take their heads.

  • ||

    As Lysander Spooner very competently showed in some crazy document written over a hundred years ago, which of course explains why it's ignored.

  • ||

    Without being conquered by the federal government, there would never have been Interstates! That's why there wasn't one single linked freeway in Europe until the magical EU was ratified.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Interstates aren't Nazi at all. No, really.

  • Brett L||

    If they were Nazi, we'd call them Autobahns.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Like we'd call some of our cars Volkswagens?

  • Brett L||

    If that works, then we've been conquered by the federal government since then.

    Well, I think they were magnanimous to offer all residents full citizenship, but the States got fucked. I maintain that the 17A just codified this.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    Kinda like libertarians arguing that the south had a right to secede in 1861.

    They did, just as they have that right today.

    It's the slave keeping that was the issue, not their willingness to secede.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    You must not have seen the neo-confederates here ranting about what a dictator Lincoln was and how slaver was on the way out in the south by 1860 anyways.

    And similar bullshit.

  • Floridian||

    I think the invention of the cotton gin was putting the squeeze on the value of slavery. I'm not sure slave owners were trying to be evil, I think it was the cheapest way to do business at the time. Slavery probably would still have existed for sometime for house servants and the like though, so hard to know how long slavery would have continued. The civil war definitely helped end the evil of slavery sooner.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    All I see is an army of strawmen.

  • Loki||

    Kinda like libertarians arguing that the south had a right to secede in 1861.

    But they totally did! And circumcision! And Deep Dish Pizza!

  • itsnotmeitsyou||

    PICARD!

  • Spoonman.||

    Was that at the Stairway to Heaven on the Gulf Freeway?

  • Spoonman.||

    Referring to this building, for those not familiar with Houston.

  • Brett L||

    Haha!

  • Rich||

    Whoa. HAIL SATAN rearranges to IL NATASHA, which obviously refers to Sasha Obama becoming President.

    Ted S., that's for *you*.

  • The DerpRider||

    Are they auditioning for Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell?

  • John||

    If Obama is not a fascist, why is he actively supporting fascist regimes in Turkey and Egypt. It would be one thing if he just did his best to deal with a Muslim Brotherhood takeover that happened on its own. But he seems to have actively supported the MB and wants them to be in power. Obama seems to actively support and want more anti-American and overtly fascist authoritarian regimes in the world.

    And I guess his concern for gays ends at the water line. Turkish and Egyptian gays are not real gays.

  • AuH20||

    His comments to the President of Senegal prove that his commitment to gay rights ain't that deep.

    Sadly for the gays, they're becoming a real cheap date for the Dems. Maybe they should ask blacks how always voting for one party works out for them.

  • Tonio||

    Not to go all-in for the guy, but nobody says jack to the Saudis about their slavery problem or their treatment of women. Domestic policy is different from foreign policy.

  • AuH20||

    The Saudis practice slavery?

    God, what a fucking shit hole.

  • ||

    Are you kidding? There are more chattel slaves in the world today than at any time in history.

  • AuH20||

    Well, there are also more people. So of course there are more slaves, but I would assume that it has gone down as a percentage of the population.

  • Tonio||

    Where are you getting your figures, Suthenboy?

  • fish||

    Sadly for the gays, they're becoming a real cheap date for the Dems.

    Well according to Rahm "teh gay" is going to be the next "teh jew" as far as fundraising for TEAM BLUE goes. Maybe the dems have found a dinner companion who will pick up the check for them.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    Sadly for the gays, they're becoming a real cheap date for the Dems.

    Yep. Even those who have been given a black eye from Team BLUE in the past STILL support the Big O. I have a gay friend who was very upset with O, until he conveniently evolved on gay marriage just in time for the election. He saw it as blatant bullshit, but still voted for him any ways asking "what choice do I have?"

    Sadly for the gays, they're becoming a real cheap date for the Dems.

    Most would never ask that question because they think the only reason why blacks aren't unevolved animals is because of Team BLUE.

  • VG Zaytsev||

  • Rasilio||

    Well, he really isn't a fascist.

    He's damn close but fascism requires a heavy dose of nationalism which Obama clearly lacks.

    He is something new entirely, something we do not have a word for.

    So someone needs to coin a word for a Fascist Globalism and that would be Obama

  • VG Zaytsev||

    International Fascism

  • Enough About Palin||

    Union Man

  • VG Zaytsev||

    That reminded me of this early WWII bit of agit-prop

    Union now with Britain

    That called for the British Empire being subsumed into a new United States of the World.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    If only we could all say this to our government betters and not end up being tased.

  • Lord Humungus||

    so my wife, who drives like an old grandman, got two tickets in the past two months. One was for turning right on a red light (at a "do not turn on red") sign. Yesterday it was a "rolling" stop through a stop-sign, with no other visible traffic around. She sez she "stopped" but not a dead stop.

    Me? I mostly drive like a maniac but haven't gotten a ticket for over ten years.

    She's a bit absent-minded when she drives, not quite paying attention to the surroundings beyond what she sees in front of her... but I'm beginning to think the car - a 2-door Honda Accord - is somehow a cop magnet.

  • Lord Humungus||

    *grandma

  • AuH20||

    Yeah, suuuure. We now all know your wife is part of the KKK!

    I mean, I assume Grand Man is below Grand Wizard, but I assume it's up there.

  • Lord Humungus||

    well she is white... very, very white.

  • ||

    She's a bit absent-minded when she drives, not quite paying attention to the surroundings beyond what she sees in front of her

    That hood is certainly going to affect peripheral vision.

  • Tim||

    What color is the car?

  • Lord Humungus||

    black

  • Tim||

    Well I got nothin.

  • Rasilio||

    Maybe this is just a new version of DWB

  • Sevo||

    ..."She sez she "stopped" but not a dead stop."...
    This might have something to do with it. 'Not a dead stop', as in how many MPH?

  • Lord Humungus||

    who knows... she said the truck in front of her stopped completely. So did she (still behind). When the truck went through the intersection, she did the quick "stop" 'n' go. The cop car, who I have seen before on this intersection, was some 70 feet away, watching for this sort of thing.

  • Loki||

    I got pulled over for something similar at 11:00 at night in a small do-nothing town where the only other person on the road was the cop. The cop wasn't even that close to the intersection. I saw his headlight about a block and a half down the sidestreet. I couldn't even tell it was a cop car because he was so far away.

    Fucker had to have floored it in order to catch up to me as fast as he did. Luckily for me, I had the common sense not to point that fact out to him, so all I got was a ticket instead of a beatdown.

  • Fluffy||

    Is she cute?

    Cops looking for dates would be the simplest explanation.

    The car's not the magnet, the wife is.

  • Loki||

    She's a bit absent-minded when she drives, not quite paying attention to the surroundings beyond what she sees in front of her

    So, IOW she drives like 99.9999% of female drivers. Also, it may not be that she only pays attention to what's directly in front of her, but she's also distracted by thinking about all the shoes and other shit she's going to buy at the mall.

    *This is why there are no female libertarians.

  • np||

    Hidden Microphone Found in Ecuador's Embassy in London

    What are the other countries on his list? The consulates and embassies better start checking their offices.

  • benji||

    Romney was just misunderstood:

    Romney opened up to Balz about his conservative stance on immigration during the campaign, and his use of the term “self-deportation,” which Democrats slammed repeatedly. Romney said he did not anticipate the blowback he would face.

    “I thought of it as being a term that is used in the community of those discussing immigration,” Romney told Balz in January. “I hadn’t seen it as being a negative term.” He later added: “You have two options of dealing with those that have come here illegally: deportation or self-deportation. The president has deported more I think in four years than President Bush did in eight years. So the president was using a deportation method. The view of others is, no, let people make their own choice. … So I was looking for a more, if you will, compassionate approach, which is let people make their own choice, as opposed to deporting people.”

    Romney also reflected on his “47 percent” comment, which he said he didn’t initially think would become a major focus. He said the perception that his remarks suggested he didn’t care about many Americans was incorrect.


    http://www.washingtonpost.com/.....1/?print=1

  • benji||

    And wanted to quit because of the lies spread by places like TREASON:

    Then in the exploratory committee phase of his campaign, Romney was preparing on a May morning to deliver a speech in Michigan to defend the health care plan he signed into law as governor of Massachusetts and attack President Obama’s federal health care measure. The Wall Street Journal released a scathing op-ed that same day slamming the Republican over his Massachusetts plan.

    Romney’s eldest son Tagg got a message from his father early that morning, he told Balz. “I’m going to tell them I’m out,” Tagg Romney recalled his father telling him. “He said there’s no path to win the nomination.”


    Romney confirmed after the election that he called his son one morning to tell him he thought he wasn’t going to run. “I recognized that by virtue of the realities of my circumstances, there were some drawbacks to my candidacy for a lot of Republican voters,” he told Balz in January. “One, because I had a health care plan in Massachusetts that had been copied in some respects by the president, that I would be tainted by that feature. I also realized that being a person of wealth, I would be pilloried by the president as someone who, if you use the term of the day, was in the 1 percent.”
  • Zeb||

    Which lies?

  • benji||

    Tulpa has explained multiple times how TReason caused the re-election of Obama because of their endless lies about RomneyCare being copied by ObamaCare.

    Lies and smears like that may play well in the cocktail circuit but thankfully we have such objective fact checkers in the commentariat.

  • Zeb||

    Ah, good old Tulpy. Still depriving us of his wisdom and scolding.

  • SugarFree||

    No, he's on the weekend shift now. Tune in any time most of the rest of us EST folks are out having a life.

  • ||

    Remember that time Lucy got purged because she supported him? The reason Man will stop at nothing to keep Tulpa down.

  • SugarFree||

    Remember that time Lucy got purged because she supported him?

    Proving once again that paranoia is really just ego unbound.

  • Zeb||

    I guess I've been too busy having a life on weekends lately.

  • Loki||

    Tulpa has explained multiple times how TReason caused the re-election of Obama because of their endless lies about RomneyCare being copied by ObamaCare.

    Right, because Reason magazine is such a powerhouse in influencing so many people's political opinions. I mean, everywhere you go, there's a copy of reaon magazine. So many people read it, it's literally able to influence national elections.

    Pffft, whatever. Also, you may not want to rely too heavily on the rambling of Tulpa for your "proof" of... well, pretty much anything.

  • Zeb||

    I'm thinking that comment might have been a bit sarcastic. Hard to tell sometimes. There are a lot of weirdos out there.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    His rational analysis told him not to run, that he couldn't win.

    But his ego told him that he was indispensable.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Romney was just misunderstood:

    IOW a clueless, out of touch, douchebag that never should have run.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    It wasn't Romney who was misunderstood, but the one doing most of the misunderstanding.

  • Loki||

    Why the fuck didn't he just say that, oh I don't know, during the campaign? Incompetant fucktard deserved to lose.

  • AuH20||

  • The DerpRider||

    In HS, catholic league in Detroit played double headers, so we used a 3-2 count instead of 4-3. If I got a first pitch strike I would step into the next pitch. I was plunked 24 times my senior year.

  • AuH20||

    Dang. How many games did you play?

  • The DerpRider||

    35-40 regular season if I recall.

  • Loki||

    Whatever it takes to get on base...

  • The Late P Brooks||

    I'm beginning to think the car - a 2-door Honda Accord - is somehow a cop magnet.

    It could be the six inch exhaust and zero ground clearance.

  • Brett L||

    I'd ticket everyone with that angry bumblebee exhaust tip. Because FYTW.

  • Lord Humungus||

    it does ride low - from the factory, but no "fart pipe" out the back.

  • Matrix||

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Wow, that's the linchpin of Obamacare.

    Without that, it's just a blatant forcing of people to buy from evil insurance companies.

  • ||

    "...one of the worst ideas in recent memory..."

    No shit. Nice of him to point it out now.

  • AuH20||

    That man has such a goddamn punchable face.

  • Matrix||

    the picture in the article is Our Dear Leader. Are you saying he has a punchable face? Secret Service!!!

  • Spoonman.||

    Well, I'm sure the Republicans would happily vote for that.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Speaking of the "Do Nothing Congress" meme, I wonder how the comparative historical legislative records compare in terms of pages of legislation excreted.

  • Matrix||

    Maybe we should make that that Congress cannot draft a bill unless it is done so written by hand on parchment. This should rapidly reduce page length and the amount of bills put forth.

    One of my friends used to say "I just wish Congress would simply spend their time working on the budget, pass it, and then go home for the rest of the year".

    One can dream... one can dream...

  • Matrix||

  • Zeb||

    Boy, people really go out of their way to find racism in things.

    I had no idea Life was such an old game, so that makes it worth my trouble to read the article, I guess.

  • Fluffy||

    They should bring back the Suicide square for Life.

    Also, they should incorporate a Droned square.

    And the police should occasionally shoot you, your spouse, or one or more of your children.

  • Zeb||

    And maybe throw a few useless degrees in on the college path which pay less than being a plumber or whatever.

  • robc||

    In the game Puerto Rico, "colonists" are represented by brown discs that arrive via ship and that you immediately put to work on your plantation.

    Yeah, colonists.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    And the police should occasionally shoot you, your spouse, or one or more of your children.

    That would be a good "Chance"(?) card for Monopoly.

    Your child was shot and killed in a wrong door "dynamic entry raid" while away at college. The city settles the lawsuit for 7.2 million dollars while admitting no guilt. Roll again."

  • Brett L||

    Urban Meyer, who doesn't realize that karma is a bitch.

  • Pro Libertate||

    What a dick. It's funny, but for a guy who won two national titles, there's just not much love for him. Spurrier left and is coaching a team in the same division of the same conference, and he's still revered at UF.

    I didn't realize fully how corrupt Meyer was back when he was with the Gators, but I did hate his offensive scheme. The national titles were far more attributable to the monster defenses they had then, thanks in part to Charlie Strong.

  • Brett L||

    I think Sloopy is going to spend a lot of time crying himself to sleep on Saturday nights, even with the Big 10 as weak as it is.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I do think last season was very illusory, given OSU's weak performances against some shit teams, but they're at least somewhat better than most of the rest of the conference.

  • Brett L||

    But Urban is also out of super-athelete quarterbacks recruited by his predecessor. He seems to have trouble when that happens.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Yeah, that, too, though the first national title was under Chris Leak, not Tebow. Again, both times were about defense. The D-line we had thrashed OSU on a biblical level.

    I love good defense, don't get me wrong. In fact, it's my big problem with the pro game--defense is total shit these days. But Meyer didn't bring or create that.

    My favorite coaching situation at UF was the Spurrier/Stoops combo. Great offense, great defense. Works for me.

  • Citizen Nothing||

    Ok, smart guys. Where's the loss on this year's OSU schedule? (Outside the national title game to an SEC team to be determined, of course.)

  • Brett L||

    Michigan.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I heard they're going up against App State again. Bets?

  • Brett L||

    Even better, they're playing FAMU. No, really, OSU is going to play the 3rd best football team in Tallahassee. The only thing more embarrassing is FSU's tough opening schedule of Pitt, Nevada, and Bethune-Cookman.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I think it'll be mostly wins, but OSU came close to dropping games against total shit opponents last year. I doubt there's going to be a great leap, and playing that way is a sure path to failure at some point. And, of course, if they do have a great run, some SEC team will humiliate them again.

    The current Ohio State reminds me of Wisconsin, historically, which would look really threatening, then lose some ridiculous game.

    I miss the old days, when the conferences were more settled and the quality was better. The game seems diluted somehow, with just a few teams, mostly in the southeast, getting the lion's share of recruits.

  • Mike M.||

    I love college football, but man, what a fucking cesspool it has become.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Agreed. By the time we get playoffs, the game may be not worth the time.

    Frankly, I liked the game better when the conferences were more static, the national title was a guessing game, coaches' manhood were challenged by the tie, etc. Yes, I want playoffs, but this corrupt mess is less fun.

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