Obama Says Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Him Years Ago, Pot Pipe Found in Kids Meal, Tumblr Makes Sex-Oriented Blogs Unsearchable: P.M. Links

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  • Jesse Jackson has suggested boycotting Florida in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict. In other Zimmerman-related news, Obama has said that "Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago."  
  • marijuana pipe has been found in a four-year-old's Burger King Kids Meal...I knew I’d left that somewhere.
  • Tumblr has rendered its sexually oriented blogs unsearchable, which will affect about 10 percent of content.
  • Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have suggested moving the venue of the next G20 summit, scheduled to take place in St. Petersburg, if Russian authorities continue to allow Edward Snowden to remain in Russia. Obama’s visit to Moscow has been postponed because of the ongoing Snowden saga.
  • A pharmaceutical company is betting on medical marijuana being used in treatments for diabetes, epilepsy, and colitis.
  • Detroit billionaire Dan Gilbert has said that parts of The Motor City need to be torn down and built up again.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    ...Obama has said that "Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago."

    President Dad can't imagine anyone stalking choom gangs, besides of course his federal drug enforcement agents.

  • Raven Nation||

    Hmm, so if Obama were Trayvon, does that mean that Obama would be, um,...

    *backs out of room without finishing that thought but think of parrots & Monty Python...*

  • JW||

    I had the same thought, but without the parrots.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Weekend at Obama's?

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    It seems like a common sentiment.

  • Raven Nation||

    Well, that gives me some hope: maybe the drones will get you while I go to Iceland.

  • JW||

    What? You were supposed to be *my* diversion!

  • Raven Nation||

    I'm running off a semi-public wifi server in a state other than the one in which I live in. The computer I'm on is one of hundreds registered to my employer (also in the other state). I'm also 3 hours from an international airport and the road there winds mostly through mountains which would be hard to get a drone into.

    I'll drink a Brennivin in your memory.

  • JW||

    "He's got a two day head start on you, which is more than he needs. Raven's got friends in every town and village from here to the Sudan, he speaks a dozen languages, knows every local custom, he'll blend in, disappear, you'll never see him again. With any luck, he's got the grail already."

  • Rasilio||

    "He's got a two day head start on you, which is more than he needs. Raven's got friends in every town and village from here to the Sudan, he speaks a dozen languages, knows every local custom, he'll blend in, disappear, you'll never see him again. With any luck, he's got the grail Monicle already."

    FIFY

  • Marshall Gill||

    Turn in your decoder ring! A True Libertarian knows how to spell monocle!

  • Raven Nation||

    So, basically, I'm about to be captured by Nazis?

  • Killazontherun||

    The DEA murdered Mexicans riding in the back of a truck near the Mexico-Texas border, did Obama give a news conference about that? No, he just let the news of the event die down, and no one in the media expected a response out of him. He only makes a grab at the moral authority of the bully pulpit when it is politically convenient for him, not when he could actually accomplish something with it.

  • DJF||

    So 35 years ago Obama would have attacked a "Creepy Ass White Cracker" if he thought he was following him?

  • Jerry on the boat||

    He would be stealing skittles.

  • Enough About Palin||

    "skittles"

    The body of Trayvon.

  • gaijin||

    So I guess Charles Barkley won;t be invited to the WH anytime soon:

    Link

  • Dibbler||

    NSA and IRS scandals? Nobody has time for that when RACISTS!!!

  • Killazontherun||

    Progtards: Hey, we have the upper hand in the national dialog again, yay!

  • Skip||

    If Obama ran away from his rich Bank VP grandmother and went to live in the hood, he would be EXACTLY like Trayvon!

  • AlmightyJB||

    Yeah, he's always trying to up his cred. Obama's just a little bitch.

  • A Serious Man||

    Detroit billionaire Dan Gilbert has said that parts of The Motor City need to be torn down and built up again.

    I'd buy that for a dollar!

  • DJF||

    Does he also plan on replacing the people?

  • Bobarian||

    Robo-People

    Brought to you by OCP.

  • C. Anacreon||

    I'd buy that for a dollar!

    Very clever Robocop-Detroit reference!

  • Warrren||

    He has OCP.

  • mr lizard||

    Don't forget: "It can't rain forever..."

  • Gorilla tactics||

    RICHES...LEAVE!!!

  • Warrren||

    Detroit has 99 problems and the rich ain't one!

  • LarryA||

    [Detroit billionaire Dan Gilbert has said that parts of The Motor City need to be torn down and built up again.]

    I'll agree to the first part. Unfortunately the second part is sure to involve government subsidies.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    A marijuana pipe has been found in a four-year-old's Burger King Kids Meal...

    A stoner working at Mickey Dee's? Well I never.

  • A Serious Man||

    Burger King, Fist. You're stoned, aren't you?

  • From the Tundra||

    After all the bullshit posts today, who isn't?

  • ||

    I won't be until later. Unfortunately some of us have to work.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    After your shift at McDonalds. Good thinking.

  • ||

    They let me eat as many fries as I want! It's awesome!

  • Warrren||

    And that's why you take up two seats on the bus.

  • DJF||

    So are they complaining or did they want to win the entire matching set of pipes?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    They always withhold one model just to make it valuable.

  • Bobarian||

    I think the sponge-bob version is the rare one. All I ever seem to get is that fuckin Dora one.

  • Warrren||

    Bogarter no bogarting!

  • Rasilio||

    ROTFL I've never smoked pot but that there is funny

  • The DerpRider||

    I'm no lawyer, but this judge sounds insane.

    “It’s cheating, sir, and it’s cheating good people who work,” the judge told assistant Attorney General Brian Devlin. “It’s also not honoring the (United States) president, who took (Detroit’s auto companies) out of bankruptcy.”

    Aquilina said she would make sure President Obama got a copy of her order.


    From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/art.....z2ZWdtEukT

  • ||

    She sounds like your typical Obama asskisser to me.

  • C. Anacreon||

    How can anyone take her seriously with that hair? Whatever happened to judges looking distinguished?

  • SweatingGin||

    Free Press version of the story has this:

    She also ordered that a copy of her declaratory judgment be sent to President Barack Obama, saying he “bailed out Detroit” and may want to look into the pension issue.
  • Almanian!||

    Detroit - Where The Derp NEVER Stops!

  • The DerpRider||

    Awesome. So she is delusional.

  • PH2050||

    "The judge said state law guards against retirement benefits being “diminished,” but there will be no such protection in federal bankruptcy court."

    Sorry, I don't feel bad for people with near-concrete job security also setting themselves up with cushy pension arrangements at the cost of the taxpayer.

  • ||

    The fuck? I know we have problems with elected judges but none of ones here in Harris County would be dumb enough to say something like that out loud, even if they were thinking it.

  • Marty Feldman's Eyes||

    That is extraordinarily blatant ass kissing for a promotion. Nice way to get on the radar for a federal seat.

  • Raven Nation||

    I'm not a lawyer or a financial guy, but isn't the whole point of bankruptcy to deal with exactly this kind of situation. If so, does that mean following the law is now cheating?

    She spent 20 years in JAG before first election in 2004.

    http://www.lansingstatejournal.....ck_check=1

  • JW||

    It's the GM/Chrysler rule: debtors can go pound sand. The Unions get first crack.

  • LynchPin1477||

    Why the hell is "honoring" the president and his feelings relevant at all in a court of law?

  • Generic Stranger||

    See Raven Nation's post. She probably forgot that the president is no longer her CIC.

  • MJGreen||

    "I'm throwing this case out for insufficiently honoring our President."

  • VG Zaytsev||

    “It’s also not honoring the (United States) president, who took (Detroit’s auto companies) out of bankruptcy.”

    What
    The
    Fuck

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Top Ten Most Disturbing Band Fan Fiction Stories
    ...For the uninitiated, fan fiction is genre of writing popular on the internet where already existing characters (usually from science fiction TV shows) are used in original storylines and settings, usually involving lots of poorly written gay sex. For the initiated, I’m sure a shiver has just gone down your spine. Fan fiction writers are usually typified as being only slightly above furries when it comes to the dregs of the internet, as they pour out the emotions that they keep so tightly hidden in the midst of their psyche onto the blank canvas that is their favourite TV show, movie, or, in these cases, band. You could argue we all, as music fans, do this: after all, haven’t we all been convinced at one point or another that a certain troubadour is “singing my life with his words”? It’s a fair argument, but one that gets undermined by the simple fact that the majority of us don’t write incest fan fictions about Good Charlotte, so we win. ...

    ...Adelaide's attention to detail is to be admired as much as her choice of protagonists is to be vilified. She has woven a deeply unpleasant, creepy to the point of being stalkertastic tale of Bryan Adams rekindling his lustful feelings towards his now-married guitarist. ...

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    ...A clever riposte and play on the homophobia inherent in so much urban music, or just the most horrific display of black-on-black pounding since the Benn/McClellan fight? Probably the latter....

    ...Apparently fifth in a series of celebrity footplay stories. Others in the series include a hotel rendezvous between P Diddy and Usher (Sean obviously having gotten over Mr Raymond’s snub of his earlier party), and Fred Durst, Redman, and Method Man (he gets around) going over each others tootsies. ...

    ...The window if closes, I almost is alliviated. But then the door if opens brusquely. The shouts are deafening, I can have certainty of that I am the only one of the 45 people in this cell that this not crying or crying out. Latch my eyes not to see the children, not to find its eyes desesperançosos, but I am forced to look at again for the door that finished of if opening: for it General Bennington enters and starts to cry out energicamente so that all keep silent....

  • Killazontherun||

    For the initiated, I’m sure a shiver has just gone down your spine. Fan fiction writers are usually typified as being only slightly above furries when it comes to the dregs of the internet, as they pour out the emotions that they keep so tightly hidden in the midst of their psyche onto the blank canvas that is their favourite TV show, movie, or, in these cases, band.

    A case where the one doing the mocking is telling more about his self than he is doing for the subject of his scorn. Do you need a daily affirmation, buddy?

  • Ted S.||

    No worse than SugarFree's stories.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    ...OK, so you find Jack White attractive. That’s… well, not really understandable, but we’ll let it pass. And you have similar attractions to Asperger’s posterboy Rivers Cuomo. He’s motherable, I can sort of see the appeal. And you want them to have lots and lots and lots of gay sex. Well, this is how these things tend to end, and far be it from me to encourage deviation from the canon. But how can you, the fan fiction writer, bring these two disparate musical icons together? ...

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    ...This is at number one despite, or because, it’s written in Portuguese. It’s at number one because the summary reads as follows:

    World War Two. Brad and Rob are jews and this pain seems more than they can support.The devil general Bennington can becomes their lifes a hell. How can Mike, a japanese private, Phe, and Alex, the Chester's sister, change the Rob and Brad's destiny?

    It’s at number one because “The devil general Bennington can becomes their lifes a hell” is my favourite sentence in the history of the written word. ...

  • Almanian!||

    Me love you long time

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Almanian!, it's amazing what gems you find when you enter "juggalo slashfic" into Google. And what govt lists you wind up on.....

  • Almanian!||

    Hah! You're not gonna fool me into doing that Johnny! Or...should I say....SUGARFREE!

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Hey, uncool. My links work.

  • Almanian!||

    Tallest midget - WHATEV

  • PH2050||

    I just found that site earlier this week.

    Hourly viewings of the Eye Bleach website are not helping.

  • Brett L||

    Somewhat related.

  • Not an Economist||

    Just for the record, most fan fiction does not include gay sex, poorly written or not.

    I've read a lot of fan fiction and gay sex is rare.

  • A Serious Man||

    A marijuana pipe has been found in a four-year-old's Burger King Kids Meal...I knew I’d left that somewhere.

    Have you ever had a Burger King Kids Meal...on weed?

  • HellsBells||

    That's the only way they're edible.

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    Star Wars home of Anakin Skywalker threatened by dune.

  • Warrren||

    Quick! Find someone who cares!

  • A Serious Man||

    I'd better go to Toschi Station to pick up some power converters.

  • rts||

  • ||

    Wait, Arrakis is invading Tatooine?

  • Warrren||

    Why would somebody invade the midget from Fantasy Island?

  • ||

    Wait, there were midgets on the SS Minnow with Gilligan?

  • Warrren||

    Hold on, what did Vince Gilligan have to do with the Titanic?

  • ||

    I thought that was Harry Hamlin.

  • Warrren||

    The Pied Piper?

  • JW||

    The buildings of the fictional city Mos Espa featured in The Phantom Menace, "Episode I" of the Jedi saga.

    How can it bury something that never existed?

  • Brett L||

    It was a fanfic tribute movie.

  • ||

    That's no dune.

  • Pro Libertate||

    At last, Frank Herbert gets his revenge.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    ...suggested moving the venue of the next G20 summit, scheduled to take place in St. Petersburg, if Russian authorities continue to allow Edward Snowden to remain in Russia.

    We can't boycott! Our boys have to beat the Soviet hockey team for the gold.

  • Ted S.||

    Fuck you, Senators Schumer and Graham.

    That is all.

  • Almanian!||

    I approve this message

  • Johnson||

    Good article. As Emily stated, my friends mother consumes an enormous amount of human faeces. She uses it as the filling in home-made oreo cookies. You can also do this from your laptop at home, making up to $10,000 per month.

    www.workfromhomesolutions.com

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Do you have a newsletter I can subscribe to?

  • General Butt Naked||

    Click the link, Johnny.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    I dunno.....is it better or worse than HuffPo comments....?

  • General Butt Naked||

    It'll infect your computer, steal your credit card info, and send kiddie porn to all your email contacts...

    In other words, not as bad as HuffPo comments.

  • PapayaSF||

    +1

  • Marshall Gill||

    It'll infect your computer, steal your credit card info, and send kiddie porn to all your email contacts...

    Well played, Sir!

  • ||

    Receives suspicious glances from people at work due to suppressed laughter.

  • Ted S.||

    Perhaps Emily's friend's mother can be one of my pallbearers so she can let me down one last time.

  • ||

    I'm beginning to yearn for the days of the artisinal mayonnaise threads now.

  • Warrren||

    I have some stuff that looks like mayo. Small batch as well.

  • ||

    As long as you're uncircumsized.

  • Almanian!||

    Oh boy - here we go....

  • Warrren||

    Damn. My foreskin was aborted.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Wasn't she one of the Golden Girls?

  • Almanian!||

    No, that was Bee! But the thing on Bee's back is BAD! Fah must stop Bee! Fah stop Bee now! Thing on Bee's back is BAD! FAH STOP BEE!

    /Dolphin Pride

  • Warrren||

    Aunt Bee once imagined Barney Fife naked.

  • Almanian!||

    I told you Fah neeed to stop Bee

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Jesse Jackson has suggested boycotting Florida in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict.

    The snow birds have no problem with this.

  • ||

    Isn't collective "punishment" grand? Six women came to a conclusion he didn't like, so his answer is to try and hurt everyone in Florida by not giving them tourist dollars. Collectivists are total and abject scum.

  • ||

    And why boycott Florida? The shooting happened in Sanford, so why not boycott the city? Or maybe whatever county Sanford is in? No, no, better boycott all of Florida since Martin's death is clearly the fault of every Floridian. Hell, even better, boycott the whole south.

  • ||

    Well, they were all women! Boycott women! Like Hugh does!

  • Marshall Gill||

    To be honest, it is women that boycott Hugh.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The state produced the laws that allowed a Zimmerman to stand his ground.

  • gaijin||

    he laws that allowed a Zimmerman to stand his ground.

    Which I heard President Zero reference today in his 'I am Trayvon speech.' So the idea will continue to be pushed that SYG laws are roots of evil...even though it was not relevant in this case?

  • Killazontherun||

    The national disgrace that is this president, now that is some collective guilt I want an answer for.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    I would hail him as a hero if he could successfully convince progs to boycott Florida and other SYG states. I'd even seriously consider moving back.

  • gaijin||

    If only they would leave COlorado...I miss having that state on my list of places to live.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Boycott America.

  • JD the elder||

    I never quite understood this sort of tactic, outside of a few cases of grossly abusive official policy. I mean, are we supposed to boycott everyone who has views we don't like? Seems like we'd be dividing ourselves into small and exclusive tribes that way...not exactly what Jackson claims to want as far as I know.

  • Almanian!||

    I refuse to buy anything from Toshiba to this day because they sold submarine silent-propeller technology to the Soviets in the 80's.

    srsly

  • ||

    I'll admit I won't order Domino's pizza under any circumstances for their support of Tipper Gore back in the day.

  • ||

    It's...it's not because their pizza is an abomination?

  • ||

    There's also that, of course.

  • Enough About Palin||

    It's candied pizza if you ask me. Sweet crust, sweet sauce, sweet sausage.

    YUK!

  • Cancer||

    They doubled the cheese after the Dept. of Agriculture "suggested" that they help out the beleaguered American Dairy Farmer. True story.

  • sgs||

    "True story."

    No, it isn't.

  • sgs||

    "It's candied pizza if you ask me"

    You're thinking of papa john's, and if you're not, your taste buds are seriously fucked up.

  • sgs||

    Oh god would you people shut the fuck up with your totally invalid assumptions that people care about what you think?

    Especially on pizza and beer, you people are fucking insufferable.

  • General Butt Naked||

    Another satisfied (pants-shitting) domino's customer speaks up!

    Congratulations you win a "Pizza"!

  • General Butt Naked||

    I won't order domino's either because I don't like shitting my pants.

  • Ted S.||

    Shit somebody else's pants instead!

  • #||

    Your taste buds aren't enough of a reason to boycot dominos?

  • Gorilla tactics||

    I boycotted it because of the 'noid.

  • JW||

    "It reminds me of the heady days of Sputnik and Yuri Gagarin when the world trembled at the sound of our rockets. Now they will tremble again - at the sound of our silence. The order is: engage the silent drive."

  • ||

    Dammit!

  • ||

    Some things in here don't react well to bullets.

  • ||

    I knew I knew you from somewhere - you used to post on alt.sexy.bald.captains back in the usenet days, right?

  • ||

    Look, Russians don't take a dump, son, without a plan.

  • JW||

    I will live in Montana. And I will marry a round American woman and raise rabbits, and she will cook them for me. And I will have a pickup truck... maybe even a "recreational vehicle." And drive from state to state. Do they let you do that?

  • Pro Libertate||

    Scottish Russian, New Zealander Russian. Why no Russian Russians?

  • LynchPin1477||

    Not if your within 100 miles of the border!

  • JW||

    SHHHHHH! Ix-nay on the ald-bay!

  • The DerpRider||

    Give me one pint, Vasily. One ping only.

  • The DerpRider||

    Ha. Freud in the first sentence...

  • ||

    Toshiba built Red October?

  • Almanian!||

    Just the propellers - those BASTARDS!

  • Almanian!||

    Pardon me:

    "Just the propellers - those inscrutable BASTARDS!

    fixed

  • gaijin||

    I refuse to buy GM cars to this day because...they suck!

  • Dibbler||

    Of course that's what Jackson and Sharpton want. They are leeches who profit off hatred and bigotry.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Say, Martin's family lives in Florida. Did Jackson just ask America to boycott the Martin family?

    Also, for those of us who live in Florida, do we boycott ourselves? How do we do that, Jesse?

  • ||

    I don't know, but if you can find a way, tell it to me so I can boycott you too.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Don't come to Florida. Don't buy anything that comes from Florida, like most produce during the winter months, orange juice, shrimp, Gulf oysters and fish, Disney World merchandise, and so on. Easy for you but not for others will be boycotting the Darden and Outback company restaurants.

    Probably shouldn't use satellite services for satellites launched from Florida, either.

    There's a whole lot more--Florida is a big state--but that's the problem of you boycotters.

  • ||

    I have no desire to boycott Florida, ProL. I want to boycott you. Just you.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Targeted boycotts of that type are very difficult. For instance, President Obama eschews the messy and complicated boycott for the easy and consequence-free drone strike.

  • SIV||

    I'll get my oysters from multicultural Mississippi you racist cracker.

  • Pro Libertate||

    They still have slavery there, fool!

  • Raven Nation||

    I've been sitting in my undisclosed location* for two hours and the ONLY thing CNN has been running are stories about Obama's statements on Trayvon. It's now wonder POTUS is such a narcissist. Look at all the enablers he has.

    * see above

  • Pro Libertate||

    Gotta keep trying to distract people from the bad government, bad economy, bad foreign policy, and bad president, after all.

  • Raven Nation||

    Ah, yes, that does explain things. However, I do think there is that whole issue that news people think that what is important to them is important to everyone.

  • RBS||

    These boycotts are usually ineffective. See NAACP, SC and BikeFest.

  • Pro Libertate||

    If he gets people to boycott Florida, I'm going to petition the state government to come up with something more racist, like more due process.

    Yeah, take that!

  • Raven Nation||

    CNN STILL on O & racism.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    It would be hilarious if Martin's parents lost their jobs because the boycott was successful.

  • Brett L||

    I hope he leads by example.

  • JW||

    Is he still boycotting Hymietown?

  • Warrren||

    If only there were no white people, then black kids would stop getting shot.

  • Pro Libertate||

    There are millions of blacks living in Florida, a good percentage of whom depend on tourist dollars. So, on behalf of Florida blacks, fuck you, Jesse.

    Also, on behalf of the rest of Florida, fuck you, Jesse.

  • JW||

    You can add on behalf of Maryland, too.

    Now that we can all speak for large groups of similar people, all bets are off.

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    Maybe Jackson should suggest boycotting Chicago and see how that goes over.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    He could join everyone else in boycotting Detroit.

  • Mike M.||

    Better yet, he should just shut his big stupid racist piehole and spend more time with his son before junior heads off to prison.

  • CE||

    Can't we all boycott the District of Columbia and every edict that comes out of it?

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    METROPOLITAN DIVISION????

    I hate Bettman now mor than ever

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Ha! Metrosexual Division. Oh, wait, Pittsburgh is in that division...

  • Ted S.||

    Then it's properly named. (I presume they named it for Sidney Crysby?)

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    That's Cyndi Crysby to you. But there are others waaaaaaaaaaay more metro than 87.

  • Cancer||

    NHL hockey is ridiculous:

    widen the ice; eliminate the red line (or the prohibition on the two-line pass); eliminate icing.

    Also eliminate checking. All contact that is not accidental/incidental should lead to immediate ejection.

  • The DerpRider||

    Two line pass is gone. They need to change icing to amatuer rules. If there was no icing guys would be getting killed.

  • General Butt Naked||

    No contact?

    Are you trying to turn the NHL into the NFL?

  • Cancer||

    "roughing the stick-handler" will become a drone-able offense.

  • Ted S.||

    Now that Martin Brodeur's career is drawing to a close, they can get rid of the Martin Brodeur Memorial Trapezoid, too.

    It's not boring to have a goalie who's expert at puck-handling and starting a counterattack.

  • Cancer||

    From your lips to God's ears. SRSLY, what fucking imaginary problem were they trying to solve?!?

  • Ted S.||

    The Twenty-Nine Boring Teams didn't like the way the Devils played, and having a goalie who can handle the puck was part of that style.

  • nipplemancer||

    Now that Martin Brodeur's career is drawing to a close, they can get rid of the Martin Brodeur Memorial Trapezoid, too.

    Abso-fucking-lutely.

  • Mickey Rat||

    Only if a goaltender playing the puck behind the goal line can be hit. If a goalie wants to play defenseman, he should be able to stand being forechecked.

  • ||

    So... you want Swedish hockey? No fucking thank you.

  • Cancer||

    Yeah, I basically thought it would be easier to spell out the differences instead of just saying "Swedish hockey."

    So what's your counter-argument? I'm arguing a move away from traumatic brain injury and towards puck-handling and scoring.

    If I want to watch people striking and grappling each other, I'll switch over to MMA. (MMA is awesome--boxing, in contrast, is bullshit.)

  • ||

    "So what's your counter-argument?"

    Don't fix what aint broke? NHL has made huge strides in player safety, so unless you want to kill the entire sport in North America, smaller rinks and checking is going to be a part of the game.

    "If I want to watch people striking and grappling each other, I'll switch over to MMA. "

    MMA is gayer than 8 guys fucking 9 guys. IF I wanted to watch a bunch of Europeans flopping on the ground(ice) every time someone breathed on them, I'd watch soccer.

  • The DerpRider||

    Honestly. Is this his last F.U. to hockey fans?

  • From the Tundra||

    Winter Classic in Michigan. You can't make it up.

    I'm just glad I don't have to watch the fucking Canucks until mid December

  • The DerpRider||

    The Michigan one is fine. The fiasco will be in L.A.

  • C. Anacreon||

    No wonder Detroit is bankrupt. They're in the Atlantic division? Gee, they're only about ONE THOUSAND MILES AWAY FROM THE ATLANTIC OCEAN

  • Cancer||

    Philadelphia Narcotics Officer Caught in an FBI sting:

    http://articles.philly.com/201.....ted-dealer

    Denmark is a land of small, prosperous families, in contrast with the US which is filled with fat, violent imbeciles who are flummoxed by the preternaturally simple problem of pregnancy-prevention:

    http://www.culturechange.org/c.....iew/865/1/

  • SIV||

    Tumblr has rendered its sexually oriented blogs unsearchable, which will affect about 10 percent of content.

    If anyone has any issues accessing my fashion oriented tumblr blog please let me know. Those fucking yahoos at yahoo may have already flagged it (incorrectly) "NSFW" based on the blog content of some of my followers and rebloggers.

  • Brett L||

    This should read "Tumblr destroys business model"

  • SweatingGin||

    They must figure they'll make it up with the Social Justice Warrior tumblers.

    Besides, most of the pron ones are just thin privilege

  • Brett L||

    I'm torn between the one that starts: "This blog is not thin=bad, fat=good!" and the one about her husband daring to think that since airlines burn fuel in relation to mass, it is fair to charge people for total weight (person + bags) as to which is the best spit-take outrage.

  • Ted S.||

    It's the airlines' decision as to what pricing model they wish to use, and up to the rest of us to decide which airline we wish to use.

    It's schizophrenic how we're supposed to have a "War on Obesity", but when private sector organizations come up with ways to encourage people to be less obese (charging them lower prices, or the recent case of the Boy Scouts saying you need to stop being so chubby if you want to take part in the Jamboree), the same people with the warboners go nuts.

  • ||

    That's because they're more interested in punishing success than preventing failure.

  • PapayaSF||

    +1. Also, it's more fun for them to whip themselves into self-righteous outrage over a perceived injustice than to have a decentralized, non-coercive solution. (Centralized and coercive solutions are usually fine.)

  • MJGreen||

    "Thin privilege takes place when even when people do accept as true that you are healthy and free of leg pains “despite" of your size, they tell you it’s only because you’re young and you’re fated to develop these problems later unless you go on a huge diet."

    Even if you're a fat person speaking from experience, it's thin privilege.

    Maybe the person has a point, lardo.

  • MJGreen||

    "(rebloggable because yes. -Fatanarchy)"

    Holy shit. These people seriously write in this broken up, Engrish-like style. They make Zero Wing sound coherent.

    Or that Arrested Development joke: "Jetpacks Was Yes"

  • PH2050||

    Prepare Yourself

    The Goobacks Are Coming

  • Dweebston||

    But why would I click if it's SFW?

  • SIV||

    Check out the Mexican model in the second post down.

  • JW||

    Wait, there's non-porn Tumblr?

  • SweatingGin||

    It's all otherkin and privilege and fat shaming and patriarchy and PROBLAMATIC!

  • JW||

    Look, I won't judge you for your kinks and you don't judge mine.

  • BiMonSciFiCon||

    Otherkin?

  • Irish||

  • BiMonSciFiCon||

    Yeah... That makes sense.

  • Bobarian||

    "Tumblr has rendered its sexually oriented blogs unsearchable, which will affect about 10 percent of content."

    I think you guys left a zero off on your figure of affected Tumblr content.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Stole my joke.

  • Careless||

    Every once in a while, a man can still be surprised by the amount of naked people and sex on the internet.

  • Entropy Void||

    Your blog reminds me of when I was in kindergarten and we were doing some paper mache thing ... I got ahold of the Sears catalog and saved the lingerie section from being part of some demented baloon wrapping. My mom found the crumpled section in my pocket while doing the wash ... I think that was when I got the "birds and the bees" talk ... ah good times ...

  • Brett L||

    An Occupy movement for the rest of us.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I agree with the sentiment, but that fake movement is best left in the memory hole.

  • A Serious Man||

    Charles Barkley does not think the Zimmerman verdict was tehr-ible.

    Outspoken former NBA superstar Charles Barkley said he agrees with the verdict in the murder trial of George Zimmerman, but blasted the media for giving platforms to racists to “vent” their ignorance.
    Barkley, 50, gave his assessment on the high-profile Florida murder trial to CNBC on Thursday, saying jurors simply did not have enough evidence to convict the former neighborhood watch volunteer in the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
    “Well I agree with the verdict,” Barkley said. “I feel sorry that young kid got killed, but they didn’t have enough evidence to charge him. Something clearly went wrong that night — clearly something went wrong — and I feel bad for anybody who loses a kid, but if you looked at the case and you don’t make it — there was some racial profiling, no question about it — but something happened that changed the dynamic of that night.”

    Charles Barkley really is a reasonable guy, one of the best NBA commentators out there.

  • ||

  • Killazontherun||

    It sucked when they offed his character after the first season of Homicide.

  • BiMonSciFiCon||

    I really like the pregame/halftime shows on both TNT and ESPN. They have their weakness (Shaq, Magic) but are generally great. The NFL pregames could learn a thing or two from ESPN/TNT.

    P.S.- GINOBILI!

  • CE||

    Ditto.

  • BiMonSciFiCon||

    *weaknesses.

    Something something edit button.

  • Not an Economist||

    And getting hammered on Twitter.

    http://twitchy.com/2013/07/19/.....n-remarks/

  • Irish||

    When you're calling Charles Barkley, a man who wrote an autobiography called 'Who's Afraid of a Large Black Man?,' an Uncle Tom, that word has lost all meaning.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Anyone asserting that all black people don't think alike is clearly a racist.

    Likewise, any nigga that doesn't embrace the thug life is an uncle tom, self hating racist.

    Because only racists reject stereotypes.

    Derp!

  • General Butt Naked||

    Damn, that's the most racist shit I've ever read.

  • MJGreen||

    Actually watching it made me respect the guy even more. Not only does he have a reasonable argument, he presents it calmly, rationally, sympathetically. If he was saying this on MSNBC he'd barely be able to get five words out before some chatterbox interrupted him to tell him he's wrong.

  • Brett L||

    Apparently a Brit tabloid trolled everyone by having royal look-a-likes head into the hospital where the royal scion is due to be delivered. I love the Brit newspapers.

  • Enough About Palin||

    Well I sure hope no one kills themselves over this little prank.

  • NeonCat||

    Couple denied adoption request because they own a pit mix.

    Warning: video autoplays.

  • Dweebston||

    This couple is one domestic dispute away from being adoptive parents if the cops get involved.

  • thom||

    Somebody should do them a favor and send a suspicious package to their house.

  • A Serious Man||

  • NeonCat||

    Proving that years of education has failed to teach mosquitoes to put condoms on their probosces.

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    break out the malathion!

  • A Serious Man||

    Judge rules that lawsuit against 'deceptive' labeling by Coca-Cola's Vitaminwater can proceed as a class action lawsuit.

    U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert M. Levy recommends that the plaintiffs can litigate for declaratory and injunctive relief, but not for damages.

    CSPI Michael F. Jacobson, executive director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, said, "The marketing of vitaminwater will go down in history as one of the boldest and brashest attempts ever to affix a healthy halo to what is essentially a junk food, a non-carbonated soda. Vitaminwater, like Coca-Cola itself, promotes weight gain, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cannot deliver on any of the dishonest claims it has made over the years."

    I don't recall them ever making such claims, but okay.

  • Ted S.||

    The CSPI doesn't do science, and it's in the government interest, not the public interest.

  • Enough About Palin||

    I'm sucking down a Mexican Coca-Cola as we speak. Damn tasty.

  • JW||

    Vitamin water basically has half the calories of soda.

    Jacobson won't be happy until we're all toiling in the fields for the collective, eating nothing but a few bowls of rice and drinking rainwater.

  • Enough About Palin||

    Can we have a little rat meat?

  • Nooge.||

    No. Meat causes cancer and global warming.

  • Mokers||

    I once had this argument with somebody. They were arguing about how bad VItaminWater is for you. I said that you do actually get Vitamins from it, that it has less sugar than orange juice of the same size and fewer calories than a venti skinny latte. It is not necessarily a health drink, but it's probably better than drinking juice bought in the store.

  • GILMORE||

    ""I said that you do actually get Vitamins from it""

    Nope. Not really. You pee them all out. They're not in any bioavailable format.

    "" it's probably better than drinking juice bought in the store.""

    Also not true. The sweetener used in VM is Crystalline Fructose, which is very bad for your liver. Juice sugars are broken down by every cell in your body.

    Not that it matters. CSPI is still stupid and making noise for the sake of perpetuating their fight against food freedom. But VM is basically Gatorade sans electrolytes. Sugarwater, only with a sweetener that's worse for your body than HFCS.

    Disclosure: me is former food/beverage industry analyst, 12yrs or so.

  • itsnotmeitsyou||

    Detroit billionaire Dan Gilbert has said that parts of The Motor City need to be torn down. and built up again.

    Fixed it.

  • Dweebston||

    Someone yesterday suggested walling it off and making it a penal colony. I say we bring back Snake Pliskin for Escape from Detroit

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    Canada captured Detroit in 1812. You wouldn't let us keep it.

  • Warrren||

    You can have it now.

  • The DerpRider||

    Michigan lucked out when Ohio won Todedo.

  • AlgerHiss||

    If anyone wants the true, current flavor of Detroit's voters, you must tune in to "Hardcore Pawn" on TruTv:

    http://www.trutv.com/shows/har.....index.html

    That show will leave your mouth gaping and your eyes wide: Lots of hopey-changey folks living their lives.

  • SweatingGin||

    That show is just brutal. I can't watch it.

    It's within like 10 miles of where I live.

  • creech||

    And they vote too! The show must be scripted or something or the owners are fools for not having armed security in the store and parking lot at all times.

  • The DerpRider||

    Where? I grew up in Redford at 7 Mile and Beach. Matriculated to Birmingham and am living in farm country north of 69 now.

  • SweatingGin||

    Redford, in the Beach/Plymouth area.

    Now I've almost certainly said enough that some friend/family/NSA can tie "SweatingGin" to me.

    heh, north of 69 likely just means you get the Flint bankruptcy soon, right?

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    The worst one had some she-beast getting denied the price she wanted, complaining, then turning around and doing some bizarre rump-shaking, chanting "I got a big azz, I got a big azz..."

    Seriously, WTF?

  • Cancer||

    Libertarian Economist says Don't Tax Sugar. I say: Tax sugar; double the tax on Tobacco; triple the tax on alcohol; put all savings into an income tax cut.

    http://www.usnews.com/debate-c.....-than-good

    Libertarian Party of Virginia's Gubernatorial Candidate is currently polling at 7% statewide. Here's his remarkable bio:

    http://robertsarvis.com/about

  • Ted S.||

    If the government is going to get involved in food policy, shouldn't they be promoting low-carb diets? Everybody knows it's the current incarnation of the food pyramid that's making people fat.

  • Cancer||

    I just want to eliminate the income tax. I'll tax anything else instead: body hair; flatulence; fornication; audible syllables; diapers; condoms; hair-extensions, etc.

  • C. Anacreon||

    Everybody knows it's the current incarnation of the food pyramid that's making people fat.

    You would think, but no. Even the First Wookie is all about low-fat and low-salt; at least, finally, she and others are talking about reducing sugar, but they still think fat in the food is what causes problems, not carbs. And an amazing number of moronic "dieticians," (a group far less intelligent than even el-ed majors) agree. (I work in a hospital, which is required to have a dietician on staff to make out the patient policies and menus. Our dietician weighs close to 300 lbs.)

    Instead of even low-sugar diets at the hospital now, we have to prescribe diabetics "consistent carb" diets, whatever the hell that means.

    People that 'know better than we do' will fight to the death that salt (only 20% of the population is blood-pressure salt-sensitive, the rest of us can have all we want) and fat (presence in diet leads to cessation of hunger, therefore you eat less and lose weight -- also, fat in food doesn't directly become fat in your body -- your body makes its own fat) are the major problems facing American diets. And they are absolutely wrong -- but we will have to deal with bland, tasteless food mandates as a result, and people will still become obese and hypertensive at rising rates.

  • Cancer||

    (I work in a hospital, which is required to have a dietician on staff to make out the patient policies and menus. Our dietician weighs close to 300 lbs

    What the...?!? I can't even...!?!

    Seriously, how is this possible. It should be illegal. (How about that for occupational licensing? No test, just prove you're not a grossly unhealthy freak if you want to be a professional food-nazi.)

    But, really, I'm going to need to see pics.

  • Rich||

    Analyzing the USA Today article & Obama's speech will take more effort than I can muster now. However, it may be worth doing, based on a few initial snark-snippets.

    Obama said Friday that all Americans should respect the George Zimmerman verdict of acquittal, but

    He respects the 1A, but.

    "Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,"
    George Washington Carver could have been him 135 years ago.

    Obama ... talked about how he has been subjected to casual prejudice.
    Now we have "casual prejudice" in addition to othering and microaggression. Just make them all hate crimes and be done with it!

    He also said African Americans need to address the problems of violence in their own communities.
    This has been said a million times before.

    African-American males know they are more likely to be ... "perpetrators of violence"
    See preceding snark.

    The problem is that so many people ... see all black young men as potential criminals, Obama said.
    If only they were seen as potential *terrorists* like everyone else.

    Etc. 8-(

  • Enough About Palin||

    Here's the question no one seems to ask, has the burglary rate decreased in Zimmerman's neighborhood since the shooting?

  • Rich||

    RACIST!

  • Pro Libertate||

    Here's what Obama is really saying: "I oppose the high burden of proof in criminal cases."

  • A Serious Man||

    In other Zimmerman-related news, Obama has said that "Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago."

    Does this also mean Michelle could have been Rachel Jeantel 35 years ago?

  • ||

    Is Jeantel a wookie?

  • Rich||

  • JW||

    She's more a Hutt.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    In other Zimmerman-related news, Obama has said that "Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago."

    So Obama is both Father and Son? He really does have a Messiah complex.

  • Enough About Palin||

    Gotta love his spirit!

  • Pro Libertate||

    The Teleprompter is the Holy Spirit in this analogy.

  • Marshall Gill||

    So Obama is both Father and Son? He really does have a Messiah complex.

    He is the bride at every wedding and the widow at every funeral.

  • A Serious Man||

    Photo blog: This is what Fracking really looks like.

    Matt Damon even made a movie about it so it must be true. Fracking will make your water catch on fire!

  • Irish||

  • Gorilla tactics||

    you didn't drill that

  • Metazoan||

    Nick Deremer, 22, a kayak tour operator, shows where methane has been bubbling in the Susquehanna River. He attributes it to gas drilling and wants to leave his home state because of the the shale exploration.

    Couldn't possibly be because the Susquehanna is filled with sewage, often containing methanogenic archaea.

  • JW||

    WHAT? A naturally occurring gas is seeping into an ecosystem!?

    To the ramparts!

  • Warrren||

    What about the ram farts?

  • Michael||

    Nick Deremer, 22, a kayak tour operator, shows where methane has been bubbling in the Susquehanna River.

    Oddly, no bubbles were seen until Mr. Deremer waded past waist deep.

  • MJGreen||

    Well, he thinks it's due to fracking. So, case closed.

  • Nooge.||

    22-year-old Nick Deremer has probably accounted for and dismissed the idea that any of the Archaea could be responsible for the phenomenon he describes. I mean, he's a kayak tour operator. You don't just fall into that sort of work. It takes guts and brains.

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    "The gun is good. The penis is evil... go forth and kill!"

    Like George Zimmerman, Michael David Dunn is a vile racist whose boiling fear and hatred—plus his almighty gun—all came together to take the life randomly of a young black man whose only crime was existing in a way that Dunn disapproved of. Dunn encountered a group of teenagers being teenagers, and seems to have felt that they should pay the blood price for being young when he disapproved:

    Racist or no, if your almighty gun is boiling before it "comes together", you should see a doctor.

  • Irish||

    Like George Zimmerman

    Citation of George Zimmerman's racism sorely needed.

  • NeonCat||

    Obviously your racism has blinded you to how racist GZ is. You probably believe you have seen evidence that GZ isn't racist, which is just your racism creating fantasies to convince you that you aren't racist.

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    Citations are racist.

  • Warrren||

    He hates 3/4ths of every black person he comes across.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Again, anyone wanna see my pump action?

  • NeonCat||

    Pfft, we all know you go off half-cocked.

  • Ted S.||

    "The gun is good. The penis is evil... go forth and kill!"

    You just like Sean Connery don't you?

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    Never pass on the opportunity to make a Zardoz reference.

  • Cancer||

    I love the fact that that story about GW pharmaceuticals selling cannabis-as-a-naval-spray is in Bloomberg Business Week.

    Didn't Bloomie just explain a few weeks ago that marijuana has no medicinal value? (You know it's hard-earned knowledge he gleaned from his lengthy medical training, years of clinical practice, and decades of laboratory experience.)

    Michael Bloomberg: Earth's greatest cunt-nugget or The Milky Way's Greatest Cunt-Nugget?

  • Generic Stranger||

    naval-spray

    That's an...odd method of delivery.

  • Nooge.||

    An argument against marijuana's medicinal properties is especially mendacious, seeing as how marijuana's primary psychoactive ingredient is prescribed by physicians as a medicine, and has been for many years.

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    The mind of a leftist:

    American companies have been piling up more and more cash lately, which perversely has become a talking point for why the government should make public policy friendlier to large rich established companies[...]

    I think a less ridiculous viewpoint would be to say that the enormous volume of cash on hand that many companies have obtained goes to show that they should pay their workers more.

    Businesses should be little more than alternative forms of welfare for their employees.

    Oy.

  • Irish||

    BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS BLOGGER!

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    Someone should come up with a wiki for all of Matt's stupid ideas of economics and find the country that matches up with them the most.

    I'm guessing Equatorial Guinea or Zimbabwe...

  • Irish||

    Zimbabwe's a good guess, especially since Yglesias was claiming that the secret to wealth equality is everyone having the same amount of land.

    That sounds an awful lot like the justification for the ridiculous Zimbabwean land redistribution that resulted in their hyper-inflation.

  • JW||

    Someone should come up with a wiki for all of Matt's stupid ideas of economics

    That would be like looking directly at a Medusan. No man can do that and not be driven insane.

  • ||

    It's the mind of someone who thinks whatever is yours is theirs to take as they will. The only thing they lack is the might to do it, which is why they love the state so much: it does have the might.

  • Almanian!||

    Well, DUH! That's why MY company is "hoarding cash" (??). So we can pay everyone moar in the future! YAY!

    This person probably doesn't realize that some absurd number of businesses end up failing? *bing.com* ~34% fail in the first two years, and another ~30% fail in the next two (BLS data).

    But, sure - we're all just screwing the workers. CAUGHT US! Raises all around!

  • Careless||

    The number of businesses that fail in the first two years and were stockpiling cash in that time has got to be close to zero

  • Ted S.||

    Didn't you say yesterday that you'd reached your Yglesias quota for the week?

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    I tried, but I had to get my hit, man.

    *Looks around room; rubs arm nervously*

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    I'll just leave this here:

    Porn for Epi

  • Almanian!||

    I'll be in Warty's bunk....

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    With Warth?

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Warty, dammit

  • Nooge.||

    Warth Vader. Yeah.

  • Warrren||

    Is that what a Sleestak crossed with human would look like?

  • Almanian!||

    “The devil general Bennington can becomes their lifes a hell"

    I think you know what I'm talking about, Johnny.

  • Rich||

    What's that thing on its leg?

  • gaijin||

    Why are they always wearing hose? Yuck!

  • ||

    Sadly, I can't hang out in PM links today (gotta run), but I wanted to pop in and say I am very suspicious that at lunchtime while I was in my car I was racially targeted in a black neighborhood by people throwing bottles at my car. The people doing it looked like at least 30 or so--not kids. No damage, fortunately.

  • ||

    Collectivists gonna collective. Glad there's no damage.

  • JW||

    NOW are you ready to renounce your white, cisgender privilege?

  • ||

    nicole isn't white, she's part WOP, remember.

  • Almanian!||

    Jesus - that's worse than Irish!

  • ||

    Well, of course; she is the worst.

  • JW||

    Irish and Italian!?

  • ||

    No, no, just English and Italian. That's bad enough. If it were Irish and Italian she wouldn't be the worst, she'd be a monster.

  • Irish||

    If it were Irish and Italian she wouldn't be the worst, she'd be a monster.

    -Runs from room crying-

  • ||

    Another dagomick exposed!

  • Warrren||

    Woppaddy?

  • Enough About Palin||

    "she's part WOP, remember"

    Just the mustache.

  • Irish||

    I was once in a poor part of Chicago for an old job I had and a black woman told me that 'my people' weren't welcome in 'her neighborhood.'

    Remember: racial targeting is okay if black people do it to white people, and even mentioning how common such racial targeting is is racist.

  • Almanian!||

    RACIST!

  • thom||

    I've been told by a few people that it was excusable for Trayvon Martin to profile and then attack George Zimmerman because "imagine if you were Trayvon".

  • PH2050||

    This seems to ridiculous to me; my experience as a white male married to a black female showed me only white people are ever racist. Blacks are incapable of such.

    /sarc

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    Wherein Matty says something that isn't stupid and is worth discussing:

    Conservatives are eager to blame Detroit's problems hazily on "Democrats," and in most respects I think that's wildly misleading. But I do think there's an important sense in which they're correct. American cities across the board suffer from a lack of partisan competition that undermines democratic accountability.

    He goes on to discuss this topic and posits that non-competitive political environments tend to degrade the quality of governance. Here's my question: if that is the case, then why is it that places like Texas, and not swing states like Ohio, are the solid economic performers in the US?

  • Stormy Dragon||

    Economic performance doesn't seem to correlate with partisanship:

    http://www.businessinsider.com.....wth-2013-6

  • Irish||

    You need to compare like to like. Well off, almost entirely white states like Connecticut and so forth are going to do well no matter what their partisan tendencies are.

    Texas vs. California, the South vs. the Midwest, are the comparison you have to make because they're demographically similar.

    Texas and California have similar racial makeups, yet Texas is in far better shape. That's a better comparison than Connecticut to South Carolina, for example, since the demographics of those states are totally different.

  • Irish||

    Actually, looking at the map, Connecticut seems to be doing really poorly. That surprises me somewhat. I'm also surprised that Mississippi seems to have done alright, considering that it's probably the worst educated state in the country.

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    Mississippi is starting from a very low economic base. It's essentially the only state in the South that really didn't make an effort to modernize its economy in the 70s-80s. Haley Barbour has been surprisingly good on reforming the government there, but it is starting from a low base.

    Basically, same sort of thing that explains China's growth: convergence.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    As I said, there doesn't seem to be any clear correlations to partisan a particular state is. There's one party states doing well (TX, CA). One party states doing terrible (NY, AK). Swing states doing well (IN). Swing states doing bad (VA).

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    Wait, CA is doing well? Over what time period?

  • Irish||

    Last year their GDP growth was decent. They're one of the only states in the country with an overall GDP that's still lower than it was before the recession. They also have really high unemployment.

    I don't know where that GDP boost last year came from.

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    Construction. CA was hard hit by the housing bubble, and that sector has picked up recently. Almost everything else is a shambles.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    CA's unemployment rate has been higher than the national rate every month for the last two decades.

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    CA isn't doing well at all, Stormy. GDP growth from a near-decimated (and yes, I'm using the word correctly you pedants :) ) GDP as a result of the housing bubble is nowhere near compensating for the fleeing of their human capital, time series data on the subject, measuring over pop growth compared to employment/workforce participation, etc.

  • Virginian||

    CA is doing well? VA is doing bad? What the hell are you babbling about?

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    I wanted to throw out certain states (like ND) precisely because the reasons for their current economic success are not endogenous to the political economy.

    I also prefer time-series to snapshot data as well as looking at a few other indicators (employment rate, workforce participation, net emigration, etc) as it tells a more complete picture. (I thought I had some links bookmarked for that, but apparently I don't or I have it on my non-work computer.)

    Personally, I don't have an answer for that question per se but there are some general observations worth sharing:

    The South has been doing very well historically speaking, and has basically caught up (and is now starting to surpass) the average US state in terms of living standards and economic performance. This is all fairly recent (70s and 80s onwards).

    The NEast is doing OK, but not great. Seems to me that this is mostly inertia; still not terrible at all.

    Places like CA have growing GDP but that's pretty much it. The only people moving there on the whole are poorer Mexicans; the direction of US emigration is outside the state.

    Swing states aren't doing well *at all*. Outside of IN (which has definitely moved GOP over the years), there isn't a single swing state that is in the top 10 economic performers on basically any stat worth considering.

  • Irish||

    Northeast doesn't seem to be doing well at all, actually. Looking at Stormy's data, the Northeast had the lowest economic growth of anywhere in the country.

    Of course, part of that is the fact that the Northeast has historically been the richest place in America. It's harder to grow at really massive rates when you are already pretty rich.

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    the Northeast has historically been the richest place in America. It's harder to grow at really massive rates when you are already pretty rich.

    Plus there actually has been a huge amount of competition in recent years from other places around the world to try and do NYC and finance better. Thatcher's London basically went from zero to hero on that front in the 80s, for example and plenty of places in East Asia opened up as alternatives for the economies in that region to invest.

    Definitely not impressive performance, but could have been worse *shrugs*

  • buddhastalin||

    Places like CA have growing GDP but that's pretty much it. The only people moving there on the whole are poorer Mexicans; the direction of US emigration is outside the state.

    Actually, the people moving to California are rich people. The people who are leaving are the middle and lower class, and more Hispanics leave than enter, according to this article:

    In fact, since 2005 California has experienced a net in-migration of households earning more than $200,000, according to the U.S. Census's American Community Survey.

    As it happens, most of California's outward-bound migrants are low- to middle-income, with relatively little education: those typically employed in agriculture, construction, manufacturing, hospitality and to some extent natural-resource extraction.

    ...two Hispanics have moved out for every one that has moved in from another state.
  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    There's still plenty of migration coming from Mexico that is dirt-poor. You are right though; lots of low- and middle-class emigration out of CA to greener pastures.

    Didn't know about the migration of greater than $200,000 to Cali, thanks.

  • Sidd Finch||

    I don't see any reason that a hypothetical partisan competition effect would translate from cities to states.

  • sloopyinca||

    OK, this nonsense has gone on long enough. There have been what any right-minded person would consider riots after the George Zimmerman verdict came in. 17 arrests in downtown Hollywood alone and a great deal of property damage.

    I want my fucking action figure!

  • ||

    Doesn't qualify as a riot, it's merely acting up. Let's throw it to the commentariat: have there been "riots" as you would think of riots?

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    Nope, not unless you want to count Occupy Whatever movements as riots as well.

  • ||

    Exactly. I wouldn't even call the Occupy mess that occurred in Seattle a riot; it was a march with some troublemakers who wanted to smash shit.

  • Almanian!||

    I predicted riots - I can't see we got what I consider "riots". SHIT!

  • sloopyinca||

    We set guidelines. There was a property damage and arrest threshold for a particular zip code. Both of those were met. Epi can wax poetic on this all day long, but we set the parameters and this met them.

  • ||

    I don't recall agreeing to your unilateral rules. There were no riots. You can try and technicality your way out of that, but it doesn't change the fact that you're a poopyhead and you should go take a long walk off a short pier.

  • sloopyinca||

    I'm pretty sure we agreed to the terms but my laziness precludes me from looking it up.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    If property damage in a particular zip code is you measure, most major cities have probably been in a non-stop riot for 150 years now.

  • sloopyinca||

    Property damage plus a dozen arrests, IIRC. LA went flying past that.

    Take a collection for all I care, Epi, but pay up, motherfucker.

  • ||

    I made it very clear that even I were to pay up, you only get Mouth. Because that's all you deserve.

    "The marijuana goes in the top drawer. The cocaine and speed go in the second drawer. And the heroin goes in the bottom drawer. Always separate the drugs."

  • sloopyinca||

    Aye, dios mio!

  • Stormy Dragon||

    Again, I'm not sure 17 arrests in a week is out of the ordinary for downtown Hollywood. Were Hugh Grant and Eddy Murphy rioting too?

  • sloopyinca||

    It was 17 in about 1 hour.

  • Irish||

    We set guidelines. There was a property damage and arrest threshold for a particular zip code.

    Where did this happen? I haven't seen what I would consider riots, so unless you can show me where the rules were agreed on, I have to side with Epi.

  • sloopyinca||

    We did it one day last week, but I'm lazy and am not going to look it up.

    It's no big deal. I will just take my hate for Epi up another notch.

  • CE||

    No, no riots, just people upset about a movie trailer.

  • Almanian!||

    +4 dead Americans

  • Rich||

    it's merely acting up

    I believe the PC term is "unrest".

  • Enough About Palin||

    No, "protests".

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    Way short of "riots."

  • ||

    No but I'm waiting to see what happens with Quannel X's march through the wealthiest neighborhood in Houston.

    This is what our local race baiter has said about River Oaks in the past:

    “[i]f you feel that you just got to mug somebody because of your hurt and your pain, go to River Oaks and mug you some good white folks. If you’re angry that our brother is put to death, don’t burn down your own community, give these white folks hell from the womb to the tomb.”

    He also recently blamed an 11-year old Mexican girl for her gang rape by 18 black men aged 14-27.

  • Irish||

    He also recently blamed an 11-year old Mexican girl for her gang rape by 18 black men aged 14-27.

    WHAT!?!

    Oh, Jesus.

    "It is segregating our community," Brenda Myers, the head of the Community and Children's Impact Center in Cleveland, Texas, told HLN's Vinnie Politan on Monday. "There's a lot of anger, a lot of vicious remarks toward the little girl."

    "It was not the young girl that yelled rape. Stop right there -- something is wrong, brothers and sisters," Quanell X said.
    And, speaking over yells of support from the crowd, he also questioned the role of the girl's parents.

    Dammit.

  • Sidd Finch||

    I remember that. The NYT ran a on the one hand/on the other hand story about gang rape. Disgusting.

  • ||

    He's such a crazy fuck the Nation of Islam kicked him out.

  • Brett L||

    Everything's bigger in Texas. Including the assholes.

  • Zeb||

    Those aren't riots. It seems like they are trying to riot, but you need a much bigger angry mob with some momentum before I'll call it a riot.

  • Sidd Finch||

    Via Walter Olsen:

    http://beatnikmalcontent.blogs.....ly_30.html

    Another reason to favor atheism is that it liberates your mind and also opens the way to progressive social and political ideas. Or at least I thought so until I encountered the latest crop of rightwing, neo-con, close-minded "atheists" who have become minor media stars. The emergence of reactionary atheism is a new development...

    Christopher Hitchens was a pseudo-leftist who bolted to the far right when it suited his inflated ego and pocket book. His rants against religion were not honest explanations of the benefits of atheism. Their main thrust was hysterical, racist, Islamophobia, and an endorsement of US imperialism's endless wars. Ditto for Sam Harris, another neo-con phoney. These people are basically rightist propagandist,s hailing neoliberal pillage of the world's resources by the corporate/banking/military interests that defines the USA's permanent ruling class. We get a lot about Islamo-fascism from these guys, but the growing influence of Israeli Judeo-fascism escapes their notice.

    yikes

  • Irish||

    Another reason to favor atheism is that it liberates your mind and also opens the way to progressive social and political ideas.

    It liberates your mind by making you think exactly the way I do.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    Actually I agree with that point. Most "atheists" haven't actually stopped beliving in God, they just switched to a more subtle form of their imaginary friend that controls everything like "society" or "government".

  • Gorilla tactics||

    the mind abhors a vaccum

  • PapayaSF||

    Hating Jews is sooo progressive! How dare the ones in Israel object to being murdered by the Arabs who have been trying to do that for generations now?

  • Ted S.||

    You're only broad-mindeed if you think the same way I do.

    I've seen "diversity" described with the acronym LETELU: Looks Exotic, Thinks Exactly Like Us.

  • Metazoan||

    How asinine. I'm not sure how strongly my religious views/loss thereof have correlated with my political views, but atheism has certainly not opened a way to progressivism for me. Quite the opposite!

  • ||

    It's confirmation bias. Believing in the state instead of a god is more amenable to their predetermined political outlook.

  • C. Anacreon||

    Christopher Hitchens was a pseudo-leftist

    Oh really? And the author is a f'real leftist, I guess.
    The author can't lick Hitchens' jockstrap.

  • Irish||

    Hitchens was such a pseudo-leftists that he would literally travel to dangerous nations in order to agitate in favor of the Democratic process, thus putting himself in actual, personal danger.

    This guy writes a blog.

    Clearly he has more credibility than Hitchens.

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    It's like how fucking Camus and Sartre would write long harangues denouncing George Orwell -- the guy who actually went abroad and fought for leftists causes while they did diddly squat during the Nazi occupation.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

  • Warrren||

    Buzz kill.

  • C. Anacreon||

    How long have you waited to use that one?

  • Rich||

    He should have seen a doctor instead to treat that 4-hour erection; but what a way to go!

  • PapayaSF||

    Sorry, but this story originated in the Swedish version of the Onion.

  • CE||

    Make Detroit a tax free zone, and watch it become the world's greatest city.

  • Warrren||

    And regulation-free zone.

  • Cancer||

    I've been informed that there's gambling, prostitution, and drugs already happening in Detroit.

    Tax and regulate or just keep it au naturel legal?

  • Almanian!||

    Gmabling, prostitution and drugs already happening in Detroit - BUT ENOUGH ABOUT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT....!

    I'll be here all weekend! Too bad for you if you already bought a ticket! Enjoy the veal!

  • Warrren||

    Her?

  • Almanian!||

    It's pretty tax free now. That's why they ain't got no money, yo.

    /oh snap!

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    You need to kill its labor regs first.

    Frankly, the regulatory environment and entitled union labor force in the Rust Belt is much rougher on their economy than taxes in those states.

  • sloopyinca||

    Minnesota police chief given a paid vacation after being charged with domestic violence. There are fears that the charge may be a violation of his parole from a previous conviction.

    That's right. The police chief gets vacation after slapping his woman around and that might also be a parole violation.

  • Ted S.||

    They let people with previous convictions be in the police department?

  • Almanian!||

    Convictions are "Life Experiences" that help the Peace Officer better understand and relate to civilians. They generally help them be BETTER officers down the road.

    hth

  • sloopyinca||

    He's the "chief" of a department of one. But even money says he's part of a CBA that prevents the city/town/village from terminating him at will, even with a pair of convictions and a probation violation on his record.

    Meanwhile, Lindsay Lohan is still going back and forth to jail for a 5 year old DUI.

  • ||

    Yes. they let people with previous convictions and./or convictions DURING their service be on the police dept. Depends on the severity and type of offense.

    For example, I know of 3 officers on my agency who were arrested for DUI who kept their job. The average punishment is a week w/o pay. And yes, they get "paid suspension" (admin leave) while the case is being adjudicated. That's for a # of reasons, to include the fact that they might be found not guilty.

    As for this guy's previous offense, it was drunk and disorderly. That's a relatively minor offense and it's not surprising he kept his job because of it.

    If he gets convicted of DV Assault he will definitely lose his job, among other reasons, he wouldn't be able to legally carry a firearm if he is convicted of DV assault.

    Generally speaking, an offense that won't result in automatic firing is a first offense (iow officer in good standing) misdemeanor crime that does not involve "moral turpitude" or dishonesty.

    Druunk and disorderly is such a charge

  • sloopyinca||

    And they treat drunk and disorderly "civilians" exactly the same way, right?

    Or do many civilians get this kind of treatment from the local police when they are accused of committing a crime? You can say they do, but the newspapers are filled with page after page of the arrest records and pending charges of non-cops, and the department spokesmen feel pretty good about discussing cases and evidence when it's not one of their own being accused.

    Double standard again...

  • ||

    what double standard are you alleging? It doesn't even say what they are accused of, so what "special treatment" are they getting?

    God forbid you could stick to the case we are discussing though

  • sloopyinca||

    It doesn't even say what they are accused of, so what "special treatment" are they getting?

    Well, not saying what they are charged with is double standard #1. Not releasing their names is another. That's routinely released by the police when a "civilian" is charged with a crime. And they routinely give out information on evidence that helps the prosecution.

    Tell you waht, find me a news report that says the following: "The police are investigating a pair of people for possible criminal violations. The names of the potential offenders is not being released by the department nor are the charges they are potentially facing. That is all."

    You find that and I'll fly all the way up there and kiss the bare ass of any police officer you ask me to.

  • ||

    You are making assumptions. It doesn't say they are being CHARGED with anything, and it doesn't say they have sufficient PC *to* charge. It merely says they are under investigation.

    When it comes to "civilians" police agencies USUALLY do not release who they are INVESTIGATING, they only release when they ARREST the person

    So, that is your error of logic here. You are making an equivalence with a "civilian" being ARRESTED and in this case you cite it does not say the agency has PC, so there is no analogy here. I can't remember my agency ever releasing information that we are investigating person X (in rare cases they will release person of interest when those persons are outstanding and need to be located).

  • sloopyinca||

    Yeah, police departments never say they are investigating people until all the facts are in and charges filed. RIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!

  • ||

    i didn't say Never. The strawmen Neverstop.

  • sloopyinca||

    I can't remember my agency ever releasing information that we are investigating person X (in rare cases they will release person of interest when those persons are outstanding and need to be located).

    Never. Ever. Same fucking difference.

  • ||

    I said MY agency. Again, read for content. I also said that they USUALLY don't do it.

    We do TONS of investigations thatturn out to be unfounded and those peoples names are not released.

    Agencies will sometimes release names. I stand by my previous statement because it's the truth

  • Zeb||

    Yeah, I would think that being on parole would disqualify you as an active police officer.

  • ||

    Do you really not understand that "paid vacation" is part of due process DURING the investigation? It;'s not punishment. He very well may be punished but that comes AFTER the investigation is complete. It's not a bad thing. It means he won't be in contact with the public or other officers UNTIL the case is properly investigated and his punishment is handed out, if there is such punishment.

    --"Deputy Mayor Lowell Stewart said Swenson was suspended on the advice of City Attorney Jeff Pederson until “resolution of the issues that are on the table.”

    exactly. ONCE the case is resolved, then he gets punished.

    Do you think it's a bad thing that he be placed on paid leave during the investigation? What else should the dept. do - keep him working in a capacity where he interacts with the public and other officers?

    I really don't get the outrage over "paid vacation". Should the punishment come BEFORE the investigation? What other choice is there?

    Seriously.

  • Enough About Palin||

    JUST STFU, cunt.

  • sloopyinca||

    He is being called in to answer to the court whether or not he violated his probation FROM A PREVIOUS CONVICTION. This has nothing to do with "due process", fuckface. It's an egregious case of continuing to employ a piece of shit criminal as a police officer because they can't just fire him at will.

    Go suck a turd.

  • ||

    Jesus Christ. So typical you resort to childish frothy name calling. Seriously, grow up. This just shows the difference between here and volokh.com.

    Adults vs. petulant children. Adults can discuss issues without devolving to this kind of childish stuff.

    They are continuing to employ him because he had a chippy prior conviction (drunk and disorderly).

    He is NOW accused of a firable offense, but he was given paid leave WHILE the case is adjudicated. Does the article say it has been adjudicated as a probation violation yet?

    No, it doesn't.

  • RBS||

    Hear that sloopy? The ADULTS are talking...

  • sloopyinca||

    You keep twisting his prior to make it look like it was no big deal. Sorry, but "drunk and disorderly" is a civil infraction, not a misdemeanor that is likely to get anyone sentenced to 30 days (stayed for probation). I'm thinking it was a bit more serious than that.

    By the way, this is the asshole you're defending, dunphy. Feel free to keep towing the company lion, regardless of how big a clown you end up looking like for doing so.

  • ||

    #1 I'm not "defending" him. If he committed DV Assault, he should be fired.

    #2 Drunk and disorderly can't be a civil infraction in that jurisdiction, if the penalty includes jail time. Civil infraction can only have civil penalties.

    But yea, I consider drunk and disrderly to be a minor offense. Fwiw, in my state we don't even have a drunk in public law.

    Again, please show me where I am defending him. I certainly don't think he should retain his job if he is convicted of DV Assault IV

    I also don't think he should keep his job if he is found not guilty, but if the internal investigation finds him to have committed the Assault (note the internal investigation will have a lesser standard of evidence)

    If he is convicted, he CAN'T work as a cop anyway, since he wont be able to carry a gun

  • sloopyinca||

    FTA: It was just last March when a Minnesota Conservation officer caught Swenson in a car with a woman, in Swenson’s words, “getting busy.” To that embarrassing moment, the chief responded, “if it had been me, I’d never have mentioned a word of it. So what?”

    Shall I go into the details of him answering a domestic disturbance call while inebriated? Because, you know, the other officers on scene were pretty nice to not have tested him when he showed up armed and driving a police car while smelling of alcohol. But they do that for armed civilians that drive up smelling of booze as well, I'm sure...

  • ||

    If he was doing that, he should be fired. That's a bright line issue.

  • sloopyinca||

    But the officers on scene protected the thick blue wall and let it ride. And I can fucking assure you that a police officer happening upon a civilian in a vehicle with a gun on their hip that smells of booze isn't going to slough it off as not worthy of attention.

    You know there is a double-standard at play here. It's OK, we'll all still feel exactly the same about you tomorrow even if you do admit it.

  • ||

    Of course sometimes officers cut other officers a break. I've never denied that. Is that a double standard? Of course it is. I've conceded that about a dozen times.

    And I don't care how you "feel about me". seriously. the childishness here is silly. If I wanted you to feel positively about me I would join the circle jerk.

  • sloopyinca||

    So you admit that there is no "Equal Protection Under The Law", and that police officers routinely treat other officers differently even when they commit felonies (DUI with a firearm on you is a felony).

    Good to know.

  • ||

    No, I admit that sometimes cops cut other cops a break. DUI with a firearm is a gross misdemeanor in my state (no extra penalty for carrying a firearm).

    Is it a felony in that state?

    But of course cops sometimes cut other cops a break. I've said that often.

  • Gus||

    "This just shows the difference between here and volokh.com"

    Then don't come here, pig.

  • ||

    I love it here. I can out bigots and speak truth to power. I just recognize that I am dealing with children, when I interact with Sloopy et al and his ilk. But it's totally fun or I wouldn't be here. Volokh.com is for serious stuff, and reason.com is for fun

  • Marshall Gill||

    I can out bigots and speak truth to power

    Well, you at least have learned to write above a six year old level. Too bad you haven't learned to think past that.

    Truth to power? Hmm, which of us hold the power of violence over the others and which is completely full of shit?

    I would think eating floaters from a toilet bowl would be "serious stuff" for an imbecile like yourself.

    You don't deserve to die for being a shit-stain, but I would be much happier not reading your garbage, however that could occur.

  • sloopyinca||

    --"Deputy Mayor Lowell Stewart said Swenson was suspended on the advice of City Attorney Jeff Pederson until “resolution of the issues that are on the table.”

    exactly. ONCE the case is resolved, then he gets punished.

    Which "case" are you referring to? The one for the crime he's been accused of? Or the probation violation he has to answer to? Or the original conviction? This piece of shit pig has a lot of balls in the air with the legal system. I just want to make sure we're talking about the same one.

  • ||

    Either one. It hasn't been adjudicated on the criminal front yet. The article doesn't say if it has been determined as a probation violation. Generally speaking (Varies state to state) there are different standards of evidence. Iow, he can be found not guilty of the Assault IV but still be found guilty of the probation violation.

    he can also be fired, even if found not guilty, since again it's a different standard of evidence.

    Either way, the way due process works is that they put the cop on paid leave (usually) until the issues are adjudicated. They also set up a "chinese wall" between the admin investigation and the criminal investigation, especially since the dept investigation they can compel a statement about the Assault DV whereas in criminal court, they cant due to the 5th amendment

    Either way, there's no "issue" here. He's been ACCUSED of a crime and it needs to work its way through the system before he gets punished. They don't punish before the investigation is complete.

  • The Last American Hero||

    If I had a prior drug conviction, my employer would not hire me. If I got a DUI, I lose my job and have to go before a state board and defend my license. My job doesn't involve the authorized use of force.

    The standards applied to the King's men are considerably lower. Additionally, the unwillingness of the King's men to police their own and hold themselves to a higher standard is disgusting.

  • ||

    The standards vary agency to agency. Most agencies I know will hire people with past MISDEMEANOR convictions depending on how long ago the convictions were and what type of offense.

    I've never heard of an officer being hired with a past drug conviction, though.

    I know officers who have admitted to past drug use and still gotten hired. They have a chart as to what disqualifies, it's based on the type of drug, the # of times used, and how long ago it happened.

    Most agencies are ok with marijuana use in the past as long as there were no sales of the drug and it happened more than X years ago. A few agencies will hire somebody who has used cocaine etc. in the past. Again, it varies agency to agency.

  • RBS||

    How do they feel about Tren?

  • ||

    We have an officer who is a former high ranking (I think he was national champion) bodybuilder from some country in europe and he admitted to past AAS use and he got hired. Fwiw, they may not even have been a controlled substance in his country. In some countries they are OTC.

    In my state, possession is a misdemeanor and past use is acceptable (within certain limits) for applicants

  • BigT||

    A pharmaceutical company is betting on medical marijuana being used in treatments for diabetes, epilepsy, and colitis.

    Anyone else read that as coitus?

  • Rich||

    No.

    Anyone else read "latimes" as latrines?

  • BigT||

    There's a difference?

  • Marc F Cheney||

    Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have suggested

    Any time that prefaces a suggestion, you know to do the exact opposite.

  • sloopyinca||

    Isn't that one of the Signs of the Apocalypse I read about in the bible?

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    But which one is the Whore of Babylon, and which the False Prophet?

  • Gladstone||

    Looks like Disney knows what they are going to do next summer:

    http://family-room.ew.com/2013.....star-wars/

  • Pro Libertate||

    Nick "Winters": Hey, wait a minute! This is the Nick "Winters" show, and I do the entertaining, thank you! Let's go out with something really hot for these folks, alright? A big hit on the '77. [ singing ] "Ah.. Star Wars! Nothing but Star Wars! Gimme those Star Wars.. don't let them end! Ah.. Star Wars! If they should bar wars.. please let these Star Wars stay-ay! And, hey! How about that nutty Star Wars bar? Can you forget all those creatures in there? And, hey! Darth Vader in that black and evil mask - did he scare you as much as he scared me-e-e-e?" [ turns and screams when he finds Paul the Pianist wearing a Darth Vader mask ] My seventh winter up here! [ singing ] "Star Wars-s-s-s!"

  • Pro Libertate||

    Sorry, responding to Gladstone.

  • Hash Brown||

    Please tell me you don't have that memorized.

  • Pro Libertate||

    No, but I do remember the first part all the way to "bar wars."

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Meanwhile, the Cleveland Browns buy a coffin from those New Orleans coffin-making monks so they can finally bury that story that's been going all over the Internet about the fan.

  • sloopyinca||

    Police officer that used excessive force on a detained prisoner (felony recorded on tape!) and then lied about it to investigators (felony recorded on paper!) allowed to retire. And in case our resident super-cop is worried about his due process rights, never fear. He had already been punished...with a 2 week suspension.

  • ||

    I see no mention in the link about the offense being a felony and lying to investigators in most states is at worse a misdemeanor.

    Where are you getting the felony stuff.

    2 week suspension is reasonable for a garden variety excessive force for an officer, assuming hes never had an excessive force complaint sustained before. That's about par for the course.

  • sloopyinca||

    Oh, so if I beat a handcuffed person and then lie to cover my tracks, I'll not get criminally charged by the cops when the video proves I was lying and that the assault took place?

    Your contortions are amazing!

  • ||

    What are you talking about? You said it was a felony assault but the link you provided doesn't support that assertion.

    And again,. lying to investigators (depending on circumstances) is at worse a misdemeanor

    So, AGAIN - where does it say it was a felony assault?

  • sloopyinca||

    I thought any assault while armed (look at the video, moron) with a gun was a felony.

    Or does that only apply to "civilians" caught doing anything with a gun on their person?

  • ||

    Not in my state it's not

    You simply don't know the law. Read the RCW (my state's law). There is no felony because you are armed.

    Does that state have such a charge?

    You simply don't understand the law but you think you do.

    And again, I'm not calling you a "moron" even though you are YET AGAIN wrong on the law

  • sloopyinca||

    It is the law in my state.

  • ||

    It very well may be, but the question is - is it the law in the state where the offense happened? You made that assumption

    and please cite your state's law. That's interesting because it would make any assault by a police officer automatically a felony. I find that hard to believe but I am not at all saying it's not the case in your state

    I have never seen a penal code that makes assault WHILE armed a felony. Many states make it a more serious charge if you do a burg or robbery while armed and of course assault WITH a firearm is a felony, but I;ll need to see the law you are referencing because that would be unique to me

  • OldMexican||

    Obama has said that "Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago."


    Except that Trayvon was not born from a white slut nor was he a Muslim.

    Yuk-yuk-yuk.

  • Killazontherun||

    Sluts (or Rihanna's favored spelling 'slutz') are hands down (me trousers) my favorite people.

  • sloopyinca||

    This is the most vile person in the news today. And that's a tall order.

    FTA: Julio Cuevas Jr., the assistant district attorney who prosecuted the case, reminded Justice Nunez that Mr. Alicea’s record included a previous violation of someone’s constitutional rights just months before the arrests. In that earlier case, Mr. Alicea pleaded guilty to administrative charges of unlawfully entering and searching a Brooklyn home. He was transferred to Manhattan soon after.

    Here's another one for the cop fellators. Motherfucker breaks into someone's house and tosses it. He's convicted...in administrative court...and transferred to another precinct. And once he's there, he attempts to ruin someone's life by manufacturing evidence of a drug deal. He gets 6 months in that conviction, but the motherfucker should have been in prison for B&E, not still carrying a gun for the Crown.

    But that's what our parallel system of "due process" for cops gets us: administrative courts move them around instead of sending them to the state court for criminal trespass and B&E, which is where a "civilian" would have ended up had he done what this piece of shit cop did.

    Defend that, fuckface.

  • ||

    Grow up and stop being a petulant child. Why would I defend misconduct?

    Your obsession is getting old.

    I don't know the case facts on the entry to know if it was warranted to be administratively charged or criminally charged. Case facts matter

    But framing somebody should get serious jail time.

    I don't like dirty cops any more than you do.

  • sloopyinca||

    I don't know the case facts on the entry to know if it was warranted to be administratively charged or criminally charged. Case facts matter

    He illegally broke into someone's home under color of law in order to search it. What more "facts" do you need? That's a fucking FELONY when a "civilian" does it, but when a NYPD cop does, he gets to go to admin court and gets transferred to another department because he''s not treated like the convict one of us would be treated like.

    But framing somebody should get serious jail time.

    Six whole months? Almost as long as Lindsay Lohan got for her drunk driving conviction...

  • ||

    A "civilian" can;t "do it" because they aren;'t acting under color of law.

    What was his intent? Did he think it a lawful entry but was wrong on the law? etc.

    Those are major distinctions and under the law mens rea is a huge factor.
    I just charged a "B&E" yesterday as misdemeanor trespass because the suspect's INTENT was to retrieve the keys to her car. Iow, it wasn't a burglary even though she unlawfully entered a residence, because she didn't have the requisite intent.

    If he fucked up then of course he shouldn't be criminally charged with burglary. There's no analogy to 'civilian" actions because civilians don't enter homes under color of law to search them.

    Case facts matter. If he had no intent to commit a crime, but merely did an unlawful search then the trying in admin style is entirely warranted.

    Most cops have probably done an illegal search before without recognizing it.

    The problem with your "double standard" analogies are they are rarely analogous. If he broke into the home to steal something, he should be criminally charged with burg. If he entered the home THINKING he was legally justified but he was wrong on the case law that's entirely diferent.

    So, again, what are the case facts?

  • sloopyinca||

    Cops: not experts on the law as it applies to them, but experts on the law as it applies to YOU!

    [chuckles]

  • sloopyinca||

    I don't know the case facts on the entry to know if it was warranted to be administratively charged or criminally charged.

    I sure hope the next time I get accused of B&E, I get to go to auctioneer court where my coworkers and peers can punish me instead of the state court system.

  • ||

    Again, case facts and mens rea matter.

    You don't understand the law and it continually makes you look ridiculous.

    Like the "assault while armed is a felony" thing which is not the law in MA HI or WA I can say with certainty.

    Your analogies are never analogous. If you get accused of B&E and you are entering to steal something that's entirely different than an unlawful search of a residence.

    Intent is important.

  • sloopyinca||

    If you get accused of B&E and you are entering to steal something that's entirely different than an unlawful search of a residence.

    They are both criminal. He was not treated as such because he is a cop and their CBA grants them a separate but equal system of justice not afforded "civilians".

    And it wasn't just an unlawful search. It was breaking into the house with the intent to commit an unlawful search. Get your facts straight, moron.

  • Killazontherun||

    Gay Satanist doing it on the graves of Fred Phelps' dead relatives.

    http://www.wwtdd.com/2013/07/s.....s-mom-gay/

  • Entropy Void||

    " ... No, Officer, I swear, I was just trying to re-charge your cellphone ..."

    Streaming media: New fuel cell powers a mobile phone with pee

    http://www.gizmag.com/bristol-.....4-90400361

  • sloopyinca||

    I'm tired of slapping our resident cop scholar around. Have a great weekend, all.*

    *Even you, Epi...you dick.

  • Banjos||

    If anyone gives a flying fuck, we are having another girl!

  • Jeff||

    And if you two would stop giving so many flying fucks maybe you wouldn't be having another kid every three goddamn seconds.

    (Congrats!)

  • Hyperion||

    Look, man. Little girls is da debil. You best be cranking out the only libertarian girls on the planet, besides Nicole, or we are are going to delete all your posts from H$R.

    BTW, we need some scathingly severe and witty anti big government posts, right here, from the first munchkin, by the time of her 3rd birthday.

    Don't push it, mister!

  • ||

    Sloopy: "I thought any assault while armed (look at the video, moron) with a gun was a felony."

    I'd really love to see that law. Note assault WITH a deadly weapon means you used the weapon in the crime and is a felony. That's not the same as assault WHILE armed which is not a felony in any jurisdiction I am aware of, but could be in yours if supported by a cite

  • Omni||

    Gotta throw this in there...

    MSNBC‘s Melissa Harris-Perry on Detroit’s Problems: “This is what it looks like when government is small enough to drown in your bathtub.”

    Small government killed Detroit apparently

  • Hyperion||

    Oh yeah. Government is really small. So small, that's it only managed to rack up 16.9 trillion in debt.

    The IRS, EPA, FDA, NSA, TSA, DHS, DEA, etc., etc., etc... that's all just a figment of your imagination. It's so small, I don't even notice that it exists.

  • Gorilla tactics||

    Fuckin unreal

  • VG Zaytsev||

    MSNBC‘s Melissa Harris-Perry on Detroit’s Problems: “This is what it looks like when government is small enough to drown in your bathtub.”

    And she's a tenured university professor.

  • prolefeed||

    Tumblr has rendered its sexually oriented blogs unsearchable, which will affect about 10 percent of content.

  • prolefeed||

    Tumblr has rendered its sexually oriented blogs unsearchable, which will affect about 10 percent of content.

    Checked my bookmarked Tumblr sites, all of which are still working. Unless a BJ site like lipwrapped.tumblr.com is somehow considered not sexually oriented, I don't know what the hell they're talking about.

  • Jordan||

    Unsearchable != unreachable

  • GILMORE||

    Obama has said that "Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago"

    Really? Given his trigger-happiness acing people with Drones, I wonder if he'd think the same of this guy =

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....87550.html

    Witnesses testified that Tyson told them he saw two "crackers" – a derogatory term for white people – walking through the neighborhood and that he intended to rob them. The tourists said they didn't have any money and begged Tyson to let them go home. The men also told Tyson they were lost.

    "Since you ain't got no money, then I have something for your ass," Tyson recounted to a witness, then added that he shot the men several times

    It is noted = this happened shortly after the "trayvon coulda been my son" comment. Parents of the slain students demanded a comment from Obama. None ever came. Nor was the story widely covered in the US, but was a major headline in the UK.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new.....ssion.html

    ".Mr Davies said: ‘We would like to publicly express our dissatisfaction at the lack of any public or private message of support or condolence from any American governing body or indeed, President Obama himself.

    ‘Mr Kouzaris has written to President Obama on three separate occasions and is yet to even receive the courtesy of a reply."

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