Minnesota State Rep Suing Over Illegal Access to His Drivers’ License Data, Joins Hundreds of Similar Claims

suing over snoopingMinnesota State HouseSteve Drazkowski, a Republican Minnesota state representative, becomes the latest politician in the state to sue various local and state agencies over public employees accessing his and his family’s driver’s license data as part of a campaign of political retaliation. He is suing along with 17 other state residents who say their data was accessed more than 600 times since 2003. Drazkowksi says the actions go back to when he first ran for state office, and was motivated by his fiscally conservative stance toward unions. Minnesota’s public workers are mired in allegations of illegal access. Via the Pioneer Press:

To date, the League of Minnesota Cities -- which represents most of the cities named as defendants in Thursday's lawsuit -- has received about 530 claims of driver's license privacy violations against 160 of its members, said general counsel Tom Grundhoefer.

Those figures don't include the new lawsuit -- and are still growing.

"The numbers are going up daily," Grundhoefer said.

He said the league is pushing back against many claims and is seeking clarification on key legal questions like the statute of limitations and how violations are counted.

But if the claimants prevail, he said, the lawsuits could cost millions of dollars. That's because federal data privacy laws governing license information set damages at a minimum of $2,500 per violation...

The Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust represents most of the counties named in the lawsuit. So far, it's fielded 194 claims of violations, not including the new lawsuit.

A few cases involve lone government employees accused of making thousands of searches.

One of those employees, a worker at the Department of Natural Resources, is accused of looking up 18,444 individual records, 94 percent of them of women, apparently to assist his online dating activities.

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  • Hugh Akston||

    As usual, the fix on this so-called scandal is so simple you libertardians could never see it. Obviously the state of Minnesota needs more funding for oversight and training, maybe with a training facility set to look like a TARDIS. Then this quoteunquote problem of abuse of authority will go away forever.

  • Paul.||

    There should be a law, like... like a HIPAA law, but for your drivers license stuff. We could call it DIPAA.

  • BigT||

    Nice! And for your porn surfing. Lets call it PIPPA.

  • The Last American Hero||

    It reminds me a little of the Salem Witch Trials, where people ignored the crazy shit going on until the crazy shit hit somebody important, like the governor.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I'm wondering how clear the guidelines and how spelled out the punishment for misusing the database. I'm guess policy was very well defined, and yet still the abuse happened. Hence, the unavoidable dangers of government databases.

  • ||

    These unconscionable abuses of taxpayers under the color of the law will be swiftly dealt with by paying damages out of collected taxes.

    What's the problem?

  • Irish||

    Think Progress publishes greatest article of all time.

    Trader Joe’s Is Dropping Coverage For Some Part Time Workers — And That Means Obamacare Is Working

    Obamacare: If your company previously gave you health care but doesn't anymore, you're welcome!

  • RBS||

    They have a different definition of working than I do.

  • Hugh Akston||

    It's okay that your employer can no longer afford to offer you health insurance, because Uncle Sugar is her for you now.

  • Sevo||

    'It's okay that your employer can no longer afford to offer you health insurance, because *other peoples' money* is her for you now.'

    Fixed

  • MJGreen||

    Still missed the typo, though.

  • Brett L||

    "We're this much closer to Single Payer, comrades!"

  • playa manhattan||

    The comments are very surprising for think progress. Almost 90% against this retarded article.

  • ||

    If they can determine which searches are improper, why didn't that set off alarms immediately the first time it happened?

  • Hugh Akston||

    Because how would state agencies benefit from holding their own people accountable?

  • ||

    Why are we both asking rhetorical questions?

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    Do I know what rhetorical means?

  • Hugh Akston||

    Why do you ask questions to which you already know the answer?

  • crashland||

    Who shall be held accountable for the answer?

  • ||

    Why am I bothering with this nonsense?

  • Hugh Akston||

    Why is a raven like a writing desk?

  • Floridian||

    He's MAD!!!!!

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I lost 30 seconds of my life reading this thread. Who's going to be held accountable for that?

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    your mother?

  • ||

    Because Poe wrote on both?

  • Pope Jimbo||

    On the radio today they said that it wasn't the state who determined that the searches were improper. I think that due to the DNR creeper case the state Auditor put out a report with a lot of search data in it.

    These new litigants discovered their own names in the report and are now suing over it.

  • UnCivilServant||

    It actually depends on the state.

    For NY, due to the Civil Service double standard (regular civil servants are reviled by the politicians the public claims we own, go figure) Accessing the DMV database improperly is an arrestable offense, and people are regularly removed from the DMV office in handcuffs.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    OT- The three stupidest people in Congress go on a diplomatic trip to Egypt: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/jon.....mel-prank/

  • RBS||

    I worked for a congressman from SC for a couple of years. One day a diplomatic delegation from Egypt came by the office and the first thing he said was "You know, I rode a camel one time."

  • everyone||

    While we agree with this post, it's obvious Shrike is not a man of his word. We are disillusioned. I guess we have the new Mt Rushmore of honesty and intelligence - Barack, Bush, Bachmann, and Buttplug.


    Palin's Buttplug| 9.2.13 @ 5:57PM |#

    If everyone agreed with me I would quit posting.
  • Tejicano||

    Good work everyone. Keep it up.

  • Finrod||

    You're a liar. Barbara Boxer wasn't one of them.

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    It's as if expectation of privacy were now an old-fashioned notion.

  • Winston||

    You Know What Else is an old-fashioned notion?

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Love?

  • ||

    What, at this point, does love have to do with it?

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

  • Brett L||

    Bacchanalia?

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Celebrity quote: “I’m an atheist; I suppose you can call me a sort of libertarian anarchist. I regard religion with fear and suspicion. It’s not enough to say that I don’t believe in God. I actually regard the system as distressing: I am offended by some of the things said in the Bible and the Quran, and I refute them.” - See more at: http://madamenoire.com/281845/.....twVqw.dpuf

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    If a celebrity said it, it must be true.

  • Tejicano||

    It misses a bit without the characters - But I don't believe you expected anybody to get it did you?

  • Tejicano||

    Yup. What good is it to spend all those years with a brush and ink if I can't post some of it on-line?

  • everyone||

    Atheism = 94 points on the Shrike test!


    Palin's Buttplug| 9.2.13 @ 5:57PM |#

    If everyone agreed with me I would quit posting.
  • Lord Peter Wimsey||

    Emma Thompson's a libertarian anarchist? Good for her (I hope she knows what those terms mean).

    I just assumed she was pathetic liberal buttplug ready to mouth the usual inanities.

    I look forward to her future remarks! How many celebs can you say that about?

  • crashland||

  • Floridian||

    It was clever to use a Boston terrier since he already had the tuxedo.

  • Floridian||

    That is a unique thought.

  • RBS||

    Jesus, I go eat some supper and come back to the deranged ravings of... something...

  • Floridian||

    When I was a kid we called it supper. Now I call it dinner. I don't know the difference.

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    Dinner is the biggest meal of your day.
    It can be either at lunch or supper time.

  • Floridian||

    Hmm..interesting

  • RBS||

    It's always been supper to me but my wife calls it dinner.

  • sloopyinca||

    Isn't the dinner/supper conversation basically the same as the soda/pop one?

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    No. It's more than just regionalism.

    In short, the Archduke is spot on.

  • RBS||

    What the fuck is a "pop"?

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    What the fuck is a "pop"?

    What 'tards call 'fizzy drinks'

  • Floridian||

    I thought soda was a delicious drink and pop was a horrible form of music.

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    SODEE POP

  • Specail Sauce||

    Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy?

  • Tejicano||

    You could just make them out of wax and it would have the same effect. Not that I would know anything about that...

  • Death Rock and Skull||

    I would do all of that, but just to have some cool, post-modern decor.

  • Floridian||

    You are all faggots who should just kill yourselves. Thanks for listening.

    You're welcome?

  • ||

    Honestly, have any of you ever gotten any pussy?

    I can't speak for everyone here, but honestly, I have not. Shoot, I was even born c-section.

    People who aren't this troll, I am confused. Is this a performance piece trying to tie together Chris Mallory and American or something? Also, who left the glue low enough for this guy/these guys to reach it?

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    You've never owned a cat, jesse?

    That counts too.

  • ||

    Right, but I've never gotten any. I've lived with and taken care of other people's pussies, but I did not acquire them. There's pussy on my bed right now looking annoyed that I'm not petting it by that standard.

  • ||

    Here you go, jesse.

  • ||

    Man, what is with the dumb 4chan shit making an incursion here? BE CREATIVE TROLL, you're not busy with anything else.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    re: Our batshit insane troll

    jesse, here is what you need to do.

  • ||

    Ha, I'm not falling for that again HM!

  • Calidissident||

    I like how the guy calling others "race traitors" claims to have a "banging hot Asian girlfriend." I mean, that's obviously not true (unless he's talking about that one second life game that HM discovered Chris Mallory plays) but nonetheless ironic

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Good catch!

  • ||

    Doesn't American claim to be an Asian-dating half-Jew?

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    American does, yes. Is Chris Mallory "American" though? And what is the relationship between those handles and our dearly departed Slappy!

    Those would be interesting questions if I gave a shit.

  • Calidissident||

    I don't think Chris Mallory is American. Different posting styles, and Mallory didn't have any problem posting under his real name. I think Slappy was before my time

  • ||

    Mallory's postings were extremely infrequent by the time I started paying attention, Slappy was definitely before me.

  • Calidissident||

    American changes his claims from time to times. Some times he's said some pretty hateful things about Jews, and at other times he's said positive things about them. I think he even had one handle where he even claimed to be Israeli. Similar story with Asians. He's talks positively about Japan a lot, and I think he's had a handle or two where he's claimed to have an Asian girlfriend, but many others where he claims to be a single PUA, and he's also said some bigoted stuff about Asians as well. He's a confused individual.

  • ||

    You are all faggots who should just kill yourselves.

    Only on Tuesdays and Thursdays and those special occasions Steve Smith catches me in the open.

  • Tejicano||

    I think ths is that same pimply mamma's boy who keeps posting about being a Navy seal commando/Al Qaeda operative/etc and boasting that he can "kill you 700 ways". If he worked a little harder at it he could almost be amusing.

  • MJGreen||

    Holy shit, you get straight A grades? You are fucking gangsta!

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    What a lame chat board. Plus Brady just hit a receiver for a TD and the nearest Jet was 15 yards away. It could be 35-0 at the half.

  • sloopyinca||

    I just need it to stay within a few scores so Bilal Powell will get enough touches to score me 6-7 points.

    Oh, and I'd like to see Tom Brady have his knee McGahee'd for laughs.

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    you leave Tom Brady alone.

  • sloopyinca||

    But he's scUM.

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    q: what's the only sign of intelligent life in columbus?
    a: Ann Arbor: 187 miles

  • sloopyinca||

    Detroit, dude. Detroit.

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    Detroit? I don't get it.

  • sloopyinca||

  • SweatingGin||

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

  • sloopyinca||

    Nobody ever said "Take him to Columbus!"

  • Gene||

    sloopyinca| 9.12.13 @ 9:04PM |#

    Detroit.

    That just gave me a great idea, making runs into Detroit for cheap reclaimed bricks. I don't know why it just hit me, it's not as if I haven't seen eleventy billion photos of it's urban decay.

  • Gene||

    sloopyinca| 9.12.13 @ 9:04PM |#

    Detroit.

    That just gave me a great idea, making runs into Detroit for cheap reclaimed bricks. I don't know why it just hit me, it's not as if I haven't seen eleventy billion photos of it's urban decay.

  • everyone||

    Excellent projection, Shrike. By the way, you are currently tied with Ass Ass In for most posts on this lame board.


    Palin's Buttplug| 9.2.13 @ 5:57PM |#

    If everyone agreed with me I would quit posting.
  • Jordan||

    What the hell is going on in this thread?

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    Voyager 1 is relaying data from outside the solar system.

  • Ted S.||

    How many times now have they said Voyager has left the solar system?

  • sloopyinca||

    More often than Pluto!

  • Finrod||

    Elvis has left the building!

  • Floridian||

    I have no idea, but I have been polite to our "guest" because I don't want to end up in someone's basement as a play thing.

  • SweatingGin||

    Mary's back.

    It's ancient copy pasta from 4chan.

  • sloopyinca||

    4chan? There's no such thing as 4chan!

  • SweatingGin||

    I've said too much...

  • mr lizard||

    It's like the crystal Pepsi version of Reason After Dark

  • John||

    Stack, Mary? Did she make bail or something?

  • sloopyinca||

    Why don't you ask her? She's probably parked less than a block from your house.

  • RBS||

    Now that's a disturbing thought.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Mary's too dumb to know Chinese.

  • SweatingGin||

    Shitposting isn't American's M.O. This has all the signs of a manic episode.

  • sloopyinca||

    Well, since none of you responded to my request this morning, it looks like I'm taking my family to the football game on Saturday. Thanks a lot!

  • Floridian||

    You may not want to mention your family on this post. We have some unusual guest that might take notice.

  • sloopyinca||

    Oh, I thought Episiarch left already.

  • Floridian||

    You cold as ice Sloopy

  • sloopyinca||

    I am certainly willing to sacrifice our love.

  • ||

    You speak too soon! By the way, I'm watching your kids through binoculars right now. I'm posting from my phone.

  • crashland||

    Especially because they might be government employees with access to your data...

    Or maybe Harry Reid has lost it cause the anarchists are taking over and he think they hang out at HnR

  • ||

    What the fuck is a "morning"?

  • BakedPenguin||

    If you stay out late enough, the sun does a reverse sunset. It's weird.

  • playa manhattan||

    Our offense is way better this year under wonder boy Goff. Watch your six!

  • sloopyinca||

    That kid is a stud. And in typical fashion, I'm rather nervous about the game. But the pass defense is getting better every week and we're getting some players back again this week.

  • Ted S.||

    I'm sure they didn't want to go to the game with you either. ;-)

  • sloopyinca||

    I almost went to jail up there in Sacramento last month. Without the wife and kids, I'd be a lock for getting tossed in the slammer before I even got over to Berkeley. This was a calculated move.

  • playa manhattan||

    It's impossible to get thrown in jail in Berkeley (except for hate crimes). I tried for 5 years. Nothing.

  • sloopyinca||

    (They tend to frown on calling a blackjack dealer a "stupid, fat fuck" at the Cordova Casino.)

  • playa manhattan||

    Yeah, that's a hate crime in Nor Cal.

  • Brett L||

    Sorry, dude. The fiancee didn't go for the change in our honeymoon plans. Since her daddy is paying for me to have a suite in a resort hotel, she gets to call the shots.

  • Brett L||

    Also, congrats on beating the fuck out of me last week. I hope you go on to do the same to everyone else. I'll be in the relegation league next year.

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    Need to find some Rainbow Mountain Blend.

  • mr lizard||

    I miss the vending machines that would spit out a boss coffee latte, chilled or hot

  • cw||

    OT: So I just took the University of Montana's "Personal Empowerment through Self-Awareness Test" (required, of course). What I found a little disturbing was how the school relies on the preponderance of evidence standard for determining whether an accused is guilty of sexual assault/rape.

    Thoughts?

  • RBS||

    That test sounds like it's hilariously misnamed. I think pretty much all schools are like that with sexual assault. Search the archives as there have been articles posted about it before.

  • sloopyinca||

    Thoughts?

    Henry Waxman is an imbecile.
    White pants are ok after labor day as long as they're jeans.
    Fat women do not need lovin' too.
    Bacon is God's favorite food.

  • ||

    White pants are ok after labor day as long as they're jeans.

    Were I a better gay, I'd be judging you soooo harshly for this, or I'd agree with you. I'm not 100% sure which.

  • crashland||

    If only there was a guide book to help you find out the gayest way to go...

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    I'm pretty sure that's any album by the Gipsy Kings.

  • ||

    I'm not sure what coming back from the gym, cooking a superb dinner for a group of my closest friends, doing e and then going to a club where I end up having my way with several rippling hard bodies has to do with the topic of conversation, crashland.

    Related and funny.

  • crashland||

    Wow you guys must be tired after executing that hectic homo agenda. Where does all of the energy come from?

    Pretty soon we'll all be gay and then what happens to the human race? Extinction. God's punishment for a totally gay world. Thanks for destroying the world Jesse.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Pretty soon we'll all be gay

    It has already happened.

    I mean, black fashion t-shirts with gold lettering?

    C'mon son.

  • ||

    Thanks for destroying the world Jesse.

    Aww, it's so nice to be appreciated.

    Nobody else offers a fun apocalypse these days. Everyone else has war and tribulation. We offer hedonism and mimosa brunches until humanity ends.

  • playa manhattan||

    I'm having a mimosa brunch on Sat morning. I'll make sure to consume my fair share before I leave to go coach the 5 year old soccer league.

  • ||

    Those aren't provided on site by the other parents? Why do you even have kids in a sport if it isn't an opportunity to get together with other parents and day drink while the kids are busy?

  • playa manhattan||

    If there wasn't a username and password requirement for the AYSO training video website, I would link to it right now. ABSOLUTELY NO ALCOHOL ALLOWED ON SITE (bloodstream excepted) due to parents in New England starting fights at PeeWee soccer games.

  • sloopyinca||

    Name me something in America that has not been ruined by New Englanders.

  • ||

    Name me something in America that has not been ruined by New Englanders.

    CHOWDAH!

    I'm out of list.

  • sloopyinca||

    Shit, the Chowdah in Pismo is better than what you'll find in Bahstahn.

  • ||

    The only time I tried to go to Pismo, I totaled my car. I would not know. Although Disneyland does the tasty chowder in a sourdough boule.

  • sloopyinca||

    You at Disneyland is an image I could have done without. Thanks, asshole.

  • ||

    You at Disneyland is an image I could have done without.

    I'm morbidly curious what your mental image of me is that me at DLand would be disturbing.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    FUCK YOU!

    The clam chowder at Legal Seafood is ambrosia.

  • db||

    The very fact that they crow about their seafood being "legal" rather than "tasty" is a dead giveaway. To me it sounds like "State Bare Minimum Seafood." Why the fuck would I eat there if they best they can name it is "legal." It's like the highest form of achievement in any field is that it's approved by the state. "Legal Art." "Legal Fun Zone." "Legal Blow Jobs."

    Yes, I have eaten at Legal Seafood amd it's pretty good. The name just disturbs me.

  • ||

    Name me something in America that has not been ruined by New Englanders.

    CHOWDAH!

    I'm out of list.

  • ||

    This is why we can't have nice things.

  • sloopyinca||

    In SoCal, you can wear white year-round.

    That's it. I'm bringing Banjos and the baby down in a week or two and I'll be wearing white jeans.

    And a pair of Ugg boots.

  • playa manhattan||

    Boots with fur, please.

  • ||

    Will his jeans be "apple bottomed"?

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    You had a chance to post this, and you squandered it.

  • ||

    Blast, I'll go prepare my seppuku set.

  • playa manhattan||

    That video only has 20,000 views. What the fuck is wrong with America?

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    Bacon is God's favorite food.

    Corollary: Turkey Bacon is God's least favourite food.

  • sloopyinca||

  • RBS||

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    awesome.

  • playa manhattan||

    I love how they call it MorningStar "farms" as if it is anything other than a giant soybean processing factory...

  • sloopyinca||

    Well, they were suffering with the Satan Farms branding, so they decided to go to MorningStar.

  • playa manhattan||

    Classic. And I did not know that they are part of Kellog....

  • ||

    Now with more hexane!

  • Jordan||

    Colleges love them some kangaroo courts. Even more so, now that the DoE is pushing its bullshit blueprint.

  • crashland||

    Doesn't your finding an aspect disturbing mean you failed the test?

  • SweatingGin||

    OT: So I just took the University of Montana's "Personal Empowerment through Self-Awareness Test" (required, of course). What I found a little disturbing was how the school relies on the preponderance of evidence standard for determining whether an accused is guilty of sexual assault/rape.

    Thoughts?

    Keep your head down?

    I'd be a bit afraid to go back to college these days. Tech conferences worry me enough as it is.

  • Dweebston||

    Then you probably shouldn't be microaggressing against eavesdroppers with hostile jokes about dongles, RAPIST.

  • PapayaSF||

    +64 bits of topical_nerd_reference.

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    You know those scenes where Homer Simpson walks funny because he ate too much? Some guy just left the mexican restaurant by my place walking that way.

  • sloopyinca||

    he ate too much?

    Is that even possible?

  • SweatingGin||

    Treehouse of Horror episodes, while they are the absolute best, are not canon.

    Kind of tempted to leave that on for 10 hours.

  • playa manhattan||

    Time to place an order, then.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Coming soon, the newest thing for Proggies to piss their pants over. Or buy and send over to the plucky Ewoks Syrian resistance.

  • playa manhattan||

    I've had that for 3 years now. It's just a toy. Also, wildly inaccurate because you have to apply so much forward pressure...

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    I'm sure it's just a toy, otherwise ATF wouldn't be so cavalier about it.

  • playa manhattan||

    They have no choice because the stock has no moving parts, iirc. They were able to ban the Atkins Accelerator as a machine gun accessory, though:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P8AbTKvykE

  • SweatingGin||

    Remember that they rules a shoelace was a machine gun part.

    http://www.everydaynodaysoff.c.....chine-gun/

  • playa manhattan||

    The SSAR-15 comes with a letter from the ATF certifying that it is legal. If there is one thing I've learned, it's that you can take the ATF at their word.

    Unfortunately for me, CA is the only state that has laws against it, so I can't use it here anymore...

  • Tejicano||

    ATF seems to like watching this stuff sell for a while before stepping in and ruling it illegal. I think the purpose is to a) make people skittish about starting up and funding a company to sell this sort of thing and b) pump a bunch of contraband into the market so they have something to charge people with after the fact.

    I remember some company that sold a part which would screw onto the muzzle of a rifle/handgun - different models for different guns - and then screw onto a 2 liter coke bottle. The coke bottle makes a surprisingly effective silencer for one or two rounds depending on the caliber. BATF let them get the company off the ground before shutting the whole idea down.

  • sloopyinca||

    The ATF is the MorningStar Farms of government agencies.

  • wakeup||

    Americans have learned in the past decade that our government lied to us about:

    Iraq weapons of mass destruction
    The case for war against Syria
    Its involvement in false flag terror in Iran in the 1950s
    Pervasive spying by the NSA
    Manipulation of the markets by big banks

    But do Americans think that the government lied about 9/11?
    38% of Americans have some doubts about the official account of 9/11, 10% do not believe it at all, and 12% are unsure about it;

  • playa manhattan||

    Is this part of Pollapalooza?

  • Tejicano||

    It's just some sock puppet posting that same 3 sentences in Mandarin repeatedly. It looses a bit without the characters and/or tones not being represented.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Manipulation of the markets by big banks

    That's not a lie; they openly admit it! That's the whole point of Neo-Keynesianism.

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    When did James Woods become awesome?

    James Woods ‏@RealJamesWoods 6m
    Small thing, BUT...Does everybody else hate those idiot squiggly fluorescent light bulbs as much as I do? Why can't we use bulbs that work?
  • PapayaSF||

    He. My girlfriend hates them so much that she bought what looks like a palette's worth of incandescent bulbs before the ban.

  • ||

    That was Jets ball. This is bullshit.

  • sloopyinca||

    And the announcers are so deep up Tom Brady's asshole it makes me want to throw up.

  • Sevo||

    Try watching with the sound off. The only time you need it is a flag where they won't replay or show the ref calling it.
    Much better.

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    there are no decent NFL announcers anymore, are there?

  • sloopyinca||

    You want an extra dose of retardation with your dinner (supper) tonight? Take a look at how fucking stupid SI is with their NFL announcer rankings.

  • sloopyinca||

    Hint: Cris fucking Collinsworth.

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    that list is a joke, right?

  • sloopyinca||

    That SI list is what we call "outsider art." It could be by a mental patient, a hillbilly or a chimpanzee.

  • Calidissident||

    WTF? Collinsworth's voice alone makes me wanna kill myself. And his analysis sucks.

  • Ted S.||

    We learned last year that you can intercept the ball and the refs will still give it to the offense on review.

  • Calidissident||

    Brady is garbage tonight

  • ||

    Microsoft is naming it's Siri competitor Cortana after the Halo AI.

    Microsoft is next in line to build a mobile personal assistant, one that's more than more than a robotic voice that obeys spoken commands. The feature will tie together all Microsoft products. So it's probably appropriate that it'll be named Cortana after the artificially intelligent character in Halo.

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    Not GLaDOS or HAL?

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    Halo is a MS Studios product. Cortana is already their IP.

    I would sacrifice a few of my siblings for a GLaDOS digital personal assistant.

    My phone needs this

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  • Dweebston||

    That would be a triumph.

  • sloopyinca||

    I'd have gone with Iris and created a super-dose of butthurt with Apple fanbois.

  • Ted S.||

    Couldn't they just bring back Microsoft Bob?

  • sloopyinca||

    Or maybe this old favorite.

  • db||

    Poor Clippy was too far ahead of his time.

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

  • sloopyinca||

    Here comes the rain. Will the league just call the game and award it to the Patriots? You know, for "safety".

  • Anonymous Coward||

    Remember how only those plucky rebels in Syria couldn't have possibly used sarin gas against those Assad-supporting neighborhoods?

    U.S. military confirms rebels had sarin

    As part of the Obama administration’s repeated insistence – though without offering proof – that the recent sarin gas attack near Damascus was the work of the Assad regime, the administration has downplayed or denied the possibility that al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels could produce deadly chemical weapons.

    However, in a classified document just obtained by WND, the U.S. military confirms that sarin was confiscated earlier this year from members of the Jabhat al-Nusra Front, the most influential of the rebel Islamists fighting in Syria.

    The document says sarin from al-Qaida in Iraq made its way into Turkey and that while some was seized, more could have been used in an attack last March on civilians and Syrian military soldiers in Aleppo.

    The document, classified Secret/Noforn – “Not for foreign distribution” – came from the U.S. intelligence community’s National Ground Intelligence Center, or NGIC, and was made available to WND Tuesday.

    It revealed that AQI had produced a “bench-scale” form of sarin in Iraq and then transferred it to Turkey.

    Turns out Barry lied. Again. Quelle suprise.

  • sloopyinca||

    just obtained by WND

    Turns out Barry lied.

    Seriously, I think he's a habitual liar, but World Net Daily? That's a tough sell right there.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    I would link to RT in support, but some respected commentor was beefing with me at full strength for linking to RT because...sneaky Russians.

  • sloopyinca||

    Oh, I'm not saying I don't believe you. I'm just saying WND is a tough sell to all but the most ardent conspiracy theorists.

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    wait for it...

  • sloopyinca||

    Oh, I'm not saying I don't believe you. I'm just saying WND is a tough sell to all but the most ardent conspiracy theorists.

    Perhaps if they could employ an Op/Ed writer from the WSJ or NYT, they'd be more trustworthy.

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    wait for it...

  • sloopyinca||

    'm not saying I don't believe ou, only that WND is a tough sell to all but the most ardent conspiracy theorists on the right.

    They need to get some more reputable writers like some of the WSJ's Op/Ed staff to be trustworthy.

  • sloopyinca||

    Oh, for fuck sake. Not again.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    Damn sloop. Was that the booze? Or the squirrels?

  • sloopyinca||

    I'm gonna blame the drunk squirrels.

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    and done.

  • ||

    The document, classified Secret/Noforn – “Not for foreign distribution” – came from the U.S. intelligence community’s National Ground Intelligence Center, or NGIC, and was made available to WND Tuesday.

    Wow, they're using, like, spy jargon so it must be true!

  • sloopyinca||

    Needs moar ITFPAPIC for me to believe it.

  • Ted S.||

    If you believe World Net Daily.

  • ||

    I always bristled that it was called World Nut Daily in some circles, but then I read it for a while and am less bothered.

  • PapayaSF||

    They can verge on being a conservative Weekly World News, but they're not totally insane and not always wrong. Extremist news sources of any partisan stripe can come up with good stories that have been ignored elsewhere.

  • ||

    I can agree with that, but I find with those kinds of sites it's worth doing a bit of digging into their source material. I've seen enough stories on WND and similar sites where they take a very tiny true statement and blow it out of proportion that I don't trust their stories without corroboration from other agencies or if they show their link their source material.

  • PapayaSF||

    Oh, yeah. Not to mention the inherent difference there often is between a sensational headline and (even accurate) source material.

  • Sevo||

    And, that tough guy Kerry is gonna make the Russki's eat crow for showing that Obama is a lying bastard:
    "Kerry talks tough in Syria encounter with Russia"
    Yep, he wants to know if they can *prove* his boss is an ignoramus!
    http://www.sfgate.com/news/pol.....807537.php
    (Hint, John: Obama's done it for them)

  • sloopyinca||

    Holy shit, I've never seen a pass with that much air under it not get intercepted. It's like the Black Tebow is out there throwing passes tonight.

  • sloopyinca||

    See what I mean? Black Tebow.

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

  • sloopyinca||

    Gen. Augusto Pinochet took control and began a 17-year dictatorial reign of terror, during which more than 3,000 Chileans were murdered and disappeared

    3,000? Piker!

  • ||

    Allende, a socialist, was immensely popular with his people. But his policies were anathema to the elites of Chile and the U.S., so President Richard Nixon and his secretary of state and national-security adviser, Henry Kissinger, supported efforts to overthrow him

    No, Allende was not 'immensely' popular with the Chilean people. His government was legitimate, but it was also very inept at addressing the economic problems of Chile.

    I think without the coup he would have been thrown out after a few election cycles given the way Chile was going.

  • PapayaSF||

    That, or a typical communist bloodbath that would have dwarfed what Pinochet did.

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

  • sloopyinca||

    Is 14 in white going for the Ndamukong Suh Player Of The Week Award? Dirty little fucker.

  • playa manhattan||

    Urine test the QB!

  • Generic Stranger||

    Should have been called back due to an illegal block to the back near the end, but damn that kid has some game.

  • ||

    I bet the Jets wish they had Tebow right about now...

  • sloopyinca||

    These announcers are like the worst ever. First, they ignore Holmes getting mugged all the way across the field and say there was "inadvertent" contact when he was pushed down. Then he says Mangold took a shot at the guy when he was still in bounds.

    It's almost as if they hired the Patriots own play-by-play crew.

  • sloopyinca||

    Aaaaaand then they throw out two Jets players and ignore a punch thrown by a Patriots player that barely misses a ref's face.

    WHAAAAAAAAAT

    THEEEEEEEEEE

    FUUUUUUUUUCK?

  • sloopyinca||

    And the pussy Belichek demands that the players thrown out have to leave the field...with 38 seconds left and the Jets defense on the field when the ejected players are on the offensive team.

    What a prick.

  • Raven Nation||

    Shoulda watched the Burn Notice finale instead.

  • playa manhattan||

    Is that show still on? By her own admission, Gabrielle Anwar has aged much more than her character on the show...

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    final episode tonite. I haven't watched it yet.
    It was alright, campy but fun.

  • playa manhattan||

    The last episode I saw was the one where Burke died. I have a bit of catchup before I can watch the series finale. I'm hopeful that the show isn't popular enough for people to be posting spoilers on facebook tomorrow....

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    I have never seen a spoiler.

  • playa manhattan||

    I can see that. A lot of people don't publicly admit to watching that show. Like me.

  • ||

    I had the game on mute and have been mostly watching the Dodgers and Giants. Good pitchers' duel between Grienke and Cain.

  • ||

    Addendum to link above Allende and Latin American socialism lives!

    The coup was a bloody reminder that the ruling classes will never fight fair. They killed thousands in a vengeful attempt to forever separate socialism and democracy. But you cannot kill an idea. Forty years later, they have failed. Socialism and democracy have been reunited. That's why we can say today: Allende vive. Allende lives.
    Allende lives in the governments of countries like Bolivia and Venezuela; Allende lives in the vibrant social movements all across Latin America; Allende lives in ALBA, a regional integration and mutual benefit alliance the likes of which could barely have been fathomed in the 1970s; Allende lives in the steadfast refusal of Latin America to accept U.S. isolation and demonization of Cuba. In fact, it's the U.S. and Canada who are isolated in Latin America these days, notwithstanding recent coup d'etats in a couple of ALBA's weaker links, Paraguay and Honduras. And Allende lives in the massive student movement in Chile, which has challenged Pinochet's legacy of privatization and nudged the whole political spectrum in that country to the left.

    Yeah, Venezuela and Bolivia! Because inflation, shortages, and misery are the price of equality and social justice!

    Screw Chile and its economic development, high standard of living, and overall stability!

  • Anonymous Coward||

    Allende lives in the governments of countries like Bolivia and Venezuela;

    Comrade Allende wouldn't want you to have toilet paper. Wipe your ass with your hand like a true revolutionary!

  • Calidissident||

    LMAO at his demonizing Pinochet (which by itself is valid. He wasn't that bad by dictator standards, but that's a low bar and doesn't justify his actions) while excusing and praising Castro

  • ||

    And Allende lives in the massive student movement in Chile, which has challenged Pinochet's legacy of privatization and nudged the whole political spectrum in that country to the left.

    This part stands out to me. Like what the fuck? Do they not realize how insanely good they have compared to Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, etc?

    It says a lot about the strength of free markets when even the left-wing parties in Chile (who's leaders were persecuted by Pinochet) won't turn from the economic consensus on maintaining a privatized economy.

  • Irish||

    Do they not realize how insanely good they have compared to Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, etc?

    No, because they're fucking college students. Hopefully they learn before they ruin Chile.

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    I have a friend that's living in Chile right now doing study abroad.

    I asked her what Santiago is like and she says it's very modern and as developed as any American city.

    But she dislikes that the Chileans are 'classist' and tend to look down on poor people, immigrants, and the country folk.

  • Irish||

    Somehow I don't think there are many cities in Venezuela that look like this.

    That picture is from an article titled "Is Santiago the next Silicon Valley?" I also somehow doubt that people are talking about anywhere in Venezuela as a future tech hub.

  • ||

    But Irish, there's inequality! Something must be done to make them equal!b

    And fat chance of the students waking up. Why would they when they're taught that capitalism is an invention of American imperialism and an affront to their independence?

  • PapayaSF||

    It is hard for me to fully comprehend anyone who could look at the last 30 years of Chile and Venezuela and think: "Chile should be more like Venezuela."

  • crashland||

    Sean Penn probably does, but then comprehending Sean Penn isn't possible for rational minds.

  • ||

    If you're going to videotape the precious moments of your child using a phone, hold it horizontally so it looks right on youtube.

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    horizontal video would not have improved that.

  • ||

    I suppose it's hard to improve on perfection, but I felt the need to comment on this vertical video bullshit and wanted to post that video.

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