12 Dead in Washington Navy Yard Shooting, Flooding Continues in Colorado, State Department Benghazi Investigation Criticized: P.M. Links

  • dc todayTwitter via SoftpediaThe death toll in the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard has risen to 12. Up to three shooters may have been involved. At least one, identified as Aaron Alexis, was killed by police.
  • More than 1,200 people were unaccounted for in massive flooding that continues in Colorado.
  • A House Oversight Committee report determined the State Department’s investigation of failures surrounding last year’s Benghazi attack was not independent and ignored the role played by senior officials.
  • Joe Biden may want to be elected president in 2016 because he thinks Barack Obama’s done such a bang up job.
  • Bill Thompson has dropped out of the New York City mayor’s race and endorsed fellow Democrat Bill de Blasio. De Blasio may or may not have reached the 40 percent necessary to avoid a run off. He faces Republican Joe Lhota in November.
  • A former TSA agent accused of making airport threats appears in court today for a bond hearing.
  • Janice Lokelani Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele complains that her name doesn’t fit on her Hawaii driver’s license. The state says its working on increasing the name character limit from 35 to 40.
  • Amazon.co.uk has reportedly shipped some pre-ordered copies of Grand Theft Auto V before the video game’s official release date.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    A House Oversight Committee report determined the State Department’s investigation of failures surrounding last year’s Benghazi attack was not independent and ignored the role played by senior officials.

    On the plus side they were just as incompetent in circling the wagons at State.

  • Tonio||

    Also, "first."

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Joe Biden may want to be elected president in 2016 because he thinks Barack Obama’s done such a bang up job.

    For shits and giggles.

  • Certified Public Asskicker||

    I guess he is just reminding us, it could always be worse?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Joe Biden may want to be elected president in 2016 because he thinks Barack Obama’s done such a bang up job.

    His funniest gaffe yet.

  • andarm16||

    If Biden wins, any remaining optimism for the fate of this country that I have will be gone.

  • Restoras||

    Dude, seriously? Do you have any idea how frickin' HILARIOUS a Joltin' Joe Biden presidency will be? I hope he runs and wins just for the laughs!

  • Almanian!||

    sldo, ^^this

    Lulz City!

  • Almanian!||

    For today, "sldo" = "also"

    Apparently, my left hand has become more right wing of late...

  • Rich||

    Sinister Is Dexter Otherwise?

  • Killazontherun||

    Wore out your WASD set up and had to move it over to ESDF did you?

  • Almanian!||

    I'm just a shitty typer.

    But you knew this...

  • BiMonSciFiCon||

    Don't talk about Lucy!

  • andarm16||

    Well, I guess it is about that time where you stop worrying and start laughing.

  • JWatts||

    It's President Camacho or nothing!

    http://media.vintagecotton.com/shirt/191/cam03.gif

  • Almanian!||

    TAKE HIM TO THE TREE OF WOE, WHEREUPON HE MAY PONDER HIS GLIB MOOD IN THESE DARK TIMES!

  • Killazontherun||

    If it's Biden versus establishment Rockefeller tool, I'm voting Biden, for the giggles. At that point, if the GOP can't get a guy worth pulling for, we can at least go out as a nation like Delta Tau Chi instead of a bunch of chumps who get shot in the back by our own allies.

  • hotsy totsy||

    I'd way prefer Biden over Hillary. At least he's funny.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Janice Lokelani Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele complains that her name doesn’t fit on her Hawaii driver’s license.

    She can always choose not to use the government's roads.

  • andarm16||

    God! There are Tines with names shorter than that!

  • robc||

    Most of them.

    Even Amdi's full name wasnt that long.

    You would need a pack of 14 or so to make that last name.

  • Invisible Finger||

    if I may just cut in on you there, Herr Gambolputty de von Ausfern- schplenden- schlitter- crasscrenbon- fried- digger- dingle- dangle- dongle- dungle- burstein- von- knacker- thrasher- apple- banger- horowitz- ticolensic- grander- knotty- spelltinkle- grandlich- grumblemeyer- spelterwasser- kurstlich- himbleeisen- bahnwagen- gutenabend- bitte- ein- nürnburger- bratwustle- gerspurten- mitz- weimache- luber- hundsfut- gumberaber- shönedanker- kalbsfleisch- mittler- aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm, and ask you - just quickly - if there's any particular thing that you remember about Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern- schplenden- schlitter- crasscrenbon- fried- digger- dingle- dangle- dongle- dungle- burstein- von- knacker- thrasher- apple- banger- horowitz- ticolensic- grander- knotty- spelltinkle- grandlich- grumblemeyer- spelterwasser- kurstlich- himbleeisen- bahnwagen- gutenabend- bitte- ein- nürnburger- bratwustle- gerspurten- mitz- weimache- luber- hundsfut- gumberaber- shönedanker- kalbsfleisch- mittler- aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm?

  • CE||

    She lives on an island, so why not use a boat to row around to where you want to go?

  • ||

    Thank God she doesn't play a pro sport.

  • Invisible Finger||

    Goddamn foreigners.

  • Invisible Finger||

    Either she is the first Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele in Hawaii to apply for a drivers license, or the first to complain about their letter limit.

    Or perhaps her ancestors accepted FYTW when they complained.

  • ||

    It's possible that Hawaii has changed their policy on aliases. CA did around the time I got my license.

  • Invisible Finger||

    Based on the article, we only know about this woman because police are assholes.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Janice Lokelani Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele complains that her name doesn’t fit on her Hawaii driver’s license. The state says its working on increasing the name character limit from 35 to 40.

    You, madame, are a mouth full.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    You should really get that tape recorder.

  • Killazontherun||

    You can spell out my entire name First, middle and last in twelve letters. We are a terse people when sober.

  • Bobarian||

    So terse, but not very often?

  • Killazontherun||

    Yup. If my coworkers saw how florid my writing got on here in interoffice communications, they'd wonder who took over my body. One reason I quit the work day flask, I noticed how breezy and lengthy I was getting in them. It was cutting in on my goof off time.

  • playa manhattan||

    Your workday flask was cutting in on your goof off time?

  • Killazontherun||

    That's exactly right. I found myself spending too much time on work related matters, trying to make an impression, a silly notion that would never occur to my sober self.

  • ||

  • Neoliberal Kochtopus||

    In the Kochtoputopia, slideshow use gets the death penalty by brazen bull.

  • mnarayan||

    He already posted that.

  • Slammer||

    The wife has Fox News on while I have headphones on. It's an endless loop of cop cars, Emergency Services vans and trucks, fire trucks, fat cops on motorcycles, speeding SUVS, unidentified black trucks, and sirens sirens sirens and flashing lights. It's swarms of full on military gear and fully automatic weaponry, creaking polished leather, and armor all screaming FORCE.

    An the other hand, I did get a chuckle out of the guy in full black body armor with sniffing dog who pauses at a tree to take a leak (the dog).

  • Killazontherun||

    Dude was thinking, 'wished I could do that. Fucking cameras!'

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

  • ||

    You leave Boris Johnson alone!

  • andarm16||

    Wanna bet it's some viral marketing campaign?

  • CE||

    The Joker?

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    The Midnight Toker?

  • Killazontherun||

    Hurts me that I got that.

  • Killazontherun||

  • robc||

    Neat trivia item: Steve Miller's godfather was Les Paul.

  • Killazontherun||

    Hey, that is neat. Was Les Paul ever in the studio production of Miller Band albums?

  • Marshall Gill||

    Also the person who taught him to play guitar, or so I have heard.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Really? He should have been better at it, then.

  • CE||

    We're not that old.

  • robc||

    Some of us are.

  • William of Purple||

    Hammond you idiot.

  • ||

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    My grandpa was an Atomic Veteran, so he actually witnessed an H-Bomb blast up close during nuclear testing in the 1950s.

    Pretty scary shit, can't imagine what they must have felt like.

  • Almanian!||

    Watching a documentary on the Bikini atoll tests. Very interesting.

  • John||

    Read the Making of the Atomic Bomb sometime. and its squeal Dark Sun about the building of the H bomb. Great books.

  • kinnath||

    squeal

    Beautiful

  • andarm16||

    +1 for Dark Sun and Making of the Atomic Bomb.

  • PapayaSF||

    I'd recommend Manhattan Project: The Untold Story of the Making of the Atomic Bomb by Stephane Groueff. It focusses on the engineering and logistics aspects, which were just as incredible as the physics.

  • William of Purple||

    There was a recent biography on Oppenheimer. Very good stuff.

  • Slammer||

    Cool. Thanks, jesse.

  • John||

    That is awesome.

  • Killazontherun||

    Link on the side lead to one about the ten best monsters invented for Dungeons and Dragons. No, Gygax and company did not invent the Drow fellas,

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

    According to Sir Walter Scott: 'Possession of supernatural wisdom is still imputed by the natives of Orkney and Zetland Islands, to the people called Drows, who may, in most other respects, be identified with the Caledonian fairies.'[2]

    Dey (1991) speculates that the tradition, and perhaps that of the selkie, may be based in part on the Norse invasions of the Northern Isles. She states that the conquest by the Vikings sent the indigenous, dark-haired Picts into hiding and that "many stories exist in Shetland of these strange people, smaller and darker than the tall, blond Vikings who, having been driven off their land into sea caves, emerged at night to steal from the new land owners."[3] However most Roman sources describe the Picts as tall, long limbed and red or fair haired.

    and almost everyone of the others mentioned have origins in the fantasy literature GG loved with a passion.

  • Fatty Bolger||

    Of course the greatest monster is the orc, invented by World of Warcraft. I thought everybody knew that. (LOTRO totally ripped them off, too.)

  • Killazontherun||

    You're not trying a Clerks II on me are you? This is trivia I learned while researching the connection between the lizard people and the Caucasoid race. I'm a conspiracy nut, not a nerd!

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    What the Illuminati are trying to conceal with their false-flag Kenya conspiracy theories is that Obama is a Dark Elf Drow prince from Orkney, with a Charisma of 7 which, in the case of liberals, he can magically enhance to 19.

    He also has an intelligence of 11 and a Wisdom of -14.

    Alignment: Chaotic Wanker

    Weapons: +3 Drone of Doom, Magic Nuclear Button of Armageddon

  • Killazontherun||

    When he is responding to something off the cuff, he sounds like he could be no better than a 9 in IN.

  • Aloysious||

    I'm pretty sure he is a Hopeless Character: every ability score in the single digits, with a couple of natural three's.

  • playa manhattan||

    If you have Netflix, watch Trinity & Beyond.

  • rts||

    Mountie touting road safety charged with speeding

    An RCMP officer honoured for his work improving road safety will appear in court in North Vancouver this week to face a charge of excessive speeding.

    Corp. Michael Arbulic deliberately sped through a speed trap on the Upper Levels Highway last year on Valentine's Day, North Vancouver Insp. Dave Attfield said.

    Arbulic apparently meant it is a prank against his traffic enforcement colleagues and wasn't ticketed, Attfield said.

    But at least one member felt that was wrong, and complained, prompting an internal investigation.
  • mad libertarian guy||

    But at least one member felt that was wrong, and complained, prompting an internal investigation.

    How long until this guy is fired or made so miserable on the job such that he quits? There is no thing worse to cops than one of their own turning on them.

  • rts||

    Sure, but you've got to give that one guy props for not going along with it.

  • CE||

    Excessive speeding? As opposed to non-excessive speeding?

  • Zeb||

    Honestly, who drives the speed limit?

  • rts||

    "Haha" aside, excessive speeding means 40 km/h or more over the speed limit (about 25 mph), and for regular people means mandatory impounding of vehicle.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    At least one, identified as Aaron Alexis, was killed by police.

    Well, they shot someone. Let's call him a shooter for now to keep the questions to a minimum.

  • CE||

    One shooter, as I suspected. The other reports were mistaken descriptions from eyewitnesses, or law enforcement people coming to help.

    http://www.latimes.com/nation/.....7381.story

  • Almanian!||

    One shooter, twelve kills.

    He didn't follow the rules!

  • db||

    I'd stay inside today if I lived around D.C. The Blue Pickup Brigades will be out in force.

  • Almanian!||

    You might be mistaken for Christopher Dorner

    (elderly black woman in an Australian Ford Falcon Ute....right? Wasn't that the description?)

  • Rich||

  • Hillary's Clitdong||

    I don't think he has a groove thing. I have visions of the Elaine Dance going through my mind.

  • ||

    Her timing is impeccable, what, with the shooting and all.

    Classy.

  • Almanian!||

    Derp.

    that is all

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    And you thought your marriage was bad...

    I found out a few weeks ago that I'm expecting a child. My husband has two children from a previous marriage. About two years ago I got pregnant and my husband went into a violent depression. He didn't speak to me for weeks except to tell me how I had ruined his life. Then, when I miscarried he celebrated. I started bleeding in the grocery store, and he fell to his knees and "praised God" for this wonderful blessing. After months of therapy, we decided to try to make the marriage work, under the agreement that we would never have a child together. However, I now find myself pregnant again. And, I want this baby as much as I wanted the last one. The trouble is, I decided back then that I would never want a child with my husband. There is a very good chance that my husband will divorce me and leave a man-shaped hole in the front door as he grabs his two kids and runs as far away as he can. I am not ready for the end of the marriage I have put so many years and so much work into. But, I'm even more not ready to hear my husband try to talk me into an abortion—which is not an option...I have to tell him. But how?

  • CE||

    There are people who will serve papers for about 35 bucks.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    I have to tell him. But how?

    "Hey, you know how I promised we wouldn't have a kid again? I lied."

  • ||

    Dear Prudence, I'm a man who doesn't want any more children, but my wife seems inclined to get pregnant, I wish there was something I could do to prevent myself from inseminating my wife.

    Dear Asshole. GET A FUCKING VASECTOMY YOU USELESS TWAT.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Twist: He did, but she doesn't know that yet.

  • ||

  • Tonio||

    Could also be pill failure. Or "failure".

  • ||

    I started bleeding in the grocery store, and he fell to his knees and "praised God" for this wonderful blessing.

    Still his fault. If he's that emotionally invested in not having any more kids, and she's already gotten pregnant once he should've gone straight to the doctor and gotten snipped and asked them to double knot it. Really he should've done that the minute he knew he was done having kids.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    That particular line, though, was right out of Shitthatneverhappened.txt.

  • Tejicano||

    No joke. I know a guy who has been divorced three times and has children with three women - one he was never married to. After the third divorce he went out and got the snip done.

    I cannot imagine a guy who doesn't want any more kids not getting a vasectomy. It is one of the least complicated procedures and entirely removes a source of problems without any downside.

  • ||

    I agreed to something and now want something completely different. How do I get my way and force other people to honor the agreement I'm breaking?

  • Anonymous Coward||

    Do what any sensible woman in your position would:

    Hit yourself with an orange in a sock, call the cops and cry DV, get him locked-up, and while he's inside, serve him with divorce papers which include sizable maintenance and child support requests.

  • General Butt Naked||

    Close enough:

    Keep in mind, just because you're married to a dreadful person does not mean you can't celebrate your own pregnancy. And if you fear for your safety, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-SAFE about what steps to take next.
  • Neoliberal Kochtopus||

    Given the way this guy acts, I don't think DV is that far-fetched.

    She could just "go for a hike" and push him off of a cliff.

  • hotsy totsy||

    Be careful with the green Jello and Gatorade.

  • Rich||

    Start with "Hey, asshole, you knocked me up again" and take it from there?

  • John||

    I often like Prudence when it is harmless but funny antics by crazy people. The insane bridzillas are my favorites. But lately, her columns are just disturbing. That is horrible. Why is Emily Yoffe publishing that? Surely there was some nutty bride or expectant mother whose letter she could publish.

  • Calidissident||

    So she wants a baby, but not with her husband? How did these two people get married? Did this subject not come up before they tied the knot?

  • General Butt Naked||

    I never understood the two people that have vastly different ideas on how they want to spend the rest of their lives deciding to spend the rest of their lives together.

  • ||

    "Oh, I can change him!"

  • Restoras||

    Yes, this is what EVERY woman believes.

  • Neoliberal Kochtopus||

    Get a divorce you idiot.

  • jasno||

    Real news is boring... let's discuss Breaking Bad...

  • ||

    Bro, I'm 5 seasons behind. No spoilers.

  • Neoliberal Kochtopus||

    You don't get to cry "no spoilers" if you haven't watched any of the show yet, jesse.

  • ||

    Oh, I know. It's unlikely I'll pick up the show at this point. Partly I'm just sick of hearing about Breaking Bad.

  • Neoliberal Kochtopus||

    Now you know how I felt about Game of Thrones.

    Except, you know, Breaking Bad is good and Game of Thrones sucks.

  • ||

    I'm a season behind on GoT, so all I know is RED WEDDING RED WEDDING RED WEDDING RED WEDDING RED WEDDING! That shit was annoying.

  • Neoliberal Kochtopus||

  • Anonymous Coward||

    The books remain superior to the show. It's not even "OMG! Books are always better!" The directors derailed the last season with their peculiar obsession with torturing Theon. The RW felt so mechanical and unemotional that I couldn't find myself giving a fuck at the end.

  • Terr||

    Agreed about the red wedding. It was disappointing.

  • Mickey Rat||

    They were following what was happening (offpage)in the books to Theon. They included it to give his actor something to do while his character goes missing for a couple of books.

  • Ed||

    I feel the opposite way. I don't think Breaking Bad sucks, but I think it's overrated.

  • Cytotoxic||

    All those who do not love both BB and GoT have shit taste that is all.

  • SugarFree||

    Cytotoxic, did you ever find out who did the song for that 3D printed pepperbox? If not, here it is.

  • Cytotoxic||

    I found that a few days ago but thanks anyway. I think they used the best part for the Hexen advert. The music video would've been better and gone with the title better if it had starred the WSJ editorial board.

  • Matrix||

    I'm near the beginning of Season 4. I recently started watching this show. Wasn't what I expected. It's actually pretty good. Wasn't expecting it to be bad or anything. Still, very fun show.

    Netflix is awesome!

    Oh, and fuck Hulu Plus. Why the fuck am I paying $8/month and still have to deal with ads? At least Netflix doesn't pull that shit!

  • db||

    Same here. NO SPOILERS.

  • Almanian!||

    Turns out Nookie and Chalkie are gay lovers, and open a broadway show under the direction of Edde Cantor.

    And Richard Harrow kills the FUCK out of EVERYONE.

    And Al Capone becomes Al Capone.

    And there are some surprises...

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    The first two Boardwalk episodes have been pretty good.

    I like Jeffrey Wright as the Marcus Garvey-type black nationalist type and the exploration of black jazz clubs.

  • Almanian!||

    Yeah - I have come to love that show. This Dr. Narcisse guy appears deadly. He'll be fun.

  • Gene||

    I thought I was the last person on the continent not watching.

  • ||

    I haven't seen it either.

  • db||

    It's not that I'm not watching it, it's just that I'm only halfway through Season 1. I don't watch TV on any network's schedule.

  • Neoliberal Kochtopus||

    I can't quite put together how the story ends. It seems to me that his family is destined for WitSec, which means the M60 has to be for the white supremacists.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    My theory: Walt takes off for beautiful New Hampshire but discovers that someone is making the Crystal Blue (Todd having forced Jesse to cook with him).

    Enraged, he returns to Albuquerque with the M60 for the Aryan gang and the ricin for Lydia.

  • Neoliberal Kochtopus||

    I guess so, but I don't see what the motivation is. Revenge over the money? Professional Pride?

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    If Walt's family is gone for good and he's almost dead, I can see the Heisenberg Crystal Blue being his only legacy.

    So wiping out the Aryan gang that took over his operation would be his way of going out in a blaze of glory instead of dying alone and away from home.

    Or maybe he could use Saul to track down Skyler and the kids and give them what's left of the money somehow.

  • andarm16||

    Todd isn't going to let Jesse die. You can see it in how he's acting. Walt's lost everything. Seeing the blue meth make a new appearance could have sent him over the edge. He knows Todd could never make it on his own, so that throws in another level of betrayal.

  • andarm16||

    I think you've got it. This is the only ending that makes sense, short of the M60 being a red herring (Which I'd put at around 25%).

  • jasno||

    I think Walt sees the return of blue meth(although not being a meth head, how would he know?) as a sign that the nazis failed to live up to the deal and kill Jesse. Because they broke the deal, he wants his money. He's also still dying of cancer, and it's been two years (the bacon ages are 2 years apart, right?) since he's seen his family. He's taking pills, but not real chemo(cause he has hair). So I think he's coming back to die. He needs the ricin... for who? Lydia? Jesse? The nazi guy? Himself?

    On a side note, the whole BB series doesn't include any modern policing techniques which would have wrapped the whole thing up a lot sooner. Imagine if Hank had a fake cellphone tower to drop outside Gus Frane's restaurant or house? The whole 'drop phone' trick doesn't work anymore thanks to network analysis.

  • MJGreen||

    Only one year. Walt turned 51 in season 5, and the flashforward had him setting 52. So it's been maybe 8 months.

    The M60 must be for the neo-Nazis. The question is whether it's revenge, or if he's trying to save Jesse. After last night... revenge is the more likely scenario. The ricin is probably for Lydia, maybe himself if he is trying to save Jesse and has gone full redemption. Or maybe it's for Jesse, to kill him slow and talk at him some more.

    And the problem is that pretty much everything Hank has done on the Heisenberg case has been extralegal. He hasn't been able to use agency resources, except when he was tailing people last year.

  • MJGreen||

    Though, thinking about it now, it's possible the ricin is for Todd. He reaches out to Todd, poisons him (and perhaps tries to get the ricin distributed to others in Todd's network some how), and that's the first part of his attack. A straightforward assault isn't Walt's style, anyway.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    I could see him doing something similar to Todd that Gus did to the cartel--but instead of trying to vomit up the ricin, he simply takes his medicine, if you will, and dies since the cancer is probably burning through him by now.

  • Hillary's Clitdong||

    I still stand by my belief that Gus was the best character on that show.

  • Neoliberal Kochtopus||

    Well...yeah obviously. Is that even up for debate?

    Last night's episode was a bona-fide horror show. The way the show can effortlessly shift tone is amazing.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    I had to watch it twice before realizing that his phone call to Skyler, where he calls her an ungrateful bitch, was all a show for the cops so he could give her plausible deniability as a battered spouse abused by her husband into keeping quiet.

    But fuck, the scenes with baby Holly were gut wrenching.

  • Neoliberal Kochtopus||

    Yes, that was an act so his family is not implicated in any of the goings-on.

  • Almanian!||

    I didn't get that at first, either. The acting on this show is just stupid good. And the writing...excellent.

  • andarm16||

    Except for when they try to describe a technical subject that they don't quite understand. (See the cringe worthy scene where Aaron Paul sounds like a press release when he's describing Jesse's new stereo.) Other than that, the writing is near perfect.

  • Mokers||

    Isn't that intentional, as in Jesse purchased based on whatever buzzwords the salesperson told him?

  • Neoliberal Kochtopus||

    And the second-best character is Todd, obviously.

  • jasno||

    I can't decide if Jesse will eventually kill Todd, if Todd will save Walt and/or Jesse by going against his uncle, or if Todd ends up with his own meth empire after Walt, the Nazis, and maybe Jesse all die in a fire(fight).

  • andarm16||

    The writers have a great ability to pull seemingly one dimensional background characters, and turn them into 3d people.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    They did that really well with Hank, too. I didn't like him because he was a big-mouthed LEO, but Vince Gilligan, to his credit, didn't make Hank a goony caricature.

  • Cytotoxic||

    Duh.

  • Don Mynack||

    Mike had it all over Gus.

  • andarm16||

    All I can say, is that had to be the most shocking episode yet. I couldn't believe that Walt did what he did. I thought when he finally got to the point he reached, he was going to become a homicidal maniac.

  • Brandon||

    Has anyone else watched "Ray Donovan?" It sucks. I was extremely disappointed. A rare miss for Showtime.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    A House Oversight Committee report determined the State Department’s investigation of failures surrounding last year’s Benghazi attack was not independent and ignored the role played by senior officials.

    You must be shitting me! How dare you suggest that The State Department investigating The State Department would yield results that may not be as accurate as they would like you to believe? These are government workers. Self Sacrificing Citizens™ that give a part of themselves so that the rest of us can live civilized society. Besides, what difference, at this point, does it make?

  • Matrix||

    So I sat through an hour and a half video today about sexual assault in the military. Name of the film is "The Invisible War". Not your typical sexual assault training like "don't touch the private's privates" kind of stuff. No, it's more about how sexual assault victims (mostly female and some males) are threatened by their chain of command, and very little if anything is done to the alleged assailants.

    So, my daughter is 14 and about to turn 15. If she asks me if she should join, I would tell her "no." Actually, more like "hell no".

  • CE||

    Tell your son the same thing.

  • Matrix||

    don't have one, yet.

  • Matrix||

    AFAIK

  • jasno||

    Your daughter is considering the switch?

  • Matrix||

    No. She's very girly.

    But I don't know if I have other kids out there. One of my ex's has a son that was born about 10 months after our last... encounter.

  • Bobarian||

    Take that video with a large grain of salt. It was prepared by the lawyers putting together the class action lawsuit by the victims.

    The bottom line is that your son or daughter is at much higher risk going to college than they are in joining the military. Also, these are the extremes in a force of millions of people strong.

    One note on some statistics spouted in this propaganda -- the conviction rate in the military is a lot lower because the military is much more likely to prosecute. If a case in the civilian world comes down to 'he said, she said', it will never go to trial.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    Yeah, but if the college administration is making life miserable for you, you can leave whenever you like.

  • Neoliberal Kochtopus||

    Yeah, that's a real comfort. Just walk away from that $100,000 investment you've made.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    Beats having to deal with it at risk of going to jail.

  • Neoliberal Kochtopus||

    Those films are total BS.

  • #||

    Lefties won't be happy - doesn't fit the narrative:

    http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/seek.....dia#images

  • Rich||

    Seems you can get whatever "complected" you'd like, too.

  • PapayaSF||

    He seems to have had a superpower that allowed him to vary the width of his head.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    No it doesn't. But they can't help themselves when it comes tp guns, so they'll surely let the mask slip a time or a hundred.

  • andarm16||

    So will it be work place violence again?

  • #||

    Depends on his religious affiliation.

  • sloopyinca||

    I just checked the NFL schedule and the Cleveland Browns don't even play in DC this week.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    So they won't be letting the deceased down one last time?

  • sloopyinca||

    In retrospect, it may be too soon...

  • Hillary's Clitdong||

    It's never too soon.

  • NoVAHockey||

    I went to Ravens - Browns game yesterday. As as Steelers fan, the Brown can't let me down, but damn what a shitty football team. Same mistakes year after year. they had 3 or 4 delay of games. missed assignments on 3rd down. just awful.

  • Invisible Finger||

    When did the McCaskey family buy the Browns?

  • flye||

    I went to the Jags-Raiders game. The Raiders may not win 3 games this year, but holy cats the Jags are horrible.

    I'm not sure how big the line will have to be for Jags-Seahawks next week. 28 1/2?

  • Almanian!||

    I believe the Lions are filling in as the "let downers" in DC this week.

  • sloopyinca||

    From what I've seen so far, the Deadskins are not gonna need any help letting people down in DC this season. They suck.

  • Pro Libertate||

    If you can't score much on Green Bay before the game is out of hand, you have serious problems.

  • Andrew S.||

    They couldn't score on the Eagles until the game was out of hand, and just look what Philip f'n Rivers did to the Eagles yesterday.

    (I really need to request players from the Eagles to be pallbearers at my funeral)

  • sloopyinca||

    They'll never let you down.

  • CE||

    You mean the Philip Rivers with the 95.0 career passer rating, sixth best of all time?

  • Neoliberal Kochtopus||

    That statistic seems to be meaningless.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    He also would have been the MVP in 08 if writers didn't have a hard on for Peyton.

  • Mike M.||

    With that secondary the Redskins are running out there, Megatron will probably go for over 200 yards just by himself.

  • CE||

    ONly if he takes the 4th quarter off.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    All I know about the NFL right now is that MY DOLPHINS AREN'T A JOKE.

  • Bobarian||

    Just because you fail to see the humor, doesn't mean it isn't a joke.

    I think we're just waiting for the punchline.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    Maybe.

    But it sure beats the hell out of what the fuck we've been doing for the last decade.

  • Mickey Rat||

    You have not seen their uniforms?

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    The Dolphin uniforms are proof that early-90s fashion nostalgia is alive and well--that's something right out of the World League.

  • Irish||

    The person they're now saying was the shooter is a civilian contractor for the army who fired a gun through a neighbor's apartment floor 3 years ago.

    Nice to see the military hiring such upstanding citizens.

  • sloopyinca||

    And the Teabaggerz Sequester gets blamed in 3...2...1...

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    I've already read commentary calling for more funding for the ATF.

  • CE||

    But it was in Tarrant County, Texas, so he wasn't charged. They can't go arresting everyone who shoots through their neighbors' floors or walls there, or the jails would be overflowing.

  • sloopyinca||

    What the fuck?

    /Plaxico

  • John||

    Or maybe he didn't do it. Amazing to think that someone was innocent after they were not charged with a crime.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Study: 1 in 10 high school senior are binge drinkers

    Plenty of high school seniors are binge drinkers, consuming five or more alcoholic drinks in a row, but a new study shows that some are extreme binge drinkers, knocking back as many as 10, 15 or more drinks in one session.

    The research out Monday shows one in 10 high school seniors have engaged in extreme binge drinking (10 or more drinks in a row) while 5.6% have consumed 15 or more drinks.

    "This is the first study to document extreme binge drinking in a sample of adolescents," says lead author Megan Patrick, a research assistant professor at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research.

    About one in five seniors report binge drinking. That percentage has decreased from 22% in 2005 to 18.1% in 2011, the study shows.

    The percentage of high school seniors who binge drink overall has gone down, but the percentage extreme binge drinking has stayed virtually the same in recent years, which may explain why emergency room visits for kids in this age group have not decreased, she says.

    Need more prohibition.

  • John||

    Maybe we should turn them onto pot. No one ever ended up in the emergency room from binge toking. Keith Moon and Bon Scott are dead. Willie Nelson is in his 80s and goes merely on.

  • BardMetal||

    I've never really cared for the whole "Pot is safer then alcohol" argument. It makes it really hard for me to support potheads when they act like they want to slap the glass of bourbon out of my hand.

  • John||

    It is true. I say that as a lifetime drinker. There is really no comparison between the two. Pot can't kill you but alcohol absolutely can and does quite often.

  • Gene||

    alcohol absolutely can and does quite often.

    That hits home with me. Not only did booze cause my late wife's demise, it also led to a search of my house due to the unknown nature of her death in our home. I was a fool for not getting a lawyer stat but I honestly figured the Coroners photographer wouldn't be opening up closets and shit. But sure enough he found a 3 big bags of shake and trim, really just bubble hash material but 900 grams looks great to the prosecutor.

    I also agree with BM, they often act like sanctimonious pricks.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    A. Sorry to hear about the wife.

    B. You can't leave a story hanging like that. Seriously what happened to you?

  • Gene||

    You can't leave a story hanging like that. Seriously what happened to you?

    Sorry about leaving anyone hanging, I basically got off lightly. The Crown-I'm in Canukistan- wanted 3 months the judge ruled a suspended sentence with one year probation. The probation was nothing really, I had to meet with a parole officer three times and that was it.

    The whole ordeal is long behind me now, however it has served to awaken the always present libertarian inside of me.

    And thanks for the condolences.

  • Zeb||

    Obnoxious, holier than-thou douchebag stoners aside (though honestly, I know very few people who smoke but don't drink, though I do know a number of people who drink but don't smoke because of the legal status of each), it does also happen to be true. I don't particularly like it as an argument for legalization, as the only argument that should be necessary is that it is no one's goddamn business what kind of intoxicants someone wants to use. But if it works to move things in the right direction, I'll take it.

  • thom||

    Just let the potheads do what they want and they'll forget all about you.

  • ||

    10 or 15 Coors Lights isn't binge drinking. It's just binge pissing.

  • Almanian!||

    Coors Light = diet water

  • ||

    High schoolers need a way to sober up before they drive home too.

  • Almanian!||

    fair point

  • Auric Demonocles||

    It's tailgating a Broncos' game.

  • Certified Public Asskicker||

    Who can afford Coors Light in high school?

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Coors is one of the fairly cheap beers. In undergrad it would even occasionally be on sale as the cheapest out of ~30 kinds.

  • CE||

    Isn't this yet more evidence that underage drinking should be banned?

  • Slammer||

    The percentage of high school seniors who binge drink overall has gone down, but the percentage extreme binge drinking has stayed virtually the same in recent years,

    There's binge drinking, and now there's EXTREME binge drinking. What a bullshit stretch. And some kids drink..so fucking what?

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Well, "extreme binge drinking" is probably what would actually be considering binge drinking by normal people. The official definition for binge drinking is stupidly low. Something like 5 beers in a day.

  • Slammer||

    But what about extreme extreme binge drinkers who make the extreme binge drinkers look normal?

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Those are called college students.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    Yep. In that case, my neighbors binge drink EVERY DAY. Yet they never seem drunk. Fancy that.

  • CE||

    If 5 beers is a "binge", why do they sell beer in six packs?

  • ||

    They're enablers!

  • Auric Demonocles||

    They expect you to have 5 friends.

  • Hillary's Clitdong||

    5 beers for you, 1 for your starving orphan child-servant.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    5 before I start grilling for dinner. Then there is wine, likely two bottles with the wife, then often a Padron 4ooo and a nightcap of the Doublewood.

  • PapayaSF||

  • Tejicano||

    I rarely drink 5 beers in a day. Usually by the third label I've found what taste I was looking for and stick to that for the rest of the evening.

  • Tejicano||

    I rarely drink 5 beers in a day. Usually by the third label I've found what taste I was looking for and stick to that for the rest of the evening.

    Or if I am going to ne of the nice German places I know of I will get the one liter mug. I usually only have three or four of those. Rarely five.

  • sloopyinca||

    Do they address the butt-chugging or Vodka-soaked tampon binging that also goes on in American high schools? Because, you know, that kind of stuff is rampant too.

    And jenkem.

  • ||

    And rainbow parties!

  • sloopyinca||

    The closest I ever came to anything like the orgies the news reports was a party where some dumbass kid took a few crushed ritalin that weren't prescribed to him and the paramedics had to be called.

    Well, that and the party I threw right after graduation where people were roller-blading naked down the street and I had to be restrained while brandishing a butcher knife.*

    *Ah, yes. Living on a private road with neighbors who party has its perks when you're 18.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Don't forget the rainbow parties. Media panics make high school seem a lot more awesome than it was, at least for me.

  • Zeb||

    Needs more butt-chugging.

  • andarm16||

    Is this actual binge drinking, or "binge" drinking using the federal government definition of binge?

  • Zeb||

    10-15 drinks in one sitting seems like it probably counts as a binge by most people's standards. Though I am not entirely clear on what counts as one sitting.
    Seems like usually any drinking for the purpose of getting drunk is considered binge drinking.

  • CE||

    4 to 6 drinks is enough to get drunk (unless you're huge or drink every day). 7 to 10 will make you sick. More than 10 is dangerous.

  • thom||

    Though I am not entirely clear on what counts as one sitting.

    Exactly.

    If I crack a beer at noon and take down 12-14 before I go to bed at midnight or 1AM, I'm probably not very drunk and won't have a hangover.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Guess who?

    One of the most deceptive ideas continuously sounded by the Right (and its fathomless think tanks and media outlets) is that the "free market" is natural and inevitable, existing outside and beyond government. So whatever inequality or insecurity it generates is beyond our control. And whatever ways we might seek to reduce inequality or insecurity -- to make the economy work for us -- are unwarranted constraints on the market's freedom, and will inevitably go wrong.

    By this view, if some people aren't paid enough to live on, the market has determined they aren't worth enough. If others rake in billions, they must be worth it. If millions of Americans remain unemployed or their paychecks are shrinking or they work two or three part-time jobs with no idea what they'll earn next month or next week, that's too bad; it's just the outcome of the market.

    According to this logic, government shouldn't intrude through minimum wages, high taxes on top earners, public spending to get people back to work, regulations on business, or anything else, because the "free market" knows best.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    In reality, the "free market" is a bunch of rules about (1) what can be owned and traded (the genome? slaves? nuclear materials? babies? votes?); (2) on what terms (equal access to the internet? the right to organize unions? corporate monopolies? the length of patent protections? ); (3) under what conditions (poisonous drugs? unsafe foods? deceptive Ponzi schemes? uninsured derivatives? dangerous workplaces?) (4) what's private and what's public (police? roads? clean air and clean water? healthcare? good schools? parks and playgrounds?); (5) how to pay for what (taxes, user fees, individual pricing?). And so on.

    These rules don't exist in nature; they are human creations. Governments don't "intrude" on free markets; governments organize and maintain them. Markets aren't "free" of rules; the rules define them.

    We are winning because our opponents have such an egregious misunderstanding of human nature.

  • Tonio||

    The old "doesn't exist in nature" BS...

    They are desperate. The stench of their fear is becoming hard to hide.

  • Rich||

    Weird fact: In 2004, he published Reason, a book on how liberals can forcefully argue for their position in a country increasingly dominated by what he calls "radcons", or radical conservatives.

  • Boisfeuras||

    "Radical conservative"... Those words are literally opposites.

  • Raven Nation||

    Isn't that basically what Adam Smith wrote? the market has always existed, governments don't create markets, all they can do is control them to a greater or lesser extent.

  • OldMexican||

    These rules don't exist in nature; they are human creations. Governments don't "intrude" on free markets; governments organize and maintain them [sic!]. Markets aren't "free" of rules; the rules define them.


    A liberal faux-economist engaging in equivocation [rules = government] and question-begging [government = free markets because government = rules]?

    Gee, what are the odds?

  • hotsy totsy||

    "By this view, if some people aren't paid enough to live on, the market has determined they aren't worth enough. If others rake in billions, they must be worth it. If millions of Americans remain unemployed or their paychecks are shrinking or they work two or three part-time jobs with no idea what they'll earn next month or next week, that's too bad; it's just the outcome of the market"

    How ELSE would you determine what job is "worth it"? What you pay for something indicates what it's worth to you, unless it's coerced. And who has a monopoly on force? Hmmmmmm.

  • MJGreen||

    These rules don't exist in nature; they are human creations. Governments don't "intrude" on free markets; governments organize and maintain them. Markets aren't "free" of rules; the rules define them.

    Therefore, the government can make whatever rules it wants and it will always succeed!

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    He's making the New Soviet Man argument: capitalism is imposed on people, it isn't a system that naturally suits human nature.

    So we just need the right Top Men in government to have the power to make a new kind of man that values the collective over himself.

  • flye||

    A colleague once got mad at me because in response to his quoting an op-ed by that guy, I said, "why should I care what he thinks when that midget has never been right about anything?"

    Yes, I used the m-word.

  • playa manhattan||

    I'm sure Reich is ok with it, it helped him beat the Vietnam draft. Men under 5 feet tall were automatically disqualified.

  • CE||

    No, the "government" shouldn't intrude, because taking something that belongs to someone else is stealing, and morally wrong, and an initiation of violence, and makes it easier for evil men and women to gain control over others, and holds back the most productive and creative individuals, who would otherwise improve the lives of everyone else immeasurably.

  • Andrew S.||

    Aw, I was wrong. Guessed Krugman.

    If you ignore the commentary, the last two paragraphs are actually correct.

  • Matrix||

    By this view, if some people aren't paid enough to live on, the market has determined they aren't worth enough.

    Completely wrong.

    If you aren't paid enough to live on, then your JOB isn't worth enough. It says nothing about that individual person.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    But people like this don't see a distinction between what one does and who one is. What you do is your job. It's how you pay the bills. It is NOT who you are.

  • hotsy totsy||

    Oh Jesus, now the government has to give people an IDENTITY?

  • Cdr Lytton||

    From the WaPo:

    Three weapons were found on the gunman: an AR-15 assault rifle, a shotgun and a semiautomatic pistol, an official said.

    “It’s hard to carry that many guns, so there is some thinking that he may have taken some of them from security or whoever else he shot,” the official said.

    The stupid!! It burns!!

  • John||

    It is a good thing that there are not things like holsters and shoulder straps or these shooters would really do some damage.

  • Cdr Lytton||

    If there was, it would look like:

    http://rangereport.org/wp-cont.....ethany.jpg

  • Cdr Lytton||

    More from the article:

    “If you are in a military building and there is some type of attack, men wearing military uniforms will undoubtedly be seen running with guns in the aftermath, and that there would be a lot of confusion,”

  • Tonio||

    Earlier there was a WaPo article up with scare/ignorance quotes around the phrase long gun.

  • playa manhattan||

    They used the term "olive garb" also. I think they mean "drab".

  • Rich||

    Senior law enforcement officials identified the gunman as Aaron Alexis, 34. He was identified through his fingerprints

    which were found, no doubt, on "his" IPhone 5S.

    /snark

  • BardMetal||

    Oh boy an AR-15. Get ready for the shrill liberals to start spewing their firearm ignorance.

  • BardMetal||

    Maybe we can even make a game out of it. Do a shot every time you hear the media use the words "high-capacity" "Large-caliber" "Fully automatic" or "Machine gun" to describe the AR-15.

  • William of Purple||

    ow my liver

  • Tejicano||

    My usual "travel bag" holds a semi-automatic rifle and 12 gauge shotgun (both with folding stocks) and a handgun as well - with multiple magazines for all three. The bag itself is made to hold three or four tennis rackets and carries over my shoulder as easy as any other piece of luggage.

    Not hard to carry.

  • John||

    http://pjmedia.com/eddriscoll/.....narrative/

    Speaking of the Obama Time cover, check out the Time cover at the top of this article. The war on gays it was. Which we now know was based on a complete lie that could have been confirmed with even a minimum level of competent reporting. They really will believe anything you tell them, provided it fits their narrative.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    See, the media isn't biased! After 15 years of milking the false narrative for all it was worth, they deigned to give us the facts.

  • sloopyinca||

    OK, I'm gonna post what might be one of the most chilling PoliceOne comments I've ever read. For context, it's from the "Merced, CA police policy of taking injured animals to the range under fire".
    Here it is:
    Posted by rickg217 on Saturday, September 14, 2013 11:15 AM Pacific Report Abuse
    In my day we were told to shoot stray animals on the midnight shift, we carried personal .22 cal. rifles to dispatch the dog's and cats. We were even told to go out to the local airport ( only one runway)and shoot the rabbits. That was until the airport manager found nearly fifty dead rabbits one morning.

    Once I had to fill in for the animal control officer while he was on vacation. Animals were killed as soon as we could determine they were stray's. Kitten's and cat's were struck with a wooden nightstick (the only kind around then) as were small dog's. Larger dogs were shot with a .22. That was all in the 60's and early 70's. I hated that job.

    We lock kids up for even thinking of doing something like this to a single stray and he talks of following his orders rather nonchalantly. I mean, that's as mentally disturbed as you can get.

  • John||

    At least he hated the job. I bet most of the sickos on police one are wondering where they can apply.

  • sloopyinca||

    Yeah, and do you know who else probably hated their job but dutifully carried it out?

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    My old man?

  • sloopyinca||

    You missed a beautiful sea of scarlet and gray on Saturday, brother. You better not sit out the Rose Bowl or NCG.

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    I'll definitely make the Rose Bowl/NC. Watched the game on TV and kept laughing at the TV screen. It looked like a home game. Other than Oregon, and maybe USC, Pac-12 fans stink.

  • sloopyinca||

    I just saw the ticket prices for the Stanford-ASU game this weekend, $8 a ticket. Now explain to me how a small stadium like Stanford's can't pull in better ticket prices than that for a conference game against a ranked opponent.

    It's a fucking joke.

  • sloopyinca||

  • robc||

    Still dont understand doing that for the Bobcats.

    Did yall lose a bet or something?

  • sloopyinca||

    [narrows eyes]

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    Not. funny.

  • robc||

    What isnt funny is you not being able to spell your school's name.

    You would never see the GT band spell out "Georgia" by itself.

  • playa manhattan||

    If I heard correctly, they did script Cal at halftime too.

  • sloopyinca||

    They did. The Cal fans were quite appreciative. Oh, and Cal did some crazy OHIO thing that looked like a barbell. It was pretty cool as well.

  • playa manhattan||

    Nebraska takes the cake for classiness last weekend. My brother flew out to the game and said that a lot of the fans teared up in the UCLA section.

  • BardMetal||

    McDonald's employees?

  • BardMetal||

    Wait a second. So does this mean that people would have been wandering around town the next day and stumbling upon a bunch of dead animals?

    Seems odd there wasn't immediate controversy surrounding that.

  • sloopyinca||

    Perhaps they took them back to the station or chucked them in the nearest trash can after "humanely" destroying them.

    Or perhaps the local townsfolk were terrified of a police force so fucking deranged that they went around killing stray animals with billy clubs.

  • Cytotoxic||

    To be fair I favor eliminating strays it makes a lot of sense. They spread disease and cause problems.

  • Generic Stranger||

    That is horrible. All those poor, stray apostrophes....

    (I think I'm becoming desensitized to this shit.)

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    ‘Almost Everything You Think You Know About the Matthew Shepard Narrative is False’
    ...Almost immediately Shepard became a secular saint, and his killing became a kind of gay Passion Play where he suffered and died for the cause of homosexuality against the growing homophobia and hatred of gay America.

    ...As gay journalist Aaron Hicklin, writing in The Advocate asks, “How do people sold on one version of history react to being told that the facts are slippery — that thinking of Shepard’s murder as a hate crime does not mean it was a hate crime? And how does it color our understanding of such a crime if the perpetrator and victim not only knew each other but also had sex together, bought drugs from one another, and partied together?”

    This startling revelation comes in The Book of Matt to be published next week by investigative journalist Stephen Jiminez, who over the course of years interviewed over 100 people including Shepard’s friends, friends of the killers, and the killers themselves....

  • ||

    Black Adder, "I have a cunning plan...." links

    http://cunningplan.com/links.html

  • Paul.||

    So cunning you could brush your teeth with it?

  • ||

    The Black Adder, with Valerie Jarrett as Baldrick.

  • Paul.||

    Aaron Alexis is a civilian contractor. I'm pretty sure the sequester is responsible for this shooting.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    He's black, but his political views aren't known yet.

    But if he voted for Obama he was probably a victim of a lifetime of racism and white supremacy, a poor desperate sap driven to the end of pitiful rope by the sequester cuts to his department.

  • Paul.||

    What if he voted for Romney?

  • ||

    If he voted for Romney it's clear he was deranged and he slipped threw the cracks of his community and started down an angry path of blaming the very people who were trying, without sufficient financial backing, to help him. If only he had had access to basketball courts and after-school support groups he could have turned out a better person.

  • Rich||

    First, Snowden; now Alexis.

    This crap will never end until we are all government employees.

  • Pi Guy||

    A good start.

    Too soon?

  • Sevo||

    "A House Oversight Committee report determined the State Department’s investigation of failures surrounding last year’s Benghazi attack was not independent and ignored the role played by senior officials."

    Somehow, I think the IRS investigation will have the same outcome for the same reasons.

  • sloopyinca||

    That's a lot of words from the House when "Whitewash" would have sufficed.

  • Sevo||

    Just wait'll they finish with the new IPCC report!

  • Cascadian Ephor Xenocles||

    Maybe that Hawaiian lady should just change her name to McLovin.

  • Rich||

    Janice Lokelani McLovin?

    Nah, doesn't have the same musical lilt.

    "Toke-a-lani", OTOH ....

  • Coeus||

    The plan is in:

    CAGW true believers are now saying that no one ever said that the increase was .2 per decade, and even if they did, it's all going into the deep oceans which we just conveniently started measuring anyway.

  • Coeus||

    Even if the science is wrong...

    "Let's say that science, some decades from now, said 'we were wrong, it was not about climate', would it not in any case have been good to do many of things you have to do in order to combat climate change?."

    At least they're being honest about it now.

  • Bam!||

    would it not in any case have been good to do many of things you have to do in order to combat climate change?

    No, it wouldn't have been good. They were costly programs that would've made the entire world poorer. You dumb fucks.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    ...Bjorn Lomborg, a professor at the Copenhagen business school and the author of Cool it, a book arguing that too much climate change policy is based on scaremongering, accused the commissioner of being "both callous and wrong".

    "EU climate policies have directly increased energy costs and caused more energy poverty - 300,000 households in Germany lost their power last year because they couldn't pay the bills, and millions are energy poor in the UK. EU climate policies will cost £174 billion annually by 2020, the EU commissioner seems to suggest wasting £174 billion is no problem," he said.

    "To the extent the EU climate policies have affected the world, it has made energy more costly, reduced growth and consigned more people to poverty." ...

  • sloopyinca||

    In unrelated news, Bjorn Lomborg's credentials as a climate scientist have been disputed by the IPCC and the aforementioned scientist has been asked to not participate in the upcoming climate conference, which will be held at a remote location at great expense and with much travel for the participants.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    He's an economist - his point is that we can spend the money in ways that help more people than blowing it on AGW shit.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Yep, the 'science' just so happened to 'require' the same massive govt interventions they had been pushing for outside of AGW claims for years. Convenient.

  • Matrix||

    "good" is highly subjective here, especially when that "good" will further hurt emerging economies and further cripple the people already living in abject poverty.

    but your "good intentions" and your "good feelings" trump all, right?

    Bastards...

  • Coeus||

  • sloopyinca||

    Jamie Lee Curtis most affected.

  • ||

    Jamie Lee Curtis Buck Angel most affected.

  • Coeus||

    That dude has got to be one of the most successful transitions of all time. Saw him on some talk show a few years, and could not believe he was born with a vagina.

  • ||

    I've come across some very convincing guys-with-vaginas. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't intrigued, but yeah, Buck Angel really pulls it off.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Jezebel touts study asserting porn makes men sexist

    New research shows that watching pornographic fap flicks can turn mild-mannered believers in inclusive workplace policies for women into people who think that maybe women don't deserve a professional leg-up (eye-brow wiggling workplace-inappropriate joke about how great women's legs look when they're up). Yep — porn makes both men and women less into affirmative action for women. But why?

    The research, published in Psychology of Women Quarterly interviewed a very small number of adults (190) over a period of a few years. Researchers found that, even after controlling for religion and cultural background, consuming porn made participants less likely to support preferential hiring practices for women.

    The folks behind the study surmised that the downtick in support for measures designed to further women's professional equality is partially due to the fact that a lot of porn seems to reduce women to objects of derision and humiliation. Subconsciously, they argue, this may translate to an assumption on the part of porn viewers that all women should be similarly objectified; if one woman appears to relish degradation, therefore all women must. I guess that even though the patriarchy is like super dead right now, people's brains still treat women monolithically while men have the luxury of being judged as individuals.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    I guess that even though the patriarchy is like super dead right now, people's brains still treat women monolithically while men have the luxury of being judged as individuals.

    From the people who want women to be given preference for hiring based on being a group, and guys be judged on their individual backgrounds.

  • Raven Nation||

    Hmm, sudden surge in porn studies:

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/re.....102536.htm

  • Hillary's Clitdong||

    1. Protest "Treating women monolithically"
    2. Demand affirmative action for all women
    3. ????????
    4. Whatever Step Four is, it can't be "profit", because "profit" is a cisgendered, heteronormative construct of Kochtopus banksters.

  • General Butt Naked||

    Researchers found that, even after controlling for religion and cultural background, consuming porn made participants less likely to support preferential hiring practices for women. ... ... Is simply watching women have sex enough to make people think they're less deserving of equality?

    Ummm, that word, "equality", it doesn't mean what you think it does.

  • OldMexican||

    consuming porn made participants less likely to support preferential hiring practices for women.


    So let's ban porn!

    Oh, and while they're at it, give men mind-altering porridge to turn them into slaves!

  • Brandon||

    porn makes both men and women less into affirmative action for women.

    How does this translate to "Sexist?"

  • Damned Fool||

    Btw, are there any Dilbert readers here? There's been a great storyline skewering the government recently.

  • kinnath||

    yup

  • ||

    Dilbert's mom being the most rational actor in the arc?

  • PD Scott||

    I want a Wally penny.

  • The Bearded Hobbit||

    Dilbert is a daily habit and I've loved the new story line.

    Tap, tap, tap. I love it!

    Shoot, shovel, shut up!

    ... Hobbit

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Japanese man screwed by Olympics: twice

    The IOC hates Kohei Jinno.

    When Tokyo was awarded the 1964 summer Olympics, the 30-year-old Jinno discovered that his home and business were on the site of what would become the Olympic park. He was forced to pack up and resettle in another town for two years, until the government gave him a replacement home, on the edge of the Olympic Stadium.

    Now the games are coming back for 2020, and the new Olympic Stadium is going to go right where the old one is—only it's going to be a lot bigger. Jinno's home and tobacco shop are again forfeit.

    “I don’t want to see the Olympics at all,” Jinno said. “Deep inside, I have a kind of grudge against the Olympics.”
    The government has offered to resettle him, but Jinno is 79 years old now—he doesn't want to go anywhere else. "Probably I may go where you cannot set up a tobacco shop," he says. That means I will lose my reason for living."

  • CE||

    You know who else had the Olympics not go his way?

  • William of Purple||

    Ben Johnson?

  • andarm16||

    Gustav Heinemann?

  • Hillary's Clitdong||

    Bode Miller?

  • sloopyinca||

    Barack Obama and Rahm Emanuel?

  • Slammer||

    The 1980 Soviet hockey team?

  • sloopyinca||

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    The 1972 US Men's Basketball team?

  • Sevo||

    Eddie the Eagle?

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Rubin: Rand Paul angers Jews, Christian Republicans

    Evangelical leader and strong Israel supporter Gary Bauer told me today, “The
    GOP has been the party defined in part by support for a strong national defense
    and a robust defense of freedom. Obama’s feckless foreign policy, which all too
    often has led to Isolationist success in the Middle East coupled with the
    perception that over time Iraq and Afghanistan wars will be inconclusive
    at best, has eroded traditional conservative support for confronting our
    enemies.” He admonished the junior Kentucky senator: “Senator Paul is ‘mining’ these discontents but his characterization of Christians as ‘anxious’ to go to war is an outrage and will hurt him.”
    Rand Paul perhaps doesn’t fully appreciate that his foreign policy extremism (he said, for example, he’d be open to containing a nuclear-armed Iran) runs headlong into the concerns of evangelical Christians, a key force in the Republican base and primary presidential system. Pro-Israel foreign policy and U.S. engagement in the world have become central principles even for groups not previously involved in the foreign policy debate.

    Concern troll is concerned.

  • CE||

    But apparently not about "a robust defense of freedom", or he'd like Rand Paul more than the 99 other Senators.

  • Killazontherun||

    Jennifer, You keep up the bad fight; you will destroy the GOP, yet, girl.

  • ||

    is characterization of Christians as ‘anxious’ to go to war

    Reading comprehension fail. Fucker doesn't know what "some" means.

  • Hillary's Clitdong||

    The GOP has been the party defined in part by support for a strong national defense hog-wild military spending and a robust defense of vague slogans about freedom

  • Irish||

    Here's what Paul actually said:

    “I think some within the Christian community are such great defenders of the promised land and the chosen people that they think war is always the answer, maybe even preemptive war. And I think it’s hard to square the idea of a preemptive war and, to me, that overeagerness [to go to] war, with Christianity.”

    He specifically said 'some Christians.' If you're offended by this, then you're probably one of those Christian warmongers who is having trouble squaring your militaristic beliefs with your spiritual ones. Don't blame Rand Paul for calling you what you are.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    “I think some within the Christian community are such great defenders of the promised land and the chosen people that they think war is always the answer, maybe even preemptive war."

    Considering what happens in Joshua-1st Samuel, it's not out of the ordinary that some Christians would think this.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    Rand Paul perhaps doesn’t fully appreciate that his foreign policy extremism[. . .]

    Because NOT wanting to bomb Muslims the world over is EXTREME.

  • Sevo||

    Concordia up ~15* from repose; looks like it's going to be a 24hr effort:
    http://media.smh.com.au/nation.....51321.html

  • Gbob||

    Good. After the Kilrathi attack, I thought we lost her for good. She fought well at Enigma sector.

    (Wow. That's a geeky and obscure reference at best. I apologize to all involved in reading it.)

  • OldMexican||

    Semi-obscure.

  • Killazontherun||

    Are you kidding, there's a wound where my heart use to be. I couldn't even bring myself to woo either of the other two ladies who came courting when Big Frenchie Red was killed. Went home in the shuttle flight looking like an older but wiser Luke Skywalker.

    It's a video game. They are not obscure just not given the sanction and the recognition of older media, but nearly everyone under sixty has played a butt load of them.

  • MJGreen||

    I remember the 90s too, man.

  • sloopyinca||

    And the winner of the Most Fucked Up Bootlicking Comment Of The Day goes to the New York Daily News.

  • sloopyinca||

  • Slammer||

    The 2nd video on the bottom has Ray Kelly discussing the accidental shooting

  • sloopyinca||

    Headline: Crazed man had 'death wish' before taunting cops near Times Square into shooting two: sources

    Get it now? He taunted the cops into shooting those two other people. They bear no responsibility at all for their negligence and total disregard for the safety of anyone around other than their brothers.

    Un. Fucking. Believable.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Hopefully he will be charged with those two shootings.

  • CE||

    No, but he was charged with rioting (by himself) and "impeding the administration of government", and I'm not making this up.

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    You think that's impressive? I'm going to taunt Obama into nuking the Mid-Atlantic. Just watch.

  • Killazontherun||

    Hey, weight, woah, fucking woah! As one supervillain to another, I plead with you. If you don't go through with it, I'll go halfsies with you on my raid on Fort Knox. Deal? You can have front row seats to the Yeti rapist taking out the guards.

  • CE||

    Enough of your cyber bullying already.

  • Rich||

    I just heard on the radio that the Senate will not conduct any more business until the potential suspects in today's shootings are accounted for.

    With all due respect, WTF?

  • Rich||

    It can't be: "Vote on attacking Syria while there might be another gunman somewhere? It simply isn't proper."

    It must be: "We need to free up all security personnel to look for a white van!"

  • Invisible Finger||

    Shit, if this is all it takes...

  • playa manhattan||

    I hope they're still looking until Christmas

  • CE||

    Since there were 2 other potential suspects initially, and the shooter most likely acted alone, they could be looking for a long time.

  • Zeb||

    You are either a suspect or not. Everyone is a potential suspect.

  • ||

    US News & Weekly World Report: Defense Department Says It's Not Too Broke to Afford Replacement Fax Machine for FOIA Requests

    Despite receiving hundreds of billions of dollars in annual taxpayer funding, a surprising bit of news was reported about the Department of Defense on Thursday: one of its busiest Freedom of Information Act offices cannot afford to immediately replace a fax machine used to process information requests.
  • Cytotoxic||

    We are become The Onion.

  • CE||

    Nothing left to cut.

  • Coeus||

    Hehe.

    “McCain’s apparent belief that she deserves a seat at the table—that her thoughts, such as they are, ought to drive the national conversation—shocks the conscience. It is the hauteur that only a millennial could possibly possess.”

    Hmmm. The irony is thick here, hess.

  • CE||

    Isn't the belief that everyone's thoughts deserve a seat at the table a core tenet of democracy?

  • BlueBook||

    So I'm looking for a decent intro to investing, any recommendations?

  • playa manhattan||

    Bacon grease recycling.

  • BlueBook||

    Believe it or not I already know a guy in that line of work. Stinky but profitable. So much so that someone's been stealing his grease from the restaurant containers before he can collect it.

  • playa manhattan||

    It was a joke from The Simpsons, but with the whole emergence of the BioDiesel industry, it is quite profitable now...

  • ||

    I made a very tasty pineapple upsidedown cake with leftover bacon fat. I've been storing up enough to do maple shortbread recipes.

  • CE||

    Harry Browne's Fail Safe Investing.

    There might still be a free PDF somewhere.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    I've been doing:

    10% Stable Value Fund
    20% Inflation Protected Treasury Securities
    20% Corporate Bond Index Fund
    20% S&P 500 Index Fund
    20% Russell 2000 Index Fund
    10% PIMCO Comodities Real Return

    And it's been doing pretty well the past few years.

  • playa manhattan||

    I have everything in my sweep account right now. I'm waiting for the right time to short for-profit online universities. The Obama administration is going to ruin them any day now.... MWAHAHAH

  • RyanXXX||

    Who else watched Breaking Bad last night? Holy shit. It was like Game of Throne's Red Wedding stretched out over an hour

  • Cytotoxic||

    GOD DAMMIT I'M TIRED OF HEARING ABOUT RED WEDDING

  • Cytotoxic||

    I'm in Canada and want Hulu. I know I can mirror a US IP address-that will also get me US Netflix-but how can I get and use an American billing address?

    I'm assuming that these awful regional differences are due to government regulation and therefore my actions to skirt them are morally permissible and justified. Can someone give confirmation?

  • playa manhattan||

    A password sharing arrangement with an american friend is probably your best bet.

  • ||

    No playa, he should act as a fifth column for American forces to take over Canada. Once Canada is part of the US he can have all the American Netflix and Hulu+ he wants.

  • Cytotoxic||

    I'm already doing that.

  • ||

    I know. That's why I figured it wouldn't be a tough sell for you. Fair warning your Coke is better than ours and we don't have ketchup chips.

  • playa manhattan||

    Their Mountain Dew is sweetened by glucose-fructose syrup also. Quite delicious.

  • Cytotoxic||

    ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING

  • ||

    Is Canada the country that limits caffeine in non-cola colored sodas?

    Sunkist Orange soda has more caffeine per oz than Coke apparently.*

    *Lesson learned while babysitting a kid whose parents let him drink the stuff like water. He scaled the kitchen cabinets when I tried to take it away from him.

  • playa manhattan||

    Not sure about the law, but Canadian Sunkist doesn't contain caffeine.

    American Sunkist is 41mg per 12oz can, Coke Classic in its current formulation is 29mg, but used to be much higher.

    My morning intake is above 400mg.

  • playa manhattan||

    Seems easier than splitting $8/month two ways...

  • CE||

    That would be 4 bucks each, if a calculator isn't handy.

  • rts||

  • Cytotoxic||

    Okay, I'll try that stuff again but I did that zip code stuff before and Hulu sniffed it out. I'll just have to use a US-Paypal account I guess.

  • playa manhattan||

    The first 4 digits of a Visa card are the bank code (i.e. 4888=BofA Visa, 4465=BofA Debit). If you have a Visa from a Canadian bank, it ain't gonna work, even with a fake zip.

  • ||

    I think the assholes in the CRTC are behing this. It pisses me off too we can't get Hulu. It's retarded.

  • Cytotoxic||

    We'll find a way. The 'net and NF in particular are already making their jobs harder and harder.

  • ||

    Good. I can't stand those unelected, paternalistic fuckers.

  • Slammer||

    Fox news reporting gun incident at White House

  • mad libertarian guy||

    From the Department of Environmental Derp:

    Fracking is a technique to extract shale gas from the earth by forcing water, laden with a cocktail of hazardous chemicals, into the rock under high pressure. This releases shale gas, as well as toxic gases such as methane, salts and metals. Fracking causes earthquakes, contamination of aquifers, leakage of toxic chemicals into the ground, air pollution, increased road traffic and significantly contributes to climate change. Each well drilled requires millions of litres of water, which will place an immense strain on already scarce resources.

    If the Prime Minister had, as he claimed in April last year, given Britain 'the greenest government ever,' he would have written an entirely different article. The satirical version of his piece, by the UK Youth Climate Coalition (UKYCC), which substitutes renewable energy data for Mr Cameron's fracking statistics, shows us what he should have said. The UK should be committing to a conversion to renewable energy. Instead of shale gas, the UKYCC dryly suggests, the Prime Minister should be endorsing solar panels, wind turbines, tidal power and hydro - sources which do not threaten our communities, our safety, our air, water and environment as fracking does.

    Solar Panels in England. Yeah. That'll fucking work.

  • mad libertarian guy||

  • mad libertarian guy||

    The Derp runs strong in the comments:

    The entire fracking project is looking more and more like the subprime mortgage debacle: a Ponzi scheme perpetrated by financial firms (in league with drillers) who securitize barely productive wells and sell shares in these sketchy investments to unsuspecting investors.

    Then they have to drill yet more wells to keep the scheme going.

    It will turn out to be a bubble as disastrous on a purely financial basis as certainly as the mortgage bubble did. This one will leave the landscape scarred with wells as the last one left it scarred with empty McMansions.

    *Facepalm*

  • Cytotoxic||

    "Barely productive wells"

  • mad libertarian guy||

  • Cytotoxic||

    I like having a rich powerful organization at my back. Better to be feared and hated than...anything else.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    Daisy Lowe is yum yum.

  • playa manhattan||

    The immaculately dressed guy in the first picture doesn't seem to notice her for some reason.

  • playa manhattan||

    Diane Feinstein is the first to publicly stroke her ban boner:
    http://dailycaller.com/2013/09.....-shooting/

  • ||

    That woman will whip it out anywhere, anytime.

  • playa manhattan||

    Her ban boner, or the concealed weapon that she has a permit to carry?

  • Paul.||

    Are you being snarky? Because if she really does have a permit, she should be nuked from orbit.

  • playa manhattan||

    She does. One of the only people in San Francisco County. After the hypocrisy was pointed to her publicly, she claimed that she didn't renew it...

  • playa manhattan||

    "pointed out to her"

  • Tejicano||

    I can't imagine that this would surprise anybody who has been paying attention.

  • jester||

    12 vs 1200. Mother Nature has always been the best mass murderer. She's one sick fucking virago.

  • ZackTheHypochondriac||

    agreed, she is the most cruel and sadistic mother i've ever seen. Some people still worship her though.

  • ||

    Damn, one of the shooters is black.

    There goes the narrative.

    Apparently Obama will be out dancing tonight for Hispanic history month or something according to his wife's tweet?

    Wow.

  • playa manhattan||

    "If I had a son, he would look like..."

  • ||

    This guy. Is Jimmy Kimmell hiring?

  • ||

    I know the statistics show these incidences are low but is it fair to ask what is going on in American culture/society that this stuff keeps happening every few months as some conservatives have been asking?

  • BlueBook||

    There are more Americans than ever before, and more news coverage than ever before. So there's bound to be more news coverage of more American crimes.

  • Irish||

    Our population is half of the continent of Europe. I'm sure it's still more common in America, but if you account for population size the difference isn't as stark as it seems.

    I know the statistics show these incidences are low but is it fair to ask what is going on in American culture/society that this stuff keeps happening every few months as some conservatives have been asking?

    It doesn't really happen every few months. The last one was almost a year ago. I guess 10 months could be considered 'a few,' but that doesn't seem like the best word usage. A shooting of decent size happens maybe once a year.*

    *Technically there are several 'mass shootings' a year, but most of the rest are gangland shootings in which like five people are shot. It's technically a mass shooting because they count anything over 4 people, but gang members getting shot up isn't what most people think of when they think mass shooting.

  • ||

    I know it's cancelled. Not sure when Michelle tweeted it but if it was after the shooting then what more do Americans need to know about the mindset of this Presidency?

    I remember when liberals went off on Bush for staying to read to the kids after 9/11 hit. The guy was doing the absolute right thing by maintaining normalcy among children. He was dignified in that moment. Bush played every single card properly that day.

    Obama has yet to show, and this is just my personal perception, he can match Bush on that leadership level.

    http://twitchy.com/2013/09/16/.....nce-floor/

  • Don Mynack||

    From the Daily Mail, blowing the gun-grabbers minds:

    "Although she emerged unscathed, Pat said she would have felt safer if she had been permitted to carry her own gun to work.

    ‘I’m a gun owner, and so is my husband,’ Pat said, ‘but I work in D.C. so I can’t carry a weapon. Now I wish they would let us do it anyway. I felt like a fool walking around unarmed after shots were fired.’

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new.....z2f6T7HOsy

  • playa manhattan||

    Glad somebody is getting out in front of this.

    Also, there is a lot of disjointed info about his previous gun crimes. Some news agencies are reporting an incident in TX where he shot through his neighbor's floor from below, and other news agencies are reporting an incident in WA where he shot out a construction worker's tires in a blind rage.

    If both of these are true, he shouldn't have been a military contractor, and some would argue that he should have been prohibited from ever owning a firearm again.

  • ||

    Yes, some would, including me, the biggest gun nut on these boards.

  • CE||

    Good luck taking your gun out to defend yourself in DC against a rogue shooter when the authorities arrive. Everyone with a weapon out will be shot first and questioned later.

  • Sevo||

    Concordia ~25* from upright now:
    http://media.smh.com.au/featur.....51321.html

  • playa manhattan||

    Cocaine is a helluva drug*

    *Captain Schettino had traces of cocaine in his system after the crash.

  • ||

    It's nuts what they pulled off.

  • Sevo||

    And they DID IT!
    I'm gonna guess there's a lot of folks off the coast of Tuscany getting some shut-eye with a smile on their face.
    NICE job!

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