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  • Can Americans even be trusted with so many choices?Credit: Stephanie Booth / Foter / CC BY-NC-SADiplomats are warning Syrian rebels that if they don’t buck up about Western countries declining to forcibly remove President Bashar Assad on their behalf, they may end up losing support. In the meantime, Syria has begun submitting info about its chemical weapons to a watchdog organization.
  • A report that just came out declaring that Americans are throwing away tons of perfectly good food because of how manufacturers define sell-by dates is actually a call for federal regulation of food labeling. Apparently neither manufacturers nor consumers can be trusted to decide when milk has gone bad.
  • The iPhone 5s hits the stores today, and you’re already waiting in line, have waited in line, or will not be waiting in line under any circumstances.
  • President Barack Obama is willing to meet with the president of Iran at the United Nations next week to discuss its nuclear program.
  • A reporter in Joliet, Ill., is facing jail time for refusing to reveal who leaked him confidential information about a double homicide. A judge has given him 180 days to comply.
  • The EPA has unveiled its plan to force coal plants to reduce carbon emissions, which will require them to purchase expensive, cutting-edge equipment. Well, it must be great to be the manufacturer of such equipment!

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  • Snark Plissken||

    For Greendale!

  • MJGreen||

    See you at Denny's?

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    A reporter in Joliet, Ill., is facing jail time for refusing to reveal who leaked him confidential information about a double homicide. A judge has given him 180 days to comply.

    I believe it was God.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    We need a ruling from Feinstein if this is an actual journalist worth protecting.

  • From the Tundra||

    Would "voices in my head" be counter-productive?

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    a double homicide

    There are 53 players on the Cleveland Browns roster - they can handle two funerals on the same day.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    There are 53 players on the Cleveland Browns roster - they can handle two funerals on the same day.

    I eagerly await the day when this meme is no longer.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    That will never happen. Keeping that meme alive is my one goal in life. It is the reason I wake up in the morning. It is my obsession. I'm going to hijack the anon-bot so it can post the meme after I shake off this mortal coil, and am buried by 6 Cleveland Browns.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    I had originally typed "I eagerly await the day when this meme dies," but upon further thought just knew that it would prompt a "so the Cleveland Browns can let it down one last time" response and edited.

    I may not like it, but I applaud your dedication to showing the world just how mediocre the Cleveland Browns are.

  • Agammamon||

    ITs especially important - the horribleness of homicide increases proportionally to the square of the number of murders committed at once.

    So a double homicide is 4 times worse than a single homicide.

    And a right is deserving of protection inversely proportion to the horribleness of the crime it prevents police from solving.

    So the first amendment is deserving of 1/16 the protection for double homocide cases.

    See, its simple math.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The EPA has unveiled its plan to force coal plants to reduce carbon emissions...

    So the Democrats have given up on winning any midterm elections for the foreseeable future.

  • PD Scott||

    Carbon's bad, m'kay?

  • trshmnstr||

    It's too bad... I kinda enjoyed my electric bills being less than $100.

  • playa manhattan||

    What?!? Mine is like $350/month, and I don't have air conditioning!

  • ||

    What are you paying per kwh? The lowest available rate to me right now is 8.4 cents. I've seen it as low as 5 though last year.

  • playa manhattan||

    We have a tiered system based on residence type and square footage. I get the first some odd kwh for 10 cents, and then it goes up to 18 cents. 3rd tier is in the 20 cent range.

    I make the 3rd tier almost every month, even though all of my lights are on timers and I have the fridge and TVs on energy save mode.

    Of course, this being CA, if you have a plug in vehicle, the kWh used to charge are exempt from the tier and are subsidized.

  • Brandon||

    Dude, I know the whole orphans-waving-ostrich-feathers thing is stylish, but why are you paying them so much?

  • ||

    If you're using orphan labor for that where are your slave-girls and eunuchs. They cost a little more, but they're worth every penny.

  • Brandon||

    I'm a bottom-line guy, Jesse. Not just a bottom guy like some people.

  • ||

    I'm not quite sure what you're implying there, Brandon.

  • Agammamon||

    Jeez, mine only peak at that during the summer.

  • C. Anacreon||

    Why do you want polar bears to die?

  • PapayaSF||

    While China builds, what, two new coal plants every week?

  • CE||

    So all those Prius drivers shouldn't be so smug after all, hmmm?

  • rts||

    UBCM can’t stomach genetically engineered foods

    Municipal politicians rejected genetically engineered food by a narrow margin at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Vancouver Thursday.

    The resolution, brought up by the Vancouver Island community of Metchosin, called for a resolution to ask the province to ban plants and animals produced by using genetic engineering.

    The stupid, it burns!

  • mad libertarian guy||

    To give an idea of how stupid the anti-gm tirade is, last night I tried to google how I could make my own garden of GM crops. I'm not trying to feed the world, but I do hate to weed, and there is a boreal bug that kills my zucchini plants every year by the end of July (which makes for a very shortened growing season of what we use most from our garden - and no, there is no insecticide that works on these fuckers), and finding varieties that are roundup ready and able to combat these damn bugs sans any effort from me would make my garden a far more productive plot.

    What did I find?

    Pages and pages and fucking pages about the evils of GM crops and how NOT to have them in your garden. No matter the way I phrased the search I got the same goddamn results. It took about 1/2 hours of reading through anti-GM Voodoo nonsense to discover that GM plants are only available to commercial farmers. So there are pages and pages on the tubes about how to grow your garden without any GM plants in it, and THERE ARE NO GM PLANTS THAT ONE CAN GET FOR YOUR GARDEN. Fucking idiots.

  • Tonio||

    So there are pages and pages on the tubes about how to grow your garden without any GM plants in it, and THERE ARE NO GM PLANTS THAT ONE CAN GET FOR YOUR GARDEN.

    See, it's working. [ducks]

  • Generic Stranger||

    How would Roundup help you with insects? It doesn't work on anything but plants.

  • playa manhattan||

    13 people shot last night in mass shooting in Chicago, media doesn't give a fuck:
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/.....2520.story

  • playa manhattan||

    Reasons why: it was probably an illegal gun, so no opportunity to push for more gun control
    and:
    Chicago

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I think the "in Chicago" part is enough for the media blackout.

  • fish_remote||

    Again I heard it reported that it was an "Assault Style" rifle....which I dismissed of course because it's not legal to have them in Chicago.

    ..and Chicago

  • mad libertarian guy||

    None of it fits the narrative: that mass shooting are perpetrated by white gun nuts.

  • John||

    But the mayor is right on it

    Emanuel flew to D.C. last night to raise money for his campaign fund. The dinner fundraiser started at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time at Nopa Kitchen and Bar, 800 F Street, N.W., campaign consultant John Kupper said today. Emanuel was supposed to appear at a political fundraiser tonight for Democratic New Jersey U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker.

    Liberals don't even pretend to give a fuck anymore. Rehm to black Chigacoans "go fuck yourselves and stop embarrassing me, if you don't like it, what are you going to do? Vote Republican?"

  • Pro Libertate||

    I heard about it this morning and have wondered why there seems to be so little news about this. Weird.

  • The Other Kevin||

    It's a big news story in Chicago. Along with the new title of "Murder capital of the US", which came out a few days ago.

  • Bobarian||

    "Murder capital of the US"; was there celebrating? Didn't this used to belong to Detroit?

  • Ted S.||

    I heard this story this monring on more than one of the international brodacsters I listen to.

  • Ted S.||

    I should have added that I get the impression they made a big deal of it because it allowed them to stroke their anti-American boners.

  • ||

    Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said it was a "miracle" no one was killed when someone opened fire with a high-

    powered rifle at a pick-up basketball game in the Back of the Yards, and he renewed his call for a ban on assault weapons.

    "A military-grade weapon on the streets of Chicago is simply unacceptable," McCarthy told a news conference this morning, 12 hours after

    a 3-year-old boy and 12 other people were shot during at Cornell Square Park.

    "It's a miracle there has been no fatality," he said. "Illegal guns. Illegal guns. Illegal guns drive violence."
  • Pro Libertate||

    Okay, so banning guns didn't stop this shooting. What should they do, ban people next?

  • Michael||

    The common assumption among progressives here in Chicago is that the gun ban needs to be extended outside of city limits, into the suburbs and beyond. They seriously think that gangbangers actually just drive out to the burbs to buy firearms as if it's as easy as buying bulk produce at Costco. Never mind that there's barely a shred of any kind of conclusive evidence of this actually going on.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Insanity. That's what it is.

  • playa manhattan||

    It's way easier. You need a membership to shop at Costco.

  • Marshall Gill||

    What should they do, ban people next?

    No, double secret ban the guns!

  • Pro Libertate||

    Guns are now on double-secret probation.

  • playa manhattan||

    I would prefer that they just tell me the make, model, and caliber of the weapon. I'll form my own fucking opinion about how "powerful" the gun is.

  • playa manhattan||

    "Illegal guns drive violence."

    Then why to they keep trying to make my otherwise legal guns illegal?

  • Rich||

    +9mm

  • Sigivald||

    "High-powered", "military-grade".

    Well, in a world of competent reporting and competent Superintendents who were also honest, that would indicate something like a G3 or an M2 machinegun.

    I suspect what it actually indicates is an AR-15 or maybe a beat-up SKS or semi-auto AK variant.

    Hell, it might be a really fancy lookin' 10/22.

  • playa manhattan||

    That's what I was thinking. The old M&P 15-22. Looks really scary, but barely powerful enough for squirrel hunting:
    http://www.smith-wesson.com/we.....rrorView_Y

  • Atanarjuat||

    Well, it went in a 3-year-old's skull and out his mouth, and his condition is reported as "fine, needing some plastic surgery". So it couldn't have been too ridiculously high-powered.

  • Cdr Lytton||

    "A military-grade weapon on the streets of Chicago is simply unacceptable,"

    Pretty sure the only legal military-grade weapons in Chicago belong to the military, Chicago police, or a politically connected collector.

    Hey Supt. McCarthy, let me know when you're going to break the news to the SWAT boys that you're taking their auto toys away because a military-grade weapon on the streets of Chicago is simply unacceptable.

  • Agammamon||

    Wait, that's impossible, Chicago has a strict gun control regime.

    You must mean there were 13 shot last night in a mass shooting in *Somerton, AZ* where guns are effectively unrestricted.

  • Archduke of Pantsfan||

  • Agammamon||

    "Dan
    For some reason when I read "Race enthusiasts" I thought this was going to be an article about White Power groups."

    That's a hilarious comment.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Apparently neither manufacturers nor consumers can be trusted to decide when milk has gone bad.

    I live and die by that expiration date. LITERALLY.

  • John||

    But the mayor is right on it

    Emanuel flew to D.C. last night to raise money for his campaign fund. The dinner fundraiser started at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time at Nopa Kitchen and Bar, 800 F Street, N.W., campaign consultant John Kupper said today. Emanuel was supposed to appear at a political fundraiser tonight for Democratic New Jersey U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker.

    Liberals don't even pretend to give a fuck anymore. Rehm to black Chigacoans "go fuck yourselves and stop embarrassing me, if you don't like it, what are you going to do? Vote Republican?"

  • Sigivald||

    I find the way this comment ended up replying to one about milk expiration dates far funnier than I probably should...

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    It's all connected, man.

  • Bobarian||

    plate or shrimp or plate of shrimp...

  • CE||

    Shouldn't Cleveland Browns draft picks come with a federal expiration date, to stop them from letting down their fans, one last time?

  • rts||

    NHL rule change: Brett Gallant, Krys Barch find hilarious loophole before fight

    The best thing about new rules is finding ways to break them. New Jersey Devils forward Krystofer Barch and New York Islanders forward Brett Gallant discovered a hilarious way to get around the NHL's rule on removing helmets before a fight.

    As it currently stands, the league will give any player who removes his helmet before a fight an extra two-minute minor for unsportsmanlike conduct. This led many to speculate that two willing combatants would mutually agree to remove their helmets so each player would be assessed the same amount of penalty minutes.

    Instead of doing that, Barch and Gallant got creative...
  • Fist of Etiquette||

    This may actually turn me against fighting in the NHL.

  • Ted S.||

    So what exactly did they do, for those of us who don't want to waste time on the video?

    (I'm not angry at you, but at the writer. At least he used embedded video and not a gif-substituting for video.)

  • From the Tundra||

    They took each other's helmet off - almost tenderly - and then tried to beat the shit out of each other.

  • rts||

    Each guy removed the other's helmet before the fight.

  • Generic Stranger||

    ...why would you take your helmet off for a fight in the first place? Make the other fucker try to punch you through the face guard. It's hilarious.

  • Snark Plissken||

    The iPhone 5s hits the stores today, and you’re already waiting in line, have waited in line, or will not be waiting in line under any circumstances.

    It's never too soon to give the NSA your fingerprints.

  • playa manhattan||

    Eh, they've had mine for years. Probably since I was a kid.

  • PapayaSF||

    You do know it does not work that way, I hope. The fingerprint reader scans the layers underneath your actual fingerprint, and stores that as a hash that is impossible to use to recreate your actual fingerprint. And that hash is stored in encrypted form in the CPU of the phone, and doesn't leave it.

  • ||

    I'm pretty sure it's not stored in the CPU.

  • PapayaSF||

    No, it is:

    During its Touch ID presentation, Apple was quick to specify that all fingerprint information is encrypted and stored "in the Secure Enclave inside the A7 chip on the iPhone 5s" rather than being stored on Apple servers or backed up to iCloud.

  • ||

    The A7 is an SoC

  • PapayaSF||

    Yeah, but it's still the CPU of the phone. I don't think it's wrong to call the main chip "the CPU" even though there are other functions on it.

  • ||

    It is wrong. An SoC contains the CPU.

  • playa manhattan||

    Fight! Fight! Fight!

  • PapayaSF||

    I know that, and that's what I am saying. A system-on-a-chip contains a CPU, so it's a bit loose but not really wrong IMO. Both SoCs and CPUs are "processors," so what's wrong with calling the "main processor" the "central processing unit"?

    It's actually more accurate than calling a DSL box a "modem," which everyone does.

  • ||

    There are several problems, one of which is that SoCs typically (and in this case) also contain the GPU.

  • Entropy Void||

    "Secure Enclave"

    Fuck You, Jobs.

  • T||

    And that hash is stored in encrypted form in the CPU of the phone, and doesn't leave it.

    Unless the NSA uses the back doors manufacturers obligingly provide them and come looking for it.

  • CE||

    His point was that a CPU is not a memory device.

  • PapayaSF||

    They aren't usually, but the A7 is a new custom CPU.

  • PapayaSF||

    Or: "a custom SoC that contains a CPU." WHAT. EVER.

  • CE||

    ...and stores that as a hash that is impossible to use to recreate your actual fingerprint...

    Because the NSA would never hack the fingerprint-to-hash algorithm, and figure out how to run the process backward to get your fingerprint?

  • PapayaSF||

    I am not an expert, but AFAIK it's quite possible to use an image to generate a unique number that cannot be used on its own to recreate the original image.

  • Marc F Cheney||

    That all sounds nice.

    If it actually works that way.

    Which I have little reason to believe.

    And I have every reason to believe that even if it works that way, the NSA is already busy figuring out whether and how they can recover the fingerprint.

    Yeah, I'm paranoid, but only because I learned I wasn't paranoid enough.

  • CE||

    Facebook already gave them your hi-res photo for facial recognition and your biography and list of known acquaintances, and enough information on what you like for the NSA to form a personality profile.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    George R. R. Martin thinks Breaking Bad is the best show on television and declares Walter White is a bigger monster than anyone in Westeros

    Martin finally put fingers to keys and began to tap out what we’ve all been longing to read: a blog about how awesome Breaking Bad is, particularly how “there’s no way in hell” Martin’s own Game Of Thrones—or any other show for that matter—stands a chance at defeating it at the Emmys next year. Also, as Martin writes in the thing that you definitely wanted most to read from him, “Ozymandias” led him to conclude, “Walter White is a bigger monster than anyone in Westeros. I need to do something about that.”
    Of course, this is obviously a question open to furious debate: Walter White a bigger monster than Joffrey? Than Ramsay Snow? Than Sir Monsterface of Monsterly Rock, The One With The Monsters? George R.R. Martin doing something? No doubt arguments will rage on, until Martin at last completes his next epic work on how Brooklyn Nine-Nine was pretty good.

    So will his final book feature a drug dealing Maester?

  • Winston||

    Which is better? Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Wire or the Sopranos?

    Personally I prefer the one with the asshole whose relationships are all screwed up.

  • Snark Plissken||

    House of Cards.

  • The DerpRider||

    The one with Roy Dotrice narrating.

  • BiMonSciFiCon||

    Agreed.

  • MJGreen||

    Deadwood.

  • Pro Libertate||

    What he means is that the [SPOILER, CEASE READING] body count in the Red Wedding was only the beginning.

  • Archduke of Pantsfan||

    in the end, the Greyjoys win.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Nonsense. What will end up happening is that the Starks will all become undead and take over everything. As undead.

  • CE||

    No, the Starks will lose power through their bumbling, letting down all their fans, then be reincarnated as the owners of the Cleveland Browns, condemned to repeat the process all over again.

  • Pro Libertate||

    What? Martin's a Jets fan.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    Everyone in Westeros is going to spend the last two books killing each other of, leaving Tyrion on the throne of Westeros as the last man standing, just in time to die in battle when Danny's army finally makes it to Westeros, putting her family back in charge.

  • Agammamon||

    Who will then reveal that she's *is* as bug-fuck crazy as Jeoffry and all the rest of her predecessors.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    I'm basing my prediction on the series being loosely based on The War of the Roses and Tyrion being Richard, Duke of Gloustcher. If that's the case, Danny's going to end up marrying one of the last remaining Starks and unifying the kingdom and kicking off a period of relative sanity.

  • Snark Plissken||

    It filled the vacuum created when Charlie Sheen left Two and a Half Men.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    NO SPOILERS.

  • paranoid android||

    "Who art thou addressing, presently? Who doth you fancy you behold? Doth thou know how much gold enters my coffers in a year? Verily, even if I told you, you say it was a jest. Doth thou know what would unfold if I should suddenly decide to cease my labor? A kingdom grand enough that it could be listed on ye olde NASDAQ wouldst become as dust. Disappears! It ceases to exist without I. Nay, 'tis obvious that you don't know who you are addressing, so let me illuminate you. I am not in danger, Lady Skyler. I am the danger! A man opens his door and meets the sword, and you think that of me? Nay! 'Tis I who knocks!"

  • CatoTheElder||

    Breaking Bad body count.

    For comparison with the real world, there were 140 murders in all of New Mexico in 2010.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Diplomats are warning Syrian rebels that if they don’t buck up about Western countries declining to forcibly remove President Bashar Assad on their behalf, they may end up losing support.

    Also, photographers should probably be banned from attending the firing squads.

  • CatoTheElder||

    And the cannibalistic victory celebrations.

  • Dweebston||

    The iPhone 5s hits the stores today, and you’re already waiting in line, have waited in line, or will not be waiting in line under any circumstances.

    Screw that. Has anyone used the Note? My, what a huge screen it has! The better to ostracize myself during social events, my dear.

  • Ted S.||

    Canadian family uses helicopter to spring brother from prison

    He was caught and now several of the family members are facing prison time:

    "Four of my sons are behind bars," Michel Barbeau told QMI Agency. "It's a statement of failure."

    (Warning: article includes porn for Jesse)

  • playa manhattan||

    Well, 3 of his 4 sons did hijack a helicopter at gunpoint to rescue the 4th one from prison, so failure is a pretty good descriptor for the father.

    Also, Quebec.

  • crashland||

    Yeah, but who wouldn't want to have brothers willing to do such a thing for them? Nothing says brotherly love like hijacking a helicopter to bust your beloved brother out of the slammer.

  • CE||

    Plus they score points for creativity. Maybe they can sell the movie rights when they get out in 5 to 10 years.

  • ||

    See, those Quebecois men are attractive.

  • Rhywun||

    I wasn't expecting... that.

  • Ted S.||

    Marty Brodeur slept with his sister-in-law.

  • Outlaw||

    Instantly reminded of this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ge6SxKPK0s8

  • Ted S.||

    Shitty Irish music?

  • Redmanfms||

    Is there any other kind?

  • Archduke of Pantsfan||

    This guy is upset about the fact that someone else made a McEverything

  • trshmnstr||

    That's just standard Euro cuisine snobbery. They don't customize their orders because their cuisine is better or some such BS.

  • Winston||

    So can anyone tell me why a supposedly libertarian magazine has Suderman's articles on GOP opposition to Obamacare? Aren't they pretty much the definition of concern trolling?

  • C. Anacreon||

    C'mon, this is awfully close to a Drink! You can say it..
    "for a website called Reason...."

  • ||

    If we admit we're not "real libertarians" will these people just leave us alone?

  • Winston||

    If we admit we're not "real libertarians" will these people just leave us alone?

    That makes about as much sense as expecting HnR to ignore feministing, jezebel, shakesville, Krugman, etc.

  • Winston||

    You know which other libertarians have a circle the wagons approach to criticism?

  • Winston||

    Also Reason once employed Dave Weigel so I think the defensiveness over Suderman is unwarranted.

  • Marshall Gill||

    And even though not employed by Reason, they do run Steve Chapman articles for some unknown reason.

  • PD Scott||

    Good article about a high school teacher turned drug kingpin: The Drug Kings of Coronado High

    There's also a link to a more fleshed out article which "features" music on auto-play.

  • PD Scott||

    By 1972, they were making runs once a week. They organised their ‘scams’ at barbecues, meticulously planning while grilling steaks together on the beach.

    It would be over in five minutes, the most exciting five minutes they’d ever experienced: everyone holding their breath until the van was on the road, knowing as they drove away that they each had just made twice their parents’ annual salary.

    They graduated from the rubber boats to a 40-foot cabin cruiser captained by Lance within a year. Still not even out of their early twenties, the Coronado High gang were pocketing $50,000 to a quarter of a million dollars on the regular.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    California mothers creates outcry for lifting weights while 8 months pregnant

    A California mom sparked an online firestorm when a picture of the bodybuilder lifting weights at 8 months pregnant were posted on Facebook.
    Lea-Anne Ellison, 35, was just two weeks shy of her due date when a photo of her posing with a barbell over her head was posted to a group page on the social media site on Sunday.
    “8 months pregnant with baby number 3 and CrossFit has been my sanity,” Ellison wrote in the caption. “I have been CrossFitting for 2 1/2 years and...strongly believe that pregnancy is not an illness, but a time to relish in your body’s capabilities to kick ass.”
    But a slew of commenters posted angry greivances on the picture — which boasted more than 16,000 likes and almost 3,000 shares by Friday morning.
    “This is actually sickening, I hope pregnant around the world do not do this kind of crap,” one woman wrote. “I am a crossfit enthusiast but I DO NOT recommend this at all.”
    The person continued by claiming the image gives “people the wrong message that this is OKAY when it’s not!!!!”

    She can do what she likes, but is Crossfit some kind of fitness cult?

  • John||

    Yes it totally is a cult. It is not the only way to get in shape or really even the best way. But to its followers it is the path not just to fitness but salvation.

  • From the Tundra||

    Well, if I were an orthopedic surgeon, I would be recommending CF like crazy.

    Hey, I know - let's do as many power cleans as we can in 3 minutes! Form?? Who cares - it's EXTREME!

  • Ted S.||

    The point of the story of course isn't to make fun of Crossfit, but the "OMG She's doing strenuous workouts while pregnant! She's going to kill the baby inside!" nonsense.

  • playa manhattan||

    It's not dangerous to the baby, but it is to her. Towards the end of pregnancy, the woman's body secretes enzymes that soften ligament tissues to prepare the baby's head and body for compression during vaginal birth. The enzymes also affect the mother, and it can be very easy to tear or dislocate joints in the 3rd trimester...

  • Certified Public Asskicker||

    Giving birth requires no strength whatsoever. Best to sit around for 9 months doing nothing. This will make labor easier.

  • Certified Public Asskicker||

    Also, hot pregnant woman who can get some right now.

    *This is why there are no pregnant female libertarians.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    Isn't Banjos on ROUND 2!?

    That damn sloopy...and today she said she was 10 when baby Got Back came out...shit i am old.

  • Certified Public Asskicker||

    I was 6

  • Coeus||

    It's weird how turned on by that I am.

  • Cascadian Ephor Xenocles||

  • Guy LaGuy||

    Creationists corrupted state education standards and may push evolution out of textbooks.

  • Winston||

    It's not like anybody understands evolution anyway. I mean going really fast would cause you to die, come back to life, lose your tongue, hair, nose, skin, etc while mutating into a giant horny salamander, right?

  • fish_remote||

    Oh well....the left pushed out almost everything else of substance out of the curriculum. I guess the creationists didn't want to be left out.

  • John||

    Oh well. Maybe we can make a deal, creationists can give up control of biology and liberals can give up control of everything else.

  • Ted S.||

    None of this would happen if we didn't have a state near-monopoly on education, of course.

  • ||

    Of course that's not what they are doing.

    Trying to shove creationism into textbooks and wanting students to be able to question evolution is not the same thing as outright removing evolution.

    (Not that creationism belongs anywhere near a science book, let alone a science classroom.)

  • John||

    http://www.lileks.com/bleats/a.....92013.html

    Lileks does a great take down of modern art.

  • Guy LaGuy||

    Why do you hate what you don't understand?

  • PD Scott||

    It's entirely possible to understand something - and hate it.

  • Marc F Cheney||

    You can even hate it because you understand it.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    You can even hate it because you understand it.

    That's exactly why I find Marx so revolting.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    Hobbes: "What if the public doesn't like your work?"

    Calvin: "They're not supposed to like it! This is avant-garde stuff! I'm criticizing the low-brows who can't appreciate great art like this!"

    Hobbes: "But you'll take their money."

    Calvin: "What do you want me to do, suffer?"

  • PD Scott||

    Um, okay. Missouri couple outraged by fully clothed strippers at KC Chiefs game.

    "The couple was planning to attend the Kansas City Chiefs home opener on Sunday when they learned that an area strip club, Chrome Kansas City, was planning to bring some of its exotic dancers to the tailgating festivities.

    "I don't want my six-year-old seeing signs of strippers at an event like that," said Lukenbill, who kept her two kids away from Sunday's game. "There's time and place, and that's not it."

    Unfortunately the article doesn't relate where she wants her six year old to see strippers. PTA Night?

  • playa manhattan||

    "I don't want my six-year-old seeing signs of strippers at an event like that"
    The six-year-old wouldn't have even noticed unless the stupid ass mom pointed it out.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    I guess cheerleaders are above strippers on the dancer hierarchy.

  • PD Scott||

    People love uniforms.

  • CE||

    Can't someone post some pictures so we can judge for ourselves? This is important.

  • Agammamon||

    Certainly get more fathers to attend the PTA meetings.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Allan Brauer currently serves as communications chair for the Sacramento Dems.

    Amanda Carpenter ‏@amandacarpenter

    GOP beat gun control, changed Obama's mind on Syria, is holding the line on amnesty. We can defund Obamacare, too!

    allanbrauer ‏@allanbrauer

    @amandacarpenter May your children all die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases.

  • PD Scott||

    Compassion must be saved for those that agree with the "compassionate". Just like tolerance.

  • fish_remote||

    The left is having a tough week....

    Journalism professor says he hopes for murder of NRA members' children

    http://www.campusreform.org/blog/?ID=5086

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Twitter is not your friend.

  • ||

    I hated Twitter before it was mainstream.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    I posted that one this morning. You let me down, just like the Cleveland Browns, for not seeing that.

  • fish_remote||

    Just doing my part Johnny....just doing my part!

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    I'm being attacked on Twitter for wishing one of Ted Cruz's pubic lice to experience the pain her boss is inflicting on Americans.
    — allanbrauer (@allanbrauer) September 20, 2013


    Yes, your party takes bread from the mouths of starving children and medicine from the sick, and I'm the problem. Got it.
    — allanbrauer (@allanbrauer) September 20, 2013

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Government is just another word for the things we do together, like wish horrible deaths on opponents' children, right @allanbrauer?
    — Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) September 20, 2013

  • PapayaSF||

    Zing!

  • C. Anacreon||

    Can any of these people ever even find someone who is starving in America and has no way to get food? Or one of the 4% of food stamp recipients who is "young, able bodied, with no children" that they want to make it harder to receive SNAP, who will have bread taken from their mouths?

    Jeez, talk about straw men, where'd they find this guy?

  • Ted S.||

    Can any of these people ever even find someone who is starving in America and has no way to get food?

    What about all those people living in "food deserts"?

    [/sarcasm]

  • BiMonSciFiCon||

    Food desserts have too many carbs.

  • Live Free or Diet||

    From each according to their production, to each according to their demand? Hey, the best way to change that is to buy something better than a Souper Pack of Maruchan Ramen and two liter bottles of Mountain Dew.

  • Live Free or Diet||

    Oops, I missed the second "s" in desserts.
    Double entendre now noted.

  • PapayaSF||

    It's like John Edwards story of the little girl who was going to be cold in the winter because her mother couldn't afford a coat for her. As if every thrift shop in the country didn't have one or more kid's winter coats for about $5.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

  • Ted S.||

    I never understood why people thought "I can has cheezburger" was funny.

  • PD Scott||

    Because the cat looked so damn happy?

  • Agammamon||

    I live in a real desert, can I get me some government subsidized water? Its not fair the farmers pay less than the rest of us.

  • Agammamon||

    WTF - how did this end up here.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Obama is waging a war on cool and it's a great idea!

    The truth, however, is that a war on coal is a good idea.

    Here's an analogy. I live down the block from Le Diplomate, a popular newish restaurant in D.C. This restaurant, in the course of doing its business, generates a lot of trash. And by district law, like other commercial establishments it needs to pay a garbage company to haul that trash away. It would, of course, be cheaper for them to just leave the trash in the alley rather than paying for cleanup. But this wouldn't be a real efficiency gain of any kind. It's just that the cost of trash disposal would be shifted off the shoulders of Le Diplomate's owner (who conveniently lives in Philadelphia) and onto the shoulders of those of us who live on the block.

    That's the basic business model of coal-fired power plants—huge costs are borne by people who use the air rather than by the people who burn the coal.

    The "war on coal" consists of beginning to ask coal-burners to actually bear the costs of burning coal. A restaurant that's only going to be profitable if it's allowed to dump garbage in the alley rather than haul it away ought to be shut down.

    So there's no difference between a restaurant in DC and a source of fuel that provides power to millions of people.

  • John||

    Nasty little retard. God I hate that guy.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    I was hoping for an actual war on cool - with as many dead hipsters as possible.

  • PD Scott||

    This country's gone to hell since we let the Bebop musicians take over jazz.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    "Look, automatic pilot can't play Dixieland Jazz on them engines like I can."

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Increased energy costs disproportionately hurt the poor.

  • C. Anacreon||

    And there was absolutely no reason for him to mention a particular restaurant, or even a particular type of business, to make his ridiculous analogy -- but now he got this restaurant a ton of free advertising, and probably either has free meals for life or some other nice kickback.

  • Agammamon||

    I think he misspelled the restaurants name - its 'L'idiots'.

  • Hugh Akston||

    First!

  • playa manhattan||

    nice

  • Archduke of Pantsfan||

    A mother who sent her three-year-old son Jihad to school wearing a sweater with the words "I am a bomb" on the front, along with his name and 'Born on September 11th' on the back, was handed a suspended jail sentence on Friday for "glorifying a crime".

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    I'm going to have kids just so I can do this to them.

  • PD Scott||

    She dressed him up the bomb?

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Somebody set up us the bomb.

  • CE||

    I'll name my kid "Constitution" and send him to school with a t-shirt that says: missing child, named Constitution, born 1787. Missing since 1861. May have been dismembered already, by Lincoln, Roosevelts, Bushes, Obama or others.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Auric,

    Scientific American headline: "Voyager 1 Leaves the Solar System—for Real This Time."

    Here's the money comment after the article:

    8. Dr. Strangelove 01:35 AM 9/14/13

    Voyager 1 is still very far from the Oort cloud which is 50,000 AU away, the true edge of the solar system. It will reach the Oort cloud in 14,000 years. NASA cannot wait that long so they shorten the solar system so they can announce spacecraft left the solar system. Good publicity and may increase their funding.
  • Agammamon||

    So, how many times has it 'left the solar system' already?

    Its like a fucking cat - can't make up its mid if it want to be outside or in.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Here's how many times it's left the solar system: Zero. The fucking Oort cloud is part of the solar system by any reasonable measure, and it's not even close to that.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Or whether it's dead or alive!

  • Cascadian Ephor Xenocles||

    May increase their funding? On what grounds? V'ger isn't drawing hardly any of NASA's budget - just some ground infrastructure to receive the data few times a day.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    John McCain calls the Los Angeles Dodgers a bunch of overpaid, immature, arrogant, spoiled brats

    Incidentally, according to CNN.com McCain’s net worth was approximately $40 million as of 2006.

    For anyone who missed it last night, the Dodgers won the NL West title in Arizona and the players made a mad dash for the pool in the Chase Field outfield from which fans watch games.

    The irony is delicious, as is all the sour grapes in Phoenix.

  • PD Scott||

    Has he introduced a resolution to have Dodger Stadium attacked by drones yet?

  • CE||

    Hey, if you don't want the neighbor kids playing in your pool after they beat your kids at baseball, don't lose.

  • General Butt Naked||

    John McCain calls the Los Angeles Dodgers a bunch of overpaid, immature, arrogant, spoiled brats

    So this projection thing isn't limited to the left anymore, is it?

  • ||

    Porn studio owner accuses group of creating 'hysteria around HIV

    The owner of a porn studio involved in allegations that it puts actors at risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases

    accused the AIDS Healthcare Foundation of playing "loose with the facts" to "generate hysteria around HIV."

    Teehee, he said loose

    But at the news conference Wednesday, a teary-eyed Bay said that in a July 31 film shoot with Kink.com, an incident resulted

    in an actor getting a cut on his penis and bleeding. She said the actor continued performing without a condom.

    WTF!?

    "I'm not here to push anything down anybody's throat," Daily said.

    Sorry, that was tasteless. And now the money shot (so to speak):

    Daily accused the industry of putting profits before safety.

    "Their main business is money, not the performers," he said of adult film studios.
  • ||

    "Their main business is money, not the performers," he said of adult film studios.

    This is a surprise and/or problem?

  • ||

    Also, your link sucks

  • ||

    http://www.latimes.com/local/l.....9242.story

    Fucking-a, when did I get so bad at this and how did page breaks get into the middle of the link?

  • ||

    Maybe if you didn't try to type with a penis in your mouth.

    You know, because you're gay. Get it?

  • ||

    How did you...?

    That's not even the issue. I was preparing my longer comments in notepad and had wordwrap on. Those break points are abitrary and based on the size of the window in notepad. I have remedied the situation and it will not happen again. Although commenting with a cock in my mouth might. Promises will not be made there.

  • ||

    How did you...?

    Sounds like somebody needs a heterosplanation.

  • Coeus||

  • Rhywun||

    I am NOT clicking on that. Not at work, anyway.

  • Coeus||

    sfw

  • playa manhattan||

    The Aids Healthcare Foundation did lie about there being a fourth HIV positive actor. It was a pretty stupid move, almost as though they didn't realize that the media would follow up on the claim.

  • ||

    Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing Alan Turing in a movie The Imitation Game

    The Imitation Game topped the Black List* in 2011,

    and it co-stars Keira Knightley, Mark Strong and Matthew Goode. So all of Britain’s strongest jaws and sharpest cheekbones are in this

    movie.

    Picture of Cumberbatch as Turing

    *Franklin Leonard's annual list of best unproduced screenplays

  • Ted S.||

    The Imitation Game topped the Black List* in 2011,

    Always with the racist lists.

  • CE||

    Cumberbatch gets all the good villain roles these days.

  • Archduke of Pantsfan||

    You're doing it wrong!

  • Rich||

    Press secretary Jay Carney said Obama is "willing to have that meeting … provided that Iran demonstrates a seriousness about dealing with its nuclear weapons program."

    Press secretary Maheed Aaki said Rouhani is "willing to have that meeting … provided that the United States demonstrates a seriousness about dealing with its health care program."

  • Marc F Cheney||

    The iPhone 5s hits the stores today, and you’re already waiting in line, have waited in line, or will not be waiting in line under any circumstances.

    Am I the only one who suspects the new iPhone is going to be used by the NSA to collect fingerprints on everyone?

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    That's why I unlock mine w/ my dick.

  • Snark Plissken||

    You'd be better off switching to Microsoft.

  • PapayaSF||

    No, you're not, but you're all wrong. See my comment above.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Why was I just invited to join the "Gay Male Singles of Color" meetup?

  • Marc F Cheney||

    Because you're Antoine Dodson?

  • CE||

    He says he's not anymore.

  • ||

    Hipster gets pilloried for being an attention whore. Gives reasonable explanation for why he is only half-attention-whore. Proceeds to be a total attention whore and whines for paragraph after paragraph.

    A few people were my staunch defenders, asking the more trenchant commenters why they cared so much. Others started to wax nostalgic about their own typewriters. But the overwhelming negativity towards me, and the “hipster scum” I represented, was enough to make me get up from my computer, my heart racing, my hands shaking with adrenaline.
  • Pro Libertate||

    You know, I think things were better when men wouldn't share their feelings and wore suits and hats all the time.

  • T||

    Feelings are for weak little hipster nancy-boys.

  • Pro Libertate||

    [Slugs T, has a belt of bourbon, nods head in agreement.]

  • From the Tundra||

    +1 Borsalino

  • Pro Libertate||

    Sam Spade: When you're slapped, you'll take it and like it.

  • From the Tundra||

    You are good. I wish I had an secretary like Effie. And a bottle of rye in my desk drawer.

  • Pro Libertate||

    We didn't exactly believe your story, Miss O'Shaughnessy. We believed your 200 dollars. I mean, you paid us more than if you had been telling us the truth, and enough more to make it all right.

  • BakedPenguin||

    I was with you until the last 8 words, Pro Lib.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I was just thinking Maltese Falcon. I don't like suits, and the only hats I wear are baseball hats.

  • CE||

    That's okay. Obama just declared a war on cool, according to an earlier commenter.

  • Coeus||

    Marcotte spews more rotten brain pus:

    It’s been really funny, if also deeply disturbing, to see conservatives desperately cast around for any opportunity they can find to derail Obamacare as October 1st, the day the health care exchanges start, comes nearer. It’s becoming increasingly clear that Republicans realize that once people start to use the exchanges, they are going to be enthusiastic about it, and so they’re trying to keep as many people as possible from getting to the exchanges to begin with. That’s because, at this point, Republicans aren’t even trying to hide the fact that they straight up don’t think that certain people deserve health insurance.
  • Marc F Cheney||

    That word "deserve", it explains a lot.

  • ||

    I'm not a Republican, but I will come right out and say no one "deserves" health insurance.

  • PD Scott||

    Man, I am *so* enthusiastic about shopping for legally mandated subsidized health insurance! The hell with the iPhone, GTA V, I want to SHOP FOR INSURANCE!!!

  • Sigivald||

    Amanda Marcotte is at least consistent.

    But as Mr. Cheney below (above, when this gets added, I guess?) says, the idea that health insurance (or, rather, subsidized coverage and prepayment for maintenance) is something one "deserves", rather than "buys", is the problem.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Willie Nelson likes farmers.

    There are good folks in Congress who are fighting for a family farm food system that benefits family farmers and all Americans. But they're blocked by a majority that lets corporate power, partisan politics and big money get in the way of progress. Their votes have reinforced a dominant, chemical-dependent food system that is harmful to our environment, our health and local economies, while cutting billions from nutrition and food programs for people who need food.

    In recent years the Good Food Movement has forged ahead, including some progress made in the last farm bill. This movement has created more opportunities to support and promote family farm agriculture. But without meaningful action now on farm policy, those gains and more will be lost. Without better farm policies, family farmers will not have the chance to compete in a fair marketplace and earn a living. Conservation programs, so crucial in a changing climate, will be compromised. New and beginning farmers will lose access to the credit, resources and land they need to start their farm businesses. Programs for underserved farmers will disappear. Innovations happening right now on the farm to grow renewable energy will be lost. And industrial ag stands to win if efforts to reform wasteful farm subsidy programs are ignored.

    Sounds like he wants subsidies for the right people.

  • PD Scott||

    Wasn't that what Farm Aid was really all about?

  • Ted S.||

  • From the Tundra||

    What a fucking fraud. I had forgotten that they made out so well.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    I'm not exactly sure what is so hard to understand that family farms feeding America is not progress.

    It's very simple. We cannot feed 300m+ people with 40 acre farms that produce 25% less food per acre than conventional farming methods. And that doesn't even account for GM crops which further enhance efficiency AND aids in environmental concerns by having to use far less herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, and water.

  • SForza||

    Um, yes we can.

    We have 4 acres that were considered unfarmable when we bought it-- hilly, clay soil, etc. Without any herbicides, pesticides, or fungicides, we can produce enough food on our farm to feed 4 people/acre.

    There are over 400 million acres of cropland in the U.S., most of it more desirable farmland than ours. Farm it the way we farm ours, and it should produce enough food to feed 1.6 billion people. So we absolutely can feed 300m+ people with family farms.

    Not saying we should, just that we can. While I'm not interested in growing GM crops, I don't think anyone should be prevented from doing so, as long as they aren't hurting anyone else.

  • kbolino||

    If it can be done effectively, then it doesn't require government subsidies.

  • SForza||

    I agree completely. The only policy change I want to see is the end of agricultural subsidies, which overwhelmingly benefit large agribusiness rather than family farms, but would be bad policy regardless of who they benefit.

    I'm just tired of hearing the "we can't feed 7 billion people" argument. We absolutely can feed everyone with small family farms. That doesn't mean government should subsidize them or ban alternative approaches.

  • Agammamon||

    "A report that just came out declaring that Americans are throwing away tons of perfectly good food"

    While I consider this to be a perfectly legitimate complaint, what these morons seem to not understand is we throw out a tiny percentage of food compared to other countries. We just throw it out at the *end* of the supply chain (at the consumer) rather than something like 50% of the food spoiling while *enroute* to the consumer like it does in less technologically advance countries.

    We are in a position to 'have' to throw this small percentage out because of the wealth we have due to the advance supply chain technology we wield. The whole "you throw too much food away' thing will simply be solved in time by technological advance without any need for government intervention - simply following the graph slope will tell you that.

  • PD Scott||

    If we irradiated food it would last longer. But we can't irradiate food because radiation is the devil. Preservatives are also the devil because they are chemicals and chemicals are bad.

  • Coeus||

    That anti-irradiation bullshit pisses me off. If I can find it, I always by my fruit that way.

  • ||

    Basically, anything that would make food less expensive for the poor is bad.

  • T||

    Gotta keep them poor people on the gummint tit somehow, Thane.

  • Rich||

    “The dates are undefined in law and have nothing to do with safety,” said [Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic].

    Unlike serving sizes, which *are* defined and have *everything* to do with safety.

    Also, *love* the name of your organization!

  • PapayaSF||

    Nothing like buying salt that's hundreds of millions of years old in a box stamped "Best by 10-24-2015."

  • Ted S.||

    That's the date at which the neutrons in the Na and Cl start decaying.

  • Archduke of Pantsfan||

    ignore the date on your sour cream at your peril.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Or any dairy or shellfish.

    Cured meat, not so much.

  • playa manhattan||

    Or else it will get more sour.

  • Live Free or Diet||

    I put a stick of butter wrapped in wax paper outside on top of a dry bird bath to demonstrate to my wife how long it takes for butter to go bad, and how obvious it is when it finally does go rancid. It smells like the Third World's worst B.O. Oddly, it took 15 days both times, in January and again in July.

  • Coeus||

    Basic reading comprehension is not highly valued at Raw story:

    Female anchor confronts Ron Paul over plan for women to quit work en masse and home school
  • CE||

    Liberty, how does it work?

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    The FEC does not Stand With Rand PAC

    In a letter to the Federal Election Commission, the independent political committee today cheekily dismissed regulators' assertion that it can't use the name of Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., in its title unless the candidate himself formally authorizes it.

    "This Committee ... is unaware that the late Ayn Rand, noted philosopher and author and of Atlas Shrugged, is seeking election to federal office," Stand with Rand PAC wrote.

    Striking a more serious tone, the committee also accused the FEC of "broad overreach." It argued that the agency "must allow the maximum of first amendment freedom of expression in political campaigns commensurate with Congress' regulatory authority."

    Strangely, you can include a candidate's name if the PAC is opposed to that candidate. So Stand With Rand PAC is bad, but a hypothetical No to Rand Paul PAC would be okay.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    First!

  • ||

    Russia Denies Selena Gomez a Visa Over Concerns She'll Speak Out Against Anti-Gay Laws

    Gomez failed to secure a Russian visa after the government tightened the visa regime for foreign musicians in response to Madonna's and Lady Gaga's decisions to openly support gays during their shows in Russia last year, the organizers told RIA Novosti.

    Ok so there's at least one pro to this law.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Russia Denies Selena Gomez a Visa Over Concerns She'll Speak Out Against Anti-Gay Laws

    Justin Bieber joke in 3....2....1...

  • CE||

    She can stay with me instead, and say whatever she wants.

  • Agammamon||

    No there's not, it just means Selena Gomez will spend more time in the US.

    I mean, I feel for you buddy - all this Russian gay bashing shit is fucked up but sometimes you have to step back and try to see where the greater evil lies.

  • Coeus||

    I can't even tell what these idiots are bitching about anymore:

    The best (read: worst) part comes at the end, though, when said EIC explains representations of sexual violence in video games are cool because they’re “tasteful.” What makes for a high-class rape? you may ask. Well, keep your clothes on, make sure your assailant can’t get it up, and give some guy looking to prove his masculinity and influence the chance to save you. Otherwise you’re basically just trash.I’m by no means categorically against representations of sexual violence in popular media. A cultural life that ignored the existence of domination would be false; recognition of the harms we do to each other makes for better art and creates a communal space to grapple with the violence and, ultimately, to resist. But consumers like the PlayStation Universe EIC aren’t interested in real violence, its real repercussions, and its real causes. They want the palatable version. They want just enough violence to feel good about themselves, but never enough to require recognition of off-screen harm. They congratulate themselves for thinking about rape for a minute, and in doing so, absolve themselves of the responsibility to do anything about it.

    So she wants more brutal rapes in video games?

  • Winston||

    You are talking about the people who condemn the "rape culture" after having spent decades promoting it.

    Not to mention these people found the fact that movies, TV and comic books were for decades forbidden from depicting rape awful but now they got what they want and they are shocked that it can be depicted tastelessly! Some want it banned (for some cases) again.

  • Agammamon||

    "Well, keep your clothes on, make sure your assailant can’t get it up. . ."

    So, like that seen in 'Kick Ass 2' where The Motherfucker tries to rape Night Bitch?

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Free-market fundamentalist Rahm Emmanuel needs to be reigned in by 'privatization accountability' bill

    The bill could serve as an example for cities around the country, and put a check on free market-minded politicians like Mayor Rahm Emanuel attempting to sell off as many public goods as possible...Emanuel seems to want the bill to stay buried, away from public debate, so the city’s privatization deals can remain largely unscrutinized.

    Introduced in November, 2012, and backed by a coalition of unions and community and good government organizations, the PTAO would require the city of Chicago to engage in a multistep process involving the public before it privatized any asset or service.

    The city would be required to conduct an independent cost-benefit analysis study; demonstrate at least 10 percent cost savings and prove that the economic benefits of privatizing an asset or service would outweigh the benefits of keeping it public; hold at least one public hearing on the deal; deliver an annual report for each privatized deal on costs and the state of services; require at least 50 percent of subcontracted workers reside within Chicago; and attempt to work with workers’ unions rather than steamrolling them.

    Never thought I'd root for Rahm, but that's the Chicago public sector for ya.

  • Cdr Lytton||

    It's Chicago, don't forget to put the scare quotes on privatization.

  • ||

  • ||

    For those who's tastes run beefier: former rugby player, dancing with the stars contestant and all around mensch Ben Cohen standing shirtless on a beach.

  • Ted S.||

    For those who's tastes run beefier:

    Gay, straight, or bi, my tastes run to people who use apostophes correctly. :-p

    (For all the typos/mistakes around here, the misuse of the apostrophe is the one which for some reason really drives me up a wall. Especially when people use it in third-person or past tense verb forms.)

  • ||

    Ooh, I must have a degenerative brain condition I'm usually a stickler about apostrophes. Although I'm more bothered when people use them in dates incorrectly.

  • Agammamon||

    Its the pictures - I'd have trouble thinking straight after a session of looking at scantily clad Selma Hayek photo too.

  • Tonio||

    Apostrophes be damned. Thanks, j.i.mb

  • Outlaw||

    Is he a decent actor?

  • Pro Libertate||

    Does he have the squint?

  • ||

    What difference does it make?

    From dlisted's profile on him:

    Scott lives in San Diego, is an actor and trying to be a leading man type like his dad. Scott also said some words to Town & Country about his career, but it’s best if you lay your eyes on his pictures instead of his words, because um….

    “People assumed that I would have everything handed to me, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I was on my own just doing the grind.

    As a director and an actor, my dad’s motto is ‘Tell the truth.’ The only way of doing that is having life experiences and being a storyteller. I want to be a man’s man—not a kid actor or a glitzy pop star but a no-bullshit leading man.”


    Yeah, a no frills man’s man who shaves his chest and probably spent 2 hours in the salon chair while getting those golden chestnut highlights. Yes, I made the mistake of reading his words, but his words and his mini-shaped baby teeth still can’t totally kill his hotness.

    I left out some of the more colorful language from the profile and there are more photos (But it's a slideshow!).

  • Archduke of Pantsfan||

    PETER DINKLAGE sings on SESAME STREET

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Is he going to give advice to the kids?

  • Pro Libertate||

    I rather think this video is more appropriate for Sesame Street.

  • ||

    As an apology to the heterotarians for my last post, I'd like to let you know that Sofia Vergara has an instagram account. We'll wait here while you're in your bunk.

  • ||

    Not really my type. Not that I would turn her down.

  • CE||

    Fortunately, my bunk has wifi.

  • BakedPenguin||

    May your next vacation be a Buddy Cole fantasy.

  • ||

    That's not entirely far-fetched considering it's to New Orleans.

  • ||

    Shakesville: This is so the worst thing you're going to read all day.

    Quotes extensively from this "monstrosity" "Give Back? Yes, It's Time for the 99% to Give Back to the 1%."

    By way of reminder, it's the dirty socialists who advocate for the wealthiest nation in the history of the planet to provide to its every citizen access to basic human necessities and a livable wage who are waging class warfare. Not these reprehensible heapshits of undiluted privilege who feel oppressed by our resistance to basking in the shimmering, golden glow of their gloriously gilded bootstraps.

    The comments are delicious. one of them unironically uses "ze" as a non-gendered third person pronoun.

  • Archduke of Pantsfan||

    is it also a the same time the worst thing I don't read today?

  • ||

    Not clicking. Moar quotez plz.

  • ||

    From the comments:

    I hope this is an appropriate place to talk about this. I have complicated feelings about the show Undercover Boss. On the one hand, I really enjoy it. It showcases some really hard working people, dealing with everyday problems and quickly dispels any idea that the working poor are lazy. At the end, they even get a prize! Yay! It sometimes makes me weepy.
    -
    And then I get angry. The gratitude that is expected of these very, very hardworking people for what amounts to crumbs thrown off the table, is sickening. But we are supposed to be content, and think corporations are great, because look! They notice how hard they work! And if you are a very, very good worker, and never complain, and always do your job, just maybe someday your boss will notice you and send you on a week of paid vacation. A fucking week. And she cried because she hadn't had a week off in eight years. Eight fucking years! The system is broken- and these corporations and the 1% are the problem.
    -
    (This is about the 1%, corporations and the USian version of the TV show Undercover Boss- where a boss of a major corporation works entry level jobs for a week and then gives away some prizes to the people ze met)
  • ||

    Please someone tell me how the rich thinking up schemes to fleece their fellow citizens calling it investing and then simply passing their money back and forth calling it consulting is productive. What are they producing? (Karl Marx was on to something.) Calling them "vampire squids" is an insult to both vampires and squids.

    The curtain slowly being pulled back on their charade, and they don't like it one bit.
  • Pro Libertate||

    Oh, yes, indeed, a curtain is being pulled back.

  • PD Scott||

    Man, things were so much better off before corporations, when we'd drink water out of the ditches the horses pissed in and die before we were thirty. We were all equal, man, and it was so good.

    Then a bunch of greedheads ruined it, with their "profits" and shit.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Yes, things were so much better when only a few goons riding horses were running things, and the rest of the people were living on farms. Hardly any middle class or even many merchants, just lords and serfs. Good times.

  • Killazontherun||

    Shit. My boss took exactly one vacation week over the last two and a half years. From running my own before I decided to make it easier on myself, that's pretty normal among business owners. What a goddamned fool that commenter is.

  • CatoTheElder||

    President Obama is the CEO of the world's largest organization, and he gets plenty of time off for luxurious vacations and golf.

    Certainly owners of small and medium size business have more leisure time than the President, no?

  • Stormy Dragon||

    The EPA has unveiled its plan to force coal plants to reduce carbon emissions, which will require them to purchase expensive, cutting-edge equipment. Well, it must be great to be the manufacturer of such equipment!

    If I build a factory where the business model only works as long as I'm allowed to fling all the garbage and waste products onto the surrounding property owners' land with a catapault, it would be exceedingly strange for me to suggest that making me stop intereferes with property rights.

    Likewise while I think an argument to be had over what point something like carbon dioxide can be considered pollution, I don't get the argument that there's some sort of open ended right to pump whatever you like into the atmosphere without limitation.

  • Agammamon||

    So, are you here because you think we don't know what externalities are?

    I assure you we do. And I assure you we no more support widespread pollution than you do.

    The difference is *we* know about a little thing called Pigovian taxes and much prefer that to the one-size-fits-all, 'smart' people-pick-the-winners government regulation you prefer.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    How exactly does the fact you pay a fee to some third party grant you the right to start dumping pollution on my land without my permission?

  • Pathogen||

    "How exactly does the fact you pay a fee to some third party grant you the right to start dumping pollution on my land without my permission?"

    What? like carbon offset credits? Apparently, nobody else understood that either

  • Stormy Dragon||

    The difference is *we* know about a little thing called Pigovian taxes and much prefer that to the one-size-fits-all, 'smart' people-pick-the-winners government regulation you prefer.

    Also, this is an outright lie. Emission taxes aren't any more popular here than any other form of pollution control.

  • anomdebus||

    Sorry for the late post..
    Music fans in the Baltimore area, Morglbl will be at Orion Studios tomorrow at 8pm.. I will be taping the show

  • Archduke of Pantsfan||

    THIRST!

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Reminder: Gawker is awful

    On the left: Mitt Romney, tweeting in July about grandchild "#22." On the right: Romney, today, welcoming his "22nd grandchild." Does the adopted one not count, or something?

    Mittens miscounted his grandchild, so they make fun of him. Whatever. But the comments:

    I'm sorry, I don't care if Mitt has got some uber liberal daughters, those people should not be adopting black babies. They are probably going to tell him things like, "You're not like other black people, you're one of us" Or "We adopted you from your horrible black crack whore mother. This is why black people shouldn't have children". OR WORSE, IT WILL BE MORMON.

  • Pro Libertate||

    The hate is so awful in these people. No, better the baby be raised in a series of foster homes. Or maybe aborted. Right?

  • PapayaSF||

    So, better to have a crack whore as a mother than be a Mormon?

  • Pro Libertate||

    What they're really concerned about is another upper-class black who might vote Republican. Better one hundred babies die than that!

  • Snark Plissken||

    Better dead than white bread.

  • PD Scott||

    They're just terrified of the day a polite young black man in a white shirt and tie knocks on their door, wanting to talk about a slightly different Jesus.

  • Snark Plissken||

    They are terrified Obama campaigners will wear ties?

  • Pathogen||

    Perfect... +1

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    ClimateGate 2.0? Emails Show US Government, Other Governments Lobbied Scientists to Downplay or Delete Evidence That Atmosphere Hasn't Warmed for 15 Years from Upcoming IPCC Report
    ...AP show the U.S. and other governments pushed scientists preparing a new UN climate report due out next week to omit or downplay evidence that the earth’s atmosphere has stopped warming for the past 15 years.

    From the wire - “Germany called for the reference to the slowdown to be deleted, saying a time span of 10 to 15 years was misleading in the context of climate change, which is measured over decades and centuries. The U.S. also urged the authors to include the ‘leading hypothesis’ that the reduction in warming is linked to more heat being transferred to the deep ocean.”...

  • Brandon||

    A time span of 1.5 decades is misleading in the context of something measured over decades?

  • Agammamon||

    A timespan of 1.5 decades is *short* in *science' that only has reliable, verifiable weather records from the last 30-45 years?

  • Not an Economist||

    Well 1.5 decades isn't enough to prove a cooling trend but a rainstorm yesterday is proof the atmosphere is changing and it is all man's fault.

  • Pathogen||

    "A timespan of 1.5 decades is *short* in *science' that only has reliable, verifiable weather records from the last 30-45 years ~1988 to 1998?"

    -Yes, but the records only go back to 1978 when the hall of records was mysteriously blown away.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Senator McComplain knows a thing or two about coming in second and watching someone take a plunge in the pool (I mean poll) #POoLITICS

    — Brian Wilson (@BrianWilson38) September 20, 2013


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    Burn!

  • Brandon||

    Peter King goes on unhinged rant about Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. HuffPo commentariat rush to slob Peter King(R, of "NSA spying isn't really spying" fame)'s knob. More mask slippage.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....58333.html

  • Winston||

    Peter King agrees with Suderman?

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Peter King is an animated pile of shit.

  • Coeus||

    Talking about twerking takes time away from talking about St. Treyvon.


    The New York Times ran an opinion piece this weekend titled “Explaining Twerking to Your Parents.” In it, writer Teddy Wayne chronicles the moment at which white people might have to explain twerking to their parents. The result is disastrous. Wayne’s piece remains one of the most read and e-mailed well past the weekend on which it was published in the paper and posted online. It’s offensive on the surface—but it’s also harmful, in that it shifts attention away from the conversation that parents have with their black kids about racial profiling, vigilantism and death.

    Following Trayvon Martin’s killing by neighborhood watch vigilante George Zimmerman, mainstream news media began publishing articles about “the talk.” While previously, the talk often meant a conversation about sex and adolescence, this talk is much more complicated. It’s one in which parents explain to their black children that they will be racially profiled; one that’s had in order to sometimes save black lives. As part of a national conversation about race, major newspapers, including The New York Times, wrote about the talk. Many white writers expressed that it was hard to imagine even having to explain to a child that their skin color automatically makes them suspect, and as such, a candidate for early death.
  • PapayaSF||

    What's even more awkward to explain is that black adolescents are statistically far more likely to cause someone else's early death than members of any other race.

  • Pathogen||

    “..Explaining Twerking to Your Parents.” In it, writer Teddy Wayne chronicles the moment at which white people might have to explain twerking to their parents..."

    Ahh... but apparently, black parents are predisposed to understanding stripping down to your last shreds of dignity, and grinding your ass on the crotch of anyone who might help you stay relevant, and get you paid " Twerking". There's one awkward issue settled.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    "Don't worry, honey, you didn't burn the Schlitz beer!" and other horrible, sexist, not-funny ads that should never, ever have been published:

    http://www.purpleclover.com/money/694-sexist-ads/

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    CAUTION: slide-show

  • Coeus||

    I'm confused as to why a few of those made the list.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Religious Freedom Agency Loses Attempt To Dismiss Former Employee's Discrimination Suit

    In Ghori-Ahmad v. U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, (D DC, Sept. 17, 2013), the DC federal district court refused to dismiss claims of religious and national origin discrimination, and of retaliation, bought by a former employee of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Ghori-Ahmad, a lawyer and expert on South Asian affairs, is a Muslim of Indian descent who in 2009 was originally offered a full-time job with USCIRF, but then had the offer rescinded and ended up with only a 90-day position that the agency refused to extend. Her lawsuit claims that her original offer was withdrawn, and her temporary position was not extended, because of anti-Muslim bias of two of the USCIRF commissioners. (See prior posting.) The court first rejected USCIRF's claim that as a matter of law Ghori-Ahmad was an independent contractor with the agency, not an employee covered by the anti-discrimination provisions of the Congressional Accountability Act when her position was not extended. It held that factual issues remain as to her status. The court also rejected USCIRF's claim that no materially adverse action had been taken against Ghori-Ahmad. The court, however, did dismiss plaintiff's detrimental reliance claim, refusing to exercise supplemental jurisdiction to hear it.

    http://religionclause.blogspot.....tempt.html

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