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  • The nomination of Janet Yellen passed the Senate Banking Committee 14-8, and is now headed for a full Senate vote.
  • Senator Charles Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, warned that in response to Democrats altering filibuster rules in a party-line vote, Republicans would expand the rollback of the judicial filibuster when they regain power.
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  • A federal indictment unsealed today alleges that a drug dealer in Thailand boasted of being able to exprt to the United States a form of methamphetamine with “Breaking Bad” purity levels, and that the North Korean government was protecting the manufacturing operation in that country.
  • The LA Unified School District admitted the software licenses they purchased as part of their iPad acquisition will expire within three years, just six months before most students expected to participate in the program will have the devices. Renewal may cost up to $60 million a year after that.
  • A celebration putting San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee in the spotlight when the Make-a-Wish Foundation helped a boy play Batkid for a day means the act of charity will cost the city $105,000.
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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Renewal may cost up to $60 million a year after that.

    Apple has such a hold on the education dollar.

  • Andrew S.||

    How long after the expiration of the period (after the $60m/year starts coming due) before LA politicians start arguing for price controls and regulations?

  • SweatingGin||

    Nah, they'll just replace them with a different model, that will sit for months/years before being rolled out.

    Or keep paying license renewals on obsolete software forever. Maybe someone forgets they're paying it, and they keep going long after the devices are dust.

    Wonder how many things are being paid like that already? A forgotten AOL subscription for government.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    The was a story in the LA Times a year or so ago about LAUSD paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for phone lines that had been disconnected for years - in one case a couple of decades.

  • Michael S. Langston||

    They've been talking about it for years - just haven't pushed for full equality yet - but listen closely and you'll hear these words "digital divide" or "digital gap".... so I'd say don't give them any ideas, but they're already traveling down that road.

    After all - who can be expected to survive/thrive in today's society without being connected? Just like - who can survive/thrive in today's society with medical bills?

  • Rich||

    Obama will just step in with "If you like your licenses, you can keep them!"

  • Raven Nation||

    Methinks lines like this are not going away anytime soon.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    It's like when Bush I promised "read my lips-new new taxes," except for the part where the opposition party pressed Bush to break that promise.

  • Tonio||

    My local school district did something similar. Hundreds of PC's sitting in warehouses for three years until they were basically obsolete. These were not "extra" PC's, they were much needed.

  • KDN||

    Not Apple, Pearson. They have every right to continue using the devices after that date, they just have to re-up or find a new e-book provider.

    The cost appears to be about $92 per license annually if my back of the envelope math is right, and only for math and English. Seems a little steep to me.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I see. I know textbooks were expensive but perhaps going back to killing trees to educate our precious youth might be a little more cost effective. Or, surely when the time comes and the schools decide to choose a new app, Pearson will decide to sharpen its pencil.

  • BakedPenguin||

    After the advent of the Internet, textbooks are just crony capitalism for book publishers. There is no reason why K-12 education should have to pay for books, and very little reason why college students should have to, with a possible exception for very new areas of study.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    The LA Unified School District admitted the software licenses they purchased as part of their iPad acquisition will expire within three years, just six months before most students expected to participate in the program will have the devices. Renewal may cost up to $60 million a year after that.

    Idiots doing idiot things because they're idiots.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    50 years ago tomorrow, Lee Harvey Oswald shot C.S. Lewis from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository. #neverforget

  • Andrew S.||

    He was pretty far away, too. From that book suppository building.

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    Oswald got off three rounds with an old Italian bolt action rifle in only six seconds and scored two hits, including a head shot!

  • Caleb Turberville||

    And where'd he learn how to do it?

  • Brett L||

    "Sir, the Marine Corps, Sir!"

  • Mike M.||

    "God has a hard-on for Marines, because we kill everything we see."

  • Enough About Palin||

    8 seconds. Modern day forensics has determined that it is very possible. Oswald was a marksman. Also a Marxman.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    So, it wasn't a capitalist conspiracy but a lone Marxist nut?

    You don't say!

  • Juice||

    Could have been a Marxist conspiracy? Or Oswald was chosen for the job by some non-Marxist group. Like Jack Ruby's friends.

  • Juice||

    From what I've learned about the Carcano rifle, or at least its ammo, I wonder why the hell all ammo isn't made like that. Its flight path is super stable, no wobbling. It's a heavy bullet with lots of powder behind it. The thing can go through all sorts of shit and keep going. It seems like all rifle rounds should be like that one, but they're just not.

  • Brett L||

    And my mother had a teenaged birthday ruined by that asshole.

  • Sevo||

    I got Monday off school!

  • robc||

    Aldous Huxley too. It truly was a magic bullet.

  • Restoras||

    Back, and to the right.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    Louis Alvarez says that the president's odd head-jerk was caused by a suction effect that caused his head to go in the opposite direction his brains were going.

    Also, contrary to the conspiracy theorists, Lee Harvey Oswald had 8 seconds (not 5) and there's no tree obscuring the view of Elm Street from the sniper's nest.

  • Raven Nation||

    And, to the conspiracy claim that Oswald had a shot that was closer, investigation shows the close shot would have had the car moving across his field of vision. The shot he took the car was moving in a straight line away from him.

    Problem is, the evidence makes no difference to believers.

    Deep Throat: Mr. Muldar. Why is is that, despite all the evidence to the contrary, people still believe in the existence of extraterrestrials.

    Agent Muldar: Because all the evidence to the contrary is not entirely persuasive.

  • robc||

    I should point out, as I havent in a while, that it was the writings of CS Lewis that are most responsible for me being a libertarian.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Amazing - was it That Hideous Strength, one of the essays, or Mere Christianity?

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    That Hideous Strength is underrated as a dystopian novel. Plus, [SPOILER ALERT] unlike 1984 and Brave New World, it has Merlin in it.

  • ||

    So that led me to a wiki entry on a Christian Death Metal band called Becoming the Archetype.

    Christian Death Metal?

    Warty, care to comment?

  • Warty||

    It exists. Christian Black Metal would make much less sense.

  • Aloysious||

  • Raven Nation||

    Can you briefly elaborate?

  • Tonio||

    Hey, robc, following up from the other day: Are you now, or have you ever been state married, that is, obtained a marriage license from any government? Also, if so, have you and your missus ever filed income taxes jointly, ever bought property together without forming a corporation, or ever obtained medical info or made medical decisions for the other without executing special paperwork?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    California, meanwhile, is looking to dial back the Obamacare rule that will prohibit insurance companies from dropping policy holders before three consecutive months of non-payment.

    Is everything contained within Obamacare really just a suggestion?

  • Rich||

    Is everything contained within Obamacare really just a suggestion?

  • playa manhattan||

    Yeah. Is the 3 month thing federal law or not?

  • CE||

    More like a set of dials the president and the states can fine tune. Slow down the roll-out, roll back the penalties, ban bad policies, wait a second, allow them....

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    At least until after the next election.

  • LynchPin1477||

    Try breaking the rules and let us know. I think it won't go so well for you.

    For them, on the other hand...

  • Caleb Turberville||

    http://www.timesdaily.com/news.....f6eda.html

    Package of marijuana shuts downs 11 Alabama schools and several businesses.

  • PD Scott||

    Can't people wait until they get home to smoke?

  • Sevo||

    Pretty good shit!

  • Zeb||

    5 miles? What kind of bomb (that could be the size of a phone book) did they think it was that would endanger children in school 5 miles away?

  • PD Scott||

    I think they thought a bomb on a tanker car full of noxious chemicals could cause a toxic cloud that would endanger the chillruns.

  • ||

    The evil weed. It was bound to kill them all. Didn't have to be a bomb.

  • Tonio||

    Well, given their hysteria about guns, this isn't surprising. Schoolteachers and educrats are not a group I'd expect to have particular familiarity with explosives, so they may thing they're exercising sound judgement.

  • Brett L||

    This is old, but my former roommate, who converted has started sending me these. That's a good thing, right?

    Its the girl and grandmother who got SWATTED because some yahoo was using their unsecured wifi to post threats.

  • Andrew S.||

    Is that the case where we had a certain troll commenter blaming the victims for having unsecured wifi? Or was that another unsecured wifi incident?

  • Brett L||

    I think it is the same.

  • CE||

    It's victim blaming all the way down.

  • Andrew S.||

    Looked it up, and indeed it was.

    http://reason.com/blog/2012/06.....lo#comment

    That still pisses me off, and it's been nearly 18 months.

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    Zod, he's an asshole!

  • robc||

    I knew it had to be Tulpa.

  • Tonio||

    It is not uncommon here to hold people accountable for their actions, or for not doing due diligence.

  • Michael S. Langston||

    Sure, but is fully securing a wifi network without every citizen's knowledge base in order to do due diligence?

    Better question - what percentage of citizens currently practice anything approaching due diligence wrt their normal security - like door & window locks?

    Though I think over time that should change - you might be old enough now to say and continue saying "I can't do that stuff" - but as time goes forward, fewer people will be able to claim ignorance.

    It's interesting.

  • playa manhattan||

    Converted?

  • Tonio||

    Yeah, I wondered about that, too.

  • Brett L||

    We weren't gay, just didn't have girlfriends for a while.

  • Restoras||

    Isn't that what gay is? NTTAWWT.

  • Brett L||

    No man, its only gay if you like it. What the hell kind of rules do you play by?

  • BakedPenguin||

    1930's British boarding school rules.

  • Brett L||

    So I'm only gay if I continue to take it after I make the Upper Form? Maybe I'm just considerate.

  • Tonio||

    Oh, my!

  • Brett L||

    He used to be a small-government GOP guy (non-religious), but I kept pointing out that the GOP has no desire to actually shrink government. Combined with an aversion to religion developed at the hands of a fundie step-dad, he wasn't that hard to turn libertarian.

  • JW||

    he wasn't that hard to turn libertarian.

    OH GOD! WHY COULDN'T HE BE GAY?

  • Andrew S.||

    I'm guessing he means "converted" from supporting the police in whatever they do to questioning them.

  • Bo Cara Esq.||

    Kansas SoCons Call on State to Require Counseling for Those Who Want to Form Step-families

    -REQUIRE PREMARITAL COUNSELING FOR THOSE FORMING STEPFAMILIES

    Research has documented higher risks for children in stepfamilies of child adjustment problems, physical abuse, sexual abuse, spousal abuse, spousal violence and preponderance toward another divorce. Kansas should consider additional premarital counseling for those about to form stepfamilies with children to cover important topics such as co-parenting, marital-familial adjustment and unique challenges for step parents. Marriage license issuance would be dependent upon certification of completion of the course.

    http://www.kansasfpc.com/PDF/K.....milies.pdf

  • Andrew S.||

    Between this and the lawsuit against science standards (claiming that teaching evolution is a 1st amendment violation), the Kansas SoCons really want to live up to the stereotypes, don't they?

  • Virginian||

    Teaching anything to children who have been forced to attend with money that was stolen from their parents is certainly a violation of my principles.

  • Restoras||

    ZOCONZ!!!

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    Sno-cones!!!

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine!

  • Nooge.||

    Snoopy Snoopy Poop Dog!

  • trshmnstr||

    Sno-cones!!!

    Winner, winner chicken dinner!

  • kinnath||

    Fuck off bo

  • ||

    LEAVE BLUE TULPA ALONE!!!!!11

  • Bo Cara Esq.||

    It is still interesting how many 'libertarians' here get upset over posts criticizing social conservatives using state power to violate the NAP.

  • Restoras||

    Snocones!!!!

  • kinnath||

    I don't give a shit about social conservatives.

    I'm tired of dumb fuck trolls coming here and pissing in the pool.

  • paranoid android||

    So is your position that anyone posting about a subject which you have no personal interest in is, by definition, a troll?

  • Tonio||

    I, for one, condemn this as unnecessary state intrusion into the lives of it's citizens. It's arguably justifiable that the state continue the long tradition of acting as official record-keepers for marriage since the institution of marriage is a long-established part of human society. It's another for it to get lectured by a functionary about how to live your life when you've committed no crime.

  • Michael S. Langston||

    Not just that - but I met one of the "counselors" for divorcing couples w/kids in the STL region - she does have a masters from a good school... but only 28 without any real life experience with which to speak to people divorcing with children, and that assumes she's smart enough to do well anyway - she's not.

    Scary when 28 year olds with zero life skills are put into these positions - including social workers who can take your children.

    Land of the free....

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Dear Prudence: Help! My employer is offering to pay for my college education if I sleep with her husband

    Dear Prudence,
    I am a sophomore at a prestigious private college. My sister, an alumna of the college, was able to avoid paying rent by living with a very nice family and providing light child care and housework. I was lucky enough to be employed by the same family, making meals and cleaning, but I wasn't sure how much the family would need me now that their youngest is joining the armed forces. The wife travels a lot on business, and there has been tension between the two, but they recently offered me a very interesting proposition: I could stay on as an emotional and sexual companion for the husband when the wife is away! The man is 20 years my senior, and my first initial response was to say no, but now that the shock has worn off, I'm actually intrigued by the idea. I've always been attracted to him, and I'm sure that was clear to them. I know other girls who work at strip clubs, and this is better than having risky sex with college men. It would also be a lot cheaper than paying for a room at college. Is it wrong for me to consider this arrangement?

    Nice rationalization.

  • Brett L||

    I want this guy's life.

  • playa manhattan||

    Hold on there. Let's reserve judgement until we see some pics.

  • The DerpRider||

    They approached her, or he approached her...

  • Juice||

    The wife approached her. At least that's what etiquette dictates.

  • Pro Libertate||

    What did Prudence do, call her a whore?

  • Sevo||

    Pro Libertate|11.21.13 @ 4:38PM|#
    "What did Prudence do, call her a whore?"

    Dunno. They haven't worked out the full price yet.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Prudence sez:

    You’re trying to justify a tawdry and demeaning idea by making fallacious arguments. You assert that since you’re more or less attracted to the middle-aged dad, sleeping with him is better than stripping for a bunch of disgusting strangers, and also better than having lousy—and nonremunerative—sex with your classmates. But you know this is not the total of your financial or sexual options. To make a dent in your expenses you could do what your sister did and live with a family that actually needed child care; you could apply for on-campus jobs; you could be a full-time nanny during summer breaks. I’m worried that if you agree, this arrangement will leave a blight on your memories of your college years, a sense of regret that you traded yourself so cheaply.

    So...slut-shaming from Slate?

  • General Butt Naked||

    What kind of sadistic poopstain advocates taking care of kids over fucking someone attractive?

    Jesus.

  • Dead or In Jail||

    The old, jealous, physically repulsive kind?

  • paranoid android||

    What difference is there, by any ethical/moral metric you want to use, between trading her childcare skills for money and trading her, uh, dick-care skills for money? What makes the latter but not the former "tawdry and demeaning"?

  • Pro Libertate||

    As I thought, Prudence called her a whore.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Dude, it's right there in her name: Prude-nce

  • Pro Libertate||

    Of course. The girl's lucky it wasn't Ann Landers, who would've called a hit on her.

  • John||

    That man has the greatest wife in the history of the universe.

  • The DerpRider||

    Well, the trade off is her doing every businessman she meets in the Marriott lobby bar.

  • John||

    True. But nothing in life is free and she might be doing that anyway without you getting the 20 something.

  • The DerpRider||

    True. I guess we need to review the pics.

  • Pro Libertate||

    If this is real, which it probably isn't, I'd bet he caught her cheating and this is her get-out-of-jail card. That, or they're just swingers.

  • John||

    It's the latter but they want to pretend they are not and are instead doing something deep and emotional.

  • playa manhattan||

    If they're swingers, I can just assume that everyone involved is ugly.

  • Killazontherun||

    ^so true.

  • John||

    Sadly that is probably a good assumption playA.

  • Killazontherun||

    I actually like the fact mine has to suppress the urge to slit my throat when she catches me checking out tail.

  • playa manhattan||

    You can't make this shit up. Or can you?

  • CE||

    Hey, if you're gonna whore yourself out eventually, why not do it for a prestigious private education? And you don't have to live in a dorm!

  • Tonio||

    I see no rationalization. She was approached by the man's wife; there is no "cheating" if all parties agree.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    She's trying to convince herself that she's morally superior to the stripper, the call girl, and the loose woman because she's sleeping with just one guy that pays her.

  • Pro Libertate||

    It's not dirty if your prostitution is just with one guy, see.

  • Bobarian||

    Marriage?

  • BakedPenguin||

    Well personally, I think "mistress" is a better job title (and description) than "hooker".

  • Pro Libertate||

    Concubine.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    That's "courtesan," you mansplainer.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Mr. Prostitute to you, sir.

  • Pro Libertate||

    That's a reference to Yellowbeard, for those who don't know.

  • Tonio||

    Your Seriousness, I missed that part. But long-term exclusive contract workers traditionally feel superior to short-term, fee per service providers so I guess she's working that angle.

  • Tonio||

    Or maybe you have some personal hangup about people owning themselves and freely exchanging goods and services?

  • The DerpRider||

    If she's hot I'm totally okay with this. Otherwise - how dare she!

  • Tonio||

    Oops, sorry.

  • Damned Fool||

    Dear Prudence,

    Opportunity is breaking down my front door and trying to give me a lap dance? Should I take it?

    Seriously, you say that you're attracted to the guy and there's a financial benefit. Unless these are lies to make yourself look good to the readers, this is the best chance you're going to get.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    I bet if she was thinking about working her way through school working for the TSA, there'd be a whole lot more judgmentalism here.

  • paranoid android||

    After reflecting on your post, I've realized that in all seriousness, I believe being a part of the TSA is a much greater moral wrong than prostitution.

  • paranoid android||

    Actually, I shouldn't phrase it that way, because I implied that I believe prostitution to be a moral wrong, which I don't.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    All right, I anticipated this and changed my example, directly below.

  • MJGreen||

    Of course. This 'prostitution' involves only the parties involved, and all of the parties eagerly consent. It's not like we all have to watch their tawdry sex life any time we want to take the red eye.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Better example: If she was thinking about working her way through school by taking a staff job with the Family Research Council, would that be all right, so long as she was attracted to the FRC's ideas and there was a financial benefit?

  • ||

    The FRC promotes using force to curtail everyone else's rights. Whores win again.

  • paranoid android||

    I dunno, what do you mean, "all right"?

    Should she be legally permitted to? Of course.

    Would I support her if I were her friend/advice columnist and she told me she wanted to do this? Well, I'd probably tell her she could do better than working for those assholes, but hey, a job's a job, though it'd probably depend on what she was doing there.

  • Pro Libertate||

    To be sure, what I think people should be legally free to do is miles away from what I think people should do.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    OK, I've got yet another definition of "cosmotarian" -

    "Someone who, in the name of freedom, asserts that working for the Family Research Council is morally worse than becoming the mistress of a married man."

  • paranoid android||

    Am I supposed to be insulted by that?

  • califernian||

    You are laoding the question by using the term mistress instead of prostitute.

    Hands down a libertarian will judge someone harshly for advocating use of force to interfere with adults' private transactions (FRC) vs. some adults engaging in private transactions (older wife setting up a prostitute for husband).

    Duh.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    I'll preempt Bo Peep, Esq. and acknowledge that the FRC is less than libertarian about pornography.

    Apart from that, how does the FRC propose to "interfere with adults' private transactions"? I'm looking at the Web site and there's a lot of anti-abortion, anti-Obamacare, pro-religious-freedom stuff. Some of this is work that even libertarians acknowledge needs to be done - wedding photographers ring a bell?

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    The married guy from the Dear Prudence column? This is his favorite Christmas carol:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mOBUUhsRwc

  • paranoid android||

    Wikipedia also informs me that they oppose all forms of gambling, and I'm pretty sure I don't need to guess their position on drug use. Yeah, real champions of liberty, these guys.

  • waffles||

    California, meanwhile, is looking to dial back the Obamacare rule

    You know a law is crazy when even California thinks it goes too far.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    In Colorado, a 14-year-old Yorkie named Baxter was enrolled through Obamacare.

    Between CO police and Obamacare death panels I give that dog six months.

  • Enough About Palin||

    I give that dog six months.

    That's 3 1/2 dog-years.

  • CE||

    A celebration putting San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee in the spotlight when the Make-a-Wish Foundation helped a boy play Batkid for a day means the act of charity will cost the city $105,000.

    Holy photo-ops Batman! The city could have helped a lot of kids with that cash!

  • Tonio||

    Yeah, but this is the type of feel-good story that people like. You're branded a monster if you criticize.

  • Sudden||

    I did criticize it. And was summarily branded a monster by one of the coldest people I know. It felt really fuckin good.

  • ||

  • Brett L||

    I miss him from the Texans. I think they should have given Cush less cash and kept him.

  • ||

    He's playing pretty well for the Eagles and seems like a nice guy. Maybe I'll see him at Union Transfer.

  • Andrew S.||

    He's the best FA pickup the Eagles have made in recent years. Been a huge boon to the defense. In fact, between him and DeMeco Ryans, the Eagles D owes a lot to the Texans. So, thank you Houston!

  • Bo Cara Esq.||

    -A celebration putting San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee in the spotlight when the Make-a-Wish Foundation helped a boy play Batkid for a day means the act of charity will cost the city $105,000.

    Well of course a politician had to take a act of charity and turn it into a self-centered, bloated party for themselves on the taxpayers dime. It is the kind of alchemy they are great at.

  • Brett L||

    Surely in San Francisco they can raise $105K for a cancer kid, right?

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Gamma-ray burst is the brightest ever seen

    A cosmic explosion caused by the death of a massive star has been analysed by scientists.

    The blast of radiation, called a gamma-ray burst, was spotted earlier this year by space-based telescopes and has been confirmed as the brightest ever seen.

    Researchers believe the distant star was about 20-30 times the mass off the Sun.

    The findings are published in the journal Science.

    The researchers say it took the light from this event about four billion years to reach us.

    Astronomer Prof Paul O'Brien, from the University of Leicester, said: "These events can happen in any galaxy at any time. We have no way to predict them."

    Cool.

  • Rich||

    "We have no way to predict them."

    Great, yet *another* thing to worry about.

  • PD Scott||

    We may already be doomed!

  • CE||

    You know who else was hit by a gamma ray burst?

  • Restoras||

    Godzirra?

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    Lacist!

  • playa manhattan||

    Brack Friday Bunduru!

  • C. Anacreon||

    I laughed uproariously at the "Don't Touch Me, Elmo!" doll's toothpaste dispenser during this three-part episode. Somehow those guys can still come up with hysterical Xmas toys, just as funny as the Mr. Hankie home version (goldfish-style fetching net included)

  • playa manhattan||

    Everything about that doll was funny!

    "Have you ever been tickled on the inside?"

  • PD Scott||

    Bruce Banner?

  • Ice Nine||

    Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds?

  • Ted S.||

    Astronomer Prof Paul O'Brien, from the University of Leicester, said: "These events can happen in any galaxy at any time. We have no way to predict them."

    Technically, they've already happened. Millions of years ago, in fact.

  • PD Scott||

    Like I said above, we may already be doomed.

  • Zeb||

    Depends on how you define "now".

  • Ted S.||

    Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is running a series of ads in Iowa and South Dakota mocking the government’s healthcare.gov problems and suggesting consumers try the company’s website instead.

    Nice insurance company you have there. Shame if something were to happen to it.
  • Rich||

    Oh well, laughter is the best medicine anyway.

  • Ted S.||

    Hmmm. I thought I had closed the blockquote tab in the proper place. That second paragraph is mine.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    10 Ways You Know You're Dating a Real Man

    1) A real man values more than just your looks.

    Is every compliment from him about a different body part? It doesn't matter how creative he can be, if a guy's sole focus is on how you look, or 'talking dirty,' see it as a red flag. A real man will value your personality, your kindness, your intelligence, and who you are as a person, in general. The things he makes you feel good about will be things that you control, not just results of getting lucky in the gene pool.

    2) A real man will never be intimidated by your motivation.

    A man who has goals for himself, will want to be with a woman who has goals for her own life, too. He will never feel intimidated or threatened by a woman who goes after what she wants. He will want to be part of a power couple, rather than a dictatorship. Be mindful of anyone who tries to keep you from pursuing your dreams.

    3) A real man will have more interests than just you.

    I don't mean this in a negative way. You should, of course, be a priority in his life -- but he needs to have a life as well. Interests, friends, hobbies, aspirations. If a man works his entire life around you, it's another red flag -- relationships should be a great part of your life, but not encompass your whole life.

    This was written by a dude, so you know.

  • Rich||

    11) A real man loves Jesus.

  • Francisco d Anconia||

  • Bam!||

    No mention of bacon and eggs, mustache fullness, and woodwork ability.

  • John||

    Sure you value a woman's intelligence and such. But not when you are actually screwing her. And I don't think many women want to have sex with a guy who thinks about her intelligence when they are having sex.

  • Brett L||

    Well, I think he means a loving relationship. I certainly want my wife to have goals beyond spending my money and raising children that don't embarrass her.

  • John||

    True. But the children part is pretty all consuming for a few years at least.

  • Pro Libertate||

    He's either gay or looking to score sympathy sex.

  • John||

    How about this. A real man does obsess about what a real man is of is not.

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    Tortured typing skills, but I got our point. Your posts always make me happy.

  • Generic Stranger||

    Your posts always make me happy.

    NTTAWWT

  • cavalier973||

    John's posts make real men gay.

  • Zeb||

    I'd say that is definitely a necessary quality for a real man to have. But I can't be bothered since authenticity of that sort is really a silly concept all around.

  • Brett L||

    A real man will cut you right the fuck out of his life if you go through his shit, demand email passwords, etc. without explicit permission. Nor will he go through your stuff.

  • John||

    ^^THIS^^

  • playa manhattan||

    Yep. That's insecure juvenile bullshit.

  • paranoid android||

    I wish I could quote this a million times. There's a disturbingly large number of people who see snooping through phones, email, etc. as perfectly natural or understandable. Fucking crazy, all of them.

    And I say this as someone who's never really had anything I needed to hide from a significant other.

  • playa manhattan||

    I have nothing to hide either. But, if a girl can't recognize that at the outset, I want nothing to do with her.

  • edcoast||

    or allowing your entire life to be controlled by the other. Knew a guy years ago, who, when discussing weekend "plans," said "My weekends are my wife's." I found that immensely sad.

  • Damned Fool||

    A real man doesn't care what James Michael Sama thinks.

  • Enough About Palin||

    lucky in the gene pool

    This phrase is turning up a lot in progressive writing lately. I find that disturbing.

  • Juice||

    Is every compliment from him about a different body part?

    Uh, real men don't give compliments.

  • John||

    The latest lefty talking point is that sure Obamacare is going badly. But that doesn't mean the dems are incompetent. It just means that no one can succeed without the help of the opposition. That is right Obama would be a success is those racist republicans would just help him.

  • PD Scott||

    Clearly the healthcare.gov website is sentient and all the opposition is giving it performance anxiety.

  • LynchPin1477||

    Is Viagra covered by Obamacare?

  • Brett L||

    Skynet doesn't launch the nukes until we try to shut it down.

  • C. Anacreon||

    How about a nice game of chess?

  • Bo Cara Esq.||

    -That is right Obama would be a success is those racist republicans would just help him.

    I thought they were supposed to just shut up and get in the back seat.

  • Michael S. Langston||

    I thought they were supposed to just shut up and get in the back seat.

    According to Senate Dems, this is exactly what elected Republicans should do.

  • Emmerson Biggins||

    well, maybe the next time, they'll think twice before pushing an overhaul of 16% of the economy thru on a party-line vote.

    HaHa! just kidding.

  • Michael S. Langston||

    lol - see new senate rules :)

  • Rich||

    The nomination of Janet Yellen passed the Senate Banking Committee 14-8, and is now headed for a full Senate vote.

    Brr. There's just something about her voice. Give me the Bernank any day.

  • creech||

    Her chief qualification appears to be "I know where the 'start' button is on the printing press."

  • Marshall Gill||

    At this point, don't you mean "I don't know where the 'off' button is on the printing presses"

  • LynchPin1477||

    In Colorado, a 14-year-old Yorkie named Baxter was enrolled through Obamacare.

    It took me a while to realize you were talking about the dog breed and not some obscure British slang for a punk from York.

  • ||

    Yeah, that was my first thought too.

  • Sevo||

    ..."California, meanwhile, is looking to dial back the Obamacare rule that will prohibit insurance companies from dropping policy holders before three consecutive months of non-payment. California will continue to apply its own rule, which prohibits companies from dropping policyholders within a one-month grace period."...

    I think In re Neagle applies here, correct? Or is this not a law-law?

  • np||

    Did SugarFree start his own bookstore?

    Sex with my Stepsisters

  • playa manhattan||

    You "accidentally" stumbled across the site, eh?

  • np||

    yep, just like those youtube comments that ask "how did I get here?"

  • playa manhattan||

    [When Homer answers the door]
    Homer: Awww. This isn't gonna be about Jesus, is it?

    Reverend Lovejoy: All things are about Jesus, Homer. Except this. Your son has been working in a burlesque house.

    Helen Lovejoy: Principal Skinner saw him with his own eyes.

    (Principal Skinner appears from behind Reverend Lovejoy.)

    Principal Skinner: That's true, but I was only in there to get directions on how to get away from there.

  • ||

    Same as it ever was.
    Same as it ever was.
    Same as it ever was.
    Same as it ever was.

  • playa manhattan||

    "Colorado's #1 brother-sister news team!"

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    White House imposes restrictions on independent photography

    Obama's image-makers are taking advantage of new technologies that democratized the media, subverting independent news organizations that hold the president accountable. A generation ago, a few mainstream media organizations held a monopoly on public information about the White House. Today, the White House itself is behaving monopolistic.

    The fast-moving trend is hampering reporters and videographers who cover the White House, but Mills' profession has probably been hardest hit. "As surely as if they were placing a hand over a journalist's camera lens, officials in this administration are blocking the public from having an independent view of important functions of the Executive Branch of government," reads a letter delivered today to Carney by the WHCA and several member news organizations including The Associated Press and The New York Times.

    The letter includes examples of important news events that were not covered by media photographers, and yet pictures were taken by the White House image team and widely distributed via social media. This happens almost daily.

    Unlike media photographers, official White House photographers are paid by taxpayers and report to the president. Their job is to make Obama look good. They are propagandists – in the purest sense of the word.

  • Bam!||

    Unlike media photographers, official White House photographers are paid by taxpayers and report to the president. Their job is to make Obama look good. They are propagandists – in the purest sense of the word.

    Budget crisis, huh? Crushing debt, you say?

  • paranoid android||

    These days, attempting to burnish the President's image is probably one of the few tasks the White House considers absolutely essential.

  • CatoTheElder||

    Has anybody else noticed that the Dems no longer refer to PPACA as "ObamaCare"?

    Is that what the Anointed One meant when he said that it had to be "re-branded"?

  • Pro Libertate||

    No. The new campaign calls it RepublicanPartycare.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    http://business.time.com/2013/.....?hpt=hp_t3

    Costco apologizes for labeling the Bible as "fiction."

  • paranoid android||

    Alternate headline: Costco apologizes for truthful advertising

  • Sevo||

    Prolly as much non-fiction as the average James Bond novel. You know, place names, that sort of stuff.

  • Enough About Palin||

    I'm not certain that allegory is the same as fiction. Are The Dialogues of Plato in the fiction section?

  • Enough About Palin||

    You can't spell out Digital Millennium Copyright Act even once?

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Obese is the new normal

    Yes, I love this! Because I get that plus-size models are often much smaller than the people who actually wear plus-size clothes, I just don't understand why that is. Or why it still is. I want to see the Asos Curve stuff on bodies that look like mine. Seeing something on a size 8 model doesn't give me any clue how a dress is going to hang on my larger body. I still buy it and wing it — because, often, what choice do I have? — but how cool is it to see lingerie meant for larger bodies actually on larger bodies? And it looks damn good!

    Plus, this helps normalize larger bodies and makes us more comfortable with body diversity. We're so bombarded with images of thinner women that when we see fat bodies, it can be cringe-inducing. But if we see bigger bodies more and more often — and not as the headless fat army coming to eat all your high-cholesterol treats — the more we'll just accept these images as normal. Because they are normal — it's what many bodies look like, and all bodies are worthy of respect. And I, for one, absolutely love seeing larger bodies looking gorgeous in lingerie.

    Paging John and Sarc!

  • John||

    I don't see where fat is new normal. We have more fat people than we used to. But fat is still not attractive and not what people want to be. So there is nothing normal about it.

  • From the Tundra||

    Absolutely. It isn't normal, it's an invitation to monster health problems. Fuck, how about "normalizing larger bodies" by making them fit? Or is that too much to ask of our enlightened Jezzies?

  • John||

    Exactly. If huge numbers of people got some new form of vd would having VD be the new normal?

  • Enough About Palin||

  • trshmnstr||

    HPV is estimated to be the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States.Most sexually active men and women will probably acquire genital HPV infection at some point in their lives. The American Social Health Association reported estimates that about 75-80% of sexually active Americans will be infected with HPV at some point in their lifetime.By the age of 50 more than 80% of American women will have contracted at least one strain of genital HPV. In the United States, it is estimated that 10% of the population has an active HPV infection, 4% has an infection that has caused cytological abnormalities, and an additional 1% has an infection causing genital warts.[152]
    Estimates of HPV prevalence vary from 14% to more than 90%.[153] One reason for the difference is that some studies report women who currently have a detectable infection, while other studies report women who have ever had a detectable infection.[154][155] Another cause of discrepancy is the difference in strains that were tested for.
    One study found that, during 2003–2004, at any given time, 26.8% of women aged 14 to 59 were infected with at least one type of HPV. This was higher than previous estimates; 15.2% were infected with one or more of the high-risk types that can cause cancer.[146][156]
    The prevalence for high-risk and low-risk types is roughly similar over time.[146]
  • Zeb||

    Yeah, that is more or less what normal means. Normal doesn't mean good or optimal.

  • country bumpkin||

    It to normal to be in debt. Therefore I am wise to take on more debt.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Actually, slightly overweight is a bit healthier than skinny. The key word there is "slightly," which does not describe either of the pictured women.

  • paranoid android||

    I like her pathologically chipper, forced-upbeat attitude towards it, because then it's much funnier when I imagine her typing this while sobbing loudly into a box of Hostess cupcakes.

  • Enough About Palin||

    "Seeing something on a size 8 model doesn't give me any clue how a dress is going to hang on my larger body."

    Imagine a circus. Now picture the big-top.

  • ||

    It strikes me as just ridiculous that this walking tub of Crisco is so concerned about whether she'll look better in a yellow tent with blue stripes, or a blue tent with yellow stripes.

  • playa manhattan||

    Aren't fat people supposed to avoid stripes altogether?

  • ||

    That might be unavoidable if horizontal fat rolls count as stripes.

  • Zeb||

    I still buy it and wing it — because, often, what choice do I have?

    You, know, there are these things called dressing rooms where you can try on clothes before you buy them to see if you look good in them. There are even special stores for the morbidly obese to find appropriate clothing in. Or if you are too fat to get out of the house, most online retailers will accept returns.

  • OldMexican||

    Seeing something on a size 8 model doesn't give me any clue how a dress is going to hang on my larger body.


    Dresses don't hang over your larger body, they tent over it.

  • CatoTheElder||

    Gross. There is no way anything beyond Rubenesque will ever be anything other than repulsive to any normal man, and these sows are fatter than anything in a Ruben painting.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/.....nick-foles

    Has Nick Foles finally ended Mike Vick's career?

  • John||

    No. Too many teams have horrible quarterbacks. Some one will take a chance on Vick next year.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    Yeah, but he's 33 and injury-prone. If he wants to stay in the league until at least 38, he's gonna have to find a team, pronto.

  • John||

    He will. I bet he goes to Minnesota or Tampa Bay.

  • From the Tundra||

    No. Please God, no.

  • Killazontherun||

    Vick is pretty good in the right set up. I wouldn't be freaking out until after you get a look at the rest of the roster.

  • Killazontherun||

    I've always had a soft spot for the team and town, but, man, did not care for them during the McNabb run. Too much fucking drama to justify the shitty output.

  • From the Tundra||

    We've seen an amazing number of washed-up QBs roll through this town. Jim McMahon, Randall Cunningham, Warren Moon, McNabb. Fuck it, the Vikes need to tank and grab Johnny Football.

  • Sevo||

    "Too much fucking drama to justify the shitty output."

    Hey, I get drama. Watch Kaepernick try to get the snap off before the clock runs out on every damn paaly!
    That's drama!

  • Killazontherun||

    To see Alex Smith lead arguably the best team in the league (I'd say Seattle) now, is so very yummy. They really dicked him for that flash in the pan. What the hell were they thinking?

  • Pro Libertate||

    I echo this prayer.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    Geez-Louise, after only 8 games played this season, he has a QB rating 128. That's higher than Peyton Manning.

  • Andrew S.||

    There was a great video on Philly.com that showed how many consecutive INTs Foles would have to throw to have the same QB rating as certain QBs. Peyton was the best, and Foles would still have to throw 3 straight INTs to "match" him. Think it was like 28 for Eli. :)

  • Caleb Turberville||

    To Michael Vick's credit, before he was injured, he had season rating of 86, which for him, is pretty high.

    I don't really see where Vick was doing anything wrong. It's just that the team looks better with Foles.

  • BakedPenguin||

    They were showing stats in one of the games (in a runner at the bottom of the screen). At one point last Sunday, Chad Henne had a 155 QB rating for the day.

  • ||

    He also has a ton of pass plays of 20+ yards, but no interceptions. Pretty amazing.

  • PD Scott||

    Life's ruff.

  • BiMonSciFiCon||

    That's a real dog of a pun.

  • Sevo||

    So the Bay Area Rapid Transit district is run by elected officials, who are elected by voters, some of whom are the union workers at BART, and it seems the officials 'mistakenly' included a 6wk Family Leave clause in the new contract and ask the workers to please give it back.
    Ha and ha!
    http://www.sfgate.com/news/art.....999115.php
    Now the workers are by and large paid at least 2 to 3 times what they are worth, and I'm guessing the same is true of the management.

  • John||

    I love it when prog sacred cows collide. You can't have affordable mass transit and gold plated public employee compensation. Which is it going to be choo choos or the SEIU?

  • Andrew S.||

    Why can't you have both? Obviously if those rich executives would take lower salaries and those rich people paid more property taxes, we could have gold plated public employee compensation AND low cost mass transit!

  • C. Anacreon||

    Why can't you have both? Obviously if those rich executives would take lower salaries and those rich people paid more property taxes, we could have gold plated public employee compensation AND low cost mass transit!

    You must be from here in the Bay Area. That's exactly what the local Letters-to-the-Editor keep saying. The BART employees are just part of our "rapidly-disappearing middle class" that the tea party wants to destroy.

    What Sevo didn't mention is the added benefit of six weeks PAID family leave per year on top of already very generous vacation and sick time allowances. (Federal law only requires access to unpaid family leave, of course, but their's is at full pay.) The management wanted people to use up their sick time before the family time would kick in, like even most overly-generous government jobs require. But no, that wasn't enough for the people who are paid packages of $140,000 per year in salary and bennies for pushing a "start" and "stop" button on an automated train. No, now they can claim they need to care for a "sick aunt" for six weeks paid vacation each year, and still have six more weeks paid vacation and sick time left to use.

    The question with BART employees is, do they ever have to even be at work?

  • np||

    Class warfare! Workers replaced with machines!

    Another Valley veteran quoted in the article, UserVoice CEO Richard White, offered his own solution to the problem of BART strikes: “Get ‘em back to work, pay them whatever they want, and then figure out how to automate their jobs so this doesn’t happen again.”

    Ahhhhh. I do love the smell of class warfare in the morning! It’s hard to be more explicit than Lacy and White: Union workers are parasites and their jobs should be replaced by machines! The proletariat deserve their station in life. Those are not values one normally associates with the coastal enclaves of Northern California. But if Silicon Valley’s position is, you better not fight us because we will eat you and spit out your jobs, then, yeah, there’s a reason why so many people are hating on the techies. The Valley was arrogant during the dot-com boom, but it wasn’t Russian-aristocracy-before-the-revolution arrogance. This is worse.
  • John||

    These are the same people who support green policies that have left areas of central California with 25% or higher unemployment. They are scum of the first order.

  • np||

  • OldMexican||

    But there is no correlation between a higher minimum wage and unemployment! The progs told me so, then it must be true!

  • Cytotoxic||

    To be fair, the min wage could be associated with other laws and policy that has more impact. But yeah...

  • cavalier973||

    Well, a higher minimum wage means that people can actually BUY things, which causes economic growth. So this article, which I have not read, is wrong.

    /progtard

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    3 women pass Marine Corps infantry training; Corps holds off on deploying them to infantry

    For the first time, three enlisted women have passed the Marine Corps’ grueling infantry course, carrying the same rifles and lugging the same 85-pound packs on the same 12-mile hikes through the piney woods of North Carolina as the men.

    The female Marines are scheduled to graduate Thursday at Camp Geiger, N.C. — a historic development as the U.S. military prepares to open ground combat forces to women. But in a twist, the three women — identified Thursday as Pfc. Julia Carroll, Pfc. Christina Fuentes Montenegro and Pfc. Katie Gorz -- still won’t be allowed to serve in an infantry unit, at least not for a long while.

    Marine Corps leaders say they need two more years to study whether it makes sense to allow women to serve as grunts. They note that no woman has passed the even more challenging infantry training course for officers (10 have tried). Before making a final decision, they said, they want to see many more female Marines try to pass the courses so the results can be evaluated.

    “Any force-wide changes to be made will occur only after we have conducted our research, determined the way ahead and set the conditions to implement our recommendations,” Capt. Maureen Krebs, a Marine spokes­woman, said in an e-mail.

  • OldMexican||

    Marine Corps leaders say they need two more years to study whether it makes sense to allow women to serve as grunts.


    Huh. I don't understand the hesitation. Let them graduate and send them off to the front lines so they can serve as something else besides grunts, at least.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    It’s hard to be more explicit than Lacy and White: Union workers are parasites and their jobs should be replaced by machines! The proletariat deserve their station in life.

    I wonder how outraged this person was by the suggestion Boeing workers should expropriate the owners.

  • Sevo||

    "I wonder how outraged this person was by the suggestion Boeing workers should expropriate the owners."

    I also wonder if that person would pay for that computer if it were assembled by 'craftsmen'. I can imagine the howl at being 'ripped off!'.

  • ||

    Why does anyone ask Prudence for advice?

  • Killazontherun||

    She comes out to play.

  • BakedPenguin||

  • Ska||

    Ah, you douche.

  • BakedPenguin||

    [maniacal laughter]

  • Ska||

    I thought that was Swan, Rembrandt and Mercy.

  • General Butt Naked||

    Deregulating cabs is bad because rape... and Ayn Rand.

    Jesus.

  • OldMexican||

    The repetitive preoccupation with Ayn Rand and libertarianism in generals suggests to me that the progs are beginning to feel the sappers digging below the walls...

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    Fear!

    This is me giggling!

  • Cytotoxic||

    Oh they should be afraid. Even their domination of culture and the media is just not enough to pull off the charade and keep up the house of cards. We're winning.

  • Juice||

    Ayn Rand always does come with a little dollop of rape.

  • Cytotoxic||

    ...the Cult of Disruption: the faddish Silicon Valley concept which essentially boils down to “let us do whatever we want, otherwise we’ll bully you on the Internet until you do.”

    He's projecting.

  • Cytotoxic||

    … we may ultimately look back on these days with misty eyes. If the current crop of Disruptive entrepreneurs continues to grow rich — Kalanick already invests up to $1 million per year in startups — the next generation of Disruption will likely by founded by Randroids, funded by other Randroids.

    Boner!

  • Rhywun||

    In Colorado, a 14-year-old Yorkie named Baxter was enrolled through Obamacare

    Obama, questioned about the incident, answered that he was certain enough healthy young puppies would be "convinced" to join in order to offset Yorkie's pre-existing conditions.

  • OldMexican||

    The nomination of Janet Yellen passed the Senate Banking Committee 14-8, and is now headed for a full Senate vote.


    The continuation of Q.E. is now guaranteed; the dollar is carried off to the gallows while saying its goodbyes to weeping family members and friends.

  • OldMexican||

    From the 24/7 Newsfeed:

    Home-schooled children may become subject to truancy laws in Iowa

    Iowa's home-schooled children won't have to take standardized tests, but they are subject to state truancy laws, under rules approved Wednesday by the Iowa State Board of Education.

    Still, there's little school officials have power to do if they think home-schooled children are violating truancy laws.

    "Basically, the law has shifted, so there's less of a burden on the districts. The district has to make a good-faith attempt, they can ask for information," said Mike Cormack, policy liaison for the Iowa Board of Education. "In the scenario where there's no response, the district has done what the district can do."

    The next step, Cormack said, would be for someone who thinks a child is not getting classwork done at their home school to contact local authorities.


    "We need snitches. Please sign here. Your country needs you."

  • Killazontherun||

    All your children belong to us!

  • Libertymike||

    Yeah, but what about Broncos-Pats, Sunday night?

  • Killazontherun||

    I'm hoping for to restock some highly potent TBT. Two losses in a row, make it rain, baby!

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    "The next step,...would be for someone who thinks a child is not getting classwork done at their [government] school to contact local authorities."

    There, that will give them a bit of extra work and take the pressure off the homeschoolers.

  • OldMexican||

    Virtual-Currency Craze Spawns Some Crazy Stuff Out There! Unregulated! Oh, My!

    A "cryptocurrency" craze has spawned more than 80 entrants, from peercoin and namecoin, to worldcoin and hobonickels. In October and November alone, developers launched gridcoin, fireflycoin and zeuscoin. Bbqcoin has enjoyed a renaissance after a false start in 2012. Litecoin, launched in 2011, has turned into the strongest bitcoin alternative.

    The new coins generally use the same basic principles as bitcoin but have slightly different algorithms or rules that can speed up transactions or change the frequency and difficulty with which the coins are awarded.

    Because none of the coins are as widely accepted or used as bitcoin, investors place a fraction of bitcoin's value on the upstarts.
  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Two questions:

    1) Which is the late-night open thread?

    2) On that thread, would you like me to link to the Scottsboro Boys story from Alabama, or the story from California about how they're repealing all their prolife laws?

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