A.M. Links: Capitol Hill Staffers Warned Not to Trust Obamacare Website, US Government Lobotomized About 2,000 Veterans After World War II, South African Fake Sign Language Interpreter Claims He Was Hallucinating

  • sasl for fytw?screen capStaffers on Capitol Hill are being warned not to assume they’ve successfully enrolled in Obamacare just because they completed the process at healthcare.gov and the website confirmed their enrollment, but to seek confirmation in person.
  • Legislators in New York plan on introducing a bill to legalize marijuana in the state, where currently even medicinal marijuana is illegal.
  • An appeals court in Florida ruled students attending the state’s public universities cannot be prohibited from keeping their guns in cars parked on campus.
  • The US government lobotomized about 2,000 soldiers it found to be mentally ill after World War II, according to historical research by the Wall Street Journal.
  • The police chief in Durham, North Carolina claims a teenager who died in custody last month shot himself while handcuffed in a squad car, something the chief pointed out has “happened in other jurisdictions”.
  • A detective with the Arizona state police resigned after uncovering that she was in the country illegally; she says her parents had told her she was born in the US but that she was actually born in Mexico.
  • George H.W. Bush joined Twitter this week, already accumulating more than 70,000 followers with just one tweet.
  • The fake sign language interpreter from the Nelson Mandela memorial, who had previously fake signed for the ANC, says he was hallucinating, while officials say they can’t track down the owners of the company they hired him through.

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  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    Staffers on Capitol Hill are being warned not to assume they’ve successfully enrolled in Obamacare just because they completed the process at healthcare.gov and the website confirmed their enrollment, but to seek confirmation in person.

    My flights to Seattle to check on my Amazon orders are getting expensive.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    I got my Redline watch in two days using Amazon Prime (USA).

    Maybe they should us Amazon!

  • itsnotmeitsyou||

    Two refreshes and no FIST!?! HAS THE WORLD GONE MAD?

  • waffles||

    I'm starting to get worried.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I'm pouting.

  • Lord Humungus||

    sure, all this concern over FoE, but no love for the ruler of the wasteland. Typical.

  • UnCivilServant||

    We all know you saunter in whenever you're ready.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Exactly. Getting the gang together, prepping your high tech audio / PA equipment for your speeches takes time, and we've gotten used to that.

  • gaijin||

    The fake sign language interpreter from the Nelson Mandela memorial, who had previously fake signed for the ANC, says he was hallucinating,

    Perhaps he was just possessed by the spirit of Mandela?

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    This is getting better and better.

    I was watching a video of him next to a real interpreter. He kept doing the same signs. It was fucking god dang hilarious. I couldn't take it it was so funny.

  • Gbob||

    I'm just amazed we were able to see his signing over the size of his balls.

  • DJF||

    “””””says he was hallucinating”””

    So Mandela isn’t dead?

  • DJF||

    Was he hallucinating when he was signing “Kill the Boer”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fzRSE_p1Ys

  • WTF||

    He may have been channeling Mandela.

  • Marc F Cheney||

    I'm kind of surprised he didn't blame it on a sorceror.

  • The Last American Hero||

    Weekend at Bernies II style?

  • sarcasmic||

    The police chief in Durham, North Carolina claims a teenager who died in custody last month shot himself while handcuffed in a squad car, something the chief pointed out has “happened in other jurisdictions”.

    So it's not that uncommon for cops to execute handcuffed teenagers and get away with it? That's not surprising.

  • mr simple||

    An autopsy confirmed the self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    They looked at his brain and saw the intent. The science is settled!

  • BardMetal||

    Yeah how exactly can an autopsy determine if a gunshot was self-inflicted or not?

  • Swiss Servator, Alps avast!||

    They asked the cops! SCIENCE!

  • Floridian||

    "Yeah how exactly can an autopsy determine if a gunshot was self-inflicted or not?"

    Powder residue on the victims hands and angle of entry.

  • R C Dean||

    Angle of entry doesn't rule out cop-inflicted. Not even close.

    Now, powder residue might be dispositive, but I'd have to know a lot more detail about it.

  • sarcasmic||

    Sometimes I wonder if these coroners do their work surrounded by a half dozen large men in uniform, resting their hands on their weapons.

  • Tejicano||

    I'm still not convinced. It seems pretty easy to imagine that if one was about to be shot in the head that one's hands might be on that gun trying to keep it from happening. How owuld they conclusively know the difference?

  • sarcasmic||

    NSA chief says there's 'no other way' to protect Americans than to collect billions of phone and internet records


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new.....s-way.html

  • Rich||

    With all due respect, General Alexander, I submit that banning clothing is another, probably *more* protective, way.

  • Ted S.||

    Everyone will be forced to wear their underwear on the outside.

  • lafe.long||

    +1 Puppet Masters

  • gaijin||

    NSA chief says there's 'no other way'

    Why not just imprison everyone? Or ban travel? Or would he have some principled objection to those tactics?

  • pan fried wylie||

    Or would he have some principled objection to those tactics?

    Not wanting to do all that work would be a principle, yeah? I mean, collecting data, that's a breeze. Pop in a new tape every couple hours, then kick back and get back to catching up on netflix.

    Universal imprisonment (in a building, or just the country-as-prison) would be such a goddamn hassle. Can you imagine the amount of whining?

  • gaijin||

    Not wanting to do all that work would be a principle, yeah?

    Indeed. Lazy AND unable to admit to fallibility. A winning combination!

  • pan fried wylie||

    TOP. MEN.

  • sarcasmic||

    Ex-cop sentenced to 25 years for shooting 'looter' in the wake of Hurricane Katrina is cleared at retrial
    Former New Orleans police officer David Warren has been acquitted of the shooting of Henry Glover, 31, in the days after Hurricane Katrina
    Warren had been found guilty in 2010 and sentenced to nearly 26 years
    Last year an appeals court ordered a new trial after ruling he should have been tried separately from officers charged with covering-up the death
    An ex-colleague said Warren told him shortly after the shooting that he believed looters were 'animals' who deserved to be shot
    After the verdict was read, Glover's sister, Patrice, started wailing and had to be carried out of the courtroom
    Warren's family embraced each other and fought back tears
    On his release Walker said: 'We have spent years talking about something that lasted seconds'


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

    Warren testified that he feared for his life when he shot Glover because he thought he saw a gun in his hand


    Magic words.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    At some point one would think the 'feared for my life' line will be met with skepticism in the halls of public opinion and the law.

  • Ted S.||

    Anybody accused of killing a poilce officer ought to try this defence. Complete with case law of where it was considered a valid defense.

  • sarcasmic||

    Has anyone ever gotten away with killing a police officer in self defense? I've tried looking it up to no avail.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    Franklin & Bash should try it.

  • SugarFree||

    Franklin & Bash... Rissoli & Isles... TNT became Logo so gradually barely anyone even noticed...

  • Cliché Bandit||

    ANGIE HARMON hmmmm.....politics aside she is smoking hot.

  • Andrew S.||

    I know I've heard/seen Balko talk about one case where that happened. Can't remember the exact circumstances though.

  • ||

    There was a case in Titusville, FL in the early 90s.

    I posted a link for it here once but I've since lost it.

  • MJGreen||

    There was the guy that killed a cop when they invaded his home in the early morning (aka a no-knock raid), and I think he was acquitted. Or maybe I just prefer to believe he was.

  • ||

    Corey Maye was sent to Mississippi death row for shooting a cop that invaded his home (IIRC without a warrant). His sentence, due in part to Balko's intercession, was reduced and he was released for time served.

    As far as I know, no one has actually been found not guilty by reason of self defense.

  • ||

    In February 1989, police in Titusville, Florida raid the home of 58-year-old Charles DiGristine, a retired painter. As a flashbang grenade detonates near the front door, DiGristine's wife screams, and DiGristine runs to his bedroom to get a handgun. Officer Stephen House, dressed in dark clothing and a black mask, charges into the bedroom with his gun drawn. DiGristine shoots and kills him. Police raided on information from an anonymous informant that the house was being used by armed drug dealers. They found only a small amount of marijuana belonging to DiGristine's son. DiGristine was charged and tried for first-degree murder. A jury acquitted him. When DiGristine then filed suit against the city for the raid in 1990, the Titusville city manager responded, "It appears from the publicity achieved by filing very close to the anniversary date of this occurrence that it fits with the overall plan of greed and publicity." Sources: "Man Innocent of Police Murder During Drug Raid," United Press International, August 17, 1989. Lynne Bumpus-Hooper, "DiGristine Sues Titusville Over Drug Raid," Orlando Sentinel, February 15, 1990.

    From Botched Paramilitary Police Raids map at Cato.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Has anyone ever gotten away with killing a police officer in self defense?

    There was a case from the 1910's but I can't find it.

  • ||

    maybe this is why the 'guns as dangerous totem' message is pushed so shrilly

  • Outlaw||

    I'm guessing the guy he killed wasn't even a looter. If he really was, piggy probably wouldn't need to lie about it.

    Real looters deserve to be shot.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    Real looters deserve to be shot.

    Perhaps by the people who're being looted while they're actively being looted, especially if they're taking food or other supplies needed to survive an emergency situation.

    But being summarily executed by some self-righteous cop after the fact? That's murder.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Why?

  • sarcasmic||

    Video reveals the horrifying moment a corrections officer slams inmate's head against a concrete wall
    Charles Broaderick smashes James Duckworth's head against the jail wall in Marion County, Florida after accusing the man of spitting at him
    He then pins Duckworth to the wall by his neck as the man starts to bleed
    Duckworth, who had been arrested before the October incident for driving under the influence, needed stitches
    Broaderick was arrested and now faces an assault charge - he has also been put on unpaid leave while the case continues


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new.....-wall.html
    Give it a couple years and he'll be acquitted and awarded back pay.

  • wareagle||

    the one common thread in these stories, he said without any irony, is that you only find them in The Daily Freaking Mail.

  • sarcasmic||

    How is a newspaper expected to have access to information from the police if they print articles that show law enforcement in a bad light?

  • wareagle||

    access actual reporting. Journo professors never taught that, which probably explains why there were teaching instead of still reporting. It must the profession's prime directive.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    access actual reporting. Journo professors never taught that, which probably explains why there were teaching instead of still reporting. It must the profession's prime directive.

    It absolutely is. Gaining and keeping access is the only way to further one's career prospects, but it sure is a terrible thing for the public that relies on the information that journos are supposed to provide.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Out here in the real world ' Gaining and keeping access" translates into acting as propaganda agents for the government that you cover.

    Journalists had to kill the free press to save it, or something.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Out here in the real world ' Gaining and keeping access" translates into acting as propaganda agents for the government that you cover.

    Journalists had to kill the free press to save it, or something.

  • Restoras||

    Don't forget the promotion.

  • CampingInYourPark||

    Putin the SoCon:

    Speaking as a worldwide protest movement grows against the Kremlin's anti-gay stance, Mr Putin upbraided the West for treating "good and evil" equally.
    In his 70-minute televised speech from an ornate Kremlin hall, Mr Putin pledged to defend traditional family values, which he said were the foundation of Russia's greatness and a bulwark against "so-called tolerance - genderless and infertile."

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new.....s-war.html

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    They love Putin over at Free Republic. He is their kind of leader - authoritarian, militaristic, and reactionary.

  • Ted S.||

    What does this have to do with anything?

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Putin the SoCon:

    Are you kidding?

  • WTF||

    Don't lock eyes with 'em, don't do it. Puts 'em on edge. They might go into berzerker mode; come at you like a whirling dervish, all fists and elbows. You might be screaming "No, no, no" and all they hear is "Who wants cake?" Let me tell you something: They all do. They all want cake.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    He is their kind of leader - authoritarian, militaristic, and reactionary.

    Sounds like Obama.

  • DontShootMe||

    Well, Putin is also effective and competent, so the comparison only holds so far.

  • ||

    It's starting to seem that Rick Perry is moonlighting as Putin (or Putin as Rick Perry).

    They have similar stature. Why with a little nose prosthetic, a wig, and some additive process for the jawline when Perry... just saying... it's possible.

  • gaijin||

    what?

  • Tonio||

    Something about cake. Just back away slowly.

  • pan fried wylie||

    Fun Fact, Rick Perry and Vlad Putin are both characters portrayed by Fred Savage as avantgarde performance pieces.

  • Pope Jimbo||

    Wouldn't be the first time. I remember reading a fine expose in the Weekly World News about how Gorbachev had been moonlighting for years as Roy Orbison.

    When glasnost hit and Gorby got too popular he had to kill of his alter ego Roy.

    G-orba-chev Orbi-son. See? They also had photos where a picture of Gorby with dark glasses photoshopped on was shown next to Roy. Proof Positive!

  • robc||

    Isnt a a SoCom?

  • robc||

    Isnt "he".

    Gah.

  • Tonio||

    Don't quit your day job, robc.

  • robc||

    It isnt very funny, but is true.

  • Swiss Servator, Alps avast!||

    Are you here all of the week?

  • robc||

    Try the veal like substance.

  • seguin||

    SoCom sounds like a mod for XCom. Except instead of aliens, it's teh gays.

  • Coeus||

    I know I said I was done picking on them, but but this is insane.

    That is absolutely the right approach. This school district is interested not only in protecting the female student from unwanted touching, but in conveying to the male student that what he's doing is not right and will not be tolerated. Conveying that unwanted sexual attention is unacceptable is the most basic form of rape prevention.

    And treating a zero tolerance policy on unwanted touching like an "overreaction" is the most basic form of rape apologia.
  • Tonio||

    It's a real dilemma, Coeus. At what point does one decide a writer has crossed the line between sanity and insanity and stop responding to them?

  • mr simple||

    "Respect a kid when they say, 'No' to a kiss or hug or other affection."

    Yes! This happens so rarely. More often, kids are ordered to show affection: "Give your grandpa a kiss." And then the order is repeated, more sternly, until they do it. Little kids are taught that adults' desire to show and receive affection from them should override their own wishes.

    Forcing a small child to show affection to their grandparents is rape!

  • wwhorton||

    Well I know that my enhanced tolerance for slavery is a direct result of my being forced--well, at least asked pointedly--to mow the lawn as a teenager.

  • lap83||

    The rampant unsated sexual lust of a 6 year old boy must be crushed before he becomes a raping machine.

    Yeah, she is literally insane.

  • sarcasmic||

    The cutest carol concert ever: Little schoolgirl SIGNS as kindergarten class sings so her deaf parents can enjoy the show too

    Five-year-old from Florida used sign language during school concert
    Proud mother posted video of show amid criticism of Mandela sign language interpreter


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new.....-show.html
    A five year old girl is more competent that someone hired by the government? I'm not surprised.

  • sarcasmic||

    *than*

  • Rich||

  • gaijin||

    Surely Sebelius's probe will get to the bottom of this

    I'm still waiting for someone to probe Sebelius' bottom over this

  • Tonio||

    Eeew.

  • Swiss Servator, Alps avast!||

    Seconded.

    *Paging Barfman, Barfman pick up the red courtesy phone.*

  • alittlesense||

    She'd have to buy me dinner first.

  • SugarFree||

    If you like your anal fissures, you can keep them.

  • Rich||

    "Lean forward, turn to The Left, and *cough*!"

  • some guy||

    Where's Warty when you need him?

  • Tonio||

    That's an interesting legal question, anyone have any insight into that?

  • Rich||

    Obviously HHS does.

  • robc||

    We the people are the "shareholders" in the US government, so arent a 3rd party.

    They may need to keep the info secret from non-citizens, so do the congressional hearings in private and then use the franking privileges to send every US citizen a transcript.

  • R C Dean||

    I've got news for HHS:

    The contract is with the government. HHS is not a separate legal entity. Thus, sharing information with any governmental agency or representative, most def including Congress, is not sharing information with a third party.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    The Bloombergers are in a panic about the potential in-flight cell phone use ruling. It would be so awful!

    I keep waiting for them* to start whining about how air travel has gone to shit since Alfred Kahn broke up the cartel.

    *Most of whom weren't even born when Carter was President.

  • Ted S.||

    since Alfred Kahn broke up the cartel.

    KAAAAAAAAAAHN!

  • mad libertarian guy||

    All that said, I really hope that airlines disallow the use of TALKING on phones during a flight. The last thing that's conducive to a good flight after having your balls groped by 3 separate men, having all your shit hand searched by some TSA enforcer, and having had to catch a later flight because all of said searching and groping caused you to miss your original flight is to have some schmuck yacking on next to you all flight. Even worse would be some teenaged princess: "yeah, that's, like, totes adorbs."

    That shit would turn me in to the terrorist they already think I am.

    But the bullshit pants shitting about people being able to listen to their music, or play a game, or whatthefuckever below the magic 10,000 foot threshold is goddamn ridiculous.

  • Coeus||

    Suggested by Shaker ActivistSheep: "Have you had the experience of trying something for the first time and really enjoying it and then trying it again later and it not living up to the memory of the first time? Tell the story, if you'd like to share. (I call this phenomenon "marzipan" because of my experience with marzipan.) :-)"

    ActivistSheep • 8 hours ago −
    Yay, it's a question I submitted! And I have another example.

    The tv show MacGyver is definitely marzipain (Thanks FloraFlora for your cleverness!) for me. When I watched it as a tween (a word that didn't exist at that point), I was like "Awesome. It's a dude who doesn't like guns, is a vegetarian, who has feelings, and really likes to help people." Now I'm just like, "Ugh. White savior who works for the NGO/ military industrial complex, cleaning up after their messes and who is only ever shown kissing women (about one every other show) but mysteriously has a grown kid show up in the last episode of the show." Seriously not as progressive as it seemed at the time.
  • Ted S.||

    Don't tell Patty and Selma MacGyver is gay.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    I am always confused when people on TV have kids but they didn't show an explicit scene of his conception.

  • gaijin||

    confused or disappointed?

  • db||

    Do Mike and Molly have kids?

  • alittlesense||

    Thanks for that. Now I need brain bleach.

  • wwhorton||

    Exactly. What the heck, sitcoms? Where did this house come from? I never saw any scenes with a real estate agent or titles changing hands or anything!!

  • Auric Demonocles||

    How did Ross ever get a job as a paleontologist? I never saw his graduation!

  • db||

    Like we're supposed to just suspend our disbelief. Every sitcom should start out with an "I, Pencil" style documentary explaining how all the props and scenery came to.be.

  • KMA Too||

    "HIS conception"

    Patriarchy much, dammit?!?

  • mr simple||

    So this guy was a bore since pre-teendom. I guess some people are born that way.

  • Rhywun||

    Another successful re-education!

  • mad libertarian guy||

    Sheep is fucking right.

    I can't imagine going through life wondering why nothing meets my expectations of what they should be, and why they're evil because they don't.

    College has ruined this fucking guy.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Surely Sebelius's probe will get to the bottom of this.

    *puts down fork, pushes plate away*

  • Rich||

    8-)

  • ||

    "Ladies and gentlemen, you're 2014 Nathan's Coney Island Hot Dog champion!!"

  • Mike M.||

    FoE must be on vacation; it has been a while since he didn't make the top five.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    He's still in Warty's rape dungeon. What happens in Warty's rape dungeon stays in Warty's rape dungeon.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Until a dude comes back from getting McDonald's saves whatever is in the dungeon.

  • ||

    I knew something was wrong when H&Rs; most active member wasn't contributing and longer... dead giveaway.

  • ||

    Ugh, sorry for all the errors. Too much Estancia at the Christmas party last night it seems.

  • Swiss Servator, Alps avast!||

    +1 Big Macs for life

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Report: Scientists predict a century of global cooling
    Better start investing in some warm clothes because German scientists are predicting that the Earth will cool over the next century.

    German scientists found that two naturally occurring cycles will combine to lower global temperatures during the 21st century, eventually dropping to levels corresponding with the “little ice age” of 1870.

    “Due to the de Vries cycle, the global temperature will drop until 2100 to a value corresponding to the ‘little ice age’ of 1870,” write German scientists Horst-Joachim Luedecke and Carl-Otto Weiss of the European Institute for Climate and Energy.

    Researchers used historical temperature data and data from cave stalagmites to show a 200-year solar cycle, called the de Vries cycle.

    They also factored into their work a well-established 65-year Atlantic and Pacific Ocean oscillation cycle. Global warming that has occurred since 1870 can be attributed almost entirely to both these factors, the scientists argue....

  • Mike M.||

    So the science is not settled? I thought we had a consensus!

  • gaijin||

    German scientists, hmm. Fardenstarke!

  • Auric Demonocles||

    You know what other issue Germans are denialists about?

  • Ted S.||

    They think people want to see their naked bodies at the beach. :-(

  • Swiss Servator, Alps avast!||

    The market for scheiss pron?

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    Shoddy Volkswagen assembly/production?

  • Rich||

    David Hasselhoff's vomit?

  • Tonio||

    If Michael Mann were truly a man of his convictions he'd wear nothing but shorts and t-shirts for the rest of his life. No parka for you, hockey stick boy.

  • gaijin||

    were truly a man of his convictions

    And there's the issue with many a warmist isn't it!

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    I'm gonna have to go ahead and ask for Consensus TPS report to back that assertion.

  • Swiss Servator, Alps avast!||

    "called the de Vries cycle"

    The Harkonnens are sabotaging our weather!!!!!!!

  • pan fried wylie||

    +1 parched wasteland

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Start collecting the water.

  • Swiss Servator, Alps avast!||

    Start collecting their water!

    *pulls crysknife*

  • Rabban||

    Come at me bro.

  • Coeus||

    SJWs, hoisted by their own petard.

    This blog got blocked because it was self harming. These people actually believe that trying to not be discriminated against is self harming. I’m done.

    Mod note: Yep. They actually think that by us advocating against discrimination, we’re hurting fat people. They think fat hatred and bias is good for fat people, and because we consider it critically, we’re not allowing those bad fattie-fats to get the torture they “deserve” and hence (as they fallaciously believe) become permanently thin, morally better people as a result. But fat people aren’t discriminated against, right? -ATL
  • Ted S.||

    Sarah Jessica Warker?
    Some Jehovah's Witnesses?
    Single Jewish White?

    And I'm confused as to who's going after whom here. (Although, to be fair, this confusion probably isn't a bad thing.)

  • Tonio||

    Social Justice Warriors

  • mad libertarian guy||

    I have a better idea.

    Stop trying to intervene on everyone's "behalf" for "their own good"?

    Worry about your own fucking life and leave people the fuck alone.

  • Jordan||

    Has anybody heard from Fist of Etiquette. It's been nearly 5 minutes. I'm worried he drowned while swimming in his vault of gold coins. It's a common mishap among libertarians.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    Seriously.

    /waits anxiously by the phone biting nails.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    If he's too poor to afford a lifeguard for his gold pool then he doesn't deserve to live anyway.

  • ||

    What do you think the webathon was for?

    Poor bastard... almost made it.

  • Ted S.||

    High school rowing team finds dead body in river

    "The person was brought back to Waikato Hospital where investigators have been able to establish the person was male

    How long does it take gentials to decompose?

  • sarcasmic||

    Cold water, dude. Cold water.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    This is why they will never, ever dredge Buffalo Bayou. Too many off the books HPD kills chained to batteries down there.

  • SugarFree||

    Fish and turtles eat the soft parts first.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    How long does it take gentials to decompose?

    I asked Siri. She says I'm now on a government list.

  • KMA Too||

    You may be on a few mailing lists, too, after that query.

  • itsnotmeitsyou||

    Aside from extreme bloating that happens to a water logged body, the extremities are the first to be nibbled on by local wildlife. A body that's been in the water for a while could be very difficult to identify.

  • pan fried wylie||

    You know, even if your dick was nibbled off by turtles, it still wouldn't look like a vagina. The body would look like a man missing a penis.

  • Rich||

    You've apparently never had your dick was nibbled by turtles.

  • Rich||

    Need more turtles coffee.

  • Enough About Palin||

    You've apparently never had your dick was nibbled by turtles.

    It's turtles all the way down.

  • Ted S.||

    You're othering the transgendered!!!111!!!

  • Rich||

    It's the transgendered all the way down!

  • SugarFree||

    Diabetic woman dies in jail after being denied her insulin

    Rebecca Tibbetts, Sarah’s mother, said staff phoned her a day after the motel arrest and asked her to bring the medicine to jail.

    “I said I’m in California. I can’t bring it up,” said Rebecca Tibbetts, who lives in that state. “I said my daughter is insulin-dependent and she will die without her insulin. If you can’t provide it, she needs to be sent to a hospital.”

    The next morning, Sarah Tibbetts lay unconscious on the floor of her cell.
  • sarcasmic||

    Some jail workers saw an opportunity for a long paid vacation.

  • SugarFree||

    Or they thought she was going to snort insulin to get high.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    She was going to inject them with insulin as part of a daring escape attempt.

  • R C Dean||

    You know, when prison guards see a woman unconscious on the floor of her cell, I doubt that taking a vacation is the first thing that crosses their minds.

  • Rich||

    The Obama administration is bringing in the "Sexiest Man Alive" to help "boost" Obamacare enrollment numbers.

    Show the depth of their desperation if they're willing to enlist *Vladimir Putin*.

    Seriously, if *any* taxpayer money is financing this shit ....

  • Rich||

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Actually, "promote" is misleading.

    "Build" would be more accurate based on the links:

    http://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Resou.....ts/hi.html

    Still it is a waste of money.

  • Mike M.||

    Whoa, THAT dude is the sexiest man alive? Even People Magazine has turned into a bunch of trolls.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    I might be off here but isn't that insensitive to ugly people?

  • Rich||

    Could be the scandal that finally brings down the administration!

  • The Late P Brooks||

    George H.W. Bush joined Twitter this week, already accumulating more than 70,000 followers with just one tweet.

    "Act now! Offer ends soon!"

  • Swiss Servator, Alps avast!||

    "Save hundreds with this one weird trick"?

  • ||

    The US government lobotomized about 2,000 soldiers it found to be mentally ill after World War II, according to historical research by the Wall Street Journal.

    And gave them a Purple Heart in post-op.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    Signed off by Nurse Ratchet.

    The bitch.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Has South Park jumped the shark? It was just boring last night. The 3-week stint on Black Friday/console wars was stale too.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    When will you blame Bush if it has?

  • Auric Demonocles||

    The Game of Thrones three-parter was good.

    I didn't watch last nights, so I can't comment on that.

  • Jordan||

    Not enough Obama-fellating, am I right?

  • OldMexican||

    Re: Jordan,

    The Buttwipe is angry at the great one for flirting with the viking hottie.

  • Mike M.||

    You jumped the shark years ago, and yet you're still around.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    "Weiner weiner weiner weiner weiner weiner weiner one weiner next to another weiner"

  • Auric Demonocles||

    "Oh god, he hasn't even ordered the pizza yet!"

  • Rich||

  • OldMexican||

    ¡Va a estar de su puta madre el proyecto ése!

    (It's going to be one motherf&*@g project that one!)

  • Enough About Palin||

    Me volvería a pagar diez mil dólares a la mierda Dora la Exploradora en el culo. Diez de los grandes.

  • SugarFree||

    Just your basic "men need to clean more!!!1!!" article, but it is a good opportunity to talk about Tracy Moore. I'm not going to suggest you actually fool with doing it, but if you have read her articles over the last few years, pieces on child-raising, post-partum depression and the long string of articles in the last year that are very pointedly hateful toward men, something obvious emerges: Her marriage is crumbling, and I'm pretty sure she has no idea.

  • gaijin||

    You know, I've never really clicked on the links here that go to Jezebel...it was an intuitive sense that I would be damaged for having done so. Today I went ahead and clicked on your link. I should have listened to my intuition.

  • Swiss Servator, Alps avast!||

    Your sacrifice is noted. You have spared others of us...

  • SugarFree||

    Wait, I think I prove my point with just her article titles:

    What Does It Even Mean to Be a 'Needy' Girl?
    Are You Sure You Want an Orgasm EVERY Time?
    In Defense of Being a Lover AND a Fighter
    If Yelling at Kids Is as Harmful as Spanking, What the Hell Is Left?
    Will Women Ever Have the Freedom to Be Ugly?
    Ten Advantages to an Unplanned Pregnancy
    Some Ladies Just Don't Give a Shit About Having It All
    A Handy Guide for When Everyone Hates You
    Trying To Be Perfect Is Destroying Us All
    How to Still Have a Drink When You Have a Newborn
    Women Are Doing the Man Things But Men Won't Do the Lady Things
    Are You Ambivalent About Pregnancy? Join the Club.
    When Is It Better to Just STFU?
    Stop Acting Like "Bouncing Back" From Labor is Even Possible
    How Nice Does a Woman Have to Be to a Guy She Rejects?
    The Secret to Lasting Love Is Staying the Hell Away From Each Other

  • Spoonman.||

    Stop Acting Like "Bouncing Back" From Labor is Even Possible

    Uh, OK, but that is EXACTLY what my wife did over the past month, and that was with the baby in the NICU for a week.

  • Apple||

    Sometimes I imagine how my life would have turned out if I had married that girl*, instead of breaking up with her by e-mail while she was on the other side of the planet. Makes me shiver.

    *Not this specific woman, but her spiritual cousin.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Well, that last one really gives the game away.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    That is hideous.

    Fall of the West. Reason #488 e495 tty786.

  • robc||

    She should consider writing one entitled:

    "Examining My Premises, or How Everything I Think Is Fucked Up At The Start"

  • ||

    How Nice Does a Woman Have to Be to a Guy She Rejects?

    The fact that they ask this question at all is an improvement. Hell it is the only instance i can see Jezebel even acknowledging that men might have feelings.

    The rest all seem like what any Cosmopolitan issue might hold.

  • Nooge.||

    Who in the fucking FUCK would want to be married to a woman like that?

  • pan fried wylie||

    not her husband, apparently.

  • #||

    I've wondered at times what the men who marry these people have to be like. Do they enjoy being miserable?

  • ||

    Ahem:

    "The boundary between Self and Environment is a social con[struct]. In Western cultures this boundary is supposed to be sharp and distinct. The beard is an outward symbol of that boundary, a distancing technique. To shave off the beard (or any body hair) is to symbolically annihilate the (essentially specious) boundary separating Self from Other . . ."

    And so on. The paper was rapturously received by the peer reviewers and immediately accepted for publication in a major international journal. Charlene is presenting some related work at the War as Text conference:

    "Unshavenness as Signifier in World War II Movies." On the strength of her beard work, three different Ivy League schools are fighting over who will get to hire her.

    Randy does not want to move to the East Coast. Worse yet, he has a full beard, which makes him feel dreadfully incorrect whenever he ventures out with her. He proposed to Charlene that perhaps he should issue a press release stating that he shaves the rest of his body every day. She did not think it was very funny. He realized, when he was halfway over the Pacific Ocean, that all of her work was basically an elaborate prophecy of the doom of their relationship.
  • SugarFree||

    Only pre-pubescent boys have smooth-faces. Any women that prefers a clean-shaven man is a pedophile.

  • Loki||

    On the strength of her beard work, three different Ivy League schools are fighting over who will get to hire her.

    That sentence could be misinterpreted in so many interesting ways taken out of context...

  • R C Dean||

    The boundary between Self and Environment is a social con[struct].

    No, I'm pretty sure the boundary between self and environment is anatomical, going by the name of "skin."

  • ||

  • SugarFree||

    Which is odd, considering that she eats an entire wedding cake every day.

  • ||

    I imagine this guy does all the housework:

    SquidTechUSerengetti Dove231L
    My husband took my last name, but before he'd reached that decision for himself he agreed the future children should have my last name (although he will be the stay-at-home parent, assuming I can support us for such a lifestyle—point is, it would never be me). I'm not sure what his logic is, but I've always felt so strongly that "my kids, my name." Maybe men feel that way too, but eh. Idk. 10/17/13 2:31pm
  • SugarFree||

    And she leaves him a few years later because he's impotent. Where have all the good men gone?!?

  • ||

    LibraryChickULindy West151L
    So, I am getting married in May, and I am changing my last name. I am not happy about it, but I am doing it because my fiance has asked me to. Trust me, we have discussed it and discussed it. He doesn't necessarily understand why I feel why I do about it, but I have decided to give in on this because I care about him and this is apparently really important to him. It does bother me! I am keeping my middle name and my maiden name as a second middle name and I plan on using both (all my names are short).

    Do I think he is going to be a terrible husband? No, not really. He is definitely stubborn, and often kinda stupid about things, and we disagree, and work on things, and fight, and work it out, and compromise, and he thinks I win more often, and we see a therapist who says I win more often and I don't believe either of them, but it's ok. I guess my point is that now I am afraid because I really, really support women who keep their names, and I am feeling like they are going to call me a terrible not-feminist hussy for changing mine. 10/17/13 2:44pm

    Good lord, you're already seeing a therapist before your even married? I don't think your problem here is the name change.

  • robc||

    Pre-marital counseling is a good thing, but Im not sure that is what is going on there.

    I dont see the big deal about the name change thing. In certain cultures you dont change your last name, in some you do. In Iceland you dont really have a last name to begin with.

    Shrug.

    Go with your cultural flow.

  • trshmnstr||

    Pre-marital counseling is a good thing

    Yes, but typically you don't do that with a conflict resolution therapist

  • Tonio||

    ^This.

  • Tonio||

    My comment was referring to Apatheist's 10:13 post.

  • Enough About Palin||

    The feminist thing to do is to retain your father's last name.

  • ||

    The feminist thing to do is find a female ancestor's name to use (who was also using her father's name). Or adopt a new last name entirely for both members of the couple.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    Again, I ask, why do you guys read this shit? I know it's novel and fun at first, but then it becomes disturbing and sad to watch these cuntcases.

    Is it a question of keeping your friends close but enemies closer so as to know what libertarians are up against?

  • SugarFree||

    but then it becomes disturbing and sad to watch these cuntcases.

    You answered your own question.

  • Tonio||

    I rarely click-through, but I do find it useful to keep up with what others are thinking because I will eventually encounter those viewpoints and need to be prepared to refute them, and if necessary refrain from laughing out loud.

  • WTF||

    I think laughing out loud is the most appropriate response.

  • Tonio||

    There are certain social situations in which it is advantageous for me to not LOL when viewpoints like that are presented earnestly.

    Also, if the goal is to sway third-party observers, LOLing is seen as bullying etc, and it is better to choose the moral high ground and attack the viewpoint not the person.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    If third party observers even remotely entertain that point of view needing swaying back to common sense then I argue they're already lost. Move on.

  • shut the fuck up mary||

    "Also, if the goal is to sway third-party observers"

    This is frequently used as justification for behavior, and frankly, it is fucking moronic, and RJF already pointed out.

    It's just a cover for stupid shit you can't deal with.

  • Coeus||

    Why is it that when you say "women have lower sex drives" they raise holy hell, but if you say "the person who wants it cleaner should clean more" they scream "that just means the women end up doing it!!!"

    Stereotyping double standards. Yet another popular feminist tool.

  • shut the fuck up mary||

    I asked exactly this question two days ago, and surprisingly, my wife agreed.

  • Ebriosa||

    Battered women morally entitled to kill abusers, U of O professor asserts

    OTTAWA — Battered women are morally entitled to kill their abusive partners, even those who are passed out or asleep, says a respected University of Ottawa law professor.

    BUT at least she does tell women who are arrested to not talk to the police without a lawyer!

    (and I have to admit I like the talking point of selling shelters as not just good for the battered, but they save the lives of abusers, too!)

  • Restoras||

    Are we talking beer battered, or other types of batter i.e.-cake?

  • Coeus||

    Well, seeing as how 70 percent of non-reciprocal domestic violence is committed by women, I can see why they gendered the statement.

  • Loki||

    Although something tells me if asked if battered have a right to kill their abusers, this cunt's response would be "he just needs to man the fuck up and stop being such a pussy."

  • Loki||

    *battered men

    Oops. Commenting fail.

  • OldMexican||

    OTTAWA — Battered women are morally entitled to kill their abusive partners, even those who are passed out or asleep, says a respected University of Ottawa law professor


    "But not with a gun because that would be Stand Your Ground and that's just icky. No, just bludgeon them to death or something."

  • Coeus||

    “Why should women live in anticipatory dread and hypervigilence?” she writes in the book’s concluding chapter. Would it not be just, Sheehy asks, “to shift the risk of death to those men whose aggressions have created such dehumanizing fear in their female partners?”

    Or, you know, just leave.

  • WTF||

    Stop mansplaining, you micro-aggressing otherer!

  • R C Dean||

    Of course, an ambush killing isn't exactly "shifting the risk of death."

    If that's what you're after, well, ordinary self-defense law is all you need.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    There has to be a hockey reference or joke in there. I know it.

  • Nooge.||

    The police chief in Durham, North Carolina claims a teenager who died in custody last month shot himself while handcuffed in a squad car, something the chief pointed out has “happened in other jurisdictions”.

    Yeah! Y'all remember that jurisdiction where that happened? I sure do. There were several of them. Jurisdictions, I mean. Whacky shit going down day and night, in those other jurisdictions.

  • SugarFree||

    Actually, it happened twice in 2012.

    Of course, saying all three were suicides is the bullshit part. I believe the Arkansas incident would have required the suspect to break his thumb and wrist first to be able to shoot himself in the temple at that angle.

  • ||

    "Just like a nigger, to steal more chain than he could swim with."

  • Nooge.||

    Actually, it happened twice in 2012.

    I am shocked. Shocked, I tell you.

  • Pope Jimbo||

    I'm guessing this police chief also used this same line of logic on his wife when he was explaining how he got the clap from a toilet seat.

    "Honey, if you look at the stats you will see lots of other married guys got the clap from a public toilet seat and not from banging some skank on the side!"

  • Pope Jimbo||

    Oh, yeah. They also said that the reason for Roy Orbison's combover was to hide that big wine mark on Gorby's head.

  • Rich||

    Flirty Obama owes us an apology

    I got a few laughs out of this column.

    Example: Not to be outdone by the president’s bad behavior, the Danish hellcat hiked up her skirt to expose long Scandinavian legs covered by nothing more substantial than sheer black stockings.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    Caption time: In the pic Rich linked to. the guy at the bottom right looking down on his phone.

    I'll give it a whirl.

    "Obama is acting like a douche again. Be home for dinner at 6pm."

  • Loki||

    "It's bad enough that I have to sit here and listen to his narcississtic self absorbed speech, but now I have to sit right in front of him while he runs his game on the Danish Prime Minister. C U l8er"

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    "Django's at it again."

  • Crusty Juggler||

    "If you like your interracial sexual fantasies, you can keep them."

  • ||

    That's supposed to be satire, right?

  • Tonio||

    It is satire, but not intended as such. Unconscious self-parody is one of the cruelest and therefore funniest forms of humor.

  • Restoras||

    Where da white wimmin at?

  • Tonio||

    Yeah, the slut-shaming is epic. Thanks, Rich.

  • Loki||

    I'm just curious. What exactly was he and the Danish prime minister talking/ laughing about? Does anyone even know? Also, what's so scandalous about sheer black stockings and a skirt? I see professional women dressed similar to that all the time. Also, did Obama put his hand on her leg or touch her in any way that would suggest lewd or inappropriate conduct?

    You could argue that perhaps he should have been in a more serious, somber mood and his joviality was inappropriate at a funeral, but without knowing what they were talking/ laughing about, and unless there was some kind of inappropriate physical contact I'm not seeing it. I mean, it's not like he mounted her right there in front of everyone.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    Yeah, the context of the situation would be useful. It could be pulled right out of it.

    Still, I look at all the people around them and they all look rather serious which suggests to me that the "celebrating" was taken place elsewhere.

  • John||

    I think it is the joking and laughing that is appalling. They were at a memorial service for a national hero of the country they were in. It is appalling behavior and beneath the dignity of the office.

  • Loki||

    That I can see. And it's possible that that's why Michelle was giving him the stink eye, because she didn't think it was appropriate for him to be laughing and carrying on at a memorial service. If it was a wake afterward, that's one thing (especially an Irish wake), but not there. Or maybe he was really stupid enough to run his game right in front of his wife. We'll never know for sure.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    Know, it really seems to boil down to him being a frat boy.

    Question is would he be allowed into Delta House Fraternity.

  • Enough About Palin||

    Michelle has permanent stink eye.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    "Never mind Mandela, baby, let me show you something *really* stiff."

    "So, Mr. President, would you like a Danish?"

  • John||

    Who do you have in the resulting cat fight? I know Michelle has the edge in size and general nastiness. But Viking chicks are crazy and likely to fight dirty.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Michelle has the shoulders of an experienced sculler. She would tear that majestic president to shreds, and not in the good way!

  • John||

    Go ask Tiger Woods how fucking with Viking chicks works out. It would all be fun and games for Michelle until that Dane pulled out the golf club.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Klingons laugh at your puny golf clubs.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    Tear to shreds...with her jaws.

  • The Last American Hero||

    I'm pretty sure the PM would win if a hobbit stabbed Michelle in the leg to distract her first.

  • Zeb||

    That is funny. So, if another world leader is an attractive woman, then you are not allowed to be friendly with her.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Attractive women exist so that other women can gossip about them and ask their significant others "do you actually find her attractive?"*

    Naturally, all attractive women are sluts and starve themselves, and only have jobs because they sucked their way to the top.

    *Yes, I do. I always do.

  • R C Dean||

    Those two pictures are frikkin' hilarious.

    A visibly pissed off Michelle switches seats with her husband, who can't keep his mitts off the Danish hottie, who appears to be pouting after the switch.

  • db||

    An appeals court in Florida ruled students attending the state’s public universities cannot be prohibited from keeping their guns in cars parked on campus.

    That has promise. If it can be carried into other states, it would be a big win. I hope that it does...campus gun prohibitions are a shameful practice, disarming the innocent while empowering the criminal. Especially on urban campuses, students need to have their self defense rights upheld, not eviscerated.

  • Certified Public Asskicker||

    Small college pushes for CEO pay caps, realizes their own college administrators make bank:

    http://www.nationofchange.org/.....1386341976

  • Certified Public Asskicker||

    And good news to all of us heartless bastards, admissions are down!

    http://www.somdnews.com/articl.....landMobile

  • itsnotmeitsyou||

    Call me a heartless bastard if you want, but if this means that prices will start to come down, I'm extatic.

  • Certified Public Asskicker||

    In this case though, the students successfully pushed through a higher living wage for the lowest paid employees.

    And now admissions are down. Delicious.

  • Enough About Palin||

    South African Fake Sign Language Interpreter Claims He Was Hallucinating

    Who isn't?

  • ||

    Well he backed up that claim by saying that he thought Obama showed great humility.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    Listening to Obama's divisive class warfare gibberish, one could surmise he hallucinates all the time on matters of economics.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    The fake sign language interpreter from the Nelson Mandela memorial, who had previously fake signed for the ANC, says he was hallucinating, while officials say they can’t track down the owners of the company they hired him through.

    This story elicited some serious horrified outrage on the part of one of the Bloomberg Babes. "OMG THAT CRAZY GUY WAS LIKE THREE FEET AWAY FROM THE PRESIDENT!11!"

    Too bad they searched that guy and took his tire and gasoline away.

  • Lord Humungus||

    so during the breakfast meeting, one of my co-workers mentioned the future tobacco surcharge on healthcare costs. He's part of the health awareness group - the company is may be doing swabs to test for the presence of nicotine.

    Some random thoughts on this: privacy issue? also, how long does a swab go back? I mean if I smoked a cigarette this morning, could a swab 4 hours later pick up nicotine. Also, do e-cigarettes count as a "tobacco user", since it's actually nicotine.

  • sarcasmic||

    Yes.

  • John||

    It is appalling. Just because the government isn't doing it, doesn't make it alright. I understand the cost issues. But I value my privacy more. I am fine with paying a bit more as a nonsmoker in return for not having my employer drug test me.

  • tarran||

    They go back weeks.

    And yes, they assume nicotine = tobacco products. Which will suck for e-cig users since ecigs don't contain the carcinogens that tobacco does, so they should be in the non-smoker risk pool.

  • John||

    If the test can detect it for weeks, that means the guy who has the odd cigar out drinking will be treated just like the pack a day smoker.

  • Lord Humungus||

    I'm a part-time smoker: I can go months and months without a smoke. But once I'm at a bar with my friends - I get the urge to have a cigarette. So, no, I'm not particularly worried about passing, but I do consider it intrusive.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    ahh yes, the occasional Lung Butter evening.

  • Juice||

    Doesn't it make you nauseous?

  • Loki||

    Also, do e-cigarettes count as a "tobacco user", since it's actually nicotine.

    Likewise, would chewing a piece of nocotine gum also leave traces of nicotine in your saliva? I think it would. I suspect the only alternative nicotine delivery method that wouldn't show up would maybe be the patch.

  • pan fried wylie||

    maybe be the patch

    I dunno, once it's in your blood, it might be detectable in your mouth. Like breathalyzers.

  • Tonio||

    It depends on what they are actually testing for. If they are testing for nicotine, then a patch would cause a positive test.

    And don't trust that "health awareness group" guy - he is not your friend.

    Find a trusted third-party source for this info.

  • Lord Humungus||

    just in case anyone cares:

    from: http://thelawdictionary.org/ar.....he-system/

    If you're facing a nicotine test, it's likely that you'll be asked to provide a urine or saliva sample. With the power to detect nicotine up to a week after the cessation of smoking, saliva tests tend to be more sensitive than urine tests. On the other hand, they also tend to be less accurate and may require additional rounds of confirmation testing. As such, you should expect to face a urine test unless you're advised otherwise by your insurance company.

    Urine tests are designed to detect a byproduct of nicotine known as "cotinine." This substance is produced by the body's metabolic processes and can be detected in typical smokers for about four days after the cessation of smoking. Smokers with unusually fast metabolisms may be cotinine-free within two days after their last cigarette. On the other hand, some other smokers may be unable to pass a urine test for a week or longer after quitting smoking.
  • R C Dean||

    Private employers can test for what they want.

    Depending on the test, it can pick up nicotine from, I think, as long as a couple weeks ago, depending on how much you have taken in.

    And yes, these tests count ecigs as the equivalent of unfiltered Camels.

  • robc||

    Brewery update:

    Saw a few properties on Tuesday, 2 have strong potential, details and etc to be worked out, lease could be signed in January.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    I thought you were already going. Is this an expansion, or was I wrong?

  • robc||

    You were wrong.

    Its been a long slog. Things are happening rapidly now, including change of cities.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    What's the new city?

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    What city are you in now?

  • robc||

    I still live in Louisville (for now) but am location shopping in Bowling Green, KY.

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    Sweet. Well, good luck man. In my experience people, "friends" and family even, will try to prevent you from opening this brewery. Whether it is their own risk aversion, jealousy of you, or just malevolence, they don't want you to succeed. Fuck 'em. Don't listen to those people. Push ahead and open this brewery. We'll be out in KY for The Derby next year, and I want to drink one (or six) of your beers.

  • Lord Humungus||

    good luck - it's always easy to dream, but actually doing something is a big step. It takes courage, but it is far better to take the risk and even lose than to never take a risk at all.

  • robc||

    Yeah, I know. Ive been tiptoeing at the edge for 2 years now.

  • db||

    Great news!

  • BakedPenguin||

    Awesome, robc. Next time we bet a six-pack, it's going to be a real six-pack.

  • R C Dean||

    Free advice, from someone who has seen too many small businesses fail.

    Do not hire family or friends to work there, no matter how pitifully they whine or how they bluster and threaten. I've seen too many family members and friends of the owner drag down and destroy a business. They get all entitled and lazy and shit, and the owners are way too slow to fire.

  • robc||

    1. I owned a small business from 2000 to selling my share off in 2012, so I know a bit about running a business. I think Ive already made just about every mistake possible. Except the one you specifically mentioned.

    2. Good advice though. Fortunately, my family and friends arent that way, so not a problem. And none are in BG.

  • R C Dean||

    Glad to hear it, robc.

    Didn't know your background, and restaurants/bars/brewpubs are notorious for having newbie owners who hire all their drinking buddies and deadbeat relatives.

  • Pope Jimbo||

    I consulted for a company where the owner, who was a very sharp guy, had six daughters and by coincidence six son-in-laws ensconced in the c-suite.

    The CFO's previous job had been the seater/greeter at an Old Country Buffet.

  • ||

    Yay! Exciting (and exhausting) times.

  • Loki||

    Heard about this on the radio this morning: Man sues government after google auto-correct mishap caused him to be harrassed by gov. agents and lose his job.

    Multiple agencies within the federal government are accused of stalking and later causing a former contractor to be fired after Google auto-correct changed a search from “How do I build a radio-controlled airplane?” into “How do I build a radio-controlled bomb?”

    I'm not sure I entirely buy his story. Not the part about the government harrassing him and causing him to lose his job. That part I have no problem believing. The part about google auto-correct changing "airplane" to "bomb." Seems like that would require one to pretty badly mangle the spelling. FWIW, right now if type in "how to build a radio controlled..." google doesn't suggest "bomb." Although it's possible they changed their algorithm. Weird story to say the least.

  • waffles||

    I don't get it. How does a google search raise flags? How do you police what people search for without getting an extremely massive amount of false positives?

    BRB-clearing my search history.

  • John||

    I find this difficult to believe. First, how did they know about it? Did he do the search on a government computer? Yeah, I know the NSA collects everything. But just because they collect it doesn't mean they do anything with it. Just how exactly is the google search of some random contractor important enough to get their attention?

    Second, this paragraph makes me wonder.

    Kantor states that he took his complaints to the Anti-Defamation League, which caused an increase in veiled death threats and retaliation from government investigators.

    Veiled death threats? Really? He is a contractor not a GS employee. If the government doesn't like him, they can just call the contractor and say "get this guy out of here". Even if you believe the NSA took notice of him, they wouldn't have needed to issue death threats or do anything except call the contractor and tell them one of their employees is a security risk. After Snowden, no contractor is going to need to be told twice.

    My guess is this guy is a paranoid nut.

  • Loki||

    After Snowden, no contractor is going to need to be told twice.

    Apparantly the search that allegedly started all of this was in 2009, before Snowden, but yeah, the story definitely sounds fishy. I can believe the government goons acting like thugs part, but the rest of it not so much. I'm thinking a combination of paranoid and looking for a big day.

  • Loki||

    *big pay day

    Fucking typing, how does it work?

  • John||

    Even pre Snowden, if the government doesn't like a contract employee, the contractor just fires them or sends them to a different job. And security clearances are shockingly easy to revoke. I find it hard to believe the government agents' actions here not because I think they are above such things, they are not, but because they didn't need to do it to screw the guy.

  • Loki||

    Thinking a little more about it, it's possible, even likely, that that's what really happened and he's making up the harrassment story.

  • R C Dean||

    Kantor states that he took his complaints to the Anti-Defamation League, which caused an increase in veiled death threats and retaliation from government investigators.

    Entirely plausible, IMO. This is the same administration that immediately begins tax audits of people who appear on news shows criticizing ObamaCare, after all.

  • John||

    It is not very plausible. This guy was a nobody and all they had to do was pull his security clearance.

  • R C Dean||

    C'mon, John. This administration has sicced the IRS on people because they appeared on the wrong TV show.

    I'm not willing to rule out the idea that the atmosphere that apparently now exists in these agencies would lead to employees making threats against people.

  • Loki||

    The fake sign language interpreter from the Nelson Mandela memorial, who had previously fake signed for the ANC, says he was hallucinating

    I think it's more likely that he lied about knowing sign language when he was hired. Although you'd think someone would have figured that out before now. Another less likely explanation is that he was being possessed and started "signing in tongues."

  • Loki||

    Another likely explanation is that he wasn't to listening to a word president teleprompter was saying. Lucky him. Too bad he got caught.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    "This guy is still saying a bunch of silly stuff, so here is a joke about the farmer's daughter and the travelling salesman."

  • creech||

    Salesman is out driving in a rural area when a snowstorm hits. His car skids off the road and is stuck. After trudging five miles through drifts, half frozen he comes to a farmhouse. "Can I stay the night?" he asks the farmer. "Sure, but it's only fair to warn you...I don't have a daughter." Salesman: "How far is it to the next farmhouse?"

  • Enough About Palin||

    NEVER GET OUT OF THE CAR!

    /winter safety tip

  • Tonio||

    I'm going with fraudster. And it's quite possible that the company knew, and didn't care.

    So, the government's inability to find the company they contracted with - deliberate incompetence to save face and protect cronies, or were they disappeared to send a message?

  • Loki||

    the government's inability to find the company they contracted with - deliberate incompetence to save face and protect cronies, or were they disappeared to send a message?

    Or perhaps they got the hell out Dodge. "Oh shit, they're onto us! Time to clear out and lay low for a while."

  • db||

  • sarcasmic||

    The city has spent more than $85 million in settlements and legal fees for 17 cases related to Jon Burge, a former Chicago police commander who led a secret unit within the police department that carried out systemic torture during interrogations between 1972 and 1991.

    Mr. Burge was never criminally prosecuted...

    I'm shocked!

  • John||

    Intentional torts are not dischargable in bankruptcy. That means when Chicago goes belly up, the victims of their police department will collect before the police department pension does.

    Sure, Obama will probably try to banish that law. But we can at least hope that justice might be served.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    Costs the people $85 million and gets to keep his pension.

    The day we show balls as a society to not tolerate such barbaric behavior is the day we've reached maturity and self-dignity.

  • db||

    Another mind-boggling aspect.of this is that none of the perpetrators be charged or sued in conjunction with this due to the fact that the statute of limitations timing has expired. Somone please explain to me why there is a statute of limitations on any crime relating to abuse of power!

  • R C Dean||

    Because the people who write the statute of limitations are the same people who abuse power, perhaps?

  • sarcasmic||

    Somone please explain to me why there is a statute of limitations on any crime relating to abuse of power!

    Because people with power write the rules.

  • Mike M.||

    Holy fucking shit. Reading that made me sick to my stomach.

  • Lord Humungus||

    jeezus christ.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Remember the us aid which was only going to the secular rebels in Syria? Well, it appears some of it ended up in the hands of Islamist groups.

    http://theam.cn/1aYBYHI

  • db||

    Sorry, my shocked face is still in the repair shop from the Obamacare debacle following close on the heels of the NSA revelations.

  • Mike M.||

    Funny how that Syrian civil war has almost completely disappeared from 24/7 news cycle.

  • OldMexican||

    Aw! Really? Well, it wasn't like the government wanted that to happen!

  • Loki||

  • R C Dean||

    Just another isolated unintended consequence?

  • Sevo||

    "South African Fake Sign Language Interpreter Claims He Was Hallucinating"
    How do you say "chuzpa" in Afrikaans?

  • db||

    "Visions of Angels."

  • JD||

  • sarcasmic||

    Newsstand forced to close because the guy can't afford to pay $37K to the city. Comments blame the evil greedy rich for not paying the fine for him. Holy derp.

  • Enough About Palin||

  • OldMexican||

    Income inequality! If they can afford to pay 106% of the taxes, then they're Making Too Much Money®!

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    All taxes or just income taxes?

  • robc||

    Probably income taxes.

    I have a spreadsheet of the breakdown, up thru 2007. In 2007, for income taxes, the top 40% paid 98.7% and the bottom 40% paid -3.3%.

    For total federal taxes, it was 85.4% and 5.2% respectively.

    The trend line suggests that the 106% and -9% for INCOME taxes is probably correct.

  • robc||

    And total 2007 breakdown for funsies (bottom to top quintile):

    Income -3.0 -0.3 4.6 12.7 86.0
    Soc Ins 4.8 10.8 16.6 24.7 42.9
    Corp 0.6 1.4 3.3 6.8 86.8
    Excise 11.0 14.1 18.1 22.2 34.3
    ALL 0.8 4.4 9.2 16.5 68.9

  • Mike M.||

    "We won't be happy until the top 1% is paying 110% of total taxes and the bottom 99% is paying -15%!"

    -Derpy Krugscum

  • John||

    This is exactly what I would expect. And the upshot of it is that for once Democrats are going to get bit by low information voters rather than benefiting from them.

    In Durham last month with Obamacare navigators, I sensed not elation at the law's passage but a general sense of confusion that may help to explain the poll's finding. "I have to tell people all the time, 'It's the Affordable Care Act, not the Free Health Care Act,'" one navigator told me. The same navigator said the consumers who come to him are largely unaware that they will have to pay a penalty if they choose not to purchase insurance.

    A large number of people out there, most of them Democratic voters, honestly think that Obamacare means free health insurance. They have no idea they are going to have to pay for insurance under the program or that not getting insurance is going to cause them to be fined. On top of that, a good number of these people get the earned income credit. So the Obamacare fine is going to be collected. They are going to be pissed. I still don't think people fully appreciate how huge the fallout from this is going to be.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/.....na-johnson

  • sarcasmic||

    A large number of people out there, most of them Democratic voters, honestly think that Obamacare means free health insurance. They have no idea they are going to have to pay for insurance under the program or that not getting insurance is going to cause them to be fined. On top of that, a good number of these people get the earned income credit. So the Obamacare fine is going to be collected. They are going to be pissed. I still don't think people fully appreciate how huge the fallout from this demand for single payer is going to be.

    ftfy

  • John||

    You think that. But liberals don't seem to be very convinced that fucking up everyone's health care is such a good thing. They seem pretty worried about it and seem pretty committed to pretending that Obamacare is a good thing. Maybe you just understand their situation better than them.

    You have such a religious faith in the coming of single payer. If I honestly thought the majority of Americans are so stupid that they will reward liberals for screwing this up by giving them more power, I would give up on freedom and go full fascist. I couldn't in good conscience allow a group of people that stupid to live their lives unsupervised. But I don't believe that and I don't think you do either. So single payer isn't coming through that door.

    And even if liberals wanted it, advocating for it would require admitting Obama is a failure. And no one wants that. Thanks to Obamacare, advocating for single payer is now racist.

  • sarcasmic||

    If I honestly thought the majority of Americans are so stupid that they will reward liberals for screwing this up by giving them more power, I would give up on freedom and go full fascist.

    It doesn't take a majority of Americans. It takes a majority of voters. Not the same thing.
    And isn't it the liberal way to demand more government to fix problems created by government?

    And even if liberals wanted it, advocating for it would require admitting Obama is a failure.

    Failure, or just didn't go far enough thanks to obstructionist Republicans?

  • John||

    But it won't be a majority of voters. At most maybe 30% of the country, the real low sloping forehead types, support single payer. It would take not just a majority but a big majority to get it. You would have to effectively outlaw insurance. That won't happen. The Dems would have to get 60 votes in the Senate again and somehow manage to get all of their members to buy on. Considering the fate of those who voted for Obamacare, I doubt many Democratic Congress creatures are going to be too interested in the next guy who comes along with a new health plan, much less single payer.

    I doubt that the damage done by Obamacare will ever be totally fixed. Things will probably remain worse than they were until hopefully technology makes some improvements. But single payer isn't going to happen. We will just blunder forward.

  • sarcasmic||

    You would have to effectively outlaw insurance. That won't happen.

    Or force insurance companies into only being allowed to offer plans that don't cover anything and cost more than anyone can afford. Kinda like what they're doing now.

    Then blame the free market and corporate greed. Kinda like what they're doing now.

    Then shuffle people into Medicare. Kinda like what they're doing now.

  • John||

    But none of that is working. Didn't you read the polls Reason put up yesterday?

    No one is buying those excuses. Everyone knows what is going on. And moreover liberals admit as much. They are not blaming insurance companies. They are claiming that those high priced plans are better for you.

    None of this is playing out like you say it will. None of it. I don't understand why you keep thinking it will.

  • sarcasmic||

    They are not blaming insurance companies.

    Yeah they are. They're blaming insurance companies for selling worthless plans and ripping people off.

    They are claiming that those high priced plans are better for you.

    Exactly. But what happens when people can't afford those high priced plans? Oh yeah. Single payer.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Speaking of radio controlled bombs, I have some drifts which need to be cleared away.

    Anybody have any good designs?

    THIS IS WHY CHAIN GUNS SHOULD BE LEGAL.

  • Loki||

    Anybody have any good designs?

    None that I would be willing to share on a website that is no doubt monitored by the NSA, DEA, BATFE, FBI, and probably several others.

  • Brett L||

    Did anyone hear the final tally for H&R? Will the new interns' monocles be platinum or simply gold?

  • R C Dean||

    I think you mis-spelled "manacles", Brett.

  • Brett L||

    Ah, joez law?

  • lafe.long||

  • The Late P Brooks||

    None that I would be willing to share...

    Selfish bastard. Only thinking of yourself.

  • Marc F Cheney||

    A detective with the Arizona state police resigned after uncovering that she was in the country illegally; she says her parents had told her she was born in the US but that she was actually born in Mexico.

    At last, our long national nightmare is over.

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