A.M. Links: Obama to Push $302 Billion in Transportation Spending, Temperatures Could Drop to 50 Degrees Below Average, Author Wants Drones to Participate in UFO Hoax

  • fake!"Close Encounters of the Third Kind"/Columbia PicturesPresident Obama will announce either a new $302 billion transportation bill this year, or the “vision” for one.
  • Pakistan warns American plans to withdraw from Afghanistan completely this year could push Afghanistan into a civil war.
  • Russia has put its troops near the Ukrainian border on alert as clashes between pro-Russian and anti-Russian protesters in Crimea continue.
  • More cold air from the Arctic could lead to temperatures as low as 50 degrees below the averages across the United States.
  • CNN’s primetime shows have lost about half of their viewers, compared to this time last year, while Fox News has hit its 146th consecutive month as the top rated cable news network in the U.S.
  • A UFO author is encouraging drone hobbyists to participate in a UFO hoax in April by attaching LED lights to their remote-controlled aircraft.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    President Obama will either announce a new $302 billion transportation bill this year, or the “vision” for one.

    Who doesn't love roads?

  • Swiss Servator, mehr Käse!||

    SOMALI LIBBERTARIANZ!

  • robc||

    James Madison?

  • robc||

    And a link for my comment.

  • robc||

    Rereading that, is there a single sentence in that entire thing that isnt genius?

    What the holy fuck happened to the political class's ability to right?

  • robc||

    joez law:

    write, of course.

    Sigh.

  • robc||

    And, yes, Im having a conversation with myself. Deal with it.

  • ||

    It's all good, robc. I mean except for the writing, you're right about that.

  • robc||

    To be fair to myself, our political class also struggles with their ability to right.

    They have no clue what a right is.

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    Have a beer. It helps.

  • robc||

    I have a 2 hour drive ahead of me, but otherwise, sounds like reasonable advice.

    For those wondering, Im this --||-- close to signing a lease.

    Pretend those are arrows.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    For those wondering, Im this --||-- close to signing a lease.

    In Louisville, or elsewhere?

    Would you happen to have a cider at this establishment? Will you have food? Or will it strictly be a brewery?

    Let me know and I'll make a trip?

  • robc||

    Bowling Green.

    No cider, no food. Although hopefully nearby food establishments will deliver.

  • R C Dean||

    robc: two words.

    Food trucks.

  • ||

    How is that different? I mean, aren't we all just having conversations with ourselves?

  • robc||

    Most of the time we use different sock puppets to have these conversations so it doesnt look so crazy.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    We will need an address of course. Ohh and if you saw my crying beer yesterday there may be some kettles coming on the market very soon with an excellent lineage.

  • Rich||

    How quaint!

  • Cdr Lytton||

    Imagine the the grading and comments if that was turned in as a poly sci or constitutional law class essay today.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    Hello.

  • Slammer||

    Howdy!

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    Salutations.

  • playa manhattan||

    Jeez. You still on the west coast?

  • Doctor Whom||

    Boker tov.

  • From the Tundra||

    Hola!

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    Four hellos. Must be a record.

  • Lord Humungus||

    I thought the mighty Stimulus was supposed to give us all this mighty infrastructure.

  • Swiss Servator, mehr Käse!||

    Wasn't shovel ready.

  • gaijin||

    By shovel ready simply means the ability to shovel money at something. Thus, things are always shovel ready when it comes to govspend.

  • Swiss Servator, mehr Käse!||

    Well, that is certainly true.

  • Brett L||

    It was too fine by half. Shovel ready projects would have favored men working over women. I think they're beyond the hair splitting to the "find any damn thing that will work" stage.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    "President Obama will either announce a new $302 billion transportation bill this year, or the “vision” for one."

    Haven't you heard? He saved money so...ergo...derp...spend!

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    You cannot expect a Democrat - or a Republican, for that matter - to not make it rain in an election year.

  • BigT||

    And since half of all years are election years, start building a virtual ark to protect your bitcoins.

  • Pro Libertate||

    He's got to get in some last payoffs before Congress comes firmly under the control of the opposition party.

  • gaijin||

    also, multiplier!

  • Steve G||

    "LOL" says the Farm Bill

  • Doctor Whom||

    Progressives who led the freeway revolts. But then again, we've always been at war with Eastasia in favor of roads.

  • Doctor Whom||

    at war with Eastasia in favor of roads

    An edit button would be doubleplusgood.

  • Atanarjuat||

    An edit button would be doubleplusgood.

    No, because then Bo Cara could erase the racist things he posted.

  • Slammer||

    What? When was this?

  • robc||

    I missed that, he went racist?

  • Atanarjuat||

    Well, he said it's OK to call Clarence Thomas an "Uncle Tom", and became conspicuously absent when called upon to defend it.

  • robc||

    Wow.

    Just...wow.

    I do think he is legitimately libertarian, but his hatred of all things right wing leads to insane comments like that.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    He didn't go quite that far, but he was playing stupid with what calling him an Uncle Tom means, insinuating that a black guy calling another black guy an UT may not be that bad because it denigrates an individual instead of an entire race.

    He went full retard on that one.

  • Swiss Servator, mehr Käse!||

    I thought the full retard came about earlier, in the defense spending thread?

  • waffles||

    As a Civil/Structural Engineer I fucking love roads. I drive on some rural/mountainous roads because I simply love to marvel at the engineering. However, these mega transportation bills never put people like me to work. Instead they go to the engineering megacorporations and the budget gets blown on study after study and excessive planning with no action. By the time the work gets to a guy like me the project is 2 years late and overbudget and it will be my fault if it isn't done next Friday.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    And unfortunately, there's no way to keep the feds from dipping their fingers in that particular pie. Madison could get away with vetoing a national roads bill because at that time, the country was sparsely populated and most people traveled on old Indian trails anyway, or had carved out well-worn paths from the farming settlements to the cities. So he could reasonably state that the federal government didn't need to get involved.

    But in a complex, mass society with over 300 million people, where the vast majority of goods we consume come from somewhere other than where we live, it's inevitable that the feds are going to get involved in a nationalized infrastructure in order to facilitate the movement of those goods.

  • califernian||

    sounds like software development

  • ||

    More cold air from the Arctic could lead to temperatures as low as 50 degrees below the averages across the United States.

    And the Greater Los Angeles area will soon be flooded by a massive rain storm.

  • Swiss Servator, mehr Käse!||

    Hey, they wanted their drought ameliorated, right?

  • ||

    I certainly do but that hasn't stopped the local news media from milking this story for all its worth.

  • RBS||

    Not just local, it was on my local channel this morning. I haven't been out to LA in a few years but as I understand it currently resembles a post-apocalyptic wasteland?

  • BigT||

    it currently resembles a post-apocalyptic wasteland

    How would one notice?

  • mad libertarian guy||

    For South Floridians, LA looks like and endless Coral Way.

  • ||

    I can understand the concern for mudslides since a lot of the foothill areas are dry and burnt out from wildfires.

    But the rest of the area seems fine to me. At worst there might be some street flooding but nothing you still can't drive in.

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    I don't watch the local news. Is it really gonna' rain?

  • ||

    Yeah, supposedly we are supposed to get an inch overnight into tomorrow and then as much as 2 inches Friday into Saturday.

    Biggest rain even in two years.

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    That's moist!

  • Ted S.||

    I'm reminded of this from a few months back.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    It's pissing me off because we planned to go to NYC on the 1st of March but the weather doesn't look so hot. We're not sure anymore. Damn.

  • Ted S.||

    It can't be colder than Montreal!

  • ||

    Yeah, seriously. Unless you're worried about the drive, I'm confused.

  • Ted S.||

    I'm between Rufus and NYC, and haven't heard anything about bad weather this weekend. Perhaps I need to pay more attention...?

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    Really? Been talking to my friend in NYC. She seems to think so. Wet snow, cold etc.

    We even looked at Boston.

    Actually, weird but Montreal and NYC are normally different but the last couple of years similar in terms of cold.

    My wife is a scared little cat when it comes to driving in snow in the Adirondacks. I have a fucking 4x4 for cripes sake.

  • ||

    No way, unless it's been really warm in Montreal, it's definitely colder than NYC has been. I'm in Chicago now and it's still significantly colder here than NYC, and not nearly as cold here as it was when I lived in Montreal (ending 2006).

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    Last year we went to NYC around this time was actually worse than Montreal.

    Albeit, for two days only. The three days we were there that is. The 4th was beautiful but we were leaving.

    Bah.

  • Ted S.||

    The Northway is that dangerous?

  • RBS||

    Be a good Canadian and come on down to SC.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    Love the Carolinas - haven't spent enough time there. My wife's uncle's wife is from NC.

  • playa manhattan||

    Why not go to Palm Springs? I went last weekend, and it is 80 percent Canadian this time of year. And it was in the 80s.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    As I told a friend the other day: A 4x4 is good, but the sht ain't magic.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    Adirondacks? You mean those pregnant speed bumps you call mountains out there?

    PUHLEESE!

    Try Independence Pass in GOOD weather, or the Mokee Dugway...that will send you wife into full on batshit disassociation.

  • Citizen Nothing||

    I'm headed to the Mississippi Blues Trail and Little Rock next week. If I see the devil at the crossroads, or Hillary at the Clinton Museum (but now I'm being redundant), I'll tell 'em y'all say "hey."

  • Tim||

    This City is headed for a disaster of Biblical proportions...

  • UnCivilServant||

    This The City is headed for a disaster of Biblical proportions.

    That's a bit more accurate.

  • Tim||

    Thanks dickless.

  • UnCivilServant||

    If we could amputate it from upstate, we might be able to get sanity for half the population of the state.

  • Ska||

    It's a warm 25 degrees. Besides, how much time do you plan to spend outside and sober?

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    Well, we do like to walk in NYC.

    That reminds me. I have to find my flask.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    ...while Fox News has hit its 146th consecutive month as the top rated cable news network in the U.S.

    It helps when you're unique in a glutted market.

  • gaijin||

    I wonder how they choose what to put on the air? I wonder if this makes them 'successful'...someone should look into this.

  • Swiss Servator, mehr Käse!||

    Yes, someone should look into them...

    /FCC

  • wareagle||

    damn your faster fingers.

  • wareagle||

    isn't the FCC considering looking into this?

  • Lord Humungus||

    Pasco deputies: Pantless teacher's aide charged with DUI

    According to the arrest report, 41-year-old Steuber, who works as an aide at Paul R. Smith Middle School in Holiday, was pulled over early Saturday morning going 69 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone along State Road 56 in Wesley Chapel.

    Once she pulled over, deputies noted the strong smell of alcohol. When she tried explaining where she had been, deputies said Steuber began slurring and mumbling, as she told them she had a few drinks at a bar in St. Petersburg.

    When deputies asked Steuber to get out of the car so they could perform a field sobriety test, they said they realized she was completely nude from the waist down, wearing only a shirt and bra.
  • Swiss Servator, mehr Käse!||

    A particularly involved parent-teacher conference?

  • Brett L||

    From the picture, we know why there were no students involved.

  • ||

    CNN’s primetime shows have lost about half of their viewers, compared to this time last year, while Fox News has hit its 146th consecutive month as the top rated cable news network in the U.S.

    Bitter clingers in flyover country.

  • DJF||

    Which is why we need pre-K school so that the children will grow up to watch the proper media channels

  • mad libertarian guy||

    This is what happens when your channel goes full retard on gun control. There is only a reasonably small swath of America that really wants to put the screws in on gun control, yet, because the media is part of that swath and those in the media simply can't imagine anything other than their experience, the news channels act as if virtually everyone wants it. Then they wonder why no one watches.

  • Slammer||

  • BigT||

    Is this a clever marketing ploy to reinforce Brazil's sexy image? Otherwise it would seem that playing this down would hurt the economic payout of the games.

  • gaijin||

    "Lookin' to score"...that is lame. The other one is clever.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Pakistan warns American plans to withdraw from Afghanistan completely this year could push Afghanistan into a civil war.

    If the only thing keeping your relationship together is the tenant, you might want to think seriously about divorce.

  • Swiss Servator, mehr Käse!||

    I am happy with Pakistan reaping the harvest of their constant meddling, and us ending ours - if the Afghans so desire. So...Sod off, Pak.

  • Tim||

    Yep. Win-win and Fuck U.

  • gaijin||

    but, but, NUKES!

  • UnCivilServant||

    We haven't fired nukes, and Pakistan is saving theirs for India.

  • Swiss Servator, mehr Käse!||

    I cannot imagine that India's SOF don't spend 95% of their planning and training on "how to get those $@ing Pak nukes"

  • mad libertarian guy||

    Why would they want to get Pakistani nukes when they have their own?

  • Swiss Servator, mehr Käse!||

    Take them off line, next war they have.

    When, not if.

  • gaijin||

    Pakistan is saving theirs for India.

    Yes. I was simply derping on the 'falling dominoes' theorists that try to keep us entangled in places where we do not belong.

  • Injun as in from India||

    Good for America, bad for India. The last time the US pulled out of Afghanistan, a whole bunch of asshole jihadis went after India. These assholes basically have to fight at least 1 of 3 infidel enemies at any given time - America, Israel, or India.

  • Swiss Servator, mehr Käse!||

    Yeah, I would avoid any Kashmir vacations in 2015.

  • Lord Humungus||

    Did you know there's a "corporate consumption complex" conspiring to make us think we have a "right" to do dangerous things?

    That's what Nicholas Freudenberg says in "Lethal But Legal: Corporations, Consumption, and Protecting Public Health," and Mark Bittman is writing about it in the NYT today:

    It sounds creepy; it is creepy. But it’s also plain to see. Yes, it’s unlikely there’s a cabal that sits down and asks, “How can we kill more kids tomorrow?” But Freudenberg details how six industries — food and beverage, tobacco, alcohol, firearms, pharmaceutical and automotive — use pretty much the same playbook to defend the sales of health-threatening products....
  • ||

    Nothing sticks in the craw of a fascist more than the freedom to choose things they don't approve of.

    The Public Health Nazis will never yield. They can't be reasoned with, they will insist everyone yield more and more ground as they 'nudge' us towards their vision of a healthier life.

  • Doctor Whom||

    But it's just not possible for any sane adult acting freely to make a choice other than what the right-thinking people would make. This is what the control freaks actually [at least claim to] believe.

  • gaijin||

    ^This. Especially since life expectancy trends show how poor our choices have been.

  • Brett L||

    Inorite? Statistically, if you make 26, you're very likely to see 65 and a large percentage will see 80. American life expectancy is fucked up because it is more dangerous for people, especially males, aged 14-24 than many other places.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    Nothing sticks in the craw of a fascist more than the freedom to choose things they don't approve of.

    It is the inability to Mind Your Own (Fucking) Business that leads to a life as a statist.

  • Brett L||

    How many more people will die every year without autos to transport people to hospitals, pharmaceuticals to treat even the smallest infected scratches, alcohol to make horrible marriages tolerable, etc.? Fuck these guys.

  • Marc F Cheney||

    food and beverage, tobacco, alcohol, firearms, pharmaceutical and automotive

    What are the greatest products that humankind has to offer?

  • ||

    Do they get their talking points from Thank You for Smoking? That looks suspiciously like the expanded MOD Squad at the end of the movie.

  • MJGreen||

    Jesus. Everything legal is lethal. Is there one legal, material object that cannot be used to kill yourself or someone else?

  • Rich||

    it’s unclear whether the president will actually “offer a full reauthorization proposal — for the first time in his presidency — or simply a ‘vision.’”

    Get real. *Anything* he "offers" is simply a vision.

  • Lord Humungus||

    Female driver uses her breasts as an excuse when stopped by Lincolnshire Police

    Officers from the Lincolnshire Road Policing Unit stopped a woman who was not wearing her seat belt correctly, today.

    The woman had her sealt belt tucked under her arm when she was pulled over in Grantham.

    After advice was given, police say the woman explained "it hurts my boobs".
  • Swiss Servator, mehr Käse!||

    And the constable then conducted a close inspection.

  • ||

    Seriously, do any women not get annoyed by seatbelts?

  • ||

    +1.

  • Lord Humungus||

    don't you mean +2 ?

  • SugarFree||

    I greatly enjoy it when my wife is wearing one.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    Second

  • Jordan||

    More cold air from the Arctic could lead to temperatures as low as 50 degrees below the averages across the United States.

    FFFFFUUUUUUUU. Can't wait to move to a Caribbean island somewhere.

  • gaijin||

    I hear Haiti is nice.

  • From the Tundra||

    We just got back from Key West last week. 80 and sunny.

    This morning: -9 with insane wind chill.

    I'm clearly doing something wrong.

  • Brett L||

    Eh. You don't want to stay in Key West. Its like a fence in a field for crazy. Most places crazy people blow in and out, but there they just seem to stick.

  • From the Tundra||

    For sure. Very educational for the kids, though!

  • thom||

    Every time I visit somewhere like Key West I feel this way too. My laptop and cell phone work perfectly well in Key West, or Jamaica, or the Bahamas, so why do I have to sit in a cold, dirty, northern city to do my work?

  • mad libertarian guy||

    Because if you're from the North, you can't be racist.

  • Swiss Servator, mehr Käse!||

    Try the Dominican!

    /NJ Dem

  • gaijin||

    lol!

  • Lord Humungus||

  • Atanarjuat||

    Suffers? Also, what is erection of the clitoris?

  • ||

    It's made of the same kind of tissue as your penis, so it becomes engorged in the same way. You've probably seen it happen before.

  • gaijin||

    I wonder if ED drugs would do the same thing?

  • SugarFree||

    Off-label use of Viagra by women can lead to it as well.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    What is that one drug/pill that some men can take but all women shouldn't even touch it or something? I kind of imagined viagra in a similar fashion but guess not.

  • Rich||

    You're very kind, Nikki.

  • Marc F Cheney||

    Aw, that's cute.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Austin police chief puts jaywalking arrest into perspective

    "In other cities there's cops who are actually committing sexual assaults on duty, so I thank God that this is what passes for a controversy in Austin, Texas."

    (Apologies if this has already been put out here. It's my first prepared, outside link.)

  • UnCivilServant||

    This actually made the BBC. About half the comments were mocking Texas at large. The other half were split between blaming the victim and blaming the cops. Almost none pointed out the pattern of abuse by police.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I'd just be happy if any of the commenters pointed out how fat those cops were.

  • Idle Hands||

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I know the jaywalking arrest was already posted. This is the police chief's response.

  • BardMetal||

    So the Austin police chief admits that police have already set the bar ridiculously low for themselves.

  • Lord Peter Wimsey||

    I live in central Texas, near Austin. I suggested on my neighborhood Facebook page that the cops were way out of line. Many agreed, but just as many insisted that she got what she asked for. Some even said that her wearing headphones was a provocation; that she should be ready to respond to cops anytime should they need to bark commands at her.

    I'm not kidding.

  • Swiss Servator, mehr Käse!||

    I am glad I don't have neighbors like that... or do I? I would hate to find out, should we have something like this happen, and I see their reactions.

  • Juice||

    Isn't Austin where they recently had a little bit of a dog shooting problem?

  • Rich||

  • Slammer||

    Pardon me if this has been posted before:

    Hipster wannabes paying thousands for facial hair transplants.

  • BardMetal||

    Ugh the Apocalypse can't come soon enough.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    Bunch of insecure losers.

    My beard gets thick fast.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    Yep.

    I could stuff a pillow with my beard.

  • Brett L||

    We don't want to know about your strange anal-lingual adventures.

  • Rhywun||

    I've noticed a Grizzly Adams trend in the last few months. I want to throw up when I see that shit.

  • 0x90||

    Heh, top comment there already nailed it:

    Wouldn't a patchy beard be more ironic than a well filled-in beard?
  • Lord Humungus||

    Rand Paul Is Right. Social Conservatives Should Embrace Libertarianism

    “Libertarian and liberty doesn’t mean libertine,” he explained. Paul might have added that libertarianism isn’t synonymous with “uncharitable” or “selfish” or a “Social Darwinist,” either. He might have argued that libertarianism would do a lot more than just help orthodox Christians politically. It may even be the most conducive political philosophy for them to thrive.

    Obviously, for those who measure the nation’s virtue by the size of the Department of Health and Human Services budget, Rand’s proposition must seem absurd. Take Elizabeth Stoker, who, writing in Salon, believes that “Rand Paul’s audacious new sham” is a “phony religious epiphany”:

    If what Paul intends to say here is that Christianity and libertarianism are amenable to one another because Christianity provides the moral compass libertarianism doesn’t have – that is, that one can protect marriage and defend against oft-objected to practices like abortion through the selective reference to Christian values by otherwise libertarian political agents – the question is: Why would someone with such a commitment to Christianity ever commit themselves to a political philosophy without a similar commitment?
  • robc||

    I dont know, why would some of us be both Christian and Libertarian?

    Why or why?

  • Swiss Servator, mehr Käse!||

    Salon-folk cannot reconcile the fact that acting compassionately/virtuously can happen voluntarily. If not forced by law with armed agents of the state at the ready, it doesn't count.

  • robc||

    Why or why?

    I think I caught John's disease, only without the humorous typos.

  • Lord Humungus||

    If suffering from John's Disease, please consult your doctor. Symptoms may include vicious insults, long threads, misspelling, and the love for larger women. Help, however, can be found by taking a deep breath and not giving a fuck.

  • robc||

    love for larger women

    My fiancee is 6' even.

    We are the same height.

  • Lord Humungus||

    I don't mean that kind of large.

  • ||

    he didn't say in which direction she's six feet

  • waffles||

    She could be 6' tall with a 40 inch bust and 50 inch hips. That would put her in the sexy amazon warrior class. It's hard to find a good skin-tight armourer these days though.

  • robc||

    According to a calculator I just found, her weight is in the 28th percentile for her height and age.

    So, no, not the kind of large you meant. But she aint a stick either.

  • Lord Humungus||

    I once dated a woman who was almost as tall as I am (6'2"). She was quite, um, statuesque/Amazonian ... I couldn't imagine her any thinner than she was... no complaints here.

  • robc||

    Ive seen pictures when she used to be thinner, and honestly, she wasnt nearly as attractive.

    But, then again, I was 6', 125# when I graduated HS, and I look like a concentration camp survivor in pictures.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Because they've read Matthew 22:15-22?

  • robc||

    For nearly 20 years now, Ive had the concept for an essay entitled "On Being Caesar" bouncing around my head.

    Its based on those verses and the fact that in a democracy (or democratic republic), we are all Caesar.

  • Swiss Servator, mehr Käse!||

    "we are all Caesar'

    Excellent! I am awarding myself the Corona Civilis. Also a triumph. All H&R commenters will be invited to the triumphal feast. Now, I need to go order the Treasury to give me about 750 talents of silver and 200 talents of gold...

  • robc||

    I need to go order the Treasury to give me about 750 talents of silver and 200 talents of gold

    I believe the treasury now pays out in form of Obamaphone.

  • Pro Libertate||

    If we're all Caesar, that means we're getting stabbed to death on March 15?

  • robc||

    They moved it to April 15.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Two days after the Ides of April, and right smack in the middle of Tax Day, when each of us dies a little bit more.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    If you don't want to pay your taxes, why, you're free to spend a weekend with the Pain Monster!

  • Pro Libertate||

    You know, this gives me an idea. Since leftists enjoy high tax rates on wealthier Americans as much, if not more, for their punitive value as for extracting wealth, perhaps it would make everyone happy if taxpayers had the option of putting their hand in a box of pain (stimulating nerve endings but not actually permanently damaging anything) for ten minutes or paying their taxes.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    And if you choose to pay taxes instead, you'll be classified as not human?

  • Pro Libertate||

    What does the government care who or what pays the bills? Besides, corporations.

  • Swiss Servator, mehr Käse!||

    An IRS agent stabs you with a gom jabbar.

  • Pro Libertate||

    That would defeat the purpose, wouldn't it?

  • robc||

    right smack in the middle of Tax Day, when each of us dies a little bit more.

    thatsthejoke.jpg

  • Dr. Frankenstien||

    Remember Caesar thou art mortal.

  • Atanarjuat||

    the moral compass libertarianism doesn't have

    Now hand over 60% of your pay or get thrown in this cage.

  • robc||

    Because nothing says lack of moral compass like self ownership and the non-aggression principle.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Jesus came back. No on knows about it, because he joined the LP.

  • Pro Libertate||

    No one knows, that is.

  • Acosmist||

    Non sequitur ftl

  • SugarFree||

    Methinks Salon likes the yoking of libertarians and socially conservative Christianity in the hope that they will discredit each other to their base groups.

    Concern trolling at its derpest.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    ...clashes between pro-Russian and anti-Russian protesters in Crimea continue.

    Criminal clashes in the Crimea? Criminy!

  • Swiss Servator, mehr Käse!||

    Cripes.

    Awful alliteration always appears in articles like this?

  • seguin||

    Chaos in Crimea as clashes go critical, claim Kremlin.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Greenpeace co-founder: No scientific evidence of man-made global warming
    There is no scientific evidence that human activity is causing the planet to warm, according to Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore, who testified in front of a Senate committee on Tuesday.

    Moore argued that the current argument that the burning of fossil fuels is driving global warming over the past century lacks scientific evidence. He added that the Earth is in an unusually cold period and some warming would be a good thing.

    “There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years,” according to Moore’s prepared testimony. “Today, we live in an unusually cold period in the history of life on earth and there is no reason to believe that a warmer climate would be anything but beneficial for humans and the majority of other species.”...

  • gaijin||

    Clearly this man is/had been/will be excommunicated from the temple.

  • UnCivilServant||

    I think his is a case of 'already was' excommunicated.

  • WTF||

    But the science is settled. He is clearly a heretic.

  • ||

    Shortly they'll be pushing Bill Nye in front of every camera to set Patrick straight.

  • DJF||

    “””Russia has put its troops near the Ukrainian border on alert””””

    Your link goes to a story about US pulling out of Afghanistan.

  • Rich||

    Meh. The whole region is fucked.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    Canada's future PM:

    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs.....00724.html

    He's such an idiot. My wife said last night, "he seems to make a lot of gaffes." In which I responded, 'and will get elected nonetheless.'

    He's a commie liberal and the anti-Harper train express is too strong at the moment. It's exactly what happened in the USA. People were 'Bushed out' and this led to a lame-ass like Obama being elected.

    Canada will soon have Obama-light ruling the country. What a fucking mess.

    The thing is, there's no excuse to have made such a joke. None. Any thinking man with any sense of deep thought would have avoided it. But he's an emotional feller (what, being a drama teacher and all) and tends to ignore rational thought.

    Get him a Tonka truck already.

  • Ted S.||

    And the CBC will give him the sort of pass they never gave a Stockwell Day.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    They're in 'build your leader' myth overdrive.

    Trudeau is a wet dream for them.

  • Pro Libertate||

    You have the Shat. He's tanned, rested, and ready. And he's globally respected as a leader.

  • Swiss Servator, mehr Käse!||

    Would the Canadian Armed Forces get Starfleet uniforms?!

  • Pro Libertate||

    Yes. And the Mounties would be the redshirts.

  • db||

    Would the RCMPs be the Redshirts, then?

  • db||

    Fucking reload, db. Reload.

  • BigT||

    Green meltdown in Germany. The green shit is hitting the reality fan. Green energy doesn’t make a difference ecologically and it puts a lot of poor people in jeopardy.

    “17% Of All German Households Now In Energy Poverty! Spiegel Writes Of An Energy Cost Explosion!”

    Electricity, heating and hot water are hardly affordable for more and more German citizens. 6.9 million households have according to information obtained by SPIEGEL ONLINE spend more than one in ten euros for energy - in 2008 there were only 5.5 million households.


    “German Govt Advisers call for abolition of renewable subsidies”

    In its annual report, the the Expert Commission on Research and Innovation concludes that the Green Energy Law is neither a cost-effective tool for climate protection nor does it have any measurable impact on innovation. “For both reasons, therefore, there is no justification for the continuation of the EEG ,” concludes the report which will be presented to the Chancellor on Wednesday.
  • Jordan||

    “17% Of All German Households Now In Energy Poverty! Spiegel Writes Of An Energy Cost Explosion!”

    The same thing is happening in the UK. IIRC, many people have resorted to burning wood, which is decidedly not green.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    The same thing is happening in the UK. IIRC, many people have resorted to burning wood, which is decidedly not green.

    Only if you're cutting down vast amounts of otherwise healthy trees to do it. The vast majority of wood that I (and most of the people I know who burn wood for heat) use is cut from already downed trees. We had an ice storm a few weeks ago that busted up a bunch of cedar trees in my yard. That will be a good chunk of next year's firewood. I've NEVER cut down a healthy tree.

    And even if the act of burning wood isn't green, it's certainly greener than using up fucktons of electricity made from burning coal.

  • ||

    The only environmental problem with burning wood is the particulates. It's fine for rural people to burn wood, but you don't really want a lot of it happening in dense cities.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    It's a good thing I live in rural KY.

  • waffles||

    That's what you get for messing with fission!

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    I saw Tony in the 'Libertarian Paranoia' thread in action. Holy shit he's diseased.

    Here's the thing. When I discovered Reason back in 2003 or thereabouts, it took me about, five minutes, to figure out the backbone of libertarian thought (non-aggression principal). Once this sets in your head, it's not that hard to follow the logic and flow of its positions. Sure, it's been 11 years and I'm still learning but for the life of me can't understand the lies perpetuated against it.

  • robc||

    I would argue the backbone is right of self ownership, and the NAP follows from it.

    But tomato, potato.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    Fine. I just learned a new thing.

    But I get the gist of it.

    Tomate, patate.

  • UnCivilServant||

    Tomato, Potato, they're both nightshade.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    Poutine for you Canuks!

  • seguin||

    In the future, all Canada will be poutine.

  • Ted S.||

    it took me about, five minutes, to figure out the backbone of libertarian thought (non-aggression principal).

    I wish we had more non-aggression teachers, too. Too many school stories in the Brickbats.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    You've been around here that long? Did you go by another handle or lurk or I just don't remember?

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    Never joined until a couple of years ago when I felt ready until I felt comfortable enough with the community.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    Never joined until a couple of years ago when I felt ready until I felt comfortable enough with the community.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    What the fuck?

    Until I felt comfortable enough.

    Leave it at that.

    Jesus I have to stop typing while eating.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Lurking doesn't train you to combat the squirrels.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    I found Reason while looking for alternate views on Iraq and the war on terror. I thought to myself 'hm, this is different. Orange font.' The rest is history.

  • robc||

    Bo freaked out when I suggested that he should have lurked for 3 months before posting.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Some lurking is good, but 7 years is probably excessive.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    I was on and off.

    And then suddenly, a flicker went off in my small brain. It was time.

    I guess it was a perfect storm of sorts. I had grown increasingly annoyed with progressivism. I pretty much keep to myself, don't like people all that much, hate crowds and detest organizations. I never join them.

    But for the first time (outside of sports), I found something I can latch on to.

    /wipes tear.

  • Rasilio||

    Just wait till you've been around long enough to get your first Monacle

  • UnCivilServant||

    Just be sure to time your reveal so that it does not coincide with a troll pulling a "screw you guys, I'm going home" or it will take months to get the commentariat to realize you're not a sock puppet.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    Not sure I follow.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    He meant that if you lurk for a while, but then start posting right at the same time someone storms off like joe did, people will assume you're actually that person using a new handle.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    Ah.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    Add to that list: Mary, Lone Dipshit, MNG (who I still think is Bo), Chony, DONDERRROOOOO (Although I don't believe he ever sock puppeted), the list goes on.

  • DontShootMe||

    I'm still lurking.

  • Injun as in from India||

    I've been following Reason since 2007 or so but did not join until I saw you and Fist fighting for pole position everyday. And I mean that in a non-sexual way.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Not much of a fight though, really.

  • Lord Humungus||

    Is Black History Month still needed?

    They are African-American 20-somethings, members of the so-called post-racial era that began with President Obama's election, whose lives have been lived largely free of overt racism.

    For many of them, the very notion of Black History Month is a trite anachronism. It's a time given over to rote recitations of a few well-known factoids about the lives of King, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, maybe a few others.

    But how much resonance can such recitations have for people who had the option of voting for a black candidate in their very first presidential election? A candidate who won? Twice?
  • Rich||

    Is Black History Month still needed?

    RACIST!

  • BigT||

    Starting in 2017 it will be re-named Obama's Birthday Month.

  • gaijin||

    ^Excellent! We will have 30 days of circuses to celebrate. Bread will be thrown to the faithful.

  • Rich||

    Excellent.

    It could be modeled on Kwanzaa, with each day of the month celebrating an Obama virtue or accomplishment.

  • UnCivilServant||

    We ran out trying to figure out what to dedicate the 1st to.

  • Rich||

    "First Black President", DUH!

  • UnCivilServant||

    The first black american to become president was Joseph Jenkins Roberts ( Just not of the US )

  • Rich||

    Apparently Black History Month has done its job well.

  • UnCivilServant||

    Actually, I learned practically nothing about history during Febuaries. They spewed ideological claptrap. I learned more on my own than from any official 'efforts' on historical matters.

  • Ted S.||

    There are a whole lot of people who want to replay the 60s, which requires acting as though race relations are stuck in the 60s.

    I can't wait for the Boomers to retire and lose their cultural influence.

  • Wandering Texan||

    You are too nice to the boomers. And they won't retire until they die.

  • BigT||

    For sure. After all, those idiots gave us Obama. Oh wait...

    AGE
    18-29 Obama 60 romney 37
    30-44 52-45
    45-64 47-51
    65+ 44-56

  • mad libertarian guy||

    There are a whole lot of people who want to replay the 60s, which requires acting as though race relations are stuck in the 60s.

    The ENTIRE left acts as if it's still the 60s in terms of race relations. Why do you think Rachel Maddow asked Rand Paul how he would have voted on the CRA? People like Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton have made millions from it. And as long as it works, they will continue to do it, even when everyone who was alive during the 60s is long dead. Because misdirection and strawmen are all they have.

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    One of my drinking buddies is black. He's a lawyer doing some awesome real estate stuff. My wife is black. She's an accountant doing awesome finance stuff. Black History Month has never come up as a topic. Ever. I think it's important to Baby Boomer Blacks. The ones who invented Kwanzaa. To the rest, not so much.

    Oh, it's also important to ESPN, CNN, etc. to prove their liberal cred.

  • Rasilio||

    Don't forget PBS, they need it to show that they are still important.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    Of course it's not fucking needed. History is history. PERIOD.

  • UnCivilServant||

    You've clearly never worked at the Ministry of Truth.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    10 Bizarre And Totally Awesome Bea Arthur Artworks That Are Better Than John Currin's

    2. Che Bea, or should we say Chea?
    5. Bea for... Bendetta?

  • Lord Humungus||

    Atheists plan conservative outreach with booth at CPAC

    American Atheists, an outspoken organization that advocates for atheists nationwide, will have a booth at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference.

    The atheist institution, which is well known for its controversial billboards and media campaigns, informed CNN of its inclusion on Monday night, and a representative from CPAC confirmed that the group will have a booth at the annual national gathering of conservative leaders and activists in March. American Atheists hopes to use the forum to tap into the conservative movement and bring conservative atheists “out of the closet.”
  • Dweebston||

    Isn't libertarianism conservative outreach for atheists?

    I kid, I kid. Besides, for all the atheist-bashing conservatives perpetrate it's usually against liberal pandering to nontheists and hostility toward Christians. The left isn't exactly a safe harbor for someone espousing religious freedom and government noninvolvement.

  • Mickey Rat||

    Will they be able to resist being smug and condescending?

  • John||

    Of course not. But, the CPAC was stupid not to invite them.

  • Azathoth!!||

    And now they've kicked them out.

    I wonder if this could have something to do with it--

    “Conservative isn’t a synonym for religious,” Silverman said. “I am not worried about making the Christian right angry. The Christian right should be angry that we are going in to enlighten conservatives. The Christian right should be threatened by us.”

    or this--

    In 2013, American Atheists launched a billboard campaign against three Republican politicians: former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. All three Republicans have spoken at CPAC in the past.

    Maybe an atheist group that wasn't so clearly leftist? One that understands that 'outreach' doesn't mean 'attack'.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    The Libertarians need a booth since they are the only truly conservative party.

    Too bad they can't organize their way out of a wet sack.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    President Obama will either announce a new $302 billion transportation bill this year, or the “vision” for one.

    This would explain the propaganda piece (featuring a guest appearance by Ray la Hood) on the weather channel this morning about the BILLIONS of potholes and crumbling roadz in this our once-great land.

    Also, the headline on the Google News about road closures in St Paul.
    Suck it, peasants, your Lord and Master is coming to town!

  • Ted S.||

    This would explain the propaganda piece (featuring a guest appearance by Ray la Hood) on the weather channel this morning about the BILLIONS of potholes and crumbling roadz in this our once-great land.

    I'm so glad DirecTV is still in a contract dispute with the corporate owners of the Weather Channel over carriage fees. Even if I do prefer the graphics package they use to what Weather Nation has.

  • Ted S.||

    Finnish nanny stater: The stste should have the power to force you to pay for your parents' care

    The "problem" was caused by the state, as the guy unwittingly admits, in the form of bad inheritance laws:

    He suggests that if there is insufficient support for a return to the old law, another alternative would be a change to legislation so that inheritance is not automatically divided equally among one’s offspring.

    “If the Code of Inheritance is changed, a father or mother would have the right to reward those offspring who have helped them, kept them in mind and taken care of them in their old age,” Kangas proposes.
  • Auric Demonocles||

    It doesn't sound like it's just "automatically" done that way, which would be reasonable. Instead of equal split being the default, it appears to be the only option.

  • UnCivilServant||

    If there's anything left to pass on, why are the kids being tapped for funds?

  • ||

    Crispin Glover, aka George McFly from 'Back to the Future', explains why he hates the ending of the movie

    Crispin Glover starred as George McFly in 1985's "Back to the Future," but he didn't appear in the film's subsequent sequels. Why? As it turns out, Glover had serious issues with the Robert Zemeckis movie's finale, a bit of wish fulfillment that imagines the McFly clan as wealthy and materialistic. "It made me realize that something was specifically going on in how corporate media was both funded and distributed," Glover told HuffPost Live host Ricky Camilleri. "It affirmed some value system. Maybe it's corporate value systems as opposed to humans' value systems."

    Yes, it's unconscionable that the movie would reward George McFly for punching Biff out and thus regaining his manhood and self-confidence with material wealth.

    What kind of message is that? He should have been made even more emasculated in the new timeline!

  • Ted S.||

    Corporations are of course just the people who comprise them.

  • gaijin||

    Corporashuns arent people! (But soylent green is.)

  • Doctor Whom||

    Listen up, wrong thinker: Corporations exist entirely independently of human beings, as do economic forces. Only government is the people.

  • ||

    That's so depressing.

  • ||

    Must admit to having a soft spot for Crispin Glover, if only for River's Edge. If he wants to talk bollocks and create lunatic art, fine by me. He ain't telling me who to vote for, and he has to go around being called Crispin, so I'll cut him some slack.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    So he really was a pansy?

  • WTF||

    Well yeah, I figured he would be more upset that George McFly didn't seem to notice or care that his 'son' looked exactly like that Calvin guy his wife had a crush on in high school.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    He should have stabbed him to death then and become a serial killer.

  • Mickey Rat||

    George became financially successful because he had the confidence to try and make living doing what he loved, writing science fiction, rather than settling for what he could get. The alternate George was a happier man in all aspects of life than the original George.

  • Brett L||

    And the fact that he was essentially helping Biff out by giving him make-work jobs that he probably overpaid him for.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Biff casually coming into their house in 1985 after trying to rape her in 1955 is such a creepy aspect of that movie.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    44 Law Professors Make A Case Against Corporate Social Responsibility
    ...If corporations can’t have religious beliefs, then it follows that they can’t believe in climate change, sustainable investment or any other beliefs embraced by the corporate social responsibility movement.

  • Rich||

    Biden: 'I may be a white boy, but I can jump'

    Apparently The Man released Joe from his chains.

  • Brett L||

    Whenever this administration "lets Joe be Joe" it means that they are doing something even stupider that they don't want us to know about.

  • Lord Humungus||

    Progressive Chameleons

    At a recent conference on tax and regulatory policy sponsored by the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, Phil Kerpen, president of the free-market organization American Commitment, noted that Democratic lawmakers are quietly cheering the Environmental Protection Agency’s sweeping regulation of carbon emissions and other new rules that effectively ban the construction of new coal plants. Those lawmakers know that these EPA rules would be political suicide to pass as legislation, so the Left has the agency implement them as regulation, and do it only in the president’s second term.

    Thus the party that spent the Bush years screaming about the “Imperial Presidency” overwhelmingly decides that the legislative branch is an unnecessary obstacle to setting its preferred environmental policy. We’ve reached the point where vehemently anti-Bush Democrats in Congress now write up executive orders for President Obama to implement unilaterally.

    The legislative branch matters, until it doesn’t. The filibuster matters, until it doesn’t. Yesterday’s positions get dropped if they interfere with today’s needs. The Right is dealing with extremely adaptive foes who, for the most part, have no hesitation about lying to get what they want.
  • John||

    They are crude materialists. Principles only matter as a justification to get results in the real world.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    More cold air from the Arctic could lead to temperatures as low as 50 degrees below the averages across the United States.

    I have a friend who will invariably respond to news of this sort by saying, "Well, this is exactly what the models all predict. Cold weather is caused by GLOBAL WARMINGZ!!!!11!!!!1"

  • Dances-with-Trolls||

    At this point I just treat climate believers the way I do any other religious fundamentalist. Nod and keep moving.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    At this point I just treat climate believers the way I do any other religious fundamentalist. Nod and keep moving.

    This.

    If the Reality v Climatologist Predictions can't convince them of the absolute wrongness of their position, they can't be convinced by anything I might say.

  • WTF||

    Does he have any explanation for why all of the models which predicted steady and continuous warming based on that premise have failed so spectacularly?

  • Lord Humungus||

    California couple finds $10 million in buried treasure while walking dog

    A trove of rare Gold Rush-era coins unearthed in California last year by a couple as they walked their dog may be the greatest buried treasure ever found in the United States, worth more than $10 million, a currency firm representing the pair said on Tuesday.

    The 1,400 gold pieces, dating to the mid- to late 1800s and still in nearly mint condition, were discovered buried in eight decaying metal cans on the couple's land last April, said coin expert David McCarthy of currency firm Kagin's.

    Somewhere an IRS agent is licking his lips.

  • SugarFree||

    I'd tell no one and trickle them out onto the market. "I found these 10 coins in grandma's shoe box after she died."

  • Lady Bertrum||

    Even worse, the coins could be subject to FDR's executive order 6102. They might have to turn them over to the Feds with no compensation.

    Just a little advice for those who may happen upon pre-depression(1933) area gold: STFU about it. Really. Horde it; melt it down, but STFU.

  • lap83||

    I think it's a catch-22. If they were smart about money, they would already be rich.

  • Don Mynack||

    I'm hoping they really found $100 million and this was just the amount they told the Feds about.

    But probably not.

  • ||

    New progressive pipedream: Save the Post Office by turning it into a banking and loan racket for the poor

    Unbanked and underbanked Americans pay a hefty price for their lack of access. According to the Postal Service IG report, the average household spends $2,412 a year on interest and fees for alternative financial services. This is about one-tenth of their gross income, going right into the corporate accounts of unscrupulous and predatory operations. If the post office can deliver these services at a dramatic discount, they could save families thousands of dollars, and drive the conglomerates that prey on these communities out of business. Not only does this fit with the regulatory imperative of protecting Americans from financial abuse, it gives them breathing room to pay for necessities, putting the money back into the economy. People who filed for bankruptcy in 2012 were just $26 a month short of meeting their expenses. Discounted financial services could fill that gap, lifting many Americans out of desperation and stretching their income.

    Discounted. Gee, I wonder who will be paying the difference?

  • ||

    Ending recessions. Truly. Postal banking would integrate well with the concept of giving everyone with a Social Security number an ATM account with the Federal Reserve, instead of intermediating it through a commercial bank. The physical ATMs could be at any of the 35,000 postal branches nationwide (or through their mobile-enabled postal account). Rajiv Sehti, an economics professor at Barnard College and Columbia University, explains that this would allow the Fed to directly target economic downturns. When the economy lags, the Fed could place a few hundred dollars in everyone’s account, with the proviso that it gets spent immediately. That would offer an immediate and timely Keynesian stimulus, paid for by normal Fed operations (the Fed made $79.5 billion last year alone).

    Inflation made easy!

  • John||

    If the private sector does this, it is called "predatory lending".

  • ||

    Postal banking would integrate well with the concept of giving everyone with a Social Security number an ATM account with the Federal Reserve, instead of intermediating it through a commercial bank.

    Ah, SSNs, the ultimate in mission creep.

    Fuck off, slaver.

  • BigT||

    And just think of the efficiency of the IRS being able to make direct withdrawals from you account, not to mention the NSA being able to cut off your funds as easy as flipping a switch. 1984 has arrived in full.

  • Rasilio||

    The IRS can already do that, and in fact they do if you owe them enough money.

    Back in the early 90's my parents ended up owing over $250,000 to the IRS when one of their businesses went belly up. They basically could not have a bank account because anytime money was deposited into it the IRS would withdraw it immediately

  • BigT||

    Looks like I need to make a trip to the Bahamas. Or some place beyond their reach. Where?

  • paranoid android||

    One thing I've always felt presented a serious problem for libertarians is the difficulty in arguing against people who aren't basing their arguments in reality. We're not really utopians, so when someone like this imbecile promises some bold new program that will end poverty, outlaw recessions forever, make everyone richer, and not cost you anything--well, our natural instinct is to cross our arms and point out that these things aren't possible for a government program, even if we'd like for them to be.

    But of course, the problem is that people really don't like being told that magic isn't real, so that of course leads to the accusations that we're all just "selfish" and "cynical" no matter how many times our predictions play themselves out to the letter.

    So how, in a democracy, can one persuade people with honesty and principle, when the other guy is just going to pound the table and promise everyone that he'll make all of their wishes come true?

  • robc||

    People who filed for bankruptcy in 2012 were just $26 a month short of meeting their expenses.

    If you are $26/month short why the fuck are you filing for bankruptcy?

    A bankruptcy attorney is going to charge a few k to handle it right?

    You are looking at years and years of shortfall to pay the lawyer. WTF?

  • John||

    And remember that is an average. A lot of people really can't pay. A good number of bankruptcies are filed by degenerate gamblers and drug addicts with hundreds of thousands of dollars in credit car debt.

    So for the average to be that low, there must be a lot of people who can make their payments but have it granted anyway.

  • robc||

    Its a standard call on Dave Ramsey, someone has 30k in debt, of which 27k is student loans, and they are struggling to make payments and want to declare bankruptcy.

    He then calls them an idiot. Although politely. Usually.

  • John||

    Ruin your credit for seven years and not even get rid of your debt.

    They need to repeal that exemption and make those discharged in bankruptcy. Maybe not totally dischargeable but eligible for a judge ordered cram down and readjustment.

    I would pay for covering the federal guarantees by a surtax on all college endowments over a billion dollars. The colleges basically stole the money from the feds and the students. I would give it back.

  • Brett L||

    I think making any loans discharged by bankruptcy half the lender and half the institution would just about cure the problem. I'll even add in a sop for the student who thinks they can just declare bankruptcy and move on. They cannot be discharged within seven years of the last loan received. That should give everyone enough skin in the game to find a reasonable accommodation.

  • SugarFree||

    I'd make it bankruptable, but get rid of the federal backing. Force the banks to actually look at what schools and what degrees people are getting instead of making it rain for $90,000 puppetry in women's studies majors at Bryn Mawr.

    Or parents back the loans with assets, providing the same oversight.

  • John||

    For sure. But it would be a bad idea to walk away from the federal guarantees that are already there. The government should pay their debts no matter how stupid they are.

    Again, I would pay for that by taxing college endowments. They created and benefited from the problem, they should have to help pay to fix it.

  • Brett L||

    Good point, John. That unwinding will be necessary in all foreseeable futures.

  • PD Scott||

    Yes, because going to the Post Office to mail something isn't bad enough already. "Why did my check bounce?" "You're overdrawn. Any stamps today? Would you like to open a holiday savings account? Is your deposit liquid, fragile, or hazardous?"

  • ||

    "Is your deposit liquid, fragile, or hazardous?"

    Depending on what I've been eating, all three

  • ||

    “Sweatin’ like a gypsy with a mortgage, actually.”

    Translating the world’s most Australian man

  • Atanarjuat||

    On Hit n' Run, I usually hover over links and inspect them warily as if they are a cat turd on carpet. And then occasionally there are links, like this one, that I instantly click on without reservation.

  • Swiss Servator, mehr Käse!||

    Agreed - as soon as I saw "rugby", I clicked.

  • Brett L||

    That's great. Its like reading my old high school coach. Only he had random redneck sayings out of the southeast.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    "Well ain't handy as a shirt pocket?"

  • seguin||

    "He went like a scalded ape"

  • Lord Humungus||

    Crisis Gauge Rises to Record High as Swaps Avoided

    China’s credit-market gauges are triggering alarm bells, as banks grow cautious in lending to each other while investors prefer the safest government bonds.

    The spread between the two-year sovereign yield and the similar-maturity interest-rate swap, a gauge of financial stress, reached 121 basis points on Feb. 19, the widest in Bloomberg data going back to 2007. Two days later, the cost to lock in the three-month Shanghai interbank offered rate for one year reached an eight-month high of 94 basis points over similar contracts based on repurchase agreements, which are considered safer because they involve government securities as collateral.

    Billionaire investors George Soros and Bill Gross have drawn parallels between the situation in China now and that in the U.S. before the 2008 financial crisis...
  • Swiss Servator, mehr Käse!||

    So maybe Soros will end up a wanted man in China, like in France?

  • Rich||

    Florida Democrat: Without Immigration Reform, Where Will We Get Our Landscapers and Maids?

    “We have a lot of employers over on the beaches that rely upon workers"

    Clearly Ms. Alex Sink is fit to be a congresscreature.

  • John||

    It would be nice if Hispanics had enough pride to be offended by Democrats assuming they are all landscapers, welfare queens and permanent serfs on the Progressive plantation.

    On the Progressive plantation, black people act all authentic and play the music and Jose cuts the grass for the white masters to enjoy.

  • Rich||

  • Swiss Servator, mehr Käse!||

    She was a disaster as FL Insurance Commissioner - I still get spammed years after she decided all of us with FL adjuster licenses should have our info sold to "marketing firms".

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Further proof of Global Warmingz: in the period between last Friday afternoon and yesterday morning, I have had a cumulative snowfall of two fucking feet. I admit it. I surrender. I'm ready for Spring.

  • John||

    When people in Montana think it is a bad winter, it is a bad winter.

  • Lord Humungus||

    In the wilds of Michigan we've gotten less than an inch of snow. There's still plenty of the white stuff leftover though.

  • BigT||

    March, April and May are still ahead.

  • Tim||

    Not huge snow in Vermont, but the frost is down into the ground so far that doors are getting jammed and the damned fence posts are getting pushed right out.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    How's that unusual? One of my early memories is driving the 4 wheeler along the fence to help my dead pound the fenceposts back down.

  • ||

    Why were you helping your dead? Why bother having zombies at all?

  • Auric Demonocles||

    The board part of their pay is cheap.

  • UnCivilServant||

    Why were you helping your dead? Why bother having zombies at all?

    They do all the manual labor, but don't have much individual initiative and need direction.

  • Tim||

    Obama voters all.

  • Tim||

    You got zombie farmhands? Cool.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    I grew up far enough north to be in the White Walker territory.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    You should try the trick they do out west. Tie heavy fucking rocks to some wire right next to the posts.

  • Ted S.||

    I remember driving from Dartmouth down to Boston and seeing all the "Frost heaves" signs.

  • alittlesense||

    Ohhh...Frostheaves the snowman,
    Was a surly, crabby soul,
    With a cheap cigar and a corncob nose,
    And eyes like burning coals....

  • Lord Humungus||

    within the same time frame that is...

  • The Late P Brooks||

    I'm working on the design for my Mad Scientist Snow Cat. I just need to source tracks, and I'll do it. And then I'll hang a great big snow blower on the front of it.

    Fuck this.

  • SugarFree||

    "new-klearr wessel"

  • PD Scott||

    Maybe this will help. Or at least give you experience.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    More cold air from the Arctic could lead to temperatures as low as 50 degrees below the averages across the United States.

    "Global warming sucking cold out of the Arctic."

  • Rich||

    That's good. It makes sense.

    "Warm air in the temperate regions rises and must be quickly replaced by the frigid Arctic air."

  • Swiss Servator, mehr Käse!||

    A million progtards just started nodding. Thanks for that.

  • WTF||

    Yes, no proof or evidence is needed, just a semi-plausible sounding batshit assertion.

  • John||

    http://www.washingtontimes.com.....want-cong/

    2/3rds of American voters want Congressional investigation into Benghazi. Perhaps "What Difference Does it Make" isn't such a great answer after all.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    "FAKE SCANDALZ!"

  • The Late P Brooks||

    The 1,400 gold pieces, dating to the mid- to late 1800s and still in nearly mint condition, were discovered buried in eight decaying metal cans on the couple's land last April, said coin expert David McCarthy of currency firm Kagin's.

    Those coins were hidden to keep them from being confiscated during the New Deal. Obviously, they must be seized by Treasury agents, and those people should be fined another five million dollars.

  • John||

    Didn't the government say just that and try to take some gold coins that had been hidden during the Depression and later found by the person's grand kids?

  • SugarFree||

    They did take them, iirc. But they were uncirculated coins so the issues were murkier than this case.

  • John||

    Even though they are legal to own now. It would be like the ATF confiscating a rare bottle of wine your grandfather didn't poor our during prohibition.

    Fucking assholes.

  • SugarFree||

    Yup.

    I have a coin that FDR should have seized, but it was hiding in a bag until my dad bought the house and knocked out a wall. 1902 ten dollar gold piece in perfect condition. Dad sold the other 12 in the mid-1980s.

    I'm an outlaw
    On a steel horse I ride
    Imma wanted... dead or alive...

  • John||

    One of my crooked uncles made off with a $10 gold piece that belonged to my grandmother. It was given to her by Buffalo Bill (no shit) when she met him as a little girl. My mother's entire family are outlaws. Who would have known.

  • ||

    Actually, I think that 12 coins might have passed the numismatic exemption. I'm almost certain that given its history John's grandmother's would have.

    They did take them, iirc. But they were uncirculated coins so the issues were murkier than this case.

    My understanding of that case is that the feds were saying that the grandfather(?) was a mint employee and that he had stolen it. It was from a run of coins none of which had ever been circulated.

  • robc||

    You cash these out ONE...AT...A...TIME.

    If spread out properly, your grandkids should still be cashing out your hoard.

    I realize that sucks, but thats the way to do it.

  • From the Tundra||

    What about getting them the fuck out of the country? I'm certain you could dispose of them just as easily in Costa Rica or something.

  • SugarFree||

    But then you have to get the money back in. Or stay in Costa Rica and live the good life.

  • Rasilio||

    $10 million in gold in Costa Rica, you probably wouldn't need to worry about coming back to the states, just live there in the lap of luxury

  • robc||

    Undeclared?

    If customs catches you with them, you are fucked.

    You could fly them out 1 at a time, but that leads to same problem, unless you want to be tagged as a drug lord.

  • WTF||

    It's a good thing we live in a free country.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    Sailboat my friend. Sailboat. Yes they will search for drugs but they wont find 1oz rounds (if you put a modicum of effort into hiding them). For example, tape them to the top of the bilge.

  • sarcasmic||

    Video Shows Officer Confronting Man Filming Arrests In Towson
    .
    .
    .
    “I’m allowed to do this,” he told the officer.

    “Get it out of my face,” the officer replied.

    “I have my rights,” the man said.

    “You have no rights,” the officer said.
    .
    .
    .
    “I thought I had freedom of speech here,” the man said.

    “You don’t. You just lost it,” the officer replied.

    http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/...../#comments

    What is the response? You got it. More training.

    “There needs to be either further training for the police and perhaps some appropriate disciplinary action for this individual policeman,” Rosenberg said.
  • ||

    What's the training? They get a puppet show explaining the Bill of Rights?

  • sarcasmic||

    Break the camera before saying things that might embarrass the department.

  • John||

    She is basically the drunken crazy aunt that kind of creeps you out but is entertaining enough you don't mind having around a few times a year for holidays.

  • sarcasmic||

    I assume that was meant to be a response about Dean.

  • John||

    Yes. Damned threaded comments.

  • Rich||

    Nice suggestion, ifh, but a puppet show is probably too complicated for these clowns to understand.

  • Swiss Servator, mehr Käse!||

    Comic book.

  • seguin||

    Repeated blows to the head, coupled with monosyllabic shouting.

  • Rich||

    “There needs to be either further training for the police and perhaps some appropriate disciplinary action for this individual policeman,” [Delegate Sandy] Rosenberg said.

    Clearly this clown should lose his job, too.

  • Ted S.||

    The Reason writers ought to do a separate post on this story.

  • sarcasmic||

    Sweaty Paula Deen pictured 'making a comeback' while swigging from a tequila bottle and riding Food Network star Robert Irvine like a pony

    Deen turned a cooking demo in Miami this weekend into a public apology for the racist comments that decimated her career last year

    Without ever explicitly discussing the allegations, she said she was glad to be back and that, 'I am not a quitter'
    The Southern chef yelled 'where ya'll going?' when people walked out during her chicken and dumplings cooking lesson


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new.....ottle.html
    The pic of her drinking tequila right out of the bottle is hilarious.

  • sarcasmic||

    And what's that thing on her face?

  • John||

    I have never been a fan. But the tequila pic makes me reconsider my opinion.

  • sarcasmic||

    I would never consider making any of her food, but she is quite entertaining in a dirty-old-lady kind of way.

  • RBS||

    She's pretty funny. She hits on every male guest that isn't one of her sons.

  • John||

    So that makes her less creepy than Stephanie Seymour.

  • robc||

    appropriate disciplinary action for this individual policeman

    Firing sounds about right.

  • sarcasmic||

  • John||

    Beckinsale, unless Russell has had surgery, she has no boobs, not small boobs, but no boobs.

  • ||

    Obviously Beckinsale, but Keri Russell looks great as well. Looking forward to watching 'The Americans' tonight which features her pulling off the occasional honeypot operation.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Kate.

  • RBS||

    Beckinsale. Keri Russel is cute but her body is lacking.

  • From the Tundra||

    Kate by a mile. Come to think of it, Kate over most of the chicks on the DM.

    Spectacular.

  • ||

    Queen of the Feelz Dahlia Lithwick: America Now One Giant Stand Your Ground Zone

    It’s clear that at least some of the jurors in both cases took the principle of “stand your ground” into account to some degree during deliberations... ]Whether or not jurors in Florida are technically instructed to apply the “stand your ground” component of self-defense law, it’s increasingly clear that they are, at minimum, confused about it (understandably) and may even be starting to apply it reflexively.

    Yes, Dunn's attorney argued traditional self-defense. But, as former assistant U.S. attorney David Weinstein told the Associated Press, “I think people will say that because some of the language from the stand your ground statute gets embedded into the jury instructions, that stand your ground has an effect.”

    I might go further. I might say that whether or not specific jurisdictions define self-defense to include a duty to retreat, and whether or not specific juries are charged to apply it, America is quickly becoming one big “stand your ground” state, as a matter of culture if not the letter of the law.

    Self-defense laws: bad because I think people are obviously too stupid to apply them the way I think they should.

    Perhaps Ms. Lithwick should be a jury of one in all gun trials.

  • ||

    Castle doctrine is fucking common law, bitch, so fuck your "becoming."

  • John||

    Yes it is. And even in states that say there is a duty to retreat, do not say you have one in your own home. So the duty will never apply in the context of the Castle Doctrine.

    Remember, Lithwick went to law school and she can't understand this.

  • RBS||

    Lithwick went to law school

    Stanford law and clerked in the 9th circuit...

    Her Wikipedia page tells you all you need to know.

  • John||

    Yup. And then worked at daddy's law firm before deciding to be a journalist. Basically any of the practicing lawyers who post on Hit and Run are more qualified to cover the Supreme Court than Lithwick. She went to a high end everyone gets an A law school, did a year as a clerk, answered the phones for daddy for a year and then moved on to being a professional hack.

    There have to be hundreds of burned out lawyers who have practiced before the court who would happily take her gig and actually have some intelligent things to say. Lithwick is hired to preach the party line to the faithful. I think the fact that she is stupid and unqualified is what made her an attractive candidate to Slate. If she had any brains or qualifications, there would be some danger she might stray from the party line.

  • ||

    In 2009, Lithwick wrote an article for Slate titled "I Need a Hero: Seeking a bomb-throwing, passionate, visionary, liberal Scalia for a seat on the Supreme Court." In the article, she called for President Obama to nominate a person who was "some cross between Rachel Maddow and Emma Goldman."

    Neither of whom were lawyers. Presumably that shouldn't be a requirement for the Supreme Court bench in Dahlia's world

  • UnCivilServant||

    It's not a requirement in our world.

    Seriously, there is no mandate that a court appointee have any experience in law. They just have to get past the senate.

  • John||

    Earl Warren was a governor. He might have been a lawyer, but he hadn't been a practicing one in a long time.

    I am actually a bit sympathetic to the idea that someone other than a member of the Ivy League Constitutional Law Priesthood should be nominated to the court. But Lithwick doesn't want diversity. She just wants a better hack.

  • RBS||

    It's a shame really. There are a lot of really good, qualified judges out there who will never sniff the federal bench, much less the Supreme Court, because they went to the wrong law school.

  • John||

    Absolutely RBS. Worse than that, no one who is in the defense bar will ever sniff the court. You only get on the court by being a government hack.

    The Court doesn't have a single member who has ever had defend someone in traffic court much less an actual trial. But that doesn't stop them from pontificating on how the law really works and should be.

  • RBS||

    Can we just go ahead and impose a moratorium of all news from FL that doesn't involve Florida Man?

  • ||

    Queen of the Feelz Dahlia Lithwick: America Now One Giant Stand Your Ground Zone

    It’s clear that at least some of the jurors in both cases took the principle of “stand your ground” into account to some degree during deliberations... ]Whether or not jurors in Florida are technically instructed to apply the “stand your ground” component of self-defense law, it’s increasingly clear that they are, at minimum, confused about it (understandably) and may even be starting to apply it reflexively.

    Yes, Dunn's attorney argued traditional self-defense. But, as former assistant U.S. attorney David Weinstein told the Associated Press, “I think people will say that because some of the language from the stand your ground statute gets embedded into the jury instructions, that stand your ground has an effect.”

    I might go further. I might say that whether or not specific jurisdictions define self-defense to include a duty to retreat, and whether or not specific juries are charged to apply it, America is quickly becoming one big “stand your ground” state, as a matter of culture if not the letter of the law.

    Self-defense laws: bad because I think people are obviously too stupid to apply them the way I think they should.

    Perhaps Ms. Lithwick should be a jury of one in all gun trials.

  • John||

    Lithwick only has a job because Linda Greenhouse has to be able to point to someone as dumber and more dishonest than she is.

    Jurors in this country have a sense of justice and fair play that comes for our culture. For this reason they take claims of self defense very seriously and are hesitant to convict someone where the victim was the initial aggressor. Lithwick, being a Prog, thinks cases should be decided on emotions and as much as possible the race and social status of the two parties and thus is appalled by these sorts of results.

  • Dweebston||

    And sex. Don't forget the Alexander case the left paraded around during the Zimmerman fiasco as proof that SYG is sexist, or racist, or something. Apparently tackling your victim for some ground-and-pound action doesn't qualify as aggression, and neither does returning to the house to fire a "warning shot" at your husband.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Via the all-powerful Wiki:

    In 1933, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 6102, which outlawed the private ownership of gold coins, gold bullion, and gold certificates by American citizens, forcing them to sell these to the Federal Reserve. As a result, the value of the gold held by the Federal Reserve increased from $4 billion to $12 billion between 1933 and 1937.

    GREATEST AMERICAN PRESIDENT

  • ||

    Even the rhetoric--accusing Americans with gold assets of 'hoarding' them and sabotaging the recovery--is straight out of the commie playbook.

    Can you imagine if Obama tried to do this today? It's a good thing the American people are more distrusting and assertive than they were in 1933

  • WTF||

    Well, apparently Obama can also write laws with a stroke of his pen, and the left and media will cover for him.

  • Juice||

    Americans are HOARDING gold, so we have to confiscate it all and put it in a vault...for the economy.

  • Lord Humungus||

    Biden: ‘I May Be a White Boy, but I Can Jump’

    Joe Biden is pretty confident in his basketball skills. Speaking at a Naval Observatory reception celebrating Black History Month, the vice president warned Sacramento mayor and former NBA player Kevin Johnson not to underestimate his abilities on the court.

    “I told the president, next game I have him,” Biden told the crowd. “Just remember I may be a white boy, but I can jump.”

    Later, mentioning the importance of the marches from Selma to Montgomery, Biden criticized the Supreme Court for striking down parts of the Voting Rights Act last year. He also condemned the passage of voter-ID laws in different states and and called for an end to “this kind of malarkey” by their proponents.
  • John||

    So the new conspiracy meme running around Facebook is that Bengazi was a setup. The allegation is that the Obama people wanted to release the Blind Sheikh to endear themselves to the Muslim Brotherhood and also give Obama a chance to look Presidential. The alleged plan was to have the militias kidnap the ambassador who would then be traded for the release of the Blink Sheikh. The of course fucked up the plan because they forget about the two CIA former seals who were next door and showed up to put up a fight both getting the Ambassador killed and convincing the militias they had been betrayed.

    It is a crazy theory but it does explain a lot of things that are otherwise totally unexplainable like why an ambassador was there and without security (something that is totally inexplicable to anyone who has ever dealt with DOS), why the White House went to such huge lengths to not send the military in (they would have screwed up the kidnapping), and why they made up the ludicrous video story (if they had called it terrorism they would have had to have gone after the perpetrators, you know the people they made a deal with).

    It is unlikely to be true of course. But the fact that it is even believable and would explain a good number of their actions tells you all you need to know about how vile and incompetent these people are.

  • gaijin||

    You must be one of those NSA syops guys sent to plant false and misleading information amongst comment threads on the internet. Or, am I?

  • Lord Humungus||

    I thought that was my job, comrade.

  • John||

    Good guess. But we live in such insane times, the truth is stranger than any misinformation campaign.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    It explains why there are so many nuts like you who believe any bullshit they read.

  • John||

    So says the truther who thinks Bush is still President, at least when there is bad news.

  • WTF||

    BUSHPIGS!!111!!!111CHRISTFAGS!!11!!!1!!

  • GILMORE||

    Hmm.

    Yeah, no.

  • John||

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/.....h-at-cpac/

    CPAC won't let the atheists have a booth. The stupid party strikes again. These morons can't help themselves. If there is an opportunity to engage in a completely pointless act that will allow the media to over play it to confirm their stereotypes, these idiots will take it every single time.

  • From the Tundra||

    FFS, just let them have the booth and ignore them. This isn't that fucking hard to figure out. Way to give them 100 times the publicity - for free!

  • John||

    Exactly. I am sure they are douche bags who will annoy the hell out of everyone. But so what? Don't give them and the media a chance to slam you.

  • robc||

    If the atheists are conservatives, let them have a booth.

    They really like living up to the stupid party.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    It’s clear that at least some of the jurors in both cases took the principle of “stand your ground” into account to some degree during deliberations

    I stumbled across one of the many moron focus groups on MSNBC one day. They were weeping and wailing about Stand Your Ground; the consensus of opinion was, "Bring back DUTY TO RETREAT!"

    They were conspicuously silent on the "retreat from WHAT, exactly?" part of that proposition.

    They resolutely cling to the fiction that self defense is exactly the same as randomly hunting down unsuspecting negroes and lynching them.

  • John||

    The duty to retreat basically tells people under attack that they have to first risk death and harm in an attempt to escape their attacker before they can defend themselves.

    For example, a person is walking to their car on a dark night and is confronted by a man with a knife in the parking lot. In a duty to retreat state, the victim couldn't pull out a gun and threaten the man or defend themselves without first trying to make a run for it. Duty to retreat means, if there is an avenue of escape you have to take it even if that means risking the person catching you and harming you. When they catch you, you can then defend yourself since you have met your duty to retreat, but not before.

    Yeah, that makes sense.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    When you outlaw self defense only criminals will ... self defend.

  • Matrix||

    Dead criminals make talking heads cry...

  • sarcasmic||

    They resolutely cling to the fiction that self defense is exactly the same as randomly hunting down unsuspecting negroes and lynching them.

    All they see is force being used by someone who is not a government agent. Everything else is irrelevant.

  • GILMORE||

    ""Bring back DUTY TO RETREAT!""

    So - what? So more people will die making a split second decision about 'what to do about this person stabbing me!'

    or so they can throw more people in jail for legitimately defending their own lives?

    Both?

  • From the Tundra||

    I don't know if Ramis-fatigue has hit yet, but I really liked this article, penned by the guy who played Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day .

    http://www.slate.com/articles/.....ector.html

  • John||

    I asked him if he thought I was a bit over-the-top in my characterization as Ned Ryerson, the obnoxious insurance salesman forever accosting Phil Connors. Harold smiled and shook his head “No, Stephen, in comedy you have the stew—and you have the spice in the stew. Bill is the stew. He has to play it straight. You’re the spice. Have fun!”

    That one statement explains actors like Jack Black's entire career. Black was great as a side character in a film like High Fidelity but annoying as hell as the star of a full length film.

  • Lord Humungus||

    Hipster wannabes get facial hair transplants

    One happy patient is Danny, 27, whose beard used to be so patchy, he was forced to “fill it in” with an eyebrow pencil, he said.

    Two years ago, he paid $8,500 for the surgery, which he considers a fashion statement.

    “I have a baby face but now I’m able to look older. My fashion statement is a little edgy, and I do like the ‘rugged look,’” he said,

    He added, “It’s one of the best investments I’ve ever made.”
  • John||

    Meanwhile, this guy will be discharging his student loans in bankruptcy or getting them paid off by the government once the bailout happens.

  • UnCivilServant||

    Dumb shit.

    When I shave, I get a five o'clock shadow by noon. I'd love to be able to make it to the end of the work day before looking scruffy again, but my genes have decided that I will have a beard whether I want one or not. At some point he's going to change his mind and then complain about the implants behaving differently when shaved.

  • ||

  • GILMORE||

    from Diehipster.com

    http://diehipster.wordpress.co.....only-8500/

    "How fucking big of a desperate attention-needing douchebag fuck do you need to be to have this procedure? If you can't grow a beard it wasn't meant to be. But no - Tristan, Sallinger, Harrison and Brent - who have the combined body mass and strength of Nancy Reagan and Estelle Getty - will stop at nothing to "fit in" during their kidult playcation in Brooklyn. It's just a phone call away to Mommy for a quick wire transfer of $8,500. Somebody should stand in front of one of these doctor's offices and greet the wannabe beardo as he walks out with a big cardboard sign that says PUSSY in big bold letters. Isn't it going to be strange when Hayden shows up to kickball practice, or artisanal pickling class, or to his local gentrification craft ale watering hole and his bearded buddies see his beard when they already knew his inbred emaciated face was incapable of growing hair?

    The beard is now a symbol of the effeminate Brooklyn hipster. Not gay, but straight and effeminate. I cringe whenever I see these rent-raising faux lumberjack beardos; and now there will be even more of them?? It blows my mind how Brooklyn's image has turned from a kind of tough yet loved & forgiving place and melting pot for the world into a place known for adult crafts; over priced and over-hyped food; rooftop kale gardens; $10 latte sipping; and horrific art galleries."

  • GILMORE||

    *Disclosure

    Matt Welch lives in Brooklyn.

    So (did) I.

  • Marc F Cheney||

    Do $10 lattes really exist?

  • GILMORE||

    No, don't be silly.

    They're $7

    http://diehipster.wordpress.co.....-brooklyn/

  • Swiss Servator, mehr Käse!||

    I almost choked, I laughed so hard after reading that. Thank you for sharing that gem.

  • Outlaw||

    So I finally watched the video of the cops that killed Nair Rodriguez outside of a movie theater in Oklahoma. I think someone posted it yesterday.

    They are fucking animals. Every last one of them. The little tiny shred of hope I had left that there are good cops has been destroyed.

    Anyone who becomes a cop and stays a cop is a shitbag.

  • John||

    And there are dozens or more videos just like that of cops all over the country. Did you see the one of the cop in New York who attacked the guy for filming him? Or the account the blogger in San Fransisco gave of the cop beating the shit out of him because he made the mistake of calling 911 for a hurt cyclist?

    They are animals. And thanks to unions and crooked DAS are in virtually no danger of being held accountable. The cop in Culpepper, Virginia murdered a woman sitting in a church parking lot and only got manslaughter and if he is not out of prison already will be with in a year or two. They can murder you and the worst they will face, if anything is manslaughter and a few years in private cop jail hanging out with the child sex perverts.

    It has long since become a national disgrace.

  • Outlaw||

  • Matrix||

    Well, they figure that since video evidence doesn't get their asses in trouble, then they have free reign.

    It's really becoming that all the police have to do to beat you to death is say "STOP RESISTING" and you're lucky to come out alive.

  • Dances-with-Trolls||

    I'd think at this point hearing the words "stop resisting" out of a cop's mouth would justify any and all efforts to escape given that the cops in question have probably lost all control of themselves at that point.

  • John||

    Yup. And they can arrest you any time they feel like it. Sure the DA will drop the charges. But you will still spend at least a night or maybe more time in jail, be totally humiliated and raped if you are not lucky. And since sovereign immunity is so strong and the laws are so vague, they will never even be reprimanded for it.

    The case of the San Fransisco blogger I mentioned above is a great example of that. He wasn't doing anything but standing there and the cop tackled him and beat the shit out of him and took him to jail leaving him to rot until Monday. When he was released the deputy said "here is your court date show up on time and the charge will be dismissed". The Deputy knew it was a made up charge. When the guy asked "then why am I here?", the Deputy responded "a lot of young deputies out there looking to make a name for themselves". No shit.

    I taught a legal class for the Army a while back and the subject of probable cause for arrest came up. Two black men in that class told stories of walking down the street and being arrested for nothing only to later be released and told by the jailers they were arrested because the cops needed to make sure they arrested someone that shift.

    Most people have no idea the danger they are in when they interact with a cop in public.

  • creech||

    Make of it what you will: years ago there was a bully in my high school. No one would stand up to him. One night, after a dance, he came out to find his precious car smeared all over - inside and out - with dog shit. Never bullied anyone again.

  • John||

    If things keep going the way they are, I suspect people are going to start taking matters into their own hands and being a cop will get a lot more dangerous. Won't that be great?

  • Swiss Servator, mehr Käse!||

    STEVE SMITH lives in Detroit?

    http://www.deadlinedetroit.com.....w4KZIXyf3U

  • Pope Jimbo||

    The ACLU has brought up an interesting point about how MLB has talked the city council into ceding all their permitting authority to them for the All Star game this summer:

    http://blogs.citypages.com/blo.....r_game.php

    Basically, if you are a business in the "clean zone" (which is just about all downtown Mpls), you can't get a permit to add extra outdoor seating or run any other goofy promotions to get more customers unless you get MLB's OK.

    MLB also gets to run all the riverfront parks for two weeks around the All Star game.

  • John||

    So much for the public trust. I don't blame MLB for taking the deal. I mean why not. I blame the city for looking at public assets as their personal possessions to be doled out as they see fit.

  • Pro Libertate||

    See, regulatory takings like this have an economic effect, and should be considered to be takings for Fifth Amendment purposes. Fuck.

  • From the Tundra||

    This is creepy. Even for Minneapolis.

  • Pope Jimbo||

    This link has a map of the clean zones.

    http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadi.....r-ask-mlb/

    Luckily it looks like my favorite dive bars in Nordeast are out of the zones.

    I sure am glad I was given the opportunity to pay for the Twinks stadium so we can cash in on big events like the All Star game, I mean so we have lots of money to spend spend spend on free agents so we can compete, I mean, hmmmmm....

    Why the fuck did we spend all that money?

  • GILMORE||

    Report: U.S. hate groups decreasing in number

    http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02.....ef=edition

    "...Hit & Run excluded"

  • Brett L||

    Did the SPLC finally fold?

  • Swiss Servator, mehr Käse!||

    OFA too?

  • 110 Lean||

    President Obama will announce either a new $302 billion transportation bill this year, or the “vision” for one.

    POS flew to St. Paul, MN to give his little speech about this today. Don't they have cameras and podiums in DC? Glad he didn't come to Minneapolis for this. I hate it when this POS shuts down the city for hours. Fuck him.

  • Mainer2||

    I heard on the radio this morning that "Republican Jan Brewer" was going to sign that bill in Arizona about the gays. I also heard that "Senate Leaders" say they won't be supporting Obama's proposed legislation.

    That's media bias, right ?

  • John||

    And remember during the gay marriage debates Reason assured everyone that gay marriage won't mean that gays will become a protected class under the CRA?

    Now Arizona is being vilified for passing a law that does nothing but say that they are not.

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