LeBron James Saves Cleveland, White House Wants Urgency in Border Funding, Strikes Continue in Gaza: P.M. Links

  • Keynote speaker for GOP convention?Credit: Keith Allison / photo on flickrLeBron James is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers. This really is the top news story of the afternoon.
  • The White House is asking the House for urgency in considering $3.7 billion to help deal with the border crisis. President Barack Obama is apparently willing to negotiate, which is probably good, as the House's appropriations chair says the number is too high.
  • The Obama administration knew in advance that the British government would force The Guardian to destroy hard drives containing information leaked by Edward Snowden.
  • Ukraine's president vowed to hunt down a rebel group that used rockets to attack an armored convoy, killing between 19 and 30 troops (different numbers from different reports).
  • Strikes continue in Gaza, where the death toll has passed 100.
  • The Federal Communications Commission has approved spending $1 billion per year to provide Wi-Fi service in schools and libraries.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    LeBron James is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    Heat letdown?

  • Bobarian||

    Well, you know Cleveland is due another let down, just because.

  • Certified Public Asskicker||

    I mean, best player in league plus 5 top 4 picks in the last years.

    Let the let down begin!

  • Certified Public Asskicker||

    in the last 4 years*

  • ||

    Hello.

    Wow. Lebron. I wonder how much of it was guilt for the last time he let them down?

  • Raven Nation||

    Probably some. But there has been some info over the last week that he has maintained a lot of personal & business ties to the Cleveland area.

  • ||

    I've also heard he genuinely feels Ohio is his home.

  • Root Boy||

    Has a house there and now he can hang out with Johnny Football and play Madden together.

  • Raven Nation||

    LeBron's sports' agency recently signed on to represent Manziel.

  • Root Boy||

    I am prescient -- and I know crap about sports

  • Mickey Rat||

    His wife also wanted to go back. Also, the Cavs have cap space to build a younger team around him that the Heat don't necessarily the flexibility to.

  • Rhywun||

    What is that, basketball?

  • Scarecrow Repair||

    Pronoun, I think. But I am no grammarianist.

  • Mike M.||

    Good old LeBron, the biggest front-running bitch boy in sports history.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Mike, he's going to Cleveland. Cleveland. That may have been true, but you can't claim that now.

  • Mike M.||

    He bailed out on the Heat because he realized during the finals that Dwyane Wade is toast, the same exact way he bailed out on Cleveland. And mark my words, if he comes to feel that the situation with the Cavaliers is hopeless, he's going to bail out on them again a second time.

    That's what he does. He's the first guy out of the foxhole running away from the gunfire as soon as the bullets start flying.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    And mark my words, if he comes to feel that the situation with the Cavaliers is hopeless, he's going to bail out on them again a second time.

    Yeah, he's a front-running bitch, but you know what? Good for him for realistically assessing his market value and trying to put himself in a situation where he can be successful and make a lot of money.

    Employees who see their employer falling to pieces and try to get in a better situation for themselves and their families are smart and should be lauded for thinking ahead. Fans who whine that these athletes should kiss the ground the fans walk on "because we pay your salary" and should remain on a shitty team even when the team's management is shit (for instance, Tood Helton's career with the Rockies) end up sounding like a bunch of butt-hurt socialists.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The Obama administration knew in advance that the British government would force The Guardian to destroy hard drives containing information leaked by Edward Snowden.

    Does knew in advance not equal instructed?

  • Brandon||

    Obama just found out about it in the P.M. Links.

  • Almanian!||

    Unprecedented.

  • Sevo||

    Said Ms Lerner!

  • Pi Guy||

    Not only that. It's never happened before!

  • Sudden||

    I always figured shriek was actually Obama. He really thinks himself a civil libertarian too.

  • CE||

    But what do millennials think?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Shame on you.

  • AlmightyJB||

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The Federal Communications Commission has approved spending $1 billion per year to provide Wi-Fi service in schools and libraries.

    Let the blocking of certain political sites commence in uniformity!

  • Muzzle of Bees||

    Reason's blocked at the school I work at. I can override the content filter but no such luck for the kiddos. Apparently, anything that might be labeled "blog" is blocked, go figure.

  • Brandon||

    I can understand Reason being blocked. No school wants to deal with widespread nut injuries.

  • Sudden||

    In theory, it would cut down on TEH MALE GAZE and rapeyness.

  • Drake||

    Nothing Left To Cut.

  • ||

    I don't know anything about cars. Is this actually much of an accomplishment?

  • Bobarian||

    A lot more "fugazi" than Ferrari

  • ||

    "Fugazi"?

  • Jerms||

    Waiting Room- great so g by them

  • Bobarian||

    Fouled Up, Got Ambushed, Zipped In

    Faked poorly

    http://www.urbandictionary.com.....erm=fugazi

  • Pi Guy||

    This is not a Fugazi t-shirt.

  • ||

    No pictures of how it looked before. Looks more like a kit-car. Definitely not Ferrari. Dear Lord, Pininfarina are master designers!

  • From the Tundra||

    It's been done before. Ugly, too, but better than that rolling abortion:

    http://www.bradleygt.org/

  • MegaloMonocle||

    The new LaFerrari does not have Pininfarina coachwork. Apparently, by the time they got done engineering the airflow, there wasn't anything left to do.

    http://online.wsj.com/articles.....73994.html

  • ||

    That was a pretty good article actually. Thanks.

  • MegaloMonocle||

    Dan Neal is awesome. I subscribe to the Weekend Journal mostly for his column.

  • MegaloMonocle||

    As a display of auto bodywork skills, it looks impressive.

    As a display of design skills, not so much.

  • ||

    It looks like a bona fide Faux-rari to me!

  • ||

    Subaru use to use a Porsche designed engine...

    It had basically the same dimensions as a suped 911 Porsche engine so hypothetically you could fit in a 911 Porsche engine into a Subaru...and have 4 wheel drive.

    Always wanted to do that.

    Sadly finding an old subaru from like 1980 that is not a pile of rust is not in the cards.

  • ||

    Why do you think they're hard to find?

  • Almanian!||

    Rust never sleeps

  • Bobarian||

    And early Subies were made from cheap steel.

  • Bobarian||

    aLso, Subies have never used Porsche designed motors, just motors with the same basic layout (so did old VWs). The horizontally opposed "boxer" design.

    Subarus have always been water cooled, while older Porsche and VWs were air cooled. Currently some people are putting Subie WRX motors in Porsche Boxsters because they are bigger and more powerful.

  • Almanian!||

    BMW motorcycles also - of course - used a flat twin for years. Still do. Now with water cooling of the head. it's a great design.

  • Overt||

    I believe this is an urban myth that has circulated for a long time and gone through a lot of retellings. Both Porsche and Subaru have had Boxer engines for a long time. That is just an engine with horizontally opposed cylinders rather than, say inline or in a V shape. There are rumors that Subaru either stole one of the early boxers and re-engineered it, or studied with Porsche or licensed the Boxer name (but not the design) from Porsche.

    I think this gets further confused because Porsche has a Boxter model, and it has a 6-cyl boxer engine in it. So some dealers or other people will say something like "It has the same type of engine that a Porsche has". When I had a WRX, valets used to always be like "Did you know this had a Porsche engine in it?" or something like that. After it happened once or twice, I spent a bunch of time in WRX forums trying to undertand what they meant, and this was the conclusion I came to.

  • ||

    VW Beetles and busses have boxer engines, as do many BMW motorcycles. It's not like Porsche is the only manufacturer to ever figure out how to make a horizontally opposed engine.

  • Whahappan?||

    Indeed. Ferrari used 12 cylinder boxers in several of their cars.

  • seguin||

    And Corvairs.

  • Redmanfms||

    No. At least they used a POS Passat and not a Corvette.

  • Sevo||

    "Is this actually much of an accomplishment?"

    Not unless you think Tupperware makes good crystal.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The White House is asking the House for urgency in considering $3.7 billion to help deal with the border crisis.

    With a number that high the crisis is sure to be solved.

  • Andrew S.||

    I'm sure the $10,000 that doesn't go to inflated salaries and contracts to connected people in border districts will help a lot.

  • The Other Kevin||

    Sure, throwing money at a problem without developing some sort of plan works every time!

  • CE||

    Couldn't they just hire 2,000 border patrol agents at 100K per year, one for each mile of Southern border, and solve the crisis for something closer to 200 million? (0.2 billion)

    Come to think of it, doesn't the FedGov already spend billions to defend the border? They need more?

  • Andrew S.||

    Cleveland is still going to manage to find a way to fuck this up and not win. Because it's Cleveland.

  • Citizen Nothing||

    There's already been speculation that the GOP convention could force some of the home playoff games to Columbus -- assuming LeBron could get the Cavs to the playoffs.

  • Ted S.||

    The playoffs end in June, and the convention is going to be in late July at the earliest. Why the hell would they need to move games?

  • Invisible Finger||

    They wouldn't. It's TEAM BLUE run amok.

  • CE||

    LeBron took the Cavs to the Finals when they had less talent than they do now.

  • Stephdumas||

    I think Cleveland will find a way of rid of the "Cleveland sports Curse".

    At least, the Crunch, a former indoor soccer league had won a championship in 1994 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6RvZ86wpIk

  • Jordan||

  • Brett L||

    Fuck me, I'm going for a celebratory drink.

  • From the Tundra||

    You would've done that anyway!

    Great news, though. I'm happy for the guy!

  • Ted S.||

    It wouldn't have been a celebratory drink.

  • ||

    Good for him.

  • Juice||

    “When I knew they were policemen, I lay down, face down. I kept saying, ‘I’m sorry. I’m sorry.’”

    That's why.

  • Gene||

    A 29-year old man was gunned down in his own home by officers serving a no-knock search warrant. They found .2 grams of marijuana

    Well it started off nice but ended with another nut punch.

  • Hyperion||

    But if only it saved one chillun, then you know, it was worth it, right?

  • Pi Guy||

    Save the Baby Humans!

  • Bobarian||

    "This is a landmark case in the instance of no-knock raids. All too often we see innocent people beaten and killed during the execution of this questionable practice."

    Police forces everywhere are laughing at the sad-sack SAPD. Letting the plebes fight back and survive? Police One must be on fire.

  • ||

    "But we need more guns and need to disarm these uppity sons-a-bitches. We have every right to break down their doors and kill 'em if they don't comply because drugs."

  • Root Boy||

    I did actually see MRAPs get used down in HOU to arrest the dipshit who shot his ex-family.

    They used two (!) of them to squeeze his crappy little car -- of course a couple of crown vics could have done the same thing, but you won't hear that from the po-po if they are asked.

  • ||

    Chinese Shoppers’ Penchant for Catching Z’s in IKEA

    The Chinese fondness for napping in odd places is a well-documented phenomenon, one that’s spawned a popular website and even a book.

    One Getty photographer recently focused on a subspecies of the Chinese nappers: Those who like to frequent IKEA’s beds. As any visitor to a Chinese IKEA can attest, such stores have a particularly convivial feel, with locals flocking to the store to simply hang out, as well as shop–or, as the case may be, catch a few winks.

    Asked about the Chinese penchant for napping in its stores, IKEA spokesman Josefin Thorell said the furniture company was fine with it. “This is a spontaneous phenomenon. Some customers who enter the Chinese stores sleep in the bed. IKEA in China does nothing to prevent nor anything to attract sleepers. But we don’t see it as a problem, we’re happy people feel at home in our stores. Certainly, it entails a little extra work for the staff, purely practically. But on the other hand, if customers try out our furniture and like it, we can sell an extra mattress or two.”
  • ||

    Vice: The Del Amo Fashion Center Is America in Mall Form, Which Explains Why It’s Falling Apart

    It's a Marxist read of the mall by my work. Basically the shiny nice, high-end shops are on the outside and the shitty parts (and a Cinnabon, which she doesn't even mention!) are tucked in a basement. Apparently this is purely because corporations hate poor people.

    The lighting becomes dimmer, the shops less well kempt. You notice a trade school. An Armed Services recruitment office. Go down the escalator, below street level, and there they are—the shops for the lower classes. Below them, at sub-sub street level, is the Burlington Coat Factory. You have now reached the bottom of the barrel, the basement below the basement. If you were any further underground, you would literally be in Hell.

    Favorite line: "They sold it shortly thereafter, because they are a corporation, and that is what corporations do with their acquisitions. The corporation’s motto: Always for Money, Never for Love."

    Second fav: "They’re clearly planning on letting the underground section of the mall fall further into decay—once the leases expire, they’ll demolish the structure, salt the Earth and high-five one another. They will probably celebrate with expensive scotch and “high end" goods."

  • ||

    They’re clearly planning on letting the underground section of the mall fall further into decay—once the leases expire, they’ll demolish the structure, salt the Earth and high-five one another. They will probably celebrate with expensive scotch and “high end" goods.

    The derp, it burns.

    How is it that there are people who think business(wo)men actually think like this?

  • Shirley Knott||

    These are the ones who are paying attention to Hillary's success at business. Her they can imagine doing all these things, but only if she's got her businessperson hat on.

    But yes, the stupid, it burns.

  • Brandon||

    I can imagine Hillary doing all those things, but people who need actual results to be successful? I can't see it.

  • Marshall Gill||

    I've been in the private sector, they expect results"

  • ||

    When my roommate read this part she yelled something like "I hope they're lighting expensive cigars with hundred dollar bills, otherwise they're just fakin' it."

    This is why we're friends.

  • Doctor Whom||

    XD

    Also, I trust that they've forced Burlington Coat Factory shoppers to polish their monocles.

  • Root Boy||

    The writer just needs to do a review of that new Korean train movie - Snowpiercer -- which sounds like the Del Amo mall on rails.

    http://freebeacon.com/culture/snowpiercer-review/

    Do they keep the poor people chained up in the basement eating god knows what?

  • MJGreen||

    Don't you realize how much money there is in demolishing a structure and salting the earth? Why wouldn't they be planning for that??

  • Trouser-Pod||

    It's a Marxist read of the mall by my work

    Well, no wonder Gavin left.

  • Hyperion||

    Below them, at sub-sub street level, is the Burlington Coat Factory. You have now reached the bottom of the barrel, the basement below the basement. If you were any further underground, you would literally be in Hell.

    Well, clearly there is no place closer to hell on earth than a Burlington Coat Factory. I bet the Koch Bros force the most unfortunate and impoverished of society to buy stuff there and then when they can't afford to pay for it, they force them into slavery by making them work there.

  • Trouser-Pod||

    Isn't Del Amo featured quite well in Jackie Brown?

  • ||

    Never seen it, but I was in the mall during filming. The crew was all in drag. We thought it was for the movie, but it was just that someone decided the film crew should show up in drag that day.

    I was maybe 13 at the time, so I was very, very confused.

  • Ted S.||

    I'm not going to touch this one with a ten-foot pole. :-p

  • Trouser-Pod||

    Well, if Quentin would do that for JB shoots, I wonder what he did for shoots on Django...

  • Bobarian||

    Al Jolsen impersonations?

  • Almanian!||

    *slow clap*

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I was maybe 13 at the time, so I was very, very confused.

    There you have it. We found what turned you.

  • Rhywun||

    See - not all of us were turned by The Golden Girls.

  • ||

    Wait, I thought it was because I lived with my single mother who loved Murphy Brown until I was 9.

    She even had a gay painter named Eldin who basically lived with her.

  • Doctor Whom||

    The comments are great. Apparently, the author couldn't get even basic facts straight. Then again, what are small-t truths compared to Capital-T Truth?

    Also, what does "corporation" mean to such people, other than "whatever I don't like"?

  • ||

    She doesn't really understand the demographics of Torrance at all. Strip malls and fast food joints is a silly thing to say when she points out there's an Exxon refinery and the Toyota corporate HQ (soon to be un-true) a sentence later. She also ignores that the Del Amo mall is huge and profitable, and is smack dab between two sprawling medical centers built around prominent hospitals.

    Her grasp of the cities demographics is also very suspect.

    She is right that the nicer parts of the mall have been slowly making inroads into the poorer parts of the mall, and that the poorer parts of the mall are fucking depressing.

  • Plàya Manhattan.||

    There's a thin line in the shitty part of the mall. Lots of out of towners there on Friday nights. I can see why they would want to push the shitty stores out.

  • Los Doyers||

    Yup. I worked at a restaurant there for three years. This New York pimp speaks the truth.

  • Sudden||

    I almost accidentally turned into their parking lot thinking it was Hawthorne Blvd earlier today.

    That is my only contribution to this piece. I'll not subject myself to the steaming derp of the actual text.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    LeBron James is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers. This really is the top news story of the afternoon.

    Given Cleveland's budget deficit, can they still afford a fattened calf?

  • Shirley Knott||

    Calf?
    Oh, we thought you said 'cat'...

  • CE||

    No, they got rid of Baron Davis a while ago.

  • ||

    The Federal Communications Commission has approved spending $1 billion per year to provide Wi-Fi service in schools and libraries.

    Glad to see the lobbyists at Time Warner and Comcast are earning their money.

  • Hyperion||

    The joke will be on them when their Comcast Wi-Fi goes down and Comcast sends out one of their homeless guys they just pulled out from under a bridge and paid with a pack of smokes technicians and the guy mistakenly unplugs their entire internet service.

  • Ted S.||

    "Free" porn for the kids!

  • Invisible Finger||

    That comes to 75 million routers and the 10 minutes it takes a person to install each one.

    All to use crippled internet because so many sites will be blocked.

  • ||

    I wonder if they will sic a federal prosecutor on you if you circumvent the filter.

  • Root Boy||

    $1B per year from the govt will install about 50 routers per year and employ about 1000 bureaucrats. And half won't work or need an annual maintenance contract from Lockheed worth about $10M

  • grrizzly||

    I've never been able to connect to the internet using any FreeWiFi network. For a long time I had an iPod Touch and a dumb phone and was always on a lookout for a free Wi-Fi. No freeWiFi ever worked.

  • ||

    Denny's Atari Remix Is The Weirdest Discount Restaurant / Arcade Game Crossover You'll See Today

    The three games in question are Hashteroids, Centipup, and Take-Out, and no, you don't get any extra points for figuring out which classic arcade titles those titles are lampooning. In Hashteroids you pilot a ketchup bottle spaceship shooting drops of tomato paste at enormous hashbrowns, in Centipup you use a bottle of syrup to shoot at a living chain of what I'm assuming are hush puppies, and Take-Out has you clearing a wall of destructible Grand Slam breakfast foodstuffs with an egg. There's a link to the Denny's app on the opening screen, and Google Play Games integration for scores and leaderboards.
  • paranoid android||

    Hashteroids

    Great name for a band venereal disease.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    What? No Moon Patrol Over My Hammy?

  • rts||

    Earth's Magnetic Field Flip Could Happen Sooner Than Expected

    Earth's magnetic field, which protects the planet from huge blasts of deadly solar radiation, has been weakening over the past six months, according to data collected by a European Space Agency (ESA) satellite array called Swarm

    First SA article I've read in a long time that didn't mention climate change.

  • Raven Nation||

    Good to know they're being consistent. I use to have their RSS feed bookmarked but gave up after 6 months because it seemed EVERY post was climate change.

  • ||

    So will the compass app on my phone stop working or is that done with GPS?

    Also will all the salmon die?

  • ||

    It's a magnetometer, which is how "metal detector" apps work.

  • Plàya Manhattan.||

    Maybe they'll swim in the wrong direction.

  • The Last American Hero||

    Awesome - They'll be plentiful in the rivers 11 months a year and only go to the ocean to spawn. I'll get a ton of mileage out of that fishing license.

  • Mickey Rat||

    Will Minnesota and Upper Michigan now be the "Deep South"?

  • CE||

    Even the North Pole is letting Cleveland down.

  • Hyperion||

    First SA article I've read in a long time that didn't mention climate change.

    Clearly, we need a magnetic field tax, to stop this calamity.

  • Almanian!||

    It's a "user fee", Hyperion - not a tax. It's not like we're talking about...I dunno....HEALTH insurance or something!

  • Almanian!||

    And get off my lawn magnetic field, you whippersnappers!!!

    *shakes cane*

  • Sudden||

    I suspect they'll find a way to blame fracking soon enough.

  • MegaloMonocle||

    Strikes continue in Gaza, where the death toll has passed 100.

    So I gather the Israelis are off on another one of their 100% unprovoked killing sprees? They used to only do this after they were attacked by the Palis, but I guess times have changed.

  • Root Boy||

    Sarcasm?

    Palis did start their rocket launches--after the 3 teens were kidnapped and murdered in the West Bank. One Arab teen was murdered by Isrealis after that, but the Jews actually arrested some people for it.

  • MegaloMonocle||

    Palis did start their rocket launches--after they kidnapped and murdered 3 teens in the West Bank.

    Edited for clarity.

    And, yes, sarcasm.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    I actually support Israel's actions for a change. Attacking sites launching rockets at you is a legitimate use of force for self defense. Rather than the previous strategy of using the rocket attacks in Gaza as an excuse to chase completely unrelated Palestinians off their land in the West Bank.

  • Root Boy||

    They are getting shit for...wait for it...warning people with phone calls and flash bombs before they actually bomb terrorist houses.

    I guess it's because even though it's a terrorist house, some innocents live there so it's collective punishment or something.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    The terrorist are 'suggesting' that no true pali would flee before an Israel strike and instead they should hope to die as martyrs.

  • Certified Public Asskicker||

    Guess whooooo:

    Who is more pro-motherhood? Pro-choice or anti-choice?

    For those who don’t know, expecting mothers in Finland can fill out a simple form and the government sends them a really fancy “baby box” full of stuff for the baby (and a little stuff for mom), free of charge...

    Finland has universal health care and all forms of contraception are on offer, free of charge. Abortion is easier for Finnish women to get, as well, since it is also available free of charge. There are strong limits on it after the first 12 weeks, but since it’s easy to get one in the first 12 weeks, demand for non-health-related abortions after that is really low.

    So basically, because Finland, pro-choise is pro-motherhood.

  • MJGreen||

    expecting mothers in Finland can fill out a simple form and the government sends them a really fancy “baby box” full of stuff for the baby (and a little stuff for mom), free of charge...

    I remember that section in Locke's Second Treatise.

  • Certified Public Asskicker||

    There are also some hats, booties, candy for the family, and condoms.

    CANDY AND CONDOMS!

  • Root Boy||

    Sounds like a party to me.

  • Sudden||

    Ever since that 80s song I Want Candy, I always assume candy is a reference to cocaine.

    So yes, quite the party.

  • ||

    I always assume candy is a reference to cocaine.

    Wait, what isn't a reference to cocaine with you?

  • Trouser-Pod||

    And, I cordially invite the author and all like-minded parasites to move to Finland immediately.

  • ||

    Progressives don't give a damn about the "free" stuff. What gets them off is forcing you to do something you don't want to do. As a result, they're here forever.

  • Trouser-Pod||

    And, coincidentally, I don't give a damn about them!

    forcing you to do something you don't want to do

    And here I thought they wanted to bring down "RAPE KULTURE!!!1!"

  • Redmanfms||

    free of charge.

    Yeah, ok. So, who pays for it?

    There are strong limits on it after the first 12 weeks, but since it’s easy to get one in the first 12 weeks, demand for non-health-related abortions after that is really low.

    Cute tautology.

    Demand is low because it's fucking illegal you ignorant slut!

  • Ted S.||

    All the Finns I know bitch about the high price of everything.

    And most of them get supplemental insurance for their kids.

  • robc||

    Friends of mine had a Finnish exchange student. She rarely ate meat at home as it was too expensive unless her Dad went reindeer hunting.

    He was a CEO, so wasnt exactly hurting.

  • ||

    Demand is low because it's fucking illegal you ignorant slut!

    The left sure do have to contort themselves to hide the fact that Europe has a lower legal cut off for abortions then Roe V Wade.

    God forbid they might have to start calling Europeans SoCon tea baggers.

  • Root Boy||

    I sure wish the media would bring that up more often. I think in the Catholic German states it may be mostly illegal.

  • ||

    I think Finland sends out free suicide kits as well...

    Boy those Finns sure love to off themselves.

  • From the Tundra||

    It's fucking dark all the time. You can only drink and sauna so much before you go nuts.

  • Ted S.||

    Except for President Niinistö, who survived the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami by climbing a utility pole along with his son.

  • MegaloMonocle||

    The Finns are badasses, you gotta give them that.

  • Root Boy||

  • Ted S.||

    Ninnistö's first wife died in a car crash, and he later married a woman 29 years his junior.

    This week also sees the annual Tango Festival

    Finnish tango, before it was adulterated by Americans

  • Overt||

    The Finns are badasses, you gotta give them that.

    Ya most definitely. Ever read about the Winter War? Americans like their Red Dawn, but the Finns actually lived it. And they gave hard and good, God Bless'em

  • robc||

    First they killed the Russians. Then they teamed up with the Nazis to kill more Russians. Then they teamed up with Russians to kill the Nazis that wouldnt leave.

    Then Russia got them included on the Axis list after the war.

  • ||

    Slightly off topic, but have you seen the 2009 Norwegian classic: Død snø (Dead Snow)?

    A ski vacation turns horrific for a group of medical students, as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable menace: Nazi zombies.
  • Redmanfms||

    Boy those Finns sure love to off themselves.

    Yet, despite the Scandinavian countries consistently topping the list of nations with the highest suicide rates (in fact, nearly all of them are in the top 10), "studies" contend that these countries are among the happiest.

    Sweden and Norway were pretty miserable places in my experience and not because of the weather (which sucks for most of the year in the South). The Swedes are also easily the most insufferably smug assholes I've ever met in my foreign travels. Also, Jew haters.

  • Trouser-Pod||

    SWEDEN! Come for the suicide, stay for the anti-Semitism!

  • Sevo||

    Toward early 1945, the Allies made it clear that if the Swedes didn't quit shipping Germany the ball bearings for Tiger turrets, Sweden was gonna be lucky to eat meatballs after the war.
    It FINALLY got their attention.

  • Matrix||

    Sounds like the Fuhrer's kind of place!

  • The Last American Hero||

    It's pretty easy to take a country with Western European culture and values, geographic isolation, low population, and give them the oil wealth of a Middle East Sultanate and enjoy a decent standard of living.

  • ||

    and give them the oil wealth of a Middle East Sultanate

    I think one can find that kind of oil wealth nearly anywhere in the world.

    The Norse just got around to digging it up.

  • Matrix||

    My Jewish-Swedish ahuvah says "most of the time, that's true." Disagrees with the happy stuff but definitely agrees with the suicide. But she loves her home country. She definitely agrees with the smug asshole bit, and says the Jew-hating thing is true in some places.

  • Mickey Rat||

    Well, when all the depressed people kill themselves, that does raise the average happiness of the remaining population.

  • Pope Jimbo||

    Finns aren't scandinavians! Calling the one is a good way to pick a fight with them here in Sunny Minnesota.

    They take umbrage at being lumped in with the Norvegians and Swedes.

  • Acosmist||

    Let's all be like the Finns, then? So Progs now want to deport anyone who's not white?

    Full racist.

  • jmomls||

    *Strikes continue in Gaza, where the death toll has passed 100.*

    Wake me up when it reaches 100,000.

  • Eric Hanneken||

    All those Cavs fans who hung LeBron James in effigy are now celebrating his return. Have some dignity, Cleveland.

  • Drake||

    Have some dignity, Cleveland.

    You're contradicting yourself.

  • CE||

    Isn't that the city that let Hall and Oates into the "Rock and Roll" Hall of Fame?

  • ||

    Bloomberg: Colorado Gun Recall Towns So Rural, They Don’t Have Roads

    In what may come as a surprise to residents of Colorado Springs and Pueblo, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn’t think those cities have roads.

    Bloomberg told Rolling Stone that he was “sorry” about the recalls of two state senators last year over the Democratic state legislature’s gun-control laws, but added that their districts were so “rural” that, “I don’t think there’s roads.”

    “In Colorado, we got a law passed. The NRA went after two or three state senators in a part of Colorado where I don’t think there’s roads,” said Bloomberg in the interview published online Wednesday.

    “It’s as far rural as you can get,” said Bloomberg. “And, yes, they lost recall elections. I’m sorry for that. We tried to help ‘em. But the bottom line is, the law is on the books, and being enforced. You can get depressed about the progress, but on the other hand, you’re saving a lot of lives.”

    He sure does help New York's sterling reputation for understanding and kindness.

  • ||

    Colorado is flyover country anyway.

  • CE||

    Except for Aspen. Bloomberg and his ilk fly there to ski and watch movies.

  • Redmanfms||

    I honestly hope that man dies violently.

  • Root Boy||

    I hate joining in on the hate, but can't help it.

    I want to read a story about him where he gets stoned with some creepy Google whore and they play Russian roulette and dies.

    On a yacht.

  • Ted S.||

    NYC people are some of the more arrogant bigots I've had the displeasure of dealing with.

  • Brandon||

    NYC people are some of the more arrogantignorant, provincial bigots I've had the displeasure of dealing with.

    FTFY

  • Brandon||

    NYC people are some of the more arrogantignorant, provincial bigots I've had the displeasure of dealing with.

    FTFM.

  • Hyperion||

    Bloomberg: Colorado Gun Recall Towns So Rural, They Don’t Have Roads

    What? There are libertarian towns in CO? Why didn't I find out about this sooner!?

  • The Last American Hero||

    Where did you think Galt's Gulch was?

  • Sudden||

    Atlantis

  • Overt||

    Considering that the Lib party started here, it's really sad how purple this state has become. Luckily, outside Denver and Boulder, even more liberal places like Ft Collins have enough conservatives that the smug Liberals engage in at least a little common courtesy. Outside FB of course.

  • Hyperion||

    I don't really know why metropolitan areas seem to concentrate leftists, but I have a feeling it's because people in those areas, who have lived in those areas all of their life, have never had the sense of independence and self reliance that more rural people have. Maybe, I'm still undecided.

    All of my life I have moved around. I have lived in the largest cities in the country and in some of the most rural areas. I don't really think either had any role in shaping my political views.

  • ||

    People who have issues with self-esteem trend to gravitate to one another like mutual parasites. The more pathetic they are, the more they need an urban area to protect them. They steal self-esteem by pretending they're "part" of whatever happens to be going on around them, and they borrow it from like-minded idiots, who are just as desperate, by "belonging" with people they choose to believe are not as fucked up as they are. Deep in their craven little hearts they know they're worthless, but every day they get up and try to convince themselves otherwise by holding the right political beliefs, attending the right churches, doing what they're told, and despising the hell out of the people they meet who aren't doing the same thing. They call this collectivist condition "civilization."

    They're not necessarily leftists, but they're all progressives.

  • CE||

    Who the heck is Colorado Gun? And what's wrong with his memory? And why does he refer to himself in the third person, like Hulk?

  • Brandon||

    ...but on the other hand, you’re saving a lot of lives.”

    Does reality ever intrude on megalomania?

  • Matrix||

    Self righteous douchebag feeling self righteous.

  • Mock-star||

    So the state senators that he admits to trying to save couldnt even get roads built?

  • Matrix||

    It twas those teabagging ratfucker obstructionists that prevented the roads being built! They hate ROADZZZ!!11!!!!

    MUH ROOOOOOOOADZ!!!

  • Knarf Yenrab!||

    In defense of Bloomberg, it's not like a well-educated person would disagree with Hizzoner about non-billionaire civilian disarmament.

    Probably best to round up all those roadless hicks who oppose him and commit them for treatment of whatever mental illness is causing them to behave so self-destructively and irrationally.

  • Matrix||

    We can concentrate them into camps for reeducation.

  • CE||

    Bitter clingers.

  • Almanian!||

    Deserve's got NOTHING to do with it...

  • ||

    Ok, I have the writers their chance but now I'm posting it myself.

    Looks like the Mass ACLU has complained to West Springfield's police department because of their GRENADE LAUNCHERS. Well, when asked, the guy that got them said they could be used for things such as school shootings. The current chief said he can see no use for them.

    Guess who the P1 commentariat sides with? http://www.policeone.com/patro.....launchers/

  • ||

    The first comment:


    Since they were acquired rather cheaply, isn't it better to have them and not need them?

    What's next for the ACLU? Wanting the police department to switch from 2-Ply toilet paper to post it sticky notes? They could be used for the bathroom and to pass on information to the next shift.

    Yes, because those are identical concerns.

  • Brandon||

    Cop doesn't understand logic. Shocking.

  • ||

    Why do you hate the children, Sloopy? Everyone knows that if a bad guy is shooting kids the only way to deal with that is to fire an explosive into the room and kill him. If a bunch of kids get killed in the process, well, killing kids is the price we pay for civilization.

  • ||

    These cocksuckers are totally insane and drunk with power. It really does terrify me that they could, at any time, kill me or one of my family members for merely offending them or being near somebody else that does.

    But at least I live on this side of the Potomac where that likelihood is about 5x lower than on the other side.

  • Kurt||

    Wait, would that be the "let's inject a seventeen year old to get a picture of his erect wang" side?

  • Trouser-Pod||

    Look, nobody enjoys shooting penguins, but if you have to shoot penguins, well, you might as well enjoy it.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Hey, now.

  • ||

    The original MassLive article with comments from "civilians".

    http://www.masslive.com/news/i.....rt_m-rpt-1

    They're not exactly reassuring me that the "Boston Strong" crowd are much more than a bunch of pussies.

  • Sevo||

    ..."the "Boston Strong" crowd are much more than a bunch of pussies."

    Don't get me started.

  • ||

    You're in the thick of it, aren't you? How do you handle it? At least I can live in Virginia and avoid the idiocy of Maryland gun laws and DC gun laws. You've got no outlet, do you?

  • ||

    From MassholeLive:

    jjh 3 days ago
    So what is the big deal it is after all the police dept. I would give the police any weapons they want , the cops bust them and the lousy judges let them out. I think all cops should be issues machine guns , that would make them feel safe, and they would not be outgunned

    I agree. Of course they should be able to use whatever arms they want. But so should I, asshole.

  • Root Boy||

    Agree with your comment, but hell, during the Tsarnaev shootout didn't they hit themselves a few times -- all probably using 9mm Smiths....hmm...maybe it would be a good idea to give them full auto.

  • tarran||

    The Tsarnaev brothers shot one cop when they ambushed him at point blank range.

    All the other cops that were shot were shot by other cops.

    Because to a MA cop, the Iraqi Death Blossom is a legitimate tactic.

  • Doghouse Reilly||

    Iraqi Death Blossom! Ha! Totally stealing this.

  • Matrix||

    Cops shooting cops out of their own ineptness? Is there a downside, so long as no innocent people are injured/killed in the process?

  • Knarf Yenrab!||

    Look, veterans trained in explosives have been returning home from war with PTSD for nearly a decade now. If police don't have grenade launchers, BearCats, and stylish balaclavas ranging from black and camouflage--depending on the operation--they won't be prepared for the dangerous guerrilla warriors and militia members who account for the massive surge in domestic crime over the past generation.

  • ||

    Ed Vitagliano of the AFA:

    Despite the media’s refusal to consider the reality of “ex-gay” people, there are clearly many who have left the lifestyle. While temptation remains, they have – by God’s grace – reoriented their affections to the opposite sex.

    That's called being in the closet, Ed. In a few years you'll complain that those people cheated on the wives they should've never had and how destructive the homosexual lifestyle is to good Christian families. Well done.

    It doesn’t matter what the American Psychiatric Association says. Paul’s statement, “Such were some of you,” is proof that God does heal penitent sinners of all sorts of sinful “orientations.” Homosexuals are not excluded from that hope.

    Our definitions of proof may be slightly different, Ed. While I don't trust the APA as far as I can throw it, Paul wouldn't be my go-to on this.

    In all fairness I'm paring down a long article that says Christians must reject homosexual identity even if their homosexual impulses remain because "we are called to gain mastery over the impulses that have plagued us, even if the impulses themselves remain. Christ will lead us in victory if we will receive His grace daily and obey Him."

  • Doctor Whom||

    Paging John Paulk. John Paulk, please pick up a white courtesy phone.

  • Notorious G.K.C.||

    At least they seem to be backing away from the stuff about "we'll turn you straight!"

  • ||

    If you pray hard enough, God may just do it for you, like healing a leper! But he probably won't, so you should just keep trying really hard.

    He twists himself in knots to say that it's necessary to not identify as a homo to get salvation, but grace, but not really. He verges on presenting a works-based salvation model, but doesn't want to get in trouble with evangelicals for presenting a works-based salvation model.

  • Ted S.||

    I didn't know the Argentine Football Association had a position on homosexuality.

  • Raven Nation||

    +1 Hand of God

  • Coeus||

    Christians must reject homosexual identity even if their homosexual impulses remain because "we are called to gain mastery over the impulses that have plagued us, even if the impulses themselves remain. Christ will lead us in victory if we will receive His grace daily and obey Him."

    They see it the same way as pedophilia. Which is kinda worrisome. Are there a bunch of Christians that don't fuck kids just because it's in the bible? What happens if Islam becomes more popular?

  • robc||

    Are there a bunch of Christians that don't fuck kids just because it's in the bible?

    There are a bunch of Christians who dont do X because its in the bible.

    Morality comes from lots of bases. Does it matter if its "in the bible" or "derived from natural law"?

  • Coeus||

    It does if they convert to a less restrictive version of Grimms.

  • Notorious G.K.C.||

    A parade float mocking President Obama? Not to worry - the Obama Justice Department's Community Relations Service is on the case!

    http://journalstar.com/news/lo.....078cf.html

  • Root Boy||

    Same guys who helped organize the public lynching of Zimmermann?

  • Sevo||

    The alt text is OK, but he needs to be posed, arms crossed, staring off in the middle distance, in some sort of outfit with a cape blowing in the wind!
    Where's your TASTE?

  • Hyperion||

    The White House is asking the House for urgency in considering $3.7 billion to help deal with the border crisis.

    Ok, let's see:

    1. Create artificial crisis.

    2. Ask for lots of money to solve artificial crisis.

    3. Get money, do nothing, make money mysteriously disappear.

    4. Say money wasn't enough, need more.

    5. Repeat steps 1-4 indefinitely!

  • GILMORE||

    The entire thing seems to be a game...

    ...so that one party can 'blame' the other.

    GOP wants to nail Obama for lack of leadership on 'border issue'. Highlights the clusterfuck of the whole DHS/INS mismanagement.

    Obama, in *classic* political parry = DEMANDS MORE FUNDS!!

    *GOP is utterly neutered! They stammer... but but but but... and all the Dems pile on ""Yeah! WHY NOT MOAR MONEY!? THATS WHY THE PROBLEM IN THE FIRST PLACE!"

    And then the debate will be "resolved" with some more money, but *not as much* as they'd wanted. And it will be called 'compromise'.

    Meanwhile, the original thing that people called 'the problem'? Oh... THAT. yeah, that will just go on exactly like before.

    Because that's how shit works.

  • Hyperion||

    It is all a game. The winners are the political elite class and their cronies. All the rest of us are the losers. The saddest thing about it is that most of the losers think that the winners are their friends, because they're on their 'team'. And that's what allows the winners to keep playing the game and winning.

  • Coeus||

    How's about a heap of retarded speculation?

    From the reporting of the past few days, the spree appears to have been Haskell’s attempt to get revenge on his ex-wife’s family. To no one’s great surprise, Haskell had been arrested for domestic violence in 2008, and his ex-wife filed a protective order against him in 2013. All of which leads to the question: Considering the laws put in place, both on federal and state levels, to prevent domestic abusers from getting guns, how did Haskell get one?

    While we don’t know yet if the gun Haskell used was legally obtained, Hannah Levintova and Dana Liebelson put together a chilling report at Mother Jones that shows that, due to multiple loopholes that the NRA fiercely lobbies to protect, “his case appears to be the latest example of how easy it remains for domestic abusers to possess firearms, thanks to weak legislation.”
  • Notorious G.K.C.||

    I thought it was illegal to have guns if you're under a domestic violence restraining order?

  • Coeus||

    And while laws prevent people under protective orders from buying guns legally, Haskell converted the protective order against him into a “mutual restraining order” as part of the terms of he and his wife’s divorce decree, which again freed him up to buy a gun.
  • MegaloMonocle||

    So his wife agreed to it and a judge signed off on it.

    That's some loophole.

  • Coeus||

    Levintova and Liebelson zero in on three major loopholes in federal law that make it all too easy for abusers to get guns: “The current law doesn't apply to misdemeanant stalkers, domestic-violence misdemeanants who are current or former dating partners but who've never cohabitated or had a child together, as well as accused partners subject to a temporary (rather than permanent) restraining order.
  • ||

    "Innocent until proven guilty" isn't a "loophole", asshole.

  • Coeus||

    Despite having insanely safer lives, this is an area where women are affected more than their normal 85(men) to 15(women) percent ratio of violence. So, obviously, no civil rights are as important as rectifying this injustice.

  • MegaloMonocle||

    Actually, spreading guns around is probably a good start on getting that back to an even 50/50 split.

  • paranoid android||

    What's the operating definition of a "loophole" here? So far as I can tell, if anybody is actually permitted to own a gun at all, they consider that to be a "loophole" in the law.

  • Coeus||

    And the true motivations win out, as they always do with "common sense regulations":

    The depressing part is that even closing these loopholes probably wouldn’t have stopped Haskell. But if we can’t even pass laws barring stalkers and girlfriend-beaters from owning guns, then more serious measures, the kind that may have prevented this Texas tragedy, don’t have a chance.
  • Obama's Buttplug||

    His ex-wife and her family should have armed themselves. It's really that simple.

  • MegaloMonocle||

    The depressing part is that even closing these loopholes probably wouldn’t have stopped Haskell.

    So why close them?

  • Hyperion||

    This is pure bullshit. Misdemeanors will ban you from getting a gun for life if the crime was related to domestic violence or drugs.

    I'm not sure if that is law in certain states, or part of the 1994 Brady Act, 2nd amendment violation act, but I think the latter. I know one guy who has a misdemeanor drug charge and hasn't been able to buy a gun, even though the 'crime' was more than years ago.

    All these people want is for no one to be able to own guns, except for the government, that's the end game. Because they're fucking idiots, they want to take away their own rights and give a tyrannical government complete control over every minute detail of their life. Well, they THINK they want that until it happens to them, then they'll be the ones screaming foul the loudest of all.

  • Coeus||

    All these people want is for no one to be able to own guns, except for the government, that's the end game.

    Yep, look at these two parts of the same article:

    Unfortunately, the NRA tends to treat any attempt to strengthen laws keeping domestic abusers from guns as nothing more than a backdoor way to take away everyone’s guns.

    And in the next fucking paragraph:

    The depressing part is that even closing these loopholes probably wouldn’t have stopped Haskell. But if we can’t even pass laws barring stalkers and girlfriend-beaters from owning guns, then more serious measures, the kind that may have prevented this Texas tragedy, don’t have a chance.
  • Hyperion||

    Also, did they ever think that when someone commits a crime, that they are maybe supposed to be forgiven after their sentences are completed? I thought these 'liberals' are tolerant, yet they hold on to the premise of marking someone for life, denying jobs, and even basic constitutionally guaranteed rights.

    Lifetime sentences, for everything, it's the liberal way.

  • ||

    How do these people think laws work? Killing someone is already illegal. Making the gun more illegal only takes guns away from law abiding people who have no intention of killing......never mind. Answered my own question.

  • Root Boy||

    Plus he busted down a door of a house full of kids, tied them up and waited for the parents. He could have done that and killed them with a knife if he wanted to.

  • Pope Jimbo||

    No, no, no. It was the gun that made him do that shit. No way anyone would ever ever break in and kill his kids with a knife....

    Ooops. Looks like that might happen too. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....98084.html

    But I'm still sure it was the gun that made him do it.

  • Hyperion||

    Killing someone is already illegal

    Why do you hate our congress? Don't you want them to have jobs too?

  • ||

    Don't you want them to have jobs too?

    I'd give them a pay increase if they spent the rest of time killing old laws that should've sunset in the '70s and rewriting regulations to be simple, efficient and not completely fucking onerous.

    Unfortunately it's a lot easier to write a shitty law than it is to write a good one, so this is well beyond their ability.

  • Hyperion||

    killing old laws

    You really do hate people having jobs, don't you? Don't you know that every law passed for the last 20 years is a jobs program?

    You'll feel really bad when you get your way and millions of otherwise unemployable bureaucrats and parasitical cronies are begging in the streets.

  • ||

    You'll feel really bad when you get your way and millions of otherwise unemployable bureaucrats and parasitical cronies are begging in the streets.

    Stop it Hyperion, you're giving me a chub at work.

  • Hyperion||

    Yeah, it sort of had the same effect on me. I have to admit that I started day dreaming about driving home from work, in my new BMW, spotting some former bureaucrat passed out in the ditch beside the road in his beggar rags and suddenly feeling the need to stop and take a piss.

  • ||

    to stop and take a piss.

    You've been watching too much German porn.

  • Coeus||

    I know I have.

  • Hyperion||

    Well, I didn't consider whether the bureaucrat passed out in ditch would 'enjoy' it, so not German porn.

  • ||

    Germans don't enjoy anything.

  • ||

  • ||

    The file says "girls drinking German beer." It doesn't say "German girls drinking beer." But I'll grant that Germans enjoy boobs.

    It seems to be originally from this post about Oktoberfest in Munich in 2010. You might appreciate the photo directly below the one you posted.

  • Hyperion||

    Except for beating Brazil 7-1 in the world cup, which is why I haven't been seen around here for a while. It's hard to post when you are crying in your 'German' beer, grrr....

  • Root Boy||

    But they are mostly lawyers, I thought they were supposed to be smart?

    Congress has given up legislating pretty much.

  • Hyperion||

    Not if you want to call passing crony care packages for your friends and donors 'legislating', then they do more of it than ever before, and they don't show any signs of slowing down.

  • Root Boy||

    My pie in the skye partial solution is to make them repeal 2-3 laws for every new one they pass, but legislators gonna legislate.

    Plus as said, the laws (looking at you O-care) are so broadly written they actualy rely on those worthless dipshit bureaucrats like Lois Lerner and Sebelious to actually write the rules we now have to live under. Its a fucking joke.

  • ||

    The whole premise is absurd. He had his victims tied up when he killed them. There are any number of weapons with which you can kill people in such a vulnerable position.

  • RishJoMo||

    I think that dude is like WAY too full of himself.

    www.AnonToolz.tk

  • GILMORE||

    "The White House is asking the House for urgency in considering $3.7 billion to help deal with the border crisis."

    The @#$()@* ~~$60 billion we already spend on the DHS?
    WHAT THE FUCK IS *THAT* BEING USED FOR?!?

    They blow through 50 billion in a year like a gram of coke at a fashion show

    ....and if something (GASP!) UNEXPECTED happens....

    (i mean - you'd think 'homeland security' isn't entirely about 'expected occurrences', and has some degree of preparation for 'out of the ordinary' activity)

    ... something *really crazy and unexpected and impossible to handle*....

    ...like CHILDREN....

    ...No, they need a few more billion for THAT. Because, fuck man! No one said there'd be kids involved!? Clearly we'll need more resources for THAT.

  • Root Boy||

    Rant away, but Obama (and repubs) solution to the problem is always money.

    Even if only a few % will go to stopping them at the border (most will go to HHS to get the kiddies fed and sent to a comfy home).

  • Brandon||

    Most will go to building HHS snazzy new offices.

  • GILMORE||

    The money will "Go to" nothing.

    Because the problem isn't funding

    The problem is policy

    if we simply changed our policies, people wouldn't be coming over the border and throwing themselves into the arms of federales. There'd be legal means for them to come here, and/or disincentives to seeking freebees.

    Instead, we simply feed the beast that is causing the problems.

  • Root Boy||

    Oh, agree 100%.

    I would build a longer fence as it allows you to patrol the border with less people, thereby saving money.

  • The Last American Hero||

    I'd re-watch Penn and Teller's show featuring the fence and try again.

  • Root Boy||

    I will do that, but walls can keep people out (see San Diego before and after) and the Wall in Isreal.

    I know they can climb over it, but it still channels people into more guardable areas. That is why there were so many migrants going through the desert.

    I know most folks here support more open immigration (I do support bigger opportunities for legal immigration), but I think amnesty will just encourage more illegals and so we might as well just open the doors and see what happens if we do an amnesty and don't control the borders.

  • CE||

    In defense of the feds, they're working pretty hard 7 hours day, 5 days a week, less 30 days paid time off yearly, less sick leave, to make this country so fascist that no one would want to move here.

  • Knarf Yenrab!||

    The @#$()@* ~~$60 billion we already spend on the DHS?
    WHAT THE FUCK IS *THAT* BEING USED FOR?!?

    It turns out that a utopian police state is pricey.

  • Sudden||

    They blow through 50 billion in a year like a gram of coke at a fashion show

    Note to self: attend more fashion shows.

  • ||

    You've seen the classic video of Kate Moss doing lines back stage, no?

    My favorite part is they identify everything in the video by pausing it and circling it in red with a little ding sound.

  • Sudden||

    It felt educational that way.

  • Notorious G.K.C.||

    Hooray!

    "At least one House Republican thinks Mitt Romney will make another run for the White House in 2016 — and this time, he says, the 2012 runner-up will emerge victorious.

    "“I think he actually is gonna run for president. He probably doesn’t want me to say that,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) told host Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s “Hardball” on Monday. Chaffetz also backed the former Massachusetts governor early in the GOP nomination process for 2012."

    http://www.politico.com/story/.....z37CHRtkd0

  • ||

    From Utah, eh? Maybe he's wearing some LDS-colored glasses?

  • Almanian!||

    Yes, I read that as "LSD colored". Which sounds like a lot more fun.

    To me, anyway.

  • ||

    Which sounds like a lot more fun.

    I think that's a safe bet to make.

  • Root Boy||

    You mean you don't think we can get Romney/Christie to save us in 2016?

    Dammit all to hell.

  • CE||

    Looks up definition of insanity...

  • MegaloMonocle||

    Romney would be the first candidate ever to lose to a black opponent AND a female opponent.

    His place in the history books would be assured.

  • MJGreen||

    So apparently the one episode that the cast of Seinfeld refused to do was about Elaine buying a gun (based on a woman writer's decision to buy one). They decided against it because of a joke about suicide/JFK's assassination and because "guns aren't funny."

    The comments from the director are quite derpy, and Larry Charles (the best writer behind Larry David) defends the reasonable position.

  • MJGreen||

    Right, forgot the best quote from the director (Tom Cherone):

    We didn’t have the gun violence then that we do now. Now, nobody would do it, I predict. Because now we know guns aren’t funny

  • Almanian!||

    Yes - violence is WAY up, everywhere in the US. Especially "gun" violence.

    We need to get those guns to have a Rec Center lockdown and resolve their differences. It worked for Jimmy V and TIMMEH with the Crips and Bloods on South Park....

  • ||

    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia made 2 funny episodes about guns.

  • paranoid android||

    And of course the classic Simpsons episode on the topic.

  • Plàya Manhattan.||

    "You said no guns at the breakfast table!"

  • ||

    Yeah, I heard about that on one of the "Inside Looks" recently.

    I don't like Cherone's attitude, but it was probably good that they didn't do it, given the precarious position the show was in at that stage.

  • ||

    Friday's daily infrequent microaggression feature: Dick Talk

    1949 chart detailing shapes/types and sizes of dicks.

    I linked the tumblr post instead of the image directly because Reasonable, and I'm a nice guy. It's SFW, but will probably earn you funny looks if someone stops to stare.

    I was inspired by the teen sexting story from the other day. Discuss.

  • Almanian!||

    Hey, I can pick mine out of a lineup!

  • db||

    Hmmm, I must be proof of evolution.

  • Sudden||

    So that's what women mean when they call me blunt?

  • ||

    Yes. That must be it.

  • Coeus||

    Classic. Oldie but a goodie.

    “We are at present two peoples — two countries, really, living within a common border and sharing mostly a common language, but divided upon the answer to this question: Does the government serve the people or do the people serve the government?” Vanderboegh said.
    “We like to think that all our fellow Americans, even those who plainly state that they are committed to stealing our liberty and our property and attempting to control our very lives, are merely suffering from differences of opinion that can be overcome by the right mix of persuasion or electoral politics,” Vanderboegh said.

    “Yet how many of us have tried such methods with every fiber of our being and fallen short?” he continued. “Not because we were wrong, but because those of the other side were impervious to such arguments, to such tactics, for they believe completely in their right to their appetites for our liberty, our property, and our lives with all the religious fervor of a pagan worship of naked power wrapped in a catechism of lies.”
  • Coeus||

    “Let us first be honest enough to admit first to ourselves and then to proclaim to those domestic enemies of liberty — and thence to the world — that failing all other appeals to peaceful means, that the founders’ solution to such tyranny is still available, still potent, and still waiting, for when democracy turns to tyranny, the armed citizenry still gets to vote,” Vanderboegh said, as the crowd cheered wildly.

    “This is the promise, this is the warning,” he continued. “The threat embodied by the Gadsden flag of our founders. Don’t tread on me, it says. Don’t. Tread. On. Us.”

    First comment:

    disqus_lI3fxXkYMr • 6 minutes ago
    Talk about projection - wow!
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    Proggies see themselves that way? How is that possible?

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    Because not giving is taking.

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    So a bit back, some Tumblrinas decided it would be a good idea to "Declare Independence from 4chan" on July 4th and bombard it with admonishments over its racism, misogyny, etc. (which, mind you, actually are present on /b/ and /pol/, though it is hard to say what percentage is genuine). I'm not sure what they meant to accomplish with that, but many also wanted to get it banned, apparently realizing neither the irony nor the legal infeasibility.

    Anyway, it was a disaster. The ones that showed up on 4chan got banned pretty much immediately, and then /b/tards and /pol/iticians turned around and started griefing the heck out of Tumblr, posting gore, pornographic photoshops of Tumblrinas' selfies, simulated rape porn, etc. most prominently in the feminism tag, but also random places like the tags for Doctor Who and other fandoms.

    It was all pretty vile and immature, and I think they behaved like assholes. However, it was mildly entertaining to watch from a distance.

    Obviously I can't (and don't really want to) post most of it, but here are some SFW highlights from the weekend:

    http://imgur.com/wjdkRol
    http://imgur.com/a/TuAqZ

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  • GILMORE||

    For people like me that have entirely eschewed social media as being a bottomless pit of stupid millenial self-involvement that i have no interest even dipping my toes in....

    ... what you just typed there? Made as much sense as if you'd just posted avante-garde poetry in Cyrillic

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    4chan is not really "social media" as commonly understood. It's an anonymous (well, you can register, but few people do) message board with very, very little moderation.

    Tumblr is basically long-form Twitter.

    And you're not really the intended audience of this post, anyway.

  • Coeus||

    I am, however. And it's hilarious.

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    Coeus|7.11.14 @ 6:14PM|#

    I am, however. And it's hilarious.

    Making fun of wing bat feminism is not the same thing as hating women.

  • Coeus||

    I agree completely. Usually I'm the one saying this. Tha fuck are you on about?

  • Coeus||

    In a response to the system32 is not a virus post:

    CanadianBacon9001 1415 points : 2 days ago reply
    I copy and pasted my system 32 folder, now I have a 64bit operating system
  • MegaloMonocle||

    then /b/tards and /pol/iticians turned around and started griefing the heck out of Tumblr

    Who could have seen that coming? What kind of moron would want to start a troll fight with freakin' 4chan?

  • Notorious G.K.C.||

    Rand Paul publishes an editorial supporting his bills for nonviolent offenders.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/...../12404979/

  • Notorious G.K.C.||

    "I am not done. I am working on two more pieces of legislation to reform the federal criminal code and the way the federal government treats accused individuals by seizing property, then never allowing the assets to get back in the hands of the accused, even if the accused is acquitted."

  • CE||

    So, soft on crime....

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    http://i.imgur.com/ssIinJc.jpg (probably a Photoshop, but it's plausible)
    http://i.imgur.com/ojCnxCJ.png (the joke being that there's already a ton of gay porn on 4chan [well, strictly speaking, mostly "trap" porn -- I'm not sure if that's gay, though it's definitely not straight])

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    That's supposed to be a reply to my post up above.

  • GILMORE||

    Did i mention that my brother is schizophrenic?

    Yeah. Conversations with him make a lot more sense than this.

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    WTF is "trap" porn?

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    Convincing trans-women who still have penises.

  • paranoid android||

    With all the wonderful new words for sexual acts and concepts that I never would have imagined possible before you brought them to HnR's collective attention, I'm surprised you don't know that one.

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    With all the wonderful new words for sexual acts and concepts that I never would have imagined possible before you brought them to HnR's collective attention

    *blushes and shuffles feet*

    Aww shucks. I've got some glaring blind spots in my knowledge though. I think I admitted a few weeks ago that I'd only recently learned "DTF" meant "down to fuck" when a straight friend joined Tinder.

  • Root Boy||

    Hot soccer fan looses modeling contract after she posts a hunting picture on twitter (have we seen this before?)

    http://www.businessinsider.com.....oto-2014-7

  • Notorious G.K.C.||

    She shouldn't be so cruel to animals - why can't she pick her hamburgers off the hamburger tree like everyone else?

  • Sudden||

    In 2012, the beauty giant donated $1.2 million to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help improve the testing of safe chemicals.

    Facepalm.

    If your objective is to help improve safe chemical testing.... or if your objective is well, fucking anything other than subsidizing idiocy in the form of bureaucrats, donating money to fedgov is the worst way to achieve it.

  • Ken Shultz||

    "The White House is asking the House for urgency in considering $3.7 billion to help deal with the border crisis. President Barack Obama is apparently willing to negotiate"

    When Obama says he's going to "deal with the border crisis", what exactly does he mean? Obama's repeatedly demonstrated that he doesn't know the first thing about moral hazard...

    And how much of this $3.7 billion will be used to track down the parents of these children, strip them of their parental rights, and prosecute them for child endangerment, neglect, or whatever else is appropriate?

  • Root Boy||

    They won't being doing any tracking down and prosecuting of illegals. It's just not done in polite prog society.

    Now..kicking out German families that home school. Now you are talking.

  • Coeus||


    Ore. cops arrest man accused of jump-kicking police horse

    Is he gonna get charged with "assaulting a police officer"? Or is that only when you kick a jackass?

  • Notorious G.K.C.||

    Did you know that someone wrote a sequel to "Casey at the Bat?"

    I'm guessing Casey at the Bat II is just as good as a Hollywood sequel!

    http://news.wjct.org/post/afte.....-numb-pain

  • Mickey Rat||

    Social liberalism marches on...

    "Judge Garry Neilson, from the district court in the state of New South Wales, likened incest to homosexuality, which was once regarded as criminal and "unnatural" but is now widely accepted.

    Judge Neilson made the comments during the trial of a brother charged with raping his younger sister. The man has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting his sister when she was 10 or 11 years old in 1973 or 1974 but has pleaded not guilty to charges relating to sex they had in 1981, when she was 18 and he was 26.

    "The complainant has been sexually awoken, shall we say, by having two relationships with men and she had become 'free' when the second relationship broke down. The only thing that might change that is the fact that they were a brother and sister but we've come a long way from the 1950s – when the position of the English Common Law was that sex outside marriage was not lawful."

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new.....taboo.html

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    36 So both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by their father. 37 The older daughter had a son, and she named him Moab; he is the father of the Moabites of today. 38 The younger daughter also had a son, and she named him Ben-Ammi; he is the father of the Ammonites of today.

    I learned it from reading you, Bible!

  • Mickey Rat||

    Do you think that story advocates oks drunken rape as well (Lot's daughters got their father drunk to make him impregnate them)?

  • Mickey Rat||

    Also, that seems to be a propaganda story about rival tribes. "Yes, those Moabites and Ammonites are related to us but their origins are kinda gross."

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    that seems to be a propaganda story about rival tribes

    That's basically what it is, although the Israelite origin story of the patriarchs marrying cousins over a few generations skeeves us out, no? We ban cousin marriage in many states, but the Patriarch were all up in Laban's family's business, repeatedly.

    The guy should be tossed in jail and the keys should be lost for the stat rape on his sister, once she was an adult they were having sex I find distasteful, but I don't really give a shit if people do things I find distasteful in the bedroom so long as it isn't coercive.

  • Mickey Rat||

    Yes cousin marriage does for Western European derived cultures, but it was a prevalent custom in that part of the world and apparently still is.

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    I'd be curious to know when that happened because the European Royal families did cousin marriage to excess. My memory is fuzzy on non-royal marriages, but I believe it wasn't unusual in the lower classes as well, but not to the point of being standard, up until relatively recently.

    I'd imagine some of it is noticing an increased rate of birth defects, but that only becomes pronounced when it happens repeatedly over a few generations.

    I don't know any info on one-off incidences of children produced from immediate family incest though. It might be best not to find that out.

  • Mickey Rat||

    The history of the Spanish Hapsburgs and Bourbons are probably the most infamous examples of what happens with a history of cousin marriages. There is apparently some problems with this in the present Middle East as multi-generation cousin marriages are made to keep inheritances to close family.

    I imagine there is less of a risk if1st cousins are only 1st cousins and not 2nd, 3rd and whatever cousins as well.

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    Absolutely. Egyptologists believe that there was a lot of fucked-uppedness in some of the Egyptian dynasties due to multiple generations of sibling marriage to keep the divinity concentrated or some such shit.

    One of the Pharaohs (male, possibly Tut...it's been a while) had child-bearing hips, and there were some other serious congenital defects they've seen represented in art, or found in mummies.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    Famous people who married their cousins:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L.....ed_cousins

  • Coeus||

    Do you think that story advocates oks drunken rape as well (Lot's daughters got their father drunk to make him impregnate them)?

    Good thing Lot didn't go to college. Theyd've expelled him.

  • Matrix||

    Jezzie wanders off the ranch and confronts and assault pro-life activists

    I don't see why she cares about abortion rights. She'll never need one.

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