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    2. Saw this article before leaving the house. Yay food shortages!

    3. “Solar output goes through 11-year cycles, with high numbers of sunspots seen at their peak.”

      I know sunspot activity cycles 11 years, but I’m not sure that coincided with solar output. And if so, wouldn’t the larger cycle have to be Cycle 22?

      1. Oh, and winter’s coming!

      2. wouldn’t the larger cycle have to be Cycle 22

        until you take Leap Cycles into account, duh.

        1. Born under a bad cycle,
          I’ve been down since I began to thaw…

        2. Cycle 22, the logic trap cycle

    1. One of many reasons I am learning Spanish. Many options if I want to leave the country. Even if I decide to stay here it is no loss, I will have just gained another marketable skill.

  2. …Newt Gingrich promises a “wild and wooly” primary fight, declares he won’t be “namby-pamby.”

    Roly poly, on the other hand…

    1. The mere thought of Newt unburdened by clothing inspires nausea.

        1. Surprisingly close to how I imagined it

            1. it lacks newt’s speedo & the piece of TP stuck to his flip-flops

          1. So, we can start calling Newt Grandfather Newgurle?

    2. Wooly Bully!

  3. effing first

  4. Chubby chaser special (you know who you are).

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new…..arity.html

    1. I almost stopped at the first picture; about the 3rd one I’d probably do 3/5 of them.

      1. The ones in the third one are quite attractive. The rest are whales.

      2. At 3/5ths, do you get to the skinny girl that the fat ones ate?

      3. Invoking the 3/5 clause?
        RRRAAAAAAAAAAACIIIST!

    2. The girls seemed to be more scared because of the four black dudes behind them than of the cold water.

      1. RRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAACIST!

      2. What’s to be scared of?
        No boner can resist cold water like that.

        1. “withstand” would’ve been a better word choice than “resist”, IMO.

        2. What’s to be scared of?
          No boner can resist withstand cold water like that.

          1. see, doesn’t that read better?

            1. SHRINKAGE!!!!11!1!

  5. Womyn protest right to wear ugly boots, not be thought of as STD vectors.

    http://jezebel.com/5878440/did…..-chlamydia

    In my opinion, Ugg boots promote assault. I know I have, on many occasions, fought the urge to forcibly remove those things from complete strangers’ feet. I can only imagine what someone with less self-control might be capable of.

    1. I like how the Jezebel commentariat pretty much ignored the Manufactured Outrage of the OP and proceeded to have a mild debate about the value (or lack thereof) of Uggs. Good on them, at least, for ignoring yet-another vicious harpy trying to generate page hits and aggrievement.

    2. Doesn’t Tom Brady wear Uggs? I’d like to see the commenter forcibly remove them from a some guy…would that be assault?

      1. Trust me, I’ve had my way with lots of men on the football field and in the locker room.

    3. It is amazing how crazy these women are. Any good feminist can give on command a ten minute rant about high heels and various other articles of women’s clothing that they claim are designed by men to be uncomfortable and physically damaging to women but sold to them by the immoral fashion industry.

      Yet, here we have uggs, boots that are worn for the simple reason that they are warm and comfortable, being taken to task by feminists. Basically there is nothing any western woman wears at anytime that these people won’t bitch about.

      1. Oooh, and John shows he didn’t read the article…

        1. No I skimmed it. Those were quoted parts. Then I give Jezebell credit for being consistent then.

        2. Just because you haven’t read something doesn’t mean you can’t have a strongly held opinion about it and its contents.

          That’s how I get away with saying that I don’t like Jane Austen.

          1. I read the cliff notes in high school, doesn’t that count?

      2. Heels ROCK! Those women are just nutty.

        1. They may or may not rock (and do have a certain appeal visually), but they are terrible for your feet and legs. I am of the school that footwear should always be selected first for comfort and practicality.

      3. . . Basically there is nothing any western woman wears at anytime that these people won’t bitch about.

        ftfy.

    4. I’m glad I’m not the only one who finds those boots absolutely repulsive.

    5. women of uggs get teh [MALE GAZE] till she feels [OTHERED] und [MICROAGGRESSED]. that is all…

    6. What is wrong with them? Usually they are attached to some cute coed. They are boots. Unless you have a foot fetish, what is the difference? Granted the come fuck me riding boots look better. But I can’t see getting too upset about a woman’s shoes.

      1. I have to concur with John here. I don’t see anything wrong with that style of boot. They’re just fucking shoes for galt’s sake.

        Although there is a subset here who can never get enough of acting as if they are Patricians residing amongst the Proles.

        1. My problem with them is that it makes any cute chick wearing them look like she’s going to spend the next three days waiting in line for a shop for canned herring. It’s not attractive.

          There’s nothing wrong with being unattractive, but wearing those boots should mean “I’m on the rag, and my feet are cold, hit on me tomorrow.”

          1. and my feet are cold

            when is that NOT the case with women?

            look like she’s going to spend the next three days waiting in line for a shop for canned herring. It’s not attractive.

            Speak for your self. Any ladies out there shopping for Soviet-Era Herring who’re lookin for a good time, hit me up.

          2. “My problem with them is that it makes any cute chick wearing them look like she’s going to spend the next three days waiting in line for a shop for canned herring.”

            Fuck you, asshole.

      2. They are horrible, horrible travesties of footwear. The only bootish thing that a woman can wear that could lower her attractiveness.

        1. Jesus, when did the Commentariat turn into “Queer Eye for the Straight Gal”?

          They’re plain suede boots! I feel like I’m taking crazy pills here.

          1. For a while in Tally, one of the “hot” (by which I mean popular, not attractive) fashions was those shapeless sack dresses and Uggs. It was like a conspiracy to hide all of the good parts of a young woman with as little clothing as possible. Also, since we don’t deal with ice, snow or slush, they were not “practical but frumpy”, they were just frumpy.

            1. “For a while in Tally”

              My wife and I, both FSU grads, are laughing at how stupid that sounds.

              Just like we did when we were there.

              Stop saying it, everyone is laughing at you whether you realize it or not.

              1. Tally, Tally, Tally, Tally, Tally. 🙂

                1. We enjoyed watching you make a fool of yourself, and fully expected it.

          2. I died inside the day my wife bought a pair.

        2. I agree with blue moon. I slept with a few women in my days being single. I can’t remember a single time where their choice of footwear affected my desire to sleep with them. I can’t even remember what kind of footwear any of them had.

          1. Honestly, I get the same impression as Abdul. A girl wearing Uggs (usually with pajama pants tucked into them) is sending the “not interested” signal.

        3. They are horrible, horrible travesties of footwear. The only bootish thing that a woman can wear that could lower her attractiveness.

          If you’re looking at a woman, and your eyes make it all the way down to her feet, you’re either gay or she’s just not that attractive.

          I make up my mind whether I’d do her based on roughly this order: eyes, butt, tits, smile, tone of voice and evidence of intelligence therein. Footwear is waaaay down the list.

      3. walking through the MSU campus, I’m quite happy to see girls with Ugg Boots and Yoga pants.

        1. It is amazing how tight running pants will make nearly every women’s ass look attractive. They give the ones who are too skinny and have no ass some curves. And they take the ones how have too much ass and molds it into shape. And the ones who have good asses just look spectacular in them. Those things are a miracle I tell you.

          1. “They give the ones who are too skinny and have no ass some curves.”

            For you that’s anyone under 350 lbs.

            1. Shut up rather and take your meds.

              1. rather is apparently the only one who thinks you dig fat chicks…

                dial down the paranoia john, or get more creative with it

        2. I think we can all agree that yoga pants are another indication that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

        3. Yoga pants: our common ground.

          You’re a uniter, Lord Humungus!

          1. as an official ‘ass man’, I feel blessed that such fashions came to pass. It’s almost pornographic, but I ain’t complaining.

    7. Jesus, it’s a fucking joke!

  6. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush still hasn’t endorsed any of the GOP candidates.

    You know that feeling you get sometimes when you feel like you need to yawn and you try but you just can’t yet?

  7. Sinead is getting laid.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvs…..ridge.html

    1. And she’s still an ugly boy.

    2. Back in the 80’s she was reasonably attractive. What the hell happened?

      1. The 80’s. Duh.

        Cocaine’s a helluva drug.

        1. dont make me come over there & beat ur legs till u cant walk

          1. Fuck yo couch!

    3. I thought she preferred the ladies. Maybe I’m thinking of Sheryl Manson. Ha! Just screwing with you there!

      1. It’s Shirley, not Sheryl. And unlike a fine wine, that one did not age very well.

    4. Is there any excuse for reading Sinead freakin’ O’Connor’s tweets?

      1. She digs anal.

        1. Citation Needed

    5. Up the ass, presumably.

  8. Bianca Jagger asked, almost existentially, “How are we going to boycott #TWITTER?”

    Mitch Hedberg rolls in his grave.

    I’m against picketing, but I don’t know how to show it.

    1. Haha, nice catch.

  9. Watermeier wages an annual battle with the small group of anti-gay campaigners who show up during the Southern Decadence festival, using bullhorns and picket signs to convey their message that homosexuality is evil and that its public celebration during Decadence is particularly abominable.

    Another “religious” group gets shut down and can now sue the city for profit, a la Westboro.

    1. But if I am in one of the Bourbon Street bars and buying overpriced drinks can I still bore others at the bar with my opinions about society, politics and religion?

      1. Yes, but you can’t force them to care.

      2. Good question. If the whole group buys hurricanes every couple of hours, are they loitering?

        1. this is why I campaign for a ban on overthecounter sales of meteorological phenomena.

        2. A good ploy – but then, of course, they’d have to go straight to hell.

          1. Hold them for 2 hours, drop in waste receptacle (assuming that anyone who wouldn’t drink one wouldn’t hand one off to a woman who looks like her morality is inverse to her BAL), purchase another.

  10. Oh, Newt. You can’t help but to be a namby pamby. Embrace your faggy marshmallow self. Denial is the reason that you are a sucker for every souless piece of poontang that is looking to have her ticket punched, you dumb mug.

  11. “We have always had the obligation to remove illegal content. This is a way to keep it up in places where we can,” said Alex Macgillivray, general counsel at Twitter.

    If only they were just removing tweets from corporations about candidates for public office close to an election. Then we could all celebrate how committed Twitter is to democracy.

    1. Nice to know the Taliban have a new home.

      1. at least the taliban are fighting FOR something.

        1. “Say what you want about the tenets of National Socialism, at least it’s an ethos”

    1. Government authorities have no sense of humor – or humour.

    2. “Federal agents even searched his suitcase looking for spades and shovels, claiming Emily was planning to act as Leigh’s ‘look out’ while he raided Marilyn’s tomb.”

      If they exhume Monroe the terrorists win!

    3. words fail me

    4. From the comments:

      The UK should adopt the same draconian procedures and measures when asylum seekers and illegal immigrants enter the UK, End of Immigration issue!!!!

      Yes, because illegal immigration is well under control in the USA.

    5. It’s funny, i’ve heard of several people now who had visas revoked due to stuff that was publicly available on the internet.

      For example, I heard an interview with an American musician who went to visit a boyfriend in England, but decided to book a gig or two to make the trip pay for itself. At passport control, the officer asked him if he was travelling for buiness or tourism. the guy said tourism, but the officer turned him away because a quick google search showed two shows booked in pubs.

      1. that never happened

    6. I kept saying to them they had got the wrong meaning from my tweet but they just told me “you’ve really f***** up with that tweet boy”.

      IOW, the kids’ jokes bombed. (To Whom It May Concern: This is a well-known slang expression meaning the jokes were not well received.)

    7. It’s just retarded how much hassle tourists have to go through to visit the US.
      I suppose this is a good reason not to participate in any social internet media using your real name.

      1. ^^THIS^^

        Never have, never will. Only an idiot uses their real name.

        1. But do you use your real IP address? They can still track down who posted what if they really wanted to.

  12. Twitter, like other Internet companies, has always had to remove content that is illegal in one country or another, whether it is a copyright violation, child pornography or something else. What is different about Twitter’s announcement is that it plans to redact messages only in those countries where they are illegal, and only if the authorities there make a valid request.

    Here’s hoping the United States requests Ashton Kutcher redactions.

  13. The doctors and scientists say that their constitutional rights have been violated because, although they accept that their work communications are open to inspection, their private ones should not be.

    Not to pass on an opportunity to hate on the FDA since every opportunity should be relished, but “waaahhh, I want to use my employer’s resources to send personal emails! I have a right to do this!”

    1. Hey, FDA whiners:

      Smart phone +Gmail.

      1. They’re alleging that their personal gmail accounts were monitored by the FDA.

        1. They’re alleging that their personal gmail accounts were monitored by the FDA.

          How could the FDA possibly have done that, when the scientists communicated on gummint owned computers and Intertubes connections. That’s unpossible!

        2. Hence the “smart phone.”

  14. Jeb Bush still hasn’t endorsed any of the GOP candidates.

    Jeb likely has some political future yet. It will pay him to be circumspect and to land on the right side of this race.

    1. Bush III 2016!

      1. Rush 2112!

        1. talk about jumping the gun…

          1. Hey, if you choose not to decide…

        2. three days from today…2.1.12!

      2. Technically wouldn’t that be Bush V? Obama is Bush III and, let’s face it, no matter who wins (Paul excluded) they’ll be continuing Bush’s policies. The power-grabbing of Bush has simply been an inspiration for the current crop. They have to look at it and go “If that moran could do it, why can’t I?”.

    2. I thought he was a decent governor, but we don’t need three people from the same family in the White House. It’s just a bad idea.

      1. Agreed. Pity is, he’s the pick of the litter. Tragic character much?

      2. RACIST!!!!!

  15. New Orleans has banned loitering on Bourbon Street “for the purpose of disseminating any social, political or religious message between the hours of sunset and sunrise.”

    About damn time! Bourbon Street is for drukenly cheering women on to flash their boobs–not for messages. Don’t ruin the purity of it and hide behind the First Amendment.

    1. Don’t forget the stabbings. Bourbon Street is for stabbings too!

      1. As long as it’s a pointless stabbing, and not one of those stabbing’s that just a cover to proseltyze.

        1. “While we’re waiting for the cops & paramedics, can I tell you about the Good Word?”

  16. http://dailycaller.com/2012/01…..rian-terry‘s-murder-on-day-border-agent-died/

    Latest Friday evening document dump shows Holder was informed of Border Agents murder and the use of an AK 47 sold in Fast and Furious the day after the murder. Holder had previously stated he didn’t know about F&F until March.

    Can we please just indict this fucker for perjury already?

    1. Perjury? How about manslauter? Human beings died as a result of the policy.

      1. Manslaughter I mean – I haven’t had my first cup of coffee yet ….

      2. I agree. But that will never happen. Perjury or lying to Congress might.

        1. I’d let him off the hook completely if, in his Contempt of Congress hearing, he says, “I don’t know whether I’m guilty of Contempt of Congress, but my contempt for Congress knows no limit.”

      3. “Guns don’t kill people, People kill People”.

        Perjury it is.

        1. “Guns don’t kill people, People kill People”.

          I agree, but if I handed a loaded firearm to a 12 year old boy who loved to play “cops and robbers” and someone dies as a result of that boy playing “cops and robbers” wouldn’t I bear some responsibility for that action? I might not have pulled the trigger, so it wouldn’t be murder but my action resulted in another person dying when a reasonable person could have predicted this outcome. I would have acted irresponsibly – therefore manslaughter should be the penalty.

          1. therefore manslaughter should be the penalty.

            Seems a little excessive as a penalty.

            1. Yeah, jail time will suffice.

    2. I did not have sex with that rifle.

    3. Depends on what your definition of “March” is.

  17. New Orleans has banned loitering on Bourbon Street “for the purpose of disseminating any social, political or religious message between the hours of sunset and sunrise.”

    “Zip it, occuturds!”

    The Precautionary Principle comes to Occupy Mardi Gras.

  18. Your daily dose of schadenfreude.

    “Although San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi was a strong advocate of gun control while on the Board of Supervisors, he surrendered 3 handguns when police recently booked him on misdemeanor domestic violence charges,” KCBS reports.

    Mirkarimi apparently owned them while sponsoring legislation last summer to bolster San Francisco gun control laws against a lawsuit by the National Rifle Association.

    “Mirkarimi was elected sheriff in November after serving seven years as one of the city’s more liberal supervisors,” Fox News tells us.

    Indeed, “As a longtime member of the progressive bloc on the Board of Supervisors, Mirkarimi was a vocal advocate of gun control,” The San Francisco Examiner informs us.

    But after being arrested on three misdemeanor charges including domestic violence battery, Mirkarimi was forced to turn over all his guns to authorities.

    “If Mirkarimi were convicted on the domestic violence charge, he would not be able to carry a gun as sheriff,” reporter Joshua Sabatini claims.

    http://www.examiner.com/gun-ri…..elped-cast

    He must have hit her because of that damn Johnson in the White House.

    1. Gun Control has always meant “guns are only for our TOP. MEN.”

      Also: I, too, have enjoyed former reason intern and noted high-school graduate James Taranto’s recent schtick with that Forrest Gump quotation.

      1. Gun control is the security 1% (cops, those with state security or private bodyguards, etc.) trying get even more security at the expense of the security 99%. Or something.

        Just look at the name of the Brady Campaign. Who cares how many proles die at the hands of criminals if it saves just one political insider from being collateral damage from an assassination attempt?

  19. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/fin…..Obama.html

    Michelle Obama goes on 50K lingerie shopping spree. I guess they charged her by the yard of fabric.

    1. Wookies wear lingerie?

      1. Looong nights on the Millennium Falcon’s smuggling runs…

        1. “I use these compartments for smuggling and sex with my wookie, but I never thought…”

      2. First Ladies don’t rip people’s arms out of their sockets if they say their butts look big.

        1. Then why does half the White House staff only have one arm?

    2. Re: John,

      Michelle Obama goes on 50K lingerie shopping spree.

      Every little bit helps. I’ve heard that true tyrants are known for their notorious lack of sexual appetite.

      1. I always thought that most tyrants added “insatiable sexual appetitie” to their list of attributes.

        What’s the point of ruling with an iron fist if you can’t get your subjects to fulfill your basest desires?

        1. They do, but it always involves pooping.

  20. http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEas…..55683&R=R3

    Assad may be trying to get his family out.

    1. Wonder if he’ll dig up the old man and take his bones too?

    2. Maybe he’ll just quietly go back to being an optometrist in London. I think that would be funny.

  21. I’m just gonna leave this here…

    If I were an American in Missouri?

    I would be out on the streets demanding the revocation of all access to guns, everywhere, as part of a state of emergency, following the terrorist threats in the Capitol. Yes, terrorist.

    Not content with shooting Gabby Giffords, terrorists in Missouri have stuck orange stickers with an image of rifle crosshairs on them on the doors of Democratic women who are state senators.

    Cold dead fingers and all of that.

    1. I love how they continue to rewrite the Giffords story to fit their prejudices. The fact that the guy who shot her has been shown to be an apolitical nut doesn’t mean anything. Don’t let the facts get in the way. He was a right wing terrorist just like Oswald.

      1. And your point is …?

      2. They seized on that lie so early and so fast that I guarantee that it’s going to be fucked up in the history books. Twenty years later people will hear “Giffords shooting” and think “oh yeah, when the TPers went crazy”.

        1. I see it already. I know several people who will swear that the Giffords guy was a Tea Partier. And then they will look at you like you are claiming the earth is flat when you tell them differently. Group think is too weak of a word for these people.

          1. I live in AZ and it was and is absolutely sickening dealing with the smear campaign capitalization of the shooting. I got a few headaches from being unable to stop repeatedly rolling my eyes during the worst of it.

            Nationally, I can understand, because Narrative Is Everything so the other team must be deliberately malevolent rather than just misguided, but you’d think that it being AZ the left’s actual human contact with locally frequent Tea Party types and sympathizers would ameliorate the idiocy, but, noooo, they get viewed like the green-skinned Jews in medieval depictions: semi-mythic and monstrous.

            1. being unable to stop repeatedly rolling my eyes during the worst of it.

              Slap a dynamo on those peepers,
              another Democratic Green Power Initiative at work!

            2. The newspeak these people engage in is amazing. I was reading the Will editorial about the SOTU address this weekend. The comments were frightening. Most of the leftwing ones were to the effect of “sure we need a loyal opposition, and the House Republicans are not loyal they are traitors”. And of course, “Bush called everyone who disagreed with him traitors, so you can’t complain when Obama tells the truth about the traitors on the Republican side”. It was just frightening how these people demonize their opposition.

    2. I’m not going to visit that link, but are there any MSM stories about this? Specific people? I seem to remember reading something about this a while back but didn’t it turn out to be a hoax?

    3. Technically speaking, if the stickers are meant to inspire fear, then the people who put them there are terrorists.

      That being said, stealing everbody’s gun isn’t going to stop anything.

      1. Yeah. If true, you’re right on the terrorism charge. The appropriate response would be to search out who did this. I would also recommend that gunning up in the face of death threats is a better idea than trying to confiscate millions of firearms and hoping you didn’t miss on or two.

      2. Technically speaking, if the stickers are meant to inspire fear, then the people who put them there are terrorists.

        Better ban those political bumper-stickers.

        I mean the ones that go beyond inspiring *concern*.

        1. You must be mistaking me for someone sticking up for this idiocy. If you woke up one morning with a burning cross on your front lawn would you not be afraid? The act of trying to put fear into people meets the definition of terrorism.

          1. fear isn’t terror fuckwit

            1. terrorism [ter-uh-riz-uhm] noun
              1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.
              2. the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
              3. a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.

              1. Would you look at that, it’s even definition 1. The stupidity, it astounds.

                1. “The stupidity, it astounds.”

                  Yours does, really

                  Because you’re stupid, I never said terror wasn’t fear fucktard I said fear isn’t terror.

                  So, thanks you proved me right and you a moron.

                2. You do realize that fear isn’t terror, right, and your definition only shows that terror is fear, right?

                  You do realize why you’re wrong now, right?

                3. Discrete differences between severity confuse me, so I insult people who point out my confusion DERP!

                  1. It looks like someone’s wagon came unhitched from reality again.

      3. Re: Sparky,

        Technically speaking, if the stickers are meant to inspire fear, then the people who put them there are terrorists.

        You mean like this?

    4. terrorists in Missouri have stuck orange stickers with an image of rifle crosshairs on them on the doors of Democratic women who are state senators.

      I got $20 that says those stickers were put on their by lefty/prog “activists” to gin up hatethought outrage.

      1. That was my first thought…There is no limit to the means some will use when the end is justified…in their heads.

      2. I’d normally think you are being a little too tin-foil-hattish. But only putting the stickers on Democratic Women’s doors (I think that’s what I read), just doesn’t fit the mindset of a somebody who would do this “for real”. So I think it’s a definite possibility.

      3. The actual source story is even worse. The sticker was also put on the nameplate of a Republican male senator. And it also makes the “Palin caused Giffords to be shot” meme.

    5. There’s a 50% chance Democrats put those stickers up.

    6. The single comment is precious. Puppy mills!

  22. New Orleans has banned loitering on Bourbon Street “for the purpose of disseminating any social, political or religious message between the hours of sunset and sunrise.”

    Very well. I’ll saunter gambol.

  23. Rachel Maddow is still inexplicably appealing

    Also, can liberals stop saying how smart she is? Neither she nor her conservative equivalents are smart. They just work punching bags from the other side of the aisle.

    1. But, but, but she’s always saying that anyone who disagrees with her is doopid. That means that she’s smart. Not only that, but if you’re doopid and you agree with her, that makes you smart too!

      1. i watch, or stream rachel regularly & she often ASKS guests where she (rachel)is mistaken. hardly name calling

        1. Re: O3,

          often ASKS guests where she (rachel)is mistaken.

          And then proceeds to talk over them when they start showing her.

    2. How many crappy photos can you take of one woman?

    3. If I were a Rhodes Scholar I would be asking that hers be revoked. She has single handedly killed the idea that you have to be smart to get one.

      1. I bet she knows that Hayek was no conservative.

        1. Hayek was definitely a conservative as I define it. But I define differently than the voices that live in your head.

          1. and diff than the voices in hayek’s head as well

            1. We are talking about two different terms. How I define conservative in 2012 is different than how he defined it in 1950.

              Regardless, he essentially put lie to every single thing you have ever believed. So, I wouldn’t worry so much about whether he is a conservative or not and start worrying about the fact that his arguments show you and all of your fellow travelers on the left to be the brain dead idiots you are.

              1. But like Beck anyone who does not agree with you is a “leftist/commie” including classic liberals like Soros – who actually was well acquainted with Hayek and very much aligned.

                http://www.futureofcapitalism……-hayek-fan

                Sometimes if you fight fascism like Soros – you are just a fascist fighter and not a statist.

                1. Soros is a former fascist who spent his youth turning Jews into the Nazis. He continues to be a fascist to this day and promote fascist policies. He just does so from the left side of the isle.

                  1. “Former”?

            2. Conservative only means anything in context. Conservative will mean quite different things in different times and places.

          2. Like you, Glenn Beck also makes up his own definitions.

            1. I don’t listen to Beck. So why don’t you tell us about it since you follow him so much the guy probably has a restraining order out against you.

          3. John,

            I do not often agree with Shrike, but he is correct on this. Hayek considered himself a liberal in the classical sense of the word.

            1. Yes he did. And in 2012, I would consider that to be a “conservative”. A conservative in the 1950s when he was writing was just a different breed of animal than today. Today conservative is really synonymous with “classical liberal”.

              1. You are completely fucked up. Hayek’s depiction of you conservatives is spot on now and then more than ever. By ‘conservative’ he meant people like Buckley.

                You are trapped in ignorance (to paraphrase him).

                1. Good for you Shrike. But I have never been a Buckleyite. So why should I care?

                  You are not so much ignorant shrike as you are just stupid and completely incoherent. You are very good at names and slogans. But thinking really isn’t your strong suit.

              2. Today conservative is really synonymous with “classical liberal”.

                Somebody quick, tell Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum!!!

                1. Somebody quick, tell Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum!!!

                  I wish they would. Because I don’t consider either of those three particularly conservative. And I am not alone in that assessment.

        2. Re: shrike,

          I bet she knows that Hayek was no conservative.

          He was no fascist, that’s for sure – either one from the left, or from the right.

        3. I bet she knows that Hayek was no conservative.

          I bet she doesn’t even know who he is.

    4. Also, can liberals stop saying how smart she is? Neither she nor her conservative equivalents are smart.

      Yeah, she smart. I’ve never known a Rhodes Scholar who wasn’t.

      1. Having never watched her show, I’d be willing to grant that she is probably smarter than the average bear, based on academic achievement alone.

        I think that what we need to get rid of is this idea that smart people are always right, or are somehow immune to the appeal of logical flawed arguments.

      2. Yeah, I’m sure she is quite smart. Being smart and being right or sensible do not necessarily coincide. You have to be pretty smart to always argue for one position regardless of reality. Stupid people don’t do sophistry too well.

  24. Despite attempts by political and business leaders to suggest the eurozone has turned a corner, the prevailing view of pundits is things can only get worse and a “perfect storm” is brewing.

    The five-day Davos forum which ended Sunday, was dominated by the sovereign debt crisis in the single currency zone and was held against a backdrop of frantic negotiations on a write-down deal between Greece and its creditors.

    Some of the players most closely involved with the crisis since the 2008 financial meltdown insisted there was now light at end the tunnel with European Central Bank president Mario Draghi hailing “outstanding progress”.

    “Outlook Less Bleak From Alpine Retreat” was the assessment on the news pages of the Financial Times, suggesting the cool mountain air and pristine snow had raised the spirits of leaders more used to Brussels summits.

    But, in an end of forum debate, experts predicted the break-up of the eurozone, economic malaise in the United States and a rise of militancy — and then there are the consequences of a conflict over Iran’s nuclear programme.

    Nouriel Roubini, professor of economics at New York University, said the world might just about muddle through in 2012 but not much longer.

    “2013 could be a perfect storm where you have a full eurozone crisis, where the fiscal problems of the United States come to a head and … there is an investment bust and you have a hard landing in China as well,” he said.

    http://www.breitbart.com/artic….._article=1

    And then these fuckers at Davos are going to blame the whole thing on “Capitalism” when it was their social model and their governments who forced banks to buy euro debt. In a capitalist world, people would have stopped buying Greek debt ten years ago. And the problem would have self corrected.

    1. Re: John,

      And then these fuckers at Davos are going to blame the whole thing on “Capitalism”

      The same sort of fuckers have been blaming Capitalism for over 150 years, and the same sort of dimwitted imbeciles have agreed with them… for over 150 years. How else can one explain France?

      1. France is the product of inbreeding, wine, and the murder of two generations of the brave and the honest.

        1. tell us moar of ur travels

        2. It is more than that. France came apart during the Revolution and lost a generation to the Napoleonic Wars. It has pretty much been a broken nation since 1814.

          1. Re: John,

            It has pretty much been a broken nation since 1814.

            They were like that even before. France never really stopped being a Medieval nation. The reason people were starving on the streets of Paris before the revolution wasn’t because the Treasury was bankrupt, but because of the serious interventionism in the economy by the State in the form of price controls and inflation, which was repeated during the years after the revolution.

            1. the serious interventionism in the economy by the State in the form of price controls and inflation, which was repeated during the years after the revolution.

              wait, so it didn’t work, even with The Right People in charge? WTFIUWT?

          2. NO, it goes back to Ceasar and his conquest of the Gauls (rhymes with).

    2. Thing is, these Davos folks have had no more insight into what’s going to happen than the rest of us…check out the big issues on their lists for the last 5 years…pretty rear-ward looking imo. Here

    3. They’re ‘going to’?

      I watched a BBC debate with Davos people and the only difference in the panel was whether they thought capitalism had fucked the world or buggered it.

      Guy in the audience questions segment made a hell of a point though: He said, “When will there be accountability? The people who caused the crisis are the same ones walking around here at Davos.”

  25. Blue Balls in the news
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new…..mouth.html

    1. Blue balls and a link that ends with …mouth.html? Bravo Tim.

  26. New Orleans has banned loitering on Bourbon Street “for the purpose of disseminating any social, political or religious message between the hours of sunset and sunrise.”

    Talk about Blue laws!

  27. I’ve been off the political wire for awhile – it’s honestly too depressing.

    1) the Republican roster holds little hope unless RP pulls out a miracle.

    2) I live in a country that I hardly recognize from my younger years.

    3) Things are going to get worse before they get better. Or have we lost this sliver of light (freedom) in the long gloom of history?

    I’ve also been busy putting a little recording studio together. I’m planning to do synth music – though I’ll have to sharpen my bass guitar skills (I’m incredibly rusty). Definitely in a cold wave direction.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsWwjrxKuYA

    I’m also stumbling along on a new mystery/thriller novel – set in 1977.

    For your musical enjoyment – Jarvis Cocker (of Pulp fame) has his own Radio show on the BBC.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00ptsjd

    1. That whole “King of the Wastelands” thing is starting to look appealing?

  28. I would be out on the streets demanding the revocation of all access to guns, everywhere, as part of a state of emergency

    Wasn’t there somebody else; some prominent historical figure, who had a similar plan?

    1. Bloomberg?

    2. Was there a hurricane involved?

  29. Has anyone here seen the show Drinking Made Easy? It is on one of the satellite networks. It is a reasonably good but not great show. But what is amazing about it is how it is a show about binge drinking. I can’t believe the soccer moms haven’t tried to have it killed. I guess they block all of their channels besides Disney, PBS, and NPR and don’t know it exists. The show is so un PC. In this episode watch Steve McKene take on the 100 oz wall of beer. About the only thing they don’t do is drive. And there is never the ubiquitous “don’t do this home always drink responsibly” disclaimer. It is this weird little island of freedom on the satellite feed.

    1. I’ve seen it. Those guys must wake up every morning and thank Bacchus that they have somehow hornswoggled people into paying them to wander from bar to bar getting hammered.

      1. I doubt they wake up “every morning”.

        1. Every afternoon is more like it.

      2. An Lamprey is pretty much my idol. He figured out a way to drive around the country with his buddies in a huge RV getting hammered and get paid for it. Now that is an example to try and live up to.

    2. You should watch Three Sheets, also with Zane Lamprey and somewhat of a predecessor of that show.

      1. +1
        I thought 3 Sheets was better than what I’ve seen of Drinking Made Easy.

    3. While Bourdain’s shows arent just about drinking, he regularly gets trashed.

      And, of course, on his recent trip to Amsterdam, he “didnt” smoke anything, because the network opposed it.

      The scene after he “didnt” partake was amusing.

      1. Layover is great.

        1. I think The Layover is pisspoor compared to No Reservations. It’s much, much tamer and of course there are no jungle cruises into the deepest heart of Borneo. The only thing I like about it are the snippets of locals talking about where to go (but if I were a local I would lie in order to keep cameras and tourists away from my favorite hangouts)

          1. I agree, but I still like the show.

      2. The Amsterdam episode was pretty funny. I have a love hate relationship with him. I like his shows and I like his attitude. But then he goes all foodie and I can’t stand him. His bitching about Paula Dean having diabetes was too much. I am not a fan of Dean. But I don’t see why her having diabetes means she shouldn’t have a cooking show with anything but healthy foods.

        And I will care about Bourdain has to say on the subject when he stops doing things like pimping for a restaurant in Montreal that does nothing but serve Foix Gras. Since when is anything Bourdain ever eats on TV healthy?

        1. His bitching about Paula Dean having diabetes was too much.

          His bitching was over the fact that she, for three years after her diagnosis, continued to promote her unhealthy style of cooking, and then became the advertising face for a prescription diabetes drug.

          His response was that he should start breaking legs in preparation for going into the crutch business.

          He’s not out there pimping for Lipator or for diabetes drugs.

          1. I think people are or should be smart enough to know you can’t eat her food all of the time. So I don’t see how it is analogous to breaking legs.

            And Bourdain promotes food that is equally unhealthy. Why does not pimping for big pharma give him a pass?

            1. He wasn’t shitting on her for her food.

              He was shitting on her for being the face of a prescription drug that treats a condition that results from the food she promotes.

              Had she never become an advertiser I doubt he would have said a peep.

              1. He would have totally said something. He is a snotty New York asshole. That doesn’t mean he is not funny. But acting like he is somehow above people like Dean is what he does.

                1. After seeing him become friends with Ted Nugent I simply cannot agree with that.

                  That’s OK though. Acting like you’re somehow above people like Bourdain is what you do.

                  1. Ted is a rock star. Dean is sort of the symbol of a certain kind of person it is still okay to make fun of in this country.

                  2. And for the record, I can’t stand Dean’s food. And I have been to that restaurant in Montreal and love foix gras. But I know snobbery when I see it.

                    1. Here was Bourdain’s quote:

                      “Thinking of getting into the leg-breaking business, so I can profitably sell crutches later.”

                      As in – Thinking of promoting food that causes diabetes, so I can profitably advertise diabetes drugs later.

                    2. “Thinking of promoting food that causes diabetes, so I can profitably advertise diabetes drugs later.”

                      That sounds like a great idea!

          2. He’s not out there pimping for Lipator

            I could swear him mentioning his prescription for Lipitor in at least one episode. Maybe it was a joke…

            1. It was. After some pork fat laden food orgasm he joked about doubling up on the Lipitor in the morning.

              That’s not the same thing as lending your creepy smile to an advertising campaign.

          3. then became the advertising face for a prescription diabetes drug.

            Paula Deen’s “Insulin, Y’All”

        2. Foix Gras

          The Grand Prix of livers!

      3. He did a scene in, I think, Cambodia (or Laos?), where he ate a pizza laced with a certain special herb. The verbal gymnastics he used to get around the network were hilarious.

    4. Re: John,

      It is this weird little island of freedom on the satellite feed.

      That’s because there’s not much left. When you start seeing decay and debauchery (either intellectual or physical) as “normal,” it is a telltale sign that people feel trapped. Just remember that the only thing still keeping the USSR together was vodka.

  30. 100 oz wall of beer

    That wall ain’t keepin nobody out.

  31. Harold Wilson, possibly.

  32. I live in a country that I hardly recognize from my younger years.

    I concur.

    I truly pity my nephews; they missed out on growing up in a great place to live.

    1. spoken like a white man

      1. “spoken like a white man”

        Are you saying that only white men enjoy freedom, prosperity and safety???

  33. lol, they are all the same! They all tell you what you want to hear then slap you in the face once elected!~

    http://www.pc-anon.tk

  34. OT: Who saw last week’s Archer?

    “Lana don’t be stupid. You can’t give crackheads a million dollars, they’ll spend it all on crack.”

    1. “Tomorrow morning I hunt the World’s Most Dangerous Game.”

      “Jai-alai?”

    2. I love Archer.

    3. Archer is the funniest show I’ve seen since Arrested Development.
      My wife groans whenever I start watching it.

      1. Someone asked me if they would like Archer. I told them if they liked Arrested Development, they would like Archer.

        1. Archer is definitely cruder, but it has the same rapid-fire wit, and constant in-joking that made AD so rewarding for loyal viewers.

    4. “Oh god! It tastes worse than it smells!”

      “If I had a nickel every time someone said that to me….I’d have 8 nickels!”

  35. After slipping in the Florida polls, Newt Gingrich promises a “wild and wooly” primary fight, declares he won’t be “namby-pamby.”

    No wishy-washy, touchy-feely, nilly-willy baker’s dozen!

    1. He’s starting to monologue like a super villian.

    2. Seriously, plop him down in an oversized chair with a white cat. Perfect!

    3. Just wait until he gets the syrup in him. Then he’ll be all antsy in his pantsy.

  36. New Orleans has banned loitering on Bourbon Street “for the purpose of disseminating any social, political or religious message between the hours of sunset and sunrise.”

    My very liberal friends here in New Orleans (some who took part in various Occupy actions) have no issue with this, of course, because the headline of the article reads “Bible-thumping on Bourbon Street at night barred by ordinance” and, well, they hate the Bible thumpers.

    Free speech for me, but not for thee.

  37. New Orleans has banned loitering on Bourbon Street “for the purpose of disseminating any social, political or religious message between the hours of sunset and sunrise.”

    Better not catch anybody displaying any Catholic or Voodoo imagery at Mardis Gras.

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