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  • "The National Debt has now increased more during President Obama's three years and two months in office than it did during 8 years of the George W. Bush presidency."

  • Tennessee woman who brought gun to 9/11 memorial in New York won't do jail time
  • Unions don't support Occupy Wall Street's May 1 general strike.
  • Florida Gov. Rick Scott instructs Florida Highway Patrol to investigate murder of Trayvon Martin.
  • GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt switches allegiance from Obama to Mitt Romney.
  • Chicago cop: "Your First Amendment rights can be terminated if you're creating a scene."   

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  1. “The National Debt has now increased more during President Obama’s three years and two months in office than it did during 8 years of the George W. Bush presidency.”

    And we’ll see if President Romney can keep the trend alive.

    1. He’ll do his level best.

    2. My first reaction as well. The question is, will he top Obama in four years, or is this an accelerating phenomenon, in which he’ll only take two years to do it.

      1. I’m a victim of my predecessor’s failure to address the National Debt.

        1. It isn’t President XXXXXX’s fault, but that christfag Bush.

      2. is this an accelerating phenomenon,

        Its accelerating, because interest compounds.

        Our debt service this year will be around $450BB. In 2006, it was around $400BB. And that increase is with historical/artificially low interest. When interest starts to go up, our debt service is going to explode.

        Still waiting for Veronique to do a workup on what our debt service will be in 20__ with deficits at the projected levels and interest reverting to the mean.

    3. I remember several years ago a roommate ranting about how much money Bush was wasting, and he asked me why I wasn’t making a bigger fuss. My response was “Yeah, he sucks and is spending too much, but it’s only the largest deficit because he’s the most recent. Wait till the next guy.” I didn’t know just how right I was going to be (also, I haven’t heard this guy say one thing about the approximately 3x larger deficit).

      1. You dont bring it up every time you see him?

        1. I’m not a dick, so no. I sent him one article about the record deficit Obama’s first year.

          1. Its nice that you are not a dick.

            More of us should follow your lead.

            1. FUCK OFF, SLAVER!

          2. become a dick…sounds like that roommate deserves a bit of that. Plus, you get to annoy a liberal.

            1. Considering I live in Boston, going out of my way to annoy liberals isn’t a good long term plan for developing a social circle.

              1. So it is really not about not being a dick then?

                1. Those were different points.

                  And I haven’t always lived in Boston.

                  1. Come to the dick side…let the snark flow through you…

    4. And we’ll see if President Romney can keep the trend alive.

      Of course he will.

  2. At two-year mark, health law’s legacy is confusion
    States and employers wait for guidance
    http://www.washingtontimes.com…..on/?page=2

    1. whoops, let’s start on page 1
      http://www.washingtontimes.com…..on/?page=1

    2. Landru, guide us!

  3. “NBC Los Angeles reports that on Thursday, about a dozen 5th-graders took razor blades out of their pencil sharpeners and all at once, began slicing their arms….This seems like the type of thing that should have been investigated with a great deal of urgency, but instead, it looks suspiciously like there was an effort to keep it under wraps.
    “I don’t really know why,” replied the child, “but it was something about the bullies.”

    http://laist.com/2012/03/16/a_…..emselv.php

    1. Imagine how bad it would have been if these were homeschoolers!

    2. I would guess it’s a direct result of telling kids not to stand up to bullies but instead rely on adults for defense. It leaves the kids powerless and unable to affect their own situation. Perfect preparation for the welfare system.

      1. exactly. When do school systems take responsibility for their stupid zero tolerance rules that draw no distinction between instigation and retaliation? When you tell kids they will be punished FOR FIGHTING BACK, all you do is empower the one who does not give a shit about rules in teh first place.

        1. Under Zero Tolerance guidelines – which we must follow like sacred text – when Little Billy uses his face to stop the swinging fists of a bully, we must expel Little Billy for violation of The Rules.

        2. Sounds a lot like gun control, doesn’t it?

      2. Or, was it some kind of weird anti-bully protest the substitute put them up to? High weird, Jim Jones-ey even.

    3. American fifth-graders still use pencils? How quaint!

      1. “American fifth-graders still use pencils? How quaint!”

        I don’t get it?

        Is this some stupid attempt to make pencils seem backward or something?

        1. We should spend millions on more advanced writing utensils.

          1. An iPad for every student. I don’t see how they can learn otherwise.

            1. If they’re watching Khan Academy videos on it, we could just fire all the teachers and come out ahead.

        2. It’s a reference to the proposal that kids start using slates and chisels – to protect the environment.

          Unfortunately the tea baggers are blocking that worthy effort.

          1. Unfortunately the tea baggers are bloacking that worthy effort.

            But but but its the obstructionist republicans fault!!!!!11

        3. Is this some stupid attempt to make pencils seem backward or something?

          In the UK, they use feather quills from age four.

  4. “Primary schools are adopting a ‘no best friends’ policy to shield children from the pain of falling out… Educational psychologist Gaynor Sbuttoni, who provides counselling for children in London, said the practice of teachers encouraging kids to play in large groups instead of developing tight-knit bonds is increasingly common.”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new…..-play.html

    1. The UK is quickly becoming the center of stupidity in the modern world. What a fall from grace.

      1. You guys got me hooked on checking out that tabloid-trash MailOnline site every morning now…

    2. Holy fucking shit. How can an entire nation go insane?

      1. Pat Condell has this to say…

      2. Know what other “entire nation” went insane?

        1. The Nation of Islam?

        2. Raider Nation?

          1. How do Raider fans teach their kids to count?

            0-1, 0-2, 0-3, 0-4…

        3. If we sign Tim Tebow, Dolphins Nation.

        4. The Minbari?

      3. How can an entire nation go insane?

        Hell, just look around – we’re following in their footsteps.

    3. Being a shy kid, I would have gone bonkers if it wasn’t for my best friend. Heck, 25+ years on, and we’re still friends.

    4. I guess the next logical step is for government to encourage its subjects to avoid marriage and even monogamous relationships. It fits in with the idea that absolutely everything should be communal.

      1. So the Dems would like to ban monogamy and the Reps would like to make it mandatory?

        Wheeeeeeee!

      2. They tried that in the USSR. I think people were having too much fun, or something, so it had to stop. Too hard to get people to work in the tractor factory when there is an orgy going on next door.

    5. This is the dumbest strategy for raising children I’ve heard.

    6. I’ve built walls,
      A fortress deep and mighty,
      That none may penetrate.
      I have no need of friendship; friendship causes pain.
      It’s laughter and it’s loving I disdain.
      I am a rock,
      I am an island.

      1. I do love me some Simon and Garfunkel.

        1. I always thought their song Dangling Conversation began with, “Hello Darkus, my old friend.”

          I was reading a lot of Greek mythology at the time.

          1. I once thought the national Anthem started with “Jose, can you see?”, but I was just a kid.

            1. Someday.

          2. That’s The Sound of Silence. Dangling Conversation begins, “It’s a still life watercolor/Of a now late afternoon/As sun shines through the curtain lace/And shadows wash the room”

            Very evocative lyrics.

      2. Or this

        Hush now baby, baby, dont you cry.
        Mother’s gonna make all your nightmares come true.
        Mother’s gonna put all her fears into you.
        Mother’s gonna keep you right here under her wing.
        She wont let you fly, but she might let you sing.
        Mama will keep baby cozy and warm.
        Ooooh baby ooooh baby oooooh baby,
        Of course mama’ll help to build the wall.

    7. People want to sanitize childhood… keep it free from every pain or hardship imaginable. Hell, they banned dodge ball in many schools because the losers’ feelings get hurt. These kids are going to be so fucking sheltered that by the time they grow up and a REAL crisis hits, they will simply become neurotic and unable to deal with their problems.

      1. I think the banned dodgeball because the losers’ faces got hurt.

        1. Psh, I just considered it evasion training.

          1. We called it bombardment not dodge ball when I was in elementary school. Truth in advertising!

          2. They didn’t ban it when I was in school but they made me throw left handed after a few incidents involving the imprinting of the design on the surface of the ball onto the face of the other team.

            1. If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.

        2. Who else played the dodgeball opposite, smear the queer? You know, the game where you throw the ball to someone then jump them and pound them to shit.

          1. that game ruled. my son will play it. neighbors’ weak children be damned.

          2. I remember that one…everybody had the chance to both carry the ball and be a tackler. And somehow we survived, only to grow into adulthood and spawn a subsequent generations of pussies.

          3. Dodgeball is for pussies, it’s real name is Murderball.

          4. Gottdamn I loved dodgeball, mostly because they other kids could not get a bead on me. I was usually the last out, but typically lost because the other kid caught the ball.

        3. Dodgeball was mandatory to keep us from playing smear the queer which is the greatest game ever invented for/by children.

      2. they will simply become neurotic

        Remember the post yesterday about science and libertarianism? And the link in it to a much older article on different characteristics of people with different political ideals? Guess which one the neurotics belong to?

      3. These kids are going to be so fucking sheltered that by the time they grow up and a REAL crisis hits, they will simply become neurotic and unable to deal with their problems.

        _______________________

        Too late. Have you worked with many 20-somethings lately? At least 6 out of 10 fit this profile.

        1. ^This^ I have some in my office, and most of them are fucking pathetic.

          (Yeah, I know, ‘Get offa my lawn!’)

        2. I’m in IT and I regularly deal with other, younger IT folks. Almost every time I get off the phone with one of them I wonder how they got a job because they can’t figure things out on their own. There’s a difference between being a mentor and thinking for someone.

          1. If you’re over 30 and under 40, (2nd generation of IT as a profession), you got told “RTFM” a whole lot by a bunch of crusty old bastards who were just happy they didn’t have to break out an oscilloscope when shit wasn’t going right.

            1. Me: What have you tried so far?
              Other: Nothing.
              Me: *click*

        3. The one in the office next door is sweet but Jesus, the complaining is unbelievable. Every third thing I want to say to him is either Generation X is sick of his bullshit, or harden the fuck up princess. It ends up being every 10th thing that I say, which is restrained

      4. Fuck dodgeball – capture the flag was the most stressful game we played in grade school. An evil combo of dodgeball, tag and POW camp.

      5. The wife got a call in the middle of the day about the boy yesterday, becuase he threw an eraser back at the kid who threw it at him first and jokingly insulted another kid back. I looked at her and asked “this is the threshold for a call to the parent now?”

        We’re so fucked.

        1. The wife got a call in the middle of the day about the boy yesterday, becuase he threw an eraser back at the kid who threw it at him first and jokingly insulted another kid back. I looked at her and asked “this is the threshold for a call to the parent now?”

          Yet another fine excuse to never have a child.

          1. It’s probably a good thing that teacher didn’t call me, because I would have likely laughed at him.

            1. I think the school only calls my wife now because I have laughed at them for crap like this.

              Also, I have declined their invitation to come in and chat about these incidents. As I explained to them, I have a real job. Either expel him or shut up.

              They always shut up because my kid is smaller, smart and generally pretty good. He just doesn’t back down from confrontations. Since he fights morning, noon and night with his older brother who is much bigger than him, a slightly bigger classmate doesn’t scare him much.

              Our rule is that he can’t start anything. If he is just fighting back, good on him.

              1. Our rule is that he can’t start anything. If he is just fighting back, good on him.

                Yep. My rule for him is “first hit, last punch.” If I find out he started something, he’ll regret it, but I’m not too worried about that.

                Of course, the wife unit thinks he should cower and run for the nearest authority figure.

                1. In school, probably not a bad rule.

                  At some point, say when he’s heading off for college, you might consider telling him that, when adults fight, the one who lands the first punch generally wins.

                  1. …when adults fight, the one who lands the first punch generally wins.

                    I think that’s only true in the case of someone sucker-punching someone else. When the monkey dance gets to fighting I’ve rarely seen a single punch end it. In my experience one-hit altercations only happen when someone is taking the other person unawares, they have a massive size/fitness/experience edge, or they just get incredibly lucky.

                    And of the handful of “lucky” shots I’ve seen all but one left the receipient dazed but still having a puncher’s chance until the attacker finished them off.

                    It really is difficult for a person to knock-out a person of similar size and skill in one hit. The human body is built to protect the ol’ brain.

        2. ^^^this x 1,000. Calls being made to parents of THE KID WHO FIGHTS BACK!!!! Good freaking grief.

          1. It’s not even so much about fighting back as it is “you couldn’t just talk to the kid?” This is the same teacher who called (and talked to the wife) to tell us that we might have to come pick him up, in the middle of the night, from the school’s overnighter, because he cursed.

            That would have been an interesting conversation with me.

            1. That would have been an interesting conversation with me.

              “If you think my kid’s language is foul, you really ought to just hang up now.”

              1. I’m getting great parenting tips now. Thanks!

    8. Not long until they just institute a “no friends at all” policy.

      1. Some of us managed that quite well without a policy.

      2. I think that’s what this is, no friends, only numerous acquaintenances are acceptable.

    9. Went to school lunch with third grader last Friday. They were seated at the lunch table in alphabetical order. And worse, they must remain silent for the first 17 minutes, and on Friday is was silence for the whole lunch period because someone got out of line.

      1. Fear will keep the locals in line.

        1. Fear and surprise!

          Wait, I’m getting things mixed up again. Time to take more meds.

          1. NOBODY expects the Elementary Inquisition!

            1. NOBODY expects the Imperial Inquisition!

      2. Even when I was in elementary school back in the late 80s, early 90s, they had this stupid traffic light. If things got too noisy, it would go red for a few minutes. No talking was allowed during that time. If it went red three times, the rest of the lunch period was to be complete silence. There were times where it would go off for no reason. We hated it. It was even back then we realized how stupid and fascist public education had become.

        that was more than 20 years ago. Only 2 or 3 years ago, my grandfather would go to my cousins’ school and have lunch with them. They had those stupid stop lights, too. Even he commented on how stupid things have gotten.

        I still stand by my statement that sending your kid to public school is akin to child abuse.

    10. I’ve heard from neighbors with older kids that this is making the rounds in the DC area. Sadly, they didn’t share my reaction. But I don’t think any of them are introverts, which they largely see as a problem akin to depression or something.

      1. I really hope this isn’t the case, because I don’t want my kids to be tagged by the school administrators with “Oh. The’re the ones with the dad who always tells us to get fucked.”

        1. On the plus side, after you tell them that a few times, they should quit calling.

        2. I think that’s inevitable. if not for this issue, something equally asinine.

        3. Boy got suspended last week when his “I Don’t Give a Fuck” bracelet flipped over in gym. The principal called to explain the situation and I think he could hear me yawning.

          1. You’re doing a fine job there sir

          2. Did better than me. I’d have probably asked him what crawled up his ass and died that morning.

            1. Really, I’m getting better prepared for the stupid.

    11. The dailymail has single handedly convinced me to never visit the U.K. Thank you dailymail making my travel decisions that much easier.

      1. I can already tell you that London is a terrible city. No point in going, for any reason, ever. If you happen to find yourself there though, the British Museum is pretty cool.

        1. I have always been a huge premier league fan, been my dream to drink a few pints and catch a chelsea or arsenal match.

          What makes london that terrible? (Not that I doubt you, I am just curious)

  5. Naked Kids for Jesus

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012…..gh-school/

    1. There is a long and honourable tradition of tits out for Jesus

    2. Of course now they are likely “Sex Offenders for Jesus”.

  6. Police say 73 detained after Occupy protest
    http://www.businessweek.com/ap…..J0TG00.htm

    “The next couple of months, things are going to start to grow, like the flowers.”

    Some have questioned whether the group can regain its momentum. This month, the finance accounting group in New York City reported that just about $119,000 remained in Occupy’s bank account — the equivalent of about two weeks’ worth of expenses.

    But Hessler said the group has remained strong, and she pronounced herself satisfied with what the Occupy protesters have accomplished over the last half year.

    “It’s changed the language,” she said. “It’s brought out a lot of issues that people are talking about. … And that’s the start of change.”

    1. What are they spending $60K a week on? Anybody know?

      1. Birth control. Won’t you give?

        1. Wow, at 60K a week, that’s providing birth control for over a thousand sluts a year.

          1. OWS 2: Occupy White Sluts

            1. I might be able to get into that movement.

            2. If that isn’t already the title of a porn movie, I’ll be severely disappointed.

          2. Better check your math skills. According to the Congressional testimony I heard, birth control is only $1,000 per year. That’s over *3,000* sluts.

      2. What are they spending $60K a week on?

        Their leaders.

        Vanguards of the proletariat don’t work cheap.

    2. “It’s changed the language,” she said. “It’s brought out a lot of issues that people are talking about. … And that’s the start of change.”

      You have to love the unwarranted sense of self-regard on display here.

      What part of the language has it changed? What issues? This phaggot striver doesn’t elaborate.

      Most likely what’s going to happen is these morons are going to end up pissing off a lot of folks just going about their daily business, and all it will take is one of them targeting someone for abuse that actually won’t take their shit to really make things interesting.

  7. “Gun-tracking operation caught top suspect, then let him go
    Federal agents stopped the main target of the ill-fated Operation Fast and Furious in May 2010. After they questioned him, he disappeared back into Mexico, and the program went on to spiral out of control.”

    http://www.latimes.com/news/na…..2110.story

    1. Why ATF agents did not arrest Celis-Acosta immediately is not clear. He was their prime suspect and the subject of secret wiretaps approved by the Justice Department.

      It was part of Operation Fuck-up and Forget.

    2. lolz – how did it spirl out of control?

      moar right wing memez

      1. “lolz – how did it spirl out of control?”

        Because you’ve prove yourself profoundly retarded by asking, I’ll help. It was when the program that sold guns for the purpose of tracking them LOST TRACK OF THEM, which they have admitted to.

        “moar right wing memez”

        yeah, that LA TIMES, what a right wing rag…

        YOU FAIL IT

  8. (Memphis, TN) – Fox 13 has learned there’s a copy of the radio broadcast that captured an on-duty cop allegedly having sex with Morgan Fairchild in his squad car.

    http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/dp…..t-20120316

    1. I thought dunphy was up in the Pacific northwest somewhere.

    2. Morgan Fairchild?

      That made me follow the link.

      Well played, Sir!

    3. From the comments:

      “It’s possible he didn’t follow procedure.” Really? Let’s look it up in the handbook and find out!

  9. “Your First Amendment rights can be terminated if you’re creating a scene,” the officer who handcuffed the reporters said. Video from their exchange shows no “scene” to speak of beyond the tension between police and reporters.

    VIDEO CAN LIE. That’s the reason coppers don’t want it around. It doesn’t show on film just how very disrespected they’re feeling.

  10. Liberals Are Wrong: Free Market Health Care Is Possible
    http://www.theatlantic.com/bus…..le/254648/

    Let’s have a free market for the 70-plus percent of health care where market forces can most directly apply, and let’s have universal catastrophic insurance for those situations where market forces work less well.

    This way, we might get the best of both worlds: an efficient, affordable, high-quality market for chronic and routine health care, and a universal system for those who get hit by a bus, or have a stroke, or get cancer. Such a system would leave no one behind. But it would also allow our health-care system to benefit, as much as possible, from the forces of choice, competition, and innovation.

    1. Unfortunately, neither Team Blue nor Team Red wants to address the massive boondoggle of laws and regulations that create an artificial market driving up the cost of health care and insurance.

      1. If by “wants to address”, you mean “wholeheartedly support” then yeah.

    2. I could see that article getting linked from H&R today.

    3. market forces dont work for catastrophic insurance?

      1. Well, you have to start somewhere. I think that this is a good approach. I think it is best to avoid the “why do you hate poor people?” response when possible.

        1. “Because they smell funny.”

        2. “Because I have to work approx one-third of my time for them”

    4. Catastrophic insurance? What’s that? I have been told that health insurance = someone to pay all my medical bills. As in, I cough a few times and can go to the emergencey room for no more than a $2 co-pay. And buy birth control pills for the ladies. And so on . . .

      1. Ultimately, this is the real problem.

        Your average citizen thinks to himself, “I pay a health insurance premium every month – why am I still paying (to see the doctor) (for birth control) (a deductible)…etc.”

        To cater to this resentment, state legislators have been piling on mandates for years, saying what insurers must cover and what copays and deductibles they’re allowed to have.

        But you can’t undo all of that now, because that resentment is too powerful to fight.

  11. Concerning the tragedy in Florida, we must remember that the real cause is the cynical marketing employed by Skittles and other snack companies in an effort to appeal to urban youth.

  12. No soup for you!

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/o…..ApSHngxuMJ

    1. It’s for their own good.

    1. Vanilla Ice performed the coup de grace on that part of my childhood.

      1. GO NINJA GO NINJA GO! GO NINJA GO NINJA GO!

        1. I got into a discussion with a friend about how horrible music is nowadays and how much better it was in the 90s. “Ninja Rap” is such an abomination that it really does prove the existence of rose colored glasses when thinking about the past.

    2. If only he could be labeled a terrorist.

    3. But they’re Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. If Bay gets to do this, they need to rename the group. I vote for:
      Teenage Alien Intergalactic Ninja Turtles. He can use TAINT for short, which would seem apt.

    4. So he’s remaking Transformers with TMNT because the old story was so hard to stick to? WTF?

    5. I’m sorry, but I have to laugh at goons who claim a poorly made remake of the 30-minute toy commericals they watched as kids “destroyed my childhood.” This is why anti-bullying laws need to be repealed.

      1. I’m sorry, but I have to laugh at goons who claim a poorly made remake of the 30-minute toy commericals they watched as kids “destroyed my childhood.”

        I think we more mean destroyed the sense of nostalgia. Either way, Michael Bay is a terrible person.

  13. Dutch Roman Catholic Church ‘castrated at least 10 boys’
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new…..-boys.html

    Evidence emerged on Monday that government inspectors were aware that minors were being castrated while in Catholic-run psychiatric institutions.

    Minutes of meetings held in the 1950s show that inspectors were present when castrations were discussed. The documents also reveal that the Catholic staff did not think parents needed to be involved.

    1. I can think of an appropriate punishment for those involved.

    2. Dutch Roman Catholic Church ‘castrated at least 10 boys’

      Sounds self-defeating. You’d think the priests would want a little more to grab ahold of during the reach-around.

    3. Sounds eerily like some of the shit Mengele did. Or our own government did with the Tuskegee experiments.

      1. The Tuskeegee analogy would be if they told the children they had been castrated but didn’t actually do it.

    4. guess they wanted to bring back the castrati.

  14. Police Handcuff NBC Chicago Photojournalist
    http://www.nbcchicago.com/news…..05086.html

    Police held Williams and Ponce for about 10 minutes. The officer who handcuffed them is recorded on camera warning members of the media that their First Amendment rights could be terminated.

    “Your First Amendment rights can be terminated if you’re creating a scene or whatever,” the officer said.

    1. Riggs beat you to that one.

      1. my bad – missed it in my quick read.

    2. Whatever. An argument of the finest order. That cop is ready to argue in front of the Supreme Court.

      1. Wow, talk about an appeal to emotion:

        “The Chicago Police Department did not charge anyone with criminal trespass in connection with yesterday’s incident, which involved the unfortunate and senseless loss of a young child. We removed two individuals from the hospital at the request of hospital security guards, who asserted that the individuals had tried to go past them into secure and private areas of the hospital. The security guards declined to press charges and the individuals were released. Our members were attempting to protect and respect both the grieving family members of the child, and the memory of the child herself during a very stressful time for all parties involved.
        As always, we will carefully review the allegations in the event further action is warranted.”

        1. How does this make it better?

          Since they WEREN’T charged, that makes the arrest WORSE.

  15. OAXACA, Mexico – The elder daughter of U.S. President Barack Obama is spending her spring break in the historic Mexican city of Oaxaca in the company of 12 friends, a state police official said.

    The young tourists, including 13-year-old Malia Ann Obama, are staying at a downtown hotel in this city famous for its colonial architecture and well-preserved native American traditions, the official said.

    “We are here to block access to the hotel by other people and escort the vehicles that are carrying the visitors to tourism sites,” the police official told AFP under the condition of anonymity.

    Malia Obama and her friend are guarded by 25 U.S. Secret Service agents as well as Mexican police, the official noted.

    http://www.montrealgazette.com…..story.html

    1. Somebody grab a screeenshot before it gets memory holed.

    2. Drones are on their way to Montreal.

    3. The freeloading brats at the local university held a rally to protest state education cuts and then most of them departed for spring break baccanalia in Cancun, Florida and at least one to Capri according to two separate stories in the newspaper.
      You kids get off my lawn.

      1. Same thing happened at my university earlier this month.

        Liek education is a right yo.

    4. They buried the lede — Obama’s daughter’s initials are MAO.

  16. Disney in $200m writedown for ‘John Carter’
    http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0…..ab49a.html

    The film about an American civil war hero who journeys to Mars is shaping up to be one of Hollywood’s costliest flops. It has generated $184m in global ticket sales but with about half its takings going to cinema chains, Disney has had to adjust its earnings guidance for the quarter to reflect the film’s performance.

    1. Saw that one coming for months.

    2. I think I watched the first 5 minutes of it and quit.

    3. The movie has been out for two weeks and they can take one of the largest write offs in Hollywood history? Sounds like some dam fine accounting.

      1. See? They just write it off!

    4. Too bad. Saw it with my son and it was actually pretty good. Interesting unusual hero, actual story with plot development, cool late-19th-century-vision of flying ships. I think this movie would have done much better but was very poorly marketed by Disney and they should have left Mars in the title — it sounds at first like another yawner social drama starring George Clooney.

    5. For some reason they marketed it as if “John Carter” had the same name recognition as “Sherlock Holmes”. If you make a movie of a classic genre series but it takes some deep geek knowledge to realize what the source material is, you have a problem.

  17. http://thehill.com/blogs/hilli…..es-tax-law

    Apple says it will keep 60 billion dollars overseas until the US changes its tax laws.

    Hoarders!!

    1. Well, they get taxed in the places they earned the money. Then they will get taxed to repatriate the money. Does any other country slam their companies like that?

      1. Nope. Not even progressive paradises like Sweden and France.

      2. No one else taxes citizens working overseas either. Makes it a lot easier to be an ex-pat worker. If a Brit wants to work in Australia, he can do it without paying taxes to Britain or giving up his passport.

    2. I can hear the wail of the hipsters already.

      1. And it is music to my ears!

      2. Exactly, I bet the OWS crowd will go so far as to stop waiting in line for the next gadget, and even toss the Apple gadgets they do have into the nearest body of water.

        1. Not likely. They’re more likely to lobby for punitive regulations on Apple than they are to speak with their dollars and go elsewhere. They don’t believe in the market.

          1. Well, and they’re generally too incompetent to find anything that doesn’t happen to be on iTunes.

            1. Yeah, it’s everyone else using torrents and newsgroups.

      3. I bet they’re wailing “If Steve were still alive this never would have happened! Waaaaaaah!”

        1. ^^^this

      4. Only Apple can go to the IRS.

    3. “I think generally we’re pretty clear that we’re opposed to a repatriation holiday, that the evidence with the previous one indicated that lots of the resources were used for stock buyback, dividend payments and so on,” a senior administration official said last month.

      ___________________________

      We can’t let companies repatriate money at low tax rates because they will give what’s left to the owners. That money belongs to the government, dammit!

  18. http://gizmodo.com/5894785/pro…..in-details

    http://www.foxnews.com/politic…..latestnews

    Should employers be allowed to request Facebook login information from prospective employees?

    Yes. All private companies should be allowed to.

    Do I like the idea of them doing it?

    Hell NO!

    1. One issue here is that anyone who logs in to my Facebook account who isn’t me is committing a federal crime.

      Didn’t we previously establish that during the case of that woman who pretended to be a teenager to torment that girl who killed herself?

      1. That would be a good response to any prospective employer who asks you for that info.

    2. They are free to request it, and I am free to tell them to fuck themselves. They dont need login info to look at a facebook page. Why would they need to log into it?

      1. On second thought, I would offer them a deal. I will trade the login info for a pair of their teenage daughter’s freshly worn panties or a picture of her with them off. How can they pass that up?

        1. Yeah, you’re bound to get the job if you do that.

        2. God, what sort of deviant are you? Zeb’s right, you’ll get the bum’s rush. You really want the job, act like a normal person and ask for their grandma’s freshly worn panties instead

          1. Hmmmm or their personal bank statement.

    3. Yet another reason there is no way I am ever putting my real name on that thing.

      1. It really is an e-stalker’s paradise.

    4. Maybe just deactivate the account, and reactivate after being hired?

      1. Fuck that. If my employer is that interested in my personal life, he’s not concentrating enough on what I can actually provide for his company. If he’s not focused on my merit, then he’s not going to reward me properly. Fuck him.

        1. In all fairness it’s HR doing that. And no, HR doesn’t really give a fuck about what you bring to the company.

          1. They might start wondering what they bring to the company, and we all know how that would end.

            1. Stolen fax machines and burnt down buildings?

    5. It’s a violation of Facebook’s TOS to give your password to anyone. So even private companies shouldn’t be allowed to, since your agreement with Facebook precludes them from it.

      1. They could easily just turn the computer to you and request that you log in while in front of them.

        Then I would accuse them of having a keylogger installed on the computer.

    6. My answer would be, “I hope you find the person you’re looking for. Thanks for your time. Goodbye.”

  19. “The circumstances surrounding the death of Trayvon Martin have caused significant concerns within the Sanford community and the state,” Scott wrote to FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey. “I understand an investigation was initiated by the Sanford Police Department and referred to the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office. I believe it is appropriate the the Florida Department of Law Enforcement provide any assistance necessary to fully investigate this matter…”

    “And to assist the stink from this from getting on me.”

    1. At least now the MSM seems to have given up trying to identify Zimmerman as “white.”

      Media attention will therefore soon be directed elsewhere.

      1. Really? Out of everything in that case, that there was some confusion that a pale-complexed Cuban by the name of George Zimmerman was identified as “White”…that is what sticks in your craw, you piece of shit?

        1. Yes, because the MSM so badly wants this to be a white-gun-nut-vs.-black-teen story, you piece of shit.

          1. Yes, because the MSM so badly wants this to be a white-gun-nut-vs.-black-teen story, you piece of shit.

            Again, that most of your outrage is spent on the “MSM” shows that your priorities are fucked up. I know that this may be hard for you, considering your place on the Autism spectrum, but I suggest that you get off your Shandy-ian hobbyhorse and gain some perspective.

            1. “but I suggest ”

              Well after watching you grossly overreact like a soccer mom who learns a sex offender moved in nearby, I can honestly tell you Heroic half real human/half nigger, that your suggestions are pretty worthless.

              Get the fuck over yourself.

              1. Stay classy, Not Conan.

                1. “Stay classy, Not Conan.”

                  No less than you deserve half nigger.

              2. By the way, Mr. too-cowardly to post under your regular handle, who’s ‘overreacting’? I’m not the one going “ZOMG!! HE’S REALLY HISPANIC U GUYS!!! MEDIA BIAS = ILLUMINATI-ZIONIST-FREEMASON CONSPIRACY!!!”

                Who gives a fuck what color Zimmerman is, he killed a kid while playing Cops and Robbers; that’s the important part of the story.

                1. By the way, Mr. too-cowardly to post under your regular handle, who’s ‘overreacting’?

                  Really? Out of everything in that case, that there was some confusion that a pale-complexed Cuban by the name of George Zimmerman was identified as “White”…that is what sticks in your craw, you piece of shit?

                  Again, that most of your outrage is spent on the “MSM” shows that your priorities are fucked up. I know that this may be hard for you, considering your place on the Autism spectrum, but I suggest that you get off your Shandy-ian hobbyhorse and gain some perspective.

                  Pretty clearly you are.

                2. “I’m not the one going “ZOMG!! HE’S REALLY HISPANIC U GUYS!!! MEDIA BIAS = ILLUMINATI-ZIONIST-FREEMASON CONSPIRACY!!!”

                  Who are you quoting there, because no one on this board said that, and the quotation marks indicate you’re quoting.

                  SO who?

                  Or were you lying, lying half nigger?

                3. By the way, Mr. too-cowardly to post under your regular handle, who’s ‘overreacting’? I’m not the one going “ZOMG!! HE’S REALLY HISPANIC U GUYS!!! MEDIA BIAS = ILLUMINATI-ZIONIST-FREEMASON CONSPIRACY!!!”

                  Who gives a fuck what color Zimmerman is, he killed a kid while playing Cops and Robbers; that’s the important part of the story.

                  LOL @ U overreacting and hating that you got called on it.

            2. Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t realize I’m not allowed to be outraged about X unless I’ve already registered a sufficient level of outrage against Y.

              OMFG, racist cops in Florida!

              Happy now?

              1. Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t realize I’m not allowed to be outraged about X unless I’ve already registered a sufficient level of outrage against Y.

                OMFG, racist cops in Florida!

                Happy now?

                Umm, no. That’s not what I’m getting at at all. Come back in a few years when you’ve matured and we can continue this conversation again when you have the ability to grasp abstract concepts.

                1. Umm, no. That’s not what I’m getting at at all. Come back in a few years when you’ve matured and we can continue this conversation again when you have the ability to grasp abstract concepts.

                  Or maybe people don’t give a shit about what you give a shit about and don’t grossly overreact like you have.

            3. The real outrage is that someone would name their kid Trayvon.

        2. Pale complected Cubans are white, aren’t they? Hispanic and white are overlapping categories.

          1. They overlap only when it involves something bad.

            1. Only if you are a race baiting asshole.

                1. Sorry, not directed at you. I was thinking of the selective inclusion of people in various groups based on political expediency.

            2. There is a whole “there arent many blacks playing baseball anymore” theme going around MLB. Then you point out all of them and you get “They dont count, they are hispanic.”

              1. You get the same thing about whites in the NBA. Somehow Dirk and Pau don’t count because they’re European. WTF?

    2. Were I a gun group, I would push hard for George Zimmerman’s prosecution and support Trayvon Martin’s side. Zimmerman is like a stereotype from a gun-grabber’s fevered nightmares and makes responsible owners look bad.

      1. Not so much. Zimmerman’s actions don’t reflect on me at all. To think they do is to engage in collectivism and group identity yet again.

        1. Looking bad has to do with what other people think of you. And other people do in fact engage in collectivism and group identity, whether you like it or not.

      2. What exactly was Zimmerman pursuing the kid for? Walking while black?

        I can’t imagine he was being pursued for no reason.

        1. Zimmerman’s a deranged cop-fanboy who was looking for a “criminal” so he could act out his law-enforcement fantasy. (IMHO)

        2. I don’t know, but I imagine that if he had any reason beyond “walking while black” for pursuing the kid, we would be hearing about it. I could be wrong. As he hasn’t been charged, perhaps he is just keeping his mouth shut. I tend to think that Conan has the right idea, though.

        3. WWB looks to be likely, since the dude has delusions of grandeur despite being three levels down from Paul Blart. The kid went and got iced tea and Skittles and was headed to his dad’s house. So it sounds like Zimmerman was pursuing for no reason.

  20. Ignoring Comfort Women but not a dead Nazi

  21. Drag Queens vs. Chick-Fil-A

    Waffle fries are the most homosexual form of fried potatoes. Discuss.

    1. Am I the only one who thinks “Banana Pudding Milkshake” sounds like a gay sex act?

      1. ^Made me laugh.

    2. What then, of actual waffles?

      1. Straight as an arrow, assuming there is fried chicken served on top of them.

    3. Sweet potato fries. Too colorful.

      1. Sweet potatoes aren’t potatoes, you pervert.

        1. Right, so why are they pretending to be? It’s against God’s will. It’s an abomination.

          1. If convolvulaceaeophobia didn’t exist, they could live out and proud like other tubers.

            1. Pringles are pretty queer things.

              1. Pringles are mashed potato scabs.

                1. You’re just reading the label.

          2. Right, so why are they pretending to be? It’s against God’s will. It’s an abomination.

            Does this mean that Santorum will push legislation for a federal ban on sweet potatoes? I’m in.

            1. No, but he will push for a “Banana Pudding Milkshake” ban.

              1. Hey, you can’t ban a synonym for my name.

    4. Seriously, is there any proof that the Chick-Fil-A owners are bigots, or that it affects their business practices (beyond the Sunday thing)?

      I just feel: So what if the owner of Chick Fil A privately is against homosexuality? If he isn’t funding Prop 8, and it doesn’t affect business practices, what the fuck does it matter what his or her private beliefs are?

      1. They gave around 3 million to Christian groups that oppose gay marriage, but the real ire is focused on the 1 mil donation to Marriage & Family Legacy Fund, which is a dedicated anti-gay marriage lobbying group. All money came from WinShape, billed as Chick-Fil-A’s “charity” organization.

        1. So it’s all about the money.

    5. Steak Fries. Because they are bigger.

      1. Carnival style fries.

    6. Waffle fries are the most homosexual form of fried potatoes. Discuss.

      I say no. Of all the different types of fries, waffle fries are the least phallic-shaped . . .

    7. Homefries=homofries?

      1. Because they go with the sausage.

    8. Fucking free markets, how do they work?

      It’s fine that these people have the freedom to make this video, but what a shit ton of misspent energy. Why give a fuck what the owners believe?

  22. Ban Cinnamon!

    http://mommyish.com/stuff/cinn…..nyway-811/

    1. To be fair, she doesn’t call for banning it. And it seems appropriate to tell kids that aspirating a non-soluble irritant dust can kill you, so don’t be a dumb asshole (which is how I worded it to my son).

      In fact, there are videos of parents egging their little kids to do it on Youtube. Just proving that there are some shitty parents out there.

    2. [In “the Cinnamon Challenge, one] attempts to swallow a spoonful of cinnamon in less than one minute and without any water.

      The secret is to ingest it through your nostrils.

      1. The secret is to ingest it through your nostrils.

        No, silly. The real secret is to mix it with a liquid, such as hot sauce, before snorting it, much as Steve-O did with wasabi and soy sauce in Jackass. That way it can’t hurt you.

    3. Also, looking around that site, many of the articles are about “slut-shaming”.

    4. Well, the fact that she calls it “the latest craze” show she’s a bit out of touch. That shit has been around for a decade.

    5. Ban Cinnamon!

      Please people, let natural selection work.

  23. So, one of the big problems that I have with the NBC show Smash. I can totally buy that Broadway would make a musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe. I just think Marilyn Monroe is the most goddamn overrated “icon” of all time.

    Seriously, her fame is example number 1 of how everyone in the 50s and 60s lost their goddamn mind. Example 2 is hippies.

    1. I’m not sure what is more special, the fact that you know what’s on Broadway or that you have an opinion on MM

    2. She was very pretty. But other than Some Like It Hot, she was never in a single great movie. I don’t dislike her. But I don’t get why she is so remembered.

      1. A tragic death always adds a bit of immortality. James Dean comes to mind.

        1. Or JFK.

      2. She was married to a lot of famous men, a lot of women wanted to be like her. Not much else needed.

        1. Yeah. Being married to Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller probably made her. Which reminds my of my favorite Marilyn story. She gets back from doing a USO tour while married to DiMaggio and is telling him about it. At one point she says “You just don’t know what its like to have 30,000 grown men cheering for you!” And he says, “Yeah, I do.”

          1. To be fair to Marilyn, they were not cheering her for quite the same reasons they were cheering Joe.

      3. Seven Year Itch???

        1. her bit part in John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle was good.

      4. Not strictly true John – she had a minor role in All About Eve

        1. Miss Casswell: [interrupting] Oh, waiter!

          De Witt: That isn’t a waiter, my dear. That’s a butler.

          Miss Casswell: Well, I can’t yell, ‘Oh, butler!’ can I? Maybe somebody’s name is Butler.

          De Witt: You have a point. An idiotic one, but a point.

          1. “Miss Casswell is an actress, a graduate of the Copacabana School of the Dramatic Arts.”

      5. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

      6. But other than Some Like It Hot, she was never in a single great movie.

        Well…I concur with Joe M Seven Year Itch was better than Some Like it Hot and she was in The Misfits as well.

  24. Unions don’t support Occupy Wall Street’s May 1 general strike.

    I assume by strike they mean they’ll be keeping people with actual jobs from doing said jobs.

    1. No, they mean not going to their jobs. The entire puppetry and feminist studies industry is going to shut down.

      1. Do not underestimate the effect of a radical puppetry shutdown, John. It would be devastating.

        1. Fuck, how am I going to get my morning coffee on May 1st?

          1. National Guard to man the barista stations?

            1. Only if R. Lee Ermey is serving my coffee.

              “You want a fucking LATTE ? What the fuck does this look like, an ice cream truck? Get the fuck out you little shit eating cocksucker before I catch whatever made you a pussy.”

              1. First a psychiatrist and now a barista. Is there anything that man can’t do?

        2. I’m not saying I want another terroirst attack, but if there is one, I really hope that they don’t hit the United States’ vibrant feminist puppetry industry. A blow like that- we might not recover.

          1. My god. It’d be 9/11… times a thousand.

  25. “We are here to block access to the hotel by other people and escort the vehicles that are carrying the visitors to tourism sites,” the police official told AFP under the condition of anonymity.

    I think we can safely assume the Mexican police were disarmed, in order that they might better concentrate on their real role (chauffeurs and tour guides) in the festivities.

    I wonder who will ghost-write Malia’s homework on Mexican culture.

  26. Walking Dead anyone? Thoughts? Feelings?

    I needed to catch up, so I watched the marathon on Sunday afternoon and dreamed about zombies all damn night Sunday night.

    I would like them to focus on the more mysterious elements in Season 3, like the helicopter. WTF is up with that fricken helicopter?

    Oh, and kill Carl. Kill him dead.

    1. I got no idea who’s in the helicopter, but did the season finale imply that the zombie herd was following the helicopter? It seemed that way to me.

      1. Yes, looks like it was the same helicopter Rick saw in Season 1, and the zombies followed it to the country, where they eventually found the farm.

        1. The zombies are munching on Rick’s poor horse, so it is a flashback to that scene. The helicopter is just the first in a chain of coincidences that led the horde to the farm.

          1. That doesn’t tell me shit about who is flying the thing and where they got fuel and where they came from and where they’re going and why. That’s what I want to know.

            The helicopter, Merle and the father/son team from Season 1 are the things I most want to see in Season 3.

            1. Sorry, that was really more of a reply to Apple.

              As for: Merle and the father/son team from Season 1

              Kirkman confirms that in S3 we “are certain to 100% see 33% of that list.”

              1. I saw that. It could mean Merle, or it could mean that only one of the father/son team is left alive.

          2. I was wondering if all the herds were stirred up, probably unintentionally, by the helicopter going back and forth. All the zombies in an area see something big and loud in the sky and start walking towards it, from that point they’re just carried by inertia in the same direction, picking up others along the way.

            1. That’s my guess. Once they start walking in a direction, they just keep going that way.

              Of course, they are so off-book with regards for the comic (and not for the best IMO) I’m not sure where they are going at this point.

              1. ARe you saying the producers are wandering like their zombies?

                1. I told you not to fire a gun unless you really had to, Tim.

              2. We already know the gubmint was mass executing the living during the initial phases of the disease, so my theory is the helicopter was luring the zombies away from the city so some sort of occupying force could be brought in, and everyone hiding in the countryside be damned.

                Meh. Probably too far fetched.

              3. Of course, they are so off-book with regards for the comic (and not for the best IMO) I’m not sure where they are going at this point.

                Oh, here we go. You were into Modest Mouse before they sold out.

                In the first season when that horde of walkers overtook the camp, a friend of mine was sure it was one-handed Merle who had rounded them up in that box truck and drove them up there as revenge for being cuffed to the rooftop. This latest group of walkers overtaking the farm, we surmised, was more of Merle’s work, thinking since that first season his zombie shuffling business probably took off and now he’s using 18-wheelers and possibly even that helicopter to tranport his revenge walkers.

    2. Even though I generally like anything with zombies, I watched about half of the first season then gave up on it.

      1. Yeah, can’t say where exactly but it just got boring in season two. Oh, here come the zombies again..

      2. Definitely too much “Actor Guild Workshop” blah-blah-blah going on. Look lady, I really don’t care about the angst with your sister, dad, er, whatever.

        1. Zombie Shakespeare!
          Alas poor Yorich, I knew him well, before I decapitated him with yonder shovel….

      3. Up til now I have hated everything I have ever seen that involved zombies, including, but not limited to, Shawn of the Dead.

        I absolutely love The Walking Dead.

        1. You hated Shaun of the Dead? How? Next you’ll be saying you hated Spaced, and then it’s time for an intervention

          1. I’m sorry, Shaun.

          2. Yep, fucking hated it. Hated it so much I couldn’t even be arsed to learn how to spell it.

        2. Up til now I have hated everything I have ever seen that involved zombies, including, but not limited to, Shawn of the Dead.

          Fucking blasphemy. Quit trolling!

          1. anon and Concerned Citizen, you are clearly men of taste and discernment. Can I get any of you cunts a drink?

          2. More trolling: I also hated Goodfellas and The Blues Brothers.

            Is that dude in the clip below the same guy from the “man cold” sketch?

            1. err…clip above.

              1. Kristen, I am sad to say that you may be one of the worst people to watch movies with. Ever.

                I’ll bet you even like Michael Bay movies.

            2. Blues Brothers, yeah, I get why someone might not like it. But Goodfellas? The gleefully amoral masterpiece chockfull of perfect lines? From “As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster” through to ” I get to live the rest of my life like a schook”? That movie? Wow. Kristen, this is no life to be living!

              1. Funny story: My fiancee had no idea that Blues Brothers was a band.

                1. Same with my wife. She thought it was the usual SNL skit to movie like the rest.

      4. It got really boring in season two but I decided to stick it out. The last episode was a lot better and it looks like season three might actually be fun again. Unfortunately, they killed Dale when they needed to kill either Lori or Carl.

        1. stop telling me! I’m waiting for my Netflix zombie binge!

    3. My dish DVR cut off when Rick was going on his rant during the night. Stupid Dish.

      Anyway, is it going all comic book? A hooded figure with zombies in chains? Were they actually zombies? There weren’t poles holding them back so why didn’t they try to munch on this mysterious figure? Is the hooded one a zombie?

      1. My guess would be she removed their teeth as well as their arms. Remember that having zombie stench on you prevents the other zombies from coming after you, so I think the two zombie pets are protection of sorts.

        1. It’s harder to see, but if you look at the clip again, you can see something going on with their jaws, like they’ve been ripped out. I hope their toenails have at least been clipped too.

      2. She is a character from the comic. You will enjoy her immensely.

        1. Michone for the win! This is back on track…awesome.

  27. NPR reports that if you’re against DemCare, it’s because Obama is black.

    1. Told ya so! Racism — straight up!

    2. Sociologists hard at work trying to prove correlation is causation again.

    3. That’s the same reason we opposed it when Bill Clinton was president.

      1. But, you see, the researchers cleverly controlled for this!

    4. Oh yeah. I heard that. I think that the lesson was that black people are more racist than white people.

    5. A gem of a comment on that article.

      It seems that many white conservatives view Obama as an “entitlement”/”food stamp” president partly because he IS black. They seem to think he’s come into the administration with the intent to give away money, as Newt Gingrich & Rick Rantorum alluded to in recent speeches. They also use coded/loaded language, referring to him and his programs as either “socialist” and/or “socialism” respectively, in order to avoid looking like the racial polarization it is by calling him the “N-Word.” And then they complain about people like Al Sharpton being “racially divisive.” Nice trick…too bad some people see through it. It always seems to come down to race

      1. Nice trick…too bad some people see through it. It always seems to come down to race

        It’s amazing how when you fabricate a scenario by changing words in your head you can come up with any conclusion you desire!

  28. Chicago cop: “Your First Amendment rights can be terminated if you’re creating a scene.”

    Chicago police: We’re here to protect the things that don’t need to be protected.

    Pittsburgh police: We’re here to protect the things that don’t need protected.

    1. Pittsburgh police: Whaz allayinz doin makin ‘is scene for?

      1. You’re like a walking WDVE bit.

        1. Shaddap, Rawbin.

        2. In a deep, announcer voice – “102.5, DVE.”

  29. Unions don’t support Occupy Wall Street’s May 1 general strike.

    It’s called playing hooky, kids.

    1. And I think you need to get a job before you can go on strike.

      1. Go to the link. It includes school, chores (ha!), and other things.

        It’s basically a bullshit excuse to fuck off all day and pretend you’re somehow being a lazy ass for a noble cause.

        1. Well no wonder Unions don’t support it…they already fuck off all day every day.

  30. Rick Santorum said he doesn’t care about the unemployement rate
    http://www.reuters.com/article…..6O20120319

  31. “Your First Amendment rights can be terminated if you’re creating a scene,” the officer who handcuffed the reporters said. Video from their exchange shows no “scene” to speak of beyond the tension between police and reporters.

    So? Your First Amendment rights can be terminated if you’re *not* creating a scene.

    That’s *logic*.

  32. Speaking of health care, I need to find a dentist (pretty much “urgently” at this point), and I don’t even know how to go about it. Do you just randomly call all the listings in the phone book until you find somebody willing to see you in less than a month?

    Thanks, AMA, from saving me from a world in which doctors would be forced to advertise, list their prices and actually compete on price and quality.

    And, of course, I would dearly like to go to Max Baucus’ house and kick him in the nuts, in celebration of his role in the great triumph which is Obamacare.

    1. . Do you just randomly call all the listings in the phone book until you find somebody willing to see you in less than a month?

      Pretty much. If there’s a university with a dental school nearby, you can also try that.

    2. Ask around – friends, coworkers – for recommendations. You do have friends and coworkers, right?

    3. I went to the one closest to my house. Badabing, badaboom – done.

    4. Last time I needed a new dentist, I asked work colleagues who lived in my part of town. My criteria: close to work or my home, competent, had a sense of humour. Very happy with the result

    5. Dentists are accredited by the Better Business Bureau in most states. And Angie’s List covers dentists as well. Might at least be a place to start.

      1. I hate Angie. How the hell did she think to do something that simple and I didn’t? She is living in St. Croix right now counting her millions.

    6. My God Brooks, without the AMA Wall Mart could hire a Pakistani guy to take care of you for 1/3 the price. What do you want this country to be? Somalia?

      1. Ummm — when did the American Medical Association have anything to do with dentists? They go to dental school, not medical school, and have the ADA to represent them.

    7. Just remember: All dentists are creepy. Seriously, you signs up for a life of sticking fingers in people’s mouths and looking at teeth.

      1. The only plus that dentists have going for them is that they aren’t podiatrists.

      2. my dentist has all the personality of a cardboard cutout. He’s a good dentist – but whew, murder would ensue after 5 minutes on a stuck elevator.

        1. My dentist rocks. I think that’s just cause she hooks me up with valium and nitrous though, so I have no clue about her personality.

          1. Oh, and she hires really hot receptionists.

            1. I’d nail every one of my dentist’s employees. He has awesome taste in twenty year old women.

        2. My dentist kinda looks like Harrison Ford (without the asshole midlife crisis earring). I like him.

          1. Seriously. Indiana Jones and Han Solo would NEVER have worn that shit. My childhood is thoroughly decimated.

      3. Oh bollocks. My last two dentists have been very droll. My cousin’s husband is a sweetheart and a dentist. And compared to colorectal experts…

    8. I actually love visiting a dentist these days — hot neck wraps, big screen TV above the dental chair, the receptionist brings in coffee, earphones if you want playing anything you want, your choice of polish/floss flavors: It’s like a day spa for your mouth.
      And I really believe it’s because dentists compete more/up-sell more than medical doctors. The free market at work, baby!

    9. Google Dentist and your zip code.

    10. Just walk in to dentist offices with cash and ask if you can see the doc that day. They like to work as much as they can. There is a 24/7/365 walk-in dental “emergency room” near me. I assume most bigger cities have them.

      1. If only the brits had a free market in dental care.

    11. I started with my state’s dental board and got a list of dentists near me that didn’t have any complaints filed against them. Then I narrowed that list by who my insurance covered and their actual location; then did some general searches to see if any were reviewed or made any special trade lists, did any publishing, and the like. I basically dug up any dirt I could find. It was about as educated guess as I could make and ended up finding a very nice dentist.

  33. he lives in a teepee on a raft! I want to live in a teepee on a lake too! Well, right up to the point I miss pay-TV, warm showers, and broadband access to Hit&Run;
    Student ordered to quit his ‘home’ on lake

    1. After receiving a fine at his on-campus accommodation, he decided to abandon conventional housing. Within days the industrial design student had fashioned his floating home, consisting of a deck and teepee housing a bed and ice box.

      Lesson to future industrial designer? Don’t innovate, ever.

  34. NPR reports that if you’re against DemCare, it’s because Obama is black.

    If by “black” they mean “incompetent”…

    1. Does half black mean half-assed?

  35. damn, It’s March, I’m living in Michigan, and the work air conditioning is kicking in. I’m freezing in here.

  36. “Your First Amendment rights can be terminated if you’re creating a scene,”

    fixed that for him. It’s what he meant to say anyways.

  37. Find a Dentist: The ADA Member Directory is not a referral service but rather a service to provide an up-to-date list of ADA members. The ADA makes no representation or warranty about the professional skills of those dentists listed in the directory, nor does the ADA accept or assume any responsibility for the treatment they provide.

    Guilds have really gone to shit.

    1. If you live in a more cosmopolitan area like I do there are unlicensed Central American dentists working cheap. It’s a big local news story when they catch one. Licensed competitors, not patient complaints, are the usual snitches.

    2. The Lobby.

  38. OK so now why didnt I yhink of that.

    http://www.anon-resources.tk

  39. Seems Moore’s Law applies to the national debt as well.

    1. I’m sure Godwin’s law will soon follow.

      1. No, pre-Godwin’s law, if you will.

  40. “First of May! First of May! Outdoor fucking Occupy Wall Street begins today!”

    1. !!!!!! A JC fan!

      First of May

      1. God, I love that song.

  41. You do have friends and coworkers, right?

    *awkward silence*

  42. Chicago cop: “Your First Amendment rights can be terminated if you’re creating a scene.”

    Well, duh! It’s right there in the text of the 1st Amendment. Learn it, motherfucking press!

  43. Maybe I am paranoid, but this whole Moolushi goes to Mexico for spring break and all the coverage gets 404ed is really creepy

    1. Of course it gets 404’d. Have you seen those two girls? They’re ugly.

      At least their daddy will be wealthy enough to hook them up with some plastic surgery.

      1. Have you seen their mother? Not like they had a chance

        1. A chance at playing starting linebacker, maybe.

      2. Did you think Dumbo and Chewbacca would produce pretty offspring? Really?

  44. Study points to the real cause of AGW denialism:

    Put in other terms, each time the local unemployment increased by a point, that state saw its average citizen’s probability of accepting climate change drop by over 10 percent.

    Similar things were seen in Europe: “A one point increase in national unemployment is associated with a 2.5 point decline in the percentage saying that warming is a serious issue, and almost a one point increase in the percentage of the country saying that warming is exaggerated or saying that it is simultaneously not serious, exaggerated, and not due to CO2 emissions.”

    http://arstechnica.com/science…..conomy.ars

    And people think AGW denialists aren’t rational!

  45. Ashton Kutcher headed to space:

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/en…..pace-trip/

    1. hopefully he does not come back.

  46. Florida Gov. Rick Scott instructs Florida Highway Patrol to investigate murder of Trayvon Martin.

    Florida Department of Law Enforcement ? Florida Highway Patrol. FDLE is sort of like the state version of the FBI. FHP issues traffic citations.

  47. “”Your First Amendment rights can be terminated if you’re creating a scene,” the officer who handcuffed the reporters said.”

    Hey, Obama says that you yourself can be terminated if you’re creating a scene. This cop is being relatively reasonable.

  48. Completely off topic here, but I have an urgent message for any geeks out there!
    DO NOT PLAY ME3! If you are currently playing, put it down NOW!!! The pathetic game length, massive disappointment with the endgame and the actual ending itself may drive you into a months-long clinical depression that might turn into a game developer murdering rage that will not end until the Blood God’s bottomless thirst is slaked…

    1. I have a theory that they released that game with an eye on when Coca Cola released “New Coke”.

      You make people realize how much they like it–by totally screwing it up. Then you hit ’em with a reboot.

      A reboot.

    2. I just saw a review on Escapist, I think, that said it was amazing and did right by the series. Of course, I never even bought ME2, so what do I know.

      1. Escapist can kiss my ass. Angry Joe did a Top 10 list of reasons why many gamers are pissed off with the ending(s). Really, it’s just one ending with different colors and slightly different animations.

    3. I enjoyed the game play. I liked it a lot, except for the final mission and the “3” endings. Those endings were a complete joke. They were almost indentical except for very minor things. Huge plot holes come out in them, continuity errors abounded, logical errors surfaced, and it just left me with a feeling of “WTF?” BioWare… I am disappoint!

      The story leading up to the ending was great, though. The gameplay was pretty good, and the graphics were great. The 3D effects were not good, I have to say. I ended up turning it off because it was hard to position the cursor properly.

      I seriously hope the ending gets completely revamped in followed DLC.

      Still, I feel that each subsequent game had taken away the exploration that was experienced in the first game. The Citadel itself was a major disappointment in the 3rd installment, being the only place to explore outside of a mission.

      1. BioWare is really dropping the ball lately, too. Let’s look at Dragon Age Origin… fantastic game, and probably one of the greatest RPGs out there. Dragon Age II comes along and fucks it up. I still liked the game, but the exploration was wiped out. They continually reused dungeon layouts over and over, and the the environments looked very unpolished and unfinished.

        1. Mass Effect, another great RPG, but a shooter this time. Compelling story with the ability to change the type of character you play. There are many possibilities and a lot of exploration. Mass Effect 2 trimmed the exploration down a bit, but added more. It revamped the combat and leveling system, which I was okay with. Mass Effect 3 added almost nothing but a continuation of the story. The leveling and combat were very similar to ME2. Nothing wrong with that. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. But there was almost nothing to explore. The Citadel was the only ‘town’ to visit outside of a mission. The multiplayer leaves much to be desired. The endings were atrocious.

          1. Dude, it’s EA. EA kills everything it touches. Westwood, the Ultima studio, etc.

            Meanwhile, Bethesda knows its shit.

            1. Dude, it’s EA. EA kills everything it touches.

              Someone speaks the truth.

              I think the only thing they haven’t successfully terminated yet is Battlefield. Even that is starting to head downhill.

              1. Battlefield 3 is great in some respects, but it felt like a downgrade in others when compairing it to Battlefield 2 and it’s special ops pack.

                1. Very disappointed in BF3. Bad Company 2 had a much better fun factor. BC2 destructible environments > BF3’s.

                  1. Yeah, it’s still far better than the latest Modern Warfare patch though.

                    Like I said, the decline is starting for the BF franchise.

            2. Yup… you’re right. EA does shit on everything. They started the whole “online pass” BS. They are ruining a lot of great franchises.

              Still, doesn’t beat Capcom. Street Fighter X Tekken has characters on the disc that you have to pay to unlock. They are console banning people who hack the game to unlock characters already on the discs. Capcom deserves the scumbag hat.

            3. the last good game that EA made was M.U.L.E. 😉

        2. Let’s look at Dragon Age Origin… fantastic game, and probably one of the greatest RPGs out there.

          Oh please, not even close. The best that could be said of it was that it was a fairly decent game that didn’t suck as much as many other RPGs.

          1. The best thing I can say about DAO is I got nearly two years worth of play out of it (counting the Awakenings expansion) before I finally tired of the game. The story was regular sword-and-sorcery hackery, but having five origin stories and different ways to play the character did a lot to extend its shelf life. I definitely got more than my $70 worth out of it.

    4. I’m two missions away from the end, unless I decide to do “From the Ashes” and only then if that actually shes more light on Reaper backstory.

      It has, for whatever reason, felt a lot shorter than previous games, even if I have plowed about 40 or so hours according to my save data.

      1. From the Ashes is really good. It affects the rest of the game. I actually suggest restarting the game and playing it when the mission becomes available.

        Once you start the mission to attack Cerberus headquarters, there’s no going back until the end of the game. You can’t do anything else outside of just finishing the game.

      2. I liked ME3 right until the last ten minutes. Then those last ten minutes made me despise the entire game and give up on Bioware.

    5. drive you into a months-long clinical depression that might turn into a game developer murdering rage that will not end until the Blood God’s bottomless thirst is slaked…

      Or, better yet, put down the joystick, put on some shorts, and go outside. Life’s too short to be wasted playing video games. Due to man-made global warming, most of the country is experiencing unseasonably warm weather. Take advantage!

      1. Dude, I respect your opinion and all, but…piss off with that crap. I am required by my job to PT. Good thing, since I can’t get in a decent football game at my current duty station. Doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a game too.

    6. Going to have to disagree with you. The endings were sub-optimal, and not a worthy end to Commander Sheppard, but Mass Effect 3 in its entirety is the end of that story. Between all of the plots and conflicts you resolve that were revealed in ME 1 & 2 the final choice you make in ME3 is simply the end of a 29 (for me) hour cut scene.

      All of the content, story, and gameplay of ME1, 2, and 3 (except the last choice) earned Bioware my patience in what they could, and may, do with DLC.

      Even if they simply said “We’re done, it is what it is,” I’d be content. It’s the story of Commander Shepard vs. the Reapers to Save the Galaxy. ME3 brought that story to a conclusion.

  49. Waiting for that Grizzly Man sequel.

  50. I watched the video of the Chicago cop and I read a few more articles on the arrests. The cop overreacted and misspoke, but I don’t think there’s much to be taken away from the arrests in themselves. The reporters were there to cover the story of a little girl who taken to that hospital after she was shot in a drive-by. She died. The girl’s family was there and the hospital security guards called the police to get the reporters to back off. People got emotional. The cop overreacted and misspoke. Humans are human.

    1. Screw that. You don’t “misspeak” my natural or constitutional rights under color of authority. You’re a cop, you get paid to get it right.

      1. Sorry. I forgot that cops are not humans.

  51. Video needs more Sam Wolanyk

    no homo.

    1. Also, this guy thinks he’s risking time in jail? Hell no, he’s risking getting shot by the po-po.

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