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  1. "[I]n one small study that polled strippers..."

    No idea how you find this stuff, but I love you for it.

    1. It's actually an interestingly terrible fearmonger-y article about sex work spelling doooooom. But that part just killed me.

      1. "Sex work."

        Call them hookers. They're hookers.

        Strippers are quasi-legal hookers.

        1. No, when they're dead they're just hookers.

        2. Speaking of TSA hookers ...

      2. What are the chances I can get a belated hat tip for reading this article this morning but not telling a single living soul about it?

        1. . . . and none.

        2. Did you have your pants on when you read it?

  2. Harper reiterated that Rush was in breach of the rule on decorum, which meant no hats. "The donning of a hood is not consistent with this rule," he said.

    Hijabs in 3, 2, 1, ....

    1. Yeah, but Republicans wear hoods when they go to their Klan rallies!!!!

      WHY DO YOU HATE CHILDREN??????????????

      1. Hatters gonna hat.

  3. Speaking of presidential archives, Gawker is suing for the right to peruse the George W. and Cheney papers for their libraries.

    Hopefully they get them in time for an October surprise. Obama is going to need all the ammunition he can get to defeat Bush in November.

    1. I lol'd.

      1. Me too, me too.

    2. You joke, but Obama is all that stands between us and a Bush coup d'etat.

  4. Fidel Castro and the the Pope chatted about "world issues."

    FC: "So, what do you think about that Trayvon Martin incident?"

    P: (shaking head) "Simply horrendous. Man's inhumanity to man. Um, not offense intended. How about all those nuclear warheads?"

    1. Shit, Lithwick writes stupid things when she makes out her grocery list.

      1. Yeah, but this one was exceptionally stupid by even her standards. She was essentially saying that conservatives are mean, liberty is too scary, and the Constitution is too old.

        1. Conservatives attack us all the time for defending the Bill of Rights against government overreach.

          1. Hello? Anyone home here? Hello??

            1. See below. The national ACLU is a PoS TEAM BLUE commie activist group. I didn't even cite the "racial justice page".

              1. That's oversimplified. They still do a lot of good work, especially with post-9/11 national security bullshit.

                1. What liberty-infringing government actions have they stopped, lately?

                  10 Commandments plaques and crosses in military cemeteries don't count

          2. lol

            Using Religion to Discriminate: With increasing frequency, we are seeing individuals and institutions attempting to claim a right to refuse to provide services or care based on religious objections.

            Abortion Insurance Coverage:

            Voter Suppression: Voting rights are under attack in this country as state legislatures nationwide pass voter suppression laws under the pretext of preventing voter fraud and safeguarding election integrity. These voter suppression laws take many forms, and collectively lead to significant burdens for eligible voters trying to exercise their most fundamental constitutional right.

            1. In a free society, any business can refuse to offer any service they want for any reason they want.

              If you are angry certain religious institutions who refuse to provide abortions, you might as well be angry at GE or Starbucks as they currently refuse to perform abortions as well.

            2. "Nobody will kill person A for me. My rights are being violated!!!"

      2. Sorry but I am afraid that Lithwich has nothing on Tomasky in the stupid department.

        1. Holy crap.

          If you don't want a law mandating the eating of broccoli, work to elect people to Congress who won't pass such laws. The folks on the pro-broccoli side will work to do the opposite, and the side that does a better job will win. That's the democratic process. Majority rule. "Freedom" has nothing to do with it.

          That kind of makes me want to start a movement to elect people who will pass a law forcing us to eat broccoli. And then happily remind everyone that freedom just has nothing to do with it, because we won.

          1. Um, our entire system of government is based in large part on not allowing a tyranny of the majority. If it weren't, we'd either have one giant legislature or we'd all vote on everything. "Hey, Lithwick wrote something dumb. Let's vote on sending her to Mars, one way."

            1. The part where he's all "Obama hasn't done anything to violate civil liberties, at least except when it comes to the war on terror, but that's not a big deal, so Obama really hasn't done anything to hurt people's freedom" is good too.

              1. We designed a system--and are supposed to be maintaining one--that doesn't allow a president or other political figure to decide whether he wants to be a tyrant.

                And, incidentally, the ends usually don't justify the means.

            2. New York votes AYE!

          2. Someone is confusing democracy with liberty. As PJ O'Rourke point out, liberty is being able to do what you want, democracy is getting to vote for whom you want. I pick A.

        2. Democracy is not freedom. Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for lunch. Freedom comes from the recognition of certain rights which may not be taken, not even by a 99% vote. Those rights are spelled out in the Bill of Rights and in our California Constitution. Voters and politicians alike would do well to take a look at the rights we each hold, which must never be chipped away by the whim of the majority.

          1. Good luck with that.

          2. Your rights go way beyond what's listed in the federal or any state constitution. The Bill of Rights is just some extra prohibitions, not an exhaustive list of rights.

          3. Amendment IX

            The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

            ---"Those rights are spelled out in the Bill of Rights"---

            BZZZZT, wrong answer. Care to try again?

    2. Verrilli tries to point out that "to live in the modern world, everybody needs a telephone," but that assumes facts not in evidence.

      Someone should tell that to the Amish folks running factories on diesel power and whom can't be reached by telephone. At all.

      My respect for the our Justices went up a little bit today.

    3. Concise, to the point while still letting the reader know what a catastrophic idiot Dahlia Lithwick really is!

    4. "If I wanted to be snarky, I'd also point out that it's easy to be compassionate with other people's money[...]"

      You wouldn't be 'snarky', you would be accurate.

    5. Throughout American history when we, as a people, have decided that it is important to help those in need we have relied upon the power to tax and spend for the "general welfare." Rather than impose upon individual Americans an obligation to act directly on behalf of others (or even themselves) we have raised monies that can be devoted to charitable and risk-management purposes and created financial incentives for charitable behavior.

      Maybe I'm just a crazy person but isn't using taxes imposing on individuals to act on the behalf of others? Sad that the counter argument is hey dude, just rob from people and its totally cool.

  5. "Is a hoodie even a hat? Such questions arise from Rep. Bobby Rush's Trayvon Martin-inspired House floor protest."

    Who gives a shit. It got up to 100 degrees a couple of times last year and few young men still were wearing sweatshirt hoodies with their hoods up.

    And you know what that says about them? They're fucking stupid, that's what.

    1. Another question: Is the House of Representatives an entity we would take seriously if they didn't have the ability to buttscrew us at the stroke of a pen?

      1. Not as long as Bobby Rush was a member.

    2. In this case, the hoodie wearer was the founder of the IL Black Panthers.

      1. Oh, now you gonna smear Bobby's reputation, too!

      2. Fred Hampton would've made a much better Congressman.

        1. Hell, he'd be a better congressman now.

        2. Yeah, sort of in the Rep. Gabrielle Giffords mold.

  6. I've poled a few strippers in my day.

    1. What was your margin of error?

      1. +/-7 inches. *Rimshot*

        1. I'm gonna go with minus.

  7. "Promise me you're not a cop; I pegged you for a cop when you walked in," Cleary purred to one undercover detective. When he assured her he instead worked for Coca-Cola, she offered to masturbate him, or "maybe [oral sex] if your [penis] is nice," according to police reports.

    Alas, LEO were already going to get all the mutual stroking they need back at the precinct later celebrating with each other a job well done.

  8. "Stunted by malnutrition, he is short and slight -- five feet six inches, about 120 pounds. His arms are bowed from childhood labor. His lower back and buttocks are scarred with burns from the torturer's fire. The skin over his pubis bears a puncture scar from the hook used to hold him in place over the fire. His ankles are scarred by shackles, from which he was hung upside down in solitary confinement. His right middle finger is cut off at the first knuckle, a guard's punishment for dropping a sewing machine in a camp garment factory. His shins, from ankle to knee on both legs, are mutilated and scarred by burns from the electrified barbed-wire fence that failed to keep him inside Camp 14."

    At least they didn't waterboard the little fucker.

  9. Paul Allen had his identity stolen by Brandon Lee Price.

  10. A big question from today's final day of oral arguments is whether the Supreme Court could boot the individual mandate but keep some of ObamaCare.

    Matt Drudge is promising me the whole thing is toast. Good news for the country, and good news for the Obama campaign, apparently.

    1. Four more years of Obama would be a small price to pay for getting a stake through DemCare (and maybe even an opinion that pulls back 20th-century interpretations of the Commerce Clause).

      1. I find myself secretly hoping that this case does separate commerce and production in the legal lexicon, but I would hesitate to put money on it.

  11. Apparently the stripper article concludes that since there have been a couple of killings outside strip clubs in recent years, that means strip clubs are evil crime magnets.

    If being the site of killings makes you a crime magnet, then I guess Amish schools are crime magnets, too. I wonder where more people have died in the last 5 years - at Philly strip clubs, or at Amish schools?

  12. JetBlue pilot faces Federal charges after going on rampage inside a plan midflight.

    1. A man, a plan...

      1. A man, a plan, a canal--Panama!

      2. YOU LIE! They didn't have a plan...I don't care what the intro said. THREE SEASONS IN and Starbuck is an angel? WTF?????

        ohh sorry, wrong "plan"

        1. They should've ended it where Starbuck was a guy working on a whaling ship. Would've made more sense.

    2. From another article:

      Airlines and the FAA strongly encourage pilots to assert themselves if they think safety is being jeopardized, even if it means contradicting a captain's orders, Cox said.

      Someone give that a try on your next flight, let us know what happens.

    3. what happened to air marshalls?

      1. So a guy had a psychotic breakdown and they file charges against him?

      2. No kidding!

    4. Shoe bomber: Reaction - take shoes off
      Underwear bomber: Reaction - body scanners
      Mad pilot bomber: Reaction - lobotomies for all!

      1. Sounds like a plan to raise the "level the I.Q. playing field."

        I can't wait. Do I get to keep the part they take out?

        1. Cut "raise the" out of that sentence.

    1. Hah! Like we care what the canooks think.

    2. They should have employed a "tough on crime" approach after the Canucks choked away the Stanley Cup.

  13. As they met, Cuban authorities began to release the more than 200 dissidents arrested or detained in the days leading up to and during the pope's three-day visit to the Communist island...

    But released them where?

    1. You're misparsing that: it's "re-lease", in the indentured servant sense.

  14. Also, Irving L Horowitz died at 82

  15. AHHH!

  16. clowns if you dont stop your mass consumption we will have no polar bears soon need to recycle or else no more bears

  17. Will Newt, Santorum, or Paul be the new Huckabee?

    1. As in, join the Fox family after a failed presidential run?

  18. Is a hoodie even a hat? Such questions arise from Rep. Bobby Rush's Trayvon Martin-inspired House floor protest.


    Do you know who else had a German last name?

    1. Me?

      1. Climber of forests? Check my German, please.

        1. Wait, sounds like it's "overseer of the forest." Lucy OverseeroftheForest. Is that a particular forest or all forests?

          1. That is a pretty bad ass title. Yup, Lucy is still my favorite.

            1. I know. My name doesn't mean anything cool like that. Forest Master!

              1. My friend who was once mistaken for a native while speaking to someone from a German TV crew claimed it was "climbing forest." Therefore I am Bringeroflightclimbingforest! All hail!

                Also there is a place in Germany called "Steigerwald." Someday I will visit and claim it as my own!

                  1. Former East Germany even

                  2. Mine!

                1. We need a ruling. Any actual Germans available? No Nazis, please.

                  Lucy, of course, does mean "light-bringer", being derived from Lucifer. Which is also the name assigned to some religion's master of evil. So Demon Master of the Forest is available.

                  1. Lucy (short for Lucille?) would actually be 'Light'
                    Steiger means foreman or overseer
                    Wald means forest or woodland

                    1. So ... Rod Steiger means "penis foreman"?

                  2. I'm not an actual German but read it and confirm Lucy's friend's translation.

                  3. Google translate gives climber/riser forest.

    2. Bob Dylan?

      1. That was one of three joke responses I considered. Glad we're on the same page.

    3. Mario Gomez?

    4. Chester Nimitz?
      Dwight D. Eisenhower?

    5. Albert Einstein. "Einstein" means "one stone" or "one beer."

      1. When Jews moved into what is now Germany, they had to pay for German names. Obviously, the Jews with the most money bought good names like "Hochstrasser" or "High Street", suggesting residence in a fashionable part of town. Poorer Jews had to settle for names like "Einstein" literally "One Stone", but slang for "One Testicle".

        1. So the real question is, "Were Albert Einstein's ancestors poor or just too frugal to buy a good German name?"

          [Other countries are so silly with their lists of officially approved names. No one in Germany would ever have come up with the name "Trayvon".]

        2. Smells like mythology to me.

      2. Or monolith.

  19. http://www.realclearpolitics.c.....death.html

    "His Republican opponents have jumped all over him because they do want to play politics with this issue. The President spoke from his heart on this, it was trying to emphasize with some parents who had just lost a child. By any measure, this was a tragedy and we need to let the investigation take its course," Stephanie Cutter, Obama's Deputy Campaign Manager, said on MSNBC today.

    I'm not buying it. If Obama was truly trying to emphasize something to the family, he would have said "Let me be clear" first.

  20. Brazil accuses rich countries of causing a "monetary tsunami" by engaging in expansionist policies such as low interest rates and bond-buying programs.

    The policies are designed to stimulate the troubled U.S. and European economies, but have also unleashed a wave of global liquidity that has poured into emerging markets like Brazil, driving up their currencies and making their economies less competitive abroad.

    "It's not Keynesian claptrap when WE do it!"

    1. Keynes actually wrote at length about the problem of nations trying to out-demand-side each other.

      Of course few of his followers have actually read anything he wrote.

    2. Yeah, I kinda gagged at that, too, having lived myself through Brazilian inflation of between 230 and 900% per year. They definitely knew how to print money there.

      1. Nothing's quite as fun as your local dollar one day being worth USD $1.50 and the next day it being worth around 50 or 75 cents. (My memory is fuzzy.)

        We certainly felt very "stimulated" back then.

  21. Britain Deserves Better

    1. Britain deserves buttah.

      1. Pick cotton, butta!

  22. Democratic Congressman Bobby Rush was escorted from the House Wednesday after being reprimanded for wearing a hoodie to protest against the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

    He should have worn his normal attire and just said he was wearing a hoodie. No one is ever reprimanded in the House for lying.

  23. Bobby Rush. Further proof that we will never reach peak retard.

    1. But we have reached Peak Negro apparently.

      1. I wish academics like this would go and create some jobs and then hire people they feel are deserving.

        Having worked in academia, I can attest that tenured professors are some of the most hideous, abusive employers one could ever hope to have. As in the kind one has to go report to H.R. about for EEOC violations kind of hideous and abusive.

        1. That's for damned sure. What I've seen in academia, you people wouldn't believe.

          1. One funny episode involving a Prof that I witnessed was when a Prof, of French extraction - go figure, started screaming at his secretary for making a minor mistake. He was so abusive that she broke out in tears and ran out of his office and past a janitor working in the hall. The janitor stormed into the office, shoved the Prof up against the wall and hold him that if he ever treated her that way again, he would lose a bunch of his teeth. The terrified look on the Prof's face was priceless. Fortunately, the janitor was a longtime, very reliable employee so that instead of getting fired, he was re-assigned to work on a different floor. After the incident, the Prof would sorta slink by the janitor whenever he had to walk past him.

            1. Seems like your janitor had no problem violating the NAP.

              Perhaps he should get his ass handed to him - the blue collar piece of shit.

            2. My department's secretary rocks! All of us are unfailingly polite to her. If I saw a fellow Prof doing that to any staff, I'd do the same thing as the janitor.

            3. One funny episode involving a Prof that I witnessed was when a Prof, of French extraction -

              She's lucky he didn't pull a DSK.

              1. Why violate the NAP? Its not as if getting in the prof's face was noble or justified.

                Just a motherfucking do gooder violent piece of blue collar flotsam.

                The world does not need any more of that.

                1. Its not as if getting in the prof's face was noble or justified.

                  Sure it was. That's how politeness and civility were maintained before everything turned into a matter for lawyers to decide.

        2. tenured professors are some of the most hideous, abusive employers one could ever hope to have.

          I'll bet Hollyhood is worse, especially in terms of sexual harassment.

          1. You may be correct, but my limited career experience with Hollywood didn't extend much beyond "gee, we don't want to pay you the $300k we contractually agreed to pay for this streaming video service you built for us and the hundreds of old films you digitised for us".

            Liars, crooks, and thieves.

  24. Too little, too late, photo of LBJ and a basket of puppies!

    Meh, he has the look of a man helping a youngster peruse a lobster tank.

    1. Shut your mouth! Lucy's puppy links beat Warty's damn kitties every time!

      Lucy, don't ever stop with the puppies! Now when I read PM Links I only want large numbers of people to die instead of the entire human race.

  25. which lead to their executions

    past tense of "lead" is "led". My work here is done.

  26. Megadeth guitarist Dave Mustaine said in an interview with a Canadian television show "The Hour" that he "has a lot of questions about him [President Obama], but certainly not where he was born. I know he was born somewhere else than America."

    In the new interview, Mustaine said that Santourm "?just looks like he could be a really cool president, kinda like a JFK type of guy."


    1. Santourm. Those Canadians just can't keep that u from between the o and the r.

  27. Escapee from the North Korean prison camp in which he was born and raised snitched on his mother and brother there, which lead to their executions. If you wanted to read the worst thing ever today...

    Here he is talking about it.

    1. And I thought the Walking Dead was depressing.

  28. How long before we see a "Temple Run" movie?

  29. I love that cartoon. Please let it be equally pertinent 3-4 months from now.

  30. The hat........ that fucking hat.

  31. For what it's worth, the odds that Block Yomomma's signature piece of legislation is going to be ruled unconstitutional are now up to 62% on InTrade.

    1. Woohoo! That is some sweet action.


    You know, we didn't talk a lot about Romney's car elevator in La Jolla, but I have to say:

    Mitt is either incredibly stupid, or really doesn't intend to fight this campaign to win.

    He's known that he would be running this year for HOW long?

    What kind of moron doesn't suspend work on this type of extravagance when he's getting ready to run for President?

    If I was the former governor of MA and got a billion dollars tomorrow and was planning on running for President, I'd buy a tiny little Revolutionary War era house on Lexington Green and would get photographed on a worn out old bike riding around town every day.

    I wouldn't say, "Hey, let's buy everybody in the family five cars each, and let's spend 8 figures building Tony Stark's house in the most expensive part of San Diego!"

  33. I've long been a pretty big skeptic that Mary Stack/rather is White Indian. But this seems to be the most compelling evidence I've seen yet:

    "My grandmother was Flemish, and my great-grandmother a full-blooded Nez Perce Indian."

    Thus the handle would make sense, assuming this is her.

    Then again, I'm 1/16th Cherokee, so maybe I'm really White Indian when my brain gets abducted by aliens and I don't even know it. If that's true, I'm really sorry.

    1. Ms Stack is also 100% Canadian. The fact she gets to gambol freely across the U.S.-Canadian border (a privilege most people don't have) is completely lost on her.

  34. When you have no argument, pull the wounded woman card:

    I don't have enough time to share all these experiences with you but I can tell you that when this bill came out of the Senate Judiciary Committee with all the Republican Senators, all of the guys voting no, it brought up some terrible memories for me of having boys sit in a locker room and sort of bet that I, the egghead, couldn't be 'had.' And then the appointed boy, when he saw that I wasn't going to be so willing , completed a date rape and then took my underwear to display it to the rest of the boys. This is what American women are facing.

    1. How completely crass to compare the experience of being raped to the experience of delays in passing a federal bill.

      A quick check confirms Ms. Mooore is also quite interested in ensuring battered women don't have access to guns. Need a gun to shoot back at an abuser who's threatened to kill you tonight? Too bad; you need a multi-day waiting period.

  35. Poet Adrienne Rich, whose socially conscious verse influenced a generation of feminist, gay rights and anti-war activists, has died. She was 82.
    Rich died Tuesday at her Santa Cruz home from complications from rheumatoid arthritis, said her son, Pablo Conrad. She had lived in Santa Cruz since the 1980s.
    Through her writing, Rich explored topics such as women's rights, racism, sexuality, economic justice and love between women.

    1. Rich believed that art and politics should not be separate and considered herself a socialist.
      "For me, socialism represents moral value ? the dignity and human rights of all citizens," she told the San Francisco Chronicle in 2005. "That is, the resources of a society should be shared and the wealth redistributed as widely as possible."

      1. Rich believed that art and politics should not be separate

        Usually a sign that some really bad art is in the offing.

    2. It sure is wonderful to have all these (usually straight, often monogamously married, and almost always descended from privilege) people speak on my behalf.

      And to have them constantly reminding everyone that their views on economic policy equate to rights for my kind.

      Colt's Manufacturing Company has done far more for gay rights than any self-righteous "poet".

  36. Feminists are pissed off that someone realized that children in single parent homes are 8x more likely to be abused. I can see why they're pissed. This stat was compiled without a sympathetic interpreter/data massager like the ones used (and discredited) in the text of VAWA.

    1. Post hoc ergo propter hoc; the types of families that are more likely to be single parent homes are also more likely to permit or perpetrate abuse.

      The direct connection from becoming a single parent to being an abuser, or enabler or abuse, is tenuous.

      In any case, the state has no business preparing "educational materials" to enlighten the citizenry about how they ought to best live.

      South Korea has the lowest unwed pregnancy rate in the world, but it's due to the fact your family will disown you and your church will excommunicate you if you have a child out of wedlock. Government pamphlets have little to do with that cultural more.

      1. In any case, the state has no business preparing "educational materials" to enlighten the citizenry about how they ought to best live.

        I agree. The feminists don't, however. Which is why their objection to this bill is nonsensical.

        1. "Feminists" object to anything a Republican does, as far as I can tell.

      2. South Korea has the lowest unwed pregnancy rate in the world, but it's due to the fact your family will disown you and your church will excommunicate you if you have a child out of wedlock.

        Shunning: It gets shit done.

        1. Kerry Howley's whole thing was this is worse than any sort of government coercion so we need vigorous enforcement of harsh laws against "slut shaming".

          Yup, she used to write for this very magazine in the capacity of "Senior Editor"

          1. I kind of miss those days; we don't have anyone stirring the pot other than (I guess) Steve Chapman nowadays.

          2. Shut up, ass. Don't talk about our beloved and beautiful Kerry in that tone of voice.

          3. I don't remember her asking for vigorous laws prohibiting slut shaming.

            I think she wanted people to shun those who would shun sluts.

            And between shaming sluts and shaming those who would shun sluts, I know who I want to shun.

  37. Woman gets 29 months for drugging and repeatedly raping a 13 year old.

    1. And this monster managed to reproduce.

      1. And if it's the kids, he'll have to pay child support.

        1. She married someone else, after she threw the young schoolboy away.

    2. McCallum and her husband have a baby who was conceived after the charges

      What a fucking loser. If he was any kind of a man he would've dumped the baby-raping bitch.

      1. To be fair, matters of divorce and child custody are a lot easier to prosecute when your opponent is incarcerated.

  38. Dude is not making a lot of sense man.

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