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    Drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia are saving American lives and civilian casualties are "exceedingly rare," White House Counterterrorism Czar John Brennan claimed in a speech at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

  • A crooked New Orleans cop, who in 1996 became the only police officer ever to receive a federal death sentence, may be running out of appeals. "Right now we are trying to keep him alive and in the court system," his federal defender said.
  • Ahead of a ruling on Sirhan Sirhan's conviction, a new witness says there was a second shooter at the assassination of Robert Kennedy in 1968."The truth has got to be told. No more cover-ups," Nina Rhodes-Hugh told CNN.
  • Physicist Michio Kaku thinks Moore's Law of processor speed is coming to an end. "[T]here is an ultimate limit set by the laws of thermal dynamics and set by the laws of quantum mechanics.
  • A run down of today's Occupy Wall Street activities, courtesy NYPD.
  • "We must move forward, not backward, upward not forward, and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom." The President unveils his new campaign slogan.

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  1. new witness says there was a second shooter at the assassination of Robert Kennedy in 1968.

    On the dusty hillock, no doubt.

    1. Is Netanyahu misleading Israelis over Iran

      Yuval Diskin the former head of the Shin Bet Israels domestic intelligence agency has become the latest member of the countrys security establishment to openly criticise Netanyahu

      He said Netanyahu and Ehud Barak his defence minister *SHOULD NOT BE TRUSTED* to lead policy on Iran and that attacking the Islamic Republic might accelerate Irans nuclear programme

      I dont believe in either the prime minister or the defence minister Diskin said I dont believe in a leadership that makes decisions based on messianic feelings

      In comments that contradict those of Netanyahu LieutenantGeneral Benny Gantz Israels military chief of staff told the Haaretz newspaper that he does not think Iran has already made a decision to build nuclear weapons

      Gantz added that he believes the Iranian leadership is composed of very rational people who will not take the risk of building a nuclear weapon

      Meir Dagan the former head of Israels foreign intelligence service Mossad has also joined the fray calling military action against Iran the stupidest idea he has ever heard

      the messianic fear-mongering on the american right remains unchallenged unlike in israel who arent buying it

      1. source: the Haaretz

      2. Is Netanyahu misleading Israelis over Iran?

        Wow! I bet if you posted that on a neocon website, you’d get all kinds of pissed off reactions. As it is, you’ll most likely get a collective yawn and a bunch of “who gives a fuck”‘s from the reason commentraiat.

        By the way, orrin, Happy May Day! I’m sure you’ll be out with your poor, downtrodden comrades…shutting down businesses for peace…or something.

        1. happy may day to israel too!

          like most of the 99ers, im slaving for my 1% corporate taskmasters so no protests today for me

        2. That is not orrin, no way no how.

      3. And that has exactly what to do with the the assassination of Robert Kennedy? Are you saying the 2nd shooter was an Israeli Mossad agent? I don’t get that from the article snippet you quoted.

        Try to stay on topic. I’ know it’s hard for someone who clearly suffers from adult ADD and god knows what other mental illnesses, but you could at least try.

        1. robert was murdered to cover-up the USS Liberty fiasco. that’s the conspiracy & im stickin to it

          1. No no no, the USS Liberty thing was actually a cover-up for the moon landings, which obviously happened years earlier than is claimed.

  2. It’s the First of May.

    Everybody get outside.

    1. Tra la, it’s May, the lusty month of May
      That lovely month when everyone goes blissfully astray
      Tra la, it’s here, that shocking time of year
      When tons of wicked little thoughts merrily appear

      1. Apples be ripe
        Nuts be brown
        Petticoats up
        Trousers down

        1. Wrong hemisphere for ripe apples up here.

    2. Good ol’ JoCo.

    3. Hooray, hooray, the first of May!
      Outdoor fucking starts today!

  3. Obama campaign unveils new slogan “Forward”

    “…off a cliff”

    1. He dropped the “lean” in front of it?

      1. Couldn’t decide between that and “sprint”.

      2. A good organized crime lean is always implied rather than stated outright.

      3. Lean forward! = Bend over!

    2. Excelsior!

    3. Isn’t that the name of a Commie newspaper? Why gee whiz, it is!

  4. Dumbass goes to his ex (a dentist) for a procedure. She pulls ALL of his teeth. Seriously. Who gives a woman that kind of an opening?

    And: “Adding to his trauma, Olszewski said his new girlfriend has already left him over his now toothless appearance.”

    1. Mackowiak is currently being investigated for medical malpractice.

      “Being” investigated?? That should take all five minutes, shouldn’t it?

      1. Yeah, but isn’t European dentistry treated like British dentistry, meaning it’s more of a trade than a medical discipline? Not that she was justified, but more wondering if the episode will be treated more like a mechanic that jacked up an engine instead of medical malpractice.

        1. Or perhaps more like criminal assault?

    2. “I tried to be professional and detach myself from my emotions,” Anna Mackowiak, 34, told the Austrian Times. “But when I saw him lying there I just thought, ‘What a bastard’ and decided to take all his teeth out.”

      Hey, at least she tried to resist temptation. What a pro

      1. Well, as bad as this is for him, the last laugh should be on her. Professional censure should follow. Even if she were not censured, she’s basically admitted to being crazy and not being in total control of her faculties in a professional setting. That will destroy her reputation with clients. She’ll probably never work in a medical field (at least with patients) again.

        1. Professional censure should follow


          As should a jail term

          1. Yeah I forgot that part. They’ll probably let her do dentistry in prison though.

      2. “And I’m going to have to pay a fortune on getting indents or something,” he said.

        Um, whut? You will?

        What comes after Omega Male?

        1. It flips over to Alpha Alpha Male.

    3. his new girlfriend has already left him over his now toothless appearance.

      I think she would have left him even if his EX-GIRLFRIEND gave him Biden-quality chompers.

    4. This story would have been better had she been a urologist.

      1. People want teeth taken out of their penis, moran.

        1. Penis dentata? Never heard of that one before.

  5. New TDKR trailer

    Enjoy the awesomeness.

    1. Did I see “The Epic Conclusion” in there somewhere?

      Thank God Nolan isn’t gonna make the same mistakes that were made with the last franchise.

      1. Yep, this is it for him and his Batman universe, and I totally agree with you.

      2. This incarnation seems to have a much more coherent story and character development for Batman. It seems pretty logical to finish that story and close it off.

    1. “If you’re a smart kid who wants to work hard and do well, one path to success has always been clear. You went to university, then chose a high-status profession and got your ticket punched. Law and medicine were tops. Six-figure incomes, nice houses and private ski clubs were all but guaranteed. If you were less bookish but had good sales skills, you could go into real estate, rack up huge commissions in a booming market and buy yourself a shiny BMW in no time.”

    2. There’s an entire professional class missing from that article. Or were we excluding professionals who use calculus?

      1. Traditionally, when people refer to “professional degrees” they are referring to medical doctors, lawyers, and clergy. I don’t know why this is, but it’s been around for a while.

        1. Clergy? News to me. As for the other two, I’m not sure but I think it probably revolves around the requirement for doctorates, which is not the case in engineering.

          1. Is it our fault they teach us useful things as undergraduates that allow us to make as much as any starting out doctor or lawyer without an additional 3 years and $100k?

            1. Hell no; it’s a blessing. Being a doctor or a lawyer is no sure way to get rich – far from it. And considering the years – and hours – really not. And recently it is no sure way to make a good living. I’ve long recommended against kids going into medicine. Of course, though, they never think about the practical considerations of supporting themselves.

            2. Yeah, all my premed friends didn’t learn anything in the 4 years of school that I didn’t cover in my first year and a half besides memorizing a couple of chemical reactions. I’m still confused why med school doesn’t just start at the end of sophomore year.

              1. There are schools that offer that — you do six years total (2 undergrad) and are admitted into med school as a high school senior. At my alma mater, Northwestern Univ. Med School, 1/3 of our classmates were six-years, also known as “shunts.” They did fine, although some were immature, and some felt they had moved forward too fast in life and missed the fun part of college.

                Our first week in med school, orientation, the school had a reception one night at a local pub for all of us. Police raided and all our underage shunts went to jail. True story.

            3. From Stop Acting Rich

              Physicians: 38.3% are high income earners (over $200k), 10.0% are millionaires (net worth excluding house over $1M)
              Attoneys: 24.3% and 8.9%
              Mining Engineers: 1.5% and 4.5%

              No other engineers were in the chart, it was a few select occupations. Doctors were #1 in high earners, lawyers #5, Mining Eng #184. Mining Engineers were #1 in ratio of millionaires to high earners. Doctors were #182 in that ratio. Lawyers #173.

              1. Making $80k a year at 23 isn’t being a high income earner?

                1. No age in that breakdown.

                  You have to draw a line somewhere.

                  Stanley has age adjusted stats (mostly in Millionaire Next Door) but that is getting a bit out of date, being published in the 90s.

                  1. You have to draw a line somewhere.

                    Yeah, but $200k seems like a ridiculously high line. I’d say it’s about double any realistic line. Here in MA, the median household income is about $60k.

                    1. Its supposed to be a ridiculously high line. Its to indicate the very tip top earners. The kind of people that people think of as rich.

                      Stanley isnt Obama, he isnt going to define rich at 75k.

                      The point is, people with income over 200k should be able to accumulate wealth easily. And doctors and lawyers dont.

                      Engineers, on the other hand, rarely make uberdollars, but they can accumulate wealth.

                    2. Then I think I may just be taking issue with using the term “high income earners”. If they mean “the very tip top earners” they should use something more exclusive than just “high income”, since technically anything about $60k is “high” in my area.

                  2. That said, the Accumulation of Wealth stat is calculable at any age (although does seem a bit wonky in early 20s, I figure it is valid from 30 on, so YMMV):

                    Simple version:
                    1. Take adjusted growth income from your 2011 tax form.
                    2. Take age you turned in 2011.
                    3. Multiple [1] by [2] and divide by 10.
                    4. Multiply [3] by 2.
                    5. Divide [3] by 2.

                    If your net wealth is between [4] and [5] you are a normal accumulator of wealth. If your wealth is above [4] you are kicking ass. If your wealth is below [5] you suck.

                    1. Yup. No where near that level. To be above 5 at this point I would have had to save about 160% of what I’ve earned so far (about 60% being covering my student loans). I’m pretty sure I’m doing quite well, but it will take a couple years to get up to where this calculate works.

                    2. It gives you a target for age 30.

                      6x your income at that point.

                    3. It doesn’t seem like there is a way to be a regular paid office employee and accumulate wealth above [5]. Or maybe I just suck.

                      I’m not turning in my monocle, though.

                    4. Saving 15% of your income should do it easily.

                      Depending on the growth of your savings and the growth of your income, that gives you a chance at topping [4].

                      For a 40 year old with a HH income of $60k, that would be [4] would be $480k and [5] would be $120k.

                      That $120k can be in 401k and home equity and car equity and regular savings and etc.

                      That doesnt seem that tough of a standard.

                      If you save more than 5% of income per year, you will eventually pass [5]. 20+% will eventually get you past [4].

        2. Because they weren’t part of guild?

        3. It’s because all three take oaths as part of their jobs. Literally, they make a “profession” before God.

          1. I wonder if PEs (Professional Engineers) count? There is a test (actually two) and maybe an oath or something (but doubt it).

            I never took the EIT exam, much less the PE. Civils and head engineer of a government project are the only ones who need the PE.

            1. The only people I know from school/work that have taken the PE are:

              1) The engineering majors that don’t deal with dynamic systems (e.g. civils)

              2) The guys who want to go into government contracting

              3) The bottom third or so of the other disciplines, in an attempt to ‘prove’ how qualified they are

              1. Yeah, I left out #3, forgot about them.

                I was going to take the EIT, but then I didnt. Back in the mid 90s, I interviewed for a job that, had I stuck with it, probably would have been a good idea for me to get a PE.

                But, they didnt hire me, so bullet dodged.

                1. I took the EIT my senior year, mainly to see if any of the preceding four years had stuck. I’ve flirted with getting my PE because the majors like PEs. They don’t really need them, but they get a warm fuzzy feeling about seeing a PE stamp sometimes.

                  1. “The majors”?

                  2. I took the EIT years ago but never went for the PE. It’s generally not useful or required for chemical engineers unless, as noted above, you’re going into government work or are going to be listed as the designer of record of a public works project such as a water treatment plant.

      2. Well, we’re all just lab geeks in the eyes of the general public.

      3. Don’t worry, GILMORE assured us yesterday that no one ever learns anything in college and he could just as well hire a chimpanzee to do engineering work.

        1. Are you sure he didn’t say a neochimpanzee?

          1. Auric Demonocles|5.1.12 @ 10:42AM|#
            Are you sure he didn’t say a neochimpanzee

            I think i said a Bangladeshi, but whatever… RACIST.

            And i never said anything of the kind. I pointed out that in a field I worked in a few years back (economics analysis), when hiring kids straight out of college, many of the “math / science /finance /engineering” (AKA “real stuff!”)-educated kids were less competent or even capable (even when coming from equal-level schools) than B.A kids who often studied some pretty silly shit. Yes, we weren’t designing flux capacitors. No, companies that do don’t use 22yr olds in crucial applications… point = the relative advantage is fairly meaningless. The main distinction was that the BA kids were usually better “writers & talkers”. which was a needed skill.

            Basically the degree has no bearing on a 22yr olds capabilities. If they’re smart enough = they’re smart enough.

            The boss of the financial-services technology subsidiary we later bought?…he designed proprietary software/hardware for transaction processing/STP stuff… I asked him what he’d studied in university (he was a brit) = “oh, i read medieval poetry. Silly really.” He didn’t bother to get his M.A/PhD in systems engineering until after he’d worked as a pharma salesman, theatre owner, and stockbroker.

            But, yeah. “All humanities people are stupid, can’t do math, my B.S. means I’m special…

            1. That’s a heck of a rant based off of one joke comment referencing a scifi series from the video.

              1. ..no, based on a diss directed at me by db, who is butthurt about my lack of admiration for BS undergrads as superior intellectual beings, by default.

        2. I don’t think that was the entire point of his comment.

          I’ve encouraged my kids to pursue technical or scientific careers before the chimps get involved. The one kid I have in college is majoring in Mechanical.

          1. Not the entire point, but it was one point.

          2. A major part of his point was his assertion that almost anyone can teach themselves engineering, and that degreed engineers are no more capable of doing engineering right out of school than the average humanities major is.

            1. The average humanities major can’t do calculus. How are they going to do engineering work?

              1. Auric Demonocles|5.1.12 @ 10:49AM|#
                The average humanities major can’t do calculus. How are they going to do engineering work?

                Jeez, you guys are repeating the shit from yesterday…

                FYI = my university REQUIRED every student to take and pass calc to graduate. BA’s, Divinity, fucking *teachers college*.

                and FWIW, I know plenty of people who got out ofBA undergrad, tried out some different things, decided they liked the industry they were in, then went back to get a masters in chemical engineering…

                Your presumption that ‘engineers =smart’-‘humanities=is teh dum’ is 100% intellectual posturing. Until you do any work in the real world, all anyone is, is a DUMB COLLEGE GRAD with no experience.

                1. I never said humanities students were dumb. I said they can’t do calculus, so they can’t do engineering work. You don’t need calculus to be a doctor, but that doesn’t mean they are dumb.

            2. I wouldn’t go that far, especially since many liberal arts majors lack the aptitude to do math, but I think there’s some truth in pointing out that most degree programs don’t really teach you what you need to know on the job. At best, they give you some tools.

              If you take out nonmajor courses and other time wasters, I wonder how many actual hours of education you’d need to have degree-level aptitude in any given field?

              1. I don’t know, but I think the non-degree related hours were useful.

                Where I went to school (Penn State) the chemical engineering major had the highest required credits for graduation other than Architectural Engineering, which was at the time a 5-year program minimum (PSU has subsequently increased ChE to a 5-year program too, I think). The difference was made up by in-major courses at higher levels. ChE is a pretty complex major and the requirements from basic material balances through fluids, thermo, solution thermo, basic unit ops, separations, kinetics, reactor design, and upper level electives are pretty detailed, not including the chemistry required (basic chem 1 and 2, o-chem, p-chem, and at least one chem elective).

              2. I’d say it’d be about 2.5 years to get through a current 4 year program.

                1. It depends on the spacing. I usually did better in the math and chem prerequisites when I was taking a ChE course at the same time that used the concepts in the prerequisite course. I did this a couple of times. Not everybody can do it this way, but I had trouble in the theoretical courses without a practical application, so I actually did better taking the prereqs concurrently with the major courses.

            3. Where was this?

              1. Here’s where it started although he’s all over the thread with it.

                1. I don’t even know what to make of that level of arrogant overcompensation.

                  You learn things in college and you learn things in the real world. Unless you’re in a trade or simply beyond brilliant, you generally need both to succeed.

                  I’ll grant that credentialism is WAY oversold, but that’s the game at the moment.

            4. db|5.1.12 @ 10:47AM|#
              A major part of his point was his assertion that almost anyone can teach themselves engineering


              That wasn’t *any part of my point anywhere*. Please find a quote rather than sockpuppet me because your self-importance was offended.

              What *I said* was that all college undergrads upon graduation are basically stamped as “less than retarded” but not yet particularly/especially “qualified” at any particular work skill yet.

              My point was that patting yourself on the back for your *undergraduate degree* of any kind was fucking gay, and self-deluding.

              1. I’m not going to spend much more time on this, but:

                You could start here for a quote:

                …But fuck me if anyone ever comes out of school with any particular “ability”. I don’t care if you were studying Aztec pottery or nano-technology. You’re a 22yr old kid with basically zero useful abilities, and need to be trained from scratch to do any practical work…

                Later at another point you state:

                …For me, however, i’ve met way too retards fresh out of grad-school to think ‘education’ does much in the way of skill-development. And again – for those is *does* help out? Probably were behind the curve to begin with. Nothing wrong with that… it just is what it is…

                Which I take to mean you think that no one other than complete idiots needs a college education to learn anything, including engineering.

                I know what you think your point was, but really what you demonstrated is that you are a very unpleasant person with a strong need to deride others’ accomplishments and abilities, for some unfathomable reason.

                I agree that college degrees are being required for far too many fields. Maybe Einstein could bootstrap himself. The rest of us are glad to have engineering colleges to help.

                1. Which I take to mean you think that no one other than complete idiots needs a college education to learn anything, including engineering.

                  To be fair = to a degree. I think what you’re catching on to is that i think some people are smart, and some people are fucking bone stupid, and the resume-referenced undergraduate degree usually don’t make any difference. Do I think studying engineering *if you’re going to do that* is stupid? not at all. Just that what one does in undergraduate school is largely making up for weaknesses…if anything. It is by no means a crucible that turns out fundamentally ‘qualified’ people. reference to point made earlier: College= Rubber stamp, suggesting, “Determined Not Completely Useless”

                2. By the way… have you spent much time interviewing recent undergraduates? Just curious.

          3. You should work your HnR connections to get him a job when he graduates.

  6. urging workers not to go to work and students to boycott classes

    Does it count as a boycott if you’ve already paid?

    1. I don’t get the boycotting class thing either. Most of my college profs wouldn’t give a shit if no one showed up to class. A lot of them would been happier than pigs in shit that they didn’t have to teach. Of course, that wouldn’t stop them from includeing questions from the lecture they were planning on giving that day on the final.

      1. If I was them, I’d include only questions from those lectures.

        1. Definitely a disproportionate percentage.

          This idea that college kids should be active in politics in any way is beyond silly.

          1. Statistically, they aren’t. They may go out and protest and occupy and sing kumbaya in the park with a spliff, but come election day, they don’t bother to show up.

            Anecdotally, this holds true in my experience. But old people? They show up, en masse.

            1. I’d actually considered running for city commission in Gainesville, originally thinking it would be easy to win with the students being such a big percentage of the population, only to discover that students didn’t vote. In fact, most weren’t registered locally in the first place.

              Why run? To undo some bar-closing ordinance. An issue central to the hearts of all Gators.

          2. And the idea that not taking advantage of a perfectly good service that you have paid for is legitimate political activism is pretty ridiculous. No one gives a fuck if you go on strike from something that you are paying to do. Except possibly your parents who are paying good money so you can not go to class.

            1. I’m hard pressed to come up with a stupider movement. It’s not only pointless and absurd, it also alienates just about everyone.

              1. C’mon ProL, you’re just not feeling their pain. Use your powers of empathy.

                1. What’s funny is that I am pretty empathic. I’m just not so to the point of applauding stupid and self-destructive behavior.

              2. Of course, there is the related phenomenon of the professor walking in late to class and all the students groaning. Tweed-bound spectacles model complains that “you are paying for this education, so wouldn’t you want me to be here to teach the class?”

                I finally told one of them, a laid-back one conversant with my “humor” that we were paying money for a degree and every class we had to attend was an additional opportunity cost laid on top of the fee we were already paying.

                To his credit, he burst out laughing.

        2. I recall a calculus prof who told us at the beginning of the semester that the final would cover up thru chapter 18. He only made it to 14 in lectures, but he was true to his word. There were some pissed off pre-meds in that class.

      2. Anecdata: The last college class I took (which was last fall) took attendance and failed you out of the course if you missed 5 classes. That was the policy of the language dept, at least. Personally, I’d be with the teachers who didn’t give a shit if you showed up or not, but apparently a need was felt by the school admin to play parent by punishing slackers.

  7. New stats:

    Free fall: How government policies brought down the housing market
    …However, in its 10-K annual report to the Securities and Exchange Commission for 2009, Bank of America made one of the few bank references to CRA loan quality: “At December 31, 2009, our CRA portfolio comprised six percent of the total residential mortgage balances, but comprised 17 percent of nonperforming residential mortgage loans. This portfolio also comprised 20 percent of residential net charge-offs during 2009.”…

    1. Real after-tax disposable income rose 0.2 percent in March, following declines of 0.1 percent in both January and February. On a per person basis, real after tax income has shown essentially no growth for the past two years. Given the weakness in real per capita after-tax income, the relatively healthy 2.9 percent growth in real personal consumption during the first quarter looks unsustainable. Outlays were driven by purchases of motor vehicles and other big-ticket items.

      1. more and more, it seems the one rock solid thing that Noot said was that economic recovery would begin in earnest on election night when Obama is defeated.

        Here’s the difference between Barry and Mitt: with the former, what we are getting is the goal.

        1. There isn’t going to be a recovery. This is about historical trends, not politicians.

          1. I think there will be a recovery, but not before about 2020.

            QE killed any chance at a growing economy for at least 10-15 years.

  8. Chanting “Hope and Change” into the office more than three years ago, Obama changed his message to “Forward” this time on his re-election campaign trail.

    If they were going to keep with the economy as car metaphor, the slogan should be “Drive” or “5th Gear” (if they can even drive manual).

    1. Definitely. There’s nothing about their policies to suggest they think the economy could ever be automatic. They have a five year plan to shift into second.

      1. Government spending increases are on automatic. That’s the baseline budgeting convention – one of the causes of our problems.

    2. if they can even drive manual

      I’m willing to bet that Obama’s attempts to drive stick will result in an embarrassing series of bucks and stalls that he will blame on something besides his own incompetence. You know, just like his first pitches. Or anything else related to his Presidency.

      In the wake of the TSA’s recent recommendation to outlaw all “distracting” driver amenities, I’m expecting them to recommend that the government finally finish off the stickshift, citing the fact that it is a distracting road hazard. This should prove to the country that members of the TSA have never actually spent any time driving the objects they seek to regulate, but nobody will actually care since only kooks like me still buy them.

    3. Fifth gear or fifth base?

  9. When Callie Rogers won 1.9million pounds on the lottery aged 16, a happy future seemed assured.

    However, the teenager’s jackpot win left her life in tatters after she squandered it on drugs and partying.

    Now aged 25, Miss Rogers is pregnant with twins – and has posed naked for a magazine shoot showing off her tattooed baby bump.

    I hate humanity.


      1. Possibly my least favorite non-granny-porn web-site.

        1. Oh SugarFree, if you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? … The villany you teach me, I will execute, and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction.

          1. So, didn’t realize that TV Tropes was your mom. 😛

      2. That’s bullshit. You’re a white suburban punk, just like me.

    1. 16-year-old + 1.8M + 29-year-old boyfriend = 25-year-old + 40K + 7-year-old + 4-year-old + 33-year-old boyfriend + twins on the way.

      WTF, UK? Did you think that Eastern Kentucky had is going on so much that you felt the need to imitate them so perfectly?

      1. Eastern Kentucky may be the location of some of the purest bred of Brit descendents.

        So, it isnt the UK imitating EKy as much as EKy imitating the UK.

        1. I can accept this argument, actually. Too bad we can’t meld them into a super-shitty super-state and sink them into the ocean. Instant White Trash Atlantis.

    2. The woman was raised in a village called “Cockermouth.” Give the girl a break.

    3. I was gonna guess Essex, but I was wrong.

    4. I’d hit it – in July.

    5. “I’ve finally grown up and said goodbye to my troubled past.”

      That’s my favorite part — the happy ending.

    6. Those nine years of wealth aged her quickly. I would have thought she was now in her late 30s.

  10. Dear Reason,

    You win. Two days in a row w/ every post of mine rejected by your random filter. You can stop sending me requests for donations. Why pay for incompetence on the part of your webmaster?

  11. This comment is devoid of content and so will get thru.

  12. …However, in its 10-K annual report to the Securities and Exchange Commission for 2009,

  13. Elizabeth Warren’s embattled campaign: Cherokee tie found 5 generations ago

    so she’s 1/32 Cherokee. There have been rumors of Indian blood in my family, but geeze, I don’t go claiming heritage with “my people”.

    1. Zimmerman is 1/8 black.

    2. does that make her a white Indian?

      [runs away sniggering as the H&R commentariat throw rocks at her]

      1. does that make her a white Indian?
        [runs away sniggering as the H&R commentariat throw rocks at her]

        Heh! I thought Stack was entertaining when she was in the right mode. She actually had a few points, though they were at the edges of her themes. But I didn’t try to engage her on them after she showed she wasn’t serious about any of them.

    3. I have no love for Scott Brown, but I hope he beats her by 30% in November.

      1. why do u hate native americans?

        1. He only hates 1/32 of them.

    4. You beat me to it!

      The Association of American Law Schools desk book, a directory of law professors from participating schools, includes Warren among the minority law professors listed, beginning in 1986 and continuing through 1995. The years include time she spent teaching at the University of Texas and the University of Pennsylvania, before she joined the faculty at Harvard Law.

      The listings were based on professors reporting that they were members of a minority group, the directory says.

      Warren’s campaign did not dispute the listings on Sunday, but a spokeswoman reiterated that she did not use minority status to advantage when she was hired at Harvard University.

      —-The Boston Globe


      I wonder if there were any other Native Americans who might have benefited from an appointment–if Liz Warren hadn’t claimed to be a minority.

      Regardless of how you feel about diversity quotas, it’s hard to see a Limousine Liberal like LearJet Lizzy use the system to her advantage so callously. …hard if you’re planning to vote for her anyway.

      She’s so ruthless. Is there anything she wouldn’t do to advance herself and her career?

      1. Let’s stop and consider this for a moment. If she has Cherokee from five generations ago, that means, taking an average generation gap about ~30 years, her ancestors have been here since before the Civil War. That means she has slave-owning heritage as well. She should drop out immediately with her racist hate.

        1. The question the people of Massachusetts need to ask themselves is: if she’s willing to stomp all over the opportunities of some minority person–who would have been a professor at Harvard if only she hadn’t had her way? Then how can she be trusted with the power of a U.S. Senator, not to engage in the same ruthless behavior?

          Those opportunities were reserved for minorities who were suffering from racial discrimination–not for ruthless, power hungry Elizabeth Warren. If the people of Massachusetts let her get away with stomping all over opportunities for minorities this time, God only knows what she’ll try to get away with as a senator.

          1. But Ken, that’s what the people of Massachusetts do. Do you really think the nature of a Masshole can change in only one generation?

            1. But she’s the 1%!

              Her income level shows that.

              Her cavalier attitude about misappropriating opportunities that were meant for people who were suffering from racial discrimination–and co-opting them for herself!?

              It all reeks of the 1%!

              The people of Massachusetts don’t need to change their stripes, they just need to see this elitist 1%er for what she really is.

              She’s not a liberal. They shouldn’t be confused by this wolf’s progressive clothing, either…

              She’s the 1%.

              1. She’s the 1%.

                Which is exactly why she is the voice of the common man. Haven’t you ever heard of the Kennedys?

                1. I’m not about to sit here and bash the voters of Massachusetts for revering the memory of an assassinated president and his brother, both of whom still represent the hope that the people of Massachusetts had for a better world. A world that might have been, a world that still could be…

                  But what I would say to the people of Massachusetts is that Liz Warren, the Limousine Liberal, is in no way deserving to be associated in their minds with the hope that is the legacy of John and Bobby Kennedy.

                  This behavior of Elizabeth Warren’s, going all the way back to the ’80s, demonstrates that clearly, she’s about self-aggrandizement…

                  She’s not asking what she can do for her country. She’s asking what minorities can do for her.

                  1. You’re assuming the voters here have integrity. They’re Team Players, and now that there’s a BLUE in the race who talks a better game than RED, there’s no need to look into anything like “facts”.

                    1. What Alack said.

                    2. C’mon, guys!

                      This isn’t my take, exactly…

                      This is the way we present Elizabeth Warren to the people of Massachusetts.

                      This is the way you make the case against Elizabeth Warren to well meaning swing-voters–and to well meaning liberals in Massachusetts.

                      Elizabeth Warren’s behavior is hateful towards minorities.

                      How often do you get to present a class war scumbag like Elizabeth Warren the same way she presents business owners to the rest of the world?

                      The sun is shining on us, here. Let’s make hay while the sun shines.

            2. Something to remember: some Southerners owned slaves, but it was Yankees who made their fortunes by enslaving free people and selling them.

              You have to admit, though, those manipulative bastards are really good at screwing over others and absolving themselves of all blame.

          2. Massachusetts is a pretty racist state… We had riots here in the mid 80’s when they desegregated public housing.

            1. Not to mention all the racist problems with school busing back in the ’70s.

              Voting for Elizabeth Warren would, apparently, be a step backwards.

              She doesn’t take the problems of minorities and the discrimination they suffer seriously. Otherwise, she wouldn’t have misappropriated their opportunities for herself.

            2. I was appalled at the overt racism I heard in Boston. Worse than anything I’d heard in the South.

              1. I used to live in NC and am now in MA. The attitude here is definitely more hateful.

                1. I can believe it – I’m in NC now, but my mother lived for several years in Massachusetts when she was a child.

                  One thing outsiders don’t understand: even someone who thinks some one or some race is lazy and stupid can still like them as people and treat them well. Intelligence and industriousness are not the only factors in human worth.

                  1. The People’s Republic of Cambridge is like the beating heart of the progressive movement in MA. And we all know how tolerant the progressives are, don’t we?

              2. of course, it’s worse but you will not hear about it because accusing anyone but the South of racism does not fit the narrative. I have a few ex-friends who thought they could take cheap shots at the South because I don’t have a pronounced accent. Usually, they were people who had been around a black person until they got jobs; I had them as classmates in first grade and many of us remain friends to this day.

            3. You should probably get a better example. I wasn’t even alive in the mid 80’s.

    5. Sadly, Intrade still has Brown trailing by 30-35 points.

      I’m beginning to think that Brown’s 2010 victory was a total fluke, based primarily on Coakley’s utter ineptitude as a campaigner. Massachusetts is now returning to its pattern.

      1. Brown’s victory had a lot to do with Obamacare. He might get a bounce come the SC’s decision this summer.

      2. Hmm — all the polls I had seen had Brown well ahead so far.

        1. Intrade isn’t a poll. It’s betting.

    6. So her and I have one thing in common: I too am 1/32 Cherokee, and will exploit every drop of it.

      So, you guys must feel ashamed about your ancestors exploiting my noble people. For generations, we were othered and brutalized. I’m not saying you have to vote for me, but if you don’t, you are perpetuating the Trail of Tears for another generation.

      1. I will gladly force any who use the term “othered” through a trail of tears.

  14. Physicist Michio Kaku thinks Moore’s Law of processor speed is coming to an end.

    You know who else had a law named after him?

    1. Murphy?

    2. Michio Kaku was cool about fifteen years ago, but I found his most recent book expounding on that theory to be weak weak trash. What bugs the shit out of me about this statement is that somehow all technological progress would come to a halt if processor power didn’t continue to increase exponentially. It’s like suggesting that once you stop climbing a mountain, you’re instantly at the base again, instead of thousands of feet above sea level. It’s really annoying.

      1. Not to mention that Kaku is well aware of statements made by physicists over 100 years ago expounding that all the discoveries there were to be made in physics had already been made. Then came dudes like Neils Bohr and Penzias & Wilson. Oops.

        Anyways, ol’ Michio is just showing he’s a dinosaur, like Einstein did later in his career when he poo-pooed quantum mechanics.

        1. His book Visions, written, like I said, about fifteen years ago, is really great though. He accurately predicted quite a few technological trends, specifically the explosion in smartphones and tablet PCs. But I couldn’t finish his most recent work. It was a lazy rehash with yes, dinosaur meat added.

          1. I read Hyperspace and Parallel Worlds. They were quite good.

            But now he’s just giving himself away as a someone who is late in his career and can no longer think outside the box. Happens to tons of scientists, sadly.

            1. hell, it happens to artists/musicians too.

            2. But now he’s just giving himself away as a someone who is late in his career and can no longer think outside the box. Happens to tons of scientists, sadly.

              It will not be long before he starts walking the campus’ corridors in the nude…

    3. It sure as shit wasn’t Kaku.

      String theorists who are famous for writing popular books about string theory are the worst kind of physicists.

      1. Indeed, Brian Greene was a great physicist for a few years (he was my freshman physics professor!), and then ran out of ideas (like the rest of the M-theorists, Witten included) and has made a new career as an advocate for non-falsifiable theories about the nature of the universe. I guess more power to him for figuring out a way to make a career investigating likely falsehoods into one that allows him to maintain a good standard of living.

        We are in a new dark ages of high-energy physics that won’t end until someone brilliant, thinking out of the box, figures out why the whole multiverse thing is crap.

        1. Yeah, I was specifically thinking of Brian Greene.

          I saw him give a talk when I was in grad school and he was just starting his new career in advocacy. Eyes were rolling that day, I can tell you.

          1. What were you in grad school for, if I might ask? I’m curious to know what the current attitude toward string theory among younger folks in physics departments is these days. I have to imagine that the bottom is going to fall out of it at *some* point, no matter how much inertia it has.

            I do find it interesting that one of the old hands in physics (Roger Penrose) is one of those who has, long and loud, been sounding the alarm bells about the capture of an entire academic discipline by one rather unpromising line of inquiry.

            1. Keep expecting the shoe to drop on string theory. Funding has got to start drying up at some point, when those doing the funding ask, “What have you done for me lately? Or at all? I’m sending my money to those nice quantum gravity boys now, sorry.”

              1. You’d think. But this has been going on for over 20 years. Seriously, string theory has made no real progress on anything but pure math since before 1990. It’s crazy that they continue to get money (and students, for that matter).

                1. A good chunk of the funding comes from sources that want practical results at some point. I’d say the time is ripe for competing theories to get more funding and more researchers.

                  1. A good chunk of the funding comes from sources that want practical results at some point.

                    Were that only true, especially being that academics of all stripes get the vast majority of funding from government sources.

                2. And ya can’t prove string theory, at best you can say, ‘Hey look, my logic has an internal consistency. Yay!’

                  1. Exactly. It’s not science: at this point, it’s philosophy. Science makes falsifiable predictions, i.e., predictions that can be shown by experiment to either support the theory or contradict it. String theory has yet to come up with a single falsifiable prediction, making it NOT SCIENCE.

                    1. Sadly, that quote may have been too relevant to the discussion to be recognized.

                    2. Googled. Not a show I watch.

                    3. That’s exactly what it is–philosophy with rigorous mathematical proofs. Like Descartes, but under the “physics” label.

                      I don’t oppose all research in string theory; I just object to throwing all of our eggs in one basket, especially a basket made of nothing.

                    4. String theory certainly shouldn’t be abandoned completely, it is at least some very interesting math. But I agree, it should not be done at the expense of real, experimentally oriented physics. There are a lot of other big interesting problems that could be worked on right now.

            2. I look at things form a non-scientist’s perspective (hell, I failed algebra my first time around), and I can say I never “got” string theory. I was able to understand how Newton, Farraday, Einstein and even the quantum theorists’ theories fit into the grand scheme of things, but never string theory. No popular books or TV shows were ever able to adequately explain how string theory is supposed to tie everything together. My layman’s mind tells me that the right theory will be able to be explained simply, to just about anyone.

              1. My layman’s mind tells me that the right theory will be able to be explained simply, to just about anyone.

                I don’t know if you are aware of this, but Richard Feynman passionately argued this very point.

                BTW, Kristen, if you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend Surely You Must Be Joking Mr Feynman: The Adventures of a Curious Character; a page turner of a book describing the experiences of one of the 20th century’s most brilliant scientists.

                1. Thanks tarran, I’ll check it out. I read physics books and science biographies a lot.

                  1. Then you are really going to enjoy the book.

                    For example, he has a chapter on teaching himself safe-cracking while working on the atomic bomb at Los Alamos. The Army was not amused.

                2. This is an outstanding book.

                3. I second this recommendation. I read it in high school. I wish I had taken more of Feynman’s advice on women when I was in college. 😉

                4. If you haven’t watched them, you should also look up the Messenger Lectures that Feynman did at Cornell. It’s from the 60s and a lot of the examples are out of date, but it is still an amazing series on what science is and what it actually does which is reasonably accessible to people with little math knowledge. Here’s a link: http://research.microsoft.com/apps/tools/tuva/. Watch it.

              2. “My layman’s mind tells me that the right theory will be able to be explained simply, to just about anyone.”

                That would be nice, but it is far from obvious that that should be the case. It is remarkable enough that we can make as much sense of the universe as we can. The universe does not owe us comprehensibility. The fact that quantum theory, a theory that doesn’t really make sense to anyone, has been so successful seems to indicate that maybe we can’t really intuitively understand how things really work. I like to hold out hope that there is some deeper theory that makes more intuitive sense. But I don’t think it is at all rational to simply assume that there is.

                1. It’s not that the universe owes us easy answers, per se, it’s that pretty much everything up to now has been easily comprehensible by laymen using relatively (pun intended!) simple thought experiments. I’m just going by past history, and deducing a conclusion which may or may not prove valid.

            3. Penrose is awesome. I’ve got Road to Reality as my reacquaint myself with everything I learned in college book.

              1. make that “tried” to learn

            4. What were you in grad school for, if I might ask? I’m curious to know what the current attitude toward string theory among younger folks in physics departments is these days.

              General relativity. Dropped out with an ABD back around 2000 or so.

              In the GR group, I think we were all fairly skeptical of string theory. (But me especially… I had a hysterical laughing fit in a particle theory class once when the lecturer was talking about “sphalerons”.) There was some excitement when someone had apparently derived some result in black hole thermodynamics from string theory, until we realized that string theorists do everything in flat spacetime, and so have a very… unusual conception of black holes.

              Lee Smolin’s book critiquing string theory was excellent.

    4. Meanwhile, Intel is keeping up pace with Moore’s Law.

      Moore’s Law Lives Another Day

      The three-dimensional transistors of Intel’s new generation of chips continue the 50-year trend of faster, more tightly packed chips.

      1. Geez, all they need to do now is talk to Kaku, Witten, and Greene and start putting transistors in the other 6 spatial dimensions. Plenty of room to run!

    5. Maybe he should read up on advances in quantum computing.

      1. I was thinking the same thing. From what I’ve been reading, we may be accelerating Moore’s Law for a while, not slowing it down.

        1. sort of. Moore’s law is really coming to an end. This is a better analysis:


    6. Michio Kaku is probably on the wrong track here. We’re nowhere near any actual physical limits. All those current problems at going to even smaller structures means that new designs become more difficult to come by. Performance gains will be accomplished in different ways.

      There is, for example, a lot of space in the 3rd dimension – current processors are still pretty much 2D. Say, stack many wafer-thin layers on top of each other.

      1. huh? Transistor gates are about 40 atoms wide. It’s really hard to get much smaller than that.

    7. So there is an ultimate limit set by the laws of thermal dynamics and set by the laws of quantum mechanics.

      So there is a really really high, much much higher than current speeds ultimate limit set by the current knowledge of the laws theory of thermal dynamics and set by the current knowledge of the laws theory of quantum mechanics.

      FTFY — idiot.

  15. If You See Something, Say Something

    I’m fairly sure that approaching a cop, for any reason, on a day that they’re expecting mass protests might be the dumbest thing a person can do.

    1. I’m fairly sure that approaching a cop, for any reason, on a day that they’re expecting mass protests might be the dumbest thing a person can do.


  16. China’s Population Crash Could Upend U.S. Policy

    The Census Bureau predicts that China’s population will peak in 2026, just 14 years from now. Its labor force will shrink, and its over-65 population will more than double over the next 20 years, from 115 million to 240 million. It will age very rapidly. Only Japan has aged faster — and Japan had the great advantage of growing rich before it grew old. By 2030, China will have a slightly higher proportion of the population that is elderly than western Europe does today — and western Europe, recall, has a higher median age than Florida.

    1. If they can find a way to deal with “too many births”, I think they can find a way to deal with “not enough deaths”. This is China we’re talking about.

      1. maybe palin & jan brewer could start their death panels…w soy sauce

    2. Demographics are a bitch.

  17. the defense team led by New York attorney William Pepper contends that the FBI misrepresented Rhodes-Hughes’ eyewitness account and that she actually had heard a total of 12 to 14 shots fired.

    Am I missing something here? Why the quandary? Why the trying to figure out how many shots were fired from sound recordings? If 12 to 14 shots were fired, 12 to 14 bullets went somewhere inside a room. I’ve seen enough CSI to know that finding where they impacted is child’s play – as is counting to 14.

    1. Kind of hard to do any forensics at the Ambassador Hotel now.

      It was demolished in 2006.

      1. I would have assumed they might have thought of investigating this crime back when it happened.

        1. That wasn’t invented until CSI.

        2. I’m pretty sure they did.

          The mythology that’s been built around the Kennedys is amazing.

          I also find it amusing that Joe McCarthy’s right hand man became a hero to the left in this country.

  18. Can you imagine if Congress tried this? MPs say Rupert Murdoch not fit to lead. We’d never get done making fun of them == and ignoring the shit of them.

    1. Slouching, slouching, ever-slouching towards fascism is Airstrip One.

    2. Did they give him credit for not dyeing his hair that ridiculous colour anymore?

  19. Don’t blame me, I voted for Kodos.

    1. Abortions for some, miniature American flags for others!

  20. Shocking! “Woman with ‘GOD’ tattooed on forhead arrested for stalking.” She seemed like such a stable individual.

    1. At least *she* has ‘GOD’ on her forehead.

      How’s this (I suppose SFW) for attitude?

      1. how’s this for stupid:

        Henry Smith, arrested moments after returning home with a stolen stereo. His error was having tattooed on his forehead in large capital letters the words “Henry Smith.” His lawyer told the court: “My client is not a very bright young man.”

      2. It was supposed to say ‘DOG’ but she did it in the mirror.

  21. I asked yesterday, but I think the thread was mostly dead, but are any of you going to the LP National Convention this week in Vegas? Banjos and I are going Fri-Sun, and were wondering if any of you would be there so we I could have a few drinks with you (since she’s knocked up.

    BTW, sonogram today! If he/she has a tophat on, we’ll post the pics on the PM links.

    1. BTW, sonogram today! If he/she has a tophat on, we’ll post the pics on the PM links.

      If he/she doesn’t, you two will never live it down

      Congrats by the way!

    2. You can have my proxy.

      The Urkobold sends His congratulations and a gift of free taint protection for one year. He also reminded me that we had recommended some baby names back in 2010. For boys and girls, so you’re covered.

      1. Sorry for the double–I initially got blocked by the spam filter. Blessings on the Webmaster and all he does for clearing that up.

        1. Now if only he’d fix this fucking 50 character bullshit . . .

    3. I asked yesterday, but I think the thread was mostly dead, but are any of you going to the LP National Convention this week in Vegas?

      I’ll be there. I’m the Chair of the LP of HI. My cell is 808-927-5728. Give me a call!

  22. Passive-aggressives angry at someone being passive-aggressive.

    Hi Neighbor-

    I understand that you are a prostitute and that’s okay by me. I’m happy you make money to pay bills, etc., but perhaps you can consider some sound-proofing, and I am happy to consider joint soundproofing if that will improve our mutual living here, etc. I’d like to think we can think of each other and make this a good place to live.

    Apt. 4 C.K.

    1. The comments had a definite libertarianish vibe to them re: the daycare. Is there a New Hope for Jezebel?

      1. I didn’t care too much for the comment about the neighbor *needing* licenses and certifications too much (I’m terrible with children but there are plenty of people who can handle a handful of kids without a problem and don’t need the state’s blessing). On the other hand, if the kids were causing a disruptive amount of noise constantly I’d have no problem reporting them to the landlord.

        I like my peace and quiet. Same goes for subwoofers. Fuck subwoofers.

    2. Well, obviously it would be better to knock on the door, pay her for a quickie, and then raise the issue, but assuming you can’t, what do you say (and how) in the note instead?

      1. what do you say (and how) in the note instead?

        “It gets kind of noisy in your apartment periodically. Would you like to stop by and have a brief chat about how to keep the noise down? I’m a libertarian, and I’m cool with what I presume is your source of income, but some of your neighbors might not be as tolerant and might complain to the cops.”

    3. Passive-aggressive asks passive-aggressives for help in being passive-aggressive against a passive agressive.


  23. Only 11% Think War on Terror Is Over

    Voters overwhelmingly reject the idea that the war on terror is over one year after the death of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, although most feel his al Qaeda terrorist group is weaker today. But a majority also still thinks a terrorist attack is possible in the next year.

    1. I didn’t know Ken Schultz had moved to Middleborough.

      1. +Eleventy fucking internets. Bitch. Fuck. Ass. Shit.

    2. What a fucking ass. He can kiss my cunt.

      As can my fellow Australians: http://www.findlaw.com.au/arti…..eally.aspx

      1. What a fucking ass. He can kiss my cunt.

        More proof that women love the asshole men among us.

      2. I propose a $25 fine for swearing.

    3. The obvious thing to do is stand up at the town meeting and go on a $10000, R Lee Emry style rant.

    4. consider the fine some townspeople told me the[apostrophe]d prefer to see levied: $100 per curse.

      She turned me into a newt!

    5. I like the ‘speech I dont approve of is air pollution’ bit from the chief. Fuck you Bruce Gates.

    6. Because Chief of Police is like Daddy for the whole city, right? And if you’re going to pay his salary, pension and benefits, you’re going to abide by his rules!

  24. An acquaintance of mine posted a pic on her Facebook of The Obama shaking hands with a janitor. Her comment on the picture was along the lines of how hopey & changey & heroic The Obama was for shaking hands with the common man. As if no politician had ever shaken hands with any working man in the history of the world.

    Can someone please just put me in a medically-induced coma until The Obama goes away?

    1. It was probably this image, where he actually didn’t shake the man’s hand but did a fist-bump instead.

      Sorry, but refusing to shake a hand like an actual man and resorting to some primitive fist-bumping is just pathetic. If he had done that to me, I would have corrected him for the slight then and there. It’s pathetic that the POTUS can’t shake hands with a “commoner” the same way he does with politicians, or other “world leaders.” It says something about how he feels about his subjects compared to his fellow kings/queens.

      Which he treats like this.


        1. I wonder if there’s a picture of Hitler glad handing with the common folk? I’d love to post that on her Facebook and mimic her comment.

          1. Nah, he was too busy perfecting his ventriloquist act

            1. “Ah, now zis is vun cute vittle cracka!”

            2. I think that little girl just killed me with her cuteness. Tiny dirndle!

          2. There are loads of pictures of Hitler kissing babies and shit, aren’t there?

      1. Sorry, but refusing to shake a hand like an actual man and resorting to some primitive fist-bumping is just pathetic.

        Not if the guy, like this one, is wearing rubber gloves for the purpose of keeping all the nasty shit he handles of his skin. Not even.

      2. he actually didn’t shake the man’s hand but did a fist-bump instead

        But fistbumps are just so cool! It’s like when he went on Jimmy Fallon and gave him the “pound hug”. He’s a dude-bro, bro! /sarc

        1. I’m not your bro, dude.

      3. I hate the fist bump, but it’s all the rage these days in certain demographics and the fistbumpers don’t want to shake hands.

        1. I like to refer to it as the homophobe handshake.

        2. Here’s what you do: make like you’re going in for a fist bump, but at the last second, open your hand up and put it over theirs, saying, “Paper covers rock.”

          1. I had this happen by accident one time. I went to shake a guy’s hand at the same time he went to fist bump. I ended up covering his fist with my hand and he gave me his best WTF? look. Sadly, I didn’t think of the paper covers rock angle as I was more interested with disengaging from the asshole.

    2. Repost this image and ask her for her opinion of her dear leader.

      Or this one.

      1. She probably wouldn’t see a problem with either one of them. The Chavez one just shows The Obama knows ho the cool kids are, and the Gaddafi one just shows he was trying to conduct last-ditch diplomacy before unleashing totally justified drone warfare.

      2. You’ll have to clarify which Dear Leader you’re talking about, Obama or Chavez.

    1. “He fought back his tears to tell them what had happened.”

      Fucking Germans. Choke the bitch out and leave.

    2. “He fought back his tears to tell them what had happened”
      What a wimp.

      “When police arrived to question the woman and free Schulz she invited two officers to join her in bed for a ‘quickie.’

      They declined.”
      Yeah? Well I am laughing my ass off.

    3. ‘I met her on a bus,’ said the man. ‘She invited me back here. Oh God, it was hell. I can’t walk.

      I know people sometimes joke about fucking until they couldn’t walk, but I never realized that it was actually physiologically possible.

    4. Apparently she was in psychiatric hospital because of that previous incident, and on the way home from the hospital picked up another guy.

      Therapy failed.

    5. No double standard here at all.

      If I were to have met a woman at a bar or on a bus, invited her back to my house, had consensual sex, then forced her to have bout after bout of non-consensual sex as a condition of leaving my apartment, I would be under arrest for multiple counts of rape as well as kidnapping and a host of other charges.

      I’d be in jail.

      She’s in a hospital.

  25. Anguish of Edwards’ pal wife

    Soon after, Edwards, whose wife, Elizabeth, was dying of cancer, essentially took over the Youngs’ home for the trysts, Cheri said.

    Hunter went on shopping sprees with money that Andrew Young helped launder from heiress and Edwards backer Rachel “Bunny” Mellon and Texas lawyer Fred Baron, Cheri said.

    keep it classy.

    1. But he’s a working class hero!!!

    2. seriously who’d wanna bang elizabeth even before the cancer?

    3. “I felt like everything had been dumped in my lap. Everybody was on board but me . . . I didn’t want the campaign to explode and for it to be my fault.”

      I’m actually speechless at this level of idiotic welcome-matting.

    1. Tax attorney William Sharp, who represents clients with foreign accounts, said Paul’s objections to the protocol will hurt the U.S. enforcement of tax law, according to Bloomberg.

      “We’re losing global credibility by mandating treaty concessions, obtaining those concessions, and then not approving them for almost three years,” said Sharp of Sharp Kemm P.A. of Tampa, Florida. “What Senator Paul and others don?t recognize is that the use of bank secrecy puts the IRS at a special disadvantage. When you go offshore, you’re off the radar.”

      I think any clients of William Sharp of Sharp Kemm P.A. need to find a new accounting firm ASAP – one that cares about taking care of their clients rather pinning their clients’ arms so the clients’ pockets can be picked undisturbed.

      1. “…the use of bank secrecy puts the IRS at a special disadvantage. When you go offshore, you’re off the radar.”

        Uhhhhh….I think that is the point Slick.

      2. lol, I hope so too; would be fitting justice if they lost business from it

        I wonder if the same conflict of interest advocacy occurs with some criminal defense lawyers as well

        1. William Sharp, translated:

          “We want the ability to reach into any bank, anywhere in the world, and drain those rich fuckers dry.”

      3. the use of bank secrecy puts the IRS at a special disadvantage

        Feature, not bug.

  26. The ad begins by recalling a surging jobless rate and a gloomy economic outlook as the “legacy” Bush Administration left behind.

    Remember way back when, when the Democrats claimed how tasteless it was for Bush to run against Bill Clinton or claim Clinton’s policies were at fault for 9/11 or the initial round of Wall Street meltdowns? Good times.

    The team seizes the opportunity to highlight all the president’s accomplishments in his first term, including the assassination of al-Qaeda’s former leader Osama bin Laden one year ago

    And Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen, neither charged nor convicted by any court or tribunal, along with his 15-year-old son. Good times.

    ending the Iraq war

    On W’s timetable. Good times.

    as well as the efforts to save Americans’ jobs and pull the country back from “an economic disaster”.

    Save union jobs, he means. Mitsubishi has created more jobs for Americans that Obama has.

    1. you have failed to list even one reason why a second term for Obama would be a better outcome than a first one for Romney.

      hells bells, between that movie and a few other things, Sarah Palin has created more jobs than Obama has. The biggest joke is the chest-thumping over Bin Laden, as if any American president who have not give the order to fire.

  27. Some people actually think Kate Moss looks like a boy.


  28. Cops forget about dude and leave him in a holding cell for five days.


    Nothing else happened.

  29. Dying cancer patient uses YouTube to petition drug company for medication that FDA refuses to approve until June. Drug company complies.

    Who does Gawker blame for this situation?

    1. Jesus. First comment gives it away.

      1. The article was pretty balanced, although I had hoped they’d call out the FDA their bullshit. But the commentariat are just… disappointing.

      2. If you look at all of the comments, though, some people at Gawker seem to “get it”.

        First Jezebel commenters seem to be on the ball, now Gawker too? Were the Mayans right or what?

  30. Gee, I wonder why Occupy Wall Street decided to hold a protest on May 1st? Way to hide an agenda guys.

  31. Future Mass state trooper.


    1. “No magic, little Alex. A job for two who are now of job age. The police.”

      1. There is, by the way, an excellent reading of that, by Tom Hollander, which also includes a few chapters (1,2,&4) read by Burgess. Highly recommended.

    2. More nonsense bullymania. The guy is a “bully” for punching a guy who trashed talked him? He may be a thug and an asshole but there is nothing here that suggests he’s a bully. Punching someone for sayng bad stuff about you is not exactly unheard of where I come from. Nor are bullies. I don’t recall ever confusing the two, however.

      1. “Bully” covers everything from awkward hugs, down.

      2. When I was a kid, trash talk led to a straight up fight, not an ambush. Maybe he’s just a plain coward.

        1. yeah but when you were a kid, fighting back was not treated as harshly as instigating. Kids need to see the video of the overweight Aussie kid body-slamming the turd that was screwing with him. Want a bully to leave you alone? Smack him in the mouth.

          1. Want a bully to leave you alone? Smack him in the mouth.

            And then never walk alone anywhere, ever. Because he and ten of his friends will eventually catch up to you and put you in the hospital.

            The next time you meet him he’ll be giving you a speeding ticket.

            1. And then never walk alone anywhere, ever. Because he and ten of his friends will eventually catch up to you and put you in the hospital.

              I’m not sure what your experience with bullies is, but this typically isn’t the case.

              Once I finally realized that if you go after guys that are bullying you, they’ll back off. Bullies look for easy targets, not ones that will battle them every time they pick on the person, since it’s not worth the effort.

              1. if you go after guys that are bullying you, they’ll back off

                Or they come back at you with ten of their friends and beat you so badly you end up in the hospital.
                Guess it depends on where you’re from.

                1. There are many places, including my home town, where sarcasmic’s version is the real story.

                2. Guess it depends on where you’re from.

                  Guess so, because most bullies are pussies and if more “nerds” bothered to stand up for themselves, they wouldn’t end up being passive-aggressive assholes as adults.

                  1. Anecdotal case in point–there was one kid at my high school named Scott who took a lot of pleasure in tormenting other kids. He never got called on it because his clique consisted of him and 2-3 goons that would theoretically beat the shit out of anyone that stood up to him.

                    Sophomore year, he made the mistake of picking on a new kid that just happened to be the son of a Golden Gloves boxer. I was in the hall, and didn’t see the ensuing fight, but I did hear it–mainly, several squishing sounds that was Scott’s face getting hamburgered by this kid. Apparently the one-sided fight gentled him up quite a bit, because he never picked on ANYONE after that little incident.

      3. Schoolboy Cory Pingeton walks along a corridor to class, minding his own business.
        The 18-year-old does not see the ‘sucker punch’

        I’d say the sucker punch makes him a bully. If you want to challenge someone to a fight for talking shit, that’s one thing, but sucker punching someone? That’s pretty much the definition of bullying behavior, IMO. Bullys are really just pussies who act like big shots to over compensate for the fact that deep down, they know they’re pussies. Which is why they sucker punch and then pat themselves on the back for being so “badass” and “hardcore”. Anyone actually stands to them though, and they fold like a cheap suit, which I’m pretty sure is what would happen with this prick.

        1. That’s probably a lot of bullies. But I think you also get the really fucked up kids who get their asses kicked by their father every night or something and just don’t give a fuck and don’t know how to deal with people other than through intimidation.

          1. don’t know how to deal with people other than through intimidation

            Like I said. Future state troopers.

        2. but sucker punching someone? That’s pretty much the definition of bullying behavior

          I have no idea where this notion comes form, other than from you. Sucker punching is of course low and of course it has been performed by bullies but “defining bullying”? Rubbish; anyone can sucker punch.

          1. I meant in the generalized behavior of over compensating for deep down being a pussy. Sucker punching, going after smaller and weaker kids, backing down from real fights (always with a clever excuse why they can’t fight right now, of course), etc. Because they’re pussies. Can’t stress that enough.

        3. Let us see how well your big words work against FIST!

  32. Drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia are saving American lives and civilian casualties are “exceedingly rare,”

    ’cause, you know, they’re not really people.

    White House Counterterrorism Czar John Brennan claimed in a speech at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for

    1. When is Brennan going to start drone-striking Ron Paul campaign rallies and FairTax supporters? That fucker be slackin’, yo.

      1. nah they’re no threat esp that paul guy

        1. You’ve never visited the SPLC website, have you?

          1. u mean the AARP site?

    1. Without reading the article, the answer is yes. An algorithm can write a better story than a human reporter.

      Substitute “many”, “most”, or “all” and you may get a much different answer.

      1. Poorly-Worded Headline Answers Own Question: Human Writer to be Fired for Meaty Incompetence

        1. “Meaty Incompetence” sounds like a good band name.

    2. An algorithm of 100 chimps pounding on typewriters?

      1. “It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times?!”

      2. Hey, it’s not nice to talk about the NY Times writers like that!

  33. Anyone else notice the ads for Joe Arapio appearing on H&R? I thought that was hilarious. I wonder when his PAC will find out they’re spending money @ the magazine that does nothing but despise and ridicule him.

    1. They’ve had Elizabeth Warren ads too. I think Google needs to tweak their ad formulas a bit.

      1. And Obama superpac ads.

  34. Semi-dangerous morons nabbed

    Remember, when a guy tells you he’s totally not in the FBI, and suggests you go commit some crimes with these explosives he’s giving you, just say no.

    1. Noted for future reference.

  35. Hahahahahaha, that May Day poster…No chores? I guess it really gives away what the OWS movement is about.

    1. (looks at poster)

      Holy shit, they are really that insipid and stupid.

    2. More to the point = The modern ‘social movement’ connected with May Day celebrations was “International Workers Day”… instituted for ‘commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket Massacre in Chicago, which occurred after an unknown person threw a dynamite bomb at police as they dispersed a public assembly during a general strike for the eight-hour workday’
      …’the International Socialist Conference meeting in Amsterdam called on “all Social Democratic Party organizations and trade unions of all countries to demonstrate energetically on May First for the legal establishment of the 8-hour day, for the class demands of the proletariat’

      First off…these guys aren’t the fucking ‘proletariat’ – wtf are most of them even “taking the day off” from? Slaving in a salt mine? Dockworkers? Tool-machine operators?

      Fuck, the only one who *has* a job is probably a bike-messenger…who sells weed.

      I don’t think they’re really drawing attention to ‘economic inequality’ by having a party in union square, or bike riders blocking traffic… They’re being selfish annoying punks, as normal.

      And, “a hoodie march against violence”? = Let’s see… roaming the streets like a mob of thugs, provoking policemen… is a gesture of *non-violence*?

      in this one case, I do really think firehoses & dogs?…are appropriate.

  36. I think its tiem to kick it up a notch or two.


  37. Question: Is there something about giving TED talks that turns people into fools, or is it that only fools get invited to do TED talks? (Hard science talks excepted.)

    For those who didn’t have time to watch the video, let me sum up: “Hi, I’m David Brin. I live on the coast surrounded by statist friends from the chattering classes. None of THEM can stand Rothbard or Rand, therefore I have concluded that Rothbard and Rand must be what’s holding back the libertarian movement. So let’s ditch those two with their way uncool logical consistency, so we can rally around something practical like creating a secret army of watcher-watchers who can open ANY DOOR, I said ANY DOOR in America. Also, dolphins totally know when we are messing with them intellectually. Thank you.”

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