A.M. Links: Debt End Story, White Babies a Minority, IMF Warns of "Expensive" Greece Euro Exit

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  • guessing they didn't serve hoagies yesterday

    That debt end story's coming back this summer. President Obama invited Congressional leaders to lunch at the White House to start talking about the debt ceiling, which will need to be lifted again this year so that U.S debt can get grow past  $16.394 trillion. Jay Carney warned there won't be a recreation of the "debt ceiling debacle" last year, while John Boehner called for the problem to be tackled in an "adult-like fashion." Perhaps it's time for government actuaries to adopt the long scale?

  • And speaking of that massive debt, Mitt Romney acknowledged George W. Bush's contribution to it on the campaign trail this week, in a roundabout way."I find it incomprehensible that a president could come to office and call his predecessor's record irresponsible and unpatriotic, and then do almost nothing to fix it," Romney said.
  • New census data suggests that whites may become a minority; for the first time in U.S. history, a majority of babies under the age of one were non-white.
  • IMF Chief Christine Lagarde warned that Greece's exit from the euro "would be extremely expensive and hard, and not just for Greece." No country has yet left the European super-currency created at the turn of the century; the last explicit exit from the European project was Greenland's departure from the European Economic Community in 1985.
  • It appears Chen Guangcheng will be heading to the U.S. after all. The Chinese government has allowed him to study abroad and New York University has offered him a place to study.
  • Radioactive levels taken from sludge samples from Tokyo Bay have gone up by up to 1300%,according to researchers, though health officials say the seafood coming from the bay is still safe.

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  1. That debt end story’s coming back this summer.

    And this time…. it’s personal.

      1. the Son of.. Attack of… Revenge of.. series continues. Coming soon to a kitchen table near you.

    1. I Know What You Didn’t Do Last Summer

      1. Someone needs to run this headline

  2. Radioactive levels taken from sludge samples from Tokyo Bay have gone up by up to 1300%,according to researchers, though health officials say the seafood coming from the bay is still safe.

    I don’t like my seafood microwaved. It comes out too rubbery. Or too Godzilla-y.

      1. lol @ “If you’re basing radiation safety procedures on an internet PNG image and things go wrong, you have no one to blame but yourself.”

    1. 1300% of nothin… carry the nothin… still nothin.

  3. Up to our ears in debt but nothing stops the US government from expanding its spending to the far corners of the world. This brigade will be under the command of the US Africa Command, or maybe it should be called the Africa Korps since the headquarters is in Germany

    ‘Pentagon to assign Army brigade to Africa to do training, military exercises’

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

    1. Wait, so they think they can solve world hunger with bullets now?

      1. duh! If you hit enough people with them, they won’t be hungry any longer.

        1. What was it Stalin said? No man, no problem?

        2. Looks like someone needs to tell they ladies over at Curves that.

          1. They = The.

      2. it’s sort of a final solution

      3. Well, you could solve world hunger with bullets.

        1. They taste awful Marshall!

  4. Boehner called for the problem to be tackled in an “adult-like fashion.”

    Right. Just make the debt-ceiling infinite and be done with the shenanigans.

    1. Not an adult fashion, where the problem would be solved, but adult-like, where we talk responsibly and spend more than we have.

    2. I thought “adult-like” is when we sit around watching sports, getting drunk off our asses and then shooting fireworks off into the neighbor’s yard.

      1. Are you my neighbor?

        Bastard!

    3. No, I think he means that there is going to be some fucking. People with kids should turn off CSPAN.

  5. The Chinese government has allowed him to study abroad and New York University has offered him a place to study.

    Smartest move they could have made. An out of danger dissident is a marginalized dissident.

    1. And since they’re letting him do it, it’s going to be hard to spin it as “exile”.

      1. It can still be exile. The Soviets “permitted” Solzhenitzyn (sp?) to leave – in fact they insisted.

  6. IMF Chief Christine Lagarde warned that Greece’s exit from the euro “would be extremely expensive and hard, and not just for Greece.” No country has yet left the European super-currency created at the turn of the century; the last explicit exit from the European project was Greenland’s departure from the European Economic Community in 1985.

    Dearest Greece,

    We love you so much and cannot live without you, that we must kill you to keep you, and ourselves die in the process. The pain of separation would be too much for our hearts to bear. Our pure, true, undying love will be eternal, as nothing can stop true love.

    To blathe you always,

    The Eurozone

    XOXOXOXOXO

    1. “It means ‘to bluff.'”

      1. The Eurozone is only mostly dead? So, there’s hope!

      2. So you’re probably playing cards, and he cheated….

    2. It puts the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again.

    3. Who’s going to step up and be the EU’s Abe Lincoln? Merkel?

  7. a majority of babies under the age of one were non-white.

    Sheesh, aren’t they *all* pink?

    1. LOL, that was awful! Funny, but awful…

    2. Mine was actually white as a sheet (literally) for the first few hours. Oxygen deficiency.

        1. I can’t watch that since I’m at work, but I’m just going to assume it’s a hilarious clip from TV or film.

          1. Just a weird song video.

  8. Another genius statement from the IMF, Greece ALREADY has been expensive and hard for Europe for staying in it. How throwing money at the bottomless pit in Greece is going to make things better, only financial geniuses like shrike and tony can provide the answer.

    1. Shhhh! Didn’t you see Beetlejuice?

    2. Tony has a certain… affinity with the Greeks.

      1. Damn it! That’s twice. Once more and you’ll summon it.

  9. IMF Chief Christine Lagarde warned that Greece’s exit from the euro “would be extremely expensive and hard, and not just for Greece.”

    Yeah, if you’re gonna pull a Greek exit, it’s gotta be slow and deliberate- ease out of it and no one gets hurt. You don’t want to make a mess or ruin anyone’s life.

    1. is that santorium on the greek fag…err, flag?

  10. Coffee Drinkers Live Longer

    No one knows why. Coffee contains a thousand things that can affect health, from helpful antioxidants to tiny amounts of substances linked to cancer. The most widely studied ingredient – caffeine – didn’t play a role in the new study’s results.

    Wasn’t it Alton Brown who said that coffee is basically just bean-juice?

    1. “It is through Will alone I set my mind in motion. It is through caffeine the thought acquire speed; the hands acquire shakes; the shakes become a warning. It is through Will alone I set my mind in motion.”

      –not mine, but an old acquaintance’s

      1. I overdosed on spice beer once and got home before I left.

        1. “HE IS THE KWITZTHESHITZ HADENOUGH!”

    2. “Wasn’t it Alton Brown who said that coffee is basically just bean-juice?”

      If he did it was kind of a dumb thing to say.

      1. I love AB but yeah. Coffee is an extract, not a squeezing.

    3. And this is why ADD blows. No effect from caffine. I have to do the 5 hour energy shit.

      1. You know that’s caffeine too, right?

    4. I think I read that Voltaire drank 50 cups a day or so. And if it’s good enough for Voltaire, it’s good enough for me.

  11. Sen. Charles Schumer wants to impose the “Ex-PATRIOT” Act to squeeze people like Eduardo Saverin, who renounce their US citizenship for tax purposes. The plan would seek to prevent such people from ever entering the US again.

    1. The plan would seek to prevent such people from ever entering the US again.

      You’d think the domestic policies we already have would be enough.

      1. You’d think the domestic policies we already have would be enough.

        You’d think, right? After all, there’s a whole host of reasons why the US isn’t as great a place to live as it once was, and just about all those reasons have something to do with the increasing burden of government.

        I should’ve clarified in my original post: Saverin says that he’s not leaving over taxes.

        1. Saverin says that he’s not leaving over taxes.

          He is and hats off to him for it! If it kept a grasping parasite like Schumer out of my pocket I’d do it too!

    2. If this is how politicians treat people leaving America, then I doubt people would want to return anyway. This is not 1945 anymore, rich people very successfully can exist without US politicians.

      1. Not according to Schumer and Warren, they can’t.

    3. “Expatriation Prevention by Abolishing Tax-Related Incentives for Offshore Tenancy”

      ARRGH!! Enough with the cutesy acronyms already!! Where’s 60 Minuts on how much it costs to come up with those names?

      1. Congress is working on a bill to form a committee to look into the waste generated by these naming conventions. It’s called Start Analyzing Verifiable Inefficiencies of Naming in Government Standards, or SAVINGS.

        1. You have a gift, sir. Use it for good, we implore you.

        2. + eleventy billion

        3. I chair TARC…

          The Acronym Reduction Committee.

      2. ARRGH!! Enough with the cutesy acronyms already!!

        When it has something to do with sticking it to someone, these guys creative geniuses.

      3. I have to research this shit for my job. I fucking hate the cutesy acronyms.

    4. who renounce their US citizenship for tax purposes.

      This is absolutely stupid. Very few expats give up their US citizenship for a variety of reasons (the two main is lack of access to US consulate representation is the tax code hates expats), and the tax code is the main economic one. When you declare, officially, as the tax code stands now, all of your assets are conglomerated (including hard assets, real estate, retirement accounts, the whole schmear) and value based on an immediate “mark to market” standard and the marginal rate is around 50%. For the sake of pithy, the best analogy is a divorce in TPRC (America’s Greece) where assets are evenly divided b’twixt the ex-spouses, and a pre-nup is null and void.

      The only reason they go after these guys is because they want their billions, supposedly “hidden” in accounts that the tax code currently cannot touch, and in the grand scheme of things, equivalent of looking for loose bills in pit group furniture.

      Needless to say, most expats don’t renounce their US citizenship, and I’m no exception.

      /current active soon-to-be expat

      1. You’re an expat? What country, if you don’t mind my asking?

        1. Not yet. UKR will be home before the end of the year.

          1. After a few years of doctoring over there, I bet you’ll be rich enough to renounce your citizenship.
            You’ll be the Saverin of the Ukrainian nightclub scene, groovin’ it to the max.

            1. Not quite, as it stands now, I’ll have more freedom to practice medicine how I see fit, and be recompensed in a more free market manner; however, to quote a line in Morrowind: “Bribery is the lubricant to honest commerce,” and there is a similar colloquial saying there. Take that for what you will.

              I’ll never renounce, as my US medical license is too valuable to give up, and I don’t wish to throw myself entirely at the mercy of a UKR civil court. Embassies, for right or wrong, are a handy thing to access when necessary and the VISA process is just a fact of life.

              1. Lots of foreign nationals have US medical licenses. I’m surprised yours will be terminated if you give up US citizenship.

                1. I’m surprised yours will be terminated if you give up US citizenship.

                  It won’t RC. You know that. However, maintaining it is much easier with US citizenship. The main goal (yes, yes, I know. GUILD MAN!) is protect my license by any means necessary. A US medical license is recognized worldwide. This move may be permanent, RC. FTR, I did consider moving to Texas when Perry reformed the TORT laws.

                  Euro laws WRT to medical malpractice are different and employ a “loser pays” type system, which is good. What’s bad is the definitions of medical malpractice are more narrow than the US. Less number of malpractice cases, but much, much higher odds of losing one.

          2. I’ve lived ex-pat and I like Ukraine so neither one alone is too extraordinary. But you’re moving to Ukraine?! If you don’t mind answering, why? (and if you do, I’ll say it for you: none o’ my business – but being a fan of Ukraine, it makes me quite curious).

            FWIW, L’viv is my favorite European city – after Paris, of course.

            1. Icy! You’ve been missed.

              To answer your question succinctly: “Medical Tourism.”

              Single, no kids, assets in trusts, love the culture (may even find a Mrs. Groovus) and ObamneyCare.

              1. Well, that’s nice of you to say. I’m sitting in my apartment in Paris right now – coincidentally, located on Boulevard de S?bastopol – and have been rather busy here for last couple weeks.

                I’m sure you know that I’m dying to know what the medical gig is there but I also know that you probably wouldn’t want to discuss it, here at least.

                1. I’m sitting in my apartment in Paris right now – coincidentally, located on Boulevard de S?bastopol – and have been rather busy here for last couple weeks.

                  OH….shit. Ice Nine is the real world equivalent of Hannibal Lecter.

                  It makes perfect sense: dignified, worldly, retired physician, patriarchal, and of course, an unusual palate. And delusion, since you see Canuckians everywhere, like imps or gnomes.

                  It’s located near Donetsk.

                  1. Ice Nine is the real world equivalent of Hannibal Lecter.

                    Not really; I hate liver and I’ve been drinking mostly Bourgueils this week.

            2. I know why. To quote the great Jake Blues, “How much for the women?”

              1. I know why. To quote the great Jake Blues, “How much for the women?”

                Ironically enough, there is a woman here in the US with whom I am enthralled, but it probably will never be, unrequited being what it is. 🙁 Yet, she could keep me here without me having a second thought and no regrets. It’s a real person, not some stoopid celebrity crush either.

                I blame Saccharin Man’s corruption.

                1. Many is the woman who sits around, daily pining for Sugar Free to post Merkel/Obama/Chen GuangCheng erotic fiction.

                  1. Even I have my limits, Goldy.

                2. Ever see Dead Ringers? That’s a good guide on how doctors should date women.

                3. but it probably will never be, unrequited being what it is.

                  Dude. TELL HER.

                  1. Dude. TELL HER.

                    FEMALE GAZE. Tell her.

                    1. You are a doctor with a sense of humor, GM. You need to give a shot. Listen to the ladies.

                      Don’t hem and haw, don’t talk around the subject. A simple “Would you like to have dinner with me?” works miracles, or breaks your heart. Either way, the worst part is over.

                    2. Maybe don’t bring up the whole libertarian thing until she is already enthralled. Or until she sees your monocle.

                    3. Did you just tell a licensed doctor to give a woman he likes a shot? Are you seriously suggesting that he drug her into submission? Practically speaking, that might work, but it’s highly unethical, as well as illegal.

                    4. I’m more concerned about the guy who likes Paris. France is fucked dude. Good luck to you though.

                    5. You’re too repulsive, Groovus. DON’T TELL HER.

          3. I’ve heard that Ukrainian women are hot. Please provide regular reports on this.

      2. Oh, and forgot to mention that the income and wealth level must exceed $2 million USD or if your average tax liability for last five years is greater than $151k USD, and this is applied to worldwide holdings as defined by the law.

        As usual, The Moobed One is a class-envy politicking piece of shit, and this standard does not apply to members of Congress, by the by.

        1. this standard does not apply to members of Congress

          Got a citation, Doc? I believe you; just documenting stuff.

          1. More on current law and legal opinions on expatriation.

            More on the taxation guidelines for “regular” expy’s.

            As for a specific cite, I know it exists, but it will take me a while to find it. My source is my emigration atty, who is British, btw.

            I’ll check back, and for the sake of accuracy, disregard until a linky can be posted.

            1. This is also why Michelle Bachmann was a mother fucking MORON to renounce Swiss citizenship.

              1. Bachmann was a moron either way.

            2. Thanks. Please don’t spend more time on this.

    5. The senators will call Saverin’s move an “outrage” and will outline their plan to re-impose taxes on expatriates like Saverin even after they flee the United States and take up residence in a foreign country.

      They’re so pissed off that they can’t steal this guy’s money that they say he can’t ever come over and swim in their pool. I find it simultaneously hilarious and rage inducing.

      1. like it’s “their” pool in the first place. Lots of the supporting comments for this tax all talk about how saverin made his money here…and that he couldn’t have done it with out the climate here…like the government is solely responsible for that.

        1. Yeah right Fuck them. The climate is changing, and making it impossible for companies to operate here with high taxes.

          Of course I don’t think Intellectual Property is a valid form of property so I could not care less. 🙂

    6. that sounds like something a free country would do

    7. What disgusting authoritarian schemes aren’t loved by Schumer?

      1. i have no answer

      2. What disgusting authoritarian schemes aren’t loved by Schumer?

        Schemes not yet conceived!

    8. If Arizona suspects that somebody looks like a billionaire who fled the country, can they pull them over and ask them for proof of citizenship?

  12. I keep chuckling over this. Now Activision-Blizzard has a website where you can confirm that yes, the servers are down, and you can’t play Diablo III. What a debacle.

    1. Good thing I’m too old/stupid to have bought a downloadable copy and the USPS is too slow/incompetent to deliver my copy tout suite. When it finally gets delivered in 3 months, that server shit will hopefully be ironed over…unless ex-government employees are working for Activision-Blizzard.

      1. Don’t even mention USPS. They took 24 hrs to move my package from Queens to Brooklyn yesterday. I know traffic isn’t that bad!

        1. It’s almost like they want to me to do something meaningful with my life (so they can tax it), instead of wasting my time stomping virtual monsters to death. Then again, that would mean they have some sort of cold competence … which is fucking impossible.

          1. Never ascribe to malevolence what can be explained by incompetence.

      2. go with Amazon. They do release day deliveries for only 99cents. Plus, no taxes (depending on where you live)!

    2. I don’t know why everyone is so shocked by this. As I said yesterday, there hasn’t ONCE been an online launch that Blizz hasn’t screwed up somehow. Also, fuck that always-on shit. I have come to hate multiplayer games (thanks, WoW) and it’s ludicrous for a SP game. Yes yes, I know, the Auction House.

      1. I’ve hated multiplayer since Halo 3. You can only get called a “fag” by depraved 12-year olds so many times before you just say “Fuck this shit.” I prefer to murder virtually either alone or with friends. Also, completely agree on that always-online shit.

        1. I was in a smallish but competitive raiding guild in WoW– for awhile we actually had a world rank. My guild was OK for the most part(although later on it started recruiting some pretty awful people to fill the ranks), but some of the guilds we occasionally partnered with to fill raid slots were just amazingly horrible people. It came to a point that I was dreading going on raids, and that was the point I splained to everyone that I played games to relax and enjoy myself, not to listen to assholes screaming abuse over Vent. So, never again for me. In the spirit of non-cooperation, I modified some of my ME3 files so I wouldn’t have to subject myself to their retarded MP shit.

          1. Yeah, it really comes down to finding a good group to play with that understands recruiting five cool people is worth way more than recruiting 20 dickheads who I wouldn’t spend one minute of my time with if they were at a bar with me.

      2. They pretty much had to go client-server to try to kill the dupes and hacks and putting the server on the players’ machines wouldn’t further that goal. It sucks, but I don’t see any choice, especially for a game with a real money auction house.

        WoW raiding got the be worse than having a fucking job. I got so sick of people standing in the fire and then bitching at my priest that I shelved her and didn’t even set foot in an instance in Cataclysm.

  13. New census data suggests that whites may become a minority…

    It’s time to start forming alliances! The White army and the Yellow army can defeat the combined Black and Brown armies. (The Red army might be the spoiler.)

    1. IIRC, aren’t the Red Army and the Brown Army fighting a proxy war in Massachusetts as we speak?

      Nevermind. It’s just one Brown against one Red.*

      *Read that as you will.

    2. sounds like Risk!

      1. Then the White Army has already won, with their stranglehold on Australia.

        1. Australia is nice to have but does not guarantee victory. Besides the Brown Army has one of the territories in Australia.

          1. That’s only a winning strategy if you also hold Southeast Asia.

            I wonder if that’s what the Epntagon/State Department thought in the ’60’s?

            1. If you don’t take southeast Asia with your horde of prisoners then you’re playing it wrong.

    3. It’s time to start forming alliances! The White army and the Yellow army can defeat the combined Black and Brown armies. (The Red army might be the spoiler.)

      Stop posting about your last game of Risk.

      No one cares.

      1. Risk is fun but I prefer Third Reich.

        1. ASL. 😛 (I know, it’s too local to compare to risk)

          Is Axis and ALlies still good? I used to play that a lot 25 years ago…

          1. My local wargame buddy and I are acquainting ourselves with original SL. Do you happen to know what the difference is between SL and ASL?

            Have not played Axis and Allies. We also play Waterloo.

            1. The difference between SL and ASL is that the rule set for ASL is a lot more complex and the units a lot more differentiated.

              1. Yeah, pretty much this. The SL book is the size of a small magazine; the ASL book is a fucking giant binder of shit.

  14. Google calls Knowledge Graph first baby step towards ‘Star Trek computer’

    The supposed nerdiest company around couldn’t pull off a decent Multivac reference?!

    1. I have a new post up on Google Buzz about how great Google is at starting projects and then finishing them.

      1. Sweet, Wave me about it and we can… collaborate or something.

  15. “I find it incomprehensible that a president could come to office and call his predecessor’s record irresponsible and unpatriotic, and then do almost nothing to fix it,” Romney said.

    “But I’m willing to give it a try.”

  16. Note to Goldwater: Do not do this.

    Last month, we brought you a finance guy’s way-too-detailed spreadsheet of the ladies he met on Match.com. A reader who enjoyed that post then passed along this survey she received from a man she briefly dated in Philadelphia.

    In the survey?the full thing is below?he asks for feedback on his outfit, his hair, his body, his conversation, his moves. There’s this question, too: “Mike is very masculine; at any point did you feel he was compensating for anything?” And, of course, he asks for feedback on the survey itself.

    1. “Mike is very masculine; at any point did you feel he was compensating for anything?”

      That…is…awesome.

      HAHAHAHAHAHA

    2. Hahahaha, if they didn’t think he was compensating during the date, they sure do after that question!

    3. Nothing says I am masculine like sending out a consumer feedback survey after a date.

    4. Man, I would so want to do something like this if I end up back on the market. I mean, how else are you supposed to learn? lolz

      1. Really, there’s only one question that counts: would you date this individual again?

        Everything else is just typical marketing fluff.

        1. “Would you recommend Mike to a friend?”

          1. “When Nicole said her favorite author was Herman Melville, how did that make you feel? Othered? Confused? Worried? How would you have felt if she had indicated a preference for Stephanie Meyer? Kafka? Dan Brown?”

            1. Confused. Definitely confused.

            2. Herman Melville = masochist
              Meyer = immature
              Kafka = furry
              Brown = shallow

            3. “When Nicole said her favorite author was Herman Melville, how did that make you feel?”

              At that moment I wondered what she was compensating for.

              1. Oh Brett, but your first answer was the winner! I should devote my life to science.

              2. At that moment I wondered what she was compensating for.

                Hahahaha, that would honestly be my reaction. Whenever someone’s “favorite” book is a commonly assigned school reading…

                1. It usually means they’ve never read anything else.

    5. The footnotes were pretty hilarious as well.

      1. Mike’s butt does not need any toning
      2. Please high five Mike.

      Mike is a nutter.

  17. LOOK MA! NO DEFENSIVE WOUNDS!

    1. LOOK JUSTICE SYSTEM! NO OFFENSIVE WOUNDS!

      1. HEY MOM! YOU GOT SOME IODINE FOR THESE BLOODY KNUCKLES?

        1. Why does Trevor shout like STEVE SMITH?

  18. Obama sidelined as player in summits: “As President Obama prepares to play host to a doubleheader of global diplomacy at the Group of Eight and NATO summits this weekend, there are increasing signs that the world is tuning out his message.”

    All I can say is: welcome to the club, rest of the world, come on in. I tuned this schmuck’s message out myself quite a while ago.

  19. New census data suggests that whites may become a minority

    Finally, I can start using the phrase “short-handed goal” to refer to white oppression.

    1. What penalty is Team White trying to kill?

      1. Since the UN is bound to be our referees soon, whites are serving a 5 minute major for native american land interference.

    2. New census data suggests that whites may become a minority

      This is only true because they apply the one-drop-rule to descendants of those swarthy Spanish conquistadores.

    3. Obvious musical reference is obvious.

      White Minority, you say?

  20. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05…..l?_r=1hp;
    The evil Rethuglicans are going to speak the name Jeremiah Wright. New York Times looks for a fainting couch.

    1. Rather than attack Obama’s former church (that he was either involved with despite the distasteful preaching, or uninvolved enough with that he didn’t know about the distasteful preaching), why don’t they talk about the fact that he is still churchless after four years in the White House?
      It would serve the purpose of highlighting that his brand of Christianity is considered “lukewarm” by most of the country, and it would be a little more current.

      1. because the only folks who care about that arent going to vote for obama anyway…or, preaching to the choir

    2. Also, this is a gem:

      The group suggested hiring as a spokesman an “extremely literate conservative African-American” who can argue that Mr. Obama misled the nation by presenting himself as what the proposal calls a “metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln.”

      I’m sure Biden can help them find an “articulate” spokesperson.
      And: I’m not sure what’s up with the Lincoln reference, since Obama never claimed to be a famed vampire hunter, right?

      1. extremely literate conservative African-American
        extremely literate

        How can a person be extremely literate?

        That guy reads to the extreme, brah.

        1. read: Not Herman Cain

    3. The evil Rethuglicans are going to speak the name Jeremiah Wright.

      I can’t imagine it being any more effective this time around than it was in 2008.

      1. They really didn’t do anything in 2008. McCain was too nice. They sat around with their thumbs up there ass while Obama made that ridiculous speech in Philadelphia.

      2. They’re trying to say that McCain was too weak to really go after Obama about Wright.
        Strange, I remember it getting 24/7 coverage for a while.

        1. Strange, I remember it getting 24/7 coverage for a while.

          That’s how I remember it, too. Like the “bitter clingers” thing, it was harped on pretty intensely.

          1. I think that is because you get your news from somewhere besides the legacy media. Most people who do, vaguely know who Wright was and have no idea about the Bitter Clinger remark. My neighbors all denied Obama ever made the remark.

            1. Your neighbors are liars.

              1. They are not liars. They are wrong. But they are wrong because they get their news from the New York Times and Washington Post.

                1. You’re in DC. There’s a pretty good chance your neighbors are liars. Many of them professionally.

                  1. I am not sure you understand the level of TEAM BLUE denial prevalent in Maryland.

                  2. are the DC neighbors liars or so brainwashed as to believe the bullshit?

                    I swear it is town where reasonable people go to become lobotomized.

  21. Since yesterday’s links allowed us to band together as Intuitive Thinkers, I thought that today we might be able to bond over our DnD alignments!

    I reluctantly admit that I come up as Neutral Evil on this test. Hooray!

    1. I would guess neutral good. Just not enough of a joiner to be lawful good and a bit too much of an organization man to be chaotic good.

      1. I thought you were in the “Fat is Good” party.

    2. Neutral Good

      1. Ditto. I can live with being Gandalf.

      2. Yep.

    3. Chaotic Good

    4. neutral good

      1. Fucking Christ, am I the only one here south of True Neutral? You guys are a bunch of softies.

      1. Ditto.

      2. another true neutral here

      3. Same here.

        1. Same here, I’m like Switzerland.

    5. Chaotic good! Excellent.

      That test was much longer than I expected.

      1. Couldn’t bother to finish. I’m guessing I’m Neutral Impatient or Neutral Distracted.

        Definitely aimed toward the high school studentish type. Questions about hazing at a cast party? Really? Calling shotgun for a roadtrip? If I want to take a roadtrip I get in my car and drive.

        1. Yeah, it was for a university study or something so it’s stupid long. But it’s also one of the more accurate ones I’ve used, with a lot more room for nuance.

          Er, not that I take these things on a regular basis…

        2. Made it to question 3.

          Question 1 pissed me off…dont tell me what my tree climbing abilities are, just ask the damn question.

        3. Yeah, when I saw the roadtrip one I was like, well, we’d probably take my BMW, and I’d probably be driving most of the way. But that wasn’t a choice.

      2. Couldn’t bother to finish. I’m guessing I’m Neutral Impatient or Neutral Distracted.

        Definitely aimed toward the high school studentish type. Questions about hazing at a cast party? Really? Calling shotgun for a roadtrip? If I want to take a roadtrip I get in my car and drive.

        1. Same here. I got a couple questions in and lost interest in the whole thing.

    6. Neutral Good

      1. Examples of charactersand people who fit into the same alignment as you include Mother Theresa, Ghandi, Gandalf, Indiana Jones, O-Bi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, Harry Potter, Frodo Baggins, and the Dalai Lama.

        1. I don’t think Indy is NG. He strikes me a pretty much pure CG.

    7. Neutral good.

    8. The critical mass of NG people around here has left me no choice:

      Farewell, HR; may the ruin I rain upon bring endless suffering.

      1. What’s interesting to me than the good / evil split is that more of us didn’t score chaotic.

        1. We believe in rules. We just don’t believe in nearly as many, and we don’t believe that being the rule-enforcer gives you the right to break rules.

        2. I scored NG, but some of the available responses just weren’t evil enough.

          The casting hazing thing…

          My first inclination was ‘Make up some really evil shit to fuck with this pussy’.

          Does this make me ‘Neutral Dickhead’?

          1. Neutral Dickhead – Examples of characters and people who fit into the same alignment as you include Bill Clinton, Nelson Muntz, Eric Cartman, and STEVE SMITH.

    9. True Neutral. Hooray for me and Dr. Strangelove!

    10. Am I seriously the only Chaotic Neutral here?

      You hate restrictions, challenge traditions, and shun authority. You may be at times unpredictable, but your actions are not random or without thought.

      I expected a lot less good from a bunch of monocle wearers. Or were you guys lying/exaggerating about the number of child laborers you employ?

      1. I think it’s a mix of indifference, several questions had “not my problem” as an answer, and helping old people who drop shit. But yeah, under no circumstances should a grown man cry in public.

        1. And I hate cats, so there is no way I’m climbing a tree to help one.

      2. The secret is, none of the questions and few of the answers directly involved child laborers.

    11. True Neutral.

      1. So if I remember my ADD correctly, should libertarianism ever gain the upper hand in the ruling ideaologies, all of us True Neutrals will have to become statists. We can’t allow one side to have an advantage over the other.

        It’s a beige alert!

        If I don’t live through this, tell my wife… hello.

    12. Neutral Good.

    13. True Neutral. Not quite what I was expecting.

    14. Neutral Good.

    15. Neutral Good. Also, unlike most of the peeps here, I am an INFP on pretty much any Myers-Briggs test I have ever taken.

      1. Me too, for both, though rarely I get INTP.

    16. Neutral Good

    17. Neutral Good

    18. True Neutral

      1. That’s funny. You were listed as a Chaotic Neutral on my results page.

        1. Examples of characters and people who fit into the same alignment as you include Dr. Frankenstein, Dr. Moreau, Tarzan, and Tyler Durden.

          1. Time to change my handle I guess. Well I was H man. What to call myself? I’ll need to think about it.

    19. True Neutral, and frankly some of the questions didn’t offer options that were neutral enough (the bed/couch splitting question didn’t have a “offer to split 2 nights each and flip a coin for the fifth night” for example).

      1. Or ‘Get one key and lock partner out in car’.

  22. http://www.nypost.com/p/news/n…..RTOeCkf3JI

    Another Kennedy meets a tragic end.

      1. RFK Jr.s wife hung herself. Another casualty in the Kennedy war on women.

        1. I would say “A pox on the house of the Joe Kennedy, Original Masshole, Bootlegger, Wall Street Cretin and Nazi Sympathizer!” but somebody beat me to it.

          1. Original Masshole, Bootlegger, Wall Street Cretin and Nazi Sympathizer

            2/4 aint bad.

            1. He was a total Nazi who spied on England during his time as ambassador there.

              3/4

              1. ???

                Im not sure how spying on England is a positive.

                Im not denying that he was all 4 things, Im saying 2 of them are points in his credit.

                1. I thought you were denying that he was a Nazi Sympathizer.

                  1. No, why would I do that?

                    You also thought I was denying he was a masshole?

                    That should have been the clue.

        2. It’s genetic.

  23. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) wants to hear from two Cabinet officials ? Commerce Secretary John Bryson and Energy Secretary Steven Chu ? as part of an investigation into the Energy Department’s loan program.

    Republicans alleged at a hearing Wednesday that Bryson, while chairman of BrightSource Energy, planned to lobby the White House for speedy finalization of a $1.6 billion loan guarantee for the Ivanpah solar generation project in California.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wi…..ecretaries

    Gambling in Casablanca?

  24. http://pjmedia.com/blog/the-de…..key-stick/

    RIP hockey stick. FOIA is a bitch.

    1. “But at a minimum it should be the final blow to the hockey stick, and perhaps to the very notion that bristlecone pines and larches are accurate thermometers.”

  25. It’s my birthday. I’m 23. Here is how old I think you people are:

    AuH2O – You told us you’re 23 yesterday.
    Apathiest: 24.
    John: 31.
    Kristen: 40.
    Alack: 25.
    Abdul: 34.
    RC Dean: 53.
    Groovus Maximus: 45.
    sarcasmic: 24.

    1. Missed it by a decade. I am 41.

      1. I’m an immortal. Just don’t cut off my head.

        1. There can only be one.

          1. One immortal or one movie?

    2. Close; I’m 22.

    3. Close; I’m 22.

      1. I said it twice because of the two twos.

        1. You wear tu-tus? What are you, from Jersey? Do you play in toxic waste? You listen to t.A.T.u., don’t you?

    4. Kristen: 40.

      EVERYBODY DUCK, HE JUST GUESSED A WOMAN’S AGE!

      1. She told everyone the other day.

        1. That just means we had a chance to score points by pretending not to believe her! This is why there are so few women here.

        2. Pics or it didn’t happen.

        3. I assumed he was guessing. Otherwise, where’s the fun?

          1. Fine, I’ll make it exciting for you: I think invisible furry hand is 33.

            1. out. Way out. 42

              1. Do you fancy younger men, perchance?

                1. Happens I do. Unfortunately he is not interested. Like you, I suffer the pangs of unrequited whatever

    5. Fuck you, spoonman. And that’s for me, Banjos, warty, SF, Epi, Jim (Gojira), SIV, sevo, and Pro Lib.

      Oh, and fried chicken.

      1. Well it’s not fair to guess Pro Lib’s age since the character limit on Reason posts won’t allow you to show all the digits required.

        1. ZING!

        2. Whoa, ZING!

          (why is “zing” spam, squirrelz?)

        3. Try scientific notation.

          1. Too imprecise, or will take just as many digits.

      2. me (37), Banjos (32), warty (28), SF (42), Epi (28), Jim (Gojira) (26), SIV (46), sevo (40), and Pro Lib (66)

        kinnath talks a lot about being old, so I guess he’s 60-ish.

        1. Haha. You walked into my trap. I’m 41 and Banjos is 29. You just made an enemy of my pregnant wife. Sucker!

          1. My excuse is that I think she mainly posts in the afternoons when I’m not around.

          2. Cradle robber. There’s hope for me y.. ah who am I kidding.

        2. Type on Epi, I meant 38.

          1. Epi is closer to, if not just over, 40.

        3. You are off with sevo by at least 40 years, possibly more.

          1. And get off his lawn.

        4. I have until July before I’m 42. Good guess.

          1. Jesus SF, were we separated at the hospital?

            1. All the best people have July birthdays.

              1. Reporting for duty.

              2. Do you know who else had a July birthday?

                1. Shaft, motherfucker. That’s who.

                  1. Shut yo’ mouth!

                    My dad’s is in July and his massive cuntitude all but cancels out all the other July goodness.

                    1. My dad’s is in July

                      July is a cruel mistress. We also have to bear the cross of Lindsay Lohan, Tom Cruise, and Benito Mussolini.

                2. Me?

              3. All the best people have July birthdays.

                Indeed. Some of us were even born on the highest of ancient Egyptian holy days.

                1. Queen Hatshepsut’s Birthday?

                2. Some of us were even born on the highest of ancient Egyptian holy days.

                  I knew RC was Ra! He comes by his goldbuggery honestly…uh, wait.

                1. ^In response to “All the best people have July birthdays.”

          2. We will both be 42 for about a month.

            1. Spent the weekend in Louisville for my cousin’s graduation. It was scheduled pretty tightly with family events, but managed to sneak away to Holy Grale for a few. I dig the vibe of the place. And they had Bocker Cuvee De Jacobin Rouge. So pleasingly sour…

              1. Cool. Almost ended up their Saturday night, but then I didnt.

                Of course, anything they have on tap wont be there the next time you go. That tap list is constant flux. In most cases, they only have 1 keg of it.

              2. The beergarden out back opened derby week, so its brand new. The house behind the beergarden they are going to turn into a BB.

                1. To the Kentuckians out here – My wife and I will be travelling through your fine state (en route to Myrtle Beach from Iowa) and we’ll be going through Louisville and Lexington

                  Anything we should make sure to stop at and see? Any routes between the two places more scenic than the interstate?

        5. Reasonably close. I’ve commented about being in HS in the 1970s and college in the 1980s.Let’s just say I’m younger than both the President and my fave actress Jennifer Jason Leigh.

          1. Fast Times was on cable the other day. She was really the ultimate high school girl back in the day. That perfect skin and that perky body.

            1. I always liked the way she got naked and suffered gruesome fates in so many movies. She’s my fave largely based on her acting ability and choice of roles.

        6. Of course, that’s entirely wrong. I’m not even close to being the oldest commenter here.

          1. I’m thinking 45-46

            1. I’m 42 if anyone really cares.

      3. I must not post enough, I don’t even get mentioned in the forgotten group.

        1. Well now I feel like a total asshole too. My shaming has backfired again, dammit!

          [shakes fist]

    6. And me?

      1. Haven’t you said you’re 23 on here?

        1. Yup.

      2. I couldn’t remember whether your name was a different version of AuH2O’s or not. I think you’re slightly older than me, so I’ll go with 24.

        1. Plus or minus 2 months.

    7. You’re very close, but you have gone over. You should have bet $1; you FAIL to win the Kewpie doll.

    8. Oh, and the WH wishes you a “Happy Birthday”, you should get your E-card sometime today. Because, they care!

      Happy B-day, Spoony.

    9. Happy birthday, spoonman!

    10. Congratulations on surviving another year in this vale of woe. Now that you’re on the long downward slope, enjoy it as your body starts slowly falling apart on you.

      Oh, and you were a year low on me.

      1. 23 is the best year of my life (yet).

        1. 23 was the age when I admitted to myself that I was going bald. It was traumatic. And then the Steelers won the Super Bowl, which was awful. Try not to let the Steelers win anything this year, if possible.

          1. Well, they already lost to Tebow, so I’ve done well. I won’t be 23 the next time they have a chance to play a game.

    11. Oh, also, this is for you. Assuming your name is Jennifer, for convenience’s sake.

      1. Now, now. Callow youths can be excused their manners occasionally on a day like their birthday. They’re so excited about cake and ice cream they forget the social niceties.

      2. It’s the mask, my Wasteland Leige: how can he ascertain your age if he can’t see you? Your voice also throws things off, and voice quality and timbre can be deceptive. Besides, he probably fears you sicking Wez on him, as I imagine Spoony is allergic to rape and dismemberment.

      3. One from me too.

        1. JW, I guess you’re 43.

          1. I’d pay good money to be 43 again.

            1. Then 50 is my final answer. Your posts, they seem so, youthful.

              1. That’s the serum, GM.

                1. Extracted by force from only the finest of virgins. It makes it sweeter.

              2. You win the prize my friend, which, is only the faint echo of lost youth.

      4. I think the cast is getting too big for everyone to get their own storyline in every episode.

    12. Happy Birthday, Spoonman. I shall crank your namesake song loudly at least once today.

    13. Happy Birthday 🙂

    14. 33 Yesterday. Holy shit. I’m interacting with someone born at the tail end of the 80s.

      1. Communism has been a proven failure for so long that me, Alack, Auric, AuH2O, etc are adults and we don’t even remember the USSR.

        1. I did briefly coexist with it, though I don’t remember it.

      2. It only gets worse, Brett. Wait until you start dealing with people who weren’t even born when you graduated high school.

        1. What’s really amusing is the look of horror that passes over kids-these-days faces when they learn that there were no computers when you were a kid (OMG… how on earth did you poor bastards SURVIVE?!!) and that not only that, there were like three TV channels and they were almost all black and white.

          1. I was at a Red Sox game recently and realized the kid next to me wasn’t alive during the curse.

            1. Something Cubs fans don’t have to worry about.

    15. Where’s sarcasmic? 24 has got to be low for him; didn’t he say the other day it took him a long time to find his wife (lady?)?

      1. Sarcasmic is 38 or 39. He’s a couple months ahead of me I believe.

    16. Good guess on me. Only off by a few years.

    17. Happy Birthday, Spoonman. Just a couple of years away from renting a car without penalty.

    18. I never gave a shit about your age either, Spoonman.

    19. Pretty close I’m 25.

    20. 45.

      And Neutral Good!

    1. There was a book that came out about 20 years ago called Silent Coupe that made that argument pretty convincingly. What we also know now is that John Dean was the real shitbag of the bunch. So awful even Nixon didn’t know how awful he was. Nixon sent Dean out to find out what was going on and Dean knowing that he was the worst of the bunch immediately turned and blamed everyone else.

      1. The other juicy bit from that book is that Mrs. Dean was a former Washington hooker and knew that the DNC was running a call girl ring. Evidence of that is what they were looking for when they broke into the Watergate.

      2. The other juicy bit from that book is that Mrs. Dean was a former Washington hooker and knew that the DNC was running a call girl ring. Evidence of that is what they were looking for when they broke into the Watergate.

      3. Yeah, but since their guess as to Deep Throat is wrong, doesn’t that invalidate a lot of their logic? They guessed Haig, IIRC.

        1. Good point.

      4. What does an electric 2-door have to do with Watergate?

    2. As deeply paranoid as Nixon was, he was absolutely right about the fact that the press was out to get him. Of course, he fully had it coming to him and deserved what he got.

      If only we had a press today that could even begin to compare to the Nixon era press.

      1. We do, just wait till Romney’s president.

    1. That explains the suckitude of the Bush presidencies.

    1. This is pretty serious and not surprising. Look at what sports related concussions can do long term to a person’s mental capacity and health. Then imagine the damage from blast pressure waves propagati g through the brain at a few tbousand feet per second and the high accelerations applied to heads during nearby explosions.

  26. http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes……-memorial/

    Looks like Eisenhower is getting a monument on the mall. No one likes Ike more than me. But they need to stop building things on the mall.

    1. The STEVE SMITH monument is still a go, right?

      1. Isn’t the Washington monument kind of a joint Steve Smith monument?

      2. It’s called the Washington Monument.

      3. The only proper monument to STEVE SMITH is glue boards, disguised as regular flooring, in his natural habitat. The ensuing rape of the trapped passersby would be a performance art dedication to the man(?) himself.

      4. Fun fact: STEVE SMITH has sexually molested only four American monuments. Can you guess which ones?

        1. Would Mount Rushmore count as 4?

          1. Yes, but he only got busy with Jefferson, so just 1.

        2. Washington Monument for sure: even STEVE SMITH has Phallus Envy.

          Probably the Liberty Bell too, since the crack reminds him of butt cleavage.

          1. OK, that’s three…

            I’ll give you a hint on the last: It’s the National Monument that most closely resembles his penis in both form and name.

            1. USS Arizona?

            2. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wi…..d_rock.jpg

              because it’s just scary in the context of anatomy

              1. Miss, wareagle, but so, so close.

                1. Hit. Congratulations to BakedPenguin. Your Turtle Wax and Rice-a-Roni, the San Francisco Treat, is on the way. I mixed them together for ease of shipping.

                  1. Devil’s Tower, by the by. But you were so close: Joshua Tree is what most witnesses describe his victims as resembling.

                    1. Yeah, after your comment to wareagle, I figured it was Devil’s Tower. I’d heard the stories about the ‘Joshua Tree’ from Hell Road Hikers on the History channel, which is why that initially came to mind.

            3. The National Penis Memorial?

              1. Don’t they just call that the White House?

    2. The Eisenhower family criticized the original design as invoking images of Soviet mythmaking and Nazi-era barbarism.

      Everyone’s a critic!

      1. No every artist seems to be a social realist. After they made MLK into a Korean Colonel Potter, I don’t blame the Eisenhowers for being a bit paranoid.

    3. This is the 21st Century! VIRTUAL MONUMENTS!

    4. Hopefully they have a quote somewhere on the monument to the tune of:

      In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.

      Seeing that amid the dystopic Panem horror show that is DC, would make me piss bloody tears.

      1. That sounds awesome. They would need to reissue Fallout 3 just to include that.

    1. A monument to bad plastic surgery. She doesn’t have a bad body. But that face.

      1. A monument to bad plastic surgery. She doesn’t have a bad body. But that face.

        Sorry, John, but I think she looks pretty damned good for 48, face and all.

        1. No she doesn’t. Her lips are hideous. She looks like a zombie.

          1. I’m gonna have to side with John on this one. Seeing a woman(or anyone) like this, it makes you wonder how much better they would look if they just let nature take its course instead of trying to turn their face into a emotionless inflated catcher’s mitt.

            1. Seeing a woman(or anyone) like this, it makes you wonder how much better they would look if they just let nature take its course–

              Then you get this.

              1. She was ugly to begin with.

              2. Oh she is far more ugly on the inside. Perhaps she should get some botched(any?) plastic surgery so she can looked like the super-villain she obviously is.

    2. Eek, did you see this link on that page:

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvs…..t-far.html

      She will never sing as well as Karen Carpenter, but she look’s like she’s going to end up the same way.

      1. A billion dollars and the poor girl can’t afford a good meal.

        And while she cant’ sing a lick, God damn is Lana Del Rey hot.

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

      2. I am on the fence. She’s 19, she still has the Metabolism thing going for her in terms of her body mass. If she’s working out (and the article says she does Pilates) it may not be she’s starving herself at all.

        1. Smoking body with a butterface. Many 19 year olds qualify. I bet she won’t age well.

          1. ck mom for the answer to that

    3. I wish women wouldn’t do that whatever it is to their lips. God it looks ridiculous, and I don’t know of ANYONE who actually thinks it looks either nice or sexy.

      1. Agreed. It’s one of those fads that came seemingly from nowhere (maybe Angelina Jolie?), like duckface Facebook pics.

        1. SLD applies, but if there is one thing I kill with the fire of Federal Law, the duckface it is.

          1. Wouldn’t that just result in more duckface being easier for kids to acquire?

      2. Totally agree. Natural is better, and the lip injections are actively repilsive.repulsive

  27. New census data suggests that whites may become a minority; for the first time in U.S. history, a majority of babies under the age of one were non-white.

    This kind of thing really annoys me. Why is white the standard by which all races must be defined? Why is having some small amount of non-European genetics the defining factor in racial identity?
    I would imagine that a lot of those non-white babies have significant European heritage as well.
    People need to stop talking about race this way. It seems to me that it still falls back on the old, racist, assumption that “the white race” is somehow pure and any mixing with other races somehow contaminates that purity.

    1. And what is “white”? Why is someone who is half Mexican and half white not “white”? I knew a lot of full blooded Mexicans in Texas who were just as “white” as I am. The intermarriage rate is very high among Hispanics and Whites as well as Asians and Whites. The idea that the products of these marriages are automatically different from the white sides of their families seems pretty stupid.

      1. Simple. Hispanics are only white when the leftist media needs them to be in order to stoke a race war.

    2. Different countries have different criteria, in America the one drop rule makes you black, in Brazil the one drop rule makes you white, in South Africa a mix makes you “coloured”.

      In the past in America it was a hurdle to be black, now it is an advantage, which makes it obvious why the measure will not go away.

      1. In the past in America it was a hurdle to be black, now it is an advantage

        I wouldn’t go that far.

        1. Depends. In certain circles, its an unquestionable advantage. In others, a disadvantage (still), I’m sure.

        2. Elizabeth Fouxchahontas Warren would disagree.

    3. Indeed. Well said, Zeb.

      Genotypically, I’m 75% ‘white’ (50% Ashkenazi Jewish, 25% Scottish); however, phenotypically, I am that ethnically ambiguous ‘brown’ (The rest is Indo-Trinidadian, Afro-Trinidadian, and Sino-Trinidadian). I have no problem identifying with any part of my heritage. Yet, I expect that I will be “classified” by other people base on how I look.

      1. If you can just keep your Scottish side out of it, you should make a hell of a chef. They make some damn fine food in Trinidad and no one does a deli like the Jews.

        1. The Scottish part will just deep fry everything. Fine in moderation, so 25% is about right.

        2. Haggis curry?

          1. Fried haggis curry.

              1. Served with Mojitos!

        3. Heh. My step-dad was a chef. My wife is a chef. Unfortunately, none of them can make a good goat roti or pelau. 🙁

          Fortunately, we have a good Caribbean place in my town. The rum cake there is so good.

          1. The most beautiful woman ever, was named Anna Singh and she was from Trinidad.

            True story.

    4. If you’re not pure white then you aren’t expected to accomplish as much as someone who is.

      You need some sort of special treatment to make up for your natural disadvantage.

      And if you disagrees with giving special treatment to people who are inferior, you’re racist.

    5. Why is white the standard by which all races must be defined?

      it’s part of the effort on the part of guilty liberal apologists. Anything that stands a chance of bringing whites down a notch, even if it’s just in perception, will be pursued.

      There is virtually no difference between folks who can check “hispanic/latino” and others who are of Italian, Greek, or various brands of Middle Eastern background. But, the latter are all lumped as “white”. I can pass for any number of things because my folks were one of groups not called hispanic but similar in appearance.

      By accident, it points to another reality – the birth rate among whites keeps plummeting while minority groups remain quite fertile. The same thing is happening in many European countries, where a negative birth rate is the norm.

  28. I may have posted this before but awesome music video featuring flamethrowers at about ten thousand frames per second slo-mo.

    Anyone have a couple hundred thousand dollars to give me to buy a Phantom camera?

    1. Try Kickstarter, but come up with a compelling reason beyond ‘filming explosion to post on YouTube’.

      Wait, that might actually work. Shit. Now I gotta remember my Kickstarter login.

  29. http://www.bostonreview.net/BR…..e_race.php

    Interesting obit on James Q. Wilson. I love this bit

    I don’t think Jim Wilson had a racist bone in his body. Neither do I doubt his sincerity when he expressed regret, as he often did, that blacks are overrepresented among those being punished for having committed crimes. But intent is one thing; results are another. A politics of vengeance has abetted the unprecedented rise in U.S. incarceration rates since 1980. I am made keenly aware of the deleterious impact these policies have had on residents of urban black communities, law-abiders and law-breakers alike. This was not Wilson’s intent, but plainly it was one consequence of ideas that he championed.

    Was Jim Wilson fair-minded and decent? Yes. Did he run a good meeting? Was he an effective academic entrepreneur? Yes to both. Was he often a penetrating observer of and always a prolific writer on American politics? To be sure. Was he right about the direction that incarceration needed to go in 1970? Perhaps. Did liberals underestimate the fierce political backlash from the disgruntled ethnic working classes circa 1975, as Wilson strongly argued? Yes, they did. Wilson was not wrong about everything.

    Sure he was pretty much right about everything he said. But he killed our pony!!

    1. Clearly running as a third party would not have helped the Big BO or someone from the media party would have volunteered.

    2. A third party, absent actual beliefs, is about the most pointless thing I can imagine.

      1. Having actual beliefs is a bad thing.
        People with actual beliefs are “ideological”, which is bad.
        It’s best to have a completely open mind.
        So open that your brain falls out of your head and rolls down into the storm drain.

        1. Regardless of which flavor of shit you are talking to (Blue or Red) being ideological basically makes you a terrorist. Good thing, Obama can use those drones with impunity, or everyone with a shred of integrity will kill us all.

          1. When team Blue holds to an ideology they’re being open minded.
            It’s only their opponents who are ideological.

        2. Their approach was ‘throw shit on a wall, see what sticks’. They were trying to find someone popular, regardless of viewpoint. If the nominal candidate’s views are irrelevant, how can the ‘party’ be anything but?

          re: “ideological” – it’s like the “extremism” tag – it may be nearing it’s death throes. Romney is an “extremist” for only wanting to have a $800 B deficit instead of a $1.4 T deficit? Only the committed TEAM morons will buy that.

  30. prediction time:

    If Obama loses in ’12, will he go out with a whimper or a bang?

    1. A tiny little whimper if a Romney win extends down-ticket.

    2. Oh, I think they’ll definitely bang.

  31. FYI: The Jackson, MS airport is one of the circles of hell. Not sure what I did to serve time there yesterday, but Im not doing it again.

    1. All airports, robc. Not just that one.

      1. I have a theory that there is only one airport.

        All airports are the exact same place, some sort of weird time/space folding taking place.

        JAN makes me question this theory.

        It is somehow worse than the others.

    2. As an aside — SDF now has rapeyscanners.

      I didnt realize it until I was shoeless, if I had noticed earlier, I would have requested the grope line, but I just went ahead and let them cancer me. Now I know though, so next time I fly (hopefully never) I will report on my sexual assault.

      1. I’m flying to CO this weekend, and dreading every aspect of the “flying” part of the trip. The only silver lining is that maybe my state-apologist friend(who has never flown) coming with me will be exposed to some of the state’s horrors regardless of the fact that I’ll have to deal with the aftermath. Fuck the mother-fucking TSA.

        1. my state-apologist friend(who has never flown)coming with me will be exposed to some of the state’s horrors regardless of the fact that I’ll have to deal with the aftermath

          Haha. I hope you will report back on this.

    3. I’m guessing you bought a plane ticket to Jackson.

      Were you trying to get your beers distributed in Mississippi or something?

      1. I was teaching a class in MS (unrelated to beer, have to have some current income).

        Mississippi did pass their pop-the-cap law. Starting July 1 or something, they can have up to 8% or 10% ABV beers now (the class was in disagreement over which version of the bill finally passed, but either way, it was a big improvement).

        Jackson, Mississippi beer scene is about 15 years behind Louisville, IMO. Which isnt a horrible place to be. And its about to get a lot better.

        [In my very subject to change plans, MS distribution is ~year 10]

    4. Come to Tallahssee, where you can fly to Atlanta or Charlotte to get to Orlando, Tampa and Miami!

      1. I tried to get to Jackson via Southwest, my options were to fly to Baltimore or Chicago first. With long layovers in both.

        I ended up on Delta, so obviously, I went thru ATL.

  32. For Banjos and sloopinca:

    Last night I attended a weekly performance by The Pittsburgh Banjo Club. Held at the Elks on the North Shore, it was a lot of fun. I’d estimate the average age of the club players as about 70, with players as young as 12 and old as 85 or so.

  33. There is no need to be upset.

  34. It must be nice to be a 19 year old millionaire athlete.

    1. I like Harper. You gotta like a guy who when hit intentional with a pitch, completely ignores the pitcher (no charging the mound, no staredowns), but then steals home on him.

      And doesnt even acknowledge that he was showing up the pitcher after that. Just walks to the dugout.

      1. I thought the same. I want to hate the kid for having more talent than anyone deserves, but he’s been all business in the bigs and that’s a good thing.

    2. A quick googling reveals that she has nice tits. Good work, dude I’ve never heard of.

      1. She was quick to point out they’re not dating.

        1. Well she probably didn’t want to piss off the dude who bought her the nice tits.

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