ObamaCare Wins a Taxing Victory, Turkey Sends Troops to the Border, Cops SWAT Open WiFi Network: P.M. Links

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  • Careful, guys, they don't encrypt their network. They just don't give a damn!

    Throwing President Obama and his unpopular health care scheme a lifeline, the Supreme Court put aside the president's denials that the individual mandate is a tax and upheld the law as exactly that. More fun with the IRS!

  • The Supremes gave thumbs-down to the "Stolen Valor" law that criminalized false claims about receiving military awards. The law violated First Amendment guarantees of protection for free speech.
  • Senator Rand Paul is making waves and building support by blocking major Senate legislation in order to force consideration of amendments on issues that concern him, such as gun rights, banking privacy and abortion.
  • The situation heats up in the Middle East (does it ever cool down?) as Turkey sends troops and military equipment to the border with Syria.
  • There's only one clinic left in Mississippi where you can terminate a pregnancy, and new regulations threaten to shut the place down and "effectively ban abortion." The Jackson Women's Health Organization plans to sue.
  • Police in Evansville, Indiana, carefully tracked down the source of online threats of violence against local cops, raided the home, broke (open) doors, sent flashbangs banging and waved guns — and found they'd hit the wrong place. The house had an open wifi router, and the threats came from elsewhere.
  • Comparison of dinosaur bones to those of modern animals provides new evidence for the theory that the ancient critters were warm-blooded.

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  1. Oh yeah, whatever happened with the Supreme Court and that ObamaCare thing? Did it happen today?

    1. What the fuck? I thought these things were posted at 4:30 PM! FoE is Suki?

  2. The house had an open wifi router, and the threats came from elsewhere.

    So, then, it was a conspiracy to commit coppercide. Book anyone ever connected to that router. (Even “Evan from Evansville” if need be.)

    1. They’re obviously up against a super-villain. They need more paramilitary equipment! And a clueful computer person working in their department.

      1. The threats are coming from outside the house!

    2. Book anyone ever connected to that router.

      Isn;t there a super new policy that would allow them to assume anyone in the vicinity of the router warranted flash banging (from above!)?

      1. I think we all know that the real crime is having unsecured wifi.

    3. I DON’T LIVE THERE ANYMORE!

    4. I DON’T LIVE THERE ANYMORE!

  3. The younger Paul has done it, in part, by repeatedly insisting that Senate leaders schedule votes on amendments he’s pursuing on issues such as abortion or gun rights — or he’ll delay major, bipartisan legislation.

    Major, bipartisan legislation??? Well, that’s the legislation that is life and death. The elderly and minorities rely on major, bipartisan legislation. So does national security. Jesus fucking Christ, major, bipartisan legislation is the lifeblood of this country! All that lifeblood on Rand Paul’s hands.

  4. …new evidence for the theory that the ancient critters were warm-blooded.

    I’ve long argued that dinosaurs were, in fact, hot blooded. I call on paleontologists to check it and see. Fossil records will show they had a fever of 103.

    1. Goddamnit Fist!

    2. But did they do more than dance?

      1. They can dance if they want to
        They can leave their friends behind
        Cause their friends don’t dance
        And if they don’t dance
        Well they’re no friends of mine

        1. The FoE man gives you hot blooded, and you raise with . . . that?

          1. It’s because he doesn’t posses the might of the Foreigner Belt.

      2. But you’ve got to give me a sign, come on girl, some kind of sign

    3. This is freaking awesome. Well played…

    4. I’ve got that song in my head, now.

    5. So this means that they were not politicians.

    6. Foreigner’s music might be cheesy, but Lou Gramm is probably my favorite rock singer of all time.

    7. Wait, dinosaurs were latino?

  5. The situation heats up in the Middle East (does it ever cool down?) as Turkey sends troops and military equipment to the border with Syria.

    There’s a pretty good chance there’s going to be a war.

    The units going to the border appear to be air defense units. Most likely they will be deployed to the zones inside Turkey being used by the Syrian rebels as a safe zone.

    Inevitably the Syrian Air Force is going to attack a rebel group inside Turkey, and engage the Turkish Army units.

    My prediction is that the Turkish govt will then launch an incursion into Syria with ground troops while getting intelligence and logistical support from the U.S. government.

    On the other hand, if the Syrian govt does nothing, the rebels will continue their attacks.

    1. I called this the other day. And someone, I think it was you told me that no way that Turkey would never want a war or the big evil US involved.

      You can kiss my ring in subjugation now.

      1. Thanks, I’ve been subjugated enough today.

      2. Does your hand look like this?

          1. My manicure is better. But more or less…

        1. You SFed the link. But the ring is gold with my seal on it.

      3. I simply suggested that the US tell Turkey that they are a big nation now and don’t need our help. Its like potty-training.

      4. Nope.

        You had said:

        Looks like the Big BO just got his justification to intervene.

        I said that the Turkish populace wouldn’t accept American intervention. According to my relatives, Turks view the American Army like the poles view the Russian Army.

        As to my guess that the govt didn’t want war, that was based on early, inaccurate news reports that Syria and Turkey were conducting a joint SAR which implied an attempt to smooth things over.

        A purely Turkish invasion of Syria, on the other hand, is politically quite possible. The Turkish army has the manpower to do it too. Don’t know if they have the fuel and ammo, but they could do it if they wanted to.

        1. Don’t know if they have the fuel and ammo, but they could do it if they wanted to.

          I bet I know who has extensive experience in moving large quantities of fuel and ammo anywhere in the world and just might be willing to lend a hand.

    2. My prediction is that the Turkish govt will then launch an incursion into Syria with ground troops while getting intelligence and logistical support from the U.S. government.

      And it contains the extra bonus of Turkey getting to level the mostly Kurdish settlements on the Turkish-Syrian border.

      In other news, the Egyptian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood reaffirms that it seeks the destruction of Israel, despite all that “respecting the treaty” stuff Morsi had to say to fool all the rubes in Christiandom.

      Tulpa’s response was uploaded to Youtube.

      1. But Shaika told me the Brotherhood is peaceful. You mean she might be a rube? Well I never.

        1. I thought it was the merger of a faction of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood with Osama bin Laden’s outfit that became Al Queda?

          1. Different outlet same company.

        2. I think that waa “mostly” peaceful, as in “the OWS demonstration was mostly peaceful today, with only a few hundred windows smashed an two cars torched by a contingent of several dozen Occupiers.”

        3. You have to cut Shikha some slack. Like all Indians, from an early age, she was taught that every time you say something negative about Muslims, a Ghandi dies.

      2. all that “respecting the treaty” stuff Morsi had to say to fool all the rubes in Christiandom.

        I think you meant the rubes in the Administration.

      3. Tulpa’s response was uploaded to Youtube.

        Barely able to suppress my laughter at work.

      4. If Egypt gets rowdy, Israel should nuke them. Just end that nation.

        1. No need for nukes when a single damn buster bomb could ruin the whole country.

  6. Still no cop-shot dogs? What the?

    1. Because cops terrorizing people and killing their pets is such a laughing unimportant matter. Those silly Libertarians. Why can’t they just wear the brown shirt and go along with the winning team?

      1. Again with the brown shirts, John? Keep saying stuff like that and people will stop taking you so seriously.

      2. And not to rub it in, but you neglected to mention the jackboots. Who is going to take you seriously if you keep forgetting the jackboots? Sheesh.

        1. I wonder if cops are ever going to get bored with puppycide and turn to kittycide.

        2. Fuck off MNG

  7. NAACP figures out that lottery is a regressive tax on the innumerate, who often happen to be poor.

    1. That takes money from poor people and gives it to rich union thugs.

      1. If by “takes” you mean “adults freely giving”.

    2. Lotteries aren’t taxes.

      1. Really? Then why does only the government get to run them? And why do they pay off at a lower rate than the Mafia used to?

        1. Really? Then why does only the government get to run them? And why do they pay off at a lower rate than the Mafia used to?

          Via Wikipedia:

          “To tax (from the Latin taxo; “I estimate”) is to impose a financial charge or other levy upon a taxpayer (an individual or legal entity) by a state or the functional equivalent of a state such that failure to pay is punishable by law

          Lotteries are not taxes.

          1. Just state run numbers rackets.

            1. You can call a lottery a dumb idea. You can say it’s foolish. But it’s not a tax.

              1. in many states, govt runs the liquor trade and it profits from cigarette sales, too. The state is big on vice.

          2. Sales and property tax are also not a tax? I mean I can avoid paying those, too.

            1. Again, is playing the lottery imposed on you to the point where if you fail to do so, you go to jail?

              If NO, then it’s isn’t a “tax”.

              1. I’m trolling at this point, but it sure is fun. The original quotation is: “Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math” — Ambrose Bierce.

              2. Again, is playing the lottery imposed on you to the point where if you fail to do so, you go to jail?

                Well, let’s see how today’s SCOTUS ruling gets implemented.

                1. Say, it’s time for a federal lottery@ Just call it a tax!

                  1. Odd. Where did @ come from?

                    1. Maybe its all our lost ampersands, trying to send us a message from the great squirrel void?

                    2. It’s okay, ampersands, help is on the way!

          3. Today, everything is a tax.

            1. Your mom’s a tax!

              1. I’m a tax,
                He’s a tax,
                She’s a tax,
                We’re a tax,
                Wouldn’t you like
                To be a tax, too?

                1. Mares are taxed
                  and does are taxed
                  and little lambs are mandated.
                  A kid’ll be mandated, too.
                  Wouldn’t you?

                  1. Taxation, frustration,
                    So bad it makes him cry.

                2. I can tax it, he can tax it, she can tax it, we tax dig it, they can tax it, you can tax it

                  Oh, let’s tax it. Can you tax it, baby?

      2. Lotteries are a tax on stupidity and ignorance of statistics.

      3. We’ll have to ask the SC on that.

    3. If only we could cure poverty, we could solve their innumeracy.

      1. They’d just spend their numeracy on booze and cigarettes.

  8. “The Paul amendment states that the U.S. Constitution grants [sic] a right to life for human beings, which are defined as ‘each and every member of the species homo sapiens at all stages of life, including, but not limited to, the moment of fertilization,’ or cloning or any other start in the process of creating a human.”

    And harry reid’s answer is…”life…don’t talk to me about life.”

    1. And if everyone who supports such a bill is a fascist slaver, isn’t it all the more important to get them on record so the voters can punish them for their nazilike opinions?

      1. Yeah I’m pro-choice but obviously not everyone who supports this bill is a fascist slaver (at least not because of this bill…they might be for other reasons). Of course, these fascist slavers are about to call the other side murderers, so it’s not like it’s calm and collected vs. nutty liberals.

    2. Way wrong approach now, man. Bam! $100,000 excise tax per abortion.

      1. Most excellent idea!

      2. It is even easy to come up with a rationale for it, just think of all the lost taxes and GDP that baby would have produced over it’s life had it been brought to term, therefore if a woman wants to terminate a pregnancy she must compensate the government for the loss of future taxes first.

  9. CNN staffers pissed that they work for the B-team

    “Fucking humiliating,” said one CNN veteran. “We had a chance to cover it right. And some people in here don’t get what a big deal getting it wrong is. Morons.”

    1. CNN staffers pissed that they work for the B-team

      I can almost believe that someone at CNN put up the fake announcement just to fuck with those who were praying that this thing would be struck. This ruling is as much a victory for them as it is Obama and Pelosi, so I have little trouble believing this was their way of thumbing their noses at those of us who believe there should be practical limits to federal power.

    2. it’s the media’s Achilles heel: the rush to be first trumps the need to be right.

  10. And here is a group police reaction to the story that the cops lied about drugs in the face chewer case. Should be lots of professional outrage there, right?

    …right?

    1. Oh good, now it’s all Reefer Madness again.

      1. It slays me how many yokel redneck cops there are out there who will half drink themselves to death on bourbon or shitty beer and have the sheer temerity to claim that marijuana causes problems.

        I hate hippies as much as the next guy, but the Pork Rinds need to close their mouths once in a while.

        1. whoa, whoa, whoa…why the hate for redneck cops only? Please. How many NY and other big city bars depend on a heavy dose of blue for their survival. Alcohol – just as synonymous with law enforcement as the donut.

      2. The problem with Mr Face Chewer is that he didn’t have enough marijuana in his system to overcome the bat-shit crazy.

        1. The problem with Mr Face Chewer is that he didn’t have enough marijuana in his system to overcome the bat-shit crazy.

          And that’s the ironic truth that will be lost on those who still believe that weed is some sort of existential threat. Simply put, if that guy had been stoned (and having THC in your system does not mean you’re stoned), he would not have gnawed that man’s face off. He’d have stayed home, opened a bag of chips instead, and watched Harold Kumar.

          1. Another ampersand, trapped in the squirrel void. Run toward the light, ampersand!

            1. Another ampersand, trapped in the squirrel void. Run toward the light, ampersand!

              So this is a known issue then. Praying that the IT people at Reason are working furiously to have it corrected.

              1. Wait Reason has IT people? Do you have any evidence to support this wildly outlandish claim?

    2. You don’t understand. The narrative is still truthy because cops could be in danger of being attacked by someone high on bath salts. Although it still hasn’t happened yet.

    3. That place is the web equivalent of a zoo’s monkey house. Well, the head trauma part of a monkey house.

    4. Worst combative person I ever dealt with on patrol was only under the influence of marijuana. One joint landed him 6 tases, o.c., and a couple strikes with a baton. Every person’s body will and does react diferently to the drug.

    5. Predictable comments:

      “I say it was spice. We have had several arrest in my county were the person was not in his right mind. After being in the jails medical unit for weeks with bizarre behavior they admit to the use of spice because it does not show up on drug test issued by probation officers.”

      The medical tests say it’s not spice, but this one time I saw a guy who said he was on spice, so I’m an expert on spice!

      And from the guy who chose the charming handle “Swathulk:”
      ” Yeagh and all the liberal hippie pot heads tell us that Pot is harmless its better and safer than alcohol. BS BS BS”

      Idiots.

      1. And from the darkness, a light emerges (Soon to be deleted):

        “”Yeagh and all the liberal hippie pot heads tell us that Pot is harmless its better and safer than alcohol. ”

        No stupid civilian cop, SCIENCE tells us that.

        Which is why you don’t believe it, science is hard and you’re a cop for a reason.”

        “”Worst combative person I ever dealt with on patrol was only under the influence of marijuana. One joint landed him 6 tases, o.c., and a couple strikes with a baton.”

        You’re a lair.

        “Every person’s body will and does react diferently to the drug.”

        Nope. Is science really that hard for you to understand?”

        “”Look at all the pot heads that claim it is harmless.”

        No, that would be EVIDENCE SHOWING IT IS HARMLESS.

        Apparently, you are so stupid that you think the only thing that can cause a mental break is a drug.

        Stick to beating people, it’s about the best you could ever hope for as a vocation.”

        “”Fla. man shot by police while gnawing on another man’s face wasn’t on bath salts as it had been speculated”

        So some cops lied and were wrong about things they aren’t qualified to be discussing in the first place.

        Why would anyone care about the speculations of people who have neither the qualifications nor the intelligence to be in a position to comment?

        We don’t ask cops about math or science, why would we ask them about other stuff they’re not ever going to be smart enough to understand and expect anything OTHER than lies/falsehoods?”

        Which one of you is this?

        1. And the winner:

          “I say it was spice.”
          “they admit to the use of spice because it does not show up on drug test issued by probation officers.”

          So, what does the fact that what this guy took showed up on a test tell you about the possibility that it was spice?

          Hint: you’re a retard

          And by the way, why does this site have a section in signup for “civilians” when everyone but military is a civilian?

          Are cops really so stupid that they don’t realize what morons they sound like when they call everyone else “civilians” but don’t realize they are also civilians?

          Almost as stupid as claiming it was a drug that doesn’t show up on tests in a story about the DRUG THAT SHOWED UP ON THE TEST THE GUY TOOK.

          Jesus, it’s no wonder you people have to become cops, I doubt you could find your dick with both hands, a flashlight, and a squad of cop buddies.

          1. That was me.

            1. Well done. Not even deleted yet.

              1. Never let it be said that I am not consistent with my cop hate.

  11. ObamaCare Wins a Taxing Victory, Turkey Sends Troops to the Border, Cops SWAT Open WiFi Network: P.M. Links Nut Punches

    FIFY

    1. P.M. Links Nut Punches

      P.M. Links Nut Punches whine and cheese.

      There you go.
      Schadenfreude? I learned it from you, Hit and Run!

  12. In case you missed it, here’s The Star Wars You Used to Know, which is exploding in popularity on YouTube.

  13. Ancient critters may have been warm blooded, but our Congresscritters certainly aren’t!

    1. So they agree that corporations are people and unlimited donations to SuperPACs are constitutional expressions of free speech?

    2. The smug there is overwhelming. They really should get an air freshener or something.

    3. Is that typical? I don’t surf Fark much.

      1. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

      2. Is that typical?

        Actually, it’s usually worse than that.

  14. PM Links are up, and I’m in to the Laphroaig.

    1. A good choice, my friend. I may hit the Quarter Cask when I get home.

      1. I just have the basic stuff.

    2. Good man. Nothing like a big slug of peat smoke

    3. The quality of my drink decreases with grief. I like to feel bitterness all around.

    4. Today is a day for Loch Dhu. You can re-live the day (total shite) in every sip.

      1. I want to feel better, though!

    5. I’m going vodka martini, dry, with olives.

    6. Balvenie DoubleWood. Good night and good luck, my friends.

      1. Good stuff.

    7. I’m joining you as of . . . Now.

    8. Guinness, then a Yards IPA. Next something from Lancaster Brewing. I forget which I pulled out of the basement from my last PA run stash.

  15. There’s only one clinic left in Mississippi where you can terminate a pregnancy, and new regulations threaten to shut the place down and “effectively ban abortion.” The Jackson Women’s Health Organization plans to sue.

    Instead of suing, why don’t you use that money to speed up the process of gaining those privileges for their doctors? Or hire a doctor who already has the admitting privilege?

  16. Anybody else going to watch the NBA Draft? I’ve been looking forward to tonight for months.

    Anthony Davis is obviously first, but everything else is a mystery. So many good players…

    1. I’m usually not interested but all of sudden my Rockets are active. If we do somehow manage to get Howard I might start caring again. Might.

      1. I wonder if that trade would be worth it for Houston. I mean it is a historically great franchise for centers (Olajuwon, Ming), but Howard doesn’t seem interested in signing an extension. I’d be skeptical to give away several first round picks and maybe Kevin Martin for a rental.

        But yeah, Houston’s in the best position of just about any team in the league. They can draft several great players, or work a bunch of awesome trades and have plenty of cap space to go for a superstar or near-superstar.

        1. Getting Howard would set the franchise back 5 years, unless he agrees to an extension. Dork Elvis should know better.

        2. Well I just assumed we wouldn’t be stupid enough to make the trade without an extension.

        3. I doubt you’ll be getting more than one great player out of those three picks, 12 16 and 18 is usually where mediocre starters live.

          1. Usually. It’s a very, very good draft this year. Lotto picks in any other year are falling into the 20s.

            1. Lotto picks in any other year are falling into the 20s.

              No, they aren’t.

              You’ll maybe get three starters out of this draft. Any attempts to argue for more than that are rampant fanboyism.

              It’s a very, very good draft this year.

              Meh. That’s not the consensus, I’ve seen several complaints about the physicality/development of the people coming out. More to the point, that’s been said in the past and 12 16 and 18 were still where mediocre starters live.

              1. Also, I found it laughable that Houston actually thinks three (ok two) crappy picks in the middle of the first round and a # 12 pick could be packaged with Kevin Martin to get Howard.

                Orlando is desperate, so anything is possible, but that’s just silliness.

                1. a.) I’m not Houston, I’m Dallas. Houston smells.
                  b.) Houston can package picks to move higher.
                  c.) Orlando doesn’t have a ton of choices if Howard is going to be a rental.

              2. I’ve seen quite a bit of consensus it’s the best draft in years. Jared Sullinger has been mocked repeatedly into the 20s due to his medical red flag. Perry Jones might fall into the mid-teens/high 20s too for the same reason. Both would have been lottery picks if they came out last year. Some players that are rising are certainly overrated, and a few positions like C are underrepresented and weak, but overall it’s a fantastic draft for swingmen and forwards.

                1. a.) I’m not Houston, I’m Dallas. Houston smells.

                  Who cares. I said “fanboyism”, not “you’re a Houston fan”.

                  b.) Houston can package picks to move higher.

                  Houston has three crappy picks no one wants badly enough to give up a lottery pick for.

                  c.) Orlando doesn’t have a ton of choices if Howard is going to be a rental.

                  Sign and trade wins every time, and is better than giving him away for a pure scorer and a few crap picks.

                  Jared Sullinger

                  hasn’t been a lottery pick since his disappearing act in the NCAA’s. The injury changed nothing.

                  Perry Jones

                  is the only semi-valid example you have that “Lotto picks in any other year are falling into the 20s”, and he was a fringe lottery pick.

                  In short, you really have no fucking idea what you’re talking about.

      2. By the way if Dallas’s Deron Williams and Steve Nash plans fall through, I hope we snag Dragic from y’all as a consolation prize.

        1. I hope the entire city of Dallas burns to the ground (without any spillover onto Ft. Worth). 😉

          But seriously Houston sports are pretty depressing right now except the Texans.

          1. I wouldn’t wish residency in Houston on my worst enemy. Sadly, my brother goes to school at U of H. I tried to warn him.

            I do hope Houston trades for Howard, and then he leaves y’all for Dallas as a FA next summer. Your tears will be yummy and sweet.

            Seriously, though, the Rockets really are in the best trade/salary cap position of any team and should make the playoffs next year. I probably wouldn’t have traded Dalembert though, if they were trying to put together a package for Orlando (who would need a center).

            1. There are no centers in the East. They are all power forwards playing center.

              1. Chandler, Horford and Howard are all legit, but for the most part, very true.

  17. Could someone please tell me if the ACA allows those of us with penises to get free birth control and std testing?

    1. What’s the point? Fast and Furious was legal. It was a tax.

      1. Mexican drug cartels must buy guns or pay a penalty tax?

        1. The logic is taxing, I’ll grant, but your effort will be rewarded.

    2. what bullshit. The US govt cannot account for some 1,300 guns it let walk into Mexico, guns that have killed one American and who knows how many Mexicans, and our AG thinks it’s about him. And race. And politics. It would be equally hideous if the D was replaced with an R, but this is today’s Washington.

  18. Time to let off some steam.

  19. How exactly does that work anyway — most of the justices who upheld it did so as an exercise of the Commerce Clause, and the dissent also rejected the tax argument. How does one justice get to set that precedent? Of course, it can’t be ICC, since a majority rejected that theory. Isn’t it more accurate to say that it was upheld, but there was no consensus as to why?

    1. It was upheld “Because Fuck You, That’s Why.”

      1. Dude, that is funny. Every time.

        1. Is this a new troll, or another retread?

  20. Hey, did you guys hear about that big Supreme Court ruling from today? I’m surprised Reason hasn’t posted anything about it.

    1. You mean that case about people pretending to have military honors? Yeah, what the fuck?

        1. The one where they said the government could do whatever it wanted?

          1. Yeah, that one. Why has Reason been so quiet about it? Guess it’s not a big deal.

            1. Nothing’s really changed–government has no limits. Maybe it never really had any.

            2. Dog bites man. Nothing to see here. Move along.

              Oh, and STOP RESISTING.

  21. Fresh off their high of getting men they’d never fuck to pay to maintain their vaginal health, Jezebel applauds another man tax.

  22. Feministing article sexual preference. This is so fucked up on so many levels I don’t even know where to start.

    1. As a linguist, I am utterly fascinated that a website would post that example of Wernicke’s aphasia.

      1. I actually googled that. Good dig. I’m gonna reserve it for Slate articles.

    2. that article was awesome.

      very social text’y

  23. Any suggestions on how one can cope with today’s major nut punch without the use of alcohol, drugs, or any form of fun?

    1. I would think not having nuts would lessen the blow somewhat?

      1. By 15 to 30 percent.

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