Spain Stumbles, GSA Blows More Cash, Regulations Screw Up Medicine: P.M. Links

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  • John E. Brennan protests TSA security procedures.

    Stock markets dipped and the value of the euro slid after Spain's Valencia region called for financial help. The move raised fears that Spain as a whole will need a rescue. France's President Hollande is pushing a state-jobs plan that seeks to keep the lid on troubles rather than improve the economy.

  • A coalition of groups including CEI, EFF and EPIC is going to court to force the Transportation Security Administration to comply with a legally required notice-and-comment rulemaking process for its "advanced imaging" scanners. The TSA was ordered to begin the process in July 2011, but has ignored the court for the past year.
  • Effectively out of the running for the Republican presidential nomination, Ron Paul says "I have not made a decision" when asked whether he'll vote for likely GOP candidate, Mitt Romney. Meanwhile, Senator Rand Paul urged libertarians to continue to work within the Republican Party.
  • The General Services Administration is in the spotlight once more over a spendy gathering, this time a one-day conference near Washington, D.C. that cost taxpayers almost $270,000. Attendees were given $28,000 worth of "time temperature picture frames," just because. Way to stay out of the headlines, folks!
  • Getting naked at the airport to protest intrusive TSA "security" procedures is a protected act of free speech — at least for John Brennan, who stripped down at the Portland, Oregon, airport after he'd had enough of the nonsense. Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge David Rees ruled that the strip show was legitimate protest. Ummm … John? Consider a few crunches.
  • Medical professionals including a representative of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons told the House Small Business Committee that regulatory burdens, rising malpractice costs and inadequate Medicare compensation have compromised doctors' ability to care for patients. "In 1995, Westchester Orthopedic employed one person to perform administrative tasks. By the late '90s, they employed one per doctor."
  • Red-light cameras in St. Petersburg, Florida, have captured local drivers running traffic signals at speeds up to 215 mph and taking corners at 96 mph. Critics of the cameras point out that your average civilian vehicle is hard-pressed to achieve such impressive performance.

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  1. Ummm … John? Consider a few crunches.

    Cut the guy some slack, at least he has clean shaven back.

    1. That’s a myth anyway. Your body burns whatever fat is available, not necessarily that which is nearest the muscle that was engaged in activity.

      1. Then liposuction.

    2. I am going to be a douche…You can’t target weight loss. You should have said, especially considering this is HR, “John, consider the Paleo Diet and Riptoe book”.

      Muy Macho!

      1. ^^THIS.

      2. I’m also an enormous fan of the Prowler.

    3. Cut the guy some slack, at least he has clean shaven back.

      Yeah and besides, taking digs at the commentariat is totally uncalled for.

    4. John Brennan is a hero in my eyes. I couldnt care less what he looks like.

  2. What do any of these links have to do with Batman?

    1. Who do you think was doing 215mph?

      1. +1000 Batcaves

      2. Awesome.

        /gravelly voice

    2. We are *all* Batman now.

      1. And when everyone is Batman, no one is.

  3. “In 1995, Westchester Orthopedic employed one person to perform administrative tasks. By the late ’90s, they employed one per doctor.”

    You can go out of business, for all the House Small Business Committee cares. Come back when you have lobbyists.

    1. Also, jobs created!

      1. You laugh, but some people believe this is a good thing.

      2. Yup. The thicket of billing minutiae and regulations that require assurance of “compliance” strangles actual progress, but creates thousands, maybe millions of bureaucratic jobs. To politicians seeking votes, that’s a good thing.

    2. It’s for our own good.

  4. Critics of the cameras point out that your average civilian vehicle is hard-pressed to achieve such impressive performance.

    Did anyone say they were civilain vehicles?

    1. It was the Batmobile! See, now we’re talking about Batman!

    2. You couldn’t do that well in a frickin’ Bugatti Veyron.

      1. Batman could!

    3. fastest I’ve ever gone is ~135-140mph in a ’68 Firebird with a shot suspension. It wasn’t fun with the front end bobbing and weaving everywhere. It was only my 17yo stupidity and luck that kept me from losing it – but I wasn’t about to let the Ford behind me win.

      Of course this was the same car that I outran the police in.

      1. 145 on a honda vtx.

      2. Not the fastest I’ve driven, but the most memorable high speed driving I’ve done:

        I was in Darwin, Australia and drove from Darwin to Litchfield National Park. I had a Hyundai Getz rental car which had seen better days. The speed limit on the Stuart Highway once you are away from Darwin is 130 km/h (80 mph).

        I got the Getz to do 130 km/h. Somehow. I was surprised the car could go that fast. I was also surprised at how little the car vibrated. On a downhill run the car got up to 140 km/h (86 mph). It somehow survived.

      3. I got to 120 in a V8 equipped Mercury Marquis Brougham in a long, isolated straightaway in the Central Valley. I never was able to go that fast in a Tesla Roadster, as I was too close to “civilization” during the test drive (and low on battery, too).

  5. The General Services Administration is in the spotlight once more over a spendy gathering…

    But in all fairness, it was in 2010. It’s not like they’re still wasting tons of tax dollars after getting caught, right? RIGHT?

  6. Meanwhile, Senator Rand Paul urged libertarians to continue to work within the Republican Party.

    You know who else urged people to work within a party?

      1. Chairman Mao?

    1. George Clinton?

      1. I award you the Parliament of Funk Medal of Cool for that one.

    2. Prince?

    3. Andrew WK?

      1. Andrew W.K.: [Jumps out from offside and begins singing ‘Party Party Party’]

        Master Shake: All right!! Andrew W.K, live in our living room!!

        [They follow Frylock down the hall to his room, where he shuts the door on them.]

        Carl: Oh God. He looks like he’s dead already.

        Frylock: [through the door] Thanks, Carl. ‘Preciate that.

        Master Shake: I think the problem was the song. You got any other, uh, you know, uh, happier…songs about partyin’?

    4. The Beastie Boys?

        1. RIP Adam Yauch. 🙁

    5. Kim Zolciak?

  7. France’s President Hollande is pushing a state-jobs plan that seeks to keep the lid on troubles rather than improve the economy.

    Scandinavia better get to building that moat between them and the rest of Europe.

    1. Jesus Fist, maybe only drink one of those five hour energy drinks next time.

      1. All my comments are on topic. You don’t get that from most of the hack commenters around here. (But I’m not really free to talk about them right now; they may be reading this.)

        1. You are on a roll man.

        2. How dare you!

          1. Oh, I wasn’t talking about you. Somebody else.

            1. How dare you!

    2. Didn’t they have one already called the Skagerrak?

  8. after looking at above image:

    I am so glad i am not a women…or gay.

    Men are fucking gross.

  9. If I were in this kind of shape, 15 condoms wouldn’t get me through the weekend.

    In a sign of what the world’s fittest sportsmen and women get up to in the Olympic village, a record 150,000 free condoms – 15 for each competitor – have been made available to them.

      1. Warty posted that yesterday, but I’ll watch it again for, uh, research purposes.

      2. God damn it!!!

      3. The fact that she won is proof that standards of beauty are derived from evolutionary standards of survival fitness and not that bullshit about male dominated society.

      4. She’s pretty hot, but she seems like she’s high as a friggin kite.

        1. She’s “pretty hot” like Episiarch is “kind of a dick”.

        2. She knew Warty would spend the day dreaming of her. Getting high makes it more bearable.

        3. She actually is probably pretty high. Stuff like pseudoephedrine and caffeine is quite useful when you’re competing in stuff like this.

    1. If this was what you were bunking up with, you’d probably need more.

      1. And Brett L finishes dead last in his qualifying heat, Brett, what do you… Ladies and gentlemen, I think he is running back to the Olympic village faster than he ran on the track!

      2. I got no work at all done today because I kept watching that on a loop. God damn god damn god damn god damn…

        1. I don’t think my brain works any more.

          1. How can this be so many times hotter than any pornography? It makes no sense, but it is.

            1. If my less than athletic wife comes home tonight and I kill her because she isn’t the same species as this goddess, that would be a justifiable homicide, right?

              1. Not killing her would be irresponsible, dude.

              2. Jesus, dude, just fuck your wife and picture this chick like a normal person.

                1. You could also psychologically abuse your wife until she becomes an exercise bulimic, too. That’s always an option, so keep it in mind.

                  1. You could also psychologically abuse your wife until she becomes an exercise bulimic, too. That’s always an option, so keep it in mind.

                    I already psychologically abuse her just by being me. How do I channel that into bulimia? Any suggestions?

                    1. Lots of bulimics aren’t actually skinny. Plus some of them store their puke in buckets and plastic bags. What you want is anorexia, not bulimia.

                    2. Lots of bulimics aren’t actually skinny. Plus some of them store their puke in buckets and plastic bags. What you want is anorexia, not bulimia.

                      Not to mention the number it does on the teeth. There’s another one, though that means they work out obsessively. I think that’s the one to shoot for.

                    3. How do I channel that into bulimia? Any suggestions?

                      Be more yourself when she is not throwing up. When she is throwing up don’t be yourself.

                      Also it is my understanding that cocaine makes you a super you….so when she eats be sure to do a few lines of coke 5 min beforehand.

              3. only if you go through your allotted 15 condoms and need more. Then again, can she have the same sentiment about you?

              4. She is 19 years old.

                Your wife could very well have been that same species at age 19.

            2. And the H ‘n Run commenters are saying, “if only I could meet a woman that hot who doesn’t run quite so fast…”

              1. Hey, dammit I…er, nothing!

      3. I’m glad the workday is over, if I had seen that this morning I would have been so fucked.

      4. I’m really appreciating the fact that a top competitor in women’s track actually has a womanly shape. I just keep remembering the Bulgarian and East German women in track and weight-lifting from Olympics gone by. This clip goes a long way toward erasing those psychic scars from my youth.

    2. It’s not how many are provided (that’s just some stupid government contract). The real news will be how many are used.

      1. And that Hope Solo is a starfucker.

        1. Yeah she is smoking hot.

          1. I’ll have to try out in 2016. I’ll be 59, but maybe I can get Equatorial Guinea ctizenship.

    3. Bicycle babes: Cyclist Jess Varnish said she would pose naked if she was as glamorous as her gold medal champion colleague Victoria Pendleton, right

  10. “In 1995, Westchester Orthopedic employed one person to perform administrative tasks. By the late ’90s, they employed one per doctor.”

    …So, mission accomplished? JOB CREATION!!!11one!

    1. Also, how come I never get to see any of this fun stuff happening at PDX, I swear I am picking people up there every other week.

      It’s not fair, there should be a law about it.

  11. Ummm … John? Consider a few crunches.

    No, no, no, no.

    John is showing a credible threat.

    Good-looking men stripping would be all the wrong incentives.

  12. Anyone who offers to help you build a bomb is a Fed. Seriously, how hard is this to fucking figure out.

    Authorities said the explosives were always under the control of federal agents and the public was never in danger. Counterterrorism experts and model-aircraft enthusiasts say it would be nearly impossible to inflict large-scale damage using model planes.

    1. They don’t really do counter terrorism as much as try to rid free society of the dangerously stupid.

      1. I thought getting all of the dangerously stupid in one place was what the TSA was for.

        1. State of the Union?

      2. So it’s like Eugenics but with orders of magnitude fewer violations of the rights of the innocent? 😉

        1. Not really. Guys in prison are way more likely to have a bunch of kids.

    2. Unless he charges you lots of money. Then he’s just a con artist or a russian mobster.

      1. If that physics major had taken a little more chemistry…

      2. Who says he can’t be all three?

  13. A little interesting news on the science front.

    Now the most powerful particle colliders in the world are recreating this primordial soup by heating matter beyond 3.6 trillion degrees Fahrenheit (2 trillion degrees Celsius). The hope is that a better understanding of quark-gluon plasmas can shed light on the evolution of the universe.

    1. Now the most powerful particle colliders in the world are recreating this primordial soup by heating matter beyond 3.6 trillion degrees Fahrenheit . . .

      These collider thingies strike me as a one of those things you wouldn’t want to get your hand caught in.

      1. There is a neutrino piercing your body right now traveling at the speed of light!

          1. Well, actually several hundred trillion per second.

      2. A while back we pondered what would happen if your hand was hit by the Large Hadron Collider’s proton beam – this time we’re asking the people who work there!

        1. I think I read somewhere that protons at those speeds have the kinetic energy of fastballs. Just lean in and take one for the team.

        2. Mmmmmm…hot physicist porn.

    2. A little interesting news on the Presidential bullying front!

      http://online.wsj.com/article/potomac_watch.html

      1. You know, it would be *really* *really* nice if Obama were impeached.

        I don’t want him to lose an election. I want that oath-breaker walking around in disgrace for the rest of his life. I want the wookie to divorce his sorry ass and get the kids. I want him to not have any source of income because nobody will associate themselves with his corrupt ass. I want him to be back to being too broke to rent a car for the weekend.

        I want the guy to replace GWB as the top link returned when “failure” is googled.

        What a piece of shit Obama is.

        1. Obama is worshipped by too people to ever live in ignomy. Besides, to them, any powergrabbing/bullying/lawbreaking on his part is what he needed to do in order to fulfill his agenda. Plus, impeaching a president for abuse of power would convey the idea that there should be limits on government power, and that’s a precedent that none of them want to set.

          1. . . . live in ignomy.

            Ignominy, I meant.

          2. But yeah, seeing his license get suspended for getting behind on child support . . . just lol

      2. Mr. VanderSloot has since been learning what it means to be on a presidential enemies list. Just 12 days after the attack, the Idahoan found an investigator digging to unearth his divorce records. This bloodhound?a recent employee of Senate Democrats?worked for a for-hire opposition research firm.

        Obama’s favorite trick.

  14. If some beautiful young woman stripped, that wouldn’t really be punishing the TSA goons would it?

  15. Louis CK says Feminism and Comedy are natural enemies, feminist proves it correct:

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/a…..emies.html

    1. That was a really long winded way to say “That’s not funny.”

    2. And they’re still saying he “threatened her with violence”. Everything they don’t like is twisted into a “threat”. Every fucking time. And the irony is, this wouldn’t be effective at all if they weren’t relying on chivalry, something they claim to abbhor.

    3. And here, a whole article about how it’s only ok to make fun of white males. This is what they actually believe. They’d enforce it with violence in a second if they thought they could get away with it.

    4. “Wouldn’t it be funny if that girl got raped by like, five guys right now? like right now?”

      Hmmm, i guess you had to be there, I’m not getting the hiliarity.

      1. I don’t think it’s funny either, but it got laughs in the context of his previous set. The question isn’t whether it’s funny, it’s whether it’s a threat. Which is what every single feminist who’s opined on it has said. Also, I’ve read that many people tweated that he actually said “You must have been raped by like 4 or 5 guys. That’d be funny.”

        1. Not saying it was a threat, just that I would have had to be there to get it.

          1. Yeah, but they wouldn’t be enemies of comedy if they just thought it wasn’t funny, they would just be indifferent to it. It’s calling it a threat, which carries with the need to get armed men involved, that makes them enemies of comedy.

            I recall a video of guy who was filming himself in central park, being a retarded douche at a feminist rally, shouting “go make me a sandwich”. They called the cops and said he was “threatening them” and being violent. It’s a standard tactic.

  16. Boston mayor “Mumbles” Menino doesn’t like discriminators.

    The mayor of Boston is vowing to block Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant in the city after the company’s president spoke out publicly against gay marriage.

    Mayor Thomas Menino told the Boston Herald on Thursday that he doesn’t want a business in the city “that discriminates against a population.”

    1. Gay people aren’t allowed to buy chicken sandwiches?

      1. Just because they are free to buy sandwiches doesn’t mean they are free from the othering that S. Truett Cathy wants them to feel. And you aren’t really free unless you’re free from other people’s opinions about your behavior.

        1. Great….John Stuart Mill is back!

          1. What can I say; I’ve been reading A Conflict of Visions again.

            1. I’ve been reading A Conflict of Visions again.

              I believe that it is a scientific fact that reading Thomas Sowell makes your IQ increase. He is the modern Solomon.

    2. 99% sure that this is contrary to current 1A jurisprudence.

      1. No that that matters to the Nazgul, apparently.

        1. Only very rarely does anyone expect the Nazgul!

        2. Actually, the Nazgul have been pretty good about 1st amendment issues in the last decade or so, particularly Scalia and Thomas.

    3. You know that business about the first time being tragedy, the second time being farce?

      If Bloomberg is the tragedy, Menino is the farce.

      Anyway, this is Boston. I don’t doubt that Menino wants to make sure a few palms get greased before the stores are allowed in; or is making an example pour encourager les autres

    4. just how stupid is Menino and, by extension, those supporting him. CFA is not “discriminating” against anyone. The company does not perform marriages, it makes sandwiches and other food.

      The CEO is entitled to think what he thinks, even in Boston. Or did that change?

    5. A liberal acquaintance on Facebook has said that they “love” Menino for this statement, and that they couldn’t wait to hear conservatives start “crying about the first amendment”.

      1. Principles are for chumps. All that matters is being on the right TEAM.

      2. Link them above, if you want. It’s a fair cop.

    1. Look, Colorado is “shall issue” and… smoke, darkness, people rushing towards the emergency exit to escape (and the guy shooting them as they did, because that’s where he entered) then people trying to get out through the back exit (where the gunmen had by this point made his way).

      Also, if anyone caught the press briefing at noon (and here in Colorado, a lot of us found a way), the dude was full tactical, include head, neck, and face gear. It wouldn’t be impossible, but the shot would have to be very well aimed.

      Listen, I’m for concealed/open carry fully, but I think in this case it would have had a tough time doing anything. The fucker came prepared to do some damage. And as for why he was there- honestly, I think he just wanted a large crowd, and knew there would be one at the midnight opening of a huge film.

      1. Even with body armor, at close range a bullet fucking hurts. That is a lot of energy. It would have definitely showed him down.

        1. Gas masks aren’t bulletproof. Shoot him in the face, he goes down.

          Not to Monday morning QB this, just saying.

        2. “Bullet-proof” vests aren’t necessarily bullet-proof either, depending on the range, caliber, etc.

          1. Yeah, but CCW folks tend not to carry anything in 7.62 NATO

            1. And it is generally a bad idea to carry some hot full metal jacketed round that will go through the guy you are trying to shoot and kill the ten year old kid across the street.

              1. New Jersey seems to be okay with pass-through kills.

            2. Most body armor sold won’t stop a .45. People never do their research. It really depends on what he had. If it had “tactical” in the title, it was probably weak sauce.

              1. Never mind, I see this was covered down-thread.

          2. But most people who conceal and carry use hollow points because they are very effective and unlikely to go through a person and hit someone else.

            1. Yeah, we’re talking a hit to the head or neck in a shit ton of chaos.

              Listen, a gun might have done some good, but there’s a lot of Captain Hindsight going on here.

              “The theater should have had a no guns policy!”

              “I believe they did, Captain Hindsight”

              “Well, then, they shouldn’t have had a no guns policy, and someone should have concealed carry as is legal under Colorado law, and shot him before he killed anyone!”

              “God bless you, Captain Hindsight!”

              I get that there is a strong urge from pro-gun people to make this argument, because the anti-gun people are often douchenozzles about this sort of thing, but I just wish we could let a tragedy be a tragedy, instead of having to argue a political agenda.

            2. Don’t use hollow points in your .380.
              Especially in winter.

          3. Looking up the standards, a type IIA kevlar vest is not certified to stop the self-defense loads I use.

            1. You have to have a ballistic insert. Those are heavy as hell and very expensive. He might have had one but I doubt it.

      2. And that it was agun-free zone per theatre policy. I’m sure he factored that in.

        1. And that it was agun-free zone per theatre policy.

          That can’t be right, or the shooter wouldn’t have taken his guns in.

          1. Maybe they didn’t have appropriate notices posted on the back doors.

            1. In that case, the theater owner is going to be sued into oblivion.

          2. Signs aren’t as magical as people think, apparently.

      3. No doubt innocent people were sadly going to die because the shooter was well-prepared, but the gun control backlash has been particularly snide about the idea that more people owning guns would have helped. I don’t think it would have hurt.

      4. It’s never that a person carrying a gun guarantees a successful intervention. It’s more like that with nobody armed there’s no chance of one at all, and the more armed people you have in the crowd the better the chance of someone being able to get the upper hand tactically (hiding behind a seat and getting the drop on him, say).

        1. Also any potential lone gunmen might be more reluctant knowing people will be there that are armed.

        2. It’s never that a person carrying a gun guarantees a successful intervention. It’s more like that with nobody armed there’s no chance of one at all . . .

          That, and these guys choose their targets carefully, so as to avoid an armed response. Color me impressed when one of these guys attacks a police station, NRA Convention, hunting camp, etc.

          1. That’s the main reason I was shocked at the lack of a successful 9/11 followup. So many soft targets, and these idiots keep going for airplanes…

          2. Color me impressed when one of these guys attacks a police station, NRA Convention, hunting camp, etc.

            Impressed?

            But I generally agree with the premise that a gunman will choose a target that is more likely than not unarmed. They want to do as much damage as possible before being taken down.

            1. That looks like a targeted shooting, which is a completely different kettle of fish. Mass shooters are going for body count, so they necessarily choose places where they are unlikely to be interrupted by resistance.

              On the other hand, someone who is looking to settle a grudge with a specific person is less likely to worry about location, since they plan to kill quickly and get out before anyone who is already on scene can respond. It only matters to them whether or not they can get to their target, and a place where their target is known to frequent or be at becomes a good place to set up an ambush.

          3. Exactly. Has there even been one mass murder with a gun in the last 20 years that wasn’t in a “gun-free zone”?

    2. “I’ll go for the pelvic girdle. You put three or four rounds in the pelvic girdle, you have fixed the problem.”

      If I had a nickel for every time I heard that in the dark.

      1. If I had a nickel for every time I heard that in the dark.

        Ouch. You’re still continent, I hope.

  17. Meanwhile, Senator Rand Paul urged libertarians to continue to work within the Republican Party.

    And wind up with a knife in my back like the rest of you in the party of a psychopathic John McCain? Fuck that.

    1. I am still slightly (15%) hopeful that TEAM RED is available for takeover by people that actually give a crap about liberty. One more Presidential cycle like this and I am sure I will have been thoroughly disabused of that notion.

  18. BTW, this Colorado thing is why I support the death penalty in certain circumstances- the world is better off with sadistic fucks like this dude and Gacy and the dude who got up on that bell tower in Texas. Also, guess what you never hear? A prison interview with Gacy where someone tries to “understand” while he explains how reasonable it was to murder 23 boys.

    1. Interesting fact about the guy in the bell tower. His autopsy revealed he had a tumor in his head the size of a golf ball.

    2. Compare Gacy, who got the needle to Richard Speck who turned himself into a prison transvestite whore and by all accounts lived a sick but happy life in prison. Or Mark David Chapman who still gets the occasional network interview to explain what a great Christian he is now after murdering John Lennon.

      Life in prison is not that big of a punishment for some people. In fact for some, if it comes with notoriety, it is a reward.

      1. I think Speck might have been compelled to do that, to, y’know, not be shanked.

        1. No. He liked it. It was his thing. He hated women but wanted to be one. Needless to say, he was seriously fucked up.

        2. No, Speck flaunted it pretty brazenly in a video he shot years ago with his prison buddies, basically mocking the prosecutor and everyone else with how well he’s doing in prison.

          1. Died peacefully of a heart attack in his cell. The paramedics spent 2 hours trying to revive him. Just sickening.

            1. I hope they brought the mouthpiece. Ugh. No way am I putting my mouth on any part of a dude who got around a prison.

              1. I hope they CPR’d him with a high pressure air hose and used a baseball bat repeatedly to the chest for cardiac stimulation.

                But then I’m a humanitarian.

              2. I don’t think they even do the breathing thing during resuscitation anymore. Just compressing the chest cavity.

                1. That’s okay compressed air is expensive!

          2. No, I know about the video, I was just thinking there was a chance that Speck did that shit out of compulsion. And wasn’t it a journalist who shot it in 1988?

    3. Except that you and I both know that it will never be limited only to people who truly deserve it and if that isn’t bad enough, the state will administer it incompetently.

      1. They need to have a higher standard of proof like say there has to be at least three eye witnesses to the crime.

        1. I don’t even want to go eye witness- memory has been proven to be very shaky.

          I want multiple bodies and/or killing for its own sake. Listen, the teenager who shoots a liquor store owner during a robbery gone wrong is scum, but at least “money” is an understandable motive, even if one completely disagrees with theft. What Gacy or Speck or Bundy or Dahmer did was killing for the pure sake of killing another human being.

          1. That is why you would need three witnesses. Just get the cases like this where the guy does it in full public view and there is no doubt he is the guy.

            1. Sadly, I think Gacy’s “eye witnesses” were dead, so there is that.

              1. Or a confession.

                1. If you’re giving someone the death penalty, I’d want a lot more than just a confession.

          2. or killing for its own sake.

            Thought crimes much?

            Who the fuck cares about motive? Aside from helping a prosecutor tell a narrative what was going on in a killers mind should have little barring in matters of guilt and punishment.

            1. Thus I hedged with multiple bodies. I prefer multiple bodies, as after your rape and kill the 10th prostitute, I’m guessing it ain’t because your into rape alone.

              I guess I put it that way because it pisses me off that Richard Speck got life but the guy who runs over a little old lady running from a bank robbery gets the chair.

        2. I used to be in favor of the death penalty, but after seeing how grossly corrupt and incompetent the judicial system can be, with so many innocent people being sent to prison and death row, it become clear that it can’t be trusted with that power in any way.

          1. Exactly. What you said above, JW. I couldn’t care less if Jeff Dahmer fries. It’s the poor Joe Blow who gets railroaded, and has to rely on a public defender. The defender doesn’t give a shit about him, and is pals with the DA who cares more about conviction rate than rules of evidence.

            That’s why I don’t like the death penalty.

    4. I have an uncle that’s a prison psychologist at a maximum security prison in New York. He’s had to treat some pretty sick people, including Son of Sam and the Preppy Murder. Next time I see him I’ve got to ask him what he thinks about the death penalty.

      1. I used to eat brunch at Dorrian’s almost every weekend. I loved telling guests that it was where the Preppy Murderer was before killing his ex-girlfriend.

        They had an excellent steak and eggs.

        1. He got more prison time for the heroin charge than for raping and murdering a girl. Revolting.

          1. Well, if he’d shot a drug dog, they’d have given him life.

    5. +1

      Any opposition to the death penalty I’ve developed over the recent years is strictly due to procedure. Some folks need killing, and if we can be sure we’ve got one of them I say let’s go for it.

      1. The guy shot a 3 month old point black. Short, painless death is too good for him. But what would be? Weapons grade ass cancer? Boy toy of the Aryan Brotherhood? If brains can be digitized at some point we can finally create a VR Hell for these animals as well.

        1. I just see it like putting down an animal. .45 through the back of the skull or a pink shot, doesn’t matter to me. It’s probably best all around if we’re not gratuitously violent about it.

        2. If brains can be digitized at some point we can finally create a VR Hell for these animals as well.

          Punish a copy…

          What the fuck did the copy ever do wrong?

      2. What would we do with no government? I assume we’d lynch,beat brand,banish,shun, mutilate or enslave offenders. I can’t fathom a concept of “anarchist prisons”

        1. Such a society would reward sick puppies who prey on sick puppies instead of three month old children as ours currently does.

            1. The link worked but no image came up on that page. There’s another interesting revenge fantasy concept series from Vertigo, 99 Bullets? I read a few. pretty good.

              1. Weird. Linking doesn’t work but you if you can find the SMBC from 8 July it will be apropos.

              2. 100 Bullets.

        2. I had this thought the other day that imprisoning someone should be enough of a nuisance for the rest of society that we reserve it only for those cases where we are motivated to do it in spite of everything.

          That said, I think you’re right that anarchist society would probably settle on a swift and severe punishment – it meets the likely requirements of severity and duration. What would be really interesting is an anarchist trial.

          1. My uncle became a private dick in the early 80s after working the New Orleans police department for many years, hired on by the guy Kevin Costner played in JFK, actually. He left after almost twenty years to work with Pinkerton. He gets this case. A college professor at Loyola inherited a vast sum of wealth from this little place called the Stockton Plantation. Ever heard of it? Anyway, it happened to sit on top of some oil reserves as well as being one of the largest Antebellum plantations in the country. He was a direct descendant to that wealth.

            His wife comes home one day and catches him in bed with another man, a seventeen year old freshman from one of his classes. She doesn’t just want a divorce and his money, she wants him personally destroyed. My uncle gets the job, makes it happen and in the fall out from the case gets fired from Pinkerton but pretty well compensated for a job well done.

            Yep, private justice has some interesting scenarios and you don’t even have to imagine them.

            1. One of the more interesting happenings while he was a cop was he was the first one on the scene when a black nationalist group shot up downtown New Orleans. You never heard of this case? Not surprising. Look up a lone gunman case from the 1970s shooting up downtown NO. It’s the same one, but it wasn’t a lone gunman according to him.

              1. Here’s the case:

                http://www.myneworleans.com/Ne…..-Johnsons/

                1. I don’t even have to look that up. He used a tube-fed semi-auto Ruger 44. mag carbine, military trained as a dental hygienist and almost brought down a National Guard helicopter before they got him about a week after he started the rampage.

            2. That’s a good Friday story…was your uncle ever able to stop being a dick?

              1. Lol! Once you are one you never really stop.

                He came up last Spring to visit the family, and we e-mail one another quite a bit. I’m going to send him that link and ask him for his comments.

                1. Ha! Google even has an account of my uncle exchanging gunfire while FBI pricks look on:

                  Look up A Terrible Thunder by Peter Hernon, the initials DR would be he.

                  1. Dude…follow up on this for us, if you please. Be damned if H *squirrel* R isn’t one of the more interesting places I’ve been in the past …well, ever.

            3. this little place called the Stockton Plantation.

              Brainfart, Stanton, not Stockton. There are actually a few Stocktons in SC and Georgia.

          2. If you’re interested, Heinlein describes how an anarchist trial might work in the novel “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress”.

            1. I remember that. The Loonies were remarkably civilized.

  19. For the people who told me Firefox has no memory leaks.

    1. I use it for the plug-ins I can’t get anywhere else, but just pulling up the task manager, CPU usage 22 percent, now 19 percent, now 48 percent ? Jeez, haven’t played a single video since I rebooted. What the hell could it be doing with a gig of memory?

      There’s some seriously inefficient coding going on as there always is in products heavily invested in Linux compatibility, avoiding all Intel specific operations like they gave ’em cooties. Would love to take the time to fork this thing over and get a pure MASM based assembled version for my exclusive use, and free of the update happy coders going ‘lookie! Lookie! I got ya NEW features.’ And some days, I feel like, fuck it, reacquainting myself with systems level programming probably isn’t half as time consuming as putting up with this crap.

      1. I think it’s reason that’s the memory hog.

        I try to hit Escape to stop the site from loading as soon as all the text is loaded (and surf with only cached images). A lot of the time, reason tries to reload a bunch of antisocial networking shit.

        1. Memory usage != memory leak. A leak is when you close the tab and the memory it was using isn’t released.

          1. I know. I was using a rule of thumb to gauge what was going on. Actually closed out some peripheral windows on tools as well, the jump would occur in a higher use direction more times than not.

            1. For the record, that was in response to Ted S.

              1. No problems, just like a good geek discussion.

      2. Just fyi Killaz, cross-platform has nothing to do with failure to release memory. That should be something which is baked into the logic of how you build your code. C (and C++) is an abstraction over the machine, so the instruction set doesn’t come into the question; making your code speak the language of a specific processor is the job of your compiler. A likely contributor to the issue is that any application which allows plugins admits the possibility of those plugins stomping on the environment. In other words, Firefox may or may not have substantial leaks of its own; it’s not possible to determine that, except by actually testing it both with and without plugins.

        1. GCC compiler used in both Linux and Windows Firefox distributions do not integrate the Intel instruction set anywhere in ballpark range of VC++.

          That’s important in the trash collection even if you are using the exact same code in your builds.

        2. A likely contributor to the issue is that any application which allows plugins admits the possibility of those plugins stomping on the environment.

          This has been a known issue for decades, the LUA team designed their language around preventing such spikes from occurring and it’s why it is popular as an embedded language, especially in the gaming world where you can run thousands of mods, in say, Oblivion, without the CPU usage and memory footprint crashing it. The key is the initial buffer and how it is maintained when conflicting instructions are making their demands.

          1. Just don’t buy the horse armor Lua script, it’ll crash everything do to derisive laughter.

            1. due to

    2. Those people were lying. The memory leaks have been horrible, particularly on every version starting with “4” or greater.I’m strongly tempted to switch.

  20. Pyongyang high noon?

    “Dlaw!”

    1. No story out of North Korea is ever too weird to be believed.

    1. “And then I put my hand on her head and pushed it down. She was wearing a dress just that color.”

    2. “If I were 5 years younger, and you were 80 pounds heavier…”

    3. She is really not that pretty. Smoking body. But not that pretty.

      1. Bill isn’t exactly the most picky of men.

        1. She is a bit skinny for Bill I think

          1. Well, the staff kept him away from the top shelf honeys.

            1. My ex presidential hypnosis is powerful Kung Fu!

              1. “I want you to picture a box”

    4. Those are funny even without looking at the picture.

    5. Sallowed jaw titty loving zombie reaches out for victim.

  21. WAT?!

    A federal appeals court held that the pager owner’s Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure were not violated because the pager is “nothing more than a contemporary receptacle for telephone numbers,”” akin to an address book. The court also held that someone who sends his phone number to a pager has no reasonable expectation of privacy because he can’t be sure that the pager will be in the hands of its owner.

    1. Also, if you mail someone a steamy email, you have no reasonable expectation of privacy because they might be afk with their email open while someone else walks by.

    2. Since when is an address book/pager not covered by this:

      The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated,

      English, motherfucker! Do. You. Speak. It?

      1. But you didn’t see the clause that gives the statist wiggle room against the people:

        shall not be violated

        Just like those who argue against the Citizen’s United decision point to Congress shall make no law, and laugh at our ignorant libertarian inability to correctly parse words.

        Context has an inherent progressive bias.

      2. Say “What” again!

  22. …captured local drivers running traffic signals at speeds up to 215 mph and taking corners at 96 mph. Critics of the cameras point out that your average civilian vehicle is hard-pressed to achieve such impressive performance.

    WANT!

    1. Motorcycles? There aren’t a whole lot of cars that will corner at 95 on a 2 lane road. Well, I should say, there aren’t a whole lot of drivers who could drive their car through a corner at 95 twice.

      1. There aren’t a whole lot of cars that will corner at 95 on a 2 lane road.

        I’m willing to say there aren’t any (assuming a 90 degree corner). Physics, you know.

        1. Sure, I was thinking if you used both lanes illegally. My dad had an MR2 that would probably stay on the ground at close to that speed if I had 2 lanes. But since it had no rollbar, I’d only really get one chance at it.

          1. Sure, I was thinking if you used both lanes illegally.

            Wouldn’t matter. You’d just be in a slightly different spectacular crash.

        2. Even if there were a vehicle capable of cornering at 95 mph, I suspect the g force involved would not be healthy for anyone actually in the vehicle.

        3. 50 foot wide road turning into another 50 foot wide road?

          You might need a formula one race car but it can be done.

      2. Not even a motorcycle

      3. Not even with the stickiest race tires on the planet. You need downforce to corner like that.

        1. FAT CHICK?

      4. I’ve seen a couple of guys try. One was making a right turn to go southbound on a 5-lane street (with one center turn lane) I was driving northbound on, and careened into the left turn lane — fortunately I heard him coming and didn’t pull all the way up to the light.

        Another guy just cut off the corner on a right turn on another street in another state, and burned through the gas station to save time.

  23. The TSA was ordered to begin the process in July 2011, but has ignored the court for the past year.

    I remember when the courts took their role seriously and would send US Marshals to enforce rulings.

    1. Maybe they need their own enforcement arm. They could call it… the Justice League.

  24. 215, huh? In St. Petersburg? Just for reference, where in St. Pete are people driving 215?

    1. Isn’t most of the population there over 90?

      1. No, there are a lot of younger people there now, but there are a sufficient number of retirees to make high-speed driving in residential areas extraordinarily foolish. The only places I really see high speeds–and this is more in the 100 mph range–are the bridges over the bay.

        1. The howard franklin makes an excellent test track for such foolishness. It’s also good for watching 90mph wheelies.

          1. Average speed on the Howard Frankland is about 80 when traffic is moving (it gets jammed up, especially W-E in the morning). I’ve had people soar past me when I’ve been going that speed. Easily in the 125 range.

      2. Maybe it was some Scientologists down from Clearwater?

      3. Must be Picadilly Cafeteria, then.

        1. Good point. To reach the buffet in time for the early-bird special, some seniors might very well exceed speeds of 215 mph for short bursts.

    2. Did the license plate say “OUTATIME”?

    3. where in St. Pete are people driving 215?

      I would hate to read that towns local paper.

      “Where in St. Pete will the sewer be extended?”

      “Where in St. Pete are City council budget concerns?”

      “Where in St. Pete did local good citizen save cat from tree?”

      A Nightmare.

  25. Licensed limo driver sentenced to 150 days for picking up a fare. 2 guesses as to the state, the first one doesn’t count:

    http://www.laweekly.com/2012-0…..s-Angeles/

    1. If you’ve ever taken a taxi in ??, you’ve paid a fee for “bandit taxi enforcement.” Every year, taxi passengers pay about $800,000 in such fees, which cover overtime for ?? officers to pursue illicit cab drivers.

  26. What the fuck is up with Zimmerman’s attorney pursuing media interviews with his client? I’m gobsmacked. It’s not just that Zimmerman is going out on his own, the attorney himself is calling the media and negotiating interviews. I would not be surprised if a malpractice suit pops up if Zimmerman is convicted.

    1. They are doing two things – first and foremost – jury/battlefield prep. Also, I think he is trying to gin up a bit o’ sympathy overall – fund raising perhaps? His counsel is keeping a tight rein on things, but you are probably right that he should just STFU and win quietly. Do the book deal and movie afterwards.

  27. Questions about PA Gov. Corbett’s role in the Sandusky investigation. Corbett, when state AG, investigated Sandusky.

    http://delcotimes.com/articles…..=fullstory

    Corbett’s spokesman responds:

    http://delcotimes.com/articles…..=fullstory

  28. I’m geeking the hell out over this composite photo. Physicist porn above, airplane porn right here. I’m getting my Friday started off right!

    1. Though I just noticed the Southwest and MidEx planes in there, so probably not a real composite. But it would be cool if it were!

      1. And all I can think is “if I had a Duster (tracked twin 40mm) how many could I bring down?”

    2. Did you notice the top comment? “the blue one on the tarmac is the hipster…”

  29. Hmmm…. that looks like an awesome way to protest the TSA.

    Looking to start a movement?

  30. Red-light cameras in St. Petersburg, Florida, have captured local drivers running traffic signals at speeds up to 215 mph and taking corners at 96 mph. Critics of the cameras point out that your average civilian vehicle is hard-pressed to achieve such impressive performance.

    The speed is used internally to determine when to take the picture. They don’t issue speeding tickets based on RLC measurements.

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