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    No good conduct medal for you, President Obama says to the Boy Scouts, as he comes out against their ban on gay members.

  • In her murder trial, Gu Kailai, wife of former Chinese politburo member Bo Xilai, pled guilty to charges that she poisoned a British businessman.
  • Army Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo faces sentencing today for planning to blow up a restaurant full of fellow soldiers for religious reasons.
  • Some members of the eurozone are on their way out, warns Otmar Issing, a former European Central Bank chief economist.
  • With members of  her cabinet implicated in shenanigans involving the company that prints Argentina's pesos, President Cristina Fernandez is pushing to nationalize the firm and shield it from investigation.
  • As CopBlock founder, Adam Mueller, faces trial for recording conversations with government officials, his supporters urge potential jurors to nullify charges in the case.
  • A federal judge ruled against two Hawaii women who want to get married, saying that changes to the state's marriage laws should come from legislators.
  • Since January, nearly a dozen officers have been arrested or fired or have resigned from the Dekalb County, Georgia, police department amidst allegations of illegality and brutality.

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  1. The Court Affirms Our Social Contract
    In civics class we learn that federal courts decide whether laws passed by Congress and the state legislatures are constitutional. Therefore the federal courts are the guardians of our Constitution. That is certainly true, but it not the whole story. In fact, the most important function of the federal courts is to legitimate state building by the political branches. That is the best way to understand what happened in the Health Care Case. It also helps explain why Chief Justice John Roberts’ opinion is written the way it is….

    1. Unfortunately that asshole is correct.

    2. In fact, the most important function of the federal courts is to legitimate state building by the political branches.

      Is that an Orwellian way of saying “the function of the Court is to rubber-stamp everything the other brances do”?

      1. “When I like the law, the function of the Court is to legitimize the expansion of the government, when I dislike the law, the function of the Court is to be the last bulwark of my personal freedom.”

  2. No good conduct medal for you, President Obama says to the Boy Scouts, as he comes out-

    I’ve decided to stop reading there.

    1. This is exactly how Harry Reid gets his sources to tell him crimes other people have committed. He is lightning quick with the “stop right there, i’ve heard enough.” His source should have had the foresight to not start his statement about Romney with “He didn’t pay any taxes for 10 years except the ones he was required to by law.”

      1. But Warren Buffet thinks he should pay moooooooooore!

        1. And Buffet is going to give a press conference to that effect just as soon as he gets out of the hearing about the $1B his company owes in back taxes.

          1. A debunked lie from you wingnuts again.

            I have offered to NEVER post here again if you can prove Buffett owes 1B in back taxes.

            No Glenn Beck or Bratbitch liar sites accepted – only WSJ, FT, NYT, or Bloomberg.

            1. WSJ? That Murdoch-besoiled rag? Fuck, buttplug. You’re getting soft. Next you’ll be swallowing the lies of teh Koch Bros.

              1. CN – you should know about this. According to the WSJ NetJets is on the hook for $643 million to the IRS

            2. Yes. Only Party-Approved propaganda.

            3. The burden should be on Buffett. He’s the one whose company we’ve alleged hasn’t paid taxes in ten years. Why didn’t he release the returns?

              1. you mean like this:
                Buffett’s NetJets is being sued by the U.S. over $366 million in taxes and penalties.

                1. That’s only 1/3 of a billion. Lord H. So, ipso facto, you’re 2/3 wingnut.

                  1. it’s a fair cop, guvnor.

            4. Page 54, 2nd paragraph of Berkshire Hathaway’s 2010 Annual Report states as follows:

              At December 31, 2010 and 2009, net unrecognized tax benefits were $1,005 million and $926 million, respectively. Included in the balance at December 31, 2010, are $774 million of tax positions that, if recognized, would impact the effective tax rate. The remaining balance in net unrecognized tax benefits principally relates to tax positions for which the ultimate deductibility is highly certain but for which there is uncertainty about the timing of such deductibility. Because of the impact of deferred tax accounting, other than interest and penalties, the disallowance of the shorter deductibility period would not affect the annual effective tax rate but would accelerate the payment of cash to the taxing authority to an earlier period. As of December 31, 2010, we do not expect any material changes to the estimated amount of unrecognized tax benefits in the next twelve months.

              Berkshire Hathaway’s own auditors believe approximately $1 Billion may be potentially owed to the government.

              Now, shriek, would you please STFU and go back to Slate or the Puffington Host, or wherever all you commie libtards go to bottle feed and circle jerk?

        2. Maybe if I was as rich as Buffet, I would feel the same way about what I “owe to society” or whatever. Sure, what’s a couple extra hundred million in extra taxes, I’ve still got $44 billion laying around, right? But some people, Mitt Romney included, are not as astronomically wealthy as Buffet, and ponying up extra tax money would seriously jeopardize their finances. Buffet is smart enough to realize this, so what does he get out of trying to goad wealthy people into paying more taxes?

          If Buffet wants to pay extra taxes, fine, have at it. Otherwise, he should keep his mouth shut.

          1. Buffett wants the US to avoid fiscal catastrophe. For Berkshire among others.

            Bush/Romney, iow.

            1. Yeah, WSJ would be nice. They have news integrity and would not miss a juicy Buffett story if real.

              Look at the links the wingnuts need to use here today.

              Wash Times, CNS News, IBD, – the vomit bucket of journalism.

              1. Mr. Buttplug, According the the WSJ:

                NEW YORK?NetJets, a unit of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., this week sued the Internal Revenue Service over what it called an “illegal” $643 million tax assessment.

                Please stop your commenting by 2/3

                Thank you.

            2. You could tax the 1% 100% of every penny they make and it still would not even put a dent in the fiscal crisis we are in. It would be like shooting a 9mm bullet top stop an oncoming train.

              1. You could tax the 1% 100% of every penny they make and it still would not even put a dent in the fiscal crisis we are in.

                The beauty part? Buttplug knows this. And he knows we know this. But we all keep playing our parts. Now multiply this game by a gazillion.

            3. Buffett wants the US to avoid fiscal catastrophe. For Berkshire among others

              Funny how cutting spending never enters into this equation.

              1. Wrong.


                Buffett supports Simpson-Bowles which includes many spending cuts.

                1. And I’m sure he’s going to be excoriating Obama over rejecting this any day now, right? Right?

                  This is especially LOL:

                  So you have to get expenditures, in my view, down to about 21 percent of GDP. And you have to get revenues up to 18 1/2 or 19.

                  In other words, continue spending more than you take in–you’d think such a smart guy would have done a debt-to-GDP spread on something like that.

                  1. Hmmm, maybe I was wrong and Shrieking Idiot isn’t Mary Stack after all. She seems to have finally been successfully permabanned, whereas this scumbag is still here.

          2. If Buffett really wanted to pay more taxes, he could easily do so. Hell, all he would have to do is pay himself a reasonable salary.

            And Berkshire Hathaway is famous for their decade long fights with the IRS over their tax bills.

            He’s full of shit and knows it, just like our stinky little friend who idolizes him so.

    2. “I’ve stated my opposition to this. I think it’s unnecessary,” Obama told MTV. “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage.”

      That’s a pretty big shift in thinking for Mr. Obama. Wonder what changed his mind?

      1. Follow the money.

  3. The Police: Useless, but not Harmless
    …Of course, officer safety is ever and always the first ? and only ? priority.

    Accordingly, when mere Mundanes were beaten and robbed in front of the precinct station, it was entirely appropriate for Hanson to cower behind a locked door, and then seek reinforcements to help repel persistent pleas for aid from the victims….

  4. Slow path to progress for U.S. immigrants
    43% on welfare after 20 years

    1. So the claims that immigrants don’t assimilate to American culture are incorrect then?

      1. ** golf clap **

  5. Since January, nearly a dozen officers have been arrested or fired or have resigned from the Dekalb County, Georgia, police department amidst allegations of illegality and brutality.

    That came from The Onion, right?

    1. Holy fuck. A PD getting its shit together? Awesome.

      1. I don’t think so. This seems more like cutting low hanging fruit and circling the wagons before the civil suits kick in.

        1. Not so sure. Look at this story in the AJC. Cop kills woman in accident over the weekend and is charged just a few days later. Now they’re not releasing any details (of course!), but I’m gonna go all Harry Reid and say the guy was drunk or something. It just takes too long to do any form of investigation and come back with a charge four days later unless there are contributing factors like booze.

          1. Sieck was placed on paid administrative leave by Atlanta police “pending further determination by the chief of police regarding his status,” according to a statement.

            Why do these fuckers always get paid vacations for killing people?

            1. Unions + Politicians = Fuck You, Taxpayers

            2. It’s in the contract.

          2. ” but I’m gonna go all Harry Reid”

            You’re a pederast?

      2. Since January, nearly a dozen officers have been arrested or fired or have resigned…

        I’d love to read more about this but HampersandR dropped the ball when it came to linking to a source, but looking at that statement and knowing how things like this tend to work: nearly a dozen means 11; of those 11 officers, 10 resigned and have no doubt found work doing the same shit in other departments in other jurisdictions; and one was fired and arrested as a sacrificial lamb to give the public the impression that it was “getting its shit together.” Making the statement “Since January, nearly a dozen officers have been arrested or fired or have resigned from the Dekalb County, Georgia, police department amidst allegations of illegality and brutality.” perfectly truthful and absolutely meaningless at the same time.

    2. I can’t tell whether we’re supposed to be angry that the police are vicious and corrupt, or happy that one department is actually capable of at least firing its officers, or even sometimes arresting them.

      1. Angry at the corruption and mildly optimistic about one department possibly cleaning up.

  6. Your post (#3190512) has been marked as spam by a third-party spam filter. If this is a mistake, please email webmaster@reason.com.

    1. Good job squirrels. They recognize Golden Girls spam when they see it.

      1. I lol’d

        been a long time since a GG thread Johnny…

  7. Megan Fox is still hot!

    1. Well, some of her is still hot. Her face? Not so much..

      1. What’s wrong with her face? She’s got one of the best faces in all of Hollywood.

  8. No good conduct medal for you, President Obama says to the Boy Scouts, as he comes out against their ban on gay members

    Anyone know if the Boy Scouts take federal assistance at all?

    1. They don’t take money that I know of. They do use federal parks.

      1. Do they get special access beyond what the general public has?

        1. I don’t know about all instances, but I am aware that they pay fees to some of those parks for larger events.

        2. It’s been too long. And when I was a Boy Scout I wasn’t paying attention to whether we were on federal, state, or private land. A quick internet search tells me that Philmont Scout Ranch is now owned by the BSA.

          1. Philmont was always owned by the BSA. It was donated to them by Wade Phillips of Phillips 66.

            The BSA used to use Fort A.P. Hill VA for it’s quadrennial National Jamboree. It now has a new permanent home in Summit Bechtel Reserve WV. I believe it is wholly private.

            The only thing that the scouts have from the feds is a congressional charter from back when Baden Powell started the organization.

            1. The party…I am late to it.

        3. Definitely. The annual Jamboree is on a military base in VA. There is a special statute for sole purpose of authorizing DoD to help out at the Jamboree: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/10/2554

        4. The Boy Scouts pay all fees imposed on the general public to access local, state, and federal government lands.

          They Boy Scouts frequently provide free labor to maintain and improve these lands as part of the public service requirements of the higher level awards.

          The national organization has been bonkers for about two decades now. But the BSA as a whole does lots of good things.

    2. That eagle badge you got…you din’t make that happen.

    3. Doesn’t this hectoring fuck have anything of consequence on his agenda?

      I guess the upside is that every second he spends on something that’s none of his damned business is a second he isn’t screwing up something important.

      1. this hectoring fuck

        Nice band name.

        1. So that’s what Tom from Rage Against the Machine is up to

      2. He no doubt believes as Tony does: that we are all property of the government. Therefore, everything is his business.

        1. “He no doubt believes as Tony does: that we are all property of the government.”

          And in his mind, especially the black folk.

    4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B…..of_America

      The BSA was granted a Congressional charter in 1916, now codified as 36 U.S.C. Chapter 309, stating that their purpose is to:

      promote, through organization, and cooperation with other agencies, the ability of boys to do things for themselves and others, to train them in scoutcraft, and to teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred virtues, using the methods that were in common use by boy scouts on June 15, 1916.

      The BSA is a private organization with a charter recognized by federal law.

      1. promote, through organization, and cooperation with other agencies, the ability of boys to do things for themselves

        Well, see, there’s Obama’s real problem with the Boy Scouts. People should be dependant on the government to do everything for them, like “Julia.”

    5. The BSA possesses a Federal Charter, which basically makes it the “official” youth group of the USA. As for funding, I don’t think so.

      One thing people forget is that the BSA is an explicitly religious organization. Yes, it’s ecumenical in the widest sense of the term, in that they accept all religious creeds; but a belief in a higher being is required for membership in the “traditional” Scouting movements (ie. Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, but not the co-ed Explorers and Venture Scouts).

      Another thing that people forget is that the founder of Scouting, Lord Baden-Powell was G.A.Y.; however, being born in Britain in the 19th Century gave him the belief that gayness was something that could be cured by long hikes and cold showers.

      1. Another thing that people forget is that the founder of Scouting, Lord Baden-Powell was G.A.Y.; however, being born in Britain in the 19th Century gave him the belief that gayness was something that could be cured by long hikes and cold showers.

        So he was the Jerry Sandusky of his time?

      2. A Scout is Reverant.

        Although I expect that faith in the FSM is sufficient to meet that requirement.

        1. Isn’t faith in the FSM like, explicitly irreverent? 😀

      3. Another thing that people forget is that the founder of Scouting, Lord Baden-Powell was G.A.Y.

        No, that’s just speculation, mostly by a single source and not particularly credible.

        You bought a line, which is sad because you seem like you’re bright enough not to swallow that kind of propaganda.

  9. Lock this bitch up.

    Pelosi ‘Swears’ Spirit of Susan B. Anthony Spoke to Her in White House

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) told a recent gathering of the Women’s Political Committee that the spirits of suffragists Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Alice Paul spoke to her at the White House.

    Pelosi said she heard them say: “At last we have a seat at the table”.


    1. wtf is this, ghosthunters DC edition?

      1. A christmas carol.

        But the senile old bad didn’t realize that they were warning her to change her ways.

        1. I prefer Scrooged personally.

          1. Oh, what is this, Frank? Oh, oh look, Frank! It’s a toaster!

          2. Every day I hear reasons that someone can’t work. By back hurts, my legs hurt, I’m ONLY FOUR!

      2. Well, Nancy is a bit spectral looking.

        1. As a member of the undead, she is a lot closer to ghosts on the supernatural spectrum.

    2. Some of that botox moved into her brain. No big deal. With any luck she’ll be gone soon, and we can move onto hating other deplorable pieces of shit.

    3. Pelosi said she heard them say: “At last we have a seat at the table”.

      And then they turned to Pelosi and said… ?

      1. This is OUR house?

      2. *** Poltergeist raspy utterance ***

        “GET OUT!”

      3. That table you’re sitting at? You didn’t build that.

    4. Reminds me of the Reagans hiring seance and astrology people to counsel them.

      And CNSNews? Shit, dude. Grow up.

      1. It’s Reagan’s fault! Brilliant!
        (Shit, bplug, you should get a job writing Dem ad copy!)

      2. So they are making this up?

        1. Who knows? CNS is not credible at all. They make up a lot of stuff to support their whacky religion.

          I don’t believe Scientologists or Mormons either. Or any religion. They are all fucked up.

          1. You do realize that CNS is not CSM right?

            1. Shh! Let him keep going, it’s funnier that way.

          2. you only believe the little voices in your head?

            1. The Christian Science Monitor used to do some really good international reporting back in the day. (I think they cut way back on that years ago.)

              1. You do realize that CNS is not CSM right?

                1. CNS is Brent Bozell – ultra rightwing whackjob.

                  CSM is very credible.

      3. It is on video, shrike.

        1. Uh, taken out of context! She didn’t say that! Thats not what she meant!

          1. That’s not what she said but here’s why what you think she said but didn’t is correct anyway!

            /”didn’t build that” argument

          2. She was, uh, speaking in Old White Woman Dialect!


    5. Take it easy on the bath salts you decrepit old vampire.

    6. Soon, Obama will announce the endorsement of the spirit world, as revealed to him at a Ouija board session with the Democratic leadership.

      1. Is this like the Mormons baptising dead people?

      2. well the dead to tend to vote for Democrats.

        1. Suck it, Humungus!

          1. I don’t suck, I burn the victims tied to the front of my tractor.

      3. And the dead all vote Democrat.

        1. But dead Mormons? What if they baptist everyone who had died in Chicago during the past half century? I think I’m beginning to see the spectral outlines of a Romney campaign strategy.

          1. Chicago’s dead have already been voting for all that time, so probably no real effect on outcomes.

    7. Wow. Pelosi is apparently the Mary Sue in her own self-insert US History fanfiction.

      1. Of course she’s doing her own fanfic. She’s seen what happens when you leave it to other people

    8. I guess she forgot that Hillary Clinton already pulled this “I talk with the ghosts of Important Feminist Leaders!” nonsense.

      Every day she does something to confirm that she really is becoming senile.

  10. …Of course, officer safety is ever and always the first ? and only ? priority.

    Accordingly, when mere Mundanes were beaten and robbed in front of the precinct station, it was entirely appropriate for Hanson to cower behind a locked door, and then seek reinforcements to help repel persistent pleas for aid from the victims….

    1. …Police departments exist to enforce the will of the municipal corporations that employ them. Any actual service they render with respect to the protection of person and property is incidental to that mission. Fortunately ? albeit tardily ? tax victims across the country are finally starting to understand this fact, as the financial burden of supporting the state’s enforcement caste becomes unbearable….

      1. Are those the evil corpurashuns that progs are always yammering about?

  11. ‘Morning, boys and girls. I am stoked and ready for another big day of denouncing evil! Anybody got anything specific that needs denounced first thing, or should I just start denouncing willy nilly?

    1. My coffee was not as strong as I like. Can we start there?

      1. My coffee was, as usual, worse than the worst diner coffee I’ve had.

        1. There is someone in my office that is so lazy they just put more water in the coffee machine without putting in fresh grounds. It ends up tasting like stale vagina.

          1. tasting like stale vagina

            Umm… How… Never mind, I don’t want to know.

            1. Stale vagina. Now that’s something worth denouncing.

              1. Also a great band name.

                1. Pussy Quiet?

                  1. Putin Smiles Upon You for that one.

        2. Seriously. Clean the thing once in while. A white vinegar and water solution run through a drip maker once a week makes all the difference in the world. (Run a cold water cycle after that if you don’t want your first brew to be a little tangy.) Even Folgers will taste halfway decent if you get all the burnt oils out of your carafe.

          1. You are talking about coffee-makers now, aren’t you?

            1. Umm… Yes?

              1. But it also works for the dreaded STALE VAGINA.

    2. Willy Nilly. You may proceed.

    3. oh, you do requests? As a warm-up act, please denounce Mayor Bloomberg

      1. Since Citizen Nothing has yet to denounce Bloomberg, I can safely assume that he’s a huge fan.

    4. What did willy nilly ever do to you?

      1. refuse to stand up when a lady entered the room?

        1. Oh, I bet you’ve made willy stand up at least a few times, ifh.

        2. willy nilly? sounds like a job for cialis

      2. He does nothing to help the working classes glorious struggle towards equality and thus should be denounced.

    5. Today is my birthday. I’m sure you can find something to denounce there.

      1. Congratulations on your survival.

  12. Zooey Deschanel is still pale!

    1. Not as pale as Michael Jackson was.

  13. no, not another pizza thread

    Papa John’s Founder To Raise Price Of Pizza Due To ‘Obamacare’

    1. This should drive health care costs down. Less people eating Papa Johns. Less spouses being punched for bringing home disgusting pizza and so on.

    2. Let me know when they start selling actual pizza. You know: Deep Dish.

    3. A pizza thread that doesn’t mention JesusPizza?

    4. “Have no fear–although the price is being raised, the quality will remain the same!!”

  14. ‘Runway clear for take (your clothes) off!’

    1. I love this. Mix in some Mai Tai’s or Zombie Punch and it may be the greatest thing ever. God, how did we become so repressed?

      1. Probably due to the violence inherent in the system.

    2. Hello, Vietnam!

  15. Army Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo faces sentencing today for planning to blow up a restaurant full of fellow soldiers for religious reasons.

    They didn’t serve kosher?

    1. I confused. Would he still face sentencing if he’d planned to blow it up for ideological reasons or just because he’s a bad guy?

      1. Yeah, a very cute way of putting it “religious reasons”… as if he was a Jesuit planning to blow up some Poor Claires.

        1. Shh…the Emperor Caliph has no clothes.

    2. This is also workplace violence, not domestic terrorism, right?

      1. I don’t know if I would call it workplace violence, but killing soldiers for political reasons isn’t terrorism, it’s insurrection and treason.

  16. A man in Sandviken in central Sweden has been warned by authorities on two occasions for masturbating naked on his balcony, a fact that is making local mothers demand his eviction.


    1. He is clearly not master of his domain.

    2. You know, my ideal amount of land used to be “enough so I can take a piss off my back deck and no one would care”, but I’m upgrading to this.

  17. Behind the Fiscal Cliff Looms Deficit Mountain

    Taxes at the federal level are designed to produce the income necessary for the mission of the US government. Spending directly relates to the mission. We need to know the scope and size of the mission before we can determine spending and the appropriate level of taxation. Do we want the federal government to have plenary jurisdiction in all areas of our lives, where it dictates personal choices and overrides religious objections in the name of the greater good? We have been traveling along those lines for decades, but still provide funding for only about 60 percent of the annual costs for such a mission. Do we want a federal government that only absorbs 20 percent of GDP? Then we need to rest the mission to keep the costs within those boundaries.

  18. NYPD helps Microsoft develop new software package. Working title: Big Brother.

    The system allows New York City police to monitor thousands of surveillance cameras across the city and, in real time, collect and analyze information from relevant databases.

    1. London really is inspiring the world!

    2. These illiterate fucks no doubt got the name Big Brother from the reality show and not from reading 1984 which I find doubly insulting.

      1. This week I ordered a copy of Mil Naucent Okdek Kvar just because I thought it would be deliciously ironic to read 1984 translanted into Esperanto. True story.

        1. I’m really interested in how the translator will handle the Newspeak words.

    3. Fuck this city with a spiked bat.

        1. The thought of Bloomberg encountering Negan and Lucille is heartwarming.

  19. York: When 1,099 felons vote in race won by 312 ballots
    …In the ’08 campaign, Republican Sen. Norm Coleman was running for re-election against Democrat Al Franken. It was impossibly close; on the morning after the election, after 2.9 million people had voted, Coleman led Franken by 725 votes.

    Franken and his Democratic allies dispatched an army of lawyers to challenge the results. After the first canvass, Coleman’s lead was down to 206 votes. That was followed by months of wrangling and litigation. In the end, Franken was declared the winner by 312 votes. He was sworn into office in July 2009, eight months after the election.

    During the controversy a conservative group called Minnesota Majority began to look into claims of voter fraud. Comparing criminal records with voting rolls, the group identified 1,099 felons — all ineligible to vote — who had voted in the Franken-Coleman race.

    Minnesota Majority took the information to prosecutors across the state, many of whom showed no interest in pursuing it. But Minnesota law requires authorities to investigate such leads. And so far, Fund and von Spakovsky report, 177 people have been convicted — not just accused, but convicted — of voting fraudulently in the Senate race. …

    1. But everybody knows that voter fraud is a bagger myth.

    2. They should have told Governor Pawlenty. I suspect this story is bogus anyway. 177 cases of voter fraud in one state would have been noticed by someone,

      1. “177 cases of voter fraud in one state would have been noticed by someone”

        Not if it doesn’t fit the narrative that “voter fraud doesn’t exist”.

      2. Haha, yeah, it was noticed, hence the convictions and the story.

  20. While pulling into the parking garage at work, a few spots down from mine was a car with Obama 2012 bumper stickers. So, I took it upon myself to leave a note:

    “Obama, huh? How’s that working out? Unemployment = 8%+; Still in the middle east; health insurance costs rising; med marijuana users and growers still being prosecuted”

    on the back of the card, I wrote “Be libertarian this one time. Gary Johnson ’12”

    It will probably just piss him or her off, but maybe it will actually strike a chord (cord?). Who knows?

    1. I’m sure the response will be “What the fuck is a Libertarian and who the fuck is Gary Johnson?”

      1. A Romney canvasser came by my house about a week ago. I told him I was voting for Gary Johnson and I got this “Who? Are there more than two poeple running?” look. He just said thank you and left.

    2. RACIST!

      1. Nah, I think it was a Prius so it couldn’t have been racist. (Lacist, maybe, but they’re such a smug car in America that it was probably some white liberal.)

  21. Meanwhile, Romney’s tenure at Vain was apparently carcinogenic.

        1. MENDOZZZAAAA!!!


        3. The pain!

  22. Seven-foot long minifig-scale Serenity model is a Lego masterpiece

    related: Isaak Lasson, 6, Finds Missing Lego Piece In His Nose

  23. Look, the UN is a perfectly legitimate governing body.

    The International Criminal Court has issued a warrant for Omar Al-Bashir — its first ever for a sitting head of state — for crimes against humanity he allegedly committed in Darfur. Yet, his regime is set to take its place on the panel, in the latest bizarre appointment to make a mockery of the UN’s human rights credibility, according to critics.

    1. I posted yesterday.

      When can we start going rage face? I would like to line up a bunch of Abrams tanks facing the UN building and just blast the damned thing repeatedly. Also, use the UN flags to wipe my ass. This organization is complete and utter shit.

      1. Alternatively… http://www.theonion.com/articl…..iver,9637/

      2. Fuck that. That is valuable real estate that we paid (willingly or not) to build. Evict the motherfuckers and start selling office space.

  24. Oddly Static Economic Analysis from Elliot Spitzer
    …The Defense Department and the city of New York are among the largest purchasers of guns. If the president and the mayor truly believe that semi-automatic weapons should not be available to private purchasers, and that magazines with more than 10 bullets should not be sold over the counter, they should simply say that, from now on, the federal government and the city of New York, as a matter of public safety, will not buy any weapons or ammunition from companies that do not agree to pull semi-automatics from their stock and refuse to produce magazines with more than 10 rounds other than for sale to the government. President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg should announce that semiautomatic handguns with high-capacity magazines ? the kind used in Oak Creek; Aurora, Colo.; Tucson, Ariz.; and Virginia Tech ? can no longer be sold to private citizens by any company that wants to do business with the federal government and the city of New York.

    The major gun manufacturers will agree to the limits imposed by their major customers.

    Use the power of the government as a purchaser, as a consumer, to get the companies marketing these products to change their behavior. And do it now. Stop blaming the legislature and act, immediately….

    1. So if there are to be no semi-automatics, we are left with full auto? ROCK n’ ROLL!

      1. Maybe they want to return to flint locks.

        1. You are probably right – if they tried matchlocks, Nanny Bloomberg would complaint the burning wick/fuse/punk smoke was too close to cigarette smoke.

      2. Single action revolvers, only. Fan the hammer!

    2. Thus making sure that the remaining gun companies who don’t sell to the feds will make a killing.

      1. “make a killing.”

        Well said. Heh.

  25. The fuck, people? No one here has yet denounced Cristina Fernandez? Why do libertarians love South American dictators?
    That’s it. I can no longer associate myself with you assholes.

    1. I denounce you for denouncing me for denouncing the denouncing fools who are too quick to denounce!

    2. We’ve been denouncing her for months, at least.

    3. I denounce the Boy Scouts of Argentina!

    4. I read today that Argentina is warning people looking for oil near the Falklands that they are engaged in illegal activities. They really love rattlin’ the saber, don’t they?

  26. …President Cristina Fernandez is pushing to nationalize the firm and shield it from investigation.

    Don’t pry for me Argentina.

    1. At first I thought it was amazing that Argentina had outsourced their peso printing to a private firm. Then I realized what a perfect crony operation that must be.

      1. Is it called The Argentinan Reserve?

        1. Isn’t that a finishing move for one of the Samoan Swat Team?

          1. It’s the finishing move the Peronists use on the Argentinian economy.

          2. +1 Samu and Fatu

    2. Hey Reason, this should be a headline. I’m sure FoE won’t mind if you use it.

      1. Haven’t you heard? The new redesign includes 75% fewer snarky headlines and alt-texts.

        1. And zero previews in the comments.

    3. Puns are the lowest form of humor.

      1. Puns register at 0.000001 Kicks to the Nuts, below even Carrot Top (0.00356) and Recent Adam Sandler Comedies (0.00069420).

      2. Sage, against the machine.

        1. The beast, at Tenagra.

          1. Hit+Run, when the ampersands fell.

            1. No! No ST:TNG quoting today!

              1. A planet where plus signs evolved from ampersands? There’s got to be an answer.

              2. Fine, I’ll quote exclusively from DS9.

                “That’s different. The Founders are gods.”

                1. That’s why you came to me, isn’t it, Captain? Because you knew I could do those things that you weren’t capable of doing? Well, it worked. And you’ll get what you want: a war between the Romulans and the Dominion. And if your conscience is bothering you, you should soothe it with the knowledge that you may have just saved the entire Alpha Quadrant. And all it cost was the life of one Romulan senator, one criminal, and the self-respect of one Starfleet officer. I don’t know about you, but I’d call that a bargain.

                  1. Computer, delete log entry.

      3. So you admit it was humorous.

      4. Puns are the lowest form of humor. said the unpunny one

  27. It’s my precious, and I wants it.

    The suit has drawn outrage from the city’s new administration, considering former Bell, Calif., Police Chief Randy Adams used to make $457,000 — $770,046 with benefits — in his municipal job. Plus he’s currently raking in a plump pension.

    1. It puts the pension in the basket. It does this when its told.

  28. Report finds widespread fraud in taxpayer ID program

    The inspector general also found 10 individual addresses were used for filing 53,994 tax returns and receiving $86.4 million in fraudulent tax refunds. For example, 23,994 tax refunds totaling $46.3 million were issued to an address in Atlanta; and 2,507 tax refunds totaling $10.4 million were issued to an address in Oxnard, Calif.

    In addition, the Treasury’s Inspector General for Tax Administration reports found 10 bank accounts received 23,560 tax refunds totaling more than $16 million — including: 2,706 tax refunds issued to a single account totaling $7.3 million.

    1. That’s it folks. Pack up your bags and get on the bus. This place is fucked.

      1. But the buses are so shitty. We need to raise the bus tax first.

        1. We need a program to provide free tickets.

        2. Better idea, high-speed rail…

          1. The californian model works best.

        3. But the buses are so shitty

          Well, Gary’s fallen off the wagon a little, and I haven’t seen Jake in anything other than Starship Troopers and Shasta McNasty (how was that even a show! and why did I watch???), but I don’t think they’re that bad. I mean, he gave us Point Break and that skydiving movie with Wesley Snipes.

          1. Turns out “always bet on black” is like the worst roulette strategy ever.

          2. Speaking of Point Break, isn’t long overdue for a reboot?

            1. Maybe with Obama, Clinton, and Bush masks instead of Reagan, Carter, and Nixon?

              1. Michael Phelps as the FBI character? Ryan Lochte as the surfer/criminal? C’mon, these guys need new careers!

        1. Just so I’ve got this straight, 59 million people loaned Uncle Sam $3000 each interest free in 2011 and I’m supposed to be happy about that?

          1. Fezzig, are there rocks ahead?

            1. If there are, we’ll all be dead.

              1. no more rhymes now I mean it!

    2. “Spending on food stamps alone is projected to reach $800 billion over the next decade.”

      Why stop at $800 billion?

  29. Obama’s Campaign of Lies Reaches Despicable Low

    But why should Obama stop the lies? The press won’t call him on it, at least not with the vigor they reserve for any misleading claim made by a Republican. And, if the latest round of polls is accurate, the mud-slinging seems to be driving down Romney’s approval numbers.

    Plus, all these false charges keep the focus on Romney, and off Obama’s dreadful record as president.

    This campaign of outrageous lies has exposed Obama for what he truly is: an utterly shameless politician who will do or say anything to keep his job.

    1. Right after Romney clearly lied again – this time about Obama and “gutting welfare reform”?


      Really, IBD is in Birther territory.

      1. Do you know why the article you linked is in the Opinion section?

      2. so it’s okay for Obama to lie as long as Romney lied? Nice bedfellows you got there.

      3. Obama did gut welfare reform.

        1. I think you may be referring to the $3.2 billion in temporary welfare payments (TANF and WIC) from the 2009 stimulus.

          It did not change the law, IIRC.

    2. This is really typical of you wingnuts.

      Obama agrees to let GOP Governors TOUGHEN up welfare requirements and you and Romney claim he is “gutting them”.

      Oh, you wingnuts!

      1. You’re in here all the time but you obviously don’t read the articles. Read Suderman’s post from yesterday.

        1. Yeah, I missed that and several prior days.


          1. Rage and froth first, read later.

            1. Suderman makes the case that Obama MAY LATER gut welfare reform’s work requirement.

              IOW- speculation at best.

              1. Because he claimed the power for fun I guess. Go sell stupid somewhere else. Because of you and Tony, we are all full up here.

              2. Suderman dramatically understates the issue.

                From the July 12th memo:

                Projects that test systematically extending the period in which vocational educational training or job search/readiness programs count toward participation rates

                “Job Search / Readiness Programs” means that you show up once a week at a state career center and say, “I looked for work this week.”

                Changing the program to count that towards the participation rate effectively eliminates the work requirement.

                It doesn’t matter to me that it was requested by GOP governors.

  30. A federal judge ruled against two Hawaii women who want to get married, saying that changes to the state’s marriage laws should come from legislators.

    Can’t get married without that piece of government paper.

    1. You can’t force other people to recognize your marriage without that piece of government paper.

      1. So it’s their version of pics or it didn’t happen.

        1. Wait, are these the kind of lesbians that we want to see proof of?

      2. can’t force that’s what it’s all about?

  31. George Orwell, Call Your Office
    Intellectuals, especially in the social sciences, have a nasty habit of thinking that, ‘This is the way the world should be, therefore this is the way the world can be.’

    mplicit in all of these revelations, of course, is the firmest, if never directly expressed, belief of the Left: That the average person is too stupid to run his own life, let alone make public policy decisions. Those few, those happy few, that band of liberal intellectuals, must do that for them.

      1. The “i” was implied.

        1. Well it could be Amplicit, or Umplicit, but that would just be silly.

  32. FTA: An Atlanta police officer witnessed this from across the highway and, using night vision monoculars, saw Rogers approach the driver’s side door and both Rogers and the driver went into the sleeper of the truck, the affidavit states.

    Jesus Christ. Is this what we’re paying policemen to do in this country? And then we get to pay their absurd pensions on top of it? Get the fuck already!

    1. Oh, I thought you were going to bitch about your ivory monocle not being respecced for nightvision.

  33. Hardcore gamer tempts fate: Ohio teen Tyler Rigsby collapses after 5 straight days of Modern Warfare

    Setting aside what kind of parent lets their kid play vidyagames for 5 straight days, WHAT KIND OF PARENT WAITS UNTIL THEIR CHILD HAS COLLAPSED THREE TIMES AND HAS BLUE LIPS BEFORE THEY TAKE HIM TO THE HOSPITAL?!

    Also: fess up, which one of you was this?

    1. BLUE LIPS


      1. Get the fuck already, Rich!

        1. ** raspberry lips **

          But glad you’re fighting for justice, too, sloopy!

    2. Not me. Definitely. -(_-(

    3. BLUE LIPS


    4. What kind of parent? Someone who wants their waste-of-space gamer spawn dead but chickens out at the last minute

      1. waste-of-space gamer spawn

        I hear they grow up to be misanthropic programmers. True?

    1. They should show Christian compassion for him, bearing the heavy burden of blowhard narcissism.

      BTW, well done to the Post for managing to find a non-hot photo of the man, that must have taken some time and effort

      1. Was he just reading the Bible or prayers, or was he expounding his own bullshit? The article doesn’t say.

        1. It sounds like he was reading the Prayers of the Faithful (since his representative references prayers), which are a common way for the reader to promote their pet political causes.

          Even worse is when they have little kids do the prayers, and feed them lines about endangered animals.

          1. Even worse is when they have little kids do the prayers, and feed them lines about endangered animals.

            First, I would probably burst into flames if I crossed the threshold of a church. But, I can’t imagine having to sit through that. I would lose my shit, and it’s probably not polite to heckle children, right?

            I’ve got nothing against church
            Or any people who go there and show there

      2. He was just there trying to help save their souls by bringing the scriptures to life with his magnificent voice!

    2. It wasn’t that delicious. The article made it sound like the parishioners were the bad guys.

      1. It wasn’t that delicious.

        Well at least you’re pairing it with whine.

      2. That kinda were.

        1. Wat.

          1. There’s no indication anywhere that Baldwin was making any kind of political statement.

            AFAICT, he’s just an Irish Catholic guy who likes to volunteer to do the lay reading.

            If you bring your political disputes to church to an extent that you disrupt a service and turn your back on the lay reader even when he’s not engaging in any political activity at that moment, you’re kind of a douche.

            And I guess any notion that the Church fellowship transcends political differences is pretty much bunk to these folks.

            1. I agree Fluffy. He is a jerk. But since when are jerks prevented from doing a reading? If he were up there giving some political rant I could see.

              Those people were jerks. And gee maybe if they had been nice to him, they might have changed his mind of a few things?

              1. I’ve been in more than a few Catholic churches in my time.

                Hated it every time.

                Never acted out, called attention to myself, or disrupted a service in any way.

                And I’m a huge asshole, as everybody knows.

                So if you do something that’s so douchey that even I won’t do it, how big a jerk are you? Pretty big.

    3. And what better place can there be to seek salvation and solace in Christ’s message of humility than near your lavish sprawling eight-acre summer estate in East Hampton.

    4. A representative for Baldwin said, “Alec was focused on the prayers, so he has no way of knowing if this happened. But does someone violating the sanctity of a church even deserve a response?”

      In what way is turning your back on him a “violation of the sanctity of the church”? I would think a blowhard douchenozzle who thinks that just because he’s famous he should be allowed to read from the pulpit anytime he wants would be a greater violation of the church’s sanctity than what the parishioners did. Or is Alec Baldwin’s ego so huge that he now believes himself to be Jesus H. Christ reincarnated?

      “When you see Arrec Bardwin you wirr see the true ugriness of human nature.”

    1. Why the fuck are they torturing that poor guy? After three days he’s still half-dead. Let him go…

      1. EVERY LIFE IS SACRED!!!!!

        1. Every life is great. If a life is wasted, God gets quite irate.

          1. Machine that goes ‘ping!’?

      2. Multiple organ failure and an infection, not good

    2. “Sarah Aspin, mother of the junkie’s 15-month-old son”

      That’s how you report the news. Just. Hard. Facts.

  34. Your deli? You didn’t build that.

    Deli owner: Take my store out of Obama ad

    he owner of a specialty deli at Findlay Market wants her store’s name removed from an ad President Barack Obama is using to defend his record on small business.

    Ten seconds into the ad “Always,” a man is shown from behind, pushing up the security door of Krause’s while Obama’s voice talks about owners sacrificing to make their businesses run.

    The owner of the store, Debra Krause-McDonnell, said that she did not give permission for her business to be shown and that some customers have told her they’ll no longer shop there.

    “I’ve been put into a position I didn’t ask for,” she said Wednesday after the Hamilton County Republican Party sent out an email about the ad that accused Democrats of not responding to the owner’s concerns. “I’m a little angry.”


    1. RACIST!

    2. Anointed messiahs don’t have to ask permission.

  35. O’Brien said the added officers have so far only opened investigations into officers who have been arrested or charged.

    Once those cases are concluded, though, the additional officers can open their own investigations as they see fit, O’Brien said.

    “They will be looking into even rumors, if they think it’s warranted,” he said. “We won’t be chasing rabbits just because we can, but we do want to get out in front of these kinds of allegations.”

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m picturing coppers abusing their authority on other coppers. A staff designated to do nothing but investigate their colleagues? How much work could there possibly be until you are tempted to invent problems to justify your position?

    1. How much work could there possibly be until you are tempted to invent problems to justify your position?

      This is government we’re talking about.
      It is perfectly acceptable to sit around and do nothing, or even sleep on the job (as long as you don’t snore too loud).

      1. “do nothing”

        Absolutely wrong. As a government employee, you’re required to surf for porn.

  36. The most unintentionally hilarious, pearl clutching article by the Washington Post today.
    Sensitive Urban Artist, preparing for dinner party, when suddenly!!! Scary Automatic Weapon appears!
    You or I would say “Score” but this really upset him and ruined his dinner party.

    1. And he contacted the Brady Campaign about it, ugh.

    2. SHit like that never happens to me.

      1. AMAZON FEEDBACK % STARS *****

        I ordered a shitty $300 TV and I got a kickass German rifle worth $2000! I will buy from this seller again.

      2. No kidding. Why did it have to go to some hipster douche bag and not someone who would appreciate it.

    3. You can just feel the smug oozing from his pores. “Ha ha, ban all weapons! look at this novel African/Mediterranean themed party I am having!”

      1. Why was he ordering a TV? He strikes me as “I don’t even own a TV” man.

    4. He got a SIG rifle for $325 and he’s complaining? What the fuck? That’s the deal of a lifetime. A $1600 value. Guy got 80% off.

    5. So the cops now have a SIG716 they didn’t have to pay for?

      1. It’s called evidence. I hope they don’t lose it.

    6. On Tuesday night, Seth Horvitz, 38, a musician from San Francisco who moved to Washington a year ago… composes and performs electronic music using computers… had never held a gun. He hadn’t even seen one that wasn’t being toted by somebody in uniform… enjoyed a potluck dinner with a North African and Mediterranean theme… he and his companions share a general aversion to firearms: “I personally would like to see all assault weapons banned,”… phoned the D.C. police (and made another call, for good measure, bringing the matter to the attention of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence)…

      Everything about this dude just screams hipster douche. This guys couldn’t be a bigger walking stereotype. I bet he wears thick framed glasses, a beard that looks like someone smeared shit on his face, and has a closet full of “ironic vintage T-shirts” and skinny jeans. I should send this story to diehipster, if they haven’t already seen it.

    7. He was lucky. He called the police and told them he had an asault rifle. And nothing else happened.

      1. He showed the proper level of submissiveness and respect for their authoritah.

        1. Blowing the cops when they arrived helped his case, as well.

  37. Man with permit to carry a weapon is arrested for carrying the weapon in an establishment that has not expressly forbidden people from carrying weapons.

    Damn slaves… get scared every time they see a gun.

    “He should have went to the counter and told them that he had a weapon. Why are you openly bringing a weapon into a theater when you know there was a shooting in Colorado,” said Kim Aldridge, of West Haven.

    Why would I openly bring a weapon after the shooting in Colorado? BECAUSE OF THE GAWDAMNED SHOOTING IN COLORADO, YOU STUPID TWIT! If some other maniac comes into the theater to start shooting it up, I want my damned gun ready to drop his ass before he drops me! Fucking cowards Americans are becoming.

    1. In a world of bulls, bears, and sheep, it’s the sheep that get slaughtered.

    2. He didn’t have the gun on him because he was concerned about another theater massacre, he had it on him because the movie got out at 1 a.m. and New Haven is a shit hole.

      1. Well, that’s another valid excuse. But the sheep think that the cops are always around to protect them.

    3. Kim Aldridge of West Haven Connecticut is an idiot and a tyrant.

      Preach it.

  38. This week I ordered a copy of Mil Naucent Okdek Kvar just because I thought it would be deliciously ironic to read 1984 translanted into Esperanto. True story.

    For this, I denounce…


    1. I second the denoucement.

      1. +MCMLXXXIV

  39. http://www.mecum.com/auctions/…..CA0812_S97

    If it were possible to have sex with a car, this would be a good choice.

    1. I’m sure Steve Smith has found a way.

      1. Steve Smith violating a classic Ferrari is just wrong.

    2. Who says it’s not possible?

      At the time of the programme, Smith was living with ‘Vanilla’ (a white Volkswagon Beetle) but was also having sexual relationships with ‘Cinnamon’ (an Opal GT) and ‘Ginger’ (a Ford Ranger Splash). His previous relationship to ‘Vanilla’ was another VW Beetle called ‘Victoria’.


      Also, I once read about a guy who accidentally strangled himself while chained to his VW, masturbating (it’s complicated)

    3. I would prefer to have sex “in” a car, though it’s hell on the back. But the Honda Element works wonders with it’s seats that convert to a bed.

  40. If you can stomach Chris Matthews: Matt Kibbe of Freedom Works on Hardball discussing Tea Party wins


  41. OT: Most have probably already seen this, but I don’t waste a lot of my life surfing youtube, so I hadn’t seen this before. I laughed so hard my sides hurt and if I’d been drinking anything I probably would have squirted it out of my nose: Full Metal Disney.

  42. They came for the 2nd Amendment and then the 1st

    So yeah, libs are calling for a ban on “hate speech”. Of course they’ve been doing it for a long time. It’s okay for them to be upset when people use pejoratives against different groups like blacks, Jews, gays, etc. But they feel fine using terms like rednecks, hillbillies, and other derogatory remarks towards Conservatives and some libertarians.

    1. I call people rednecks, hillbillies and yokels all the time.

      The difference between that and calling someone a “nigger” or a “kike” is that redneck is a way of life that is chosen. Hating on someone for the way they live is totally kosher (npi); hating on someone because of their race or tribe is not.

      1. yeah, but a lot of the people that the left use those terms for are not necessarily rednecks or hillbillies, but because they have conservative leanings, they are automatically put into that catagory.

      2. nigger is a choice as well.


      4. The difference between that and calling someone a “nigger” or a “kike” is that redneck is a way of life that is chosen.

        Not the way it’s used by the left it isn’t.

        Honestly, your excuse is stupid.

    2. CHRISTFAG!!!!!111!111

  43. Physicists say that the Armageddon way of destroying an earth killing asteroid would not work

    So, Bruce Willis, you need to come up with another way to save us from doom.

    1. Physicists have this much time on their hand, that they’re debunking a 14 year old movie? I was in junior high when that came out and I could already do the math to see it wouldn’t be enough.

  44. See the Hilarious Responses From Obama Supporters When Asked Why the Gov’t Should Pay for Contraception


    1. The woman in the next clip at least had an answer to that, stating, “if we had that more readily available then we wouldn’t have people out here starving, wouldn’t have?”

      You heard it here folks: contrceptives are food. Who knew?

    2. I don’t think the lady in the purple shirt has to worry about contraception.

  45. Santa Barbara’s Architectural Board of Review has effectively blocked Chick-fil-A from opening a new store because 5 members of the board abstained from voting to approve a revised landscaping plan for the location. One City Councilman is calling for these members to resign because he says the board is about architecture, not politics


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