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  1. Polling finds that a majority of Americans pretty much think 2013 will suck.

    And who says Americans are ill informed?

    1. You do. All the time.

      1. BECAUSE THEY ARE, YOU IGNORANT FUCK.

        1. I wear my ignorance like a badge of honor.

  2. Studies suggest that space travel will cause serious brain damage to astronauts.

    1. Re: A Serious Man,

      Studies suggest that space travel will cause serious brain damage to astronauts.

      That is what deflector shields are for: To stop photon torpedoes and brain rot.

    2. Well look at Neil “State Uber Alles” Armstrong. He’s Tony with better name recognition.

      1. I think you’re confusing my nemesis with that dickhead John Glenn. Armstrong ha a statist pet in NASA, but he was a pretty good guy and he never reinforced his mailbox with steel plates so he’s OK with me.

        1. Wait, so…Armstrong is your nemesis but also a pretty good guy?

          1. Ken’s relationship with Neil Armstrong is very…complex. He’s seeing a therapist about it, at least.

            1. I understand that they’re going to use virtual reality therapy, involving Ken, a virtual Armstrong, and a talking mailbox.

              1. REAL SIMULATED HOLOGRAPHIC EVIL ARMSTRONG IS BACK!!!

                1. Well, it’s not like America can go on without some sort of Armstrong.

            2. I see what you did there.

          2. Ever stop to think that maybe I’m the asshole in the good guy/bad guy nemesis relationship, nicole?

            1. And now I see where I made my mistake.

            2. Hell, that was my starting premise.

            3. Dude, seriously. If you’re going to run for office you need to be more careful about what you say on here.

              I know if I ran for office I’d be scared shitless that someone would find my posts on the food trucks and snowball fights. (Even though I was right)

  3. US ready for Canada in semi-final

  4. Barf Saltz!!1! Fuck the Navy.

    The U.S. Navy has been battling the use of bath salts and other synthetic drugs by its sailors and Navy Medicine has set up a webpage specifically to educate sailors and the public about the potentially disastrous health risks involved.

    I hear that sub crews all rolling together in a giant orgy is being covered up.

    1. Fresh water is a premium at sea anyway. Sailors should be taking showers.

      1. Do they make shower saltz?

    2. There is no amount of scaremongering that DOD will not embrace.

    3. If bath salts really did turn people into psychotic killers, the armed forces would require their personnel to use them.

  5. 2013: The Year of Quinoa

  6. Discussions of gun control have dropped off in the national media.

    Sometimes journalists easily distracted by new shiny objects works to our advantage.

    1. I keep hearing rumors that the AR wasn’t actually used in the shooting – and the coroner’s report never came out. I’m starting to wonder if they are true.

      1. That could partly explain why they’re shutting up about it and patiently waiting for the next opportunity.

  7. Tips on how to get over a breakup

    1. Kiwis are fucking pansies.

  8. Goodbye Ray Lewis. One of the few thugs from the U who turned himself into a decent person. I’ll actually miss the bastard on Sundays.

    1. I am going to sit at home in my #52 jersey tonight and cry.

      Actually, I am relieved. Quite clear he has declined and the Ravens don’t have to suck it up and pay him next year to be “the emotional leader.” Or cut him, which is always awkward.

      1. As long as he celebrates by (a) beating the colts so that he can (b) beat the crap out of Manning next week, I am OK.

        1. I’d rather he beat the crap out of Brady next week (go Bengals?) first before Manning.

          Although ideally, the Bengals beat Houston and Denver, so the AFC Championship can be in Baltimore.

    2. Other than the whole murder thing, I guess he was a pretty good guy.

      1. Well he may or may not have had a direct hand in the murder (or he may have simply covered it to protect his buddies) either way it is pretty clear that since then he has done a remarkable and damn near unheard of job in turning his life around. Usually cases like his end up looking more like Rae Carruth or Maurice Clarette.

      2. He got his shit really together after that. Also, I watched one of those fucking ESPN documentaries about him and his dad and his kids and it tugged at my heartstrings.

      3. Other than the whole murder thing, I guess he was a pretty good guy.

        Because no prosecutor ever trumped-up or wholesale manufactured a case against a Big Trophy or anything.

      4. Either way his body should eventually be studied to find out what made him able to play so well for so long. To play MLB for 17 years in the NFL is just super human. In his prime, he was one of the best football players ever, regardless of position.

  9. 15 unusual buildings that you can buy TODAY

    1. All those prices are in pounds. As far as I know, those properties could be essentially FREE!

  10. Who knew? The Flying Wallendas are still around, and grandma has more balls than you.

  11. Keystone Kops in the Commonwealth crash their cruisers at the corner of Kinsley and Broad Rock Boulevards.

    Money quote FTA: Richmond Police will not confirm whether the officers were in pursuit of a suspect at the time of the crash, only reporting that their crash team is investigating the incident.

    Yeah, why would they have to explain a high-speed crash to the public that involved two cruisers running in the opposite direction with no other speeding vehicles in sight?

    1. I almost got killed by two different Franklin County police vehicles (one of which passed me from behind at better than 90 on a two lane, then came back the other way five minutes later) on NYE coming back from the beach. I can only imagine what sort of emergency was going on in Franklin County, FL at 2pm on a holiday to necessitate that.

    2. Imagine the damage they could do playing chicken using helicopters!

      1. Batman never had this problem, and he had a rocket in the trunk fer cryin out loud.

    3. Richmond Police will not confirm whether the officers were in pursuit of a suspect at the time of the crash, only reporting that their crash team is investigating the incident.

      The first rule of Police Club is you do not talk about Police Club.

    4. Looks like car A may have been chasing the pickup, then car B started to turn right at the intersection to join the pursuit but stopped half-in/out so as not to block car A’s progress. Then car A veered and t-boned car B.

    1. Ugh, why is it a video?!?

      My bf had a story about psycho twin brothers he went to boarding school with who would share girlfriends, but the girlfriends didn’t know about it. If I wasn’t already freaked out enough by twins, that did it.

      1. I agree with Prudence, though. As long as everyone involved is cool with it, it should be okay, even if it is creepy.

        That being said, who does she sue for paternity if she gets pregnant?

        1. I don’t know, but she should get double damages.

        2. If they’re identical twins, the judge would probably just throw his hands up and decree full support from each.

          If they’re fraternal twins, a DNA test should be able to determine who the baby daddy is.

        3. The richer one, of course.

      2. Go watch Dead Ringers, nicole. You’ll love it.

        1. To be fair, if Jeremy Irons did it…

        2. No, do not do this.

          It may well be the single worst movie ever made.

          1. Somebody doesn’t appreciate David Cronenberg!

            You’d better not go watch Videodrome or The Brood, then.

          2. “Unbreakable” is the single worst movie ever made. This is not up for debate.

            1. I’m sorry, what did you say, Brandon?

              /Showgirls

      3. I went to high school with twin sisters who dated the same guy. He was a total piece of shit. And though nice girls to know in spite of that fact no guys were actually envious of him because they had the oddest looking monkey like faces.

        1. Mmmm… twin monkey gangbang.

          1. Throw in a Panda with a strap-on and you’ve got movie gold!

  12. The New York newspaper that published a map of gun owners has now hired armed guards.

    Where the First and Second Amendment meet, there is hypocrisy.

    1. Nah, there’s a non-hypocritical response, which would be to publish another article and interactive map. Give the exact names and addresses of all the stockholders, executives, management, editors, writers and employees of the paper. Be sure to note who are and are not gun owners.
      Turn about is fair play.

    2. How about a map of abortion providers?

  13. Tighter immigration rules have apples rotting on trees because farmers can’t find enough workers.

    At least, workers willing to pick apples at current legal labor prices…

    I guess there ARE a few things Americans are not willing to do…

    Discussions of gun control have dropped off in the national media.

    Boring subject turned into excrutiatingly boring subject by boring talking heads and pundits, as if on purpose…

    I mean, I have to wonder…

    1. Any apple currently on a tree rotted some time ago.

    2. It must also mean that the vast majority of illegal immigrants won’t do it either since there is suppose to be more then 12 million in the USA. Seems like even a small fraction of that number should be able to pick those apples.

      1. I worked at an apple orchard – you don’t want short Mexicans / Latino’s. We hired Jamaicans with arms like NBA centers who could pick a tree clean in a minute.

        1. RRRRAAAAAAAAA…nevermind. That is a sound business decision.

          1. Dude. I got in serious crap last summer for noting that the main reason that the US will always rule the Olympics is because the Chinese will always suck at track and field and the Jamaicans will always suck at gymnastics.

            It was a pro-diversity argument and people took it as racist. So glad to be getting out of here.

        2. I think Jamaicans pretty much own the apple picking market.

            1. Did you hear about the guy who had his girlfriend’s name tattooed on his penis? When erect it said Wendy. When not, all you could read was “Wy”.

              So they Honeymoon in Jamaica. They get off the plane and the guy has to pee. So he goes into the bathroom and stands at the urinal. He glances to his left at the very tall Jamaican man occupying the next urinal, and lo and behold sees a “Wy” on the man’s member. So he says, “Are you dating a Wendy too?”

              In response to the Jamaican man’s confused look, he points to the “Wy” on the man’s Johnson.

              Laughing hysterically the man replies, “No mon, that says Welcome to Jamaica, have a nice day.”

              1. When erect it said Wendy.

                Well there’s your joke right there. A talking penis? Hilarious! But why didn’t it say anything while flaccid?

      2. Re: DJF,

        It must also mean that the vast majority of illegal immigrants won’t do it either since there is suppose to be more then 12 million in the USA.

        Well, the header does start with “Tighter immigration rules,” which must mean tighter immigration rules.

        1. There are at least 12 million in the USA who say, “We don’t care about your stinking immigration rules”. But it appears that most of them also say, “We don’t care about picking your stinking apples”.

          Seems like there is something about stinking America which makes people who live here for a while not want to pick apples. At least not at the wages and conditions offered. If we keep on letting people move to the USA there soon might not be anyone willing to pick apples at those wages and conditions.

          1. Re: DJF,

            There are at least 12 million in the USA who say, “We don’t care about your stinking immigration rules”.

            That’s probably true but those that care are the apple growers who are being compelled to do e-Verify. They’re the ones complaining about labor shortages precisely because the government rules creates artificial scarcity.

            1. Great retort viejo,

              I was just going to call him a dumbass that knew about as much about economics as Krugman or Reich. I don’t have the patience to “enlighten” the masses anymore. It’s much easier to resort to insults.

              1. To be fair, Krugman probably does know a great deal about economics, he just ignores it all in favor of being a popular shill for Big Blue. Reich is just a fucking idiot.

                1. I think Krugnutz ‘knows’ a lot about economics, but I see little evidence that he actually understands anything about economics.

  14. If this happens to me, please lie to my children and say I died shitting myself in fear while being beaten to death by a group of angry lesbians.

    A photographer was hit by a car and killed Tuesday after taking shots of Justin Bieber’s white Ferrari while it was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol, authorities said.

    1. Why Brett? Do you earn a living following Justin Bieber around?

      1. I wouldn’t say I make a living…

    2. He died for his art, which is the art of stalking teenage celebrities.

      1. There are much safer ways to do that now. Google, Twitter and Facebook. Back in my day when you wanted to see a girl whom was out your league naked you snuck up to her window and peaked through the blinds. Now, you don’t even have to leave your chair.

    3. OK, so we’ve determined what your top two ways to die are; would you care to round out the rest of your top ten list?

    4. Bieber’s response was “Fuck the First Amendment”. Of course, he’s Canadian, so you can’t expect him to be interested in things like the First Amendment.

  15. Pilot watches man break into his home

    1. Awesome!

      1. NOW can we have drones?

        1. You can order drones or drone kits. Now, they’re not the same as military ones, but nothing is stopping you from modding them to be more useful to you.

  16. This may have shown up earlier, but it any case:

    Liberal media tolerance example #19873982.

    In a column that appeared after the shooting with the headline “Kaul: Nation needs a new agenda on guns,” he proposed a new liberal agenda: repeal the Second Amendment, declare the NRA a terrorist organization and make membership illegal, and well, make violent threats to Republican leaders and NRA members. The Des Moines Register published this junk on December 29.

    “I would tie Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, our esteemed Republican leaders, to the back of a Chevy pickup truck and drag them around a parking lot until they saw the light on gun control,” he wrote. Is that a threatening James Byrd reference? “And if that didn’t work, I’d adopt radical measures,” he continued.

    1. Here’s the funny statement:

      “Repeal the Second Amendment, the part about guns anyway.

      That part is right alonside the word “muskets.”

    2. There was a time (30+ years ago) when Don Kaul was a brilliant writer. It is clear that he has succumbed to some brain disease in his golden years.

    3. “People who oppose gun control ought to be shot.”

      1. We must hate the intolerant and be intolerant against the haters.

      2. I really don’t understand this rationality. For one, they want to propose violence against non-violent people for the purpose of furthering their agenda (gee, when did that ever happen before?).

        Secondly, just because gun owners are typically non-violent does not mean they won’t use violence to protect themselves. Gun owners have guns and can shoot back. Do these idiots espousing gun confiscation not realize what will happen? They are afraid that blood will run in the streets if we don’t keep guns off of them, but if massive organized gun confiscation does occur, the streets will be overflowing with the blood of patriots and tyrants, hopefully more of the latter.

        1. It’s not an actual call to real action, it’s a just a fantasy for them. The reason the gun grabbers have been going so apeshit over this was because it was kids and they thought they had an opportunity. Also, going apeshit allows for the more bold ones among them to make calls the one linked above. But in reality it’s just a fantasy for these people, for their fantasies are about power and control, and the death of some kids has allowed them to engage in this fantasy.

          That’s who we’re dealing with.

          1. Re: Episiarch,

            The reason the gun grabbers have been going so apeshit over this was because it was kids and they thought they had an opportunity.

            They probably went apeshit the moment El Se?or Presidente chose Joe “Where Ideas Go To Die” Biden as head of a “gun violence” committee.

    4. “I would tie Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, our esteemed Republican leaders, to the back of a Chevy pickup truck and drag them around a parking lot until they saw the light on gun control,smaller government

      While I disagree with his ends I could go along with his means.

  17. Mother/Daughter porn duo insist that their professional career is not incestuous. (Link SFW, links within the link not so much).

  18. Stripping is hard.

    The reporting officer said this of the incident: “(The witness) stated that (the dancer) grabbed the rail, as he was facing away from the balcony, and she tried to complete some sort of jump/dance move, and accidentally went head first over the rail.”

    The woman reportedly fell 15 feet and suffered “major head trauma.”

  19. I’m not sure I would call this road rage, and not just because it isn’t on a road.

    A Georgia teenager wanted to save a parking space for a pregnant friend, so she wouldn’t need to walk too far to the store. But before her friend arrived, a woman driving an SUV arrived and wanted the spot.

    A dispute ensued, and it ended when the woman rammed the teenager out of the spot with her car, according to police.

    “She told her to move and then she pulled into the parking spot and hit her with the tire of the vehicle,” Bartow County Sheriff’s Office investigator Jonathan White told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “They did see scuff marks on the victim’s knee, which was consistent with the height of the tire during that incident.”

  20. Officer assaults inmate (caught on video) and is not charged with a crime. Two years later, he does the same thing.

    Gee, who could have seen that coming?

    1. Nostradamus?

    1. Damnation. And all this time I’ve been wasting my money drinking orphan blood.

      1. You dumb bastard. You’re supposed to kill the mother Panda as she’s giving birth and then drink the blood of the orphaned baby panda two weeks later.

        1. I found out last week there’s a pr0n site where somebody dresses up in a panda costume and screws girls with strapons. Not really relevant to panda blood, but it’s all I got.

          1. I’m confused by the lack of the name of the site and the lack of links in your comment.

          2. Come on T., we have to see this.

            1. Clearly he was just shopping the idea to us before filming the first edition.

              Well, T, we wants blood and passion!

              1. Don’t you deviants know how to use google? No? Fine.

                Do I really have to tell you it’s NSFW?

            2. A whole 30 seconds on teh Googlez turned up this extremely NSFW video series.

              Yes, it is exactly what you expect it to be.

  21. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dffCCSb1JCo

    Some people on YouTube have taken to editing out the audience laughter from The Big Bang Theory. The result is a surprisingly interesting, dark comedy about people with crippling Asperger’s Syndrome.

    1. Still sucks, just not as bad.

      1. The better vids have the awkward silences (where the audience laughter used to be) shortened. It turns out that much of the dialogue is just basically “Setup, punchline. Setup, punchline. Setup, punchline.” Usually, it’s just comes across as stupid, but the above video actually comes across as delightfully awkward.

    2. Oh man, that was pretty awesome.

    3. Is this like “Garfield without Garfield”?

    4. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

      This is going on my FB page immediately and I’m tagging every one of my fuckstick friends who goes on and on about how great that show is.

      1. Damn, Tulpa, I thought my FB friends were bad. Yours like The Big Bang Theory? Rough.

        1. Given my professional milieu, many of them resemble the characters.

          Now that I’m out of academia in a few months, I don’t have to pretend to like them anymore.

      2. Hey Tulpa, we got Panda strap-on porn upthread. You know, for your “research”.

        1. I’m busy translating the Kama Sutra into Esperanto right now. Maybe later.

          1. She only speaks French, Tulpa, she doesn’t speak imbecile Esperanto.

            1. You know who else called the Superman an imbecile….

  22. ‘YOLO’ and “Spoiler Alert” among entries on banned words list

  23. I can’t even read, but I already know that I hate Tony and Shriek.

    1. Too cute.

    2. She’s home? Awesomeness!

    3. Nice to see you’re going old-school Sparta with the kid by exposing her to hazardous levels of stupid to make her stronger.

      1. And teaching the child to use the touchpad. Very good. It’s like learning to drive on a manual transmission.

    4. She’s already contributing as much to the discourse as Epi and Warty.

    5. She’s adorable, Banjos. Those of us who are capable of feeling joy are…um…feeling joy.

  24. your federal taxes are going up because of a sneaky payroll tax hike

    I thought the only people who were getting the tax increase were the ones that made more than the President. Damn it!

  25. Revealed – The Alien Space Cathedral built in New Mexico desert by the Church of Scientology! Tickets available now!

    1. Look, Xenu is a serious threat. You need to take him seriously.

      1. Look, Xenu is a serious threat. You need to take him seriously.

        I do take Him seriously, thank you very much, which is why I tithe to the Church. This underground containment vessel wan’t gonna build itself, ya know.

        1. You’re still a preclear, aren’t you, Karl.

          1. You’re still a preclear, aren’t you, Karl.

            Funny story, I went to get audited, but the batteries in the e-meter were dead, and the 7-11 across the street was fresh out of 9-volt.

  26. Police officer accused of stealing from “civilians” results in nothing. When he doesn’t turn in equipment after being terminated, though, he gets charged with “theft by illegal taking”.

    1. Police officer accused of stealing from “civilians” results in nothing.

      Kind of like how they never get in trouble for beating the shit out of someone, but they do get in trouble when they refuse to beat the shit out of someone, or try to restrain fellow officers from doing so.

  27. Al Jazeera said to be acquiring ALGORETV

    1. Maybe they can get a package deal with Air America!

    2. Does that mean it will be curtains for Joy Behar???

      1. Shocked the hell out of me that she has a radio show. People choose to hear that voice?

    3. Okay, so now it’s okay to do business with foreigners?

  28. I’ve been waiting to post the Econ Ignoramus winner for 1/2/13:
    “Superstorm aftermath lifts businesses”
    Yes, folks, the good ol’ SF Chron, that rag that publishes Reich as an authority on econ, goes all-out for BROKEN WINDOWS!

      1. You should’ve read the Houston Chronicle’s take on gun control – in their business section.

        I only receive that fucking rag at the behest of my wife and only because she wants the coupons. Yes, we only allow the Sunday edition to defile my home.

        1. Are you implying that I should subscribe to the Chronicle in order to read this article?

    1. And of course the only comment is some twit beating the “If only congress spent more on infrastructure, we’d be in a utopia!” horse.

  29. Twins give birth on same day

    1. “She should look for work,” said Bernardo’s mother. “She shouldn’t prostitute herself.”

      Talk about ungrateful.

      1. “She should look for work,” said Bernardo’s mother. “She shouldn’t prostitute herself.”
        Damn woman doesn’t respect professionals

      2. She was probably going to lose it anyway to some schmo, might as well profit from it and oh yeah, save her mother’s life.

        1. No shit. What’s more honorable, losing your virginity attempting to save your mother’s life or in an attempt to get the guy who’s been paying for a few movies and dinners to “fall in love” with you?

          1. get the guy who’s been paying for a few movies and dinners

            I thought today’s young men stopped doing even that much.

    2. Rebecca Bernardo,18, made the decision out of desperation to care for her bed-ridden mother.

      “I made up my mind right after my 18th birthday,” said Bernardo through a translator. “That’s when my mother suffered a stroke.”

      Can’t blame her. I would probably have a stroke if a hypothetical daughter of mine decided to sell her virginity.

  30. Gun Safety vs Gun Stupid

    Sister, 19, accidentally shoots dead brother in the head while posing with gun for Facebook picture

    1. An earlier contender for the 2013 Darwin Awards.

    2. “shoots dead brother in the head” and “shoots dead her brother” are two very different things…serious MailFail

        1. Damn both of you, woman.

        2. Catfight!

          1. ROOOOWWWRRR

          2. No cats necessary. Now Banjos can just toss a screaming infant at the person she wants to fight. Baby Reason is probably too young to ROOWWRRR yet.

      1. I was gonna say, she fired into the coffin?

    3. If he was already dead, what is the big deal?

      1. It happens to the best of us.

        1. I should have gone with “Best. Funeral Ever.”

          1. That would have killed.

          2. Banjos| 1.2.13 @ 5:16PM |#|?|filternamelinkcustom

            I should have gone with “Best. Funeral Ever.”

            You should post more often. You’re much wittier than Sloopy IMO.

              1. WAR ON DEAD BROTHERS not as…awesome.

              1. That’s the kind of response I get for complimenting your wife? So much for my nice guy routine.

                BTW, long time lurker, rarely post, though… Glad to see your daughter so healthy. I have a cousin my age (40) who had the same condition when he was born. Let’s just say that medical science has advanced greatly since then.

                1. That wasn’t much of a compliment.

                  1. Hey Tulpa,

                    If I wanted your opinion, I’d give you two mutually-exclusive options to choose from so that you could explain to me how they’re both right.

                2. Glad to see your daughter so healthy.

                  Thanks for the well-wishes.

                  I have a cousin my age (40) who had the same condition when he was born. Let’s just say that medical science has advanced greatly since then.

                  I hope he’s OK, but the odds weren’t in his favor so much then. If you’re fortunate enough to not have a debilitating chromosomal defect (50% incidence) or a serious heart problem (30% incidence) or a herniated diaphragm (30% as well), then all you had to do was get born without anybody knowing of the malformation and make it through the surgery they did within a day or so. Jesus, I really feel for him. Seriously.

                  And post more, dammit. You’re no dummy.

                  1. I was fairly young when I was told the stories so the details are sketchy, but I know he had somewhere near 20 surgeries, was tied to a colostomy bag for much of his youth, and had to wear diapers after that. Fortunately, he’s made it to adulthood in relatively good health.

    4. If she shot her dead brother in the head, I don’t see what the problem is. Oh wait, it’s Phoenix, AZ so he was probably a desert zombie. I thought they gave medals out for that shit.

      1. ^Evidence for my assertion^

        1. OK, so maybe you’re right. But if she posts more, who’s gonna look after the baby while I otherwise dick around?

          1. It’s a conundrum, I’ll give you that.

    5. Sister, 19, accidentally shoots dead brother in the head while posing with gun for Facebook picture

      Brains + enbalming fluid = terrible stains. Not even club soda will touch that!

  31. I’ve got to give him credit, he knows what he wants and he knows how to get it.

    Oddly enough, in a rare move of political-uncorrectness, the Chief stands by his man. This could be LULZY.

  32. NHL preparing counter proposal to counter the proposal countered by the NHLPA earlier to counter the earlier NHL offer.

    1. “No, fuck you, cut spending!”

    2. IIRC, the NHLPA has to either accept deal or decertify by midnight tonight or the players have to go back to work without contract, right?

      The owners already gave up too much to the players, IMO. They need to go ahead and start making plans to contract a half dozen or so teams in the next few years if the deal gets signed.

      1. The main point of filing the disclaimer of interest would be to allow the NHLPA to file an antitrust lawsuit agains the NHL.

        If that challenge was successful, teams would be forced to pay triple the players’ lost wages in damages

        1. Gotcha. Thanks for the clarification.

  33. The New York newspaper that published a map of gun owners has now hired armed guards.

    Might have something to do with this little list. NTTAWWT.

    1. The masochism of anyone actually anticipating that book’s release is frightening. So, Archduke, you’ve already pre-ordered it, right?

      1. The Sanderson books so far have been better than pretty much any of the books post 5ish. They might not be great, but they at least pay lip service to having some sort of plot beyond girls sniffing at things incessantly.

    2. I haven’t read a single one of those. Not really into fantasy sagas like I was as a kid. Taste changed to cyberpunk, spy novels and techno-thrillers. Developed a low tolerance for druids. TSOFAI is the first one I have read in two decades.

      1. GoT and the subsequent books are really only fantasy in the most minimal terms. Minimal magic, minimal fantastic creatures, minimal supernatural events.

        I haven’t gone near a “standard” fantasy book in an extremely long time.

    3. Sweet Jesus. I wasted waaay too many hours on that series haunting and trolling rec.arts.sf.writing.robert-jordan 15 years ago. Now I can’t care anymore.

    1. Who needs hay, gold and roads, when you can have phasers, lithium [sic] and galaxies?…

      Certainly, bipolars will not care that much about gold and roads…

    2. Anybody here got wood for sheep?

      1. I figured everyone who ever played that game makes that joke.

        1. I haven’t played Catan in ages. Is the thief still represented by a black pawn?

          1. Yes, and the “settlers” in Puerto Rico are still “brown”

      2. How about making a Swastika out of your unused cities?

        Especially appropriate given the games German origin.

  34. Former investment banker turned-author writes in Bloomberg that…

    Benevolent Billionaires Should Buy Out Bushmaster

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/…..=yhoo.view

    Yes, his argument is that Rich People (and names Bloomberg specifically! -and why rich people? because Rich people are… like, to blame… for a lot of bad shit!) should pony up a couple hundred million bucks apiece, buy the Freedom Group….and then DESTROY IT for the good of the planet.

    The author’s bio is pretty serious…

    Cohan is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and writes frequently for Financial Times, Fortune, The Atlantic and The Washington Post. He worked on Wall Street as a senior mergers and acquisitions banker for 15 years. He also worked for two years at G.E. Capital. Cohan is a graduate of Duke University, Columbia University School of Journalism and Columbia University Graduate School of Business

    …which just makes you wonder WTF is wrong with the dude’s head. I mean, even if *he’s* not retarded… his audience sure as hell is. They think, apparently, there’s a *zero sum economy* of guns? where if you ‘shut down’ one gun manufacturer … apparently none of the others will take that market share! Nooooo… the market gets *smaller*…by Magic?

    I almost suspect he’s kidding…but really don’t think so.

    1. Maybe he owns a lot of stock in Bushmaster, or one of their competitors?

      1. Erm. a) Freedom Group is not a market-listed entity, but rather currently up for sale by private equity firm. And, b) given his ostensible goal is the eradication of gun sales writ-large in the US, it wouldn’t strike me as the most pro-competitor BS-idea in the world.

        Perhaps more plausible? He still gets kickbacks on merger/buyout consulting, and is trying to drive the price down for a buyer (or tease some potential buyers into rushing into the deal before the company is “destroyed”?) ppt. Honestly the conspiracy angle makes his whole piece seem even more blindingly stupid at face value. I’m still suspicious the piece was an idiotic joke.

  35. And the Twitter feed explodes with rage that the Violence Against Women Act did not pass. In case you were wondering, this means that “we” “couldn’t…agree that violence against women was a bad thing,” and, as always, that anyone who isn’t a “wealthy white straight male” would only vote for the GOP out of “self-hate.”

    Anyway I just wanted to let you all know that it’s okay to start assaulting ladies now. Right?

    1. The Violence Against Women Act was pretty much just a funding bill anyway.

      1. The Violence Against Women Act was pretty much just a funding bill anyway.

        Well, that and a way for the Mexican you’re dating to get a greencard when she’s done with you. All for the low, low price of a DV accusation.

    2. Violence against women is a bad thing. They’re only worth looking at or bothering with for a decade or 15 years at most, so for someone to mess them up is just stupid.

    3. Anyway I just wanted to let you all know that it’s okay to start assaulting ladies now. Right?

      Hmm? (pauses from beating his mother with a stick)

      There was a problem with that? I dont recall there being like, a *specific* law…

  36. Stick it to the sheeple even more. We have been bamboozled yet again lol.

    http://www.otAnon.tk

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