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    Barack Obama declared the "moment is now" for immigration reform. John Boehner agrees, predicting a bill would pass in the House by year's end, while the Senate is holding preliminary votes today.

  • Meanwhile, Boehner says Obama must've known about the IRS' political targeting if the president's general counsel and chief of staff knew.
  • The Justice Department hasn't challenged a single exemption to FOIA invoked by any federal agency since 2009.
  • Rick Perry will visit New York and Connecticut to try to attract businesses to Texas.
  • Marijuana activist Marc Emery is being held in solitary confinement indefinitely.
  • A California man was killed with his own bat while trying to defend his wife from an attack.
  • The Russian Duma passed legislation banning "gay propaganda." The measure is expected to pass the upper house easily and Vladimir Putin is expected to sign it into law.
  • The New England Patriots signed Tim Tebow to act as backup quarterback for Tom Brady.

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  1. Meanwhile, Boehner says Obama must’ve known about the IRS’ political targeting if the president’s general counsel and chief of staff knew.

    In other words, Obama’s a TRAITOR!

    1. It’s “inconceivable” that President Obama was unaware

      Oh, try just a *bit* harder.

      1. Yeah. Whatever Andre the Giant said in Princess Bride.

        1. “We can face each other as God intended–sportsmanlike. No tricks. No weapons. Skill against skill alone.”

  2. A California man was killed with his own bat while trying to defend his wife from an attack.

    When will people learn to just stop trying to defend themselves altogether and wait for the authorities to arrive?

    1. Anyway, aren’t bats *illegal* in California?

      1. I saw the guy across the street get arrested after the police found a bat in the back seat of his car. He was on parole and they claimed it was a weapon. California Uber Alles.

        1. Way to turn a nutpunch into a double-fisted redux.

      2. Is that why Josh Hamilton stopped hitting when he left Texas?

        1. Does sobriety come with a sophomore slump?

      3. Early on in college, I didn’t have a disguise for that night’s costume party. In an instant of quick thinking, I decided to take a Louisville Slugger and go as Batman (get it?). On the five block walk to the party, I was stopped by Po-po/five-O/the Fuzz. The dude took my name and dorm and room number just in case some sort of rowdiness happened that night. Just a precaution….for safety, you know? I gave him minimal resistance but, let’s be honest, I pussied out and acquiesced. Ironically, later on that evening, while I didn’t have my bat, I saw some dude nearly get kicked to death while I just watched slackjawed. (A diminutive blonde lady-bear broke up the stomping and probably saved the victim’s life. The cops came pretty quick but after she chased the attacker off. True story, I swear to God.)

  3. The New England Patriots signed Tim Tebow to act as backup quarterback for Tom Brady.

    I can turn this either into a black comedy screenplay or a Law & Order episode involving a murder.

    1. Timmy will never get on the field, so there’s nothing to turn it into anyway.

      1. Probably, but I’m thinking a black comedy where Giselle seduces Timmy and they plot to bump off Tom. Really solid Coen Brothers material.

        1. Then you’re going to need to figure out who John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, and John Turturro are going to play. Obviously Goodman would play Belicheck.

          1. Turturro is a chameleon, he would play Belicheck. Goodman can play Tebow’s dad and Buscemi Brady’s sniveling agent.

            Also throw in Frances McDormand as Tim’s mom and Richard Jenkins as a Patriot’s front office top guy.

            1. I’d rather have Jon Polito as the agent. And maybe Peter Stormare as the offensive coordinator.

              1. In the sequel Satan and Constantine switch bodies. 75 minutes of Stormare tearing up the scene, followed by an anti climatic ending where Constantine gets his body back, and Keanu mumbles lines with a blank stare on his face.

      2. Its Belichek. He’ll have some crazy play where Tebow AND Brady line up as WRs in the Wildcat, RB takes the snap and throws it to the tight end for 40 yards. I hate the dude, but I admire his fucking brilliance.

        1. Yeah, make Tebow an HB/kick returner type. Boost his confidence, utilize the skills he does possess, instead of bitching about the ones he doesn’t. Think of Tebow as Kordell Stewart with something of a brain, so the Pats won’t have to waste half of their practice time on a package or two of his.

          I figure the Ravens are gonna spend a few years rebuilding, but if the rest of the AFC saw how they got into Brady’s head last year, the Pats really need to go outside the box.

          Fucking Belichek.

        2. He’ll have some crazy play where Tebow AND Brady line up as WRs in the Wildcat, RB takes the snap and throws it to the tight end for 40 yards

          I’ve said for a while now that Tebow is a single-wing tailback and that he just needs a coach with enough guts to employ him properly. If anyone can get the maximum mileage out of Tebow’s very specific skillset, it’s Darth Hoodie.

      3. Let Timmy smoke!

    2. Belichick’s news conferences alone will constitute a black comedy screenplay this summer.

      1. He has already refused to say what position Tebow is here to play.

        Judging from the snaps he took today, it looks like it’s QB. Which makes even less sense than anything else.

        1. Regardless of all the hypotheticals (including those above)about where he’ll play, I predict the following:

          1. Belichick says nothing about his position and in all practices he is at QB for the public (open) portion.
          2. He is doing Something Else during the private portion.
          3. In the preseason he plays exclusively at QB and gets a majority of snaps.
          4. He “suffers an injury” in game 4 of the preseason and is IR’d.

    3. I think Magnum P.I. did it in Season 2.

  4. A California man was killed with his own bat while trying to defend his wife from an attack.

    The only way to stop a bad guy with a bat is to wait for a state-sanctioned good guy with a bat to show up and protect you.

    1. 90% of Americans support background checks for baseball bats.

      1. Reasonable background checks.

        1. + commonsense

  5. The New England Patriots signed Tim Tebow to act as backup quarterback for Tom Brady.

    Bad move. Goody two shoes will definitely tell on any sideline filming that might take place.

    1. Now you’re just being bitter.

      1. I suppose you think Belichick was just a playbook whistleblower.

        1. I refuse to answer because with regard to football I fully subscribe to the TEAM mentality, thus freeing my psyche when it comes to politics.

          And everyone was doing it, and it didn’t help in the Super Bowl, and we went 16-0 regular season without it.

  6. The Justice Department hasn’t challenged a single exemption to FOIA invoked by any federal agency since 2009.

    DoJ has your back, government bureaucracy!

  7. England thinks cops will be excited about having their whole shift on CCTV. Or this is the final rampup for Case Nightmare Green.

    1. SCORPION STARE is an extensive project, Brett.

  8. Barack Obama declared the “moment is now” for immigration reform.

    The moment is now for any distraction.

    1. Maybe they can throw together a sex scandal or something.

      1. Shouldn’t be hard, what with access to all those NSA intercepts and IRS records.

    2. The moment is ma?ana for tax reform, NSA reform, ….

      1. Tony: President Obama, what are you doing ma(fancy swirl “n”)ana?

        Obama: Ma(fancy swirl “n”)ana I’m doing nada.

        Palin’s Buttplug: I’ll bring peanut butter sandwiches since I know you don’t like tuna.

  9. Meet Edward Snowden’s pole-dancing, lingerie modeling, ballerina girlfriend.

    Wow, so he was even willing to abandon that.

    1. The Fourth Amendment has nothing on her.

  10. Grow yer own protein. In case Soylent isn’t for you.

    Ourasanah has created the Lepsis, an attractive insect breeder that could be used to grow grasshoppers in an urban home

  11. Who boy. This shit is past parody.

    So when we talk about the erotic as it applies to our work, it is about (re)claiming power over our lives and how we operate in this economy. It is a radical notion that values the talents, creativity and contributions of everyone, even those who have been marginalized and deemed unworthy of pleasurable work. Work that satisfies our internal desires and financial needs.

    Wealth and purpose-driven hustles are not mutually exclusive. Imagine how different our world would be if people did work they were excited about, and not what they thought they had to do to get by. How might our economy change? What would be the meaning of work? How might there be more support for innovation and entrepreneurship, even amongst historically and currently marginalized and exploited communities?

    1. Fuck you, Coeus. Every time I read anything you post, it ruins my day.

      If I commit suicide, I’m blaming you personally.

      1. If I commit suicide, I’m blaming you personally

        Isn’t that an Irish rite of passage? Or was that the Scots?

    2. Imagine how different our world would be if people did work they were excited about, and not what they thought they had to do to get by.

      Please tell me blogging on feministe.us is the degrading task this poor person does “to get by”. There are some jobs no one should have to do.

      1. Hey, it’s one step up from giving handies to the homeless. Show some respect.

    3. That title is what’s beyond parody:

      Pleasure Politics Part I: Employment, Economic Justice and the Erotic

      Sweet baby Zeus, that’s pretentious.

    4. I’m not sure what any of it meant. I thought it was going to be a pro-sex work article, but it wasn’t, and the entire thing boiled down to “Do what you love” which is nice, I guess, but is feel good advice, not good advice.

      This was the only part that struck me as clear and meaningful:

      People are encouraged to embrace a lifestyle that costs just as much as their salary. It has its advantages: in exchange for a weekly commitment of at least 40 hours, you can pay off that exorbitant student loan debt and possibly save some money and accumulate wealth. Certainly, a savings account and strategic investments can pay-off in the long run, but high income and wealth does not equal happiness.

      1. It’s part one, and they’re already saying:

        It is a radical notion that values the talents, creativity and contributions of everyone, even those who have been marginalized and deemed unworthy of pleasurable work. Work that satisfies our internal desires and financial needs.

        Dollars to donuts, the next part will be about how the government should collect more taxes from the “uncreative” workers who benefit from the system our wonderful government set up, and redistribute it to the “creative class”.

        1. I can’t wait for part two, where they suggest a benevolent government program that determines what job each person works.

    5. We must stop the Department of Deeming People Unworthy of Pleasurable Work. Or is it a secret conspiracy, perhaps funded by the Kochs?

    6. “the erotic as it applies to our work”

      I have no idea what this refers to. About the only thing that happens anywhere near the same time zone as “erotic” at any job I’ve been paid to do is the usual “10:00 AM stretch” when I have to stay seated at my desk to avoid any embarrassing “tent pole” sightings.

    7. If everyone in this world got to do the work that they were excited by, I wouldn’t be able to look my plumber in the eye (probably a kraut too). After all, I’m sure some people are excited to pump the shit out of my septic system….

      Even worse is the guy who volunteers to mop out the video booths at the adult book store.

  12. The mind of a partisan:

    The Obama administration is giving up their pointless war on over-the-counter emergency contraception. While the pleasure of this announcement was sadly muted because of the ongoing discussion about Obama’s other abuses of basic human privacy rights, I was buoyed right back up again thinking about how conservatives were going to take this. They’re already down on women being able to say no to pregnancy, but they really, really hate it when women say no after a man has ejaculated in her and apparently claimed her body for the forced pregnancy brigade with sperm power.

    If Ms Marcotte didn’t exist, we’d have to make her up.

    1. They’re already down on women being able to say no to pregnancy

      Um, I’m pretty sure they’re up on women being in control of their own bodies enough to refuse sex, at least the unwed ones.

      1. She is the queen of praising with faint damnation, at least when Democrats perpetrate some slight against women of the feminist pursuation.

    2. Who takes herself more seriously: Amanda Marcotte or Lindy West?

      1. Marcotte.

        Marcotte is strawman/sperson feminist brought to life. Humorless, arrogant, incapable of self-reflections, completely lacking a sense of proportion, impervious to irony, and possessing an ugly little soul driven by hate.

        1. Fucking goddamn tags.

          Marcotte is strawmanperson feminist brought to life. Humorless, arrogant, incapable of self-reflections, completely lacking a sense of proportion, impervious to irony, and possessing an ugly little soul driven by hate.

          1. The first one worked too.

        2. Definitely. Lindy is just your average feminist with an incredibly unfunny, bizarre sense of humor. Marcotte is feminist partisanship taken human form.

          1. Marcotte is great, you just have to read her as performance art instead of as someone who sees herself as a serious intellectual. I guarantee it’ll help with everyone’s blood pressure.

            1. Oh, I find her delightfully amusing. I’m sure the people she’s in contact with don’t find her quite as fun, but I’m not losing sleep on her account.

              1. Want evidence of Amanda Marcotte’s total lack of self-awareness? Read this.

                Atheist are routinely asked how people will know not to rape and murder without religion telling them not to do it, especially a religion that backs up the orders with threats of hell. Believers, listen to me carefully when I say this: When you use this argument, you terrify atheists. We hear you saying that the only thing standing between you and Ted Bundy is a flimsy belief in a supernatural being made up by pre-literate people trying to figure out where the rain came from. This is not very reassuring if you’re trying to argue from a position of moral superiority.

                Atheist Libertarians are routinely asked how people will know not to rape and murder without religion government telling them not to do it, especially a religion government that backs up the orders with threats of hell jail. Believers Statists, listen to me carefully when I say this: When you use this argument, you terrify atheists libertarians. We hear you saying that the only thing standing between you and Ted Bundy is a flimsy belief in a supernatural being the noble state made up by pre-literate people trying to figure out where the rain came from how to kill their neighbors. This is not very reassuring if you’re trying to argue from a position of moral superiority.

                1. How about the fact that she considers PUAs her sworn enemies, but doesn’t know enough about them to realize she’s been pushing their favorite evopsych theories for the last 2 weeks?

                  1. You know, Irish and Coeus, if I didn’t know any better, I’d say you were trying to burst my Marcotte denial bubble. You two wouldn’t be so unkind as to make me face the harsh reality that is Marcotte as she sees herself, would you?

  13. Nelson Mandela is reportedly on his death bed.

    So when he kicks the bucket how many articles will Reason devote to him? Less than Thatcher but more than Ebert?

    1. Meh. Mandela is way overrated — a communist who took his moment in the sun to transform a highly flawed and racist country into a failed one.

      Whoever the hell runs Botswana nowadays deserves props far more than Mandela, IMO.

      1. So is anyone at Reason going to address the serious flaws of post-apartheid South Africa when eulogizing Mandela?

        1. Or his batshit wife?

        2. Why do people insist on asking the peanut gallery what the performers are going to do?

  14. In looking for my next book to read, I found this little gem on Amazon. Here’s the Amazon description:

    Taxation has been abolished, the government has been privatized, and employees take the surname of the company they work for. It’s a brave new corporate world, but you don’t want to be caught without a platinum credit card–as lowly Merchandising Officer Hack Nike is about to find out. Trapped into building street cred for a new line of $2500 sneakers by shooting customers, Hack attracts the barcode-tattooed eye of the legendary Jennifer Government. A stressed-out single mom, corporate watchdog, and government agent who has to rustle up funding before she’s allowed to fight crime, Jennifer Government is holding a closing down sale–and everything must go.

    A wickedly satirical and outrageous thriller about globalization and marketing hype, Jennifer Government is the best novel in the world ever.

    The Amazon reviews are far worse, if you can believe it.

    1. That doesn’t even make any sense.

      1. I am also unclear on the plot here.

        1. “In a world without regulation, one woman stands against the forces of voluntary economic transactions. Jennifer Government is kicking down doors and reading emails – for the good of all mankind!”

          1. Add some bukkake and it could be something Sugarfree wrote

        2. As far as I can parse from the reviews, apparently the NRA, the Police (both of which are mercenary corporations for no reason other than we would recognize them), and the protagonist are all sub-contracting each other to kill Nike customers who buy a new brand of Nike shoe as part of a marketing campaign to get customers to buy those selfsame shoes.

          I dunno.

          1. Because killing your customers is the best way to get them to buy your stuff.

            Whoever wrote that is a fucking moron.

            1. He was killing customers, it was more taking a “rap artist tries to make self more popularity by trying to hang out with real gang” type of thing to a ridiculous extreme. Again, if someone with actual talent had written it, the premise could have been hilarious. But part of the problem is that to do so would have required making the title character as incompetent and corrupt as everyone else in the story instead of a Mary Sue character.

    2. 3.0 out of 5 stars Our future?, May 30, 2013
      By Dana Ehrhardt – See all my reviews
      Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
      This review is from: Jennifer Government (Paperback)

      If a person looks into the facts of our current government they will see this possible future for us if we let capitolism control our values.

      HAHAHAHAHHAHA!

      1. Technically, I think we have capitolism controlling our values.

      2. Apparently our values must have absolutely nothing to do with economic facts.

    3. There’s an online game too!

      You make decisions and it slowly builds up a profile of your country. I wonder if I still have my log in for this. My friends’ nations all ended up Swedeney and mine ended up kinda Amsterdamey.

      1. This has been around for years and years. For a while back in like 2005 I was running four or five countries, but it got boring relatively quickly, since you don’t really have a lot of gameplay options. It’s mostly a lot of forum discussions where you set up faux international accords and suchlike.

        1. Yeah, the last time I logged in was in college (so 2005 or earlier). It was fun briefly.

    4. 5.0 out of 5 stars Jennifer Government- Orwell’s Mistress, August 30, 2010
      By UltimateMegadeath – See all my reviews
      This review is from: Jennifer Government (Paperback)
      After being assigned to read Jennifer Government for a Lit Class, I was more than surprised that this book isn’t more well known amongst the educational community.

      It’s a world of corporate sponsored everything, a world where the ideals of George Orwell’s 1984 are in full effect except big brother doesn’t exsist… it’s Jennifer Government.

      In a time when you are almost a number, yet not a free man (or woman) but have instead your company’s surname as your own and have to be careful about what you do, how you do it, and who may be watching.

      Corporations rule everything, Super Inflation abounds and shoes are to die for…literally. Taxation is gone, government powers are all but nullified, and Capitalism lives!

      Everyone practically speaks American-English and the NRA is really a mercenary for hire ….need i say more?

      This book by Max Barry (author of Syrup)is a great read for those who can take just about anything and find simple ejoyment or those who work in the educational field.

      It shows the evil that men do, could do…or would do if paid enough.

      Solid characters, soild story, and great names for everyone.

      I won’t give the plot away, but I can tell you this: you can’t go wrong with a name like “Hack Nike”

      HE READ THIS FOR SCHOOL!?!?

      1. Everyone practically speaks American-English and the NRA is really a mercenary for hire ….need i say more?

        If you’re the type of person who has to say that to the ramblecrazy that precedes this statement, kindly remove yourself from the breeding pool.

      2. Is there anything worse than people who don’t realize Big Brother can only be the state?

        1. The basic premise of Jennifer Government is basically a libertarian’s dream, and everyone else in the world’s nightmare. Great novels have been written based on the idea of a socialist or communist dystopia to make grands points about why it can’t work. Jennifer Government is the ultimate in rebuttals to those, showing how if we went in an extreme free market direction it would be nearly (though not quite) as bad. A capitalist dystopia! The funniest part to me: the people take on their company’s last names. The title character is Jennifer, who works for the Government (or what’s left of the pitiful shell the government is). Following that, there’s Hack Nike, John Nike, Theo Pepsi, Violet Exxonmobil, Claire Sears, another John Nike, Billy NRA, General Li NRA, One Police, and Buy Mitsui. It’s an interesting batch of characters that liven up the concept and really keep the story and dialogue fresh.

          The world of Jennifer Government is a world where basically almost everything is privatized. The police is a publicly traded firm that sells security services, and their biggest competitor is the NRA. Also, the Government only has a mandate to prevent crime, and actually has to make money by charging criminals and begging the victims handouts in order to fundraise for investigation. Taxes are illegal.

          Cont.

          1. The Government is also not allowed on private property. At one point, NRA fighter jets shoot down Air Force One. Nike also has kids killed in order to promote its sneakers.

            So, to get to the point, it’s a Libertarian dystopia, full of all the things you would imagine if you really accidentally got on a “premium road” and had to burn 11 dollars in tolls. Also, it takes the notion of rewards programs and promotional competitions to it’s next logical extreme: military conflict. Sure, the book is drawn in caricature, with a lot of extremes, but it does make some excellent points about how a world with a powerless and failed government is just as scary as a world with one too powerful and too overbearing. It’s a satire worth checking out, and with brisk dialogue, a lot of humor, and weighing in at a soft 320 pages it’s a helluva lot faster read than 1984 The highlight of the book still remains John Nike’s stirring speech to US Alliance (an alliance of comapnies organized around a customer loyalty program) where he demands that they destroy and get rid of the government that ends with “Just Do It”

            This is wonderful.

            1. My favorite reviews are from the “I was once a libertarian but then I read this book and realized how it would turn us into SOMALIA DERP” school of literary criticism.

        2. It’s like they completely don’t understand the concept of monopoly on force and competition. And when I say completely, I mean they’re retarded.

          1. Don’t be mean to the retarded. They’d at least have the sense to not learn how to read in order to avoid reading it.

      3. I had it recommended by an aging hippy/AP lit instructor. I never got around to looking it up, and by the sound of it I’m glad I didn’t bother.

        I prefer Neil Stephenson’s FOQNE-style semi-anarchy.

    5. I’ve read it. It skates the Poe’s Law line viscously.

      Imagine a power fantasy for fans of the heavy regulatory state.

      1. I’d rather not.

      2. Oy. I thought about reading it; given my masochistic tendencies, I might even enjoy it.

        Does it ever get to that “so stupid it’s funny” level, or is it just boring. Reading the reviews for it was a fun experience.

        1. It’s a fairly bland story. The bad guys are really bad; the good guys really good. And there is little examination of the premise that a mass killing will make shoes cool to “urban youth.”

          Like many leftist “critiques” of capitalism, it’s mostly driven by projection.

          Try Version 43 by Philip Palmer. It’s crazyinsane, like both crazy and insane.

          http://www.amazon.com/Version-…..B007K4KBZ8

          1. Huh, that does look interesting. I’ll check it out.

            1. All of his book bring the crazy. Red Claw is a novel-length chase scene on a planet full of Godzilla-sized monsters; Debatable Space‘s protagonist is a space pirate who kipnaps the mother of the ruler of Earth so he can have sex with her.

              1. “Debatable Space’s protagonist is a space pirate who kipnaps the mother of the ruler of Earth so he can have sex with her.”

                Yes. Go on…

              2. Debatable Space’s protagonist is a space pirate who kipnaps the mother of the ruler of Earth so he can have sex with her.

                Salladhor Saan?

      3. I’ve read it. It skates the Poe’s Law line viscously.

        So does it stick to Poe’s Law or what?

        1. Yes, unless you look into the author’s bio. It’s a heavy-handed satire which his body of work indicates that he supports the conclusions therein.

        2. Jeebus, are you going to be our regular spelling Nazi? When John starts spending more time around here again, kiss the rest of your life goodbye.

    6. A penny used? I could buy the book just for the pleasure of burning it.

    7. Don’t read it, it’s a terrible book. The premis was good enough that it would have been hilarious if someone with actual writing talent (say Doug Adams) had tackled it, but Max Barry has no sense of humor and it’s basically a “ROADZZZ!” style rant drawn out to 200 pages.

  15. Health system needs structural changes to cut waits for procedures, Canadian doctors say

    “Tackling the long waits for care in this country requires not just a tune-up but a major overhaul in health care,” the group’s chair, Dr. Chris Simpson, told reporters from Ottawa.

    1. Something, something, price signalling…

      1. Pfft. That would never work.

        1. When I run the re-education camps in Libertopia, everyone will be forced to listen to all 3 volumes of the audio version of Thomas Sowell’s Basic Economics. Then they too can hear the phrase “the efficient allocation of scarce resources that have alternative uses” any time something like this comes up.

  16. Here’s another beyond parody article.

    Now remember, the willing suspension of disbelief you will need to read this is to forget the 3 or 4 of your friends that this has actually happened to.

    1. Fuck you, dude.

      but there is no equivalent archetype in mainstream culture of the man who sabotages a partner’s birth control and/or coerces her into pregnancy.

      Because this never fucking happens in mainstream culture!!! EVER!!

      1. To be fair, I did once date a girl who had her birth control sabotaged by a husband who wanted a kid. She switched to an IUD after that. Never got the chance to thank him.

        1. What the fuck? At least she demonstrated her sanity by GTFOing.

          1. Sanest chick I ever dated.

            1. World’s Tallest Midget, right there.

  17. The Russian Duma passed legislation banning “gay propaganda.”

    That’s quite excessive. If you don’t like True Blood, just do what I do and avoid watching it. No need for the government to get involved.

    1. I don’t know, man. I’m all for liberty, but anything that gets Gleeks off the street has my approval.

      1. What does this have to do with the Wonder Twins?

      2. Confession: I had to google ‘Gleeks.’

        Then when I found out what it means, it should have been obvious.

        1. When you have three girls, one of whom is in junior high, you become intimately aware of the existence of Gleeks.

  18. I posted this yesterday, because I think it’s funny. But the last message is the best part.

    1. Ugh, “rape culture,” a term only used by deluded feminists….

      Here’s a handy tip, Trevor: don’t send dick pics to women you barely know, and especially not to people who use terms like “rape culture.”

    2. I don’t get how this is someone she doesn’t know but she does have his first and last name in her phone’s contact list.

      1. Ah, I get it now. Weird FB dating app.

  19. Something something, rape joke at tech event. Wait, rape joke?

    During a demo of Killer Instinct to drum up excitement for its new Xbox One, Microsoft brought out a man and a woman to battle it out on the big screen onstage in Los Angeles. In this scripted event the man, of course, kicks the woman’s ass at the fighting game. “I can’t even block correctly and you’re too fast,” she says, playing a video game like a girl. But even more problematic than those stereotypical gender roles was the part when her adversary said this: “Just let it happen. It will be over soon.” You know, like a rape.

    1. Silly blogger. Rape was the combo breaker. He was giving her a helpful Killer Instinct game hint.

    2. The audience chuckled. “Wow, you like this,” the man continues, as he beats the virtual woman. And the woman, much like someone being sexually assaulted, replies: “No, I don’t like this.”

      1. When did the feminist parts of the internet decide to turn mundane, everyday bullshit into the plot of a Lifetime TV movie — seriously.

    3. If you watch it, it’s moderately funny but in terrible taste (which makes it funnier). I lol’ed.

      1. It’s like the worst acting ever.

        1. They needed to distract from how underwhelming the XBox One is.

        2. No, it get’s worse.

        3. Nikki, your new handle shows up as “Nikki’s enthusiastic dissent to me. Fucking Unicode.

          1. and of course my attempt to type what I saw gets reinterpreted by the Skwerls.

            1. Looks like the name space doesn’t like HTML entities, but the comment box doesn’t mind them. Just put a space between the & and the rest of it.

              “Nikki& #039;s enthusiastic dissent”

  20. From WaPo‘s house conservative: Rand Paul’s dilemma: Selling foreign policy to the left of Obama

    It is far from clear that his national security line, farther to the left than the president’s, is going to sell well among Republican primary voters. Obama thinks the world is too good for us, while Rand Paul thinks we’re too good for the world. But the end result is the same ? disarming, dropping anti-terrorism tactics, disregarding human rights, retrenchment.

    1. Come the r3volution… Jennifer Rubin … something, something … against the wall

    2. But the end result is the same ? disarming, dropping anti-terrorism tactics, disregarding human rights, retrenchment.

      I think that not blowing up weddings would actually be a benefit for human rights.

      1. Silly Irish, brown foreign people don’t have human rights. Only white people and ‘Murcans.

    3. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is plainly positioning to run for president in 2016. He has tried to bridge the gap between isolationists-libertarians and conservatives.

      …..

      Fuck the rest of the article.

      1. This isn’t an “article.”

        It’s Jennifer Rubin’s opinion. So it, and a 50 cents will get you a soft serve cone at Burger King.

        1. This is blatantly false. When I tried it, they took my 50 cents, called me a “dirty fascist”, and threw me out of the building. Thanks for nothing Tim.

    4. “”””disregarding human rights””‘

      Yes, nothing says human rights then a never ending war against a noun.

      The terrorists hate us for our freedom and the government is doing everything in its power to take away those freedoms so the terrorists don’t hate us anymore.

  21. Hey, good news everybody: Marc Emery’s been released from solitary!

    http://www.cannabisculture.com…..onfinement

    Now, if you want to do a good deed, you can send this brave (if slightly silly) dissident a letter to let him know that he is forever in our hearts and our lungs and he is not forgotten:

    MARC EMERY #40252-086
    FCI YAZOO CITY ? MEDIUM E-1
    P.O. BOX 5888
    YAZOO CITY, MS 39194

  22. Bush now more popular than Obama?

    Yeah, it’s pretty hard to believe, but if we’re really lucky maybe Shrieking Idiot will do the world a favor and jump off a building or something.

  23. I am dissapoint by Kate Upton’s 21st birthday. Capitol Hill?! This is why there are no female libertarians!!1!

    1. Female Libertarians? Jesus, I’ll switch to whatever party Upton is repping.

    2. That’s interesting because I figured Kate was Team Blue. Maybe she was just taking advantage of the family connection perks.

  24. A great comment by TB from Hot Air:

    Nobody has to create Galt’s Gulch. If we could just get back to the original idea of decentralized government, where as much as possible was done at local and state levels, we’d be a lot better off.

    Hell, just get the Federal government back to what it was in my own lifetime, maybe 1960 or so, and we might be a lot better off.

    There was no Medicare in 1960, and somehow old people were seeing doctors and going to hospitals. Social Security taxes on workers were less than half what they are now. Medical costs were a lot lower.

    The 1960 Federal budget, in constant 2008 dollars, was less than a fifth of what it is now. Yet somehow parks stayed open, White House tours got made, and the mail got delivered. The Federal deficit in 1960? $2.1 billion in 2008 dollars. The deficit now is 600 times that.

    1960 Federal revenues, in 2008 dollars, were $631 billion, or $3,500 per citizen, compared to the current $6,300 per citizen. [cont.]

    1. [cont.] Percentage of Americans with health insurance in 1960: About 75 percent. Now, after trillions of dollars of government health care programs: 84 percent, a gain of 9 points.

      Defense spending as a percentage of the Federal budget was around 53 percent, over twice what it is now.

      Education spending per student in 1960 (constant 2008 dollars): $2,741. In 2008: $11,134. A factor of four. There was no Federal Department of Education, and somehow these students still built the greatest technological civilization on the planet, and put men on the Moon.

      There was no Department of Housing and Urban Development. No Federal Departments of Transportation, Energy, or Veteran’s Affairs. No EPA. No Department of Homeland Security.

      How on earth did we survive?

      1. That’s why most states had pro-life legislation — we just had to keep replacing those killed by the KKKorporations, especially Nike and the NRA!

      2. You were all just a bunch of racists and sexists who lived in poverty and didn’t have Twitter.

        And something about disparate outcomes, too.

    1. Shut up, American.

    2. Wait, when did we start using scare quotes for accurate descriptions. Are scare quotes the new literally-means-figuratively?

      1. He’s not a racist, see? I mean, sure he hates filthy ignorant Messicans, and towelhead jihadis, and spear-chuckers, a lousy slant-eyed Chinamen, but he ain’t no racist.

        He just loves his White Race so much! [single, manly tear–only one because he ain’t no damn queer]

  25. Now we’re talkin: A.C.L.U. Sues to Bar ‘Dragnet’ Collection of Phone Records

    The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its “dragnet” collection of logs of domestic phone calls, contending that the once-secret program ? whose existence was exposed by a former National Security Agency contractor last week ? is illegal and asking a judge to both stop it and order the records purged.

  26. “Immigration Reform Moving Forward”

    So is this good or bad?

    1. They’ll have to pass it to find out.

      1. It’ll never get through the House.

  27. Nancy Mace is running against Lindsay Graham. She wrote this article.

    Good candidate?

    1. In Senator Graham’s world, arming al-Qaeda in Syria is a good idea.

      In Senator Graham’s world, your rights as an American citizen are granted by the ruling political class and not by our Creator.

      In Senator Graham’s world, government should always be trusted but never the American citizen.

      In Senator Graham’s world, the Constitution doesn’t exist.

      In Senator Graham’s world, the entire Bill of Rights is negotiable.

      In Senator Graham’s world, our constitutional rights seem constantly up for debate.

      In Senator Graham’s world, he says we’re fighting for freedom but is the first to surrender all of them.

      In Senator Graham’s world, America is going broke, and taxing hard working Americans while spending more money the country simply does not have.

      In Senator Graham’s world, I am concerned about the future of our country.

      Maybe Senator Graham has been living in a world of his own for too long.

      Well, she says the right things. I know nothing about her, but if she actually believes what she says, I see no problem with her.

      1. Agreed, which is why I asked. Perhaps one of the SC residents knows more.

      2. I know nothing about her, but if she actually believes what she says, I see no problem with her.

        And then on election night, she reveals she was just Nancy Grace in a mask the whole time! You fool! You foolish fool!

      3. Who gives a shit whether she believes it? Just so long as that evil POS goes.

        1. You know who else got into power because no one cared if they actually believed what they said, as long as the old POS was gone?

          1. That’s right. Dick Sargeant.

    2. Also, I intend to send money to anyone who tries to primary Lindsay Graham. Anyone who can should throw a few bucks Nancy Mace’s way just on principle.

    3. It would be hard to be worse then Graham.

    4. If she does nothing else other than this article, she is a better candidate than Lindsay Graham.

  28. Barack Obama declared the “moment is now” for..

    …Changing the subject!

  29. ASSAULT BATS ARE MORE DANGEROUS TO THEIR OWNERS

  30. Here’s an idea! Let’s arm people who do this, surely that will bring an end to conflict in that restive region!

  31. So, if a lawyer turns down a same-sex divorce due to his religious beliefs, should he be sued?

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