Government Shutdown Won't Stop Obamacare, Somali President Calls Al Shabab Global Threat After Nairobi Mall Attack, Ronald Reagan Statue Torched: P.M. Links

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    Experts say a government shutdown won't stop Obamacare enrollment, which is set to begin October 1. It's the same day the fiscal year ends for the federal government, with White House and the Congress no closer to an agreement on getting the government funded.

  • The Kenyan military regained control of a mall in Nairobi reportedly stormed by Somali militants. Residents in Nairobi's Little Mogadishu neighborhood are worried about reprisals, while Somalia's president called Al Shabab, Somalia's Al Qaeda affiliate, a global threat.
  • The US military won't issue any more updates on the hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, which it says is over.
  • A British columnist suggests an international intervention to address the "humanitarian crisis" of gun violence in America, calling it a "quasi civil war" the likes of which the US is often eager to join.
  • Barack Obama endorsed Bill de Blasio for mayor of New York City, while the New York Times reports on the candidate's history of left-wing activism, which including helping raise funds for Nicaragua's Sandanistas in the 1980s, a group from which he said he learned a lot about how government could operate.
  • A powerful typhoon caused at least 20 deaths in the northwest region of the Philippines and 25 in southern China.
  • Pope Francis says the global economic system worships a god of money, and that the unemployed should pray for work because where there's no work there's no dignity.
  • The FAA is looking into allowing more electronic devices to be used in flight.
  • After being asked who the pimp would be in the analogy, ESPN's Dick Vitale apologized for calling Arian Foster a "prostitute" for the Texans running back's admission that he accepted money on the side his senior year playing NCAA football.
  • A one-year-old life size statue of Ronald Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Sports Park in Temecula, California was the target of an apparent arson.

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  1. The US military won’t issue any more updates on the hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, which it says is over.

    Sure, now that Hostess is producing Twinkies again.

    1. Who do you think is putting the creme filling in them these days?

        1. OK, now that is just,
          I mean,
          really,
          that’s just so

  2. Very special ATF agent says toy guns can be converted into real ones:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2sWiZ8BizI

    1. Very “special” indeed.

  3. A one-year-old life size statue of Ronald Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Sports Park in Temecula, California was the target of an apparent arson.

    How do you burn a metal statue?

    1. I guess his effigy isn’t Teflon.

    2. Well, metal has a melting point, so just apply enough heat and voil

    3. A one-year-old life size statue of Ronald Reagan

      Man, he always looked old.

    4. How do you burn a metal statue?

      Burning jet fuel?

  4. The Real Winners of the 65th Annual Primetime Emmys
    …Indeed, Jon Hamm’s beard is a lantern-cozy made of premium shag carpeting, a face-warmer so impossibly lush the lumberjack union has awarded it a full pension and front-row tickets to the overhand hatchet toss. But as magnificent as it is, it’s not going to change the conversation the way he wants it to. Nobody’s forgetting about his enormous penis just because he decided not to shave for a week.

    Nice try, Jon. Try growing one on … wait. You’re not going to like where this is going; we’ll stop right there. It’s not technically a beard if it’s on your enormous penis, anyway….

    1. No nominations for anyone involved with Revolution?

  5. The Kenyan military regained control of a mall in Nairobi reportedly stormed by Somali militants.

    Once you capture Orange Julius, then you can declare victory.

    1. Any coup worth it’s salt can take over a Banana Republic.

      1. what you did…

  6. Barack Obama endorsed Bill de Blasio for mayor of New York City, while the New York Times reports on the candidate’s history of left-wing activism, which including helping raise funds for Nicaragua’s Sandanistas in the 1980s, a group from which he said he learned a lot about how government could operate.

    Bill de Blasio torched the Reagan statue?

    1. Who didn’t raise money for the Sandanistas and burn Reagan in effigy? It was the 80’s, man.

    2. A guy who “he learned a lot about how government could operate” from the fucking Sandinistas? Oh, joy. What could possibly go wrong?

      1. Well there would be less complaints about stop and frisk if the NYPD had the authority to summarily excute people and dumps them into mass graves.

  7. Obamacare Will Increase Health Spending By $7,450 For A Typical Family of Four
    It was one of candidate Obama’s most vivid and concrete campaign promises. Forget about high minded (some might say high sounding) but gauzy promises of hope and change. This candidate solemnly pledged on June 5, 2008: “In an Obama administration, we’ll lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year?.. We’ll do it by the end of my first term as President of the United States.” Unfortunately, the experts working for Medicare’s actuary have (yet again[1]) reported that in its first 10 years, Obamacare will boost health spending by “roughly $621 billion” above the amounts Americans would have spent without this misguided law….

    1. Unhinged: UCSF fundraiser wishes death on all Obamacare ‘nonbelievers’; Nick Searcy shreds

      UCSF fundraiser advocates withholding health care from Obamacare opponents
      On Sunday, Twitchy reported that Stephanie Handler, a “Development Assistant” for the University of California at San Francisco, suggested in a tweet that health care should be withheld from those who do not support Obamacare, essentially consigning them to death.

      “At this point we should deny #Obamacare nonbelievers access to care at all. Let them eat their McDonalds, drink 18-oz sodas,” she wrote before deleting the tweet….

      1. I love it when they let the mask slip. Their hubris will be their own undoing.

        1. Their hubris will be their own undoing.

          I agree. But will they bring the rest of us down with them?

          1. Will they isn’t the question. When will they is.

      2. Huh. So socializing healthcare means politicizing healthcare decisions. Tell me more about this novel approach.

      3. I was happy to learn, via Twitchy, that Nick Searcy is as funny and awesome as his Justified character.

      4. deny #Obamacare nonbelievers access to care at all

        Proggy fails to see the irony in acting like an inquisitor from the Spanish Inquistion.

      1. I just assumed this is how all policy is derived.

        1. Isn’t that how the “red line in the sand” happened?

          1. If I ever find myself holding elected office for whatever weird reason I promise to boldly draw yellow lines in the snow when dealing with our great nation’s enemies, both real and perceived.

      2. Well, in fairness to Obama, he never intended on doing it.

  8. So Lois Lerner has finally been made the designated fall bitch for the I.R.S. persecution of Obama’s political enemies.

    Gee willikers, I thought this was just a “phony scandal” that was simply a couple of low level idiots in Cincinnati! They lie like normal people breathe.

    1. I’m sure poor Lerner will fall on her feet and get offered a cush job at a “think tank” or university board.

      1. I have a dream that maybe she’ll roll over and tell us which political appointee ordered her to pull this shit, but realistically I know it’s not likely to happen. These scumbag leftists are practically willing to die for their cause.

        1. They never die for their cause. Even the a-holes who lost their House seats over Obamacare I have no doubt have been taken care of handsomely.

        2. It is easy to die for the cause, when it means getting a nice job with a higher salary.

      2. It will be very interesting to see where Lerner ends up.

    2. What they need to do is revoke her pensions and retirement benefits for lying to Congress. That will get the lifers’ attention toot sweet.

      1. Yeah, considering that she committed perjury, she certainly deserves to be prosecuted.

      2. +100,000. The idea that she is being punished by having to retire on a lush government pension is offensive.

  9. “A British columnist suggests an international intervention to address the “humanitarian crisis” of gun violence in America, calling it a “quasi civil war” the likes of which the US is often eager to join”

    This guy must own as much stock in gun companies as Obama does.

    1. An international intervention? Against the U.S.? What, is he going to ask us to invade ourselves? ‘Cause if he’s not, who the fuck else is going to do it?

      1. Maybe he thinks the UN can assemble a force of child prostitute frequenting blue helmets.

        1. That is the very reason we have all the guns. America is a catch-22 for the rest of pussified Earth.

        2. I fear for the blue helmets as they fail to contend with an armed population. In fact, I don’t think we’d even have to use our military.

          1. Something about “a rifle behind every blade of grass.”

            1. Look for
              The U.S. rifle
              When you’re invading
              That coast, forest,
              Or town.

          2. Those blue helmets show up great in a scope.

      2. My neighbors would be totally cool with a bunch of UN Peacekeepers running around.

        1. And the US would be cool supplying equipment and arms to the effort.

        2. Me too. Finally, someone I can morally feel good about shooting!

        3. I take it your neighbors aren’t young African children?

    2. Sooooo….. the left can’t win that in an election, so they want armed foreigners to come impose it on us cattle…..

      I’m waiting for the demands for intervention to stop all these abortions.

      Still waiting.

      (Not that I trust our idiot govt to get involved, but the double standard is obvious).

  10. …and that the unemployed should pray for work because where there’s no work there’s no dignity.

    That sounds like Communism to me.

    1. I missed the part where Communists prayed.

      1. “Our Marx, who aren’t in Heaven, Karl be thy name. Thy Dictatorship of the Proletariat be done, on Earth because there is no Heaven.”

    2. Jesus didn’t have a job. He even seems to be anti-work, like when He told Martha off for asking Mary to help get things together for their guests instead of listening to Him talk. Didn’t he also get most of His apostles to quit their jobs?

      1. But He was a walking (on water) economics lesson. When you can feed 50,000 people with a loaf of bread and some fishsticks, there is no such thing as scarcity and work is irrelevant.

      2. What? He was in construction and a part-time lawyer. Jewish law. I think he did some medical work, too, and he ran a church of some sort. I believe he also ran a catering business.

        Frankly, he should be more respected for his entrepreneurship.

      3. Jesus’ foster father was a carpenter, which would probably make him a carpenter himself up until his 30s when He began his ministry.

        St. Peter and others were fishermen, called away from their nets, to be sure, but in John 21 he and his guys are right back to fishing.

        The only disciple who seems never to have returned to his job was Matthew, the tax collector.

        1 Cor 4:12 – Paul says of himself, “and we toil, working with our own hands”

        2 Thess 10 – “In fact, when we were with you, we instructed you that if anyone was unwilling to work, neither should that one eat.”

  11. Birmingham plans 20mph speed limits on 90% of roads

    “There are headlines with this that you cannot argue with. If you hit someone at 20mph instead of 30mph there is less damage and that saves lives,” she said.

    I hear 5mph does even less damage.

    1. “if we can save just one life by going 2MPH, don’t we have an obligation to TRY???!”

    2. I’ll accept that, if we can have 90 mph speed limits on the other 20% of roads.

    3. Don’t worry, the money they spend changing out all those signs will be recouped in the first year by speeding tickets.

      Suck it, Birmingham, you get what you deserve.

    4. Remember when Gary Becker said he could put an end to all auto deaths by placing a spear point in the center of the steering wheel, pointing at the chest. Problem solved.

      Of course, he was just pointing out that every intervention in people’s behavior represents a trade-off and that his suggestion wasn’t serious.

    1. That reminds me of a wikipedia article I stumbled across this morning on the OKC sonic boom tests

      1. On July 30, the tests were over. An Oklahoma City Times headline reported: “Silence is deafening!” Zhivko D. Angeluscheff, a prominent hearing specialist serving with the National Academy of Science, recalled: “I was witness to the fact that men were executing their brethren during six long months … with their thunder, the sonic boom, they were punishing all living creatures on earth.”

        Paging barfman!

  12. “You know who else painted statues?”

    Qin Shi Huang?

    1. You are not allowed to pose the question and then answer it. Bad form, fanboy.

      1. Generally I would agree, but I was merely restating the question Ed posed in the alt text. So good form, I say. Neener neener.

    2. The Romans?

  13. After being asked who the pimp would be in the analogy, ESPN’s Dick Vitale apologized for calling Arian Foster a “prostitute” for the Texans running back’s admission that he accepted money on the side his senior year playing NCAA football.

    And what are Foster, and all other professional athletes, once they hit the NFL, NBA, etc?

    1. Millionaires?

    2. An SEC athlete taking money on the side wasn’t really news. I’m surprised Foster’s other comment, that some of his Tennessee teammates were dealing drugs on the side, hasn’t generated more publicity.

      1. Forget it, Jake; it’s the SEC.

      2. As long as they don’t test positive for drugs, it’s okay, right?

    3. Does anyone like Dick Vitale?

      1. I tried to slag Vitale to a bunch of my bar buddies once and was met with virulent resistance. It was shocking to say the least.

        1. Duke fans? Vitale has his tongue up their ass year-round.

  14. Experts say a government shutdown won’t stop Obamacare enrollment…

    reason keeps informing me that nothing will stop Obamacare at this point.

    1. It’s like Trapper Keeper. Quick, somebody get Rosie O’Donnell.

    2. The only thing that can stop Obamacare is Obamacare when it fails spectacularly.

      1. Does single payer implementation count as stopping Obamacare?

  15. After being asked who the pimp would be in the analogy, ESPN’s Dick Vitale apologized for calling Arian Foster a “prostitute” for the Texans running back’s admission that he accepted money on the side his senior year playing NCAA football.

    Oh well, this happened in the SEC, so the NCAA doesn’t give a shit.

    1. It’s become quite apparent that NCAA punishments of programs is based almost entirely on politics, and has very little do with severity of infractions by the school

      1. Money, don’t forget money.

        1. Making it about money doesn’t explain Ohio State.

          1. They were in a trough, the NCAA could afford to punish them.

    2. Tennessee’s offense and defense were each going to be suspended for a half a game, but the NCAA applied the penalty retroactively to the Oregon game.

      1. You couldn’t tell from watching them play UF.

  16. Maryland gun laws would not have stopped Aaron Alexis from buying a shotgun

    Most of Maryland’s strict laws about background checks, waiting periods and purchase limits apply only to regulated firearms, which in most cases means handguns and assault rifles, Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley said.

    For traditional rifles and shotguns, buyers don’t have to undergo any training or the more stringent 16-database background check that has caused months-long backups. The law limiting buyers to one gun per month does not apply.

    To buy a traditional rifle ? not an assault rifle ? or a shotgun in Maryland, a buyer must undergo a federal instant background check, the same standard Alexis passed in Virginia.

    A sweeping new gun control bill takes effect Oct. 1, but nothing in that legislation would have stopped the gun purchase by Alexis in Maryland either.

    Guess they better tighten their grip.

  17. Pope Francis says the global economic system worships a god of money, and that the unemployed should pray for work because where there’s no work there’s no dignity.

    Well, Gobs of Money, unlike the invisible friend in the sky who demands child rape be covered up, do actually exist…..

  18. stuck at software conference… boring… boring….

    but 5PM is time for free beer!

    1. Good beer or swill?

      1. The free kind.

        1. I’ll take six schlitzes”

          “No Schlitz?”

          “Ahh, whatever’s free.”

          1. “You’re giving out free beer…and it’s Genesee Cream Ale? Why don’t you just give out PBR?”

            1. Because Gennessee is the only beer known to man that the more you drink the worst it tastes.

  19. A British columnist suggests an international intervention to address the “humanitarian crisis” of gun violence in America, calling it a “quasi civil war” the likes of which the US is often eager to join.

    Fuck off, you limey prick.

    1. Send a bunch of tea-drinking Guardian readers into Texas to disarm the people. Naw, I’m not that cruel.

      1. Watch the Bill Hicks bit about British Hooligans versus US gangs.

    2. It would probably work for them as well as our “humaitarian interventions” work out for us.

      1. What, they take few casualties while utterly destroying a nation?

  20. I bet you’ll be surprised to find out that Teach for America’s teacher training is mostly informed by fads and superstitions and (like an Ed degree) doesn’t prepare people for the situations they will face.

    I’ve pretty much decided that just because they author is a whiner, doesn’t mean that TFA and public schools aren’t a complete fucking disaster.

    1. TFA outperforms normal teachers.

      1. So do the seals at the Como Park Zoo.

        http://www.comozooconservatory…..rky/#/info

      2. As do various homeschooling mothers with little or no education.

      3. A point made in the article:

        A just-released U.S. Department of Education study of secondary math teachers showed Teach for America teachers to be more effective than other teachers at their schools. According to the study, students with TFA teachers scored higher on end-of-year exams than their peers in non-TFA classrooms?the difference is equivalent to 2.6 extra months of classroom time.

        I have no reason to doubt studies showing that TFA teachers are more effective?after all, they are recruited from a pool of the country’s hardest-working college students, and good teaching is nothing if not hard work. But Teach for America aspires to close the achievement gap by training teachers that are significantly better than educators already in the system. Can simply being “at least as effective as other teachers” really be cited as success?

        The reason TFA teachers outperform career teachers is that TFA recruits from a pool of highly-intelligent and educated college students who are looking for something to pad their resumes in hopes of landing a future high-pay, high-status job. Career teachers tend to be recruited from the Ed Schools, a major hat consists of the lowest SAT scoring students in the country.

        1. Teaching in American public schools is a blue-collar job in all but degree requirements (and this is a recent development). This is why teachers have a “union” as opposed to a “professional organization”. This is why teachers work by the clock, as opposed to white-collar professionals, who work until the job is done. Et cetera, et cetera…

          And yet, we expect blue-collar workers to produce future highly-skilled white-collar “knowledge” workers.

          The dismal results we see in public schools is highly correlated to the low teacher quality of the American school system. Finland, a recent exemplar for school quality, may pay their beginning teachers a higher salary than engineers (one reason that teaching is the most desired job in Finland), but they also expect a much higher quality of education and job performance for their 60,000 to 80,000 plus dollars a year.

          1. No, they’re expected to produce rules-following drones who don’t question authority.

            1. To whom are you referring? The USA or Finland? Or both?

              1. The US public education system.

                Actual education is an afterthought, at best.

  21. Photos: Eagle vs. Deer

    A camera trap in the forest of the Russian Far East captured rare and surprising images of a golden eagle attacking a young sika deer.
    Golden eagles are not known to attack deer, but the image of the bird latched on to the deer’s back and bringing it down to the snowy ground is as clear as it is puzzling. The eagle’s attack was successful, researchers later found the deer’s carcass a few yards away from the camera trap.
    “I’ve been assessing deer causes of death in Russia for 18 years — this is the first time I’ve seen anything like this,” said Linda Kerley of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), who found the images so compelling that she co-authored a paper on the attack in the Journal of Raptor Research.

    To be featured in the remake of Bambi.

    1. “”I’ve been assessing deer causes of death in Russia for 18 years”

      FAIL

    2. Aren’t Golden Eagles the ones who push mountain goats over cliffs?

      1. Er, pull, not push.

    3. To be featured in the remake of Bambi.

      No, the remake of Bambi will feature an Adam Lanza look alike mowing down Bambi’s mother and father along with most of his friends with an AR-15. Then Obama will go to congress requesting common sense gun restrictions only to be blocked by evil rethuglican teabaggers. The last scene before the credits roll will be a shot of several rethuglican congressmen counting huge sacks of money with the letters “NRA” printed on the sides.

    4. In glorious Russian Far East, death takes many forms.

  22. On behalf of all console peasants, I surrender. I assume I will be kneeling before Hyperion, emir of PC Elitism.

    http://business.financialpost……=723f-586f

    1. The third announcement box is more mysterious, though ? as many on the Internet have pointed out ? three does line up very nicely with Half-Life 3.

      DON’T TEASE US

      And I just got my PS3 on Friday. I’m liking it so far. I’m surprised at how compact it now is, and I’m hoping that, since it’s the latest iteration, a lot of the kinks were worked out and it will function well for years.

      1. If I get another console anytime soon it will probably be a PS3. I don’t see enough draw for the PS4, don’t get me started on the Xbone, and the PS3 used to suck (no gaems) but now it’s a gem.

        1. I quite liked my 360, and Microsoft replaced it free gratis when it got the red ring after four years. But then, about a month after they fixed that, the DVD drive started to die and I couldn’t bother to pay for service or get a new drive and replace it myself. I was pretty staunchly anti-PS3 (swore to only buy it if The Last Guardian was released), but now, with GTA 5, its own catalog of mainstream and indie games, and a bluray drive, I figure it’s a solid deal.

      2. I’m hoping that, since it’s the latest iteration, a lot of the kinks were worked out and it will function well for years.

        The box will work great, I assume, but unless you want to continuously play old ass games for years to come, you’ll want the PS4 (or XboxOne). I’m sure that within 6 months of its release (so by the beginning of summer), there will be no more PS3 games being developed.

        1. I’m fine with that. There are plenty of “old” games to play, and I usually do stick with my PC for gaming. I don’t need the latest iteration of Madden or Call of Duty or whatever.

    2. I already do this by using an HDMI cable and Steam Big Picture mode. If that OS can be used on any old computer and not just a Steam Box I could see using my current PC for that once I replace it.

    3. WTF, do people actually like Steam? It’s one of the reasons I switched to a console.

      1. WTF AM I READING

  23. Chief Salon Nazgul David Sirota on the vital importance of frightening people into fearing Climate Change:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_PALEzTDKA

    The mask has been thrown down and danced upon.

    1. I mean, who is going to listen to a guy this dumb anyway:

      David Sirota ?@davidsirota 3h

      @IronCurtaiNYC wrong – single PAYER doesn’t mean single PROVIDER

  24. Florida Man not in line for father of the year. Along with other Florida people not parenting as well as they should.

    I have a suggestion. We should repeal the ageist, sexist laws that prevent children from seeing (mostly) young, healthy women who earn plenty of money and are comfortable with their bodies.

    1. He’s just starting stripper training early.

      We need to cross breed Floridians with the Japanese. Would the resulting weirdness be sterile?

      1. I’m pretty certain that Floridians have tried to cross-breed with anything that would hold still long enough at one time or another.

      2. …So I apologize to Oklahoma, and as a token of my sincerity I’m willing to sell my state, Florida, to the Japanese, assuming nobody objects to the fact that Japan would suddenly become the most heavily armed nation on Earth.
        — Dave Barry

    2. Florida man burns down friend’s mobile home after argument, forgetting that he also lives there:

      http://www.rawstory.com/rs/201…..-own-home/

  25. What do Venezuela and the Chicago public school system have in common?

    In some cash-strapped Chicago schools, no resource can be taken for granted — not even toilet paper.

    Nicholas Sposato, alderman of Chicago’s 36th ward, recently held a toilet paper drive for the schools in his community. Amid recent Chicago Public School budget cuts, paying for basic resources has become a burden on some schools, especially since these resources come out of the same budget as teachers’ salaries.

    “I’m trying to help out the schools financially, every little bit helps. They might be able to save a teacher’s position if they have everything they need,” Sposato told The Huffington Post over the phone.

    Sposato started by asking for donations from local convenience stories like CVS and Walgreens. Then he reached out to the community. By Friday afternoon he had collected approximately 6,000 rolls of toilet paper.

    I think it’s wise to prep kids for a future life of socialism.

    1. hey might be able to save a teacher’s position if they have everything they need

      Yes, this is the highest possible achievement they could desire: saving a position.

    2. Hopefully the school’s 50 or so administrators can find some way to save a few dollars for toilet paper.

    3. Clearly they just need to get some of those crazy extreme couponing housewives in on this.

  26. I guess I need to make sure my voting status is up to date, because his Bill de Blasio looks worse every day. What fresh hell will NYCers suffer under him?

    1. I hope there aren’t any Miskito Indians in NY.

  27. One question about the Emmys last night: Why is Jim Parsons still being recognized for his “acting”? I understand people still like the show, and it’s a ratings-boon, but even among fans of the series, I haven’t heard much discussion about Parsons in about 3 years or so. Meanwhile, Louis CK’s show has finally crossed that line from obscurity to outright mainstream hit, and he goes home empty-handed? (Personally, I thought he should have gotten it for the first season, but it’s never too late for the Academy to give a make-up award.)

    I don’t know. The the Jeff Daniels and Jim Parsons awards just show how bland and safe these award ceremonies tend to be.

    1. For some reason a lot of people here hate Louis CK.

      1. Okay…But Jim Parsons…I mean really? At least give it to Alec Baldwin or Jason Bateman.

        1. Agreed. I actually just looked up who Parsons is…eh…

        2. The Emmys are laughable. Like the Oscars, who gives a fuck who wins one? It’s such not an indicator of quality or talent, which is why no one pays attention anyway.

          1. Most of the attacks on Emmys, Oscars, etc. are basically that their favorites have been snubbed. Yawn.

            And it’s not like Breaking Bad being the Best Drama is some fringe opinion on the internet or in the entertainment media. So it winning is in fact quite “safe.”

            1. You seem really, really butthurt. Which I find hilarious.

              1. Well I do find it annoying that attacks on award shows do have this weird continuum between really snobby and really populist. Citizen Kane for example was a flop while The Greatest Show on Earth was a big hit. Whereas Star Wars was a huge hit and Annie Hall wasn’t.

              2. Another annoying thing is the politicization of the shows with certain awards being condemned/praised because the loser did/didn’t have an Important Message.

                For Example Jurassic Bark lost the Emmy to the Simpson’s Episode Three Gays of the Condo. The latter was more “relevant” but it appears the former is a classic.

          2. Well, I bring up the topic merely for discussion. And you’re right. But, if there is a television award that I do tend to follow, it’s the Peabody Award. Even if the the show doesn’t interest me, the Peabody does have a higher batting average than the Emmys.

      2. He’s a great stand-up comic, up until he opens his big, fat, authoritarian yap.

    2. …Kevin Space, for House of Cards, having been robbed by Jeff Daniels.

    3. It was nice to see Tony Hale beat out the Modern Family trio. His work in season 2 of Veep was fantastic (and JLD’s is legendary and she deserves to win every year, but it’s not like she was an underdog). It was also heartening to see Breaking Bad get the Best Drama award.

    4. Yawn, more bitching about how these shows aren’t snobby, hipster or fanboy enough.

      1. Hey. That’s not my point. To be fair to The Big Bang Theory, I often defend the first season to detractors. But, unlike Kelsey Grammar, who was a worthy winner in the eleventh season of Frasier, Parsons has more or less phoned in his performance for a number of years now.

        1. His performance is OK, but I think what people are reacting to is the writing. It’s a very funny show.

    5. So Harry from Dumb and Dumber beat out Hal from Malcolm in the Middle.

      Just as I predicted 10 years ago.

      1. I didn’t even know The Newroom had enough viewers to qualify for the Emmys.

        1. Are you kidding? It’s a Serious and Thoughtful show and Serious and Thoughtful people watch it.

          1. yabbut I can’t just throw any random thing on television and have it compete for an Emmy.

            I mean, seriously, the show brought in 2.2 million viewers for its debut. The season premiere of “Last Man Standing” TRIPLED that number. A fucking Tim Allen comedy trebled The Newsroom.

    6. Why do the Emmys and the Oscars continue the outdated and sexist practice of awarding separate trophies for men and women? Aren’t they all acting? Shouldn’t male and female actors be considered equal by now? And how did Game of Thrones not win anything this year?

      1. Why do the Emmys and the Oscars continue the outdated and sexist practice of awarding separate trophies for men and women? Aren’t they all acting? Shouldn’t male and female actors be considered equal by now?

        Sarcasm?

        And how did Game of Thrones not win anything this year?

        Too Genre, Not arty enough.

    7. Meh, I stopped watching TV in 1988 and can’t really tell you anything I missed. I ended up having much more fun building road machines, reloading ammo, and blasting around southern AZ in a hot-rodded Porsch 914 with a busty little Japanese coed.

      Over the past year or so I have found a source for American TV and catch a show once in a while. The change in tone is stark but not really interesting. My lifestyle no longer supports time to just sit around looking at a screen anymore – too much real life going on to waste it like that.

      1. My lifestyle no longer supports time to just sit around looking at a screen anymore – too much real life going on to waste it like that.

        Someone writing this on the internet. Irony!

        1. That’s pretty much why I mostly post while at work. Rarely any time to log on while at home on my own time.

        2. That’s pretty much why I mostly post while at work. Rarely any time to log on while at home on my own time.

  28. “A one-year-old life size statue of Ronald Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Sports Park in Temecula, California was the target of an apparent arson.”

    It really is a sickness, isn’t it?

    1. It musta been those violent rethuglicans!

      1. Some Republican Satanist plot to reanimate him to run against Hillary in 2016, no doubt.

        1. I am NOT a Satanist! And even if I was I wasn’t anywhere near that park….

  29. Ted Cruz, not done with McCain

    In a new lengthy GQ profile, Cruz told the magazine that conservatives were “embarrassed” to vote in 2008 ? the year that McCain was the Republican presidential nominee.

    “I don’t know a conservative who didn’t feel embarrassed voting in 2006 or 2008,” Cruz told GQ. “I think the Republican Party lost its way. We didn’t stand for the principles we’re supposed to believe in.”

  30. Union president: Cult of Selfishness is ruining America

    Denying food to the hungry, chemo to the cancer-stricken? That is not American. That is what ruthless dictators do. That is the stuff of Kim Jong-il. That is not how Americans treat each other.
    It is, however, exactly what the cult of the selfish is seeking. It wants an America without community, where everyone is out for himself. Alone. Self-seeking. Self-dealing. In that world, the CEO who succeeds did it all by himself – no credit should be given to dedicated workers or community tax breaks or federal copyright protections. Similarly, in that world, the worker who is laid off has no one to blame but himself, not a crash on Wall Street, not the failure of a CEO to properly market products, not a technological transformation.
    […]
    This is happening even though America is rich. Even though American workers’ productivity continues to rise steadily. Even though American corporations are hugely profitable, with nine of the world’s 10 most valuable companies American. The middle class is getting crushed even as those at the top are getting richer.

    He uses the productivity fallacy: assuming that higher productivity and profits means workers must be working 20 times harder or whatever.

    1. Yeah, when I think of altruism, I think of union workers.

      HAHAHAHAHA

      1. When I think of a cult of the selfish, “union president” comes immediately to mind.

    2. Yes, I do want to deny people the fruits of others’ labors. Because I am opposed to stealing.

      Why doesn’t it ever occur to these fucking looters to simply ASK ME to donate? Why is force the first place they always go?

    3. Denying food to the hungry, chemo to the cancer-stricken?

      Refusing to fork over your hard-earned cash to pay for someone else’s food or chemo is the same as denying those things to them.

      That’s how it works.

  31. Rich Man, Poor Woman?
    ? Boys have a higher infant-mortality rate than girls. Out of 100,000 live-born boys, 699 die before age 1. For girls the figure is 573. That means the infant-mortality rate for boys is approximately 20% higher than for girls.

    ? Out of 100,000 boys, 1,140 die before age 18. For girls the figure is 867. (These figures include infant deaths.) That means the total mortality rate for minors is 24% higher among boys than among girls.

    ? Boys are likelier to die than girls at every age except 10 and 11. Those are the ages at which persons of either sex are least likely to die, and the sex differences at those ages are minuscule.

  32. Interesting article on why Apple was right to get rid of Jobs the first time.

    1. Perhaps an academic argument could be made, but that the company nearly went bankrupt while he was away should put any idea of “rightness” to rest, and upon his return Apple eventually became the most valuable company in the world.

      1. And IOS 7 makes it pretty clear they still need him.

  33. http://www.rantsports.com/nfl/…..to-thrive/ Indianapolis Colts utilize the “out-moded” concept of power running to score upset win over the 49ers.

    1. But robc assures me that NFL defenders are so well conditioned they can’t possibly be worn out in a game!

      1. If I were an owner, I’d go total power football. Lines of death, pounding running backs, the whole nine yards of pain. It absolutely could work now, even with the stupid rules that make offenses into pansies.

        1. No one wants to hear your sexual fantasies, ProL.

          1. You like your football weak, like your tea.

            1. Is that why the Seahawks are 3-0 and the Buccaneers are 0-3?

              1. What, you own the Seahawks?

                1. Somebody’s avoiding the question!

                  1. What I like, and what the local team happens to present me, are two entirely different things.

                    I was lucky back in the 90s and early Aughts, because the Bucs mostly played the kind of football I liked. Now, not so much. But I’m willing to take over for a small gratuity.

        2. I have been an NFL fan for 50 years, but these days, with the way the rules have gradually pussyfied the game, I just find it boring. And there are so many stopages for review. ZZzzzzzzzzzz

          1. I definitely am growing disenchanted with the game. It’s no wonder half the QBs are breaking records now, given that receivers and QBs can’t be touched.

            The only hope is that they replace players with cyborgs, so violence can return to the game. Like a cyborg Dick Butkus. This is an actual Butkus quote:

            I liked the movie, Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte. I got a charge when that head came rolling down the stairs. I like to sit there and watch it, and have that happen on a football field.

            1. Okay, I found what looks like the actual quote–didn’t think the above sounded quite right:

              “I don’t go to the movies too often,” said Butkus on camera. “But, um, one particular movie that stands out in mind was with Bette Davis. I think it was Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte. I got kind of a charge when that head come rolling down the stairs. I kind of like to sit there watch it, see things happen and maybe project those things happening on the football field, and not to me.”

        3. Tebow is still available.

          1. For now. Soon, a team will succumb to Timptation. I predict it will be Jacksonville.

  34. So will Richman or Welch support the call of Henry Porter?

  35. UK politician: Send sonnets, not sex texts

    The Education Secretary is fronting a drive to encourage the study of poetry in schools. He said: “It [the app] will allow children to make sense of their own feelings in a way that is more graceful, expressive and beautiful [than sexting].
    “Technology does not have to mean that expression becomes clumsier.”
    According to the Sunday Times, Love Book allows users to record themselves reading poetry to share with their intended, alongside audio and video recordings of actors Helena Bonham Carter, Damian Lewis and Gina Bellman.
    Helena Bonham Carter, who is married to visonary director Tim Burton, said: Give your child an appetite for poems and they will never be bored. I think as a child I was a bit scared by poetry until someone told me it was a song that didn’t need the music … Some people say that a good tweet is a haiku. A text could be a poem too … It’s just making magic with words.”

    Sex text haikus?

    1. Yeah, I’m sure teens would much rather read Wordsworth than see naked tits.

    2. “Sex text haikus?”

      I am a teen girl.
      Penises extings thrill me.
      Long and fat oh my!

      1. My wife helps Clinton.
        I turn on my phone at night.
        Then I sext fat chicks.

    3. There has to be someone, somewhere tweeting out an erotica novel.

      “Erika paused, mouth agape while the outline of her gardener Raul’s semi-tumescent member swell in his grass-stained and paint-splashed jeans.”

  36. Old fashioned craftsmanship: Aida Godo Kojo a Japanese farm tool factory that makes 140,000 tools and components annually, most by hand.

    1. You Know Who Else did things mostly by hand?

      1. Pee Wee Herman?

      2. Pee-Wee Herman?

        1. Confound you, Mad, I was just seconds behind you

          1. Um, so to speak.

          2. I’m not sure this is the sort of thread where we should be discussing who came first.

            1. I don’t know…

          3. So Cons love the santorum.

    2. If you’re ever in Thailand, I recommend picking up blades from Aryanik.

  37. Where we’re going, we really need roads: The World’s Worst Infrastructure infographic

    1. I notice Somalia doesn’t appear. Libertarian paradise, son!

  38. Sweden: Land of gender-neutral pronouns and where pubic masturbation is now legal

    A 65-year-old Swedish man was acquitted of sexual assault after pleasuring himself on a beach in Stockholm in June.

    The district court of S?dert?rn tossed out the charge on the grounds that he didn’t look at anybody while fondling himself. The court ruled he had committed no offense, as he did not direct his “activities” at any particular target.

    Public prosecutor Olof Vrethammar told the Mitti newspaper that he had no plans to appeal and called the ruling “reasonable.” When asked if the act is now acceptable in public, Vrethammar said public fondling was “okay” ? as long as it’s not directed towards a specific individual ? but may still be considered “disorderly conduct.”

    So you can jerk-off, but you can’t use the Male Gaze.

    1. I daresay it was directed at a specific individual. Is the rule that it can’t be an individual in his field of vision? Does this apply equally to women and men?

    2. I kind of agree. Fondling yourself on a beach is not “Sexual Assault”. Also, it sounds like he could still be charged with something more appropriate like disorderly conduct.

      1. Swedish is a peculiar language. Assault in this case probably means something more along the lines of annoyance.

        1. Did you know that “molestation” used to mean annoyance? Nowadays the term implies sexual molestation. Arousal and Orgy used to have non-sexual meanings but those have been lost. Interesting in that “want” has gone from “lack” to “desire” hence FDR “Freedom from Want.”

  39. Prog sings love ode to Rachel Maddow:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzVL8PtpWm0

    paging Barfman…

    1. I hate you for posting this even though I refuse to watch it.

  40. A heartwarming story of a woman and her lion

    Animal lover Annel Snyman and her pet cat Timba exemplify the incredible bond that can grow between man and beast.
    But Timba is no ordinary house cat. He’s a hulking house lion that can polish of 9lbs of raw meat a day and could bite off her head any time he liked.
    But Timba is really a big softie, and loves nothing more than to cuddle up to Annel on the sofa of their home in the Waterburg region of South Africa.
    Timba, who is one year and six months old, also enjoys going for walks with Annel’s six-year-old dog, Diesel and ‘helping out’ with everyday chores around the house.
    And as these remarkable pictures show, Annel has now formed an incredible bond with the 120kg lion, after adopting him as a cub in March last year.
    The 31-year-old, who lives in the Waterberg region of South Africa, just outside Bela-Bela, said she loved her unconventional pet.

    That is pretty terrifying. No matter what kind of bond you might feel, you can never completely trust an animal like that.

    1. Roy Horn can second that.

    2. I would keep that thing well-fed at all times. And maybe some spare farm animals around just in case.

      Actually I would never own that thing in the first place.

  41. The FAA is looking into allowing more electronic devices to be used in flight.

    Why must the FAA and the TSA always announce they are thinking about considering doing studies? Sheesh, just tell us the results afterward. It’s not like anyone is going to stop your “work”.

    1. A taser is an electronic device.

      1. *** rising intonation ***

        I think I smell a classified study ….

      2. And shouldn’t be allowed in the cockpit. That’s all you need, the pilot and copilot, arguing over the Emmys, start tasering each other and boom! Hundreds dead.

        1. You know, they have those oxygen masks that automatically drop in the event of cabin depressurization, so why not tasers built into the cabin, deployable by anyone in the cockpit?

          1. Just hand every passenger a baseball bat when they get on board, to subdue any unruly terrorists.

  42. Exclusive–IRS Offers True The Vote Tax Exempt Status, Files to Dismiss Lawsuit
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has offered election integrity group True The Vote its tax-exempt status in what appears to be a bid to keep the group from proceeding with discovery on its lawsuit against the agency, Breitbart News has learned exclusively.

    “We are pleased and relieved that the IRS and the DOJ are finally doing what should have been done three years ago, which is to recognize TTV as a charitable and educational organization, which we have always been and will continue to be,” True The Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said in a statement provided exclusively to Breitbart News.

    In July 2010, True The Vote filed an application with the IRS seeking 501(c)3 tax exempt status. After discovering in May 2013 that its application was part of the bigger IRS scandal targeting Tea Party organizations, True The Vote filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Washington, D.C. requesting that its tax-exempt status application be approved.

    The IRS granted the tax-exempt status on Friday night and then filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit all in the same document. …

    1. Something not right with this world.

  43. So Reasonoids what was better? The Futurama episode Jurassic Bark or the Simpsons episode Three Gays of the Condo? The Emmys said the latter. You know it had like an Important Message and was like relevant and shit.

    1. I had something for this.

  44. Hard hitting feminist political commentary:

    In other news, Sarah Palin thinks Hillary Clinton isn’t fit to be president because something something Benghazi. Yawn blah blah fart.

    Meanwhile, she probably agrees with Rick Perry that Rick Perry would still make a great president! [CN: Disablist language and anti-Semitism.]

    Continuing the parade of Republican geniuses: Rand Paul says if Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts “loves Obamacare so much” then “he should get it.” Rand Paul would have said, “if he loves Obamacare so much, he should MARRY IT,” but Rand Paul does not support man-on-legislation marriage.

    1. I was hoping her break was going to be permanent.

    2. Rick Perry is an anti-Semite?

      1. Hillary wants her lady friend to have nothing to do with Weiner.

      2. She could be legitimately offering advice based on her own experience with Bill.

        1. Nah, who am I kidding?

          1. Bill was a winner – Weiner’s a putz.

            Takeaway – I’t ok to stick with a philandering husband and become a joke if it pays in the end.

  45. Why is everyone filtered on reasonable today?

    1. Squirrel uprising.

    2. Something in Reasonable doesn’t like the way that Reason is handling email addresses. If you take out ^\s from the Reasonable options it’ll stop filtering everyone with an email address linked to their handle. You may also want to switch off the publicly show email option in your reason user options.

        1. And yet you didn’t turn off your email linking making your name the cause of the wide history box on my last refresh.

          🙁

          I will say having the preview button work is almost a nice consolation to being part of the blue-handled unwashed masses. Almost.

  46. Speaking of the Emmy’s, you would think a nail shot into Tina Fey’s back and piercing half way through her nipple would have made a bigger news splash —

    http://cdn.wwtdd.com/wp-conten…..-Emmys.jpg

    1. Well it is Tina Fey. I mean sarcasmic would hit her.

      1. Oh, God! You bastard! The mental image… The mental image!!

    1. So much for civility… or the scientific discovery process.

  47. .Weiner loses it over kid’s pee
    By Page Six Team
    September 22, 2013 | 10:03pm
    .Modal Trigger

    Anthony Weiner with his son Jordan Zain.
    Photo: R. Umar Abbasi

    Anthony Weiner can’t even manage to play nice on the playground.

    The scandal-ridden mayoral primary loser ? who reportedly flipped the finger after delivering his concession speech ? was spotted at Union Square Park playground with his and Huma Abedin’s son, Jordan Zain, on Thursday when another child had an accident and peed on a swing. We’re told the father grabbed his kid and went to find a napkin to clean up, as Weiner made his way over to the exact swing.

    A spy tells us Weiner was heard screaming, “Thanks for leaving this thing soaking wet.”

    “The other dad said he was going to clean it up and told him, ‘It’s funny you’re the one talking about other people’s self?control,’?” says the witness.

    http://pagesix.com/2013/09/22/…..-kids-pee/

    1. Anthony Weiner is a walking stereotype. I mean, my god, what the fuck is the matter with that guy?

      1. Nothing that government office wouldn’t cure. At least, that’s what he seems to think.

      2. He’s a thug, plain and simple.

    2. Weiner is a joke that just keeps finding new ways to tell itself. It’s like he is doing it on purpose.

      Keep it up Weiner!

    3. Why is Weiner’s kid named Zain?

  48. Easily the most rational thing I’ve ever read on Psychology Today:

    “Researchers continue to intensify bullying problem”

    http://www.psychologytoday.com…..ng-problem

    from the article:

    These programs are failing because they are remaking schools in the image of totalitarian police systems. Totalitarian police systems are not friendly, happy places. They punish people for speaking and assembling freely. They make the people suspicious and hateful by turning them into spies and informers against each other. They make people suspicious and hateful of the authorities as well for monitoring all their behavior and punishing them for things that should be none of their business.

    1. If at all possible, homeschool. Save your kids.

      1. But then they won’t learn important social skills, like ratting on your friends.

        1. Yes, wouldn’t that be awful?

    2. Abolish schools.

      1. Abolish government-run schools.

    3. These programs are failing because they are remaking schools in the image of totalitarian police systems.

      You know, I once presented a case study at symposium that made the same point.

      I was almost lynched by a crowd of angry old bitty teachers.

  49. …Somalia’s president…

    What?! Since when does my Rothbardian anarcho-capitalist libertarian Randian Objectivist utopia have a government, let alone a head of state? WHAT HAPPENED TO MY SOMALIA?!

    1. You’ve been lied to, dude.

  50. Love that circular logic:

    Most of the negative commentary on Twitter was just sarcasm and mockery ? laughing at the idea that having to pay more for alterations was part of the “war on women”. Two things on that: first, any time women are reminded that they don’t have the same freedoms and benefits that men have matters; and second, invalidating the discussion as trivial kind of proves the point that we need to have it.

  51. Barack Obama endorsed Bill de Blasio for mayor of New York City, while the New York Times reports on the candidate’s history of left-wing activism, which including helping raise funds for Nicaragua’s Sand[i]nistas in the 1980s, a group from which he said he learned a lot about how government could operate.

    Ok, so Obama’s endorsement makes complete and absolute sense. Two peads in a pod.

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