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    Another Obamacare "glitch" could cause 500,000 children to lose their insurance coverage.

  • A letter from nine Senate Judiciary Committee members, including the chairman, Pat Leahy, and the ranking Republican, Charles Grassley, asks the intelligence community's inspector general to review two of the NSA's data collection programs.
  • Kenyan security forces continue to search for militants at the Nairobi mall attacked over the weekend. The White House has not confirmed whether any Americans died in the attack, but the Kenyan foreign minister said two or three were involved. President Obama pledged law enforcement support to Kenya in its investigation of the Al Qaeda-linked attack.
  • Remember how the feds targeted the AP and its reporters in an investigation into embarrassing leaks that contradicted the Obama campaign's assertions about Al Qaeda's strength? An ex-FBI agent working as a consultant for the Bureau has pled guilty.
  • How did Aaron Alexis get a security clearance despite his checkered past? He lied.
  • What government shutdown? 59 percent of non-defense employees will remain on the job even if the White House and Congress can't agree on a spending deal.
  • A sign of recovery? Illegal immigration may be ticking up after taking a dive during the recession.
  • A Gallup poll shows a record high 60 percent of Americans believe government is too big.
  • Abercrombie & Fitch has settled a battery of discrimination lawsuits filed in California, and has agreed to allow female Muslim workers to wear headscarves on shift.
  • Ten people, including a six-year-old girl, were shot and killed in the outskirts of the Mexican border town of Juarez.

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  1. How did Aaron Alexis get a security clearance despite his checkered past? He lied.

    There’s always the lying loophole.

    1. If we pass buyback amnesties, the criminals will turn in their guns!

      1. and no one will lie.

    2. Perhaps I have always misunderstood the purpose of a background check, but I thought one of the reasons for performing them was to root out lies.

      1. I don’t think in this case it’s s imple background check either. He had a security clearance which is supposed to entail alot more ‘probing’ of one’s background (e.g., talking to people who know you, digging into past employment). It’s failure all the way!

      2. Basically everyone in MD has a security clearance.

        I am surprised people think it means anything.

    3. Then federal investigators dismissed the omissions, and made one of their own ? deleting any reference to Aaron Alexis’ use of a gun in that arrest.

      There’s always the dismissive federal investigator loophole.

    4. WHY DONT I HAVE LINKS!

  2. A Gallup poll shows a record high 60 percent of Americans believe government is too big.

    We need a new government agency empowered to fix what Americans think.

    1. I thought we already had that.

        1. What will we name it? NPR is already taken?

    2. I’d like to figure out who the people are who say the government is too big but still give Obama a positive approval rating.

  3. Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.
    — Coco Chanel

    It is always better to be slightly underdressed.
    — Coco Chanel

    City attorney accused of naked prowling
    Waking up and finding a naked stranger in her bedroom must have been downright shocking.

    But probably not as shocking as finding out the nude dude works in your city’s administration.

    Ronald D. Combs, a longtime attorney for the city of Gainesville is behind bars after being accused of prowling in and around a woman’s home while naked early Saturday morning, reports The Gainesville Sun.

    The incident was equally shocking to the lawyer: He was tased by cops who said Combs, 59, was moving through nearby yards wearing only a skull cap and running shoes, the paper reported.

      1. Just another day in the Python Paradise.

    1. I’m surprised he’s not on a paid vacation.

    2. Bet you one million dollars he was on several-day-long methamphetamine run. Behavior like this is exactly what we see all the time in the ER for people two or more days into meth with no sleep.

  4. Ten people, including a six-year-old girl, were shot and killed in the outskirts of the Mexican border town of Juarez.

    Remember, ladies and gentlemen: We need to keep prosecuting the war on drugs to save the CHILDREN!

    Dammitsomuch.

    1. Ten people, including a six-year-old girl,

      Fuck the nine adults who died.

      1. Not my point and you know that.

        1. I know it’s not your point. But I still hate the media that do this.

  5. …asks the intelligence community’s inspector general to review two of the NSA’s data collection programs.

    Remember, Edward Snowden is still a traitor.

  6. Warmists say they won’t disbelieve models unless ‘pause’ lasts another 20 years!
    …”If it (the present one) continues for two more decades, we may start to think that the computer models are underestimating internal variability.”…

    Warming Plateau? Climatologists Face Inconvenient Truth
    …Despite resistance from many researchers, the German ministries insist that it is important not to detract from the effectiveness of climate change warnings by discussing the past 15 years’ lack of global warming. Doing so, they say, would result in a loss of the support necessary for pursuing rigorous climate policies. “Climate policy needs the element of fear,” Ott openly admits. “Otherwise, no politician would take on this topic.”

    Germany’s Federal Ministry of Research would prefer to leave any discussion of the global warming hiatus entirely out of the new IPCC report summary. “In climate research, changes don’t count until they’ve been observed on a timescale of 30 years,” …

    1. …The researchers’ problem: Their climate models should have been able to predict the sudden flattening in the temperature curve. Offering explanations after the fact for why temperatures haven’t increased in so long only serves to raise doubts as to how reliable the forecasts really are.

      Despite this, most Germans have not yet lost their faith in climate research. According to the SPIEGEL survey, 67 percent of Germans still consider the predictions reliable….

      …Environmental policymakers within the IPCC fear, though, that climate skeptics and industry lobbyists could exploit these scientific uncertainties for their own purposes. The IPCC’s response has been to circle the wagons. To ensure it remains the sole authority on climate predictions, the panel plans not to publish the complete report for some time after the release of the summary and not even release transcripts from the negotiations in Stockholm….

      1. “Despite this, most Germans have not yet lost their faith in climate research.”

        You know what else Germans did not lose faith in?

        1. David Hasselhoff?

        2. Mr. Bean?

          1. I HATE him! How can Rowan do that after Blackadder II, III and IV?! Gah!

        3. Faith No More?

        4. Kraftwerk?

      2. …Environmental policymakers within the IPCC fear, though, that climate skeptics and industry lobbyists could exploit these scientific uncertainties for their own purposes.

        Because hiding facts and massaging data in order to enact admitted fear based policy which seeks to transfer vast sums of money to their Green Industry friends isn’t exploitation.

        1. This. “Climate Change” is offering the best opportunity ever for the far left to drag out their same old dystopian plans. This time, they finally think they have a reason! People have to do it, or we all drown!

    2. Most German’s still believe that solar in northern Europe and wind power are “green”.

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s much-touted clean air campaign ? launched with the fanfare closing of the nation’s nuclear plants and a vow to lead European climate change controls ? has fallen flat, as a recent report shows pollution levels have actually increased for the second year in a row.

      1. Most German’s what believe this?

        1. They believe in renewable energy as a “climate change stopper”, even as their utility bills skyrocket and their CO2 emissions increase.

        2. Their still. It is a single still owned by most Germans. That’s why they’re not really known for their liquor.

      2. Anyone want to explain how closing nuke plants leads to cleaner air?

          1. Coal plants release more radiation than nuke plants.

            With a few exceptions.

    3. Ugh. No posting shit is shit. I already had to turn off reasonable. Now this too?

      Do the squirrels even test before they make changes?

      And, actual post:

      If your model already fails at the 95% confidence level, it has already failed. Try again. Holding out for 99% is bullshit.

    4. You know who else’s policies needed the element of fear?

  7. Al Gore: ‘There needs to be a political price’ for climate ‘denial’
    …Gore noted how racism and later homophobia have become increasingly unacceptable.

    He pointed to news accounts of an instance in which two gay men were subjected to anti-gay insults by another customer in line at an Ohio pizza spot.

    The other people in line and the employees uniformly condemned the insult, according to reports. …

    NYTimes: Obama should destroy coal industry to set good international example
    …But the news from the rest of the world ? steadily increasing atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, rising sea levels, more violent weather events, persistent droughts ? is not encouraging. The burden on the United States to set a positive example is as heavy as ever.

    1. Let the market and cheap natural gas destroy the coal industry as is actually happening.

      1. Let the market and cheap natural gas destroy the coal industry as is actually happening.

        I do enjoy “shreek refills his anti-psychotic meds day”. When your presence here is almost pleasant.

      2. Hey PB, did I mention how much I enjoy seeing you and your lying ilk exposed, left with no credibility? In ten years you will be lying about ever having supported this scam as there will be nothing but scorn for those who did.

        Go fuck yourself.

    2. Let’s make sure our coal is burned in Europe and China instead of here, because that will save on carbon emissions.

      Wait, that makes no sense. Damn. It’s almost like they don’t care about results.

    3. Tell me more, Comrade Gore, about how we must believe. What “price” should the non-supporting pay?

    4. So, what are they going to do about all the coal miners? Oh, wait, “rednecks” don’t count so let ’em starve.

    1. What is that I don’t even…

    2. Recycling bin?

    3. Towel rack?

  8. Another Obamacare “glitch” could cause 500,000 children to lose their insurance coverage.

    We have to pass it to find out if we thought of the children.

    1. well, you know that if Congress doesn’t vote to fix this glitch, then the headlines will be “GOP fails to protect children”.

      1. As it turns out, the glitch is that those children were not supposed to be conceived, but the mothers were not receiving free birth control at the time. We’ll just bring in the Bobs to “fix the glitch.”

  9. An ex-FBI agent working as a consultant for the Bureau has pled guilty.

    Get this traitor to Russia.

  10. The Nairobi mall attack sure seems like a practice run for a similar attack in the U.S.

    Ironically, an armed former (British) Marine through a bit of a monkey wrench into their plans. Make sure you target a gun-free zone guys.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new…..-amok.html

    1. Why does it seem like practice for a similar attack in the U.S.?

      1. Maybe he is thinking of the long time AQ call for similar type attacks here?

        1. It’s still a pretty big jump to this being practice.

          You walk into the food courts of a handful of malls on a given day and detonate a backpack bomb. Then again. And again. The malls will be empty soon enough and it doesn’t take practice.

          1. Honestly, I am okay with this because I haven’t been in a mall in 5 years.

            1. You’re still not safe Brett….I’ve heard that the trrists are dressing like UPS and FedEx guys delivering your Amazon.com orders to catch you slackers who won’t go to the galleria.

          2. Maybe because we’ve seen a string of successful (in terms of number killed) attacks in gunfree zones.

            Terrorists aren’t so stupid they don’t understand that a couple of shooters coming from multiple directions could inflict a massive number of casualties.

            1. It would be entertaining, post attack*, to see gun-grabbers ask that legislation not be pushed hastily in a time of crisis as people call for stronger self-defense rights.

              *glob forbid an attack, of course

            2. Of course they understand it. They also understand that car bombs could inflict a massive number of casualties, but that doesn’t mean that a car bombing overseas is practice for doing it here.

              1. Bombs seem tougher to build or buy in the U.S. The Boston Marathon bombs were kind of duds.

                1. Still killed 8?? or so. And shut down a whole city. Beyond the overeaction that should not happen, imagine one of these attacks at a stadium during a game. Sure they have guards, but dedicated terrorists could shoot their way in and onto the field and cause huge carnage.

                  1. Actually the nastiest thing I can imagine in a stadium would be shooting across the field to the opposite side. Rapid fire would hit somebody, and probably spark a stampede for the exits, which would kill more.

    2. Did he throw that wrench all the way through the plans?

    3. A you calling African terrorists monkeys?

  11. Another Obamacare “glitch” could cause 500,000 children to lose their insurance coverage.

    So we need larger subsidies?

    That is a strange position for Reason to suggest.

    1. You didn’t do very well on reading comprehension exams in school, did you?

      1. It’s nothing but a vile, shit-throwing monkey. Don’t feed the animal.

        1. Second this.

      2. So, if an employer offers a woman affordable insurance, but doesn’t provide it for her family, they cannot get subsidized help through the state health exchanges.

        The link plainly states that income-based subsidies won’t be sufficient to cover those 500,000 rugrats.

      3. You didn’t do very well on reading comprehension exams in school, did you?

        And you’re a lawyer?

        Yet cannot grasp the meaning of a single sentence?

    2. Did you ever figure out how tax policy works?

    1. “I’ve been assessing deer causes of death in Russia for 18 years?this is the first time I’ve seen anything like this,” Kerley said.

      I think we have the Odd Job of the Day winner.

    2. While walking in the woods as a teenager, I had a golden eagle fly about 8 feet over my head then perch in a nearby tree. It was pretty wild because the shadow of the bird preceded it, also passing directly over me and I could hear the flight of the bird. I watched it for about 5 minutes then it flew off.

      Relaying the story I joked that the eagle was checking me out for a meal but decided I was a little too big. I was a small kid. From those pictures it’s evident that was was scarily close to and eagle’s size criteria.

      True story.

        1. Eagles really are dicks, aren’t they?

      1. You experienced atavistic fear as the shadow passed over you. A part of your brain become a terrified bunny in a field, convinced it was about to be eaten. You should have yelled “I am a man!” and fought that eagle. Fought that eagle for all you were worth.

        1. I once watched a golden eagle attempt to catch a red squirrel. It missed and the squirrel went on the offensive, jumped on the eagle and TORE. HIS. ASS. UP.

          After tearing out more than a few feathers and then scampering up the nearest tree the squirrel stared down at the eagle, popping his tail and barking incessantly.

          The eagle flopped around, gained his feet, and then stood there a minute or so, shaking his head. I am guessing he was thinking ” WTF just happened?!”.

          After he flew off I walked over to see. There was a blanket of feathers and lots of blood drops at the scene of the crime.

          1. That’s a pretty bad ass squirrell. You should have popped him with a pellet gun so that yu could eat him and absorb his power.

          2. You go, squirrel.

            We had one on campus years ago that hung around the library entrance. He had no tail and was missing an eye from a big scar running down his face. Totally chill. He’d come up and take food right out of your hand. We called him Stumpy.

            Stumpy would totally fight an eagle.

            1. What I wanna know is who was it who taught Stumpy to code? Damn squirrelz on this site seem to have the same freaking attitude.

  12. U.S. Army Set to Ban Tattoos Below the Elbow or Knees

    Existing ink jobs could be grandfathered in.

    Tomorrow’s news: Huge Surge in Soldiers Getting Tattooed

    1. So I am unable to read the article. Is there a reason given?

      1. Nope.

        However, Tattoos or brands that are extremist, indecent, sexist, or racist are prohibited, regardless of location on the body, as they are prejudicial to good order and discipline within units.

    2. They have to draw down the force by some 100,000 folks over the next five years. A lot of early outs and people getting kicked out for being overweight is going to become very common.

  13. Before you click, is this about stocks or college football?

    The SEC’s Compensation Rule

    1. Ima say — neither.

    2. I’m a securities lawyer. I haven’t found a single one of my colleagues (even the very liberal ones) who can tell me how this protects investors, which is what the SEC is supposed to be about.

      1. rules like this favor banks and tech companies,

        In this economic climate, what doesn’t?

  14. President Obama pledged law enforcement support to Kenya in its investigation of the Al Qaeda-linked attack.

    *** meekly raises hand ***

    Why?

    1. You cannot expect those people to know how to run their own country, can you?

      /prog

      1. we give handouts to other minorities, so why not them, you mean?

    2. Someone told him not to ask what his country could do for him, but what he could do for his country?

      1. “Buddy, Kenya spare an FBI agent?”

        1. Run off the force for a crime he did not commit, an aging detective goes to solve crimes in Africa. He is Kenya Helpme. Now in theaters everywhere.

    3. Why

      President NeverMyFault is a big Heat of the Sun fan?

    4. Several reasons of varying plausibility and utility: Because Kenya is an ally in the GWOT, and this is basically an “insurance” payout to cover their losses. Because we can. Because we want to be the leader in the GWOT. Because (apparently) some of the attackers were US citizens, so again insurance payout. Because what Swiss Miss said, although it will be phrased more politely. Just because.

  15. http://mobile.avclub.com/artic…..bile=true. Brian Doherty correctly predicted this lame article yesterday.

    1. Yeah if I want incisive commentary, I go the AVClub, a group of soft cocks whose masters have massive warboners for Syria right now.

      Fuck the AV Club.

      1. I don’t get that. How did a site about tee-vee shows and movies wind up being a keep for authoritarian nitwits?

        1. The entertainment media is filled with leftists?

  16. http://mobile.avclub.com/artic…..bile=true. Brian Doherty correctly predicted this lame article yesterday.

    1. Did he predict it twice?

      1. If he didn’t he would have let me down.

        Like a football team or something.

  17. Disney changes disability line jumping policy:

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/23/…..?hpt=hp_t2

    Everyone freaks out.

    1. Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort will no longer allow visitors with disabilities instant access to rides, starting next month, in an attempt to reduce abuse of the policy.

      Sheesh, just put TSA in charge of testing for real disabilities.

      1. Alright, up out of that chair. Let’s see if you can walk.

        1. “Taser on Line 3!”

      2. Even people with real disabilities can abuse the policy. If I were in a wheelchair or something, I woudl totally hire out my services to get people to the front of the line.

        1. That’s why they’re doing it Zeb, because disabled people were doing just that, hiring themselves out to escort non-disabled people to the park.

  18. Climate change inaction is like Aids denial, says scientist
    Professor Nilay Shah, of Imperial College London, predicted that those who argue against a rapid cut in emissions would be judged similarly to those who had disputed the medical evidence on Aids in the past.

    Prof Shah was speaking as he launched a report advocating global spending of $2 trillion a year by 2050, or 1 per cent of GDP, to limit global warming to 2C above pre-industrial levels.

    He said: “There’s an interesting parallel with South Africa in the 90s, where political capital was being made out of HIV denial.

    “Those people must now regret what they did. I suspect that some of the politicians [now arguing against rapid cuts in emissions] will still be around in the mid-2030s and will reflect that they didn’t do enough on climate change.”

    While comparing climate scepticism with Aids denial “might be a bit flippant”, it involved the same issue of ignoring overwhelming scientific evidence, he added.

    1. Of course the overwhelming scientific evidence consists of no warming for 17 years and models that have been exposed as total crap.

      1. Imagine the happiness of a 17 yr pause in new Aids cases vs. what we’re getting from the left regarding ‘AGW’.

        1. On that front, apparently HIV infection in children has apparently gone down 52% since 2005, which is AWESOME.

          (Thanks, America.)

          1. 52% worldwide, that is.

    2. Personally, I wouldn’t be unhappy if coal burning for energy was decreased. It is truly a dirty energy source when considering the pollutants emitted from the stack and the sludge ponds surrounding the plant (and people worry about spent nuclear fuel locked in indestructible cement/steel casks?).

      But I believe in free markets reducing coal use. Cheap NG and especially a deregulation of nuclear fission would go a long way to decreasing coal use.

    3. Prof Shah was speaking as he launched a report advocating global spending of $2 trillion a year by 2050, or 1 per cent of GDP, to limit global warming to 2C above pre-industrial levels.

      He said: “There’s an interesting parallel with South Africa in the 90s, where political capital was being made out of HIV denial.

      “Those people must now regret what they did. I suspect that some of the politicians [now arguing against rapid cuts in emissions] will still be around in the mid-2030s and will reflect that they didn’t do enough on climate change.”

      I find it interesting that the ones who continuously accuse others of politicizing Climate Change? are the only ones seeking to use he political process to enforce their green energy wealth transfer initiative.

    4. Even assuming that all the climate change stuff is perfectly correct, that is a stupid analogy. AIDS is a human specific disease that can be controlled and managed in various ways and there are fairly easy, inexpensive ways to stop its transmission.
      Doing something about climate change, on the other hand, requires convincing huge numbers of people to act against their own economic interests towards some poorly defined goal of “stable” climate. Which is just not going to happen.

  19. Good opinion piece in NYT of all places about how “working within the system” effectively guarantees immoral behavior.

    For the leaker and whistleblower the answer to Bolton is that there can be no expectation that the system will act morally of its own accord. Systems are optimized for their own survival and preventing the system from doing evil may well require breaking with organizational niceties, protocols or laws. It requires stepping outside of one’s assigned organizational role. The chief executive is not in a better position to recognize systemic evil than is a middle level manager or, for that matter, an IT contractor. Recognizing systemic evil does not require rank or intelligence, just honesty of vision.

    1. That is a good article. They system values process not substance. So a give the whistle blower lots of process to air his issues. But it is not going to change what it is doing as a result.

    2. It is a good piece. But what do you want to bet that he still votes a straight D ticket.

      1. Of course. And you would never take his thinking to its logical conclusion that the biggest organization, government, is never going to function as it should.

        1. I had a similar conversation with my mate about this topic. Why can’t the left see the similarities between their support of big government, yet not see that the same thng can be said of big corporations? If the system is supposed to cleanse itself (because voters will not tolerate heads of gov’t who are corrupt), then why isn’t the same thing true for companies: that voters (or stockholders, or the public) also vote with their feet/dollars and won’t support a company that does bad things?

    1. They beat the Vikings, can everyone calm down?

      1. I may have been suckered in, but Brandon Weeden nearly convinced me that he would be a suitable quarterback based on his preseason performance. Hotter needs to cut down on his turnovers, but he took the starting job on Sunday.

        1. *Hoyer

          1. I figured you were just lighting the Jesse signal.

            1. Ted S. needs his own signal.

              1. Take your pick: Slideshows, Multipage Articles, 30 Dead (including 3 children)…

        2. Their offense will be terrible regardless if it is Hoyer or Weeden.

          I will give the defense credit though, they have looked pretty good so far.

        3. Well, I don’t think you can throw 3 pick 6s against other teams and win. Althogh note that faking a punt in your own territory and faking a field goal in the red zone are both ballsey plays needed to win that game.

    2. Quitting on your season after 1/8th of the games have been played and then hyping up a regression to the mean as proof of a strategic triumph? Hey that is the American way.

      1. So you do follow Chicago baseball then!

        1. Houston fan. Still waiting for us to either (a) get out of spring training before quitting on the season or (b) regress to the mean. Go Lastros!

          1. They just need more games against my White Sox 🙁

        2. ^indeed! At least the Cubs have Wrigley. Sox…ugh.

      2. I also initially hated the trade (thinking they quit), but on further analysis are we really sure Richardson is anything better than replacement level? A season into his career he looks more like Mike Tolbert than Adrian Peterson.

    3. Right now, the Browns would probably beat the Giants 28-0.

      /disgruntled Giants fan

  20. “A sign of recovery? Illegal immigration may be ticking up after taking a dive during the recession.”

    Or, as they say, when America gets a cold, the rest of the world gets the flu.

    1. or could simply be people trying to get ahead of the curve on amnesty (and all the benefits it seems to guarantee)?

  21. I am laughing my ass off here. The Chicken littles are going nuts over the loss of their hobby horse climate change. They are really desperate. Hopefully they will all end up having nervous breakdowns and have to be hospitalized. Fuckers.

    1. They know full well that it’s all over and the jig is up, so we’re seeing their enraged ideological death throes.

      1. Words cannot adequately describe my pleasure at seeing this.

        1. Agreed. I love watching my former co-workers do mental backflips and bend and contort to try to explain why every prediction their messiahs made is falling horribly flat.

          1. Clearly reality needs to be altered.

      2. The beast is most dangerous in its death throes.

    2. and have to be hospitalized.

      under Obamacare!

    3. I have some empathy for them. Nobody likes to spend 20 years building a career to see it washed away by reality. Of course, I have seen mainframe developers who refused to acknowledge that the world had moved past them go through this same dance.

      1. Empathy? They want to murder more than half of the human race. That is what this was always about; drastically reducing the population and control of the survivors.

        I have nothing but contempt for them.

        1. Well, sure. But I don’t want their kids on the welfare and the climate researchers aren’t good for anyone else.

        2. They want to murder more than half of the human race.

          While I do know a few people who probably do want that, I don’t think most people really think through it that far. People really think that if we just have a few more windmills and electric cars and solar panels, everything will be fine and everyone will be OK.

        3. Same here. Some of these guys are pure fraudsters who belong in jail, with James Hansen and Michael “Piltdown” Mann topping that list.

        1. lulz – I read that in Japan they put english writing on things like shirts because they like the way it looks, much like some westerners like the way asian calligraphy looks, but they have no idea what it actually says.

          1. There is a piece of graffiti along the train line which I rode to work in Japan a few years back. It was a single four letter word that just missed it – “YUCK”.

            1. POOPY
              PANTZ

              Seen on a road work sign.

          2. I’m living in Korea right now.

            Hi, Jesse!

            My favorite story of this was a part-timer who did printing and gophering at my school. He had a shirt with the outline of Virginia on it. Instead of the state logo it read:

            “Vagina is for lovers.”

            I also remember seeing a sample sentence for the word “blame” in one of my books. It read:

            “The man was blamed for screwing the girl in the ass.”

            And I laughed and laughed and laughed….

  22. “The White House has not confirmed whether any Americans died in the attack, but the Kenyan foreign minister said two or three did”

    A better question might be how many Americans were among the attackers:

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

    1. Allow me: WDATPDIM?

      1. Hmm, I see the wisdom of your insight. I now move on to the next social disruption caused by the radical libertarian policies of the wacko-bird wing of the GOP.

        1. I retract the snark.

          However, what will be done about the “Americans among the attackers”?

          1. My guess is that they will be shot by the Kenyan military.

          2. I had no problem with the snark: have you seen this aspect reported anywhere. Nope, it’s going to be omitted for a couple of reasons one of which is it might suggest US policy is inflaming American Muslims. I heard more about this yesterday but can’t find the story. AQ is also claiming attackers from Australia, Canada, Britain, et al. It wasn’t clear how many had immigrated from the M-E to the west and how many were born in the west.

            1. I heard quite a bit about Americans among the attackers on NPR this morning. AL Shabab is claiming responsibility and publishing lists of the attackers, or at least of where they are from.

              1. OK, cool. That’s the first I’ve seen. I’ll check on that.

  23. Warty Hugeman and The Outlaws of Rustler’s Ravine: A Warty Hugeman Time Travel Adventure

    “Keep your head down,” Warty Hugeman yelled over the echoing gunfire. Marissa dropped down beside him.

    “I’m fine,” she said. “There’s a position on the other side of the ravine. We can catch them in a crossfire fire.” She still had her timesuit set to look like a saloon whore, all bows and ruffles and cleavage. Warty wanted her, right there in the dust, bullets slapping at the rocks around them.

    The Old West had been her idea; she wanted to solve the mystery of a silver mine that exploded in 1877. Marissa was convinced alien tech was to blame and wanted to steal it before the outlaws mining it destroyed it and themselves. She had been gathering information in the local saloon when the outlaws running the rogue mine got suspicious. They had to steal horses and run because Warty’s timesuit was still going through a recharge cycle. Marissa’s couldn’t shift them both. He had urged her to go somewhen safe. Her only response had been to shoot the horse out from under one of their pursuers and grin wildly.

    1. “We can’t work our way over there,” he said. She smiled and flickered like a bad splice in high school filmstrip. Gunfire erupted from the far side of the ravine.

      “I’ve told you not to do that! It’s too dangerous!” Marissa had traveled to the opposite side of the ravine, and came back an instant after she left.

      She leaned into him. “We win,” she said, her breath hot in his ear. “We kill them all. And you bend me over this boulder and fuck me.” She bit his earlobe lightly.

      “You can’t be in the same place at the same time with yourself. I’ve seen the results. If you come in contact with yourself you’ll cease to exist!” Warty remembered throwing a Juniper multi-assassin at one of its own time-duplicates. When they met flesh-to-flesh they imploded to into a one dimensional point and evaporated.

      “So I’ll never get to fist myself in a 69?” she asked, with a mocking pout. The shots from the valley below suddenly stopped. Reloading. Warty stood, sighted out one of them and shot him through the back of the head.

      “Only three left,” Marissa said. The dust in her cleavage was streaked with rivulets of sweat. Warty wanted to bury his face in them. He wanted to shrink himself down and live in the warm caves between her breasts and between her legs forever. She brushed his erection lightly and his whole body shuddered. She kissed him quickly and rose to fire shots into the valley below. On the other side she did the same. Screaming men and horses.

    2. “Only one, now,” she said, squatting back down.

      “I’ll do it,” Warty said. He went around the boulder. The last outlaw was spinning around, unsure of where he would be attacked. Warty whistled and when the man turned, he shot him in the throat.

      Marissa. She had pranked him, stole from him, hated him, and hunted him. He pulled her to her feet and tore open her timesuit, the saloon whore dress configuration giving off a satisfying ripping sound.

      Across the ravine, Marissa began masturbating furiously as she watched them.

      THE END

      1. I think I prefer the Scat Trek stories.

          1. Poop… the warmest frontier. These are the continuing voyages of the scatship Pooterprize. Her ongoing mission: to explore strange new orifices, to seek out new sexcretions and new waterproof playpens, to boldly probe where no tongue has probed before.

            1. *** scratches head ***

              Um, do you ever use a nom de poop?

              1. I write all my scat under the moniker “Dame Judi Dench.”

      2. Across the ravine, Marissa began masturbating furiously as she watched them.

        Too predictable. Shock value for shock value’s sake. Yawn.

        Both Japan and Florida sneer at your lame attempt at weirdness.

      3. He wanted to shrink himself down and live in the warm caves between her breasts and between her legs forever.

        Christ SF you’re writing in 50 Shades of Grey style now. What is this, Ladies’ Home Journal?

        1. It’ll will be Red Book by the time I’m finished with you.

  24. So today, while driving my son to school, I cut through Wellesley College to avoid traffic. I may have even briefly appreciated the coed that jogged by the car. Did I:

    1. Exercise my male privilege?
    2. Use my male gaze?
    3. Other the jogger?
    4. All of the above.

      1. “Microaggressions can take a number of different forms, for example, questioning the existence of racial-cultural issues, making stereotypic assumptions, and cultural insensitivity. Some other types of microaggressions that have been identified include Colorblindness (e.g., “I don’t think of you as Black. You are just a normal person”), Denial of personal bias (e.g., “I’m not homophobic; I even have gay friends.”), and Minimization of racial-cultural issues (e.g., “Just because you feel alone in this group doesn’t mean that there’s a racial issue involved.”). “Colorblindness” in particular has been associated with higher levels of racism and lower levels of empathy.”

        I seriously think I went into the wrong field. I would love to get paid 6 figures to spew bullshit like this.

        I mean, seriously, not being racist (or “racially aware”) is microaggression? Denying you have personal bias? Calling people out on the race card? They might as well say that if you don’t vote Democrat, you’re microaggressing.

        1. That’s the worse microaggression of them all.

          1. What if you vote Green?

            1. Voting for any third party is just liking voting Republican.

              1. Tell that to Tulpa.

                1. Tell that to Tulpa.

                  I think that’s who I heard it from. 🙂

              2. No shit, during the previous election one of my favorite musicians posted a huge rant about the evils of third party voters. The gist: Fuck you for being so goddamn selfish.

        2. Colorblindness: I always thought that was the goal.

          “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

          1. MLK was microaggressing.

            1. Yup. That’s the obvious conclusion.

          2. Colorblindness: I always thought that was the goal.

            It was a stated goal until that actually started happening. Then once the bottom started dropping out from the victim industry the hustlers had to find some way to keep the gravy train running. Just like CAGW.

        3. They might as well say that if you don’t vote Democrat, you’re microaggressing.

          I think that part is already assumed.

    1. No, no, you were respectfully acknowledging her effort to maintain a healthful lifestyle.

    2. Eye rape. Turn yourself in at the nearest feminist consciousness-raising, fat and fit ham dinner and yoga center for immediate demanification.

      1. But the consuming of ham violates my religious principles. I am feeling othered.

        1. They have vegan ham. It’s made out of kale and tears.

    3. 5. modeled patriarch-type behavior for your son?

    4. Trick question. Wellesley doesn’t have co-eds.

      But if they did, a coed at Wellesley would look more like this.

      1. So how does Wellesley deal with trans people and guys who want to identify as women?

        1. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com…..nder_n.htm

          Guys who are biologically women are ok apparently. Or women who undergo gender reassignment surgery after admission.

  25. 18-yr old Rachel Maddow urges graduating classmates to action- because the suburbs of San Francisco aren’t liberal enough:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D70SvNeQnq4

  26. Jon Hamm’s Throat on the DL
    …”When he recently ? and allegedly ? coughed up blood, that’s when he decided to finally get it checked out,” read Life & Style’s early report, alarm intact. O Hamm, my Hamm! “Vocal cord polyps are known to be a common condition among people who often use their voices ? such as actors,” writes Helpful HuffPo. (Others who often use their voices include but are not limited to: singers, sales associates, Olympic gymnasts, zookeepers, grandparents.) “Vocal cord polyps can best be thought of as ‘blisters’ on the vocal cords ? they are part of a group of noncancerous lesions, known as vocal cord lesions.” Adele and Keith Urban both recently sent their own personal Randy Quaids ( ? doctors) into their own personal Independence Day motherships ( ? throats) and emerged victorious against the malevolent polyps….

  27. SoCon Links Colorado Flooding to Gays, Weed and Abortion

    astor Kevin Swanson spoke at length about the deadly floods in a “Generations Radio” discussion with fellow pastor and co-host Dave Buehner. Specifically, Swanson pointed to openly gay State House Majority Leader Mark Ferrandino, who appeared on the cover of the Denver Post kissing partner Greg Wertsch.

    Swanson asked, “Is this a coincidence that this was the worst year in the history of Colorado, at least if you use God’s law as a means of determining human ethics?”

    He slammed the state legislators who “committed homosexual acts on the front page of the Denver Post,” which, along with marijuana and abortion rights, prompted the “worst year ever in terms of flood and fire damage in Colorado’s history.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…..62912.html

    1. The flooding is the gift that gives to everyone

      Colorado Floods and Climate Change: The Elephant in the Room
      …It’s not a question of IF it was caused by climate change. It’s only a question of HOW MUCH it was caused by climate change. …

      1. It’s not a question of IF it was caused by climate change. It’s only a question of HOW MUCH it was caused by climate change.

        You say “poTAYto”, ….

      2. So, if the documented lack of warming for over a decade has caused this horrible flood, does that mean we should want more warming?

        I haz a confuzed…

      3. The debate over whether certain specific events are caused by climate change/global warming is completely stupid. In a complex dynamic system like climate and weather, everything causes everything else. If there is climate change going on (and when isn’t there?) then it is a cause of everything that happens in the atmosphere. It is also in part a result of everything that happens. Unless you have a carefully controlled experiment set up, cause and effect just doesn’t work that way. Everything is, to some degree, a cause of every subsequent event.

    2. Swanson asked, “Is this a coincidence that this was the worst year in the history of Colorado, at least if you use God’s law as a means of determining human ethics?”

      What about the year(s) they pillaged the Indians?

    3. Continuing on your your crusade vs the American Taliban!

      And what power has this douche to do anything to anyone?

      1. No more power than all the liberal douchebags and feminists whose articles get posted here all the time.

      2. I believe that calling out people on their hysterical primitive BS is always in order. You are free to disagree with me.

    4. Kind of like when the left blamed Bush for Katrina. Except that idiocy wasn’t just confined to a tiny fringe element.

      1. Did the left blame Bush for causing Katrina or for ‘poorly responding?’

        1. Dude, how old are you? Because I remember people arguing that if Bush had signed the Kyoto Protocol, Katrina wouldn’t have happened.

  28. How the fuck do you fix Reasonable? I saw a solution in the PM links that didn’t seem to apply.

    1. Modify the code to fix whatever the fuck the squirrels have changed.

      1. What I want to know is: Why is the reply comment box different from the standard comment box.

        Including flipping submit/preview.

        That is fucking stupid.

        1. The giant box at the bottom of the screen is pretty obnoxious.

          1. I turned off reasonable. PB is less obnoxious than that box. For now.

            1. It’s on and off working now. After some comments (or refreshes) that box-o-code appears and annoys. After others, it’s gone.

              Comments written by me which necessitate an auto-refresh.

          2. I got rid of the giant box by enabling newsmax in ghostery.

    2. our friend jesse discovered what causes it
      https://reason.com/blog/2013/09…..nt_4020406

      1. So it was HM’s fault.

      2. That part was obvious.

        Fixing it requires a mod to reasonable.

        1. Been a while since that happened.

          I haven’t been able to see pics in the comments for months and months. YouTube yes. Pics no.

  29. Breaking – Pope may still be Catholic:

    The Vatican has defrocked and excommunicated a rogue Australian priest who promoted female ordination and gay marriage *and* continued to celebrate Mass after his priestly faculties were removed:

    http://www.theage.com.au/victo…..z2fiY6xEVn

  30. In other religion news, a Minnesota appeals court declares that a Rastafarian teen can carry a cannabis pipe as part of his freedom of religion.

    http://religionclause.blogspot…..urden.html

  31. What government shutdown? 59 percent of non-defense employees will remain on the job even if the White House and Congress can’t agree on a spending deal.

    So basically, 41 percent of the non-defense employees are not needed. Can’t we just lay them off permanently and reap the savings?

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