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Democrats' Grip on the Future Slips Away as Techies, Young Retch in Disgust

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The most inevitable thing about politics is that not a fucking thing is inevitable. At the moment, that's undoubtedly true of the Democratic Party's much ballyhooed grip on America-to-come—enabled more by the Republican Party's loving embrace of repulsive officials and policies than by its own efforts, but what the hell. Just last year, Nate Silver told us that President Obama had a lock on Silicon Valley checkbooks, and only weeks ago, USA Today predicted that young voters promised to turn Virginia into a donkey party province. And in such a short time, without any assistance from the largely self-sabotaging major opposition party, the Democrats have managed to piss off both constituencies. The future may well be democratic, but it's looking less certainly Democratic by the day.

Writes Dana Liebelson at The Week:

In the months leading up to the 2012 presidential election, Silicon Valley was squarely in President Obama's corner.

Google's executive chairman coached Obama's campaign team; executives from Craigslist, Napster, and Linkedin helped him fundraise; and when the dust settled, Obama had won nine counties in the liberal and tech-heavy Bay Area, scoring 84 percent of the vote in San Francisco. But a little over a year later, following explosive allegations from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that the government is exploiting tech companies to spy on Americans, some members of Silicon Valley are taking a new perspective: "F— these guys."

That's what Brandon Downey, a security engineer with Google, wrote late last month, upon learning that the NSA had broken into Google and Yahoo and was exploiting the data of millions of users, allegedly without the companies' knowledge. He added, "We suspected this was happening, [but] it still makes me terribly sad. It makes me sad because I believe in America…The U.S. has to be better than this."

Likewise, while the Democrats' Terry McAuliffe did win the Virginia gubernatorial election, he did so by a narrower margin than expected. Importantly, he did it without the youngest voters. According to exit polling, voters between the ages of 18 and 24 went 45 percent for Republican Ken Cuccinelli, 39 percent for McAuliffe, and 15 percent for Libertarian Robert Sarvis.

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The why of the transformation from a predicted Democratic lock on the youth vote to a Republican plurality among the youngest is unclear, but the College Republican National Committee ran ads in Virginia comparing McAuliffe to an online scammer and playing up disappointment with Democratic promises.

In the year of Obamacare, NSA spying revelations, DOJ investigation of journalists, politicized IRS treatment of nonprofits, ad nauseum, it's not too surprising that young Americans have lost that shiny, happy feeling about the guy in the White House and his playmates.

Likewise, Silicon Valley techies concerned about civil liberties and an open society are very clearly shocked to discover that the politicians who whispered sweet nothings in their ears meant…nothing.

"There's a strong libertarian streak that dampens support for the Obama administration… Entrepreneurs don't like the government telling them what they can or can't do with their bodies or their wallets," Craig Montuori, a politically active Caltech aerospace engineer, told The Week. If that's what you're looking for, you're not seeing it in the party that controls the White House and the Senate—now or ten years ago, for that matter.

And it's not just local. The Democrats, overall, have lost their edge in congressional polling.

Just as the incursions, arrogance, and presumptions of the Bush years really didn't mean, as we're discovering, an inevitably Democratic future, the failures and abuses of the Obama years don't necessarily hand the ball back to the GOP. Both major political parties have demonstrated an unerring ability to replicate and even surpass their opponents' flaws.

Maybe something about politics is inevitable, after all: crushing disappointment for those who place their faith in the creatures who inhabit government.

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  1. Oh my God, this is wonderful.

    I feel blessed to live in a time when both major parties managed to destroy themselves in only eight years.

    1. Irish…our generation…might not be totally retarded. I…am so happy.

      1. Collectivist retard.

        1. I suspect because he is being picky about “grouping”, generation vs. individual, etc.

      2. YES I thought the exact same! I am so tired of being told that “we” (~24 year olds) elected Obama. No, goddamnit, I did not!

        1. You as a demographic did even though you personally may not have.

      3. 15 percent of the youth voting for the libertarian candidate totally helps out the Republicans.

        Go libertarians, siphon those precious youth and minority votes away from the Democrats!

        1. are you sirius?

    1. Oh yeah? Well do you call that 12-mile circle shit between Delaware and Pennsylvania? I’ll bet SLAVE OWNERS made those boundaries.

    2. Wow.

    3. “They’re trying to bamboozle you. It’s the same old okie-dokie”

      ‘Gerrymander’ means something about White People fucking with shit.

    4. Speaking of retards…

    5. This is what Democrats actually believe.

    6. He was told that Democrats complain about gerrymandering without understanding what that is or how the Senate works. That’s some impressive hackery.

  2. The pendulum will forever swing, no matter how much its momentum seems to stop.

    1. I’d be much happier if it didn’t swing between ‘stupid’ and ‘evil’.

  3. Just as the incursions, arrogance, and presumptions of the Bush years really didn’t mean, as we’re discovering, an inevitably Democratic future, the failures and abuses of the Obama years don’t necessarily hand the ball back to the GOP. Both major political parties have demonstrated an unerring ability to replicate and even surpass their opponents’ flaws.

    Gee, if only there was a party that favored social freedom and economic liberty. But what would we call such a party?

    1. A Kegger?

    2. It can be called anything: the two major parties don’t want social freedom and economic liberty as it would eat into their power & privileges.

      Seriously: all the party lifers who are already making a decent living off the current system … why would they want to have change — or tell people that they would be better of without them?

      1. Maybe we will become like Europe – where the only difference between left and right is how they treat the Jews and furriners.

    3. I vote we rebrand the LP as a Pirate Party. We’d just have to drop the net neutrality plank and replace it with an economic liberty plank.

      1. Who do we make walk it?

        1. I have 535 names in mind, from the legislature, 2 from the executive and 9 from the judiciary…

  4. The Chron is solidly left and its coverage of this disaster has been pretty much limited to whatever editorial cartoon they could find implying there was nothing wrong other than the GOP griping. Beyond that, maybe a couple of column-inches under the fold on page 10. And crickets.
    Dunno who swung the 2X4 to get the ass’s attention in the editorial office, but yesterday the gates opened and today’s E-version has:
    “In reversal, Obama to allow canceled health plans”
    “Democrats fear being swamped by ‘Obama’s Katrina'”
    “Delaying health-policy cancellations could cost the government”
    “Dems on Obamacare: Worst. Spinning. Ever.”
    “Health law brouhaha pits Feinstein versus Pelosi”
    http://www.sfgate.com/
    My GOODNESS! What a change! You optimists may be on to something.

    1. And Obama’s decision about cancelled policies is actually crap too. Those policies are now in violation of the law and his Imperial Majesty is just going to casually override the law.

      1. We can add another layer of bullshit to that:
        At best, he extends them 1 year.
        Now, repeat after me:
        “If you like your…………….”

        1. Good point. It really is becoming a rule by fiat administration. All the exemptions and waivers that have been granted have fundamentally changed the bill which was passed.

          1. If one were so inclined one might think that rule by fiat administration was one of their goals.

            1. Started by FDR, continued by Nixon, nursed through childhood by W and brought to maturity by Obama.

              1. “Started by FDR, continued by Nixon, nursed through childhood by W and brought to maturity by Obama.”

                And it will be an unmitigated outrage in the media, and across the left, when the next rethugliKKKan president tries to exploit this precedent to any degree even remotely similar to this administration…

            2. Our own Octavian.

      2. That’s exactly what he did with the employer mandate, too.

        Delayed for a year. Any reason he couldn’t turn around and have people fined/charged on January 4th? Nope.

        Of the insurance companies issuing policies in violation of the ACA? Don’t worry, Obama won’t screw you. Really.

      3. I thought, like the regime apparatchiks and mouth-pieces were saying during the shutdown “it’s settled law”. I supposed it depends what the meaning of “settled” is.

    2. “Feinstein versus Pelosi”

      I would pay anything to watch that.

      I would supply any weapons.

      Gold. I’d pay in bullion. Pistols, knives, wrenches, piano wire, flails, swords, tire irons, shivs, saws, bottles, razors, bludgeons, tasers, sarin, nukes… I’d supply any and all of those.

      Thunderdome. I’ll need someone who can weld to help building the Thunderdome.

      1. I demand they square off with claw hammers… at 5 paces.

    3. Obama’s Katrina…oh that’s brutal.

      1. Katrina was a disaster created by God, Or the weather, whatever.

        Obamacare is Man Made.

        Well, people-made.

        Ok, Shitty-People-Made.

        1. Katrina was caused by Global Warming, therefore the GOP.

          So was Obamacare.

          Just wait until the the prospect of an actual Dem loss looms… the press will lock back into place so fast it’ll make your head spin.

      2. I was just thinking on the ride home from work of a cartoon that someone should do:

        Panel 1: Bush II saying, “You’re doing a great job, Brownie.” Title: Bad failure

        Panel 2: Barry saying, “You’re doing a great job, Kathy.” Title: Good Failure

  5. I love how J.D. sneaks the casual swear words into his openings for absolutely no reason other than to fuck with decorum.

    1. I feel the decorum is necessary. It’s part of what separates this blog from Gawker or Jezebel, who employ writer that FUCKIN’ SWEAR ALL THE FUCKIN’ TIME and TYPE IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE IT’S TOTES HILARIOUS GUYZ~

      1. Unnecessary curse words completely ruin Matt Taibbi’s prose. I can’t stand his politics, but he’d at least be a talented writer if he’d just write normally without trying to show how cool he is. Instead he completely breaks up the flow by dropping unnecessary ‘fucks’ into the middle of sentences that don’t call for it.

        He’s like a 7th grader who just learned that he could swear around his friends and his parents wouldn’t be there to punish him.

        1. Yeah, I should have added a /sarc tag

          1. Well half sarc. There is a part of it that is amusing.

    2. If I remember correctly, 2-Chili is NY Italian. He tucks his kid in at night with a “Now listen, you go the fuck to sleep and if you need something in the fuckin’ middle of the night, get off your ass and get it your fuckin’ self. Don’t bust me and your ma balls or I’ll fuckin crack open that giant balloon-head of yours, capiche? Sweet dreams, I love you.”

      1. “Not as wet as you’re gonna be!”

        I was really surprised to see that was a marvel imprint. Year?

        1. I’m guessing 1968 or ’69 from the fashions. If it were ’70, I’m pretty sure the price would be 15 cents.

      2. So is 2-Chilli’s favorite bedtime story Go the fuck to sleep?

    3. the casual swear words

      “inevitable”?

  6. Ezekiel Emanuel blames Fox News for Obamacare failures.

    Emanuel: It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. “We’re going to try to do everything we can to make it fail, and then when it fails we’re going to say ‘oh, why did it fail?'”

    Kelly: What? I don’t, well, I don’t think Fox News had anything to do with the rollout of HealthCare.gov. As far as I know we didn’t touch that website. But, listen?

    Emanuel: You were constantly attacking the law, and you were trying to make it under funded.

    Kelly (sarcastically): Ok, I’ll give you that too. It was all our fault.

    So…They didn’t actually do anything to make the website fail. They just thought bad thoughts and made the Website gods angry, apparently.

    The Democrats really have become the Imagination Party. All of their plans would work, if only we just believed.

    1. “Clap if you believe in fairies!”

      1. No applause. Every time you clap your hands you kill thousands of spores that’ll some day form a nutritious fungus. Just show your approval with a mould-friendly thumbs up twinkle…

        1. A good way to prevent frostbite: just put your hands between your buttocks. That’s nature’s pocket.

          1. +1 penguin..

    2. “So…They didn’t actually do anything to make the website fail. They just thought bad thoughts and made the Website gods angry, apparently.”

      If you read any of the skeptical mags, the constant claim of the charlatans is that they can’t bend spoons/douse for water/talk to the dead/etc when skeptics are watching because the skeptics are thinking skeptical thoughts!
      So it’s a GOP mind-meld trick that fried the web site!

    3. If they could hold a show trial for all the wreckers, they would.

    4. Their obsession with Fox News is telling. Pretty much everything they hate about conservatives, libertarians, and America in general they project onto that network so they can blame it for brainwashing the masses.

      We’re dealing with adults totally unprepared to handle reality and they have power and a not inconsiderable number of acolytes. It’s quite fascinating, really.

          1. He’s been brainwashed into SF’ing links!

    5. If only the wreckers and saboteurs stopped resisting then the Worker’s Paradise would have been achieved.

      So much for the “Reality Based Community.”

    6. CRITICISM IS TREASON. I mean really they’re like angry kids now. Well they always were but it’s just so apparent now.

    7. No, they’re the Animist Party. Things that have no life on their own (guns, “Fox News”) are given supernatural spirit totem status. Even a gun-shaped pop tart becomes dangerous. And a news channel is capable of sabotaging healthcare.gov even though it had absolutely nothing to do with it; the news channel used its evil spirit power to just make it happen.

      Seriously, they attribute impossible powers and intentions to non-living, non-human things. They are superstitious morons.

      1. They are superstitious morons.

        You know for a group that promotes themselves as progressive, rational and reality-based they are rather reactionary superstitious bunch that thinks “consensus” is magic.

        1. They think of themselves as rational and reality based, and of their opponents as hateful, irrational unthinking sheep…except that they’re describing themselves to a “t”.

          That’s called projection.

        2. “You know for a group that promotes themselves as progressive,”

          Well, to be fair… “Regressive”, and the more apt “Digressive” movement label just didn’t fair so well in the marketing polls and failed to resonate with the slack-jawed simpletons of the focus groups… Oddly enough, the “Shit flinging chimps” label didn’t seem to grow the brand well either…

  7. I only wish I could monetize hypocrisy, doublethink and butthurt. Business would be booming.

    1. You could sell a lot of that butthurtshit to Virginia where the GOP just took a clean sweep assfucking.

      1. Palin’s Buttplug|11.14.13 @ 9:17PM|#
        “You could sell a lot of that butthurtshit to Virginia where the GOP just took a clean sweep assfucking.”

        BOOOOOOOOOOOSH!

        1. Bouche? He wasn’t even running!

          [Remember that line?]

      2. Didn’t they lose by like 1.4% in an election with a libertarian candidate while running a dull Socon like Cuccinelli?

        I have a difficult time seeing that as an asskicking. An asskicking is what’s currently happening to the Colorado Democratic party for their gun control push.

        1. And the GOP candidate won a plurality of independents and young people.

        2. And the GOP candidate got no help no money from the national GOP.

        3. “Didn’t they lose by like 1.4% in an election with a libertarian candidate while running a dull Socon like Cuccinelli?”

          Well, in the 2012 re-election of Emperor Obama I, ~2.7% of the popular vote was considered a landslide in some (lol) intellectual left-wing circles, so.. I believe that 1.4% can be construed as an obvious, “clear mandate”, and a firm rebuke of any policies to the right of this administration’s current agenda…

        4. I have a difficult time seeing that as an asskicking. An asskicking is what’s currently happening to the Colorado Democratic party for their gun control push.

          That wasn’t an ass-kicking. That was a mussolini-hanging-from-the-streetlamps.

          Oh, and those democrats, funded by Shrikes favorite republican: Bloomberg.

      3. Haha, wow, you’re really angry.

        Then again, all the nearly pure libertarians impulsively lash out when the Democrats are in political trouble.

        1. It’s what they told him to say in the meeting.

      4. You’re saying the butthurt the Dems will feel as they get what they voted for good and hard could be monetized?

        I want to patent that, QUICK.

  8. Brandon Downey may not vote Dem anymore?

    IT’S A FUCKING TIDAL WAVE!!

    1. Can a buttplug get butthurt? Apparently so.

    2. That’s OK, shreek. We know full well that you’d pull that “D” lever even if it was connected to the nuke switch.
      There are just those sorts of imbeciles which re-enforce the reasons for a republic rather than a democracy.

      1. I could never really understand that level of TEAM player. Why would anyone (short of the corrupt cronies) be so attached to a TEAM? Hell, even a bunch of the cronies are willing to play either side.

        1. It’s where the particularly pathetic get a sense of identity from. Once they are on the TEAM, it’s like their family. It accepts them no matter how pathetic or stupid they are as long as they follow the TEAM line. They belong. They know what to say to have everyone pat their back and nod approvingly.

          Yes, it’s incredibly pathetic. But that’s partisanship for you.

          1. Episiarch|11.14.13 @ 10:27PM|#
            “It’s where the particularly pathetic get a sense of identity from”

            Pretty sure this is at least one of the issues.
            Those who are not particularly able to gain an identity through personal effort and achievement will focus on whatever will provide that sense of value.
            We use the term “team” but that’s not for nothing; there are people who go into deep funks if the baseball or football team with which they identify does badly. Similarly those who have that identity with a political team.
            Tony is probably the worst of the posters here; he has clearly spent long hours inventing excuses to avoid blaming team blue for fuck ups, and I’m sure he’ll be back soon ‘explaining’ how team red and the hated libertarians are at fault here.

            1. So they’re like Cleveland Browns fans?

    3. You must not have seen the polls showing people under 35 are the most dissatisfied with Obamacare.

      Think that won’t translate into some anti-Democrat votes, PB?

      1. It’s because those under 35 were the ones designated to be screwed by this bill. Obamacare is nothing but wealth transfer from the young and fit to the sick and old. It’s generational theft, perpetrated by the government.

      2. +1 million young invicibles!

  9. Silicon Valley apparently has other ideas in mind. And I don’t think they include the major parties.

    1. It’s good to hear that kind of language out of Silicon Valley. They’re pretty pissed off about Obama’s lies. Of course, the fact that they couldn’t see through his bullshit in the first place isn’t very flattering.

      1. I’m not fucking impressed. They wouldn’t know a libertarian streak if its cock slapped them in the face on the way by.

      2. Of course, the fact that they couldn’t see through his bullshit in the first place isn’t very flattering.

        It’s deeply concerning that a place that was built on freedom and entrepenurial spirit fell so hard for obama… TWICE.

        I’ll give people the first one. But no one gets a pass on the second one.

    2. Catherine Bracy, director of community organizing at Code for America, criticized this genre of thinking as reflecting a simple lack of exposure by many Valley engineers: “Most of them aren’t confronted with or don’t have an understanding of most problems regular people are facing. If they had to collect food stamps or ride the bus or send their kid to public school, they might be more empathetic to the role that government plays in people’s lives and more interested in fixing those problems than opting out.”

      Really. The person whose title is ‘Director of Community Organizing’ is a shithead collectivist? No way.

      1. “Code for America” “genre of thinking”

        paging barfman…

        1. EIN VOLK! EIN CODE! EIN PUBLIC SCHOOL!

      2. they might be more empathetic to the role that government plays in people’s lives and more interested in fixing those problems than opting out

        Or they might be fucking sick and tired of having the government steal from them and spy on them and tell them what they can and can’t eat or smoke or snort. Maybe that’s why they aren’t more “empathic” to the role government plays in their lives. Because the role the government plays in their lives is thief, nanny, bully, and obstruction.

      3. Most people have to collect food stamps? Really?

        1. I’d say it’s worth repeating.

      4. Most people have to collect food stamps? Really?

      5. Most people have to collect food stamps? Really?

      6. Notice how they choose to identify her as “director of community organizing at Code for America” as opposed to the former “Tech4Obama Program Manager of Obama for America“.

        Context is a bitch.

        1. Looking at their website, I notice that they don’t seem to flat out tell you what they do. At no point do they provide any straightforward answer about their actual achievements.

          This makes me mildly suspicious about what Code for America has actually accomplished.

          1. I think I actually met someone from CfA at a data science event here in NYC, but I just sort of introduced myself and walked away. Now I kind of wish I tried to get a straight answer…

          2. “This makes me mildly suspicious about what Code for America has actually accomplished.”

            I suspect they receive, launder, bundle, lobby and disburse soft campaign cash with the efficiency of the Wal-Mart logistics network DMV…

      7. “Most of them aren’t confronted with or don’t have an understanding of most problems regular people are facing. If they had to collect food stamps or ride the bus or send their kid to public school, they might be more empathetic to the role that government plays in people’s lives and more interested in fixing those problems than opting out.”

        HA!.. Take that you over-privileged silicon valley fucks.. Guilt hammer to the forehead.. Hiiii-yaaaa! Get back on narrative, NOW!

        1. Note: The man who gave the semi-libertarian speech that started this whole kerfuffle? Here’s what he’s currently working on.

          Every year, three out of every 1,000 children are born with a genetic disease, such as cystic fibrosis, that did not afflict the parents?who most likely unknowingly carried a defective copy of a particular gene. If both parents carry a damaged copy, there is a 25 percent chance that their child will have the disease.

          For around $99 (after insurance coverage), a couple’s doctor can order a test from Counsyl, which will extract DNA from the parents’ saliva or blood and sequence more than 100 different genes linked to recessively inherited diseases. If prospective parents both carry a broken copy of the same gene, then they can decide what to do: try to conceive naturally despite the risk, avoid conceiving, or use in vitro fertilization to conceive and have doctors screen out embryos that carry the double dose of defective genes. Counsyl is now screening the parents in about 120,000 births each year.

          He runs a business that screens for dangerous recessive diseases. This man has done more to improve human welfare than the fucking socialists that are criticizing him.

          1. ~20 years from now, life/health insurance companies (and their underwriters) will be erecting statues in his honor…

      8. …”don’t have an understanding of most problems regular people are facing. If they had to collect food stamps”…

        “Regular people” collect food stamps? And she live in Silly Valley?

  10. What is ‘Feminist pornography’?

    What’s the actual definition of feminist porn?

    Feminist pornographers are committed to gender equality and social justice. Feminist porn is ethically produced porn, which means that performers are paid a fair wage and they are treated with care and respect; their consent, safety, and well-being are critical, and what they bring to the production is valued. Feminist porn explores ideas about desire, beauty, pleasure, and power through alternative representations, aesthetics, and filmmaking styles. Feminist porn seeks to empower the performers who make it and the people who watch it.

    If I were to watch a feminist porn now, what differences/exceptional things would I notice as opposed to regular porn?

    There are no generalizations I can make about all feminist porn, but there are certain elements that many feminist porn films have in common. Feminist porn is sex-positive, depicts sexual consent and agency, and prioritizes female pleasure. So, you’re likely to see real female orgasms. Feminist porn features minorities underrepresented in mainstream porn, so you may see people of different gender identities and expressions, races, body types, or abilities. Those differences will not be fetishized or stereotyped, as some mainstream porn does (with race, for example).

    1. Feminists ruin everything they touch.

    2. Pretty sure it involves women anally penetrating straight men and not enjoying it.

      1. Giving her effeminate, and non imposing husband life partner the money shot, and then rolling over and going to sleep… leaving him to cuddle with the dog (and/or cat), and quietly sob himself to sleep..

    3. And the interview about “ethically produced porn” is printed in fucking Cosmopolitan!

      Lord, what fools these mortals be!

    4. What’s the actual definition of feminist porn?

      Is it women making their own amateur pornography?

      1. No, they just have FALSE CONSCIOUSNESS!

    5. What the hell could.be more”sex-positive” than some chick yelling “yes yes! YES!!!” OVER and over again while totally not faking an orgasm?

    6. and prioritizes female pleasure.

      So it’s like being married. Awesome.

    7. In short: “Ugly Bitches”

  11. Stossel had two minutes of Ron Paul.

    Editor from weekly standard is like a scene from Atlas Shrugged.

  12. And it’s not just local. The Democrats, overall, have lost their edge in congressional polling.

    Impossible. Suderderp and Welchy both assured me-OVER AND OVER AGAIN-that the shutdown was gonna shutdown the GOP. That they were toast.

    That means, if the team orange partisans are to be trusted, that 2-Chilli is a Team Red hack. Only reasonable explanation.

    1. When did libertarians even become concerned about GOP popularity, popularity in general and short-term popularity?

      1. Some think that TEAM RED is a better avenue for attempting to implement libertarian policies than TEAM BLUE. Given that most libertarian-leaning congressmen are current TEAM RED, there may be something to it, though it may be a lost cause.

        1. If the GOP has to cave in order to get elected then they can’t implement any libertarian policies.

        2. I’ll say again, if Ted Cruz is my libertarian future, I’ll keep throwing my vote away.

  13. Dana Liebelson is not only a writer, but plays the violin in an indie rock band. And she speaks both Mandarin and German.

    I read this article earlier today (way earlier than you, J.D.) and those were my chief take-aways.

  14. OT: Anne Coulter is a stupid cunt if you didn’t already know that.

    Of course, Obamacare never would have passed without decades of massive immigration from the Third World. Liberals didn’t change any minds — they changed the voters. In order to pass Obamacare, Democrats had to bring in the Third World to vote Democratic.

    Crime and big government are all the fault of dirty furriners! Will someone please send this bitch back to the kitchen?

    1. When I hear this argument, I always have to wonder what the explanation is for the New Deal. It was the greatest expansion of government power ever, it occurred decades before the scary Mexicans arrived, and it set the table for everything that’s come since.

      1930’s Coulter: If it weren’t for these benighted wops and Irishmen washing upon our noble shores with their spaghetti and their potatoes, this White Anglo Saxon paradise might yet be saved!

      1. Isn’t that actually what people were saying about Jews, Irish, Italians, and others since the 1870s? That’s a-spicy meat-a-ball!

        1. It wasn’t so bad when they kept to themselves…

          1. I blame the Joooos?!

      1. OMG you just made her 1000X worse.

      2. She dated the owner/publisher of Spin for a good while. That’s enough for me.

    2. Er, Hispanics overwhelming support Obamacare

      While it might be a case of a broken clock, she’s absolutely right in this case.

      But hey, lets open up the borders more. We’ll have more socialism, but labor prices will be next to nothing! Yay for cheap labor.

  15. Watching “The Village” finally. Pretty creepy. Then I spoil it by checking the Wiki and inadvertently seeing the plot ending.

    SERIOUSLY!? Aw….hamburgers…

    /disappointed Butters

    1. People get all hung up on the ending, but I thought it worked as an allegory for retreating into the past following a tragedy (ie America post 9/11).

      That and it was good film making as far the technical aspects go.

      1. A Reason commenter going against internet groupthink on something non-political? I’m in shock. What’s next: the Star Wars prequels have been unfairly maligned?

        1. Actually, yes. Kinda.

          The problem with the whole Star Wars trilogy-trilogy is that like 0.17% of the audience got Lucas’s homage to pulp, thus they took the universe “straight”; thus all the melodrama, crappy plot inconsistencies, and cheese that was supposed to be understood with a knowing wink was seen to be unintentional flaws. It’s like judging Tarantino’s Grindhouse films without ever having seen nor appreciated the 70’s schlock it references.

          So if Lucas did screw up the pre-trilogy is that he never realized what his audience wanted, that is to play Star Wars as earnest Sci-Fantasy.

          1. he never realized what his audience wanted

            I thought it was good and brave to not do what the fans want? Except when it involves something fanboys love that is.

            earnest Sci-Fantasy.

            That’s why we get Dark and Gritty stuff all the time.

            If you look at the behind the scenes stuff of Ep. IV it could have been a lot cheesier. The dialogue between Obiwan and Vader in the actual film is pretty cheesy for example. And the film itself is really weird if you think about it.

            That said I do think the prequel hate is a bit much

            1. I thought it was good and brave to not do what the fans want? Except when it involves something fanboys love that is.

              Exactly.

              That’s why we get Dark and Gritty stuff all the time.

              All the time currently. Tastes change. As an aside, think of how much better the Clone Wars cartoon was compared to the movie, that the example of earnest done right..

              And the film itself is really weird if you think about it.

              1976-1977 was really weird if you thought about it. Most of it had to do with cocaine.

              1. All the time currently. Tastes change. As an aside, think of how much better the Clone Wars cartoon was compared to the movie, that the example of earnest done right.

                Let me rephrase. Right now it seems the idea of “earnest” means GRIMDARK when it doesn’t necessarily mean that. You can be earnest without being too grimdark. I mean hey the original Star Wars was like that!

                According to some fanboys they want films to be GRIMDARK but not emo(meaning anything that isn’t snark or anger) and have lots of cool one liners.
                Isn’t that a bit contradictory?

                1. Ah, I see, and I agree. I too hope the age of the gritty reboot comes to an end soon.

                  Though, I have to say, Star Wars: 1313 looked really cool.

            2. Jar fucking Jar. There is no level of hate that is too much. That isn’t funny. It isn’t sarcastic. It isn’t exciting. It isn’t novel. It. is. simply. idiotic.

              And yes the original trilogy has not aged well either.

          2. Dear God.

            The prequels were crap and it wasn’t because Lucas is some misunderstood genius.

            The film-making was lazy, the script was utter crap, none of the characters were either believable or sympathetic, the plot made no sense (why again was the Trade Federation blockading Naboo, and why exactly was this an emergency?), were the Jedi warriors or simple peace keepers, why did Palpatine need to foment a rebellion against the Senate to create the clone army when it was already under construction?, why help those aligned against the Senate only to later destroy them?, what exactly was with the 3-dimensional pod-racing bet to get a part for their spaceship?, why would a houseslave/maid need a protocol droid?, when going to the surface to attack the Naboo, why did the droid army land in the jungle on the other side of the planet when it was made pretty clear that the planet was basically undefended?

            The movies were lazy shit that made no sense.

        2. I think in time critics will re-evaluate the prequels and determine that Jar-Jar Binks is one of the greatest comedic creations of all time.

          And Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was equal to, if not better than, Raiders of the Lost Ark.

          1. Hey if the Empire Strikes Back can become a masterpiece when many contemporaries didn’t like it I guess anything can happen.

          2. And Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was equal to, if not better than, Raiders of the Lost Ark.

            WTF AM I READING THIS IS MORE RETARDED THAN ANN COULTER

            1. And don’t get me started on how the key to Star Trek: The Next Generation was Wesley Crusher.

              1. Or how ST: The Motion Picture was the best Trek movie. It was about themes and visuals and not about action and was like a two hour version of one of those pretentious TOS episodes with a bunch of effects scenes added in.

                1. ST: The Motion Picture was the best Trek movie

                  In what parallel universe do people say that, and what is Superman’s origin story there?

                  1. The Rodenberry bitter-enders?

                  2. In what parallel universe do people say that, and what is Superman’s origin story there?

                    Plinket at Red Letter media said it’s one of his favorite ST movies. And he is a god among movie geeks.

                    1. “Red Letter Media”, eh? So it’s obvious that it’s Earth-30.

                    2. Superman would be so much more interesting if they did a film adaptation of Red Son.

                      And they didn’t hire Zack Snyder to direct it. Good I can’t stand Zack Snyder movies.

                    3. If you haven’t experienced Plinkett’s reviews I envy you, they are highly entertaining and insightful.

                    4. Well it is very different from the following movies and is closest to resembling an actual episode of TOS. And people think many modern movies are too fast and this one is the opposite of that.

                    5. Well it is very different from the following movies and is closest to resembling an actual episode of TOS.

                      That’s because it was originally written as the pilot of what was going to be the 2nd Trek TV series in the mid-70s.

                    6. That’s why I said it was

                      like a two hour version of one of those pretentious TOS episodes with a bunch of effects scenes added in.

                      Because that is essentially what ST:TMP was!

                    7. Star Trek The (Slow) Motion Picture wasn’t a good movie, but it was hardly the worst Trek movie because it tried to tell an interesting story on its own terms.

                      That’s more than you can say about Abrams’ Trek movies.

                    8. Star Trek The (Slow) Motion Picture wasn’t a good movie, but it was hardly the worst Trek movie because it tried to tell an interesting story on its own terms.

                      And fanboys at the time bashed it for being boring.

                      That’s more than you can say about Abrams’ Trek movies

                      Typical fanboy reactionary sentiment. “The older ones were always good even when we hated it at the time!”

                      I wouldn’t be surprised that once Ep. VII comes out the internet fanboys will start gushing over the prequels and pretend they never bashed them.

                    9. It was released in wake of the Star Wars craze, so of course it looked bad by comparison.

                      In any event, I won’t ever fault a movie for trying to tell a unique and interesting story. The premise involving V’GER trying to find out who he is is a good one.

                      Is there any such theme articulated in either Trek movie?

                    10. There was that Episode with NOMAD.

                      Also Shatner tried to one-up TMP with the Final Frontier…

              2. It was with the introduction of Scrappy Doo that Scooby Doo really took off as an artistic masterwork.

      2. It was good. I was disappoint in myself for ruining the ending…

        Or thinking I did. It was still worth watching. Ivy’s a winner.

        1. It would’ve been good if Shamylan didn’t take a giant twistshit all over the conclusion.

    2. I guessed the ending just from watching the trailer.

      I am truly a god among men.

    3. They gave away the ending in the beginning of the movie when they talked about his brother(?) getting shot in his home. During that time period he would’ve been stabbed in bed. I might have only noticed that because it was an important part of The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary.

      1. I came in partway through. I liked it alright. That Ivy’s a tough chick.

        1. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It had me until the revelation. Good fick. It’s on again now.

    4. So you saved yourself however long the movie had left.

      1. As Roger Ebert put it:

        To call it an anticlimax would be an insult not only to climaxes but to prefixes. It’s a crummy secret, about one step up the ladder of narrative originality from It Was All a Dream. It’s so witless, in fact, that when we do discover the secret, we want to rewind the film so we don’t know the secret anymore.

        And then keep on rewinding, and rewinding, until we’re back at the beginning, and can get up from our seats and walk backward out of the theater and go down the up escalator and watch the money spring from the cash register into our pockets.

  16. Belgian scientists test library books for disease, discover ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ contained trace amounts of herpes

    Two Belgian university professors decided to apply their knowledge of toxicology screenings to the 10 most borrowed books at the Antwerp library. Each book underwent bacteriology and toxicology tests, and the findings reveal that library books are even more germ-covered than you expected.

    While the experts found that all 10 books contained traces of cocaine?enough so that people who touched the books wouldn’t feel the effects, but might test positive for the drug?they also found something pretty gross: Fifty Shades of Grey, your weird aunt’s favorite mainstream erotic series, tested positive for traces of the herpes virus.

    The professors assured everyone that concentrations of the virus were so minimal that there is no public health risk and it would be impossible for people to contract it by touching the book. Still, something to keep in mind next time you consider taking trashy erotica out of the public library.

    Oh my.

    1. When was the last time Warty was in Antwerp? Besides WWII that is.

    2. Wait. Cocaine on library books?

      1. There are trace amounts of cocaine on everything, supposedly. Like, basically all US paper currency has a detectable level of cocaine on it. Of course, depending on the sensitivity of the test, that could be detecting an incredibly small amount, but supposedly cocaine can be detected on basically all paper bills. It wouldn’t be surprising that some of that was transferred to some books.

        1. Well yeah it’s obvious why coke would end up all over money though. I’m just not seeing doing lines off of a random library book as a common enough thing. People are weird.

          1. People who go to the library are weird. They’re borrowing Fifty Shades of Gray, going home, snorting coke, voting to ban cigarette smoking in public, and voting for Obama twice.

  17. And in other venereal disease related news: Spokane, Washington starts public health program that informs people you may have infected with STDs

    In an effort to stop a spate of gonorrhea outbreaks, at least one public health department in the Pacific Northwest is offering a helpful service to infected patients: anonymous notification of former sexual partners.

    That’s right. A government worker will track down and contact each ex for you. Awkward for all concerned? Yes. But at a time when gonorrhea is becoming stubbornly drug-resistant, health officials see it as time ? and embarrassment ? well spent.

    Anna Halloran, who works for Spokane Regional Health District in eastern Washington, is kind of like a private investigator. She tries to find people who don’t know they might have a sexually transmitted disease, and get them treatment before they spread the infection.
    […]
    “So I’ll ask, ‘Is this Jessica?’ ” Halloran says. “And then I would ask your birthday, and if that matches what I have, I would say, ‘I’m calling from the Spokane Regional Health District. And I’m calling to let you know that you may have been exposed to gonorrhea.’

    “And then, I would pause for a little bit,” says Halloran. “Then I would ask what the person I’m talking to knows about gonorrhea.”

    I’m sure a certain Reasonoid who lives in Wurshington is thrilled.

    1. This program is great! Now I don’t have to tell the partners I exposed to gonorrhea myself! Oh wait, I never did that, I just let them be infected.

      1. You don’t try to convince them that they got it from riding a tractor?

        1. Only when I fucked them wearing a tractor uniform. Did I just say that out loud?

          1. Thanks. Now I will never get that image out of my head.

  18. I didn’t know this until recently but did you that Angela Lansbury’s dad was a Communist? I mean he was elected mayor under that label.

  19. Today Prince Charles turns 65, and he can finally retire from his job of waiting to be king.

    1. Actually yesterday since it is already tomorrow here in Europe.

      1. What is the future like?

        1. This *is* the darkest timeline.

  20. The Atlantic goes full Zizek: Uses Jacques Lacan to try explaining the McRib.

    The McRib is like Holbein’s skull: we experience it as (quasi-)foodstuff, as marketing campaign, as cult object, as Internet meme, but those experiences don’t sufficiently explain it. To understand McRib fully, we have to look at the sandwich askew.

    What the fuck is going on.

    1. “Pork” is a generous term, since the McRib has traditionally been fashioned from otherwise unmarketable pig parts like tripe, heart, and stomach

      Oh the White-boy bias!

      Fuck motherfuckers not down with menudo or pho with tripe.

      1. People in the comments noted the same thing. Thankfully, this guy gets pretty well taken to task.

        Best one:

        roac ? a day ago ?

        Just as food items made from pork innards should be labeled as such, so should Web articles containing citations to ?i?ek and Lacan. For the same reason.

        1. ?i?ek’s prose is indistinguishable from the ravings of a schizophrenic in both style and context; however, it is nowhere as entertaining.

          1. The true ethical test is not only the readiness to save the victims, but also – even more, perhaps – the ruthless dedication to annihilating those who made them victims.

            Slavoj Zizek, flat out advocating mass murder.

            1. But with good intentions!

            2. The latest in a long tradition. How it must vex him that he wasn’t born Russian in time for the 1920s!

              1. So does he bemoan Tito for not killing enough Slovenians?

            3. Tim Cavanaugh ?@bigtimcavanaugh 50m
              When you view ?i?ek without diacriticals, he is nothing at all, just a void.

            4. The true ethical test is not only the readiness to save the victims German people, but also – even more, perhaps – the ruthless dedication to annihilating those *Jews and Bolsheviks*, who made them victims.

            5. The true ethical test is not only the readiness to save the victims, but also – even more, perhaps – the ruthless dedication to annihilating those who made them victims.

              Sorry but I get the feeling that many libertarians would be really happy to annihilate cops, politicians and various sundry statists. And aren’t the various crony capitalists statists as well?

              1. That’s a fair point, but where the rubber meets the road, I’m not convinced that… Unemploying, and generally shunning cops, politicians and various sundry statists =\= “the ruthless dedication to annihilating those who made them victims.”

                1. I’m not sure what you mean by bolding that last word?

                  1. Apparently, nowadays.. Victimhood? is the most renowned, and coveted status achievable, it’s arbitrary usage distracts, and clouds judgment.. As much as the increasingly decrepit and ever expanding system, with ” cops, politicians and various sundry statists” piss me off with ever increasing frequency.. I simply refuse to see myself as a victim.. And I don’t actively agitate for their “annihilation”, either…

                    1. What do you think of the attempts to replace “victim” with “survivor”?

                    2. I’m not sure I understand the question. Replace “victim” with “survivor”, in rhetoric? Or in ideology?

                    3. Rhetoric I guess? Instead of referring to someone as a “rape victim” you would say “rape survivor.”

                    4. In a world where one can “Love my carpet”, and “I hate Mondays”, depleting words of grip, and meaning.. I guess re-inventing meaning for tertiary or unassociated words is par for the course. I don’t like it when wordsmiths move my food dish, and I really dislike when they establish lore and craft narratives by coopting an essentially neutral word, re-inventing its meaning, establishing the new terms of it’s intended gravity, and emotion it should provoke, by fiat.. and then ultimately using it to hijack and exploit discourse. “Check your privilege”

                      “The heartwarming and compelling story of one courageous woman’s triumph over a yeast infection, she was a survivor…”

              2. Sorry but I get the feeling that many libertarians would be really happy to annihilate cops, politicians and various sundry statists.

                More like fire them from their government jobs and let them find a productive line of work that doesn’t involve coercing people.

          2. ?I am a good Hegelian. If you have a good theory, forget about the reality.

            Slavoj Zizek admitting that Slavoj Zizek doesn’t know what the fuck he’s talking about.

            1. Well, if you’re saying he misunderstands Hegel, you’re wrong; but that would be forgivable, since Hegel is one of the least understandable or coherent philosophers.

              Hegel took the ball from the rationalist side of Kantianism and ran with it to where only Hegel had an Idea of where he went. Hegel is an *extreme* rationalist, and to say that Hegel put theory above reality is a gross understatement. Hegel is also rabidly collectivistic in his politics, he advocated complete totalitarianism (to the point of State worship), and he was *hugely* influential upon Marx and the philosophical progenitors of Nazism.

              Germany is the pesthole of Western philosophy, and I cannot believe the prevalence of German philosophy among libertarians (especially those who claim to advocate reason). The Continental Germans have been the most rabidly irrational and dogmatically collectivistic thinkers in Western history; it’s called the 20th century, look it up.

              But for Zizek, yes you are right about him; he’s just another sundry rationalist (aka a philosophical bullshitter) who is useless.

        2. Honorable mention:

          Michael Sobczak ? 11 hours ago ?
          This article reads like an unemployed Liberal Arts graduate term paper. Quoting Lacan theory…good God, save us all.

    2. It is kind of funny how McDonald’s only puts those on the menu every once in a while. Like letting the gimp out of the cage.

  21. The corner has been turned: Jon Stewart made fun of Obama tonight without adding a shot at the Republicans. It’s his Cronkite moment.

    YES!!!

    1. Did the sheeple crowd mew and haw and shuffle around confusedly?

      1. One wonders, considering what… most people under the age of 27 consider The Daily Show as their primary news source?

  22. America’s Self-Sacrificing Educators: Teacher to plead no contest in lewd ‘tasting game’

    A former Los Angeles elementary school teacher charged with blindfolding students and spoon-feeding them cookies laced with his semen has agreed to plead no contest to all charges, an attorney for some of the victims said Thursday.

    Mark Berndt plans to enter the legal equivalent of guilty pleas to 23 charges at a hearing Friday, according to John Manly, an attorney who represents 30 Miramonte Elementary School students and their parents. Manly said he was notified of the plea by prosecutors.

    Berndt was fired and the Los Angeles Unified School District then paid him $40,000 to drop his appeal, which officials said was the most immediate way to ensure he wouldn’t be a threat to other children. The move still brought heavy criticism.

    Even after feeding the students his Nut Buster Cookies, the school district has to pay him off in order to fire him?

    Who says teacher’s unions are a bad thing?

    1. “He’s going to jail essentially for the rest of his life,” he said of the 62-year-old Berndt. “You can’t ask for more than that.”

      You can’t? I think slow slicing is the least we could ask for.

      1. GODDAMMIT HM!

      2. I agree with the punishment for the teacher, but I didn’t need to see that.

  23. Normally when you hear a petition to Demand an End to Child Labor you think of the Third World, but…

    It’s not allowed to happen in Russia, or in Kazakhstan?but in the United States, children as young as twelve are allowed to toil on tobacco farms, performing backbreaking work and putting their health and lives at risk. As Gabriel Thompson and Mariya Strauss document in The Nation, agricultural work is dangerous: on top of exposure to heavy pesticides and the possibility of acute nicotine poisoning, young workers are vulnerable to hazards involving farm vehicles, grain silos and manure pits.

    The Children’s Act for Responsible Employment (CARE Act), introduced by Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard but blocked by the GOP-controlled Education and Workforce Committee, would bring child labor standards in line with protections in other industries and increase civil penalties for abuse. The measure faces stiff opposition, but the exploitation of children, in the final telling, should be impossible to defend.

    I don’t understand why a 15 year old is much different than a 17 or 18 year old when it comes to labor.

    1. a child must be a minimum of 14 years of age to work in the fields, children under the age of 16 are restricted from working in the fields if it affects their health or school performance, and children under the age of 18 are restricted from hazardous work

      Roybal-Allard, in her infinite magnanimity has seen it fit to raise the minimum age from 12 to 14! Huzzah!

    2. Human Rights Watch takes a close look at the lives of the kids the CARE Act would seek to protect.

      Protect the kids by taking money out of their pockets and food out of their mouths.

      Genius.

    3. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets 14 as the minimum age for most non-agricultural work. However, at any age, youth may deliver newspapers; perform in radio, television, movie, or theatrical productions; work in businesses owned by their parents (except in mining, manufacturing or hazardous jobs); and perform babysitting or perform minor chores around a private home. Also, at any age, youth may be employed as homeworkers to gather evergreens and make evergreen wreaths.

      That might be the strangest special interest exemption I’ve ever seen.

      1. That is downright bizarre. Evergreen wreaths huh? Holiday season business plan forming…

      2. I’m going to guess that somewhere in her CA-40 district is an employer that makes Christmas wreaths using teenaged workers, said company having bought her off with campaign contributions. Or which is run by relatives.

    4. “Exploitation of children” GTFOutta here. Children should be working, and they should be raised to be ambitious and proud of working; in lefty lalaland, we’re supposed to continually pretend that life is hell but the Democrats are going to save us from it.

      I’m so sick of this shit, all of it. And I think the country is getting fed up with the left’s shit as well.

    5. As our long-time readers will know, I grew up in rural Kentucky, and my first ever actual job was working in the tobacco fields. It fucking SUCKED.

      And for all those who say that hard work makes for good character, I’m living proof that that ain’t always the case. My parents made sure I busted my ass to earn everything I wanted, instead of having it handed to me, and I still turned out the laziest, most foul-mouthed, ungrateful son of a bitch this side of your dad’s vagina.

      1. Oh yeah? Well I was delivering fucking papers as a kid in the early morning darkness. Then I took the money I earned and spent it on fucking video arcade games. It was a hardscrabble existence and it made me the man I am today.

        1. Phooey! I was mowing lawns with a hand mower and it was uphill both directions! In the dark! When it was snowing! Though 6′ drifts!

          1. Yeah but did you blow all the money at the video arcade? That’s the important life experience part.

            1. Real libertarians blow their wages on crack and hookers.

              1. Hookers & blow?, the righteous fruit of all libertarian labors… Crack is the crude emulation, and implementation of such, by mayors and petty bureaucrats of limited imagination, and a lower social order…

                1. No the real righteous fruit of all libertarian labors is to break the transwarp barrier and become a giant horny salamander.

                  1. *Narrows gaze while polishing monocle*

                    Very well, Winston… you win this round..

            2. Naah.
              We had a go-cart track (but it was uphill both ways in 6′ snow drifts!)

              1. I forgot to mention the part about having to clean the lake after our father killed us…

    6. allowed

      Horrors!

      It’s not allowed to happen in Russia, or in Kazakhstan

      Can someone fact-check this?

      1. According this 2010 article, Kazakhstan tobacco producers employ children as young as 10 (which might mean they’re all 10 year-olds [too old to work in my Toxic Waste Factories] or Human Rights Watch found one 10-year-old).

      2. Here you lazy bastard.

        The new Labor Code sets the minimum age for regular employment at 16 years, and regulates the working conditions of children under 18, including bans on overtime, hazardous work and night work.3032 Children may work in apprenticeship and internship programs at age 14 and 15 with parental approval, as long as such programs do not threaten their health and welfare.3033

        I’m sure it follows the typical pattern of such laws in places like Russia, strict laws, lax and corrupt enforcement.

    7. The picture they paint is one of children dressed in sackcloth, trudging in the early morning darkness in chain gangs driven under the whips of the corporate taskmaster who rides in a luxury golf cart.

      What is more likely is that most of the kids so employed are working on family farms.

      Also, instead of listing all the possible job hazards associated with a farm, they should cite the statistics of actual injuries to the children they claim to be saving.

  24. I find it interesting that the Left is pro-life when it comes to their rape of the English language. “Genre of thinking,” etc.

  25. OK wow that acutally makes a lot of sense dude.

    http://www.Privacy-Web.tk

  26. In the year of Obamacare, NSA spying revelations, DOJ investigation of journalists, politicized IRS treatment of nonprofits, ad nauseum, it’s not too surprising that young Americans have lost that shiny, happy feeling about the guy in the White House and his playmates.

    And yet the GOP still can’t take advantage. They are as incompetent as they are stupid.

    1. You have to offer an alternative other than “see what bad things they have done!!!”

  27. Actually we have one party that pretends it is two parties. And that one party is The Demopublicans. When acting like it is two parties it should really be called The RePOOPlicans and the DemoCRAZIES. Otherwise it is really one party with a left wing and a right wing. Technically we should have a Unicameral Legislature, which would be more realistic.

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