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    At a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, Attorney General Eric Holder insisted he had a "vast amount of discretion" in deciding which federal laws to enforce and how to enforce them.

  • In the first such data released in more than 30 years, Medicare is shown to pay out at least $1 million a year to 4,000 doctors. The average Medicare payout for a participating doctor is $77,000 a year.
  • Up to twenty students may be injured after reports of multiple stabbings at a Pittsburgh area high school.
  • Security researchers say they've found a massive breach of Internet security, which they have dubbed Heartbleed. Millions of passwords, credit card numbers, and other personal data may have been exposed for several years.
  • Brandeis University reversed its decision on awarding an honorary degree to the the Islam critic and women's rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali after facing criticism about the commencement speaker.
  • Authorities in Ukraine promised to use force to remove demonstrators from government buildings, while Russia dismissed claims it was planning to invade the country.

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  1. …Attorney General Eric Holder insisted he had a “vast amount of discretion” in deciding which federal laws to enforce and how to enforce them.

    Which he does, until some check and/or balance comes into play from somewhere.

    1. Hello.

      1. Why must you always make this awkward?

        1. A libertarian who feels awkward when someone says hello? Now I’ve seen everything!

          1. I am not a libertarian.

          2. Right. There’s no Aspies in the libertarian movement AT ALL.

            1. I’m an excellent driver……..

              1. Wrong kind of Autism, dude.

                1. Stone Cold Steve Autism….”What!?”

        2. If you would just buy me a muffin in the morning.

          1. “If You Give a Moose a Muffin”…?

    2. As does any prosecutor at any level. The problem is the large numbers of laws.

      1. He still should take his oath seriously instead of setting this shitty precedence, though I do agree that the tricks he’s playing to get around mand-mins is probably correct — though it also means the law is not blind.

        In other words, you are right, get rid of the stupid fed laws.

    3. That being the case, it’s his own motherfucking fault that DOJ continues to oppress marijuana users and gun owners, isn’t it?

      -jcr

      1. ^This

  2. Up to twenty students may be injured after reports of multiple stabbings at a Pittsburgh area high school.

    Ban it.

    1. Public schools? Yes.

      1. I think he meant “Ban Pittsburgh.”

        1. What’s wrong with Pitt? I always thought it was a scenic city and had some good sammiches when I was there. Plus it seems like would make a good anti-Zombie fortress.

          1. It ran out of steel mills.

            1. It’s okay. They now harvest vespene gas.

              1. So when will they get around to constructing additonal Pylons?

                1. When the Protoss invade?

              2. “It’s okay. They now harvest vespene gas.”

                Yes, but we all know that’s not a renewable resource.

          2. Pittsburgh, as a metro area, probably has the highest number of guns and gun enthusiasts.per.capita. While Pittsburgh has.its.problems, Philly is.a sore on humanity with.its corrupt police, intrusive politicians, and desire to drag the rest of.the.state.down with it.into the.filth.

        2. I can get behind ban Pittsburgh too.

          1. If we are going to ban a city in PA, shouldn’t it be Philly?

            Unless, of course, what everyone really wants to do is just ban Sidney Crosby, which I am ok with.

            1. Why not ban both Pittsburgh and Philly?

              1. Why not ban Pittsburgh and Philly the entire Northeast/Mid-Atlantic?

                1. Can we leave that to the urban areas and megalopolises? They tend to drown out the more rational back country.

                  1. UnCivil has the right idea. It would be interesting if we could realign the political organization of the country along more urban/rural lines.

                2. Put away your damned banboner.

        3. Anything for the children. Although Pittsburgh did produce Ron Paul and Lucy Steigerwald, so maybe it is redeemable.

          Just need to find 8 more libertarians

          1. It also produced Andy Warhol, who said he felt like he should be Republican because he hated paying taxes but that “artists just can’t be Republican, can they?”

            1. Andy Warhol should’ve been a libertarian. He made art in a factory with cheap labor for goodness sakes. I’m not a big fan of his art, but I have a ton of respect for him.

          2. WHile not technically from Pittsburgh, Arnold Palmer was from a place closer to there than Philly. I’d rather ban Philly.

          3. Just need to find 8 more libertarians

            A minyanzer?

              1. Admit it: you laughed.

    2. Clearly this illustrates the need for common sense knife control.

      And how does someone stab 20 people before anyone steps up and tries to stop them? You’d think at some point some people would at least try to rush the dude. I mean, it’s a knife, not a gun. Sheeple…

      1. The 21-foot rule?

    1. We hear that same thing every 5 days.

  3. Brandeis University reversed its decision on awarding an honorary degree to the the Islam critic and women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali after facing criticism about the commencement speaker.

    They should have just gone with the safe route and asked Condoleeza Rice.

    1. So are they awarding her the degree or not?

      1. Nope, though their statement said it was mutually agreeable decision (Bullshit) and they invited her back to discuss these important issues (another thing that will never happen).

    2. so, criticizing Islam trumps being a women’s rights activist on the griefer scale? That’s what I’m getting.

      1. Or more to the point, her criticism of islam caused the left to yank her accreditation as a genuine victim of patriarchal oppression.

        This is really a sticky-trap issue for the left – they can’t ignore FGM, but they also have to be very careful and measured in their criticism of islam because brown people.

        1. “but they also have to be very careful and measured in their criticism of islam because brown people.”

          More to the point, Brown people who’ve been known to hack off the head of obnoxious non-believers.

          1. Obnoxious only to believers.

        2. ironic since IIRC, the criticism is coming from a brown woman. My wife says race will always trump gender. While Muslim is not technically a race, the point still stands.

          1. I wasn’t disagreeing, so much as refining your comment, BassBoat.

  4. Are you sure you didn’t mean Eric Cartman, not Eric Holder? Oh, mostly the same thing I guess.

    1. I do what I want!

    2. At least *I* had the decency to link to the video! 🙂

      1. Meh.

        Lazy.

        Eating.

      2. What am I, iTunes? Lazy-ass libertarians.

        1. We should all hang out again. Why don’t you set something up for us?

          1. I’m for this. Can it be football related?

            1. What happened to “lazy-ass libertarians”?

              Sure, though the only thing soon would be the draft. Which raises a question, have you ever attended the draft party at Gillette? I’m guessing it’s not worth it.

            2. How about next Sunday (the 20th)?

  5. Authorities in Ukraine promised to use force to remove demonstrators from government buildings, while Russia dismissed claims it was planning to invade the country.

    Because Anschluss is not invasion.

    1. I saw this movie before and didn’t much care for it.

      1. But think of all the jerbz!

  6. while Russia dismissed claims it was planning to invade the country.

    Fortunately, the leaders of our country are very well-versed in creative language to disguise military intentions.

    1. The Russians will merely be conducting kinetic military actions

      1. Kinetic cross-border contingency operations.

    2. Aren’t they just immigrating into Ukraine? Isn’t that perfectly acceptable?

  7. At a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, Attorney General Eric Holder insisted he had a “vast amount of discretion” in deciding which federal laws to enforce and how to enforce them.

    So why haven’t they stopped enforcing drug laws?

    1. Because they haven’t been told to stop by the president. Duh.

  8. Revealed: George W. Bush ‘LIFTED all his portraits of world leaders from top Google image search results’

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new…..sults.html
    Yuck, yuck! Boosh is so doopid! He used google! Yuck, yuck! And the paintings are so doopid because Boosh is so doopid! Yuck, yuck!

      1. Hi Putins Buttplug…Glenn sends his best wishes!

        As always: NEEEEDZ MOAR CHRISTFEG!

        1. Dumbya will always be the high-water mark for incompetence.

          1. Says the guy who is the high-water mark for Boosh Derangement Syndrome.

          2. Dumbya will always be the high-water mark for incompetence.

            (sotto voce)…cough….cough….Sugar Frosted Barry O’s….cough

            The frightening thing shreeky is if the general trend of presidential incompetence continues at ths rate we are guaranteed a President Biden next followed by…looks around….maybe you! After that entropy demands the heat death of the universe. I wouldn’t sweat it…that’s probably after your second term.

            1. Iraq is the trump card you don’t have.

              NOTHING Obama has done is close to being as willfully stupid and expensive as that.

              I also have the next strongest 3-4 cards too – but you could debate those.

              Iraq? No debate is possible.

              1. NOTHING Obama has done is close to being as willfully stupid and expensive as that.

                Unaffordable Care Act?

                1. Unaffordable Care Act?

                  You can’t be serious.

                  1. Only 92% serious.

              2. Iraq is the trump card you don’t have.

                So many more trump cards in the deck shreeky!

                PS:BUSHPIGCHRISTFAGSHREEKYBLOWFUCKWIT

            2. After all, it’s not like the UN had executed 17 resolutions against Saddam and that there were weapons inspectors dispatched to the place to look for WMD. No, Bush alone suspected there were WMD. Colin Powell, darling of the squishy center, had NOT presented a case at the UN. No, it was all Bush. Clinton in 1998 had not said there were WMD in Iraq. It was only Bush that suspected it.

              /s

    1. Hmm…I saw the sycophantic interview with his daughter and the portraits were displayed along with photos of the leaders. Not a secret, lefty douchebags.

      Plus, I believe hundreds if not thousands of famous artists use photos to paint from, not to mention the use of camera obscura by the masters (is this still in dispute?)

    2. Huh–so does this mean that painters can no longer use actual models in their works, because it’s somehow less “pure” than doing it straight from memory? Or is this the usual “BOOOOOOSH!!!” limpout?

      It’s funny, senior year of high school my buddies and I painted a new sports mural for the high school gym. For some odd reason, our art teacher didn’t mind that we essentially traced our figures from pictures in Sports Illustrated and used the pics to assist us in determining shading values. Maybe it was our white privilege.

      1. There you go trying to apply principles equally! You should know by now that what a person does matters less than who the person is! Boosh is doopid! So when he uses pictures it’s because he’s doopid! When the masters use models it’s because they’re masters! If doopid Boosh uses models it’s because he’s doopid! Sheesh!

  9. Body hair is natural, NOT gross: Striking images of women with unshaven underarms protest conventional standards of beauty

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LQw90IHFx4
    Show off that armpit hair Nena!

    1. There are entire websites devoted to such things I hair.

    2. It’s entirely possible for something to be both natural and gross.

      1. What’s gross about shit in the street?

      2. Like poop?

    3. I mean, let your freak flag fly and all, but isn’t being attracted to chicks with Buckwheat in a headlock the rightful province of hippies? I thought we already had this sorted out.

      1. When I see armpit hair I involuntarily smell patchouli whether it’s there or not.

      2. Speaking as someone who came of age in the 60’s, I can say I always found armpit hair on young women of the time to be very unattractive. It’s even more unattractive on older women. But just wait until they decide that nostril hair is “natural” – you’ll love that.

        1. Foot-long, scraggly Ginger-beards for Womyns!

  10. Brandeis University reversed its decision on awarding an honorary degree to the the Islam critic and women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali after…

    …realizing how much they enjoy having their heads attached to their necks.

    1. Islam does NOT have a problem with violence! And if anybody disagrees with that, they’re gettin’ beheaded on YouTube!

      1. They certainly don’t seem to have a problem with it, as it’s clear they’ve embraced it wholeheartedly.

      2. I lol’d.

    2. They are also a bunch of doublespeak experts. Their statement said “That said, we cannot overlook certain of her past statements that are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values.”

      I bet with a little digging I could find a speaker saying much worse than what Ali said but still allowed to speak.

      1. Looking at the *Reason* interview of 2007, I see she wants to close Islamic schools and, apparently, lock up radical preachers.

        This is a university named after a famously pro-free-speech Supreme Court justice. Gosh, why would they be hesitant about giving an honorary doctorate to an advocate of censorship?

        “the Christian powers have accepted the separation of the worldly and the divine. We don’t interfere with their religion, and they don’t interfere with the state.”

        In the 19th century, it was largely the Christian lobby which got the British government to wage war on slavery, including in Somalia. Yeah, if only the Christians hadn’t “interfere[d] with the state!”

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S…..tic_slaves

        1. Just to be clear, Justice Brandeis, after whom the university was named, defended free speech for anarchists who denounced U.S. military intervention in wartime. He also defended the free speech of out-and-out Commies who advocated the overthrow of the government.

          1. Try writing to Brandeis and asking for an honorary doctorate. Add that “I hope my libertarianism isn’t a problem for you.” When they deny you the doctorate, cry censorship!

        2. You and maybe I disagree with what she has said, but she’s experienced radical Islam firsthand.

          But for a university dedicated to free speech, why not let her speak – it’s thy typical modern university standard to talk about openness and then deny speech they don’t like. Debate her views, but don’t squelch them.

          Notre Dame let Obama give the commencement speech even though he’s for killing botched abortion babies. They didn’t want to debate that with him though.

          1. An honorary doctorate indicates some sort of approval of the honoree’s career. A key part of her career is calling for the same sort of censorship that the school’s namesake declared unconstitutional. Check this out:

            “So Muslim schools in the West, some of which are institutions of fascism that teach innocent kids that Jews are pigs and monkeys?I would say in order to preserve civil liberties, don’t allow such schools.”

            https://reason.com/archives/200…..singlepage

            “Notre Dame let Obama give the commencement speech even though he’s for killing botched abortion babies.”

            And that’s wrong. But American Catholics have a long history of Democratic Party loyalties, even at the expense of the teachings of their faith.

            1. To be clear, the exact sort of censorship Ali advocates was declared unconstitutional by the man for whom Brandeis is named. We’re talking Commies who were as heavy advocates of violence and revolution as these radical Islamists.

            2. Okay, good points and I agree they are well within rights to not award an honorarium. They should have done their research, I was smart enough to know how much Ali hates Islam — it’s just she’s considered on the right, so lefty universities pay no attention to what is written about her and her specialty.

              I still say, they are very much violating the spirit of Justice Brandeis and Ali will never be seen on their campus, while an Obama ( formerly anti-gay marriage) or others with worse history will be welcome with open arms.

              1. “while an Obama ( formerly anti-gay marriage) or others with worse history will be welcome with open arms.”

                That would probably just make Justice Brandeis madder and madder.

            3. Why not let her speak, but deny her the honorary degree.

              If you did that at the last minute – “Whoops, changed our minds” – it would be world-wide news.

              …Maybe that’s a bad thing.

              1. “Why not let her speak, but deny her the honorary degree.”

                Good idea. She could test this by having some student group invite her in a non-degree-granting context. If they deny the request, *then* we could start talking about PC university censorship.

  11. Gun-toting children, nudity and some seriously unhappy pets: The weirdest family portraits EVER
    A website has collated some of the most embarrassing family snaps ever
    Pets, baby bumps, children and guns are proudly shown off
    bad hair and an alarming amount of nudity also feature

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/fem…..-EVER.html
    The one with the basketball hoop made me lol.

  12. “I would change every password everywhere,” says one Internet security expert.

    If he won’t tell me what to change my password to, what’s the point?

    1. They don’t tell you what to change your password to. They just have 35 different restrictions that force you into a tiny set of “acceptable” (but very hard to remember) passwords.

      1. Can I just copy/paste the restrictions and use that as my password?

        1. Nope, it includes words in the dictionary.

      2. I read a study a while ago that basically found that with modern processing speeds and decryption algorithms the security gain from having one of those convoluted passwords was minimal, something like a few weeks longer to detect. Granted, even lengthy plain language sentences are relatively easy to crack, but in practical terms you’re way more likely to remember “I have a lovely bunch of coconuts,” or even “Angola plasmatron zebra teeth!”, meaning you won’t write it down or try to game the password rules.

        Having worked in IT for some time now I’m still surprised by how often I can find someone’s password. Either on a post-it under the keyboard or mousepad: “vf%$&34;_2agkAFg4”; or it’s a first initial, last name, plus the number of days of employment divided by the expiration policy of the password: “JSmith12”.

        Best thing I’ve heard is actually to game the security questions. Pick a question and then give an intentionally nonsensical answer. So, “Mother’s maiden name” gets “1994 Chevrolet Camaro” or something like that. Easy to remember, and hard to guess.

        1. There’s one thing at work that requires a different password than our usual login, and has some insane requirements (e.g. no repeated characters, not even just 2 in a row).

          Literally every time I log in to that I go through the security questions and reset it (to some new thing because you can’t use the same password if you’ve ever used it before).

  13. Upmarket New York nursing home hired male STRIPPERS to entertain elderly dementia resident, shocking lawsuit claims, alleging it was done for ‘perverse pleasure’ of staff
    East Neck Nursing Center is being sued for ‘defiling’ one of its residents
    Son of resident found a picture of his mother giving money to a stripper
    Lawsuit said his mother feared ‘physical harm’ during striptease
    It claimed that staff at the center ignored his complaints
    The victim suffers from dementia and has had three strokes

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new…..staff.html

    1. Nurse Ratchet lives.

    2. Come on, give the old broads some fun while they still have their vision.

    3. wait, did the old lady get 3 strokes or the stripper?

  14. Rare alignment of Mars, Earth and sun could signal the beginning of event associated with the end of days
    Next week begins the start of the ‘Tetrad,’ a series of lunar eclipses
    The four ‘blood-red’ moons are followed by six full moons
    The cycle finishes at the end of September 2015
    It coincides with an alignment of Earth, Mars and the sun
    The chance alignment has only happened three times in the last 500 years
    Some Christians believe the Tetrad, is a signal the end of the world is near
    Tetrads are associated with significant religious events

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sci…..ching.html

    1. Who comes up with this shit?

      1. I dunno. I grew up in a pretty nutty Christian household where some church members thought Proctor and Gamble was evil because their logo with the old man and the stars was supposedly some satanic symbol, and I’ve never heard of a Tetrad.

        1. It’s the new 2012, which was the new Y2K.

          1. Yeah. I suppose marks on a calendar are just as arbitrary as the alignment of large rocks orbiting a star.

            1. Grist for the cable channels junk science/occult infotainment shows.

            2. In one of the articles someone says it is significant that these astronomical events are taking place on holidays, but another retorts that the holidays are based around full moons, which is the only time the events can occur, so it’s not that random.

          2. Don;t make me post my Y2K rant again…seriously…people need to stop making that comparison.

        2. Gah, I remember that P&G nonsense. Wasn’t that around the time that heavy metal was striking fear into the hearts of the old and boring everywhere becasue of “Satanism”? They saw Satan everywhere! Kinda like the SnoKonez now. Funny how things come full circle.

          1. Yep. Stairway was evil because Plant said that when he wrote it the words flowed from him. Obviously the hand of Satan. And that ELO song that when played backwards you can clearly hear something that isn’t completely unlike “Satan! Satan! He is god! He is god!”

            Fun times!

            not

            1. Imagine the Hell staff meeting in 1970 to come up with marketing ideas for the next decade. ” I know!, We’ll inspire popular rock songs to have sinister lyrics that can only be detected by people who play their records backwards…”

              1. Backwards masking and Dungeons and Dragons are why I am an atheist today.

                The music/game aren’t what did it, it was the ridiculous conspiracy theories and sermons about them that the fundie church I grew up in was spouting continually that made me realize that everything they said was full of shit

            2. I had a high school teacher who played us tapes from her church during class. The minister insisted that every rock album came with an evil spirit inside…free of charge. Needless to say, I went home and listened to all the Black Sabbath and Judas Priest I could get my hands on.

              1. Then we found that if we bound these spirits into electronics, we could vastly improve their performance, so music got shafted but the electronics industry took off.

              2. I had the exact opposite experience: A “cool” high school English teacher who only wanted to teach us about rock lyrics.
                Turned me off popular music for a bit.

            3. There was an interview with a guy from Venom, Abbadon I think, where he was talking about this big controversy over backwards messages in the lyrics. Apparently the UK government had some team of researchers use audio equipment to analyze a song and, sure enough, they found that it almost sounded like there were messages that you could only hear if you played the song backwards.

              Abbadon’s reply was something to the effect of, “The song’s called ‘In League With Satan’ from an album called ‘Welcome to Hell’, and there’s a big pengtagram with a goat in it on the cover. You don’t have to play the lyrics backwards, you can just read them.”

    2. The chance alignment has only happened three times in the last 500 years
      Some Christians believe the Tetrad, is a signal the end of the world is near

      Well considering nothing happened the first 3 times, I would say we’re good. Plus, isn’t 3 the most symbolic number for Christianity? I’d be more interested then, but now that its the 4th time around…

      1. But something did happen, somewhere in the world. Wars or something. And nothing ever happens otherwise. So it’s gonna be huge.

        1. confirmation bias is awesome.

    3. If only there was a way to make money off of people dumb enough to believe this.

  15. Woman, 32, strip searched by four cops and left naked in a cell after DUI arrest settles for $355,000
    Jailhouse video captured the rough handling of Coal City, Illinois, woman, Dana Holmes, in May last year
    She claims the sheriff’s deputies violated her civil rights and caused her emotional harm by stripping her naked without legal justification
    The deputies argued that Holmes was being uncooperative, but LaSalle County authorities decided to settle, announcing the move Tuesday
    Holmes will receive $125,000 and attorney Terry Ekl will get $100,000 in legal fees, according to court documents
    Four people who said they received similar treatment at the jail will each receive $30,000 and a fifth person will get $10,000

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new…..5-000.html
    Doesn’t say anything about any disciplinary action for the deputies. I assume because nothing else happened.

    1. Terry Ekl has made a mint off cop misconduct. I wonder if he lurks here, looking for cases?

      1. Who’s going to make a mint off Chicago goosing (or it it degoosing) their crime figures:

        http://www.chicagomag.com/Chic…..rce=Social media&utm_medium=Twitter button above story&utm_campaign=Reader Tweet from above story 24675 Apr 08 2014 07:00

      2. I’m actually ok with it if he does.

  16. “no one expects a fully grown man to come up to a midget and smash the f*** out of him”.

    more

    1. Fadi Chafei, 40, was found guilty on Wednesday by Magistrate Harriet Grahame of assault occasioning in actual bodily harm against Mr Kelly in November 2012 in Surry Hills.
      He was also found guilty of intimidating bystander Matthew Harper who stopped Chafei from leaving the scene by making a citizen’s arrest.

      WTF? This Harper bastard nearly prevented a LEO from going home safe at the end of his… Oh, wait. This is Australia.

  17. LAPD tampered with in-car recording equipment to avoid being monitored while ON DUTY
    Around 50 LAPD patrol cars have had antennas for recording kit removed
    The equipment deters false accusations and misconduct
    Tampering took place on cars patrolling some of LA’s most troubled areas

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new…..-duty.html
    So what happened?

    warnings were issued

    Yep. Nothing else happened.

    1. If you’ve done nothing wrong, you have nothing to hide.

      1. Recording cops interferes with their work.

    2. So tampering with and destruction of public property is only a crime if you’re a peasant?

  18. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1E3bnUGkua8

    Holy Father of me Holder is one scary dude.

    1. Yeah….make guns safer….never mind the billions of non fingerprint ID equipped already out there! Thanks Place Holder!

      Rufus the tip for deciphering that clip was when Holder said he had discussed the matter with Vice President Biden….you could just assume everything that he spewed out after that was “duckspeak”.

      Here is a more enlightening clip of the Attorney Generals Justice Department policies:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLPM-P7mNQw

      1. Make guns safer? Introducing complicated electronics will surely increase the fail rate, rendering a gun useless when you need it, making them much less safe.

        But we all know this really has nothing to do with safety.

    2. It’s no wonder our resident fascists love him so much.

  19. At a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, Attorney General Eric Holder insisted he had a “vast amount of discretion” in deciding which federal laws to enforce and how to enforce them.

    Just say it, Eric.

    “I AM THE LAW.”

    1. I trust Dredd more than I do Holder.

      1. At least you know Dredd would apply the law to everyone equally.

        1. I knew you’d say that.

  20. Good Lord, the things you learn on Urban Dictionary:

    poopsterbate
    To simultaneously poop and masturbate. My friend Daniel, who is undoubtedly a chronic poopsterbater, coined this phrase.

    1. They should really call that The Lonely Blumpkin.

    2. AKA cumming and going.

      1. *narrows gaze*

        No more…please.

        1. Crapfwap.

          Okay, I’m done.

          Coprofeelgood.

          Sorry, this time for reals.

          Orgasmosplash.

          1. Actually I guess it would be autosexlax.

    3. poopsterbate

      What…you don’t multitask?

  21. Anarchists Communists Demand 3 Billion from Google: The Interview

    Do you honestly believe that Google will give you $3 billion? If not, why advocate for that over something more realistic that might improve the lives of people struggling to get by or find/keep housing?

    Yes. The loss of 3 billion would not destroy Google. If that money were given to us, we would absolutely be able to accomplish the limited objectives of creating areas free from capitalism in the Bay Area and Northern California. We do not expect everything to go perfectly, but at the very least we could create sizable communities within each Bay Area city that are free from capitalist relationships and that would eventually blossom into a movement that could not be stopped.

    Denton’s lackeys lap it up.

    1. Let’s start a communistic paradise! But where can we get the resources? I know, we’ll just get a bunch of money from this capitalistic creation.

      1. Standard Operating Procedure for Communists, really.

        1. Thieves with a fancy name and delusions of grandeur – that’s really all communists are.

      2. Good summary of their thought process, Auric, and yet, you would never be able to get them to agree on the concept of wealth creation or an expanding pie.

        If Google didn’t exist, by what means would their commune seed funding appear? … crickets incoming!

      3. Why don’t communists simply openly state that for communism to work, there needs to be a total slave class and the class that reaps the benefits of that slavery? I think it might help to bring some philosophical coherence to the entirely discredited political “system.”

        1. No, no. Communism doesn’t occur until we magically move from that stage to the stage where we live in a completely anarchist, agrarian utopia. That stage you describe is still somehow capitalism. Or something, I’m not exactly clear on the details. It’s what all the cool communist kids say on the message boards and comment sections.

          1. HEY….until you both recognize the historic inevitabilty of communism you’re just jerking off……!

    2. Why don’t they set up areas free from capitalism somewhere they can be assured to be free from outside influence. Like maybe the Nevada desert or the Yukon Territory? Oh right, they aren’t serious. They just want to live off of the backs of others.

      1. They already have Cuba and North Korea, why the fuck should anyone give them any more territory?

        -jcr

        1. Give? They could move out there and squat for all I care. With no internet, no one would notice. Bay-area people have ungodly entitlement issues.

          1. Then they’d become like the people out in the desert west of LA who are now being harassed off the land when all they want to do is be left alone.

            Of course if it were communists they’d have all the support they needed from the LAT, Boxer, Pelosi and that ugly west LA congresscreature.

            1. Should read “desert East of LA”

              1. The Ocean is a Desert with it’s Life Underground.

    3. Oh jesus.

      It’s an amazing accident of history slash deliberate untruth that these fucks now are known as “anarchists”.

      1. Stop oppressing me by telling me that words have meanings.

    4. Free from capitalism? So nobody will sell them anything?

      1. Sell? Why would you think they want to pay for anything?

    5. It would be trustafarianism on a grand scale. What could possibly go wrong?

      1. Ask Cabrini Green. People with No investment or real stake in their housing tend to not work to maintain it and often intentionally vandalize common areas.

        1. Thank God that dump was torn down….though it was sometimes cool to see the burning mattresses hanging out the windows when you were at a White Sox game.

          1. I did some volunteer work there for Habitat when I was in law school. I saw. . .disturbing things.

            1. *shudder*

              I think I felt safer in Baghdad in 2008 than I would have in Cabrini Green in its heyday. And you went there voluntarily?!

              1. There was an attractive woman involved.

          2. The Robert Taylor homes were near the Sox park. Cabrini green was more north. I went to school and lived around there for a time. I was repeatedly woken up one summer by gunshots as a gang war commenced. Close enough to hear, but not close enough to be in immediate danger.

            1. I lived in the south part of downtown and used to hear gunshots fairly often at night. Not from our area, which was practically empty at night, but from the south. An ex-cop I went to law school with told me that they hardly ever responded to someone reporting that they heard gunshots–something more immediately witnessed was needed before they’d send a car out.

    6. shorter derp: we cannot be free from capitalism without funding from capitalist sources.

      1. Yet they will never see the irony.

    7. I guess it’s good to keep an eye on the whackos. But still, that’s a painful job. I hope you get pay equity and minimum wage to slug through that gibberish, Sugar Free.

      1. I do it for the health insurance.

        1. Job lock! Obamacare will free you!

          1. I feel my chains falling away.

            1. That’s only because they’ve finished burying your cage.

    8. …accomplish the limited objectives of creating areas free from capitalism …

      How the hell can it be free from capitalism when it was actually provided by capitalism?

      1. I see wareagle beat me to it. Refresh is my friend.

    9. “We do not expect everything to go perfectly, but at the very least we could create sizable communities within each Bay Area city that are free from capitalist relationships and that would eventually blossom into a movement that could not be stopped.”

      Really now? If it is so great and can’t be stopped, why do you have to have someone else pay for it?

      Good grief, it takes a world class idiot to buy into that shit, and we elected one to the Whitehouse.

      1. From the comments:

        burnernumberthreeUNitasha Tiku

        Their aims are not sound or reasonable, practically or ideologically. These “capitalist free” areas sound like they would just be rehashes of the old utopian socialist communities, which failed miserably for the most part. The reason why the failed is because capitalism is a totalitarian system. It pervades every single space and cannot be overturned unless done globally. Some Libertarians are fond of saying that you can have “socialist” communities in a capitalist society, but this is wrong and betrays a fundamental understanding of socialism. You cannot, because socialism is also total. As long as there is capitalism, there cannot be socialism; and if there is ever socialism, that means that capitalism completely ceases to exist.

        1. Totalitarian… you keep using that word, I don’t think it means what you think it means.

        2. Wonder what Tiku thinks of Amish communities. Though not socialist, they are pretty commmuntarian and somewhat self contained in a sea of non-Amish society. Of course they use religion and family to maintain their lifestyle which is a no-no among these enlightened leftists.

          1. I would argue they are capitalist but their capital is the acceptance of their family and community. They trade in honor. (I guess they even have a central bank of honor). While I am no fan of Amish practices (craftsmanship yes though) they have been doing nothing bad to me. I also don’t see them as a threat. AND If you don’t consider pure shunning the initiation of force then they are a voluntary organization too.

            1. Yes, they are commutarian which means they enforce certain behavior, I’m just pointing out to douchebag commie Tiku that it is possible to create a community with different values within a large community, while he thinks his stupid system requires the whole world to bow to his will for it to work.

              1. Buoyancy prevents my mind from sinking to his level. Like talking to shrike…I only hear the ripples that make it to the surface.

                1. What did I say that sounds like shrike?

                  1. Sorry, read your his level as this level

        3. Tiku. Wow.

          Yeah, the socialism you’re looking for is incompatible with capitalism’s emphasis on recognizing the legitimacy of private ownership. You can’t really have socialism unless you’re willing to accept the arbitrary use of force by the state to shift property from one person to another at whim.

          So yeah, in a very Orwellian sense, I can totally see the whole “Freedom is slavery” thing.

    10. Essentially what this moron is arguing for is a coerced form of winning the lottery–and regardless of what they think, the same fate that befalls most lottery winners with little understanding of basic math and finances would end up happening there, too.

      Oh, what the hell, Google, just give them the $3 billion–it would be worth it to watch their nostalgia-dripped hippie commune fall flat on its face in less than five years.

      1. The tech companies have been giving charity to East Palo Alto for decades to assauge their gilt and it’s still the ghetto – but they will keep giving ineffectively.

        I won’t be surprised when Google, Apple, FB pay off the communists in SF, which just means they will ask for more.

        1. gilt…nice, even if unintentional.

          1. Hah! Yes, East PA is pretty much one of those gilded ghettos, like most in America the poverty is relative.

      2. I’d agree, but you’re presuming a logic in the argument that doesn’t exist. Communists labor (ha ha) under a massive confirmation bias: they move the goal posts until every outcome is a success, and when complete collapse occurs they pin it on lack of faith on the part of the dopey plebes and/or capitalist interference. Mao Tse-Tung stands as an excellent example.

    11. Unlike Google executives, these two men are perhaps slightly more inclined to speak to us. The executives never would, isolated as they are from reality and normal human behavior.

      I’m not sure these people are the most trusted arbiters of normal human behavior or reality.

    12. Not even North Korea is free from Capitalism.

    13. hi1-UNitasha Tiku
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      has anyone considered this may be a ploy by google to discredit other community organizers? By making outrageous requests, those who complain about the busses are also pegged as anarchist loonies by association.

      Furthermore, they readily admit members work within google. PR department perhaps? Also, this discussion centers about how they are detracting attention from legitimate community organizers. Also, they targeted google employees who could easily have been briefed before the “protests” and are thus complicit.

      “These people sound utterly retarded. It must be a capitalist ploy!”

      1. It really says something about the movement when Leftists see any real interest in Communism as too absurd to be taken seriously.

  22. At a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, Attorney General Eric Holder insisted he had a “vast amount of discretion” in deciding which federal laws to enforce and how to enforce them.

    Except when that discretion comes with a political cost. Then it’s all on Congress. Just like his boss.

  23. In the first such data released in more than 30 years, Medicare is shown to pay out at least $1 million a year to 4,000 doctors. The average Medicare payout for a participating doctor is $77,000 a year.

    This is how we bend the cost curve.

    In a few more years, American medical care will be the most efficient and methodologically successful in the world.

    1. Hurry up with those death panels, Obama!

      1. Crap shreeky you already get to live rent free in the basement…must you wish your mom dead too?

        I guess you wuz just raised that way.

        1. Probably spent the money from his gold short on life insurance.

    2. Single-payer legal care. Because no lawyer does anything worth more than minimum wage.

    3. My favorite part was the AMA fighting transparency because the data “lacked context”. Right, like $21M to a single opthamology doc? If he works 210 days a year and does $100k worth of surgeries a day. That works out to about 5 lens implants or cataract removals a day plus consults and followups. He could singlehandedly cure West Palm of eye disease.

      1. It’s a racket (which you knew). My dad has had multiple eye surgeries and none have slowed his oncoming blindness. But he keeps going back for more. Some bigshot opthamologist in Atlanta does them all.

        Medicare is fucked up (which you knew) and that “death panel” or useless procedure board is exactly what we need. Fuck the GOP for politicizing it. Especially the harpy shrew from Alaska.

        1. It would be amusing but I can’t help but think there are innocent living cells in this creatures body that are held against their will (certainly not in the brain as that has been purged). A colon cell or something is probably in utter agony being a part of shreiky. I feel for that cell. We should emancipate it.

  24. Author decides that to write revisionist account of Duke lacrosse trial

    Bestselling author William D. Cohan, whose reporting and writing have been hailed as “gripping” (the New York Times), “authoritative” (the Washington Post), and “seductively engrossing”, presents a stunning new account of the Duke lacrosse team scandal that reveals the pressures faced by America’s elite colleges and universities and pulls back the curtain, in a riveting narrative, on the larger issues of sexual misconduct, underage drinking, and bad-boy behavior?all too prevalent on campuses across the country.

    The Price of Silence is the definitive, magisterial account of what happens when the most combustible forces in American culture? unbridled ambition, intellectual elitism, athletic prowess, aggressive sexual behavior, racial bias, and absolute prosecutorial authority?collide and then explode on a powerful university campus, in the justice system, and in the media.

    [snip]

    At stake were not just the futures of the accused players, the reputation of the woman claiming she was raped, and the career of the local prosecutor, but also the venerable and carefully nurtured name of Duke University itself?the Duke brand, exceedingly valuable when competing for elite students, world-class athletes, talented professors, and the financial support of its nationally prominent, deep-pocketed alumni.

    1. what a lot of horseshit, the part in the last paragraph about the Duke “brand”. Absolutely nothing happened to the 88 professors who convicted the players even before charges had been filed or to Dick Brodhead, the university president, who actively led what amounted to a witch hunt.

      Sure, rich kids playing a preppy sport at a snobby university make the ideal target, especially when you add to the mix the insanity-driven “justice” complex that resides within academia. Duke embarrassed itself through the actions of its leadership and faculty.

    2. Based on the blurb, I presume Cohen isn’t arguing the Gang of 88 could be fired with cause, or suggesting that the Nancy Graces of the world who convicted the players without evidence are thoroughly wicked?

      1. Is it safe to give out the Champions League scores?

        Wow. PSG. Wow. I know Ibra wasn’t around but wow.

        1. That’s what the get for parking the bus even after the first goal and why I like the away goal rule to discourage such behavior.

          Also, as much as I dislike Chelsea, Mourinho in undoubtedly the master of the CL.

      2. As someone whose loyalties lay with the Terps, I was one of the first on the bandwagon. I remember a very awkward, very embarrassed feeling when it turned out the whole thing was a crock. If nothing else, the episode taught me an important lesson about rushing to judgement based on info from the media.

    3. Somewhere in America Amanda Marcotte just found a reason to go on living!

  25. Unfortunately this will be Moron von Trollbot Shreeky bait, so please ignore its preprogrammed ravings and incoherencies and enjoy this interesting article at your leisure.

    The Oracle of Omaha and the Illusion of Alpha.

  26. Medicare paid almost 4,000 doctors and medical professionals more than $1 million apiece in 2012, including seven who received more than $10 million. Eye doctors were among the highest compensated, including one Florida ophthalmologist paid $21 million in 2012.

    This is a clear example of market failure. Social justice requires that we replace Medicare with a single-payer scheme.

  27. In the first such data released in more than 30 years, Medicare is shown to pay out at least $1 million a year to 4,000 doctors. The average Medicare payout for a participating doctor is $77,000 a year.

    If working in healthcare admin has taught me anything, its that these doctors will simply say “but my patient population is sicker than that other doctor’s, so you have to keep letting me be an inefficient provider!” and nothing will be done about it.

    It’s the last refuge of scoundrel doctors and it’s a damn effective one in the NFP world or healthcare.

    1. Somebody’s clearly making a profit off the backs of the taxpayers.

    1. Well no shit. If it wasn’t for “patriarchy” humans would all still be living in mud huts.

    2. I was hoping that was literally about rolling back an odometer. Is that even possible in these modern times?

      1. I don’t know. Mine’s digital, so It’d probably be easier to hack the car computer and reset the value.

  28. Salon: Gentrifcation is violence

    A few years back, when I was still a paramedic, we picked up a white guy who had been pistol whipped during a home invasion in Williamsburg. “I can’t believe this happened to me,” he moaned, applying the ice pack I’d given him to a small laceration on his temple. “It’s like a movie!”

    Indeed.

    [snip]

    It’s easy to fixate on physical violence. Movies sexualize it, broadcasters shake their heads as another fancy graphic whirs past sensationalizing it, politicians build careers decrying it with one side of their mouths and justifying it with the other. But institutionalized violence moves in far more insidious and wide-reaching patterns.

    Gentrification is violence. Couched in white supremacy, it is a systemic, intentional process of uprooting communities. It’s been on the rise, increasing at a frantic rate in the last 20 years, but the roots stretch back to the disenfranchisement that resulted from white flight and segregationist policies. Real estate agents dub changing neighborhoods with new, gentrifier-friendly titles that designate their proximity to even safer areas: Bushwick becomes East Williamsburg, parts of Flatbush are now Prospect Park South. Politicians manipulate zoning laws to allow massive developments with only token nods at mixed-income housing.

    Damn crackity-ass crackers.

    1. I hate the kind of violence where people give me money for stuff with no threat of harm if I refuse the exchange.

    2. Interesting that the writer is canny enough to recognize the obvious potential and history of abuse with zoning laws and eminent domain.

      And yet I’m sure he still supports those things as long as the Right People are in charge of robbing people of their property for the public good.

    3. RobertSF 7 minutes ago
      @gerryquinn White flight indeed is driven by racism. The term refers to the fact that racist people would rather move than live next door to black people. I know that people like to use “crime” as the excuse for moving, but a closer examination shows us that crime isn’t a problem when white flight starts. Crime only becomes a problem after all the whites and all the blacks who can get out of there leave, leaving behind the worst of the worse. Only then does crime get out of control.

      1. I love the irony-impaired nature of that quote. Never occurred to Robert that he pretty much says whatever crime happens only gets out of control when all that’s left is blacks. It’s not a problem while the white folks live there.

        While their may be some truth in that, saying so right after of accusing whites of moving because “racism” is a bit disjointed.

        1. He also adds the kernal of truth that it’s not just white flight, but black flight too. They always talk about Detroit being the victim of white flight, but I bet if you had the figures they would show a lot of hard working black families that fled to provide a better environment for their kids.

    4. Complain when whites leave; complain when whites come back.

      All I see is someone who just likes to complain, making their complaints irrelevant.

      1. The dominant narrative of the endangered white person barely making it out of the hood alive is, of course, a myth. No one is safer in communities of color than white folks. White privilege provides an invisible force field around them, powered by the historically grounded assurance that the state and media will prosecute any untoward event they may face.

        You need to up your writing game. No rocket-powered exploding dicks evoke the horror this does.

        1. I can do a lot of things, but derp of that level is beyond me.

          White privilege provides an invisible force field around them

          Which is why victims of the knock-out game are lying. Those assholes who punched them had their fists bounce right off WHITE PRIVILEGE FORCE FIELD!

          “Privilege” is the most poisonous self-serving delusion since “false consciousness.”

          1. I don’t think there’s any real distinction between false consciousness and “privilege”. These people are nothing more than racist Marxists, after all.

            1. Privilege is what you won’t acknowledge because of false consciousness. They have abandoned even the attempt to argue. They shout PRIVILEGE QED! and that’s supposed to be enough.

              1. I can’t decide if they’re wannabe Karl Marxes shouting “CLASS WAR!”, or if they’re more like painted-up shamans shouting “OOGA BOOGA! SPIRITS SAY ME KILL YOU!”, or which would be worse. An intellectual class that has purposefully abandoned thinking is a pretty worrisome development.

                1. Rand would tell you that materialists and mystics are just two different sides of the same coin. Attila and the Witchdoctor is the title of an essay by her that treats of this.

        2. Funny, the only reason my family was ‘safe’ was because our drug dealing gang banger neighbors knew we were dirt poor and had nothing worth taking. All of the black on white crime in the area was dutifully ignored by the media beyond the cursory ‘shooting at X and Y’ with no details. which the rest of the city ignored because it was the bad side of town. The cops were, of course, useless.

        3. No one is safer in communities of color than white folks. White privilege provides an invisible force field around them, powered by the historically grounded assurance that the state and media will prosecute any untoward event they may face.

          Let’s say this is true. In fact, I think it is.

          That doesn’t mean you are safe in the area, just safer. Even if (to throw out numbers) you are only half as likely as a PoC to be victimized in a given area, if that still ends with you being twice as likely as in the rest of the country, chances are you still might want to move.

          1. It probably is true in some sense. So what? I am an enormous white dude with no neck. None of the coloreds (ooops, people of color) ever so much as looked at me sideways when I lived in a sketchy neighborhood. I still got tired of my car getting broken into (and the fuckers not even stealing anything) and moved.

            1. I’m confused. Are you responding to me or to the passage I quoted?

              1. Whichever is most insulting.

                1. But yeah, I’m responding to the passage. “Invisible forcefield of privilege”. Jesus Christ.

        4. The dominant narrative of the endangered white person barely making it out of the hood alive is, of course, a myth. No one is safer in communities of color than white folks. White privilege provides an invisible force field around them, powered by the historically grounded assurance that the state and media will prosecute any untoward event they may face.

          This guy would like a word. Literally. My fondest memories of this story when it first hit the pages of WaPo are the comments, where some of our finest locals were blaming him for evoking the envy of young black men by using an iPhone, and for the unforgivable crime of being white in DC.

          I wish the author of that piece would go up to this guy and explain to him in person the “violence” inherent in “gentrification”.

    5. Gentrification is just voluntary integration.

      1. I get the feeling they only like integration when it’s forced.

      2. It’s also injecting money into lower income neighborhoods, thereby improving the condition of the neighborhood.

        The horror, the horror.

        1. I live in a neighborhood that is slowly gentrifying. It’s great! The gangs are going away and several new restaurants have recently opened up (Cuban, Greek, Haute Cuisine, African…). When I moved here 28 years ago, there was one super shitty Chinese take-out place and that was it.

    6. mixed-income housing

      DC has tried this a few times. “Yes, you can build your multimillion dollar midrise here, on condition that you have some low rent places and offer Section 8.” So they have million dollar condos a few floors up from Section 8 apartments and they wondered why they had so much trouble finding buyers for the million dollar places.

      Also, I’ve heard a few black people here or there complain about white people moving into their neighborhood. I’ve never heard a complaint about upper middle class black people moving in and “gentrifying” the neighborhood. It only seems to matter when they’re white.

      1. It might make the dependant class realize that white people aren’t their enemy and create jobs close enough for them to work instead of hang on their overlords’ largess?

      2. Unpossible. Black people are incapable of racism.

      3. Why don’t they just repeal the zoning laws and let the market sort it out? Oh… wait.

  29. …Attorney General Eric Holder insisted he had a “vast amount of discretion” in deciding which federal laws to enforce and how to enforce them.

    Apparently that “shall faithfully execute” clause in the Constitution is for pussies.

    He doesn’t have discretion in which laws to enforce. He has to not enforce all the unconstitutional ones, and enforce all the rest.

    1. You know if you have to remind everyone you have power, you probably don;t deserve to have it.

      Eric Holder reminds us all that he is THE Attorney General

      Gets good at 2m40s

  30. The coming apocalypse starts here:

    Bacon Shortage Imminent

    1. I blame the Tetrad.

  31. I was a bit puzzled by this:

    http://hotair.com/archives/201…..-use-them/

    “”By making them either through finger print identification, the gun talks to a bracelet or something that you might wear, how guns can be used only by the person who is lawfully in possession of the weapon.”

    Puzzled because it would be ridiculously easy to get around. Then I read this and it all became clear:

    “Attorney General Eric Holder testified yesterday on Capitol Hill about gun-safety programs promoted by the Department of Justice, which wants almost $400 million in the next budget for “common sense” regulations like electronic bracelets for firearms”

    1. If you approach this stuff, like the micro-stamping idiocy, with the knowledge that the proponents don’t want to stop crime, but instead aim to make gun ownership as expensive and onerous as possible to law-abiding people, it makes much more sense.

      If holder gave one horsefly’s shit about gun crime he wouldn’t have been arming the cartels to the teeth with illegal guns. Another situation that if looked at as I’ve explained above, isn’t as absurd as it first seems.

      1. It really is exactly this.

        NY State has made the process of applying for a pistol permit sufficiently odious in order to deter applicants.

      2. If holder gave one horsefly’s shit about gun crime he wouldn’t have been arming the cartels to the teeth with illegal guns.

        FAKE SCANDAL!!!111!! Why are you such a racist?

    2. the gun talks to a bracelet

      They are animists!

      1. They’re on acid!

    3. He saw Skyfall and wants to do the same thing with the gun 007 had.

      These clowns really are that stupid. They watch movies, think they can say “Failure is not an option!”, and poof!, their wishes become reality.

      1. Wasn’t a public panic about armor-piercing, “cop-killer” bullets drive entirely by the movie Lethal Weapon 3?

        1. I wonder if any movie ever featured someone shooting down an airliner with a .50 cal rifle. That’s some supreme derp.

        2. Don’t forget about “ceramic” guns that can go undetected by metal detectors.

    4. MOST 2nd AMENDMENT FRIENDLY PRESIDENT EVER!

      1. Best gun salesman ever?

  32. The Reality-Based Community:

    Part one

    Part two

    1. What’s next? Accursed Alt Text?

      1. Tim, you need to check your Alt Text Privilege.

        1. All people have an inherent right to alt-text.

  33. You know, for a second there I was freaking out about how the AM links shouldn’t be at 6 in the morning.

    Then I remembered that the rest of you freaks follow that arbitrary mandated time change thing.

    1. What time zone are you in? It’s almost halfway through my workday here.

      1. I work with people whose work day is from 9-11AM. The breakdown:

        -I just got here
        -It’s almost lunch
        -lunch
        -I just got back from lunch
        -poopsterbate
        -It’s almost time to go home.

        1. Naw, I’m here for eight hours, I just start very early.

        2. poopsterbate

          o m g

      2. Arizona. -7 UTC which is Mountain Time Zone I think.

        1. I’ve just gotten used to the AM links popping in at 7 and the time change threw me for a minute.

    2. The phrase “that arbitrary mandated time change thing” would more properly describe Daylight Saving Time, which is an abomination.

      Fun factoid – US time zones were an artifact of the railroad era. Prior to standardized time zones each town used to set its own local time based on longitude.

      1. Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time is a great book on the subject

        Michael Downing is obsessed with Daylight Saving, the loopy idea that became the most persistent political controversy in American history. Almost one hundred years after Congressmen and lawmakers in every state first debated, ridiculed, and then passionately embraced the possibility of saving an hour of daylight, no one can say for sure why we are required by law to change our clocks twice a year. Who first proposed the scheme? The most authoritative sources agree it was a Pittsburgh industrialist, Woodrow Wilson, a man on a horse in London, a Manhattan socialite, Benjamin Franklin, one of the Caesars, or the anonymous makers of ancient Chinese and Japanese water clocks.

        Spring Forward is a portrait of public policy in the 20th century, a perennially boiling cauldron of unsubstantiated science, profiteering masked as piety, and mysteriously shifting time-zone boundaries. It is a true-to-life social comedy with Congress in the leading role, surrounded by a supporting cast of opportunistic ministers, movie moguls, stockbrokers, labor leaders, sports fanatics, and railroad execs.

        http://www.amazon.com/Spring-F…..1593760531

  34. Gentrification is violence. Couched in white supremacy, it is a systemic, intentional process of uprooting communities.

    Change is evil.

    It’s amazing how much “Progressive” people fetishize stasis.

    1. It’s amazing how much “Progressive” people fetishize stasis.

      Exactly. You know, chemical bonds breaking and releasing energy would probably be considered violence by Progressives. It’s built in to everything that lives, thus must be eradicated.

    2. They pick and choose what they want to put in stasis (climate, construction of certain things), while others (the constitution, property rights) they like to change all the time.

  35. Reich: The minimum wage should be $15 an hour

    How much does he contradict himself? Let us count the ways:

    2. $10.10 isn’t enough to lift all workers and their families out of poverty. Most low-wage workers aren’t young teenagers; they’re major breadwinners for their families, and many are women. And they and their families need a higher minimum.

    But fuck the teenagers, right?

    5. A $15/hour minimum is unlikely to result in higher prices because most businesses directly affected by it are in intense competition for consumers, and will take the raise out of profits rather than raise their prices. But because the higher minimum will also attract more workers into the job market, employers will have more choice of whom to hire, and thereby have more reliable employees — resulting in lower turnover costs and higher productivity.

    Does this stupid midget not know that he’s basically saying inexperienced and unskilled labor is going to be priced out of the market?

    Does he not realize that the people he is trying to help will have to compete with the fucker with a social justice degree and minor in lesbian studies for a low-skill job that a mentally handicapped person could literally do?

    1. Replace “wage” with “height” and “$15” with “6 foot”, and you’ll realize his true complaint.

      1. Reich is Joe?

    2. But because the higher minimum will also attract more workers into the job market, employers will have more choice of whom to hire

      Reich is a goddamned idiot. There is a shortage of jerbs right now, not workers.

    3. “…the people he is trying to help…”

      I don’t think they are who he says they are.

    4. He’s saying that there will be more competition for each job – so the business can hire more efficient workers.

      Essentially he’s saying that the power imbalance between employer and employee will be tilted *even further* in the employer’s favor.

      And yet, this is some how a good thing.

    5. The Imp sure does bring out the derpiest HuffPo comments:

      Chris Wyatt (Rogueplanet)
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      SUPER USER?174 Fans?We are united in our humanity.
      I would agree with this, but only if we’re also prepared to aggressively implement trade protectionism. Otherwise, they’ll just keep shipping jobs overseas. The fundamental problem is that in this massively globalized economy, American workers now have to compete against people in China, India, Bangladesh, and Mexico — who make NOTHING. That wasn’t the case back in the 40’s 50’s and 60’s when we we had a robust economy with a strong middle class. A progressive tax can’t (by itself) restore those days. A higher minimum wage can’t (by itself) restore those days. We are in a race to the bottom, competing against the third world. I don’t know that there’s any hope. In 50 years, we’ll all essentially be living in India where society is divided into the super-rich and the desperately poor.

      These people vote. And Democrats are either true believers or opportunistic enough to exploit this.

      1. In the 40s, 50s and 60s, we were the only country whose industrial base had not been bombed into the stone age during WWII.

        Yet these people absolutely refuse to take that into account.

      2. I’d ask him to analyze the government of India and the way it works and then compare it to the way he wants government to work.

      3. The fundamental problem is…

        You ever notice that everytime someone on the internet uses those words what follows is a big heaping pile of derp that the commenter is attempting to dress up so they sound more intelligent than they really are?

        1. The fundamental problem is that you spend too much time around idiots

    6. I think he knows these things but does not care. Reich isn’t stupid, he’s highly concentrated evil. Or do I have that backwards?

    7. Does he not realize that the people he is trying to help will have to compete with the fucker with a social justice degree and minor in lesbian studies for a low-skill job that a mentally handicapped person could literally do?

      …and that will be replaced by automation. Creating a job for a tech to repair the machine, which neither a low skilled worker or a perpetually aggrieved assclown with a “social justice degree and minor in lesbian studies” could actually fill? Boom times for STEM majors though.

    8. …the fucker with a social justice degree and minor in lesbian studies for a low-skill job that a mentally handicapped person could literally do?

      You mean there’s a difference between the two?

  36. how guns can be used only by the person who is lawfully in possession of the weapon.

    Here’s something which creeps into my consciousness occasionally. If some cop pulled me over and said, “Is this your gun?” and then said, “PROVE IT,” how would I?

    There is no such thing as a “registration” here. Which is exactly as it should be, but I cannot help asking myself how frequently guns are seized and and owners made to prove their rightful ownership. And then I ask myself how many “reasonable” and “sensible” gun-law appeasers are out there saying, “We should allow the government to require us to register all our guns, so we will be better able to prove our innocence, and also demonstrate our willingness to accept REASONABLE AND TOTALLY NON-INVASIVE GUN LAWS.” For the children.

    Kind of like the move to federalize concealed carry laws. “It’s for your own good, you hicks. It’s not like we could just tell the cops to back off.”

    1. The proper answer to that is ‘I don’t have to – *you* have to prove its *not* mine. Now, fuck off.’

      1. “We should allow the government to require us to register all our guns, so we will be better able to prove our innocence, and also demonstrate our willingness to accept REASONABLE AND TOTALLY NON-INVASIVE GUN LAWS.” For the children.

        Well, they got us to do it for vehicle registration. Precedent is everything.

      2. Come to think of it, I had that happen leaving a Walmart.

        Receipt checker got ahold of a cop, who had happened to be on site, because I refused to show my receipt on the way out.

    2. Several of my family firearms predate the serial number requirement causing me a couple of hassle-filled afternoons when dealing with poorly-informed LEOs.

      1. “What’s the serial number?”
        “It was hand made, not mass produced.”
        “So?”

        1. My favorite unmarked rifle is the Western Auto .22; my grandfather bought it at the auto parts store in 1951 as a 12th birthday gift for my dad, who then passed it on to me on my 12th (I’m giving it to my daughter when she turns 12).

        2. I have the gun that fed my homesteading family from the 1860s.

          In pretty sure its serial number is 1.

  37. Has the death of The Ultimate Warrior been discussed on previous links?

    1. Was that Lou Reed’s nickname?

    2. He’ll always be the Dingo Warrior to me.

  38. These clowns really are that stupid. They watch movies, think they can say “Failure is not an option!”, and poof!, their wishes become reality.

    “If you build it, they will come.”

    FUCK YOU, LITTLE GIRL.

    1. Failure is not an option. Except for Apollo 1. Or was that not somehow a failure?

    1. The inmates run the asylum.

      The grabbers here will use the same strategy they did in Limeyland. First the guns, and when that makes crime go up, then the knives. When that makes the crime market completely saturated they will want to ban all physical objects.

      When that still does not make crime disappear they will go after any action that could be construed as self-defense.

      Honestly, from there I have no idea where they will go. To hell I guess.

    2. I blame the stab crazy culture promoted by “Game of Thrones” on HBO.

      1. There’s also been an uptick in dragon attacks of late.

  39. And a brief thank you to the squirrel hunters at Reason who seem to be on the job today.

      1. On counting scalps, it appeared that nineteen thousand six hundred scalps were produced. It is impossible to say what number in all were killed, as a great many hunters did not come in.”

        1. It is impossible to say what number in all were killed, as a great many hunters did not come in.

          Fatalities in the war on sqrls.

          Honor their memories.

      2. And let’s not forget this one:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whacking_Day

  40. A $15/hour minimum is unlikely to result in higher prices because most businesses directly affected by it are in intense competition for consumers, and will take the raise out of profits rather than raise their prices.

    Robert Reich thinks WalMart is “most businesses” apparently.

    What a maroon.

    1. It’s astounding how they can complain about Wal-Mart pushing mom and pop out of business and then advocate minimum wage policies that would utterly destroy a local business’ chances of competing with corporate giants.

      1. Boy, are they in for a surprise when those companies opt to “hire” robots instead. Go ahead, make that an economically attractive alternative, dumbasses. Everyone knows robots vote Republican, too.

        1. The commenting system at Huffington Post absolutely sucks, but I’m trying to make that point with one guy.

          He waived it off with a “nuh-un” and warned me that people like me and Paul Ryan are going to trigger social unrest a la the French Revolution if we continue to “take from the poor.”

          So I guess we have our answer: we hang the capitalists and destroy the robots. Liberte, egalate, fraternate!

          1. Huh, who’da thunk HuffPo would trigger the robot revolt when their commenters rioted against the robot workers.

          2. Fraternite? Don’t you oppress me you phallocrat

            1. Liberte, Egalate, and what ever the French word for spiteful divisive conflict is.

          3. So it’s the urban mobs versus the capitalists. . .and their robots?

          4. He waived it off with a “nuh-un”

            That’s pretty much their response to any economic argument.

            people like me and Paul Ryan are going to trigger social unrest a la the French Revolution if we continue to “take from the poor.”

            Because mob violence solves everything, and not giving is taking. And people accuse me of hyperbole when I say that progressives would gladly load people like me onto train cars headed for the ovens if they get the chance.

            1. Cooperation, not coercion, should be their motto, if they were serious about their traditional stated goals. But they aren’t.

      2. Had some friends in grad school who spent much of a drinking session bitching about how “big stores” like Walmart, Target, and Borders (irony there) were destroying the local businesses in our college town.

        They then headed off to do some shopping. I asked them which of the local stores they shopped at and they told them were heading off to the chain stores because the local stores were “too expensive.”

        1. Must. . .not. . .make. . .logical. . .connections.

    2. Yurp.

      If this is such a good idea, then why not go to $20/hour? Or $100? Fuck it, if it’ll help the economy with nary a negative consequence, I say we go for a cool $1 million/hour. Think of how rich we’ll all be!

  41. “To remind myself,” Aaron tells USA TODAY Sports, “that we are not that far removed from when I was chasing the record. If you think that, you are fooling yourself. A lot of things have happened in this country, but we have so far to go. There’s not a whole lot that has changed.

    “We can talk about baseball. Talk about politics. Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated.

    “We have moved in the right direction, and there have been improvements, but we still have a long ways to go in the country.

    “The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/…..h/7432225/

    Hilarious at the fake outrage among the wingnuts!

    1. Hank Aaron remains bitter man, pissed off at the world and unable to reflect on his remarkable career. In other news, the sun rose in the East this morning.

    2. Hilarious at the fake outrage among the wingnuts!

      This…

      I don’t even know what this is.

      1. I did a Google Blog search and every wingnut site in the country picked this story up.

        And the outrage? Very entertaining!

        1. You know what’s not entertaining?

          Trying to parse your sentences for a coherent idea, that’s what.

          I’m done.

          1. C’mon, General. It’s easy:

            Criticizing Obama is the same as being in the KKK.

            Who could possibly object to that self-evident and non-hyperbolic statement other than crazy wing-nut talk radio peanut gallery BOOOOOSH! non-mutual conservatives?

          2. Trying to parse your sentences for a coherent idea, that’s what.

            YOU ARE WASTING YOUR TIME BECAUSE IT’S NOT SENTIENT!

            It literally has no understanding of the concepts referred to in its comments!

            If you guys replied to it only when it said “Rompy Stompy sez I am handsome!”, then within a year, it would be saying that in reply to every post on Hit and Run.

            All you guys are doing by replying to it is to encourage it to produce more incoherent drivel.

            For me, it’s no big deal; but its comments clearly bother you, and I am baffled why you keep encouraging it to do the things that bother you and training it to do it more effectively.

        2. Re: Peter Caca,

          I did a Google Blog search and every wingnut site in the country picked this story up.

          And they shouldn’t pick it up because………….

          (I think I should sit down on this one while Caca gets back to me with a cogent reason.)

          1. They should.

            I am neutral on this. I don’t care. I look for the entertainment value much like some look at Amanda MArcotte.

        3. Palin’s Buttplug|4.9.14 @ 10:31AM|#
          “I did a Google Blog search…”

          Next time, try “slimy turd”; you can find out how famous you are.

  42. Just think of the secondary benefits of a fifteen dollar minimum wage; after the overwhelming majority of lawn care and landscaping businesses go tits up, lardbutt middle managers will be back to mowing their own lawns every Saturday morning. Presto, a happier, healthier nation!

    Marie Michelle will be ecstatic.

    1. It’ll also drive illegal immigration through the roof, so it’s a win-win.

      1. Or you could argue that it would push a lot of unskilled americans into the under-the-table economy, thereby competing with latin amercian laborers. THEREBY reducing illegal immigration.

        REICH IS A GENIUS!

        1. It solves all possible problems! And, with all of that extra lucre, America’s underclass will consume more stuff, resulting in record growth! We’re saved!

    2. Was catching up with an old friend who was telling me about another mutual high school friend who had started a lawn business at sixteen and just continued to grow it. Two years ago, the guy got a lawyer and a big pile of cash and went “on book” successfully. At some point the guy was stuck in that place where he needed more capital to expand then his friends and family had. I suspect he would survive this because I’m sure he has two man crews on the books and five man crews at the site. Looking at the books, who would have thought that lawn guys make $25/hr?

  43. There is some provision of O-care that pays part of retirees’ med insurance, and those darn Koch Brothers ™ aren’t paying the amount they’d owe if it weren’t there! And they campaign against O-care!
    Darn them!

    “GOP backers hate ‘Obamacare’ but like its subsidies”
    http://www.sfgate.com/default/…..387281.php

    Wonder if they’d like to ask Buffett about his ‘low taxes’, his gaming the system by taking all his compensation in CGs and the IRS vs his Net Jets?
    Naah.

  44. So I guess we have our answer: we hang the capitalists and destroy the robots. Liberte, egalate, fraternate!

    “SABOTS! Gitcher sabots here. Gen-yoo-wine sabots, finest anti-robot grade. Git ’em now, before they’re gone!”

  45. A “report” (propaganda) from a poverty-pimp org says ‘housing prices are rising!’ and sees this as a bad thing.

    “Gentrification transforming face of Oakland”
    […]
    “The housing market conditions are completely out of control, with no real accountability to the people who are being displaced,”
    Might be because they don’t have any skin in the game.
    http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/…..387273.php

  46. Millions of passwords, credit card numbers, and other personal data may have been exposed for several years.

    For two years. And sure, data may may have been exposed prior to the bug’s disclosure on Monday, but there’s no specific reason to believe so.

    It is a pretty gaping hole, though.

    1. it is actually the biggest hole I have ever heard of. This is potentially 2/3rds of the Tubes that are affected (any apache/nginx web server using Openssl from recent updates). The attack would be truly undetectable (barring known concurrent monitoring at which point it isn’t much of an attack). Really this is a HUGE deal.

  47. Huge multinational corporations don’t back Rand Paul. We still hates him.

    And what about those billionaires? You’d think Rand Paul would at least have the backing of that constituency. After all, he promises to give them everything their little Randroid hearts desire.

    1. You’d think

      Only if you’re a clueless moron.

      …oh. Yeah.

      1. Large corporations like corporate welfare.
        Rand Paul is against corporate welfare.
        Large corporations do not support Rand Paul.

        RANDROIDS!

    2. Egad. Why do they view individual freedom has only applying to a few rich people? Is it because they see everything through the prism of elitism and think the rich are the elite of the right? And how do they reconcile all of the billionaires who are clearly lefties?

      1. It’s a very dumb sort of Marxism. Let’s call it…Darxism? I’m open to suggestions.

  48. A new study has found that, while video games can cause aggressive behaviour, it’s not because of violent content, but frustration.

    http://www.cnet.com.au/video-g…..347032.htm

    In other words, frustration can lead to aggression if you don’t have self-control. An obvious point, but still nice to have that research to back it up to the people who think that video games cause people to become serial killers.

    1. Indeed. I’ve broken controllers from frustration, before.

      And everyone that’s better than me at COD is clearly a hacker/cheater!

  49. RAND Study: By our estimate, 3.9 million people signed up for ObamaCare, not 7.1 million like the White House says

    There’s a big spike in Medicaid, just as everyone expected. There’s a less big but still seven-digit drop in coverage on the individual market, as people discovered that if you like your plan, you might not be able to keep it. There’s not quite four million sign-ups on the new ObamaCare exchanges, not seven million and change like Obama insisted in the Rose Garden. And then there’s that eye-popping “ESI” category. That’s “employer-sponsored insurance,” the sort of coverage that 100 million people already have through their jobs. Er, why would eight million people have suddenly gained that type of coverage last year when the U.S. labor force assuredly didn’t expand by eight million?

    1. Also, on FORBES: RAND Comes Clean: Obamacare’s Exchanges Enrolled Only 1.4 Million Previously Uninsured Individuals

      Last week, I wrote about an article in the Los Angeles Times, on a then-as-yet unpublished report from the RAND Corporation. The report indicated that only one-third of Obamacare’s purported 7.1 million exchange sign-ups were from the previously uninsured. But Noam Levey, the author of the Times article, didn’t disclose RAND’s actual findings as to the actual number of previously uninsured exchange enrollees. Well, now we know why. RAND published the full report yesterday; it indicates that Obamacare’s exchanges only enrolled 1.4 million previously uninsured individuals.

      1. I predict that the rest of the MSM will take this information and do full court press coverage of the missing airliner.

    1. I thought stem cell research was getting close to rebuilding nerves. I didn’t read your link, but assume the patient still has to have some nerves intact.

      OT: I loved the part of “The Forever War” where the soldier has his leg blown off and on the R&R planet they tell him if it hurts now, wait until his nerves start regrowing in the new leg.

      1. Read the link. They have found.indications that it works.even if all sensory pathways between the extremity and the brain.are.destroyed.

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