Tsarnaev's Lawyers Want Statements Suppressed, Bitcoins Can Fund Campaigns, Police Kill 93-Year-Old Woman: P.M. Links

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  • Not sure it will help even if lawyers are right
    Boston PD

    Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev want statements he made to the FBI while he was in the hospital following his arrest ruled inadmissible as evidence. They claim Tsarnaev kept requesting a lawyer to represent him during the interrogations.

  • The Federal Election Commission has ruled that political committees can accept bitcoin donations and can buy and sell them as investments. They have not yet decided whether campaigns can actually use bitcoins themselves to buy goods and services. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) tweeted this afternoon that he is accepting bitcoins for donations.
  • Police in Hearne, Texas, shot and killed a 93-year-old woman after responding to a 911 call. Police claim she was waving around a gun, apparently upset that her nephew was trying to take her keys away because she was denied a renewal of her driver's license.
  • The top candidate for president in Egypt has warned newspaper editors and journalists not to push issues of free speech, saying such demands threaten national security.
  • Ride-sharing service Lyft is stepping up its competition to Uber by adding a high-end premium service called Lyft Plus.
  • Social media sharing app Snapchat settled with the Federal Trade Commission over allegations it deceived users by claiming that its images and videos disappeared forever after a time limit, when that wasn't entirely true.

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  1. http://www.cnn.com/video/data/……wday.html

    It is so cute your screen melts.

    1. I got a little sniffle from that.

    2. Our Cocker Spaniel led my lost brother home through the woods when he was about that age.

    3. Wait until CPS gets involved.

    4. “Well… a pig like that you don’t eat all at once.”

    1. Jesus Christ everyone’s a fucking retard in schools now.

      I just had this talk with my wife – a school teacher – and my buddy. Why do schools have to fricken get involved with shit like this? My wife said it was to ‘encourage the team’. But when I retorted not everyone goes for the same team why should they be forced to wear another team’s jersey? My buddy then said, too bad.

      Which really pissed me off and I went off on them.

      Back in my day, you had all sorts of hockey jersey’s and NO ONE GOT INTO FIGHTS OVER IT.

      One sucker was a huge L.A. Kings fan in the hear of MTL Heartland and all he got was a ribbing.

      1. Horrible grammar. Sorry but I’m working here.

      1. Arch-nemesis of the Habnots.

  2. The top candidate for president in Egypt has warned newspaper editors and journalists not to push issues of free speech, saying such demands threaten national security.

    Has a ring of familiarity.

    1. The top candidate for president in Egypt the US has warned newspaper editors and journalists not to push issues of free speech, saying such demands threaten national security.

      This has actually become frighteningly believable.

  3. Benham brothers lose HGTV show after ‘anti-gay’ remarks

    win brothers David and Jason Benham have lost their opportunity to host their own HGTV show.

    The brothers ran afoul of the network after the site Right Wing Watch published a post about the pair, labeling David Benham as an “anti-gay, anti-choice extremist” for reportedly leading a prayer rally in 2012 outside of the Democratic National Convention held in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    1. House Hunters and similar shows are phony. Why watch HGTV, regardless of their political views?

      1. Batteries are dead in the remote? hate watching?

      2. Mike Holmes.

      3. Someone doesn’t like interior design.

        1. Only a philistine doesn’t like interior design.

      4. This Island Hunters show is pretty cool.

        I also like Buying Alaska

        and that income property show, where the guy converts half your house into a rental and it covers your mortgage.

      5. All reality shows are phony to a great extent. What, people act like that on film in real life? Ha!

        There’s apparently been a quiet war going on with the Writer’s Guild, because the guys writing the scripts and outlines for reality shows don’t get paid at guild rates. Because they aren’t scripted programs even though they sort of are.

      6. Househunters International is staged, but it still shows houses and condos in a particular range in particular cities. I watch(ed) it to get a general idea of what I could get for my budget in different places. I don’t watch it as much now that I’ve settled on a place to expatriate, but it was worth my time to watch.

        1. Where and when on your expatting?

    2. Is he in trouble for the gay thing, or the abortion thing? Are we pariah-ing anyone who’s pro-life now, as well? It’s so hard to keep up with who I’m suppose to hate and for what reasons on any given day any more.

      1. That’s why I just hate everyone.

      2. Just hate everyone, it’s faster that way?

      3. If they didn’t even have a show yet is it Paraihing? HGTV hasn’t picked up my show (Give Stormy Dragon Lots of Money) either.

        1. Are you saying the show was aborted? Now my hate is starting to build.

    3. The funny thing is that in the picture I saw of them, they looked really gay.

  4. Murdered for Her iPhone, or It’s Steve Job’s fault that Megan Boken was murdered!
    “The industry already had the blood of innocents on its hands.”

    So there you have it! It’s the tech industry’s fault that people are murdered for their devices… not, you know, the people doing the murders.

    1. iPhones are triggers?

      1. Trigger is my trigger word, shitlord. Give me a warning next time.

        1. *Trigger Warning*
          Trigger
          *End Trigger Warning*

      2. *in Captain Kirk voice* JOOOOOOOOOOBS!!!

    2. Pffffffttttttt…..

      I was shanking kids for their Nikes decades ago.

      1. Those bastards at Nike have no conscience, do they? They have the blood of the innocents on their hands!

        DAMN YOU, PHIL KNIGHT!

        1. Nikes need kill swiches so only the original owner can wear them.

          1. Imprinted firing pins and explosive tongues?

    3. Makes sense. Just like how Jordans harden and become cement-like when another person’s foot comes in contact with the insole, or how Helly Hansen jackets self-destruct if the person wearing them doesn’t enter a special code on the zipper fob.

    4. The manufacturers said it was up to the wireless companies, who said it was up to the manufacturers, who insisted it was not technologically possible. Never mind that Apple already had a “kill switch” by which is could remotely erase apps that it felt people should not have on their phones.

      Which is totally the same thing as “rendering a phone inoperable”.

      What a fucking asshole.

      1. There’s an app for that?

  5. Bullying against the law.

    The City Council in Carson, California unanimously voted in favor of a measure making bullying a misdemeanor this week. The anti-bullying ordinance still has to pass a final vote later in May, NPR reported.

    The ordinance would make it a misdemeanor to cause any person between kindergarten age through 25 years old to “feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed or molested,” notes the Los Angeles Times. Meant to include cyberbullying, City Council members say the ordinance would better protect groups especially vulnerable to bullying; they say that includes gay, overweight, disabled, and gifted children.

    1. Feelings-based legislation. There is no possible way this could go wrong.

      1. You hurt my feelings by denigrating my feelings. I’m going to have you arrested, bully!

        1. Shut up you gifted, disabled queer!

          1. You forgot fat!

    2. 1st Amendment be damned!

    3. Well, problem solved! No kid in Carson will ever be bullied again!

    4. I’m rapidly losing any faith in humanity.

    5. I can’t wait until somebody younger than 25 runs for office and there are the inevitable negative ads.

    6. “kindergarten age through 25 years old”

      Because you’re only really an adult at 26? Because there’s such a terrible epidemic of college bullying?

      1. Well, under Obamacare, you don’t come off your parents’ insurance until you turn 27. So clearly that should be the age, not 26.

    7. So, if some punk kids are spray-painting their tags on my house, its a misdemeanor for me to chase them off? Because they would feel “intimidated”, “harassed”, or whatever?

      1. “You’re stifling their creativity, you monster.”

      2. You should lure them inside, where you have a tarp spread out.

        Word of advice: do not record it!

    8. What the hell?

      What the bloody hell?

      WHAT IN GOD’S NAME IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE?

      1. WHAT IN GOD’S NAME IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE?

        Eh, it’s Carson. If you’ve ever been there you wouldn’t ask.

    9. I feel threatened and molested by that law. Arrest that city council.

      “unconstitutionally vague” still works in 1st amendment cases, right?

    10. Wow, new legislation to enable “soft SWAT-ting”, I just can’t see where that could be abused. I’m sure their under-utilized police forces, and criminal court system, with its virtually limitless resources could certainly be put to more productive use there as an effective lawfare arena for eternally aggrieved children and parents that will press charges at the slightest perceived transgressions… Its absolutely fool-proof!

    1. Such strong crazy. Whoever was wondering whether or not the son would be any crazier than Mister Sea Of Fire, I think we have our answer.

      Sleep tight South Korea.

    2. Clearly he’s trying to become a teabagging ratfucker

      /progtard

    3. in this case pulling language right out of the American 1850s

      That was a nice touch. Presumably because of comments about Obama’s heritage. But doesn’t North Korea pretty much consider all non-Koreans some sort of sub-human mud race? And didn’t pretty much the whole world think that way in the 1850s?

      1. Yeah. I just read The Cleanest Race and this comes off as clueless (but nicely supporting BR Myers’ claims).

    4. So what does he really think about Dennis Rodman?

  6. Privilege comes with the uneven distribution of power within a society. Privilege is a fact, not an insult. You can’t help it if you have it, and you don’t have to feel guilty about it. Privilege is not absolute. Most people occupy multiple social positions with multiple levels of priviliege or disadvantaged.”

    1. This is slightly dated.

      1. Pantsfan must be Charles Oliver.

    2. It is easy to mock privilege-checking, with its inferences of loony leftiness and pulsating liberal guilt.

      Sure is.

      1. pulsating liberal guilt

        Eww

    3. Oh fuck off already.

    4. Saying “check your privilege” is the ultimate checkmate to win any argument with someone from a perceived “privileged class/race/gender/etc” in relation to your own. The one who always loses? The White American male, specifically Christian or no religious affiliation.

      It immediately renders your argument null and void. It is just as legimate as those “your argument is invalid” memes.

      1. The holocaust only matters when it empowers progressives. Your grandparents are the only survivors from their families, and came here penniless? STFU.

        1. Indeed, which is why a white American Jewish male would be a close second.

        2. I have friend who’s dad was a jeweler that came to the US shortly before WWII. “Like most immigrants, he arrived in this country with nothing but a suitcase. Unlike them, his was filled with diamonds.”

      2. I respond with “check your bullshit”

      3. “Check your ad hominem. If that’s all you have, fuck off.”

      4. “check your privilege” == “I am a victim & my victimhood trumps your opinions”

        1. As I said the other day on a thread about privilege checking, the “check your privilege” people have it backwards. It’s not that educated white men with some money are privileged. It’s that many other groups have been the victims of injustice. The supposed privilege that some people have is just their natural right. Privilege implies that a person gets some special treatment. The problem isn’t that some are privileged. It is that many people have been (and continue to be) the victims of injustice historically and the consequences of that still exist.

          But it’s easier to tear other people down than to raise yourself up.

          1. Exactly.

  7. I am protesting this thread due to the lack of story about the upcoming NFL Draft tonight.

    1. I don’t follow basketball.

    2. If you feel a draft, close the window or get some insulation.

    3. Here’s my prediction for Tampa: they trade down for more picks, or, in the alternative, they pick Mike Evans or maybe Matthews, if he’s available (they don’t really need a tackle but might move him inside for a while, lacking really any guard, unless Nicks returns to life).

    4. Oh Jesus Fuck, can’t we at least wait until August or something to start fucking up every thread with a football discussion?

      1. Come on, it’s not like the first round isn’t in a few hours. The draft will be over in a few days, then there will be some trading, then it’ll be mostly quiet until preseason.

      2. Zeb, who do you prefer, Mel Kuiper, Jr. or Mike Mayock?

  8. http://www.thedailybeast.com/a…..rists.html

    Hillary’s state department refused to classify Boco harum as a terrorist organization. Not a good week for Hillary

    1. What difference, at this point, does it make?

    2. John, meant to mention it back when it happened but the Caps cleaned house, eh? Surprised about Oates though.

      1. They needed to do something.

        1. Oh, so they went total progtard?

          1. I don’t know enough about the NHL to tell to be honest.

    3. Hillary’s state department refused to classify Boco harum as a terrorist organization.

      Boco Harum isn’t a terrorist organization. I mean, Whiter Shade of Pale wasn’t that bad.

      1. That joke never gets old!

        1. It actually gets funnier every time it is told.

        2. Sorry, hadn’t heard it, so it was new to me.

          Also, GO BRUINS, hockey boy.

    4. Is there a group called Boco Haze? Just wondering.

  9. The Global Climate Model clique feedback loop

    And who controls who, of the tiny handful of people broadly enough competent in the list above to have a good chance of being able to manage the whole project on the basis of their own directly implemented knowledge and skills AND who has the time and indirect support etc, gets funded? Who reviews the grants?

    Why, the very people you would be competing with, who all have a number of vested interests in there being an emergency, because without an emergency the US government might fund two or even three distinct efforts to write a functioning climate model, but they’d never fund forty or fifty such efforts. It is in nobody’s best interests in this group to admit outsiders ? all of those groups have grad students they need to place, jobs they need to have materialize for the ones that won’t continue in research, and themselves depend on not antagonizing their friends and colleagues. As AR5 directly remarks ? of the 36 or so named components of CMIP5, there aren’t anything LIKE 36 independent models ? the models, data, methods, code are all variants of a mere handful of “memetic” code lines, split off on precisely the basis of grad student X starting his or her own version of the code they used in school as part of newly funded program at a new school or institution.

    1. The whole article is well worth reading. (damn char limit)

      1. damn char limit

        I blame the Kochs.

      2. Anyone who thinks this doesn’t happen all the time in science, isn’t in science.

      3. (damn char limit)

        And I’ve never even had char.

    2. Get this

      Frank K. says: You are spot on with your assessment of ECIMs/GCMs. Unfortunately, those who believe in their ability to predict future climate really don’t want to talk about the differential equations, numerical methods or initial/boundary conditions which comprise these codes. That’s where the real problems are?

  10. Bill Clinton told former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner that nothing would appease the populist “blood lust” for bankers — not even slitting the throat of Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein in a dark alley.

    That’s according to a lengthy new article by Andrew Ross Sorkin published online Thursday for the New York Times magazine, which includes interviews with Geithner.

    Here’s the relevant excerpt about the former president from Sorkin’s piece:

    [Geithner] cheerfully relayed a story that also appears in his book about the time he sought advice from Bill Clinton on how to pursue a more populist strategy: “You could take Lloyd Blankfein into a dark alley,” Clinton said, “and slit his throat, and it would satisfy them for about two days. Then the blood lust would rise again.”

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/l…..ner-sorkin

    LOVE this! I hate the fucking emo-progs who think Wall St “stole billions” from little old ladies.

  11. The Vermont GMO Labeling bill was signed into law today. Thanks for moving in and changing everything, hippies!

    1. I blame the Kochs.

    2. Can the label say “fuck-you, hippie”?

  12. Burgers for breakfast at Burger King!

    I still want to know how you can monumentally fail at making decent chicken and waffles.

    1. I like White Castle Breakfast – the standard sliders with egg added.

  13. Social media sharing app Snapchat settled with the Federal Trade Commission over allegations it deceived users by claiming that its images and videos disappeared forever after a time limit, when that wasn’t entirely true.

    Were these users retarded? Because even if the app didn’t store the pictures in anyway, it’s always been clear that the receiver can take a screenshot.

    1. I think the users are mostly teenagers. So, yes.

  14. I hate the fucking emo-progs who think Wall St “stole billions” from little old ladies.

    Oh.

    1. A job?

  15. Article about a person (and a dog) being shot during a SWAT raid for a drug warrant

    The shooting isn’t shocking, and I don’t see enough evidence to determine whether it was justified or not (ignoring the stupdity of SWAT for warrant service in general, and acknowledging that they’re using many weasel words and not actually saying the officer was threatened).

    However, this may be the first time I’ve ever seen an article about a police-involved shooting that says that “an officer discharged his weapon”, instead of the normal “the officer’s weapon discharged”.

    1. Early report, etc., but its what I don’t see that makes me wonder.

      And what I don’t see is any reference to the shooting victim having any kind of weapon.

      The dog shooting may have been justified, although we don’t know if the dog was “charging” because he wanted to get a piece of the cop, or because he needed his ears skritched.

      1. They said it broke off its chains and charged, and assuming they can verify that the chain indeed broke, I can understand discharging your weapon at a pitbull barreling full speed at you, even if its motives were entirely friendly.

        1. I can understand discharging your weapon at a pitbull barreling full speed at you, even if its motives were entirely friendly.

          My dingbat (but hot) neighbor has a big dog that she doesn’t take enough responsibility over. It was loose in the hallway once, and charged up to me as I was entering my apartment. I stayed calm and offered my hand. He sniffed it, and satisfied, strolled back to her.

          I could do this, because I know that a couple punches on a dog’s nose will make him rapidly lose interest in messing with you. I’m not a tough guy by any means, but how a grown man could be scared by a dog – even a large, apparently nasty one – is beyond me. The dog might bite me, but that will only happen once, and he’ll lose that fight.

          1. For the most part, I feel the same way, but there are some dogs that I wouldn’t want to tangle with. Generally trained attack dogs or big aggressive breeds that have been mistreated or badly trained.

          2. Jesus fucking Christ, it’s not just a big dog, it’s a pit bull (which actually aren’t all that big). Big dogs can often be lumbering. A pit bull that has been raised to be vicious is not easily bested with a punch to the nose.

            And your experience with your neighbor is completely different. You’re there as a guest of your neighbor and your neighbor is presumably being friendly to you. In this case, a person is breaking into a home, the resident of that home is going to perceive this as an attack and the dog will sense that and respond in kind.

            If you think a cop knocking down someone’s door and being confronted with the most muscularly fit breed of dog, a breed of dog that isnt instinctively savage but can be trained to be so, barreling at them can simply stick his hand out and get the dog to submit, you’re fucking crazy.

            1. Separate apartments. I’d never seen the dog before. Also, she’s not a dealer (AFAIK)

              I’ll give you the breed thing, and the fact that entering violently into someone’s house will cause a different reaction than meeting on the street. However, given the variety of non-lethal options they have, I still think shooting is a puss option.

              Suthen: no, just stand-offs.

              It’s not that I don’t think a mean dog could mess you up, but unless you’re in really poor health, a human has a lot of options they don’t, even while unarmed.

          3. Have you ever been attacked by a large dog?

            I have, and I can assure you that your assumptions are wrong. A big dog can kill your ass. You can win the fight ( I did ) but it aint easy and you are gonna bleed a lot.

            1. You can win the fight ( I did ) but it aint easy and you are gonna bleed a lot.

              I believe that the rule is 1/3rd of your weight or more in a predator, and you’re gonna have a bad time.

            2. Jaws that can break your bones. Maybe you could fight a pit and win, but i wouldn’t want to have to try.

      2. Thought the same, though included it within “weasel words”.

        Either way, I don’t exactly expect anything else to happen.

    2. I’d be shocked if anything more than a small bag of marijuana was found.

      1. I wouldn’t. Owner had a pit bull, and while I’m not saying that everyone that has a pit bull is a drug dealer, many drug dealers do keep such dogs for intimidation value and train them to be attackers.

        Yes, there are a load of fucked up stories about police shootings. But that doesn’t mean that every single one is that way. A cop shoots a yellow lab or a daschund, ya, the cops is being irresponsible and trigger happy. Cop shoots a pit bull, I’ll defer until further details can be verified. Pit Bulls can be among the friendliest dogs if they have the right master. But they can also be the most savage killing machines available if with the wrong master (including both those who intend to train them as mean and 100 lb hipster chicks who don’t know how to be the alpha that their dog will submit to).

        1. I know several people who own various flavors of pit bull, and none of them are drug dealers. It’s an incredibly common dog here in southern California.

          1. But, what about all the EVILS of those dogs we hear about on the news? Aren’t those people scared to death of those vicious killers?

          2. South Florida as well (except Miami, where they’re banned).

          3. I know, I live in L.A. and everytime I walk my dog through Pershing Square or along Spring St, I inevitably run into a couple. And my dog, a little beagle/daschund mix, loves them and gets along with virtually every one he meets.

            That said, while pits are certainly a popular choice among a lot of people here and most are raised to be the sweet family dog they can be, there is no denying that people who want a vicious dog will also get a pit because they can be trained to be vicious and are the most capable fighting dogs once trained as such.

            If I’m breaking into a stranger’s house, especially one whose house I’m breaking into on suspicion of selling contraband (which is exactly what the cops are doing) and a pit bull comes galloping at me, in that moment I am going to perceive that as a less than friendly greeting from a dog who does have the ability to kill me. That seems a fair analysis.

            1. So, what you’re saying is that you’ve never seen a pit be anything but friendly to your or your small dog, but you’re absolutely sure that they’re more likely to be cold-blooded killers because of things you’ve read on the Internet somewhere? That’s some fine thinking there, bub.

              1. That’s not what he said. He said that if he were a cop entering the residence of a suspected drug dealer it might be a reasonable reaction. Setting aside all of the problems with that situation in the first place, that seems fairly reasonable. While it shouldn’t be a crime to sell drugs, the fact is that lots of drug dealers are violent criminals. It’s not about what the dogs are likely to be on their own, but the kind of dogs that certain people are likely to train to be killers.

              2. Things you’ve read on the internet somwhere are also called facts. Pits are ordinarily sweethearts, but they do also account for more attacks resulting in fatalities, maiming, or reports filed than any other dog (and incidentially do so at a far higher percentage of their breed than any other dog, though I maintain that is a direct result of the breed being chosen by people with such intentions as opposed to any pecularity of the breed itself, and that percentage is only 6%, meaning 94% in any given year aren’t attacking people).

                I’m not criticizing you for having a pit, or anyone else who does have a pit, or pits themselves. Don’t make me feel like I’m arguing with a progressive here: pointing out one troublesome possibility based on the entire context of the situation the cop was in is not the same as condemning the dog’s breed and any other that shares it.

                1. Pits are ordinarily sweethearts, but they do also account for more attacks resulting in fatalities, maiming, or reports filed than any other dog

                  The data is garbage, as cops and others tend to call just about any dog a “pit” in filling out the incident report. Looks better, you know?

        2. I own two pitbulls and have worked with several rescues. I’m a web developer, and have never met a drug dealer with a pitty, although our erstwhile mayor has two, as do two of our county representatives.

          It’s idiots like you that make breed specific legislation possible, and makes rescuing abused animals more difficult. Before you talk a whole lot of shit about “pit bulls”, first try to pick one out of a line up. I would be willing to bet that you’ll call any short-haired, short-muzzled dog a “pit bull”. Everything that you said about “pit bulls” applies to yellow labs or any other medium to large dog.

          And the “alpha” thing is complete garbage. Actual animal behaviorists have proven that dogs don’t see things in terms of rank, and even the wolf pack studies that the whole “alpha” thing was based off of have been roundly criticized for only looking at wolves in captivity or that have been socialized with people; in other words, not representative of wolves in the wild, where such hard and fast social ranking is rarely evidenced.

          Please don’t ever get a dog.

          1. Now, hang on. He didn’t say pit bulls are uniformly awful. He pointed out that douchebags who want a bad ass dog tend to get pit bulls, which they then mistreat.

            1. Right, and elsewhere he says the following:

              …there is no denying that people who want a vicious dog will also get a pit because they can be trained to be vicious and are the most capable fighting dogs once trained as such.

              Which translates roughly to “pit bulls are magic” and tells me that he knows little to nothing about that kind of dog, dog fighting, dogs in general, or anything else, but isn’t about to let that stop him from proselytizing about how pits are genetically predisposed to attack police and people he’s never met.

              Sorry, man, this is the type of sloppy thinking that has made it so that if my dog were to be attacked by another dog and bite in retaliation I would automatically be liable and there’s a strong chance my dog would be killed, at least in my state. For that matter, if my dog got loose and was picked up in the neighborhood, he’d be put to sleep immediately, friendly or no. I don’t normally flip out on people just because they’re wrong about something, but when it leads to laws that make my dogs illegal and excuses their murder, I just can’t make peace with that.

              1. Which translates roughly to “pit bulls are magic”…

                Not really. It had a pretty clear literal meaning. Is it accurate or not? (I don’t know, though that’s the impression I get)

          2. Would you deny that pit bulls are the most capable fighting dogs there are? Or at the very least top three?

            I have no doubt your dogs are sweet as can be, as exactly per my fucking comment, I’ve met nothing but friendly pits, played with them, and altogether think they’re a great breed, one that is awfully maligned. I’m not talking about anything inherently fucked up about the breed dipshit.

            But if someone breaks into your house, and you react with anger and a defensiveness, are your pits not going to also adopt that same demeanor and treat the intruder as a threat? And even if they are the most peaceful dogs imaginable, you know they still have an innate ability to confront threats with force.

            That’s what happens here. This guy’s pit might even be a sweet dog that frolics about with his five year old niece on a sunny afternoon. But that same dog is still going to attack anything is perceives as a threat to its family/master.

            And that’s what that “alpha bullshit” is about. A dog owner, especially one with a physically dominant dog, needs to make sure that dog does not perceive the owner as weak, frightened, or threatened when walking that dog lest the dog become instantly protective in a manner that can be devastating.

        3. while I’m not saying that everyone that has a pit bull is a drug dealer, many drug dealers do keep such dogs for intimidation value and train them to be attackers.

          I’m hoping you see the logical fallacy here. Clue: the vast majority of pit owners are ordinary people.

          The vast majority of pits are stupid friendly, too. There’s generally little question whether a dog “charging” you is intent on a putting the hurt on you or getting its belly rubbed.

          Pits are incredible athletes, but the idea that they are some kind of super-savage killing machine is nonsense. They don’t even have the strongest bite in the dog world (that honor goes to Mastiffs, then Rottweilers). Pits and German Shepherds are equally strong biters.

          1. I’m hoping you see the logical fallacy here.

            Care to point out the fallacy by identifying the specific one? I made a point to avoid the fallacy of attribution by specifically stating that people that have a pit arent necessarily drug dealers while highlighting the fact that when someone who is a drug dealer and wants a protective and aggressive dog to guard their shit, they almost always chose a pit.

            And all my comments indicate that the vast majority of pits are friendly, because they’re raised by friendly people.

            And yes, while bull mastiffs and rotts are the strongest bite dogs, pits are the most impressive physical specimens from an athletic perspective. As for force of bite being equivalent to a german shepherd, that’s the same reason I think a person being attacked by a police dog should have a right to kill that dog without it being a fucking killing an officer escalator.

  16. The Quebec government says it will appeal a recent court ruling that major retailers don’t have to translate their trademarked English names into French.

    1. Who wants Quebec to secede more: Quebecois seperatists or the rest of Canada?

      1. Looks like either way, the lawyers get to take their cut.

      2. The rest of Canada.

      3. Andrew, there’s a growing hostility out West -as it gains in wealth and power – to throw Quebec out. It’s hard to say who wants it more though.

    2. “Several multinationals took the province to court after they were told by the language watchdog to change their names or risk running afoul of the rules governing the language of business in Quebec.”

      The problem is companies abide by the rules and then jackoffs in the OLF or other stupid language watchdogs find other things to complain about. They invent problems on the fly. It’s like a banana republic and this is the key argument made. Believe it or not, they went after Metro grocers – a Quebec-based company – for their Metro Plus stores. Seems someone complained about the word ‘Plus’. This is how RETARDED Quebec can get.

      They really don’t understand they run the risk of pissing off businesses.

      1. Seems someone complained about the word ‘Plus’.

        What, are they going to monitor how people pronounce it or something? WTF sense does that even make, even in OLF terms?

        1. Don’t bother making sense of it FN.

          They’re parochial clowns is all.

      2. I’d say they should thumb their noses at the law, but haven’t there been businesses firebombed over this?

        1. Yes.

    3. Even the French Canadians are obnoxious assholes!

      1. Actually, F-C are pretty cool. A lot easier to get along with than Anglos. It’s the politics since 1976 that has clouded some of their judgment.

    4. Meet the new federalist, same as the old separatist.

  17. Good news! The school bus pit bull from yesterday was found in someone’s back yard and will be turned over to a rescue group for adoption.

    1. The pants-wetting over that one made me larf, and fear for the dog. It was obviously no threat to anyone.

      1. But-but-but PIT BULL! The assault rifle of the canine world! It even has a tail that goes up! At any moment that peaceful looking pooch could have snapped! Snapped and sunk it’s fangs into some precious child’s throat!

  18. How to stop a wedding.

    2-2

    Prepare your speech. If you’re going to put a stop to something that has taken months to prepare and probably even longer to agree to, what you have to say needs to be incredibly compelling. Writing out a speech, rehearsing it, and learning it by heart are absolute necessities to overcome nerves and to project it from the heart.
    Build an effective case.
    Keep it brief but powerful.
    Give reasons why the person you love is marrying the wrong person (and, if your reasoning stems from this, why it should be you instead).
    Express your undying devotion to the bride or groom (if you’re breaking up the marriage for romantic reasons).

    1. Holy shit, that someone would write this article is batshit insane.

      I would have gone with this part for your quote:

      Unless you have been invited, you will have to find out where the wedding ceremony is to be held, and the exact time. Ask family members or mutual friends if it doesn’t appear too suspicious, or perhaps check the wedding notices in the local newspaper.

      1. Wasn’t this done already?

        Something about Dustin Hoffman pounding on glass in a Church?

        1. MRS. Bouvierrrrrrrr!!!!! MRS. BOUVIER!!!!!!

          -Grandpa Simpson.

      2. I thought about it, but the one I picked seemed funnier, and a bit more obsessive.

        That was definitely my second choice, though.

    2. “Clarice, you may have given me every STD known to man as well as a few previously unknown to medical science, but I still love you. Nonetheless, your heart belongs to Charles now, who I hope will be as good for you as he was for me that one, wonderful, passionate night that he and I spent together. I don’t blame you for loving him, unbelievable seduction machine that he is. You know, he may have given me a couple of those STDs, so that’s something else you two have in common. Anyway, if you’re still able to have children, I hope you name the first one after me.”

    3. The objection phase of a wedding is a dying tradition. Luckily for those who wish to try it, having an armed best man ready to prevent disruptions to a wedding is a dead tradition, so there’s a lot less to risk.

      1. Considering the likelihood of a marriage ending in divorce, people should bring their lawyers to object for them. After all, if they’re trial lawyers they’re used to objecting before a robed individual.

      2. I thought the objection phrase of weddings was legal and as such, the only objections that would be heard would be something like – “Stop! That woman is already married to another man. Here’s the marriage license.”

        So I don’t think romantic objections would be allowed generally. & more specifically I seriously doubt even the best speech will be allowed to go on in front of most family members of those getting married, when it’s specific purpose is to stop the marriage.

        Having said that – I’m looking forward to the lawsuit against the author and publication when some mensa candidate takes them up on their idea here and then suffers various “pains” from the inevitable failure.

  19. http://davidthompson.typepad.c…..-hope.html

    America’s public teachers.

    1. Maybe it’s subtle support of the Nazis. That’s how I choose to read it.

      I think someone said she is Australian, though.

      1. Like Hitler? I mean, no one is fooled by that whole Austria-Australia thing, right?

    2. Did you read her responses?

      It’s like she and the commie share a brain.

    1. Duh = Slaves.

      1. I thought they used antigravity devices provided by ancient aliens? I mean, it’s on the History Channel and everything.

    2. No wonder it’s a desert, wasting all that water like that.

    3. I still can’t believe this is considered a big find. “Oh! It turns out ancient Egyptians weren’t complete fucking idiots!

      1. And they drew a picture of the method, but somehow we just figured it out?

    4. So it’s not aliens? He will be disappointed

      1. But who taught them to wet the sand?!

        ALIENS.

        1. Surely, the aliens at least supplied the tanker truck to carry the water.

  20. “The top candidate for president in Egypt has warned newspaper editors and journalists not to push issues of free speech, saying such demands threaten national security.”

    Trigger Warning, FTW!

  21. Some new Koch memes: 1, 2.

    1. I like that one.

    2. Thanks Obama.

    3. I know this is a lost battle, but they’re not memes, they’re image macros.

  22. London black-cab drivers are planning to cause gridlock in the city to protest against car service Uber.

    The Licensed Taxi Drivers Association complains that Uber’s drivers are using a smartphone app to calculate fares despite it being illegal for private vehicles to be fitted with taximeters.

    Transport for London has declined to intervene, because it disagrees that there has been a breach of the law.

    LTDA now plans to force the issue by holding the action in early June.

    “Transport for London not enforcing the Private Hire Vehicles Act is dangerous for Londoners,” Steve McNamara, LTDA’s general secretary, told the BBC.

    “I anticipate that the demonstration against TfL’s handling of Uber will attract many many thousands of cabs and cause severe chaos, congestion and confusion across the metropolis.”

    1. But none of that is dangerous for Londoners.

    2. Yes, let’s piss everyone off while at the same time informing them exactly what they can do to get back at us!

    3. Barbara Streisand is a cabbie?

  23. Capture Full 3D Models In Seconds With Just Your Phone

    The app itself doesn’t require any sort of external sensor or hardware. Instead, Seene breaks the object you’re shooting into individual points and calculates depth based on how they distort as you move your phone.

    Squeeeeee. Can I output this to a 3D printer? Oh it’s iOS only. Squee rescinded.

    1. Building a model is annoying enough with stereo cameras. Trying to do it with one camera is insane. If they’ve gotten it to work, that’s cool, but I doubt they really have except maybe under ideal conditions.

      1. One of the commenters mentioned that resolution would suck until you had lasers to get accurate depth measurements (or something like that). I suppose I’ll still have to get a CT scan of my head to get a 3d print of my skull.

    2. Intel CES keynote: Intel reference tablet captures a 3D model of a doll, which then gets sent to a 3D printer

      1. I can see the commercials now. Husband at home caring for kids while wife is away in whatever country we’re currently nation building/drone striking brown people. They look at each other longingly over a Skype call but are both sexually frustrated. The husband holds up a finger and pulls out his tablet. A few minutes later a custom dong made from a 3D scan of his surprisingly large, throbbing member is finished in the computer center’s 3D printer. The wife raises an eyebrow and gives the camera a sultry smile while the husband blushes and gives an abashed grin. *Cut to black*
        TELEDILDONICS MAKING AMERICA SAFER

  24. Potentially useful information: 10 hotel secrets from an insider.

    I strongly suspect 7 is true from the last time I stayed in a hotel, with the lovely view I had of a gutted building matched only by the window shaking late night jams from the club across the street.

  25. I’m off to watch some world class Women’s Soccer.
    Canada vs US

    And go Habs

  26. Al Sharpton Versus The Teleprompter

    Rev. Al Sharpton’s command of the English language is an ongoing struggle.

    They played this on the radio during my drive to work and I was dying.

    1. Who kidnapped Al Sharpton and held him locked in a closet for a year, starving him and dragging him out for random beatings, then got him a Host job on MSNBC?

      I can think of no other explanation for that.

      1. He’s stopped denying his fans his essence. It’s been a very draining year.

  27. I YouTubed ‘trigger warning’…

    …and the vast majority of things (first dozen hits) are teenage girls who “self-injure” themselves showing off their scars.

    Oh, and complaining about how their scars are ‘traumatizing’ and how they ‘share them’ to help ‘deal with their trauma’. they talk about how they usually have to Hide Their Scars (*the ones they self-inflicted), like, especially when swimming and stuff… but now, to help *deal with having to hide them?*… they are making videos and showing them on YouTube.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ay91km1lys

    and – reminder!? ITS NOT OK TO SHAME PEOPLE FOR THEIR SELF-INJURY TRAUMA

    If none of this makes any sense to you, congratulations!

    1. All I know is that cutting scars in porn = HOT.

      1. You are really into that libertarian skull-fuck devotee, aren’t you.

        If she decides to keep that up (and she did say it was the only kind of porn she watched) she’s gonna need a nose job. Someone’s gonna accidentally break it against their pubis.

      2. All I know is that cutting scars in porn = HOT.

        You may have just done more emotional damage with that statement than SF has done the whole time I’ve been here.

        1. Stop it, you are going to make Warty blush.

    2. I have pointed out before that all the feminist crazy that is displayed here occasionally is generated by emotionally disturbed people. To the last one, they are nuts.

      Those teenage girls you are talking about are the crop of future feminists.

    3. they talk about how they usually have to Hide Their Scars (*the ones they self-inflicted), like, especially when swimming and stuff… but now, to help *deal with having to hide them?*… they are making videos and showing them on YouTube.

      1. When they show their scars in public, most people who see them don’t know where they’re coming from, and occasionally they get ostracised for it.

      2. On the other hand, when they display them on YouTube, they get sympathetic feedback from others who have gone through the same experience, or who have friends who did.

      Or, if you want to be cynical about it:

      1. When they show their scars in public, most people who see them don’t know where they’re coming from, and they don’t get the attention they’re seeking, but they do occasionally get ostracised.

      2. On the other hand, when they display them on YouTube, they get the attention they’re seeking.

      Whichever you choose, the logic is there. It makes quite a bit of sense.

      Sometimes people do stupid things and come to regret it later; you don’t have to be an asshole about it.

      1. Sometimes people do stupid things and come to regret it later; you don’t have to be an asshole about it.

        I don’t ever see anyone sticking up for people with stupid tattoos.

        I really dislike rewarding this behavior with sympathetic attention. Brings more of it.

        1. I don’t ever see anyone sticking up for people with stupid tattoos.

          I really dislike rewarding this behavior with sympathetic attention. Brings more of it.

          There are differences between:
          1. Simply not being an asshole about it (what I said)
          2. Telling other people not to be assholes (the first thing you said, and what I did)
          3. Providing people with positive feedback (the second thing you said, which is neither what I did nor what I admonished people to do).

          1. Every time I’m showed, I just go “hmmm”. I get the feeling that the SJWs would consider that being an asshole.

            I agree mostly agree with the distinctions you’ve outlined. But What I said is true as well. I never see anyone admonishing people for mocking bad tattoos.

      2. “Sometimes people do stupid things over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and and come to regret make YouTube videos about it later”

        “you don’t have to be an asshole about it.”

        yeah, you lost me somewhere in the middle of that statement

        Maybe we have different ideas about what ‘being an asshole’ means.

        “Cutting yourself up, then complaining about how you cut yourself up?” – I guess that’s NOT what you mean.

        1. e.g.

          -Person A is fat
          -Person B goes “HA HA! Fatty!”
          Person B is an Asshole

          -Person A is fat
          -Person A makes video complaining that being fat fucking sucks while they eat a box of donuts on camera
          -Person B goes “What a fucking retard”
          Person A is an Asshole

          1. If we take your second scenario and apply it to the topic of discussion, we get:

            * Person A has cut herself in the past.
            * Person A makes a video complaining that having cut herself sucks while she cuts herself on camera.
            * Person B goes “What a fucking retard”

            In that case, yes, Person A would be an asshole.

            That is clearly not what they are doing, though.

    1. Whoever filmed that video vertically should have been assaulted.

      Also is that man-child (it’s a guy, right?) seems to be attempting a thu’um 20 seconds in. It didn’t seem that effective.

      1. Although I feel bad for mocking him seeing as he (or she) is clearly some kind of disabled.

      2. That one doesn’t have an immediate observable effect, but be assured, the preacher is now gay.

        1. Wait, where does one find the word wall for that? I’m asking for a friend…

          1. SUK…MUH…CAK!

          2. Wait, where does one find the word wall for that? I’m asking for a friend…

            I’m guessing somewhere with monks. Look for some inordinately happy monks.

      3. Also is that man-child (it’s a guy, right?) seems to be attempting a thu’um 20 seconds in. It didn’t seem that effective.

        Somewhat related to that thought, I found this comment ammusing:

        Liesmith
        1 day ago

        Dammit, I hate cliff racers.?

  28. Nerdiest app description ev4r:

    “Vignette is AMAZING. @neilgaiman introduced me to it.” – Wil Wheaton (@wilw)

    /Epi bait

  29. Greg Gutfeld just now: “Bacon is so good even pigs eat it.”

  30. Recently on Derpbook, a prog responds to a tasteless climate-change PSA:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDXQsnkuBCM

    So I just watched it. It’s most obviously over the top intentionally. They are not truly advocating violence or actually threatening to blow people up. It’s not like they are threatening the life of the president, or saying they will be “dead or in jail”, or saying Hillary can such on their gun, or all Muslims need to be rounded up and slaughtered, or walking into a Sikh temple or Holocaust museum and murdering people. It’s a dumb video, from some British production company, that no one ever saw, it completely irrelevant and has zero to do with me, or the fact that climate change is real, happening, and scientifically PROVEN. If you are so concerned with loose associations with violent acts, you may want to look into why your beliefs are so closely aligned with every white supremacist group and the manifestos of Breivik, McVeigh, and others like them. I have never seen or heard on an environmentalist blowing anyone up or murdering anyone in the name of their beliefs. That type of action seems to specifically be a right winger thing. Blowing up abortion clinics and shooting doctors in their churches as all. You know, stuff like that.

    Climate change, abortion, Hillary, racism- just look at those talking points fly!

    1. I have never seen or heard on an environmentalist blowing anyone up or murdering anyone in the name of their beliefs.

      The Earth Liberation Front will be so sorry to hear all of their efforts have been in vain. Or does your friend just not get out much?

      To be fair, a lot of the would-be enviro-martyrs just try to kill people for their beliefs and end up failing spectacularly, like that guy who took hostages at the Discovery Channel building.

    2. Climate change, abortion, Hillary, racism- just look at those talking points fly!

      I believe that is what’s known as “The Gish Gallop”.

  31. Coates attributes any critcism of Democrat politicians to sexism and racism. Regardless of the person’s sex or race.

    The hostility does not stem “from his race” but from racism. (And “mostly” is beside the point. Any amount of racism must be intolerable.) Racism?and sexism and homophobia?are about organizing power, not merely disliking the cut of one’s jib. And if Hillary Clinton becomes president, she will have to cope with being perceived as a woman representing the interests of black people and women of all ethnicities. Sexism will never be off the stage. Nor will racism.

    Whole lotta mudslinging in that article.

  32. I don’t even know where to begin with this one. Here’s the video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alP0WiL2P0g

    On the Milton Freidman/Gordon Gecko “Greed is good” video…. Conservatives never admit anything they stand for is bad, or hurting people, or is discriminatory, they simply point at something else and say “Hey at least we aren’t like Communists over there, that’s worse.” They might as well.be saying “Hey, at least we are not cutting off homosexuals heads in the public square, or forcing rape victims to marry their rapists. Just be glad that taking away their rights is all we are doing!” As it is with this video. Once again, a very outdated video. Canada, Sweden, Holland, Denmark, Iceland, Germany, and many other European countries have a system run on a much more socialist/equal distribution of wealth society than we do, and in every single one of those countries the quality of life is higher, the education rate is higher, people are healthier, happier, more productive, there is lower crime, lower unemployment, lower poverty rates, cleaner air, cleaner water, more wholesome food, etc. Etc. Etc.

  33. Cont’d

    This system we have where to goal is to die with as much money and stuff than anyone else, with the express and single goal of making sure no one else has it, hasn’t really been working. The system is collapsing, as it has been for years. To compare it to my greenhouse, there are mealybugs, spider mites, aphids, slugs, and white flies in there and they have to be managed, and sprayed with pyrethrin and neem oil. In an outdoor garden, these things are naturally managed by predatory insects, wind, rain, and the elements and none ever get to out of hand to become much more of an isolated problem that’s easy to quash. But in the enclosed environment of the greenhouse, our economy, if you will, if the mealybugs/spider mites (call them the poor) get out of hand, they can destroy a few single plants, usually of one specific type and destroy a “neighborhood” in the greenhouse that needs to be rebuilt from it’s roots. The aphids (the rich) however will infest everything and anything they can, sprout wings and fly around to start new colonies, and eventually destroy every living thing in the greenhouse. They take, and take, and take, until there is nothing left, and if there is nothing there to stop them or regulate them, EVERYTHING dies.

    1. The system is collapsing, as it has been for years.

      From what socialists tell me, it’s been collapsing for, oh, about 15 decades now. Nearly half the world has gone Communist and subsequently seen virtually all of those governments collapse during what all these people have been saying for over a century is supposed to be “death throes” and the “collapse” of “late capitalism”.

      The lurid metaphor comparing all human beings to vermin is a nice touch, though. It’s always great when the mask slips right off without them even noticing.

  34. The aphids (the rich) however will infest everything and anything they can, sprout wings and fly around to start new colonies, and eventually destroy every living thing in the greenhouse. They take, and take, and take, until there is nothing left

    Funny, that’s how I describe proggie voters.

  35. “Monica Lewinsky Is the Perfect Person to Kick Off the Conversation About Hillary Clinton’s Presidency…

    “But funnily enough, in offering a refresher on her own story?one surely intended to sell magazines to Hillary-haters everywhere?Lewinsky is exposing many of the dynamics that have stood so uncomfortably between women and power for so very long….

    “In the fervid investigation and coverage of it, both women got hammered?as slutty and frigid, overweight and ugly, dumb and monstrous. They each became cartoons of dismissible femininity?the sexually defined na?f and the calculating, sexless aggressor, characters who illustrated the ways that sex?sex that’s had by men as well?always redounds negatively on women. These two women weren’t at odds; they were in it together….

    “neither woman can ever shake this old story is that it is never-ending; and it *is* important. It is the story of women in the United States: marginalized, sexualized, and pitted against each other since time began in an attempt to keep them at the fringes of a power structure and very far from the top of it.”

    http://www.newrepublic.com/art…..ign=buffer

  36. Everything is racist, part 23,623:

    There are certain benefits I enjoy by being a white American, and chief among them is the ability to find things like this hilarious without being personally hurt by them:

    For me, this is exactly as cringe-inducing and hilarious as a good episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. I can even imagine this happening, if the character Larry David plays was a little stupider. Okay, let’s say it’s like a George Costanza storyline in Seinfeld. George shows up to a Cinco De Mayo party wearing a sombrero. The Mexicans in attendance point out that he’s a racist.

    If you’re personally hurt by someone wearing a sombrero on Cinco de Mayo, get the to a shrink immediately.

    1. What if someone clips you in the eye with the brim of the sombrero because they’re misappropriating sombrero culture and don’t have a good sense of how much space they’re taking up!?

      1. Even better, they talk about celebrating it in Puerto Rico.

        The SJWs are aghast, because they’re idiots who don’t realize that the holiday is celebrated in Puerto Rico, and not at all in Mexico.

        It’s like watching monkey’s drink their own piss.

        1. The SJWs are aghast, because they’re idiots who don’t realize that the holiday is celebrated in Puerto Rico, and not at all in Mexico.

          It is celebrated in Mexico, but pretty much only in the state of Puebla (which is where the battle the celebration is based on occurred).

          The celebration started out fairly early in the United States, though:

          Via Wikipedia:

          According to a paper published by the UCLA Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture about the origin of the observance of Cinco de Mayo in the United States, the modern American focus on that day first started in California in the 1860s in response to the resistance to French rule in Mexico. “Far up in the gold country town of Columbia (now Columbia State Park) Mexican miners were so overjoyed at the news that they spontaneously fired off rifles shots and fireworks, sang patriotic songs and made impromptu speeches.” A 2007 UCLA Newsroom article notes that “The holiday, which has been celebrated in California continuously since 1863, is virtually ignored in Mexico.”

          1. I need to stop asking Mexicans questions about Mexico. This is the second time that’s burned me.

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