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  • Hillary Clinton, who regularly charges hundreds of thousands of dollars to gab at people for an hour or two, claims the Clintons were "dead broke" after Bill left office in 2001.

  • A Veterans Affairs audit revealed that around 100,000 veterans have been affected by long hospital and clinic waits and that VA staffers have been falsifying records of appointments.
  • Documents obtained by a House panel suggest that the IRS may have illegally given the FBI 1.1 million pages of documents relating to taxpayers shortly before the 2010 midterm election.
  • Guantanamo Bay has more men up for release, but some are skeptical that "a positive attitude" and practicing yoga is a good enough reason to let them go. Perhaps the fact that the U.S. government defied the Constitution by detaining many of them without charges and has held them indefinitely despite being cleared for release would be more palatable to skeptics.
  • "When a two-liter cola is 99 cents and blueberries are over three dollars, something has gone very wrong," said Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), revealing that she has no grasp of commerce but intends to introduce federal soda tax legislation anyway.
  • The number of millionaires worldwide increased by 2.6 million last year, and 1.1 million of them are in the U.S. That means there are now more than 7 million millionaires in this country. Being called "one in a million" isn't so much a compliment as it is a statement of fact.

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  1. …claims the Clintons were “dead broke” after Bill left office in 2001.

    But rich in history.

    1. Well, didn’t they invest all their money in a land deal or something? Not to mention carpetbagging in New York; those votes don’t buy themselves.

    2. “The number of millionaires worldwide increased by 2.6 million last year, and 1.1 million of them are in the U.S.”

      More proof the Koch brothers’ reach goes well beyond America.

      1. And.

        Hello.

      2. “The number of millionaires worldwide increased by 2.6 million last year, and 1.1 million of them are in the U.S.”

        Over 1 million wreckers, kulaks, counterrevolutionaries, and enemies of the people.

        To the camps with them!

      3. And where did these new millionaires come from without income mobility?

        1. Shh! Don’t disturb the narrative!

  2. Documents obtained by a House panel suggest that the IRS may have illegally given the FBI 1.1 million pages of documents relating to taxpayers shortly before the 2010 midterm election.

    First you complain agencies don’t share info about terrorists, now you complain when they do.

    1. Permit me: “We gave them to *ourselves*!”

    2. The call is coming I from inside the building!

  3. “a positive attitude” and practicing yoga is a good enough reason to let them go

    I call this pose “Vomiting up the feeding tube”.

    1. Ha. Good one, Ham.

  4. The lynx! It’s been a long day, and I was looking forward to this hive of villainy.

  5. more than 7 million millionaires

    Wow, that’s a lot of people who don’t pay enough in taxes.

    1. obviously. Their being millionaires is proof of that.

      1. A lot of them pay nothing in taxes, being retired with a net worth exceeding $1 million in liquid assets while not pulling any money out of 401ks or IRAs until compelled by law.

      2. What do they need all that money for?

    2. My parents are on that list.

      Im not sure my Dad ever made more than 60k in a year.

  6. A Veterans Affairs audit revealed that around 100,000 veterans have been affected by long hospital and clinic waits and that VA staffers have been falsifying records of appointments.

    Documents obtained by a House panel suggest that the IRS may have illegally given the FBI 1.1 million pages of documents relating to taxpayers shortly before the 2010 midterm election.

    *Lights the Weigel signal*

  7. Some local murderous cop fun: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/ne…..6388.story

    tl;dr: Police officer fired for beating wife on multiple occasions (though there were mysteriously no charges or even paperwork filed on several callouts). Rejected by multiple jurisdictions before joining Florida Atlantic University police department. Gets multiple complaints about harrassment and brutality, nothing happens. Ends up using police-issued handcuffs to restrain, and then murders, escort. Convicted of murder.

    Money quote:

    During Ho’s trial in April, former FAU Deputy Police Chief Keith Totten said officials within the department knew Ho had used excessive force and handcuffed people who did not require it while on duty. He said commanding officers reprimanded Ho verbally, but there was never any formal complaint.

    And yet, Ho received glowing remarks from his superiors on his reviews. He received high grades in categories like “teamwork” and “building community relations,” records show.

    1. Ho murders ho? Ho-on-ho violence?

      1. “Not *everyone* can be a Ho!”

      2. While eating Ho-Hos?

    2. Jimmy Dac Ho and I don’t care.

  8. The number of millionaires worldwide increased by 2.6 million last year, and 1.1 million of them are in the U.S.

    If they can just keep printing money that number will skyrocket!

  9. The horrifying new trend in hipster fashion:

    http://www.businessinsider.com…..ort-2014-6

    1. For when pajama boy finally gets that unpaid internship at that fair trade coffee company.

    2. Awesome! Show off those leg tats!

    3. The ‘Short Suit’ Is Finally Going Mainstream

      No, it isn’t.

      1. I live in Tucson. If a “short suit” was going to mainstream anywhere, it would be here.

        Its not, so its not.

        1. Fashion trends don’t start in the flyover country. [ducks]

          1. I haven’t seen it in DTLA. With the concentration of financial services companies, hipsters, and hot weather, I would expect to see it here if it is to gain any prominance.

            1. Don’t speak that out into the universe!

              1. It’s a man’s life in the DTLA!

        2. Remember short-sleeved dress shirts? Both of them?

      2. I barely care about fashion at all, but hipsters are making it easier and easier for me to look presentable (by comparison).

        1. I’m with you. I buy 90% of my clothes at Target, but when I’m around hipsters I tend to feel overdressed.

      1. DOH! +6 strings

      2. That was not an affectation, though. He used to go to band practice and some early gigs right after school, wearing his schoolboy suit.

        1. Besides, one cannot generalize from Scots-Australians.

    4. Didn’t that pop up in the early seventies?

      Or am I thinking of Bermudans and their shorts?

      1. This has been common in Bermuda for years, so really not new.

      2. Sure, you can get away with nice bermuda shorts and a blazer and tie, but only if you’re actually in the tropics.

      3. I think this is what I was thinking of.

        God Bless James Lileks and all his snark.

    5. Simpsons did it.

    6. Needs shorter shorts and a short sleeve jacket.

    7. How cute! My son had a suit just like that when he was six. Of course now he wears big boy pants.

    8. NO! No. Just no.

    9. No…that’s not true…that’s impossible!

    10. Get some fucking calf muscles, hipster pussies. Jesus. FUCK!

    11. Why don’t they just wear kilts?

      (As long as they don’t play bagpipes, as doing so would violate the NAP.)

    12. Bill Murray wore one of those in “The Lost City”. I remember because I thought it was odd.

    13. Ugh. But maybe it’s a trend to finally get rid of the business suit altogether. Wearing them is so pointless. It’s a throwback to an earlier time, but it’s such a solid and mutually enforced tradition that it’s hard to shake. It would be nice to see them disappear, or at least as a requirement to be taken “seriously”.

      1. Why? What purpose did they ever serve? How are they less useful now than they were, other than to know who to take seriously? You probably wouldn’t be taken seriously anyway.

        1. What purpose did they ever serve?

          Being far more comfortable and low key than the Court Dress they were originally developed to replace?

        2. They never served a real purpose. The only purpose ever was/is to assure the other hairless monkeys in your troop that you mean bizness. Cuz you know this be mah bizness attire and it makes me more competent at doing the bizness.

        3. Look, Shitlord, blame Beau Brummell. I know I do.

          George Bryan “Beau” Brummell (7 June 1778 ? 30 March 1840) was an iconic figure in Regency England, the arbiter of men’s fashion, and a friend of the Prince Regent, the future King George IV. He established the mode of dress for men that rejected overly ornate fashions for one of understated, but perfectly fitted and tailored bespoke garments. This look was based on dark coats, full-length trousers rather than knee breeches and stockings, and above all immaculate shirt linen and an elaborately knotted cravat.

          Beau Brummell is credited with introducing, and establishing as fashion, the modern men’s suit, worn with a necktie. He claimed he took five hours a day to dress, and recommended that boots be polished with champagne. His style of dress is often referred to as dandyism.

          1. Again, it’s hard to “blame” him when you see the even worse things his outfits replaced.

      2. The local nice menswear place is having their annual monster sale this week, and I was thinking it might be a good time to get a new Canali suit at 40% off. But your thoughts that we shouldn’t have suits at all is giving me pause.

        1. You could be that renegade maverick trend setter where all the other monkeys do it your way. Or, all the other monkeys won’t take you seriously. It’ll be like this: http://imgur.com/gallery/e2m3WiO

          1. Love the video, there’s definitely been times in my life I’ve felt I was dressed incorrectly for the crowd just like punkin there.

            For working in the ER, I usually just have on a dress shirt and khaki-type slacks, with the lab coat worn over that. So a suit definitely isn’t necessary for my day job.

            However, I do a lot of lecturing about my research, and lately have been fortunate enough to have interest in my work that brings me overseas to speak (that’s what I was doing in Spain recently, for anyone who might have noticed the posts I did from there). I’ve found when lecturing that other physicians expect you to be in a nice suit; I tried sport-coat-and-slacks for a while, and was gently counseled to upgrade by a colleague who wanted to spare me more embarassment.

            So I’m pretty tired of the two suits I’ve had for a long time and I wear for just about all cases — one a black suit, the other a navy pinstripe. Perhaps it’s time to add a dark gray one, if there is something decent to be found at the sale.

      3. I like suits, I’m just being oppressed by not being able to afford to have good custom ones made. And some bespoke shoes to go with it. Made-to-measure shirts have got me started down a slippery slope.

        1. If you like them, fine. But do you expect others to wear them in a business setting? Do you think much less of a person who isn’t wearing one in that circumstance? I’d wager that you do without realizing it.

          1. Standard office attire in my company is along the lines of shorts, t-shirt and those stupid five-finger shoes. So, no, I don’t expect suits. I do think less of the guy who wears the cape though.

            1. And anyone wearing 5 finger shoes.

              I think less of those guys.

              1. I’m not sure who to hate more, them or people wearing Crocs.

    14. Well they look like English school boy uniforms.

      Lots of women’s formal wear looks like Japanese school girl uniforms so i guess i am kind of cool with this.

      Disclaimer: In the office at work I am in Blue Jeans and Black t-shirt and cheap hiking shoes which are basically tennis shoes made to look like hiking shoes. ($30 so fuck you). I have Hiked in them and felt every rock on the path i was on. Not recommended for any actual outdoor activity….I have not worn a tie for nearly 10 years.

    15. The horrifying new trend in hipster fashion

      Holy fucking shit.

    16. Replace jacket with white sweater and you have typical yatch club attire.

  10. paid for 8 years to live rent-free, provided with a lifetime pension after ward, advances on books awaiting both of them, but dead broke. And this is the woman to manage the nation’s checkbook.

    1. Maybe they should have sent Chelsea to a nice state school instead of Stanford and Yale.

      1. She was wait-listed at Arkansas. State schools can’t do the “famous name” admissions standards.

      2. Maybe they should have availed themselves of D.C.’s fine public schools instead of Sidwell Friends.

    2. Yeah, but the government budget is nothing like a household budget!

    3. Doesn’t the POTUS manage only some discretionary funds allocated by the dumb f—s in Congress?

    4. When you’re a democrat, charging hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees, and a reporter asks why, “I was broke,” sounds much better than “Because I can.”

      Somehow, democrat politicians hoarding their wealth up to levels that most people can never imagine is in no way hypocritical, and is not, in fact, evidence that it’s all a plot by the ruling class to control us all.

      If democrats and socialists are waiting for these people to make everyone equal, they’re going to be waiting a long time.

  11. A Veterans Affairs audit revealed that around 100,000 veterans have been affected by long hospital and clinic waits and that VA staffers have been falsifying records of appointments.

    Neglecting veterans is just what we do together.

  12. “When a two-liter cola is 99 cents and blueberries are over three dollars, something has gone very wrong,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), revealing that she has no grasp of commerce but intends to introduce federal soda tax legislation anyway.

    I agree. Overpriced, organic blueberries are a scourge on the market.

    1. Also, where is a 2 liter of soda 99 cents nowadays? They’re about $1.79 or so here. Even when they go on sale they’re buy 2 get one free, which works out to more than 99 cents a bottle.

      1. Fanta!

        In any case, soda is a loss-leader for most stores. Blueberries, not so much.

        1. At least here, Fanta is bottled by Coca-Cola, and is just as expensive. The only two liters of soda I see for 99 cents or below is the store brand.

      2. They’re usually five for $5 when on sale at my local markets. The store brands are around $0.89 when not on sale.

      3. 2 liter sodas can suck it. The first liter is fine and the second liter is always flat. I pay extra for cans.*

        * I only buy ginger ale and tonic water, and never drink soda alone.

        1. never drink soda alone

          As long as you’re only drinking with friends you’re not a sodaholic.

          1. “When you drink soda alone, you’re drinking with Hitler!”

        2. I only buy ginger ale and tonic water, and never drink soda alone.

          That won’t help you avoid fluoride.

    2. blueberries are over three dollars

      Per berry? Per pound? Per pint?

      This woman is an idiot.

      1. That is a horrible picture of Geddy Lee.

        1. That is a terrible thing to say about Geddy.

        2. There are good pictures of Geddy Lee?

          I mean, no offense to Canadian Gollum, but I don’t think it boils down to a camera or lighting issue, is what I’m saying.

        3. What? That’s obviously Perry Ferrel.

      2. That’s probably a pint, or half. Blueberries ain’t cheap. Heck, a pound of cherries at my grocery is 8 bucks a pound.

        1. Yeah, I know, but if you’re going to give an explicit comparison you need to state the units for each commodity.

          And even if she had given that, she’d still be an idiot.

        2. cherries are always crazy expensive here in the Northeast. Goddamn, do I love some cherries…

          1. This is why I have four cherry trees, which produce gallons and gallons of fruit.

          2. Thanks for the reminder… *pick up dried cherries at Costco tomorrow*

            1. Costco fucking discontinued one of the only items I regularly buy there. The Wholesome Fruit & Nut Mix, which had walnuts, almonds, pistachios, dried cherries, and dried cranberries. I ate it almost every day. I damned near depended on it and they just go and stop selling it. Agh, total bullshit. So I didn’t renew my membership since I have little other use for them.

        3. Are two pounds of cherries at your grocery not 8 bucks a pound?

          1. No, they’re more expensive–8 dollars a pound, I think

      3. Per 2 liters, duh. This woman isn’t going to randomly compare two completely different things. She’s a highly respected legislator.

      4. We picked a bunch of blueberries locally for about $3/pound, which is a great deal. Out of season, blueberries can get pretty pricey.

      5. Corn syrup and water cheaper then perishable seasonal soft fruit….

        Will the wonders of the world ever cease?!?!

        1. What of. . .what of blueberry soda?

          1. It’s kinda cloying.

    3. I for one think it’s an outrage that twinkies are cheaper than grass-fed organic kobe beef.

      Won’t someone think of the fucking children alreadY?!?!?

      1. When they come for my instant ramen is when freedom dies for me.

    4. And WHY is coke so cheap? Who knows, but it obviously has nothing to do with corn subsidies.

    1. I started to get skeptical but I shouldn’t have. Obama is no longer useful to the cause and worse he is turning into a loser. Prog ideology is never to blame. The excuse is always “we just didn’t have the right people in charge”. So, Obama is going to have to go to the camps for the good of the cause.

    2. You watch. As things get so bad that even hacks like Sullivan can’t deny it and as to much time as passed to blame it all on Bush, the new meme will be what an out of touch buffoon Obama is. It will all be about how horrible Obama is as a way to get people not to realize that it is Obama’s ideology that is horrible not necessarily him.

      1. You don’t think they’ll actually say the stress was just too much for him, that the Bush regime so damaged the country that not even Obama could repair all the damage? That since term limits prevent it what we really need is Hillary to come in and continue the good fight to save America and the world?

        1. There will be some of that. But underlying that will be the assumption that Obama is a terrible President.

          1. I totally disagree. My money is on the “he tried so hard and sacrificed his health and sanity fighting for his ideals but the evil racist atmosphere in Washinton DC did him in – this is how we treated our first Black President” etc. etc.

            1. They have painted themselves into a corner. Either:

              1) Admit that Bammy is a failure and lose their base, or

              2) Admit that even the awesome Bammy couldn’t make government work and lose a different part of their base.

              There is no way to square the circle for them. But it will be fun to watch their attempt to do so.

          2. Believe it or not, I literally heard someone say “it’s all Bush’s fault” two months ago. It’s been about six years since he left office, the Obama supporters still can’t see the incompetence of Dear Leader, or the futility of their ideology.

            1. It’s amazing the influence they credit to someone they insisted was a complete idiot.

              1. He was an idiot, Chaney was the evil genius who worked Bush like a puppet /derp

              2. He was an idiot, Chaney was the evil genius who worked Bush like a puppet /derp

            2. Considering how many of Bush’s policies Obama has kept (or made even worse), this is not entirely wrong.

    3. And on Gitmo and torture in general, I’ve come to see that the Pentagon just isn’t to be trusted. And neither, alas, is the Obama administration.

      He is very sad that the administration can’t be trusted on this particular topic, but is still willing to be credulous on anything else.

      1. And not Obama but the “Obama Administration”.

        1. Poor Czar, always being misled by his corrupt advisers.

          No wonder he has to find out what’s going on from the newspapers.

      2. Alas? Doesn’t he mean “of course”?

    4. Call me when die-hard, brain-dead, sycophants like Eugene Robinson and Chris Matthews turn. Until then, meh.

  13. I don’t know if this got posted last week (I was pretty busy, so I didn’t look at too many threads), but in case not:

    Crazy lady goes on racist rant in a parking lot because a black guy scared her kids by starting his car. The best part? When she assures him that the cops will be on her side, because after all, “how many cops have I stripped for?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqdCWpUmP-Y

    1. A crazy lady recently accosted me, threatened me, and took pictures of me because she thought I had taken pictures of her house*. It was harmless enough, though irritating. I hadn’t been baselessly accused of being a hoodlum since I was a teenager.

      My thought afterward was, “Do black people have to put up with shit like this all the time?” Because, if so, that must get real old real fast.

      *I hadn’t, but so fucking what if I had?

    2. Cop: “We don’t know you, lady.”
      (Woman opens top to reveal her breasts)
      Cops, in unison: “Cherise!”

    3. Know what’s funny. She’s probably these types who do yoga and read meta-spiritual things and cries about all the hate in the world during a movie.

      In the end, she’s just a cunt.

      1. I’d actually be surprised if that’s the case. She seems like trailer trash, and I’m not aware of that demographic being into yoga and meta-spiritual stuff

        1. Yeah, I meandered onto her twitter account. But still, you never know.

          She’s a loud mouth’d shnook.

    4. Jesus, even the black guy has a yankee accent.

    5. He handled it surprisingly well. I wish that all “nigger” incidents were handled this calmly. It seems that so many black people treat hearing the word nigger leave the lips of a white person as a license to go into violent berserk rage. And everyone seems to think that’s ok.

      1. “He handled it surprisingly well.”

        He’s the one making a YouTube video.

    6. Wow, there sure are a lot of white racists in Alabama…wait, New York? OK, then.

  14. Bill Clinton has collected an estimated $100 million in speaking fees since leaving the White House, with millions more in book sales

    Time for another sexual harassment saga!

    1. I think Buzzfeed is far more than 35 dumb things.

      1. Then I guess you’ll have a whole lot to laugh at.

    2. What’s stupid in asking where in Brazil the World Cup will be held? It’s a big-ass country.

  15. “When a two-liter cola is 99 cents and blueberries are over three dollars, something has gone very wrong”

    I… I just don’t even… I mean, this is the island-tilting-over kind of retarded.

    1. This woman sees her ignorance of economics as something to be proud of.

      1. Wasn’t she the one in the background with Pelosi and Obama in all the photos of Obamacare signings and whatnot?

        So, she’s really proud.

        1. Probably.

          You see, it’s about symbolism. It doesn’t matter whether such legislation actually achieves its stated objective, just that the sponsoring politico gets to feel like she did something.

    1. They’re not that new.

  16. French look to sterilize Warty

    http://www.theguardian.com/env…..egregation

    1. If a bear is a problem, why not shoot the fucker? That must be too trop am?ricain.

      1. The French are asking the Obama administration to negotiate the exchange of the two French soldiers that went in to shoot the bear but ended up surrendering upon sight of him.

        The tense negotiations are starting to bear fruit, as early reports by unnamed sources claim that Obama has tentatively secured the release of the two men in exchange for three Caribbean islands and several mountain villages.

  17. When a two-liter cola is 99 cents and blueberries are over three dollars, something has gone very wrong,”

    But it was a good year for the soda harvest, so prices are low. Hardly any bottles spoiled in the fields or were drunk by roving flocks of teens.

    1. As if the Mexican soda packers would drink our filthy Coke when they have their delicious real-sugar soda waiting on them at the local bodega.

    2. By soda harvest, of course you mean corn.

    3. The Soda blight of 1982 was horrible.

  18. If You See Something Flask
    It’s not just a philosophy, it’s a list of instructions whispered to us in our weakest moments.

  19. That guy’s name in the picture is Mr. Dicks?

    1. Haha yeah I was wondering about that…

      1. And is she asking if it looks like she’s talking into a robot’s penis?

        1. I doubt that she’s as intelligent as Peter Griffin.

  20. Privileged Huffpo writer thinks he and everyone else is on welfare:

    I don’t receive checks from the government, but my college degree, my lack of debt, my experiences traveling abroad, my home, my family, and my current unpaid employment are all possible thanks to money that was doled out to me by someone else. That’s welfare…

    the genuine hard work of my grandfather was also federally-fertilized. The tubing business that my he ran was subsidized, just like all American industry is in some way, by the government. Public investment in education helped to prepare his employees. Public investment in infrastructure provided his company with systems for transportation, water, sewage, and electricity. Public investment in the war effort opened up a vast market for tubing. Public investment in an intellectual copyright system and the judicial system to defend those rights ensured that his company’s technology was safe.

    So when I hear someone talking with disgust about people who receive public assistance, well, that person is talking about me, too. And themselves. And everyone in this country who’s been able to build themselves and their families a financially-prosperous life.

    1. So the money his parents voluntarily gave him is totally the same as money forcible taken from me and given to someone I don’t know.

      Thinking like that is why the Huffpo writers get the big bucks.

      1. “intellectual copyright system” for his company’s technology? How about just saying “patent”?

        Seeing that makes me think he is getting paid by the letter, or is just really, really stupid. I wonder which one.

    2. From the church of ‘you didn’t make that’

      1. Govt makes itself too big to be avoidable, then takes credit for everything you do because you failed to avoid it.

        1. ^THIS

          Standard operating procedure since the civil war.

          1. Lincoln!

    3. Of course, there’s this pesky little thing called paying taxes that some of those people “on welfare” have to do.

      1. Ah, what came first, the taxes or the welfare?

        1. Obviously, the welfare came first. We’d still be living in caves and hunting wildebeest if it weren’t for government regulating our caves and taxing our wildebeest.

        2. The taxes.

          1. Wrong, mad scientist is right. In the beginning, there was government, which started dishing out free shit with no way to pay for it. Thus, taxes.

            1. First someone has to take credit for all the shit you’ve accomplished. Having established that, they then feel compelled to charge you for it.

        3. In all seriousness, that’s actually a good question. It’s related to the observation that it is very difficult, if not impossible, to determine what wealth is created today without having had some kind of government influence (e.g., if the government stopped maintaining roads, commerce would take a hit).

          Progressives use that gray area as evidence that the government is good for the economy. Their fallacy is that they assume that without government subsidies and transfers wealth would not be created. That may be the case in specific circumstances, but it is certainly not the general rule (those government-maintained roads could become privately maintained, for example).

          1. And a lot of people using the roads, etc. have already paid taxes for them.

    4. For progressives, the argument has to go that way, I’ve concluded. Since it’s reasonably inarguable that aggressive theft is wrong, the only way you can justify taking other people’s stuff is if you spend significant time and effort documenting in pseudo-logical chains why it isn’t really their stuff.

      “You didn’t build that”, far from being useless infantile and insulting blather, is actually the culmination of generations of philosophical refinement.

    5. This whole rhetorical tactic of “water down a definition until ‘It is everything, and everything is It’ is exceedingly common in progverse.

      Apparently every nation on earth outside the US is ‘socialist’ because there are higher taxes and larger social-welfare systems. Therefore, shut up about the death camps, etc. They seem to like to ‘universalize’ things and erase any meaningful distinctions so that disagreement means having to try and rebut something completely besides the point. (e.g. ROADS!!)

    6. the genuine hard work of my grandfather was also federally-fertilized

      LOL. Federally fertilized? Sounds like the Feds deposited something up his rear end as well.

      Is there an equivalent of the Stockholm Syndrome in the sexual assault world?

    7. I guess my father’s trucking business was federally subsidized, too, since they built the highways. Apparently all without the fuel taxes he had to pay.

  21. “When a two-liter cola is 99 cents and blueberries are over three dollars, something has gone very wrong,”
    Yep, mostly with the idjit who made the comment.

  22. http://freethoughtblogs.com/ph…..tally-ill/

    Libertarians are mentally ill.

    Also. Video comes with “trigger warning.”

    1. I missed this story. I don’t follow Molyneux. Anybody understand this story?

    2. ::mouses over link::
      ::sees whose blog it is::

      You couldn’t pay me to read that drivel.

    3. Myers is an idiot when he speaks about anything but biology. That is all.

    4. Noooooope.

    5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qyw3JwDcHZE

      Well, here’s the video he linked if you don’t want to give Myers the clicks.

      1. Quite honestly, since they get this audio from a third-party source, I have to say, I’m curious as to whether it has been edited.

        As I’ve said, I’m not a Molyneux follower, so I don’t know his opinion of women. But I could easily see how this audio was taken out of context.

        1. His podcasts are like 3 hours long, so everything is always out of context.

          I have a mildly positive opinion of the guy; it is tempered by his occasional batshit convictions. He got all Alex Jonesy when talking about Benghazi. ‘Talk Radio’ people are by definition, ‘hyperbolic’ by nature. Subtle is not really the preferred style.

    6. I see that my decision to stop following the skeptical movement was based on sound reasoning. The fact that their blogs were filled with hate-filled leftists was enough of a turn-off. The fact that they would believe libertarians are evil or mentally ill is evidence that the “rational” crowd has gone insane.

      1. Yeah…I mean, the skeptical movement used to be apolitical, even though the majority were left of center.

        Then, an anti-libertarian/feminist strain started to gain a foothold within the movement. Now, it’s much politically-minded. And when you’re movement already has a lot of left of center people, any political action also tends to be left of center.

        1. Oops,

          “And when your movement…”

      2. All organizations and movements that are not expressly libertarian are eventually captured by statists. Sadly, this holds for religions and irreligions.

  23. ” 1.1 million pages of documents relating to taxpayers shortly before the 2010 midterm election.”

    Look, you don’t have to be a rocket surgeon* to recognize when data is being converted into a different metric to make something seem ‘other’ than it really is – # of pages, particularly in reference to IRS information, is an absurd way to count something. It suggests whomever is touting the figure doesn’t think the “# of people actually being compromised” is impressive enough. OR simply think that ‘a million’ is memorably impressive.

    *thanks to whomever said this the other day.

    1. # of pages is an absurd way to count something

      Exactly. Notice that the font size, line spacing, etc. are *never* specified.

      1. cute.

        I was more thinking, if the purpose of said documents were about ‘taxpayers’, then the #of individual taxpayers info (illegally?) released to the FBI would be the relevant metric.

        1. Just funnin’ wicha, I hope. 😎

          1. bien sur

    2. It suggests whomever is touting the figure doesn’t think the “# of people actually being compromised” is impressive enough. OR simply think that ‘a million’ is memorably impressive.

      Or maybe it’s easier to count 1.1 million pages than it is to read through 1.1 million pages…

      1. Or whoever released the data believes that pages is so impersonal that it won’t have the effect as saying 350,000 people.

    3. We have this problem all the time in litigation document productions, people going on and on about the number of pages produced. Sure, not all documents are made equal but when the vast majority of documents being collected are ESI, document count is a better measure. I mean how many pages is a giant excel spreadsheet? Apparently for some fucksticks it’s 100s of pages because imaging that shit out makes total sense and isn’t completely worthless.

    4. Perhaps the number of “documents” is the only metric available at the moment. Is the number of people compromised known?

      1. 21 disks of tax returns for 12,000 501(c)(4) organizations covering an unknown number of actual individuals.

        from what i gather, what occurred was the kind of typical bureaucratic slip-up that occurs so often that people do them daily not even aware of the regulations, and that in this case the mistake became apparent only because of the scrutiny being applied by a congressional committee.

    5. 1.1 million pages sounds like a lot. BECAUSE IT IS.

  24. Hillary Clinton, who regularly charges hundreds of thousands of dollars to gab at people for an hour or two, claims theClintons were “dead broke” after Bill left office in 2001.

    It’s her own damn fault for going into the Senate instead of back into commodity trading.

  25. This is gonna piss some people off

    Colleges and universities are being educated by Washington and are finding the experience excruciating.
    They are learning that when they say campus victimizations are ubiquitous (“micro-aggressions,” often not discernible to the untutored eye, are everywhere), and that when they make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate. And academia’s progressivism has rendered it intellectually defenseless now that progressivism’s achievement, the regulatory state, has decided it is academia’s turn to be broken to government’s saddle.

    1. I think people here already know enough about it to be any more pissed off than they already are.

      1. I meant the SJWs. And apparently there’s already a response someone posted downthread from the Atlantic Wire.

  26. Hillary Says Clintons Were ‘Dead Broke,’

    She’s speaking of morality, right?

  27. “When a two-liter cola is 99 cents and blueberries are over three dollars, something has gone very wrong,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), revealing that she has no grasp of commerce but intends to introduce federal soda tax legislation anyway.

    If you don’t like how cheap soda is STOP SUBSIDIZING CORN.

    1. But EHTHUNOLZZZZZ!!!!!11!!!

      1. Shit, even Al Gore came out against it and apologized for pushing it. Let it fucking die.

  28. Maybe Hillary was misquoted? After 8 year in office, Bill’s dick was broke.

  29. Did violence shape our faces?

    What contributed to the evolution of faces in the ape-like ancestors of humans? The prehistoric version of a bar fight ?over women, resources and other slug-worthy disagreements, new research from the University of Utah scheduled for publication in the journal Biological Reviews on June 9 suggests

    University of Utah biologist David Carrier and Michael H. Morgan, a University of Utah physician, contend that human faces ?especially those of our australopith ancestors ? evolved to minimize injury from punches to the face during fights between males. The findings in the paper, titled “Protective buttressing of the hominin face,” present an alternative to the previous long-held hypothesis that the evolution of the robust faces of our early ancestors resulted largely from the need to chew hard-to-crush foods such as nuts.

    “The australopiths were characterized by a suite of traits that may have improved fighting ability, including hand proportions that allow formation of a fist; effectively turning the delicate musculoskeletal system of the hand into a club effective for striking,” said Carrier, lead author of the study. “If indeed the evolution of our hand proportions were associated with selection for fighting behavior you might expect the primary target, the face, to have undergone evolution to better protect it from injury when punched.”

    1. A doctor once told me that across all cultures, across all times, men have far more fractures on the left side of their faces, while women have far more fractures on the right side. The reason? Men punch men and backhand women.

      1. See? Gender inequality is also just a right-side left-side thing.

        GENE RODDENBERRY: GENIUS.

      2. Ah, so that’s Hex’s game. No one will know how to hit it.

    2. You must be from the west coast.

    3. So, the article is saying that even proto-humans recognized the concept of a punchable face?

    1. Cool site, Johnny. Thanks!

  30. I honestly don’t know the best thing to do with the Gitmo detainees at this point, but these options have occurred to me… yeah, I have an evil imagination:

    1) Try them all before a military tribunal, sentence them to death, then suspend the sentence and left them go, with the warning that if they take up their old habits, the sentence will be carried out by any means necessary, without warning.

    2) Left them all go, specifically thanking most of them by name for the valuable intelligence they have provided us. Then just let nature, in the form of their compatriots, take its course.

    3) Slip them all a little aflatoxin or whatever in their last week of meals, to make sure they all get cancer months after we let them go.

    1. Mandatorily relocate them to the home districts of war boner congressmen.

    2. What about the 70+ Guantanamo inmates that WERE tried by a military tribunal, found not guilty, but are still there because no one wants to take the political hit involved with actually letting them go?

      1. I missed that. I would give them diplomatic passports that expire in something like 48 hours, fly them to our embassies in their home countries, then confiscate the passports and kick them out of the embassy gates.

        1. There’s a big block of people there who were basically completely random people we scooped up, spent 10 years torturing, and now that we know we messed up, we’re afraid to let them go in case they’re pissed off by the whole experience and try to get even.

      2. Political hit for not releasing acquitted prisoners? Don’t you mean kidnapping and false imprisonment charges?

        1. You don’t think the other team is going to let a little thing like an acquittal stop the opponents of whomever lets them out from claiming dangerous terrorists are being released, do you?

          1. And yet many people *have* been released from Gitmo, so I don’t understand why the ones you are describing as having been found innocent are still there.

    1. That’s a reply to the article I posted upthread. He makes several factually incorrect statements in it. Contending for the Marcotte crown, I guess.

      I wonder, is it that they feel that their arguments are so poor that lying is the only way to push them, or is that they’re just too lazy to do any research?

      1. They write what feels good.

  31. Evil Patriarchal Penis-Wielding Rapists Resist Feminist Inquisition

    eter Yu, Drew Sterrett and Lewis McLeod were headed toward bright futures at prestigious colleges and universities when each got involved in one-night sexual encounters..

    All three young men claimed the encounters were consensual ? but the women asserted otherwise. In each case, campus officials found the men responsible for sexual assault and expelled or suspended them.

    But all three are pushing back, suing the schools on charges that their rights to a fair hearing were violated.

    As universities and colleges launch intensified efforts against sexual misconduct, more cases are shifting from campuses to courtrooms.

    Most are arguing that the college hearing process is unfair. In a new twist, some young men also are asserting that the college discipline process is skewed against them because of their gender, violating the 1972 Title IX law, which bans sex discrimination by schools receiving federal funds.

    How dare these rapists assert their legal rights! They are guilty! A panel of educrats has declared it so!

    1. men also are asserting that the college discipline process is skewed against them because of their gender, violating the 1972 Title IX law

      called it!

    2. Weren’t we told that this is a strawman?

      The college’s investigative report, performed by an outside firm, said both parties agreed on the following facts: Both had been drinking, she went to his room, took off her shirt while dancing, made out with him and returned to his room later for sex, asking if he had a condom. When friends stopped by the room to ask if she was OK, she told them yes.

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      The crux of the case was whether she was too drunk to understand what she was doing ? and whether he knew or should have known of her impaired condition.

      The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office concluded that witnesses agreed that both parties were drunk but “willing participants exercising bad judgment,” according to a report by its investigating deputy. The office declined to file rape charges, citing insufficient evidence. The college hired an outside attorney to examine the investigative report and offer a conclusion.

      1. The attorney, Marilou F. Mirkovich, found that the young man did not know that his classmate was too drunk to consent because he, too, was inebriated. But, citing the college’s policy that does not allow alcohol or drug consumption to excuse sexual misconduct, Mirkovich found that he should have known and was responsible for the assault.

        A sober person would have seen that the classmate had been swigging vodka, slurring her words, vomiting and walking unsteadily, causing her worried friends to remove her from his room, she concluded.

        Occidental officials affirmed the conclusion and rejected the young man’s appeal. In his lawsuit he argued that the college denied him the right to an attorney, failed to allow all of his questions to witnesses, refused his request for a three-person hearing panel and ignored critical evidence, among other things.

        1. Is that what they mean by a one party consent state?

        2. The attorney, Marilou F. Mirkovich, found that the young man did not know that his classmate was too drunk to consent because he, too, was inebriated. But, citing the college’s policy that does not allow alcohol or drug consumption to excuse sexual misconduct, Mirkovich found that he should have known and was responsible for the assault.

          So a woman may engage in sexual misconduct with a man, but a man may not engage in sexual misconduct with a woman? The woman is not responsible for sexually assaulting him, but he is responsible for sexually assaulting her because she was drunk while he was…also drunk?

          1. She is a FRAGILE SNOWFLAKE, and your cis shitlord attempts to SLANDER HER PURE NAME and SULLY HER PRISTINE REPUTATION are nothing but patriarchy-fueled hate-speech! It’s obvious that you are immersed in the RAPE CULTURE and that you know nothing about the difficulties of being a noble woman on campus alongside the neanderthals that populate the local frathouses! How are women supposed to exercise their divine right to higher education when surrounded by all these rape-eyed man-beasts????

            1. She is a FRAGILE SNOWFLAKE, and your cis shitlord attempts to SLANDER HER PURE NAME and SULLY HER PRISTINE REPUTATION are nothing but patriarchy-fueled hate-speech!

              Her name and reputation couldn’t have been that good to begin with, unless drunk sluts are now respected pillars of the community.

              It’s obvious that you are immersed in the RAPE CULTURE and that you know nothing about the difficulties of being a noble woman on campus alongside the neanderthals that populate the local frathouses!

              Don’t know what “rape culture” is. Don’t particularly care. Stop hanging out at frathouses.

              How are women supposed to exercise their divine right to higher education when surrounded by all these rape-eyed man-beasts????

              Put your nose in a book instead of the fratboy’s dick? Or take Miss USA’s advice and get your self-defense on.

              1. Dude, he was being sarcastic.

                1. @Coeus, I know, but I have to keep my anti-feminist skills sharp. Otherwise, I might fall victim to a Patriarchy/Othering combo and be left face down on the mat (sort of like how Ms. Model Occidental student ended up face down on a dorm room bed).

            2. What’d I say?

          2. This is an instant Title IX suit. Some enterprising lawyer is going to make enough money to fund a hookers and blow month for his or her law firm.

        3. I don’t even get how they were exercising bad judgement. They were both adults, they both wanted to have sex. They had sex. So what? Neither were injured, there was no violence, and she is apparently not pregnant. I don’t see the harm.

          1. He was probably all gross and stuff and her friends were, like, totally horrified she even liked him even a little.

  32. “When a two-liter cola is 99 cents and blueberries are over three dollars, something has gone very wrong,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.)

    I’m guessing that 2 liters of blueberries have just as much sugar in them as 2 liters of coke.

    1. Blueberries: 10g of sugar per 100g
      Coke: 9g of sugar per 100g

      1. The difference is, though, that most of you puny Normals can’t eat 2 kilograms of blueberries in a day, but drinking an entire 2-liter is no problem.

      2. But that sugar is totally different!

        1. 2L of blueberries would at least be a massive fiber bomb.

          1. massive fiber bomb

            I’ll take great band names for $400, Alex.

        2. The sugar is largely the same, probably the same amount of glucose and fructose, but the blueberries have fiber, which reduces the glycemic response to the sugar.

          1. We seem to be coming from the same place today, Juice.

    2. Those numbers, Jesse, will put someone like Bloomberg into a tizzy. “Should I ban blueberries because of their higher sugar content, or should I loosen restrictions on big gulps?”

      1. No, the path for Bloomberg would be clear, since he can screw with far more people by regulating soda than blueberries.

  33. O/T:
    I’m I the only one whose going to be mildly depressed, about E3 this year?

    1. Why? I generally skim over the announcements, but don’t follow it too closely, since it is one giant marketing event.

    2. You and anybody getting a paycheck from Nintendo.

      1. Aint that the truth.

  34. I’m late to this post. But, what the hell is that thing in the picture? Seriously, what the hell is that?

    1. Gollum isn’t looking so good.

    2. It’s Mr. Dicks, duh.

    3. Hex’s twin it-ling Shlorg.

    4. Mr. Dicks?

      1. Dude looks like a lady.

    5. That’s an example of what happens to one’s face after contorting it with unrestrained proglodyte rage over the course of a lifetime. Do you remember your parents warning you it would stay like that? They weren’t lying.

  35. The number of millionaires worldwide increased by 2.6 million last year, and 1.1 million of them are in the U.S.

    From the article:

    The world added 2.6 million millionaire households last year, showing that the rich are getting richer?and far more numerous, according to a report released Monday.

    How the hell do they figure that? All of these new millionaires were already rich?

    1. That second quote is ridiculous. It is so totally reveals the biases, idiocy, and lack of logic of the writer.

    2. The 1% are taking over lower percentiles!!! We have to stop them now!!!!

  36. This is kinda old, but worth bringing back up!

    Kinder smuggling ring broken up

    1. (BTW, this is satire)

  37. OK, which one of you is this? http://www.cbc.ca/thisisthat/b…..y2k-scare/

    1. He’s going to catch up on what’s been going on, buy an Xbox One and go back in.

      1. shit, as long as it had a good internet connection, a bunker doesn’t sound that bad.

        1. 1999? He might have DSL.

  38. Remember the crazy bitch from the Open Carry Texas article? She’s back.

    Girl cheats on a guy with his best friend. He tells her to leave him alone and she won’t. This is what they call stalking and harassment, right? She won’t stop so he gets more and more extreme in his responses.

    korensmith June 8, 2014, 5:06 pm Log in to Reply
    I’m torn on this; I don’t think he’s a horrible person for tweeting those things, I think he was just saying “Leave me alone” in 20+ different ways, it was immature of him to respond and rude/creepy of her to keep on harassing him. On the other hand I do think less of him for publicly humiliating her, it’s nothing to be proud of. He should have blocked her immediately and if she continued to stalk him he should have went right to the police.

    courtneycaldwell June 8, 2014, 5:09 pm Log in to Reply
    Yeah, if this girlfriend even exists (I really don’t think she does), she should have left him alone when asked. But his response wasn’t proportional.

    Miss “They’re allowed to be there, because laws privilege white assholes with guns. Fuck this state.” is now the arbiter of proportional response.

    1. But regardless of whether the ex-girlfriend is real, the public’s reaction to Zippermans shows, once again, what happens to women who dare upset men. When women step outside their sanctioned roles of submissive girlfriend/wife/daughter/sister, they deserve whatever comes next:

      So when you step outside of your sanctioned man role of money-provider/fixer of stuff/killer of spiders/equal doer of housework/listener of boring bullshit, you deserve the subsequent public bad-mouthing before friends/family/Oprah.

      Makes perfect sense.

  39. So the wee’un showed off his new trick by crawling across two rooms to get in a fight with the kitten, and then once separated, directly to the trash can. Jesus, fuck. I’m not ready for this. Can we give him back? I corralled him into a baby jail, but he’s getting restless and I haven’t finished my cocktail.

    1. Who won?

      1. The cat is the better range fighter, but the baby was bringing his opposable thumb and superior mass to bear when I separated them.

        1. Separated? You have to let it play out, or else your son might grow up to be a poorly-developed beta male with attachment issues and no capacity for critical thought. DO YOU WANT TO RAISE ANOTHER SADBEARD??

        2. Cats know jiu-jitsu and babies suck at fighting. There’s no contest.

          1. Maybe, but the kitten was just laying there, batting and getting ready to bite. The baby had a hand on the tail and a hand in the back fur. Everyone was going to be sorry in another minute.

            1. That’s what we experienced homeschooling parents call a Teachable Moment. Sit down with the cocktail and watch the learning happen.

          2. “Warty|6.9.14 @ 5:57PM|#

            Cats know jiu-jitsu”

            Cats are knife-fighters. If those animals had claws, it would have been over in no time.

            Or rather – they’d still be playing, but those fucking birds would have some respect.

        3. I would think the cat’s natural agility and speed would have decided the fight.

          1. If that’s the way it had to be, so be it. It’s the amtal rule.

    2. You’re looking at it wrong – start filming the two and you have a lucrative new source of income. An adorable version of bear baiting.

    3. I haven’t finished my cocktail.

      Your baby is just upset that you aren’t sharing. Dig out the sippy cup, stat.

  40. If We Ban Sex-Selective Abortions, Are We Being Racist?

    That’s the question raised by Slate writer Emily Bazelon. The premise Ms. Bazelon puts forth is that the growing movement to make sex-selective abortions illegal in the U.S. is based on racial biases towards Asians, who come from cultures where sex-selective abortions are most common.

    […]

    I took a look at the study cited by Bazelon. The first two sentences read: “Sex selection is the practice of attempting to control the sex of one’s offspring in order to achieve a desired sex. One method of sex selection is sex-selective abortion.” If this is the type of “logic” this study puts forth, the University of Chicago and the others involved are in big trouble. There are many methods of attempting to produce a child of one gender or another. Abortion is not one of those methods. Abortion does not produce a child of a specific gender; it produces a dead child. Abortion is not a method of sex-selection.

    1. It is estimated that about 163 million girls worldwide have been aborted since the 1970s because of their gender. Because of this, demographics are skewed in many countries. This results in more men being unable to find a wife, increased crime rates, and “a small but still significant group of the world’s women will end up being stolen or sold from their homes and forced into prostitution or marriage.”

      It is a sham and a shame that Salon, ThinkProgress and the authors of this study are crying “racism” about the banning of sex-selective abortions. The ongoing war on women (including human trafficking, spousal abuse, and laws that disallow women the most basic of rights) begins very early. The image of a girl shows up on an ultrasound, and a decision to abort is made. It has nothing to do with race, and everything to do with gender. If women who support abortion and the rights of women want to be truthful, they will decry this practice as the most elemental form of abuse against women.

    2. So, I lean towards making sex-selective abortion illegal, but Bazelon’s piece isn’t saying BUT TEH RACISM like the piece you linked to suggests. She is claiming that sex-selective abortion isn’t very common in the US, even among foreign-born Asians, so bans on it must really just be meant to help restrict abortion in general (a non sequitur, of course, but still).

      I haven’t looked at the TP piece.

      1. So I looked at the TP, and it is much closer to OMG TEH RACISM, though not quite full-on about it.

        Hilariously, the piece they link to to back the tendentious that bans on sex-selective abortion “damage women of color” claims that it is a problem in the United States, among Asians in particular (they just believe bans are an improper response).

        1. This is a case of needing to keep one’s story straight.

          Bazelon questions whether there’s actually sex-selective abortion going on, while the study you link to, also written by choicers says, “son preference, which can result in sex selection, is an issue.”

  41. Documents obtained by a House panel suggest that the IRS may have illegally given the FBI 1.1 million pages of documents relating to taxpayers shortly before the 2010 midterm election.

    Heads are going to roll now for sure!

    Hahahaha! Just kidding. The great part about being in government is there are never any consequences. Consequences are for little people.

    1. And if there are ever consequences, the taxpayers cough up the cash.

  42. “When a two-liter cola is 99 cents and blueberries are over three dollars, something has gone very wrong,”

    How much does a representative cost?

    Whatever the price, it’s too high.

  43. Someone snuck an article arguing for negative feedback in the climate system on RawStory.

    Remarkably, biological and geological evolution have generally produced cooling and this has compensated for the warming effect of our ageing sun. There have been times when compensation was too slow or too fast, and the Earth warmed or cooled, but not once since life first emerged has liquid water completely disappeared from the surface.

    Our planet has therefore miraculously moderated climate change for four billion years. This observation led to the development of the Gaia hypothesis that a complex biosphere automatically regulates the environment in its own interests. However, Gaia lacks a credible mechanism and has probably confused cause and effect: a reasonably stable environment is a precondition for a complex biosphere not the other way around.

    Other inhabited planets in the universe must also have found ways to prevent global warming. Watery worlds suitable for life will have climates that, like the Earth, are highly sensitive to changing circumstances. The repeated cancelling of star-induced warming by “geobiological” cooling, required to keep such planets habitable, will have needed many coincidences and the vast majority of such planets will have run out of luck long before sentient beings evolved.

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