A.M. Links: Snowden Reportedly in Plea Talks, Bergdahl Fallout Keeps Growing, Friendly Fire Kills Five in Afghanistan

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    Edward Snowden is reportedly in talks with U.S. officials over a possible deal that would allow him to return to the United States.

  • The fallout from the controversial Bergdahl prisoner swap continues to grow this week as lawmakers from both sides of the aisle sharply criticize the White House for failing to brief Congress on its plan to trade five Taliban fighters held at Guantanamo for captured Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
  • Five U.S. troops were killed on Monday in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan.
  • Insurgents have taken control of key areas of the city of Mosul in northern Iraq.
  • Hillary Clinton's new memoir Hard Choices hits the shelves today. Critics have described the book as a "low-salt, low-fat, low-calorie offering" and a "newsless snore."
  • "During the Obama administration, according to the Pentagon, police departments have received tens of thousands of machine guns; nearly 200,000 ammunition magazines; thousands of pieces of camouflage and night-vision equipment; and hundreds of silencers, armored cars and aircraft."

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  1. Edward Snowden is reportedly in talks with U.S. officials over a possible deal that would allow him to return to the United States.

    It’s. A. Trap.

    1. I thought the talks broke down when he noticed Eric Holder had his fingers crossed.

      1. They’ll certainly break down when Holder’s impeachment starts in earnest.

        1. Any chance of that actually happening? Seriously. The man has skirted the law for F&F, the IRS scandal and now the immigrant dumping a federal judge called him out on. Not only that, but he has been held in contempt of congress, willingly and knowingly lied under oath, refused to comply with court orders, etc etc etc.

          If they haven’t impeached that piece of shit by now, there’s no way they do it before the midterms. And once those are done, the GOP will be more concerned with not being labeled racists for 2016.

          Holder is not going anywhere.

          1. You’re probably correct, sloopy.

            Still, if the “articles” get out into the face of the public it’ll be one more nail in the Dems’ congressional coffin.

          2. You forgot the fake Black Panther voter intimidation scandal in Philly.

            You know – the one where no actual voters were intimidated.

            1. No I didn’t, prick. I never considered that a scandal.

              But I did leave out his abysmal handling of the VA, his refusal to rule on the Keystone pipeline, his shady handling of the Benghazi investigation IRT what we were doing at the “annex”, and a few others.

            2. You know – the one where no actual voters were intimidated.

              Is this the same district where the Glorious Leader received 100% of the vote?

              It really is so pathetic that after over 100 years of trying to create the New Soviet Man the shrieking imbecile is the best that can be produced.

              1. It really is so pathetic that after over 100 years of trying to create the New Soviet Man the shrieking imbecile is the best that can be produced.

                Soviet Australopithocene?

              2. The imbecile isn’t the only thing that’s shrinking, if you catch my drift.

          3. Unfortunately not.

            Thanks to the idiotic Republicans desire to extract revenge for Iran Contra by Impeaching Clinton over a blow job (yes I know he was actually being impeached for lying under oath and obstruction of Justice but there was never anything big enough there to justify impeachment hearings) there won’t be an impeachment of any high profile executive office official for the next 40 years at least. Any attempt to do so will be just written off by the American Public as partisan gamesmanship regardless of how dire the officials offenses were.

            1. Clinton was like 20 years ago, and the shine has worn off The One. I think the time is ripe.

            2. I’m more inclined to blame the guys right now who wouldn’t vote to impeach no matter what.

        2. No chance he gets impeached. Republicans remember that going after Clinton did them no favors with anyone but the party faithful. Dems loves them some Nixon nostalgia, but won’t go after a Donkey, and don’t want to give Elephants any excuses for more impeaching.

          It suits those in power to leave impeachment as a dust-covered tool on the back of the shelf. Too bad: I think Top Men should live in daily fear of impeachment.

    2. Hello.

      http://digg.com/video/norwegia…..ion-arrest

      Norwegians.

      /narrows gaze.

      On a side note, would American cops react the same way?

      1. I AM FROM LOFTEREN FOR FUCK’S SAKE AND YOU ARE A FUCKING JELLY

      2. The drunk sounds like he’s possessed by Beelzebub

    3. My first demand would be that it take place in February of 2017.

      1. Get a Presidential pardon on tape and broadcast to the world.

        1. You mean like so many campaign promises were broadcast to the world?

        2. “But we got a pardon from the President! It was on the radio!”

          “We don’t have a radio.”

    4. It’s. A. Trap.

      Let’s hope he has some real dirt on some “high ranking officials”.

  2. Justina Pelletier, kidnap victim, makes tearful plea to judge, asking to go home:

    http://www.foxnews.com/politic…..o-go-home/

    “‘All I really want is to be with my family and friends,’ the girl says, her voice faltering at times. ‘You can do it. You’re the one that’s judging this. Please let me go home.'”

    1. Oh man, been following this story.

      Massachusetts and DCF have been pure evil in this case.

      What the fuck? Let her go home already you assholes.

      1. If she said she wanted an abortion, they’d have no problem with that choice.

      2. There are allegations the judge is corrupt. This same judge refused to let her go the first time without giving a substantial reason.

        I have a liberal friend from MA who won’t even admit this is a story as he believes we’re not getting the ‘full story’ but the Howie Carr Show has done a great job following it.

        According to her family, her health has deteriorated under government care. This story is creepy to say the least.

        And all under Deval Patrick’s eye – a man some think can run in 2016.

        1. I miss David Brudnoy. I can’t believe this December will be the 10th anniversary of his death. He was great in following the Amirault story and the evil of Scott Harshbarger and Martha Coakley.

          1. Coakley is the one who had a hand in putting a mother, son and daughter who owned a day care in prison for a crime they didn’t commit? I believe she even had a chance to release them but refused as they languished for 20 years in prison. The mother died in prison.

            EVIL beyond words.

            That’s one cunt I wish nothing but ill upon.

            1. I think Violet Amirault only died after getting out of prison (and you’re a bit on the high side on the numbers), but yes, she and Harshbarger basically brainwashed a bunch of children into believing they had been molested, in order that they could advance their political careers.

              This, even after similar cases like the McMartins were thoroughly debunked.

              1. Didn’t Janet Reno do about the same thing in FL?

                I know the Amirault case was the biggest and worst, but those shit cases with kids seemed to be all over in the 80s/90s.

      3. Massachusetts and DCF have been pure evil in this case.

        Very true. I can’t imagine the mentality of someone who would keep torturing a little girl just because they fear losing face.

      4. Massachusetts and DCF have been pure evil in this case.

        Sickening to realize that all it takes is one old man in a black nightgown with a seafood mallet who thinks you’re being defiant, and your child can be kidnapped.

        1. According to the people helping the Pelletier’s, ‘defiance’ here is the father merely asking questions.

          And so what if he raised his voice? After what the government put them through?

          They’re lucky it wasn’t worse.

          I can’t imagine watching my daughter whither like this because of bureaucrats.

          Remember kids. It’s all for the children.

          Judge Joseph Johnston is just part of the cycle of evil.

        2. Remember, when Miss Lispy McGee prattles on about “collective responsibility” for raising children, THIS IS WHAT SHE MEANS!

          1. I was thinking about her and that exact same thing too!

            Melissa. Ooof.

      5. Forget DCF, someone needs to do something about the tin gods at Boston Childrens Hospital. This is not the first case of those fucks trampling all over a family by calling in DCF to guarantee them a nice lucrative patient.

    2. She needs to apply to become an emancipated minor. Then she needs to walk into the courthouse and confront the miserable cocksucker that’s forcibly kept her from her parents.

      1. Miserable cocksuckerS.

        Sounds as though there are many people involved in fucking this kid over.

    3. I hope they sue the holy hell out of every fucker involved in this.

    4. Does this family not own rifles? Oh wait, Massachusetts, never mind.

      1. I wonder if another state could refuse extradition.

        1. All I know is don’t take them to Cuba. Whatever happened to that poor family?

      2. I think they’re not even from there.

        Tell you what, if I was told to go to Massachusetts for care for whatever reasons, this case will remain in the back of my head. I’ve dealt enough with bureaucratic bull shit in health up here.

        1. Does Canada send its citizens to Massachusetts for care?

          1. Even socialized medicine isn’t that monstrous.

          2. It all depends on whether we can handle whatever ails a person. I’m sure we have but I don’t know that stats.

            1. Hmm. I assumed you had to stay in Canada for the gubmint healthcare.

              1. Nope. If you suffer from an ailment the system can’t handle, the province can pay for care elsewhere. Medical tourism does okay here.

    5. I’m not exaggerating here when I say that there would be a trail of dead bodies if they did this to one of my kids.

      A. Trail. Of. Dead. Bodies.

      1. The thing I never understood is why would the state want to even deal with this now? The family wants her back and all they’re doing is putting black attention on them. It’s so pointless it’s beyond rational.

        1. Black attention!?!!??!! Racist!

          1. ‘Carbon attention’ doesn’t have the same ring.

        2. Authority shall be respected or it’s no longer authority.

        3. I can answer: RESPECT MAH AUTHORITAH!

          These are the same guys that are judging the custody battle I am having with my ex wife. We have a very good judge, who is pretty fair and evidence driven. That’s pretty much the only good thing I have encountered about the system.

          The biggest problem is that great weight is given to the judgement of DCF investigators, social workers and child psychologists, a surprising percentage of whom are utterly unworthy of such trust because they have chosen their professions as a way of coping with some child hood trauma or mental health issue and who are thus not only not objective but prone to impose their narrative onto the weird situations they confront.

          1. a surprising percentage of whom are utterly unworthy of such trust because they have chosen their professions as a way of coping with some child hood trauma or mental health issue

            It’s a different field, I know, but of the 5 nutrition majors I have known well enough to learn about their past, all 5 dealt with eating disorders as teenagers (or continuing even later).

          2. Over the past couple years, my (immediate) family has learned that one of my cousins has serious mental issues and did a whole bunch of things growing up that we never heard about until now. She called the cops on her parents, claiming my uncle was abusing her, she ran away a few times, etc.

            Today she’s a respected psychologist who specializes in treating teenagers. Apparently she’s done good work on suicide hotlines, which is great to hear, but I’d seriously worry about her judgment if she worked a case like this.

    6. In March, Johnston issued a four-page ruling blasting Pelletier’s parents for being verbally abusive and complicating efforts to bring the family together.

      “Your lack of respect and deference to the people who have taken your child away from you is really complicating this process. How can we return your daughter if you won’t kiss the ring?”

  3. A little something for the earlier immigration article:

    Turning immigration into a tool of social engineering
    …In recent months there have been many interesting revelations about New Labour’s immigration policy, but in keeping with our era of dumbed-down political debate the revelations have either been downplayed or have been used to fuel conspiracy theories.

    At the end of last year, a former government adviser revealed that ministers frequently discussed ‘open[ing] up the UK to mass migration’. But their aims were as much political and social as they were economic. Indeed there was a ‘driving political purpose’: ministers’ belief that bringing in more immigrants would make manifest their ideal of a ‘truly multicultural society’ and allow them to ‘rub the right’s nose in diversity and render their arguments out of date’ ….

    1. Don’t let Shikha Dalmia see this, you nativist pig!

    2. What other rights should we hold hostage because somebody’s motive for supporting them might not be pure?

      1. This

      2. When the change would result in other rights getting less respect from the government, which is the lesser evil?

          1. When socialists seek to mass import pvotes to maintain their grip on power, what rights do you think will be left unimpaired?

            1. Allowing people to immigrate is not importing votes. Should we bar socialists from having children as well?

              1. They seem to do that to themselves just fine. Keeping them from taking over schools should be sufficient.

          2. Right. If we wanted to take that approach generally we could say ‘well, given our welfare state we can’t support drug legalization, because we’d be paying for addict’s treatment’ or ‘given crony capitalism we can’t support businesses spending on campaign speech’
            But no, it’s only on this issue dear to conservative’s hearts that we see some libertarians deviating from the NAP

            1. Do we need to go over that whole part about “I’m not a libertarian” again, Bo? Or do you really lack congitive function as you’ve repeatedly demonstrated?

              1. Dare is suggest that we need…an Arbiter?

              2. Fuck you American

              3. You’re not a libertarian, obvious and goody for you, but this a libertarian site so please don’t whine if people refer to libertarian principles in trying to judge if your liberty restricting proposals are persuasive

                1. do libertarian principles regularly support infringing on the rights of others? I suspect more than one Englishman could cite a couple of things that have been substantially effect by Labour’s multi-culti dream.

                  1. The act of immigration itself does not war eagle.

                    1. the act of immigration leads to a host of consequences, bo, not all of them beneficial to the natives. Something something foreseeable consequences something, as another poster likes to say.

                    2. the act of immigration leads to a host of consequences, bo, not all of them beneficial to the natives. Something something foreseeable consequences something, as another poster likes to say.

                      So does gun ownership.

                    3. So does gun ownership

                      there are restrictions on that, too.

                    4. there are restrictions on that, too.

                      And you’re okay with that? We should support restrictions on one right because there are restrictions on other rights?

                    5. Jordan, they’re rationalizing the abandonment of principle because of their overriding fear of a momentary advantage for profs and Democrats, it isn’t going to make sense

                2. You’ve already shown you’re unwilling to be persuaded of anything, so I’m just pushing trigger buttons on your Psyche, Bo. It’s easy to make you dance and shout.

                  1. Pushing my buttons? Friend, your invaluable to me. I’ve always argued these positions are pushed by conservatives posing as libertarians here and outed non libertarians such as yourself making the exact same arguments helps me out.

                    1. outed non libertarians such as yourself making the exact same arguments helps me out.

                      Bo Cara: the Snocone Hunter. No SnoCone is safe from….BO CARA.

                      *montage*

                    2. I know you’re happy in your simple, borrowed narrative, but I don’t consider anti immigration rights conservatives to necessarily be social conservatives, not at all.

                    3. I know you’re happy in your simple, borrowed narrative

                      That’s funny coming from a guy who does nothing but accuse various other posters of being insufficiently libertarian.

                    4. I love how you stick to your simple borrowed narrative all the while ignoring that another poster thought the comments were so non libertarian that the commenter was American.

                    5. another poster thought the comments were so non libertarian that the commenter was American.

                      Wait, do you have a Robin now in your neverending war on the insufficiently libertarian?

                    6. You should totally start the ‘fluffy is an arbiter’ narrative Virginian.

                      Look, even those libertarians that oppose immigration rights usually say this: ‘I guess technically stopping someone from moving from here to there is a NAP violation, but we have to break the rule to save it in other places.’ So the move starts with a break from libertarian principles. Now maybe on utilitarian grounds that move can be justified, but for someone to note that it starts with that break is not ‘being an Arbiter’ anymore than someone objecting to keeping drugs illegal to avoid welfare for addicts or restricting campaign finance to restrict cronyism is ‘being an Arbiter,’

                    7. So do you have a symbol or a uniform or something? How does Bo Cara: Libertarian Inquisitor distinguish himself from all the lumpenproles who can’t see the Truth?

                    8. You could have saved everyone time by initially saying ‘I really don’t have any substantive arguments here, just wanted to try out the schtick I’ve seen Restoras used ever since Bo got him to say that majorities should be able to use coercion to restrict transactions between consenting adults.’

                    9. You could have saved everyone time by initially saying ‘I really don’t have any substantive arguments here, just wanted to try out the schtick I’ve seen Restoras used ever since Bo got him to say that majorities should be able to use coercion to restrict transactions between consenting adults.’

                      Do you have a little notebook next to your computer where you keep the names of the impure?

                    10. outed non libertarians such as yourself making the exact same arguments helps me out.

                      Call the secret service and see if they’ll loan you a sarcasm detector, because if you think anything posted in an online forum is the whole and complete truth and not just fucking with other people, you’re delusional.

            2. it’s only on this issue dear to conservative’s hearts that we see some libertarians deviating from the NAP

              Bo is absolutely right on this issue, then he goes and says idiotic things like this.

              1. Does Bo think Tony is a libertarian because he posts here?

                1. Tony and PB make a lot of good points despite their deviation from libertarian orthodoxy, but the rest of you gliberati are just SoConz in disguise and unworthy of proper consideration.

                2. Tony is clearly not one.
                  Oh no, am an Arbiter for saying that?

  4. The fallout from the controversial Bergdahl prisoner swap continues to grow this week…

    “Hey, remember how we screwed over the veterans at the VA? Let’s talk about that again.”

    1. The last conversation I heard about this in public was blaming Republicans. Sometimes I really hate Massachusetts.

      1. They’ve never properly funded the VA. That’s the whole problem!

        1. That was one of the exact “criticisms”, yes.

  5. Hard Choices would be a great name for an erotic memoir

    1. Hillary stole the title from her husband. Though it originally had the subtitle – The Blue Dress Diaries.

      1. Fifty Shades of Semen

        1. Where is Teenage Girl when you need her?

          1. Registration pretty much killed her.

        2. Close But No Cigar

      2. Thrusts and Issues

    2. That’s more a short adult story from the woman’s perspective in a devil’s threeway.

  6. Critics have described the book as a “low-salt, low-fat, low-calorie offering” and a “newsless snore.”

    Nothing in it makes a difference at this point.

    1. “low-salt, low-fat, low-calorie offering” – pretty much the opposite of what Bill offered up.

    2. Critics have described the book as a “low-salt, low-fat, low-calorie offering” and a “newsless snore.”

      Why would Hillary Clinton write a book about Michelle Obama’s school lunch program?

      1. To remind you that there are other first ladies out there almost as terrible.

  7. “THE TUAM TANK: ANOTHER MYTH ABOUT EVIL IRELAND

    “The obsession with Ireland’s dark past has officially become unhinged.

    “For proof of the maxim that ‘A lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on’, look no further than the Tuam 800 dead babies story. Courtesy of a modern media that seems more interested in titillating readers with gorno than giving us cool facts, and thanks to a Twittermob constantly on the hunt for things it might feel ostentatiously outraged by, the story about babies being dumped in an old, out-of-use septic tank by nuns at a home for ‘fallen women’ in Tuam in Galway made waves in every corner of the globe. Then, a few days later, having finally strapped its boots on, the truth – or at least a more sober analysis of what might have really happened in Tuam – staggered on to the stage. And it was a very different story to the fact-lite, fury-heavy tale that had already gone round the world….

    “On almost every level, the news reports in respectable media outlets around the world were plain wrong. Most importantly, the constantly repeated line about the bodies of 800 babies having been found was pure mythmaking.”

    http://www.spiked-online.com/n…..5cB-PldVW_

    1. But Bo was so excited about it!

    2. How dare you challenge a meme with objectivity!

    3. “Mr Quinn said many of those in the mother and baby homes were put there by their parents “because the social conservatism of Ireland at the time was such that [pregnancy out of wedlock] brought dishonour on the family and was in total conflict with the teachings of the Catholic Church”.”

      http://www.irishtimes.com/news…..-1.1825782

      1. brought dishonour on the family

        Dishonor

        1. Are Honor Killings among Catholics more or less abhorrent than those among Mooselimbs? Discuss. Show your work.

      2. “The Minister said the facts about the homes should be brought together in a “coherent” form, as some of the headlines printed internationally were “quite horrendous and gave a very mistaken impression of what actually happened”.

        “”I have read much of the stuff over the weekend that is now in the public domain and it is quite different to what in fact the banner headlines were suggesting when this story first broke,” he said.”

        1. Bo Cara Esq.|6.6.14 @ 9:02AM|#

          Catholic, Pro-Life Utopia?

          “[quoting the Washington Post] More than five decades after the Home was closed and destroyed ? where a housing development and children’s playground now stands ? what happened to nearly 800 of those abandoned children has now emerged: Their bodies were piled into a massive septic tank sitting in the back of the structure and forgotten, with neither gravestones nor coffins.”

          1. (I meant to put ellipses before the quote from the WaPo)

            1. Ok, all those babies died and were put in unmarked, sometimes mass graves, just near the septic tank. Is that supposed to make this a no story? My point was Quinn’s, that a social conservatism that criminalizes reproductive choice and stigmatizes out if wedlock births gets you something like this: young, pregnant women in government supported charity homes in miserable conditions

              1. and stigmatizes

                What’s wrong with stigmatizing someone? You are not violating the NAP.

                1. The NAP is a baseline for judging acts of government, not an encapsulation of all morality. A town which makes interracial dating a crime violates the NAP, a town which does not but stigmatizes it does not, but they are a bunch if immoral jerks.

                  The stigmatization made it so that these women were less likely to be able to take care of themselves or get support from their families so they had to turn to these Church homes which got a per capita amount from the government.

                  1. Don’t forget the 800 babies in the septic tank.

                    1. Ok Eddie, just near the tank. Wow, that solves everything!

                  2. so they had to turn to these Church homes which got a per capita amount from the government.

                    Right–now they just get the subsidies directly from the government and cut out the middleman.

                    1. Something about two wrongs…

                    2. Something about two wrongs…

                      …doesn’t really apply here.

                    3. Really? So direct welfare payments you oppose but welfare payments to third parties you’re ok with? Because I oppose both.

                  3. The NAP is a baseline for judging acts of government, not an encapsulation of all morality.

                    Another ex cathedra proclamation from Bo Cara! All must give their assent, for ipse dixit!

                    Bo has come, Bo has risen, Bo shall come again!

                    1. Going lord, are you a child? You’ve never heard a discussion among libertarians as to whether the NAP answers all moral questions or just political ones?

                    2. You’ve never heard a discussion among libertarians as to whether the NAP answers all moral questions or just political ones?

                      That’s the point. Instead of acknowledging such a debate exists, you just made a proclamation and expected no one to call you on its validity.

                      Of course, being able to conceptualize the inner mental lives of other people is always a problem for folks “on the spectrum”, like you, isn’t it?

                    3. I’m taking one side in that argument, and arguing that side is the better one. This upsets you, why?

                    4. Because you are presenting your argument disingenuously.

                    5. How so? There are people that think the NAP is all there is to morality and people who say it is not. I think the second and I said so. What, was I supposed to say something about the view I think is wrong or else I’m disengenous?

                  4. a town which does not but stigmatizes it does not, but they are a bunch if immoral jerks.

                    Free speech is now immorality, so sayeth the Botard.

                    1. So you think there can be nothing wrong with racist speech, huh? I mean, the only moral question with any speech is whether the person has a right to say it?
                      Sheesh

                    2. So you think there can be nothing wrong with racist speech, huh?

                      Aggression is wrong. Speech is not aggression, therefore speech is not wrong. It may be rude or false or offensive, but it is not morally wrong.

                    3. If you think racist speech and views are morally ok we’ll just have to agree to disagree

                    4. If you think racist speech and views are morally ok we’ll just have to agree to disagree

                      Translation: I have jack shit for an argument, so I’m running like a bitch.

                    5. I’m not running, I just don’t see the worth in trying to convince someone that thinks racist views are ok that they are not.

                    6. someone that thinks racist views are ok that they are not.

                      Well when you find that someone, you can argue with him.

                      I said this:

                      Speech is not aggression, therefore speech is not wrong. It may be rude or false or offensive, but it is not morally wrong.

                      Dishonest cunt.

                    7. …I just don’t see the worth in trying to convince someone that thinks racist views are ok that they are not.

                      Virginian never asserted that racist views were ok. You are arguing disingenuously, again. Tune your reading comprehension skills and come back. In the meantime, you lost this argument so let it go. We still like you, but you have officially gone from worthy opponent to mendacious cunt in this particular instance.

                    8. He said they were not morally wrong, no?

                    9. He said they were not morally wrong, no?

                      He hath not denied that he did comport with the witches, and the Devil.

                    10. I said this:

                      Speech is not aggression, therefore speech is not wrong. It may be rude or false or offensive, but it is not morally wrong.

                    11. Right, I said racist speech is not a NAP violation but that it is immoral. You said it is not.

                    12. Of course, when I spoke of stigmatization I was thinking of actions such as not hiring or contracting with an unwed mother or interracial couple, but I’m guessing you’d say since such is free association it can’t be immoral

                    13. that it is immoral

                      Prove it.

                    14. This is where I said we have to agree to disagree if you need me to prove to you that racist views are immoral.

                    15. Pummel that strawman. God you’re such a rhetorical badass. He’s just standing there, he has no rebuttal. Straw is flying left and right as Bo shows the scarecrow who’s boss.

                    16. Straw man? Read my 10:38 and your response at 10:40

                      Look, you made the common error of confusing what one had a right to do with whether what one did was right, and now you’re running in circles from your own pronouncement

                    17. lol Bo knows! He always knows.

                    18. And you obviously don’t, as your inevitable retreat to childish catch phrases demonstrates.

                    19. I mean and with an ‘lol’? Are you a twelve year old girl?

                    20. And you obviously don’t, as your inevitable retreat to childish catch phrases demonstrates.

                      I know few things. I know what a whining quim looks like.

                      Please, oh so smart boy, demonstrate how speech can be immoral.

                    21. Because the views are immoral. Interestingly, you seem to be arguing that the views are immoral but not when spoken

                    22. So let me get this straight. You think that speech can be immoral, yet you’ve appointed yourself the guardian of True Libertarianism?

                      What kind of True Libertarian believes in immoral speech?

                    23. Because unlike you I don’t confuse my rights with what is morally right.

                      Libertarianism says nothing about whether two timing your wife other than that no one should coerce you either way, but a libertarian can find it morally wrong.

                    24. Libertarianism says nothing about whether two timing your wife

                      lol you worthless cunt, libertarians are very strongly against breach of contract. It’s one of the main fucking points. Try again.

                    25. And speaking of whining quims, after all your song and dance you now concede that you did not think racist speech immoral, right?

                  5. The NAP is a baseline for judging acts of government,

                    I thought it was a baseline for judging the acts of individuals.

                    1. Fair enough, you’re right there. But it’s still just a baseline, not the end of all moral criteria

                  6. Stigmatizing immoral behavior does not make one immoral.

                    The NAP is about more than just government action. Its about human interaction with each other.

                    But, yes, its just a baseline.

                    Im going to apply YOUR (and my) immigration standard. The fact that immigration causes problems with other areas due to NAP violations elsewhere doesnt mean immigration is bad.

                    The fact that stigmatization of unwed mothers causes problems with other areas due to NAP violations elsewhere doent mean stigmatization of unwed mothers is bad.

                    APPLY YOUR OWN FUCKING STANDARD FROM UPTHREAD.

                    1. It’s not the same standard at all.

                      One is about how a violation if the NAP is a necessary but not sufficient cause of something being morally wrong

                      The other is a utilitarian argument, which I reject, that says that there is a NAP right to immigrate but we must violate that right to save other rights

                  7. The NAP is a baseline for judging acts of government, not an encapsulation of all morality.

                    So now you are outing yourself as not being a Libertarian but a Leftard? I am certain that you tried the “No true scotsman” in this very thread. With regards to immigration, the NAP is written in stone. With regard to other things, it just depends on how you feel?

                    It is as if you did not argue in good faith.

                    1. No, the NAP is never to be violated. That’s what a baseline means Marshal, there may be other things required but no thing can violate it at the least. There’s no inconsistency there

              2. stigmatizes out if wedlock births

                so we should champion these as an outcome to strive for?

                1. If you are going to stigmatize anything there stigmatize not being able to support yourself and any kids you have. What’s wrong with an in married mother and father who take care of their own kid? To me that’s better than a married couple that takes my taxes to raise their kids

                  1. If you are going to stigmatize anything there stigmatize not being able to support yourself and any kids you have

                    You mean, by having them out of wedlock? It does make it harder to support yourself and your kids. I think there may even be studies on this.

                    1. Harder? If it’s the not being able to take care of them that’s the problem why not stigmatize that rather than something correlated not perfectly with it? Those kind of generalizations strike me as contrary to dealing with people morally as individuals, not groups

                    2. something correlated not perfectly with it?

                      If we lower something that is correlated to the problem, won’t the problem also be lowered? I am not dealing with groups, but individuals who are pregnant out of of wedlock and the impact it will (most likely) have on their and their child’s life.

                    3. Lowering something by opposing something imperfectly correlated with it lowers the first thing in the same way that shooting into a crowd of mostly but not all thugs lowers the number of thugs.

                    4. Yes, stigmatizing is exactly like shooting into a crowd.

                  2. What’s wrong with an in married mother and father who take care of their own kid?

                    stop channeling Obama by attacking the argument that no one is making. Single-parent birth is often stigmatized because the result is the opposite of the scenario you describe. Why, there are numerous places in America that serve as living laboratories to the social disaster that this practice often leads to.

                    1. Lots of in married parents support their children and raise them well. Should they be condemned? If you think the stigmatization should be based on whether the parents are married, yes, but if it should be based on support or nonsupport, no. To judge all non married parents because a lot of them don’t support their kids is to think like the prog who treats all the members of some class the same because most of them have some characteristic

              3. Were the conditions of the charity homes worse than the rest of poverty-stricken Ireland? Were the homes the result of “stigmatizing out of wedlock birth”, or simply a desire to keep the mothers and children together and alive in the face of abject poverty?

                1. The stigmatization made it less likely the women could get employment or aid from families and friends. As to your other question, it’s common for those living off charity during generally hard times to live worse than average

                  1. that’s okay, bo; we’ve past stigmatization to full out subsidization, if not endorsement, of out of wedlock birth. Happy days indeed.

                    Single mothers need not worry about whether friends or family will help because govt is ever-ready to step into the breech. Something about incentives.

                    1. I’d agree that subsidizing is an evil itself.

      3. Pecksniff returns

        1. Peck ‘n’ Sniff

    4. The greater the indignation…

  8. “During the Obama administration, according to the Pentagon, police departments have received tens of thousands of machine guns; nearly 200,000 ammunition magazines; thousands of pieces of camouflage and night-vision equipment; and hundreds of silencers, armored cars and aircraft.”

    Just wait until the DoD start retiring carrier groups.

    1. Stop resisting and procedures will be followed!!

    2. “Chicago PD’s newest marine patrol unit, the former USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79), docked at Navy Pier today…”

      1. An important tool in preventing Canadian prescriptions from entering the US.

        1. An important tool in preventing Canadians prescriptions from entering the US.

          Fixed.

        2. Those aren’t the kinds of drugs local law enforcement uses military handmedowns for.

  9. Cuckold puts up his ex-wife’s wedding dress for sale. If you’re interested, it’s harlot-sized

    1. Aren’t there harlots of all sizes?

  10. Everything is political:

    At this point the Lana segments are just an excuse for Vince to take shots at the Democratic president, aren’t they?
    It isn’t “I’ll give her the old ‘evil foreigner who hates America’ gimmick” so much as “I’ll use her to illustrate what badasses like Putin think of America since we have such a pitiful weakling in the White House instead of a real manly man like Mitt Romney. That’s what Fox News has been telling me, after all.”

    It’s not that I’m a huge fan of everything Obama does or anything; IMO some of his policies are good, while others are far too Bush-like for me to be comfortable with. But as far as jumping on the workout video goes and holding that against him, that’s just stupid. Fine Vince, okay, it’s not all power-lifting, it’s not imagery that makes you go “Holy shit, is that guy ever strong!” But if being ripped were the only thing that mattered in a president then please explain, Vince, why you think that people in worse physical shape than Barack Obama?namely Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush?were such great leaders.

    (As for Putin, he is in fact much less of a badass than he’d like people to think.)

    by Some Dude Somewhere on Jun 9, 2014 | 11:32 PM reply rec flag

    1. why you think that people in worse physical shape than Barack Obama?namely Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush

      I’d say both of them were in better shape then Obama, at least at equivalent ages.

      As for Putin, he is in fact much less of a badass than he’d like people to think.

      He’s an ex KGB agent who wrote a judo textbook. Not some lame memoir about his absent daddy. Putin is a badass by an reasonable definition of the word.

      1. Progs used to wet themselves when they saw pics of Obama body surfing in Hawaii — now, show them a vid of El Douche working out and have WWE make fun of him with a fake Russian and they act like its the worst thing ever.

      2. Jimmy Kimmel’s mock “Putincize” commercial the other night was the perfect take on the whole thing.

  11. Another man soon to be let down

    Broadway Joe defends Johnny Football

    I wonder if he really wants to kiss him.

    1. Was heard to mutter, “I still look better in a dress.”

    2. Namath is probably the most overrated player in the history of the NFL.

      1. …whose last name isn’t Manning.

        1. Nah, Namath is still more overrated than Eli.

          Though if Eli somehow manages to make the Hall of Fame…

          1. Oh, God, Please no.

            I can’t believe.

            Not one but two rings.

            1. He’s doing a decent job making sure that doesn’t happen. He’s already lead the league in interceptions 3/10 years in his career (I still can’t believe 07). If he can just have one more 20+ INT season I’m pretty sure he’ll seal his fate.

        2. No, Namath truly is the most overrated player in history. At least Peyton has several years of high-level stats to point to. Eli’s rated right about where he should be for an average QB with two Super Bowl rings.

          Namath’s in the HoF for two reasons that have very little to do with a career of excellence–the Super Bowl III win (in which he played like shit and the Jets D dominated), and the media hype over his lifestyle. Yet you have guys like Jerry Kramer, Randy Gradishar, and Alex Karras, who actually performed on a high level for several years, were completely snubbed.

      2. Meh. Namath has a legitimate argument to having been the best QB in football for a couple of years before injuries caught up with him and managerial incompetence ruined his team. He’s a borderline HOFer whose fame put him over the top, and he’s viewed as such by everyone I’ve ever met except inveterate Jet haters.

  12. “During the Obama administration, according to the Pentagon, police departments have received tens of thousands of machine guns

    Let me be clear. Weapons of war have no place on the streets of America.

  13. …lawmakers from both sides of the aisle sharply criticize the White House for failing to brief Congress on its plan to trade five Taliban fighters held at Guantanamo for captured Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

    It’s all about you, isn’t it, Congress?

    1. I about to write something less succinct.

      1. Does anyone know what USG has been doing in Afghanistan for the last decade?

  14. Bergdahl-gate. It’s the cover-up, man. So many fake scandals!

    1. Serious question for you, PB: do you cup the balls when you suck Obama’s dick?

      1. Only when Barry pinches his nose shut and goes for the tonsils.

    2. How is breaking the law a fake scandal?

      1. “It’s not illegal when the president does it!”
        /choco Nixon

      2. It’s TEAM BLUE breaking the law. That makes all the difference.

      3. Do yourself a favor and watch Jon Stewart’s takedown of all the conservative douchebags breaking their necks changing their positions on Bergdahl-gate.

        http://thedailyshow.cc.com/vid…..he-hate-is

        1. So, if someone breaks the law, it’s no big deal if it makes conservatives look hypocritical or something. That’s your argument?

          1. Can we please stop treating the sockpuppet like it’s people? It tries to get your attention by writing down mendacious bullshit. It lives for your attention. Starve it to death.

        2. because no one in the history of mankind, let alone politics, ever changed his mind on anything.

          No, wait; Obama changed his mind on gay marriage as I recall. And drones. And indefinite detention. And and and.

          1. He’s also changed his mind on Bergdahl a few times. Latest is that Hagel made the final decision, not Obama

            1. And then Obama was so furious about it, he held a Rose Garden press conference to reveal the terrible news.

      4. Does the law in question deal with pow swaps in war or negotiating with terrorists? Just curious

        1. Well, this is what the article says. It matches what I’ve read elsewhere. I haven’t bothered to look up the actual law though.

          Members of Congress were not informed about the prisoner swap deal despite U.S. law requiring that the House and Senate be given 30 days’ notice before any prisoners are transferred from Guantanamo.

          1. Oh, it’s a Gitmo specific law. I think if the Congress is really serious about this being a ‘war’ on terror then those people are POWs and the CiC has the authority to make swaps. Having said that, Potus must answer politically for their decisions and this one was so stupid and incompetent it almost defies belief even among the cynical.

            1. Yep, to me it’s less about the law (Obama has the authority to do this under his war powers as he said in his signing statement on the law –guffaw!) than basically giving up POWs with no conditions or promises from the Taliban to negotiate with the Afghan govt. Read about how pissed they are since they had no input.

    3. Don’t feed it, people. Happy Troll-Free Tuesday.

      1. I wish I could say that Shriek is a legitimate troll. It’s really more of the village idiot, stumbling around yelling incoherencies at random people and objects, desperate for a response.

      2. TFT? I thought it was Thursday. My mistake.

  15. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick: “We’re in a political campaign, and the candidate is Uber and the opponent is an asshole named Taxi”.

    Just when I thought I couldn’t like Uber anymore than I already do. This dude’s a fucking boss.

    1. He’s 95% boss. If he loses the stupid pink mustaches then he’s totally boss.

      1. I thought that was Lyft, no?

        1. Correct.

          1. Oops, my bad.

        2. Why their motto isn’t “Do you even Lyft, bro?” is beyond me.

          1. It’s so simple but so genius.

  16. Caffeine-infused panties do not destroy cellulite

    http://jezebel.com/shocker-law…..1588255259

    1. Another kinky sex option for people who like coffee.

      1. Why would I waste perfectly good coffee on my nether regions?

        1. Butt-chugging ain’t just for vodka!

    2. Caffeine-infused panties

      Nice band name.

  17. “Sir, insurgents have taken control of Mosul.”

    “How can you be so sure, Major?”

    “We read their giant, “Mission Accomplished” banner.”

  18. I was just checking the primary ballot here in SC and we have a guy named Joe Farmer running for Commissioner of Agriculture.

    1. In Texas, we had a Tom Cotton on the republican ballot for Ag Commissioner. He didn’t win/

    2. Charles Bronson was the FL Dept. of Agriculture secretary for a long time.

    3. Richie Farmer was Ag Commissioner in KY for a while. He is in jail now. He won by being a famous UK basketball player.

      He, at least, was an Ag Major.

  19. Memphis police officer arrested and charged with…

    …trying to rob a Make-A-Wish family of their gift cards the foundation gave them.

    http://wreg.com/2014/06/08/mem…..sh-family/

    1. It’s asset forfeiture. They’re lucky he didn’t shoot their dog.

      Besides, procedures were followed.

    2. Probably got the idea from the mayor of Baltimore.

    3. Well in his defense, TN has yet to ban pre-conviction asset forfeiture. He’ll get a paid vacation, but procedures were followed.

      1. I’d like to state categorically that Timrekgrun is not a sockpupppet of me.

        1. We’ll believe you for now, but if he starts discussing old movies and upstate NY events…

          1. or whinging about page load times on his Commodore 64

            1. LOAD “*”,8,1

              PRESS PLAY ON TAPE

              1. LOAD ERROR

                *curses, rewinds tape for 8th time*

                1. {Spits coffee} I’m dyin’ over here!

                  Now I have to find an emulator so I can play Below The Root and Infernal Runner again.

          2. I still find it an oddly specific denial.

            Has someone accused him of socking Timrekgrun in another thread?

            1. Notice he hasn’t denied any of the rumors of his nocturnal activities with sheep.

              This also makes me think of Erlich’s stunt in Silicon Valley.

    4. What an idiot.

      Hasn’t he read the training manual? First you say you smelled marijuana outside the home, so you go in. Then you say you found some drug “residue”. THEN you seize the gift cards using civil forfeiture.

  20. lawmakers from both sides of the aisle sharply criticize the White House for failing to brief Congress on its plan

    They get pissed when they get treated the same as the Plebs.

    They’re special.

    1. There was a legal requirement to inform Congress – so basically Congress can claim they’re a stand-in for the public – contempt for the former implies a contempt for the latter.

  21. Edward Snowden is reportedly in talks with U.S. officials over a possible deal that would allow him to return to the United States.

    One crucifixion, coming up.

    1. Upside down, in a tidal pool, yes?

      1. I thought gibbeting below the high tide line was reserved for pirates.

  22. The bill would require doctors to keep women on life support regardless of family’s wishes

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will soon decide on a bill that could require hospitals to keep pregnant women on life support, regardless of her family’s wishes.

    The bill, which passed the Louisiana State House of Representatives last week, specifies that if a woman is at least 20 weeks pregnant, she must be kept on life support.

    State lawmakers say the law would protect healthy fetuses from meeting an untimely demise as a result of the mother’s condition. Abortion rights groups oppose the legislation, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

    http://time.com/2851030/pregna…..by-jindal/

    Thank you, Piyush “Bobby” Jingle!

    1. It’s a fake scandal.

    2. Jindal just vetoed a bill to allow consenting surrogacy agreements between adults. All of your reproductive decisions is his

      1. Bullshit. This is a narrowly written law that only applies when a woman is declared brain dead. I would liken it to the state not permitting a family member from forcing a woman to get an abortion against her will.

        Sorry, but surrogacy laws aren’t, and shouldn’t be, applicable when there are three parties involved and one of them isn’t represented.

    3. So they pass a law designed to help a human being develop properly when their mother is brain dead.

      How the fuck is this even the remotest bit controversial? Barring the mother writing a living will saying she wants an abortion if she’s brain dead, I don’t see how they could do anything but keep the woman on life support.

      If I can’t make a woman I’m married to get an abortion on demand then how can I essentially do the same if she’s brain dead and on life support?

      1. It is controversial because support for abortion has become a death cult. To people like shreek, not killing the fetus is a crime.

        1. Indeed. For many of these people the starting premise is “Earth is over-populated”.

          1. Worst. Meme. Ever.

        2. That’s an interesting take on it, but I suspect it’s less about being a death cult and more about the hyper-solipsism of the modern age. Raising a child involves a degree of sacrifice and responsibility that many people just can’t handle emotionally. Very few abortions are due to the reasons that most people would support–rape, incest, health of mother or fetus/baby in jeopardy.

          It’s telling that people will have an abortion because it’s not convenient for them to do so, but apparently taking 30 seconds to put on a condom or getting Plan B the next day is even too much work for them.

          1. Not to mention the apparent contradiction in the fact that women need to be provided birth control free from taxpayers they’ve never met, while the man they have sex with is apparently off the hook.

            “Strangers need to fund my birth control so I can have sex with men who refuse to!! No?! Misogynist!!11”

      2. I’m not familiar with the bill. Does it override a living will that states the woman does not want to be on life support if brain dead? If so I see that is being controversial.

        1. I’m honestly not sure, which is why I made sure to include that in my first post on the matter. If she has a living will, I would think an abortion would comply with the current law on the books in LA. But barring that, there’s no way anyone else should have the right to pull the plug on her since it impacts another developing human being.

          1. Normally only the mother has the right to abort, but if she is brain dead then she is legally dead. At that point I would think the father would inherit the right to abort since the mother is no longer able to make that choice. It should be up the the husband/father in the absence of a will to make that choice instead of the state.

            1. Your stance is far too reasonable for a discussion which includes abortion.
              (Again, my position: it’s the software, not the hardware, that makes those little pink things human. No software, no person.)

              1. I’m not really pro-abortion but if current law grants the right to the mother then it should be passed to the father when she is no longer able to make that decision.

    4. I am a firm believer in abortion rights but honestly I can’s see the outrage on this.

      At 20 weeks the Fetus is almost viable outside the womb and if keeping the woman alive on life support for 3 months would allow the baby to be born healthy I see no reason why you wouldn’t do so.

      The only real issues in question is who is paying for the life support and who gets custody of the baby (since if her family was willing to pull her off life support and terminate the pregnancy they probably don’t want the baby). As long as the law has the state paying the costs of keeping her alive and arranges an adoption of the baby this is probably not a bad law.

  23. “During the Obama administration, according to the Pentagon, police departments have received tens of thousands of machine guns; nearly 200,000 ammunition magazines; thousands of pieces of camouflage and night-vision equipment; and hundreds of silencers, armored cars and aircraft.”

    They want to be ready for the vast Teabagger insurrection.

    1. You will not be surprised when the Las Vegas killers are pointed to as a reason for this and they will be pointed to as mainstream Teabaggers.

      Not that an MRAP would have helped save the lives of two cops ambushed while eating donuts.

  24. The former contractor is viewed by supporters, many of them anti-American leftists and anarchists, as a whistleblower

    Really? How about those of us who just don’t want to be surveilled? Surely we’re not all anti-American leftists and anarchists.

    1. As much as I am ready for Obama to leave, I’m not looking forward to this kind of bullshit when the Repubs get in power again.

      1. Too true. I love Cruz, but he’s ragging on Paul for his foreign policy stance and I bet that includes NSA – I think only Paul would be serious about making NSA and the Courts follow the Constitution.

  25. Hillary Clinton’s new memoir Hard Choices hits the shelves today.

    I was wondering why I came across an ABC News Special of her last night while I was looking for the hockey game.

    Thankfully, the team that plays in the Most Overrated Arena on Earth lost again.

    1. Madison Suck Garden?

    2. MSG is an evil place. It was built where the old Penn Station used to be. The old Penn Station was one of the greatest Beaux Arts buildings in the world. They tore it down to build a dismal set of office buildings, a dismal looking arena and the world’s most depressing underground train station.

    3. And don’t forget it is home to the most overrated franchise in sports, the New York Knicks. Why a perennial loser like the Knicks are considered a premier NBA franchise is beyond me. They haven’t won a title since 1973 and only won that one because John Havelchek got hurt. They are nothing but the Clippers in a worse climate with an owner who hasn’t yet been unlucky enough to have his mistress record their phone calls.

      1. Don’t forget the Anouka Brown-Sanders thing.

    4. Your wish is coming true.

      1. Jonathan Quick was playing out of his gourd last night. Amazing.

    5. The only sad I.have about.this.is.that John Tortorella is not having to feel this.pain.

  26. YES!

    Cleveland cop body camera’s closer to becoming a reality
    Updated: 10/16/2013 12:25 pm EDT

    Cleveland City Council members have taken the first big step in getting cameras police officers will wear on their bodies during patrol.

    Council’s public safety committee approved specifications so the city can now collect bids to buy the cameras.

    The city has committed to spending $800,000 for three years. The cameras are likely to cost several hundred dollars each.

    The Safety Director predicts they will actually be on the street by the middle of next year.

    Community activists have long complained that Cleveland police record very little of their activities with patrol car cameras.

    The body cameras will allow people exactly what happens when officers are driving or at a scene.

    1. That last paragraph is missing a few words.

  27. Critics have described the book as a “low-salt, low-fat, low-calorie offering” and a “newsless snore.”

    How can that be? Hillary said there was no need to turn over her SecDef notes to investigators because the book contains all the information.

    “Ohhhhhh ….. OH!!”

    /Edith Bunker

    1. In fairness to Hilary, it is not like she has ever done anything notable and besides, what difference does it make?

      1. Ah, I see you do not miss the Big Picture.

      2. She did help run an unauthorized war in Libya for God knows what reason.

    2. Well, it’s number 4 on Amazon, but has anyone read it? And, if so, why?

      1. Yes people have. Why? Because the magazine or newspaper they work for pays them to read books and write reviews.

    3. Sounds like it was ghostwritten by Michelle Obama.

    4. Sounds like it was ghostwritten by Michelle Obama.

  28. A measure aimed at grounding an upstart airline offering affordable fares for transcontinental travel appears headed for a vote in the House of Representatives.

    The transportation appropriations bill is seen as a vehicle for an amendment targeting Norwegian Air International’s new service at U.S. airports, airline officials were told by consultants.

    Norwegian Air International, headquartered in Ireland, says it is offering economical fares and improved customer service for international travelers and providing new job opportunities in the United States. But union leaders, who have leaned on the U.S. Department of Transportation to deny Norwegian’s application for low-fare international services, claim the competing airline has engaged in unfair labor practices.

    At issue are the actions of Norwegian Air International, the newest affiliate of the Norwegian Group, which obtained an air operator certificate in February from the Irish Aviation Authority in Dublin. Under the U.S.-EU Open Skies Agreement, an Irish airline can operate among all European cities and all cities in the United States.

    http://dailysignal.com/2014/06…..al-travel/

    Unions fight the scourge affordable binge travel.

    1. claim the competing airline has engaged in unfair labor practices.

      Statements like this always make me picture overweight men in suits stamping their feet and crying, “It’s not fair!.”

  29. Dolphin Sex Rears Its Sleek, Grey Head Again

    “It was sexual on his part – it was not sexual on mine, sensuous perhaps.

    “It would just become part of what was going on like an itch, just get rid of that we’ll scratch and we would be done and move on.

    “I was there to get to know Peter, that was part of Peter.”

    1. How long before the first dolphin rape?

    2. From the comments:

      Protip: as I learned reading the now-defunct dolphinsex.org (DON’T JUDGE ME), male dolphins can shoot semen some 14 feet (four meters) through water. Do not let them do that in any orifice, or you’ll be explaining some substantial soft-tissue damage with the worst story ever.

      Or the best, I guess. I don’t know your life.

      Female dolphins, on the other hand, apparently have muscles in places you’ve never imagined, and do all sorts of … things that we humans can only dream of.

      1. Eewww!!

      2. Warty is intrigued.

      1. People just yell at me.

        1. That has more to do with your ever encroaching dementia.

          1. I outta take you over my knee. Fetch me a switch!

              1. I saw part of a movie last night that had Mario Van Peebles playing his dad interacting with a young Mario. That has to be cathartic.

    3. It would just become part of what was going on like an itch, just get rid of that we’ll scratch and we would be done and move on.

      She must be killer in bed…

    4. Wet Goddess

      Set at the height of Vietnam protests, Jimi Hendrix and LSD, Wet Goddess is a story of strange encounters, awkward misadventures, and ultimately, love.

      The Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed section is awesome…

      1. Once you’ve bought this, what else is there to buy except for tinned fish?

        A one-star review of this tome:

        So Tragic
        By Solanum (Altrincham UK)

        The existence of this book really saddens me.

        Some years ago my dog wrote a similar book about how he used to hump my leg.

        I felt so betrayed. It was just awful.

        The only silver lining in my situation was that I was able to express my dissatisfaction to the dog so that he understood how hurt I was by having his testicles cut off.

        I am just glad that the dolphin is no longer alive to see this.

      2. I don’t want that in my viewing history.

    5. FTA: a researcher who participated in a NASA-funded experiment to teach dolphins to speak English,

      OK. Hold the fucking phone. How much did this impossible project cost?

      1. It was the Cold War. Don’t tell me that you wanted those dolphins speaking fucking Russian or Chinese!

    6. When my wife was a Marine Biology student in Galveston she worked with a dolphin rescue group and was often in the water helping rehab them.

      She told me that there were several males who would often sexually gratify themselves by wrapping their prehensile penises through her legs

  30. Miss USA: “Women should learn self-defense!”

    Internet: “RAEP CULTURE!!!!

    1. She just keeps getting better doesn’t she?

    2. “We should teach women self-defense to prevent sex crimes?” tweeted Maggie Miller. “Uh, how about we teach men not to rape.””

      People actually think like this?

      1. I saw a billboard yesterday that had a picture of a clean-cut guy with glasses and a short beard that read:

        “He said NO. Do you know what that means?”

        And then something about rape prevention.

        1. Well, we know what YES means.

          1. 100 no’s and one yes means YES!

      2. Okay. But what about the guys who don’t want to learn that lesson? Should women just lie back and think of Ryan Gosling?

        1. This whole “rape prevention via advertisement and hashtag” is just another example of leftwing semantic based bullshit. They can’t actually lower the rate of real rape via hashtags. But they can redefine rape to mean any sex which is not viewed as a positive experience by the woman at some point in the future as rape.

          Just like they did with healthcare. They can’t make it so they everyone has healthcare. But they can redefine healthcare as health insurance, and make sure everyone has a nice paper card. Which won’t actually get them a doctor, but that’s not the point.

          These people play with statistics and believe they’re actually affecting the real world.

      3. yeah, let me tell you: as soon as my son is born, I am going to give him all the best raping techniques. Not only is it ok, but recommended.

        Seriously, I hate feminism so much for its lack of brain power.

      4. No, they don’t think like this. They avoid thinking as much as possible. They emote like this.

    3. Who are these people who are teaching men to rape?

      1. Any product of pop culture that doesn’t specifically appeal to the Jezebel-reading demographic.

        1. Is Sugarfree part of this demographic, smarty pants?

          1. Nothing free of sugar appeals to Ms. Lindy West.

    4. Here’s Miss Pennsylvania’s rape comments.

      I thought this competition was all about escapism

      1. “If you know me, you know that I have always been vocal about my story and an advocate for sexual assault and rape…”

        Umm.

    5. The questino is based on a faulty premise.

      1. questino

        I like it.

        1. questino

          I like it.

          Plus, great band name board game name RPG name YA book series TNT series…fuck it.

          Yeah, I like it, too.

  31. “I was there to get to know Peter, that was part of Peter.”

    Now, do Olaf, the polar bear.

  32. “Both Mr. Assad and the jihadists represent a challenge to the United States’ core interests. Mr. Assad heads a regime that is an affront to human decency, and his vicious tactics have caused a flood of refugees that could destabilize the region….

    “First, the Free Syrian Army needs far greater material support and training so that it can mount an effective guerrilla war….

    “Cash for small salaries, together with reliable supplies of food, medicine and ammunition, would also put the moderate armed forces on an equal footing with the Qaeda groups that have long offered these enticements to recruit Syrian fighters. The Free Syrian Army commanders often pleaded with me for such basic items….

    “We don’t have good choices on Syria anymore. But some are clearly worse than others. More hesitation and unwillingness to commit to enabling the moderate opposition fighters to fight more effectively both the jihadists and the regime simply hasten the day when American forces will have to intervene against Al Qaeda in Syria.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06……html?_r=0

    1. I think we have a great choice in Syria, continue to let our enemies murder each other. I am not seeing a downside of Iran being sucked into an endless slog trying to prop up their only ally in the region while various Jhiadists go to fight and die in Syria instead of causing problems other places.

      It offends the Obama people’s tiny brains to think that a drawn out war in Syria could be in the US best interests. And besides, they don’t care what US interests are. They have a world to save. So, we will no doubt try to find some way to intervene and turn a win into an epic loss. But they will mean well and that is all that really matters isn’t it?

      1. I don’t think it’s only Obama’s narcissism. The Saudis clearly want Assad out and a Wahabbist friendly government in Syria.

        And yes, having terrorists backers like the Saudis and terrorist backers like the Iranians duke it out with no clear winner isn’t really harmful to we Americans.

        OTOH, Al Queda planned 9/11 when headquartered in Afghanistan, while participating in another proxy war between Iran and a Saudi ally, Pakistan: the Northern Alliance were Iranian backed, and the Taliban were backed by Pakistans ISI, the Saudi Royal Family and by Osama Bin Laden’s private funding.

        1. Your last paragraph makes a fair point. that said, the only way to prevent Syria being used as a safe haven for terrorists is to invade the place and run it like we did Iraq. That is not going to happen.

          I don’t see a better option than letting it continue and be happy they are killing each other. Do we really want either side in charge?

          1. If I had a choice, I’d prefer the Iranians. Persians have a much greater cultural affinity to we Americans than the Bedouin Arabs.

            Also, the Russians, wanting to preserve their refueling station naval base in the Med, would also be a stabilizing influence.

            I don’t trust the Saudis. The way they had their clerics preach Jihad against Americans and send their disaffected youth to die in Iraq was pretty reprehensible.

      2. The US should supply food and meds to all sides. Good PR and no military involvement.

        1. But then we’re definately helping the bad guys!

          1. *sarcasm notice for whose whose detectors aren’t working.

    2. Is the Levant really governable as a cobbled together country called “Syria”? It wasn’t in the 2500 years before 1946 – we are just seeing the end result of wishful thinking on the part of foolish diplomats.

      1. Is the Levant really governable as a cobbled together country called “Syria”?It wasn’t in the 2500 years before 1946 – we are just seeing the end result of wishful thinking on the part of foolish diplomats.

        I understand your point, but is it really fair to judge the region on those merits? The Levant was under the thumb of various imperial powers for most of that stretch, after all. Whether Syria would have survived as an independent entity during that period is largely a question we can’t really answer.

  33. Teacher Pulls Knife On Students, Demands Ride to Jack in the Box

    NBC News 4 reports that a Los Angeles teacher allegedly drunkenly pulled a knife on students in their car Saturday night and demanded they take him to the fast food chain Jack in the Box. The teacher, 34-year-old Edward Maust, was charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, and criminal threats after surrendering to the police Sunday afternoon.

    The alleged incident began when three of Maust’s 17-year-old students at Arroyo Pacific Academy recognized Maust on a street corner at around 9:30 pm Saturday. Maust asked the students for a ride, and they said yes. Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputy Tony Moore notes, “They immediately noticed that he was intoxicated. They didn’t feel safe. They got out of the car and he ordered them back into the car.” After that, Maust allegedly pulled out a knife and demanded the students drive him to get fast food. One of the students managed to call 911, and Maust got out of the car and fled once he realized a police helicopter was tailing them.

    1. Ass, gas or grass. No one rides for free, Teach.

    2. Yet another reason to ban fast food.

    3. What the fuck? These kids are idiots. Just give the drunk a ride, take video, change into his class, and do fuck all your senior year.

      1. We had a teacher (algebra) in our high school who was drunk pretty much every day. One of our guidance counselors was.on.the.sauce.constantly.

        It’s amazing I learned anything in high.school I’ll admit I was not so.good.in math due.to largely shitty teachers–only our geometry teacher and maybe the trig guy were worth.anything. Our calc teacher was.constantly embezzling fro, the.Math Club funds (which sound ridiculous.until you realize the Math Club was.the.most.popular.club in.school.because every year they took massive trips to “scout” colleges. One year they went to that bastion of mathematical excellence, UNLV, for a lesson in, er, probability.

    1. Intermittent squirrels from my perspective. The usual. 8-(

  34. I am having trouble replying to posts today so when all of my rants appear out of threadline at the bottom of the page, that’s why.

    1. One day, we will all be The Late P Brooks

    2. I always knew PBrooks was your sockpuppet.

  35. This won’t end well. Snowden should just wait until Rand Paul is president and ask for a full pardon.

    1. He could marry a lovely Russian gal and take up subsistence farming. There’s no easy exit strategy, as Bowe Bergdahl quickly discovered.

  36. Redshirting Kindergarten. I’m hoping to have my wife convinced to boycott instead of redshirt.

    My son will be 5 in late July. The cutoff in our state for Kindergarten is “age 5 prior to August 1.” My son has been screened by our local public school and deemed intellectually and developmentally ready to start school. It never occurred to me to deviate. However, nearly every parent, and more than a couple of educators, that know when his birthday falls related to the cutoff, seemed surprised that I would be sending him “so soon.”

    1. I had a friend who started first grade at like 4 1/2. I was 5, and many of.our.classmates.were 6. For years we heard from other people’s parents about.how.irresponsible.it.was.to.send him to.school so.early. He and.I.were.consistently #1.and #2 grades wise.all through the 8th grade together. When.his.academic performance was recognized, the talk.shifted.to how he.would be.emotionally.and socially behind everyone.else. that was proven.incorrect.too.

      Now.he’s a VP at some e-payment firm.in.Florida and must be raking.in.serious.cash.

    2. As someone with a mid-July birthday, I suspect it may have been better if I’d been held back a year and started kindergarten when I was six instead of five. Mom was raising me on her own, though, and basically needed the taxpayer-funded babysitting service at that point.

      1. I have a July birthday as well. I probably would have done better if I had started at six. Not so much in kindergarten but as I got older. Being 13 in class with kids who were 14 or sometimes even 15 made it hard.

        1. Fall birthday here and wasn’t the youngest in my cohort. Cutoff was end of October or sometime in November when I started. One of my friends was one of those 15 year olds and frankly he was one of the most immature ones in our class. That only mattered through middle school. High school was almost completely mixed classes based on ability/academic achievement.

          Fuck the squirrels. Those rodents need to be held back a couple of years in a big stock pot.

    3. My parents had me repeat 7th grade because I had surgery on my ankles and missed a couple of months of school. Funny, because the school wanted me to skip 8th grade for the same reason (because I did the two months worth of work in about a week). I have an august birthday and I can tell you that being 16 before your sophomore year starts and 18 your entire senior year is pretty sweet.

      1. I have an august birthday and I can tell you that being 16 before your sophomore year starts and 18 your entire senior year is pretty sweet.

        One of my buddies got his driver’s license right after we began our sophomore year. Even driving around in his little old beater car in the early 90s (the fucking thing had a choke, for god’s sake), we still felt like badasses for not having to walk to school anymore.

  37. Lefty rag tugs forelock over low-friction hiring:

    “Elance-oDesk links freelancers to jobs worldwide”
    […]
    “But his story also illustrates how such marketplaces drive down wages, as their worldwide reach means that U.S. freelancers compete against cheaper overseas workers.”
    http://www.sfgate.com/technolo…..hc-bustech

    Or, by driving down costs, it makes jobs where there were none and products that wouldn’t otherwise exist.

    1. The real fear: that the braindead leftwing women in the HR department will be rightfully rendered obsolete.

    2. I worked for a guy who hired some ddesigners in developing countries using oDesk. He saved them from chronic unemployment and even bought them new computers after a while.

      If you think that is somehow a bad thing, you probably hate people and shouldn’t be trusted on any political issue.

  38. News from the Deadenders desk.

    The narrative has been firmly established: Marijuana use is innocent, a pleasurable pastime with few if any harmful effects. Those who caution that making pot legal might create significant problems have been laughed off as alarmists or old fuddy-duddies.

    A sobering new article in today’s New England Journal of Medicine may startle some people out of this hazy-dazy reverie.

    A report titled “Adverse Health Effects of Marijuana Use” from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the federal government’s National Institutes of Health, summarizes the latest research into marijuana use.

    It’s a compendium of drug warrior talking point for the last 75 years. They Bowdlerized it, though; no OMG NIGRAH SEX FIENDS!

    1. So, all of the funny has been taken out. Damn.

    2. To be fair, Christian Scientists aren’t big on any drugs.

      Except the opiate of the masses, of course.

  39. A sobering new article in today’s New England Journal of Medicine may startle some people out of this hazy-dazy reverie.

    “Moreover, this buzzkill will no doubt harsh many mellows.”

  40. Snowden should just wait until Rand Paul is president and ask for a full pardon.

    Fuck that. Appoint him to the Supreme Court.

  41. Buffett set to invest $15 billion more in solar/wind – double his previous bet.

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/…..07991.html

    This is the way to handle AGW – by letting the market do it. Sometime around 2020 investment in coal-fired plants will finally be over. And the anti-science wingnuts won’t have to moan about cap and trade.

    1. It’s a guaranteed return for Buffett since he he has the resources to pay off politicians to ensure subsidies and tax breaks for his businesses. There is a market involved, but it’s a market in power and favors, not a true market of legitimate commerce.

    2. Berkshire has been able to plow so much into renewable energy because it can use tax credits to offset profit at other businesses, Abel, the 52-year-old CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, said yesterday.

      Markets indeed.

    1. Very cute! Kudos for rescuing him.

    2. That’s a cute dog. I have a beagle, he’s a great dog but I wish I’d gotten him a puppy. He’d probably be better behaved.

  42. Is Buffet going to partner up with that other free market stalwart, T Boondoggle Pickens?

  43. Five U.S. troops were killed on Monday in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan

    Five U.S. t

    Last to die for a mistake? Let’s hope so.

  44. So, I’m thinking of going out and voting against Eric Cantor.

  45. BP approved for first commercial drones in USA. In AK.

    http://www.nasdaq.com/article/…..0610-00610

  46. The plea deal better include alt-text.

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