Americans Rejoice as Congress Goes into Hibernation, White House Wants Halbig Reversed, Dick Morris Says Obama Resignation Wouldn't Surprise Him: P.M. Links

The U.S. Congress has begun its August recess, having accomplished little.

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    The U.S. Congress has begun its August recess, having accomplished little.

  • The White House has asked the full D.C. Court of Appeals to reverse the Halbig decision.
  • Political pundit Dick Morris—known for making hilariously wrong predictions—said that he "wouldn't be surprised," if President Obama resigned from office. (Most rational people would indeed be surprised.)
  • Forensic examiners have ruled Eric Garner's death a homicide. Garner was allegedly choked to death by police for selling cigarettes on the street.
  • The first trailer for Disney's "Into the Woods" was released. The highly anticipated film is based on the famous Stephen Sondheim musical of the same name. It comes out on Christmas.

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  1. The U.S. Congress has begun its August recess, having accomplished little.

    Best possible outcome.

    1. Hello.

      “Forensic examiners have ruled Eric Garner’s death a homicide.”

      This is getting interesting.

    2. No shit. Can we make this recess last until maybe … forever?

      1. Yeah, you know you’re not in the mainstream when you start cheering a government shut down and hoping it will last forever.

      2. Be careful what you wish for–permanent recess is just what Obama pines for.

        1. “Barack Obama, he’s our man!
          If he can’t do it, no one can!”

      3. Someone on this forum once said “Complaining about a do-nothing Congress is like complaining about a do-nothing rapist.”

    3. The House is still in session.

      1. I don’t know why they bother. The Senate under Reid is so dysfunctional, they might as well recess until the Senate actually passes something for a change. (SLD, I’d rather nothing passed.)

        1. They’re doing it to mess with my Friday afternoon.

    4. Dodged that bullet.

  2. The U.S. Congress has begun its August recess, having accomplished little.

    The libertarian spring has finally begun!

    1. The US Congress can’t do a little ’cause they can’t do enough.

        1. Add one Witchey Poo.

      1. I used ta do a little
        but a little wouldn’t do
        So the little got more and more
        I just keep tryin’
        ta get a little better
        Said a little better than before

        1. +1 Dancing with Paula Poundstone

          1. She won’t leave me alone!

  3. Forensic examiners have ruled Eric Garner’s death a homicide.

    He has been charged posthumously with his own murder.

    1. Right? If he had an accomplice with him at the time that person would have been been charged in his death, since he was committing a crime that invoked the police response. Using the mangled logic of the current system I’m surprised this wasn’t ruled a suicide.

      1. since he was committing a crime that invoked the police response

        Except he wasn’t. Exactly why they jumped him remains a mystery, but it wasn’t because he was selling single cigarettes. Because he wasn’t.

        1. Contempt of cop is a capital offense.

    2. Forensic examiners have ruled Eric Garner’s death a homicide.

      And if you think a cop will do time for said homicide, you’re dreaming.

  4. The White House has asked the full D.C. Court of Appeals to reverse the Halbig decision.

    Democrat appointed judges. I wonder the outcome.

    1. The case was always going to go to the Supreme Court anyway.

      1. Not if Halbig is reversed. As it stands, it creates a split in the Circuits which generally leads to SCOTUS review.

        If the DC Circuit agrees that the words on the page and the legislative history don’t matter, the feelz and intentions matter, then I doubt SCOTUS takes this one up. They gotten beaten bloody during the last big OCare case, and let us know they are eager to shirk their Constitutional duty, so . . . .

        1. Same thing I was thinking.

          Isn’t Brown on the DC Circuit of Appeals, though? She’s not likely to rule in favor of socialism if she’s part of the full panel.

    2. “Democrat appointed judges.” I didn’t lookup the judges on that court, but it’s likely that at there are some R-appointed judges on the court. Remember these are lifetime appointments.

      1. I read something about Obama’s recess appointments tilting the D.C. circuit liberal.

  5. What a way to go:

    102-year-old man dies in ATV accident

    LAGRANGE, N.Y. — A 102-year-old man died Thursday in Dutchess County after the all-terrain vehicle he was riding overturned in a creek.

    Neil Pearson was riding the ATV on his property when the accident occurred and he was pinned under the ATV, the Poughkeepsie Journal reported. Police and the Dutchess County Medical Examiner’s Office were alerted to the incident after a 911 call.

    The Daily Freeman reported that Pearson was a “very active” man who regularly took his ATV for drives.

    1. Disappointed. Would have been cool to see how long he could have lived.

      Who knows? Maybe up to 126!

      1. “Then the LORD said, ‘My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal; his days will be a hundred and twenty years.'”

        1. I know a lot of people who got ripped off.

          1. The Cathars were right.

    2. This has to be someone’s fault!, we need laws to…. uhh, he was too old to produce any future revenue? Well, just bury the old fuck already.

      1. But don’t you dare try and bury him on his own land. http://www.nbclosangeles.com/n…..97671.html

    3. I hope he was running from a pack of angry husbands a third his age. That or preparing to jump off and wrestle a bear are the only two things that could make this story better.

      1. I hope he was running from a pack of angry husbands a third his age.

        Now I’m picturing a 102-year-old man on an ATV fleeing a pack of angry husbands with pitchforks and torches.

        (How did all the husbands find out about this guy at the same time, and despite their outrage were able to organize an angry mob, and stop by their garages to get pitchforks and torch-making tools first?

        1. The dude was 102 years old, whipping around on his ATV, you think a bunch of dudes born in the mid 70s could take him singly? Fuck no. A bunch of hipster husbands were sitting around drinking PBR and talking about how their wives were flaunting their cuckoldry. And then they thought it would ironically cool to chase the guy down with torches and pitchforks. He was gonna let them have their fun, lead them off, then go visit their wives when he had this accident.

        2. clearly they are all married to the women who work at the Rosie the Riveter themed garage in town.

        3. He mass-emailed them with videos of his dastardly debauchery.

  6. Night Vale NRA Bumper Stickers

    Guns don’t kill people, organ damage and blood loss do.

    1. Still looking for one that says “Guns Don’t Kill People, Bullets Do”

      1. You could probably sell those via CafePress, Zazzle, or whatever without lifting a finger. And should, that is funny. I’d buy one. It would look good next to the GOA sticker on the back window of my pickup*.

        *Side note: I have never been to a tractor pull.

        1. “Guns don’t kill people. I do.”

      2. How about, “Guns Don’t Kill People*”

        *Unless, of course, you use a gun to administer a fatal beating on someone.

  7. Lancashire foot-sniffing teacher sentenced for child sexual assault

    A teacher who admitted sexual assault by sniffing the feet of schoolchildren in Lancashire has been spared jail.

    Wow, am I out of touch. I had not a clue that foot sniffing was a thing. Explains a lot of weird things in Congress. Hairy Read, for example.

    1. You’ve never heard of foot fetishes?

      1. Why, yes. I have heard of the foot fetish thingy. I had no idea, NONE, that *sniffing feet* was a thing.

        But then, I am a rather uncultured parochial living in flyover country.

        1. Rule 34 and its corollaries. If you can think of something, there is a fetish around it and an internet community devoted to said fetish.

          1. You said it better than I did.

          2. Heck, even Warty has a fan-fiction community now.

            1. Anyone else going to WartyCon next month? Has anyone heard where the undisclosed location is this year?

              1. Only if they have the smeck and fluffers buffet.

              2. You never find out the location until the hood comes off, or the trunk pops open.

          3. We used to have a game where we would take any innocuous topic that we had been chatting about in the office and add “sex.com” and see if there was already a web site devoted to it.

            I think clownsex.com was the first one we tried it with and the results were so wonderful that we kept at it. Amazing at how much twisted stuff you learn using this little game.

            1. Libertariansex.com was a general fail, but it went to a good joke.

        2. You need to think harder. Everything that you can think of is a fetish for at least one person out there.

          1. eeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!

            /teenage girl

          2. I think that there should be show sort of like a reverse American Idol.

            A group of people would get on TV each week and demonstrate their particular kink. Then people would vote for the contestants who they were turned on by.

            The one with the most votes would be kicked off (sort of the reverse of Idol). The result that each week the acts get more and more twisted. The winner would be the one with the most twisted appetite in the country.

            American Pervert

            1. Warty, Nikki and STEVE SMITH would be the judges.

              1. Wow, I’m a little surprised to not be on that list.

                No spitroasts for you, Jimbo.

                1. What if I promise you first supernumerary slot? As soon as one of the first three can no longer hide their chemical addiction on TV, you will get their seat!

                  You know it won’t take all that long.

                  1. one of the first three can no longer hide their chemical addiction on TV

                    I dunno, if I replace Nikki it’ll be a total sausage fest.

            2. I think The Aristocrats would be a better title

      2. Foot fetishists are pretty tame compared to some of what’s out there.

        For elaboration, please direct all questions to Warty.

    2. She’s as Beautiful as a Foot

      “It tasted just like a fallen arch.”

      1. +1 classic rock

      2. Always appreciate some B?C.

        1. Another B?C classic foot song: Don’t Fear the Reebok.

      3. + 1 I’m on the lamb, but I ain’t no sheep!

        1. What a great album.

            1. Wow, I love those guys. I was just thinking about Baby Ice Dog, and that song Nosferatu, what album was that from…

              1. I think it was Spectres. Same one that had Godzilla.

                *Grabs eagerly for headphones*

                1. I thought it was before Godzilla, but I could be wrong…

                2. Raise your can of beer on high,
                  and seal your fate forever.
                  Our best years have past us by,
                  The Golden Age of Leather…

  8. Political pundit Dick Morris?known for making hilariously wrong predictions?said that he “wouldn’t be surprised,” if President Obama resigned from office.

    If his retirement looks like strolling along the back nine, I think it might have already happened.

  9. Political pundit Dick Morris?known for making hilariously wrong predictions?said that he “wouldn’t be surprised,” if President Obama resigned from office. (Most rational people would indeed be surprised.)

    I’m torn. Obama giving up power? Seems unlikely. Obama taking his ball and going home? Plausible.

    1. Who thinks Michelle and Valerie would even consider letting him resign?

  10. (Most rational people would indeed be surprised.)

    You misspelled “relieved”.

    1. I’d be surprised in the sense that I don’t expect the scumbag to ever voluntarily walk away from power, but is there enough scandal for him to resign? Absolutely. We’re well past Watergate levels of corruption and malfeasance.

      1. With one minor difference: this time, almost nobody cares.

        1. It’s truly mind-boggling. I mean, a large number of Republicans were trying to get Nixon to resign. It wasn’t like they were willing to go down with him. Yet the Democrats are acting very much like they’ll ignore almost anything. With the media going right along.

          1. Democrats want him in office a little longer because they are desperately hoping he’ll accomplish something, anything so that the disaster that is Obamacare isn’t his sole legacy.

            1. Oh, he’s accomplishing something. If it weren’t for the media going all out to protect Obama and the Democrats, I think we’d be looking at the party blowing to pieces. I mean, come on, they’re fucking suicidal.

          2. Why are you so racist as to hate the first black president?

            1. I don’t hate him. In fact, I want him to be the first human to set foot on Mars. Like in six months.

              1. If that’s a one way ticket, where do I chip in for that?

            2. Calm down, Ted.

              PL probably only half-hates him.

          3. I’m coming around to the Gillespie point of view: Obama is actually a radical anarchist dedicated to destroying the State by its own devices.

            1. You’ve been reading Graves again. But look how well that turned out.

          4. This is not the democratic party of your parents, just remember that. These are hardcore progs, aka leftists, statists, communists.

            We all know who they are. The ends justify the means. These people admire Stalin and Mao, nuff said. Obama could murder half the population of the US and they would love him even more for it. You think that merely pissing all over the constitution and rule of law is going to make them suddenly have 2nd thoughts? It’s exactly what they want, he hasn’t went nearly far enough is the only reason they are disappointed with him.

            1. Yeah, but how many “Democrats” really think that way? I think a large number of them aren’t that far gone but go along because the Republicans threaten some single pet issue, like abortion, free contraception, welfare, good taste, evolution in school, whatever. Even though the reality is that the Republicans don’t really touch those issues much on a national level.

              1. Almost makes you wonder why the two parties don’t craft a backroom deal to not touch certain issues for a pre-defined amount of time and cooperate to purge the undesirables. Unfortunately, the Republicans are too entrenched with special interests and the Democrats have been hijacked by political extremists.

                It almost makes you wish that a third party would emerge!

              2. Well, the Stupid Party isn’t helping matters any, for sure.

                But the sheep will be lead to the slaughter over those pet issues, rather than say ‘hey wait a minute, this isn’t what I signed up for’. That’s why we call them sheep.

                1. I remember talking to one guy on HuffPo a while back and he said ‘well, I agree with you libertarians about some stuff, but I don’t like you guys because you’re always calling me sheep’. And I said ‘well, stop being a sheep’.

          5. The answer, Pro L., lies partly within your post. For Nixon, the press was against him, and Republicans didn’t want him to take them down with him. Today, the press is firmly pro-Obama, so other Democrats have much less to worry about. (They’ll still get their butts kicked in November, though.)

            1. The Dem Party is already in dire danger of becoming a regional party. I mean, the former REPUBLICAN governor of Florida is running as the Democrat candidate and he had no credible challengers. The slate for statewide candidates who aren’t former astronauts and sitting senators is appalling. I’m pretty sure Texas fielded more Libertarian candidates than Democratic candidates for statewide office in ’12. That’s a problem. Eventually, when no amount of money gets your guy elected, its time to start bribing the other guy, you know.

              1. For a very long time, I’ve thought the LP should focus entirely on state and local elections. They’re likely going to win something significant at that level as the Democrats continue to disappear for state politics in some of the “red” states.

                1. Isnt that the Free State Project basically?

                  1. I don’t mean one state. I mean in each state.

                2. I thought that was sort of the plan, but haven’t heard too much about it recently. That and take over the GOP, should be the plan.

                  1. Yep. They can make serious inroads within the states, and they only need to be a feared minority (i.e., can swing elections) within the GOP. Look how well that served the SoCons.

                3. For a very long time, I’ve thought the LP should focus entirely on state and local elections

                  For a very long time the LP did focus on state and local elections, to the point that they were a real contender third party with members all over the local and minor state offices.

                  And I agree that they have lost that focus and need to be building more of a support base.

                  … Hobbit

                  1. And I agree that they have lost that focus and need to be building more of a support base.

                    It’s not gone everywhere. Most of the ballot in Austin is either D or L.

              2. The immigrants are going to turn Texas purple.

                [ducking]

            2. The bulk of “the press” is still local, though. The press cares about access, and it wouldn’t be hard for democrats to use access as a way to get local media on board – which is what most people consume anyway: local news, local paper, etc.

            3. Maybe not a butt kicking, but they probably are going to lose the Senate. And I’m almost 100% sure that their fearless leader is going to do stuff to make that even more likely before November.

              1. The GOP got a lot of the easy gains in 2010, but I sense an awful lot of people very ticked off at Obama: an energized Tea Party, a lot of upset independents, and a lot of demoralized Democrats. I don’t see how Obama can do much to help Democrats, and there’s a lot he seems to be doing to hurt them.

                Of course, the GOP can always blow it, and the media will be ready to pounce if anything happens (or even if nothing does).

      2. You haven’t seen anything yet. His last 2 years will be filled with outrageous overreach because he is pissed that people don’t love him the way they should, seriously, he’s psychotic. He’s not as bad as Hillary, but he’s still a nut job.

  11. The first trailer for Disney’s “Into the Woods” was released. The highly anticipated film is based on the famous Stephen Sondheim musical of the same name.

    You can’t fool *me*, Robby. That’s from The Onion.

    1. Anticipated by whom?

      1. I casually mentioned that I thought Frozen was overrated and was almost killed by a pack of rabid 10-yo. girls, led by my niece. So watch what you say.

        1. Screw Disney princesses.

            1. Its okay. We tolerate all sorts of fetishes here.

          1. *removes Ted from the bat mitvah invitees*

          2. I am way too old for that, and I really have not desire to spend my last days in prison.

          3. Dibs on Bell and Jasmine

            1. Sorry, you only get one. Jasmine is mine.

              1. Oh, and it’s Belle, so you get nothing.

        2. Yes, that’s dangerous territory. Let it go.

          1. Thank you Adele Dazeem.

            1. Sorry, but I hear that song a lot–I have a young daughter.

    2. Will Disney be making a new movie for every villain to show they weren’t really a villain, or were only a villain because some man was mean to them?

      1. Um, yes? How did you know this?

        Vaderficent: The Musical.

        1. Will there be a Chad Vader cameo?

    3. Why do we need a recording when there’s already a well done DVD of the original broadway cast, whom I’m sure will be ten times better than whomever the movie scrounged up?

      http://www.amazon.com/Into-Woo…..B00001PE59

      1. Stormy, you clearly do not grasp the importance of spin-offs, remakes, sequels, merchandising tie-ins, co-branding, and all the other core components of contemporary art.

        1. I understand that the real version of my favorite musical ever is about to be replaced in the public conciousness by bawlderized crap and it is making me angry.

          1. If they can do it to the Constitution, they’ll do it to anything.

    4. In June 2014, Stephen Sondheim revealed that Disney decided to make some major plot changes to the film in order to make it more family-friendly and he approved them all.[47] He told The New Yorker that in the film the relationship between the wolf and Little Red Riding Hood would not be “sexual”, “Rapunzel does not get killed, and the prince does not sleep with the baker’s wife.”

      In other words, this movie is being made by people who completely missed the whole point of the musical.

      1. In other news, modern versions of Grimm’s and other fairy tales are often sanitized for your protection.

        1. And the fact the musical unsanitized them back to their original forms was part of what made Into the Woods great.

        2. Also see: Disney’s Maleficent.

    5. Isn’t the whole point of “Into the Woods” to be a satire of Disney fairy tales?

  12. The U.S. Congress has begun its August recess, having accomplished little.

    I suspect a certain somebody is revving up the Executive Order Generator, and putting fresh ink in his famous pen.

    1. First he gots to pack in those recess appointments.

  13. Dick Morris is one dumb mofo. Obama resign? Yeah, right. That fuckwad is going to do some outrageously ridiculous and inflammatory shit in his last 2 years, and no matter how bad it is, he will not resign and will never be held accountable for any of it. And he knows this, which is why we are going to see some crazy stuff out of this asshole in the near future. We are already seeing it, but it’s going to get much worse.

    1. He knows his place in the history books is already established. He knew coming into the job that he could do whatever he wanted and his legacy would come out fine. He’s exploiting that.

      1. I don’t think that Obama will be held in any sort of esteem as a historical figure of importance in the future. There will be only the ‘first black president’. He has accomplished absolutely nothing good, and he will never hold any type of historical significance outside of first black potus. If he keeps his shit up though, he might attain some additional fame, although it will be of the notoriety type.

        1. Exactly. “First black president” and let’s not really dwell on the rest.

          1. The historical revisionism will be strong. There’s no way that the first black president isn’t one of the greatest statesmen of all time. Twenty five years from now this guy will be a saint, practically untouchable.

            1. I’m sort of hoping that by 25 years from now all of the race based and identity based shit that we are wading through will be over with. If it’s isn’t, I’m not sure we’ll last that long, we’ll probably have already killed off each other through ignorant hatred stirred up by evil politicians and their perpetual victim class.

            2. They already did it for the first Irish.

              Coming next decade:

              Barack Obama is:

              Kennedy 2: revisionist boogaloo.

            3. The historical revisionism will be strong. There’s no way that the first black president isn’t one of the greatest statesmen of all time. Twenty five years from now this guy will be a saint, practically untouchable.

              This.

              Wilson was a wholly detestable, speech stomping, propagandizing, warmongering, KKK supporting monster and he is still held up as an example of the “good president.”

              Compared to some of the monsters the Democrats have given us as presidents, Obama is pretty mild, making his “legacy” that much easier to sanitize.

          2. He’s working hard to be “Last Black President”

        2. When he leaves office, there will be a street in every major city named after him. And it will intersect with MLK Avenue in every major city.

          When he dies, they will erect a statue on the WA Mall.

          As much as this makes me physically ill to contemplate, it is the truth.

      2. He’s exploiting that.

        Blaxploitation?

    2. He’s just trolling for a slot on Hannity.

      1. Maybe he wagered a friend that he could get over a thousand mentions on MSNBC in 24 hours.

    3. Obama’s legacy (as per the fellow travelers):

      1. First Black President
      2. Nobel Peace Prize Winner
      3. Ended Iraq War
      4. Passed Obamacare
      5. Led America Out of a Depression/Recession

      Calling it now. Get back at me in 10 years when the textbooks are written.

      1. ^ Pretty much this. I admire the optimism of the people who think he’ll be remembered as corrupt, imperial, and feckless, but I don’t think they reside in the same reality that I do.

        1. And no doubt there will be in the near future a hagiography along the lines of Spielberg’s Lincoln, showing Obama courageously fighting for health care for everyone, despite the nasty machinations of the mean Republicans and greedy businessmen. 10-1 says the movie will feature a plucky little boy/girl whose life is saved because of Obamacare, all while violins crescendo.

          1. *** tramples out the vineyards where the grapes of wrath are stored ***

          2. You know I never saw the end of that movie. It was either too terrible and my wife turned on Modern Family and I got on my computer, or I just wasn’t into it and spent fifteen minutes in the kitchen downing as much gin as my throat would handle. Either is a strong possibility, and neither of us were getting into the movie. I’m pretty sure I won’t ever see it, either.

          3. After saving the plucky boy, does he bring him to the white house, give him a new set of warm pajamas and a cup of hot chocolate?

          4. They already did it in Canada for the first premier to push government healthcare.

            Down to presenting his opponent as a drunkard (despite the fact he was a teetotaller in real life).

      2. Yep…and don’t forget that he accomplished all this in the face of fierce resistance by the party of old white men from the South.

  14. #BBCtrending: Poles #EatApples to annoy Putin

    For fucks fucking fucked up sake, I hate hash tags.

    It started on Twitter when the journalist Grzegorz Nawacki shared an image of himself eating an apple and used the hashtag #jedzjab?ka, which means “eat apples”.

    …snip

    I thought the best way to help them would be to start eating more apples and drinking more cider.

    I love apple cider. Fresh, just pressed, cold. Hard cider as well. Piece of advice to Poles: make lots and lots of apple pie (everybody loves pie), and market as ‘artisanal homemade apple pie’. That way you can charge more.

    1. It’s the weekend. Can we drink beer and bourbon to annoy Putin?

    2. On Wednesday, Russia announced a ban on some fruit and vegetable imports – including apples – from Poland “for sanitary reasons”.

      I’m sure all those “eat local!” twats will be thrilled.

    1. No, the more you expand the scope of their authority the more power they get. We’ll probably never get rid of TSA, but the last thing we want is to further empower them.

      Semi-OT: Local Craigslist has a “missed connections” ad from a guy who thinks a local TSA inspectorette is hot. Should I post a rant about how they are the worst people ever and encourage him to find someone else to satisfy his uniform, cop and cavity search fetishes?

      1. Encourage him in the most sarcastic manner possible. Much better choice.

        1. I don’t get it.

          1. Go for it man! Follow your dream of a blue gloved sadist who enjoys groping little old ladies and fondling their colostomy bags! There’s someone for everyone!

        2. Thanks, Scruffy.

      2. Oh man, there was a complete hottie of a TSA agent at PDX when I was up there last time. Dark hair, scruffy, blue-eyed, friendly and helpful. Had he been working the scanner I would’ve requested a patdown.

        Actually my experience with TSA in PDX and MSY were both radical departures from my experience at other airports. But now I have TSA Precheck for 5 years and I don’t have to deal with them for more than 5 seconds.

        1. Obviously they didn’t check your search history.

        2. TSA Pre-Check is so awesome. I have to fly a lot and it is so nice to just waltz to the front of the line, while keeping on your shoes, belt and blazer, then go through the simple scanner instead of the MRI-style machine, and be done with all security in less than three minutes.

          Best 80 bucks I ever spent; it’s like pre-9/11 travel. Strongly encourage everyone to get it.

          1. $100 for 5 years if you go for Global Entry which includes expedited customs if you travel abroad. It took me a few months to get an interview, but when I did it took 10 minutes with the agent mostly apologizing because they were so busy razzing a coworker.

    2. The TSA agents will just kill carriers, ending the contagion. Or so they think.

  15. Ford and GM sued for millions over CD-ripping tech in cars

    The lawsuit calls out a feature in Ford vehicles called Jukebox, which records songs from CDs to the infotainment system’s hard drive. The Jukebox function has been available on Ford vehicles since at least the 2011 model year.

    The suit seeks millions of dollars to be paid by each of the companies for violating the Audio Home Recording Act of 1992. The Act protects against distributing digital audio recording devices whose primary purpose is to rip copyrighted material.

    For example, a CD-R player in a personal computer is not considered a violation under the Act because the computer was not marketed as a musical recording device.

    Oh industry lobby groups, DIAF.

    In its filing, the AARC claims the “multi-billion dollar companies” are protected by the AARC as long as they incorporate certain copying control technology and pay “a modest royalty per device.”

    Sticky fingered little bastards.

    1. I hope the judge tells them to stick it right up their asses. That is obviously safe harbor for Fair Use.

      1. I was thinking about it and could not come up with a possible scenario where that would be anything other than backing up your music collection for your own enjoyment.

        1. Its a suit that they could use against any musical device that buffers music into software memory. Its function is then primarily to record copyrighted material from the media distributed by the copyright owners permitted distributor.

        2. I bet you didn’t think about pumping up the bass so everyone within 150′ of you could enjoy it. Did ya?

        3. Because fuck you, that’s why?

          Or it’s a penalty and a tax?

        4. But if you rip all your CDs and then sell the car you are illegally selling digital music! Oh, sure, you *forgot* to delete the files before you sold the car! You damn pirates are ruining the music industry!

    2. The minute I saw the headline, my first thought wsa, “Fuck the RIAA”.

    3. For example, a CD-R player in a personal computer is not considered a violation under the Act because the computer was not marketed as a musical recording device.

      Since when are cars and trucks marketed as musical recording devices?

  16. Democrats seem to be convinced = – Best strategy to defend congressional seats in November: Pretend the Crazy GOP Want to Impeach Our Dear Leader

    Dick Morris also seems to be fanning the flames of Democrat panic that the Son of Heaven may have a shortened tenure. Which is apparently the worst of all possible things that could happen in the universe.

    Next –

    ‘Afghan ‘Reconstruction’ has cost more than the Marshall Plan, and Apparently Has Not a Single Working Toilet To Show for It

    “Adjusted for inflation, US appropriations for the reconstruction of Afghanistan exceed the funds committed to the Marshall Plan, the US aid program that delivered billions of dollars between 1948 and 1952 to help 16 European countries recover in the aftermath of World War II.

    Quick suvey shows = most buildings are fire traps, we probably paid for all the Taliban’s guns, the Afghan army are all on drugs, and we’ve made the local warlords rich.

    1. I say this without the slightest bit of sarcasm: The very best thing that could happen to the Democrats is for Obama to leave office early. Regardless of how that happens–removal, resignation, declared incompetent by Biden, whatever.

      1. Yep. Impeachment would be a win-win for them. They get what they want, and get to blame someone else.

        Biden would probably get re-elected which would thwart Hillary’s ambitions. Biden and Warren are both progressives so we’d probably see VP Warren then President Warren.

        1. Let’s say the GOP, when they get control of both houses, gets smoking-gun evidence that allows them to impeach and convict Obama and some other officials. The Democrats will, if the situation is obvious enough, turn on Obama at the last minute, especially if he refuses to resign. So they don’t necessarily lose anything, and they get that albatross off from around their neck.

          As much as Democrats think an impeachment helps them politically, I don’t think any but the truly deluded think this is all smoke. The massive investigation that would be launched would uncover enough to really hurt not just Obama but a good number of appointees and likely members of Congress. All that glee about impeachment is for the rabble.

          1. Well, we’re going to see, because the Dems ARE going to lose the Senate. Ok, I take that back, at this point, I would say that there is about an 80% chance that the GOP will take the Senate. I don’t think those odds are going to get better for the Dems as it gets closer to the election. In fact, I think it will get worse for the dems and that by Mid Oct, the odds will be more like an 85-90% percent odds that the GOP take the Senate. Anyway, it’s likely that the GOP are going to control both houses next year.

            And one more prediction. The GOP will not vote to impeach Obama , no matter what he does. They are cowards, too afraid that the playground bullies will call them bad names. You know, like racist.

            1. I don’t think they’ll impeach him, either, barring something really bad that gets the public and the media turned totally against him. But I do think there’s a shitstorm coming, and I bet they remove some other officials.

          2. The First Black President(tm) thing is a huge shield for him. I don’t see impeachment happening absent truly damning evidence of direct personal involvement.

            The Biden-Warren arc was purely theoretical. That would also be worse than eight years of Hillary.

      2. “declared incompetent by Biden”

        Savor that. Roll that drop around on your tongue a while and imagine a whole glass full of it. Mmmm, that’s smooth.

        1. And everyone secretly loves Joe. Heck, part of me wants to experience the surreality that is the Biden presidency.

          1. A Camaro in every garage! The national seal featuring an eagle with a mullet!

          2. “Today President Biden declared war on Estonia, Lichtenstein, and a couple of unnamed Arab Emirates.”

            1. He would so rule. I still think he should be named permanent Vice President. He so encapsulates the character of the office.

              1. Please, PLEASE, let Obama declare this by Executive Order.

    2. Success!

    3. So helping First World nations rebuild turns out to work better than trying to build a modern nation out of a Third World craphole? Who’d have thunk it.

  17. Political soap opera. I’ll call it: As the Derp Turns.

    Virginia ex-governor Bob McDonnell’s wife ‘sought gifts’

    The star witness in a corruption trial of the ex-governor of Virginia and his wife has testified the former first lady sought gifts and loans in return for help with his business.

    Prosecutors say Jonnie Williams gave Bob and Maureen McDonnell gifts and loans totalling $165,000 (?97,000).

    Mr McDonnell denies wrongdoing. His wife says their marriage was frayed and she had a “crush” on Mr Williams.

    On Thursday, Mr Williams said buying gifts for the couple was poor judgment.

    The head of a vitamin supplements company called Star Scientific, he said buying a $6,000 Rolex watch on the request of Maureen McDonnell was “a bad decision on my part”.

    “I shouldn’t have had to buy things like that to get the help I needed,” Mr Williams told jurors as they inspected the watch in question.

    He also denied being friends with the McDonnells.

    With not-friends like that, who needs friends?

    1. I have heard from acquaintances who know Maureen that she went a little nuts once she got in the Governor’s mansion. All the power and desire to fit in with a crowd to which she didn’t really belong.

  18. Philadelphia GameStop Policy Requires Customer Fingerprints

    The Philadelphia Police Department says the company is being proactive by storing fingerprints in a secure database

    “The NSA stores your calls to GameStop, doesn’t it?”

    1. Well, the advent of digital delivery did annihilate their entire business model, but you have to admire their ability to find ways to commit suicide faster.

    2. Even worse than Radio Shack. I didn’t think that was possible.

    3. They can go fuck themselves, that is exactly what I would tell them. I don’t kids toys anyway, real men use PCs for gaming.

  19. I am in the uncomfortable position of agreeing with racist bigots. I don’t think the guy should be teaching AA studies either, but for different reasons than they do.

    http://dailycaller.com/2014/07…..s-teacher/

    “”We didn’t fight for a white male or female teacher to educate our babies.”

    Crozier, who appears to be a professor at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary, also suggested that a white person cannot teach minority children in this instance because of racism.”

    1. FTA: “We’re all faced today with so much dysfunction and violence from young people, and that violence is simply because they don’t know who they are, they don’t know where they come from,” he proclaimed.

      Yeah, that’s the problem.

      1. I was going to say is precisely because they know exactly who they are and exactly where they come from. Kids are generally smart and school is there to dumb them down.

        1. Pull the other one.

    2. that a white person cannot teach minority children in this instance because of racism

      Obviously. But not in the way the statement intended. Also, are white people with no definite sex okay to teach their babies?

    3. May Crozier’s tongue cleave to the roof of her mouth.

  20. The White House has asked the full D.C. Court of Appeals to reverse the Halbig decision.

    The D.C. Court of Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit are different courts.

    1. I’ll bet they often get each other’s mail.

  21. “Restaurant’s ‘Praying In Public’ Discount Returns Praise, Ire; Religious Freedom Or Discrimination?…

    “An image that shows a receipt including a 15% discount for praying in public has been going viral since an Orland, Florida radio station posted it yesterday….

    “Jeff Wagg, a representative of the James Randi Education Foundation tells the story, too, about a similar case in which a Denny’s restaurant offered a discount to those coming from church, but couldn’t tell him how a nonreligious person might apply for the same discount.

    “Writing to the corporation, Wagg said,

    “”Though I am not an attorney, I believe your promotion may violate Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.””

    http://www.inquisitr.com/13855…..imination/

    1. (there seems to be some sort of autoplay music on this story)

    2. Jeff Wagg, a representative of the James Randi Education Foundation tells the story, too, about a similar case in which a Denny’s restaurant offered a discount to those coming from church, but couldn’t tell him how a nonreligious person might apply for the same discount.

      Last I checked, most churches were open to all-comers. Hell, don’t even stay for the whole service. Just go in, get a program, sit around for about 15 minutes, *BOOM* discount.

      You don’t even have to wait for them to hit you up for a tithe.

      1. You don’t even have to wait for them to hit you up for a tithe.

        Most dont expect, or even want, guests to give.

    3. So all you have to do is sit there, bow your head for a minute and get the discount?

      I wonder if Jeff Wagg threatens bars with Ladies Night promotions because it’s sexist.

    4. “Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven.” Matthew 6:1

    5. And this is the battle the skeptics choose to fight?

      Wagg is a fool.

  22. Trigger warning — rant:

    I’m a bit annoyed about ENB’s “You Can’t Stop the Dark Net” piece from earlier today.

    “The Dark Net” does not exist; there are various darknets. They are classified as such based on network topology (friend-to-friend or similar) and technology stack (e.g., Freenet or GNUnet).

    “The Deep Web”, on the other hand, is an umbrella term for content not indexed by traditional search engines like Google, Bing, Yandex, or Baidu. It doesn’t say much about the technology or content otherwise; something in the Deep Web could be anything from a password-protected message board accessible without any software beyond a web browser to illicit marketplaces accessible via Tor or I2P.

    See the Wikipedia articles for each for more info.

    Of course, that is more the BBC’s fault than ENB’s, as they were using that faulty terminology in the piece she based hers upon.

    1. I have yet to see a “dark net” article not be mostly bullshit.

  23. India hires mimics to scare away parliament monkeys

    Forty Indian men have been hired to impersonate monkeys to scare away the real monkeys from Delhi’s parliament and other government buildings.

    The men make screeching noises similar to those of black-faced langur monkeys, to frighten red-faced macaque monkeys.

    I wonder if we could employ a version of this here in the States, only the goal would be to scare congresscritters away from the capitol?

    They have caused havoc, riding on the city’s metro trains, and roaming through parliament, invading the prime minister’s office and the defence ministry.

    … sounds like our crazy Uncle Joe Biden.

    1. I wonder if we could employ a version of this here in the States, only the goal would be to scare congresscritters away from the capitol?

      Would our version be carrying pitchforks and torches?

      1. Would our version be carrying pitchforks and torches?

        That’s a good start…

    2. I saw Parliament Monkeys back in ’94. They opened for Close Lobsters.

  24. “Why It’s Time to Repeal the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

    “The law, passed in 1993 with near-unanimous support, has become an excuse for bigotry, superstition and sectarianism.

    “Katha Pollitt…

    “… the bill was a response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Employment Division v. Smith. This case involved two Oregon members of the Native American Church who were denied unemployment compensation after being fired for using peyote, an illegal drug, in a religious ceremony. Justice Antonin Scalia’s majority opinion, which held that a law that applied to everyone and was not directed at religion specifically was not a violation of religious freedom, made a lot of sense to me, then and now. Why should I have to obey a law and my religious neighbor not?…

    “What were progressives thinking? Maybe in 1993, religion looked like a stronger progressive force than it turned out to be, or maybe freedom of religion looked like a politically neutral good thing. Two decades later, it’s clear that the main beneficiaries of RFRA are the Christian right and other religious conservatives.”

    http://www.thenation.com/artic…..ration-act

    1. They really let the mask slip there don’t they?

    2. “What were progressives thinking? Maybe in 1993, religion looked like a stronger progressive force than it turned out to be, or maybe freedom of religion looked like a politically neutral good thing. Two decades later, it’s clear that the main beneficiaries of RFRA are the Christian right and other religious conservatives.”

      Cynical as I am, even I’m a little taken aback at such a straightforward admission that Progressives are unprincipled hacks.

      1. That is rather blatant.

    3. “Maybe in 1993, religion looked like a stronger progressive force than it turned out to be…”

      Once again they admit that they have no use for objective truth or for principle. For them truth is anything that advances the narrative, sound principles are any that further their agenda.

      What was good yesterday is bad today.

    4. Maybe in 1993, religion looked like a stronger progressive force than it turned out to be, or maybe freedom of religion looked like a politically neutral good thing. Two decades later, it’s clear that the main beneficiaries of RFRA are the Christian right and other religious conservatives.”

      So it’s good until the wrong people avail themselves to it. I think that proves RC point.

  25. Japan gives Vietnam six navy ships amid regional tension

    The six boats are used vessels and will be accompanied by training and equipment to help coastguard and fisheries surveillance, Mr Kishida told reporters.

  26. Dozens of bodies’ at captured base in Benghazi, Libya

    At least 35 bodies have been recovered from a Libyan military base that was overrun by Islamist-led militias, the Libyan Red Crescent says.

    1. Is this part of that Arab Spring thingy I have been hearing about?

  27. Seriously, what planet is Morris living on these days? I want to join him as there’s something marvelously intoxicating in the air…

  28. Hess’ Traingle: New York City’s smallest piece of private property

    In 1910, nearly 300 buildings were condemned and demolished by the city to widen the streets and construct new subway lines. David Hess battled the city to keep the Voorhis, his 5-story apartment building. He resisted eminent domain laws for years, but was ultimately forced to give up his property.

    By 1914, the 500-square-inch concrete triangle was all that remained of Hess’ property. As if his loss wasn’t bad enough, the city asked him to donate the tiny portion of concrete to use as part of the public sidewalk. Out of spite, Hess refused the offer. On July 27, 1922, he had the triangle covered with mosaic tiles, displaying the statement, “Property of the Hess Estate Which Has Never Been Dedicated For Public Purposes.”

    Although the triangular mosaic is walked all over by pedestrians, it serves as a constant reminder that Hess was not easily conquered. Hess’ Triangle sits on the ground outside of a cigar shop on the corner of Christopher and 7th Avenue, just a bit larger than a generously-sized pizza slice. Village Cigars bought the triangle in 1938 for $1,000.

    Pic

    1. What are the property taxes?

      If I wasn’t lazy, I’d look up and link a similar (but slightly larger) piece of property like that which was in dispute and held up a lot of discussion over renovations and expansion at Wrigley Field.

      1. What are the property taxes?

        The means by which the USA state and local governments outlawed all private ownership of property.

        1. Which is why I could never be a Georgist.

  29. Awesome

    1. @ jesse.in.mb

    1. Note: The scientist in question is the former bassist for The Rezillos.

      1. its a little known fact = the science behind fracking is almost entirely dominated by ex bass-players.

        1. *passes joint* Dude, what if your bass playing was, like, literally earth-shattering?

    2. Luddites.

      Did you know that it rains diamonds on Saturn and Jupiter?

      1. We just need to take all of these church of global warming, anti-fracking, anti-GMO, luddites and quarantine them off somewhere, where they are forced to live by their own wishes. Make it a reality TV show.

        1. *We just need to take all of these church of global warming, anti-fracking, anti-GMO, luddites and quarantine them off somewhere*

          Is Sachsenhausen still in good working order?

  30. I played a role in Into the Woods in a high school musical. Fuck Sondheim.

  31. I don’t think you’re showing what you mean to be showing.

    An old canard about feminists is that, in addition to being hirsute bra-burners, we want to turn all women into “victims” ? and thanks to “Women Against Feminism”, this particular accusation has gained some moderately mainstream traction in recent weeks.

    But feminism doesn’t make women victims. Sexism does.

    But denying that women are a victimized class is simply wrong. What else would you call a segment of the population who are systematically discriminated against in school, work and politics? How would you describe a population whose bodies are objectified to the point of dehumanization? Women are harassed, attacked and sexually assaulted with alarming regularity in America and around the world

    Compared to who? Cause it ain’t men.

    1. How would you describe a population whose bodies are objectified to the point of dehumanization?

      Well, obviously, the Muslims have the only answer, put them all in a burqa and tell em to shut the fuck up already.

      1. I’m having a hard time understanding how ogling some hottie is dehumanizing. It is quite the opposite.

        1. It’s the most worstest thing ever. Meanwhile, thismeans you’re obviously a privileged shitlord.

          I mean, they’re so objectified that boko haram is kidnapping them. What could possibly be worse than that? I haven’t even heard much about it, they’re treated so much like objects.

  32. tha fuck?

    A Louisville, Kentucky judge up for reelection is being criticized for controversial comments about African-American defendants, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting (KYCIR) claims.

    According to courtroom video obtained by KYCIR (below), Judge Sandra McLaughlin said of an African-American defendant being arraigned on drug charges that “he’s lucky to get out of here alive,” before adding, “did you see his shirt? Barack Obama, ‘Let’s Do It Again.’ That was a double whammy.”

    1. Seems like a corollary to Poe’s law:

      For every completely exaggerated caricature of any position you can come up with, there’s a person that actually matches it.

  33. I swear this is not the onion

    Whoopi Goldberg Defends Stephen A. Smith’s Comments: If You Hit a Man, Don’t Be Surprised if He Hits Back

    The comedian and View co-host does more mansplaining when it comes to domestic violence.

    “If you make the choice as a woman who’s 4 foot 3 and you decide to hit a guy who’s 6 feet tall and you’re the last thing he wants to deal with that day and he hits you back, you cannot be surprised!” Goldberg stated on The View.

    Although the other hosts vehemently disagreed with Goldberg, she stood firm in her opinion. “I know I’m going to catch a lot of hell, and I don’t care. But you have to teach women, do not live with this idea that men have this chivalry thing still with them; don’t assume that that is still in place.”

    I think Goldberg has made it perfectly clear which side of the domestic violence issue she stands on.

    1. When did it become OK for women to hit people unprovoked?

      1. When men stopped being people?

        1. Awesome Pro L.

      2. I love how women claim to be able to do anything just as well or better than a man–except take a right hook. Suddenly when the fists start flying they delicate flowers who need protecting.

    2. No comments on this:

      The comedian and View co-host does more mansplaining when it comes to domestic violence.

      1. Cause I’ve heard all the other bullshit before, but the use of that word referencing the host of The View made it actively surreal.

    3. “…do not live with this idea that men have this chivalry thing still with them…”

      There’s also the feminist idea that, at least in critiquing fiction, that chivalry is an offensively sexist notion to begin with. A male character who will not fight women is disrespecting women. How exactly do you culturally transmit the notion that a man using violence against women is only the very last resort if you treat that as a bad thing in stories?

  34. Somebody has PZ’s number, and he’s pissed.

    In the era of social media there are now many different ways that a scientist can build their public profile; the publication of high-quality scientific papers being just one. While social media is a valuable tool for outreach and the sharing of ideas, there is a danger that this form of communication is gaining too high a value and that we are losing sight of key metrics of scientific value, such as citation indices. To help quantify this, I propose the ‘Kardashian Index’, a measure of discrepancy between a scientist’s social media profile and publication record based on the direct comparison of numbers of citations and Twitter followers.

    “Hence a high K-index is a warning to the community that researcher X may have built their public profile on shaky foundations, while a very low K-index suggests that a scientist is being undervalued.”

    1. PZ’s response:

      Maybe we need a different index, one that penalizes scientists who clutter up the scientific literature with fluffy stupid opinion pieces padded with pseudoscientific and contrived formulas marked as humor. It was the kind of thing that, instead of being elevated by Genome Biology, might have been better presented as a tweet. Except that distilling it down to 140 characters would have made its inanity even more obvious, and it would have hurt his k-index.

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