National Guard Leaving Ferguson, N.C. School Voucher Program Struck Down, Getting Pain Pills to Become Bigger Pain: P.M. Links

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  • You are now free to express your First Amendment rights.
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    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered the withdrawal of National Guard troops from Ferguson as protests have begun to subside.

  • Britain's Ministry of Defense estimates there are more British Muslims fighting on behalf of the Islamic State (ISIL) in Syria and Iraq than serving in their own forces, though it's difficult to determine exact numbers.
  • The whole "Fast and Furious" issue/scandal is not over, and we're not just referring to the tragic, too-soon death of Paul Walker. A federal judge has ordered the Department of Justice to hand over some documents about the gunwalking scandal to Congress.
  • Colorado voters will decide in November whether to require labels on foods with genetically modified ingredients.
  • A judge has overturned North Carolina's school voucher program as unconstitutional, forcing kids from poor families (but not rich ones, of course) to stay stuck in their terrible public schools.
  • Vicodin and similar types of pain medications will be shifted from Schedule III to Schedule II in mid-October, making them harder for people to get from doctors and probably driving up their black market value, increasing the possibility of criminal behavior for addicts to get their hands on them. Thanks, war on drugs!

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  1. A judge has overturned North Carolina’s school voucher program as unconstitutional…

    You have no legal right to spend your education dollars as you see fit.

    1. MONEY ISN’T SPEECH YOU RETHUGLICAN!!!11!one!!

    2. You have no legal right to spend your our education dollars as you see fit.

      fixed

    3. I don’t have any kids so I’ve never had any say in how my education dollars are spent…

      1. If you have school board elections in your district, yes you do. If not, you have council elections.

        1. If I vote for a candidate and he doesn’t win the election, how do I have a say in how my tax dollars are spent?

    4. Hobgood ruled, however, that the private schools can discriminate in their admissions and don’t have the same curriculum and teacher certification standards as North Carolina’s public schools.

      “Appropriating taxpayer funds to unaccountable schools does not accomplish a public purpose,” he said.

      Under the long-running Leandro school funding lawsuit, the General Assembly is required to ensure students receive a sound education, and Hobgood said lawmakers can’t delegate that authority to “unregulated private schools” and to parents “who have self-assessed their children to be at risk.”

      The horror. Parents deciding the meaning of a sound education as opposed to the state. ANARCHY!

      1. “Appropriating taxpayer funds…

        What he really meant was government revenue

      2. Silly you. It takes a village, y’know.

      3. “Appropriating taxpayer funds to unaccountable schools does not accomplish a public purpose,” he said.

        Which is why the “public” schools should be defunded.

      4. “self-assessed their children to be at risk”

        Yeah, it’s as if they were trying to do appendectomies on themselves, they should leave the matter to experts – ed school graduates with actual PhDs who you can call “Doctor!”

        1. I refuse to call anyone who is not a medical doctor “Doctor”.

          1. Unless they’ve won a Nobel Prize or something.

            1. Didn’t physicians initially begin calling themselves ‘doctor’ to appropriate the respect given to Doctors – who were learned teachers?

      5. discriminate in their admissions

        Oh no, they don’t have to take the discipline problems, the lazy, or the dumb! Who would want their kid in a school like that?

    5. Hello.

      /stares down waffles.

  2. Britain’s Ministry of Defense estimates there are more British Muslims fighting on behalf of the Islamic State (ISIL) in Syria and Iraq than serving in their own forces…

    That’s why NASA is so forward thinking.

  3. The whole “Fast and Furious” issue/scandal is not over…

    You forgot the word phony.

    1. I prefer “vintage” phony scandal at this point. 2009 is so retro.

    2. “Fast and Furious” has been on DVD for, like,..like a real long time.

  4. Vicodin and similar types of pain medications will be shifted from Schedule III to Schedule II in mid-October…

    I thought it was impossible to move between schedules.

    1. It’s a one way street.

      1. There’s a valve between each level. They are very good valves. High quality. No leaks, guaranteed.

    2. I have to write off my Vicodin expenses on Schedule III now? Fuck! I hate the IRS.

  5. Boston teamsters attack Padma Lakshmi for daring to use non-union labor on Top Chef. Included “We’re gonna bash that pretty little face in, you whore”, gay show workers being called fags, black show workers being called the n-word, and such.

    I have trouble feeling sorry for everyone on Top Chef though, since some of them are apparently blaming the producers for not using union labor. And the comments are a pile of derp, ignore them for your own sanity.

    1. Really looking forward to the lefty blogs denouncing the Teamsters, you guys.

    2. Send the season 2 guys who tried to shave Marcel’s head after the goons.

    3. Who’s paying the contestants’ staffs?

      Fuck the Teamsters, however.

    4. in the picturesque New England town of Milton just outside Boston, one of them ran up to her car and screamed, “We’re gonna bash that pretty face in, you fucking whore!”

      I think there was a cultural communication here; that’s just how Easties say hello.

        1. At least they called her “pretty”.

    5. Yeats ? on Aug 20, 2014 12:33 pm
      Having worked on a few reality shows, I can tell you that the work conditions pay and general lack of professionalism are symptomatic of the genre. It’s cheap, classless, flash in the pan entertainment for the weak minded. The way they treat the crews is an abomination. Of course it’s not going to fly to thumb your nose at the Teamsters in Boston. People on shoots have gotten disappeared over such arrogant behavior. In places like Boston, union work is how people support their families. They aren’t twenty year old interns having their rent being paid by Dad and working for “the experience.” Folks take it personally. This is their lives.

      Good lord.

      1. You mean people in Bahhhhhston can’t go into business for themselves?

      2. When is Investigation Discovery going to have a series about people “disappeared” by reality shows?

    6. Wait, you’re saying that Teamsters are acting like thugs? This is contrary to Jimmy Hoffa’s principles.

      Of course, we can’t think of Jimmy Hoffa in the abstract, we have to think of him in the concrete.

      /joke I stole

    7. Mmaassachchuusseettss cops are much more restrained than they are in Missouri. They can deal with challenge to authority. Interesting.

      1. What challenge to authority.

        The cops weren’t going to lift a finger against their brothers!!!!!

        Boston cops are, in my experience, exactly the depraved copro-epicures that sarcasmic accuses all cops of being.

        I’ll bet you if the teamsters called the cops because I and some friends were slashing tires, the situation wouldn’t end “with no arrests”.

        1. Glad that someone picked up on the irony.

    8. …Boston’s Teamsters Local 25 kept at it for hours, raining down racist, sexist and homophobic threats and slurs as staffers came to and left the set that summer day.

      Classy bunch. What would anyone have against unions?

  6. The War on Drugs is evil.

  7. Vicodin and similar types of pain medications will be shifted from Schedule III to Schedule II in mid-October, making them harder for people to get from doctors and probably driving up their black market value, increasing the possibility of criminal behavior for addicts to get their hands on them. Thanks, war on drugs!

    Honestly, we’re governed by complete ignoramouses. And yet the solution is always bigger government.

    1. Forcing people to go to the pharmacist to get their pseudoephedrine did nothing to lessen the amount of meth available, but if you suggest no longer doing something which has been proven not to work, people will say you don’t care about the children.

      Because the lessen to teach the children is keep doing things we know won’t work, as long as you have the proper intentions (which in this case aren’t even good intentions).

      1. I care about the children, I’m concerned by how sniffly they get. Some good OTC pseudoephedrine would clear it right up.

    2. Market share, market share, market share.

    3. I wonder how many of the Scheduling Mavens have stock in the tech companies serving the medical field? If we can’t help back pain (for example) with Vicodin, we’ll be more likely to go for the new and improved procedures, right? And they are more expensive, and require lots of shiny new equipment, right?

      Win-win. They keep the medical/industrial/law enforcement/regulatory complex humming like a top. And those whose lives are destroyed by debilitating pain will take themselves off the medical rolls forever, leaving more resources for the rest of them… I mean “us.”

    1. I don’t get the hate for trailer parks and the residents. I have many family members that live in trailers, it is a low cost housing option. 30k for 3 beds 2 baths, shoot, I should have bought a trailer instead of a house.

      1. One of the few stereotypes that you still can bash and not get dragged over the PC coals.

          1. I don’t recognize that acronym: Talkin’ Hysterical Insane Shit? I give up. Cuz the Patriarchy is the patriarchy whether it lives in trailers or McMansions. The patriarchy is behind rape culture and institutional racism. Jeez. Where have you been?

        1. This. You should hear the SJW types go on about redneck cracker trailer trash with no trace of self-awareness.

          1. Fuckin’ gonopores. Fancy new word I learned. Look it up.

      2. And there are actually some parks that aren’t complete wastelands.

        1. OMG, yes. There are some quite nice ones in some places.

      3. And very easy access to all your pipes and wiring for repairs. Just mind the tornado sirens.

        1. I knew a guy apprenticing for an electrician that got caught under a trailer on a hot wire. It took a minute to cut the power. He quit that day. Now he just cuts lawns.

      4. And by “house” you mean camper in a pick-up bed?

        1. Lol. I had a topper for my 90 Toyota pickup, did lots of sleeping in the back on camping trips, so not too far off.

          1. Not a Brat or an El Camino?

            1. El Camino! I wish. I got the truck cheap cuz it ain’t go no AC.

      5. I have nothing against the residents of trailer parks, and I have nothing against trailer parks in theory. In practice, however, buying a trailer but paying ground rent can be a horrible deal.

    2. I don’t think he has enough neck to be Warty.

      1. Warty has no neck, just shoulders attached to his ears.

    3. It’s a mechanism for feeling better about oneself. “Trailer trash” are the go-to for people who need to feel that there are people in society whose lives are more mean and wretched than their own. And since trailer park residents are stereotypically white they don’t have to worry about being racist as they would if they used the projects.

      1. I feel better about myself by putting down Warty. And Epi. And FoE.

        But not SugarFree. Never SugarFree. He is my Spirit Animal.

        1. I don’t think you want a spirit animal that can be killed by a fucking Snickers bar.

          1. I’ll just make it a point not to fuck a Snicker’s bar.

      2. But what will they do when, borrowing from Walter Williams here, it becomes unfashionable for bien pensants to sneer at people who live in trailers?

        Maybe they’ll just learn to love everyone. Haw haw.

    4. recipe for avant garde photography:

      1. Find a subject that would scandalize your rich suburbanite parents

      2. Film it in the most unappealing way possible

      3. Profit

  8. Vicodin and similar types of pain medications will be shifted from Schedule III to Schedule II in mid-October

    People with legitimate pain suffering is the price we pay for civilization.

    1. They put acetaminophen in there already with the express intent to poison prescription users. This is just fucking cruelty stacked on malice.

  9. Vicodin and similar types of pain medications will be shifted from Schedule III to Schedule II in mid-October, making them harder for people to get from doctors and probably driving up their black market value, increasing the possibility of criminal behavior for addicts to get their hands on them. Thanks, war on drugs!

    Fucking off is no longer good enough for slavers. Die in pain, you fucks.

    1. Die in pain, you fucks

      You think the Schedules apply to the slavers? They’d laugh if they weren’t too busy snorting blow.

  10. Colorado voters will decide in November whether to require labels on foods with genetically modified ingredients.

    Pretend GMO is a Henry Payne cartoon. Too many labels.

    1. Good thing the libertines won on vice-related issues!

    2. Aren’t modern foods genetically modified?

      1. Yes, but they were modified naturally with the human technology of selective breeding, not unnaturally with the human technology of gene transfer.

  11. Vicodin and similar types of pain medications will be shifted from Schedule III to Schedule II in mid-October, making them harder for people to get from doctors and probably driving up their black market value, increasing the possibility of criminal behavior for addicts to get their hands on them. Thanks, war on drugs!

    Losing power and prestige, the leviathan begins to flail around more viciously.

  12. As somebody whose mother suffers from constant pain due to MS and fibromyalgia: Fuck you, DEA. Fuck every single one of you. I hope every one of you pieces of shit behind this plan gets a horrible, painful, debilitating illness and that no doctor is willing to prescribe you anything stronger than aspirin.

    1. But they’ll be able to get the pills. Because they’re the good guys. Everyone else has a problem, but not them.

      Were I president, the DEA would be the first to go.

      1. Were I president, Michelle Leonhart would be sent to Gitmo and tortured for crimes against humanity.

        But then again, that might be too kind compared to what she deserves.

        1. Torture doesn’t solve anything, as much as people like Leonhart deserve it. It only creates more monsters.

          1. But it would make me feel good, so fuck it. She has it coming anyway.

            1. Yeah. And it solves the fact that Leonhart is a piece of shit who isn’t getting what she deserves.

              1. I imagine with loving attention her torment in the boats could be made to last months.

                1. Reasonoids seem obsessed with this type of torture.

                  1. It is not obsession. There are many methods of execution known to man. For the animals in human skin that prosecute the War on (Some) Drug( Using Minoritie)s, scaphism happens to be the most appropriate method.

          2. It wouldn’t solve anything. You’re right. But damn if it wouldn’t feel good.

            Can I at least have her fingernails and toenails ripped off with no pain medication available?

            1. That is too merciful!!!!

              She deserves nothing less than the boats!

    2. When my 84-year-old grandfather was in the hospital dying of cancer in every conceivable part of his body, they refused to give him too much morphine because, and no shit they used this phrase, they didn’t want his “quality of life” to be compromised by getting addicted to morphine.

      They wouldn’t give him pain-killers of any kind unless he was white-knuckling the bars on his bed for pain. I do not exaggerate – that was their stated standard.

      Un-fucking-believable.

      1. Having been hospitalized for a surgery recently, I can believe this anecdote. I was seriously undermedicated and in quite a bit of pain. I called in my medical team – an attending, intern, and anesthesiologist – and explained my predicament. I was told that a year earlier I would have been given more than double the dose, but with added scrutiny in Florida from the Feds they were prevented from doling out the pain meds for fear of losing their license and going to jail.

        So, thanks for that. Luckily I only needed the medication for a couple of days. I can’t imagine squirming around in pain and knowing “this is how I am going to spend the rest of my life”. Again, thanks big brother. I appreciate you looking out for us like that.

    3. There very fact that there is ANY drug that you need a prescription for before the government will allow you to get it makes a mockery of the ‘free country’ concept.

  13. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered the withdrawal of National Guard troops from Ferguson…

    Another Nixon cut-and-runner.

    1. How can you ask a man to be the last man to go home safely for a mistake?

    2. So is the looting and rioting going to increase?

  14. Britain’s Ministry of Defense estimates there are more British Muslims fighting on behalf of the Islamic State (ISIL) in Syria and Iraq than serving in their own forces, though it’s difficult to determine exact numbers.

    That’s kind of ambiguous, Scott Shackford. It would read more clearly as “serving in British armed forces.” It is also quite arguable whether those British Muslims indeed consider the British armed forces to be “theirs”.

    1. The Caliphate’s wishlist didn’t include Britain, but that was probably because they couldn’t justify a historical claim a la southern Italy or Iberia.

  15. Just so everyone knows, I pronounce “schedule” as though the c isn’t even there.

    1. How very posh of you, Fist.

    2. “Just so everyone knows, I pronounce “schedule” as though the c isn’t even there”

      Well, skit!

    3. So, you’re basically Christopher Walken in A View to a Kill?

    4. It’s that Bucket woman. Oh, hello, Mrs. Bouquet.

    5. How very . . . *Canadian* of you.

    1. Perry Grand Juror Was An Active Democratic Party Delegate During Jury Proceedings
      …More troubling, however, is the fact that Chalmers attended, photographed, and commented on an event with Democratic state Sen. Kirk Watson while grand jury proceedings were ongoing.

      Watson was a witness in front of the grand jury. On June 27, 2014, Chalmers shared a photo of the Watson event on a community Facebook page she started called Developer’s Dungeon. “Senator Kirk Watson telling the story of the Wendy Davis fillibuster (sic),” she wrote in a comment accompanying the picture….

      1. Is this a criminal offense? Will Chalmers spend 90+ days in jail?

      2. It’s pretty funny that Team Blue has picked this hill to die on. Guess Team Red isn’t the only party of stupid.

        1. They’re both a combination of evil and stupid to various degrees, at various times and places.

  16. Don Lemon, Automatic Weapons, and the Integrity of Language
    …What Lemon is talking about having bought is a standard semi-automatic weapon ? an AR-15 or somesuch. It is not an automatic weapon.

    Having been corrected, what Lemon should have said was, “you’re right, I meant ‘semi-automatic.'” But he didn’t. Instead, he said:

    “For me, that’s an automatic weapon.”…

    1. Sea bugs! Furry rodents!

    2. So, ok, then for me ‘no’ means ‘yes’, and so does ‘yes’ and ‘maybe’.

      1. No means yes, yes means anal!

  17. On AM links there was post about the first selfie being from 1920. Actually it is more likely from 1840:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Cornelius

    1. I didn’t get around to asking in the AM Links, but I always thought there were long-wire shutter controls, even back in the early days of photography, that would have enabled early photographers to take pictures of themselves.

      1. And back in those days the exposure period could last for several seconds or even a few minutes.

        Apparently the first photos of people had their eyes closed because the exposure times. At least this was the case in the US before they learned more about the daguerreotype process. I’m not sure how many of those photos still exist though.

      2. Failing that, there were certainly mirrors.

        Don’t know if any humans had mutated sufficiently to have duck lips though . . .

    2. that’s like a hundred years ago.

      1. More like two hundred years ago.

        1. Winston didn’t get the joke…

  18. Vicodin and similar types of pain medications will be shifted from Schedule III to Schedule II in mid-October, making them harder for people to get from doctors

    May the DEA rot in hell, and may the people expedite their trip there.

  19. Britain’s Ministry of Defense estimates there are more British Muslims fighting on behalf of the Islamic State (ISIL) in Syria and Iraq than serving in their own forces, though it’s difficult to determine exact numbers.

    Shit, a certain someone is going to go apeshit reading this.

    “What are you implying, Scott? Just what are you implying?!?!?”

    1. Or should I say Von Scott?

      1. +1 pair fishnets.

    2. Who would go apeshit over that?

  20. Artisanal ice for the cocktail drinker.

    Upscale bars and restaurants are devoting their attention and time to making clear, dense, artisanal ice. Here’s how they do it, and why you should care.

    …snip

    The so-called artisanal-ice movement is in full swing.

    …snip

    Aviary, for instance, serves a margarita with cubes made from water mixed with the juice of Fresno chili peppers. As the ice melts, the drink becomes spicy instead of weak.

    1. Don’t go to Aviary. Don’t go to Aviary. Don’t go to Aviary.

      Unless you want to see the tackiest decor EVER.

      1. but… but… but… the ice is artisanal. That’s got to be worth something, right?

    2. How about they bring back ice harvesting?

      1. How about just infuse the tequila with peppers instead of that ice bullshit?

      2. FTA: Some places, like Aviary, even make their own 200- to 300-pound blocks in machines that mimic the unidirectional freeze of the outdoors.

        I don’t want mud from a dirty river in my artisanal ice.

        1. I don’t want mud from a dirty river in my artisanal ice.

          Too corporate and not organic. I get my artisanal ice grown organically by fair trade supporters in Greenland, mud and grass et. al.

      3. Ice Delivery Man: You’ve got to start charging more than a dollar a bag. We lost four more men on this expedition!

        Apu: If you can think of a better way to get ice, I’d like to hear it.

      4. “How about they bring back ice harvesting?”

        Wouldn’t that contribute to global warming?

    3. They could just put something solid without flavor in a freezer and then put that in the drink. (I think I’ve seen granite stones for use with whisk[e]y linked to, although I’d think that would impart flavor.)

      Alternatively, they could use Ice II or any of the dozen other non-traditional forms of solid H2O.

        1. It would definitely keep your drink colder longer. Much, much longer.

      1. You SFed that link.

        1. For Ted: here.

          It’s actually pretty interesting.

    4. There’s a bagel place down here that serves iced coffee with ice cubes made from iced coffee. It’s awesome.

    5. OK, which one of you just went and registered ArtisanalIce.com ?

  21. “A [Fredericksburg] Virginia university has decided to stop calling its newspaper “The Bullet” over concerns that the name was so insensitive and inappropriate that it could even make people violent.

    “The University of Mary Washington’s 96-year-old newspaper will now be called The Blue and Gray Press.”

    Good thing they got rid of militaristic imagery!

    http://www.nationalreview.com/…..-katherine

    1. First the Washington Bullets and now this…

  22. The Controlled Substances Act places drugs into five categories. Drugs in Schedule I, such as LSD and heroin, are determined by the Food and Drug Administration to have no medical use and are illegal. Drugs in Schedule II have an accepted medical use, but also have high potential for abuse.

    Odd they didn’t mention Cannabis in that scary Schedule I list …

  23. What? You say police sources were lying? WELL I NEVER.

    Julian Cummings CNN ?@JulianCummings 1h
    Reports that Ofc Darren Wilson had a bruised or fractured eye socket are false. #ferguson
    A source close to the investigation tells CNN

    Julian Cummings CNN ?@JulianCummings 1h
    Wilson was taken to the hospital after the shooting. He had xrays which came back negative. He was treated for a swollen face. #ferguson

    1. Julian Cummings
      Darkwing Duck know the police are incompetent though he isn’t much better…

  24. The idiots objecting to “taxpayer funds going to private schools” must never have heard of the GI Bill, which sent my father through a (private, religious) college.

    1. They weren’t around at the time.

  25. Judge Amy Berman Jackson gave the department until Oct. 1 to hand the documents over to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

    “We would like to comply. Unfortunately, they were on Lois Lerner’s hard drive.”

  26. They could just put something solid without flavor in a freezer and then put that in the drink.

    Like little round magnets; FROZEN BUCKYBALLS to cool your drinks!

    Just keep one eye peeled for the FDA SWAT team.

    1. I cool my drinks with vacuum energy.

  27. Dude seems to know what day of the week it is.

    http://www.AnonCrypt.tk

  28. Person hospitalized after another accident resulting from restaurant storing lye in a sugar container: http://www.galvestondailynews……9f286.html

  29. Well, just shut the school system down completely and pass a constitutional amendment requiring separation of school and state. Then the judge isn’t keeping poor kids out of religious or discriminatory schools, he’s just keeping them out of school altogether. Your move, judge asswipe.

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