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  1. This afternoon, ISIS released a video that appears to show the beheading of British hostage Alan Henning.

    Beheaders gotta behead

    1. Hello.

      I would like to change Ebola to Eboli in honor of the President.

      Sign my petition.

      1. Not only will I not sign your petition, I’m going to have you arrested for trespassing.

        1. I like “Obola.”

    2. Gotta take a head, to get ahead.

  2. Tight Credit? Why Ben Bernanke Couldn’t Refinance His Mortgage

    http://blogs.wsj.com/economics…..-mortgage/

    1. They probably just started the furnace for the first time this fall and set a squirrel nest on fire.

      1. Well, as long as it isn’t, you know, ?.

        1. An Ebola nest?

          1. I was thinking of the t-word, but that’ll do.

                1. Best version ever.

        2. The server squirrels? Burning them would be a good thing.

          1. Shhhh!

            *turns to the squirrels *

            He didn’t mean it! Please don’t eat my comments!

              1. Meta.

  3. A federal judge has ordered the release of videotapes showing a Syrian detainee at Guantanamo Bay being force-fed.

    Are we beheading him?

  4. Oh, hey, we’re still doing stuff in Syria. Moderate rebels (who are the people we are supposedly helping) are complaining that U.S.-led air strikes are helping President Bashar al-Assad stay entrenched. Welcome to world politics, guys.

    And remember, the Obama Admin pretty much invented the Khorasan Group out of whole cloth to justify our involvement in this fiasco. Just call him George W. Obama.

    1. Probably more like Lyndon B. Obama.

      1. Idi Amin Obama Dada Barack Mendacious the First

  5. Police have arrested more protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, prompting more complaints and concerns. Guess that public relations seminar didn’t help much.

    Nuke it from outer space.

  6. “More U.S. troops are heading to West Africa to shoot Ebola in the face.”

    Nah. Drone it.

    1. Why not nuke it? Last I looked intense heat and radiation were pretty good disinfectants.

      1. You want radioactive mutant super-intelligent hive-mind Ebola?

        1. It would make for interesting times.

        2. I heard they could mutate, but ? Whoa.

        3. Isn’t that what the Borg basically are/is?

        4. Has anyone tried negotiating with Ebola? Isolate some Ebola virus, shrink the Secretary of State down to virus size, then hammer out a treaty.

          1. But, first, we must acknowledge the virtues of Ebola. Ebola is a virus of peace, a virus dedicated to fairness, and equality, and humanity. No genuine Ebola virus would wantonly kill journalists and innocent children. What we are witnessing is the perversion of a great virus. We will offer support moderate strains of the Ebola virus to isolate and eliminate this perverted strain of Ebola.

            1. You nailed it.

            2. Wow, you’ve done virus negotiation before.

    2. Send the Ferguson police department to deal with it.

    3. Drones never stopped anything.

      1. Yeah, but they do it faster!

      2. Ahem…weddings?

        1. Shotgun weddings or IED weddings?

          1. If you had IUD weddings, you wouldn’t need to have shotgun weddings.

    4. One of the other docs at my hospital just found his daughter, who is a military medic, is being dispatched to West Africa as part of this. He is both proud of her and scared shitless at the same time. She is apparently fired up to go, he says, but I’m betting inside she’s got to be scared shitless as well.

      Yikes.

      1. My understanding from my sister in law, who is a Yale doc, is that it’s not that big of a deal here. US hospitals have enough blood products on hand to treat it like any other hemorrhagic fever.

        In Africa, not so much.

        1. Agreed. I think the fear is not so much from the Ebola per se, but the sanitation and general health situation in the area, not to mention the relatively nearby pockets of young terrorists and simliar types who believe women should not be allowed to have jobs like medics. I hope the best for her, but what a difficult situation for an earnest young woman to go into.

        2. US hospitals may be up to task as long as there are no more than a few thousand cases at any given time. Beyond that, and the strain may overwhelm the infrastructure.

          1. Based on what happened in Dallas, I am not terribly confident.

            1. You know what else happened in Dallas that undermined people’s confidence?

              1. Not knowing who shot J.R. for a while?

              2. The Cotton Bowl?

              3. Tony Romo

    5. Bomb some of it’s empty warehouses?

    1. She never told them she was a Muslim. Yet the EEOC says they should have asked so that they could have made an accommodation. Yeah, businesses asking your religion will never result in any law suits. Never.

      1. The best lawsuits are the ones you can’t avoid. Did you ask about religion when hiring? Fuck you, pay me. Did you fail to ask about religion when hiring? Fuck you, pay me.

        It’s a great time to be a plaintiffs’ attorney.

    2. I don’t see how they could ever accomodate her religious beliefs. They have a look and part of their business model is their employees having that look. They wouldn’t hire a middle aged fat man either. And you age discrimination is a tort just like discrimination based on religion.

      I wonder, would the EEOC require a strip club to hire a Muslim woman who insisted on wearing a burka? I don’t see how consistent with this case. The two cases are only a question of degree not principle.

      1. would the EEOC require a strip club to hire a Muslim woman who insisted on wearing a burka?

        Would that be any worse than the Thursday afternoon product?

        1. Hey now. You leave the girls on the day shift alone. They are always friendly and willing to work hard for a buck unlike those snotty bitches on the night shift.

          1. Girls? I want to see a DNA analysis first.

          2. This. And they’re mostly college students, too.

            1. The only time I have ever enjoyed going into a strip club is during a week day afternoon.

              1. I remember heard about one under-endowed girl who always covered her chest with her long hair. The guys teased her mercilessly but tipped her well.

      2. I wonder, would the EEOC require a strip club to hire a Muslim woman who insisted on wearing a burka?

        I suppose ‘yes’, if she removed it properly.

        1. Properly? Like showing ankle first?

          1. “Fatima gives good ankle!”

    3. Why the fuck should any employer have to make religious accommodations at all? Religion is optional, as is religious head gear. If your religion is important enough to you that you will insist on wearing a particular kind of hat to work, then you are going to have to make some sacrifices.

      1. Oh, I don’t know. If they can force bakeries to close for refusing to sell gay wedding cakes…

        1. Oh, I don’t know. If they can force bakeries to close for refusing to sell gay wedding cakes…

          That’s just Socon fearmongering!

      2. I really enjoy reading this post and then comparing to the posts in the direct TV article paraphrased thusly:

        But don’t you dare sir fire me if I test positive for weed. Have you no decency sir. Sexual frustration is hard to deal with my weed is medicinal.

        1. Why, it’s almost like the symbols that appear above the content of a post are some sort of identification for the author…

          1. Yeah, I’m not sure what that is about.

    4. Wouldn’t working for a place like A&F be against the same religious morals that wearing a scarf is supposed to be upholding?

      Prior to the job interview, Elauf’s friend asked an assistant manager about the headscarf issue. The assistant manager recalled that she once worked with an associate who wore a white yarmulke. The assistant manger opined that a headscarf should not be a problem, especially if it wasn’t black.

      After receiving this advice, Elauf showed up for the job interview wearing a black headscarf.

      Hmmmmmm, smells like a setup to me.

    5. Somewhat OT.

      Let’s say I wanted to open a coffee shop where the baristas/servers wear lingerie. Obviously, it’s in the best interest of my business model to have young, attractive females with decent figures (who are also qualified/trained to make coffee, obviously).

      What happens if Fatty McGee comes in and applies? Can I just say she’s not qualified for the position, or would I get slapped with a lawsuit for that?

      1. It’s considered a medical condition, therefore probably in violation of the ADA

    6. Why would a devout Muslim woman want to work at Abercrombie and Fitch? I wonder if the lawsuit was the intended goal.

  7. Residents are attempting to forcefully dislodge protesters from the streets.

    “Residents” is one word for them, I guess.

    1. To be fair, how would you feel if a group like Moms Demand Action were blocking streets trying to prevent you from going where you wanted?

      1. Mostly being glib. There is a high probability that some or all of them actually are disgruntled residents, especially since the older folks weren’t really on board in the first place.

        However, Beijing is known for using gangsters to harass its political opponents in Hong Kong and Taiwan, so it’s not outside the realm of possibility that some were involved.

        And of course, resident and gangster are not mutually exclusive. My (admittedly shallow) understanding is that Mong Kok is known for its gang activity.

    1. Only if one of them can grab Putin by the neck and say “don’t disappoint me again”.

    2. He’s more political machine now than man.

      1. With less scars on his chest.

  8. Ebola may be in Georgia (US)

    The guy was recently in Africa, of course.

    1. Obama can suspend all flights into and out of Israel because of a couple of Hamas rockets. He can’t however suspend any travel to West Africa when it is in the midst of an Ebola outbreak.

      This is what happens when politics rules everything. Fucking with Israel is always PC. Stopping travel from a region of oppressed brown people never is, even if that means letting a pandemic into the country.

      1. Ebola may be in Georgia (US)

        +1 fiddle made of gold

        1. +1 soul

      2. Ebola can’t take down an airplane. That’s the only real difference I can think of.
        In either case, I think it ought to be up to the airlines.

        1. “Malaysian Jet Crash Due to Pilots With Ebola”

      3. John is 100% correct. Not to mention all the enterovirus victims, which probably got here from Guatemala. But noting that immigrants can carry diseases is an old stereotype, so we must ignore it.

    1. Nice try, but she didn’t take *mutipliers* into account.

    2. Talk to Amway about that.

    3. She is mostly but not completely right. Strictly speaking, you can’t make money selling to your employees. You can, however, make money because your employees buy your product and in doing so encourage others to do the same. This is especially true with something like cars that required the building of a whole new infrastructure. In getting his employees to buy his product, Henry Ford helped create a critical mass of car owners which drive the demand for creating the infrastructure of good roads and gas stations and such necessary for mass car ownership which in turn sold more cars.

      1. Homer: Okay, boy. This is where all the hard work, sacrifice, and painful scaldings pay off.

        Employee: Four pounds of grease… that comes to… sixty-three cents.

        Homer: Woo-hoo!

        Bart: Dad, all that bacon cost twenty-seven dollars.

        Homer: Yeah, but your mom paid for that!

        Bart: But doesn’t she get her money from you?

        Homer: And I get my money from grease! What’s the problem?

      2. That might build ROADZ!!11eleven!! in Detroit where his plants were, but not nationwide like he needed. He paid to reduce turnover.

      3. McArdle is quite correct in her critique of this nonsense argument.

        Increasing wages may be good business for a variety of reasons, but it has very little to do with the additional profitability of increasing their propensity to become customers.

    4. If you’re a politician and the employees are the government-sector workers, then yes, they are.

      Or at least, they are de facto customers.

    5. Actually – true story…

      My former boss – who is now one of the hundred-richest people in England or something – formed a startup company, and for the first few years, would provide 1 free drink to all the employees after work each day.

      This tradition naturally caught on and most people tended to linger in this chosen ‘after work’ pub quite a bit longer, knocking back many more. As the company grew, the after-work revelry expanded and the bar would usually be wall-to-wall “Employees” after 6pm. A not insignificant portion of our meager, young-adult income was being blown there nightly.

      It was not until a few years after I left that a former colleague of mine noted: “…Mike owned the bar too”

      Genius.

      1. I’m kneeling before your comment in awe.

        And I thought, my God. . .the genius of that! The genius! The will to do that! Perfect, genuine, complete, crystalline, pure.

        1. It’s way better than my plan to poison my employees and then sell them the antidote.

          1. It’s like one of those science fiction dystopias, where the evil, all-powerful company addicts its employees to something that it sells them. But in real life!

            1. To be fair = it was England, and everyone was going to go to the pub after work anyway.

              It was just his foresight to buy the pub closest to our main building, and personally shuttle people there every day until it became ‘company tradition’

              Funny story #2:

              I was one of the first American employees of the company. Shortly after my hire, a ‘new woman’ showed up to be the resident human resources lady. She was so incompetent it was near-criminal. She actually once *lost* someone’s 401k during transfer.

              anyway, she insists that we need to have a full-company meeting on our health plan. The meeting, it turns out, is 100% about the Ob/Gyn services. I go to the woman and say (discretely) ‘maybe you should let the men leave’? She tells me to sit down and shut up. So, to punish her, I proceed to pepper the Ob/Gyn speaker with highly detailed questions, dragging the meeting on for longer and driving people near insane.

              She tells Mike (the boss) hoping he’ll ‘punish’ me or something. Not likely. I go into his office, and he’s busy, asks, “whats all this bullshit about?” I explain: “You know that cunt you hired in HR?” “Yes” “Well, she decides to imprison the staff in a room for 2 hours …” and I go on a ranting tear about how ridiculously awful a human being this woman is.

              I go back to my office, satisfied. My coworker asks what I was talking to Mike about. “Oh, that @#*($!@ woman, I slagged her off, hopefully he’ll fire her finally”

              Pause.

              “You mean his *fiancee*?”

              1. So I assume that job isn’t on your LinkedIn.

                1. The boss later told me that he spent the whole conversation nearly crying with laughter from imagining what the look on my face would be when I learned that fact.

                  He probably tells that story more often than I do.

              2. Wow, you were really not in the loop.

              3. @GILMORE: Either story would’ve won the thread. You’re hearby not allowed to win any more threads until November.

      2. I owe my soul to the company bar.

        1. They don’t take Visa?

      3. That is the most beautiful thing I have read all week.

  9. “More U.S. troops are heading to West Africa to shoot Ebola in the face.”

    Operation Human Shield.

    1. I don’t listen to hip hop.

  10. Alt-text:

    “protests continue in Hong Kong”

  11. Vice President Biden doesn’t sound happy about former Obama administration officials who have written insider books that critique some of the president’s decisions.

    Well, of course! Those books are stealing Joe’s thunder.

  12. I live 1700 miles from Dallas, yet I saw somebody wearing a surgical mask at a supermarket today. Never seen that before around here. Don’t know if she is suffering from allergies or phobias or whatnot, or if this is an example of The Ebola Panic! spreading faster than the virus.

        1. She was probably a cancer patient or something. Asshole.

      1. Raaaacist.

    1. I remember just after the 2001 Japan earthquake that damaged a nuke plant seeing somebody in Finland ask on a board where they could buy a Geiger counter to test the produce.

      The panic-mongering is something else. šŸ™

      1. That’s why I have mad respect for the guy who runs KI4U.com, having known about him for a long time, I have checked his prices from time to time. He didn’t raise the price of his products one iota in the wake of Fukushima. Or pretty much any disaster.

        1. I wouldn’t mind if he raised his prices slightly and spent it on web design.

          1. I like it. None of that antisocial networking shit that slows browsers down.

            The guy seems like a bit of a kook though.

          2. Wow, classic late-’90s web design.

    2. Well, to be honest, in the case of an actual epidemic, by the time you heard about any local cases it would be too late to take meaningful action to protect yourself.

    3. Probably immunocompromised… Cancer patients undergoing chemo often wear a mask in public places. They get shitty looks for it, too.

      1. Thanks. Didn’t know that. Now I feel bad for pointing it out. Hangs head in shame.

        1. I’m gonna call you an asshole higher up in the thread. Nothing personal, but it’s been a rough week and I need some smug sanctimony.

          1. No problem. I am an asshole for trying to be clever while ignorant.

  13. Is there an Ebola named diet drug we can take off the market?

    1. Have abowla granola?

  14. So, A Mom Baked Vagina Cookies For A Class Of 2nd Graders

    What’s the best way to teach second graders a valuable lesson about female anatomy? Um, baked goods. Duh.

    Well, at least that’s what “Autumn”, a mother who volunteered to bring in treats to her child’s class, thought when she ? surprise! ? showed up with a big ol’ batch of vagina-frosted cookies and an agenda.

    According to Redditor JPstudly, who knows the teacher of the second grade class, all vaginas were represented on the tray: small, puffy, white, brown, shaved, bald, fire crotch. You know, your typical, sugary sexuality cookies.

    “I decided you can use these to teach the kids about the woman’s vagina today,” Autumn told the teacher when she arrived with her crotch cookies.

    The teacher told Autumn her va-jay-jay cookies were not allowed in the classroom, and as you can imagine, the mother lost it. She yelled “vagina” loudly many, many times, screamed about the importance of teaching kids about sexuality and even accused the teacher of not being proud of her own vagina. Then, she stormed out ? without the cookies.

    100 to 1 odds she’s one of those who feels sexually assaulted if she sees a random penis.

    1. Yeah, try bringing a tray of cookies representing all the shapes and sizes of dicks in the world to school.

    2. What’s a “vagina”?

    3. Never with baked goods.

    4. Wow…read that email. She’s nuts.

      And mostly like an editor for Jezebel.

      1. The amazing thing is someone this nuts wants to be around children.

        Did I say amazing? I meant typical.

      2. “We as women should stand together and inform people about the vagina and how to please it.”

        Wow. To second graders. Chris Hanson needs to get in touch with this woman.

        1. The homework assignments would be fun.

          Unless the dog eats it.

        2. “We as women should stand together and inform people about the vagina and how to please it.”

          Change it to “We as men should stand together and inform people about the penis and how to please it.” See how people react.

      3. Every cookie vagina in that picture looks like it’s been through a major car accident.

        Have all of those cookies been fisted or something?

        1. Prolly the pleasure she had in mind.

        2. Roast beef sandwiches would have been too expensive.

        3. It’s the exploded view

      4. The last line of her email show what happens when her mask slips off.

        I hope you go home to a husband who beats on you.

        These radicals legitimately see men as animals or machines. The only debate is between right thinking womyn and wrong thinking gender traitors. If you are a traitor, you deserve to be abused by the dangerous animal that you aid and abet.

        It’s no different than the pit bull hysterics, those people wish for pit bull owners to be bit by their dog for having a wrong view.

    5. I said I wanted a box OF cookies.

    6. “I decided you can use these to teach the kids about the woman’s vagina today,” Autumn told the teacher when she arrived with her crotch cookies.

      Sucks to be all those parents who didn’t want their kids’ sex ed class to be taught by a raving lunatic in an apron.

      Alternatively:

      In her zealotry to take her faith in the Progressive Church – Social Issues Synod to a new level, she violated one of the Ten Demandments. Queen Obama the Great said “children shalt not feed on the sweet or on the fat, but only on the carb and on the fiber.”

    7. There’s got to be a Girl Scout Cookie joke in this somewhere.

      1. girls cooz cookies

        1. You are *hot* today, IF!

      2. Do-si-dos
        Savannah Smiles
        Thank You Berry Munch
        Golden Yangles
        Snaps

        1. Choco-Ginger Snatch

          1. Ice Box Sweeties

            1. Golden Graham Groiners

    8. So, A Mom Baked Vagina Cookies For A Class Of 2nd Graders

      WTF? What do suppose would happen had this been a father that baked a bunch of penises and gave them to the kids?

  15. Democracy is great, but economic freedom is better. Or at least more essential to prosperity and general freedom. The HK protestors are a whole lot more respectable than the American Occupy idiots, but I worry that their protests will just result in China taking more control more quickly and fucking up the good thing they have going.

  16. Ebola vs. Obamacare.

    Who wins?

    1. We all do, Invisible Finger. We all do.

  17. Feminists are so cute when they think they’re smart.

    Maybe it’s because they yell about bullshit less. When they’re smugly stupid, they’re quieter.

    1. Why’s she drawing dicks and boobs with weirdly irrelevant labels?

    2. Where is the part where she shows that Harris misunderstands the normal distribution?

      1. Nowhere that I can see. She appears to disagree with two premises. 1) men and women have different estrogen levels; and 2) one’s estrogen level influences the palatability of that dude’s writing. Nothing in that indicts the man’s understanding of elementary statistics.

    3. She cites the fact that “researchers” have found no psychological difference between men and womyn.

      Chalk up another “consensus” that fails the “being alive and looking the fuck around” test.

      1. Indeed. It’s pure anti-scientific denial to claim that differing amounts of hormones have no psychological effect.

      2. “Many researchers have searched for cognitive and psychological differences between the genders and taken as a whole, researchers have found little to no difference in cognitive ability or psychological differences between men and women and when differences are found, it’s unclear whether they are themselves innate or a product of our culture and experiences. If differences exist at all they are quite small and can only be seen in the aggregate.”

        Sheer buffoonery.

        She must think it’s an accident the jails are full of men.

    4. She can’t spell “presume.”

  18. This essay had an oblique link on Instapundit yesterday, and turned out to be very much worth the (longish) read. Good analysis of Team Red/Blue thinking.

    Excerpt:

    Spending your entire life insulting the other tribe and talking about how terrible they are makes you look, well, tribalistic. It is definitely not high class. So when members of the Blue Tribe decide to dedicate their entire life to yelling about how terrible the Red Tribe is, they make sure that instead of saying “the Red Tribe”, they say “America”, or “white people”, or “straight white men”. That way it’s humble self-criticism. They are so interested in justice that they are willing to critique their own beloved side, much as it pains them to do so.

    And so how virtuous, how noble the Blue Tribe! Perfectly tolerant of all of the different groups that just so happen to be allied with them, never intolerant unless it happen to be against intolerance itself. Never stooping to engage in petty tribal conflict like that awful Red Tribe, but always nobly criticizing their own culture and striving to make it better!

    1. Read this yesterday and thought it was more or less excellent. True self-awareness from a NY Lib…inspiring. It made me realize that I was often making sneering assumptions about the rank and file members of the “Left”, ie they truly are motivated by the best intentions when they call for theft, kidnapping, murder, and general loss of liberty of their fellow humans.

      1. I thought his framing was interesting because I never could quite figure out the “shame on you for celebrating Osama’s death” vs. “hooray Thatcher is dead!” dynamic among the left, but this captures it:

        The Blue Tribe has performed some kind of very impressive act of alchemy, and transmuted all of its outgroup hatred to the Red Tribe.

        1. I noticed this after 9/11: the same people who talked about the dangers of fundamentalist Christians, or even plain old Catholics, found it unacceptably prejudiced to consider Islam more dangerous than Zen Buddhism.

  19. This afternoon, ISIS released a video that appears to show the beheading of British hostage Alan Henning.

    I’ll bet the ISIS folks are pissed off that Ebola has pushed their latest beheading off the front page.

    1. Boy, are they going to be surprised when they find out that Americans use decocking as a punishment.

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