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    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said that "of course" U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) would benefit the Assad regime. About 1,000 foreign fighters are still entering Syria to fight with ISIS each month.

  • President Obama was in Maine to campaign but didn't touch Ebola.
  • The odds of Republicans taking control of the Senate stand at 68 percent.
  • Pennsylvania state police say they've caught alleged cop shooter Eric Frein after a nearly seven-week long manhunt. Prosecutors want to seek the death penalty.
  • Israel has closed the Temple Mount after a series of shootings at the site, which also includes the al-Aqsa mosque.
  • The military has taken over the government in Burkina Faso after protesters stormed and set fire to the parliament building.
  • Zambia's newest head of state is the first white president in Africa since F.W. de Klerk.

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  1. Boo.

    1. Hello.

      “President Obama was in Maine to campaign but didn’t touch Ebola.”


      1. You don’t sound scared enough. Maybe I should have bolded it.

        1. I scare very easily.

    2. I’m almost certain your comment is racist.

      1. I did say it while wearing a white sheet over my whole body…

        1. Why aren’t there any black ghosts?

          1. There are – but at night… *shrugs*

          2. White after-privilege.

            1. I can’t find it now, but there was a movie where a black ghost threatened to form an African-American Apparition Association to work for his peoples’ rights.

  2. The odds of Republicans taking control of the Senate stand at 68 percent.

    Odds of anything changing once it’s so?

    1. The odds of Republicans taking control of the Senate continuing to spend money we don’t have, start wars, and poke their noses into other people’s business stand at 68 percent 100 percent.

    2. Chance of “No, fuck you, cut spending….000001%”

      1. Pst. I think you accidentally typed a 1.

        1. lol

        2. A small chance of it happening by accident, maybe? Quantum fluctuations? Margin of error added to make it appear legit?

          1. I think “accident” or “quantum fluctuations” would answer.

  3. Offensive, cruel and irresponsible. Why I don’t want my daughter to see this advert, writes SARAH VINE

    Lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret has launched billboard advert featuring ten super-skinny models in push-up bras
    Women are billed as ‘perfect’ with tiny tummies, perky breasts and small bottoms, as well as prominent ‘thigh gaps’
    Models – known as ‘Angels’ – also appear to have been made thinner by Photoshop, giving them Barbie-like proportion
    Three British students are demanding the American company apologise and alter the wording on the advertisement


    1. What’s wrong for striving for an impossibly high standard?

    2. This advert ? and all the others like it ? is not just harmless titillation.


      It’s a deliberate projection of an ideal of female beauty so narrow as to be virtually unattainable.

      So what? Just tell your daughter it’s an *advertisement*.

      1. But… the thigh gap!

        1. Mr. President, we must not allow a thigh gap!

          1. John agrees!

      2. So what? Just tell your daughter it’s an *advertisement*.

        No! Everything must be realistic at all times! Mediocre is good! Ugly is better! How dare those companies market their wares using a desirable image!

        Seriously, though, Victoria’s Secret would use fat, sloppy models in a heartbeat if they knew it would move more product. But it won’t, because no one wants to see that shit. Don’t blame the advertiser, blame Society for their unrealistic impossible blargle argle standerp.

        1. But corporations control our desires. There is no free will.

          1. A planet of playthings,
            we dance on the strings,
            of powers we cannot perceive…

          2. A planet of playthings,
            we dance on the strings,
            of powers we cannot perceive…


            Seen them play this a couple of times in the past few years and I’m amazed Geddy can still hit the notes in that section.

            On a (tangentially related) note, “Natural Science” is probably still my favorite song from their discography. The plebs can take their “Tom Sawyer” and shove it.

            1. The last album was incredible. One of the best.

            2. Permanent Waves is my favorite, after Clockwork Angels which I think might be their best work.

              While I get the pedestrian nature to Tom Sawyer – it is still a personal anthem for me.

              1. Signals is my personal fave.

                1. Yeah, that’s a great one too though I think the tunes sound better live.

            3. Clockwork Angels was goddamn fantastic. I’ve been a stalwart Rush fan since my teenage years, but even I didn’t expect CA to blow me away like it did. I never knew how much I wanted a steampunk concept album until I heard it.

              1. I just feel that album captured everything about them, the way they write music, the music they write and perform, more so than any other album except Permanent Waves. It’s as if they took the best of their early years, combined it with the best of all the other Rush epochs and made one magnum opus. Just incredible.

                1. “I looked in the mirror today
                  My eyes just didn’t seem so bright
                  I’ve lost a few more hairs
                  I think I’m going bald”

                2. Huh, I haven’t followed them in about 20 years… have to check it out.

        2. Why is it that men never complain that pictures of male models cause them to suffer from low self-esteem and body issues? Could it be (just throwing it out there)that men aren’t as self-absorbed and whiny as women?

          1. Men don’t complain about it because men don’t complain? Also, to be heard to complain about it would be – unmanly? Don’t like it, do something about it.

            Don’t think that it doesn’t, there are plenty of men that are very unhappy with their appearance and body type, especially since so many of us lionize elite athletes.

            1. A man will also look at the one part of his body that resembles, in some small ways, the model’s and think ‘Damn, I look good’.

              A woman could have actually been the model, and would still see only her own glaring flaws.

          2. Actually, it’s because men are completely delusional. At least I am. When I look in the mirror I still see a 6’2′ 225lb 20 year old linebacker. That was thirty years ago.

            Women who wear makeup have to be realistic about how they look.

            As an aside, the models are too skinny.
            I prefer someone a little heavier, because it takes a lot of self denial to look like those models. Someone who is that good at self denial would find Jimbo denial very easy. Jimbo denial makes me sad.

            1. Suppose it’s the zombie part they’re rejecting?

              1. Well OK, 30 years, an untimely death and Voudoun rituals.

    3. I wonder if she wants her daughter to see the ad with the little girls swearing and asking themselves which one of them is going to be raped.

    4. My wife agreed that the Verizon (I think) commercial that was aired during the World Series, with the 4 ladies screaming like the girls at the Ed Sullivan Show Beatles concert, over one getting an iPhone, was insulting to women.

      1. What if it was about one of them getting shoes instead?

        1. I don’t think it was the product so much as the idea of presumably grown women acting like star-struck teenage morons.

          1. Have such offend folks NEVER watch an “Ellen” show.

            1. I’m more than a bit worried that apparently you have.

              1. My wife watches


                I will walk by and hear SQUEEEE!!!!! many a time.

          2. I don’t think it was the product so much as the idea of presumably grown women acting like star-struck teenage morons.

            She should pull up some YouTube vids from a typical episode of Oprah.

      2. Count me in on hating that fucking commercial.

    5. It’s interesting that these people’s entire world view is based on fantasy, and they’re criticizing fantasy.

      1. So much this.

    6. Actually, judging from the college girls I see walking around when classes break at Suffolk University when I’m in Boston, quite a few 18 and 19 year old girls are thin.

      They may not be as tall as these models, but they are as thin as they are.

      When she describes this standard as “unattainable”, she apparently means “unattainable for middle-aged housewives”. Well, tough shit.

      When someone writes, “All women have cellulite!” what they mean is “All women over 25 have cellulite!” and that’s not really the same thing.

      Accept the fact that you aren’t young forever and that young people are more attractive than you are. The End.

        1. She’s their beauty expert.

          1. It’s a good halloween costume.

        2. That’s pretty much what I think of as the archetypal woman who complains about: unattainable standards, new moms who somehow get back in to pre-pregnancy shape, people who train hard, people who actually follow a decent nutrition strategy etc.

        3. 2/10. Looks like a fella. Not even with a stolen dick.

      1. Throw in the fact that people eat way to many carbs, and just too much in general, and also don’t get any effin’ exercise, and Boom! it’s fat city.

      2. It’s hard to objectify the coeds when you’re thinking “she should *eat* something or she’ll end up snapping like a twig!”

    7. VS uses those images because their main customer base is MEN. Women with any knowledge whatsoever of quality lingerie would only buy VS in an emergency if they were in a mall and their underwire started poking them, or their strap broke. That’s assuming the mall they’re in doesn’t have a Macy’s or Nordstrom, where real lingerie can be found.

      1. This. Victoria’s Secret is for men and flat teenagers.

        1. VS has a whole advertising and marketing scheme that is into fat shaming. It is like the US Marine Corps advertising scheme.

          The Few, the Proud…

          Basically, are you good enough to be our customer.

          The stores are even set up to make it hard for large people to get into/out of. It creates a small but loyal customer base.

      2. But it always seemed to me that the stuff in VS you actually wouldn’t be wearing for long…

        1. Hence the not buying real lingerie there.

          Also, their lingerie is not necessarily the sexiest. It’s just that their models are more famous.

          1. Also, their lingerie is not necessarily the sexiest. It’s just that their models are more famous.

            This. VS is kind of the lowest common denominator of sexy. There are 100s of lingerie designers and small boutiques that carry the real sexy stuff.

              1. Do your own daggone research, Swissy! I buy my non-practical/sexytimes lingerie at a small boutique in Old Town Alexandria.

            1. Check out http://www.curvyandbeautifullingerie.com/

              The site is owned by a friend of mine, and all profits go to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

  4. Zambia’s newest head of state is the first white president in Africa since F.W. de Klerk.

    Check his long form.

    1. His parents moved there from scotland, his name is ‘Scott’. I’m suspicious.

      Technically, he’s ineligible to run because instead of merely being ‘natural born’, a presidential candidate in Zambia has to be ‘third generation’. Sounds like a veiled racist clause to me.

      1. What? racists in Africa? My progressive friends explained to me that only evil white people could be racist.

    2. Wouldn’t it be more accurate to say “sub-Saharan Africa”?

      1. Sort of. But I think that white=European is a common enough usage.

    3. +1 Birther Control

    4. This is transformational and and an inspiration to honkies everywhere!

  5. Orson Welles’ last unseen film set to be finished and released 30 years after his death

    The Other Side of the Wind set to be released in a film festival in May
    Will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the actor’s birth
    Welles began filming in 1971 and spent the rest of his life editing
    He died in 1985 at the age of 70 – having edited 75 minutes of the project
    Is about a movie director feuding with Hollywood over an ambitious film


    1. I don’t think he finished editing Mr. Arkadin either, and the movie is much the worse for it.

  6. Paging Sugarfree:

    “Naked in the vegetable garden”: Meet the woman who’s turning your weirdest fantasies into porn

    One woman gets off watching her boyfriend put together Ikea furniture. Another fantasizes during her CrossFit class about “tying the trainer up, stripping down with my other class-mates and fucking in front of him.” A man dreams of being a pool boy who leaves fliers on women’s cars reading, “I clean your pool. Easy going, good hearted, always horny. English spoken.”

    These are just a couple of the stories found on the NSFW website XConfessions, which solicits people’s fantasies and chooses two each month to turn into short pornographic films. The woman behind this ambitious project is Erika Lust, an award-winning “erotic film director,” founder of the feminist-minded production company Lust Films and author of the 2009 book “Good Porn: A Woman’s Guide.” The resulting product ? in terms of both the website and the new compilation DVD set “One Year of Lust” ? is one part erotica, one part human sexuality textbook and one part artistic hardcore porn. The remarkable thing is that the stories themselves are plenty engrossing even without the films.

    1. One woman gets off watching her boyfriend put together Ikea furniture.

      (It’s really the horse meatballs that do it for her.)

    2. I doubt they have a budget to realize my work. The CGI on the Doomcock alone would bankrupt SyFy.

        1. All Bay, all the way.


    3. That’s pretty fucking awesome and I’m all pissed off that I didn’t think of it.

  7. Emma Watson looks elegant in a white sheer top and black trousers as she leads the winners at Britannia Awards in LA

    Holy cow that’s an ugly outfit. I lust the Emma, but damn that outfit looks terrible.

    1. I really don’t get the Emma Watson buzz.

      1. Neither do I.

        She’s a 9 on British metrics, but without grading on a curve she’s barely a 6.

        1. She’s the one who played the witch?

    2. At least her hair is better again.

    3. Well the top is terrible that’s for sure. I’ll take all the rest, sans top.

      1. Seconded. Though I would say the same for any at-least-moderately attractive woman.

      2. Solution: take the top off. Now everyone’s happy. Except for the butthurt proggies complaining about VS, but really, who gives a shit about them?

  8. Fury as family decorates front yard with effigies of African-Americans being lynched in Halloween display

    The decorations appear to show two large people along with one smaller person dangling in the air, and are fastened to a tree with rope
    At the bottom of the central figure, a smaller figure is seen holding onto its legs with a knife sticking out of its body
    The decorations were spotted in front of a Litwin Street home at Fort Campbell
    A spokeswoman for the base said they are no longer up


    1. Art is supposed to be transgressive. But look what happens when art transgresses against the wrong people.

      1. Art is supposed to be transgressive decorative.

        Fixed that for you.

        1. Well, that was shortand. There’s a aub-group of artist types who will put out all sorts of deliberatly offensive stuff and then say that art is supposed to be transgressive and challenging. But when one tries to transgress them, suddenly it’s time for the fainting couch and the SJW outrage.

          Look at that scuplture of the sleepwalking man in just his undies that went up at Wellesley (I think) earlier this year.

          1. Anyone who claims that “art is transgressive” in all seriousness should be laughed out of the room and labeled “not an artist”

            1. Bullshit. You don’t like it. It might be utter crap. That doesn’t make it not art.

      2. Yeah, they should stay on safe topics like mocking the less-violent religions.

        “And in this painting, I courageously denounce the ultra-pacifism of those Monnonite bastards. I don’t care if they shun me to death, I must honor my muse!”

        1. Mennonite

    2. So much stupid. They weren’t effigies of blacks they were just effigies of burlap people hanging with black bags over their heads. So much fucking stupid.

    1. “Lindsay Abrams is a staff writer at Salon, reporting on all things sustainable.”

      Any questions?

      1. It’s Salon’s business model unsustainable?

        1. Er, “Isn’t”, not “It’s”.

        2. No, reasonoids repost too much of their clickbait.

    2. There is no fundamental difference between dressing up your dog in a costume and, for example, going to a Broadway play.

      They’re both dress-up fantasy games that we undertake to entertain ourselves.

      I guarantee you that if this bitch had some neighbor who bought their kids – and pets – costumes and dressed them up and had them put on a Little Rascals version of King Lear, she would be totally OK with that. Because some types of fantasy play are worthwhile, and other types are “wasting money on garbage” – based solely on Linday’s determination that you should enjoy what she enjoys.

      1. I’m reading my comment, and you know what?

        Not only would she be “down with” a home version of King Lear, she’s probably laud it to the skies and talk about how “creative” it was, and she’d be secretly vain about having friends that are so awesome that they’re Wes Anderson movie characters.

        Because when you play some stupid dress-up game that fits into the parameters of what appeals to Lindsay on a class basis, you’re “creative”. But when you fall outside of those parameters, you’re engaging in “destructive waste”.

        Fucking douche.

        1. Nah. She’d bitch about how women=property in King Lear.

      2. I think that there is a lot of money wasted on garbage around Halloween (and in Broadway plays). So what? Most of what people do for fun could be characterized that way and it’s none of my business.

    3. My favorite lament in the article:

      “It was in the 1970s, when people started becoming wary of their neighbors ? fueled by warnings of “stranger danger” that were more or less invented by the media ? that pre-wrapped, tamper-proof, mass-produced candy became the only acceptable treat.”

      So, the wrong candy *became* the only acceptable treat in the 1970s. Whodunit? It’s a Halloween Mystery, for sure.

  9. President Obama was in Maine to campaign but didn’t touch Ebola.

    I guess he reconsidered that guy’s threat about his girlfriend.

  10. I don’t want to know what having this in my search history will do over time….

    BTW, Hey Weigel:

    Paris Butt Plug Art Deflated: Vandals Attack Controversial Installation

    1. Hello Johnny. The boss-man and Yglesias dream of having a threesome with you and your long torso.

  11. Are these links tricks or treats?

    1. You mean tricks (jests, prestidigitation) or “tricks” (transactions with prostitutes? The illustration suggests the latter.

  12. HALLOWEEN 2014: Ebola suits, straitjackets and other costumes vetoed by PC police


    Ask yourself: Is the humor based on “making fun” of real people, real human traits or cultures?Though intended to be funny, the “Mental Patient” costume by Disguise was considered demeaning, dehumanizing, and humiliating to individuals struggling with a mental illness and their families. Complete with a “Hannibal” type mask and a straightjacket, the costume reinforced stereotypes and fears about persons with mental illness.


    Ask yourself: Is the “fear factor” based on real forms of violence or grotesque depictions of human traits? “This scary stud can empty out a full house just by walking through the door,” touts the tag line for Fright Catalog’s “Vato Loco” mask. The bandana clad, tattooed, brown-skinned vinyl creation makes light of gang violence, which takes a serious toll on families and neighborhoods across the country. The costume also sends the message that Latinos are violent.

    1. Is there anything PC assholes can’t ruin? To find offense at everyone is surely some form of undiscovered mental illness.

      1. Unclassified.

    2. All humor, except puns, is based upon cruelty and misfortune.

      1. Puns are only funny because they torture the audience.

      2. As Mel Brooks said, “Tragedy is when I get a paper cut. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.”

    3. UNFF.

      University of No Fucking Fun.

    4. “Frankenstein costumes mock those who have suffered through serious surgeries.”

    5. it goes on (for anyone who doesn’t want to click on the link):


      Ask yourself: If the costume is meant to be historical, does it further misinformation or historical and cultural inaccuracies? The “Indian” get-up prevails each year as culture-turned-costume. But did you know few Native Americans wore buckskin and headbands and even fewer wore them together? Did you know “war paint” and feathers carry religious meaning and were never worn by Native American children?


      Ask yourself: If the costume is meant to be beautiful, are these characteristics drawn from commercial references, such as movie characters? Too often, beautiful at Halloween means white, blonde, princess masks. What statement does your Halloween costume make about what constitutes beauty ? and about who is beautiful and who isn’t?

      1. What statement does your Halloween costume make about what constitutes beauty ? and about who is beautiful and who isn’t?

        My costume makes no such statement. It simply portrays the quartering of the Universe into active and passive principles.

    6. I swear to God, these people have the emotional maturity of an eight year old combined with adult intellect.

      Their favorite emotion is indignant.

    7. My funny Halloween story.

      When my son was smaller we set off to go trick or treating. We started at our next door neighbor’s house. The neighbor was an insufferable fundamentalist, but he had a super cute daughter who was absolutely in love with my son.

      So when we got to their house, the daughter begged to go trick or treating with us. (both of the kids were about 5 at the time). So I got stuck with the neighbor coming along.

      At the first house we went together the kids asked for candy and said thank you. Just before we were about to leave, the neighbor said to his daughter “What do you say now?” and she piped out “God bless you”. Then he looked at my son and said “What do you say?” and before I could say anything myself, my kid looked at the home owner and said “See you next year”.

      That was effectively the end of my neighbor’s attempt to proselytize the neighborhood.

      1. Great story!

    8. You know, I don’t think these PC people hate fun, it’s just that what they consider fun is ruining the fun of others.

      1. what they consider fun is ruining the fun of others

        No, they don’t care what is fun. It’s the ruining they enjoy. In fact, many of them secretly enjoy the same things normals do while simultaneously denying it.

  13. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said that “of course” U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) would benefit the Assad regime.

    Just like our airstrikes on the next enemy of freedom will probably benefit ISIS.

  14. German hipsters put fig sauce on burgers, the filthy perverts


    1. The only appropriate toppings for a burger are bacon, cheese, hot sauce, and bacon.

      1. I like mine with A1 and a shitload of Bacon cheese onions and mushrooms.

      2. How about topping a burger with cheese, bacon, another burger, bacon cheese and bacon?

        1. I meant to have a comma betweent eh second dose of bacon and cheese, but somehow, I like ‘bacon cheese’ better.

          1. Hmmm…baconcheese….
            *strokes chin thoughtfully…*

      3. You anti-onionite bigot.

        You should be drowned face-down in a deep dish pizza.

        1. Ok, onions too, as long as they aren’t caramelized.

          1. Raw onions FTW

      4. no lettuce or tomato? no grilled onions?!?

    2. In all fairness, the Krauts do have claim on the hamburger sandwich.

      1. Yeah, they even have a city named after it.

        They mean business!

        1. What is it about Americans where we claim ownership of food we didn’t create, but that which we did create we attribute to anyone but us?

      2. Do they? I was always under the impression that it was a distinctly American concoction.

        1. It was invented here and attributed to elsewhere – like so much american cuisine.

        2. Germans invented hamburger steak. Americans innovated by putting it on a bun and making a sandwich of it.

          1. Same thing with hot dogs.

      3. No, no they really don’t.

        The hamburger sandwich was first seen in the U.S. Just because it is named after a German city doesn’t actually make it a German concoction.

        Germans can’t even legitimately lay claim to having come up with the ground beef steak.

        Seriously, even Germans (like, all of them) think hamburgers are American.

    3. I ate a veggie burger last night. Go ahead, scoff.

        1. It had raclette on it, melted and bubbly. Not the Swiss crap, either, it was the real French stuff. Much stinkier and more delicious.

  15. Brooklyn Mommy speed-date

    It’s not Mom looking to date men, it’s for Mommies to meet their Mommy soul-friend.

    “I’d see these moms out and about and it seemed so easy for them,” says Frank. “I thought, ‘How do I talk to them?’ I was going to the park and on these mom hikes and even, once, to some baby yoga event in the pouring rain. And that’s when I saw her. There was this other mom there, with lots of tattoos, and I knew when I saw her that she was the one.”

    “I had a couple of requirements for my mom friends,…

    “And most of all, you need to be able to say what you’re thinking without the other person giving you a look that says you’ve just screwed up your child for life.”

    These humans are raising other humans.

    1. ugh. ugly self important hipsters looking for friends.

    2. “There was this other mom there, with lots of tattoos, and I knew when I saw her that she was the one.”

      Who is that shallow about choosing their friends? Oh, right, hipsters.

      1. To be fair, it’s perfectly reasonable to make a personality judgment about another person when you see that they have lots of tattoos. Each tattoo is an intentional act, and tattoos are designed to communicate. When you look at someone’s tattoos, you’re reading a story about their life history, and picking up semiotic content they have deliberately chosen to use to communicate with you.

        So wanting to be friends with someone because they have a lot of tattoos is totally fine.

        Of course, not wanting to employ someone who has a lot of tattoos is, OTOH, totally shallow and evil and mean. Because you’re only allowed to receive the semiotic communication conveyed by tattoos if it makes you think nice things. If it makes you think bad things, you’re totally shallow and seeing things that aren’t there.

        1. Well I thought this was a universal understanding.

  16. Democrats threaten non-voters: We know who you are

    The New York State Democratic Committee is bullying people into voting next week with intimidating letters warning that it can easily find out which slackers fail to cast a ballot next Tuesday.

    “Who you vote for is your secret. But whether or not you vote is public record,” the letter says.

    “We will be reviewing voting records .?.?. to determine whether you joined your neighbors who voted in 2014.”

    It ends with a line better suited to a mob movie than a major political party: “If you do not vote this year, we will be interested to hear why not.”

    1. “Because you all suck.”

    2. “You know those Germans, if you don’t join their party they’ll come and get you.”

    3. “Because I don’t want no stinking jury duty.”

    4. It should be noted this technique was pioneered by a Republican PAC in the 2012 cycle:

      ‘Vote history audit’ shows whether your neighbors voted

      I remember how outraged you all were when that happened.

      1. You’ve basically turned into shrike. You must be so proud.

          1. So you are proud. Good for you.

        1. “Turned into” ?

          1. Well, he wasn’t always so dedicated to being a TEAM BLUE piece of shit. I guess the election has him worried.

            1. Must be to conflate some PAC few know about with a large state’s Democratic committee. Lots of weird, desperate crap coming out of the left lately.

            2. Shorter SF: If you don’t love TEAM RED, you must be TEAM BLUE.

              1. Yup. That’s me. Staunch Republican.

                Did you eat a bowl of Retard-os this morning?

                1. Yet you assume anyone attacking Republicans most secretly like the Democrats rather than just being pissed at Republicans.

                  1. Yet you assume anyone attacking Republicans most secretly like the Democrats rather than just being pissed at Republicans.

                    Well, there is the fact that you also have a long history here of rushing to the defense of Democrats…..

                  2. OK, fucknuts. Whatevs.

      2. Quick look some baker is refusing to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple! Go get em.

      3. Well, that sucked too.

        Why are voter rolls even public? I guess openness, guarding against fraud, etc. So maybe they should be public. But they should make anyone requesting the information promise not to use it for electioneering purposes. I am so fucking sick of political phone calls and mailers.

        1. I am so fucking sick of political phone calls and mailers.

          THIS, THIS, THIS!

          1. I got 26 in the mail yesterday. I’m sure it had been hundreds this year.

            1. Wow. I have received maybe ten all year. And I live in a competitive district in NYC that swings both ways.

      4. Stormy, if you don’t want to be accused of team blue cheerleading, then avoid statements like: “I remember how outraged you all were when that happened.” It implies that you think that these others support team red. You have no room to complain about: “If you don’t love TEAM RED, you must be TEAM BLUE,” after you’ve said the above.

    5. The woman also received a report card of her voting record, pointing out that she had failed to vote in two of the last four elections.

      Wow. That is such an inane tactic that my first thought was that the whole story had to be fake. But, I guess they defend the practice? Amazing.

      1. Their base doesn’t come out as much as they want. The CW is that they were able to shame enough of their voters to win in 2012, so they’re going to be doing this a lot more.

        Sometimes they send mailers showing that their neighbors voted, “but you didn’t!”

        I would think this would cause backlash, but I hear they swear by it.

    6. You gotta wonder how many people

      (a) open the letter

      (b) read it all the way through

      (c) react to the thuggish tone by saying “Fuck you, I’m not voting just because you’re such an asshole” or “Fuck you, I don’t really care but now I’m voting Rep because you’re such an asshole”

      (d) or react by saying “OMG, I guess I will vote after all, and for these nice people who reminded me so politely.”

  17. Democrats bully non-voters

    The New York State Democratic Committee is bullying people into voting next week with intimidating letters warning that it can easily find out which slackers fail to cast a ballot next Tuesday.

    “Who you vote for is your secret. But whether or not you vote is public record,” the letter says.

    “We will be reviewing voting records .?.?. to determine whether you joined your neighbors who voted in 2014.”

    “If you do not vote this year, we will be interested to hear why not.”

    1. Hopefully those who got the letter do decide to vote because of it, just not for who they’re supposed to.

      1. Americans for Limited Government sent me a similarly threatening letter in the 2012 cycle and I can say they specifically cost four Republican politicians my vote.

    2. This is what happens when you don’t have Link ID laws.

      1. Exact same money quotes.

    3. “If you do not vote this year, we will be interested to hear why not.”

      Based on nearly every time I’ve discussed politics with people, I doubt this will hold true.

      1. “If you do not vote this year, we will be interested to hear why not.”

        Because, if you’re going to continue to not vote, we’ll be glad to do it for you?

        1. “So, are you sitting out next election, too? Because if so, we’ll get someone to vote on your behalf.”

    4. Funny, sounds similar to all those high-voter turnouts in communist countries.

      I’m sure any similarity is just a coincidence.

      1. I always figured they just made it up.

        More like the countries with compulsory voting today.

    5. “We will be reviewing voting records .?.?. to determine whether you joined your neighbors who voted in 2014.”

      Go ahead, fuckers. All you’ll find is that someone claiming to be me voted.

    6. Missed it by *that* much.

      /Don Adams

    7. Someone should start a campaign to tell people that it is OK not to vote and you shouldn’t be ashamed of it.
      The oddest thing to me about this is that shaming people about their non-voting is at all effective.

      1. “If you can’t be bothered to find out who is even on the ticket, or know what the ballot initiative is about, do us all a favor and stay at home.”

        /Americans for sensible voting

        1. PS. This isn’t American Fuckin Idol!

  18. Prosecutors want to seek the death penalty.

    Since the cops didn’t burn his hideout to the ground with him in it first.

    1. I too was astonished to see they didn’t kill him first.

  19. Police focus on terrorism dwarfs downloads

    Why would anyone download a terrorism dwarf?

    1. Because they only want to be a little scared?

    2. Do dwarf terrorist make videos where they knee cap their captives?

      1. No, they still cut a head off.

        1. To be fair, the dwarf terrorist only became radicalized when he was fired from his job for telling a female coworker that her hair smelled nice.

  20. Landrieu on Obama: South Not Always ‘Friendliest Place for African-Americans’

    Louisiana Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu said Thursday that the issue of race is a major reason that President Barack Obama has struggled politically in Southern states.

    “I’ll be very, very honest with you. The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans,” Landrieu told NBC News in an interview. “It’s been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader.”

    Noting that the South is “more of a conservative place,” she added that women have also faced challenges in “presenting ourselves.”

    1. So basically this retard just called her constituents racists?

      1. Yup. It’s a measure of just how desperate, or stupid, they really are.

      2. No, she called them sexist racists. There was a 2-for-1 offer at the Death Camp of Tolerance gift shop

        1. Death Camp of Tolerance

          Ima steal that one!

        2. Death Camp of Tolerance

          Solid gold band name right there.

          1. Best band name I saw this month was Hymen Holocaust

        3. And you have to leave through the Gift Shop, amirite??

      3. Is that why she moved to DC? Louisiana too full of racist idiots?

        1. Lousiana wasn’t full enough.

    2. Are southerners ever tired of being the whipping boy for a bunch of Northern liberal douchebags?

      For a bunch of assholes who like to speak about open-mindedness and tolerance, progressives really enjoy reinforcing stereotypes about the south.

      1. To be fair, a lot of southerners also seem to like reenforcing stereotypes about the south.

        But it is true. I am often dumbfounded by the prejudice and bigotry a lot of progressives have toward large parts of the country.

        1. Oh, you can find white bigots in the north and west, trotted out when it’s useful to portray the entire country as one big Confederate States of America.

    3. Enough of the race card already.

      Bobby Jindal, brown Indian origin governor of Louisiana, disagrees.

      1. That does crack me up…I wish the reporter would have said to her “struggles like those of Bobby Jindal?”

        1. The court jester’s job is not to mock the powerful.

          1. Don’t insult court jesters – they mock their patrons much more than the media does.

    4. Hm.

      She asserts it hasn’t always been easy to paint the President in a positive light in the south but just before that she chastised him for shutting down the Gulf to oil production.

      I wonder if THAT’S the reason why he’s had such a difficult time showing his face in the South?

      Other than that, idiocy aside, that she would play the race card like this is rather despicable.

      1. Obama never shut the Gulf down you moron. He did put a moratorium on NEW ultra deep water drilling until the blow out preventor problem was solved.

        1. I’m repeating WHAT SHE SAID IN THE VIDEO you fucking retard.

          Not my words.

          1. Moratorium, shut down – play on the words idiot, either way she and her constituents are upset about it.

            HER POSITION.

    5. Rednecks are also likely to be racists? That is news?

      1. Redneck Obama’s “bitter cling” bigotry didn’t surprise me one bit.

        Nor did his fellow rednecks’ defenses of such bigotry surprise me.

        1. He is right. Guns and Bibles are what the bitter clingers do.

      2. Hey Weigel. How is that letter writing campaign to WaPo going? Not too well? Have you tried fragrancing the letters with anything else aside from your Tears of Sorrow? Maybe with the ooze dripping from your ears that is your mush of cranial matter?

        1. If we’re really lucky, maybe he’ll drink himself into such a stupor Tuesday night that he drives into the Potomac and rids us of his presence for good.

          1. 68% chance GOP picks up Senate but a 100% chance I still get what I want – Gridlock.

          2. Liberals just swim away, Mike. Only their dates drown. Assuming a blow-up hatefuck doll of Glenn Beck can be said to drown.

            1. I congratulate you, SugarFree. You have just formed my nightmare I will struggle through tonight…


              1. My work here is done.

    6. “I’ll be very, very honest with you. The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans,” Landrieu told NBC News in an interview. “It’s been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader.”

      Senator Landrieu, as the heir of a political dynasty in the deep South, would be fair to draw the conclusion that your forebearers have played a role in fostering the unfriendly atmosphere you claim is so powerful that not even the Nobel Peace Prize winning President can overcome it?

      And what have you, Senator Landrieu, done to create a “friendlier” atmosphere for African-Americans in the South? Besides help LSU students do kegstands?

  21. The odds of Republicans taking control of the Senate stand at 68 percent.

    Somehow the Republicans are missing the 1% they so desperately want?

  22. Spokane marijuana lounge to host kids’ Halloween party

    But it’s not what you think, the owners say.

    “We are all parents here and we figured, why not do one little thing for the kids?” said Kevin Jacobs, a co-owner of the establishment and the manager of adjoining sports bar MariJane’s TapHouse and Grill.

    Jacobs said all marijuana, pipes, vapor pens, advertising posters and paraphernalia will be moved out of the marijuana lounge to make room for the children’s Halloween party.

    1. How many kids will actually *come* to the party, then?

  23. Pennsylvania state police say they’ve caught alleged cop shooter Eric Frein

    How long until Goddard College invites him to speak at commencement?

    1. Dunno, what’s his race?

  24. Study: Non-Citizens Are Voting And Could Decide The Election
    …It is conceivable, they say, that the non-citizen vote could have been the difference in Democrats winning the filibuster proof 60-vote majority they enjoyed in 2009, resulting in the passage of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

    “Non-citizens,” they found, “tended to favor Democrats [Obama won more than 80 percent of the votes of non-citizens in the 2008 CCES sample], we find that this participation was large enough to plausibly account for Democratic victories in a few close elections.”

    In Minnesota, the 2008 Senate race between Al Franken and Norm Coleman was decided by 312 votes. Just .65 percent of Minnesota’s non-citizen population, barely 10 percent of the rate of non-citizens they found voted that year, pulled the lever for Franken, that could have been the difference….

  25. Drunk Florida Man Tries to Use Taco as ID After His Car Catches Fire at Taco Bell

    The Taco Bell manager had to call police because Falkner was out cold at the pick-up window and holding up customers behind him. Clearly this was not a victimless crime, and our hearts go out to the hungry folks who had to wait so long for their late-night munchies.

    A deputy awoke Falkner and then asked for his ID. Falkner said no before reaching into his bag and presenting the officer with a taco. Another deputy clarified they were asking for an ID, not a taco. Falkner chuckled and began eating the taco.

    Then deputies noticed Falkner had fallen asleep with his foot on the accelerator while his truck was in park. The engine had caught fire, and fire extinguishers were used to put it out.

  26. Woman in catcalling video tells CNN: “I was reliving past experiences of sexual assault”

    Actress Shoshana B. Roberts volunteered to participate in the now-viral video collaboration between anti-street harassment organization Hollaback and Rob Bliss Creative because she wanted to start a dialogue about catcalling ? and start a dialogue she did. The video, which (at the time of writing) has been viewed over 17 million times, shows clips of Roberts walking through Manhattan for 10 hours, during which time she received more than 100 catcalls. In an interview with the hosts of CNN’s “New Day”, the actress said the unsolicited comments brought back memories of her past sexual assault.

    “It is a typical day, and it doesn’t even illustrate everything that happens,” Roberts said. “It doesn’t show the times in the past that ? my side has been squeezed. It brings up memories in my past, too. I’ve experienced sexual assault, unfortunately, in my past.”

    1. I like how they equated a simple “Hello” and “good morning/afternoon” as a catcall. I wonder how many REAL catcalls she received?

    2. Catcalling is a pretty shitty and obnoxious thing to do. But life is full of assholes and you have to deal with it.

    3. It sounds like she’s saying that it’s unfortunate that the sexual assaults she experienced were in her past. Like, she wishes they were in her present.

    4. Catcalls are boorish. By all means shame guys into not doing it. This isn’t feminism, it’s just being nice.

  27. Obamacare brings Democrats backlash, not benefits

    “There have been backlashes, but never like this,” said Robert Blendon, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and co-author of the analysis released Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine.

    That backlash doesn’t appear directed at the mechanics of the law but at its underlying core principle.

    Only 47 percent of Americans agree that it’s the government’s job to make sure everyone has health coverage, down from 69 percent in 2006, the analysis found. That shift is particularly pronounced among likely voters. Of those who are most likely to show up at the polls on Nov. 4, one in four believe in this principle.

    1. Only 47 percent of Americans agree that it’s the government’s job to make sure everyone has health coverage

      Now where have I heard the number before?

      1. 22% drop is fucking MASSIVE

        1. He’s referring to the 47% who supposedly pay no net federal income tax.

          It is a massive drop. And a good thing too. What I want to know is who are all of these people who so readily change their minds about big important things?

  28. CDC: Polio-like Enterovirus D-68 Linked to 9th U.S. Death

    he U.S. death toll from the mysterious Enterovirus D-68, which primarily strikes young children, continues to rise.

    The latest CDC update on the current outbreak of the polio-like Enterovirus D-68 states that it has now been detected “in specimens from nine patients who died and had samples submitted for testing.” That’s one more death than was disclosed in last week’s update. The CDC account does not provide information as to where the patient died and does not disclose his/her name, age or other details.

    According to the latest weekly update from CDC, “from mid-August to October 30, 2014, CDC or state public health laboratories have confirmed a total of 1,105 people in 47 states and the District of Columbia with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68.” That’s 132 more patients in the past week.

  29. Police chase naked suspect, capture him in pants

    Salem police say the man fled out the back door of a house in his undies when they found him Tuesday.

    Officers following him through yards and bushes soon realized he was no longer wearing anything at all.

    When officers finally caught up with him, he had pants on.

    Lt. Dave Okada told the Salem Statesman Journal the suspect apparently lost the underwear scrambling over a fence and then grabbed the pants somewhere.

  30. Emily Ratajkowski stars in Call of Duty trailer: Blurred Lines brunette is Hollywood’s most in-demand sex kitten

    Emily, 23, shot to fame in Blurred Lines video with Robin Thicke
    Stars as Andie in Gone Girl movie
    Appears as mirage in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer
    Actor Taylor Kitsch also stars


    1. She def has a unique look. The more I’m exposed to it the less I like it.

      1. She has a weird, long torso and her face is, well, strange.

        She’s not ugly, but she doesn’t do it for me. At all.

        1. She is the product of a very talented plastic surgeon or two.

        2. There is an ass for every seat.

    2. what is up with that belly button?

      1. She has fantastic boobies but like everything else is suspect.

      2. Hsst. That’s her vajayjay.

    3. So, found out from that link that Kitsch is going to be in this season of True Detective. Upon further investigation turns out the show is going the anthology route. Booooooo.

      I wanted to follow Cohle and Hart down the rabbit hole.

      God damn it.

  31. Magic mushrooms create a ‘hyperconnected brain’: Scans reveal how chemical triggers a spiritual experience by rearranging the mind

    Active chemical, psilocybin, causes dramatic increase in brain activity
    It links up regions of the brain that don’t normally talk to each other
    This may be responsible for synaesthesia, the phenomenon whereby different senses are mixed up with others, according to UK scientists
    Study could uncover usefulness of psilocybin in treating depression
    It may also address issues such as where consciousness comes from


    1. I want some

    2. Didn’t we already know that?

      It’s really stupid that psychedelics, especially shrooms, are scheduled drugs. They seem to be pretty useful and are basically anti-addictive.

  32. In other election news, the Illinois republican party is calling and direct mailing voters to tell them that Chad Grimm (the ‘L’ibertarian candidate for guvnuh) wants to legalize Heroin! That a vote for Chad Grimm is a vote for Pat Quinn, and that democrats are trying to trick republicans into voting for Chad Grimm.

    F these guys.

    1. I was once accosted by someone from the local GOP asking for my vote. I told him that I would never vote GOP until they actually walked the walk on spending cuts, and stayed the heck out of social issues. I pointed out spending numbers under GWB and asked him why his party cheered along. The look on that guy’s face was priceless.

    2. Chad Grimm (the ‘L’ibertarian candidate for guvnuh) wants to legalize Heroin!

      Sounds like a plus to me… but what is his stance on heroin vending machines in schools?

      1. Cost/benefit ratio is poor, as the vandalism of people ripping off the machines will make keeping them stocked and running outstrip the revenue from the sales.

        1. Well DOES he want to legalise it (I doubt it) or moreclikely just wants a harm reduction approach etc?

          Which of course the other politicians will twist into ‘he wants to legalise it!!’

    3. “…Chad Grimm (the ‘L’ibertarian candidate for guvnuh) wants to legalize Heroin!”

      He doesn’t?

  33. Regarding the picture, the nurse I’m currently seeing is seriously considering going as a sexy ebola nurse tonight.

  34. Coming to North Carolina: An Attack Ad Against the Media

    A new 2-minute TV ad airing in North Carolina asks voters to make the election a referendum on the “corruption of American journalism.”

    “Conservatives can never gain final victory until they confront the problem of news organizations who are the real opposition party in America,” said Mike Flynn, spokesman of Conservative War Chest. “This content-heavy spot puts before the public case studies that establish these organizations as partisan not journalistic organizations that are dedicated to activism, not the fearless pursuit of the truth.”

    1. A lot of these independent ads don’t even mention that candidate they’re supporting – just the importance of voting against the other guy/gal.

    1. I’m not up to the task to dealing mentally with aging so I’m gonna pass.

    2. #18 lacked creativity.

  35. es, ‘Aspergery’ Is a Slur and It’s Time to Stop Using It:

    Jeffrey Goldberg’s column in The Atlantic detailing the Obama administration increasingly frosty relationship with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent geopolitical tongues wagging. Details of administration officials’ list of private insults to describe Netanyahu include chickenshit, myopic, obtuse, blustering. But one description was abhorrent on a level far above politics: “Aspergery.”

    Despite the fact that it is incredibly offensive to people on the autism spectrum and the disability community to use the word “Aspergery,” no one on the right or left has criticized the Obama administration for reportedly using the term. While pundits scramble to analyze international implications, no one seems especially perturbed that the highest executive office allegedly throws around a “disability diagnosis as a pejorative,” as Ari Ne’eman, president of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, puts it.

    The thing that pisses me off about this is the only people who seem to pissed about this are people who feel they need to offended for someone else. Where does this end? in 20 years will using the term mentally handicapped be as taboo as using “retard” seems to be?

    1. Speaking as someone with an Aspergers kid, I think they should get over themselves.

    2. Also last I checked isn’t the whole point of using a pejorative is to offend and ridicule the person it is directed at. That’s the whole point. Which is exactly what they were doing. So I guess it was a success.

    3. I love using the term mentally handicapped as a slur, so I hope so.

    4. I describe myself as “Aspergery” all the time.

    5. You are right. At the same time, it is nice to see these assholes held to the standards they hold everyone else. If a Republican had used that term it would be a national scandal.

  36. Mark Steyn sings Cat Scratch Fever.


    1. Is that the gay Brit who fills in for Fat Rush sometimes (praise be unto him).

      1. A simple CHRISTFAG would have sufficed.

  37. Speaking of the blurred lines woman (I find her attractive) and Victoria Secret models, it is a wonderful development that more and more we are seeing athletic and even somewhat mesomorphic women as Bikini models fashion models et cetera et cetera and that this look is both desired and accepted far more has been in the past

    We know young girls are affected by these images and want to look like these women and it is a benefit that now many of them will aspire to get strong and look and be fit versus the look of the classic supermodel which for many women is only obtainable through absurd dieting and is it not a look that represents health and fitness like the look of the fit woman athlete

    Women such as the gorgeous Ronda Rousey are getting exposure in Maxim, as bikini models etc etc

    Ronda said she got made fun of for her muscles when she was younger, but this Two time Olympian and undefeated MMA athlete is now getting the longing faze from men, and is a role model of strength and independence for young girls

    It’s a fucking awesome development

    Booya Crossfit, Booya Invicta, Booya Dana White

    It’s great that our daughters see that strong, capable, athletic is also beautiful


    Booya athletic women!!

    1. Fuck Crossfit.

      1. Their pull-ups are an abomination, but I have taught a lot of seminars there and they are awesome people and you take the average woman with a year or more of CrossFit under her belt and she looks WAY better than the average woman with a year or more at a local chrome n tone just spinning her wheels

        The crossfitter looks better AND is stronger, more powerful, has better kinesthetic awareness etc

        It works

        1. I’m not sure that’s a fair comparison.

          The CrossFit people generally are only there in the first place because they’re graduating from more traditional workout regimens.

          So you’ve got a self-selected subset of the most in-shape and dedicated people, from the group of people who choose to work out consistently in the first place.

          They’ve GOT to look better than the average person off the street who signed up for a gym membership a couple of months ago.

          1. That’s a good point, Fluffy. Plus, at that point those people are more likely to be making smarter diet choices which also makes a big difference.

          2. Not ime

            I have seen tons of crossfitter a who enter after years of sedentary ness

            Plenty of fatasses and weaklings etc

            I am just saying imo the proof is readily visually apparent

            I teach classes every 6 to 12 months at the same box

            I return to a box and I see women who looked like crap and now look great. A LOT

            I have a 24 HR fitness membership and I much more rarely see that kind of transformation

            It’s unsurprising for several reasons first of all Crossfit emphasises diet whereas many women in a conventional gym have no good guidance there

            Crossfit emphasises resistance training and to some extent cardio and as for the resistance training emphasize whole-body multi joint type movements that are just simply far more effective than what you see many women doing at a conventional gym which is either crappy machines tiny dumbbells cardio etc

            They also use a dense workout formula and they have an excellent system of reinforcement and challenges et cetera and it really incentivises people to work hard and see substantial improvements

            I have a lot of friends who hate Crossfit with every fibre of their soul but a big part of that is because they break so many of the conventions in the industry that they get a big backlash from the gurus

            Most gym personal trainers are salesmen and rep counters

            1. I’ll put it simply

              Stick a woman in a chrome n tone for a year
              Heck, throw in a. Equivalent $$$$ amount of personal training to make up for Crossfit bring more expensive

              Do the same with a Crossfit gym

              I can guarantee you, on average, the latter group will make way better progress

              The way the system is designed simply incentivises people to work much harder and just give them way more positive feedback and camaraderie and there is issued social aspect to it as well that makes people stick to it they socialise together have barbecues et cetera et cetera

              1. A proper exercise regimen requires the right trainer…


    1. Natural selection

    2. I watched a Shark Week program on shark attacks. A big wave California surfer was asked, knowing that there were sharks in the water, if he was afraid of being attacked. He replied that he was worried that the waves he rode might kill him so he didn’t have time to worry about that shit.

      1. Unless you are a central cal surfer surfing murky rivermouths after s big rain, at dusk, etc it’s not much of a concern

        I never once felt scared of sharks while surfing

        But yea, I was scared as hell of the waves, especially North shore Hawaii, on many occasions

        1. This is Western Australia – different ball game.

  38. http://www.washingtonexaminer……le/2555440

    Michael Barone makes some good points and delivers a bit of a reverse nut punch.

    One hears even less, from either side, about Democrats’ success at imposing higher tax rates on high earners. You might expect Republicans to avoid the subject, as they do. But so do Democrats. Soaking the rich evidently doesn’t win votes.

    All of this matters because the Obama Democrats expected their policies to be popular. They thought voters would appreciate being showered with what Mitt Romney infelicitously called “free stuff.” The New Deal historians assured us that in times of economic distress voters would have a hearty appetite for big government.

    1. Liberal bloggers have been claiming that opinion on Obamcare is turning around and that Republicans are shunning the issue. But there has been no turnaround since the law was passed in March 2010. Republicans in the most recent week have run 12,000 ads on Obamacare ? more than on any other issue, according to the 2017 Project’s Jeffrey Anderson.

      As Holmes might deduce, the solution to the clue of the non-barking Democratic dogs is that most voters lack faith in government to solve problems, to make their lives better or even to perform with minimal competence.

      Everyone always says the free shit brigade is going to save the Democrats. Well, the Democrats have spent 8 years since they took over the Congress giving free shit like there was no tomorrow. Yet, here they are running behind and desperate and they are not bragging about all of the free shit they have given away. That is because the free shit brigade isn’t what people think it is.

  39. Why does Reason lie so often about the ISIS campaign? Why can’t they be honest ever?

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