Sony May Release The Interview, Argentine Court Recognizes Rights of Orangutan, More Details on Alleged NYPD Cop Killer: A.M. Links

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  • More details have emerged about Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who allegedly shot two NYPD officers, his ex-girlfriend, and himself over the weekend. Brinsley had a history of petty crime and suffered from mental health problems. "No members of his family spoke of Mr. Brinsley with fondness," The New York Times reports. 

  • New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton told the Today Show this morning that while "some" NYPD officers are partially blaming Mayor Bill de Blasio for this weekend's cop shootings, he doesn't "support that particular activity" and does not think de BLasio has made the city less safe.
  • "People actually like the stabilty that the Islamic State has brought them," says German journalist Juergen Todenhoefer after spending time within the caliphate in Iraq.
  • Sony may release The Interview on YouTube. 
  • The Cato Institute has officially ended its relationship with former Czech Republic President (and longtime libertarian luminary) Vaclav Klaus, reportedly over his defense of Russia's aggression against Ukraine.
  • An Argentine court has ruled that an orangutan is a "non-human person" rather than a "thing" and, as such, should be accorded some legal rights. 
  • President Obama has reportedly selected Atlanta attorney Sally Quillian Yates as his nominee for deputy attorney general. If she and Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch are both confirmed by the Senate, the Department of Justice would be led by two women, both from outside of Washington, the Wall Street Journal notes.

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  1. Sony may release The Interview on YouTube.

    What difference at that point will it make?

    1. Recovering a few dollars on a giant loss?

      1. Sounds like a spaghetti western.

    2. Hello.

      “de BLasio has made the city less safe.”

      Whatever you say Ms. ELizabeth.

      1. G’day Rufus. Finally made it back to the A.M. links since I have the week off. Can’t stay too long though. Need to start my Christmas shopping.

        Christ, I miss this play.

        1. Hey everybody, it’s Smilin’ Joe!

        2. Hi, Joe! How’s life?

          1. Cold up here in the nord. Winter is a season that offers me nothing of value. Only grief.

            1. Winter is a state of mind. Take up skating and cross-country or downhill skiing! Snowshoe. Anything!

              Meh.

              1. I took up drinking (more).

            2. Can’t you pave the driveway with nuclear waste?

            3. With energy that’s “too cheap to meter,” we could all keep our environs at a balmy 72.

              Nuclear-phobes are the worst.

        3. Only 10 years til you become Smilin Joe Fusion, amirite?

          1. And since he is up North…it should be Smilin’ Joe Cold Fusion!

            /retracted paper

            1. -1 scientific credibility.

            2. *narrows gaze*

    3. Well, the Norks might take down the intertoobs.

  2. Seal eyeballs, ready-to-hatch duck eggs and cow trotters: How people around the world tuck into breakfast revealed (but the results might put you off your toast)

    Weird and wonderful breakfasts from around the world revealed
    Inuit diet, consists of sea mammals including types of seal and walrus
    In China, preserved, sulphur scented eggs are served with pork and rice
    Breakfast in the Phillipines is balut, a developing duck embryo

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/fem…..ealed.html

    1. Britians remarking about the weird shit others eat..?

  3. ‘Why pick on Sony? They haven’t had a hit since the Walkman’: Mike Myers makes his return to SNL as Dr. Evil and takes a dig at Kim Jong-Un as he lampoons the hacking scandal

    Mike Myers made his return to Saturday Night Live in a surprise appearance on Saturday
    He played the character of Dr. Evil as he offered his thoughts on the recent Sony hack
    Dr. Evil said he thought it was pathetic that Sony and North Korea were fighting over a ‘silly comedy’
    The skit referenced the decision by Sony to not release their film The Interview after threats from a hacking group

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new…..omedy.html

    1. …and took the requisite GOP shot.

      I don’t get it. With all what’s gone on with the current administration they STILL attack the GOP.

      It’s insane.

      1. The hackers called themselves the GOP…

        1. Yes. But he managed to insert a gag of the Republicans based on that.

  4. Haunting new photos of Detroit’s abandoned Silverdome reveal how one of the country’s most famous stadiums is now just an empty shell left to rot

    Michigan’s Pontiac Silverdome once hosted the Super Bowl, a pope, the NBA finals, Led Zeppelin, Elvis, WrestleMania and dozens of other world-class acts and sporting events
    But that all changed in 2002, when the Detroit Lions moved to Ford Field in Detroit and the Silverdome soon fell into disrepair
    Last month the final sections of the old stadium’s Teflon-covered roof dropped to the field
    Afterwards Ohio-based photographer Johnny Joo visited the abandoned stadium and his photos offer an eerie, empty look at a stadium that once held nearly 100,000 people
    He describes standing on the carpet of a restaurant, which is now blanketed in green moss ‘almost like it has been abandoned for 20 years’

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new…..t-rot.html

    1. Triple Investment Properties bought the Silverdome in 2009 for $583,000, but plans to turn it into a soccer stadium never materialized.

      I remember when this sale happened. I was urinated off because I’m sure my buddies and I could have scrounged that much up. Not that we would have done anything with it, but think of how much fun it would be to say that you own a dome.

      1. Well, it wouldn’t be a dome, but might be able to buy the place for $58K now.

          1. It’s actually in Pontiac, a good way to the northwest of Detroit.

            /pedantic bastard

    2. Maybe Dominic Raiola can kick it down.

      1. Is that dude, like, Ndam Ndom King Kong Suh’s protege or something?

    3. I wonder how much it would cost to just keep buying every plot of land or abandoned building that came up for sale in Detroit, with the goal of owning most of the city? Gotta be no more than a mil or so

      1. That just exposes you to the back taxes and the rapaciousness of the City Council.

        1. Here’s what I would do – start selling off the plots for cheap to people with libertarian bona fides. Then get rid of the city council and start over.

          1. Kid of like a Free State Project for Detroit.

            Problem is, it’s Detroit, so even when it’s nice, it kind of sucks.

        2. If you buy it at a tax sale, that will wipe the back taxes…but, yeah, exposing yourself to the Detroit City Council is a bad idea.

          1. exposing yourself to the Detroit City Council is a bad idea.

            Not speaking from experience, I hope?

            1. Oh no – we had one opportunity to do so…..risk avoidance kicked in and we did not do so.

    4. Watched a World Cup there in 1994. It was pretty run down back then.

    5. It amuses me that the only billboard left is for The History Channel, home of the Life After People series.

      1. And Ancient Aliens and Bigfoot Hunters.

  5. Letter reveals how cross-dressing German troops put on panto for British soldiers during First World War truce… in WOMEN’S clothing looted from French farmhouse

    Cross-dressing Germans put on a panto for British troops, letter reveals
    Letter from WWI trenches says German soldiers wore women’s clothes
    They put on skirts and blouses to entertain British on 1914 Christmas truce
    Enemies even exchanged addresses and promised to write at end of war

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new…..house.html
    Um… uh… I got nuthin.

    1. So it would not surprise you that the Germans at Camp Warehouse in Kabul dressed up as nuns for a Christmas show in 2004?

      1. It’s hard to surprise me these days.

        1. Some of the Prussian Kings and Generals danced dressed as slave girls, etc. Germans have some strange things running in their cultural flow.

      2. Reminds me of this bit from Wawro’s The Franco-Prussian War

        On the Geisberg, Prussian troops combed through the abandoned French tents, and General Douay’s luxurious bivouac beacme the object of curious pilgrimages from both banks of the Lauter. Gebhard von Bismark, an officer in the Prussian XI Corps described the scene:

        “Next to [Douay’s] staff carriage was an elaborate, custom-made kitchen wagon, with special cages for live poultry and game birds… but the troops were most interested in two elegant carriages on the edge of camp, the contents of which were scattered far and wide: suitcases, men’s pajamas and underwear, and women’s things too, undergarments, corsets, crinolines and peignoirs. Our Rheingauer laughed and laughed.”

        http://tinyurl.com/m9emyu4

  6. An Argentine court has ruled that an orangutan is a “non-human person”

    And so it begins…

    1. Get your stinkin’ paws off me, you damn, dirty humans!

    2. Indeed. Next, CORPORATIONS!

    3. When do you suppose they’ll start granting human rights to human persons?

    4. Am I the only person who thought ‘left turn Clyde?’

      1. Yes, ’cause some of us thought of the actual movie line: “right turn, Clyde”

        1. I stand corrected. I had a grandparent that loved that film, but it’s been a while since I’ve seen it.

          1. It’s all good. I only think of the line every damn time my wife drives and I’m giving her directions.

        2. How about, “hit the brakes, Toonces”!

    5. Shriek’s fight for dignity and rights?

  7. Olivia Wilde shows off her incredible post-baby body as she wears a skimpy bikini during romantic trip to Hawaii with Jason Sudeikis

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvs…..eikis.html
    I am so in lust with that woman.

    1. With all due respect, sarcasmic — you need to get out more.

      1. I fell in lust with her when she was on House, and it never went away.

        1. Well, … OK.

    2. Weird-lookin’ flat-chested women are hard to find.

    3. It’s hard to believe Olivia Wilde gave birth to her son Otis just eight months ago

      Actually it’s quite easy to believe, provided you don’t use pregnancy as an excuse to put on “baby weight”, eat whatever you want and don’t do a lick of exercise. I swear, the fitness bar couldn’t be any lower for post-baby women, but if you dare say anything like that you’re just a fat shamer

      1. It isn’t hard to believe, but not because pregnant women are just lazy slobs. It’s because famous women hire personal trainers to help them lose the weight because their job is to be good looking.

        1. What’s Olivia Wilde’s job require then?

      2. When was the last time you were pregnant or had a baby?

  8. An Argentine court has ruled that an orangutan is a “non-human person” rather than a “thing” and, as such, should be accorded some legal rights.

    Jerry Was A Man.

    1. +1 Robert A. Heinlein story

      1. I thought Jerry was a race car driver.

        1. He had a big brown beaver in the back seat.

  9. “No members of his family spoke of Mr. Brinsley with fondness,”

    Ima call bullshit. There’s *always* someone who will vouch for the troubled, but basically good, youth.

    1. I was going to argue with you, but then it occurred to me that there are people standing up for Boston bomb guy, so yeah, there is probably someone.

  10. “People actually like the stabilty that the Islamic State has brought them,” says German journalist Juergen Todenhoefer after spending time within the caliphate in Iraq.

    You know who else brought “stability”?

      1. Speaking of Rudy

        Giuliani condemns anti-police ‘propaganda’ he says Obama started

        Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/…..z3MdUr2KiY

        1. Police never ever engage in propaganda.

          How do you think people would react if you said Eric Garner was assassinated?

        1. Well…all of ’em!

          But mostly Ricardo Montalban.

          1. +1 earworm

      1. If you’re gonna go Leibniz, I’m gonna go with Du Chatelet.

    1. The fat girl at the bottom of a cheerleader pyramid?

    2. Archimedes?

    3. The Middle East does love themselves a strong man.

    4. Atlas?

  11. Cleveland police union defends fired cop, saying others did far worse

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland police officer fired after a drunken bar fight where he lost his service weapon and badge and didn’t tell his supervisors about it for days has returned to the force after a federal arbitrator ruled his firing was excessive.

    Daniel Flannery won back his job in part because the head of the union that represents Cleveland police officers argued that there are officers on the force who have done much worse and were not fired.

    Specifically, CPPA president Jeffrey Follmer referred to separate cases in which:

    -one officer pulled his wife out of her car and fired off eight shots into it because he did not want her to get the car in a divorce settlement;
    -another got drunk and threatened his girlfriend with a shotgun;
    -another officer shot his gun “in a threatening manner” while intoxicated;
    -an officer pulled his gun during a drunken wedding fight;
    -a female officer smeared animal feces on her own apartment walls during a rent dispute, and told her landlord to pick her keys up at the department’s gun range;
    -another officer fled the scene of an accident after he hit a man on a motorcycle.

    1. And yet cop lover’s say they are all hero’s and do not understand the hate they are getting.I think it’s due to the raining of videos showing up weekly all across this country

      1. Apostrophe abuse is almost as bad as some of the things Cleveland cops do. :-p

    2. Wow. I don’t even… wow.

    3. Institutionalizing the lowest common denominator method of employee management

    4. Daniel Flannery won back his job in part because the head of the union that represents Cleveland police officers argued that there are officers on the force who have done much worse and were not fired.

      Oh, fer fuck’s sake. What counts as misconduct is a one-way ratchet, going down? Once you lower the bar, you can never raise it?

      How are not every single one of those cops, who committed no-shitting crimes of violence, not in jail?

    5. “saying others did far worse”

      THAT’s a defence?!

  12. More details have emerged about Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who allegedly shot two NYPD officers, his ex-girlfriend, and himself over the weekend.

    He was a Tea Party Republican?

      1. Religion had nothing to do with it!!!!!

  13. That photo of the shooter, dude looks like a lady.

      1. Yes, but against which gender????

        1. All of ’em except gender-fluid!

        2. Against all genders because you are reinforcing pernicious stereotypes of what a man/woman ought to look like.

          1. He looks like a woman, but an ugly one, does that help?

            1. You’re digging deeper into the anti-traditionalist cesspit by reinforcing the classical standards of beautry and their so-called ‘harmful body image’ claptrap.

    1. Looks more Queequeg than Ismaaiyl.

  14. “People actually like the stabilty that the Islamic State has brought them,” says German journalist Juergen Todenhoefer after spending time within the caliphate in Iraq.

    The German Thomas Friedman

    1. There were people cheering the Taliban when they first came in….then “stability” turns to “hey, why do these guys rape, steal, and kill whenever they want???”

      1. Can you name another organization that routinely rapes, steals, and kills whenever they want?

        1. ^^ hanging curve ball

        2. The Cleveland PD.

    2. he means the one’s still alive that tows the party line

    3. Yeah, I’m sure they aren’t just saying that because they don’t want to be viciously beheaded if they criticize ISIS.

      People are always completely open about their opinions regarding totalitarian theocrats who can murder them at any time.

      1. I’m sure people in North Korea say the same thing. Just like the NY times in the 1930’s about the USSR

    4. They offer the world order!

  15. An Argentine court has ruled that an orangutan is a “non-human person” rather than a “thing” and, as such, should be accorded some legal rights.

    Sisqo’s lawsuit that it’s a thong-th-th-th-thong is still pending.

  16. I don’t remember if this has been posted, if it has then its just another thing that the Browns have let me down

    Brewie The world’s first fully automated home-brewery

    http://youtu.be/P-tKKxbzP6I

    1. Well, what’s the point of that? The only interesting pat of homebrewing was the process. I gave away all the output. Take away the process and there’s nothing left.

      1. You could start drinking the stuff.

          1. UCS’ Foul Rot now available at finer stores across NY.

            1. He doesn’t have an in with the distributors. 🙁

              1. I do have an in with the LCB…

  17. “The Cato Institute has officially ended its relationship with former Czech Republic President (and longtime libertarian luminary) Vaclav Klaus, reportedly over his defense of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.”

    That sound you heard was Welch falling to his knees as he drops a bowl of cereal in his pajamas.

    He nominated him ‘The Independents’ following their Top 25 friends of liberty countdown

    1. “That sound you heard was Welch falling to his knees as he drops a bowl of cereal in his pajamas.”

      Lucky charms?

      1. HM.

        What cereal type IS Matt?

        Froot Loops? Frosted Flakes? Fiber One?

        1. Boo berries

      2. What the bowl of cereal was doing in his doing in his pajamas, I don’t want to know.

    2. Wasn’t in Havel, not Klaus, that Welch nominated?

      1. Damn. You may be right. But we’ve moved on to what cereal Matt eats.

        1. Grape Nuts

        2. Uncle Sam?

    3. Rufus,

      Wrong Vaclav. Havel was on the list. Klaus was not. I recall, though I have no solid evidence, that Matt has always been a bit more suspicious of Klaus’ behavior, especially recently.

      He is TOTALLY in love with Havel, though.

  18. Nice clip of NYPD union guy on the teevee earlier saying FREE SPEECH KILT THEM OFFICERS- WE CANNOT ALLOW IT.

    I presume he wants to shoot protesters on sight.

    1. For the safety of the kids.

    2. They are using ‘the killing word’,the Freman have arrived

      1. Dammit, a Freman infestation always leaves a stain. After they’re purged we’re going to have to replace all the drywall and get new carpets.

          1. Bless you.

            I’m just going to nuke the site from orbit and move on.

            1. I’m sorry,the spacing guild will not allow that,thanks for playing

              1. This is non-fan fiction, I get to traverse the dimensional barriers. Besides, this is NYC we’re talking about.

                1. Oh NYC? Why didn’t you say so,go ahead then.

  19. Just found out that my company got kicked off a project we had won because although it is private, it’s getting city tax incentives so they must hire a “historically under-utilized business” instead. Awesome. So we’re out $300k because we are historically utilized.

    1. You need to learn from Chicago firms – hire some front woman or front minority…

      1. We have a partnership with a woman-owned firm. Wasn’t enough. She’s not Asian or Native American enough.

        1. Black woman owned firm …. can only be better if she is disabled.

          1. ..and a vet’ran!

            1. Oooh, how about a black disabled veteran lesbian?

              Let the contracts flow!

        2. I thought Asians were white, or does that apply only to education?

          1. Need to have a certain percentage of te following:
            Asian
            Woman
            Black
            Native American

            1. Eskimo is the pinnacle. Disabled veteran female Eskimo would be like hitting the lottery.

          2. I thought in education, Asians were whiter than white.

          3. Asia’s a big place.

            1. Sure, but you can’t tell ’em apart, so whatev.

              1. Yes, Rajiv and Katsuo looked so much alike we thought they were twins at first.

              2. Yeah, Turks, Indians and Japanese are pretty much indistinguishable.

        3. Yeah, white women don’t count.

          What I would give to be a black woman with a business degree….the sky would be the limit. Some contracting company would just hire me to sit there and look all womanly and black.

          1. Magical Negress!

          2. But then people would be asking you to help them at target and who wants to deal with that shit.

        4. “She’s not Asian or Native American enough.”

          She should hire ELIZABETH WARREN!

          She has high cheek bones.

      2. Not just Chicago. Vendors to governments in the DC area have long either put everything in one woman’s name or worked through woman- or minority-owned paper corporations.

    2. That’s a municipal anti cronyism measure

      1. If course they could just make bribery illegal, or have a blind-bidding process, or in this case, let a private company hire whoever they chose as their consultants. Glad they are citing tax incentives as the culprit, I feel better now that my property taxes and sales taxes are going to projects that I am not allowed to work on. Really takes some of the sting out of it.

        1. It’s not that you’re not allowed to work on, it’s that you’ve done ‘too much’ business with them in the past. This is a standard measure intended to fight cronyism.

          1. We’ve actually done very little to no business with the city because of these rules because it is de facto preventing us from working for them. We’re not historically utilized by the city, we’re just owned by a majority of white males.

            1. They’re relying on the tax incentives. Under utilized is not the best term under such reliance, under favored would be better.

          2. The idea is to make sure there are no long term relationships between vendors and government because they can be indicative of crony relationships, many of these provisions predate concerns over ‘minority owned businesses’

            1. No, the idea is to make themselves feel better while playing to their minority constituents.

            2. And the result is that we can literally never do business with the city.

    3. Tell them you are a pre-op transexual who traces your ancestory back to africa.

    4. I work for a publicly owned energy utility. Typically we use one contracting company for most constuction job mainly because there is only 1 or 2 large scale contracting companies available. This is mainly because it is a massive hassle to become an approved contracting company for a nuclear facility (and government don’t care).

      Anyway, this company is an absolute parasite and rips of the utility so badly on every job. And the utility just goes along with it. Ahh the beauty of doing business with the gub’ment.

    5. “So we’re out $300k because we are historically utilized.”

      Find some gal with a weird last name, pay her some money and stick her with 1% of the company.
      Reapply!

  20. “People actually like the stabilty that the Islamic State has brought them,” says German journalist Juergen Todenhoefer after spending time within the caliphate in Iraq.

    I suspect the same could have been said about Saddam.

    1. Life in Guantanmo has been described as stable.

      1. You do get three square meals a day whether you want them or not…

        1. You don’t even have to chew them yourself!

    2. Libertarians like to mock this, but people can actually survive and prosper even under the most repressive governments as long as the laws are stable and knowable. It’s uncertainty, when the rules of the game change overnight that fucks up people’s plans. If you know you’re going to be killed for being a homosexual or a Christian or what have you, you can hide that DEEP and continue living pretty much unmolested. For a goodly part of humanity that’s preferable to trying to make a life when you can be killed at any time for any or no reason at all.

  21. I don’t know about anyone else, but when DeBlasio said that police shooting was an attack on “all of us” I couldn’t help but to get a bit ticked off. No mayor, that is not an attack on all of us. We are society, while you are government. An attack on all of us is when a member of your personal army chokes someone to death, or kills someone in a stairwell. THAT is an attack on all of us.

    /end rant

    1. I thought a nuke or bioweapon was an attack on ‘all of us’, since both of those seem to be an attack on a subset of ‘us’.

      1. The people are the police and the police are the people; we just pay a certain sector of the population to do that which we cannot do 24/7 ourselves.

        Governments need to read up on the Peelian prinicples.

        1. The fact that people applauded and cheered when the cops were killed goes to show that those principles are long forgotten.

        2. Given the lengths they’ve gone to in the differentiation of ‘cops’ and ‘citizens’, I’d say they’re not a part of the general polity until reforms (such as unlimited liability) are implemented.

    2. An attack on all of us would be when the Mayor tries to tell us how much soda we are allowed to consume.

    3. A silly quote, but this is one of the few stories with DeBlasio in it where he’s the bad guy.

      1. I think you got this backwards. It’s one of the few stories where De Blasio is in the right and cops are throwing a mindless hissy fit because he dared offer even the most tepid criticism.

        1. Yes, better said.

          1. Was of course a not intended in the original

        2. Bo got something backwards? I’m shocked! Shocked I tell you! Shocked!

          1. Yeah, backwards in the sense that 3+5 is backwards of 5+3 moron.

              1. That brought back memories.

                The first time I heard that I was driving my new Camaro to the Bahamas.

  22. it’s getting city tax incentives so they must hire a “historically under-utilized business” instead.

    “Hire the handicapped” for municipal contracts.

    1. I’m starting an orangutan-owned small business! Who wants in?

      1. Won’t work in my state, after the courts ruled that a chimp was not a person, the odds are stacked against the orangutans.

        1. *** rising intonation ***

          It’s in Argentina …

          1. Have you seen the state of the argentinian economy these days? That’s no place to start a business.

            1. *** whispering ***

              Even a drive-through plastic-surgery business?

                1. Just because Venezuela is more shit than Argentina doesn’t mean the Argentines are doing swell.

                  1. But the Venezuelans will pay more for bum bum fix ups and thigh inserts….trying to keep up with the Brazilians!

              1. +5lbs of a quickrete/rubber cement mixture

  23. I know that Reason.tv is concerned about police powers of the state, but why can’t you admit that this was politically motivated and linked to the protest rhetoric around #blacklivesmatter and its supporters in government and media? So what if he was mentally unstable? If a suicide bomber blows up a bus full of people as part of a terrorist organization, does the fact that they had mental problems (in this scenario) mean that the organization had no responsibility? That the attack was just a ‘coincidence’?

    1. Did you have the same feelings about Sarah Palin and the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords?

      1. False equivalence. Palin put some bullseyes over congressional districts to indicate that they should try to take those districts. No one can argue that’s an incitement to violence.

        Many protesters actually were inciting violence against cops. There’s your difference.

        1. It’s silly to argue Palin actually induced violence, but. ‘No one can argue putting a BULLSEYE over something is not possible of being read that way by some extreme nut job is a bit too strong of a claim.

          1. It was a bullseye OVER CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS.

            It wasn’t even over the faces of the people who represented those districts. It was over the districts themselves.

            http://boingboing.net/assets_m…..8/map2.png – Here’s the picture.

            It is literally impossible to look at that picture as an incitement to violence.

            1. I think it’s literally never impossible for someone to get a bullseye as having implications of violence.

              1. You can find mentally ill people who think saying “hello” is an incitement to violence on a bad day. Just stop.

                1. But my comment is not about addled minds but about what’s pretty inherent in the symbol if a bullseye (it was a crosshairs, right?)

              2. Soo… the Target chain is just begging for violence at their stores?

              3. “I think it’s literally never impossible for someone to get a bullseye as having implications of violence.”

                I never knew that every time I played darts I was engaged in such a sickening display of violent imagery.

                By your logic, the entirety of politics is nothing but violent imagery. Where do you think the term campaign comes from? Ding, ding, ding! Warfare. So every time I use the phrase ‘campaign’ would it be rational for someone to think this has implications of violence?

                1. Semantics had a bit more to it than the origins of words.

                2. Politics is the struggle to see who gets to hold the reins of the apparatus that commits violence against the people.

          2. No one can argue putting a BULLSEYE over something is not possible of being read that way by some extreme nut job is a bit too strong of a claim.

            If one completely agrees with you, so what? Do you think we should regulate our speech based on how some person with a limited grasp on reality may misinterpret it?

            You are aware the the logo for Target retail stores is a BULLEYE? Should Target executives be concerned about how it my be misinterpreted by deluded individuals?

            1. See my very first comment regarding the Palin thing.

              1. Bo Cara Esq.|12.22.14 @ 9:34AM|#

                It’s silly to argue Palin actually induced violence, but. ‘No one can argue putting a BULLSEYE over something is not possible of being read that way by some extreme nut job is a bit too strong of a claim.

                1. Everything before the but is BS, Bo.

                  What do you propose to do about the fact that mentally unstable people can misinterpret completely non threatening speech as a call to action to commit violence?

                  1. Easy now, Jodie Foster told Bo to argue about this. There’s no telling how far this could go.

                    1. Jesus, life is too short for this again. But everyone continues to feed him.

                    2. You’re right … he really is a rather moronic troll.

          3. It wasn’t a bullseye, idiot.

            It was a crosshair, which is used in a surveyors transit as well as a rifle scope.

            The notion that a crosshair on a map inpires violence is just stupid. And it clearly had no influence in the Giffords shooting.

    2. Did the protesters plan and sanction this attack? Do terrorist organization plan and sanction suicide bombings?

      There’s your answer.

      1. “Did the protesters plan and sanction this attack? Do terrorist organization plan and sanction suicide bombings?”

        Plan? No. But they were chanting ‘What do we want, dead cops. When do we want them? Now.’

        That seems like sanctioning to me.

        1. I read a report on the Daily Fail about how bystanders applauded and cheered when the cops were killed.

          That says a lot.

        2. You’re doing some pretty big generalizing and conflating of the black lives matter movement and what your talking about. Also, there was similar rhetoric about ‘pigs’ getting offed on threads here, but how absurd to claim H&R as inciting violence against police?

          1. Um, yeah. Because pointing out what the protesters were chanting is equivalent to inciting violence. Dude, you’re a fucking retard.

            1. I love how sarc can miss the basic point of a post entirely and the call the poster a retard. Tell me sarc, what do you think I was arguing in my post there? That in quoting the protestors Irish was inciting violence? That’s not what my lady sentence was about at all moron.

              1. Last sentence

                1. I liked it better as lady sentence. It classes the joint up a bit.

                  1. But I’ve now had it hersplained that that’s sexist.

                    1. You’re just going full sexist this morning, Bo! Report to the re-education camps for sensitivity training and some surgical rehabilitation.

          2. I said on another thread that it’s a subset of protesters, not the whole movement. Sorry if I don’t make that clear every single time I mention this.

            However, yes, those protesters weho were chanting ‘death to the police’ absolutely were inciting violence. You can’t walk through a charged atmosphere screaming ‘Kill all the police’ and then act like you had nothing to do with it when police get offed.

            1. Posters here make comments about police being offed Irish. So H&R incites violence?

              1. Individual posters probably do. H&R’s writers don’t and I don’t, so I don’t particularly give a shit about all the posters here who say ‘the only good pig is a dead pig.’

                If an H&R ‘kill the cops’ circle jerk ended with one of the posters going nuts and murdering a police officer, I think you absolutely could argue the posters who engaged in that sort of thing are partially responsible.

                That doesn’t mean it should be illegal to say such things since it’s so unlikely anyone will act on it. It does mean you bear some moral culpability if you make wild claims about murdering a bunch of people and one of the people listening to you does it.

                1. I think that’s insulting to the idea of personal responsibility. This guy from what I know was far removed from any ‘kill cops’ protest event. His crime is all on him.

                  1. It isn’t insulting personal responsibility to argue that outside incitement of violence can result in an already unstable individual committing said acts of violence.

                    It isn’t insulting personal responsibility to argue that ISIS bears responsibility for a beheading in London if the person who does the beheading watches ISIS youtube videos and starts believing the infidel is in desperate need of decapitation.

                    Of course the person who committed the act is morally responsible for his action. However, morality is not a zero sum game. There can be an infinite number of parties who are morally responsible for a single action with varying degrees of guilt.

                    The person with the most responsibility is the actual killer, but those who incite bear at least a degree of guilt since inciting violence in a charged atmosphere can obviously cause violence.

          3. Your point is well taken. There are a few commenters on H&R who take the stance that the only good pig is a dead pig. If this lunatic were found to have those H&R articles in his browser history, what then? I still think the first amendment wins the day, but I can’t see any way to claim that those comments didn’t incite violence.

        3. Wow, that’s trashy (and I know trashy). I hadn’t heard that the protesters were being so shitty.

          1. Only some of them and only really in New York. Protesters in other cities seem to have been completely peaceful, but the New York protests have been pretty absurd.

            1. WHY AREN’T THE YANKEES PAYING FOR TRAYVON’S BROTHER’S EDUCATION?!?!

            2. The New York police are behaving pretty absurdly too.

    3. So what? Your suicide bomber analogy is not very apt. Suicide bombers are usually sent by an organized group to do their thing. I haven’t seen any evidence that this guy was anything other than a violent crazy person. Yes, his motivation had something to do with the recent protests against police violence. But that doesn’t mean that any groups protesting bear any responsibility any more than makers of first person shooter video games are responsible for school shootings.
      The guy was a nut, acting on his own. What inspired him is irrelevant. No one should limit what they have to say because of what a crazy person might make of it.

  24. WHY WON’T REASON BLAME THINGS I DON’T LIKE FOR THE TROUBLES OF THE WORLD?????

  25. I get to fly with my 3 month old daughter for the first time on Sunday. So that ought to be fun. That’s assuming I don’t snap and murder one of the TSA dipshits for the inevitable hassle.

    1. If you snap, don’t stop at one, the penalty won’t get any worse for multiples.

    2. I refuse to fly anymore. If one of those fucks feels-up my kid I will go to prison. So rather than go to prison I choose not to fly.

      1. Anecdotally, recently I traveled commercial air carrier with the kids (4yo and 6mo) for the first time. I was expecting a nightmare of TSA stupidity and some sort of federal charge against me. It turned out to be the easiest travel I’ve had since 2001. Because of the kids and accoutrements we were shunted into the pre-clearance line at JFK; no shoe-removal, no pat-downs, no body x-ray, no turning on laptops or tablets, just a walk through the magnetometer and (shockingly) pleases and thank yous from all the TSA staff with whom we interacted. I was really taken aback by all this; I kept looking around for Allen Funt.

        1. Occasionally, air travel is a lot more pleasant that it’s made out to be. Of course, the fact that it’s made out to be overbearingly hassle- and grope-filled is because it is sometimes.

          I had to submit to a lot of the invasive bullshit in my previous job. It was not really an option to be cantankerous, either. Sometimes, it was downright pleasant. Other times, it was inoffensive and the only problems were idiots who didn’t belong going anywhere (PUT ALL THE SHIT FROM IN YOUR POCKETS INTO A POUCH IN YOUR CARRY-ON BEFORE YOU GET IN LINE, DAMMIT!!!!!)

    3. Make sure her diaper is real full.

  26. Vaclav Klaus, reportedly over his defense of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

    Don’t let the door hit you in the ass, in that case.

    1. Sadly, the political class doesn’t seem to have much problem with Gerhard Schr?der.

  27. We’re not historically utilized by the city, we’re just owned by a majority of white males.

    That’s like calling your company RAPES R US.

    No wonder no right-thinking government employee will hire you.

    1. RAPES R US

      One wonders what a job interview might be like?

      STEVE SMITH: WHAT YOUR GREATEST WEAKNESS? NOW SMELL THIS RAG.

  28. Now I get to stare at my cubicle walls all day today (if I get too cheeky with the Amazon Prime movies, I’ll get a talkin-to).

    In its infinite wisdom, the Obama administration decided to shut the government on Boxing Day. But that only applies to government employees. Contractors are expected to work. Except all the Federal buildings will be closed and inaccessible. Try to figure that one out.

    1. Huh.

      I’m at work every day this week except thursday. I must have picked the wrong level of guv’mint.

    2. Do they do the 59 minute rule where you’re at?

      1. Sometimes. Most times it’s just “leave two hours early”.

    3. My contract says if no government servants are there to watch me, I’m not to be there.

      Because we might steal the furniture, or something.

  29. Nicaragua canal is suppose to start today. Panama is also building a third set of larger locks. I wonder if there is enough business for both?

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ni…..al-panama/

    1. Sure. It is what idiots call induced demand.

      You have more supply based primarily on fixed costs. The price to captains will be pushed toward the low variable costs of running the canals until they are full. Captains will sail the routes because the price is low, but also because the other costs (waiting mostly) go down.

      1. Being able to run full sized ships across the Ismus will reduce the cost of shipping and change the economic calculation regarding millions of transactions and have all kinds of positive second order effects that can’t be foreseen.

        This is an example of the “uncontrolled change” that the idiots are always so worried about.

  30. (if I get too cheeky with the Amazon Prime movies, I’ll get a talkin-to).

    Warren Miller movies. If anybody asks, tell them it’s just a screen saver.

    1. Is that some kind of artsy-fartsy stuff? I was thinking Die Hard.

      1. How much network monitoring do they do there? Because the movie itself doesn’t matter from the standpoint of bandwidth usage (which really irritates the NetAdmins, who tend to be remarkably connected, no pun intended).

        1. It’s not about that, it’s about people walking by my cube and seeing Bruce Willis blowing shit up (or preventing shit from getting blown up – I haven’t seen the movie).

          1. I haven’t seen the movie

            What. The Actual. Fuck? You must be the last person on earth over the age of 12 to have not.

            1. Shit, man, the movie came out when I was a 16-year-old little girl. No reason for me to have seen it when Willow was playing! Just never got around to remedying that oversight.

              1. Well, you’re timing is right since it’s right up there with A Christmas Story on most folks’ short list of most beloved holiday movies.

                1. I can’t stand a Christmas Story, and i’ve never watched diehard all the way through… I submit myself for punishment.

              2. I was 5 when it came out and I’ve seen it. They have this new invention called video.

              3. Incidentally, I did get to see Willow in the theater though. My dad covered my eyes during the warthog thing scenes.

          2. I haven’t seen the movie.

            You haven’t seen Die Hard? Well, in any case, just remember, this was the Eighties, when Japan was going to take over the world through economics.

      2. Well it is Christmas!

      3. Warren Miller does skiing/snowboarding movies.

        1. COOL! I needa check that out, then.

  31. I think it’s literally never impossible for someone to get a bullseye as having implications of violence.

    Yes, of course.

    Literally never impossible; that’s what they said as they were welding the teeter totters and merry go rounds in place. Don’t forget to snap your chin strap. You wouldn’t want your helmet to fall off.

    1. I’m sure his mommy makes sure his helmet is on good and tight before she lets him go outside.

    2. Of course I also said it’s silly to think what Palin did made her in any way seriously inciting any sane person to do anything wrong. I take incitement to be nothing less than someone screaming into an angry attacker to be ‘do it! Hit him, do it now!’ Anything else is an insult to a robust concept of personal responsibility.

      My only disagreement with Irish is whether, under a broader concept of incitement, a crosshairs could ever be taken as such. I think saying that’s impossible is a bit strong.

      1. Dude, the first time you are appearing in court, please tell us in advance!

        Watching you get curb stomped by an exasperated judge use your sharp wit to split hairs and carry the day will be a delight.

  32. So there was a big protest at the Mall of America this weekend. The mall ownership was adamant that they were a private space and had the right to shut down the protest and arrest protesters for trespassing.

    The protesters made the point that if you want to be a private entity maybe you shouldn’t take $250M of taxpayer dollars in the last year alone.

    http://www.myfoxtwincities.com…..e-property

    1. How the hell did a mall, even the largest one in the country manage to get $250 million in subsidies? What the hell did they do with all of that money? Is it that economically unviable?

      1. Half of it is probably for MRAPs and APCs for the mall cops.

        1. Is the mall built for APC traffic?

          1. That’s what the other half is for.

      2. From the looks of the article it’s 250M in tax breaks to help w/ a 1.5B expansion. Still hosing the taxpayer, just not as outrageously as, say, a new soccer stadium.

  33. The Interview II: The Wrath of Un and How Sony got its Tube Packed

    Sony pictures releases part 2 which shows clearly part one was just a dream and they didn’t mean it really.

  34. Based on my vast knowledge of this person’s personal situation, gleaned from reading anonymous comments and news reports on the interwebzes, I must ask myself: “Could this person’s personal history of interactions with the police and the courts, in combination with his apparent severe mental instability, have led him independently to the decision to randomly(?) murder two policemen?”

    Apparently, the guy who killed the cop in Florida did so because he thought he might get away and not get sent back to prison. It must be a huge disappointment to the WAR ON COPS crowd that he cannot be shoehorned into their narrative.

  35. TR is spinning in his grave:

    “Rising anger as Nicaragua canal to break ground”
    http://news.yahoo.com/rising-a…..=samsungwn

    I refuse to take sides on this issue since central American has been stolen so many times I have no0 idea who owns it.

    1. …central American *land*…

  36. Latest analysis making the rounds on social media: “The Simple Truth: President Obama is Too Intelligent for Republicans to Understand”

    http://www.forwardprogressives…..nderstand/

    “Not only that, but when Americans have more money, they have more to spend. And what’s the biggest driver of economic growth? Consumer spending. More consumer spending means higher profits and higher demand, which means – more jobs.”

    The old “increase the minimum wage because people will have more money” school of economic growth.

    1. when Americans have more money, they have more to spend.

      So, if I take money from one American (the business owner) and give it to another (the employee), how do “Americans” collectively have more money, again?

  37. The old “increase the minimum wage because people will have more money” school of economic growth.

    Fire up the helicopters!

    Moneybombs away!

  38. $6370 , I didnt believe that my brother was realy earning money in there spare time at their computer. . there moms best frend had bean doing this for less than seventeen months and by now repayed the loans on their cottage and got a brand new Porsche 911 .
    navigate to this site ==—-==—- http://www.jobsfish.com

    1. Dude, you used “their” correctly twice and “there” incorrectly twice in the span of two sentences.

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