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  1. There have now been at least 102 confirmed measles cases in 14 states since the start of 2015.

    Little more than a hundred measly cases?

    1. Hello.

      The government’s hand in fostering and nurturing psychopaths:

      “In Western countries, state social policy intended to benefit society has over the long term done much to undermine the traditional family structure, with a sharp rise in single parent families. Likewise, state economic policy, perhaps intended to create a perpetual economic boom, actually contributed to economic instability by fostering the business cycle of boom and bust. During the early 1990s, state economists believed that they could enable a perpetual economic boom in the high tech and information sectors of the economy, but political-economic management of that economic sector resulted in its meltdown by the year 2000.”

      http://www.quebecoislibre.org/15/150115-6.html

      1. The government’s hand in fostering and nurturing psychopaths:

        Bill 101.

        1. And Bill 22 and 178:

          http://www.thecanadianencyclop…../bill-178/

          Bill 14 that was proposed in 2014 went further.

  2. 24) Somebody told me this at a party once, and I wasn’t sure if I believed it. But out of curiosity, I checked the statistics, and it appears my buddy was right. Check this out:
    – In 1965, 42.4 of the US population smoked. In 2009, that was down to 20.6%. (delta -21.8%)
    – In 1960-2, 13.4% of the US population was obese. In 2011-12, 35.3% of the US population was obese. (delta +21.9%)
    So over nearly the same time period, the fall in smokers in the US was almost identical to the increase in obesity. Of course cigarettes are a known appetite suppressant?that’s explicitly why many teen-age girls pick up the habit.
    So, all this research showing that our increasingly fat asses are due to more fast food, more sedentary jobs, more soft drinks, gluten, corn syrup, or whatever? Do any of those alleged causes of obesity correlate so well to the drop in smoking? Sounds like a good research project (good luck getting funding for that one, though).

    1. For those who care, my sources were http://www.lung.org/finding-cu…..Report.pdf and http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/h….._11_12.htm

      1. Correlation != Causation
        but interesting observation nonetheless

        1. The most interesting case of correlation right now is the usage rate of acetaminophen and autism. Lines up quite nicely.

          1. You have apparently missed yesterday’s story that circumcision causes autism!

            1. So that’s what’s wrong with me!

              1. Oh, there’s a lot more than that wrong with you.

                1. *beams proudly*

          2. *** dumps McNeil Pharmaceutical stock ***

      2. This is actually pretty well known in the diabetes and obesity research fields. It isn’t heavily publicized because A) the health effects of long term smoking are worse than those of obesity and B) the massive increased availability of food, particularly sweets and soda, is believed to be a larger contributor.

        1. But do smokers die earlier and with fewer complications than the obese?
          We know smokers health care costs are less than the average person.

          1. We know smokers health care costs are less than the average person.

            I think that is a false statement. Smokers have a positive impact on social costs because of tobacco taxes and they do not draw social security and other old age benefits for as long. Their medical costs while alive are substantially higher.

            1. Not true at all. End of life care is significantly more expensive for non-smokers.

    2. How did they measure obesity back then? Assuming it was different.

      1. The CDC paper uses body-mass index (BMI). If you mean, have their standards changed over time, so far as I can tell from the paper it uses the same standards over time.

        1. BMI.

          Ha, ha.

          But I thought the government was on the cutting edge of ideas and understanding how to cut through bull shit for the public and greater good!

          1. I know BMI doesn’t work when it comes to individuals with high muscle mass, but is there any reason to think it’s not a good measurement for the average population?

    3. There was something in the past few years about how obesity now contributes to as many (or maybe it was more) cancer cases than smoking.

      1. They will always try to link something to cancer.

        For money.

        1. I recall reading years ago that cancer is produced on purpose as fuel for alien apacecraft.

        2. If only someone could link it to Autism.

      2. I’m starting to subscribe to the metabolic theory of cancer which suggests that they share the same underlying cause

    4. Interesting correlation. I’ve seen a few studies suggesting that gut flora may also be at work…and then of course, there is this:

      Lab animals getting fatter

      “A new study of 12 distinct populations of eight different mammals — including feral rats, lab animals and domestic pets — shows that they, too, have been gaining weight over the last several decades.”

      1. Obviously we need more lab animals to start smoking.

        1. ^exactly!

      2. My cat keeps playing those damn video games. And I can’t return it because he’s gotten spit all over the controllers.

        1. Steve Martin bonus points.

          Now take off your “Arrow Through The Head” and get back to work.

    5. That’s like asking someone to research if, oh, I don’t know, child vaccinations have any unpublished side effects.

      1. Obesity vaccinations should be mandatory!

      2. “A doctor who was profiled by The New York Times for his close personal and professional relationship with Bill and Hillary Clinton has expressed skepticism about vaccines and touted research that found a link between childhood vaccinations and autism.”

        http://news.yahoo.com/video/cl…..41616.html

    6. I’m too lazy to look right now, but IIRC there’s a chart that shows the dramatic increase in diabetes starting in the 70s matches near-perfect to the chart showing the increase in Corn Subsidies starting in the 70s.

    7. People have exchanged smoking addictions for food addictions

      1. That’s a good point. Might not be nicotine as an appetite suppresant, but simply that addictive personalities are gonna find something to satisfy that itch.

    8. The rise of Starbucks is mostly due to the decrease in smoking. All those folks with $5 in their pocket, needing a morning fix.

      1. Which baffles me because you can’t smoke coffee shops any more – at which point I stopped hanging out in coffee shops. Oh, and Starbucks tastes like shit.

  3. Sixty-four percent of investigative journalists believe the U.S. government is spying on them.

    And yet they hadn’t been reporting on the belief?

    1. Frankly, I don’t blame them much for not wanting to end up like Andrew Breitbart.

      1. Frankly, I don’t blame them much for not wanting to end up like Andrew Breitbart.

        Or Michael Hastings

    2. Why should reporters be different than the rest of the citizenry peasantry?

  4. SEX SLAVES IN AMERICA!!!!!!!!

    I wish?

    1. What’s the going rate to buy new? (lease and pre-owned are not acceptable)

      1. No, they’ve been clearly determined to be vastly different organisms.

    2. Is 50 Shades out yet? I don’t want to see it just want to hang out by the movie exits when the film ends.

      1. “Well, OK. But don’t try any of your preversions in there!”

      2. Good plan.

      3. ..hang out by the movie exits when the film ends.

        Leaning against the wall, gently tapping your thigh with a riding crop?

      4. https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/8440224768/h6014C1ED/

        I don’t know… a whole cinema of moist vaginas wouldn’t be the greatest smell in the world lol

        1. There’s only 2 things in this world that smell like fish – and one of them is fish.

          1. [shortly after Eve emerges from a lake where she had been swimming naked]
            God: Great, now I’ll never get the smell out of the fish.

      5. That’s funny. Although I’m guessing some guys are going to sit through it for the same reason.

        1. I imagine it will be like an adult movie theater feature except replace the weird loner guys sitting far apart with weird girls. The only normal girls there will be with their boyfriends

  5. The unemployment rate rose slightly, from 5.6 to 5.7 percent, in January.

    I’m hearing squawking that that’s not the real rate of unemployment in America.

  6. http://www.click2houston.com/n…..t/31104244

    Jesus Christ. The comments are worse than the story. A school cop BEATING A KID WITH A BATON FOR CALLING HIM A DICK is not “teaching him a lesson.

    1. The Pope disagrees.

      1. I was pretty sure the Pope’s comments were about someone insulting his mother, not a direct insult.

    2. Horrifying how many cop fellators there are out there.

    3. buttercup60 ? an hour ago
      This is funny. He thought the worst was coming. The brat should have put his brain in motion before he opened his flapping jaws.
      Looks like a little sissy boy. Where Is Daddy?

      1. So, buttercup is talking about himself?

    4. If a cop called somebody a dick and the person tried to beat the cop, how do you think these commenters would respond?

      1. The writers of the tv show “Blue Bloods” assure us that “cops are held to a higher standard.”

        1. So does the genius that brought “hth” and “smooches” to the esteemed comments section of H&R.

        2. …of evidence. A higher standard of evidence in cases against them. Why does everyone leave off those two words?

      2. “You should know that attempting to attack a cop will result in your death.”

    5. …is not “teaching him a lesson.

      It teaches him not to trust the police. It teaches him cops are thugs.

  7. Jonah Goldberg: Horse Pucky from Obama

    When Obama alludes to the evils of medieval Christianity, he fails to acknowledge the key word: “medieval.” What made medieval Christianity backward wasn’t Christianity but medievalism.

    It is perverse that Obama feels compelled to lecture the West about not getting too judgmental on our “high horse” over radical Islam’s medieval barbarism in 2015 because of Christianity’s medieval barbarism in 1215.

    It’s also insipidly hypocritical. President Obama can’t bring himself to call the Islamic State “Islamic,” but he’s happy to offer a sermon about Christianity’s alleged crimes at the beginning of the last millennium.

    1. So Christianity ended its violent era in the Middle Ages? Goldberg is full of shit again. Modern Christianity is vile and violent even if it appears mild compared to its truly disgusting fellow Abrahamic counterpart.

      1. How is modern Christianity violent?

        1. “What other religion uses a *crucifiction* as its emblem?”

        2. Abortion clinic bombers, killing doctors, Jim Crow lynchings for examples.

          Remember, religion is dispersed power since there is usually no central authority. Protestants are grassroots.

          In the case of the RCC – they sanctioned pedophilia from Vatican City.

          I am no fan of any religion, by the way. And Islam is easily the worst.

          1. And what fraction of Christians support such acts?

            1. Also see the Iraq War – bit Xtian support.

              G-Dub famously said his “heavenly father” guided him on the decision.

              No Cheney jokes please.

              1. Also see the Iraq War – bit Xtian support.

                Uh huh

          2. ‘Modern Christianity is vile and violent’

            Spoken like a true, die hard left-wing nutto when it comes to Christianity.

            Your examples do NOT support your claim.

            At all.

            1. So being rational is now only “left-wing”.

              I disagree.

          3. Tiller was the last abortion doctor murdered in the US, I think. Jim Crow ended before the better part of shreek was a stain on the bedsheets.

            But, yeah, stack that up against the middle east and it’s a perfect moral equivalence.

            1. There’s no good part of shreek.

            2. And to remind PB, John Brown was a Christian — maybe that’s what he means since JB was very violent, of course he was trying to stop slavery.

              Civil Rights movement was mostly Christians and Jews from what I’ve read.

          4. wow, a veritable field of straw men. Christianity does not condone any of the things that you cite. But you know that.

          5. I am no fan of any religion…

            But you’re a partisan hack. And you’re religiously against religion.

            Religion means to rebind or reconnect. Generically it refers to a way of acting or way of life that reconnects or keeps one connected to one’s beliefs or values. Most everyone is religious in at least one way, if not many ways. Those who are not, lack beliefs or values and tend toward nihilism.

            You just have an unsophisticated understanding of religion and the human psyche.

      2. The trained Christian assassins lurking around every corner trying to kill you are in strictly in your own head and don’t actually count.

      3. Wow, with all your citations and empirical evidence, it’s hard to argue against you.

        Go fuck yourself.

          1. That’s not a citation.

            This is a citation: http://s.hswstatic.com/gif/che…..tion-2.jpg

            1. heh – when I was a teenager working at a warehouse, I had a co-worker brag about his Citation and how fast it was.

            2. My dad owned one, and it was the car I learned to drive manual on. Sniff! Only to be replaced by an Dodge Omni.

      4. Off your meds again? I’m no fan of Christianity but the Lord’s Resistance Army is not typical of Christians across the world last time I checked.

        1. They are also held to account by the governments of Christian countries if they commit crimes.

      5. I’ve just reported Buttplug to the Christian police.

        1. You’re a Summoner?

          http://www.shmoop.com/canterbu…..moner.html

          (autoplay ad)

      6. I have been thinking lately…..PBP gives knee-jerk defenses of anything at all that Obumbles does, no matter how indefensible it is. Its arguments are dumb as hell and convince no one, in fact hilariously so.

        I have begun to suspect that PBP must be Obumbles. Its not like he has anything else to do really. It must get under his skin that we lambast him constantly on here and it is hard to see how a narcissist could resist trying to hit back. Of course the swings taken at us under the PBP handle remind me of Obumbles pitching skills. That makes me even more suspicious.

        1. I wouldn’t waste my time here if I had the services of the White House Chef and unlimited free golf.

          1. But you are sane and not a narcissistic personality disorder being called out on your bullshit.

            I am convinced that his pressing the FCC to regulate the internet is designed to shut people like us up. That is the end game. He also just gave a speech where he mealy-mouthed the ‘hate speech isn’t free speech’ reasoning.

        2. I have been thinking lately…..PBP gives knee-jerk defenses of anything at all that Obumbles does, no matter how indefensible it is.

          This is what he gets paid to do as a JournoList.

          Its arguments are dumb as hell and convince no one, in fact hilariously so.

          Yeah, guys like him are basically despised by most of the country now because of their shameless agenda-driven bias and transparent lying. Won’t stop him from continuing his pathetic efforts though.

  8. “Jim Antle asks the important questions: Is The New Republic trolling libertarians, or just plain clueless?”

    I hope it’s the former for if it’s the latter TNR is a rag for true.

  9. President Obama is poised to ask Congress for an ISIS war permission slip.

    Jordan might handle this one for us.

    1. I look forward to the Code Pink coverage of President Obama’s request on the nightly news with Brian Williams.

      1. +1 women in black.

    2. WHAT?! Have a power IN THE REGION leading the fight?!

      I am disappoint, Fist.

    3. I’m on it.

      1. “Thank you for your service.”

  10. Space Invaders World Championship, 1981.

    Back then I had that 70s hangover haircut.

    1. I must have spent a small fortune playing ‘Galaga’ myself.

      1. My favorite game was Q-Bert.

        1. Missile Command!

      2. TEMPEST was the best one.

      3. Dig Dug!

    2. +1 Centipede track ball.

    3. Xevious

      1. +1 solvalou

  11. The U.S. Department of Agriculture considers taking the radical step of only providing farm subsidies to actual farmers.

    I have doubt.

    1. Yes, extremely unlikely. Kansas Senators still support paying oodles of vig to guys who live in Westchester.

  12. TTC removes ‘phallic-looking’ sign from Downsview station

    Toronto – That didn’t take long.

    TTC workers removed a sign at Downsview station Tuesday morning after the map of the bus platform began circulating around the Internet showing what looks to be the shape of a penis.

    “Everybody who had seen the sign, it led some to believe it looked like a very phallic-looking symbol and we don’t want any of our maps to be misconstrued, so we’re in the midst of replacing it,” TTC spokesman Brad Ross said.

    1. Sure, blame the sign makers, not the architect who designed the station to look like a dick.

      1. Well the architect came well recommended. His castle for the little mermaid was well received.

        http://sites.psu.edu/sjordanen…..ttle-M.jpg

    2. Dicks.

      You know the guys who drew that up were snickering the whole time they did it, and are probably laughing their asses off now.

    3. Even if it looked like a phallus, if the map was marked properly then how could it be misconstrued?

      You don’t see people removing maps of Florida from atlases just because it looks like a cock, do you? No, because people still need to know that Miami is at the tip.

      1. Isn’t Florida the reason Castro hates us so much? Because every time he looks at a map he sees FL pissing on his beloved country?

        1. The Keys are the dribbles from shaking?

      2. Just the tip.

    4. TTC workers removed a sign at Downsview station Tuesday morning after the map of the bus platform began circulating around the Internet showing what looks to be the shape of a penis severely infected with genital warts.

      1. Wish somebody would remove this pile of shit:

        http://activerain.trulia.com/b…..own-denver

  13. In other “this is why cops shouldn’t work in schools” news: http://m.wlky.com/news/lmpd-re…..d/31074772

    At least this asshole was charged. Thanks to video evidence showing him punch a kid in the face and choke another to the point he has brain damage.

    1. It seems that the cops who get assigned to schools are usually too dumb for even low level patrol/beat work and have massive authority egos. Pretty much the worst possible people to put in schools full of smartass teenagers.

    2. Not once in those charges do they mention the words “under color of law”

  14. “A shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security in these times is frankly too bitter to contemplate, but we have to contemplate it,” Johnson told reporters this week.

    Well said, Jeh.

    “It is horribly unfair to ask people in the critical role of Homeland Security to come to work and not get paid”

    Well, simply don’t ask them to come to work.

    1. This is our current state of affairs, unfortunately. A department that didn’t even exist 14 years ago is now indispensable.

      1. How many times must you be told? 9/11 changed *everything*!

        1. Yes, go to a school, wait to be buzzed in, go to the office and sign in, then get escorted to a classroom and write “This is a post 9/11 world” on the board 100 times.

  15. Gawker actually writes a decent article:

    NYPD Has a Plan to Magically Turn Anyone It Wants Into a Felon

    On Wednesday, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton urged state legislators to consider increasing the penalty for resisting arrest from a misdemeanor to a felony. The change, he argued, would help New Yorkers “get around this idea that you can resist arrest. You can’t.” It would also give cops an easy way to turn victims of their own worst impulses into the worst class of criminal.

    In theory, a resisting arrest charge allows the state to further punish suspects who endanger the safety of police officers as they’re being apprehended; in practice, it gives tautological justification to cops who enjoy roughing people up. Why did you use force against that suspect, officer? Because she was resisting arrest. How do I know you’re telling the truth? Because I charged her with it, sir.

    1. Protect and Serve transformed to Dominate and Enslave 🙂

    2. And from the comments:

      I left 2 years ago. There was a report of domestic violence in my building – police knocked at my door where I was home alone with my 1 year old son. They asked to come in, I politely declined, they said “that’s how people get shot”. So alright I decided to let him in – I have nothing to hide and I let him know it’s probably regarding the neighbors over there. Still they are convinced that I’m hiding an abusive man somewhere.

      Then he tells me it’s required by law that all domestic violence calls where a child is involved requires them to be evaluated at the hospital. I’m still trying to convince him he has the wrong house as he calls an ambulance, which arrives with lights and sirens, rushing me and the baby out like it’s a legit emergency. The hospital finds nothing wrong (and I had to pay the ambulance bill because he wasn’t admitted) EXCEPT for the fact that he’s only wearing a diaper and T shirt in the winter (I had one of those hot as hell furnaces with no way to adjust it). ACS is contacted and I am charged with child neglect. The case was eventually dismissed – after 2 years of adjourned court dates.

      1. Dammit. More proof that you should never let them in.

        1. Sounds like they were going in one way or another.

        2. Looks like she tried to decline, but they threatened her for it.

          1. Again: get an intercom so you can talk to them without opening the door, preferably from a room other than the one the door is in.

      2. I’m glad she didn’t have a dog.

        Seriously, WTF?

      3. they said “that’s how people get shot”.

        By forcing entry into someone’s house uninvited??

    3. How can it turn anyone into a felon when everyone already is a felon just waiting for arrest?

    4. WHy the FUCK is reason not running with this one?!?!?

      Reason, HOW THE FUCK DO YOU GET SCOOPED BY GAWKER?!?!?!

      *sobs*

      1. Hey, nobody beats Reason’s coverage of abortion, cakes, vaccinations, and Lou Reed.

  16. ‘Bomb’ That Choked Atlanta Traffic Was Student Art Project

    The suspicious device turned out to be a student pinhole camera that was part of an art photography project, Georgia State said ? one of 18 that students dotted around the Atlanta area as part of a class assignment.

    The cameras were described as 12-ounce cans wrapped in duct tape. Wednesday, police in Hapeville, near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, reported that they called in their bomb squad after a second camera was found on a bridge there.

    1. Wasn’t it also Atlanta where everyone freaked out over some Aqua Teen Hunger Force figures a while back?

      1. That was Boston.

        1. Oh right. BOSTON STRONG!

          1. Fun fact: ATHF made an episode for the next season called “Boston”, which was basically 15 minutes of making fun of the city, but Cartoon Network made them drop it.

            Great answers about it from one of the co-creators of the show:

            There was an Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode titled “Boston” for this season. Assuming it is about what I think it is about, was it finished and then cut?

            There are actually three versions of “Boston” now, all mastered to VHS and sealed in a time-release vault to be opened in the year 2098, twenty-five years after our death. Hopefully by then, enough time will have passed – so that we can find some distance and maybe discover the lighter side of the tragedy that befell New England on that day, when a Lite-Brite Moon Alien could have ended it all.

            If so, will it ever be released?

            Yes, as soon as Boston gives us back our money.

      2. Atlanta also shut down the airport when a guy ran down the escalator the wrong way because he left something behind. It was right after 9/11 though when the government was issuing color terror codes to scare the piss out of the rubes.

        RED TERROR ALERT!

      3. I thought it was Boston Strong

      4. THE MOON RULES

      5. I hope you can see this, because I’m doing it as hard as I can.

    2. Wonder what the film will turn out like.

  17. Watch America drift more and more to the right since 2008

    Since the dawn of the Obama era, the whole country has shifted to the right. Literally every state but one is now more Republican it was than six years ago. (Which one? Be patient.) We colored the lines according to how strongly Democratic or Republican the states are now; note that red lines (Republican states in 2014) drift across the halfway mark into Democratic territory as you go back in time.

    There are some special cases worth calling out. The state that has moved the furthest to the right since 2008 is Montana. The only state to move to the left? Alaska — certainly thanks in part to the partisanship engendered by having a native daughter on the 2008 ballot. The state that has been most consistently Democratic is Rhode Island; the most consistently Republican, Wyoming.

    1. That is true. But there was also a marked shift to the right 2000-2004 when the GOP took full control of all three branches of government.

      The “left” won big in 2006-08 mainly as a reaction to that full GOP control and the calamitous result. It wasn’t leftist policies that won in 2006-08.

      1. And it is shifting right now because…….?

        Jesus, you are a myopic idiot.

      2. Except that the GOP didn’t get full control until 2002, thanks to Jumpin’ Jim Jeffords.

  18. (Third in a series)

    Another fucked up cop in a school. This one used it to cruise for pussy apparently.

    http://www.seattlepi.com/local…..059601.php

    It’s Seattle so expect the officer on the job with back pay when the union-appointed arbitrator is done with it.

  19. These Are The Ex-Lawmakers Who Could Barely Wait To Sell Out

    While Washington’s contentious revolving door spins in perpetuum?allowing a stream of money, influence and access to flow seamlessly between the private and public sectors?the speed with which these public servants have offered themselves up to big business may raise a few eyebrows.

    “It’s not like they were calling up their new employers on the morning of Jan. 5 and asking for a job,” says Russ Choma, a CRP spokesman. “It would seem very likely that as these lawmakers were still voting on bills and debating policies, they were simultaneously negotiating with lobbying firms whose clients may have a direct interest in these issues.”

    Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.)
    Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.)
    Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Penn.)
    Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah)
    Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.)
    Rep. Bill Owens (D-N.Y.)
    Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK)

    1. The wording of that article implies that they hadn’t sold out a long time ago.

    2. Jim Moran is a special case of shithead.

    3. It’s nice to see that selling out is a bipartisan affair.

  20. “Rep. Alcee Hastings, citing a dildo law, among other things, has some harsh words for Texas lawmakers…..On Tuesday, all 25 Republicans in the Texas delegation demanded Hastings apologize for the comments.”

    Texas certainly does not have a monopoly on insane laws. Sound and fury, sound and fury.

    This is the pro-wrestiling of politics.

    1. The corrupt Mr. Hastings who was on the take when he was a judge.

      Definition of ‘asshole’ right there.

    2. FYI.. autoplay video on cnn link

    3. If anybody than a rep from FL had said this, it might make sense. But since I moved to FL a couple of years ago I realized that this state has the weirdest news in the country. I haven’t investigated the local dildo laws, though.

  21. As a curfew is lifted, Baghdad is at long last partying again

    Nightclubs have proliferated, liquor stores dot the streets, and families pile into cars every evening to eat at one of the many new restaurants or stroll in the glitzy new mall. A glittering riverboat plies the Tigris River every night, serving dinner on one deck and coffee on another. A pink neon palace called the Barbie Clinic pampers women with beauty treatments late into the evening.

    For those who can’t afford such venues, there are impromptu parties along the bridges and banks of the Tigris, where young men gather with cans of beer to talk, socialize and, after the drink has taken effect, dance in the streets.

    The merriment comes to an abrupt close as midnight approaches, triggering a mad dash through the streets to make it home in time.

    1. where young men gather with cans of beer to talk, socialize and, after the drink has taken effect, dance in the streets.

      Gay dancing in a Muslim country? 😉

    2. Sounds like a sausage-fest.

      Pass.

      1. Perhaps Jesse would be interested in visiting.

        1. Perhaps Jesse is not commenting because hes on a plane right now to get his Baghdad freak on.

  22. Tsipras, Putin agree to boost bilateral cooperation

    (Greek) Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday agreed to boost bilateral ties in a telephone conversation during which the latter invited the new Greek premier to an event in Moscow in May to mark the victory over Nazism.

    The two men agreed to boost cooperation in the economy and energy, tourism, culture and transport sectors. They also agreed on the need to “secure peace and stability in Ukraine,” according to a statement from Tsipras’s office. Putin expressed satisfaction at Greece’s stance at a recent summit in Brussels where Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias conveyed concerns over the prospect of additional sanctions against Russia over Ukraine.

  23. As a curfew is lifted, Baghdad is at long last partying again

    Nightclubs have proliferated, liquor stores dot the streets, and families pile into cars every evening to eat at one of the many new restaurants or stroll in the glitzy new mall. A glittering riverboat plies the Tigris River every night, serving dinner on one deck and coffee on another. A pink neon palace called the Barbie Clinic pampers women with beauty treatments late into the evening.

    Young men with AK-47s skip along the sidewalks, occasionally firing joyously into the air.

  24. ‘Amnesty Bonuses’ in Tax Code: Illegal Immigrants to Receive Earned Income Tax Credit

    President Barack Obama has promoted his recent executive action on immigration by arguing that he’s only deferring action ? holding off on enforcement of the current immigration laws until an immigration reform he approves of passes Congress. But that’s not really true; in fact there’s a way for illegal immigrants immediately to receive “amnesty bonuses,” as Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska terms it.

    Here’s how. A recent Homeland Security Committee hearing on immigration revealed an alarming consequence of President Obama’s executive amnesty?that illegal immigrants with deferred status may be able to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Moreover, this person, who is here in the U.S. unlawfully, could be able to file an amended tax return for up to the last three tax years, possibly receiving upwards of $24,000 in tax credits.

    1. I’m shocked

      1. Your winnings, sir.

    2. It’s a feature, not a bug.

      CB

  25. “Is The New Republic trolling libertarians?”

    Lately I’ve been wondering that same thing about Reason.

    1. Just lately?

  26. …one of their cities has a law that says that women can only have six dildos.

    Sanity at last. Common sense dildo legislation. Because how many dildos does a woman need, anyway?

    1. Nobody needs….nevermind

    2. Certainly no *semi-automatic* dildos that can fire off multiple orgasms as fast as you can, um, squeeze the trigger.

    3. Before it can be classified as an assault pussy, doesn’t it need at least one other feature (besides the high dildo capacity) like a flash suppressor or a bayonet mount?

      1. Or that thing that goes up?

        1. Bayonet mount…..thing that goes up…..I am pretty sure they are equipped with those, so yeah.

  27. Texas Swagger Fades Fast as Oil Town Squeezed Hard by OPEC

    “I didn’t realize it was going to be this big of a …” Potts said, stopping mid-sentence to compose herself. “It’s much more impactful than I thought it would be.”

    She and her husband, Skip, are trimming costs by cutting inventory of those high-end items — like heavier valves and flanges and lay-flat hoses — that have fallen out of favor the most with clients. The couple is focusing sales on safety and environmental clean-up, items that companies can’t skimp on amid the price plunge.

    “People used to just come in and put something on the counter and say, ‘I need this,'” Potts said. “Now they’re asking what it costs and if we have a cheaper brand.”

    1. Cut Alaska in two and make Texas the third-biggest state.

    2. “People used to just come in and put something on the counter and say, ‘I need this,'” Potts said.

      Those people were stupid.

      1. Those people were spending company money and the store was jacking up the price and getting a cut.

        I know about this.

        1. ^This^ too. It’s not uncommon when equipment is bought or rented the by people in the field on construction sites, oilfields, etc.mformrental companies to kick a little back to the guys placing the orders. They jack the rate to the company and return a bit of it to the guy placing the order.

          Happens in the equipment rental business more than anywhere.

          1. It’s not nearly as prevalent as it once was (outside of the drilling biz). Construction companies tightened ship during the big downturn in 2007-2008.

    3. This lady is a fool. The supply infrastructure out in west Texas is still strong and there’s a very competitive nature about it. It’s rare that someone won’t shop for value…only happening when a catastrophic failure of a seal or valve is imminent.

      This lady is full of shit. I should know, I deal,with her competition and her customers on an almost-daily basis.

    4. It’s much more impactful than I thought it would be

      “Impactful” is one of those pseudo-words stupid people use when they’re trying to sound smart.

  28. Thai crown prince’s poodle, Air Chief Marshal Foo Foo, has been cremated

    Air Chief Marshal Foo Foo, the pet poodle of Thailand’s crown prince, has been cremated after four days of Buddhist funeral rites, prompting a surge of coded social media comments in the troubled kingdom, where it is illegal to openly discuss the looming royal succession.

    Thailand has been engulfed by chronic political turmoil since 2005, due partly to an unacknowledged conflict among the elite over who will become monarch when the ailing 87-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies.

    Although Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is the official heir, he is unpopular and has been embroiled in several scandals. Many Thais would prefer his younger sister, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, to inherit the throne, but palace law does not allow a female monarch.

  29. Eye surgery today. Come at me, lasers.

    Maybe afterwards I will be able to see the alt-text.

    1. Be sure to ask for the xray vision upgrade!

    2. Will you also be able to fire those lasers out of your eyes?

    3. What surgery? I had lasik when I was in law school. The part when they suction your eyball is the weirdest thing.

      1. PRK. Thin corneas.

        1. Good luck! Just make sure to get one eye slightly off so the monocle gives you the proper correction.

          1. I’ll just wear a non-prescription monocle. Or perhaps even one with no lens in it. I do live near Davis, after all.

    4. I had a friend who’s dad is a doctor in Houston. He went in for a consult at what he was assured was the best clinic in Texas. He opted not to, as every single surgeon there wore glasses.

    5. You are having your monocle laser welded on? Why so it doesn’t drop out when you do the patented Swiss narrowed eye move?

  30. Islamic State in Syria seen under strain but far from collapse

    Further from the spotlight, Islamic State has also lost ground to Syrian government and Syrian Kurdish forces elsewhere. Its foes have noted unusual signs of disorganization in its ranks, while reports of forced conscription may indicate a manpower problem as the group wages war in both Syria and Iraq.

    There is a long way to go before the tide turns decisively against the group in Syria, where it has faced less military pressure than in Iraq. Islamic State still has a firm grip over its Syrian stronghold in Raqqa province and territory stretching all the way to the other half of its caliphate in Iraq.

    The group faces no serious challenge to its rule over those Sunni Arab areas, where it has violently crushed all opposition.

  31. My favorite sex trafficking claim is the one where they say that the average age of entry into prostitution is 13.

    No one ever bothers to think about how impossible that number would be. If that were the case, then for every 20 year old, there would have to be a six year old prostitute to balance the numbers. Hell, if you had a 16 year old who entered the field, you’d need a ten year old to make the numbers wash.

    If that were the case, there would have to be like 40,000 child prostitutes in this country at any given time. This strikes me as unlikely. We’d probably notice if tens of thousands of 9 year olds were being press ganged into sex slavery.

    1. Via the always great Maggie McNeill:

      LIE: The average age at which a woman enters prostitution is 13.

      TRUTH: If this were true, there would have to be huge numbers of toddler-prostitutes to balance the many, many women who start later in life, such as to support themselves after divorce. Even underage prostitutes start at an average of 15-16, and only 15% of teen hookers (themselves a small minority of all sex workers) enter at an age below 13. A conservative estimate for the average age at which women enter the trade is 25. The “average debut at 13” lie was a purposeful distortion by anti-sex crusader Melissa Farley, who misrepresented the average age of first noncommercial sexual contact (which could include kissing, petting, etc) reported by underage girls in one 1982 study as though it were the age they first reported selling sex; the actual average age at which the girls in that study began prostitution was 16.

      1. Have to share another great answer from that page, which should come as no surprise to anyone here:

        LIE: Most of the violence to which sex workers are subjected is at the hands of clients or pimps.

        TRUTH: Most of the violence suffered by sex workers in regimes where the work is fully or partially criminalized is at the hands of police.

      2. The other great number is ‘100,000 children are sex trafficked every year!’

        Apparently American police departments haven’t noticed the kidnapping of 100,000 children. They’re even worse at their jobs than I thought!

    2. Numbers add up to me, you fucking child-rapist.

      WHY DO YOU HATE THE CHILDREN?!?!?!

      WHY DO YOU FUCK THE CHILDREN?!?!?

      1. I found a thread on Democratic Underground (I know, friends don’t let friends read Democratic Underground) where they were making the claim about 13 being the average age of entry.

        It was like they set out to prove that progressives can be as anti-sex as conservatives. All the comments took the claim at face value and talked about how if we legalized prostitution this would get even worse!

        The best comment though was this one:

        “ONE underage prostitute is too many. I cannot speak to the veracity of the article, but I can voice my outrage that this occurs at all. Dismissing the article doesn’t solve the problem.”

        Look, I have no idea if this article is true. However, even if it’s completely wrong, you can’t just dismiss it or the child rapists win. /Democratic Underground

    3. Stop it with your othering, bourgeoise facts you hetero shitlord.

      Good call, though.

    4. That’s not quite true. It could be that for every 20 year old entering into prostitution for the first time, there are 7 different 12 year olds entering. Because that’s totally reasonable too.

      1. Rumble Bees?

        Said in a Scooby Doo voice. Yeah.

      2. “Those frackin’ rumble bees er back, Silas!”

    1. I’m sure it’s fracking or drilling or something. Mother Gaia is making her displeasure known.

      1. I blame global warming.

        1. Well, I blame Bush.

  32. The $755 Condom Pack Is the Latest Indignity in Venezuela

    Venezuelans who already must line up for hours to buy chicken, sugar, medicines and other basic products in short supply now face a new indignity: Condoms are hard to find and nearly impossible to afford.
    “The country is so messed up that now we have to wait in line even to have sex,” lamented Jonatan Montilla, a 31-year-old advertising company art director. “This is a new low.”
    A collapse in oil prices has deepened shortages of consumer products from diapers to deodorant in the OPEC country that imports most of what it consumes, with crude exports accounting for about 95 percent of its foreign currency earnings. As the price the country receives for its oil exports fell 60 percent in the past seven months, the economy is being pushed to the brink with a three-in-four chance of default in the next 12 months if oil prices don’t recover.
    The impact of reduced access to contraceptives is far graver than frustration over failed hookups. Venezuela has one of South America’s highest rates of HIV infection and teenage pregnancy. Abortion is illegal.

    1. I’ve figured out how we can get feminists to turn against socialism – socialism denies access to birth control.

      1. I have it on good authority that Venezuela is the bastard Scotsman of socialism.

        1. I have it on good authority that Venezuela is the bastard Scotsman of socialism

          So, the scotsman of socialism?

      2. You are assuming incorrectly that they care about birth control, or women’s welfare in general, over socialism. Fascism is their goal, women’s issues are just a vehicle for getting there.

    2. What you get when you combine catholicism and communism.

      1. I thought Pope Francis is what you get when you combine catholicism and communism.

      2. Romania isn’t Catholic.

      3. A proletariat who feels really guilty about it?

    3. Venezuela has essentially implemented every fucking policy that the left could want economically. And the lib-tards (Tony, Buttplug) will never EVER EVER learn from it. And why did Venezuela fail? Because they didn’t go far enough.

      The ONE FUCKING FULE OF LIBERALISM THAT WILL ALWAYS BE TRUE:

      Failure of government always and automatically justifies MORE GOVERNMENT.

      1. *rule*

        Goddamit.

  33. Jon Stewart marvels at skirmish between Florida and Texas lawmakers: ‘We are run by children’

    “We are run by children,” Stewart observed after seeing the tete-a-tete between Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) and Texas Republican Rep. Michael Burgess.

    The two lawmakers squared off during a House Rules Committee meeting on Monday concerning a bill calling for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare.

    “I don’t know about your state ? which I think is a crazy state to begin with,” committee member Hastings told Burgess. “And I mean that just as I said it.”

    “There is no reason at all to impugn the people, the governor of a state of this country,” Burgess told the committee. “And I will await the gentleman’s apology.”

    Instead, Hastings told him he was free to leave.

    “I told you what I think about Texas,” Hastings said. “I wouldn’t live there for all the tea in China. And that’s how I feel.”

    While Stewart was impressed that Hastings “does not give a single f*ck,” he also questioned whether he was in a position to question any state’s sanity.

    “You’re from Florida and you’re calling Texas crazy?” Stewart said. “Might as well call out Oklahoma for also having a panhandle.”

    1. So, one child, who pretends to be a newsman, calls two members of Congress children while celebrating one of those children’s don’t give a fuck attitude?

      1. I think the last part was done ironically.

      2. Considering one of the people was a democrat, I’m actually kind of amazed at this news.

        1. He called the Texan a child for saying *this*?

          “There is no reason at all to impugn the people, the governor of a state of this country,” “And I will await the gentleman’s apology.”

          Truly childish!

          1. I don’t think he was calling out the Texan. Raw story worded it that way to make it seem so.

          2. He was probably calling him a child for being (presumably) anti-Obamacare.

  34. Tonight I’m going to see Sturgill Simpson in concert
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNV16tz1NK0

    1. I saw him in Portland last November, great concert. The only downside was braving the hipster world that shut down the street protesting…..nothing like seeing a bunch of snowflakes screaming “hands up, dont shoot” to almost ruin your night.

      He played this little gem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMB3sfvrFKc

  35. Amanduh takes on Rand Paul

    the larger issue here is that none of this addresses the real issue at stake, which is Rand Paul’s comments about how children are property and that “freedom” requires giving parents broad rights to neglect basic medical care for children. I know he says this is misrepresenting him, but here’s a direct quote: “The state doesn’t own your children. Parents own the children, and it is an issue of freedom and public health.”

    He also defined “freedom” as being able to neglect your basic responsibility to care for your own children: “I guess being for freedom would be really unusual.”

    He also did, whether he likes to admit it or not, imply that vaccines cause “profound mental disorders” Sure, he didn’t say outright that it caused the disorders, but did that whole thing anti-vaxxers do where he says that there was a vaccine and then there was the mental disorder and just letting the listener assume there’s a causal relationship. But denying that’s what he was doing is profoundly dishonest.

    1. “The state doesn’t own your children. Parents own the children, and it is an issue of freedom and public health.”

      I wonder which part of that statement she really has a problem with…

      1. Not hard to guess.

      2. The “freedom” part?

    2. The state doesn’t own your children. Parents own the children…

      Unfortunate choice of words, but if anyone can be said to own children it is certainly their parents. I understand that a more nuanced answer would not have played well as a soundbite to low-information voters and when one is a politician one must always speak to the LIVs.

      1. the left fixated on “own” in trying to gin up outrage, much as it created this story of whole cloth in the first place for the same purpose.

        It’s like each presidential cycle is now going to have a new category: Issues no one is actually debating.

        In 2012, it was contraception. Now, vaccinations.

        1. 2016: “Can Americans trust a President who believes the toilet paper should roll under and not over?”

      2. Contrast this with Melissa Harris-Perry who thinks that society (the state) owns the children.

        1. I thought she thought “thothiety” owns the children. I guess I thought she was making some kind of pagan religious argument. One of the elder gods.

          1. I think it’s just pure Marxism. They want the state to own and indoctrinate your children.

            1. click video below to get joke.

        2. I don’t know how I missed this before I posted the link below, but missed it I did.

      3. You’re living in the past, Tonio:
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3qtpdSQox0

    3. I really don’t understand the anti-vaxxers being described as a right wing/conservative issue. The people I know that are against vaccination are wanna be hippies and uppity progressives. Other than the Amish, can anyone point to where team red is anti vaccination?

  36. I read that as “Obama ready for War Measles”

    1. The War on Measles!

  37. I saved my most insane link for last.

    http://www.khou.com/story/news…../22847963/

    The Police Officers Bill Of Rights…working as designed to keep psychopaths on municipal payrolls regardless of how nuts they are.

    1. Why does every special interest group in the country need their own “bill of rights”?

      1. Because some animals are more equal than others

      2. Because some animals are more equal than others

        1. Speciesism.

    2. That *is* craziness.

      However, a serious question for the resident legal experts:

      the office reduced the charges against Lopez after his family members changed their stories about the incident.

      Emphasis added. Is this ever considered perjury or obstruction of justice?

      1. I can’t answer the legal question, but in,the case at hand,mould not the 20 minute standoff with cops have been enough evidence for a harder charge to stick or at least include in the plea bargain?

        I don’t know, maybe resisting arrest with force? A gun enhancer added to it as well? Im sure they could have thought of a few things to add here if they gave a fuck about prosecuting this fuckup.

      2. Shit, is perjury even illegal anymore? Unless you’re Martha Stewart or something.

  38. Vermonters object to foreign influx of Latins and use of their Latin language.

    From the article: “Heather Chase: ‘Seriously?? Last time I checked..real vermonters were speakin ENGLISH.. NOT LATIN..good god?'”

    1. Damn Romans stealing jobs from hard working Muricans.

      1. Et Tu, Jordan?

    2. Romane eunt domum!

      1. What’s this thing? “ROMANES EUNT DOMUS”? “People called Romanes they go the house?”

    3. I’m not really that surprised. The majority of Vermont, being so rural, is actually pretty conservative. However, the majority of the people live in one urban center, and are quite leftist.

      Also, there are a ton of Mexican farm workers around (adjusting for the fact that you are close enough to walk to Canada, not Mexico).

      1. Ha, should not have commented prior to RTFA. Assumed that was a typo for Latino. Though the same attitude is displayed there.

      2. No, no, I agree with them. All vestiges of Roman culture should be purged from Vermont.

        1. What about the aqueducts?

            1. Have you seen how wet Vermont is? Get that artificial hydration out of here! Are you trying to trigger Hurricane Irene victims?

            2. You’ll have to pry my vomitorium from my cold dead theater.

              1. Recently, scholars have determined that throwing up actually is a part of the vomitorium–you puke in a bucket as you leave the theater.

                1. How bad were Roman playwrights? Jeez.

                  1. You have no idea. And no, ocelot spleens and larks’ tongues have no bearing on the constant flow of vomit.

  39. Politican questions wording in a bill that would make it a felony to be woken up by a blowjob from your wife. Is pilloried mercilessly for his sins.

    This Is the New Worst Politician in America
    Derrick Clifton’s avatar image By Derrick Clifton February 04, 2015 TWEET
    There still seem to be some gaps in understanding when it comes to willfully and freely consenting to sexual activity.

    At least, that’s the takeaway from a recent debate among legislators in Utah, where a bill aims to clarify the meaning of consent in sexual assault cases. Specifically, HB74 would remove any ambiguity about sexual activity involving an unconscious or incapacitated person. But this concept encountered some resistance from at least one lawmaker who wasn’t sure if that standard was overbroad.

    “I’m not trying at all to justify sexual activity with an unconscious person, It’s abhorrent to me,” said Utah Rep. Brian Greene, KSTU-TVU reported. “It looks to me now like sex with an unconscious person is by definition rape. I hope this wouldn’t happen, but this opens the door to it ? a individual has sex with their wife while she is unconscious, or he, the other way around if that’s possible, I don’t know. But a prosecutor could then charge that spouse with rape.”

    1. Well, that’s the ultimate consequence of positive consent laws. I wonder if the feminists would allow people to file durable binding permissions, ie let husbands proactively declare that this behavior was OK? Women wouldn’t be able to file those, of course, because THAT’S DIFFERENT.

      1. I would guess they wouldn’t, because “consent can be withdrawn at any time, so this preapproval is meaningless”.

        1. Can a male appeal a withdrawal of consent to the consent review committee?

    2. These people are such insane, naive, sex hating freaks. Have they never once in their lives had a boyfriend or girlfriend wake them up with sex? How sad and lonely and pathetic these people must be to want to criminalize something that good.

  40. Supreme Court’s political stench: Why John Roberts will obviously base his Obamacare decision on politics

    The decision likely comes down to John Roberts, again. Roberts, much to the enmity of his fellow conservative justices, upheld the individual mandate in 2012. Even if he didn’t go full-hack, this was not a neutral, balls-and-strikes reading of the law from our self-styled umpire. It was a careful weighing of political considerations. He decided then that he wouldn’t join Scalia, Alito, Thomas and Kennedy in going out of his way to wipe the entire law from the books. That would be too abrupt. So he upheld the individual mandate, but only on the grounds of taxation and not the Commerce Clause, as a way to needle the administration. And he also gutted Medicaid as a sop to conservatives.

    1. That would be badass, but I bet his privy council (or whoever) are shitting themselves about that in case something were to go wrong.

  41. From the sex trafficking article [edited for brevity]:

    One day in 1998, when Janet was 23, she was walking home from her factory job when a car pulled up beside her. “Hi, my name is Ricardo,” the man inside the car said. “Can I accompany you?”

    “No,” Janet said. “I don’t know you.”

    The man persisted and asked if they could be friends. When they reached Janet’s home, she finally said OK, they could be friends.

    In July 1999, after knowing Ricardo for a little more than year, Janet agreed to move in with his family in Tenancingo, leaving her daughter in the care of her grandmother. But when she arrived, she learned that his name was Antonio, not Ricardo, and that he was a pimp…

    After six months, Janet decided to leave Antonio, but discovered she was pregnant and stayed. …Antonio forced Janet to take pills so she would have a miscarriage. She did. Weeks later, he told her she had to become a prostitute. At first she protested, saying she had worked a good job in a factory and could find work like that again. But he insisted, and eventually she gave in.

    no comment

    1. ‘I was totally sex trafficked. I mean, I was always actually free to leave and I made the choice to move in with this guy after finding he was a pimp and also he told me to work as a prostitute and I agreed.

      Why does no one care about all that time I spent as a sex slave?’

      Also, given the rest of that story, I wonder how she was ‘forced’ to take pills to have a miscarriage. I imagine the forcing went like this:

      Ricardo: “Janet, take these abortion pills.”

      Janet: “I don’t wanna.”

      Ricardo: “Janet, whatever am I going to do with you, you little minx?”

      Janet: “Okay, I’ll do it.”

      And that’s how Janet was forced to have an abortion.

      1. There are cases where this is true. I know someone who went to the police twice, and was told both times that there was nothing they could do. She ran from the guy, he tracked her down and tortured her. He was particularly fond of using stun guns on her. There were two of them. The other girl committed suicide.

        1. Remedy: see 2nd Amendment

      2. Antonio still promised they would get married, and he told Janet he was sending the money she earned back to Mexico, where someone was building them a house. Antonio’s cousins told their victims similar lies to keep them hoping and in line.

    2. WEll, I for one believe it. People make horrible decisions EVERY FUCKING DAY. I personally wish that I wasn’t as fat as I am and that I had gotten an IT degree. But I MUST HAVE BEEN PIMPED!!!

      Also, robbing women of their agency does them no service. And WOMEN make horrible decisions about men every fucking millisecond. I am okay with this woman being held accountable for her horrible taste in men.

  42. Two different articles (or maybe just 1.5 articles) on the practice of referring to women as “females” both fail to identify which part of our culture is overwhelmingly responsible for the practice.

    6 Reasons You Should Stop Referring To Women As “Females” Right Now

    The Problem With Calling Women ‘Females’

    1. But… men are males?

    2. I have a theory that SF is a Jezebel writer and just uses us to get hits.

      1. That doesn’t excuse him for linking to buzzfeed, which is like a giant glob of engine grease thrown onto the the tracks of the current societal decline.

        1. Excellent analogy.

          It’s amazing how this tripe is getting mainstreamed.

    3. “WHEN the Himalayan peasant meets the he-bear in his pride,
      He shouts to scare the monster, who will often turn aside.
      But the she-bear thus accosted rends the peasant tooth and nail.
      For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

      When Nag the basking cobra hears the careless foot of man,
      He will sometimes wriggle sideways and avoid it if he can.
      But his mate makes no such motion where she camps beside the trail.
      For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.”

    4. No female, eh? Well, shemale is taken. Anmale? Posimale? Femininally inclined male?

    5. also known as “we like to bitch about stuff” syndrome.

      The word “female,” in its primary usage, is an adjective. When you use “female” as a noun, the subject that you’re referring to is erased.
      For example:
      “I talked to a female yesterday.”
      A female what? A female kangaroo? A female rock snake? The subject of the sentence is not clear.
      “I talked to a female presidential candidate yesterday.”
      This sentence is now about a human being.
      It should be noted, though, that using “female” as an adjective can take a sexist turn when used in a case that isn’t notable. Referencing a “female firefighter,” for example, is appropriate only when her being female is pertinent to the story; otherwise, she’s just a firefighter. But if you’re talking about the first woman to become a firefighter, saying “the first female firefighter” is acceptable because her gender is relevant.

      1. How odd. English is chock-full of usages like that. Obviously, no person in their right mind [peers over glasses at Jezebel for a meaningful moment] would think the usage refers to anything other than female humans. Interestingly, these same people almost certainly refer to Indians as Native Americans (ADJECTIVE! RUN AWAY!) and so on.

        1. Remember that these are also the people who have a near violent over-reaction to synecdoches.

          Refer to the entire lady business as a “vagina” and they will froth for dozens of comments.

          1. I’m going to make it a point to nounify adjectives. Maybe calling women “vaginals”?

            1. You just wanted to make a “Reason polling ‘vaginals'” joke, didn’t you?

              1. Millennial vaginals? That sounds like a Warty Hugeman story gone horribly, horribly wrong.

                1. “The Million Millennial Vaginals March”

                  1. They should put vaginals in all of the XX bathrooms.

    6. These females are speciests. I personally identify myself as a female dolphin and am horribly offended when I am so rudely called a woman. If we truly seek equality, everyone should be referred to as “it” until we know specifically what they self identify as.

    7. I read both issues and have come to the conclusion that whoever wrote those two articles(if you count a collage as an article) is either a drooling retard or desperate for material.

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