FCC Votes to Regulate Internet Like a Utility, Loretta Lynch Gets Judiciary Committee Approval, IRS Still Plays the Delay Game: P.M. Links

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    Break out the tin cans and string. The FCC voted to regulate the Internet like a utility. What harm could that do to a dynamic, innovative sector of the economy, even if it's done for shoddy, bullshit reasons? Oh…wait.

  • Loretta Lynch won thumbs up from the Senate Judiciary Committee on her way to being confirmed as the next U.S. attorney general.
  • Prices actually dropped just a tad in January, as the United States experienced deflation for the first time in years. At least Europe won't be lonely.
  • How is the IRS handling those complaints about its improper sidetracking of applications for tax exemptions from conservative political groups? It's still sitting on them, waiting for the sun to sputter out.
  • Maybe the Department of Homeland Security will lose some funding for its bloated, intrusive activities after all. House Republicans aren't backing down from their stand on the president's immigration action, with (a small part of) the DHS's fate at stake.
  • Florida cops are finding a steep learning curve when it comes to the public's ability to record official misbehavior and share it with the world at large. Well…Ok. It's not just Florida.
  • The unmasking of Mohammed Emwazi, a computer programming graduate from a comfortable background in London, as "Jihadi John" has people speculating about just what's involved in turning a a man into a murderous fanatic. 

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  1. The FCC voted to regulate the Internet like a utility.

    Year 2016: Your email is returned for not including valid postage.

    1. Hello.

    2. It’s hard not to think that all of the aborted attempts of government to fuck up the Internet won’t come back in full force, including paying postage for e-mail. God knows the USPS craves that more than anything ever.

    3. year 2025: you have to drive to the neighborhood mailbox to pick up your email

      1. And the people who are to hand it to you are on break.
        Always on break.

    4. Fuck the FCC. That is all.

  2. Loretta Lynch won thumbs up from the Senate Judiciary Committee…

    Who doesn’t love asset forfeiture?

    1. Nobody who matters, that’s who.

    2. Jeff Flake loves asset forfeiture so much he wants to plural marry it!

  3. Prices actually dropped just a tad in January, as the United States experienced deflation for the first time in years.

    I blame the polar vortex.

    1. ThE money supply has not shrunk. There is no deflation. Certain goods cost less.

      1. Which goods? The only price I’ve seen change is gas, and that’s still above where it should be.

        1. Gas. Some food. That’s the point. Just because I spent less this month than last on the same stuff doesn’t mean I experienced deflation. If I switch to a cheaper cell phone contract am I experiencing deflation? No. Even if everyone’s cellphone contract got cheaper, it still wouldn’t change the amount of money in circulation. Therefore, no deflation.

          1. Outside of the $6 whole grilled chickens at the Brownsville, Texas HEB I only see food prices going up.

            1. Gas and food aren’t counted in the CPI.

              1. Yes they are. The fuel price decline is why inflation was negative for January.

                Food and fuel are excluded from the so-called “core CPI” or PCE but are very much a part of the Consumer Price Index’s “basket of goods”.

              2. Well, not directly.

            2. I have Jewish friends who find the name of that store offensive.

  4. Deflation? Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!

    1. Whatdowedowhatdowedowhatdowedo? Aaaaaaaaaaa!!!

      1. If prices go down, I tend to buy more.

        But that’s just me (and many other people on the demand curve)

    2. I’ve read on other derpy websites that deflation is the single greatest threat to the economy ever conceived.

      Why does this belief persist?

      1. Monetary deflation can cause real problems. I’m fairly convinced of that. Prices going down is a good thing when it is because of changes in supply/demand or greater efficiency or lower cost materials. As long as wages don’t start declining across the board I don’t think that kind of “deflation” is a bad thing.

        1. That’s my point I guess. There is no monetary deflation. The printing presses are still working overtime.

          1. I sometimes picture engineers, inventors, entrepreneurs, etc., screaming, “We’re doing everything we can! Why do you want to offset our lower prices??”

          2. I find it a lot easier to be specific about what I mean than to argue about the definition of “deflation”.

      2. Because economics is dominated by superstitious Keynesian and Monetarist clowns.

      3. I’ve read on other derpy websites that deflation is the single greatest threat to the economy ever conceived.

        Why does this belief persist?

        Deflation punishes debtors as inflation punishes savers.

      4. I don’t think it is that deflation is bad, it is just an indication that your economy is really doing horribly if you have deflation, in particular since normally there is money printing as well that is going on and if that cannot keep prices rising you are really in a world of hurt.

        1. +100,000,000,000,000 Zimbabwe dollars

  5. Prices actually dropped just a tad in January, as the United States experienced deflation for the first time in years.

    “Quantitative Easing today, Quantative Easing tomorrow, Quantitative Easing forever.”

  6. How is the IRS handling those complaints about its improper sidetracking of applications for tax exemptions from conservative political groups?

    They shouldn’t have stored them on those shoddy hard drives.

    1. Of course the cops would bring the black llama into custody and ignore the white llama!

          1. Yeah. He needs the frowning of a lifetime for that.

            1. I am hoping I have , like, the opposite of a Care Bear Stare…

      1. Just amazed that the black llama was taken without deadly force.

        1. But they shot the black llama’s dog.

      2. #blackllamasmatter

        1. Hooves up, don’t shoot!

    2. Too bad the tweet is ZOMG FOX NEWS IS TEH RACIST!!!111!!!

      1. Yes, the post was a twofer.

  7. The unmasking of Mohammed Emwazi, a computer programming graduate from a comfortable background in London, as “Jihadi John” has people speculating about just what’s involved in turning a a man into a murderous fanatic.

    Is the answer patriarchy?

    1. Can’t be racism. That doesn’t exist.

      1. Video games.

    2. Obviously it’s *income inequality* you dolts. Have you even read Piketty?

      1. I thought that was the force that caused people in poor countries (negatively financed particles) move towards wealthier ones, while jobs floed in the opposite direction.

        1. Well, that job did, didn’t it?

    3. It can’t be Islam. At least, that’s what we’re told all the time.

    4. I suspect he was always a murderous psychopath at heart and saw his opportunity to really shine and took it. I find it hard to believe that anyone who hasn’t had an extremely fucked up life would turn to that sort of thing without some sort of underlying psychosis.

      1. Or psychopathology, I guess. Psychosis is something else.

        1. Maybe, but notice that there aren’t a lot of psychopaths who convert to Christianity or Buddhism and then go on killing sprees.

          1. Islam does offer a lot more opportunities for that sort of thing, I won’t argue with that. Perhaps that is part of what attracts such people to Islam, or to the radical and violent ideologies if they are already Muslims. The vast majority of Muslim converts don’t go around mass murdering.

            1. If his name is “Jihadi John” does he have crazy funny Arabic typos on his flags and stuff?

            2. Maybe in the sequel to Submission .

              BTW, the book contains the most interesting intellectual justification for conversion to Islam that I’ve seen.

            3. I don’t think the vast majority of communists went around mass murdering, either, but that’s not a point in favor of communism.

      2. The feel of power and the thought of sex are probably enough.

  8. Break out the tin cans and string. The FCC voted to regulate the Internet like a utility. What harm could that do to a dynamic, innovative sector of the economy, even if it’s done for shoddy, bullshit reasons? Oh…wait.

    We survived the great commenting failure of 2014, we’ll get through this.

    I’m working on a raven-based commenting system as we speak. Send me your GPS coordinates. North of the Wall (i.e., Canada) need not apply.

    1. I’m working on a raven-based commenting system as we speak

      DIBS!

      1. *ties a message to raven nation*

        Now Fly! This one’s headed to the Antipodes.

        1. Tell IFH I’ll be there sometime in April.

            1. *bows modestly*

      1. That reads like something out of a John Barnes novel.

    2. Break out the tin cans and string? If you plan on using that as an alternative to the internet wouldn’t tin cans and string logically fall under the purview of the FCC? Somebody needs to regulate and make uniform rules for tin can usage lest we face the chaos of incompatability problems wrought by different lengths of string and different sizes of cans.

    3. I hope you’ve figured out the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow/s raven.

      1. African or European?

  9. Prices actually dropped just a tad in January, as the United States experienced deflation for the first time in years.

    OH MY GOD THE HORROR!!!

    Did any central bankers hang themselves?

    1. The best part is that, as the article explains, the 0.1% deflation was caused entirely by the collapse in gas prices since core inflation (inflation not counting gas and food) actually rose 1.6%.

      The only thing they’re actually measuring, therefore, is the drop in gas and food prices.

      1. Best start up the printing presses.
        Oh, wait…

      2. If there were any real deflation, the stink of beshitted central banker trousers would be proof irrefutable.

  10. The unmasking of Mohammed Emwazi, a computer programming graduate from a comfortable background in London, as “Jihadi John” has people speculating about just what’s involved in turning a a man into a murderous fanatic.

    The real question is how to stop him, and the answer is a .357 magnum round.

    1. .455 Webley, he is a British export, after all.

    2. Or a shovel to the face, repeatedly. There are many appropriate answers. The real, real question is who will do it and how will they find him. .357 round won’t do much good until you know exactly where to aim.

    3. I stand by my assertion that napalm would be the best way to take him and his cohorts out. Plus, it’ll smell like…victory.

  11. Given that America’s economy is growing at its fastest pace in like 7 years, doesn’t this kind of provide evidence that deflation isn’t the catastrophic economy destroyer that progressives are always claiming it is?

    1. They’ll be sure to cook the books and adjust the GDP numbers (totally legit you guys) down to address the matter.

    2. How can the economy be growing? Last winter, the foul weather kept the economy growing* and this winter is worse (at least in the North East, i.e. the only part of the country that matters).

      * Wasn’t that the administration’s excuse last year for bad weather? That the GDP would have been great except for all that bad weather. Man! Those guys can’t catch a break.

    3. No. Just as the economy picking up after sequestration took effect does not prove that anything resembling austerity will spur growth.

    4. Given that America’s economy is growing at its fastest pace in like 7 years, doesn’t this kind of provide evidence that deflation isn’t the catastrophic economy destroyer that progressives are always claiming it is?

      Progressives are already taking credit for this improved economy of cheaper hydrocarbons and sequestration.

      The hydrocarbons were supposed to boil us all by now – before sequestration burned the sun out that is – however since that did not happen, actually some better things happened, the line is Because Stimulus/New Energy/LGBTQWERTY.

  12. House Republicans aren’t backing down from their stand on the president’s immigration action, with (a small part of) the DHS’s fate at stake.

    And the ensuing terrorist assault will be the bigoted GOP’s fault!

    1. It’s going to be 9/11 times a hundred!

      1. 911,000?

        1. That doesn’t sound so bad.

    2. Local news just tried to tie those three guys arrested in NYC to the House Republicans’ not voting to keep DHS funded.

      1. Unbiased media! FTW!

  13. …has people speculating about just what’s involved in turning a a man into a murderous fanatic.

    Internet porn?

    1. He read the Warty Hugeman stories that keep getting posted in the links threads. That’s enough to drive any man insane.

    2. Getting elected President.

      I mean, how many people did Obama murder before he had access to drones?

      1. I would like to point to his vote against a bill respecting the lives of babies who survived abortion attempts (ie, the doctor failed to kill them the first time around).

        I don’t think his socieopathy was an effect of arriving in office.

    3. Gay marriage!

  14. Florida cops are finding a steep learning curve when it comes to-

    Pretty much everything. Years of unaccountability will do that to you. (Just talk to any feminist.)

  15. The unmasking of Mohammed Emwazi, a computer programming graduate from a comfortable background in London, as “Jihadi John” has people speculating about just what’s involved in turning a a man into a murderous fanatic.

    SEE?! See why the Internet must be regulated?!

    1. That proves that the STEM subjects are evil.

      1. I disagree. I say it is specific to computer programming.

        1. Computer *game* programming.

        2. You’re right, and there are some here lurking among us. Better sleep with one eye open!

  16. …has people speculating about just what’s involved in turning a a man into a murderous fanatic.

    Lack of jobs programs.

    1. He heard Marie Harf speak and lost his reason.

    2. Gee I knew a good computer job was hard to get into these days but…

      1. That’s why he went into public relations.

    3. Maybe he worked tech support. It made me hate my fellow humans.

      1. This times infinity.

      2. Racist?

        1. No I hated all sexes and races equally.

      3. “Have you tried turning it off and then on again?”

        “Is it definitely plugged in?”

        1. “There is no cup holder on your computer “

          1. I worked on a helpdesk for a while. The users were actually less of a problem than the helpdesk I get tickets from now.

          2. Where’s the any key button?

            1. All this work is making me thirsty. I think I’ll have a Tab. Whoops, no time for a drink now; computer’s starting!

  17. “So in the short term, if Mr. McConnell, the leader of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, want to have a vote on whether what I’m doing is legal or not, they can have that vote. I will veto that vote, because I’m absolutely confident that what we’re doing is the right thing to do.”

    http://www.mrctv.org/blog/obam…..-will-veto

    1. Do we need to bother speculating the storm that would have rained down on any other president that said that?

    2. A quote that forever needs no context.

    3. I will veto that vote, because I’m absolutely confident that what we’re doing is the right thing to do.

      Notice it’s not “I’m confident that what I’m doing is legal”, it’s “I’m confident that it’s the right thing to do”. Subtle difference there?

      1. Sure did. Reminded me of the Democratic Congressman crying crocodile tears about Obamacare “I don’t care if it’s not constitutional! I care to much about the children!”

      2. It’s not subtle at all, and it’s the same crap he says whenever he flagrantly violates the law.

        Fucker should’ve been impeached ages ago, but, no, we can’t impeach budding tyrants.

        1. Fucker should’ve been impeached ages ago, but, no, we can’t impeach budding black tyrants.

          1. I don’t think that’s as much the issue as the weird idea that the Clinton impeachment somehow ended impeachment as an option. Which is absurd.

            This is one check on government power that has been vastly and, frankly, criminally underutilized. Congress should be removing officials regularly. It should happen 10-20 times a year at least, with a high percentage of convictions, given what we know about government officials these days.

            1. Yes, once the ephelumps f*d up the Clinton impeachment and ended up making him more popular it is too hot to handle.

              Unfortunately the partisanship is so strong neither party will ever vote against their own person – this is how far we have fallen since the Nixon era. Sad.

              1. Pathetic. And things sucked back then, too, so that’s really saying something.

      3. Another president said that, “when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal”.

        In other words, Chocolate Nixon.

        1. I declare you the winner.

          1. Seconded.

      4. Congress will try to limit me to 2 terms in office, but I will disband Congress because I’m absolutely confident that making me President-for-Life is the right thing to do.

      1. So The Socons will take over?

  18. ^ I think you mean a LACK OF internet pr0n

    1. Why is it surprising? SOP for centuries. Most recent egregious example was by the Taliban.

      1. Not surprising in the least, just revolting.

        Pop quiz: name a religion worse than mainstream Islam. Show your work.

        1. That one from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

          Heart snatchinghead chopping

          1. supposed to be a “greater than” symbol in there.

          2. The Thugs! Good choice. Do we have any other entries?

          3. My entry is the Aztec religion. Though that’s probably only worse than ISIS in quantity, not quality.

            1. One minute too late. Pick another.

            2. You have to find one that believes its destiny is to rule the world. Thugs and Aztecs didn’t, AFAIK.

              1. I really don’t care if someone believes that their destiny is to rule the world, as long as they don’t use violence or coercion to get there. And it seems that mainstream Islam has mostly given up on that approach.

                Thugee didn’t think the world was theirs to rule. I’m not so sure about Aztecs. They did a lot of conquering and sacrificing. I’m not sure how big they thought the world was.

                1. The Thugs travelled in groups across India for six hundred years.[1] Although the Thugs traced their origin to seven Muslim tribes, Hindus appear to have been associated with them at an early period

                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thuggee

                2. And it seems that mainstream Islam has mostly given up on that approach.

                  “Mainstream” Islam includes death for apostasy, blasphemy, and discrimination against other religions. That sounds like “violence and coercion” to me.

                  1. All secular government use violence and coercion too.

                    My point is that outside of ISIS and similar groups, you no longer have big Islamic states trying to conquer the world with armies.

                    Look, I am no defender of Islam. What I am concerned with is the rights of any Muslim who is not violent and doesn’t favor using force to expand Islam, however many or few such people there may be.

            3. Christianity. Because some guy shot some doctor about 10 years ago.

          4. Germanic paganism? Mostly due to human sacrifices and the blood eagle.

        2. Does it still have to be around?

          Sacrificing children to Tlaloc to make the rains come was pretty bad…

          1. If fictional is allowed, I see your Sith and raise you Chaos Cultists.

            1. Is there a religion around Morgoth/Sauron?

              1. I don’t think Tolkien mentions any religion. You don’t need religion when angelic beings and gods are right there talking to you.

                1. I thought the Southrons and Easterlings worshipped Sauron?

                  1. As you would worship a King, not a god.

            2. Hey, it’s not like Chaos’ opposite, the Imperium and the God Emperor, are happy go lucky hippies either.

              1. Side by side, which is worse to live under? It’s not usually the Emperor-botherers trying to flay you alive to summon daemons (or for their own gratification).

                1. No, instead if the Inquisition finds you ‘suspicious’ they’ll torture you then turn you into a lobotomized robo-butler. Or you get frontline, lifetime Imperial Guard duty against said daemons.

                  1. Really, the only group in 40k that has even a half decent standard of living is the Tau. And they’re still a horrible dystopia ‘for the greater good’.

        3. Scientology?

          Non-mainstream Islam?

        4. Communism. Highest body count coupled with most misery per capita for non-party members.

          1. I’d bet you have it by at least a 10:1 ratio of per-capita mortality.
            Those commies were (and are) a truly murderous lot.

          2. Not really a religion, though.

            1. Have you seen Salon?

            2. “But we’ll definitely get it right this time!”

              Sounds like an act of faith to me.

        5. Scientology. Because they are just that annoying. And they have probably murdered some people too.

        6. The Church of Climate Change?

        7. “Pop quiz: name a religion worse than mainstream Islam. Show your work.”

          I’m sure there’s some tribal religion still in existence where they eat people.

          There is no LARGE religion as bad as Islam. I looked at a Pew Research poll the other day about the percentage of Muslims in different countries who supported things like honor killings and stoning adulteresses. I started multiplying the percentages by the number of Muslims in those countries, and came to the conclusion that at least 450 million Muslims globally are in favor of honor killings directed towards women.

          Pakistan alone has 180 million Muslims and 55% are in favor of honor killings. That’s something like 95-100 million Muslims in favor of honor killings in a single country. Add in 25-30 million in favor of it in Iraq and another 25-30 million in favor of it in Egypt.

          3 countries and you’re already up to 145-160 million. But we’re supposed to pretend it’s just a ‘fringe.’ Okay.

          1. Do people really think that stuff is fringe? I thought it was pretty obvious that they treat women like shit.

            What I think they need is air conditioning. Shit like that doesn’t happen in places where it isn’t really hot. I’m really sort of serious. Pretty much all of the most fucked up, violent parts of the world are in warm climates. People who have to deal with winter learn that there are more important things than whose God is the coolest or whose ancestors killed who. Of course this is not a bright line distinction. That sort of thing happens to some extent almost everywhere. But there does seem to be a correlation of hot climate and violent, underdeveloped societies.

            1. Indonesia is stuffy and sweaty, but their Islam is pretty mellow overall.

        8. Ba’al worship.

          Carthago delenda est, dammit!

          Oh, and irrumabo autem FCC!

        9. CHRISTFAGS!

        10. Hindus used to murder foreigners and non-Brahman children by the thousands at the festival of Kali. I assume they don’t still do that.

      2. It’s enough to make me think that it was a good thing that European imperialists looted as much as they could of Near East antiquities to fill their museums back home. I used to think it was outrageous. Not so much now.

        1. To be fair those European imperialists did fuck up a great deal of historical artifacts during their looting as well.

          1. Yeah, it would have been nice if they had used modern archaeological techniques. It really was largely looting.

            But I’ve never thought much of the idea that a bunch of stuff abandoned in the desert for thousands of years belongs to anyone in particular. The Arabs in Iraq don’t have much more claim to Sumerian civilization than anyone else.

            1. And it’s against their religion to preserve antiquities.

              1. Seriously? Mohammed was that much of an asshole?

                1. I think it varies, but a lot of Muslims consider any representational art to be bad. Especially that of other religions.

    2. Religion of Pieces.

    3. Those extremists have highjacked a great construction tool.

    4. Warty|2.26.15 @ 4:38PM|#

      In case anyone missed being disgusted.

      They’re just continuing where Mohammed (and frankly other pre-reform Abrahamic religions) left off. The pagans were treated like utter shit, especially in comparison to other “people of the Book”, who could be at least be left alone with their culture still intact by paying a jizya tax.

      Speaking of Assyria, a pre-Islamic middle east was a fappening happening place:

      In most Middle Eastern countries, toplessness has not been socially accepted since at least the early beginning of Islam (7th century), because of Islamic standards for female modesty. However, toplessness was the norm in earlier cultures within Arabia, Egypt, Assyria and Mesopotamia.

  19. No openings at the STEVE SMITH inn?

    A New Study Shows What Life Is Like for Homeless NYC Teens Who Have Sex to Survive

    There are thousands of young New Yorkers who engage in survival sex. Most of them do so because they are homeless, and because the city only has 300 beds per night available to needy youths. Essentially, these kids are forced to trade their bodies not just for food or clothes but also for a place to sleep.

    The popular narrative is that this population is made up of young girls being exploited by shadowy pimps. But that’s not really how it plays out on the streets, according to a new study by the Urban Institute. For “Surviving the Streets of New York,” researchers offered $20 to any person who wanted to share his or her experience. They found out that this population?the majority of whom are gay, bisexual, or trans?was desperate to be heard.

    1. Or desperate for the $20.

    2. researchers offered $20 to any person who wanted to share his or her experience. They found out that this population… was desperate to be heard.

      Or desperate for $20. Which sounds a bit more likely given their circumstances. I mean, being heard won’t buy half a meal in New York City, that $20 will.

    3. Disgusting. And that is even before the Patriarchy begins the victim blaming.

      Look how they treat this person who was just engaging in survival sex.

      http://www.theonion.com/articl…..scam,1773/

    4. “Thousands”? What is that in reality numbers?

  20. “FCC voted to regulate the Internet like a utility.”
    Dilbert’s in charge:
    http://dilbert.com/strip/2015-02-19

    1. Oh, and if the FCC has jurisdiction over the Internet, good-bye porn and every other piece of content they’ve tried to regulate. Decency standards? Yep. Better not say “fuck” in your comments going forward.

      1. Will Ken survive a Senate confirmation hearing and get his coveted job as Cunt Czar? Finally he will be able to stamp out that stain on the english language.

      2. Maybe we can look forward to political sites being restricted near election times?

        1. Well, sure, why not? I’m sure the FCC and IRS will consult on such things. And the NSA’s work will be even easier.

          1. Back Doors for everyone! Equality!

            1. Here, have a Clipper chip.

        2. I think it will be the exact opposite. Streaming political ads will be mandatory.

          You thought autoload videos were bad, wait until this. I’m guessing that they will also make ad blockers illegal.

          1. I will gladly and openly defy the law if they take my ad blocker. It’s the only thing that keeps my internet experiences pleasant.

  21. You Peanuts are wrong again… derp.

    Hillary Clinton’s Top Aides Knew from First Minutes that Benghazi Was a Terrorist Attack, E-mails Disclose

    From the very first moments of the terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her top aides were advised that the compound was under a terrorist attack. In fact, less than two hours into the attack, they were told that the al-Qaeda affiliate in Libya, Ansar al-Sharia, had claimed responsibility.

    These revelations and others are disclosed by a trove of e-mails and other documents pried from the State Department by Judicial Watch in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. The FOIA litigation focuses on Mrs. Clinton’s involvement in the government actions before, during, and after the Benghazi attack, in which Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, was murdered by terrorists.

    1. This stuff is plastered all over her glass ceiling.

    2. I won’t be holding my breath on this getting wide-spread coverage.

    3. That was one nasty Youtube video.

  22. We need the government keeping the Internet a Neutral place for all to play.
    It’s part of the “rule of law”.

    1. We need the government keeping the bedroom a Neutral place for all to play.
      It’s part of the “rule of law”.

    2. Not sure how helping established, entrenched, well heeled cronies who already have monopoly power ensures a Neutral place.

      1. Useful. Idiots.

    3. Yeah, if you can count on anybody to not favor the wealthy and politically connected, it’s certainly government.

      1. Bandwidth and Power will always find each other.

    4. Alice Bowie|2.26.15 @ 4:56PM|#
      “We need the government keeping the Internet a Neutral place for all to play.
      It’s part of the “rule of law”.”

      Here’s a prize example of the ignoratti’s argument for government control of anything and everything.
      Fucking idiots…

      1. Yeah, that is easily the dumbest thing I have read today. Also a clear indication that I am right when I say that proggies don’t grasp the concept of ‘rule of law’. A lot of other concepts as well.

    5. We need to give government more control of the internet to prevent them from spying on the internet and from the politicians who are corporate lackeys.

    6. ‘Neutral’ doesn’t translate to ‘help established companies be as crony as possible while increasing costs to consumers’. That’s actually rather ‘Lawful Evil’.

      This guy is an actual Neutral.

    7. It’s part of the “rule of law”.

      So it’s an impossible illusion? That’s what I thought.

    8. This has got to be /sarc

      1. PM, it’s Aluss Bowie, commie cunt

    9. Now that we have net neutrality, how long will it take to get a fairness doctrine?

      We all want the internet to fair, don’t we?

      1. to be fair

    10. You are profoundly stupid.

      That is all.

    11. Wait, was this not sarcasm?

      1. Poe’s Law, in effect, y’all. Given the prior body of work by Alice – no, that was sincere. Or sincere trolling, anyway.

  23. Walter Williams on good intentions and black poverty:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5TS8QUJWXo

    Williams said he got many death threats after it aired on PBS:

    Their reward? Former NAACP President Benjamin Hooks called people like Sowell and Williams “a new breed of Uncle Tom ? some of the biggest liars the world ever saw.” Liars? For saying that the welfare state has done more to destabilize the black family than Jim Crow laws ever did?

    Oreo. Uncle Tom. Boot-licking Uncle Tom. Straight-up Uncle Tom. Judas. Boy. Bug-eyed. Foot-shuffling. Sugarcane Negro. Handkerchief head. Trojan Horse. Anti-black. Pro-white. Remus. Sambo. Sambo-Tom. The Anti-Christ. Clarence Thomas supporter. Sniveling weasel. Evil. Ass-kisser. Coconut. Wannabe white. Nickering nabob of negativity. This catalog of names I’ve been called comes from my new book, “The Ten Things You Can’t Say in America.” Can you imagine the hate mail, including death threats, bombarding Sowell’s and Williams’ mailboxes for the last 30 years?

    http://capitalismmagazine.com/…..nder-fire/

    1. People like Hooks are the definition of a race traitor. Since Progs are always about projection and everything they say is a lie, it makes since that Hooks, being a Prog and a race traitor would call Williams one.

    2. What the fuck is with people who make death threats like that?

      I guess some people just can’t stand to have their orthodoxy challenged.

      1. Some tolerant white Prog just wanted to kill that lying nigger.

        1. The lack of self awareness among people who like to cry “racism” is incredible.

    3. Sugarcane Negro

      Wait, when did this become an insult? Weren’t slaves doing farm labor on sugarcane plantations among the worst treated?

      Clarence Thomas supporter

      You would think they would get a little more clever and pick someone like Roger Taney or one of the justices who authored the Plessey opinion.

  24. Meanwhile, no more stopping in Venezuela to take a shit

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/the…..paper.html

    1. Slate reports that Venezuela, the Marxian paradise, is running out of toilet paper.

      At the same time, Slate wants Marxianism imposed in the U.S.

      Get ready for the three seashells…

      1. The seashells are for closers party members, OM! You get leaves! WAIT! Put down those leaves, you environment-destroying kulak! To the labor camp with you until you’ve earned enough to pay for your bullet!

    2. The comments are fucking priceless

      revrick 44 minutes ago
      I see all the usual suspects are out, crowing about how socialism is the ’cause’ of the toilet paper shortage in Venezuela and of course, capitalism is far superior as an economic system, because such failures would never happen here, amirite?
      So, how do we then explain the Great Depression, a colossal market failure of the first order that happened in super capitalist good ‘ol USA? More to the point, why then did FDR’s government policies, loudly declaimed as socialism at the time, spectacularly reverse the downward spiral, so much so that by 1936 industrial production was back to where it was in 1929?

      1. Good quality derp there. Nice find.

      2. why then did FDR’s government policies, loudly declaimed as socialism at the time, spectacularly reverse the downward spiral…

        Is this actually begging the question?

  25. This week in 1st World Problems:

    Facebook users who don’t fit any of the 58 gender identity options offered by the social media giant are now being given a rather big 59th option: fill in the blank.

    “Now, if you do not identify with the pre-populated list of gender identities, you are able to add your own,” said a Facebook announcement published online Thursday morning and shared in advance with The Associated Press.

    1. They could have just added sheep fucker

      1. That’s already included under nationality, it’s called ‘Welsh’.

        1. That’s totally unfair to Albania.

          1. Don’t forget New Zealand.

            1. Hey I’m working with a primarily Anglocentric, non-Australian audience here. The Balkans and Oceania can work their own jokes in.

              1. Are they cool with genderfuck?

      2. I thought “sheep fucker” required a specialty in aviation law?

    2. the past few years have brought “real movement in trans visibility”

      “Hey, it ran behind that bush!”

      BTW, fill in the blank seems awful, you know, *rapey* or something.

  26. I take it from Reason that’s Obama’s lawlessness is okay when it gets them something they want like more immigrants?

    1. Balko called this the Balloon Juice fallacy.

  27. Prices actually dropped just a tad in January, as the United States experienced deflation for the first time in years.

    “Deflation”! You think that falling prices is “deflation”?

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA !!!!

    Let me laugh a little. Deflation is the rapid contraction of the money supply. We DON’T HAVE DEFLATION. We only have a slight lowering of prices.

    1. And only for gas. Which I don’t buy, so yeah… still falling behind here.

    2. Since M3 no longer officially exists, there can never be deflation again, so why is anyone worried?

  28. Break out the tin cans and string. The FCC voted to regulate the Internet like a utility

    So how’s that libertarian moment going?

    1. whee!

  29. In Free Speech, but news:

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. ? State lawmakers on Thursday demanded that a California man take down poster-size swastikas displayed in front of his house, calling the signs racist and vulgar but acknowledging the person had a right to free speech.

    Police received a call Monday about the house in the middle-class River Park neighborhood, and a welfare check found there were no reportable crimes, Sacramento police spokesman Officer Justin Brown

    Along with the flag displays, a crude wooden statue with arms raised is draped in green fatigues and wrapped by a string of lights. A Palestinian flag is flown on the side of the house.

    “We have learned that the purveyors of hate tragically often follow their vile speech with criminal acts of terror,” Block said. “We’ve seen it around the world. I pray that’s not going to be the case in this instance.”

    The display has upset some neighbors upset. Robbie Rose, who lives nearby, told KCRA-TV he has thought about taking down the swastikas himself.

    “How do I explain this to my little one?” asked Rose. “I am all for freedom of speech, but this is just too much. I really do want to get out of my car and rip that down. But the only reason I don’t (is) because I do believe in being a good American, and I do believe in freedom of speech.”

    1. “Hey assholes, I’m a new wave Jainist.”

    2. A Palestinian flag is flown on the side of the house.

      Richman, is that you?

    3. “We have learned that the purveyors of hate tragically often follow their vile speech with criminal acts of terror,” Block said

      and then turned himself in as a purveyor of hate speech.

      If only.

    4. He is trolling them. Probably already has the lawsuit written up.

    5. The Palestinian/Nazi mashup is strange, and strikes me as a joke trying to make a point.

    6. I hate Palestine nazis.

    7. I couldn’t afford a security system, but now there are three vanloads of cops watching my house. Making government work for me.

  30. http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/202842/
    Rose Eveleth, the vicious bitch who went after the guy in the woman super hero t-shirt from the commet probe team, shows she makes up for being a horrible person by also being a simple minded idiot.

    1. In the name of neutrality, the FCC is going to make that extension mandatory.

      1. They won’t have to. This extension is so valuable that it is going to make a ton of money.

        My guess is that it was created by some start up that had been operating in the Native American, but now with this they will soon be debt free and in the African American.

        1. What you did there, I see it.

    2. A terrible side effect of the effort to make science “cool” was the creation of science posers like this. Do you think she understands why rockets have stages? Do you think she knows what an escape velocity is?

      1. Today on my facebook feed someone had liked a “I Love Science Sexually” post about what US currency would look like if it were cool and honored scientists rather than Presidents and stuff.

        1. I mean, I’m all for taking presidents off of currency, but that’s because I’m all anarchisty and I want competing currencies and stuff. And also, why not shoot a president. Somehow I think they’d be horrified by my reasoning.

        2. And why, exactly, would you ‘honour scientists’ with currency?

          One of the few good things about the new Canadian paper money is they’re starting to use more general national symbols rather than politicians’ faces. Now all we have to do is replace the Queen with a maple leaf on all our coins.

      2. Do you think she knows Newton’s law of universal gravitation? Let alone does she know anything about relativity.

        1. *Googles “list of female astronauts”*

          Nope, no Katie Mack, no Rose Evileth. And, funnily enough, none of the women with actual accomplishments complaining about what other people call things. Funny how that works.

      3. Sadly, you’d probably have to stop to explain what e is. And then how to square it. Anyways, never mind, but the math says that the optimum thing to do is to butn as much mass as fast as possible and then dump all the mass that goes to containing that mass if you want to maximize mass to orbit. Don’t even bother with why we burn to orbit then make an escape burn. The two body problem is hard enough for her in the bedroom.

    3. You’d have loved a girl I knew in university John. She argued that rockets were built in a phallic-like design in order to promote imagery of male dominance. My response was to encourage her to build a vagina-shaped rocket and see whether aerodynamics agreed with her.

      1. And her response was …?

        1. Signs and eye-rolling. Can’t preach to the converted.

          1. One more, please. What was her field of study?

            1. Sociology of course. Pretty sure she’s a waitress now.

              1. “I see you’re using a phallic-like pen.”

                1. Can’t spell penis without pen.

                  1. You know what’s shaped like a vagina? A wallet.

      2. The laws of thermodynamics are just a tool for the patriarchy.

      3. Well wind tunnels are sort of vagina shaped and rockets go in them. Isn’t that enough for her?

    4. “In case of rapture, this car will be robotic.”

    5. Definitely not a looker.

    6. I was blocked from commenting on the Atlantic website after I wrote in the comments that she was unqualified to cover science and should be put on the fashion bit or something similar.

      1. Maybe it’s because she’s not qualified to write about fashion either.

  31. Anyone see Jackland Ace around today? I didn’t. I really think he was Joe and when I called him on it, he ran away.

  32. Ah, good, they’re letting a Coal Miner’s Daughter be our Attorney General.

    1. I fully expect her to beat out Holder as biggest shitbag AG ever.

      1. I would say that it’s been a race to the bottom since Janet Reno.

    1. You know that candy bar (Snickers, I think) where the ads say eating it makes you mellower?

      They should do one of those ads with Marilyn Manson playing one of his tunes, then eating the candy bar and then playing R.E.M.’s Shiny Happy People.

  33. Google pay 97$ per hour my last pay check was $8500 working 1o hours a week online. My younger brother friend has been averaging 12k for months now and he works about 22 hours a week. I cant believe how easy it was once I tried it out. This is wha? I do……

    http://www.wixjob.com

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