Supreme Court Hears Obamacare Arguments, Ferguson Report Released, Boston Marathon Bombing Trial Begins: P.M. Links

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  • This guy again.
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    The Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in King v. Burwell to determine whether the Affordable Care Act allowed for subsidies to exchanges run by the federal government or just the states. Justice John Roberts, who played a crucial role in upholding the challenge to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, said little to indicate which way he was leaning.

  • The Department of Justice has released a 100-page report documenting all sorts of abusive police behavior in Ferguson, Missouri. As expected, they have also determined that there was no evidence that Ferguson Police Officer Darren Brown did anything wrong when he shot and killed Michael Brown.
  • The trial for Dzokhar Tsarnaev for his role in the Boston Marathon bombing finally began today. His lead attorney acknowledged in her opening statement that Tsarnaev did indeed carry out the bombing with his brother, Tamerlan, but is angling for mercy by arguing that Dzokhar was under Tamerlan's influence.
  • The White House says Hillary Clinton's use of private e-mail to do all of her communication as secretary of state was in violation of "very specific guidance" on carrying out official business. She also thwarted records requests.
  • New York City will add two Muslim holidays to its public school calendars, giving more than a million kids Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha off to reflect on how awesome it is to not have to go to school.
  • Potential presidential candidate Ben Carson is getting some attention for saying that homosexuality must be a choice because some people go into prison straight, but come out gay. It totally happened on Oz.

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  1. I say we boycott Hit & Run until this comment doesn’t look weird. WHO’S WITH ME?

    1. Yeah, that’ll probably work out as well as the “students going on strike to protest their own debts” hilarity that was on my Facebook earlier this week.

      1. Wait, what?

        1. Yes, precisely.

          Basically, put yourself heavily in debt getting an economically worthless Marxist grievance studies degree and then cry about it online because your job prospects look dim… because you can produce nothing of value and your resume looks like a ticking HR complaint/lawsuit timebomb waiting to happen.

          1. Especially if your resume includes shutting down a philanthropy event.

          2. At what are they striking? Are they employed? If so, it’s pretty stupid to strike against the ‘low-paying’ job because it doesn’t pay enough to cover your mistakes. Starbucks didn’t make you take out that loan.

            And if they’re not employed, then it’s just Wednesday.

            1. From their classes–that’s why it’s so hysterical.

              To paraphrase, “what if they gave a strike and nobody noticed or cared?”

              1. That… but…

                I guess they have the right idea. At least they’ve taken the first step to solving their problem. Now they just need to stop writing a check to those classes.

                1. so its #strike kind of strike?

                2. “I guess they have the right idea. At least they’ve taken the first step to solving their problem.”

                  No, no, no. That’s not resolving the root cause of the issue. It’s merely attacking the symptom which will just lead to an unresolved cycle of attacking yet another symptom again and again in the future.

                  The root cause is they’re fucking entitled & lazy.

              2. So it is like paying for a Starbucks latte and then rrfusing to drink it to protest it being overpriced. Just brilliant.

          3. It’s not as bad as active students going on “strike” (i.e., not attending the classes they are paying for) to protest a miniscule tuition raise (I’m looking at you dirty Quebecois, Rufus).

      2. Those kids were totally forced to take on those debts!

    2. Hello.

      Everything seems so small now.

      Anyhoo.

      Cop Block video. Warning. Anger inducing.

      http://liberty.me/create-music…..-130552561

      1. Speaking of cop block…the anti-cop block.

        1. Here’s a question. If the cops have no legal duty to ‘serve and protect’ why then do we make heroes of them and why are their salaries paid by taxpayers. If they pick and choose where they will serve and protect, why should we pay for it? Privatize them if this is how it is.

        2. That’s parody, right? IT’S PARODY, RIGHT?

          Dammit, I was doing pretty well today, but now I’m angry again.

          1. Getting angry at dipshit cops is the new normal. It’s surprising when you read an article anywhere about cops and they didn’t shot the dog, flashbang the baby, kill the crazy guy or boot stomp the motorist.

    3. I like the new format. *turns back to fist*

      1. *turns back to fist*

        Turns to fist who? Anyone we know?

        1. I don’t fist and tell.

        2. Well, he’s Florida Man, so…somebody related to Florida Man.

      2. A boycott’s a boycott. I’ll take it.

        1. THAT’S NOT HOW BOYCOTTS WORK.

      3. It makes me feel like you’re drunk. The text is too big when zoomed in and too tiny when zoomed out. There has been no official reason for the switch, has there? Is this some ruse to appease the squirrel masters? I hope not. We should not negotiate with rodents! No matter how cute and bushy their tails are!

        Harumph!

        1. I think the browser default setting is now for mobile – Reason heard those damn millenials and their ipod ninos and their rock and/or roll music and such like them mobile browser thingies. I say give me back my damn papyrus and get off my lawn!

        2. I can finally comment in mobile mode. I’ve been fucking with the desktop mode on my phone for months because the page would move every time I tried to focus on the comment box in mobile mode.

      4. I wouldn’t turn my back on someone called “Fist” if I were you.

    4. You fi[r]st.

    5. Your comments always look weird.

  2. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in King v. Burwell to determine whether the Affordable Care Act allowed for subsidies to exchanges run by the federal government or just the states.
    .
    Is Obamacare is too big to fail?

  3. The trial for Dzokhar Tsarnaev for his role in the Boston Marathon bombing finally began today.
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    Verdict: Dreamy!

    1. Paging teenage girl.

      Why isn’t teenage girl answering my pages?

      1. Why don’t you have a seat over there?

  4. The White House says Hillary Clinton’s use of private e-mail to do all of her communication as secretary of state was in violation of “very specific guidance” on carrying out official business. She also thwarted records requests.

    But she looks like such a boss in that one picture! Who cares! She gets shit done!

    1. I LEARNED IT FROM WATCHING YOU, OKAY?

      1. What are you talking about? The Obama administration wuold never flaunt rules. It’s the most transparent administration ever! What are you, racist?

    2. Okay, so what are the consequences of this violation of law? Is this a felony? What?

      1. She’s next in line for prosecution after Clapper and Alexander.

        1. Perhaps she was under Obama’s influence.

          1. Sounds more like she taught them since she registered her domain name prior to being confirmed.

            Hagel may be next as DOD claimed he didn’t have dod email, but then someone else in the gov said he did.

      2. Well, jail time if a Republican did it. But since it’s Hillary, she’ll be punished with 4-8 years of house arrest* in a big white house in D.C.

        *House arrest will not be enforced.

        1. The whole world is her house, man.

          1. Did you mean “it takes a village”?

          2. What do you mean her. That’s a man baby!

        2. She’ll be permitted to take excursions for work.

          Every waking moment will be billed as work.

        3. Great, now the neighborhood not only has another felon in their midst, but a sex offender too.

          1. Yeah, right, like she and Bill spend any time in the same house.

          2. Yeah, right, like she and Bill spend any time in the same house.

      3. Sorr of like refusing a breathilizer.

      4. Depends on whether or not they suspect that classified info has been spilled, and how much.

        Of course that would be if you or I had a clearance, not Hillary.

    3. 1. I like the White House throwing Hillary under the bus. It’d be even more delicious if Obama came out and said it.

      2. Still, it’s funny that the White House is saying one of its employees was breaking the law for four years. “Hey… yeah! She was using a private email address! I guess we never noticed.”

      1. “Hey… yeah! She was using a private email address! I guess we never noticed.”

        Obama just read about it in the newspaper.

  5. …but is angling for mercy by arguing that Dzokhar was under Tamerlan’s influence.
    .
    You know, the one who’s not around to say different.

    1. Ah, the little known Wormtongue and Theoden defense.

      1. It was Saruman and Theoden. Wormtongue was just the conduit.

        1. Being handily out-nerded, Catatafish shuffled off into the sunset…

          1. Ahhh, but Saruman was under Sauron’s influence, so…..

            Theoden < Wormtounge < Saruman < Sauron

            Boom, bitches.

            1. Catatafish shuffled back out of the sunset, tipped his sword and doffed his cap to the Lady, turned on his heel and shuffled back off into sunset that inexplicably lasted long enough for all of this to happen.

              1. Yeah sorry to tell you about this late, but the gigantic fiery burning eye is not the ‘sunset’.

                1. Catatafish ran screaming from the ‘sunset,’ knocking Hetero, Lady and JW to the ground in a blind attempt to save himself.

    2. Okay, you get mercy. Only two life terms.

      1. That’s hard core. I’d be willing to let him off with just one death penalty.

    3. I think that’s about the best defense strategy he’s got. Blame it on a dead guy.

  6. White girl with annoying voice tells black cop he doesn’t know what racism is because research:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWqMYqFI2tg

    1. Isn’t this one of those scenarios where she’s supposed to check her privilege?

      1. I believe the penis is the organ that is capable of checking privilege. She is not properly equipped.

    2. Blaming every violation of civil rights on institutional racism, even by offenders whose ethnicity is little different from the victim, is a perfectly reasonable accusation.

      But suggesting that power differentials between civilians and authority inherently promulgate a lawless culture among the enforcers, one that exacerbates racial tensions and provides cover for malicious behavior? You’re committing identity erasure or some such bullshit.

      Oh, the minds of social justice fetishists…

    3. You know nothing John Law.

  7. You know who else was like Timur/Tamerlane?

    1. Kwai Chang Caine?

    2. Genghis Khan? Or more accurately, Tamerlane was like him?

    3. The Tasmanian Devil?

    4. Tom and Jerry?

  8. New York City will add two Muslim holidays to its public school calendars, giving more than a million kids Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha off to reflect on how awesome it is to not have to go to school.

    Oh boy. Some morons are going to have a shit fit over this.

    1. Are the schools closed for Good Friday? If not, why not? They are closed for Easter, but that is a Sunday. They are closed for Christmas but actually mentioning the word is one of few things that might get a NYC teacher fired.

      Christmas is a national holiday and not a specifically religious one anyway. These in contrast are strictly religious holidays. It is like if they closed school for Ash Wednesday. I can’t see that happening.

      1. John, I got two weeks off for Christmas when I was in public school.

        I think the Muslims can have two days. And your claim regarding Christmas being a ‘national holiday’ doesn’t help your point. A Christian holiday is actually given far greater preference than these two Muslim holidays given that people get off work for it.

        1. Unless we go back to calling it Saturnalia and bring back the Roman-style debauchery. I could go for that.

          1. (nods aggressively at Titor’s proposal)

        2. Yes it does help my point. Christmas isn’t a religious holiday for most people. So getting it off is not a recognition of a religion. And the two weeks are not given in recognition of Christmas. it is called SEMESTER BREAK. If Christmas was in March, do you think you would get two weeks off for it? NO.

          1. Not sayng it’s right or wrong… But here in deep blue CT the public schools have Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah , and Good Friday off.

            If the Hindus and Buddists start kvetching, the kids will never have to attend class.

            1. I must be on “time delayed” Internet. Didn’t see the other posts even with refresh.

          2. No, but we’d get the day off. Eve too, probably.

      2. My office is closed for Good Friday. Not that it’s relevant to anything, I’m just stoked. Now if only I can talk them into Spring Break…

      3. I want them closed for Clean Monday!

    2. You mean the people who constantly complain about the separation of church and state?

      1. Unless you count Christmas, which is a national secular holiday in addition to being a religious one, name one other religious based holiday where they close the schools? A good number of private universities close for the Jewish High Holy days but the public schools don’t. So why are we closing for the Muslim ones?

        1. For the sake of “inclusion” and “diversity” and “tolerance” and…

        2. http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/04/…..-holidays/

          Apparently in New York they also get off Jewish holidays like Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

          “And Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha join other religious holidays already on New York’s public school calendar. In addition to holidays like Easter that always fall on a weekend, students already have Christian holidays such as Good Friday and Christmas off, as well as the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.”

          So in New York Christians actually do get Good Friday off. Seems like Muslim kids getting two holidays shouldn’t be a big deal.

          1. Most school districts don’t give Good Friday off. But if NYC does, than fair enough.

          2. NYPD parking ticket givers hardest hit.

          3. In academia land, we work Good Friday but get Martin Luther King Day off. Hmm, I wonder if some kind of point is being made…

            1. You get MLK Day off? Granted, NH was one of the last holdouts, but still, I get New Year’s and that’s it until spring break.

              1. Yep, and the way our calendar works now it can be bad because it’s the Monday of the second week of classes. So, if you decide to teach a Monday night class, you get them the first week and then two weeks later. I’m actually teaching a grad seminar this semester so it worked out well: I gave them twice the normal amount of reading.

                1. Are you at a public institution or private? I’m at a private one, so that may be the difference.

                  1. Public, so I assume it would be blasphemous to not take it. My first job was at a private school and, if you taught summer, July 4 was considered a class day.

          4. If a muslim kid takes off Good Friday or Rosh Hashanah is he considered a blasphemer?

        3. That’s what I’m saying, I fully expect the usual people, like FFRM, to be all over this…

          /RBS dies from holding his breath.

        4. I got Jewish holidays off in public college 20 years ago. We got Good Friday off in public schools 25+ years ago. All of this in upstate NY.

          Now in the real world, I might as well get all the Hindu holidays off because no one’s around to do any work on those days…

          1. I’m down for any holiday that involves eating. The other ones, not so much.

        5. Isn’t spring break usually based around Easter? I’ve lived in pretty lefty places my whole life and they all seem to give good Friday through the day after Easter off as the spring break.

          1. Depends on when Easter is. When Easter is in early April, it is for a lot of schools. When it’s later, not so much.

            (My kid’s school has Good Friday as a holiday. The prior week is Spring Break.)

        6. Sunday. Means nothing to Jews and Muslims.

    3. The less often public schools are open, the better.

    4. The Monday after Superbowl Sunday should be a holiday.

      1. Super Hangover Day?

  9. Potential presidential candidate Ben Carson is getting some attention for saying that homosexuality must be a choice because some people go into prison straight, but come out gay. It totally happened on Oz.

    Stupid sexy Flanders.

    1. And so the race for GOP’ers to disqualify themselves as viable candidates begins in earnest.

      1. Hucklebee, Santorum hit hardest.

        1. Well, Carson was anti-2A anyway, so no great loss.

          Great surgeon with a great life story, but sounds like he’s got some crazy ideas up there (but don’t mention that some gays agree with him — not including the anal rape stuff I assume).

          1. He also thinks that people should not be allowed to refuse mandatory vaccination.

    2. Who the hell is Ben Carson, anyway? Where did he come from? I’ve heard of him the last few months but only as “potential presidential candidate.” Is he like the Paris Hilton of politics?

      1. On the one hand you’ve got a brilliant former neurosurgeon who has an inspiring life story that puts the lie to the need for the welfare state and identity politics. On the other you have a pretty aggressive Bible-thumper that makes idiotic comments about TEH GAYZ and doesn’t seem to do so well on the whole form-a-logic-based-and-cogent-argument thing (even when he’s right).

        So there’s that.

        1. On the one hand you’ve got a brilliant former neurosurgeon

          You know, people say this, but I’ve not heard anything come out the man’s mouth that would lead me to believe he was brilliant. It’s utterly shocking to me that he was a doctor, much less a surgeon, much less a brain surgeon. Everything I’ve ever heard him say was dumb in one way or another.

          1. I have worked with engineers who were very good at their jobs and total nutbags when it came to political ideas (both very conservative Christians).

            1. Beat me to it.

            2. Aspies?

          2. Hence the “doesn’t seem to do so well on the whole form-a-logic-based-and-cogent-argument thing.”

            I mean, I work with some utterly brilliant engineers but I swear to God 80% of them are so socially retarded they can’t string a sentence together.

          3. Eh, humans can be technically brilliant in certain aspects and utterly moronic in others, and quite often are.

            1. THe PHd syndrome.

      2. He came to fame two years ago when he ripped into Obamacare at the national prayer breakfast with the Lightbringer in attendance:

        http://www.realclearpolitics.c…..acare.html

  10. “The new law, which the Austrian government says could serve as a model for the rest of Europe, seeks to reduce outside meddling by prohibiting foreign funding for mosques, imams and Muslim organizations in Austria. It also stresses that Austrian law must take precedence over Islamic Sharia law for Muslims living in the country.”

    http://www.gatestoneinstitute……-islam-law

    1. The part about foreign funding for mosques is a great idea, although knowing Austria it’s probably being pushed primarily by Austrian fascists. Saudi funding of mosques and madrassas is a serious problem internationally and is one of the primary factors behind increasing Islamic extremism.

      1. Austrian fascists? What the fuck is their motto?

        Throw a jew on the barbie, mate?

        1. You know who else was an Aust– oh I just can’t even.

          1. No worries mate, I already know what you were getting at.

            The answer is Paul Hogan!!!

            What do I win?

            1. An Austrian – English Dictionary, autographed by Teh Lightworker.

  11. The White House says Hillary Clinton’s use of private e-mail to do all of her communication as secretary of state was in violation of “very specific guidance” on carrying out official business.
    .
    But in her defense you saw how well other Obama administration agencies did at email.

    1. So…she was ensuring her emails wouldn’t be lost? Is that what you’re saying?

    1. Sweet. Though I prefer Reek of Putrefaction.

      I just bought tickets for Portal.

    1. Media View = claiming Hillary Clinton had anything to do with the current Bloodbath Shithole is sexist and partisan and completely unfair

      1. Also, something something Reagan. Yes, I am hearing that.

        1. A FORMER Libyan army colonel living in exile in the United States has been adopted by the American intelligence services in the fight to overthrow the Libyan leader, Colonel Muammar Gadaffi, Western diplomats in the capital Tripoli believe.

          Speculation about the mysterious Colonel Khalifa Haftar coincides with an uprising in the city of Ajdabiya, on Libya’s east coast, close to strategic oil installations. A spokesman for the Movement for Change, led by Haftar, claimed on a Saudi satellite television station recently that the group had been behind the insurgency. (1996)

          The more things change, the more they stay the same.

          1. I think the notable difference between “then” and “now” is that this time the US actually ‘succeeded’ in deposing Gadaffi (sp)….

            ….. and the Obama administration was praised for its “intervention done right”, and its approach to Libya actually described by the sycophant media as a “Model For Future Approaches“…. and the otherwise-peacenick Left who castigated Bush for suggesting he’d ‘liberated’ Iraqis, suddenly started patting themselves on the back for doing the same for Libyans….

            But NO! You may not now dare suggest that the subsequent failures and utter clusterfuck of the country is *remotely* comparable to the failures of the previous admin!! The idea is laughable! ha hahaha haha haha!!? You see? Laughing.

            1. bubububut boots on the ground. There weren’t boots on the ground. Unless you count those fellows at Benghazi.

  12. Potential presidential candidate Ben Carson is getting some attention for saying that homosexuality must be a choice because some people go into prison straight, but come out gay. It totally happened on Oz.

    What are his views on legitimate rape?

    1. What are his views on legitimate prison rape?

      1. He doesn’t even like Barbra Streisand.

  13. The Department of Justice has released a 100-page report documenting all sorts of abusive police behavior in Ferguson, Missouri. As expected, they have also determined that there was no evidence that Ferguson Police Officer Darren Brown did anything wrong when he shot and killed Michael Brown.

    Not surprising, given the testimony and physical evidence. They should probably look into the Garner one, though.

  14. New York City will add two Muslim holidays to its public school calendars…
    .
    The NYPD is going to have to stake out the madrassas those days.

    1. Please let one of them be the Day of Ashura.

    1. checkmate atheists!

    2. Now show us the escaped llamas and the color-changing dress.

    3. “I will smash your skull like a clam on my tummy!”

    4. The look on the woodpecker’s face is priceless.

  15. In hindsight, anyone with a name like Tamerlan is probably up to no good. Just like Adolfs and Benitos.

    1. +1

      That’s what I’ve been thinking the whole time.

      Timur slaughtered 100,000 people on his march to Delhi.

      1. Timur slaughtered 100,000 people on his march to Delhi

        Really? I don’t remember The Lion King being that dark.

        1. They lied to you about what “Hakuna Matata” means. It really means “kill the unbelievers”/

    2. Look above y’all heehee.

  16. The kind of ‘Iraq War’ that US was trying to avoid = now taking shape

    Iran-backed Shiite Militias are capturing former Sunni cities where ISIS has receded.

    *Note = this is not the US-trained “Iraqi Army” that we are funding/arming/using as proxies to theoretically retake Mosul.

    these are the shiite militias from Karbala/Najaf/Basra, the Badr/Sadr brigades… the de facto power in Southern Iraq.

    Basically, the outlines of a sunni-shia civil war are getting starker. You’ve got Obama claiming that negotiating a ‘nuclear deal’ with Iran is like way important and stuff… but meanwhile, we’re using our military to enable them to enlarge their territorial control of Iraq.

    Something tells me that US/Iran negotiations aren’t entirely about their nuclear capacity, and have a hell of a lot to do with brokering some kind of “You guarantee stability *here*, and we’ll guarantee stability *here*, and that way we keep the crazy sunnis on one side, and the crazy shiites on the other”….

    1. I am sure they are. Of course depending on Iran to “guarantee stability” anywhere is fucking insane.

    2. to that latter point =

      I think the end-game of the ongoing Iraq war/relationship? Is basically a partition of Iraq between its neighbors…. with a possible (*but unlikely) Kurdish protectorate.

      I think the Kurds are probably being cut out of negotiations; none of the other negotiating partners are at all interested in giving them independence, despite their declarations.

      1. I am quite sure Arabs will quietly lie down under Persian rule….cause Shi’ites are indivisible!!!!

        1. I’m not suggesting Iran will rule directly over arab-shiite regions.

          I’m just saying that different regions of Iraq will “align” with different neighbors

          They seem happy enough now allowing iran to help them fight their Sunni ‘countrymen’; long term partnership seems inevitable.

          I think the kurds might end up (ironically?) best friends with the Turks.

          Western iraq? Who knows. Its dirt poor and pissed off. No one wants them except ISIS. Jordan has enough refugees as it is.

    3. Interesting. What are the odds of our beloved leaders succeeding screwing things up even worse.

        1. That low? Damn…

    4. Doesn’t sound so terrible to me. As you say, it’s probably inevitable.

    5. Doesn’t sound so terrible to me. As you say, it’s probably inevitable.

      1. Am I right or am I right?

    6. This reminds me of the guy on the Simpson’s who said he’d get rid of the evil flying lizards by releasing wolves into the city, and get rid of the wolves with extra-venemous snakes, and then hope the snakes would die off during the winter.

      1. I may not have gotten the deadly creatures exactly right.

  17. Spot the Not: Jonathan Gruber

    1. Obama’s a little more relaxed. I think he took a cigarette break halfway through.

    2. And that passed. Because the American voters were too stupid to know the difference.

    3. It was a very clever exploitation of the lack of understanding of the American voter.

    4. Call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever.

    5. And the only way we could take it on was by mislabeling it.

    6. This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes.

    7. Lack of transparency is huge political advantage.

    8. I think the short attention span of the American public works to his advantage here.

    9. The Bush Administration admittedly set a low standard for transparency and honesty in presenting policy arguments.

    1. 1. He wouldn’t dare insult Obama like that.

    2. Number 2. The rest are legitimate.

    3. #9 ?

    4. #2.

    5. 9

    6. For those dying to know, the Not is buried in this article:

      http://www.newrepublic.com/art…..ly-tell-us

    7. 1?

    8. 9.

      1. Curses! Forgot to refresh.

  18. About Obamacare going to SCOTUS again. Obama has a poor track record (with many 9-0s against him) with SCOTUS yet Obamacare is not one of them for such a controversial piece of legislation. What gives?

    1. Someone’s got something on Roberts?

      1. If this was India, I would’ve checked all of their bank accounts and assets.

  19. It totally happened on Oz.
    .
    SPOILER ALERT

    1. Dude, if you haven’t watched the Wizard of Oz by now that is your problem. You can’t expect the rest of us to not talk about how not only do the Tinman and the Scarecrow go all gay, but the Lion and Toto are also not only gay but also proto-furries.

      Why did you think that Judy Garland is so beloved by teh gayz? She was the first fruit fly to be shown on the silver screen.

      1. It’s why that munchkin hung himself on the set.

  20. 2.8 million year old jawbone found in Ethiopia might be earliest example of human

    Scientists have unearthed the jawbone of what they claim is one of the very first humans.

    The 2.8 million-year-old specimen is 400,000 years older than researchers thought that our kind first emerged.

    The discovery in Ethiopia suggests climate change spurred the transition from tree dweller to upright walker.

    The head of the research team told BBC News that the find gives the first insight into “the most important transitions in human evolution”.

    Prof Brian Villmoare of the University of Nevada in Las Vegas said the discovery makes a clear link between an iconic 3.2 million-year-old hominin (human-like primate) discovered in the same area in 1974, called “Lucy”.

    Could Lucy’s kind – which belonged to the species Australopithecus afarensis – have evolved into the very first primitive humans?

    “That’s what we are arguing,” said Prof Villmoare.

    But the fossil record between the time period when Lucy and her kin were alive and the emergence of Homo erectus (with its relatively large brain and humanlike body proportions) two million years ago is sparse.

    The 2.8 million-year-old lower jawbone was found in the Ledi-Geraru research area, Afar Regional State, by Ethiopian student Chalachew Seyoum. He told BBC News that he was “stunned” when he saw the fossil.

    1. What is stunning are the broad brush assumptions these guys make from such scant evidence.

      They find a three million year old tooth fragment and before you know it they have the guy’s family portrait and daily schedule including what he had for his last meal.

    2. Curiously, the jawbone was still in the middle of an anecdote about how the human race used to be so much better and how modern humans – “youngsters” – have ruined everything.

  21. http://newsbusters.org/blogs/p…..ary-system

    Vox reporter; we need to repeal the Constitution and go to a parliamentary system ’cause the Constitution is like old and stuff.

    And my God where did they find Dylan Matthews? Is it that hard to find stupid people who are not also compete social retards?

    1. If we move toward an elective dictatorship, why on earth would he expect peaceful transitions of power to continue? It’s like he’s never heard of caudillos. Wait. That’s probably true.

      1. I am not sure how anyone could be as ignorant as he is without trying to be so. Why is this idiot writing for anyone or even on cable access?

      2. No, it’ll totally be cool and fine. Men (and womyn) are angels. No need for limits on government.

      3. But Yglesias is vague as to how that will happen. While he’s careful to say that past democratic collapses ? such as the Honduran constitutional crisis of 2009 ? aren’t necessarily models for what will happen here, he does seem to presume some kind of crisis. At some point, an impasse between the executive and legislature will create a state of exception, a point at which disaster cannot be averted through normal legal channels.

        That is nothing but fantasy porn the little bastard is having about Obama making himself dictator. This crisis will be resolved in two years when his sorry ass leaves office and put someone in there who will do something besides tell the country to fuck off. It is another example of how everything these people say is a lie. The situation is going to be resolved by turning the Presidency over to the same party that controls Congress and two years and he is terrified of that happening. So he pretends resolution is not possible.

        1. Why does every Vox writer look like the biggest dweeb you’ve ever seen until you see the next Vox writer?

          1. Yeah, my same point below

          2. I’m not much for violence but these are some faces that make a brother want to go on a curb-stomping binge.

      4. Caudillos? Are those like spicy taquitos?

        1. I always think of little tiny cigars.

    2. Mmm, that Ezra Klein reverse Midas touch.

      The career arc of Klein and Yglesias says a lot about the state of Western culture nowadays.

    3. Yeah, parliamentary systems are more recent invention. Derp.

    4. Another member of the Genius Club @ the Washington Posts “WonkBlog”, where they notably pick people to write about policies that they don’t even understand the most basic aspects of.

      IOW, the opposite of what “wonk” was supposed to mean. i.e. ‘expert on policy minutiae’

      Also = is this *not* the face of a man who could clearly rebuild the entire system of government?….

      … or, wait…. did I mean, “a guy who was a TA while an undergrad at Harvard, therefore considers himself ordained ‘expert on everything'”?

      1. I always mentally parse that as WankBlog, because that’s what’s goes on there.

      2. You don’t get it, GILMORE. He shook the president’s hand. He knows what’s going to happen.

        He’s trying to save us.

        “The missiles are flying. Hallelujah, Hallelujah!”

      3. Also = is this *not* the face of a man who could clearly rebuild the entire system of government?….

        Eerie resemblance to the bass player for The Conchords.

    5. “What’s much likelier is a continuation of the executive’s gradual consolidation of power until the presidency is something like an elective dictatorship. It won’t happen in a big bang, and no individual step in the process will feel like a massive leap into tyranny. But compared to today, the president’s powers will be almost unrecognizable.”

      James Madison could’ve said the same fucking words about today.

    6. The result is near-total policy stasis and gridlock that in some cases, like the debt ceiling crisis of 2011, risks stopping measures from taking effect that are necessary to prevent total calamity.

      He’s quite the buffoon.

      It’s sad that this is what passes for an informed opinion in our media today.

      1. A government “shutdown” is not anything close to a “total calamity” and yet this guy wants to end constitutional republicanism because of it. God these people are just the worst. Stop trying to ruin America for the rest of us.

  22. Still don’t understand this silly debate about whether homosexuality is a choice. For most, it is not (my sister is gay and it was obvious from an early age). But even if it is a choice, so what? If a guy chooses to get it on with another guy for any reason, why does that matter to the government? Why should they be treated any differently? There’s a lot I like and admire about Ben Carson, but his idiotic religion has poisoned an otherwise great mind. Pity…

    1. Because if it is a choice, I am free to discriminate against you for it like I am free to discriminate against you over any other choice you make. And it is still a choice. Just because you have a particular preference doesn’t mean you can’t choose not follow it for whatever reason. Our genes do not compel us to do things. They only make some things seem more desirable than others.

      1. Even given that, I wouldn’t consider it a choice. I have no desire to be with a man. Ever. There’s zero attraction there. Same thing to be said in reverse for a gay man. That they could technically “choose” to ignore their desires and go with a heterosexual lifestyle is pretty silly.

        1. Yeah, don’t think I could ‘perform’ with another man. I was horny as hell after Air Force boot camp, but the thought of hooking up with one of my fellow Airmen was never an option. But who knows what years of prison does to you? Guys who have sex in prison only do so because women aren’t available, or to show their dominance. And I’m sure they all go back to women the moment they’re released.

        2. People choose a life of celibate all of the time. No one says you have to follow through on your urges. If you did, how could we hold pedophiles criminally and morally responsible for their actions? Indeed, that is the defense they give “I can’t help it but I am only sexually attracted to children”. I have no doubt they are. That, however, doesn’t mean they can’t choose not to act on that. Same thing with any other sexual desire. You can’t choose if you desire it, but you always can choose if you act on it.

          And so you don’t think I am equating homosexuality with real deviance like pedophilia, I can’t help but desire to bang every attractive young woman I see. If one of them ever offers me the chance to do so, I would choose not to because I am married. I am not a slave to my desires and am responsible for my actions.

          1. But, if that’s the case, the choice they have isn’t to be gay or not. It’s whether to be celibate or not.

            1. You’re far wiser than your namesake…

          2. There are two things that clearly differentiate the human species from animals. One, we use cutlery. Two, we’re capable of controlling our sexual urges. Now, you might be an exception, but don’t drag me down into your private Hell.

      2. These same people also like to say that homosexuals should be treated differently because they represent such a small percentage of Americans. Following that logic, we should also discriminate against Jewish people since religion is a choice and there aren’t that many of them anyway. Again, silly religions diminish otherwise great minds.

        1. Should have hit refresh!

          Agree with the idea that it is wrong to discriminate based on religion, but OK to discriminate against gays (if you believe that is a choice).

      3. Hold on a second. If you can discriminate against people for choices they make, why can’t you discriminate on the basis of religion? That is a choice after all.

        Actually I think people have the right to discriminate however much they want and for any reason. There are a lot of stupid reasons to discriminate, but let the knuckleheads self exile themselves if they want.

        1. Yes, in an ideal world we should have the right to discriminate against anyone we want for any reason. But we don’t live in that world. And I find it downright baffling that some choices (like religion) are respected while others (who we choose to have sex with) are scorned. I despise double standards and wish people could be more logical and consistent with their beliefs.

        2. Precisely. Your genes don’t compel you to rest on the Sabbath or abstain from non-kosher meat (or refuse service to a gay wedding). If you can freely inhibit your sexual preferences, you can do the same with religious preferences.

      4. I agree with John, except I’d argue that progressives probably don’t think it can be a choice because choice only applies to women who are considering having an abortion.

    2. People who say that homosexuality is a choice clam up when I mention the issue of whether religion is a choice.

      I don’t think it should matter whether sexual orientation is a choice, but in the reality in which we live now, there are these two little things called the equal-protection clause and the sympathies of the voters.

      1. Why would they “clam up”? I don’t know any religious person who doesn’t think their faith involves choice. Why would Christians evangelize if not for the hope people choose it.

        1. Because these same religious people justify their aversion to gays by claiming (falsely) that the homosexual lifestyle is a choice and therefore doesn’t deserve the same types of protection that other groups receive. So, what’s to stop us from doing the same to people who choose the ‘wrong’ religion?

    1. I was in Baghdad when it was the most violent city on earth and I didn’t get shot either. Since in even the most violent places not everyone or even most people who go there dies, I am not really sure what either mine or this guy’s experience is supposed to mean other than we got lucky.

    2. Mouseovered and read the URL. I’m not clicking on that shit.

      1. What, ayn rand ron paul groupies didn’t do it for you?

        1. “But, Mr. Salon writer, I don’t think of you.”

          1. That’s a great line. There’s a lot of good stuff in those novels, even if they aren’t perfect.

    3. I wonder if the writers of these kind of sleazy clickbait pieces feel dirty when they submit. Maybe they just lack morals, Or maybe the sweet, sweet $200 that he made from this article makes it all worth it.

      1. It is the David Brock syndrome. Convert from Team A to Team B and Team B will love you way more than if you had simply started with Team B.

        There is no love like the love for a convert. It make you feel so good to see someone from the hated Others see the light and come to join your side.

    4. “In America, libertarian ideas are attractive to mostly young, white men with high ideals and no life experience that live off of the previous generation’s investments and sacrifice. I know this because as a young, white idiot, I subscribed to this system of discredited ideas.”

      Talk about a childish idiot. “I was a piece of shit as a young man, and I’m a piece of shit now, therefore libertarian ideology is discredited.”

      1. no life experience

        This describes every progressive I have ever met. I dated one who thought her private high school was diverse because there was one black kid.

      2. “Almost all humanity used to live this way, and we called it feudalism. Many people want to go back to that sort of system, this time under the label of libertarian or “the untrammeled free market.”

        Yep, feudalism was ‘free market’. Not the local political elites assuming that they had a right to the labour and partial ownership of the people on their lands.

        1. To equate libertarianism with feudalism is to understand neither.

          1. Libertarians are simultaneously degenerate anarchists who are only out for themselves and absolute control freaks that wish to keep everyone in a state of poverty. They really need to pick one and stick with it.

          2. But, there were really rich people under feudalism. And there would be really rich people under libertarianism. Don’t you see? They’re exactly the same!!

      3. He has it backwards. The more life experience I get under my belt, the more libertarian I become. I can’t even fathom how it could be any other way.

    5. One can dismiss the core of near-sociopathic libertarian ideas with one simple question: What kind of society maximizes freedom while providing the best outcomes for the greatest number of human beings? You cannot start with the assumption that a Russian novel writer from the ’50s is a genius, so therefore all ideas about government and society must fit between the pages of “Atlas Shrugged.”

      Sounds legit.

      1. I love when people profess to have been libertarians and proceed to decry a lazy strawman version of Objectivism. Maybe if he’d read a little more of the texts he’s claiming to disprove…

        1. They read the Cliff’s Notes when they were in High School (or whatever they’re called now), and they checked the WIki article before writing their article. That’s enough research, right?

          1. If they’d actually read it, they would have seen themselves in it. As the villains.

            1. Optimist. Few people ever see themselves as the villain. To do so requires a level of self-awareness of which not many are capable.

              They’ll agree their action would be wrong if someone else did it. And then they’ll give you song and verse, the moral of the story being that it was okay for them to do something they knew was wrong.

          2. I’m always amused at the very idea that diversity is just being within sight of a different type of person.

      2. What kind of society maximizes freedom while providing the best outcomes for the greatest number of human beings?

        A free one. It’s worked every time it’s been tried. The shit they want has failed every time. And we’re the naive ones.

        1. None of them ever seem to define what ‘best outcomes’ equate to either. I get that it’s just a vague call for utilitarianism, but you can argue that a ‘best outcome’ would be steady employment by someone who provides for all of your basic needs. It’d still be a form of slavery.

          1. Very bluntly, they think that in the neofeudalist paradise they are building, they will be part of the aristocracy.

            They think they will rule, with more brutal but compliant enforcers cracking the skulls of their enemies. That the compliant enforcers will one day turn on them and crush their skulls never occurs to them.

      3. That is just gibberish.

    6. Meanwhile, in the socialist paradise of Venezuela, marauding bands of highway men have made trucking the most dangerous job in the country due to food shortages

      But I’m sure that idiot has an explanation for why socialism has failed in every poor country it has been tried in across the world.

      1. All of the problems in Venezuela stem from US interference. At least that’s what Maduro says, and he’s pretty trustworthy being that he’s a President and all that.

      2. No, you see, as the comments brilliantly point out, libertarians are full of shit because they all want to live in high tax, big government countries like Canada and Europe. And that’s really because they’re not filled with brown people. Libertarians are both hypocrites and racists at the same time, see?

        1. No, you see, as the comments brilliantly point out, libertarians are full of shit because they all want to live in high tax, big government countries like Canada and Europe. And that’s really because they’re not filled with brown people.

          The 3 unicorns are going to have to slap some bitches.

          1. Well, I mean, clearly any group of racists would have a large percentage willing to die on a hill for open borders.

            1. You have 3 Latina libertarian activists giving a talk in the “Milton Friedman Auditorium” atUniversidad Francisco Marroqu?n, pretty much the only university founded on the principles of libertarianism, located in Guatemala.

              Many minds were blown.

              I also would be remiss if I didn’t point out that A?da Betancourt Sim?n has a humongous rack.

              [Insert acronym here]

          2. “No, you see, as the comments brilliantly point out, libertarians are full of shit because they all want to live in high tax, big government countries like Canada and Europe. And that’s really because they’re not filled with brown people.”

            I read that comment. I really wanted to ask him if the average Leftie had to leave the US where they would go?

        2. “No, you see, as the comments brilliantly point out, libertarians are full of shit because they all want to live in high tax, big government countries like Canada and Europe”

          What. Canada and Europe are among the freest places on Earth, they’re just shitty compared to my ideal world.

          I also like that their view of Europe is based on mindless stereotypes untethered from reality. Switzerland, Ireland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Poland and Luxemburg all have very low tax rates and minimal government intervention.

          Poland’s economic growth in particular has been ridiculous – http://www.paiz.gov.pl/_img/_pictures/17173.jpg

          Not surprisingly, those countries are some of the fastest growing in Europe. I actually know about Europe though, unlike the Euro-fantasia the average Salonista lives in.

          1. Why question the cosmological makeup of astrology when your house is ascendant? These people can inhabit an intellectual fantasy because, either way, the cause of bureaucratic socialism is prevailing. They may find themselves at odds with the inevitable outcome (in my fantasy world, they’re hunted through the streets by newly liberated men and women), but until the collapse there’s jobs and prestige for any warm body who parrots the party line.

      3. People are actually referring to Venezuela as not truly socialist. Neither Peak Derp nor Peak Lie will ever be reached.

        1. Well it was Socialist when it was doing well, but as soon as the spiral of death started it was no longer considered Socialist. And as soon as it hits rock bottom and the cannibalism kicks in, Salon will point to it as an example of Libertarianism.

          1. I’d love to think you’re exaggerating.

      4. Can’t say I was surprised at all to see the party line being changed from “Venezuela is a shining example of socialism in action” to “OMG NOT REAL SOCIALISM!!1!1”

    7. Let’s make this a lot shorter. What has Salon published that isn’t completely derpy?

      1. TRACY CLARK-FLORY usually stays away from politics and can be quite interesting at times.

    8. How are progressives so stupid? Seriously – Honduras is VERY unfree. Just looked them up on the Heritage Freedom index and they’re below average, a full 30 points lower than what’s considered a ‘free economy.’

      It’s especially hilarious that he takes the example of a dirt poor country where the government basically exists to rob the populace and thinks this is libertarian. His basic argument is ‘people have to fix their own roads because the government is too busy shooting at them. LIBERTARIAN PARADISE.’

      1. I pity his family. Imagine going on a vacation with someone who’s obsessed with making the trip about their political beliefs.

      2. The Heritage index isn’t reliable because it keeps ranking their socialist paradises as illiberal shitholes.

        Aside from the Scandinavian countries, anyway, but the fact that they’re less socialist than France or Greece isn’t something they’d like to discuss if you please.

    9. As usual, the comments lack any kind of self awareness and make the original article look brilliant by comparison:

      libertarians are complete tools. They exist only because of the funding of the ultra wealthy who see value in libertarians, not because their loonie ideas have any validity in the real world, but because they are part of the on-going effort to divide and conquer the 99 percent.

      The wealthy laugh at their little lapdogs, the libertarians, and toss them a few coins…because, with their simple minds, they are easily bought.

      No mirrors in this guy’s house?

      1. It really is the new demonic possession argument.

        *Goes out to buy firearms and orphans with latest Koch cheque*

      2. Did this commentor come to any conclusions about the growth in the 1% due to Obama’s or the Feds statist policies, or maybe he has something to say about how the Clinton Foundation works.

    10. Also, just FYI, there is a trolling contest I found on a website where the goal is to send in a fake article to a ludicrous website and get them to publish it. So if you read anything from Salon that seems even more insane than usual in the coming months, it could very well be my doing.

      Anyone have themes I could touch on for my article? I’m thinking libertarianism somehow related to gentrification.

      1. This sounds like a dangerous experiment. You know that no matter how crazy some ideas are there will be people who glom onto them and try to impose them. Extremists have enough insane ideas. We don’t need clever trollers to give them any more. Just an opinion…

        1. Sure, but I’m not giving them new opinions. I’m just going to write the craziest article I can on an opinion they already have.

          I’m thinking about writing an article opposed to gentrification which works in the phrase ‘good segregation’ or ‘separate but equal.’

          1. Still, as an intelligent and persuasive writer (which I know you are) you solidify their silly beliefs further. And is there any way to let the marks know they’ve been duped? Doubt Salon or the other left-wing sites would ever let their readers know the truth. Best of luck to you, though. Please keep us apprised on how it goes…

      2. Hmmm…

        How bout some rumor mongering that with head transplantation about to be reality, soon poor people will sell their poor 3rd world kids’ bodies to rich white people?

        The only problem is that you would need to come up with a way to cover for the difference between the skin color between the poor kids’ bodies and the heads of the rich transplantees.

        1. The only problem is that you would need to come up with a way to cover for the difference between the skin color between the poor kids’ bodies and the heads of the rich transplantees.

          Status symbol. The contrast in skin tone will become a way to signal wealth. Thrown in commodity fetishism while you’re at it.

          1. I say go with some kind of bleaching process and how horribly destructive it is to the environment. Bonus points if you can use some chlorine derivative that would actually be toxic if used on humans. Maybe, Chlorine trifluoride.

      3. …”I’m thinking libertarianism somehow related to gentrification.”…

        Think big, Irish: ‘Koch Bros to buy Greenpeace in hostile take over!’

        1. No, it can’t be something verifiable. It has to be a piece entirely related to opinion. Otherwise someone can Google my claim and know it’s fake.

          1. You are giving them way too much credit Irish.

            As long as you hit all their buttons, they won’t bother to Google anything about your claims.

            1. Exactly this.

              Phrase it seductively. Someone cites you, and it gets read further. The next thing you know people are dropping their iPhones into buckets of water to prove how waterproof they are. Because they read it on the internet.

          2. “No, it can’t be something verifiable. It has to be a piece entirely related to opinion. Otherwise someone can Google my claim and know it’s fake.”

            You could start with some nutty Leftie conspiracy theory so that they actually get confirmation bias.

          3. An article like the ones created by the SciGen nonsense academic paper generator that has so many buzzwords that they’ll publish it because they don’t want to look too stupid to understand it?

        2. How about Scott Walker didn’t leave college after 3.5 years, he left because he was expelled for a campus rape he committed.

          Of course the Koch brothers helped cover it up and gave him a job so no one would realize why he left.

          1. That is devious and brilliant! They would swarm that story like flies on dung.

            1. Few things are so seductive to hear as, “It’s been proven. You were right all along.”

      4. How about trolling the right by claiming that gay couples are adopting kids and sending them to psychologists for therapy to make sure they turn out gay.

        Sort of a reverse pray the gay away head shrinker.

        You could make up all sorts of awesome quotes from the gay couples about how ashamed they are that their kid is cis-hetero (or whatever they are calling it). Maybe you could also claim that one couple is suing to force the insurance companies to reimburse them for the costs of this therapy under Obamacare?

        Write it from the POV of a converted shrink who finally accepted Jesus and now sees how horrible what he was doing was.

        1. How about trolling the right by claiming that gay couples are adopting kids and sending them to psychologists for therapy to make sure they turn out gay.

          Why would they do that when they could just send them to a British boarding school?

        2. “You could make up all sorts of awesome quotes from the gay couples about how ashamed they are that their kid is cis-hetero”

          Except I actually heard that from a Lesbian. She was upset that her young daughter “liked” girls. I don’t remember the link.

          1. You’re probably thinking of this article in the Washington Post by Sally Kohn. Kohn, by the way, is a political commentator on an obscure news site called CNN.

            She starts off with this zinger: “I’m gay. And I want my kid to be gay, too.”

            But she ends up saying she’ll support her 6 yo daughter’s choices, though she doesn’t like that her daughter had a crush on a boy.

            “My friend wrote back with a slew of helpful advice, ending with a punch to my gut: “Bet it wouldn’t bother you so much if her crush was on a girl.”

            “She was right. I’m a slightly overbearing pro-gay gay mom. But I’m going to support my daughter, whatever choices she makes.”

            http://www.washingtonpost.com/…..story.html

      5. The leftist objection to gentrification has always baffled me. When whites fled the inner cities for the suburbs, it was called ‘white flight’ and was bad. Now that they’re returning and spending their money to improve the inner cities, it’s called gentrification and is…bad. Bottom line: everything white people do is bad!

        1. The left is terribly possessive of their grievance groups, and anything that compromises their political patronage (especially any form of upward mobility) must be condemned as white imperialism or whatever.

          The twitterers bemoaning normalized relations with Cuba because there will be McDonalds and Starbucks in Havana? Yeah, that’s the same strain of thought.

          1. Further proof the denizens of the left are never happy. Even when they get exactly what they want (or the opposite of what they oppose), they still find things to whine about.

        2. “Bottom line: everything white people do is bad!”

          You have achieved enlightenment, grasshopper.

      6. The campus rape epidemic is the byproduct of conservative families bringing up children in the stultifying clime of social and spiritual repression. Conservatism, and especially religious conservatism, produces boys who believe women belong to men and girls who believe women should not speak out to protect themselves. Gays commit less rape (I’m guessing), and conservatives hate gays, so conservatism causes rape. Throw in some conflated stats and implicate religious or conservative student groups.

        Come to think of it, I’m not sure this is crazy enough to parody Salon.

        1. And surely you can link to some actual study that correlates Conservatives with crime.

    11. Honduras is the brain child of Ayn Rand and Ron Paul: haven’t they run this article three or four times now? Is each iteration actually from different writers?

    12. It’s early to declare a winner in the Most Punchable Face of 2015 contest but the clear leader would be young lickspittle in training Edward Lyngar.

      Stay tuned to watch doughy statists in the muffin top swimsuit contest after this brief commercial interruption.

      1. I don’t know. Lyngar doesn’t even win this thread.

        Dylan Matthews from Vox beats him hands down in my book
        http://newsbusters7.s3.amazona…..tthews.jpg

        1. Egad! He could be Rosa DeLauro’s son…

          1. Holy shit! I had to look her up and was appalled.

            Have any male staffers ever joined her campaign as heterosexuals but left after the election as homosexuals? Or any lesbians staffers switched after seeing her in the buff?

            1. If all women looked like her I might choose to be gay…

              1. Oh come on, she’s just a Romulan on leave from the Romulan Senate. Quit your xenophobia.

          2. I was utterly convinced that this was photoshopped

            http://www.westernjournalism.c…..elauro.jpg

            But after review, I think that is real.

          3. Ew. He looks like an even more effete version of Charles Cook, and Charlie’s doughy complexion doesn’t exactly bleed testosterone.

          4. “He could be Rosa DeLauro’s son”

            Can we get a Trigger warning here!

  23. Wreckage of Japanese battleship found in the Pacific

    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says that he and a team of researchers have located the wreckage of the Japanese battleship Musashi, more than 70 years after it was sunk during World War II.

    If confirmed as the Musashi, the find would complete eight years of searching by Allen’s team, who have outfitted the billionaire’s yacht, M/Y Octopus, with high-tech equipment to map undersea topography. A statement released by Allen’s publicity agency Edelman early Wednesday said the wreckage had been located Sunday by a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) outfitted with a high-definition camera.

    “Since my youth, I have been fascinated with World War II history, inspired by my father’s service in the U.S. Army,” Allen said.

    Allen tweeted out two pictures of the wreckage, which was located in the Sibuyan Sea off the central Philippines, less than a mile below the surface.

    Completed in 1942, Musashi was one of the heaviest warships ever constructed, weighing in at just under 73,000 tons and armed with nine 18-inch main guns. It was sunk on Oct. 24, 1944 during the Battle of Leyte Gulf after being repeatedly torpedoed and bombed by U.S. forces

    1. I saw that on CNN and the reporter pronounced the name of the yacht as “My Octopus”.

      1. Giant Robo-Octopus…attack!

        Man, Allen has all the cool toys.

        1. …and they’ll work right after the next Windows update, we swear.

    2. But private individuals never do anything that’s not profitable! All research is done by the government!

    3. But private individuals never do anything that’s not profitable! All research is done by the government!

      1. Boy, the kind of hobbies you can get into if you happen to co-found microsoft.

  24. Daniel von Bargen, actor best known for his roles in ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘Malcolm in the Middle’ is dead

    Colleagues of Daniel von Bargen are mourning the death of the actor, who died over the weekend after a long illness, Cincinnati’s WLWT 5 reports. He was 64.

    “We are learning of this event at the same time as the rest of the industry and are deeply saddened to hear of Daniel’s loss,” his voice-over agents at Access Talent say in a statement released to PEOPLE on Wednesday.

    Von Bargen ? who was perhaps best known for playing Kruger on Seinfeld and Commandant Edwin Spangler on Malcolm in the Middle ? was reportedly a diabetic and had been hospitalized in 2012 after a failed suicide attempt.

    “For the past five years, he had been grappling with health issues that precluded his active pursuit of work,” von Bargen’s former agents say of the actor, who also had a lengthy r?sum? of film work including roles in O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Super Troopers.

    Diabetes is a terrible disease.

    1. Who was Kruger on Seinfeld?

      1. He was George’s idiot boss during the last few seasons.

        1. The only job George had where he was more competent than everybody else.

      2. One of George’s bosses. Most memorable for accompanying George home to observe Festivus.

        1. He gave to the Human Fund. He will be missed.

          1. “I find your belief system fascinating”!

      3. Kruger Industrial Smoothing!

        KO-KO!
        KO-KO!
        KO-KO!

        1. K-uger! K-uger!

      4. Who was Kruger on Seinfeld?

        Hey….this isn’t “Jeopardy”!

    2. had been hospitalized in 2012 after a failed suicide attempt

      Fuck that shit.

      Officials said Thursday that von Bargen told the 911 dispatcher he was supposed to go to a hospital that day to have some toes amputated because of diabetes complications and had already had one leg amputated.

      FUCK THAT SHIT.

      He said he was feeling depressed before he shot himself.

      Understandable. But for everyone’s sake, get a shotgun and a hacksaw and do it properly.

      1. A shotgun and a hacksaw? I think one of those is redundant.

        1. It’s to shorten the barrel so you can still reach the trigger when it’s pointed at your head. Plus the added incentive to do it right and avoid facing an NFA charge for a SBS.

          1. I don’t know. I think it might be safer to saw off your head and put it a safe distance away from yourself so you can shoot it with your unaltered shotgun.

            Your plan to saw the barrel off could get you in hot water with the ATF. Better safe than sorry.

    3. Oh, hell. Chief Grady. Shame.

      O’Hagen: Look, I’m done dickin’ around. Either you let us in on this investigation or I’m going to embarrass you personally.

      Grady: Oh, what? Like “naked in a dream” embarrassed?

      O’Hagen: No, no. More like back in ’77 when you got caught fuckin’ your cousin embarrassed.

      Grady: …She’s not my cousin. *click*

      1. “Desperation is a stinky cologne.”

    4. The Human Fund mourns this loss of revenue.

  25. Potential presidential candidate Ben Carson is getting some attention for saying that homosexuality must be a choice because some people go into prison straight, but come out gay. It totally happened on Oz.

    Would a newly-gay ex-con remember to give a hat tip?

    1. It’s never just the hat tip.

  26. “We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic.”

    Fuck. You?

    /ducks.

    1. That’s actually always been there. The new stylesheet just makes it stand out more.

      1. Not always. It appeared after they settled with that one guy.

        /named plaintiff
        /pseudo-named, anyway

        1. Okay, not always, but for many years now. My point is that it’s not actually a new request and doesn’t suggest some change in the handling of the comments. People just never noticed it before today.

          1. What part of Fuck you don’t you get?

            /looks over shoulder, bites nails waiting to be moderated.

      2. Maybe it was an attempt to placate Postrel.

        1. John|3.4.15 @ 5:05PM|#
          “Maybe it was an attempt to placate Postrel.”

          Except J.D.T. is none too delicate in his articles.

    2. Because no one ever tells anyone else to go fuck themselves or engages in a thread jack or anything. Is that warning some kind of an attempt at irony on Reason’s part?

    3. You know who always brings that shit up?

      1. No, asshole. Enlighten us all with your Obama light bringing skills.

        /continues to tempt Reason.

        1. The same guy with the who’s first name is the same as the President’s initials. Ever notice that?

  27. Uh Oh!

    House committee to subpoena e-mails from Clinton’s personal account

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/…..story.html

  28. This bitch is done.

    Revealed: Clinton’s office was warned over private email use

    State Department technology experts expressed security concerns that then?Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was using a private email service rather than the government’s fortified and monitored system, but those fears fell on deaf ears, a current employee on the department’s cybersecurity team told Al Jazeera America on Tuesday.

    The employee, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of losing his job, said it was well known that Clinton’s emails were at greater risk of being hacked, intercepted or monitored, but the warnings were ignored.

    “We tried,” the employee said. “We told people in her office that it wasn’t a good idea. They were so uninterested that I doubt the secretary was ever informed.”

    http://america.aljazeera.com/a…..l-use.html

    1. That and the willingness for the White House today to throw her under the bus. I was shocked that they didn’t at least just do the “no comment” deal.

      To go out and explicitly say that she was violating their policy was pretty fucking amazing.

      1. Obama’s gang stabbing Hillary Clinton in the back?!? Who could have seen that coming?

        1. I bet it also shocked you that the gang stabbing was as subtle as a sledge hammer too.

          There really is some bad blood between the Obamas and the Clintons. Normally I would have expected a public “no comment” and then privately blabbed the dirt to the media as an “unnamed source”.

          It almost makes me wish that Hilary does get elected so I can watch her get her revenge on the Obamas. “I’m vetoing funding for the Obama library and also slashing their secret service detail.”

          1. I don’t know, I’m more inclined to side with whoever suggested earlier that the party is airing dirty laundry well ahead of the primaries. Some stern words by the president’s office, some light remonstrations in the otherwise sympathetic press, and before long even mentioning the emails will be as pass? as they desperately wanted Benghazi to become. What difference, at this point, etc.

            Assuming there’s nothing particularly notable in those emails, of course. Could be the president is distancing himself from a timebomb. I rather doubt it, though.

        2. Odd, since Clinton’s 2016 campaign staff is made up of the former Obama frat boy club campaign.

          I’d like to see the GOP to run a strongly female/strongly non-white campaign against her.

    2. Nope. Rules don’t apply to the elites. This will be long forgotten (and buried by the media) by the time the election rolls around. Besides, the Republican challenger wants to devour America’s children.

    3. “We tried,” the employee said. “We told people in her office that it wasn’t a good idea. They were so uninterested that I doubt the secretary was ever informed.”

      I see the defense already.
      She didn’t know a thing about it. Those email address thingys are just too hard for an old hag like that.

      1. I wish some intrepid reporter would really start digging. I’m really curious who it is that ran that mail server for her.

        I think the hag and her minions really are dumb enough to think they know enough to run their own mail server and not get hacked.

        I think the over/under on all her e-mails being archived somewhere in Russia or China is about 99%.

        1. Any reporter on the left who goes after Clinton would be drummed out of her line of work before long.

          Any reporter on the right would be marginalized as usual.

        2. I mean what are the chances that Craig Livingstone is a competent mail admin?

        3. I wish some intrepid reporter would really start digging. I’m really curious who it is that ran that mail server for her.

          It’s McAfee on the front end, so it’s not Google? probably an actual Exchange server.

    4. I think its notable that David Petraeus was basically threatened with 10 years of jail time for “using classified information in insecure channels”…

      ….while clinton can just go “Rules are for Little People”. She ran the fucking state dept communications from a server in *her house*?…

      that’s not ‘incompetence’ – that’s actively trying to avoid oversight.

      1. Shrillery will get a pass because her intentions are pure since she’s a Dem. Doesn’t matter that what she did was illegal, unsecure and stupid–she meant well. Unlike those evil Pupugs…

        1. Repugs. Damn…

          1. I’m starting a new political party: the Pupublicans.

    5. comment from the NYT on the propriety of the Sec of State shielding their communications from any federal oversight =


      Issywise
      Florida 8 hours ago

      Did she conduct official business in those Emails? The press is not entitled to sift through every detail of the lives of officials serving the public. They aren’t evil for wanting privacy.

      The press cannot sustain its high privileges in America if it is not worthy of them. One way it proves itself unworthy is by tarring officials as evil for not being totally available to fill the daily news hole.

      We, the people, do not exist to serve the press. The press exists to serve the operation of the republic. When its operation becomes counterproductive to that purpose, it must be restrained. “

      1. Thanks for sewer diving. Sounds like Issywise is ready for some grrrl power and some straight up censorsism.

  29. US Ambassador to South Korea hospitalized after knife attack:

    US ambassador to South Korea attacked

    1. Did he hold a screening of The Interview or something?

  30. Must Reazon put links to social media on their mobile feed? It takes up 25% of the screen – wasted space.

    And while I’m at it, why does Reazon refresh every time I rotate my iPhone, wasting time and annoying me?

    Reezon is becoming too much bother for the trouble. Particularly when Warty’s misadventures are available elsewhere.

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