Pakistan

Taliban Attacks Two Churches in Pakistan; Christian Mob Riots, Kills Two Suspected Terrorists

At least 15 people were killed in the suicide bombings, leading to Christian protests around Pakistan.

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via Dawn

A pair of suicide bombings the Pakistani Taliban took credit for interrupted Sunday mass at two churches in the Christian neighborhood of the city of Youhanabad. At least 15 people were killed, including two police officers who tried to block the terrorists' way into the churches. Two suspected attackers were also killed by a mob that gathered after the attacks.

Via the Pakistani newspaper Dawn:

Up to 4,000 Christians later spread across the city's streets; many were armed with clubs as they smashed vehicles and attacked a Metro bus station in a rare show of anger by the beleaguered minority…

The thousands of Christian protesters who clashed with police on Sunday attacked their cars with stones and sticks, as women wept and beat their heads and chests.

The protesters, some wearing crosses round their necks, later turned on the city's bus rapid transit system—a signature project of the ruling PML-N party of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Christians make up around two percent of Pakistan's mainly Muslim population of 180 million. They have been targeted in attacks and riots in recent years, often over allegations of blasphemy…

Christians also took to the streets in other cities, including Karachi, where around 200 protesters blocked a main road and burnt tyres. There were also demonstrations in Peshawar in the northwest, in the central city of Multan and in Quetta in the southwest.

As Dawn reports, this is the Pakistani Taliban's first terrorist attack since three factions announced they had reunited this week.

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    1. compared that to a ethnic-distribution map, and a population-density map…

      ….basically, that’s saying, “ISIS ‘controls’ places where a) no one lives, and b) there’s no one that really disagrees with them”

      The only real interesting area that map identifies is Aleppo and the road running east-west between there and the other Kurdish region. That would seem to me to be where the bombs and aid would be concentrated.

      1. that should really be “Or” instead of “and” between A & B

        because ISIS seems to have the Sunni population-centers outside the city on lockdown

        but as with Iraq – the ‘cities’ they ‘conquer’ are places that were in the bag for them from the beginning.

        1. Which is what I pointed out several months ago when our more, uh . . . *aggressive* commenters were calling for a third world war to end the ISIS *threat* before they roll the caliphate into LA.

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        1. What you should do is give 1/40 of $9500 a week as zakat to the local mullah, and give the rest to your sister’s friend so she can buy a burqah and stay home as women woeking are the work of the Great Satan.

      3. My last pay check was $9500 working 12 hours a week online. My sisters friend has been averaging 15k for months now and she works about 20 hours a week. I can’t believe how easy it was once I tried it out. This is what I do
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        1. OK, fair point – ISIS controls all the territories where there are oil-resources. Your insight always impresses, anonbot

          1. It spent some time dodging Stuxnet and peeking out of ISIS controlled computers. eRecon, so to speak.

            1. rEcon, dumass

  1. They can either start fighting back or die. Expect to see the usual suspects out denouncing the evils of Christian extremism over this.

    1. 1000 years later and we are still having holy wars. People killing each other over what their opinion is of the invisible sky god.

      We live on a rock populated mostly by primitives, luddites, and idiots.

      1. How can you call the Christians primitive? What are they supposed to do? It is pretty obvious that if you are a Christian minority in a Muslim country, you better start fighting back or you are going to die.

        I know it is not PC and decidedly not something that ever should be said on reason, but sometimes Muslims really are in the wrong. I know they are brown people and all cool and everything. But even they can be in the wrong sometimes.

        1. In this particular situation, I wouldn’t say the Christians are wrong if they killed all the Muslims in the city.

          The Christians were still doing evil shit like this 500 years ago, but that’s no excuse for the Muslims. If you’re going to attack someone and kill their family and friends, you should expect pay back.

          1. The only difference between now and 500 years ago is that back then the Christians fought back. Until Napoleon conquered Egypt, in the name of atheist revolutionary France, Christians hadn’t conquered a single Muslim country outside of the Crusades which didn’t last. The entire history before that was Muslim conquest and Christian defense.

            And whatever the sins of Europe against the Middle East, they pale in comparison of the sins of Arabs against pretty much everyone.

            1. I was talking about what the Spanish did in central and south America using religion as an excuse. It was pretty evil stuff. They forced the Amerindians to convert and burned them alive and other horrible things when they refused. They also destroyed vast amounts of antiquities because they were ‘works of Satan’.

              1. That wasn’t against the Muslims. So, I guess the Indians have a pretty good bitch. Of course, they would if it has been the Muslims there as well.

              2. I was talking about what the Spanish did in central and south America using religion as an excuse.

                That may have been an excuse they served up to the Pope and the church. The actual reasons were “you have stuff we want. We have guns. Give it up.”

                They also destroyed vast amounts of antiquities because they were ‘works of Satan’.

                As long as the “works of Satan” weren’t made of gold or silver.

                1. As long as the “works of Satan” weren’t made of gold or silver.

                  Exactly. Europeans didn’t destroy the big stone heads on Easter Island. Because they’re made from stone. If they’d been made of silver, those heathen idols would have been melted down for the Treasury.

                2. As long as the “works of Satan” weren’t made of gold or silver

                  They destroyed those also, they melted them all down.

                  I know they did the conquests for gold, which is why they put all of their attention on the cities of the Mexican and Incas because they had lots of gold, but they still forced Amerindians to convert to Christianity or be executed. That had nothing to do with gold.

                  1. This is such horseshit. Aside from a few minimal examples no one in the “New World” was forced to convert or die. Fuck your shitty public school history class.

              3. The Spanish were explorers. They encountered cultures without the wheel who were fairly good at examining the stars. The cultures also practiced human sacrifice, a lot of human sacrifice.
                The Spanish reacted against that.
                You have bought and swallowed all the English crap fed to you.

              4. Central and South America? No Brown People left there. Damn those Spaniards!

            2. Approach world events from an ethno-centric POV much John?
              I’d say the subjugation and ethnic cleansing of most of the Americas by Christians excludes them from the “good by nature” club of religions.

              1. Anyone who uses the phrase ethno-centric in a non-ironic way shouldn’t be taken seriously.

              2. Eric,

                You are a fucking half wit, but you make up for it by being an historic illiterate. Spain didn’t loot South America because they were Christians. They did it because that is what nations do. Second, they didn’t ethnically cleanse anything. There are tons of Indians and Indian blood all over South America. It is kind of a big deal, that whole “we are the product of an Indian mother and abusive Spanish Father thing”.

                Do yourself a favor and don’t think about these issues. Just be the typical American and think the world began in 1960 or something.

                1. I didn’t say they did it BECAUSE they were Christians John. You are so fucking locked into your Black vs White world view that you can’t see anything wrong with your own brand of superstitions can you?

                  And since you Godwined this thread already, it wasn’t the Nazis that first targeted the Jews. The Spanish Inquisution was a special treat that Christians served the Jews around the same time Muslims were inventing Algebra and naming stars.

                2. Just be the typical American and think the world began in 1960 or something.

                  And slavery began in Western Europe circa 1600 if you wanna be a smart American.

                  1. Right, and it was all the fault of white people. No Arab or African was involved in the slave trade.

                    1. People that think slavery was a racist institution are delusional. It happens to be the case that in the last chapters of human slavery before it was abolished by Europeans, some of the only societies primitive enough still selling their own people into slavery were African tribes.

          2. In this particular situation, I wouldn’t say the Christians are wrong if they killed all the Muslims in the city.

            This is idiotic, not to mention genocidal.

            1. The entire thing is idiotic.

        2. Considering that these Christians have been able to live amongst a 98% Muslim majority for so long, I would say that broad generalizations about the savagery of all Muslims is unwarranted here. It’s like how Europeans think that all of the U.S. is a dangerous killing field because of the shootings they see in the news.

          1. Considering that Christians are currently being ethnically cleansed from Iraq and Syria, I would say it is anything but. I am sure 90% of the Germans like the Jews. That doesn’t matter when the other 10% wants to murder you.

            When are we going to stop this nonsense of “I know a lot of nice Muslims” as some kind of evidence that Muslims violence doesn’t really exist? Moreover, random violence is not the same as targeted political violence like this.

            1. I know a lot of nice people. And I know a lot of really bad ones. I’ve noticed that their religion really has nothing to do with it. These Christians acted as barbaric as their Muslim counterparts. I think that it’s the culture you live in more than which particular God you choose to worship.

              1. First, they acted in self defense. They killed two terrorists. What else were they supposed to do? Second, you have noticed that their religion really has nothing to do with it? Really? I guess that is why you blame Christianity for the Spanish conquering South America above. I guess only evil Christianity inspires bad acts.

                Moreover, when people are blowing themselves up in the name of a religion, religion has something to do with it, even if it is a groovy religion like Islam.

              2. And that culture can well be determined by religion. Culture in Muslim countries isn’t very pretty for non Muslims.

                Compare cultures where their is a small Muslim population compared to those with large Muslim populations by percentages. It’s from the CIA Wqrld Book of Facts.

                http://goo.gl/QkGh7g

                This is the true face of Islam. Kipling said it best over 100 years ago.

                “The border of Islam is bloody”

              3. How many Christians do you know that have beheaded people in the last 20 years? You are a disingenuous cunt.

            2. As long as they don’t get behind in their non-Muslim taxes and accepted being a second class citizen they had no problems living in a Muslim country.

          2. They have lived as dhimmi.

          3. The entire U.S. IS a killing field.

            There’s cops everywhere!

          4. “I’d say the subjugation and ethnic cleansing of most of the Americas by Christians excludes them from the “good by nature” club of religions.”

            Are you talking about what the Christians did to the original ethnic cleansers known as the American Indian ?

            The Mound Builders were the original people know to inhabit the North American Continent. They left huge earthwork mounds from present day New Orleans north almost to Canada and throughout the Mississippi drainage area.

            I guess payback is a bitch.

            1. Yeah, I think the only reason the Europeans did what they did to the Americas is that the people in the Americas didn’t have the technology to do the same thing to the Europeans first.

              1. They did introduce syphilis to the Europeans though, in exchange for smallpox.

                1. And tobacco. Progressives never seem to blame Native Americans for tobacco.

      2. 1000 years later and we are still having holy wars. People killing each other over what their opinion is of the invisible sky god.

        We live on a rock populated mostly by primitives, luddites, and idiots.

        Yep. My invisible sky daddy is better than your invisible sky daddy.

        Wait…er…same sky daddy…but…um…we worship him correctly and you don’t because we have this book…written by sum guyz…and we interpret it to mean that the sky daddy wants us to kill you for worshiping him wrong…

        Yep…primitives, luddites, and idiots. Complete morons.

    2. “Turn the other cheek! Turn the other cheek! Bad Christians! Bad! Live by the sword, die by the sword! Bad Christians! Bad! Render unto Caesar! Render I say! Bad Christians! Bad! Submit to those in authority! Submit! Submit now!”

      -Progressive Biblical Exegesis

      “Resistance to Tyrants is obedience to God.”

      -Benjamin Franklin

      1. The proggies are laughable hypocrites when it comes to religion. They deny that Jesus ever existed and then drive around with bumper stickers saying ‘What would Jesus do?’. They use Jesus as an excuse for massive redistribution of wealth because obviously the guy rode around on his donkey, stole peoples stuff, and gave it all to the poor. That book is still missing, but we’ll find it in come cave in Lebanon soon enough.

          1. /sarcasm

            1. Sorry. Hungover. Recalibrating.

        1. And Jesus ate with tax collectors, so Jesus would support the IRS and the Obamacare Penal-Tax! It all makes perfect sense!

          1. Yep, Jesus was a commie.

          2. Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig’s religious justifications for her leftism are particularly funny. Having read probably a dozen of her articles by now, she quite literally has never actually quoted the Bible. How can you allege that your political beliefs are necessitated by the Word of God, if you never actually explain how God’s word impacts your beliefs?

            Moreover, ESB is pro-life (and therefore believes abortion to be murder) yet spends all of her time attacking conservatives/libertarians and aligning herself with leftists. But by her own logic, the feminist left is responsible for tens of millions of baby-murders over the last 40 years. How can she, in good conscience, align herself with people she believes to be responsible for the mass slaughter of infants?

            I would think that conservative desires to cut the welfare state are less evil than baby massacres, but apparently ESB would disagree.

            Like I said, left-wing religious justifications make even less sense than the right-wing kind, not that either is particularly rational.

            1. Moreover, ESB is pro-life (and therefore believes abortion to be murder) yet spends all of her time attacking conservatives/libertarians and aligning herself with leftists.

              OK, that is very very strange.

            2. But she’s so cute! It sort of distracts me from how horrific she is personality-wise.

              1. She could possibly be in my top ten potential hate fucks.

                1. She could possibly be in my top ten potential hate fucks.

                  Terrible idea. She’s an ardent Catholic with economic beliefs that verge on Communist. If you hate fucked her, not only would you never get rid of her due to your religious beliefs, but she’d probably show up to your door uninvited with copies of Summa Theologica and Das Kapital.

                  1. Is that a challenge, Irish? She’s SO CUTE. And SO EVIL. If that isn’t good fodder for an epic hatefuck, what is?

                    Also, she has a very high chance of being a repressed, very, very dirty girl. Isn’t that worth a try?

                    1. Clearly, this means anal.

                    2. Including, but not limited to.

                  2. I’ve known plenty of Catholic girls willing to go to confession for a couple hours of fun. Really I think she’d be into it as long as you recite Pope Francis quotes.

                    1. Did most of those Catholic girls describe themselves as ‘Christian ethicists’ and study at Cambridge under a noted Anglican liberation theologist?

                      She isn’t a normal Catholic. She’s a nutcase. Example:

                      There is a distinction to be made between atheism in its pure sense, which describes anyone who does not believe in a god or gods, and New Atheism, the contemporary phenomenon of aggressive disbelief coupled with a persistent persecution narrative. Led by luminaries such as the late Christopher Hitchens and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, New Atheism takes as its core creed a species of Enlightenment liberalism that exalts reason and free inquiry, without bothering to define reason or to explain what is worthy of inquiry, and why. For a school of thought that presents itself as intellectually robust, it is philosophically bankrupt and evidently blind to its similarities to the religions it derides. Consider Richard Dawkins’s response to the Chapel Hill murders:

                      HERP DERP!

                      The idea that Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris never explain what inquiry is or define reason is so absurd that only a person who has never read their work could believe it to be so.

                      I seriously doubt this girl has read God is Not Great, but she knows its mean and will fight it with all her might.

                    2. Irish, stop thinking with your head. Think with your dick. It’s your privilege as a male. I mean, if you’re going to be asked to check it anyway…

                    3. I can’t believe I NutraSweeted a link. Sigh. Here.

                    4. SHE LOOKS 12!

                      What are you, Japanese?

                    5. Hey, we can’t all have an obsession with buttock fluctuation.

                    6. She’s 24 and a total cutie! Just because she’s a monster doesn’t change that! I apologize for nothing!.

                    7. My best friend in Bangkok is the British human that will neurally upload himself into Hedonism Bot when the Singularity comes.

                    8. I don’t need to upload myself. I’m already him anyway.

                      “Let us cavort like the Greeks of old! You know the ones I mean.”

                    9. Well, she does have a youthful, boyish, Hyacinth-like charm to her, I’ll admit.

                    10. Oh my, yes.

                    11. SHE LOOKS 12!

                      What are you, Japanese?

                      I personally don’t find her attractive either and don’t get the appeal. Then again, she is my greatest nemesis and my hatred for her probably makes it impossible for me to ever find her good looking.

                    12. she is my greatest nemesis and my hatred for her

                      You did see where Playa and I talked about “hatefucking”, right? Come on, man. Give in to the dark side. Embrace the idea of possibly having sex with someone you despise. Though admittedly it would be easier if you found her attractive. Speaking of which, what are you, gay?

                    13. Speaking of which, what are you, gay?

                      My sexual identity doesn’t technically have a name yet, but once experts manage to define it, I’m almost positive it’s going to be banned.

                    14. What, “straight” and “LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM” aren’t enough to include you? How many more letters will that acronym need?? Mein Gott.

                    15. I’d gladly think with my dick if you’d learn to properly post links, you monster.

                    16. Blame NutraSweet. I always do. Plus my opiates are starting to kick in, so I’m a little fuzzy. Which reminds me, I should have some more grapefruit juice.

                    17. I mean, Jesus Christ, Hitchens was a very intelligent writer who was well versed in Enlightenment writing (particularly the radical tradition from Thomas Paine to Orwell), Dawkins is a highly educated evolutionary biologist, and Harris is a neuroscientist. ESB is a 24 year old theologist.

                      Which of these four people is the least educated, the least wordly, and the most ignorant? But ESB thinks she’s intelligent enough to stand up to the big boys by declaring that they never effectively defined something they were constantly defining. Maybe she should read their books before spouting off.

                    18. The fact that she’s profoundly stupid supports my position, not yours. All you need to do is crack that wall of Catholic repression and all the filth with come pouring out.

                      …I’ll be in my bunk.

                    19. I forgot to post the best sentence from her idiotic screed about atheism:

                      More telling yet are his other prejudices, expressed with equal certitude and impatience: that western feminists have no legitimate problems compared to women in Muslim majority countries; that good pornography would set theocracies aright, had we the magnanimity to bestow it upon them.

                      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

                      First of all, Western feminists DON’T have any legitimate problems compared to women in majority Muslim countries. They just don’t. When a Pakistani woman is stoned to death, I seriously doubt she’d feel much sympathy if you were to tell her about cat calls as she was bleeding out.

                      Secondly, Dawkins didn’t seriously argue that good pornography would improve the Muslim world. He was joking about sexual oppression and progressives have a difficult time understanding ideas that aren’t meant to be taken seriously – probably because progs are loaded with ideas that shouldn’t be taken seriously but inexplicably are.

                    20. that western feminists have no legitimate problems compared to women in Muslim majority countries

                      If I were Supreme Dictator of the West, I’d institute one day where we’d follow all of Saudi Arabia’s laws in regards to women. You think a day of arresting women for not having a male chaperone would hammer into their heads how idiotic this position is?

                    21. Feminism long ago stopped being about the rights of women, and became about bringing down Western civilization.

                    22. New Atheism takes as its core creed a species of Enlightenment liberalism that exalts reason and free inquiry, without bothering to define reason or to explain what is worthy of inquiry, and why.

                      Really, Miss Stoker? That’s the hook you’re hanging your bonnet on? In reality, Daniel Dennett has written several books on the subject. When you grow up, perhaps you should read one.

                    23. LOL who did this:

                      “”Chris Hitchens was a very intelligent writer – probably one of the best essayists of the 20th century IMO – who was well versed in Enlightenment writing (particularly the radical tradition from Thomas Paine to Orwell), Richard Dawkins is a highly educated evolutionary biologist, and SamHarris is a neuroscientist.

                      ESB is a 24 year old (knee-jerk leftist) theologist.

                      The idea that Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris never explain what inquiry is or define reason is so absurd that only a person who has never read their work could believe it to be so.”””

                      borrowed/edited from here =

                      https://reason.com/blog/2015/03…..an#comment

                      I guess ESB might be guided to this comment section by some hooligan who decided to make her aware of it. Do you think she’ll come away hating us, or is it more likely she’ll take solace in the certainty that we will each of us rot in hell?

                    24. It would be unbelievably entertaining for her to come here and engage with us. And not just because she’s an adorable monster.

                    25. I highly doubt that she’ll deign to go slumming in these parts.

                    26. I read the works of the Three Stooges – Dawkins, Hitchens and Dennett – and they were so intellectually rigorous and so totally engaged the actual substance of the beliefs they were criticizing! Did you know that the existence of cargo cults refutes Christianity?

            3. Read her articles? I just look at her pictures.

            4. I would think that conservative desires to cut the welfare state

              Where are these conservatives? On AM radio? They sure as hell aren’t in the GOP that keeps getting elected to run the country.

              1. We can’t take anything seriously coming from a Hillary supporter.

              2. Palin’s Buttplug|3.15.15 @ 2:41PM|#
                “Where are these conservatives? On AM radio?”

                Turd lies; that’s what turd does.

            5. Moreover, ESB is pro-life (and therefore believes abortion to be murder) yet spends all of her time attacking conservatives/libertarians and aligning herself with leftists. But by her own logic, the feminist left is responsible for tens of millions of baby-murders over the last 40 years. How can she, in good conscience, align herself with people she believes to be responsible for the mass slaughter of infants?

              Because how else can she justify saying Pater, aphe autoi ou gar eidasin ti poiousin, looking down on us while nailed up there upon those planks of wood?

              1. I’ll nail her to…. something.

                1. Did you read her football player article? You know I’m her type. You twinks can have the leftovers.

                  1. Fuck you! What’s the matter, steroids make you retarded?

                    1. I highly doubt that she’ll deign to go slumming in these parts.

                      She reads us, you know. There’s a picture on her Twitter feed of a Francisco post here, and she busts on him for not calling himself John Galt.

                      Speaking of, why don’t we have a John Galt?

                    2. We do. He never posts, though.

                      Francisco gets the girl, huh? Does he know yet?

                    3. We do. He never posts, though.

                      Good thing. It would be hundreds of posts long, each one up against the character limit.

                    4. There’s a picture on her Twitter feed of a Francisco post here, and she busts on him for not calling himself John Galt.

                      That’s hilarious. Of course, by hilarious, I mean “pathetic,” ‘Your mother wears army boots’ pathetic.

                    5. She reads us, you know. There’s a picture on her Twitter feed of a Francisco post here, and she busts on him for not calling himself John Galt.

                      Speaking of, why don’t we have a John Galt?

                      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

                      AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

                      This doesn’t surprise me. Yesterday, Kevin Williamson was criticizing her on Twitter, so I jumped in and pointed out a time when she basically warded off legitimate criticism of her journalism by declaring her critics an ‘ensemble of white men,’ as if their gender and race in any way negates their criticism of her journalistic abilities.

                      ESB then showed up in the conversation too, because no criticism of her can be allowed to pass without angry refutation.

                    6. EXCERPTS PLZ

                    7. Here’s her comment regarding an ‘ensemble of white males.’

                      Elizabeth S. BruenigVerified account
                      ?@ebruenig

                      @MattHennessey @j_arthur_bloom @tnr yo @theodoreross this ensemble of white males believes the article is misleading, deal as you must

                      In case you’re wondering, Theodore Ross (who she is tweeting at) is the features director of the New Republic. In other words, the way Elizabeth Stoke Breunig makes her boss aware of criticism of her reporting is to send him a tweet after work hours and declare the critics to be an ‘ensemble of white males’ whose opinions are doubtlessly therefore irrelevant.

                      Especially hilarious given that Theodore Ross is himself a white male.

                    8. She’s right. 5 years ago, on DISQUS, John Galt was taken.

                      I should have gone with Ragnar Danneskj?ld, in retrospect, but C’est la vie.

                    9. You’re fucking famous. And so is Eddie, thanks to you.

                    10. I don’t think someone can be considered ‘famous’ because ESB tweeted about them to her 8000 followers.

                    11. You’re fucking famous.

                      And I can predict earthquakes.

                    12. Just the small ones.

                    13. No, I like it when Bo calls you Francis.

                    14. He’s here today:
                      https://reason.com/blog/2015/03…..nt_5156214

        2. I love the “what would Jesus do” question.

          I always say “flip over your table and chase you out of the temple with a whip”.

  2. http://www.washingtonpost.com/…..n-be-like/

    If you ever want a snap shot into the dark soul of retard America, read the Post comments on any Jennifer Rubin article.

    1. In fairness, if you want a snap shot into the dark soul of retard America, 9/10ths of the time you could just read the Rubin article itself.

      I love Jennifer Rubin because she’s a squishy, annoying moderate Republican but the comment sections are convinced she’s some sort of anarchist because she doesn’t lick Barack Obama’s boots.

      1. I don’t always agree with her but she is a fairly reasonable person. If you think she is part of “retard America” you are as dumb as the people who comment at the Post.

        1. Jennifer Rubin once wrote 38,000 words attacking Rick Perry in one day.

          She spent all of 2011 and 2012 openly shilling for Mitt Romney and viciously attacking any other Republican challenger who might potentially defeat him. This is the ‘conservative’ writer for the Washington Post and and every election season she spends more of her time attacking her enemies on the right than those on the left.

          That’s why they have her on staff – because WaPo readers live in their little lefty bubble so they idiotically believe she’s some sort of extremist, but in reality she’s a milquetoast East Coast Republican who believes All The Right Things and is no threat to propose anything legitimately radical.

          1. Right, she’s the house conservative. Every newspaper and leftist media outlet has at least one.

          2. Incidentally, how fucking obsessed to you have to be to write 38,000 words on any topic in a single day? By my count, that’s 26 words a minute for 24 hours. Subtract 8 hours of sleep and you’ve got 39 words a minute for the 16 hours you’re awake.

            That barely leaves any time to actually think about what you’re writing. You basically have to type constantly without pausing to think.

            Actually, I’m looking at the numbers now, and I think the blog post I’m citing was misleadingly worded. It wouldn’t have been 38,000 words in a day, it would have been 38,000 over 60 different blog posts during the 2012 election season.

            My bad. The point stands but it’s not as ridiculous as it initially appeared.

            1. How obsessed do you have to be to care that she did? So she wrote a lot about Rick Perry? Lastly I looked Perry was an evil fundamentalist Christian who was near the top of Reason’s enemies list. So how is her taking a lot of time and effort to criticize him prove she is retarded? You hate him too don’t you?

              1. No, I don’t particularly hate Rick Perry.

                Also, I don’t think Rick Perry is on Reason’s ‘Enemies List.’

                Still, Perry’s federalism is one of the few things I like about him, although I would argue that he is not quite as committed to that principle as he claims to be. U.S. News reporter Steven Nelson says Perry’s willingness to let 50 cannabis flowers bloom (or not, as the case may be) is “a more liberal position than the one held by the Obama administration,” since “the Justice Department said in August it will conditionally allow Colorado and Washington to open state-licensed stores, but reserved the right to shut them down for violating federal law.”

                Reason’s written many evenhanded articles regarding Perry that you can find in the archives.

                Also, Reason is not a ‘conservative’ website. Rubin is ostensibly a conservative Republican. Yet every election season she attacks a) the Tea Party and b) any Republican deemed too ‘extreme.’ She is basically an ardent defender of Bush/Romney style moderate conservatism, and I think we’ve all had enough of that.

                1. Perry is an evil FUNDIE Irish. Reason would vote to re-elect Obama before it voted for him.

                  1. … I would just do what Ive always done. Abstain.

        2. She was an enormous Romney supporter. If that doesn’t make you part of retard America, I don’t know what does.

          1. Supporting Barrack Obama or Elizabeth Warren maybe. It is possible to disagree with someone without thinking they are retarded. Sorry, I don’t participate in the Reason pastime of smelling each other’s farts and commenting on the vintage. As a result, I don’t participate in the “everyone on both sides are completely evil and stupid except for us” fests.

            1. Degrees of suck matter. I will openly admit to disliking Democrats more than Republicans, even though I only voted major party once.

              Idiots like Shrieking Buttplug think that makes me a GOP loyalist.

              1. No. John is the Team Red head zealot. You are just biased.

                I would gladly vote for a Barry Goldwater but I will never vote for some Christo-Fascist asshole like Rick W. Perry. Romney was a much better candidate.

            2. “Sorry, I don’t participate in the Reason pastime of smelling each other’s farts and commenting on the vintage.”

              LOL. Well dealt.

            3. As a result, I don’t participate in the “everyone on both sides are completely evil and stupid except for us” fests.

              Really? Because most of the time you seem to be arguing that everything, even have the issues libertarians agree with liberals on, is a giant progressive conspiracy to force everyone to accept the gay lifestyle or whatever.

            4. It is possible to disagree with someone without thinking they are retarded. Sorry, I don’t participate in the Reason pastime of smelling each other’s farts and commenting on the vintage. As a result, I don’t participate in the “everyone on both sides are completely evil and stupid except for us” fests.

              Wow.

            5. ” don’t participate in the “everyone on both sides are completely evil and stupid except for us” fests.” — you just participate in the all Muslims & liberals are completely evil and stupid fests?

      2. “I love Jennifer Rubin because she’s a squishy, annoying moderate Republican but the comment sections are convinced she’s some sort of anarchist because she doesn’t lick Barack Obama’s boots.”

        Maureen Dowd mentioned “anarchists and haters” that we have in Congress. I guess I haven’t been following the elections for some time, because I had no idea there were any anarchists in Congress.

        1. “Anarchists” = Tea party people who won’t get with the program and vote for more spending, thus threatening to undermine the natural order of the Washington DC universe.
          Insurgents! Anarchists!

          1. No. Anarchist= Someone who doesn’t want to increase spending as fast as the progs do.

    2. I didn’t know until I read the comments there that Walker is just another puppet of the Koch brothers.

      Man, those guys have a lot of puppets.

    3. If you want a snapshot of retard America, just read the comment section of ANY article anywhere. er…present company excluded of course.

  3. “Two suspected attackers were also killed by a mob that gathered after the attacks.”

    Yeah, mobs will do that from time to time.

    1. Funny how some people just won’t do the right thing and die like every good infidel should.

  4. Something something Crusades something Timothy McVeigh something killing abortion doctors.

    1. LEAVE TONY DANZA ALONE!!!

      1. “I’d like to begin with a simple question: Who was the boss?”

        1. Didn’t you hear me? LEAVE TONY DANZA ALONE!!!

          1. “I’m on the chapter right now where he traces Tony Micelli’s genealogy all the way back to Caesar.”

            1. LEAVE TONY DANZA ALONE!!! Well, unless he wants to be Emperor.

            2. But, is Nicolas Cage a good actor?

              1. “I thought the meaning of people was somewhere in here. Then I looked inside Nicolas Cage and I found a secret–people are random and pointless.”

                1. “I’m a sexy cat!”

                  Been selectively binge-watching on Euro Netflix in preparation for Season 6.

                  1. I recently rewatched the entire series, all five seasons. It was highly, highly enjoyable, and seasons 4 and 5 were better than I had remembered, which was a pleasant surprise.

                    1. If nothing else, they demonstrate how to do product placement in a manner that is perfectly consistent with the show’s premise and history, while lampooning the practice. But then again, I repeat myself.

  5. #ChristianLivesMatter?

  6. http://twitchy.com/2015/03/15/…..-sxsw2015/

    Always and forever vigilent, Progs show up to fight the evil Jewish influence at SXSW. I have to admit, if you judge by the name alone, Hipster Apartheid sounds like something I could get behind.

    1. Let’s be honest, John. These people just want to “protest” something, pretty much for their own self gratification. The other day I was at The Junction in West Seattle and there were a group of people walking around holding signs. These signs said things like “End Racism!” And the people holding them were old douchey hippie types. And clearly, to them, holding fucking cardboard signs that they had made in one minute and standing on a streetcorner and interfering with traffic,,,helped end racism?

      Or maybe they’re just narcissists who get their jollies pretending to do something about stuff that they’ve been instructed to pretend to care about.

      In any case, I wouldn’t get distracted by the direction they’re aiming their protesting in. They don’t actually care. It’s about them, not the cause.

      1. That is exactly what they are. Who the fuck comes up with a phrase like Hipster Apartheid? This is why they always end up eating their own. Their entire identity is built on having some “other” to protest and fight against. So once one enemy is run out, they just pick another one.

        If there is a more leftist PC event than SXSW I am unaware of it. Still, they show up to protest because that is what they do.

      2. The best recent example of this is Kony 2012. Not only was this entire moral crusade about a decade too late, with Kony currently starving in some godforsaken part of the Congo jungle, but there were other militia groups at the same time still active that were completely ignored. On top of that, you had people wanting to ‘help the Ugandan government’ get Kony. The government currently run by Yoweri Museveni, who has his own history of using child soldiers and rape as a psychological weapon (and was using the ‘search for Kony’ as a justification to move across the border and station troops in mineral rich areas) . And the guys who made that video also had connections to the fundamentalist groups in Uganda that pushed for the death penalty for homosexuality. And people flocked to this cause because some child said Kony was bad. What a great idea, taking your foreign policy from children and shitty emotionally manipulative videos!

        1. It’s not about the cause. It’s about them, social signalling, and narcissism. Scratch 99% of “activists” and they don’t give two shits about the cause itself. I cannot list the number of times I’ve seen people who “cared” about something stop “caring” the instant it wasn’t fun or gratifying enough. It’s made me pretty cynical about the whole subject.

          Besides, action is all that matters. Oh, you’re a doctor who volunteered to fix harelips on third world children in mud “hospitals”? Ok, you put your money where your mouth is. I respect that. Holding cardboard signs? Go fuck yourself.

          1. ^ Yes. People who actually want to provide aid go themselves. There’s nothing more useless than tweeting, making youtube videos, or even giving money to most charitable organizations.

            I’m very cynical about charities that provide services outside the country. It’s generally impossible to know what they’re actually doing with the money and an awful lot of charities have been caught essentially behaving as slushfunds for their CEOs.

            1. Take your average charity, place their corruption and incompetence in an exponential function and you have your average UN-affiliated NGO, like WHO, UNICEF, or UNRWA.

              1. After my ex-gf worked for the UN, and then UN-affilliated NGOs, she was forced to agree with me that the principal function of both was to provide overpaid jobs to otherwise incompetent grad-student children of politicians and corporate executives.

                i.e. most of them are nothing but ‘resume-padding’ for future politicians and bureaucrats. They have nothing to actually do with their ostensible named-purpose beyond simply being vehicles which provide people money for writing “reports”.

                There are some exceptions where ‘real stuff’ gets done, but they are few and far between. Far more common are things like the *entire department* devoted to studying things like “Mainstreaming Gender In Water-Resources Management Issues

                (i.e. let divert millions of dollars away from actual *ditch digging* projects, and into bullshit left-wing academic conferences)

                1. Your girlfriend from Canada?

                  1. Niagara Falls. You wouldn’t know her.

          2. Back when Kony was going on and I had Facebook I threw a link to War Child’s donation page onto my wall. Judging by a comparison of ‘likes’, I don’t think they got a sudden explosion of funding.

          3. I cannot list the number of times I’ve seen people who “cared” about something stop “caring” the instant it wasn’t fun or gratifying enough.

            You mean, they stop caring the instant that caring actually costs them something in terms of social approval. If they have to actually risk something in terms of their social standing, they’ll abandon the cause immediately.

            You can always tell these people by the fact that they will ONLY take on popular positions within their social group. They will never actually protest against the dominant political point of view. They will never dare take a position on an issue that is genuinely controversial to their own people.

    2. Wow. Looks like some heavy hitters to me.

    3. My roommate made $24 an hour working as washer woman for the Socialist Plutocracy. http://www.persecution.org/

  7. http://www.express.co.uk/news/…..s-continue

    England falls further towards its doom.

    1. I didn’t realize Airstrip One was still upright.

    2. HAHA! It’s even better than that, John.

      “Inevitably, after Joanna Lumley spearheaded what some consider an ill-advised campaign to win Gurkhas equal pay and pensions, the Gurkha Brigade has now been presented as a target.”

      Minimum wage!!

      1. Joanna Lumley?!?

        Patsy: [Feels her stomach in discomfort]

        Edina: Have you eaten something?

        Patsy: No, not since 1973.

        1. I could never stand Ab Fab.

          1. You’re a terrible person. Worse than Hitler.

            “Calm down, Hitler. You think Ron Howard just *wished* Willow was great? No…and yet it was.”

          2. I could never stand Ab Fab.

            That… I… just can’t even.

            “Brixton? Dis ma hood! Yeah!”

        1. Ha! I knew that was coming.

      2. Joanna Lumley: http://cdn.images.express.co.u…..264900.jpg

  8. OT: http://www.wsj.com/articles/fo…..1426282420

    The ever entertaining Matt Ridley has another piece up on fossil fuels in the WSJ. He had a brilliant observation:

    It is an ironic truth that no nonrenewable resource has ever run dry, while renewable resources?whales, cod, forests, passenger pigeons?have frequently done so.

    But the Ecotards have never understood or existed in reality.

    1. More like “resources held in common often run dry”.

      1. Very true, but it still puts a lie to the myth of renewables.

    1. Hey! That dog outranks you! Show some respect!

        1. SugarFree?

    2. So “cop” dogs are now “veterans”?

      I distinctly remember four dogs in my military career – “Gobshite” – a vicious stray that hung out by the Iraqi Army 14th DIV HQ gate (so named by a Jock in the Royal Scot Borderers, who was dead serious in his desire to shoot the dog) “Dusty” and “Sandy” two dogs that hung out by the dust and sand bedeviled front gate of Bagram AF in 2004 and were adopted by medics [ie, the two luckiest dogs in Afghanistan] and one mean-assed, 110lbs German Shepard who had the same foul temper and look as his massive Navy P.O. handler – anyone tried to sneak in the Bagram main gate, this thing chomped ’em.

  9. See, there’s that Crusader Mentality the president warned us about.

    1. Welp, according to google your handle’s gotten around but I can’t make sense of it.

    1. You’re nostalgic for shitty pop-punk from 2002?! Jesus I need to clean my ears out now.

      1. You’re nostalgic for shitty pop-punk from 2002?! Jesus I need to clean my ears out now.

        I have fond memories of a girl I met at the Warped Tour in 2006. Some of the best head I ever got.

        1. Oh, OK. You’re forgiven.

    2. My nostalgia click. Just one track from a fine album that never got the fame it deserved. The first six tracks are all first-class.

  10. Eleven Americans brought back from Sierra Leone with Ebola concerns.

    Whoa, whoa, hold on just a second. I thought that everyone was cured and the Ebola epidemic ended months ago! Because when the media decides to stop talking about something, that means it’s no longer a story and all.

    1. You’re absolutely right – permanent quarantine for anyone who’s been the Sierra Leone in the last 12 months.

      Because we distrust government in every other circumstance, but this time they’ll get it right.

  11. So, I’m over at The Watch, and I’m reading the comments on one of Balkos articles. There’s a commenter on there that seems oddly familiar:

    Fallsat Barlow

    3/14/2015 12:35 PM CDT

    Coming to the door of your section-8 apartment. A swat team is first off going to do what will allow their safe passage and control of the unknown element. Things must move fast, so that evidence is not lost or destroyed (flushed). Resources are limited, especially for your type, so they will be direct. Get out of the way, do what you are told and try to appear cooperative. Do not deal in illegal materials.

    Fallsat Barlow

    3/14/2015 12:40 PM CDT

    a drug dealer or a drug user having gotten self esteem from this transaction. Hardly. The use and sale of drugs is an indicator of a poorly lived life. Throw in the children affected by this life style and we have the like of you.

    Is there a website on Earth that Mary/Kizone Kaprow won’t troll?

    1. I think Tulpa is a much more likely candidate for that.

      1. Rollo is trying to save us.

        1. +1 court-sanctioned drug counselor

      2. Now that you say that. . .yeah.

  12. So anyone have any clue what is going on in Russia and Do I need to be looking for a lead bunker to sleep in?

    1. Is Putin still MIA?

        1. I see they found someone to fix the English.

      1. He is still finishing up watching the 3rd season of House of Cards.

        1. Umm, catching up on Community before sixth season begins.

    2. I have everything under control, comrade.

      1. In Russia, Control Prime Ministers you?

  13. Authentic Frontier Gibberish from the WaPo Scott Walker article comments:

    What America wants is a Truman, Eisenhower and Reagan. Before they became presidents, they earned their spurs and learned about the world and America.

    The only candidate who is ready to lead this country and world out of our incredibly dangerous mess is Jeb Bush.

    1. “What America wants is a candidate who earned his way in the world.

      It is for that reason that I support a millionaire trustfund baby who is related to two former presidents.”

      1. “It’s my turn”

    2. You forgot the rest!

      It is for this reason, America, that I can no longer go on living.

      A world of Jeb is a world better off dead.

    3. eerock
      3:04 PM EDT
      Parents will have their choice between a man who frittered away his time at an expensive private school and never received a degree and a woman who graduated with honors and went onto the best law school in the country. Real tough choice of role models there.

      Them grapes is real sour, huh?

      1. LOLOL. He ‘frittered away his time at an expensive private school’ whereas Hilldog attended Yale Law School and Wellesley.

        Apparently Marquette is an ‘expensive private school’ but fucking Yale is where the proles go.

        1. And Walker left college after 3.5 years to work for the Red Cross, that heartless GOP bastard!

      2. You would think leftists would have learned their lesson after Lisa Simpson and her egghead buddies ruined Springfield after a week in power.

    4. I just spit my coffee.

    5. If we really wanted a president who’s ‘earned his spurs’ in ‘the real world’ – we would have elected Romney.

  14. Spot the Not: Obamessiah!

    1. We’re gonna spread happiness. We’re gonna spread freedom. Obama’s gonna change it, Obama’s gonna lead ’em. He’s gonna change it…re-arrange it….we’re gonna change the world

    2. I remember distinctly an image of–we were sitting on his couches, and I was looking at his pant leg and his perfectly creased pant, and I’m thinking, a) he’s going to be president and b) he’ll be a very good president.

    3. …a light will shine down from somewhere. It will light upon you. You will experience an epiphany. And you will say to yourself, I have to vote for Barack. I have to do it.

    4. He is not the Word made flesh but the triumph of the word over flesh.

    1. 5. I won’t have to worry about puttin’ gas in my car, I won’t have to worry about payin’ my mortgage, you know, if I help him, he’ll help me.

      6. Many spiritually advanced people I know (not coweringly religious, mind you, but deeply spiritual) identify Obama as a Lightworker, that rare kind of attuned being who has the ability to lead us not merely to new foreign policies or health care plans or whatnot, but who can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet, of relating and connecting and engaging with this bizarre earthly experiment. These kinds of people actually help us evolve. They are philosophers and peacemakers of a very high order, and they speak not just to reason or emotion, but to the soul.

      7. And I also want to say this is the very first time that I have felt that God was in the White House.

      1. 4

      2. HOLY MOTHER OF GOD!

        Sorry to spoil this a bit, but I just…I just can’t believe…

        Obama’s finest speeches do not excite. They do not inform. They don’t even really inspire. They elevate. They enmesh you in a grander moment, as if history has stopped flowing passively by, and, just for an instant, contracted around you, made you aware of its presence, and your role in it. He is not the Word made flesh, but the triumph of word over flesh, over color, over despair. The other great leaders I’ve heard guide us towards a better politics, but Obama is, at his best, able to call us back to our highest selves, to the place where America exists as a glittering ideal, and where we, its honored inhabitants, seem capable of achieving it, and thus of sharing in its meaning and transcendence.

        Goddamn you. I could have gone the rest of my life without knowing Ezra Klein said this.

        1. They said this about a guy who had literally never done *anything* as a leader.

          Nothing. he was a blank slate they projected their idol-worshipping desires onto.

          I am reminded of nothing so much as this

        2. Goddamn you. I could have gone the rest of my life without knowing [insert horrible thing]…

          Yeah, I get that a lot.

      3. I am too disgusted that anyone said any of these things about a *politician* to even….

        …well, ok, 4

    2. I should clarify that 6 of the quotes are about Obama. Can you spot the one that isn’t?

      1. These were really terrifying quotes. I’ll admit to being a socon in the past and tying religion to politics, but I never attributed God-like qualities or perfection to anyone let alone politicians.

    3. I remember listening to NPR one evening while driving, around the time when Oprah was stepping away from her talk show. I believe the show was Fresh Air. The guest was a woman whose name escapes me, but she was talking about who could possibly replace Oprah; who had the grace, charm, intelligence, yadda yadda yada…and she came to the only possible person able to fill Oprah’s shoes:

      Michelle Obama.

      At the time, I was raving to no one about what a jackass this woman was. Today it makes perfect sense – her husband won the presidency with no discernible secondary qualifications. Why not make a non-entity in the broadcast world the host of the most popular daytime talk show?

      1. That would be great! Any guest that pisses her off gets their arms ripped off!

        1. Is this arm ripping off thing anything but apocryphal? The new Star Wars movie needs to put this to rest and show a Wookiee orgy of appendage evisceration.

          1. I don’t tink it’s canonical, but in the MMORPG, Star Wars the Old Republic, in one of the cantinas, there is a wookiee playing a droid at chess and the droid has its arms missing and the Wookiee has a very satisfied look on his face….

      2. Obviously the only person who could replace Oprah is Melissa Harris-Perry.

        But we could PPV the fight “Rumble in the Jungle 2 – ‘Predator’ versus ‘Wookie’!”

  15. Oh what the heck- have another Obamessiah genuflection:

    A beam of morning light shown [sic] through the stained-glass windows and illuminated the president-elect’s face. Several of the clergy and choir on the altar who also saw it marveled afterward about the presence of the Divine.

    A rabbi said that, by the way. So much for the first commandment.

    1. As I suspected, he’s Reform:

      http://www.rac.org/rabbi-david…..-biography

  16. OK, I suspect everyone is sufficiently horrified. The Not is #7. That is a quote from a Bush supporter in 2004:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10……html?_r=0

    ”I’ve voted Republican from the very first time I could vote,” said Gary Walby, a retired jeweler from Destin, Fla., as he stood before the president in a crowded college gym. ”And I also want to say this is the very first time that I have felt that God was in the White House.” Bush simply said ”thank you” as a wave of raucous applause rose from the assembled.

    Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile.

    -Kurt Vonnegut

  17. Looks like the Pakistani Christians finally ran out of cheeks to turn…

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