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    It's over for that showy Republican from Illinois, Rep. Aaron Schock. Questions about mileage reimbursement for his campaign car, on top of everything else, led him to resign.

  • Read Dave Weigel on Schock's many scandals here.
  • ISIS militants attacked a Libyan hospital, took 20 prisoners, but freed them on condition that they treat wounded ISIS terrorists.
  • Hillary Clinton may not have signed exit documentation asserting that she had handed over all documents relating to her role as Secretary of State.
  • Will Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold on to power? The election looks like it's going to be close. (Edit: Link added)
  • Canadian Prohibitionists cite increased access to alcohol as a danger to women.
  • Reason TV on sports stadium subsidies.
  • A delusional woman went on a pro-communism rant during a commercial airline flight. (She even smoked a cigarette on the plane!)

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  1. Canadian Prohibitionists cite increased access to alcohol as a danger to women.

    Take off, eh.

    1. Women are too stupid to drink or vote or own property or go outside with an escort? You really want to go down this road Canada?

      1. We all know that women can’t drive. God forbid if they do so whilst being intoxicated as well.

        1. This why we have uber…..for women drivers.
          jk ladies

        2. My wife is an excellent driver. Right up until someone cuts her off. At which point, She takes personal offense and starts practcing her NASCAR drafting. The brake on the passenger side of our car doesn’t work any better for me than it did for mom when I was learning to drive.

          1. So you deal with that too? I taught my girlfriend to drive and I really wonder where the rage/aggression comes from.

            1. Speaking only about my wife, I think that the car is a suit of armor that lets her be angry at strangers in a way that doesn’t trip her social anxiety. Its the only time she can act out. I’m trying to just get her to not do it when our son is in the car.

              1. Both my wife and my sisters seem to like to drive right behind the car in front of them on the freeway, almost as if they are trying to avoid a second set of tire tracks. Scares the crap out of me. I try to tell them about leaving time for the car in front of you, and what would you do if they slammed on the brakes — it’d be your fault if you hit them. They always respond that if they left room, some other asshole would just come and pull into the spot.

                So, mostly I offer to drive.

                1. They always respond that if they left room, some other asshole would just come and pull into the spot.

                  Are they from Chicago?

          2. Good for her. Drop some ActRight on asshole drivers!

    2. No, its true. Molson, being terrible and low alcohol was safe for women to drink. The new craft beer revolution is a danger to Canadian wimmenz!

      1. Ahhh, Molson Ice. The beer of 19 year old Americans on a day trip to Canada.

        1. Back in the Olden Days, it was Molson Brador.

    3. Hello.

      WE’RE HERE TO STAY.

      1. You’re a prohibitionist, eh?

      2. So is herpes..

  2. Hillary Clinton may not have signed exit documentation asserting that she had handed over all documents relating to her role as Secretary of State.

    She’ll make a great president.

    1. A delusional woman went on a pro-communism rant during a commercial airline flight.

      She’ll make a great president.

      1. Delusional pro-communist is a redudancy

    1. 23 people arrested in NCAA tournament gambling raid in Alpharetta

      http://www.ajc.com/news/news/2…..-al/nkYCq/

      1. Don’t worry, I’ll beat the rap.

      2. See? This is how they’ll round us up. They got Dillinger for filling out an NCAA bracket, if I recall.

        1. They have his bracket in a museum; it is huge.

      3. Wow. What a bunch of assholes. You know most of those pigs are in a pool. At the the station.

  3. It’s over for that showy Republican from Illinois, Rep. Aaron Schock. Questions about mileage reimbursement for his campaign car, on top of everything else, led him to resign.

    Corruption in Illinois? Schocked.

  4. A delusional woman went on a pro-communism rant during a commercial airline flight. (She even smoked a cigarette on the plane!)

    I wonder what comments are on her RateMyProfessor page.

    1. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I would. I would for sure.

      1. Never stick it in crazy. That’s sound advice.

  5. PM sez guns are for self-defense, too, reactions are predictable

    Harper was asked about gun control during the annual meeting of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities last Thursday.

    “My wife’s from a rural area. Gun ownership wasn’t just for the farm. It was also for a certain level of security when you’re a ways from immediate police assistance,” Harper said.

    “To say that having easier access to guns will make the country safer is frankly ridiculous,” said Pascal Berub?, the public security critic for the Parti Qu?b?cois.

    Nice of him to say this, but where’s the legislation… ?

    1. “It is much more practical to build several hundred miles of battlements and entrenchments and then, when your aggressors merely circle around them and march into your home to threaten your family, simply acquiesce to their violent occupation,” said Pascal Berube, the public security critic for the Parti Quebecois.

      FTFY.

      1. The PQ are a bunch of nationalist asshats.

      2. Rascal Depube.

        I’m trying to get for the Lame Political Joke Name Awards.

        Mike is gonna be hard to beat this year.

  6. A delusional woman went on a pro-communism rant during a commercial airline flight.

    Someone spiked her milk and apples.

    1. Motherfuckers always burying the best part.

      The title of her dissertation? “Women’s agency in Hysteria and its Treatment”

      1. I’m gonna need C. Anacreaon to make a ruling on this. Certainly in a manic phase, but there’s probably some other shit going on too.

        1. I don’t know why they linked to the Gawker story of the incident. They clearly cleaned up the worst parts of the story. Her explanation of her own behavior will infuriate you:

          Halnon explained to Philadelphia Magazine that she had engaged in a “necessary Thoreau-like act of civil disobedience” with her airborne rant.

          “I’m very knowledgeable about that part of the world,” she explained. “I teach about U.S. imperialism in Latin America, and the U.S. has declared war against Venezuela. That means military aggression. They tried to take out Hugo with a coup, and then they took him out with cancer.” …

          She admits to drinking a wine and juice “spritzer” on the plane, but she denies being intoxicated, and she said the cigarette was symbolic.

          “Listen, the point is, I am a sociologist, and I live in an intellectual world,” Halnon said. “A sociologist always thinks in terms of symbols, and every revolutionary I know smokes. It was identifying with the revolutionary cause, and then, beyond that, it is a symbol that the United States is a smoking gun. The action was necessary. They are going to kill many more people.”

          Ghandi was a 3 pack a day man, I hear.

            1. Please, don’t insult schizophrenics by comparing them to this self-inflicted disaster

              1. Yep. Schizophrenics are just people with a brain/chemical imbalance.

                This woman is a friggin nightmare bitch.

          1. every revolutionary I know smokes.

            She and Ayn Rand — two peas in a pod.

            1. When a man thinks, there is a spot of fire alive in his mind?and it is proper that he should have the burning point of a cigarette as his one expression.

              — Che Guevara.

              1. Nice guy.

          2. “Listen, the point is, I am a sociologist, and I live in an intellectual world,”

            Intellectual world? How do you define that?

            As in a world of fairies and unicorns, and devoid of risk, profit, loss?

            1. I would assume it’s similar to a white bread world, as long as anyone with hot blood can. And now she’s looking for a downtown man. That’s what I am.

              1. It’s her world, we just live in it.

            2. It’s the world where you pay zero price for being wrong.

              1. I seriously just burst out laughing in my office over your handle.

                1. Dark Lord’s or mine?

                  1. Yours cracks me up as well, Injun but that was directed to Dark Lord. It conjures up images of Darth Sidious in all his white-male-privileged glory.

          3. “Listen, the point is, I am a sociologist, and I live in an intellectual world,”

            Don’t you know we are living in a material world and I’m just a material girl.

            1. What would a communist material girl be like? You know, like sharing and spreading the material around.

          4. I know you can’t really reach peak retard BUT…

            1. Right. But this is mental illness masquerading as sociology. We should feel pity.

              1. She wouldn’t have got the job if she were sane.

              2. Oh, as in she’s seriously bipolar and not peddling this as an actual academic discipline? I couldn’t access the links.

                I guess this is illustrative of how fine the line has become between “derp” and “clinically insane.”

            2. It’s retard at 35,000 feet, so….

          5. “I’m very knowledgeable about that part of the world,” she explained. “I teach about U.S. imperialism in Latin America, and the U.S. has declared war against Venezuela. That means military aggression. They tried to take out Hugo with a coup, and then they took him out with cancer.” …

            She could help Venezuela and Comrade Maduro by organizing a toilet paper drive in the evil, capitalist USA.

          6. They tried to take out Hugo with a coup, and then they took him out with cancer. … [smoking on a plane] was necessary. They are going to kill many more people.

            So are you, killing them with cancer!

            I love that “identifying with the revolutionary cause” is a necessary action. She pretty much admits that this is all about getting attention for herself.

        2. Comment from Rate My Professor:

          The class should be called “Radical Thinking 101” because there is very little sociology taught albeit a few topics. This means that you are primarily tested on those ideas and it is difficult to be prepare. She is disorganized and random, but she loves sociology. It isn’t a hard class, it’s just not enjoyable. She has changed from last year (emphasis added).

          1. Time for some paid leave!

      2. Halnon, Karen Bettez. Webbing Vicissitudes of Forgiveness. Inter-Disciplinary Press

        From marriage to mythology and from revenge to reconciliation, an intriguing webbing of global, inter-disciplinary, and scholarly dialogue on the vicissitudes of forgiveness, the unforgivable, apology, ritual, and transgressions against Others.

        Halnon, Karen Bettez. The Consumption of Inequality: Weapons of Mass Distraction. Palgrave Macmillan.

        The fads, fashions, and media in popular consumer culture frequently make recreational and ideological “fun” of poverty and lower class living. It is a phenomenon that puts poor whites, poor blacks, women, gays, handicapped people, and other traditional minorities back in “their place” by prioritizing self-aggrandizing materialism and individual desires over the collective good and constitutes a form of cultural denial. In this book, Halnon delineates how incarceration, segregation, stigmatization, cultural and social consecration, and carnivalization work in the production and consumption of inequality.

        Oof. I do like the rhymes at the end there. It’s fun to be so hokey with words like incarceration and segregation.

        1. And here I thought boobs were weapons of mass distraction.

        2. What’s the difference between a sociology professor and a lunatic babbling random nonsense on the street?

          Tenure.

        3. What the fuck is carnivalization? Is that the process of trying to get HBO to continue Carnivale?

          1. I was thinking of Singularity Sky by Charlie Steoss where an errant extropian culture forcibly instantiates the Singularity on a backwards culture. But probably not.

            1. I guess the key part of that comment would be that said extropian culture was called “The Carnival “.

              1. Actually, I think it has something to do with this.

          2. I was talking to a teacher friend earlier today, and she mentioned that they were teaching a “Forced Immigration Unit” in 4th grade.

            There was silence while i translated Educational Progspeak to Non-Retarded

            “Slavery? In 4th grade?”

            She sighed and was like, “well its a theme around which they also learn about colonialism and exploration”….

            Right = *slavery* as the core, uniting theme for *4th grade* “World History”

            I asked if they planned to teach the history of Agriculture through Mass Starvation Episodes next… oh, excuse me = ‘unscheduled group-diets

            1. Subjects are taught through the filter of the horrors caused by man in the days before liberalism, ie; The Enlightened Age.

              There’s all the things those assholes used to do, back in the day, before we were around to stop them.

              And there’s all of the awesome stuff we will do immediately, as soon as those assholes fall into line.

        4. prioritizing..individual desires over the collective good

          And the mask is torn off and thrown away, once again.

          1. You’re just in cultural denial, Slammer.

        5. How exactly do gays fit in that sentence? Or most you always mention gays when you nention blacks and women? Some sort of leftest etiquette or something.

          1. Because gays are low class poors. She says so right in her quote, and she’s a sociologist, so we should trust her.

            The fads, fashions, and media in popular consumer culture frequently make recreational and ideological “fun” of poverty and lower class living. It is a phenomenon that puts poor whites, poor blacks, women, gays, handicapped people, and other traditional minorities…

      3. “The fads, fashions, and media in popular consumer culture frequently make recreational and ideological “fun” of poverty and lower class living. It is a phenomenon that puts poor whites, poor blacks, women, gays, handicapped people, and other traditional minorities back in “their place” by prioritizing self-aggrandizing materialism and individual desires over the collective good and constitutes a form of cultural denial. “

        Thems a lot of words to say, “Class Envy”. And that’s the *jacket blurb* (i.e. the ‘cogent summary’)

      4. The title of her dissertation

        Jesus, Mary and Joseph. You can’t make this shit up.

    2. Someone spiked her milk and apples.

      That someone is the KGB.

      They did it because she went Trotsky on them.

    3. PSU Associate Professor of Sociology

      *Hangs head in shame*

      1. I wonder if PSU would have a sociology department left if it were privatized.

      2. It’s time to clear the decks, Francisco. Ever since I found out Michael Mann is from PSU, my opinion of the alma mater has dropped even farther.

        1. And Blair Thomas. And Curtis Enis. And Courtney Brown.

        2. Why? Michael Mann is a great director.

          …Oh, you mean the other one?

          1. That was my first thought as well. “Wait a minute, Heat is awesome!”

        3. I remember hearing something about a football coach.

          1. You realize that there’s this thing called sequence, right?

        4. At least you don’t get this shit from the Engineering department.

          1. Design a lightsaber and all would be forgiven.

        5. The new president is the guy that hired Mann.

      3. She was at Abington (former Ogontz campus). You know what they said about the branch campuses.

        (Full disclosure: I spent a summer at Ogontz playing catch-up after switching majors. Berks didn’t have the classes I needed, Allentown had them at the same time. The professors I had at Ogontz for those classes were pretty good.)

  7. Estimated 52,000 Canadians sought medical care outside Canada, Fraser Institute says

    The new report notes an increase of more than 10,000 patients ? or 26 per cent ? from a year earlier are looking outside Canada for medical treatment.

    1. IF YOU HATE UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE YOU HATE CANADA – AND YOURSELF.

      1. They do like sending the bills back home

  8. Estimated 52,000 Canadians sought medical care outside Canada, Fraser Institute says

    The new report notes an increase of more than 10,000 patients ? or 26 per cent ? from a year earlier are looking outside Canada for medical treatment.

    1. I cite increased access to alcohol as a danger to rts and double posting.

      1. Nay, ’twas the squirrels.

  9. Read Dave Weigel on Schock’s many scandals here.

    Read Aaron Schock on Weigel’s many scandals here.

  10. t’s over for that showy Republican from Illinois, Rep. Aaron Schock.

    Showy = Dog Whistle

  11. Read Dave Weigel

    No.

    1. Not just no, but no, fuck off, and please stop flacking that dickhead already Reason. It’s bad enough we have to put up with his endless trolling in the comments.

      1. Word. I seriously don’t see the value in pimping for people who obviously were using Reason for resume-padding before hopping to another publication. Some of Weigel’s tweets that people have linked to here in the comments have made it abundantly clear that he never was an ideological ally in any way whatsoever.

        Of course, that also makes me seriously question the judgement of those who make such hiring decisions…

  12. ISIS militants attacked a Libyan hospital, took 20 prisoners, but freed them on condition that they treat wounded ISIS terrorists.

    Wasn’t this an episode of House M.D.?

    1. MASH does the war in terror.

  13. Free movement proposed between Canada, U.K, Australia, New Zealand

    He says citizens within the European Union can work and reside indefinitely in each of the 28 member states, and a similar policy occurs between Australia and New Zealand. There’s no reason why something similar can’t happen between Canada, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand, he argued.

    I suspect if Brits could more easily leave Europe the UK would quickly depopulate.

    1. I forget, did the Brts bill for Transportation back in the day? Seems like they tried this once already

    2. Now we’ll have to build a giant wall of ice to the north, and fix our prison population problem via voluntary manning of said wall.

      Got to stop all them canooks from fleeing south.

    3. How about we nail down real free trade with the USA first. You know, that pain in the ass juggernaut to the south that accounts for 88% of all trade between us?

      1. You just keep on your side, or we’ll dump burning pitch on ya!

      2. I’m on record as supporting free immigration. But Canadians?

        1. /narrows gaze at both of you.

        2. Just keep out anyone from Morontovan and you’ll be fine

  14. Hillary Clinton may not have signed exit documentation asserting that she had handed over all documents relating to her role as Secretary of State.

    Points. Differences. Of what does it make?

  15. Will Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold on to power? The election looks like it’s going to be close.

    You know who else tried to hold on to power?

    1. Emperor Palpatine?

    2. You know who else tried to kick a Jew out of town?

      1. Jesse Jackson?

        1. That was Hymietown.

          rev Jackson didn’t feel welcome.

          1. That was Hymietown.

            Not Funkytown then……?

    3. SugarFree’s mom?

  16. Was hoping for more underboobs. rats.

    1. We’re fresh out of under boob. Would you care to peruse our selection of under moob?

      1. YOU LEAVE CHUCK SCHUMER OUT OF THIS!!

      2. Stop making fun of Chuck Schumer!

        1. I fear I’m never going to move my male bitch tits collection. Why didn’t I throw all my money in the Forex like the ads told me to do? WHYYYYY!!!

        2. Great moob lovers think alike?

      3. I tried to get a fun moob photo and quit when I got to this. If that is not the sexiest person in Congress then I will eat my hat. Literally eat my dirty hat.

        1. So, how goes the ‘bating?

          1. Playa helped me out below.

        2. SFW?

          1. It won’t trip your firewall or cause someone 15 feet away to think you are watching porn.

            1. Thanks. I expected worse.

  17. ISIS militants attacked a Libyan hospital, took 20 prisoners, but freed them on condition that they treat wounded ISIS terrorists.
    If we like you, Doctor, we’ll keep you.

    1. WYDT

  18. I’ll see your Aaron Schock with a Justin Moed and raise you a Sydney Leathers

    The identity of Bitch Boy ? the second politician caught sexting Sydney Leathers ? has been revealed.

    Joining Anthony Weiner in the Hall of Shame is Justin Moed, a Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives.

    I left his name out last week when I reported how Leathers advertised for a submissive she could “financially dominate,” and how Bitch Boy quickly replied.

    But other media outlets, including Channel 8 TV in Indianapolis, identified Moed after Leathers showed the receipts for shoes and lingerie he sent her.

    Moed had been careful to stay anonymous, “but his name was on the receipts,” Leathers told me.

    The eager slave tweeted that he wanted Leathers to buy a strap-on to use on him, to dress in a French maid’s outfit and clean Leathers’ house, and to be tied up in a closet and listen while Leathers had sex with her boyfriend.

    Keep in mind that Justin Moed and Anthony Weiner are just the degenerate politicians who actually got caught with this cottage cheese assed slattern.

    1. Politics is Hollywood for ugly people. Adjust your expectations for sex scandals accordingly.

    2. We’ve fallen so far since JFK.

        1. Sploosh.

        2. God dammit, dude…

          1. I can never unsee that.

        3. PROFESSIONAL… wrestling?

        4. I don’t get it.

          She’s cute.

          /Dr. Evil.

    3. She’s disgusting trash, what the hell is wrong with these men?

      I don’t think she could look worse if she made a conscious effort of it.

      1. SMH… And if it weren’t for the peccadilloes of men like Justin Moed he’d still be in office.

      2. They are dorks with poor impulse control.

        1. And poor impulses. See bikini photo above.

      3. She’s disgusting trash, what the hell is wrong with these men?

        An application of Rule 34?

        1. There isn’t enough brain bleach for the kinks that live on the internet. This? This is nothing.

  19. The Plot Thins on the Clinton Email ‘Scandal’

    [T]he picture that is very clearly beginning to emerge here is one of a lumbering department (is there any other kind when it comes to matters like this?) taking a long time (shocking!) to get itself into compliance with regulations and laws.

    Oh, those poor dears. I’m sure the government would happily give anyone extra time to comply with any pesky laws and regulations, right? LOL

    1. So there defense is that the government is just incompetent at following regulations which is why we should give it more power over our lives?

  20. I’m a little confused. I thought almost all the commentors here are on Team Red. But if you look at the articles today about Schock and McCain, I’m not seeing anyone jumping to their defense. Interesting.

    1. I can’t do it alone!
      *cries into elephant flag*

      1. *cries into elephant flag*

        Yeah….gonna be a tough season for the A’s

    2. Schock may be a thieving bastard (like the rest of the thieving bastards in D.C.) but he at least had the decency to fall on his own sword when his misdeeds came to light.

      1. He is hoping to fall on someone else’s sword, if you know what I mean.

      2. Not to worry. He’ll lobby dor a while and then come back. Older, wiser, and smart enough to steal like a Congressman.

        1. If he were a democrat, the older IL politicians would have told him how to do it right.

          Young bull:”Let’s run up there and fuck one of those cows!”

          Old Bull: “I’m gonna stroll up that hill and fuck all them cows”

    3. If you’re not chugging Obama’s cock like you’re auditioning for Interracial Blow Bang, you’re a Republic. QE fuckin’ D.

  21. Will Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold on to power? The election looks like it’s going to be close

    His fate is hanging by a chad.

  22. Speaking of women who are delusional about monetary matters, has this been discussed here yet?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/…..?tid=sm_tw

    The money shot:

    By using our debt as leverage, we’re making our voices heard. We are not asking for a handout. We are demanding justice for students ensnared in a debt trap.

    Of course, a debt strike comes with many potential consequences. Refusing to pay back our loans means the federal government can garnish our wages and tax refunds; our credit scores will also take a hit.

    While our cause is modest by comparison, we recognize that some of the greatest human rights movements in history were launched by the small acts of a few individuals. After voting in the 1872 national election, Susan B. Anthony was arrested and convicted of “illegal voting” while fighting for her right to vote. It took until 1920 for women to receive the right to vote. In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus. This soon led to the revolutionary Montgomery bus boycott.

    Yes, refusing to pay the debts you take on makes you just like Susan B. Anthony and Rosa Parks. Why has this brave girl not been awarded a Congressional Medal of Honor and had U.S. currency made in her likeness!?

    To be fair the college she talks about sounds pretty shitty, but if she feels they defrauded her, isn’t the appropriate response to sue them?

    1. Question:
      Does this woman deserve to have her debts forgiven? Is this the point of college?

      Hat tip: Irish

      1. I still can’t tell if that woman was acting, or if she really was outsmarted by a can of spaghetti-o’s.

        1. Did you get to the end?

          1. Yes. Applause? Why?

      2. That woman deserves her debts. And mine too.

        1. I’m going to find a reason to watch that every day. Never Forget!

        2. You know, I won’t feel so guilty about taking social security in a few years. I’ll just imagine that it’s being paid from her “contributions”, and those of the hipsters who applauded.

    2. We shall not overcome.

    3. In 2013, I entered college to become a licensed practical nurse. I chose the Grand Rapids, Mich., campus of Everest, owned by Corinthian Colleges, because it promised me a high-quality program that I could finish quickly. I was eager to get my nursing degree so I could pursue my dream of working in a health clinic in Africa.

      Well, you could have not enrolled in Strip Mall U. and went to a reputable institution instead. Then you could have joined the Peace Corps, followed your dream in Africa, and have your loans forgiven after just 2 years!

      1. Wait, this person is being crushed under the budten if an LPN program? What the actual fuck? Its a cheap degree with near instant job placement. It’s nearly as bulletproof as dental hygienist.

        1. People always act as if their student loans are some sort of insurmountable burden that will be with them their entire lives. You’ll meet people in their twenties who bitch about how they will never escape their $25k in student loans but won’t hesitate to borrow $30k for a car. I’ve never understood what was so magical about student loans that made them so difficult to pay back. They finance a good investment, usually, and they have super low interest rates. Just pay them back as your able and eventually they go away. Mine did.

          1. Don’t worry, once student loans are gone, the same people will move on to bitching about car loans being an anchor on their bliss or whatever the fuck they say about student loans now.

    4. To be fair the college she talks about sounds pretty shitty, but if she feels they defrauded her, isn’t the appropriate response to sue them?

      Back during the Occupy bullshit, I got involved in an argument with a few folks over student loans. One of the folks who pushed for more government interference in student loans and somehow helping out student loan borrowers said she worked in academia and that “It’s no longer the Ivory Tower you think it is!”.

      Unfortunately I had too many threads going on the argument to call her out as part of the problem.

  23. Pat Sajak sums up the AGW-hypothesis supporters:

    I’m also often reminded by my global warming (climate change?) Twitter buddies that climate is not weather. The fact that it’s extraordinarily cold in particular areas at particular times does not negate their argument. The climate?hockey stick and all?will doom us if we do not act quickly and drastically. I find the climate vs. weather argument interesting because weather events can only prove their point; they cannot disprove it. The historically calm Gulf hurricane period since Katrina?despite predictions of increasingly strong and devastating storms?can be explained away. However, it’s a safe bet that, had the last decade been marked by more violent activity, it would have been more evidence that The End Days were near. Snowless winters in England are a sign of the climate changing times, but when the snow and ice return?well, it’s weather, not climate.

    So here we are. The science is settled. Extreme weather of any kind confirms it. Weather that seems to fly in the face of predictions is irrelevant. So how can one possibly deny all that? I can’t, because I’m not a scientist. But can’t I be just the teeniest bit skeptical?

  24. The Most Transparent Administration in the History of the World Exempts Itself Completely From FOIA Requests

    As of Tuesday, the Office of Administration will no longer have to heed FOIA requests ? the likes of which had for decades helped explain the inner workings of White House functions ? according to a notice published in the Federal Register this week.

    Although the White House is largely exempt from having to answer FOIA requests, the Office of Administration has until now been among the few exceptions concerning the commander-in-chief. In the final rule published on Tuesday morning, however, the deputy assistant to President Barack Obama writes that the office’s parent agency, the Executive Office of the President, “is removing regulations from the Code of Federal Regulations related to the status of records created and maintained by the Executive Office.”

    Gregory Korte, a USA Today reporter who broke the story on Monday evening, wrote that the Office of Administration had answered FOIA requests for 30 years.

    “Until the Obama administration, watchdog groups on the left and the right used records from the office to shed light on how the White House works,” Korte wrote.

    Don’t worry, comrades. You don’t need to file FOIA requests. You have Obama for America/Organizing for America/Organizing For Action/The Politburo to tell you what’s going on.

  25. Does anyone else find this Subaru commercial a bit odd?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iXOrXfoKzg

    1. A Subaru not driven by lesbians is a bit odd.

      1. I thought libertarians drove subarus? At least that’s what breaking bad told me.

        1. Snobarus are for prvileged progressives.

          1. Sarcasmic is going to be by to straighten you out friendo.
            *leans up against wall and takes bite of apple*

          2. My choice of transportation is not a political statement.

          3. I have a Forester. I am not a progressive.

            1. So you’re a politically-apathetic lesbian?

              1. No, I am an aging heterosexual male that lives in semi-rural Iowa and wants to get around when it snows (or at least who doesn’t want to drive his wife around when it snows).

      2. Not all Subarus. Just the Outback.

        1. Is the BRZ also acceptable?

          1. As a lesbian icon? Not sure. Lemme check google.

            1. I can find zero literature on the matter.

              1. We need moar funding for Teh lesbian research!!!

                1. You have a BRZ, don’t you?

                  Oh god, please tell me you have a mullet!! I’ll cover your drinks for the entire night!

                  1. I just google imaged the BRZ. Not really my style but I wouldn’t turn one down I thought it looked pretty sharp.

    2. *Snort*

      Where she grew up?

      1. Lots of girls grow up in the back seats of cars.

    3. The woman was not near hysterics while driving in reverse?

    4. “Love. That’s what makes a Subaru a used condom wrapper bin.”

    5. Is this a real commercial? Buy a Subaru so my daughter can one day “safely” bang a black guy in the back of my car?

      1. How do you know he was Black? Ron Jeremy and Johnny Holmes were young once too.

        1. Just playing the odds.

      2. The condom part was edited in.

        1. I, uh, was referring to the kid in the camera.

        2. Thats pretty funny.

    6. Google tells me the ad has been edited.

  26. My fellow Human Beings…

    Today, we got our six seasons! We’ll be back for our movie!

    1. No one wants to talk community?

      1. If happiness were bountiful zinc deposits, I’d be Zambia.

      2. Community? The show that rips off Parks and Rec and the Big Bang Theory at the same time?

        1. You really have no idea what you’re talking about.

        2. I..the…guh

          Away with ye, scoundrel!

  27. The man who has spent 8 years trying to ensure no one under he age of 25 has a job now lectures young people to worry more about getting a job than weed. Gee, that didn’t seem to be his attitude when he was wanting their votes.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new…..-weed.html

    1. First of all, it shouldn’t be young people’s biggest priority,” Mr Obama said in the interview.

      “Since it was never, ever, one of my priorities”, he didn’t truthfully add.

    2. Obama’s dismissiveness towards the pot issue is one of the more infuriating things about him. It probably makes my top 10 list.

    3. Note the precise formulation instead of the headline:

      “Young people: I understand this is important to you, but as you be thinking about climate change, the economy and jobs, war and peace, maybe way at the bottom you should be thinking about marijuana.”

      Climate change comes first. Kneel before Gaia, nevermind my family taking separate jets with massive security details on multiple occasions, plus bringing on a bunch of hangers-on, because waiting a few days to go together would be hard and stuff.

  28. So, has anyone else noticed that the sports website Grantland has a bizarre axe to grind against ‘capitalism’?

    For example, this article about Greg Popvich’s coaching tree v Phil Jackson’s

    Meanwhile, the Hawks have terrific long-range efficiency and the best record in the NBA. All five of their starters average double figures and none average more than 34 minutes per game. This kind of wealth distribution flies in the face of the capitalist ethos associated with the starry reigns of Phil, Jordan, Shaq, and Kobe. The casteless, cooperative movement fueled by coaches like Popovich, Budenholzer, and Kerr is not only antithetical to the philosophies of Kobe Bryant, who recently characterized his proletariat coworkers as do-nothing “motherfuckers,” but it’s also becoming more prosperous within the emergent pace-and-space economy.

    Like… wtf? What does capitalism have to do with any of this?

    1. Nothing. but Grantland is trying to be “serious” which in sports journalism means be as big of a lefty douche bag as possible to show the real reporters how you know the score.

      1. Plus they employ Charles Pierce, who I believe you are a big fan of.

        Grantland epitomizes what I find to be common on websites that think they are being hip and trendy and provocative: they try reallllllllllllly hard to write engaging articles, and then jerk their co-workers off for trying so reallllllllllllly hard.

        1. Exactly that. And yeah, Pierce is in the running for the dumbest man in the known universe. God what a hateful moron that guy is.

        2. Not all of Grantland. Mainly just Goldsberry and Rembert Browne. And Pierce. So, most of Grantland, I guess.

      2. Nothing. but Grantland is trying to be “serious” which in sports journalism means be as big of a lefty douche bag as possible to show the real reporters how you know the score.

        Right. Just like all the fuckheads who refuse to write Redskins because it’s toats OMG RACIST YOU GUIZ. I mean, I don’t have a problem with stylistically if you refer to every team by their city, but when you read sentences like “The Cowboys, the Giants, the Eagles, and Washington.” it’s just bullshit social signalling.

    2. Most sports websites are pretty much far left, and like to throw in political stuff every chance they get, even when it makes little sense to do so…

  29. http://www.timesofisrael.com/b…..eadership/

    Bibi won re-election. Shreek has a sad now.

    1. Are we basing this off exit polls?

      1. Are we black?

        1. Oh, it’s twoo! It’s TWOO!

  30. Pakistan: Still Horrible Shithole

    Man who helped CIA find bin-laden, then thrown in jail by Pakistanis for 33 years for “treason”, has his lawyer shot to death in the streets.

    People responsible say, “Sure we did. Fuck him”. Nothing further will happen. And the US will keep giving this shithole $1bn+ a year, and people will mostly complain about Israel instead.

  31. And if you liked the last Grantland thing, you’ll LOVE this one…

    Every Monday, shortly after his HBO show Last Week Tonight airs, there’s a new John Oliver video to share. He takes on some monstrous hypocrite who epitomizes the worst of capitalism, inveighs against said hypocrite for 10 or 15 cathartic minutes, and the next day, like clockwork, a like-minded audience cheers across the Internet.

    The NCAA released its bracket for the men’s basketball tournament on Sunday night, and Oliver took the opportunity to go out back and beat a dead horse a little further into the ground. He blasted the NCAA. He tore into the NCAA. He took it on, he destroyed it, and he exposed the shameful system right there in the open.

    There’s a smug pessimism that infects how I and a lot of the Internet generation views everything, and none of it ever makes a difference. We watch people like Oliver and Jon Stewart eviscerate easy targets, and feel smart when we laugh about how doomed we all are. We see a few lifelong football reporters defending the NFL, and they immediately become a punch line. The older I get, the more naive this feels. Nobody is solving anything, we’re just really good at complaining about the problems. Eventually it all snowballs into this haze of cynicism that feels smart, but actually makes us all look dumb.

    1. I don’t mind that so much. Oliver really does epitomize the worst of capitalism in that he is a guy who got rich thanks to capitalism but pays it back by being a complete socialist asshole. Rich guy leftist is about as bad as capitalism gets.

    2. Is John Oliver the new John Stewart?

      1. Yes. But he was on Community, so there is that.

    3. Didn’t Oliver spend fifteen minutes arguing that college athletes should be paid? I guess I’m not seeing the socialism there.

      1. Except college athletes are paid.

        1. They’re paid in something many of them don’t want: free tuition.

          1. They’re paid in something many of them don’t want: free tuition.

            No, that’s in fact what they signed up for: playing in exchange for tuition. If they wanted to, they could go to arena football right out of high school.

            Oh, and let’s not pretend that the alumni handshake has disappeared. Any major program, the athletes are taken care of with alumni and boosters.

          2. Then they shouldn’t take the deal. No one makes them come to school. And they also are paid in the form of training for professional sports.

      2. The author also forgets that most of the ncaa members are government funded schoools. Just saying.

      3. It is total socialism. They only reason he thinks they should be paid is because the NCAA makes money and the players are somehow entitled to some of it because of “justice”. The fact that the players are paid in kind and don’t have to take the deal if they don’t want to doesn’t matter. What matters is the big bad NCAA needs to share its money.

  32. Jon Stewart is to blame for our lack of progressive political change

    I stopped watching The Daily Show regularly ? three years ago, was it? Maybe four or five. “Clip of politician saying ridiculous thing” followed by “Jon Stewart staring in comic amazement and/or shouting in comic exasperation and/or speaking in a comic voice that seriously endangered the well-being of my television” had become a ritual in which I could no longer remain a good faith participant. The good bits would always show up on my Facebook wall anyway.

    Stewart had come to epitomize a smug liberal pessimism that would irritate me less if I didn’t recognize it as a sensibility that could easily become my own center of political gravity. Sure, in the background was some rather pathetic hope that American politics might magically right itself ? that someone might finally express, in just the right sentences, the ideas all reasonable people surely believed, and then The People would shake off their stupor and accept the truth. But mostly Stewart’s disgust with the slow-grinding machinery of the small-r-republican form of government felt rooted in a revulsion with stupidity that seemed more aesthetic than moral and has since become a widespread substitute for political belief.

    Stewart was a good guy to curse at the TV news with for a few years, but he justified my inaction while nurturing my hopelessness.

    1. Its right. Stewart has caused a generation of liberals to stop even trying to convince people. All they do is mock and attack anyone that disagrees with them. That makes them feel good but the point of politics is to win people over to your side. Liberals did a little bit of that in the begining as people joined in the mob jeering at the designated enemy. Gradually after a few years of that being all they did, more and more people realized that it was only a matter of time before they were next and left

    2. Is it me or is the running theme of the last few articles you posted,

      “Millennial Journalists Recognize they are Perpetual Whiners = Blame Their Own Taste In Media”

    3. Post hoc ergo propter hoc.

      People get more jaded as they get older. The fact his friends happened to be watching Jon Stewart at the time was unrelated to this change.

  33. 12 pounds of brisket in the pressure cooker at 15 PSI. I knew St Paddy’s Day had to be good for something…

    1. Nice. You put any smoke on that?

      1. Hopefully he corned it.

        1. Yes and Yes. Cured. I’m finishing with apple and cherry.

          1. Sweeet:)

            1. Ill have to try that combo. I mix apple and hickory alot especially on pork.

    1. The camera is on that talking guy way too much.

    2. good googly moogly?

      Am I disappoint that Three 6 Mafia sounds like a kid’s juice-drink commercial? a little. I still like their older stuff

  34. I promised myself I’d pass this along to you folks one day and now I’m finally getting around to it.

    Take a look at what your betters* think of the Net Neutrality decision.”

    *Dive into the derp if you dare.

    Boy, this new 1500 character limit sure makes it hard to pass things along.

    In this particular case, any libertarian who isnt completely blinded by a hatred of the existance of government should support the outcome. If you believe in free industry, then it is necessary that the government protect the means by which people interact with that industry. The internet is in some ways more vital then our roads at this point in terms of innovation and industry. A very small group of companies control the bulk of that vital infrastructure. The purpose of this ruling is to prevent those companies from picking and choosing who can use that infrastructure and for what purpose.

    Imagine if all roads in the country were toll roads. We all paid a certain amount to drive on those roads, interact, travel, conduct business. What was being proposed by telecom companies was akin to ford and general motors dictating who could drive on those roads, and installing, Ford only lanes, while every other type of vehicle crammed into the space that remains.

    1. Freedom is slavery. Libertarians are just silly not to recognize that.

    2. Freedom is slavery. Libertarians are just silly not to recognize that.

    3. If you believe in free industry, then it is necessary that the government protect the means by which people interact with that industry.

      Citation motherfucking needed.

    4. “A very small group of companies control the bulk of that vital infrastructure.”

      So instead of “a small group of companies” this stupid fuck wants one all-powerful entity, government, to control it? Why are people so stupid?

  35. So I can either post twice or not at all. Fuck you, upgraded squirrels.

  36. So I can either post twice or not at all. Fuck you, upgraded squirrels.

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