A.M. Links: Rand Paul Attacks Media Bias, Obama Supports Ban on Conversion Therapy for Minors, Cop Who Shot Unarmed South Carolina Man Had Previous Excessive Force Complaint


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    GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul accused television anchor Savannah Guthrie of "editorializing" and asking biased questions during a contentious Today show interview.

  • "The Baltimore Police Department has used an invasive and controversial cellphone tracking device thousands of times in recent years while following instructions from the FBI to withhold information about it from prosecutors and judges, a detective revealed in court testimony Wednesday."
  • In a statement posted on the White House website, the Obama administration has endorsed a ban on "conversion therapy" for minors, a procedure which the statement defines as "any practices by mental health providers that seek to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity."
  • A high-ranking Secret Service supervisor has been put on administrative leave over "allegations of misconduct and potential criminal activity." According to a female employee, the supervisor sexually assaulted her.
  • A gunman opened fire inside a courtroom in Italy's Palace of Justice in Milan, killing at least two, including a bankruptcy court judge.

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  1. 40) What is welfare for? Is it to provide a backstop for people facing hard times, so they don’t starve and can pay the bills until they’re on their feet again? Maybe it’s to ensure children grow up in a household with some stability, even if the parents have some bad luck. Perhaps you imagine welfare recipients using their money to buy some groceries, fill up the car, get the kids a new pair of shoes, or pay the electricity bill. But what if you saw a welfare recipient cash his check, then spend it on a big steak dinner and a night at the strip club, with the remainder going to lottery tickets and liquor? You’d feel they betrayed your generosity, right? I doubt you’d want your tax dollars supporting their frivolous lifestyle. Not surprisingly, the state governments of Kansas and Missouri feel the same way. Well, progressives think you should just suck it up andlet the deadbeats do whatever with taxpayer cash. I’ve seen several editorials on this topic over the past few days. Admittedly I’ve linked here to the most clueless one I could find?Dana Milbank simply doesn’t see how people could object to welfare recipients using taxpayer money on steak or cruises?but he’s only slightly more unhinged than the others. Remember, this is what progressives actually believe.

    1. In some respects, I really don’t care what welfare recipients buy with their checks. However, there should be some kind of means testing going on: if you can afford to buy a steak dinner and a night at the strip club, then I think it is reasonable to assume there is another source of income.

    2. Hello.

      Just heard this conversation on the radio:

      Radio host: Who should pay for the damages in acts of vandalism on school property by anti-austerity student protestors? Should it be taxpayers?

      Stupid student: Well, er, um, like, yeah. They’re paying for it already.

      We’re in deep doo-doo.

      1. So “austerity” now means any budget cuts to anything at all, right?

    3. welfare “donations” are coerced out of taxpayers. That is the real problem. Progressives are welcome to donate to whoever the f*** they want, and leave us selfish people alone.

    4. Last night I linked to an article by Matt Breunig where he argues we should give every American $300 for Christmas shopping. He says this would ‘only’ cost $60 billion, so what’s the big deal?

      His argument, in all seriousness, is that some people are sad because they can’t buy their kids the presents they want and this also hurts kids’ self-esteem.

      1. We should buy each of these sad people a trip to Mumbai or Bangalore…then they can come back and shut the f* up.

          1. even better

        1. They won’t shut up. They’ll have an epiphany in which they realize that American taxpayers should provide $300 to everyone in the third world too, so *they* can buy their kids Christmas (or Divali, or Eid, or whatever) presents, lest they suffer from low self-esteem.

      2. Funny how the Bruenigs never seem to stop and tell people not to have kids if they can’t actually make them happy.

        1. I also found a blogging heads video with both Breunigs before they were married where they argue the US government should give people money to have children.

          We’ll give you money when you have kids, then when you can’t afford them we’ll pay for all the child’s food, medical care, schooling, and Christmas presents.

          1. Sometimes one can only pray for parricide.

          2. Plus, do they not know that we do give people money for having children? Fucking a.

            1. I’m going to break you mentally, Nicole.

              At one point, Matt Breunig started arguing that property rights don’t exist because they’re socially constructed, therefore when he argues about raising taxes, he isn’t trying to take money from you, he’s just saying less money should be distributed to you.

              He basically said not taking is giving without a hint of irony.

              1. Wealth is distributed, not created, hence the fact that we all have the same total amount of wealth as small bands of hunter-gatherers had thousands of years ago.

              2. ” property rights don’t exist because they’re socially constructed”

                I presume they extend this observation to everything else in the universe, like race and religion, right?

            2. Look at it this way, when Matt Breuning’s limp cock and torpid sperm finally get ESB pregnant, at least she’ll go be a good little housewife and shut up for a few years, at least until the book about how awesome it is to be a housewife who takes fistfuls of pills and Jesus to keep from killing herself and her unterkids.

              1. Of all the things you’ve ever posted, SF, this might be the most disgusting.

                1. Did you see the one yesterday about Hillary?

                  1. I SHAN’T BE READING THAT, THEN, SHALL I?

                    1. I partially blame Epi, who encouraged SugarFree. But it was SugarFree’s second post about the… subject, which had me apply the mind bleach to erase what I had seen.

                  2. Posto el linko?

        2. Consider what it would be like to be their child….

      3. “$300? You do realize I have six kids right?”

        1. Guy shot in my neighborhood yesterday morning (actually two guys). Dude had nine kids. That’s fucked up. Guy in Maryland had his power shut off. He buys a generator and then runs it inside his kitchen. He and his eight kids die of CO2 poisoning, which is tragic. Why do poor people have so many kids? And if you have money to buy a generator, why not use it to pay your electric bill?

          1. Having lived with a generator for a bit post-hurricane, it cost me more to keep a generator running (air conditioning, fridge, and a couple of other things) than my monthly power bill would have been for that time.

            1. That an you had to go fill the fucker up with gas at 3am.

              We had a generator after Hurricane Andrew. It nowhere nearly powered the house. More like a few lights, a couple of ceiling fans, a freezer and a fridge. No ACs or anything that luxurious.

              1. I sell generators. Most people have no clue how electricity is generated or gets to those little holes in your wall, let alone how a portable generator works.

          2. If a generator were the more economic option, everyone would get their electric from generators rather than the grid. I assume the guy had a lot of accumulated fees and penalties to pay on his electric bill, making the generator appear cheaper in the short term, but still.

            That it killed himself and his progeny… Darwin striking with a vengeance. Very sad.

          3. He and his eight kids die of CO2 poisoning

            Global warming, what can’t it do?

            1. I ment Carbon Monoxide.

          4. Sad. But how do people not know that running a gas engine inside is a bad idea? You’d think that the smell and noise would be enough to convince you of that even if you don’t know what CO poisoning is.

            I suppose if it was in an apartment, they didn’t have a place outside to put it.

            And if you have money to buy a generator, why not use it to pay your electric bill?

            It’s an unpopular thing to say. But a lot of people who are poor are poor for a reason. And that reason is often making lots of bad decisions.

      4. He’s obviously bigoted against non-Christians.

      5. What to do, what to do? One $300 hookerbot or three hundred $1 hookerbots?

      6. Christ, “only” $60 billion… every year? That would be something like 5x what is spent on NASA?

    5. If you’re on welfare, chances are you’ve made some bad decisions and continue to make them. I’m guessing a small percentage of people are actually on welfare because they chose not to.

      /scrapes callous from hand.

    6. Once you decide that you’re going to give welfare in form of housing vouchers, food stamps, or anything else that isn’t equivalent to cash,* you have conceded that the state/taxpayers should have some say in how recipients spend that money. At that point we’re just debating where to draw the line between permissible and impermissible use of food stamps, and it’s not unfathomably unjust or cruel for me to say “no lobster” if you’re saying “no gin.”

      Except some on the left think that you’re some sort of inhuman monster if you don’t allow alcoholics to buy booze with food stamps. No, seriously.

      *It’s not difficult to convert food stamps to cash, but it takes some effort.

      1. Having said that, i will say that my preferred welfare program would involve straight cash payments, mostly for efficiency purposes: “Here’s your money. It’s enough to get by on if you live frugally, even if you can’t find work for a while.” But beyond that, tough shit.

        1. Cut out the bureaucracy with welfare payments, and we’ve done ourselves a great service.

      2. Did you leave a comment?

  2. GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul accused television anchor Savannah Guthrie of “editorializing” and asking biased questions during a contentious Today show interview.

    The Gingrich maneuver.

    1. FoE, why you so slow?

      1. He still wins: convention is that to count as “first” the comment must refer to one of the A.M. links.

        1. Those are like other peoples links, man. I gots to be me.

          1. And the driver who ran a NASCAR race clockwise said that too…once.

        2. I don’t know. I think that “convention” was an invention by FOE himself.

          If you want HyR to stay vibrant, you have to tell the truth. You can’t keep covering up for Fist. No shame in aging, but he (and all of us) have to come to grips with the reality that he can no longer type and click with the younger kids.

          1. The real convention should be that it only counts as being first if no one every mentions it.

            And yeah, Fist created that himself.

            1. Another convention should be EDIT BUTTON

              1. NO EDIT BUTTON

                I don’t want people like Bo to be able to walk back their racism. Just proofread your shit.

                1. There are thousands of websites that effectively deal with that objection in various ways. Show that it’s been edited, have an option to show prior version, have a timeout on how long you have to edit, don’t allow editing once someone replies, etc. It’s trivially easy to address this concern, you just need to put 10 seconds into it.

                  Besides, you should have Bo blocked anyway.

                  1. The winner should be the first one to obsessively mention Bo.

                    1. Speaking of Bo, I haven’t seen him around the AM links lately. Does he show up later?

              2. Nay! Your shame should stand, immutable and historic, for all to see, for every and every.

          2. I declare the winner: me! By the rules that I made.

            It’s like playing dominoes with my old man.

          3. I don’t know. I think that “convention” was an invention by FOE himself.

            Yes, but it’s a good convention, because it keeps idiots from posting “First!!1” every morning.

            1. No, it just transfers the idiocy to the replies.

  3. The Baltimore Police Department has used an invasive and controversial cellphone tracking device thousands of times in recent years

    +1 Avon Barksdale.

    1. You win old man, you win.

    2. The Baltimore Every major Police Department has used an invasive and controversial cellphone tracking device thousands of times in recent years.

      “Baltimore is just the silly fuck who’s gonna ruin it for us!”


  4. “The Baltimore Police Department has used an invasive and controversial cellphone tracking device thousands of times in recent years while following instructions from the FBI to withhold information about it from prosecutors and judges, a detective revealed in court testimony Wednesday.”

    The Wire already did it.

    1. You lose, CPA, you lose. (sfx: Nelson Muntz “HA-ha!”)

  5. The Baltimore Police Department has used an invasive and controversial cellphone tracking device

    I’ll save you millions of dollars, Baltimore. It’s between the couch cushions. That’s where it always is.

  6. Like a broken watch,
    NPR occasionally displays the truth

    That’s why 38-year-old Duquense Fednard is bringing a for-profit electricity company to Tuffet. He says Haiti can’t survive on philanthropy alone.

    Like Fednard, Shell subscribes to the same philosophy when it comes to economic aid: A handout is not going to help.

      1. The last line is a killer. He can’t get pay as you go meters, so his project is not going to succeed. So the town won’t have electricity.

        I am always surprised at how inept aid programs are. If they had simply spent all of the disaster aid on water, sewer and electric services they’d be way ahead of the game.

        It must be a lot harder than even us cynics must be able to imagine to get people yi work together.

        1. When I heard this on NPR this am, there was a followup phone call with the guy and he had generator(s) running.

    1. Luddite Mark Ruffalo says SMASH!

  7. …following instructions from the FBI to withhold information about it from prosecutors and judges, a detective revealed in court testimony Wednesday.

    I can’t imagine prosecutors care too much, but judges and defense attorneys might have a problem with it.

    1. Convict government agents of perjury?


      1. I don’t think that they will convict any govt agents of perjury.

        I do think though that a lot of convictions are going to be thrown out once the courts figure out how pervasive this shit was.

        I know judges are pretty prickly about their prerogatives and I can’t believe they are going to let a company’s NDA set the precedent that it is OK to withhold evidence.

        1. Maybe…. But remember Dr. Hayne….

  8. asking biased questions during a contentious Today show interview.

    What better way to prepare for the debates?

    1. I must say, Paul’s response to the insane abortion question…and the deranged responses of DNC flacks to his response…has been a refreshing and entertaining start to 2016!

  9. Dave Weigel, aka Palin’s Buttplug, The Self-Appointed Poster Child Of ‘Integrity,’ Urges Rolling Stone Writer To Resign
    …For one thing, he was secretly conspiring with fellow liberal journalists to organize news coverage in the nation’s major publications. Ding! Ding! That’s not so kosher in the world of journalism. He wanted Matt Drudge to die in a fire. He referred to “Ron Paul fanatics” as “Paultards” and he encouraged his fellow liberal journalists not to follow up on “hot hot” scoops by Washington Examiner’s Byron York.”

    This one’s not so much offensive as it was laugh until your stomach hurts. He scolded the Washington Examiner for covering his dancing at a wedding. The headline: “Weigel Likes To Waggle, Sweat.” He called for everyone in the world to block then-gossip writer Tara Palmeri for writing it.

    1. What Weigel fails to disclose outright in his call for Erdely to quit is that after his valiant resignation, it’s not like he went off to a mountainside in Tibet to reflect on what he’d done wrong or began tirelessly volunteering at soup kitchens. He quickly went to work for Slate, which, at the time, was owned by WaPo. So his whole resignation was kind of meaningless all around.

      He went on to lie about who actually broke the story of those emails, which was yours truly, followed up by more extensive coverage by my current employer….

      1. Don’t encourage the shithead to show up here. The last couple of days have actually been kind of nice.

        1. There was one comment on that article. Was that you?

          Calling Weigel scum is an insult to scum. His entire career and public persona revolves around pretending to be something that he isn’t; a strategy he learned from his journalistic mentor Andrew Sullivan.

          He also has the very annoying habit of sockpuppet trolling. He does this all the time at Reason, which he monitors close to 24 hours a day. He is likely still bitter that got fired from there by Editor in Chief Matt Welch.

            1. What reason do you have to believe that Buttplug is Weigel? Genuinely curious.

              Seems like ridiculous paranoia to me, but perhaps you know something I don’t.

              1. We’ve already gone through all this again and again and again, but in case you really don’t know:

                1) He’s the only person who likes calling people he doesn’t like “ratfuckers”. Nobody else ever uses this word, and it’s pretty much his favorite word.

                2) He often posts the same exact stupid shit on his Twitter feed as he does here, and sometimes he even slips up and does it at the same exact time. He did it when Philip Seymour Hoffman died, and he did it again recently with the announcement of the guy who’s taking over Jon Stewart’s crappy show.

                3) This is his entire M.O.: pretending to be something that he isn’t while pushing his agenda. It’s what he does for a living! He pretended to be a libertarian in order to get his job here at Reason, and he pretended to be a conservative in order to get his initial job at the Washington Post.

                1. Well, still sounds like ridiculous paranoia to me.

                  Also, why the fuck do you care?

                2. Wasn’t aware of this (admittedly circumstantial) evidence. Thanks for taking the time to fill in those of us who didn’t know these facts.

                  1. Mike’s argument means nothing.

                    Shriek was posting here back when Wiegel was on staff, and was just as deranged then.

                    Shriek is not sentient. Shriek doesn’t fuck up and let the mask slip; there is no mask.

                    It submits comments that its degraded neural net predicts will elicit responses. That it parrots elements of Wiegel’s twitter feed is merely happenstance. Wiegel’s commentary will piss off a lot of Reason readers, and so whenever Shriek submits a few snippets that Wiegel once wrote, it harvests a nourishing crop of vitriolic responses.

                    Anyone who thinks Wiegel actually is going to waste his time obsessively stalking these boards while also hammering out the essays he produces in his day job is seriously unhinged.

      2. Post blogger Weigel likes to waggle, sweat
        …After the WaPo blogger was seen challenging the 4-year-old ring bearer in a dance-off, an attendee asked him about his wild and crazy dancing style, to which he responded, “Well, it’s a safe space.”

        Weigel told Yeas & Nays he danced alone because his girlfriend wasn’t there, she lives in Canada Alaska. …

        1. “It’s physically impossible to remain still when ‘Bizarre Love Triangle’ is playing.”

          God damn it. Now it will be physically impossible to refrain from picturing Buttplug waggling to this whenever it comes up on my iPod.

          1. “Every time I see you dancing, I get down on my knees and pray”

            1. “Every time I see you dancing, I get down on my knees and pray spew”

              New version.

              1. Shot right through with a bolt of blue.

    2. Buttplug is a liberal journalist(=propagandist)??? No wonder I feel this loathing rising up in me every time I partially read one of his comments.

  10. Feds Consider Puerto Ricans Disabled Because They Speak Spanish

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) approved disability benefits for hundreds of Puerto Ricans because they do not speak English, despite the fact that Puerto Rico is a predominantly Spanish-speaking territory.

    According to a new audit by the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the agency is misapplying rules that are intended to provide financial assistance to individuals who are illiterate or cannot speak English in the United States. Under the rules, Puerto Ricans are allowed to receive disability benefits for their inability to speak English as well.

    What next? Canadians receive disability for speaking Canuckian?

    1. If I come in yodeling in Swiss German, can I haz benefits?

      1. Gr?? Di Gott!

        Swiss “German”, you mean.

        1. Ich sprech’ Confederatio Helvetica!

      2. Nein! Nein! Nein!

    2. Bureaucratic empire building at its finest.

      1. “I took Spanish, I figure the Puerto Ricans can learn it, how tough can it be?”
        — Bobby Slayton

        1. “This is an intellectual town, I enjoy coming here. Things are always happening to me up here that are just so above everything else. Like before the show, I was standing backstage and a couple came back, and they asked me if I was bi. And, well, I studied a little Spanish in high school, but not enough to really be bi, but I didn’t want to look stupid, so I said, ‘Yeah, I’m bi,’ and they said, ‘Well we’d like you to come over after the show cause we have some S&M people coming over,’ and I said, ‘Hey great, Spaniards and Mexicans.’ So it’ll be interesting to go there after the show, speak a little Spanish, and have the intellectual thing.”

          – Steve Martin

          1. +1 White Suit

          2. “Can I be excused to relieve myself?”

        2. Slayton was (is?) an MC at the ‘Nasty Show’ during the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal.

          And boy was he nasty. That was the point – and we loved it.

          Seems not everyone did and some took to complaining if you could believe it.

          IT’S THE FUCKING NASTY SHOW. What did you expect? Pink ribbons and polite pillow talk?

          1. Bring the kids?

      2. I demand reparations for all my forefathers and foremothers (?) who sufffered for generations without being able to speak proper English.

        About $10 mil should cover it.

    3. The agency does not currently have a system in place to keep track of the number of beneficiaries who receive disability insurance for not being able to speak English.

      Then shut that agency down.

    4. Okay, okay, the disability industrial complex just jumped the freaking shark with this one.
      Just when I was starting to think I was disabled for not speaking Spanish in northern Virginia, this comes along.

    5. …approved disability benefits for hundreds of Puerto Ricans because they do not speak English, despite the fact that Puerto Rico is a predominantly Spanish-speaking territory

      That it makes a difference what the predominant language is when determining if someone is disabled is bad enough. I imagine Barbara fucking Walters is disabled too?

    6. Me no spek Enlis to good. Me want gubmint chek.

    7. What the fuck?

      If you are illiterate and can’t communicate because you are retarded or brain injured or something fine. If not, learn fucking English. Or don’t if you live in PR and can speak Spanish.

  11. previously accused of using excessive force against another unarmed black man in 2013.

    Solution: The Armed Negro Act of 2015. Every black person is given a government-paid-for gun. The size of the gun is related to the darkness of the recipient’s skin. Now, when a cop shoots someone, their union can crow that, “Well, the guy was armed!”

  12. Root is editorializing the alt-text.

  13. How Deep Is This Education Official’s Involvement In The Rolling Stone Hoax?
    A top-ranking official at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has emerged as a potentially key figure in Rolling Stone’s false article, “A Rape on Campus.”…

    …Catherine Lhamon, who heads the Department’s civil rights wing, was identified in a letter sent last month by University of Virginia Dean of Students Allen Groves to Steve Coll and Sheila Coronel, the two Columbia Journalism School deans who conducted a review of the Nov. 19 article, written by disgraced reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely….

    1. Grab its mother f***ing pension!

    2. Of course the administration is involved…it’s Potemkin narratives all the way down.

    3. My God, these extreme right-wing blogs and their insistence to investigate. It’s too bad because people are missing the point about all this. Rape on campus is REAL. Made with 12% ‘real’ juice.

  14. Canadian road rager terrorizes family with chainsaw, faces armed assault charges

    That’s when Delisle got out of his car, pulled a chainsaw from rear and revved it up outside the family’s minivan, a frightening sight that scared the children in a video Cyr first posted to Facebook.

    “You like that, huh?” Delisle said in French.

    The children can be heard screaming: “Mom!”

    1. Ban chainsaws.

      1. There’s no good reason to have a chainsaw with a blade longer than 10 inches.

        1. Other than that tree with a 4 foot diameter over there

          1. There’s no good reason to have trees larger than those which a government approved 10″ chainsaw may be used to cut down.

            We clearly need a new arboreal-oriented agency to monitor and approve not only chainsaws but trees and flora larger than the average bush.
            We must have reasonable chainsaw laws and, of course, a chainsaw registry to keep track of the permits.

            For the children.

    2. Ban arms

    3. Ban French.

    4. Dude. I like, posted this, like two days ago.

      And also, it’s better in French!

      1. I can’t keep track of all your Canadian wheeling and dealing.

        1. TABERNAK!

      2. You know what else was better in French?

        1. Kissing?

            1. Le parfait est ce qui n’est plus ? refaire

        2. Bleu Nuit with Emanuelle?

        3. Coldwave?

        4. Now I am thinking of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpLMnk2qi8o

          1. The Universal Language.

        5. Fries?

    5. Ban Ban Boners.

      1. Jar Jar Binks.

    6. Personally I’d have run that fucker over with my multi-ton mini-van, but that’s just me.

  15. Iran sends navy vessels to waters off Yemen, raising stakes

    Iran dispatched a destroyer and another naval ship to waters off Yemen on Wednesday, raising the stakes amid a Saudi-led air campaign targeting Iranian-backed Shiite rebels fighting forces loyal to the country’s embattled president.

    The Iranian maneuver came as the U.S. deepened its support for the Saudi-led coalition, boosting weapons supplies and intelligence-sharing and carrying out the first U.S. aerial refueling mission of coalition fighter jets.

    The Iranian warships were sent to the strategic Bab al-Mandab strait as part of an anti-piracy campaign to “safeguard naval routes for vessels in the region,” Iranian Rear Adm. Habibollah Sayyari was quoted as saying by the English-language state broadcaster Press TV.

    1. Is an Iranian warship a pontoon boat with a couple of guys holding rifles?

      1. Basically, I believe they’re torpedoes with steering wheels and a crew.

    2. Anybody else think this “insurgency” is CIA payback for Saudi dumping too much oil on the market? It would be a shame if they had to scale back if their oil producing region (right near Yemen, conveniently) was threatened. A real, real shame.

      1. Anybody else think this “insurgency” is CIA payback for Saudi dumping too much oil on the market?


        The Saudi’s dumping oil on the market is squeezing Iran and Russia’s access to export markets. Why would the CIA be angry about that?

        1. Why would the CIA Obama Administration be angry about that?

          Hmmmmm…….*adjusts tinfoil hat*

        2. Exactly. Pretty sure the oil glut was done in cooperation with the Obama Administration to put the hurt on Pooty and Iran.

          1. I believe you are placing way, way (way,way,way,…) too much confidence in the competence or capability of the OA.

            They read about it in the paper.

            1. I didn’t say it was Obama himself. Despite evidence to the contrary (especially in my workplace), not all Obama cronies are dumbshits.

              1. I think you are on to something, imo it is the long term big cheeses(cia,nsa,fbi,irs,nba,nfl,nbc…you know, the one’s that run things without public approval)

    1. Japan’s estimated 1,500 cuddly mascots are to be found in practically every walk of life, from the military and police to the tax office and political parties.

      That’s what we need in the US! Cuddly mascots for *everything*!

      1. We must not allow a cuddly mascot gap!

        1. Maybe if we made government officials show up to work ‘fursuited’ on special occasions (Fridays?).

          Something about yiffing belongs here.

    2. I, for one, welcome our cuddle mascot overlords!

  16. Elizabeth Warren Is Wrong About Social Security

    Social Security has a long-term funding gap that just keeps growing. Neither political party has a plan to pay for the promises we’ve already made to people contributing to the system. But Democrats are bringing a new idea to the table: make even more promises.

    Almost all Senate Democrats have lined up behind a proposal by Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Joe Manchin of West Virginia to expand benefits for current retirees. Liberals are exulting that Warren has shifted the politics of Social Security to the left: Where once we were debating cutbacks to the program, now we’re debating benefit increases. Too bad that also means the debate is shifting further away from fiscal reality.

    1. Spend / promise more is a new idea?

    2. It’s not insurance, it’s a tax. It’s not a tax, you’ve paid into it. I’m confused, is Wednesday or Thursday?

      1. According to progressive orthodoxy, it’s not Thursday if you feel it’s Friday.

      2. It’s a PONZI SCHEME!

        1. I always felt the days of the week were privileged misogynistic patriarchal thingys.

          1. Well, except for Sun-day and Moon-day for they were named after Roman gods and then renamed after Norse gods:


            1. And “Saturn’s -day”.

              1. Sarurn was a god too.

                1. Saturn.

                  Dang it.

      3. It is whatever day you need it to be and definitely NOT any day that harms your argument of the moment.

    3. Fiscal reality? In DC? Hah!

    4. Headline coulda stopped at ‘Elizabeth Warren – the Indian – is wrong.’

      1. Her official faux-native-american name is “Squaw Snake Tongue who charms the lemmings” of the WASP Progtard Washington tribe.

  17. In a statement posted on the White House website, the Obama administration has endorsed a ban on “conversation therapy” for minors,

    I think you mean “conversion therapy”. Conversation therapy would be just talking with a head-shrinker.

    1. Serious question…who would enforce such a ban? DHS, HHS, EPA, DoEd?

      1. FDA – “medical treatment”

      2. The same as with every other government edict: men with guns.

        From which department these men loom matters not.

    2. Ted, if you email the writers to let them know there’s a typo, you don’t look like a crazy man after they correct them.

      1. But memorializing it here allows us to remind the writers of their fallibility.

        That we can also use it to mock Ted is just a bonus.

    3. So Obama is against sex conversion therapy for minors, the same kind of therapy Bradley Manning is seeking.

      1. Is Chelsea Manning a lesbian?

        I’m so fucking confused.

  18. Exclusive: New Ted Cruz Super-PACs Take in Record Haul

    Ted Cruz’s presidential effort is getting into the shock-and-awe fundraising business.

    An associate of the Texas senator, a recently announced presidential candidate, tells Bloomberg that a cluster of affiliated super-political action committees was formed only this week, and among them they are expected to have $31 million in the bank by Friday.

    Even in the context of a presidential campaign cycle in which the major party nominees are expected to raise more than $1.5 billion, Cruz’s haul is eye-popping, one that instantly raises the stakes in the Republican fundraising contest.

    1. The left will never let this one go. It will be to the left what abortion is on the right.

      And this is after they fully admit that money has little to do with winning, and that their side engages in it MORE than the people they bitch about.

    1. Soooo, when I move this summer, I can’t flush our worthless cichlid down the fucking toilet before emptying the aquarium??? Or do I just need to not do it w/ malice? Will a ceremony get me off the hook w/ johnny law? so confused

      1. Let it swim free in a nearby pond, lake or river!

        1. +1 Asian Carp

        2. Even my 8 yr old is like, ‘whatever dad, you’re the only one that feeds it’

      2. “off the hook”, I see what you did there…

    2. That had to be pretty unpleasant for the fish.

  19. Writer for Ms. magazine slams My Little Pony for perceived racism, homophobia, and “smart shaming” (that means teasing someone for being smart):


    So overall, these are the lessons My Little Pony teaches girls:
    Magical white ponies are suited for leadership; black ponies are suited to be servants.
    Stop learning! You will overcome any obstacle by resorting to strength in numbers (of friends).
    Girls that wear rainbows are butch.
    You need the government (ideally a monarch invested with supreme ultimate power and a phallic symbol strapped to her forehead) to tell you what to do with your life.

    1. If she gets this wound up about My Little Pony, she’d probably stroke out over GI Joe.

      The creator of MLP defended her creation:


    2. You need the government…to tell you what to do with your life.

      They want to be the ones who impart this lesson.

    3. Derp, I watched that CEDA link you sent yesterday. Man, what a cunt that guy was. He sounds like Toby Radloff from American Splendor. Then I went around looking and found this from 1994:


      1. Encouraging to see that CEDA has always been the speaking equivalent of the makeup applying shotgun..

      2. Good grief. Hyperventilation as persuasive communication.

    4. You will overcome any obstacle by resorting to strength in numbers (of friends).

      Works for the pink ribbon bullies.

      You need the government (ideally a monarch invested with supreme ultimate power and a phallic symbol strapped to her forehead) to tell you what to do with your life.

      Obama’s been pushing that message, hasn’t he?

      1. Obama needs more phallus on his forehead.

        Some people have problems recognizing that he has a phallus growing from his shoulders.

  20. Trigger warning, Salon

    A gun lover sees the evils of gun culture: White supremacists, Obama haters, and me
    …Here before me in earnest conversation for the last two hours was the personification of gun culture: The attitude of white supremacy, the Obama hatred and all the attendant side issues. I felt strangely privileged to have seen this man in the flesh, as if I were a cub reporter who had scooped the old timers.

    But I was also aghast. This guy doesn’t even have centuries of oppression to blame for his radical, oppressive views. What the hell went wrong?…

    1. Pro Lib is the only person who could have centuries of anything to blame for his views, anyway.

    2. Why do I get the feeling the person in the article is entirely made up?

      1. Forget it BP, it’s Salontown.

      2. It is like how to comments to every article about guns in the NYT or Washington Post contains all of these self proclaimed “lifetime gun owners” who have decided that this time the NRA and the evil Republicans have gone too far.

        1. I used to cavort with loose women, snort cocaine off their lithe bodies, bought with money I stole from children walking to school.

          But now I’ve seen the light, and I won’t sin no more!

          1. Good man – proud of you! Now there’s more hookers, blow and walking piggy banks for me.

    3. I guess their “used to be a libertarian” columnist took a PTO.

  21. We can’t take a joke anymore: The inflated dangers of pushing the envelope and crossing the line

    How did the joke become so fraught, so potentially combustible? It’s not just the professionally funny who stand in peril of getting burned. The week before Noah’s stupid tweets came to light, author Jon Ronson had been making the rounds, talking about his new book “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.” Several of the most egregious examples he found featured ordinary people whose lives were wrecked by social media, all for the sin of cracking bad jokes.

    Most notoriously, there was publicist Justine Sacco, who, trying to make fun of the attitudes many clueless, privileged white Westerners hold toward Africans, ended up being mistaken for the very sort of person she intended to mock. And then there was poor Lindsey Stone, a caregiver for adults with learning difficulties who had a running joke with a friend where they took goofy photos of themselves in front of signs, disobeying whatever the sign ordered the public to do. After posing next to such a sign at Arlington National Cemetery, she somehow ended up serving as the symbol, to countless irate souls across the Internet, of a “dumb feminist” who “hates soldiers.” Both Sacco and Stone lost their jobs as a result.

    1. I’ve noticed this, and I link it to kids not being able to go outside by themselves any more, and zero tolerance policies at schools, and the whole nonsensical security rigamarole at airports, and cops shooting people for holding obviously fake guns. I think we as a society have simply lost the ability to tell the difference between actual danger and make-believe. I think jokes are a victim of that, as the whole basis of humor is a temporary appearance that something is real when it couldn’t possibly be. Humor’s simply become too suspicious.

      1. Well, leftists are completely humorless and look who’s been running the show the last few decades.

    2. If Lenny Bruce lived today…

      1. Lenny Bruce is dead? At least we still have Lou Reed.

      2. If anyone can’t take a joke, I hope they never get their blah blahed again!

    3. Power and Control. Those are the two things that anyone can wield over another person thanks to social media today. If you say or do anything that offends anyone, they can fuck you over by publicly shaming you. And then you have to say that you’re sorry, or you are cast out of “societal norms” or worse, fired from your job. And this is what has happened to our society. Whatever happened to being able to laugh at yourself and not take things so seriously? How about we have some fucking humility and learn to have an open mind about ourselves and the world we live in? How about some tolerance for others and their opinions?

      1. Saying you’re sorry is the worst thing you can do. That only sends them into a feeding frenzy, and you’ll still get fired anyway. Better to double down and let them know you won’t be intimidated. When enough people do that, they won’t be able to pull that anymore.

  22. Report: 39,000 immigrant kids coming to U.S.

    About 39,000 immigrant children are expected to enter the country illegally as unaccompanied minors this federal fiscal year, reaching the second-highest level of that migration since 2008, says an analysis issued Wednesday by a research group in Washington, D.C.

    The estimate by the Migration Policy Institute, a nonprofit that studies the movement of people across international borders, is based on apprehension figures issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection for the first five months of the fiscal year that began Oct. 1, 2014, and ends Sept. 30.

    1. I’m sure they are all coming here to be productive members of society and will be a net benefit to the economy.

    2. How many are orphans?

      /Mr. Burns glare.

      1. And if Rand Paul wins, we’ll have a much better chance of adding these children to our army of orphan slaves!

        1. What do you mean “our”?

          *frantically instructs orphan overseers to get moving*

    3. Good. They’ll be better off here.

      1. Well, yes, because we will give them money for being “disabled”.

    4. That’s immigrant-children.

  23. Pew: A Deep Dive Into Party Affiliation
    Sharp Differences by Race, Gender, Generation, Education

    The rise in the share of independents has been particularly dramatic over the past decade: In 2004, 33% of Americans identified as Democrats, 30% as independents and 29% as Republicans. Since then, the percentage of independents has increased nine points while Republican affiliation has fallen six points. Democratic affiliation has shown less change over this period; it rose to 35% in 2008, fell to 32% in 2011 and has changed little since then (currently 32%).

    Most of those who identify as independents lean toward a party. And in many respects, partisan leaners have attitudes that are similar to those of partisans ? they just prefer not to identify with a party.

    1. And yet, there are really only two parties that matter during a national election, which is a shame

    2. Who cares what non-Millennials think?

  24. Rand Paul’s vile abortion deceit: How he’s trying to conceal his odious anti-choice record
    Paul thinks he can appease his antiabortion base while remaining the candidate of “personal freedom.” He’s wrong

    Paul may want to avoid questions surrounding his exact views on abortion exceptions because he’d prefer that his extreme record take a backseat to his image as a libertarian(ish!) rebel immune to party orthodoxies. But when it comes to his policy positions on abortion, there’s nothing tied up in the details ? Paul is as “hard and fast” as they come.

    Paul gave his latest philosophical meditation on abortion in response to a straightforward question about what kind of exceptions he felt should (or shouldn’t) be made if the procedure were to be banned as a result of, say, the personhood measure that he sponsored. Pushed by Philip Elliot to give a more specific answer, Paul offered:

    I’ve supported both bills with and without [exceptions], you know. In general, I am pro-life. So I will support legislation that advances and shows that life is special and deserves protection.

    1. Can we please please please not have another presidential election completely tainted by abortion? For fuck’s sake.

      1. The most pressing issue of our time.

        Even if you think it’s nothing more than a medical procedure which didn’t even exist until recently.

        1. Maybe we could spend some time talking about things that are actually under the purview of the executive branch?

          1. You mean like if a Republican from Montana said something retarded about rape? Good idea!

          2. You’re such a dreamer.

      2. The left knows it can’t run on the economy, foreign policy, etc., etc. They’re trying to find some red tofu to throw to their base.

        1. LOL @ Red Tofu.

      3. Can we please please please not have another presidential election completely tainted by abortion?

        I want the next election to be about circumcision and deep dish.

          1. Don’t forget the Mexicans, you xenophobe!

            1. Mexican ass-sex, or GTFO.

      4. Can we please please please not have another presidential election completely tainted by abortion?

        No. And fuck you.

      5. Can we please please please not have another presidential election completely tainted by abortion? For fuck’s sake.

        Yes, as long as the focus is on rape and incest.

        1. Rape, rape-rape, or rapey rape?

          1. STEVE SMITH RAPE!

            1. In a to-the-copulation rape battle between a angry dolphin and STEVE SMITH, who would win? And by ‘win’ I mean be the one doing the penetrating?

      6. It’s not like Salon readers were ever going to vote for him.


      Someone needs to buy Salon headline writers a thesaurus so they can figure out that there are words other than ‘vile’ which can be used in its place.

    3. At least she avoided saying ‘yes’ to Paul’s question about if it’s okay to kill a baby in the womb.

      1. Her answer basically sums up to “yes.”

        1. Paul should really bring up Planned Parenthood.

          “I thank Ms Wasser-Shulz for her straightforward answer. And I’m glad that at least we agree on one thing. If a 8 month old, 7 pound viable fetus is going to be terminated, Planned Parenthood and it’s fungible government funding should not be involved, and I have always voted accordingly.”

    4. The liberals are scared of Mr. Paul, aren’t they? They are terrified that Paul may actually win the election and fuck up their world. And I for one hope it happens.

    1. I like it.

  25. Euro zone sets Greece reform deadline ahead of IMF repayment

    EU officials said Athens made an urgent plea for cash at a meeting of deputy finance ministers in Brussels on Wednesday night but was told there must first be progress on the stalled list of measures to make its public finances sustainable.

    “From the Greek side there was a strong statement that liquidity is getting really bad and there was an appeal to release some type of liquidity support before the euro zone finance ministers’ meeting on April 24,” a euro zone aide said.

    “But no one knows how this could be done — there is no willingness to provide support before there is some progress in terms of the reform program,” the official said.

    1. Watching this whole farce unfold is like watching a slinky going down an ascending escalator.

    2. On the plus side, olive oil should be getting cheaper.

      1. Not that much. Spain is by the far the largest producer.

  26. Talking to the Doctor Behind the World’s First Successful Penis Transplant

    Earlier this month, Andre van der Merwe became the first doctor to transplant a donor penis, as part of a pilot program at the University of Stellenbosch and Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town. The nine-hour surgery took place back in December, but Dr. van der Merwe wanted to wait to make sure the procedure was a total success before announcing it to the public. He’s now happy to report that the recipient ? a 21-year-old man whose penis was amputated after a ritual circumcision (performed among a group in the Eastern Cape province) left his genitals mutilated ? is happy and healthy, and making good use of his new penis.

    Since the news broke, Dr. van der Merwe has been surprised by the overwhelming amount of interest in the surgery. For a relatively small organ, it seems the penis has outsize cultural baggage. “I didn’t see this as a high-profile surgery, but I think the hype of the operation is a reflection on us as a society,” he said, going on to discuss the effect of such a transplant on self-image and ego. “Why is the penis so important to us? I’m not sure, but it is, ” he said.

      1. You of course meant to say Mad Love. :-

    1. Sounds like the doctor never got laid.

      1. He will now, if you know what I mean.

    2. donor penis

      Nice band name.

      Come to think of it, wasn’t there a band named — I’m not making this up — “Alien Dick Syndrome”?

    3. “Hmm, this tastes familiar honey, you using a new soap?”

    4. Does this mean that donkeys will become an endangered species like the rhinoceros, poached for their donor penises?

    5. “I want you to put Felix’s penis on me.”

    6. So, if you can graft a penis onto someone, does that mean you could graft more than one penis onto someone?

      Asking for a friend.

    7. For a relatively small organ, it seems the penis has outsize cultural baggage.

      Its influence grows.

  27. The Oil Industry’s $26 Billion Life Raft

    For U.S. shale drillers, the crash in oil prices came with a $26 billion safety net. That’s how much they stand to get paid on insurance they bought to protect themselves against a bear market — as long as prices stay low.

    The flipside is that those who sold the price hedges now have to make good. At the top of the list are the same Wall Street banks that financed the biggest energy boom in U.S. history, including JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co.

    While it’s standard practice for them to sell some of that risk to third parties, it’s nearly impossible to identify who exactly is on the hook because there are no rules requiring disclosure of all transactions. The buyers come from groups like hedge funds, airlines, refiners and utilities.

    1. it’s nearly impossible to identify who exactly is on the hook

      Ultimately, the taxpayers. TBTF for the win.

      1. These are not good days to be in the reinsurance business….

        1. -1 Swiss Re?

    2. how much they stand to get paid on insurance they bought to protect themselves against a bear market

      Aren’t these known as “oil futures”?

  28. Intel CEO controls a swarm of robot spiders with gestures

    These aren’t the spiders you’re looking for.

    1. +1 Gene Simmons Science Fiction Double Feature

      1. Runaway?

    2. Yeah sure, that’s how you got those webbed fingers.

  29. The Queering of Mainstream Rap

    Makonnen would not be the first openly gay or bi male rapper, of course, but he would be the first to be inside rap’s mainstream. He’s far from the prototypical rapper?his music is wobbly, broken, and morose, and he talks about being a quiet loner who loves indie rock?but he’s also had a song played endlessly on rap stations in between tracks by people like Lil Wayne and Big Sean. Drake?one of the most popular rappers in the world, and someone whose own music continually takes a sledgehammer to traditional ideas of masculinity?signed Makonnen to his label and shot “Tuesday” to popularity by remixing it. Makonnen’s new mixtape has verses from Gucci Mane and Migos, guys who visibly resemble what we understand rappers to be, and like those artists, Makonnen has entire songs about selling drugs.

    1. his music is wobbly, broken, and morose, and he talks about being a quiet loner who loves indie rock

      Oh god. I’ll just be puncturing my eardrums to make sure I don’t accidentally hear him, then.

      1. Hey, leave Morrissey alone.

  30. Paul Blooms As Clinton Wilts In Colorado, Iowa, Virginia, Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll Finds

    COLORADO: Paul 44 – Clinton 41
    IOWA: Paul 43 – Clinton 42
    VIRGINIA: Clinton 47 – Paul 43

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s lead is wilting against leading Republican presidential candidates in three critical swing states, Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, and she finds herself in a close race with U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky in each state, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released today. In head-to-head matchups, every Republican candidate effectively ties her in Colorado and almost all Republicans effectively tie her in Iowa.

    1. Meaningless poll a year and a half before the election displays its meaninglessness.

      1. For someone as well known as Hillary, polls at this point are not meaningless. She should be destroying Paul given her name reputation and status as presumptive nominee. The fact that she is even close let alone behind at this point is very bad news for Hillary. Paul is still compared to Hillary a relatively unknown candidate. He still has to introduce himself to the country and thus has a high ceiling. Hillary is known by everyone and thus has much less room to grow.

        1. She’s known my mostly everyone – except possibly the youngest of voters. who likely won’t vote anyway.

        2. I was in a continuing ed class with a girl that went to an event that Rand Paul spoke at and she couldn’t even remember his name the next day.

        3. Good thing for Hillary, then, the GOP will nominate someone completely uninspiring whose poll numbers show they would lose to Clinton easily.

          1. I don’t think Jeb is going to win. It will be Walker, Paul or Cruz in that order of likelihood.

            1. I personally think Walker is OK (mainly for his union-busting), but he’s not gonna win against Hillary.

              But I’m pretty sure the GOP will nominate Jeb Bush. Both parties operate based on whose “turn” it is, pretty much (although Hillary got bumped in favor of Obama in ’08). Hillary is a given. I’d put Jeb Bush at about 80% certainty.

              1. But it is not Jeb’s turn. And they don’t operate like that. It was John McCain’s turn in 2000 not 2008. No one said it was George Bush’s turn. They only nominate like that when they have no other alternative. This year the Republicans do.

  31. David Sirota of Salon hates all 80s action movies and cartoons:


    1. Makes sense why he and Adam Goldberg weren’t closer.

    2. What kind of monster hates Predator or Robocop or Aliens or Conan or Total Recall or the 80’s were fucking fantastic.

      1. +1 I’d Buy That For a Dollar

      2. Well, the article is mostly aimed at militaristic movies, so thankfully he is not criticizing Die Hard.

      3. Someone who takes politics so seriously his life is joyless because everything offends him.

      4. David Sirota also claimed Seabiscuit contained thinly veiled white supremacist notions, so his views on these things aren’t exactly reasonable.

        1. He should probably avoid the My Little Pony movie, then.

        2. Sea biscuit had extremely offensive material in it. I refer, of course, to the FDR ball licking.

      5. Die Hard.

        The Running Man.


        1. Lethal Weapon.

        2. “What are the names of three really crappy movies?”

          1. You’re dead to me now.

            1. I wasn’t before?

              1. For some reason, your handle makes him think of you as kindred spirit…

                1. You, on the other hand, should just get off my lawn.

          2. Remember, Old Man, when I promised to kill you last?

            1. Remember, Old Man, when I promised to kill you last?

              Many have tried and yet… I managed to get old.

        3. My favorite thing about Schwarzenegger movies is the names of his characters. They’re always way too English for his thick Austrian accent. “John Matrix”, “John Kimble”, “Howard Langston”. LOL.

    3. First Blood wasn’t all that jingoistic. Rambo II reversed that of course.

      1. First Blood is a movie about PTSD, the mistreatment of Vietnam vets and asshole cops who think they are the law.

        ‘Red Dawn’ is a movie about living under occupation and the tragic, desperate lengths people will go to to resist invaders.

        Amazing how all the nuance in these movies get sucked out by people who can’t think.

        1. Taps was one of the weird entries in the 80’s movie genre and a personal favorite for some reason.

          1. Agreed. Very good movie.

        2. Precisely. Which is why ‘The Demolition Man’ is awesome.

          Are we saying Stallone is a genius.

          /eyes widen.

          1. Demolition Man came out in 1993, you admitted Canadian.

            1. I know. I was just expanding on Grand’s ‘nuance’ comment.


              1. AH-HA! I KNEW IT!

            2. Not in Canada. In Canada it came out last year.

          2. +3 Shells

          3. +3 Shells

      2. I watched First Blood recently – been years since I last saw it. It holds up pretty well, stunts ‘n’ all though I never liked Stallone’s hammy acting in the last scene(s).

        1. IT’S NEVER OVER!

        2. You need to blame the director for stuff like that.

      3. I don’t think First Blood was even a \emph{little bit} jingoistic.

        Jesse Walker has a thorough and nuanced discussion of the Rambo quadrilogy in his book.

        1. Ugh. I’m using LaTeX tags instead of HTML tags. Good thing vacation is next week.

          1. \mathbf{SHUT THE FUCK UP MORON}


  32. Scientists think they have finally resolved mystery of Moon’s origin

    Astronomers have finally resolved the riddle of moon’s origin. According to a study published in the prestigious Nature journal, the moon was formed by a collision between baby Earth and a primordial planet called Theia. Scientists said Theia was strikingly similar to the Earth in composition. The study resolves a long-standing puzzle about why Earth and the moon have a similar chemical composition.

    Computer simulations showed that a large chunk of material that formed the moon came from Theia. Alessandra Mastrobuono-Battisti of the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa and the lead author of the study said that Theia, the shattered impactor, likely had a slightly different isotopic makeup than Earth.

    Using advanced computer models, researchers ran multiple simulations of late-stage planet formation. Within a period of 100-200 million years, each simulation gave birth to three or four planets due to the collision of planetary embryos and planetesimals. After analyzing the last moon-forming impact scenarios, astronomers concluded that Earth and Theia had the same chemical composition.

    1. I thought it was caused by something passing through Warty while he was doing a deep squat.

    2. Bullshit. Warty Hugeman shit out the moon after eating every cow on Beefonia 9, the Beef Planet, and drinking the entire ocean on Beer World. Everyone knows this.

      1. Knowing is half the battle.


          1. HEY KIDS I’M A COMPUTER


      2. Great going SF, now you just created a new religion based on the Warty Hugeman mythology.

    3. Mastrobuono-Battisti

      Just rolls off the tongue.

    4. Hasn’t this theory been around for quite a while?

    5. Theia and Gaia?

      1. Goddamn lesbos!

        1. Just bumping and grinding against each other. Scandalous!

          1. And it ends with the entire planet getting mooned.

    6. Were the planetesimals polled?

  33. CEDA debate featuring students from Hah-Vahd:


    Like gasping and speed-talking? This link is for you:


    1. What the hell is that supposed to be?

      1. A girl with Tourette’s shitting a gross of thumbtacks?


  34. GoFundMe shuts down defense donation page for South Carolina cop

    A fundraising page dedicated to South Carolina police officer Michael Slager was shut down by GoFundMe on Wednesday.

    Slager was charged with the murder of 50-year-old Walter Scott after video surfaced of him shooting at the unarmed man eight times. GoFundMe’s public relations manager, Kelsea Little, told The Huffington Post that the page’s removal was “due to a violation of our terms and conditions.”

    However, Little said GoFundMe was unable to discuss the details of the campaign with anyone other than the organizer because of “privacy concerns.”

    One source of outside financial support for the Slager family will be North Charleston. In a press conference Wednesday, Mayor Keith Summey confirmed that the town would continue to pay for the medical insurance of the officer’s wife, who is eight months pregnant, until the birth of the child.

    Comparisons have been drawn between the shooting of Scott and Ferguson, Missouri, teen Michael Brown, including the online fundraising for the officer involved in the shooting in response to protests against police brutality.

    Who watches that video says “Hey, I better donate money to this guy’s defense!”?

    1. As much as I may dislike the cop, I think it is a bad decision to start discriminating between fundraising efforts.

      1. yeah I don’t like go fund me doing this but it is their right to do so.

        1. Maybe if he snapped because of some repressed homosexual tendencies they should have to

          1. repressed homosexualcidal tendencies


            1. Not so much repressed.

      2. Yeah. Just let it rot in embarrassment as the ‘$0’ gauge never moves.

        Didn’t the father himself give a moving interview about his son killing a human like an animal or something?

        1. Another reason why it’s a bad idea is because soon after Memories Pizza was getting a lot of donations a leftist nutbar demanded the government move in and shut GoFundMe down.

          Just let things work themselves out.

    2. As I mentioned up thread, I’m desperately trying to figure out what the fuck CEDA is about. I sure as hell don’t get it and judging from that smug, butthurt Paul Marbrey calling us racists for thinking so, I can sorta see why it’s a joke.

      Fall. Of. The. West.

    3. Go read one of the Ferguson thread for some ideas.

    4. Nobody, but if GFM starts shutting down donation pages, they will start being pressured into shutting down pages for the likes of Memories Pizza, so the SJW crowd can continue to bankrupt anyone who displeases them.

    5. Cops.

    6. Cops is who donates. They shouldn’t shut it down. There is nothing illegal or immoral about contributing to someone’s defense. It is just helping them get a fair trial. Even though the guy is a cop and judging from the video likely guilty, he still deserves a defense and a fair trial and there is nothing wrong with people donating to see he gets one.

    7. GoFundMe’s public relations manager, Kelsea Little, told The Huffington Post that the page’s removal was “due to a violation of our terms and conditions.” However, Little said GoFundMe was unable to discuss the details of the campaign with anyone other than the organizer because of “privacy concerns.”

      Well, Kelsea, since the campaign’s page has been *removed* due to *your* terms and conditions can’t you at least give us a little hint?


        To report a campaign that you believe violates the guidelines below, please contact us at: http://www.gofundme.com/contact

        Sexually explicit material
        Sexually suggestive material
        Adult services or products
        Pornography of any kind
        Material relating to adult industry
        Campaigns in defense of formal charges of heinous crimes, including violent, hateful, or sexual acts

        1. Rules Guidelines are meant to be broken considered

          1. ZERO TOLERANCE

    8. In a press conference Wednesday, Mayor Keith Summey confirmed that the town would continue to pay for the medical insurance of the officer’s wife, who is eight months pregnant, until the birth of the child.

      I’m not going to beat them up for that.

  35. “GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul accused television anchor Savannah Guthrie of “editorializing” and asking biased questions during a contentious Today show interview.”

    17.0 Bush
    15.8 Walker
    9.2 Cruz
    9.2 Paul
    9.0 Carson
    8.8 Huckabee
    6.8 Rubio
    5.6 Christie
    2.8 Perry
    1.8 Santorum
    1.3 Jindal
    1.3 Kasich

    Those candidates are listed by polling numbers, but they might as well be listed in terms of their name recognition. The only guy there with a lot more name recognition than support is Christie, and that’s probably because what primary voters know about him is all bad.

    The way they keep going after Rand Paul in the MSM, his name recognition numbers are going to go way up. There’s a huge chunk of GOP primary voters who don’t know anything about Paul, and if the only thing they do know about him is that the MSM hates him because he’s pro-life, etc.–then that can’t be a bad thing for the Rand Paul campaign.

    Isn’t the only thing most of them know about Walker that the public employee unions hate him?

    1. Ron Paul’s numbers kept going up the more he debated/campaigned in Iowa so I imagine Paul will follow the same trajectory.

      The only question is if he’ll peak early and hit the same ceiling Ron did. I say no because he’s obviously a better speaker and politician.

      1. Rand will be destroyed by Sheldon Adelson and his neocon buddies.

      2. Also, whatever support ceiling Ron Paul hit for being an anti-war candidate was partially because he was running against an ongoing war in Iraq.

        I suspect there’s a substantive difference in a lot of primary voters’ minds between opposing a war that’s currently being fought, on the one hand, and opposing unnecessary hypothetical wars in the future.

        1. There is a huge difference. GOP voters are not generally big on saving the world. But once we do commit, they expect to win. Reason is bitching and moaning about Paul wanting to increase the defense budget. They are missing the genius of that position. Paul’s commitment to a big defense is his way of assuring GOP voters that he is not some self loathing “why do they hate us” type. I think a bigger defense budget is a small price to pay for fewer or no wars for a while.

          1. Rand Paul’s success is not only due to the early boost he got from his father’s supporters, but also from his willingness to work within the establishment that so hated and worked against his father.

            Some of the puzzling things he is doing with the media strike me as being from the same playbook: designed to advance both his personal fortunes and the fortunes of the Republican Party – placating the establishment vice goading it into opposing him.

            The Republicans lost the last presidential election because the base did not turn out. The testy exchanges and the baiting of the Democratic party supporting media are allowing him to motivate and excite the base, expand his appeal with that base *without* it coming at the expense of a bloody internecine war with other Republicans candidates.

            I think he will likely not get the nomination, but his campaign will cement him as the leader of a wing of the Republican Party that could even become the dominant one over the course of a decade or two.

            1. I think he has a good shot. I think him, Cruz and Walker are the three contenders. Right now they are all three about even. The question is which one of those guys picks up the most Jeb Bush voters when his candidacy finally implodes. And I honestly don’t know which one that will be.

              1. Bush’s base appeal (other than his name and connections) is basically as an experienced/competent technocrat.

                I think Walker is the natural landing place for Bush supporters who aren’t going on name and connections.

            2. The segments of the Republican base who hate him for being a pinko faggot who won’t nuke Iran hate the media even more than they hate him. If he gets the media in full hate mode against him for the next year, those people will dutifully line up to vote for him.

              1. Those segments are small Warty. And the fact that he is committed to a big defense budget makes it hard for them to convince anyone else that they are right. If Paul came out wanting to cut the hell out of the defense budget, the majority of the GOP base would conclude he is a pinko. The fact that he hasn’t done that means they won’t. The GOP voters will go for carry a big stick and talk softly. They just won’t go for walk away from the world and also disarm.

                1. he is committed to a big defense budget

                  If you think the amendment he offered that garnered 3 votes, 2 of which were his own and Mitch, was a “commitment” to a big defense budget, you have not perceived the gist of the amendment.

                  1. Reason seems to think he is. Weren’t they on here this week bitching about what a sell out he was concerning defense spending?

                    1. Yeah, they didn’t get it either. But, I’ve stopped expecting them to be able to perceive political ploys, even after they’re explained to them.

            3. “The Republicans lost the last presidential election because the base did not turn out.”

              The WSJ recently published a piece disproving that assertion. When time permits I will look for it.

              1. I would be curious to see that. Romney won independents by a wide margin. I can’t see how he could have lost other than because more of the Dem base came out than the GOP base. The bases are not that different in size.

      3. That ceiling is more like a wall and it’s somewhere to the left on the Bell Curve.

    2. I agree. And Bush has huge name recognition. That means it is going to be a lot harder for him to improve his poll numbers than his competitors. At this point, Bush is the Democrats last hope. The only way I see the Democrats winning in 16 is the media can somehow get Bush’s sorry ass nominated causing a big chunk of conservative and Libertarian voters to stay home. Bush would generate less enthusiasm and turnout than Romney did and that is about what it is going to take for the Democrats to win.

      1. It might be disconcerting to the Bush campaign that his numbers are so low. 100% of Republicans recognize his name, and 87% of them would rather nominate someone else.

        Hillary doesn’t have as much competition, but that’s probably because her support level within the Democratic Party is so high–far higher than Bush’s is within the GOP.

        1. It should be very disconcerting. At this point, who is going to support Bush that doesn’t already? Not many people that I can see.

        2. Hillary’s lack of competition comes from a couple of sources, I believe:

          The implosion of the Democrat bench in Congress and the states.

          The well-known thuggery of the Clinton machine.

          1. Unless Warren decides to run, and timing is running out for her to put together a campaign, it will be Hillary, O’Mally and maybe Biden, though I have yet to see Biden actually start to put together a campaign. That is a pretty weak field. I can’t see a far left governor from a deep blue state winning a national election. Can you?

    3. n’t the only thing most of them know about Walker that the public employee unions hate him?

      His campaign out to be running clickbait ads on Taboola. “Public sector unions HATE him.”

      1. That’s what I like about him!

      2. Run it under a photo of the inevitable dykish union rep looking unpleasantly florid, raising one tumescent meat paw to point flaccidly while delivering some risible comment through coffee-stained teeth. THERE’S ALWAYS ONE.

      3. He could be president with this ONE WEIRD TRICK!

        1. I can’t tell if it’s tacky enough to work or if people would miss the joke and think it’s serious. The left would greet it with all the humor an MSNBC panel can muster, in any event.

    1. Doing Opeth better than Opeth? Unpossi-

      *listens to song*

      Well I’ll be damned. Not bad.

      1. And there are even better representatives too. I chose that one because it’s relatively tame.

        Check this one out.

        There’s a good reason for the similarities: the drummer (Martin Lopez) was with Opeth for about a decade. They have an Opeth-ey sound without copying Opeth. They’re taking Opeth like sounds where Opeth now refuses to take them because Opeth refuses to acknowledge its metal roots these days.


  36. http://thefederalist.com/2015/…..ture-wars/

    I don’t follow SCIFI much. Apparently some people launched a campaign to get some decent writers Hugo Awards instead of the usual SJW favorites. The reaction to their success was the usual “racist white men launch sexist and racist campaign to destroy the Hugo Awards.

    1. I tried to get Robby to write something about this, but I guess he’d rather spend time grooming his luxurious head of hair.

      1. It seems like it might be a big deal. Progs have taken over every big award and institution in this country. It would be nice to see normal people take some of them back.

        1. It’s almost better to leave them to their sad mutual admiration societies like we do with Hollywood awards shows. They’re too busy patting each other on the back to be of any real cultural detriment.

          1. I disagree. They use that power to keep better artists from getting known. Eventually they turn the entire art form into horrible PC dreck and cause people to turn away from it entirely. They basically destroy anything they touch.

            1. It seems pretty self-limiting, but then again, I’m happy to see pushback in gaming against the forces of mediocrity. I’m not an avid fan of the medium, but watching the attempted takeover as it plays out has been fascinating. If nothing else the social justice bores seem to be reigniting misogyny and racism as an ironic counterculture. Which is probably for the best, because mockery is the best response to both bigotry and lefty concern trolling.

    2. Check out the Popehat (and ClarkHat) twitter feeds for the past week. He’s been dealing with those idiots, mostly making fun of them.

      That article, by the way, leaves out the part where Arthur Chu tweeted, and then memory holed, that picture of Brad Torgerson and his wife and daughter, calling the wife and daughter “shields”. Thankfully, ClarkHat screenshotted it before it got memory holed.

      1. These people are evil. They so badly want to start killing. They just don’t have the power and hopefully never will. If they ever get it, they will happily start murdering people.

      2. Chu’s a genius, a fucking genius!

        Why don’t “conservatives” want to conserve good things like clean water instead of bad stuff like racism? The water’s running out way faster

        1. The water’s running out?

          I doubt that. Its just in inconvenient places. I’m not aware that H2O exiting the planet is a problem.

    3. Hilarious:

      “CORRECTION: After misinterpreting reports in other news publications, EW published an unfair and inaccurate depiction of the Sad Puppies voting slate, which does, in fact, include many women and writers of color.”

      The media just regurgitate the latest talking points without any critical examination whatsoever.

      1. I saw a list of like ten publications who published the exact same talking points about this on the same day. They are so obvious you have to laugh.

  37. Rand Paul needs to stop being such a whiny thing about questions that are posed to him. It was the Today Show. Yikes. He hasn’t seen anything yet.
    Anyway, here questions were the exact same questions Nick wondered about here last week…has Rand Paul changed his mind about many issues.
    Grow up.

    1. Grow up? Like you, joe? Rand Paul should only be 5’1″ and troll websites?

      You pathetic fuck. I hope your high school debate coach killed himself when he found out how little you made of yourself.

    2. No Joe. He needs to continue to tell Democratic operatives like Gutherie to fuck off. Let them go after him. The more they go after him the more GOP voters will like him and the more apparent the contrast between how they treat him and their endless boot licking of Obama.

      Republicans need to treat the media like the enemies they are and with complete contempt. Pretending the media has any integrity or does anything but shill for the other side is a fool’s errand. So of course, since everything you say is a lie, you claim they need to be nice to the media. Concern troll is forever concerned.

      1. I don’t understand why more republicans can’t emulate the Reagan style, or at least try. He was the undisputed champ of dealing with the scum in the JournoList, but doing it with class and grace, which only infuriated them even more because they couldn’t get to him.

        1. I agree with MM on this one. More flies with honey, etc., etc. Perhaps it could be a planned strategy to attract red-meat primary voters, but I think he loses more than he gains.

        2. I agree Mike. That is the best way to do it. More Republicans don’t do it because it is really hard to do. It is really hard to make someone look like a fool and look like a nice guy doing it. Reagan was the best there has ever been at that.

        3. The professional acting experience probably helped

          1. Not to mention some amount of charisma. That’s probably asking too much these days.

        4. Because it’s hard to do. You have to simultaneously, in real time, (a) realize somebody is being a partisan hack shit head asking you a loaded question and (b) figure out how to “unload” the question (c) not look pissed off or irritated.

          No way I could do it in real time.

      2. Scum like joe like it when Republicans know their place, when they accept that they’re scum and grovel for the approval of their betters. I look forward to many years of whining that Rand Paul doesn’t play their bullshit game properly.

    3. Is that really joe?

      How’s it goin’ joe!

      1. It is really Joe. We sniffed him out a couple of weeks ago.

        1. Good ol’ joe. That fucking guy.

      2. He’s been out there doing god’s work in some of the worst neighborhoods in America.

  38. “The Baltimore Police Department has used an invasive and controversial cellphone tracking device thousands of times in recent years while following instructions from the FBI to withhold information about it from prosecutors and judges, a detective revealed in court testimony Wednesday.”

    “We learned it from you, okay?!”

  39. GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul accused television anchor Savannah Guthrie of “editorializing” and asking biased questions during a contentious Today show interview.

    He’ll be getting a lot of that, but he needs to have a better response. If the left knows they get him to throw a tantrum, that’s all they’ll do.

    1. His brilliant response to the abortion question yesterday suggests Team Rand has been thinking of better ways to answer those kinds of questions. It’s gone over extremely well with the GOP primary base.

      1. What was that answer?

        1. The answer is that there is no answer, and leaving the question to the states is perhaps the best bet for engendering lasting peace in the culture war at the national level.

          …is what I would have said.

          Rand responded by asking whether Debbie whatshername Schultz thinks it’s acceptable to kill a seven pound baby. Schultz took the bait with gusto and affirmed that it is.

          1. Abortion, the only decision Schultz doesn’t think the government should be involved in.

          2. “When an abortion bill comes to my desk I’ll review it on its merits and act accordingly.”

        2. Here it is

          Basically he called out journalists for always framing the abortion debate on Democrats’ terms instead of addressing the obvious issue about when life begins.

      2. It suggest that Team Red finally has a few people who are smarter and braver than what they had before.

        1. No longer the stupid party? What will we call it, then?!

          1. The less stupid party. Or maybe the sometimes stupid party.

            1. Other way around, I think. The mostly stupid party.

  40. Most people speak about 60 words per minute. The top-ranked so-called debaters speak about 350 words per minute.


    Berkeley vs. Harvard, next on WINDOWLICKER DEATHMATCH


    1. Turn on the closed captioning. Oh, my.

      1. “rockabilly singer sleepy action according to give a new 48 your free”

        Top that, Agile Cyborg

    2. What’s the point? I thought debate was about convincing arguments and effective communication.

      1. You obviously aren’t very familiar with high school and college “debate.”

      2. Long ago, as when I was in high school, it was a highly technical game of making/challenging points with some shred of evidence. Speed was essential, even back in the quill pen days, to win the academic sport at least.

      3. What I dread most about my son is that he’ll probably subject me a decade and a half of pop music

  41. An enterprising redditor created a slow motion gif from the video of the SC cop planting the taser by the dead guy. In front of another cop, no less. http://i.imgur.com/DTYSXXC.gif

    1. Sentence him to general population. Let natural law sort it out.

    2. That is definitive.

      The other cop needs be charged as an accessory.

  42. So he opposes transitioning for transgendered minors?

  43. What? The “giant impact hypothesis” has been the standard explanation for a very long time.

  44. I don’t even know what to say to the idiots who buy into this.

    Reddit CEO Ellen Pao Bans Salary Negotiations To Equalize Pay For Men, Women

    “Men negotiate harder than women do and sometimes women get penalized when they do negotiate,” she said. “So as part of our recruiting process we don’t negotiate with candidates. We come up with an offer that we think is fair. If you want more equity, we’ll let you swap a little bit of your cash salary for equity, but we aren’t going to reward people who are better negotiators with more compensation.”

    1. Next headline: “Reddit Hemorrages staff to better paying compeditors”

    2. I’m sure Reddit’s competitors are thrilled.

      1. As well as their suppliers, who presumably negotiate.

    3. we aren’t going to reward people who are better negotiators with more compensation

      Er… what? If your concern is that “sometimes women get penalized when they do negotiate” you could just not penalize for that at your company.

      1. They may as well put out a special edition Reddit Barbie that says “Negotiating is hard!”

        1. It’s so insulting. They’re not just implying incompetence at negotiating, but that women are also incredibly naive and gullible. “Don’t worry your pretty little head over how much we should pay you. We did all of the hard work in figuring it out” Fuck that noise.

    4. “We come up with an offer that we think is fair.”

      Uh huh.

    5. we aren’t going to reward people who are better negotiators have not only the courage but basic workplace/life skill to ask for more compensation
      FTFY, deservedly underpaid bitch

    6. Why would anyone hire this person given her history of suing her employers?

    7. So the solution isn’t to teach women to be self-sufficient tough negotiators?

      Sometimes I hate the world. I need my hate bubble, stat.

    8. They do take it or leave it offers and they justify it by saying they are doing it for the benefit of potential employees?

      How delightfully robber baronesque of them!

      1. It’s like car dealers that do “no haggle pricing”. They’re laughing all the way to the bank!

  45. Jesus went to hell: The Christian history churches would rather not acknowledge

    I’ve never been even close to a Christian and even I know that Jesus went to hell. To the moronic writer’s credit, he acknowledges the existence of the Apostles’ Creed. But somehow he thinks it’s not, you know, a foundation of Christianity or something.

    1. My favorite Christian misconception: most Christians believe that when people die, they either go to heaven or hell. What the Bible actually says is that everyone stays dead until judgement day. Then they either go to heaven or hell.

      So if heaven and hell exist, there are no people there right now.

      1. You can thank Dante for a lot of that

      2. most Christians believe

        There is a substantial number of Christians, who call themselves Catholics that believe in a place called Purgatory. Maybe you’ve heard of them.

        1. I saw Supernatural, I know all about that.

      3. Then what was the vision about the rich man in hell in Luke 16? The one about how the rich man did not give the beggar Lazarus any help and so ended up in hell begging for water. It describes Lazarus going to heaven right after his death and the rich man going to hell right after his death.

      4. That is not Catholic theology.

    2. I think the mind of a Salon writer goes something like, 1. learns a fact 2. treats it like the discovery of the new world

      1. 3. publish an 800 word writeup with all the nuance and scope of a Buzzfeed article.

    3. Salon plays the most pathetic version of the gotcha game in town.

    4. I don’t understand why he would think they wouldn’t acknowledge that or have a problem with doing so. It doesn’t make any sense if he didn’t go to hell. The point was Jesus experienced the full life as a man, meaning death, suffering, hell, the sense of abandonment by God, everything. What is this guy’s next article? “Jesus was executed as a criminal by Roman authorities: The Christian history churches would rather not acknowledge”?

      1. The point was Jesus experienced the full life as a man, meaning death, suffering, hell, the sense of abandonment by God, everything.

        There’s one thing missing off your list of things required for experiencing “the full life as a man.” Hint: it involves vaginas.

        1. -1 Gospel of Mary

        2. Not necessarily. There is nothing essential about sex to life. It is a part of life, but so is murder and lots of other things. So is sin, for that matter. And Jesus didn’t experience any of that. There is nothing contradictory or problematic about him never getting married or experiencing sex. Those things while a part of life are not essential to every life.

          1. When the Church doles out advice concerning sex in the name of a man who never had sex, I think you;re wrong about that John.

            Jesus and his message are nothing more than what churches say it is.

            1. They don’t dole out advice about sex other than don’t do it out of marriage and maybe don’t do it unless you want kids. Moreover, they dole out advice about killing and war too. Jesus didn’t do any of those things either.

              The point of Jesus was to experience the human condition or life death and suffering. It was also to give the Jews one last warning that they needed to stop treating their covenant with God as a private religion and make it a world religion. Marriage and family had nothing to do with any of that.

        3. There’s one thing missing off your list of things required for experiencing “the full life as a man.” Hint: it involves vaginas.

          Doesn’t a wedding cake make up for that?

        4. Hint: it involves vaginas.

          Not for every man it doesn’t.

      2. Every year, Catholics celebrate the maiming and execution of an innocent man!

    5. You know who else probably went to hell?

      1. Everybody – 144,000?

        1. The Mormons had it right all along.

      2. Saddam Hussein?

      3. All people on Oceanic Flight 815?

    6. SugarFree meets theology: Hell is Full of Buff Demons Having Gay Sex- I Love It


      1. Wow, the “customers who viewed..” books are also amazing. “Conquered by Clippy”

        1. Seriously, stuff like this is what gives me hope for mankind.

      2. Pat Robertson published a book? Cool!

  46. “[…]the Obama administration has endorsed a ban on “conversion therapy” for minors,[…]”

    Right. I’m sure no one who wants to do this will be able to figure out a way around the ban.

  47. Alternet publishes confession of former libertarian:


    1. It’s so wonderful when a sinner returns to Jesus’ loving arms!

    2. It was inevitable. Rage defines all right-leaning movements in the Obama era. The existence of this hate, vitriol and disgust is beyond dispute.

      What’s the word? Oh, right, projectment. I think.

      1. The existence of this hate, vitriol and disgust is beyond dispute.

        Isn’t the interesting question whether its justified or not?

      2. Rage defines all right-leaning movements in the Obama era. The existence of this hate, vitriol and disgust is beyond dispute.

        He’s missing conempt

    3. Fuck man, how do you even do this day in and day out? Would’ve eaten my gun a long time ago.

      May Cthulhu have mercy on your soul.

      1. May Cthulhu have mercy on your soul.

        That may well be it. When the Elder Gods return, They’ll respond respond to Derpetologist with “Oh, you’ve been reading Alternet? Shit, not much use trying to drive you insane. You’ve encountered it”.

    4. He does have a point that a lot of libertarians need to fucking relax.

  48. Hey! Bobby Flay is fixin to be single again!


    1. My wife isn’t into him. She is all about that foul mouth Scot Gorden Ramsey. I have never been jealous or possessive. It has never bothered me when my wife gets a celebrity crush. I get them too. For some reason her liking Ramsey bugs me. He is such an obnoxious bastard. Maybe he is too much like me.

      1. He’s only like that on the American shows because that’s what FOX perceives Americans want of him. His persona is completely different on the British shows.

      2. Maybe she wants you to yell at her in the kitchen more

        1. For me, there’s an inverse relationship between how well known the chef is for their personality and whether I like them. I like the actual cooking and behind the scenes stuff on cooking shows, the drama and reality tv crap – not so much. So my favorite chefs are the more introverted ones.

    2. How you doin’, Kristen?

    3. Is he the guy with bleached spiky hair and goatee?

      1. Thanks for making me remember the existence of Guy Fieri. Goddammit.

  49. My Aunty Mackenzie recently got a nearly new blue Toyota Venza by working part time online… website here ????????????? http://www.jobsfish.com

  50. http://www.bizjournals.com/kan…..-uber.html

    Kansas City is trying to kick Uber out.

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