IRS Unilaterally Rewrites Obamacare, Senators Reach Iran Compromise, Crooked Educrats Get Prison Time: P.M. Links

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    The Internal Revenue Service has been creatively revising the tax provisions of the Affordable Care Act all by itself. Congress can go home now.

  • A compromise over dealing with Iran's nuclear program has been reached, say elephants and donkeys alike on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Lawmakers will reserve the power to review the agreement.
  • Wealthy and connected Hillary Clinton is on her way to being Romneyed in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.
  • President Obama offered Iraq humanitarian support—but not so much in the way of military assistance—for its efforts in fighting ISIS.
  • He also wants Cuba off the list of state sponsors of terrorism.
  • A little down time in prison awaits some Atlanta educrats found guilty of inflating public school test scores.
  • Florida's ban on adoptions by gay couples—already ruled unenforceable by the courts—was struck from the books by lawmakers.

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  1. Florida’s ban on adoptions by gay couples?already ruled unenforceable by the courts?was struck from the books by lawmakers.

    Seems cruel to orphans, letting them get adopted into Florida.

    1. Hello.

      Rangers in, say, five?

      1. Who knows. At least the Pens had a better road than home record as of late.

  2. The Internal Revenue Service has been creatively revising the tax provisions of the Affordable Care Act all by itself. Congress can go home now.

    But John Oliver convinced me the IRS was good!

    1. You’re the one who watches that show?

      1. His asking Snowden about truck nuts was the most important, educational part of the whole issue. NSA overreach? Pshah.

    2. Needz moar moneyz to collect moneyz.

  3. The Internal Revenue Service has been creatively revising the tax provisions of the Affordable Care Act all by itself.

    And Congress thanks them for lifting yet another burden from its shoulders.

    1. I thought that the Supreme Court already took that from congress?

      1. The Supreme Court take power rather than defer to the Legislature/Executive branches? Ha.

  4. A little down time in prison awaits some Atlanta educrats found guilty of inflating public school test scores.

    But have they yet been fired?

    1. But have they yet been fired?

      And what about their cushy pensions when they get out of prison?

    2. Like, rape rape prison?

        1. Peter, you are a very very bad man!

        2. Where they will all learn about Common Corehole.

          1. Corehole? Wait, I thought it was Cornhole and had something to do with bio-fuel subsidies.

            I need a program to keep all this straight.

  5. The Internal Revenue Service has been creatively revising the tax provisions of the Affordable Care Act all by itself. Congress can go home now.

    Repeal the 16th amendment, and end the IRS already.

  6. Wealthy and connected Hillary Clinton is on her way to being Romneyed in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

    The media’s going to convince the country she’s conducting a war on women?

    1. She has notebooks full of lesbians. . . . .

      1. “Binders”

        1. I want ‘Blinders’.

          She’ll tank her campaign when filmed talking about 47% of women…

        2. binders full of butches?

    2. Multiple wives?

      1. Heckled by Iowans?

        “Corporations are people, my friend.”

    3. She once left Bill in a cage on top of the car?

      1. Works for Chelsea too….

        1. Better, actually.

        2. You don’t put horses on top of the car!

  7. He also wants Cuba off the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

    Just what you’d expect from a state sponsor of terrorism.

  8. Hildog goes all AGW. Heffalumps rejoice.

    http://www.rtcc.org/2015/04/13…..house-run/

    1. In a speech last December Hillary Clinton said Obama’s carbon cutting policies “must be protected at all costs”, labelling them “unprecedented” and calling for politicians to “act decisively? to head off catastrophic consequences.”

      Is HRC’s campaign going to be carbon-neutral?

      Remember, she even brags about having lots of frequent flier miles as SoS. Were those jet CO2 emissions offset in any way?

      1. I’m sure the Clinton Foundation issues CO2 offsets in-house.

        1. Those are really just dental dams.

          1. Stop now, please, my soul can’t take another 18 months of this

    2. My question for her in the debates: How much money will this cost, and how much will it lower the global temperature in 50 or 100 years? If the answers are “scores of billions of dollars” and “a tiny fraction of one degree Fahrenheit,” then STFU.

      1. C’mon. Her answer is “Yes, I am qualified to be President! Next question?”

  9. http://journals.aps.org/pr/abs…..sRev.48.73

    “The Particle Problem in the General Theory of Relativity” (The Einstein-Rosen paper that predicted the existence of wormholes)

    The many-particle system is expected to be represented by a regular solution of the field equations corresponding to a space of two identical sheets joined by many bridges. In this case, because of the absence of singularities, the field equations determine both the field and the motion of the particles.

    1. Big whoop, wanna fight about it?

      1. No, but the Federation and Dominion may be fighting over it a few centuries from now.

        1. And then again a few decades before that?

  10. Wealthy and connected Hillary Clinton is on her way to being Romneyed in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

    Seamus lived; Buddy didn’t.

    1. Neither did Vince Foster

      1. nor Ron Brown.

  11. Wealthy and connected Hillary Clinton is on her way to being Romneyed in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

    Do we know if she paid her taxes? No? Let’s just lie about it anyway.

    1. Didn’t you hear, they were broke, no income to tax… They should have filed for EITC.

      1. I hear they applied for food stamps but Bill screwed it up when he had to redact the “dependents” information section on the form.

        1. +1 Webb Hubbell

  12. Obama to remove Cuba from state sponsor of terror list

    President Barack Obama will remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, the White House announced Tuesday, a key step in his bid to normalize relations between the two countries.

    1. Ouch, and if they’d only wrote $270 they could have passed it off as a typo when they eventually got caught.

      1. There’s demonstrable idiocy in her campaign so far. My first thought after I saw this was: “Thankfully, $250 is not 1/6 of $2700.”

        1. Youch!

        2. Nor is it 3/5.

    2. And how much is it in Arabic?

      1. And how much is it in Arabic?

        Probably something like 1 barrel’s worth of Brent Crude.

        1. Something with a lot of zeroes… in unmarked cash… left behind the dumpster…

    3. No, no, you don’t understand. They’re helping. The only way it’s awful if there’s a Taco Bell ad popup or something like that. Their intentions are good, dammit!

      1. Meanwhile the first Google hit for Rand Paul after the Rand Paul for President official page (which is a sponsored ad), is “Kelley Paul says husband Rand Paul not a sexist” from Politico.

    4. All they missed was to write by mistake: $25 in Spic.

  13. Everyone ready for the Justified finale?

    1. My wife just said, “NO SPOILERS!”

      1. My wife is going to be really pissed with any ending that doesn’t put Raylin back with baby momma. Me, I’m rooting for Ava and Boyd.

        1. Hope the DA gets his.

          1. I hope Raylan makes it out of Harlan alive.

        2. I will be pissed if Raylan doesn’t come out alive. I was pretty confident he would, then last night I started thinking it could end with him gut shot and giving his ex/baby one last call.

          But that’s the hack writer in me speculating. The show’s writers are inventive. They’re also rarely all that dark, so I’m still optimistic.

          Part of me is rooting for Ava, but it’s time for Boyd to die.

          1. Up until last episode I was rooting for Boyd. He just turned too dark last episode. Also, I want to know who that guy was that he car jacked, or the guy he referenced…

      2. In the end, NO ONE WAS JUSTIFIED.

        There.

    2. Yes and no. I don’t want it to end.

    3. Oh yeah, will dvr. Probably won’t get around to watching untill Thursday. Should be a good one. Looking forward to the duel.

      1. I can see it ending at least 4 different ways. I really have no idea what’s going to happen.

    4. I have like 5 weeks queued up on the DVR.

      SO NO FUCKING SPOILERS. 😉

      1. Get busy man!

        1. It seems that if you make 80-90 gallons of cider in the, you get really fucking busy racking, bottling, and kegging in the spring. And that’s only one of the issues distracting me now.

          1. That is only 3 barrels.

            My scale has changed. Still finalizing licensing and things, but I should be open Julyish.

            1. Three barrels for a pro.

              15 carboys of single varietal apple cider turned into six different blends. Which meant racking multiple carboys into a large primary to mix the ciders and then pumping back into multiple carboys, and I have a trivial little wine filter/pump to work with.

              So many hours in the basement listening to that little pump whine. 😉

              1. That sounds tedious.

                Blending…bah.

                1. Tedious, yes. Necessary, also yes.

                  It’s not something I was paying attention to when I was buying bushel after bushel of low cost apples over a 2 month span.

                  Now I know better.

                  1. Two friends of mine are making cider, but in both cases it’s been on the harsh and raw side. Not sure what they need to do differently. I probably should have used it as a mixer instead on drinking it straight.

      2. It’s a sled.

    5. The only thing I know about Justified is Nick Searcy, and that he’s hilarious.

      1. Yeah, perfect for his part

  14. I was just typing up notes from a meeting and had to put in a parenthetical “drilling into Mars rocks”. Today was a good day.

    1. But did you have to use your AK?

    2. I need some of that in my meetings. Where do I sign up?

    1. Awww, that’s adorable; Hillary thinks she’s people.

      1. As someone said, Hillary makes sense if you think of her as a robot trying to learn how to appear human.

        1. I’m pretty sure the real Hillary died years ago, and since then she’s been replaced by serial models of Nexus-6 replicants.

          1. She did have that head injury and was out of the public eye for a while. That could be when they did the switch to HillaryBot 2016.

            1. That’s the way your supposed to do it. The switch on Harry Reid was just completely botched.

        2. No, those are usually likable.

      1. The “story” here was =

        “‘Old hag desperately tries to appear ‘hip’ by ostentatiously consuming alternative-coffee-beverages'”

        1. Oh, good. She’s faking it. I was afraid I’d have to give it up.

      2. *Points and laughs*

        1. [Throws chai in CPA’s face.]

          1. You will your chai tea and tai chi… why don’t you get out of Murica! Wait, nm, you’re in Florida so already accomplished.

    2. This reminds me of Paul Wellstone’s green campaign bus.

    3. THE RISE OF HILLARY AND THE DEATH OF POLITICS.

      Already the most unsubstantive campaign ever.

      1. Good article.

  15. http://journals.aps.org/prl/ab…..tt.70.1895

    “Teleporting an unknown quantum state via dual classical and Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen channels”

    An unknown quantum state can be disassembled into, then later reconstructed from, purely classical information and purely nonclassical Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) correlations. To do so the sender, ”Alice,” and the receiver, ”Bob,” must prearrange the sharing of an EPR-correlated pair of particles. Alice makes a joint measurement on her EPR particle and the unknown quantum system, and sends Bob the classical result of this measurement. Knowing this, Bob can convert the state of his EPR particle into an exact replica of the unknown state which Alice destroyed.

    1. Forgot the tease

      And while that’s well and good (that is???pride in oneself and in one’s identity), the resulting sociopolitical culture among millennials and their slightly older political forerunners is corrosive and destructive to progress in social justice. And herein lies the problem???in attempting to solve pressing and important social issues, millennial social justice advocates are violently sabotaging genuine opportunities for progress by infecting a liberal political narrative with, ironically, hate.

      1. The author forgets, or perhaps hasn’t had the pleasure of being taught, that progressivism is goal-oriented in the same way a switch or whip or noose is “goal-oriented.”

    2. “As a white, female, upper middle class, bisexual person who engages in alternative sexual practices I approve of this article.”

      Jesus, some people really do not get the joke that they’ve become.

      1. Yeah, it’s fucking ridicules

        1. Describing your sexuality in that fashion certainly ridicules fucking.

          1. She’s not describing anything, she’s tallying her victim points.

            1. But I couldn’t shoehorn his typo into a joke with that.

    3. For once, an intellectually honest progressive article on the SWJs.

      I appreciated its criticism of bogus SWJ statistics, in particular the ridiculous one out of five college women is raped.

      Let’s assume this is true and do the math: A woman spends, say, five years in college. So, in any given year, she has 1/5 of a 20% chance of getting raped. That is, she has a 4% probability of getting raped during a year.

      Compare that with probability with South Africa, a country notorious for rape, where anonymous surveys indicate than an average of 25% of men admit to having forced women into sexual submission. Feminist organizations have estimated that there are about 500,000 rapes per year in this country of 56,000,000. Assuming that only women are raped, this works out to a 2% probability of getting raped during a year.

      Does anyone seriously believe that it is an American coed is less save walking unescorted across campus than she would be walking unescorted in Johannesburg?

      Note that I’m comparing apples-to-apples here: i.e., both the American and the South African statistics are the products of progressives. My South African friends advise me that the dangers of rape there are real, but I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the stats. However, the South African stats are indeed adequate to put the lie to the bullshit one-in-five US “statistic”.

  16. President Obama offered Iraq humanitarian support?but not so much in the way of military assistance?for its efforts in fighting ISIS.

    BO pats Iraqi Premier on back, say “Heckuva job, Brownie!”

  17. 11 Cars Drive In Sync To Create A Huge Drawing For A Young Girl Who Misses Her Dad

    Stephanie’s father is an astronaut for NASA and spends long periods of time in space. He likes to take pictures of Earth from space so she thought she would send him a message that he could find.

    She enlisted the help of Hyundai to make a huge drawing, that has now broken a world record for its size.

    1. Very cool! Thanks.

    1. Nothing! I give you the greatest news story evah and you bastards give me nothing!?!?!?

      1. We’re struck dumb with awe.

      2. I really don’t understand the hatred leveled at Bieber. Or the love. I can’t understand why he gets any air time at all.

      3. Did ya hear the Giants lost the opener?

    2. Meh.

  18. India to Pakistan = Fuck You
    Pakistan to Indian = NO FUCK YOU

    “Last week, India announced it will establish protected settlements to rehouse about 200,000 Hindus in the Kashmir Valley.
    ….
    Then on Friday, Pakistan released Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, ringleader of the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people across India’s financial capital.

    …with Modi in New Delhi, this Indian government is far less tolerant of Pakistani terrorism than its predecessor. A repeat Mumbai 2008 would ignite a far stronger response. The risk is that Pakistan may gamble otherwise.”

    prediction – Kerry tries to mediate, everyone tells him to fuck off.

    Its the thing these days.

    1. Infidels of the world unite!

    2. Then on Friday, Pakistan released Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, ringleader of the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people across India’s financial capital.

      Jesus. And Pakistan is not on the state sponsored terrorism list.

      1. Pakistan understands the comparative lessons of Libya and North Korea.

      2. Well, to be fair – the guy swore he’d never massacre Indians again. And crossed his heart and everything.

    3. prediction – Kerry tries to mediate, everyone tells him to fuck off.

      And in the process, India and Pakistan come to realize how much they have in common and indefinitely postpone hostilities to attack their real enemy – John Kerry and the United States.

    4. Whew! Good thing there aren’t any nukes involved!!

  19. http://www.sciencedirect.com/s…..6586900548

    “Evolution and logistics of an early lunar base”

    Having these cost in mind the authors present a concept having a greater effectiveness based on the following operational characteristics…

    1. I bet I can keep the base from getting mail.

      1. Lunans better pay their taxes to their Terran overlords. Or else, we’ll send a regiment of space marines to bring them back in line.

        1. They’ll just blow it up and fly off into space. With Bela Lugosi and his ex-wife.

          1. Fucking refresh.

        2. “Or else, we’ll send a regiment of space marines to bring them back in line.”

          Well, what type of space marines are you referring to?

          Type 1: http://www.co-optimus.com/imag…..e-over.jpg

          Type 2: http://static.comicvine.com/up…..2229-1.jpg

    2. Martin Landau approves of this link.

      1. I wonder what Commander Koenig did with all of the purple-haired employees?

    3. Transportation of prisoners?

  20. “A little down time in prison awaits some Atlanta educrats found guilty of inflating public school test scores.”

    These idiots were offered pleas that required them to take responsibility for their actions and apologize, but they refused. Stupid fucks.

    There are some who say that taking pleas would cause them to forfeit their right to appeal, but the plea bargains were pretty light sentence-wise.

    1. And this is without 3-D printing. Imagine what it will be like once 3-D printers are ubiquitous.

    2. Its so great that Mexico is helping get all those old, non-functioning firearms off the streets and helping criminals buy new, shinier weaponry via subsidy.

    3. Those things look like the rifles from Planet of the Apes.

    4. Seems like an awesome idea. Make a bunch of cheap, shit 3d-printed guns, turn them in for cash, then use the cash to buy a high quality weapon.

  21. President Obama offered Iraq humanitarian support?but not so much in the way of military assistance?for its efforts in fighting ISIS.

    He’s going to send an army of ex-ACORN activists to register Iraqis to vote in the presidential election and sign them up for Obamacare. You can’t be more humanitarian than that.

    Wealthy and connected Hillary Clinton is on her way to being Romneyed in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

    I thought she was a Methodist, not a Mormon.

    1. Pants-shitters shit pants.

    2. Is there a point to that?

      1. Stay up aaaaaaaalllll night and play video games!

    3. One benefit of the free-range kids concept is that the kids actually have the experiences necessary to grow up into an adult.

      Evidently, the sheltered, oversized children who produced this video never did grow up, and now they want a nanny.

  22. I usually vote straight ticket sex party.

    The DEA sex party scandal just got worse
    U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents in Colombia were taking part in alleged sex parties with prostitutes funded by drug cartels years earlier than previously known, U.S. lawmakers said on Tuesday.

    Several DEA agents were taking part in these parties in Bogota as early as 2001, said a summary of a DEA report released by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform at a hearing on the misconduct….

    1. “We didn’t look any further because we are trying mightily to contain this in the Bush presidency.”

      1. They don’t want Clinton to get all pissy at them for not inviting him to any during his administration.

    2. BOOOOOSSSHH did it too! Scandal over.

  23. CNN: see Cuba before American investors ruin it.

    Pure. Evil.

    1. You should be privileged to see through these morons how leftists behaved when they fawned over commies back in the day. It’s the exact same thing.

      And yes, it’s evil.

    2. What I don’t get is, why do they think Americans are going to have such better luck than European or Canadian investors? Or do they genuinely believe Cuba is under world-wide sanctions denying it all trade and investment?

      1. “They” (the

      2. Shit…

        meant to say,

        …Yes, more or less.

        the lefty media has this amazing habit of cooking up lies? then they forget that they were lying and assume their lies are true. Therefore, the idea that “Real Cuba is Doomed” is taken for granted due to the drop of the US embargo.

        Because “KapitalistKorporashuns” destroy everything good and turn it into a strip mall*

        (*they need to ensure to insert their elitist disdain for middle-america into a story about cuba)

    3. About the only upside is that it’s completely un-self-aware evil. The implications of that comment don’t even occur to them.

    4. “Travel to Cuba, before it gets some decent food.

  24. “When John Wilkes Booth killed President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater in Washington on April 14, 1865, was he inspired by John Brown, the militant abolitionist whose public execution Booth had witnessed in Virginia six years earlier?…

    “But Lincoln is not just a unifying national icon. He is a lasting example of the proper use of the higher law: that is, the principled pursuit of justice through a popularly elected government. Although lone-wolf higher-law types like John Brown and John Wilkes Booth sometimes have positive results, history has shown that the higher law of individuals can also be a slippery slope that leads to unleashed violence. At Gettysburg, Lincoln announced “a new birth of freedom” for “this nation, under God”?a higher law declaration. But in the next breath he expressed a firm commitment to preserving “government of the people, for the people, by the people.” Even the most apparently virtuous aims, Lincoln knew, can be dangerous if they are not channeled through a democratically chosen government.

    “Here, in his address at Gettysburg, Lincoln defined the truly American higher law.”

    http://www.theatlantic.com/pol…..aw/385461/

    1. “Any people anywhere being inclined and having the power have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better…Any portion of such people that can may revolutionize and make their own of so much of the territory as they inhabit.”

      Jeff Davis? Alexander Stephens? Calhoun? Nope, back-bencher Congressman Abraham Lincoln (Whig-Ill) denouncing Mr. Polk’s War against Mexico which he considered unconstitutional.

      1. Any people anywhere being inclined and having the power have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government

        Hmmm….I guess unilateral secession nearly always comes down who’s stick is bigger.

    2. But Lincoln is not just a unifying national icon. He is a lasting example of the proper use of the higher law: that is, the principled pursuit of justice through a popularly elected government.

      Why bother with insignificant things like a Constitution, if the people can vote into office a God On Earth?

      1. Vox Populi, Vox Dei.

    3. Even the most apparently virtuous aims, Lincoln knew, can be dangerous if they are not channeled through a democratically chosen government.

      Fuck off, Abe!

    4. How about the violence that Abe unleashed?

      Its a joke to posit that this mass murderer actually acted in furtherance of The Higher Law; to the contrary, if you, like Lincoln, suspend habeus corpus; exile a sitting congressman who is critical of your warfare / welfare totalitarian schemes; shut down opposition newspapers; threaten to incarcerate reporters and publishers critical of you; actually imprison thousands of editors, pamphleteers, publishers, reporters and others, including the grandson of Francis Scott Key; intimidate and threaten judges; arrest and imprison the majority of a state legislature; implement an income tax; swell the bureaucracy with rapacious locusts and 48ers; plan and execute total war on civilians; plan the genocide of the Great Plains Indians and be a guy who both Adolph Hitler and Josef Stalin admire, you will be sentenced to an eternity in hell by the true Higher Law.

      1. How about the violence that Abe unleashed?

        He unleashed no violence. That was entirely the fault of southern criminal states.

        1. Those states that criminally declared independence from another state that did the exact same thing?

          The civil war will always be morally grey to me. Slavery is terrible, but I that doesn’t mean holding a country together by the point of a bayonet is good either.

          1. But its also the planned mass murder of civilians and the Plains Indians. It is also being the grand poobah of crony capitalism. It is also being the godfather of the income tax. It is also commandeering the private wealth in order to feather his own nest and that of the crony capitalists who constructed the transcontinental railroad. It is also being an enemy of free enterprise and being a supporter of humongous tariffs.

          2. BAHAHAHAHA yes creating an unfree state for the sole purpose of preserving slavery is exactly like the war of independence.

      2. …a guy who both Adolph Hitler and Josef Stalin admire…

        Ho Chi Minh was an admirer of George Washington.

        Therefore, George Washington was a terrible person.

        The point of the italicized comment, aside from Neo-Confederate wankery is…?

        1. Perhaps I should have added that Abe was admired by his successors in mass murder because, well, like them, he wasn’t afraid of killing on a mass scale.

          The employment of the term “Neo-Confederate wankery” to describe the recitation of facts set forth in my post is supposed to be robust intellectual comment?

          1. Government-run schools get a lot of criticism for their failures in genuine education, but they are superb institutions of indoctrination.

            Lincoln was our greatest president. Miss Landry in 4th grade said so. So did Ms. Nelson in 8th grade, and Mr. Jacobs in 10th grade. My history professor in college, of course, did not dissent, and even told us how Karl Marx praised Lincoln upon his inauguration.

            There’s pretty much a 97% consensus of historians that Lincoln was #1, or at least #2.

            So, there!

          2. Perhaps I should have added that Abe was admired by his successors in mass murder because, well, like them, he wasn’t afraid of killing on a mass scale.

            The civilians of Lawrence, Kansas send their regards.

            The employment of the term “Neo-Confederate wankery” to describe the recitation of facts set forth in my post is supposed to be robust intellectual comment?

            Nope, because I’m past the point where I begin from an inference that criticism of Lincoln on the internet is born from any principled grievance against his policies as president (as deplorable/questionable as those policies may have been), and that the critic is most likely a Neo-Confederate wanker until proven otherwise.

  25. Where The Ladies At” = Boko Haram Racks Up 2000 Abductions of Women

    Keep in mind, this is supposed to be the scare-headline that totally freaks people out and encourages western governments to insist on an international response.

    Never mind that they’ve killed that many people in a week, or displaced over a million people.

    I think it would be interesting to note how influential the “HELP AFGHAN WOMEN”-movement was (note: Hillary was all over that stuff in 2010-2012) in helping perpetuate the massive waste of funds in Afghanistan, and has contributed to prolonging the war there.

    1. Because the WIMMINZ being made slave-wives of the jihadist horde is much worse than men and boys being slaughtered.

    1. It must be the GOP primary season

    2. I think the Jeb story is going to be over in a few months.

      i don’t think anybody wants Bush V3.0, and the campaign funding is going to reflect this.

      1. His campaign, possibly.

        But since he hasn’t declared he is allowed to raise unlimited sums for his Super PAC (and I think he is raising HUGE amounts there)… which will no longer be “his” Super PAC when he declares, but run by people he merely “socializes” with regularly.

        Seriously, the campaign “finance” system we have set up in this country currently is retarded and offensive. Just scrap the entire thing and allow candidates to raise as much as their little hearts desire; if there’s corruption/bribery, it’ll be more easily discovered that way rather than this Super PAC shell game.

      2. Jeb is Bush v2.1.

        George P. is Bush v3.0.

    3. Am I reading this right? He’s running on one of his worst decisions as governor? He’s going Rick Perry.

      1. He must’ve had a stroke. This guy is nothing like Gov. Bush.

      2. Jeb Bush was governor? Of an actual state? Like, people went out and voted in favor of that?

        1. He was actually a pretty decent governor. The only real negative I can think of is the Schiavo business. I can’t figure out how to reconcile his seeming small-government views back then with Capt. State now.

          1. What did he do to try and stop the federal income tax?

            What did he do to stop Florida’s war on drugs?

            What did he do to stop Florida’s totalitarian asset forfeiture and seizure regime?

            What did he do to end Florida’s sales tax?

            What did he do to stop Florida’s socialist application of the dangerous instrumentality doctrine to cars?

            1. I said decent, not libertarian. I wouldn’t vote for him now even if he were at least where he was then.

              1. Yeah lets not start acting like leftists here where you either agree with us on everything or you’re the devil.

                1. Bard, you are assuming facts not in evidence.

                  Anyways, don’t fall for the false left / right paradigm.

                  1. He’s assuming you’re a wanker, and there is evidence of that in abundance.

                    1. He’s assuming you’re a wanker, and there is evidence of that in abundance.

                      This is doubly amusing, 1) because it’s true, and 2) because of the irony that the speaker is also a wanker.

              2. Wouldn’t “the only real negative I can think of is the Schiavo business” merit more than decent?

    4. Jeb Bush Defends Terri Schiavo Actions

      How can he seriously defend the actions of the Schiavo mess? That must have been a treat…

      In Focus On The Family Interview

      Oh…

      Focus on the Family: Jeb, was it really difficult to protect Terri’s life?

      Jeb: No, it was the easiest decision of my political career despite the controversy. Everybody has a right to life.

      Focus on the Family: Great. Moving right along…

    5. Jeb’s hilarious. He’s desperately pandering to Christian conservatives who hate him anyway because of amnesty and common core.

      So he’s turning off people who might vote for him to woo people who despise him. Well played, Jeb.

      1. Oooh, another 4-D chess grandmaster, then?

      2. It’s amazing how inept the GOP Establishment is. “You have to support us or those Tea Party crazies will blow it! That’s our job!”

        1. Well worked well the last couple of times oh wait a sec…

  26. The Internal Revenue Service has been creatively revising the tax provisions of the Affordable Care Act all by itself. Congress can go home now.

    “You can say we cut off the Middle Man and pass the savings on to you!”

    1. “You with the checkbook. No, you sit down. We need to have a chat once the others have left with their prizes.”

  27. You know you’re old when you’re sitting in the clubhouse bar at a 55 and over development and they’re playing Siouxsie and the Banshee on the muzak system.

    1. I once heard a soprano sax muzak version of “I Wanna Be Sedated” at the Grocery Store. I couldn’t decide if it was horrifyingly clueless or horrifyingly brilliant.

      1. Sorry, this

        Really, its quite ‘christmas-shopping-esque’

        1. Muzak is in a lot of ways a form of musical sedation and the absolutely banality of the song kinda provides an ironic social commentary on the retail chain shopping experience that sort of reenforcement of the song’s themes.

          IF the creator was aware of the irony and intended the song to be interpretted that way.

          1. I had the most surreal moment in a Publix back in the late 80s, when I heard a Muzak version of “Purple Haze.” I later heard “Communications Breakdown” in a similar setting. Odd.

  28. This could have consequences: Oil-rich nations selling off petrodollar assets at record pace

    http://business.financialpost……=2657-63ae

    Excluding Iran, whose sales are subject to some sanctions, members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries are expected to earn US$380 billion selling their oil this year, according to U.S. estimates. That represents a US$350 billion drop from 2014 ? the largest one-year decline in history.

    “The shock for oil-rich countries is enormous,” Rabah Arezki, head of the commodities research team at the IMF in Washington, said in an interview.

    Oil-rich countries will sell more than US$200 billion of assets this year to bridge the gap left between high fiscal spending and low revenues, Spegel said.

    Where are those dollars going to end up?

    1. The Kochs, right? What do I win?

  29. SpaceX launched another rocket successfully, but the booster landed hard, tipped over, and won’t be reusable. Shame and all that.

    1. Getting better, though. Should have it figured out soon. I wonder if they can recover at least some of the booster (maybe some engines)?

      1. It’s a good thing the left is mostly onboard with the spacy, sciency stuff, because otherwise they’d be screeching MARKET FAILURE after every one of these launches.

        1. I’m surprised we haven’t seen the Eco groups go ballistic, because SpaceX is dropping their rockets into the oceans and polluting them.

          1. Hell, the fuel’s nearly all spent anyway, right? Besides the carbon footprint, the only pollution is whatever ends up unrecoverable in the water. Sounds like surface for coral growth.

    2. landed hard, tipped over, and won’t be reusable

      I believe the industry term for this is “pulling a Ted Kennedy”.

      1. Yep, Mary Jo was not reusable.

    3. Why not land it on a fire-proof trampoline?

  30. Walmart refuses to fill prescription for miscarriage patient because “conscience” apparently requires people carry corpses around in the bodies until they rot:

    Georgia Woman Claims Pharmacist Refused To Fill Prescription For Miscarriage Treatment

    1. Walmart’s pharmacist allegedly refused, during a phonecall with the patient’s doctor, to fill a prescription, whereupon the doctor called a second pharmacist who filled the prescription without incident. The patient took it upon herself to confront the first pharmacist, and claims she was told the pharmacist “could not think of a reason” why the patient would need it. The pharmacist can’t discuss it with media, and likely too her doctor, so we’ve only the woman’s word to go by.

      Finding it hard to get worked up about this.

  31. You know how Hillary came up with her campaign slogan? Her campaign manager explains it.

    Now you do.

    1. This is hilarious.

    2. Awesome.

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