A.M. Links: Gunmen Attack Mohammed Cartoon Event in Texas, Ben Carson Running for President, Mayweather Defeats Pacquiao

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    Two gunmen who attacked a Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest in Texas that featured Dutch politician Geert Wilders were shot and killed by police.

  • Neurosurgeon Ben Carson announced last night he would run for the Republican nomination for president.
  • The 10pm curfew in Baltimore was lifted this weekend as the National Guard plans its exit from the city.
  • Ethiopian Israelis protested in Tel Aviv against police brutality and racism, with cops and protesters clashing after a video appearing to show police beating an Ethiopian Israeli in an army uniform went viral.
  • Floyd Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision Saturday night to extend his record to 48-0 in a boxing match that brought in more than $300 million in revenue.
  • Star Trek actress Grace Lee Whitney died this weekend aged 85.

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  1. Two gunmen who attacked a Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest in Texas…

    Moving the flypaper to Texas. Even Bush never thought of that. #bold

    1. Hello.

      ‘Floyd Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision…’

      Talk about anti-climatic for a bout five years too late.

      Other than that, after paying the $94 (split among six buddies), the pizza was good.

      1. I really don’t get the hate of the fight, it’s like no one has ever watched a single Mayweather fight. Why is everyone shocked that he runs around and jabs?

        1. We weren’t – at all. Just calling it for what it was – boring. One was initiating the other sat back.

          He really doesn’t jab either.

          1. And that isn’t meant to be a criticism of Mayweather. His style is effective and he’s fast as hell. Too bad the ref didn’t deduct points for his hugging though.

            1. Well that’s why Mayweather picked him. I really don’t understand why Pacquiao didn’t ever sell out for the ko. It’s hard to believe he thought he was winning.

              1. Exactly my thoughts. He should have gone for broke in the last couple of rounds.

                1. “But his shoulder was injured!!!!!” Waaaahhhh

          2. Rufus – as a fan of calcio, I figured you’d be one to appreciate FMM’s style. Throughout the fight I was thinking of MP as the possession-based team who kicks it around the back but doesn’t really create anything dangerous versus FMM, the counter-attacking team that hits quickly and swiftly on the break.

            …which is to say I found the fight very satisfying. I’m fascinated by Mayweather’s ability to dodge punches, and like how he’ll push the rules a bit (i.e. the constant tie-ups early whenever MP had him in a corner). On the other hand, it is a little disappointing that he hasn’t fought anyone since, Cotto maybe?, who’s actually given him a decent go.

            1. I definitely appreciate an athlete or team who play to their strengths. I never had a problem with your catenaccio systems, NJ Devils and Floyd Mayweather. Pac tried to open him up but couldn’t do it to victory.

              If you’re going to choose or select a style or tactic make sure you perfect it.

        2. I have never seen a Mayweather fight, because boxing is dead to me.

          MMA is much better.

          1. MMA is much better.

            Especially the chicks.

          2. Agree. I don’t really watch either but given the choice, I go with MMA.

          3. It’s weird that every “boxing is dead” story I read makes no mention of MMA.

            1. All you need to know about the state of boxing is to look at how vehemently guys like Jim Lampley attack MMA, all while MMA promoters and practitioners all acknowledge and respect boxing as A martial art. Lampley has all the markings of an SEIU rep screaming bloody murder over the robot fast-food revolution.

              Having said all that and for all MMA is a better sport, it has some serious problems looming as a business. Oversaturation, PPV numbers falling, etc.

              1. I find it alternately fascinating and grotesque. And yeah there is way too much of it on my television and always pre-empting shit I wanted to watch.

            2. Look, it’s human cockfighting. Such a thing should not be legal in a place like America and should not be acknowledged by those of us that are paid to think for the masses.

      2. It was a fun night. Drinking martinis at my local bar with my wife. The place was packed. All the regulars were there and some old faces i hadn’t sern for a long time. Plenty if boozy coneraderie and joking around.

        The fight was okay. But after the fourth round it was apparent that Mayweather had it.

        1. I’m holding out for the Hagler/Duran rematch.

    2. In America, the SECOND amendment underwrites the first.

      Europe will watch but not learn.

      1. 1st Amendment rights, 2nd Amendment rights, unsecured borders… This thing has something for everyone.

    3. “Well there are certain sections of New York Texas, MajorAchmed, that I wouldn’t advise you to try to invade.”

      1. + .357 Magnum

      2. +1 Rick Blaine, American

    4. Why are they shooting at these cans?!

      Some Jerk

        1. That’s why they make the women cover them up with burquas.

    5. Two gunmen who attacked a Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest in Texas…

      Moving the flypaper to Texas. Even Bush never thought of that. #bold

      We’ve got to fight them over there so we don’t have to . . .

      waitaminute!

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  2. #JeSuisGarland

  3. Neurosurgeon Ben Carson announced last night he would run for the Republican nomination for president.

    But the GOP needs more rocket scientists!

    1. All right, there’s finally a MD running for prez, & for the Republican nomination no less!

  4. Star Trek actress Grace Lee Whitney died this weekend aged 85.

    Of all the sexual conquests Shatner has encountered in his travels…

    1. Her beehive hairdo was the inspiration for the hive-minded Borg in TNG.

    2. Was she the hot blonde yeoman?

      1. So hot Ron Paul named his son after her.

        1. There are some odd Interwebz rumors that Roddenberry actually named her after Ayn.

          http://www.solopassion.com/node/8805

      2. Yes. And the reason she disappeared from STTOS is that she had ongoing problems with drugs and apparently was turning tricks on the set to pay for that. Sad.

        1. Not if you were on the set…

      3. Who was respurceful enough to make coffee with a phaser.

  5. #FalashaLivesMatter

  6. Floyd Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision Saturday night to extend his record to 48-0…

    The record is 53-0 if you count women.

    1. Boom-tish!

    2. Day-um.

  7. ALL-FEMALE SMITH COLLEGE TO ACCEPT TRANSGENDER APPLICANTS:

    NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Smith College, the largest of the all-female Seven Sisters schools, is changing its policy to accept transgender women.

    The new policy, which takes effect for those applying this fall, followed a year of study. The women’s college had previously asked undergraduates to have consistently identified as female since birth.

    Smith President Kathleen McCartney and board Chair Elizabeth Mugar Eveillard said in announcing the change on Saturday since Smith’s founding, “concepts of female identity have evolved.”

    But not all are welcome:

    Smith will not admit students who were born female but identify as male.

    How exclusive of them.

    1. Smith will not admit students who were born female but identify as male.

      How would they know?

      1. Pull down their genes

        1. Paging Swiss ….

        2. Can I get a narrow gaze over here?

        3. While the humor is appreciated, it did kind of miss the point of the query. If you have a biologically female applicant who thinks she’s a man and she doesn’t tell the school that, how would they know not to admit her?

          1. If you have a biologically female applicant who thinks she’s a man and she doesn’t tell the school that,

            then she’s not a *real* biologically female applicant who thinks she’s a man.

    2. So, you can attend if you are a man who just thinks he is a woman, but if you are actually a woman but you think you are a man, you are not welcome. Oooookaaaayyy……

      1. Sometimes I think the SJWs are just messing with us.

      2. The power of positive thinking!

      3. Well it is logically consistent. If you are running on the premise that your mind determines your gender then at least they are applying it both ways.

        1. What if you swing both ways? Hmmm, what about that? Do you have to identify 51% as female? These are the questions people want answered!

    3. Serious question: Does Smith permit male *animals* on campus?

      1. Only if they are confused.

        1. Please. “Species-fluid.”

          1. That sounds gross. I don’t want to get any of that Species’ fluid on me!

      2. Trick question. All men are animals.

      3. They do. Smith and several nearby universities have a credit-recognition arrangement, so you’ll see the occasional male UMass student on campus.

    4. How do they tell that I am “transgendered”? If I claim to be a woman, then I am. How could they say I wasn’t?

      1. “Yeah, I’ve felt like a woman since birth. *burp, scratch* What’re you lookin’ at?”

        1. “Why do you say you feel ‘trapped’ in a man’s body?”

          “Well, sometimes I get them menstrual cramps real hard.”

      2. You’re just a preop ultrabutch lesbian.

    5. Sounds like some enterprising young man could pull a Tom Hanks/Bosom Buddies and corner the market.

  8. Floyd Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision Saturday night to extend his record to 48-0 in a boxing match that brought in more than $300 million in revenue.

    So that’s why ESPN is just showing dead air this morning.

    1. So that’s why ESPN is just showing dead air this morning

      Isn’t that what ESPN does every morning?

      1. No. Usually their morning shows consist of jerk off commentators yelling at each other and the viewers.

        1. and endless replays of guys dunking basketballs

  9. What’s annoying about the coverage of the art show shooting is that every article has to mention that the SPLC labels the American Freedom Defense Initiative as a hate group. Because that mitigates the shooting.

    1. Why should I care what the Hate Group SPLC thinks?

      1. “It was hate speech” is the new “she was wearing a short skirt”.

        1. Beautiful.

          1. Beautiful.

            *** wolf whistle ***

        2. Well done.

    2. They were offending an “underprivileged” group. If only they had offended Christians…

    3. It’s about time someone labels the SPLC as a hate group.

      1. They’re not a hate group. They’re a money pot for Morris Dees.

        1. Maybe he should have saved his Purple Rain money.

          1. +1 Jay and Silent Bob.

            1. o-e-o-e-o

            2. “Ladies, Ladies, Ladies, Jay and Silent Bob are in the hizzouse!”

              1. “Don’t you never say an unkind word about the Time!”

        2. Dees nuts!!!

    4. If the SPLC were attacked by Muslim fanatics they would have injured ankles, too. From reaching for them too quickly.

  10. My daughter asked the next morning, ‘who won? Mayflower or Paquito?’

    I damn well spit up my espresso.

    1. Well? Who won?

      1. Bob Arum

      2. In a way, WE ALL WON!

  11. Czech teacher who moonlighted as a porn star sacked after pupils discover her explicit videos and parents complained
    Unnamed teacher sacked from her job after video uncovered by children
    35-year-old filmed rubbing oil over her naked body during 40-minute film
    Mother of two said she thought she was auditioning to model underwear

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new…..ained.html

    1. they all say that. Besides she teaches biology, some teachers are truly dedicated in their pursuit to keep kids interested in learning. If anything she should get an award and a raise for thinking outside the box.

      1. She did get a raise, and that’s why they fired her.

    2. I’m not sure what it says about me that I knew exactly what web site that was going to be from.

      1. Perhaps it says that you can read? I mean, “http://www.dailymail.co.uk…” is a pretty good clue as to what site it’s from.

        1. Was referring to the “offending” video referenced by the DM…

          1. BouncingCzechs.com?

    3. Czech women are so fucking hot…. what are they putting in the water ?!?!

      1. Certainly not floride, since the teeth are the only non-hot portion.

  12. Neurosurgeon Ben Carson announced last night he would run for the Republican nomination for president.

    You’d have to be crazy to run for President. Neurosurgeon, heal thyself.

  13. Shocking footage emerges of cops dislocating a man’s arm during arrest in San Bernadino
    An arrest captured on amateur video showing an apparent excessive use of force by police has surfaced
    Jesus Castaneda, 30, of San Bernardino is seen fighting with officers before being forced to the ground
    As police attempt to restrain Castaneda with handcuffs one officer forces his left arm behind his back creating a ‘crack’ and screams

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new…..adino.html
    And nothing else happened.

    1. That’s what he gets for not being white.

      1. It’s what he gets for not being a cop.

    2. Don’t these cops know? You don’t fuck with the Jesus.

      1. You said it, mohn.

        1. Eight year olds, Dude.

    3. unnecessary. what a malicious bastard.

    4. Police officers make decisions every day that carry constitutional implications and are often expected to make those decisions in a split second – abuses of that authority are not acceptable and nor should they be acceptable.

      Well, at least the police chief was able to sprinkle his zero tolerance with a shout out to the idea cops don’t have time to think before acting (presumably unlike the rest of society).

    5. From the news this morning, Clayton County sheriff accidentally shoots some woman – few other details because he declined the police investigators’ invitation to talk to them. Under state law apparently, the locals can’t arrest or question the sheriff. The thing that jumped out at me is that the three different news channels I’ve seen are all reporting it was an accidental shooting and that there are no details available. Funny how there hasn’t even been an investigation and nobody knows nothing – except they know it was an accident.

    6. They didn’t snap his spine – so he got off easy.

  14. Rebel Wilson proudly flaunts her womanly curves in a figure-hugging outfit after wowing she will never be skinny

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvs…..kinny.html
    Ahoy all ye chubby-chasers! You know who you are!

    1. “What the fuck are doing in that dress, Private Pyle! You are a disgusting fat body! I bet you’re a peter-puffer!”

    2. “womanly curves” is that what the kids are calling flab these days?

      1. 300 pounds of shit in a 200 pound bag.

      2. Yeah, I’ll give Christina Hendricks the “womanly curves” nod. Rebel Wilson, for as occasionally funny as I find her, is just fucking fat.

    3. Free speech aside, why would you post that?

      1. 1st Amendment pal, you have to take the bitter with the sweet…

      2. Because there are several people here who like their BBWs. I think of it as a public service.

        1. Perhaps someone should make some BBW with skinny chick lesbian porn, and cater to everyone’s tastes.

          1. Ugh. No. The presense of the oversized ruins porn even if the others are more appealingly proportioned.

        2. Yeah while I can appreciate some BBW’s Rebel Wilson certainly isn’t one of them.

          There isn’t really anything physically appealing about her

  15. The 10pm curfew in Baltimore was lifted this weekend as the National Guard plans its exit from the city.

    Both to return when that state’s attorney bungles her way to an acquittal on all charges.

    1. She’s already well on her way. She basically stated that she charged them in response to the mob violence.

    1. He should as Hollande how well that’s going for France.

    2. Why European-style? Why not Venezuelan-style?

      1. Gangnam style.

        1. Are you trying to unseat Nicole, Eddie?

          1. That would take a lot more than that to become TEH WURST!

            1. Bavarian-style?

              1. You know who…. who else… uh…

        2. But…. but…. Gangnam is in Seoul!

          It should be Pyongyang Style!

          /ducks

            1. LOL. That was awesome.

    3. ‘Ordinary workers’.

      Lord how I hate that phrase.

      1. Oh, very well. “Working families.”

        1. That’s just the “Democrats Too” line on the New York Ballot.

          1. It’s basically a public sector union front – a signal to those voters who think the Ds aren’t progging hard enough.

        2. Peasants.

          Just be honest and say it.

      2. Yes, it’s a loathsome phrase as used by socialists and proggies. But it is also there potential undoing. Every time you hear someone use that, ask them to define that. Make them go on record with who they think is a fat cat. The more that happens, the more people (other than welfare recipients) will turn against them.

        1. their potential undoing.

          Stupid Monday.

        2. It is a remarkably elastic term whose definition seems to always include the speaker regardless of circumstances. I think you’re right about strategy but don’t underestimate the guilt complex of rich socialists.

    4. If you’re going full-bore on this, at some point you’re going to have to restrict or tax emigration. Otherwise, in the feverish minds of people like Sanders, the rich are “escaping” with their wealth. I seem to recall reading a few years back that someone in CA was proposing some kind of exit tax.

      I will say that Sanders is refreshing for his honesty and straight talk even if he is almost always profoundly wrong.

      1. FATCA really only is missing a “t” at the end.

      2. That is exactly what they will do. The same people who want no immigration enforcement, want absolutely no emigration. Apparently they think the US should operate as the world’s largest roach motel.

        1. It’s just an extension of their sincere belief that the wealth you earn and save isn’t yours – it’s a resource for them to take with the stroke of a pen and the end of a gun barrel.

      3. The man has principles. Wrong, awful principles, but he has ’em.

        1. You know who else had wrong, awful principles?

          1. damn your narrow gaze and nimble fingers!

            1. my laugh lines are laughing at you!

          2. Maximillian Robespierre?

          3. Bueller? Bueller?

        2. You know who else had principles?

          1. Sir Isaac Newton?

        3. The man has principles. Wrong, awful principles, but he has ’em.

          I mean, say what you want about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it’s an ethos.

          1. What’s a nihilist, Walter?

            1. Shut the fuck up Donnie

      4. I still don’t understand how Prop 30 in California was allowed to stand based on its retroactivity. My old man is finally getting out of that shithole and back to Virginia but he’s had to be very diligent about protecting his assets this close to retirement. They will hunt you down. It’s certainly a good indication of the willingness to do what you’re talking about.

      5. Charlie Cook had a good piece on Sanders:

        http://www.nationalreview.com/…..-c-w-cooke

      6. –“I will say that Sanders is refreshing for his honesty and straight talk even if he is almost always profoundly wrong.”–

        No he’s right about a few things.

        Criminal Justice Reform, Unnecessary wars, Government Surveillance he is correct on all of them. Even some of his criticism’s of Wall Street are spot on he just proposes the absolute wrong solutions.

        In the end however as sad as this is, an Honest Socialist like Bernie is likely to be one of the 2 or 3 best candidates running for President in 2016

    5. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders called Sunday for a “political revolution” that would take on the “billionaire class” and usher in a European-style system[…]

      Bernie counts on the fact that his clueless followers don’t know that Europe is not a single country. Or he’s an idiot. Occam’s Razor – how does that work, again?

      1. Look, he’s talking about the good Europe, not the bad Europe. Never mind that the US is more analogous to the entirety of Europe and not just one piddly country.

      2. He definately isn’t mendacious like the first, and I wouldn’t call him an idiot. I’d say it was more that he was a misguided ideologue

  16. My state senator is in the hospital after a one-motorcycle crash on I-78. If he was drunk, this will be his third DUI. Classy dude.

    1. Party affiliation?

      1. Big Government Republican.

      2. Here’s the news story. He is a chief architect of a tax giveaway zone in Allentown along with mayor and US Senate candidate Ed Pawlowski, according to local grapevine also a big-time drunk driver.

        1. according to local grapevine also a big-time drunk driver.

          Shamelessly stolen from whoever else first used this: Who does he think he is? A Kennedy?

    2. Actually, I think we should encourage this sort of thing…

      Set aside a night a month and a section of freeway for pols to get plastered and drive motorcycles at high speeds, helmets will, of course, be prohibited.

      1. You might want to re-think the no helmets idea – enough massive brain injuries and we’ll wind up with a Senate full of Sanders’ and Boxers and Feinsteins and Grahams and McCains and Warrens and Shelbys and ……. You know what? Just forget I said anything.

        1. Actually WITH the helmets they are likely to be on a vent for a while. WITHOUT the helmets, it’s more likely they’ll die right away from massive brain trauma…

    1. Brilliant. It’s also good to know that things are so good in the Abington SD that the principal has time to write individual truancy letters.

    2. It sounds like CPS might be receiving a call.

    3. ‘An accumulation of unexcused absences can result in a referral to our attendance officer and a subsequent notice of a violation of the compulsory school attendance law.”

      Fuck you, cunt. Signed Rufus xoxo.

      Seriously. Did she really threaten him with that shit?

    4. Unfucking believable!

      Thank god I don’t live there, I’d be in jail. I’m sure that they would be appalled when I took the kids out of school to go bird hunting in western NDak.

      The last time I had problems with my kid’s school was when I sent them a note saying I was going to pick him up at noon. When I got there, he wasn’t standing outside, so I went into the office and they told me that he couldn’t be outside by himself because it would be dangerous.

      Then they had an official form to bust him out of school and the biddy in the office didn’t like that I wrote “Because” in the reason why I was taking him. She told me that wasn’t enough, and I told her that was too bad because it was all she was going to get. She did back down, but I’m sure my name went on some list.

      1. You spent a lot of time in the principal’s office when you were a kid, didn’t you?

    5. Future home schoolers

  17. Peak Internet!!!

    The internet is heading towards a ‘capacity crunch’ as it fails to keep up with our demand for ever faster data, scientists have warned.
    Leading engineers, physicists and telecoms firms have been summoned to a meeting at London’s Royal Society later this month, to discuss what can be done to avert a web crisis.
    The boom of internet television, streaming services and ever-more powerful computers has increased the strain on our communications infrastructure.
    In just 20 years, if usage rates continue, all of Britain’s power supply could be consumed by internet use.
    The cables and fibre optics that send information to our laptops, smartphones and tablets will have reached their limit to send data within eight years, experts warn.
    So far, engineers have managed to keep ahead of demand, increasing internet speeds 50-fold in the last decade alone.

    Good thing we passed NN hate to have that problem.

    1. Double posts aren’t helping.

      1. It’s such a dumb premise it deserves to be written twice.

    2. Obama neutered the Internet.

    3. Bob Metcalfe is still predicting the Internet’s collapse?

  18. Peak Internet!!!

    The internet is heading towards a ‘capacity crunch’ as it fails to keep up with our demand for ever faster data, scientists have warned.
    Leading engineers, physicists and telecoms firms have been summoned to a meeting at London’s Royal Society later this month, to discuss what can be done to avert a web crisis.
    The boom of internet television, streaming services and ever-more powerful computers has increased the strain on our communications infrastructure.
    In just 20 years, if usage rates continue, all of Britain’s power supply could be consumed by internet use.
    The cables and fibre optics that send information to our laptops, smartphones and tablets will have reached their limit to send data within eight years, experts warn.
    So far, engineers have managed to keep ahead of demand, increasing internet speeds 50-fold in the last decade alone.

    Good thing we passed NN hate to have that problem.

    1. I saw that article and laughed out loud. For some reason the experts on their panel think that pulling new cable over the next 20 years is just too difficult. Nobody could possibly lay enough fiber to handle the backbone of England’s internet in a mere 20 years…

      Plus, researchers were squeezing 100 terabits per second down a single fiber back in 2011. With long-haul cables holding up to a thousand fibers…. well, I don’t think capacity is really an insurmountable barrier.

      1. Well they will have to create those fiber trunks by hand and install them with work gangs with nothing but shovels because they also say all the power in the country will be used by the internet.

        In just 20 years, if usage rates continue, all of Britain’s power supply could be consumed by internet use.

        1. In just 20 years, if usage rates continue, all of Britain’s power supply could be consumed by internet use.

          That because in 20 years, Britain entire electrical generation will be a single coal boiler manned by the last guy who a) still works and b) has a dangerous device permit to be able to use a shovel.

        2. That’s more plausible, at least if the usual fruits, nuts, and NIMBYs keeps them from building any more power plants.

  19. It’s interesting that the shooter in Garland was well-known to the FBI. It’s like this whole security state accomplishes nothing at all.

    1. FBI: We knew the guy.
      Reporter (motioning with hand): And….?
      FBI: …And…we knew the guy.

    2. Since you can’t tell who is just a loudmouth and who is actually going to do something, yes yes it is. Beyond that, the FBI has more important things to do like distribute child porn and entrap people into entering terrorist plots to worry about actual terrorists.

    3. Is God the FBI willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then God the FBI is not omnipotent. Is God the FBI able, but not willing? Then God the FBI is malevolent. Is God the FBI both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is God the FBI neither able nor willing? Then why call Him God give powers to the FBI?

    4. Well, you beat me to it, but F it…

      Our security industrial complex fails yet again

      Time to pull the plug perhaps???

      1. Time to pull the plug perhaps???

        What are you!?!?? Anarchist!!! Koch sucker!!! You want chaos in the streets?

  20. Innocent Muslims murdered by racist Texans while attempting to defend their peaceful religion.

    signed/

    Sheldon Richman.

    1. *golf clap*

  21. UN scientists warn time is running out to tackle global warming
    Friday 4 May 2007 19.16 EDT

    …Greater energy efficiency, renewable electricity sources and new technology to dump carbon dioxide underground can all help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the experts said. But there could be as little as eight years left to avoid a dangerous global average rise of 2C or more….

    1. If we don’t act soon, everyone will know for sure it was just a fraud!

    2. It always is. They seem to keep moving the date back though.

      1. Perpetual goalpost-motion machine.

        1. We miscalculated when Jesus is coming back. Don’t leave our cult now!!
          — William Miller

    3. AGW is like one of those furniture rental places that is always going out of business. “This weekend only; your last chance to save!!!”

      1. I’d like to see Ron Bailey scrounge up all those predictions of doom and square them with the actual scientific observations.

        1. Ron wants to believe Restoras. He so wants to believe and be reasonable. Digging up failed predictions is just not cricket.

          1. Not the way to get invites to the good parties.

        2. I’ve been asking for a Warm List of failed predictions for years.

          WUWT did a small list of misses recently.

        3. I’ve been asking for a Warm List of failed predictions for years.

          WUWT did a small list of misses recently.

    4. AIEE!!!! WE HAVE TO ACT TODAY OR ALL IS LOST!!!!!

      1. Do you know how many Bothan spies died to provide us with those predictions of imminent doom?

    5. But there could be as little as eight years left to avoid a dangerous global average rise of 2C or more….

      I seem to have heard this before…….

      1. Buy now only 20 units left! QVC?

      2. As little as eight years but as many as (we’ll tell you later.)

    6. +2C

      1. Temps may go up by 8%, right, Tony?

        1. If you’re talking 8% Palin jokes, look at Spoonman’s story above.

          The blood alcohol limit is .08 in several states, which can be expressed as 8%?

          1. No, a BAC of 8% is extremely fatal. the limit is 0.08%

            1. *the legal limit is… There have been people running around with 0.4% BACs where doctors have gone “On average, you should be dead right now”

            2. Duh. You’re right.

    7. To be fair, they thought that Gaza would unconditionally surrender to Israel by 2009 (the way Japan did to America in 1945).

      1. Well, the Japan thing took a nuke to encourage….

  22. Ford scraps plan to build car seat that detects heart attack

    in favor of seat that shuts down engine if road rage detected.

    1. I want a car seat that will roll down windows if it detects flatulence. It will be far more useful.

  23. I would have been better if a private citizen had gunned those bastards in Garland down, but I will settle for a rent a cop doing it. This should be a bigger story than it is. You can almost feel the disappointment on the network morning shows that the attack failed.

    1. There really isn’t much chance of this type of attack being very successful in a place like Texas. People there can shoot back.

      1. The jihad is a contact sport there. It just isn’t as fun when your intended victims shoot back. Remember of course, if Progs get their way, we will have a federalized police force that would refuse to provide protection to such an event on the grounds that it is “hate speech’ and gun ownership would be illegal making it impossible for the people to defend themselves. The Prog media hates the fact that these people were able to defend themselves more than anything. We are all supposed to live in terror so that we will turn to our betters for protection.

    2. This was in the Daily Mail a couple days ago.

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new…..store.html

      The comments are surprisingly sane.

      1. The Daily Fail and The National Enquirer are the only reliable news outlets in the western world.

        1. And they have pictures too!

      2. We had one of these in Houston last week, too. Its almost as if an armed and aware citzenry is the best defense against violent crime.

        1. A Constitutional Carry bill was just killed here in my state. The usual excuse – IT’S GOING TO BE THE WILD WEST WITH EVERYONE KILLING EACH OTHER!

          Liberals, being the emotional adult-children that they are, project their own inability to control their anger onto everyone else.

          1. The usual excuse – IT’S GOING TO BE THE WILD WEST WITH EVERYONE KILLING EACH OTHER!

            They trot this out every time a state moves to relax restrictions on carrying, and they have been proven wrong EVERY SINGLE TIME. Yet they act as if the past never happened, and all the proof of their falsity just doesn’t exist. The depth of their dishonesty is just astonishing.

            1. To be fair, most of their experience with armedd persons in public is city cops. You can see why they’re concerned about guns “just going off”

            2. Especially funny given that the ‘wild west’ wasn’t even particularly violent – the claims of violence in the Wild West came about decades later because they made good stories.

              1. Especially funny given that the ‘wild west’ wasn’t even particularly violent – the claims of violence in the Wild West came about decades later because they made good stories.

                But, but, but… Westerns are documentaries!

              2. Yeah, I read somewhere that despite Deadwood having a reputation for wild west violence, at the time you actually had a much higher chance of being murdered back east in Baltimore than in Deadwood. So I guess nothing much has changed.

            3. The depth of their dishonesty is just astonishing.

              I don’t necessarily think they’re being dishonest. They’re emoting. They have an emotional reaction to the idea of more people being armed, and the only purpose for their mind after that is to justify what they feel. They feel what they feel, and no amount of proof will change it.

    3. This should kill the security state. If the FBI knew the gys and it still doesn’t have warning enough to stip the play, and armed citizens, even sworn LEOs, can handle the situation, what are we spending the money on?

      1. We are spending our money on the drug war, catching old perverts downloading the wrong porn, and entrapping the gullible into participating in terror plots that would not have otherwise occurred had the FBI not created them. And of course, hookers and blow for agents visiting foreign countries.

        Ladies and gentleman, your FBI.

        1. This is what pisses me off about the cops. If they were actually having regular running gun battles with brigands, I’d be far more sanguine about their methods. But no. They spend their days mostly by setting up ignorant man-children and keeping the Internet safe from the sight of a 16 year olds breast.

    4. Well, John, this wasn’t even a mass shooting. Not enough people died, so guns didn’t prevent a mass shooting, and there’s no reason to talk about it…

      1. The security at that event were just punching down. You don’t shoot oppressed brown people. They should have been shooting the privileged white people attending that meeting.

        signed

        The entire Prog media.

        1. They were “shooting down.”

        2. I lol’d. And cried.

  24. Spot the Not: Martin O’Malley

    1. Our story, Maryland’s story, is the story of better choices and better results.

    2. We have not recovered all that we lost in the Bush recession. That’s why we need to

    continue to move forward.

    3. I remember after the attacks of September 11, as mayor of the city, I was very, very

    worried about al-Qaida and still am. But I’m even more worried about the actions and

    inactions of the Bush administration.

    4. But we should not lose sight of how far we are coming and what a big hole we were left

    by George W. Bush.

    5. Obama has been dragging around an anchor, an anchor of failed Bush policies that

    obstructionist Republicans shackled him with.

    6. We’re glad to participate in this latest review, but what we need is not so much a

    review, but proactive steps and investments that make cities safer and stronger.

    1. You can’t fool me, #2 is Shriek!

      1. And 4 and 5 as well….hmmm, this one is hard!

        1. O’Malley is Shriek! Shriek is O’Malley!

    2. He really said #1, which I find hilarious. It would make a great caption for this photo:

      http://baltimorepostexaminer.c…..timore.jpg

      #5 was the Not.

  25. Spot the Not: John Kasich

    1. At the end of the day it may be necessary.

    2. At the end of the day, if I feel this is my call, I will come back again and again and

    again.

    3. At the end of the day, people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you

    care.

    4. At the end of the day, it means that my side is not always totally right and the other

    side totally wrong.

    5. At the end of the day, I’m going to do what I think is a pro-life, you know, being in a

    position of being pro-life.

    6. I appreciate what other people say, I appreciate all their advice, but, at the end of

    the day, I’m going to decide it when I decide to decide it.

    1. 7. At the end of the day….At the end of the day….At the end of the day….At the end

      of the day…At the end of the day…

      8. At the end of the day, it always comes back to Ohio, doesn’t it?

      9. But at the end of the day, I respect people that have a different position beyond that.

      10. But look, at the end of the day, I’m going to do what I think is a pro-life ? you

      know, looking, being in a position of being pro-life.

      11. But, at the end of the day, we need to represent the taxpayers who have made enormous

      sacrifices.

      12. And you know what? At the end of the day, it gets down to Obama and Romney.

      1. It’s a good thing he doesn’t have a snowball’s chance, because let me be clear – at the end of the day, that could get damned annoying.

        1. He is the blandest public speaker on the face of the earth. He may be the blandest public speaker ever. He may even be the blandest speaker theoretically possible.

          I hope he runs. I can’t wait to watch him in the debates.

          1. Peak bland?

            1. I think that looks like a pile of mostly melted vanilla soft serve on lukewarm concrete on a cloudy day.

    2. 13. As governor of the state, I inherited a total mess, and at the end of the day we’re

      running surpluses.

      14. At the end of the day, we need to make sure that we have courts that are in a

      position to protect us when government wants to come into our lives.

      15. At the end of the day, I feel pretty optimistic about things.

      16. But at the end of the day, what I have found, where I travel, I don’t change my

      message.

      17. We can fight for a while but, at the end of the day, like Ronald Reagan and Tip

      O’Neill did, you have a drink and you say we are going to have put the country first.

      18. But at the end of the day, the Congressional Budget Office will be the ones that will

      come up with the bottom line numbers.

      1. Team Red governor of Ohio

        1. Does his day never end?

    3. 19. We know what the shape of this looks like, and at the end of the day, the news for the

      American people is we’re going to balance the budget and fix this economy.

      20. And at the end of the day, the truthful American?one of the great stories of America

      is we fight over deeply-held principles, and at the end, we make a deal, and we advance

      the country.

      21. I think I’ve made it clear, seven years scored by arithmetic done by the Congressional

      Budget Office, we’ll fight our priorities, and at the end of the day, we’ll end up with an

      agreement that’ll save the country.

      22. I don’t know if it’ll be workable at the end of the day.

      23. And at the end of the day, maybe, just maybe, we can change the culture in Washington

      and save our kids.

      24. They go home, they blame someone else, and at the end of the day, nothing gets done

      except we go deeper in debt.

      25. But, frankly, at the end of the day, voters don’t vote on the basis of vice president.

      1. 42! Wait, what?

      2. 25. But, frankly, at the end of the day, voters don’t vote on the basis of vice president.

        Kasich for Vice President?

    4. The Not is #3. Surprised no one got it. I’ve used that one before.

      I got the idea for this after watching him on CSPAN speak at some conservative conference in NH. He spoke for about 15 minutes, and I counted him use his pet phrase at least 5 times. A quick google search reveals he uses this phrase almost every time he speaks publicly.

      In this interview transcript, he uses the phrase 5 times:

      http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb…..et_11-20b/

      The audience at that conservative conference was fun to watch. It was a sea of quivering, turkey-necked geezers nodding gravely at platitudes and proudly wearing their CVN caps indoors.

  26. Two gunmen who attacked a Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest in Texas that featured Dutch politician Geert Wilders were shot and killed by police.

    Look, I’m all for free speech, but….

    1. Nice. You captured that perfectly.

    2. …shooting thugs who aren’t seems worthwhile,too.

    3. Why does everybody have such a big but?

  27. The New York Times never fails to disapoint.

    Last night, Stack’s story ended with a quote from Gellar about the security risks she faced, in what read to me like an attempt to make her sound paranoid ? even though two gunmen had just shot up her event and a security guard. That graf has now been replaced with this instead:

    Ms. Geller described Sunday’s event as pro-free speech, and said that Muslims had become a “special class” that Americans were no longer allowed to offend.

    “The media is self-enforcing a Shariah,” she said, referring to Islamic law. “Under the Shariah you cannot criticize or offend Islam.”

    The story has been changed so that now Gellar just seems paranoid about media outlets like the NYT, who “self-enforce” in favor of a “special class.”

    Read more: http://pjmedia.com/vodkapundit…..z3ZAwe3G9J

    1. I’m reminded of a quote that it’s not being paranoid if everyone really is out to get you.

    2. Yeah, the anti-islam dig is just straight pandering to the left. It’s so blatant its stupid.

  28. On Morning Joke, the nodders were talking about the charges brought against the cops in Baltimore. Amazingly rapid, unprecedented, blah, blah, blah. They made it sound as if those poor cops were being sacrificed on the altars of public outrage.
    The charges were strictly in response to protests (all the way back to Ferguson). Fascinating that they gave not one second’s consideration to the possibility of the prosecutor acting out of personal integrity. When I first saw that she comes from a “police” family, my first assumption was she would find a way to sweep it under the rug. Maybe she took those dinner table “In MY day… discussions seriously. We can hope.

  29. Star Trek actress Grace Lee Whitney died this weekend aged 85.

    No beach to walk on….

  30. We’re going to need a bigger stage. And a women’s room. Carly Fiorina announces she is running for president

    Former Hewlett-Packard Co (HPQ.N) Chief Executive Carly Fiorina announced on Monday she is running for president, becoming the only woman in the pack of Republican candidates for the White House in 2016.

    Once one of the most powerful women in the American corporate world, Fiorina announced her bid on ABC News’ “Good Morning America” show.

    “Yes, I am running for president. I think I’m the best person for the job because I understand how the economy actually works. I understand the world, who’s in it, how the world works,” she said.

    Fiorina registers near the bottom of polls of the dozen or so Republican hopefuls and has never held public office.

    But she has already attracted warm receptions at events in the early voting state of Iowa where she is positioning herself as a conservative, pro-business Republican highly critical of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

    Fiorina was forced by HP to resign in 2005 as the tech company struggled to digest Compaq after a $19 billion merger.

    At least she was punished for her screw-ups, unlike Hillary.

    1. Whatever her screwups, no one died or was sent to prison for making a video as a result of them. So there is that.

    2. She’s jockeying for Biden’s job. And honestly who can blame her, she’s already doing nothing why not get paid to do nothing.

    3. So the GOP has 2 hispanics, a black brain surgeon, and a woman who ran a major technology company in their primary. And the Dems have a “Native American” woman, Hillary and a white guy. Tell me which party has more diversity again?

      1. The democrats are the party of diversity because they say so, and thats all that matters.. duh.

      2. If Warren is on the Democratic ticket, I will have no choice but to vote for her.

        She is Indian, just like me.

        1. I didn’t realize dot Indians had formed an alliance with feather Indians.

          1. It’s the Casino/Call Center Alliance.

          2. And totally fabricated indians as well, apparently?

      3. Well the hispanics are really white because you know cubans are basically white, the brain surgeon is a republican so he really can’t be all that black, and the woman ran a KKKKKORPORATION! So she basically is a responsible for all the systematic racism, child abuse, global warming and the raping of a permanent underclass that comes with a capitalistic system. So ultimately not the right kind of diverse.

        1. The Dems have a Former Senator and Secretary of state that currently runs a non-profit foundation and did I mention is a woman. A woman who was a proffessor at HARVARD so she basically would be the smartest person to run the country since Obama. An Independent senator from Vermont who would def have cross aisle appeal because of how totally not a democrat he is. And a former mayor of Baltimore and gov. of MD which show’s how accepting and understanding he is to the plight of minorities.

      4. Don’t forget the opthamologist.

        1. Whoa, whoa, whoa. Ideological diversity is a perversion we shouldn’t have to put up with.

    4. Hmmm, good addition to the field from a pure politics point of view. She’ll highlight democrat hypocrisy while being able to take jabs at Hillary no one else can. She also makes a good contrast in that she has had a real job. As for if I want her in office, haven’t a clue. I know nothing about her positions except she has an R by her name.

    5. Wasn’t Fiorina chased out of HP for not being effective in her job as CEO?

      I would take Meg Whitman any day over Fiorina. Whitman didn’t even bother voting in several elections, which the left pulled out as something bad to attack her during her gubernatorial campaign. I feel bad for her.

      1. There is a lot of debate about that. Fiorina’s defenders say that she concentrated on things that made HP money and in doing so ran afoul of the nerd culture in the company. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle. She wasn’t the greatest CEO but likely nothing like her detractors claim either. A lot of the animosity towards her had to do with her image and the media coverage when she got the job. Needless to say, there was a whole lot of really stomach churning “now a woman can” sort of coverage of her getting that job. This created a whole lot of schadenfreude when she didn’t turn out to be God’s gift to HP and show men how women are the superior species.

        1. So probably at least as competent as Nixon?

          1. Nixon was wickedly smart. I would say no.

            1. Johnson? Reagan? Clinton?

  31. Top men upset that other top men are no longer able to bribe others to see how right they are.

    http://www.brookings.edu/~/med……pdf?la=en

  32. Two gunmen who attacked a Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest in Texas that featured Dutch politician Geert Wilders were shot and killed by police.

    Well, the Charlie Hebdo murderers were also shot and killed by police – after a three-day manhunt and standoff. These nutcases were shot down within seconds.

    THAT IS TEXAS FOR YOU, BABY!

    1. But now how will we know what caused them to do it?

    1. That’s just sad.

      1. Jeez, you guys are harsh. I was expecting much worse.

    2. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

        1. Those legs.

          1. Australia does a few things right.

            1. She could use some more ass, though. Have your people have her people contact my people.

              1. A woman’s ass is like a marathon. It’s eventually going to cross the first line into fat, so why not get one right as they are crossing the starting line? You can enjoy the full rainbow of her assal states in that way.

                1. No, you fool. A woman’s ass is like a pole vault. There’s the pole, and then the sticking, and then the…um…uh…SHUT UP AND LOOK AT HER ASS

                  1. I’m so, so, so sorry I never found out the secret about pole vaulters when I was younger.

                    I would have stalked track meets.

                  2. God, I’d love to be that mat.

    3. Is she auditioning for a role as a grandmother?

    4. Holy shit. She’s 41?

    5. She was always no better than cute. She just had red hair. Red heads, when they are young, are either gorgeous or homely. There is no in between. She was just cute enough not to be homely so the rule of read heads made her seem gorgeous. She has just gotten too old for the rule to apply and reverted to being homely. Had she been a brunette, she would have been cute in her early 20s by virtue of her being young and thin only to marry some gullible guy and turn into a homely mom.

      1. She’s not even a real redhead, either.

        A ban on fake redheads is one of the most unlibtertarian desires I have.

        1. Or at least some kind of mandatory labeling law. Require every woman who dies their hair red to get a discreet tattoo saying as much. Call it truth in advertising.

          1. How about a “Carpet doesn’t match the drapes” tattooed on forehead?

            1. Or discretely on the wrist.

          2. You rarely see real redheads on TV and movies. Deborah Ann Woll and Christina Hendricks are both natural blondes. Gillian Anderson is a brunette. None of the actress who have ever played Mary Jane Watson from Spider-Man have ever been natural redheads either. Maybe they don’t look right or something.

            Martin: Uh, Sir, why don’t you just use real cows?

            Painter: Cows don’t look like cows on film. You gotta use horses.

            Ralph: What do you do if you want something that looks like a horse?

            Painter: Ehh, usually we just tape a bunch of cats together.

            1. The only two real redheads in Hollywood I can think of are Ann Margaret and Maureen O’Hare. Both of them were in their prime 50+ years ago.

              1. Bryce Dallas Howard, Alicia Witt, Jessica Chastain, and Julianne Moore are the only working ones I can think off of the top of my head.

                1. Bryce Dallas Howard is hot.

                2. Chastain is pretty hot, though she is 38 and seems to be nearing her sell by date.

                3. Emma Stone.

                  I’ll be in my bunk…

        2. A ban on fake redheads is one of the most unlibtertarian desires I have.

          YOU GO TO HELL! YOU GO TO HELL AND YOU DIE!

          1. I also want to be able to legally assault anyone who uses a gas weedeater.

            1. Or a gas leaf blower.

            2. Hear, hear!

              They should stick to orphans with bloody fingers.

      2. She was always no better than cute.

        You say it as if there’s something wrong with that.

        1. I like cute. But cute rarely lasts much past 30.

      3. Yeah I don’t care I’d still tap that

    6. No, I.don’t think I could bring myself to click on that.

  33. Man is the only animal that robs his helpless fellow of his country?takes possession of it and drives him out of it or destroys him. Man has done this in all the ages. There is not an acre of ground on the globe that is in possession of its rightful owner, or that has not been taken away from owner after owner, cycle after cycle, by force and bloodshed.

    1. Every territorial animal drives out those too weak to defend their turf. It’s the commonlaw of the jungle.

    2. Animals don’t have territorial disputes? Hmm, weird. I wonder what all those fights were about.

    3. Ants? (Hell, some species take slaves.) And I bet chimps, too; any territorial animal, really.

      1. Bears, lions, wolves, eagles, etc… They will all kill trespassers – and most probably killed or chased off the former resident.

    4. There is not an acre of ground on the globe that is in possession of its rightful owner, or that has not been taken away from owner after owner, cycle after cycle, by force and bloodshed.

      And that can never be said enough. It’s all arbitrary. Having said that, the point at which people started keeping property records is the only place from which you can start enforcement.

    5. For the unlettered among you. I’m not judging. (Yes I am.)

        1. Maybe if you neglected your family less. How much ya bench? You virgin.

    6. Plants, too.

      1. And let’s not forget the dolphins – or as I call them, the “Wartys of the Sea”.

        1. ?Ask any mermaid you happen to see…?

        2. They are very similar. Like Warty, dolphins use sonar to locate the vulnerable points of their opponents’ bodies. However, dolphins are far less likely to use their prehensile penis to molest you at the beach.

    7. Man is the only animal that robs his helpless fellow of his country[…]

      And lions. And squirrels. And sea cucumbers. I can go on all day…

    8. “Conan! What is best in life?”
      “Crush your enemies. See them driven before you. Hear the lamentations of their women.”

  34. Bill Clinton insists nothing “sinister” about Clinton Foundation donations

    “I don’t think there’s anything sinister in trying to get wealthy people in countries that are seriously involved in development to spend their money wisely in a way that helps poor people and lifts them up,” Clinton told NBC News from Kenya, in an interview taped over the weekend.

    His decision to emerge from the sidelines and speak out about the Clinton Foundation reflects concerns about getting Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination back on a sound footing after it took a pounding in recent weeks.

    The former first lady, also a previous secretary of state and former senator from New York, has attempted to present herself as a candidate who would fight for everyday Americans.

    But her campaign has been on the defensive over questions about foreign donations to the family’s charitable organization and whether her work as President Barack Obama’s first-term secretary of state was influenced by the donations.

    “There is no doubt in my mind that we have never done anything knowingly inappropriate in terms of taking money to influence any kind of American government policy,” Clinton said. “That just hasn’t happened.”

    Well Bil, if you have to say it…

    1. I don’t think there’s anything sinister in trying to get wealthy people in countries that are seriously involved in development to spend their money wisely[…]

      No one said it there was something sinister about the foundation, Billy-boy. Only that there’s something corrupt about it. That’s all.

    2. “I don’t think there’s anything sinister in trying to get wealthy people in countries that are seriously involved in development to spend their money wisely in a way that helps poor people and lifts them up,” Clinton told NBC News from Kenya,

      evidently referring to his wife’s “dead broke” portrayal of the couple.

      1. “I don’t think there’s anything sinister in trying to get wealthy people in countries that are seriously involved in development to spend their money wisely in a way that helps poor people and lifts them up,” Clinton told NBC News from Kenya,

        You’re absolutely correct Bill, but what does any of that have to do with the Clinton Foundation and foreign powers buying influence?

    3. It depends on what you mean by “bought and sold.”

    4. So the best thing you can say about your charitable foundation is that “there is nothing sinister about it”? With friends like Bill…

      1. “Look, we’re not supervillains. Just massively corrupt.”

        1. “Do you honestly think we’re smart enough to be supervillains? That’s Putin’s role in the organization. We’re just hired help.”

    5. Serious question: Why do you all think that someone who you’ve described as worse than Hitler, Stalin and The Frugal Gourmet combined will just throw up her hands and give up at the first sign of trouble?

      1. I don’t think anyone thinks that. Hillary is not going to give up. She has nowhere else to go. This is why the Democrats might be screwed. Hillary increasingly looks like a doomed candidate. But she isn’t ever going to give up and she still has enough money and support to be the favorite for the nomination no matter how damaged she is and how poor her chances would be in the general election.

        1. Well, we can only hope those chances are poor. As I’ve said before, the Repubs have done little more than imitate Wile E. Coyote when it comes to trying to bring down the Clintons and Hillary, being the old pro at this she is, has got all the bodies buried by now.

          Besides, ya gotta wonder how many politicians are really eager to publicize where political money comes from and goes to this close to a big election.

          1. I would say the Republicans did better than that. They retook the Congress in 1994 and forced Clinton to give up on being a liberal in order to stay in office. They then managed to defeat his VP in 2000, despite there being a good economy and people being generally happy with the way things were going.

            Hillary ran for Senate in New York. No Republican was going to beat her. If anyone has been Willie E. Coyote here it has been the progressive Democrats who all claim to hate the Clintons yet can’t seem to stop them from running the party. After Bill left the White House and Al Gore lost the election, the Clintons are the Democrats’ problem. I don’t see how you can call the Republicans incompetent for not keeping the Clintons from controlling the other party.

        2. Election to power is all Hillary cares about. Her currency is favors and the only way she has of delivering them is to acquire power. She will stomp on the face.of anyone standing in her way. The only.mitigation in her drive so far.has been to.defer.to.Barack Obama in 2008. But that was only done with the promise of a senior Cabinet position and the “it’s her turn” shoo-in in 2016. This.is her last chance and she will not.be denied the nomination. The.democrats will follow her.to he’ll because they need to be in power for their machine to flourish.

  35. Oh, hello. I’m sick of superhero shit, but I can live with that.

    1. Great minds, my muscley friend.

    2. I’m still not sold, I’d have to hear her delivery and dialogue.

    3. OMG. I will be in my bunk.

  36. Another edition of: Prog writer begging Hillary to move to the left

    Control Drug Costs.

    Hillary Clinton could go beyond that and call for a true public drug insurance program under Medicare, which would save even more money because it would eliminate needless insurance industry middlemen profits. Let the Republicans explain why they are denying consumers these savings

    A Student Debt Jubilee.

    Clinton could go even further. The whole debt-for-diploma system needs to be blown up.

    Public universities were once close to free. They need to be effectively free again, so that graduates without affluent parents do not begin their adult lives with debt millstones before they’ve even had their first job. Let’s make public university free, and if students want to opt for private universities they can opt for a mix of financial aid, low interest loans, and parental help.

    Why not pay the cost by taxing the people in the top brackets who’ve gotten such a break from the system, so that the next generation has a chance, too.

    1. I’ll say, let the first one happen. Control the price. Because we all know that never lead to shortages or a lack of innovation.

      I’ve talked about this before, but I’ve worked with pharma companies before. One spent $50 million+ testing a drug. This was a drug we already knew worked and was already licensed in Europe, but the FDA required a shitload of US testing. And this is for a disease that affects less than 5,000 people. So, sure. Control the price. And when people with rare diseases don’t get any medication, or when there’s a lack of pharma innovation because there’s no money for it, lets all act shocked.

      1. And when people with rare diseases don’t get any medication, or when there’s a lack of pharma innovation because there’s no money for it, lets all act shocked.

        When that happens, corporate greed will be blamed. Remember that all problems caused by government intervention in markets are a result of free trade and rich people.

        1. Oh yeah. Forgot that corporations are unlimited fonts of money that they greedily hoard and keep from the people. My bad.

          1. Corporations provide goods and services to voluntary customers while providing jobs to voluntary employees. What could be more evil than that?

      2. And when people with rare diseases don’t get any medication, or when there’s a lack of pharma innovation because there’s no money for it, lets all act shocked.

        I was a dinner party once where a prog complained that pharma companies don’t spend enough money on Lupus because – I kid you not – it primarily affects African-American women. SERIOUSLY. Exact words.

        Pharma companies are racist because they don’t research Lupus.

      3. Screw price controls. Just make it legal to buy drugs from other countries. We pay the development costs for the rest of the world, and if we can’t be held captive anymore everybody else is going to have to start chipping in.

        1. Haa ha ha ha ha!

          OMG that’s funny!

          You don’t get it, do you?

          Before the FDA, all food and drugs were poison! All of it!

          Imported drugs wouldn’t be subject to the FDA, which means they’d be poison!

    2. Control Drug Costs.

      I think the writer forgot to add this: Control Global Temperature.

    3. A Student Debt Jubilee

      As long as the money to pay back the loans comes from the universities, I’m OK with this plan.

      1. FIFY:

        As long as the money to pay back the loans comes from the universities progressives who are calling for a debt jubilee, I’m OK with this plan.

        1. Same difference, really.

      2. Everyone throws in 3/4 of their endowment/capital fund and the we start with state school students. If you got a Puppetry degree from Brown, you deserve to be a starving barista.

  37. Photos from the ‘Star Wars’ set

    First of all, as we suspected, Adam Driver is playing the hooded bad guy Kylo Ren and, yes, the Girls star is the lucky cast member swinging that next-generation three-pronged lightsaber that prompted so much discussion in the first teaser. In case the all-black ensemble wasn’t enough to tip you off to Ren’s allegiance, those ominous snowtroopers behind him are a big clue.

    And while we may not know which side of the Resistance (the film’s new term for the Rebel Alliance) Lupita Nyong’o’s C.G.I. character, Maz Kanata, is on, we do know from the caption on this eye-popping rogue’s gallery photo that she’s a pirate.

    Don’t let that sway your opinion, though. Smugglers like Han Solo and Lando Calrissian were heroes of the original trilogy, and the rebellion has a long and loving relationship with so-called scum.

    Speaking of heroes, this new gallery is also full of faces that Star Wars fans have already come to know and love. The raffish photo of Oscar Isaac’s Resistance pilot Poe Dameron hanging off an X-Wing is classic nerd pinup material.

    They renamed the Rebel Alliance the ‘Resistance’? What are they resisting, they’ve already won. And none of those names strike me as being particularly memorable.

    1. Photos from the ‘Star Wars’ set

      Aren’t those just green? I mean isn’t Star Wars 99% CGI now?

    2. I both cannot wait for this movie and am absolutely terrified that it may be on an Episode 1 level.

      1. “And now, we must turn our attention to the 0.1% deviation from expected revenue levels from the tariff on trade with the galactic core”

        1. Episode One: The Sunday Afternoon C-SPAN Menace

      2. If they’re anything like Abrams’ take on Star Trek then they’ll at least be “okay”.

        1. A watchable destruction of a franchise.

          1. Not to be confused with the unwatchable destruction of a franchise that was the last three installments.

  38. A Mises letter to Ayn

    “You are inferor and the improvements in your conditions which you simply take for granted you owe to the effort of men who are greater than you.”

    Ludwig knew how to get Ayn wet.

    1. I think you’re right. Also was von Mises. I grew up with Rand as a sort of universal background influence, took for granted till I got much elder, and didn’t overly think about her. Also, much of her philosophy was sort of obvious, and not really treated as something other than what any natural born person would think. But later I examined objectivism more closely, at which point I’d already studied a lot of other serious philosophy, and it turns out most of it, up till a certain point in her reasoning, is lifted almost wholly unmodified from some guy in Africa hundreds of years ago. Ben something. I forget his name. Partly because they all from that period their names are all Ben whatever and the last parts tend to be really simular. It is conceivable that both of them came to almost exactly the same conclusions about the basics with no direct influence going from one to the other, but I’d say fair unlikely. And it’s curious that the point where she goes off the rails is where she starts to deviate from his ideas. Which seems more than co?ncidental, since he also gets kind of nutty at one point, but one much further along.

      1. One might say they are just observing the nature of Nature and so naturally they’d come to the same conclusions if they both looked at things with an open head. But I’d say that the overbearing Hellenic influence on European philosophy so thoroughly saturates the culture that it’s unlikely any modern European could get the point of thinking up an objectivist philosophy without either being a total outcast from infancy or else some alien influence. Look at Descartes. He’s a fucking genius (in formal Latin periods at least), and he thought things to death, and he just barely gets to the edge of objectivist thinking and ends up sheering off into a lot of Hellenistical claptrap about the hegemony of the spirit over the pineal gland and whether ghosts displace water.

  39. Important-sounding phrases, jumbled out on paper
    .
    For another, we can all understand a thing on fire or a thing destroyed, because we all to some extent own things. There is an immediate calculable worth or sympathy to the destruction of a property, and almost always our attitude toward that property’s purpose is neutral, meaning that its destruction can always be fascinating but can quite often be pitiable as well. We can project the relative worth of our things onto any property and gain a sense of proportion as to what was lost. Moreover, the destruction of a thing can rarely be blamed on the thing itself, making it (usually) morally neutral and the harm brought to it almost always the agency of someone else. This, amongst other reasons, is why we have a “Broken Windows” police policy instead of a “Broken Peoples” policy. We implicitly understand that someone broke a window, and that it is not the window’s fault. Fixing broken windows is good. A broken person can be blamed on just about anything, but in a pinch, we make it easy on ourselves and just blame them. Fixing them is now a moral hazard.
    .
    Just in case you thought Rolling Stone couldn’t get the journalistic bar any lower.

    1. So lots of words to say that we consider property being destroyed as bad because we all have property and therefore it requires little to no empathy to imagine ourselves in the property owners shoes.
      Then on a different unrelated tangent, he says we don’t blame property for its own destruction because it has no agency of its own, but we do blame people for the destruction they reek on themselves because they do have a choice in what they do. He’s trying to say we should treat people like property and no blame people for their own decisions, but he misses his own distinction in that property isn’t blamed for its own decisions because it can’t make decisions.

  40. However (and I cannot believe I’m saying this) Matt Taibbi did an awesome review of Bernie Kerik’s book.

    1. Jailer to Jailed is a revolting work, even by the incredibly low standards of the modern memoir. It makes Don’t Hassle the Hoff read like Remembrance of Things Past.

      pwn!

      Taibbi is a great writer with few true principles and a laughable ideology. It’s nice to see what he can do when the time of day matches where his clock is stopped. He’s my kind of amoral scum.

  41. More about Baltimore:

    The resultant constant murmur of this kind of opportunistic filming and morally null thinking is basically “property, commerce, property, commerce, property, commerce” running like a dull pop-punk bass line. That this dovetails with most social critics’ view of the role of police might just be coincidence. They would tell you that the police exist to protect property and the people who own it from the people exploited by those owners ? that law and order is just the enforcement wing of capital. They would point you to a war on drugs that targets lower-income minorities instead of much higher drug-use areas like the affluent, politically compliant suburbs. They would point to a war on drugs that funnels minorities into for-profit prison systems owned by the same people whose kids are using all the damn drugs. You can believe them if you want.

    Fee, fie, foe, fum! Capitalism is bad, children, mmmkay?

  42. Declare those pennies on your eyes!
    (Most of it is behind a pay-wall, but CA is now taxing funeral DVDs:)

    “Funeral taxes: California takes its cut from the dead”
    http://www.sfchronicle.com/new…..ate-result

  43. Public universities were once close to free.

    It’s worse than that. Universities once provided a useful education.

    1. It’s worse than that. Universities once provided a useful education.

      Yeah, now they are just collective rape camps where women get raped on broken glass tables.

      1. It’s broken glass rape tables all the way down.

        1. Broken Glass Rape Table would be a great band name.

          1. Dammit! Forgot to refresh!

        2. Does “Broken Glass Rape Table” make it as a potential band-name candidate?

          1. I’d think that it would be better as a song title by the “Merchants of Hurt” on the their album “Songs for Hillary”

      2. Lt. Tasha Yar had it easy.

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