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    A second video has emerged showing McKinney, Texas, police officer Eric Casebolt unholstering his gun and throwing a 15-year-old girl to the ground outside a pool party.

  • Community leaders in Cleveland say they will bypass prosecutors and petition a judge directly to bring murder charges against the police officers involved in last year's fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Under Ohio law, residents may request an arrest in this manner without seeking the approval of either prosecutors or the police.
  • Two convicted killers who escaped from a maximum security prison in upstate New York remain on the loose.
  • "Jeb Bush plans to call for deepening U.S. economic ties with its European allies during a speech Tuesday in Germany, and to make the case that the two nations should also work more closely on issues of global security."
  • Vincent Bugliosi, the former Los Angeles prosecutor who put Charles Manson in prison, has died at the age of 80.
  • The Wisconsin Assembly is voting on a bill today that will end the state's mandatory 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases.

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  1. A second video has emerged showing McKinney, Texas, police officer Eric Casebolt unholstering his gun and throwing a 15-year-old girl to the ground outside a pool party.

    Does is show another awesome TJ Hooker shoulder roll?

    1. Hello.

      /raises fist in protest. No, literally. Raises Fist in the air.

      And will someone please show Almanian the Stonecutters handshake?

      It’s embarrassing.

    2. How long do we have before our handles are seen as threats?

      Also, I am not really certified in the art of asskicking.

      *Sobs slowly in the corner*

      1. Libertarians don’t go in for certification schemes.

      2. I knew you were just the worst sort of internet tuffgai, all handle and no asskicking.

        1. I very much fear for my wife if handles get scrutinized. Everybody knows there’s a special place in hell, or a gulag, for banjo players.

          1. It’s right next to the place for tOSU fans. 😉

            1. Oh man. That’s over the fucking line.

              1. For god’s sake don’t threaten him.

            2. To the wood chipper with you Ted!

              1. It’s woodchippers all the way down.

            3. You…YOU!!

              Go to a very warm place where that guy with the pointy tail and pitchfork and red skin lives for all eternity!

              1. I mean the above for Ted, of course. I will brook no slander of fellow graduates and fans.

          2. The banjo player would be you, sloopy, since your wife is “banjos”.

      3. MY GOD, IS ANY PART OF YOUR HANDLE THE TRUTH?!?!?
        ARE YOU EVEN “PUBLIC”?!?!?

        1. In the sense that I am someone’s one out of a handful of socks?

          No, it’s just me.

          *Begins to sob harder*

      4. Well I’m OK because my handle is clearly religious and thus protected by the Fist Amendment!

        Oh, wait….

        1. I see what you did there.

          1. *nods toward PJ in approval*

            Labor Omnia Vincit, Pope, Labor Omnia Vincit

          2. Ooops. That was a John-ism. But like a true John typo, it is better than what I intended.

        2. Being dead, I regularly vote for the Democrats(twice in some jurisdictions), so they’ll leave me alone.

          1. Is this the Jimbo thread? Are all you other Jimbo’s jealous of my unadulterated “Jimbo?” Go ahead and threaten me!!

    3. I have to ask what exactly is a Fist of Etiquette? Is that when the fist is lubed up first? Or when you hold the pinky out? I missed the Emily Post chapter on fisting so I’m at a bit of a loss here.

      1. If you have to ask, you’ll never know. But the name does roll off the tongue, no?

        1. I like it, but I am no judge…

          1. You’re not even CERTIFIED…..

            1. But is he bona fide?

  2. Two convicted killers who escaped from a maximum security prison in upstate New York remain on the loose.

    All you need is time and pressure. Time. Pressure.

    1. PV=nRT, so temperature will do as well.

      1. The NFL already showed that formula doesn’t work.

        1. Although the time and pressure thing does. For some definition of “work”.

          1. For that definition, you also need volume. Work must be done on a volume of ideal gas, against a given pressure.

            *Anything apparently threatening in this post is merely hyperbole. This comment is not intended to offend pressure or time, and work is defined here in a purely mathematical context. Furthermore, work is not intended to indicate any violent action to be taken against volume.

            1. Work must be done

              Slaver!!

  3. Trolls: The Thrill of Political Hating

    The last variety is anonymous hate. Political discourse has always had a shadowy component, all the way back to Thomas Paine’s pamphleteering in favor of American independence. But nothing has empowered casual vitriol in the Internet age like the pressure on news organizations to publish any and all anonymous feedback. This has scaled up our ability to express political hate with astonishing efficiency.

    Before you dismiss this as harmless chatter, consider a 2014 article in the academic journal Personality and Individual Differences, titled “Trolls Just Want to Have Fun.” Three Canadian psychologists found that habitual Internet commenting is strongly correlated with hateful personality pathologies. The total amount of time spent posting comments online correlated positively with sadism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism. And this held especially true for those who relished “trolling,” the anonymous posting of negative and destructive comments. The 5 percent of participants who listed trolling as their favorite activity earned the highest scores on those unsavory psychological measures.

    1. Why am i shivering?

    2. Three Canadian psychologists walk into a bar…Rufus slaps each of them off the side of the head.

      1. Sadist!

      2. Canadian psychologists should avoid such ridiculous comments and stick to what they know, e.g. polar bears, baby seals and puffins. Or perhaps they can try and figure out why Rufus hates the Toronto Blue Jays so much.

        1. Because, C, when the time came to stand by the Expos – an organization that worked hard to help them get a franchise- on the vote regarding contraction they voted AGAINST US. The single vote wouldn’t have mattered practically but symbolically it was a disgusting move.

          Fuck. The. Blue. Jays.

    3. “Political discourse has always had a shadowy component, all the way back to Thomas Paine’s pamphleteering in favor of American independence.”

      Is he saying that one of the most eloquent voices in favor of American Independence was a hateful troll or is he just saying hateful trolls existed back then?

      “The 5 percent of participants who listed trolling as their favorite activity earned the highest scores on those unsavory psychological measures.”

      How do you know the 5 percent who listed trolling as their favorite activity didn’t purposefully answer questions in a way to make you think they’re crazy? You know, how do you know they weren’t, uh, trolling you?

      1. I’m betting all five percent were Tulpa.

        1. He’d be 8%, wouldn’t he?

    4. This goes a long way to explaining a few regulars on this site…especially dipshit.

    5. Three Canadian psychologists found that habitual Internet commenting is strongly correlated with hateful personality pathologies.

      And habitual investigation of correlations with hateful personality pathologies — don’t even think about it!

    6. Those Canadian fucks need to show their work because I smell bullshit in massive quantities.

      1. You’re proving their point!

        /Bo

    7. Three Canadian psychologists found that habitual Internet commenting is strongly correlated with hateful personality pathologies

      As opposed to say, Chuck Schumer-style political grandstanding.

    8. Political discourse has always had a shadowy component, all the way back to Thomas Paine’s pamphleteering in favor of American independence.

      So, no trolling before then? It came into being in 1776? Ever heard of A Modest Proposal just to pick one example.

      1. Ah. The eloquence of Thomas Paine on matters of liberty and his excellent banter with Edmund Burke is shadowy!

        A trio of stooges indeed!

        1. The Times is apparently some sort of closet British loyalist publication.

      2. Alex, who is Diogenes?

        1. +1 lantern in daylight

          (Well done, Sir)

    9. and Machiavellianism

      WTF?????

      1. They threw him in for decoration.

    10. I comment online anonymously because I live in a very “tolerant”, “diverse” neighborhood which will ostracize me if my views were revealed. And these psychologists tell me that anonymous commenters like me are the hateful ones. Bravo.

    11. You know who else just wanted to have fun…

      1. Sarah Jessica Horseface and Helen Hunt?

      2. Girls?

      3. *searches for Cyndi Lauper’s contact information*

      4. The Connells? They wanted games also

      5. Crusaders?

        Vikings?

      6. The Beach Boys?

      7. Sheryl Crow?

  4. Vince Bugliosi’s dead? Undead, Undead, undead?

    1. Alone, in a darkened room.

      The count.

      1. The virginal brides file past his tomb

        1. Red velvet lines the black box

    2. Barnie Miller‘s Fish is dead? Damn, I guess that running joke is over.

      1. At least we still have Lou Reed.

      2. No, no! All this, and Abe Vigoda still lives on…

        1. So does that guy who played the dumb jock cop on Barney Miller. Saw him on the penultimate Mad Men, as an elderly drunk hick VFW guy, who was repeatedly smacking Don Draper in the face with a phone book. Can’t remember his name or his character’s name.

          1. Slightly on topic: did anybody else love Seinfeld’s Lloyd Braun on “Silicon Valley” this past Sunday?

            Especially his “shit the bed” comment.

            1. That was great. I wonder if they got inspiration for his character from Reason.

            2. Great episode this week. His job interview in the diner was priceless.

            3. He is not an attorney.

          2. Because his character’s name was impossibly Polish.

            1. IIRC, that would be actor Max Gail as Det. Stan “Wojo” Wojciehowicz. Gail also played the owner of D.C. Cab.

            2. Wojciechowski isn’t that impossible.

              The actor’s name might be a bit easier for you: Max Gail.

              1. I guarantee you’re pronouncing it wrong.

            3. There’s a lot of names in my area like that. They start with P or B but are actually pronounced with a Ch or K sound at the beginning.

              1. I read Michener’s Poland, which has a scene with an American woman who married into a Polish family learning Polish. One of the illustrations of how words are spelled in Polish versus how they are pronounced is Lancut being pronounced Winesooth.

                To be fair, English has Raymond Luxury Yacht.

                1. But it’s pronounced Throat Warbler Mangrove.

    3. Have read parts of Reclaiming History. What a brilliant piece of work that is.

    4. I thought Bela Lugosi died, like, a long time ago.

  5. Under Ohio law, residents may request an arrest in this manner without seeking the approval of either prosecutors or the police.

    Burying the lede, here. The headline should be that Ohio isn’t as terrible as you thought it was.

    1. I dunno – I see why that is in place – to avoid miscarriages of justice like this particular matter. But you can also end up with judges that get a case of European Prosecutor Syndrome – “I will bring justice to the world by issuing warrants on everyone who is bad!”

      1. I’m worried the dickheads who have a bug up their ass about wedding cakes will use this to exert pressure on private enterprises that do not share their beliefs.

        Also, how do you prosecute a case without a prosecutor?

        1. I imagine once the charge is brought – the AG has to take it? Good question.

          1. DA: mr policeman, did you do it?

            Cop: no.

            DA: your honor, the prosecution rests.

            1. Not guilty. Case not proven. Court adjourned.

              1. You have been found not gill cup.

                1. Exactly. Next defend-ANT!

    2. I don’t know the people around here seem to have no illusions about their state. I see “Stuck in Ohio” bumper stickers all the time.

      1. We are very proud of the heritage of Cleveland. And we look forward to an inspiring future.

  6. So, while driving in this morning, I saw a scary vehicle: a black Lexus SUV with an enormous USMC sticker on the back window and a “I’m Ready For Hillary” one on the bumper.

    I got to wondering what sort of person drives that vehicle. The only thing I could think of was Labor Union Executive or maybe a long time union worker.

    1. If he had a cow catcher attached and the sticker was on the front bumper I’d understand.

      1. What’s that faint sound I hear? A signature being scratched on a subpoena?

        1. Airmail and extradition cost extra. Rendition, however, needs no subpoena.

        2. +1 rule of law.

    2. No idea who that might be but knowing how many Marines often express themselves I would guess that the person who put that bumper sticker on does not mean he is “ready” in the same way as the people who distributed it do.

      1. Tejicano, you in Japan, too?

      2. True. “Ready for Hillary” almost sounds like a warning. It really is a stupid campaign. Perhaps it’s some mistranslated Russian phrase.

        1. +1 beset rutton

    3. Union wouldn’t be in a Lexus. Gotta show the UAW (U-Ain’t-Workin) solidarity.

      1. Even here in the ‘Burgh, that is fairly rare anymore. I’ve known a lot of union members that drive foreign and non union-made cars.

        1. Well they know firsthand the type of dipshits that make the American ones.

      2. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz disagrees.

    4. Any female Marine.

  7. How many videos will it take to show McKinney fucked up?

  8. And so Nick Gillespie and all the other beltway cosmos at Reason now see what their reward is for kissing Obama’s behind for the last seven years: subpoenas and lawsuit threats from Loretta Lynch and her minions.

    Well done guys! You sure know how to pick your friends well.

    1. Holy shit, you are an idiot.

      1. Loretta Lynn is behind this?!

        I knew she should never have collaborated with Jack White!

        I knew it!

      2. Nothing has changed since the last time he wouldn’t shut his big, fat, stupid mouth.

        1. +1 Block Yomomma

    2. “subpoenas and lawsuit threats from Loretta Lynch and her minions.”

      Yeah, going to go out on a limb and say this is a power mad random DA, not a conspiracy reaching to the upper echelons of the Obama Administration.

      1. I don’t know how inner-law politics work, but any chance the DA knows this is BS but wants to stay on the good side of a judge who threw a hissy fit?

        1. Yes. If this were anyone other than a judge no one would blink an eye at those comments. I once read a Raw Story article where people were talking about guillotining rich people and specifically mentioned the Koch Brothers. Oddly enough, the state did not get involved.

          1. I imagine any perusal of a lefty website for Citizens United discussions could generate hundreds of investigations.

          2. We should scour for the perfect Koch-hating violence instigating comment on HuffPo, etc, and every one of us notify the DA of the imminent threat.

            1. And make sure to notify that specific DA.

            2. They weren’t hating on one of the Kings Men, so no harm no foul.

          3. Of course not, those are enemies of the people proglodytes.

            Even now, you don’t understand how anarcho-tyranny works?

          4. Dude, they made a MOVIE about killing a President!

            And they worry about us?

          5. I’m not going to hold my breath waiting for this AUSA to go after Al Gore, et al for making threats of imprisonment or death to anyone “denying” climate change.

        2. Puuuhlease.

    3. Before I respond, are you a judge perhaps??

  9. “Jeb Bush plans to call for deepening U.S. economic ties with its European allies during a speech Tuesday in Germany, and to make the case that the two nations should also work more closely on issues of global security.”

    You know who else was German, called for a superpower to provide global security and did business with a Bush?

    1. Anheuser?

      1. That is awesome.

        1. I agree.

    2. If the bush was burning, I’m guessing Moses.

      1. If the bush is burning, see a doctor immediately.

    3. Helmut Kohl?

  10. Under Ohio law, residents may request an arrest in this manner without seeking the approval of either prosecutors or the police.

    “Oops!”

  11. Here’s What’s Driving Inequality

    Why are wealth and income inequality increasing? Why is labor, relative to capital, commanding a declining share of national income? These have become the central questions in the economics profession, and they’re increasingly central to our political debates as well. Much of the discussion seems to suggest that there is some sort of mystery to be explained. Perhaps corporations are getting better at lobbying in Washington. Or maybe there has been a cultural change that makes CEOs bolder in demanding high pay.

    We find those sorts of explanations to be unsatisfactory. Once we consider recent structural changes in the economy, there may not be much left to explain. Here are three key factors: first, obstacles to building and subsidies to homeowners, which raise rents in residential real estate; second, the increasing complexity of regulation, which imposes burdens on smaller firms and discourages new entry; and third, the growing importance of intellectual property.

    1. What’s driving inequality?

      Women, Haitians and Asians on the road?

      Hoo-ha!

      1. Wait, do they all have Hoohas?

    2. Subsidies to homeowners?

      Here we go with the whole tax deduction = subsidies bullsh**.

    3. Pretty surprised that Sumner doesn’t attribute more responsibility to globalization. I’d say that’s the biggest reason that capital is earning more than labor, though his points are still important, particularly in terms of American inequality.

  12. Jeb Bush plans to call for deepening U.S. economic ties with its European allies during a speech Tuesday in Germany…

    You know who Prescott Bush deepened ties with?

      1. I CAME AT IT FROM A DIFFERENT ANGLE.

          1. If I’m not right then at least I’m acute.

  13. Because, fried chicken:

    Close Finish for First in Fast Food Fried Chicken Taste Test

    Despite its popularity, there are not many major national chains that primarily serve fried chicken. However, in an effort to find the best fast food fried chicken in America, I sampled four of the largest chains in the country to determine which one can call itself the Prince of Poultry.

    Being based in New York, I included national chains Church’s Chicken, KFC, Popeye’s, and Kennedy Fried Chicken, a smaller chain primarily based in the northeast.

    1. I do like Popeye’s very much.

    2. Spoiler: Popeye’s wins. As it should.

      1. So if I see a Popeye’s in the States I’m safe to go in and try it?

        1. Yes sir. In fact, you should open a franchise in the Great Frozen North.

        2. The best biscuit in fast food.

          1. Bojangles biscuits are a lot better. Their sides pale in comparison though.

          2. The biscuits are excellent – I will now have to search out a Bojangles franchise to compare…

            1. Bojangles biscuits aren’t bad, but they always seem like they’re coated in flour. Popeye’s are better.

              1. For my money, the best way to consume Popeye’s biscuits is as follows: disregard them during your chicken meal, slice them laterally into 1/3s or 1/4s and layer them with sliced strawberries and fresh whipped cream, drizzle with a tiny bit of Grand Marnier, eat.

          3. ^ This

            Buttery delights fit for angels.

        3. So if I see a Popeye’s in the States I’m safe to go in and try it?

          Depends. I live far far away from Louisiana and the Popeyes around here suck. On the other hand, the Popeyes I went to in New Orleans was some of the best fried chicken I’ve had and the sides were equally worthy.

          1. 1000X this. Here in NYC, the customer service from our Popeye’s has Al Copeland spinning in his grave but he food is still pretty good. The NOLA location on Canal St. by Bourbon St. is a Mardi Gras must see; they have to hire armed guards to keep crowds from rushing the bathrooms without buying something.

      2. They put some bullshit local chain in and leave Bojangles out of the contest? That’s a load of shit.

        FWIW, Popeyes is marginally better than Bojangles. Both are head and shoulders above KFC and Church’s. None are as good as the fried chicken I make about once a week or so. Not even close.

        1. do you deep fry it?

          1. Yeah. It’s the only way to go as far as I’m concerned. Pan frying required constant attention and often leads to burnt bits (especially since I’m saddled with an electric range at the present. Deep frying ensures perfect cooking.

        2. No Bojangles in NYC.

          1. New York City?!?!

            -BBQ pitchman

        3. I like to marinate yardbird overnight in buttermilk (often with a great deal of cumin). Also, why did they include NYC local chain Kennedy Fried Chicken but not the more numerous NYC local Crown Fried Chicken franchises (And hey… why no mention of the several Kennedy locations in Brooklyn and Queens that rebranded as Obama Fried Chicken in 2008)?

      3. But who goes to Popeye’s and orders mac and cheese instead of red beans and rice? The Popeye’s red beans and rice are the single greatest side at any fast food restaurant. Look, no one wants to see the author run through a wood chipper or anything, but he absolutely deserves a sternly worded email and maybe a disapproving head shake.

        1. I ask for an extra biscuit in place of the side that comes with the three-piece meal.

        2. Popeyes should win, but how was his order time only one minute?

        3. I usually go in for the beans and rice and an extra side of their mashed potatoes and Cajun gravy. That and a three piece (no white meat) is a perfect lunch.

          1. I don’t care what you privileged white folk think. I want to know what black people think of all this.

        4. The red beans and rice are still made with lard (Shhh), that is why they are so delicious. Also, Popeye’s wins because of its founder, all around New Orleans bad-ass, Al Copeland. His bold and brash ways drove Ann Rice out of my neighborhood in the Lower Garden District and he will always be a hero for that.

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Copeland

      4. What is this Popeye’s you speak of? None exist near me. KFC is the only chain. There was one lonely Popeye’s, but it went out of business. That’s because a local restaurant, the Chicken Coop (which has been there since the 70s) drove Popeye’s out.

    3. I’ve never heard of Kennedy Fried chicken. Are all the chickens assassinated before frying or what?

      1. No.

        They’re just drowned in gravy.

    4. Where’s Chicken Delite?

      1. Chicken Likkin is likkin Chicken!

  14. Black America is so very tired of explaining and debating

    Black America is tired. The liminal existence of Ellison’s invisible man; Cornel West’s brilliant meditation on “niggerization” as a state of existential fear, where black and brown people are unwanted, unprotected and unsafe in America; and the genius insights of Richard Wright’s “Native Son” speak to a stalwart resilience in the face of the racial absurdity that is white supremacy and the color line in America (and the world).

    Black Americans are the moral conscience of the United States. In her book by the same title, political theorist and legal scholar Lani Guinier described black folks as a type of “miner’s canary” for a democracy that is still very much a work in progress: a country whose origins are in the twin crimes against humanity that were the genocide of First Nations people and the murder and enslavement of millions of blacks held as human chattel, and one that still struggles to perfect a “more perfect union” in the face of a resurgent White Right, a plundering plutocrat class and the terror of neoliberalism and the politics of human disposability.

    And the rest of America is tired too…

    1. ‘Black Americans are the moral conscience of the United States.’

      No, you’re not. And get over yourselves.

      Quebecois nationalists use similar rhetoric to elevate themselves above the rest of Canada.

      It’s vapid nonsense.

      1. So in http://www.theonion.com/articl…..laws-19927

        The last “When Canadians say …. They mean” entry is what you mean, yes?

        1. For the first time in the playoffs I saw the Hawks get rattled.

          1. Dumb play all around. Running into each other, no idea the puck is right next to them, flailing sticks missing the puck, three empty net shots missed… might just not be their time again.

      2. It’s not only arrogant, and racist nonsense, but given the high rate of black crime in the United States it’s also laughably ridiculous.

        1. Yeah, this claim certainly had a lot of merit back in Dr. King’s era, but now it’s absolutely laughable. In the years since they’ve sadly devolved into one of the most violent, uneducated, and out-of-control cultures on the face of the earth.

    2. “legal scholar” Lani Guinier

      Some journalists also alleged that Guinier’s writings indicated that she supported the shaping of electoral districts to ensure a black majority, a process known as “race-conscious districting.” One New York Times opinion piece claimed that Guinier was in favor of “segregating black voters in black-majority districts,”. Guinier was portrayed as a racial polarizer who believed?in the words of George Will?that “only blacks can represent blacks.”

      In the face of the negative media attention, many Democratic Senators, including David Pryor of Arkansas, Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, and Carol Moseley-Braun of Illinois (the only African-American serving in the Senate at that time)[12] informed President Clinton that her interviews with senators were going poorly and urged him to withdraw Guinier’s nomination.[13]

      Even the progs couldn’t stand her.

      But, of course, Harvard, hired her.

      1. “only blacks can represent blacks” harkens to the theory among Quebec separatist intellectualism (and I use the term extremely loosely with those hillbillies) of ‘keeping people trapped in a pot like lobsters’.

        It was uttered in the 1990s by the recently deceased clown Jacques Parizeau in all his pseudo-intellectual, xenophobic glory.

  15. The environment seems decidedly more chilly today. Global warming?

    1. It really can do everything.

      Including issue subpoenas…

      1. I bet it will boosts gun sales a bit too.

    2. a little… Too Chilly?

  16. The Wisconsin Assembly is voting on a bill today that will end the state’s mandatory 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases.

    “48 hours??? But I’m mad now!”

    1. For the sake of our New Insect Overlords, this poster is just quoting Homer Simpson, a popular fictional character.

      1. Homer Simpson, eh? I like the cut of his jib.

        1. His hygiene is beyond reproach.

        2. What’s a jib?

  17. “Jeb Bush plans to call for deepening U.S. economic ties with its European allies during a speech Tuesday in Germany, and to make the case that the two nations should also work more closely on issues of global security.”

    You know who else from a European nation worked for it’s global security?

    1. Poor Germany. Will they ever live that down?

      1. “Give it a few thousand years or so”- Louie Anderson

      2. Seriously though. It’s been 70 years. I actually feel sorry for them.

        1. You know who else felt sorry for Germans?

  18. “A second video has emerged showing McKinney, Texas, police officer Eric Casebolt unholstering his gun and throwing a 15-year-old girl to the ground outside a pool party.”

    DO NOT go to Twitchy or Yahoo comments on this issue. It’s all ‘leave her in jail to teach her a lesson for not obeying’ and something, something, “it could have gotten out of control and thank you officers for protecting us”, something, something, all justified.

    1. I enjoy Twitchy for the most part but I never go near the comments. I made the mistake once and it was akin to taking a bath in stupid and shampooing with retard.

      1. Yeah, you can go to Hot Air to get more of that, or Balloon Juice for the lefty version.

      2. Yeah. Same feeling and experience here. They’re waaaayyyy too ‘be tough on crime’ to even remotely begin a decent discussion on such matters. The lengths they will go in defending throwing a petulant teenager to the ground.

    2. I’ve read that the accounts of the party goers might not be the entire story. This seems like a case where just about everyone involved is an asshole.

  19. Turtle bites drunk man after make-out session

    Officers from the Xinglin police station brought in the man surnamed Wang (pseudonym) for a night in the drunk tank after he was treated at a local hospital.

    Media reported Wang wandered into the supermarket at 8 pm on Tuesday after a heavy drinking session with his buddies.

    Surveillance video showed Wang stumbling into the seafood section and handling the turtles in a glass tank. After 30 minutes of foreplay, Wang thrust his head into the tank and emerged with a turtle clamped to his mouth.

    Supermarket employees eventually had to cut off the turtle’s head to free Wang.

    1. Talk about victim-blaming.

      1. “had to cut off the turtle’s head to free Wang”

        *shivers*

        1. You know who else had to free Wang?

          1. Every Scotsman ever?

    2. WTF why wasn’t this titled “Turtle Bites Wang”

  20. Tourists taking nude photos on a mountain in Malaysia blamed for earthquake, arrested by Malay Cops.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com…..e24867364/

    1. Responding to death threats from the Malaysians who believe he and fellow Canadian tourists caused the earthquake, Emil Kaminski wrote on Facebook, “f*ck your culture.”

      Awesome.

      1. I’ve heard more than a few reports that Malaysia has become an inhospitable shithole.

        *Strikes Malaysia off SE Asia travel list*

  21. The man whose home was destroyed during a standoff with police believes officers took extreme measures when they tried to capture the suspect.

    Lech said his homeowner’s insurance company has warned him there is a small chance his policy won’t cover the damage because of a clause for “incompetent goverment” action.

    That reminds me — haven’t seen “The Gauntlet” for quite some time.

    1. They asked around and every other police department said they would have handled it the same way. (Many of them answering the query with visible erections.)

    2. “…a clause for “incompetent goverment” action.”

      Something about the exception that swallows the rule…

      1. There are other kinds?

    3. WHY. WON’T. PEOPLE. JUST. OBEY?

  22. Florida man calls 911 to brag about muscles, hits on dispatcher

    Eduardo “Edward ” Garcia was camping at Lake Griffin State Park in Fruitland Park, Fla., about 50 miles north of Orlando, when he called 911 to report a harassing phone call he received, police said. While on the phone, he asked the female dispatcher if she was single and told her he had big muscles. He called back twice more after the dispatcher hung up on him.

    Officers went to the park where Garcia was camping and found him lying in his tent with an open can of beer and three more cold ones by his side. Officers called the phone number the 911 calls had originated and the phone by Garcia rang.

    1. I’ve been having a lot of fun mentally replacing “A Florida Man” with “Jeb Bush” ever since I heard about the app that does it.

  23. Is there a 48 hour waiting period for alt-text?

    1. I demand the WI Legislature repeal that waiting period too!

  24. Dog drives car into a pond

    A Warren man left his dog in the car for just minutes, when he says the dog drove the car into a pond.

    “Normally I always pull up the emergency brake, it’s a stick shift. So I had it in gear but I guess I didn’t have it in gear or she knocked it out. And when she knocked it out of gear, she drove it into the lake,” said Nick Hayer of his 2-year-old dog Lucy.

    1. This is why we don’t mention Lucy on H&R.

    2. He went home and told his wife, “Don’t talk about Lucy.”

      1. I shoulds refresh sometimes.

        1. It’s always nice to be somebody to the punch line.

          1. You’re somebody, Ted.

    1. Too threatening

    2. Putin being nuzzled by dolphins:

      http://memecrunch.com/meme/GBS…../image.jpg

      1. “Nuzzled”

      2. I’d rather he was gang raped.

        1. Ixnay

        2. Be careful Switzy. Those are strong enough words for our local warlords to kidnap you and ruin your life.

    1. To be honest, it’s quite terrifying. Grand juries are unchecked weapons.

      1. Obviously, there needs to be a 72-hour waiting period on Fargo references.

        1. Absolute silence. We’ll see how YOU like it. Total silence.

    2. is this what they call ‘a chilling effect on free speech’?

      1. In Soviet Russia, government subpoenas you for criticizing public officials….

        Wait, I don’t think I am doing this right.

        Crap.

    3. Whoops, i didn’t see Gillespie’s post asking me not to do this. Uh, carry on.

    4. Nick requested last night that we not discuss it here.

    5. A Request of Our Commenters
      Nick Gillespie|June 8, 2015 7:01 pm
      Please refrain from any discussion of the subject of the article at Popehat.com and its contents on our site.

      Thanks.

      Did you miss this?

      1. NO, NICK ISN’T THE BOSS OF ME.

      2. Define ‘miss’.

        /Fat Tony.

      3. To be fair, he didn’t say anything about mentioning the existence of the article. But I’m inclined to just shut up about it on Reason. While they would be awesome to just say “fuck you”, I can quite understand their doing as their lawyers presumably suggest and not say anything publicly yet.

        OK. Starting now.

      4. How many people are reading this website and thinking “three years of law school, all that studying to pass the bar, and I end up having to moderate these comments?”

    6. I’m terrified. I spent years on my previous Reason handle, but now I’ve switched it because I don’t feel that my sign-up was anonymous enough. Although I hate to lose my commentariat cred, I hate even more being made an example of by one of the most punitive and powerful group of evil doers on the planet.

  25. Female UFC fighter beats apology out of man after he pinched her pal’s bum outside nightclub

    A female UFC fighter beat an apology out of a man after he allegedly pinched her friend on the bum outside a nightclub.

    Leslie Smith, a bantamweight and Heather Clark – who fights in the UFC strawweight division – were standing outside a club with some pals when the incident happened.

    Smith confronted the man after he fondled her friend’s behind.

    The man then allegedly spat in her face saying “F*** you. I can do whatever I want.”

    Smith replied: ‘No motherf***er, you can’t.’

    He then allegedly swung a punch in Smith’s direction – which she dodged, forcing him against and wall.

      1. Silly Yanks

        You don’t whack off in a car…

        Probably NSFW

        1. I love that picture.

  26. OT: What’s with Wired and its fucking Flash ad overlays that won’t close when you click on the X?

    Granted, they use Disqus too, which is even worse than H&R’s commenting platform.

  27. Last night, Rachel Maddow was giggling and rolling her eyes because Scott Walker wore a helmet while riding a motorcycle. She said everyone knows it’s bad for politicians to wear helmets- just ask Dukakis.

    IMO, Dukakis’ photo-op didn’t backfire because he was wearing a helmet. It backfired because he was insincere. It would be like if Nixon showed up to Woodstock in a tie-dye shirt and a Rasta hat and rocked out to Jimmi Hendrix. No one would be fooled.

    People look cool in tanks. Here is Margaret Thatcher with goggles and a scarf in a tank and here is Putin shirtless on a tank.

    1. Now. Thought experiment.

      Imagine Obama in a tank.

      1. Didn’t this line of thinking get us in trouble already?

        1. It doesn’t have to be a military tank.

        2. He meant a tank top. I

          1. Or Septic.

    2. Wait, she made fun of him for following a basic safety rule when it comes to riding motorcycles? I imagine every outlet would have been on him for trying to “look cool” and setting a bad example for kids if he didn’t wear one while riding.

      1. Is it not illegal to ride a motorcycle without a helmet?

        1. It’s legal in Texas, Arizona and South Carolina to ride without a helmet.

          1. CT too.

        2. Depends on the state.

        3. It’s legal in Montana if you’re over 18.

      2. The great thing about being a progressive is that you get to criticize nonprogs regardless of what they do

        1. Damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.

    3. Dumb Scott Walker – this is how a pol should look riding a bike

      http://libertynews.com/wp-cont…..-bike3.jpg

      Dreamy – / MadCow

  28. U.S. base shipped live anthrax to 19 states plus D.C.: Pentagon

    The number of labs that received live anthrax samples from a U.S. military base in Utah has risen to 66 in 19 states, Washington and three foreign countries, the Pentagon said on Monday.

    Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Defense Department spokesman, said 31 people were receiving precautionary treatment for exposure to live anthrax, unchanged since the Pentagon’s last update on the incident.

    Warren said one new state, Pennsylvania, had been added to the list of locations where live anthrax had been sent. In addition to the U.S. states and Washington, the pathogen was sent to South Korea, Canada and Australia.

    1. I think this is why ifh has been missing…

      1. If anthrax were sent to Oz, it would still rank outside the top 10 of deadly shit there.

        1. Anthrax just makes the drop bears stronger.

          And angrier.

  29. Jeb Bush plans to call for deepening U.S. economic ties with its European allies

    Imagine all of the Eurallies/”Your allies” puns we can have fun with now!

    1. And now I’m imagining a reverse-app that replaces “Jeb Bush” with “A Florida Man”…

  30. Nuclear Saudis? ‘All options on the table’ over Iran deal, Riyadh’s ambassador to UK warns

    Saudi Arabia is ready to acquire nuclear weapons if diplomatic talks aimed at halting Iran’s nuclear ambitions break down, the Saudi ambassador to the UK has said.

    Prince Mohammed bin Nawwaf bin Abdulaziz al-Saud said the oil-rich Gulf kingdom hoped negotiations being led by US President Barack Obama would result in a “watertight” deal with Iran.

    However if does not happen, then “all options are on the table,” he said.

    1. “all options are on the table,”

      “including nuking Riyadh and Mecca.”

      This is YA expression that should go away.

  31. My country of residence’s brave leaders take a selfless stand against austerity:

    SNP to consider raising Scots income tax next year

    And so it begins.

    1. only by following this through to the bitter end will they (and the Scots voter) learn.

      Are there any liberal strains within the SNP or are they consistently communitarian?

      1. I can’t find anything libertarian, anywhere up here. The best it gets is the shy tories.

  32. Doctor who trained U.S. troops suspended for macabre techniques

    During instructional sessions in 2012 and 2013 for military personnel, Hagmann gave trainees drugs and liquor, and directed them to perform macabre medical procedures on one another, according to a report issued by the Virginia Board of Medicine, the state agency that oversees the conduct of doctors.

    Hagmann, 59, is accused of inappropriately providing at least 10 students with the hypnotic drug ketamine. The report alleges Hagmann told students to insert catheters into the genitals of other trainees and that two intoxicated student were subjected to penile nerve block procedures. Hagmann also is accused of conducting “shock labs,” a process in which he withdrew blood from the students, monitored them for shock, and then transfused the blood back into their systems.

    The report alleges that Hagmann also “exploited, for personal gain and sexual gratification” two participants who attended a July 2013 course at his Virginia farm.

    1. People are truly weird

      1. That’s why we need Bloomberg.

    2. You know who else used ketamine to help their troops?

  33. Scott Walker Drafts a Homeschooled Army

    Perhaps more than any other 2016er, Walker is consistent and vocal in acknowledging that homeschooling is a valid form of education?and this support could pay huge political dividends in the Republican primary.

    He mentioned it in his 2015 budget address, in his 2014 State of the State speech, in his 2015 inaugural address, and all over the campaign trail, as well as at Gov. Rick Scott’s invite-only event in Disney last week for business power brokers.

    This is by design.

    1. 3% of all american kids are homeschooled.

  34. We’re all climate change deniers at heart

    At yesterday’s summit in Bavaria, the G7 leading industrial nations agreed to phase out fossil fuels by the end of the century. It’s easy to be cynical about these things, but these official goals really matter. And one big reason is this: in the absence of intergovernmental action, we are hopelessly ill-equipped to deal with this problem as individuals.

    And should it dawn on us that our behaviours don’t match our beliefs ? that we’re not doing our bit to save the planet, even though we think we should ? we find it far easier to adjust the belief (downgrading the importance of climate change) than the behaviour (flying less, having fewer children).

    Arrrgggghhhh

    1. Not… going… to… happen.

      It’ll be interesting to see what happens in Airstrip One when the rolling blackouts start.

      1. It’s not just Airstrip One. Obama pledged an 83% cut from 2005 levels by 2050 in Copenhagen.

        That means that the US will emit about one-third less CO2 than it did a century ago, back when less than one-half of houses had electricity, primarily for illumination only, there were only 2.5 million cars, and life expectancy was 53 years.

        You can bet that he’ll repeat the pledge later this year in Paris.

        1. It’s not going to happen….

          These people have no idea what Americans will do to them once they start seriously inconveniencing the citizenry.

          It will make the Tea Party rebellion look like formal tea at that hotel in Victoria.

          1. These people have no idea what Americans will do to them once they start seriously inconveniencing the citizenry.

            What do you think they believe the military and militarized police are for, huh?

    2. Suck my sweaty, burning balls Burkeman.

      You insipid boob. Why don’t you direct this at the fucken politicians instead of regular folk?

    3. A cubic mile of oil (about what the world uses in a year) would require unrealistic numbers of nuclear, solar, wind, etc., facilities to be built to replace that amount of energy…or that technology saves us with a ‘fusion’ miracle…or that the world descend into a state of energy use equivalent to the early 18th century. So which decarbonization option will it be?

      1. The 18th century one! Except nobody’s allowed to burn coal, peat, or wood, either.

        1. I had a similar conversation with a friend of mine that went basically along these lines. When I pressed him on how he proposed to bridge this energy gap he spouted the lefty trope of “well, renewables will be much more efficient if we would just invest more in them.”

          To which I replied, “so, there IS a source of carbon you are okay with burning…it just so happens to be my money.”

          1. ….and once he heard you say that, he decided to renounce his silly prog ways and embrace libertarianism, right?

            1. I think we both know the answer to that. 😉

              I seriously try to be even-keeled in these discussions but the enviro crowd, when you take their arguments to their logical conclusion, actually want atrocious things. If population control is so important to you, why do YOU get to have three children?

              1. In my experience, a depressingly large number of those conversations end with the applicable prog admitting that, yes, a few billion people need to die.

                1. That’s part of saving Gaia… its funny how they all believe it won’t be them or those close to them that will be doing the dying…

    4. the G7 leading industrial nations agreed to phase out fossil fuels by the end of the century…these official goals really matter.

      No. That goal really, really doesn’t matter.

      It’s easy to be cynical about these things

      Not publicly, if you’re in academia, it’s not.

      1. It’s not even April 1st.

    5. “At yesterday’s summit in Bavaria, the G7 leading industrial nations agreed to phase out fossil fuels by the end of the century. It’s easy to be cynical about these things, but these official goals really matter.”

      They made promises no one plans on keeping so idiots like you would say nice things about the politicians involved.

      1. VERY disappointed in Harper. I’m hoping he did this knowing full well nothing will happen and cynically calculate there’s no loss seeing there’s an upcoming election and needs to get the dumbass, uninformed vote.

      2. “[…]It’s easy to be cynical about these things, but these official goals really matter.”

        Half of that sentence is true.

      3. Since the end of the century is in 85 years, it is not though they have to figure out how to keep that committment, or even how to weasel out of it. It is perfect empty diplomacy.

    6. Know who else liked to have summits in Bavaria?

      1. Bayern Munchen?

      2. Tyrolean alpinists?

    7. Help me out here – shark tank or piranha tank? And does he kill and eat the fish?

  35. HSBC to cut 50,000 jobs in quest for higher dividends

    Chief Executive Stuart Gulliver has made it his mission to boost profits since taking the helm of Europe’s largest bank by assets in 2011 but his efforts have so far been foiled by high compliance costs, fines and low interest rates.

    In the bank’s second big overhaul since the financial crisis it will speed up a cull of unprofitable units and countries by cutting almost 50,000 jobs – half of them from selling businesses in Brazil and Turkey.

  36. Meanwhile at Harvard:

    Campus Activism: Views of a Teacher and a Student

    College students are volatile, and if our “safe spaces” seem more for hiding from ideas than for shelter from oppression, it is because we occasionally confound structural injustice (which hurts, badly) with being-in-the-world (also hurts). We are obliged as social individuals to fight the first and weather the second, and also to help others do the same.

    1. we occasionally confound structural injustice (which hurts, badly) with being-in-the-world (also hurts).

      I have not idea what this is supposed to mean.

      1. *no* idea, even.

      2. All I heard was a giant whine. Seriously sometimes I think bullying in schools did some sort of service. I can’t stand these whiny college kids crying about their made up pain. They all need to be slugged in the jaw and told to man the fuck up.

        1. I got roughed up by a future Mafiosi in the 3rd grade.

          True story.

          How I managed to make it through life I don’t know.

      3. I understood this to mean that injustices precipitated by the state are to be resisted and overcome. But life is not fair (being in the world), so just suck it up and don’t expect everyone to consider your feelings.

        But maybe I’m being too kind.

      4. It means there is genuine injustice, but that life also just sucks. How is that not clear? Anything is enough for H&R know-nothings to latch onto, I guess.

    2. Can anybody help with a translation to English?

      1. Bad things happen to everybody. Not every bad thing that happens to you is because of bigotry.

    3. being-in-the-world

      Ack! Heidegger flashback!

    4. Sometimes I think Ivy League types get head-in-butt syndrome so bad that they forget that the primary idea of written language is to communicate an idea to someone. I feel like Agile Cyborg might have written this but it’s in no way entertaining.

  37. Chris Christie Pardons Steffon Josey-Davis

    Chris Christie has pardoned Steffon Josey-Davis, a New Jersey security guard who accidentally left his legal firearm in his glove box and then went driving with his girlfriend.

  38. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul: Still BFFs

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Monday that he has “no problems” with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in the wake of a public battle between the two over the Patriot Act.

    “I think it’s a mistake to personalize differences of opinion on issues,” he said during an interview with “The Joe Elliott Show.” “You know, we have no problems personally.”

    Asked about his relationship with his Kentucky colleague, McConnell said, “Oh, it’s good.

    “Look, we have a difference opinion on this issue,” he added. “This was something that he and I had diametrically opposed views on. Most things we agree on.”

    McConnell’s comments follow a battle of wills with Paul over the Patriot Act.

    McConnell said “no harm was done” from Paul’s actions.

    “On a weekly basis, Joe, I have members on one issue or another offering objections in order to get their way on something,” he added.

    Despite the policy battle, McConnell said Monday that he is still backing Paul in the 2016 presidential election, which he compared to the Kentucky Derby.

    “It reminds me of the Derby field this year, there are a lot of good horses on their track, including my colleague Rand Paul,” he said. “I think we’re going to nominate somebody who has a great chance of winning.”

    D’awwww.

    1. So when does grave robbing become legal?

    2. How dare you!

      1. Not crazy enough?

        1. That sort of thing is against the law and I would never break the law! Ever.

  39. Man who was the original voice of Charlie Brown as a kid not doing so well today

    Peter Robbins, who as a child actor voiced the iconic “Peanuts” character in a series of TV specials, ranted against his own lawyer, the judge, a bailiff and more in a bizarre courtroom tirade that was caught on video last week.

    “I hope you drop dead of a heart attack!” Robbins yelled at San Diego Superior Court judge Robert O’Neill during Friday’s hearing.

    Robbins, 58, pleaded guilty in 2013 to threatening his then-girlfriend and stalking the plastic surgeon who performed a breast augmentation on her. He was sentenced to five years probation and ordered into a live-in drug treatment program, according to City News Service.

    Robbins was later arrested on a series of probation violations, including drinking and cutting off his GPS monitor, according to the New York Daily News.

    On Friday, Robbins was back in court for a hearing to determine if he should be jailed for violating probation. He was ordered to have a mental competency hearing instead.

    “He acted out,” deputy district attorney Brenda Daly told Reuters. “He insulted everyone he could possibly insult in the courtroom. It raised doubts about his competency.”

    At one point, Robbins called the judge an “asshole.” At another, he mocked his public defender for not having any “mob ties” and announced he was firing him.

    1. “A plastic surgeon had obtained a restraining order against Robbins, claiming Robbins threatened her because he was displeased with the breast augmentation the surgeon performed on Robbins’ girlfriend.”

      Every time he tries to fondle his girlfriend’s boobs, I wonder if she pulls them away and he falls down.

      1. Good one.

    2. At one point, Robbins called the judge an “asshole.”

      Ruh roh

      1. You know who else was accused of calling a judge a as… really nice person?

        1. [redacted]?

    3. “He acted out,” deputy district attorney Brenda Daly told Reuters. “He insulted everyone he could possibly insult in the courtroom. It raised doubts about his competency.”

      At one point, Robbins called the judge an “asshole.” At another, he mocked his public defender for not having any “mob ties” and announced he was firing him.”

      So far I’m seeing nothing here. /disclaimer: HUMOR.

      Maybe he’s finally lashing out for having never get a chance to kick Lucy in the head for her little antics with the football.

    4. I wonder if every time the judge talks he just hears “womp womp womp womp”.

    5. “I hope you drop dead of a heart attack!” Robbins yelled at San Diego Superior Court judge Robert O’Neill during Friday’s hearing.

      Well we know where this is going to lead.

      (For clarity, the above is a quote from the quoted news article and NOT an original statement or an endorsement by any commenter whose name reflects a respect for the founders of our great and benevolent Nation).

    6. Did the Judge say, “Mugh wah wah wah mugh wah wah!”?

  40. Probably way late on this one, but I just ran across it today:

    How the DEA took a young man’s life savings without ever charging him with a crime

    A DEA agent boarded the train at the Albuquerque Amtrak station and began asking various passengers, including Rivers, where they were going and why. When Rivers replied that he was headed to LA to make a music video, the agent asked to search his bags. Rivers complied.

    The agent found Rivers’s cash, still in a bank envelope. He explained why he had it: He was starting a business in California, and he’d had trouble in the past withdrawing large sums of money from out-of-state banks.

    The agents didn’t believe him, according to the article. They said they thought the money was involved in some sort of drug activity. Rivers let them call his mother back home to corroborate the story. They didn’t believe her, either.

    The agents found nothing in Rivers’s belongings that indicated that he was involved with the drug trade: no drugs, no guns. They didn’t arrest him or charge him with a crime. But they took his cash anyway, every last cent, under the authority of the Justice Department’s civil asset forfeiture program.

    1. Probably way late on this one

      Yep

  41. So who ratted us out to the DOJ, do you think? Tulpa, right?

    1. Why do I think after this is all said and done that some posters will be wearing that like a badge of honor?

    2. A Google search would be the simpler answer.

    3. Please use the term The Office of Tyranny, Warty.

    4. A certain ausa went to Columbia. You all like to make your Columbia/Ivy League jokes. And then you made one too many…and then you were on a list.

      1. If Columbia law grads are as awesome as their journalism grads, there’s absolutely nothing to fear.

        1. Let’s not go underestimating the negative outcomes that can be reached by simple bungling idiocy.

  42. My 11 year old daughter was watching that History Channel show about the rise of Hitler the other day. She asked how so many could be so oblivious to the growing evil surrounding them. Well, boy do I have a story for her now.

    1. You know who else had a lot of stories?

      1. Arabs? 1001 tales in fact.

      2. Your mom? something marines something sailors?

      3. Uncle Remus?

      4. The Twin Towers? (too soon?)

      5. Lisa Loeb?

    2. Buy her a copy of “They Thought They Were Free”

      1. Ah, I had forgotten about that book. Thanks.

    3. My 11 year old daughter was watching that History Channel show about the rise of Hitler the other day.

      There’s only one History Channel show about the rise of Hitler?

      1. +1 Hitler Channel

      2. +27 versions of the same thing, true.

      3. Pretty much. The rest of the History Channel programming is now exclusively about aliens and bigfoot. Hitler is bit player at this point.

  43. Columbia U college freshman: I demand you take Bernie Sanders seriously

    This is not a matter of bias. It is a matter of math.

    Sanders is polling better among the Democratic primary electorate than any candidate in the Republican electorate. That is a fact. He is drawing larger crowds than any other candidate in Iowa. Also a fact.

    Hillary Clinton only beat him by 8 points in a recent Wisconsin Democratic Party straw poll. Fact.

    His positions are not far-left or fringe; by the mere definitions of those terms, they cannot be if they are accepted by a majority of the American people. Fact.

    So, why is the media ignoring and/or acting like a gang of grade school bullies about Bernie’s campaign?

    Don’t make it about socialism either, now. FDR and Martin Luther King, Jr. both got called socialists in their day, so good luck arguing that it’s a step in the wrong direction, Sanders just happens to use the label. A majority of Americans don’t identify as libertarians, but the media is not treating Rand Paul like a fringe candidate. A majority of Americans don’t identify as sympathizers of the Tea Party, but the media is not treating Ted Cruz like a fringe candidate. Also, one quick thing, he’s a democratic socialist. There’s a difference. One word. An entire word that references a completely different set of policies, a different set of foreign examples.

    1. “Sanders is polling better among the Democratic primary electorate than any candidate in the Republican electorate.”

      This person is a total moron. He’s polling better because there are like 15 Republican presidential candidates splitting the Republican vote. There are a grand total of 4 Democratic candidates so far, and no one on Earth takes people like Martin O’Malley seriously.

      1. Have there been is head to head polling of Senator Sanders vs assorted Republican Candidates?

        Admittedly at this point this might be polling “mostly unknown quantity” versus “another mostly unknown quantity”

      2. You mean you aren’t super excited about Chafee’s plan to save America via the metric system?

        1. I love that he gave that speech. It was so strange. It makes me want to vote for him, because fuck it if we are going to have bad government it may as well be weird, too.

    2. Listening to college students expound on politics is pointless. Fact.

      1. And this kid is a freshman.

        That explains the oodles of wisdom emanating from his self-righteous mouth.

        Zero life experience, but talks like he’s seen the whole world.

    3. Luther may have been called a socialist but he was nothing of the sort.

      In fact, he seemed like a really level-headed, sober and wise guy.

    4. I also love the idiots bringing up that straw poll. Hillary Clinton is polling at 63% to Bernie Sanders’ 14%. Her nationwide gap with Bernie Sanders is therefore 50%, and one random straw poll doesn’t change the numbers.

      1. I think people will not stand for less than 23 types of deodorants.

      2. I cannot in the end foresee any possibility whereby Democratic primary voters would not vote for Senator Clinton but at the margins, does that straw poll give indications of anything?

        Has there ever been a primary coronation for a non incumbent such as that Clinton will seemingly enjoy?

      3. PLEASE stop talking about Hillary’s gap!!!

    5. Also, one quick thing, he’s a democratic socialist. There’s a difference. One word. An entire word that references a completely different set of policies, a different set of foreign examples.

      Democratic socialism is still socialism.

      Sugarcoated cyanide is still cyanide.

      F*** off litle sh1t. I grew up under democratic socialism, and it was horrible.

    6. So, why is the media ignoring and/or acting like a gang of grade school bullies about Bernie’s campaign?

      A majority of Americans don’t identify as libertarians, but the media is not treating Rand Paul like a fringe candidate. A majority of Americans don’t identify as sympathizers of the Tea Party, but the media is not treating Ted Cruz like a fringe candidate.

      You can’t even begin counting the number of times you find the words “radical” and “extremist” in any given news article talking about Rand Paul or Ted Cruz.

      On the other hand, I’ve NEVER seen the word “radical” or “extremist” in a news article talking about Bernie Sanders.

    7. People like this should be encouraged.

      Nothing could be more useful than making people depressed about Hillary’s candidacy

  44. [insert juvenile hyperbole and allusion to anarchic vigilante mayhem]

  45. At yesterday’s summit in Bavaria, the G7 leading industrial nations agreed to phase out fossil fuels by the end of the century.

    Perpetual Motion Machine, to the rescue!

  46. I would like to hear any of our legal beagles (the real ones – not any 2L or 3Ls) expound on the latest unpleasantness. Or perhaps they could also offer representation or at least some pointers for those affected.

    1. Pontiff Cap had it right – easy defense – but the process is the punishment.

      1. The artist’s composite sketch of “croaker” was a nice touch.

    2. Is there a legal defense fund set up yet?

    3. (1) Do try not to make any more death threats against your betters, even joking. Don’t make things worse for Reason and yourself.

      (2) If the FBI comes a-callin’, plead the Fifth. Answer no questions other than your real name.

      (3) Lawyer up, if you can afford it. First Amendment/white collar criminal lawyer. Do what your lawyer tells you to do.

      1. In regards to (1)

        Yes, please stop. I don’t think mocking defiance is going to help anyone at this point.

      2. (4) Hold off on buying or renting any wood-chippers or sets of matching rowboats for a few months.

      3. This is all solid advice…but I will quibble with your including the word “more” in point 1. As if there were ever any previous “threats.” To be accurate, what you mean is: do not make any make any comments that a clown on a power trip can twist and construe to be threats in a heinous effort to chill speech.

        1. Fuck that…

          I just got my invitation for Jury Duty…

          I’ll be ashamed of myself if I don’t get a “contempt” charge.

        2. I plan to duscuss “nullification” and the “Police State” with any other jurors who will talk with me.

          Further, the “invitation” specified “business casual” dress. Since my business is “lawn care”, I’m wearing shorts, a t-shirt, and a Steelers hat- and I’m not shaving or showering for a week.

          Should be fun…

  47. 2,000 piglets on the run after truck overturns in Ohio

    A truck driver made a pig’s ear of a bend when he took the corner too fast and overturned the semitrailer he was driving – sending 2,200 piglets destined for the abattoir spilling out onto the road.

    Authorities estimate that 300-400 piglets were killed as a result of the incident which occurred on the State Route 35 in Xenia, Ohio. The rest of the piglets ran into a nearby wooded area.

    At least five emergency agencies and volunteers were called on round up the squealing piglets who were hiding in the undergrowth.

    1. Did anyone care to check the Police Academy?

    2. So in a couple of years hog.hunting will be a big draw.in Ohio. Too bad the state doesn’t allow rifle hunting.

      Also, this has to sting for the folks who.had.to.give up their netbook farm because the state said they couldn’t guarantee the pigs.wouldn’t become feral.

      1. The state allows rifle hunting for pests like coyotes, and you can shoot deer with rifles and even spotlight them and hunt over bait if you have a nuisance permit. And the local farmers will definitely get nuisance permits for these piggies.

        1. From family in Ohio, deer are certainly pests; rats with antlers.

        2. I did not know that. Thanks for the info.

        3. In Texas, varmint hunting is basically unregulated, and include coyotes, feral hogs, bobcats, javalina, etc. I think they may not let you spotlight during deer season, but that’s about it.

          1. Does a chupacabra fall in that category too?

    3. That’s a lot of piggies heading to the market and wee-weeing all the way home.

      1. Good chance they were heading here: http://www.rihmfoods.com/meat/default.htm

        There will be some fine hog hunting in Xenia for the next few years.

  48. Government to Forgive Student Loans at Corinthian Colleges

    Taxpayers could pay a huge price for forgiving so many federal loans; the government has never before opened debt relief to such a potentially large pool of students. The department estimated that if all 350,000 Corinthian students over the last five years applied for and received the debt relief, that cost alone could be as much as $3.5 billion.

    1. Is it the taxpayers’ fault that Corinthian folded?

      Is it the taxpayers’ fault that the students chose to study at Corinthian and borrowed money to do so?

      If the feds were in the auto loan business in 2008 while GM was about to go under, would they have forgiven auto loans?

      1. Is it the taxpayers’ fault that the students chose to study at Corinthian and borrowed money to do so?

        Um…yes? Do you think without federal loan subsidies people would have done this?

    2. Quote from Chief Benevolent Arne Duncan: “You’d have to be made of stone not to feel for these students.”

      And you’d have to be made of stone not to feel for taxpayers who are getting robbed.

      What a crook.

      1. I’m getting my ass handed to me by my Student Loans. Screw these people, they chose to go to that college, don’t give them any of my tax money, money that I could use to get myself out of the shithole I got myself into.

  49. “Do you love Big Brother, Winston?”

    1. When I get sent to Room 101, I’m confessing and outing all of you for thoughtcrimes. Just have to think of myself here.

  50. From the comments at the Papal Blog:

    Mary Stack June 9, 2015 at 5:59 am
    nk ? The allegation that the original offending comments were being wiped was made by one of the regulars at Reason, who may or may not be a paranoid crackpot. Furthermore, you can’t possibly be me, because I am not even me. I’m [insert former, present or imaginary Reason b?te noire here].

    Mary Stack June 9, 2015 at 6:38 am
    Anyone clever enough to click the link to the original comments will note that the offenders in question have indeed been disappeared. Not that they have a right to be forgotten. That would be totalitarian! Wait, fascist! Wait?what’s that word??

    1. I feel so sad for Mary.

      You can see her trying to fit the pieces of the world together, but she never can figure out the right orientations. She is aware that the pieces fit together, and her frustration at not figuring it out is palpable.

      1. What did you people do to her? Well, she’s probably nuts anyway, but how did this thing start?

        1. She’s a broken individual and broken individuals don’t handle the rough and tumble of H&R particularly well.

          She was nuts from the start. She tried to dox random people and actually tried to contact John’s employer in real life, I believe. I think she also tried to contact a guy named Heller’s college, which is just fucking nuts and she was obviously laughed off the phone when she tried that.

          1. Ugh. Just one of Jesus’ Special Children then.

          2. IIRC, Heller’s college warned him that he had a stalker and asked if he needed security.

            Maybe she should have waited until after the “Dear Collegue” letter and then accused him of raping her with a tele-dildo over the Internet.

          3. She’s high on my list of “suspects” – especially after the John thing. Of course the simple answer would be google but I’m sure there would be plenty of other sites.

            Perhaps something could be found out during the discovery process or ??- /not a lawyer

        2. As best I can remember, she attempted to flirt with Episiarch, and he ignored her because he was more interested in Warty’s mom.

          Actually, she pushily pushed some stupid ideas and got smacked around.

          She takes rejection very badly. I suspect that’s why her long-suffering husband is still married to her. Every day he decides that putting up with the insanity another day is preferable to triggering the shitstorm.

          1. The most ironic part of all is that her husband Aidan Stack is a business owner, and she’s a business-hating socialist. Go figure.

            1. Mike, Mary has no ideology. She hates people not ideas.

          2. Whoa, whoa, whoa. Is that Mary’s first appearance? So the first time she showed up it was for an all caps rant about twitter?

            That’s like learning Hitler got his start because a Jewish guy stole his girlfriend.

            1. She was around as rather and rctlfy long before then.

              1. Was she? I thought rctlfy was her reaction to the rejection to the comments of Mary Stack.

                1. Maybe. I’ll ask our archivist.

    2. Well, in some ways the subpoenas are a big victory for Mary.

      She basically forced commenter registration, which certainly paves the way for a subpoena asking for commenter registration data.

      I wouldn’t be all that shocked if Reason just shut down the comment section. I suspect it has to be on their short list of options, at this point.

  51. How many face palms do your reckon Nick has already made since 7:01 pm last night?

    1. What are you guys talking about?

      1. Who knows? It allegedly has something to do with an alleged article that may or may not be on an alleged website that may or may not have something to do with the pope’s hat. I don’ know anything about that though.

        1. Andrew, did you see my request that you email me last night?

          1. Nope. Shoot me an e-mail at wildcatlh (at) gmail (dot) com.

            1. Message sent. FYI my sketchy email provider often seems to get classified as spam.

      2. Barbara Streisand.

  52. IT’S A TRAP!!!

    1. Enough of Bruce Jenner.

      1. Apparently “trap” is now considered a transgender slur. Not sure when that happened.

  53. “A second video has emerged showing McKinney, Texas, police officer Eric Casebolt unholstering his gun and throwing a 15-year-old girl to the ground outside a pool party.”

    In an appearance on CNN’s “Outfront” on Monday, Ben?t Embry, host of the “Ben?t Embry Radio Show,” explained that it was his view that a pool party that went awry and led to a confrontation between several black teenagers and local police wasn’t about race.

    He blamed “seven knuckleheads” for ruining what was about kids “there just having a good time.”

    “I do not believe that this was about race,” Embry said. “What this was a teenage party that got out of control. It was about 130 kids there, 100 good kids there just having a good time. Out of the 130, predominantly African-American, seven knuckleheads ruined the whole thing for everybody. That’s what this is all about. I don’t think ? I do not believe that officer showed up to the subdivision with the intention, ‘I’m going to go out and swing black kids around.’ I do not believe that. That’s not the way the community is set up. That’s not the community we live in. So, amidst death threats that I have received and the banning of my radio show, my neighbor had to send his son away because he is receiving death threats.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/video…..bout-race/

    1. I’m not sure there was anything wrong with actually having a police response. But that one cop was just completely out of control. Which tends to happen when you have a police response. Which is why this probably didn’t call for a police response.

      I think I just confused myself.

    2. I have no idea what constitutes a death threat.

  54. Apparently “trap” is now considered a transgender slur.

    Speaking of the usurpation/mongrelization of language: it pisses me of that every time I hear the word “partner” these days, I have to ask myself if they mean business associate or homosexual lover.
    Goddammit.

    1. it pisses me of that every time I hear the word “partner” these days, I have to ask myself if they mean business associate or homosexual lover.

      Although I very much enjoyed how it sounded when my father spoke about his “partner,” I had to have a pretty long discussion with him, telling him that it was very likely some would assume he was referring to his lover.

    2. Why bother with that euphemism anymore? Why not just say, boyfriend/husband, girlfriend/wife?

      1. I think it’s because boy/girlfriend sounds juvenile and not very serious and husband/wife has specific legal and religious implications. I’m not wild about partner. I propose using “beotch” as the unisex term.

        1. Use whatever heterosexuals use.

          1. Beotch it is then…

    3. Plenty of people use “partner” to refer to their heterosexual lover/spousoid too.

      1. Today’s USA Today (yes, I know, but I’m traveling and it was all they had in the united club) had a big story about Pete Townshend making a symphony out of Quadrophenia. It was a collaboration with a woman referred to as his ‘personal partner ‘; I wasn’t sure if that meant they also slept together, or it was only sex-free composing.

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