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    Authorities are still searching for the two convicts that escaped from a maximum security prison in New York. The manhunt has now expanded to Vermont.

  • If he's elected president in 2016, bachelor Lindsey Graham says "we'll have a rotating first lady."
  • Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed a new law imposing a 24-hour waiting period on women seeking abortions.
  • Gordon Fox, former speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, will be sentenced today on federal bribery and corruption charges.
  • Christopher Lee, the star of numerous films including The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Horror of Dracula, has died at age 93.

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  1. Gordon Fox, former speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, will be sentenced today on federal bribery and corruption charges.

    He must not have supported the Iran deal.

    1. Hello.

      DELLADENOVA!

      Love that guy. A hockey mentality in basketball.

      1. Oh, is he good at adding “-er” to players’ last names and calling it a nickname?

      2. The Ozzy media have been showing an unusual interest in basketball today because of that guy.

        1. And Andrew Bogut says “hey, remember me?!”

        2. Well. He IS Australian.

      3. Aussie-power

    2. It’s Rhode Island. Eventual prison time is just part of the political process there. He’ll probably become mayor of Providence or something when he gets out.

  2. 61) There’s no doubt America is a less free place than it was 10 years ago, 20 years ago, 30 years ago. Despite more freedom in some areas, a victory here or there, the definite trend as long as I can remember is creeping tyranny. It’s not too late to turn things around, but it seems most Americans really don’t care, or don’t see the stakes. I think when future historians try to find the reasons for the shift from the American Republic to the American Tyranny, they will identify one big force and two discrete events that were responsible. The big force is the welfare state and its corroding effect on all the old institutions and values outside government’s purview: family and domesticity, church and faith, workplace and the work ethic. The two discrete events are the drug war and 9/11 (or at least the reaction to 9/11), and their trade of privacy, security in the home, and personal freedom for an intrusive, pervasive, and militarized security state. It may be that public outrage can roll back this or that aspect, but the trend is clear. In the end I think the best we can hope for is that we become Czechoslovakia in the 1970s rather than the USSR in the 1930s.

    1. Huh? I don’t get this screed. It’s almost like something (wink, wink) happened and 7:01 took place or something, something.

      1. There’s no need to be coy. Nick is on to the joke and The Jacket is furious.

        1. The Jacket is furious.

          Ahh, i was wondering why there were two moons in the sky last night, one of them blood red. It also explains all these inhuman whispering sounds coming out of the walls.

          1. They call that one, Muad’dib

    2. Bread & Circuses and Barbarians at the Gate.

      It’s happened before.

      1. And will happen again.

    3. Oh, man you’ve really lit the Poutine Hawk signal this morning.

      I think also the disappearance of the Eastern Bloc factors into it too. The lack of any serious ideological opponent has allowed popular thinking to shift in that direction whereas before people would react to such action as un-American. Sometimes I find it amazing, a mere 25 years and change after communism and central planning was totally and utterly discredited, how accepted it is today by large swathes of politicians and the voting public.

      1. Yep, the memory of the public at large is so short as to be nearly unbelievable. Clive James wrote a book about 10 years ago called “Cultural Amnesia” that has this as a running theme. The book is a collection of perhaps 100 or so sketches of important historical figures, lots of learned digressions–it’s actually one of the most fascinating books I’ve ever read–but he keeps coming back to the idea that people today have already forgotten the catastrophes of the 20th century and need to be reminded of them.

        1. By repeating many of them? We’re trying our best to rehash not only the banking crises but the New Deal malaise as well.

    4. It’s not too late to turn things around

      Wishful thinking. Government is a one-way ratchet. The only way to turn it around is with force of arms, and then all you succeed in doing is replacing it with something that could very well be a lot worse.

      1. Except for 1776, but I doubt that could be repeated today, given the character of those we elect to Congress.

        1. If it ever got to armed rebellion, I’m going to ballpark figure 97% of members of the current congress would NOT take the side of the rebellion (and that might be generous). They have too much invested in the current state of affairs. An actual armed rebellion, if successful, would bring a whole new generation of leaders to the front. As Sarc says, the real question is whether those leaders, emboldened by the success of that necessary violence, will then employ the necessary restraint on the further use of it as a tool of statecraft.

          1. What C&W said.

          2. If history is any indicator, no, they will not.

          3. If it ever got to armed rebellion, I’m going to ballpark figure 97% of members of the current congress would NOT take the side of the rebellion

            It’s sad to say, but, given the state of the populous our institutions are churning out, I’m skeptical that I’d be on the side of the rebellion. Do you think any such rebellion would be in support of individual liberty and individual rights? Or is it more likely that it would be against “white male oppression” and “the injustice that Daddy won’t buy me a new pony”?

            1. It would be like the Spanish Civil War – fascists on one side and commies on the other. Everyone else would have a choice of going along with what they hoped would be the “less-bad” side, or emigrating.

        2. “Except for 1776, but I doubt that could be repeated today, given the character of those we elect to Congress.”

          Except for 1776, but I doubt that could be repeated today, given the character of those we elect to Congress the general population.

          1. Yeah. We are the domesticated descendents of a once free people.

        3. You mean when the dropped the Articles of Confederation and established a federal government?

          1. That, or the Whiskey Rebellion.

    5. I agree with this in substance but take issue with one thing. I don’t think historians will call the welfare state to the carpet as a central cause in our collapse. If for no other reason than “history is written by the victors.”

    6. The people resisting the State consumption of liberty are doing on specific, enumerated rights such as the 2nd and 4th Amendments. While this has worked to some degree – certainly gun rights have improved in most places, it was probably the wrong approach.

      Now anything not named specifically in the Bill of Rights (but supposedly covered by the Ninth and Tenth Amendments? is just gone. Enumerated rights, unlimited government – the Constitution has been turned on it’s head.

      1. Except for abortion. The only decision on our body that we are allowed to make on our own.

        1. Don’t forget ass-sex.

          1. Though I suppose someone else is generally involved in that decision.

            1. STEVE SMITH NOT INVOLVE ANYONE ELSE IN DECISION TO DO ASS SEX.

            2. There’s two sides to the coin, though. Anything not explicitly written into law is forbidden, and everything permitted is mandatory. So lube up, boy.

      2. There is not a lot of support for enumerated rughts when they are seen to impede “progress”.

  3. Christopher Lee, the star of numerous films including The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Horror of Dracula, has died at age 93.

    Against the power of the NHS there can be no victory!

    1. I seriously love me some old Hammer films.

      1. Me too… recently watched Hound of the Baskervilles with Peter Cushing as Sherlock Holmes.

        For a great Christopher Lee romp, Rasputin: The Mad Monk is a nice flick.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLmZkVSrWWA

    2. Stabbed in the back by Wormtongue.

      1. grumble grumble SCOURING OF THE SHIRE!!! grumble grumble

        1. Tom Bombadil approves.

            1. Ah, “Bored of the rings”, wish I could get my hands on a copy, it’s been 30 years since I lost mine.

        2. As much as I enjoyed that part of the book, I think the destruction of the ring and the fall of Sauron were how the movies needed to end, except of course all the wrap-ups at the end. Adding the Scourge of the Shire would have just felt tacked on.

    3. Fellowship of the Ring had a lot of talent and still…Christopher Lee stole every scene he was in. Performance of a lifetime.

      1. He was an absolutely perfect casting.

        1. I agree, and I think this helped: Christoeher Lee “was such a mammoth Tolkien fan that he re-read the fantasy books every year without fail.”
          http://www.independent.co.uk/a…..0313229.ht

        2. I am enjoying the many new handles incorporating the “chipping of wood” theme.

          I’m thinking of going with: “Copernicus on a bed of wood chips”, but I’m really lazy too.

    4. I just checked his filmography, and holy shit he was in a lot of movies. He starred in at least half a dozen films a years for decades. He seems to have played Dracula 10-15 times.

      1. F that, what him being an actual spy? The dude was a badass IRL before the screen!

        1. He tracked down Nazis as a young man, and was making metal albums into his 90s. He was quite a exemplary human being.

      2. In addition to that, Lee was a genuine World War II SAS commando:

        http://www.badassoftheweek.com/christopherlee.html

    5. This makes me quite sad.

    6. Christopher Lee was the best. RIP.

  4. *trips FoE as he comes in the door*
    FIRST!

    1. Oh, fuck me, you guys are good!

      1. I’m copying this comment to my gf. She claims good and fast aren’t synonymous.

        1. Good, fast, or cheap — choose two of the three.

          1. And hard. But voters only ever choose good and hard anyway, so it’s moot.

    2. I believe this is called a ‘fail’ with a super-atomic ‘facepalm’.

      1. super-duper facepalm! Holy shit!

    3. From now on your name is Kubitza.

      1. If this is a sports reference, you’ve lost me.

        1. Yes. Yes it is. Baseball. From last night.

          I’M UP TO DATE IN MY REFERENCES.

  5. Just to spite FoE, here they are, the morning links.

      1. The days are numbered unless everyone repents now.

        1. Dammit, Fist!

        2. I hereby reaffirm my faith in the good and righteousness of the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, ninth and tenth amendments.

          The eighth got stuck in a woodchipper.

          1. I forget what eight was for.

            /The Violent Femmes

  6. If he’s elected president in 2016, bachelor Lindsey Graham says “we’ll have a rotating first lady.”

    She’ll be as dizzy as the president.

      1. Strap ons don’t mean your gay.

    1. it’s such an important position. who will nag us?

    2. Who doesn’t like a spinner?

    1. I don’t know what I want, but I know how to get it

    2. I am an Anti-Christ
      Please buy our merchandise

      1. Billie Joe Armstrong made that joke years ago.

        1. Who?

  7. two convicts that escaped from a maximum security prison in New York

    We need a prison whose security goes up to 11.

    1. They must have had help from Snake Plissken

    2. +1 more

  8. If he’s elected president in 2016, bachelor Lindsey Graham says “we’ll have a rotating first lady”.

    What is he a mormon?

    1. What will she rotate on?

      1. Sit-and-Spin?

      2. Certainly not Graham.

    2. Sister Wives in the White House!

    3. He will have plenty of beards as he continues to claim he isn’t gay for whatever reason.

    4. Seeing Chris Christie as First Lady will be nauseating.

      1. He has to dress up like a woman like The Kids in the Hall.

        1. The chicken lady ftw.

      2. *screams, runs from room, holding back epic barf*

  9. Christopher Lee, the star of numerous films including The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Horror of Dracula, has died at age 93.

    Are we sure he’s really dead then?

      1. Swiss Servator you will be happy to know that I will spend most of my July in Geneva to get a new project going.

        1. Take a lot of money. A lot. That is an expensive place in an expensive country.

    1. So Peter S Beagle, the author of The Last Unicorn is touring the country doing showings of the movie with Q&A sessions following it. They came through Boston a few weeks back and that being my wifes favorite movie we of course went to see it.

      They are apparently have a live action adaptation of the movie in the works and apparently a few years back Christopher Lee (who was the voice if King Haggard in the original animated movie) loved the book so much that he told Peter that if he ever got around to making a live action version he insisted that he reprise his role as Haggard and that it did not matter if he died first as he has come back from the dead many times

  10. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed a new law imposing a 24-hour waiting period on women seeking abortions.

    Women were able to schedule the procedure immediately? I can’t get my prostate looked at until next month. And then there’s the doctor’s appointment after.

    1. Chekk yurr maile priviligge!!!

    2. Prostates are politically impotent.

  11. Snakes on a bus spark investigation in China: report

    Police in China are investigating after 15 boxes filled with live snakes were found on a bus, state media reported on Saturday.

    The snakes were packed alongside containers holding toads and rats in the luggage compartment of a coach in central China’s Hubei province, the official Xinhua news agency said.

    Many of the vehicle’s 53 passengers were “terrified” and ran away when the animals were discovered, 200 km into the coach’s journey, it added.

    1. Samuel Jackson hardest hit.

    2. “There’s snakes on a bus.
      A motherfucking bus, man!
      Is it over yet?”

    3. Why did they run? In China, that’s called lunch.

    1. $15 an hour would have resulted in better customer service I am sure.

      1. Well, I suppose robots could be programmed for snark…

        1. *BZZT*

          “TAKE YO FATASS TO A STEPPER, BEYOTCH!”

          *click whirrr*

          1. I thought that’s what scales were supposed to be saying by now.

            1. If I slack off, mine plays the sad trombone.

    2. Some people just can’t take good advice in the spirit it’s given.

    3. I’ve always wondered why people with no social skills would want to work in customer service.

      1. A lot of people mistake getting along with people exactly like them as having both empathy and social skills. You see it commonly in extroverts who think they are deeply empathic because they understand other extroverts but can’t understand a social cue from an introvert to save their lives.

        1. True, and according to the article she has a lot of defenders. I guess you don’t need social skills if you have a posse.

          1. How dare you lap83, you Cis-Gendered, over-privileged,

            Oh… posse.

            Nevermind.

          2. You know who else had a posse?

            1. Jose Fernando Schlosser, Deputy Dean of the Federal University of Santa Maria, a public university in Brazil.

  12. Gordon Fox, former speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, will be sentenced today on federal bribery and corruption charges.

    Something tells me he has something else clever in mind.

    1. Can you do this with a spear instead of a rifle?

    2. “At least they didn’t shoot a defenseless Triceratops” – Joyce Carol Oates

    3. *blinks, stares in wonder at article*

    4. That. Is. Awesome.

  13. Christian couple’s planned protest at gay marriage is fatally flawed

  14. FBI Traces ‘Celebgate’ Nude Photo Hack To Chicago Home

    Experts say the cloud is hackable by using what’s called the “brute force” technique of discovering passwords. The hacker can set his equipment to quickly try an unlimited number of possible passwords until bingo: they’re into the account.”

    SEE?! You have no privacy!

    1. Wouldn’t this be fixed by locking the user out for a few hours, after say 5 tries?

      1. You are *obviously* no “cloud expert”, MPG.

      2. Right. This is a major flaw in security. In the least the system should only accept connections from familiar devices. I never use these “free” cloud services.

      3. I think that is precisely the point with the iWhatever hackgate fiesta.

        Apple knows their users are stupid and caters to their stupidity by allowing unlimited tries to recover a password.

        …or rather they did until the tech community finally pulled their head out of Steve Jobs’ corpse long enough to castigate them.

    2. Chicago, hmmmm?

      Nikki lives there…just sayin’.

  15. Man dismissed from jury duty for wearing prisoner costume

    James Lowe of Barnet says he was released from jury duty on Tuesday when he showed up to court wearing a black-and-white-striped jumpsuit with a matching beanie.

    The Caledonian Record (http://bit.ly/1QKMx6S ) reports that Lowe showed up on time and joined other prospective jurors before the start of the selection process. Deputies directed him to an empty courtroom to meet with the judge, who told him to leave.

    Lowe says the judge told him he could’ve been found in contempt of court. That could’ve meant a fine or jail time.

    1. Patrick McGoohan approves.

  16. If he’s elected president in 2016, bachelor Lindsey Graham says “we’ll have a rotating first lady.”

    Picked, at random, from binders full of women.

    1. First Lady should become a cabinet position assigned to the most successful, female bundlers.

      1. “I have a binder full of bundlers.”

        1. Buddy, bundling that biddie was a blunder.

          1. Don’t call me Buddy, Pal.

  17. Remember the recent case of the stupids, where Alberta voted in a new socialist government?

    It appears the infection is spreading to other parts of Canada.

    1. What Albertans did was retarded. I never thought I’d see the day not only would I see a socialist left-wing party take over Canada thus potentially permanently damaging it, but one led by Thomas Fucken Mulcair; George Galloway light. The bunch that make up the NDP have no business coming close to political power and yet here are misguided Canadians considering it. Astonishing.

      But that’s what you get when the assholes in the Liberal leadership elect a wet drama Queen like Justin Trudeau. People who tend to switch votes back and forth between the Libs and Cons can’t see a viable option in the Liberals.

      We’re fucked. We’re soooo fucked.

      We’re fucked. Maudit, chalice d’hostie de tabernak. Gang de maudit socialistes! Des cons pi des malades!

      1. Oh. I forgot. Eat shit town of Outremont for having kept electing Mulcair. The worst kind of socialist-millionaires. The sort who wear Che t-shirts as they drive their fucken Audis going back and forth to Laurier St. to sip frappacappaccinos.

      2. I dunno if I share the Globe’s predictions.

        I’m thinking Harper gets returned to power, but with a minority government.

        I mean, the whole country couldn’t go Full-Retard, could it?

        1. First of all, you’re Canadian?

          Who allowed you in without my permission? Didn’t I made clear I own a Canadian Clown Crown?

          And why not? Quebec and Alberta both elected those, those, people into power. Porca putana, il cane di dio.

          You really upset me this morning.

          1. This handle is my homage to The 7:01 incident That Shall Not be Discussed.

            aka Gordilocks

            1. Ahhhhhh.

  18. ‘Greek tragedy’ needs happy ending now: EU’s Moscovici

    Referring to a June 18 meeting of euro zone finance ministers, he said: “In the coming days we must really intensify talks and they must be productive.”

    Moscovici said divergences remained, in particular on Greece’s primary surplus, but added: “We are close to the landing strip. There is political will, we can and must succeed.”

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras held a new round of late-night talks on Wednesday with the leaders of Germany and France and agreed to intensify negotiations with Athens’ creditors ahead of a looming default at the end of the month.

    You know who else wanted a happy ending…

    1. Walt Disney?

    2. Eliot Spitzer?

    3. Anyone who’s been close to the landing strip?

    4. Edie Sedgewick?

    5. Rodger DuPre and his common-law assistant Carmen Ghia?

      “People want laughter when they see a show
      The last thing they’re after’s a litany of woe

      A happy ending will pep up your play

      Oedipus won’t bomb

      If he winds up with Mom!”

    6. Jack Layton?

    7. careful ECB. under Dodd Frank if you loan them money and they can’t pay it back, you’re the asshole.

  19. The president finds himself dragged back into a war he was elected to end.

    It’s amazing how the commander in chief of the strongest military in human history can be “dragged” into war with a bunch of amateurs on another continent. Even more so when you consider how little privilege members of ISIS have.

    1. What privilege they lose by being brown and Muslim, they more than compensate for by being bearded patriarchs. How can a charity-case, dark-skinned Christian like Obama hope to combat such an insidiously privileged enemy?

      1. *progressive Christian, which entails inverted privilege indices

    2. Just when I thought I was out…they pull me back in.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPw-3e_pzqU

  20. I’m actually pretty upset about this news about Christopher Lee. He was a truly extraordinary man. What an amazing life he had. Anyone unfamiliar with Christopher Lee’s past might want to read about it. You won’t be disappointed. The man did a lot more then just act.

    1. Allegedly, during World War II he was part of a team of intelligence agents assembled by Ian Fleming. One of their schemes (which was not authorized by the British government) was to bankrupt German agents in neutral cities by beating them in games of chance; Fleming later used that plot in Casino Royale.

      1. And Fleming was his step-cousin!

      2. Fleming also had some really, really writers ideas about how probability works. There’s an extended bit of exposition in CR on the skill involved in baccarate. Apparently you need to have a feel for when the bank’s luck has gone sour.

        Just as well the Brits turned him down.

        1. Writers = weird

    2. Lee had an amazing life and lived to a ripe old age. Very sorry to see him go.

  21. Venezuela’s education system suffers as professors flee country

    Venezuela’s crumbling economy is trickling down to the education sector where hundreds of professors have quit at a drastic rate, according to the teachers’ union.

    More than 700 of the 4,000 professors in the well-known Central University of Venezuela in Caracas have given up their positions within the last four years.

    “The school is going through a bad time, and sooner or later the quality of the education is going to suffer,” said Hasler Iglesias, a student of chemical engineering.

    Professors started to quit when the government froze wages in 2010 and are left to face inflation. Professors now make $35 which is not even double that of the minimum wage of approximately $18.

    The government has flattened professors’ pay scales and cut funding, this year granting only 39 percent of the budget it requested, said Victor Marquez, president of the professors’ association at the Central University.

    The professors who have stayed have to make ends meet with part-time work. The school that was once a gem in the education system in Venezuela now has a business school where only 10 percent of the professors are full time.

    “We’re going to feel the consequences of this for generations to come,” said Pedro Rodriguez, a biology professor.

    AUSTERITTYYYYY!!!!

    1. So far still better than China during the GPCR. I knew some profs from that time. They were all sent out to work in the rice paddies until their hands were ruined. No more lab work for those guys.

    2. See? An $18 mininum wage! Venezuela cares about its people!

    3. Why do I get the image of a commie George Costanza behind the scenes going full blown ‘Jerk store!’ whenever one of their retarded schemes blow up in their commie, dipshit faces?

  22. “The last thing he foresaw was the need to reintroduce troops into Iraq,” said Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. “You probably couldn’t have a more reluctant president to go down that road.

    Yeah, completely impossible to imagine any President simply saying “no”.

    1. His pen jammed and he was out of minutes and data on his phone.

  23. Gawker Christian writer pens:

    Jesus Would Hate This Christian Blogger Just as Much as You Do

    Wait, what if you’re a Christian and a progressive? Don’t raise your hand, because Matt Walsh doesn’t think you really exist: he’s fully prepared to determine whether you’re a Christian or not. But his perspectives aren’t actually based in theological truth, much less Christian love.

    I’ve taken some of Walsh’s more asinine viewpoints and put them side-by-side with passages from the Bible. I ask, and attempt to answer, in all sincerity: What would Jesus think?

    It’s way too long to pull too many quotes, but it is a battle of stupidity.

    1. ” But his perspectives aren’t actually based in theological truth, much less Christian love.”

      I’m not a theologian and I’ve only read a couple of Matt Walsh’s posts, so I can’t speak to him. But nothing about progressivism is truthful or loving.

      1. If you attempt to read the whole thing, she doesn’t even follow through with her promise of “put them side-by-side with passages from the Bible.”

        I guess because, the Bible doesn’t actually support many of her positions?

        1. “Elsewhere, Paul also instructed women to keep their heads covered (1 Corinthians 11:6) not to wear jewelry (1 Timothy 2:9) and remain totally silent during church (1 Corinthians 14:34) but those practices seem to have fallen to the wayside”

          Okay, so she’s a moron who doesn’t know anything about the Bible (like, for instance, the fact that he was talking to specific churches)

          1. Also, she appears to be having an argument with herself most of all.

      2. You may already know this, but: Progressive Christians find plenty of socialism in scripture. They are wrong, but that never stopped them in any other area.

    2. The Rise of the Christian Left is one of the great unmentioned tragedies of our time. It’s the perfect marrying of irrational religiosity and totalitarian statism.

      I blame ESB for making this socially acceptable among dumbass 24 year old progs.

      1. Oh hey, Social Gospel, ain’t seen you around in a century or so.

        1. Whoops, i mean Gospel of Progress. Same difference.

      2. “It’s the perfect marrying of irrational religiosity and totalitarian statism.”

        How would you tell them apart from other progs?

        1. They wake up early on Sundays and go to church.

          1. unless they’re hungover from a late communion the night before

      3. Didn’t the Progressive movement start off as the Christian left to begin with? Sounds like their just rediscovering their roots.

        1. To some extent, yes. But Evangelicals joined them and built a broader coalition. They’re both utopian–if that has anything to do with it.

      4. It’s really the same trick Christian Rome pulled on the pagans. “No dude, for reals, Christ was born on Saturnalia” = “No dude, for reals, Christ was a socialist.”

        Convert through appropriation.

        1. True, but we got Christmas out of that Roman deal. What are we getting from this one other than the biggest bunch of prigs this planet has ever produced?

    3. What is it with progressives and Jesus?

      1. They like their Jesus to use the coercive power of the state to get what he wants.

        1. They like their Jesus to use the coercive power of the state to get what he they wants.

        2. Yes. “Feed the poor” + “render unto Caesar”. Their thinking goes no farther than that.

          1. I have had Christian lefties try to tell me that “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s” was Jesus’s way of saying people should respect government authority. But it’s always seemed obvious to me that Jesus was calling for separation of church and state – what is Caesar’s is not God’s, and vice versa.

            1. “I have had Christian lefties try to tell me that “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s” was Jesus’s way of saying people should respect government authority.”

              We all know how much Christ respected Earthly authority. It isn’t like he pissed off the powerful governors so much they had him crucified or anything.

              1. We all know how much Christ respected Earthly authority. It isn’t like he pissed off the powerful governors so much they had him crucified or anything.

                What are you talking about? It was all the fault of those evil Jews!

            2. Agreed. I hear that all the time too. Keeping your money to help feed the poor only means you’re greedy and won’t do it, so how will the poor get fed?

              A friend posted this on my FB the other day: “I will happily pay more in taxes to make sure poor people get fed.”

              Dear Friend: Fuck you. Get off your DINK ass, make sandwiches and buy milk and oranges, go downtown, feed the homeless. Oh, wait, no. You won’t. Because eww, yuck. Dirty, nasty homeless beasts. /prog

    4. Oh my God, that article is stupid. They claim this sentence is pro-transgender:

      “”Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others?and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.””

      Except that there’s that little cause FOR THE SAKE OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. It seems to me that Jesus is talking about some sort of pious sacrifice. Maybe by ‘live like eunuchs’ he means ‘keep celibate’ for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven. I have no idea what he actually meant there, but the fact that he says ‘for the sake of the kingdom of heaven’ makes it pretty obvious he wasn’t talking about the modern conception of transgenderism.

      1. I was reading something about this a couple of months ago. I think my cousin posted a link to this debate on Derpbook and I also came away thinking, “what mind-numbing idiocy.” It’s like the simple teachings of “love thy neighbor” aren’t enough. They have to ret-con Jesus so that he specifically told the world, “love thy QWERTY.”

      2. This person is a gibbering moron. In response to Matt Walsh writing about the duties of wives (which I think is stupid, but this response is even dumber) this idiot claimed the following quotes are pro-feminism:

        “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

        He’s talking about WITHIN RELIGION not within the bonds of marriage. You’ll not that ALL of Jesus’ disciples were men. Doesn’t that seem to, you know, imply that they weren’t perfect feminists?

        “The most prominent example of Jesus’ adherence to the idea that women should be elevated to the status of men came by way of Mary and Martha, two of his most devoted female followers. When Jesus is teaching, Mary is sitting at his feet, listening. Martha scolds her, and tells her to get to her chores?washing and cleaning, a woman’s duty?and Jesus gently corrects her in Luke 10:41-42?

        “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed?or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.””

        So Jesus thought it was totally cool for Mary to sit there and do what Jesus told her. What a feminist!

        1. Judas, the first “progressive Christian”:

          John 12:3-6–” Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

          4 Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him,

          5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?

          6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.”

          1. Also, Jesus getting his feet wiped by a woman’s hair – clearly a progressive feminist. I’m going to walk up to this woman and ask her to anoint my feet then wipe them clean with her hair and when she objects I’ll say “look, Jesus was a progressive feminist, and Mary did this for him.”

          2. Verse 6: Every lefty politician.

      3. The progressive left will interpret the bible through their own narrow lenses according to the present contemporary narrative. In this way, they will commit the same errors the Christian right they so scorn does.

        Two idiots misinterpreting the Bible because it’s a text that leaves itself open and vulnerable to this sort of thing.

      4. Derps to the left of me, Derpers to the right.

        Here I am, stuck in the middle…

  24. Clinton’s Illusory Lurch to the Left

    All of which presents an easy narrative for political reporters: egged on by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, heels nipped by rivals Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, Clinton wants to get right with a skeptical base whose turnout is essential.

    Except, nothing Clinton is saying is outside the 2015 Democratic Party mainstream — and, more to the point, nothing she’s saying is likely to hurt her in a general election.

    Sure, the Clinton campaign wants to placate the base. But if Clinton’s recent positions are pandering, this is pandering with a purpose, and without an obvious cost.

    She’s saying everything she can to make the left happy — without backing herself into a left-wing corner. Where’s the downside in chiding Republicans on voting rights?

    1. She’ll never give any specifics on her leftward lurch, which will be the giveaway that it’s a feint. Hopefully the base will see though it. But, no one went broke underestimating the stupidity of either party.

      1. But her purpose isn’t to get their (the Democrat left) vote–it’s to get them OUT to vote. That’s all she needs.

  25. Jeb Bush on pace to raise $100 million
    The former Florida governor is still blowing away his Republican rivals in the 2016 money race ? at least for now.

    The biggest guessing game in the presidential race these days is just how massive a war chest former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will announce on July 15, the first official deadline for candidates to disclose their financial position.

    The answer: It will be massive and very likely over $100 million, though the exact figure remains unclear. And we probably won’t know even then precisely how much the Bush juggernaut actually has.

    That’s because Bush Inc. has at least four vehicles for campaign contributors: the Right to Rise super PAC, a hard-dollar campaign committee (which only recently started raising money), a leadership PAC and a nonprofit entity dedicated to funding policy formation.

    1. Isn’t $100 million kind of small potatoes these days? That’s like loose couch change for the Clinton crime syndicate.

  26. Christopher Lee was one of the greatest real life badasses the world has ever seen. And then he became one of the best actors. Not sure there’s anyone else who could play a villain better.

    1. Warty?

      1. Warty isn’t just playing a villain though.

        1. THIS. It is not really acting when you are playing yourself.

          1. If Warty ever was nominated for an Academy Award, would The Doomcock automatically get a berth for best supporting, or would it be the other way around?

            1. Other way around. The Doomcock is the one controlling the body.

              1. *reflexively thinks of The Puppetmasters then begins shivering uncontrollably*

      2. Play, not be

  27. 3 Rikers guards charged in 2012 beating death of inmate and coverup

    Manhattan U.S. Atty. Preet Bharara said Brian Coll, 45, violated inmate Ronald Spear’s rights by using deadly force on him even though Spear walked with a cane and was being restrained by other guards.

    Coll punched Spear in the face and repeatedly kicked him in the head, telling him, “Remember that I’m the one who did this to you,” Bharara said.

    Coll, who is no longer a correctional officer, and a current Rikers guard, Byron Taylor, 31, were arrested Wednesday. A third man, former guard Anthony Torres, 49, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice and filing a false report.

  28. “Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed a new law imposing a 24-hour waiting period on women seeking abortions.”

    Hi, EN…

    “Damon Root”

    This was unexpected.

  29. Posting in effigy is protected speech.

    1. Nah, we figured that was Warty’s Australian cousin.

      1. That crossed my mind. Something about the distorted metal.

        1. “Watch this!”

          *bends metal container while Scandinavian Death Metal plays in background*

    2. You look at that ‘roo and you just KNOW he wants to talk to you about CrossFit.

  30. 6 ways white supremacy takes its toll on Black people’s mental health
    Whether you’re a teen at a pool party or a parent just trying to make ends meet, America is a hostile place to live

    Black people make up just 14 percent of the U.S. population, yet 38 percent of those locked up, according to a recent report; 60 percent of those in solitary confinement are black. A fact sheet from Solitary Watch reports that solitary confinement can create or exacerbate mental health issues. Browder never had a chance.

    This is what white supremacy does. It disproportionately targets black people and uses its system (jails, police, unsupportive work environments, white privilege at universities and other institutions) to break them. But it is not just about jails. Even young black kids who attend pool parties are at risk. As AlterNet previously reported, Officer Eric Casebolt from the McKinney Police Department was captured on video violently putting 15-year-old Dajerria Becton on the ground and pulling his gun on other teens who came to her aid. The psychological trauma from that experience will surely follow her for some time. That is part of the quintessential state violence that black people endure on a daily basis.

    Trigger Warning: Alternet via Salon

    1. Quick: how many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg?

      Someone should really pull these people aside and explain to them that the meaning of terms like “white supremacy,” “rape,” and “patriarchy” are not nearly as malleable as they apparently wish they are, and the extra attention they receive for their look-at-me rhetoric is not really the sort they would like.

      1. It’s just social signaling, isn’t it?

        Look at me, I’m for the underprivileged.

    2. Ok. Since I’m already in a bad mood thanks to one of the woodchipping commenters. I was watching the news on this McKinney thing. The cop resigned, the Chief acted swiftly and categorically denounced it, anyone with a modicum of sense and perspective all agree the guy was acting out of line and yet people still go out to protest like opportunistic hounds? It’s this sort of thing that makes things worse than it has to be. What more do these assholes want? Blood? Death? These marches are losing credibility fast.

      1. They were long ago coopted by the grievance mongers.

      2. What more do these assholes want? Blood?

        Yes. Ironically, in another time or culture they would be lynching the cop and anyone associated with him. They want revenge–not justice.

      3. Any story that starts with “White cop shoots unarmed black….” is begging the question. Journalists like Ricardo Suave don’t particularly like to tell the story of cops unjustly shooting civilians. They would rather tell a more riveting tale, of hapless blacks being hunted down by racist whites. Which does precisely no good to the goal of reducing police brutality.

  31. Chris Hemsworth to play secretary in new ‘Ghostbusters’ movie

    Sony and director Paul Feig have cast Chris Hemsworth to play the receptionist in the female-driven “Ghostbusters” reboot.

    Feig made the announcement Wednesday on Twitter.

    Hemsworth is set to join Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones in the movie, which hits theaters next year.

    Feig, whose new comedy “Spy” debuted to No. 1 at the U.S. box office, will direct the next installment in the “Ghosbusters” franchise on a script co-written by Katie Dippold.

    Story details are unknown other than the reboot centers on the next generation of Ghostbusters, who happen to be female. Ivan Reitman will produce the action-comedy.

    Insiders say the studio went to Hemsworth very early on in the process for one of the major male roles but the Aussie actor passed because the role was too small. Since then Sony reworked the script so the part was beefed up.

    Ha ha get it? They’re being all subversive and shit, which is totally worth ruining a classic movie that in no way needed to be remade.

    1. Seriously why the fuck are they remaking Ghostbusters? Why don’t they ever remake shitty films?

      1. “Seriously why the &*%# are they remaking Ghostbusters?”

        Adorn or adjust your protective cups, gentlemen.

        I read yesterday that they’re remaking “Escape from New York” as well as “Big Trouble in Little China.”

    2. I smell a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.

      1. No, probably in the 50-60% range, which is the worst fate a movie can have because that means it’s mediocre and forgettable rather than being spectacularly awful or really really good.

        1. Good point. Ed Wood’s movies became classics because they were so unbelievably bad.

          1. That’s true. They tend to become cult classics.

          2. The Forbidden Zone. Check that movie out. It’ll change your life and stuff, man.

    3. Sorry, but you’re not going to be able to replace Janine.

    4. This film is broadcasting suck.

      1. What gave it away–the involvement of Paul Feig, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, or all three combined?

        1. It’s almost perfectly projecting “bad movie,” in each and every element.

  32. Here little lady, let me tell you how banking works: Jamie Dimon mansplains to Elizabeth Warren

    Jamie Dimon, the billionaire CEO of JP Morgan Chase and face of Wall Street bankers, doesn’t think Senator Elizabeth Warren “fully understands the global banking system” but he’s reportedly offered to meet with her and explain a few things.

    Dimon, head of the world’s largest bank with assets of $2.6 trillion, told a group of bankers at a luncheon for The Executives’ Club of Chicago today, in what was described as a particularly political speech, that although he agrees with some of the concerns expressed by America’s most vocal critic of Wall Street, he just doesn’t think that Warren, a former Harvard Law bankruptcy expert, actually gets how the whole global banking thing works.

      1. My wives best friend’s husband (makes $3404 a day sitting on his couch! Kidding) is a lawyer for Goldman-Sachs in NYC. I’m dying – dying – to talk to him.

        1. wife’s

          1. For a minute there I thought you had a harem.

            1. Oh how I wish.

    1. It’s hard to believe that anyone could question how a law professor “specializing” in bankruptcy law and noted for her moronic socialist dogma about how the minimum wage hasn’t kept up with productivity could possibly lack a thorough understanding of how international banking cartels work.

    2. Why would Elizabeth Warren specializing in bankruptcy mean she knows anything about how the global banking system works? Salon does realize that’s a non-sequitor, right?

      1. No. They have no idea.

      2. They have no idea as Physics Guy says. They think because the word “bankruptcy” contains the root word “bank”, anyone who knows bankruptcy must also understand the banking system. They really are that stupid.

        1. but…but Harvard!

    3. If she doesn’t get it then why is she tagged as an ‘expert’?

    4. So someone in charge of one of the biggest banks in the US isn’t considered more of an expert on banks than lawyer with expertise only in bankruptcy?

      1. My sentence came off wrong. It’s meant to be sarcastic.

        They conflate her ‘expertise’ on bankruptcy with everything from business, to investments to finance to banking. Who knows? Maybe even insurance.

        Well, she is 1/32 Cherokee so she must be naturally an expert.

  33. If he’s elected president in 2016, bachelor Lindsey Graham says “we’ll have a rotating first lady.”

    Because let’s face it folks, for all intents and purposes, women are effectively interchangable.

    1. “For the life of me, I cannot figure out how a man can love a woman when a woman is just a screaming clear area with a wig on and a large middle where the smells come from.”

    2. rotating first lady*

      *ladyboy

  34. Until Derpologist shows up …

    Guess who uttered this:

    “I was wearing butterfly nipple pasties and butterfly wings. I’m standing there with my tits out, dressed like a butterfly. How the fuck is that fair? How am I so lucky?”

    1. Hillary Clinton?

      1. My god I hope not.

        1. Well shit my whole name didn’t show up I should have realized that Der Barde’s Metall Holzhackmashine was too long.

          1. Ok fixed it

      2. You’re, um, warm.

        1. I threw up a little bit while i was typing that, too.

        2. I think you may have a lost a few pounds after today’s comments! (Not that you needed to or anything)

    2. Caitlyn Jenner?

      1. Warmer …

        1. I hope you’re saying ‘warmer’ in a Bugs Bunny accent.

          1. Dang, I was thinking the same thing!

            “You’re gettin’ warmer, doc!”

            1. It always comes back to Bugs. Always.

              1. Did you ever find Bugs Bunny attractive when he put on a dress and played a girl bunny?

                1. Didn’t we all?

        2. Lady Gaga?

    3. Janet Yellin?

    4. Pat Buchanan, Florida, November, 2000

    5. Josh Ernest?

    6. Does Barfman need to be on standby for when you give us the answer?

      1. Barfman should always be on standby around here.

      1. 😎

        In your dreams ….

    7. Sorry, gotta leave.

      The answer is Miley Cyrus.

      1. No pics so it didn’t happen?

      2. I was pretty close

      3. Good for her for starting her charity, but god, she is an idiot.

    8. Oh! I got it!

      Janet Reno?

    9. Lindsay graham?

  35. Christopher Lee said of his friend’s Peter Cushing’s death: “I don’t want to sound gloomy, but, at some point of your lives, every one of you will notice that you have in your life one person, one friend whom you love and care for very much. That person is so close to you that you are able to share some things only with him. For example, you can call that friend, and from the very first maniacal laugh or some other joke you will know who is at the other end of that line. We used to do that with him so often. And then when that person is gone, there will be nothing like that in your life ever again.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqmcZQyxbMo

  36. Gawker/Gizmodo discusses that which shall not be discussed:

    And This Is Why Gizmodo Doesn’t Collect IP Address Data

    I only found one Reason bashing comment 🙁

    One of the things that society in general need to learn is that privacy ? anonymity. These Reason commenters want their anonymity because they say stupid inflammatory shit. They hide behind anonymity because they are trolls. They need their anonymity as a shield because they are gutless cowards who wouldn’t have the balls to vent their spleen and spread their vitriol without their precious anonymity.

    Don’t get me wrong. Anonymity has it’s place. Informants, whistle blowers, etc. need anonymity to safely bring things into the light. But to often anonymity is simply a means to be ably to be nasty without fear of repercussion.

    My name is Eric Helms and I try not to let my mouth write checks that my ass can’t cash.

    1. *drives to Eric Helm’s house and beats him up for insulting me*

      1. Can I get in line too?

        1. UH OH TRUE THREATS

      2. metaphorically speaking of course.
        and I think you should add to ‘beats him up” by saying ” with a giant baseball bat constructed from the physical manifestation of chagrin” or something along those line.

      1. …whose contractions write checks his possessive pronouns can’t cash.

    2. Wait, so Eric is offering his… ass?

      STEVE SMITH IS ON WAY.

    3. “I only found one Reason bashing comment :-(”

      Is that sad face there because you take it as a badge of honor when Gawker idiots say bad things about us?

      1. I feel comfort knowing Gawker readers hate us.

    4. horseshit. like i got the fucking time to toggle between anonymous and real usernames to post alternately shit talk and critiques of law enforcement. what a self-righteous fuckface.

      1. He’s also a total moron because there are enough Eric Helms in the country that there’s no way we’d find him just by knowing his name. So even using his real name, he’s still effectively anonymous due to the lack of other identifying information.

        Since the DOJ isn’t just looking for NAMES but are also looking for things like IP addresses so they can track people down and harass them with frivolous criminal complaints, that’s slightly different than just having people know your name, isn’t it?

    5. It’s fucking hilarious that this guy is talking shit on a site where the vast majority of commenters use aliases. Progressives once again demonstrate a complete lack of self-awareness.

  37. If he’s elected president in 2016, bachelor Lindsey Graham says “we’ll have a rotating first lady.”

    I interpret that to mean on certain weeks Lindsey will put on his best Jackie Kennedy outfit and be First Lady.

    1. And on the other weeks, Ru Paul will be the first lady.

    2. On those weeks, he will insist on being addressed as “Miss Lady.”

    3. That would actually cause my respect for him to increase.

    4. I thought it meant he’d be hiring pros for the gig. Not streetwalkers, but high-end escorts. You know, to class up the job.

    5. I suppose if he spends all of his time on photoshoots and receiving awards for courage that leaves less time to fuck up the country

  38. Stop the presses: College rape prevention program experiences success because it taught women how to avoid being raped

    And at Canadian universities too, those damn rape-apologizing, victim blaming Canucks!

    1. In Libertopia all college rapes are prevented because women are allowed to carry handguns.

      1. In Progtardia, all violent crimes are prevented because guns are verboten.

    2. My buddy stopped a rape in progress at our university back in the day.

      He heard muffled sounds behind the bushes and saw some sort of struggle. He moved in and noticed something was going wrong and scared the guy off. He helped the girl up and brought her to campus police in complete shock.

    3. In this picture we canot rape Mrs. B.J. Smegma of 13, The Cresent, Belmont. Mrs Smegma will you stand up please.

    4. “Other researchers praised the trial as one of the largest and most promising efforts in a field pocked by equivocal or dismal results. But some took issue with the philosophy underlying the program’s focus: training women who could potentially be victims, rather than dealing with the behavior and attitudes of men who could potentially be perpetrators.

      “Such a strategy could reduce risk for some victims, said Sarah DeGue, a behavioral scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who reviewed evaluations of prevention programs for the White House Task Force on campus sexual assault.

      But, she added, “It’s possible that potential perpetrators could encounter individuals who have received training and just move on to more vulnerable individuals.””

    5. This study, she wrote, described an effective intervention for individual women.

      But, she added, “it places the onus for prevention on potential victims, possibly obscuring the responsibility of perpetrators and others.”

      They couldn’t care less about preventing rape.

      1. Program Dramatically Reduces Rape on College Campuses, Women Hit the Hardest

      2. “This study, she wrote, described an effective intervention for individual women.”

        Unwritten was the fact that this study undermined effective castigation of ALL MEN.

        1. Unwritten was the fact that this study undermined effective castigation of ALL MEN.

          Castration is the word you’re looking for.

    6. By some estimates, one in five female students

      Let me stop you there.

      But some took issue with the philosophy underlying the program’s focus: training women who could potentially be victims, rather than dealing with the behavior and attitudes of men who could potentially be perpetrators.

      Those sociopaths are so reluctant to see reason! Also: “dealing with the behavior and attitudes of men” is the independent clause. Think about that. Dear unnamed researchers, you want to know why your efforts to broad-brush men engenders so much backlash from men and women? Why your “war on women” shtick is confined to college campuses and a handful of opportunist Democrats? It might have something to do with treating men as criminals rather than criminals as criminals. Just a thought.

      1. that was the first thing I noticed too – even now, they’re still flacking that “one in five” horseshit.

  39. I would actually like Lindsey Graham to be president at this point. It’s not as we’ll get anything better, and at least there would be a shit ton of humor to it.

    Think about having a president who crusades against gay marriage outed. And then he continues to crusade against gay marriage.

    1. I’ll normally subject myself to anything for the sake of humor. A Lindsey Graham presidency is where I draw the line.

    2. No. Not even as a joke. Not even in an ironic way. He’s literally the worst candidate of any of the major parties. Worse than Sanders. Worse than Clinton.

      1. I give you….Peter King!

        1. But he knows he’d never have a chance in republican primaries.

      2. Graham has come out of the closet as a would-be dictator at least once. He would literally use the military against congress to enforce his policy preferences. Literally. He was just kidding about that… but literally.

    3. I would rather have Biden – now there is epic lulz.

      1. It’s tough to tell who would provide more unintentional comedy, Biden or Mike Huckabee. I think it’s tied.

        1. Biden would be more comical. Huckabee is buffoonier version of Rick Santorum. I’ll take Biden’s comical incompetence over Huckabee’s more sinister brand of incompetence.

          1. Yeah, i’d take Gaffin’ Joe over Huckabee any day, if those are our options. Huck always gives me this creepy Greg Stillson vibe.

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