Supreme Court Permits Execution Drug, Trump Gets Fired, BBC Lists 'Forgotten' Stories: P.M. Links

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    It's another round of Supreme Court decisions (and the last for the term). Today the Supreme Court rejected a claim that the use of a drug by Oklahoma in executions was a violation of the 8th Amendment. In a separate case, the court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency must take costs and benefits into account when imposing anti-pollution regulations.

  • NBC is severing its relationship with Donald Trump because of his comments about immigrants. His terrible Celebrity Apprentice show will continue on without him for unfathomable reasons.
  • The BBC has listed links to all the stories that Google has been ordered to omit from search results as part of the European Union's "right to be forgotten" ruling from last year. Many of the stories are—unsurprisingly—about people committing crimes or engaging in misconduct of some sort.
  • President Barack Obama has signed into law the bill that grants him "fast-track" authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. It will then come back to Congress for a vote.
  • There have been seven recent shark attacks off the coast of the Carolinas, and nobody's quite sure why. They're organizing!
  • New York has announced it will formalize a ban on fracking after a seven-year review.
  • The State Department ejected a reporter from the Free Beacon from a press conference and threatened security on him.

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  1. There have been seven recent shark attacks off the coast of the Carolinas, and nobody’s quite sure why.

    Who doesn’t love shark month?

    1. Damn! How do you get in here so fast?!

      1. The comments are coming from inside the building!!!!

        1. hamilton|6.29.15 @ 4:33PM|#

          The comments are coming from inside the building!!!!”

          I think some of the Tony’s, Buttplug, AmSoc variety just might be.

      2. That, Aunty, is one of the enduring mysteries of H&R. Some have speculated that Fist is an insider, others that he has somehow able to project himself forward in time…

        1. If FoE has gotten his hands on one of Warty’s timesuits, the fate of all universes may be at stake.

          So, who’s up for lunch?

          1. Any good deep dish joints nearby?

        2. There’s no way it’s on the up and up.

      3. You know the most challenging times in your life when the two sets of footprints in the sand became just one set? That’s when I ran ahead to get in here.

        1. Well, I’m going to stop trying. You win…

          1. Honestly, I expected better for such ‘Fish bites Christian’-style journalism.

      4. He deflates his keyboard.

        1. NO BRADY JOKES.

    2. Hello.

      “NBC is severing its relationship with Donald Trump because of his comments about immigrants. His terrible Celebrity Apprentice show will continue on without him for unfathomable reasons.”

      Jump on a comment taken out of context (heaven forbid you do that to President Perfect) BUT a lying, deceptive sack of gummie bears like Brian Williams stays on board.

      Stay professional NBC.

      1. His terrible Celebrity Apprentice show

        How can you hate a show in which Lil’ Jon has to help stop Meat Loaf from killing Gary Busey over sponge-painting supplies?

        1. I think the three names referenced are a good enough reason.

          I would do anything for that show to get turnt down.

        2. Whoa…is this for real? I might have to check that out. Or not.

        3. Wait, that sounds like Americathon.

          1. Or idiocracy

            1. Americathon is a movie that could stand remaking. It almost worked. In fact, maybe it just needs re-editing.

      2. Wait, I thought the conservative line on Trump was now that he is a minstrel-show Republican who was secretly working for Hillary?

        1. Ignoring the idiocy that is the thought that anyone here would give a shit about what the “conservative line” is, it’s pretty clear that everyone hates him and nobody wants to claim him as one of their own.

          1. I don’t think Trump has a serious shot at winning the primary, let alone the general election, but he did come in second in the latest FOX national poll and two recent New Hampshire polls, so he has to be resonating with somebody.

            1. Yes, with people who like yanking pollsters. This idea that polls are meaningful at all now is silly.

              1. I don’t find it hard to believe Trump is actually polling at those numbers. It’s still only 11-12% IIRC. I just don’t think he has a serious chance at significantly increasing that, while the actual vote for other candidates won’t be nearly as fragmented as it appears in the polls. Furthermore, a lot of people tend to jump ship when a candidate loses momentum or another candidate gains it. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re just fucking with pollsters. The underlying point, though, that polls at this point aren’t very meaningful, I do agree with.

                1. At this point, I’m just assuming that Trump’s success in the polls is due to name recognition, rather than any actual support for his positions. On political sites like this one, must people have at least a general idea about most of the presidential candidates. But I bet if you grabbed a random guy off the street from a non-early primate state, put a gun against their head, and asked them to match a half dozen declared candidates name with their faces, most people would fail.

                  Disclaimer: I do not suggest that anybody should go around grabbing random people off the street and pointing guns at their heads. I simply used that as a form of hyperbole. To any LEOs out there reading this, I would ask that you also stop randomly pointing your guns at people.

      3. It wasn’t out of context, and didn’t Williams get the boot?

        1. and didn’t Williams get the boot?

          No, they just downgraded him to MSNBC.

        2. It was a dumb comment but it’s not as they’re portraying it.

          Last I heard, he was still on.

          1. That is, somewhere in NBC universe. Looking for his stapler maybe.

          2. I disagree on Trump’s comments. I really don’t think they’re being taken out of context to any significant degree. Of course, Williams is a jackass who should have been fired, and I doubt NBC is doing this for principled reasons, but I really don’t think there’s any need to defend Trump.

      4. its all for show since with the Donald running for prez he would of had to quite anyway

    3. FTA:”If it had been in Florida, I wouldn’t have batted an eye,” Burgess said. In that same time frame, Florida has had 219 incidents, two of them fatal.

      “Who runs shark town!”

      1. God, I was hoping for a Frank Frazetta-style painting of Adolph actually hanging 10 on a Hammerhead or Great White…

        So disappointed…

        Not with, you, Epi. You’re tits.

    4. I’m convinced that the Battle Flag of the Confederacy has caused them to turn into mouth-breathing secessionist racists.

      1. They’re munching crackers.

      2. If we see secession, it’ll either be because Bernie Sanders got elected, or because the left decided to leverage gay marriage to truly fuck over conservative churches.

    5. But you missed the real story:

      There have been seven recent shark attacks off the coast of the Carolinas, and nobody’s quite sure why. They’re organizing!

      Damn unions.

  2. The State Department ejected a reporter from the Free Beacon from a press conference and threatened security on him.

    If you can’t answer their questions, shut them up!

    1. Most transparent administration in history.

  3. President Barack Obama has signed into law the bill that grants him “fast-track” authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. It will then come back to Congress for a vote.

    …after which Chief Justice Roberts will explain to us what it reallymeans.

    1. I suspect Roberts will show up to tell us that, even though the final deal got voted down, a proper understanding of the intent of fast-track authority is that the President has the authority to enter into the deal, no Congressional approval necessary. Any reference to a vote by Congress is merely inartful drafting, which the Court has a solemn duty to correct by, in this case, striking it from the statute.

  4. The State Department ejected a reporter from the Free Beacon from a press conference and threatened security on him.

    Diplomacy.

  5. New York has announced it will formalize a ban on fracking after a seven-year review.

    It was supposed to be a 10 year review, but like the NY SAFE Act, they decided to allow only 7 out of 10 rounds.

    1. Frickin’ frackers.

    2. New York has announced it will formalize a ban on fracking after a seven-year review.

      Pennsylvania thanks you for your ignorance of science and lack of faith in peer-reviewed studies that come to conclusions that harshes your politics

      1. But I hear that fracking causes armageddon-style earthquakes and makes your tap water smell like piss, right?

        So let’s ban this and every type of energy source possible. because even the ones people like have their issues (wind power is killing off many California raptors, for example).

        If people really thought about it, we’d have a lot more nuclear, because that’s the closest to environment friendly you can get for a serious power source. But of course not — remember 3 Mile Island, Russia, Japan, etc. And a cartoon I saw proved that nuclear power gives fish three eyes.

        1. wind power is killing off many California raptors, for example

          I thought the K-Pg extinction event took care of those?

    3. + 1 New York(er) magazine.

  6. The BBC has listed links to all the stories that Google has been ordered to omit from search results as part of the European Union’s “right to be forgotten” ruling from last year.

    “In a segment we cheekily call ‘The Streisand Corner.'”

    1. A Google search for “bbc page of links removed from google” will get you to that page. 😉

      1. An internet search for ‘bbc’ will get you a lot of hits for things you may not (or may) want to see.

    2. I thought that was a rubber chicken I swear.

  7. The BBC has listed links to all the stories that Google has been ordered to omit from search results as part of the European Union’s “right to be forgotten” ruling from last year. Many of the stories are?unsurprisingly?about people committing crimes or engaging in misconduct of some sort.

    So this is what it took for the EU to win a Nobel Peace Prize.

    1. Except that the article clearly says that they are not.

      1. Bullshit. They’ve been going after him for at least three years now.

        Persecuting his enemies is one of the only things this creep is good at.

        1. Mickelson, a five-time major winner and one of the PGA Tour’s wealthiest and most popular players, has not been charged with a crime and is not under federal investigation.

          Lrn2read

          1. The process is the punishment

          2. is not under federal investigation

            Well, only if you don’t count an inquiry a federal agency into your finances and whether you filled out federal forms correctly (also known as a “tax audit”) as an “investigation”.

            Because, even though the article doesn’t refer to any tax audits of Mickelson, you know they’re out there.

      2. Exactly, and when our gang of six gets brought up on random felonies unrelated to this website, it will totally not be because of their comments here.

        1. Yesterday I was talking to a prog friend who is a criminal defense attorney and in line for a judgeship, and I told him about our little Reason 6 situation. To my surprise, rather than being outraged, he said it made sense and he’s “glad they are paying attention to threats against judges”.

          1. S/b former friend, right? I’m sure everyone who spouts off about violence against Judge Thomas or Scalia is similarly treated like the Reason 6.

  8. They can teach you safe sex, but not emotionally safe sex.

    Order your Ubers early, ladies; chances are no one is making you pancakes. And certainly don’t expect a text the next day.

      1. Well remembered, HM. Awesome.

        1. If only she were accepted into the elite private research university of her dreams! She wouldn’t have been forced to find solace in empty sex with some public flagship university troglodyte.

          Everyone knows Yalies cry after sex.

      2. Cute enough so that you won’t hate yourself, but not hot enough to have serious standards? Whee!

        1. I would. Hell I’ll even make her pancakes.

    1. Methinks that there may be a commonality to all her problems.

    2. Well, to paraphrase Groucho Marx, I wouldn’t wanna date any woman that would actually sleep with me.

    3. FFS… newsflash: you don’t have to join a sorority or fraternity. Not everyone at college joins such an organization and takes part in these “date party.” It is not indicative of the entire college’s “culture.” It’s your own choice, and plenty of college students choose not to take part in it.

      Too many children going to college.

      1. I specifically chose to not attend a university upon hearing during their recruitment tour that 90% of incoming freshmen go greek.

        1. That’s much higher than the commonly quoted 10%…

          1. The particular university in question was 90%.

        2. Did they mention anything about Mexicans or pot on the tour?

    4. “As a feminist, I ask: Is this the victory feminism imagined for itself?”

      So basically she is saying Feminist win. Women hardest hit. Imagine that.

  9. Paul Krugman gets raise, Gawker commenters defend it

    Oh, please. That’s actually a modest salary for any university to pay a Nobel laureate. No outrage ( he could probably get $750,000 tomorrow if he went to work for a private university).

    I’m not nearly as good an economist as Paul Krugman, and I make more money than he does.

    ^^^This.^^^

    Krugman could be making millions, anywhere he chooses.

    If this piece has a point, it’s an ignorant one.

    Doesn’t he have a Nobel? Isn’t that what they’re buying? Some cachet or extra recruiting juice or whatever?

    1. Is this the same kind of genius logic the right wing uses, when they harass Al Gore for flying on passenger jets while trying to save the environment…?

      Really doesn’t seem high for a Noble Prize winner who has to live in NYC. He could easiy sell out and make millions for some corporation

      Holy shit, I can’t believe that’s all he gets paid. I’m sure dumber people than him are easily getting 10x that.

      1. He could easiy sell out and make millions for some corporation

        For what? His accurate predictions about the economy?? Who the hell would hire Krugman to actually be accurate about anything?

        1. There’s a reason he’s in academia and works as a partisan hack.

          If he went to work at Wall Street, he’d have to be right.

          1. Yeah, one thing Wall Street requires is results. Measured in dollars.

          2. To be fair, Paul Krugman the trade economist, as opposed to the fellow by the same name who writes for the Times, isn’t really that bad.

        2. The New York Times has been raking in the money since they brought Krugman on board.

        3. For what? His accurate predictions about the economy??

          “You don’t know what it’s like out there. I’ve been in the private sector. They expect results!

      2. Isn’t that a fair criticism of Gore?

        1. I think so, but what do I know?

          1. The commenter got it wrong. Gore flies private, not passenger (which I take to mean commercial).

            1. I doubt Gore flies passenger (commercial or private). I think when he flies he has to go the cargo route now.

              1. Applause!

              2. Do you prefer a forklift or winch seat, sir?

      3. That’s all he gets paid FROM CUNY. That’s 225,000 from one think tank. It’s not a full time job. His actual job at Princeton pays him another couple hundred thousand plus his salary from the times plus his book royalties.

        Whatever – good for Krugman, it’s a free market, he can make what they’ll pay him. But these people are so stupid it hurts my feelings. How can you not understand that CUNY is not his primary job and that this would be the equivalent of getting paid $225,000 for a job you work at 5-10 hours a week?

        1. Krugman say good. Krugman on TEAM. Krugman deserve salary even when I say right wing jerk not deserve same salary. See how Mog think? Mog not think. Mog feel.

        2. Exactly, plus CUNY is not private. He is accepting that much from a public university.

          1. Now you’re just being mean.

            An extremist even.

      4. He could easiy sell out and make millions for some corporation

        He did genius.

        To a corporation called the New York Times which has a no shit 3rd world oligarch as one of it’s major owners.

    2. I *DEMAND* that Krugman be subject to a Windfall Payraise Tax.

      How shameful that Krugman gets a raise while children go hungry in this country?

    3. He’s definitely a dreaded “one percenter” now if he wasn’t already, which he almost certainly was.

    4. Look, “equality” just means redistribution of wealth among the working and entrepreneurial classes, the little people. The PIGLETs (politicians, intellectuals, gendarmes, lawyers, executives, and technocrats) are necessarily going to be more equal than others — how could they perform their stressful tasks for the collective good without additional comforts?

      1. Four legs good.

    5. “Let us be the first, then, to congratulate Krugman on this wonderful news.”

      This would be /sarc at any outlet other than Gawker, Salon, or Slate.

  10. Cops livid over proposed ‘police reform’ measures

    Rank-and-file cops are fuming over several “police reform” measures City Council members plan to review this week, including bills that would force cops to get suspects’ consent for searches, imprison police for using chokeholds, and require cops to give out the Civilian Complaint Review Board’s phone number.

    1. Those poor babies!

    2. “and require cops to give out the Civilian Complaint Review Board’s phone number.”

      Paint it on the cop cars, right under “EMERGENCY DIAL 911”.

      Problem solved.

      In fact, switch the Civilian Complaint Review Board’s phone number to 912.

        1. I’m going….. stalk….. Lenny and Carl

  11. There have been seven recent shark attacks off the coast of the Carolinas, and nobody’s quite sure why. They’re organizing!

    If they were loan sharks, Senator Warren (Dumbass, MA) would have called for a new bureacucracy.

  12. Save a girl from after a river rafting accident, get arrested.

    “To jump into water and navigate a river in a swiftwater rescue is common. You get into the river and swim. You have to do it,” Branford said. “The fact these guys don’t understand that is disturbing. Making contact immediately with your victim is essential. It’s not about who is in charge. It’s about the safety of a 13-year-old girl. You are going to do everything in your power to insure the safety of your guest, and if that means in Idaho Springs you get arrested, well I guess we’ll just get arrested.”

    1. You missed this classic quote

      “He was told not to go in the water, and he jumped in and swam over to the victim and jeopardized the rescue operation,” said Krueger, noting that his office was deciding whether to file similar charges against another guide who was at the scene just downstream of Kermitts Roadhouse on U.S. 6.

      He jeopardized the rescue operation by rescuing the girl. Got that?

      1. If I didn’t leave some of the good stuff in the article, no one would have a reason to read it!

        But yeah. I liked that part.

      2. It’s a simple variant of destroying the village in order to save it, John. These types of people think alike.

        1. I read that quote is bogus:

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B?n_Tre#Vietnam_War

          1. Fine. We’ll attribute the quote to Episiarch.

            1. “I had to destroy my penis in order to save it.”

              I don’t know if that works as well.

          2. Your link, now with less artificial sweetener.

            1. The sqrls really don’t like diacritics. Yesterday someone tried to post a link with an umlaut, and it did the same thing.

      3. “We had to drown the girl in order to save her.”

        1. Come on now. It’s much more like, “We had to stop the un-official rescuer from interfering with the process by which the Official rescuers saved the girl. Unfortunately she died of exposure an hour before we were ready. But that’s just bad luck.”

          1. More deflection needed!

            “The properly trained and equipped swiftwater rescue unit of the local police department encountered a rogue interceder with unknown intentions. Once the interceder declared his intention to interfere with the rescue of the swiftwater victim, a service weapon discharged, eliminating the threat. Despite their unceasing efforts, the officers were prevented from reaching the victim in time. An investigation into the source of the victim’s bullet wound is still ongoing. If you have any information on who may have shot the victim, please call CrimeStoppers.”

      4. Well, of course. He was probably getting in the way of their shot, interfering with the trajectories of their rescue bullets while he was performing his terroristic river extraction procedure.

    2. It’s actually from 2010.

    3. Yeah, and this guy was a raft guide. Most of those guys are very experienced whitewater types. The sheriff was just being a pissy little bitch.

    4. I see it’s from five years ago. Whatever happened to the case?

      I tried a quick search but found nothing.

      1. In the discussion here, the guides wrote a letter of apology to the sheriff and charges were dismissed.

        A letter by Mr Snodgrass himself is posted, and if he is accurate, the cops were being complete lunkheads.

    5. How DARE you save that girl! Now throw her back in the water so we can use this gear your tax money has bought. – Officer Dufus

    6. This sort of thing isn’t uncommon. We had a cop run into a burning building here to rescue an old lady, and the Fire department filed a grievance. Police cars are out and mobile 24/7, and the firemen have to come from the station. In this case, the cop got there 25 seconds after the call went out, and the first fire truck took 6 minutes to arrive. The old lady would have died before they got there. Did it matter to the Fire union? Nope.

      Don’t horn in on their hero racket.

    7. It’s not about who is in charge.

      Sounds to me like that is exactly what it is about.

  13. So rich New Yorkers in the city have decided that poor and working class New Yorkers in up state shall remain poor. Good to know they care so much.

    1. That’s most state politics in NY. People in the city deciding what’s best for people upstate.

      I never hated NYC quite so much as when I lived in upstate NY.

      1. We need to break up states like Illinois and New York or enforce a more geographic based representation system in the legislatures. The people in places like Western Maryland or upstate New York essentially have no voice in state government.

        1. City-States. Let the big cities become their own states, and it’ll give a voice to everybody else.

          1. Only if we can put walls around them to keep the city-dwellers trapped inside.

            1. Maybe turn them into giant prisons? That the president just happens to crash land inside?

              1. How long before Obama would be someone’s twink on the inside? Thirty seconds?

                1. On the inside?

                  In the Oxford English Dictionary, the term ‘on the DL’ is just a picture of Barack Obama.

                  1. Mulatto,

                    Some day the truth will come out and the world will learn that Bill Clinton’s father was actually black and Obama was therefore America’s first gay President not its first black one.

                    1. America’s first gay President was James Buchanan, thank you very much.

                2. He’s already Michelle’s

        2. China kind of does this. It treats mega cities a separate entities that compare to provinces.

        3. That’s one of the nice things about the massive shrinkage of Detroit — it’s now way too small to dominate Michigan politics. Even all of SE Michigan accounts for only about half of the population in the state.

        4. To be fair, both the NYS Assembly and Senate are geographically based. And even statewide elections aren’t as lopsided as you might think.

      2. London vs Rest of UK is same problem. Explains a lot of the nationalist gains recently. Totally avoidable.

    2. You know they want to upstate quaint and unspoiled, like Cuba.

      1. And, apparently, empty.

        1. I’m from upstate – it’s a mess. The cities are near if not quite Detroit. The suburbs suffer because of the cities. Lots of nice villages, though.

  14. Woman Demands Pro-Life People Raise $1 Million or She Will Have an Abortion

    http://www.lifenews.com/2015/0…..-abortion/

    1. A+ level trolling there.

      1. Yep. Brilliant.

      2. Meh.

        She is responsible for her own actions.

        Just like I won’t kill someone if aliens demand it, at threat of world destruction. Even MNG, who proposed this.

    2. That’s basically a hostage crisis.

      1. But a brilliant one at that. The narcissistic solipsism on display will convince ordinarily sanctity of life people to realize: meh, maybe we’re better off if she discards her vile spawn before it too becomes alive and the derp festers on.

    3. I demand that Progs pay me $1M or I will put a confederate flag on the back of my truck!

      1. Oops, you beat me to it. Oh, well, why not money for both of us?

    4. “Thanks for the money! Oh, I’m going to have the abortion anyway”

      1. Or, “I’m going to donate it to Planned Parenthood’s inner city abortion fund”

      2. Well, that would certainly make a point, though not in favor of pro-abortionists.

    5. Send her baby clothes and mobiles, a rattle, teddy bear and blocks, maybe an infant child seat and a stroller.

    6. That’s one evil, crazy woman.

      She’s better off not raising a child.

    7. Some rich evangelical should offer her her million on the condition that she put the kid up for adoption and get sterilized so she can’t have any more. Call her bluff. If she says no, she is proven to be a fraud. If she says yes, you give some childless couple a baby and prevent this woman from further polluting the gene pool. You could do worse things with a million dollars.

      1. But isn’t sterilization against their beliefs as well?

        1. No. They don’t object to birth control.

          1. They do if a socon tells them to use it instead of having an abortion

      2. Why pay a million dollars when there are plenty of crazy women who will be happy to cut it out of her for free?

      3. +3 generations of imbeciles.

      4. You could do worse things with a million dollars.

        Kraft Dinners.

    8. Hmmm. I need $100K/day or I’ll fly a Confederate flag.

  15. His terrible Celebrity Apprentice show will continue on without him for unfathomable reasons.

    Because NBC Entertainment has so many options for its lineup.

    1. Ann Coulter will be the new host?

  16. “New York has announced it will formalize a ban on fracking after a seven-year review.”

    Would love to hear the details of what they did for seven years to arrive at this not all that surprising derpy conclusion.

    1. Spent a lot of tax payer money on catered lunch meetings would be my guess.

  17. It will then come back to Congress for a vote.

    And them sometime later someone will read them the highlights of what they just voted for.

  18. For strangest response to the Supreme Court gay marriage ruling, I vote MMA fighter Yoel Romero

    1. I burst out laughing when I heard him say that. Greatest win of his career followed by colossal public relations gaffe. I’m sure his people will chalk it up to “broken English.”

  19. Today the Supreme Court rejected a claim that the use of a drug by Oklahoma in executions was a violation of the 8th Amendment.

    SCOTUS knows you gotta break a few eggs to put down an omelet.

  20. I am very unhappy that Gillian Brown stole my FULL DISCLOSURE and wrote an entire article based on it.

    Trigger Warning: “Trigger Warning” is By Definition Triggering and Should Be Replaced with “Content Warning”

    FULL DISCLOSURE: As an obnoxious asshat who represents the blowhard stupidity of Reason magazine’s commenting peanut gallery, I hereby declare that my comments are typical internet bluster and hyperbole, hardly valuable to public discourse, and must not be construed as “true threats” in “interstate or foreign commerce” in violation of federal statute 18 U.S. Code ? 875. Any precious snowflake or federal judge offended by my worthless comments should see a plastic surgeon to graft thicker skin, or wait and pray for stem cell therapy innovations to grow said thicker skin. Because the word “trigger” is a part of the phrase “Trigger Warning” and may trigger a repressed fear of firearms in some people, no trigger warnings shall precede my comments

    1. *rocks in the fetal position in the corner of my office*

    2. So, now what do we call something that is triggering? Badfeel?

      1. doubleplusungoodfeel

    3. Seriously, the U.S. is incredibly lucky the rest of the world is fucked up right now, too. Just imagine the flight we’d be experiencing if there were a sane alternative. Kind of a U.S. analogue to the way we were to the rest of the world sixty years ago.

    4. This is reminding me of The Knights Who Say Ni.
      Don’t say the word. Ah, I said it! Oh no, I said it again!! Oooooooooooh!!!!!

  21. Are any of you ham radio geezers guys?

    I’m just curious, because it seems like a “libertarian” thing to do.

    1. My dad was, but I didn’t follow in his footsteps. I did find some cool shit when my parents moved – antique morse code keyers, stuff like that. I just didn’t really enjoy it all that much as a kid for anything other than trolling other radio operators.

      1. 90% of it is boring as hell to me, but I like getting on during rare occasions when severe weather is rolling through and nothing else is going on.

        The tech is interesting on some level, and the decentralized nature of it is appealing to me, but I think 95% of the functions of a ham radio are accomplished by the internet. My dad likes the challenge of trying to set up his antenna and radio and get contacts around the world, but I don’t really understand how he derives enjoyment from it.

        1. Drug cartels seem to love it, or they used to. They have better ways of communicating now.

      1. *chuckles and nods with polite applause*

      2. “Sugarfree’s pirate radio”

        1. “Check out the Warty Hugeman Chronicles every night at 146.400 MHz”

    2. I have my license, but haven’t really done anything with it. I get horrible reception on my handheld inside my apartment.

      1. License? Really? So if you start fomenting a rebellion the government can shut you down?

    3. Like stockpiling gold and ammo?

    4. I was in high school, but then I discovered girls and weed.

    5. I was like 40-45 years ago. It was lots of fun until I discovered weed and pussy.

      1. Fuck, I should have read down to Cato’s response. Sorry, homie.

  22. There have been seven recent shark attacks off the coast of the Carolinas, and nobody’s quite sure why. They’re organizing!

    A terrorist organization of sharks or a shark mafia?

  23. White privilege in action!

    http://tinyurl.com/oqdufe4

    Or did she get the Pussy Pass? I suspect a white guy who behaved in this way would have been quickly arrested.

    1. Yeah, what a shocker, the police are nice to a moderately attractive woman. Now pull the same shit as a white guy with a shaved head and shitty clothes and we’ll see.

      1. No, it’s because she’s white! Privilege! The SJWs were right!

        1. And of course there’s no such thing as female privilege! Now shut up men and go sign up for Selective Service!

    2. Or was it that it was clear that it was a setup of some sort, what with the video and all.

    3. Ummm…she didn’t look white. And what guy isn’t a little tolerant of the slutty antics that are half-flirtatious/half-crazy(never stick it in the crazy, but looking is acceptable)?

    4. White privilege? Is that what they call look-at-me narcissism under the pretense of humor (albeit a base and largely unfunny variety?)

      Then again, I’m not really one to criticize unfunny base attempts at humor given my podcast*

      *though i have a gift for shameless self-promotion and segues

    5. A. “Comedian” is now apparently an open-definition word. (Seriously, don’t you actually have to be funny AND earn your living doing so in order to be a “Comedian”?)

      B. Attractive? I’m still debating on whether she’s uglier on the inside or outside.

  24. “There have been seven recent shark attacks off the coast of the Carolinas, and nobody’s quite sure why.”

    CLIMATE CHANGE!!!!!

    C’mon, you know that’s gonna get the blame.

    1. The heat store in the oceans is making humans taste like boiled chicken

      1. Salty boiled chicken seasoned with prawn and lobster sauce. Yummy.

    2. The west coast shark increase is the direct result of government policy.

    3. ^This.

      I can’t believe no one is screaming ‘global warming!’. Yet.

      1. I suspect they will as soon as they determine the species of shark. It would look bad if it turned out to be a cold water shark coming south.

  25. I don’t know if this has been covered yet, but apparently Mattress Girl made a porno and is calling it an art project? And my god is it terrible amateur pornography.

    1. Yes it has.

      And let’s please not reopen it.

      1. lets

        1. you were correct the first time. Let’s = let us

          Unless you were changing your mind and just mis-typed lets for let’s….

          1. I’m confused.

            I’m typing between dealing with parents.

            1. sorry for being “that guy.”

            2. And watching Mattress Girl with the other hand?

    2. This is like 3 week old news.

      Get on your game.

      1. I was on Insane News Vacation for the past couple weeks, ok? I consider it a benefit to my mental health.

    3. That was covered here like a month ago.

      Is there anybody here who still believes that it’s wrong to call her a slut?

      1. Yes.

        1. um, is there anybody here who doesn’t believes that you are the worst?

      2. That is an insult to sluts

        1. Lap will not have you besmirching her people that way!

          1. pfft, at least I’m not a sex teddy bear

          2. pfft, at least I’m not a sex teddy bear

            1. or a stupid ugly squirrel

      3. Not if she got paid or there was camera present.

      4. I do, because I like sluts and think being a slut is a GOOD thing.

        A slut is someone who likes sex enough to not give a fuck that Mrs Grundy (or your local MRA fuckwad) disapproves of her behavior, she has sex when she wants because she likes it.

        That absolutely does not describe Mattress Girl

    4. I liked the part where she got slapped, that’s about it.

    5. I recall it being discussed here. I downloaded it, watched it, and then immediately regretted it and had to take a shower.

      1. I think that was her rape experience, now what have to do is file a complaint against for violating your eyes.

    6. What! I missed it.

      Where is Sugarfree, I need to read a play by play.

      1. If fumbling and shitty oral is your thing, or you just want to see Mattress Girl slapped, then it’s for you.

        1. shitty oral

          Eww.

          1. You mean after…ohhh. Super yuck foo. Well she’s obviously gotten over the no anal thing then.

          2. Fecallatio

          3. No, the oral is pre-buttsecks. But her technique is awful.

            1. As she is a reverse centaur, I assume it was as if she were eating a carrot.

            2. There is no such thing as awful oral… (unless teeth draw blood)

              Which is a corollary to “No girl is ugly with your dick in her mouth”

              1. No, but she can still be crazy, and then you have your dick in a crazy girl’s mouth.

                1. then you have your dick in a crazy girl’s mouth

                  Coincidentally, this is the title of my soon-to-be -released autobiography.

            3. ZERO enthusiasm. It’s clearly a chore for her. I pity whatever guy winds up with her.

  26. The BBC has listed links to all the stories that Google has been ordered to omit from search results as part of the European Union’s “right to be forgotten” ruling from last year. Many of the stories are?unsurprisingly?about people committing crimes or engaging in misconduct of some sort.

    Remember the commenter [redacted]? They were always talking about [redacted] and [redacted]. I’m glad that we can still talk about …

    *Men In Black neuralyzer flash*

    What was I saying?

  27. I have a cunning plan (inspired by a discussion in another thread): A Supreme Court Magic 8-Ball. With twenty answers printed on the icosahedron floating on the inside.

    So far, we have–

    “Constitution hazy, make something up.”
    “Government wins again.”
    “Fuck you, that’s why.”
    “Prevaricate and ask again.”

    And a couple of ones I just worked out:

    “Penaltax.”
    “Commerce Clause.”
    “Pursuit of Happiness Clause.”

    1. “Interstate commerce clause”
      “Compelling interest”
      “Fuck you, pay me”

      1. Oops. Sorry for the duplicate.

        1. I think we should throw in “Treason” just for fun.

          1. for prosecuting people that fly the rebel flag? Good one.

        2. Commerce clause should probably be in there even more than twice.

          1. There’s “Commerce Clause” then there’s “Dormant Commerce Clause.”

    2. I’d sign up on indiegogo for one.

    3. “Pure applesauce.”

    4. “Penumbras and emanations”

      1. * Quickly extinguishes the Abortion Thread signal and sharply glares at Epi*

        1. How are we going to get ENB to come to our Boston cookout meetup if we don’t talk about abortion?

          1. Wait we’re having a cookout meetup?

            This real life thing really sucks, I miss all the fun

    5. “New Professionalism”
      “General Welfare”

    6. So there will be 1 semi-positive answer in the 20, right?

      “Issue extremely narrow ruling in favor of liberty, with as little application to other cases as possible.”

      Or:

      “Reach correct conclusion but with flawed logic, setting horrible precedent for other future cases.”

    7. “Tenth Amendment Points to Yes”

      1. Or, “Tenth Amendment says No”

    8. Outlook fucked

    9. “Jiggery-Pokery”

    10. “Penumbra emanation.”

    11. “Three Generations of Imbeciles Are Enough”

    12. Has “evolving community standards” been spoken for yet?

  28. OK, I just got served an hilarious ad at the top of this page: Stop writing for free! Get paid to write.

    1. Paid commenting. At last.

      1. They can pay you what you’re worth. Do you take seashells? You can also be paid in twigs and bits of string.

        1. So much less would your comments bring. Perhaps a subvocalized grunt as payment?

          1. I get paid in sex, ProL. Mostly with your mom, but sometimes with your mom.

            1. You know, no kidding, I bet some people are paid for comments in very high-traffic sites. There’s the obvious case of people who plug products and services, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see people paid to make political comments.

              1. Given that one of the programs outed by Snowden talked about doing exactly that we can take it as a given that some commenters on some sites, especially political ones are paid government contractors pushing a NSA approved message

                1. “Hey guys, my bank account password is xenaloveshercules. What’s yours?”

              2. This must be one area where Russia is ahead of the world.
                http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06……html?_r=0

                1. So our trolls are Russian spies? Figures.

                2. China, too

                  I would love to get a wumao on here to abuse. They’re cute.

              3. This may be exactly why we hear from whoever it is who writes Tony and/or PB, as they may be paid for the day’s trolling to ‘keep the board lively and not an echo chamber.” But it must be a pretty low reimbursement given the quality of the trolling.

    2. Really? Mine has an ad for a penis enlarger. But I’m not falling for that again. Last time I ordered one (for a friend) all they sent me was a magnifying glass.

      1. Don’t use it outside!

      2. It’s a trick! It makes your hand get bigger, too!

        1. Really? Then I’m going to try it on my next paycheck…

            1. Yes! I want one of those…

              1. I believe the correct term is “oversized novelty check”.

  29. [Obama] noted that lawmakers and the public will be able to scrutinize the trade deal before it is finalized.

    He also noted that “scrutinize” now means “praise”.

    1. If the scuttlebutt on this particular deal is true, that it’s got some backdoor stuff to regulations that we wouldn’t otherwise enact, I rather suspect the Senate will kill it.

      1. You presume that the Senate will actually read it.

        1. Or that what the words say will matter when it gets to the SC.

      2. If the scuttlebutt on this particular deal is true, that it’s got some backdoor stuff to regulations that we wouldn’t otherwise enact, I rather suspect the Senate will kill it.

        The SCOTUS will then clarify that the “legislative intent” of those voting No was to actually vote Yes.

        1. Probably. We’re just about there, apparently.

      3. If the scuttlebutt on this particular deal is true, that it’s got some backdoor stuff

        It’s been a long day, I don’t really want to hear about your ‘scuttle’ butt and its ‘backdoor’ shenanigans.


  30. White House: No Federal Bailout for Puerto Rico
    WASHINGTON ? Jun 29, 2015, 2:09 PM ET
    By JOSH LEDERMAN Associated Press
    Associated Press

    The White House threw cold water Monday on the notion of bailing out Puerto Rico from its financial crisis, instead urging Congress to consider changing the law so the island can declare bankruptcy.

    On the heels of a dismal economic report, Puerto Rico’s governor has warned that the commonwealth can’t pay its $72 billion public debt, delivering a serious blow to Puerto Rico’s recession-addled economy. But White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the federal government would provide financial expertise and access to existing resources ? but not a bailout.

    ABC News

    1. access to existing resources ? but not a bailout.

      I say “el tomate”, ….

    2. Thanks, Tulpy-Poo, that’s another stellar contribution from a towering intellect like you. I hope this joke wasn’t too far above your head this time, I *do* want you to get them. You know, when you can.

      1. No one believes your idiot theory, you moron.

        1. Notice shithead didn’t say “I am not Tulpa” only “No one believes you”.

          Thanks for admitting it Tulpa. I didn’t believe it either until you just admitted it. I never disliked you as much as other people on this board. But I guess I should have.

        2. Uh oh, you missed this one too? Oh Tulpy-Poo, I’ll trying dumbing it down for you even more in the future.

  31. Trump is an idiot. And his comments were pretty moronic.

    But, really, NBC really does look like a bunch of douches here.

  32. I would have jumped the fence of a private pool for that. Wouldn’t you have too?

    1. You probably would have “slammed it to the ground”, too.

    2. Would definitely put in cuffs. Might even discharge my weapon in her company.

  33. The BBC has listed links to all the stories that Google has been ordered to omit from search results as part of the European Union’s “right to be forgotten” ruling from last year. Many of the stories are?unsurprisingly?about people committing crimes or engaging in misconduct of some sort.

    Don’t be evil, Google.

  34. There have been seven recent shark attacks off the coast of the Carolinas, and nobody’s quite sure why. They’re organizing!

    Global warming.

    1. you late. already called it above.

  35. Jacksonville, Florida wants to ban people from backing their cars into their own driveways.

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –
    Soon you might be breaking the law if you back your car into your own driveway.

    […]

    A proposal being considered says that if inspectors can’t see a vehicle’s tag from the road, the owner could be cited. That means vehicles wouldn’t be allowed to be covered up in a driveway, either.

    […]

    But City Council members said if code inspectors can’t easily see a tag, they can’t tell if a vehicle is properly registered, because they are not allowed to walk onto private property.

    That’s why the council is considering a law that would make backing into a driveway to park illegal. Homeowners who don’t comply could be fined $50.

    Councilman Warren Jones said he introduced the bill because there is a huge problem with abandoned cars in Jacksonville.

    “We have been trying to find a way to address this problem because it’s a blight on the community and it’s driving down property values and it’s very unsightly,” Jones said. “But our hands are tied as enforcement goes because we cannot enforce it unless we can see the tag.”

    Cars with covers are also a problem and owners will be cited for those if tags cannot be seen. The covers have to be clean, and the tag has to be visible from the street, according to the proposal.

    1. “Papers please”

    2. So, I guess garages are right out?

      1. Right! And *you*, too!

    3. City Council members said if code inspectors can’t easily see a tag, they can’t tell if a vehicle is properly registered, because they are not allowed to walk onto private property.

      Well, for Pete’s sake allow them to! And outlaw garages! Enough of these fuckers scoffing at proper registration!

    4. All sheep must face forward.

    5. If your car is in your own driveway is it on any sense absndoned? If it is abandoned in someone else’s driveway, won’t they have it taken away? I don’t see the problem to be solved here (aside from not having a license to steal from people doing nothing wrong).

      1. Work harder, bureaucrats. Lazy, fucking bums.

  36. Appeals court overturns harsh 14-year prison sentence in laser strike case

    The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that a California man who had been sentenced to 14 years in prison for firing a laser at two helicopters did not deserve that sentence. After hearing oral arguments earlier this month, the court reversed the lower court’s decision in his conviction of one of the counts, and sent the case back for re-sentencing on the remaining one.

    In this case, known as United States v. Rodriguez, the defendant was found guilty of 18 U.S.C. ? 39A, a law specifically dealing with laser pointers, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. But the court overturned the conviction of 18 U.S.C. ? 32, a law set up to punish those who attempt to destroy aircraft or aircraft facilities.

    Attorneys believe that this was the highest such sentence ever issued for perpetrating a laser strike.

    Karen Escobar is the kind of prosecutor that should be taken out in the back and… have laser pointers shined at her in a manner that is annoying but not injurious or otherwise harmful.

    1. Laser light shows are pretty cool. Why, I bet you could project the image of a woodchipper with one! She seems like a great person. That kind of laser light show is just the right kind of treat for someone like that.

    2. Did he use a Phased Plasma Rifle in the 40 Watt range?

    3. Feed him to the laser pointers, feet first.

    4. I personally would find this to be very annoying.

  37. “The BBC has listed links to all the stories that Google has been ordered to omit from search results as part of the European Union’s “right to be forgotten” ruling from last year”

    2 stories that i randomly looked at… were a op-ed from 2007 where a guy says the financial markets seemed to be stabilizing…. and a story about an Israeli town about to make the world’s largest bowl of Hummus, which included noting the rivalry between Arab and Israeli hummus makers. A third was about a college kid who drunkenly drove his car into a school building.

    Basically – it seems the “right to be forgotten” is mostly a matter of “erasing embarrassing moments” from history.

    1. I’m hooked on red beat hummus.

      1. Assault Hummus?

  38. Now, it’s all about respect!
    “”We probably have a lot to lose if we leave Europe,” said Alex Zoubouglou, a photographer.
    “But it will be worth if if that is what it takes to recover our dignity. We’re here because we’re fed up with being treated as if we were ignorant. We’re well educated, we’re civilised, we’ve been around and we’re being being treated like so much less.”
    http://www.theguardian.com/bus…..losed-live

    No, you’re being treated like the dead-beats you are.

  39. “”We probably have a lot to lose if we leave Europe,” said Alex Zoubouglou, a photographer.
    “But it will be worth if if that is what it takes to recover our dignity”

    Gee, you can replace Greece with Quebec with that logic as it applies to them dreaming of a pipeline to leave Canada.

    1. Let them leave. You’ll never see their socialist attitude melt away so fast as when you put them balls deep in what they want. Secession and decentralization is conducive to liberty anyways.

      1. We’d love to let them leave, but they just refuse to!

    2. Maybe you can work out a trade. Quebec for Greece, but you’d have to throw in a couple of hockey rinks since they don’t have many in Greece.

  40. I think Reason posted this before, but it’s worth a repost:

    https://youtu.be/eFIctFKnZKQ?t=2m35s

    I think some Christians are getting unfairly treated, but man do they love stepping on the rake of gayness.

    1. Notice the background music. The fear mongering. Evangelicals appeal to emotion just as much as the progressives do.

      1. Who do you think the proglodytes learned it from.

    2. I do like the mental image, even if “the rake of gayness” sounds like a bad drop on a loot table.

    3. “stepping on the rake of gayness”.

      nice turn of phrase.

      When I start my metal band, that’ll be the name of the 6 minute instrumental on the first album.

  41. [Trump’s] terrible Celebrity Apprentice show [on NBC] will continue on without him for unfathomable reasons.

    Uh… money?

    ?
    Money, money, money, money!
    Money!?
    ?
    Money, money, money, money!
    Money!?

  42. New York has announced it will formalize a ban on fracking after a seven-year review.

    “We’ve determined that it is simply not for us, but thank you very much.”

  43. Just as Lucille said I didnt know that anyone able to get paid $7158 in four weeks on the computer .You can look here????????????? http://www.workweb40.com

  44. Am I the only one who read that as “The State Department ejected a reporter from the Free Bacon”? Maybe I’m just hungry….

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