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    Speaking at the Pentagon, President Barack Obama said the fight against ISIS "will not be quick. This is a long-term campaign."

  • In a sworn deposition from 2005, Bill Cosby admitted to obtaining drugs to use on women for sex. "When you got the Quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these Quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?" Cosby was asked. "Yes," Cosby answered.
  • "Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had a final chance to present credible reform proposals to an emergency euro zone summit on Tuesday to persuade skeptical creditors to reopen aid talks before his country's banks run out of money."
  • In an interview yesterday, former attorney general Eric Holder said that the "possibility exists" that Edward Snowden could make a plea deal and return home to the United States.
  • Two Americans and one Brit were gored during the first running of the bulls of the 2015 San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, an annual event made famous after it was depicted in Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises.

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  1. In a sworn deposition from 2005, Bill Cosby admitted to obtaining drugs to use on women for sex.

    Knowing the Cos, this is probably some endorsement deal with Benadryl.

    1. This is just sad and disgusting. It’s been a long time since I was legitimately dissapointed in someone.

      1. Old men say the darndest things.

      2. I know? Who uses Quaaludes in this day and age? Who is he, Roman Polanski?

        1. He admitted to doing it in the 70s.

          1. As we discussed last night, the whole reason Quaaludes were so popular was because of the sex.

      3. It would be nice to have a little more detail, though. Did he “use” the Ludes to get women to want to have sex with him, in the sense that the women were taking these voluntarily and screwing around as part of a partying, “let’s get fucked up and screw around” scenario, or was he slipping them the drugs without their knowledge and then having his way with them “roofie” style? Unfortunately, the article doesn’t say.

        1. To the modern SJW there is no difference.

          It’s not like adult woman have agency, or anything.

        2. The 70’s, being what they were, I would bet it was the former.

        3. The version I heard on the news yesterday was definitely in the “slipped them drugs without their knowledge” category. However, that story implied that he admitted buying the Quaaludes but there was no admission that he used them. He did admit to slipping one girl Benadryl.

          1. He did admit to slipping one girl Benadryl.

            Wut, he had to clear her nasal passages?

            The media are running with whatever sleaze they can get, proof or no prooft. I don’t trust what any one of them has to say on this topic.

    2. to obtaining drugs to use withon women for sex.

      So change one word and it looks less rapey.

      Also, thank god the AP and Friends are on this national crisis and not wasting time on lesser stories.

      1. and F closing tags!

      2. At least we know what ‘fat Albert’ really meant now.

        1. “Hey hey hey!”

    3. Ill be honest, im a bit baffled that anyone really cares about Cosby. This whole story is not quite Kim Kardashian or Duck people, but its close.

      1. To a whole generation, he was a televised father figure.

    4. Hello!

      From beautiful but windy Chicago.

      1. Rufus has invaded America! Have fun at the “mistake by the lake.”

        1. I’m handing out ‘I’m Rufus, and I’m angry’ pamphlets at the Navy Pier. Come join me.

      2. Try not to get shot at.

        1. Funny. I picked up the ‘Red Eye’ last night and my daughter read the title ‘When will it stop’ (about all the murders) and immediately started asking questions. It’s funny to see a 10 year-old process such information.

          1. I hope you’re explaining to her that everything the politicians say about this topic is a complete lie (e.g. “lack of tough gun laws in Illinois“).

  2. Fitness fashion mogul Lorna Jane defends decision to advertise for a model receptionist with a ’90cm bust’ after social media backlash

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    1. The backlash is because no one knows what 90cm is.

      1. It’s about 0.88582677 hands.

        1. You can fit that into 23.4 cubits.

      2. Are you trying to summon Cytotoxic?

    2. I am outraged that a place that makes basic bitch clothes doesn’t want fatties modeling its stuff. OUTRAGED

      1. Note: I still don’t have a firm handle on this “basic bitch” term. Did I use it right?

        1. Classic basic bro mistake.

            1. Photoshop, synthol, or Warty?

              1. synthol – I read a story about a user who accidentally injected it into his vein. Somehow he managed to _not_ die but ended up hospitalized.

              2. Photoshop – Look under his right/our left arm.

    3. Social Media = Megaphone for the Offended Retarded

    1. Nah. It’s a good way to cut the stupid out of the herd.

        1. See how simple and elegant it is?

          1. I herd it through the grapevine

    2. The sun also rises? What a stupid as shit tautology. Yes. Ban the shit.

      1. “It not only sets, it also rises! Now, how much would you pay for a nearby G-type main-sequence star that would do all that?!”

  3. Villagers outraged after 500 swingers descend for ‘Swingfields 2015’

    Villagers reacted with outrage on Sunday after more than 500 swingers invaded their sleepy, secluded hamlet for a weekend of debauchery and orgies.

    The ‘Swingfields 2015’ festival has been taking place in Flaxley, in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, over the weekend.

    Villagers said there had been no advance warning and the event, dubbed the biggest in the swinging calendar, had come as a complete shock.

    1. More likely they were shocked to see the actual seingers, as opposed to the bevy of 19 year old hotties they had pictured.

      As one friend of mine put it after seeing a live sex show in Germany: “Believe.it or not, there is such a thing as bad sex. Holy crap, some things you just can’t unsee. “

    2. Now that you mention it, last night’s PM links were quiet…

  4. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had a final chance to present credible reform proposals to an emergency euro zone summit…

    Known as the Don’t Hold Your Breath Summit.

    1. He’s going to hold his breath and stomp his feet until Germany gives him a blank check with no strings attached. To sweeten the deal he has insulted all Germans and personally insulted Merkel.

      Tsipras is really an awesome negotiator.

        1. Why’s he getting all redundant and stuff.

      1. Ah the French method of negotiations.

        “Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries. Now cut me a check or I shall taunt you a second time.”

        1. fechez l’agneau…

    2. If you want to help the Greeks, here’s another way:

      http://tinyurl.com/npp6kbj

  5. Florida man gets 2.5 years for having sex on the beach

    A man convicted of having sex on a Florida beach in front of families was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on Monday.

    Jose Caballero, 40, and Elissa Alvarez, 21, were convicted in May of two counts of lewd and lascivious behavior in a case that drew international attention for the couple’s brazen act. They were videotaped having sex on a Manatee County beach last summer in broad daylight. Witnesses testified that a 3-year-old girl saw them.

    1. …and she didn’t know to get out the garden hose? What kind of three-year olds is America raising these days?

    2. And we have to pretend that the 3-year-old is traumatized for life by this, I suppose.

    3. Are we not shaming get parents? I can’t keep up.

  6. …President Barack Obama said the fight against ISIS “will not be quick. This is a long-term campaign.”

    “Even longer if you include the time I spent ignoring it.”

    1. Didn’t we already do this once? Someone remind me how it turned out…

    2. They are just a JV team.

    3. Perpetual War.

    4. This will not be quick,

      You will not enjoy this,

      I am not your king

  7. wtf?

    Mystery undertaker spotted paddling in coffin on lake next to hospice for terminally ill

    Terminally ill patients have been left traumatised after a man paddled on the water of a lake dressed as an undertaker – yards from a hospice.

    Relatives of those receiving end of life care at the hospice have slammed the man for his actions after he took to the water in the Australian capital of Canberra, using a coffin for a stand-up paddle board.

    The stunt took place on the misty waters of Lake Burley Griffin near to the Clare Holland House hospice which sits on the edge of the water.

    Patients could see the man make his way across the lake from the windows of their rooms, prompting their relatives to describe his actions as inappropriate and insensitive, reports the Canberra Times.

    1. Maybe they shouldn’t have put the hospice on the shore of the river Styx.

    2. That is really messed up. I guess he was trying to be funny.

    3. We need ifh to weigh in on this one.

      1. In my hometown, you have to make your own entertainment

        1. And Canberra is not exactly the fun center of Australia.

    4. What a dickhead. But hilarious.

    5. Terminally ill patients have been left traumatised

      …according to relatives and others claiming to speak for them. Uh huh.

    6. Hospice care patients run the gamut of responsiveness, but which were surprised? The Alzheimer’s patients who forgot they were dying? And then forgot what they saw?

    7. So, I wonder what his family would have said if his boat had capsized and he drowned.

    8. dressed as an undertaker

      Exactly what would this consist of? He wore a dark suit or looked like Groundskeeper Willie?

      1. Isn’t this how an Aussie Undertaker dresses?

  8. …former attorney general Eric Holder said that the “possibility exists” that Edward Snowden could make a plea deal and return home to the United States.

    Now that he’s out of the inner circle he’s seeing which way the wind is blowing.

  9. The next big liberal cause: universal child care

    Universal child care is becoming a central pillar of the liberal agenda ? one that, if it is ever realized, could take its place alongside some of the great progressive reforms of the 20th Century, and possibly the Affordable Care Act, as a defining achievement of the Democratic Party.

    I’m told that Senate Democrats in coming days will roll out a new universal pre-kindergarten proposal that would be funded by the closing of corporate tax breaks. If it gets a vote ? and Dem leaders plan to push hard for one ? it will put members of both parties on record as to whether they support national action to dramatically expand the availability of child care to poor and working families.

    1. How many welfare programs have been funded by the closing of corporate tax breaks? There shouldn’t be any tax breaks left to close, I’d say.

      1. The program would be funded by the scaling back of “corporate inversions,” in which companies declare that their U.S. operations are owned by a subsidiary abroad, resulting in profits being shifted to places where they are taxed at lower rates. The proposal would reconstitute an earlier Dem proposal that would require companies to be at least 50-percent foreign owned to use the technique, rather than the current requirement that it only be 20-percent foreign owned, lowering the incentive for companies to resort to the practice, which members of both parties have condemned.

        Seems severely underfunded already.

        1. They could, of course, lower the corporate tax rate. That would entice US companies to stay or move back.

          1. We will pay for this new program by trying to keep existing tax revenue streams, flawless logic.

      2. That is the beauty of the system. You close the current corporate tax breaks to fund something. You get to say it is revenue neutral because you stuck it to some fat cats.

        Then those same corporate fat cats come into your office and leave you a bunch of money campaign contribution. In return you create a new corporate tax break in some obscure rider in an unrelated bill.

        Now you are ready to repeat the whole circle of life with some new cause.

    2. We already have universal child care. It’s called “parents”. Raise your own kids, you freeloading fucks.

      1. We toured a few daycares after our son was born. Jesus were they depressing places.

        We eventually decided to have my wife stay home and take care of him (and now the daugher too).

        1. When I was a Bookmobile driver, I went to a Head Start facility every week on my route. So fucking depressing. Like being drowned in the stink of shit and baby formula.

          1. Politicians talk about Head Start as if it’s some Athens of early learning staffed by modern day Socratic acolytes selflessly ready and willing to light the torches of academic success in the minds of children. In reality, the people who work there aren’t even teachers and it’s nothing but state-funded babysitting.

          2. I was a Bookmobile driver

            So that South Park episode is really your biography?

            1. Sir, I will have you know that I have only ever made love to chickens.

              1. I have only ever made love to chickens.

                So that is a “yes” then?

          3. Is that the mailroom equivalent in the library world?

        2. I’ve known kids who were happy as a clam in day care from the very beginning. Others hated it. It really depends on the kid and the fit with the carers. Broad judgments on such matters are generally a waste of time.

          1. It also depends on the daycare.

            In my previous hometown, the schools were horrible. So it had a pretty large base of relatively cheap private schools (some had tuition costs less than the local city school system spends on its kids). However, getting into these private schools could be difficult. That meant many of the daycares were really prep schools for private kindergarten. They were awesome places and my kids absolutely thrived there.

            Since then I have moved to a state and town where the schools are typically pretty good. The daycares are nothing more than semi-supervised playtime. Sure they go through the motions of having educational moments. But in reality, they don’t care if the kid is learning to read or off playing with toys on the other side of the room. They will go to whatever neighborhood school the parents live in and it will take them regardless of their level.

      2. But parents raise ‘their’ children in ways that the state does not approve. Much of primary education is wasted in undoing the damage done by amateur parenting. It’s preposterous that in this day and age we let ignorant, often violent, amateurs care for children instead of unionized experts.

      3. Raise your own kids, you freeloading fucks.

        Meh, at least it will make the country go belly-up that much faster. That’s something, right?

    3. So it really takes more than a village. We shoulda known it all along.

    4. Let’s introduce government welfare even earlier in the life process….

    5. The NDP are proposing a $15 a day national day care.

      Quebec’s model is so silly and wasteful that the NDP wants to replicate this on a national level.

      The stupid SJW malaise – it burns.

      Dumb, dumb, DUMB.

      1. Wait, you have to pay for it?? Obviously you’re not doing it right.

  10. Nuclear talks with Iran have been extended after negotiators failed to meet today’s deadline.

    Redefining the term deadline.

    1. It’s a highly effective negotiation tactic. Watch out for that cliff, Iran!

    2. Well, they did say deadline du jour.

  11. Bernie-mania running wild as Hillary Clinton sputters

    Portland, Maine ? Bernie-mania swept through here last night, as more than 7,500 screaming, sign-waving supporters packed a downtown arena ? many lining up hours early ? for surging Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.

    The outpouring came as a Bay State Democratic congressman warned one-time sure-shot Hillary Clinton has an “excitement problem” in the Democratic race for the White House.

    “In case you didn’t notice, this is a big turnout,” Sanders told the cheering crowd at Cross Insurance Arena. “From Maine to California ? we have friends from Alaska and Hawaii as well ? the American people understand that establishment politics and establishment economics is not working for America.”

    1. Bernie Sanders is inspirational, I will give him that. He is such a powerful speaker, and ideas are invigorating.

      1. As inspiring as a hand wave from the Kremlin wall during the May Day parade??!?!?!

        1. Almost as inspirational as Che Guevara ordering prisoner executions.

          1. Che enjoyed doing that himself more.

    2. The word mania should be reserved for things that don’t suck.

      Paul vs Bernie with Bernie winning? I’d go live in the forest and start penning my manifesto.

      1. Bernie’s problem is that he is an old white guy. The yutes and the minorities are not going to show up and vote for him because “its a socialists’ turn” or “I have always wanted to vote for a socialist for President”.

        It is easy to forget how much the media covered for Obama. An enormous number of people will swear to you that Obama is a centrist and Romney and McCain were radical conservatives. Indeed, if you got all your information from the evening news and entertainment, you would probably think that. Even the media can’t cover for a guy who calls himself a socialist. Bernie would get destroyed in the general election.

        1. Yeah but the Democrats’ problem is that Hillary is the alternative.

          1. There is that. But Hillary has a better shot than Bernie. The problem is it is not clear to me what good her winning will do anyone other than Hillary.

            If you want to have fun trolling your Liberal friends, ask them if they are going to vote for Hillary, exactly how bad would a Democratic candidate have to be before they refused to vote for them. They never have an answer. And they love to think of themselves as thinking centrist and the Republicans as the evil rapid partisans. Their failure to have an answer to the quesiton other than “we have to stop the Republicans” really pisses them off.

            1. I have a prog friend at work, seems like a pretty intelligent guy, says he hates Hillary, but he’s still going to vote for her. These people truly baffle me.

              1. My dad’s wife tells me she’s voting for Hillary, even though she likes Bernie more, because Bernie “isn’t going to win”.

                1. It’s a strange pathology that people feel that if they don’t vote for whoever they think is going to win regardless of their own vote, they’d somehow be wasting a vote. People want to fantasize that they’re winners.

              2. That’s because the Republican candidate is a dangerous, radical, extremist. Like Mitt Romney. Yes, they actually believe this.

        2. Bernie would get destroyed in the general election

          Don’t underestimate the ability of the Stupid Party to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

          1. No, don’t underestimate their stupid supporters’ ability to let their butt hurt and no true Scotsman commitment totally screw the country. If Sanders really did get the nod and people wouldn’t hold their nose and vote for someone just to keep a socialist out of power, then the country deserves the government it gets.

            1. Our country deserves the government it gets regardless. That is the way a true republic works, and we have one. For as long as we can keep it, in Franklin’s words…

            2. Some of us are nihilists, which is preferable to National Socialism.

              1. At least National Socialism is an ethos.

              2. Walter Sobchak would not agree.

            3. Meh.

              Congress is unlikely to flip so if Bernie did get elected he’d have to deal with an adversarial Congress.

              Even if Congress did roll over for Bernie, than we are just that much closer to the financial and fiscal apocalypse – and so much the better.

              1. Congress is unlikely to flip so if Bernie did get elected he’d have to deal with an adversarial Congress.

                So we’d have another Caesar? Another president ruling by executive fiat?

                Do you think that’s a problem for Sanders?

                The sad thing is that, even after Obama, if a Republican wins, whoever it might be won’t take up just enough Caesar to undo the havoc Obama has wrought.

            4. Saw a proggie facebook post with top Bernie donors (Unions) vs top Hildebeast donors (Banks/Evil Corps) so you never know.

            5. If Sanders really did get the nod and people wouldn’t hold their nose and vote for someone just to keep a socialist out of power, then the country deserves the government it gets.

              Well that’s just it. Statism is a game of winner take all. The dumbass majority may deserve to get their electoral choices good and hard, but the rest of us get taken along for the ride. Libertarians, for example, are nothing if not hostages.

        3. “Bernie’s problem is that he is an old white guy.”

          You probably could’ve ended your post there.

          1. That’s really not his only problem.

        4. Obama is a centrist, you stupid baboon.

          Deficit reduction, free(r) trade bills, willing to kill Middle East thugs, Romneycare, cutting back on entitlements, etc.

          You’re as stupid as the Nobel committee that wrongly awarded him their Peace Prize.

          1. And you can always depend on Shreek to show exactly what the under 80 IQ set is thinking on an issue. Remember, even though he doesn’t rule the night and really does like cake, and I mean a lot, there is no opinion, no matter how stupid or profoundly ignorant, shreek won’t endorse.

            1. So long as it defends Team Blue, that is.

              Unlike most of you, I think that he’s pretty damn smart. He’d have to be to come up with some of the mental contortions he comes up with to defend Team Blue.

              1. He just cuts and pastes what he sees on DU and Kos.

              2. Fuck Team Blue. They abandoned Obama on Trade Promotion Authority.

                I support the most secular capitalist who helps me make money and Obama is hands down better than any of the Bushpigs in that realm.

                Also he got the fuck out of Iraq.

                Obama 100x better than some Bible-beating warmongering GOP asshole.

                Free minds and free markets!

                1. Thank God, for the Log Cabin Republicans for forcing Obama’s hand on DOMA, and helping him evolve. A real come to Jesus moment.

              3. Ants aren’t intelligent; but they do get aphids to make nectar for them.

                A similar process is in play with regards the non-sentient shriek’s shambolic neural net harvesting responses from intelligent people.

              4. I agree. I’ve always thought he’s smart and cunning. When I’ve asked “progressives” that I know about some undeniably bad decision or statement of his, the answer I’ve always gotten is basically that he tries to do what’s best, but he’s just dumb. They’re perfectly OK with saying that, because it’s easier to defend a dumb, well-intentioned president over a malicious, cunning, and intelligent president.

                He’s a very smart man, but that doesn’t mean he’s not power-hungry and unethical. He has found that presenting himself as a benevolent populist is a great way to get the power that he craves.

                I know not everyone here will agree, but I just can’t believe that he’s some bumbling idiot. I think he calculates every single decision with cold, hard logic. He knows exactly why he does everything.

            2. “Obama is a centrist”…

              See, this is where the trolling really gets poor. Weaponized stupidity like this is not actually possible. It is only put out with the poor asshole’s knowledge that it is droolingly stupid and BLATANTLY transparent.

              This is why I feel sorry for dipshits. Because they actually think someone might buy that shit…

          2. What entitlement has Obama ever advocated cutting? I mean, I recognize the rest of the propaganda, but that one is a mystery to me.

            1. Obama offered up Social Security COLA cuts and actually cut Medicare Advantage subsidies.

              Of course he negated the latter by expanding Medicaid.

              He also supports reducing corporate income taxes.

              If the GOP really cared about our debt Obama is on board with Simpson Bowles. But they don’t care (except Tom Coburn).

              1. Thank God, for the Republicans, the deficit has come down the last six years.

              2. Truly, he really did try to cut entitlements in good faith. And it was those cursed republicans that just wouldn’t go along with it.

                Brilliant argument. You have changed my mind.

              3. Obama offered up Social Security COLA cuts and actually cut Medicare Advantage subsidies.

                Of course he negated the latter by expanding Medicaid.

                So it wasn’t a cut by your own admission? Do you wake up every morning, wipe Obama’s cum off your face and say “How can I be even more stupid than I was yesterday” every single fucking day? It certainly appears that way.

            2. Well, considering our national debt has grown every year that Obama has been in office, clearly nothing has been cut. I don’t understand what is so difficult to understand about that.

              1. You are waaay underestimating shriek’s ability to completely miss every point about everything all the time.

        5. This actually reminds me of what happened to the GOP during the last election. Mitt Romney was never an exciting candidate, but there was this sense that it was his turn. So he spent 3 years going around solidifying support from the GOP insiders. When primary season came around, everyone just “knew” it was his turn, and no one of any consequence got into the race. The people who did get in were exciting side shows who had nothing to lose and (more importantly) had no support from the GOP leadership. So Romney just idled along as each flash in the pan flamed out. The only real problem was from Santorum who basically snapped up those members of the base that were extremely conservative.

          The same is happening with Hillary. Everyone knows it’s her turn and they are staying out of the race. Bernie sanders is the only threat because he appeals to the base zealots. But he will never win the primary because Hillary has already locked things up and there are more pragmatic base members who want team blue to win than there are zealots.

  12. Eurozone’s poorer nations take hard line on Greece

    The eurozone’s poorer former communist nations, having themselves endured painful market reforms and austerity programs, are taking a hard line on Greece after its people voted to reject bailout terms.

    Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia have long insisted they are too poor to pay for the mistakes made by wealthier Greece and that it should have stuck to the reforms and austerity measures laid out in its massive 240 billion euro ($273 billion) bailout.

    “I hear some Greeks have pensions over 1,000 euros ($1,100) a month. That’s outrageous. I refuse to pay for their debt while they are making fortunes compared to my salary,” Bratislava waitress Martina Lelovicova told AFP on Monday

    1. Obviously Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Slovakia all need to raise their minimum wage. Derpity derp de doo.

      1. Chances that voters in those countries would vote for a Greek-style welfare state if given the chance?

        1. I honestly wouldn’t bet on the Baltics to do that. It’s too similar to the Soviet-style system, and they hates them some Soviets.

          1. The generation that grew up under the Soviet Union? No. The generation after that? I’m not so sure. Memories seem to fade quickly.

            1. Yeah, let’s be honest, most people in the developed world would vote in generous welfare entitlements. In fact, they already do.

            2. The generation after that? I’m not so sure. Memories seem to fade quickly.

              I know a woman from Poland. When communism collapsed her family lost some real estate – nothing much, a couple of apartments and a small house. But she’s bitter about it and thinks having communism back would be an improvement.

              Oh, and she loves Obamacare.

        2. I don’t think those 4 places would. But look at their aggregate size…sigh.

    2. Spain and Portugal have also told Greece to knock it off and take their medicine.

      There isn’t a more stubborn country in Europe I think.

      1. There isn’t a more stubborn country in Europe…

        Xerxes agrees?

  13. Florida wildlife officials looking for tattooed woman seen riding sea turtle

    State wildlife officials are investigating after a picture surfaced on social media of a woman sitting on top of a sea turtle on Melbourne Beach.

    Florida Fish and Wildlife officers said they’ve received dozens of complaints and have begun looking into the case.

    1. I am looking for her as well. Yum.

    2. I am very disappointed! I expected that to be a picture of her riding it, in the water. 🙁

    3. I don’t think we have a right to judge Atlantean culture.

      1. I heard the Atlanteans have developed a weapon that can stop the Nazi monsters.

        1. I see you’ve heard about the streetcar.

    4. And she’s going to continue riding it until the federal government officially sanctions their love.

    5. And she’s going to continue riding it until the federal government officially sanctions their love.

        1. Squirrlez show support for their turtle brethren?

    6. Looks like a rare leatherback to me (the turtle, not the girl).

  14. China’s central bank to fund margin finance agency in latest stock market bailout bid

    On Saturday, the Chinese government unveiled a package of new policies, including suspending new share issues and letting key domestic brokerages inject at least 120 billion yuan into the stock market via purchases of funds focusing on blue-chip stocks to boost market performance.

    The benchmark Shanghai index has lost about 30 percent in three weeks. Chinese retail investors, who drive more than 80 percent of daily trading in domestic markets, have become frustrated about rapid losses in the market, fuelling government concern over the possibility of social unrest.

    A stock market crash could also damage the outlook for economic growth, especially at a time when the leadership is keen to transform the economy into one more driven by market forces.

    1. Doo doo is heading towards the whirling metal blades…

    2. China going tits up, and I have been saying for a decade it will, will make Greece seem like an SNL skit by comparison. The only good news about it is that we owe them money not the other way around and despite the claims of various crony capitalists, the US really doesn’t sell that much merchandise in China.

      1. China is a terrible country let it sink. The only downside is when a big ship sinks it sometimes takes smaller ships down with it, and China is very big. The Asian continent is about to become a very unstable place.

        1. Yes. It is going to be ugly. The best we can do is stay out of the way. I think it is going to implode. I have never bought the idea that it would become some nationalist super power. I think it is going to implode and fall apart the way it always has after so many decades of stability and take North Korea with it.

        2. It’s a far bigger deal than Greece with more immediate ramifications.

      2. P/E on the Shanghai market averages out at 250:1 and margin lending has increased 5 fold over the last year. They’re just pouring gasoline on the fire.

        Add to that a real estate bubble, and it’s going to be a magnificent implosion that will sink the emerging markets along with it.

        1. And central planners and authoritarian boot lickers everywhere will have a sad and explain how next time it is going to be different.

          1. If only they had demolished and rebuilt their high speed rail!

            1. They just didn’t spend enough.

          2. It was the capitalists that done did it. Those pure communists were tainted by impulses of greed from the West.

            1. China’s failure just shows there is no third way. Full Maoist communism is the world’s only hope.

    3. I’d like to see more about this on Reason. I had no idea this was happening.

      1. Yes, what do Chinese millennials think about it?

        1. Less MSG!

        2. That’s a good one, but in all seriousness I’m totally ignorant on this topic.

          1. It falls outside the ass sex, Mexicans, pot and Millenials mandate of HyR!!!!

    4. Combined with the stories of Chinese day traders taking out high-interest, short -term loans to play the market and it sounds like a depression is brewing.

      1. So they’re not just playing mah jongg in the parlor behind the kitchen?

        1. *begins to narrow gaze, changes mind, shrugs and begins slow clap*

  15. In the no shit? category:

    Bernie Sanders will raise taxes if he’s elected president

    Sen. Bernie Sanders made clear Sunday he’ll raise taxes if elected president.

    “Yes, we have to raise individual tax rates substantially higher than they are today, because almost all of the new income is going to the top 1 percent,” the Vermont Independent said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

    The self-described socialist has drawn crowds ? 10,000 strong in Wisconsin and more than 2,500 in Iowa ? for his take-down-Wall-Street message as he campaigns for the Democratic nomination for president.

    1. Isn’t he already in Congress? (The body of the Federal government with the power to tax and spend)

    2. Hillary and Obama must at some level laugh at what a rube he is. He didn’t get the memo that you don’t take the mask off until after you are elected.

      1. He didn’t get the memo that you don’t take the mask off until after you are elected.

        He’s running on the premise that you don’t need the mask anymore. The scary part is that he’s close to being correct.

    3. “Sen. Bernie Sanders made clear Sunday he’ll raise taxes if elected president.”

      That’s weird. I was under the impression that congress had to pass tax increases.

      1. I this point I think executive orders can be used for anything. Who’s going to stop him?

        1. Roberts will help out by writing the law to support those executive orders if it came down to it.

          1. Funding of congressional directives is implicit in their passed legislation

            /Roberts

            As long as revenue from new taxes collected by executive order is funneled through existing governmental bureaucracy, I have little doubt that the Supreme Court would oblige.

      2. “That’s weird. I was under the impression that congress had to pass tax increases.”

        Maybe he’ll inherit Obama’s famous pen and phone that he uses to get things done in this country.

    4. JEB! wants to raise taxes too.

    5. “Yes, we have to raise individual tax rates substantially higher than they are today, because almost all of the new income is going to the top 1 percent,” the Vermont Independent said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

      At least he’s honestly admitting that the point of the income tax is redistribution – not funding the federal government.

    6. “Yes, we have to raise individual tax rates substantially higher than they are today, because almost all of the new income is going to the top 1 percent,”

      Holy shit. The “new income” just “goes” to the top 1%. And Americans are already being taxed at absurdly high rates, which apparently are not high enough for this fuckstick. How does anyone vote for someone this fucking stupid?

      1. Gonna keep posting it:

        Our forefathers rebelled over taxes that amounted to pennies per item, and two centuries later we fork over 40 percent of our income and call it “fair.” The excise taxes and import duties that financed Washington for more than a century were not sustainable. A new tax system was needed. But in the century that followed its adoption, it changed the American people themselves.
        Americans today are taxed at levels most of our forebears would have considered unthinkable. By our own nation’s historical standards, we are outrageously, insanely overtaxed. And yet we shrug our shoulders and say, well, at least we’re not France.
        By the way, France’s top marginal tax rate is 40 percent. President Obama plans to raise our top marginal rate to 39 percent.
        Read more at http://spectator.org/articles/…..party-time

        1. Forbidden.

      2. How does anyone vote for someone this fucking stupid? For starters, about half the population are below average intelligence and a large majority of the population was indoctrinated in government-run schools. Couple that with the fact that over half of adults get a government check of some sort or pay negligible taxes. Sanders sounds pretty damn appealing to dimwits, the ignoranti, and parasites.

  16. Rand Paul, dorm room philosopher: Why his “slavery” nonsense is so outrageous
    Paying taxes makes you a slave, says a grown man running for the most powerful office in the world

    This is a dumb argument. And it’s upsetting to hear this dumb argument coming from someone who is trying to be president, but will go back to writing and approving legislation if/when that doesn’t work out. Taxation is not tantamount to slavery. The only thing that’s comparable to slavery is actual slavery. You might not like it that a portion of your paycheck is sent to the feds and your state government, and you may disagree with how your tax dollars are spent, but that is in no way comparable to being kept in bondage and having the fruits of your labor stolen from you.

    Any way you look at this argument, it’s bad. When you’ve staked out the position that your effective tax rate is how you measure one’s slave status, then you’re arguing that a progressive tax structure means rich people are less free than the lucky poor folks who would see a smaller percentage of their income go to the government

    1. Exactly, which is why no leftist ever has compared earning a paycheck from a capitalist or owing money and being expected to pay it back to slavery.

    2. The only thing that’s comparable to slavery is actual slavery.

      Notice how the definition of slavery is self referencing. Thus, whatever the writer wishes it to be.

      1. Slaves will be slaves. It is what it is.

    3. You might not like it that a portion of your paycheck is sent to the feds and your state government, and you may disagree with how your tax dollars are spent, but that is in no way comparable to being kept in bondage and having the fruits of your labor stolen from you.

      The only difference being that with taxation, having the fruits of your labor stolen from you keeps you out of bondage.

      1. ^This

      2. Yeah, they seem to simply not see that taxes are in fact “having the fruits of your labor stolen from you”. Amazing that someone can be so willfully ignorant.

        1. It’s called democracy. We all agreed to the taxes. Duh.

          1. Social contract. You signed it in blood the moment you were born.

    4. We have a year and four months left of this. Enjoy.

      1. And this one should be the most entertaining in years. We’ve got an excess of kooks this time around and everyone is desperate to stand out (except Hillary). It’s going to be simultaneously hilarious and terrifying.

    5. How did I know that that would be Salon?

    6. Simon doesn’t know what words mean. But then, he writes for Salon.

    7. but that is in no way comparable to being kept in bondage and having the fruits of your labor stolen from you.

      I see the point of this (moderately moronic) author. He’s right, taxation isn’t slavery… it’s indentured sharecropping.

      1. Of course, the only real difference between slavery and indentured sharecropping is that the (former) slaver convinced the (former) slaves that they were free because they had to pay for their own room and board using the pittance left to them after the (former) slaver took “his fair share.”

  17. Is this shithole place acceptable to you? Is this shithole good for you fucking Americans? This is not fucking America. You think you can treat us like shit, you fucking Americans. Australians won’t stand for this. You fucking Americans can’t push us around like we’re pieces of shit. We won’t put up with you fucking Americans here, not here.

    A unionist exercising right of entry gets fined $3,000 for racially abusing an American employee

    1. “The CFMEU has a significant record of non-compliance with the provisions of industrial legislation.”

      The attached table is a hoot.

    1. There must be some joke about “eat fresh” and “five-dollar foot-long” in there somewhere.

      1. Hoped he saved his endorsment money becuase methinks his cushy sandwich ride is at an end…

        1. He may also be facing some hefty legal fees in the near future… regardless of whether he actually did anything wrong.

  18. SugarFree laughs at this puny mortal:

    The 10 best lessons I learned as a sex writer
    After nearly five years writing about sex, I’ve learned a thing or two about this taboo topic

    More than four years ago, I officially took up the sex beat at Salon. My reporting has taken me all sorts of places ? from elaborate porn sets to the woods of the Santa Cruz mountains for a kinky fox hunt. I’ve witnessed orgasmic meditation and sexual healing (the latter of which resulted in having a woman ejaculate on my shoe). I’ve reported on a huge range of human experiences around sex ? just consider my coverage of men’s relationships to their junk: I’ve written about a man who ejaculates uncontrollably, a man with the world’s biggest penis, a man with a micro-penis, a man with two dicks and man with no dick. I’ve been nothing if not thorough. I’ve tried out antique vibrators from the turn of the century ? on my hand, but still ? and newfangled sex robots alike. I’ve watched more celebrity sex tapes than I care to recount. I was even subpoenaed for a federal obscenity trail against a poo-porn producer.

    It’s been a wild and fascinating time. Now I’m moving along to a new gig and it seems appropriate to look back at what I’ve learned from these many years covering that never-boring topic of sex.

    1. Five years? That’s nothing. The female is weak. Weak, I say!

    2. Judging from her list of stories, it looks like she managed to make the sex beat completely boring. Instead of writing about sex, she seems to have written about circus freaks.

    3. I’ve tried out antique vibrators from the turn of the century ? on my hand, but still

      Then you have not tried it out.

      1. Jerking off a vibrator does seem counterproductive.

    4. I’d gladly take that job.

    5. “Now I’m moving along to a new gig…”

      Porn?

      1. Bernie Sanders fantasy porn, to be exact.

  19. YouTube star PewDiePie made $7 million in 2014

    Last year around this time, word got out that Felix Kjellberg, a 24-year-old Swedish bro known online as PewDiePie, made $4 million a year by playing video games, recording his reactions and uploading the resulting videos to YouTube. At the time, he had 27 million YouTube subscribers. Today, Kjellberg has 37.7 million subscribers on YouTube and his company, PewDiePie Productions, pulled in roughly $7.4 million in revenue in 2014, according to Swedish newspaper Expressen. It looks like this whole “watch people play video games on the internet” craze is here to stay.

    *Brainstorms ideas for CPA Youtube channel*

    1. *Brainstorms ideas for CPA Youtube channel*

      One word: taints.

      1. Watch as my taint reacts to watching reality tv.

        Thoughts?

        1. TaintAdventures. Watch how your taint performs as you subject it to a variety of adventures and extreme sports.

          1. America’s Next Top Taint

          2. It is only a matter of time now before men are walking around with bright crotches from their taint cams.

        2. Watch as my taint watches you taint react to reality TV.

          You’ve been… META-TAINT’D!

    2. Record yourself reading Hit + Run and put that on YouTube. You’d have at least one subscriber

      1. Now that’s just cruel and unusual punishment.

    3. *Brainstorms ideas for CPA Youtube channel*

      A cure for late night insomnia.

      1. [CEO seated on a throne, watches CPAs frantically try to entertain him]

        “No…you fail to amuse me. TAKE THEM AWAY, GUARDS! Now, I am still bored…bring me the actuaries!”

    4. I watch an occasional clip when I’m stuck in some game but… this is a thing? What the hell is wrong with people.

  20. Sounds like France is going to give a little to keep Greece in the Euro. I guess that means it will be up to Germany to decide how much more rope to hand out.

    The EU political class has too much invested in the Euro, not financially, but as part of their legacy. They won’t let it burn. Greece will get its bailout and this whole farce will get played out again in a few months time.

    This is what the future looks like everyone!

    1. Thing is, if Greece gets more free money, there’s 3 or 4 other nations that will pull the same shit in short order. If they want their legacy to be any better than the Weimar Republic, they should cut Greece loose.

    2. If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Greek bureaucrat pooping in a taxpayer’s mouth, forever.

      1. That is classic.

      2. How many Greeks does it take to screw…?

      3. Are you trying to entice the Germans to actually support the bailout?

    3. If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Greek bureaucrat pooping in a taxpayer’s mouth, forever.

      1. While the rest of the Greeks enjoy some roast lamb on the beach, forever.

    4. It is just delaying the inevitable. Each time they do this it doesn’t solve the problem and the next time it happens we get closer to default and Greek leaving the EU. If it doesn’t happen this time it will happen at some point.

      1. Each time they do this it doesn’t solve the problem and the next time it happens we get closer to default

        Thank goodness no other western government would run their finances this way…

        1. That is right. It could never happen here. Actually, the US is going to have its own mini Greece in about five years when California finally goes tits up. The only problem is that California can’t leave the union or start printing its own currency.

          It is going to be one giant “but its too big to fail” moment as California and its Prog defenders demand the rest of the country replenish its supply of other people’s money.

          1. The only problem is that California can’t leave the union or start printing its own currency.

            Bet you’re regretting calling us Confederate apologists now! 😉

            1. No. California is too valuable a piece of real estate to let the progressive vampires take it. They will have to go tits up and take their medicine.

              1. They will have to go tits up and take their medicine.

                I seriously doubt this. You realize how many electoral votes California has?

                1. But Marshall, they always go Democrat. So the Republicans will have see no reward in helping them and the Democrats will see no downside in telling them no. They are going to be fucked.

                2. Which always go to the “Ds” , so if the “Rs” are in power, they are fucked.

    5. The EU has been in kick-the-can mode for years, hoping that the problem(s) will just magically go away.

      1. Greece not leaving has been priced into the market so that means Greece must not be leaving because Greece not leaving has been priced into the market. Too much CNBC today.

    6. Ha! Just guaranteeing that the problem will get bigger. Every delay, every backstop leads more and more to the possibility that the whole thing implodes. What a bunch of idiots.

    7. That’s what I think and made the argument here. The original ECC countries will not leave and will try everything in their power to keep members in. Germany, France, Italy and Holland all put it in more than they take. All owe each other money. They’re too intertwined. They’ve all made ‘missed’ their own parameters over the years and they’ve all made good on them.

      It would surprise me Greece would have the weight to impact those intricate realities.

    1. If you are a good enough quarterback at FSU you can rape, and the local pd, and campus pd, and athletic department and school will cover for you. But if you punch a blonde girl in a bar and you are not that good? See you later!

      We should take bets on which SEC school enrolls him in a year. LSU is my guess.

      1. God knows we need a quarterback.

        1. I believe Auburn is the current choice of last resort for “troubled” athletes.

      2. what’s wrong? he treated her as an equal

    2. I don’t want to live in a world where you can’t punch a fat girl in a bar.

      1. Rebel Wilson is itching for a fight

      2. She was asking for it by taking up all the god damn space. How is anyone else supposed to get a drink with her in the way? Madness. Fat women should have to stay home to drink.

    3. I saw that this morning. ESPN was all over it making him out to be the new Ray Rice and how shocking the video was. It looks to me like she took a swing at him and he hit back. She was the aggressor not him. If she doesn’t want to get punched, she needs to sober up and stop taking swings at people.

      The best part was Mike Greenberg, who I normally like, had his full “he hit a woman” outrage on and none of the show’s emialers and Twitter followers were having any of it. The responses were nearly uniformly that she was the aggressor and he didn’t do anything wrong. The shocked butt hurt was priceless.

      1. There are two things at play here.

        Criminally is one thing. He was defending himself. At a minimum, they’re both going to be charged.

        But FSU *had* to kick him off the team. They didn’t have a choice.

        1. From looking at the video, I seriously doubt any jury would convict him. And of course FSU had to kick him off the team. This is how college football discipline works. You absolutely slam bench players so you can then go easy on stars.

        2. It seems like it would be hard to argue that a slap from a fat girl is much of a threat that he needed to defend himself from. But it’s also plain that his punch wasn’t much of a punch at all. It looked more like he just slapped her. So he’ll plead out to a misdemeanor, go to some MAC school or some other third-tier team, and learn a valuable lesson about security cameras. And maybe she’ll learn a valuable lesson about how being drunk and belligerent is no good when you’re small and weak. Everyone wins, or something.

          1. You have a right to meet force with force. A slap doesn’t justify him taking out a ball bat or him and his buddies going Rodney King on her ass. But he absolutely had a legal right to hit her back. The fact that his punch was a lot harder than hers is just her bad luck for slapping the wrong guy.

          2. He will attend a junior college, be recruited to a desperate SEC or ACC school, conduct a few puff-piece interviews (one on ESPN with his minister), and then no one will care, with the exception of the SJW types.

          3. Society began to fall apart when it outlawed the Bogart Slap.

            1. Society began to fall apart when women started acting like men but still expected to be treated like woman. I am all for not hitting women. In return for that act of chivalry, women have to not act like men and refrain from taking drunken slaps at men. If they want to do that, then they can be treated like men and face the consequences.

              1. Apparently women can commit any kind of assault they want on men.

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

              2. women have to not act like men and refrain from taking drunken slaps at men

                There goes the business model behind half of my cable channels.

    4. So nobody cares that she punched him first?

      1. Man, he got a solid shot in on her. Surprised she didn’t go down. Is her last name Balboa or Marciano?

        1. Given her behavior, probably not the first time she’s been punched.

    5. Rookie mistake. Punch women off-camera.

  21. Former CNN anchor tells gun control activists to “shut the fuck up” about people carrying

    Former CNN anchor Lynne Russell and former reporter Chuck de Caro came back into the news cycle on June 30, after they worked together to use a concealed firearm to defend themselves from a robber. Russell later spoke about how having a gun “absolutely” saved their lives, and had some tough words for those who do not own guns, yet advocate for government control.

    “If you don’t want to carry, please don’t.” Russell said. “Then, shut the f?k up about it. Make your own decisions.”

    Russell went on to say that “the discussion over the debate to own a gun is just ridiculous. As Americans we have the right to bear arms and as humans the right to protect ourselves. I’m sure that the man who shot my husband did not have a gun permit.”

    The couple stopped at a motel during their cross-country road trip, when they were confronted by Tomorio Watson, who used a gun to take them both hostage and demand their possessions. De Caro and Russell were both reported as good shots who were legally permitted to carry firearms, and though De Caro received non-life-threatening shots in the fray, Russell told Fox 411 that she thanks the Second Amendment for allowing her to possess the weapon she sneaked to her husband.

    But guns are murder machines that make you unsafe.

    1. Her husband is a serious bad ass. Dude comes out of the shower naked, gets in a gun fight where he is wounded, and still managed to kill the guy. This may be the first time in history that a employee at a major news outlet let the mask slip and turned out to be anything but the most reprehensible form of Prog. I guess there is a first time for everything.

      1. From De Caro’s Wikipedia page:

        “During the Grenada invasion of 1983, he and CNN founding Vice President Ted Kavanau, who acted as his cameraman, sailed and paddled into Grenada, to get around the US Department of Defense imposed news embargo while that island was being invaded. Their confrontation with the US Navy would end up as a front page photograph in the New York Times.”

        “Mr. de Caro and his cameraman, Ken Kelsch, another former member of US Army Special Forces, used their military training to slip in and out of Suriname in 1984, to do exclusive CNN reports on American mercenaries and Surinamese guerillas trying to overthrow the Bouterse regime. Mr. de Caro also reported and produced investigative documentaries on illegal drug operations, foreign espionage and criminal gangs. He also did CNN documentaries on Radio Frequency Weapons, the Rendlesham Forest UFO Incident and the First Trans-Atlantic Air Rally. He also parachuted with USAF Combat Control Teams and US Army Rangers to generate vivid CNN reports on those military units.”

        And his wife is a former PI and deputy sheriff with a black belt in Judo. I think he picked the wrong couple.

        1. No kidding. This wasn’t the UK or Chicago. Robbing people is a contact sport.

        2. Back when CNN was good.

        3. De Caro also was affiliated with the amazing television program, JAG. Which gives me a chance to share a semi-revealing photo of the wonderful Catherine Bell.

          1. Catherine Bell is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy. She is also Persian which is absolute proof that the Iranian government is in league with Satan as they try and deprive the world of Persian women.

            1. … Persian women aren’t merely beautiful; the ones who can cook also make Persian dishes. Every persian dish I’ve tried has been like ambrosia of the gods.

              1. Fuck nuclear energy, Catherine Bell should be the reason we invade Iran.

              2. Sadly, this doesn’t translate to Persian men, for the most part.

                Besides, she’s “mixed” – which often does wonders.

          2. Sadly, she is another who has converted to Scientology.

          3. But, Crusty, she is way attractive. I thought you only went for uggos.

    2. she thanks the Second Amendment for allowing her to possess the weapon she sneaked to her husband.

      The government cannot tell me what to do. Hate the word “allow”, like I need goddamn permission.

      1. She probably said something closer to the 2A explicitly recognizing a natural right and the reporter paraphrased poorly because WTF is a “natural” right.

    3. Amazing how the elite among us get real clear about natural rights and guns when it is their asses on the line. I wish as many in the public eye could be as intellectually honest or self-aware. I may be waiting a while.

    4. Anecdotes prove nothing! So this time there’s another anecdote about foiling a criminal, and it’s a couple journalists working (or formerly working) for CNN. That’s just a coincidence – let’s get back to “guns don’t make you safe,” and the stats of suicide by gun.

  22. Jared has RAIDS: Feds raid home of Subway spokesman Jared

    Police investigators arrived at the home of Subway pitchman Jared Fogle early Tuesday.

    A handful of officers, including FBI agents and state police, gathered outside while an evidence truck was parked in his driveway.

    It could not be immediately confirmed why police were at the home, but it comes nearly two months after the executive director of Fogle’s foundation was arrested in Indianapolis on federal child pornography charges.

    FBI spokeswoman Wendy Osborne said that should could confirm that the agency was conducting a criminal investigation in the area, but she would not comment on the nature of the probe.

    Well, he has bragged about getting into smaller and smaller pants.

    1. Very sad. And this is not a popular opinion but I don’t think the mere possession of any image, no matter how appalling should be a crime much less a serious one.

      1. I am conflicted; I agree with you that the crime is the production of the images. However, several victims of childhood sexual abuse have, as adults, described the knowledge that people were using the images/movies of their abuse for sexual gratification as extending their trauma.

        The anarchist alternative is that you can sign up for an account at kiddydiddler.com and download the high def video of people being victimized, and I think there is merit to the argument that the victims of the manufacture process would further be victimized by the open trade of videos of them being harmed.

        So I don’t know what the answer is.

        I do think there is a broad consensus that locking up the people looking at pictures for longer periods than the rapists who did the same thing but didn’t take pictures is very messed up.

        1. However, several victims of childhood sexual abuse have, as adults, described the knowledge that people were using the images/movies of their abuse for sexual gratification as extending their trauma.

          Okay, so if Ray Rice’s wife said that ESPN showing the video of her husband knocking her out extended her trauma, should it have been a crime for anyone to view that video? Why is the trauma of sexual abuse any worse than any other trauma? I don’t see how you can make your argument without then extending it to photographs or descriptions of any other crime. Hell, the relatives of the victims of the Clutter murder all say they felt used and further victimized by “In Cold Blood”. Should we have arrested Truman Capote?

          If people seeing those images further harms the victim, that just means we punish the person who made them more. It is the fault of the person who took the photos not the person who looks at them just like the trauma felt by the family over in Cold Blood is the fault of the killers not Truman Capote or anyone who read the book.

    2. Really? REALLY?

    3. Well, he has bragged about getting into smaller and smaller pants.

      Nice.

    4. Well, he has bragged about getting into smaller and smaller pants.

      boo!

    5. Bravo, I applaud your poorly chosen joke.

      1. Is it bad that my first thought on reading this was to wonder what powerful Congress critter or prosecutor he either declined to donate to, or donated to their opponent?

  23. TNR helpfully dissects ‘Back to the Future’

    Back to the Future’s 30th anniversary gives us a chance to see why it’s worth reflecting on how deeply popular culture can root itself inside of us, particularly with regard to our attitudes about race and sex. While I appreciate the generically positive representation of the film’s black characters, I cannot say the same for how it depicted women and the violence visited upon them. Today, I can’t feel good as a feminist about how we saw George’s vindication come about.

    [snip]

    Back to the Future, even in the assault scene, does this kind of messaging more subtly: The only mantra, spoken by several characters, is “If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.” The review written by the late Roger Ebert points out that the film shares a lot with It’s a Wonderful Life?a man’s family life is changed by magical means. But Michael J. Fox’s aspiring rock star, unlike James Stewart’s family man, is merely a catalyst for the other characters’ personal development. Marty McFly’s big moments don’t involve him changing much: He achieves his dream of playing at the school dance, albeit in 1955, when he supposedly inspires rock-and-roll innovator Chuck Berry (and in the process, serves as a metaphor for the white perversion of black music).

    This is about as believable as a screen door on a battleship.

    1. While the film surely underplays the slights these black men would have likely suffered, those characters aren’t depicted as the archetypal Magical Negroes, either. The band that plays at the Enchantment of the Sea dance, Marvin Berry and the Starlighters, coolly intimidates the white toughs who call them “spook” and “reefer addicts.” That means more to me 30 years later, when too many Hollywood stories still treat black folks and their lives like racial wallpaper or indulge in stereotype. (The film doesn’t get it all right, indulging in the brown enemy of the day: The Libyan terrorists who seek revenge on Doc Brown, spouting Arabic-sounding gibberish.)

      But in Back To The Future, the black busboy and future mayor Goldie Wilson is just an avatar for progress; George, in finally standing up for himself and for Lorraine, is the only character allowed to actually progress. But his evolution comes at the expense of pain suffered by the principal female character, whose only positive changes in the new 1985 are reflected exclusively in her weight loss and lack of drunkenness. It sticks out as a mistake and an opportunity missed.

      While the final outcome is great for George, what about Lorraine?who, thanks to her son’s trip back in time, is now a sexual assault survivor?

      Sweet fancy Moses.

      1. “(The film doesn’t get it all right, indulging in the brown enemy of the day: The Libyan terrorists who seek revenge on Doc Brown, spouting Arabic-sounding gibberish.)”

        Everyone knows the only legitimate movie villains are racist Republikkkans and corporate raiders.

        “While the final outcome is great for George, what about Lorraine?who, thanks to her son’s trip back in time, is now a sexual assault survivor?”

        Really?

        1. I don’t see how any prog can enjoy Back to the Future. Just look at all these problematic messages:

          1. George McFly’s problem is that he lacks self-confidence and has an intense fear of rejection, preventing him from pursuing both his dream of creative writing and the girl he is infatuated with.

          This is problematic because George needs to check his privilege and consider how other people in the lower castes of society are treated. He does not, for example, protest the unfair way Goldie is treated by the diner owner who mocks the idea of a colored mayor.

          2. Violence solves everything in this movie. It takes an act of violence on George’s part to find his self-confidence, both in punching out Biff and in shoving the ginger guy who accosts him and Lorraine on the dance floor.

          This is problematic because we should be teaching kids to talk things out and go to authority figures first.

          3. Doc Brown is wealthy enough to build a time machine. How much did that cost? Why isn’t he paying his taxes to fund government who could then pour it into R&D? It invented the internet, surely it could invent a flux capacitor.

          This is problematic because it promotes the pernicious myth that the free market and the individual is more creative than the collective, we just need to get out of their way. What a surprise, a Reagan era movie spouts Randian nonsense!

      2. Jesus Lord me.

        McFly! Hello!

      3. While the final outcome is great for George, what about Lorraine?who, thanks to her son’s trip back in time, is now a sexual assault survivor?

        Perhaps the worst sin of all: Lorraine flourishes and becomes a happy, successful woman, despite her brief sexual assault.

    2. She can’t feel good as a feminist.

    3. TNR has basically become Tumblr. The only reason to read it is to laugh at Elizabeth Stoker Breunig.

      1. The only reason to read it is to laugh ‘bate at Elizabeth Stoker Breunig.

        1. I pick up TNR for the “articles.”

      2. But she’s just so gosh darn cute!

        /Epi/Irish

        1. She is fucking adorable. She just needs a big hug and some understanding and she would stop being so evil. Its not her fault!!

        2. +1 Dead Tooth

    4. SJWs always have to crap in the punch bowl.

    5. My favorite WTF? review of an 80s movie is The Karate Kid where the writer points out all of Daniel’s failings in life and how he deserved to get his ass kicked. It’s intentionally funny though, unlike this forced tripe about Back to the Future.

      1. The guys at the DOJO worked hard. Why should Daniel get to just walk in and kick their ass?

        1. A libertarian is on the side of Cobra Kai. No surprise there…

          1. LOL. That is right.

        2. I think my favorite thing about ‘The Karate Kid’ is that none of the Cobra Kai guys are bad people. They’re jerks but mostly because they have an asshole sensei. As Miyagi puts it “No such thing as bad student, just bad teacher.”

          You don’t really expect that level of depth in antagonists in an 80s teen movie. They all win by losing since they discover humility in the process.

    6. Sophomoric garbage

    7. I guess you guys aren’t ready for this yet. But your SJW kids are going to love it.

      1. They get to hate it first.

    8. “Back to the Future’s 30th anniversary gives us a chance to see why it’s worth reflecting on how deeply popular culture can root itself inside of us, particularly with regard to our attitudes about race and sex.”

      OK, stick a fork in the New Republic, it’s done.

  24. Former U Memphis professor is hired at another University near her former employer, despite her racist tweets

    She was fired for making “racist” tweets. But Fox News should be made aware that racism is only possible for white people, because racism is about a power. This professor is black, and therefore has no power. People are upset because a strong, independent black woman speaks the Truth ™.

    /progderp

    1. I laugh at you. I. Laugh. At. You.

  25. “Speaking at the Pentagon, President Barack Obama said the fight against ISIS “will not be quick. This is a long-term campaign.””

    Translation:
    ‘Don’t worry, you got a job as long as you want it’.

    1. And he adds in the old “an ideology can’t be defeated with guns”. I bet it can. It is a hard way to do it, but sometimes it is the only way.

      And of course if he actually believes that, why is he waging war against ISIS?

  26. Recently, ISIS lined up 25 Syrian POWs and had impressed (as in “impressment”) tweens shoot them in the back of the head. I’m not sure what that would do to the tween. I’d read that the child soldiers in Africa typically were subjected to heavy drug use to supplement the other mind fucking. Maybe the religious indoctrination is the narcotic for ISIS to cement the loyalty of young recruits.

    Also, should tweens and young teens be considered “child” soldiers? Naturally speaking, puberty = manhood, no?

    1. What is referred to as the Clausewitzian standard of war is not the norm over there. Over most of history, war was part and parcel of life for all members of society. While I certainly don’t condone ISIS’s actions, we need to understand that they are not conducting war on modern Western terms. If we choose to fight them, our actions need to reflect that or we will lose, badly.

      1. You are right Lee. We have to stop thinking everyone thinks like we do and can be reasoned with. We look at concessions or mercy as a sign that we can make peace with someone. They look at such as a sign of weakness. Some people don’t have a price and will not offer any kind of middle ground no matter how much you wish they would.

  27. Was the Hacking Team data dump discussed yesterday? If not, please do so.

    “Hacking Team Breach Shows a Global Spying Firm Run Amok”

    http://www.wired.com/2015/07/h…..-run-amok/

    1. Ahhhh, karma….

  28. color me shocked

    Minimum wage hikes in SF shockingly fail to create utopian wealth for all.

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