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    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) says they will not be considering the version of the highway transportation funding bill coming from the Senate. Yesterday the Senate used that bill to vote to resurrect the deauthorized Export-Import Bank.

  • President Barack Obama and African regional leaders are discussing the possibility of sanctions against South Sudan if warring groups there don't achieve some sort of peace by August.
  • A Texas prosecutor is bringing in a committee of outside attorneys to investigate the death of Sandra Bland, the woman who died in a jail cell three days after getting pulled over by police for a traffic stop.
  • Today in Trump: Donald Trump aide supports Mike Huckabee's comments that the Iran deal is the equivalent of marching the Israelis to "the door of the oven."
  • A Florida landscaper has been sentenced to a year in prison for animal cruelty after running over a family of ducks with a riding lawnmower.
  • The Dow tumbled 127 points today in response to a massive plunge in the Chinese stock market.


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  1. A Texas prosecutor is bringing in a committee of outside attorneys to investigate the death of Sandra Bland…

    Rubber stamp by committee?

    1. They have to make it look good before they exonerate the cops.

    2. Hello.

      Or is it Helloo?

      1. You hab me at helooo.

    3. a murder of crows,
      a gaggle of geese,
      a rubberstamp of government officials?

      1. An overreach of govt officials

        A tyranny of cabinet ministers

        1. An injustice of police?

  2. John McWhorter on the religion of Antiracism:

    For example, Ta-Nehisi Coates, now anointed as James Baldwin’s heir by Toni Morrison, is formally classified as a celebrated writer. However, the particulars of his reception in our moment reveal that Coates is, in the Naciremian sense, a priest. Coates is “revered,” as New York magazine aptly puts it, as someone gifted at phrasing, repeating, and crafting artful variations upon points that are considered crucial?that is, scripture. Specifically, Coates is celebrated as the writer who most aptly expresses the scripture that America’s past was built on racism and that racism still permeates the national fabric. …

    Coates does not write with this formal intention, but for his readers, he is a preacher. A.O. Scott perfectly demonstrates Coates’s now clerical role in our discourse in saying that his new book is “essential, like water or air”?this is the kind of thing one formerly said of the Greatest Story Ever Told.

    1. I’ve learned to hate phrases like ‘national fabric’ and ‘sports fabric’.

      If I want fabric I’ll go to Fabricville.

      1. Come on, Rufus. The social contract is written on the fabric of society.

        Or is it the fabric of life? Wait, no — that’s *cotton*.

        1. I cum on the fabric of life.

          1. +1 The touch
            the feeeeeel
            of cotton
            the fabric of our lives

    2. The best thing I can say about Coates is that years ago he actually restored my posting privileges on theatlantic.com after I promised not to post comments to his articles ever again. I was concerned about the ban because the Atlantic used to have other authors worth reading.

      1. Ha, ha.

        How bad was your comment or was he being your run of the mill intolerant prog?

        1. I think I disapproved of racial preferences in an unpermitted manner.

      2. This issue is avoided these days, because the Atlantic simply closes comments on all Coates articles.

    3. imagine if there were a squadron of young black people just as bright, angry and relentless devoted to smoking out the bad apples in poor black neighborhoods once and for all

      McWhorter has never heard of the Nation of Islam?

      1. Well, I don’t think they get a lot of trending hashtags.

    4. The uncritical slobbering over Coates by white progressives as Our Nation’s Foremost Intellectual On Race is one of the best examples of the US descending into clown world. I heard someone compare his writing to a jelly donut, which seems an apt analogy–his race-didactic screeds are pure confection for leftists, but there’s nothing but mush inside without any substance at all.

      His reputation is built entirely upon a foundation of self-reinforcing feedback loop and the shallowness of his rhetoric is exposed every time he goes up against someone who’s not dazzled by shitlib tropes about racism–McWhorter, for instance, easily makes mincemeat of him every time they have a debate because Coates can’t think on the fly.

      1. Coates at least proves that auto-didactic fool is still less foolish than a fully educated one.

        He did point me at the direction of Battle Cry of Freedom some years ago, as well a cool Yale course on Civil War and Reconstruction, both of which were quite educational and well presented. But I had to bail once Obama madness truly started hitting Atlantic (about the time I bailed on Sullivan as well).

        1. He did point me at the direction of Battle Cry of Freedom some years ago

          That’s a fine text, but considering it’s been the standard textbook of Civil War courses for over 20 years now, recommending it isn’t exactly a stretch of the intellectual muscles. You probably would have gotten the same recommendation from any undergrad student.

          To be fair, a big problem with Civil War studies is that the field is pretty incestuous at this point.

          1. Probably, but up here in Canada, Civil War and Reconstruction is not something offered to undergrad students as a rule 🙂

            1. Classes on the Great Maple Syrup Wars, however, are standard for all levels of schooling.

            2. I took a History of Canada class at the University of Buffalo. Hey, I had to fulfill the Gen Ed requirement somehow.

  3. …is the equivalent of marching the Israelis to “the door of the oven.”

    You know who else…?

    1. Paula Deen?

      1. She uses too much butter on her jews.

        1. She uses butter to get into her shoes…

    2. I think the Iran deal is important enough that it should be discussed on its own merits, not simply as in the context of U.S. Presidential politics.

      1. But it’s almost Election Year. Nothing may be viewed without the U.S. Presidential Politics lens when it’s kinda getting close to the 12 months before an election.

        1. Well, if they can take a story about an unmanned spacecraft *landing on a frickin’ comet* and turn it into a story about a guy’s *shirt,* then I guess the press can trivialize anything.

          1. “and the papers want to know whose shirts you wear”

            1. So you’re saying David Bowie is a prophet?

    3. Hansel and Gretel?

    4. The Muffin Man?

  4. Pot pastor refuses to tear down Church of the Holy Smoke tents in White Rock, B.C.

    The self-proclaimed pastor of the Church of the Holy Smoke in White Rock, B.C., is refusing to tear down the tents where he conducts cannabis-centred services.

    The City of White Rock ordered the tents, erected in the backyard of a beachfront property in the city, to be removed citing bylaw contraventions, but Robin Douglas says that’s just a smokescreen.

    Smokescreen, get it?

    Douglas ? who also uses a YouTube channel to explore his religious views ? says that he often provides pot to church members for free.

    “I give that away all the time at no charge to anybody,” he said. “If they can’t afford it, then it’s free and I want people to be healthy and happy. I don’t want them to be broke and sad.”

    Dude.

  5. A Florida landscaper has been sentenced to a year in prison for animal cruelty after running over a family of ducks with a riding lawnmower.

    Absence of Mallards.

    1. Paging Swiss ….

    2. Duck die nasty

      1. That’s gonna ruffle some feathers.

        1. Like shooting ducks in a pond…

      2. I said, PAGING SW ….
        Oh, well.

        *** stands to applaud ***

      3. You quack me up

      4. Foie grass. Now with more grass.

    3. Frogs are OK, though, right? There are an unreasonable number of amphibians living in my lawn.

      1. No – frogs are too biblical, only cane toads…

    4. I did a family of birds like this, but did not know they were there.

      Let the lawn get a little long.

    5. He is invited here to deal with our infestations of rabbits and snakes.

    6. He was just listening to the Minnesoda DOT. This was in response to a bunch of cars swerving wildly to miss a family of ducks on a major freeway.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8aHCkYTHvI

      State Patrol comments, If you see something ahead, reduce speed and move to the side. Do not stop or swerve.

  6. A Florida landscaper has been sentenced to a year in prison for animal cruelty after running over a family of ducks with a riding lawnmower.

    I cry fowl.

    1. I call BS on this guy’s misguided belief that fertilizing your lawn with waterfowl is the best way to get lush green grass.

      It’s fucking quackery.

  7. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)

    YOU’RE NEXT!!!!!

    1. Bitch McConnell ridin’ the mower?

    1. He’s so down to earth!

      1. I’d love to have a beer with the guy.

        1. *** jolly laughter all around ***

          “Now, *seriously*, Barack, ….”

        2. I think you have to get into some kinda racial altercation to do that.

        3. Only if he’s buying.

  8. Has Rand Paul stalled?

    A year ago, Rand Paul, the libertarian-minded senator from Kentucky, was among the leading potential candidates in the GOP presidential race, topping at least three national polls in spring and early summer.

    Now, he is stuck in seventh place in the RealClearPolitics (RCP) national average, with less than 6 percent support.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/ca…..r-traction

    1. That’s because the mainstream media has effectively vilified him by misrepresenting his beliefs. They must have seen him as a serious threat. Meanwhile, everyone is underestimating Fiorina and I hope she’s shocks everyone by getting the nomination.

      1. He’s just trailing because people are enjoying the Trumpfest at this moment.

        1. I wish I shared your optimism. But most people think of Rand Paul as some Libertarian loon who wants the elderly and poor to die in the streets. And his attempts to appeal to Independent voters is alienating his Libertarian base. Would love to see Fiorina get the nomination and select him as VP. That’s the only Republican ticket I could ever support.

      2. Unfortunately Rand has no chance in the debates. Chest-beating and conservative howler-monkey calls will define the “winner”. I’ll take Trump and Christie against the field.

        1. Yes, because in an insane world it’s the sane person who is considered insane, and the things Paul says make too much sense for most people to accept. Christie has no shot and Trump’s novelty will soon wear off.

          1. +1 Wonko

        2. Replace Christie with Cruz and you’ll be correct about the “winners” of the “debates.”

      3. I don’t know. Paul simply hasn’t really seemed to get much attention lately. Trump’s clown show hasn’t helped in that regard.

        1. It’s intentional. Between now and the first debate, all that matters is being top 10. You can lose the race now *cough*Trump*cough*, but you can’t win it yet. Now is a great time to be somewhat forgotten about, only to shine in a couple months.

        2. Bit hard to be “a new kind of Republican” who battle the Republican establishment when Trump is busy telling McCain and Graham to fuck off.

      4. everyone is underestimating Fiorina

        No, I think we have her about right, placed somewhere between awful and wretched.

        1. Thanks for proving my point. And no one cares about the opinion of someone who thinks child molestation is something to joke about.

          1. Everything is worthy of joking about unless you have a ramrod so far up your bigoted ass that it’s threatening the integrity of your uvula.

            1. Because HyR is so serious, Old Man.

              SO. Serious.

              Serious.

              1. Are you making fun of gay sex practices with that handle of yours, Missy?

            2. Ah, yes! There you go again with the ‘bigot’ slur based on nothing but your own ignorance and prejudice. Yeah, I’ll admit it: I’m bigoted against guys who diddle kids. Sorry if that offends you…

              1. My handle was also a confession. I am a hamster, and I’m here for your soul. Crusty, well, you really shouldn’t ask, because some things man was not meant to ken.

                1. Ask what? I am pro-gerbil. Get away, hamster freak.

            3. Everything is worthy of joking about

              With the exception of premature ejaculation.

              1. Show me on the doll where you came too fast.

  9. A Florida landscaper has been sentenced to a year in prison for animal cruelty after running over a family of ducks with a riding lawnmower.

    Looks like these birds…

    [dons sunglasses]

    …forgot to duck.

    1. Stop, just stop.

      1. No, no. He

        [dons sunglasses]

        quacks me up.

      2. Whoah, hey, someone has their feathers all ruffled.

        1. The real question is…
          [dons prescription glasses]
          did he just wing them?

          1. Somebody needs to stomp Fist’s glasses…

            [puts on hob-nailed boots]

            while he’s wearing them.

  10. So the Connecticut Democrats renamed their Jefferson-Jackson dinner. Um shouldn’t they dissolve themselves and form a new party without the Donkey symbol?

    1. The “Thomas *who*?” Party

      The “Jackson? No, doesn’t ring a bell” Party.

    2. This is a case where the symbol is an accurate representation of the group, so no?

      1. Jackasses?

    3. Jefferson and Jackson are resting easier tonight.

  11. Starting Friday morning, I will be visiting both the land where whiskey was invented and the land where whisky was perfected. I will be enjoying a highlands and distillery tour in the latter country, but I seek some recommendations for spirits in either to try for the 11-12 days I will be in those two countries.

    And assuming I make it back alive from Europe and can organize a Chicago commentariat meet-up, I would like to have actually tried a decent variety of spirits so that I know what to bring back for such a momentous event.

    Please and thank you.

      1. I swore off vodka. It’s been ordered as a warm shot by too many so-called “friends” (i.e., uncultured swine) that it makes me ill just thinking about drinking it. I’d much rather do a shot of Mal?rt than drink anything vodka.

        1. I’d much rather do a shot of Mal?rt than drink anything vodka.

          Seek help.

          1. I’ll take malort over warm vodka as well. Where’s this rehab center?

              1. I’ve had real appalachian peach moonshine and it was disturbingly smooth. :X

                1. Stuff I had was from western Kentucky and not flavored, and it was delicious. I’m sure there’s plenty of garbage out there but this was kind of like a very good mescal.

                  1. That was to crab_apple, about moonshine

          2. Seek help.

            After the first bottle, it really does get better. #nobullyingcampaign

            When my buddy moved to Chicago last January (what an idiotic time to move here), we downed a whole bottle at his place because we said we would do a shot every time we lost at Super Spike V’Ball for NES. Those goddamn Russians were near impossible to beat…

      2. Don’t like beer, don’t like whiskey. Ted sure is a weird name for a chick.

        1. I don’t like any carbonated beverages. And vodka was my first drinking experience, when I studied in Russia back in 1992. (It was also my first drunk.) I never said I disliked whisk(e)y; I was more or less joking with Generic Brand.

    1. I will be visiting both the land where whiskey was invented and the land where whisky was perfected

      You’re going to Scotland and Japan?
      http://nypost.com/2014/11/04/j…..sh-brands/

      1. Haha, not this trip. My apologies, although I have visited Japan (and enjoyed whisky while watching live sumo).

        Ireland and Scotland are the start of my trip.

        Then off to see the intoxicants Amsterdam, Italy, Prague, and Berlin have to offer.

        1. No apologies needed. I was just jumping at the chance to post that link, I think it’s interesting that Japan won.

          1. Since Japanese interests own most of the distilleries in KY now, and drink more per capita, not too suprised.

            1. Japan owns Four Roses, and as I understand it they revamped the brand to let the master distiller take over, and ever since then they have been receiving great reviews.

        2. Amsterdam is awesome. It’s more than pot and hookers.

          If you like beer, I recommend Cafe Golem.

          1. The Dutch apple die is fucking awesome

            1. PIE, dammit!!!

        3. Kirschwasser, bitte.

        4. You want an intoxicant?
          Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, Nachtwatch (The Night Watch). It’s like having Rembrandt whisper to you in whiskey-soaked consonants that the hidden secret of the world is locked inside the dividing edge between light and dark.

    2. All of it me boy o. /Scot-Irish-German mutt talk

    3. Where in Scotland?

      I’d hit the Islay distilleries given a choice of anywhere. But those whiskys aren’t for everyone.

    4. Fellow Chicagoan here who spent 12 days in London and Scotland just a couple of months ago. Like you I’m an enthusiast but no expert on Scotch. What I loved was actually an annoyance at first – there is a UK-wide standard liquor pour that seems to be strictly followed of just 25 mL. I quickly learned, though, that that freed me up from feeling like each drink order was quite so momentous. Find a good bar with a chatty, knowledgeable bartender and let them lead you through a bunch! If you’re in Edinburgh, the Bow Bar on Bow Street, just off the Royal Mile, is one of many such places. They have a thick catalog of all their hundreds of whiskies and the bartender seemed to know them all. For example, iirc they had 7 varieties of Talisker and at least 5 Laphroigs. And those I remember just bc I knew the names before I went.

      For what it’s worth, I was turned on to Bunnahabhain and now usually keep it around the house. It’s from Islay but not peaty at all.

      1. I’m going to London and Scotland next year for 12 days (and was supposed to go a couple months ago, at that! had to reschedule for family stuff). Thanks for chiming in. I’m saving this advice.

        And I’ll look out for your impressions, generic Brand. Hope you have a good time, I’m looking forward to it myself.

    5. Bourbon or GTFO

      1. Blondes are my true love but that doesn’t mean I don’t really enjoy a brunette now and then

      2. Haha I guess it’s good I’m leaving the country, then.

        (Usually prefer bourbon, myself, though.)

    6. Tequila, por favore

    7. If you like soft and velvety, go for a lowland like Glenkinchie or Isle of Jura such as Superstition. Slightly rougher try Talisker or Auchentoshan. Speyside I find the a bit more bite then I like, there’s Balvenie and the Macallan, also Glenmorangie. Laphroaig is very peaty and smoky very much an acquired taste, I don’t like it.

      From, an Edinburgh resident. Let me know if you need any tips for Edinburgh as well.

      1. Much obliged. I won’t make it to Edinburgh, unfortunately; the trip is centered around a class I’m taking in Glasgow at Strathclyde University.

        I prefer Glenfiddich, which I just discovered was a Speyside, to Laphroaig. Unfortunately I won’t get to visit any Islay distilleries, but we’re taking the ferry over from Ireland to Scotland so at least I’ll get to see a few.

        Although not distinctly related to whisk(e)y, I also made a tee time for the Castle Course at St. Andrew, and am unbelievably excited for that.

    8. Do they grow pot in Scotland?

      1. Nope. Just oversized chins and commies.

  12. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) says they will not be considering the version of the highway transportation funding bill coming from the Senate. Yesterday the Senate used that bill to vote to resurrect the deauthorized Export-Import Bank.

    So the transportation bill is just a pod for the Ex-Im Bank?

    1. “I never knew fear until I kissed the Ex-Im bank.”

    2. Dead pod

      1. /hands head and shuffles away…

  13. You Know Who Else brought in a “committee of outside attorneys”?

    1. The Sierra Club?

    2. Anybody with a binding arbitration contract?

    3. Newt Gingrich?

  14. Executives from 13 major U.S. corporations announced at least $140 billion in new investments to decrease their carbon footprints as part of a White House initiative to recruit private commitments ahead of a United Nations climate-change summit later this year in Paris.

    Companies including Apple Inc., Berkshire Hathaway Energy Co., and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. joined Secretary of State John Kerry and top administration officials at the White House Monday for the announcement. In addition to pledges to cut emissions, provide financing to environmentally focused companies, and reduce water consumption, the companies have said they will produce 1,600 megawatts of new, renewable energy — enough to power almost 1.3 million homes. The White House said it expects to announce a second round of pledges later this fall from additional companies.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/polit…..ate-pledge

    MARXISTS! COMMUNITTES!

    1. Crony capitalists steal money in pursuit of religious goals.

    2. C’mon Buttsucker, Goldman Sachs is always first to the trough. Ditto for Warren’s Berkshire outfit training all that Canadian oil around with Burlington, while sucking up windmill credits with Midamerican.

      1. What “trough”? I don’t see any federal help mentioned.

        Just this kind of stuff:

        Among the pledges, aluminum manufacturer Alcoa Inc. has agreed to reduce emissions by 50 percent from its 2005 levels, while agricultural giant Cargill Inc. says 18 percent of its total energy use will come from renewable sources.

        Big libs – Alcoa and Cargill.

        Not.

        1. Alcoa will fire up more natgas plants, Cargill will burn more of the ethanol it grows and is subsidized for, and Goldman Sachs will continue its close association to power which feeds it so well.

          Remember the Lightbringer holding up AIG – Weekend at Bernie’s corporate style – just to pump $185 billion through it? Who do you think was first in line when AIG then turned around and paid all those insurance policies on all those ‘insured’ MBS securities?

          Silly Buttplug

          1. Who do you think was first in line when AIG then turned around and paid all those insurance policies on all those ‘insured’ MBS securities?

            Is the answer Goldman Sachs?

          2. Geithner rightly decided that the world’s largest insurance company needed to pay rightful claims.

            In the end AIG repaid all $185 billion of TARP and then some.

  15. A Florida landscaper has been sentenced to a year in prison for animal cruelty after running over a family of ducks with a riding lawnmower.

    Looks like Florida Man’s breakfast will be

    [dons sunglasses]

    Shredded Tweet.

    1. You’re fowl

      1. je suis foiles?

      2. No egrets.

        1. I’m flippin’ you guys the bird!

          1. Who says roadkill is only raccoons and squirrels and skunks?

            Not me anymore. Nope.

  16. New York is going to tear down LaGuardia airport and replace it, at a proposed cost of $4 billion.

    Who’s taking odds on (i) how much it will really cost, and (ii) how much of that will be grafts, payoffs to unions, and such?

    1. And the Russian Mob.

      1. In NY, isn’t that synonymous with “union”?

    2. $20 billion, and 90%.

    3. Boston decided against the Olympics.

      Good for them.

      That would have been one corrupt nightmare.

      I dare say I don’t know who is worse between Chicago, Boston, NYC and Montreal.

      1. Don’t forget Toronto, don’t not disappoint me Tory!

        1. Montreal has Toronto beat by miles AND kilometers.

          1. Montreal is king of Canadian corruption, there’s simply no contest from other Canadian cities. You’d have to import the entire Cosa Nostra to Toronto to make it Montreal’s equal.

            1. Even then.

              We’re the hub for every possible illegal and criminal activity. From credit car scams to car thefts and everything in between.

              Cripes, it was alleged that NY took orders from the Montreal mob under Rizzuto.

            2. And ‘Ndregheta eats Cosa Nostra and the Camorra for breakfast and lunch respectively.

              1. Holy shit. 3% of Italy’s GDP? Might as well put them in charge of the place.

      2. Worst:

        1. Chicago
        2. NYC
        3. Boston
        4. Montreal, because a city with poutine automatically is better than those other three.

      3. Whichever one has Nicole in it.

        1. That happens to line up surprisingly well with JB’s list above.

      4. So will Montreal’s next Olympics downgrade it Detroit-level status?

      5. Montreal has already held an Olympics. Maybe they could run this one cheaply by reusing facilities.

        1. It was the biggest boondoggle the city ever saw.

          What a fucken mess that was.

          That’s why I’m Bostonians avoided that crap.

          And could you imagine the traffic logistics in that city?

          1. And could you imagine the traffic logistics in that city?

            Nope, I left town in 1996 to avoid it!

    4. 18 months for construction? I laughed.

      I’d say LaGuardia can’t get any worse, but it is the government rebuilding the thing.

    5. New York is going to tear down LaGuardia airport and replace it, at a proposed cost of $4 billion.

      Missing a zero in there…

      1. I literally loled…literally.

    6. I kinda hope they tear it down right before going so broke they can’t build a new one.

  17. Washington Post: Air Conditioning is Sexist

    It’s the time of year desperate women rely on cardigans, pashminas and space heaters to make it through the workweek in their frigid offices. And their male colleagues barely notice.

    1. Racist, Imperialist and ciscist too.

    2. And their male colleagues barely notice

      Not true at all. I think most just don’t notice because we are getting bombarded with high-beams.

      1. I saw the article yesterday and when I first read the headline I immediately thought nipping out was going to be the reason for the sexism accusation.

    3. cardigans, pashminas and space heaters

      Nice (band album name.

    4. Would they prefer that the guys all strip into our boxers instead?

      1. Actually, they suggested men just wear short suits, which in my opinion look like a walking oxymoron.

        1. And also

          like a walking oxymoron

        2. They’re acceptable business attire in Bermuda.

        3. Um, I wear polo shirts and it’s still too fucking hot in my office. The fact that men can’t get the office to a civilized temperature is just more proof that women run the cubicle world.

    5. I think everyone who’s ever had to work outside in the summers doing manual labour would very much appreciate a more ‘sexist’ work environment.

      Our ability to complain about massive technological benefits amazes me.

      1. Wah, wah, I wish I were poorer!

    6. Meh. I work in a construction trailer. If I haven’t been outside in an hour, I’m probably cold. Since I’m not doing any actual work outside, I STFU and let the foremen and supers enjoy a little cold air.

    7. Meh. I work in a construction trailer. If I haven’t been outside in an hour, I’m probably cold. Since I’m not doing any actual work outside, I STFU and let the foremen and supers enjoy a little cold air.

      1. Fuck off, squirrels!

      2. BRETT IS A PEASANT! EVERYONE POINT AND LAUGH!

        1. You leave him alone. He wasn’t hatched out of a tube and suckled on liquid dollars like you.

    8. Gah, some of the comments are downright sad.

      My office is consistently 10 degrees cooler than the rest of the floor. It’s probably 73 in the hallway and 63 in my office. Instead of bitching and moaning about some perceived slight, I spent $15 to buy a space heater. Now I can adjust my office to exactly the temperature I want.

    9. Oh, we notice. When the heater appears in the cubicle it’s a sign of danger.

    10. We give you women an excuse to accessorize and it’s bitch, bitch ,bitch.

      1. +1 sweater that only covers breasts.

      2. +1 sweater that only covers breasts.

        1. Do you have a newsletter?

          1. I just find the boob sweater amusing.

            1. I find it intriguing, but I have a breast fetish.

      3. +0.01 clo.

    11. The research may say 77 is optimal, but I am guessing many of the AC systems in these buildings are not equipped to remove enough humidity from the outside air and get the supply air back up.high enough to maintain 77 with a reasonable humidity level.

      There is also the fact that there is a difference between the sexes as to what temps they find comfortable, part physical differnces and part the women’s fashions tend to be lighter, tighter, and expose more skin.

      1. 77 is hot as shit indoors.

        1. Depends on what you are doing.

    12. Worst part is the girls will wear capris and flip-flops, then complain it’s too cold.

    13. Bullshit. I’m the one in my place of work who complains about the AC being too cold and I am pretty sure I’m not a woman.

      Is there some sort of law or common workplace rule that says women can’t wear warmer clothes in the summer?

      1. I am pretty sure I’m not a woman.

        Pics?

          1. Well, hopefully the IT guy isn’t monitoring my browsing history.

            1. yeah, sorry. That probably merits a warning.

      2. ASHRAE standards for thermal comfort say you are an outlier, granted they are statistical data, but engineers cannot design a building system to individual comfoet levels, at least not usually.

    14. Why can’t women just identify as men when it gets too cold?

    15. Or maybe not wear a sundress and sandals in an air conditioned office?

  18. It has been satisfying past month or so watching hapless Chicoms try to central-plan their People’s Liberation Stock Market. Welcome to pseudo-capitalism, suckers.

    1. Chicoms?

      Chicago communists?

    2. I hope you have a large bag of popcorn.

    3. Yeah. Think TARP and Comrade Bush. Throwing $700 billion in the crapper and hope it works.

      1. That OBAMA VOTED FOR and continued once in office. Fuck off RETARD.

        1. That OBAMA George W. Bush, Jr., VOTED FOR and continued once in office. Fuck off RETARD.

          FTFY

        2. Note that Weigel the scumbag has defended TARP numerous times here in the past, frequently citing the hole blown open in the credit markets.

          Fuckface lies his through his teeth so regularly he’s having a tough time keeping all the lies straight.

          1. And if anyone wants the proof of just what a lying piece of garbage Weigel is, here’s a link from just a little over a year ago, and look at the very first comment on the thread!

            Weigel the lying fuckface: “Over half of TARP was repaid (plus interest) within one year – not five. Still, Geithner managed this very well. The opportunity for government to fuck things up is always high.”

          2. Shrike (me at the time, not Weigel) did support TARP – I admit it. We were on the verge of Mad Max territory. Bank of America ran out of money to pay depositor requests.

            The Bushpigs were clueless. Hank Paulson finally just copied the Brits.

            1. Shrike (me at the time, not Weigel) did support TARP banksters – I admit it. We were on the verge of Mad Max territory. Bank of America ran out of money to pay needed TARP to pretend solvency with printed money instead of directly insuring depositor requests while in bankruptcy.

              Fixed it for you.

            2. Just fuck off and kill yourself, you worthless lying JournoList piece of shit.

  19. Why my own father would have let IS kill me

    My dad is a religious man and luckily for me he was able to tell them to come back the next day, to give him time to find out whether the accusation was correct. He came inside the house and started screaming. Finally, he said: “If these accusations are true, I will hand you over to them myself, happily.” And I just stood there, not knowing what to do and what to say, or how to defend myself.

    I was in shock. But my mother decided that I should leave the house immediately, and she started working on getting me out of Iraq for good. It was midnight and she said to me: “We’re leaving right now.” She took me to her sister’s house. The next day she booked me a plane ticket to Turkey and got me a visa. But I had to travel via Erbil and they wouldn’t let us into Kurdistan. I stayed in a village near Erbil for two weeks, trying to get in but I never managed it. I tried to leave via Baghdad but there were clashes on the road and the driver wouldn’t go on. I tried to get out so many times, and failed.

    Goddamned nuts.

    I still have gay friends at home but we’re not in contact any more, for their own safety.

    Earlier this year one of my best friends, who stayed behind, was killed.

    He was thrown off the main government building.

    1. I’ve not spoken to my father. What he did was very hurtful. He’s my father.

      Hm…no, I don’t think he is anymore. Some things ought to sever all ties.

    2. I know I’m supposed to feel pity for this man, but really, can you say ‘to fucking dumb to live’. Sex is not worth your life. Especially when you don’t even have to stay celibate for the rest of your life. You just have to stick it out long enough to leave the country.

      1. Except cultural conditions changed out from under him in a flash. He was out because he’d been seeking whatever the muzzie equivalent of reparative therapy is, and his therapist had told him to seek the support of his peers. Suddenly some of his peers join up with ISIL and come after him with the fury of converts.

        Jeez, what an asshole this guy in his early-20s is for trusting his therapist.

        1. Don’t you know people only read the parts of the links that you quote? That backstory is much more reasonable than the normal one in stories like this.

          1. Sorry, I just assumed that most commenters would have a passing understanding that the areas currently under IS control are radically more dangerous for people who transgress against a very narrow interpretation of Muslim orthodoxy than they were even a year ago. There are character limits on these posts ya know.

            1. I just assumed that most commenters would have a passing understanding that the areas currently under IS control are radically more dangerous for people who transgress against a very narrow interpretation of Muslim orthodoxy

              “Happens in over 15 different countries” with population totals approaching 1 billion = “”very narrow interpretation”.

              lol

              1. Narrow vs expansive, not widely accepted vs narrowly accepted. Homosexuality is theoretically frowned upon by (almost) all interpretations of Islam, but it takes a special level of nutjobbery to throw people off of buildings for it and that happens in the least cosmopolitan/most fanatical Islamic societies.

                lol

        2. Well, to be fair, no one should ever trust a therapist.

          1. Just a few dozen more sessions and I think we will start to make some progress.

          2. Does this mean you’re canceling the 2:00 appointment tomorrow? Please call my receptionist and let her know.

    3. If I’d stayed, Isis would have come for me and killed me the way they’ve killed others. If Isis didn’t get me, members of my family would have done it. A few days after I left, I learned that my uncle – my father’s brother – had taken an oath to cleanse the family honour.

      Someone needs to educate this guy that only a tiny minority of Muslims are Islamist fundies.

      1. “I know I’m supposed to feel pity for this woman, but really, can you say ‘too fucking dumb to live’. Sex is not worth your life. Especially when you don’t even have to stay celibate for the rest of your life. You just have to stick it out long enough to leave the country.”

        /sarcasm

        That’s fucking awful.

        1. If a woman decided to have coercion free sex that would result in her death if found out, yeah to dumb to live would be pretty high on my list of comments about her. Especially in situations where she only had to wait a few years to get out of the situation.

          1. Umm, the guy had to be smuggled out and spent several months in hiding. I don’t think that’s necessarily viable for most people.

            The next day she booked me a plane ticket to Turkey and got me a visa. But I had to travel via Erbil and they wouldn’t let us into Kurdistan. I stayed in a village near Erbil for two weeks, trying to get in but I never managed it. I tried to leave via Baghdad but there were clashes on the road and the driver wouldn’t go on. I tried to get out so many times, and failed.

            It isn’t like he just had to wait to go to college to be out from his parents’ thumb. He left his home with nothing, and is now living in a broom closet in Beirut on a refugee list.

            Human rights lawyers from the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project have helped me get refugee status and are working on getting me resettled in another country, where I want to continue my studies. Here I’m living in one room, the size of my bathroom back home. I’m in limbo.

            But whatevs it’s totally NBD, #TooDumbToLive #NotFirstWorldProblemsSoIDon’tGiveAFuck

            1. I know! Why didn’t he just find a nice girl to settle down with.

    4. There was an episode of Frontline the other day about efforts to rescue women and children being kidnapped by ISIS. There was a video of a woman in ISIS “court” (basically standing outside in the dirt) for the charge of adultery. Her father helped stone her to death.

      1. It takes some serious brainwashing to override a parent’s innate desire to protect their children, but Islam proves it can be done. How do you fight against such a twisted, perverted ideology?

        1. US is apparently trying Flanders’ parents approach

          “You gotta help us, Doc. We tried nothing, and we’re all out of ideas.”

    1. Next: Eric Estrada tries to resuscitate his career by announcing that he’s becoming “Erica.”

    2. Well the steroids prolly took care of the balls for her already.

    3. Steroids are helluva drug.

    4. Now that’s what I call keeping up with the Kardashians.

      1. Have you been saving that for a special occasion?

    5. Being a total alpha male and transgender definitely makes me unique even in the transgender community

      I…

      *head explodes*

      1. Patrick Swayze is “To Wong Foo…”?

      2. Priscilla, Queen of the Desert?

    6. Most of her hormones are hismones anyway.

      At least, prior to the injections…

    7. What a load of Kroc.

    8. Let’s be honest. They’re all doing it just as a chance to beat the shit out of Ben Shapiro.

    9. Obviously he did too many squats.

    10. Ok, I admit it. When I scrolled down to see her instagram pic, I jumped back in my chair

      Sweet mother of mercy, the cross channel of hormones going through Kroczaleski’s system.

  20. http://thehill.com/policy/cybe…..parenthood

    Anti Abortion hackers claim to have hit planned parenthood. This should be interesting.

    1. Hope the hackers edit out the crunch and get to the juicy parts.

      1. +1 Creative Editing

    2. Given PP’s attitude towards IT security, this doesn’t surprise me.

      1. Also, under HIPAA, PP is required to alert the media if there is a security breach… unless they use encryption.

        I wonder if RC4 counts…

    3. Planned Parenthood are the real hackers anyway.

      I feel just awful about saying that, but I felt compelled to.

      1. I’m sure that PP won’t be too crushed.

    4. The sign in the picture says “Act. No matter what.”

      That is the fucking proggiest slogan I’ve ever heard. “Do something, anything, consequences, means and ends be damned. We all just always having to be acting on something no matter what.”

  21. http://thefederalist.com/2015/…..arenthood/

    Damn does that woman look butt hurt.

    1. Needz moar botox

    2. She looks like someone just told her they decided to keep the baby.

    3. If she got caught with her pants around her ankles, letting a goat pleasure her, she would say that the video had been deceptively edited, that the goat and her were just friends, that the money she put in the goat’s bank account was simply to reimburse its expense, and would you get off my back already.

      And the MSM would proclaim itself satisfied with the explanations, if it covered the story at all.

      1. would you get off my back already

        THE GOAT IS NOT FINISHED YET

    4. Planned Parenthood is designated a non-profit by the Internal Revenue Service. Its president makes more than half a million dollars a year, its budget is more than $1 billion, and it gets more than half a billion dollars in taxpayer funding annually, but it’s a non-profit. What that means is not that every service is provided at cost or that all operations are managed via donation, but simply that any money it brings in is put back into the organization.

      Can we please just eliminate the notion of nonprofit altogether so I don’t have to hear this type of shit anymore?

    5. Think Cecile used to be a Cecil.

      1. That is an insult to the transgendered.

  22. President Barack Obama and African regional leaders are discussing the possibility of sanctions against South Sudan if warring groups there don’t achieve some sort of peace by August.

    Oh no!People are suffering due to civil war! Let’s really stick it to those fuckers and starve the shit out of the place.

    1. The material culture on the ground in South Sudan consists of 2014 Bronco Superbowl Champion shirts and bottom-barrel AK-47’s. What exactly are sanctions going to do? A dirt embargo?

      1. And let’s not even get into how horrible a lot of those ‘regional leaders’ are. I remember awhile back when Obama had his big African leaders summit/photo-op and it was just a rundown of some of the most corrupt and brutal leaders you’ve ever seen.

    1. They’ll eventually win… it’s a rabid activist movement against a bunch of people who don’t give a shit. The activists always win.

  23. I finished BoJack Horseman season 2 this weekend. I thought it fumbled some of its dramatic beats – too many instances of characters explicitly diagnosing their problems – but it was still funny and moving and all that. Anyone else finish it?

    I also read The Color of Magic over the past week, finishing it yesterday. Thanks again for the advice given here. I like Pratchett’s writing and I’m gonna read more of the series, though I assume many of the other books aren’t so dependent on deus ex machina. I also borrowed Guards! Guards!, so that’s up next.

    1. You gotta do it every day. That’s the hard part. But it does get easier.

    2. still funny and moving

      That’s what too many comedies lack, serious drama! Presumably the next step is to remind us to vote Democrat.

      1. You are a stupid and small man. If you die in your sleep tonight, no one will miss you.

        1. I know everything you said is nonsense but I don’t care. Still don’t like how too many comedies want to inject drama into them, even if it is a show you like and might even be a really good show.

          1. You Know Who Else told people they didn’t like to kill themselves?

            1. Nah, they usually take matters into their own hands.

    3. Guards is the start of his best group of books, focused on the watch.

    4. If you enjoy CoM, you are in for a treat. His writing only gets better and better, up until the point Alzheimer’s caught up with him 🙁 I think Making Money was the first time I was disappointed in his book.

      Pratchett is the reason I never got Neil Gaiman cult. Everything Gaiman did, Pratchett did better years before. Even their collaboration was mostly Pratchett and it shows.

      1. Like MJ, I do appreciate the book advice. I have not read any Pratchett other than Good Omens, and apparently I need to rectify that.

  24. A conundrum for the bigorati…

    In his recent interview Ron Bailey said the good news about solar costs is generally a result of subsidies in Germany.

    One of the libertarian arguments I’ve always had confidence making is ‘subsidues are bad’. Given the whole Solindra cronyism, what are you guys thinking on the German solar subsidies?

    My own suspicion is that its impacts are piggybacking on a larger trend to cheaper private sector solar, but I have nothing to support that really.

    I hear Bailey reads comments here. Maybe he can address this too at some point…

    1. If the German government wants to give out free shit, good for them.

      1. -Greece

      2. Except that by taking that free shit you risk crowding out the properly priced shit. And when the Germans stop giving us shit, then what? Greece.

        1. Then we’ll have a bunch of solar panels that will be replaced at the end of their lifetimes by some less stupid form of energy. It’s not a huge deal.

      3. You Know Which Other German government handed out free shit?

      4. If the Germans are doing it, it must be Reich. (sorry, couldn’t help it…)

      5. Looks like the practice of handing out different menus for ‘Germans’ and ‘natives’ will continue in Greece.

        1. Hey, man. Once Greece goes belly up for good, we’re all wood chipping it in to buy some distressed real estate for libertarian island. Nice weather, no snow – idyllic!!

          So, don’t encourage the former residents to trash the place. We don’t want our new country to sink into the Aegean or the Mediterranean before we (the new owners) take over.

          AND – fucktards are not admitted (i.e., CuntTony, AssHiln)

    2. In the short run, there is nothing wrong with ripping off the Germans. If the Germans are dumb enough to subsidized these idiotic things, there is nothing wrong with taking advantage of it, initially at least.

      In the long run the Germans may get a little smarter and stop letting us rip them off. When that happens the price returns to normal and we are stuck with a bunch of inefficient forms of energy.

    3. Ron is likely to respond to you if you post a question directly to him in the comments of his articles but I have no idea for how long and assume only a few hours after they are posted.

      In my opinion, he is hardly “pure” when it comes to Libertarianism and “the environment”.

      Subsidies always, or almost always, involve coercive wealth redistribution so not Libertarian.

      1. I’m sure Bailey is here because his science and technology views fit in with the general zeitgeist of Reason. Like Skenazy and the food guy.

    4. Given the whole Solindra cronyism, what are you guys thinking on the German solar subsidies?

      Germany now pays highest rate for electricity in developed world, and is building lignite plants for base-load operations.

      Translation: So far they’ve figured out a way to get to ~12% renewables at triple (at least) the cost and higher CO2 emissions than an (unsubsidized) American natgas plant for a given watt of output.

      Heil Derp.

  25. Better slightly late then never. Today in Accomplished Female Athletes of Eastern Europe, we break my Slavic bias and present

    Zsuzana Jakabos

    Three time Olympic Games competitor for Hungary.

    1. Hmm, I was wondering if you were going to have your daily feature. I came prepared.

      Xabi Alonso

      Utterly swoon-worthy Spaniard. Would share a hammock with him. Sin camesa

      And one for a caption contest because I’m a child.

      1. Will always, always love Xabi Alonso. Still have a Liverpool shirt with his name on the back.

      2. Thine first link is broken!

        And yes, I will be away from Wednesday this week, so Tundra and you will have to take the lead on the feature while I whoop it up with 50,000 other nerds.

      3. And one for a caption contest because I’m a child.

        “Down, and to the left. Down, and to the left” -Kevin Costner

      4. He’s not really my type* but there are plenty of hot soccer players to choose from.

        *Also I fucking loathe Real Madrid so I never saw much of him.

        1. I have a soft spot for brown hair with ginger highlights. It seems to have lead my astray EVERY time.

          1. I am much more into black hair. Xabi looks like a million white dudes I see heading to Wall Street every day. NTTIAWWT.

          2. Lead your what astray?

    2. Long jump is an amazing thing.

    3. You’re slipping, her name is ZSUZSANNA.

      1. Yeah, Hungarian is one language where I don’t even try. As soon as I see it, white flag goes up.

        1. Don’t feel bad. It’s not every day I can correct someone’s Hungarian on HyR, I could not resist.

    4. I am still at the office. I must resist temptation.

      1. She looks like Natalie Portman.

      2. I don’t think there’s anything horribly unseemly, but it is a few pictures of an attractive woman,some of it from her competitions, so in one-piece swimsuit.

        1. Even though I’m at a company too small to have an actual HR department, I’d rather play it safe. I’m a little weird.

          1. I’m at home. I like her.

    1. My IP address has been banned? Say it ain’t so!

    2. Great. Don’t you know that by saying her name 3 times you summon her?

    3. I find it bizarre that KK will froth at the mouth about how putatively racist libertarians are, yet it will engage in full-throated apologia for any police officer involved in even the most egregious abuse against a Black person. I mean, look at this post; you can tell that the word “uppity” is just at the tip of its fingertips.

      I’m guessing its mother was a meter maid.

    4. Who is this commentariat hater?

      1. Shall we list its names in alphabetical or chronological order?

  26. So much for THAT Duck Dynasty . . .

    1. This is the only response you deserve.

      1. I’ve always despised the University of Oregon

  27. Based on what I’ve read so far, I’m glad the guy is to be punished for running over the ducks.

    1. Hey, that reminds me of a Seinfeld episode – pigeons and John Voight’s car . . .

      Maybe the ducks refused to get out of the way. Absolutely refused to budge. So, Quacky had it coming.

      Or, maybe this is Darwinism at work.

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