A.M. Links: U.S. Police Have Killed 664 People This Year, Russia Blocks U.N. Resolution on MH17 Crash in Ukraine, Hillary Clinton Disappoints Democrats


  • The number of people killed by police this year in the United States has reached 664.

  • Democrats are growing increasingly unhappy about Hillary Clinton's habit of dodging major issues on the campaign trail.
  • Russia was the only member of the U.N. Security Council to vote against a resolution that would have created an international tribunal to investigate and prosecute those responsible for shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine.
  • The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that sentencing guidelines which trigger increased mandatory minimum sentences are unconstitutional if those guidelines are based on factors not found by a jury.
  • The NFL players' union has filed a federal lawsuit against the league in response to Tom Brady's four-game "deflategate" suspension. "No player in NFL history has served a suspension for 'non-cooperation' or 'obstruction,'" the union said in a statement. "In this case, the evidence is paper-thin."

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  1. Democrats are growing increasingly unhappy about Hillary Clinton’s habit of dodging major issues on the campaign trail.

    How else do they expect her to get elected?

    1. “habit of dodging major issues”

      One of these days one of the major issues will actually hit her and the mess will be ugly.

      1. I saw a video of her recently where someone in the audience asked her if she would sign a bill allowing the Keystone pipeline. Her response “When I am elected president I will answer that question.” Responses like that aren’t even a dodge.

        1. That’s just a straight up “Fuck you. You serfs will vote for me, no matter what. Bwahahahaha.”

        2. This is like a recycled version of “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”

        3. “While you are here, why don’t you write me a blank check?”

    2. Hello.

      1. Hi.

        1. /Nods. Offers Swiss narrow gaze. Flings spoonful of pesto at FS.

          1. The best pesto comes from South America! The Italians should be taking notes. *ducks for cover*

            1. It’s all the Italian-Brazilians and Italian-Argentines, etc., making it…

  2. 78) I live near George Mason University and often jog around campus. I can’t help but notice that the student body is noticeably less attractive than other university campuses I’m familiar with. Far nerdier, fatter, paler, and softer than the students at Vanderbilt, Sewanee, UNC, NC State, UNCW, and Duke (these are the main other colleges I’ve spent much time at). Two theories: A) Location? These are the offspring of the nerds of Northern Virginia, with a big influx of northerners from New Jersey and suchlike. If you want good-looking students, you have to head elsewhere. Yet this would seem to be contradicted by the high number of fine-looking young ladies I see in Arlington and DC (though not contradicted by the many dorky guys). B) Time. Most of my college experiences are, naturally, from when I was in college in the mid 1990s. At that time, students had actually gone outside growing up, whereas now all the students spent their childhoods playing video games and wearing bicycle helmets. Yet, again this seems to be contradicted by the many lovely young ladies I see elsewhere in the area. Thoughts?

    1. I don’t know. Maybe George Mason is too hard to get into? Maybe no one has heard of it outside its region? Maybe there are too many other schools its competing against? Maybe it doesn’t have any division 1 athletics?

      1. It went to the Final Four a few years back.

    2. Maybe the view from the bushes where you’re watching the students is slightly obstructed and causing a little phase shift to the light?

    3. You do a lot of observing while running.

      Take pictures too?

      1. You’d be amazed at how tough it is to get a clear picture when you’re in motion.

        1. I have that problem when I’m ‘running’ in the bushes, too.

        2. Sure, just ask any dashcam.

    4. I grew up near GMU and took summer classes there and it was decently represented. Not anything like when I was spoiled at JMU but it was okay. Keep in mind it is also still largely a commuter school so you have non-traditional students in terms of age and a number of the student body takes night classes (I think this has changed over the last decade or so but it still has an impact).

      And there are like 3 hot girls at any one time on the entire Duke campus.

      1. And they’re all shooting porn.

    5. If you think George Mason is bad do not go to Shenandoah University, my buddies went there they used to call girls who were fours anywhere else up there they call them Winchester 7’s. I never believed them until I went and never saw a good looking person the entire time I was there.

      1. You guys should put up trigger warnings for ugly people.

    6. Well you have your SEC schools which are just top-flight, then U Texas and California schools (all of them), then the ACC schools in terms of average attractiveness. Its just how things are.

      1. What about Arizona/Arizona St.? they are easily both one seeds.

        1. Yeah, half the PAC-12 is top tier.

          1. The PAC-12 South. The PNW is a black hole for attractiveness.

    7. Things I hate about “jogging” around college campus’:

      closed blinds, rape whistles, mace, rose bushes, big dogs, honking horns, headlights, floodlights, self-defense classes, small dogs, security guards, police officers, and small dogs.

      1. Not in favor of campus concealed carry policies then?

    8. Best-looking college women I ever saw were at BYU when I visited my best friend there.

    9. playing video games and wearing bicycle helmets

      This. Because if you’re not helicoptering, you’re criminally neglectful. There’s a REASON the kids are playing video games instead of being outside, and it’s not because their parents don’t care.

      They just don’t care to have their kids hauled off by first-world-problem SAHMs and assholey old neighbors who just hate kids bicycling on “their” street.

    10. I find the entire DC area to have lower than average attractive people. Hell, on the rare occasional you do find someone good looking, they open their mouth and that evaporates.

      *former George Mason Econ graduate who is too pretty for DC… or not*

  3. “Geologists say Washington DC is gradually sinking into the sea.”

    How fast? How fast?!?!?!!

    1. Imagine the oil slick that would leave.

    2. Not fast enough, I can still see the top of the Capitol.

    3. How can we accelerate the process?

      1. Free donuts for everyone in DC?

    4. Look, I’ve only got two hands, pal.

    5. Of course they had to begin the article with this caveat:

      Geologists say this has nothing to do with unchecked climate change

      Because everyone is taught to assume that 99/100 environmental happenings are due to man made global warming.

      1. I give them some credit for taking climate change off the table from the start. You know that’s where a good bit of response would begin.

        1. It’s just sad that that’s where we are. Any kind of environmental happenings being discussed must be preceded with a caveat about the non-applicability of AGW. It’s assumed to be AGW until stated otherwise…

        2. That credit should be revoked for the use of “unchecked” as a qualifier.

        3. Yeah, but by the end of the article they are back to bringing up climate change and warning about how high its going to raise sea levels.
          And actually, climate change is to blame here. The change is caused by the land slowly recovering from the last ice age. But everyone knows climate change not caused by humans is a myth, so that’s probably just something made up by the bankers and oil companies.

      2. “Geologists say this has nothing to do with unchecked climate change”

        It seems if you want to be published these days you have to begin any discussion of science by casting all of your credibility into the shitter.

      3. “Unchecked” climate change. Interesting phrase.

        Could mean uncontrolled.

        Or, it could mean unconfirmed.

        1. +1 dictionary meaning number 3

  4. Geologists say Washington DC is gradually sinking into the sea.

    It’s wetlands. We technically have to let it.

    1. Shouldn’t it be restored to its natural state if it is a precious wetlands? I say yes and we move teh capital to Kansas City.

      1. Too many regular people in Kansas City, although the excessive humidity is similar. Move it to Detroit. Revitalize Detroit.

        1. Somewhere in Kansas or Nebraska would be about right, since the original idea was to have it located near the center of the nation.

        2. Moving the capitol to Detroit will do a lot of things to that city, but none of those things could be mistaken for ‘revitalize’.

      2. I’d like to see a central location abolished. Make everyone telecommute.

      3. Please, don’t move it to KC! We already have enough trouble with local politicians!

    2. When I first came here, this was all swamp. Everyone said I was daft to build a capital city on a swamp, but I built in all the same, just to show them. It sank into the swamp. So I built a second one. That sank into the swamp. So I built a third. That burned down, fell over, then sank into the swamp. But the fourth one stayed up. And that’s what you’re going to get, Lad, the strongest capital city in all of America.

  5. Naked Connecticut Man, 81, Arrested For Illegally Communing With Nature

    According to cops, a neighbor called 911 to report that Berg was walking around his backyard in the nude and had communed with a bush.

    The neighbor, who filmed Berg’s antics and later showed the video to police, told cops that he confronted the pensioner. In response, Berg “stopped the indecent behavior, covered himself with a grill cover, apologized to him and then went into the house,” police reported.

    Berg, a retired embalmer, is free on $10,000 bond and is scheduled for an August 5 Superior Court hearing.

    1. The other meaning of “tree hugger.”

      1. You misspelled bugger.

    2. Communed? Is that what the kids are calling it these days?

    3. communed with a bush.

      Same sex bush?

    4. He gave it an STD and now it’s a…

      …burning bush.

      1. I’m glad there was no reference to glasses in that post.

        1. Would that have been too much of…

          *dons glasses*

          …a spectacle?

          1. Would those be rose colored glasses, Citizen?

    5. Berg, a retired embalmer

      If the dude is willing to fuck a tree, you don’t think he tried some ‘cold cuts’ in his day? C’mon, son!

      1. I need some mind bleach now.

      2. Name like that he probably only went in 10%.

      3. Berg is a German name, so probably yes.

    6. Fucking neighbors. He stopped when they complained. Why call the cops?

      1. Imagine the danger if one of the neighborhood children realized they were transkingdom and began to identify as a boxwood shrub…

    7. $10000 bond? For being naked? Jesus Tittyfucking Christ.

    8. Someone should explain to him not to look under that type of bush.

  6. “Geologists say Washington DC is gradually sinking into the sea.”

    Hilarity ensues.

  7. National Journal: Joe Biden’s Political Moment
    For the first time, the vice president looks like a more electable Democrat than Hillary Clinton.

    If Obama’s former campaign strategists truly believe that a Democratic candidate only needs to mobilize and microtarget the base to win the presidency, who better to do that than Obama’s unfailingly loyal No. 2? Biden, after all, pushed the president to come out for gay marriage against his best political instincts. He led the administration’s uphill fight for gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, heading its task force on the subject. He’s helped with the administration’s lobbying effort for its Iran deal, pitched wary Democrats on the benefits of fast-track trade, and stood by the president’s side when he praised the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding Obamacare subsidies.

    And at a time when authenticity is a highly valued asset?for better or worse?Biden boasts the natural political skill set that Clinton clearly lacks. He’s a happy warrior who enjoys campaigning and isn’t constrained by talking points or rope lines. He’s able to ham it up with union rank-and-file, while also giving a stem-winding speech blasting Republicans in Congress. His all-too-frequent malapropisms are endearing at a time when voters are cynical about scripted politicians.

    1. lol, Biden vs Trump is truly the election this country deserves. The turnout would be historic.

    2. and his politically ambitious son died so no need to play nice with the Clintons. he’s going for it. what’s to lose, eh, Joe?

    3. I think I’d take him over any of the other Democrats running.

      1. Maybe it’s brand recognition, maybe it’s an abiding hatred for Hillary, but I would too.

      2. If Biden was on the top of any ticket I would have a hard time not voting for him. I mean we’re well past the point of no return on scaling back the leviathan why not laugh as the world burns.

        1. ^THIS.

          I have been seriously thinking that President Trump will at least provide the lulz as the Titanic sinks.

          Why merely cry at the failing Republic when you can laugh and cry at the same time?

  8. The number of people killed by police this year in the United States has reached 664.

    Old news, a lion was just killed by a dentist!

    1. 666 is my gun locker combo.

    2. Cecil killed more lions than that dentist ever did.

      1. It’s ok when lions kill lions…I think?

        1. No, it’s super tragic that the new alpha lion is going to kill Cecil’s brothers and children. It’s all the dentist’s fault, not natural selection. Cecil was 13. He likely had several more months left to live!

        2. Lion on Lion crime.

    3. Dentists don’t kill lions, guns do!


    4. My derpbook was lit up last night with outrage over Cecil the Lion.

      And the only derpy posts I saw on the Planned Parenthood videos was a link to a NY Times article defending Planned Parenthood.

      So outrage over a lion outrage over trafficking* in baby parts.

      * – sorry, there is no denying that there was haggling over the “cost” of “shipping and storage”.

      The left is so clueless about its own hypocrisy.

      1. So outrage over a lion outrage over trafficking* in baby parts.

        1. Oh f*** it. I can’t get the greater than symbol to work anymore.

          So outrage over a lion (greater than) outrage over trafficking* in baby parts.

          1. < I’ll try.

            1. Only the “less than” symbol worked for me.

              I’ll try again
              ampersand gt; (no spaces between the ampersand and gt;)

              1. No success on the “greater than” symbol.

                1. ampersand #62; doesn’t work either. We can’t be greater than anything else.

                  1. Anything else < Plush Cthulhu, Charles, et al.

                    1. I tried everything I could think of. Even tried inserting “ampersand #x003E;” for a unicode representation..

                    2. It’s occasions such as these that I default to “It’s Reason H&R” and think no further on the subject.

      2. I don’t think I’d relate it to the abortion issue, but you don’t have to condone what the guy did to think that the reaction is completely pathetic in how they’re anthropomorphizing a damn lion.

        I’ve also noted that 90% of the comments talking about how “this guy should be hunted!” and wishing/threatening various forms of physical harm on him are coming from women. Probably penis envy over the knowledge that the average man can throttle the life out of them with his bare hands.

        1. They should get a Concealed Carry Bow then.

      3. Gotta get those pizza ingredients someplace.

    5. Allow me a little eye rolling at gringo parochialism: The number of killings by police in the US isn’t too bad by comparison to other places, such as Brazil, alas. Just in S?o Paulo, during the first quarter of the year, there were 185 killings by police. That would suggest a yearly rate of 740. And in a city of 11 million – or even of the 20 million in the metropolitan area – that would make a killing total in the multiple thousands if scaled up to the metropolitan population of the US.

      If anyone cares to check: http://g1.globo.com/sao-paulo/…..estre.html

      1. That is true. The problem is that no matter how few shootings there are, never holding police accountable for them is still not right. Even if we had 10 shootings a year, that would still be an outrage if the police were never held accountable for any of them being unlawful.

        The issue is not the numbers. It is the lack of accountability.

        1. ^^^This

  9. “God of All Things”
    …In its November 22, 2010 issue, Obama has been shown by Newsweek on its cover page with multiple arms balancing several policy issues while raising his left leg mimicking the cosmic dance of the Hindu deity; considered a manifestation of Lord Shiva.
    … Newsweek has named Obama “god of all things” on its cover.

    “He has brought us out of the dark and into the light.”
    …Obama told the estimated crowd of 450 people that her husband is “the kind of president this country deserves. ”
    Obama closed by asking the crowd three times: “Are you in?”

    She responded to her own question by saying: “Because I am so in.”

    “We have an amazing story to tell,” she said. “This president has brought us out of the dark and into the light.”…

    1. “the kind of president this country deserves. ”

      Wow, I never expected that she and I would agree on anything.

    2. has brought us out of the dark and into the light.”…

      MeIisandre is so in to R’hllor

      1. Well, you know, the night is dark and full of terrors.

    3. I’m sorry, how does this relate to Golden Girls? Do you have some sort of Golden Girls-Obama unified theory?

      1. Michelle is America’s Golden Girl

    4. All hail the Magnificient Leader! President for life! President for life!

    5. This president has brought us out of the dark and into the light.

      She stole a Hindu prayer, which asks God to lead us from darkness to light.

      Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya

      1. Shikha Dalmia hardest hit.

    6. “the kind of president this country deserves. ”

      Cant argue with that.

  10. What Obama doesn’t want us to know on Gitmo closure

    President Obama’s top counter-terrorism aide, Deputy National Security Advisor Lisa Monaca, said this past weekend at the Aspen Security Conference that the White House is preparing for another push to close Guantanamo, including a plan to move detainees into the U.S. mainland.

    While she cited grossly exaggerated costs per detainee, here’s an actual fact that Team Obama isn’t telling us, far more important than just dollars and cents:

    If and when the detainees are stateside, judges could release them onto Main Street, USA.

    Our courts will have the final say on whether they remain locked up, not the administration. And if other countries won’t take them, they could just walk out of jail. Detainees don’t have to escape from Supermax if judges let them out.

    1. “If and when the detainees are stateside, judges could release them onto Main Street, USA.”

      Wait, we’re sending the terrorists to Disneyland? WTF????

        1. I just tossed a fifth of gin
          Now I’m going to Dizz Knee Land

          1. Well, probably not these detainees.

            1. Didn’t Ugly Kid Joe sing about this years ago?

    2. Releasing anyone from there without Congressional approval is a violation of the law. But that is just a small thing.

      1. Making the executive order is (I think) more to the point than actually seeing the place shuttered. It’s like his amnesty proclamation: the speech, the breathless reporters, the shots of jubilant activists, the press victory. If months down the road the thing is brought to a halt by some judge, who’s still paying attention?

        1. I am not sure anyone has standing to sue. Who can claim to be harmed by this? Also, since it is outside of the US, I am not sure a US court would even have jurisdiction if there was someone who could claim harm. He will close it down and tell the country fuck you that is why.

    3. judges could release them onto Main Street, USA.

      And they could also whip out their dicks and pound on them with their gavels.

    4. If and when the detainees are stateside, judges could release them onto Main Street, USA.

      Yeah, well, the whole point of putting it in Gitmo was to skirt the inconvenience of judicial review and uncomfortable Constitutional questions.

      They’re either prisoners of war or they aren’t.

      1. Technically, most of them are irregulars or non-uniformed combatants. I think that entitled them to a speedy hanging under international law. Anything beyond that is a matter of scruples and domestic law.

      2. Technically, most of them are irregulars or non-uniformed combatants. I think that entitled them to a speedy hanging under international law. Anything beyond that is a matter of scruples and domestic law.

  11. The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that sentencing guidelines which trigger increased mandatory minimum sentences are unconstitutional if those guidelines are based on factors not found by a jury.

    Who knows better how to punish the convicted? Legislators after learned deliberations and much study or some dumb jury that only heard the facts of the case?

    1. Two good rulings in my state yesterday. This and gov’t unions cannot force automatic dues payments. Nice.

  12. Taking the overall advice to heart we’ve started rolling out updated covers for consistancy (and improved overall look).

    Here’s Shadowboy’s

    1. Looking good.

    2. Much better cover.

    3. Who reads for the audiobook?

      1. Hitler?

    4. I recently got around to reading those books. Very enjoyable, fun reads.

  13. The Gospel According to The Apostle Barack
    …Yes, Barack had worked tirelessly on behalf of the American people, especially those who elected him in 2008. His followers needed to re-elect him to a second term, so that he could continue to accomplish the promises he made, thus, realizing his vision of America as a more perfect political union or “heaven here on earth.” Then, as I began to contemplate ways to assist Barack in his 2012 re-election bid something miraculous happened. I felt God’s (His) Spirit beckoning me in my dreams at night. Listening, cautiously, I learned that Jesus walked the earth to create a more civilized society, Martin (Luther King) walked the earth to create a more justified society, but, Apostle Barack, the name he was called in my dreams, would walk the earth to create a more equalized society, for the middle class and working poor. Apostle Barack, the next young leader with a new cause, had been taken to the mountaintop and allowed to see over the other side. He had the answers to unlock the kingdom of “heaven here on earth” for his followers. …

    1. So, If New testament Jesus brought the sword, Prophet Barack brings the drone?

      1. MLK was a US Marshall?

  14. Google workers that pack same-day deliveries want to unionize

    The delivery services, which Ars tested in 2013, is now run by Adecco, a human resources and temporary worker company. According to Local Union 853, Google Express workers are only limited to two-year contracts, regardless of their job performance.

    “With the conditions that these people have, they have nothing to lose,” Rome Aloise, Local 853’s principal officer, told Ars.

    He said that a unionized warehouse worker could expect wages of around $25 to $30, presumably higher than what Google is paying its Express workers at present.

    Laszlo Bock, a senior vice president at Google, told local public radio earlier this month that the company respects its workers’ right to organize.

    1. More of this please so I can replace all these people with robots.

    2. Google to Amazon: You win

    3. Ever notice people who wear union t-shirts with their local emblazoned on it? Is it me or do they look like, generally speaking (looks out for Bo), flaming assholes?

      1. I live in Brooklyn, it’s everywhere. I swear everyone is in a union here.

  15. “God sent us Barack Obama”
    ….Standing at the pulpit, he first invoked God and then Barack Obama, portraying himself as the president’s apostle, put on Earth to protect Harlem and his president from those awful white Southern Republicans.
    “They hate the president,” he told the Antioch faithful, a message he had repeat at five other church drop-ins on that sunny summer Sunday. “God sent us Barack Obama,” he told a congregation in 116th St. half an hour later, before heading up to West 153rd St. “These people carry hate in their heart ? all of them come from states that used to hold Africans as slaves,” he told a packed house at the Bethany Baptist Church under a stained-glass window of Christ in prayer. “All of them hated Abe Lincoln! All of them really think that the Civil War is not over!”…

    1. If true, that would be proof that God hates us.

      1. Obama = Nimrod, King of Shinar?

        1. Wasn’t Nimrod a hunter? That doesn’t sound very Obama-like….

          1. true. Reaching for a link to God smacking down Man re: he hates us. Poorly played on my part.

            1. God must certainly hate black people if he gave us Barack since at least materially they have suffered more under Obama than under Bush.

      2. Nah, he just likes to fuck with us.

    2. I would think that by the same reasoning you would also have to conclude that God sent us white Southern Republicans too.

      1. Just imagine the butt hurt and gnashing of teeth from these people if the Republicans win in 2016 and Obama leaves them in the political wilderness. “God sent us Obama and then took him from us before we could reach the promise land. We were just not good enough for him”.

  16. “In this case, the evidence is paper-thin.”

    It doesn’t hold air.

    1. BTW Fist, put your sunglasses away when you aren’t using them. The PM links guys where fucking around with them.

      1. BP pulled out his sunmonocle. I was jealous.

  17. Michigan Supreme Court upholds right-to-work for state workers

    The Michigan Supreme Court, in an opinion that has the effect of making state employees subject to Michigan’s 2012 right-to-work law, ruled Wednesday that Michigan’s Civil Service Commission never had the authority to impose union fees on state workers, even before the controversial law was passed.

    The 4-3 ruling is a blow to the United Auto Workers and other unions representing about 36,000 state employees, who argued only the bipartisan Civil Service Commission ? not the Legislature ? can set the conditions of employment for civil servants.

    In another setback for state employee unions, the court also upheld Wednesday a 2011 law requiring employees in the state’s defined benefit pension plan to either contribute 4% of their pay toward retirement costs or move to a 401(k)style plan, in which future retirement benefits are not defined. That ruling overturned a decision by the Michigan Court of Appeals.

    1. A little surprised this wasn’t an AM Lynx.

    2. But it was in the PM comments yesterday! One day you’ll all kneel to the robot army. Derprider has already been “processed”. In the robot barracks we call it chipped…

    3. only the bipartisan Civil Service Commission ? not the Legislature ? can set the conditions of employment for civil servants.

      Employment, sure. But maybe employees have a say in what comes out of their paychecks after they’re employed.

  18. “The presence of the Divine”
    …Rabbi David Saperstein, reading from Psalms in English and Hebrew, noticed from the altar that the good men and women of the congregation that day, including the Bidens and other dignitaries, had not yet stood. Finally Bishop Vashti McKenzie of the African Methodist Church asked that everyone rise. At that moment Saperstein saw something from his angle of vision: “If I had seen it in a movie I would have groaned and said, ‘Give me a break. That’s so trite.'” A beam of morning light shown [sic] through the stained-glass windows and illuminated the president-elect’s face. Several of the clergy and choir on the altar who also saw it marveled afterward about the presence of the Divine….

    1. Get back to me when his image shows up on a piece of toast

      1. God only performs miracles with grilled cheese sandwiches.

    2. God these people are screwed up.

      1. How many diehard atheist progressives would convert if a church claimed Obama as a living saint?

        1. A few no doubt.

  19. Party-animal badger found drunk on Polish beach

    “We found Wandzia drunk, surrounded by seven (empty beer) bottles. There were two more in the bushes, so it’s possible Wandzia began partying there. Haha.”

    The badger is believed to have stolen the booze from fellow beachgoers, before removing the beer caps with her teeth.

    The black-and-white omnivore was unconscious for two days straight, shelter head Marzena Bialowolska told AFP, adding that the badger had partially recovered but was still unable to sit up.

    “She’s been sleeping, drinking (water) and eating chick meat,” Bialowolska said. If all goes well, Wandzia will be released back into the wild by the end of the week.

    1. He doesn’t give a fuck.

  20. Man dons Knights Templar costume to scare away Muslims from New York military recruiting center.


    1. Watch out for guys in hoodies.

    2. Awesome. That’s in my old…’hood…

    3. The bow isn’t authentic, and neither is the armor if I recall, but it’s still a pretty nice get-up.

      1. Is there a Knights Templar re-enactment culture a la Civil War?

        1. There is a Renaissance Fair a couple towns over from that town every summer. Lots of people show up dressed like this guy.

    4. Man dons Knights Templar costume to scare away Muslims from New York military recruiting center.

      Sounds like the precise recipe for a Scooby-Doo episode.

      1. Then a guy dressed as Philip IV showed up and he ran off.

        1. +1 Friday the 13th

    5. This may come as a small relief to military officials who have asked armed civilian “guards” to stay away from the centers.

      Including armed military recruiters.

    6. Dude will probably slaughter a socialist summer camp one day.

  21. The number of people killed by police this year in the United States has reached 664

    Are the livers still in good shape?

  22. The number of people killed by police this year in the United States has reached 664.

    Breathing permanently halted in 664 individual suspects this year after encounters with law enforcement.

    1. Procedures. Were. Followed.

  23. English man refuses to be sentenced in Wales due to thick accents

    Janet Gedrych, Campbell’s lawyer, said he missed his sentencing hearing Monday at Wales’ Swansea Crown Court because he refused to leave his jail cell.

    Gedrych said Campbell did not want to return to Wales for his sentencing because he couldn’t understand what people in Aberystwyth were saying due to their Welsh accents.

    “He is worried that if he is sentenced here he will end up in a jail in Wales and have the same difficulties,” she told Wales Online.

      1. Wot the fok did ye just say 2 me m8? i im the sickest bloke ull ever meet & ive rek over 300 kunts with me horn, including yr nan’s filthy kunt. im trained in street fitin’ & im the strongest foker in tha entire thread. yer nothin to me but a cheeky lil bellend w/ a fit mum & fake bling. i swer on me mum ill waste u and smash a fokin bottle oer yer head bruv, i swer 2 christ. ya think u can fokin run ya gabber at me whilst sittin on yer arse behind a lil screen? think again wanka. im callin me krewrite now preparin for a proper scrap. A roomble that’ll make ur nan sore jus hearin about it. yer a waste bruv. me krew be all over tha place & ill beat ya to a proper fokin pulp with me fists wanka. if i aint satisfied w/ that ill borrow me m8s cricket paddle & see if that gets u the fok out o’ hit n run ya daft kunt. if ye had seen this bloody fokin mess commin ye might a’ kept ya gabber from runnin. but it seems yea stupid lil twat, innit? ima shite fury & ull drown in it m8. ur ina proper mess knob.

        1. Know what’s frightening?

          I understood all that.

          1. Why not? At least you’re part of the Commonwealth.

            1. But I’m part of the Anglosphere, that should count for something right?

              1. Well, it can get you a Rhodes scholarship.

            2. But I’m part of the Anglosphere, that should count for something right?

              1. Only if you’re not actually in the Anglosphere.

    1. Well, the answer would be pretty obvious.

  24. The Middle East will never be the same: Why the Iran pact is a historic triumph
    Without a shot being fired, the United States and Iran have effectively ended an era of outright hostility

    There are two crucial points to take away from all the angry chatter to come: first, none of this matters and second, the devil is not in the details, though he may indeed appear on those Sunday talk shows.

    Here’s what actually matters most: at a crucial moment and without a shot being fired, the United States and Iran have come to a turning point away from an era of outright hostility. The nuclear accord binds the two nations to years of engagement and leaves the door open to a far fuller relationship. Understanding how significant that is requires a look backward.

    1. I couldn’t read that extract without laughing at their stupidity.

      I should have realized it was salon.

    2. So the Shia getting the bomb is going to cause them to love the Sunnis and Jews and the Jews and Sunnis to love them back?

    3. Didn’t the Supreme Leader Ayatollah say that this deal will not in any way change Iranian policy toward America?

      1. In fact I think he reiterated his intention to annihilate societies X, Y and Z. The US made the list.

        1. So we’ve got that going for us.

        2. Movin’ on up!

    4. Holy shit. The naivety is breathtaking.

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but Iran backed militias currently control half of Yemen (which has drown the Saudis into the conflict) and are carrying out ethnic cleansing in Iraq against Sunnis.

      1. Don’t forget Lebanon and “Palestine” and the Iranian support for rebel groups in Syria too. They’re poised to topple half a dozen neighboring governments.

      2. So outright hostilities have mostly been down-low hostilities, the deal secured no agreement from Iran to knock that off, but guarantees they’ll have a bomb within the decade.

        With luminaries like this it’s little wonder Dems are having a tough time selling the thing.

      3. The nature of the pact is almost exactly like the agreement with Iraq that led to the invasion of Iraq.

        1. Let us in, without warning, to inspect for nuclear development.

        2. Hey! You guys aren’t being honest. We think you’re hiding shit!

        3. Invade.

        1. The difference being that the authorization for invasion of Iraq for noncompliance was tacitly granted in Authorization 1441. I doubt very much that this pact has any comparable language authorizing intervention unless a Security Council convenes and there is a unanimous vote in favor.

          There ain’t gonna be a unanimous vote in favor. Ever. And that’s a feature, not a bug.

  25. The number of people killed by police this year in the United States has reached is only 664.

    Gosh, way to be a drama queen, Root.

  26. The number of people killed by police this year in the United States has reached 664.

    Still waiting for the same sense of urgency about this that seems to coincide with random shootings, domestic terrorism, or “pit bull” attacks. You’d think at this point someone would suggest banning something if only to retain the illusion of consistent principles.

  27. Sorry, coal definitely isn’t “good for humanity”

    While it’s true that, worldwide, some 1.3 billion people ? mainly in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia ? lack access to electricity, it’s difficult to argue that coal, which causes dangerous air pollution and, being more carbon intensive than oil or natural gas, contributes disproportionately to climate change ? which itself disproportionately targets developing countries ? is anyone’s idea of a good solution.

    A new report from Oxfam Australia drives that point home. Taking specific aim at Abbott’s claim that “coal is good for humanity,” it provides a comprehensive summary of all the reasons why the opposite is in fact true. For starters, it cites the “enormous toll” that burning coal has on public health, citing a recent study linking particle pollution from that to some 670,000 premature deaths in China in 2012. Moreso than air pollution, however, it delves into the catastrophic consequences of coal burning for global climate change, highlighting the impacts ? from food shortages to extreme weather to economic losses ? that poorer countries will likely face.

    1. “coal, which causes dangerous air pollution”

      And yet for the people in these countries, electricity from a distant power plant is far healthier than burning wood, dung, or even propane in their own residences.

    2. Yeah because “linking” it to deaths is exactly the same as establishing causality with any scientific certainty. Moreover, those plants operate with no pollution control whatsoever. The coal plants in the developed world have pollution control and emit virtually nothing except Co2 and ash that is buried in the ground.

      Saying coal is bad for humanity because places like China operate coal plants with no emission controls is like saying sewage systems are bad for humanity because Rio doesn’t have a sewage treatment plant.

      1. An particle emissions are much worse from the traditional energy sources like wood or kerosene, so it’s not as if the choice is between excessive particle emissions and nothing.

        1. That too. These people seem to be unable to comprehend that sometimes a bad option is still the best available.

        2. They’d be gamboling across the lush plains of sub-Saharan Africa, living in harmony with nature and neither taking too much nor leaving too much behind. Instead they’re stuck with coal-fired electricity and a gradually modernizing lifestyle.

    3. These people are nuts.

      Their irrational idiocy leads to deaths.

      Hasn’t the coal industry become cleaner and more efficient over time through technology?

      1. Yes but you’re ignoring Teh Feelz.

    4. Clearly, these impoverished people will understand that we need to prolong their suffering so that it’s not slightly hotter in 100 years. I know this because Hillary flew her private jet to an event to tell everyone

    5. Coal is bad compared to other power sources, but the reason poor countries use coal is because they don’t have access to cleaner power sources. So it isn’t ‘coal or clean energy’ it’s ‘coal or no energy.’

    6. That damn coal! Powering our steam engines and power plants during the industrial revolution that makes all of modern technology possible! People would be so much better off if we spent an extra couple generations scraping in the dirt and dying of diseases that nowadays exist only in Ron Bailey’s wet dreams.

  28. “Geologists say Washington DC is gradually sinking into the sea.”

    It could no longer resist the sheer weight of the bullshit.

    1. Geologists say it’s sinking. Climatologists say the ocean is rising. Tomayto, tomahto.

    2. “Geologists say Washington DC is gradually sinking into the sea.”

      It’s improving.

    3. Yes, but will they rush to save it like they are Venice?

  29. Examiner: Dems Seek Ban on IPhone CasesThat Look Like Guns

    “To sell these products to children ? or to anybody ? is reckless, and we should not hesitate to protect consumers and police from dangerous products like these whenever we can,” Engel said at the time.

    They’re banning them for your own good so be grateful.

    1. Of course everything must be banned if you’re a Democrat.

      That being said, you’re a retard with a death wish if you think carrying a fake gun in your pocket is a good idea.

      1. Actually, quite a few issues of self-defense are effected without ever discharging the gun. Even an unloaded gun can be effective for defusing a situation, as just the sight of it deters most attackers.
        That being said, I don’t recommend it.

    2. Protecting consumers from their own stupidity is one thing (albeit a thing that allows weak genes to continue spreading) but what exactly are we protecting the police from here? Bad publicity when they kill yet another person who posed no actual threat?

  30. Jon Stewart attempts to laugh off White House visits

    Media outlets, particularly conservative ones, had a field day this week analyzing Jon Stewart’s alleged “secret” White House meetings with President Barack Obama. It’s even been suggested that Stewart has been working “in concert” with the president, casting the comedian’s integrity into question.

    On Wednesday’s “The Daily Show,” Stewart addressed the controversy head-on, and insisted that the conspiracy “sounds so much more awesome” than what actually happened.

    “Something is not a secret just because you don’t know about it,” Stewart said, pointing out that his visits were documented in the public White House log. “If the president tells you to [meet him] and you don’t, who the fuck knows what would happen?”

    Stewart went on to reveal that he’s actually been “summoned” over the years by a “surprisingly wide variety” of famous and powerful people, from “tech giants to financial captains to Billy Joel.” But just like his meetings with the president, these encounters have not been sinister.

    “The general thrust of all of those meetings or phone conversations are the same,” said Stewart. “Basically it’s this: ‘Jon, why are you such an asshole?'”

    1. The question should be “Jon, why are you such a pussy that you can be “summoned” by people?”

    2. Something is not a secret just because you don’t know about it,” Stewart said, pointing out that his visits were documented in the public White House log. “If the president tells you to [meet him] and you don’t, who the fuck knows what would happen?”

      He wouldn’t invite you again? Did Stewart just admit that Obama is a thin skinned tyranical asshole who is not above using the power of government to go after people who offend him? Who does Stewart think Obama is? Stalin?

      Stewart went on to reveal that he’s actually been “summoned” over the years by a “surprisingly wide variety” of famous and powerful people, from “tech giants to financial captains to Billy Joel.” But just like his meetings with the president, these encounters have not been sinister.

      Sure but his meeting with someone that he just admitted he was afraid to say no to in no way caused him to go easy on the President.

    3. Yes. I’m sure that was the ‘general thrust’.

      /rolls eyes.

    4. “If the president tells you to [meet him] and you don’t, who the fuck knows what would happen?”

      Stewart’s audience liked this joke. Is it too much to hope that they laughed because the joke’s kernel of truth is that modern presidents often engage in illegal and immoral acts?

      Christ that’s depressing.

      1. He missed an opportunity to throw in some gentle deprecation with a drone joke.

    5. Perhaps part of the problem is that anyone thinks he has, or should have, integrity.

      I like Stewart (or used to anyway). But not because i thought he had integrity, but because he was funny.

    6. re: Something is not a secret just because you don’t know about it,”

      This was The New Yorker’s standard for declaring the Koch brothers’ political spending as secret.

    7. Stewart undoubtably finds the idea that people thought he had integrity hiliarious.

    1. Isn’t he the asshole who’s pining for UK laws while working in the US and deriding gun ownership?

      What would Piers hunt him with, a rounded knife?

    2. Piers went to a public school (== ‘private school’ if you’re American), and hence would know all about those kind of shenanigans.

    3. And I would pay to see it – because Morgan would die.

    4. Not a fan of trophy hunters, but isn’t Piers Morgan infamous for claiming that Americans were homicidal lunatics obsessed with guns and murder? Project much?

    5. Piers Morgan…tufgai…not

    6. Would this be the same Piers Morgan constantly calling for gun control and a more civil political discourse?

    7. But enough of Piers Morgan’s vivid sexual fantasies

    8. I’d like to mount Piers Morgan….

      1. Ewww.

        1. No! You misunderstood. I’d like to mount Piers Morgan in my kitchen.

          1. Still ew.

            1. You guys are disgusting.

              I am simply stating that I would like to mount Piers Morgan up against a wall in my kitchen.

              1. This really isn’t getting any better. What you and Piers Morgan do in your kitchen is between you and him.

    9. If Piers Morgan didn’t exist, social media would have to invent him.

  31. AM Links is bracketed by an abortion thread and an immigration thread (with bonus Aqua Buddha.)

    Will AM Links even break 300 comments today?

    1. Nitpick: Aqua Buddha is not a name for Rand Paul. Aqua Buddha is a false idol he used to worship.

      1. I believe Rand Paul is an avatar of Aqua Buddha.

      2. Aqua Buddha is a false idol he used to worship.

        Assuming that you’re being serious, I don’t think you know what the word “worship” means.

        1. Hint: I wasn’t being serious. I just wanted to accuse Rand Paul of idolatry.

          And I can’t believe nobody called me out on conflating “false god” and idol into “false idol”.

  32. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/7835…..ae175.html

    Job licences prove occupational hazard, warns White House

    Something else for my government-worshiping, Obama-worshiping acquaintances to ignore.

  33. http://moelane.com/2015/07/28/…..i-trailer/

    Michael Bay is making a movie about the guys who fought to the death at Bengazi. It is coming out January 2016. Is Hollywood out to get Hillary?

    1. I wonder how many times “Fake Scandal!” will feature in the film.

    2. Ugh, over and under on the amount of 360 degree pans of Hillary on her blackberry.

    3. Michael Bay. hmm. Ima guess he saw how much money American Sniper made and is chasing the ‘Cinema Patriotique’ payoff.

      1. “You’re best? Losers always whine about their best. Winners go home and fuck the prom queen.”

        I wonder if there will be any explosions in the film…

        1. At my school they always elected the retarded kids to be prom king and queen. It was originally meant to be a selfless honor, but I have to imagine that year after year of giving the crown to mentally disabled people necessarily turns it into a contest where the winners are the King and Queen of the Retards.

          So uh, the winner doesn’t always fuck the prom queen…

    4. January is well-known in Hollywood as the month where studios dump their shittiest movies that they need to get rid of because it’s immediately after the holidays and the award season, where people are least likely to go to the movies.

      It’s an unusual place to put a Michael Bay action movie since he’s a bankable director with this sort of thing.

      1. Assuming it is a war movie showing brave Americans fighting the enemy and incompetent panty waste bureaucrats at State, it will make an enormous amount of money. Why release it in December when you know it is going to become the latest culture war cause de jour and is guaranteed to make bank? Save the December slots for movies that need it and use the usual dog January slot for a movie that is going to make huge cash no matter what.

    5. That depends on how the content is spun.

      1. Michael Bay has always been a very pro-military guy, so even if there isn’t a scene in the film where Obama or Hillary pick up a phone and say “don’t send them help” and then sigh dramatically as they turn around to pour a tall glass of peppermint schnapps, there will be a lot of action, a few too many “hero” shots, and those two SEALS who died will be remembered fondly as total badasses.

        1. I know the CV of one of them – he was. My guess is the other one was, too.

    6. This right here is why Citizens United needs to be overturned.

    7. Is Hollywood out to get Hillary?

      One can only hope.

    8. …and if the progtards get their way, such a movie would be illegal.


    9. Michael Bay is making a movie about the guys who fought to the death at Bengazi. It is coming out January 2016. Is Hollywood out to get Hillary?

      They died so that we could enjoy shitty youtube videos. They will not be forgotten.

    1. Amazon. Interesing. I thought it was netflicks.

      1. Netflix was in the running but they may have a crap-ton more off balance sheet liabilities than AMZN in the content department and decided to pass, as it may not have added enough subscribers to justify.

        1. Amazon seems to be taking over the world these days. This is a huge coup. It is one thing to have some niche b movie women in prison b movie porn show like Orange is the New Black. It is quite another to nab the team that produced one of the most popular and profitable franchises in the world. Them going to Amazon rather than a TV or cable network I think shows a systemic change in entertainment. The people who say the networks and the cable companies are going to go the way of video rental stores are likely right and this shows it.

          1. I am very glad I have Amazon Prime right now.

            1. Amazon Prime is one of the few sunlit spots in the otherwise barren existence that is my life…. How sad is that?

          2. Netflix has the Marvel shows, John, the first of which was pretty good. Marvel is pretty popular, so it is not like Netflix is going to be hurting any time soon.

            1. That just shows how TV is dying and going to the internet. And those shows are not Top Gear. Top Gear grosses in the hundreds of millions of dollars every year.

              1. It is going to be less than that now just because fewer people have access to Amazon. That being said, Amazon, Netflix, Hulu and HBO whenever they develop an app to directly compete with those three.

                1. A lot of people will now get Amazon prime just to watch that show. I was planning on getting Netflix had they gone there. Their audience won’t shrink, Amazon’s subscriber base will grow.

                  1. I’ve got both, so I’m quite happy.

    2. Awesome.

      1. For sure. What a great move by Amazon.

    3. That’s great. Top Gear is the shit. Fuck off BBC.

      1. Despite my anglophilia knowing few bounds, I have never been much of “Top Gear” fan.

        This is most certainly because I am not a “car person” (I am not anti-auto or anything, I am just not excited or interested in cars)

        But there is something slightly off-putting in Jeremy Clarkson’ s blimpish anti-americanism.

        Would his outrageous behavior towards the staff of his series be brushed off if he were a standard BBC leftie rather than a curmudgeonly Tory?

        1. Jeremy Clarkson’ s blimpish anti-americanism

          In this regard, I don’t think he discriminates against other nationalities. The episode when they are driving around NASCAR country, complete with shooting pistols from the passenger side of the exotic cars they were driving, was not decidedly anti-american, while the episode where they drive across the deep south with pro-gay and anti-NASCAR and country music slogans painted on their cars certainly was.

          Also, he know his audience. Everyone hates Americans and loves to make fun of them. Just my view.

          1. And he is an unapologetic British nationalist. He makes fun of every other country. They bust on Australia and France and Germany just as much as they do the US.

        2. That is my least favorite thing about Clarkson. His “Americans are fat and stupid” crap is a bit cringe-inducing. But he makes up for it in lots of other ways. And knows he is full of shit. He is an entertainer before anything else and being somewhat of an obnoxious blowhard is a big part of the act. It’s rare to find 3 talented and entertaining British guys who aren’t all wussy and PC all the time.

          I’m actually not a huge car person, but Top Gear has made me more of one. I find it just to be a really well made and entertaining show.

          1. It’s rare to find 3 talented and entertaining British guys who aren’t all wussy and PC all the time.

            Hey! WTF am I, chopped liver?

  34. We inch closer to President Camacho.

    The war of words between businessman Donald Trump and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry reached the jungle gym on Wednesday, when Perry challenged Trump to a pull-up contest.

    “Let’s get a pull-up bar out there and let’s see who can do the most pull-ups,” said Perry, once an Air Force captain, when asked by a reporter if he had any message for Trump.

    Actually, I’d prefer President Camacho.

  35. Camille Paglia doesn’t like Rand Paul because of his hair.


    1. Did she vote Romney in 2012?

  36. Commentariat poll:

    Which matters more to you? Cecil the Lion or black lives.

    Please respond below with your choice, home address and occupation.

    1. Hitler – duh.

    2. Golf

      1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC

      Unemployed Resident of Government Housing.

    3. I wish people could get worked up over 50 million killed by socialists as they do over lions and black lives. #nothingmatters.

      1. 50 million?!?! You are LOWBALLIN’, Rufus. (And you may be freeballin’, I don’t know…)

    4. Do black people die in Zimbabwe?

      1. Do black people die in Zimbabwe?

        Well they already expropriated, murdered and chased away most of their white population so I can only assume that Zimbabweans are just now able to live long prosperous lives that finally matter.

        1. That warms my heart.

          *snuggles teddy bear*

          1. Nothing brings people together better than white genocide. Even self-loathing whites are on board.

            1. I hope you have toilet paper handy, because shit’s about to get real.

              On July 17th, 2015, most Americans were outraged when Dylann Roof massacred Black parishioners inside an African Methodist Episcopal Church. Shortly after, pictures of Roof with Rhodesian flags, as well as his former blog “The Last Rhodesian” were uncovered.

              Rhodesia. The former British colony established by Cecil Rhodes and was named in honor of him. Rhodesia explicitly followed Rhodes’s ideology of Anglo-Saxon supremacy that eventually led to a rebellion by its African majority establishing Zimbabwe.

              A few days ago, a Dr. Palmer traveled to Zimbabwe and poached a Zimbabwean lion named “Cecil”. Coincidence? or occult Illuminati ritual to avenge the victims of Roof’s shooting. Let’s look at the evidence.

              Dylann Roof has 10 letters. Zimbabwe has 8 letters. Palmer has 6 letters. Added together this is 24. 24 divided by 8, (the number of letters in Zimbabwe) is 3.

              A triangle has 3 sides.

              Cecil the lion is Illuminati confirmed.

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        2. White Zimbabwean exiles are some of the scariest people you will ever meet. They do not give a fuck about anything.

      2. No, they just add a few zeros on the death certificate.

    5. Well I think #AllLivesMatter

      *runs away apologizing*

      1. No, you racist teathuglican, #Catlivesmatter.

        1. Someone actually left that sign in front of this guy’s office. I immediately thought, “you know, I bet the fucker who wrote this was white and this says a LOT about their paternalistic, pat the little animal that can’t take care of itself on the head attitude towards the subject matter of certain OTHER hashtags as well.”

          And I say that not in funny-mock-racist way but in “this is actually what these progs feel subconsciously” way.

      2. Well I think #AllLivesMatter

        Well, I think #MyLifeMatters.

        The rest of you are on your own.

    6. Whichever the polls tell me matters.

      1600 Pennsylvania Av NW, Washington DC 20500

      God-Emperor of the known universe

    7. I think conservatives are being pricks about the Lion thing. The lion thing is appalling. I am not anti-hunting. But to go “big game hunting” and then shoot a lion that is beloved and known not to fear humans is just not cricket. And why on earth are people going to Africa shooting lions in the first place? I don’t think there is a lion overpopulation problem. Hunting has its place but not here. I don’t think the guy should be killed or anything but he deserves to be called out as a total asshole and subjected to public shaming.

      1. Like I said below, he broke the law and needs to be punished because people like him ruin it for everyone.

        With regard to big game hunting, it’s not something I would do but when all the rules are followed a lot of money is raised for the upkeep of the preserves, the local Africans make money as well, and the populations are culled.

        It actually is necessary to cull lions and other predators because too many of them would threaten the population of antelopes and zebras.

      2. Meh, I could really care less about the death of something that wouldn’t give a single fuck about using my bones as a tooth pick. I know that this isn’t the popular sentiment any more, but I really could care less about the plight of animals.

        1. The Grand Canyon wouldn’t give a shit if I fell off of one of its cliffs and died. Yet, I would be very upset if they strip mined it. Since when is it wrong to care about nature? The Lion was a magnificent animal and a life. Him killing it for no good reason is a shame.

          1. I never said I wasn’t an asshole, I personally just am not particularly bothered by how/what animals die and who kills them.

            1. I caught some shit for posting this before, but… A few years ago at a famous sushi restaurant in Tokyo, a German and French tourist sat down next to me at the bar. In English they were bitching about Japanese eating whale meat and how could they kill such maginificent creatures. In Japanese I ordered some sushi and nodded my head to the cook to say it’s for them. They ate it and thanked me. I nodded back and said nothing. On my way out the door, I turned around, looked at them at said, “whale”. This was a sushi bar famed for its whale sushi.

              1. *starts the slow clap for everyone else*

          2. How upset would you be if they strip mined it? In what context? What are they extracting, and what is is social utility? Are you prepared to cooperate with like-minded individuals to outbid the mining company that wants to exploit the mineral deposits, so they have to go and strip mine a less photogenic locale?

            The Dentist had what he thought was a ‘good reason’. Why is your ‘good reason’ to maintain it’s existence more deserving? What if the fee that the Dentist paid actually does contribute to a breeding program that successfully increases breeding populations in lions in the area.

            One difference is – I guess – that while the Grand Canyon’s mineral wealth is a resource that, once exploited, is irreplaceable and an elderly lion is a renewable resource.

      3. I am fine with hunting, but what this guy did, baiting a lion with no fear of humans off of a preserve and then taking a bad shot with a bow that resulted in 40 hours of suffering before being killed with a rifle, is neither ethical or sporting. So fuck him, he’s a cunt.

        1. I didn’t even know the bow part. That is disgusting. If you are not good enough with a bow to make a clean humane shot, use a fucking rifle or go home. That is disgusting. Fuck that cunt is right. I hope someone does shoot is worthless ass.

        2. I am down with WTF on this. This dude is straight out of a Wolverine comic – shooting an animal with an arrow and not killing it clean. FORTY FUCKING HOURS?!?! That guy should be constitutionally BARRED from calling himself a “hunter”.

      4. I agree that the guy is a dick, but the social media outrage mob has gotten out of control.

      5. He claims he thought it was a legal hunt. It’s not like he paid $10K. He paid $50K+ to a pro hunter. That he took a bad shot and the lion suffered for 40 hours pisses me off. That he probably knew it was illegal after he saw the collar and just wanted to GTFO Zimbabwe is going to be a problem for him.

        The focus should be on real solutions to a dwindling population: setting up profitable preserves where the lions are really protected and flourish. How do you do that? Private ownership and profit motive.

        The feelz crowd will accomplish nothing other than fucking up some dude’s life and probably getting more lions killed by protesting private hunting preserves and preventing wealthy American big game hunters from importing their trophies.

        1. ^This. Nothing signals how much you care than by uncontrolled emotional outbursts and a victim hoist on a stake.

        2. I understand that hunting can often save endangered creatures by making them valuable. And yes the professional hunter is a scam artist. That being said, he should have known better.

          I don’t support killing him but he deserves to be shamed. And it is unclear that lions are to the point that hunting them is necessary or anything but counter productive.

  37. Hmm… what other person could this apply to?

    Navy engineer sentenced for mishandling classified material

    Nishimura, deployed in Afghanistan in 2007 and 2008 as a regional engineer, admitted to downloading classified briefings and digital records onto his personal electronic devices. He carried the materials off base and brought them back to the U.S. when his deployment ended.

    An FBI search of Nishimura’s home turned up classified materials, but did not reveal evidence he intended to distribute them.

    He was sentenced to two years of probation and a $7,500 fine, and was ordered to surrender his security clearance. He is barred from seeking a future security clearance.

    1. Not any of the Nobility, surely.

  38. Am I a terrible person for laughing at this headline?

    ‘The CIA abandoned me in the Afghan desert for being gay’: Ex-Navy SEAL says he was bullied by cruel agents who changed his call sign to ‘Gay Gay’


    1. What the fuck did you just fucking say about gays, you little CIA bitch? I’ll have you know I graduated top of my class in the Navy Seals, and I’ve been involved in numerous secret raids on Al-Quaeda, and I have over 300 confirmed kills. I am trained in gorilla warfare and I’m the top sniper in the entire US armed forces. You are nothing to me but just another target. I will wipe you the fuck out with precision the likes of which has never been seen before on this Earth, mark my fucking words. You think you can get away with saying that shit to me over the Internet? Think again, fucker. As we speak I am contacting my secret network of spies across the USA and your IP is being traced right now so you better prepare for the storm, maggot. The storm that wipes out the pathetic little thing you call your life. You’re fucking dead, kid.

      1. I can be anywhere, anytime, and I can kill you in over seven hundred ways, and that’s just with my bare hands. Not only am I extensively trained in unarmed combat, but I have access to the entire arsenal of the United States Marine Corps and I will use it to its full extent to wipe your miserable ass off the face of the continent, you little shit. If only you could have known what unholy retribution your little “clever” comment was about to bring down upon you, maybe you would have held your fucking tongue. But you couldn’t, you didn’t, and now you’re paying the price, you goddamn idiot. I will shit fury all over you and you will drown in it. You’re fucking dead, kiddo.

        1. Calm down Gay Gay!

      2. I am trained in gorilla warfare

        we’ve always been at war with gorillas, too?

        1. I’ve always hated that term. Can’t we come up with a different term for asymmetrical warfare, like perhaps “asymmetrical warfare”?

          1. I think it’s from the Spanish “guerra,” meaning “war.”

            1. Yeah it means “little war”. But it’s not a terribly apt description. You can have a “little” conventional war, but of course that’s not how we use the term.

    2. I am pretty sure if he had actually been abandoned in Afghanistan there would be a video on youtube of him being beheaded by now.

      I also can’t imagine them giving a fuck that he was gay assuming he did his job and didn’t whine about it or throw it in anyone’s face. My guess is they harassed him about being gay because he was annoying and a pain in the ass and his being gay was the easiest way to harass him. Being gay doesn’t excuse you from having to fit in and not be a pain in the ass.

      1. I assume they gave him shit because everybody gives everyone shit. I was called “Stealth” for 3 months after stumbling down some stairs. The fucking pricks were the best friends I ever had. Gay Gay is fucking hilarious.

        1. That is a good point. They only give you shit because they like you and consider you part of the group. If they don’t give you shit, it is because they don’t like you or trust you. I was the lawyer for God’s sake. I got shit all of the time. Some of my fellow lawyers never did and that was not a good thing.

          Most of the shit I got was “gee you don’t sweet much for a fat chick” kind of back handed compliments about how amazing it was there was a lawyer who wasn’t a prick and almost seemed normal.

          1. They only give you shit because they like you and consider you part of the group.

            Anyone who has had any sort of normal interaction with human males, aged 0 to 99, working together as part of a group larger than 3 knows this to be true.

          2. True dat.

            You can tell how much other men like you by the amount of shit they give you. Its a sign of respect.

            If I hear a SEAL Team hung the nick “Gay Gay” on one of their members, I’m going to assume he is the king badass, of a band of serious badasses.

    3. Not saying he wasn’t discriminated against, but keep in mind he’s promoting his book, of course.

      1. There are a lot of SEALs writing books. I doubt there are any other “I was harassed because I was gay” books.

      2. Referring more to the book than the complaint, for a secret organization those SEAL’s sure do love attention.

  39. “Geologists say Washington DC is gradually sinking into the sea.”

    Libertarian moment?

    1. No it’s from the weight of all the graft. As an aside after learning this can I’m seriously considering voting for Christie in the primary. Obligatory.

  40. Trending on Twitter: #IfAnimalsMadeLaws

    Well, I’m pretty sure all the carnivores would starve to death. Because all the animals they prey on would make a law against being eaten.

    Seriously, when the Frederick Motherfucking Douglass of lions comes up to me and drops some “Am I not a man lion and a brother?” shit on me, I’ll reconsider my position that they have no rights beyond what humanity is willing to grant them.

    As it is, Palmer broke the laws of Zimbabwe and the rules of a fair hunt, he should pay for that. But the overreaction shows just how out of whack peoples’ priorities are.

    1. Trending on Twitter: #IfAnimalsMadeLaws

      I think that was explored in a novel by, who was it again? Borewell? Doorsmell? Help me out here…

      1. Four legs good; two legs bad.

      2. “The cat joined the Re-education Committee and was very active in it for some days. She was seen one dag sitting on a roof and talking to some sparrows who were just out of her reach. She was telling them that all animals were now comrades and that any sparrow who chose could come and perch on her paw; but the sparrows kept their distance.”

        1. Smart sparrows.

    2. Nobody was looking anymore at “Look, a squirrel!”

    3. The good news is, it looks like most of the tweets are mocking the hashtag.

  41. David Frum: The Problem With Downplaying Immigrant Crime
    Donald Trump has gained political traction by demagoguing on an issue more responsible leaders have neglected.

    Republican politicians condemned and repudiated Trump. Business partners severed their relationship with him. Former Texas governor Rick Perry called Trump a “cancer” on the Republican party, and Rupert Murdoch tweeted: “Mexican immigrants, as with all immigrants, have much lower crime rates than native born. Eg El Paso safest city in U.S. Trump wrong.”

    Trump’s many critics have rightly denounced the reckless accusations by an apparently self-serving figure. Yet in their determination to quell Trump’s overheated rhetoric, Trump’s critics risk straying into an opposite and also dangerous error: denial of important facts that matter to many voters, but that awkwardly challenge the elite consensus on immigration policy.

    Rupert Murdoch was by no means the only person to claim in the wake of the Steinle killing that immigrants commit crimes at lower rates than the native born. Yet this claim, while literally true, is much less reassuring than the claimants imagine, for four crucial reasons:

    1. If David Frum was a liberal, he’d be Salon’s star writer. He’d probably be a liberal if they paid him enough.

    2. Frum is right. Immigrant crime is real. Lying about something never works out in the long run. People know it exists and they are concerned about it. Telling those people not to believe their lying eyes and calling them racists just leaves room for real racists to step in and capitalize on being the only ones willing to address people’s concerns.

      1. Similarly, the parties in Europe downplaying the issues with mass immigration from the Middle East and North Africa has basically led directly to the rise of UKIP, the National Front, Finns, the Swedish Democrats, etc.

        On the bright side, there is one European far right group that likes the immigrants – the literally fascist Jobbik in Hungary, which sees Muslim anti-Semitism as a potentially useful tool that they can use to destroy Jews and undermine liberalism.

        So at least the actual Nazis are happy.

        1. The rise in *popularity* of the UKIP, maybe.

          UKIP’s origins are largely due to opposition of adoption of the Euro as the UK’s currency. To the extent that they’re now a “nativist” party is due to penumbras and emanations arising from that core principle of opposition to currency union, which of course is going to attract interest from nationalists of all stripes.

          Britain’s real Nazis – the National Front, have been duking it out with the BNP for support, and really, it’s like watching two bald (but increasingly muscular and belligerant) guys fighting over a can of pomade.

          1. UKIP has existed for 20 years and has been opposed to Euro-integration the whole time, but their popularity only exploded once British people started getting fearful of issues with immigration. The EU opposition also deals with the fact of immigration, since they see integration with EU countries as being part of the cause of their massive migration.

            They’ve explicitly said part of the reason they want out of any EU integration is to ‘take back control of our borders.’ I never said UKIP was outright nativist or racist or in any sense Nazis, just that they’ve taken votes from the major parties because they’re the only people willing to discuss immigration.

    3. Yet this claim, while literally true, is much less reassuring than the claimants imagine

      In other words “You’re right, but let me engage in hysterics anyway”

      1. The problem with that argument though is that they lump all immigrants together. So the nonexistent crime caused by wealthy immigrants from East Asia and Europe drags down the overall crime rate, even though the immigrants that people are potentially worried about are the immigrants from Central America.

        The other issue is that native born crime stats are highly skewed by the fact that African Americans have massive crime rates that drag up the overall numbers substantially. So although immigrants cause fewer crimes than native born people, they cause more crime than every group other than African Americans.

        That’s not to say I oppose immigration, it’s just to point out two issues with the statistic. I also think unfettered immigration has a negative impact on things like the welfare state and that it damages the nation financially, but that’s a different issue.

  42. “Democrats are growing increasingly unhappy about Hillary Clinton’s habit of dodging major issues on the campaign trail.”

    They’ve had more than 20 years to be unhappy about Hillary Clinton’s habit of engaging in criminal activity–but they still aren’t willing to do anything about it.

    I don’t know why. Holding people responsible for the crimes they willingly committed isn’t so bad. It’s a big part of what justice is about.

    Why not send Hillary to the same prison where they sent Martha Stewart? She could get a job mopping floors in prison, just like Martha Stewart did, and that way she could earn money to buy potato chips and breath mints at the prison commissary.

    1. Rather see her tossin salads in the cafeteria.

    2. Yeah, they act surprised she is a craven empty suit trying to ride out the clock and win by default. That is who she is. She was exactly the same way in 2008. She just didn’t get away with it because everyone decide they just had to vote for a black man for President.

      1. The idea that she would go unchallenged and that there would be a “coronation” was laughable on its face (as I’ve been saying for years). No one with even a longshot chance at becoming president is going to sit back and give it to someone else. You don’t get that high in politics without being a power-hungry narcissist.

        Hillary won’t get the nomination. Smart money says Biden, though I’m not ready to count O’Malley out.

        1. While there is general unease about Secretary Clinton, there is definite excitement amongst a segment of the Democratic electorate for her (first woman, and all that)

          (and #Berniemania discounted)

          This should be enough to get her through to the nomination.

          Then given the structural factors in her favor (the press, academia, “big money”) that should be enough, no?

    3. I bet Martha Stewart made the classiest toilet wine ever

      1. I love Martha. She got totally fucked by the justice department and was sent to jail even though she was innocent of the real crime they accused her of. And even that, insider trading, shouldn’t be a crime. Yet, even national humiliation and a year in prison didn’t break her and she still ended up on top. That is one tough broad. You really have to respect her.

        1. Agreed. The laws she was convicted under were total bull, but she hasn’t let it bring her down.

  43. The number of people killed by police this year in the United States has reached 664.

    And contrary to what the lowlife scum in the “mainstream” media would have everyone believe, they’re not all black either. In fact, almost half of them are white! And isn’t it a little weird how we pretty much never hear any of their names?

    1. Yes. And thanks to said lowlife scum the cause of police reform has been set back years. The media portraying it as a black white thing has done nothing but cause a lot of people to assume outrage over police shootings is just the latest manufactured race mongering bullshit instead of the real problem it is.

      1. I would love for Americans to be randomly polled and asked this question: “Can you name one white person who has been killed by police this year?”

        I’m guessing that 99% of the population couldn’t name even one. And perhaps not even the majority of people who post here at Reason either.

        1. No kidding. And police treat poor white people like shit too. I hate it that the issue is portrayed as a black thing as if only black people have any concerns about being abused by the cops.

    1. If they were better looking, some nice guy would keep them barefoot and pregnant all the time, wouldn’t he?

      Leaving her no time for abolishing the orgasm and The Vagina Chronicles.

  44. This is a good article but I warn you; the picture at the top of it cannot be unseen. As interesting and well written as it is, some of you with weaker stomachs might consider skipping it or reading the comments about it instead.

    There’s a persuasive line of reasoning that suggests women who are physically unattractive are more likely to have progressive politics, give up on blokes and retreat into feminism in the first place. (The rule doesn’t hold for men.) Even liberal bloggers like West admit that conservative girls are hotter, and, crucially, that liberal women tend to have more masculine features. By way of example, here’s Hanna Rosin, author of The End of Men.


      1. That is like a clickbait, piss everyone off, boring right-wing masturbation material right there.

        Also, would all the way down.

        1. Milo Yiannopoulos?? Because you can’t mean…

        2. I am sure you would. But not everyone is like you, however.

      2. You were warned. The trigger warnings only work if you pay attention to them.

    1. Although “wobbly and horrible” is probably my favorite description of Ms. Dunham. Besides vacuous uncouth slattern.

    2. Like the contrast between New Zealand-model proponent ENB and her critics on the Nordic-model side that are homely man-haters.

  45. Hillview man arrested for shooting down drone; cites right to privacy:

    WDRB News spoke with Merideth Tuesday afternoon, and he gave his side of the story. “Sunday afternoon, the kids ? my girls ? were out on the back deck, and the neighbors were out in their yard,” Merideth said. “And they come in and said, ‘Dad, there’s a drone out here, flying over everybody’s yard.'” Merideth’s neighbors saw it too. “It was just hovering above our house and it stayed for a few moments and then she finally waved and it took off,” said neighbor Kim VanMeter. VanMeter has a 16-year-old daughter who lays out at their pool. She says a drone hovering with a camera is creepy and weird. “I just think you should have privacy in your own backyard,” she said. Merideth agrees and said he had to go see for himself. “Well, I came out and it was down by the neighbor’s house, about 10 feet off the ground, looking under their canopy that they’ve got under their back yard,” Merideth said. “I went and got my shotgun and I said, ‘I’m not going to do anything unless it’s directly over my property. ‘”that moment soon arrived, he said. “Within a minute or so, here it came,” he said. “It was hovering over top of my property, and I shot it out of the sky.”

    1. FUCK YEAH.

      I love this country.

      “Four guys came over to confront me about it, and I happened to be armed, so that changed their minds,” Merideth said.

      “They asked me, ‘Are you the S-O-B that shot my drone?’ and I said, ‘Yes I am,'” he said. “I had my 40 mm Glock on me and they started toward me and I told them, ‘If you cross my sidewalk, there’s gonna be another shooting.'”

      A short time later, Merideth said the police arrived.

      “They didn’t confiscate the drone. They gave the drone back to the individuals,” he said. “They didn’t take the SIM card out of it?but we’ve got?five houses here that everyone saw it ? they saw what happened, including the neighbors that were sitting in their patio when he flew down low enough to see under the patio.”

      1. 40mm Glock? Bofors will be pissed to hear this?

    2. Under common law, don’t you own the airspace above your property?

      Now, owning it up to infinity isn’t going to work in the age of airplanes and sattellites, but it seems reasonable that you get to control above your property to a reasonable altitude. Seems like something that will need to be settled with the proliferation of drones.

      1. Under common law, don’t you own the airspace above your property?

        As I mentioned in an another thread, my understanding is that you have 500 feet of air rights. Even before powered flight, I would assume issues of shooting someone’s hunting falcon from the sky would have popped up in medieval torts.

    3. Hard to argue with him. The arguments cited by the judge and cops are appalling. Why is discharging a firearm a public disturbance, but hovering your drone over someone’s house, when he’s got little girls playing in his yard, not a problem?

      1. No kidding. I think hovering a drone and spying on people is the kind of thing that is likely to get one shot or beaten up by an angry father or husband. We have laws against “public disturbances” to prevent people from doing things that are likely to cause conflict. What a joke.

    4. If it is over your property, you should be able to shoot it down. We are not talking about a right of transit. Sure, you shouldn’t be able to shoot down airplanes that fly over head. And we are not talking about endangering lives. We are talking about a machine that is over your property specifically for the purpose of spying on you. That is not the same thing as an aircraft using the air space above your property. So even though you don’t technically own the airspace above your property, for this purpose you do and you should be able to shoot it down.

      1. I’ve been tempted to have a Craigslist type disclaimer printed on a large board that I can just throw on my lawn should the need arise.

        No, you do not have my permission to surveil me
        I do not give you permission to photograph me, my family or my property.
        Failure to comply may result in damage to your drone.

        1. Sound advice for anyone who is a wedding planner in Afghanistan, I suppose.

          1. I don’ t think that would keep them from putting a hellfire through your front door if you had the wrong party guests.

            1. True.

              I fear the day a bunch of hipster douches actually rig offensive weapons on a cheapass Makerbot drone.

              1. Trigger Warning: Infowars

                Certainly hasn’t already happened

                1. Well, that’s the point I build the kids some metal storm devices.

        2. This sort of thing is only going to get worse. Right now you can by a drone at COSCO that has a 175 foot range and a hi def camera for less than $300. The military has drones that are the size of large insects. In a few years those things will be cheaply available. It is a peeping tom’s dream.

          1. The military has drones that are the size of large insects.

            They’re working on them being the size of small insects:

            As new materials come online, researchers are quickly getter better at miniaturizing flying machines. Supposedly, the world’s smallest drone is this robofly from Harvard (DARPA funded) at 60 milligrams and 3 centimeters.

            The military is working on a version that’s three times smaller.


    5. Awesome

  46. Democrats are growing increasingly unhappy about Hillary Clinton’s habit of dodging major issues on the campaign trail.

    By ‘unhappy’ they mean, more willing than ever to vote for her?

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