Black Lives Matter Activists Storm Bernie Sanders Rally, F-16s Arrive in Turkey for ISIS Fight, Glowing Pyramid on Ceres: A.M. Links

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    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential frontrunner, certified under penalty of perjury that all her work related emails were turned over to the State Department, but two of her aides declined to make similar certifications.

  • Black Lives Matter activists stormed the stage at a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Seattle and took the microphone. Sanders never got a chance to speak
  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he "cherishes" women and won't apologize for controversial comments he made about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. In the meantime, fellow Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul has pivoted to target Trump on the campaign trail. 
  • Six American F-16 jets arrived in Turkey to join the U.S.-led fight against ISIS. 
  • Sporadic violence marked the first elections in Haiti in four years. 
  • A typhoon hit the east coast of China, killing at least 14. 
  • NFL hall of famer Frank Gifford is dead. 
  • A four mile tall pyramid mountain on Ceres is glowing. 

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  1. …certified under penalty of perjury that all her weork related emails were turned over to the State Department, but two of her aides declined to make similar certifications.

    Some emails must have included Obama’s college transcripts.

    1. Hello.

      “that all her weork related emails”

      I think the ‘e’ is under rated too, but I mean come on!

      1. No, it works, it just needs a space: “We ork related emails..we are the Uruk-Hai!”

        1. #Bleacklivesmeatter.

          1. What about Blech Lives?

              1. I’ll never have that recipe again….

                oh wait, different park.

        2. …we are the Uruk-Hai

          “HumansE-mails are for eating!”

    2. So the Clintons no longer have enough pull to convince staffers that they won’t get screwed by covering for them.

    3. FTA: “she can’t personally certify that the handover was complete because she left the actual sorting process to her attorneys.”
      .
      Translation from Clintonspeak to English: She just certified that all of her work-related e-mails were not turned over to the State Department. And you’ll never find a smoking gun, it’s not like she had to explicitly instruct her underlings not to turn over anything that might be potentially embarrassing to her or might be useful for future leverage, that just goes without saying.

      1. It’s funny that her emails showed that she was somewhat out-of-touch and bumbling as SoS, but she’s a black belt at managing graft and corruption.

  2. Venezuela Is Running Out of Beer

    The largest beer distributor in Venezuela is beginning to shut down some its breweries, causing widespread frustration in an already resource-strapped country.

    Cerveceria Polar, which distributes 80% of Venezuela’s beer, says the lack of barley, hops and other ingredients has forced the shutdown. Other beverages like milk and bottled water have been in short supply for months, but the lack of beer is angering some Venezuelans even more, according to merchants. “People are more freaked out about losing beer than water?it shows how distorted our priorities have become here,” Yefferson Ramirez, a worker at a liquor store, told The Guardian.

    1. Should we blame the wreckers, or the kulaks?

        1. I’m sure AmSoc will show up soon to tell us that this isn’t the kind of socialism that HE prefers…

      1. Capitalism.

        See what it does? It’s so bad it can’t be fixed!

    2. “People are more freaked out about losing beer than water?it shows how distorted our priorities have become here,”

      I don’t understand the 2nd half of that statement at all, did someone translate it wrong?

      It seems to imply that someone believes water is more important than beer.

      If true, that guy has gone too long without toilet paper… must be toxic shock syndrome.

      1. You can put up with a lot of shit in life if some alcohol is available to dull the senses. It worked for the USSR.

      2. “Water is alright in tay
        For fish and things that swim in rivers”

    3. “There’s very little meat in these gym mats!”

  3. Black Lives Matter activists stormed the stage at a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Seattle and took the microphone. Sanders never got a chance to speak

    I call them “Hillary’s Soul Sistaz”.

    1. They better not try that with Hillary. Making Hillary look bad is dangerous.

      Hillary might tell her security detail to do to those hecklers what she should have told the security detail in Benghazi to do to those terrorists.

      1. I’m pretty sure that they’re not going to do it Hillary, given that they’re her own shock troops.

        1. She’s taking brownshirts to a whole new level.

    2. I actually read the fucking article, and I still don’t know what their beef is against Sanders.

      1. He’s white and they’re racists.

      2. He needs to apologize!

        What part of that don’t you understand?

      3. They’re starting to eat their own.

        1. Must be flexible, but I don’t need a link.

        2. Must be flexible, but I don’t need a link.

      4. I think it is partially support for Israel and partially a non-racial focus on economic inequality. This I learned from my friends’ FB feeds.

        That being said, I thought the best snide comment thereupon was “Trump illustrates how the Republicans kill themselves with stupid shit. This is how the Democrats do it.”

        1. partially a non-racial focus on economic inequality

          This^^. If you listen to the list of grievances from race-baiters and feminists, it’s really a list of Marxist grievances from the proletariat aimed at the bourgeoisie. When I confronted her with the fact that it would be more efficient for her to just aim her efforts at poverty rather than at race and gender issues, she about blew a gasket.

          The idea of raising all people out of poverty isn’t ok because of lived experience or something.

          1. her being a “civil rights law” professor who happened to be a progressive black feminist.

      5. Soft target.
        Hillary would have cut a bitch.

      6. Sanders says the class war is the only real war.

        This is a longstanding disagreement on the left: must we understand that class is enacted through the lenses of race, gender, and sexuality, or must we put away such differences, which have been erected by capital to prevent us from focusing on class and only class.

        1. That sounds like a second-rate debate about who is the better Super-Hero Black Falcon or Apache Chief?

          Commence.

          1. Lizzie Warren is running against The Black Falcon?

          2. This is obviously a trap…

            E – NAY – CHUK!

            The Falcon is black, and a Marvel character.

            Black Lightning is a DC character (or Black Vulcan in Hanna Barbara)

            Apache Chief is HB only.

            There is no Black Falcon…

            But Black Vulcan is pure electricity… IN MY PANTS! (FTW)

        2. Bernie’s campaign put up a racial justice policy statement last night that, among other things, advocates scaling back the Drug War, demilitarizing police etc.
          https://berniesanders.com/issues/racial-justice/

          1. So Benito is copying Rand ?

            1. On about 2/3 of that policy statement, I said say “absolutely”. I think they even agree that economics in the African American community are a big part of it, though there policy prescriptions have little in common.

          2. It is kind of like the bimbos in Hollywood saying that it is so awful that prostitutes get abused and beat up. Therefore the solution is worse penalties on all johns.

            They can see there is a problem and start on the right path, but their blind allegience to class, race, gender, etc. forces them into a few set boxes.

      7. Their beef is that he suddenly looks like a threat to Hillary.

      8. If i remember correctly (can’t be arsed to actually look it up), he held a rally a few blocks from a Black Lives Matter rally at which he didn’t say anything about racial disparities in police violence, and then when some BLM folks interrupted his event he shouted them down because he is an angry, tone-deaf, humorless, elderly white man and that’s what he does.

        1. God I hope they go with the acronym BLM. I love to see a bunch of Bundy ranch supporters show up by mistake.

          1. That’s how I read it at first, too.

      9. Sanders is the type of leftists who thinks class warfare is bigger priority than race warfare.

  4. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he “cherishes” women and won’t apologize for controversial comments he made about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.

    To Reason commenters: Are you now or have you ever been a Trump-eter?

    1. I may start “supporting” him just so he stays in the race for the entertainment factor, does that count?

      1. That counts in the worst way.

      2. JB, agree, and for the attention-grabbing that his presence produces. Without Trump, how many would have watched the heffalumps debate? Fewer than watch PMSNBC

    2. Wait, wait, wait: you say Donald Trump is running for something?

      1. President of his retirement village’s HOA, I think…

          1. Ah, so he is not just a client?!

            1. Meine Augen schmal an Sie, Herr Schweitzer …

    3. Is it just me, or does it seem like “The Donald” is just there to throw the GOP into disarray so that Hillary can win?

      Ok, maybe I am a bit paranoid, but I think he is just that crazy.

      1. And then BLM is doing the same for Hillary’s own party? Yeah, it does sound paranoid, but you’re talking about a crime family, so who knows…

  5. Clinton’s sweeping new debt-free college plan

    Clinton’s so-called “New College Compact,” detailed in three fact sheets shared with reporters, is the most detailed and expensive plan she has unveiled so far on her 2016 presidential campaign. “Students will be able to attend an in-state public university to get a 4-year degree without ever having to take out a loan for tuition,” one fact sheet claims.

    While the tax hilke and other issues would likely run into opposition in Congress, Clinton’s campaign wants to cast a marker with the plan. Politically, the effort could energize young voters, who were critical to President Obama’s victory over Clinton in the 2008 primary and then to both his general election wins.

    1. Government ‘plans’ have about the same success rate as Target’s failed incursion into Canada.

    2. “Clinton plans to spend $350 Billion of taxpayer’s money to try to buy young people’s votes.”

    3. Trading debt for other debt.

    4. This is so asinine as to not even rise to the level of sophistry. Yes, so difficult to go to college these days – Government has made it so fucking easy to get the money and go that you will effectively be in debt for the rest of your life. The solution? GET MORE PEOPLE TO GO TO COLLEGE!!!
      Goddamn, do people realize how much the government has distorted the education market? And what is the solution? MORE GOVERNMENT, of course.

      I think I’m getting jaded…

    5. Don’t miss the part where wants 250,000 people in AmeriCorps.

      1. Nothing is ever new

        If now ? and this is my idea ? there were, instead of military conscription, a conscription of the whole youthful population to form for a certain number of years a part of the army enlisted against Nature, the injustice would tend to be evened out, and numerous other goods to the commonwealth would remain blind as the luxurious classes now are blind, to man’s relations to the globe he lives on, and to the permanently sour and hard foundations of his higher life. To coal and iron mines, to freight trains, to fishing fleets in December, to dishwashing, clotheswashing, and windowwashing, to road-building and tunnel-making, to foundries and stoke-holes, and to the frames of skyscrapers, would our gilded youths be drafted off, according to their choice, to get the childishness knocked out of them, and to come back into society with healthier sympathies and soberer ideas. They would have paid their blood-tax, done their own part in the immemorial human warfare against nature; they would tread the earth more proudly, the women would value them more highly, they would be better fathers and teachers of the following generation.

    6. As if subsidizing higher education hasn’t driven the cost of education up enough already. It’s like she doesn’t understand the basics of economics…

      1. The voters she is going after political beliefs are prdicated on the idea that the proper application of government can make the undesirable effects of economics go away.

        Her understanding those principles is irrelevant to whether or not she advocates policy which flies in the face of them.

      2. If republicans were smart they’d propose a democrat plan of cost controls for higher ed. Mandate a maximum tuition of, say, $8,000 a year.

        1. Mandates price controls for public institutions. This would be awesome and then they’d all start screaming about how college professors can’t make a living.

    7. “most detailed and expensive plan”

      I suspect that was supposed to read “expansive” but the author misspelled his way to the correct word.

    8. She’s getting really desperate, I guess that’s a plus.

  6. A four mile tall pyramid mountain on Ceres is glowing.

    Second best casino in the solar system.

  7. Black hole ‘fountain’ gives birth to stars: ‘Thunderstorms’ of hot jets and cooling gas explain mystery of how galaxies grow

    The central black hole in an elliptical galaxy shoots out hot jets of gas
    This gas cools as it falls back into the centre in clumps and forms stars
    It also fuels the hot jets, creating a self regulating ‘weather’ system
    Heat from the jets warm up the whole system which slows star formation

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sci…..-grow.html

    1. I thought nothing could escape a black hole, now they shoot out jets?

      1. It didn’t escape, it was expelled.

      2. Welcome to Hit and Run, Doctor Hawking.

      3. Seconded!!

      4. The closer you get to the event horizon, the more energetic things get. Most things pass the horizon, never to be seen again. A few things get shot back out like a kid’s vomit on the spinning teacups ride. Though, with a black hole, magnetic fields tend to focus the expelled stuff “upwards”, rather than “outwards”. Be glad that doesn’t happen on the teacups ride.

        1. I LOVE an explanation of a black hole that uses the analogy of kids puking at Six Flags. WELL PLAYED, SIR!!!

          *golf clap*

      5. Nothing can escape the gravitational pull, except for material that is shot out from the poles with so much energy that it is not recaptured. Though what’s going on inside there is still a mystery, being that it cannot be observed.

      6. #blackholesmatter

    2. Surely this will inspire SugerFree to write something starring Clinton, Sanders and Trump…

    3. I thought sarcasmic was writing a synopsis of a porno.

    4. So now we have to be on our toes about galactic climate change?

  8. Revealed: Leaked police audio appears to DISPROVE official account of the moment rookie Texas cop shot dead unarmed college football player as there is NO evidence of supposed ‘struggle’

    Christian Taylor, 19, was shot by Officer Brad Miller, 49, on Friday
    Taylor, an Angelo State University football player, had allegedly crashed an SUV through glass front of car dealership
    He had also driven through metal gate and vandalized a vehicle, it is said
    When cops arrived at scene, an ‘altercation’ ensued and Taylor was shot
    Teen was pronounced dead at the Class Buick GMC dealership at 1.47am
    Police said they were responding to a burglary at time of shooting
    Miller graduated from police academy in March and was being supervised by a training officer
    Police said the Arlington department does not use bodycams and surveillance video of the early-morning shooting has not yet been found

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

    1. I haven’t listened to the audio yet, and I certainly am suspicious. Having said that, if the guy did crash his SUV into the dealership in the early hours of the morning, It certainly is possible that he did struggle with the cop and try to get his gun. In no way am i giving the benefit of the doubt to the cop. I just would be cautious about this one.

      1. By default I assume that cops are being dishonest unless there is proof to back them up. They routinely lie by exaggeration, omission, fabrication, and boilerplate language, in order to further a standard narrative for the situation. Cop uses deadly force? Well then, the standard narrative is that he “feared for his life.” Was the dead guy armed? If so then he threatened with his weapon. If not then he tried to grab the officer’s weapon. Then the facts are massaged and/or made up in order to fit the narrative. Truth be damned.

        1. What is worse is that they even do this when the shooting is legitimate. Kind of like with the OJ case, They had him dead to rights but then the morons had to go and manufacture evidence anyway casting doubt on all the actual evidence they had against him.

          1. what evidence was manufactured in the OJ case?

            1. It’s been a long time and so my memories are fuzzy on it but there were several pieces introduced into evidence that were unequivocally shown to have been tampered with by the police.

              The one that sticks out the most was the police relocating the bloody glove from somewhere off Simpsons property to on it and just under a window or something like that and then lying about where it was found in the initial reports

              1. If you read any of Dr. Michael Baden’s writings on the subject (he was an expert defense witness), the police bungled the forensic evidence so badly, even I might have had reasonable doubt.

  9. Do You Have Change for a Bowie? The Advent of Artisanal Cash

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08……html?_r=0

  10. Goats hired to take care of Congressional Cemetery’s weed-whacking

    A herd of 30 goats arrived at Washington, D.C.’s Congressional Cemetery on Thursday afternoon to clear brush, vines and poison ivy from the area for two weeks.

    The goats will work 24 hours a day to clean up the cemetery’s grounds, the average goat spends at least a third of their day eating. They will also provide fertilizer to the property.

    1. I’d think that members of Congress can create enough fertilizer themselves.

      1. They don’t eat enough ivy tho’.

          1. A kid’ll eat ivy too.

            1. Wooden shoe?

            2. Thanks for the ear worm, you bastards.

            3. Some Ivy is definitely edible. Some not.

  11. this bizarre body seems to yield more questions than answers.

    But, enough about the Federal Reserve.

    1. I was expecting “But enough about Hillary Clinton”.

  12. A four mile tall pyramid mountain on Ceres is glowing.

    It’s probably hard enough finding clothes for a tall moutain, but now a pregnant one?

  13. In the meantime, fellow Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul has pivoted to target Trump on the campaign trail.

    Why bother?

    1. To cast himself as an equal and gain coverage. He figures the media will rebroadcast any criticism of Trump, and hopefully he’ll get Trump to respond and attack him. That places Paul in the news and on an equal footing.

      That seemed to be his debate strategy as well…. jumping into conflict with the top contenders so they would argue directly with him, thereby acknowledging that he is a top contender. It doesn’t look like it worked.

      1. Rand should say, “Trump was so angry at me it looked like he was bleeding out of his whatever hole”.

      2. People in my family just thought it made Paul sound like a jerk (despite Trump’s entire strategy seeming to revolve around being a huge jerk).

        1. That’s because it’s not Paul’s personality style. Everyone knows Trump has a big mouth so it’s not a surprise when he does stuff like that. Whenever Paul does it, he comes across like the Chickenhawk character from Foghorn Leghorn.

  14. The science of skipping breakfast: how government nutritionists may have gotten it wrong

    For some nutritionists, this idea is an article of faith. Indeed, it is enshrined in the U.S. Dietary Guidelines, the federal government’s advice book, which recommends having breakfast every day because “not eating breakfast has been associated with excess body weight.”

    As with many nutrition tips, though, including some offered by the U.S. Dietary Guidelines, the tidbit about skipping breakfast is based on scientific speculation, not certainty, and indeed, it may be completely unfounded, as the experiment in New York indicated.

    At 8:30 in the morning for four weeks, one group of subjects got oatmeal, another got frosted corn flakes and a third got nothing. And the only group to lose weight was… the group that skipped breakfast. Other trials, too, have similarly contradicted the federal advice, showing that skipping breakfast led to lower weight or no change at all.

    1. Big breakfast won’t like this.

    2. the tidbit about skipping breakfast is based on scientific speculation, not certainty

      They need to stop waffling.

      1. I bet you think you’re so cute at parties.

        ‘Look at that S-car go!’

    3. They need a group that gets protein, instead of carbs.

      1. I used to drink half a case of beer and a big bag of Cheetos for breakfast – when I started skipping breakfast I not only lost a lot of weight but I stopped falling down so much and my memory greatly improved. Science!

    4. I always eat breakfast because I’m hungry in the morning… and you wouldn’t like me when I’m hungry.

    5. At 8:30 in the morning for four weeks, one group of subjects got oatmeal, another got frosted corn flakes and a third got nothing.

      So none of them got any food.

      1. So none of them got any food.

        An actual control would have been a group getting omelettes and bacon.

    6. I wonder if these gubmint scientist know that the total amount of calories consumed per day is what matters? If post breakfast-time, all three groups then ate the same amount of calories the rest of the day, of course the ones who got 0 calories at breakfast will have the best result.

      1. Shit, wrong link. This is what I wanted.

    7. At 8:30 in the morning for four weeks, one group of subjects got oatmeal, another got frosted corn flakes

      What a shock: a meal of pure carbs doesn’t lead to weight loss.

      Jeebus.

  15. EPA Punctures Dam During Cleanup at Century-Old Mine, Sends Toxic Waste Into Rivers

    The Environmental Protection Agency has acknowledged that its cleanup operation at a Colorado mine has led to the release of around three million gallons of toxic waste into the San Juan and Animas Rivers, the Washington Post reports. The agency accidentally punctured a dam holding back water filled with arsenic and heavy metals left behind by the Gold King Mine, which has been closed since 1923.

    Authorities in New Mexico, downstream from the spill, complained that the EPA failed to alert them in a timely manner about the release of the toxic plume, which began last Wednesday and has turned miles of the Animas River a mustard color.

    But Slate commenters think it’s OK because the dam would have probably burst eventually.

    1. And all those NYC ghosts would have gotten out of their containment systems eventually anyway.

      1. So you’re saying that the EPA officials involved in the spill have no dicks?

      2. Officials in Colorado confirm that none of the EPA supervisors on site were in possession of a penis.

        1. The Navahos are going to sue.
          http://navajotimes.com/reznews…..cipyvl0prl
          Indians getting screwed by the Feds?
          Well, that’s new one.

          1. Indians suing the government, shocked I am.

  16. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he “cherishes” women

    Maybe Republicans should just stop using words to talk about women in public. It just never seems to go well.

  17. Six American F-16 jets arrived in Turkey to join the U.S.-led fight against ISIS.

    But no American pilots?

    1. The jets flew themselves there. Squadron Starscream.

      1. Piloted by drones. No boots on the ground.

    2. Guns don’t kill people. F-16s do.

      1. The only thing an F-16 has ever killed is a pilot…

        The ordnance hanging off the undercarriage is another story.

        /Technically correct is the only kind of correct

          1. You are even more technically correct than I, Sir!

            I doff my hat to thee.

            F16’s also kill ducks and birds, but they hardly ever kill anything intentionally.

    3. “Six American F-16 jets arrived in Turkey to join the U.S.-led fight against ISIS.”

      I had not heard that the fight against ISIS is U.S.-led.
      If so, the American jets don’t need to “join” the other Americans, just augment.

  18. fellow Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul has pivoted to target Trump on the campaign trail.

    Sounds like a terrible idea.

    1. I think there are two relatively safe assumptions about Trump:

      1) He won’t be the next Republican nominee for President
      2) He will take some other candidates down with him

      The conclusion, for me, would be to just leave him alone.

  19. A flight leaving Norway was delayed almost 5 hours after nearly all crew members failed a Breathalyzer test

    They were directed to a police car, and another airBaltic crew was assigned to replace those who were believed to be intoxicated.

    “Results of the Breathalyzer tests confirmed that four of the five crew members … were above the legal alcohol limit of 0.2 promille,” Romerike police prosecutor Edith Ek Sorensen told AFP.

    Passengers, however, were reportedly told that the pilot was “unwell,” said the Dagbladet report. According to the Public Broadcasting of Latvia outlet LSM.tv, police arrived after receiving an anonymous tip from someone who implied the crew’s “raucous” behavior was worth investigating.

    1. Is the 0.2 promille the same scale that we are familiar with (eg., often 0.08 is the legal limit), because if it is, that is 2.5x higher.

      I hope that 0.2 promille equates to 0.02 on our scale.

      Note to self: Don’t fly airBaltic

  20. “A four mile tall pyramid mountain on Ceres is glowing”

    Pro L – you left the lights on again!

    1. Those aren’t lights. That’s just the glow of kinetic energy being released.

      1. Uh oh….auric run into a little premium collection problem?

  21. “NFL hall of famer Frank Gifford is dead.”

    Finally, Kathy Lee can’t torture him anymore.

    1. Right. But as soon as Frank walked through the Pearly Gates, Chuck Bednarik speared him into the cloudy floor.

  22. Hero SAS sniper saves father and eight-year-old son from being beheaded by ISIS maniac

    The brave British marksman saved the terrified eight-year-old and his father after taking out the crazed jihadi with a head shot from 1,000 metres away.

    The special forces crack shot then killed two other members of the hated terror group, who were also taking part in the sick planned execution.

    ISIS militants had decreed that the little boy and his father must die after branding them “infidels” because they refused to denounce their faith.

    1. According to that ignoramus you call a ‘President’, Christianity is just as bad and we need to ‘get off our high horse.’

      This sorry excuse for a leader said many condescending, stupid things in the last seven years that have annoyed me but his latest moral-religious relativist quip outright pissed me off.

      1. Rufus,
        Can’t you show a little religious tolerance? Jeez. Just because their religion requires them to behead 8-year old boys doesn’t mean you have a right to judge them.

    2. A kilometre away? good gracious.

      1. .50 cal. Not a stretch for that round.

        1. Still. Factor for wind, MOA, etc. Helluva shot(s).

          1. I hope it was tumbling when it hit that fucker. Like getting a supersonic anvil in the face…

            1. A .50 cal don’t need to tumble to fuck up your entire millenia.

              A .50 BMG round is serious over-kill for flesh and blood. There is a reason why they call those guns anti-materiel rifles (AMR), because the will shoot thru buildings and engine blocks and 3/4″ armor plate.

              1. Yeah, they are basically small cannons.

                And hitting anything with any rifle from 1000 yards is impressive as hell.

    3. Awesome, badass shooting.

      1. Definitely no need for a follow-up when using a .50.

    4. Just when I start to think all Brits are irredeemable one of them goes and does something like this.

      Hey man nice shot

    5. I’ve been watching The Fighting Season on Audience. Its about the fighting around Kabul last year.

      Its appalling watching these guys beg fro permission to grease a known Taliban carrying a fucking RPG around in broad daylight.

      SPOILER: They didn’t get it.

      My guess is, if the Brit had been American, the two locals would have been beheaded while the JAGs were pondering whether to OK the shot.

  23. So what are the odds that the whole Bernie Sanders/Black Lives Matter thing *isn’t* a setup between the groups?

  24. Trump’s Plan for Your Taxes Might Be EXACTLY What He Needs to Win the White House

    Trump laid out a plan to transform America’s tax code, and it is beautiful.

    But the man “cherishes” women!

  25. but two of her aides declined to make similar certifications.

    Two of her aides realized that they work for a woman who would feed them feet first to a woodchipper if it might avert a scandal.

    1. The aides know they could actually face consequences if caught perjuring themselves.

      1. Clintons don’t go to jail.
        The little people around them do.

        1. Or “kill themselves”.

          (putting my tin foil hat away now)

          1. From a Norm MacDonald SNL update:

            “This weekend, veteran news anchorman David Brinkley apologized to Bill Clinton for an election night commentary in which he called the president, quote, “boring and uncreative.” Admitted Brinkley: “There was certainly nothing uncreative about the way you moved Vince Foster’s body.”

            [mixed and mild reaction from the crowd] …

            “The President’s a murderer, you didn’t know that?”

            1. For me, Norm is the best ever.

      2. And Clinton knew she wouldn’t. That’s the difference and everyone involved knows it.

  26. EPA: Colorado mine waste spill much larger than originally estimated

    The agency said the amount of heavy-metal laced water that leaked from the Gold King Mine into the Animas River, turning the water a mucky orange and then yellow, is three times larger than its initial estimate.

    The EPA now says 3 million gallons of wastewater spilled Wednesday and Thursday, instead of 1 million. The revision came after the EPA used a stream gauge from the U.S. Geological Survey.

    1. It’s almost like the EPA felt…

      [dons sunglasses]

      …animus toward that river.

      1. Time for me to try this out

        Or, the EPA….

        [dons JOakleys]

        …didn’t give a dam about the local environment.

    2. The EPA now says 3 million gallons of wastewater spilled Wednesday and Thursday, instead of 1 million. The revision came after the EPA used a stream gauge from the U.S. Geological Survey.

      Fine them, and take it out of their operating budget.

      1. Silly Ivan, consequences are for peasants!

      2. Imagine if a private company had done this.

        1. You didn’t break that. Government is just the name we give to the things we choose to do together; together we broke the dam, together we will pay for it.

  27. The Dance Based Economy

    Now, admittedly, I’d never actually seen or heard the phrase “dance sector” before it turned up last week in a breathless Fairfax account of Senate hearings into arts funding. But there it was, as bold as you like, right at the top of the 14th paragraph:

    “The dance sector warned funding instability would have flow-on effects to tertiary and TAFE courses, with graduates possibly facing fewer job opportunities.”

    As Australia transitions from a mineral export-based economy to a dance-based economy, it is clearly important to make certain that the dance sector is as stable as possible. Choreographer Lucy Guerin told the hearings that to do otherwise would risk us “eventually severing the future of artistic development in Australia and setting us back 30 years.”

    1. Tim Blair is the Dave Burge of Oz.

    2. She might want to look at what their national debt was 30 years ago. Set us back 30 years, and I wouldn’t complain.

    3. Choreographer Lucy Guerin told the hearings that to do otherwise would risk us “eventually severing the future of artistic development in Australia and setting us back 30 years.”

      This is the world we live in now. Time to make peace and welcome our new progtarded overlords.

    4. We can dance, we can dance everybody takin’ the chance

      1. How can we dance when our earth is turning?

      2. What if I don’t want to?

      3. Put on your red shoes and dance the blues.

        /(remember the video, apropos to Australia)

  28. Black Lives Matter activists stormed the stage at a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Seattle and took the microphone. Sanders never got a chance to speak

    Even social justice warriors get no love from those hashtaggers.

  29. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential frontrunner, certified under penalty of perjury that all her weork related emails were turned over to the State Department

    WEORK? I fully expect these emails to reveal she’s an alien.

  30. certified under penalty of perjury that all her weork related emails were turned over

    Exactly. All the emails that had not been deleted.

  31. Global stock markets see grim Chinese data and decide it’s good news

    Slowing demand in China led some stock markets to rise on Monday, on hopes of more policy stimulus, but commodity prices fell.

    China’s stock markets ignored caution in Asian equities, with major indices up between 2 and 4 percent. European trading got off to a subdued start as mining and energy stocks kept UK shares performing worse than the euro zone’s.

    Chinese producer prices in July hit their lowest point since late 2009 and exports tumbled 8.3 percent in the same month. That stoked expectations of more action from the central bank after months of intervention by the authorities to tame China’s unruly stock market.

    1. Slowing demand in China led some stock markets to rise on Monday
      .
      And had the stock markets fallen, that too would have been due to slowing demand in China. You’re never going to see a headline “Stock Markets Rise/Fall/Remain Flat For No Apparent Reason” even though that would be an accurate headline and one they could easily re-use every day.

  32. Thanks, Jon Stewart, for Making Us All Dumber

    Headlines such as “Jon Stewart destroys Glenn Beck,” “Jon Stewart demolishes Megyn Kelly and Fox,” “Jon Stewart eviscerates CNN,” “Jon Stewart crushes Dick Cheney” became standard for Stewart’s viral videos. He would pick a target, usually a conservative and frequently a Fox News personality, and would proceed to “destroy,” “demolish,” “eviscerate,” “crush,” and sometimes flat-out “shred” them.

    Like a musician lecturing into a microphone onstage, Stewart only permitted one-way mockery. When anyone questioned his opinions and methods, he would say his show was just comedy. In 2013 when it seemed that Stewart was mocking the Obamacare rollout a little too often, he got pushback from his liberal followers. Stewart was quick to point out it was just equal-opportunity joking, and he wasn’t taking a position. He, of course, did not offer similar explanations when hammering President George W. Bush’s policies.

    1. Wow. Even Time isn’t buying into the ‘he’s a genius’ stupidity. Good for them.

    2. A 2014 Brookings Institution study found that more people trusted The Daily Show than MSNBC for news.

      I think I am ok with that.

      1. No kidding.

        They picked the lowest bar they could find.

    3. Yet Stewart was exactly the kind of partisan hack he eviscerated. Politico recently reported that not only had Stewart met in secret with President Barack Obama right before big stories were set to hit, but Obama’s aides had also worked with Daily Show writers so that their side of the story was well-represented.

      Is there some campaign finance law they broke? Wasn’t Stewart donating time to the campaign – since it was pre-arranged? Was that declared?

      1. Money quote: “In the end, the best way to characterize Jon Stewart, is that he was a highly entertaining sheepdog making sure that the liberal voting blocs started within his fenceposts of electrified cynicism and sarcasm.”

        At about 15:00.

    4. Didn’t Stewarts most avid fans routinely end up polling as some of the worst informed people with an opinion?

      1. Nicole was a Stewart fan?

  33. Salon:

    When my therapist dared me to sleep with her
    I had been grappling with self-esteem issues all of my adult life. Lori was a godsend — until she wasn’t

    I look again at her stark blue eyes, prevalent under dark brown bangs, the rest of her hair reaching the top of her chest, which is hugged nicely by a fitted white tee under an open button-down. She jogs often, I’d come to find out, which explains her petite figure and ability to probably pull off just about any outfit of her choosing.

    I still can’t speak, so she takes over.

    “Do you think you’re the first client that’s been attracted to their therapist?” she asks rhetorically. “I’ve had other clients openly discuss their feelings, even their sexual fantasies involving me.”

    “What?” I cackle, beginning to feel as though I’ve moseyed onto the set of a porno.

    “It’s true,” she says, acknowledging her desk. “What’s yours? Do you bend me over and take me from behind?”

    1. “My only question for you is, was I wrong for bringing it up?” she asks.

      You can’t fool *me*, Lord. That’s from The Onion.

      1. More like the “rejected by Penthouse Letters” file.

    2. That’s ridiculously inappropriate and she should be fired, but also he totally should have done it.

      Also, how did you post that article without posting the one they link to called Lessons Learned from a Childhood Spent Touching Myself?

      “Whenever I was “playing alone” ? which was the best I could think to call it, having no idea that the world had gone above and beyond with creative monikers for this activity ? I wasn’t really thinking about anything in particular. I did not have orgasms. I never touched myself with my hands. I just liked the way it felt when I came in to contact with other things. Much like how if you give a kid sugar, I didn’t care if I wasn’t supposed to ? I was going to sneak a goddamn cookie.”

      1. how did you post that article without posting the one they link

        I can only take so much, man.

      2. How about “Lessons Learned from a LIFETIME Spent Touching Myself?”

        Its free, I know myself better than anybody else does, and I only have to buy myself dinner!

        1. But I’ve always kinda been partial to calling myself up on the phone and asking myself out, you know?
          Oh yeah, you call yourself up too huh? Yeah, well one thing about it, your always around.
          Yeah I know, yeah you ask yourself out, you know, some class joint somewhere.
          The Burrtto King or something, you know. Well I ain’t cheap you know.
          Take yourself out for a couple of drinks maybe.
          Then there’d be some provocative conversation on the way home.

        2. And I was gonna buy myself dinner anyway!

      3. There were a few times that I got caught. Once my mom opened the door to the bathroom while I was in the middle of my bathtub ritual. She very calmly told me to “stop running water on your hoo-ha,” and proceeded to pretty much always leave the door open after that. I was mortified that my mom had seen me in my darkest of hours, but even more devastated that I’d lost a whole third of my resources. From that point on I became convinced that my mom knew everything, and was perpetually about to catch me. It seemed that the neck massager was always on a shelf higher up in the closet, or in a different part of the house. When I asked her recently about the whole charade though, she was baffled. She said she vaguely remembered the bathtub, but it wasn’t something that stuck out, because it seemed innocent enough. The neck massager was news to her. What I perceived as a hide and seek routine between us, was more likely the normal way anyone wouldn’t pay that much attention in putting something so innocuous back in the same place every time.

        When I asked my mom whether she hid the massager in order to thwart my youthful masturbation, she was so confused!

        1. My three boys are 13, 11 and 9 and so now I have been on both sides of this. And while I sooo don’t want to deal with this, it was a MUCH bigger deal as a kid getting caught then being the parent.

      4. Did Louis CK write that or did the writer just steal the bit from Louis?

    3. It’s written like a piece of fiction, probably because it is.

  34. True Detective Season 2: The Most Wildly Inaccurate Depiction of California geography in the history of television

    No, the worst offenses in True Detective season two were vehicular in nature. Ani Bezzerides, Frank Semyon, Paul Woodrugh, and Ray Velcoro were all on their own twisted journeys towards purpose, but even more twisty than that were the literal physical journeys they went on over the course of eight (or maybe seven, depending) episodes.

    Time and time again, these people defied the laws of man and nature, driving up and down the coast of California ? the tallest state in America ? as if it was Rhode Island. “Let’s go to Guerneville!” is a fun thing to say if you live in San Francisco, but when you live in Los Angeles, it means planning a road trip and taking vacation time. But not for the law enforcement trio at the center of True Detective, where driving to and from Monterey in a single day while fielding all your other duties and responsibilities is apparently NBD.

    What follows is the complete guide to the absurd distances traveled by the cast of True Detective in season two, in advance of tonight’s season finale. And it all begs the question: If these writers don’t understand simple geography, how could we ever have expected them to give us a coherent narrative? (And yes, this piece is about twice as long as it needs to be?just like True Detective.)

    1. NO SPOILERS. I have yet to watch the final two episodes.

      But yeah. The first TD was vastly superior in my opinion.

      1. Same here. The first one was a solid A, missing an A+ by a hair (the ending, the hardest part, was a trifle weak).

        The second one is more of a B. Good enough to see through to the end, but I may or may not show up for season 3 (if there is one, and there may not be).

    2. Yeah, and the Enterprise couldn’t travel to the center of the galaxy in a matter of hours, but that doesn’t make Star Trek V: The Final Frontier any less awesome.

      1. “What does God need with a starship?”

    3. SPOILERS

      I’m coming to terms with the fact this season blew. They backward engineered the settings for Velcoro’s and Semyon’s final scenes so obviously it was painful – beautiful Cali contrast forest and desert. And Scarface Waitress was a dead give-away on where the whole thing would end.

      1. I actually liked the last 3 episodes, it’s just that they weren’t enough to make up for the shit that came before.

        1. They definitely could have packed everything from episodes 1 – 5 into 2, 2.5 hours and lost very little. Way too much setup.

    4. “Let’s go to Guerneville!” is a fun thing to say if you live in San Francisco, but when you live in Los Angeles, it means planning a road trip and taking vacation time. But not for the law enforcement trio at the center of True Detective, where driving to and from Monterey in a single day while fielding all your other duties and responsibilities is apparently NBD.

      Maybe for normal people. But for self destructive cops? They’re definitely doubling the speed limit the entire length of the drive and throwing on the sirens whenever there’s traffic. It’s a 15 hour round trip for you and me, but they’d do it in 10, tops, hit the bar when they’re back in town, and each record 7 hours of OT.

  35. I know a lot of you may be reflexively opposed to these Black Lives Matter people, but some of the things they said are right on the money!

    From the link given in the thread post:

    “Bernie, you were confronted at NetRoots at by black women,” Johnson said before adding, “you have yet to put out a criminal justice reform package like O’Malley did.”

    Why isn’t that a good reason to shut down his speech–about expanding Medicaid?

    Here’s something else they said:

    “One protester, who identified herself as Marissa Johnson, began by saying, “I was going to tell Bernie how racist this city is ? with all of its progressives”

    That’s beautiful. Please, don’t stop telling the progressives how racist they are until there aren’t any progressives anymore–Black Lives Matter!

    1. The event shut down wasn’t Bernie’s event. It hosted lots and lots of speakers giving speeches about Medicaid and social security. Furthermore the protesters were allowed to speak and even granted a four and half minute moment of silence, but they still refused to give up the microphone. I think it’s hilarious that the progs are now having to deal with their own identity politics biting them in the ass, but the protestors weren’t in the right with their actions.

    2. You truly are an optimist, Ken. Also, just the optics of two black lady’s screaming at a socialist was worth it. What worries me is that they are so damn confident that a Democrat will win that they feel it unnecessary to even close ranks anymore. Or they’re just idiots. Trump/Biff (Back to the Future) 2016!

      1. Two black people screaming about how racist the progressives in Seattle are–you can’t buy that kind of coverage.

        We’ve been saying it around here for years., but nobody cares when we say it!

        1. “Ken Shultz”. Sounds Subsaharan. Wonder why not?

          1. It’s true or not regardless of how my name sounds.

            And being from the South? You never know what’s in the woodpile.

            For all you know, I could be an African-American!

            White boy.

    3. A broken clock is right twice a day. Go to one of their rallies and declare that “all lives matter” and listen how vociferously they disagree.

  36. Lesbian couple torched own home in hate crime hoax

    They had jolly well better be charged with a hate crime.

    1. Of course they won’t be charged with a crime, because that would discourage real hate-crime victims from coming forward!

      1. +1 hate crime culture

  37. Salon:

    Straight white dude seeks same: Race, power and the secret world of straight guy-on-guy action

    The scenes described in the ads?the props, the costumes, the dialogue?capture the drama and spectacle of white male homosociality. What do young straight white men do together when they are engaged in male bonding? They get drunk and stoned, watch heterosexual porn, and they talk about “pussy.” The ads draw heavily upon the model of adolescent friendship, or the presumably meaningless and proto-sexual circle jerk. Nostalgic commentary about being buddies or “bros” and sharing “legit” male bonding experiences constructs dude-sex as a kind of sex that bolsters, rather than threatens, the heterosexual masculinity of the participants. Only those who are man enough (e.g., “have the balls”) and “chill” enough will want dude-sex, or be able to handle it.

    In his book Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men, sociologist Michael Kimmel depicts “homoerotic” encounters between straight white men as developmental, or as a feature of a delayed coming of age process wherein the lives of straight white boys, from ages sixteen to twenty-six, revolve around binge drinking, repudiation of gayness, homoerotic hazing, casual sex, porn, and above all, the avoidance of adulthood.

    1. Excerpted from “Not Gay: Sex Between Straight White Men” by Jane Ward.

      Er. Ah. Um…

      1. What guy is so fucking delusional that – while having sex with a man – he thinks to himself “Yeah, this definitely proves my heterosexuality!”
        WTF am I missing here?

        1. What you’re missing is the insanity.

          1. Did you read that as:

            WTF, am I missing here?

        2. I kinda see his point. Fucking a woman is easy because they’re soft and delicate, whereas men tend to be stronger and tougher. So, two guys fucking is actually a pretty manly act.

      2. It’s the British boarding school model of sexual orientation. Not really that weird for some people to be slightly less than 100% straight.

        I didn’t click the link because Salon is one of my triggers, fwiw.

    2. Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men

      HAHAHAHAHAAA!!

    3. Lord H – you are dealing with some serious grade derp lately….have you cleared your safety equipment and protocols with Derpetologist?

      1. I’m so damaged now that I can only respond with a *Gallic shrug*

    4. They get drunk and stoned, watch heterosexual porn, and they talk about “pussy.”

      Only the first 5 words of this sentence sound like something I’d like to do around other straight white men.

      1. ” Dad, we’re men. That means a few things – we like to shit with the door open, we talk about pussy, we go on riverboat gambling trips, and we make our own beef jerky.”

        1. We literally have never done any of those things

          1. You never shit with the door open?

      2. Only a fag doesn’t want to watch porn with other dudes, Irish.

      3. I had a friend in HS that tried as hard as he could to get all the guys to come over for “Porn and Subs” night. Crazy is that he got tons of tail being a good looking guy. His favorite pastime in HS was tracing 70’s metal album covers using colored pencils and typing paper. I could see this idiot trying that. He graduated and was selling Kirby vacuum cleaners door to door in rural Wisconsin the last I heard of him 25 years ago.

      4. Only the first 5 words of this sentence sound like something I’d like to do around other straight white men.

        Irish ?s BBC confirmed.

    5. I think it moved!

    6. Uh. Don’t all adolescents – male and female – get together with friends and do stuff they like to do and talk about the opposite sex? How is what guys do different then what women do? Women do talk about sex, bf, and dick.

        1. No. Nixon.

          1. “No one I know likes dick”

            -Pauline Kael

      1. “Women do talk about sex, bf, and dick.”

        I hate talking about that stuff, but I’ve noticed other women do. I’ve also noticed I don’t have many friends.

        1. Re-education for you, lap.

      2. But for men it’s homoerotic somehow. Yet for some reason all of that binge drinking that only young men ever engage in never actually results in homosexual activity. I thought booze was supposed to lower our inhibitions?

        1. I think that’s because most of us actually had drunk women around to channel our desires into.

          “homoerotic” encounters between straight white men as developmental, or as a feature of a delayed coming of age process wherein the lives of straight white boys, from ages sixteen to twenty-six, revolve around binge drinking, repudiation of gayness, homoerotic hazing, casual sex, porn, and above all, the avoidance of adulthood.

          This just sounds like a caricature of greek life or an episode of Jersey Shore.

        2. Every guy engages in tons of homosexual activity. It just doesn’t involve a second person.

  38. Paul Krugman: GOP candidates can’t attack Obama because of party’s disastrous record of predicting his failures

    In his column on Monday, Paul Krugman tackled the problem that the GOP candidates in last week’s first presidential debate couldn’t ? the fact that President Barack Obama’s signature policy, the Affordable Care Act, is an overwhelming success.

    It was only mentioned nine times during the debate, which is ? depending on how you tally efforts to defund and repeal it ? at least 45 fewer times than Republicans have voted to dismantle it. There was a good reason that the candidates skirted the issue, Krugman said, and that’s because “[o]ut there in the real world, none of the disasters their party predicted have actually come to pass.”

    “President Obama just keeps failing to fail,” he continued, and the fact that more people are insured, and that they are, “by and large, please with their coverage,” means that Republicans can’t go after the program and have any chance of winning the general election.

    1. “Success”, Mr. Krugman. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

      1. Krugman shoulda just taken his Nobel prize and pulled a Costanza.

        Sheesh, he’s so fucking boring at this point.

        1. Nobel is taking ME to Sardis!

          (I know Kramer not George, but it just seemed so appropriate!)

  39. the fact that President Barack Obama’s signature policy, the Affordable Care Act, is an overwhelming success.

    I may have to bill Kruggie for split sutures. Man it hurts to laugh that hard.

    1. There is no sugarcoating it.

  40. Screw this. I’m just going to Salon if that’s all we’re posting. I’ll just imagine every comment ends with /sarc.

  41. Michigan lawmaker refuses to resign after attempting false flag affair to distract from real affair


    A Michigan lawmaker says he won’t resign after sending an email to Republican supporters falsely claiming he was caught having sex with a male prostitute.

    The Detroit News, citing audio recordings, reported Friday that Rep. Todd Courser of Lapeer had someone send the email to distract attention from his alleged extramarital affair with another lawmaker.

    In a nearly 30-minute audio file posted Monday on his campaign website, Courser says he was being blackmailed and that he’s responsible “in planning and execution” of the email.

    It’s unclear who sent the email.

    The Detroit Free Press reports the House Business Office reviewed email and personnel records over the weekend. The investigation is to determine whether Courser and GOP state Rep. Cindy Gamrat of Plainwell broke House rules or whether there’s evidence of illegal behavior.

    If I were his constituent I’d be more impressed than angry. That shows some real outside the box thinking.

    1. What a dumbass. And, of course, my local rep.

  42. All your laundrymat are belong to us

    Jenveja’s perspective sheds a light on his privilege. It represents Silicon Valley’s insistence on prioritizing free-market ideologies and tech industry boosterism over common sense and the needs of the poor ? an ideology convinced that the invisible hand of the market, with some guidance from these innovators, will sort everything out naturally.

    ———

    The tech industry intensifies this crisis by paying obscene prices for just about any home they can in the Valley, creating one of the most visible and notorious gentrification crises in modern history.

    Once wealthy startup employees move in with private washing machines and, yes, on-demand laundry apps, they stop patronizing services needed by the locals, many of whom don’t own washer/dryer units and can’t afford a luxury laundry service. And because the startup scene has inflated the price of the local real estate, rents go up, and laundromats ? like other services many working-class families depend on ? can’t afford to stay.
    .
    Fucking hipsters.

    1. The envy and jealousy is delicious.

    2. silicon-valley-white-male-privilege-class-war

      It’s telling that to these people, people buying things is an act of war. If there’s a War Against the Poor, then there’s nothing that the poor aren’t justified in doing to Fight Back, is there? Words eventually matter, and I wonder when we’ll see morons like this guy throwing Molotov cocktails into yuppie cupcake shops and shit.

      It’s also hilarious that this guy thinks Silion Valley is white. Someone’s never been inside a computer science department building.

      1. Check your white-cis-het-privilege-privilege, shitlord. Asians are white now. Didn’t you get the all those memos?

    3. “gentrification crises…”

      Talk about first-world problems….

    4. gentrification crises

      Those richers need to stay in their own neighborhoods. There’s nothing worse for the poor inhabitants of a gentrifying neighborhood than for their property values to skyrocket.

    5. First, what happens to all the poor people that build/sell washing machines if everyone has to use a laundrymat. Second, have these people ever used a damn laundrymat. They suck. They suck royally, and I’m never using one again.

    6. the invisible hand of the market….. will sort everything out naturally.
      .
      One way or another it always does. Just because you don’t like the way the market crashes when you drive it off a cliff doesn’t mean the market failed. Sort of like the guy that died and went to heaven and complained that God never answered any of his prayers and God tells him, “But I did answer all your prayers! I said ‘No'”.

  43. Furthermore-

    Free marketeers who fancy themselves “innovators” believe that by cannibalizing other services, they can prove that these old industries are clunky. They want to break apart the existing structure and start reassembling it into their own ideal. But in that world, not everyone benefits equally.

    If we stop sharing risk and responsibility, only those who already hold wealth and privilege will benefit. Let’s think about health insurance for a moment. We all buy into it by sharing risk, knowing that at some point it may be us whose number comes up and who needs medical attention.
    .
    Innovation is bad.

    1. They want to break apart the existing structure and start reassembling it into their own ideal. But in that world, not everyone benefits equally.

      My God in heaven…..the horror. The HORROR!

    2. Free marketeers who fancy themselves “innovators” believe that by cannibalizing other services, they can prove that these old industries are clunky. They want to break apart the existing structure and start reassembling it into their own ideal. But in that world, not everyone benefits equally.

      In no world does everyone benefit equally.

      For example, not all of us get paid six figures for a part time job at a think tank like Paul Krugman does.

      1. In no world does everyone benefit equally.

        That’s not necessarily true. In a world free from innovation, everyone benefits equally by not benefiting at all. It is better to be equally poor than to be unequally rich.

        1. Capitalism – inequitable distribution of wealth
          Socialism – equitable distribution of poverty

          1. More like:

            Capitalism – inequitable distribution of wealth
            Socialism – equitable distribution of poverty*

            *Except for the .01% who control everything and live like Kings.

    3. The coin-op laundries put out of business all the poor immigrant women who used to take in laundry and do it by hand.

      1. My gods don’t they understand that all of the buggy whip makers have families to feed?

        1. Seriously, if we had today’s government a century ago, I’m not sure if it would have allowed the automobile to replace the horse and buggy.

          1. If the watermelons get their way, we’re going to undo that particular mistake. Well, except after we get rid of all the cars you won’t get a horse – that’s animal cruelty and you shouldn’t be consuming anything that wasn’t produced within walking distance of your cave anyways. And you can’t have a cave.

    4. But in that world, not everyone benefits equally.

      No one wants to live in a world where people benefit equally. Libertarians and all non-retards don’t want it for obvious reasons. But even the socialists don’t want that, they want the non-productive protected class to benefit at the expense of the pariah-like productive class, and that’s certainly not equal.

      1. Socialists want to benefit from who’s ass they kiss as opposed to doing anything productive.

        1. They value political power as a currency rather than production and exchange. The overwhelming naivete of socialists is certainly the most amazing facet of socialism.

          1. They respect violence. That’s it. They don’t respect production of value or innovation or anything like that, unless they can take the rewards by force. They don’t want to cooperate with anyone unless they are forced, and they have no inclination to encourage others to do anything voluntarily when they can use force of government. I don’t think that’s necessarily naive. I mean, in a practical utilitarian sense it works. Until there’s nothing left to take that is. But they don’t really think that far ahead. Heck, they don’t think at all.

            1. The naivete is not that they prefer violence to mutually beneficial interaction, indeed that’s just utilitarian calculus. The naivete is that they think it’s a superior form of human interaction, that can solve all problems and provide justice.

              1. They don’t want justice. Justice means people keep the fruits of their labor and ideas. That leads to unequal outcomes, and as we all know there is nothing worse than inequality. That’s why they added the word “social” to “justice.” That redefines the word to mean its opposite, since you can’t have social justice without the government being in the business of injustice.

  44. Actor Ruffalo calls for clean energy

    Saturday’s event was free to attend, and half of the profits from food and beer sales were donated to the 100% Leadership Fund, a program of clean energy advocacy group The Solutions Project, which works to recognize and assist individuals and businesses that are transitioning to clean energy

    This is what happens when you ban fracking – wealthy celebrities take their picture with you so that you can still be poor.

    1. So why the hell doesn’t he tell Stark to start building Arc reactors for everyone?

  45. Eric Dondero R. ?@DonderolibtR 23h23 hours ago
    Are #BlackLivesMatter a bunch of wussies? They’d do this to girlie-man Bernie Sanders but NEVER #DonaldTrump #GOP

    Eric Dondero R. ?@DonderolibtR 24h24 hours ago
    #BlackLivesMatter are the new Neo #Nazi stormtroopers. Look how they treat Jewsh #BernieSanders #cuckservative #GOP

    Oh my god I love this guy.

    1. Be honest – you only got a twitter to follow Eric Dondero, didn’t you?

      1. I don’t remember why I made an account, but the only time I’ve ever used it was to tweet DONDERRRRRRRRRRROOOOOOOOOOOOOOO at him.

    2. Eric Dondero R.
      ?@DonderolibtR
      What’s the difference between the #Blacktivist bitch on t’left and #NeoNazi? NAH-ting! #BernieSanders #cuckservative

    3. #cuckservative?

      Why not #cockservative?

      Why the half measures, Dondero?

      1. You have so much to learn about my people – the pathetic, self-emasuclating, white male – and our obsession with watching cuckold porn. I mean, we turned it into a movement. Then again, you are a mouthy broad so what do you know? TRUMP!

        1. Ahhhhhh. I get it

          1. No! That’s a cluckservative! (I am sorry)

  46. O, to be in England
    Now that fracking’s here,

    And whoever wakes in England
    Sees, some morning, unaware,
    yada, yada

    However,morons still abound…

    Britain should consider reopening coal mines and nationalising energy companies, Jeremy Corbyn has suggested. Mr Corbyn, the hard-Left candidate for the Labour leadership, has said that his admiration of Karl Marx has inspired his bid to become the Labour leader.
    However, City analysts said that his plans to renationalise the gas and electricity sector would cost the Government as much as ?185?billion.

  47. After losing custody of her 9-year-old daughter, a Vermont woman fatally shot the child-welfare agency employee who worked her case.

    DCF employees were told to report to homes this weekend only in emergency cases and with law-enforcement escorts.

    The new child safety law emphasizes protecting children in state custody by securing their well being rather than returning them to their families.

    1. Justice was served.

    2. That seems awful all around.

    3. Update:
      Three people found slain Saturday morning in Berlin are relatives of the woman suspected of killing a Vermont social worker Friday in Barre following a child-custody dispute

      Jody Herring had called Rhonda Herring on Friday morning, Tiffany Herring said.

      “My mother got a call in the morning, maybe 7:30 or 8 o’clock, saying it was Jody Herring, saying ‘You guys need to stop calling DCF unless you guys are going to have it coming to you,'” Tiffany Herring said.

  48. Donald Trump is the Ross Perot to Hillary’s Bill. Discuss.

    1. That’s pretty obvious. I wouldn’t be surprised if 18 months from now he’s appointed Sec of Commerce as a big thank you.

    2. I don’t believe Perot intended to give the election to Clinton. With Trump I’m not so sure.

      1. I agree that Perot wasnt an intentional spoiler. I wouldn’t be surprised if Trump exited the race in a big huff in early 2016 and then, in a fit of calculated rage at the state of the country in August ’16, re-entered and fucked everything up.

      2. Perot hated Bush. He was convinced that Bush was complicit in covering up US acquiescence to POW/MIAs being held in Vietnam after US withdrawal.

    3. Donald Trump……Discuss

      No.

  49. if we had today’s government a century ago, I’m not sure if it would have allowed the automobile to replace the horse and buggy.
    .
    Just the other, I arrived via a circuitous route at a point where I was pondering what a “cellphone” would look like, do, and COST if Ma Bell had not been broken up.
    .
    *I do not actually believe such a thing as a cellular telephone would have come to be under the thumb of Ma Bell’s natural monopoly, much less the technological and computational wizardry currently available.

    1. If Ma Bell had not been broken up, every home would still have a single rotary phone.

      1. In one of five colors: black, beige, green, brown, or white.

    2. “*I do not actually believe such a thing as a cellular telephone would have come to be under the thumb of Ma Bell’s natural monopoly, much less the technological and computational wizardry currently available.”

      I’m not so certain about this one.

      They would have taken longer and they probably would have arisen from mobile computing using skype but the benefits of widely available internet connections for mobile users would not have changed and so their development would have gone differently and they’d probably be more like tablets and they wouldn’t work so well outside of major cities just yet but on the flip side we’d probably have some other type of wireless internet technology that was pervasive inside major population centers

  50. Whoever suggested Bojack Horseman is a saint. That show is fantastic.

    1. How far are you? It emotionally crushes you over and over and over.

      1. Season two episode two.

      2. also just started hardcore history.

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