Now Come Fears of Copycat Shooters, Kentucky Clerk Still Refusing Marriage Licenses, Dozens Found Dead in Truck in Austria: P.M. Links

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    A person was taken into custody at Mississippi State University after reports of a possible shooter. The suspect was apparently a college freshman who was making homicidal and suicidal threats, but turned out to be unarmed.

  • A clerk in a Kentucky county is still refusing to hand out any and all marriage licenses, in defiance of a court ruling ordering her to do so, because of her objection to same-sex marriage.
  • The bodies of at least 20 people, possibly Syrian migrants, were found in the truck in Austria. There may be as many 50 dead, and officials believe they died of suffocation.
  • Airbnb has hired a Democratic operative with ties to the Clinton administration and several New York politicians in order to help it battle state lawmakers trying to control or ban it.
  • Being late to work 111 times over two years is not enough to lose your job if you're a New Jersey school teacher.
  • The California Department of Education really doesn't want people comparing old test scores to the new test scores using Common Core standards. So they just deleted 15 years of standardized test scores off sites.

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  1. A clerk in a Kentucky county is still refusing to hand out any and all marriage licenses…

    Saving people from inevitable divorces.

    1. Hello.

      “Airbnb has hired a Democratic operative with ties to the Clinton administration and several New York politicians in order to help it battle state lawmakers trying to control or ban it.”

      Gonna see what them racket boys want.

    2. Wonder how this will play out. This clerk isn’t going to listen to strongly worded letters, and if their boss won’t either, then the goons are the only option.

      1. If she’s elected, she’s beholden only to the voters. If she’s appointed, she’s bound to follow the orders of the head judge of her court. Suspect that she’s elected given her behavior.

        1. She’s elected. Heading towards impeachment though.

      2. Here in the Commonwealth of PA, while the position is an elected one, the register of wills (who does marriage licenses) is still accountable to the county’s president judge. I don’t know how the rubes in Kentucky handle things. Greased pig wrestling contest?

      3. But this does pose an interesting question. Say the federal court decides to actually enforce its orders. Pretty much their only option is to arrest her for contempt and direct the assistant clerk to start issuing.

        1. They dont do that to presidents.

          1. Or mayors of sanctuary cities…

    3. Saving people from inevitable divorces.

      #DivorceLawyersIncomesMatter

      1. #gaydivorcelawyerincomesmatter

        Quit appropriating!

  2. Being late to work 111 times over two years is not enough to lose your job if you’re a New Jersey school teacher.

    I wish it were just a Jersey thing.

    1. My wife got all defensive the other day when I told her that Im only skeptical of cops, but I despise teachers. The argument eventually boiled down to “[Trashy] you were an outlier and so your experience was different than others” versus “Outliers deserve a decent education, too”

  3. The suspect was apparently a college freshman who was making homicidal and suicidal threats, but turned out to be unarmed.

    Armed with terror!

    1. Armed with a knowledge of the university’s code of conduct.

    2. The student was a postmodern gunman!

  4. Fargo police ‘apologetic’ after mistaking students’ telescope for a gun

    A pair of NDSU students got quite the scare Monday night when armed Fargo police officers mistook their telescope for a rifle.

    1. No one was killed?

      I am disappoint. Those officers need moar TRAINING.

        1. One of my faves

      1. The kids were white.

        If they’d been black, there’d be a dozen bullets in them now.

        1. Just because the news doesn’t report when white people are killed by cops doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. It does, and more frequently (as a raw number, not percentage of the population) than it does with Blacks.

          1. …Once one adjusts for murder rates, a good proxy for the most serious violent crime, whites are actually more likely to be shot by police than blacks are. The same is true if you instead adjust for rates of cop-killing….

            “Suicide-by-cop,” and mental illness more generally, might be a missing piece of the puzzle….To some degree, police-shooting numbers might reflect these disparities ? with a skew toward whites and, for mental illness but not suicide, Hispanics ? rather than rates of violent crime….[cue statistical analysis]

            Why White Men Get Shot by Cops (by Robert VerBruggen, RCP)

        2. If they’d been black, there’d be a dozen bullets in them now.

          With all due respect to the memory of Lil’ Tiffany and in the hypothetical officers’ hypothetical defense; I would have to point out two black college students, middle of the night in Fargo, out back messing around with a telescope…

        3. There aren’t many black kids in Fargo, so that’s irrelevant, but if it makes you better, go for it.

    2. At least the students didn’t have a woodchipper.

    3. BAN TELESCOPES!

      1. Especially those assault telescopes! Nobody needs a telescope with 25x zoom and one of those black things on top!

  5. It’s their country and all but this is kinda funny.

    Tyler, The Creator claims he has been banned from the UK.
    The US rapper says he is not allowed to enter the country for “three to five years” because of lyrics he wrote in 2009.
    “That is why the shows were cancelled,” he tweeted. He had been due to play the Reading and Leeds festivals this weekend.
    The 24-year-old previously said he had been forced to cancel four gigs because of unspecified “circumstances”.
    A Home Office spokesperson said: “Coming to the UK is a privilege, and we expect those who come here to respect our shared values.

    1. “Coming to the UK is a privilege, and we expect those who come here to respect our shared values.

      Except those for whom it is an Allah given right.

    2. So you can only visit the UK if you respect their values, not their laws. I suspect this translates into only proggies allowed.

      We have a couple of UK posters here. I wonder how long before they are deported or sent off to a camp for adults.

      1. They have to sniff me out first. I’m behind six proxiez with my non-Guardian-approved thoughts.

    3. The UK has values but it does not know how or why.

      1. And of course they don’t go after the hate preachers, because that would take stones.

        1. They did ban radio talk show host Michael Savage though, for similar reasons.

  6. Yay, more stupid Trump articles! Means I get to go out there and find more Accomplished Female Athletes of Eastern and Central Europe. It’s a hard life, but someone has to do it, and I’m the last one standing!
    I’ve had a lot of pole vaulters, triple jumpers and long jumpers, but, Towlie asks, what about high jumpers? So I present Blanka Vlasic, triple World Champion, twice World Indoor Champion, silver at 2008 Olympics and holder of Croatian national record.
    Gallery of photos from various competitions.
    More general gallery.

    1. I demand more accomplished female weather women of Latin America. It might be the best way to change the Donald’s tune.

      1. It looks like there are more accomplished athletes in the English-speaking nations and former socialist countries than elsewhere. Just watch the opening ceremony of any summer Olympic games. Pan Zagloba picked the right region.

        1. Also, thank you, sir, for using the correct form of my handle.

          Pan – polish for “Sir” (Mr. these days)
          Zagloba – Falstaff-like character from novels By Fire & Sword, The Deluge and Colonel Wolodyewsky (which I highly recommend, if you are in the mood for Dumas-like historical adventure novel)

          1. Huh. I always thought your handle meant you are worldly, as it sounds like a pun on “spans the globe”.

            1. That may have been the intent with the character’s name, as he has a new story about his origin, exploits and how he got a distinct star on his forehead every time he meets someone. I figured a blustering, fat, indulgent, sensitive of his privilege, yet crafty, sometimes brave and and always loyal character would fit the Hive of Scum and Villany?

          2. Just double-checked: I have The Deluge on the bookshelf at home. Unfortunately, it’s in Hungarian.

            1. English translation is public domain, so you can grab all three books from Gutenberg Project!

      2. Be the change you want!

  7. The California Department of Education really doesn’t want people comparing old test scores to the new test scores using Common Core standards. So they just deleted 15 years of standardized test scores off sites.

    I’m sure this was done in good faith.

    1. Doesn’t this just highlight the data? It’s not like no one made a copy, or worst case the wayback machine exists. All this does is make those old test scores news.

      1. And you would think that Califonians would have heard about Teh Streisand Effect.

  8. Airbnb has hired a Democratic operative with ties to the Clinton administration and several New York politicians in order to help it battle state lawmakers trying to control or ban it.

    That’s a proven business model.

  9. So, why did the Feds take down Rentboy.com?

    One hint about where this inquiry may have come from is on page 19-20 of the complaint, after all the salacious descriptions of slang for kinds of sex and discussions of a few escorts’ profiles that have been highlighted in other reporting on this. RentBoy twice applied for an H1B for its accountant, Marco Soto Decker.

    One more question before you go.

    Why was this charged in the Eastern District of NY, when RentBoy is headquartered in Manhattan, in the Southern District, and only one of the employees appears to live in EDNY (though the complaint reviews three profiles whose owners live in Brooklyn)? When asked yesterday, one of the Feds apparently simply said, “the Internet is everywhere.” But that response raises more questions than it answers.

    I raise this not just for the Loretta Lynch connection, but also because by virtue of JFK airport’s location in EDNY, where many defendants get flown into, the district has developed a slew of precedents having to do with asserting a fairly aggressive jurisdiction overseas. Again, it’s possible this whole thing started from an immigration inquiry. But I wonder whether there’s some more to it, especially since RentBoy has facilities in England.

    In other words, is this just the first step in a larger, more international crackdown?

    1. Hey if there headquarters don’t matter for the court, then these guys should request to be tried in Nevada.

    2. Actually, H1B is the proper work visa for models (not just IT guys from India). What a disappointment that RentBoy wanted it for an accountant.

    3. Ah,for the good old days of Lori Drew.

    4. “the Internet is everywhere.”

      So is the post office. Didn’t seem to be a valid reason then, and it ain’t now.

      FYTW is always valid though.

    5. International crackdown? There is no such thing as international any more as far as the US is concerned.

  10. Fracking triggered 2014 earthquake in northeastern B.C.

    Fracking triggered a 4.4-magnitude earthquake in northeastern B.C. last year, CBC News has learned, making it one of world’s largest earthquakes ever triggered by the controversial process.

    I believe that last Bailey wrote on this subject he was dismissive of the idea fracking caused earthquakes. Has that changed, or is this bullshit, or is it under the category “so what if it does?” (since even a 4.4 earthquake is pretty mild)

    1. Umm…how could they possibly know? It says it’s an area with common earthquakes, how do you know one earthquake was caused by fracking.

      1. It feels like it must be true.

    2. Fricking fracking!

    3. The USGS was pretty dismissive of the idea, too. They blamed wastewater injections.

      1. But in all fairness the only reason there was any wastewater to be injected was because the wastewater was the byproduct of fracking.

        1. From the USGS’s “Myths and Misconceptions” about induced earthquakes:

          Most wastewater currently disposed of across the nation is generated and produced in the process of oil and gas extraction. As discussed above, saltwater is produced as a byproduct during the extraction process. This wastewater is found at nearly every oil and gas extraction well.

          The other main constituent of wastewater is leftover hydraulic fracturing fluid. Once hydraulic fracturing is completed, drilling engineers extract the fluids that are remaining in the well. Some of this recovered hydraulic fracturing fluid is used in subsequent fracking operations, while some of it is disposed of in deep wells.

          USGS doesn’t say how much is hydraulic fracking fluid but does give a number for Oklahoma:

          In many locations, wastewater has little or nothing to do with hydraulic fracturing. In Oklahoma, less than 10% of the water injected into wastewater disposal wells is used hydraulic fracturing fluid. Most of the wastewater in Oklahoma is saltwater that comes up along with oil during the extraction process.

          1. I love fracking, but this is a bit disingenuous. The fluids associated with extraction wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for fracking, because those wells would not be in use. It is not a stretch to say “if we didn’t have fracking these earthquakes wouldn’t occur.”

            If you are going to deal with these doomsaying idiots, the counterpoint is not being pedantic about where these fluids are used, it is to point out how meaningless 3.5-4.5 earthquakes are for public safety.

    4. “Fracking triggered 2014 earthquake…”

      No it didn’t.

      I couldn’t remember the numbers so I googled: Shallow earthquakes are between 0 and 70 km deep; intermediate earthquakes, 70 – 300 km deep; and deep earthquakes, 300 – 700 km

      Fracking takes place from 8k feet to 20k feet.

      These people are so completely full of shit.

      1. I looked up that earthquake. It originated at 55 kilometer depth.

        1. From the USGS’s “Myths and Misconceptions” page about induced earthquakes:

          Seismicity can be induced at distances of 10 miles or more away from the injection point and at significantly greater depths than the injection point.

          Naturally, the USGS doesn’t say how much “significantly greater” is nor do they give examples.

    5. Can anyone provide me with some resources to debunk the “fracking causes flammable tap water” meme? Someone on here was talking about how lots of things can cause flammable water (such as a well being drilled into a natural methane deposit) and how it’s not actually harmful at all.

      It’s just that there’s someone I know who is thoroughly convinced that fracking will cause every faucet in a 3-county area to spew atomic fireballs. I want to show the other side of the story on this.

      1. Netflix has a whole documentary about it.

        1. Fuck off idiot

  11. The bodies of at least 20 people, possibly Syrian migrants, were found in the truck in Austria. There may be as many 50 dead, and officials believe they died of suffocation.

    I was going to make a joke about “the truck” but this is just too sad.

    1. You know who else left a lot of dead bodies in Austria…

      1. The Von Trapps?

        1. excellent

      2. Napoleon?

      3. Der Kommisar?

      4. The glaciers?

      5. Yan Sobieski?

      6. Yersinia pestis?

      7. The Turks?

      8. Arnold Schwarzenegger?

  12. I suspect we’ll see more of these shootings for whatever reason, it’ll peak and then recede.

    Something tells me – and I freely admit this is out of pure guessing – it’s just one of those things.

    1. What’s the Canadian equivalent of this, since you’re not allowed to shoot one another? Stealing another person’s snow mobile? Pinching your neighbor’s Molson? Taking a dump on the lawn in front of Parliament in Ottawa?

      1. Not sharing your poutine.

      2. Not apologizing after hitting someone with a slap shot.

      3. Rain on your wedding day.

    2. Like a trip to the moon on gossamer wings?

  13. Airbnb has hired a Democratic operative with ties to the Clinton administration and several New York politicians in order to help it battle state lawmakers trying to control or ban it.

    What’s the problem? NY just wants to wet its beak.

  14. Dozens Found Dead in Truck in Austria

    This is because nuts in America can buy guns.

    1. You know who else from Austria loaded people into trucks and drove them around till they died?

      1. The Baltimore PD?

      2. Chicken farmers?

        1. Himmler was from Munich.

      3. UBER!1!!!

    2. I blame it on global warming. So does Martin O’Malley, but he’s serious.

  15. Advocates for Labeling GMOs Have an Ally in Capitalism, They Just Need to Leverage It Better

    Here’s what I mean. There are people who are opposed to genetically modified foods. When they go to the store, they don’t want to buy genetically modified foods.

    If I were a food producer, I would splash “NOT GMO” across my label so everyone who walked by saw it. A lot like this one.

    1. Holy Shit, a NUT!

      /blind squirrel

    2. Isn’t that one of the rules for ‘organic’ food?

      1. I’ve never eaten food that wasn’t organic.

        1. Notice the quote marks.

          1. I know. I just like to point out to the world, wherever possible, that those people who eat silicates are just crazy.

        2. so no salt?

          1. Silly cat !

        3. All of the food I eat has chemicals, some of them are organic chemicals.

    3. BUT WE DONT GET TO FORCE ANYONE WITH GOVERNMENT THAT WAY!?

      /what progressive actually feels

      1. This.

        There’s nothing progs hate more than being cornered by the realization that the free market actually CAN cater to just about everyone’s wants and needs, with great efficiency.

    4. So people like you are stupid…sorry, we already knew that.

  16. A clerk in a Kentucky county is still refusing to hand out any and all marriage licenses, in defiance of a court ruling ordering her to do so, because of her objection to same-sex marriage.

    If you work a government job, and you refuse to carry out one of the main purposes of your job, you should be fired immediately.

    Will this lead progressives to question the wisdom of unionized public sector employees?

    I’ll be here all week, tip your waitpeople.

    1. Based on the discussion of her employment status above, I take back what I wrote.

      The general point still stands- don’t run for an office, the duties of which you can’t fulfill. It’s like sitting in an exit row but not being willing to assist in the event of an emergency.

      1. The general point still stands- don’t run for an office, the duties of which you can’t fulfill

        I think she held the office before the Supreme Court decision.

        1. Well then she should step down. (I’m wrong on this but I’m not backing down! Trump has inspired me!)

    2. Probably clerk of court who is most likely elected. You can’t fire someone you didn’t hire. They would have to have a recall election and I am gonna guess that is very unlikely as the clerk’s attitude is probably common in that county.

  17. http://www.salon.com/2015/08/2…..n_partner/

    I didn’t get a chance to get on the original thread so as an active participant this year I’m going to say my piece. The rich create burning man. My friends who are going to be spread around the playa come from incredibly diverse backgrounds. There are penniless hippies to startup rockstars. All the art, all the amazingness is created by the participants. The massive attention has brought money. But this money makes the event ever more astounding for the attendee who is just scraping by. Like the author I lived in Pittsburgh too. Unlike the author I got the exact opposite impression from Andrew Carnegie’s Gospel of Wealth. I saw the benefit in Pittsburgh and I will see it in Black Rock City.

    1. My camp is called “Vegan Nightmare”. I have borrowed some SJW language to describe ourselves as a bunch of convivial carnivores creating a safe space to discuss eating animals. We have already received some hatemail.

      In a loving place like burning man, do you believe that laughing at the death of pigs, dogs, cats, chickens, and cows is aligned?

      Please remove the title of your camp out of respect for all life, human or nonhuman, and all burners.

      From working in slaughterhouses, impoverished peoples develop severe psychosomatic illnesses and sadistic conditions, often then unable to remain in relationships with their loved ones.

      Again, kindly remove the name of your camp and all its activists as it purports violence.

      Fuck these pussies. I have composed an answer to blast out into our dusty quadrant. Here’s a sample. Stupid fucking vegan.

      1. I will not rest until the plant holocaust is stopped!!11!

        1. I prefer Vegetable Rights Activist.

      2. “Aligned?” WTF?

      3. Our camp director (AKA the MeatMaster) gave a measured response about how we were a friendly group and promoted sustainable agriculture. They are a bunch of Sonoma/Napa farmers after all. And the response was more derp:

        Did you know that cats and dogs are fed to cows in today’s meat industry? Violence towards them and towards humans is tied to the body parts you call “delicious”.

        To clarify, this is not an attack against you personally but your actions. Laughing at the pain and suffering of animals (dogs and cats included) is not in line with the Burning Man spirit.

        Your opinion favoring violence towards the weak is not something respected or condoned, it’s something I’d expect anywhere else but Burning Man. I don’t expect to convince you in this email but again humbly request that your remove your camp and message from the face of the Playa as it confronts everything Burning Man represents.

        Well motherfucker, we are carnivores.

        1. I literally have no idea what the fuck you guys are talking about.

          1. At burning man participants create theme camps. The theme of my camp is meat. This offends the sensibilities of some fragile souls. I love this because it exposes fascism in a place where one of the guiding principles is radical self-expression.

            1. Will you be maintaining an open grill serving kebabs all day? because I’d love to see the line of protestors on one side, bitching at you, while there’s a line of 400 on the other trying to get some Yakatori action

              1. Reminds me of the protest that went on in Montreal’s Jean-Talon market against Starbucks. The usual it will ruin the local economy crap (as if a market can’t contain both) and frothing at the mouth about corporate capitalism and such (all the while another corporate coffee shop Presse Cafe operated without much concerns from protesters a mere block away). As they babbled, the place was busy with patrons. I loved the contrast. The market has spoken and they like Starbucks. End of story go away.

                1. Starbucks…frothing. Oh, Rufe, you scamp.

              2. Bacon, brisket, and ribs. And spam, but that’s just for the portability and post-apocalyptic vibe. And more bacon.

                We will at least have a grill, but sadly no smoker. I don’t have land or a trailer for much camp infrastructure. Making due with what we have with 24 hours til departure.

                1. You should have a BYOC sign up.

                  Bring your own critters. To encourage people to kill things and eat them. Cycle of life and stuff.

                2. Spam, spam, spam, spam…

            2. Get your barbecued Cecil here!

        2. Awesome trolling, have fun and be safe.

        3. again humbly request that your remove your camp and message from the face of the Playa as it confronts everything Burning Man represents.

          So… you’re confronting a representation?

          lmfao.

          1. That don’t confront me. Long as I get my meat next Friday.

            1. +1 bourbon
              +1 scotch
              +1 beer

  18. I’m surprised no one has posted arguably the most embarrassing Vox derp yet:

    The NRA’s president supported “sharply restricting” guns in 1934. Then its members revolted.

    The NRA, in this instance, was the National Relief Administration.

    1. D’oh! National Recovery Administration. I blame that other tweet!

      1. Dammit! At least you did your part.

      2. Of course, Vox tried to recover from their historical snafu by deleting the tweets, but not before they were saved and retweeted by many others!

    2. Lol, and people wonder why the media is laughed at.

    3. Isn’t that the National Recovery Administration?

      1. Too good to be true, I guess.

    4. There’s no sugar-coating it: that was great.

      1. WTF?!? Why be the head of a gun rights group if you don’t believe in gun rights?

        1. In the 1930’s the vast majority of civic and state institutions were led by either commies or fascists! Almost everyone thought that science and the leadership of top men would bring order and prosperity well above what chaotic free enterprise haphazardly wrought.

          1. TOP. MEN. was a real attitude.

          2. Is the 30’s the worst decade ever?

            1. No. The teens were the worst: income tax, direct election of senators, Federal Reserve, and WW I, the war to end all wars and make the world safe for democracy.

            2. Tough to beat the 40s.

              1. Unquestionably the bloodiest decade in human history…

          3. Wow, sure sounds like life sucked then. Now, I need to go figure out whether to support Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump.

        2. Because he believed in gun rights for WASPs but not for non-WASPs?

        3. Until the 1960s, the NRA, except for a brief period after the Civil War, was not a gun rights but rather a sporting, hunting and marksmanship group.

          Hence the support it got from TR who, given his record, would have supported any restriction on firearms ownership as long as it didn’t keep him and his friends from shooting any trophies they wanted to.

          Sort of like the upper class writers at Field and Stream and Garden and Gun Magazine do today.

          1. It’s not like there have not been plenty of Rockefeller Republicans in favor of keeping guns away from the lower orders.

      2. They still lost for thinking it’s a point against their opponents. They’re just projecting their reverence for authority figures onto gun rights advocates.

      3. Yeah, but weren’t the guns banned the ones that were popular amongst swarthy Italians and Poles?

    5. Um, no it wasn’t, that was the National Rifle Administration’s president there.

    6. What’s more interesting is the Vox writer’s utter cluelessness.

      That move sparked a backlash among the hard-liners, whose leader was Harlon Carter, who had headed the NRA’s lobbying faction. Carter deeply believed that once the government started placing new restrictions on guns, it would never stop ? and he found a great deal of support for his views among the NRA’s members.

      Why would those stupid rednecks ever believe such a thing?

      1. Just like with cigarettes. Why would you be against a common-sense regulation just allowing for nonsmoking sections in restaurants? Don’t be absurd with your slippery slope argument, no one will ever press for more than that.

    7. And I like the summary of the book he’s plagiarizing his article from.

      Originally published in 1993, Under Fire was widely hailed as the first objective examination of the NRA and its efforts to defeat gun control legislation. Now in this expanded edition, Osha Gray Davidson shows how the NRA’s extremism has cost the organization both political power and popular support. He offers a well-reasoned and workable approach to gun control, one that will find many supporters even among the NRA membership.

      Lulz.

      1. the NRA’s extremism has cost the organization both political power and popular support

        Amazing how they are still all-powerful and manage to nuke all “common sense” gun control legislation, then.

        1. Yeah, that’s definitely a clueless statement. If anything, the NRA has been quite successful despite the left’s relentless attempts to put every gun death at their threshold.

    1. someone tell jesse!

    2. I have a friend who tells me stories of the good old days in the 1980s when some of the women’s dorms at Penn State had rooftop access and the young ladies would take to nude sunbathing. My friend and his dad would circle overhead in their airplane.

  19. This thread needs more war on wimminz

    Hillary: Republicans and terrorist groups have the same views on women

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/27/…..index.html

    1. Why is this news? The Left has been saying this for years.

    2. Who is she trying to win over with that? Hillary supporters?

      She may be amoral but she makes up for it by being dumb.

    3. Which means she’ll be equally happy to take donations from both.

  20. Spot the Not: quirky sci-fi writers

    1. He never brushed his teeth, and they were literally green. Deeply embarrassed by this, he developed the habit of holding his hand in front of his mouth when speaking.

    2. He was gaunt with dark eyes set in a very pale face (he rarely went out before nightfall). For five years after leaving school, he lived an isolated existence with his mother, writing primarily poetry without seeking employment or new social contacts.

    3. He wrote over 117 novels and over 2000 short stories, but his works were used only as filler material in pornographic magazines. He committed suicide by drinking Dr?no.

    4. He hated flying and only flew twice in his life. He rarely traveled long distances.

    5. His mother was warm but changeable of character and had an identical twin who visited them often and who disliked him. He was unable to tell them apart and was frequently coldly rebuffed by the person he took to be his mother.

    6. He has a reputation for being abrasive and argumentative. He has generally agreed with this assessment, and a dust jacket from one of his books described him as “possibly the most contentious person on Earth”. He has filed grievances and attempted lawsuits; as part of a dispute about fulfillment of a contract, he once sent 213 bricks to a publisher postage due, followed by a dead gopher via fourth-class mail.

    1. 2 sounds like H.P. Lovecraft, IIRC.

    2. 5

    3. He committed suicide by drinking Dr?no.

      If true, couldn’t he have utilized a quicker and less painful method? Geezus…

      1. I’ve seen EGDs of people that try to commit suicide by drinking drain cleaners/bleach, it is really horrible and a long recovery.

        1. I can’t even imagine. If I were to off myself I’d just start my car in a closed garage and fall asleep sipping bourbon while listening to my favorite tunes.

          1. My personal cocktail; sufentanil, propofol, marcaine.

            1. Tell a large bouncer with no neck, “wow, your wife is wild in the sack!”

    4. 5 sounds like it should be Kim Stanley Robinson.

      1. I’m thinking #5 is Harlan Ellison

    5. Tricky… “technically” there is no not… but I assume you consider 3 the “not”.

      1. Fictional characters are always Nots when listed with real people.

        1. *noted* thx

      2. Oh…now I remember. I have some rereading of some classics to do.

    6. 3 is the fictional Kilgore Trout. based on PKD

      1. based on Theodor Sturgeon (get it?)

        … but actually there IS a book by Philip Jos? Farmer writing as Kilgore Trout. (Venus on the Half-Shell)

        1. oh,snap

      2. Vonnegut said he based him on Theodore Sturgeon. Hence the fish names: Sturgeon, Trout.

        Sorry, you did not win the kewpie doll.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJ9W47TIRR4

    7. 3 is the Not. That is Kilgore Trout, a character created by Kurt Vonnegut.

      The rest in order are Cyril Kornbluth, H P Lovecraft, Isaac Asimov, Phillip J Farmer, and Harlan Ellison.

      Kornbluth wrote the story (The Marching Morons) that later became the basis for the movie Idiocracy.

      1. 3 is the Not.

        Whew! Now I can stop obsessing over the thought of someone committing suicide by Draino (although I know it’s happened in real life).

        I actually read the Kilgore Trout novel ‘Venus on the Half-Shell.’ I remember liking it at the time. But I can’t remember what it was about now.

    8. “He was gaunt with dark eyes set in a very pale face (he rarely went out before nightfall). For five years after leaving school, he lived an isolated existence with his mother, writing primarily poetry without seeking employment or new social contacts.”

      Lovecraft

      ” He has a reputation for being abrasive and argumentative. He has generally agreed with this assessment, and a dust jacket from one of his books described him as “possibly the most contentious person on Earth”. He has filed grievances and attempted lawsuits; as part of a dispute about fulfillment of a contract, he once sent 213 bricks to a publisher postage due, followed by a dead gopher via fourth-class mail.”

      Harlan Ellison

      “He wrote over 117 novels and over 2000 short stories, but his works were used only as filler material in pornographic magazines. He committed suicide by drinking Dr?no.”

      I CAUGHT YOU, THIS IS KILGORE TROUT!

      Ha. Didn’t expect me to know Vonnegut’s alter ego, did you?

      Don’t know the others.

    9. 6 no reason

  21. Hilary and Alinsky.

    A love story.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/…..nley-kurtz

  22. 3 should have had Tom of Finland illustrate his stories.

  23. Former Planned Parentood director speaks out:

    http://www.christianpost.com/n…..tjQ5PPC.99

    1. NPR’s news bulletin this afternoon led with PP’s attempted rebuttal of the videos.

      Can’t recall if they covered the videos originally.

  24. In other news, I ran 2 miles in 15 minutes today. Not bad for a 30 year old ex couch potato.

    1. Awesome! Good for you.

      I hurt my knee running over 14 months ago, and on Tuesday I somehow made it worse doing (very light) squats on Tuesday, to the point where my left kneecap moves around when I walk. I am seeing a doctor (again) on Monday. I am praying he can tell me what needs to be done to fix it, because I am sick of it not being healthy.

      1. There’s nothing that drinking more water can’t fix. Or duct tape. So, drink a gallon of water and put some duct tape around it. No need for a doctor.

        1. Is that you, Russell Wilson?

          1. I am curious on the mechanics of the Wilson thing. Do they put the healing water on the injured area or are they talking about drinking it? I’m far too lazy to look it up myself.

            Either way, no. I am not Russell Wilson, and I only slept with Ciara once, and didn’t finish so I’m not sure if that really counts. Anyway, I learned medical stuff from the Army. If it’s good enough for a freedom fighter it’s good enough for you.

            1. Anyway, I learned medical stuff from the Army.

              So… take large quantities of Motrin, 3Xdays no running, for everything from hangnails to cancer?

        2. For a job like getting rid of the drug dealer next door, I’ll take a hardware store over a gun any day. Guns make you stupid; better to fight your wars with duct tape. Duct tape makes you smart.

          Michael Westen, Burn Notice

    2. Very good. I have gotten back into running but I will never run as well as you do. I haven’t been running for the past several days because of all the smoke from the first fires you guys have! Stop burning so much America! Unless you end up with a Trump vs Bush vs Hillary contest in which case you are free to burn at least as much as you want.

    3. Awesome! Taking up running – after a lifestyle of eating entire large pizzas, getting blackout-drunk every single night, and smoking two packs a day – was probably the best thing I ever did for myself, both physically and mentally. Now I do 4.5 miles, four days a week. Keep up the good work!

      Do any of you lunatics here do “barefoot” running? I use quotes because I actually wear Xero-brand “huaraches” (sandals) which are essentially like running barefoot, but with some protection against sharp rocks, broken glass, and any other unpleasantness you may find on the ground.

      The first time I ran in those, my calves were afflicted with killer soreness for over a week, but my muscles and tendons got accustomed to it… Now, as I mentioned above, I run 4.5 miles nonstop with no pain at all. Of course, I’ll have to buy some “minimalist” style shoes, since running in huaraches will not be an option in Ohio winters with six inches of snow on the ground. But I’m pretty sure I’m done with conventional running shoes forever.

  25. There’s only one truck in all of Austria? And it’s full of dead bodies!?!

    1. That’s not the first time.

  26. Airbnb and Uber both have hired high ranking democratic operatives to fight off the attacks from the left.

    Regulating is a lucrative business. If you aren’t holding the reigns of power, why, just get a job with a desperate company that needs your contacts to survive.

    1. Yeah but has he said anything about the murders of two white people – one being a gal – by a gay black dude?

      1. Something about how if he had fraternal twins, they might look like…

      2. He said that if he had white cousins, they’d be racists like the Roanoke reporter and cameraman were.

      3. “As a childhood comics, I understand how Multiples Earths work, including Earths, where our heroes have opposite traits regarding good and evil. So, just as Superman cannot be held accountable for the deeds of Ultraman, nor Batman for those of Owlman, so I feel that another Earth’s version of any supporter of mine doesn’t represent me or my beliefs.

        Rather he comes closer to those trying to stand in the way of what our efforts have been these past few years. So, may Mammon bless the State and may Mammon bless the Crime Syndicate of Amerika…”

        [Premier Obama climbs back aboard Air Force Alpha to return to Arnold, D.C.]

    2. So, I’m glad to see we’ve* used Katrina to give out more welfare. I guess that’s what I take from the story.

    1. The senile old racist defense?

      1. or taking the Uncle Leo excuse too far “Arrested? Come on! I’m an old man. I’m confused! I thought I paid for it. What’s my name? Will you take me home?”

    2. He wins at being a complete loser

    3. Cross has asked few questions of the prosecution’s witnesses and has been admonished repeatedly by Ryan for expressing his views instead of asking questions.

      Perhaps he should submit his resume to Univision.

    4. “Oh shit! Your honor, can I get a do-over?”

  27. MAN VERSUS MACHINE = MACHINE SHALL WIN

  28. China = Buys Ironman in $650m Deal

    Shocked to discover they purchased sporting event for freaks trying to kill themselves rather than Robot Super-Hero

    1. Sad Christmas morning

  29. Not enough smug Limey here (I can say that since I’m one too):

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/bro….._show.html

    Of course, being ignorant about geography is a personal choice. And not the result of a corrupt and incompetent education system run by Leftists. Yeah, it’s all our fault.

    1. So he doesn’t actually have any Americans getting it wrong, he just pretends he does. This is evidence that Americans are bad at geography?

    2. Well, you can always make a personal choice to educate yourself. You don’t have to depend on shitty government schools. Most Americans are ignorant.

      But so are most Europeans.

    3. John Oliver is pretentious little bitch who isn’t at all as smart as he thinks he is.

      1. That basically describes the vast majority of leftists. You need to add something specific about his accent or something.

        1. Methinks it describes the vast majority of people in general. Ourselves included. Well, except the little bitch part.

      2. But he has that accent! He has to be smart.

        1. And, the worst part is, that he has a lower class accent.

          Anyone in the English middle class would recognize him as an inferior; not to mention that anyone from the aristocracy would simply dismiss him.

          I always love how North Americans love English accents without any recognition of the class(race) signals they send in that society.

      3. He’s like Rick Mercer?

        1. Unlike Mercer, money he gets is not extracted by force.

    4. I have no audio on my PC. What was Oliver saying?

      1. He starts talking about a country, showing it on a map, then says you think about this place so little you didn’t even realize that’s not ____.

        1. More of a condemnation of his studio audience than the country at large. And how good would the average South American be at identifying the more obscure US states on an unlabeled map?

            1. I say we refer to the midwest as “middleshire” from here on out

            2. As I suspected. I suppose it’s human nature (but not very rational) to make fun of people who don’t know the same things that we do. But there’s a huge difference between being ignorant and being stupid.

                1. I don’t know who said it first, but:

                  Think about how stupid the average person is. Now consider that half the population is even dumber than them.

    5. I think Brits are the only people on earth who are actually reasonably good at geography.

      Why? You had an empire. You *had* to know the planet, because you planned to own it all at some point.

      Everyone else is appalling*. Because its generally neglected aside from a year or two of “World History” in primary school, which tends to revolve around a few major War-eras and nothing else.

      (*although no one mocks the stupidity of their own population quite as much as Americans do – the same person on the street ‘surveys’ they do to make people look dumb would work in almost any country just as well)

      1. It’s also pretty esoteric to most people’s everyday lives, especially Americans (being fairly isolated), and if you don’t need to know something you’ll forget it.

      2. Someone else once pointed out that the stupidity of the average american is actually a consequence/sign of our material prosperity. The fact is that you don’t *need* to know all that much to live a reasonably successful life, whereas there are cabdrivers in Egypt with PhDs who can barely make ends meet.

  30. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zWFOh5y9LcM

    25th anniversary of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s death. I saw him in Oklahoma City the May before he died. He was unbelievable. No note of this in reason of course. Fucking hipsters.

      1. You really are a social retard.

        1. Because I am unfamiliar with some musician that I doubt anyone in my age cohort knows of either.

            1. Right. Your expertise on millenials is, like so many other subjects, legendary.

              1. CRIPPLE FIGHT!

          1. At first I thought you were trolling John. SRV is worth learning about.

            1. But I’m 29 so I’m not sure I qualify as a millennial.

              1. You’re a millennial. Not that that means anything. I give it the same credence as horoscopes.

                1. Yeah, its totally like a Sagittarius to say that.

              2. For people our age (born in the ’80s), I’ve heard “Oregon Trail generation” (after the video game) bandied about as an alternative to “millennial”, since our age cohort has some significant differences from those born in the ’90s and later, particularly when it comes to the technology we had access to growing up.

            2. And without SRV, we probly never would have heard about Jeff Healy – a rare decent Canadian export.

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9mgW5v0yMU

    1. Probably my favorite artist.

      The Real Deal: Greatest Hits, Volume 2 has some great lesser-known songs on it if you’re only familiar with his hits.

  31. A clerk in a Kentucky county is still refusing to hand out any and all marriage licenses…

    And the Denver pigs refusing to obey that Federal District Court Judge and screw with the jury nullification activists. Maybe ignoring federal courts is a trend.

    1. Fuck, but not the meaning that involves sex.

      1. Oops. See below.

    1. no cankles?

    2. Cunt.

    3. no

      1. Succubi were hot devils that seduced sleeping men.

        What kind of sick fuck thinks that Hill Dog is hot?

    4. Snuke.

    5. Two: crook and conniving

    6. Loooooooser

    7. Evil.

      I’m pretty sure Hillary is a sociopath. If you could see her in her private moments you would see nothing, like gazing into a mirror in a dark room. She has no human emotions or feelings or thoughts, she is a hollow shell. She is very good at pretending to be human but she has to have other humans nearby to react to, to feed her cues as to how a normal human being acts. It’s why she seems such a screaming bitch; it’s very stressful, very hard work to keep the facade in place. Especially when other people are absolutely of no interest to her whatsoever beyond what they can do for her, but she knows Rule #1 is: never let anybody know that you have absolutely no interest whatsoever in them beyond what they can do for you.

      1. That seems to be a better description of a psychopath rather than a sociopath.

      2. I was thinking about this today actually. We’re so quick to label random individual killers as psychopaths or sociopaths or some other mental illness, but I bet the mother lode is among politicians. Hillary’s a great example. It’s really the best place to be if you have no conscience because you have a much better chance of getting away with it.

    8. “What is the first word that comes mind when you think of Hillary Clinton?”

      Please – this is a *family* blog!

  32. Forbes writer Erik Kain claims that the best show on TV is…Gravity Falls? Never watched it, so I have no opinion, but…really?

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/er…..elevision/

    1. Nope!

      The best TV show of ALL TIME is:

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt00…..fn_al_tt_1

      1. For the longest time I was convinced that Jamie Lawson was related to Smashing Pumpkins lead singer Billy Corgan

      2. I’m going to assume you’re being silly.

        1. What is the nature of the self? What does it truly mean to be human? Can man ever transcend the limitations of his physical being and come to understand what is meant by the words “ultimate reality”? Does God exist? Are we alone in the universe?

          Throughout the course of human history, great minds have attempted to tackle such questions. Minds of men like Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates. Minds of men like Sartre, Nietzsche, and Freud. While few have had the courage to address the implications of these central existential dilemmas, even fewer have been able to offer any worthwhile insight on such matters, or do any more than merely scratch the surface with repetitive supposition and conjecture.

          How rare it is when a work of art can at once synthesize, and then surpass the work of all that has come before it.

          “Small Wonder” is just such an achievement.

          I don’t see anything silly about it.

          1. Wow, the horrible scripts, bad acting, and awful production values caused me to totally miss the sublime subtext and philosophical implications of the show! Must re-watch with an open mind…

        1. Green Acres.

  33. The California Department of Education really doesn’t want people comparing old test scores to the new test scores using Common Core standards. So they just deleted 15 years of standardized test scores off sites.

    “What? You mean, with a cloth?”

    [Rolls her eyes and swats the air with her hand]

    1. I think that was the tipping point for many. What she really hand-waived away was her chance at ever sitting in the oval office again.

      I nearly had an orgasm when she did that and it was followed by silence from the press corps. It was very obvious from her attitude and behavior that it never crossed her mind that the press would be anything but water carrying sycophants, but she aint no Obumbles.

      1. Someone said: “Wiped? Like with a cloth?” the response should have been, “I don’t know, a blue dress maybe”

  34. This one’s for fun: Guns and Darwin Award finalists.

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

    1. I have seen all those before, but the one where the dude looks down the shotgun barrel and blows his hat off never gets old.

      1. Whenever I see these vids, I always feel a little weird knowing that I have better range safety sense than actual firearms aficionados.

        1. Yeah, it’s hard not to scream “Don’t do that!!” while watching. I think my favorite was the guy who leaned the gun against the sign, which then fell down, shooting him in the leg when he was a ways away.

          1. I thought the thing where the gun falls over and fires on its own only happened in movies. Was it True Lies where somebody drops an SMG down a flight of stairs and shoots like five people with it?

            1. That’s the one.

            2. I’m no expert, but it depends a lot on the gun. The Type 94 Nambu was so badly designed that if you pressed it on the side, it would fire.

  35. “Being late to work 111 times over two years is not enough to lose your job if you’re a New Jersey school teacher.”

    To be fair, there are parts of New Jersey where the road signs and traffic patterns make so little sense that I sympathize.

    1. Marty McFly grew up and became a teacher.

    2. What, did he piss off Chris Christie 111 times?

  36. Apparently doxxing and vandalizing twitter accounts is a capital crime now.

    Anonymous, you’ve been put on notice.

    1. You join a war, better be prepaid to die.

  37. An Open Rant Aimed at Those Who Would Repeal the Second Amendment

    ?That being so, here’s the million-dollar question: What the hell are they waiting for? Go on, chaps. Bloody well do it. Seriously, try it. Start the process. Stop whining about it on Twitter, and on HBO, and at the Daily Kos. Stop playing with some Thomas Jefferson quote you found on Google. Stop jumping on the news cycle and watching the retweets and viral shares rack up. Go out there and begin the movement in earnest. Don’t fall back on excuses. Don’t play cheap motte-and-bailey games. And don’t pretend that you’re okay with the Second Amendment in theory, but you’re just appalled by the Heller decision. You’re not. Heller recognized what was obvious to the amendment’s drafters, to the people who debated it, and to the jurists of their era and beyond: That “right of the people” means “right of the people,” as it does everywhere else in both the Bill of Rights and in the common law that preceded it. A Second Amendment without the supposedly pernicious Heller “interpretation” wouldn’t be any impediment to regulation at all. It would be a dead letter. It would be an effective repeal. It would be the end of the right itself. In other words, it would be exactly what you want! Man up. Put together a plan, and take those words out of the Constitution.

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