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    Rand Paul plans to attack Donald Trump again in tonight's debate.

  • A lot is riding on Carly Fiorina's performance.
  • New Hampshire poll shows tight race between Trump, Fiorina, and Ben Carson.
  • Joe Biden criticizes Trump for his immigration stance.
  • New fight over defunding Planned Parenthood.
  • Clinton and Sanders are finally feuding.
  • Analysts: Senior intelligence officers exaggerated ISIS reports.

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  1. A lot is riding on Carly Fiorina’s performance.

    I foresee her and Trump getting married.

    1. Allo.

      1. Sorry about all the angry moose jokes yesterday, Rufus.

        1. Why are you apologizing?

          Haven’t you guys noticed I don’t get insulted easily?

          Jerks.

          1. Why are you apologizing?

            To confuse people.

          2. He was apologizing to the meeses. Or on their behalf. Not sure which.

      2. Hello.

        Sure, ol’ LH is off to a software conference and nobody misses his ugly presence. I do feel like the homely girl who went to prom by herself. *runs out of room sobbing*

        1. Homely, sobbing girl alone? Hey you ok? Why get high on chloroform?

    2. a lot is riding on Carly Fiorina

      Look at that horse face!!

      1. I have a lot of respect for Steve G, he’s a classy guy…

    3. I hope to see her say “Celebrity Appren-THIS” while making a wanking motion.

      1. I’d, just maybe, shift my vote for that.

    4. I could actually see that. Trump strikes me as the type that likes people who fight back.

      1. Plus the wedding episode of the Debate series would be a ratings grabber.

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  2. Fist!

      1. enough of your mom’s sexual proclivities

  3. Rand Paul plans to attack Donald Trump again in tonight’s debate.

    What’s the emoji for a loud sigh?

    1. Why Is Rand wanting to be Bush’s but boy? He should be making the case for himself.

      1. Because the Anti Establishment Stick it to the System Voters – the guys that Paul thought he’d cornered the market on – are backing the Donald. He hopes that when Trump eventually implodes they will back him.

        1. I dunno, I think he’s trying to pull some of the establishment support. Trump appeals to some independents, the nativist vote, those amusingly referred to as “economically insecure” a.k.a. white trash, and some smash-the-state types, but mainstream Republicans cannot stand him. They can’t stand Paul, either, but if he can present himself as comparatively sane and responsible. It might not score him the nomination, but if he can corner Trump on specific policy agendas and really embarrass him, it might be enough to deflate Trump’s lead, which in turn might gain Paul a place in a different Republican’s presidency, or at least some additional political capital.

        2. The problem is if you attack the candidate those people like, many take it personally as an attack on them. There is a difference between making the case that people should be on your side and insulting them for their initial choice.

  4. Rand Paul plans to attack Donald Trump again in tonight’s debate.

    Classless!

  5. Jow Biden? Is that his stupid clone?

    1. The one who has cable no doubt.

      1. Don’t be like that Jow Biden. He never fired a shotgun over anyone’s head to scare them off.

      2. +1 arts and crafts Tony Romo is probably more real than the real Tony Romo

        1. I’ve seen both ‘high voice’ and ‘skinny leg’ Peytom Manning.

          When they do ‘UUUUUUUGE forehead’ Manning, I will applaud and likely switch.

          1. I will switch when they do Hope and Change Obama and actual President Obama.

            1. Hey, remember when he won a Nobel Peace Prize for being a black President? Wasn’t that neat?

        2. Still waiting for Big Game Winning Tony Romo.

      3. I miss “bad decision making Rob Lowe”

        1. All of the Rob Lowe ones were better than any of the new ones. And that includes the stupid horse series.

          1. There is. a horse in those commercials on the beach?

            1. I was going to mention the chick with the big jugs but this is a family site.

        2. “Peaked In High School” Rob Lowe is still my fave

  6. Governments Give Migrants a Disastrous Mix of Social Welfare and Bureaucracy

    A major driver creating the incentives to make this dangerous, life threatening journey can be summed up with a single photo:

    Above is a photo of a reference card created by human smugglers obtained by Frontex, the European Union’s border control agency. Smugglers throughout the Middle East, Turkey, and North Africa produce such cards and hand them to potential clients. In effect, refugees have ceased seeking the nearest safest refuge and are now shopping the best nations to flee to. This has created the issue that people are no longer fleeing from conflict or poverty, but fleeing toward the most lucrative benefit package. The above cards do warp the legal systems by implying that showing up is sufficient cause for asylum and the benefits are permanent and for life. However, the presence of such benefit packages does exist and is a major incentive for migrants. This explains why people fleeing Libya are crossing the Mediterranean in rickety, overcrowded boats and people are passing through four or five perfectly secure nations to reach the EU. Part of this large humanitarian crisis is generated by dangling the incentives that anyone who arrives will be given a host of benefits that are, relatively speaking to the recipient, opulent.

    1. I don’t blame the migrants. They are being rational. It would be silly of them to stay somewhere they have to work for the rest of their life, when someone is willing to pay them to do nothing. It’d be the same as someone in the states accepting their lottery winnings. There just isn’t really a good reason not to no matter what your work ethic is.

      1. Lottery winnings are the prize you get for pissing away your money, typically over long periods of time, in a game of chance with astronomical odds. Now while I don’t disagree with you that the migrants are pursuing rational self-interest, it’s just not the same thing. Winning the lottery is not immoral, quite unlike traveling the world to milk foreign tax payers.

        1. I am not morally obligated not to drive on publicly funded roads, even when I was too young to have paid any taxes for them. There is no reason not to accept the loot handed out by the government. They won’t give the money back to the original owners if you aren’t the one to take it.

          1. I am not morally obligated not to drive on publicly funded roads, even when I was too young to have paid any taxes for them.

            Correct, the government has near monopoly of road construction, administration and maintenance. No one is obligated to forgo the amenities of civilization because some criminals have a stranglehold on those amenity’s production.

            There is no reason not to accept the loot handed out by the government.

            Is there a reason not to accept the loot handed out by a charitable mugger? Perhaps if YOU were one of the people to get robbed by the mugger, I could see there being some legitimacy in taking that money. But migrants shopping for a welfare state are taking loot that was never their’s to begin with.

            1. It’s immoral but rational.

              I’m more concerned about their kids and grandkids. The ones who grow up hating their adopted country because they’re not part of the 1% even though they are far better off than they would have been in their homeland. The ones who milk the system and seek to employ violence against it and the people who fund it.

              1. It’s immoral but rational.

                So is murdering a job applicant competing for your job.

                The ones who grow up hating their adopted country because they’re not part of the 1% even though they are far better off than they would have been in their homeland. The ones who milk the system and seek to employ violence against it and the people who fund it.

                I wholly agree. They won’t necessarily be recipients of 2500 years of accumulated philosophy, culture and knowledge of abstract social institutions that comprise of western civilization. Polling indicates that the kids and grandkids of these migrants will be tremendously more radical and pro-Islamism than their parents who migrated.

            2. I agree that it’s immoral to shop for a friendly welfare state to leech off of. But I wouldn’t expect people not to do it either.

              1. I agree. The lionshare of ethical transgressions rests on the door step of the proprietor of this heroin den of a welfare state that people are lured into.

    2. Yet US proggies are determined not to have an honest discussion about this, or the potential for ISIS plants and sympathizers among the refugees. They only want to talk about that one dead kid and projecting his innocence onto all refugees.

      1. They only want to talk about that one dead kid

        They do like to stand on the graves of innocents and make pleas for action based on emotion. It’s a very effective tool to get things done.

  7. Man Paints Beaver With World’s Longest Tongue

    The man with the world’s longest tongue is doing what he was born to do: Paint a beaver with his tongue.

    Nick Stoeberl, 26, currently holds the Guinness World Record for world’s longest tongue — a whopping 3.97 inches from tip to closed lip.

    That honor might be enough for some people, but Stoeberl feels a giant tongue is nothing if not used for the betterment of humanity.

    “It’s a gift,” he told HuffPost. “I have to use it.”

    Some jokes write themselves.

    1. “This painting definitely appeals to my taste,” he said. “I’m fascinated by beavers.”

    2. New Primus Frontman.

    3. How did the beaver feel about it?

    4. His tongue needn’t be erect to penetrate that beaver. It’s literally a flaccid cock with remote control.

    5. Georgia O’Keeffe, eat your heart out.

    6. Just think If Crusty had that tongue along with his own reality TV show with Sugarfree as Executive Producer. A gold mine I tell ya.

  8. Jow Biden

    I think you missed one of the letters

      1. Jowl Biden. Kerry stole all the botox.

  9. What passed for an attack came this week in the form of an email sent to the Huffington Post by Correct the Record, a super PAC beholden to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

    An email, eh?

    1. Rigged to self-destruct 10 seconds after arriving in your inbox.

      1. I’ll get right on that, Chief.

  10. Taylor Swift corn maze creators carve 12-acre sexual Rorschach test

    While the Internet always assumes something is sexual, the 12-acre Taylor Swift corn maze in Maryland certainly makes even prudes do a double-take.

    It all comes down to how the best way to carve a giant microphone into a row of unruly corn stalks.

    Drat, that low-resolution corn row!

    1. The microphone is more clearly a microphone than the singer is Swift.

      1. H8ER!

        She dares to be different!!!!!!

        You’re just jealous!!!!!!!

        1. Dare to Be An Attractive Blonde Woman.

    2. You know, that’s the kind of shit I’m going to miss when I leave this benighted shithole. Maryland, You Really Are Beautiful.

      1. Assuming the 404 was intentional,that’s an accurate depiction of the beauty to be found in the PRM.

      2. Assuming the 404 was intentional,that’s an accurate depiction of the beauty to be found in the PRM.

        1. The squirrel bite makes me feel like I’ve graduated from lurker to poster. Where’s the scar to show off?

    3. What a sparkly dong.

      But really, that thing looks fine.

    4. It looks just like a Telefunken U47.

      1. + all the l?ther

  11. Jow Biden criticizes Trump for his immigration stance.

    Where’s Teve Torbes stand on this one?

    1. Ah, Reason. Always great for 20-year old obscure SNL references.

    2. To the left of At Uchanan, but to the right of Dob Bole.

  12. Suspect returns to burglary scene for lost keys, cellphone

    TWIN FALLS — A man is charged with burglary after police say he returned to a Twin Falls home for his forgotten car keys and cellphone.

    The Times-News reports a woman called police when she found her home ransacked on Saturday, with a stranger’s cellphone on the bed and a strange car parked behind the property.

    Police were at the scene when 22-year-old Caleb Shay Funke was dropped off near the vehicle. Officers say Funke told them he loaned the car to a friend and the keys got locked inside.

    Keys found inside the burglarized house unlocked and started the vehicle.

    1. The poor chap probably needs therapy. Luckily his uncle Tobias is a well-known analrapist

      1. It’s not the pronunciation I was worried about.

      2. This is that Funke everyone’s been talking about?

  13. Senior intelligence officers exaggerated ISIS reports.

    I think the denogginizing speaks for itself.

  14. U.S. consumer prices, or CPI, drop 0.1% in August

    http://www.marketwatch.com/sto…..2015-09-16

    PRINTING MONEY! HYPERINFLATION! BUY YER GOLD BOYS!

    (Obligatory Peter Schiff is an idiot post)

    1. yeah deflation will surely keep the banks solvent.

      1. They are already insolvent but just haven’t gone to bankruptcy yet.

        1. +1 bogus stress test.

          1. Yes, bogus. Yet you cannot read a balance sheet and the investment world is duped by a bogus stress test.

            Wingnut CT at its finest! Just go back to ZeroHead and bitch about the Fed!

            1. Yet you cannot read a balance sheet

              Hahahahahahahahahahaha

              Seriously dude. Wow. There are no mirrors in your house are there?

            2. Run those tests with FF rate at, say, a wimpy 4%. Think they’d pass, genius?

              1. Why would you ever think in a million years that interest rates will go up?

                1. I don’t.

      2. I read in the prestigious New York Times that deflation is almost as evil as savings.

    2. Led entirely by gasoline. Everything else is up.

  15. 1 arrest after complaint of man sniffing feet in a library

    MIAMI (AP) ? Police say they’ve arrested a man days after a complaint that someone was spotted crawling under library tables and smelling a woman’s feet at Florida International University.

    Miami-Dade police say 52-year-old Eddy Juan was arrested Tuesday and charged with violation of sexual offender registration, fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, aggravated assault and resisting without violence.

    1. resisting without violence

      What’s *that*? Tickling the arresting officer?

    2. We have a Piquarist in our main library. Six attacks in the last three years. We call him The Foot Stabber.

      1. The Foot Stabber is the best librarians can come up with? How about Paw Pricker? At least it has alliteration.

        1. I was not involved in the naming. I was also disappointed by the minker.

          1. How is he doing it? Do the victims ever see him? Is he caught on CCTV? IS HE A PERVERT GHOST?

            1. He crawls under the carrels and goes for the foot. He gets away in the ensuing confusion. He’s never been caught on camera, but we don’t have many of those anyway.

              1. You know, it could be a *female*.

                1. You know, it could be someone who writes disturbing fanfic that he then posts on some unnamed libertarian leaning website.

                  I’m sure he’s already on numerous watchlists.

                  He NEEDS lookin after!

          2. How about the Randy Farrier? The Shoe Kebabber. The Step Skewer. The PodiFile. The Stacks Hacker. You could also try the Ankle Spanker if you don’t need to be very accurate.

            Also:

            It looks like this bookworm…

            [dons sunglasses]

            …just made a big faux pas.

      2. Notorious serial killer Albert Fish has been said to have engaged in piquerism upon his victims and his own body, flagellating himself constantly with a nail-studded board.

        Sheesh, how could he ever sneak up on his victims?

        1. When captured, X-rays revealed that Fish had 29 rusting needles in his body, mostly in the genital region.

          1. Oh. Well, that explains it. 😉

            1. Rumor had it that that needles were the reason he had to be electrocuted twice.

  16. ‘Damonsplaining’: Matt Damon accused of insensitivity

    She urged the group to “think about whoever this director is, the way they are going to treat the character of Harmony”.

    Damon interrupted Brown’s discussion, saying “when we’re talking about diversity you do it in the casting of the film, not in the casting of the show.”

    The implication was that a diverse group of decision makers behind the camera – the subject of the show Project Greenlight – was not important, as long as the film they were creating within the show had a diverse cast.

    Brown’s response, a shocked “wow”, reflected the outrage felt by many on social media and led to the coining of the term “Damonsplaining”.

    1. reflected the outrage felt by many on social media

      The Outrage Machine? runs day and night

    2. I love it when they eat their own.

      1. It is DELICIOUS… Bet Damon can’t figure it out….

      2. ^This. But it gets kind of sad when this happens constantly and they don’t learn from it.

        1. MATT DAMON!

        2. Like Tony and Shriek, they are impervious to obvious lessons…

    3. The real idiocy is this is a completion show. If they did what Brown wanted them to and selected the winner based on race, well the show would be done in the first episode.

    4. That’s what people are up in arms about? It’s pretty stupid to interrupt her to say that, but this doesn’t even qualify as the “mansplaining” bullshit.

      1. I’ve discovered anything a man says to a woman can be dismissed as “mansplaining.” It’s just a grown-up way of covering your ears with your hands and saying, “I can’t hear you!”

  17. I’m glad to see Carly move into the top three. She seems less crazy than Trump/Carson.

    1. She is still twerking extensive anti-liberty baggage. Fiorina’s involvement with CIA projects has clearly motivated her middle finger being jammed into the collective faces of the right to privacy crowd with her insistence on tearing down the cyberwalls so government bureaucracies can become gods.

      1. I’ll have to look into the CIA connection.

        1. I believe she was pushing for legislation to shield phone companies from any liability for turning over data to the DSA.

      2. http://www.nationalreview.com/…..m-geraghty

        Is this ^^ what you were referring to? Also is National Review a trust worthy publican? I get all my news from Reason because I find the commentariat balance out any bias.

        1. Fiorina’s humble CIA twerking is also briefly crowed about on her website.

        2. I think National Review generally gets it right…it has been more libertarianish of late… and you can’t beat Charles Cooke…

          1. I got a free 3 or 6 month subscription a while back and the first issue I cracked open started off with a vociferous denunciation of Rand Paul as a dangerous isolationist, then proceeded to an article about how Snowden was a traitor who sold state secrets to the Russians. It’s much more “miss” than “hit”. Even when he was wrong, Buckley at least wasn’t a fucking liar.

            1. It’s a diverse crew there. The constant war footing is obnoxious but anyone who pokes Trump in the eye hard enough to elicit a personal response is a winner in my book. And Williamson’s take on social issues is possibly literally inimitable: anyone working at a mainstream publication would be run out on rails for the sort of thing he writes.

              1. SECONDED!!

        3. Worthy publican? So, a man walks into NR…

          1. Publication. That you for keeping me humble.

          2. Also I learned a new word.

  18. Oldest recorded usage of Fuck. Circa 1310:

    The word appears three different times in the 1310 document, suggesting that “Fuckebythenavale” was a nickname and not simply a one-time joke. “I suggest it could either mean an actual attempt at copulation by an inexperienced youth, later reported by a rejected girlfriend,” Booth said of the term’s likely meaning, “or an equivalent of the word ‘dimwit,’ i.e. a man who might think that was the correct way to go about it.”

  19. 7-Eleven offers ‘Date Night’ delivery of ice cream and condoms

    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 15 (UPI) — Convenience store chain 7-Eleven announced its new delivery service includes an offered $20 “Date Night Pack” containing ice cream, candy, Red Bull and condoms.

    The convenience store chain, which earlier this month announced a delivery service in some markets in partnership with startup DoorDash, rolled out its first delivery “convenience pack” options, including the “Date Night Pack.”

    The Date Night Pack, which costs $20 plus a $2 delivery fee, includes a container of Ben & Jerry’s chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, a Hershey’s chocolate bar, a can of Red Bull, an 18-pack of Trident gum and three Trojan Ultra Thin condoms.

    1. “Shoot! A fella could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff.”

        1. +1 cowboy hat

      1. “I think you’re some kind of deviated prevert.”

    2. Only one chocolate bar? Admittedly it’s Hershey’s, but surely one bar between two just doesn’t go

      [insert joke here]

    3. Not a stool you’d want knocked loose. Hope they’re eating that garbage afterwards.

    4. Call me when they come out with the “Homer Pack”

      [Homer walks up to the counter in a convenience store.]

      Homer: Yeah, um, give me one of those porno magazines, a large box of condoms, a bottle of Old Harper, a box of panty shields… [rapid undertone] and some illegal fireworks… [normal voice] and one of those disposable enemas. You know what? Make it two.
      Owner: My apologies, sir, but the sale of fireworks is strictly prohibited in this state and is punishable by? [the only other customer in the store walks out the door] follow me.

      [Marge is looking through the grocery bag filled with embarrassing hygiene and sexual products Homer bought at the convenience store.]

      Marge: Ew, Homer. Whatever you’re planning for tonight, count me out. Didn’t you buy any meat?
      Homer: [patting the giant firework] Hee, hee, hee! This baby’s sure to kill somethin’!

    5. Red Bull and condoms

      All that’s missing is the Axe body spray.

  20. Record-breaking runner to pay $500 fine for Maine celebration

    A Colorado trail runner who in July set a record for the fastest completion of the Appalachian Trail agreed on Wednesday to pay a $500 fine to Maine after breaking state rules by celebrating his feat with champagne at the trail’s northern terminus, his attorney said.

    Officials at Baxter State Park, home to the last 15 miles (24 km) of the 2,180-mile (3,508-km) trail that ends atop 5,269-foot (1,606-meter) tall Mount Kathadin, fined Scott Jurek for violating park rules against drinking in public, littering and hiking with an oversized group.

    1. I told him to use Prosecco! But nooooo…he had to be ‘different’.

      1. I’m glad nobody says “it’s a free country” anymore. Shows we still have a sense of perspective.

        1. I noticed that Trump does use that expression. I haven’t decided yet if that makes him naive, optimistic, or both.

          1. I think it’s like when politicians say “This is the greatest state in the union”. They don’t really believe it, but it sells.

    2. WE HAVE RULES! WE CANNOT ALLOW ANARCHY!

    3. Wow, Maine, way to scare off potential tourists.

      1. Vactionland!

      2. Attempted to relocate to Maine 2 years ago. I fled after a week. Beautiful state, but the people are horrible.

    4. Literally every picture I’ve ever seen of AT completions on Kathadin include alcohol of some kind.

      1. I chugged a beer at the top Bright Angel Trail at the end of my ascent from the Canyon. Didn’t get in trouble.

  21. A lot is riding on Carly Fiorina’s performance.

    Hundreds of blog and twitter posts, in fact.

    1. No doubt…I saw someone posted how unfortunate yesterday’s HP layoff announcement was in its timing for her…as if there is any relevant connection.

      1. Anything bad that happens at HP after her tenure is her fault! Just like Bush is still responsible for our problems 7 years into the Obama presidency.

  22. Thomas Sowell: Misinformed Electorate, Not Trump, Is Real Danger

    It is easy to understand why there would be pent-up resentments among Republican voters. But are elections held for the purpose of venting emotions?

    No national leader ever aroused more fervent emotions than Adolf Hitler did in the 1930s. Watch some old newsreels of German crowds delirious with joy at the sight of him. The only things at all comparable in more recent times were the ecstatic crowds that greeted Barack Obama when he burst upon the political scene in 2008.

    Elections, however, have far more lasting, and far more serious ? or even grim ? consequences than emotional venting. The actual track record of crowd pleasers, whether Juan Peron in Argentina, Obama in America or Hitler in Germany, is very sobering, if not painfully depressing.

    Gee, Sowell, you had to go to Hitler right away

    1. You know who else “went Hitler” right away?

      1. Diana Mitford?

      2. I didn’t mean to do it, I was trimming my moustache and I slipped.

        I prefer to call it a ‘soul moustache’.

    2. But are elections held for the purpose of venting emotions?

      Pretty much

  23. President Obama Orders Behavioral Experiments On American Public

    President Obama announced a new executive order on Tuesday which authorizes federal agencies to conduct behavioral experiments on U.S. citizens in order to advance government initiatives.

    “A growing body of evidence demonstrates that behavioral science insights ? research findings from fields such as behavioral economics and psychology about how people make decisions and act on them ? can be used to design government policies to better serve the American people,” reads the executive order, released on Tuesday.

    The new program is the end result of a policy proposal the White House floated in 2013 entitled “Strengthening Federal Capacity for Behavioral Insights.”

    According to a document released by the White House at that time, the program was modeled on one implemented in the U.K. in 2010. That initiative created a Behavioral Insights Teams, which used “iterative experimentation” to test “interventions that will further advance priorities of the British government.”

    1. ::mouses over the URL::

      “”Please be The Onion, please be The Onion”..

      *sigh*

        1. HOW DARE THEY NOT BE SALON!!!!!

    2. Not a socialist.

      Not a cult.

      No way, man.

      Na-ah.

      Nope.

    3. created a Behavioral Insights Teams, which used “iterative experimentation” to test “interventions…”

      followed by creation of Behavioral Intervention Teams to apply the interventions to those who fail to fall in line.

    4. The order also suggests that agencies fiddle with whether to label certain expenditures as “benefits, taxes, subsidies” or other incentives to “efficiently promote” programs.

      Agencies like the Supreme Court, for instance.

    5. “See, if you stick the tazer up … HERE – they put the fucking lotion on.”

      Note: ‘fucking lotion’ is a euphemism for eating right, paying your taxes and exercising every day.

      1. Note: ‘fucking lotion’…

        So not AstroGlide, then?

    6. I’d be worried, but odds are that the experts they hire to do this are coming from incestuous liberal groupthink fields and won’t actually know the first thing about how people think.

      1. “incestuous liberal groupthink fields” are the brain children behind the sensitivity tsunamis flooding the hallways of higher education and I think this bodes abnormally high levels of not-so-great evil.

      2. Problem is they’re still going to take action based on their “findings”

    7. Yes, let’s be more like the feckless idiots in the UK.

      We have collectively gone insane.

    8. Social science researchers are supposed to obtain informed consent from their subjects. Of course the American Psychological Association has lost all credibility by condoning torture, so this shouldn’t surprise anyone.

    9. can be used to design government policies to better serve the American people,

      It’s a cookbook?

  24. New Hampshire poll shows tight race between Trump, Fiorina, and Ben Carson.

    We will laugh at this in 1 year and then forget our laughter in 4 years.

    1. I have discovered that my bizarre sexual attraction to Fiorina must be beaten violently about the neck and shoulders with something long and hard and called fucking common sense. At least I am fully aware of my short-coming and am willing to suffer the bruising of self-administrated blood-letting.

      As far as Trump and Carson- they both have talents and fringes of greatness but not enough of both to make me stop imagining my eye sockets being fucked violently by two dragons with massive fiery cocks if either claims the role of kingship over my existence.

      1. Did you have a late night, or something? What are you doing on the AM links?

        And why just your eye-sockets? I believe they would use all 7 of the holes in your cranium and then start making new ones.

        1. “I believe they would use all 7 of the holes in your cranium and then start making new ones.”

          The brutality of the initial pounding would likely shatter my skull into a pile of dragon cum splattered pieces so I don’t think there would exist enough time for the dragon cocks to explore other sex potentials with my cranium- although I certainly appreciate the suggestion.

        2. As a neurosurgeon, Carson excels at creating holes in crania.

  25. Poll: For First Time, Most Americans Don’t Believe Guns ‘Too Easy’ to Get

    For the first time since its inception, a CNN/ORC poll finds that most Americans do not believe current gun laws make it “too easy” for Americans to buy guns.

    When asked, “In your view, do existing laws make it too easy for people to buy guns, too difficult, or are they about right?”, 49 percent of respondents said “about right.”

    Forty-one percent of respondents said current law made it “too easy” for people to buy guns and 10 percent said they made it “too difficult.” Only 1 percent of respondents had no opinion.

    1. Well, I am still waiting on my amended license to take possession of three more.

      1. What’s an amended license?

        1. In NY, when you want a new pistol, you buy it from an FFL. That FFL holds the pistol while you submit paperwork to amend your license with the new pistol. It’s about an 8-9 week period now.

          1. That literally is slavery, the holocaust, and child labor rolled into one.

            1. Along with the absurd level of taxation, it’s the reason my long-term plan is to get the hell out of here as soon as possible.

          2. That FFL holds the pistol while you submit paperwork to amend your license with the new pistol. It’s about an 8-9 week period now.

            Nope, no infringement of your right to keep arms there. Nosiree.

            1. Nope, no infringement of your right to keep arms there. Nosiree.

              But, not allowing same-day registration to vote is an unconscionable violation of your rights.

          3. i live in Idaho. This is crazy.

        2. What’s a license?

          It sure is nice having the state not know what guns I have.

      2. Amend your trust to take possession of three more NFA items? Stuck in probate in another state?

  26. Gawd, I miss this. Between the new job with actual “work expectations” and completely shitty IE performance, I actually have to be on vacation to wade into this fray for more than an article or two.

  27. A Campus Rape Ruling, Reversed
    The University of Michigan has vacated its findings against a student accused of sexual assault, after he sued the school for violating his civil rights.

    Drew Sterrett just joined a very small cohort: He is a male college student who has had a sexual assault finding against him reversed. Sterrett, 22, left the University of Michigan in 2012, halfway through his sophomore year, after the university ruled that he’d engaged in sexual intercourse with a fellow student without her consent. As I reported in Slate last year, Sterrett sued the university in federal court, claiming that the proceedings led to what he said was an erroneous conclusion and violated his 14th Amendment rights to due process. When the court rejected the university’s motion to dismiss the case, the two parties went into mandatory mediation. This rare reversal was the result, with Michigan vacating all of its findings against Sterrett and clearing his transcript of any disciplinary action.

  28. Another good Fed bashing:

    When you examine historical data and estimate actual correlations and effect sizes, the dogmatic belief that the Fed can “fine tune” anything in the economy is utter hogwash. At the same time, the demonstrated ability of the Fed to provoke yield-seeking speculation and malinvestment is as clear as day. An activist Federal Reserve is an engine of disaster and little more. Even with the best intentions, a dogmatic Fed, unrestrained by reasonable rules and constraints, is a reckless and deceptive beast, constantly offering to heal the nation with precisely the same actions that inflicted the wounds in the first place.

    1. By definition, nominal GDP is equal to the monetary base multiplied by the “velocity” of the monetary base. People often seem to believe that if the Fed doubles the monetary base, nominal GDP should double as well (either by prices increasing, real GDP increasing, or both). That outcome, however, would only occur if velocity was constant. In that case, quantitative easing would result in a greater level of spending on goods and services, rather than financial speculation. The graph below illustrates that this simply does not happen. In practice, doubling the monetary base simply causes people to hold more idle money balances, and velocity simply falls in half. As a result, actively expanding the money supply in pursuit of higher inflation or higher real GDP growth is ineffective, even if central banks create money in massive amounts as they have in recent years through quantitative easing. Because monetary velocity falls in proportion to growth in the monetary base, more QE simply depresses interest rates and distorts financial markets.

    2. After years of speculation, we currently estimate a 10-year nominal expected total return for the S&P 500 close to zero ? much the same as we projected in real time at the market peak in 2000. The Federal Reserve seems to have no idea what it has done. Poor long-term market returns and severe interim losses are now baked in the cake as a result of obscene valuations. There is no way to undo this outcome ? only to manage the consequences.

      1. So you’re bitching about 1% inflation and 5.2% UE?

        1. You are completely blind to bubbles as usual. Just keep popping champagne like you did at the peak of the housing bubble. Not that times are great now, despite you and the Fed’s cluelessness. Unemployment is heavily distorted by a record-low labor participation rate and record high disability claims, and the Fed’s measure of inflation is horseshit.

        2. How’s that participation rate, shitbag? Has that recovered yet? Oh, wait, no it hasn’t. I know you have no capacity for analytical or dispassionate thought but could you make it a little more challenging for us to destroy you, you disingenuous lying shitbag?

          1. It is higher than it was in the 1950’s Golden Era.

            1. And how is compared to the late 90’s and early 00’s? Recovered yet? No? So what happened to all those workers? Have they given up looking and are therefore not a part of the 5.2% U-6 that you are crowing about?

              You’re such a pathetic clown.

              1. 65 straight months of private sector job creation – over 12 million new private sector jobs while public sector declined a lot.

                1. Real unemployment is not mitigated by people giving up the search, unless you’re using government accounting. Secondly the growth that has occurred hasn’t kept pace with population growth and thirdly the increasing proportion of part-time jobs is most of the sub-par growth what we’re seeing. Stagnation and decline is not something to celebrate.

                  http://www.forbes.com/sites/da…..you-think/

                  1. I am G of that article. I lost everything in 2008. Since then I’ve dealt with homelessness, lost 1/2 of an incisor so I look like a crackhead, haven’t made a payment on my student loans in 7 years. So when I see fucking cocksucker like Buttplug talking about how everything is just rosy, I just want to strangle him. LIke I would literally like to kill this stupid fuck. I am not afraid of prison and the only thing keeping the likes of people like him alive is that I love hanging out with my grandson. And if killing Buttplug could some kind of federal crime invoking federal prison, all the better so I could get some healthcare I need.

                    I feel very much like damaged goods. I’m not complaining. I am responsible for being where I am. I am the idiot that thought law school would be a ticket to a nice paying job. I went liberal arts because I was loo lazy at math. I am not entitled a job. But god damn it, I do have a work ethic and if this country was not so god damn insane, I would not be where I am.

                2. Could you tell me of a single time during his two terms when more people were in the workforce than the day before Obama came into office?

                3. Oh yeah, dishwashing at Applebys.. Wooohoooo.

            2. It is higher than it was in the 1950’s Golden Era.

              Back when most women were freaking housewives?

          2. So, Restoras, how’s that “giving ants sugarcubes” method of ant removal working out for you?

            1. Are you comparing shriek to ants? At least ants serve an ecological purpose.

              1. I am.

                Shriek is an ant. Everyone who interacts with it is an aphid. Shriek posting inflammatory shit is the ant instinctively rubbing the aphids’ tummies. Our replies to it are the nectar it harvests.

                Judging by the abuse hurled at shriek, people are pissed off at it and want it to go away. But they relpy to it. Which is the reward it is looking for.

                When sevo and restoras reply to it with abuse, hoping it will drive it off, they are engaging in behavior as counterproductive as giving sugar cubes to ants in hopes they will go away.

                1. Also, shriek loves guzzling that Terro stuff.

                2. +10000000 Tarran. Spot on.

  29. A lot is riding on Carly Fiorina’s performance.

    HP cutting 30,000 more jobs related to a disastrous string of acquisitions beginning with Compaq. Will finally spin off the failed PC unit.

    Her performance as a CEO was miserable.

    1. She’ll be well positioned to take over for Obama then.

    2. Yes, she sits in stark contrast to all those dem contenders with successful private sector experience.
      We could use a few more folks in the WH who didn’t feel “creating jobs” was in their job description and actually thought a squared away financials was a worthwhile goal.

      1. Shriek is incapable of rational thought or dispassionate analysis because Obama’s cock is so far up its ass it interferes with what limited brain function it has.

        1. You’re incapable of honest debate.

          All economic indicators are good-to-great. No idiot wars, free trade agreements coming with 70% of the world, legal pot in two states with more to come, and a no-nuke deal with Iran to free up more oil for the world.

          1. All economic indicators are good-to-great. No idiot wars

            *blinks in disbelief*

            1. 5.2% UE
              Inflation dead
              Exports at all time highs
              $45 oil
              record market highs (up over 100%)
              record market gains
              record corporate profits
              deficits cut by 2/3
              4% mortgage rates
              auto sales over 17 million annual

              What is not to like?

              1. Hmmm, it almost sounds like you’re making the case for Hillary/Sanders to run on the success of the Obama admin, yet they aren’t. Why is that???

              2. THE ECONOMY IS ELECTRIC!!!

                ALL HAIL OBAMA!!! IT IS HIS DOING, AND HIS ALONE!!!

                Must have arms like Popeye to carry all that water…

          2. Participation rate, how’s that?
            National debt, how is that?
            Financial asset bubble, not problem’s there.
            An entire generation with destroyed savings – yeah, no problem.
            Unfunded federal liabilities are 6x the US GDP and 2x the world GDP? Yep everything is peachy.

            Go back to your mama’s basement, shitbag.

            1. Don’t forget the complete unraveling of the middle east. But of course in his eyes, sending drones over foreign territory to kill people does not count as “war”, much less the idiot variety.

            2. LFP? Retired people and students don’t work! How awful!
              Deficit? Cut by 2/3rds since Bush left Trillion + deficits.
              No asset bubble – none.
              401Ks up over 100% since Jan 2009!

              1. You invalidate and mock yourself with your own reply. Just perfect.

              2. LFP? Retired people and students don’t work! How awful!

                They aren’t fucking counted.

            3. Unfortunately, shriek got kicked out of his mama’s basement when she got remarried to that douchebag Greg, who keeps all his old exercise equipment down there.

              1. They put up a shed in the back-yard, though.

                It’s got an extension cord running from the garage and a bucket in the corner.

                1. Shriek considers it a clever protest to not use the bucket and just crap on the floor instead.

          3. Here ya go

            Choke on that, shit seive.

    3. She’s not a true champion of the free market, like Barrack Hussein Fucking Obama!

    4. Don’t assume this as support of the CIA twerker but to be fair HP CEOs were always generally shitty. When the boys died HP always pulled hats out of cats with the smart people they hired to make things- not run things.

    5. It’s really hard to decide who is better suited to become US President:

      – Trump with his experience in multiple bankruptcies and shafting creditors
      – Fiorina with her experience in running a once-magnificent company in decline
      – Hillary with her experience in unending scandal and corruption
      – Sanders with his experience in promising a socialist utopia

      1. None of them.

        Obama vs Romney was as good as we can get.

        1. Could you tell me of a single time during his two terms when more people were in the workforce than the day before Obama came into office?

          1. Didn’t think ya could.

  30. The Truth about Mass Incarceration

    President Obama’s and Alexander’s well-known narrative, however, doesn’t fit the facts. Prison growth has been driven mainly by violent and property crime, not drugs. As Fordham law professor John Pfaff has shown, more than half of the extra prisoners added in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s were imprisoned for violent crimes; two thirds were in for violent or property crimes. Only about a fifth of prison inmates are incarcerated for drug offenses, and only a sliver of those are in for marijuana. Moreover, many of these incarcerated drug offenders have prior convictions for violent crimes. The median state prisoner serves roughly two years before being released; three quarters are released within roughly six years.

    For the last several decades, arrest rates as a percentage of crimes ? including drug arrests ? have been basically flat, as have sentence lengths. What has driven prison populations, Pfaff proves convincingly, is that arrests are far more likely to result in felony charges: Twenty years ago, only three eighths of arrests resulted in felony charges, but today more than half do. Over the past few decades, prosecutors have grown tougher and more consistent.

    1. Obama is all about narratives.

      Like any good left-winger.

      The masters of Bovine University.

    2. Over the past few decades, prosecutors have grown tougher and more consistent.

      Or maybe more amoral and manipulative in the service of inflating their conviction rates.

      Is this author the secret love child of Heather MacDonald and Charles Murray or something?

    3. “As Fordham law professor John Pfaff has shown, more than half of the extra prisoners added in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s were imprisoned for violent crimes; two thirds were in for violent or property crimes.”

      Which means one-third are imprisoned for non-violent crime. Given that the prison population has increased 400% since 1980, you can do the math on what that means. I like that he thinks a 133% increase in prison populations from non-violent crimes alone is totally okay.

      1. The problem with those statistics is that lazy ass da’s often plea down a violent or property crime to a drug crime for an easy victory.

        1. Also, non-violent =/= victimless. Fraud is not violent, but it’s still theft.

          1. Fraud is a crime? I fail to see how throwing fraudsters in the clink solves any problems.

    4. How many of those were third strikes, where the first two strikes were drugs?

    5. As Fordham law professor John Pfaff has shown, more than half of the extra prisoners added in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s were imprisoned for violent crimes; two thirds were in for violent or property crimes.

      How many of thsoe violent crimes were in the black market created by drug prohibition?

      How many of them involved no actual violence at all, but merely “possession of a firearm” while engaged in nonviolent activities?

  31. NASA reminds us that astronaut poop burns up ‘like shooting stars’

    But the crowning glory of NASA’s cheeky infographic is plain as day: While he’s in space, Kelly’s poop will be jettisoned and burn up in the atmosphere, looking like “shooting stars.” Your poop will not look like a shooting star — unless you, too, become an astronaut. If that’s not a motivation to stay in school, I don’t know what is.

    And lest you think NASA is exaggerating: In 2009, a particularly large waste dump from the International Space Station had folks reporting a mysterious glow in the sky.

    I would have blamed Warty.

    1. I WANT TO BELIEVE

    2. That’s why they stopped sending up Indian food to the ISS.

    3. Your poop will not look like a shooting star — unless you, too, become an astronaut.

      You lie!

      1. I just took a shit that felt like a shooting star, so i’m not sure this is accurate.

        1. hot and flaming?

          True story: I had some friends who had to take their son to the hospital because he had “blood in his stool.” After a bunch of testing it was determined that it was caused by the consumption of an entire bag of Flaming Hot Cheetos in one sitting.

          1. or at least that’s what I heard…

            1. Protip: the morning after you eat a huge amount of beets, you may think that you need to go to the hospital, but you probably don’t.

              1. Glad to know I’m not the only one.

          2. If I have eaten beets for dinner the previous day, I often have a brief moment of concern over the red toilet water before I remember about the beets.

    4. My inner chimp wants to fling poo at the entire planet.

  32. State mails 6,000 postcards to promote liquor store in Meridian

    “I know people have been waiting for the liquor store to open up just so they don’t have to drive to downtown Boise,” said Corey Carter, a local resident. “I mean it’s good for the area.”

    The state mailed out more than 6,000 post cards. The $2,100 in postage was covered without using taxpayer funds.

    “We receive no general fund money for the operation of the liquor division,” Anderson said. “All of the expenses that we have come out of the sales we generate.”

    So did the advertisements work? Anderson said he’s not sure whether the postcards made a difference. Sales were about average for an opening day of a new state-owned liquor store.

    1. Sales were about average for an opening day of a new state-owned liquor store.

      Jeez, you know people are down in the dumps when even an increase in the alcohol ration doesn’t excite them.

  33. How Obamacare Allows Companies to Punish Fat Employees

    “I know I’m heavier than I should be for my height, but I’m not obese,” she says. “I really don’t care.”

    So, not only are you fat, you’re also mentally ill.

    1. I’m not fat. I’m short for my weight. I can’t control my height, ya know?

    2. This is why everyone should be responsible for their own healthcare. Those who make poor life choices and neglect their bodies should pay their own medical bills–not their neighbors! This would also eliminate the busybodies who demand people change their lifestyle because others pay for it.

  34. Goldman Warns Markets Unprepared for Fed as Treasuries Seesaw

    Goldman Sachs Group Inc. says financial markets are vulnerable because nobody can agree on what the Federal Reserve will do. Treasuries whipped around amid the debate.

    U.S. government securities rose Wednesday, rebounding from the selloff a day earlier when retail-sales data increased speculation the Fed would raise interest rates this week. Goldman Sachs Chief Economist Jan Hatzius said the central bank probably won’t act until December, or even until
    There’s a lack of consensus among policy makers, too, which is a reason for them to hold off when they finish their meeting Thursday, he said.

    ah, nothing better than the stability of central banks

    1. Goldman Sachs are a bunch of clowns just like the Fed. This “will they or won’t they” bullshit is irrelevant. The markets are already fucked good and hard. It’s only a question of when they implode, not if.

      1. Who are you that is so wise in the ways of science?

  35. Signs of Hillary Clinton’s Troubles, in Charts

    Hillary Rodham Clinton was inevitably going to lose some of her aura once she started campaigning. The high favorability ratings she earned as secretary of state simply weren’t sustainable.

    But over the last two months, the steady and expected erosion of her ratings has surprisingly accelerated. Her ratings are now lower than they were in 2007 or 2008, or at any point in her political career.

    But Mrs. Clinton’s decline now extends beyond what I, at least, would have expected. It is still not enough to call her advantage into question, but it suggests that many analysts might have underestimated the resonance of the controversy surrounding her private email account and server at the State Department. And it creates a real quandary for Mr. Biden.

    1. How the heck did she get ‘high approval’ ratings as SofS? Are people paying any attention?

      1. Compared to Condi Rice Hil-Dog is a Churchill. Low bar though.

        1. PHAKE SKANDALL!!!!!!

          Remember to come up for air periodically or you’ll gag.

        2. Rice is a superior intellect to Hillary. And more cultured too.

          1. “Who could have possibly thought about them using airliners as weapons”? (As NSA)

            “Iraq is experiencing the birth pangs of democracy” (in 2005 as SoS)

            THAT, son, is failure.

            I know. You’re on the GOP Plantation. Get out now!

            Yeah, she plays the piano and wears expensive boots. Good for her.

        3. Compared to Condi Rice Hil-Dog is a Churchill.

          Well, you have a point.

          Churchill was PM while the ME was engulfed in war, with millions of refugees roaming Europe.

      2. Are people paying any attention?

        Short answer… no

        Most people aren’t paying attention. Most people see a headline and go no further.

        1. A republic, if you can keep it.

  36. When you or your partner are most likely to cheat
    New psychological research suggests that as our relationships unravel, we tend to grow more deceitful

    The implications of this research extend beyond the walls of the laboratory. Political terms, job tenures, school years, golf games?all happen over a finite period of time. We’d be wise to keep an extra-vigilant eye, therefore, on lame-duck senators, students in spring semester, and golf partners on the eighteenth hole.

    Even further, it demonstrates another side of a natural ability to anticipate the future. A strange mood comes over us when we have the sense of an ending. We get a little friskier; we live with more abandon. (Jon Stewart, for instance, was arguably never perkier than in the last few months of filming the Daily Show.) This fact jibes with studies showing that that dopamine, a chemical in the brain associated with pleasure and risk-taking, ramps up in rats as they near the end of a maze. This sense of anticipation can help us eke the most out of transient moments, as we try to squeeze a little more from the toothpaste tube, even if it doesn’t belong to us.

  37. Your Daily Misanthropy: Muslim student in Texas arrested for building clock

    A 14-year-old Muslim boy has been arrested in North Texas after a high school teacher decided that a homemade clock he brought to class could be a bomb.

    Ahmed Mohamed, who enjoys tinkering with electronics, proudly took the clock to MacArthur High in Irving on Monday.

    But one teacher raised concerns that it looked like a bomb, prompting the school principal and several police officers to question him, search his belongings and march him from the school in handcuffs.

    Police don’t believe the device is dangerous, but say it could be mistaken for a fake explosive.

    Mohamed was suspended from school for three days, but he has not been charged.

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations is investigating, saying the incident is typical of the negative attitudes toward Muslims in Irving.

    There just aren’t enough woodchippers.

    1. Well, he’s off to Afghanistan for training.

      1. ^This. Because the message the system sent him is that as a Muslim he’d better not be tinkering with any technology that could possibly be used for nefarious purposes. But there are people elsewhere who will encourage and reward that.

    2. Terrible story. I will say though that in America, where kids get booted from class for biting pop tarts to look like guns or for throwing imaginary grenades, it’s possible the fact that he’s a Muslim isn’t the reason this occurred. Schools seem to do shit like this with regularity to students of all colors and creeds.

      I hope every person involved in this (including the cops) gets fired, but they’re government employees so I’m sure that won’t happen.

      1. But racism is a much more lucrative accusation to make.

    3. +1 Mosque Clock

      True story. I sent one to my BIL. It starting ringing in the package as it was being delivered. Mailman was freaked.

      1. I have one of those. The alarm sound is much higher pitched than I expected.

    4. The Council on American-Islamic Relations is investigating, saying the incident is typical of the negative attitudes toward Muslims in Irving.

      So the American lobbying arm of Hamas is not pleased.

  38. War is coming to the Democrats: Why Clinton vs. Sanders is about to get very ugly
    A pro-Hillary super PAC has introduced a new level of hostility to the 2016 campaign. What’s next?

    Correct the Record, a pro-Clinton group which?despite the laughable lack of information you will find about it on its website?is run in coordination with the Clinton campaign by Media Matters chief David Brock?has started going after Sanders. That’s not too surprising, but what’s notable is the way Correct the Record is doing it: by trying to link Sanders to Jeremy Corbyn, the newly elected leader of the Labour Party in Britain.

    1. Not one single elected Democrat (in DC) is supporting Bernie.

      And that is with a weak candidate like Hillary as the lone alternative. Some “war” unless Biden gets in.

      1. I wasn’t aware elected Democrats are the ones who decide the nominee. If Bernie wins the primaries, do you really think the Dems are going to go against the will of their base and refuse to nominate him?

        1. Hillary already has about one-third of the convention votes unless the super-delegates desert her like they did in 2008.

          1. Looney Bernie is no Obama.

            The big Democratic business community (from Wall St to Buffett to Silicon Valley) will never support Bernie. They love Obama.

            Bernie is anti-TPP. He is a joke.

            1. I thought it went without saying that the super-delegates wouldn’t defect to Bernie.

              However, if Biden were to launch a serious run, I’m not so sure.

  39. Efforts to kill the Iran nuclear deal are fading in Washington, but in Tehran they’re just heating up.
    Throwing his weight behind the push is Hossein Shariatmadari, who has run the loyalist Kayhan newspaper since Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei appointed him editor-in-chief more than two decades ago with a mission to “guide opinion, reflect the truth and defend against foreign aggression.”

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/…..-sink-deal

    Iran has nutty conservatives too!

    1. I don’t know that ‘conservative’ is the proper appellation for an Islamist movement that named the defenders of the Islamist system the Revolutionary Guard. “Revolutionary” does not seem to be a particularly conservative term.

      The Iran nutters are actually radical Shi’ites, not really conservatives.

  40. Star Trek: Voyager actress arrested for indecent exposure

    “Star Trek: Voyager” actress Jennifer Lien was arrested and has been in custody for two weeks after allegedly exposing herself in front of several children, Roane County police confirm.

    Lien has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure in an incident that happened on Aug. 31 in Harriman, Tenn.

    A neighbor of Lien’s made a complaint to police after Lien began a tirade due to a crying child, and during her tirade, exposed her breasts and buttocks. The neighbor stated that she had three children in the yard while this was happening.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, when police appeared on Sept. 3 with a warrant, Lien was not wearing clothes and resisted arrest.

    “The offender stated she wasn’t going any f?king where and we needed to leave her alone,” reads the police report by responding officer Billy Walker.

    Lien also threatened to have the officers shot and killed, says the police report. She was transported to the patrol car and taken to the Roane County Jail, and is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 7.

    Yeesh, someone went Warp 11.

    1. Why is that man named Jennifer?

    2. Delta quadrant babes are a special breed of crazy.

    3. She was cute on the show. Now she looka like a man

    1. THERE IS NO PEAK DERP.

    2. Check your terrestrial privilege, you 100%’er

    3. Scientists Say Message We’re Sending Aliens Isn’t Diverse or Equal Enough

      “Mediocre scientists are bored. News at 11”

    4. I really hope this is not indicative of where my field is going.

      To be fair, everyone quoted in the article seemed to be on the philosophy/policy side, not the hard science side.

    5. a group of British astronomers and philosophers who form the UK research network for SETI – the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

      I’m still looking for some on Earth.

      I’m filing this one with the Stop Robot Hookers article from yesterday.

      1. a group of British astronomers and philosophers

        That combination adds up to astrology.

  41. Please, please, please….

    FCC Commissioner: Free Content Might Violate Agency’s ‘Internet Conduct Standard’

    Please let the FCC stop Sprint and other carriers from exempting music streaming from data caps because of Net Neutrality rules before winter gets here and my lips chap.

    “If you are a T-Mobile wireless customer and you have a data cap you might think, ‘well, I have to be careful about how I consume data.’ Well, T-Mobile has a program called music freedom, which exempts certain programs like Spotify and Pandora from those data caps, so if you listen to a bunch of songs when you are walking around that content does not count against your data cap,” Pai said during an Internet regulation discussion hosted by the Federalist Society.

    “So, generally speaking, free content seems to be a good thing for most wireless consumers but the agency explicitly said that could be considered a net neutrality violation under the Internet conduct standard. And that simply raises the question, how far will this Internet content standard go? What kinds of business practices that innovative new competitors might want to introduce might be frowned upon by the FCC?” he added.

    1. Once winter gets here and my lips are chapped, laughing at the NN tards whining about this sort of thing will be too painful.

      1. I expect you will hear more cheering than complaints. The NN folks seem to have a high proportion of followers driven by envy not greed who think equal misery is an acceptable result..

    2. They wanted to the internet to operate like it was “intended to” when it was first created. And they’ll sure as hell get it.

  42. Mark Cuban says he could ‘crush’ Donald Trump

    http://money.cnn.com/2015/09/1…..president/

    Libertarian to boot. Run Mark Run!

  43. Huffington Post to WSJ: LEAVE BERNIE ALONE!!!!

    It is said of economists that they know the cost of everything but the value of nothing. In the case of the article “Price Tag of Bernie Sanders’s Proposals: $18 Trillion,” this accusation is a better fit for the Wall Street Journal that published it.

    The Journal correctly puts the additional federal spending for health care under HR 676 (a single payer health plan) at $15 trillion over ten years. It neglects to add, however, that by spending these vast sums, we would, as a country, save nearly $5 trillion over ten years in reduced administrative waste, lower pharmaceutical and device prices, and by lowering the rate of medical inflation.

    These financial savings would be felt by businesses and by state and local governments who would no longer be paying for health insurance for their employees; and by retirees and working Americans who would no longer have to pay for their health insurance or for co-payments and deductibles. Beyond these financial savings, HR 676 would also save thousands of lives a year by expanding access to health care for the uninsured and the underinsured.

    Jesus Christ, we have to spend more money to save more money on administrative overhead in the Federal government? When has that ever happened?

    1. reduced administrative waste

      I keep waiting for someone to deliver on this promise… but yet it never comes.

      1. Well, where we’d really save a lot of money is in the total halt in medical innovation.

        Think of all the trillions we’d save there (pay no attention to the pile of dead bodies; they were just kulaks and wreckers).

    2. I’m still not completely clear on how only blowing an extra 10 trillion somehow vindicates the plan.

      Also, those financial savings realized by businesses no longer burdened by providing health insurance for their employees by government order would be more than offset by, you know, the 15 trillion extra dollars in taxes they’ll have to pay (presuming there was even the pretense of an interest in actually paying for it rather than debt-financing it).

      1. It’s like that episode of I love Lucy when they were in California, and Lucy bought the dresses that normally cost $500 for $200.

        Lucy feels that she saved $300. And Ricky is freaking out because his income of $500 a week, though putting him in the top 30% of wage earners in the U.S. can’t sustain such purchases.

    3. 15 trillion over ten years. It neglects to add, however, that by spending these vast sums, we would, as a country, save nearly $5 trillion over ten years

      Retards…spend $15T to save $5T…

    4. “The Journal correctly puts the additional federal spending for health care under HR 676 (a single payer health plan) at $15 trillion over ten years. It neglects to add, however, that by spending these vast sums, we would, as a country, save nearly $5 trillion over ten years in reduced administrative waste, lower pharmaceutical and device prices, and by lowering the rate of medical inflation.”

      How would nationalizing the health care of 300 million people lead to less administrative waste?

      1. You misunderstood, what they mean is they’ll reduce administrative “waists” by cutting the cabbage rations for the 1%.

    5. Beyond these financial savings, HR 676 would also save thousands of lives a year by expanding access to health care for the uninsured and the underinsured.

      First, spending $10 trillion instead of $15 trillion isn’t “saving” anything, and that is generously accepting the assertion that we’d cut current costs by $5 trillion.

      Second, I don’t believe for one minute that thousands are dying per year because they are uninsured or underinsured.

  44. OT: against my better judgement, I’ve started writing my 11th? 12th? book. This will be yet another post-apocalypse novel – more like novella – that I’m aiming to finish before the end of the year. I need another project to work on since my other hobbies are getting squeezed out due to the lack of a mancave at my new house.

    So if you want to contribute to my BMW fund well-being, please contribute your dollars good wishes.

    1. *searches areound desk for sign of good wishes*

      Can I give you an IOU on that? I seem to be a little short.

      I can wish you good luck if that works.

      1. These days I’ll take what I can get.

    2. I remained unremunerated for my efforts.

      (jk, good on you from someone who knows)

      1. Thank you, SF. In my eyes, you still remain the gold standard of… uh… eroticahorrorcore

  45. Helen Mirren: A man putting an arm around a woman is sexist

    “It annoys me when I see men with an arm slung round their girlfriend’s shoulders. It’s like ownership.

    “Of course, when you’re young, you want the guy to take your hand and look after you. But when I see girls being leaned on, I want to say, ‘Tell him to get his damned arm off your shoulder’.”

    During the interview, Dame Helen also encouraged women to get married later in life, adding that she thinks marrying young is “not a great idea”, particularly if the bride is only doing it “for the frock”.

    She added: “Women are still toddlers in this modern world, trying to find their position in the age of sexual liberation, birth control, education and financial independence.

    “We’re still finding our path. And yes, we’re making a lot of mistakes along the way.”

    Dame Helen, of course, is always quick to call out sexism when she sees it, such as in June, when she branded Hollywood sexism and ageism “fucking outrageous” and “ridiculous”, insisting: “We all watched James Bond as he got more and more geriatric, and his girlfriends got younger and younger. It’s so annoying.”

    She also said in April that she didn’t want to be described as “feisty” or “sassy”, claiming they were terms that “make her gag”.

    1. “make her gag”

      I wonder what else could make her gag…

    2. only doing it “for the frock”.

      What the frock?

    3. Dame Mirren, a word of advice:

      My fiance is interested in traveling to London with me. She likes it when I put my arm around her shoulders, particularly if she is feeling tired – which jet-lagged tourists often do.

      And if you were to encounter us and you were to rudely attempt to dictate how we show our affection to each other, there’s a chance she’d gut you like a fish right there on the spot.

      I understand that you, like mullahs in Tehran, are really bothered by people showing affection to each other in ways that rub you the wrong way. I merely suggest that you avoid the problems you will cause for yourself should you embark on a personal mission to promote virtue and suppress vice.

    4. Sooo, I don’t have to cuddle after sex???

    5. Women are still toddlers in this modern world

      And there you have it.

      1. God, that pisses me off. My wife beat out people that were supposedly much more qualified than she is for her current job, which is pretty high profile and comes with a lot of responsibility, and has been completely owning it. She just got a promotion over other people that have been there way longer than her. She isn’t a fucking toddler, she is a boss, and it isn’t because she spends her time obsessing over all the ways people are out to undermine her because she is a woman. Those thoughts never even enter her mind.

    6. “It annoys me when I see men with an arm slung round their girlfriend’s shoulders. It’s like ownership.”

      I think that’s kind of the idea. Not in a Muslim fundamentalist property sense, but in a “she’s mine” sense. Nothing wrong with that.

    7. “We all watched James Bond as he got more and more geriatric, and his girlfriends got younger and younger. It’s so annoying.”

      I do find this annoying with movies too. Sorry, it’s a tired stereotype that men get more handsome with age. No one wants to see an old guy rubbing his body all over a desperate young actress.

      1. OLD GUY: “Before we get started, honey, let me have a look at your ID.”

        DESPERATE YOUNG ACTRESS: “And let me hold your teeth.”

      2. If I were a young and desperate female thespian I’d thoroughly enjoy a James Bondish sort of manly-man to rub me with his body.

        On another note: Two female friends of mine over 40 divorced their husbands of over 20 years and both are currently dating young men under 30. Stunning but true. Women are just as capable of fishing for the young as their gender counterpart.

        The real world has a lot more age disparities written all over and under it than most would believe.

    8. As a sensualist-libertine-whore-male-atheist-fuck with not a single atom of Feminism located anywhere in his godly creation I think most of what she states is derived from years of feminist-inspired tunnel-vision- however, I think she has a point with young guys who do what I call the ‘heavy drape’ and I think the following is what Mirren’s tunnel vision missed.

      If I were a 22 year-old blonde with a lightly-sculpted frame and freshly-shaved labia and sassy butthole and I were out on the town in my Prada high heels and neon pink True Religion mini skirt with my doggy collar on and Mr. Elvis McMacho ‘heavily drapped’ his fuckmeat arm on my shoulders with not an ounce of respect attention paid toward my feminine muscular capabilities to handle his fucking disproportionate armature weight I’d fucking smack him in the temple so hard he couldn’t see to hear for hours.

      Fucking hate seeing a heavy draper. Drape lightly and easily, young bulls. Carry the weight of your own armature. The drape is for intimacy which means the drape should be tender. Doing otherwise means your brain is trapped in a thimble. No good man desires a thimble brain.

      1. I came here to say this, but I’ve been outdone by a master. So..

        ^^THIS^^

  46. Janet Yellin holds the faintly beating heart of the world economy in her gnarled, wizened claw.
    WILL SHE CRUSH THE LIFE OUT OF IT?
    The world awaits in trepidation.

    1. Spoiler alert: probably!

  47. Meet the new victim class:How Obamacare Allows Companies to Punish Fat Employees

    A few months ago, Tracy Raymond, a first-grade teacher in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, discovered that she was too fat for her school. A 50-year-old mother of two, Ms. Raymond has always carried around extra padding, but it never bothered her. “I know I’m heavier than I should be for my height, but I’m not obese,” she says. “I really don’t care.”

    If the diet police has its way, she might have to start caring. Because according to her employer, her weight is a big problem?so much so that she was warned that if she didn’t lose weight and lower her cholesterol, either by participating in a wellness program or fixing the problems on her own, her insurance premiums would increase by $50 a month……
    In the meantime, Ms. Raymond, the first grade teacher, is not planning to complete the six weeks of mandated phone counseling with a nutritionist (time, some might argue, better spent teaching kids). Instead, she has opted to pay an extra $600 a year?or $25 per paycheck out of a salary that is not large to begin with.

    1. six weeks of mandated phone counseling with a nutritionist

      Nothing left to cut! I mean, besides Ms. Raymond’s stomach.

      1. my apologies for not updating the page before posting.

    2. You can have open borders universal health care or welfare personal freedoms, but not both.

    3. […] she [Ms. Raymond] was warned [by her employer] that if she didn’t lose weight and lower her cholesterol, either by participating in a wellness program or fixing the problems on her own, her insurance premiums would increase by $50 a month[…]

      Comes with the territory. Let someone else foot the bill for your health care and you’re giving that someone the power to make decisions over your lifestyle.

      Ms. Raymond, the first grade teacher, is not planning to complete the six weeks of mandated phone counseling with a nutritionist

      Oh, do talk with the nutritionist! Call her and insist to talk to her every time you have a chance! Talk with her about the things that the Bible can teach us about life and the hereafter and, pretty soon, she won’t return your calls and simply rubber-stamp an A+ grade on your chart just to get you off her case.

    4. My company started this health program where you get reduced insurance rates if you don’t smoke (random testing), exercise (in a certified method), get a physical every year, and participate in the yearly “health fair.”

      The tobacco testing – which I was a “random” victim – has come to the forefront yet again. It turns out that you can smoke, and get the same insurance rates as a non-smokes, as long as you attend – via a conference call – a single smoking cessation class. One that takes only ~10 minutes to complete. So hello, major loophole.

      1. Eh, most people are honest. The amount of people who will lie and say they don’t smoke when they do cost less in extra medical costs than it would to set up a system that would catch them.

        1. Exactly… the smoking (and they also threw in MJ testing) hasn’t helped morale. Hell I haven’t smoked weed in years ‘n’ years, and I finally gave up my occasional bar cigarette. But I felt like a criminal when I had to go offsite to a dingy medcenter and pee in a cup.

        2. It is not that hard to more when the addicts go outside en Masse for their fixes.

      2. exercise (in a certified method)
        This is what scares me the most. “Certified” by whom? The same govt quacks who can’t figure out if salt is good or bad from one day to the next are going to bless one ‘method’ of exercise over another.

    5. What’s that Iron Law about completely forseeable consquences….

  48. Rand Paul should ignore Trump and speak to the audience at home. Talk foreign policy – the Libyan disaster for example; demand an audit of the Fed – to get back Dad’s supporters; legalize marijuana and reform of sentencing; stop spying on Americans. In other words, go as full
    libertarian as he feels comfortable with. If his poll numbers continue to remain where they are, then get the hell out of the race as he has zero chance posing as “the real conservative” in this race.

    1. Rand is not going to get nominated. He might as well go full libertarian.

      But he can do that and go after Trump at the same time.

      1. Rand is not going to get nominated.

        Exactly. That much is obvious at this point. Trump and Sanders have uncovered the nasty underbelly of xenophobia coupled with state worship. They are the antithesis of Paul.

  49. Double OT:

    I’m about 90% done with my new Dynaco PAS tube preamplifier build: Pic

    It is functional – just need to add feet, power indicator (LED) light, and wire up the rest of the inputs.

    more pix Here

  50. How can Biden criticize Trump immigration plan. ” I’m going to build a wall. It going to be a beautiful wall. They will probably name it after me ” is not a plan. It is a line of BS. Half the questions asked of other candidates are about Trump. News Flash, if you start treating the interviews like they important to the well being of this nation instead of a reality show you would start to see Trumps numbers drop. He has no substance except what the talking heads give him.

  51. How have I never thought of this comparison before?

    John Schindler
    @20committee

    Trump is really just Obama for older white people.

    Platitudes+narcissism+zero content+media hype+fake identity politics masking ambition.

    1. Scrap the narcissism (and to a lesser degree media hype) and you’ve got Sanders pegged as well.

    1. “Discovered in Australia” – to the surprise of absolutely no one.

  52. Dame Helen also encouraged women to get married later in life, adding that she thinks marrying young is “not a great idea”, particularly if the bride is only doing it “for the frock”.

    Not maternalism.
    Not.
    At all.

  53. Libertarianism, however, is not just a set of policy prescriptions, but an ideology. It is, moreover, a total ideology, one that addresses every aspect of how people live. There is a libertarian way of riding a bicycle, of taking your medicine, finding a spouse, giving blood, and even calling a cab (can you say, “Uber?”).

    Is he [Wolfe] kidding?

    No. He’s just too busy attacking this strawman he invented himself he cares for little else. He should change his name to Pygmalion Wolfe.

    1. Liberty is tyranny. Tony said so.

      1. For the Tony’s of the world, “freedom” means being free from life’s vicissitudes. He equivocates by confusing freedom with being liberated of burdens.

        1. Freedom from vs freedom to.

    2. There is a libertarian way of riding a bicycle, of taking your medicine, finding a spouse, giving blood, and even calling a cab (can you say, “Uber?”).

      He’s right, you know.

      The libertarian way of doing anything is “However you want”.

      We’re monsters, aren’t we?

  54. A lot is riding on Carly Fiorina’s performance.

    And her face.

    1. Better than riding her, uh, never mind.

  55. If the diet police has its way, she might have to start caring. Because according to her employer, her weight is a big problem?so much so that she was warned that if she didn’t lose weight and lower her cholesterol, either by participating in a wellness program or fixing the problems on her own, her insurance premiums would increase by $50 a month……

    Whoa, whoa, whoa!
    I thought Obamacare outlawed risk based premiums.

  56. Is Rand Paul committing political seppuku on live TV part of the libertarian moment?

    1. Seppuku requires honor, which Trump will never comprehend.

  57. Is the preference among Republicans for non-politicians for prez likely to change by next yr.? It doesn’t seem like something that would, so it’ll be Trump, Carson, or Fiorina, unless some other non-politician jumps into the race.

    1. Or unless the Repub establishment rigs the game sufficiently to get another spineless crony the nom.

  58. Alan Wolfe-
    Where liberalism raises questions, libertarians seek answers, and always find the right ones.

    Umm, whut?

    1. Look, it *feels* true, OK?

      Progs are sophisticated and nuanced, and their politics aren’t just made up of simple-minded slogans and ridiculous stereotyping of their opponents, unlike those unsophisticated, Koch-funded, corporate whores.

      /sarc

      1. PS, this article is in Commonweal, a Catholic magazine which thinks the Catholic Church should ditch most of the Church’s historic teachings and be more like the Episcopalians.

  59. Cleveland not only isn’t Detroit but it makes the 7th most affordable place to live on CNN/Money’s list.

    Dayton, OH is number two. I have a friend that lived next door to Dayton and now lives closer to Cincinnati. My impression from visiting him is that if you can find a job it is a cheap place to live.

    1. Livin’ in sin with a safety pin,
      Cleveland Rocks!
      Cleveland Rocks!
      Cleveland Rocks!

    2. Wonder if it includes insurance premiums for living so close to Warty’s dungeon….

      1. No one will underwrite that.

        No one.

      2. I think he and the dungeon have left town. It’s safe to enter once again.

    3. All of upstate NY is cheap as hell too, not just Syracuse which was on that list.

      1. Well that is what happens when you have a government determined to drive all profit seeking businesses out of the state.

  60. Pan Zagloba, are you out there? Yes, your work was worthwhile. I didn’t know about Croatian women. I knew about Polish, Hungarian, and other Eastern European women.

    1. I’m always out there, but morning Links are not conducive to those of us on West Coast.
      As I said, totally worth it!

      1. British Colombia? I have a vague memory you stated you’re in Canada now.

  61. Alan Wolf was 5 and the moon shone into his nursery. It was 3 AM and little Alan Wolf couldn’t sleep. His pudgy face was transfixed by the ghostly shadows cast throughout the interior of his moonlit haven. As the moment wore on the ghostly shadows began to move and flit about like blurred wisps fluttering on wings and Alan Wolf became afraid. And Alan Wolf cried. Mother Wolf came in and held Alan in her lap and Alan Wolf the little boy sighed peacefully and made a note in his infantile mind that anything super scary he would refer to as Libertarianism and avoid it forever.

    And this is why Alan Wolf pens scary stories about the very thing he has spent a lifetime avoiding- and, therefore, never understanding.

    1. It’s much like HP Lovecraft writing about eldritch horrors. He doesn’t fully understand them. They are dark and slimy. He’s confident it’s so very horrific and the fate of mankind hangs in the balance.

  62. I tried to get through that Alan Wolfe thing, but I just wasn’t tough enough.
    Another tedious litany of lazy misperceptions and outright lies.
    Next, Wolfe should do a thorough analysis of the moral bankruptcy of modern medicine based on the work of Josef Mengele.

  63. I’ve always liked you Matt…now I adore you! Avatar indeed, too bad we can’t photoshop the guy.

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