A.M. Links: GOP Debate Tonight, Federal Court Blocks Obama Immigration Plan, Federal Judge Rules Against N.S.A. Bulk Data Collection


  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit has ruled against President Obama's executive action on immigration.
  • Judge Richard Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled against the National Security Agency's bulk data collection program.
  • "The Pentagon is expected to unveil a long-awaited plan this week outlining how it would close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, despite fierce resistance in Congress to President Barack Obama's push to shutter the facility, officials say."

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  1. The next Republican presidential debate will be held tonight in Milwaukee.

    Those leftists at Fox Biz.

    1. Hello.

    2. They should go back to their Independents roots and have the debate moderated by the Jacket.

      1. Not sure there’s enough room on a stage for both the Jacket and the Donald. Poor Gillespie looks like a stuttering wallflower when he has to share the screen with it.

        1. So, if the Donald were to put on the Jacket, would the combination of Hat, Hair, and Jacket cause some sort of heterodyning singularity, or would they offset?

          Is it worth the risk to find out?

  2. 111) My wife buys a lot of sausage and pork from a local farmer at the farmer’s market, and he recently invited a few of his best customers to his farm in southern Maryland for an open house. He practices open-range farming and it was fascinating to see how he handles his animals and deals with the inevitable problems of keeping your animals out in the open.

    A few years ago we also visited a cattle ranch owned by a friend of my in-laws outside my wife’s hometown in Oklahoma. I was extremely impressed with that rancher’s knowledge of his land and scientific approach to problem-solving.

    My overall impression of these farmers and ranchers is one of high intelligence and creativity. They need a practical working knowledge of soil chemistry, hydrology, genetics, animal psychology, meteorology, market analysis, and sales management. These are not simple men! They are college educated and what they are doing is as sophisticated as any tech or finance job.

    1. My wife buys a lot of sausage and pork from a local farmer at the farmer’s market

      I bet she does! I bet she does!

      1. Honey, you wouldn’t believe how much sausage I got from the farmer today!

        1. “Did you buy cream?”

          “Oh I did!”

          1. “Did you buy cream?”

            “Came with the sausage!”

            1. “W-what’s that on your lips honey, here lemme get that f…”

              “That’s nothing. Just the cream that came with sausage!”

              /turns head quickly.

        2. He sells honey too?!

      2. BOING-BOINK!

        Moral of the story? Always choose your words carefully when commenting on Reason.

      3. damn it, now my sexual innuendo looks even more childish.

        1. In YOUR end-o.

    2. My wife buys a lot of sausage and pork from a local farmer at the farmer’s market

      That’s a shame I could have given it to her for free. Yes, I am twelve.

      1. I am twelve

        So, really just a pig in a blanket? Does that even count?

        1. Hey-oh!

        2. here we go again about circumcision!

  3. The Pentagon is expected to unveil a long-awaited plan this week outlining how it would close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba…

    Valerie Jarrett must have some real estate somewhere itching to be the new Gitmo.

    1. “The Pentagon is expected to unveil a long-awaited plan this week outlining how it would close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,”

      Is it really news that someone is going to make an announcement? Isn’t what’s in the announcement the news, not the announcement itself?

      1. Not when the announcement is the formation of a committee to appoint a task force to develop and assessment to recommend a framework….

  4. 112) During our visit to the MD farm, the farmer happened to make an offhand remark disparaging the idea of global warming. Raised a few eyebrows among some of the visitors, I think. But it occurs to me it’s easy to believe in global warming when you’re in an air-conditioned office or lab. Everything seems so easy and clean, and a simple graph (rising CO2 = warming) seems plausible.

    But on the farm, everything is complicated. Confounding factors, multiple feedback loops, black swans. Any simple explanation is suspect, changing conditions are constant, and adaptation is daily. Out there, the idea of global warming must seem ridiculous. How can you predict something so complicated years in the future, when nobody knows if rain’ll come next week?

    I have the feeling if America was still primarily a rural country, we’d have a lot less belief in AGW.

    1. http://tinyurl.com/owxebpf

      Farmers’ Almanac is an annual North American periodical that has been in continuous publication since 1818. Published by the Almanac Publishing Company of Lewiston, Maine, it is famous for its long-range weather predictions and astronomical data, along with a blend of humor, trivia, and advice on gardening, cooking, fishing, and human interest. Conservation, sustainable living, and simple living are core values of the publication and its editors, and these themes are heavily promoted in every edition.

      Just sayin’

      1. Farmer’s Almanac is also wrong more often than they are right. I always assumed it was for entertainment purposes and that most people knew that. Do some take it seriously?

        1. Some people do.

          In 1992, when Hurricane Andrew hit Miami, besides, you know, dealing with a category 5 hurricane, there was a big to do that the 1992 Farmer’s Almanac had actually predicted a hurricane for Miami about a week later.

        2. Yes, there are a lot of people who take TOFA very seriously. But they, just like people who watch “The View” are not to be taken seriously.

        3. You never can tell. My impression was that Mr Sermon was trying to imply that farmers didn’t look at long term trends and forecasts and I thought the link was a good counterpoint.

          1. Oh, I think they do look at long-term trends and forecasts. I just think they consider such forecasts with a great deal of skepticism. (In general, individual farmers may vary)

            1. I see what you mean.

        4. It was bang-on in predicting last winter here in Maine.

          I know more than one farmer who thinks it’s more than entertainmenet

    2. if America was still primarily a rural country, we’d have a lot less belief in AGW

      If the USA were still primarily a rural country far more people would be concerned about where their next meal came from, so yes.

      1. ^this. For all the bluster and self congratulations, when farmers talk about feeding the world, it’s true….the malthusians in the environmental movement should focus on putting an end to efficient farming if they want an easier way to control population.

        1. the environmental movement should focus on putting an end to efficient farming

          That’s what “organic” is all about.

          1. For the purposes of humans’ production, the most “efficient” use of an area is not always the long-term best use.

            Modern fishing equipment is so efficient, it can do serious damage to target stocks, to the point of destroying their economic viability.

            Corn production in the US is a highly efficient process, but consequences include massive changes to the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico ecosystems.

            Fans of organic foods are happy to pay for the inefficiency.

            1. The Tragedy of the Commons? results from a lack of property. Forcing involved parties to accept responsibility for the commons in the same way that they would for their own property is a solution. Introducing inefficiency is just putting a throttle on the problem. The most efficient organic farmers will still overuse the shared resources.

    3. I come from a family who are all Western Nebraska farmers and ranchers. The pioneering generation was not scientific in their approach at all, relying heavily on luck and nature, but each new generation has become more and more sophisticated about agricultural and veterinary science (or have chosen to get out of the business). Each new generation learns about that stuff from the time they start 4H, keep going with FFA meetings, and then University of Nebraska.

      In just the three years since I last visited my cousin’s farm, he has acquired a self-driving combine that records data on each square foot of wheat he harvest, and a tractor that can use that data to dispense a specialized mix of fertilizers to each square foot of his fields. He has to keep up with this stuff to stay in business as an independent wheat and corn farmer competing with big corporate farms.

      Two very talented Silicon Valley city-boy software engineers I worked with, who have never set foot on a farm in their life, just joined a startup working on agricultural data technology.

  5. Seattle communities worry pot growers could overload power grid

    The agency says if all are approved, the increased demand would amount to 3% for the utility. They say that’s enough to power four Columbia Centers for an entire year.

    “In the theoretical sense, it could cause outages. The main issue is just stressing the wires that supply the area so we would have to add capacity,” said Seattle City Light spokesman Roberto Bonaccorso.

    But, City Light says it can handle it because most operations are in industrial areas. They say residential neighborhoods are at very low risk for outages.

    “You would only see these types of power outages more in industrial districts where they’re forced to work next to a welding business or something like that,” said Chutchie.

    1. Why are they still growing pot using grow lamps? Seattle seems a wonderful place to grow outdoors.

      1. But if teh childrenz see the plants their eyeballs might melt. Like seeing a naked woman’s ass.

      2. It’s much easier to control growing conditions and prevent pollination indoors, both of which can affect quality.

        1. I’m pretty sure that indoor growing makes for greater security as well.

          An open outdoor pot field is quite an attraction for thieves. I’m pretty sure the armed guards at currently illicit grow sites are not just there because of law enforcement.

          Legalization or not, easy targets will always attract thieves.

      3. Maybe the law on growing requires a closed, locked facility.

      4. Weed flowers based on daylight. Lamps allow you to control when you start flowering. (plus control of pollination as SF stated)

    2. I don’t know much about power grids but I’m surprised that a 3% increase would be enough to cause major outages. That sounds like a sign of very poor design to me.

      1. I’m surprised that a 3% increase would be enough to cause major outages. That sounds like a sign of very poor design to me.

        That sounds like sensationalized fear-mongering by the media and the foundation for a hefty rate-increase request by the power company to me.

    3. More sore-loser prohibitionist fear-mongering.

    4. What happens to this fragile grid when we all buy our Teslas, Leafs, and other plug-in electric cars?

      1. Pffft. Seattle’s got it under control and are ensuring that “the City is plug-in friendly.” Did you know that “if the average Seattleite switched to an electric car, it would eliminate more than four tons of greenhouse gas emissions every year?” Of course, that’s really because the grid would collapse faster than the Aurora Bridge during the next giant Cascadia quake, but w/e.

        Not surprised at all that weed growers need grow lamps. There’s how many clear days in Seattle a year? (58 huh? I thought it’d be less than that.)

      2. “But that’s different!” [rising intonation]

        Also, those will be on the residential grids. Will be delicious when they turn on each other.

  6. Supporters of Jeb Bush are planning to unleash a series of negative ads attacking Marco Rubio.

    Are they fighting to be Trump’s running mate?

    1. It would seem to say something about Bush that he chooses to attack Rubio vs Carson or Trump…maybe it’s something personal?

      1. The party may be expecting its two frontrunners to implode soon, or just be in denial.

      2. It’s personal. Bush is pissed at Rubio for running in the first place.

        1. Yep, back in January, the conventional wisdom was that Rubio would wait for Jeb to decide. If Jeb ran, Rubio wouldn’t. Then Rubio announced first. You don’t want to piss off one of the royal families.

          1. Rubio has been jacking Bush’s fundraising network in Florida. Jeb! thought he had those cronies sewn up, but guess what?

            They don’t give a fuck about Jeb! They want to back the next winner. Jeb! has flop sweat tattooed on his armpits, so they are leaving the sinking ship.

      3. Rubio is the designated traditional GOP front-runner so the attacks follow a set call-and-response formula. Trump seems to be a tar-baby, attacking him is just going to get you in a mess and make him stronger. Carson is a one-hit wonder in Iowa nobody else gives a shit about. Cruz? That one I don’t know about. Jeb! just doesn’t have the imagination to think outside the box and do something unpredictable. I mean, the guy even has to put an explanation point after his name to let you know you’re supposed to say his name with some enthusiasm and excitement.

    2. But would Jeb kill baby Rubio if he had a time machine?

      1. Or baby George

        1. Or boy George. Damn, nevermind.

          1. You don’t really want to hurt me!

            1. I just want to make you cry!

  7. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit has ruled against President Obama’s executive action on immigration.


  8. UVA Fraternity Sues Rolling Stone Magazine for $25 Million

    “The reputation that Phi Kappa Psi and its alumni spend decades building was destroyed overnight,” the lawsuit said. “The formerly respected fraternity is now known colloquially in the University of Virginia community as ‘the rape frat.'”

    Even after doubts about the story surfaced, the lawsuit said, the magazine and the reporter who wrote the story, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, reacted by “doubling down on its original article, standing by its story, engaging in deception and cover-up,” and lying about sources for the article.

    1. This is where fact checking procedures for the new generation of news outlets will be decided. If Rolling Stone Magazine gets successfully sued for its activist journalism it’s going to scare the other big players out there. Journalist have been becoming more and more comfortable making sure their readers get the ‘right’ message instead of the one most in line with the facts. Their employers have been fine with it because click bait journalism sells well, but this will put a cost to letting these reporters write any narrative piece they want fact be damned.

      Course, it could also mean absolutely nothing.

      1. This also started with the trend towards advocacy journalism, which I believe came out of University of Missouri J-school in the seventies.

        1. I took a journalism class in college as an elective. I liked the professor, but it seemed half his class was dedicated to convincing his students not to try and be unbiased journalists. He wanted his students to pick a side and not disclose that they had done so because they were showing the ‘facts’.

        2. I believe came out of University of Missouri

          Missouri, you say?

      2. Journalist have been becoming more and more comfortable making sure their readers get the ‘right’ message instead of the one most in line with the facts.

        Ain’t that the Truth.

    2. You know, things like this are inevitable when all the bullshit inflated rape statistics are going around. Not just because it empowers the crazy people. But also, if college kids really think 1 out of every 4 women will be raped at college, they must be looking for it everywhere.

      Some guy flirts awkwardly–of course he must be a rapist! They’re everywhere, and if you’ve gone to college for two or three years without seeing one, you’re actually below the average. But it was bound to happen sooner or later, and now here it is.

      Some chick tells a ridiculous story, you overlook the parts you would normally be skeptical of, because rape is everywhere! Why wouldn’t her story be true? And if some details are off, well, who wouldn’t make some mistakes after a traumatic event?

    3. Oh, nice. I hope they prevail. Although I suspect RS will settle and we’ll never know the terms.

      Question for the attorneys – is there a rule of thumb for average settlement as a percentage of amount requested?

      1. I think this depends on the parties involved. When I have done civil work – which isn’t much – I tell my clients to keep a number in mind that will make them happy enough to not to want to go to trial, but be willing to negotiate at the same time. The thing is trials are an uncertain thing, and even with very good facts, a verdict might not go your way. But cases can only get ended either with trial or through settlement.

      2. is there a rule of thumb for average settlement as a percentage of amount requested


        For non-nuisance suits, what the defendant pays is usually calculated based on a realistic guess of the damages a jury might award, discounted by the probability of actually losing in court.

    4. By the way, if you want to know how seriously Rolling Stone takes rape, keep in mind this article in their latest issue: “Inside R. Kelly’s Most Adventurous Album Ever.”

      1. “That’s my Robert, always peeing on people”

        REAL TALK

  9. Supporters of Jeb Bush are planning to unleash a series of negative ads attacking Marco Rubio.

    Just for the sake of experimentation, I’d like to see what a series of positive ads attacking Marco Rubio would look like.

    1. I’d like to see what a series of positive ads attacking Marco Rubio

      “Marco Rubio is absolutely, positively the worst”

      1. He’s a spicy lil’ taco.

        1. That nickname is so moronic that I have a hard time believing even PB uses it. First off, Rubio is CUBAN – it doesn’t make sense unless you are also dumb enough to call Xi Jiping “sushi man”….

          1. Eh, they all look alike anyway, amirite?

    2. Change is hard. Vote Rubio for the status quo.

  10. Why Women Shouldn’t Work
    …Therefore a man’s labor, when measured collectively, is essential for society, while a woman’s labor, outside of the home, is not. While there are three or four women who have made great contributions to science and human resources over the past century, the absence of those women would not have led to a societal collapse, while the absence of all the men who made great contributions certainly would have. Extending this argument further, it doesn’t take much effort to conclude that besides working in niche fields, women are not needed to participate in the labor force on the level we currently have in America. Forcing themselves to do so is perhaps the greatest misallocation of resources that the Western world has seen since World War 2….

    Women Must Have Their Behavior And Decisions Controlled By Men
    …When a female lacks any urgent demands upon her survival, what behavior does she pursue? Obsessively displaying her half-naked body on the internet, flirting with men solely for attention, becoming addicted to corporate-produced entertainment, and over-indulging in food until her body shape is barely human….

    1. Is this from some sort of modern translation of the Koran?

      1. Zing! Good one, gaijin.

      2. I don’t know, it bears a remarkable resemblance to the comments of any article asking why TANLW.

        1. Who told you to talk? Get in the kitchen and fix me a snack.

      3. Parts of it sound like a paraphrase of the Mizzou protest manifesto.

    2. It was correctly assumed that a woman was unable to make moral, ethical, and wise decisions concerning her life and those around her. She was not allowed to study any trivial topic she wanted, sleep with any man who caught her fancy, or uproot herself and travel the world because she wanted to “find herself.”

      Roosh must have a way with the ladies. damn.

      1. That way involves chaining them to a radiator pipe.

        1. Well, technically, it is a way. I guess. Can’t relate.

          1. Hey! I wonder if this guy liked the movie Black Snake Moan?

      2. It was correctly assumed that a woman was unable to make moral, ethical, and wise decisions concerning her life and those around her.

        The shrieking collegiate harpies aren’t really doing much to discredit this, are they?

    3. Cute.

      No one needs 7 guns or 18 kinds of deodorant to choose from either.

    4. Dude’s a charmer

    5. While there are three or four women who have made great contributions to science and human resources over the past century

      Hahaha. His teachers obviously were not one of them.

    6. Obsessively displaying her half-naked body on the internet

      I’m surprised RoK presents this as a negative.

      1. “Other eyes seein’ muh wuuman. ‘Tain’t nacheral. ‘Tain’t nacheral at all.”

    7. The other day I saw an article about some women complaining about an ad that showed a women doing woman’s work at home. “We want to see her in an office!”

      I got to thinking that we have gone a bit off the rails when even women don’t give a shit about “house work”. Just throw the kids in day care and everything else will take care of itself, ladies?

      1. Nah. The emasculated “male” of the household will take care of everything else.

    8. He is too stupid to be offensive. His notion of history seems to be from 1950s commercials. Just because an ideal exists doesnt mean it is normal. One theory I’ve heard holds that the first feminists were bored upper class women during the gilded age. Lower and working class women have never had the privilege of sitting around and looking pretty and feeling useless.

    9. “Women would not be able to attend university unless the societal need is urgent where an able-minded man could not be found to fill the specific position. Women would not be able to visit establishments that serve alcohol without a man present to supervise her consumption. Parental control software on electronic devices would be modified for women to control and monitor the information they consume. Credit card and banking accounts must have a male co-signer who can monitor her spending. Curfews for female drivers must be enacted so that women are home by a reasonable hour. Abortion for women of all ages must be signed off by her guardian, in addition to prescriptions for birth control.”

      Is this the Libertarian Moment?

  11. Judge Richard Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled against the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection program.

    JUDGE LEON CAN NOW EN – excuse me, left the caps lock on – Judge Leon can now enforce that ruling.

  12. Non-American citizen arrested for voting in Texas ? FIVE times ? faces up to 20 years

    Having learned her lesson that only American citizens may vote in Texas, she re-applied five months later, this time claiming to be a U.S. citizen.

    Although Ortega never voted in Tarrant country, records indicate that she did so five times in neighboring Dallas county ? the earliest in a 2004 Republican primary, the latest in the 2014 Republican primary.

    Her charges ? illegal voting ? is a second degree felony, punishable by a two to 20 year prison sentence.

    1. But voter IDs are bad because, um, reasons. And voter fraud never happens.

    2. Isolated incident you rat-bagging teafuckers!!1!eleventy

    3. “Ortega”? Come on. Who didn’t see that coming, amirite?

      1. Stupid Muslims. I’ll bet she was voting for sharia, and they couldn’t check her identity because of the burkha.

    1. Ah, RooshV. I’m hoping for the day that he comes out and says “This was all a troll. I can’t believe so many of you were so stupid as to listen to me. I said rape should be legal on private property for chrissakes!”

      1. I’ve never read anything on that site but just based on the excerpts it does seem way too over the top to be genuine. But never underestimate human stupidity.

        1. Seems like a standard muslim male to me…

    2. It’s not hard to see that if all social restraints on a woman is removed, her natural instinct will lack all character, respect, or anything resembling the good-natured behavior she would display within her social group.

      Any of the three of four male libertarians posing here as females want to weigh in?

      1. Is it not a problem that the woman have a smaller brain than a man? The government scientist Dr. Yamuka has proved it is size of squirrel.

      2. Why? The guy seems to be trying to get a rise out of people. I’ve got better things to do.

        1. Yup – looking at his bio, he seems to be a professional troll.

      3. Isn’t that basically just a paraphrase of Nicholson’s line in As Good As It Gets?

      4. +1000. That might just be the post of the year Fist.


      5. I would agree with him if he said that about people in general and replaced social restraints with civilization. But no, a man’s good qualities are evidently innate.

    3. Roosh? *shakes head and walks away*

  13. Hillary Clinton rebukes charter schools
    The decades-long proponent of charters criticizes the schools for cherry-picking kids.

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sounded less like a decades-long supporter of charter schools over the weekend and more like a teachers union president when she argued that most of these schools “don’t take the hardest-to-teach kids, or, if they do, they don’t keep them.”

    Her comments in South Carolina came straight from charter school critics’ playbook and distanced her from the legacies of her husband, former President Bill Clinton ? credited with creating a federal stream of money to launch charters around the country ? and President Barack Obama, whose administration has dangled federal incentives to push states to become more charter friendly.

    The change in tone on charter schools mirrors other moves Clinton has made to nail down the support of liberal blocs in the face of the progressive challenge of Bernie Sanders, including her recent decision to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership. And like her reservations about free trade, her new rebuke of charter schools suggests she’ll be less willing to challenge core Democratic constituencies than either her husband or Obama.

    1. To be fair, Chelsea did get a great education at the public schools she attended.

      One set of rules for Party Members, one set of rules for the Proles.

    2. mirrors other moves Clinton has made to nail down the support of liberal blocs

      …and make herself unelectable. Imagine the seething hatred she must have for Sanders. He better watch his back after the election.

  14. Great article by Glenn Reynolds on gun “crimes”


    Makes some good points:

    “?states like New Jersey and Massachusetts are actually harder on people caught with unregistered guns than they are on domestic abusers and child rapists.”

    “Want to reduce crime? Punish criminals. Don’t lock up peaceable citizens on a technicality.”

    Hear, hear. Hard to believe this was printed in USA Today?.

    1. A related point worth repeating is that these sorts of “criminals” get classified as violent criminals. So, focusing on just non-violent drug offenders – a small fraction of the prison population – when talking about criminal justice reform is a mistake.

    2. malum prohibitum ? that is, things that are wrong only because they are prohibited. (The contrast is with the other traditional category, malum in se, those things, like rape, robbery, and murder, that are wrong in themselves.)

      This was my favorite bit and to me the most salient point.

      Of course, to progtards like Tony, there is no distinction between the two.

      1. Of course not. To statists, all that matters if is the state – the almighty state – deems something wrong or right…

        1. To statists, all that matters if is the state – the almighty state – deems something wrong or right is obeyed

        2. +1 Leviathan

      2. If you acknowledge the difference, you are acknowledging the existence of natural law.

  15. FBI steps up interviews in Clinton email probe
    Questions focus on whether State officials improperly sent classified material.

    Even as Hillary Clinton tries to put questions about her private email server behind her, the FBI has stepped up inquiries into the security of the former Secretary of State’s home-made email system, and how aides communicated over email, POLITICO has learned.

    The FBI’s recent moves suggest that its inquiry could have evolved from the preliminary fact-finding stage that the agency launches when it receives a credible referral, according to former FBI and DOJ officials inteviewed by POLITICO.

    “This sounds to me like it’s more than a preliminary inquiry; it sounds like a full-blown investigation,” said Tom Fuentes, former assistant director of the FBI. “When you have this amount of resources going into it ?. I think it’s at the investigative level.”

    1. The best thing for the Democratic Party would be for the GOP to win the White House. This would be my guess for them allowing this to continue.

      1. You mean in the sense of not having to choose between a candidate under indictment and a candidate sure to lose in the general?

        Does anyone know if there are any provisions for replacing candidates on the ballot? I suspect not because I recall hearing about candidates dying during a race and their names still being on the ballot.

    2. When this whole thing gets dropped, you’ll see all the sycophants claiming that all her sins have been washed away. It will prove that all those nasty rumors about the Clinton Foundation to Whitewater were all just SKANDULZ. I watched the new Mad Max and thought of Hillary striding atop that carved out skull cliff face as she let’s a trickle of water wash the masses.

    3. Sounds a bit like hedging their bets. The way they are currently set up if whoever is in charge gives them the green light they can take her to court. If they are given the red light though, they can just say it was a preliminary inquiry that didn’t find anything more to investigate.

    4. Its a no lose deal for the FBI/DOJ/administration. They can keep the pressure on Hillary, and either pull the plug on her later, or, as noted, decree that she has been cleared.

      The actual conclusion will be driven entirely by Obama’s political needs of the moment, and not the facts or the law.

  16. Carson catches Trump in South Carolina

    Ben Carson and Donald Trump are locked in a virtual tie in South Carolina with big leads over the rest of Republican presidential field, a new poll finds.

    Carson takes 28 percent in the state, while Trump scores 27 percent, according to a Monmouth University survey released on Monday.

    Trump’s support has held nearly steady from the same poll in August, which found him at 30 percent. Carson, meanwhile, was at 15 percent in the previous poll and has now nearly doubled his support in the Palmetto State.

    Carson has the best favorability rating in the field, with 76 percent holding a positive view of him against only 12 percent who view him negatively. Trump has a favorability rating of 58 percent and an unfavorable rating of 29 percent.

  17. EXCLUSIVE: Authorities Ignored Woman’s Rape Allegations Against Illegal Immigrant Who Later Raped Her Again
    Authorities didn’t act on a woman’s rape allegations against a Honduran man in the U.S. illegally until after he came back months later to kidnap and rape her again in front of their 2-year-old child….

    1. in front of their 2-year-old child


      1. Layers of fact-checkers and editorial scrutiny.

      2. By way of explanation, you could read the sentence that follows that one:

        Jose Amaya-Vasquez, a Honduran man that has entered the U.S. three times illegally, was scheduled to appear in court Monday after allegedly kidnapping and raping his ex-girlfriend during a four-day drive in May from Kansas City, Mo., to Camden, N.J.

  18. http://www.powerlineblog.com/a…..nesota.php

    Hillary loses to every GOP contender in a head to head match up IN MINNESOTA.

    1. Other than Cruz, but I guess that depends on your definition of GOP contender. Surprising result all the same. I think Hil is really going to regret during the general election, doubling down on gun control the way she did.

    2. Minnesotans are a group I cannot figure out. They generally seem to be of the same Scandinavian Socialist stock that inhabited Seattle pre-tech boom, but then they go and exhibit their sense of humor by electing Jesse Ventura and Stuart Smalley.

      1. In fairness, Ventura was a pretty good governor in my book. It also helped he ran against two of the hackiest hacks who ever joined a political party.

        Franken again had the benefit of running against one of those same hacks (Coleman) and he had to stuff some ballot boxes to pull of the win. There was also a moderate 3rd party candidate in that election too.

  19. Also: has anyone seen Episiarch lately or am I missing something?

    1. Pretty sure he was around yesterday.

    2. He was here yesterday on the Trump thread.

    3. Epi’s not here man.

    4. I think Epi changed his handle for a couple of days. Called himself Rooster. Laughs were had by all.

    5. If you’re looking for Episiarch, try calling your mom’s house.

  20. Amino’s Cool Bio Kit Is Like the Easy-Bake Oven of Bioreactors

    Most people wouldn’t consider themselves biological engineers. In fact, most people have never worn a lab coat in their lives. Biology is complicated, and often restricted to a lab environment. But at an increasing rate, biology?and our ability to manipulate it?is becoming democratized, to the point that it’s now possible to hack DNA in your own home.

    A new kit, called Amino, is like the Easy-Bake Oven of bioreactors. The pretty set of modular parts is a small-scale bio lab that enables you to grow organisms and bend bits of DNA to your will.

    You could think of Amino as a beginners guide to biological engineering. The kit (starting at $700) comes with everything you need to grow and tinker with a microorganism: the main bacterial culture, DNA, pipettes, incubators, agar plates and various sensors for monitoring the growth and health of your culture. All of this is built into a color-coded, design-centric plywood dashboard.

    1. Huh, I’ll have to look into this for my niece. I have been declared her official role model, so it’s pretty much up to me to introduce her to all the thing her home town doesn’t.

    2. This reads like a sci-fi horror movie plot.

    1. thrice-divorced Shirley Yanez,

      There is a saying in family law: If you get divorced once maybe he’s the asshole. If you get divorced three times you’re the asshole.

    2. Winning comment:

      Dadyourweird, Uranus, United States, 2 weeks ago

      I have been celibate since yesterday, am bored.

    3. Jeez, thrice divorced… Can’t imagine why she started having trouble landing men in her mid-40s.

    4. Where is Crusty Juggler this morning? I smell business opportunity. “Crusty Juggler, professional male companion” has a real ring to it.

      1. Are you interested, handsome?

        1. Read the link Crusty. There is a real need out there. Its your calling.

          1. Yes. I was asking if you want to pay me to explore your body, sexually.

            1. I am not a 50 something divorced woman who hasn’t had sex in 15 years. So I am not really your target demographic.

            2. Don’t worry about ol’ John, he pulls plenty of chubby tail. Especially since he started hanging out in the parking lot of the Curves on his lunch break.

  21. Maryland Shuts Down Gun Tracking Database After 15 Years of Failure

    A Maryland database containing a spent casing to match every gun sold in the state since 2000 has been shut down after failing to solve a single crime.

    Effective Oct. 1, the Maryland General Assembly abolished the state’s requirement that manufacturers send a shell fired from each gun they sold in the state in order for state police to photograph and catalog the shells for use in potential future investigations. Over a period of 15 years the database collected more than 300,000 shell casings and created “ballistic fingerprints” for them. The system, based on the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network but expanded to include all guns in Maryland, was designed to compare spent casings from gun sales against those found at crime scenes.

    However, despite spending what the Baltimore Sun estimated to be $5 million, the system never solved a single crime. Poorly designed and implemented software kept police from using the system to identify crime casings. Though a firearm leaves unique markings on the casings it fires the Maryland database was too imprecise to effectively compare casings.


      *wipes tear from eye*

      Where is Tony to bear witness to a failure of the state SO EGREGIOUS that the state has no choice BUT TO ACKNOWLEDGE IT??!?!?

      Never thought I would see the day… in the People’s Republic of MARYLAND, no less….

      1. How many jobs too late? Beretta left the state, anyone else?

    2. Though a firearm leaves unique markings on the casings it fires the Maryland database was too imprecise to effectively compare casings.

      Bullshit. It’s not the database that was too imprecise, it’s the markings on the casings that are too imprecise. Yet another example of why forensic “science” needs the quotation marks.

  22. http://thefederalist.com/2015/…..-coverage/

    Meet the MU media professor behind the protests there. See the video of her “calling in some muscle” to deal with the grave threat of an Asian journalism student taking pictures of the protest.

    Special bonus of hearing about how she is eliminating her online presence. She is just so courageous she runs like a cockroach when the lights turn on as soon as she is subjected to any national publicity.

    1. She should be given lots of publicity and fame for her actions.

      1. She might, actually. The student who was being assaulted was on assignment for ESPN.

        1. Well if nothing else she will probably get lots of triggering emails at her official Mizzou account:


    2. The thing that strikes me about her – aside from the fact that she’s a complete piece of shit – is that she looks like she stepped straight out of the 1950s.

      1. I thought it was an old photo when I first saw it.

    3. Click’s dissertation for her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst was about the “commodification of femininity, affluence and whiteness in the Martha Stewart phenomenon,”

      Oh, my. What did the world of scholarship do before this trenchant work was finally complete?

      1. Current research projects involve 50 Shades of Grey readers, the impact of social media in fans’ relationship with Lady Gaga, masculinity and male fans, messages about class and food in reality television programming, and messages about work in children’s television programs.

        1. That sounds like an episode of The Soup, only way less entertaining.


          1. Can you imagine being a professor in one of these departments and spending your life having to read and grade that shit? No wonder these people are always so pissed off; they have the worst job in the universe.

    4. Huh, so it seems these protestors are used to being able to exercise their muscle without anyone but the victims knowing. I think its freaking them out that the wider world is actually putting their actions on display. They are supposed to be able to hide deep inside a bigger movement were no one question them, but instead they’ve become the face of their movement and the mainstream does not like what it sees.

      1. so it seems these protestors are used to being able to exercise their muscle without anyone but the victims knowing.

        You may be onto something there

        Fox 2 St. Louis has uncovered dozens of other violent assaults near the campus in recent months, many of which appear to be examples of the “knockout game,” a type of assault that is perpetrated almost exclusively by black males:


    5. I thought Roosh V. was an idiot. Then I met Melissa Click.

      Maybe they could hook up and share each others lives. They deserve each other.

    6. Where is a drone when you need one?

      I would love to see these snowflakes freak out if someone flew a drone over the protest with a camera.

      1. ^Now that is a brilliant idea. Include Hellfire missiles or Reapers?

  23. HuffPo: ‘I Left My Husband For Him, But He Didn’t Return The Favor’
    …A year ago, I was THAT mom — the one who seemed to have it all together, who had it all in some ways: two beautiful boys, a nice home, a good man and father to our kids. I cooked the meals and coordinated professional family photos, planned vacations, sent out Christmas cards, etc. I had a rigid schedule but made time to run and managed to be in decent physical shape.

    But something was missing. In my marriage, I felt alone. Why wasn’t I happy?…

    …He thought my tattoos were cool when my husband did not, we shared an appreciation for swear words, his sweet tooth was just as terrible as mine and we shared a Starbucks addiction. One day, I looked at him in a different light and realized that I loved him as more than a friend. He knew more about me than anyone, made me feel beautiful, embraced my quirkiness… I knew at that moment he was the love of my life and my heart belonged to him. There was a problem: He was married and so was I….

    1. .He thought my tattoos were cool when my husband did not

      You are some yuppie mom who thinks it is cool to get tattoos and act like you are 19. I think we might be getting to the heart of the problem. And no honey, tattoos on your stretch marks are not cool.

      1. “we shared an appreciation for swear words,”

        This is the dumbest connection ever.

        1. Yes. And gee, maybe her husband thought swearing wasn’t so cool after they had kids. Perhaps swearing all of the time is something you can’t do anymore when you have small children?

        2. OMG, you like to say motherfucker too?

    2. *cues the MILF pron music*

      1. https://youtu.be/S6kxau0ePlg?t=21

        I think HM is responsible for this getting stuck in my head.

    3. . One day, I looked at him in a different light and realized that I loved him as more than a friend. He knew more about me than anyone, made me feel beautiful, embraced my quirkiness… I knew at that moment he was the love of my life and my heart belonged to him. There was a problem: He was married and so was I….

      That is right dear, it is all about you. Your kids, your husband, that guy’s wife and kids, they are all just props in your little morality play. Their entire purpose in the universe is to do whatever it takes to make you happy.

    4. Yeah no, I don’t have sympathy for people who move onto other relationships while still in the old one. Honestly, the other guy was pretty damn smart not to divorce his wife for this girl. If she was willing to divorce the old guy for you she’ll be willing to do the same for the next guy. Go to counseling with your wife or divorce her, but don’t hook up with the affair.

      1. He just wanted a little variety and a different piece of ass. He never had any intention of leaving his wife. The woman is just a self absorbed half wit who was too busy navel gazing to see the obvious. The author really seems to have the emotional maturity of a 14 year old girl. How the hell can a grown women who is married with children in this day and age not be smart enough to see when a guy is just lying to her to get her into bed?

        1. The same way middle aged guys don’t seem to realize that 25 year old piece of tail they’re banging like a snare drum is a gold-digger?

          1. Does that really happen? I always figured the guy knows and doesn’t care.

        2. Simple answer: Love makes you stupid. Nothing is worse for rational decision making than falling in love.

          1. She wasn’t in love. She is just self absorbed and immature.

            1. And you have some way of knowing the inner life of this woman based on one self-indulgent essay? Self absorbed and immature and falling in love go together quite often.

              1. Yes I do. Read the article.

    5. I don’t have any opinion. It’s none of my business.

      I don’t know why people want to put all of this out in public, though.

      1. She’s a victim Zeb, and she wants your sympathy and attention.

        1. Victim? That’s a tough sell. Victim of other people not feeling as she imagines they do.

    6. By Cassie Robinson for DivorcedMoms.com

      The article’s target audience is a demographic that is easily the most welfare dependent, child abuse prone, and high time preference group in society. As well as the single greatest indicator of a child’s future poverty and criminality as an adult. So there’s that.

      1. I guess “single moms” is a better way to describe it. “Divorced moms” have probably the second worst tendencies, in all likelihood.

        1. And don’t forget, the most likely to have one of their children molested. If a kid has been molested, “mom’s boyfriend” is statistically by far the most likely perp.

          1. Yes, “non-biological father” living the household is also a top indicator for poor outcomes for kids. And this one usually comes in conjunction with “divorced mom” variable for added suck.

    7. This person can’t be real. She sounds like a retarded teenager “we both like tattoos and swear words” Wow.

      1. The popularity of social media has infected our population, causing a massive outbreak in teenage retardation that effects folks well into their forties.

      2. And she really thought her married boyfriend was going to leave his wife for her. You want to email her and ask “did you plan on growing up to be a living, breathing, misogynistic stereotype or did it just happen that way?”

        1. She probably loves the PUAs
          “I like your tattoo, it’s a shame you’re such a fucking bitch”

  24. The Public Sector: Standing in Our Way until We Pay Up
    …The problem with the standover business model, obviously, is the same as the problem of scorched-earth banditry: It drives away exactly the sort of activity that the criminal needs to make his own living ? it’s a crime on the wrong side of the Laffer Curve. For this reason, banditry frequently degenerates into a protection racket, a relatively modest tax on criminal enterprises and non-criminal enterprises alike. Protection rackets have their own challenges: For one thing, you actually do have to provide some protection, mainly from other predators like you. Over the years, economic success and administrative demands eventually transform bands of roving bandits into bands of stationary bandits. One popular theory of the state ? one that is pretty well-supported by the historical evidence in the European context ? is that this is where governments come from: protection rackets that survive for a long enough period of time that they take on a patina of legitimacy. At some point, Romulus-and-Remus stories are invented to explain that the local Mafiosi have not only historical roots but divine sanction….

    1. Johnny, great article from KW, but -DUDE!~- its like a week old!!!!

  25. Supporters of Jeb Bush are planning to unleash a series of negative ads attacking Marco Rubio.

    Let the ratfucking begin!

    It will be tough to top a Negro baby like Dubya’s boys put on McCain though.

    1. So yesterday PB went with anti-Semitism in the morning lynx. Today it’s racism. Any guesses on tomorrow?

      1. self hate disguised as hompohobia?

        1. winner , winner…

    2. ratfucking

      Hey Weigel. Acne cleared up yet?

      1. Seriously? You’re still going with the “shriek = Weigel” thing?

        1. He has commented a lot less then usual ever since Weigel got his job back…

    3. Jesus. Can’t we have a safe space that is free of trolls?

  26. BREAKING: @POTUS just launched his Facebook page! Take a walk with him in his backyard at http://Facebook.com/POTUS .

    *rising intonation* His backyard?

    1. A good friend of mine who I otherwise adore shared that on Facebook this morning with the heading “how can you not love this guy?”

      1. How may I count the ways?

  27. Judge Richard Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled against the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection program.

    The emperor has no robes.

  28. http://dailycaller.com/2015/11…..professor/

    Daily Caller outs the Yale student who wanted to know “who the fuck hired” the head of the Stillman College. Turns out, she did. No kidding. And of course, she knows all about oppression growing up on the mean streets of Fairfield, Connecticut in a $750,000 suburban home.

    1. Ah, but that’s the beauty of identity studies programs: millions of people are being oppressed and don’t even know it. They take these classes and then realization dawns. Sort of like Marx and class consciousness.

      1. That is also the beauty of affirmative action in places like Yale. Black kids from places like Southeast Washington, DC or Inner City Chicago don’t go to Yale. Black kids from Fairfield Connecticut and other similar places do and do so at the expense of more qualified Asian and white students, many of whom really are from the poor and middle class. So what affirmative action accomplishes at Yale is to keep the middle class and poor whites out so that black kids from the proper backgrounds can go.

    2. That is hilarious.

    3. I heard about that. It does explain why she is so pissed though. She either put this guy in place only to find out he didn’t react properly subservient to her in gratitude, or she objected to hiring him and she’s still pissed that she didn’t get her way.

    4. Calls to Luther by The Daily Caller News Foundation were not immediately returned.


      1. She is another “brave activist” who immediately deleted her online presence and tried to drop off the face of the earth as soon as the lights came on.

      2. If the DC’s phones are as shitty as it’s website design, not really shocking.

      3. The Daily Caller needs to censor itself.

  29. The Right to Try: How the Federal Government Prevents Americans from Getting the Lifesaving Treatments They Need

    The inspiring state-by-state campaign to allow sick Americans access to experimental treatments currently blocked by the government, chronicled by the woman leading the charge.

    Should you need the government’s permission to try to save your own life? Today, the FDA regulates medications available to Americans. But it takes an average of ten years to bring a new drug to market. Every day thousands of Americans die unnecessarily from fatal diseases for which lifesaving treatments that now exist or are being developed are ruled too “dangerous” for commercial distribution. But how does that FDA standard apply to someone in the terminal stages of cancer or ALS?

    Just came out today, so I thought I’d highlight it.

    1. Never forget to throw the FDA in the face of any Prog who claims “my body my choice” when talking about abortion. Your body your choice? Really? Tell that to the people who are dying of fatal diseases and can’t get treatment because the FDA is not 100% totally sure they think it is “good for them”.

      1. Since the bulk of my legal work encompasses the pharma sphere, I say this with all of the blackness of my libertarian soul:

        Fuck the FDA. It’s easily the most evil of any of the 3 letter acronym government agencies.

        1. It really is. It is the only federal agency whose entire purpose is to kill Americans. That is all the FDA does, kill the sick.

          1. The lives killed vs saved ratio isnt even close either. Millions dead to prevent a handful of small problems.

            1. If killing a million people saves just one bureaucrat…

  30. Unsafe space: Fascist Missouri protesters physically remove reporter from public demonstrations
    The woman who tells cameraman he can’t be there & asks for “muscle” to remove him is Mizzou Assistant Professor of Mass Media @melissaclick

    ? Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) November 10, 2015

    1. Here’s An Inside Look At China’s Frightening New Move To Control Social Behavior
      …As the name implies, the system holds a score on every citizen and business based on their social behavior. The things you buy and people you socialize with are subject for review. Every word typed and posted on the Internet will decide whether a person is “raising the honest mentality and credit levels of the entire society.”…

      1. Seems reasonable to me…

        After all, its ONLY 1.3 billion people!!!

    2. Meet The Sick Mizzou Media Professor Who Threatened A Reporter With MOB VIOLENCE
      …Her current research includes studying readers of the tour de smut “50 [sic] Shades of Grey.” She also studies Lady Gaga, “class and food in reality television programming” and “messages about work in children’s television programs.”

      Critics of Click have taken to Rate My Professors today to portray as “an insufferable human being” and in other negative ways.

      The last time Click was published in any serious academic publication was in 2013. The topic was Lady Gaga….

      1. Even her name is a trigger warning.

      2. I like how you sandwich the China article in between the two Missou ones. Hard to tell apart the Maoists, isn’t it?

      3. The last time Click was published in any serious academic publication was in 2013. The topic was Lady Gaga….

        If that’s what the serious academic publications are publishing, what are the unserious ones like?

    3. It’s amazing how badly these guys are doing at optics. Slate tried to post a timeline to explain their motivations and even their readers couldn’t understand what the guy had done wrong. One of the reporters they used physical force on is also a ‘student’ reporter for a bigger news channel. The older reporters are going to feel defensive for the kid and ream these reporters publicly. They’ve already released a public statement saying their actions weren’t acceptable towards the student reporter.

      1. The fact that the woman is a professor at the “School of Journalism” is just too delicious for words.

        1. That’s probably why she is so bad at it. She’s used to being able to shape the narrative of others actions. She’s not used to folks looking into her own. There is safety behind the camera.

        2. The fact that the woman is a professor at the “School of Journalism” is just too delicious for words.

          The fact that she is a journalism professor openly making damn sure she is the one controlling the narrative ought to make you question just exactly how much other journalism is based on somebody controlling the narrative. (Not you you, of course. I think most everybody here has a pretty damn healthy scepticism of whatever the official report is because we all know journalism is mostly a matter of repeating whatever bullshit somebody with an agenda spoon-fed the journalist.)

  31. mwaahahahaha…

    GOP voters want an apocalypse: The truth about Trump & Carson’s success
    We’ve long since passed the time when Trump & Carson could be written off. Something’s different this election

    Donald Trump is running to be a strongman. It’s all about him “getting the job done” because he’s smarter and tougher than everyone else. (This is a familiar archetype and Trump’s specific relationship to it is fascinatingly explored in this piece by Rick Perlstein, called “Donald Trump and the F-word.”) Ben Carson is a little bit more complicated. He’s running as a quasi-religious leader who will be able to overcome all these obstacles through the same miraculous process that has characterized his life story. (The recent questions about some details of that very famous life story have only resulted in adding martyrdom to his mystique.) In both cases, the people who like them are not merely attracted to the fact that these men are outsiders, but also by qualities that will ostensibly allow them to transcend the normal process of democratic government. Despite their professions of love for the constitution, these voters no longer believe in the system of government that constitution sets forth.

    1. It’s all about him “getting the job done” because he’s smarter and tougher than everyone else.

      Remember, this is coming from someone who no doubt spent the last 8 years talking about how Obama needs to ignore Congress and “just get things done”. The irony burns like acid.

      Beyond that, I think they are starting to realize Hillary is not inevitable and they might be totally out of power after 2016. That whole article is one giant panic stricken cry for help. Isn’t it lovely?

      1. It’s all about having the right people in charge. A strongman is good, but has to be the right kind.

        I think you are right and this will be the Republicans election to lose. But as they have shown repeatedly, they are pretty good at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

        1. The election is a long ways off. The outcome is hardly certain. These people have spent the last five years dealing with the near complete collapse of the Democratic Party at the state level and in Congress by telling themselves “it doesn’t matter we have a complete lock on the Presidency”. If that turns out not to be true, they are facing being completely out of power everywhere but a couple of really blue states. And they are starting to panic over that possibility.

          1. I think you’re right, John.

            And when the Dems and their operatives in the long march through the institutions really start to feel the fear, there is no telling what they will do.

            I think the Repubs do need to start treating this election differently unless they want it beaten out of them or stolen from them. Start ramping up election security, laying plans for a truly nasty oppo campaign.

            Basically, plan to go to the mattresses.

            They won’t, of course.

        2. If the Republicans had a wartime consiglieri, they wouldn’t be in this shape…

      2. Allofasudden, they get a glimmer of the Iron Law:

        Me today, you tomorrow.

    2. This certainly ironic coming from proggies

    3. Despite their professions of love for the constitution, these voters no longer believe in the system of government that constitution sets forth.

      Yes, can you imagine if we elected a president with bizarre ideas and no respect for constitutional constraints?

      1. Nothing says disrespect for the Constitution and our system of government like forming your own political movement and supporting a candidate for President. Don’t you know that PM?

      2. To be (sort of) fair, I don’t think that the author has any great support for constitutional government. He is just calling out some Republicans as hypocrites. Which is true as far as that goes.

        1. I get the point, although even at that level I don’t think it works. Neither Carson nor Trump has put forth any policy proposals that would violate modern constitutional jurisprudence (to the extent that they’ve put forth any substantive policy proposals at all; also, that’s more an indictment of modern constitutional jurisprudence than anything).

          1. Most importantly, they are lawfully running for President. That is not giving up on the system. That is an expression of belief in it. Giving up on the system is starting a revolution not running for election.

            1. You’re describing people who would look on executive infringement of the second amendment as a blessing from on high, but cutting a dollar of funding to Planned Parenthood goes so completely against the grain of good governance that we may as well torch the capitol building and cashier this whole democracy thing.

              1. Buh. I thought I was responding to your earlier comment. Describing people = like the author.

          2. Well, I was more making a general comment about Republicans.

            I honestly don’t know what Carson’s policies would be. Trump doesn’t seem like he would give much of a crap about the constitution. They are both drug warriors, so there’s a start.

        2. I have a general rule on that: you dont get to call out someone for hypocracy when they are acting in a way you support.

          1. Hypocrisy is professing principles you do not really hold. Having no principles means never being able to be accused of hypocrisy. Notice claims of hypocrisy tend to only flow one way.

    4. Said it before but…these same people who trash Trump & Carson (and I don’t have a major problem with that) will happily walk into the voting booth and pull the lever for Sanders if he were to get the nomination.

      1. But but he is different!!

      2. And think Thomas Friedman is a genius for saying “we need to be China for a day”.

        1. Just a day? Fine by me. Let them shed the mask for a few hours and the next day they’ll be hanged from lampposts as a warning to others.

          1. Cultural Revolution in D.C.

    5. Please post that it’s a Salon article. I don’t want to throw money at them. Feces on the other hand…

  32. In tough times, police start seizing a lot more stuff from people

    One possible explanation for the recent rise is that “the years 2008 to 2014 were some lean economic years,” said report co-author Dick Carpenter in an interview. “Forfeiture is an attractive way to keep revenue streams flowing when budgets are tight.”

    Law enforcement officers generally acknowledged this factor, according a Washington Post investigation last year: “All of our home towns are sitting on a tax-liberating gold mine,” Deputy Ron Hain of Kane County, Ill., wrote in a self-published book in 2011.

    Critics of the system also say that the increase in forfeiture activity is due largely to the profit motive created by laws which allow police to keep some or all of the assets they seize.

    1. That’s nonsense. Everyone knows that our purely altruistic public servants are impervious to the incentives that motivate mere mortals.

    2. Last year when Texas was debating doing something about its forfeiture laws “we need the cash” was the main argument the cops put forth in defense of the laws.

  33. For all the Star Wars nerds.

    Han shot first

  34. ‘Thief’ shot dead by police on Methodist college campus in South Carolina by officer who ‘feared for his life as victim tried to run him over in car’

    Police were called to a car break in at Spartanburg Methodist College
    One of the suspects tried to flee the scene in a car and tried to hit an officer
    The chasing officer fired his gun at the vehicle as he was ‘in fear of his life’
    The man inside the vehicle was shot dead as campus was put on lockdown

    Considering that cops are incapable of telling the truth, my guess is that the guy got in his car, refused to obey orders, and was summarily executed for failure to obey. And nothing else will happen.

    1. For example how can an officer be both chasing a vehicle and be in fear of his life for being run over? If he’s being attacked, then he’s not chasing the vehicle. He is being chased by the vehicle. Total bullshit as always, and nothing else will happen.

      1. Gale: All right, ya hayseeds, it’s a stick-up. Everybody freeze. Everybody down on the ground.

        Feisty Hayseed: Well, which is it, young feller? You want I should freeze or get down on the ground? Mean to say, if’n I freeze, I can’t rightly drop. And if’n I drop, I’m a-gonna be in motion. You see…

        Gale: Shut up!

        Feisty Hayseed: Okay then.

  35. Sometimes, when people are disinclined to bring their disputes in a dysfunctional government court system, so they sign arbitration agreements. These agreements provide that disputes (past or future) be heard by volunteer adjudicators who look at the evidence and resolve the case.

    Arbitration is big in the business community – both among businesses and between businesses and customers. Or in progressive terms, consumers hardest hit.

    Some arbitration agreements provide that the arbitrators will either be religious personnel or at least decide the case on religious principles.

    The New York Times, of course, finds this deeply problematic.

    To show the awfulness of religious arbitration, the *Times* gives three examples which are *totally typical* of the way these arbitrations usually go.

    First was a young man who was sent, by a court, to a religious addiction treatment program (separation of Church and State apparently wasn’t big with the judge). While involuntarily in the program, the youth supposedly signed a *voluntary* arbitration agreement. When the youth died soon after leaving the program, his mother sued, but was obliged by her son’s arbitral agreement to have religious arbitrators.

      1. I think the Times wants evoke this without mentioning it and being “Islamophobic.”

        1. Sharia, unlike arbitration, is not based on voluntary principles. The government *forces* Christians and Jews to be subordinate to the Muslims. The only form they might sign is a “please don’t kill me I promise to submit to my inferior status” form.

          Arbitration is based on people freely negotiating and signing agreements on how to resolve disputes. If Muslims *voluntarily* agree to settle their differences on Islamic principles, that’s not Sharia. Sharia would be if the judge *forced* the Muslims to accept a settlement based on the judge’s version of Islam.

          1. You seem to know awful lot about Sharia. Are you one of those secret Muslims?

    1. The next case was a Scientologist who agreed to have his disputes with the Church resulved by a panel of Scientologists. When he left (or was expelled from) Scientology, his lawsuit was diverted into the arbitration system where presumably the Scientological arbitrators would share the church’s disgust for apostates.

      The third case was where a teacher signed an arbitration agreement with the Christian school where she worked. They fired her and she invoked arbitration to claim that the firing was illegal. The arbitration held that her firing was OK as far as secular law was concerned, but that it violated Biblical principles. The teacher was granted a large award. The school went into secular court to challenge the arbitration agreement it had signed. After several years the teacher “won,” but she had spent most of her damage award on legal fees.

      1. The first two cases, especially the dead young man’s, seem bad, though the problems it raises (the element of compulsion in the first case, and the lack of impartiality toward Scientological defectors in the second case) would exist in non-religious situations, too.

        The third case seems to show that arbitration is great *if it’s allowed to work,* but the school gummed up the works by going outside the arbitration system into the regular courts – which is the very solution the New York Times seems to advocate in the name of curbing arbitration. Maybe logic isn’t the NYT’s strong point?

        Anyway, here’s the nut grafs:

        “In legal circles, those cases, along with the Ellison suit, are considered seminal examples of how judges have consistently upheld religious arbitrations over secular objections. They also reflect a battle in the United States over religious freedom, a series of skirmishes that include a Kentucky clerk’s refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and a Muslim woman’s being passed over for a job at Abercrombie & Fitch because she wore a head scarf….

        “By adding a religious component, companies are taking the privatization of justice a step further.”

  36. http://www.usatoday.com/story/…../75453176/

    40 years ago. Terrible tragedy but gave us a great song.

    1. And a pretty good episode of Seinfeld too.

      1. Rammed by the Cat Stevens.

    1. Me too. And check out the caption of one of the photos in the slide show.

      Underwater pictures of where the Edmund Fitzgerald lies in Lake Superior. These two burning objects, about the size of golf balls, were encountered by Frederick J. Shannon in the Delta submarine while hovering at the starboard (right) side of the Fitzgerald bow. The water temperature was 43 degrees and the depth was 530 feet. Pressure was 251 pounds per square inch. No debris was in the water and nothing was dropped from the surface. There is no logical explanation for their sudden appearance. The objects floated toward and disappeared into the hull of the ship


      1. Huh. That’s pretty strange.

  37. Rich Lowry savages the University of Missouri:

    Missouri is an SEC school, where even a mediocre football program ? Mizzou is 1-5 against the rest of the conference ? has formidable financial and cultural power. If anyone running the university had any guts, the school would have told the team, “Come back and talk to us when you can beat sad-sack Vanderbilt, or at least score more than three points against them.” Given the team’s performance, the proper rejoinder to its threatened boycott should have been, “How would anyone notice?”

    Williamson also had a properly abusive piece up. NR makes the culture war fun.

    1. IowaHawk had a great tweet on the subject.

      “An SEC football team threatening to boycott class has got to be the funniest thing I have ever heard”.

  38. Finally, I have found out what counts a tobacco at work for the purposes of the “tobacco-free” discount:

    Tobacco is defined as all tobacco derived or containing products, including but not limited to, cigarettes (e.g., clove, bidis, kreteks), electronic cigarette, any vaping devices, cigars and cigarillos, hookah smoked products, pipes, oral tobacco (e.g., spit and spitless, smokeless, chew, snuff) and nasal tobacco. It also includes any product intended to mimic tobacco products that contains tobacco flavoring or deliver nicotine other than for the purpose of cessation.

    So as I suspected, it’s all about image and signaling – not “health”. Also, interesting that “hookah” is in there. Sorry, Muslims!

    1. All they can do is test for nicotine. So if vaping or nicotine patches don’t count, then there is no way to give the discount.

      1. Yeah, I don’t know how you can prove that you are using patches or gum for cessation rather than vaping or chewing tobacco for fun.

        1. Pinky-swear, I guess.

          Well, nobody here is going to believe me if I claim to quit anyway.

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