One in Custody over Chicago College Shooting Threats, $1.5 Million Bond for Chicago Officer, Paris Climate Talks Full of Clichés: P.M. Links

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  • Jason Van Dyke, living embodiment of why Barney Fife was only permitted one bullet.
    Cook County Sheriff's Dept.

    One person is in custody over an online threat to kill 16 white male students or staff at the University of Chicago. The college canceled classes and closed its Hyde Park campus in response. The threat is allegedly connected to the death of Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times by a white Chicago Police officer.

  • The bond for Jason Van Dyke, the police officer charged with murder in McDonald's death, has been set for $1.5 million.
  • In the wake of the McDonald shooting, officials announced that additional numbers of Chicago Police will start wearing body cameras.
  • Somebody else goes nuts and starts attacking people on an international flight. The plot twist: It was a flight attendant working on the plane.
  • One attendee at the Paris climate talks dismissed the speeches today as "a parade of clichés." What was she expecting?
  • A high court in Belfast, Ireland, has ruled that Northern Ireland's extremely restrictive abortion laws, which only permit the procedure if the mother's life is in danger, breaches citizens' human rights because it contains no exceptions for rape or incest or if the fetus has fatal abnormalities.

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  1. The bond for Jason Van Dyke, the police officer charged with murder in McDonald’s death, has been set for $1.5 million.

    That’s gonna take the union quite a GoFundMe effort.

      1. Dammit. Bonus for coming up with a link.

      2. It certainly creates a bright line.

      3. They’re doing it on the job, based on the fact that everyone is in uniform.

      4. Jesus. They don’t even pretend to be anything other than a gang, do they?

    1. Meh. I bet the union can come up with that.

      1. $5 says a bail bondsman is willing to do it cheap/free because of how much he supports the cops.

        1. I believe that B-bondsmen usually require collateral. Without that he’d be assuming the risk himself – quite the risk to take. Now, having said that, the cop is too high-profile to try to flee, and we know the prosecution will deliberately throw the case.

          1. For a murder bond, they usually require at least one house as collateral. At least one. More than one preferred.

          2. A promissory note from the Union would probably be sufficent collateral for the bailbondsman to make an easy 150K.

            This guy isn’t jumping bail and running off.

            1. I’d be surprised if they didn’t just post the full 1.5 with the numbers that the union is accustomed to dealing in

              1. This. The union probably just brought in some sort of affidavit from one of their banks saying they put the money into an escrow account.

    2. Afternoon.

      While driving back to work from a lunch meeting today, I saw an Audi R8 (at least $175k-$200k including options) with the custom license plate “WAS POOR”. Such taste in cars may drive you right back to “IS POOR”, good sir.

      1. I saw a Deadhead sticker on a Cadillac.

        1. Don’t look back. You can never look back.

        2. On the way to hear Uncle John’s band?

      2. The thing I find most irksome are the vanity plates on Teslas. It’s almost always a self-congratulatory reach around.

          1. “LOLWATT” is great.

        1. The one good one I’ve seen in the past said “FU OPEC”. I’m not sure how they got it past the censors.

          1. Some states will give you any plate you want, but will take it back as soon as they receive a single complaint. You pay either way, so…

          2. “I’m Fu Manchu’s brother.”

            “Oh. Approved.”

            1. I used to have “U BOLLIX” on mine in Virginia. The plates would get stolen every time I went to Potters Pub or Penny Lane in Richmond. I had to use loctite on them after the third set disappeared.

        2. Last year I took a pic of a guy in a Tesla. The plate said ‘Fabio’.

            1. Killing Canadian geese is a lofty goal. I will now consider Fabio to be a true hero.

            2. Fucken-A.

            3. He lived a couple blocks away from me in the early nineties (Woodland Hills, CA.) A buddy of mine poetically described seeing him at a full sprint, muscles rippling and luxurious locks bouncing in pursuit of his escaped toy dog. Damnit I wish I could tell that story from 1st person narrative!

              1. Just appropriate it as your own. All the white folks do it

        3. Yep, saw one on I26 last week, said something like NOGAS. Was a Knox county plate, should say NUKEPWRD instead.

      3. I thought they were more expensive than that.

      4. When I’m wealthy, I’m pretty sure I’m gonna get a Bentley and put a “My other ride is your mom” bumper sticker on it.

        It’s Banjos’ idea.

        1. That sounds suspiciously like Episiarch’s idea.

          1. That sounds suspiciously like Episiarch’s idea Mom.

        2. In the mid ’80s I took my car to get serviced, and noticed that there was a dusty Bentley in the back of the shop. Turned out it needed a valve job, and the owner couldn’t afford it, because it cost $10,000. Each valve was $80.

          1. That comes to 125 valves. Even if it’s a V12, that’s still more than 10 valves per cylinder…

            1. No, because a valve job costs more than the price of the valves: labor, head gasket, etc.

              And you call yourself a scientist!

              1. He must be a Climate Scientist.

                1. Well then it’s settled!

          2. Yeah, a $10000 Bentley might seem like a good idea. But it isn’t.

        3. “No fat chicks” or “I

      5. If you’re going to go supercar the R8 is probably the least stupid one out there. That said, very few can afford such tastes. And that vanity plate is tasteless.

      6. Oh yeah? Well, I’ve seen a BMW i-8 around these parts.

      7. “(at least $175k-$200k including options) ”

        No chance. MSRP is 115k.

        http://www.caranddriver.com/au…..ng/options

        I optioned it out completely and didn’t even come close to your numbers.

      8. New money

      9. And you were driving……..?

        Envy is an ugly thing.

        Someone who is not envious would see that and think ‘good for you’ because someone else had worked themselves out of poverty.

    3. Hello.

      “The bond for Jason Van Dyke, the police officer charged with murder in McDonald’s death, has been set for $1.5 million.”

      How is he and his family holding up?

    4. That’s petty cash for the union.

      1. They’ll just bust up more cars to break into.

        1. “Everyone has to seize one extra car this week.”

  2. One attendee at the Paris climate talks dismissed the speeches today as “a parade of clich?s.” What was she expecting?

    Resource redistribution for Christmas.

    1. One attendee at the Paris climate talks dismissed the speeches today as “a parade of clich?s.” What was she expecting?

      Anthropogenic Atmospheric Warming, AKA hot air.

    2. The phrase, “a parade of clich?s,” is a clich

  3. OK, according to CNN, Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Shooter Robert Dear had both anti-abortion and anti-government views and had previously distributed anti-Obama pamphlets to a Colorado neighbor.

    So, batten down the hatches for a round of blaming anti-government views for a shooting at a private business.

    1. Just like they blamed criticism of the Family Research Council for the guy’s attempt to massacre people at the group’s headquarters.

      1. I remember that incident. Until this year, that was the only high-profile shooting/attempted shooting that was expressly political, but because the particular politics involved were goodthink, they didn’t bother bringing it up and looked for more ways to place the blame on conservatives.

        1. And white men, don’t forget white men. My derpbook is awash with the danger of white men today.

          1. I believe “white devils” is the term you are looking for.

          2. I believe “white devils” is the term you are looking for.

            1. I believe “white sqwrls” is the term you are looking for

    2. No one who isn’t already invested is going to care. That’s the bitch of it for the left.

      1. They’ll just derp louder until everyone cares

    3. They’re relying on cherry picked leaks from investigators for that story? CNN can suck my balls.

      1. They’re worse than ESPN. All I heard for two weeks was that Les Miles was getting canned. Then they all said the school “gave up at the last minute” even though the AD maintained his story all along.

        Hell, Finebaum seemed downright disappointed yesterday that they didn’t manage to do the same to Miles as they did to Mike Leach when he was at Texas Tech.

        By the way, your Cal Golden Bears ended,up having a decent season.

        1. Other than a streak where they lost 4 of 5 games? Yeah.

        2. That Schad Guy for ESPN doesn’t give a crap about having reliable sources. Or getting confirmation. If he can call the source an “insider” by any stretch of the imagination, and he can get one juicy comment over bourbon and water, he prints it as fact ASAP to get the scoop.

          I.e. Schad sucks.

          1. ESPN is entertainment when it suits them, news when they’re being sued for defamation or libel.

  4. …officials announced that additional numbers of Chicago Police will start wearing body cameras.

    Burger King will handle the video from those bodycams.

    1. Good one, Fist. Also, “additional,” leaves a lot of wiggle room. And we all know that the cameras will, mysteriously, malfunction if they could have caught anything incriminating to the officers.

  5. One person is in custody over an online threat to kill 16 white male students or staff at the University of Chicago. The college canceled classes and closed its Hyde Park campus in response. The threat is allegedly connected to the death of Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times by a white Chicago Police officer.

    Something something three-fifths something something

  6. “The plot twist: It was a flight attendant working on the plane.”

    Nobody is going to beat that dude from JetBlue who went down the emergency slide with a six pack of beer.

  7. One person is in custody over an online threat to kill 16 white male students or staff at the University of Chicago.

    Who gets to even crow about this new narrative? What a gyp.

      1. Are you starting another Woodrow Wilson bitchfest? WE ALREADY KNOW WHAT KIND OF PRESIDENT HE WAS.

        1. I was making a Jim Crow joke. Obviously not a good one.

          1. I got your RACIST joke, Tonio.

          2. Yes, and what president is associated with Jim Crow laws? That’s where you were headed.

    1. “gyp” is racist. Gypsies are now called Roma, and, in this context, calling something a gyp suggests they’ve been ripped-off further suggesting Gypsies are con-artists.

      1. Gypsies: One of two groups the European left is perfectly okay being super-racist against (the other being Jews)

        1. I listen to various European broafcaster, and there’s a lot of propaganda about how terrible racism against the Roma is.

          1. I listen to actual Europeans – all quite convincing on their justifications for despising the damn Gypsies.

            1. Do you like dags?

              1. I’m not from Texas.

              2. I fuckin’ hate Pikeys!

            2. If you have ever fallen for one of their scams while trying to do business with them you would despise them also.

              Even though it’s your own fault for believing you were getting something for nothing.

        2. Of all the ethnic stereotypes, the one about Gypsies being swindlers probably has the most truth to it.

          1. More than drunken Irish? That would be 110%

            1. I think so. There are lots of Irish who aren’t drunk, but I think you’d be hard-pressed to find lots of gypsies working in regular jobs.

              1. In Ireland, they hate the Tinkers aka Travelers.

                As Dick Gregory once said, “Everybody has a Lapp.”

                Kevin R

      2. They prefer to be called circus people.

        1. I think ‘tinker’ is more accurate.

          1. Wheel of Time reference?

      3. JERRY: Well, a person that gives something and then they’re dissatisfied and
        they wish they had, had never uh…

        WINONA: And?

        JERRY: …give, given it to the person that they originally gave it to.

        WINONA: You mean like, an Indian giver?!

        JERRY: I’m sorry, I’m not familiar with that term.

      4. I watched Leave It To Beaver marathon-style recently and they must have used the word “gyp” at least 100 times throughout the entire series. My how times have changed.

        1. Ward was a Grand Dragon.

  8. “no exceptions for rape or incest or if the fetus has fatal abnormalities.”

    So, the law doesn’t let you kill disabled unborn children, or allow the killing of children for the sins of their fathers?

    Man, they don’t let you do *anything.*

    1. I know those are popular exceptions but I’m not sure how they breach “citizens’ human rights”. Unless you think there should be no restrictions, but in that case it seems odd to single those exceptions out.

      1. If the pro-abortion movement in Northern Ireland is anything like the movement in the U.S., they’re starting with rape, incest and disability to get people accustomed to legal abortion, then they’ll move right on to abortion on request.

        So if I’m right, it’s not “odd” at all – it’s part of the process of softening up public opinion in preparation for legalizing (and subsidizing) *all* abortions.

        1. Why do you keep saying “disability” instead of “fatal fetal abnormality”?

          1. OK, it’s *not* a disability. Sheesh.

            1. I thought something fatal could also be considered disabling.

              But initially I thought it said “fetal” abnormality.

      2. Really? In the case of rape, there is evidence that the woman never consented to a pregnancy, so I don’t think it’s hard to see why some people who are okay with some restrictions would still consider it a breach of the pregnant woman’s human rights to prevent her from terminating the pregnancy.

        1. OK, from that perspective that is fair. But it doesn’t explain incest if it is consensual or fatal abnormalities.

          1. I don’t think it’s 100% coherent, and it’s not at all my position. The incest thinking is that in most cases, incest is effectively rape. Especially since so many of those cases seem to involve pregnant minors. I am sympathetic to that idea.

            As far as fatal abnormalities, it is a totally different argument, and I do think that even pro-life people can have a coherent pro-abortion position there. If you are talking about a fetus that is definitely going to die within hours, there is no life to protect. There is only a woman who can either terminate, or continue through an increasingly grotesque (and frequently dangerous) process.

            1. “If you are talking about a fetus that is definitely going to die within hours, there is no life to protect.”

              I think you’re assuming the conclusion there. Are you saying you weren’t alive until you left the womb?

              I know of a case where a kid charged with the murder of an old woman claimed that she was going to die soon anyway, so that should mitigate his punishment.

              1. In any case, we’ve seen this movie before – the rape/incest/abnormality exceptions are sold to us as a limited exception, then once we’re used to it they criticize their own reform in adequate, and they say the only way to remedy the situation is to have abortion on request.

                1. Now, in the USA, we’ve gotten to the point where banning abortion on request and limiting it to rape/incest/abnormality would be an *improvement* over the current regime.

                  But of course prolifers have a sinster (though not hidden) agenda to ultimately extend legal protection even to the children of rapists – it’s unconstitutional to execute the rapist, but somehow it’s OK to execute their kids? Does not compute.

                2. the rape/incest/abnormality exceptions

                  …make no logical sense whatever.

                  1. Um, I’m not ever going to make a woman carry her rapists child for 9 months.

                    If you want to die on that stupid fucking hill, have at it.

                    1. What about for three months?

                    2. *We* don’t have an entire federal judiciary to do our bidding…we can only take that hill when the public has grown sufficiently enlightened, which it hasn’t…yet.

                    3. Or what if she carries it for 7 months but then changes her mind ?

  9. A Chicago alderman has some interesting requests, including reevaluating use of force rules and having settlements paid out of the police budget rather than the general fund.

    1. I’d rather it come directly out of the retirement account.

      1. It’s so cute you think that’s not the general fund.

        1. Add that to my list too.

          These fuckers want to “send a message” by divesting their retirement funds of tobacco and oil companies, knowing full well that taxpayers have to cover the difference.

        2. It’s so cute

          Don’t get him started.

    2. And next year there will just be a line item in the police budget for settlements.

  10. “In the wake of the McDonald shooting”

    I thought we were calling it the Burger King shooting.

    1. *narrows gaze over a Wendy’s Double*

    2. Thank you, Playa, I have been waiting for this … ‘cos if somebody didn’t hurry up and do it, I was gonna …

  11. In the wake of the McDonald shooting, officials announced that additional numbers of Chicago Police will start wearing body cameras.

    I read that as “body armor” first time by.

    And I thought, “You’ve got that backwards, don’t you? It’s the civilians who would benefit most.”

  12. Obama Ignores ‘Wrap-It-Up’ Beeps, Talks and Talks at Climate Summit

    WARNING: Auto-start audio.

    ADDITIONAL WARNING: It is his speech.

    After 11 minutes, whoever was manning the “beep” button had clearly given up been made an offer xi couldn’t refuse

    1. Hope and Change know no time limites.

    2. They should have just cut his mic.

  13. O/T but worth a look, more trigger warning fodder:

    “It’s tough because there are people, usually straight, white and from privilege, who benefit from open debate on these issues. But that means the minority is constantly being questioned on subjects that hurt,”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new…..paces.html

    1. “Far from the bra-burning, devil-may-care attitudes at universities in the Sixties and Seventies, today’s generation of American students increasingly appears to yearn for a campus ruled by dogmatic political correctness, in which faculty members assume the role of parents more than purveyors of academic rigour.”

      Yeah, politicized students in the sixties and seventies sure weren’t ruled by dogmatic political correctness or anything.

      And I’m skeptical of the bra-burning thing, but I would be happy to see proof it actually happened.

      1. Wait, hold everything:

        Bra-burning in Toronto: Confirmed

        Now, that was in 1979, and I’m not sure it was at a college.

        And technically, we’re looking for examples of bra-burning at colleges in the relevant era.

        So if you have images of that, especially color images, please post them.

        1. My favorite part of that story is that if you click the link to see an enlarged pic of the bra burner you get a 404 page which has been customized to be a picture of a big foot.

          I can’t believe the Jezzies haven’t had to retire to their fainting couches at such microagression.

          1. That is a milliagression.

        2. So if you have images of that, especially color images, please post them.

          Especially if it is a particularly cold day …

      2. at least those students had an actual thing called Vietnam to protest. This group has words. Words. And feelz.

      3. at least those students had an actual thing called Vietnam to protest. This group has words. Words. And feelz.

        1. Well, heck. It’s not like we have a president who started or continues to wage an undeclared war somewhere. What else could they protest?

          1. Yeah, but those wars don’t exist because we aren’t being drafted to fight them.

            Yet.

    2. But advocates of the “safe spaces” phenomenon say this is not the expression of hypersensitive, mollycoddled youth, but rather the development of a movement that is advancing the goals of racial and sexual emancipation.

      What does that even mean? Not only are they racist and evil, that can’t even compose a coherent thought.

      1. how does being marinated in racial and sexual identity lead to emancipation from it? Not asking you specifically, more like piggy-backing on your comment.

        1. I think they feel chained by their race and their gender. Like, they didn’t ask to be born black, man! And they were, and it like totally chains them!

          Here is the thing. Racism exists. Sexism exists. Black people do get harassed; simply because they are black. Hell, I’ve witnessed a couple of incidents with my own eyes!

          One great option when confronted by people who don’t like you and who treat you like shit is to separate or segregate yourself from them. You don’t hang out with them. You avoid stores and museums that treat you badly etc.

          The problem isn’t that these people are feeling this impulse. The problem is that they are expressing it with the egoism of a child.

          They want their ‘safe’ space. They don’t want to make it for themselves. They are demanding other people provide them with it! They don’t want to segregate themselves; they want the state to segregate everyone in a manner that suits their tastes!

          Their childishness and lack of maturity perverts what would otherwise be natural and possibly even wholesome reaction to mistreatment.

          1. your third paragraph – totally against the progtard grain, which is why they’re progtards. They cannot understand that forcing someone to take your money is self-defeating. They want to sue or pass new laws or some such that basically forces bigotry underground.

            I wonder how long before, and this may be happening already, HR depts are under standing orders to NOT consider anyone less than five years removed from a degree, perhaps longer depending on the major.

      2. What does that even mean? Not only are they racist and evil, that can’t even compose a coherent thought.

        Welcome to Kollije!

    3. Micro-aggression: A choice of words that may have no malicious intent but which is interpreted by a distressed recipient as an act of violence.

      Only in their contorted universe do mere words count as an act of violence.

  14. More Chicago news: Judge Posner bitchslaps Sheriff Dart in Backpage.com case.

    1. From the ruling:

      For where would such official bullying end, were it permitted to begin? Some public officials doubtless disapprove of bars, or pets and therefore pet supplies, or yard sales, or lawyers, or “plug the band” (a listing of music performances that includes such dubious offerings as “SUPERCELL Rocks Halloween at The Matchbox Bar & Grill”), or men dating men or women dating women ? but ads for all these things can be found in non-adult sections of Backpage and it would be a clear abuse of power for public officials to try to eliminate them not by expressing an opinion but by threatening credit card companies or other suppliers of payment services utilized by customers of Backpage, or other third parties, with legal or other coercive governmental action. ?

    2. The term all of kewl lawyers use in such situations is “benchslap.”

  15. State Dept. set to release 7,800 new Clinton emails

    WARNING: Auto-start audio.

    Dammit, no one CARES!

      1. Might I add that I hope to god that it turns out to be a solicitation for a donation to the Foundation.

        1. More than likely it was just a dick pic.

          1. In that case, I owe the censors a beer.

          2. Between those two women? Seems unlikely….

            1. A selfie dick pic. Cmon man.

          3. Hers or bill’s?

      2. “Fully redacted”?!

        Whatever happened to “I want everyone to see my emails”?

        *** remembers who said that ***

        Never mind.

      3. Thought only secret – not embarrassing stuff, got redacted?

      4. Speaking of Koch…

        …i’ve mentioned in the past how “I sometimes enjoy Glenn Greenwald, but the douchebags at the Intercept are just shameless fucking hacks”…?

        Their take on the Koch ‘criminal justice reform’ issue is typical

        it amounts to frothing about ‘CORPORASHUNS’ while never once mentioning that over-criminalization is a legitimate issue that affects everyone… and that, as shackford noted the other day, the stripping of mens rea requirements from federal laws is a shameless expansion of authority that should be derided as openly-facist = instead, its spun as “trying to make life easier for the KKKorporate classes”

        1. Yep, that guy is making no effort to hide his narrative. How is it a “trojan horse”? He offers no information about the bill other than how it is described by its critics. Maybe try asking the Kochs or the bill’s supporters for their reasons? Allow them a defense?

      5. It was probably about former NYC Mayor Ed Koch, who died 2/1/13.

      6. A fully redacted email between Huma and Hillary with subject line “Koch” from Feb. 1, 2013

        Was there a mention of “strap-on” in the text?

  16. “A high court in Belfast, Ireland, has ruled that Northern Ireland’s extremely restrictive abortion laws, which only permit the procedure if the mother’s life is in danger, breaches citizens’ human rights because it contains no exceptions for rape or incest or if the fetus has fatal abnormalities.”

    Does infanticide become legal if the infant is a product of rape or incest? How about if the baby is going to die on its own in a week or two? So why would you expect abortion laws made on the premise that abortion is just another type of infanticide to have such exceptions?

    We already enslave parents to their children’s care and upkeep no matter how they came into being, it’s pearl clutching to pretend it’s a human rights violation to do so one month before the kids is born but not when done one month after birth.

    Note this has nothing to do with if abortion should be legal or not. It’s just pointing out that most people have already decided that a child has a right to care that overrides their parent’s rights, even in the case of incest or rape. The only debate is what qualifies as a child.

    1. Also, there’s a lot of would-be adoptive parents out there, sometimes more than there are babies to adopt.

      So there’s one way to avoid “slavery.”

    2. We already enslave parents to their children’s care and upkeep no matter how they came into being

      We absolutely do not. You can hand off your baby for free, no questions asked, in a number of locations.

      1. Pretty much any hospital, fire house or police station. Offer not valid in all states.

        1. The problem is getting the infant through the mail slot.

          1. Cute, but those places were chosen because they were open 24 hours and because the workers (at least the firemen and hospital employees) are guaranteed to have medical training.

            1. Hey, it’s not “cute”.

              It’s insensitive.

        2. They just found a newborn buried alive in Compton this weekend. The mother was not only crazy, but stupid. It was still in the hospital blanket.

          1. Compton shouldn’t have denied her an abortion.

          2. Virginia Buck nods. Oliver Wendell Holmes approves.

        3. In fact, I heard recently in the news that a woman left her child in a nativity scene at a church.

      2. Be warned, though. You might have to answer a few questions if you leave the baby with Old Man With Candy.

    3. The rape/incest exception has never made sense to me. If the pro-life argument is that the fetus is a life entitled to protection, it should be irrelevant whether it is the result of rape or incest. By granting that exception, pro-lifers bring the question of the mother’s culpability into play, which only serves to bolster the feminist crowd’s claims that the pro-life movement is just a front for controlling women’s behavior.

      1. If the pro-life argument is that the fetus is a life entitled to protection, it should be irrelevant whether it is the result of rape or incest.

        If you’re a pacifist, maybe. But being pro-life doesn’t mean you are required not to care that the woman never consented to be pregnant and therefore is not morally required to protect a trespasser.

        1. Trespasser implies intent. You cannot establish Mens Rea with an infant or fetus. Especially as no decision was made to either commit the crime or lead to a situation were the crime was committed.

          It’d be the same as charging the guy the robber stabbed with stealing your knife, or arguing that taking your knife back as paramedics scream “Don’t do that he’ll bleed out!” is just retrieval of property.

          1. I thought we were all assuming we knew the fetuses mind in all this anyway. Everyone else seems to assume it wants to be born.

            1. We don’t know animals minds, so we say they are unable to consent to sex. We know children old enough to talk’s minds but we say they are to young to understand the full implications of their actions so they cannot consent to sex. We don’t know children to young to speak’s minds but we do not allow their murder or say they can consent to sex.

              Also the instinct to live serves as prima facia evidence that the victim wants to live. It is up to the killer to provide proof that the victim did not (in states were Euthanasia is legal).

            2. The operative presumption for anyone is “I do not want you to kill me”. Or do you ask of everyone you meet whether they would like to die?

            3. Everyone else seems to assume it wants to be born.

              It may not be a ‘want’. It may be instinctive. There is some evidence that this is so.

          2. “Trespasser implies intent.”

            No, actually, it doesn’t.

            1. “Traditionally, for either type of trespass — criminal or civil — some level of intent is required. Thus, the trespasser must not simply unwittingly traverse another’s land but must knowingly go onto the property without permission. Knowledge may be inferred when the owner tells the trespasser not to go on the land, when the land is fenced, or when a “no trespassing” sign is posted. A trespasser would probably not be prosecuted if the land was open, the trespasser’s conduct did not substantially interfere with the owner’s use of the property, and the trespasser left immediately on request. – See more at: http://realestate.findlaw.com/…..v4bNc.dpuf “

            2. The tort of trespass requires intent, although only an intent to enter.

      2. it makes perfect sense. You’re forcing the women to relive that horror very personally day by day, to see its physical manifestation. Sorry, I’m not telling some bona fide victim that she has to suck it up.

        1. If the child gets adopted by the folks across the street and the woman has to see him every day, does she have a right to kill him? What if he just merely grows up to be famous and appears on every new stand? What if he’s the only provider of food in the apocalyptic wasteland, is she deal so she can get food or can she kill him then?

          If the kid is a somebody you can’t kill ’em because their existence causes you emotional distress. If the kid isn’t a somebody then killing ’em doesn’t matter. So the question is are they a somebody or not, not what did their father do to their mother.

          1. trot out all the what ifs you want, you’re in the rank minority on this one. Perhaps you would force a family member to carry the product of rape or incest to term, but I can’t. And if I wouldn’t for my own, I’m not going to demand that someone else do so.

            1. In this case I’m just arguing for logical consistency. If you think a unborn child is equivalent to an infant then it needs to be treated legally the same as an infant. If you don’t think those things are equivalent then you don’t need to treat them the same.

              And no, I wouldn’t let a family member murder an infant that was the product of rape. Even if it was going to be several months before they could get it adopted.

              1. that’s your decision. I’m not forcing a woman to go through that and I’m not putting the result of violence on a par with other pregnancies. That family member you’re intent on forcing to carry to term may not agree with you.

                1. The one I won’t allow murder their infant might not either. Infants and the unborn are either equivalent or their not.

                  1. “Infants and the unborn are either equivalent or their not.”

                    Not. Glad I could solve your conundrum.

                    1. Not my conundrum. People who support rape exceptions have it though.

        2. personally day by day

          Well for 40 weeks, yes.

      3. Being against incest is a good thing from a eugenics perspective. Look at what centuries of cousin marriage has done to the Muslim Middle East: high rates of genetic diseases and lower IQs.

        1. Same argument could be used for twinkies. The issue is magnitude. One or two generations of incest isn’t likely to cause anymore problems than one or both of the parents being in their fifties.

    4. Tim Tebow’s prenatal doctor advised his mother who had a debilitating disease that abortion might be the best course of action for poor little Tim.

      She refused and delivered a healthy baby.

      NFL fans can makes jokes now.

    1. Quick, someone set up a GOFUNDME page.

      1. No.

        You Mrs. Struthers should set up a GOFUNDME page.

    2. It’s unincorporated, which means it’s a place name. You’re buying real estate, not municipality.

      1. It actually looks like a pretty sweet retirement spot

      2. Let’s pool our money.

        OUR LIBERTARIAN MOMENT HAS ARRIVED!

      3. The real question is if I can get licensing rights from Capcom to turn it into a Resident Evil 4 theme park.

        1. As long as Mila is available, count me in!

  17. From the NYT story about the ‘parade of cliches’ @ the Climate Change conference =

    “LE BOURGET, France ? The American writer and activist Rebecca Solnit popularized the term “mansplaining” ? to explain (something) to someone, often a woman, in a condescending or patronizing manner.

    That was not exactly what was happening on Monday, as 150 world leaders addressed the Paris climate talks. But there were certainly a lot of men. And there was a lot of explaining going on, as each made almost formulaic presentations of their national policies.”

    Ah.

    So, in criticism of bullshit climate-change cliches…. we start the piece with a cliche bitch-moan that THERE WEREN’T ENOUGH WOMEN SPOUTING BULLSHIT CLICHES!!!

    1. The Times has a serious problem with terrible ledes these days. Just terrible.

      1. The Times has a serious problem with terrible ledes these days. Just terrible.

    2. Let it go, Gilmore. Allow the whole conference to be derailed by ID politics derp.

      1. I honestly wonder if there are any people like me in the NYT editorial department who are constantly repressing the overwhelming urge to giggle at the shit they put into print.

        A friend of mine *is* a NYT editor. I used to send him a daily list of the ridiculous things I’d read in the NYT every day. Then I stopped reading the NYT completely. Which was OK by him since he’d stopped reading my daily list of laugh-worthy lines about a year beforehand. He had a sense of humor about it in the early days, though.

        1. That said = even the NYT at its very worst… isn’t nearly as bad as the shit i see in the “PostEverything” blog @ the WaPo… or the CNN guy, John D.-“how can I connect this to rape and climate change in some way”-Sutter,

          1. I like it better when he connects this climate change to rape… or terrorism.

            1. It is a proven fact that climate change makes women hot.

        2. Someone here (might have been you) described the modern NYT as a “Yuppie Zine” which I thought was fantastically appropriate.

    3. Womenz are only allowed to spout .77 bullshit cliches for each 1 bullshit cliche that men can spout.

      That is bullshit cliche discrimination and it must be stopped!!!

  18. Um, which person is depicted in the photo?

    1. That’s Jason van Dyke.

      1. Dammit, Nikki, you enabled a n00b. That’s why…

        1. I’m just trying to be helpful!

          1. You are the worst…

    2. The answer is in the alt-text.

    3. The person in the photo is a Dyke.

  19. European Gun Control: Extremely effective unless you’re a murderous terrorist, in which case its extremely easy and far cheaper than buying an NFA weapon in the US

    1. *bonus points for mention of “Gun hidden in sandwich”

      1. With extra mustard.

    2. What comes first, calls for Europeans to arm themselves or for tighter gun control? Tighter control, of course. Seems like nearly everything in the EU will require ever tighter control which will lead to failure.

      1. In this case the solution is an easy one

        Just as places like NY and Chicago blame the failure of their gun-control policies on neighboring loose-gun-control states like Indiana (or in NY’s case…. they blame South Carolina? something like that)…

        …the Euros blame the ineffectiveness of their own policy on those funky former Eastern Bloc states which the EU imports lots of cheap labor from. Obvious Solution = populist policies restricting trade and traffic w/ Eastern Europe. None of it will help, of course. The ‘grey & black markets’ in the EU are…what, like ~20% of the real economy in many countries? and that’s a generous guesstimate.

          1. Ugh.

            So, Virginia is the Bulgaria of America. I knew it.

            1. I used to have a large, scary Bulgarian coworker who insisted “butthole have no gender”. Kind of tainted the whole country for me.

              1. “”tainted””

                Phrasing… please.

          2. Bloomberg’s frothing about Guns in NYC was pretty hard to sell when you had cities of 1/10th the size (like Baltimore) producing more overall gun-murders and far, far more actual ‘shooting incidents’…

            …if guns were in fact “flooding the streets of NY” the way they describe… the most remarkable thing is how few times they are actually being used by criminals. Maybe they’re being saved for ‘home defense?”

            The fact that NYC remains on a trajectory of ‘lowest per-capita crime rate in history’ WHILE being ‘flooded’ with illegal guns is never actually addressed by the Bloombergian-Statistical-Types, who seem to find ways to spin data no matter how inconsistent with the truth. Have Cake, Eat Cake.

            Either they are touting NYC’s draconian restrictions as being a ’cause’ of the remarkably-low crime rates… or they’re bemoaning the swiss-cheese-nature of these restrictions which apparently can’t do anything about the guns at all.

            1. …if guns were in fact “flooding the streets of NY” the way they describe… the most remarkable thing is how few times they are actually being used by criminals. Maybe they’re being saved for ‘home defense?”

              The argument here, of course is that gun control works to an extent– it keeps the criminals scurrying under the watchful eye of Sauron. But not for gun control, it would be so much worse.

              We can bring gun crime to zero if we just repeal 2a.

        1. You will soon see why progressive policies are inherently xenophobic.

  20. If they won’t let you in the front door, you’re probably not welcome.

    “Man gets stuck in chimney, dies during attempted robbery”
    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/…..smsnnews11

    1. The homeowner reported that he did not know that there was anybody in his chimney prior to lighting his fireplace.

      “Really! I swear!”

      1. Every once in a while natural selection still gets a win.

    2. Santa roasting on an open fire…

      Is what an insensitive jerk would say in response to this tragedy.

      1. Dead thief, some broken-window-style economic activity, where’s the tragedy?

        1. To get serious for just a moment, the tragedy is that this chimney guy basically threw away his life. He’s to blame, but it’s still a sad thing that he would try to be a burglar.

    1. With all due respect, the Embassy should just issue “warnings” about probable non-attack days.

    2. Talk about the Antichrist. There is actually someone working at State named Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau?!

  21. “One person is in custody over an online threat to kill 16 white male students or staff at the University of Chicago. The college canceled classes and closed its Hyde Park campus in response. The threat is allegedly connected to the death of Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times by a white Chicago Police officer.”

    This isn’t racist because racism requires prejudice+power.

  22. In his brief summary of the Gonzales v. Raich case, Jacob Sollum describes the absurdity of the SCOTUS opinion. However, it is even more absurd than he describes. In Wickard v. Filburn, the Court found that the production of a commodity for one’s own use was subject to federal regulatory control since such production could affect interstate commerce. Although the Wickard reasoning is an absurdly broad interpretation of the commerce clause and fundamentally anti-liberty, it still has some logic in that Filburn might actually have purchased grain in interstate commerce if he had not grown it himself. Gonzales v. Raich takes it to another level of absurdity: Raich could not have legally purchased marijuana in interstate commerce if she had not grown it herself. Since Congress had already banned interstate commerce in marijuana, her own production of marijuana simply could not have an indirect effect upon interstate commerce.

    1. Good point. It really did take it to another level of awful.

  23. Recreational Pot Will Be Legal Just About Everywhere Soon

    And when will people learn to roll a proper joint? You’re not supposed to literally twist it up.

    1. Depends. I had a gf that would roll hash spliffs, twist just the tip, burn it, and take it off like a cap. Awesome.

    2. Jesus, Zeb, it only became legal a week ago. There’s a lot of cultural training that needs to happen here.

    3. Ideally one should roll a joint just before smoking. But sometimes it’s more convenient to roll a joint in advance. Twisting the ends is sometimes necessary to prevent the joint’s overly dry or powdery contents from spilling out during transport.

      1. Yeah, twist the ends, not the whole thing. That thing’s not going to burn right.

        I rolled my own cigs for years, so I probably have an advantage.

    4. Rolling joints? OK, grampa.

  24. This is how it works when a COP shoots a black person and is charged with Murder:

    1. Officer Plead Not Guilty and is OVER charged !!!
    2. Have the PBA pay then entire Legal Defense of the Cop
    3. The District Attorney and Attorney General of the State will behave as if they were the Cops defense lawyer and present the evidence as he is innocent.
    4. The District Attorney and Attorney General of the State will will offer immunity to other officers to testify in the Cop’s innocence.
    5. The Cop will WAIVE IS RIGHT TO A JURY TRIAL so that another cop (called a Judge) can find him innocent.
    6. In the unusual event that the Cop doesn’t WAIVE is right to a trial by JURY, the venue will be changed to the WHITEST Venue possible.
    7. Someone in that JURY will hang or ALL will find not-guilty.
    8. When the JURY Hangs, the DA decides to DROP Charges.
    9. All Along, our Wee Little Piggie is out Free collecting his paycheck and all other benefits courtesy of the tax payer (including the black people trying to convict him).

    1. *looks up from jury ballot*

      How many S’s in innocent?

    2. they are the goon squad of your beloved state AB.

      1. It’s God awful. I want to take the guns away from these meter maids and give them net guns and stun guns.
        And, for situations that does required armed police, I’ll send SWAT.

        1. You will send SWAT long after the fact ?

          1. Just be sure and get the correct address

  25. OT: Has anyone been listening to this new podcast “Contra Krugman”? I’ve enjoyed it. The premise is that they refute Paul Krugman’s NYT column every single week. They link to the column itself and encourage listeners to read it, which I always do before listening to the podcast. They manage to expose some gaping holes in Krugman’s premise every time.

    I had never actually read Krugman’s column before, but Jesus, the level of derp is hazardous.

    1. He used to be a respectable economist, before he turned into a Team Blue shill. He even knew that a minimum wage reduced employment.

      1. That’s one of the things I find amusing about it: they dig up articles from the NYT, often by Krugman himself, and other tidbits from Krugman’s other writings that contradict the leftist boilerplate talking points that he spews off these days.

        My hypothesis is that Krugman is just spewing off what the Dems want to hear in the hopes of getting appointed Secretary of the Treasury or something.

        1. I think he gets invited to better parties when he sticks to the correct narrative.

        2. Any time i disagree with Krugman to the progtards i know, the response is basically “You don’t know what you’re talking about. He has a Nobel prize.” Never mind that he received the award for his work in international markets and nothing to do with the shit he blathers on about in NYT

          1. The Argumentum Ad Nobel Prize is another classic… It’s funny how “progressives” never mention that F.A. Hayek and Milton Friedman also won the Nobel Prize .

      2. I maintain there are two Paul Krugmans inhabiting the same body ? one a respectable economist and other a Team Blue shill.

  26. I always did hash under glass

  27. I always did hash under glass

    1. Turkey wants to make America great again?!

      1. that made me laugh

    2. What? Syria and Mexico are totally not the same! It’s not like they have large groups of armed and organized gangs fighting each other for control of… oh, yeah, well….

  28. So why did Reason send over a guy to cover the Paris talks if you expect it to be a bunch of cliches? (Other than giving him a free trip?)

    1. BAILEY: “Hmmm, I have a vague (hic) memory that I should be (belch) reporting on something…well, I’m sure it will come to me.”

      1. Did he travel by plane or by portal? Did he bring Morty along?

  29. Parody or not?

    Before we set up colonies on Mars, we need to discuss renaming its moons

    Keeping Phobos and Deimos, which means ‘fear’ and ‘terror’, implies it’s totally cool to demonize our neighbor in the sky

    1. #RedPlanetsMatter

    2. I’ll guess parody, let me check…

      1. “If nothing else, we should be thinking of the children who will someday grow up to be Mars colonists. No one currently bats an eye when an adult leads a child out into the backyard to admire a planet orbited by panic and terror. These very children may one day exit from their habitat on yet another bright and balmy Martian morning, their hearts brimming with optimism, and look up at those pale moons. We’re doing nothing less than setting up those future colonists for failure ? or interplanetary warfare.”

        Yeah, I’ll go with parody.

        1. “A new finding suggests that, in a mere 50m years, the larger of the moons will tear itself apart into zillions of chunks of orbiting rubble. A planetary geoscientist would argue that Phobos is feeling the strain of Martian gravity, but I wouldn’t be so sure. In the course of 50m years, Phobos will be soaking up a lot of baleful vibes. Do we really want future generations to be witnessing a nearby moon disintegrating into rubble and wondering, Did we do that?”

          Yup, parody.

          1. Counterpoint – it’s Comment Is Free, the derpiest site the other side of the pond.

            1. I hesitate to link to this 2009 story by the same author (NSFW as far as a text-only article can be), but I don’t think it’s the work of a committed SJW.

              1. Wait, maybe it is, I can’t tell.

                1. Heck with it, we’ve gone through the looking glass, I don’t know what’s real any more.

    3. If only I had known I would have named my kids Phobos and Deimos,

  30. In crooked NY legislator news:

    Crooked NY legislator found crooked! And as usual for The Post, the pic is great.

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