Officials, Obama Consider Whether San Bernardino Attack Was Terrorism, Military Will Increase Chances for Women to Fight in Bad Wars, Trump Continues to Trump: P.M. Links

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  • Has anybody blamed it on "not enough surveillance" yet?
    ABC7

    Authorities are still investigating why Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, opened fire at a holiday party for county health employees in San Bernardino, California, yesterday, killing 14. The latest evidence is that an attack appears to have been planned in advance. They had rented a vehicle and pipe bombs were found in their home in Redlands. But Farook, an American citizen, was not being watched as a potential terror suspect, though sources now say he may have been communication with others who are suspects.

  • President Barack Obama acknowledged that terrorism might have been the motivation for the shooting, but nevertheless continues to say that legislators should pass tougher gun control laws. Note that Farook apparently had no criminal background and police say that the guns he owned were purchased legally. There is nothing that suggests that tougher gun control laws would have played any role here.
  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today that the military will open up all combat jobs to women, as long as they "qualify and meet the standards."
  • Donald Trump evoked just about every Jewish stereotype possible while trying to stump for votes from Jewish Republicans.
  • France has shut down three mosques and four prayer rooms it contends are contributing to radicalization.
  • A federal appeals court has refused to reinstate the tossed-out conviction of former New York Police Officer Gilberto Valle. Valle became known as the "cannibal cop" for being arrested for allegedly plotting to kidnap and eat young women. His defense was that it was all fantasy role-play, and he had actually made no effort to carry out any kidnapping plans. The court panel ruled that they are "loathe to give the government to power to punish us for our thoughts and not our actions."
  • The Senate voted in favor of defunding Planned Parenthood and ending Obamacare. If it passes the House, it will, of course, be vetoed.

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  1. France has shut down three mosques and four prayer rooms it contends are contributing to radicalization.

    The Donald is moving to France.

    1. Hello.

      RE gun control. I wonder if the U.S. is fucked on that point. The Democrats – Obama in particular – seem determined. Is another Obamacare type stunt a possibility?

      1. They don’t have a majority for that.

        1. Yeah, with Obamacare they had a whole crop of freshman willing to fall on the sword to pass that.

          1. And fall they did

            1. Not to mention the Louisiana purchase and the Cornhusker kickback.

          2. They had 60 Senators and still had difficulty getting Obamacare through.

      2. I don’t think it’s a possibility.

        They will promote legislation designed to make Republicans look like meanies. The Republicans will promote legislation to make Democrats look like surrender monkeys to the overseas menace.

        They’ll pound each other in the run up to the election.

        But I just don’t see it going anywhere.

        This appears to have been a terrorist attack – and telling people they should disarm themselves because terrorists want them dead just won’t fly.

      3. The Democrats keep getting (electorally) slaughtered, everywhere the laws are not draconian already, every time they stump for gun control.

        Then every time a massacre happens, their media bubble convinces them It’s Different This Time.

        So the only stunt I see is more losses for Democrats at the state and local levels, outside the media bubble…

        1. So the only stunt I see is more losses for Democrats at the state and local levels, outside the media bubble…

          Especially given the emerging circumstances and facts.

        2. Then every time a massacre happens, their media bubble convinces them It’s Different This Time.

          Marketability of said massacre correlates to Progtard efforts. Sandy Hook was perfect enough marketing opportunity for the Progs – all those poor kids, ethno-culturally appropriate monster – to make a gambit for the guns. It totally blew up in their faces, and nobody paid any kind of electoral price going the other way.

          Ever since, the massacres always line up to progtard anti-narrative. Progs are too busy saying no-Islam-here in more and more of these incidents to have any bandwidth left over for the gun-grabbing.

          But as Kennedy (the loser brother) said, the hope endures. One could almost sixth-sense the Progs’ collective resigned sigh across the land when it was revealed current clown-of-the-week’s name was ‘Sayeed.’

          1. It has to be a tough sell to declare that because two Muslims, one of which was proved to be radicalized, executed a planned murderous attack at a Christmas party (in a gun free zone), I have to give up my gun and rights.

        3. Except for blue states with formerly decent gun laws. Some of the gun grabbers have learned from the experience of the other side and are incrementally chipping away, fueled by Bloomberg’s money. Things like background checks. First it was gun show loopholes. Then universal background checks because of private sales loopholes. Next it will be the family loophole exemption to those so called universal background checks.

          They love those carve outs. The gun rights groups blow their load and think that it’s some sort of victory but it’s an opportunity for gun grabbers to use down the road as the next loophole and turn that ratchet a little more.

      4. They couldn’t get anything done nationally after Sandy Hook, they’re not going to get anything after what is likely an Islamic terrorist attack.

      5. Nowhere close to enough votes. There are a lot of Democrats who know they’ll be done for if they vote for a law like that. And none would risk their political careers to support Obama after he left so many out to dry following Obamacare. And that was when he was popular.

      6. I don’t know why they’re bothering to talk gun control when this was obviously the result of global warming.

      7. If by stunt you mean that Obama will try and legislate from the Oval Office. I’d say that’s almost a guarantee.

        After all, he IS a “constitutional scholar”.

    2. I have to say, I did not think the French would have the stones to follow through and start shutting down mosques.

      Nor am I sure how I feel about it.

      1. This was inevitable given the corner they’ve painted themselves into. It’s like a car accident about to happen; you can’t look away.

        1. ^This. There’s no solution to this for the French.

          1. All the solutions I see for Europe to this are pretty ugly.

            There’s still a ray of hope that the great majority of people coming over just want to work, and might actually assimilate if the EU stops with the self-hate and demands newcomers respect modern European values.

            1. I don’t even think a majority of native Europeans respect all of the modern European values.

          2. The Charles Martel solution worked 1300 years ago.

      2. It’s not stones, it’s fear. Namely the establishment’s fear that if they don’t create the impression they’re doing something effective, they’ll have to learn to say “President Marine Le Pen” without gagging after the next election.

      3. It’s fucking window dressing. A mosque is a building, buildings don’t radicalize people, nor do they commit murder.

    3. So, Europe gets rid of all its Jews in the 20th Century and can’t use them as a scapegoat anymore. They look around and see – Muslims! How long before the camps open up? If that happens, do you think the Muslims being rounded up will suddenly think the Holocaust wasn’t so hoaxy?

      1. Yeh. Not sure I agree with the analogy about the scapegoating. Two different scenarios I think.

      2. If that happens, do you think the Muslims being rounded up will suddenly think the Holocaust wasn’t so hoaxy?

        Damn, that’s a good observation.

        1. Maybe they will blame the Jews for it!

          /only half kidding

      3. So, Europe gets rid of all its Jews in the 20th Century and can’t use them as a scapegoat anymore. They look around and see – Muslims! How long before the camps open up?

        Just imagine if Europe’s Jews had had a reputation for producing a disproportionately high number of gang rapists and mass murderers bent on killing, enslaving and dominating indigenous Europeans? They would have been happily purged by more than the just Nazis and centuries sooner.

        In regards to the camps opening up, I think that is a possibility that is probably the least likely of all the scenarios. The whole Hitler saga didn’t just make genocide unfashionable, it made any attempt to respect, preserve or protect national and ethnic (European) identities look like genocide in the popular view.

        1. I think what we are going to see is a long low scale civil war develop in Europe soon, followed by the rebirth of fascism. I don’t see camps, but instead more and more laws that effectively will make it illegal to be a Muslim, a tightening of immigration, and possibly deportation for the Muslims that refuse to get with the program or don’t deport themselves.

          1. Oh and by soon in mean in the coming decades not next year. In the mean time the European leaders will do what they always do and try to downplay the Islamic nature of terrorism, pass laws designed to stop people from talking about Islamic terrorism, and call any politician who speaks out against Islam a Nazi.

            And all while that is going on under the surface the European people will continue to get more and more pissed off until it reaches a tipping point. I expect to see some nationalist leaders elected in the near future. There is a very good possibility that Le Pen wins in France.

            1. You might very well be right. And this does directly contradict the Cytotoxic immigration theory that, (barely paraphrased) “all immigration is good for all people all of the time.” Because even if the Islamic immigrants are angelic and noble and the indigenous Europeans are icky and mean, the end result of this immigration is not good for everyone at all places at all times, as evidenced by this conflict. Go ask the Bataclan victims or Theo Van Gogh how immigration is always a good thing.

              Regardless of whether one places the blame for multiculturalism not working on the indigenous people or the immigrants themselves, the fact remains that it’s breeding conflict and is not working, especially not to the level of absolutist pure goodness spelled out by that multicultist armchair warrior lurking on these boards.

        2. I don’t believe the French will set out to deliberately exterminate their Muslim population; unlike the Nazis who were bent on extermination. Internment camps until the population can be processed and deported. But there will be more terror attacks outside the camps, and then…

          1. The French were quite helpful to the Nazis.

        3. That’s what I was thinking.

          Jews were targeted specifically because they were Jews.

          1. And not because of their criminal proclivities, suicide bombings or ideological predisposition to conquest. Europe would not have tolerated such a demographic in years past, not to say that the old fashioned response to this situation would be ethical, just that it wouldn’t have been tolerated for even half a moment before the rise of multiculturalism, which came as a reaction to the freshly defeated Nazi murderers.

        4. Just imagine if Europe’s Jews had had a reputation for producing a disproportionately high number of gang rapists and mass murderers bent on killing, enslaving and dominating indigenous Europeans? They would have been happily purged by more than the just Nazis and centuries sooner.

          Uh, maybe you should look into the history of Jews in Europe. Because you pretty much described what actually did happen. It was hundreds of years of Jews getting blamed for crime and being kicked around the entire continent.

          1. +1 Kidnapping Gentile Children to Harvest Their Blood for the Passover Ritual

          2. It was hundreds of years of Jews getting blamed for crime and being kicked around the entire continent.

            “Getting blamed for” and “being responsible for” are two different things. I highly doubt that the most criminally violent demographic per capita in pre-modern Europe was the Jews.

            1. I’m sure you would have used your logic and your powers of persuasion on the people preparing for the pogrom.

              1. [raises hand] Preparing to perpetrate or preparing to resist, evade and survive?

            2. “Getting blamed for” and “being responsible for” are two different things.

              Not to the people doing the blaming.

          3. It takes some twisted logic to assume the people who want the world to submit and are willing to kill for it are like the Jews, and the ones getting blown up are like the NAZIs in this analogy.

      4. Hmmm I don’t remember Jews in Europe committing acts of terrorism, but nice try anyways.

        1. Poisoning wells? Killing children and using their bones for matzo? I’d call that terrorism.

          1. +1 Perception = Reality

          2. +1 Perception = Reality

            1. Does that add up to +2?

              1. It adds up to a mouse that will be in the garbage the moment its replacement arrives in the mail. (

      5. Meh. The 20th century European Jews were a fairly cooperative and civilized bunch, not sure we can say the same about European Muslims. Yes, there are plenty of peace loving Muslims in Europe, but there’s a subset who don’t seem terribly willing to march off to any camps.

        No camps, just permanent low-level terrorism and counter-terrorism. Just a police state.

        1. This. France has little choice and most of its citizens I’m pretty sure have little problem with it.

      6. How long before the camps open up?

        That oven has been pre-heated.

        1. Sputnik News makes the Daily Mail look accurate.

          http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/1.675967

      7. Europe didn’t get rid of all its Jews in the 20th century, though it looks like they’re about to finish the job now. For a given value of “they”.

        1. They got rid of 95% of them. Pareto calls it good.

    4. The only way to stop these massacres from occurring every day is to kick out ALL the Muslims. It’s The Only Way!

      1. What are we supposed to do Lynch? WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO? The government needs to do something!

        1. I stopped speaking (posting?) to John after he went off and called me all sorts of vile things in a thread sometime back – after the big mix of Pat Buchanan, FDR and Michael Savage solution today, I may not read him anymore either.

          1. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

            1. I thought that was done at 4?

  2. Donald Trump evoked just about every Jewish stereotype possible while trying to stump for votes from Jewish Republicans.

    They keep his money safe. Real classy people.

    1. They’re killers, all of ’em.

    2. Two Trump things:
      1. His $5 Million threat to CNN should be stuck to and when they refuse to pay it he should buy air time on all the other networks for 45 or so min and invite whichever candidates he wants to debate to join him in a fireside/roundtable etc. And then stump for fundraising of vets/wounded warrior/etc during that time and measure the results for each candidate. Put it up live on the screen. CNN would have ratings of 0.0000000001.

      2. I figured out, all on my own, why Trump is doing so well. Politics, it has been said, is a beauty pageant for ugly people. Well, Trump is an expert at beauty pageants and he is one ugly fucker.

  3. A federal appeals court has refused to reinstate the tossed-out conviction of former New York Police Officer Gilberto Valle. Valle became known as the “cannibal cop” for being arrested for allegedly plotting to kidnap and eat young women.

    If he’d only punched women in the line of duty he’d be getting his job back right now.

    1. Back? He wouldn’t have lost it in the first place.

    2. Actually I kind of agree with this.

      I mean from what I’ve read of this case it seems like in the best case scenario his “fantasies” were coming dangerously close to being acted on but still I don’t want the government reading minds and determining which thoughts of ours are criminal and which aren’t

      1. This, the guy had a sick fantasy life. That should not be a crime. Even if the sick fantasies include real people.

        1. Real people he asked to have lunch with?!?

          That’s the problem… he was discussing kidnapping and eating women with an acquaintance and then trying to socialize with them, while commenting to the acquaintance how thrilling it was to interact with the women when they had no clue about his real intentions.

          I’m not comfortable with convicting him, but I advise people to stay the fuck away from him.

          1. “I’m thinking of having you over for lunch.”

            Sorry. Couldn’t resist goofing on Hannibal.

          2. Yeah, I’m not saying the guy didn’t belong in a loony bin but convicting him of crimes before he committed any actual offense against the women just because he appears to have been thinking about doing something bad sets a very very bad precedent.

            It’s been a few years and iirc there were actual crimes that he committed by misusing his police access to look up information on the women he targeted and he deserved to face whatever penalty those infractions rate but for the other stuff, I can see a civil commitment hearing to determine if he legitimately posed a danger to anyone but there is no way it should have resulted in criminal charges for conspiracy.

            1. Well it looks like the courts worked then. I have no problem stopping a murderer before he actually commits the murder he was planning. And there is a fine line between someone fantasizing about murder and planning to actually do it. That’s why we have courts- to examine the evidence and then decide whether it was fantasy or planning.

          3. And I see no problem with his employer deciding that they don’t want to risk him being on their payroll.

  4. NBA honors Canada with All-Star uniforms:

    http://www.cbssports.com/nba/e…..try-canada

    1. The star is the first thing I see, and as we all know stars are distinctly American.

      1. Can you ever gives us a MOMENT for once?!

        1. America became great by taking, not giving.

        2. i’m pretty sure dis aint english

  5. Authorities are still investigating why Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, opened fire at a holiday party…

    I’m guessing they pretty much know at this point, but the information is too inconvenient to disseminate.

    1. Would you say it’s an inconvenient truth?

    2. At this point they are probably seeing if they can credibly claim this to be workplace violence.

      1. And in this case it might very well be a credible explanation. If a digruntled employee that goes postal happens to be a Muslim, which fact is most germane to the action? His religion or his disgruntlement?

        Given the current attitude towards Muslims, I don’t blame the authorities for trying to avoid letting this incident fan the flames, especially if it turns out his religious connection has nothing to do with the crime.

        1. Just got pissed off at his supervisor and decided to come in shooting.
          With his wife.
          And all the pipe bombs.

        2. Yo, Nappy, I was just commenting on how politically desireable it was for the Obama and Brown administrations, as well as the Berdoo local government, for this to be anything other than Islamist Terrorism. I’m not making any claims about the actual motives of the perps. I am making very specific claims about the motivations of the politicians.

    3. They’re waiting until they can blame it on a Youtube video.

    4. Blowback for the war on Christmas, how many times must we go over this?

      1. nice

  6. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today that the military will open up all combat jobs to women, as long as they “qualify and meet the standards.”

    Lowered standards!!! Coming to a regiment near you!

    1. I wonder if you could rephrase this as needlessly endangering women’s lives to get feminist on your side. Every time they try to lower the standards for women, scream about how the military doesn’t care about women’s safety and doesn’t want them to be properly trained. It might knock ’em for a loop.

      1. No, Illy, because the feminist goal here is equality of outcome. You know, quotas.

        1. But they don’t try to go after equality of outcome at construction sites. They can be convinced they don’t want women working certain jobs.

          1. The military has more power than construction workers

            1. And more ethics than union construction workers.

        2. The prison population in this country is disproportionately mail. We need to start putting more women behind bars.

          1. mail male

            1. Fuck you and your cisUPS privilege.

    2. When circumstances arise where conscription happens I expect lawsuits to ensue that challange any disproportionate burden placed on males.

    3. Everybody knows women only get 72% of the standard for men. And blacks only get 3/5ths.

  7. “We need sensible pipe bomb control.” -progderp

    1. not to mention “radio controlled car” control and “tactical black sweatpants” control

      1. You can take my sweatpants when you pry them from my hairy white ass

        1. “And a thousand years later, we still proudly wear our fruit of the looms in remembrance of Rasilio’s brave stand for sweat-rights.”

  8. “Authorities are still investigating why Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, opened fire at a holiday party for county health employees in San Bernardino, California, yesterday, killing 14. The latest evidence is that an attack appears to have been planned in advance. They had rented a vehicle and pipe bombs were found in their home in Redlands. But Farook, an American citizen, was not being watched as a potential terror suspect, though sources now say he may have been communication with others who are suspects.”

    I’m liking that he wasn’t on the no fly list. Otherwise we’d be hearing even more non-stop about how the NRA arms terrorists. They are still saying it, but they are a million times easier to shut down.

    1. “Otherwise we’d be hearing even more non-stop about how the NRA arms terrorists.”

      You know who else armed terrorists?

  9. But Farook, an American citizen, was not being watched as a potential terror suspect, though sources now say he may have been communication with others who are suspects.

    So, let me get this straight – the NSA has ALL the meta-data and did not make this link a priori? So why the hell were they collecting the info in the first place?

    1. You will only be flagged by the NSA if you are white, christian, male, conservative, libertarian, Reason commentariat, or any combination of these.

      1. The NSA: we’re culturally sensitive totalitarians.

    2. So why the hell were they collecting the info in the first place?

      Because that’s what governments do?

      1. I was going to say, because fuck you, that’s why.

        1. Yours is a better way of saying it.

      2. I thought they united everyone under one rule so that everybody can be interfered with or ignored equally?

      3. So why the hell were they collecting the info in the first place?

        You silly rabbit. They’re collecting this data so they have ammo in case some politically connected person or just some public employee with a grudge wants to fuck with you. They’ll then be able to manufacture some evidence so they can confiscate your home, car, bank account, kids and jail you.

        1. Ding ding ding!! We have a winner! Tell him what he’s won Bob!

      4. As another guy put it,

        To be GOVERNED is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be GOVERNED is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be place under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality.

        1. I am conscious that an equal division of property is impracticable, but the consequences of this enormous inequality producing so much misery to the bulk of mankind, legislators cannot invent too many devices for subdividing property, only taking care to let their subdivisions go hand in hand with the natural affections of the human mind. The descent of property of every kind therefore to all the children, or to all the brothers and sisters, or other relations in equal degree, is a politic measure and a practicable one. Another means of silently lessening the inequality of property is to exempt all from taxation below a certain point, and to tax the higher portions or property in geometrical progression as they rise. Whenever there are in any country uncultivated lands and unemployed poor, it is clear that the laws of property have been so far extended as to violate natural right. The earth is given as a common stock for man to labor and live on. If for the encouragement of industry we allow it to be appropriated, we must take care that other employment be provided to those excluded from the appropriation.

          Thomas Jefferson

          http://www.founding.com/founde…..efault.asp

          Just sayin…

        2. I am conscious that an equal division of property is impracticable, but the consequences of this enormous inequality producing so much misery to the bulk of mankind, legislators cannot invent too many devices for subdividing property, only taking care to let their subdivisions go hand in hand with the natural affections of the human mind. The descent of property of every kind therefore to all the children, or to all the brothers and sisters, or other relations in equal degree, is a politic measure and a practicable one. Another means of silently lessening the inequality of property is to exempt all from taxation below a certain point, and to tax the higher portions or property in geometrical progression as they rise. Whenever there are in any country uncultivated lands and unemployed poor, it is clear that the laws of property have been so far extended as to violate natural right. The earth is given as a common stock for man to labor and live on. If for the encouragement of industry we allow it to be appropriated, we must take care that other employment be provided to those excluded from the appropriation.

          Thomas Jefferson

          http://www.founding.com/founde…..efault.asp

          Just sayin…

    3. But notice the attack only happened AFTER the data collection “stopped”!!

      THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU WERE ASKING FOR!!!!!!!!!!

      1. Thanks Snowden.

    4. For not being watched, and it not being a gathering of his co-workers or ex-coworkers, they sure got his name out there awfully quickly post shootings. Was his brother, with the near identical name, being watched instead?

    1. That is horrible. Though how can they suck worse than the black eyed peas show…

      1. That was awful, and I don’t hate the Black Eyed Peas

        1. No me either

        2. Superbowl half time shows suck. Period.

          1. Bruno Mars was very good.

          2. Bruno Mars was very good.

          3. I actually liked the Katy Perry halftime, and I do not like her music. They made it more of a parade of lights and animatronics, which was really cool to watch despite the music.

            1. +2 Derp Sharks

            2. I can’t stand most of her stuff, but the stage management, design, and execution of the numbers until the last few with the sharks were excellent.

          4. Prince was excellent.

        3. and I don’t hate the Black Eyed Peas

          But you should.

        4. I don’t hate the Black Eyed Peas

          *blocked*

    2. Is the goal to have everyone asleep before the second half?

      1. I can only guess they’re looking for something to counter all the manliness that occurs before and after half-time.

    3. Who watches the halftime show in any case?

      1. Prince was good

      2. Katy Perry has huge boobs Ted.

        1. But the woman cannot dance to save her life.

          1. I don’t think that matters.

            1. Before I saw the Katy Perry halftime show, I thought dancing was at least 50% of the job of pop singers. Honestly, I was totally disgusted with her. Complete entertainment ripoff.

              1. For most pop stars, dancing might matter. Katy Perry has big breasts, so, things are a bit different for her.

            2. As long as she bounces it’s okay.

            1. Honey, I think you’re just proving my point.

      3. I enjoyed the haltime show at the Cowboys game on Thanksgiving.

        1. Did you see the trainwreck that was the Lions halftime show? Good god.

        2. I presume you’re not a Dallas fan. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    4. I like Coldplay’s older stuff. Haven’t been a fan of theirs recently.

      1. The first song I ever heard from them was that horrible “Yellow” song.

        The last song I ever heard from them as well.

        1. Consider yourself lucky. That was their best song.

      2. You and my whiny ex, Lynch.

        1. YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT MY ANGST!

      3. LynchPin seems like an educated man, but now I know I hate him…

        1. You know when the guitar comes in during “Fix You”? Sends chills down my spine every single time, man.

      4. I keep my Coldplay CD around just to scoop cat shit out of the box.

        1. What’s worse? Coldplay, or owning cats?

          You decide.

    5. I’ll never forgive them for ripping off one of Joe Satrini’s songs. Coldplay can collectively fuck themselves.

      1. I’ll never forgive you for misspelling Joe Satriani.

        1. It was a typo spell check doesn’t work on names.

      2. I can just imagine Joe in the dentist’s chair, the easy listening station on in the background, and then that song comes on…

        “WHABBUUT THBEBBE FUBBUCK?”

    6. So if the Refs throw too many flags in the first half will they be able to play Yellow with a straight face?

  10. But Farook, an American citizen, was not being watched as a potential terror suspect, though sources now say he may have been communication with others who are suspects.

    But if he was cuckolding one of the NSA analysts they’d have been all over him.

  11. The attacks yesterday caused me to finally delete my Facebook account. I couldn’t take the derp any longer.

    1. All the derp has actually disappeared from my facebook page. The folks who were certain that this was right wing extremist have suddenly found better things to do. Amazing how that happens.

      1. I hope you got screenshots before they disappeared those posts.

      2. Yeah, the people who said that the shooters were “Ayn Rand acolytes” or some such are now silent on that subject. Let me put on my shocked face with a built-in cigarette holder.

    2. You can easily turn that crap off and only get people’s kid and pet pictures posted to your feed. That’s what I do. It makes for a warm fuzzy facebook.

      1. Blocking posts from Occupy Democrats and the like cuts down on derp significantly.

    3. Welcome to the club, brother. Got rid of it a couple years ago and never looked back.

      1. It’s still nice to creep on people. I haven’t said anything on facebook in years, and I get to keep tabs on old friends (without the hassle of talking or reconnecting with them).

        And I recently learned about the mute function, so I’ve been able to hide the worst derp-offenders without hurting anyone’s feelings or starting up some drama.

        1. The mute function sounds handy. Still… when I want to waste time on my phone or computer, I can find plenty of other things to occupy me

          1. Is this a pr0n reference?

            Because mute pr0n is one of my favorites.

            1. Yeah, who needs em to talk anyway, there are much better things they can do with their mouths

            2. Probably because pr0n actresses feel the need to make annoying screams and squeaking sounds that are neither desirable or realistic.

        2. I have a close friend in England who won’t go anywhere near FB. “It’s a way for men and women who have been out of touch for decades to find each other, then break up two marriages.”

      2. Yes! The people I want to keep in touch with, I keep in touch with and I don’t need facebook to do that.

        1. It can be a useful tool for that – I first heard about it while in Iraq, and we managed to see a little of what was gong on at home and such without a lot of effort. I just mute out/hide the politicalderp.

        2. It’s useful for receiving party invites and such. No need to actually log in to the thing except to RSVP.

        3. Facebook is how I follow local businesses. I have most of the derp people hidden from my feed but some stupid shit still gets through sometimes.

      3. Damn. I must be the only person in the world with a sketchy past. I’m never going on facebook – ever. No, I don’t want my first boyfriend or the fat girl I made cry in 8th grade sending me a friend request. No. If I know you, you know my number. Call me.

        1. This number… How do I get it?

          1. No, I don’t want unsolicited dick pics.

            1. You misunderstand. This is charity. If you knew me, you’d be soliciting.

              Jeez, no good deed goes unpunished.

      4. I have made the fatal error of keeping my facebook page but not even looking at it for 5+ years, which meant that everyone who ‘friended’ me gradually grew to hate and despise me for my criminal neglect.

    4. There’s a reason why I refer to all of it as “anti-social media.”

      I really, really liked people’s blogs (ferinstance) back in the Early Oughts, when they simply wrote what they wanted and no one could comment. Elder Days, my friends, Elder Days.

      1. (And yes, I get the irony that I’m commenting on a blog, but no one claimed I had to be consistent.) ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. http://www.thegatewaypundit.co…..-massacre/

    I hear GoPros are all the rage now for “Workplace Violence”.

    1. UPDATE: (Thursday PM) Officials in San Bernardino said the suspects were not wearing GoPro cameras? That is a different story than what they said last night.

      1. How do you even make a mistake like that? I get misinterpreting what the guy was wearing, or what he was shooting or driving, but how do you say he was wearing a camera when there wasn’t one?

        1. Because you don’t want someone trying to subpoena the video. Duh.

  13. There is nothing that suggests that tougher gun control laws would have played any role here.

    Don’t be fatuous, Scott.

    1. They were purchased legally in California no less.

      1. The same state that won’t let you keep wildlife, an amphibious rodent, for uh, domestic, you know, within the city – that ain’t legal either.

  14. President Barack Obama acknowledged that terrorism might have been the motivation for the shooting, but nevertheless continues to say that legislators should pass tougher gun control laws.

    “If you’ll look behind that elephant in the room, you will find my deepest desires.”

    1. Uh, that ain’t desires, Mr. Lightworker…I think the elephant took a dump.

  15. Carl’s 18 Day’s of Star Wars: The Woodchipper Awakens

    Day 3: Life-Sized X-Wing Is Parked at a Singapore Airport

      1. Shit, I think that might be my first SF.

        Here.

    1. You SFed the link (this one works) but I found this part hilarious:

      utm_campaign=i_am_a_shill

      1. I’m glad someone noticed.

  16. “Sensible gun laws work. We’ve proven it in California”

    This is a thing that Barbara Boxer actually said. This is a thing that Barbara Boxer actually said today.

    1. Progs going to progsplain…truth doesn’t matter to the voters anymore.

    2. Snork, I really don’t think these guys read the news or look out a window. They rely on interns to keep them up to date on talking points, and sometimes those guys leave out small little details ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. Saw it on twitter (yeah, yeah, I know), looking for a better link.

          1. She’s kind of an idiot. But she did work so hard to get that title.

            1. There is no ‘kind of’. I think you meant ‘kinG of all’

              1. There is no ‘kind of’. I think you meant ‘kinG High Queen Bitch of all Progtardia’

                FTFY

    3. To be fair, Boxer may be unaware San Bernadino is in California.

    4. That’s because they’re sensible

    5. It all depends on how you define “work”.

      For example, if “work” means “make sure a bunch of people have no ability to shoot an attacker”, the gun laws worked.

    6. Barbara Boxer says gun control worked in California, Obama says other countries don’t have shooting while in Paris….

      There is something very bizarre going on here. How can you be so blissfully unaware like these guys? I just don’t understand their mindset. Are they truly so far up their own assholes that they can’t see how ridiculous they sound? So far up their own assholes that all they know is their own twisted ideology.

      These guys remind of creationists denying evolution.

      1. These guys remind of creationists denying evolution.

        That’s because that’s what they are. The notion of society as a decentralized, self-organizing system with unpredictable emergent behavior is one that they just can’t believe. They are convinced that someone must order society from the top down.

        Absent Christian fundamentalists who insisted that evolution had no place in the classroom, the proggies would not include a belief in evolution in their profession of faith. And if the theory of evolution had not yet propounded, and a modern-day Darwin came on the scene to describe natural selection, they would probably be absolutely unreceptive to the idea.

      2. “We have always been at war with Eastasia.”

    7. Babs had a reputation in CA of being the dumbest biped in DC, where there’s a lot of competition.

  17. As he defended his pro-Israel credentials, Trump raised doubts on those of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton when asked whether he believes she is a firned of Isreal.

    Is CNN using Reason’s copyeditors or is Reason using CNN’s?

    1. “I was a firned of Jamis…”

  18. Charlie Sheen is being sued by ex-fiancee Brett Rossi who claims that actor did not disclose his HIV status and forced her to have an abortion.

    Rossi (who was born Scottine Ross) claims that she and Sheen had sex five times before the actor told her he was HIV-positive, at which point she agreed to continue having unprotected sex.

    She also claims that Sheen made her get an abortion when she became pregnant with the couple’s child in March 2014.

    Rossi claims that Sheen threatened to leave her if she did not get the abortion because he did not want her ‘to give birth to a retarded child’ according to TMZ.

    1. What a fucking train wreck of a life….

      Martin Sheen must be so proud.

      1. Martin apparently had no problems with ‘giv[ing] birth to a retarded child’ .

      2. Charlie Sheen makes an actual Train Wreck appear as graceful and perfectly executed as Slow-Motion-Greg-Louganis

        except for that time he hit his head, of course.

        1. Speaking of undisclosed HIV….

          My buddy’s dad was the one who stitched him up after he hit his head.

          1. Then don’t touch the door handles in that house.

    2. Bree Olson’s interview on Howard Stern right after this news came out was pretty brutal. Sheen is an absolute train-wreck of a human being.

      1. Did anyone not know that?

        1. I find it a little hard to be sympathetic to all of these people. Charlie Sheen was obviously a fucking disaster, and we can only imagine all of the things he did, awful things, while these people were with him.

          But apparently there is still one line you do not cross, and that is the non-HIV disclosure line.

          1. Well, yeah, I mean, assault with a deadly weapon is kind of hardcore.

        2. I didn’t. But then, I’ve never even heard of Bree Olson.

          1. You should totally google her at work, if you don’t like working there.

          2. God help me, she’s a friend of my daughter’s.

    3. So Sheen didn’t want to raise a mentally disabled child? That’s actually pretty sympathetic. People do it, but it eats their lives. Any other children come second to the retarded kid who needs all the parents attention and care. Days end up structured around what makes the kid the most comfortable. I really can’t blame him for not wanting to go through that.

      1. And yet, he “made” her get an abortion. So is he a feminist because he is pro-choice?

        1. He didn’t “make” her. He gave her an ultimatum.

          1. Oh, come on, HIV is highly treatable.

          2. “Rossi claims Sheen forced her to have an abortion saying he did not want to have a ‘retarded child'”.

            Their words, not mine.

            1. It is like pressuring a woman to have sex is rape.

              1. That is kind of why I am laughing at this whole thing.
                He “forced” her to have an abortion. Ok actually threatened to leave. SAME THING! And him leaving her was such a terrible “choice” she had the abortion.

                He didn’t tell her he had HIV. Then after he told her, she still had unprotected sex with him.

                And now she wants to sue him!

                Ain’t Women’s Lib grand?

      2. Well it only says that Sheen thought the baby would be retarded and he’s not exactly credible.

        1. On the other hand – it was going to be Charlie Sheen’s offspring. How could it *not* be retarded.

          1. There is also that it is a child of a woman who is willing to have unprotected sex with an HIV positive Charlie Sheen. Not exactly the deep end of the gene pool here.

          2. His twins were at my kids’ school.

            Both very deeply troubled and disturbed to the point that they were segregated from the rest of the kids.

        2. Sheen thought the baby would be retarded

          Well, it WAS his kid!

    4. Who is the more derpish. The derp or the derp who follows him.

  19. Nick Offerman Sitting By A Fireplace For 45 Minutes Is Oddly Satisfying

    Pr0n for Kristen and Lady B.

    Bonus: Ben Cohen being a goof at a photo shoot…shirtless.

    Because it’s the holidays.

    1. *Notices Jesse not noticing*

      1. *Notices Riven noticing Jesse not noticing*

    2. Pr0n for Kristen and Lady B.

      Leave some for the rest of us dammit!

      1. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

        Thanks, Jesse, for both of those.

    3. There’s still Michael Shannon reading that sorority letter.

      1. He was recently on @midnight on CC, where I found him to be hilarious.

    4. 30 Rock nailed it years ago.

      (I would kill for an Android keyboard with an html tab. Or maybe just a programmable frequent use tab.)

      1. fascr works on Firefox for Android, and it has HTML buttons.

    5. Okay, you’ve convinced me, Jesse. I’m a Ben Cohen fan now. He’s adorable and has just the right amount of chest hair.

      1. Yeah. The still shots can make him look a bit pretentious but the hot+affable goof thing fills me with joy.

        1. You guys could be describing me!

  20. terrorism might have been the motivation for the shooting

    What it really looks like is that terrorism might have been the *excuse* for the shooting.

    It looks like yet another case of some dipshit loser not getting the respect he thinks he deserves and finding an outlet for that anger in radicalism – an outlet that makes it easier to justify going on a shooting rampage. Now, instead of ”Ill show them!’, the cry of losers everywhere, its ‘IN THE NAME OF GOD!’. And that feels so much more empowering.

    1. Yeah, because there are so many losers using Methodist or Presbyterian or Buddhist theology as an excuse to shoot people. And his wife went along, so I guess she is just a ‘loser’ not getting respect as well.
      And the pipe bombs.

      1. Yeah, it’s not like a Western European country ever had Protestants and Catholics killing each other left and right, within living memory…oh wait.

        Seriously, though, I don’t think that Agamammon is saying that religion had nothing to do with this, just that a miserable guy found a religious justification. It was handy because it told him that God was OK, but there’s also not much to suggest that a happy, well-adjusted guy starts killing people because a preacher told him to. I mean, there are something like five to ten million Muslims in America, and the vast majority of them live completely at peace with their neighbors.

        1. Yeah, that had nothing to do with a foreign country occupying another country and treating its citizens horribly, including a mass starvation. Nope, it was all about religious differences…

        2. Based on his dad, I’m not getting the impression that Farouk was miserable. In fact, the impression is one of a happy, well-adjusted guy.

          ‘dipshit loser’ is way off the mark.

  21. “A federal appeals court has refused to reinstate the tossed-out conviction of former New York Police Officer Gilberto Valle.”

    This is one of those sentences you have to wade through like molasses if you want to get to the meaning.

    How about this:

    “A federal appeals court ruled in favor of former New York Police Officer Gilberto Valle. Upholding a lower-court decision, the appeals court said charges should be dismissed against the so-called etc.”

    1. You just *had* to bring religion into it, didn’t you, Eddie!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. Joking aside, I have to say I’ve been enjoying reading your posts of late; even when I don’t agree with them. There’s been a trenchant quality that I really like.

      1. Why, thank you, kind sir!

    3. “A federal appeals court ruled in favor of Gilberto Valle, the so-called “cannibal cop.” Upholding a lower-court decision, the appeals court etc.”

      1. ALL YOU CAN EAT! ‘CANNIBAL COP’ TO GO FREE, SAYS APPEALS COURT

        1. AN EXTRA SERVING OF JUSTICE – APPEALS COURT AGREES WITH LOWER COURT IN SUPPORT OF “CANNIBAL COP”

  22. Reuters is finally running a detailed profile of the life of Sayeed Farook and … PSYCH!! = MOAR PICTURES OF GUNZ

    1. “This has completely changed our definition of an ass-load of guns,”

      Money quote of the week

    2. renewed American soul-searching over the widespread availability of firearms in the wake of a series of mass shootings.

      Look! Guns! Be afraid!

    3. The question of how one man amassed such a stockpile of guns arises just as there is renewed American soul-searching over the widespread availability of firearms in the wake of a series of mass shootings.

      Can one man fire all of that at once?

      1. I’m sure this guy would like to try, assuming he hasn’t already.

      2. It doesn’t feel like “Soul Searching” so much as having a force-feeding tube of hysterical-anti-gun-propaganda shoved down our collective throats

    4. “Everybody knew he’d buy guns; his father bought ’em, his grandfather bought ’em,” says Al Padgett, 68, who keeps a booth at a local flea market and says he’s known the family all his life. “He collected ’em, hoarded ’em, but I never knew him to sell a gun. Not one. He did everyone a favor keeping ’em off the street.”

      BUT SCARY ARSENAL! LOOK AT THIS CRAZED YOKEL! SHAAAAAAAAAME!

  23. Degrade and Destroy ISIS”-strategy being subtly altered to “Caress and Squeeze

    1. Interestingly…. Obama’s Press Conference on this whole thing seems to be very-politely ignoring what the Iraqis have to say on the matter….

      Obama = “When I said no boots on the ground, I think the American people understood generally that we’re not going to do an Iraq-style invasion of Iraq or Syria with battalions that are moving across the desert,” he said in an interview with CBS that aired on Thursday.

      “But what I’ve been very clear about is that we are going to systematically squeeze and ultimately destroy ISIL and that requires us having a military component to that,”‘

      Well, just be sure to *ask the Iraqis first*…?

      Abadi = Further Deployment of Foreign Forces on Iraqi Territory Considered “Act of Aggression”

      1. The guy tells his all during his election campaign he will end the war in Iraq. Then after he gets elected he barely negotiates the Status of Forces agreement so he can take credit for “ending the war in Iraq”. Then when pressed on it a couple of months ago, brazenly says he wasn’t doing that. Threatens Assad with red lines.
        Then tries to arm the “good” Syrian rebels (there really aren’t any). These arms end up with ISIS. Who he called the JV team. Says he won’t put boots on the ground. Then sends in 50 SF (to fight ISIS? So to help Assad? Or to help ISIS against Assad? we don’t know).

        Now he says he has been very clear that we are going to “systematically squeeze and ultimately destroy ISIL”. The mendacity of this man, combined with his utter incompetence is truly breathtaking.

        1. Imperator Mendacious the First sends his men forth into Syria.

        2. You’re talking about someone who stood in Paris three weeks after attackers used black market AK-47s to kill and injure hundreds of people and claimed that other countries don’t have the problem with mass shootings that the US does.

          He isn’t even lying, because small children can make up more convincing stories. He lives in a bubble of ego, wrapped in the cocoon of a sycophantic administration, nestled in the echo chamber of tranzi “thought”, if collective dementia can be so called.

          My wife wanted to watch the full Harry Potter series over Thanksgiving weekend, and the ever-more-ridiculous insistence of the Ministry of Magic and their lackeys in the media that the real threat was the people trying to make things better, not He Who Must Not Be Drawn Named and his followers seemed awfully familiar.

    1. “A united Cyprus will stand as a beacon of hope in a tumultuous part of the world,” Kerry said

      Oh, FFS!

      1. Translation = “Hey, Look! Here’s something not fucked up! That’s Good, Right?”

    2. Lurch’s gonna Lurch

    3. I’d be more impressed if the deal was signed, ratified and implemented.

      This just-around-the-corner stuff won’t cut it.

  24. I was under the impression that Trump was a blowhard, a jerk, a crony capitalist, and a guy with lots of bad ideas in general.

    But never mind all that, the *real* problem is he made Jewish jokes when speaking to the Republican *Jewish* Coalition.

    Yeah, Trump, what gives, bringing up Jewishness in front of a Jewish organization?

    1. I would guess that the Republican Jewish Coalition would *want* to be thought of as tough dealmakers, rich, etc.

      Maybe these are all stereotypes, but they’re the kind of stereotypes a group like this wants to exploit, not flee in terror.

  25. “Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today that the military will open up all combat jobs to women, as long as they “qualify and meet the standards.””

    Bear in mind that this pretty much spells the end of male-only draft registration, and precludes a male-only draft.

    The Supremes only upheld the male-only draft based on the assumption that only men would be allowed to fight once they got into the military, so drafting women wouldn’t be as useful as drafting men. Therefore the Court was willing to reject equal protection arguments, though it generally frowns on sex discrimination.

    But now?

    Women in the military get to fight now, and of course we reject the sexist idea that men fight better than women.

    So what remaining basis do we have for exempting women?

    Unless the law can be defended by focusing on the traditional role of women as wives, mothers and healers.

    (sound of machetes being sharpened)

    Ha, ha, that was just a joke, draft away!

    1. The Supremes only upheld the male-only draft based on the assumption that only men would be allowed to fight once they got into the military, so drafting women wouldn’t be as useful as drafting men. Therefore the Court was willing to reject equal protection arguments, though it generally frowns on sex discrimination.

      But now?

      Women in the military get to fight now, and of course we reject the sexist idea that men fight better than women.

      So what remaining basis do we have for exempting women?

      We live in the era of the penaltax. I don’t think the Supreme Court will let a little thing like consistency get in the way of ruling that women must continue to be exempt from the draft.

      1. I think you misspelled “penile-tax.”

    2. If those fuckers think they’re going to draft my daughter there will be blood and it won’t be hers.

      1. Hsst! Onay-Eyeflay Istlay.

    3. Well like the Guardian of Forever SCOTUS must await someone asking the question.

        1. Of course, the twist is that the plaintiff is a teenage girl.

          Eeeeew!

          1. Or is it “ewwww”?

          2. The plaintiff isn’t a teenage girl. It’s her bitch of a mother suing on her behalf.

            1. Sure, “on her behalf.” So the teenage girl is technically the plaintiff.

            2. Because the nmther opposes the draft she is going to fight by making sure everyone is subject to it.

              1. And I am not sure to call that a bold strategy or a face-palming one.

        2. Once she clicked “female” during the online registration process, however, the website prevented her from registering

          Should have clicked “other”, I suppose.

          1. Should have clicked “Katniss Everdeen.”

            1. Wait, IIRC Katniss Everdeen fought *against* conscription!

  26. If the goal is to improve the country’s mental health perhaps we should euthanize Schumer, Boxer, Feinstein, and Pelosi.

    1. Schumer, Boxer Feinstein, and Pelosi.

      As the Left’s main talking point for the last 24 hours says: “Enough is enough!”

      1. *hands on hips, scowls, sticks moobs out*

        For you, Crusty!
        http://bit.ly/1N6wgaO

        1. Caption contest!

          “I’m only judging the Gay Games. I am not competing.”

  27. OT: University of California at Santa Barbara’s White Student Union issues its demands of the administration:
    http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/25374/

    A small step in the direction of healing for all PED (People of European Descent). Lol.

    1. Hi MarkLastname,

      Happy Holidays to you too! To help celebrate Festivus, I have composed the below song. I reserve the rights to re-post this song on Reason’s web site, till we are all sick of it, or the Holidays are over, whichever comes first?

      See below?

      1. Away on a campus, in a PC safe space,
        The little Lord Snowflake laid down His sweet head.
        The media and professors looked up where He lay,
        The little Lord Snowflake asleep in safe space.

        The low-brows are lowing, Snowflake awakes
        The little Lord Snowflake, MUCH crying He makes!
        The Neanderthals have stressed and micro-aggressed Him,
        The PC Police must address His Grievances!

        The PC Police and SJ Warriors arrive;
        The low-brows must be deprived
        Of their low, low-browing ways,
        Till true Peace and Justice holds sway.

        Sweet bells they ring, they ring out the news today,
        That Snowflake was born, was born on PC day,
        Be near me, Lord Snowflake, I ask Thee to stay
        Close by me for ever and love me, I pray.
        Bless all us dear children in Thy tender care
        And take us to PC Heaven to live with Thee there.

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