A.M. Links: Bernie's Radical Past, Eagles' Glenn Frey Dead at 67, GOP Primary Heats Up

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  • Bernie Sanders' radical past: "Among other things, during the 1970s and '80s, Sanders regularly called for public takeovers of various businesses, including utilities and the oil industry. Sanders advocated seizing money from corporations and from one of America's richest families. And, as a mayor, Sanders made forays into foreign policy that included meetings with representatives of hostile nations, rebel groups and Canadian separatists."
  • Glenn Frey, guitarist and founding member of the Eagles, has died at age 67.
  • Is Chris Rock going to drop out as host of the Oscars over the lack of diversity among this year's Academy Award nominees?

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  1. The world’s oldest man has died at age 112.

    That title is like an automatic death sentence.

    1. Hello.

      “Glenn Frey, guitarist and founding member of the Eagles, has died at age 67.”

      He’s already gone.

      Did I mention I like The Eagles?

      /grins while trolling.

      1. He belongs to the cemetery.

      2. I had a bar prep lecturer who wrote a mnemonic based on “Take it to the Limit” with “limit” representing long-arm jurisdiction for Civ Pro. Singing that to myself in the essay got me through the damn essay.

        1. It gave you a peaceful, easy feeling I take it?

          1. The heat is on this thread.

    2. But it’s just like Al Qaeda — another will rise to take his place.

    3. The previous world’s oldest man has died at age 112

      I’m pretty sure the world’s oldest man is still alive.

      1. A career track where everyone burns out.

    4. “That title is like an automatic death sentence.”

      So is worlds youngest man. The appeals process is just more drawn out.

    5. Well, every man must die.

      1. Valar morghulis.

    6. The world’s oldest man has died at age 112.There’s not much let to live for after being named the world’s oldest person.

  2. Glenn Frey, guitarist and founding member of the Eagles, has died at age 67.

    The Dude abides.

    1. He was my favorite Eagle. Although, I’m closer to The Dude on my opinion of the Eagles.

      1. I couldn’t believe Joe Walsh stooped to join The Eagles.

        The cool rocker from the cool James Gang joins the SoCal housewife-rock band.

        1. What do you have against housewives?

          1. Come to think of it, pretty much everything.

            1. That explains a lot. Thanks.

    2. I thought people were supposed to be dying at age 69 this year.

      1. He always was precocious.

      2. I thought people were supposed to be dying at age 69 this year.

        Heh. 69.

    1. You know who else ruined a style of womb broom for everyone?

        1. Boy, if that doesn’t turn the ladies on I don’t know what would.

    2. You know who else had a Hitler moustache and did a Nazi salute?

      1. Charlie Chaplin?

      2. Your aunt?

        1. She never did the salute!

      3. Mario and Luigi?

        1. +1 up!

      4. Mel Brooks?

    3. Are Afghans Semitic for the purposes of Godwinning in real life?

      1. No….Tajik, Pashtun, Hazara and Uzbek….tiny smattering of Turkmen.

      2. Lot of OG Aryan DNA in Afghans.

    4. He attacked people sledding? What a dick.

    5. Did he march off in full silly walk mode?

  3. Is Chris Rock going to drop out as host of the Oscars over the lack of diversity among this year’s Academy Award nominees?

    THAT’S JUST GOING TO MAKE THEM LESS DIVERSE.

    1. “And the award for Best Token Host goes to ?.”

    2. Maybe if they didn’t suck up all the awards at the Black Entertainment Awards, they’d get more nominations at the Oscars.

      1. The Black Entertainment Awards definitely need more diversity.

    3. I hope the Cocoa Butters like Halle Berry show up.

      1. Everything gets better with a little Halle.

          1. Just turn down the sound and enjoy the visuals.

          2. I didn’t watch it for the great acting and plotline. In case you forgot.

  4. Breed-your-own insect ‘revolution’ for the kitchen

    Katharina Unger and Julia Kaisinger, 25 and 28, have developed a device to breed in the comfort of your own home the protein-rich grubs of the meal beetle, to then eat.

    “With this current design you can make 200-500 grams (seven to 18 ounces) of mealworms every week,” Unger told AFP at a recent tasting and fundraising event in Vienna.

    “You freeze them and then you make them like any other type of meat. You can cook them, roast them, make them into burger patties and mix them into sauce for pasta,” she said.

    Into the top of the sleek, white “desktop hive” go pupae which then hatch into adults. In the next section, the “loveshack”, the insects mate and their eggs fall into the next layer.

    1. Oh, hell no.

      1. “Maggots — The Other Other White Meat”

      2. Is it really terribly different from eating, say, a shrimp?

        1. Yes.

          I don’t gag when I think of eating shrimp.

          1. Well, that’s something about you, not about the creatures you might eat.

            1. It’s true that taste is a matter of opinion, but I’ll say this: I have a pretty standard Western palate, although maybe more adventurous than usual (I eat a lot of things that most people find disgusting). But I’ve eaten scorpions, ants, crickets, and some kind of maggot, all of which were prepared as candy, and I found them all pretty disgusting.

        2. cockroaches of the sea?

          1. Crustaceans and insects are made of more or less the same stuff.

    2. Seems like a cool project for the kids.

    3. Sickos. I don’t eat anything with a face.

    4. Yet another breakthrough that hoarders were ahead of the curve on.

    5. I’ve had fried maggots and fried flying ants before, both were pretty good, especially the ants.

      1. Ants have some citric acid in them, giving them a lemony zest.

        Eathworms taste like dirt (shocker).

        1. Ants also have folic acid in them, giving them a gag-inducing flava.

      2. In Manchuria I had deep-fried crickets lightly dusted with confectioners sugar. They were crunchy, sweet, and delicious.

        I also had silkworm chrysalis. Pretty much the opposite experience.

        Never had maggots, and don’t intend to.

    6. Alexandra Palla, a well-known Austrian food blogger present at the recent tasting event, plans to post a recipe of risotto with mealworm, calling the taste “nutty, or mushroomy”, but “not spectacular”.

      But she said that it will take some time for people in Europe to get over the “yuck” factor and really embrace creepy-crawlies as food.

      You know who else from Austria wanted to fundamentally transform the continent…?

      1. About half a million “Syrians”?

      2. Crocodile Dundee?

        /Reading comprehension fail

  5. A reported suicide bomber has killed at least eight at a security checkpoint in Peshawar, Pakistan.

    At least someone reported him.

  6. Metro Tutor Jailed For Having Three Young Children in Trunk of Car

    According to La Vergne police, a concerned citizen at the Speedway gas station on Murfreesboro Road called dispatch to report they saw a lady with kids in the trunk of her car. Police arrived on scene and found 33-year-old Andria D. James had three children ages 9 & 10-years-old in the trunk. Six children of similar age were found in the cab area of the vehicle.

    Parents of the children were called to come get their kids and James was taken into custody. The children were reportedly students of James.

    1. Kids these days are such little sissies. I got thrown in the truck of teachers’ cars all the time as a little kid and you didn’t see me complaining.

      1. That explains a lot.

        1. And it takes a lot, to explain SugarFree.

    2. The kids were probably having a blast. I know I would have found it cool at that age.

    3. I once got locked in the trunk of a ’72 Lemans – with a gaggle of girls in the front. I lived to tell the tale.

      1. I lived to tell the tale.

        Oh well, better luck next time.

      2. Should have dropped the “In the front”. You would have been a *legend*.

        1. I was being “kidnapped” – no sexual hijinx ensued 🙁

          1. They did it wrong, didn’t they.

            1. Well at a later date I did hook up with three out of the four girls.

              1. At the same time? Legend status *renewed*.

  7. …Sanders regularly called for public takeovers of various businesses, including utilities and the oil industry.

    You know who else wanted to make the trains run on time?

    1. Sir Topham Hatt?

    2. Joe Biden?

  8. Glenn Frey, guitarist and founding member of the Eagles, has died at age 67.

    It’s sad that this man has died, but let’s please not blow this out of proportion. The Eagles sucked.

    1. Sounds like somebody has the Smuggler’s Blues.

      1. You bastard. I had forgotten that song ever existed until now.

        1. +1 Crockett and Tubbs music video.

    2. Take it easy, Derpy.

    3. My father let me have a friend over my sophomore year, and we did the usual: giggle madly, get into the wine cooler my father kept in the fridge for lady friends, pester my brother. Well, we woke up at the crack of ten the next morning, and my father must have forgotten that he’d given permission to have a friend over, because we walk into the kitchen to find my father, blaring Hotel California, singing and dancing as he made pancakes in his whitie-tighties.

      Scarred. For. Life.

      He was using the spatula as a mic and everything.

      1. Scarred? Because your dad is awesome?

        1. I have it on firm authority from my school friends that my father was also hot.

          Ew.

          1. Yeah, my female friends thought my dad was hot too.

          2. Never miss an opportunity to humiliate your children.

        2. Same thing scarred Kylo Ren.

      2. Take it easy. Don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy.

      3. Hotel California was the unofficial official theme song for my barracks at Basic Training. Our Drill Sergeant has us sing cadences to it, sound off with the chorus, etc. Quite honestly I think I’d have preferred suffering from the sexual improprieties that were all the rage when I was in training than having to deal with that.

    4. You’d better let somebody love you before it’s too late

    5. Strangers die every day.

    6. Step 1:
      Hi, my name is Bear. And I like “Hotel California”.

  9. New AU student? Report for your oppression training

    * All first-years would be obliged in their second semester to take a one- or three-credit course in oppression studies. Sample content: “Students will explore how historical violence, such as the early slave trade and genocidal conquests, shape the contemporary experiences of marginalized groups and struggles for human rights. Class materials will consider how entrenched systems of inequality marginalize some groups and privilege others.” (The draft text describes this as a three-credit course, but at another point says that whether it will be for one or three credits is yet to be determined.)

    * “If budget allows,” “all students living on campus” will be housed with the cohort of students with whom they have taken the series of mandatory courses culminating in the oppression course. They will live under upper-class “mentors” and it is envisaged that “student support teams” will emerge from each cohort under the supervision of the mentors.

    working in a coal mine suddenly seems like a lot more fun…

    1. Doesn’t sound very liberal to me.

    2. This is fucking insane.

      What the fuck has happened to academia in the last decade? Reading shit like this makes me both deeply upset and exceptionally glad that I had the sense to leave the academy 1/3 of the way through a PhD.

    3. “Students will explore how historical violence, such as the early slave trade and genocidal conquests, shape the contemporary experiences of marginalized groups and struggles for human rights. Class materials will consider how entrenched systems of inequality marginalize some groups and privilege others.”

      “You will agree with our opinions, or else!” These fuckers really are quite the Fascists.

    4. Fuck, I would rather work in one of those Congolese cobalt mines.

    5. a colleague who told students on the final day of class to “think for yourselves” and that multiple political viewpoints should feel welcome at the school was promptly hauled to account

      This shit is *shit*.

    6. All first-years would be obliged in their second semester to take a one- or three-credit course in oppression studies

      Day One:
      “You idiots have just experienced oppression, being forced to take this course. Don’t do that to others. Class dismissed.”

      That’s how it should go.

      Instead they will be teaching them how to oppress others using all the new social media techniques.

    7. The “upper-class mentors” and “student support teams” shall not be referred to as “Stasi”, “Cheka”, nor “Gestapo” but only by the title of “Comrade Political Officer”.

      1. What if Linda Stasi guest-mentors?

      2. So it’s okay to call them “Khmer Rouge?”

    8. “If budget allows,” “all students living on campus” will be housed with the cohort of students with whom they have taken the series of mandatory courses culminating in the oppression course.

      Cult tactics. Some enterprising journalist (ahem, Reason) should really do a perfectly-serious comparison of PC campus tactics and cult brainwashing, because I think that they’re deliberately modeling themselves after the former.

      Also, because the word “cult” is awesome to scare the pants off Boobus Americanus, and it could be just what is needed to gin up a moral hysteria that finally wrecks PC/universities/moar education rhetoric from Democratic politicians (“oh, so you want the government to pay for our children to get raped and brainwashed, huh?”).

      1. With enough material, you could probably spin a best-selling book out of it, just due to the sheer sensationalism of the subject matter. But you know, Rico, if you want to keep being poor…

    9. a one- or three-credit course in oppression studies

      “Can I test out? I’m pretty good at oppression already.”

  10. …Sanders made forays into foreign policy that included meetings with representatives of hostile nations, rebel groups and Canadian separatists.

    All of them French talkers.

    1. “Oui Bernard, we love your literature on female rape fetish! Sacre Bleu!”

  11. Bernie Sanders take on affordable housing. Does he get rid of regulations against apartment buildings? Decrease required plot size? Eliminate zoning laws? Hell no, he gives a bunch of land to a non-profit so home owners can lease the land their houses sit on. Brilliant!

    http://www.slate.com/articles/…..ative.html

  12. Exclusive: Pentagon May Demote David Petraeus

    The Pentagon is considering retroactively demoting retired Gen. David Petraeus after he admitted to giving classified information to his biographer and mistress while he was still in uniform, three people with knowledge of the matter told The Daily Beast.

    The decision now rests with Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, who is said to be willing to consider overruling an earlier recommendation by the Army that Petraeus not have his rank reduced. Such a demotion could cost the storied general hundreds of thousands of dollars?and deal an additional blow to his once-pristine reputation.

    “The secretary is considering going in a different direction” from the Army, a defense official told The Daily Beast, because he wants to be consistent in his treatment of senior officers who engage in misconduct and to send a message that even men of Petraeus’s fame and esteemed reputation are not immune to punishment.

      1. Rick Ashley hasn’t died too, has he? They are dropping like flies right now.

    1. Yeah, sure that’s the reason.

    2. The purges will continue until the Government is Pure! This is such B-league bullshit. Of all the places to save wasteful federal spending, the pension of a good soldier who was a terrible politician is hardly the place to start.

    3. send a message that even men of Petraeus’s fame and esteemed reputation are not immune to punishment

      Who else of Petraeus’ “fame and esteemed reputation” – and rank – has been accused of mishandling classsified information? Perhaps a certain former Secretary of State is the intended recipient of the message being sent – but sending an e-mail results in an odd “server not found” error message. And maybe it’s not Ash Carter sending the message, perhaps it’s Ash Carter’s boss.

      1. How about taking McChrystal’s undeserved fourth retirement star away while you’re at it, eh Ash?

        1. Speaking of 4 stars, you ever notice how all of these fucking city chiefs of police have 4 stars?

          So it goes patrolman, corporal (I don’t think they call them corporals, but they have 2 stripes), sargeant, lieutenant, captain, 4 star General. I could even understand an eagle like an O-6.

        2. He got the fourth star for covering up Pat Tilman’s death.

          1. But he got to keep it after getting canned, rather than reverting to the three stars that his time in grade called for.

      2. It occurs to me that this could also be seen as a pre-emptive rebuttal to the inevitable howls when Hillary is not indicted – look, we’re not refusing to indict Hillary just because she’s a member of the PTB, look what we did to Petraeus. Obviously we don’t show any favoritism due to high rank or office.

        1. We just want to punish anyone who doesn’t tow the lion.

          1. Tow the lion, as in ‘drag’ Cecil’s desecrated majesty? There it is…

  13. A reported suicide bomber has killed at least eight at a security checkpoint in Peshawar, Pakistan.

    Glenn Frey, guitarist and founding member of the Eagles, has died at age 67.

    The world’s oldest man has died at age 112.

    Rule of Three.

  14. Most threats to humans come from science and technology, warns Hawking

    The human race faces one its most dangerous centuries yet as progress in science and technology becomes an ever greater threat to our existence, Stephen Hawking warns.

    The chances of disaster on planet Earth will rise to a near certainty in the next one to ten thousand years, the eminent cosmologist said, but it will take more than a century to set up colonies in space where human beings could live on among the stars.

    “We will not establish self-sustaining colonies in space for at least the next hundred years, so we have to be very careful in this period,” Hawking said. His comments echo those of Lord Rees, the astronomer royal, who raised his own concerns about the risks of self-annihilation in his 2003 book Our Final Century.

    1. He’s talking, of course, about people reading Twitter in crosswalks.

    2. How long before IBM’s Watson implants its consciousness into one or more humanoid robot bodies and sets out to destroy humanity?

      1. #idonttrustrobots

    3. About time someone spoke up about the dangers of motorized wheel chairs, electronic speech devices, and life support equipment.

      1. To be fair, it’s not inconsistent to think that some, but not all technology is dangerous. In fact it’s probably true.

        If he is calling for extra regulation and control, the fuck that. But the larger point isn’t completely off.

    4. Now he’s just fucking with us.

      1. Yeah, I think Hawking has just been trolling for a while now.

    5. Now he’s just being retarded.

    6. I really don’t know of any scientist who is as mathematically brilliant and at the same time as obtuse as Hawking. We have had thousands of nukes for the last 50 years. We may raise the average global temperature of the Earth 0.67% in the next 100 years (assuming 2 deg. C which is the high of the “realistic” scenarios). We cure cancers at rates thought unimaginable just 20 years ago. We can produce and distribute food and fresh water to anywhere on the globe (if the bureaucracies and dictators would get out of the way).
      But now is the most dangerous time to live.

      Oh and it will take “more than a century” to set up colonies in space. If he is talking about true survival alternatives to the Earth, then how about a millenium. Sure we could throw some ISS type bs. Or even send a handful of people to Mars. But why??????

      Of course, he could be referring to the “singularity” but that doesn’t sound like what he is discussing. And frankly it is bullshit anyway. Unless it sex robots. In which case, mankind will definitely “go quiet into that good night”. At least as quiet as multiple orgasms can allow.

      1. No, future humans will just all be descended from robophobics. Or really poor people, I guess.

        1. I see inevitable gene bidding wars, with the interpersonal requirements of sex becomming obsolete.

          Then probably Bladerunner.

    7. Most threats to humans come from people who employ aggressive violence, particularly governments (since they do it on such a large scale and with such advanced toys). Hell, science and technology are about the only aspects of life that don’t seem to be trending shitterward.

  15. Man on trial in car crash wasn’t behind the wheel at the time

    A New York man is about to go on trial in vehicular homicide case that tests the limits of criminal consequences. He wasn’t behind the wheel when a police officer was struck and killed — he was leaning against the guardrail.

    Prosecutors say James Ryan was charged because his drunken driving on the Long Island Expressway set in motion a series of events that ended in the officer’s death.

    McCormack said prosecutors are employing the legal principle of “causation/foreseeability,” in which suspects are charged in events that are foreseeable results of their actions.

    A state judge initially dismissed the charges, finding Olivieri’s death was “solely attributable” to the SUV driver, who was never charged.

    A state appeals court later reinstated the charges, saying it was “reasonably foreseeable that the defendant’s conduct would cause collisions and that the police would respond and be required to be in the roadway, where they would be exposed to the potentially lethal danger presented by fast-moving traffic.”

    It also noted Ryan’s actions “need not be the sole cause of death and, indeed, the defendant need not have committed the fatal act to be liable.”

    1. I hope that when cops die defending the prosecutors from mob violence, said prosecutors are tried under the same theory.

    2. “Let’s just make it up as we go along.”

      1. The Calvinball Theory of Justice Or Close Enough

    3. Headline made me think this was a Caitlyn Jenner joke.

    4. I blame it on that butterfly catcher in the Amazon in 1984.

    5. By that logic, the legislators who wrote the DUI law are culpable, because this is a forseeable result of requiring cops to pull people over on highways for DUI.

    6. “Today The Court ruled that the defendant is guilty of the murder of a beloved and brave police officer. Even though he was hundreds of miles away and the chain of events leading to the death of the officer began years ago, the defendant has been found responsible for the officer’s death. “It is the opinion of this court that the fart the defendant blasted,” the court stated, “started a series of events that maliciously caused the death of this beloved praetorian.”

      Apparently this fart moved a series of molecules that affected hundreds of small factors in the physical world which culminated in the death of the officer, who had been compelled by these events to be operating his laptop computer while driving down Main Street.

      “The fact that he should reasonably have known that his fart would lead to the death of a peace officer,” said the Prosecutor during closing arguments, “is all the proof you need.”

      The defendant faces 25 years to life.

    7. I couldn’t read the whole article, but it was poorly written. Did the cop pull the guy over for DUI, and then when the cop was processing him, the cop was killed?
      I hate to say it, but I think there may be a point here. I am not sure about criminal penalties, But if I am committing a crime, and a person dies as a result of the crime being committed, even if I am not directly responsible, I am generally still held responsible for the death. Lets say I commit a robbery, but in the process I accidentally leave a dangerous situation for the homeowner that results in their death. I could still be held responsible. This sort of sounds like the same thing.
      Having said all that, if indeed the person was never found guilty of DUI (which I am still not sure about), then obviously they shouldn’t be found guilty of vehicular homicide.

      1. The crime had ceased even by your logic. The defendant was no longer operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

        1. So I rob a person’s house. After I am gone, i.e., the crime is “over”. However, if I left a situation behind that leads to the death of the homeowner, say I cut a wire to remove some electronics that leads to a fire, or an electrocution, I am still responsible. Of course all of this is predicated on the fact that the guy was found guilty of DUI. If not, then there was no “crime” to begin with.

          1. When you cut the wire, you committed a culpable act.

            I only scanned the article, but I think the dickhead was under police control at the time of the officer’s death. This seems like a significant stretch to find him culpable.

            Charge the police with suicide; if he’d secured the accident site, this never would have happened.

          2. However, if I left a situation behind that leads to the death of the homeowner, say I cut a wire to remove some electronics that leads to a fire, or an electrocution, I am still responsible.

            The cop wasn’t killed because he pulled someone over. He was killed because an SUV hit him, the SUV is solely responsible in this case.

            Suppose a drunk driver hits a tree, and the next day a tree trimmer is there to cut down the tree and he is killed by falling branches, is the DUI driver guilty of homicide? What if the trimmer guy gets a splinter that gets infected, is that homicide too?

            What if a meter maid is writing you a parking ticket when she gets hit by a stray bullet? Homicide for the car’s owner? The meter maid would have been standing somewhere else when that passed through if not for the fact that you were illegally parked, you murderer.

            There is certainly a difference between burning someone’s house down and killing them as an unintended consequence of your home invasion, a criminal act which has an immediate and identifiable victim from the outset and a cop getting killed in the process of enforcing traffic laws.

      2. Having said all that, if indeed the person was never found guilty of DUI (which I am still not sure about), then obviously they shouldn’t be found guilty of vehicular homicide.

        So if he blew .07 he wouldn’t be guilty of homicide, but if he blew over .08 he would be guilty of homicide. You would have courts point to a arbitrary line in the sand to determine causality. He either caused the cops death or he did not.

        Imagine a teenager pulled over for speeding who goes to prison for the rest of his life because a trucker then hits the cop while they’re on the side of the road. The legal and logical consequences here would be injustice, not more justice.

        1. FS: I appreciate your thoughtful responses. And you have some fair points. As I have thought about it, this probably isn’t as clear cut an example as the one I mentioned. Honestly I would have to think more about this. I still don’t think that this is automatically as loony tunes as some of the things we see here regarding cops and prosecutors.

          A bit of a nit pick here: A person can still be convicted of DUI even if their BAC is below 0.08%. It is just that at 0.08% DUI is automatically assumed. But your point is well taken.

          1. Well I do enjoy these conversations. It’s certainly not as loony tunes as some other shit they pull, that for sure. I’m just always leery of prosecutors widening their nets and putting government officials in separate legal and moral categories.

    8. And we all laughed when Italy put those scientists in prison for not accurately predicting an earthquake.

    9. I guess they’ll be coming for me next. As a libertarian, I support the freedom of individuals to choose their actions, which necessarily gives people like this drunk driver the freedom to choose to do bad things. It is my support of freedom that makes it necessary for people like this police officer to even exist. If only I had not been so foolish as to ignore the entirely foreseeable consequences of my actions in supporting freedom, we would not be here today. Je suis James Ryan, cop-killer.

    10. DapandicoBjergeson 1 hour ago
      Also charge the bar tenders.

      And the brewers and distributors. And their owners and investors. In fact, the entire drinking culture and all its participants are culpable.

      Alright, it’s a fair cop, but society’s to blame.

  16. or even labor.

    Apple, Samsung and Sony face child labour claims

    Human rights organisation Amnesty has accused Apple, Samsung and Sony, among others, of failing to do basic checks to ensure minerals used in their products are not mined by children.

    In a report into cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it found children as young as seven working in dangerous conditions.

    Cobalt is a a vital component of lithium-ion batteries.

    The firms said that they had a zero tolerance policy towards child labour.

    The DRC produces at least 50% of the world’s cobalt. Miners working in the area face long-term health problems and the risk of fatal accidents, according to Amnesty.

    It claimed that at least 80 miners had died underground in southern DRC between September 2014 and December 2015.

    1. Well nothing is worse than working in cobalt mines.

      Except of course, starving to death because the kids’ families have no money.

    2. If they put the children out of work, how are they supposed to feed their families? Why do you hate children, Amnesty?

  17. Coast Guard Recovers Three Life Rafts in Search for 12 Missing Marines

    A fourth life raft was also spotted Sunday evening, though workers were still trying retrieve it Monday, the Coast Guard said.

    “There is no indication from the sightings that any survivors have been aboard any of the life rafts,” the statement said.

    The news comes on the fourth day of a search that has been hobbled by dangerous seas, and one day after a Coast Guard official said that “debris” had been recovered off the north shore of Oahu.

    The 12 marines involved in the mid-air collision had been conducting a nighttime training mission off that section of coast in two CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters.

    1. If only the automated collision avoidance systems were as effective as the automated life raft deployment systems.

      1. Or make the entire aircraft out of black box?

    2. Sounds like a Force Recon training mission to me.

      A shame, regardless.

  18. Donald Trump Open to Campaign Finance Reform

    Pointing to the effects of “horrible” super-PACs, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Sunday said America needs to come up with a solution to keep big money out of politics.

    “Well, I think you need it, because I think PACs are a horrible thing,” Trump said on CNN’s “State of the Union” when asked if he would pursue campaign finance reform.

    The billionaire businessman, who said he is self-financing his campaign, said the wall separating super-PACs and candidates running for public office is illusory.

    1. Well, he’s against the rest of the First Amendment. Is anyone surprised?

      1. You really think Trump (or any other candidate for that matter) gives a tinker’s damn about the 1st Amendment complexities of Super PACs? This is pure electioneering–it puts a target on Hillary from the left regarding all of her corrupt financial dealings, and it forces the Republican candidates to try and explain how they won’t end up being the boot-licking bitch of all these special interest groups that are funneling millions into supporting them.

  19. Sleeping in on weekends may help reduce diabetes risk

    Probably because you’re not wolfing down sweets when you’re asleep.

    1. Especially if the chloroform hasn’t worn off.

      1. Chloroform doesn’t work. Believe me I have, well, heard from reliable sources.

  20. bring back the V8 Interceptor

    IEA Sees Risk of World Drowning in Oil

    Global oil markets could “drown in oversupply,” sending prices even lower as demand growth slows and Iran revives exports with the end of sanctions, according to the International Energy Agency.

    The IEA trimmed 2016 estimates for global oil demand as China’s economic expansion weakens and raised forecasts for supplies outside the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. While non-OPEC supply is set to drop 600,000 barrels a day in 2016, Iran’s comeback could fill that gap by the middle of the year. As a result, world markets may be left with a surplus of 1.5 million barrels a day in the first half.

    1. Then people will go out of business, supplies will contract, and only wells that are profitable in the new environment will be run. The non-profitable wells will stay that way until prices go back up or technology becomes cheaper. Only people who lose will be people like me who profit from high oil prices and the peak oil loons.

      1. Yeah. I joined a petrochem construction and engineering firm a year ago. Its awfully quiet after this project. May have to dust off my programming skills.

    2. I skimmed the comment and didn’t understand why IKEA was worried about oil.

    3. So this would be Peak Oil? When we’re producing so much that it becomes useless to explore untapped reserves?

      1. Paul Ehrlich is going to need some emergency therapy, Stat!

    4. So, Lord Humungus, I guess you won’t be interviewing crazies with mohawks and assless chaps for a job as your enforcer anytime soon?
      *puts head down, hands in pockets and kicks a rock*

      1. Our Day Will Come

  21. Is Chris Rock going to drop out as host of the Oscars over the lack of diversity among this year’s Academy Award nominees?

    Can he explain why he has never been in a good movie?

    1. Don’t they try to hire good actors for good movies?

      1. He has never been in a funny movie!

        1. Dogma had its moments.

        2. Fuck you for forgetting about Pootie Tang.

    2. What, the brother in law in Lethal Weapon 5 (or 4 was it? I forget) wasn’t good enough for you?

      1. Make that son in law.

      2. I take it all back, because Rock was in New Jack City.

        1. Sit your 5 dollar ass down before I make change.

    3. Everybody hates Chris.

    4. What’s I’m Gonna Git You Sucka? Chopped Liver?

      “You got change for a hundred?”

    5. The Academy should be the ones who have to explain why Pootie Tang didn’t win an Oscar.

  22. China’s growth hits quarter-century low, raising hopes of more stimulus

    China’s economy grew at its weakest pace in a quarter of a century last year, raising hopes Beijing would cushion the slowdown with more stimulus policies, which in turn prompted a rally on the country’s rollercoaster share markets.

    Growth for 2015 as a whole hit 6.9 percent after the fourth quarter slowed to 6.8 percent, capping a tumultuous year that witnessed a huge outflow of capital, a slide in the currency and a summer stocks crash.

    Concerns about Beijing’s grip on economic policy have shot to the top of global investors’ risk list for 2016 after a renewed plunge in its stock markets and the yuan stoked worries that the economy may be rapidly deteriorating.

    China’s slowdown, along with the slump in commmodity prices, prompted the International Monetary Fund to cut its global growth forecasts again on Tuesday, and it said it expected the world’s second-largest economy to see growth of only 6.3 percent in 2016.

    1. You know, I think it was less than a year ago that I was speaking to a Dem about Chinese bubbles. She was insistent on her kids learning Chinese, because China was the country of the future. I wonder which of us will be right in the long run.

      1. Konichi-wa from the 1980s. Japan calling.

    2. I was reading an article I can’t find now about “China Borrowing Too Much” to support unrealistic growth, I think in the Washington Post. Its funny how other countries are subject to economic realities that the US is not.

  23. “Why the GOP primary could be even crazier than you think.”

    How about more boring?

    1. More boring than The Force Awakens?

      1. + 14 parsecs

      2. While better than the prequels, Ep. 7 was disappointing. Nearly identical plotline as Ep. 4, some of the exact same scenes, and I don’t know which character was worse in the history of the SW franchise- Jar-Jar Binks or Princess Leah in Ep. 7.

        1. While I agree that Ep 7 borrowed WAY too much on Ep 4, I am holding my judgement until I see 8 and 9. 7 could set up 8 and 9 to be quite good. But they are going to have to do MUCH more with Kylo Ren and with Rey to convince me Ren isn’t a fucking wuss. He can stop a fucking blaster bolt in mid air? But a stormtrooper defector can actually stand toe to toe with him off for a few minutes, and a complete novice force user can actually beat him?

          1. I didn’t think the borrowing was so bad, but I agree that one of the most powerful Force users and highly trained killer would not have even broken stride while greasing both the homeless chick and the deserter.

          2. I don’t think that Finn really stood toe-to-toe with Ren. Finn was getting his ass kicked by a wounded Ren. That their fight took a minute or so is because Finn was not a helpless old man, but there was no doubt who was the better swordsman in their fight.

            1. I will have to see it again. In my younger days, I would have seen it three-four times already. But with work, kids, wife etc. not so much. But, it isn’t just swordsmanship, but also the Force. I guess I don’t see a powerful user of the dark side even wasting his time with a lightsaber duel against a non-force user. (General Grevious notwithstanding, although he was “trained” by Dooku).

              1. Also Grevious had personal reasons to hate the Jedi and wanted to beat them at their own game.

              2. When you see it again Ren is just wailing on Finn. Finn had a puncher’s chance, but he was not going to win that fight. You’re right though that Ren shouldn’t have bothered using the light bastard sword and instead did the whole force-freeze thing he did to Poe and Rey earlier. Or at least attempt it and have some line about how he was too wounded or something to do it.

                What I liked about Ren is, as a reviewer I read described, he is what Anakin should have been in the prequels. Someone struggling with controlling their emotions and the burden placed on them. I’m far more excited for Ep 8 than I ever was for the prequels after Phantom Menace.

          3. Now that I’ve seen it, I don’t get the complaints about the ending fight. Ren is wounded. I think he’s doubly wounded by the time he faces Rey. And she was already shown to be competent with a staff weapon, so she’s not new to combat.

          4. But a stormtrooper defector can actually stand toe to toe with him off for a few minutes, and a complete novice force user can actually beat him?

            That’s the part that kills the movie for me. A trained dark side force user would have cut off both their heads inside of 15 seconds, even in an injured state. Luke received a minimum of training and got his ass beat in Empire; now I’m supposed to believe this Mary Sue would actually come out on top? Might as well have called the movie “Rey the Sith Slayer”. What is it with nerds and their weird fetish to be dominated by “strong” women?

            This is where Abrams shows what a weak director and storyteller he is–both Star Trek and Star Wars are crippled by doing fan-service callbacks and end up reminding you how fun the originals were.

            In about a year, maybe less, people are going to get over the nostalgia rush and realize that Force Awakens is merely OK at best, and will spend the next few years hoping 8 and 9 “redeem” the series.

            1. In about a year, maybe less, people are going to get over the nostalgia rush and realize that Force Awakens is merely OK at best, and will spend the next few years hoping 8 and 9 “redeem” the series.

              THIS.

        2. I didn’t see Episode 7 any less original than 4. Yeah the same template was used- Epic war as a backdrop against which characters can be explored and a Macguffin to drive them into conflict. Nevertheless, what they do with those characters is different. Additionally, despite those similarities, there are several major differences too. Most important of those is the development of Kylo Ren as an Anti-Skywalker.

          To me, Episode 7 was like a poem using the exact same structure as its predecessors, with different words to make the same rhymes and a different piece all together.

          1. So it’s like poetry, it rhymes.

  24. Film Shows Clinton Aide’s Own Struggle With Anthony Weiner Scandal

    Instead, “Weiner,” a new documentary that The New York Times was allowed to view exclusively ahead of its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, provides an unfettered look at the implosion of Mr. Weiner’s mayoral campaign and a wrenching inside account of the couple’s interactions in the aftermath of his second explicit texting scandal.

    The film overflows with juicy moments about Mr. Weiner. As the second scandal unfolds in July 2013, Mr. Weiner is shown panicking; misleading the news media; and, at one point, racing through the back halls of a McDonald’s to avoid a woman with whom he traded inappropriate texts, whom his campaign code-named “Pineapple.”

    1. Looks like “Weiner” is on a roll!

      1. Swiss Servator to the white courtesy phone.

    2. Juicy, cumbersome and prickly to handle?

    3. Let me guess: Weiner is a democrat? I can’t imagine the NYTimes using the word “wrenching” to describe the travails of a Republican’s sex scandal.

      1. No, it was wrenching to his wife, who happens to be Mrs. Clinton’s Girl Friday.

        1. “Abedin: Weiner Wrenching Experience”

          1. Weiner Wrenchers would be a good band name.

        2. Girl Friday

          So that’s what they are calling it now?

          1. I’m trying to class this place up a little. Also, Huma appears to be the least incompetent of their band of sycophants so she can’t just be Hillary’s lover.

    4. In any other job, this creep-scumbag has no future. But in politics and punditry….

  25. The real tragedy in Flint

    We’ve all read and heard a lot about the water situation in Flint. We’re hearing most of it from Democrats, who are citing this as an example of the evils of Republican leadership and all sorts of other hyperbole.

    Rachel Maddow, among others, has (nauseatingly endlessly) blamed it on Michigan’s emergency financial manager law.

    So much noise. So much misinformation. So little time.

    If you’d like to know what really happened here, read on, but be warned: it’s long. If you’re the TL;DR type (Too Lazy; Don’t Reach), skip to the last subhead. The conclusions won’t make sense to you, but then maybe you don’t want it to.

    1. Dammit. If only you crazy libertarians had not blocked the creation of the EPA.

  26. From the Hinkle article:

    “Not to be outdone, the New York Daily News recently informed its readers that the GOP is “composed of pandering liars because stoking irrational fear is selling bigtime among gun-obsessed Americans.””

    Ah, yes, typical prog double-talk.

    They launch a crusade and talk about how Very Important it is to address A Very Important Issue.

    Then when someone dares oppose their crusade, it’s the *opponents* who are obsessed.

    In other words, resistance = obsession.

    1. Reminds me back in the Clinton years when it was all about the Brady Bill and,Assault Weapon bill and an out of control ATF. Dan Rather called gun owners one issue voters. Fuck you Dan.

    2. I like when progressives talk about how pro-gun people are ‘fearful’ even as the progressives themselves freak out about mass shootings, occurrences that are so rare per capita that you are literally more likely to be killed by a lightning bolt than in a mass shooting.

    1. TL;DR – ex-prosecutor polishes cop knob over an incident where police broke into an innocent family’s home and held them for two hours, and a federal judge let the cops get away with it. Balko shows that the cops acted oppressively.

    2. Balko is the bomb diggity, as the kids say.

      1. In his deposition, Burns admitted that he had received no formal training and had no personal experience in investigating THC extraction methods. When asked about the “law enforcement training and experience” he referred to in the search warrant affidavit, he admitted that this training consisted entirely of watching a few videos on YouTube. He said he watched these videos on his own time, and never reported or documented his viewing them. So the Hartes were raided by a SWAT team because some wet tea leaves the cops found in their trash literally looked like something a cop once saw on the Internet.

        Only Balko can consistently write stories where I need an anger break.

        1. Only Balko can consistently write stories where I need an anger break.

          Never read Krugnuts or E J Dionne? …. or so many others . But of course that’s a different flavor of anger.

        2. “If reading tea leaves isn’t scientifically reliable, I don’t want to be right!”

        3. Balko works those nuts like a speed bag, it is known.

    3. A local cop is now in trouble for posting on a fuzz site that Black Lives Matter protesting on a street should be run over if they’re in the way!

  27. Is Chris Rock going to drop out as host of the Oscars over the lack of diversity among this year’s Academy Award nominees?

    Why don’t they just get rid of the Oscars. Who cares what a bunch of arbitrary people like? Does anybody watch that crap?

    1. I don’t

    2. It was fun to watch in the 70s. Not so much since then….

    3. They could just start a new awards academy and call it The Reparations. It’ll be more prestigious because viewers will be able to ease the pain of their own white guilt by pretending that the recipients earned the award 100%.

  28. Duke: Free speech, black lives and white fragility

    Key to this new interpretation is a firm separation between speech and action, a legal variant on the old childhood adage: “sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you.” The problem?as anyone who has been the victim of hate speech can tell you?is that this simply isn’t true. Words hurt as much as actions; indeed, words are actions. Within the context of white supremacy, any distinction between a defaced poster, a racist pamphlet and legal or extralegal murder can be only of degree.

    At the same time?and here I’ll throw a bone to the civil libertarians?I’m unconvinced that hate speech legislation can resolve this. Not because hate speech isn’t violent, but because the state is. As others have noted, we often view the state like some strange sort of Jekyll and Hyde?as if the very government quite literally built on white supremacy could somehow save us from its effects. I’ve sometimes noticed the same double vision among campus activists, who both call out Duke (quite rightly) for institutional racism yet also call on the administration to fix it.

    So where does that leave us? With the painful yet empowering realization that no one will save us but ourselves.

    1. Actually, that did hurt.

      1. Yep. I am in the “words can never hurt you” camp but reading some of the complete derp that passes for thought is painful.

    2. Within the context of white supremacy, any distinction between a defaced poster, a racist pamphlet and legal or extralegal murder can be only of degree.

      Nonsense word salad, trying so hard to look pithy. The difference of punishment is also only by degree, although some people might warrant that a stern frowny face and execution are not interchangeable.

    3. quite literally built on white supremacy

      Yeah, that was painful

    4. David Duke?

    5. “s others have noted, we often view the state like some strange sort of Jekyll and Hyde?as if the very government quite literally built on white supremacy could somehow save us from its effects.”

      Ooh, I thought that none of the progs would consider this obvious point!

    6. This is good, this is REALLY good. In my view, this is hopeless rationalization of a faulty premise; we are right but can’t prove it, so give up and be an anarchist.

      If anything, this confirms cognitive dissonance in the fibberals who think like this. A good sign, spor of the beast.


  29. Major snowstorm may threaten DC to NYC, Boston Friday into Saturday

    By-line — I am not making this up — Alex Sosnowski

    WARNING: Audio auto-start

    1. Snow in January? On the Eastern Seaboard? This is news!

      1. I blame climate change.

      2. Snowpocolypse.

      3. But it was the Warmest December On Record?!

    2. Glow Bull Warming!!!

  30. I was never a huge fan of The Eagles, but I never really hated them either. But I do have a favorite Eagles story.

    One day at camp it was raining, just coming down and so they cancelled all of our activities for the day. This meant being trapped in a cabin with eleven other 12-year-olds and our counselor. The camp was down in the east Tennessee mountains so the radio reception was terrible. We could only pick up one station, nominally country, with a heavy dose of backwoods Christian ranting. Some of us were playing cards, some were reading. Even with the rain, the cabin was oppressively hot.

    Sometime in the afternoon the music was interrupted by a program on spotting the influences of Satan in pop culture. The entire hour was devoted to this manic-sounding preacher going through Hotel California line-by-line, explaining in great detail all the references to drugs and sex and Satan. Satan, Satan, Satan. “You can check-out but you can never leave.” Anton LeVay on the cover of the album. The goat sacrifice.

    It was amazing. We all stopped what we were doing and listened to this guy froth about Hotel California. As many times as I hear the song, I still love it to this day. I know it’s not great music. I know that is supposedly not what the song is even about. But I love that Devil song.

    1. That is a great story

    2. Good story and I think it’s an outstanding song.

      The feel and tone alone is awesome.

      Makes you want to drive along any of America’s desert roads.

      1. In the fast lane!

    3. I don’t know which freaks me out more, understanding an Agile comment or not having a gag reflex at SugarFree’s. You do this pleasant style just to set us up, right?

    4. If you grew up in the 70’s it is impossible not to have Eagles memories.

      I grew up next to a couple hundred thousand acres of woodland and I spend at least half my time wandering around out there. In those days it was common for people to dump their trash in remote places. That was great as I always had a supply of interesting targets, discarded stashes of Hustler magazines, etc etc.

      On more than a few occasions I would find where some church group had taken several hundred rock albums and burned them. It was usually Kiss, Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Zepplin…that kind of stuff. Once I found a pile of Eagles albums and some of them had survived the fire. I ended up with a pretty good Eagles collection, including the Hotel California single.

      1. My friends who grew up in the 70s say the exact same thing.

      2. “On more than a few occasions I would find where some church group had taken several hundred rock albums and burned them.”

        That’ll show those Satanists! We’ll buy their albums, give them money, then destroy the albums! Then we’ll do it again next week!

    5. I was moderately opposed to the Eagles before they hired Michael Vick post-conviction.

      Now, I will hate them until one of us is dead.

    6. “Anton LeVay on the cover of the album.”

      Really? That sounds like Satanism to me.

  31. “And, as a mayor, Sanders made forays into foreign policy that included meetings with representatives of hostile nations, rebel groups and Canadian separatists.”

    Did they throw the Canadian separatists thing in there just to give me a light chuckle?

    1. I can see how keeping up relations with crazy French-Canadians would be in line with being the Commist governor of Vermont.

      1. Yeh we spend a lot there.

        On St. Jean Baptiste Day – the faux national holiday – they deck Church St. in Quebec flags.

        It’s annoying since I escape Quebec on that day. But they know where their bread and garlic butter is.

  32. Univision Just Bought The Onion

    Univision will acquire a 40 percent, controlling stake in The Onion, which includes the site, its influential sister popular-culture outfit The A.V. Club, the social media satire site Clickhole, and various book and video projects. Univision also will have the right to buy the humor company outright.

    The move comes at a time of transition and change for both organizations.

    Univision’s dominance in Spanish language television has been based on a loyal but aging population. Latinos born in this country ? a quickly growing segment of the population ? are much more likely to consume media in English. Univision launched the English-language Fusion network in concert with Disney’s ABC network to reach English-speaking Latinos, a venture that soon pivoted to reach millennials more generally.

    1. La Cebolla doesn’t have the same ring

      1. Spanglicize it: El Ohn-yon

        OT: My favorite Spanglishism I’ve learned in construction is: “chengalated”

    2. Hope Trump likes his new paper.

    3. Are they going to slut up the ONN anchors, then? E.g.: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4v8W-b02tXo

      1. That ass came right out of my screen and punched me in the face only to seduce my mouth within a second.

    4. An Onion article about the Onion?

    5. Burritos are heart-healthy, says new study.

  33. The Great Immigration-Data Debate
    Does the flow of new arrivals depress the wages of blue-collar American workers? It depends on how you measure.

    Inserting other immigrants into the control group was also distorting, in work intended to discern the effects of immigration on wages. It might, conceivably, have led to comparing some people who are driving wages down to other people who are also driving wages down.

    And as for treating people who have not yet completed high school as the equivalent of high-school dropouts?that’s the most intensely dubious comparison of all.

    Data mining is indeed bad. But this kind of data dredging seems far, far worse. Yet data dredging on an industrial scale seems to be the only way to rescue the Card paper from the withering criticism Borjas has offered. That’s not very reassuring from an academic point of view. And if the most important immigration-doesn’t-hurt-the-unskilled research of the past quarter-century must be rejected as hopelessly contaminated by its own sampling errors, then what is left? It’s famously said that economic science represents the triumph of pure reason over common sense. But in this case, what has triumphed over common sense is not reason, but massaged and manipulated data.

    1. Yes. Except when they are H1B and depress the salaries of white collar workers. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing for the American, local, or world economy, but its pretty objectively true and sucks if you’re directly competing with them for jobs.

      1. The same people who worship at the alter of higher wages and Kensyian stimulus, think lower wages is just great in the context of immigration.

    2. So basically the original study was worthless, because it included people in its sample that should not have been included, and the second study had to small of a sample size to be conclusive. A.K.A. we know nadda for sure.

      1. Yeah, I have to resist the temptation to say “If they had to cook the data to get the result they wanted, that must mean the uncooked data gave them results they didn’t want.” Fallacy of the excluded middle, I believe, but on, so tempting. . . .

  34. For the good of the Republican party, both Trump and Cruz must lose

    We are already seeing the disturbing normalization of policies and arguments that recently seemed unacceptable, even unsayable. Trump proposes the forced expulsion of 11 million people, or a ban on Muslim immigration, and there are a few days of outrage from responsible Republican leaders. But the proposals still lie on the table, eventually seeming regular and acceptable.

    But they are not acceptable. They are not normal. They are extreme, and obscene and immoral. The Republican nominee ? for the sake of his party and his conscience ? must draw these boundaries clearly.

    Ted Cruz is particularly ill-equipped to play this role. He is actually more of a demagogue than an ideologue. So he has changed his views on immigration to compete with Trump ? and raised the ante by promising that none of the deported 11 million will ever be allowed back in the country. Instead of demonstrating the humane instincts of his Christian faith ? a faith that motivated abolition and the struggle for civil rights ? Cruz is presenting the crueler version of a pipe dream.

    1. What year did WaPo lose the plot?

    2. Ah yes, the Republican party should really take advice from the WaPo, because they really have the best interest of the Republicans at heart.

    3. I am not sure that ‘for the good of the republican party’ is gonna win me over.

      It is a straight-up appeal to team players and shows how out of touch team blue is with the conservative base.

      1. how out of touch team blue is with the conservative base

        More than that. Seriously tightening immigration polls pretty well even outside the Repub faithful.

        http://www.rasmussenreports.co…..muslim_ban

    4. Since when does WaPo give a shit about the health of the GOP, except as a tool to absorb the votes of the peasantry and keep them from affecting the political status quo?

  35. Supreme Court just granted cert to a challenge to Obama’s executive order on immigration…

    1. According to my Justice Roberts-fu, the president and unaccountable bureaucrats can do whatever they please.

  36. No one is too big to jail.

    So says prisoner 48295102, aka former first bitch.

    1. I cannot convince people who have never worked in government how big her crimes really are. She stored thousands of classified emails on a private server and told her subordinates to strip the tags off of classified information so they could send it via unclass email. It is just mind boggling.

      1. The media tries to downplay this because they know the average person outside of the Beltway isn’t aware of this. What she did would land regular shmoes in prison. The pundits keep saying things like, “There is no smoking gun,” but the very existence of the server is the smoking gun. Its very purpose was to circumvent FOIA and other government accountability laws.

        Nevermind that she was supposed to hand over all of her work-related documents and sign something stating that she has done so when she left office and either didn’t do it or committed perjury.

        1. There is no “smoking gun”, just a confession and an electronic trail confirming what she did. She is guilty of a huge number of felonies and openly admits to being so.

      2. Anyone with a company email should understand. My company would have my hide if I stripped the company logo off their intellectual property. If I tried to only use Gmail I’d have been summarily fired.

    2. Hillary Clinton’s campaign encountered heavy backlash Sunday night shortly after tweeting a statement made by Clinton during the fourth Democratic primary debate.

      “There should be no bank too big to fail and no individual too big to jail,” Clinton told the moderators during the first hour of the debate Sunday.

      Within seconds, the remark was tweeted out to the former secretary of state’s five-plus million Twitter followers.

    3. How in the world did her PR team think that was a good idea. You do not feed the flames of this type of scandal. Especially with a catchy slogan like that. Seriously, this needs to end up in an ad against her or someone isn’t doing their job.

      1. The Heffalumps have a warehouse of ammunition for great political ads, if they choose to use it. But recall that Romney was chicken, er…a gentleman, and I can only see Trump or Cruz picking up on this. Maybe a PAC should be formed called “Justice for Dem Candidates” that could fund and air these ads. Hmmmmmm…….

  37. Heart Of Akamon

    Injun metal. Pure genius.

    1. Ever hear of Blackfoot?

      1. I once banged an incredibly white girl who claimed to be part Blackfoot. She had great tits.

        As for the Southern rock band, no, I hadn’t heard of them until now. A quick look at youtube suggests they’re fun.

    2. That is rad as hell.

  38. I can feel the fear in the Western World
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DclSrYbSn-E

  39. Speaking of the Eagles; the mistake that people make is thinking they were a country rock act. They were not. People only think that because they had so much subsequent influence on country music and there are so many bad things that happened in country music because of that influence. Glyn Johns, their first producer that is always credited with loving country music and making them a country act was a rock and roll guy. He produced Led Zeppelin I and Get Your Yas Yas Out for God’s sake. And those early Eagles records were not country by any reasonable definition of it in the early 1970s. The Eagles were a rock and roll pop band with really good singers and harmony. They were no more “Country” than CSNY or The Band. And if you separate everything that came after the Eagles and just listen to the music they did, they were quite good. They were great singers who did great harmonies and really knew how to write a pop song. It is not their fault every small town kid in America growing up and the 1970s and 80s decided to take their inspiration and ruin country music.

    1. People think they’re a country act? I don’t think that and never heard their music in country stations.

      1. Yes. And every country band for the last 25 years, outside a few real retro guys like Dwight Yokum, owe their sound to the Eagles. The fact that country music is now pop music for housewives is due primarily to the malevolent influence of the Eagles.

        The Eagles first greatest hits record is I think the largest selling record of all time. I am pretty sure it surpassed Thriller at some point after the turn of the century and if it didn’t, it is a close second. And most of the people who bought that record were also country music fans.

        Their later stuff is not considered country rock. But all the stuff before their last three records, the 71 to 74 stuff is. And I think that causes people to misunderstand it. If you just listen to it as rock pop and here it for what it was at the time, it is good.

        1. To me country has gone through three phases since that era. The 70’s through the mid to late 80’s was very pop oriented period with lots of cross over acts, and was unsurprisingly very similar to the Eagles style before and during their run. It was the same music with the artist driving whether it landed in the country category or pop. The late 80’s to 2000 country music was a rejection of that (and much more widespread than just Yokum) and the period since has been a return to that pop oriented crapcountry.

    2. Well, Gram Parsons spent a lot of time with them. They saw what he did with The Byrds “Sweetheart of the Rodeo”.
      It’s not so much “country” country as it is an “American Cosmic Music” influence. Sort of a hybrid of classic country, country blues, bluegrass, hill music. The Eagles aren’t country or country-rock, but it’s in htere.

      1. Sweetheart of the Rodeo is country and sounds totally different from the Eagles. Even Parsons’ later stuff with the Flying Burrito Brothers sounds more country than the Eagles.

        I like some of Parsons’ music but I think he ultimately failed in his quest for “Cosmic American Music”. As hard as he tries, he always sounded like a fake. The rich kid who went to Harvard in his Nudie suit with the marijuana leaves on it up there pretending. If anyone was doing “cosmic American music” in the early to mid 70s, it was Willie Nelson. Willie had an understanding and a feel for country and swing and gospel Parsons never had.

        As for the Eagles, love them or hate them, I don’t hear anything that country, or at least pre 1970 country, in their music beyond it being a bit twangy and well sung. And by that definition, the early Beatles were a country act.

    3. I respect their ability to make quality music while asserting my preference not to hear it. Or much of the Nashville 80s country that it inspired.

  40. So I rewatched Man of Steel this weekend. I enjoy it more and more each time I watch it. And I hate to say it, but I am getting psyched for Dawn of Justice. I hate Ben Affleck, but dammit it is starting to look good.

    1. Having both his fathers killed gave him some real daddy issues.

    2. I am hesitant to go see Dawn of Justice, the trailers I’ve seen seem to indicate that we are expected to see Superman as the bad guy and Batman as the good. But, c’mon, what sort of suspension of disbelief would it take for the audience not to root for the guy kicking the shit out of Ben Affleck?

      1. In the Dark Knight Returns, Superman had become a bit of a “bad guy” (actually just a govt stooge). But I have a feeling in the movie it will be much more conflicted. I think there will be many people who see Superman as the hero (like Lois and Perry etc.). But then Batman will embody many of those who are suspicious of his power and intentions. I think they have just set this up a bit in the trailers on purpose just because it makes more sense to stir conflict. After all, it is more juicy to set up “The Dark Knight” as the good guy against “The Boy Scout” as bad guy.

    3. Market research has detected a high concentration of SJW in the demographics we would like to reach out and rob with this movie. Make sure to include a sexy, ‘dont need no man’ type of woman, at least half a minority for every white straight character, and Jesse Eisenberg, he’s hawt right now.

      (Did market research conglomerates get infiltrated by Fem Lit majors? You decide!)

    4. Man of Steel was pretty decent, but Warner Brothers seems to be doing everything in its power to make me not want to see Dawn of Justice. Fuck Ben Affleck and fuck that asshole who directed Watchmen.

      1. That was how I felt when Affleck was cast. And actually, all of the casting up and down has been almost purposely against traditional representations :
        Gal Gadot may be lifting, but she still doesn’t have the body that WW has in the comics,
        Bruce is older in this one than he is usually presented as (TDKR notwithstanding),
        Aquaman isn’t going to be blond with orange and green tights.
        Jesse Eisenberg as LL was a strange choice, BUT I am starting to see how it could work.

        I love the Avengers arc that Marvel has put together. But, to be honest, I think WB HAD to go a different direction with TJL. To go darker, grittier etc.
        And Zack Snyder was awesome for 300. Watchmen was ok (the graphic novel wasn’t even one of my favs), and Sucker Punch was awful.

  41. “Why The GOP Primaries May Be Even Crazier Than You Think: An insider’s guide to 19 long weeks of chaos.”

    What can we expect along the winding path ahead? This will be my seventh cycle working in presidential politics, including previously as a lawyer for the Republican National Committee and then on George W. Bush’s, Mitt Romney’s and Scott Walker’s presidential campaigns. More than any of the other primary seasons I’ve seen, this is the year to expect the unexpected.

    I know when I’m looking for a guide to lead me along a winding path, I always pick a guide with a proven track record of failure to find his own ass with both hands.

    1. Also, thank you Captain Obvious for the hot tip on expecting the unexpected. I’m sure – thanks to your preparation with Bush – you were one of the few not at all surprised that the strongest front-runner for the GOP nomination would turn out to be a brain-damaged, demented messianic sociopath.

  42. the strongest front-runner for the GOP nomination would turn out to be a brain-damaged, demented messianic sociopath.

    I think you misspelled “Democrat”.

  43. “And, as a mayor, Sanders made forays into foreign policy that included meetings with representatives of hostile nations, rebel groups and Canadian separatists.””

    Vermonters who want to join Canada or Canadians who want out?

    1. Just people who got lost in their Subarus.

  44. Chris Rock is upset with Hollywood, which is controlled by members of the democrat socialist party.

    Seems to me that Chris has a problem with the democrat socialists and their lack of diversity.

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