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  1. Donald Trump says he won’t appear in the next Republican presidential debate, which is scheduled for Fox News Thursday night.

    He’s going to build a wall around the debate and make Fox pay for it.

    1. Hello.

    2. He’s going to counter-program with a Wounded Warriors event.

      Its quite clever, I think. Why should the clear front-runner waste time with the also-rans and raise their exposure? If he’s not there, all their attacks on him come off as cheap shots while his back is turned. Meanwhile, you know the news the next day will still be all Trumpy, only with a big Wounded Warriors banner behind him, surrounded by photo-friendly vets.

      1. “I’m the baddest, toughest winner you’ll ever see, but I refuse to talk to this adorable blonde meanie.”

        Talk about a dissonant message. Hey Don, ISIS is a hell of a lot tougher than Megyn Kelly is.

        1. See how the polling is next week before describing it as a “dissonant message”. He’s sending a big FUCK YOU to Fox News, which will warm the hearts of numerous proggies.

          1. You misspelled Faux News.

      2. Huh. Is that why CBS ran an investigative report this morning on the big bucks the Wounded Warriors Project has brought in as compared to the benefits they’ve doled out to wounded vets?

        1. Followed by the glowing report on the Clinton Foundation.

    3. Yeah, Fox is the friendliest environment is the friendliest environment he’s going to face. If he runs away from Megyn Kelly bleeding from her whatever then he’s a grade A pussy.

    4. Yeah, Fox is the friendliest environment is the friendliest environment he’s going to face. If he runs away from Megyn Kelly bleeding from her whatever then he’s a grade A pussy.

      1. The squirrels really got to you here.

  2. Santa Claus was arrested for driving under the influence in Iowa.

    He had his own red nose to guide him.

    1. Was he under the influence of magic dust? Cause I hear that shit’ll make you fly higher than a reindeer

      1. + a little bit MORE for Santa Claus…

  3. House Democrats are trying to disband a special investigative committee on Planned Parenthood’s fetal-tissue donation program after the anti-abortion activists who fueled the investigation were indicted in Texas.

    Was the committee planning on using fake ideas in its investigation?

    1. When I wrote that, I knew something didn’t look right. See if you can spot it.

      1. Committees don’t plan?

        1. I was gonna go with, since when do Congressional committees investigate? From what I can tell, they alternate between grandstanding and cherry-picking a report to confirm an agenda.

          1. -0 Trey Gowdy Sadface.

      2. A fake idea is still an idea?


      3. I have no idea what you are talking about.

      4. House Democrats are trying?

        1. In tying two separate issues together, those House Democrats would almost have to be suggesting committee members were planning to use fake ID’s. But in typing out my glorious comment, my Filipino manservant Ernesto thought I said “ideas”. His English ain’t so good yet.

          1. Hmmm….


            I still like my answer better.

      5. Mmm. Fake IDeas…

      6. Like committees even know what an idea is, let alone a fake one.

    2. [golf clap, despite the typo]

        1. You’ve turned into John.

  4. How mutton flaps are killing Tonga

    In 1973, 7% of the population were suffering from non-communicable disease – a phrase that has come to be used as synonymous with diabetes in Tonga. By 2004 the figure was 18%. It is now 34% according to the Tongan Health Ministry, though some think the figure could be as high as 40%.

    “There’s this whole generation in Tonga that was brought up on mutton flaps,” says Sunia Soakai, a health planning officer for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

    “Mutton flaps are the discarded parts of the lamb that are not fit for consumption in New Zealand. They were able to dump this stuff on the Pacific countries.”

    1. Sounds like “not fit for consumption” is in the eye of the beholder…

      Pigs feet, beef cheeks or sea cucumber, anyone?

      1. Haggis. Now shut the fuck up.

        1. (The STFU was for all the “not fit for human consumption” nannies who know, just know, that “white” people always take the best of everything and give the scraps and leavings to “non-whites.”)

          1. I will one-up you in that the Japanese think they – as a race – are directly descended from the sun goddess Amaterasu and that they are still QUITE ethnically pure and they eat sea cucumbers and shiokara – salted fish guts – and nattou… which is indistinguishable from shit.

            1. Japan is an extreme outlier. Only 3% of the land is arable, so they eat whatever they can get their hands on.

              And beef cheeks are delicious.

              1. One of the best dishes I ever had was veal kidneys in a mustard sauce.

                Just about anything is good if you know how to prepare it well.

                Except for sweet potatoes. And bananas. They suck.

          2. You say that like Scots are considered ‘white’.

            1. They are, but very much a lesser species of white. Victorian-era English were incredibly racist, and you still see some “dirty jock” taunts today; “jock” being an ethnic slur used by the English to describe the Scots.

            2. I’m not white? Woohoo!

              1. “I’m not white? Whattya mean I’m not white? Does Dad know?”

        2. Some of the whitest people on earth regularly eat fish soaked in oven cleaner.

        3. Aye, laddie!!

    2. Does this mean Huma has diabetes? She loves eatin’ them mutton flaps.

      1. [spends rest of natural life vomiting]

        1. That reaction almost fucking killed me. I’m on the train and trying not to laugh.

          1. almost fucking killed me


      2. oh good lord

      3. Order of evil:

        1. straffinrun
        2. Hitler
        3. SugarFree

      4. Nikki, call your agent. There have been some…contract changes.

      5. The phrase mutton flaps has only one meaning to me . . . and it has nothing to do with lamb. So when I saw this headline, I was like, what?

      6. *shudder*

      7. Mutton flaps drenched with white, sticky gravy?

        1. I believe they are traditionally served with flecks of brie rind.

          1. /runs for garbage can…

          2. Jesus Fucking Christ, I can’t even,…

          3. /slow golf clap

    3. Lemme guess, the mutton flaps are usually consumed in a dish over generous amounts of white rice.

      1. Yeah, I was wondering how eating meat would raise diabetes rates.

    4. “mutton flaps”

      Called skirt steak when taken from a cow and bacon when taken from a pig. And if it is lamb, then it is lamb. Mutton is from a mature sheep.

      1. Well, I guess I can’t use my, “What is mutton?” Seinfeld quote now.

      2. Not labia majora? I have been misinformed….

      3. If they want people to eat it, they should call it “sheep bacon”.

    5. not fit for consumption in New Zealand

      Are they actually banned by law in New Zealand, or is there just not a market there?

    6. I thought it was due to excessive Spam consumption, at least that’s what I got from briefly dating a Tongan princess. She was bog on cooking macaroni and spam. It’s not that big of a deal, it’s a small island, pretty much everybody there is royalty, and the court jester embezzled all money the kingdom had. Seriously, that is a thing that happened.

    7. + infinite profits

    8. #KiwiPrivilege

  5. David Brooks: Stay Sane America, Please!

    In January of 2017 someone will stand at the U.S. Capitol and deliver an Inaugural Address. This is roughly the place where Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan once stood. I am going to spend every single day between now and then believing that neither Donald Trump nor Ted Cruz nor Bernie Sanders will be standing on that podium. One of them could win the election, take the oath, give the speech and be riding down Pennsylvania Avenue. I will still refuse to believe it.

    Yes, I know what the polling evidence is telling us about Trump, Sanders and Cruz, but there are good reasons to cling to my disbelief.

    First, these primary campaigns will not be settled in February. They won’t be settled in March or April. Sometimes a candidate can sweep Iowa and New Hampshire and cruise to the nomination. But that candidate has to be broadly acceptable to all parts of the party. Trump, Cruz and Sanders are not.

    1. One of those things is not like the other.

      I wont vote for Cruz, but he isnt in same category.

    2. David Brooks, Concern Troll.

      1. Yup. And the failure to include the felon on his list is telling.

        1. I was just thinking that.

          Ladies and gentlement, behold the NYT’s resident ‘conservative’.

          1. Well, I’m sure he’d be more than happy to settle for Jeb!!!!

            1. And Jeb! is happy to accept any female that accepted him.

        2. Is it any surprise that Brooks would consider an unprincipled cronyist a “sane” choice?

      2. Professional Concern Troll

    3. I notice Brooks doesn’t bemoan the possibility of Clinton being up there. He’s a self-righteous twat who claims to have a highly developed sense of morality but has nothing to say on the one certifiably criminal candidate in the race.

      1. But he’s not scared of her, he just wants everyone else to be scared of Trump.

    4. “broadly acceptable to all parts of the party”

      I don’t think that phrase means what Brooks thinks it means.

      1. ^This

        There is NO ONE “broadly acceptable to all parts of the party”

        1. Exactly. The Chamber of Commerce types all wrote their checks to Jeb a while back. The sort of maverick business types and fringe folks are on the Trump wagon, many of the movement conservatives are backing Cruz. A few of the NorthEasterners (and hardcore National Security types) are still hanging on to Christie. And those of us who lean libertarian, but who still stubbornly vote Team Red more often than not wish Rand had a chance. I still think Cruz is the best we are going to get, but even he dampens my enthusiasm every other day.

          1. The Chamber of Commerce types all wrote their checks to Jeb a while back.

            I would say they dug their own grave. The CoC wing of the Repub Party is looking to be rejected pretty thoroughly by the Repub base. Their future lies in either a rump Repub Party that can’t win many elections, or as a disempowered minority member of the Repubs.

            1. Good. Maybe the GOP will become more pro-market and less pro-business.

            2. Good. Let some other chunk of the GOP be disempowered for a while.

            3. Just the name Bush is unacceptible to me. Even if they’re

              1. Not related

      2. No, he’s just using it in a different sense than you or I do. He’s talking about the Demubilcan ruling party.

    5. I freaking hate Brooks. He is the sort of ‘soft’ socon, while at the same time, sort of a ‘supply sider’ but don’t take that whole cut government spending thing too seriously. After all, we have to take care of each other. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely don’t want Santorum or Huckabee to be dictating policy (though I have no problem with them personally, I just don’t agree with their theology, or their approach to ‘values’ in the public sphere). But Brooks is sort of that “I am not a religious nut, but we can’t legalize drugs, or prostitution. And we have to go after those pornographers and violent video games.” Basically, the GOP version of the communitarian.

      1. Brooks reminds me of the typical bioethicist, only in the political realm. Useless as the proverbial screen door on a submarine.

      2. We just call them communitarians.

      3. Hey cut him some slack. Those cocktail partay invitez will dry up if he doesn’t walk the tight-rope correctly.

    6. Cruz? WTF?

      But notice who is missing from his list of people who should never take the oath: the one candidate currently under a federal criminal investigation.

      1. Wait, she’s actually being investigated? When did that happen?

    7. Err I’d Much rather see Sanders up there than Hillary

      1. +1 common sense

  6. Ride-sharing service Lyft has agreed to pay $12.25 million in a worker classification lawsuit in California, yet will continue to classify its drivers as independent contractors, not employees.

    Everybody wins!

    1. Paying bribes to stay in business? Did Mexico invade California?

      1. Yes, haven’t you listened to Trump?

        But I think this problem was caused by lawyers invading California

      2. California could teach Mexico a few tricks when it comes to bilking businesses.

      3. Did Mexico invade California?

        You tell me.


        /yokel OFF

      1. They should write that in the memo field on the check.

        1. They’d end up paying another $12.5m five for their disrespect of authority

      2. I can’t wait for season four of Vikings.

  7. Santa Claus was arrested for driving under the influence in Iowa.


    Pantsless Motorist Killed In Crash Was Masturbating While Watching Porn Flick On His Phone

    Some of the comments are pretty good.

    1. I’ll say , “How do you know when you have a problem?” for 1000, Alex!!!

    2. I’m impressed. I always pant when I do that.

      1. You are not livin’ unless your Porky Piggin’.

        1. Ah buh DEYUP ah buh DEYUP that’s all, folks!

      2. +|1 A-10

    3. Hey, at least he died doing something he loved!

      Sorry, too soon?

      1. [golf clap]

    4. I have heard guys talk about doing that. I just couldn’t. That’s just idiotic from a safety standpoint.

      1. It is the video watching while driving that makes it dangerous.

        1. And the little screen on the phone is bad for your eyes, too.

          1. Wait, I thought that it was the other act he was doing that made you blind or gave you hairy palms…

    5. Michigan Man!

    6. Shoo-in for the Darwin Award?

  8. Size 22 model Tess Holliday slams the ‘silly’ full-figured fashion stars who want to ban the term ‘plus-size’, insisting it’s ‘important’ for larger women to have their own labels

    John pron!

    1. it’s ‘important’ for larger women to have their own labels

      Sometimes more than one label!

      1. I larfed

      2. Sometimes more than one label!

        Hostess, Godiva, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker…

    2. Those tattoos are going to age well.

    3. I suppose models for fat people clothes are needed. And I don’t mind a woman with some flesh on her bones. One can be attractive and somewhat chubby. But the garbage bags full of pudding look just doesn’t work.

      1. There’s a difference between a woman with a big ass and a big-ass woman.

    4. Hold my gun and me a hand me a beer, then watch me do this.

  9. something something Bikini team

    Lizard found in kindergartner’s salad becomes new class pet

    Riverside Elementary School science teacher Mark Eastburn tells NJ.com the 3-inch green anole lizard was found in a bundle of tatsoi greens last week by a kindergartner.

    The lizard had been cold and lifeless after being confined in a refrigerator for days. The lizard has since been warmed and lives in a cage in Eastburn’s class.

    The lizard, dubbed “Green Fruit Loop,” came from Florida.

    The tatsoi had been bought from Whole Earth Center in Princeton.

    A store produce manager says greens are cleaned as they’re stocked and that the lizard must’ve been tucked away in a leaf.

    1. That’s how anoles hibernate in North Carolina – they find a plant whose leaves curl up during the winter and climb on, and then the leaf wraps around and protects them until spring.

      1. I didn’t know green anoles went that far north. Huh.

        My yard is crawling with them here in Louisiana. I have counted over 100 of them inside of ten square feet when the sun comes up on cool mornings. In the cooler parts of the year they concentrate on a large stack of bricks in my yard.

        I try to cultivate them as much as possible because they make a very noticeable dent on the mosquito population.

        1. South-central NC is about as far north as they get.

    2. something something Bikini team

      1. I thought I was just missing the joke.

        1. Was posting something about the Swedish Army… and changed my mind half-way through….

          posted it below

      2. I was a little concerned to see that in association with a story involving kindergartners.

        1. Maybe he has a lizard fetish?

          1. *flicks tongue in lizard-like fashion*

          2. He doesn’t seem like the type

    3. They buried the lede — what the fuck are tatsoi greens, and why is a kindergartner eating them?

      1. Basically a cousin to bok choy, and I have no idea why a kindergartner is eating a green vegetable.

  10. When avocados were called ‘alligator pear’ and plain celery was a popular appetizer: New York Public Library’s massive menu collection uncovers American favorites from last century

    The collection features more than 45,000 menus from all over the globe and dated as far back as the 1840s
    It offers a glimpse into American tastes in the twentieth century, including liverwurst and lots of tongue
    Celery was the third most popular item on the menus, after coffee and tea
    Also shows the amazing change in prices compared to today, with a prime rib of beef costing 45 cents in 1901


    1. “Also shows the amazing change in prices compared to today,”

      No, it shows the amazing devaluations of currencies due to central banks.

      1. Exactly. Adjust for that and you will find that that beef was much more expensive back then.

        1. My grandmother (born 1904), whose husband was an extremely poor provider, so the family was always in debt and frequently hungry, used to comment “remember when hamburg was a nickel a pound–and you didn’t have the nickel?

    2. Early editions of The Joy of Cooking had recipes for raccoon in them. Raccoons were a popular main course at Thanksgiving in poor parts of the South.

      Obligatory link: James Lileks’ Gallery of Regrettable Food

      1. Oh, I know. It was not uncommon for cookbooks from the 60s and earlier to have recipes for all sorts of critters from squirrels to ground hogs. My father would take a shotgun with him to school when he was a kid, and use it to shoot squirrels while walking home. Then his mom would make stew for dinner. I can’t even imagine how many felonies that would constitute today.

        1. Ixnay on the uirrel-squay hooting-say. Are you trying to kill the comments?

          1. When we had squirrels raiding our bird feeder I used to open the window and yell ‘Burgoo!’ at them. They were not impressed.

      2. I don’t know how early you’re talking about but my earliest copy of JoC (late sixties or early seventies) still had recipes for Possum and other game, including instructions on how to feed the possum grits and water for three days after you catch him to “clean him out.” Later editions have ditched the game and added more international cuisine.

        Pro-Tip: Look for vintage copies of JoC at yard sales.

        1. I have eaten nearly everything, but I won’t touch a possum.

          Do you know how to find a possum? Find a dead cow in the woods and kick it.

          Goddamn hairy, wingless buzzards.

          1. We moved to Kansas about 2 years ago, and I saw one for the first time here (outside of a zoo or something). Fucker hissed at me before he played dead. Ugly SOBs.

            1. Yes, they are. I once had a pit bull, labrador, rottweiler mix that could shake a opossum to pieces anytime he caught one in the yard. But he got old and in a bad way so I had to have him put down. Since then I’ve learned that opossum will keep the snake population down – particularly copperheads – which I’ve been killing around here for over thirty years ( almost stepped on a big one last week.) So I don’t bother the opossum anymore. Besides, they have a very short life span anyway.

              1. I have declared a truce on a monster rattler (over five feet, and thick) who has taken up residence in the wash behind Casa Dean. I used to kill small rattlers, oh every six weeks or so, but since he moved in, I haven’t seen a one.

                He’s kind of my client dictator over the wash. A realpolitik kind of a deal.

            2. They are nasty.

          2. I kind of like the possums that hang out in my yard, but they’re more like a kind of mobile fungus than an animal. I snuck up on one that was hanging out on my back porch and it just stared at me for a while as if in disbelief before slowly shuffling away.

          3. A possum ate the eggplant rollatini that I left cooling on my patio. Fucking rat.

            1. Fun Possum Facts: They are the only marsupial (pouched) mammal native to North America; while they may look like rats they are only distantly related. They have prehinsile tails, ie can wrap that around a branch and hang from it. The formal folk name Opossum is derived from the Algonquian word for “white animal.”

              1. So my Algonquian name would be “Opossum?” I’m not sure I care for that.

        2. If I fed a possum for 3 days I have a feeling it would become a pet instead of dinner.

          1. They jail people for that here in the Land of the Free.

          2. Uh…no. They are nasty critters and their brain case is on par with reptiles. A raccoon is a different story. If you want a pet that is smarter than a dog, affectionate, and will dismantle your entire house get a coon.

            Leave the possum out of it. They are good for cleaning up road kill, that’s it.

            1. I never claimed to make good decisions, suthen.

              1. Coons make good pets for maybe a year, but somewhere along the way always seem to remember they’re a wild animal.

                Mean sumbitch.

                1. Raccoons are basically miniature bears.

                  Do not want.

            2. They are good for cleaning up road kill

              Sounds like they are taking jobs away from more ‘Muricans!

            3. I’m going to go to hell for this but…

              I thought they made it illegal to keep house coons?

              1. Yes, it is illegal to keep Raccoons as pets in most jurisdictions.

                1. Did you hear a woosh?

                2. Raccoon fact: in Germany and Austria, pet raccoons are legal, but only if you have at least two of them together so they can keep each other company. The German word for raccoon translates to ‘wash-bear.’

                  1. Raccoon fact: like many people, raccoons would rather stay in bed on a chilly day.

          3. We had a litter of stray kittens in our back yard back when we lived in Pasadena (CA). We got some live traps to capture them and send them to a rescue. One morning when I came out, I could tell that I had captured something else. It was the biggest possum I’ve ever seen, crammed into that cage like a fat, grey haired old lady oozing out of fishnet stockings. I almost lost my lunch trying to free it. And of course it played dead rather than leave the trap, so I had to prop it open and leave it there for two hours before the thing realized it was safe to leave.

            1. Possum fact: opossums don’t just play dead – they actually get so stressed out that they lapse into a coma. Often when they come to they are extremely lethargic and disoriented for some time, although this is hard to differentiate from normal possum slowness and stupidity.

      3. I have a really old copy of Joy of Cooking. The sections on game are great. And I love teh recommendation that you should cook your chicken within 6 hours of killing it. The part about preparing turtles is simply hilarious (if you have a somewhat perverse sense of humor).

      4. Obligatory link: James Lileks’ Gallery of Regrettable Food

        Ha – my immediate thought was the 60’s franks ‘n’ jello horror from that site.

    3. Those are absolutely fascinating.

    1. For a small family of three they sure have a lot of energy.


      2. For a small family of three they sure have a lot of energy money.

        FTFY. When you don’t have to do everyday life shit to pay the bills, it gives you free time to ruin people’s lives via politics.

    2. Their family business is ‘Access’!
      They have to be constantly running for office or being in office.
      And not some city council or state senate gig. Something big to bring in the bucks (and bjs).

    3. She looks more like Webb Hubbell all the time.

  11. Newquay air and sea search turns up inflatable doll

    The doll was recovered from Newquay Bay by the RNLI after they joined a coastguard helicopter in the search.

    Gareth Horner, lifeboat operations manager for Newquay RNLI, said search conditions at that time of night were “uncomfortable” with a large swell.

    “It was good information from a reliable source known to us and he was quite certain that it wasn’t a seal or anything like that,” he said.

    “An inflatable doll is very light, it scoots across the surface of the water, so it was some way from where we started our search.”

    The doll was dressed in trousers and T-shirt.

    “We would hope it got into the sea accidentally,” he said.

    1. Was this part of Warty’s cruise?

    2. “uncomfortable” with a large swell.


      1. I chuckled.

  12. Netanyahu says UN chief Ban Ki-moon ‘encouraging terror’

    Referring to the Palestinians, Mr Ban said it was human nature for oppressed peoples to react to occupation.

    Speaking at the UN Security Council, Mr Ban also condemned recent stabbings of Israelis by Palestinians.

    More than 155 Palestinians, 28 Israelis, an American and an Eritrean have died in violence since October.

    “The comments of the UN secretary general encourage terror,” Mr Netanyahu said in a statement. “There is no justification for terror.”

    So cautious in his use of language for so long, Mr Ban seems determined to speak more plainly as he prepares to leave office, says the BBC’s Nick Bryant in New York.

    1. So, is it time to execute Order 66 yet? Then Ban Ki-moon and the rest of the Jedi will get what’s coming to them.

    2. Yes, it’s also human nature for terrorized people to oppress the populations that terrorize them.

  13. Cripple feud!

    Trudeau tells Di Caprio to tone it down. Baldwin, through his dick-tweets – sticks his stupid nose into it:


    1. DiCaprio used a major speech on climate change to rail against what he described as the “corporate greed” of the energy sector and called for an end to fossil-fuel use. “Enough is enough,” he said. “You know better. The world knows better. History will place the blame for this devastation squarely at their feet.”

      Whereupon Leo got back in his giant private jet and flew off into the sunset.

      1. I love to rewatch the movie “Inception”. Except that everytime I turn it on, I hope against hope that someone other than DiCaprio is playing the lead. I am always disappointed. (Not that he did a bad job, I just can’t stand the guy.)

        1. DiCaprio ain’t bad. It’s Damon I can’t stand. I just can’t bring myself to watch The Martian ever since I saw the preview with “I’m going to science the shit out of this.”

          1. I try to separate entertainers from their personal lives, but this magazine cover featuring Damon is almost too much.

            1. I do too. Hence why I am very excited about Batman v Superman. I fucking can’t stand Ben Affleck the man. But the trailers so far, seem like he might be right on.
              I love what Marvel has done with the Avengers. But, I have to say, I do appreciate the grittier view that WB did with Man of Steel, and probably will do with BvS. And contrary to what Joss (the single most overrated comic/scifi director) says, there actually is humor there. But it is refreshing to see even superheroes act like real people when faced with serious challenges. Not just one-liners.

              1. But isn’t that how we face life’s troubles? One liners?

          2. The movie is actually pretty good. It’s Riddley Scott, after all.

          3. That line was clearly written to appeal to the I Fucking Love Science! dipshits.

        2. DiCaprio is a great actor. I can separate my personal opinions of him from his work on the screen, which is always pretty top notch.

          1. Loved him in Gilbert Grape

            1. It was kind of shocking when the retarded kid from What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? got cast as the lead in Romeo + Juliet.

              1. I still think they should’ve had Martin Lawrence play the fat mom.

  14. The calorie isnt broken, the measures ofcalories absorbed/exoended are broken.

    1. Yep, the headline is wrong and the author seems to desperately want to say being fat ain’t your fault, but it’s a fairly interesting article on all the ways we are trying to get more precise.

      1. The best line about all this I heard on Howard Stern:

        “She needs a weight-loss tape. Put a piece of duct tape over her mouth to keep her from eating.”

      2. If you cant rely on the labels vs trackers, then the nutritional calorie is worthless.

        1. If you cant rely on your odometer then the mile measurement is worthless!

          Sounds stupid, doesnt it?

    2. None of the people hawking that shit appear to have even basic understanding of how cells utilize energy.

      1. It’s a few thousand words to get around to admonishing food companies and the FDA for relying on calorie counts rather than a token couple pet projects some of the author’s interviewees suggest.

        1. (The bit on gut flora is interesting, though.)

    3. Yet there is ample evidence that diets rarely lead to sustained weight loss. These are expensive failures. This inability to curb the extraordinary prevalence of obesity costs the United States more than $147 billion in healthcare, as well as $4.3 billion in job absenteeism and yet more in lost productivity.

      “I’m too fat to come into work today”

    4. A good deal of energy is expended maintaining our body temperature. If you don’t take account of that then the sums won’t add up.

      1. So:

        1) Go outside when it’s cold
        2) Get nekkid
        3) Lose weight
        4) WIN!

  15. U.S. slams Taiwan president’s planned visit to contested South China Sea island

    Ma’s office earlier announced that the president, who steps down in May, would fly to Itu Aba on Thursday to offer Chinese New Year wishes to residents on the island, mainly Taiwanese coastguard personnel and environmental scholars.

    But Ma’s one-day visit to Itu Aba, known as Taiping in Taiwan, comes amid growing international concern over rising tensions in the waterway and quickly drew the ire of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the de facto U.S. embassy in Taipei in the absence of formal diplomatic ties.

    “We are disappointed that President Ma Ying-jeou plans to travel to Taiping Island,” AIT spokeswoman Sonia Urbom said in an email to Reuters.

  16. a week old but was linked to another article

    Trump’s 19th Century Foreign Policy
    His views aren’t as confused as they seem. In fact, they’re remarkably consistent?and they have a long history.

    In sum, Trump believes that America gets a raw deal from the liberal international order it helped to create and has led since World War II. He has three key arguments that he returns to time and again over the past 30 years. He is deeply unhappy with America’s military alliances and feels the United States is overcommitted around the world. He feels that America is disadvantaged by the global economy. And he is sympathetic to authoritarian strongmen. Trump seeks nothing less than ending the U.S.-led liberal order and freeing America from its international commitments.

    With his background and personality, Trump is so obviously sui generis that it is tempting to say his views are alien to the American foreign policy tradition. They aren’t; it is just that this strain of thinking has been dormant for some time. There are particular echoes of Sen. Robert Taft, who unsuccessfully ran for the Republican nomination in 1940, 1948 and 1952, and was widely seen as the leader of the conservative wing of the Republican Party. Taft was a staunch isolationist and mercantilist who opposed U.S. aid for Britain before 1941.

    1. “”” He is deeply unhappy with America’s military alliances and feels the United States is overcommitted around the world.”””

      Anyone looking at the US military would agree that it is overcommitted and that most of its so-called allies are worthless and week

      “”””He feels that America is disadvantaged by the global economy.”””

      The US spends trillions subsidizing the defense of our economic competitors

      “”””And he is sympathetic to authoritarian strongmen””‘

      This is the most outlandish charge since the “liberal international order” has supported numerous “authoritarian strongmen”. What do they think Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, Vietnam, China are?

    2. Yeah, things would’ve been much better today if we’d let Britain fall to the Nazis. Isolationism works well enough until you need help from those friendships you might have cultivated were you not so selfish.

      1. Britain was never in real danger of ‘falling to the Nazis”

        Also it was not little Britain fighting, it was the British Empire, all 500,000,000 of them

        And what is wrong with being selfish?

        1. And what is wrong with being selfish?

          Well, cooperation is what civilization is built upon. Maybe you’d rather live in small familial bands fighting amongst themselves for extremely limited resources and dying of starvation when those resources run short. But, while it has its drawbacks, civilization is much better, IMHO.

          1. So unless I am willing to go into debt and/or die for the British Empire then I am uncivilized?

            1. So unless I am willing to go into debt and/or die for the British Empire then I am uncivilized?

              I don’t see how your response follows from my point. I’m not demanding that individuals be taxed against their will nor be drafted into a war they disagree with (although that will likely happen). I’m merely stating the obvious: if you hope to get help from others in the future, you should consider helping them when they ask.

              1. Selfishness is perfectly compatible with the division of labor.

        2. Britain was never in real danger of ‘falling to the Nazis”

          I have the impression it was a very close-run thing.

          If the Nazis had sustained their attacks on the British airfields, rather than switching to bombing cities, they probably would have won the Battle of Britain and invaded. If they had invaded, they would have had the use of many units that went East later, and likely would have won.

          If the Brits hadn’t cracked the Nazi codes (again, based on the freakish recovery of an Enigma machine from a submarine with minutes to spare), the Nazis likely would have won the Battle of the Atlantic and been able to starve Britain into submission.

          1. Had Germany just waited to invade Russia until it had wrapped up the west, it would have probably won the war. But picking a fight with the USSR was its biggest downfall. I have great respect for those who fought Germany in the West, but the USSR is the reason Germany fell.

            1. Germany was foolish not to bury the hatchet the west if it was so determined to expand east.

          2. RC…thats it
            we are playing Diplomacy
            Let me set up a game. WATCH THE PM LINKS!

            1. I have a droiddippy account.

          3. Didnt the Poles break enigma well before the machine recovery?

        3. Britain was never in real danger of ‘falling to the Nazis”

          Yeah, Britain decided they would go full-socialist on their own.

          Then you have France, who wanted to be taken over by Nazis and we killed their buzz.

      2. The thing is, there are times to fight, and there are times to sit it out. I know many of us might disagree on many of those times. Hindsight is of course 20/20, but WWII was a perfect example of when to fight. Japan was forcibly taking over the entire pacific rim. By 1941 we didn’t know, necessarily the extent of what he was doing to the Jews (in technically, the “Final Solution” wasn’t officially created until 1942 anyway). However, we saw what he did in terms of Czechoslavakia (from our standpoint, Austria would have been a more confusing issue, what with the Anschluss), and certainly Poland, followed by France and the Battle of Britain.

        However, WWI is a textbook example of when not to get involved. Germany was a bit more authoritarian than the UK. But, there was never any world wide threat of takeover. And frankly, there really were no obvious good guys, or bad guys. Just governments slaughtering their young men (and civilians caught up in it) to gain a few square miles of land and power.

        1. Agreed. We would eventually been pulled into WWII anyway. But WWI was a fight over a dying economic paradigm.

        2. If we would have stayed out of WWI, we’re not even talking about WWII as we know it.

      3. Mmm, yes, I’m glad Uncle Sam is there to make sure I’m not so selfish.

  17. The World’s Favorite New Tax Haven Is the United States

    After years of lambasting other countries for helping rich Americans hide their money offshore, the U.S. is emerging as a leading tax and secrecy haven for rich foreigners. By resisting new global disclosure standards, the U.S. is creating a hot new market, becoming the go-to place to stash foreign wealth. Everyone from London lawyers to Swiss trust companies is getting in on the act, helping the world’s rich move accounts from places like the Bahamas and the British Virgin Islands to Nevada, Wyoming, and South Dakota.

    “How ironic?no, how perverse?that the USA, which has been so sanctimonious in its condemnation of Swiss banks, has become the banking secrecy jurisdiction du jour,” wrote Peter A. Cotorceanu, a lawyer at Anaford AG, a Zurich law firm, in a recent legal journal. “That ‘giant sucking sound’ you hear? It is the sound of money rushing to the USA.”

    1. Because the US has destroyed the competition?

    2. I think China is a huge contributor to this. In Orange County, something like 80% of new home sales over last year were to Chinese nationals paying cash. They were doing everything they could to take their currency and turn it into hard assets prior to the devaluation. And those that managed to do so were rewarded by basically doubling their investment in American real estate when valued in chinese toilet paper.

  18. Jonah Goldberg: After Years of False Alarms, the ‘Conservative Crackup’ Has Arrived

    “Do they all love Trump? No,” Republican lobbyist Richard F. Hohlt told the New York Times. “But there’s a feeling that he is not going to layer over the party or install his own person. Whereas Cruz will have his own people there.”

    It’s hard to criticize Limbaugh & Co. for cynically questioning the motives of the establishment when party apparatchiks confess them in the pages of the New York Times. There’s no shortage of reasons for the fact that the Right is at war over whether or not to take a flier on Trump.

    All of the various establishments and the counter-establishments overpromised and underdelivered in recent years. Congressional leaders talked a big game while campaigning but played small ball once re-elected. Cruz and his supporters accused his fellow politicians of being corrupt sellouts, and so many people believed him, they’d now rather take a gamble on Trump than back Cruz, a mere politician.

    Tomorrow seems closer than ever before.

    1. I’ll give Trump and Cruz this. They have exposed the cynical and corrupt underbelly of the GOP for everyone to see.

      1. And the GOP’s natural inclination to move toward an authoritarian like Trump instead of embracing libertarianish ideals.

        1. The fact that they’re terrified of Cruz and not Trump speaks volumes. I don’t agree with Cruz on a lot of things but at least there’s something to disagree with. And those things that I do agree with him on, the GOP seems to despise.

          1. Yes. Cruz seems like the kind of asshole who, if elected, would constantly try to repeal as much as Obamcare as he could, so at least there is that.

            1. You can bet Trump won’t.

      2. I agree. I absolutely think Trump has a done us all a service. Doesn’t mean that conservatives or libertarians have to like his policy ideas.

        And just when I am about to go whole hog with Cruz, I read about the criminal justice reform shit he pulled. Although I still would like to know more about what happened between him and Mike Lee.
        And it isn’t that I “trust” Cruz so much as of the remaining candidates who look to have a chance, he is the one I would tend to agree with most on policy positions. Unfortunately, there are a couple of big ones that are giving me pause (WODs in particular).

      3. The GOP establishment has been at war with the Tea Party for years. They actively undermine Tea Party candidates, to the point of throwing away Senate races. Talk to Repub insiders, and its perfectly clear they would rather deal with their Dem chums than a TPer.

    2. So what is Cruz suppose to support that the Republican leadership hates so much?

      Or is the Republican establishment trying one last lie to stop Trump?

      1. Cruz seems to support actually for real containing spending, repealing Obamacare and reforming the tax code. As opposed to the Mitch McConnell’s who talk about those things but obvious have no desire to do any of it.

        Trump, on the other hand, seems to want more government to fix everything.

        1. Cruz seems to support actually for real containing spending,

          And you believe him? Despite all his other policies in which he calls for spending increases?

  19. Santa Claus was arrested for driving under the influence in Iowa.

    I know this can be confusing to coast-dwellers, but the link says “Idaho”.

    1. Big Potato vs King Corn

    2. Whatever. One of those square-y flyover states.

  20. How An Artificial Intelligence Algorithm Can Write Political Speeches

    “Mr. Speaker, for years, honest but unfortunate consumers have had the ability to plead their case to come under bankruptcy protection and have their reasonable and valid debts discharged. The way the system is supposed to work, the bankruptcy court evaluates various factors including income, assets and debt to determine what debts can be paid and how consumers can get back on their feet. Stand up for growth and opportunity. Pass this legislation.”

    Well, it’s no Martin O’Malley.

    1. So basically the Chinese Room test doesn’t work for political speeches. It is too sophisticated. And you hardly need “AI” to do that. Load in about about 20 prepositions, about 100 words directly associated with politics (legislation, courts, etc.) then add in about 200 common words that all speeches use (growth, opportunity, reasonable, consumers, etc.). Program it to randomly insert these words but into valid sentence structures (i.e. subject, predicate, and every other sentence or so an object) and voila. Then for an extra 19.99 a month, you can add phrases that are specific to your party (R: ‘cut government spending’, ‘tough on crime’; D: ‘increase investment’, ‘reasonable restrictions’). There is your speech writer.

  21. Nicholas Wiltgen: Weather Channel Meteorologist Dies in Crash at Parking Garage, Police Say

    Wiltgen, 39, died Sunday after crashing his vehicle at Atlanta’s Colony Square Mall, authorities said. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office said Wiltgen crashed on purpose.

    1. Depressed about global warming climate change?

    2. He was probably bullied to death about climate change.

  22. This morning on the local radio station one of the stories was about the sheriff and his concerns over the fact that there are record numbers of people in this county applying for concealed carry permits. His concern is that a lot of these people “aren’t from around here” and – while he approves of the idea of people taking charge of defending themselves – these people might not have grown up around guns and hunting. He plans on having the department offer a free gun training class so that people who may need to use their guns are going to know how to use them safely and effectively. I liked that “effectively” part. I really like the fact that we have a sheriff who thinks it’s a good idea having people know how to use guns “effectively”.

    1. Did he say if he was volunteering time or will this be overtime?

    2. “I’m all for free speech and the first amendment, BUT….”

      “I’m all for people exercising their second amendment rights, BUT…”

      No. That provides no solace for me.

    3. “He plans on having the department offer a free gun training class so that people who may need to use their guns are going to know how to use them safely and effectively.”

      There’s a gun control initiative that I support.

      1. There will be downfield targets of dogs for patrons to practice on.

  23. Doomsday Clock: Symbolic Time Representing Dangers to Humanity Set at 3 Minutes to Midnight

    The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists said the clock’s minute hand held at the same time as in 2015. The closer to midnight the clock gets, the more the group believes a global catastrophe is likely.


      1. Yeah, pretty much.

      2. But having said that, many of those guys may know highly classified stuff which they totally can’t talk about since revealing classified info is a crime (YMMV, of course). The clock has long been seen as a proxy for stuff they know but can’t talk about. None of that excludes the “look at us” hypothesis.

        1. If they just stuck to the nukes it would be one thing. But they have jumped onto the climate change bandwagon because of the publicity it brings.

          1. Because atomic scientists are experts of climate as well.

            1. Well, yeah. Don’t you know how many atoms are in the climate? It’s, like, a LOT.

            2. Seems stupid not to at least have separate clocks, since nuclear armageddon and climate change would seem to be fairly separate threats, and now you can’t really determine what the hell is going on other than stuff is bad.

    2. How is this any different from the pastors who predict the same thing but it’s due to the huge amount of sin in the world?

      1. It isn’t different. In either case, it’s sin all the way down.

      2. Look Sin is just Tidus’ father. Once he beats him in Blitzball the world will return to normal.

    3. 3 minutes to midnight? I have been hearing about this dumb thing since I was a kid.

      Whew! I am relieved to hear that it is moving back away from midnight.

      1. Iron Maiden sang about this in 1984. It was 2 minutes then, but what the hell.

        Chicken little is alive and well.

    4. I’m sorry but in a sane world any scientist associated with such obvious non scientific political buffoonery would be stripped of whatever credentials they had, fired from their jobs, and never work in a scientific endeavor again.

      And yes, when he was alive that would have included Carl Sagan

      1. Why do you hate science?

        You are supposed to believe in their benevolence!

    5. Boys who have been crying “wolf!” for decades.

  24. Bernie Sanders: Democratic Presidential Candidate to Meet With President Obama, White House Says

    The private meeting is set to take place Wednesday in the Oval Office, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. Earnest added that Obama and Sanders first discussed the meeting in December.

    1. Hillary Clinton has had a number of private meetings with Obama, including one in December that Earnest described as “mostly a social occasion.”


      Have I ever mentioned that “Josh Earnest” is an ideal name for the White House press secretary?

      1. Assboy Wyrmtung was already taken.

    2. Paging Sugar Free, Mr. Free, please call your agent about a new assignment.

      1. “I want you to rub your mutton flaps on me, Mr. President. I’m from the Bronx. I can handle it. And I want to pay Negros like you 15 dollars an hour to rub your mutton flaps all over America,” Bernie said. Aides all over the room gasped.

        “I hear you, Bernie. And I understand,” Barry said. “Clear the room.”

        Aides began to shuffled out. A dildo dropped out of one and bounced limply to the floor.

        Barry pointed at the Secret Service guards on the door of the conference room. “You two as well.”

        “But Mr. President,” one began.

        “No. Out. I need to speak to the Senator alone.” Barry watched as they left as well, securing the doors behind them.”

        “Tell me more about these mutton flaps, Bernie.”

        “Mr. President? Have you ever rubbed 29 different brands of deodorant on your balls at once? I am from the Bronx. I’m tough. I’m a street fighter. And I’m telling you, it’s not easy. 10 brands. Anyone can do that. 10 is nothing. Nothing. 15? Now you’re talkin’. 15 is a man’s number. That’s way it should be the minimum wage. Even for Negroes. I love Negroes, Mr. President. That’s why I am worried about their balls. Their nutsacks. Cojones. Testicles, Mr. President. I’m talking about testicles.”

        1. “The Affordable Care Act mentions testicle care on thousands of pages,” Barry said. He could feel the ruin of his penis filling with blood.

          “That’s not good enough. We need single payer Negro testicle care and deodorizing. Every other civilized country in the world takes care of Negro testicles better than we do. Every one of them, Mr. President.” Bernie’s hair was swirling on his head like fierce white flames. “And for less money too! Often less than 15 dollars per Negro testicle.”

          “What about white people testicles?” Barry asked. He began to rub his crotch on the corner of the conference table.

          “Reparations! White testicle privilege! Not all be-penised and testiculated Americans deserve to be cared for in the same manner. Whites have gotten enough! I am from the Bronx. I’m a scrapper. I care about black and brown balls!”

          “The points you are making are perfectly reasonable, Bernie. I understand them completely.” Barry continued molesting the table corner, digging it harder and harder into his odoriferous scrotum.

          “I can smell you balls, Mr. President. I’m tough. I from the Bronx.”

          1. Don’t know why, but I got all the way to the crotch rubbing on the table corner on this one. Ruin of a penis. Nice.

          2. I was eating a pretzel and now there are pretzel pieces all over my monitor and keyboard and out of the corner of my eye i can see an Indian with an extra horse and he is beckoning me to follow him into the woods, so thanks for all of that.

            1. It is your destiny. Go with him.

          3. I regretted that the moment I clicked Submit. You get what you ask for.

            1. Yes, you are to blame for this horror.

          4. You have the gift SugarFree. Use it wisely.

    3. Maybe Barry is gonna make Bernie an offer he don’ refuse?

  25. Conrad Black: Trump: Good Enough to Manage the Mess We’re In

    I accept that it’s a stretch to liken Donald Trump to Lincoln and Reagan or Jefferson, but we’re discussing politicians and not candidates for sainthood or chairman of the New York Yacht Club. In politics, exaltation comes in different ways, and especially in winning elections. All that the National Review and Weekly Standard worthies have in common with the regulars to whose assistance they are now flying is their dislike of the alleged non-conservative upstarts who seem to have hijacked most of the support of the Republican rank and file, while encroaching on working-class Democrats and expanding the electorate.

    The conservative thinkers seem to have no clearer understanding than the mainstream national media do that the country is disgusted with 20 years of failure in national government by both parties in all three branches. The system has broken down, and the country wants people in charge who are not complicit in the shambles of the housing bubble and the Great Recession, the Iraq War, the doubling of the national debt in seven years, the botch of health care, the humiliation of the country in a misconceived pursuit of universal democracy, followed by an incoherent appeasement of Iran, the imposition of self-erasing red lines, and being frequently out-maneuvered by the Russians.

  26. Has anyone ever stayed in Puerto Rico before? Thoughts about the food, city of San Juan, etc…?

    1. There’s always a lot of Hispanics hanging around.

      1. +1 Home Depot parking lot

      2. Are they suitably servile?

      3. They were speaking this language, I think it was Asian Puerto Rican!

      4. What do you call a Puerto Rican with a rubber toe?


        1. ok, I lol’d.

    2. Very friendly people, but brush up on your Spanish, particularly if you venture out of San Juan.

      Mofongo and rum.

    3. I’ve been to Puerto Rico multiple times, but I’ve only ever stayed in Arecibo (which you should visit!) but my brother stayed in San Juan once. I also know a couple people who live in Puerto Rico, but not in San Juan. I could ask them if you want.

      The traffic around San Juan is always crazy so if you rent a car, be prepared. I imagine in San Juan there are a fair number of English-speakers, but if you venture outside it can be hit or miss.

      1. Was planning on just hanging around a resort in San Juan – staying mildly trashed. And do some walking in Old San Juan… maybe a side trip to Mosquito Bay. I definitely wasn’t going to rent a car considering my last vacation – it was a waste of money.

        I’m more into the beach thing after a long Michigan winter.

        1. I made some inquiries. Will get back to you.

          1. thank you.

        2. Spent a day there about a year ago (on a cruise, so I didn’t stay overnight). Only saw Old San Juan, but it was nice and the food was good. The old fort is worth a visit. A little Spanish will go a long way, but I didn’t really need it in town.

      2. I have a vendor in San Juan and the highest % of their fees are taken up by drive time.

    4. Worst drivers in the world. And I say that after having lived in the Middle East for six years.

  27. Eight of the people who had occupied a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon are in police custody

    I didn’t follow this story as it was unfolding. Going back and reading up on it, it sounds like these guys were yahoos. Not good spokesmen for liberty.

    1. Ya think?

    2. By the time they get to the good spokesmen for liberty, I’ll be long gone.

  28. Noam Chomsky: Political Activist Says Republican Party Is a ‘Serious Danger to Human Survival’

    “Today, the Republican Party has drifted off the rails,” Chomsky said in an interview with The Huffington Post. He added that he would encourage strategic voting to keep Republicans out of power.

    1. Is there anything worse than concern trolling?

      1. Without it, Reason practically wouldn’t exist these days.

    2. What would be strategic voting i wonder? Sounds like voter fraud.

      1. He basically said hold your nose and vote for Clinton if she’s the nominee.

        Not too different from a few commenters here.

        1. Hilarious given that Hillary astonishingly bomb happy, which Chomsky claims to oppose

          1. Chomsky has referred to himself as an anarchist, which he uses to mean anyone who doesn’t agree with everything their government does. Apparently one of the perks of being a pioneering linguist is getting to just make up definitions for words.

          2. I saw he even said to support Hillary over Bernie, which I would hope is the last straw for some of his acolytes. He’s been more and more supportive of the establishment over the years, and now he’s supporting a warmongering criminal over a self-proclaimed socialist. It’s hilarious.

        2. Ah i see. Comes off weird though when saying strategic….like perhaps sign up in multiple districts. Who is Noam anyway?

          1. A pioneering linguist that decided to get involved in political activism. Universally beloved on the left because SCIENCE SAYS THEY’RE RIGHT. Not as bad as Lakoff though.

            1. Likes to throw around the word hegemony. Hates Disney. And probably the movie Top Gun.

        3. Hmmmm. The strategic voting that Canadians are familiar with requires a viable three-party system, something which doesn’t really exist in the US…

    3. Chomsky should really stick to linguistics or at least don’t delve into politics any deeper than foreign policy. His theories of basic human interactions are incomprehensible as they are inconsistent.

  29. ‘Sweden could be at war within a few years’

    “The global situation we are experiencing and which is also made clear by the strategic decision leads to the conclusion that we could be at war within a few years. For us in the army we have to, with all force we can muster, implement the political decisions,” he wrote, reported the Expressen tabloid.

    Since the end of the Cold War the Swedish Armed Forces have focused mainly on providing assistance to international missions abroad, but according to Br?nnstr?m the strategy has now changed to “capability of armed battle against a qualified opponent”.

    The goal, he wrote in the leaflet, is to create “a threshold effect against military attacks and ultimately defend Sweden”.

    Sweden has made moves towards stepping up its military capability in the past year, with Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist extending cooperation with other neighbouring countries as well as Nato allies in the face of rising tensions in the Baltic region.

    1. Or maybe they’re preparing for a mission closer to home…

      1. Yeah. That’s what I was thinking.

        I wonder how much barbed wire they have on order.

      2. Now that Sweden is the rape Capitol of the world, I think it is more focused on operations internal to Sweden to remove their thousands of new guests who love them some blonde girls….and boys.

        1. They’re still second place after after South Africa, which is pathetic. But rape of capitol of Europe I do believe, yes.

          1. From what I’ve read, US college campuses are the rape capitol of the world.

            The incidence of rape is reportedly greater on the average US college campus than it is in Soweto.

    2. The other day I saw a poll of the Dutch that said 20% of them said they would be willing to defend their country. The poll was headlined “Dutch militarism on the rise.”

      So when 80% of your electorate says they’re unwilling to defend their country from attack, that’s apparently unduly jingoistic by European standards.

      1. They probably realize there would be no point in even trying. When you can’t even use peppery spray…

        1. I’m wondering what the left will say when the US can no longer afford to put Europe under its military umbrella and Putin just starts bombing things.

          I assume they’ll continue claiming that Europe is enlightened, unlike we barbarous yanks.

          1. Better to ease them off the teat now. It seems to me like at least France and England could and would get their shit together if they had to.

            1. Ease them off now?! Are you crazy? It’s been only 70 years since the end of WWII. Can’t be too careful.

              1. England up, Germany down, Russia out.

                Not much has changed, really.

          2. At least Putin will probably try to maintain some semblance of functionality and order in the places he conquers. Frankly, being slaves to Russian nationalists might be better for them than their current state of enslavement to home-grown prog technocrats.

          3. Netflix has an interesting Norwegian series (Occupied) that is based on this scenario.

            The backstory is that the US becomes energy independent but, unable to afford the military largesse that it has showered upon Europe for the past seventy-five years, it withdraws from NATO. The Middle East is so mired in civil war that oil exports are severely curtailed. The EU is starving for oil and gas. Meanwhile, Norway elects a turbo-charged version of the Green Party that promises to end oil and gas production in a populist response to some extreme storms. Russia then proceeds to play hardball with Norway and the EU.

            It’s actually a pretty good story, but it’s in Norwegian with subtitles.

      2. of interest:

        Prior to the German invasion, the Netherlands had adhered to a policy of strict neutrality. The country had narrow bonds with Germany, and less so with the British. The Dutch had not engaged in war with any European nation since 1830. During World War I, the Dutch were not invaded by Germany and anti-German sentiment was not as strong after that war as it was in other European countries. The German ex-Kaiser had fled to the Netherlands in 1918 and lived there in exile. The German invasion therefore came as a great shock to many Dutch people. Nevertheless, the country had ordered general mobilisation in September 1939. By November 1938, during the Kristallnacht, many Dutch people received a foretaste of things to come; German synagogues could be seen burning, even from the Netherlands, (such as the one in Aachen). An anti-fascist movement started to gain popularity ? as did the fascist movement, notably the Nationaal-Socialistische Beweging (NSB).


        being Dutch, I had to lol at this:

        Going into hiding, at which the Dutch appeared to excel, was generally not categorised by the Dutch as resistance because of the passive nature of such an act; helping these so-called onderduikers was, but more or less reluctantly so.

        1. Passive resistance doesn’t get the appreciation it deserves.

      3. And remember that for everyone willing to answer “yes” to that poll there’s at least one other (probably more) who feel that way but who answered differently, refused the poll, etc. This is going to get ugly.

      4. There are only two things I can’t stand. People who are intolerant of other people’s differences… and the Dutch.

    3. Uh, Sweden, to wage war you need soldiers. Maybe you should focus on actually having children, so that in a generation or two you can field an army.

  30. Duct Tape Challenge: Teen Requires Major Surgery After Playing Game With Friends, Reports Say

    Skylar Fish, 14, shattered his eye socket and required emergency surgery after hitting his head on concrete and a window frame while trying to escape from being wrapped in duct tape, reports said.

    1. Isn’t the solution to just advise doing this activity in the yard?

  31. Clinton Open to Idea of Appointing Obama to Supreme Court:

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is open to the idea of nominating President Barack Obama for a seat on the Supreme Court, she said Tuesday, responding to a question at an Iowa town hall.

    “I will certainly take that under advisement,” she said in Decorah, responding to a man’s recommendation. “I mean, he’s brilliant, he can set forth an argument and he was a law professor, so he’s got lots of credentials.”

    She acknowledged that there might be a few obstacles in the way, first and foremost whether Obama would want the job after eight years in the White House. “He may have a few other things to do,” she said, “but I’ll tell you, that’s a great idea.”

    Another challenge: the process.

    “We do have to get a Democratic Senate to get him confirmed,” she said.


    1. Being a law professor lecturer qualifies Obama to sit on the highest court in the land? And he’s not “brilliant”.

      1. He’s not even particularly intelligent. Listen to him speak sometime when he doesn’t have prepared remarks. He hems, haws, and every third syllable is “uhhh…”

        His supposed eloquence in reading prepared speeches is a load of crap. The man is basically just a wind-up spokesdroid that ploddingly delivers speeches other people wrote for him.

    2. If she did that, they wouldn’t need a Democrat senate. There would be plenty of Republicans falling over themselves to support the nomination.

    3. Now we know why she is his pick and not Sanders

    4. But, then again, she thinks incompetence and mafeasance are job credetionals, otherwise she would not be running.

    5. Quid Pro Blow.

  32. Conan the Barbarian: Arnold Schwarzenegger Gives Update on Next Film in Franchise

    “Interest is high, many are fans of Conan but we are not rushing. We have a great script and now we need the right director for the job,” Schwarzenegger said at a recent Q&A event.

    1. Will this involve Conan in a pre-historic nursing home?

      1. “Conan, what is best in life?”

        “To move one’s bowels regularly.”

        1. “And hear the lamentations of your sphincter.”

          1. Irish drifts into SugarFree territory with that one. I LOL’d.

      2. You didn’t read the original Howard stuff, did you?

        There is plenty of good stuff after the character was well into old age, but I am sure they will fuck it up and write something new and extra cheesy.

        1. I haven’t, but I’ve been meaning to. Old pulp trash from Weird Tales is one of my guilty pleasures.

          Howard’s Pigeons from Hell is a really good story, which is surprising given it has the worst title ever.

        2. My favorite ridiculous adventure stories from that era are Silver John.

          He’s a Korean War vet from Appalachia who wanders around backwoods West Virginia and Kentucky killing demons with a silver-stringed guitar.

        3. King Conan has been in the pipeline for several decades. I’m not going to hold my breath.

      3. That guy from the mobile game commercials thinks he can land a starring role in a feature film?

      4. Would be playing Conan or Cohen the Barbarian?

        1. And tell us all that you wouldn’t pay big bucks to see Cohen’s diamond bright smile.

    2. “Conan, The Geriatric Barbarian”

      1. He will slay you in battle but, goddamn this damn thing, won’t hear the lamentations of your women.

    3. I hope Conan fucks his homely maid because his wife strongly resembles skeletor.

      1. Banging your homely maid will do wonders for your body image issues, I mean just look at her in nothing but that apron and yellow gloves and tell me you don’t feel good about yourself.

  33. Donald Trump says he won’t appear in the next Republican presidential debate, which is scheduled for Fox News Thursday night.

    He doesn’t want to be questioned by Megyn Kelly after her questions insinuated that Donald is a misogynist during an earlier debate. Now El Trumpo hates her guts.

    Yeah, the irony is strong with this one.

    House Democrats are trying to disband a special investigative committee on Planned Parenthood’s fetal-tissue donation program after the anti-abortion activists who fueled the investigation were indicted in Texas.

    They can certainly try. The charges against the two anti-abortion activists are completely bogus, brought by a grand jury that was supposed to recommend charges against Planned Parenthood workers and not the state’s witnesses.

    Everything you’ve been told about calories is wrong.

    … including what you’re going to be told just now and henceforth.

    1. “Supposed to….”

      That’s the thing about a grand jury. Once empanelled it can pretty much do whatever it wants. Most grand jurors don’t know that, but occassionally you get one that does and if that person can get elected foreman (not difficult, since most people don’t want that), there’s not a lot the prosecutor can do. IOW, someone (that’s you, OM) doesn’t know how that shit actually works.

      And for the record, I am continuing to refuse to address the merits of the charges against the Center for Medical Progress (LOL) staffers. But I’m all over the demonstrable fact that they did engage in fraud (as a moral concept), and the fact that despite massive dishonesty they were still unable to uncover any evidence of wrongdoing and that socons are all screechy about that and trying to ignore the fraud and paint the CMP people as victims.

      1. But I’m all over the demonstrable fact that they did engage in fraud (as a moral concept), and the fact that despite massive dishonesty they were still unable to uncover any evidence of wrongdoing…

        Perhaps they have not gathered evidence that PP broke any laws, but they did present evidence that PP is not merely doing abortions for the sake of women’s health. If, at some later date, someone can prove that PP is a eugenic organization bent on reducing the number of offspring born to undesirables, then the perception of PP will have been mostly corrected. Too many people believe that PP provides women’s health services but it doesn’t. The organization needs to be correctly understood by the voters and taxpayers. This organization has done some good toward that end.

        1. And again the presumption that they just have to be doing something wrong. This is exactly the type of thing proggies do when they believe their narrative in the absence of evidence.

          And this is not to make any claims either way about PP. This is very much analyzing the observed behavior of socons.

  34. Eight of the people who had occupied a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon are in police custody, including brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy, after a confrontation with police Tuesday. The group’s spokesman, LaVoy Finicum, was killed.

    The prog-tards should be thrilled. They finally got blood.

    1. I wonder what happened out there. The only people shot were Bundyites. It’s possible they shot first, but the Feds don’t have a strong history when it comes to avoiding blood in these kinds of situations.

      1. I’m sure Reason will investigate thoroughly and provide complete details right after the next Trump story.

        1. Bitter, party of one. Bitter…

      2. The Rancher peasants out there need their heads bashed in regularly or else they get uppity.

        The Hammonds are back in federal prison again for ridiculously long stretches for the federal crime of burning brush.

        The spokesman for the group is dead and the rest will face felony charges for “impeding law enforcement” (talking back).

        Mission accomplished.

    2. Secession looks better all the time.

  35. DeLorean: Car Company to Resume Production for 1st Time Since 1982

    DeLorean Motor Company will build about 300 replicas of its 1982 DMC-12, the model featured in the “Back to the Future” films, in its factory in Humble, Texas, CEO Stephen Wynne told local media.

    1. Will they come with one of these

    2. Nothing like devaluing the originals with replicas.

  36. Has shreek/PB shown up lately?

    *dons tinfoil hat* I also noticed that John has disappeared at the same time.

    1. That is interesting and makes sense.

      I was wondering the same thing last night but I had heard some bullshit story about crazy Charlie Sheen and thought…huh…I wonder…

    2. John’s been around and has even made a handful of reasonable and even cordial comments, but shriek apparently got hoist with his own retard over some stupid bet he made with Playa and flounced.

      1. Yeah I heard about the bet against Playa – wondering how long PB can hold out without visiting H&R. He’s drawn to scorn like moth to a flame.

        1. What was the bet?

          1. From what I recall, he made a bet a bet that the stock market would rise forever and precious metals would tank. That was a few days before the stock market went into the toilet, and he hasn’t been seen since.

      2. “hoist with his own retard” is such an excellent play on words. +1 bon mot.

        1. I can’t take credit for it, but since i don’t remember who actually said it first, i’m gonna.

            1. That could be it. The show is a treasure trove of the most fantastic insultery.

    3. John posted some comments when he returned after his last absence. Don’t remember the details now but it was along the lines of he’d decided to be less active here for his own well being. That said, he got into a couple of animated exchanges last week.

      Bo, on the other hand, seems to have gone away. Was there some agreement that Bo was a Tulpa sock?

      1. Annew law term recently has begun. Maybe he’s head-down into studies?

    4. Totally Off-Topic, but the development of WartyVision is going very well. We did have some trouble with early test subjects going batshit insane after viewing the test reel about the gay wedding, but I think we have those worked out. I think it’s finally safe enough to test using non-lawyer subjects.

      1. It is known that WartyVision causes the subject to see the world in terms of the orifices it presents.

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    “When we crashed and stopped for a second, he got out of the car, he had his hands in the air, he’s like ‘just shoot me then’?.and they did, they shot him dead,” said [Victoria] Sharp, [eye-witness to the incident]

    1. Well, if he asked them to shoot him… Isn’t assisted suicide legal in Oregon?

    2. the group tried to “find something white”

      Racist rancher terrorists!

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