A.M. Links: New Hampshire Primary Today, FBI Confirms 'Ongoing' Probe into Hillary Clinton's Private Email Server, Commuter Trains Collide in Germany

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  • Courtesy of CNN

    Voters in New Hampshire are heading to the polls today for the state's presidential primary.

  • At least nine people have been killed and dozens more injured when two commuter trains collided head on in southern Germany.
  • FBI general counsel James Baker filed a letter in federal court yesterday reaffirming that the FBI's probe into Hillary Clinton's private email server is "ongoing."
  • "Hong Kong riot police fired warning shots on Tuesday during clashes that erupted in the Chinese-ruled city when authorities tried to remove illegal street stalls set up for Lunar New Year celebrations, the worst violence since pro-democracy protests in 2014."
  • Charles Sebesta, a former Texas prosecutor who used false testimony to send an innocent man to death row, has been disbarred.

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  1. Voters in New Hampshire are heading to the polls today for the state’s presidential primary.

    How long does it take to pick someone to lose to Hillary?

    1. Formalities must be observed, lest the proceedings lose the air of legitimacy.

      1. The forms must be observed in the art of kanly!

    2. Hello.

      “The United States led the world in shark attacks in 2015.”

      Still #1 at some things! Rejoice!

      1. USA! USA! USA!

        Actually not very surprising, the US has a lot of coast line and a lot of people.

      2. The United States led the world in shark attacks in 2015

        In other news, Donald Trump mistaken for great white shark.

      3. This is why we need common sense shark controls ? this does not happen in other countries.

    3. Maybe they can figure out some alt-text, while they are at it.

      1. Something like, “Great White opens mouth in preparation for devouring old, slow moving seal.”

        1. “Great White Satan Devoured by Great White Shark”

    4. Ya know, the Broncos wouldn’t lose to Hillary.

  2. 147) How different would the situation be in Israel if the Palestinians had ever opted for nonviolent resistance? Gandhi, MLK, Mandela* and Tutu, all managed to shame their countries or colonial rulers into independence, voting rights, etc. Okay, non-violence hasn’t worked out so well for, say, the Tibetans, because it’s simply not possible to shame the Chinacoms into better behavior.

    But Israel’s a democracy, with a citizenry very carefully attuned to the world’s perception of them. What if instead of Arafat waving a gun around the UN, intifadas, and days of rage, there had been peaceful marches and dignity in the face of provocations? I bet there would be an independent Palestine today. Indeed, the whole region might be better off.

    *Yes, I’m aware the ANC had an armed wing that carried out acts of sabotage and a brief landmine campaign. Still, the South African struggle was mostly non-violent, even if it wasn’t as clean as in India or the US.

    1. What if Israel had opted for a nonviolent demand for a state?

      1. nonviolent demand

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Wait, gotta catch my breath. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

      2. Umm, they might have gotten it?

        1. Umm, they might have gotten it?

          From Muslims? No.

      3. Non-violence didn’t work very well for then in Europe in the 40’s. I doubt it would any better for them in the Middle East.

        1. Ah, I see. I assumed DJF was referring to the Jews in British Palestine before Israel declared itself a state. And as I understand it, the Zionist movement was peaceful up until the 1930s, when a lot of Jewish paramilitaries started forming. So they had decades of quiet state-building.

      4. In 1948, Israel declared its independence. It also agreed to the partition plan that the UN came up with. So there would have been a Jewish state and (another) Arab state. It was the Arabs who then invaded Israel (Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon).

        In 1967, after the Six Day War, Israel expected to trade the newly acquired territory (with the exception of the Old City of Jerusalem) for peace with the Arabs. Instead, the got the famous three Nos (No peace with Israel, No recognition of Israel, No negotiations with Israel).

        In 1993, Israel signed the Oslo accords. By 1999, every Arab population center in Judea and Samaria (The West Bank) and Gaza was under Palestinian Authority control.

        In 2000, at the Camp David Accords, Ehud Barak offered over 90% of the land the PA wanted, along with territorial swaps to account for the largest settlement blocs. Instead Arafat gave Israel the 2nd Intifada.

        In 2005, Israel removed every last settler from Gaza. As a result, Israel got thousands of rocket attacks.

        You do the fucking math.

        1. “You do the fucking math.”

          You think that troll is interested in your FACTS?!
          HAH! And HAH!
          Not when anti-semitism-by-innuendo is so ‘thoughtful’.

        2. If the Palestinians lay down their arms there will be peace. If the Israelis lay down their arms there will be no Israel.

        3. Don’t forget that Arafat’s widow is a billionaire from the stolen foreign aid that Arafat put in his Swiss accounts while the poor poor Pals didn’t have running water.

        4. ^THIS, pretty much.

          OTOH, the story starts before 1948. I don’t think anybody argues that the Jewish state was formed with violence and coercion, or that it conforms with anything resembling libertarian notions of property rights.

          The US can do something positive in the conflict between Jews and Arabs: it can butt out of this internecine conflict. Let the two sort it out on their. Whatever its intentions, the US seems only to prolong the conflict (67 years and counting) and make things worse (it has expanded from a tiny corner of the Levant to the entire region and outside involvement contributed greatly to global terrorism.) Further, US involvement has been inordinately costly to both the security and the economy of the Americans that its government claims to represent.

        5. My folks were in Israel a few years ago. Their tour guide was decrying the injustice of the wall around Gaza and the checkpoints set up by the Israelis. My dad decided to call him on it:

          Dad- You lost the war
          Guide- What?
          Dad- You lost the war. What would have happened if your side won?
          Guide- They would all be gone. There would be no Jews here.
          Dad- Losing a war has consequences. You mean to tell me that if you had won the Jews would all be “gone”, and you want me to feel sorry for you that Israel won and you have to deal with checkpoints?
          Guide’s mouth agape- … (crickets chirping)

    2. That’s the thing A-rabs haven’t figured out. Even if they’re right, no one gives a shit because of the way they act. They come off as bat shit insane. They never come out looking good.

      1. Even if they’re right, no one gives a shit because of the way they act. They come off as bat shit insane.

        A rational observer would see that the Palestinians represent a society that no one should want to live in. But lefties tend to ignore the bombastic insanity, targeted child killing, suicide bombers et cetera, because they believe that the evilness of Israel forces the Palestinians to behave that way. They truly believe that the Palestinians bear no responsibility for anything, or any of the atrocities perpetrated in service their little cause.

      2. Even if they’re right, no one gives a shit because of the way they act.

        Well, nobody but the Palis’ millions (billions?) of supporters, anyway.

    3. No. Jews.

    4. The Israelis would be thrilled. They’ve been waiting for decades for somebody sane to govern Palestine and the West Bank.

    5. The Palestinians have had multiple opportunities for independence. Hell, they could have it right now if they wanted it. Whenever they have tried to form a government of their own they have failed miserably. Their ‘governments’ were unable to provide even the most basic services devolving into street gangs waging war on each other and the population.

      You can’t build a civil society if you don’t have civilized people. If the Israelis all packed up and moved out tomorrow the Palestinians would be fucked six ways from Sunday. A nearby Arab nation would invade, the place would devolve into a blood soaked shithole and everyone would blame the Jews.

      1. Give it back to Jordan, except Jordan doesn’t want them, either. Memories of Black September still run strong.

        1. If there is ever another Arab-Israeli War this will happen. Israel will clear out the near border regions, then force Jordan and Egypt to annex the rest as a condition of a peace settlement.

        2. My Leb father-in-law (may he RIP) never tired of telling that story – same with Lebanon. Palestinians are trouble-makers. Some people are not meant to have a country.

          1. My understanding is that they are more pawns than trouble makers in and of themselves. There existence as a non-state gives the local Muslim majority country a way to focus their people’s anger at the Jews. If they got their act together they’d still be able to do that, but they’d lose their international cover.

            1. Yes, they are convenient pawns but they did make a mess in Jordan and Lebanon. That’s why they were kicked out.

              1. Weren’t 20,000 of them killed by bombardment it Jordon or Syria for acting the same way they do with the Israelis ?

    6. India? clean? you mean the Partiton? 1 million dead?

    7. Just as it was impossible highly unlikely for the Tibetans to ever shame the Chinese Communist Party, so too is it highly unlikely that Muslim culture could embrace the potential of non-violent resistance.

    8. Given that arabs vote and are members of the Knesset, I am unclear on what they would actually be resisting.

      Hell, they could have just outbred the Jews and reclaimed control.

  3. At least nine people have been killed and dozens more injured when two commuter trains collided head on in southern Germany.

    No one wins in train chicken.

    1. I don’t see how this could have happened. Why, we are constantly informed by progs here how we need to be more like Europe with it’s safe, modern and efficient train system.

      1. something something gun violence single payer healthcare herpaderp

      2. You know who else liked German trains…

        1. Syrian refugees?

          1. Why did I look that up? I should have known better.

            1. Now you know the name of one female, German pornstar, which will come in handy during your next cocktail party.

              1. Handycocktail

                It never stops.

      3. Accidents happen everywhere. Not sure why this is a political issue or even internationally newsworthy.

    2. Ban trains

  4. FBI general counsel James Baker filed a letter in federal court yesterday reaffirming that the FBI’s probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server is “ongoing.”

    Sheesh, Jim — she’s gonna lose NH *anyway*!

    1. “””FBI’s probe into Hillary Clinton””
      Watch your language, some people eat a late breakfast

      1. A late breakfast of mutton flaps?

        1. That’s more of a midnight snack.

  5. FBI general counsel James Baker filed a letter in federal court yesterday reaffirming that the FBI’s probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server is “ongoing.”

    They don’t want to cut her acquittal too close to November!

    1. Acquittal? There would have to be an actual trial for that. She won’t even be indicted.

      1. I’m curious how they handle this. I have no doubt that Clinton is doing everything in her power and calling in every favor she can manage to halt the FBI investigation. Clearly that’s not enough. And President Obama doesn’t like Hillary Clinton, so he might bend a little to salvage the Democratic nominee, but he won’t risk his own political legacy to protect Hillary Clinton. On the other hand, it’s going to be huge mark on his record if his Secretary of State gets indicted for large scale mishandling of classified information.

        So, it’s a muddle and a bunch of conflicting interests. If the FBI does recommend for indictment and turns it over to the Department of Justice, I’ll break out the popcorn.

        1. As I posted before, I suspect that she’ll be indicted, quit the race and then will be pardoned preemptively before her case goes to trial. We won’t see the back room deal where they lay out all the evidence against her and tell her that she can either leave public life or get prosecuted. There is a precedent for preemptive pardons – Pres. Ford issued one to former Pres. Nixon to save the country the pain of a pointless impeachment proceeding.

          1. I think that’s the odds-on way to bet. IF (and this is big IF) the FBI is really pissed off about this, they have a lot of leverage to “leak” draft indictments, etc., setting off a shitstorm if nothing is done.

            1. Thanks. Yes, it really turns on the CIA, FBI, NSA, etc.

        2. If Obama is the narcissist and Fabian socialist that I think he is, right now he is mostly concerned about his legacy. However, his legacy is in trouble: the Middle East is in even worse shape than when Bush was in charge, relations with Russia are even worse, relations with China are even worse, terrorism has metastasized, Europe is dying, the US has a flailing economy despite eight years of bailouts, stimulus, and quantitative easing, and his signature accomplishment, ObamaCare, is a train wreck. It will be much easier to blame the ultimate collapse in each of these areas on a Republican successor. Obama and his acolytes successfully employed that tactic with his predecessor; you can bet they will do it with his successor.

          1. It will be much easier to blame the ultimate collapse in each of these areas on a Republican successor.

            That’s why we want a Democratic successor to Obama.

          2. He may also be presented with a choice between two unpleasant alternatives – a leak that would destroy his legacy vs hanging Hillary out to dry but preserving his legacy (to the extent that’s possible).

        3. On the other hand, it’s going to be huge mark on his record if his Secretary of State gets indicted for large scale mishandling of classified information.

          Its going to be a mark on his record if she isn’t indicted.

          1. But a mark that is more easily forgotten.

            There’s no history chapter on indictments that didn’t happen.

  6. Sanders’ last night turns into hippie music festival

    But no band “felt the Bern” harder than Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Sharpe inserted Sanders’ name into all of his songs and encouraged the crowd to sing along. After repeatedly professing his deep admiration for Sanders and explaining how “honored” he was to be here singing for Sanders, Sharpe jumped into the crowd.

    “What good is a revolution if there isn’t dancing?” he exclaimed.

    By now the campaign rally hardly looked like a political event anymore. The singer danced with Bernie voters and then after a couple upbeat songs asked the young voters to sit on the ground with him. The entire arena sat on the ground, put their arms around each other and sang “Lean on Me” underneath the “Bernie 2016” banner.

    1. Remember that Thought Not a Sermon I did a few months ago (#88) where I talked about the worst concerts I’d ever attended? This one would definitely move to first on my lift.

      1. So the numbers have come in handy ONCE…nice. I am going to start numbering my quaternary comments.

      2. So the numbers have come in handy ONCE…nice. I am going to start numbering my quaternary comments.

    2. Hippie’s were nauseating to me when I learned about them in junior high and they still are today.

      Especially since for many it was an excuse to take drugs, have sex and pretend to be moral about it all. And when they matured they became yuppies in the 1980s and further added nausea.

      1. Not sure you have your hippie to yuppie transition right. I saw the yuppies as more a reaction against hippies by the next generation. When I was in college in the 80’s, we called the hippie-wanna-be’s “Bohos”. The still smelled bad, wore shitty clothes, and smoked lots of dope, but nobody took them seriously.

        1. A lot of formerly hippy types did become yuppies, though. The yuppies of the 80s were definitely of the baby boom generation, many of whom had hippy-ish young adulthoods. I know a fair number of such people.

          1. That’s how I learned and observed it. Either way…fuck ’em. Their the ones with ‘No Bush’ stickers in their little shops but stay quiet on Obama. Fuck ’em.

            1. They’re – 17 minutes later.

          2. Yuppie stands for “young urban professional”. It had nothing to do with hippies. The timing isn’t even right – most hippies were middle-aged by the 80s.

            1. Probably. But. Tell that to Google!

              http://bit.ly/1K9L3WE

            2. “Yuppie stands for “young urban professional”. It had nothing to do with hippies. The timing isn’t even right – most hippies were middle-aged by the 80s.”

              There’s not a conflict. Someone born in 1960 could easily have been a hippy in the late 70’s (the movement was still going, though clearly fading.). That same person would be 30 in 1980 and would just be transitioning to a professional career. So that was the point, they started shedding their counter culture image and started making house and car payments.

              1. they started shedding their counter culture image and started making house and car payments

                Maybe some did this but nobody would have made that connection at the time. Yes, the form of the word was meant to ape “hippie” but other than that there was no link between the two at all.

              2. Yeah, that’s what I was getting at.

            3. You are correct, Rhywun. The yuppies were from the last half of the Boomers–my cohort. The hippies were from the first half. Yuppies were just coming out of college and starting their professional careers in the early 1980s.

              1. There were far fewer hippies than most history texts would have you believe. I think that is due to many education professionals for the “shit sciences” are former hippies going on about how they were part of a revolution blah blah blah (where is Sandi and Barfman). So their tutelage gets forced on several generations who grow up thinking that hippies made a large portion of the population when they really didn’t. That isn’t to say there wasn’t a cultural influence but all in all most people of the 60s and 70s were just average working joes.

            4. They’re boomers.

              Calling themselves ‘young’ in their 30s and 40s is par for the course.

      2. That describes the neo-hippy, Grateful Dead follower type a lot more than actual hippies.

        I’ve got a soft spot for hippies. The actual hippy movement, before it just became a pop culture thing, was pretty interesting. And the back to the land types, while a bit unrealistic about some things, were pretty good in the live and let live way.

        1. Oh, that goes without saying I think. I’m referring to the mass version of it.

        2. “That describes the neo-hippy, Grateful Dead follower type a lot more than actual hippies.”

          So, now there’s a purity test for hippies? The world never ceases to amaze me.

          1. Not a purity test. The hippy movement was a specific thing that happened. Then it became a fashion/lifestyle thing. I just happen to think it is worth making a distinction between a fairly interesting counter-cultural moment and the pop-culture fad that followed it.

    3. I like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, but i don’t think i’ll be listening to them any time between now and the elections. Fuck creative people getting involved in politics, they rarely come off looking anything other than stupid.

      1. I had the same feeling when the group The National went gung-ho on Obama.

      2. I like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros,

        Noted, you dirty hippie.

    4. “put their arms around each other and sang “Lean on Me” underneath the “Bernie 2016″ banner”

      I can’t believe this didn’t turn into a mass suicide.

    5. some video here; http://www.nationalreview.com/…..tock-rally

    6. It wasn’t until last night, when I spotted two or three Sanders-related trending items, that I really saw this as Obama 2.0, and part of me wants him to win just to see all these morons disappointed once again. I kept comparing him and his campaign to Ron Paul in 08 (and still do), but his recent momentum seems to have turned his fans and cultural cachet into overdrive, to where it is finally becoming the dumb Obama phenomenon all over again. Sure, he’s an old white guy, but he could be our “first socialist,” so still history-making and all that.

      Goddamn people are stupid. Especially with that ridiculous CNN Money piece.

  7. PETA Verified account
    ?@peta

    Over 300 million chickens were killed for the 1.3 billion wings going to be eaten this #SuperBowlSunday. #TryVegan

    1. Vegans don’t have wings. And their thighs are not as tasty as chicken either.

    2. #facebookmath

    3. Math is hard.
      Feels is easy.

      hmmm, chicken.

      1. Um, *over* 300 million.

        1. They could have said “over 3 chickens” too.

          Would they not want to say “Over 650 million”?

          1. See Florida Man below. Each chicken yields four delicious wing pieces.

            1. A DRUMSTICK IS NOT A WING!!!!

              1. Ahem. I come from wing country. I think I know what one is.

                1. I can count to two, when looking at a chicken and identifying the number of wings it has!

                  *stamps foot*

      2. Each wing is cut into a flat and drum. 4 X 300 million is 1.2 billion.

    4. Megadeath approves

      1. Kill one chicken, and you’re a murderer. Kill many, and you’re a conqueror. Kill them all, and you’re a god.

        1. I laughed.

        2. Kill one chicken, and you’re a murderer. Kill many, and you’re a conqueror. Kill them all, and you’re Colonel-fucking-Sanders.

          FTFY

    5. Is there a similar cry about victims of Warty on his bacchanalia?

      1. No, because nobody who has tried to investigate has ever returned.

    6. I personally contributed to the death of at least 8 of those chickens. If is makes PETA feel any better, if I had my choice I would have merely harvested the wings of those chickens and then released them to live out their natural lives in the wild.

    7. Over 300 million chickens were killed for the 1.3 billion wings going to be eaten this #SuperBowlSunday

      I think the number PETA is looking for is 650 million. Assuming we’re dealing with normal chickens and not genetically engineered six-winged mutant chickens, of course.

      1. That’s mighty humane of you DOM 5K. I personally think wings are stupid, and pointless, and make me uncomfortable because it gets my face all coated and weird with the sauce.

        1. I personally think wings are stupid, and pointless

          Noted, person who must be a dirty Commie.

          1. C’mon Crusty! Elspeth set you up like that:

            because it gets my face all coated and weird with the sauce

            You know who else…?

        2. I’m no fan of wings, either. They are messy and a lot of work for a small amount of low-quality, mostly fatty, meat.

          1. I am losing even more faith in humanity.

            1. Yeah, this doesn’t compute.

    8. If people stopped eating chickens how many chickens would there be in the world?

      1. They’d be like tribbles. We have to eat them to keep the population down.

        1. We have to thin out the herds to prevent overpopulation. If we don’t kill them, they’ll die.

      2. Honestly, I think if you want to make an animal’s population go up, make it a table meat. If everyone started eating it, then there would be a demand to sell it = no more endangered species.

        1. White Rhino Burgers – coming to a McDonald’s near you!

          1. Not the black rhino burgers? Interesting…

            1. Irish approves.

    9. Why do they think it is interesting to anyone that people eat meat and the animals are killed before being eaten?

      1. Because they like hectoring people and trying to turn them into New Soviet Man?

      2. I guess they think that, if we didn’t eat those wings on Sunday, all of those chickens would continue living until old age.

        But then I thought the chickens had horrible lives stuck in pens, so isn’t a mercy killing?

        1. It is sort of a mercy killing, but hundreds of millions of chickens wouldn’t ever have had to be born and raised in slavery if there were no chicken-as-meat industry. Those horrible lives stuck in pens could have been avoided altogether.

          1. Chickens live stupid lives even without cages. I grew up raising over 60 chickens. We had about 30 layers and between 30-40 feeders every year. The layers were slightly above minimum brain function but the androgynous feeders were almost unable to continue breathing. (The rooster wasn’t dumb he just fucking mean as shit, tough as nails, and insane, but not dumb). We slaughtered our feeders each year in October and we had a large log with two nails in the top, the chickens would be gathered and tied together by the feet laying in a line on the ground. They would calmly place their own neck between the nails right after seeing the one in front of them lose his head to an ax. Damn they were tasty.

          2. Did anyone bother to ask the chickens?

        2. PETA wants all the chickens dead, forever. Chicken life is suffering, therefore the correct answer is no more living chickens.

      3. and the animals are killed before being eaten

        Let’s start really fucking with their PETA-addled minds and NOT killing the animals before we eat them!

    10. Not to defend PETA, but in defense of math, butchery, and hot wings: One chicken gets you four buffalo wings (two wingettes and two drumettes)
      So 325 million chickens = 1.3 billion wings

      1. Who gets the parson’s nose?

        Is that really how you count wings? I’d feel ripped off if I ordered a dozen wings and got half.

        1. Every buffalo wing order I’ve ever had was made up of wingettes and drumettes (which everyone refers to as wings and drumsticks, although they are just the two halves of the wing and the actual drumstick is from the leg).
          Okay, enough with the pedantry- “Bite me, PETA!”

        2. I’ve never seen it. The wingtips are trimmed and roasted for soup base. It sounds like a cheap trick. But then, I’ve never worked at wing-centric restaurant, so people who eat a lot of wings might know better.

          1. Normal American buffalo wings are 4 or even 6 to a chicken. My KBBQ wings place does sell whole wings and they’re decidedly not what you’d get if you ordered buffalo wings at any normal American restaurant.

            1. Six?

              ….

              How?

              I’ve

        3. If you order a dozen you got 3 chickens worth.

          1. That’s bullshit. False advertising.

    11. Wait, those weren’t from buffaloes?

    12. #oreatbonelesswingstoo

      1. #bonelesswingsmatter

    13. And, if we stopped using them as a food source you know what would have to happen to ALL of the domesticated chickens?

      That’s right they’d ALL have to be killed because the land used to raise their feed would have to be diverted to being used to grow food for humans

      1. Is that supposed to make PETA feel bad? Why would they prefer hundreds of millions of chickens living “in slavery” as they see it and being killed for food over those same chickens simply never coming into existence?

        1. No, I think it just emphasizes how fucking stupid PETA is. I do believe that their position is generally that domesticated animals shouldn’t exist at all.

          1. Correct, they believe that domestic animals are enslaved.

        2. “Is that supposed to make PETA feel bad?”

          Probably not. But PETA should think ahead. They don’t want to be the last domesticated meat animal alive.

        3. Most slaves prefer it to death. New Hampshire is the exception.

        4. …those same chickens simply never coming into existence

          Careful, you chicken-abortionist…next thing you know the chicken-right-to-lifers will be coming after you!

          #scrambled_eggs

      2. I know the wild cow ? the aurochs ? is extinct. Is the wild chicken still around?

        1. Pretty much. The red junglefowl is maybe not exactly a chicken, but if you saw it, you would probably say, “hey, a chicken”, and it can interbreed with domestic chickens.

    14. /bites into chicken wings.

      Whaaa?

      Oh.

      /takes another bite. Barbarically wipes mouth with hand.

      1. i’m will to grant it’s murder, but the real question is who is going to stop me.

    15. With the amount of ducks,geese,dove,upland birds ,small game and deer I have shot over the last 30+ years I am a mass murderer.I have also pressed 4 labs into slavery to serve my blood lust.

      1. The dogs don’t think it’s slavery, the dogs think it’s a game.

        1. False consciousness, comrade!

    16. Those are some strange GMO chickens to have 4 wings each. At least they didn’t have to kill 650 million to get those wings.

    17. Never forget:

      PETA runs animal shelters. They aren’t “no-kill” shelters, more like “all-kill” shelters.

      I don’t even want to know what exercise of mental illness they go through to justify that.

      1. I recently watched the Penn and Teller Bullshit on PETA. Holy shit. I think that PETA killed like 90% of the animals they take in themselves. And yet they organize protests and call shelters that do kill some animals (at much lower rates than PETA themselves) murderers. The people running PETA are some seriously disturbing personalities.

  8. “The United States led the world in shark attacks in 2015.”

    We’re #1!

    1. We’re gonna need a bigger trophy case.

    2. “U. S. OWWWWW!!

    3. Suck it, Australia. And I know we have way more miles of coastline, but not that many people swim, surf or paddle in Alaska and those that do have a very short season.

      1. It isn’t our coastline, it is our waistlines.

        If you are a shark, are you gonna want to eat a stringy Aussie (who tastes like mutton) or a nice juicy, well marbled yank?

        1. Note, not too many shark attacks off the coast of Japan and China…well, there are it just isn’t the sharks doing the attacking.

  9. Voters in New Hampshire are heading to the polls today for the state’s presidential primary.

    Quick, free-stater projecteers, homestead their homes while they’re out!

  10. Charles Sebesta, a former Texas prosecutor who used false testimony to send an innocent man to death row, has been disbarred.

    Poor Sebesta, hit with such a disproportionate punishment.

    1. The boats. Seriously. The only death penalty should be for malfeasance by government officials which results in the unjust fining, land-grabbing, incarceration, injury or death of a citizen.

      1. The only death penalty should be for malfeasance by government officials which results in the unjust fining, land-grabbing, incarceration, injury or death of a citizen.

        So, the 5 votes in Kelo should be executed. I’m ok with that.

        Justice Stevens wrote the majority opinion, joined by Justices Anthony Kennedy, David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer.

    2. I’d prefer dismembered.

  11. Senate report: Illegal immigrants benefited from up to $750M in ObamaCare subsidies

    The review found the credits went to more than 500,000 people ? who are illegal immigrants or whose legal status was unclear due to insufficient records.

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services confirmed to FoxNews.com on Monday that 471,000 customers with 2015 coverage failed to produce proper documentation on their citizenship or immigration status on time ? but stressed that this does not necessarily mean they’re ineligible.

    “Lack of verification does not mean an individual is ineligible for financial assistance, but only that a Marketplace did not receive sufficient information to verify eligibility in the time period outlined in the law,” CMS spokesman Aaron Albright said.

    The Senate report also accused the administration of lacking a solid plan to get that money back ? and predicted that in the end, the IRS will be “unable to fully recoup the funds.”

    1. You do realize this makes you a pants-shitting xenophobe, right?

      1. oh I’ve been filling my pants for a long time

    2. “Lack of verification does not mean an individual is ineligible for financial assistance, but only that a Marketplace did not receive sufficient information to verify eligibility in the time period outlined in the law,”

      I’m going to use that excuse next time they ask me for employee verification records.

    3. Geez, Humungus, the line for racism forms over there, behind Irish.*

      OK, gang, we’ve had some fun with the Irish is a racist thing, but I wouldn’t mind seeing it retired.

      1. Sure, we’ll retire it when we drop the “Nikki is the worst” thing or the “Warty is a violent serial sexual predator” thing.

        1. AND STEVE SMITH RULE WORLD

        2. I know, but to me, those are obviously jokes, and the racist thing isn’t so obviously a joke.

    1. Pre-fat James Spader? You know I do!

    2. That is rad. Where’s Warty to provide us with a suitably metal soundtrack?

    3. I’m always impressed that there are things that big that happen so quickly.

      1. go on…

        1. What I’m trying to say is that I have a big dick.

          1. that happen so quickly

            Poor Mrs. Zeb.

            1. Yeah, I set myself up good, there.

    4. Wanna see a supernova?

      That’s old news. 80 million years old.

      1. That’s what you get with government-funded science. Market-based science would have reported this 80 million years ago.

        1. Maybe they did, but then the Libertarian Dinotopia descended into a lizard eat lizard state of anarchy and did then all in. /ducks

    5. I truly love that shit. Talk about a little perspective. That one little boom was putting out more energy than the galaxy it was sitting in. Damn.

  12. FBI general counsel James Baker filed a letter in federal court yesterday reaffirming that the FBI’s probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server is “ongoing.”

    More like James Berniebro Baker.

  13. The United States led the world in shark attacks in 2015.

    Make America a bigger boat again.

  14. Donald Trump: I can tell refugees ‘you can’t come here’

    “I know what you’re doing and I fully understand it. And we all have a heart,” Trump said, adding again at the end of his response: “I understand where you’re coming from, but there is a second view to that.”

    Trump also argued that the creation of safe zones in Syria to host refugees would be a better solution to address the refugee crisis spawned by the Syrian civil war.

    “You look at it and you say we have enough problems,” Trump said. “I have a bigger heart than anybody in this room. We take an area in Syria … and we build a safe zone.”

    But Ornitz, who came to New Hampshire to attend different events with different presidential candidates, said in an interview after the event that while Trump’s “human side” emerged, he was “not at all” satisfied with the response.

    1. “I have a bigger heart than anybody in this room.”

      Trump has a 22 pound heart. Don’t even ask about his liver.

        1. The Grump?

          1. I know, I know….

            /motions to Swiss.

  15. “The United States led the world in shark attacks in 2015”

    ‘MURICA!!!

    1. You’re welcome.
      /the great state of Florida

  16. Because you all were waiting for Jimmy Carter’s endorsement in the GOP Primary

    If he had to choose between them, “I think I would choose Trump, which may surprise some of you,” he said.

    “The reason is, Trump has proven already he’s completely malleable,” Carter said. “I don’t think he has any fixed (positions) he’d go the White House and fight for. On the other hand, Ted Cruz is not malleable. He has far right-wing policies he’d pursue if he became president.”

    1. Trump also supports Obamacare.

      1. Did you make that donation, yet?

        1. Give him time, his mom said she’d loan him the money as soon as she gets her SS check.

          1. and he cleans his room

        2. Yes. I expect a public note from Matt Welch in the next week.

          1. Sure, sure you do.

          2. Nobody believes you, Weigel. Keep it up though; we’re all laughing at your dumb ass.

            By the way, how are Jeb Bush’s prospects looking in the primary today?

      2. He says he supports a private market and subsidies. There’s another 1499 pages of the PPACA, you idiot.

    2. Just when I was getting discouraged about Cruz, something comes along and makes me go all in for him again!

      1. Seriously, I doubt there is anything of significance that I would agree with Carter on. He has the prudishness of the religious right (except for abortion, because well, politics trumps religion), with the economics of Bernie. And he was ahead of the curve on the American left in his anti-Semitism and hatred for Israel.

        1. He did dabble in deregulation a little, so there’s that.

  17. “FBI general counsel James Baker filed a letter in federal court yesterday reaffirming that the FBI’s probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server is “ongoing.””

    I can’t figure out what is going on here. Are they waiting to see if she’ll be elected before moving ahead. Are they trying to cover their asses to make sure there is no weasel room once she’s indicted. Are they engaging in an act of resistance and refusing to stop despite DOJ saying they won’t prosecute. Are they trying to provide her cover by being able to say we looked into every nook and cranny so she has to be innocent.

    This whole thing has a million different possible explanations.

    1. trying to cover their asses to make sure there is no weasel room once she’s indicted

      or not indicted.

      This is political dynamite either way. They are trying to make sure the fuse is long enough so that when it goes off they are well clear of the explosion.

    2. I think they are trying to put enough pressure on her to force her out of the race without having to indict her. Probably trying to work up a pardon deal with Obama on his way out, like Ford pardoning Nixon.

      The Repubs are making noises about an special prosecutor. Nobody wants that, but if she isn’t indicted, they may get one anyway.

  18. Dyslexic employee wins discrimination case against Starbucks

    In December, an employment tribunal found that Starbucks had victimised Meseret Kumulchew after she inaccurately recorded the water and fridge temperatures as part of her duties as a supervisor at Starbucks in Clapham, south-west London.

    The tribunal heard that Starbucks accused Kumulchew of falsifying the recordings, reduced her responsibilities and ordered her to retrain.

    A separate hearing to determine how much compensation Starbucks should pay will be held in the next few weeks.

    Kumulchew, who is still employed by Starbucks, said she had made her bosses aware of her dyslexia, and the accusation of falsifying numbers had made her want to take her own life.

    1. Campaigners say the ruling highlights the duty of all employers to make allowances for staff with dyslexia.

      Oh, SSF!

    2. Yeah, because it would be totally discriminatory and wrong to not hire a blind person to do color correction.

      1. I probably should not have laughed as hard as I did at that. But what are you gonna do?

    3. As long as the members of the tribunal personally bear all responsibility for any food poisoning incidents and spoilage costs, I’m fine with this.

      1. Seriously, is Starbucks going to be off the hook for any damage she caused? If not it’s ridiculous to say they have to keep her in that position. Also, why is she recording this stuff herself if she has trouble recording the right numbers. She has a ton of employees with no issues she could make do it for her.

        1. My guess is that Starbucks had to call it fraud, because her “disability” is protected by law. They probably can’t fire or discipline her for anything that could fall under that designation. It’s a Catch-22 situation for the employer.

        2. You assume she can delegate, you don’t know it. Duties such as calibrating the equipment, in some locations, will have health department mandates controlling who as well as how, when and how often.

          One of those weird little rules that make no sense unless a business chooses it voluntarily. There’s lots of them.

          1. Even if she can’t delegate the job, she can get someone to check her work. Examine the numbers then call a coworker over and ask if they see the same thing. This has to do with health regulations and can get her store shut down. A good manager would be careful.

            1. This has to do with health regulations and can get her store shut down.

              Or, you know, make people really sick.

          2. I suspect that the manager has to sign off on the figures according to corporate policy and perhaps govt regulations. There is no guarantee that she’d be able to tell whether the numbers she signed off on were correct.

            Dyslexia is a bona fide disability, but one that, unfortunately, disqualifies people from many jobs. That is sad, but unavoidable.

    4. No , they shouldn’t make “allowances” if the person can’t do the job properly.

      Many dyslexic people develop techniques that allow them to do what they need to without their handicap getting in the way. I know a few people with dyslexia who, once they figured out techniques for note taking and reading and stuff and have done quite well in school and careers.

      If she can’t get it right, she needs to learn how to or get a job where dyslexia isn’t a problem.

    5. I’m shocked that anyone even looked at her numbers. My guess is that there is something else going on here.

      I’ve done a ton of work creating remote monitoring of QSR’s (quick serve restaurants) in the past. The ugly truth is that any manual numbers collected at a store are all BS. Some kid has to write down a cooler temp every hour? I gay-ron-tee you that he doesn’t do shit about it until (maybe) his shift is over and then he writes 35 for each hourly entry.

      She must have pissed off someone who wanted to fire her and used the fact that she didn’t even write down plausible numbers on a temp sheet as the pretext. Given the difficulty in firing someone in the UK, they were grasping for any straw.

    6. Kumulchew, who is still employed by Starbucks, said she had made her bosses aware of her dyslexia, and the accusation of falsifying numbers had made her want to take her own life.

      How much does she make on the side as a drama queen?

  19. FBI general counsel James Baker filed a letter in federal court yesterday reaffirming that the FBI’s probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server is “ongoing.”

    Is this like asset forfeiture – where they sue the money? They’re just investigating the server.
    Servers are all republican haters!

  20. On the Front Lines of Puerto Rico’s Movement to Legalize Marijuana

    “We made an official petition and held a ‘free Jeremy’ vigil at the governor’s mansion and my band played there,” said Martin. “Then this January the governor came to Vieques for Three Kings Day to pass gifts to children in the park, and I went to talk with him. I introduced myself and said I play with Free Juana. He took me aside and asked me, ‘How much time has Jeremy been inside?’ He was worried about it.”

    Within days, Padilla released Ruiz Tomassini from prison, claiming he was not an enforcement priority.

    Ruiz Tomassini’s pardon was just one indicator that Puerto Rico is edging away from its notoriously harsh marijuana laws. Current legislation allows judges to sentence people up to five years for nominal possession, and up to ten years for possession near a recreational area (public use spaces like parks and schools). But recently politicians have begun changing their approaches towards the drug and activists like Martin see it as an opportunity to pave the way toward legalization.

  21. Here’s hoping that little authoritarian, theocratic piece of shit finishes in 5th place tonight. And I mean Lil’ Taco in case you have trouble picking the little one out of the other authoritarian war-mongers.

    1. Even your bigotry is innacurate.

      Pick any more stocks lately?

      Buying lots of $600/oz gold?

      1. Has he squelched on his $20 bet yet?

      2. Yeah, but to be fair, *someone* had to push back against the vast groundswell of support Rubio has on these here comment boards.

        1. I’m the only one supporting Rubio and that’s just to win a bet with PB. How’s bush doing partner?

  22. Report: Jupiter man arrested for tossing gator into Wendy’s

    Joshua James, 23, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, illegally killing, possessing or capturing an alligator, and second-degree larceny petit theft, according to the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office.
    Report: Jupiter man arrested for tossing gator into Wendy’s photo

    He has not been released on bail as of Monday afternoon. WPTV reports that the incident occurred in October, but James had only been arrested recently by U.S. Marshals.

    Officials with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told WPTV that James pulled up for his order, and after a server handed a drink and turned around, James tossed the 3 1/2-foot gator into the drive-through window.

    1. Alabama man pales in comparison.

    2. Satsurfing this weekend, I caught part of a Swamp People episode. Hardcore Louisiana rednecks who hunt alligators for a living.

      Sometimes, the gators are bigger than their boats. When they made the kill shot on one gator, it literally bounced off his head and hit the hunter in the belly. They are completely out of their minds.

  23. Climate Change: The Science Is Settled

    File under “unintended consequences.”

    1. Filed under “broken link”

      1. I spend too much time with SugarFree.

        1. Careful, you don’t want to catch the ‘beetus from him.

    2. *Double* unintended, even.

    3. this was the intended: http://www.scientificamerican……tist-jobs/

      *skips lunch to consume schadenfreude*

      1. It’s interesting reading that article. It’s not very clear at what point data actually got reliable for the southern hemisphere. At one point they say 1970, but then they start talking about 1986. It would be neat to have a graphic that showed when reliable monitoring stations went up where.

      2. Too funny. In Canada, government scientists went apeshit over Harper accusing him of ‘muzzling’ them. Naturally, the media ran with that bull shit.

      3. Talk about working yourself out of a job.

        This just shows to go you. These guys should be elated that the government has accepted their premise and has moved on to adaptation to climate change. They could jump way ahead of every other nation in technologies such as CO2 sinks and ways to increase the amount of solar radiation pumped back into space. Instead they are acting like their mission in life is just to record more numbers each year to continue the finger wagging. Hmmmm….

    4. That is awesome.

      1. I can’t stop laughing. This is what “hoist on your own petard” means.

    5. Even the oldest cannot escape me.

    6. The nation (Australia) is already the driest on Earth

      Not Saudi, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar or one of those ME cesspools?

      cite needed

      1. According to the World Bank, Australia is not a particularly dry country. It ranks just below Canada and Finland.

        http://data.worldbank.org/indi…..t&sort=asc

        1. So, not only are Australia’s climatologists unable to predict the climate, they are incapable of honestly describing its historical and current climate.

      2. According to this, Egypt was the driest county in 2014 by average rainfall. Australia was 40 something. While parts of Australia are very dry, the continent as a whole gets a good amount of rain. Besides, if they wanted to split hairs about Australia having some exceptionally dry parts, they would still lose to Chile due to the Atacama, the driest desert outside of Antarctica.

  24. The FBI appeals to kids to not be extremists with this cutting edge website

    This website is designed to help do just that. Built by the FBI in consultation with community leaders and other partners, it uses a series of interactive materials to educate teens on the destructive nature of violent extremism and to encourage them to think critically about its messages and goals.

    The site emphasizes that by blindly accepting radical ideologies, teens are essentially becoming the “puppets” of violent extremists who simply want them to carry out their destructive mission?which often includes targeting or killing innocent people.

    1. The site emphasizes that by blindly accepting radical ideologies, teens are essentially becoming the “puppets” of violent extremists

      As opposed to “by blindly accepting *normal* ideologies”.

      1. Remember, every FBI shooting has always been justified. They’ve never killed an innocent person.

    2. Let me guess, they consider constitutionalists to be “radical ideologies” and never mention Islamic terrorism.

    3. I’m thinking this could make the job of military recruiters harder

    4. The FBI appeals to kids to not be extremists

      It will be amusing when this has the exact opposite effect.

  25. Hillary Clinton: Dancing Queen

    According to a new Washington Free Beacon supercut, Clinton has busted a move in venues all over the world, from South Africa to New Hampshire. Her preferred soundtrack is just as diverse, though she often gets down to girl power songs by Taylor Swift and Rachel Platten.

    As far as moves go, Clinton is a master of the side-to-side step and the fist pump. She has also been caught engaging in some flashy jazz hands.

    Though she has some pretty good moves in her arsenal, she is never satisfied. In order to expand her repertoire, Clinton has gone on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to learn dances like the ‘Whip/Nae Nae’ and the ‘Dab.’

    1. And there goes my breakfast.

  26. http://www.breitbart.com/londo…..n-tip-off/

    In the latest of a series of raids, German police have searched two homes in a rural village after a television channel interviewed a suspected Islamic State commander living there as a refugee.

    But everyone who said ISIS would put operatives in with the “refugees” was just a pants shitting racist.

    1. Every english language publication outside of Breitbart still says that. I have to say, Breitbart has really performed brilliantly with the refugee news and found a good niche for themselves.

      1. The media, including of course Reason, just won’t cover the story. It is disgraceful.

        1. Open borders always good – Mkay?

      2. Every english language publication outside of Breitbart still says that.

        Really? That’s retarded. Of course there are bad people among the refugees.

        1. Not bad people Zeb, ISIS operatives. The idea that ISIS is using the refugee wave to put operatives into Europe is something all right thinking people, including a lot of people on here, consider a paranoid fantasy.

          1. Well, I have no idea if that is happening. But I’d be a little surprised if it wasn’t. Of course, what constitutes an ISIS operative could be a lot of different things.

            1. Well, I have no idea if that is happening.

              Do you not believe the link? An Islamic state commander is living in one of the camps. How can you say you have no idea it is happening, when the link shows that it clearly is?

              1. Sure, I believe it. It leaves it unclear what his motivations or intentions were in coming to Germany and whether he was there to act as an agent of ISIS.

                I can say I have no idea because all I know is what I read and everyone seems to have some kind of agenda.

                Why do you think it matters if I take a strong view on this? Germany isn’t going to consult me on their immigrant/refugee policies. Exactly the same thing is going to happen whether I remain agnostic, decide that this is a planned Islamic invasion of Europe, or pretend that every immigrant has pure and peaceful intentions. Whatever the facts are is what they are.

                1. I think it matters because the truth matters. It is clearly happening and it is wrong to deny the truth. What you make of that truth is of course up to you. The fact that ISIS is doing this doesn’t mean you are somehow obligated to support denying entry to these people. Whatever your position, no one should deny reality.

                  1. What is clearly happening? That people associated in some way with ISIS are coming into Europe, yes. I don’t see much beyond that as very clear.

                    1. That people associated in some way with ISIS are coming into Europe, yes.

                      Can you be more obtuse? Yes, people associated with ISIS are hiding within the refugee mobs. Thanks for conceding the point. Sadly, you seem to have retreated into another phase of denial where you pretend that we don’t really know that they are doing that for malevolent purposes. Yeah, I mean ISIS may just want to send people to Europe to enjoy the scenery and culture.

                    2. I don’t know that they are doing it for malevolent purposes. And I don’t know that ISIS is sending them. I’m not denying anything. That may well be what is happening. Maybe this guy did want to do something terrible. Maybe he really did want to learn German and work in a restaurant.

                      I am also interested in the truth. Sorry if I don’t just take your word for it. And yes, I could spend more time researching the subject. But I have other things I’d rather be doing, and as I said above, my having a strong view on the matter makes no difference one way or another.

                    3. I don’t know that they are doing it for malevolent purposes. And I don’t know that ISIS is sending them.

                      What sort of evidence would satisfy you? In all seriousness, there is a lot of bad info being propagated around this migrant wave, so I think some caution is in order, but if the bad actors aren’t weeded out early and in a lawful and orderly manner, the backlash is going to get worse and more indiscriminate.

                    4. They should weed them out as well as they can. I’m not saying that the German police shouldn’t find out who these people are and if they are dangerous. I’m just saying I’m not in a position to know myself. I’m not saying that the German police can’t know enough to determine whether this guy is a terrorist or ISIS organizer. I would be surprised if there weren’t some.

                      So, to be clear, I do hope that the police in Germany and other places in Europe do all they can to weed out the bad guys. Whatever amount of actual organized ISIS stuff there is in Europe, they do need to take it seriously and crack down on it or, as you say, the backlash will be very ugly.

                      Obviously, I’m very much on the side of the right of people to freely migrate. But I’m not under any illusion that no and consequences can ever come from immigration, especially in a really fucked up crisis situation like in Syria right now.

              2. For now he wants to concentrate on his professional future, telling SPIEGEL TV: “I want to learn German and work as a cook.”

                I don’t know why all the pants-shitting. He just wants to learn German and be a cook!

                1. He’ll be a cook advertising his services on Germany’s craigslist.

                  Lock him up before he kills again!

                  1. Sure MJGreen. I bet he got that commander position in ISIS by dumb luck. I doubt he is guilty of God knows how many horrific crimes or anything. The German cops are just a bunch of big meanies. Kind of like those nasty Israelis who got all hot and bothered about those German refugees in South America. All a guy like Eichman wanted to do was get a job and live in peace.

                    1. Actually, I guess I need to explain: it was an attempted joke about Germans asking on craigslist to be killed, cooked, and eaten.

                    2. My apologies MJ. I didn’t get the joke.

                    3. Didn’t the article say he got his ISIS position because his brother was a Sharia Judge and had connections?

      3. “Every english language publication outside of Breitbart still says that. I have to say, Breitbart has really performed brilliantly with the refugee news and found a good niche for themselves.”

        Nah, nah, nah, nah. /keeps fingers placed in ears

    2. It’s the same thinking that says there are US agents inside the rings of some radical leftist groups. Makes sense, in the “if you want to know your enemy, sing his song” sort of way.

    3. When you think of it, it’s pretty irresponsible what Merkel did. Putting all that pressure on law enforcement like that. Why did she take in that many so quickly as opposed to slowly vetting and taking their time? What was the point of rushing it? Clearly, not all of those people were escaping war and officials had to have known this at the time.

      1. And then the media bitches about people not trusting the government and turning to the rightwing. What the hell are they supposed to do when the other options clearly don’t give a shit about public safety?

      2. It does seem strange. Either there is some genuine Cytotoxic level stupidity going on, or it’s more of a crisitunity thing. Create chaos, so that people will beg you to remove freedom to restore order. Seems to have worked out for the French police state so far.

    4. Posting a link to that article makes you a pants-shitting racist. And xenophobe.

      1. Cytoxic’s response to a story about a woman being raped and murdered by refugees in Sweden was “it was nothing and just sensationalism.” That is right, a woman being raped and murdered is “nothing”.

        1. Yeah well, I wonder if he’d adjust his thinking if it was his daughter.

          1. He totally would. He is all about other people sacrificing for his ideals.

          2. Yeah, I’m sure he would go the old “eggs, omeletes” route.

          3. Cytotoxic is like 12. He still thinks girls are icky.

    5. His original ambition had been to be a suicide bomber

      But he couldn’t resist the gem?tlichkeit of the locals, with their tasty wursts and weins.

  27. Canada to end ISIL air strikes within weeks

    Following up on campaign promises he made last year to withdraw Canada’s jets, Trudeau said on Monday that his country’s contribution to the fight against ISIL would be extended until the end of March 2017 – but would be “a non-combat mission”.

    “It is important to understand that while air strike operations can be very useful to achieve short-term military and territorial gains, they do not on their own achieve long-term stability for local communities,” Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa.

    “We will be supporting and empowering local forces to take their fight directly to ISIL so that kilometre by kilometre they can reclaim their homes, their land and their future.”

    1. And yet they still allow their geese to fly here and shit all over my driveway.

      1. The Canada geese in my area don’t even migrate anymore. They are a permanent occupying force. And yet, the international community says NOTHING.

        1. “And yet, the international community says NOTHING.”

          What? You mean you haven’t got your eviction notice yet. Your house has now been designated a protected wet land because it’s within 1 AU of a Federal body of water. You’ll need to move to an area outside of the protected wet lands. You have 90 days to comply or risk Federal fines and possible prosecution.

    2. “We will be supporting and empowering local forces to take their fight directly to ISIL so that kilometre by kilometre they can reclaim their homes, their land and their future.”

      Um, who are they training to reclaim their homes, their land and their future? Would that be the non-existent “not-ISIS rebels” that McCain and Obama were so eager to help? Because it sounds like “local forces” to reclaim their land would be forces loyal to Assad. And it can’t be true that a good liberal humanist like Trudeau would be supporting Assad would it?

      1. All of the possible bodies for an anti ISIS force are in Europe demanding “their money” and raping women.

      2. All of the possible bodies for an anti ISIS force are in Europe demanding “their money” and raping women.

      3. Trudeau will go where the strong arms are, because A) shallow and B) loves dictators.

        That’s a liberal ‘humanist’.

      4. “Um, who are they training to reclaim their homes, their land and their future?”

        The MMMs: moderate Muslim militants.

  28. “Charles Sebesta, a former Texas prosecutor who used false testimony to send an innocent man to death row, has been disbarred.”

    I hope this comes with an automatic review of his cases; particularly those where death row are concerned?

    Other than that, I don’t normally wish deathly ill on people but for people like him, I wish for a special place in hell.

  29. India blocks Facebook’s plan for free Internet

    Critics argued that the program violated the central tenets of net neutrality, which stipulate that all Internet content and users should be treated equally. They also said the program, billed as altruistic, too closely mirrored Facebook’s commercial aims.

    CEO Mark Zuckerberg had pushed back against these critics, arguing that the “Free Basics” platform was open to all software developers, had no advertisements and would help less fortunate users escape poverty.

    “Instead of wanting to give people access to some basic internet services for free, critics of the program continue to spread false claims — even if that means leaving behind a billion people,” the Facebook CEO wrote recently in the Times of India. “Who could possibly be against this?”

    1. “Instead of wanting to give people access to some basic internet services for free…

      Zuckerberg needs to drop Facebook. I mean, sure, it was a neat little side gig, for a while. But when you have come up with a business plan to get a product to a billion people for free, without advertising, why mess about with this little league shit?

      Best. Businessman. Ever.

    2. Man, India needs to get rid of it’s idiotic socialist ruling class. It could really get somewhere if they could get rid of people like these assholes and that awful woman who lies about GMO crops.

        1. Indeed. But India has it 1000 times worse.

      1. When I visited India, my driver kept telling me about how proud the Indians were about their socialized healthcare. Why, anyone- poor or middle class- could go to a government clinic to receive free healthcare*. At that point he dodged traffic into an old lot piled at least 6 feet high with bags of garbage. Two beautifully decorated cows were rooting through the garbage prior to their morning milking (that milk is then sold at market!). I asked why the government spends so much money on healthcare but doesn’t spend money on trash collection. He just laughed and explained that there ARE garbage boys paid to collect the garbage…and this lot was one of the places they go to dump the garbage.

        * – Later in my trip, my driver happily told me how he managed to get his daughter into a private clinic so she no longer has to use the socialized healthcare.

  30. ISIL wife charged in U.S. hostage death

    The wife of a now-deceased Islamic State leader was charged Monday for her alleged role in last year’s death of American aid worker Kayla Jean Mueller.

    Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar, 25, the widow of former ISIL leader Abu Sayyaf, allegedly conspired to provide support to the terrorist group, often forcibly holding Mueller in the couple’s homes where she was subjected to repeated sexual abuse by ISIL chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Mueller died in February 2015.

    Bahar, also known as Umm Sayyaf, “knew how Mueller was treated by Baghdadi when Mueller was held against her will in Sayyaf’s home,” federal prosecutors said.

    1. There’s a special place in hell, etc.

      1. I have a sick feeling that, if you gave some people the choice between putting Nisreen or Bernie up against the wall, they’d pick Bernie.

        1. Why not both?

        2. Of course you pick Bernie.

          He will do far more damage than some jihadette.

  31. 2 Bedrooms In Cabrini-Green’s New High Rise Start At $3,200 A Month

    http://chicagoist.com/2016/02/…..new_hi.php

    Affordable public housing!

  32. Global stocks hit the rocks after Asian markets slump

    Many investors believed that signs of stress in the market for credit default swaps pointed to further declines ahead.

    “There is a high probability of a further correction in equity prices, led by banking and energy stocks. There could be a wave of defaults in the energy sector and that will damage the balance sheet of the banking sector,” said Lorne Baring, managing director of B Capital Wealth Management. Slowing global growth was clouding the outlook further, he added.

    “We are advising our investors to drastically reduce risk and build protection.”

  33. http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/226156/

    I know the proper thing to do is have sympathy for someone with Matt Yglesiases mental challenges, but being pretty far up the Aspy scale is no excuse for being a dreadful person. If some right wing novelist dreamed him up as an example of the under 40 Progressive journalist, no one would believe it.

    1. I should be impressed that someone with Yglesias’s mental disabilities was able to overcome them and become a renowned writer on an (inexplicably respected) national publication, but the fact that so many people think he’s a genius is just too much for me.

      1. The guy is a complete idiot. He cannot write a proper sentence let alone a well constructed paragraph, despite it being his job to do so. I am not sure what is worse that some people think he is a genius or that he graduated from Harvard. Harvard must have absolutely no standards for writing or critical thinking. If they did, how would that clown have ever graduated?

      2. Matthew Yglesias is the white Ta-Nehisi Coates, a shallow thinker who everyone thinks is deep because he’s drowning in two feet of water.

        1. As much as I dislike Coates, I would put him ahead of Yglesias. I think Coates realizes what he writes isn’t that profound and is just running a con game on his stupid white readers. I dispise Coates but I have to at some level respect is ability as a con man. Yglesias in contrast is running the same kind of con game but has no idea he is doing it. Yglesias really is this stupid and vile.

          1. Yeah, I think Coates is simply exploiting liberal white guilt. Yglesias, on the other hand, is just a stupid, stupid person who was told so many times that he is smart and special that he believes it.

    2. Funny, Europe’s seeing plenty of rising nationalism without having an Obama leading them.

    3. “Nazis had a lot of good ideas. There, I said it. Shame about the war and genocide.”

      Thanks Matt. There is the progressive movement in a nutshell.

    4. Has anyone ever culled together a ‘best of’ where Sad Beard’s tweets are concerned?

      1. It would be one hell of a greatest hits. Remember he is also the guy who said that he was glad Andrew Breitbart, a man who left a wife and several young children and was guilty of the single crime of disagreeing with Yglesias on politics, was dead. He is just a disgusting human being.

    1. Why would Canada’s laws have any bearing on whether the US government considered him a citizen? That doesn’t even make sense. I admit, though, that the bolding and italics are persuasive.

      1. +1 has a strong resemblance to monkeys throwing shit on a wall to see what sticks

      2. +1 has a strong resemblance to monkeys throwing shit on a wall to see what sticks

        1. or maybe sqrlz

    2. the land he were [sic] born in prohibited dual nationality at the time

      I knew lots of dual-nationals in Buffalo, born before 1977, who demonstrate otherwise. I don’t know all the nitty-gritty details but I have a feeling the writer doesn’t know what they’re talking about.

  34. http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/fbi…..ail-server

    Another troll talking point bites the dust. Yes, the FBI is investigating Hillary.

    1. The FBI doesn’t investigate inanimate objects.

    2. Guys check out the comments section. They have it organized into separate subgroups. So scanning down you’ll see the insides of different echo chambers and how they are reacting to the news. It’s really cool.

      Also, the hard core Hillary fans are in denial that anything happened still.

    3. I think it’s more accurate to say that the FBI is participating in a political battle over whether to indict.

      1. Yes. If she were anyone but Hillary, she would be sitting in jail right now under indictment with her lawyer trying to work out a plea deal that gives her some chance of getting out of prison before she dies.

      2. Yeah, this is the FBI just ratcheting up the pressure.

        This makes me think there is something to the “FBI is super-pissed” rumors.

  35. The United States led the world in shark attacks in 2015.

    I’m not saying it was global warming, but it was global warming.

    1. Please tell me someone has done a meme thingy with the Ancient Aliens guy on this.

      http://memegenerator.net/insta…..an=AllTime

      Yes!

  36. Critics pounce on Lynch’s campaign donations

    Critics of the Obama administration say Attorney General Loretta Lynch should be disqualified from overseeing the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server because of the more than $10,000 she has given to Democrats in recent years.

    With Republicans already calling for a special prosecutor to monitor the probe, conservatives are pouncing on the past campaign contributions as evidence of bias.

    “The latest assertion from her allies that Loretta Lynch is not ‘political’ is totally untrue,” said David Bossie, the president of conservative advocacy organization Citizens United in a statement to The Hill. “In fact, she’s been a regular financial contributor to Democrat candidates, including to her current boss, Barack Obama.”

    1. Former colleagues of Lynch’s described her to The Hill as a hard-nosed lawyer who rarely discussed politics in her previous jobs.

      “And I know this because I *too* am a hard-nosed lawyer who rarely discusses politics.”

    2. Eeesh, I can’t imagine having that kind of money to drop on political campaigns. Must be nice.

      Also, who would go into politics and let their name stay ‘Lynch’ that seems like a perfect candidate for a name change.

    3. It goes deeper than that, of course. She basically owes her federal career to the Clintons and the Dems.

  37. http://www.newsbusters.org/blo…..-operative

    I know Fatso has his issues, but he does occasionally show some balls. He called George Stephanopoulos “a former Dem operative”.

    1. How does it “show some balls” to state something that’s common knowledge?

      1. In a sane world, it wouldn’t. We do not, however, live in a sane world. In our world everyone is supposed to sit around and pretend a hack like Stephanopoulos is a actual journalist. In the entire time he has been doing hack interviews of Republicans, not once until now has any Republican had the balls to state the obvious.

        1. I revile the guy specifically for the GOP debate he moderated, where the only questions he asked were ones designed to make the Republicans spar with each other. Then after the debate he hit the airwaves bemoaning that the GOP candidates were too busy fighting each other to focus on real issues that people care about. He’s a total fucking hack.

      1. Yeah, there is that.

    2. Former?

    3. Nothing “former” about it.

  38. Scientists put the animal equivalent of a Fitbit on polar bears.

    http://www.adn.com/article/201…..ey-learned

    Data from the seven adult female bears tracked in the springs of 2014 and 2015 showed they spent, on average, about 70 percent of daylight hours resting, the U.S. Geological Survey-led research has found. They spent only about 15 percent of their time walking, the research found. The rest of the time was divided among swimming, grooming, eating, interacting with males and other activities.

    1. So they spend 85% of their time eating, screwing, sleeping and frolicking. It is apparently good to be a polar bear.

      1. I bet there males like it when they are obese too. Best life ever.

      2. The downside is that the other 15% is agonized worrying about climate change.

      3. It’s 80% swimming from ice floe to disappearing ice floe.

      4. No Netflix tho

    2. One of my early memories of a polar bear was when the news reported one rocking an empty school bus in Northern Manitoba. Back and forth it pushed the bus. It was quite the spectacle.

      1. “Last time I did this, all sorts of chewy treats fell out!”

        1. Look at Swissy being all macabre.

          /playfully narrows gaze.

          1. More like plagiarizing Gary Larson in some way or another.

            1. Not plagiarism, the quote marks let us Larson fans know it was an allusion.

              Good one.

      2. Polar bears are one of the few predatory animals that intentionally hunt humans. I, for one, do NOT welcome the rise of the temperate-adapted polargrizz.

        1. I worked with a woman who had visited Barrow, Alaska during bear season. They told her at the airport to never go out alone into the streets, because the bears will stalk, kill and eat any person they saw walking alone. You are nothing but a strange looking seal to them.

          1. But in Barrow I think I would worry more about the vampires than the bears.

        2. Polar Bears are basically a grizzly variant, is my understanding.

          Grizzlies are well known for being extremely aggressive towards people.

          1. Polar Bears are basically a grizzly variant, is my understanding.

            Polar Bears split from Brown Bears about 500,000 years ago, last research I read.

            http://www.sciencedirect.com/s…..7414004887

            Grizzlies are well known for being extremely aggressive towards people.

            Much more so that Polar Bears.

            1. C’mon, man. This is H & R. Facts have no place here.

  39. The Anxiety Of Being Marco Rubio

    To rivals, Rubio’s reflexive retreat to the same snippet of well-rehearsed rhetoric ? over and over, and over, and over again ? was proof of the freshman senator’s status as a lightweight. To supporters, the wobbly display was a forgivable fluke, one bad moment blown wildly out of proportion by a bloodthirsty press corps.

    But to those who have known him longest, Rubio’s flustered performance Saturday night fit perfectly with an all-too-familiar strain of his personality, one that his handlers and image-makers have labored for years to keep out of public view. Though generally seen as cool-headed and quick on his feet, Rubio is known to friends, allies, and advisers for a kind of incurable anxiousness ? and an occasional propensity to panic in moments of crisis, both real and imagined.

    This jittery restlessness has manifested itself throughout Rubio’s life, from high school football games in Miami to high-profile policy fights in Washington ? and in some ways, it’s been the driving force in his rapid political rise.

    1. “Do we really want ‘Twitchy’s’ finger on the nuclear button?”

      1. Seriously. If this is true, this is not a person I want making decisions in the White House.

        “Rubio is known to friends, allies, and advisers for a kind of incurable anxiousness ? and an occasional propensity to panic in moments of crisis,”

        If this is true, and they still support him in his presidential bid, aren’t they essentially supporting someone they know is unfit for the job?

        1. aren’t they essentially supporting someone they know is unfit for the job?

          He’s an empty suit and the Establishment prefers it that way.

        2. “Rubio is known to friends, allies, and advisers for a kind of incurable anxiousness ? and an occasional propensity to panic in moments of crisis,”

          If this is true, why does he want the job of President?

          1. Status, power, wealth? Just guessing.

            1. Of course. It just shows how nakedly ambitious these people are.

    2. If true, he’s dead meat as the nominee. The pressure is unimaginable, and he will crack in public.

    3. I’m sure he’ll make someone a wonderful vice president.

      Seriously, doesn’t this guy just scream “Quayle” or “Gore” to you?

  40. Remember Nena from 99 Luftballoons?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-Q6lKQwzcY

    1. I tried to forget

    2. Wow. She has aged well. I wonder if she shaves her pits now.

        1. She was super cute back when she had her hit in the US. She did, however, have some pit hair going on, which can be a bit jarring to the American eye.

        2. She is in her 50s now. She definitely punches above her weight class.

          Google her images.

          1. Agreed.

    3. Can’t view at work but:

      She had a lot of hits in Germany of course, and recently put out an album “re-imagining” them.

      It’s really quite good.

  41. Triumph the Insult Dog Visits College to Invade Students’ Safe Spaces

    Triumph the Insult DogAs part of Hulu’s Triumph’s Election Special 2016, Triumph the Insult Dog visited the University of New Hampshire to quiz a group of students from the liberal arts school about microaggressions and political correctness.

    Triumph chose the school after it issued a “bias-free language guide” which told students to avoid words like “American,” “homosexual,” “illegal alien,” and “Caucasian,” declaring those terms “problematic.”

    Needless to say, the irascible puppet was veeeeery problematic. “What do you identify as, besides pretentious?” he asked one male student. After a female student explained what a “trigger warning” was, he began to speak about her in a very sexual manner, clearly angering her.

    One female student was quizzed on what “mansplaining” meant. But after she was done explaining, Triumph went to a male student, saying he could probably explain it better.

    To close the video out, Triumph brought in a flamboyantly gay African-American man into the room. Once the man was gone, he asked the students to describe him and brought in a sketch artist. Predictably, the New Hampshire students were extremely reluctant to bring up his sexuality or race.

    1. The best thing I’ve seen in a while. UNH actually was my safety school.

    2. Speaking of safe spaces, National Review did a run down of the leftist butt hurt on twitter about the Super Bowl commercials. Read it and weep for America.

      http://www.nationalreview.com/…..rs-twitter

      Some of the highlights include:

      Showing William Defoe in drag is “transphobic” whatever the fuck that means.
      Showing douchy white guys in a Prius is an expression of “white privilige” since the commercial didn’t end with them being slaughtered by the cops.

      And NARAL just dropped the mask and revealed itself as a pro genocide organization. They are not pro choice, they just hate people and children in particular.

      1. All British humor is transphobic now?

        1. I guess so. Like everything, what the Progs call “equal rights” is just an excuse to oppress everyone. The left’s new obsession with trannys is no different that its older obsession with gay rights. The point is to use the cause as a justification to control everyone. The point is not to protect the rights of transvestites, it is to use that cause as a justification to make sure no one ever is allowed to say anything the Progs don’t like.

      2. Also, if the Prius commercial had shown black men robbing a bank rather than white, it would have been accused of TEH RACEISM! You really can’t win with these idiots.

        1. No you can’t. And yeah, a commercial showing anyone but a white male as a thief or a villain is not allowed. There was another commercial for some mortgage company where the person is walking around and the camera focuses on passers by saying whether they are “great”, meaning they used the mortgage company or not. Every person deemed “great” was either a woman or not white. Every person deemed “not great” was a white male.

        2. The funny thing is that 3/4 of the Prius crew were Sobotkas, not exactly a family known for getting away with crimes.

      3. “And NARAL just dropped the mask and revealed itself as a pro genocide organization. They are not pro choice, they just hate people and children in particular.”

        So the N must stand for Nikki…

    3. Can you vagsplain that? Frat boys should be called rapist americans.
      You can see they were genuinely upset. Tasty.

    4. Why is “Caucasian” problematic? This is a new one.

      1. Like, literally, like, OMG.

      2. The people, the word, or the mountains?

      3. Honestly, how could it be problematic unless their unstated goal is to wipe the white race off the face of the earth? The word is just descriptive. Isn’t saying that the word is “problematic”, just an indirect way of saying white people’s existence is “problematic”? And how would a person ever solve the problem of their mere existence being problematic other than ceasing to exist?

        These people are too stupid to fully understand what they are doing but they are going down a very dark road.

    1. I for one welcome our new robot overlords.

    2. That was such a perfect Ted Cruz moment.

      1. After 8 years of Obama, I find it refreshing. It would be great to have a President who didn’t offer his opinion on everything or insert himself into every event the way Obama does. I think it is a pretty good bet a President Ted Cruz wouldn’t be all over ESPN filling out his NCAA bracket or appearing on the Super Bowl pregame show. God, that would be nice.

        1. Better saying what he said than being like Obama and pretend to listen to Kendrick Lamar.

          1. I agree. And maybe the guy just isn’t that into music. Not everyone is.

            1. I dated someone like that. It confused the hell out of me. It’s like not being into food or something.

              1. It is weird, but such people do exist. Some are just tone deaf, so they can’t really get it. But some people just aren’t interested. Music is background noise and that’s really it.

    3. Why would I care about his favorite band?

      1. Apparently, liking the correct music is somehow related to the faithful execution of the laws of the United States and being commander-in-chief of the armed forces. Also, being the kind of person you’d want to have a beer with.

    4. Who cares? Like it matters. Or are they looking for a cue that somehow knowing who your fave band is is a sign you’re worth something? Obama has all the answers to fluff questions has it translated into enlightened governance?

    5. What sort of gink expects everyone to have a favorite band?

    6. He laughed. Either at the question or the person asking it.

      1. Al Gore was talking to Courtney Love and said he liked Curt Cobain’s songs.

        She said, “Oh yeah, name one”

        He couldn’t.

        1. The one where he screams a lot?

    7. Too bad he didn’t say:

      “That’s a stupid question. Who cares, really? I’m not running for the office of America’s Dad or Bae. I’m running for President. Can you think of any questions that are relevant to that?”

      1. ” Can you think of any questions that are relevant to that?”

        Headline: Ted Cruz Demonstrates Ableist Contempt for Intellectually-Challenged Millenials

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