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  • Apple will refuse a federal court order saying it must unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. "We have great respect for the professionals at the FBI, and we believe their intentions are good," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a letter. But in requesting the company build a backdoor to the iPhone, the agency has "asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create." 
  • Ted Cruz scoffs at the idea of providing members of the military with gluten-free meals.
  • Celinda Lake, Democratic strategist, says young liberals aren't that fazed by the possibility of a female president but would really like to back a gay or transgender candidate. 
  • Celebrities take selfies in refugee blankets. You know, for art.
  • "The Constitution is pretty clear about what's supposed to happen now," said President Obama, chiding Republican senators for suggesting they would refuse to confirm any Supreme Court nominee he offers. 
  • The South Dakota legislature has passed a bill that would prohibit public-school students from using bathrooms that do not correspond to their biological sex. 
  • A former student at the University of Montana has been awarded $245,000 over the university's "unfair and biased" rape investigation.
  • Carnegie Mellon researchers have attempted to quantify the amount of sex-trafficking that takes place around major events such as the Super Bowl. To do so, they classified every online escort ad stating "new to town" or "first appearance" as an obvious sex slave. 

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  1. phased by

    Beautiful.

    1. Hello.

      1. Top of the morning, Rufus (& Fist).

          1. Where the Dave *is* he?!

          2. Probably distracted by people in his office.

    2. Set phasers to…”broil”?

  2. http://movieweb.com/spawn-movi…..mcfarlane/

    My inner geek is pleased.

    1. We should see a rash of these cult fanbase darker comic fare coming out. Deadpool proved that an R rating is not the kiss of death.

      Especially considering that adults are willing to pay for the nice theatre seats for themselves, but choose the cheap seats when taking out the kids. Adults are also willing to buy more expensive concessions for themselves (and alcohol) which means theatres love them.

      1. Tulpa, you’ve worn out this sock. Time to change it.

        1. I seemed to have missed something.

          1. Tulpa was outed. He’ll thrash around for a few days, then illocust will go on the same discarded sock pile as Bo.

          2. You would say that, Tulpa.

          3. OMWC decided I was Tulpa last night. Apparently my posting voice has changed recently or something. Pretty sure he’s just trolling me and trying to get me to defend myself.

            If you are curious I can’t give you the link but go to the “The poor are better off when…” thread (As you will see he was initially successful).

            1. Scott Johnson at Powerline is whining about his vulgar commenters and I thought, Hit and Run here I come, no one beats you guys

              1. We beat ourselves. Regularly. This is known.

                1. We beat ourselves. Regularly.

                  Pls snd pics plz.

            2. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sen8Tn8CBA4

              This theory works as well as any.

            3. Well,I will say, last night, it did appear that there was like, 1 comment or two that seemed to be written by someone using your handle, which… its not like the system protects against that. They both had a bit of an off tone for grammar, but you could have been tired

              Not accusing you of anything Illocust- just mentioning because there was a post or two where I went, “Is she just tired or did someone handle jack her tonight?” Never thought you were tulpa, fwiw

              1. I am pretty tired. Finally ran out of Melatonin, so I’m having to go to sleep naturally now. It’s working about as poorly as could be expected.

      2. It certainly is promising. I’ve been hoping for Neil Gaiman to gather the backing and enthusiasm to attempt a Sandman film but I’ve yet to hear any rumblings about it.

        1. Hmmmm, I think Sandman would be best as a mini-series. From the comics I’ve read, the pacing seems more suited to a tv show than a movie, but it seems like it would work better in marketing as an event with a set end than an ongoing.

          1. Sandman would be better as a series of some kind because tons of stuff that happens early in the story is important to the ending, but a lot of the power of the series comes from the fact that there’s a large amount of time between the actions that lead to the climax and the climax itself.

            Plus, I want to see the entirety of Seasons of Mists which would be a 3 hour movie length story in its own right. Additionally, some of the best stories in Sandman are stand alone stories that don’t link up with the main plot which they’d have to jettison if they went with a movie.

        2. I think Sandman would work better as an HBO series than a movie, personally.

          1. That crossed my mind as well. Dream as a character concept should be intrinsically attractive for fans of the macabre. I’d just be a touch hesitant about what the series would look like aesthetically without Gaiman’s direct involvement and I’ve heard nothing about him showing any enthusiasm for the project. Fanboy bitching, I know.

            1. Gaiman tried to get a Death movie made for years and it fell through. He’s clearly interested in taking the characters and making a film, he’s just mostly focused on Death instead of on a full scale Sandman movie or series.

              1. Ah, I didn’t know that. Gaiman’s Death should be a marketable character. A sexy, mysterious quasi deity of female essence with near omnipotence over life and death sounds like a SJW’s wet dream.

          2. I think I heard someones doing American Gods as a series.

            1. They are and it’s being created by Bryan Fuller so it’s going to be completely awesome but get low ratings. This I have foreseen.

            2. They are. Brian Fuller as the show runner, set to be on Starz.

              1. At one point, HBO had planned American Gods as a series of six 10-12 episode seasons, but it never quite materialized. Back in February of 2014, Freemantle Media picked up the rights, and the project found a home at Starz in 2014 with Bryan Fuller (Heroes, Hannibal) and Michael Green (who is going to be very busy the next few years with Blade Runner 2, Wolverine 3, and Prometheus 2 on his menu) as showrunners.

                Can we just stop with the fucking reboots and pointless sequels.

                1. Can we just stop with the fucking reboots and pointless sequels

                  I prefer the sequels to reboots. How many fucking times do we need to see the origin of Spider-Man/Batman/Hulk, etc. Everyone in the world knows it by now. Let’s take the basic premise as a given and go from there.

                  1. but but but… We need new origin stories every time a character changes race/gender.

                2. @ Idle Hands. How many great stories will never be told* because Hollywood is busy making Harry Potter 17?

                  *or possibly, ruined.

            3. I loved the book, except that Gaiman gave the Allfather a raw deal the way he protrayed him. (Except until the end.) But of course, I am biased.

            4. Great series.

        3. Anybody watching Lucifer? It is mildly entertaining, but it is on Fox so won’t get that many viewers, and it certainly won’t approach the levels of inappropriateness I would hope for. He he he!

          1. New Vikings season tomorrow, dude.

            1. Hail Odin!!

              1. Wait, they got rid of Teddy Bridgewater? Who’s this Odin guy?

            2. It’s a shame I was already familiar with the Ragnar Lothbrock mythology prior to the series. No surprises on how his story plays out for me, sadly. Still, the best thing History channel has churned out in years. The blue color asshole doing dangerous shit reality show nearly ruined the network.

              1. Ancient Aliens ruined the fucking network.

            3. Better Call Saul season 2 debuted last night. If you didn’t catch the first season, do so. If you aren’t recording the second season, do so.

              That is all. Carry on.

          2. I liked Constantine better. Wished NBC had handled it better though.

            1. So did I. As a matter of fact, on Friday nights on NBC, Constantine had ratings in general as good or better than either Arrow or Flash on CW. I was surprised that CW didn’t make a play for the property. With the already expanded “Arrowverse” (Arrow, Flash and Legends of Tomorrow) Constantine would have fit in (especially with the more “magical” arc in Arrow with Darkh). And they did do the one crossover in Arrow.

  3. “The Constitution is pretty clear about what’s supposed to happen now,” said President Obama, chiding Republican senators for suggesting they would refuse to confirm any Supreme Court nominee he offers.

    They erased “Consent” out of his copy of the Constitution?

    1. Congratulations on an actual first even though you’re 2 minutes late.

      1. I should think not….looks like the Time Traveling Squirrelz are at it again?

    2. One might think a “Constitutional scholar” would know better.

      1. One suspects he wasn’t much of a scholar.

        1. If *only* he would release his transcripts and set us straight!

    3. Don’t forget “advise.”

      1. I still suggest McConnell send him a letter stating, ” We **advise** you to pick someone from this list. If you do, we will **consent**.”

        And add a list of 10 or so names.

    4. It’s the big push right now. Dems are going to scream and nash their teeth if the Senate acts as anything but a rubber stamp committee. Seems good motivation to tune them out. Might as well hold out for a acceptable nominee if your behavior is going to have no effect on how things are spun.

      1. Changed voices again, trying to get back to the original? Well, You Tried.

      2. I trust some Republican will throw Obama’s filibuster of Alito in his face.

        1. I don’t know. Republicans seem really unwilling to point out Dem hypocrisy. I’m not certain if it’s just we don’t see coverage of when they do, or if they don’t even try.

          1. I suppose they don’t want to stupid, I mean, *stoop* to the Dems’ level.

            1. The GOP points out Dem hypocrisy all the time. The problem is that you need a compliant media to carry the message. They need to 1) research and confirm some historic event and 2) put it in articles written today as a counterpoint to some quote from the present.

              Expecting the media to do that is expecting them to make an article about Dem hypocrisy when that doesn’t further their need to demonize GOP.

              1. Exactly. As long as the Senate stands firm, I think that will help keep the base energized. That will help pull the base voters to the polls. After all, Romney won the independent vote by a significant margin. To many Rs didn’t vote. As a matter of fact Romney got (IIRC) 3 million fewer votes than McCain did in 2008. And with more independents.

                1. “As a matter of fact Romney got (IIRC) 3 million fewer votes than McCain did in 2008. And with more independents.”

                  Romney got more votes than McCain.

                  http://www.realclearpolitics.c…..97113.html

        2. Between Obama, Schumer and Reid, there is ample videotape evidence of their utter hypocrisy. As ever though, it’s a question of whether any network other than Fox will air that evidence.

        3. “How do you respond to Republican criticism that your position is undercut by the fact that you and other members of your administration who were in the Senate at the time tried to filibuster Judge [Samuel] Alito in 2006?”

          Obama seemed momentarily taken aback by the question ? and took a politically softer tone with his response.

          “You know the a, look, I think what’s fair to say is that how judicial nominations have evolved over time is not historically the fault of any single party,” Obama replied. “This has become just one more extension of politics. And there are times where folks are in the Senate, and they’re thinking as I just described primarily about, ‘Is this gonna cause me problems in a primary? Is gonna cause me problems with supporters of mine?’ So people take strategic positions, and I understand that.”

    5. Hell, advising the President they won’t confirm until after the election strikes me as fully discharging their Constitutional duty to “advise and consent”.

  4. “The Constitution is pretty clear about what’s supposed to happen now,” said President Obama

    Look who’s an originalist now

    1. “The Constitution is pretty clear about what’s supposed to happen now,” said President Obama

      You repeal all firearms laws?

    2. The Constitution means what it says. Except when it doesn’t. Duh.

    3. Boom. You’ve just been bee tagged, Mr. President.

    4. “”The Constitution is pretty clear about what’s supposed to happen now,” said President Obama”

      Yeah, you’re supposed to put forward a nominee, and the Senate is supposed to decide whether to accept him.

      1. Advise and consent. Advise and consent. Advise and consent. Advise and CONSENT!

        English, motherfucker, do you speak it? It don’t say shit about dissent or about not consenting. The Senate has a Constitutional duty to advise Obama on who he ought to pick and a Constitutional duty to consent to whoever he nominates. Any Senator that votes against a nominee should be impeached for failure to abide by the Constitution. It’s right there in the document – they are obligated to consent. How don’t you understand this?

        1. a Constitutional duty to consent to whoever he nominates

          I believe that’s exactly how he thinks its supposed to work.

        2. “and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint…Judges of the supreme Court”

          The president nominates, and if he gets the consent of the Senate, appoints.

      2. Put forward a nominee AFTER getting advice from the senate.

  5. “The Constitution is pretty clear about what’s supposed to happen now,” said President Obama, chiding Republican senators for suggesting they would refuse to confirm any Supreme Court nominee he offers.

    Based on progressives I’ve seen discussing it, the President gets to appoint somebody to the Court and that’s that, right?

    1. No, no, no. If they wish to all members of congress are allowed to guess who his nomination might be in advance but they have no say in it either way.

        1. I was hoping for the Swedish Chef.

    2. Save those. When Trump or Cruz is in office and Ginsburg is gone remind them.

      1. A Trump selection to the Supreme Court could well be the worst thing to ever happen in a long line of terrible things to happen in jurisprudence in the US.

        Selection by Apprentice techniques?

        1. Given the dreadful travesty of Senate hearings on SCOTUS nominees recently, I can’t say that an Apprentice-style process would be worse.

          1. How does anyone think a Trump nominee would come down on Kelo or some other property/eminent domain question?

    3. If those racist republicans fucking loved the constitution as much as they say [they don’t] they have no choice but to allow Obama to name a justice with the stated goal of gutting the Constitution like a pig.

    4. I’ve unfortunately waded into the Derpbook wars on this. People are actually saying that “advise and consent” means the Senate CAN advise and then MUST consent. No amount of argument regarding separation of powers and political question jurisprudence seems to penetrate these diamond-hard skulls encapsulating their tiny simian minds.

      1. The progressives that you read on Derpbook assume that their readers are capable of reading their comments regarding “advise and consent” in the context of the current situation. “CAN advise and then MUST consent” only applies to the Senate when Republicans control the Senate, as is currently the case. “Advise and consent” is correctly interpreted as “MAY advise and MAY consent” when Democrats control.

        Hoped that cleared it up for you.

      2. Nice, so the right to consent is premised on the person ultimately agreeing to the other party’s proposition. I can’t wait to hit the bars this weekend!

        1. “Well, I know I’m not supposed to bang you without your consent, but Derpbook tells me that someone who is authorized to “consent” to something is obligated to do so. So let’s get them panties off, mmkay, sweetie?”

        2. No means maybe, maybe means yes!

          Barack Obama is really Bill Clinton!

      3. People don’t understand, apparently, that it is not possible to consent to something, unless you can also decline to consent to it. Its definitional.

  6. The South Dakota legislature has passed a bill that would prohibit public-school students from using bathrooms that do not correspond to their biological sex.

    But students may still use any *restroom*, right? RIGHT?!

    1. Toilets. “Restroom” is a victorian euphemism. “Bathroom,” while descriptive, has also become a euphemism.

      1. “Shitter”

        /Southern Illinois

        1. Can. Central Ohio.

          1. COMMODE

            1. Urination Station or Terlet (voice of Archie Bunker)

              1. I always liked “water closet.”

        2. Not limited to Southern Illinois, I’m afraid. Although it was used there (I lived in Carbondale for several centuries during the last century)

          1. “El Paso? I spent a month there one night.”

          2. I spent the 90’s in an altered state in Carbondale. Good times.

        3. Swiss,
          Are you one of us Southern Illinoisans? My State seems a bit brighter now…

      2. “Terlet”- Archie Bunker

      3. John. Or Juan, if you live in certain parts of Texas.

      4. “the John”

        /Rhywun’s siblings

      5. Throne room.

    2. The Boom-Boom Room

    3. “Comfort station”, you barbarians!

    4. Water Closet.

      1. Dammit, you beat me to it.

      2. That is the fixture.

        1. The fixture is what I call my junk.

    5. “Porcelain Library with Only One Chair” – Algonquin (trad.)

    6. The Reading Room

  7. Celinda Lake, Democratic strategist, says young liberals aren’t that phased by the possibility of a female president but would really like to back a gay or transgender candidate.

    They’d really like to set those phased to stun.

      1. Oops. I should have scanned the comments first.

        1. Why, nobody else does.

          1. There are comments? Where?

    1. Yet Lindsey Graham went nowhere.

    2. Ann Wightman, 57, a lawyer in Centerville, Ohio, said she remembered the trial judge who “admonished me in open court that ‘if the boys must wear ties in the courtroom, so must the girls.’ “

      So you bitch when women aren’t treated the same as men and bitch when women are treated the same as men. Excuse me if I guess you’re going to bitch no matter what.

      It’s like the discussion yesterday (?) about the guy opining that if women were running the world we’d have fewer wars because women use more peaceful methods of conflict resolution. How does this not contradict the argument that excluding women from the military is nothing but pure sexism because women can fight every bit as aggressively as a man?

      I’m sure it’s sexist to ask that women show a little consistency in their arguments just as it’s sexist not to ask that women show a little consistency in their arguments because I am a man, but I can change, I suppose, if I have to. Amen.

      1. Dammit, should have googled that to double-check my memory aboot the Man’s Prayer, so now I’ll just have to pretend I mangled it on purpose to flush out the undercover Canadians amongst us, eh?

    3. Set phasers to stunning and brave!

  8. Sorry, rape apologists, but the science is settled. Football causes rape. Please report to the nearest Peoples’ Equity Center for Evaluation and Remediation.

    1. I heard that one this morning. While the basic premise that football = more parties = more opportunities for sexual assault seems reasonable, linking it to football in some sort of causal way seems like a pretty obvious attempt to grab headlines.

    2. PECER? I see what you did there.

    3. First comment:

      “The football-neutral interpretation: Nearly all college football games are played on Saturdays. To say that sexual assault reporting increases on days when college football games are played is equivalent to saying that sexual assault reporting increases on Saturdays. There may be many reasons entirely unrelated to football for why more sexual assaults would be reported on Saturdays — not least of which are increased drinking and partying, increased risky social situations, and less time spent studying.”

      Boom. Commenter kicked your ass, NPR.

      1. The study claims to have controlled for that by comparing football Saturdays to non-football Saturdays. They also saw a larger increase for home games vs away games.

        But I strongly suspect you would see similar increases on Halloween, St Patrick’s Day, and other big drinking weekends.

        1. Though they may have controlled for non-football saturdays, it still becomes a causation vs. correlation error. People throw parties during football games. The more parties, the more alcohol, the fewer inhibitions, the more sexual behavior, etc. It isn’t football, it is the parties. Like you said, St. Patty’s day, New Year’s Eve, etc. would probably show spikes as well.

          1. Football causes parties, parties cause drinking, drinking causes rapists. Football causes rape. Checkmate, patriarchy.

            1. What causes football?

              1. apparently General Motors, Burger King, Fox Sports…

  9. “Ted Cruz scoffs at the idea of providing members of the military with gluten-free meals”

    Seems reasonable. If it’s a real allergy there are dozens of other volunteers waiting in line to take the guys place.

    Military discriminates. As it should. Their job is to be the most effective low maintenance killers as possible.

    1. Crohn’s and Celiac are more than mere allergies, and they are very real. While providing gluten-free meals isn’t really that big a deal, troops sometimes need to survive off what’s available locally, so your point about “effective low maintenance killers” still stands.

      But if gluten intolerance (the actual sort, not the fashionable sort) ever becomes widespread then the military will have to change. This does raise a question – how small a percent of the general population do you have to be before the military can exclude you from service?

      1. 10% of the population has some sort of physical disability. I’d say as long as recruitment doesn’t suffer they can exclude you.

        Sorry post was unclear. I was saying if the soldier actually had Crohn’s or Celiac they should choose someone else. I was trying to differentiate between the fad dieters who’s preferences can be ignored and the people with a real problem.

        1. People with a real problem are excluded from military service now. If you develop something like this while in, you’ll likely be medically discharged.

      2. “Crohn’s and Celiac are more than mere allergies, and they are very real.”

        Yes they are.

        The problem is that the vast majority (90+%) of sufferers are completely full of shit.

        http://glutendude.com/dear-glu…..ed-celiac/

        1. Yes, I’ve known people with both – and medically confirmed. Not an easy life at all.

          Same with autism. I’ve read people claim it’s exaggerated. No it isn’t. It’s real but it’s just that doctors can be lazy and just prescribe pills for borderline cases.

          1. Same with autism.

            It sure is real but like so many of these things it’s being blown into an “epidemic” and lots of people are – I think rightly – calling bullshit.

          2. I was listening to NPR a while back during a long drive, a long painful drive, when they did a hour long piece on the alarming increase in the rate and real numbers of autism. “1 in 7 kids are autistic” was the oft repeated line. Not once, did any of the doctors, researchers, academics or journalists involved in this panel ask or supposed whether it could be just an increase in the rate of diagnoses or a centrally planned broadening of what constitutes “autism”.

        2. “…(90+%) of sufferers are completely full of shit.”

          Or can’t keep their shit inside them.

        3. the vast majority (90+%) of sufferers are completely full of shit

          I thought it was just the opposite.

      3. Well, they cater to vegetarians now.

        If American troops need to survive off what’s locally available – we’ve already lost the war and may as well pack up and go home. We have the best logistics system in the world, at least on par with the best aywhere in the private sector, but its absolutely necessary because our war machine can not possibly run on locally sourced materials.

        But, genuine gluten intolerance is a serious handicap and either the whole military’s food supply would have to be changed to accomodate it or it needs to be added to the same list as ‘can’t see’ or ‘confined to a wheelchair’ as service disqualifiers.

      4. All the progressives on Twerper last night were butt hurt that Cruz is such a heartless bastard that he couldn’t care less about people with a serious disease. I pointed out that people with celiac aren’t allowed in the military. The conversation finally ended when I said, “It may sound harsh, but the military doesn’t like logistics that aren’t easy, and no one has a right to serve.”

        It’s OK to accommodate the general public, but troops are assets to be used by the military. It shouldn’t change for the troops, the troops have to fir the standards. Worrying about special diets to keep troops in the field takes away from the mission.

    2. I’ve seen what’s served in a Navy mess. Gluten is the least of their worries.

      1. Navy’s really cleaned up its act foodwise, starting in the mid-90’s. Mess quality was drastically improved between when I joined (90) and when I left (11). 2005 on you’d almost think you were eating Air Force style.

        1. You mean, the watered milk and boxed meats marked “Institutional Use Only” have been replaced with food? I must have missed the dancing in the streets when this happened. This is good news.

        2. ‘you’d almost think you were eating Air Force style’
          Is that really true or just the usual service rivalry?

          1. Let me tell you a story.

            its 1994ish, I’m out of the AD navy at this time but signed up to the NR, living in Tucson. Our drilling center is right next the Davis-Monthan AFB and most of our out-of-town reservists stayed in the barracks there while drilling.

            The *junior* enlisted barracks (E-4 and below) had maid service and they were two to a room. At the enlisted galley they busboys.

            At the same time at navy facilities, transient barracks were three to a room for E-6 and below – and you cleaned your own shit. Some of them still had communal bathrooms. At the galley we still ate on trays – no plates for us – and cleared our own dishes.

            AF is *ridiculous* as far as QOL goes – but the other services are closing that gap.

            1. EXACTLY the same way at the Pensacola station I trained at. Air Force had turn-down service in their rooms, I had weekly inspection for how well my two roommates and I cleaned.

              1. …also, I want to list some other matters of service rivalry that shake out thusly:

                Toughest bootcamp, most to least: Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force (who trails by a country mile). Any service, in my estimation, may rise or fall one level depending on drill instructor.

                Most physically desireable females (judgement is subjective, but using objectively consistent selection criteria held in high regard in adult entertainment, for example): Air Force, Marines, (Army and Navy tie). Marines are universally fit, and it counts, but something about the selection criteria skews things to Air Force’s favor. I think it’s a natural thing for those with the highest sexual market value to seek comfortable areas in the rear guard while others fight for/over them.

                Most marketable job skills (most variety, highest likelihood of finding marketable training and experience in the field of your choice): Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines. Basically, unless you want to be an electronics technician, the sheer variety of available professions and number of recruits trained in the Army outclasses Navy. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Militar…..areers.htm

        3. Shi-yat. I finished boot camp (USMC) in 1976 – and I am currently in the (Army? reserves.

          It would take volumes to describe the changes that have happened. Upgrades mostly but the chickenshit is deeper than I would have ever imagined.

    3. They should only be allowed to eat our enemies. Meat is gluten free.

    4. The only problem to consider is how the condition could come up later in life after the soldier is already trained and has attained some amount of experience. At that point is it cheaper to train and retain another soldier to take his/her place or to provide food that meets his/her needs.

      1. Replace and retrain. There’s always someone ready to move up into that position – if the soldier is taking his job seriously *he’s* ensuring that he’s completely redundant by training his subordinates to do his job – and there are always new people entering the pipe.

        Short of this becoming an epidemic level problem, losing a tiny percentage of your people at differing ranks is something that can be aborbed cheaper than sourcing and distributing a new food standard and supply.

        1. I dunno. Is medically retiring a 25 year old E-6 really cheaper than adding a couple menu items at the chow hall?

          You know that soldiers who develop asthma are not kicked out when that comes up. And lots of soldiers end up walking instead of running for their PFT.

          1. Not so much these days. The draw-down is giving the DoD a reason to make previously acceptable conditions and behaviors grounds for early retirement and bars to re-enlistment.

          2. Is medically retiring a 25 year old E-6 really cheaper than adding a couple menu items at the chow hall?

            The logistics train and the restructuring of the chow hall are a lot more complicated than adding a couple menu items.

            You have to assume that the logistics for gluten free at every single meal are going to break down. Because it will. If it breaks down, your truly gluten-allergic soldiers become degraded or non-functional. Its an avoidable risk, and in the military, you should avoid every risk you can.

          3. Depends. *One* – certainly its more cost effective to replace the soldier than to rejigger the mess.

            20% – probably past time to accomodate.

          4. Is medically retiring a 25 year old E-6 really cheaper than adding a couple menu items at the chow hall?

            Yes. It’s not ‘a couple items at the chow hall’, it’s potentially a whole new logistics chain to get that special diet to a guy in a FOB in Afghanistan.

            Or it means a greater part of the force sitting in the rear and unable to deploy to that FOB, which means more strain on the guys who can go.

            The Army, at least, makes exceptions for more senior guys who have developed more specific needed skills to stay around to retirement; but the Army doesn’t need 37 yr olds to kick in doors.

            Last point: that 25 yr old is someone is still supposed to kick in doors. He isn’t able to do what is needed of him, and the medical condition isn’t going away. Letting him stay longer just means that it costs even more to medically retire him when you eventually do.

            1. This…the logistics of special dietary needs take on a whole new meaning when you’re chasing, for example, a Navy war ship around on deployment overseas. Special foods need special shelves in the freezers, and special pallets on the supply ship, and special training to mess specialists, and special supply channels from special producers with special prices, and you’ll have to provide special training for hospital corpsman, of course. All of those things (space, man-hours) are at an extreme premium on a ship at sea, and the upsets to schedule are frequent and drastic, often involving hundreds of miles and multiple national borders and territories, etc.

    5. Best line from that speech/article:

      That’s why the last thing any commander should need to worry about is the grades he is getting from some plush-bottomed Pentagon bureaucrat

  10. Claim: Climate causes Deadly Turtle Herpes

    The young patient writhes on the operating table, kicking its flippers. A team of medical attendants turns it over, revealing an underbelly cluttered with tumors, some as big as golf balls.

    This endangered green sea turtle, about 2 years old and too young for the staff to know yet whether it is male or female, is infected with fibropapillomatosis, a potentially deadly disease caused by a type of herpes virus.

    Experts still don’t understand quite how the virus spreads, or what causes it, though some research has pointed to agricultural runoff, pollution and global warming.

    1. Turtle Herpes

      Nice band name.

      1. I need to quit spending so much time on the Internet. I read that link as “Clinton cause Deadly turtle Herpes” and didn’t even flinch or wonder “wtf?”

        1. If you were thinking Bill then it would make perfect sense that is where their herpes came from.

          1. Turtle Herpes is, like, level 2 of Epstein Island: The Video Game.

    2. Climate change is there anything it can’t do???

      1. Can it run Crysis? (I know, I know… old joke :P)

      2. A few years ago we went to the aquarium in San Francisco and the young lady was explaining that climate change was hurting the turtle population because not enough males were being born and that was then limiting the ability to reproduce. I didn’t get a chance to offer a correction, that the number of off-spring only depends on the number of females, as the male can fuck as many females as h can find. There are a hell of a lot more female deer than male and it doesn’t hurt their population totals any.

        1. Well, a few years ago, Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock went to the aquarium in San Francisco and stole a whale using a Klingon ship retrofitted with a water tank and some energy they siphoned from an aircraft carrier. This all took place in 1986.

          1. AIrcraft carrier? It was a nuclear wessel!

    3. Experts still don’t understand quite how the virus spreads, or what causes it, though some research has pointed to agricultural runoff, pollution and global warming

      If you assholes would stop eating and exhaling the turtles could live

      1. “We don’t know what causes the spread of the virus, so we’ll just blame the things that advance our political narrative anyway.”

        1. “We don’t know what causes the spread of the virus, so we’ll just blame the things that advance our political narrative anyway the most grant money.”

    4. So apparently turtles are gender-dysphoric until later in life? They must really be perverse if they are spreading herpes and they can’t even tell the males from the females. Fucking hedonist turtles.

      1. It might not be anything sexual that spreads this type of herpes. Maybe they just cuddle a lot.

        1. I’m not a player, I just cuddle a lot.

        2. Well, I heard you can get chlamydia from riding on a tractor, so there’s that.

          1. Sure, that’s what your wife told you. What she didn’t tell you is that “Tractor” is the nickname of that guy down at the Pep Boys.

  11. Ohio woman assaults husband with mini baseball bat because he didn’t buy her a Valentine’s Day gift

    The man told deputies his wife, Kimberly Hammond, 46, had been drinking and began to hit and scratch his face during a verbal altercation. She then allegedly grabbed a mini baseball bat and struck him in the back of the head, knocking him unconscious.

    Hammond is accused of continuing to attack her husband as he regained consciousness.

    According to deputies, Hammond said she was upset because her husband did not get her a gift on Valentine’s Day.

    1. +1 Punch and Judy reboot

    2. Now who hasn’t wanted the gift of an excuse to get drunk and beat the shit out of some asshole with a baseball bat? Ungrateful bitch.

    3. See, domestic violence is still the man’s fault. If he wasn’t such a misogynistic, selfish prig, and gave a shit about his wife, she wouldn’t have been forced to defend herself. Or something.

      /*Feminist Progtard

      1. Best Defense == Good Offense.

  12. Ted Cruz scoffs at the idea of providing members of the military with gluten-free meals.

    Good, another thing for people to use as a proxy for the real reasons they do or don’t want Ted Cruz to be President in the hopes that some other person will change their mind because of this.

  13. Rochdale child sex grooming ringleader uses European human rights law to avoid being kicked out of UK

    Paedophile Shabir Ahmed, 63, described by a judge as a “violent hypocritical bully”, has written to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) claiming his convictions for child sex offences were a conspiracy to “scapegoat” Muslims, his immigration tribunal heard.

    Ahmed, serving 22 years in jail, was convicted in 2012 of being the ringleader of a group of Asian men who preyed on girls as young as 13 in Rochdale, plying them with drink and drugs before they were “passed around” for sex.

    He appeared before the First Tier Immigration Tribunal, sitting at Manchester Crown Court, on Tuesday to appeal against the decision by Secretary of State Theresa May to strip him of his British citizenship, the first stage in the deportation process.

    1. Ahmed, serving 22 years in jail, was convicted in 2012 of being the ringleader of a group of Asian men who preyed on girls as young as 13 in Rochdale, plying them with drink and drugs before they were “passed around” for sex

      *squints* Roman, that you?

      1. Roman didn’t share.

    2. Paedophile Shabir Ahmed, 63, described by a judge as a “violent hypocritical bully”, has written to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) claiming his convictions for child sex offences were a conspiracy to “scapegoat” Muslims, his immigration tribunal heard.

      So this guy is trying to use European PC culture as leverage to get away with child rape. Also, what is it with child sex rings and British towns that start with Ro-?

    3. Where are they gonna deport him to, Epstein’s private island?

      1. I don’t think he’s their kind of people aside from the pedophilia.

  14. “The Constitution is pretty clear about what’s supposed to happen now,” said President Obama, chiding Republican senators for suggesting they would refuse to confirm any Supreme Court nominee he offers.”

    First, lonely comment:

    “BoycottFoxNews ? 2 hours ago

    Congress is racist, nothing but a bunch of white haired old white men with lots of money screwing with the American people.”

    Nothing ‘racist’ in that, no siree.

    1. RIGHT. Its because Obama is BLACK that they are doing this, not because he’s a widely-despised loudmouth narcissistic blowhard that likes nothing better than the sound of his own voice and has done nothing but – as a constitutional “scholar” – has done nothing but make every effort to destroy the powers of that document.

  15. Looks like Hillary’s thyroid is acting up again. Better take that VP pick into major consideration when you make your decision, America!

  16. Florida Man poses as doctor.

    “I’m not a gynecologist, but I’d be happy to take a look!”

    1. I almost have to admire the young man’s initiative

    2. Dude saw Dougie Howser 1 too many times. What’s that, he wasn’t alive when that show was on? How did I get so old?

      1. Not enough alcohol. Obviously.

  17. OT: This was interesting.

    … if you vote “No Preference,” you are basically allowing David Lewis and Dallas Woodhouse to make your choice for you at the national convention. And right now, that choice looks like it will be Marco Rubio.

    This is the third site I saw mentioning NC’s No Preference on their primary ballot. Do we have anyone here who knows more?

    1. Why would someone who voted “no preference” care?

      1. It is a way to express disapproval of all choices?

        1. That would be not voting in the first place.

          No preference just says – I was here and I find them all equally suitable (or horrible) do what you want.

  18. But in requesting the company build a backdoor to the iPhone, the agency has “asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create.”

    I’m sorry, where is the legal constitutional authority for a judge to order a company to create something?

    1. The FYTW Clause. Duh.

      1. Well, of course FYTW. But sometimes they actually pretend something gives them the authority, like “commerce clause”.

    2. I’m glad to see Apple refusing this. Don’t play God with the damned phones. Because of course it will always be a necessity, over and over again.

    3. “Sorry your Honor, we tried but cannot do it. Guess we didn’t know how good our own crypto was!”

      1. The brilliant bit about this from Apple’s perspective is that they are advertising how even before they enhanced it, their phones’ security is so great. Fantastic marketing from their perspective, positioning themselves as against government hacking a phone.

    4. You know who else refused a back door?…

      1. Is someone upset that Mrs Lizard didn’t give him *his* Valentine’s Day present?

        1. It’s not March 14th yet!

  19. SugarFree’s writing is my personal Vietnam… the horror the horror

    Draft-Dodger Trump Said Sleeping Around Was My ‘Personal Vietnam’

    Draft-dodger Donald Trump once said that the danger he faced from getting sexually transmitted diseases was his own “personal Vietnam.”

    In a 1997 interview with shock jock Howard Stern, Trump talked about how he had been “lucky” not to have contracted diseases when he was sleeping around.

    “I’ve been so lucky in terms of that whole world. It is a dangerous world out there. It’s scary, like Vietnam. Sort of like the Vietnam-era,” Trump said in a video that resurfaced Tuesday on Buzzfeed, “It is my personal Vietnam. I feel like a great and very brave soldier.”

    1. Reading SF’s stories, like serving in Vietnam, is likely to cause PTSD.

      1. That’s why I won’t read them.

        1. No, no! It is best to come to terms with the trauma – face it and become stronger. At least that is what I tell myself before I click onto one of his stories…

          1. It’s like being sent down a VC tunnel. If you can crawl through that darkness, survive and maintain your sanity, there is nothing you cannot do.

            1. It’s like being sent down a VC tunnel. If you can crawl through that darkness, survive and maintain your sanity, there is nothing you cannot do.It’s dark, disorienting, and you get a bayonet shoved up your ass.

    2. “She say no boom boom with NYC billionaire developer…too boo coo…it too YUUUUUGGGEEE”

    3. You poor brave man, Trump…

      *quietly slips campaign medals into trash can in shame*

      1. You can console yourself with the number of votes he lost by saying that. I really think he’s in slow self-destruct mode; not sure if that’s intentional or just inevitable.

        1. I kind of think a mix of both.

        2. He seems to have no internal self-editor. The little voice that tells people “that’s the stupid thing to say.”

        3. I doubt he loses many, if any. His supporters do not seem to care what he says, plus “Veterans for Trump” is an actual thing.

          1. For fuck’s sake, I’m no Trump fan, but that was from the Howrd Stern show in 1997. It’s not meant to be taken seriously, it’s supposed to be comedy.

            1. I am not sure Trump does comedy, when it involves himself that is…

            2. I’m no Trump fan

              Liar!!!

              I agree, though, and opposition research does not apply to Trump.

          2. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that you can’t make “look at this crazy shit Trump said” stick, his supporters don’t care, and if I’ve learned another thing, people in the media will keep trying to make things stick.

        4. I actually think this would make me want to vote for him more. It’s funny. He clearly doesn’t take himself too seriously.

    4. He was serving in those trenches with old Sgt. Bubba Clinton.

  20. Thomas Friedman: Who Are We?

    I find this election bizarre for many reasons but none more than this: If I were given a blank sheet of paper and told to write down America’s three greatest sources of strength, they would be “a culture of entrepreneurship,” “an ethic of pluralism” and the “quality of our governing institutions.” And yet I look at the campaign so far and I hear leading candidates trashing all of them.

    Donald Trump is running against pluralism. Bernie Sanders shows zero interest in entrepreneurship and says the Wall Street banks that provide capital to risk-takers are involved in “fraud,” and Ted Cruz speaks of our government in the same way as the anti-tax zealot Grover Norquist, who says we should shrink government “to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.” (Am I a bad person if I hope that when Norquist slips in that bathtub and has to call 911, no one answers?)

    I don’t remember an election when the pillars of America’s strength were so under attack ? and winning applause, often from young people!

    1. WE. ARE. LEGION.

      I still want to know why French’s removed the bits of onions in their French onion mustard. Remember those?

      1. they clogged the nozzle?

        1. The bits were too tiny to block a nozzle.

    2. I came here just to link that! Damn you. The entire piece is hilarious.

      Sanders seems to me like someone with a good soul, and he is right that Wall Street excesses helped tank the economy in 2008. But thanks to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, that can’t easily happen again.

      I’d take Sanders more seriously if he would stop bleating about breaking up the big banks and instead breathed life into what really matters for jobs: nurturing more entrepreneurs and starter-uppers

      1. Unlike Sanders, Ted Cruz does not have a good soul. He brims with hate, and his trashing of Washington, D.C., is despicable. I can’t defend every government regulation. But I know this: As the world gets faster and more interdependent, the quality of your governing institutions will matter more than ever, and ours are still pretty good.

        1. So basically it is a piece to prop up the democrats and trash republicans?

          1. It is worth reading just to see how awful he is.

            1. I can’t imagine it getting more awful than wishing someone bleeds out in the shower. Stay classy, NYT.

        2. Sure, no hate at all in Sanders, nosiree!

    3. Isn’t Friedman the authoritarian that slobs all over the Top Men? Also what is up with leftists frequently using the word “extreme”, “anti”, “zealot”

      1. So what i was reading Friedman is an elitist who married into a rich family. Lives in a 9.3 million estate.

      2. He’s the Sinophile. At least when it comes to Chinese communism.

      3. Also what is up with leftists frequently using the word “extreme”, “anti”, “zealot”

        Projection.

    4. No mention of Hillary being a criminal?

      1. She a fucking “Pillar of American Strength”.

      2. His ideal government is the Chinese politburo. Clinton is the prototype for sort of politician Friedman thinks is for “good government”.

    5. “I don’t remember an election when the pillars of America’s strength were so under attack ? and winning applause, often from young people!”

      Translation: The broadsheet newspaper I write for is an unsustainable money pit.

    6. quality of our governing institutions

      *spit take*

    7. Interesting that he makes no mention of Clinton in that excerpt. Because someone who treats our governing institutions as their own piggy bank, that will certainly maintain their “quality.”

    8. “Culture of entrepreneurship”. The one thing he says in his piece that is true. And everything he believes in economically goes to work on destroying it.
      “Culture of pluralism”. What a fucking piece of shit. No, it is the fact that no matter who you are, where you come from, what religion you believe in, if you are willling to work hard, and uphold the ideal of liberty, you can become an American. Now, obviously that was not observed perfectly. Far from it. But that was the ideal we supposedly tried to hold ourselves up to.
      “Quality of governing institutions” FFS like the Dept of Education? The IRS? The EPA? How about the CIA that everyone on the left (and many of us here) have no trust in. How about local and state police forces? Are they quality? How about DHS, with the airport screeners, and customs people who can hold you damn near indefinitely when one is less than 100 miles from the border. How about NSA phone tapping?
      Friedman really isn’t all that deep a thinker. He was the one that wishes we were China for one day so Obama could “get stuff done”.

      1. Dodd-Frank is certainly strengthening the culture of entrepreneurship!

    9. The guy who sucks China’s dick is bemoaning a less pluralistic government? Tom, you sold out, bud. It’s okay to be a whore, but you can’t act like a prude when it suits you.

    10. Since when is “quality of institutions” measured on a scale of “more regulations = good; fewer regulations = bad”?

      Thomas Friedman…what’s the perfect Friedman’en word to describe him?

      1. So as I was taking a taxi to the Hack Airport, my driver pointed out how NY Times building was emptier than it had been five years ago. This is an important point that many Columbia J school grads overlook. The critical turning point was when

        Crap, I can’t do it. Send in the Friedman Generator!

      2. Thomas Friedman…what’s the perfect Friedman’en word to describe him?

        Kauffmanian?

        1. Don’t know how my phone got that from what I inputted.
          Meant to say Krugmanesqe

    11. And yet I look at the campaign so far and I hear leading candidates trashing all of them.

      Uhh, Tom, its not the candidates that have trashed entrepreneurship, pluralism, and our governing institutions.

  21. Yet another epic Hillary coughing fit

    Check out 0:15, where she blames it on too much sex.

    1. Oral sex is not sex, right?

    2. Oh, I see DD already posted this.

      Hillary sucks down that water worse than Marco.

      1. Rubio could “suck a golf ball out of garden hose”. Hillary would if she could.

    3. You just made sure that I will NEVER click that…

      1. I’m serious, Swiss.

        I would never joke about sex.

    4. Yup. A Pendant Publishing deal breaker in the making right there.

    5. Check out 0:15, where she blames it on too much sex.

      Huma has bristly pubes?

      1. (retching)

      2. It’s a safe bet all Middle Eastern chicks do.

    6. Let’s all cheer for the old, dying lady!!!

  22. EXCLUSIVE: Rubio Supported Amnesty As Far Back As 1998

    While serving as a city commissioner in West Miami, Marco Rubio voted in favor of a city resolution urging the federal government to give Honduran illegal immigrants permanent resident status and free them from risk of deportation, according to documents obtained by The Daily Caller.

    The 1998 city resolution, #98-16, is titled “Resolution of the City of West Miami urging the federal government and Immigration and Naturalization Service to accord same status to Hondurans as has been afforded to Nicaraguans.”

    In the year prior, the “Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act” was enacted into law. This allowed for Nicaraguan, Cuban, Salvadorian, Guatemalan and former Soviet bloc migrants who had applied for asylum to receive permanent resident status and a stay of removal.

    1. I am not in the bag for Rubio (I may vote for him in the general, but that is a statement of how much I loathe Clinton and Sanders), but I am not sure that vote means what they think it does. It seems reasonable that if the federal govt already gave asylum status to those from Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala, I should think giving the same status to Hondurans would simply trying to be fair. Not a blanket “amnest” for all illegal immigrants.

      I am not an “open borders” supporter, but this is just mendacious.

  23. I’d have thought he would have announced someone already. But not yet, he’s making us wait with baited breath.

    Possible SCOTUS nominees (from ABA journal).

    http://www.abajournal.com/news…..sibilities

    1. I always bait me breath.

      1. Is that why your breath always smells like rotting fish?

        1. +1 Chum

          1. He’s not your Chum, Buddy!

            1. He is not your Buddy, Pal!

              1. He’s not your Pal, Sport!

          2. This is all very racist against my fish-people. My scales are not armor and your barbs cut me to the quick.

      2. +1 As the balloons come cascading down . . .

    2. “Bated,” not “baited.” As in to abate, not to lure.

      1. Thank you for the clarification.

        1. Finally our national healing can begin…

      2. way to be a cis-shitlord, Tonio

      3. Filling in for Nikki, Tonio? I’d think long and hard about that, my friend.

        1. Long and hard. I see what you did there.

      4. Tonio is mastering the language.

  24. the “quality of our governing institutions.”

    Hello in there, Tom. Tell me, what color is the sky in your world?

  25. Charles Cooke: What Has Conservatism Ever Done for Us? A Great Deal, Actually

    When confronted by this challenge, one is tempted to list the monumental ideological victories that the Right has won over the past 40 years. And rightly so. Since Ronald Reagan made his first serious presidential run, in 1976, conservatism has produced a cornucopia of significant changes ? not only to government policy, but to the baseline presumptions of American life. Among these alterations are the tarring and feathering of the reflexively technocratic mindset that obtained from the outset of the New Deal to the end of the 1970s; the marginalization of wage and price controls, and of other centralizing tools; the lowering of destructive tax rates on income and other forms of wealth; the deregulation of a significant number of major industries; a renewed focus on national sovereignty; the successful reform of the welfare system; a consensus around free trade; a much lower minimum wage; a focus on both the text and the original meaning of the Constitution when discussing limits on government power; the restoration of the right to keep and bear arms; the stronger protection of freedom of expression; a national partial-birth-abortion ban; the death of speech-killing “campaign-finance reform”; and, lest we forget, the peaceful dismantling of the Soviet Union.

    1. Apart from better sanitation and medicine and education and irrigation and public health and roads and a freshwater system and baths and public order… what have the RomansConservatives done for us?

  26. “Celinda Lake, Democratic strategist, says young liberals aren’t that phased by the possibility of a female president but would really like to back a gay or transgender candidate.”

    What midgets get no love from liberals?

    1. “Everyone just get in a single file line with those aggrieved groups with the most intersectional victimhood to the front, white women to the back. You’ll get a presidency, there’s enough identity politics for everyone but you have to wait your turn.”

  27. How many transgendered kids are there in South Dakota? 8?

    1. Using .3% times SD’s population, I come up with about 2500.

      1. Are you correcting for children vs general population?

        But having said that, Libertarians are all for the rights of the individual.

        1. Indeed – too lazy to read – I sure hope they only banned a mandate of such, any business or facility that wants to have such should certainly be able to have any kind of WC they want.

          1. It only dealt with public schools. It basically mandates that public school students use the bathrooms, locker rooms or showers that correspond to their biological sex, or they can use a private bathroom such as in the office or the teacher’s lounge.
            How is this at all fucking controversial? I am just frustrated that the gay and lesbian groups allied with all of the transgender shit. (I am not even saying those who are going through the physical process to change from one to the other). I mean the gender fluid, you are whatever you feel you are today bullshit. Who I am physically attracted to, and what turns me on sexually, is not the same as what fucking sex I am. Sexual preferences are across the scale (whether gay or straight, shoe fetishes, leg vs. breast men, affinities for BDSM, etc.) A person may have religious objections to what sexual behavior is moral or immoral. But, an elementary school child deciding, against all evidence to the contrary, that they are a girl instead of a boy, is objectively bullshit. (If an adult wants to have surgery, hormone treatments, etc. they have every right to, whether or not i think they are delusional.) But since a large amount of youth gender dysphoria resolves itself on its own, this shouldn’t even be an issue. Be a masculine girl. Be a feminine boy. Knock yourself out. It doesn’t change the biological status of a person.

  28. Apple will refuse a federal court order saying it must unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters

    It seems like there is ample evidence to warrant a search of this particular phone, so why are they refusing (other than that it might be technically impossible)?

    1. Perhaps RTFA? New software has to be created to crack the security which is their main selling point. So they’re being asked to destroy the value of their brand and create a back door for Fed and hacker exploits.

      That’s nuts, and a stunning overreach.

      1. Perhaps RTFA?

        That seems like a waste of time when you so kindly did it for me. 🙂

        New software has to be created to crack the security which is their main selling point

        Got it. So they can’t unlock just this one phone without creating the key that will unlock of all them.

        1. Correct. The Feds are essentially asking them to write a skeleton key.

          1. Which is exactly what they want, and access to the terrorists’ phones is just a pretext for.

      2. That’s nuts, and a stunning overreach.

        Seriously? You know Obamacare was upheld by the Supreme Court, don’t you? I wouldn’t bet a nickel on trying to guess what they would consider to be “over-reach” these days. Especially given The War, civil liberties have to bend a little in deference to wartime exigencies, don’t ya know. And as long as they’re bending over all sexy-like like that, well, who could blame a guy for getting a little aroused at the idea of violating them some? I mean, look at ’em! They’re practically begging for it!

    2. Because they’re the manufacturer of the phone, not the owner of it?

      Does Master Lock get served with a lot of warrants for people’s sheds?

    3. “We have great respect for the professionals at the FBI, and we believe their intentions are good,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a letter.

      I don’t know what to think here. Is Cook retarded? Is he lying? Or is he being “truthy” by just not mentioning that the particular professionals at the FBI he’s referring to, the ones he respects and believes to be good-intentioned, are the janitors and the cafeteria ladies?

      I understand that Apple has to walk a line here between not pissing off the feds and ruining their future and not having a future based on the failure to embrace privacy in the on-line world, but I sure would like to know what he really thinks. I’m hoping that he really does understand that this idea that we live in a police state world just cannot stand.

      And I can’t wait to see what those assholes running for President all think of Apple denying the government’s claim that all your databases belong to us.

      1. He’s saying, “I’m refusing a court order, but I don’t love terrorists.”

        1. ‘…on the other hand, if it were the Koch brothers…’

    4. I think the issue here is that, if Apple had a way to decrypt a phone, then the court order would sound like a valid search warrant. Just like if a locksmith were ordered to help unlock a door to a suspected killer’s house. As long as there is a valid search warrant, then it seems that it would be within 4A protections.

      However, this is ordering Apple to invent a brand new technology after the fact. Which the judge doesn’t even know for sure would be physically possible, but also would create a situation which could be financially harmful to Apple.

      The other issue is related to my first point. As I am typing this I am thinking that maybe it isn’t even appropriate to force a third party to decrypt a suspect’s data, even if it were possible. It is kind of like, a search warrant is served to a suspect. They don’t have to help in the search. They just can’t impede it. I am wondering if that maybe analogous here. IOW: “Yeah you have a valid search warrant. Go ahead and search the phone. Oh, you can’t decrypt it? Too bad. If you want the info so much, figure it out.”

    5. Classically, the feds can order you to turn over data that you have, but can’t require you to create something (its a “search” warrant, not an “indentured servitude order”).

      There’s actually a whole tangle of legal issues implied by the feds trying to force a company to create something for its benefit. Will they pay Apple’s expenses? If not, isn’t this a seizure? If they can order Apple to write software for them, they can order anybody to write software for them or do pretty much anything. This is not a small fight, or a PR stunt (I hope). If Apple is serious about this and fights it all the way, they will have done something good.

  29. Donald Trump supporter in South Carolina: ‘We’re voting with our middle finger’

    One poll taken since the debate by Public Policy Polling, which works mostly for Democrats, shows Trump leading South Carolina’s Republican primary field by 17 percentage points, about the same lead he had going into the debate. His core support from about one in three Republicans remains steady here, in line with earlier national polling.

    During past controversies, Trump’s supporters have stuck with him, believing his unvarnished criticism of immigrants, Muslims, women and Sen. John McCain’s war record shows he is willing to take on establishment interests and unwilling to bend to what he calls political correctness. Sometimes they agree with his comments, particularly on building a wall along the Southwestern border and barring Muslims from entering the country, according to polls. Sometimes they disagree but are more concerned with upending the political system.

    “We’re voting with our middle finger,” said John Baldwin, a used-car dealer from Greenville.

    1. And while that may feel good, beware the consequences. There is a difference between winning and governing. Trump is going to be very frustrated when he learns that he needs Congress to get anything done. Not to mention those pesky courts.

      1. I have not read Trump’s manifesto, “The Art of the Deal”. But I get the impression this is not “Mein Kampf” or “Dreams of My Father”.

      2. Trump is going to be very frustrated when he learns that he needs Congress to get anything done

        Do you really think Trump cares about anything other than being elected?

        1. I’ve got $20 that says, should he get elected, he gets bored with the gig in 6 months and hands it over to the VP.

          1. I’ve got $10 that says the VP is some random Eastern European piece of ass.

      3. I initially thought Trump was a buffoon and the substance of what he says is that of a buffoon. He rarely even completes a cogent idea when he speaks, and I think it’s intentional. His popularity rests solely in his method, not his ideas.

        1. “Unvarnished” is a synonym for moronic.

  30. Criminal convictions for EU migrants leap by 40% in five years: 700 found guilty every week in the UK but less than 20,000 foreign criminals have been deported

    British courts are handing out more than 700 convictions involving European Union migrants every week in the UK ? a rise of nearly 40 per cent in five years.

    In a fresh blow for EU backers, figures show that Europeans have been found guilty of 146,100 crimes ? including murder and rape ? since 2012.

    Poles and Romanians are the worst offenders, fuelling fears over the impact of EU expansion.

    But the statistics show that only 19,227 foreign crooks have been deported in the past four years ? many of whom will have originally come from outside Europe.

    Critics seized on the figures as evidence that the bloc’s freedom of movement rules are routinely being abused.

    1. I swear we were treated to an article yesterday about how mass migration has no downsides whatsoever.

  31. So let me get this straight. Both Apple and South Dakota are having “back door” issues?

    1. *steps up to the plate*

      You know who else had back door issues?…

      1. Cujo?

      2. The crooks in “Home Alone”?

        1. Two fucking minutes you bastard

      3. Gordon Lightfoot?

  32. Apple continues to be proprietary. And the only correct answer for a busybody in search of an encrypted password is still “I don’t know.”

  33. But in requesting the company build a backdoor to the iPhone, the agency has “asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create.”

    But wait a minute… I thought Tim Cook was into back doors. Did I get that wrong?

    1. To be more efficient, this is for you and Libertarian, a couple of comments up…

      *narrows gaze*

      1. If I can’t rate my own narrowed gaze I’m going to quit trying so hard.

      2. Yeah, yeah, I know. Low hanging fruit…

        Huh?

        1. Low hanging fruit..

          I am applauding this one. Disgusting.

    2. I am not gay, but I would fork over my H&R password for a strong massage.

  34. China Ramps Up Rhetoric, Plans New Steps to Juice Up Economy

    China is stepping up support for the economy by ramping up spending and considering new measures to boost bank lending.

    The nation’s chief planning agency is making more money available to local governments to fund new infrastructure projects, according to people familiar with the matter. Meantime, China’s cabinet has discussed lowering the minimum ratio of provisions that banks must set aside for bad loans, a move that would free up additional cash for lending.

    Officials are upping their rhetoric too. Premier Li Keqiang said policy makers “still have a lot of tools in the box” to combat the slowdown in the world’s No. 2 economy, days after People’s Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan broke a long silence to talk up confidence in the nation’s currency, the yuan.

    why are the solutions always the same?

    1. The solutions accomplish the intended goals, not the stated ones. The stated goals only exist to keep us quiet until Top Men finalize their solutions.

      1. something something else had a final solution…

        1. Hitler’s Top Men?

        2. My AP Physics students who got 4s and 5s on their exams?

    2. “We’re going to burn through all our performing assets rather than take an honest inventory and let the bad investments fail.”

      Got It. At least they are busy destroying their T-bill holding to keep the yuan from deflating.

    1. Also, probably shouldn’t. All you can possibly do is piss people off.

      1. And the downside is…?

    2. how can I talk about race as a white person?

      On your knees?

  35. Celinda Lake, Democratic strategist, says young liberals aren’t that phased by the possibility of a female president but would really like to back a gay or transgender candidate.

    Wouldn’t it be great if the first woman president were a man?

    1. Wouldn’t it be great if copy editors knew the difference between phase and faze?

    2. Well, the first black president was white, so why not.

  36. Sounds like a solid plan to me dude. WOw.

    http://www.Anon-Net.tk

    1. Of course a bot would back Apple!

      1. Mmmmmmm, bot. Anybody else miss Hanson?

  37. Once in a while you see a story that reaffirms your faith in humanity.

    Sniper Decapitates ISIS Leader Teaching Beheading Class

    http://dailycaller.com/2016/02…..head-shot/

    If there is a better feel good story this year, I haven’t seen it.

  38. Metal

    Destr?yer 666 full album stream

    1. Not bad

  39. This ‘simple’ children’s brainteaser has the entire internet arguing over the correct answer – so can YOU work it out?

    Mathematical equation uses apples, bananas and coconuts as numbers
    Asks you to guess what number each fruit represents to work out answer
    People torn over whether the correct answer is 14, 15, 16 or even 20

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/fem…..k-out.html

    I get 16.

    1. I think the number of bananas and coconut halves matter. To me, it’s 14.

      1. I noticed the coconut change but not the banana change. So I’m going to change my answer from 15 to 14.

      2. Good call, I missed that.

      1. Oh wait 14.

    2. I get 12.8 + 1.4i but there are other solutions.

      1. But I got 14 before trying to be a smart ass.

      2. And I object to calling it a brain teaser. It’s just deliberately ambiguous.

    3. What’s the consensus ?

      Cuz that’s science !

  40. Sports Illustrated cover star Ashley Graham is every inch the sexy siren as she strips down to model her own lingerie designs in a racy new campaign

    Ashley, 28, models a variety of underwear styles from her latest collaboration with Canadian brand Addition Elle
    On Saturday night, it was revealed that the Nebraska native had been chosen as one of three cover stars for the 2016 Swimsuit Issue
    The size 14 model appears on one cover of the magazine, while UFC fighter Ronda Rousey and fellow fashion star Hailey Clauson also snagged covers

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/fem…..paign.html
    John approves.

    1. Mooooo.

      Would, I meant would.

    2. Actually, I really don’t. She is a cow. I think models are generally too skinny but there is a difference between curves and just not caring. There is nothing particularly sexy about her.

      1. ^This. I wonder what audience SI is trying to please by pushing a fat swimsuit model?

        1. I think you know.

          I also don’t think she is as overweight as you guys seem to be saying. Though they probably did some airbrushing.

          1. Is that really a significant audience for SI?

            1. I was talking about the SJW crowd. There will probably be a transgendered model soon.

              But I guarantee someone will be looking closely at how many of each cover sold.

              1. What’s stupid is that the SJW crowd isn’t who buys SI, and catering to them is going to drive away their market.

        2. I think you mean what audience they are trying APPEASE.

        3. I wonder what audience SI is trying to please by pushing a fat swimsuit model?

          Agreed. My first question was “WTF does this have to do with sports?”

          Then I remembered that it’s SI and they’ve been publishing articles on global warming since the 90s and before;
          http://mentalfloss.com/article…..ports-1991

          The ozone layer is a bit more depleted and the resulting greenhouse warmth makes winter pretty nice in Duluth. It is New Year’s Day, and the temperature is 50?. Very pleasant. However, I do miss that cozy-cocoon sensation I have experienced on so many New Year’s Days past as I sat snug in front of my TV, watching hour after hour of college bowl games, while bone-freezing winds whipped off the ice pack on Lake Superior.

          Hilariously, it doesn’t seem like the rhetoric has changed in the in 25 intervening years except that they take themselves more seriously when they write it.

          So glad I jumped off the SI bandwagon as a kid.

          1. It was 1? in NYC a couple days ago. SFTU, SI.

            1. 1? It was Balmy.

              We had -11 upstate

    3. Jeez, SI. Who’s next, Rosie O’Donnell?

      1. Ask the Daily Mail. I’m just the messenger.

    4. Not really my type, but I’d take her over the two sticks they have for the other covers. Rather a girl who’s a little heavier than I’d like, than a girl with the body of a prepubescent boy. But maybe that’s just me.

      1. Mine and my wife’s favorite model from the last several years was Esti Ginzburg, but she was only in it for maybe 2 or 3 years before joining the Israeli military.

        I find a lot of the girls to be attractive but boring when it comes to their poses. Most of them just keep the same look on their face for every shot. But there were a few good collections in this year’s.

      2. She is a bit heavier than I prefer. Though I generally take a full-figured gal over skinny chicks.

        However, she is pretty enough that if I was in love with her, i wouldn’t mind it.

    5. She has an attractive face. I’m not personally into her physique, but to each their own.

      1. Yes, years ago, she was the girl who everyone said had a pretty face and would be so attractive if she just lost some weight.

  41. Poll: Clinton, Sanders in a dead heat for Nevada

    Likely Democratic caucusgoers in Nevada are split almost evenly between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders ahead of Saturday’s caucuses, according to a new CNN/ORC Poll.

    Though Clinton holds an edge over Sanders on handling a range of top issues, the results suggest the extremely close race hinges on divided opinions on the economy.

    Overall, 48% of likely caucus attendees say they support Clinton, 47% Sanders. Both candidates carry their demographic strong points from prior states into Nevada, with Clinton holding an edge among women, while Sanders tops the former secretary of state among voters under age 55.

    1. But it’s a dry heat, right?

      1. In heat? She WAS barking earlier this week.

      2. /motions to Swiss.

        1. I got this…

          *squinting reptile gaze*

        2. *narrows gaze, alongside Mr. Lizard*

    2. Clinton holds an edge over Sanders

      She’s not *that* desperate, *is* she?!

      1. Hey, it’s no worse than a pillow.

  42. http://www.breitbart.com/tech/…..y-migrant/

    Member of German Left Youth Party Apologizes to Refugees on Facebook After Alleged Sexual Assault by Migrant

    I have a friend who while smart is a bit nuts and has always claimed that if the Muslims ever did take over the West, self professed feminist women would be the most enthusiastic about going into slavery. I always thought that was a bit far out even for him. But, he might be onto something.

  43. O/T: The anti-Uber movement is using anti-texting pretexts now

    http://www.newspressnow.com/ne…..f24e1.html

    “Senator wants to expand state’s texting ban”

    From the article:

    SB 569 would make it illegal for all drivers, (excluding emergency vehicle, public service, cab or bus drivers) to operate a handheld wireless device except while reporting illegal activity, summoning medical or emergency help, or to prevent injury to a person or property. Hire for transit drivers would have to be using a radio device that was permanently attached to the vehicle ? not a smartphone ? to be in compliance.

    1. Nice how he slipped in an exception for cab drivers. Fuck him.

    2. Meh. An easy work-around to comply with the letter of the law. Notice that this doesn’t address how the device communicates, only that it is not a smartphone and is “permanently” attached to the car (ie, screwed down).

    1. Coming soon in a theater near you.

  44. Streetcars Are the Great Urban Gimmick of Our Time

    But this is the worst part about streetcars. They’re not really a forward-thinking transit solution?they’re just tired, nostalgia-wrapped tropes serving as familiar anchors for developers to bring more investment to downtowns. These plans are not as much for the residents who live there now as they are vaporous visions to entice a future real estate boom. That’s actually part of de Blasio’s strategy, and how the streetcar will be paid for: “Administration officials believe the system’s cost can be offset by tax revenue siphoned from an expected rise in property values along the route.” The streetcar will not exist unless the development in the areas around it starts to rally, long before it’s finished. “Gentrification: The Ride.”

    1. Cincinnati is also doing a street car…think it will be a failure. Why not just have a bus that looks like a street car?

    2. Street cars move with the traffic. So, they are no different than buses. Why on earth would you go to the trouble of building all of that track and infrastructure to do the same job as a bus? Indeed, street cars only existed before buses became reliable and efficient enough to do the job.

      They are a gimmick that works because urban hipsters are classist snobs who will ride a street car because they think its cool but won’t ride a bus because they think only poor people ride those. People are retarded.

      1. Why on earth would you go to the trouble

        Because you can separate it from traffic, run it on existing rails, and chain multiple cars together.

        Yes there are a lot of gimmicky ones popping up lately but spreading FUD isn’t the answer. This particular project isn’t particularly good but IS a desperate need for some improvement in connecting the outer boroughs and in NYC buses don’t cut it.

    3. The true purpose is to make driving more of a pain in the ass. Just another part of the insane left’s endless war against normal working people.

      1. How many times have you been stuck behind a half empty bus, which is all street cars are? I fucking hate buses.

    4. they’re just tired, nostalgia-wrapped tropes

      This describes a lot of American culture. Outside of the tech sector it doesn’t really seem like there has been many original ideas in the last 20 years or so.

  45. Romantic getaway! Bella Thorne wears polka dot bikini and packs on PDA with boyfriend Gregg Sulkin as they enjoy Valentine’s Day vacation in Mexico

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvs…..exico.html
    Youth is still wasted on the young.

    1. Wow, 18 and she still looks good. She must work out a lot.

      1. yeah for someone on the wrong side of 17 she’s aged pretty well.

    2. meh, another card carrying member of the itty bitty titty committee.

    3. The dude looks completely vacant. I hope she’s carrying enough brains for two.

  46. Well, my poor computer died last night. Something got too hot I think.

    The motherboard gets power, fans and HDD start up, but it won’t load the BIOS and the 7 segment LCD that displays the Q-codes won’t light up.

    I’d been debating whether or not to dump this MB and CPU and upgrade – I’v eonly had them for 6 months but I couldn’t get SLI to work and it has an older CPU socket so I couldn’t upgrade the CPU past a 3rd gen Intel.

    So I ordered an ASRock Extreme 7+. Now I’m debating whether to run up to Phoenix and Fry’s for a new case/CPU/Cooler or order online.

    A few days oneof you posted a saved list of components – if anyone has the link to that list I would appreciate it if you could email/post it here. Or direct me to the article that comment is in.

    1. I’ve had shit-luck repairing computers. Usually I could have replaced the damn thing for the money I spent on parts. You can get decent rebuilt machines through Best Buy or Walmart even for a few hundred bucks.

    2. I’d just custom build a system from Cyber Power PC. I used to build them myself, but it’s a monumental pain in the ass, especially when you have to unbend some CPU pins with a credit card.

      1. It’s not really worth it – all I need is a MB, CPU, CPU cooler, and a new case. Going full-sized ATX this time, space isn’t an issue and I’m tired of trying to do anything inside this HP OEM mini-ATX POS.

    3. Funny you mention it, ‘cuz I pulled the trigger yesterday and finally bought the damn thing. Parts should be arriving Friday.

    4. I have a Noctua NH-D14 just sitting here if you want it. Note that you do have to be slightly out of your mind to run a heatsink this overkill, but it will give you AIO-waterloopish cooling figures in a case with enough ventilation. If you are ok with possibly losing a ram slot and your top pcie, let me know, and it is yours!

      1. Sounds good, thanks – shoot me a line (email address is linked in my name).

        1. Or, maybe its not.

          Agammamon at gmail

          1. Did you get my email? I sent it around 1PM eastern.

  47. http://nypost.com/2016/02/15/h…..SocialFlow

    Older men who get laid regularly have better brain health. Since many older men are widowers or are unable to obtain sex through social channels, isn’t making prostitution illegal just a war on men’s health?

    1. I think a guaranteed income that allows them to support a sugar baby is the answer. It helps the college loan problem, too.

    1. “Suddenly, my husband stopped breathing, and they all ran out, still laughing, but when they saw that I could not resuscitate him, they all ran into the forest.”

      Ah.

      1. That is probably one of the best death stories ever.

        1. There are certainly worse ways to go.

          1. Snoo-snoo.

    2. Teach women not to death-rape!

  48. The Constitution is pretty clear about what’s supposed to happen now,” said President Obama, chiding Republican senators for suggesting they would refuse to confirm any Supreme Court nominee he offers.

    Since when does Obama understand or care about the Constitution?

    1. Since forever. The Constitution says “advice and consent” not “rubber stamp”. The Congress is free to refuse to confirm any nominee for any reason it chooses. There is also nothing in the Constitution that requires there to be 9 Justices. The Congress could if it choose to decide that 8 is enough and refuse to confirm a 9th Justice under any circumstances.

      Obama is a politician who is of course going to lie to try and improve his position. So, I don’t blame him for trying. I blame the media for being so one sided and profoundly ignorant and not laughing him out of the room for saying this stupid shit.

      1. Yeah, the Supreme Court started at six justices, if I’m not mistaken, and varied between 5 and 10 throughout most of the 19th century before settling on nine. In my personal opinion, having an odd number is preferable, but the Senate has every right to just refuse to confirm whoever the president nominates.

        1. Does that mean when Trump wins he could add 10 more?

          1. If the Senate agreed, sure.

          2. He could nominate 10 more. Whether the Senate confirms them is an entirely separate question.

          3. I don’t think it QUITE works that way. I’m pretty sure that the maximum number is set by law in federal code, and so changing it would require a new law passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the president.

            1. Congress can change the law as part of the confirmation process. The point is, there is nothing in the Constitution requiring 9 Justices.

            2. Yup. There’s a law. Which can, of course, be amended at any time.

              https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/28/1

              1. Is that law even constitutional, as it puts limits on the President and Senate’s Constitutional prerogative that aren’t explicitly authorized by the Constitution? And if the President and Senate just straight up ignored it, though, who would have standing to challenge the appointment? I guess House members, in a manner similar to the recess appointments case.

            3. Does the law say that all 9 seats should be filled?

              1. When I posted that comment, there was no link. This is what it says:

                The Supreme Court of the United States shall consist of a Chief Justice of the United States and eight associate justices, any six of whom shall constitute a quorum.

                That does seem to imply that the Senate cannot “refuse” to have a ninth Justice, but nowhere does it say that the Senate has to confirm anyone the President nominates, either.

                1. Any attempt to force the Senate to confirm any particular justice would be unconstitutional. Frankly, there’s no way to read that “shall” as an enforcable mandate on Congress.


                2. When I posted that comment, there was no link. This is what it says:

                  The Supreme Court of the United States shall consist of a Chief Justice of the United States and eight associate justices, any six of whom shall constitute a quorum.

                  That does seem to imply that the Senate cannot “refuse” to have a ninth Justice, but nowhere does it say that the Senate has to confirm anyone the President nominates, either.

                  True, but I don’t know whether that law is even constitutional. In general, where the Constitution provides the requirements for a particular office, Congress doesn’t have the authority to expand or narrow them. For example, the Constitution gives the requirements to become president as “a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.” If Congress passed a law requiring the president attain the age of 45 years, it would get struck down.

                  If the President were to nominate a 10th justice and the Senate confirms the appoint, I don’t see how that person is not a valid Justice of the Supreme Court. He’d have met all the constitutional requirements and, unless Congress elects to impeach him, is entitled to life tenure in that position.

        2. Started at 3. Slowly ramped up from there.

  49. Celebrities take selfies in refugee blankets. You know, for art.

    Oh, Charlize.

  50. Ted Cruz scoffs at the idea of providing members of the military with gluten-free meals.

    It doesn’t mesh with his Judeo-Christian values.

    1. Doesn’t the military have better things to spend its money on rather than indulging people’s dietary whims?

      1. The military is too busy forcing women into infantry and special forces units.

        1. Well yeah, there is that.

      2. Prosthetics?

  51. “The Constitution is pretty clear about what’s supposed to happen now,” said President Obama[.]

    [The President,] by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint […] Judges of the supreme Court[.]

    Reading is hard, Mr. Odrama.

    1. That is just your white privilege talking See Double You. Giving words meaning is just a way racists keep everyone down.

      1. The words mean whatever Obama feels they mean on a given day. I suspect intersectionality comes into play somehow, but I still haven’t quite been able to figure out what that word actually means.

  52. “The Constitution is pretty clear about what’s supposed to happen now,” said President Obama,
    Regarding Friday afternoon regal decrees on laws passed by the legislature, right?

  53. The South Dakota legislature has passed a bill that would prohibit public-school students from using bathrooms that do not correspond to their biological sex.

    The bill, which passed the state Senate 20 to 15, is just one example of how the debate over gay and transgender rights has shifted since same-sex couples won the right to marry, state by state at first and then nationally when the Supreme Court ruled that marriage was a constitutional right for gay couples.

    The victory on marriage has also thrust into center stage the debate over the rights of transgender people, who have gained more social acceptance in recent years but still struggle with discrimination in the workplace and elsewhere.

    Paging John.

    1. Of all the retarded hills to die on, even I am surprised Reason is going to choose the “let the tranny use the women’s bathroom” hill.

      1. I don’t give a shit about this issue either way, other than the fact that a private company should be allowed to choose the rules for their own bathrooms (which obviously doesn’t apply in this case).

        What amazes me is the argument that a girl being uncomfortable with a biological man being in her bathroom is somehow wretched transphobia.

        Virtually everything is apparently bigotry.

        1. Especially when you are talking about kids. We have now reached the point where anyone who says a 12 year old girl should not have to use the same bathroom as some nut who thinks he is a girl is a bigot. Really? We are that insane today?

          I also like how reason on multiple occasions has argued that the solution is for the tax payers to just build separate gender neutral bathrooms. Suddenly the Libertarian thing to do is to waste people’s tax money on building new bathrooms to suit the needs of .001% of the population.

          1. I remember the bill in Houston regarding transgender bathrooms that would have made it illegal for a business owner to decide who is allowed to use which bathroom. So if a business owner said “MtF transexuals need to use the men’s bathroom” he would be fined $5000.

            It’s especially funny that leftists attacked this as “discrimination” even though absolutely no one was trying to stop transgendered people from using bathrooms, it was just an argument over whether businesses should be forced to let transgendered people use the bathroom they identify with.

            The amount of sound and fury over something so minor was hilarious.

            1. I mean, what is wrong with letting the business owners decide?

              Is freedom really that bad?

              1. But that isn’t what was happening. The bill in Houston would have mandated business owners into doing something that wasn’t their decision.

                1. And Shackford considered it gauche to openly object to such an imposition on property rights because he is incapable of empathizing with anyone who might object to using restroom or locker room facilities with someone of the opposite sex.

          2. Every motel in America has to have a power lift into and out of the swimming pool.

            As a business traveler I have never seen one in use.

            Someone’s brother n law must have owned a company that makes them.

            1. I remember when that law was passed. Now they’re all rusting away.

            2. My favorite is that half of the hot tubs are now sloppily filled with concrete because most of the hotels won’t pay for two of the lifts.

              1. As long as everyone is equally miserable, that is progress, you see?

        2. Virtually everything is apparently bigotry.

          Just what I’d expect a racist to say. 😉

          No surprise, really. When your power and position in society are dependent on bigotry, you will find it everywhere.

  54. Brown kids are almost as important as some US birds:

    “UN: Stopping Zika may require genetically modified insects’
    […]
    “The World Health Organization says it may be necessary to use controversial methods like genetically modified mosquitoes to wipe out the insects that are spreading the Zika virus across the Americas….”
    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/s…..CTION=HOME

    So they might get the luddites to accept franken-skeeters, but no mention of DDT.

    1. This thing is pretty scary, especially when you consider how powerful and profoundly stupid and evil environmentalists are. The easiest thing to do would be to bring back DDT. That will of course never happen because doing so would require admitting that the patron saint of the green cult was wrong.

    2. AH GMO’S AHHHHHH!!!!

      Someone more knowledgeable than me will have to explain why humans modifying plant and animal DNA in a lab is evil while humans modifying plant and animal DNA through selective breeding is OK.

      1. Mutations occurring when organically sourced ionizing radiation randomly alters DNA are far more healthful when gaia rapers use CRISPR to alter genes in a controlled and targeted manner.

        1. I know you jest, but still: no evidence of how the former is more “healthful” than the latter, or even what counts as “healthful,” right?

          Almost like enviros place their subjective preferences above objective data!

          1. WHO cited something like 1400 studies on the matter in its declaration that GMO’s were not known to be harmful by any method science can deduce. But that’s science, and science just can’t stand up to that weird feeling you get when someone says “radiation”, or so the wisdom goes.

    3. but the progs are now blaming Monsanto for the microcephaly, and not the Zika virus. It’s all a Rockefeller conspiracy, according to them.

      1. I saw this and I’m pretty sure those skeeters haven’t been introduced there yet.
        So the proggies have discovered a whole new vector to transmit disease: The *intention* of using something in the future to limit that disease!

        1. they’re blaming it on pesticides and other insane shit. But what do you expect from “Natural News”?

          1. “physicians” (from Physicians against Pesticide Use) have “determined” that the birth defects are “caused” by “Monsanto”

            I think I got the scare quotes in the right places.

  55. Ted Cruz scoffs at the idea of providing members of the military with gluten-free meals.

    As well he should. Military logistics is hard enough, especially on the pointy end, without having to run separate meal plan for fragile flowers. If you can’t function on standard rations, you don’t belong in the military. Its not a goddam social program, its a machine for killing people and blowing things up.

    1. “As well he should. Military logistics is hard enough, especially on the pointy end, without having to run separate meal plan for fragile flowers. If you can’t function on standard rations, you don’t belong in the military.”

      Agreed, but I have a story:
      Toward the end of WWII, the Krauts were running low on bodies (and, of course, gassing several million didn’t help with that), so they started drafting those with GI problems.
      To get a handle on the logistics, they put them all into separate units, which became known as the “White Bread Brigades”.
      So it is possible, if you’re crazy enough to murder a good bit of your population, and have to.

      1. So aside from why Germany was running out recruits (and why the hell they started WWII), I suppose if the homeland was directly threatened by invasion than all hands on deck. Of course, in our country, I really don’t think that would be a problem anyway since so many of us are armed (as the founders intended).

        And hey, if the DOD wants to spend money on this, let them stop trying to create the 1-size-fits-all weapons platforms (F-35, Littoral destroyers, etc.)

        But in general I totally agree with you and RC. The military is supposed to be good at two things:
        Killing people and breaking things. Any idea that detracts from those two functions shouldn’t be entertained. After all, if someone has asthma, should they be granted special privileges on the obstacle course? How about Down’s syndrome, maybe the ASVAB is too hard (yeah, HA!). What if a person needs daily insulin injections for Type I diabetes?

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