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    1. Pikers compared to you-know-who, probably.

      1. Voldemort?

      2. The great state of Illinois?

    2. How many is the USA paying?

    3. Hello.

      “The Rolling Stones are performing a free concert in Havana, Cuba, later this month.”

      The decadence tour.

      1. The place has been frozen in time for like fifty years, so the Stones probably qualify as a hip new act down there.

        1. Talk about giving new life to ‘Satisfaction (I can’t get no)’ and ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ and ‘Gimme Shelter’ and ‘Torn and Frayed’ and ‘Let it bleed’, ‘Emotional Rescue’ and…

          1. And as a bonus, when the show is over the band can walk into a clinic and get some free health care.

        2. It’s really just so Keith Richards can visit the Santeria guy who keeps his mortal husk walking this earth.

    4. Funny you should mention that, I just helped them out with some bank transfers they were having difficulty with.

      1. Hey, I helped those guys out with some bank transfers too. This sounds a bit suspicious.

      2. Funny you should mention that, I just helped them out with some bank transfers they were having difficulty with.

        Non-existent Nigerians or the Rolling Stones?

    5. They learned stuff like this from the master of graft USA!, USA!, USA!, USA! Or did we learn it from them?

  1. Hilldawg and Trump. I hope you’re proud of yourself, America.

    1. It is New York’s time to shine!

    2. I’ll just leave this here.

  2. Rubio won MN, but Cruz got the same number of delegates in MN as Rubio.

  3. The European Union has voted in favor of a large-scale aid package to help Syrian migrants trapped in places like Greece and Italy.

    The Greeks will be so jealous.

    1. Shouldn’t surprise anyone if the right/Nazi/nationalists etc. play/feed off that angle.

    2. Congratulations on having the 1st eligible comment on AM links.

      1. Prize?

        1. You don’t want to know.

          1. Finally got around to reading your book. About 25% in. Great read!

            1. Which one?

              And I’m glad you’re entertained.

              1. Shadowboy.

                1. Let me know what you think when you finish it. And if you like it, there are more books available.

        2. Don’t encourage me.

  4. High-schoolers and grandmas waited overnight outside the Supreme Court in the hopes of hearing oral arguments today in the Court’s first big abortion case in almost a decade.

    Hardest hit?

    1. Waiting for some oral… Yeah, btdt…

    2. Well, they would have been grandmas…

  5. High-schoolers and grandmas waited overnight outside the Supreme Court in the hopes of hearing oral arguments today in the Court’s first big abortion case in almost a decade.

    “Overnight outside”?! Child and senior abuse!

  6. Loved watching Senator Venezuela #CrashAndBern last night. Anybody have any good Bern victim tears?

    1. They’re still delusional

      Just yesterday they were all saying he would only win VT and would lose big in MA. Didn’t happen that way. The worse is behind him. Let them keep underestimating him. They’ve been doing that all along and still raking in the $$.

      sure. 75 percent of the country to vote, much of it

      favorable to bernie, record setting fundraising, blowout favorables, and a kick ass message, not to mention stompin all gop hopefuls in every poll for a ge

      reality looking good to me…

      1. The condescension towards minorities was pretty bad. I saw:

        – if only they were more educated they would understand his policies
        – they are voting against their interests
        – AAs are anti-semitic

        1. – the south is backwards

          1. Do you have a link to anyone arguing the South is backwards because Bernie lost the Democratic primary? Because I’d love to read a Democrat effectively arguing that their own primary voters (a huge percentage of whom are black in the south) are stupid.

            1. Was reading the 538.com comments of the coverage.

              http://fivethirtyeight.com/liv…..tion-2016/

            2. Have to scroll down a bit.

    2. None yet for me. Most of my Bernie-supporting friends are either silent or annoyed but resigned to Hillary getting the nomination.

      1. My Berniebots made the smooth transition over the last two weeks from “We need to vote Bernie!” to “Whatever happens, we cannot let Trump in the White House.” We all know that like 95% of them are Ready for Hillary.

        1. So, just how much Cialis do you have to take, and what else should go in your pharmaceutical cocktail, to make you ready for Hillary?

    3. US Uncut is framing it as a BERNIE SWEEPS FOUR STATES, ON TO VICTORY.

      1. I can’t understand why they love him so much. What is the appeal there? Well i know free stuff…but he is like a savior

        1. Because he’s unconventional in an election whose hallmark is popular anger against politics as usual, and because he’s stubbornly principled* in a government where principles are as rare as a SugarFree story that isn’t a horrifying travesty.

          *His principles are dumb and wrong, but damn if he doesn’t cling to them.

          1. Considering what an incredible hack Clinton is, and how actually sincere Sanders is, it’s not at all surprising to me that many Democrats are going for him.

            He’s my grandmother’s first choice now that Jeb is out of the race. That pretty much sums it up in my mind.

            1. My grandmother can’t decide between Trump and Bernie, so there’s that.

              1. If she is in a home in NC she’ll likely vote Clinton in the general. Have an aunt there who has been loading up the memory care ward in a bus to vote D. Most of them think they’re voting for Truman

            2. I don’t think he is all that sincere personally. He is a demagogue.

              1. I don’t think that squares with his actual record.

                1. Let’s see he has said:

                  – reverse climate change
                  – private prisons have led to mass incarceration
                  – Medicare for all will save 324B a year on drugs (when the US spent 305B) in 2014
                  – Glass Steagall was one of the reasons for financial crisis
                  – putting random people on the federal reserve board
                  – 23 types of deodorant
                  – medicare for all will save average person 5K/year (just like Obama 2500/year)

                  1. – 23 cent gender gap is due to discrimination

                    1. Yeah, but he seems to sincerely believe all of that. Which doesn’t mean he’s not also a demagogue.

                    2. See i guess i have hard time understanding that he actually believes that when it is so easy to verify. Then again i suppose his supporters do believe that.

                      Just wouldnt expect a US senator to be that dumb

                    3. Just wouldnt expect a US senator to be that dumb

                      That’s on you, man.

        2. They are True Believers, Tornado. Socialists are predisposed to join cults of personality.

          Welcome aboard, btw. Enjoying your comments.

        3. Just like Romney, there this idea on the left that Obama was too mainstream of a choice, that if a true idealogue had been elected, then all their legislative fantasies would have come true.

          The Bernie frenzy is their unconscious acknowledgment that Obama was a shitty President.

          1. The Bernie frenzy is their unconscious acknowledgment that Obama was a shitty President.

            Consciously, of course, they’re arguing that it’s Republican racism that kept Obama from being as awesome as he should have been.

      2. US Uncut – Is that a Jewish political advocacy group?

        1. Seems anti-semetic to me.

    4. Yeah but it’s hard to feel too great when there are cheering lunatics #readyforhillary

  7. Middle Ground: How Trump plotted a general election strategy from the start

    Trump declared early on that there should be no cuts to Social Security and Medicare. That, as his campaign knows full well, is not the standard Republican line. Conservatives believe deeply in shrinking the size of government and that entitlement programs must be reined in because they eat up a major chunk of the budget.

    But Democrats have been accusing Republicans of wanting to gut the programs for a generation. Trump’s position?that people paid into the program and deserve to reap the benefits?plays well in a general election, especially since he hopes to peel off some working-class Democrats and independents.

    In his press conference last night, Trump again sung the praises of Planned Parenthood, saying he would only defund the group’s abortion services?despite what the “so-called conservatives” think. This may be anathema to conservative Republicans who despise the group and are ardently pro-life. But his stance could appeal to suburban women who might otherwise view a Republican nominee as hostile.

    1. Trump’s position?that people paid into the program and deserve to reap the benefits

      I agree with Trump on this. Cut the generational welfare and layoff about 99% of government parasites. Stop punishing middle class tax payers and make the government employees who created this mess feel the pain.

      1. And junk about 90% of the regulations, so we can start recreating some of the millions and millions of jobs the left has killed and driven out of the country.

      2. Cut the generational welfare and layoff about 99% of government parasites.

        You want to cut the generational welfare, but you think people “paid into” SS?

        1. It’s in a trust fund, just waiting for him.

        2. Indeed – the money taken that wasn’t spent on SS benefits or whatever was used for other government spending. There is no ‘fund’.

          That said, current recipients probably shouldn’t be cut along with anyone, say, within 5 years of ‘retirement’. If you are 6-10 years away, you’ll get a cut. if you are 11-15 years away – a bigger cut. 16-20 years – bigger cut. More than 20 years – you’re on your own but you also shouldn’t have to make ‘contributions’.

          1. GWB tried that in 2005 and it was a no-go. With a Republican House and a divided Senate.

            1. I understand – it won’t happen politically. It’s too bad, beasue you could salvage them and make them actually sustainable. But since you can’t, they will go on until everyone gets nothing.

        3. Thanks for beating me to the comment, Nikki. Thanks a lot.

    2. Trump hasn’t plotted bupkis. He has ranted and raved and, lucky for him, the timing was good. But that’s all it was, luck.

      1. I think it’s at least as much about pure creature cunning as it is luck. Trump is a clown, but he knows he’s a clown, and most of his supporters do too – just like Bernie, he’s a middle finger gleefully waved at the establishment by simple folks who are sick of business as usual.

        1. I had, lamely, hoped the middle finger would be Paul…and more Massie, Amash and the like in Congress.

          *sigh*

          1. People who genuinely believe in meaningfully shrinking the government seldom are able to reconcile their principles with becoming part of it, Swiss.

            This is why agorism is possibly the best path to an actual libertarian society.

          2. Not enough fist pounding and yelling

    3. In his press conference last night, Trump again sung the praises of Planned Parenthood, saying he would only defund the group’s abortion services?despite what the “so-called conservatives” think. This may be anathema to conservative Republicans who despise the group and are ardently pro-life. But his stance could appeal to suburban women who might otherwise view a Republican nominee as hostile.

      I’m sure Trump also realizes that many of his constituents use PP for primary OB/GYN care.

      1. Ouch! But I don’t think they’re constituents until he’s elected; more like supporters or base.

        1. Why “ouch”? I’m not making an abortion joke. His supporters are poor, right, and many get some kind of assistance. I bet he knows they use PP.

          And I stand by “constituents.”

          1. “Ouch,” as in the truth hurts. I yield to you on the usage thing.

            1. Come on, Tonio, you know better. Never get involved in a ground war in Asia, and never go up against Nikki when grammar is on the line.

      2. many of his constituents use PP for primary OB/GYN care

        I really don’t know: How much primary care does PP actually provide? I’ve never run into a PP operation that had any real scale as far as health care providers went, but that’s anecdotal.

    4. Conservatives believe deeply in shrinking the size of government…

      Citation please.

      1. Libertarians aren’t the only group with true scotsmen

      2. Shrinking the gubbmint = If you dont like it, you can get the hell out!

  8. leaving Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders with wins in his home state and Colorado, Minnesota, and Oklahoma.

    Don’t you mean Colorabro, Minnebrota, and Oklabroma?

    1. We would have also accepted Mannesota.

  9. Top Men:

    Chinese officials announced plans to lay off roughly 1.8 million workers in the coal and steel industries, as part of president Xi Jinping’s politically difficult effort to restructure the world’s second-largest economy. It’s unclear as to the time frame for the cuts, which were announced by Yin Weimin, China’s minister for human resources and social security.
    In recent decades, China built its economy on heavy state investment in export-oriented manufacturing industries. Those investments created large numbers of jobs for low-skilled people flooding China’s fast-growing cities.
    But China seems to have over-invested, leaving a glut of capacity in the heavy industrial sector that has forced plants to cut prices deeply. The low prices mean those factories are effectively operating at a loss subsidized by the state.

    Thomas Friedman hardest hit?

    1. Well, to be fair to Friedman, who could have possibly predicted that the second largest economy in the world couldn’t be managed?

    2. China’s numbers are so cooked that it’s impossible to tell what’s really going on, but I can guarantee it’s not good.

  10. CDC Warns of ‘Healthy’ Food Outbreaks: Sprouts, Salads, Organic Shakes and Meals, Cucumbers

    Ironically, all of the CDC’s outbreak warnings on its homepage are currently for items on the so-called “healthy” foods list.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is warning of five potentially fatal, multi-state outbreaks ? all victimizing people who eat foods typically considered healthful:

    Alfalfa Sprouts (two outbreaks),
    Organic Shake and Meal Products,
    Packaged Salads, and
    Cucumbers

    1. Well, you must admit E.coli and salmonella are pretty organic.

      1. Exactly. My same friends who eat “organic” because fertilizer and pesticides are bad for you, m’kay, think nothing of throwing organic manure on crops to get them to grow.

    2. Things Wot Are Eaten Uncooked for the Daily Double, Alec.

      1. What is “the apoptosis of stomach cells,” Alec?

    3. Hmm, I’m not seeing any actual food in that list.

    4. There is only one good use for cucumbers, Nikki and Riven will be along later to demonstrate it.

      1. Well of course pickling them is the only use for these vegetables. Are you not allowed to cook by court order?

        /deliberately obtuse.

      2. Japanese cucumber and seaweed salad?

        1. Unfortunately, being Japanese, they have subbed sea cucumber for actual cucumber.

          1. Not at the sushi place near my house. It is tasty.

      3. The appeal of a blunt-force weapon is compelling, but I think Nikki would find a cucumber insufficient for the job.

      4. In a Gibson martini?

        1. Goddammit! No coffee. A HENDRICKS martini?

        2. There is a drink called a Gibson, and another called a Martini. Martinis are made with gin, period.

          1. Testify, brother!

          2. Is there a drink called Fender?

          3. “I should have never switched from Scotch to Martinis.”

      5. You refer, of course to the extreme feline reaction to a thoughtfully placed cuke?

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BRp7ezUqbI

    5. I’m definitely getting a bacon double cheeseburger for lunch now.

  11. Monsanto Weed Killer Found in 14 Popular Beer Brands

    Want a round of RoundUp with your beer? The German beer industry is in shock after finding that 14 different popular beer brands have traces of the ‘probably’ carcinogenic herbicide, glyphosate ? an ingredient found in Monsanto’s best-selling weed killer, Round Up. Germany’s Agricultural minster is playing down the risks in order to save one of the countries’ best-selling exports.

    Glyphosate levels were as high as 30 micrograms per liter, even in beer that is supposed to be brewed from only water, malt, and hops. This finding by the Munich Environmental Institute calls into question the rampant spraying of Round Up on both GMO and non-GMO crops around the world, and casts doubt upon Germany’s 500-year-old beer purity law.

    1. +1 anti-freeze in the wine.

        1. Austrian Wine has a freezing problem?

          1. Not any more!

        2. NOT IN THE SIMPSONS IT WAS.

    2. No surprise there, glyphosate is pretty much in everything nowadays.

      1. The takeaway: glyphosate is DELICIOUS.

    3. “traces”
      “‘probably’ carcinogenic”
      “as high as”
      “rampant”
      “GMO and non-GMO”
      “casts doubt”

      … this allegedly outre media outlet bills itself as “against the current mainstream [media] paradigm”

      1. Oh, I forgot the best part. Context-free numbers!

        1. “Your exposure could be as high as three.”

        2. You mean you don’t know offhand whether 30 micro-grams per liter is good, bad or irrelevant? Clearly you’re not the target audience of theantimedia.org!

    4. Stick to distilled spirits eh?

      1. Bernie’s Yearning?

    5. I don’t know what that means, but it sounds super scary!

      Glyphosates! Monsantos! They also showed that the beer contains alcohol, which can be used to power engines! SCARY! Booga booga!

      1. But, but, sunlight and wind can be used to power engines! Run for the caves!

  12. You know who else people voted for?

    1. William Hung?

    2. Your mom as cheap date of the year?

      1. She won two years in a row?!

    3. Barabbas?

    4. Spartacus?

    5. Deez Nuts?

    6. The Rent is Too Damn High guy?

  13. You Won’t Get Arrested for Public Boozing (or Urinating) in Manhattan Anymore

    Go ahead and pop the champagne: the NYPD will no longer arrest most people who are caught drinking alcohol in public in Manhattan, the city announced today?but they can still get a summons.

    Unless it’s “necessary for public safety reasons,” the NYPD will no longer arrest people for certain low-level offenses in Manhattan, including public consumption of alcohol, public urination, littering and riding between subway cars or taking up more than one subway seat?and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. will no longer prosecute those infractions, his office said today. Offenders can still receive summonses, which require them to pay a fine but don’t give them a criminal record, for those offenses. Summonses are already an option for this offenses, and are often given to violators who do not have a warrant.

    1. You Won’t Get Arrested for Public Urinating in Manhattan Anymore

      But you’ll still be placed on the Sex Offender Registry, right? RIGHT?!

      1. Of course.

        They removed the conviction requirement.

    2. And you can sell loosies, right?

      1. Can’t you leave loosie alone?

      2. Deprive the Tax Man of his Revenue?

        ARREST THE MISCREANT!

        1. Arrest? KILL HIM!

    3. Unless it’s “necessary for public safety reasons,

      In other words, “whenever we feel like it, Civilian”. I’m sure there was plenty of selective enforcement before, so I guess its good that they finally codified it?

      1. I’m sure there was plenty of selective enforcement before

        I was with a group of my nice clean-cut looking white friends walking down Avenue A to go clubbing one time and we were all drinking something or other out of paper bags when a cop walks by, arrests us, and locks us up.

        Ha ha, just kidding. He told us to finish up and toss it in the trash.

    4. Huh, it was just on Monday night that I thought about sitting outside with a glass of whiskey as I had a celebratory smoke. Decided to play it safe and dig out my flask.

    5. …conceding that NYC is a public toilet.

  14. Wall Street’s big short: President Donald J. Trump

    A growing realization that the unpredictable New York real estate developer is in a position to win the Republican nomination and then battle Hillary Clinton for the White House in November’s election has caused some investors to sell U.S. stocks. They fear having such a wild-card president could trigger trade wars, hurt the economy and add a lot of market volatility.

    “As the market rarely feasts on lack of predictability – Trump represents a nightmare for investors this year,” said hedge fund manager Douglas Kass of Seabreeze Partners Management Inc, who said last week that he was adding to his existing short bet on the U.S. stock market in part because of Trump’s increasingly strong position in the race.

    Trump’s statements on business and Wall Street don’t neatly fit into one ideological worldview, but if anything, they are seen as isolationist in a globally connected world. He can also suddenly pick on businesses over various issues, such as his call for a boycott of Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) products after the tech giant refused to help the FBI unlock the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.

    1. What nonsense. The market was up UUUUGE while Trump was wiping the floor with his rivals yesterday.

  15. The delegate shake out for elephants last night: Trump 255 Cruz 215 Rubio 100 Kasich 21 Other 7 3 not yet allocated.

    1. Yeah, all this talk about Trump’s “winning” all these states is overblown. It’s all about the delegates. Yes, he “won” Virginia, but he only picked up one delegate more than Rubio, who had a “terrible night,” did. Two thirds of Republican voters are still saying no to Trump. More than that in states where you have to actually be a Republican to vote for him.

      1. Unless the “not Trump” vote coalesces around a single candidate, it won’t matter.

        Someone commented that the GOP’s rule changes to stop the Ron Paul campaign’s “shenanigans” are going to come back to bite them in the ass. It’d be nice if Reason took a break from their breathless opinion pieces and did some reporting on that.

        1. I don’t know. I think Cruz’s supporters would be more likely to go to Trump than to Rubio. I think the party’s goal right now is for the vote to be split enough that it goes to a brokered convention. I suspect that’s why Kasich is still in the race. There’s no way in hell he wins the ordinary delegate count, but he can be a powerbroker at the convention if it comes to that. The risk, of course, is that if Trump comes out of the primaries with a strong plurality of delegates, but is denied the nomination based on what amounts to a technicality, his supporters might go into full-on revolt and prompt a third-party bid.

          1. I think the party’s goal right now is for the vote to be split enough that it goes to a brokered convention.

            Even with all the goofy delegate allocation rules, Trump leads all other Repub candidates combined in the delegate count.

            1. True. I would expect that to change as more closed primaries and winner-take-all elections occur.

        2. I’m not sure if this is right but one of my buddies pointed out that, assuming Trump doesn’t get a critical mass before then, the best thing the GOP can do is actually KEEP him in the race until May when nearly all of the the third-party filing deadlines will have passed. The deadline for Texas is in like 3 weeks.

        3. Someone commented that the GOP’s rule changes to stop the Ron Paul campaign’s “shenanigans” are going to come back to bite them in the ass.

          Yeah, that was me. The GOP established two important rules, basically–the nominee has to win the majority in at least eight states, and has to win 1,237 delegates. After March 15th, the states go to winner take all. The idea was to coalesce support around a candidate quickly so that the party machine could focus on taking out Hillary. The plan early was for Jeb to get some early wins via the “splitter” strategy with all the various candidates so they’d drop out fast and give him momentum for the winner take all states. Trump bullied him right out of the race, so the establishment’s only hope is that Rubio can peel off enough supporters from Cruz and Kasich to go to a brokered convention and either have him as the nominee or have someone like Romney or even Jeb as the final choice if there are multiple ballots. If that happens, a lot of Trump’s voters will stay home and the GOP nominee has to bank on the remainder hating Hillary more than they hate the GOP nominee to even have a hope in hell of making a run.

    2. Your numbers look a bit off: http://www.realclearpolitics.c…..count.html

      1. Last night vs total.

      2. The “Date” column in that table is confusing at first.

        1. The fact that the page failed to load any data was more confusing for me.

          I think it’s the work proxy. So I blame zScalar.

    3. Cruz needs to offer Rubio the vp slot. Get the Rubio votes in some upcoming winner take all states and put trump away.

      1. I think that’s their best case.

        1. I wont vote for him in the general, but I will caucus for Cruz in KY if its still in doubt to defeat Trump.

          Regardless, I am assuming I am voting for GJ in November.

          1. Yes, do not take these strategy ideas as a sign of support. I was a Paul or LP, still am.

  16. Let me change my pants…

    Nato commander: Isis ‘spreading like cancer’ among refugees

    Refugees from the Middle East and north Africa are “masking the movement” of terrorists and criminals, Nato’s top commander told Congress on Tuesday, despite the protests of human rights groups who say that refugees overwhelmingly have no ulterior motive but escape.

    In testimony to the Senate armed services committee, US general Philip Breedlove said that the Islamic State terror group is “spreading like a cancer” among refugees. The group’s members are “taking advantage of paths of least resistance, threatening European nations and our own”, he added.

    Breedlove also blamed Russia’s bombing campaign in Syria, in support of autocratic leader Bashar al-Assad, for having “wildly exacerbated the problem”.

    1. I seem to recall saying this was going to happen when this whole thing started. And Cytoxic, Nikki and many others on here informed me I was delusional and only someone who hated Muslims could possibly think ISIS would put terrorists into the refugee groups.

      1. Not saying it isn’t happening, but this is also what I’d expect a NATO commander to say in order to procure funding and protect his phoney baloney job.

        1. I think the NATO commander has every reason to say the opposite. I doubt his political masters are too happy with him saying that. If he was going to lie it would be lying and pretending it wasn’t happening not lying and pretending it was.

          1. ^This.

            Yeah, the military normally is clamoring for money and often use the boogeyman to do it but the role of NATO commander is arguably the most political military role in the world. He has a lot of masters to appease and most of them are not going to like this message.

            1. You have to be a special kind of door knob to not think this is happening. To what degree I can’t say or assess but it’s not impossible this is not taking place. It’s a God-send for ISIS and other groups I would think.

              1. If they are not doing it then we are truly blessed and fortunate to be fighting against the stupidest motherfuckers on the planet.

      2. Your detractors seem to have disappeared.Don’t worry you’ll comment somewhere else and they will summon the courage to attack a straw man.

    2. Breedlove also blamed Russia’s bombing campaign in Syria, in support of autocratic leader Bashar al-Assad, for having “wildly exacerbated the problem”.

      Related article from last year: Russia Is Using Old, Dumb Bombs, Making Syria Air War Even More Brutal

      1. Waste not, want not

    3. Breedlove also blamed Russia’s bombing campaign in Syria, in support of autocratic leader Bashar al-Assad, for having “wildly exacerbated the problem”

      Oh fucking bullshit. Like the US bombing a different group of rebels is so much better. Or is it that the US arming and equipping rebels somehow didn’t exacerbate the conflict?

  17. Maybe I’m just searching for reasons not to kill myself or flee the country, but I see a glimmer of sanity in a couple things from last night’s results

    1) The South is still rejecting socialism. Even if that means voting for Hillary, the fact that socialists haven’t completely overtaken the Democratic party is a good thing.

    2) So far, Trump has won only one state (NV caucus) that has a closed primary. The majority of the states so far have been open, but that changes after this week. Maybe he’ll start to convince actual Republicans to vote for him, now that he has Christie as his toady, but I wouldn’t be so sure. I think the next couple weeks will be good for Cruz and/or Rubio.

    1. The trick is to not tip over the chair reaching for the Chips Ahoy at the back of the pantry.

      1. Amos does not like you.

        1. Yeah but…

          “Nabisco says the name is “a reference to the nautical term, Ships Ahoy!”. The words “Chips Ahoy!” also feature prominently in a story appearing in Chapter 15 of “The Uncommercial Traveller”, by Charles Dickens.[2] Dickens relays a childhood tale of a shipwright, named Chips, who is taunted by a diabolical talking rat who predicts the sinking of Chips’s ship: “Chips ahoy! Old boy! We’ve pretty well eat them too, and we’ll drown the crew, and will eat them too!” There is also a 1956 American animated theatrical short titled Chips Ahoy.”

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chips_Ahoy!

            1. +5th horse in the 6th race

    2. You are doing a good job trying to put a positive spin on something so horrible as the decline and fall of the modern world.

      1. It’s all going to be fine, ‘Peth. Here, help me rearrange the deck chairs.

    3. “Maybe he’ll start to convince actual Republicans to vote for him, now that he has Christie as his toady”

      Having Christie as his toady might actually hurt him with actual Republicans.

      1. Especially Republicans that like the Second Amendment.

    4. Hillary and Bernie agree on about 97% of the issues.

  18. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BKYSAfbOCPc

    Good morning all. Forgo the HyR collective political angst over Super Tuesday for a few minutes and enjoy some Bo Diddley.

  19. The NRO “team” twitter feed is pretty hilarious with anti-Trump screeds.. and Charles Cooke, who I normally respect, is going on and on about how Rubio is _this_ close to winning
    https://twitter.com/nro/lists/teamnro

    1. Not that anyone gives a shit – but my derp armor is wearing thin and needs some time to restore itself. The world seems to be beating on my sense of what is right and what is wrong so I’ll be taking a break from H&R for a spell so I can concentrate on this yuuuge EDI project I was given.

      There has been too much violence. Too much pain. But I have an honorable compromise. Just walk away. Give me your pump, the oil, the gasoline, and the whole compound, and I’ll spare your lives. Just walk away and we’ll give you a safe passageway in the wastelands. Just walk away and there will be an end to the horror.

      1. I get the impression your minions would not have just let them walk away.

      2. Surprisingly poignant quote.

      3. You’ll be missed!

    2. Remember, these are the same people who spent 2008 and 2012 shilling for McCain and Romney. Yet, they are now completely sure that nominating someone who isn’t a real conservative is the end of the world.

      Do they honestly think everyone else is that stupid?

      1. Yep. And, apparently, with good reason.

    3. That Twitter feed is gold. My God are those people pathetic.

    4. Charles Cooke, who I normally respect, is going on and on about how Rubio is _this_ close to winning

      Interesting, I’ve only seen him saying Rubio and Cruz can’t stop hitting Trump because they can still take it to a brokered convention.

      1. That was my impression as well.

      2. It seems like 90% of the people who read Cooke’s feed don’t understand what he’s arguing.

      3. A brokered convention will guarantee a victory for Hillary. Guar. An. Tee.

        Assuming she’s still in the race, of course.

  20. Can we talk about how hilarious Chris Christie looked last night? I’m pretty sure Trump has him tied up in a basement right now. AND NO SUGARFREE YOU CANNOT USE THAT FOR ONE OF YOUR STORIES.

    1. Too late, you lit the flame. (btw: I think the word “basement” is the flame).

      1. I am already trembling in fear of what is to be written…

        1. I suggest preparing a large puke bucket. Nothing less than 20 gallons if history is anything to go by.

    2. SugarFree has violated practically every moral, ethical, religious, and hygienic taboo in his quest for the utmost in perverted fiction, what makes you think he’ll respect dibs?

      1. It’s not about dibs, it’s about not wanting to claw my eyes out in horror.

        1. It’s probably already too late. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

      2. “Please don’t throw me in that briar patch, Br’er Fox…”

        1. “I’ll grant you that last wish”

          *snaps rabbit’s neck*

    3. I couldn’t hear any of Trump’s victory speech over the sound of Christie’s screams.

      1. “I couldn’t hear any of Trump’s victory speech over the sound of Christie’s screams.”

        Fear screams or screams of ecstasy while Trump gave him a handy under the table?

        1. Mingled fear and delight as Trump rogered him with a hot, rolled up flank steak?

          1. rogered him with a hot, rolled up flank steak?

            *fans self*

            Lordy!

            1. “Rouladen me, Donny! I’m your little Oktoberfest bitch!”

        2. It could easily be both.

    4. AND NO SUGARFREE YOU CANNOT USE THAT FOR ONE OF YOUR STORIES.

      Isn’t that queasy look on his fat face enough? He looks like he just ate all the employees in a Taco Bell.

    5. Can we talk about how hilarious Chris Christie looked last night?

      Like an eager puppy.

    6. Wasn’t there a video of Trump then dismissing Christie, telling him to “go home”.

  21. The Rolling Stones are performing a free concert in Havana, Cuba, later this month.

    “Have the Rolling Stones killed.”
    “But, Fidel…”
    “Just do it!!”

    1. Go to hell you old bastard.

  22. Did anyone ever watch the Vice documentary ‘Killing Cancer’? Sounds incredibly promising. Why isn’t it making bigger headlines?

    My cynicism has ideas but I will suppress them.

    1. I’m not interested in documentaries on Joe Biden.

    2. Is that the video of Obama tasking Joe Biden with taking down cancer?

  23. The Rolling Stones are performing a free concert in Havana, Cuba, later this month.

    We’ll see what happens when Metallica or Iron Maiden show up.

  24. What the fuck is wrong with Minnesota?

    1. Minnesota is a politically peculiar place. It makes me want to live there, but then I re-watch Fargo and I am cured of that notion.

      1. Wasn’t Fargo in the Dakotas?

        Can’t remember.

        1. What-ev-er. It’s a flat, cold, squarish state. You know, flyover country.

        2. Not really. The film’s main location is Brainerd, MN, and the television program’s main location is Bemidji, MN.

          1. Fargo is right on the border of North Dakota and Minnesoder, and sounds cooler as a movie title than ‘Brainerd.’

          2. Ahhh.

            As you were.

    2. Gary Anderson or Blair Walsh for your clutch kicker? Trump or Hillary type dilemma.

      1. One of my roommates my senior year of college was a huge Vikings fan, We watched the ’99 NFC Championship Game together. I still feel bad for him.

    3. Yeah. It feels like a place where Ragnar Lothbrok and his entire kingdom got routed in battle, and then castrated.

    1. Love the olde timey websites. “Best viewed on Netscape Navigator 2.0 at 600×400 resolution….”

  25. Oh, and hello. Just got back to North America after 22 months in Oz, NZ, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand.
    Also in the process of obtaining a Green Card and trying to settle with my wife in upstate NY … and you guys throw these clowns at me as presidential contenders?

    1. You do know it gets really cold up there don’t you? After two years in the tropics, next winter is going to be one hell of a change.

      Good luck with your green card.

      1. I’m from Canada, and spent 7 winters in The Northwest Territories and Northern Alberta. I’ll be fine.

        1. You FORGOT YOUR ‘EH’ ALREADY?

        2. You must really like the cold. Good for you.

        3. Dangit Americans, quit taking our people!

    2. Glad you and your fiancee made it back before the walls went up.

      1. We’ll be living in a bubble called Ithaca (Mrs Gordilocks hometown). It has it’s own weird walls.

        G’day, Rufus. Howzitgoin, EH?

        1. Ithaca is a really, really blue bubble in an otherwise sane part of the state.

          1. In Road Trip, the part of Ithaca College was played by Georgia Tech.

    3. “You guys throw these clowns at me as presidential contenders?”

      Trudeau is a wanker.

      1. Shiny Pony certainly didn’t get my vote.

    1. Assuming Gawker even makes a profit, which is hardly certain, what do you think the profit margin is for even the best run and most profitable media site? I don’t know but given the state of the media business model I can’t imagine it is very high.

      How long before Gawker goes belly up after the union demands destroy any hope of sustaining the company? A year? Six months? These people are going to find out that “korporashuns” really don’t print their own money.

      1. Gawker has historically made tons of money because they’re pure clickbait and have like 20 websites.

        Their hit count has been plummeting though, so they don’t look to be in the best shape currently.

        1. I suspect one of the reasons Gawker made a ton of money is they paid low salaries and kept costs down. Even if they could get the clicks back, I bet they still won’t be able to make the union happy and stay in business.

          1. That’s a good point. Most Gawker writers probably get paid absolute shit, especially in New York.

            After all, Gawker writers (in this case Adam Weinstein) have written hilarious articles about how fucking poor they are. Includes Adam Weinstein’s hilarious lack of economic understanding.

            “You have no idea about student debt, underemployment, life-long renting. “Stop feeling special” is some shitty advice. I don’t feel special or entitled, just poor. The only thing that makes me special is I have more ballooning debt than you. I’ve tempered the hell out of my expectations of work, and I’ve exceeded those expectations crazily to have one interesting, exciting damned career that’s culminated in some leadership roles for national publications. And I’m still poor and in debt and worked beyond the point where it can be managed with my health and my desire to actually see the son I’m helping to raise.”

            Yes, past generations know nothing about debt, trouble finding work, or long-term renting. Adam Weinstein is as intelligent as he is handsome.

            1. Oh God, I forgot how awesome this is.

              “The latter maxim lurks in the heart of every critique of millennials. It assumes that if we’re worse off than previous generations, the fault is ours, and our complaints are so much white whine. We should shut up and be content, because we do work less than our forebears, and spend more time enraptured by our own navels, trying to divine some life-affirming creative direction in them.”

              He’s writing a navel-gazing, whiny article that is so poorly written no one ever would have paid him for it before internet clickbait allowed any idiot to publish anything while complaining that people think his generation is a bunch of whiny navel-gazers. Hilarious.

              1. Someone needs to tell these people that writing stupid propaganda for a living is something rich kids or bohemians who are okay with living like hobos do. Sorry, unless you have inherited the money, you don’t get to be a hack writer and live a middle class life.

                1. They also don’t realize that the established journalists who do make a decent living are the ones who cut their teeth for years or even decades building up beats and cultivating sources so that they know the angles to pursue on stories. They did real, actual work in contrast to Gawker and Buzzfeed which mostly just waste bandwidth writing glorified op-eds filled with middle school snark.

                  Guys like Weinstein embody every negative stereotype about millennials–spoiled, pampered hothouse flowers who expect to be paid enough money to live an upper-middle class lifestyle for doing nothing more demanding at work than elementary school recess. They all think they’re the LeBron James of the journalist world when they’re the Scott Hastings or Joe Klein, at best, because they had their asses kissed by their relatives and loved ones during their formative years. yeah, they have a point about how expensive it is to get a college degree, but they’re just as guilty of enabling the system with their constant agitation for “more money for dem programs!”

        2. Yeah, Gawker does so well, Denton hides his money in the Caymans and tax havens all over the world.

          And, John, it’s the Hulk Hogan lawsuit that might put an end to them…

          1. That is what I hear. I never was a big wrestling fan but man am I rooting for Hulkster these days.

            The other great thing about the Hulk lawsuit is that Gawker may go broke over publishing a stolen sex tape of Hulk Hogan after having a case of the vapors over all the poor rich white girls who were victimized by the frapening. I guess only attractive, rich white women are entitled to privacy.

            1. The years-long lead-up to the trial has been messy, with attorneys for Hogan accusing Gawker’s lawyers of releasing confidential information to the media from the video. Some of that information included Hogan making racist remarks.

              Pro-tip: don’t say anything racist in your sex tapes if you don’t want Gawker to ruin your career.

          2. Please write a love story between Hamilton Nolan and Nick Denton as they try to save Gawker from being destroyed by their Union.

  26. I’d like to point out that Chris Christie’s major impact on presidential politics has consisted of hugging Obama, torching Rubio days before dropping out, and becoming Trump’s lackey.

    I can’t think of anyone who has managed to do this much damage to his own party without actually winning the presidency.

    1. You’re just trying to get to me like the fat bastard.

    2. I hate Christie’s gut for that big smooch he gave Obama. We should not kid ourselves, however. Obama won the election. Most people in this country don’t hate Obama or if they do didn’t hate Obama then.

      Trump is reality using a two by four on the faces of movement conservatives. I don’t always agree with Libertarians but they at least understand they are a minority. Movement conservatives have actually convinced themselves they are some kind of silent majority and if a candidate just tells the country “but the fetesus” and “low taxes” and of course “I am a conservative” long enough and with enough conviction the great silent majority will rise up and carry them to victory.

      They hysterical NRO twitter feed that LH links to above is the sound of the board hitting those people’s faces. They don’t seem to be taking it very well.

      1. “I hate Christie’s gut for that big smooch he gave Obama. We should not kid ourselves, however. Obama won the election. Most people in this country don’t hate Obama or if they do didn’t hate Obama then.”

        Obama’s got an approval rating below water and has for years. He’s unpopular with both Republicans and independents, it’s just that the Democratic party is a fucking cult and he’s still got 80%+ support from those dimwits.

        1. No but he won the election. I honestly don’t think anyone outside of people like you and me, who are most certainly in the minority and a small minority, give a fuck about Christie doing that. In fact, most people likely consider it a good thing because it shows Christie is bipartisan.

          Most people are not ideologues or care enough about politics to be one if they wanted to be.

          1. True. His hit on Rubio probably mattered more than his Obama hug.

      2. I hate Christie’s gut for that big smooch he gave Obama. We should not kid ourselves, however. Obama won the election. Most people in this country don’t hate Obama or if they do didn’t hate Obama then.

        The idea that the support he showed Obama somehow turned the election is delusional. Romney’s campaign was dead well before that whole incident.

        Trump is reality using a two by four on the faces of movement conservatives. I don’t always agree with Libertarians but they at least understand they are a minority. Movement conservatives have actually convinced themselves they are some kind of silent majority and if a candidate just tells the country “but the fetesus” and “low taxes” and of course “I am a conservative” long enough and with enough conviction the great silent majority will rise up and carry them to victory.

        Yeah, I think that’s a big part of the whole meltdown by the NRO types. For decades, they had convinced themselves that there supporters were a group of principled believers who were above the personality cults and partisan demagoguery typical of the left. Turns out they were way off.

        1. There is that and there is the really horrible fact that they are in fact nothing like they they claim to be. The people are NRO have for years happily shilled for any crap weasel the GOP threw up. For them now to claim they have principles shows a real lack of self awareness. Moreover, while they might not buy into personality cults, they most certainly have bought into the cult that is the GOP and have been seduced by the power associated with it.

          I understand that NRO might not support Trump. But to go as over the top insane about him as they have shows that they care more about serving their GOP masters than they do about any principles or truth telling.

        2. I stopped reading NRO after the went all in for Maverick in ’08 and then blamed RINOs for not lining up to kiss the ring of the guy they hated until he was the guy.

      3. Movement conservatives have actually convinced themselves they are some kind of silent majority

        Well, so far, the majority has voted against Trump.

    3. Heh. And remember in the early days of the 2012 primaries when the Republicans were begging him to run? Good times….

  27. As far as age goes, to Fidel and Raul The Rolling Stones are a teen boy band

  28. Religion of Peace news:
    On January 4, 2011, Salmaan Taseer was assassinated in Islamabad by his security guard, Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, who disagreed with Taseer’s opposition to Pakistan’s blasphemy law.

    Taseer had publicly defended a Christian woman who was accused of blasphemy against Islam. His bodyguard killed him for this.

    Muslims protested for Qadri’s release after his arrest. Muslim supporters of the Sunni Tehreek religious party hold placards in support for Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the gunmen detained for the killing of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, in Hyderabad January 9, 2011.

    This week Pakistani officials hung Mumtaz Qadri for assassinating the moderate governor.

    TENS OF THOUSANDS of Muslim supporters attended Qadri’s funeral today in Rawalpindi.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.co…..ni-leader/

  29. In censorship news: Mark Zuckerberg hires 200 new censors to make sure nobody says bad things about Muslims.

    http://news.yahoo.com/mark-zuc…..RzZWMDc3I-

    1. Anyone else notice that Facebook commenters are the dumbest people on the internet?

      Censor their posts and it might take them years to notice.

      1. You need to visit the youtubes, Ken.

        1. Way to break a man, Crusty.

            1. ^Excerpted from the comments on a video of a four-year-old girl opening presents on her birthday.

  30. “The European Union has voted in favor of a large-scale aid package to help Syrian migrants trapped in places like Greece and Italy.”

    And if that doesn’t keep them out, what will they do?

    Send them even more money?

    1. They really have a fundamental misunderstanding of why the “refugees” are flooding into their countries, despite being farther away than dozens of other countries not embroiled in war. Never do they stop to ponder why these migrants continue onward past Turkey, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece, Hungary, the Caucuses et cetera, despite those places being free of armed conflicts. Because those places are paying them, aren’t subsidizing them or in the case of Angela Merkel, aren’t actively promising them other people’s money on television.

  31. Hey guess what? Lou Reed turns 63 today! I wonder how he’ll celebrate?

    1. Gay sex and heroin?

  32. OT: one of the dangers of being self employed is that you can slack off sometimes, and no one will notice. Seriously.

    1. That can be a danger, but sometimes slacking off is the most productive thing you can do.

      It’s like with goalies in hockey. Rest is ammunition.

    2. This is entirely true. I did a lot of freelance writing and would like to make a career of it, but one thing I’ve learned is that I’d have to buy a new computer and make my spare bedroom into an “office” so that I’d know that it’s time to work when I sit down in there. It’s just too difficult for me to stay focused when I’m in my living room on my “recreational” computer.

  33. Question: who would the rich libs vote for if it was Bern vs Trump?

    We all know they are only generous and like high taxes on others. I think their “compassion” for people with less is really more contempt such that the lessers can thank the nobles and it boosts the nobles ego. And them calling other people greedy, selfish, not caring is really projection on their part

    Thoughts?

    1. If they are true believers, Bernie. Anyone not over that hard left line will go trump.
      If it comes to that.

      1. This.

        I think that even though some Democrats are spewing venom at either Bernie or Hillary, they’ll pull the blue lever on election day no matter who the nominee is. At the end of the day, it’s about supporting the team.

  34. OT: Having people come to your house too often is grounds for a search warrant? And having valid prescription medicine is cause for arrest?

    http://www.perrytribune.com/ne…..07994.0498

    1. After Heien v. North Carolina, yes and yes. Because FYTW.

      1. (reads Heien v. North Carolina) … why would you consent to a search if you’ve got cocaine in your car?

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