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  1. Lady Nikki scanned the dining room of the palace in Arrakeen, her new home. She felt so out of place, every room full of boxes, every thing displaced. And every ending a beginning. There in the corner, the duke’s bull head. Should she mount it here, or in the main chamber?
    A flitting from the shadows and an old woman’s voice. Nikki whirled around. A bent woman emerged, threw back the hood of her cloak. Her eyes had the blue-in-blue of the Fremen. They had a look in them, something obsessed, crazy.
    “You must be the housekeeper,” Nikki said. What was her name? Mapes? No, Mary. Mary Stack. That’s it.
    “Yes, the housekeeper,” Mary said.
    “Why do you keep a weapon concealed in your robe?” Nikki asked.

    1. Mary gasped. “I c-cant hardly believe you knowed it!” Could this off-worlder be the one?
      Nikki frowned at the grammatical error. “You mean, I can hardly believe you knew it. Let me see it.”
      Mary handed it over, a dagger with a black hilt and a milky-white blade. A crysknife. According to the local legends, the blade of such a knife was made from the tooth of the warty-hulud, the sandworm.
      Nikki gave it back, and Mary resheathed it. “It is a gift for you, my lady.”
      Nikki took the sheath. “But is it not true that one who resheaths a crysknife without drawing blood must take his own life?”
      Mary turned pale. Nikki removed the blade and Mary drew back her robe, revealing the bare skin of her upper chest. Nikki thrust the dagger forward, stopping its point just as it broke Mary’s skin, and tracing a narrow arch just above her left breast.
      “Now the requirement is fulfilled.” And she wiped the blade on her sleeve, replacing it in its sheath.
      “My lady,” Mary said, bowing her head. She must be the one.

      1. False! Nikki would not have “frowned”… She’d have had a kitten.

        I see today is a day for villians.

    2. The Duke awoke but did not open his eyes. He heard Boeh Carrington arguing with a deep-voiced man. He was supposed to remember something. What was it? The tooth! Remember the tooth!
      “You made me a promise!” Carrington said.
      “Oh, did I?” the Baron said. “Remind me of the terms of our deal.”
      “The deal was you would release my wife from her agony.”
      “Ah yes,” the Baron replied. “Already taken care of. Why don’t you join her?”
      The sound of a lasgun, and a body falling to the ground.
      Now the Duke heard a suspensor chair whine as it approached, its mechanisms strained by the great weight.
      “You may open your eyes, Duke,” the Baron said. “Dr. Carrington dosed you precisely. I know you’re awake.”
      The Duke opened his eyes. He had to swallow down the urge to vomit this close to the Baron Weigel’s acne-scarred face, fat sallow cheeks, and rancid breath.

    3. “Now, if you will tell me where your son and wife have escaped to, I can promise you a quick, painless death. Well, less painful than otherwise. Or shall I leave you to the tender mercies of my nephew, Steve-Rautha?”
      In the background the Duke heard an excited grunt-howl and a sound as of scratching at metal. The scream of one of his men could be heard, dampened, through the room’s walls.
      “Well, what is your choice? Will you tell me?” The Baron leaned closer.
      The Duke bit down on the false tooth and blew out, a cloud of poisonous gas steaming out of his mouth. As his world turned black, he heard bodies falling. He must have gotten the Baron.
      In the hallway, the Baron gasped for breath. Only the speed of his suspensor chair had saved him. The poison tooth, undoubtedly a final bit of treachery from Dr. Carrington. That ratfucker!
      He stopped a passing aide. “Have that room vented. Send a feast to my quarters. And one of the boys. You know what I mean. Send the one?” Should he do it? Use the one he had been saving for a special occasion? Yes, he deserved it after that ordeal. “The one who looks like Sugarfree Atreides.”

    4. Sugarfree awoke to find himself bound and blindfolded. He could tell from the vibration and engine noise he was in an ornithopter. He tried to free himself without success, but did find he could work off his blindfold with a few minutes of working the cloth against the floor. He was in the ‘thopter’s cargo hold along with his mother, who has bound and gagged. Two men piloted the ‘thopter.
      After a few minutes they landed in the open desert. The men opened the rear of the ‘thopter.
      “Remove my mother’s gag,” he said to the men, attempting to add the subtle undertones and inflections required for the Voice. He knew his attempt was clumsy, but it must have been enough as one of the men reached over and pulled the cloth from her mouth.
      “I bet you two men would like to have some fun with me,” the Lady Nikki said.
      The two looked at each other.

    5. Hello.

      1. Forget it. He’s rolling.

        1. Is anyone actually reading it?

    6. “Me and him would like that, your majesty,” one of the men said sarcastically.
      “He and I, you mean,” Nikki said, offended at the grammatical error. “And I am not royalty, I am nobility.” Now she spoke with the Voice, and shaded in a bit of feminine allure. “You two fight each other to the death, and the winner can have me.”
      Immediately the two men attacked each other, and one pulled a knife out from his boot, swiftly dispatching the other.
      “Perfect. But before your reward, you must cut my son’s bonds,” Nikki ordered.
      The man did so and Sugarfree kicked him hard in the diaphragm. The man collapsed and Sugarfree took his knife, quickly freeing his mother.
      Such a waste of moisture, the Lady Nikki thought, seeing the blood of the dead men on the sand. Another ‘thopter appeared in the sky in the distance and Nikki and Sugarfree fled to a rocky outcropping, the only cover within miles.

    7. Swiss Idaho narrowed his gaze in the light from the rising sun. He saw the abandoned ‘thopter below, knew Lady Nikki and Sugarfree couldn’t be far. Probably that outcropping of rocks. He landed nearby and fixed the mouth and nose coverings of his stillsuit in place. He used the Atreides coded hand signals to communicate his identity.
      Sugarfree and Nikki came out to greet him, emerging from a stilltent buried in the stand.
      “M’lady, we must leave immediately,” Swiss Idaho said to Nikki. “The Harkonnens have realized by now you two are still alive.”
      “We’ll flee into the desert,” Sugarfree said. “The Fremen will take us in.”
      “How do you know that?” Lady Nikki asked?
      “I saw it in my trance while we were in the stilltent. We will never leave Arrakis again.”
      “You look different,” Swiss Idaho observed to Sugarfree.
      “The sleeper has awakened,” Sugarfree replied. “They will see me as the fulfillment of their prophecy, of a leader that will come to them, the child of a Bene Gesserit.”
      They waited until nightfall and set off into the desert. Sugarfree found his stillsuit’s watertube in its clip, drew a warm swallow into his mouth. Here truly begins an Arrakeen existence, living on reclaimed moisture from our own breaths and bodies.

      1. Lady Nikki asked?

        I don’t know, did she?

        Sugarfree found his stillsuit’s watertube in its clip, drew a warm swallow into his mouth.

        Drinking his own pee, which was nothing new.

    8. And tomorrow…the exciting conclusion! You may be surprised!

    9. Also, not sure how I’m first?

  2. Smells like… victory…

    Perfume maker will bottle the scent of your dearly departed

    For Katia Apalategui, the quest to capture the scent of the dead began after her father died several years ago. “I had a need, a special need?I wanted to keep his scent,” she tells Marketplace.org. Her mother had held on to a pillowcase with that scent, a unique one on account of factors such as his diabetic condition and even his dog, and the pillowcase gave Apalategui the idea of bottling a person’s odor. She partnered with a lab at the University of Le Harve to handle the science end of the undertaking.

    “We take the person’s clothing and extract the odor ? and we reconstruct it in the form of a perfume in four days,” says one of the researchers at the university. The details of the process are under wraps, but it involves extracting molecules from the fabric and turning them into the alcohol-based perfume, explains Fusion.

    1. “I had a need, a special need?I wanted to keep his scent,” she tells Marketplace.org

      and her therapist.

      1. I don’t find it that odd. Women tend to be more scent oriented than men.

        1. Ladies, care to weigh in?

          1. I’d agree to that.

            1. *** stops showering ***

              1. “My pheromones make bitches moan.”

                1. And eyes water.

                2. “It smells like somebody threw up in a bird cage.”

            2. within limits.

          2. I would but it smells funky in this part of the comments

            1. “There’s no Brad Pitt of smell.”

              There is, however, an Arm Pit.

        2. I think it’s possible to miss the smell of someone very close to you.

      2. Nothing is more evocative of memory than scent, in my experience.

        I have a lot of tolerance for these kinds of harmless eccentricities. You go, odd person.

        1. The market works!

    2. So someone will bottle flatulence and Ben-Gay for me?

      1. Go to the yoga place when it’s seniors hours?

    3. Heinlein predicted this in Time Enough for Love.

    4. the science end of the undertaking


    5. Nice! Just like this episode of Criminal Minds!

    6. Makes scents.

      1. *Narrows nostrils*

    7. I kept a spray bottle of my wife’s perfume. It’s what she always smelled like. On the bad days, I spray a little and remember.

  3. Today is National Pancake Day.

    Canuckistani conspiracy.

    1. I prefer flapjacks, myself.

  4. Ruh-roh: Scooby-Doo-like van escapes California police

    Northern California police have a real mystery on their hands.

    A driver of a minivan painted to resemble the “Mystery Machine” from the Scooby Doo cartoon series led Redding police on a high-speed chase reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph Sunday afternoon before giving her pursuers the slip.

    Redding police are now searching for 51-year-old Sharon Kay Turman, who was wanted for alleged probation violations.

    KRCR reported Monday that Turman’s 1994 Chrysler Town and Country minivan was painted to resemble the van of cartoon fame.

    1. Shelf paper. She’ll rip it off as soon as the coppers are out of sight.

      1. My father hung me on a hook once …. once.

    2. I soooo want to buy a used van and paint that on it.

      1. I’m glad I’m not the only one?

    3. I’m sure police will respond by shooting up a red pickup truck piloted by an Asian woman delivering newspapers.

  5. Voters in Michigan, Mississippi, Idaho, and Hawaii head to the polls today.


    1. Same reason everyone else does it: to crush their enemies, see ’em driven before them, and to hear the lamentations of their women.

      1. I avoided the KY caucus on Saturday. Considering there was one location in the county and the wait was hours long, glad I did.

        I would have shown up for Rand.

        At least Trump didnt win my county.

        1. Everybody get lubed up for the general at the KY caucus?

    2. So they can get Trump elected by throwing away their votes on Kasich and Rubio.

  6. Alt-text: “Oh, you!”

    1. Alt text:

      “Stop it, Bernie, you’re crushing my fingers!”

  7. Florida woman charged with DUI after driving into Waffle House while not wearing pants

    The 44-year-old woman from Crestview, about an hour east of Pensacola in the panhandle, attempted to flee the scene after crashing into the restaurant, according to the police report.

    She was trying to park, according to the Northwest Florida Daily News, when she instead drove over the curb and into the Waffle House wall and windows.

    Two Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies reported to the crash, where they discovered that the woman wasn’t wearing pants and couldn’t stand without help.

    She blew a .295 on her blood alcohol test at the hospital, where she was taken after the crash.

    1. But how did the order her hash browns?

      1. SHE

        1. The only way to order them.

          Scattered, smothered, covered, peppered and topped.

          Then splattered all over the inside of your car when your BA is near coma level.

    2. How waffle!

      1. Grrrr.


        1. Thank you for defending my honor.

    3. Think I know her Dad.

    4. This one’s unfair. Everything west of Tallahassee is really Alabama.

        1. But Alabama is really North Floridah.

    5. .295 = zomg

    6. a .295 on her blood alcohol test

      Either she was dead, or that machine needs to be calibrated.

      Besides, who does a breath test at a hospital? At the hospital, its blood draws.

    7. She blew a .295 on her blood alcohol test at the hospital

      Impressive. Most impressive. But you are not a Vodka Sam yet.

  8. Eat your heart out. Behold, Minnesoda is the home of the “World’s first full-fledged water bar”

    Though I can’t help but chuckle, the Water Bar is no joke. It’s the culmination of work from a team of Minneapolis social practice artists who specialize in community engagement, and the idea is to start calling attention to the importance of communal water systems. For the next year they’ll be serving Twin Cities waters to the masses and, they hope, starting conversations that could not be more fundamental to our everyday lives.

    If only Flint had had such a dedicated group of social practice artists.

    1. “In wine there is truth. In water there is bacteria.”

    2. I thought oxygen bars were stupid.

      1. This is just a combo of the Oxygen bar with the Hydrogen bar.

        1. Two Oxygen bars, I hope.

          1. *Hydrogen


          2. I can’t even

    3. ‘I’ll have water with extra fluoride please’.

    4. “World’s first full-fledged water bar”

      Droids reportedly force to wait outside.

      1. Good thing they don’t bake cakes.

    5. You ever see a Commie drink a glass of water, Mandrake?

    6. So help me out, what is the different between a social practice artist and a bullshit artist?

      1. Bullshit artists aren’t trying to make you feel bad about being a human.

    7. Behold, Minnesoda is the home of the “World’s first full-fledged water bar”

      I’m pretty sure I read Tim Blair mocking some Aussies for their water bar not too long ago.

  9. The Nation: Note to Hillary: Clintonomics Was a Disaster for Most Americans
    Wall Street certainly flourished under Clinton. By 1999, the average price of stocks had risen to 44 times these companies’ earnings. Historically, stock prices had averaged about 14 times more than earnings. Even during the 1920s bubble, stock prices rose only to 33 times earnings right before the 1929 crash….

    …What was Clinton’s overall record with respect to improving living standards for working people and the poor? During the eight full years of Clinton’s presidency, the average real wage for non-supervisory workers, at $13.60 an hour (in 2001 dollars), was 2 percent lower than the average under Reagan and Bush and nearly 10 percent less than under Jimmy Carter’s “years of malaise.” The average individual poverty rate under Clinton, at 13.2 percent of the population, was modestly better than the 14 percent rate under Reagan and Bush. But it was worse than the 11.9 percent figure that was maintained, on average, under Nixon and Ford, as well as Carter….

    1. Aren’t most economic policies a ‘disaster’ for *most* people?

      I hate these sorts of stupid articles. Play with numbers and presto! Disaster for said group or demographic.

      Suck my dick.

    2. If only the Republicans could have taken control of congress they might have stopped him.

  10. House Speaker Paul Ryan is “flattered, but not interested” in Republican efforts to draft him to run in opposition to Donald Trump.

    That’s okay, the voters aren’t interested in you running for president either.

    1. From Chris Rock’s 2016 Oscars opening monologue: “Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rhianna’s panties. I wasn’t invited.”

    2. I wish the voters were interested in primarying his ass out of Congress. And I met they guy, years ago, and liked him. Plus his wife is a babe.

      But after his total sellout to the Dems last fall, fuck ‘im.

  11. Obama orchestrated a massive transfer of wealth to the 1 percent | New York Post
    …Surely if you inject $4.5 trillion into the economy, you will get economic growth. You will get a 4% to 5% increase in Gross Domestic Product for at least a year or two.

    Yet the Obama administration is the first two-term presidency that has not posted a 3% GDP growth on an annualized basis for 8 years. Even Franklin Delano Roosevelt posted 3% growth year during the Great Depression.

    That’s because the $4.5 trillion was not given to any infrastructure program ? it was given to banks, under the misguided notion that they needed the money to remain solvent. The banks promptly invested this money, which kept the stock market humming, but did nothing for jobs, wages or the GDP.

    This was by design. The Fed could not allow the bank’s largesse to be circulated into the public for fear of rapid inflation.

    1. The banks were shovel-ready. What can you do?

      1. When your shovel is the “enter” key on your computer, you’re hard to beat.

        1. That key doesn’t move very much dirt per scoop and lacks in structural strength.

    2. It’s that taking people’s money doesn’t make them have have more money.

      * I know they just printed it basically but I consider that basically the same.

      1. It’s odd that taking people’s money…

  12. I started watching the People vs. OJ…John Travolta’s face is incredibly fucked up.

    1. Wha? Where?

      Up you nose with a rubber hose!

  13. Bubba bashes Obama’s ‘pretty picture’ economy, says millions left behind
    Former President Bill Clinton rapped President Obama’s “pretty picture” of economic recovery, claiming in a campaign stop for his wife Monday that millions of Americans have been left behind.

    He referred to Obama’s State of the Union address and his claims of economic prosperity as a “pretty picture” most haven’t experienced.

    “Millions and millions and millions and millions of people look at that pretty picture of America he painted and they cannot find themselves in it to save their lives,” he said in Raleigh, N.C….

    1. Yeah, elect another Democrat and solve those problems.

    2. Pot, kettle, all day long…

    3. If Team Red wasn’t Team Stupid, they would run those remarks in a campaign ad this fall. Of course, being Team Stupid….

  14. Canadian province Ontario plans to trial universal basic income

    While officials in the Canadian province are yet to release any specific details of the project ? including how much will be given to residents who participate ? the finance ministry has published a report confirming the government’s intention to roll out the experiment.

    The general concept of basic income involves a government handing out a flat-rate income to every single citizen within a country, either by replacing existing benefits or to top them up.

    Proponents of the idea say it would save on welfare administration costs, reduce the poverty traps of traditional welfare states, be fair to people who have jobs, and give people more autonomy in general.

    1. “The general concept of basic income involves a government handing out a flat-rate income to every single citizen within a country, either by replacing existing benefits or to top them up.”

      Naturally. Heaven forbid you just replace.

    2. I’m actually interested to see how it works if it used like the Friedman negative income tax.

    3. So I guess it’s Ontario for all of those Americans leaving the USA when Trump gets elected.

      1. We should force those dumbass Americans who would leave for such a trivial reason to settle in thinly populated parts of the country. We have enough draft-dodging, smug liberals infesting our air waves and newspapers.

        Rufus (handing out Visas): Is that a fact? You left because of Trump, huh. STAMP! Off to Churchill, Manitoba and see if you like it there without Trump. Oh. And here’s your Trudeau pin up.


        1. Do they at least get to pick which Trudeau?

          1. Gary?

          2. NO! They take what I give them.



        2. “Polar Bear Capital of the World”

          For now, anyway.

        3. What about those of us who would choose Manitoba?

          1. Enjoy your remaining years in Iqaluit!

        4. But how are we going to keep the Canadians OUT?

        5. Churchill?

          Just send them to Alert!

    4. The major problem with a basic income is that it gives the government almost absolute control over every person’s income. Imagine the leverage from that control.

      1. Well, the gubmint is us, so we’re giving ourselves absolute control over our own incomes!

    5. In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is not king, he is an incomprehensible alien.

      if current trends continue, the average blue-collar annual wage in this country will be $568,000. Think what this inflated world of the future will mean – most Americans will be millionaires. Everyone will feel like a bigshot. Wouldn’t you like to own a $4,000 suit, and smoke a $75 cigar, drive a $600,000 car? I know I would! But what about people on fixed incomes? They have always been the true victims of inflation. That’s why I will present to Congress the “Inflation Maintenance Program”, whereby the U.S. Treasury will make up any inflation-caused losses to direct tax rebates to the public in cash. Then you may say, “Won’t that cost a lot of money? Won’t that increase the deficit?” Sure it will! But so what? We’ll just print more money! We have the papers, we have the mints.. I can just call up the Bureau of Engraving and say, “Hi! This is Jimmy. Roll out some of them twenties! Print up a couple thousand sheets of those Century Notes!” Sure, all these dollars will cause even more inflation, but who cares? Everyone will be a millionaire!

      In my speech last week, I said that America would have to undergo an austerity program, but since this revolutionary new approach welcomes inflation, our economy will be free to grow, and we can spend, spend, spend!

      1. I believe the watchwords for the 80’s are, Let’s Party

  15. Bernie Sanders: ‘Real unemployment’ rate under Obama is 10.5 percent
    Sen. Bernie Sanders said Monday that the Obama administration is not being forthright with the American people about the real unemployment rate.

    The Vermont senator told a Portland, Maine, audience of 7,500 that the Labor Department’s 5.3 percent unemployment rate is a ruse.

    “There is another set of government statistics,” the independent senator said, The Daily Caller reported, “and that real unemployment if you include those people who have given up looking for work and the millions of others who are working part-time 20, 25 hours a week when they want to work full-time, when you put all of that together, real unemployment is 10.5 percent.”…

    1. But those numbers are fake, or something, and the labor participation rate don’t real.

    2. Oh, so NOW he decides to understand math?

    3. If he’s citing U6, then he’ll have to explain why THAT has also dropped from over 16 percent to 10.5 today.

    4. But when Republicans point out the same fact they’re just being racist and obstructionist

  16. And the Outrage Bus is in high gear.

    “””Outrage over Zoe Saldana being cast as Nina Simone”””

    “””””Getting light-complexioned actors to play the role of dark-complexioned historical figures is not only a sign of blatant disrespect to the persons they are portraying, but it is also disrespectful to their families, to history, to the person who look like the persons being whitewashed, and to the intelligence of the audience””””


    1. So, does Michael Jackson have to be portrayed by someone with the skin tone he was born with, or the skin tone he achieved?

      1. I am betting that no matter how that question is answered it will be declared to be racist.

        1. Asking the question is racist.

          Also, not asking the question is a dog whistle for racism.

        2. Dude, even asking the question puts me in the same category as Irish.

    2. Getting light-complexioned actors to play the role of dark-complexioned historical figures is not only a sign of blatant disrespect to the persons they are portraying

      What is James Earl Jones playing Darth Vader, chopped liver?

      1. Jones is certainly lighter-complexioned than Vader’s helmet.

    3. Black woman isn’t black enough and other post racial enlightened ideas.

    4. So now the proggy SJWs are playing their own version of the “one-drop” game.

      Naturally, they are also using it to discriminate against mixed-race people. Because racial purity is important to them.

      And these people claim to hold the moral high ground.

    5. They had to sacrifice skin tone to get the right amount of ugly.

    6. Submitted without comment, Hamilton.

      1. That’s completely different, somehow.

  17. Today is International Women’s Day according to teh google.

    1. Oh, very well. Pancake *Makeup* Day.

      1. Well-done. I was going to make a pancake boob joke, but it came out flat.

    2. Glad that doesn’t come every month.

  18. “I certainly hope that he continues, because I think he is making a significant contribution to the rejuvenation of the Democratic Party,” said Deborah Sagner, a New Jersey real estate executive who has maxed out contributions to Sanders.

    Rejuvenation? Ouch for Obama.

    1. Executive, huh? Sounds onepercenty. If Sanders is elected, she will REALLY know what it is to max out her contributions.

  19. Been covered here, but bears repeating:

    #DemDebate preview: Michael Moore (!) reminds us who was in charge of Flint for ’84 straight years’
    Flint has voted for Dems for 84 straight yrs. What did it get us? For 18 months Dems remained silent &ignored; pleas while Flint was poisoned

    ? Michael Moore (@MMFlint) March 6, 2016

    1. Didn’t his last movie bomb? I think he’s trying for a Sister Soulja moment to gain credibility.

  20. Thanks To The Republican Civil War, Every Scenario Ends With Hillary Clinton Winning The Election

    What is the worst possible outcome for the presidential election of 2016? Assuming that an election will actually take place, that is an easy question to answer ? Hillary Rodham Clinton as the next president of the United States. She is truly evil in every sense of the word, and the implications of what four (or eight) years of Hillary would mean for our nation are almost too terrible to imagine. That is why it is so depressing watching what is happening to the Republican Party right now. The civil war in the Republican Party is ripping it to shreds, and as a result of all this warfare every plausible scenario for what will happen the rest of the way ends with Hillary Clinton winning the 2016 election.

    1. Sweet Meteor of Death no care about your silly predictions.

      1. Primary in Florida is a week away, and I’m still undecided as to whether I support the Sweet Meteor of Death or Cthulhu.

        1. Meteor, because it has a chance of happening.

          1. Unbeliever! Sacrifice him!

            1. Your God too much of a bitch to come at me himself bro?!?

        2. Perhaps Cthulhu’s campaign website will help you decide:

    2. Humans who haven’t learned the lessons of monoculture deserve what’s coming.

      1. They do, but the rest of us are gonna get it too.

    3. Yeah, for 30 years or more we’ve been told the main reason to support the GOP is to keep the Dems out of office and where has that gotten us? Hillary may be worse than any of the GOP alternatives but it’s comparing drinking a quart of poison with drinking a pint of poison. It’s still poison and I don’t want any and you’re the one who keeps promising to stop making me drink poison. Hillary is at least honest enough to tell me she’s got a big bottle of poison she’s going to try to force me to drink so I can prepare to defend myself against her. You bastards keep telling me that smaller bottle you’re trying to hide behind your back is a nice glass of warm milk and I ain’t falling for any more.

  21. Americans See China as Top Economy Now, but U.S. in Future

    Despite the slowdown in China’s economy that is creating global economic turmoil, more Americans continue to believe China is the world’s leading economic power rather than the U.S. However, the current 13-percentage-point margin in China’s favor — 50% vs. 37% — is slightly smaller than it has been in the past several years.

    In 2000, when the U.S. economy was booming, nearly two-thirds of Americans saw their own country as the leading global economic power. Japan was second at 16%, and China was third at 10%. However, by the next time Gallup asked about this — in February 2008, as the U.S. was in a recession and China’s economy was growing at nearly 10% annually — China had edged ahead of the U.S., 40% vs. 33%, and Japan had slipped to third. By 2011, China had moved ahead, with the majority of U.S. adults naming it. China has since led the measure.

    1. I hope they thought “booming” meant as in “imploding”. Japan 2nd?

    2. “Despite the slowdown in China’s economy that is creating global economic turmoil, more Americans continue to believe China is the world’s leading economic power rather than the U.S”

      Hilarious. The average American is wildly ignorant. You could be living in poverty in the US and still have higher living standards than the average Chinese person.

  22. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Test Ballistic Missiles

    One three-minute clip showed a missile silo at an enormous underground base with what seemed to be a midrange Qiam 1, a short-range ballistic missile first tested in 2010. “This is a missile revolution,” the presenter said.

    The head of the Revolutionary Guards, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, and the commander of the Aerospace Force of the Corps, Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, attended the exercises, state television reported.

    General Hajizadeh said that the United States was “trying to turn off the lights of Iran’s missile program.”

    “The Guards Corps doesn’t give into threats,” he said.

    1. Someone wants to be both the first muslim nation to get working ICBMs and the first nation to be on the receiving end of said.

    2. The brilliant Iran deal, for which I seem to recall seeing some supportive to lukewarm articles about here.

      Did you see where the side deal for inspections actually means no inspections?

      1. Prohibition never works. And gun control is stupid.

  23. Winter 2000: The Trillion-Dollar Bank Shakedown That Bodes Ill for Cities
    The Clinton administration has turned the Community Reinvestment Act, a once-obscure and lightly enforced banking regulation law, into one of the most powerful mandates shaping American cities?and, as Senate Banking Committee chairman Phil Gramm memorably put it, a vast extortion scheme against the nation’s banks. Under its provisions, U.S. banks have committed nearly $1 trillion for inner-city and low-income mortgages and real estate development projects, most of it funneled through a nationwide network of left-wing community groups, intent, in some cases, on teaching their low-income clients that the financial system is their enemy and, implicitly, that government, rather than their own striving, is the key to their well-being….

    1. … Ignoring the sweeping transformation of the banking industry since the CRA was passed, the Clinton Treasury Department’s 1995 regulations made getting a satisfactory CRA rating much harder. The new regulations de-emphasized subjective assessment measures in favor of strictly numerical ones. Bank examiners would use federal home-loan data, broken down by neighborhood, income group, and race, to rate banks on performance. There would be no more A’s for effort. Only results?specific loans, specific levels of service?would count. Where and to whom have home loans been made? Have banks invested in all neighborhoods within their assessment area? Do they operate branches in those neighborhoods?

      1. Crucially, the new CRA regulations also instructed bank examiners to take into account how well banks responded to complaints. The old CRA evaluation process had allowed advocacy groups a chance to express their views on individual banks, and publicly available data on the lending patterns of individual banks allowed activist groups to target institutions considered vulnerable to protest. But for advocacy groups that were in the complaint business, the Clinton administration regulations offered a formal invitation. The National Community Reinvestment Coalition?a foundation-funded umbrella group for community activist groups that profit from the CRA?issued a clarion call to its members in a leaflet entitled “The New CRA Regulations: How Community Groups Can Get Involved.” “Timely comments,” the NCRC observed with a certain understatement, “can have a strong influence on a bank’s CRA rating.”…

        1. What could possibly go wrong?

        2. What do you call a ringleader of CRA “advocacy groups” that contributed greatly to the 2008 financial crisis? Community organizer.

          The fact that the Democrat Party is seriously considering an avowed socialist for its nominee, and that the chair of the DNC cannot identify a single difference between the Democrat Party and the socialist agenda, should come as no surprise after 2008.

  24. A 26-year-old woman has received the first uterus transplant in the United States.

    1. I think the article is not written well.

    2. This transplant seems to be really ill advised, considering risk/cost/benefit.

    1. The transplanted uterus came from a deceased donor who was in her 30s.

      Attention Anti-Trans Socons: The implication of this is that trans* individuals will soon be able to have real, functioning genetalia, and you’re not going to like it. Time to start planning that goalpost move.

      1. I suspect the next socon move will be to outlaw such transplants. They’ll probably try to outlaw them only for “cosmetic” reasons and get smacked down.

        1. I don’t think any voluntary medical procedure should be out lawed, but as far as risk/cost go, I think hiring a surrogate is a smarter choice.

          1. Oh, ab-so-fucking-lutely, if the goal is simply to have biological offspring. But this woman wanted to be a Real Mother(tm). That’s apparently a thing now with some of the religious.

            1. She should consider her husband and three kids. That would be more motherly/wifely.

              Disclaimer: she is not chattel.

            2. Just like the religious all object to kidney transplants. Sorry, but you’re talking out of your ass

              1. That was referring to the earlier comment

              2. No, I’m speculating on the future. Note the following words: suspect, probably. But whiny butt-hurt duly noted, and always appreciated for the lulz.

      2. I think you vastly underestimate the difficulty of making men produce babies. There’s a couple more things they’re missing. Eggs for instance.

        1. They could get a sister to donate.
          *not an endorsement

        2. Awwwww…that’s so patronizingly cute. But I did cover that below; hadn’t read your 10:24 when composing that. And, I know that after the hardware, that you’d have to make sure the hormones were conducive to gestation, and ensure a proper blood supply to the uterus. Not saying this will happen tomorrow, but in the conceivable future.


      3. A uterus, by itself, does not make one a woman. As you probably know, the female reproductive system is quite complex. Reproduction is also difficult. Merely planting a uterus and a vagina in a male abdomen will not a woman make.

        1. Please consider that my 11:17 also applies to you, only minus the bile and spleen since you weren’t hostile.

          1. Well, I have a different perspective from most.

            My wife and I tried for twelve years to get pregnant before adopting internationally. We spent thousands of dollars for naught. There are many children all over the world hoping for a home, while many couples (and individuals) hope for children. Getting these two groups together is a far better sociological solution than making men into reproductive women. The latter just seems a bit narcissistic to me. But then, I’m not a Darwinian. I don’t need to precipitate my genes to make progeny.

    2. Apparently she did have ovaries, so her children will be related to her genetically.

      I assume that they would be able to transplant ovaries which would enable previously egg-free recipients to conceive, though those children would be unrelated.

      This woman has been praying to be able to have children since age 16 when she found out she had no uterus. Noteworthy that it was human science that did this for her; if her god had wanted her to have kids, he would have arranged for her to have been born with standard equipment, or miracled that shit into place.

      The original article got jumpy when I revisited it; the webpage appears to be tricked out to not let you scroll down. Alternate article.

  25. Worth noting on the Sharapova story:


    The decision to add meldonium to the banned list was approved on 16 September 2015, and it came
    into effect on 1 January 2016

    Meldonium is also known as mildronate, the name by which Sharapova knew the drug, having taken it since 2006.

    1. Wait till the SJWs try to add melanin to that list.

    2. I’ve read the drug is widely used in Russia and East European countries but is not yet approved by the FDA here in the US because the clinical trials have not been completed. The research here in the US began 10 years ago. The results so far look good but we’ve got a process we gotta follow and screw you if you think 10 or 12 years is a ridiculously long time to wait.

      From what I understand, the drug is intended for people with heart problems and it allows them to exercise longer without strain – which is what makes it a banned performance-enhancing drug for people just wanting to boost their heart’s performance. But what’s wrong with me or any other regular schlub wanting to increase our heart’s performance? Same with the HGH that helps muscles repair themselves faster – why aren’t we all using that stuff? Or the cholesterol-lowering drugs, why wait until my cholesterol is dangerously high to start taking it? Gene-splice that shit right into the pig and suddenly bacon and pork chops are health food.

      If they had a drug for brain-damaged people that allowed the damaged brain to work 25% better, wouldn’t people with healthy brains want to take that drug as well if it boosted normal brain function? And yet, do you doubt the FDA would ban it for non-medicinal purposes and threaten to yank it off the market over its “unacceptably high potential for abuse” by people taking it for “no good reason?

      1. I mean, this is basically the whole War on Drugs already. We’ll let you take painkillers, but not for the pain of living.

  26. MAN MEAT
    Men think they need to eat meat to be manly?and it’s making them sick
    by Deena Shanker

    I think this must have been written by someone who secretly intended to discredit feminism and vegetarianism by associating them with incredibly poor arguments, the last of which is that women are hardest hit:

    The upshot: Despite eating less meat, women still bear many of its costs?whether by braving dangerous work conditions in its packing plants, devoting money and time to buying and cooking it, or taking on caregiving duties as diet-related illnesses continue to rise. Meanwhile, women reap few of the $95 billion industry’s rewards.

    1. Does this count as femsplaining?

    2. “whether by braving dangerous work conditions in its packing plants”

      i.e., holding down a job. Oh noes!

      1. Women don’t typically do the dangerous jobs, men do. That’s why men comprise over 90% of the workplace fatalities.


      Women have always been the primary victims of war. Women lose their husbands, their fathers, their sons in combat.

      — Hillary Clinton

      1. And it still amazes me that people could actually take seriously the proposition that the primary victims of men’s deaths are not the men who were killed, but women.

        1. Who has to pay for their funerals? Women! So good going getting killed, now your wives and mothers have to run up the credit cards to bury your carcasses.

        2. It makes sense if you regard men as subhuman, WTF.

  27. One fix for growing airport lines: more dogs

    the dogs bring “a degree of comfort and security” to passengers, said TSA’s Atlanta canine lead, Anthony K. Jones. “Those dogs are very sharp,” agreed Caterina Angerami, of Norcross, adding that she thinks using canines for expedited screening is “a great idea.”

    Yep, shove that snout right up in there.

    1. Yeah, I can only imagine the whining and lawsuits from muslims who are anti-dog.

      1. Well, if they’re fundamentalist Muslims, they must be terrorists, right?

        And on a more serious note, I totally thought of this right after 9/11, when I was 14.

    2. I mean, a dog is gonna stick its nose wherever anyway. Somebody might as well get paid for that.

    3. Wait, that is exactly how the MSP airport intends to fix its horrible wait times. Are you saying it won’t work?

      The canine teams can sniff passengers, and those not deemed a threat can be pulled out of general security lines and given expedited screening similar to PreCheck lanes that are reserved for trusted travelers, said Patrick Hogan, an airport spokesman. “That can speed things up,” Hogan said.

    4. the dogs bring “a degree of comfort and security” to passengers

      Except, of course, for those passengers with a cultural disgust for or fear or dogs. Which conveniently just happen to be many of the same one’s we’re trying to fuck with!

      1. Exactly. It brings a degree of comfort and security to the non-terroristy folk..

      2. Or I sneeze into the TSA handler’s face, since I love dogs, but have bad allergies to them.

    5. You know what those airport lines need after that? Some rifles. Big rifles. Just in case, you know. I mean, hahaha, it says “security” right there in the name! Nothing’s more secure than some big, big rifles.

      And razor wire. Oooh, yes, a little razor wire here, a bigger guard tower there… We’ll get this sorted ship-shape, no problemo!

    6. Dog = magic.

      When the dogs eventually fail, we can just shoot them.

  28. ‘Propaganda’: Top MIT Climate Scientist Trashes ‘97% Consensus’ Claim
    …Cook’s paper found of the scientific study “abstracts expressing a position on [manmade global warming], 97.1% endorsed the consensus position that humans are causing global warming.” But Cook’s assertion has been heavily criticized by researchers carefully examining his methodology.

    A paper by five leading climatologists published in the journal Science and Education found only 41 out of the 11,944 published climate studies examined in Cook’s study explicitly stated mankind has caused most of the warming since 1950 ? meaning the actual consensus is 0.3 percent…

    …A 2013 study by Andrew Montford of the Global Warming Policy Foundation found that Cook had to cast a wide net to cram scientists into his so-called consensus. To be part of Cook’s consensus, a scientific study only needed to agree carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas and that human activities have warmed the planet “to some unspecified extent” ? both of which are uncontroversial points….

    1. …He said it’s part of a political machine that’s used by scientists and politicians to direct more taxpayer dollars to pet projects.

      “If you can make an ambiguous remark and you have people who will amplify it ‘they said it not me’ and he response of the political system is to increase your funding, what’s not to like?” Lindzen said…

    2. It will fall on deaf ears

    3. It doesn’t need to be carefully examined. The problem with Cook’s number is pretty obvious the moment you look at his data.

  29. Jury awards Erin Andrews $55M in lawsuit over nude video

    ”I’ve been honored by all the support from victims around the world. Their outreach has helped me be able to stand up and hold accountable those whose job it is to protect everyone’s safety, security and privacy,” she said in a statement posted on her Twitter account

    Andrews said her stalker’s arrest and imprisonment did not make the nightmare go away. She broke down on the stand repeatedly, saying she continues to suffer because people are still watching the videos and taunting her about them.

    ”This happens every day of my life,” Andrews said tearfully. ”Either I get a tweet or somebody makes a comment in the paper or somebody sends me a still video to my Twitter or someone screams it at me in the stands and I’m right back to this. I feel so embarrassed and I am so ashamed.”

    I thought the invasion of her privacy was outrageous, but I had no idea that people were being mean to her on the Twitters!

    1. ”This happens every day of my life,” Andrews said tearfully. ”Either I get a tweet or somebody makes a comment in the paper or somebody sends me a still video to my Twitter or someone screams it at me in the stands and I’m right back to this. I feel so embarrassed and I am so ashamed.”

      Playboy calls in 3…2…

      1. To write an article. No more nudes…

    2. They said on the radio this morning that due to TN law she should only net around $100k after lawyer fees.

      Can any H&R lawyers confirm that?

      1. http://www.si.com/more-sports/…..el-lawsuit

        This seems to sort of confirm what I heard on the radio:

        An appeal could also involve the Tennessee Civil Justice Act, which is the state’s “tort reform” law. Although the Act currently has an unsettled legal status, it limits damages to $750,000 in certain cases. The appeals process could take many months, if not years, to play out. During this time, it is possible that Andrews and the hotel companies could negotiate an out-of-court settlement to end the litigation.

    3. While her privacy was violated and she deserves some recompense, it is a stretch to say Marriot is liable since they did not wittingly abet the stalker. And her continuing drama queen act over it is only encouraging those who are taunting her.

      1. Well they did abet him in that they told him what room she was in, which was pretty dumb.

        1. He asked to be connected to her room on the phone and then he deduced the room number from the extension. So they didn’t do it intentionally, at most they were mildly negligent.

      2. And her continuing drama queen act over it is only encouraging those who are taunting her.

        That is what I was trying to imply.

      3. I always suspected Fox hired her because of this whole thing. Certainly not for any journalistic skills. Her voice is fingernails on a chalkboard.

    4. Andrews said her stalker’s arrest and imprisonment did not make the nightmare go away.

      A big pile of money, on the other hand, makes everything better!

    5. It’s disgusting that Twitter forces her to use their service.

  30. NTTAWT

    For a Young Donald J. Trump, Broadway Held Sway

    There was another round of discussions about a Trump-related Broadway show in the summer of 2007, when Mr. Trump met in his office with a creative team to talk about producing a revue, using songs from the Irving Berlin catalog, with “The Trump Follies” as the working title.

    In the show, which was to be written by Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary and directed by John Rando, a young bellhop would work his way up through a hotel, observing different dance rehearsals as he rose, as he sought to visit a Trump-like producer on the top floor.

    Mr. Trump impressed the creative team. “He was smart and funny and pretty charming, but the show fell apart, like most shows do,” Mr. Tolins said.

    I know, we can put on a show about putting on a show!

    1. Springtime for Trump and America?

      1. First, The Arab Spring; next, The American Fall.

    2. Trump was “young” nine years ago?

      1. you are the worst.

        1. Hey, it wasn’t your headline.

    3. In chapter 2 of “Art of the Deal,” Trump mentions that he thought about a stage career.

      1. Which reminds me – shouldn’t journalists be reading this book and discussing its implications in their so-called “think” pieces?

        1. I mean, if Trump is Hitler, The Art of the Deal would be Mein Kampf and would contain valuable clues to his sinister agenda.

  31. Cruz: Media deliberately hiding “bombshells” about Trump until general election
    …CRUZ: That’s true at first. But let’s be clear. The media has given Donald Trump hundreds of millions of dollars of free advertising. When you put Donald ? when every press conference is carried live on every television station, and you essentially have a massive in-kind contribution from the media, that has helped create this phenomenon. And then I think an awful lot of reporters ? I can’t tell you how many media outlets I hear have this great expose on Donald, on different aspects of his business dealings, or his past, but they said, you know what, we’re going to hold it to June or July. We’re not going to run it now….

    …CRUZ: I promise you, come the general election, that will be the singular focus of the media. And I think Republicans, we have been burned by that before. We’re not interested in losing again, particularly when the stakes, I think, are catastrophic….

    1. …If anyone doubts the media mechanism that Cruz alleges, just recall the New York Times and its endorsement of John McCain in late February of 2008. After Mitt Romney conceded the nomination to McCain, the same newspaper that endorsed McCain published a shabby smear that insinuated that McCain had a sexual affair with a lobbyist, and then demanded to see his medical records to ensure he was fit for office. They didn’t seem to have an issue with his personal ethics or his physical abilities when they endorsed him for the ticket, but went after McCain with a vengeance afterward….

      1. says the guy who will be surprised to find out he’s a Canadian Serial Killer Vampire in July.

      2. Few here doubt the manipulative sorcery of the mass media fucks. Goddamn elections are circuses of snake oil and arm-bars clacketing down from the attic holes of untouchable elites.

  32. The Hitler-ification of Donald Trump

    “As a Jew who survived the Holocaust, to see an audience of thousands of people raising their hands in what looks like the ‘Heil Hitler’ salute is about as offensive, obnoxious and disgusting as anything I thought I would ever witness in the United States of America,” Foxman said.

    TW: behind the Washington Post paywall. If you would like to read it, or any other story posted behind a paywall, open in a private browser. Even Rufus knows that, and he is Canadian.

    1. Abraham “There Is No Israel Lobby” Foxman, who was head of AIPAC (America-Israel PAC)?

      1. And here he is, attacking the candidate most likely to be Israel’s friend.

        If I was on the board of AIPAC, he’d be fighting to keep his job right now.

        1. And here he is, attacking the candidate most likely to be Israel’s friend.

          Quite possibly so, but the friend they need, not the friend they want. The fact that they haven’t embraced him would seem to lend credence to some of the wilder ZOG theories.

          However, what I suspect is that they don’t trust him to not turn on them. The jews and blacks I know seem really, really freaked out by Trump and his supporters. Don’t know how much of that is manufactured by Dem operatives, and how much is genuine.

          1. The problem is that he is similar to Obama in many ways. He doesn’t care about Principles, only Principals, he will make a deal with anyone to get what he wants, and will assert his authority in an unconstitutional manner.

  33. Some supporters of Rubio say bad strategy, poorly run campaign killing his chances

    “I felt I had a dog in the fight, and it hurt me personally when I thought we were going to win,” said Republican Sen. James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma, another state where Rubio came in behind Cruz and Trump. “The thing is, when Rubio was there, the enthusiasm was so great, better than the others. He had a great reception. If everything had been equal in terms of appearances and organization, he would have won Oklahoma.”

    Party leaders, donors and other supporters of Rubio portray a political operation that continues to come up short in its message, in its attention to the fundamentals of campaigning and in its use of a promising politician. The failures have all but doomed ?Rubio’s chances of securing the GOP nomination, leaving him far behind Trump and Cruz in both delegates and states won.

    You know who else had a poorly run campaign…

    1. And he’s a schmuck

    2. The Colorado Rockies, every single year?

    3. Spoke with an insider who has worked in the Florida political arena for decades now, with but not for Rubio and he described him as “intellectually lazy”, which aligns well with what I’ve observed.

    1. Especially that weird leprechaun. He’s tricky!

      1. +1 Trix are for kids!

    2. Kaboom was the poor kids Apple Jacks. My parents went with the poor kids Cap’n Crunch: King Vitamin. The roof of my mouth bleeds just thinking about it.

      1. King VitaMAN, philistine!

        1. Wanna try my frosted flakes?

      2. Marshmallow Mateys or GTFO.

      3. Kaboom tasted nothing like Apple Jacks. And King Vitamin tasted more like Freakies than Cap’n Crunch–but damned if those stars weren’t pointy.

  34. Internet fame often comes with hate and harassment

    “If you’re going to be out there, part of the deal is that you’re going to get a lot of hate,” said Ben Lashes, the business manager of memetic phenoms including Scumbag Steve and Grumpy Cat.


    1. They didn’t shoot her?

      Wow. Impressive.

    2. “That’s the most horrific thing I’ve ever seen, and I’ll be 68 in two days,” Ward said.


    3. A naked, dancing woman shut down a highway for TWO HOURS?! Will terrorist women start shedding their burkas now?

      1. They need to check her cell phone to see if there are any co-conspirators.
        Oh, wait…

    4. Yeah. Obviously not a feature dancer at one of the high end clubs off her meds. I think they were worried about damaging the freeway if the shot her and she fell to grade.

  35. 66% of Mexicans (not just those planning to cross border) say US has “no right to limit immigration.”
    Twitter Link that has the ,pdf

    1. Wonder if those same Mexicans say Mexico has “no right to limit immigration”

      1. Probably the same who say Mexico has “no right to limit emigration.”

  36. Without those that deviate poison would have few hearts to seize.

  37. My Body Type Makes Going Shopping Basically Impossible

    Giant freak has issues finding stores that stock clothes to suit her giant freak body.

    1. Is “I can’t find my size on the rack” the new slavery?

    2. She’s 6’2″ – but doesn’t look obese.

    3. Juggler wins a roomful of hot Asian babes for smashing a maximum-disinterest ball-peen directly into my cerebral cortex.

      1. Juggler wins a roomful of hot Asian babes for smashing a maximum-disinterest ball-peen directly into my cerebral cortex.

        My apologies, dear.

        1. None required, brother. A feat was achieved with spectacle.

    4. Who needs more than 3 sizes of dresses?

      1. Especially when children are hungry in this country.

    5. It’s too bad we don’t have some sort of giant inter-connected electronic system that would allow people of all body types to shop for hard-to-find clothes at the touch of a keys on the keyboard.

    6. Learn to sew. Internet. These things are not difficult.

      The only grocery store within an hour’s drive does not stock fresh french bread. Question for the group: Is this a microaggression against me, or is this the biggest microaggression event ever? The only within a whole hour’s drive, remember.

      1. Pretty sure I read in the Constitution that everyone is entitled to immediate baguette satisfaction, and no one should actually have to bake their own!

    7. She’s 2.57 standard deviations above mean? That’s taller than ~99.4% of American women.

    8. The problem was, I only had one other pair of jeans, and I live in Wisconsin, where if you wear dresses outside in January, you will probably become hypothermic and die. I needed another pair, and I needed them ASAP.

      She lives some place where she’ll wear jeans a lot? I think having more than 2 pairs of jeans would be prudent.

    1. Myles Kamisher-Koch, a dining hall intern and Middlebury student, made the case that selling energy drinks on campus went against the school’s dining hall mission statement to “nourish and nurture” students. The drinks promoted poor academic environments and elevated students stress levels, Kamisher-Koch said.

      “This does not ban the selling of other caffeinated beverages such as coffee, etc. — only energy drinks,” said Sarah Ray, Middlebury’s media relations director.

      *** facepalm ***

      Also, *love* Myles’s last name!

  38. France to hire FERRIES to send Calais migrants to Britain within HOURS of EU Out vote

    However, the mayor’s threat provoked an angry response from Tory MP Steve Baker, the co-chairman of Conservatives for Britain, who warned: “The British people will not respond well to blackmail. These are hollow threats. Any immigrants brought over on a ferry to the UK illegally would be sent back to France and the ferry companies would be fined. We want to have friendly relations with all European countries after we Vote Leave. All talk of recrimination is counterproductive.”

    Dan Hannan, Tory MEP for South East England, agreed, saying: “If French politicians think the British people respond to bullying or threats, they haven’t read our history.”

    1. All politics are local. Brussels and Merkel may decide they want a million refugees, but that doesn’t mean they can force it down the throats of localities without repercussions.2

    2. Sort of like the Dunkirk Evacuation, but for migrants!

    3. It’s been a few centuries since we’ve had a good war between Britain and France! :grabs popcorn:

    4. You know who else got invaded across the Channel?

      1. Harold Godwinson?

      2. Elizabeth I?

      3. John I/Henry III?

    5. I would guess that if France wanted the Brits to vote to get out of the EU, they couldn’t have found a better way to make it happen.

      What I’d like to see is a prime minister that sends the navy out to stop the ferries and send them back. With orders to board and/or disable if necessary.

    6. British Navy “accidentally ” sinks ferry with warning shots or chavs and bully boys on the piers ?

    1. Why? Was Denny’s gonna cut off one of your fingers if you didn’t?

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