Charges Dropped Against Trump Campaign Manager, Microsoft Sues over Surveillance Gag Orders, Quake Hits Japan: P.M. Links

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    Charges have been dropped against Donald Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, over the filmed incident of him grabbing a former Breitbart reporter's arm and yanking her away from Trump when she was trying to ask him a question at a rally. Prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to support prosecution.

  • Hey, remember the time that police officer at the University of California, Davis, walked down of peaceful protesters and just brutally pepper sprayed them all in their faces? UC Davis wanted to facilitate people forgetting about all that and paid at least $175,000 trying to reduce its prominence on the Internet by hiring a firm to churn out more positive coverage that would show up in searches. Well obviously it just backfired terribly. Now they'll have to hire a firm to churn out stories to try to bury the stories about how the college hired a firm to churn out stories to bury the stories about the pepper-spraying incident.
  • Microsoft is suing the government over the right to tell its customers when a federal agency is looking over their emails, calling gag orders a violation of their free speech.
  • Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a pro-gay Republican, was booed at an LGBT event because he wouldn't declare upon demand whether he'd support proposed legislation to add gender identity to public accommodation guidelines.
  • At least two have been killed and more than 40 injured in a 6.5-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan overnight.
  • A judge has denied a request by a gun manufacturer to toss out a lawsuit against it by the families of victims of the Sandy Hook Shootings.

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  1. Charges have been dropped against Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, over the filmed incident of him grabbing a former Breitbart reporter’s arm and yanking her away…

    Dropped on account of classiness.

    1. Hello.

      “A judge has denied a request by a gun manufacturer to toss out a lawsuit against it by the families of victims of the Sandy Hook Shootings.”

      I would love to know what the rationale was. It wasn’t mentioned in the article.

      1. ‘Feelings,nothing more that feeling’

        1. Trying not to forget their feelings of paaaaiiiiin

      2. FYTW would be my guess.

    2. The charges didn’t corey much of a sentence, anyway.

      1. Looks like this campaign manager…

        [dons sunglasses]

        …managed to inflict pain on cam.

      2. That’s not much of one either

        1. Is your next comment going to finish that thought with a period? I sure hope so.

    3. Has anyone seen Soave just to be sure he hasn’t done something drastic?

  2. A judge has denied a request by a gun manufacturer to toss out a lawsuit against it by the families of victims of the Sandy Hook Shootings.

    Judge wants to see how this open can of worms plays out.

    1. If I were on the jury, I would award the plaintiffs $1.

      1. “The plaintiffs in the case allege that the defendants “unethically, oppressively, immorally, and unscrupulously marketed and promoted the assaultive qualities and military uses of AR-15s to civilian purchasers.”

        It’s a mighty dangerous line they want to walk!

        1. oppressively […] marketed and promoted the assaultive qualities and military uses of AR-15s to civilian purchasers

          I’d like to see them elaborate on that one.

        2. The judge is clearly thinking about this from a purely political perspective. There is zero chance this survives under the plain reading of the Protection of Lawful Commerce Act.

        3. Considering that Adam Lanza stole the weapons he used, I don’t think the defendants marketed their weapons at him.

          And, really: oppressively?

        4. Maybe I’m remembering wrong, but I thought Lanza didn’t even use the AR-15. Thought only the handguns were actually used

          1. This is true.they are using inaccurate news reports as the basis for the suit
            It’s for show

          2. Okay, thought that was what I recalled hearing.

            1. But BushMaster has money, and why not cash in on a horrible tragedy?

              1. Because OP is in fact remembering wrong, or rather remembering a persistent rumor at the time :

                http://www.ct.gov/despp/cwp/view.asp?Q=517284

                #1. Bushmaster .223 caliber– model XM15-E2S rifle with high capacity 30 round magazine

                The shooter used the Bushmaster .223 to murder 20 children and six adults inside the school; he used a handgun to take his own life inside the school. No other weapons were used in this crime. This case remains under investigation.

                1. This case remains under investigation.

                  What could they possibly expect to find out?

          3. Pretty sure they found it in the trunk of his car.

            1. No, the AR was used. It was a Saiga-12 that was in the trunk.

              1. Sigh….when you mammals go sideways you somehow never use the truly destructive weapons.

                1. Like, what, regenerative limbs?

        5. unscrupulously marketed and promoted the assaultive qualities

          Assaultive qualities are what I look for in a firearm. I also seek out guns that are weapony and fully capable of producing shootations.

          1. *makes shooty blaster noises with mouth*

            1. Not “pew-pew-pew” noises?

              1. It’s not a phaser.

        6. “the defendants “unethically, oppressively, immorally, and unscrupulously marketed and promoted…

          Reads like a Jackie Chiles statement.

          1. Exactly what I was thinking.

    2. I can’t believe every manufacturer in the country isn’t besieging the court

      1. Yeah, not just guns, either, but pretty much everything. This should and will get reversed because it’s contrary to well established law.

        1. The only legal and correct response to this suit would be to dismiss it and impose penalties on the lawyer who brought it.

          Naturally, that will never happen. No, it’ll get thrown out on appeal, and Bushmaster will be out hundreds of thousands of dollars, and we will say “See? The system works!”.

    3. I’m surprised they left out “unfashionably”

  3. Charges have been dropped against Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, over the filmed incident of him grabbing a former Breitbart reporter’s arm and yanking her away from Trump when she was trying to ask him a question at a rally. Prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to support prosecution.

    See! She made it all up!

    1. there were certainly enough people gloating over the charges that one would be justified in thinking that charges = guilt around here.

      1. I don’t see how it’s unclear that there was an unwanted touching (battery). The only reason she pressed charges was that the Trump campaign denied it happened and said she made it up for publicity.

        1. if it was such a slam dunk one wonders why the prosecutor let it get away.

          so you ARE one of those people who think that charges = guilt. Didn’t mean to make fun of you behind your back.

          1. so you ARE one of those people who think that charges = guilt. Didn’t mean to make fun of you behind your back.

            That is exactly what he said. You are on point today.

            1. it’s so clear the prosecutor dropped the charges. because all prosecutors give up politically lucrative, easy prosecutions. that happens all of never.

              1. Yes. The fact that the prosecutor dropped the charges means that nothing happened, that she was making it up to get attention, that the person who witnessed him grabbing her made it up, and that Trump is awesome.

                The lengths these people go to embarrass Trump.

                1. If he had touched the female on a college campus he would be guilty of rape.

            2. I, personally, think he’s guilty of an unwanted touch based on the evidence (video, audit, eyewitness testimony). Whether there’s enough evidence to convict is another story.

              I think what the guy did was wrong and, technically, illegal, but I doubt Fields would have pressed charges if they hadn’t decided to go full Trump and deny it happened and call her an attention seeker. Wouldn’t be surprised if there was some behind the scene apology or something along those lines.

              (For the record, I don’t think charges equal guilt.)

              1. For the record, I don’t think charges equal guilt

                And dropping charges does not equal innocence.

                WHAT A CRAZY CONCEPT

                1. I heard somewhere she is considering a defamation suit because she was called delusional.

                2. Now you’re just talking crazy talk.

                3. You’re Tulpa, aren’t you?

                4. It sort of does, as innocence is the default presumption.

              2. “I think what the guy did was wrong and, technically, illegal, but I doubt Fields would have pressed charges if they hadn’t decided to go full Trump and deny it happened and call her an attention seeker. Wouldn’t be surprised if there was some behind the scene apology or something along those lines.”

                On April 13 she said: For those asking, office of prosecutor asked 2 weeks ago if I’d be ok with an apology from Corey. I said ya but haven’t heard back about it

                She does seem to have a history of being an attention seeker though, she’s apparently assaulted everywhere she goes. (Or she’s just very unlucky)

                1. She does seem to have a history of being an attention seeker though, she’s apparently assaulted everywhere she goes. (Or she’s just very unlucky)

                  Citation(s)?

                  1. From what I can gather she’s had run-ins with Leonardo DiCaprio, assaulted by the NYPD, a former employer, was groped by Allen West, had a spat with Seth McFarlin – doesn’t mean they’re all true of course.

                    Here’s my limited two links:

                    http://dailycaller.com/2011/11…..-protests/

                    http://www.theburningplatform……he-ground/

                    1. Leandro is a prissy little jerk who has, run ins with everybody.
                      The NYPD assaults everybody.
                      Allen Wrest gropes everybody.
                      Seth McFarlin has had a spat with everybody.*

                      *I have no idea if any of these statements are true, I’m just making shit up.

        2. But she also touched Trump. So a Mexican lawyer standoff.

          1. objecion!

      2. I never saw a video that made me think “Holy shit!”

        I saw a scrum in a crowded hall, and somebody who got handled the way people sometimes get handled in a scrum.

        Context matters. And the context here was a bunch of pushy people being pushy. As was noted at the time, there are millions of “unwanted touchings” a day that don’t get prosecuted because they happen in crowded situations where you’re gonna get touched whether you want it or not.

  4. UC Davis wanted to facilitate people forgetting about all that and paid at least $175,000 trying to reduce its prominence on the Internet by hiring a firm to churn out more positive coverage that would show up in searches.

    The Streisand Public Relations Agency.

    1. Speaking of Streisand, she’s planning to star in a film version of Gypsy. Everything’s Coming Up Noses.

      1. Are you proud of yourself for that?

        1. He should be proud of himself.

        2. Yes. Are you kicking yourself because you didn’t think of it first?

      2. Say what you want about the nose, but she was a great frontman for Digital Underground.

        1. +1 Humpty

        2. +1 Burger King bathroom.

  5. Prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to support prosecution.

    BUT ITS ALL RIGHT THERE

    1. Rape culture at Trump rallies! Did you hear the audio commentary from the intrepid reporter after the vicious assault. Her boyfriend was all like “Oh my Gawd” and Michelle Fields was all like “OMG was that, like, Corey or something? Like Oh my Gawd!” And if you listen closely, you can hear the sound of blood gurgling in her throat.

  6. Oh my God

    “I’m A Giant Liberal But I Fell In Love With A Republican”

    “I have dated a lot. In fact, I’m an expert. My first serious boyfriend was in college, and it goes without saying our politics were in sync. It was the late 90s, he was in a straight-edge punk band and we were both vegan.

    We traveled to India together. Horrified that so many people lived in poverty, we talked endlessly about how we could help solve the world’s inequality. What could we do to make things better?”

    “If I’m being honest, perhaps I would admit that I got a little tired of the “progressive” guys I was dating. There was a lot of talk, but often I found my boyfriends had trouble walking the walk. I still seemed to be doing the housework. On a few occasions I was even covering the rent while my boyfriends pursued their unrealistic dreams (bands, the great American novel etc). In one extreme case, a professed male feminist cheated on me with a much younger woman.”

    LOLOLOLOL

    1. Straight-edge punk vegan

      One of these words does not belong…

      1. I dunno, there have been a straight-edge vegans in the history of punk. Fugazi was one example, right? I think the guys from Rise Against are all straight-edge vegan types as well, except for the drummer.

        1. That doesn’t mean they belong!

        2. Rise Against

          Bunch of Maoist motherfuckers…

    2. I’m pretty sure we discussed it a few month ago.

      1. It’s from April 12th so I doubt it.

        1. Probably it wasn’t here. It was published last December.

          1. God damn, the comments on that one…

            Actually, most people seem sane, but the insane ones – yowza!

            1. I liked the number of people who demonstrated how undateable they are by proving the writer’s point:

              Bottom line, if you are a male and support a candidate who restricts abortion to the point of voting for them, then you deserve to be called a misogynist, particularly if their abortion stance is why you’re voting for them in the first place. Prioritizing any issue over civil rights pretty much means you’re a terrible person

              I hope this chick dies alone and in the cold.

              1. don’t worry; there is a Pajama Boy out there awaiting her emasculation of him.

    3. “I have dated a lot. In fact, I’m an expert.”

      Slut.

    4. Honestly, I thought it was kinda sweet. People disassociating politics from their daily lives is a good thing.

      1. I agree. I just thought her description of her life with liberal men was completely absurd. It’s like 10 right-wing steretypes of leftists jammed together in two paragraphs.

        1. It’s like 10 right-wing steretypes of leftists jammed together in two paragraphs.

          Yeah, I thought the same thing. Like, “These guys can’t all be Pajama Boy, can they?”

          1. Yes. Yes they can.
            Just because it’s a stereotype doesn’t mean it’s false.

        2. Of course it’s absurd – it’s almost certainly a complete fabrication.

          we talked endlessly about how we could help solve the world’s inequality

          Yeah, sure you did.

          1. “Of course it’s absurd – it’s almost certainly a complete fabrication.”

            My first thought was that it’s a troll, but this person is the actual dating advice giver at XO Jane. She appears to be a real person with a long standing online presence.

            1. I’ll take your word for it that “XO Jane” is something.

              I’ll even accept that she’s dated a long string of leftist betas who didn’t turn out quite the way she thought they would.

              But no way am I accepting this saintly image she’s peddling.

          2. Check your Earth privilege.

    5. “On our third date, we eventually got around to politics. We’d skirted the subject before, but not in any detail. Of course, I started off on the usual tangent and expected Todd to play along. He didn’t.

      Moments later we were in a heated debate, initially about healthcare but quickly escalating into other areas. I felt my fantasy slipping away. I was confronted with a cold, hard reality: The man I was falling in love with was a Republican.”

      I’m not sure what is worse: she’s falling in love by the third date or she’s falling in love because of her earlier description of how he wears a suit, takes her to an expensive restaurant and knows about wine.

      1. Todd’s having fun with a lib floozy before meeting a nice Republican girl? Is that the narrative?

        1. Yep pretty much.


    6. IHTM
      IT HAPPENED TO ME: Donald Trump Ruined My Relationship
      My Republican boyfriend and I had always enjoyed a good debate, but now there was chauvinism and condescension in his arguments.

      Late last year, I wrote a personal essay on what I thought was a pretty benign topic: my relationship. More specifically, how I, a liberal woman, fell for a Republican man.

      Turns out it was a lot more controversial than I thought.

      My essay was shared thousands of times and received over 1000 comments, with hundreds more comments across social media. The comments were rabid and full of outrage, with many readers denouncing me. Why did so many people take my relationship with Todd as a personal affront? Does it have something to do with the fact that Americans are more politically divided than ever? Whatever the reason, the hatred was vitriolic.

      NOOOOOO!!!!!!

      1. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

        I hope this is real, but this is getting so ridiculous it might not be.

      2. “”Hillary will ruin this country,” he said, looking directly at me. “She’s an entitled c*nt who only represents a bunch of ugly feminazis.”

        I was shocked. I’d never heard him speak about women like this before.

        “I’m voting for Hillary,” I said, trying to maintain my composure.

        “Women don’t deserve the vote,” he retorted. Was this a joke? Some kind of Ann Coulter bullshit? Some of his male friends laughed uneasily. The women in the room were silent. All eyes were on me. I placed my half-empty wine glass on the marble counter top and walked calmly out of the room. I slammed the door. I sat in the car alone and cried.”

        Shitthatdidnthappen.txt

        1. “And then Todd took two of my friends home and boned them” – future cat lady

          1. Grab it’s motherfucking tail!

        2. They all seem to end in ‘I sat in the care alone and cried’. I’m waiting for ‘I sank to my knees in the shower and cried.’

          If someone does this in real life, I’d give the advice of ‘run’ to whoever is planning to date her.

          If she does this over fucking politics imagine serious shit!

          1. I would give it an A if it were my class.

      3. And now I’m sad.

        Even though, yeah, I doubt it happened exactly like that.

        1. As I mentioned in my previous article, Todd was no fan of Donald Trump. Like a lot of people, we both thought Trump was a joke that would blow over. We were wrong. As the Republican field narrowed and Trump became a viable option for the nomination, Todd’s attitude began to change. Maybe Trump was on to something. Maybe the party establishment did need a bit of a shake up. Maybe it was refreshing to have someone up there saying what he really thinks. Besides, what was the other option, Ted Cruz? Todd hates his Tea Party-pandering extremism and rigid social conservatism much more than Trump’s media-baiting.

          Is John dating again? I thought he was married.

          1. She didn’t mention the typos, John’s most endearing quality by far.

            I honestly like his posting, but DAMN, he’s the master of the form.

      4. I texted him that it was over..

        Its good to see her maturing through this public introspection,

      5. IT HAPPENED TO ME: Donald Trump Ruined My Relationship

        Worst “Dear Penthouse” letter ever.

    7. “A professed male feminist cheated on me with a much younger woman”

      Progressivism is the political group made up entirely of con artists and their victims

    8. The fucking “dating editor”, good god.

  7. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a pro-gay Republican, was booed at an LGBT event because he wouldn’t declare upon demand whether he’d support proposed legislation to add gender identity to public accommodation guidelines.

    He had them at Republican.

    1. They really seem obsessed with where they pee.

    2. If you had a 12-yr old daughter, would you want her in with anyone who identifies as female where you can’t protect her?

      That’s what they should ask these morons.

      1. Because :

        1) men and boys can’t sneak into girls’ rooms if they want to victimize girls, but there will be hell to pay if they have access via the far easier method of.. pretending to be transgender..
        2) girls cannot be victimized by homosexual (or straight, “rape is a crime of violence”, remember) women
        3) the bathroom (or locker-room) is, despite being a high traffic semi-public space, somehow an ideal location for rape, because genitals

        The logic underlying this particular fear complex does not compute for me. Perhaps that was the point of your appeal to emotion?

        I don’t use these words much, but the ZOMG PROTECT THE WIMMINS tone of your objection somehow manages to be both misogynistic (the women need this protection!) and misandric (because the men are rape beasts!) at the same time …

        1. 1) No, because there are laws against it. Just like if we had a law which banned guns, there would be no more gun deaths.
          2) Of course they can’t. Everyone knows that only the powerful can victimize. And only white, male heterosexuals are powerful. Therefore they can never be victimized by lesbians. QED, really.
          3) Well nearly. If you had qualified that as college bathrooms with their 20% annual rape rate, then you would be correct.

          Do try to keep up. The dialectic waits for no xhe.

  8. Microsoft is suing the government over the right to tell its customers when a federal agency is looking over their emails, calling gag orders a violation of their free speech.

    “Dear customer, some douche who deserves the woodchipper* is looking over your emails. Sincerely, Bill G.”

    *figuratively speaking, of course

    1. Of course this being Microsoft, the email would be followed up with sponsored content for woodchippers.

      1. Then an “update” that requires you to buy new software that won’t work on your current computer, so you have to buy a new computer, too.

  9. wouldn’t declare upon demand whether he’d support proposed legislation to add gender identity to public accommodation guidelines

    A guy stopped me on a street corner to ask me to sign a petition and give money to this cause. I told him I don’t support welfare for lawyers or additional barriers to employment for anyone. He just didn’t get it. Protected classes make some people more equal than others and the unintended consequences can be brutal. Like ADA compliance, this is surely what we need.

    1. Today on the radio three of four people defended subsidies for Canadian dairy farmers on the (faulty) notion/premise of stable prices and food sovereignty. It was gloriously depressing.

      1. They don’t need subsidies. No self-respecting American would ever put milk in a bag and try to sell it.

  10. Not even buttsex is safe from teh zikaz.

    1. NO!!! Mexico is out, butt sex is out. If zika goes after weed, we libertarians are done for.

    2. “We know that most STIs can be transmitted through anal sex and oral sex as well as vaginal sex,” says Brooks. So the fact that Zika can, too, is not a surprise, he says.

      Well, we’re running out of types of sex here. I swear, if Brooks lists motorboating next, I’m totally going to lose it.

    3. Hope that doesn’t put a damper on your trip to Brazil 🙂

      1. No. But the $250 price tag for a yellow fever and typhoid shot will. What a fucking racket.

      2. Word. The travel vax stuff is expensive.

    4. This is why the UK is going to ban it, obviously.

      1. Fuck off with nthe dead thread-fucking. You fucklwits are getting annoying.

  11. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a pro-gay Republican, was booed at an LGBT event because he wouldn’t declare upon demand whether he’d support proposed legislation to add gender identity to public accommodation guidelines.

    We want special privileges. Now more special privileges. More! Now! NOW MORE! And stuff!

    1. Is there a universe where such a law wouldn’t be abused?

    2. Why would he waste time at an “LGBT event”, knowing it’s going to full of leftist “activists”? Dummy.

      1. leftist activist = pigeon chess champions

        1. YES!

      2. He is a blue state Republican he has to make his pilgrimage as a penitent.

        1. No he doesn’t. Giuliani didn’t waste time on shit like this. I don’t think Bloomberg or Pataki did either. Of course they were pilloried as the next coming of you-know-who by the usual suspects, but the mainstream (gay or straight) didn’t give a shit.

  12. Bill Nye the Fascist Guy

    The Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) posted a video to YouTube on Thursday with Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy,’ discussing whether “climate deniers” and energy CEOs should be jailed like war criminals.

    “We’ll see what happens, was it appropriate to jail the guys at Enron?” Nye asked. “Was it appropriate to jail people from the cigarette industry who insisted that this addictive product was not addictive?”

    “For me, as a taxpayer and voter, the introduction of this extreme doubt about climate change is affecting my quality of life as a public citizen,” he continued. “So I can see where people are very concerned about this and are pursuing criminal investigations as well as in engaging in discussions like this.”

    1. Based on his logic, the Pope was right to go after Galileo.

      1. There is no logic, just straight pandering to the “I fucking love science!” crowd. That’s what he’s banking the rest of his career on. Him and the astronomer are the only two “scientists” 90% of those retards can name, so I think he’s made the right choice.

    2. “climate deniers”

      Why haven’t they started using “climate heretics” or “climate infidels” yet? They need to step up the religious rhetoric.

      1. It’s not as if the “deniers” deny that there is a climate. Heretic, apostate, infidel all work.

        1. I hope they go with infidel, so we can start referring to them as “climate jihadists.”

      2. Ironically, the global warming cult are the climate change deniers; since the Earth’s climate is not warming catastrophically despite the CO2 increase, they’ve had to resort to the dodge that what variation has occured over the past 30 years dramatically different than at any point in recorded history and that thus the climate is now “out of control”.

        This claim of stability is bullshit as any archaeologist specializing in the Roman and medieval periods can tell you. Thus, the cultists are actually in the odd position of denying past climate change.

        They are the true deniers.

      3. I was just a boy when the infidels came to my village in their Blackhawk helicopters. The infidels fired at the oil fields and they lit up like the eyes of Allah. Burning oil rained down from the sky and cooked everything it touched. I could only hide myself and cry as my goats were consumed by the fiery black liquid death. In the midst of the chaos, I could swear that I heard my goats screaming for help. As quickly as they had come, the infidels were gone. It was on that day I put a jihad on them. And if you don’t believe it, then you’d better kill me now, because I’ll put a jihad on you, too.

        1. +1 solitary tear

      4. They use “denier” to pick up moral credibility from the term “Holocaust denier”.

      5. We should be the ones calling them climate infidels, to remind everyone what the warmists really are.

    3. “For me, as a taxpayer and voter, the introduction of this extreme doubt about climate change is affecting my quality of life as a public citizen,” he continued. “So I can see where people are very concerned about this and are pursuing criminal investigations as well as in engaging in discussions like this.”

      What was it that the First Amendment said again? “Congress shall make no law allowing people to hear opinions that affect the quality of their life as a public citizen”? This Constitution thing is hard…

    4. I want to throw in prison people who are not climate scientists but pretend to be one on TV. What you say, Bill?

      You giant fucking, miserable douche.

      1. You giant fucking, miserable douche.

        Nye fucks giants? Hagrid hit hardest!

      2. Careful, Rufus. Most of the climate “scientists” fall short of at least half of that job description, too.

    5. So I can see where people are very concerned about this and are pursuing criminal investigations as well as in engaging in discussions like this.”

      Note he doesn’t have the balls to actually come out and endorse it. He just gives the old “well that is a question we need to discuss” dodge. What a fucking weasel.

    6. Government regulations are affecting my quality of life as a public citizen, Mr. Scientitian Nye.

    7. “For me, as a taxpayer and voter, the introduction of this extreme doubt about climate change my religion is affecting my quality of life as a public citizen,” he continued.

      Strange that he didn’t elaborate on what the specific “quality of life” affects were.

      1. Because people are questioning his beliefs, he has a sad.

      2. The spoken word may not always get transcribed correctly.

        “For me, as a taxpayer and voter, the introduction of this extreme doubt about climate change is affecting effecting my quality of life as a public citizen” is what he actually said – the guy has a whole new lucrative career thanks to the controversy and he couldn’t be more pleased about that.

    8. Mr. Wizard Bill Nye

      1. There was supposed to be a greater than sign there. Stupid HTML.

      2. There was supposed to be a ‘greater than’ sign there, right?

      3. He’s a grand Wizard.

      4. Beakman is greater than both.

        1. Beakman rules. And Science Court.

    9. *buzzes*

      I’m sorry Bill, the answer we were looking for was “no”, you fascist douche.

    10. public citizen

      Huh?

  13. US = Bombing Afghanistan, Again

    Totally not a ‘new’ war, though the ‘old’ war is still totally over since 2014

    1. Just delivering kinetic aid.

  14. A judge has denied a request by a gun manufacturer to toss out a lawsuit against it by the families of victims of the Sandy Hook Shootings.

    If Bushmaster is sued, then that would imply that Adam Lanza didn’t kill anyone and should have his name cleared. I need to get my hands on one of these sentient Bushmasters.

  15. At least two have been killed and more than 40 injured in a 6.5-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan overnight.

    Just gojira waking up.

      1. He looms large

  16. Charges have been dropped against Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, over the filmed incident of him grabbing a former Breitbart reporter’s arm and yanking her away from Trump when she was trying to ask him a question at a rally. Prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to support prosecution.

    Does this mean the dark night of fascism is no longer falling on America?

    1. Nope. Cruz is not a fascist. Trump, Clinton and Sanders* are.

      It’s not surprising; when nation states get in trouble, the political classes tend to get very reactionary.

      *Unless Sanders is pretending to be less horrible in a bid to be elected – i.e. a commie in fascist’s clothing.

      1. Trump isn’t a fascist. And lets pause and listen to the crickets as the various people on here that were convinced this thing was legitimate and Michelle Fields an actual victim rather than a publicity seeker sit in silence over this.

        1. Trump isn’t a fascist.

          Riiiiight. All his speeches where he espouses fascism are all just lies to placate the crowd…..

          1. I only can go by the definitions of words in the dictionary. If you want to define the words differently, that is your right. But I am not obliged to agree. He is not fascist by any reasonable definition of the term.

            1. You mean the definition:

              a ?political ?system ?based on a very ?powerful ?leader, ?state ?control of ?social and ?economic ?life, and ?extreme ?pride in ?country and ?race, with no ?expression of ?political ?disagreement ?allowed

              Let’s see he’s going to make China buy more of our stuff, build a wall (siezing a fair amoutn of territory to do it) and force the residents of another country to pay for it, wants to criminalize opposition to him. Has claimed he is not adverse to deporting adherents of a major religion to prevent them from threatening the security of the state. Claims he has a plan that will make “us” win so much that we will get tired of winning.

              I’m starting to wonder if the parasite that killed MNG has infected your brain, because you are picking a very stupid hill to die on.

              1. He has never advocated for “state control of economic” life in any way that would rise to the level of fascism.

                Let’s see he’s going to make China buy more of our stuff

                Protectionism, whatever you think of it is not fascism.

                And neither is securing the border. Yeah, I get it, you think anyone who is not for totally open borders and complete free trade is a fascist. And if that is how you want to define the term, I can’t argue with you. I can only tell you that is not what it means to the rest of the world.

              2. Let’s see he’s going to make China buy more of our stuff, build a wall (siezing a fair amoutn of territory to do it) and force the residents of another country to pay for it, wants to criminalize opposition to him.

                How is he going to do this? Bernie talks about free college and other gimmes, but no one believes that, either.

              3. a ?political ?system ?based on a very ?powerful ?leader

                Got that already.

                ?state ?control of ?social and ?economic ?life

                That, too.

                ?extreme ?pride in ?country

                Until very recently, common to every serious candidate.

                and ?race

                Leaving aside the technicality that “Muslims” and “Mexicans” are not a race, Trump is actually pushing pride in America and being American, without regard, as far as I can tell, for race. He’s not crazy about non-Americans coming here, because he thinks that it might make this non-America, but I really don’t think he’s a white supremacist.

                with no ?expression of ?political ?disagreement ?allowed

                I suppose there’s an interesting debate to be had about who is more hostile to political disagreement in this race.

                My score: Trump’s not a fascist in any way that separates him from the field.

        2. And lets pause and listen to the crickets as the various people on here that were convinced this thing was legitimate and Michelle Fields an actual victim rather than a publicity seeker sit in silence over this

          oh shit, shots fired, shots fired. FWIW, I agree with this. This whole place went banana pancakes, strutting around like this minor incident proved what We All Knew In Our Hearts: That Trump is just a wannabe Hitler, which justifies REASON’s weird obsession with him.

          So where are those little Cassandras now?

          1. Lewandowski is a thug, he and Trump are whining liars.

            This shouldn’t be controversial.

            1. Of course they are. But the idea that he “battered” the reporter in a criminal fashion is pretty amusing, really.

              1. If he had done what he did on a college campus he would be guilty of rape.

        3. Trump isn’t Mussolini. He’s L. Ron Hubbard.

          1. L. Ron Hubbard was at least creative.

            1. I have read both Mission Earth and The Art of the Deal. I’d say the creative battle is a scoreless tie.

        4. Because DAs never choose not to pursue prosecution, Lewandowski didn’t put his hands on her, Lewandowski and Trump didn’t lie about this and the whole fucking thing couldn’t have been squashed with a simple apology.

          1. Whatever happened was so minor even a publicity seeking DA decided it wasn’t worth taking before a jury. And don’t try and change the subject to “Trump lied”. No, lets talk about you people shitting your pants and pretending this was a big deal. Well it turns out it was exactly the big nothing people like me said ti was.

            1. You always know what we were REALLY saying. You are the great arbiter of HnR history.

              1. John’s gone full Trump. Once he goes full anything, he never changes his mind. He’s weirdly religious about every single position he takes.

          2. Let’s not forget that this DA is an active supporter of Hillary, too.

        5. this thing was legitimate and Michelle Fields an actual victim rather than a publicity seeker

          Ok, John, you’ve earned your troll badge, now run along and go play your little game somewhere else.

        6. Trump isn’t a fascist-fascist, he’s a democratic fascist.

        7. I would have enjoyed the video more if he would have pinched her nipple.

        8. This thing was legitimate. Trump called and threatened the state attorney. Totally not fascist.

          1. It was such a big deal it couldn’t even get before a jury. The entire thing was a joke.

          2. Threatened him with what? Yelling at him on Twitter?

      2. And I didn’t have a chance to respond to you the other day. Self defense and an armed populace while better than being unarmed does not help you much against a group of people who hide in the population and don’t care if they die while murdering you. I don’t care how well armed I am, it won’t do me any good when the guy walking past me on the side walk or sitting next to me on the train decides to blow himself up.

        More importantly, the point of self defense is not just to stop an attack it is also to deter people from attacking you in the first place. A society where you have to be armed and on guard whenever you are in public is not a very free one. So, self defense is not going to keep you free if you are confronted with a group of people fanatical enough not to be deterred by the threat of death or prison.

        1. And if the train owner is afraid of this group of bombers hiding in the population, what’s to stop him from banning Mohammedans? Or making everyone walk through a device that scans the air around them for plastique molecules?

          1. The discrimination laws for one thing. But beyond that, you seem to understand my point. Unless you want to create an unbelievable police state, your only alternative is to not let the group in your society in the first place. The train owner’s choices are no different than the government’s choices. Stomp on everyone or just not let them on your train.

            1. Unless you want to create an unbelievable police state, your only alternative is to not let the group in your society in the first place.

              No, John. I am saying that in a free society (and public accomodation laws are a very serious violation of people’s civil rights) there are great tools for people to protect themselves against fanatics determined to violently alter the society.

              The train owner’s choices are no different than the government’s choices.

              The train owner has to bear the consequences of his actions. The government officials do not. The train owner’s choices only affect his property; the government officials decisions affect all of us.

              1. No, John. I am saying that in a free society (and public accommodation laws are a very serious violation of people’s civil rights)

                How does the train owner know they are Muslims? And how does not letting them on the train prevent them from attacking it. And letting people discriminate against Muslims won’t make public spaces any safer. Are you not going to let Muslims walk the streets? And even if you did, how would you prevent them from doing so?

                Forget it. Muslims are leaving us with some very tough choices. There is no way around it.

                1. Just put provide toilet paper at the train station entrances. If a person wipes their butt then they can get on the train.

  17. Lawyers = Will This Go Any Further?

    A lawsuit can proceed against the maker of the gun used in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 20 children and 6 adults dead, a Connecticut judge ruled on Thursday.

    Bushmaster, manufacturer of the AR-15 assault weapon used in the attack in Newtown, Connecticut, had asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit, saying it was protected by a 2005 federal law blocking lawsuits against gunmakers when their products were used in the commission of crimes.

    I thought the PLCA Act was pretty clear

    1. The judge is a hack. The law in question has an exception for cases where the manufacturer is actually negligent. So if the gun were defective and that harmed someone, the person could still sue. For example, say the gun was being used in a robbery and it malfunctioned and went off hitting you. You could sue the gun manufacturer under the law.

      The judge here has bought into the plaintiff’s argument that making a gun that has “no legitimate civilian use” is negligent under the terms of the law”. It is a complete sham. Stupid fucking bitch.

      1. The law in question has an exception for cases where the manufacturer is actually negligent.

        That makes sense.

        The judge here has bought into the plaintiff’s argument that making a gun that has “no legitimate civilian use” is negligent under the terms of the law”. It is a complete sham

        Ah. I scanned through the story and they didn’t seem to note that at all. (unless I missed it)

        So is the short answer to my question, “a higher court will toss this out”?

        1. The reporter who wrote the story is apparently retarded. The story is worthless. So I googled the case and found this story from a few weeks ago that explains the arguments.

          http://www.courant.com/news/co…..story.html

        2. Any judge that engages in a plain reading of the PLCA would’ve thrown this out. Criminal misuse of a product does not create liability for the manufacturer of an otherwise legal product in commerce. A higher court should toss this out, preferably heavy on the “fuck you” dicta to the trial judge.

        3. A higher court will likely throw this out.

          The plaintiffs are basically claiming that AR15s have ‘no legitimate civilian use’ and by selling to civilians they are negligently entrusting civilians with them.

          Considering the millions of people who safely use them for civilian purposes that argument falls on its face pretty fast.

      2. Since when is ‘being able to kill a lot of people (like govt thugs)” not a legitimate civilian use?

  18. Liverpool vs. Dortmund turns out ever so good.

    1. Depends on if LFC can get another goal…

      1. Ah well, what are the odds 🙂

        1. I’m totally, totally calm right now.

          Totally calm.

          Now if you’ll excuse me, does anyone know the number for 911?

          1. 1800-schade.

          2. You like to walk alone, don’t you?

            1. NEVER. WALK. ALONE.

              (ok, I gave up at 1-3 on the night. I cannot fucking believe it. This is the greatest European night since Istanbul)

              1. Congrats on the win, JB. I really don’t understand why English teams don’t take the Europa League more seriously. Sure it wasn’t nearly as cool as winning the CL in 2012 but I was still happier than a pig in shit winning the EL in 2013.

              2. /narrows gaze.

              3. Just finished it here. Unbelievable match.

    2. No it doesn’t. We want the EPL to fall in the league coefficient so that Fox Sports will be forced to show us something other than the EPL teams, Bar?a, and Real Madrid.

      1. OMG how many days, hours, and minutes until the next El Clasico!!1!?

        Yeah I’m sick of those two, too. I won’t even watch RM I loathe them so much.

    1. Rot and burn in hell.

  19. Report = US Government Sucks At Cyber Security

    (*compared to corporate/industrial IT security. Sorry Hillary! tho i’m sure your people will cite this in their defense)

    1. Quick, throw more money at it!
      /all cabinet-level positions, congress, WH, etc…

    2. Already have, actually. I don’t have a link, but I know I’ve read it before somewhere.

    3. Read “Crack99” and you’ll see that corporate America sucks at cyber security as well.

  20. Oh, Donald

    “”Is there a favorite Bible verse or Bible story that has informed your thinking or your character through life, sir?” asked host Bob Lonsberry on WHAM 1180 AM.

    Trump responded, “Well, I think many. I mean, when we get into the Bible, I think many, so many. And some people, look, an eye for an eye, you can almost say that. That’s not a particularly nice thing. But you know, if you look at what’s happening to our country, I mean, when you see what’s going on with our country, how people are taking advantage of us, and how they scoff at us and laugh at us. And they laugh at our face, and they’re taking our jobs, they’re taking our money, they’re taking the health of our country. And we have to be firm and have to be very strong. And we can learn a lot from the Bible, that I can tell you.””

    We…I mean…sometimes they are mean to me and this is damaging to the USA. That is why I made these great trucker hats that say Make America Great again, so we are no longer laughed at and America will be rich and awesome.

    And the Bible also.

    1. What an idiot.

      Newsflash, if you plan on winning a presidential election in this country, pick a bible verse for your favorite and have that bitch chambered for when the inevitable question comes up. The correct answer, by the way, is this:

      Well, there’s so much wisdom in the Good Book, but my favorite story is probably the story of the prodigal son, since nobody is perfect and while we all identify with the older son, the reality is that we are the younger son.

      It’s pretty vanilla, doesn’t have any weird policy implications like rendering shit unto Caesar or paying all the workers the same, and is one everyone is familiar with.

      There ya go Donald. I won’t even charge you for it.

      1. I prefer the Good Samaritan because it shows that religious people (the temple worker) can be a-holes and heathens (Samaritans) can be nice. It burns the fundies as well.

        1. Thank you for that very shallow eisegesis.

          1. I’d just say “The overall message of the Old Testament is that we can kill anyone we don’t like or have stuff that we want to take”.

    2. all the more reason to vote for him: he didn’t bother to prepare for some trite bullshit that no one really cares about anyway. shows he’s got priorities.

      1. Do you know what a non sequitur is?

    3. Even I have a favorite Bible verse, 1 Samuel 18. And I’m a born and raised atheist.

      3 Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.

      4 And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.

      1. am i supposed to feel slightly uncomfortable right now?

        1. Or SUPER comfortable?

    4. The power of this man’s idiocy is like that of a 1000 suns.

      1. Presidential material right there.

    5. Is there a favorite Bible verse or Bible story that has informed your thinking or your character through life, sir?

      “No, not really.”

      The interviewer would plotz, I have no doubt.

      1. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, so stop showing Melania your woodie.

    6. Somebody should have pointed out to Trump that the “eye for an eye” doesn’t mean “go hurt people who have hurt you” so much as “let the punishment fit the crime, but no more than that”, i.e., it’s advising against cruel and unusual or extra-legal or disproportionate punishment. Like say, killing the innocent family members of suspected terrorists.

      And anybody listening to Trump for more than 5 minutes has to be thinking of John 11:35.

      And one of my own favorites, Job 42:3 – “Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.” Job challenged God to explain Himself to Job, God gave him the ol’ stink-eye and asked him just who the hell he thought he was talking to, and Job hastily apologized, said he had forgotten his place and was just talking smack, and then he shut right the hell up. Or as a wise man once said, “A man’s gotta know his limitations”.

      1. Didn’t that Jesus guy overturn the “eye-for-eye” doctrine, anyway?

  21. NOTHING LEFT TO CUT
    US government to buy wild blueberries to help prop up prices

    i read that twice = *Wild* blueberries? If they’re wild… then … why does the market need to be ‘propped up’?

    1. ‘Wild’ is literally a cultivated variety…

      1. ok fine. still its not like our nation’s blueberry infrastructure is teetering on collapse.

        *shout out to the Blueberry ice-cream shop in Bar Harbor ME. You will always be the best.

        1. I think you misspelled Bah Hahbuh.

    2. PS wrong link

    3. Did I miss the blueberry price crash in the grocery store? They still seem pretty expensive to me.

    1. From the child porn teacher link.

      This story has been corrected to remove a reference to an allegation that a student was gang-raped by members of the maintenance department. The plaintiff’s attorney says the incident was a mock sex assault.

      What the hell is a “mock sexual assault”?

      And the teacher is dead. So the plaintiffs, who apparently smoked a lot of pot and discovered the joys of sodomy, are just looking for a payout from the school.

      If it turns out the teacher was Mexican, it looks like the school was just trying to get them to be Libertarians.

      1. Its all a little insane. It sounds like the plot of some creepy New England ‘sling blade’ type story. Unearthing icky crimes from the past.

        1. There was some Kevin Bacon movie where they go back as adults and murder some sadistic guard who tortured them in juvenile prison. It sounds like that.

          1. Sleepers?

            They’re re-making that right now into some other… thing.

  22. This Guardian article is several years old, but worth posting anyway.

    A leftist realizes she cares about her daughter so she’s going to send her to a good private school instead of shitty public schools. This garners the following responses from Guardian readers.

    “texaspete82 23 Jul 2012 14:30

    I used to have principles until I decided with my massive income it was a luxury I could no longer afford.”

    “drsong 23 Jul 2012 14:52
    Guardian Pick

    244
    Based on my own (albeit limited) experience of teaching in both state and private schools. I can safely say that the only advantage of the latter was to see the overpaid and under-taxed pi**ing away their money on something they could have got for free if it weren’t for their pathological fear of their offspring having to mix with the lower orders. Of course the state sector has its problems, but they certainly don’t have the monopoly on poor teaching.”

    And my favorite:

    “The comprehensive system was built on the premise that all children should be given the same opportunities in a non-selective environment. Why is that so difficult to grasp? And mediocrity is produced by competition.”

    1. Mediocrity is produced by competition. If we had nothing but monopolies, everything would be wonderful and hyper-efficient.

      1. It is from Britain. Would it be implausible that they really believe that?

      2. We have literally entire countries being run on this principle. And those countries are running out of electricity and toilet paper. And food. But hey, it was probably mediocre food anyway, right?

    2. Listen to the (very dated) “Love Me, I’m a Liberal” by Phil Ochs. It’ll explain everything.

      1. the only thing about those sorts of criticisms from the 1960s is that they’re spot on… its just that they’re from the perspective of the Harder-Left socialists.

        1. Yes, but Ochs was great at pointing out the hypocrisy. And Mojo Nixon/Jello Biafra when they covered it with updated lyrics.

    3. The stupid is strong with this one.

    4. “And mediocrity is produced by competition.”

      That literally makes no sense and can’t even be measured by any objective measure.

      It’s just a stupid statement made ‘just because’ by a stupid mind.

      1. Mediocrity is produced by competition. Without competition, everybody is the best at everything.* It’s only through competition that we find the best, the standard by which mediocrity can be established. It’s why we now all get participant trophies – it’s just too judgemental and uninclusive to say one is better than another.

        *Don’t think too much about the fact that without competition everybody is the worst at everything as well.

  23. Lets go Caps!!!

    1. That’s a ludicrous thing to say.

    2. If they don’t make it at least to the Stanley Cup finals this year, they really are cursed. They finally have all of the pieces; a great goal tender, great offense, and the ability to play grind it out playoff hockey and not just out score people. There should be no “we got beat by a hot goalie” excuses this year. This team is very good and should go far. if it doesn’t, no Caps team ever will.

      1. I’d say the same of the Blues. If they don’t win this year, it must be the manager.

        1. The Blues have as good a shot as any to win it all.

          1. Thanks Rufus. Go Blues! ?

      2. So you’re a Pens fan too?

    3. GO CAPS!!

    4. Caps fans are sort of like Cleveland Browns fans, but they have it worse since the Caps will tease you with flashes of brilliance and always come up short. The Browns just perpetually suck.

    5. (nodding aggressively)

    6. Caps, tonight you will be re-introduced to a wonderful being known as the Ghost Bear.

      The Ghost Bear will eat your souls.

  24. Russia = “Making Unfreedom Sacred

    The prominent liberal commentator Andrei Kolesnikov writes that the current Russian leadership is bent on “making unfreedom sacred” ? since “the new social contract demands that the Russian people surrender their freedom in return for Crimea and a sense of national pride.” Accompanying this surge of pride goes attitudes that bolster it ? increased admiration for Stalin, greatly decreased admiration for the United States and the European Union. The bulk of the Russian people are united with the ?migr? colonel in admiration for displays of raw power.

  25. Hey, Americans? The Guardian has a video explaining how dumb you are. But nothing personal. You just have to do better.

    Link note: goes to Spectator blog with embedded video because fuck The Guardian.

    1. Nauseating.

    2. Heh. This is your thanks and gratitude from the rest of the world after seven plus years of Block Yomomma, my fellow Americans. Revel in the love and admiration.

  26. Georgia to fight ruling that lowers bar for third-party presidential candidates

    “Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who oversees elections in Georgia, on Wednesday asked the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta to review a ruling that lowered the number of signatures required to petition to get on the ballot from tens of thousands to 7,500.”

    1. Nobody needs more than two political parties.

  27. Hey, look. Apparently the WNBA is still in business.

    http://espn.go.com/wnba/draft/live

    That chick from UConn is hot. Is she straight?

  28. So tonight I innocently opened the PM links and was treated to:
    More soccer
    More hockey
    More John explaining how reasonable trump is.

    Whatever happened to philosophical discussion on these pages? *And by that I totally mean trying to out clever and out pedantic each other.

    No more sports talk until football season starts.
    No more trump talk until the camps open.
    Deal?

    1. Try another site…no one gives a fuck about what you think about anything. Get used to it.

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  30. Charges have been dropped against Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski,

    I’ll just wait here for all the apologies from people telling me what an ignorant fuck I was for insisting that what I viewed in the video was in no way an illegal assault or battery.

    … (crickets) …

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