Schools Must Accommodate Trans Kids, George Zimmerman Gets a Nickname, Another Trump Controversy: P.M. Links

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    George Zimmerman shall forever be known as "Racist McShootface."

  • Federal judge finds Sheriff Joe Arpaio in contempt of court.
  • Federal guidance says transgender kids must be allowed to use bathroom of their choice.
  • Maryland community college settles with conservative college student it censored.
  • More evidence of the link between helicopter parenting and college craziness.
  • Donald Trump, who could become president of the United States, might have impersonated his own PR spokesperson.

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  1. George Zimmerman shall forever be known as “Racist McShootface.”

    Aw, I wanted that.

    1. Hello.

    2. It’s nice of Mic to decide he’s a racist, because reasons.

      (“Mic was founded in 2011 by Chris Altchek and Jake Horowitz under the shared belief that millennials are inquisitive, have a healthy skepticism for conventional wisdom, and crave substantive news to spark interesting conversations. This sensibility informs everything we do.”, from their About page.

      Healthy skepticism for conventional wisdom, yeah.)

      1. Let’s see if we can fix that quote….

        “Mic was founded in 2011 by Chris Altchek and Jake Horowitz under the shared belief that millennials are inquisitive, have a healthy skepticism for conventional wisdom, and crave substantive news to spark interesting conversations just as statist as other groups, easily confusing knowledge for wisdom, yet want their own brand of inanity. This sensibility informs everything we do .”

      2. Also from that article:

        Aaron is a Senior Staff Writer on the Identities team at Mic.

        I’m WTFing over this designation, but no way am I gonna look it up.

      3. Git yer answurs right here! Coming right up!
        The OTHER part of the truth (Martin threw away the sword and the pistol by his side, before he died, and the cops never found it, bumbling fools that they were), but here is the REAL truth:
        Martin went a fartin’,
        And he did ride,
        With a sword and a pistol
        By his side,
        Lookin’ for a “creepy ass cracker”
        To help him eat his skittles,
        So when he couldn’t find his spittoon,
        He spit instead in his shittooon,
        And shit instead in his spittoon,
        While the cow jumped over the moon,
        And the dish snorted coke with a spoon,
        And we’ll all know the truth real soon!

      1. No. And Zimmerman can’t even have it, either. Cheney already has it trademarked.

        1. Shoulda gone with that one first.

          1. That would have been a great first comment.

    3. Some people are very easily amused.

    4. If the jury had been allowed to hear about his future misbehavior, they might have convicted him.

      Why was this kept from the jury?

      /sarc

    5. Should it be McShootChest anyways?

    6. Bidding for the 9 mm Kel-Tec PF-9 pistol started at $5,000

      It’s worth about 50 bucks. Some perspective, it’s a used and dirty discount 9mm, perhaps among the most craptastic firearms available.

      1. Par for the course for someone who seems like a craptastic kind of guy.

    7. Fist, Racist McShitface is still available. Unless Irish claimed it.

    8. Hoodie McHeadbeater

      1. Thuggy McSkittlescorpse.

  2. Donald Trump, who could become president of the United States, might have impersonated his own PR spokesperson.

    It’s Donalds all the way down!

    1. At first I read this as he impregnated his own PR spokesperson.

      As if that hasn’t happened before.

      1. Given that the spokes is a man, that’s be a neat trick.

  3. Donald Trump, who could become president of the United States, might have impersonated his own PR spokesperson.

    Well, he’s already impersonated his apparently nonexistent handlers.

    1. “I don’t have to handle myself, I hire people for that.”

      1. If I paid somebody to handle me, I’d get arrested on a solicitation charge. šŸ˜

        1. Are *you* a billionaire beauty-pageant manager?

  4. Federal guidance says transgender kids must be allowed to use bathroom of their choice.

    Teacher’s trash can it is.

    1. Teacher’s lounge coffee machine it is!

      1. Teacher’s purse it is!

    2. Wasn’t there an old saying like “Don’t make a federal case out of it?”

      1. Having to get the President’s minion’s explicit permission for how you treat anyone is the only path to true justice.

      2. That saying has gone the way of “It’s a free country.”

    3. The Secretary of Education’s BMW it is!

      1. ^This.

        But he actually has his own Secret Service detail. Seriously.

    4. Fun story: When my buddies and I were getting hazed in college, one of my friends would *always* pee a little bit into the older guys’ water bottles when asked to fill them up.

      1. Only a little bit? That’s some admirable urethra control.

      2. User name checks out.

    5. Why do only transgender kids get to use the bathroom of their choice? That’s discrimination.

      1. It is, in fact. Obama isn’t declaring that schools must allow transgender kids to use the bathroom, he’s declared that all school bathrooms are “unisex”. Because if that’s not what’s meant, then someone’s going to have to create an empirical litmus test for who’s transgender and who’s not.

        And while Tonio was being snarky, someone’s a’gonna get a trans id card somewhere here in the future.

    6. I’m looking forward to this fight — the ‘guidance’ goes well beyond bathrooms. It is LGBT activists v Title IX women’s sports. Get your popcorn out.

  5. Federal judge finds Sheriff Joe Arpaio in contempt of court.

    Just wait until he throws the judge in jail and makes him wear pink underwear.

    1. There are very few things in my life that would make me happier than to see Arpaio behind bars in his own jail.

      1. … and wearing a pink thong.

        1. Eeeeeeewwww!

          1. Stop stealing my clothes!
            /Teenage girls sister

        2. I’d prefer to know about that without seeing it.

          1. I am not gonna lie, I’d like to see it.

  6. George Zimmerman shall forever be known as “Racist McShootface.”

    Translation = Everyone will forget it ever happened by next week

  7. George Zimmerman shall forever be known as “Racist McShootface.”

    Mike M is going to be pissed.

    1. I can call him and Fist Racist McShootface, no need to fight.

  8. Donald Trump, who could become president of the United States, might have impersonated his own PR spokesperson.

    As is the right and proper punishment for walking away from your computer logged in.

    1. I wonder who he was catfishing?

  9. Maryland community college settles with conservative college student it censored.

    THERE WAS A RECKONING.

    1. Day – rued.

      1. ‘Rue the day,’ who talks like that?

        1. Lash LaRue?

        2. The French when giving directions?

          1. Thread winner

  10. George Zimmerman shall forever be known as “Racist McShootface.”

    The gun auction, at last check, was at $65 million and the top bidder was “Tamir Rice”. I wonder how anyone, especially Zimmerman, thought this auction would go well.

    1. Actually (as of yesterday) Gunbroker took the auction down.

      Full disclosure: I loves me some Gunbroker. I’ve bought and sold several firearms through that site, while complying with all state and Imperial laws, whether they make sense or not.

  11. Maryland community college settles with conservative college student it censored.

    College is an echo chamber, and academia is where you go for a nice leftist intellectual circle-jerk.

  12. Only the girls are facing charges. God Bless the Patriarchy.

      1. [stands and applauds]

      2. Four students watched the video on their phones while in health class at Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education.

        Sex-ed? Seems somehow appropriate.

        1. Well, porn is probably the most lucrative career a graduate of the Barack Obama school can aspire to, though giving it away for free is probably not a good move.

        2. You can’t get pregnant that way.

      3. In January, staff became aware of a video depicting inappropriate conduct

        Seems like appropriate conduct for some horny teenagers.

      4. The line between audacity and sheer stupidity is quite thin, indeed.

        Undrerage, truant and making a sex video? Maybe streaming it through Facebook is a bad idea? Just maybe?

        1. This is the generation who will rebuild the world after the millennials destroy it

          1. “This is the generation who will rebuild the world fail to elect Not Sure to save the planet after the millennials destroy it.”

            ftfy

      5. BOSCATE

  13. The stench of the Clintons is overwhelming.

    Clinton Cash, Or, It’s Always Worse Than You Think

    Clinton Cash, the documentary film which I saw in previews yesterday, is based on the best-selling expos? of the same name by Peter Schweizer, the tireless investigative journalist who has devoted himself to confronting political corruption and crony capitalism regardless of the political affiliation of the perpetrators. Produced by Breitbart’s Stephen K. Bannon and directed by M. A. Taylor, Clinton Cash is crisply narrated by Schweizer and provides a relentless and devastating portrait of brazen financial venality in exchange for political favors.

    1. moar:

      I read through Clinton Cash quickly when it came out last May. This was no right-wing hit job (as the Clinton campaign asserted) but rather a methodical and exhaustively sourced chronicle of how the Clintons parlayed Bill’s celebrity, Hillary’s position as Secretary of State and her possible future tenure as President of the United States, into a veritable niagara of cash, eye-popping speaking fees for Bill?$250,000, $500,000, even $750,000 a pop?and millions upon millions directed to the Clinton Foundation and its offshoots. Where was the money coming from? From multinational corporations that needed a favor, shady foreign financiers and dubious state entities in Africa, Saudi Arabia, Russia, South America, and elsewhere.

      Are you worried about “money in politics”? Stop the car, get an extended-stay room, and take a long hard look at the Clintons’ operation for the last sixteen years. The Associated Press estimated that their net worth when they left the White House in 2000 was zero (really, minus $500K). Now they are worth about $200 million. How did they do it? By “reading The Wall Street Journal” (classical reference)?

    2. Not quite. The Clintons have perfected pay-to-play political influence peddling on a breathtaking scale. Reading Clinton Cash is a nauseating experience. At the center of the book is not just a tale of private greed and venality. That is just business as usual in Washington (and elsewhere). No, what is downright scary is way the Clintons have been willing to trade away legitimate environmental concerns and even our national security for the sake of filthy lucre.

      Damn her and that fuckhead Bill for making Trump look less bad.

      1. I have never read about lucre that wasn’t filthy. Is this one of those idioms that cannot be separated, like uncouth? I’ll settle for my couth lucre.

        1. couth lucre

          Thanks for naming my new band!

          1. Couth Lucre sounds like the name of someone ENB writes about.

            1. Would

            2. Lucre Couth is a Player In The Management Profession.

        2. Commit suicide.

          Nobody evet “does” a suicide or “makes” or “has” a suicide.

          I believe “commit suicide” belongs on your list

      2. The Clintons are sleazy scumbags. Who knew?

        1. Everybody who was conscious in the 90’s?

    3. I see Roger Kimball wrote it up. I like The New Criterion.

  14. More evidence of the link between helicopter parenting and college craziness.

    I’ll wait for the real results, when the helicopter parented start reaching positions of power in government and academia.

    1. Debate in the House and Senate will come to a standstill, as the helicopter-parented lawmakers scramble to their safe spaces at the first mention of an opposing viewpoint.

      1. The future seems a lot brighter.

    2. I think “evidence” is too strong a word here.
      Start with a really small sample size in a single location, load up on fallacious assumptions, tell a few individual stories in depth, draw sweeping conclusions, and bury it all under the guise of “qualitative research.” That’s how you get tenured in Sociology.

  15. Oh, y’all thought they’d just go away when they passed the anti-texting laws?

    So to try to change a distinctly modern behavior, legislators and public health experts are reaching back to an old strategy: They want to treat distracted driving like drunken driving.

    Harvard’s School of Public Health, for example, is developing a new push based on the effective designated driver campaign it orchestrated in the United States beginning in the late 1980s. Candace Lightner, the founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, has helped found a new group this year, Partnership for Distraction-Free Driving,

    The most provocative idea, from lawmakers in New York, is to give police officers a new device that is the digital equivalent of the Breathalyzer ? a roadside test called the Textalyzer.

    It would work like this: An officer arriving at the scene of a crash could ask for the phones of any drivers involved and use the Textalyzer to tap into the operating system to check for recent activity.

    1. Oh for Chrissakes.

      I hate people who text while driving (And it’s almost always women I see doing it) but this is just stupid.

      1. I believe that the Death Penalty should be enacted for texting while driving. Not because it’s dangerous, but because I’ve proven empirically that it slows everything down. But applauding this kind of 1984 crap? It’s scary.

        1. I just want permission to shoot their windows out if I see them texting, that’s all.

        2. They already do this, especially if there is an accident. They get the data from the wireless provider.

          1. They don’t do it when there hasn’t been an accident.

      2. Commuting home on a crowded train each day affords me the dubious opportunity of seeing what other people are doing on their phones. The other day I witnessed a woman having a Snapchat conversation with another woman who was obviously driving. We live in gloriously stupid times.

    2. The driver let his wife use his smartphone.

      1. And she’s hiding in the trunk.

    3. Partnership for Distraction-Free Driving,

      Can I still type on my laptop while driving?

      -Every police officer

      1. Seriously. I saw a copper on his laptop while doing 60 on the interstate.

    4. “We just want to insert this needle in your brain, see, just to make sure you weren’t thinking about anything other than driving. If you have nothing to hide…”

    5. Gee, do ya think someone who was just in a car crash might text family or friends for help shortly after the crash, thus ensuring many people who weren’t texting showing up as false positives in this test??

      Also, you don’t need a fucking device!! Just open up their texting functions and look at the CLEARLY VISIBLE TIMESTAMP. This was just a blatant excuse to employ some tech developer with political connections, wasn’t it.

      1. You may not “need a fucking device”, but you can’t (yet) order someone to hand over and unlock their phone so you can scan the history without a warrant.

  16. So not just one student, but anyone who wanted to join. But this really should have been both a civil settlement (paid for by the employees) and criminal charges for deprivation of rights under color of authority.

    A Maryland community college changed its policies to settle a lawsuit brought by a student who said the school prevented her from starting a conservative student group or even discussing the group on campus.

  17. The Skelos family classed it up at Deano’s sentencing

    The Skelos family’s emotions boiled over at a number of points, both during and after the sentencing, eventually leading to police intervention.

    Just after the government began to make its final case before Wood, Dean Skelos’ wife, Gail, appeared to become overwhelmed and stood to leave.

    As Gail passed Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who was sitting in the back of the courtroom throughout the sentencing Thursday, she told the federal prosecutor, “You can go to hell.”

    Outside the courtroom, after the sentencing, tempers flared further. Members of Skelos’ family openly battled with reporters and camera operators as the father and son pair departed the courthouse, pushing and exchanging verbal taunts.

    One exchange went beyond words.

    One of Dean Skelos’ nephews ? identified later by the NYPD as Basil Skelos ? yanked the arm of Daily News reporter Victoria Bekiempis before grabbing her phone, which he then threw against a nearby car.

    The nephew was arrested by police already at the scene shortly thereafter. NYPD director of communications Peter Donald said he was charged with assault-3, which is a misdemeanor.

    1. As Gail passed Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who was sitting in the back of the courtroom throughout the sentencing Thursday, she told the federal prosecutor, “You can go to hell.”

      That’s a subpoena.

      1. Exactly. Why won’t Reason cover this, huh? What are they hiding?

      2. Heh.

      3. That’s just culturally insensitive. Preet probably does not believe in hell.

        1. Wood noted that the younger Skelos had openly threatened the victims of the Skelos duo’s schemes with violence, including at one point telling his manager at the insurance firm he was ostensibly working for that he would “smash your fucking head in” if the manager continued to pester him about showing up for work.

          I like the cut of his jib.

    2. As Gail passed Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who was sitting in the back of the courtroom throughout the sentencing Thursday, she told the federal prosecutor, “You can go to hell.”

      Did Preet then file a subpoena against her for such vicious, threatening language?

      1. So Gail is one of the Dark Ones…

    3. As Gail passed Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who was sitting in the back of the courtroom throughout the sentencing Thursday, she told the federal prosecutor, “You can go to hell.”

      Wasn’t it one of Bharara’s assistant attorneys who was involved with the Reason Magazine Woodchipper Shenanigans?

      Other than that, good work Preet Bhai.

    4. They charged him much more quickly than Corey Lewandowski.

    5. You guys omitted the best paragraph: “And unlike the Skelos family, the prosecutor was far less combative following the sentencing. Bharara and deputy U.S. attorney Joon Kim were spotted at the TriBeca landmark Odeon, jackets off and enjoying lunch.”

      1. This is a pretty good paragraph too

        Wood noted that the younger Skelos had openly threatened the victims of the Skelos duo’s schemes with violence, including at one point telling his manager at the insurance firm he was ostensibly working for that he would “smash your fucking head in” if the manager continued to pester him about showing up for work.

        1. Okay. You were first.

    1. It’s the FEELZ.

      Just like with light rail. Never mind that your light rail put out more CO2 with the energy spent making and building it, or that traffic worsened because of your damn light rail took up road space, or that ridership is ridiculously low.

      It just felt really, really good.

      1. Seattle is such a good bike city that there is no waiting or traffic jams!

    2. Times accidentally includes picture showing empty bike lanes.

      Tom Segura hit hardest.

    1. These euphemisms!

    2. What do you mean, ‘you people’?

    3. Abe: A laughy meal for you, and a nostalgia meal for me. Oh boy this takes me back. Two ration stamps, and an artilery shell full of olio.

  18. More news from the front lines in Venezuela:

    Venezuela looters target chicken, flour amid worsening shortages

    SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela (Reuters) – Mobs in Venezuela have stolen flour, chicken and even underwear this week as looting increases across the crisis-hit OPEC nation where many basic products have run short.

    Many people now get up in the dead of night to spend hours in long lines in front of supermarkets. But as more end up empty-handed and black market prices soar, plundering is rising in Venezuela, already one of the world’s most violent countries.

    There is no official data, but rights group Venezuelan Observatory for Social Conflict reported 107 episodes of looting or attempted looting in the first quarter.

    Videos of crowds breaking into shops, swarming onto trucks or fighting over products frequently make the rounds on social media, though footage is often hard to confirm.

    1. Mobs in Venezuela have stolen flour, chicken and even underwear

      Weirdest KFC fans ever

      1. Weirdest KFC ever. What kind of chicken joint sells underwear?

        1. You are gonna need new underwear after eating Venezuelan KFC.

        1. It’s called marketing.

    2. Only 107 episodes?

    3. This is not socialism…. mmm-kay?

      It’s state capitalism.

      /progderp

      1. This very day, a co-worker said the problem in Venezuela isn’t Socialism, its that Chavez/Maduro are authoritarian. REAL Socialism is NORWAY and Norway is great.

        ugh.

        1. But Norway is rich in petroleum! Venezuela … oh.

    4. Shoot ’em down in the streets. Those mobs are made up of the very same assholes that voted for Chavez and his cronies in the first place; the only thing they deserve are shallow, unmarked graves.

  19. Puke in the Devil’s Hole

    The National Park Service said they left beer cans and vomit, and one man waded into Devils Hole, leaving his boxer shorts in the water.

    The core of the legal matter regards culpability for the death of a single endangered Pupfish. Which is 1 inch long.

    1. The joke I made when I posted this link literally (that’s right, literally) days ago:

      These California commenter meetups are out of control!

      1. I know it had been mentioned earlier. slow news day.

        1. I just wanted to make my dumb joke again.

          1. I didn’t go to the last one because I was out of town, but apparently, Los Doyers fucked it up pretty badly. An even bigger sausage fest than usual.

    2. Apparently there are two unrecovered human bodies in that thing, too. Two cave divers who went in and never came out.

      1. CHUDs got ’em.

      2. ick

        is it one of those low-oxygen environments where bodies are preserved? few things gross me out more.

      3. There are two types of cave divers: the dead ones and the ones that haven’t died yet.

        1. Yeah. That’s sort of my impression of base-jumpers and free-soloist climbers as well. Its effectively Russian-roulette.

  20. I know Texas is a little crazy, but Texas is a little crazy: Texas Town Approves Bond to Build $62.8 Million High School Football Stadium

    voters in McKinney, Texas, approved a $220 million bond that will allocate $50.3 million toward the construction of a 12,000-seat high school football stadium for the local school district, according to USA Today. The project will cost $62.8 million in total, with the remaining $12.5 million funded by another bond that was approved in 2000.

    1. I guess Texas takes their publicly funded li’l tykes football stadiums seriously.

    2. +1 whipped cream bikini

      1. I don’t. Want. Your life.

      2. +DD Dolly Parton reference

        1. This is a whipped cream bikini, you deviant.

          http://flashbak.com/wp-content…..-81485.jpg

          1. So… you don’t get the reference.

            1. No. I just wanted to post that picture. That model is a goddess

        2. That’s a very generous amount of cream downstairs. A tablespoon would have sufficed.

      3. I saw her in an elevator in Santa Monica. Yes, I dropped the reference.

    3. Well, hell, at least you don’t have to worry about the team bitching about moving in ten years.

  21. Federal guidance says transgender kids must be allowed to use bathroom of their choice.

    Hey clarification question:

    “A school may not require transgender students to use facilities inconsistent with their gender identity or to use individual-user facilities when other students are not required to do so,” according to the letter, a copy of which was provided to The New York Times.

    Does this only apply to transgender kids, and if so, how does the federal government identify and verify “transgender” as it relates to “gender identity”?

    1. It says that schools may ? but are not required to ? provide other restroom and locker room options to students who seek “additional privacy” for whatever reason.

      Cool… for “whatever” reason.

    2. I guess we can put them on a government list. Then to make it easier have them wear a special government mandated sign. Maybe a gold star or something.

    3. Well, they show their Trans card. Duh. See, I have my official gay card which is much easier to obtain, but the continuing ed requirements are still a pain.

      1. Did you get your leatherdaddy endorsement yet? I heard the requirements for that one are a real bear.

      2. All jokes aside, you see where I’m going with this? Isn’t the federal government really saying “all your bathrooms are unisex”? Because we don’t have “Gay Marriage” in this country, we have “marriage”.

      3. – in the ass?
        (Sorry not sorry…it was right over the plate sir)

    4. A note from a parent, literally.

      1. Really? That it? What about if a parent is transgender who’s picking up a student and uses the bathroom. Are they barred from using the bathroom of their choice? Or does this only apply to the students? What about the teachers?

        1. That is what I read from the NYT article on Thursday, it did not cover those other situations in any obvious way, but it pointedly did not require an actual medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria.

    5. I’m not going to say it’s impossible for someone to try and abuse this.

      But I will point out that none of the states that have included trans* folk in their non-discrimination laws have had problems with non-trans people claiming to be trans.

      So lacking an *actual* problem (rather then your *hypothetical* problem), I’m not sure why we should try to add *more* red-tape.

      1. ‘m not going to say it’s impossible for someone to try and abuse this.

        Define “abuse”

      2. I’m not going to say it’s impossible for someone to try and abuse this.

        I so want a HS or college women’s basketball coach to roll out five dudes every game and win a championship…

        I can already hear it- “They’re not trans, they’ve got beards and mustaches and are fucking the cheerleaders!”

        Players say, “Who are you to promulgate such bigoted views about how I present my gender identity. I’m genderfluid and have been feeling a little masculine lately.”

        Coach says, “Obama made me do it, I’m not allowed to challenge their gender identity claims.”

  22. L.V. leaders hot on getting NFL team, aren’t sold on public funding for stadium

    Backers of a proposed 65,000-seat football stadium have presented local tourism leaders with a tricky question: How badly do they want to bring an NFL team to Las Vegas, and how much public money do they want to recommend using to make that happen?

    The answer to the first part is relatively clear, as officials have expressed widespread support for having the NFL in the valley. The second part of the question, however, remains up for debate.

    The Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee is in the process of developing an answer as it vets plans for a $1.4 billion domed stadium that could house an NFL franchise, the UNLV football team and a range of other large events. The committee already has heard about the proposal at its last two meetings, and it’s expected to return to the issue this month.

    Supporters of the stadium project, which is being backed by Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Majestic Realty Co., have said it would have a huge positive effect on the local economy and help drive more visitation to the valley. Yet the plan presented to the infrastructure committee two weeks ago included a steep price: $750 million in public money, potentially from hotel room taxes paid largely by tourists.

    1. I’m curious what football teams want to move to Vegas. Pro-athletes get into enough trouble even in boring cities, who wants their entire team hanging out in Sin City?

  23. http://dailycaller.com/2016/05…..ium=Social


    Under a new set of guidelines rolled out last week by Chicago public schools, children will now be required to address transgender students and employees by their preferred name and pronouns ? or face the consequences.

    Transgender students and employees can choose their preferred bathroom, locker room, name and pronouns, and everyone else is required to affirm the individual’s new identity, according to the guidelines.

    But this whole thing is just about bathrooms. itis not about using government force to make people adopt an approved opinion or anything.

    1. I’m sure there are some Bevis and Butthead teen boys out there right now plotting to join the girls’ soccer team at school and demand to use the girls’ locker room and showers after each game. And, you know, good on them as such stunts will quickly bring this nonsense to a head.

      1. Bevis and Butthead would also be protected from insult and social ostracism arising from their, um, unconventional behavior. Because if any of their female teammates, or their boyfriends, were to do something that expressed disapproval, that would be bullying.

    2. So, say it WAS just all about bathrooms, would you care??

    3. If genderfluid is a thing covered by this are the other kids going to need to develop telepathy to stay in the right side of whatever that person thinks they are on a day by day basis?

      1. According to the school’s own document, you have to call people by whatever pronoun they want, regardless of whether it’s in common usage. So if every person theoretically wanted to be called a different pronoun, you’d have to remember all of them.

        That’s obviously not going to happen, but if your school has 10-15 tumblerinas, expect an enormous number of shit fits and detentions related entirely to not calling a special snowflake xhe.

    4. Even better, if they want you to use fake, bullshit gender pronouns, you have to do that.

      “? Preferred Gender Pronoun (PGP) is the pronoun or set of pronouns that an individual would like
      others to use when talking to or referring to that individual. Common examples include, “they,”
      “their,” “ze,” “he” and “she.””

      So *any pronoun you want to be called by* everyone in school has to call you by that pronoun or be punished.

      1. “This unit”.

        It’s coming; you watch.

  24. http://www.foxnews.com/politic…..tcmp=hpbt2

    DNC Chairwoman Schultz claims Clinton ‘not the target’ of FBI probe

    Even in the face of the FBI boss scoffing at Hillary Clinton’s description of the “investigation” into her email practices as a “security inquiry,” the head of the Democratic Party is now insisting the front-running Democratic presidential candidate isn’t even a focus of the probe.

    “Secretary Clinton isn’t even a target of this inquiry, investigation, whatever ‘I’ word you want to use,” Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz told Fox News on Friday.

    Asked to back up her statement, Schultz said she’s “repeatedly been told that” ? though she did not say who might have told her.

    But the claim that Clinton is not the focus would be appear to be challenged by recent developments in the case.

    Senior aides to Hillary Clinton, including Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills, have been interviewed by FBI agents in recent weeks.

    1. Schultz said she’s “repeatedly been told that” ? though she did not say who might have told her.

      I have been repeatedly told that she is a target of a FBI probe. I also cannot say who told me.

      The ball is in your foxy court, Deb.

      1. Footage of DNC headquarters after Hillary’s arrest:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pu88gb1EpmI

        1. Footage of DNC headquarters after the FBI closes the investigation, and she’s not only not indicted, but given her Freedom Medal.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AIRQZAgtaE

    2. Our political overlords aren’t immune to denial, it seems.

    3. They’re investigating the server, you silly people.

      It’s the computer’s fault.

      1. Microsoft Sam MADE ME DO IT!

    4. I want to use “Icky” as my “I” word.

  25. The Personal Is Political

    Death of family member provides opportunity to beg mourners = “Don’t bring flowers = just don’t vote Trump”

    Hinds’ mother, Susan Pool, says her daughter didn’t like the presumptive Republican nominee for president and feared for the future of her three young children if he’s elected.

    Pool says her daughter would have liked the anti-Trump message in her obituary although they never talked about the possibility.

    1. That would be hard for me. Do I remain silent and nod, or do I troll the mourners because they’re asshats?

    2. Ok, people, what’s the over/under on when we get political street brawls like Weimar Germany?

      1. when we get political street brawls like Weimar Germany?

        During and after the Republican convention. Cleveland gonna b cray.

        1. Yep. Bet we end up with at least one death in Cleveland.

        2. That’s what I’m thinking. Glad I don’t live there anymore.

          1. Coward.

            I’m looking forward to the circus. Barnum and Bailey don’t have Heffalumps anymore.

      2. Did the trump rallies not count?

        Frankly i think they’re telling in how few people really care enough to throw down. 99% of these “fights” are 2 people bitchslapping while 1000 are just filming it with their iPhone.

        1. The professional protestors who attend these events to stir shit up will be there, but now they will be joined by a plethora of local dumbasses, gang members, and the mouth-breathers who want to go fight for Trump.

          The Feds will arrest everyone they can before the convention, but I think Cleveland is going to get nuts.

          It is not like the frumpy SJW’s are going to cause problems, because those shrill freaks will be too scared to get involved when real violence starts to occur.

    3. The Politicization of Everything continues apace.

  26. Hey, on the off chance that anybody at Reason reads the comments, do you think it might be possible to do away with that obnoxious piece of fucking goddamn pig shit SolidOpinion comment box that literally nobody ever uses and from which you haven’t raised a precious, beautiful, shiny nickel of revenue? Because it breaks scrolling constantly and I have to refresh the page 3 or 4 times to get past it.

    1. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    2. I recommend bitching about it on every thread.

      1. This is actually the first post I’ve made on the subject, but I’ll definitely take it under consideration.

    3. Tell them you won’t donate at the next begathon.

    4. This isn’t a democracy, people!

    5. I just use NoScript to block it.

  27. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016…..tcmp=hpbt4

    Antsy ISIS militant orders his own killing so he can get to heaven on time

    An Islamic State fighter captured in Iraq last week reportedly begged Kurdish troops to kill him right away because he didn’t want to be late for a 4 p.m. religious ceremony in heaven.

    Kurdish Peshmerga forces captured the militant after he and 49 others were sent out by ISIS for a suicide bombing attack in the Christian town of Tel Askuf coinciding with an Islamic holy day, according to The Clarion Project.

    “They were supposed to commit suicide using their suicide belts because today is the anniversary of the Isra and Mi’iraj celebration,” Peshmerga Lt. Col. Salim ak-Surji reportedly told the Turkish News Agency Rudaw.

    “He told me ‘all of us must be in heaven by 4 p.m., kill me,” the officer said.

    The day marks Prophet Muhammad’s ascension to heaven to receive instruction form Allah.

    1. They don’t mention if the Kurds complied?

      1. Peshmerga regulars? Probably.

      2. Its a well-known fact that Kurds are huge Star Trek Fans.

        https://youtu.be/aZe77wShCbE?t=64

    2. he didn’t want to be late for a 4 p.m. religious ceremony in heaven.

      So…….is that GMT, then?

      1. It’s a party people kill to get into!

        1. ALTERNATE JOKE: He wouldn’t be so eager if he knew that the ceremony involved putting pitchforks into certain parts of his anatomy.

    3. “Antsy ISIS militant orders his own killing so he can get to heaven on time”

      This shit is writing itself now.

      Man I laughed.

    4. Dude might be a master at reverse psychology.

      “Okay, guys, we captured the terrorist fucker, time to execute him.”

      “Please do, I have a four ‘o clock appointment in heaven to keep. I look forward to my death.”

      “Fuck you terrorist, we’ll make sure you stay alive as long as possible!!”

    5. Yeah, I saw Game of Thrones… there was nothing after John Snow died. Nothing.

      1. Which could just mean the human mind can’t recall divinity once it’s been restored to life, but given that GRRM and the Game of Thrones writers love being Edgy McEdgelords I assume they were making some nihilistic point about the futility of life.

  28. The Great War YouTube channel (thank you, Gilmore, for pointing me at it) has an analysis of Battlefield 1 trailer. It’s pretty neat, and they recognized Italian front as one of the areas shown. Shit, if they are going into “side-shows” and give me Serbian Army DLC, I’m preordering. Which will put them on the same plane as Witcher 3.

    Bonus video: C&Rsenal; (who have a series on firearms of WWI) does guns of BF1 trailer.

    1. Not me. I think it was Warty (or he at least mentioned the Hardcore History series, and then someone else mentioned the WWI channel? something like that). Maybe i linked to it when someone asked about it.

      1. Yeah, this was specifically about YouTube channels and you linked the Great War, which I became a big fan of.

        1. ah. Ok.

          In completely unrelated “Youtube Channels Gilmore Enjoys” …

          ….”100s of Bands Around the World Trying To Sound Like Black Sabbath/Zeppelin

          its really just ’70s hard rock’. But the guy does a great job curating lots of stuff from around the world. Every now and then there’s some gem. Even the occasional Italian Zep-Ripoff band is good for driving music.

      2. I might have? I dunno. I’m a big fan of The Great War and Hardcore History, so it’s possible.

        1. I found The Great War when they cooperated with Forgotten Weapons on a trench warfare episode. Good stuff.

    2. That kicks ass

  29. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016…..known.html

    Former President Bill Clinton was a much more frequent flyer on a registered sex offender’s infamous jet than previously reported, with flight logs showing the former president taking at least 26 trips aboard the “Lolita Express” — even apparently ditching his Secret Service detail for at least five of the flights, according to records obtained by FoxNews.com.

    Clinton’s presence aboard Jeffrey Epstein’s Boeing 727 on 11 occasions has been reported, but flight logs show the number is more than double that, and trips between 2001 and 2003 included extended junkets around the world with Epstein and fellow passengers identified on manifests by their initials or first names, including “Tatiana.” The tricked-out jet earned its Nabakov-inspired nickname because it was reportedly outfitted with a bed where passengers had group sex with young girls.

    Hey lets talk about something important instead like Trump’s butler. I am sure Bezos has a crack team on this story.

    1. Wait, Trump’s butler was on the plane?

    2. I hear from certain regulars that you’re prone to pro-Trump apologetics. Is it true?

      1. Why is that a Trump apologetic?

        1. I’d say you’re anti-anti-Trump.

        2. Oh, I apologize — I wasn’t actually saying your post was an example of it. My question was off-topic.

          Long story short, I lurk here a shitload, and I’m getting really tired of watching some of the locals retread the same irritating shtick every time any of about four other folks that aren’t in their little clique (including you) talk about the presidential contest, or Trump, or Clinton, or most anything, at this point.

          1. I give as good as I get. And they hate that.

            1. I’ll say it, I think John is far and away the best commenter here.

              He brings up issues that nobody else does and saves this place from becoming an incredibly tiresome echo chamber.

              Sure he gets riled up sometimes but that’s how it goes when he’s virtually the only one who takes certain sides. He also has the ability to calm down and admit when he goes overboard, which is much more than can be said about a number of commenters here.

              I lurk a lot too and find John to be the most interesting aspect of Reason.

              1. He also has the ability to calm down and admit when he goes overboard

                This gives the lie to:

                I lurk a lot too

                I like John, but let’s be real

                1. I too lurk alot and enjoy John’s commentary, but admitting when he goes overboard? Dont ask him about body armor, then.

              2. I think jesse-in-mb is my fav. He is both insightful and witty without being self-righteous or argumentative.

                There are at least a dozen of you whose work I appreciate greatly.

                1. Crusty Juggler is my favorite commenter. That dude is the bomb diggity.

            2. I think they hate you because you’re their shadow archetype.

          2. Careful, Thymirus, that’s how you get accused of being Tulpa.

    3. I don’t know if Trump’s butler was involved with Epstein, but Trump was in his black book.

    4. Trump is also a buddy of Epstein.

      And yet if you talk to Donald Trump, a different Epstein emerges. “I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy,” Trump booms from a speakerphone. “He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life.”

    5. You know Trump is Epstein’s buddy as well?

      Maybe not quite as much, but he (Trump) bragged how great a guy he was and how fun he was to be with in New York magazine.

  30. George Zimmerman shall forever be known as “Racist McShootface.”

    And Trayvon Martin will be forever know as “Stupid McDeadthug”.

    1. Thuggy McSkittlecorpse

    1. I would think that any plane on which Bill Clinton flew would be a “sex offender jet.”

      1. No way in hell did Bubba not partake in the teenage sex slave frequent flyer program.

        1. That definitely sounds like something that’d be right up his alley. I wonder if Her Cankleness ever joined in? *throws up in mouth*

  31. Donald Trump, who could become president of the United States, might have impersonated his own PR spokesperson.

    http://i.imgur.com/VGe9Anu.png

    1. This was in 1991. Why does this matter?

      1. Trump’s response should be “What difference ? at this point, what difference does it make?”

        It’d be some grade-A Trollin’.

      2. Yeah, given the horseshit that comes out of his mouth now on a regular bases, I’m not seeing why anyone should give a shit about something stupid he said/ did 25 years ago, but I caught a blurb on CNN on the TV in the breakroom at work earlier today and they were trying to make a big deal of it too. Slow news day, I guess.

        1. More like “maybe *this* will show the dumb hicks not to support Trump!” day.

          Which is every day for the media.

          Which is why the hicks support Trump.

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