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    Voters head to the polls today for Democratic presidential primaries in Kentucky and Oregon.

  • Libertarian Party presidential candidates Gary Johnson, John McAfee, and Austin Petersen debated last night in Las Vegas.
  • "The alleged altercation that occurred between actor Wendell Pierce and a small group of visitors at an Atlanta hotel — a confrontation that reportedly began as a political disagreement over Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton — was more violent and 'crazier' than initially reported, according to a witness."
  • Donald Trump is planning to meet this week with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
  • Some conservative activists "are still plotting to stop Trump at the GOP convention."
  • At least 28 people were killed in a car bomb attack on an outdoor market in Baghdad.

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  1. Voters head to the polls today for Democratic presidential primaries in Kentucky and Oregon.

    WHY BOTHER

    1. Hello.

    2. “Save your vote for the general election.” -D. Trump

      1. Did anyone ever figure out what he meant by that?

        1. Stream-of-unconsciousness.

          1. +1 Jack Kerouac.

        2. I assumed he was telling all the Democrats that support him that they don’t have to cross over and vote in the Republican primary any more, they’re free to vote in the Democratic primary and fuck that election up, too. Donald’s the strongest D running, go out there and make sure the weakest D gets picked to run against him.

    3. No gop primary, but I can vote for Rand in senate primary.

      1. I’d still vote for his father.

  2. Voters head to the polls today for Democratic presidential primaries in Kentucky and Oregon.

    They’re still doing that?

    1. Bernie hasn’t figured it out yet. As with his socialism, the game is fixed.

    2. This election is going to be a wild ride.

      – Rumors of Romney trying to get Ben Sasse to run as an independent.
      – FBI investigation and potential indictment. If it’s before the Dem convention, the Donkeys will end up with Bernie, or even Biden. If it’s after the convention, LOL.
      – Downballot uncertainty with Trump on the GOP ticket.

      And now this whole thing with GOP convention shenanigans.

  3. Libertarian Party presidential candidates Gary Johnson, John McAfee, and Austin Petersen debated last night in Las Vegas.

    “I’m more likely to get 1.5%”

    “No! I’m more likely to get 1.5%!”

    1. I always debate my wife which buffet to go to in Las Vegas.

      1. The Jimmy Buffet.

        1. +1 Cheesburger in paradise

          1. I ate at a restaurant called “Cheeseburger in Paradise” once. It was terrible.

    2. It’s important to preserve ballot access.

    3. “I’m more likely to get 1.5%”

      “No! I’m more likely to get 1.5%!”

      Funny, but the sad truth IMHO.

      This time around, the LP nominee may outdo Gary Johnson’s 2012 performance in states like Wyoming, Alaska, and Montana.

  4. Donald Trump is planning to meet this week with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

    Typo. He’s actually meeting with Dr. Killinger.

    1. I wonder who’s Kissinger now.

      1. You’ll never know. Trump would never Kissinger and tell.

    2. “Step into my magic murder bag.”

      1. You silly billy. Love is for everyone.

    3. Typo. He’s actually meeting with Dr. Killinger.

      Killinger is pretty f***ing accurate, especially from the POV of the Bangladeshi people.

      Collateral Damage: ‘The Blood Telegram,’ by Gary J. Bass

  5. 178) I’ve heard underwater classical archeology is somewhat out of favor. It’s more expensive than archeology on land, and most ancient shipwrecks in the Mediterranean contain little more than the usual wine and olive oil amphorae that archeologists have seen a million times. But this shipwreck, discovered off the coast of Israel by two amateur divers, is something else.
    The ship carried a load of metal probably meant to be melted down and recycled?but it hadn’t been melted down yet. Incredible statues and figurines, and thousands of coins with pictures of Constantine and Licinius (dating the wreck to the early 4th century). Incredible.
    Even after more than 150 years of modern archeology, there’s still a lot to be discovered. It’s my opinion that most of the most spectacular finds have yet to be made.

    1. *hides map of Atlantis*

      1. “hides map of Lesbos”

        1. *Dons muff diver goggles*

    2. It would be cheaper to buy a 3D printer and make that stuff themselves. Dummies.

    3. I don’t know if underwater archaeology is out of favor or not, but I agree with you about spectacular finds.

      The current issue of Archaeology features an article on a late seventh century BC Phoenician shipwreck off of the Iberian coast.

      It is well worth the read.

      1. Yes it is. The cuneiform article is pretty good too. It is very hard to find good images of the cones.

        1. If they were really dedicated, they should have printed the article in cuneiform.

          Bring back the ur-alphabet!

          #SpikeyLettersMatter

  6. Some conservative activists “are still plotting to stop Trump at the GOP convention.”

    1. And that’s all I have to say about that.

      1. Somehow I find the link more meaningful when you do it than when Damon does it.

      1. That’s great, Lee! Thanks!

      2. He’s heading for the China shop!

      3. Boy, at the very beginning of that I thought it was headed in a different direction. If it had, it would have been a visual representation of Bill’s shenanigans if Hillary wins.

      4. That’s hilarious – what sort of beer was that he told his buddy to hold?

      5. I did that when I was a kid. It’s great fun.

    2. You can’t trump Trump

    3. Saboteurs.

  7. “The alleged altercation that occurred between actor Wendell Pierce and a small group of visitors at an Atlanta hotel ? a confrontation that reportedly began as a political disagreement over Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton ? was more violent and ‘crazier’ than initially reported, according to a witness.”

    We won’t hear ANYTHING more about this from any major news outlet.

    1. [rubs hands and cackles]

    2. At this point, what difference does it make?

    3. I wonder if there is any connection between this story of “violent and crazy’ in an Atlanta hotel, and the fact that right now the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association is also going on in multiple Atlanta hotels.

      Coincidence? You be the judge.

    4. “History is bunk.”
      -Henry Ford

      “Bunk is history.”
      -Anomalous

      1. Fuck you very much, Mcnulty

    5. We won’t hear ANYTHING more about this from any major news outlet.

      Of course! It doesn’t involve a Trump supporter refusing to offer tow service to a Sanders supporter.

  8. Donald Trump is planning to meet this week with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

    With the Megyn Kelly interview it’ll be kissing-her then kissinger this week for Trump.

  9. LOST: Zebra. Owner offers $1K reward for safe return in NY

    Richard Myer tells the Times Union of Albany his 5-month-old zebra named Zula was spooked by a branch hitting a barn Thursday at Bailiwick Animal Park and Riding Stables in Catskill, 30 miles south of the capital.

    Myer spent Sunday driving on back roads in wooded areas around Catskill looking for Zula, who is about the size of a large pony.

    He says: “You can’t miss it. You really can’t.”

      1. *narrows graze*

    1. Right now it’s trying to woo a white pony that got black paint dripped on it. It’s our country’s version of Pep? Le Pew.

      1. CULTURAL APPROPRIASHUNZ!!!!

    2. “You can’t miss it. You really can’t.”

      For someone who lives in NY, he appears to be unacquainted with its drivers.

    3. I saw this documentary. Currently on his way to Madagscar with his giraffe, hippo, and lion buddy in a plane flown by penguins.

    4. Has anyone tasted Zebra meat? Here’s your golden opportunity, if you live in upstate NY.

  10. Sign of the apocalypse – 9th Circuit says something sane and rational

    In summarizing the latest ruling, the court pointed to the Ninth Circuit’s position that Alameda County “had offered nothing to undermine the panel’s conclusion that the right to purchase and to sell firearms is part and parcel of the historically recognized right to keep and to bear arms.”

    1. Stopped clock and blah blah all that…

      1. I’ve always felt strongly that the blind squirrels are a more apt metaphor for when the judicial branch does something right, since justice should be blind…. so let’s blind all judges!

  11. Some conservative activists “are still plotting to stop Trump at the GOP convention.”

    Do activists even know how to plan for future events without resorting to plotting?

    1. Pffft. That is no fun. If I couldn’t plot, be part of a cabal, etc., I wouldn’t go within 100 miles of anything political.

      1. ^This. I’m aspiring to be a “shadowy political operative”.

        1. Oooh, nice!

          I am probably stuck as some sort of generic “plotter”, myself. Maybe I could move up to “conspirator”?

          1. We’ll call you that, but really you’ve never passed ‘pawn’

            1. Servator only pawn in game of life…

              1. You’re thinking of chess. The game of life has those little cars that you put blue and pink pegs in.

                1. Am I the only one who wondered why you never booted out the other pegs when they got old enough?

                2. Put? I always had to pound those blue pegs into the pink cars.

                3. Lots of pegging in the game of Life.

              2. Candygram for Swiss, candygram for Swiss. /plugs ears and runs away

                1. *narrows gaze and gets blasted by exploding candygram*

          2. Which one is the “highly-placed source” they quote anonymously in the news? That’s the job I want, I’ve heard you don’t need to wear pants for that one.

        2. Ohhhhhhhhhhh, THAT’S why they call you “Deep Throat.”

  12. The Next President of the Philippines Promises ‘Double Hanging’ the Worst Criminals

    Speaking at a news conference in the city of Davao, Duterte said he would beg congress to reintroduce the death penalty that was repealed in 2006 and give security forces orders to shoot dead suspected criminals who violently resisted arrest.

    He said he wanted capital punishment to be used for a wide range of crimes including drug offences, robbery, rape, and murder.

    Duterte said he preferred death by hanging to a firing squad because he did not want to waste bullets, and because he believed snapping a spine with a noose was more humane.

    Those convicted of killing alongside robbery and rape should get “double the hanging,” he said.

    1. “OK, he’s dead….cut him down and do it all over again!”

    2. It’d really show ’em if they drew and quartered the bodies after the double hanging, too.

    3. Those convicted of killing alongside robbery and rape should get “double the hanging,” he said.

      “And then we’ll do something they’ll REALLY hate!”

    4. Why not just gibbeting?

    5. “OK, creep — through the double hung door.”

      1. “They said you was hung”

        “And they was right!”

        1. One of the greatest move lines ever.

    6. He said he wanted capital punishment to be used for a wide range of crimes including drug offences, robbery, rape, and murder.

      One of these things is not like the others.

      1. Duh, murder actually kills somebody.

      2. drug offences

        That’s just to keep Obama’s goons in the DEA sated.

  13. Libertarian Party presidential candidates Gary Johnson, John McAfee, and Austin Petersen debated last night in Las Vegas.

    About who could do the least to make America great again.

    1. If the LP nominates John McAfee it will be the first time, in my adult lifetime, I ca be proud of that semi-obscure 3rd party.

      1. I’m sure most here have seen this before, but for those who haven’t it’s well-worth reading:

        http://www.whoismcafee.com/the-travel-guide/

    2. Doing the least to make America great again is a pretty good idea, if it gets across the point that it’s not government that makes America great and that the best way government could help make America great is if it stopped helping. Wasn’t that the idea of America once upon a time, that a man was free to pursue whatever dreams he had and that it was up to him to decide what was great? Government’s the things we decide to do together and some of us don’t like the fact that everybody else seemed to decide we’re going to do all the things together. Seriously, I can’t even take a shit any more without you sonsabitches tagging along? Why the hell can’t you leave me alone even for two goddamn minutes? Are you that damn terrified that I might be sneaking in there to smoke a fucking cigarette so you gotta all crowd into the shitter with me and watch me take a dump?

      1. I realized the other day my niece provided a great example government inaction. Her son had some homework he was working on and needed some graph paper so he asked her to go to the store and get some. Sure, no problem, so she goes in the daughter’s room and starts looking for a pair of boots she had bought that turned out to be too small and needed returning. As long as she’s going to the store, might as well return the boots. Then she calls her sister about some scrap-booking project they’re working on – as long as she’s going to the store to get some graph paper and return the boots, might as well stop by the craft store right near there and get what they need for the project. Her sister of course isn’t sure what they need and suggests she come over and pick her up and they’ll ride over to their mother’s house to look at her supplies and get some ideas for what they might want and what they might need. Oh, and as long as she’s coming over, can she look up in the attic and see if she can dig out some old box of photos her mother had given her? At this point, I went out and hopped in the car and went up to the store and bought the kid some graph paper. You can’t do one simple little thing because there’s always something else that “as long as we’re doing this we might as well do that also” and pretty soon you’ve totally lost sight of what the hell it was you were trying to get done in the first place. Focus! Stop trying to do just one more thing.

        1. I remember making my own graph paper, with blue colored pencil and college ruled notebook paper. And I was thankful I had the notebook paper.

        2. Another aspect of government action is using one issue as an excuse to do something else. You neice was more interested in scrapbooking than getting her son graph paper, so she used used the paper as an excuse to do something more interesting.

    1. That was one annoying article.

      1. The author does not comprehend the fact that there are many, many Americans who loath their government. How many? About 80%. Only about one-fifth of Americans think that their government passes the basic test of legitimacy (i.e., consent of the governed) according to Rassmussen polls.

        Of course, politicians, cronies, bureaucrats, lobbyists, cops of all sorts, government contractors, and the shills in the mainstream sycophant media all know that government is the source of all good things, and that everybody they know believes that the government enjoys such consent.

        Any expression of an unkind word toward a government agent is obviously “beyond the pale”.

    2. Here are the ‘death threats’

      “”Die, fascist, die!” one anonymous person wrote to Ravel in an email reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity.

      “Hope you have a heart attack,” read another email.

      “Go fall down about ten flights of stairs,” yet another person wrote.”

      You’ll notice none of these are actually death threats

      1. Sometimes I’ll read about somebody on Slate or something who claims to have received a lot of death threats for something they wrote. I always wonder if most of what they received actually looks like the above.

        1. DIAF is a serious death threat.

      2. They meet the ‘woodchipper’ standard, which I guess is anything an Important Person doesn’t like.

      3. The left HATES free speech because it means people can disagree with them, and since they only argue from emotion, those opposing arguments usually make more sense..

        1. Like sense matters…pshaw!

    3. She also objects to free speech and Internet freedom.

      She’s a good progressive, and has earned the praise she has received from the One.

      1. Destroying other Americans’ civil liberties is okay. Those Americans objecting with mean words is not okay.

        Do you see?

        1. Would you like to know more?

          1. Perfect..

    4. “Ravel’s recent vote to sanction conservative filmmaker Joel Gilbert for alleged violations of federal election laws?the FEC deadlocked on the matter ? have prompted a new round of hate mailers to, in recent weeks, call her a “communist c?-sucking b??” and wish her “the worst for you and yours.””

      “”A re-examination of the Commission’s approach to the Internet and other emerging technologies is long overdue,” Ravel, a Democrat, wrote in lamenting a deadlocked commission vote over whether an Ohio-based business group must include disclaimers on political ads it posted for free on YouTube.com.”

      All I was trying to do was gut the first amendment, and everyone is being so mean to me!

      1. Try this:

        Ravel is a cunt.

        1. I like Bol?ro, though.

          1. That was the worst movie I ever masturbated to!

            1. Let me tell you about the time I rented The Boy In The Striped Pajamas. Spoiler alert: Not one pillow fight.

        2. SECONDED!!

  14. Some conservative activists “are still plotting to stop Trump at the GOP convention.”

    They’ll hold out for another twenty years are so, like a Japanese soldier in the Philippines.

  15. Libertarian Party presidential candidates Gary Johnson, John McAfee, and Austin Petersen debated last night in Las Vegas.

    Did they ever figure out who Austin Petersen is?

    1. He’s the one who brought the Myrrh.

      1. *stands to applaud wildly*

  16. Hillary vs. Bernie, Conservatives vs. Trump, …

    Monkeys vs. Donkeys

  17. The Hidden Workforce Expanding Tesla’s Workforce

    When Gregor Lesnik left his pregnant girlfriend in Slovenia for a job in America, his visa application described specialized skills and said he was a supervisor headed to a South Carolina auto plant.

    Turns out, that wasn’t true.

    The unemployed electrician had no qualifications to oversee American workers and spoke only a sentence or two of English. He never set foot in South Carolina. The companies that arranged his questionable visa instead sent Lesnik to a menial job in Silicon Valley. He earned the equivalent of $5 an hour to expand the plant for one of the world’s most sophisticated companies, Tesla Motors.

    Lesnik’s three-month tenure ended a year ago in a serious injury and a lawsuit that has exposed a troubling practice in the auto industry. Overseas contractors are shipping workers from impoverished countries to American factories, where they work long hours for low wages, in apparent violation of visa and labor laws.

    1. *sheds admiring tear, goes back to flogging orphans*

    2. Wait, are these jobs that even the illegals won’t do? Or have the illegals discovered they can get more by exploiting government hand-outs, and they need new labor sources?

      1. Your average illegal doesn’t have an engineering degree. And your illegals actually exist in a more competitive labor market since they aren’t dependent upon the person who owns their labor contract special visa.

        1. Closing stupid tag.

          1. If you closed the stupid tag, does this mean we will never see amsoc, Joe from Lowell or shriek ever again?!

            1. Right, who left the stupid tag open on the internetz?

            2. Speaking of Shriek, I just got back on H&R after a really long hiatus. Has he been around lately?

              1. He comes and goes – usually on the weekends or later in the day.

                And he still hasn’t paid up on his bet – as far as I know.

                1. He was around some of the threads yesterday, typing in all caps. I think he’s gone off his meds again. BLOOP!

            3. What am I, chopped liver?

              1. Pate. (Reason does not like when I say P?t?.)

        2. The blurb described the job as ‘menial’, which implied the job is unrelated to the fact that he’s an electrician.

          1. Some types of electrician work can be as menial as fuck.

            Stringing wire sucks.

    3. “Overseas contractors are shipping workers from impoverished countries to American factories, where they work long hours for low wages, in apparent violation of visa and labor laws.”

      THERE OUGHTTA BE A LAW AGAINST…. oh, wait…

    4. The prevailing wage for a sheet metal worker in Alameda County is $52 per hour in pay plus another $42 an hour toward pension and other benefits,

      Damn… I’m in the wrong line of work.

      1. I used to work with a sorry-ass carpenter that spent half his day bitching about how terrible his job was and how when he lived in California he made twice as much money and the union rules made it so he didn’t have to do the bullshit work like he does here in Atlanta. He always blamed the developers for somehow being too greedy and killing off all the construction jobs as his explanation for why, if things were so great in California, he didn’t move his sorry ass back there.

    5. Overseas contractors are shipping workers from impoverished countries to American factories, where they work long hours for low wages, in apparent violation of visa and labor laws.

      Boo who?

  18. was more violent and ‘crazier’ than initially reported, according to a witness

    Initial reports had it at bonkers, this witness says more realistically it was bananas.

    1. Wow….if this gets to “madcap”, all bets are off!

      1. Quick! Stop it before it turns from a flip into a fracas!

        1. A flap, rather. Stupid fingers.

  19. “The alleged altercation that occurred between actor Wendell Pierce and a small group of visitors at an Atlanta hotel ? a confrontation that reportedly began as a political disagreement over Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton ? was more violent and ‘crazier’ than initially reported, according to a witness.”

    As long as they get their clearance rates up.

    1. McNulty: I gotta ask ya: if every time Bernie Sanders would grab the money and run away, why’d you even let him in the game?
      Man On Stoop: What?
      McNulty: If Bernie always stole the money, why’d you let him play?
      Man On Stoop: Got to. This America, man.

  20. How to Embrace Your Aging Vagina

    Shape offers advice on keeping your vagina shiny and droop-free, with hot tips like “stop riding your bike” and “swan around on a bouncy ball for 15 minutes a day.” And if you’re not worried about your vag like you’re worried about your face (you’re worried about your face, right?), you soon will be?the mag notes changes like lost fat around the outer labia can start as early as your 20s, with “changes inside your vagina (hello, stretching!)” following around the time of menopause.

    While the increased popularity of vaginal rejuvenation procedures in the US is notable?the number of operations performed rose 64 percent between 2011 and 2012?it’s also worth remembering that plastic surgery in general is on the up. Reuters recently published a report suggesting a relationship between the rise of the selfie and a reported 33 percent increase in surgical consultations during which the patients brought out self-snapped images.

    1. Embrace isn’t really the word that comes to mind….

      1. Paging Crusty Juggler….Crusty Juggler, please pick up the red courtesy phone.

        1. He’s, uh, busy.

        2. No.. The red one

      2. Embrace isn’t really the word that comes to mind….

        Push back in?

    2. Illustration by Katie Horwich

      You wish.

    3. It ages?

      You mean like cheese?

      Balsamic vinegar?

      Remember folks, if it’s not from Modena it’s not Balsamic!

      1. It ages?

        More like milk.

    4. Or maybe, I don’t know, occupy your time with the 99.99% of life that isn’t vagina related. I know it’s hard because we’re supposed to vote with our vaginas and only think or talk about women’s issues, but it’s possible.

      1. we’re supposed to vote with our vaginas

        This is something I have to see for myself. How does it work? Can you train it to pull the lever on old-school voting machines?

        1. Lots of hanging chads.

      2. we’re supposed to vote with our vaginas

        Applying Gloria Steinem’s logic of “women should vote for a woman”, I’m going to write-in Bobby Jindal.

  21. A small college, Vermont and Mrs. Sanders:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/pol…..urce=atlfb

    1. In announcing the closure, the school blamed the “crushing weight of the debt” from the purchase of a new campus in 2010, during Sanders’s tenure. Burlington said its bank had pulled the school’s line of credit. The college was already at risk of losing its accreditation?which is essential for receiving federal funds and conferring legitimacy?if it could not resolve its financial difficulties.

      Not a SINGLE mention of the Koch brothers, selfish capitalists who put profit over children’s education.

      What sort of depraved article is this?

  22. “Some conservative activists “are still plotting to stop Trump at the GOP convention.”

    Define ‘conservative’.

    1. Define ‘stop’.

      1. Define ‘plotting’.

        1. Define ‘Trump’

            1. What Tattoo gets for illegal parking?

            2. Define ‘define’

              “It depends on what the definition of the word ‘define’ is.”

              – Bill Clinton

  23. A sign?

    Wind topples Ben Franklin statue on Boston’s Freedom Trail

    A city spokeswoman says high winds pushed a nearby tent into the statue, causing it to fall off its pedestal.

    She says the Boston Arts Commission is working with a professional curator on the repair plan.

    Crews were seen placing the statue into what looked like a body bag on Monday.

    The Freedom Trail Foundation website says the statue marks the location of the original Boston Latin School, where Franklin was a student. It’s the oldest public school in the nation.

    1. So, nobody thought to bolt that down to deter theft and vandalism, or in case of earthquake?

      1. It’s a several hundred pound bronze in Boston. Earthquakes are not an issue. It may have been bolted to the base, but were the bolts any good? The corrosion might have been an anti-theft device so no one could just unbolt it. and vandals tend to throw paint these days.

      2. Pigeons hardest hit.

      3. Bolting stuff down makes it harder to pick up and flee when the rising sea levels sneak up on you and try to murder you in your sleep.

    2. Is that a bad omen for what’s happening to the country?

      1. …a statue, if you can keep it…

    3. Lightning is jealous of high wind.

  24. Boulder County shooting suspect saw squirrels as conduit to his deceased parents

    “Given the current toxic atmosphere created by these few individuals, Susan (his wife) and I can no longer continue to enjoy the park that we pay monthly fees to support,” Barbour wrote. “If there is any continued harassment, slander, bullying or character assassination of myself or my partner it will be handled through appropriate civil and/or criminal processes.”

    According to neighbors, Barbour would leave “pounds” of peanuts around the entire Willowbrook neighborhood, which alarmed residents concerned about children with nut allergies and diseases.

    The letter reportedly was at the center of the dispute that left Barbour, 59, facing attempted murder and first-degree assault charges and his neighbor with a gunshot to his buttocks.

    1. Don’t we all pay tribute to the squirrelz?!

    2. THAT escalated quickly.

    3. THAT escalated quickly.

    4. Squirrels, is there anything they can’t do?

      1. Run commenting software?

      2. Make up their mind about whether to go back or continue across when a car approaches while they’re crossing the street?

        1. Saw one get hit right ahead of me this morning pulling that stunt. NOT A USEFUL SURVIVAL CHARACTERISTIC OUT IN THE SUBURBS, SQUIRRELZ!

          1. And what’s up with an animal that, sensing danger, hangs on the side of a tree and shakes its tail so that it can be easily spotted? Sometimes I just don’t understand evolution.

            1. Alerting the herd allows the species to go on.

            2. He’s a collectivist and just warning the other squirrels.

            3. That and the chittering…I thought it was just the squirrel telling my dog – “Missed again, asshole!”

    5. with a gunshot to his buttocks

      The best part about getting shot in the buttocks is the ice cream.

      1. +1 Forrest Gump

    6. …with a gunshot to his buttocks.

      Took one for the team.

    7. What is up with all the nut disease lately? This was not a thing when I was growing up.

      1. It’s a result of raising people in a too-sanitized environment and not letting their immune system figure out what’s important.

        1. Actual nut allergies, like celiac’s disease, is very rare.

          Precious, special, delicate snowflakes are a dime a dozen, though.

      2. What is up with all the nut disease lately?

        Maybe it has something to do with the pussification of the country?

        1. My wife is deathly allergic to a smattering of tree nuts. Concerned that she might pass this along to our daughter, we asked our pediatrician how to handle it. Her advice was blunt: feed the kid everything she might be allergic to early and often. I bet more and more parents take the opposite tact: avoiding the potential allergen because little Taylor might be allergic to it.

    8. alarmed residents concerned about children with nut allergies and diseases

      I would worry more about the children with nut diseases than the children with nut allergies. You got a nut disease, you need to see a doctor, see what causes that, stop doing whatever it is you’re doing that causes nut disease. But if you’ve got nut diseases, plural?, man, we’re talking a whole new level of concern here.

  25. Donald Trump is planning to meet this week with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

    There must be some way to make money off of this.

  26. Cytotoxic hit hardest….

    Trump closing gap with Clinton, poll shows

    The Democratic front-runner holds an overwhelming lead among black and Hispanic voters, while Trump is up among white voters by 14 points. She also leads him among female voters by 15 points, while Trump defeats her by 11 points among men.

    The poll also found that Trump leads Clinton by 8 points among independent voters, 44 percent to 36 percent.

    Recent surveys have signaled a tight race between Clinton and Trump as the primary season winds down. Last week, the two front-runners were neck and neck in three swing states and a national poll found Clinton leading by only 2 points.

    1. That’s bad news for Hillary since I doubt she can turn out the minority vote the way Obama did. At least not on her own. Her staff is probably pulling their hair out trying to find the perfect minority to slap on the ticket.

      1. She needs her mother to die of cancer.

        1. +1 Claire Underwood

          1. CURRENTLY BINGE WATCHING. NO SPOILERS!

            1. Claire Underwood is really her sled.

              1. She’s Keyser Soze.

      2. That’s bad news for Hillary since I doubt she can turn out the minority vote the way Obama did.

        Just wait until Obama starts campaigning for her.

      3. They always do a good job of firing up the minority voter. Back in 2000 they had their proxies in the NAACP and the SPLC stuffing my mailbox and TV with racist imagery designed to paint Bush and all republicans as klansmen.

        Painting Bush II as some sort of racist doesn’t even pass the giggle test, but it worked just fine. In contrast, Trump will be happy to oblige the race baiters. Heck, he might even go out and troll them to be sure they come after him.

      4. Her staff is probably pulling their hair out trying to find the perfect minority to slap on the ticket

        I fixed

      5. Her staff is probably pulling their hair out trying to find the perfect minority to slap on the ticket.

        Transgender Julian Castro FTW

    2. “Trump closing the gap with Clinton”

      More euphemisms? I can’t keep up.

      1. You put an image in my head.

        Now I have to hunt you down and erase you.

  27. Re Wendell.

    Hang on. I thought the narrative was the left are open and tolerant and that only psycho Trump supporters do this sort of thing.

    And what a loser to defend a deceptive cunt like Hillary to the point of getting arrested.

    Giant effen loser.

    /flashes L on forehead.

    1. I can see why people think they must vote for Hillary. But I just can’t fathom how anyone could enthusiastically support her, let alone start a fight. I’m guessing alcohol was involved.

      1. In a hotel? In Atlanta? At 3 a.m.??? Citation needed.

        1. 3 a.m. hotel-room fights in Atlanta usually involve a transvestite hooker.

          (And not all of them look like Steve Buscemi in drag – some of them are like “Huh. Turns out questioning your sexuality isn’t anywhere near as complicated as I thought it would be.”)

    2. This is someone who is wasting jail time on Hillary.

      No hookers nor blow involved.

      What a dumbass.

  28. Make America Gold Again: Calls for Everyone’s Favorite Standard Are Back

    For those in the U.S. who see much risk and little benefit in the current course, gold is still a rallying point. And their audience may be growing.

    “The fringe has become the mainstream,” said Jesse Hurwitz, a U.S. economist at Barclays Capital in New York. He sees the gold standard as a bad idea but “something we’ll increasingly talk about.”

    Of course, full restoration of the system that reigned in the U.S. for a century through the 1970s is almost inconceivable. Even many gold bugs say it can’t be done, and there’s near-unanimity among economists that it shouldn’t be attempted: the U.S. would be in much worse shape, they say, with a Federal Reserve stripped of its ability to freely tinker with the money supply.

    1. My problem is there isn’t enough gold to fully back the amount of money in circulation. We’d be fractionally backing bills at best.

      1. Serious question – I honestly don’t know, but would it make any sense to have, say, gold notes in larger denominations only? Or at least use silver? It seems we have to have some way of constraining the government’s ability to print money but aside from legislative fiat (there’s that word again) what other options are there? And the problem with legislative fiat is – legislative fiat. They can always just vote to fuck us over even more than they already are.

      2. Serious question – I honestly don’t know, but would it make any sense to have, say, gold notes in larger denominations only? Or at least use silver? It seems we have to have some way of constraining the government’s ability to print money but aside from legislative fiat (there’s that word again) what other options are there? And the problem with legislative fiat is – legislative fiat. They can always just vote to fuck us over even more than they already are.

        1. Comment inflation!

        2. If the currency is only partly backed, what defines the value of those bills not backed?

          1. Hitler?

            1. 😎

          2. I don’t know. It’s probably a terrible/stupid idea. But, was just wondering how we can back the currency with something that would restrain expansion.

            If the currency is backed by gold, how would the value of gold adjust – would it be set arbitrarily at, say $1,000 an ounce? Does it ever fluctuate from that level?

            1. They’re not going to restrain expansion. Period. At this point, we’re so far down the rabbit hole the repercussions to a rational monetary policy are out of the question.

            2. Since the dollar would be defined by the quantity of gold backing it, the $/oz would be constant. The value would float the same way fiat money does, just with less potential for pumping more currency in. There is literally no way to fix a value on a currency, as it is merely what people will accept. Gold has little intrinsic value outside of its noncorrosive, highly conductive properties, but people find it pretty, so they value it more.

              1. Ok, so what happens as more gold is mined – does that allow for monetary expansion?

                Separately, or as part of the larger question – as an economy grows (real growth, driven by innovation and productivity) shouldn’t the supply of money grow as well as a reflection of greater accumulated wealth? Or, does the value of the existing supply of money rise as wealth is accumulated?

                  1. *shrugs*

                    Actually… New gold being mind does not go directly into backing currency as it is mined by private enterprise, the government would have to acquire it in some way to expand its reserves.

                    As for wealth accumulation – weath and money are not the same thing. Capital rich, cash poor is a common state for businesses. The size of an economy is measured less by the amount of cash in circulation than by its velocity of trade and the volume of goods created.

                    1. I understand that money and wealth are not the same thing, thus my question regarding the accumulation of wealth as an economy innovates and grows. Do interest rates simply rise to reflect the greater value of the available money supply? Or is there an optimum rate of moeny growth to relfect real economic growth?

                1. The real issue is fractional reserve banking. Tying the currency to gold is just an attempt to restrain the worst practices of central banks, but gold is subject to manipulation as well.

              2. Gold has little intrinsic value outside of its noncorrosive, highly conductive properties, but people find it pretty, so they value it more.

                There’s a little more to it than that. Gold is almost perfectly suited to be a currency: it doesn’t tarnish, its relatively compact (although heavy), its supply is very difficult to expand (historically and over long periods), the gold supply expands at roughly the rate of overal economic expansion), etc.

          3. Some bills will only count as 3/5th of a dollar, because of racism.

            1. So the new $20 will only be worth $12 ??

          4. Zombie Ralph Wilson?

      3. It could be done eventually:

        In the future whenever the Fed needs to drop some helicopter money on us to fix all the spontaneous bubbles that just keep unexplainably arising out of nowhere, they just need to buy gold instead of bad debt or crony-owned stocks. This will drive up the price of gold. Eventually they’d have enough gold to redeem all of their outstanding dollars at the market price. At that point announce convertibility at the market price +/- a half percent for seigniorage, and stop trying to “fix” the economy all the time.

        Could also do this with a combination of gold and silver, as long they plan on eventually defining a dollar as some fixed quantity of both (e.g. 1 dollar = 1 milligram gold + 50 milligrams of silver, and always only that).

    2. I would venture that it can’t be done until we go bust. It would require some serious inflation at our current money supply.

      1. It seems that’s going to happen anyway, eventually.

  29. Newsflash Bill Clinton really loves young pussy. At least 26 trips aboard the “Lolita Express”.

    http://www.frontpagemag.com/po…..greenfield

    1. Newsflash Bill Clinton really loves young pussy.

      And who among us doesn’t?

        1. OK, good point.

          1. It depends on what the meaning of ‘young pussy’ is.

              1. Just a hunch, but I think Americans must be the only ones in the world who bathe cats.

                1. When they get dirty, you should just replace them.

    2. He can feel their pain.

    3. When Romney gets accused of waging a “War on Women” for saying he has binders full of female candidates to hire, and Bill Clinton gets away with this, people begin to realize the media is full of shit. So they start rallying around the people the media tells them to hate (Sarah Palin, Donald Trump). Thanks, media.

  30. Autonomous-Driving Venture Targets Heavy Trucks

    An engineer who helped spearhead the self-driving Google car project at Alphabet Inc. has quietly launched a Silicon Valley startup that plans to retrofit tractor trailers with autonomous-driving technology.

    Anthony Levandowski, one of the founders of Google’s self-driving car program, left Google toward the end of January. He was joined by Lior Ron, another former Alphabet employee who earlier led Google Maps and the development of the Moto X smartphone.

    The new company, Ottomotto LLC, plans to build hardware enabling existing 18-wheelers to operate on highways without driver intervention, taking on larger companies that are currently reserving such technology for new trucks, Mr. Levandowski said in an interview.

    1. Simpsons did it.

    1. *** Emily Litella voice ***

      Never mind.

    2. searching stunned fifth-graders

      Okay, that was a poor adjective. Especially given how popular tasers are these days with law enforcement.

      1. Stun grenades work so much better for groups of children.

        Reloading a taser is a pain in the ass.

  31. Rochester Woman Ticketed For Yelling About Toast At Denny’s

    Police ticketed a woman at a Rochester Denny’s early Friday morning after she demanded her waitresses be arrested for taking too long to bring out her toast.

    According to KIMT, it happened at around 2:30 a.m. at the Denny’s on Broadway Avenue. Police told the station the 21-year-old woman was screaming and swearing at the waitress, demanding the employee be arrested for not getting her toast.

    Police said they suspect alcohol could have been involved.

    1. I would be surprised to walk into a Denny’s at 2:30 am and NOT see a drunk chick screaming at the waitresses.

  32. “There are pleasures you have never dreamed of, Bernie,” Hillary whispered. “I grow new ones every day.”

    She tore off the sleeve of her heavy polyester blouse and should him a row of nipple along the underside of her upper left arm. They quested about, thick, dark ends gulping at the air like dying fish, drooling a thick black milk. He lunged toward them, the slack asshole of his mouth emitting a maple syrup rot. She pulled them away.

    “Bite them carefully. They bite back,”” she said. Bernie groaned and hammered a fist into his dusty fuck parts. Hillary slapped him and cackled.

    “What want, Bernie? Do you want me?” Hillary pulled down the side of her skirt. There was a vulva slit into the side of her hip.

    “You can touch it, Bernie. Go on. This one might not tear anything off.”

    His shaking fingers found her hipgina and thrust into her before she could move away. His rheumy eyes went wide as he stroked the pitted surface of her iliac crest.

    1. “Bill never touches me. He hasn’t fingerfucked my skeleton in decades.” Hillary cried out, the sound filling the cold spaces of the empty warehouse. She grabbed at the crotch of his shabby suit, his breath hot and sour on her neck.

      “There’s nothing,” he grunted. “Nothing there since the 70s, dammit.”

      “You’ll just have to be creative then,” she said. She pulled his left hand around her doughy waist and guided him to a small constellation of buttholes set over her liver. He stroked them and found them dry and scaly as she moaned. He licked his finger as she panted, the sweet and meaty smell of death on her breath. He sank each of his fingers and his thumb into the five buttholes and flexed them like he was making a puppet speak. She farted from all five, delicate notes rushing past his invading digits.

      “I want your equal outcomes, Bernie,” she said, forcing him to his knees.

      The pseudopenis she had already extruded forced itself against the skirt. She pushed the skirt down and it sprang forth, the disapproving pucker of her cervix on the tip of the invert vagina bobbing menacingly. She inched forward and swung her hips to smack him with it.

      “Suck it, Bernie. Suck it,” she said. “I’m going to shit my uterus right in your mouth.”

      1. What. The. Fuck.

        1. Do not read long comments from SugarFree.

          Why does no one listen to me?

          1. *contemplates gouging own eyes out*

          2. Yeah. I skip them.

            1. I can’t remember the first time I read a SugarFree story, as every time I try to recall what happened, my vision goes blank and I hear a sound like loud rushing water in my ears.

              I skip them now.

          3. I used to send links of these to my wife. She would ask, “What kind of sick fuck would write this?” So a couple months ago, we had dinner with him, and afterwards, she said, “Now I understand.”

          4. He also needs an editor.

            “should him a row of nipple”

            Please.

      2. Rough night last night?

      3. My brain turned itself inside out and i heard a voice say “Zuul.”

      4. That settles it. Cthulhu gets my vote.

        1. Yeah, I stand a better chance of retaining my sanity looking at him, than reading SugarFree.

          1. “What kind of mind would think such a thing?”

      5. That is epic. If I could paint I’d put that scene to canvas. Well done, Mr. SugarFree.

          1. I sent him along something based on your suggestion.

      6. I’m reminded that a couple months ago Sugarfree had a link to his website because they was something he felt it would be inappropriate to post here.

        1. I didn’t want the Trumpettes to accuse me of shilling for Hillary.

          1. If i recall correctly it was a story about Trump murdering a bunch of prostitutes, which even if true would be unlikely to cost him too many supporters.

            1. They were just unclassy whores.

              1. Wound fucking the hookers even made the Hair cringe.

                The Hat(e) enjoyed it, though.

      7. This is worse than Quincy’s dog video from the overnight thread.

      8. Well done. That was almost enough to disgust even me.

        1. Does it need more shitting dick nipples?

          1. Maybe a little more description.

              1. Voted Least Likely to be Clicked Link of the Month!

      9. “Why do you trouble an already troubled mind?”

      10. What do you mean, ‘pseudo’?

    2. Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue

  33. Burlington College Closing Due To “Crushing Debt” Incurred Under Presidency Of Bernie Sanders’ Wife

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/…..nie-sander

    1. Well this wouldn’t have happened under Comrade Bernie’s college for everyone plan!

      1. They’ll take their failures at the local level, and reproduce them on an astronomical scale at the federal level.

  34. Hill GOP tries to shape Trump policy views ahead of talks this week

    House Speaker Paul Ryan and Donald Trump are moving rapidly to forge consensus around an election-year platform — as the party establishment tries to shape its presumptive nominee’s positions on a range of issues to align with bedrock GOP orthodoxy.

    After their high-profile meeting in Washington last week, Ryan and Trump will dispatch their senior aides to meet privately this week to discuss policy measures — just as the House GOP is crafting an election-year agenda and as Trump plans a series of policy speeches.

    How much consensus there’ll be is still an open question, as Trump and Ryan disagree sharply on major issues like trade, entitlements and immigration. But the fact that the two sides are meeting underscores the intensifying effort to promote a unified message that Republicans hope they can campaign on up-and-down the ticket.

    1. the intensifying effort to promote a unified message that Republicans hope they can campaign on up-and-down the ticket

      The GOP wants the standard “The Lesser of Two Evils” again. Trump prefers the Democrat’s “They Stole Your Shit”. Combining the two makes for a longer message than the average voter has the attention span to absorb, so it’s going to take some work to get the two ideas onto one bumper sticker. Maybe “Evil Democrats Stole Your Shit”?

  35. FBI Reaching Out About Female Genital Mutilation

    TW: Actual FBI site

    “there’s no reason that young girls should suffer genital mutilation …,” Obama said. “These traditions may go back centuries; they have no place in the 21st century.”

    “When what you’re doing doesn’t work for 50 years, it’s time to try something new.”

    1. “Female genital mutilation, also called cutting or FGM, involves partial or total removal of the external genitalia for non-medical reasons, with no discernible health benefits. Nearly one-third of the estimated 513,000 women at risk are under the age of 18, according to the CDC and PRB data.”

      Partial removal of external male genetalia for non-medical reasons, with no discernible health benefits still A-OK though.

    2. “These traditions may go back centuries; they have no place in the 21st century.”

      Don’t worry, NASA’s got this.

  36. “Libertarian Party presidential candidates Gary Johnson, John McAfee, and Austin Petersen debated last night in Las Vegas.”

    Where can we debate that plays into every stereotype of our movement?

    1. Mogadishu?

    2. Hey, their comedy act made it to Vegas, that’s moving up in the world.

    3. Lehman Brothers building? Flint Michigan? Berlin Germany? Venezuela? A Coal Mine? Sandy Hook Elementary?

        1. Too soon!

  37. Exercise Cuts Cancer Risk, Huge Study Finds

    The strongest effect was seen for cancer of the esophagus, with 42 percent lower risk. Liver cancer risk was 27 percent lower among more physically active participants, and the risk for lung cancer was 26 percent lower. A 20 percent lower risk for a type of leukemia and a 10 percent lower risk of breast cancer were also seen among more active people. Overall, a higher level of activity was tied to a 7 percent lower risk of developing any type of cancer.

    It’s already well-established that physical activity reduces the risk of heart disease and death from all causes, say authors of the new study. So Steven C. Moore of the National Cancer Institute and colleagues wanted to see if exercise has similar benefits in terms of reducing cancer risk ? and the evidence is there for many types of cancer.

    1. The strongest effect was seen for cancer of the esophagus

      YES!!

      *** exercises esophagus ***

      1. I suggest some cigarettes for exercising your esophagus.

        1. /Hands Lord a park of Virginia Fat Shamings

          1. Dammit, after reading Sugar Free, I thought you typed “Vagina Fat Trimmings.”

            1. “For When Duck Fat Just Won’t Do”

            2. According to the earlier article, old vaginas don’t have any fat in them anymore.

              Probably a smegma build-up.

  38. Connecticut woman says she was harassed in Walmart bathroom after customer mistook her as transgender

    Toms said in her video she was using the bathroom at a Danbury Walmart Friday when a woman suddenly approached her from behind and yelled, “You are not supposed to be here! You need to leave!” The woman then flipped off Toms, told her she’s “disgusting” and stormed out, Toms said.

    Toms said she believes her short hair, and the baseball cap she wore that day, made the woman mistake her for a transgender woman using the women’s bathroom ? which, in Connecticut, is perfectly legal.

    “I can get why at first glance she would mistake me for somebody who’s transgender,” Toms said in her Facebook video, which has been viewed nearly 20,000 times she posted it Friday.

    1. I call bullshit.

      No one who is going to use a bathroom in a Wal Mart is going to mistake people at wal mart for anything other than inked adipose blobs.

      1. I call bullshit.

        +1 Whole Foods Cake Accusation

    2. It’s perfectly legal to mistake someone as a transgender? Whew. Thank god.

      1. So far.

    3. Someone posted that over the weekend, the best part was where she compares being trolled on the internet to racist bathroom segregation

      1. “It’s just like being bitten by dogs and having fire hoses turned on you!”

        1. Literally!

    4. What could possibly go wrong?

      If both sides would just fucking relax on this one, no one would even notice the kind of androgynous person in the bathroom.

    5. Was she using the stand-up urinal?!?! WTF? How was she not in a stall doing her business, and how does someone come up behind her if she is?

      1. “Who’s the boss of Number Two?”

      2. Using the bathroom also includes washing one’s hands. Gets confusing when everyone says “bathroom” when they mean “toilet”.

        1. It’s not confusing, and it is better than a lot of the crass euphemisms I’ve heard over the years.

          1. Well, yeah, it’s the common American euphemism. But MC seemed to assume that “using the bathroom” meant pissing or shitting and not one of the several other uses a bathroom has.

            1. +1 and +2 Larry Craig

        2. Using the bathroom also includes washing one’s hands.

          You stick them under the water while its flushing, right?

          1. I’m not saying you have to, just that you could.

  39. Townspeople gather to hunt werewolf in Hull known as ‘Old Stinker’

    Half man, half dog, a huge, 8ft tall animal has been seen by several people out in the woods around Hull ? and they want to track down once and for all what is is and where it comes from.

    Over the past few months, several witnesses have come forward to report seeing the sinister werewolf near the Barmston Drain near the town of Beverley.

    Could it be the creature Yorkshire folk stories tell of? The hairy beast with red eyes and foul breath known as ‘Old Stinker’?

    One woman claims to have seen it mid transformation from human to beast, reports The Daily Express.

    ‘It was stood upright one moment. The next it was down on all fours running like a dog. I was terrified,’ she said.

    Another couple even claimed to have seen it gobble up a German Shepherd dog.

    1. The vague descriptions could be any of a number of homeless people I’ve seen over the years, slightly exaggerated.

      But, being Hull, I also suspect the townsfolk are morons.

    2. From the “trending” stories:

      People are having ‘sex roulette’ parties where one person secretly has HIV

      1. I find that hard to believe.

          1. “Shocking! What Marcia Brady Looks Like Now!”

    3. People start seeing all kinds of weird stuff once you plant an idea in their heads. Next thing you know, they’ll be seeing transgenders in Walmart bathrooms.

    1. “My Hovercraft is full of eels”

      1. + 1 Nipples exploding with passion

        1. From SF’s post — That is not what those nipples are exploding with.

    2. “I would like to feed your fingertips to the wolverines.”

  40. Job interview today – with three people in ~2 hours.

    Meh – not looking forward to it since I really don’t want this job even with the big bump in pay. I would only take it if I still get the freedom of movement and time that I currently have. I guess I’m not that money-centric anymore.

    Ah well – maybe I’ll show up with my metal mask on.

    1. As much as I hate my job and am underpaid, I do have the ability to work from home and have an extremely flexible schedule. There’s more to compensation than money.

      1. ^This.

        I get to spend more time with family, and 40 years from now, that’s what I will remember.

      2. Renting your ass for Sacajaweas does have its bennies.

    2. I guess I’m not that money-centric anymore.

      YOU MONSTER! YOU’RE DEAD TO ME!

      DEAD! TO! ME!

      1. He is CAST OUT OF THE LIBERTARIAN ORDER!!!!

  41. I like it when the BLS and NCHS put out charts like this.

    1. Do one for public schools!

      1. Can’t. I gradumadated from one.

  42. The secret to happiness is to live in a high tax Welfare state in Northern Europe.

    http://www.numbeo.com/quality-…..ountry.jsp

    1. Venezuela, asshole

    2. BAREFOOT DOCTORS!!! SOCIALISM WORKS!!

    3. I find it funny that socialists can never find an example of success outside of small, homogenous countries that are 90% white Europeans. And those countries tend to have extraordinary problems integrating immigrants, since Swedish immigrants have something like a 25% unemployment rate.

      Is your philosophy so racist it doesn’t work on brown people?

      1. Actually, the homogeneity is the only thing that allows some diluted variant to crawl along without being dead – due to the massive amounts of pressure for conformity to community standards exhibited within such societies. Once the diversity hits, the system implodes.

        1. +1 Jante Law

        2. Yep. When you have a homogenous society with high levels of social cohesion, you can have some workable version of a big welfare state. None of those countries are actually socialist, but they’re socialized compared to most other successful countries.

          Once you have different groups coexisting within a socialist society, tribalism becomes an issue because people begin using the state to enrich their group at the expense of other groups. The only way to have a functioning multicultural society is to have a free market society.

          That’s why the US is the only first world country with more than 100 million people and we have 300 million. We’re also the only successful country which is as diverse as we are. If we went the Danish route, we’d turn into India.

          1. If we went the Danish route, we’d turn into India.

            *looks around office, counts the number of south asians*

            We may be doing that anyway.

            1. India is a big exporter of people because of the sh1tty baggage of socialism. After trade and the movement of people was opened up in the early 90s, people left as fast as they could.

              India is getting better, but it will take another 50-80 years for it to catch up.

          2. In a completely unprovable assumption, I think it also has something to do with expectations. Someone raised in a European welfare state is going to feel pretty out of place in somewhere like the US and vice versa. However, many Americans are now being raised to believe the government owes them a large welfare state and are unhappy because they’re not getting one.

            1. many Americans are now being raised to believe the government owes them a large welfare state and are unhappy because they’re not getting one.

              They aren’t? We probably have the biggest welfare state in the world. Between SocSec, Medicare, and Medicaid, we spend @ $2 Trillion a year, and that’s just at the federal level.

              http://www.usgovernmentspendin…..00#usgs302

              1. Well, they’re not seeing the results they’ve been led to believe they should expect. Where’s the free health care? The months of paid maternity leave (for either or both parents)? Where’s that free college education? etc. etc.

                1. You mean they get everything for free and have no responsibilities so they can stay home and play video games?

          3. If we went the Danish route, we’d turn into India.

            It should be noted that New Delhi has more people than Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark.

            Socialism doesn’t scale up.

            1. “If we went the Danish route, we’d turn into India.”

              Or Vermont.

              1. I vote for Vermont, then. At least it’s quiet and nice and you can have guns.

                1. I’ve been to Vermont. It skeeved me out. There was something very not-right about the place.

                  1. It is a little odd. And less friendly than you might imagine. But I like it.

                    1. Less friendly? Wife and I spend time there a couple years ago and found people extremely friendly (tho’ Leftist, of course). What happened?

                  2. In between the ‘urban’ centers it’s a weird place. I thought the people in Alaska were nicer.

      2. BUT BAREFOOT DOCTORS, IRISH!!!

        /mtrueman

      3. Those examples also tend to have more economic freedom than the good ‘ol US of A.

        1. Well, outside of taking over half of your income.

          It is something that American “socialists” seem to miss. Sweden and others tried some actual socialism, and gave up on it because it was a terrible idea and didn’t work. They still have the huge welfare state, of course, and lots of social engineering. Yet the Bernietards still think they are an example of how great socialism is.

          1. I’ve seen man-on-the-street videos where people can’t even identify a picture of Joe Biden. I doubt 10% of the population could give semi-accurate definitions of socialism, fascism, or capitalism.

          2. Try living in CA or NYC or Cook County, IL….you’ll watch an awful high percentage of your income vanish into the maw of Leviathan.

      4. And something like a 90% welfare dependency rate

      5. I find it funny that right-wingers can’t point to examples of where high tax Welfare states have failed. Instead, they have to argue that socialism doesn’t work because socialist third-world shitholes, which were merely shitholes before socialists got ahold of them, are unpleasant places to live. +1 Czarist Russia, I guess.

        1. I like how you just ignore all the examples of high-tax welfare states that are failing, as well as ignore the contrast between places like Venezuela, which was better off before socialism, and Chile, which is doing far better than Venezuela by rejecting socialism. You dishonest little cunt.

          1. Venezuela proves that Pinochet was a great humanitarian. He found the cure for social cancer.

        2. There are lots of examples of failed high-tax welfare states. Greece, most recently. The UK economy was a train wreck in the 1970s until Thatcher cleaned up the mess by privatizing nationalized industries, deregulating, and reforming the welfare state. The Scandinavians weren’t doing much better than the Brits, and followed suit shortly thereafter. Their success in the mobile telephony industry was one of many benefits of rejecting socialism. Socialist have a very poor record of innovation outside technologies for mass murder.

    4. Funny, a measurable portion of my current happiness is directly due to NOT living in a high-tax northern European welfare state.

    5. If the only smell you knew was that of your own farts, wouldn’t you think they smelled great, too?

      1. My farts do smell great.

    6. Any survey that says Pakistan is better than Singapore is bullshit … unless it’s a survey about the orthodoxy of local madrassas.

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