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  • Courtesy of Gary Johnson / Facebook

    The Libertarian Party convention kicks off today in Orlando.

  • Donald Trump now has enough delegates to officially become the Republican presidential nominee.
  • President Barack Obama is now the first sitting U.S. president to have visited Hiroshima since World War II.

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    1. These lynx deserved that.

      1. It’s Root. Root doesn’t go in for shenanigans.

    2. These lynx deserved that.

      1. Not twice, they didn’t.

    3. Hello.

    4. Friggin Penguins. Hate them more than any other team.

    5. I have the Blues… ? /cries softly & holds an orphan under water

    6. Fuck the Pens. They fuck up my commute every time they have a home game.

      1. No they don’t. You fuck up their commute.

      2. Go figure.. a Browns fan that hates success.

        Must be genetic,

  1. The Libertarian Party convention kicks off today in Orlando.

    And kicks it soon after.

    1. Ooh, Bern burn!

  2. Donald Trump now has enough delegates to officially become the Republican presidential nominee.

    Trump advnaces to the finals. LET’S GO TRUMP!

  3. Donald Trump now has enough delegates to officially become the Republican presidential nominee.

    One Drumpf to Rule Them All.

  4. An antibiotic-resistant superbug has been found in humans and animals in the United States.

    BUT WHO GAVE IT TO WHOM???

    1. Goddammit, when are people gonna stop fucking monkeys?

      1. Monkeys don’t judge me.

        1. Well, they should!

      2. Captain Trips, yo

        1. I’m never moving to Boulder. Not even in a post-apocalyptic prophetic call.

          1. Boulder. Where trust fund kids panhandle. Not kidding.

            1. Aw man. I always loved Boulder back in the day.

              1. Trustafarians ,< or = hipsters? Boulder has both in copious supply…

                1. hmm, can’t type greater than/less than without one symbol disappearing. oh well

                  1. Have you tried unplugging it and flinging feces at it?

              2. Lived in Denver. Hating Boulder was mandatory.

      3. When are monkeys going to stop shaking their asses in the air

        1. It’s called Presenting…

          God. Damn. Teases.

          1. Today i learned that a noticeable fraction of the commentariat is sexually into monkeys. Warty was right about Leibniz being right!

  5. Gains in women’s rights haven’t made women happier. Why is that?”
    …Of course, things happened during the period in question that probably made American women less happy. Take, for example, the massive rise in incarceration rates among their actual and potential male partners. (This rise wouldn’t have left traces in the male happiness data because prisoners were not included in life satisfaction surveys.)…

    Hillary Clinton asserted that women “have always been the primary victims of war” during a domestic violence conference in 1998.
    … Women have always been the primary victims of war. Women lose their husbands, their fathers, their sons in combat. ..

    1. Their husbands, fathers, and sons were just being selfish, going out there getting killed fighting the Hun.

      1. I was just reading a bit on the Thirty Years War.

        That was not a good time to be part of teh patriarchiez.

        You got old enough to start a beard, got sent off to war and probably died soon after.

        1. That was not a good time to be anyone, except the king.

    2. Gains in women’s rights haven’t made women happier. Why is that?

      ‘Cause of all the whining from shitty internet dudes with fedoras?

    3. Because they’re crazy. Also, toasted ice.

    4. the massive rise in incarceration rates among their actual and potential male partners

      It’s all about the womens

    5. Because western civilization made the mistake of letting them vote.

      1. +1000000 soccer moms

    6. “the massive rise in incarceration rates among their actual and potential male partners.”

      Depends on the reason for the incarceration.

      If someone is locked up for serial burglary, I don’t see why women should shed tears for the loss of a potential “male partner.”

  6. President Barack Obama is now the first sitting U.S. president to have visited Hiroshima since World War II.

    Way to Godwin your lame duck years, Barry.

    1. Has the Japanese Prime Minister ever visited Pearl Harbor? Or Nanking?

      1. The Emperor did. Yes. Dude went despite not having traveled for years for medical reasons.

        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new…..ttack.html

        Google is your friend.

        1. I said Prime Minister. Reading is your friend.

          1. In his defense, isn’t Obama more like an emperor than a PM? In his mind anyway?

            1. In his defense, isn’t Obama more like an emperor than a PM? In his mind anyway?

              Indeed; at least with a PM, Parliament can issue a Vote Of No Confidence, and immediately remove a PM. Much harder to do with a monarch.

              UKR has recently proven a sitting President can be forcibly removed, by the by….

          2. In Japan, like many countries with a monarch, the person who’s JOB it is to make token and symbolic appearances internationally is the EMPEROR, while the Prime Minister is given the job of actually doing shit to run the country.

            Just because America stupidly decided that the person running the country should ALSO be the person who makes ultimately pointless, purely symbolic, international appearances doesn’t mean you should expect that foreign Prime Ministers should be tasked with the same thing.

            America’s official “Symbolic Visitor” is the President. Japan’s is the Emperor. Thus, a symbolic visit from the Emperor should be sufficient for your demands. Unlike America, Japan doesn’t have it’s Prime Minister waste his time with such things, that’s what their monarch is for.

            1. And the Emperor didn’t actually visit Pearl Harbor, so my point still stands. How does it feel to be so obnoxious about being wrong?

        2. Google is your friend.

          Indeed:

          July 14-16, 2009 – Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visit Hawaii. They do not visit Pearl Harbor, but lay a wreath at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific for veterans of both world wars, the Korean and Vietnam conflicts.

    2. That headline is clickbait – the article says he’s the first sitting President to visit Hiroshima period. And like a fool I clicked the link to find out the answer to the trivia question of which sitting US President visited Hiroshima before WWII. But on the other hand, I did learn one wierd trick to tighten sagging earlobes and got to see jaw-dropping pictures of how thin various celebrities are now – I was shocked by #3, Lou Reed.

  7. Dear Sh*tty Wives: This Is Your Wake-Up Call

    Women Are Now Cheating As Much As Men, But With Fewer Consequences
    …But the prevailing theory is that modern marriage is what’s killing marriage ? that the more deliberation women put into whom they pair up with, the more willing and motivated they are to make a move when something’s not working. “The gender gap in adultery is closing, and it’s not just about opportunity and possibility,” says Helen Fisher, PhD, author of Anatomy of Love: A Natural History of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray. “But it is about choice. Women now are more aware of the alternatives to monogamy and more inclined to demand to have all their needs met. That’s because happiness is such an important part of marriage. Fewer women are marrying out of need; instead, they’re marrying to please themselves. But that also means when they’re dissatisfied with something they feel justified to go elsewhere.”…

    …”Women are more forgiven because it’s the struggle of being a certain type of powerful woman,” she says. “You were a different person when you began the relationship. And he’s just not.”

    1. Men tolerate more cheating because masculinity is nearly dead.

      1. Husband: Honey, can you make me some eggs? It’s been years since I’ve had me some good eggs.
        Wife: Screw this. I’m going to fuck your brother.
        Husband: Okay! Be safe!

        /slams door behind.

      2. Also, it’s cheaper than getting a divorce.

      3. My brother’s trashy ‘fiance’ propositioned my brother recently, and had in the past done some things around me (then threw my name out in a fight with him). Of course because he’s a mouth breathing pussy, he’s still with her. On top of that she was charged with filing a false rape report in NYC.

        1. Jesus. Someone has to save your brother because that won’t end well.

        2. Eh fuck him.

          1. My brother’s trashy ‘fiance’ propositioned my brother recently

            Are we talking about two separate brothers?

            1. Yes. Two brothers.

              1. Ah, that makes more sense then. At first I was thinking “what exactly is the problem here??”

        3. On top of that she was charged with filing a false rape report in NYC.

          RED FLAG. She is irredeemable and the longer your brother is with this cunt the more likely that his life will be ruined.

          1. She is awful, but he deserves her in my book. I’m not find of either brother, but he recently fucked the other one over badly by calling the cops on him. He’s a sack of shit. So I’m just going to sit back and enjoy the show.

            1. That does sound like a match made in hell. I don’t care how much you don’t get along with siblings, calling the long arm of the law on your own family without a really really good fucking reason is a huge betrayal. If one of my siblings did that to another sibling, I would most assuredly never speak to them again. But then again, I’m someone that puts a high premium on family and loyalty. As far as I’m concerned, if it came down to it, it’s my family versus the world. Everyone else can get fucked.

              1. I’m not a big family guy, but yea – it’s incredibly disloyal, especially given the context. The other brother had helped the shitbag a number of times financially and in other ways.

                My oldest brother was on probation for a DUI. When the stuff with the other one’s fiance went down, she was drunk and called my now-arrested brother’s phone leaving voice mails saying she loved him. The other one, the idiot, attacked him and busted up his face over it. There was no affair or nothing. Just a dumb drunk bitch causing drama. And not for the first time.

                Fast forward a few months. My oldest brother is drunk on probation. He has an argument with the other one with the fiance present, brings it up. The younger one shoves him. There’s no contest in the fight, he’s held to the ground, but the asshole calls the cops.

                He wanted my oldest brother out of the place and told me he figured he’d be locked up for five to six months, but claims he just wanted to get him help. And my attitude is fuck him and I would love to give him payback when I can.

    2. Women cheat more because there are few negative consequences for them to ending the marriage. They still get to keep the kids, and the house, and half the assets, and force the man to keep paying for it all.

      1. Basically this. Actually, nothing basic about it. 100% correct.

        1. +basic bitch

          1. Now, now. San Jose was just a better team.

            If St Lou keeps this core together, I can’t see why they shouldn’t win in the future.

            1. Thanks Rufus. /dries tears and lets orphan up

        2. Except for the whole “men cheat more” basic premise. It fails at simple math. If men were cheating 3x more than women, that means that each woman who is having sex outside of marriage is having sex with many more partners than men do. But the claim is also that men also have more partners. This is just not possible.

          Unless all these guys have been cheating with other guys, the ratio has to be close to 1:1. There are a few extra females to go around, but not that many.

          1. Flawed assumption that everyone someone cheats with is in a relationship.

            1. Or 3 guys cheat with the same girl.

              1. But that would mean that on average women had more partners. Unless they are confusing average with median. In which case the curve for the number of partners a woman has in her life would have to have 2 peaks, one near the median and another around a significantly higher number

          2. There are a few extra females to go around, but not that many.

            And the extras, properly understood, are at least in their late 70’s.

          3. C’mon. Everyone knows about the secret bisexual within every straight man!!

          4. What is the worlds oldest profession?

  8. HIROSHIMA SURVIVOR: ‘I think it was an apology’
    …”It is worth focusing on Hiroshima, but it’s even more important that we should not forget Nanjing,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters on Friday, according to the ministry’s website.

    China says Japanese troops in 1937 killed 300,000 people in its then-capital of Nanjing. A postwar Allied tribunal put the death toll at 142,000, but some conservative Japanese politicians and scholars deny that a massacre took place at all.

    “The victims deserve sympathy, but the perpetrators can never escape their responsibility,” Wang said.

    1. Chinese guy said that while dusting off his Mao portrait.

      1. …but Colin Powell did it too!
        /Hillary

    2. Japan deserves no apology.

      1. I don’t know, I think I can say I understand why we dropped the bomb while still sympathizing with the civilian victims of it.

        Let’s try and remember that the government doesn’t exactly represent the people who live under it, especially in the case of Japan that was essentially a dictatorship at the time.

    3. the perpetrators can never escape their responsibility

      Are there any left? I would think just about all of them are dead at this point.

  9. EU withholding release of plans for a unified EU army until after the UK Brexit vote.

    No way any of this could end poorly.

    1. If their intent is to keep the UK in the EU, they’re going to need a navy.

      1. Not if they rotate EU army troops and have theirs in the UK ahead of time.

      2. France actually has a bigger navy than England right now and Spain and Italy aren’t far behind

    2. Don’t worry, it’s not legal to criticize it anyway, so everyone will just think it’s fine.

    3. EU army? Good. Then we can immediately disband NATO, right?

      1. No, because irresponsible isolationisms, or something.

  10. What can be done to stop the spread of Zika virus inside the U.S.?

    DDT?

    1. Jake “The Snake” Roberts really was ahead of his time, wasn’t he?

  11. Radar images reveal Mars is coming out of an ice age
    An analysis of radar images that peered inside the polar ice caps of Mars shows that Earth’s neighbor is coming out of an ice age that is part of an ongoing cycle of climate change, scientists said on Thursday….

    1. Amazing Earth’s CO2 pollution is now starting to effect other planets, since obviously nothing else in the solar system could influence climate.

      1. Climate Scientist: “What could be some sort of shared factor between Mars and the Earth. Some sort of mechanism that could be causing both planets to warm.”

        Malthusian: “HUMANZ!”

        Climate Scientist: “Assuming that I get a bigger budget, that sounds plausible.”

      2. Climate Scientist: “I wonder if there’s some sort of shared mechanism between the Earth and Mars that could explain the shared warming.”

        Malthusian: “HUMANZ!!!”

        Climate Scientist: “Assuming that I get a bigger budget, I agree.”

        Malthusian: “Done.”

      3. god damn squirrels are bad today. I posted and it looked like the comment fell into the ether. So I refreshed and refreshed and refreshed again and it was still gone. Then I rewrite it and both comments appear.

      4. Hey, it is all humans fault, why over the last decade we have caused the number of vehicles operating on Mars to increase by infinity percent and we all know vehicles cause global warming

    2. See! Humans are so bad we exported global warming to MARS!

      1. Well, we HAVE been driving SUVs around up there for a couple of years now…

        1. But, but, they’re All-electric, solar powered ones!

          1. Um, no. Mars Rover Curiousity, the newest rover, is powered by a radioisotope thermoelectric generator. They abandoned solar power after problems with the solar cells becoming covered with dust and thus reducing output.

            1. +1 Wolowitz

  12. Gawker: An Open Letter to Peter Thiel
    …I thought we had all moved on, not realizing that, for someone who aspires to immortality, nine years may not be such a long time as it seems to most of us. Max Levchin, your fellow founder at Paypal, told me back in 2007 you were concerned about the reaction, not in Silicon Valley, but among investors in your hedge fund from less tolerant places such as Saudi Arabia. He also warned of the retribution you would exact if a story was published about your personal life.

    Your revenge has been served well, cold and (until now) anonymously. You admit you have been planning the punishment of Gawker and its writers for years, and that you have so far spent $10 million to fund litigation against the company. Charles Harder, the Hollywood plaintiff’s lawyer who has marshaled your legal campaign, is representing not just the wrestler Hulk Hogan on your behalf, but two other subjects of stories in suits against Gawker and its editorial staff….

    1. If we only understood the situation better, Gawker wouldn’t seem like such douchebags.

      /haha, no, they’re completely douchebags

    2. Couldn’t have happened to a better group of metros.

    3. Actions have consequences dude.

    4. Gay Avenger funds working-class Hero’s fight against an Evil Korporation!

    5. Try to milk it all you want Gawker, it won’t get you that $140 million in revenues you need.

    6. I still am not sure how Terry Bollea successfully sued Gawker on the premise that they were intruding on the privacy of private citizen Terry Bollea rather than public figure Hulk Hogan but the damages were assessed based on the value of Hulk Hogan’s public persona. As long as it wasn’t Gawker actually breaking in and planting hidden cameras, doesn’t freedom of the press cover broadcasting information from whatever source derived except in a few public safety exceptions? (I’m thinking of the deal where there was a hostage situation in a bank or office building where the live TV cameras were filming through the windows showing people trying to crawl away and hide from the gunmen with no thought at all that the gunmen might be watching the TV news. Did those people get successfully sued?)

      1. “I still am not sure how Terry Bollea successfully sued Gawker on the premise that they were intruding on the privacy of private citizen Terry Bollea rather than public figure Hulk Hogan but the damages were assessed based on the value of Hulk Hogan’s public persona.”

        Well, it was a private sex act of Terry Bollea, and at the time he wasn’t in character. Also Gawker billed it as a “Hulk Hogan sex tape”, thus tying the Hulk Hogan brand with the sex tape. So you could reasonably argue that this violation of Bollea’s privacy was used to damage the Hulk Hogan brand.

        “As long as it wasn’t Gawker actually breaking in and planting hidden cameras, doesn’t freedom of the press cover broadcasting information from whatever source derived except in a few public safety exceptions?”

        And yet I somehow doubt that people openly selling or redistributing photos they received from “the Fappening” hacker would be permitted in this litigious country just because the redistributors were not the ones that did the hacking. Not saying it’s /right/ but at the very least news corporations like Gawker can be held to the same legal standards as private citizens when it comes to distributing illegally obtained pornography.

        1. Also Gawker moralized against the people who were talking (let alone distributing) “the Fappening” pictures. One of their editors basically said Gawker and Gawker alone decided what was fit to print and anybody who disagreed was a moron plus a lot of other less complimentary things.

    7. What you gonna do when the Hulkster and his pal Thiel come down on you?! Cry like little bitches.

    8. Open letter to Denton: You deserve it.

    9. Max Levchin, your fellow founder at Paypal, told me back in 2007 you were concerned about the reaction, not in Silicon Valley, but among investors in your hedge fund from less tolerant places such as Saudi Arabia.

      Oh, that justifies outing him, then.

    1. Longtorso will permit only the finest, most attractive ladies to theoretically one day do moisture touches on his junk!

        1. Theoretically!

          He’s still a little bit freaked out by how girls pee out of their butts, though.

          1. Prepare for the next installment in SugarFree’s Clinton/Warren romance novella?

      1. To be fair, the vast majority of people actually do find fat physically unattractive.

        1. Cite? They may say that, and they may find fat people less attractive than thinner, but the vast majority? Unattractive? Given the huge large oversized sheer number of fat people I see every day, somebody’s got to be not unattracted to them.

          1. In Kentucky those people are really skinny guys who chainsmoke.

            1. That’s not just a Kentucky thing, unless all state fairs, Walmart interiors, and the Virginia Beach boardwalk are Kentucky exclaves.

              1. Hmm. Going to have to think on that one before I answer.

              2. Kentucky is a state of mind, X.

          2. There’s somebody for everybody, except Longtorso.

          3. Cite? Seriously? You also need a cite if I say the vast majority of people do not find dog shit a tasty treat?

            1. Dude, have you never been to a Walmart or an amusement park? SOMEBODY is having sex with the big women, they average something like three kids.

              1. Do you think the losers having sex with the fatties would prefer the fatty or a hot young thin girl, if given the choice?

              2. And yet you’ll notice that unattractive people tend to bang other relatively unattractive people. It shouldn’t be a shocker that people tend to pair up with others in their league.

              3. Dude, have you never been to a Walmart or an amusement park? SOMEBODY is having sex with the big women, they average something like three kids.

                Why do you think they started that way?

              4. Hypothesis: thin, attractive girls snag a man, have a few kids, and maybe get married. Once the man is legally trapped with all of these things (since he will be ass-raped in family court if he leaves) the woman just gets fat since she knows she probably won’t lose her man… And even if she does, it just means she’ll cash in on alimony and child support.

          4. Cite? Seriously? You also need a cite if I say most people do not find dog shit to be a tasty treat?

            1. Squirrel sez, “That’s no nut!”

            2. Fucking squirrels

          5. Given the huge large oversized sheer number of fat people I see every day, somebody’s got to be not unattracted to them.

            Just because some people may settle because they think they can’t do any better, it doesn’t mean that’s what they prefer.

          6. Given the huge large oversized sheer number of fat people I see every day, somebody’s got to be not unattracted to them.

            Just because there’s an ass for every seat doesn’t mean that everyone wants to sit on that chair.

          7. Allocation of scarce resources. There’s a market price on different levels of attractiveness and people can only make exchanges based on what they can afford.

            But technically, if you find someone “attractive” because you’re drunk or desperate/realistic, I suppose it still counts in a literal sense. However you might still rate them as a 3.

    2. “No Diet Day”

      Fat person: “Finally, a day when I can eat whatever I want!!”

  13. An antibiotic-resistant superbug has been found in humans and animals in the United States.

    “In a bizarre and timely twist, however, it turns out it can be treated with the Zika virus.”

    1. In an unfortunate twist, it has to be mixed with Zema.

      1. Even worse, taken with Zima. And Noxema, applied by Xena.

        1. Xena, you say?

          *Weighs that against having a pinhead child*

          Hmmm…

    1. Serious question: Has Roosh ever seen a naked woman that wasn’t on a television or computer screen? And anime body pillows don’t count.

      1. Define, “woman,” first.

      2. He’s walked in on his mom getting out of the shower twice. The first time was an accident.

    2. Perhaps we need a better definition of misogyny if we are accusing women of it. But in the world of the social sciences where they employ logic akin to that of conspiracy theorists, it just confirms what they knew all along – the internalized misogynies.

      1. Sounds like a “punching down” theory of misogyny.

    3. Shocker: “Half of Misogyny on Twitter Comes From Women”

      Tits or GTFO.

    4. “Roosh: There’s A Cash Prize For Whoever Designs The Cover Of My Next Book”

      Seems like Donald Trump using the Apprentice show to come up with free marketing ideas for him. How much you want to bet that this “cash prize” is less than it would take to hire a professional to design the cover of the book??

  14. President Barack Obama is now the first sitting U.S. president to have visited Hiroshima since World War II.

    It’s been too long since fangirls got to sigh about how historic he is.

    1. There has been an absurd amount of coverage on this. I feel like there’s been “new” coverage of it every day for a month.

      Know why post-WWII presidents haven’t visited Hiroshima? Probably because they’ve had no reason to. Obama simply found a reason, as usual. And now it’s a huge story.

  15. Al Sharpton wants Donald Trump to prove he’s not racist – by pointing out “‘Blacks and Browns” where he works.

    http://www.pjmedia.com/news-and-polit…..companies/

    1. Or, put another way – Al Sharpton reaffirms his own racism.

    2. It’s funny how we never hear about how blacks persistently poll as not exactly being friendly to gays and exhibit their own form of reverse racism.

      But apparently – APPARENTLY – it’s not *appropriate* to point this out because…slavery.

      Buffoons like Sharpton created a cottage industry of race hustling (just like Gore scores off climate change nonsense) off the backs of blacks. Their shtick and bull shit detracts from any real racism/prejudice that occurs.

      1. Why do you hate hucksters, Rufus? Won’t you think of the children?

      2. Black leaders seem to be coming around on the gay thing, though.

        1. Perhaps when they are on a national stage or platform, but also when they are directly in front of their constituents?

          1. Yes, our black, dem, mayor who is also a preacher has been courting the gays publicly.

      3. White folks was in the caves while we [blacks] was building empires ? We built pyramids before Donald Trump ever knew what architecture was ? we taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.

        Reverend Al

      4. White folks was in the caves while we [blacks] was building empires ? We built pyramids before Donald Trump ever knew what architecture was ? we taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.

        Reverend Al

    3. Sharpton’s a damn fool. Trump’s companies are surely big enough that they have some “blacks and browns” working there. And now Sharpton has handed Trump an ~excuse~ to show off some of his minority employees to prove he isn’t racist. If Trump tried this normally, he’d be ridiculed for it like the taco bowl pic and the “I love Hispanics” comment, but now if he does something like that the left can’t attack him for it, he’d be doing just what Sharpton demanded of him, and providing what Sharpton himself defined as “proof” that he isn’t racist.

      1. the left can’t attack him for it

        Lol. Good one.

  16. “President Barack Obama is now the first sitting U.S. president to have visited Hiroshima since World War II.”

    I hear it went well:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUW0wV3XFaY

    1. On the contrary. Some people think the President…

      :dons sunglasses:

      …may have bombed.

      1. *narrows gaze, atomically*

    2. “Let me be nuclear, this will never happen again, period.” /Emperor Obama

  17. The Libertarian Party convention kicks off today in Orlando.

    Second to only the Super Bowl when it comes to bringing human trafficking and prostitution to it’s host city.

    1. I hear CosPlaying politicians with zero influence is a big thing at these ‘conventions’

  18. President Barack Obama is now the first sitting U.S. president to have visited Hiroshima since World War II.

    I’d rather talk about Nagasaki

    1. My hometown is the site where they enriched the plutonium for Fat Boy. Oddly, I was the only kid in school who knew that. They left that tidbit off the curriculum at the local schools.

      I found that more objectionable than being the location where the weapons-grade nuclear material was produced.

      1. uhh, Fat Man or Little Boy?

        1. CHRIS CHRISTIE HAS NUKES !!!!

          1. They’re called moobs.

          2. Don’t be silly. Chris Christie doesn’t need nukes, he just wades into a city like Godzilla.

            I mean, what else does my calendar mean when it says “Fat man destroys Nagasaki”

          3. Imagine his farts

        2. Fat Man was the plutonium one, so probably that. Which means hamster is from some little town on the Columbia river.

  19. I was a Libertarian but… I don’t really understand what it is.

    1. Carrie Sheffield is pretty, therefore whatever she says is okay.

      1. She looks like a brunette Cameron Diaz.

      2. She’s not bad, but complete public ignorance is a turnoff.

        1. Oh sure. And “trying really hard” journalism is ridiculous, but I just wanted to point out that she has some appealing qualities as well.

          1. Pancake butt? Can’t tell from the pic.

  20. Australia’s national women’s soccer team loses to an under 15 boys team 7-0. I blame their unequal pay.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/spo…..rm-up.html

    1. The myth of female athletics is that their professionals are world class when male high schoolers routinely beat them. I remember Artie Lange at his absolute worst (300 lb’s, heroine addiction) beating a professional female basketball player in a pick-up game.

      1. (300 lb’s, heroine addiction)

        heroine addiction?

        “Save me, save me!”

        1. Nicole leaving here in a fit over the secret Trump support wasn’t a signal that others should try and take up her mantle.

          1. I only pick on mistakes when I think they’re funny.

            1. That’s why I make fun of ugly children.

              1. DENTAL PLAN (n?e commodious)

                My company recently passed the magic 10-employee threshold that meant we could get dental coverage. During the meeting with the insurance company rep, all that I could think was DENTAL PLAN Lisa needs braces DENTAL PLAN Lisa needs braces DENTAL PLAN Lisa needs braces DENTAL PLAN Lisa needs braces.

                1. Thanks a lot, Warty. Now I’ve lost my train of thought.

          2. I must have missed this. When did this happen?

            1. I’m just speculating. She disappeared (as far as I’ve seen) right around the time she was complaining about too much covert Trump support. I could be way off base.

          3. Nicole leaving here in a fit over the secret Trump support..

            Come now. I really doubt someone who invested a decade into this place left over a few people being more obnoxious than usual.

            Real life junk is much more likely, dude. Let’s be fair. When people disappear for a time, it almost always turns out to have been a real life issue that caused it (job loss, cancer, moved to the Ukraine).

            1. I prefer wild speculation and rumor-mongering to your reasoned explanation.

              1. Also Epi and Pro L are gone, coincidence? Or just Tulpa?

                1. Pro Libertate is juggling too many hos at once. He’ll be back when he goes into rehab for being awesome sex addiction.

                  1. I thought ProL was still on his Missionaria Protectiva

                  2. I thought ProL was still on his Missionaria Protectiva

            2. I assume prison.

            3. I pumped her and dumped her, breaking her heart. She’s in a convent now.

            4. …setting up Ricola smuggling rings. WAIT, FORGET I SAID THAT!

            5. What if Tulpa and Mary are working together to knock off Reason regulars?

            6. joe left for a similar reason

              1. Joe left because he got whiplash from fellating the president too hard, and he couldn’t crane his neck up high enough to see the comments anymore.

          4. I’m still here, too, ‘wad.

          5. Nicole leaving here in a fit over the secret Trump support wasn’t a signal that others should try and take up her mantle.

            Yeah, that’s not it.

            1. I was joking. It’s in bad taste as I have no idea.

          6. Nicole left? I missed that.

            1. Not left, she just hasn’t been around in a few weeks.

              1. Seems to be contagious. Several others as well. I assume they’re in Guyana, awaiting the next delivery of tasty, refreshing Kool Aid.

      2. They are world-class – among women. Nothing wrong with that. Why they would subject themselves to this kind of embarrassment is beyond me.

        1. They are desperately trying to find some way to measure up to male athletics. Also, marketing, and no other relevant competition to train against.

        2. It’s they only way to train during the off-season. It’s been standard operating procedure for decades.

          1. So the 7:0 defeat is extraordinary then, or it wouldn’t be newsworthy.

            1. No, they typically lose to men’s High School teams, but playing against them is good training, because they can still sometimes be competitive against the under-15 guys, even though they often lose.

        3. Simply redefine those boys as girls. Problem solved.

          1. Olympic womens squads should trans with high school boys more

            1. “trans”

              Is that a John-o?

              1. I think it was a brilliant, deliberate move.

                *begins thunderous applause*

          2. As long as they identify as female . . .

          3. That actually can happen in college athletics, because of Title 9 requirements. Men on practice teams that women’s varsity teams play against for practice can be counted toward the total of women athletes.

            1. Which begs two questions:

              1) Why differentiate at all, and simply chuck basic biology? That would be the simplest; taxonomy is so 20th century.

              2) More importantly, why have Title iX at all ,then, if men can simply be magically, instantaneously, redefined as female for a legal quota? Smacks of either religion or fraud to me. Futhermore, why limit participation only to practice? If they are good enough with whom to practice…..

              1. The quota thing really makes it ridiculous and absurd. Maybe fewer women want to play sports than men do, as seems to be the case. At this point I very much doubt that there is significant social pressure or hidden discrimination discouraging women from joining sports teams.
                You can’t force people to play, so you have to make up the numbers somehow.

                1. You can’t force people to play, so you have to make up the numbers somehow

                  Actually, you can, as condition of acceptance or enrollment in a given institution. It is entirely possible to legally require more authentic, factory original girls to play (or merely participate). You seem to forget how much both StateGov and FedGov can compel one to do (or think).

                  My point Zebulon is the fraud. “Make up,” here means both packing teams with players who are not female nor women, and inventing a convenient definition that neither science nor medicine would accept for the male ringers.

                  1. OK, for the most part they don’t force women to play sports more.

                    And as far as I know, no one is using non-biologically female ringers on women’s teams. My point is that Title 9 puts schools in an untenable position.

                    1. Not really, just offer em scholarships. You’ll have no shortage of women who played on some team in high school willing to play at the college level in return for a tuition free degree

        4. Competing against tougher opponents generally makes you better.

          1. Exactly. And they compete against High School boys because competing against men would be of no benefit because they couldn’t even approach competitiveness. They would just get steamrollered so they wouldn’t be developing any skills. High School boys are just superior enough to be beneficial.

        5. Competing against tougher opponents generally makes you better.

          1. Ain’t nobody tougher than the squirrels, huh.

            1. Dammit, X! You beat me to it…

        6. It’s a training exercise. The US women do exactly the same thing. Nearly all women’s college basketball teams of any consequence do similar. It’s to make them better.

      3. ‘m going to say this again.

        Back in the day, I could have picked 11 solid soccer players, train a bit and would be able to beat the U.S. or Canadian women’s team.

        We played against a bunch of select elite girls year ago – they were very good – but we trounced them something like 8 or 9-0 – and we were just a hodge-podge pasted team hastily put together. We had no coach, no tactics discussed. Nothing.

        1. But how did you identify? This appears to be the most pressing aspect here.

          1. As Canadians? [shudders]

            1. It’s the Timbits, isn’t it?

              1. I remember even one time we were playing soccer and the field hockey team came to kick us off claiming to have rented the field. So we challenged them to a game to see who gets the field.

                We trounced them. Although they kept complaining we weren’t doing it right.

                1. Canadian masturbation euphemisms are complicated.

      4. Well, they are world class among women. But it is ridiculous to pretend that female athletes are ever going to be competitive with males. There are separate women’s sports for a reason.

        1. But now that men can identify as women, does separate teams make any sense?

          1. Or biology, taxonomy, genetics, or medicine, for that matter?

            1. Eh, just remove restrictions on performance enhancing drugs for women. That way they can get the same testosterone levels as men. Therefore equality. C’mon, let’s just go full transhumanist on this and watch gods and goddesses face off in sporting events.

              1. Why have women at all then?

                At what point do the concepts of, “comparative advantage,” and, “fraud,” intersect?

              2. That way they can get the same testosterone levels as men. Therefore equality.

                Doesn’t work that way, unfortunately, as the records of the Olympic drug sports (weightlifting, throwing, etc.) will attest.

                1. Doesn’t work that way, unfortunately, as the records of the Olympic drug sports (weightlifting, throwing, etc.) will attest.

                  True with those examples, Warty, as short term RX replacement therapy does not counteract a lifetime of primary pubescent development.

                  However, in other Olympic events since 2003, most notably Track & Field, amoungst others, ENB’s comment is germane WRT men and women claiming something they are not. Even MMA has some misogynist fraudster masquerading as woman just to beat the shit out of factory original females.

                  1. Oh yeah, absolutely. A post-op M2F will always be far stronger than a factory-original female.

                    1. How much can Buck Angel squat? (asking for a friend)

    2. Well, they’re designed to make and raise more humans, not throw rocks and wield sticks to protect the progeny.

    3. In the run up to the World Cup last year, the US Women’s Team, World Cup winners and consensus best women’s team in the world, lost to a U17 boy’s team 8-2.

      The physicality and speed gap is pretty astounding

      1. Is it really, though? Don’t men have significantly more muscle mass than women? Wouldn’t a tie game be more astounding?

    4. I have a long running argument that Oak Hill Academy boys team can beat UConns womens badketball team…badly.

      1. No. Fucking. Way.

      2. No. Fucking. Way.

        1. Easily

          The UConn women’s team can’t beat a team of intramural scrubs…

    5. Don’t worry, with the latest efforts by our dear leader that will change.

  21. Pepperidge Farm remembers…

    Have we forgotten how to have ‘normal’ sex?

    I’m not saying the only reason I’m invited to parties is to give an academic perspective on bondage, it’s just always been part of my charm. But lately? The shock value just isn’t there.

    A few weeks ago my fianc? posted a picture of me on Facebook, sitting on our bed playing his guitar. When someone pointed out there was a pair of heavy-duty handcuffs hanging off the bedframe I was mortified, and demanded he take it down. I told this story to friends, expecting them to glory in my shame – but they didn’t so much as raise an eyebrow.

    “Handcuffs? Oh please.” One of them said. “Who hasn’t?”

    1. Who wants to join me in bringing back the lights off, clothes on, under a blanket style of lovemaking?

      1. Is this why your standards are lower than everyone else?

        1. I have a more refined taste than most, this is true.

          1. So refined, you can’t finish except through a hole in a sheet.

      2. Through a sheet with a hole in it.

      3. Retro Mormon Pioneerism? Kinky.

    2. I know, the 3 girls I had over last night broke my sex swing.

      1. 3 girls

        Their names were Righty, Lefty, and Pumpkin With A Hole In It.

        sex swing

        Weird name for “penis.”

        1. Their names were Righty, Lefty, and Pumpkin With A Hole In It.

          I thought they were Frumpy, Dumpy, and Lumpy.

          1. No, Johnny’s attempt at negging backfired and they turned him down.

      2. Sigh. It’s called a sling, Johnny. And even the cheaper models are remarkably sturdy. Remember, I play in the bear league where two of us can easily outweigh any three of the toothpick girls who you notionally bang.

    3. She was so mortified about her private habits she told all her friends?

      1. Look at me! I’m ashamed!

        1. “Judge me!”

          Two days later: “I can’t believe everyone judged me!”

    4. Is it just me, or is there a certain class of feminist writers who think that talking about their (allegedly) eccentric sex lives makes for some really brave, profound, and boundary-pushing articles? They seem to imagine this present world as Victorian England, where women talking about their sex lives would be shocking and scandalous, but what they don’t realize is that nobody really gives a shit.

  22. Toronto Mayor John Tory shuts down Marijuana Dispensaries two months prior to a MM ruling from The Supreme Court.

    And the winning line –

    “I don’t have any issue with the decriminalization of marijuana, none whatsoever, I support it. It is the right thing to do. But the law is not going to be changed for a year or so… and in the meantime I’m just saying we can’t afford to have the Wild West,” Tory said, calling the dispensaries “bogus.”

    I wish it were ‘The Wild West’, Mayor Tory, because then we might have something approaching real freedom in Toronto, and you would quite possibly catch the bullets you so richly deserve.

  23. Did Canuck the crow swoop off with a knife from a Vancouver crime scene?

    Vancouver Courier reporter Mike Howell said he saw the bird ? which had a red tag on its leg as does Canuck ? swoop in and pick up an object from inside an area cordoned off by police tape.

    “A cop chased it for about 15 to 20 feet, and then the crow dropped it and took off,” Howell told CBC.

    “It was really strange. In my 20-plus years reporting from crime scenes, I’ve never seen anything like that crow trying to take a knife.”

    1. Crows like shiny things.

  24. N.C. School Considers Skinny Jean Ban Due to Bullying of ‘Bigger Girls’

    A school district in North Carolina amending its current dress code is considering prohibiting students from wearing “leggings, skinny jeans, and any other excessively tight fitting pants, unless they are covered by a top or dress.” The entire posterior must be concealed, and dresses, skirts, skorts, and similar garments must meet the same criteria. Crop tops, spaghetti straps, and gang-related apparel also would be banned under the new changes.

    Jeannette Nichols, the school board’s vice chair, told Fox Wilmington that one of the reasons for introducing the tight pants ban was that some of the “bigger girls” were being bullied.

    1. So, because they have some students who are too fat for their clothes, everyone has to wear baggy clothes?

      Harrisson Bergeron inches closer again…

    2. From my experience in high school, the dress codes existed more for the benefit of the male teachers who complained about being distracted.

      1. I think teenage boys are going to have boners 90% of the time in class regardless of what the girls are wearing, so you’re probably right.

        *I was a teenage boy once, in high school (2000-2004). I needed gym glass to get the blood flowing to other parts of my body.

        1. For me, it was just the opposite.

      2. Skinny bitches gonna bully the big girls regardless.

        Your explanation makes a lot more sense.

        1. But IIRC, there is significant overlap between the big girls and the mean girls.

    3. Again we attempt to eliminate the world of assholes by making rules against being an asshole. Good luck with that.

      My high school had the brilliant maneuver of changing the dress code to forbid any “clothing which identified the wearer as a member of a known club, group or clique”. Subsequent items lost: cowboy hats, belt buckles, crosses, Jesus camp tee shirts… they had to issue a dispensation for members of school teams wearing uniforms to school on game days and such. Ha ha, FOOLS.

  25. Beijing fetish restaurant teases with lobster and sex

    BEIJING (Reuters) – With drinks served in breast-shaped cups and beers opened with bottle openers shaped like a wooden penis, the father and daughter team behind a Beijing S&M restaurant are encouraging customers to mix food with sex.

    Owner Lu Lu, a 27-year-old divorcee, said business has been good since opening just under a year ago, with young Chinese streaming in to feast on seafood, such as lobster, under the gaze of mannequins wearing bondage gear.

    Lu’s father overcame initial reservations about some of the decor and took charge of the kitchen, dishing up a menu that features items such as ‘Horny’ and ‘Sensuous World’.

    “‘Food and sex are the basic desires of humans,’ and the phrase has not changed in more than 5,000 years,” Lu told Reuters. “‘Release your basic instincts’ and ‘Liberate yourself’ are the two concepts we used as the basis for the restaurant.”

    1. the father and daughter team behind a Beijing S&M restaurant are encouraging customers to mix food with sex.

      Ewwwww.

    2. encouraging customers to mix food with sex.

      +2 wings of pastrami.

  26. Key West Police Find Owner of Illegally Parked Flintstones Car, and We Have So Many Questions

    To see it is to love it: On Thursday morning, Key West Police issued a photo of a glorious, real-life Flintstones car, complete with a dinosaur bone-shaped window and zebra upholstery.

    But this was no silly, “Hey, check this out!” type of post. The vehicle was parked illegally across the street from the city’s indoor basketball court. Before towing the abandoned car, police wanted to see if they could find its modern Stone-Age owner.

    1. Probably locked up for leaving Pebbles unattended.

    2. Someday, maybe Fred will win the fight

    3. Key West is easily the weirdest place in the US, and it isn’t even close.

      1. I briefly dated a woman that lived there for several years. This explains a lot.

        1. “Lived in Key West” is almost as big a red flag as “lived in Las Vegas,” it is known.

  27. President Barack Obama is now the first sitting U.S. president to have visited Hiroshima since World War II.

    It’s a damn shame that time machines don’t really exist.

  28. Trump vows to undo Obama’s climate agenda in appeal to oil sector

    Among the proposals, Trump said he would pull the United States out of the U.N. global climate accord, approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada and rescind measures by President Barack Obama to cut U.S. emissions and protect waterways from industrial pollution.

    “Any regulation that’s outdated, unnecessary, bad for workers or contrary to the national interest will be scrapped and scrapped completely,” Trump told about 7,700 people at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, the capital of oil-rich North Dakota. “We’re going to do all this while taking proper regard for rational environmental concerns.”

    It was Trump’s first speech detailing the energy policies he would advance if elected president. He received loud applause from the crowd of oil executives.

    1. Any regulation that’s outdated, unnecessary, bad for workers or contrary to the national interest will be scrapped and scrapped completely,”

      Why, that’s just crazy talk! See how crazy Trump is?

    2. Trump vows to undo Obama’s climate agenda in appeal to oil sector rational people.

      Fixed that for you.

    3. “Any regulation that’s outdated, unnecessary, bad for workers or contrary to the national interest will be scrapped and scrapped completely,”

      If he wins, he’s going to fucking poison what little chance there is of libertarianism ever being accepted.

  29. Know who is to blame for all the rapes in Sweden? If you guessed Swedish girls, you would be right!

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/…..ice-report

    1. These betas are going to be so surprised when they’re swept out of office.

    2. Shockingly, the report revealed the majority of sex attack victims were under the age 15.

      I just can’t even.

      It then goes on the blame “Nordic alcohol culture and non-traditional gender roles”.

      … I just can’t even more. Is the Swedish police infested with waterheaded retards?

    3. Jesus titty fucking Christ. Where are the Swedish feminists? Too busy sucking the state’s dick and excusing the migrant rapists?

      1. Actually, yes. And that attitude is not limited to Sweden, by the by…

        1. This self-hatred is everywhere in the west. It’s just more acute in places like Sweden and Germany.

  30. CBS Host: Nobody at Party I Was at Last Night Cares About Clinton’s Emails

    In the clip flagged by media watchdog NewsBusters, King appeared perturbed that Clinton’s server was once again at the forefront.

    “So John, put it in perspective,” King said. “How big a deal is this really? I was at an event last night, and both Democrats and Republicans were quoting Bernie Sanders saying, ‘I’m sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.'”

    “But that was a long time ago, and he’s since changed some of that,” co-host Charlie Rose said.

    “Yeah, he has, but the people at this party last night haven’t, so how big a deal is it?” King asked.

    “Is this going to improve anybody’s wages? Is this going to help their kid get into a college and not be full of debt for the rest of their life? No, but it’s about judgment and character,” Dickerson said. “And we look at our presidents that way. And the challenge for Secretary Clinton is in the answers, are they going to raise new questions?

    1. I’m getting a “Nobosy I know voted for Nixon” vibe from that.

      1. No, I think it’s close to correct. The outrage has already faded almost completely. By this time next week, it will be a dim memory, much like Trump’s assault on John McCain’s POW record. That’s the nature of our contemporary society.

        1. Difference being, one was a crass comment, the other is a string of felonies that have potentially killed people and certainly weakened the country.

          1. Not much difference in the average voter’s mind, such as it is.

            1. And it’s not a felony until someone gets indicted- which ain’t gonna happen.

              1. If you actually read the law, where intent is not needed, Clinton committed a felony. Whether it is worth prosecuting is another story.

        2. At least “Fast and Furious” is making a comeback.

          1. That would be a good one for the Donald to bring up.

            Because there is no way that BATF would be smuggling guns to criminal gangs in Mexico without the Secretary of State signing off on it.

    2. Hmmm?there really are cocktail partayyyyz that we mock? Who knew?

    3. The mainstream liberal media truly is ignorant and evil.

  31. The United States of Argentina?

    People keep saying how unusual this year’s presidential race is. They’re wrong. It’s an absolutely normal Third World election.

    We have three candidates still standing: a self-righteous socialist who’s learned nothing in 50 years except how to rally the economically illiterate and uninformed; an heir to wealth who’s done nothing impressive in 50 years except to hone his skills as a self-promoter and demagogue; and an insider who’s climbed the greasy pole alongside her husband, enriching herself and her family through 50 years of “public service.” Welcome to the United States of Argentina.

    What is to be done?

    Resist. Resist the decline of America. Resist an Argentinian future. Resistance can mean lots of things over the next few years. But in the here and now, resistance means finding a serious and credible independent candidate.

    Romneybot to the rescue!

    1. But in the here and now, resistance means finding a serious and credible independent candidate.

      John McAfee: “Fuckin’ aye!”

      1. I can see McAfee going full Bullworth during a debate with Trump and Clinton. That would be… epic.

    2. Resistance is futile.

    3. They really are terrified of an anti-establishment winner whom they can’t control, aren’t they.

  32. Is a televised debate between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders going to happen?

    If this ends up being scheduled, I’d recommend moving all of your 401K investments to alcoholic beverage companies.

    1. Most of my savings is already in the Vice Fund.

      http://www.vicefund.com/

  33. Regarding Johnson and Weld – while many of us may have issues with some of their past actions and statements, particularly those of Weld, it occurs to me that Johnson/Weld would be the best ticket to have Trump get’s the GOP nomination. If a concerted #nevertrump effort develops withing the GOP, this ticket would be the least-objectionable one wrt attracting disaffected GOP voters. I still don’t think they could win even with such an effort, but it mean lots of press and attention and maybe a place at the debates. Cross-posting this to both AM Links and LP Convention threads.

    1. So…

      self-policing rape = good

      self-policing prescription drugs = bad

        1. No, no! It is the Moops!

    2. The no True Scotsman thing does get annoying, but that doesn’t mean you can put a kilt on a hooker and call it McCornhole.

    3. That’s pretty much the only argument for that ticket. The purpose should be to get Serious Republicans to give the LP a vote boost this year, ensuring ballot access and perhaps leading to advancement in future elections.

  34. More FOI follies from the George Mason University #RICO20 train wreck: Edward Maibach, ‘legal gymnast’

    The hapless Dr Maibach, professor of climate change communication at George Mason Univeristy, has been verbally eviscerated by CEI in their latest filings to the court.

    Last September, after he signed a letter to Obama demanding that CEI (among others) be prosecuted for RICO violations, CEI filed for official records of his correspondence related to the production of that letter. Dr Maibach told the FOIA officer that he had done it on his own time and that there was no official correspondence.

    CEI, having emails from other institutions where the prof usied his GMU email to coordinate the signatories, sued. During a deposition, Maibach admitted that not only had he been doing it on the clock, but also he planned to use the RICO prosecution effort in his classes training students in the highly specialized field of climate change communication.

    The judge, having reviewed the emails and the testimony, ruled in April that all the stuff was to be released to CEI.

    GMU is blowing off the court order. In the meantime, Maibach has tried to make himself a party to the suit, claiming that the records weren’t private but represent “research” that is excluded from VFOIA.

    It’s a beautiful set of motions, well worth reading.

    1. but also he planned to use the RICO prosecution effort in his classes training students in the highly specialized field of climate change communication.

      So there are people out there who I presume are majoring in “climate change communication”. And the taxpayers of Virginia are paying to help them do it. Forget the public primary schools. The state universities need to be shut down. What a fucking waste.

      1. That leapt out at me as well. What a fucking insane ecosystem of rent seekers the CAGW cult has built up!

        Do read the motions; I think any lawyer will enjoy them.

      2. Yeah, universities really have become a joke.

    2. STOP GIVING ME HOPE, TARRAN!!!

      1. I know! I wouldn’t be surprised if some politicized appellate court gave GMU another bite at the apple. Judges issue bafflingly wrong rulings all the time. But, judging by the quality of the lawyering, CEI should carry the day and sweep the enemy off the field.

    3. GMU is blowing off the court order.

      That will not end well for them.

    1. Hold da door!

    2. I seem to be the only one who finds that entire concept fairly retarded. Martin can spread feces onto the page and people will ooh and ah at this point. There are Game of Throne fans who think they are reading high literature. Mainly because it’s the only thing they’ve ever read.

      1. Mainly because it’s the only thing they’ve ever read.

        You shut up! They’ve probably read a lot of books, this generation practically grew up with Harry Potter and The Twilight series and that’s, like, 10 or 12 books right there.

      2. The series is fun, and of far higher quality than the hackneyed garbage that makes up most of the fantasy genre. GRRM wrote three really good books, one shitty one, and one ok one, but now he has no interest in finishing his series, and that kind of sucks.

        And fuck high literature. Modern literary fiction is too tedious to describe with human language.

        1. Oh, a Clash of Kings isn’t that bad.

      3. Martin can be a great writer (I was an early fan devouring his short stories in Analog magazine back in the 1980’s).

        I think his desire to tell a “realistic” story which is messy and has multiple threads that start and end at vastly different points has basically gotten out of hand.

        And the first few books were great. Not his best work, but very close to it.

        1. Tuf Voyaging was a fun read. An autistic gentleman who loves cats comes into possession of an incredibly powerful spacecraft, and he travels around the galaxy giving people exactly what they want, with often-horrendous consequences for the recipients. It’s basically Warty’s biography.

          1. That one’s been on my list for some time. I’ll have to move it up the list.

          2. I’m not going to lie, that sounds awesome.

          3. Speaking of autism, did you ever read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time?

            1. Been meaning to for a long time.

              1. Was it you who recommended 1491 some years ago, X? I enjoyed it tremendously.

                1. Probably, i tell everyone to read that book. The sequel, 1493, is also great.

                  1. I also heartily recommend both 1491 and 1493. Great books. I like that you people read around here.

                    1. What do you mean, “you people”?

      4. Martin can spread feces onto the page

        Was that Martin’s invention, though? As far as I know the series went off the rails this season.

  35. Pizza Hut: Company Plans to Install Humanoid Pepper Robots in Select Restaurants in Asia

    The company plans to install Pepper, a 4-foot-tall robot made by Softbank Mobile, in restaurants by the end of the year. Customers will order food on Pepper’s touchscreen and pay electronically.

  36. Elk Grove, California: High School Officials Prevent Student From Wearing Kente Cloth, Reports Say

    Officials at Cosumnes Oaks High School prevented 18-year-old Nyree Holmes from attending his graduation ceremony wearing a traditional African kente cloth, multiple outlets reported.

    1. “American dude attempts cultural appropriation, administation shuts him down.”

    2. Some people really need to be the center of attention. SMDH

  37. Vince Foster: Ex-White House Aide’s Sister Calls Donald Trump’s Remarks on His Death ‘Cruel’

    “How wrong. How irresponsible. How cruel,” Sheila Foster Anthony wrote in The Washington Post Thursday about Trump’s remarks that the former White House aide’s 1993 death was “very fishy.”

    1. Sounds like she has blood coming out of her…wherever.

  38. National Toxicology Program: 2-Year Study Links Cellphone Radiation to Cancer in Rats, Researchers Say

    The study released by the program Thursday found “low incidences” of two types of tumors in male rats exposed to radio frequencies similar to those emitted from cellphones over the two years.

  39. Democrats should be praying that Hillary loses to Trump. His victory would tarnish conservatism and any small-government impetus in this country, which will be ironic because he’ll spend his entire administration cutting deals with Democrats and moving the GOP far to the left. A Trump presidency will do far more to advance progressivism than Hillary’s. She’s about as flawed and discrediting a figurehead as the party could find, and a further eight years of recession and anemic growth under Democratic rule, let alone her bumbling foreign policy, would be disastrous for the left. But an ersatz right-winger who plays to all the stereotypes of bigoted, blustery conservatism, who meanwhile drags the populist big-government fringe to the center, is a blessing Democrats could hardly have hoped for. He’ll do nothing to challenge spending, he’ll raise taxes, he’ll not say word one about entitlements, and he will cave to the media every time they turn up the heat. He’ll give the social justice twerps a permanent target for their ire and keep them off the backs of moderate lefties. Trump may be a formidable opponent to Hillary, but he’s a terrific ally for Democrats.

  40. “President Barack Obama is now the first sitting U.S. president to have visited Hiroshima since World War II.”

    If only pointlessly symbolic gestures were what Obama would be most remembered for!

    I wonder if some future American President will ever symbolically visit one of the many sites where Obama killed innocent children with drone strikes.

    Did you know Barack Obama has killed more children than Adam Lanza?

    1. We’re all Adam Lanza when you think about it.

  41. Zoe Lofgren: Congresswoman, D-Calif., Calls Witness ‘Ignorant Bigot’ After Anti-Transgender Testimony

    During a House Judiciary Committee hearing, Lofgren criticized the testimony of Gail Heriot, a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, who likened transgender identity to a “fantasy.”

  42. Donald Trump now has enough delegates to officially become the Republican presidential nominee.
    An antibiotic-resistant superbug has been found in humans and animals in the United States.

    Correlation does not imply causation, but I’d say it warrants further examination if we’re already seeing the onset of a brain-damaging parasitic infestation.

  43. Boy! Trying to get all the stories in by noon, are we?
    Anyhow, moonbeam’s choo-choo collides with reality:

    “High-speed rail takes hit as cap-and-trade cash falls short”
    […]
    “The rail authority was expecting to receive $150 million Wednesday from the auction, but will instead receive $2.5 million after the state took in 2 percent of what it had anticipated netting from the final quarter of this fiscal year’s cap-and-trade auctions.”
    http://www.sfgate.com/politics…..948128.php

    I’m sure the estimated build costs are equally accurate, not to mention the un-mentioned maintenance costs.

    1. I’m sure he’s still going to plow full-steam ahead regardless.

    2. “Substantially short”? Drastically short, maybe.

  44. http://heatst.com/politics/im-…..-portland/

    Hipster in Man enough for Hillary ad, also used to pitch for STD testing. Forget the Matrix, we are all living in a Monte Python Movie. I am sure the audience is thoroughly enjoying themselves.

    1. I told you the other day that Leibniz was right, we do live in the best of all possible worlds.

      1. If by best you mean “comic”, we most certainly do. You have to laugh at this stuff. I came to the conclusion about six or eight months ago that it is crazy to take any of this stuff very seriously.

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  46. Hypothetical:

    LP candidate has Perot+ type year, wins some states, throws election into House.

    What do they do? Is it possible that Johnson/Weld could get the votes while McAfee has zero chance at that point?

    1. That sounds plausible. Certainly more plausible than the LP winning some states.

  47. President Barack Obama is now the first sitting U.S. president to have visited Hiroshima since World War II.

    Did any president visit prior to WWII?

    1. No. Ford was the first sitting President to visit Japan in 1974.

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