Several Important Supreme Court Rulings Released, Baltimore Cop Acquitted, Cleveland Protest Restrictions Struck Down: P.M. Links

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    The Supreme Court today upheld the use of affirmative action in college admissions, prohibited warrantless blood tests on suspected drunken drivers, and due to a perfectly split vote, declined to revive President Barack Obama's plans to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation.

  • The officer in Baltimore who was driving the police van that gave Freddie Gray the deadly ride that broke his neck last year was found not guilty of all charges today.
  • A man apparently opened fire at a movie theater in Germany but was killed by police before harming anybody.
  • A federal judge struck down Cleveland's protest restrictions at the upcoming Republican National Convention as unduly burdensome on free speech.
  • Mother Jones sent a reporter to work for four months as a guard at a privately run prison in Louisiana. His story was published today.
  • A Muslim police officer is suing the New York Police Department over its policy forbidding beards.
  • Today in Trump: Corey Lewandowski (his recently fired campaign manager) is joining CNN as a paid political commentator.

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  1. The officer in Baltimore who was driving the police van that gave Freddie Gray the deadly ride that broke his neck last year was found not guilty of all charges today.

    I know a certain prosecutor who’s not going to be Charm City mayor now.

    1. Hello.

    2. Mosby is, what, 14 years old?

      She’ll be back.

      1. She could easily run on her fight against the corrupt system that one can only fix from the top.

        1. Without the all-important police union vote? Not likely.

  2. A Muslim police officer is suing the New York Police Department over its policy forbidding beards.

    Did he not know that going in?

    1. Yeah, that’s a little suspect.

      My SIL suddenly became really religious (insincerely, I might add), and threatened to sue if she didn’t get Saturdays off.
      Fired on the spot, and rightfully so.

      I don’t think that will happen in this case, though.

      1. Da heck? Your brother’s thoughts?

        1. Your brother’s thoughts?

          Huge microaggression. Why do you assume his sister-in-law is married to his brother?

          1. This is getting really hard.

            1. That’s what Crusty Juggler said!

            2. I’m sure someone around here has a masturbation euphemism you could use to help you with that.

              1. Or he could just handle it himself

          2. It could be his wife’s sister.

            (Russian has three words for sister-in-law depending on the relationship, and four words for brother-in-law. The wife’s parents get different terms than the husband’s parents, too.)

            1. I could have sworn he may have mentioned it was his brother once upon a time. But hey, I’ve been wrong many times before so…whatever.

              1. But hey, I’ve been wrong many times

                So says your wife.

              2. My brother’s wife is not a good person, but she’d know better than to do that.

                She’s an ChemE/MBA; she knows how not to commit suicide.

                Expect for the part about being a stay at home mom who DOESN’T LIKE KIDS.

            2. I totally read that as the quality of the relationship rather than the family-tree nature of the relationship.

          3. “Huge microaggression.”

            A miniaggression?

            1. huge microagrssion == milliagression

        2. My wife’s sister. She comes from a family of 5 girls. 4 are highly successful, and the other one is a big fucking pile of mess.

            1. She is in your neck of the woods. I met her new boyfriend last month. He kept using the phrase “statist fuck”, so I think he’s a keeper.

              1. Todd reportedly is very embarrassed he made this song and has publicly denounced its message.

      2. Come to think of it, I wonder if she has it in her to turn around and sue the company for wrongful dismissal on religious grounds.

        1. No. She’d lose. It takes more than a week to become an Orthodox Jew.

          1. This story keeps getting better.

          2. I was guessing Seventh Day Adventist, but those peeps tend not pull shit like that.

    2. Muslims invested the “victim class” (martyrs).

      1. How much does that cost per share?

        1. It’s class C. You can’t vote.

    3. And since when are Muslims required to keep their beards? I thought that was Sikhs. I’ve met plenty of Muslim men and most of them had no beard at all.

      1. “Ibn Umar said, The Prophet said, ‘Do the opposite of what the pagans do. Keep the beards and cut the moustaches short.’ Whenever Ibn ‘Umar performed the Hajj or ‘Umra, he used to hold his beard with his hand and cut whatever moustaches. Ibn Umar used to cut his moustache so short that the whiteness of his skin (above the upper lip) was visible, and he used to cut (the hair) between his moustaches and his beard.
        Sahih Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 72, Number 780

        That having been said, most Saudis I know don’t have beards…though they keep at least fashionable stubble.

      2. “What is the hair that it is permissible to remove and the hair that it is not permissible to remove?”:

        With regard to removing hair or not removing it, the scholars divide hair into three categories:

        1 ? Hair which we are commanded to remove or shorten. This is known as Sunan al-Fitrah, such as removing the pubic hairs, trimming the moustache and plucking the armpit hairs. That also includes shaving or cutting the hair of the head during Hajj or ‘Umrah.

        Muslim 261 is cited in support.

        2 ? Hair which we are forbidden to remove, which includes the eyebrows. The action of removing the hair of the eyebrows is called al-namas. It is also forbidden to remove the hair of the beard.

        Al-Bukhari 5931 & 5892, Muslim 2125 & 259, and al-Nawawi’s commentary on al-Bukhari are cited in support.

        3 ? Hair concerning which the texts are silent and do not say whether it is to be removed or left as it is, such as hair on the legs, hands, cheeks or forehead.

        Several scholars are quoted for and against removal of various hair are quoted.

        1. You really can’t be considered a serious religion until you have numerous edicts about self-grooming practices.

        2. So this is why all of the Muslims in Dearborn, MI, look like metrosexuals.

          This is why I could never be a Muslim:

          Step 1 – Cut your hair based on highly illogical and complex rules.
          Step 2 – Starve yourself for a month.
          Step 3 – Blow yourself up for the greater good
          Step 4 – PROFIT!

      3. Sikhs keep their knives. I have worked with a few of them.

        1. BTW Sikhs are badass. If they ever get kicked out of India I would not mind them moving to the U.S. en mass.

            1. Fuck the Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists for their intolerance.

  3. Today in Trump: Corey Lewandowski (his recently fired campaign manager) is joining CNN as a paid political commentator.

    Must have grabbed their attention during the campaign.

    1. He really twisted their arm.

      1. *stands to applaud*

      2. When push came to shove, he was the obvious choice.

      3. He must ever beat the ever living shit out of Anderson Cooper. Am I doing this right?

    2. According to the news up here he’s from Lowell.

      Wonder if he ever used the name Joe online?

  4. The Supreme Court today upheld the use of affirmative action in college admissions, prohibited warrantless blood tests on suspected drunken drivers, and due to a perfectly split vote, declined to revive President Barack Obama’s plans to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation.

    That can’t even be consistently bad at their job.

    1. The Supreme Court today upheld the use of affirmative action in college admissions[.]

      Kennedy is a real letdown.

      1. He’s on the Cleveland Browns?

      2. He’s the Cleveland Browns of the Supreme Court

        1. Yours is better.

          1. But you were quicker. Call it a draw.

    2. Hard to square the AA decision with the plain text of the 14th Amendment:

      All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States

      1. It’s the Jim Crow exception – manufactured by the Supreme Court in the 1860’s – that allows the government to discriminate based on race because that’s what society wants.

        That exception was what allowed state schools to deny admission to blacks or jews based on race and ethnicity, and now it allows them to deny admission to whites.

      2. I’d have thought the Equal Protection part was more relevant.

        I’m not quite sure that AA is properly described as denying admission to whites. It effectively does so, but that’s more one of those disparate impact thingies. I don’t know how you could prove that a particular white person was denied admission because of race. You’d have to prove not only that less qualified minorities were admitted, but also that you would have been admitted without the AA policies. Not sure how you’d do that.

        1. That’s the factual basis of quite a number of the cases challenging AA. Better grades, standardized test scores, etc. The schools argue that diversity enhances the educational experience. The Court ties itself into knots trying to avoid the Chief Justice’s simple and scathing critique: “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.”

          1. Like I have contended on every one of these topics, it seems clear to me that they start out with their preferred policy solution as the answer and then backfill the logic required to make a legal argument. This is absolutely the opposite of what they should be doing.

      3. It’s the Jim Crow exception – manufactured by the Supreme Court in the 1860’s – that allows the government to discriminate based on race because that’s what society wants.

        I was thinking about this legal evolution recently given the Andrew Jackson money portrait hulaboo, and noted that from slavery to Jim Crow to this idiotic court, Democrats from day one are always being racist somehow, especially in regards to black people. It is in that institution’s bones.

    3. SC to Asian students.

      “You have OTHER choices! Look, Wichita Community College has lots of opening and they’re all white!”

  5. A Muslim police officer is suing the New York Police Department over its policy forbidding beards.

    *Another* gay Muslim?!

    1. It’s funny because you are referring to a different meaning of “beard.”

      1. I like jokes.

        1. I like beer. I like nachos.

        2. Somebody likes turtles. (Not me, though)

      2. It’s funny because you are referring to a different meaning of “beard.”

        I remember when ‘tranny’ meant the gears on one end of an engine.

  6. A federal judge struck down Cleveland’s protest restrictions at the upcoming Republican National Convention as unduly burdensome on free speech.

    Struck them down one last time.

  7. Mother Jones sent a reporter to work for four months as a guard at a privately run prison in Louisiana.

    Two paychecks, eh?

    1. But only one pension.

    2. Is there any chance the report wouldn’t be damning?

      1. It should win an award it mother Jones publishes a story that isn’t damping of something NOT to the far left.

      2. It should win an award it mother Jones publishes a story that isn’t damping of something NOT to the far left.

        1. MJ finds slumlords have furnaces that are not capable of damping!

          Fire danger, babies dying of smoke inhalation, puppies stampeding kittens, etc.

    3. And will he work four months at a state prison, to compare experiences?

    4. I wanted to see the inner workings of an industry that holds 131,000 of the nation’s 1.6 million prisoners.

      Interesting that such a small fraction of the prison population is responsible for every ill in the criminal justice and legal systems.

  8. A man apparently opened fire at a movie theater in Germany but was killed by police before harming anybody.

    The Supreme Court never said anything about “opening” fire in a crowded theater.

    1. The German cops don’t know what the hell they’re doing. You are supposed to set up a perimeter and wait the gunman out for at least three hours.

      1. Yup. All gunmen eventually get tired of killing.

    2. The god damn amateurs probably didn’t even have MRAPs.

    3. The Kraut Kops must have killed him with something other than a gun. Had they been armed, everyone in that theater would have been killed.

      1. I really really really don’t get* that argument from the left. If someone you care about is in a situation with a live shooter, wouldn’t you want them to be able to, you know, shoot back?

        *I mean, I do get it. Guns are evil and bad and therefore they refuse to acknowledge any argument that cuts against gun control.

        1. The argument is that the shooting occurs too quickly for an armed victim or bystander to stop.

        2. They’re working backward from disarming victims. Finding a justification is the hard part. Give them a break.

  9. Kennedy held that the school’s race conscious admissions policy did not run afoul of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. “The University,” Kennedy declared, has “met its burden of showing that the admissions policy it used at the time it rejected petitioner’s application was narrowly tailored.”

    So, if you’re not a *broad-brush* bigot, carry on!

    1. Its narrowly tailored to fuck people Kennedy doesn’t care about.

    2. Still doesn’t address why it’s okay to discriminate against one group but not another group in the exact same way. Of course that can never be explained because Affirmative Action is the antithesis of logical consistency and has an absolute incompatibility with the supposed principle of equal protection under the the law.

    3. Narrowly tailored to a whole race comprising about 70% of the population.

      Swiss needs to show them what it means to narrow something.

  10. Amanduh on Fisher v. University of Texas: A massive blow to mediocre white people coasting on their white privilege

    That describes most of Salon’s writers, including Amanduh, doesn’t it?

    1. POC privilege is A-OK, tho.

    2. If the white and asian people being denied are mediocre, what are the black people who are admitted in their place, Amanda?

      1. I’m assuming Thomas was in the dissent. So, a black person thinks AA is unconstitutional while a bunch of white progs think it is constitutional. So strange.

        1. Thomas was in the dissent.

          And Thomas isn’t really black to progs. He’s a traitorous wanna be white Uncle Tom!

      2. Actually, it’s quite interesting to look at the racial/ethnic demographics of college enrollment as compared tot he demographics of the country. If this chart is accurate then compared to the overall demographics, Hispanic enrollment is spot on; whereas, both Blacks and Asians are both over-represented by around 3 percent each. Now if you add the over-representation of both groups together, then it neatly equals the 6 percent under-representation of Whites.

        1. Black women are the most educated group of all. More phds and other degrees per capita. They aren’t the highest paid be a use of fields of study, but yeah, overrepped.

          1. Ah, so that’s why they don’t need no man!

            1. No, that’s just modern technology.

              1. Meh. I bet the Asian PhDs are heavily weighted towards STEM fields, and the African-American women have terminal degrees in things like Sociology. How do they count Ed.Ds? I have a (white) acquaintance who has a D.Min: Doctor of Ministry. It isn’t even a full-fledged DD (Doctor of Divinity,) let alone a PhD in Theology or Philosophy.

    3. I feel bad for the “mediocre” Asians.

      1. I already felt bad for mediocre Asians. It’s like being gay and having no fashion sense.

      2. To be fair, a mediocre Asian is like a superstar anyone else, right?

        1. By superstar, you mean honor suicide?

          1. A ribbon of shame upon the family.

            1. So Mediocre Asian is a dentist rather than an MD? 🙂

              1. Dentistry is actually more lucrative now.

                1. More lucrative than medicine?
                  Perhaps some dental specialties vs some medical specialties.

                  But even if you make better money, you spend the rest of your life with your hand in someone’s mouth while you ask detailed questions.

                  1. Perhaps some dental specialties vs some medical specialties.

                    But even if you make better money, you spend the rest of your life with your hand in someone’s mouth while you ask detailed questions.

                    Pediatric dentistry, with practice in good $$$ ZIP and don’t accept Medicaid. The minion assistants and hygienists do all the in-mouth stuff; the clientele are not just well-heeled but also the type to take care of their kids, hence minimize problems/work for the dentist.

                    In other words, easy street for the most part. Just grunt at X-rays and cash the checks.

    4. The Facebook tells me that a new hashtag #Beckywiththebadgrades is trending. What’s funny about the complete assault on the girl in question is that they can’t deny she has better grades than people let in based on race.

      Is there a precise measurement of the GPA boost you get as a result of white privilege? Is this covered by any sort of handy chart?

      1. The Supreme Court needs to be reminded of two requirements of constitutional interpretation: 1) the Constitution is not a tool to advance the police state; and 2) the Constitution is not a tool to advance social justice.

        Every justice sitting on the Court routinely fails at least one of these requirements.

      2. I have a 2.5 GPA, but I identify as a 4.0 GPA.

        1. Well you’d be free to use any bathroom you choose but if you’re Caucasian you’ll be going to a community college.

    5. I’m sorry but this kind of discrimination just has to stop.

      Once again the government is protecting overpriviliged white kids while saddling minorities with tens of thousands of dollars in debt that they can never escape just to get a degree which is utterly worthless

  11. A Muslim police officer is suing the New York Police Department over its policy forbidding beards.

    They don’t allow closeted cops on the force?

    1. They’re allowed, but their wives aren’t.

      1. Their wives just go missing.

        1. Couldn’t he keep the beard if he joined an undercover unit? Worked for Serpico.

  12. Overall a good day for Liberty. If only Dr Feldman could be here to enjoy it with us.

    1. How can it be a good day for liberty with Gary Johnson being the standard bearer?

      1. Careful – Team Red players said the same thing about McCain. Now they get to pull the lever for Trump.

        1. The electo-blob driving Trump has some roots in Sarah Palin becoming a national figure for true Teatards.

          McCain has earned his coming pull on Trump’s lever.

    2. A good day for liberty if you’re a black kid applying to college.

      Rest of us, not so much.

  13. A man apparently opened fire at a movie theater in Germany but was killed by police before harming anybody.

    That’s fast work. Our cops can’t even seem to stop a guy three hours after he starts.

    1. I’d give the cops in Aurora a C+. Orlando gets a D-, and it’s probably going to get rounded down to an F after ballistics testing.

      1. You actually think they’ll actually let that information out?

        1. Only if it exonerates the cops.

    2. Apparently he fired one shot in the air and was holding hostages, then the police attacked. The first headline I read said “50 injured as armed man attacks theater in Germany”, but all the injuries were from the tear gas the police used. I thought that couldn’t be right, because Germany has gun control though.

    3. Oliver Wendell Holmes foresaw this danger and tried to warn the public.

  14. A man apparently opened fire at a movie theater in Germany but was killed by police before harming anybody.

    Sure, early days and all. Don’t even have a name yet. But I loved this quote from the linked article:

    Hochst?dter told the Die Welt newspaper: “We have no indications regarding the motive, but we can say with certainty that the attack did not have an Islamist motive.”

    1. That is beautiful.

      1. And logic free!

    2. “We will make it our business that this was not Islamic in nature.”

    1. I read the comments to that article.

      I have cancer now.

    2. moar alien porn

    3. “Spock, your neck pinch gives me….feelings that I never knew I…had…”

    4. “a colorblind prism”

      Whuck?

      1. It’s a prism, but in reverse, where the separate colors get combined into white light.

        1. So if you’re wearing a red shirt in the landing party, your odds of being killed will be the same as everyone else!

        2. So it’s a racist prism?

        3. It’s a prism, but in reverse, where the separate colors get combined into white light.

          And each color is played by Frank Gorshin.

        1. Fracking? That’s Battlestar Galactica, you galmonging frimp!

          Maybe we’ll get to see some Orion enslaved femaliens in action!

          Kevin R

    5. Fuller is the showrunner for American Gods as well. The cast looks pretty decent for it, so I have hope. Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday is an inspired choice!

    6. You know, I seem to recall an episode of TOS where color was at the very heart of the issue

  15. 18 Newly Implicated in Killers’ Escape. Zero Fired; Zero Prosecuted. – New York Times (Reason won’t take the link)

    They included, as detailed in the report, a captain, two lieutenants and five guards who admitted to falsifying documents to make it look as if they had conducted nightly rounds; an officer who missed a foot-and-a-half-wide hole cut in the back wall of a cell during an inspection; and a guard who spent his time reading at his desk in the prison tailor shop, while Ms. Mitchell spent hours each day with one of the inmates plotting the escape.

    Details of disciplinary measures imposed on Clinton employees in connection with the breakout had not previously been made public. But by matching the names of the 18 other prison employees listed in the report ? 11 uniformed officers and seven civilians ? against state payroll records, The Times found that three were just recently suspended without pay; six had retired rather than face departmental disciplinary charges but are collecting their full state pensions; and nine were still on the job.

    1. It was Mr. Cuomo who directed the inspector general, Catherine Leahy Scott, to prepare the 150-page report, which was based on interviews with 175 current and former prison employees.
      But investigators said they were repeatedly stymied by the prison’s executive management team, civilian employees and uniformed officers, who refused to cooperate, lied, gave misleading answers or conveniently forgot events.
      “They testified they could not recall such information as the names of colleagues with whom they regularly worked,” the report said.

      1. Fraternization between the civilian staff and inmates at a maximum-security prison is strictly prohibited. But according to the findings, Ms. Mitchell and Mr. Matt talked for hours daily, uninterrupted, enabling her to sneak him hacksaw blades, chisels and drill bits that the two men used to cut holes in their cells and to disappear into the tunnels beneath the prison.
        Investigators said that Officer Trombley spent his days reading books and magazines and even handed out baked goods that Ms. Mitchell brought for the inmates. “Trombley testified that he never observed the illicit passing of notes between Matt and Mitchell, which Mitchell admitted occurred daily,” the report said.
        As overnight supervisor, Lieutenant Brunet certified that Mr. Matt and Mr. Sweat were in their cells, when in truth they had already escaped hours before. When the inmates were discovered missing, he then erased his signature, the report said.
        During questioning, Lieutenant Brunet claimed he had “signed by accident,'” according to the report, an alibi investigators described as “tortured” and “far-fetched.”

        1. On a related note, you should send in your application.

    2. They’re government-sector workers.

      Imagine the howls if this had happened at a privatized prison.

      1. Their salaries – and most importantly pensions – are truly outrageous.

  16. The Brexit vote today has me wondering what the limits of democracy are in the eyes of the elites. Stocks have already jumped in anticipation of a ‘remain’ vote. Putting my tinfoil on for a moment, is it really so farfetched to suggest that the elites of the country wouldn’t play shenanigans there and tilt the results?

    Of course, I don’t think its even necessary. They’ve had their media lapdogs going at full tilt and my working theory is that the Brits have lost their backbones entirely. But even if the leave vote won out…

    1. I’m not that quite into the tin foil, but I have to say the British rules on reporting during the election are bizarre. Via the BBC…

      You may have noticed that our coverage of the EU referendum has been limited today. That’s because the BBC – like other broadcasters – is not allowed to report on the campaign while the polls are open.

      * The restrictions started today at 00:30 BST and will end at 22:00 BST when voting closes.

      * Between 00:30 BST and 22:00 BST there will be no coverage of any of the issues relating to the referendum campaign on TV, radio or bbc.co.uk.

      * Subjects which have been contested or are part of the campaign in any way – or other controversial matters relating to the EU or the referendum – must not be covered on polling day.

      Coverage is restricted to uncontroversial factual accounts, such as the appearance of politicians and others at polling stations or the weather.

      1. “In other news, we have a story about American Civil War re-enactors, who portray the tragic and bloody battles triggered by racist secessionists….In sports, a local cricket team secedes from the league so it can play with itself…and in entertainment news, we observe the anniversary of the tragic breakup of the Beatles…”

        1. DOCTORS: VOTING FOR BREXIT LEADS TO HERPES

          “Looks fine to me, nothing but health coverage.”

          (joke stolen from Berke Breathed)

          1. Why doesn’t England have a vote to see if they can leave the UK> Then the Celts in Scotland, Norn Iron and Wales can be free of the sasanach bastards. 🙂

            Kevin R

    2. Its nonbinding anyway. A “Leave” win will either be ignored (via interminable bureaucratic delay) or there will be re-votes until “Remain” wins.

      1. And if the vote is close, within a percentage point or two, whether it’s invalidating of ballots, some recount shenanigans or outright electoral fraud, something will be done to to tip the scales in favor of remain. There’s basically no hope of an escape.

        1. If they leave Eurasia, they could join Oceania.

      2. And unfortunately a Remain vote won’t be seen as just stay how they are now, but rather as endorsement of full Eurocrapification of Merry Olde Limeyland.

    3. Now’s the time to strike and put an end to the 1066 streak!

      1. Are we still talking about herpes?

    4. I’ve been saddened today by some people I know in the UK. In their minds, if the UK leaves the EU then World War 3 could occur.

      1. Yeah, that’s a half-truth, WW3 could happen anyway.

    5. I asked a British colleague of mine today how he voted. He voted to remain.

      When I asked why, he said “Trump well err he’s extreme that’s for sure. There’s pros and cons but we are better in. People cloud it all with all this immigration crap.”

      I didn’t have a chance to ask him how Trump figures into this, but I don’t hold much hope for them.

    6. I could see them cheating a little if it was very close, but conspiracies just don’t work in the real world, if it was even 52/48 leave there would be no way they could get away with covering that up and not have word of it leak and that would just guarantee that the BNP wins the next handful of elections and leaves the EU without bothering with a referendum.

  17. The long-awaited news from the UK:

    “A man who claimed entitlement to the Baronetcy of Stichill on the basis that DNA evidence put in doubt his rival’s claim has succeeded after the Board of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council found in his favour….

    “The Board observed that Scots law long had a strong presumption of paternity; in earlier times when illegitimacy carried social stigma, proof beyond reasonable doubt was required to rebut the presumption. Now, however, the Law Reform (Parent and Child) (Scotland) Act 1986 provides that the presumption of paternity may be rebutted by proof on the balance of probabilities. In the past, when many landed estates were entailed, there was a strong policy of ensuring social stability by keeping together titles of honour and land. Similarly, there was an anxiety to protect the reputation of noble families.

    “…developments in science mean that evidence can now be used to establish paternity to a high degree of probability. “

    1. He gets his own tax-payer funded castle now, right? That’s how these things work?

      1. That’s how it used to work. Now he gets a kilt and an all-you-can-eat coupon for the Haggis Shack.

        1. No, Eddie. Just, no.

      2. No. IIRC, the only people who get taxpayer funded castles (and palaces) are the royal family and even that has been constrained of late. If he does get a castle he would inherit that and be responsible for its upkeep. Fun fact: a lot of castles are now roofless since buildings without roofs are not taxed. Also, unless you have a lot of money it’s often better to deed the thing to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and let them maintain it; not sure if you still get to live there.

        The folks who own Highclere castle (“Downton Abbey” in the series) must have money because they still appear to live there. However, probably only a few rooms are used, the rest closed off, again unless they are rolling in dough. Also, I think they do tours and take overnight (paying) guests, but that probably only offsets costs, not covers them.

        1. The folks who own Highclere castle

          The 8th Lord Carnarvon, descendent of the 5th Lord Carnarvon who was Howard Carter’s patron during the search for King Tutankhamen’s grave.

      3. Oh, also, Baronet, which is hereditary knighthood – gentry, not nobility. While some of those families are quite rich, it’s not like being a count or duke.

        1. But it comes with a droit de seigneur for every sheep on the estate.

  18. Nice alt-text, Scott.

  19. Sheryl Sandberg on the Myth of the Catty Woman

    Queen bees exist, but they’re far less common than we think. Women aren’t any meaner to women than men are to one another. Women are just expected to be nicer. We stereotype men as aggressive and women as kind. When women violate those stereotypes, we judge them harshly. “A man has to be Joe McCarthy to be called ruthless,” Marlo Thomas once lamented. “All a woman has to do is put you on hold.”

    And it’s time for all of us to stop judging the same behavior more harshly when it comes from a woman rather than a man. Women can disagree ? even compete ? and still have one another’s backs.

    Lean the fuck in.

    1. Women are passive-aggressive in a way that men aren’t.

      1. I’m also reminded of this commercial. Could you imagine a man asking that question?

    2. I need some non-replicable social science data to back this claim up. It’s also funny that the worst example of ruthlessness they can think of is Joe McCarthy. Why does every Democrat involved in commie witch hunting get a pass…

    3. Bull. Fucking. Shit. Women can be way meaner to other women than men are to each other.

      1. With men, it’s usually only physical. With women, it’s mental, and those scars stay with you…

  20. ‘Keep Families together’.

    What’s that about? Are whoever CASA are demanding government run families now?

    1. Hey, the government didn’t force them to be here illegally. This is pure “for the chirrun” emotionalism.

      1. Well, that, and the fact that “family reunification” is one of the primary concepts upon which American immigration law has been built since the INA of 1965.

  21. Leaving the Pediatrician? Not at 26

    Ms. Rault, a 26-year-old medical student, was there this month for her own annual checkup. She has been a patient at Uptown Pediatrics since her own infancy. And she plans to remain so until she finishes her M.D. at Tulane University. At that point she will be 29.

    She is not looking forward to the transition.

    “I don’t have to leave Dr. Murphy, do I?” she said in an interview by email. “I’m only 26!” And she is not Dr. Ramon Murphy’s only patient long out of high school. “The last time I was there, he told me there was one patient older than me ? a boy.”

    1. In New York City, many pediatricians are willing to keep their older patients so that they won’t stray from the system. Dr. Murphy and other pediatricians also said many young adults have found it impossible to find an internist who will accept insurance from new patients. Some require an initial concierge fee that runs as much as $3,000; those who do take insurance often don’t have appointments available for four to six months.

      “The patient, or parent, reasons that it makes more sense to just stay with the pediatrician,” Dr. Murphy said.

      Furthermore, a growing number of pediatricians are trained to treat adolescents and young adults. Dr. Murphy’s practice reflects his 19 years at the Adolescent Health Center at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. It’s a different kind of rapport from the one he has with his grade-school patients.

      “I ask them about friends, school, career choices,” he said. “I wasn’t cut out to wear clown noses and funny ties.”

      1. I can’t imagine why doctors would go concierge in this day and age. And I can’t imagine why anyone would pay for it.

        If you’ll excuse me, I need to call my doctor’s cell phone now.

    2. If you are 26, odds are you are just wasting your money in the first place.

    3. “I don’t have to leave Dr. Murphy, do I?” she said in an interview by email. “I’m only 26!”

      “I’m gonna be frank with you, Lully-lu: You’ve got a boo-boo on your girl parts.”

    4. Another hot fact: I ain’t been to the doctor in a decade. Because I’M INVINCIBLE!!!

  22. found not guilty of all charges today.

    He was just following orders.

  23. Dr Feldman is for the children!

  24. An open letter to Congress:Stop Gun Violence Now

    We call on Congress to do more to prevent the gun violence that kills more than 90 Americans every day and injures hundreds more, including:

    Require a background check for every gun sale
    Block suspected terrorists from buying guns

    Billboard and the undersigned implore you?the people who are elected to represent us?to close the deadly loopholes that put the lives of so many music fans, and all of us, at risk.

    Signed by 180 of your favorite entertainers. As goes Lincoln Park, so goes America.

    1. I fucking hate these fucktards that have never bought a gun. There already is a background check for each gun purchase, you cunts.

      1. I don’t need a gun (since I live in a walled compound and have armed bodyguards), what do common peasants need one for?

        /Proglogic.

      2. Even a shotgun?

    2. PUBLICIST: “Oh, I’ve been looking for you. You need to sign this petition.”

      CELEBRITY: “Can it wait? I’m in the middle of [snort] something right now…”

      PUBLICIST: “It’s this social-justice thing all the other celebrities are signing.”

      CELEBRITY: “What it about?”

      PUBLICIST: “I don’t know, endangered lions, the Supreme Court, something like that, just sign, OK?”

      CELEBRITY: “Yeah, here ya go, now [bleep] off, I’m [snort] busy…”

    3. DAMN! Tony Bennett signed it.

      Also, I notice a couple Canadians signed up.

      Also. Do they actually believe Congress can *STOP* gun violence? They can’t possibly be drinking from the fountain of derp can they?

  25. #BeckyWithTheBadGrades: Hashtag Used to Criticize Woman in Supreme Court Affirmative Action Case

    The hashtag is a reference to Abigail Fisher, who sued to overturn the University of Texas at Austin’s affirmative action policy after being denied admission, and to a line in Beyonc?’s song, “Sorry.”

    1. So, did the asshole who made that up think that alliteration was somehow a sing of great intelligence?

      ‘Cause I’ll be damned if I can see what in the hell that phrase has to do with Fisher.

  26. Jentezen Franklin: Gainesville, Fla., Pastor Named Member of Donald Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board

    Trump’s campaign said Tuesday that Free Chapel’s Franklin is part of the newly-formed Evangelical Executive Advisory Board. The board is to be part of a larger Faith and Cultural Advisory Committee.

  27. EXCLUSIVE: Paranoid Hillary drove demoralized Secret Service to drink, drugs and hookers, says officer who protected ‘Bridezilla’ Clinton in the White House

    Many turned to alcohol, drugs, performance enhancers, affairs (sometimes at the workplace), and even prostitutes and other dangerous habits,’ Gary Byrne writes in the forthcoming memoir ‘Crisis of Character.’

    Byrne recalls a rookie officer telling his superiors that Hillary had cursed him out.
    ‘Hey, you’ll never believe it,’ he said, ‘but I passed the First Lady, and she told me to go to hell!’
    Another young officer added his own horror story: ‘You think that’s bad? I passed her on the West Colonnade, and all I said was “Good morning, First Lady.” She told me, “Go f*** yourself”.’

    I believe it.

    1. Me too.

      I’m an expert in black hearts and vaginas.

      1. I’m an expert in black … vaginas.

        Just how many Heather Hunter films have you seen?

        1. Had to look her up. She needs braces.

        2. Is that a dude?

        3. Would. Not.

    2. I passed her on the West Colonnade, and all I said was “Good morning, First Lady.” She told me, “Go f*** yourself”.

      “Is that an order?”

    3. Paranoid Hillary drove demoralized Secret Service to drink, drugs and hookers

      What, they couldn’t have walked? It was all of half a block for most of them.

  28. Burger King: Fast-Food Chain Announces Mac n’ Cheetos Menu Item to Be Released Nationwide

    The menu item, made of deep-fried macaroni and cheese sticks covered in Cheetos, is currently available in select locations and scheduled for a nationwide release Monday, the chain said.

    1. This is why American women are fat.

      1. Maybe things are different where you’re from, but Cheetos and mac & cheese is MLG 360 no-scope “bro food” here. Girl food is tap-water in a Nalgene bottle and a chicken Caesar salad.

      2. So, you have a better chance of scoring. This is good news for you.

    2. And they think guns are the only thing that kill people?

  29. How Christo Built His Latest Work: Two Miles of Floating Walkway

    Once Christo had his blocks, he, Volz, and a few dozen workers started connecting the cubes into 50- by 330-foot sections. They attached the cubes with giant screws, right on the water, in a corralled section of Lake Iseo. One by one, workers pushed the white styrofoam rafts out into the lake and anchored them to 5.5-ton concrete slabs arranged on the lake floor in a configuration conceived by Christo. “Very tedious work,” Volz says. “Every day the same.” It took four months, with workers doing shifts of two weeks on, two weeks off the job. “The same as an oil rig schedule,” Volz says.

    The next step was to cover those walkways, first in felt and then in 1 million square feet of nylon fabric. It’s not waterproof?people would have slipped in puddles, a non-starter for a walk-on-water art installation with no guardrails. That porousness also lends the pathways some color-changing charm: “When it’s wet it’s almost red,” Volz says. “And when it’s dry it’s totally yellow, almost lemonade yellow.”

    1. That’s pretty cool. I can understand why people don’t like his stuff. But there is something neat about large, pointless but difficult engineering projects.

      1. Cheops thanks you for your support.

    2. “Is it about my cube?”

      I got nothing. That’s cool.

      1. Be careful around Christo. That dude is a walking argument for Giant Umbrella Control.

  30. Because I’ve trying to convince them to give the Libertarian a chance this fall, my aunt (in her 70s) and uncle (in his 80s) watched the CNN townhall. Out side of own talk of it, they really have no idea what libertarinism is. And they thought Johnson and Weld did pretty well. I was suprised, cuz I thought like many here, that it was pretty weak showing. So, maybe like some reports in the AM lynx, they come across better to non libertarians and they will get some traction.

    1. That’s good. We all know what they should be saying, and they look terrible when they deviate from that standard. And to the uninitiated, they’re two plain-looking former governors. So long as they don’t completely trip over themselves and throw out the occasional bit of common sense, they’ll impress plenty of folks.

      Maybe not enough to get those folks to vote for them; that will probably depend on how awful Trump and Clinton get as the campaigns climax.

  31. Neptune: Hubble Space Telescope Captures Dark Vortex Nearly Size of US on Planet, Scientist Says

    The dark vortex is “like huge, lens-shaped gaseous mountains,” research astronomer Mike Wong said in a statement. Seen for the second year in a row, the spot is estimated to be about 3,000 miles wide.

  32. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/…..ll-edge-it
    UK Polls Close As Nigel Farage Admits Defeat: “Looks Like Remain Will Edge It”; YouGov Gives Remain 4% Lead

    1. I have a soft spot for The Spectator, so here’s their live results page.

  33. Hildog sent Putin 20% of US uranium supply for $145 million ‘donation’

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-j…..e-frankel/

    Treason. Corruption.

    1. When was that, last year? #moveon

    2. But she’s not the least bit corrupt according to Gary Johnson, and she’s a “good kid” according to Weld because of Nixon and Watergate and some shit.

    3. Imagine if this was 1982. She’d be tried for treason and hopefully shot live on TV. But this is 2016, and….oh hey a new I-phone.

      P.S. Dear Pweet, Tweet , Preet, or whatever the fuck your pussy-ass name is, I am not advocating that Hillary be shot in 1982.

  34. Federal court in Virginia rules that there is no expectation of privacy on a desktop computer located inside a person’s home and thus anything on the computer may be searched or seized by law enforcement without a warrant:

    Federal Court: The Fourth Amendment Does Not Protect Your Home Computer

    1. So who is still stupid enough to believe this is a republic premised on the rule of law?

    2. Federal court in Virginia rules that there is no expectation of privacy on a desktop computer located inside a person’s home and thus anything on the computer may be searched or seized by law enforcement without a warrant:

      Hmmm. I’m not so sure on this one. Procedural question surrounds FBI acquiring kiddie-pr0n Tor server, and using said Tor server to distribute malware to those who logged into the site that then reported their computer ID info.

      FBI did not go and take anybody’s stuff without a warrant; this operation was more akin to digital version of a bait car or buying dope from an undercover. If I were defense attorney, entrapment might be best avenue here – but not some kind of ‘warrantless’ 4th Amendement fight, not when the defendants all voluntarily (if unwittingly) were fooled into opening the proverbial door to anything remotely resembling a ‘search.’

  35. A man apparently opened fire at a movie theater in Germany but was killed by police before harming anybody.

    A man!

    Wouldn’t want to say anything too specific about the attacker, except that he had a penis.

  36. I forgot to post this today, is a repost from last night:

    Reposting, and there’s even more to the story this guy has told me, tomorrow I’ma write to one of the Reason staff to cover this story. Who would be best?

    OT: I need a lawyer. Just met a man, showed me his court papers. He’s totally being screwed, and has already been screwed. Immigrant on a ten year green card. Had a biz, lost his clients because he was arrested for three days. Charges dropped, but just lost his new job and can’t get another because Douglas County lists it as pending.
    I’m probably confusing two or three separate cases looking at the timeline.
    Does anybody know a lawyer licensed in Colorado who would help this guy pro-bono?

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