Attorney General Meets Privately With Bill Clinton, Mike Tyson Not Speaking at RNC, UFO Advocate Dares Government to Indict Him: P.M. Links

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    Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately with Bill Clinton in Phoenix, but insists they didn't discuss the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton or any other "pending matters" within the Justice Department.

  • Donald Trump denies Mike Tyson was invited to speak at the Republican National Convention this summer in Cleveland.
  • President Obama, the president of Mexico, and the prime minister of Canada met in Ottawa for a North American Leaders' Summit.
  • Misty Snow became the first openly transgendered Senate nominee when she won the Democratic primary in Utah.
  • A UFO disclosure advocate in Canada said he's daring the U.S. government over his release of government documents detailing the tracking of nearly 2,000 UFOs by NORAD.
  • Miss Teen USA, to be held in Las Vegas next month, will be dropping its swimsuit competition.
  • Outrage over a "decidedly non-feminist" clue perceived as insensitive in The New York Times crossword puzzle.

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  1. Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately with Bill Clinton in Phoenix, but insists they didn’t discuss the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton or any other “pending matters” within the Justice Department.

    Depends on your definition of influence.

    1. She just accidentally bumped into Bill Clinton on her private plane at Phoenix airport of all places.

      What a coincidence. God Cover-ups work in mysterious ways.

      1. Sources tell ABC15 Clinton was notified Lynch would be arriving at the airport soon and waited for her arrival.

        “Our conversation was a great deal about grandchildren, it was primarily social about our travels and he mentioned golf he played in Phoenix,” said Lynch Tuesday afternoon while speaking at the Phoenix Police Department.

        Sources say the private meeting at the airport lasted around 30 minutes.

        Awful neighborly of Slick Willy to wait around until Lynch arrived so they could have a little private chit-chat about grandkids and golf.

        1. You don’t get as far as Bill Clinton has by having to explicitly tell lower ranked party members what you want them to do.

          Then again, maybe he’s decided he really does hate Hillary and told Lynch to “go for it”.

        2. “It’d be a shame if, during your travels, something were to happen. Imagine your grandkids.”

          1. For instance, if they were beaten to death with a nine-iron.

        3. He was banging her.

      2. I love that it’s not the airport, it’s the AIRPLANE. Like Bill was just cruising the tarmac for 19 year old baggage handlers and he thought, “well, shit, there’s Loretta’s plane! Let’s talk about the grandkids!”

        1. “I love that it’s not the airport, it’s the AIRPLANE. ”

          It’s like they don’t even seriously try to cover up the cronyism anymore.

          1. I’d say they where trying pretty hard to cover it up. You don’t meet on a plane on the tarmac, as far away from the terminals as possible for convenience. The article says “A source tipped off local Phoenix affiliate ABC15 to the meeting.”. Which leads me to believe that someone within the DOJ tipped them off. Maybe will still have a few Deep Throat types in government.

            1. There were several in Bill’s administration. Mostly interns.

              1. *claw clap*

                Your joke has gone far too unappreciated

            2. Maybe will still have a few Deep Throat types in government.

              Disgruntled bureaucrats looking to settle some petty personal score? Definitely.

        2. There was NO DISCUSSION! Jeez, people! You and your theories. And hastily scribbled notes, hand gestures, and/or charades aren’t discussions (and…depending on the definition of “no” is)

    2. The finest attorney general money can buy.

      1. Seriously. My level of disgust just went through the damn roof.

        This is approaching Watergate-level with shenanigans.

        1. Way beyond Watergate. That was an amateurish break-in by a couple of buffoons that got blown up in the media.

          This is the highest level leaders in the country openly selling government policy to the highest bidders.

        2. Cmon, it was just a booty call.

          1. I assumed it was Lynch wanting the meeting, wanting some tips on how to get away with the sorts of stuff the Clintons have gotten away with for years.

            1. Exactly.

              The Clintons have the post-Presidency criminal enterprise thing down cold. Obama’s going to need his own soon, so why not send his consiglieri to talk with the Clintons about it?

            2. “How’s life after being disbarred? Asking for a friend.”

            3. “So Bill, how much would it be worth to the foundation to keep one of the principals out of jail?”

    3. Hello.

  2. Donald Trump denies Mike Tyson was invited to speak at the Republican National Convention this summer in Cleveland.

    Okay.

    1. Cheeto Jesus’ ears are thankful for the reduced risk of getting bitten off.

      1. Cheeto Jesus is as good as Snukapotomus.

    2. Did he also deny Cassius Clay was invited?

    3. I would be tempted to watch if Mike was there.

    4. Is Trump running the convention personally now? He’s going to have a timeshare sales pitch in the middle of it, isn’t he.

      1. But you’ll get a free bag of golf clubs if you manage to sit through the whole spiel.

  3. President Obama, the president of Mexico, and the prime minister of Canada met in Ottawa for a North American Leaders’ Summit.

    They have names, you know, Krayewski. I assume.

    1. Yeah, I read that as the President of Mexico was named Obama when I first read it.

      1. He is, now. We traded him to Mexico for a case of tequila and access to a timeshare in Cabo.

        1. I think Mexico got ripped off

        2. And a few crates of AR-15s… don’t forget that!

        3. And a player to be named later?

          1. As long as it’s not Hillary.

        4. That’s a pretty good deal, but what are the rest of y’all gonna drink?

          1. They will be reduced to sucking on the worm.

          2. Whiskey, like civilized people.

    2. President Obama, the president of Mexico, and the prime minister of Canada met in Ottawa for a North American Leaders’ Summit.

      Where’s the punchline?

      1. I’ve heard this before, and it is not good.

      2. Something about two razor backs and a Marine who thought it was a good trade for Hillary.

        1. I love that joke.

  4. Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately with Bill Clinton in Phoenix, but insists they didn’t discuss the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton or any other “pending matters” within the Justice Department.

    She’d really rather not talk about it at all, thanks.

    1. He probably got pretty handsy.

      1. Mile High Club?

    2. She should have recused herself from the conversation in the first place.

    3. “I did see President Clinton at the Phoenix airport as he was leaving and spoke to myself and my husband on the plane,” said Lynch.

      Talking to herself, if we assume she’s not an illiterate moron.

      Oh, wait.

      1. Since when does the AG have a private meeting with anyone who is under, or who is married to someone under, a criminal investigation, anyway.

        I wonder if that has ever happened before. Like, ever.

        There are some fairly serious legal ethical issues here. As in, lawyers aren’t supposed to meet with people who are (a) adverse to their client and (b) represented by counsel. If Bill is named as a potential target of the investigation (and I bet he is, given the role of the Foundation in all this), then (a) is satisfied. As to (b), you know the Clintons have lawyers.

        1. Would it even matter if he was a potential target? Surely you can’t just bypass that rule by meeting with a spouse. Unless the spouse was representation, I guess.

    4. Good job, journalists!

  5. A UFO disclosure advocate in Canada said he’s daring the U.S. government over his release of government documents detailing the tracking of nearly 2,000 UFOs by NORAD.

    I dare the government to lower my taxes.

    1. They need to keep your taxes high to pay hush money to everyone who shot the moon landing in Hollywood.

      1. I thought it was in England, for deniability.

    2. It’s all viral marketing for Independence Day 2: In Depends Day.

    3. I’m sure the powers that be would absolutely love it if more people were obsessed with UFO documents.

    4. If he double-dog dares them, they may be in a tough spot.

  6. In other news, something was apparently added to the water in Canada to make their hockey GMs dumb. Well, dumber.

    1. Weber is on the books for $8m/season for the next 10 years. That trade is nuts. Subban must be as big a dbag in the locker room as he is on the ice.

  7. Happy #HeterosexualPrideDay to all you straight folks.

    1. Does that mean us hetos get sex?

      1. I don’t even know what kind of flag to wave around. Somebody help me out here.

      2. Depends on the coolness of every person’s beer goggles I guess.

      3. Sure, Lee. Tell your wife/girlfriend that Tonio said she had to do that thing you’ve been pestering her for.

          1. Lee, if you want the number for my tarp and hot wax guy, let me know.

            1. It’s not #JuggaloSexPride Day. You’ll have to wait for your own day.

        1. You’re the best, Tonio!

          1. You, too, Tundra. All of you guys can tell your womenfolk that.

        2. Yes! Finally the dishes will get done.

          1. That was hilarious, but you poor man…

        3. Careful, she may construe 3 way to mean Devil’s 3 way.

  8. President Obama, the president of Mexico, and the prime minister of Canada met in Ottawa for a North American Leaders’ Summit.

    Did they find any?

    1. [Golf Clap]

    2. They looked far and wide.

    3. Did they find any?

      Choomwagon, El Jefe and The Hair That Walks Like A Man??

      Seriously?

  9. When WaPo’s Chris Cillizza starts to question “The Narrative,” you’re doing something wrong.

    The latest batch of emails suggest that Clinton’s filter to decide between the personal and the professional was far from foolproof. That these emails never saw the light of day before Monday ? or before a conservative legal advocacy group petitioned for their release ? opens up the possibility that there are plenty more like them that Clinton chose to delete but shouldn’t have. And it provides more fodder for the Republican argument that Clinton appointing herself as judge, jury and executioner for her emails was, at best, a very, very bad decision and, at worst, something more nefarious than just bad judgment.

    Say it with me, Chris: Ob-struc-tion of just-ice.

    But this email to Abedin ? which came at the start of her four-year term in office ? suggests a bit more active agency than Clinton has previously let on. “I think we need to get on this asap to be sure we know and design the system we want,” doesn’t strike me as Clinton simply wanting convenience and following the instructions of her IT people on how to make that happen. It reads to me as though Clinton is both far more aware of the email setup and far more engaged in how it should look than she generally lets on publicly.

    Translation: What was immediately evident to anyone with half a brain is getting harder and harder to deny.

    1. Yeah, it struck me as significant, too. No “smoking gun,” yet. But they do have to pre-position themselves before they pivot that much.

      1. The existence of the server is the smoking gun. I don’t know what Democrats are pretending to be looking for.

        1. I know that, you know that, but the media have been buying the “nothing to see here” line for so long that they are going to have to do a show and methodical turn so as not to shred their ACLs.

          1. SLOW and methodical, dammit.

            1. I dunno, works both ways…

      2. How do you know there is no “smoking gun”? There is so much smoke flying around this whole thing you couldn’t see a gun of fire if it jumped up and bit you.

        1. The server (which she hid from the president during her entire tenure and the committee during her investigation) is the smoking gun. Everything else is just a distraction.

    2. The latest batch of emails suggest that Clinton’s filter to decide between the personal and the professional was far from foolproof

      Someone needed to practice their regex?

    3. And it provides more fodder for the Republican

      This is why he’s concerned.

      1. You have to love how they spin serious wrongdoing. It is not evidence that she is a crook. It is “fodder for the big meanie Republicans to use against her”. It is an old school trick used by hack journalists. When the other side is guilty of some serious shit, the story is about them being crooks. When your side is guilty, the story is about the political horse race and how the evil other side is going to make a partisan issue out of it.

    4. “I think we need to get on this asap to be sure we know and design the system we want,”

      One preferably cloth-wipable.

  10. Misty Snow became the first openly transgendered Senate nominee when she won the Democratic primary in Utah.

    Aren’t we at the point now that it’s more a story that Utah might elect a person with a stripper name?

    1. Any relation to Jon?

      1. She’s the princess that was promised.

    2. That’s not a stripper name. She’s just a bastard from one of the North’s noble houses.

    3. According to this site “might” is a pretty strong estimation.

    4. The other one in the story is Misty Plowright. A bit trashier, but it checks out.

    5. Umm, that train left the station. Mia Love.

  11. What happens to special snowflakes after college?

    I was able to get a summer internship at a company that does work in the industry I want to work in after I graduate. Even though the division I was hired to work in doesn’t deal with clients or customers, there still was a very strict dress code. I felt the dress code was overly strict but I wasn’t going to say anything, until I noticed one of the workers always wore flat shoes that were made from a fabric other than leather, or running shoes, even though both of these things were contrary to the dress code.

    I spoke with my manager about being allowed some leeway under the dress code and was told this was not possible, despite the other person being allowed to do it. I soon found out that many of the other interns felt the same way, and the ones who asked their managers about it were told the same thing as me. We decided to write a proposal stating why we should be allowed someone leeway under the dress code.

    The next day, all of us who signed the petition were called into a meeting where we thought our proposal would be discussed. Instead, we were informed that due to our “unprofessional” behavior, we were being let go from our internships. We were told to hand in our ID badges and to gather our things and leave the property ASAP.

    1. Covered earlier with much lulz.

    2. Future problem-employee dealt with. I applaud the management.

      Now, if that snowflake had simply worn her preferred shoes without asking, I expect that no one would have even noticed and, if they had, she could have just apologized and not done it again.

      1. Don’t we all learn when we are still kids thats it’s easier asking for forgiveness then asking for permission?

        1. That’s actually my life motto.

    3. This ain’t change.org

      1. Lol what is it with millennials and petitions, anyways?

        She’s something though, isn’t she? You got your audience with the manager, your voice was heard, and the manager disagreed. FFS, kid, you got a warning, which makes you one of the lucky ones (as far as interns are concerned).

        1. being fired is more than just a warning

          1. No, I meant that she brought it up to the manager once before herding the other interns to do some stupid proposal. That was the warning.

          2. Re-read the quoted text. She had a meeting with her manager and received a warning about it before she decided to try and push the issue with the petition that got her fired.

            1. Her and a bunch of other interns. I’m betting they’re all just loving her right now…

        2. “Lol what is it with millennials and petitions, anyways?”

          They think that democracy applies to every area of life. They’ve been indoctrinated to believe that if a majority of people want something, it’s automatically the correct position.*

          * Subject to exceptions when the majority holds incorrect opinions on things like gun rights

    4. Why in the world would anyone bother themselves over something so trivial? I can understand maybe complaining about it with your friends, but actually writing a proposal about it?

      1. It’s a perfect way to declare to the boss that you’re not finding enough to do, that’s for sure.

      2. Snowflakes. The emerging generation of adults have been coddled and pampered to the point that they believe that organizations will just roll over for them. I think they are in for a rude awakening.

      3. It seems a weird thing to write a proposal about, but on the other hand, it also seems a huge overreaction to respond to it by firing them all. I suspect the management reacts the same way to things that are important.

        A company where the line employees are afraid to proactively warn management of issues is not going to be as successful as it could be.

        1. I often have to deal with interns. This was by no means an overreaction.

        2. I can read between the lines.

          She doesn’t like the dress code because they won’t let her wear some of her cute outfits.

          Then she goes around to all her intern friends bitching and complaining about the unfairness of one other intern wearing something that was a marginal infraction no sane person would even bring up. Some commiserate, she reads this as support.

          She spends a ton of time preparing and color coding some insane ten page dress code report since that’s what used to get her ‘A’s, and presents it to her manager as some sort of impeccable demand from her position of rightness.

          Then, after fermenting the other interns into a ‘this isn’t JUSTICE’ froth management is like “oh, whoops. We got a batch of retards that don’t care about the work. Guess we’ll try again since these nutjobs are a dime a dozen in this market!”

          1. Oh my god, it’s so much worse…one of their arguments was in fact the one other person who didn’t follow the code!


            “We were shocked. The proposal was written professionally like examples I have learned about in school, and our arguments were thought out and well-reasoned. We weren’t even given a chance to discuss it. The worst part is that just before the meeting ended, one of the managers told us that the worker who was allowed to disobey the dress code was a former soldier who lost her leg and was therefore given permission to wear whatever kind of shoes she could walk in. You can’t even tell, and if we had known about this we would have factored it into our argument.”

            Seriously? HA! Didn’t even talk to the girl that was missing a leg! Typical. Just typical.

          2. She should have just gotten a facial tattoo of a coiled snake emblazoned with the words “DO NOT HIRE” and saved herself the trouble.

            1. How dare you misappropriate the Gadsden Flag on such a useless soul.

        3. This isn’t employees warning management about possible problems. This is interns trying to force a decision on office dress policy. I’m not one of these “snowflakes suck!” people, I am more forgiving of millenial culture than most everyone here ? but they absolutely earned their free time. You don’t dictate dress policy to your boss when you are a brand-new intern.

          1. The sort of manager who interprets “employee proposes change to X” as “employee is dictating X; eliminate challenge to authority” is the sort of manager I’m talking about. Some managers are more focused on proving their dominance than their are with the quality and quantity of work getting done. They can destroy the entire organization under them.

            I don’t know if that’s the case here, since we only have one side of the story, but the “FIRE EVERYONE INVOLVED” reaction seems a bit over the top to me.

      4. “but actually writing a proposal about it?”

        My hypothesis: the “proposal” was extremely long and detailed, making it obvious that the interns had spent a huge amount of time on it rather than their assigned work. The butthurt interns then spun it as a capricious boss firing them for having the gall to ask for some wiggle room on the dress code.

    5. I read that earlier…it was delicious with derpy snowflake logic.

    6. Never ask permission first. Just do it and make the managers act. They’ll always say ‘no’ if you ask.

    7. That story is really making the rounds. I wonder if the snowflake is actually going to (can) feel embarrassed by all the publicity its getting.

    8. Now we know who (else) reads Vox Day’s blog.

  12. Raspberry Pi-Powered AI Beats Human Pilot in Dogfight

    When the Raspberry Pi computer was first launched in 2012 to promote the teaching of computer science, its creators probably didn’t imagine the $35 device would one day take on a professional fighter pilot in a dogfight?and win.

    But that is exactly what a doctoral graduate at the University of Cincinnati set out to do when he built a Pi-powered artificial intelligence pilot. The AI, dubbed ALPHA, went up against retired United States Air Force Colonel Gene Lee in a series of simulated battles, beating Lee in every single engagement.

    Lee described ALPHA as “the most aggressive, responsive, dynamic and credible AI I’ve seen to date.”

    ALPHA has gone on to defeat other expert fighter pilots in what is being hailed as a significant breakthrough in unmanned flight.

    Lee, who has battled AI opponents in simulated environments for more than 30 years, noted that after hours-long sessions with ALPHA, he felt “tired, drained and mentally exhausted,” whereas the AI was as sharp as the first battle.

    He also noted that it was the first time he had seen an AI consistently beat a human pilot in tests.

    1. I bet it’s no good at shirtless volleyball, though.

      1. +1 Iceman.

      2. +1 Take my breath away

    2. Now lets see how well a human pilot does against a swarm of them.

  13. Miss Teen USA, to be held in Las Vegas next month, will be dropping its swimsuit competition.

    OMWC hardest hit.

    1. Miss Teen USA will have a swimsuit dropping competition? Sign me up!

  14. Miss Teen USA, to be held in Las Vegas next month, will be dropping its swimsuit competition.

    Page 3.

    Then Playboy.

    And now Miss Teen USA.

    We are returning to our puritanical roots.

  15. Outrage over a “decidedly non-feminist” clue

    Five letter word for “Broad”?

    1. What is a four-letter word for a female, ends in -u-n-t.

      1. Aunt.

        1. *applause*

          1. Also applauding, but under protest, you cis-normative shitlordanomoly.

  16. Ruh Roh, looks like duplicate PM links!

    1. The Reason staff is finally trying to make up for that day Rico forgot them

      1. 5/17. Never forget.

      2. Never forget 5/17

  17. Outrage over a “decidedly non-feminist” clue perceived as insensitive in The New York Times crossword puzzle.

    Aren’t there bigger things to be outraged about?

    1. Check your privilege, you cis-het Hindu shitlord!

      1. That would be a shitraja, i guess. Sorry for the lack of cultural sensitivity.

        1. “Shitraja” for the win.

          1. I burst out laughing at that one.

            We can now have multicultural shitlord lingo to not offend anyone by exclusion.

            Shitraja
            Shitczar
            Shitsultan
            Shitemir
            Shitpharoah

            and so on.

            1. ShitKaiser
              ShitTsar

                1. ShitKhan

            2. Shitmeister
              Shitmaester(GOT fans will like as much as the wildfire church hoedown)
              Shitinkosi
              Shitkrol
              Shitkonge
              Shitrege

            3. Shitkonig
              Shitprincip
              Shitfuhrer

        2. Hmm, it seems to me that your cultural sensitivity is a lot worse than your lack of it.

    2. Aren’t there bigger things to be outraged about?

      You’re just further microaggressing an already horrific microaggression, shitlord!

    3. Nothing is too large or too small for SJWs to be outraged about. The outrage is the whole point of it.

  18. President Obama, the president of Mexico, and the prime minister of Canada met in Ottawa for a North American Leaders’ Summit.

    From the Bloomberg article about it:

    “The Paris Agreement was a turning point for our planet,” the leaders said in a joint statement. “Our actions to align climate and energy policies will protect human health and help level the playing field for our businesses, households and workers.”

    The leaders also announced changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement, “liberalizing” rules of origin for a range of products, while calling for action to address excess global steel supply and illicit financial flows that could benefit terror groups.

    Excess steel supply? Really? I was under the impression that steel manufacturers, being run by rational individuals, would stop supplying steel to the market if there really was an “excess”. Why would they make more of something that no one is buying? But of course, we must have government tell them what constitutes excessive supply! Otherwise, um, otherwise, we’d, uh, have too much steel, or something. And we can’t have that.

    1. * Barf *

      The global economy is just another community for our Community Organizer to organize.

      He is the master of complexity, and has a Ph.D. in solving np-hard problems using Soviet cybernetics.

    2. I’m always told our infrastructure is crumbling, CRUMBLING!!! By the way they talk about it, you would think Obama would be thrilled we have all this steel to address it.

    3. That’s just pathetic

    4. The problem being that if you are a steel maker and stop making steel then you are out of business, and its a business that is not easy to stop and start.

        1. See, this stuff is exactly what Hillary was thinking about when she said Trump wasn’t qualified to “run the American economy.” SOMEBODY needs to make these decisions!

      1. its a business that is not easy to stop and start.

        You know what else is not easy to stop and start?

        1. A Trabant?

        2. Peeing?

        3. Extramarital affairs?

        4. Crack cocaine?

        5. Your heart?

    5. Actually, discussion on this seems to mostly hinge on the fact that governments have messed up the steel market by subsidizing excess capacity in the industry. As usual, it is better to let the market make short term corrections to changes in demand than to over-inflate the market and experience a very large and painful correction in the future. The general consensus seems to be for governments to get out of the way and let the market work.

      I find it difficult to believe that this is a policy that Obama would support, but here it is.

  19. Donald Trump denies Mike Tyson was invited to speak at the Republican National Convention this summer in Cleveland.

    What about Ronda Rousey? Hmmmm?

  20. Misty Snow became the first openly transgendered Senate nominee when she won the Democratic primary in Utah.

    This means we’ve won. Whew! Man, I thought we’d have to talk about that forever! Isn’t it fantastic that we can get on with our lives, now that fundamentalist Mormons can elect a transgendered person to lead them?

    Well done, everyone. Go home and fuck someone who loves you.

    1. That’s othering to people like shreek, who are completely and utterly alone.

      1. So long as he goes home.

      2. I don’t think it was othering; it sounded like an offer to go home and fuck himself?

        1. “Someone who loves you”, not “someone struggling through a life-long spiral of self-loathing and regret.”

    2. It’ll get what? 30% of the vote?

      1. “it”? WTF, Ted? She’s a human being. Even if you can’t bring yourself to use her preferred gender pronoun, she’s not an end table.

        1. It was a joke, although I’ll admit it was a tasteless joke.

          (Of course, there are languages that don’t have gendered pronouns.)

          1. And this is a politician we’re talking about.

            1. So an insult to end tables.

              1. Grab its motherfucking leg.

    3. Hamster! This is random af (random af, brah), but do you have a good recipe for pesto? I figured this weekend I’d hop on the trendy pesto-train and make some. Might as well get it from someone who knows what they’re talking about.

      1. Fact: Hamster is hung like a hamster.

        1. But his sperm count is higher than the average American.

      2. It’s super-duper simple. Seriously, you’ll kick yourself for every penny wasted buying someone else’s.

        I, personally, add more garlic, and if I’m feeling buck-wild, half a lemon. Freeze extra in ice cube trays, and then store them in a ziploc.

        Alternately, make exactly that only with cilantro instead of basil.

        1. Cilantro isnt food.

      3. Pesto:

        1. throw herb of choice + nuts of choice + cheese of choice in blender
        2. grind up
        3. blend in olive oil until you reach the consistency you like

        1. If you blanch and refresh the basil first, you get a more vibrant green color which doesn’t darken when you freeze it.

        2. NO, not your choice of nut, herb or cheese or oil.

          THERE ARE RULES.

          No wonder Italian cuisine is mangled like it is.

  21. Outrage over a “decidedly non-feminist” clue perceived as insensitive in The New York Times crossword puzzle.

    That’s insensitive??

    1. The world is just trolling us at this point.

  22. President Obama, the president of Mexico, and the prime minister of Canada met in Ottawa for a North American Leaders’ Summit

    What did the bartender say?

    1. Tonight’s special – 3 for 1 on our house cocktail, the “Woodchipper.”

      1. Something something juvenile internet bluster

    2. “Evening, gents. So…….that’ll be a margarita for you, Mr.Nieto, a watered down lager for you, Mr. Trudeau, and for you Mr. Obama, in honor of the next president, a vinegar and water.

    3. “Who wants cake?”

    4. Only one of them got crabs?

  23. Prepare to barf:

    Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau is hero in new Marvel comic

    Sporting red boxing gloves and a sleeveless top emblazoned with a red maple leaf, a smiling Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, appears relaxed as gears up for his latest role: comic book hero.

    1. I find it more a horridly creepy cult of personality.

    2. That’s just sad.

    3. Wtf Marvel?

      The cult of the personality makes sense if he has one but he’s so generically progressive it makes that assertion seem absurd.

    4. Social Justice Warriors have spent the past 6-8 years completely ruining comic culture. I think this is their coup de grace.

    5. Meh, comic books have been pulling this nonsense for years. Obama was on the cover of Spiderman.

      Now, if you want to see some really shitty social justice comic books, check out the recent Sam Wilson Captain America stuff.

      1. +1 She-Thor vs. Wolverine Girl

      2. I thought 2-Face was a DC villain. Was it some sort of crossover series?

    6. Yawn. Michelle Obama has been featured on the cover of several Star Wars comics over the last few decades.

      1. With a golden-bikini-clad slave girl reclined at her feet?

  24. Reminder – Jews are crafty: Escape Tunnel, Dug by Hand, Is Found at Holocaust Massacre Site

    A team of archaeologists and mapmakers say they have uncovered a forgotten tunnel that 80 Jews dug largely by hand as they tried to escape from a Nazi extermination site in Lithuania about 70 years ago.

    1. (((Hey!)))

  25. I don’t know which links to post on.

    1. Drown your sorrow in alcohol starting this moment.

      By the time it’s the 4th of July, you will be too blackout drunk to care about what’s happening to the Republic.

  26. Outrage over a “decidedly non-feminist” clue perceived as insensitive in The New York Times crossword puzzle.

    “No way out. No way out. No way out.”

    Gene Wilder, clutching his blue blankie, in The Producers.

    1. Was Shylock not a jew? We have to stop pandering.

  27. Mortgage Professionals Canada says there’s no evidence of housing bubble

    The report cites U.S. economist Joseph Stiglitz as saying a key requirement of bubbles is that the price of something is “high today only because investors believe that the selling price will be high tomorrow.”

    In other words, a bubble occurs when people buy something solely because prices are rising quickly and they deduce that they will continue to do so.

    Unlike other purely financial assets, which people primarily buy because they plan to sell them for a higher amount later, housing is different, because people’s main motivation to buy is often to live in it.

    1. Hey, I’m a homeowner now. Inflate that bubble, Fed. If you motherfucks make me ever get underwater I’m gonna hang you all by your balls.

      1. My strategy of living in shitty apartments and saving money for the next bubble-burst is working, yeeeesssss…

        *rubs hands together with glee*

        1. Just got done with extremely sizable student loans and really hope to have a down payment ready by the time it does.

          *high fives This Machine*

          1. *high fives abc*

            MY MAN!

        2. Wouldn’t living in a trailer park be more cost effective?

          1. Those things are tornado magnets, duder. I can handle many discomforts and unpleasantries, but I cannot strive against the titanic forces of Mother Nature.

          2. I’ve tried to convince my wife to do this for 1 year (then perhaps longer if it went ok) to get out of debt faster and build a nice down payment. I bring it up every time she daydreams about having a home and not being in an apartment. It’s a no go.

            1. That is, in fact, how my wife and I bought our first house, with a 25% cash downpayment, after wiping out our student loans and saving like wild people. 25% down is otherwise known as a “conventional mortgage” in Canada.

              Seriously, if I could deduct the interest on my mortgage the way folks in the U.S. can, I’d have an orbital habitat by now.

          3. They call them “Tiny Homes” now, not trailers. Get with the times.

    2. Good to know there’s no housing bubble in Vancouver, then.

      1. I once went to Vancouver. I had bubble tea and sashimi. Oh! And I got shitfaced with Australians. That was pretty much it.

        1. The last time I got shitfaced with Australians I challenged one of them to headbutting contest. I lost.

          1. Aussie chicks are tough.

        2. Worst summer vacation essay ever.

    3. The report cites U.S. economist Joseph Stiglitz as saying a key requirement of bubbles is that the price of something is “high today only because investors believe that the selling price will be high tomorrow.”

      WTF? Who the hell buys something they plan to sell if they don’t think the price will be higher later? That’s called a market. That’s called trading. That’s NOT the definition of a bubble.

    4. people’s main motivation to buy is often to live in it.

      (Cough) Vancouver (Cough)

  28. Visitors to the U.S. May Be Asked for Social Media Information

    The federal government has proposed adding a line to forms filled out by visitors to the United States that would ask them to voluntarily disclose their social media accounts, a step that it said would help in screening for ties to terrorism.

    Visitors entering the country under the Visa Waiver Program, which allows citizens of some countries to visit up to 90 days without a visa, would not be required to list their social media accounts, and the forms would not ask for passwords. But Customs and Border Protection, which announced the proposal last week in the Federal Register, said the social media information would give it extra investigative tools.

    1. Well at least they aren’t being forced to like the Feds as a condition to entry.

  29. So any takers for when this rape story gets debunked?

    Thoresen’s girlfriend told authorities that he was upset when she revealed to him that Haiman had raped her in the couple’s apartment.

    Haiman arrived at the apartment on June 21 or 22, and she confronted him in front of Thoresen, punching and kicking him. Thoresen also punched Haiman and said he should not have raped “my girl.”

    Sounds pretty legit so far. But then the story continues:

    The three left in Haiman’s vehicle and smoked marijuana in Deer River with other people and then smoked methamphetamine with a friend.

    From there, they “drove around in the woods” near Ball Club and later stopped, supposedly to check on trouble with the car.

    Thoresen and Haiman were standing in front of the vehicle, when Thoresen hit Haiman with a baseball bat, and stabbed him in the back and abdomen. Thoresen then took the machete from the victim’s belt, decapitated Haiman and threw the head in the woods.

    This all took place up on the Iron Range. The hillbilly haven in Minnesoda.

    1. What the fuck happened to his eyebrows? Is that a birth defect or something?

      1. Could these people more look the part of depraved hillbillies? Were all of their parents’ first cousins? Holy cow

      2. “What the fuck happened to his eyebrows?”

        This question, right here, is the best indicator of impending awesomeness.

        1. And his eyelids are even more fucked up. What the fuck is going on in Minnesota mining country?

          1. Family trees look a little like flagpoles.

    2. Even Florida Man thinks this story is effed up.

      1. Definitely. Needs more gators.

    3. Murder story set in Minnesota, but no wood chipper involved?

      1. Deer River, Injun. Woodchippers are waaaaay beyond their technical skills.

        1. I don’t know about you Tundra, but I will keep paying the exorbitant taxes in Minnesoda as long as it keeps the Rangers up on the Iron Range.

          Lord help us if the pols ever stop shoveling welfare money up there and they migrate down to the Twin Cities.

          * For those of you who didn’t study Minnesoda geography, the Iron Range is populated by a lot of Eastern Europeans from Serbia and Croatia who came to mine. They are completely unlike the Scandinavian neighbors who surround them. Or the solid Germans who settled the southern half the state.

          1. Thoresen kind of sounded like a Scandinavian name though… Norwegian?

            Don’t know how true this is, but someone told me that if the vowel is “s-o-n”, chances are it’s a Swedish name, and if it’s “s-e-n”, it’s Norwegian.

            You guys would know better.

            1. That is pretty much the rule of thumb. Lots of intermixing of the two though. Most everyone I grew up with was Norwegian and they liked making fun of the Swedes.

              Thorensen was probably one of those guys on the edge of the range who got mixed up with the other slavs.

            2. As his Holiness says, we happily subsidize those crazy fuckers so they stay up there.

              Honestly, most immigrant names get so fucked up over the generations, I have no idea which is which. I will say that tall blond women, whether they are of Swedish or Norwegian descent, are a net positive for our fair state.

          2. I think Germans are everywhere in MN though (or the midwest for that matter). My grandfather was head mining engineer of Tower and Ely mines until ’77 and he was all German.

            1. and he was all German.

              Do you know who else was all German?

              1. The Katzenjammer kids?

              2. Boris Becker?

              3. Some Austrian dude?

              4. The nihilists in The Big Lebowski?

                (I just saw that gem again – probably my all time favorite movie)

            2. The Germans sort of infested the MidWest
              http://www.mngeo.state.mn.us/m…..german.gif

              You can see how the Norwegians sort of wrested the Minn/NoDak border away from them
              http://www.mngeo.state.mn.us/m…..norweg.gif

              1. I’m from MN, my husband is from KS. We have no ancestry in common except for both being half-German. Our son will be half-German and about 10-20 other nationalities.

                1. Although I guess none of those details matter, because it’s all just white privilege

                  1. I’m Italian/Scotch/German/Irish and probably a dozen others. Face it, lap, we’re all mutts. But in the immortal words of John Winger:

                    We’re all very different people. We’re not Watusi. We’re not Spartans. We’re Americans, with a capital ‘A’, huh? You know what that means? Do ya? That means that our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world. We are the wretched refuse. We’re the underdog. We’re mutts! Here’s proof: his nose is cold! But there’s no animal that’s more faithful, that’s more loyal, more loveable than the mutt.

  30. AP has a story out that the EU is going hardline with Britain and demanding they accept free movement of people in exchange for any trade deal, meanwhile the Scottish PM is in Brussels trying to get closer to the EU.

    Is it too much to hope for the Brits to tell the EU fuck off, we negotiate the same trade deals as other countries without unlimited migration or we’ll cease recognizing the EU as a government body and negotiate directly with individual EU countries? And put Sturgeon’s head on a spike in Edinburgh’s Mercat Cross as a warning to other would be secessionists?

    1. Tell the EU and the worthless Scots to both fuck off.

      1. The Scots know they are loaded with oil and can afford to tell the English to piss off.

        1. The Scots are more loaded with public spending programs than oil. They are like the guy who got a $5,000 bonus check and decided to get on the wait list for a Ferrari.

    2. Negotiations take two parties, and individual EU member nations might not have the legal authority to negotiate for themselves.

      Britain can always drop their own tariffs unilaterally and thumb their nose at the EU.

    3. The Scots should know by now that allying with France against England never works out favorably for them.

    4. The EU countries cannot legally negotiate free trade deals unilaterally. Also, it depends on what you mean by the “same trade deals as other countries without unlimited migration.” The two major western or northern European countries that aren’t in the EU are Norway and Switzerland, and both are part of the Schengen Area that gives them less control over their borders than the UK had while in the EU. I don’t know about Switzerland, but I know that Norway also has to pay a lot of money to the EU (almost as much per capita as the UK does IIRC). If the UK isn’t willing to accept open migration, precedent tells us that their trade deals are probably going to be a lot less favorable than they otherwise would be.

      1. Yeah, I know the EU member countries can’t do that but the sputtering if the Brits threatened to do so would be entertaining.

        1. Without other countries in the EU to along with it, the UK would just look bad even making that threat. And what country in the EU is going to throw away their deals with the rest of the EU just to make one with the UK?

  31. “Outrage over a “decidedly non-feminist” clue perceived as insensitive in The New York Times crossword puzzle.”

    I actually clicked on that hilarious article. Spoiler: The clue is “Decidedly non-feminist women’s group.” The answer is “harem”. I’m sure angry masses are torching police cars and throwing bricks through storefront windows as we speak.

    Keep the outrage ramped up to 11, folks. It’s really doing wonders for you.

  32. Misty Snow became the first openly transgendered Senate nominee when she won the Democratic primary in Utah.

    Its not “history” until we put a transgender in space.

  33. Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately with Bill Clinton in Phoenix, but insists they didn’t discuss the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton or any other “pending matters” within the Justice Department.

    jesus.

    Is there ANY reason the AG should be meeting with him? there’s no reason to create appearance of a conflict of interest. Why do it at all?

    1. To rub it in your face, and dare you to do something about it.

      It does tell you something about their mentality.

      1. It does tell you something about their mentality.

        Yeah. Its epic hubris.

        Previous generations would have avoided anything like it *even if it were completely innocent*.

        Now, the attitude seems to be “fuck you = try and stop me”

        1. Even Nixon and his guys had limits.

          1. The IRS thing really put it over the line as far as I’m concerned.

            It was open, blatant disregard for oversight. “Oh, you want evidence? Yeah, we lost that”. Misuse of the IRS used to be considered one of the political “never go there” things. The fact that they got caught and never even admitted any fault was unbelievable.

            1. It doesn’t help that the democrats have completely abandoned any pretense of integrity or impartiality. Say what you will about Watergate, there were plenty of republicans interested in seeing that justice was done.

              1. Lots of people involved in Watergate turned state’s evidence. Not a single person involved in any of Obama’s slime ever has. Every single one of them are either that scared of turning or that fanatical. That is pretty scary when you think about it.

                1. or that fanatical

                  ‘You know these things that happen in your life that just stick? She walked by and she shook my hand and our eyes connected and I just remember having this moment where I thought; “Wow, this is amazing,”‘ said Abedin.

                  ‘And it just inspired me. You know, I still remember the look on her face. And it’s funny, and she would probably be so annoyed that I say this, but I remember thinking; “Oh my God, she’s so beautiful and she’s so little!”‘

                  Hillary’s longtime aide said that and no one seems to bat an eye. Imagine if Trump’s longtime aide said that, or Paul Ryan’s, or whomever else? It is scary. Huma and Cheryl Mills, etc, aren’t manaics like Gordon Liddy, they are just zealous Hillary-ites.

                  1. And that makes them a lot scarier than Liddy.

                2. Or just secure in the belief that nothing will happen to them, thus there is no need to turn other than conscience. And if they had one, they wouldn’t be leftists.

        2. Is it wrong that this is all I can think of when someone says “try and stop me”?

          http://www.teepublic.com/show/24651-try-and-stop-us

  34. http://www.philly.com/philly/e…..party.html

    I have learned to be skeptical of these stories. There is often more to the story than is being reported. With that caveat, this is a new level of school administrator retarded. There really is no such thing as peak retard.

    On June 16, police were called to an unlikely scene: an end-of-the-year class party at the William P. Tatem Elementary School in Collingswood.

    A third grader had made a comment about the brownies being served to the class. After another student exclaimed that the remark was “racist,” the school called the Collingswood Police Department, according to the mother of the boy who made the comment.

    The police officer spoke to the student, who is 9, said the boy’s mother, Stacy dos Santos, and local authorities.

    Dos Santos said that the school overreacted and that her son made a comment about snacks, not skin color.

    “He said they were talking about brownies. . . . Who exactly did he offend?” dos Santos said.

    1. I guess we know who doesn’t read the articles around here.

      1. I’m just here for Lobster Girl.

        1. Get in line, kid.

        2. I am only here for the alt texts and the staff’s tasteful nudity.

      1. Good for them.

    2. There was a whole post on this an hour ago.

      “Heckuva job, Brownie!”

    3. Robby wrote about this earlier.

      1. And like 8 people pointed it out before you did. So we are even.

    4. 1) How is a remark about brownies construed as racist?

      2) Regardless, how is this a police matter? Even if he went on a hateful rant, that’s a matter for the school to address (with parents), not the cops.

    5. that should be “whom exactly did he offend?”
      /harumph

  35. Brexitapocolypse racks up another victim = The English Language

    1. What’s funny about that is the built-in assumption that if the EU drops English as an official language, people will just follow along.

      Add to that skipping the obvious thought that Brexit actually makes English an even better universal official language because no member country has any national pride at stake in using some other member’s language.

      Pretty poor outrage mechanism.

      1. This really is a retarded story.

        My German friends and my French cousins both said the same thing to me: when deciding on the lingua franca for the EU, the Germans didn’t want to use French and the French didn’t want to use German, and absolutely nobody wanted to use other Romance languages or whatever-the-Hell-the-root-is for the ScandaWhovian ones. The only language left standing was English.

        It’ll still be the lingua franca, because all of the above statements are still true.

    2. OMG! What are we going to do?

      So when does the Brexit force the internet to drop english?

      How will I read Sugar Free’s stories when they are in Dutch?

    3. Quranic Arabic seems a reasonable replacement.

      1. Ooooh, I like that! +1 Allah -3 Trinity.

    4. English isn’t the global lingua franca because of England. It’s the case for some countries around the world, but after WWII it’s because of the USA.

  36. First, they came for the editorial page, and I said nothing. Then they came for the front page, and I said nothing. But now the progs want to take away my word puzzles in the NYTimes? This aggression will not stand!

    1. I am starting to think North Korea would have been a better choice than Rio to host the Olympics.

      1. Doesn’t North Korea have a bunch of empty stadiums and hotels already built? Man, that woulda made it easy!

        1. And security most certainly would not have been a problem. Actually, we could have invited ISIS to attempt a terror attack.

          1. All the U.S. would need to do is to abase itself and sign some sort of agreement where they acknowledge that North Korea is as powerful as Rome used to be.

            The Norks, of course, would be happy to agree, and then the two murderous regimes can go all Killkenny Cats on each other.

            1. Just lean on Augusta National and have the latest Kim declared the winner of next year’s Masters. That would likely do it.

              1. And the best part is that ISIS would be fucked either way.

                Either they make the norks enemy numero uno, and go to war…

                -or- they say the Americans are their prophecy’s “Rome” and insult the glorious ideal of juche and invite the norks to -er- sell meth at them.

                Ok, this plan might have a flaw.

          2. Holy shit. Pyongyang 2024!

      2. I went to a scientific conference in Rio in 2008. The conference was all fucked up and poorly planned. At the end the people who ran it apologized during closing statements and the like. Their excuse was that there was a big holiday last week and it made it hard to do the festivals AND coordinate the conference. Um, ok.

    2. “It was unclear Wednesday afternoon what conditions may have led to the mutilated body

      Oh, journalists…

  37. Anyone see this story? Basically DoE drove down the share price of University of Phoenix and now a group connected to the WH is buying it a huge discount from where it was a year or two ago.
    http://www.politico.com/story/…..ver-224917

    1. Hush, son. NBA teams don’t come cheap, and he has his future to think of.

    2. Chicago-based

      Of course it is.

  38. So, I guess nobody wants to make the obvious remark “cross words about crosswords?”

    Let me examine the evidence:

    “On today’s grid, 31 Down runs straight through the center of the puzzle. The answer: HAREM. The clue: “Decidedly non-feminist women’s group.” Groan.”

    So how do you respond to something like that?

    You can’t say “I retract the remark,” because then you’re suggesting that maybe a harem *is* a feminist woman’s group

    And who knows, maybe nth generation feminism *will* call harems feminist.

    Or maybe it’s only the male equivalent which is feminist – polyamory with one chick and several dudes.

    1. So what *would* qualify as a non-feminist woman’s group?

      The Association of Funny Female Comedians?

      The Society of Female Engineers?

      The Female Libertarian Club?

      1. The Woman’s Gun Club?

        The Susan B. Anthony List?

        Concerned Women for America?

        1. Daughters of the American Revolution, members of the Murder She Wrote Fan Club – yeahhhhhhhh J.B. Fletcher

          1. Why did you link that…oh, hello, Crusty.

      2. A harem.

        1. True fact:
          It’s a herd of cows
          A flock of fowl
          A school of fish
          And
          A harem of feminists

    1. I climbed Everest, too, and I did it without oxygen or cold-weather gear.

      1. Real men climb it naked.

      2. But enough about Warty’s mom.

    2. LOL. This is analogous to valor theft. Altitude theft?

      In doing so, the two 30-year-olds ? both police officers from the city of Pune ? were thought to have become the first Indian couple to conquer the 29,035-foot-tall Everest together.

      As if harassing ordinary people everyday for bribes was not enough…

      “We were committed that we would not give birth to a child until we climb Mt. Everest,”

      How about you not reproduce… ever!

  39. Some legislators want to drop the age kids can get their hunter safety certificate and go hunting from 12 to 11

    The comments do not make Tundra or I proud.

    1. The comments do not make Tundra or I proud.

      “I certainly went out hunting younger than 11 and I took my daughter out pheasant hunting when she was about 8,” said Rep. Bob Gunther, R-Fairmont, a sponsor of the measure. “I just think ‘When is it not a good time to learn about gun safety?”

      BURRRRRRN THE WIIIITCH.

      1. TaxFreeTenn JUN. 29, 16 2:10 PM
        This is a good idea. These kids are probably already hunting with dad already anyway. Let’s document the undocumented young hunters.

        Luis-Tiant JUN. 29, 16 2:57 PM
        @TaxFreeTenn You’re right. Then we’ll have their names and can confiscate the guns next year, as we are planning to

        1. Try it, Luis.

          I dare ya!

        2. Jesus Chr-

          I mean, good gugu mugou, your Holiness. I thought Minnesodans were better than that. Sorry, my original comment was intended as sarcasm, because seriously, I’m hard-pressed to think of even a single hunter I know that wouldn’t teach their kid proper gun safety, a la Rep Gunther’s comments. And yet there are plenty of retards who see them as dangerous gun-nuts, the likes of which would shoot to kill at the slightest provocation..

    2. Do you ever feel like maybe you and I are outliers here, Holiness?

      1. I think we are OK as long as we stay out of Minneapolis.

        We wouldn’t last a month in the city before we were reported for crimes against humanity. And I think we’d be begging to be deported by then too.

  40. http://brobible.com/girls/arti…..ral-world/

    American women have the world’s largest racks. Hey, no matter what you think of the election, we have got that going for us.

    1. Yeah, but how skewed is that from all of the fat chicks?

      1. Way to rain on my parade. Bastard.

      2. You say that like John would see a problem with it.

      3. also, how many of them were simply identifying as women

      4. You can breathe easy:

        “…apparently researchers found that obesity did not play a large part in the relative size of breasts, with the average breast volume “found to be large regardless of body weight, with even athletic and slim women being large-breasted.”

        1. Yeah if fatties were driving up the statistics, Mexico and I think another country somewhere I can’t remember would place ahead of the US in breast size.

    2. STOP COLLECTIVIZING BRAH

    3. Our IQs and real incomes may be plummeting, but we’re still leading the world where it counts.

      1. Average national IQ is is plummeting because the nation in question is taking in low-IQ people and subsidizing their birthrate and that of domestic low IQ people, bringing down the average. Owing to our statist system, they accrue political power as their numbers swell and further expand the policies that promote lower IQ. It’s a positive feedback loop of stupidity. Can’t wait to see how this turns out.

        1. I’ll take “resurgent white nationalism or civil war” for $1,000.

          If Hillary somehow manages to win and imports more 85-IQ voters to swell the Democratic ranks and further soak the middle class, the alt-right/Trump phenomenon is going to be weak sauce compared to what comes after.

          1. You…. you’re alright.

        2. Can’t wait to see how this turns out.

          I am pretty sure there’s a movie made that covers this.

  41. Well, this is tasty:

    A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the State Department to produce the e-mail records of Hillary Clinton’s scheduler during her tenure as secretary of state, expanding an investigation being pursued by conservative nonprofit Citizens United into the overlap between Clinton’s official travel and her meetings with foreign Clinton Foundation donors. Citizens United is slated to receive all e-mails sent to and from Lona Valmoro, Clinton’s State Department scheduler, in the two-week periods before each of 14 international trips Clinton took during her four years in office. David Bossie, president of Citizens United, hopes to confirm suspicions that Clinton maintained an off-the-books schedule, meeting with Clinton Foundation donors on the taxpayer’s dime.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/…..ion-donors

    These civil suits aren’t subject to Lynch or any of the other Clinton or Obama machine operatives. They are closing in on some good stuff. Unfortunately, I doubt they’ll get much before the election.

    1. Speaking of civil suits, now that emails have come out proving that Lois Lerner violated federal law and illegally shared taxpayer data with DOJ and plotted with DOJ to punish people for exercising their 1st Amendment rights, how is there not one hell of a good Bivens action against Lerner in her personal capacity? A government agent violates the law and deprives people of their constitutional rights and no statute provides people with any relief. Isn’t that a textbook example of the kind of case Bivens was intended to cover?

      She has a fat pension and nice house. She is not judgment proof. If Lynch won’t go after her, the people she screwed should be suing the fuck out of her. And Bivens actions allow for attorney fees.

      1. All you have to do is look and listen to the “abuser” to realize this guy represents no one but himself and other “u wot m8” chavs.

    1. Shucks. Not a subscriber.

  42. http://linkis.com/www.mirror.co.uk/tec/ZQfGU

    World’s first robot lawyer overturns 160,000 parking tickets. The rise of the robot lawyer, and you will see robot lawyers before you ever see robot cars, brings up some very interesting problems for local governments. Local governments basically live by the bluff. They rely on people not having the time or the money to hire a lawyer and challenge the bullshit they pull. Robot lawyers will enable anyone to hire a lawyer to challenge a parking ticket or some other piece of petty tyranny done to us by the local government. If and when that happens, the whole system will break down. It will be the end of their bullshit or the end of due process as they just say “fuck you and your robot lawyer” and fine people without recourse.

    1. Interesting that parking tickets can be challenged that easily (although I got out of the one I got in college, but that was dealing with a student board, not courts).

      My one attempt to fight a traffic ticket ended with the judge ruling, “While you didnt run this particular stop sign, Im sure you ran one somewhere else. Guilty.”

      Basically, traffic court isnt about justice but to generate money.

      /PS, the judge was right, but that still pisses me off.

      1. My point being, a robot lawyer cant get you off if getting off isnt an option on the table.

        1. Sounds like you have performance anxiety?

          Maybe what you really are looking for is one of them sex-bots.

        2. These euphemisms are getting way less euphemisey.

      2. No worries. With a robot lawyer, I can just appeal and demand a trial at the district court level. And if the judge screws me there, appeal that. You can get real due process in all of these cases. You just don’t because it is easier and cheaper just to pay them their blood money. Robot lawyers change that calculation.

        1. But can a robot lawyer actually be used in court?

          It sounds like this one just helped fill out appeals paperwork, so more or a robot paralegal or something.

          1. effectively yes. You can always represent yourself. A robot lawyer would just tell you the right things to say.

          2. “But can a robot lawyer actually be used in court?”

            Oh, God….just imagine the possibilities of an IASIP episode, with Charlie and his uncle, using this concept…

        2. I’ve gotten 5 parking tickets in the last couple years and successfully contested 3 of them. It took quite a bit of research. The founder was right that these tickets are primarily a way to fuck over the economically disadvantaged since to contest requires a level of reading comprehension in legalese that most people don’t have, I’m sure.

          I’ll be curious to try this out on my next ticket.

    2. That’s pretty cool. I hate “defending” traffic tickets.

    3. “fine people without recourse.”

      For a minute I thought that was another of your wonderful malapropisms, John. Then I realized it was accurate and I was wrong.

      I thought for sure you meant “fine people without remorse.”

    4. Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, I’m just a robot. I was just a bunch of bits and pieces put together in a factory by your scientists …

      1. +1 Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer

  43. Although Mike Tyson is a convicted rapist he still would have classed up the GOP Convention.

    LET TYSON SPEAK!

    1. LET TYSON SQUEAK!

      FTFY

  44. On today’s grid, 31 Down runs straight through the center of the puzzle. The answer: HAREM. The clue: “Decidedly non-feminist women’s group.” Groan.

    Forgive me for being confused, but isn’t a harem ACTUALLY a decidedly non-feminist women’s group, by all those words’ definitions? It’s a group of women who are held in sexual slavery.

    Or does Ms. Graham long for the days of sexy Ottoman murder?

    1. Hey, looks who’s back!

    2. Even the Slate commenters are hammering that article.

  45. The Democrats continue to go full Nazi.

    Finally making good on long-harbored anger at conservative media, Democrats on the Federal Election Commission voted in secret to punish Fox News’ sponsorship of a Republican presidential debate, using an obscure law to charge the network with helping those on stage.

    It is the first time in history that members of the FEC voted to punish a media outlet’s debate sponsorship, and it follows several years of Democratic threats against conservative media and websites like the Drudge Report.

    The punishment, however, was blocked by all three Republicans on the commission, resulting in a 3-3 tie vote and no action.

    A Republican FEC commissioner leading that fight, Lee E. Goodman, revealed the vote to Secrets Wednesday and said the official report of the May 26 executive vote will be released Thursday.

    1. Speaking of Nazis, have any of those people out in California been arrested yet for trying to kill the Nazi protesters?

      1. I was wondering that as well. Too lazy to follow up. I don’t suppose authorities ever found the wife of Omar Mateen, either.

        1. When it comes to laziness, I take a back seat to nobody, but I just looked and the cops are “reviewing video” so see if anyone can be identified. I wonder if they’ve ID’d that woman in front of a bank of microphones yet. Also, apparently there’s been criticism that they didn’t prevent the attacks.

          http://www.sacbee.com/news/loc…..48757.html

    2. using an obscure law to charge the network with helping those on stage.

      What obscure law, exactly? What was the FEC charging Fox with that CNN wasn’t doing when they sponsored the democrat debates?

      I’m sure the answer is petty, and most likely selectively applied also, but just curious.

      1. You gotta click that link to find out what the “obscure law in ” is. Just like the link to tell you the one trick that will make you lose weight.

        Can’t just tell you.

        1. Wait, where’s the link?

          I didn’t see one in John’s comment and he’s not referencing a PM link as far as I can tell.

          1. Oops, I meant those stupid ad that are always saying stuff like “This one simple trick” or “A new law in ” that are spammed across sites like Reason to make money.

    3. The real question is “Who is Secrets Wednesday?”

  46. Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately with Bill Clinton in Phoenix, but insists they didn’t discuss the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton or any other “pending matters” within the Justice Department.

    Topic: Would it be okay if Hil nominates Bill to SCOTUS?

    1. would it be “Ok”?
      “Maybe”, in theory.
      “No way” in practice. on like 4 levels.

      tho something which people overlook – there’s no judicial requirement to serve. You don’t *have* to be a career jurist. I don’t know who else in the past has served that had no prior background, but there’s some legitimate arguments that there should be at least one “outsider” on the bench

      1. Ive suggested myself for the non-lawyer position in the past.

        I can read the constitution just fine.

        And on all the non-constitutional issues, I can read the briefs which will point me towards the appropriate stuff.

        Laws shouldnt be written for lawyers anyway.

        1. Just talking with a coworker about the amount of stupidity in laws when the pols try to get involved in tech issues. And with patents.

          Would be great to have someone on the SC who was tech savvy instead of a lawyer. He could explain to the others why so many of the tech laws are retarded.

          1. Call me skeptical since techies are some of the biggest believers in Top Men.

        2. Ive suggested myself for the non-lawyer position in the past

          I wasn’t personally suggesting “Non-lawyer” so much as “non-jurist”

          Tho there is no constitutional requirement to be a lawyer to sit on the SC either. (every justice so far has been)

  47. Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately with Bill Clinton in Phoenix

    And we continue to get the government that other people deserve. Shameless.

  48. John Kerry’s State Department — staffed with very smart people:

    “ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — Gay men in Ivory Coast say they’ve been assaulted and forced to flee their homes after the U.S. Embassy published a photo of them signing a condolence book for victims of this month’s killings at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/iv…..-massacre/

    1. I didn’t know the Ivory Coast was in the Bible Belt.

      1. Your’re saying that it’s probably those gosh darn Christian Republicans again?

        1. Well, considering it can’t be related to Islam…

    2. She said the embassy was in contact with the men and encouraged them to report the attacks to police.

      Brilliant!

    3. Way to go, America.

  49. Miss Teen USA, to be held in Las Vegas next month, will be dropping its swimsuit competition.

    And its ratings instantly drop to zero.

    1. How old are the contestants? Honestly, if they’re under 18, I would feel weird watching.

      1. Too old.

        /OMWC

      2. That “weird” feeling is perfectly normal for young men of a certain age.

        1. I’m dad age for all of the contestants. Different weird feeling.

  50. Ok, so imagine this:

    Hillary Clinton nominates Bill Clinton to be her Vice Presidental running mate. After the election, Hillary then resigns, at which point Bill Clinton becomes president.

    Thoughts?

    1. It could happen.

    2. I’ve asked about it in Biden/Obama context and apparently once you were elected as president twice, you can’t go on presidential or VP ballot.

      1. Here’s the XXII Amendment:

        Section 1. No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once. But this article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.

        Well, Bill wouldn’t be elected to the office of the President in that case.

      2. That’s not how I read the amendment.

        No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice

        1. True enough. But the last line of the *12th* Amendment reads as follows:

          But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.

  51. The UK does not deserve this man. h/t to Bob Murphy

    Maybe if we clone him tomorrow he’ll be ready to run against Hillary Clinton’s grandchild fifty years down the line.

    1. Beautiful. I must admit, not knowing his views on trade, I’d assumed he’d be a trade protectionist. I’m pleasantly surprised.

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