A.M. Links: Gary Johnson Polls 10 Percent, Boris Johnson Drops Out of British Prime Minister Contest, Is Hillary Clinton Eyeing Elizabeth Warren for V.P.?

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  • GaryJohnson2016.com

    New poll: Hillary Clinton 41 percent, Donald Trump 36 percent, Gary Johnson 10 percent.

  • Will Hillary Clinton pick Elizabeth Warren as her running mate?
  • "The question of who will lead Britain into its future outside the European Union—a muddled mess for nearly a week—was further scrambled Thursday, with the camp that had favored an exit splintering into warring tribes and forcing former London mayor Boris Johnson to drop from the contest to become prime minister."
  • According to Turkish officials, the terrorists who attacked the Istanbul airport yesterday were from Russia, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan.
  • Suicide bombers in Afghanistan killed at least 27 newly graduated police cadets.
  • Chicago is raising the legal age to buy tobacco products to 21 this week.

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  1. Hillary Clinton 41 percent, Donald Trump 36 percent, Gary Johnson 10 percent.

    So close.

    1. The gap is closing!

      1. The only gap that’s closing is the “terror” gap.

        Look for more assault legislation targeted at the Second Amendment after Hillary gets into office.

      2. Whoever told Clinton to campaign with Warren should be fired. When you’re unpopular, you don’t campaign with someone even more unpopular.

    2. Hello.

      10% is like 15%, right?

  2. 197) A Washington Post article on how the boycott against North Carolina has been especially hard on LGBT-friendly Asheville.

    Yes, progressives, it turns out when you mindlessly carry out a boycott against an entire state, it’s the urban, tourist-dependent areas where most gays live that will be the hardest hit. Oh, you didn’t realize North Carolina has places like that? You figured the whole state was a big mess of rednecks ’cause, you know, it’s the South, right? Just boycott ’em all ’til they see how ignorant they are and come back with their tails between their legs, begging for forgiveness from all the enlightened people in the rest of the country?

    Well, here in the real world, you’re not changing anybody’s minds with your bullshit even as you cause the most harm to the people you’re trying to help (who didn’t need your assistance in the first place). Congratulations!

    1. That boycott is a real thing? I assumed it was mostly just empty threats on social media that would die after a week.

      1. It’s less of a boycott since none of them are putting money where their mouths are. Mostly they’re just hassling national businesses to curtail their plans there.

    2. I’m stoked about having the beach to myself when i go to Hatteras next month.

      1. Will the dunes at KDH be kid-empty?

      2. Yeah, about that….

    3. Good. Someone needed to rub it in their stupid, smug, collective faces.

      Honestly, how retarded are celebrities to jump on that? You would think they’d have a little more of a nuanced take on things. But every time an issue or event demands such, they flop and display an utter banal interpretation.

      1. “You would think they’d have a little more of a nuanced take on things.”

        Celebrities?! Nuanced?!!!

        To quote sage, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    4. I’m surprised nobody thought of the obvious answer: an anti-boycott law. They had one in Montgomery, Alabama, and it worked great!

      True libertarians wouldn’t object – after all, the government has already *conceded the principle* of violating freedom of association, so as the government thinks of more ways to violate that right, there’s no point resisting.

      /sarc

      1. “You *will* come to North Carolina, and you *will* spend lots of money, or we’ll sue you for the losses we incurred based on your hate!”

    5. I love that a carpetbagger-laden state featuring finance-dependent Charlotte and Hippieville is somehow a jewel of Old South Conservatism that must be brought into line economically by Those Who Know Best.

      1. And the best part of an SJW boycott? No SJWs.

  3. Will Hillary Clinton pick Elizabeth Warren as her running mate?

    Trump will see his opponents bleeding out of wherever! Oh, wait…

    1. “Will Hillary Clinton pick Elizabeth Warren as her running mate?”

      Oh God, please let it be true. This election is going to be so epic.

      1. The Evil Granny Ticket.

        1. True story: My fraternity had this one dude who would always volunteer to go to the video store and pick up an adult video for us to watch. But he was into some freaky shit and would always come back with the worst movies. We finally had to cut him off when the movie he came back with was “Slamming Granny in the Fanny.” I kind of feel like somebody allowed him to pick the candidates for the election this year.

          1. The guitarist in the band I was playing in back in those days came over with a paper bag.

            “I have this great movie!”
            “What’s it called?”
            “Fuck My Face.”
            “What’s it about?”

            long pause…

          2. “You idiot! I can’t get off to this! Wait a minute… maybe i can. I just need to see this as a challenge.”

          3. LOL.

            I had a friend in college who was into older women.

            When young women prospective students would visit, we would all be checking out the young women… while this guy would be checking out their moms. It was funny.

            1. Ok, so a group of my girlfriends go to Florida every year and stay for a week. A few times they meet up with the same group of guys. Said group of guys has disassociated from one guy, who has a granny fetish, and visits FL to score with grannies.

        2. Game of Crones?

          1. More like Cougartown AM I RIGHT FELLAS?

      2. Please, no. We don’t need to compound the folly that will be the 2017-2021

      3. Some member of the commentariat surfaced the idea that Hillary would choose *Bill*.

        Now, *that* would be epic!

        1. I thought you had to be eligible to be President to be VP.

          1. Nope, he could do it.

      4. I want Hillary to choose Monica as running mate.

        Hillary/Monica 2016.

        The Woman and the Other Woman to represent all women.

        1. Oh, forgive me, but I’d vote for that. If only because I’d have to assume the only way Monica would agree to it would be if she’s planning to kill Hillary and assume the presidency. Monica/Revenge 2016!

        2. Vote Us! We both suck!

          1. It took me a second to get it; that was really funny.

      5. It’s like they’re trying to get every sane man in the country to turn out against them. Hell, I might vote just so that I can say that I told Liz Warren and Hillary Clinton to go to hell.

        Surely Hitlery will go with Castro or Bernie. She can’t be this desperate or stupid.

    2. Heap big Moon Hut

    3. False. Neither Clinton nor Warren is technically a mammal.

      1. The Dem’s well is getting dry.

        1. Fortunately for them, there’s lotions for that.

          1. It puts the joke in the comment or it gets the hose again.

            1. “I’ll hurt your squirrel, mister!”

    4. I find it hard to believe: Hillary and most progs believe that many Americans have reservations about women in power. Because of that belief, I suspect she’ll go for a male running mate, someone perceived by pundits to be a conservative Democract, like Joe Manchin (not saying it would be Manchin but in that vein).

      1. Compromise, then. Go transgender.

        1. BUCKLE UP BUCKAROO!

      2. Fuck Due Process 2016!

  4. So 10% are into Johnson? Isn’t that what the LGBTQ lobby has been saying all along?

    1. Heh.

    2. LOL. Campaign slogan for Johnson 2016:

      “Erect me, and all of your wildest dreams will come true.”

  5. According to Turkish officials, the terrorists who attacked the Istanbul airport yesterday were from Russia, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan.

    These kinds of things never happened when they were Soviet Bloc nations! Go Socialism!

    1. You don’t have time to terrorize when you have to wait in line at the grocery store for turnips. How many Venezuelan terrorists do you see?

    2. Their motivation, however, still remains a mystery.

    3. So, christian fundie conservative republicans.
      and white.

      1. It’s the only explanation. This is why we need more gun control.

    4. According to Turkish officials

      I’d roll out my biggest boulder of salt for any sentence that starts like that.

  6. The question of who will lead Britain into its future outside the European Union…

    Is Mr. Bean available?

    1. I would prefer Blackadder.

      1. Blackadder the 2nd preferably.

        1. “A man may fight for many things. His country, his principles, his friends. The glistening tear on the cheek of a golden child. But personally, I’d mud-wrestle my own mother for a ton of cash, an amusing clock and a sack of French porn.”

          1. Blackadder against Brexit, confirmed?

          1. Oh, hells yes.

            “One man, one vote. Vetinari’s the man, so he’s got the vote.”

            I’ve actually used that line on numerous occasions around the office.

            “Oh, you think this is a democracy? One man, one vote right? Well . . . “

            1. That was my father’s line when I was a kid.

    1. Why have the polls been all over the map lately?

      1. Why have the polls been all over the map lately?

        Because the choices are shit sandwich vs. turd panini.

        1. Puh-LEEZ. It’s “turd taco,” for the sake of alliteration.

          1. Then it needs to be something like shit shortbread.

    2. The gap closed another percentage point already. Being on stage with Warren is not a good photo op.

  7. Will Hillary Clinton pick Elizabeth Warren as her running mate?

    Al Franken.

    1. Good god

    1. Uh… why were they looking in his rectum? “I’m not into butt stuff, i’m just checking to make sure YOU’RE not into butt stuff.”

      1. They were missing a cucumber.

        1. And then they all looked at him????

      2. They were tired of the salad tasting like shit?

    2. The 39-year-old, who has not been named, has been suspended by a local branch of the Religious Affairs Directorate

      RAD!

    3. “I, uh, fell on it. Damnest thing.”

    4. Explains the 72 ounces of extra virgin olive oil in his cupboard.

    5. The cucumber had pork products in it?

    6. “I was gardening in the nude, as is my wont, and ….”

    7. He needs to chew his food better.

    8. I’ll pass on that dinner invite, thanks.

    9. He should have used a corn cob for plausible deniability.

  8. Suicide bombers in Afghanistan killed at least 27 newly graduated police cadets.

    A better argument for open immigration I cannot make.

    1. All immigrants are a net asset. This is known.

    2. *Raises eyebrow*

      I like this comment solely because I am not sure how to interpret it. It’s like the ending of Take Shelter

      1. Or the New Caprica arc on BSG.

  9. Belarusians strip naked after accidental order from their president

    Belarusians have been stripping down naked at their offices and posting images to social media after a slip of tongue by autocratic leader Alexander Lukashenko left him suggesting people should “get undressed and work”.

    “Innovations, IT technologies, privatisation ? it is all clear. We’ve conquered all of them. But in the end, it is very simple: one should get undressed and work,” the leader told a conference in Minsk last week.

    Analysts of Russian say that the 61-year-old Mr Lukashenko probably meant to say “develop” instead of strip off, as the two verbs sound very similar.

    1. /adds Belarus to bucket list

      1. No shit. The advertising campaign could write themselves.

    2. meant to say “develop” instead of strip off, as the two verbs sound very similar.

      Next, he’s going to subvert his own autocracy by pulling an Ai Wei Wei-style “Grass Mud Horse Covering The Middle”.

      1. I’m going to say vodka had a role to play.

    3. Funny how all the office workers are young and attractive.

  10. Will Hillary Clinton pick Elizabeth Warren as her running mate?

    Not if Warren thinks she could do better.

    1. Are you saying Warren would take back her support for Hillary like some kind of… some kind of…

      1. Indian giver? (Yes, I went there.)

        1. Would Warren gyp Hillary by welshing on the deal?

          1. Maybe Her Imperial Majesty will try to jew Fauxcohantas down on agenda influence.

  11. …the camp that had favored an exit splintering into warring tribes and forcing former London mayor Boris Johnson to drop from the contest to become prime minister.

    Would they be interested at all in a failed real estate mogul from across the pond, I wonder.

  12. “Will Hillary Clinton pick Elizabeth Warren as her running mate?”

    The Untouchables.

    /smirk.

  13. The Window for Avoiding a Dangerous Climate Change Has Closed

    That’s the stark conclusion of a report out in Nature today, which finds that the carbon reductions pledges penned into the Paris Agreement are ridiculously inadequate for keeping our climate within a safe and stable boundary.

    OK. Then maybe you jerks can SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT IT.

    We’re doomed, we’re doomed, we get it… you can take off your sackcloths, wash away the ashes and stop ring that annoying damn bell in the town square. Lie down and quietly die and leave the rest of us to it.

    1. Somehow, i don’t see the typical watermelon doing that. It may be too late to force other people to change, but it’s never too late to punish them.

      1. Now they can be smugger than ever. That’s better than being alive.

    2. I love how they use finite objects for metaphors about Mother Nature.

      Yes, nature and its Mother operate like a window.

      Fucking squared headed pant shitting idiots.

    3. That’s the stark conclusion of a report out in Nature today, which finds that the carbon reductions pledges penned into the Paris Agreement are ridiculously inadequate for keeping our climate within a safe and stable boundary.

      Should I interpret that to mean that someone finally read the instructions from the manufcturer???

      What the heck are they talking about? It should be taken as further proof that the warmists are taking us for fools.

      1. I am 100% confident that, 50 years from now, the climate scare will be viewed with the same incredulous bemusement as the tulip craze, phlogiston, and phrenology are now.

        1. Like the Global Cooling scare of the 1970s?

          The long march through the institutions has covered their errors from such scrutiny or mockery before.

  14. Safe indeed. *haughty stare*

    Driver accused of crashing into marijuana dispensary while high on marijuana

    lan Alcantara hit an empty parked car near Stumptown Cannabis on Southeast 82nd Avenue around 1:05 a.m. and then crashed into the back wall of the business, according to a probable cause affidavit. He caused more than $1,000 in damages to the other car and the building, court papers said.

    Alcantara’s passenger was taken to a hospital with a concussion, and Alcantara admitted to a Clackamas County sheriff’s deputy to using marijuana before the crash, the affidavit said. He was booked into the Clackamas County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, reckless endangering, criminal mischief and fourth-degree assault.

    1. Green on green crime.

    2. He caused more than $1,000 in damages to the other car and the building, court papers said.

      So, a scratch.

      I’ve seen repair bills. This ain’t the 90’s. That’s a scratch and three inches of chipped masonry.

  15. Ooh matron! Private school ‘sacks mother of one who posed in racy lingerie for calendar to raise money for injured soldiers’

    A matron at a private school has been sacked after posing in a raunchy calendar supporting injured soldiers, it was claimed last night.

    Keira Goodwin has appeared in the Hotties for Heroes calendar since 2011 and has helped raise more than ?30,000 for ex-servicemen and women.

    But the 34-year-old has reportedly been told to leave Giggleswick boarding school in North Yorkshire, where she had worked for five months, after staff found out about the calendar.

    1. Giggleswick

      And here I thought JK Rowling made up all those nonsense words in Harry Potter.

    2. “Giggleswick”? God, i love British place-names.

      1. My favorite: Dogsnogging.

        1. I know, but what’s your favorite British place-name?

    3. Googles quick Giggleswick matron pic.

    4. Giggleswick? They have a lot of nerve firing this teacher when that’s their name.

    5. Has anyone made a joke about the school name yet? I DON’T LIKE IT WHEN THEY GIGGLE AT MY WICK!

    6. +1 calendar of the grans of the girls on the seventh floor

      1. You’re so boss-eyed.

    7. UK seems to be battling US for most prudish country in the West.

    8. Would. Oh hell yes, would.

  16. We’re going to need more Johnsons.

    1. That is a fetish not even I had heard of, and I’ve seen cake farting videos in 3D.

      1. +1 squat cobbler

      2. A man of taste and refinement, our SugarFree.

        1. Pleased to meet you.

          1. Check the hand first, Hammie.

          2. Anyone guess your name yet?

            1. Everyone will know my name once I perfect my way of making sealing wax.

    2. First thing I thought of was someone who watched this lady let her dog shit on the sidewalk day after day and never picked it up

      1. Yep.

        “And those people who bag the shit and leave *that* on the street — They’re even *worse*!”

      2. My first thought was a crazy homeless person. It is New York.

    3. The suspect is described as about 40 years old, 6 feet tall and 200 pounds.

      I said do you speaka my language? He just smiled an gave me a hepatitus sandwich.

      1. Am I a bad person for LOLing at that?

        1. Not at all. It just means that you come from a land down under.

          1. Where women glow and men plunder.

  17. Blue Cross, Health Net drop Affordable Care Act marketplace plans

    Two major health insurance companies, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and Health Net, will drop Affordable Care Act plans next year in Maricopa and Pinal counties, forcing tens of thousands of consumers to switch plans next year.

    Stung by financial losses on marketplace plans in 2014 and 2015, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona has filed documents with the Arizona Department of Insurance to discontinue such plans in Maricopa and Pinal counties. About 44,000 Blue Cross Blue Shield customers will need to find new sources of health coverage for 2017.

    Similarly, state filings show Health Net will drop Affordable Care Act plans in Maricopa and Pinal counties next year, eliminating coverage for about 14,000 current Health Net customers. It intends to sell only mid-level silver and gold marketplace plans in Pima County next year, according to the insurer’s filings.

    1. *steeples fingers*

      Good. Goooood.

      1. This is only going to set the stage for “Single Payer”, a leftist euphemism for Government Monopoly Health Insurance.

    2. And supporters smugly mock talk of a death spiral. It’s like they thought it would happen all at once. Death spirals take time, folks, and you’re watching it happen right now.

      1. Yup. So much this. Its about a year behind where I thought it was, but Rome wasn’t burned in a day, you know.

  18. Will Hillary Clinton pick Elizabeth Warren as her running mate?

    Alien/Predator 2016

    But seriously, I’m SURE that will help her appear more trustworthy

    1. Lizzie’s a two-fer for the Clinton Campaign.

      She’ll lock up both the Massachusetts vote and the Native-American vote.

      1. I bet Warren plays as well among Natives as the campaign against the Redskins.

      2. Wait, we let Indians vote? Since when?

    2. Maleficient/Cruella DeVil 2016

    3. Clinton just strikes me as an incompetent and vaguely corrupt Washington insider politician, so business as usual.
      Warren strikes me as the embodiment of progressive evil, greed, and stupidity. This will not help with independent voters, and it’s not like progressives were going to vote for Trump, or risk Trump winning by voting for Stein.

  19. VA Colluding with Union to Promote Anti-Reform Rally

    An official at a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital is helping the largest federal employee union oppose efforts to reform the agency’s network of hospitals.

    The public affairs officer at the Cheyenne VA Medical Center in Wyoming has advertised a rally organized by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) next week to protest recommendations made by members of an independent commission that would overhaul VA healthcare, according to internal communications obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

    “I wanted to make sure you were aware that the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is planning a ‘Keep the Promise to Veterans Rally’ outside the Cheyenne VA gates, on July 6 from 0700-0900 to protest the Commission on Care’s proposed recommendations,” Samuel House, public affairs officer at the Cheyenne VA Medical Center, wrote in a “message to Cheyenne VA partners” last Friday sent to an unknown email list.

    1. So actual astroturfers

    2. Good thing the Obama administration is holding them accountable.

      1. To my knowledge, not one single VA administrator has been fired for the rampant fraud, malfeasance, and negligence. I do know a number have collected bonuses based on fraudulent data, and as far as I know none of them have been made to pay them back.

        You get more of what you reward, and less of what you punish.

        In the VA, fraud and negligence are rewarded, not punished. Ergo . . .

  20. Hillary Clinton Bundlers Stand to Benefit from Pledged Green Energy Subsidies

    Clinton’s green energy investor bundlers have been deeply involved in prior efforts at the state and federal levels to secure taxpayer funds for such companies. A Clinton presidency would virtually guarantee additional subsidies and government incentives.

    “I met yesterday in Chicago with a big group of clean renewable energy businesses and they’re just ready to go,” she said at an Iowa campaign stop in November. “But they need some help from the government.”

    That meeting was in fact a campaign fundraiser at the home of Michael Polsky, the chairman and chief executive of green energy firm Invenergy. He is one of a handful of Illinois-based bundlers for Clinton’s campaign who are deeply involved in the green energy industry, and have leveraged political connections to steer taxpayer funds to that industry.

    Worked out so well the first time.

    1. Government can overturn fundamental laws of economics, why not physics, too?

  21. Petty bureaucrats vote to remove library mascot

    Over children’s petitions and voters’ protests, the City Council has voted to fire Browser the library cat.

    But the book-loving feline may yet have another life. If the council doesn’t reconsider at a special called meeting Friday, his friends and fans voew to force a November election on whether the library can keep its six-year reading mascot.

    Declaring that “City Hall and city businesses are no place for animals,” Councilman Elzie Clements led what Browser’s fans call a sneak attack on June 14, ending in a 2-1 vote giving the former shelter cat 30 days to find a new home.

    1. If absolute power leads to absolute corruption, it follows that small and petty power leads to small and petty abuses of same.

    2. The cat had been at the library for six years without incident or complaint. The mayor, who’s against this, believes the issue only came up after “a city employee wasn’t allowed to keep a pet at work.”

      So bureaucratic pettiness.

      1. Why not just fire the employee and pay the attorneys fees? Its all city money and good press for the mayor.

      2. If this sticks, I’d put up a big sign in the library with a picture of Bowser and the council members who voted to evict him, with explanatory captions.

    3. “his friends and fans voew to force a November election”

      I would have thought they would “veow” to force a November election…

  22. Email story won’t end for Clinton

    “If the FBI concludes that Clinton did not engage in any criminal conduct ? I anticipate that we will know about those findings before the election, to remove the cloud,” said Steven Levin, a former federal prosecutor. “If the FBI were to identify criminal conduct, such a disclosure would affect the election, something that the Department of Justice has a policy against doing,” he added. “So I think we should expect to see something of that nature post-election.”

    Emphasis added. “Affect the election”?! Isn’t that what all this fucking campaigning is for?

    1. So much for justice being blind.

      1. Again, shut down the State Department and DOJ “until we understand what is going on”.

        1. Awesome.

        2. Congress needs its own DOJ.

    2. So all those guys on the FBI most wanted list just declared they’re running for president?

    3. Well, informing the public that an investigation revealed Clinton is a criminal, lying hack who would sell us all for a small bag of wonga might affect the way we vote. And tampering with elections is wrong.

      1. Once Hillary is elected, the only real remedy is impeachment, and the Democrats in the Senate will never allow a conviction. So suck it, all you idiots who think the rule of law means anything!

    4. I keep repeating. How the heck can any reasonable person endowed with a functioning critical mind and moral compass vote for that wench?

      SHE’S TROUBLE.

      We know she’s trouble. She’s causing trouble before our very eyes.

      Why vote for trouble waiting to happen?

      1. How the heck can any reasonable person endowed with a functioning critical mind and moral compass vote for that wench?

        I know quite a few reasonable people who are worried about Cheeto Jesus winning the election.

        He’s a proto-fascist dumbass. She’s a corrupt authoritarian wench.

        Choose!

      2. BECUZ TROOMP

      3. TEAM!!

        I don’t get it, but there it is. 45% of the US would rather be ruled by an incompetent criminal who has done nothing but fuck up the petty deals that mouth breathing politicians handle adroitly all the time than admit that their TEAM hasn’t a single national politician with an original idea or an ounce of leadership. Basically, the same reason another 45% of the country are voting for the other TEAM.

      4. They’re all trouble. Is there reason to think Clinton would be particularly more awful than others? Than her husband?

    5. So, if the FBI doesn’t make disclosures that would affect the election, how can they disclose that they have cleared her?

      1. Touche, nice point.

  23. Few Top Schools Require History Majors to Broadly Study U.S.’s Past
    Group says niche classes, like ‘Baseball in U.S. History,’ don’t cut it

    A new report by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a nonprofit group that advocates for accountability at schools, found that just 23 of the institutions among the 76 deemed to be the “best” by U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 rankings require history majors to take at least one U.S. history course.

    Many elite schools, including Rice University and Johns Hopkins University, may require students to take courses about events from before 1750, or on East Asian and sub-Saharan African politics, without also demanding that they study the creation of the U.S. Constitution or the civil-rights movement.

    The association said in its report that the absence of mandates that history majors take U.S. history classes with chronological and thematic breadth is “a truly breathtaking abandonment of intellectual standards and professional judgment.”

    1. But if you’re specializing in European history, do you really need to take a US history class?

    2. Few Top Schools Require History Majors to Broadly Study U.S.’s Past

      Bullshit.

      All top schools require Feminist Studies.

    3. How far Hopkins has fallen.

    4. I disagree with the basic premise of that article, which is that “elite” is synonymous with quality.

    5. Even if history was required, students would be fed a diet of America’s past wrongs, with little focus on the classical liberal values that led to its founding.

      So either way, it won’t make much of a difference.

    6. Wait, history majors get to take Baseball in US History? I thought that was one of those non-major courses like Rocks for Jocks or Physics for Poets.

    7. This is interesting. Rice is, of course, in Houston, Texas. And Texas requires (at least it did when I was in college) six hours of US history. My daughter is now in college and has taken the same required courses.

  24. US Media Scrutinize Wave of Chinese Migrants Illegally Crossing From Mexico

    The San Diego Union-Tribune broke the story earlier this month, saying it obtained U.S. Customs and Border Protection data showing the agency caught 663 Chinese nationals making the illegal crossing from Mexico into San Diego, California, from last October through May.

    The newspaper said the latest apprehensions compared to only 48 Chinese migrants being caught along that part of the border in the previous 12 months, reflecting an increase of more than 13 times for the current fiscal year, with four more months to go.

    Since the data emerged, several migration analysts have been quoted in U.S. news reports trying to explain the significance of the jump in illicit border crossings by Chinese migrants.

    1. I guess we need to build a Great Wall.

    2. this isn’t an argument for or against open borders, but if the people who were illegally migrating over the border were college educated people willing to do 80,000 a year jobs for $30,000 I have a feeling that not only would there be a wall there would be razor wire, mines and orders to shoot on sight, xenophobia or race wouldn’t even be a topic of conversation.

      1. They took our cushy academic positions!

      2. See: How most hospitals feel about H1B docs being granted green cards.

    3. I would expect Chinese intelligence assets to be a more-than-insignificant part of the border jumpers.

      It costs a pretty penny to fly from China to Mexico or Guatemala and make the hike here, in order to earn less than minimum wage.

      The cost/benefit ratio doesn’t quite make sense.

      1. Whatever, just as long as my Chinese lunch buffets only ever cost me eight bucks and tip.

  25. Headline on article: Penguin population could drop 60 percent by end of the century

    From the study: The direct or indirect effects of this warming are detrimental to Ad?lie penguin populations and could lead to population declines at ~30% of colonies by 2060 and ~60% of colonies by 2099 (Fig. 5). With continued warming, new bare rock nesting habitats may become available as glaciers disintegrate but colonization will likely be limited to southern localities27.

    Problem: The headline is from the article at phys.org which confuses “population declines in 60% of penguin colonies” with “population decline of 60%”. Really? Phys.org doesn’t understand basic science reporting (or at least employs headline writers who don’t) or they just push a lie for the click and the bucks?

    Bonus from the study: WAP Ad?lie penguin populations may have undergone similar population boom and busts in the geologic past because the current rate of warming, while highly unusual, is not unprecedented24.

    DENIERS!!!

    1. Let’s say Adelie penguin populations do decline by 60% because the environment is warmer. Won’t those 40% be the ones better suited for a warmer climate? And won’t they reproduce more without competition from all those cold-adapted penguins, so more of their children will survive, and the population will rise?

      1. Fucking survival of the fittest, how does it work?

      2. They’ll actually be more suited for the cold.

        The threat /warming/ has to penguins is that it reduces glacial ice cover. With less ice cover, penguins are less protected from snowstorms.

        The thing is, though, that Antarctica’s ice has been growing despite the global “warming” so penguins aren’t even threatened at the moment by current climate change, which is in their favor.

    2. 84 years is a long enough timeline that an incorrect prediction wouldn’t result in harm from public shaming.

    1. don’t they understand that the point of hurling insults is to hurt the person your addressing’s feelings?

    2. I actually made it through War and Peace. That cartoon was impossible to read to the end.

      1. Hah. Yeah, every “cartoon” I see there goes on and on forever.

    3. All I could think was that they didn’t understand what neckbeard means. It’s when you grow a beard to distinguish your face from your neck, usually a thin strip. Fat dudes with stubble are just dudes, but the neckbeard doesn’t do anyone any favors. It’s making fun of a fashion choice, like the man bun.

      I actually like man buns, admittedly.

      1. Henchman 24: “Here’s a tip. A beard is no substitute for a jawline, no matter how you trim it.”

      2. Man buns can look pretty good, but they are getting passe already. I see too many of them.

        1. man buns with tiny fedoras on them

        2. Man buns can look pretty good

          You are part of the problem, lady.

        3. Do you pro-man-bun ladies also like it when the man lets his hair down? Or is it to be kept in a bun?

          1. Oh yea, much better let down. . . . wipes drool from chin*

    4. Oh FFS there is nothing political about neckbeard. WTF is wrong with these people?

      1. There’s navel gazing, and then there’s farting and wafting it up to your face. Feminists are only ever doing the latter.

        1. I keep saying that site is an elaborate trolling operation and I’m not seeing anything to make me feel otherwise.

    5. Huh, maybe feminism is finally starting to reform. Their own philosophy should have made this insult a no go a long time ago, but they don’t apply their rules for other people to themselves.

      1. Progressives are nothing if not back-biting turncoats, and feminists are no different. It’s what happens when a group puts a premium on extremist thinking, the natural tendency to jockey for position results in internecine warfare much more combative and passionate than what they unleash on outsiders. The narcissism of small differences and all that. So I don’t see this as a reform effort so much as influence-mongering.

    6. So…

      Feminists who look fat and hairy are critical of feminists who shame anti-feminists for being fat and hairy.

  26. The elephant in the economy: A graph explaining Trump and working-class woe

    One possible way to read this chart: Globalization has benefited almost everybody, except for the middle- and working class in wealthy countries. They had previously received a subsidy of sorts: being born in the U.S. Globalization opened up the U.S. working class to competition from the global middle class. This has benefited the global middle class and hurt the U.S. working class.

    If this is accurate, an economist might say that almost everyone in the world has benefited except for some people ? the low skilled in a rich country ? from a more efficient global labor market. In the U.S., leaders say free trade helped the whole world and makes the economy stronger, and the working-class guy looks and sees the U.S. elites are getting richer from globalization, and they say, “screw you.”

    And they vote for Trump.

    1. They arent enough.

      The supposed “elite” who have risen from middle class to upper middle class wouldnt seem to support that theory.

    1. Trudeau has the most punchable face in recent political history.

  27. a few days old but I don’t remember seeing this:

    China’s plan to cut meat consumption by 50% cheered by climate campaigners

    New dietary guidelines drawn up by China’s health ministry recommend that the nation’s 1.3 billion population should consume between 40g to 75g of meat per person each day. The measures, released once every 10 years, are designed to improve public health but could also provide a significant cut to greenhouse gas emissions.

    The Chinese Communist party has found unusual allies among Hollywood celebrities, with actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and director James Cameron involved in a series of new public information adverts encouraging Chinese people to consume less animal flesh to help the environment.

    Should the new guidelines be followed, carbon dioxide equivalent emissions from China’s livestock industry would be reduced by 1bn tonnes by 2030, from a projected 1.8bn tonnes in that year.

    someone is about to get a lot fatter.

    1. Arnie, you disappoint me.

    2. 40g to 75g of meat per person each day

      In American, that’s just under an ounce and a half to two and two-thirds an ounce.

      Of meat.

      Per day.

      Nope.

    3. Meat rations have been increased from 75g to 40g! Double plus good!

      1. Spontaneous celebrations have broken out throughout Airstrip One as the people thank Big Brother for his bounty.

    4. Yawn.

      Environmentalist control freaks first cheered China’s tyrannical one-child policy.

      Now they are cheering their food consumption policy.

      1. And barring rationing at the end of a barrel, they will nod and smile and continue to eat however much goddamn meat they feel like it like any proper person.

  28. The cockroaches of this administration have gotten so brazen that when you turn on the light on they don’t even scurry away. Bid to buy for-profit college by former Obama insiders raises questions

    As the Obama administration cracks down on for-profit colleges, three former officials working on behalf of an investment firm run by President Barack Obama’s best friend have staged a behind-the-scenes campaign to get the Education Department to green-light a purchase of the biggest for-profit of them all ? the University of Phoenix.
    The investors include a private equity firm founded and run by longtime Obama friend Marty Nesbitt and former Deputy Education Secretary Tony Miller. The firm, Chicago-based Vistria Group, has mounted a charm offensive on Capitol Hill to talk up the proposed sale of the troubled for-profit education giant, which receives more than $2 billion a year in taxpayer money but is under investigation by three state attorneys general and the FTC.

    It’s pretty fucking incredible.

    1. Obama’s a giver. He just give and gives and gives. So he breaks off this little piece for himself, why you gotta hate?

      1. If this is the type of stuff they do in plain sight, what the fuck would they be ashamed to hide.

        1. What would they hide? The fact that the fix is in to prevent Hillary from being indicted no matter what the evidence. Although they haven’t really hid that very well, either.

    2. Funny to see all the progs coming to the defense of Obama and his crony. I am sure they are all the same ones who criticized for-profit colleges.

  29. Rasmussen
    White House Watch: Trump 43%, Clinton 39%

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds Trump with 43% of the vote, while Clinton earns 39%. Twelve percent (12%) still like another candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    Last week at this time, it was Clinton 44%, Trump 39%. This is Trump’s highest level of support in Rasmussen Reports’ matchups with Clinton since last October. His support has been hovering around the 40% mark since April, but it remains to be seen whether he’s just having a good week or this actually represents a real move forward among voters.

    ?\_(?)_/?

    1. I couldnt fine the other breakdown. What is Johnson’s number.

        1. sheesh just use Grindr like the rest of you poofters do.

      1. What is Johnson’s number.

        In inches or centimeters?

  30. Judicial Watch: Law Enforcement Sources: Gun Used in Paris Terrorist Attacks Came from Phoenix

    One of the guns used in the November 13, 2015 Paris terrorist attacks came from Phoenix, Arizona where the Obama administration allowed criminals to buy thousands of weapons illegally in a deadly and futile “gun-walking” operation known as “Fast and Furious.”

    1. That’s just perfect, that is. I hope Turkey throws a goddamned fit.

      1. If France does throw a fit, Obama will turn around and try to pass more gun control legislation.

        It’s his style.

        Gun running for the ATF, gun control for the proles.

        1. Hey, good catch.

          Turkey France.

          *moar coffee*

    2. Can’t wait for Sharyl Attkisson to do a follow up.

  31. WAPO paywall defeated by icognito: American gun ownership drops to lowest in nearly 40 years:

    The percent of American households owning guns is at a near-40 year low in the latest CBS News poll released this month.

    According to the survey, which was conducted among 1,001 Americans in the aftermath of the Orlando nightclub shooting, 36 percent of U.S. adults either own a firearm personally, or live with someone who does. That’s the lowest rate of gun ownership in the CBS poll going back to 1978. It’s down 17 points from the highest recorded rate in 1994, and nearly 10 percentage points from 2012.

    Different national polls tend to show slightly different rates of gun ownership. The latest household gun ownership rate in the General Social Survey, in 2014, was 32 percent. The October 2015 Gallup survey showed a higher rate of 43 percent, including guns kept on property outside the home.

    1. And it’s not possible at all that people are lying about having a gun after hearing the Proggies lose their shit and scream for gun bans and possibly even “Australia style” confiscations. No sirree, not possible at all.

      1. +1 I lost my guns while boating. Slid right off the deck.

        1. +1 My dog ate my guns.

    2. So a stranger calls you up and asks if you own a gun, whats the chance you will lie to them?

      1. “I got a loaded .45 here if you wanna come ’round and talk about it some more”

  32. Will Hillary Clinton pick Elizabeth Warren as her running mate?

    Ugh. “Vote Vagina, because if you don’t you’re a filthy, filthy sexist!”

    Spare me.

  33. CA misses one slight bit of inane government meddling:

    “Bill calling for price equity for items marketed to females fails”
    […]
    “Legislation prohibiting stores in California from charging more for products intended for females than for substantially similar items aimed at males has been scuttled in an Assembly committee under opposition from business groups.
    […]
    one lawmaker said he had seen a blue package of 12 Gillette Sensor disposable razors selling for $7.99 at a major retailer, while a dozen pink Gillette Daisy razors for women were priced at $12.99.”
    http://www.sfgate.com/news/art…..333129.php

    Can’t expect women to be smart enough to buy the cheaper ones, can we?

    1. The USSR had full price equity.

      I remember reading this account of a tourist who went shopping from store to store looking for better prices, and then finally remembered that he was in the USSR. The prices were the same everywhere.

      1. I remember a PJ O’Rourke bit on meat prices in the USSR:
        ‘2 rubles per Kilo, fresh spring lamb, stringy old mutton, beef steak, whatever; meat was 2 rubles per Kilo.’

    2. Glad to see there is some sanity.

      Seriously though, why are feminists so attached to the color pink. You don’t have to have a pink razor. Non-colored ones will do just fine.

  34. Talk Of Moving TSA Checkpoints Outside

    Recent attacks on international airports in Brussels and Istanbul have some government agencies looking at expanded security perimeters.

    In both cases, terrorists in Brussels and Istanbul were able to bring bombs into airports, but not past checkpoints.

    Moving those checkpoints to the curb or inspecting cars as they first enter the airport could keep terrorists from ever making it inside.

    “Everyone’s talking about it,” said aviation security expert Denny Kelly. “They’re talking about it in terms of, ‘Can we do this? And if we do it, what’s it going to cost us?'”

    like the terrorists just wouldn’t target the new checkpoint? derp.

    1. Just move the crowded bottleneck to a new location! BRILLIANT!

      1. Preferably somewhere a car or truck could easily access so they aren’t limited to 10-30 lb bombs. Jesus, fuck. I know we separate civilian and military services, but could someone from the Army who was responsible for security in Iraq or Afghanistan please explain to the TSA why this is a bad idea?

        1. Better yet, could the army just defeat the TSA and drive them into exile?

          1. Homeland security I can live with.

  35. Neil deGrasse Tyson Verified account
    ?@neiltyson
    Earth needs a virtual country: #Rationalia, with a one-line Constitution: All policy shall be based on the weight of evidence

    1. “Evidence shows criminals have certain skull shapes”

      1. Yeah, there are some paths this thinking can take which I am pretty certain he would disapprove of.

    2. It’s quite evident that I get pissed when some bureaucrat tells me what I can or cannot do, so I guess we lose the bureaucrats?

    3. Pretty sure Eugenics was supported by the weight of evidence at the time.

      1. Technically, eugenics is still supported by the weight of the evidence. It is only the assertion that ALL men are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable liberties — including the genetically incompetent or criminally inclined — that keeps eugenics at bay.

        1. True. Very true. Let’s just not tell the man who FUCKING LOVES SCIENCE, then.

    4. John’s bete noire had a piece about NDT this morning.

      Professor Tyson, who may be the dumbest smart person on Twitter, yesterday wrote that what the world really needs is a new kind of virtual state ? he wants to call it “Rationalia” ? with a one-sentence constitution: “All policy shall be based on the weight of evidence.” This schoolboy nonsense came under withering and much-deserved derision. Conservatives, who always have the French Revolution in their thoughts, reminded him that this already has been tried, and that the results are known in the history books as “the Terror.”

      1. That’s racist, yo.

      2. Hey, there were no history units required for his degree.

      3. Also, what Tyson and some other rationalists ignore is that emotion–especially empathy–informs the way we treat other people. Reason alone creates humanitarian disasters. The so-called “golden rule” has little to do with reason and much to do with emotion and empathy/sympathy. Reason is good for decision making, but not by itself.

    5. All policy shall be based on the weight of evidence

      and how it compares to the weight of a duck?

    6. Ok, Neil. Show me the evidence that proves that killing people is wrong, even if they’re smug and obnoxious.

    7. Fuck utilitarianism.

    8. Science is the new magic.

      No really. In every age the intellectual elites are assumed to be wizards. That’s why back when everyone was illiterate, the “wizards” knew “magic words” and had “spellbooks”. Illiterates thought literacy was literal magic. As technology advanced, and people became more literate, the smart people knew some Chemistry, so suddenly Alchemists could make immortality rocks and turn led into gold!!

      Now the idiot peasants still think the smart people are magic. It’s now just called “science”. Science has been magic for a while now, ever since Frankenstein was penned. Nowadays, scientists are always right, even when they disagree, hackers can do anything with the magic of computers, and merely being a scientist means you know FAR more than silly mortals.

      1. It’s not just the “illiterates” who fall for the wizard’s bullshit. See Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming.

    9. That is what the horrible “-isms” of the twentieth century claimed they were doing. Hell, it is even what most politicians claim their policies are doing. The problem of course is that social policy is much less cut and dried about what constitutes good evidence than someone like Tyson can glibly assert.

  36. Concealed Carrier Prevents Mass Shooting At SC Nightclub

    After getting into a fight with another person, the 32-year-old suspect pulled out a gun and began to fire at a crowd of people gathered outside of the club, hitting and injuring four, WISTV reports. One of the victims, who holds a concealed-carry permit, shot back in self-defense, hitting the suspect in the leg.

    The suspect has been charged with four counts of attempted murder. He was also charged for unlawfully carrying a weapon and for carrying one while committing a violent crime.

    The concealed carrier who shot back won’t be facing any charges, as his permit to carry was valid.

    1. Yeah, about that – this was covered in a thread last night and someone characterized the bar patrons as flyover country hillbillies. The bad shooter appears rather too dark-complected to sunburn (the literal meaning of redneck – sunburned from agricultural or similar labor). No pictures of the good shooter.

      1. If the concealed carrier is black as well, the story gets the Chicago treatment: buried. If he’s white, there’s a not insignificant chance the media tries giving him the Zimmerman treatment.

        1. Agree about the first. Not so much on the second since the bad shooter had already shot several people before the good shooter opened fire. Also, I don’t believe the good shooter was involved in the original altercation. The media are going to bury this because it’s progs’ worst nightmare: a good shooter stopping a bad shooter, and in a bar no less.

          1. Well, the shooter had apparently been in an argument prior to the incident, so it’s not such a leap to castigating the entire affair as racially motivated if they think they can get away with it (ie if most of the patrons were white, club owner or bouncer was white, shooter was white, etc).

            Not saying it’s a good chance, but the media is so flagrantly mendacious I wouldn’t put it past them.

            1. Oh, I agree about the mendacity of the media, and that they are all-in for gun grabbing. But they know that they can only spin this so far before they get their asses handed to them. Better to not mention it at all rather than risk a discussion of an incident where the facts are not conducive to their POV.

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