Cruz Vs. Trump Continues, Attacker in Nice Had Accomplices, Alleged Terror Plot Against Olympics Stopped: P.M. Links

|

  • Ted Cruz
    John Roca, PacificCoastNews/Newscom

    Sen. Ted Cruz's refusal to endorse Donald Trump as the GOP nominee continues to dominate the political media cycle even as Trump prepares to give his acceptance speech this evening.

  • PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel's speech tonight at the Republican convention will mention that he's "proudly gay" and will warn the party against fighting "unnecessary culture wars" CNN has been told.
  • A French prosecutor says that the truck driver who killed more than 80 people in Nice was not some lone wolf, had accomplices, and had planned the attack for months.
  • Ten people have been arrested in Brazil for allegedly attempting to organize a terror plot against the upcoming Olympics.
  • Trump says that if NATO countries want the United States military to help defend them, they better start shelling out more of their own money.
  • The Department of Justice will attempt to stop health insurance companies Anthem and Cigna from merging and also Aetna and Humana from merging.
  • Roger Ailes is out at Fox News. For real this time.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and don't forget to sign up for Reason's daily updates for more content.

Advertisement

NEXT: Quiet Liberal Victories at the Republican Convention

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  1. …even as Trump prepares to give his acceptance speech this evening.

    If the speech comes in under 140 characters, he has my vote.

    1. “‘Hope and change’ are very common words and not at all a plagiarism of the current president, who Mr. Trump greatly respects”

      1. “As a matter of fact, if Mr. Trump had a son that looked like Trayvon he would look like Trayvon.”

        1. I was born a poor black child.

          1. Get a job.

    2. What in Holy fuck was that?

      EMP? Squirrelaggedon?

      Did this post disappear for anyone else and reappear at 4:55 EDT?

        1. In fact, I didn’t even give you my coat!

      1. Yup. I just assumed it was a local disturbance in the spacetime continuum.

        1. As if a Trump presidency weren’t proof enough.

      2. Is that you Agile ?

  2. It’s time for Dirty Limerick Thursday. I’ll give the first line, and then somebody else give the second one, etc. It’s crowd-sourced bigotry.

    So let’s get started.

    “There once was a faggot from Leeds?”

    1. Whose rectum was jam-packed with beads

        1. He’d more than a dozen

          1. As Northerners don’t spill their seed.

            1. So all ye wildings take heed,

              1. North of England, you dork.

        2. And boys by the dozen

      1. It damn near had killed ’em
        right after he’d filled ’em

    2. …who wasn’t sure about those pelvic bleeds…

      1. …so he asked his doctor, what should I do…

        1. …because that stuff ain’t supposed to be in my poo…

          1. …doctor says, your rhyme needs different beats…

            1. …and stop packing your hiney with Italian meats!

            2. ….doc, you ain’t exactly Keats…

              1. ….I once saw a man with five inch teats

          2. every time I go to the lou.

    3. crowd-sourced bigotry.

      Oh, that is such a band name!

      /not my contribution to the limerick

    4. Hey, this is a public policy blog, there’s no room for your filth in here!

      Ahem…

      There once was an Uncle called Sam
      Whose country had got in a jam
      Everything sucked
      The whole nation was fucked
      Oh, screw it, let’s just write some dirty limericks.

      1. Hey, fucked is a potty word Eddie.

  3. A French prosecutor says that the truck driver who killed more than 80 people in Nice was not some lone wolf, had accomplices, and had planned the attack for months.

    Next you’ll be telling me he wasn’t just motivated by marital problems.

    1. Hey! He had marital problems after the police killed him!

      1. Getting shot SOVLED his marital problems.

      2. With lead those boys in blue had filled him,

    2. Well, his motives are so murky and mysterious that we can’t rule anything out.

    3. Marriage kills more people than terrorism. You can look it up.

  4. Trump says that if NATO countries want the United States military to help defend them, they better start shelling out more of their own money.

    That’s going to put a dent in some of their socialistic tendencies.

    1. Cripes, if I was an American, that alone would make me vote for Trump. It’s about time someone told the Euroweenies that part of their wealth and “advanced” welfare programs were a direct result of the massive multi-decade military subsidy the U.S. gives to its NATO partners.

      Trump should pointedly make the same case to The Hair That Walks Like A Man?? the first time they meet after the U.S. election.

      ____________________________________

      ?Justin Trudeau, for those of you not paying attention…

  5. the truck driver … had planned the attack for months.

    So, *relatively* recently radicalized?

  6. PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel’s speech tonight at the Republican convention will mention that he’s “proudly gay” and will warn the party against fighting “unnecessary culture wars…”

    No one throws out their bread and butter.

    1. All culture wars are necessary

      1. In politics that’s elementary.

  7. “Trump says that if NATO countries want the United States military to help defend them, they better start shelling out more of their own money.”

    Facebook was super butthurt about this today.

    1. Did anyone bother to explain just exactly why Americans should pay to defend Europe instead of Europeans?

      1. So they can have their cake and eat it too. Lots of cake.

        Strong military or generous social welfare state. Choose one.

        1. America must go broke so Europeans can retire before they are 50.

        2. I can have both!

          /Emperor Diocletian

        3. Careful…I’ve heard the French react badly to being told to eat cake.

    2. So now they like excessive military spending? I don’t get that one at all.

      I guess if Trump says it it must be wrong.

      1. You’re just now figuring out the messenger matters ore than the message?

        1. I try to keep an open mind. I don’t want to just assume that everyone is a fucking idiot.

          1. Not all jump on; some get dragged by the patriotic chariot.

      2. Apparently. He’s going to “ruin NATO and give it to Putin”.

        1. And then what? They never seem to be able to explain that one.

      3. “I guess if Trump says it it must be wrong.”

        Ding, ding, ding …. we have a winner.

    3. I imagine. Militaries are expensive. It’s hard to pay for both a welfare state and a military that’ll make your people feel safe. Plus with the European union having such a hard time, some folks are scared that the European countries are going to start attacking each other again.

      1. Plus with the European union having such a hard time, some folks are scared that the European countries are going to start attacking each other again.

        And those people are retarded.

        1. Yeah, pretty much, warring with your neighbors gets you kicked out of power in first world countries. The people worried about the EU countries duking it out are the same ones who believe that the average citizen can’t decide not to eat rat poison without the help of Top Men. There morons with no faith in people’s self-preservation instinct.

          1. They’re the same ones that believe FDR’s rationing, borrowing, central banking and bomb building saved the economy. They’re the same ones that believe constant warfare is the natural state of man and that only a bureaucrat can temper it.

            It takes five paragraphs of carefully worded argumentation to refute five words of progressive stupidity and that’s their doomsday device, their unstoppable weapon of mass retardation.

            1. Libertarian billionaires should fund the creation of an AI for this purpose.

    4. If you explain that a big reason European countries can afford socialistic healthcare is that the USA is subsidizing their defense, people don’t like it. It’s usually met with a lot of denial, or in the case of Euro leftists, claims that they don’t need to be defended and that armies are outdated or something.

      1. Well, let’s just see how they feel after the Fall of Constantinople.

        1. They are going to party like its 1453.

          1. They’ll storm the wall once it’s turned to scree.

        2. “Istanbul”, the name was changed to “Istanbul”. Why? That’s nobody’s business but the Turks.

      2. Wait seriously, they border fucking Russia and China and they think militaries aren’t necessary? The US could get away with that, Canada needs us and Mexico isn’t suicidal, but the EU actually has people who might decide to try a landwar with them.

        1. No, those idiots border Poland and Czech Republic.

          Countries further east know damn fucking well what military is for.

        2. Five minutes talking with a German or French millennial and you realize they live in a complete fantasyland.

      3. The US is also subsidizing their healthcare. We pay through the nose for new drugs because they (and most of the rest of the world) don’t pay market prices.

        1. Yes. On a bad day, one can get a little resentful how much we are lectured to by those who were are heavily subsidizing.

        2. Europe and Australia are going to be really butthurt if the US switches to single payer and stops subsidizing their healthcare.

      4. Another reason they can afford socialized medicine is that we subsidize their drug cost and their R&D on medicine.

        George Bush a conservative ?

        He signed off on Medicare part something which provided government drugs for old people. OK, not good but not terrible.

        But then made it illegal for the government to negotiate price even with their enormous buying power.

        So we , the taxpayers , must pay whatever list price the international drug companies say their drug costs and that’s the price. Period.

        Yet the exACT SAME DRUGS ARE SOLD ALL OVER THE WORLD FOR SOMETIMES DRASTICALLY LOWER PRICES.

        (can you hear me now ?)

    5. It is funny to see it alongside his fans’ butthurt about Ted Cruz’s pledge.

  8. Why didn’t Reason cover this???????: Megyn Kelly Ripped for Baring Flesh During Convention Coverage

    The Fox News anchor was bashed on Twitter Wednesday evening for wearing a form-fitting, spaghetti-strapped top that left her shoulders and upper chest uncovered. Many viewers found the clothing inappropriate for a news anchor.

    “Megyn Kelly’s halter is not appropriate dress for a professional lady at the convention, especially an anchor,” wrote one user.

    “Can’t Greta [Van Susteren] teach that freak not to dress like an escort?” asked another, referring to Kelly’s on-air colleague.

    There are a suspicious lack of photos.

    1. I see zero problem with this.

    2. I’m confused. Are gloves and hats okay if you’re broadcasting in a stadium, but it is enclosed?

      1. Only if the gloves fit snugly and the shoes are ass-ugly.

    3. That is a hell of a question. What is the point of Reason if not to watch this kind of crap and tell us the important shit, like Megyn Kelly’s form fitting outfit, so we don’t have to?

      1. Thank you, John. And can we get some better photos? What in the blazes is Soave doing out there? C’mon, Soave.

        1. Rico is busy listening to The Barber of Seville.

    4. It did look odd. Not because I mind Kelly showing some skin, just because it’s not what reporters at a political event would normally wear.

      1. Wait until Hannity shows up in a leather gimp mask.

    5. http://www.breitbart.com/2016-…..strap-top/

      Breitbart gives some better screen shots.

      1. All I see is the same one again. I really need to judge this one for myself.

      2. OMG!!! She totally looks like a stripper.

      3. Well, it is hot in Cleveland.

            1. Not a picture of Johnny Longtorso. Then again neither is this.

            2. Not for long.

            3. What is the story behind that picture? Some Japanese government program to boost that plummeting population numbers?

        1. She looks fun.

      1. Mmm… I’m looking forward to deviantart perverting those girls.

      2. There’s some weird shit on the interwebs

    6. How would they react if Michelle Obama dressed that way?

      1. Can’t speak for them, but for moi? Vomit.

    7. Anyone who complains about someone else’s apparel should really see a doctor about the stick up their ass.

      1. What a paradoxical comment. You got something against sticks up asses?

      1. They are hot-shaming her.

        1. Plenty of things to shame Megyn Kelly for. Her looks ain’t one of them.

          1. Agreed, naturally. However, she could ease up on the face painting, particularly the eye-liner and lashes.

      2. She’s looking more and more like Claire Underwood. Should we be worried?

        1. As you wish, Dread Pirate Roberts.

    8. It was basically an evening gown. Obviously I don’t have a problem with it, but it is a bit odd looking with a headset.

    9. Uglies and fatties are jealous haters. News at 11.

      1. Don’t forget prudes.

    10. A FOX anchor showing skin? My word!

      1. Roger Ailes is a monster!

      2. That’s what got Roger in trouble…all that beautiful skin.

        1. I have always wondered why so many Republicans sort of end up looking the same at a certain age. Think Cheney, Ailes, Rove. Their jowls are storing something, that’s for sure.

          1. Choad? Ideals? Morals? Mints for all the asskissing they had to do?

        2. I agree, what a delightful lampshade.

      3. “The Fox News anchor was bashed on Twitter Wednesday evening for wearing a form-fitting, spaghetti-strapped top that left her shoulders and upper chest uncovered. Many viewers found the clothing inappropriate for a news anchor.”

        All I know is, you never saw Walter Conkrite in a some dainty thing with spaghetti straps.

        1. And you know how much he had to pay to keep that from his viewers?

    11. “not appropriate dress for a professional lady”

      That would depend on the profession, wouldn’t it?

      But I get it – jealous haters always complain when I show too much flesh.

      But shirts are so stifling, and Speedos are so comfortable!

      1. I like shorts! They’re comfortable and easy to wear!

      2. I’m working on my Eurobelly. Paunchy, but firm. Not some corn fed Dunlop.

    12. Pics or it didn’t happen.

  9. The Department of Justice will attempt to stop health insurance companies Anthem and Cigna from merging and also Aetna and Humana from merging.

    “There is no try (Right, Loretta?); there is only do.”

    1. The insurance companies should hire Bill to lobby for them. That should do the trick.

  10. Are you promiscuous? Ideal number of partners for men and and women revealed (and they aren’t the same!)

    Interestingly, the similarity between the two numbers seems to show a lack of gender double standards and indicates that both men and women aren’t keen on their lover having too many notches on their bed post.

    The number of sexual partners that men thought was ideal is 7.5.

    It was a very similar number to the one women thought was best, which was 7.6.

    FYI ladies, I have only slept with 6.6 women.
    *wink*

    1. This really seems like it would have no meaning all aggregated. That number is going to be very different for a 18 year old and a 30 year old.

    2. How do you get the fractional women? Transexuals?

      1. Little people?

      2. I think he calculates the mean of all Crusty’s at his age in all the possible universes which could exist.

        It could just be base-eleven math joke, though, who knows with this group.

      3. Hermaphrodites?

      4. Minors?

      5. Amputees.

      6. Black chicks.

            1. Well, you could get to 1 and 3/5ths with one gal: Rachel Dolezhal.

      7. He only had 60% of a sex with one of them.

      8. A gentleman never tells.

      9. When you tag team a chick, each guy only gets to count it as .5

    3. Those two numbers are not meaningfully different. Stupid headline.

    4. Are you sleeping with them .3 at a time?

      1. He only gets to 2nd base.

    5. But when you ask them their number, keep in mind that men multiply the actual number by 3, and women divide the actual number by 3.

  11. Is tonight the night that Donald Trump will announce that Donald Drumpf is his running mate?

    1. Why are anti-Trump jokes so often lame? You would think a guy like Trump would inspire better comedy.

      1. You forgot to say that some anti-Trump jokes, you suppose, are good humor.

      2. Because they’re written by “comedians” with agendas (like John Oliver, who came up with the “Drumpf” thing), who are more and more desperate to find something that actually works against the guy instead of benefiting him.

        1. Trying too hard.

        2. One hope I have for the scenario where Trump wins is that those political comedy shows become good again, like they were before the Lightbringer won the Presidency and all satire of the office was banned.

          So far this isn’t inspiring a lot of convenience in that silver lining.

          1. SNL has taken some pretty good shots at Hillary this year.

          2. I read “Lightbringer” as “Littlefinger.” Still works.

      3. In another context, Penny Arcade guys called it “like trying to make fun of a clown”. What are you gonna say, ha-ha, look at his big clown shoes? And his red nose?

    2. This was more in reference to they guy on here who keeps referring to Trump as Drumpf.

    3. Found the shitlord.

  12. http://www.mcclatchydc.com/new…..82637.html

    I suspect there are some people on that “kill list” I wouldn’t advise them to try and kill.

    1. RCMP warns Calgary family their home is on ISIS hit list

      “They [RCMP] basically said, ‘Just keep your eyes open, anything suspicious, any unknown packages on your deck, call her as soon as possible.'”

      Gee, thanks, RCMP.

      “My reaction is ? I went downstairs, I got my rifles out, I got it ready. I’m here, I’m ready to protect my family, my daughter, my wife and my neighbours.”

      Which, unfortunately, violates Canada’s gun storage laws. *sigh*

      1. We can’t really protect you but don’t forget it is illegal to keep those guns where they could do you any good.

        Government, it is what we do together.

      2. Also, right to self-defense is not recognized in Canada. Well it is, but only as a last resort.

        1. Trouble is the people writing the English Bill of Rights were only worried about the king being a tyrant; the idea that Parliament would deny people the right to “have arms for their defence” was totally alien.

        2. Where “last resort” means “you have to call for the police first and then cower before your attackers, stalling them by begging for your life, until the cops hopefully arrive and actually manage to stop/shoot the perps rather than you.”

          Canada’s gun laws are an immoral abomination. If none of us are allowed to protect ourselves with weapons, as in Britain, then cops should have their weapons removed from their possession, as in Britain.

          1. close. There’s also “and if you can run, attempt to do so first”

    1. They should just MOVE on.

      1. Damn, you’re really dropping a bomb on the Philly police union!

        1. Tell ’em Mumia’s giving the keynote.

    1. And in a distraction the company could ill afford, the marketing executive leading the chain’s efforts to rebound after the food scares faces cocaine-possession charges.

      HAHAHAHAHAAA!!

      1. I’m outraged that someone in the restaurant industry is handling cocaine.

        1. I’m outraged that someone in the cocaine industry is dealing to Chipotle

    2. And it looks like more people are finally starting to realize it.

    3. Freebirds is the actually good version of Chipotle.

  13. U.S. seizes domains of KickassTorrents, site’s owner arrested

    The U.S. has dealt a major blow to KickassTorrents, one of the world’s most popular illegal files-sharing websites.

    On Wednesday, law enforcement in Poland arrested the alleged owner of the site, 30 year-old Artem Vaulin of Ukraine.

    1. Aw fuck. That’s the best one!!

    2. The Poles arrested a Ukrainian on behalf of the Americans??

    3. God damn it. Now where am I supposed to get crappy hand cam copies of movies?
      Seriously, where? I haven’t paid for software or a movie in ages.

      1. Also, this is bullshit. Arresting a foreign national on foreign soil for violating US law? Noriega was at least a dictator. Tell me the US isn’t an empire.

  14. What It Means for Trump to ‘Speak From the Heart’

    Eloquently accepting the nomination for vice president at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night, Gov. Mike Pence described his running mate as “a man known for a large personality, a colorful style and lots of charisma.” This characterization of Donald Trump threw into relief the campaign’s strenuous efforts this week to generate euphemisms for Mr. Trump’s shortcomings.

    1. Euphemisms, huh? I wouldn’t know anything about that.

      1. Well, then there’s no sense asking you about a euphemism for “refresh”.

        1. Masturbate?

    2. the campaign’s strenuous efforts this week to generate euphemisms

      The campaign should hang out at HyR for a while.

      1. I’m certainly familiar with strenuous efforts.

        1. Having to switch hands?

          1. I’m ambidextrous!

  15. Hillary Clinton’s “Trump Yourself” app allows users to be insulted by Donald Trump

    The presumptive Democratic nominee launched a Facebook app Thursday called Trump Yourself that logs into your personal page and posts an insult that Trump has relayed toward other people on top of your profile picture.

    Although the insults change each time, FOX8 web producer Dallas Britt gave the new app a try and was told: I have never seen a thin person drink Diet Coke.

    More insults include “fat pig,” “major loser” and “hater and loser.”

    The app also requests access to your emails, which it promptly deletes off your phone

    1. There is no way that app isn’t just loaded with trojans and exploits.

      1. You mean automatic donations to the Clinton Foundation?

    2. wait….that’s supposed to turn people against Trump?

      1. So much of Clinton’s campaign is misconconceived….

      2. Sad.

    3. Uh, isn’t there already a random insult generator that does this? I know I’ve used it good-naturedly on a couple commenters here before.

      1. I think you mean the Trump random tweet generator

  16. Ten people have been arrested in Brazil for allegedly attempting to organize a terror plot against the upcoming Olympics.

    You think they would have abandoned their plans when they realized what a catastrophe the Olympics are going to be anyway.

    1. Well, it would have even been a bigger farce, but I’m guessing the check to the IOC from the Russian Olympic Federation must have bounced.

    2. That is awesome (your take, not the terror plotting business).

      “Achmed, I blew up the track and field stadium like you told me, but I don’t think anyone noticed.”

      1. “That was brilliant, how you made the water so toxic that anyone who touched it began to dissolve!”

        Uh, yeah…yeah, I did that!!

  17. AND I WOULD HAVE GOTTEN AWAY WITH IT TOO, IF IT WEREN’T FOR YOU MEDDLING KIDS

    SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) ? A man who stopped by his newly purchased Southern California home expecting to find its previous owners packing up instead stumbled on one of them dead in a bedroom.

    Mary Karacas, 75, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of killing her 83-year-old live-in boyfriend, Salvatore Orefice, Simi Valley police said. Karacas told detectives that she shot him after they argued.

    The man who bought the house from the couple 30 days earlier found Orefice’s body after going to check on their progress moving out.

    Police say it is not clear when Karacas shot her boyfriend and how long he had been lying in their house before being found. She was not at the property when the homeowner stopped by.

    Authorities found the gun after she told investigators it was in her car.

    1. Mary Karacas, 75, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of killing her 83-year-old live-in boyfriend, Salvatore Orefice, Simi Valley police said. Karacas told detectives that she shot him after they argued.

      Damn. Keeping it spicy in the golden years.

    2. Orefice is a very unfortunate name.

  18. Jack Donovan: No One Will make America Great Again

    I don’t know of anyone else who calls Trump “daddy.” But when I see my peers caught up in stadium-style slave wave that is ready to crown a shifty, wheeling and dealing New York City businessman as America’s savior and “emperor god-king”?

    ?”daddy” does seem uncomfortably appropriate.

    [break]

    Trump can never be Caesar or Hitler or Napoleon or even Mussolini, because the American people aren’t Romans or Germans or French or Italian. They are all and none of those things. They aren’t really anything. They don’t have a shared identity or culture, and their shared history has to do with a pioneering past and the establishment of a form of government that would be recognizable to its founders only as a grotesque perversion of abstract ideals that seemed like a good idea at the time, in a very different world. If some political necromancer resurrected them to do annotate a new edition of the Declaration of Independence, they’d be footnoting the hell out of groaners like “?all men are created equal.”

    It’s a lengthy but pretty easy read. Interesting to see an alt-right-ish writer actually come out against a Trump presidency (albeit for different reasons than usual).

    1. If only America were worthy of him. Guys like that annoy me as much as SJWs.

      1. It’s less to do with “America being worthy” and more to do with “there’s no way a huge, incredibly diverse country like America could possibly have all its problems solved by the right Top. Man.”

        Read it. It’s not bad.

        1. It’s critical of Trump. Of course it’s elitist.

        2. I have to agree with the guy on many points. The US is entirely too big and the government too insulated against social and economic pressures. All of the country would be better off if the US were made into 5 or 6, or more, separate sovereign countries. In my most humble of opinions.

          1. Decentralize, decentralize, and decentralize. Just try and stop the centrifugal forces!

          2. Or maybe 50 sovereign states?

            1. Why stop there? I’m thinking 300,000,000 sovereign entities. But I’d settle for less as an intermediary measure.

              1. Hell yeah

      2. I liked Donovan better back when he was Yukio Mishima.

        I never really liked Mishima either. The whole 24/7 Thebean Band fetish lifestyle isn’t really my cup of matcha.

        1. I liked Donovan better back when he was Yukio Mishima.

          ..?

          You’ll have to elaborate for me.

          1. Donovan actually had a post about Mishima.

            Mishima’s message and tone was pretty much the same as Donovan’s, as well as both being gay men who had a thing for working out and martial arts.

            1. I remember the Mishima tribute. Never read any of his work, though, so I wouldn’t be able to tell how similar they are.

              1. Mishima is definitely more “arty”. But if you get the chance you should read him, just because of his importance to world literature. I’ve always been more of a V.S. Naipaul fan, myself.

              2. Never read any of his work, though,

                Mishima can in fact write. Temple of the Golden Pavilion, Runaway Horses and many others are unquestionably great novels.

                I think HM’s similarities might be in their superficial lifestyle – “right-wing, gay, fetishize authority, masculinity, etc”

                Also – yukio was no fucking joke.

                1. Thanks, gents, I’ll put ’em on the list.

    2. He strikes me as more like Juan Peron.

  19. The Department of Justice will attempt to stop health insurance companies Anthem and Cigna from merging and also Aetna and Humana from merging.

    And when the capitalist wreckers go bankrupt, the state will take their companies and run them for the people, and great justice!

    1. The federal government is very down on centralizing healthcare, don’t you know.

  20. PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel’s speech tonight at the Republican convention will mention that he’s “proudly gay” and will warn the party against fighting “unnecessary culture wars” CNN has been told.

    Booing to ensue.

    1. It’s good to see people so engaged in the political process.

  21. PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel’s speech tonight at the Republican convention will mention that he’s “proudly gay” and will warn the party against fighting “unnecessary culture wars” CNN has been told.

    Republicans are good at dying pointlessly on worthless hills. You have to give the Democrats props, at least their culture wars serve the purpose of tearing apart western civilization brick by brick. There is a reason to their madness, albeit a nefarious one.

    1. at least their culture wars serve the purpose of tearing apart western civilization brick by brick getting them elected regardless the cost

    2. At least it’s an ethos.

  22. New York Politicians Prioritizing the Important Shit

    a $10billion Bus Terminal

    Port Authority BT has been a disgusting filthy wreck since the 1980s, when it was truly one of the most vile and corroded pieces of real estate on planet earth.

    That said = let the bus-customers pay for their goddamn bus-terminal.

    1. I used it a lot in the 2000s and it wasn’t that bad – certainly not the stuff of nightmares that everybody said it used to be. The biggest problem is that it’s overcrowded. So of course I’m expecting a project that does nothing to address that – just like the shenanigans going on at LaGuardia.

      1. The pre-giuliani Port Authority was like Fallout 4, only the feral ghouls were turning tricks in the toilets

        1. Yeah… the toilets. I can’t imagine how desperate I would have to be to use a public toilet in Cleansville USA let alone New York City*.

          *I have actually used the public toilet in Bryant Park, circa 2005. It was clean as a whistle!

  23. A French prosecutor says that the truck driver who killed more than 80 people in Nice was not some lone wolf, had accomplices, and had planned the attack for months.

    Polyamorous marriages always lead to trouble like this.

    1. Now, now, I don’t think Hillary ever promised openness. She doesn’t want to have the MSM strain any muscles while carrying her water this early in the campaign, and Lord knows that after the FBI report the media couldn’t really make the case that her administration would have any transparency.

  24. Gays may be the one group that Trumpkins don’t have a hard-on for. Though, I’m not sure that’s a great reason to vote for him.

    1. “Gays may be the one group that Trumpkins don’t have a hard-on for.”

      Uhh… Phrasing?

  25. Even though none of the Nice plotters was associated with ISIS, it’s important to continue to drone them as they flee Putin’s and Assad’s bombs in Damascus. Because they’re terrorists. Do you understand now?

    1. They don’t sound very Nice to me…

    2. Clearly all the terrorists seem to be in France.

      I think the solution here is obvious.

      It’s time to drone France.

  26. Thiel is “proudly gay” but sued Gawker for outing him?

    Hmmmm.

    1. Technically, he paid Hulk Hogan to sue Gawker because a now-defunct subsidiary of Gawker that nobody actually read published a fact about him that was an open secret in the Valley before it was published.

  27. Thiel is “proudly gay” but sued Gawker for outing him?

    Hmmmm.

    1. He was proud to be a closeted gay. Or something. Clearly.

    2. Well, is it Gawker’s job to release that information? I don’t know.

  28. Hey everyone, I feel a little weird asking again, but I’m going to be running the New Orleans Half Marathon again this year (early February). This time my sister is joining me and we’re trying to raise about twice the money I raised last year. We’re raising money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (I was diagnosed with colitis in 8th grade and have been living with a colectomy since senior year of high school). If you’re willing to make a donation, our fundraising page is here.

    Thanks again to everyone who donated last year. You guys were very generous!

    I’m going to shoot for under 2 hours this year.

    1. Good luck and post again as it gets a bit closer!

      1. Yeah post again nearer the marathon; I’m tapped right now and won’t remember when I do have disposable money.

    2. Good luck, I just donated. One of my best friends has Crohn’s Disease so I know what you’ve been up against.
      I hope you hit under two hours!

  29. The Links are posted at 4:55PM, yet the first comment is stamped 4:30PM. I smell a rat.

    1. They’re testing to fix a site bug of some sort.

      1. The server has Zika! That explains all the deformed commenters lately.

        1. IT’S VIRTUAL CHEMTRAILS.

      2. They’re testing to fix a site bug of some sort.

        This is code for “I.T. is working on my computer again…too much porn.” bow-chica-wow-wow

      3. Have you tried turning it off and on again?

    2. At it’s not Robby or ENB’s turn to fuck up the links.

      1. In their defense, it isn’t just the links they fuck up.

        1. Extremely valid point.

        2. Robby could fuck up a wet dream?

          ENB could not.

    3. You thought you had the only time machine, I think not! Why haven’t you killed baby Hitler yet?

      1. I like some of his early paintings.

    4. Your comment-posting time machine is on the fritz again.

  30. Terror Plot Against Olympics Stopped

    Was the terror plot to hold the games in a barely functional, Zika infested 3rd world shit hole?

    1. Yeah, but now they stopped the terrorist plot, so it’s perfectly safe.

      Besides, the only people who worry about Zika virus are anti-vaxers, rednecks, and retards. If Obama hasn’t said so already, I’m sure he will soon.

      Official Memo:

      Re: Zika virus.

      The only people who worry about Zika virus are anti-vaxers, rednecks, and retards.

      Love,

      The CDC

      BCC: Oh shit! What are we gonna do about Zika?!

  31. Port Authority BT has been a disgusting filthy wreck since the 1980s

    The admonishment, “Don’t lock eyes with ’em” springs to mind. God what a dirtbag circus.

    1. I always thought that the “CIA invented it” ….or ‘”someone fucked a monkey'” or something were just myths….

      ….and that AIDS had actually originated in the Port Authority bus terminal bathrooms

      1. Isn’t the entire Bus Terminal functionally a bathroom?

        1. meh. *was*. Its hardly different from any public-facility now.

          But back in the ‘good ol days’?

          several hundred homeless people had, to various degrees, moved in.
          Dozens slept day and night, singly or in groups, on or besides stairs, bus
          gates, benches or in various interstitial areas. They did more than block
          a few routes; they openly took over whole sections. Some set up homes
          above the bus gates. Many installed electrical appliances and cooked
          meals. Inside the bus station, people had sex, shot heroin, gave birth and
          died. People urinated on walls and in elevators. Transients took over
          restrooms. Some fought and even killed over turf or other issues. Some
          lived there all the time, and others moved back and forth between street
          and bus station. These transients upset suburban users and contributed
          to the terrible reputation of the station in New York, New Jersey and
          beyond. …

          The parking decks became ideal locations for drug and gun sales, lar-
          cenies, muggings, rapes and especially prostitution. Wandering male and
          female prostitutes performed their services inside or between cars, not
          readily seen from patrol cars but still within view of legitimate visitors and
          their families.

  32. I actually agree with Trump on the NATO thing. Think about it for a second – the threat is supposedly Russia, and these little countries are the ones who should understand it best. Why should we defend a country that isn’t willing to defend itself? Haven’t we learned our lesson on that one? Freedom isn’t free.

    1. We should drop out of NATO

      1. I don’t know if we should actually drop out…two world wars have to have taught us something. But that doesn’t mean we actively need to be providing defense to our NATO allies. Really, how much more will it take to convince the world that if necessary, we will step in and defend Europe? I have to think the threat is credible, whether we have a military presence in those countries or not.

        1. “two world wars have to have taught us something”

          Europe is fucked beyond saving?? Bail out now??

          1. Nuclear weapons promote peace?

        2. NATO was an alliance against the Soviet block. The USSR has been in the grave for 20 goddamned years now, and NATO is fighting Arabs, not the Soviets. Time to disband NATO.

    2. On the one hand, it would be nice if Lithuania and Latvia made the 2% of GDP expenditure guideline (which Estonia does meet).

      On the other hand, they are all above the NATO median in spending, and they’re so small that even if they spent 100% of GDP and put every resident under arms they couldn’t actually stop a Russian invasion. The real slackers are Canada, Slovenia, Spain, and Belgium, who are all spending less than half the guideline and spending less than the NATO guideline 20% of that on equipment rather than personnel. Belgium, for example, is just running a jobs program, with 98% of its military spending on personnel.

  33. But I thought the Nice attacker was just another self-hating gay driven by right-wing Christians to kill people! I was beginning to think that Allahu Akbar actually meant “I hate that I’m gay!”.

    1. In fact the French police have been terrorizing muslims in their own country with daily raids, and they are killing muslims in far greater numbers in Libya, Syria and Iraq than this guy could dream of. So yeah, you might be partly correct.

      1. French police have been terrorizing muslims in their own country with daily raids

        And for no reason at all! The French police wanted to terrorize Mormons, but there aren’t enough in France to support a daily raid schedule. So, they randomly chose Muslims to terrorize.

  34. “Trump says that if NATO countries want the United States military to help defend them, they better start shelling out more of their own money.”

    He’s so crazy!

    I mean, NATO countries shelling out more?! That’s so . . . that’s so . . . what’s the word I’m looking for?

    “Reasonable”.

    They have plenty of money to spend on combating global warming, alternative energy, socialist benefits, refugees, etc., etc.

    1. True – but the defense industries will scream bloody murder and he will back off. Just like he does with every other issue.

      1. Unlike Hillary, at least Trump isn’t on the defense industry’s payroll.

        Defense Industry donations to Clinton Foundation:

        Boeing $5,000,000
        General Electric $1,000,000
        Goldman Sachs (Hawker Beechcraft) $500,000
        Honeywell $50,000
        Lockheed Martin $250,000
        United Technologies $50,000

        http://tinyurl.com/o6x639e

        I believe those were just while she was the Secretary of State. They may have given here more since then–including donations to her campaign fund.

        1. Oh – I agree. Still, Trump will change his mind and pretend he never said it and anyone who thinks he did is delusional. Don’t believe it? Just watch his speech tonight. He’ll recommit himself to NATO even as he insists that other countries pay their share which he will ensure through some super-secret negotiating strategy.

          1. This. Also, contrary to Ken’s delusions, Trump is not proposing anything reasonable. He’s proposing the US military become mercenaries essentially. Trump will damage those who propose less foreign policy spending simply by association.

        2. It’s always amazed me how small-potatoes those contributions are relative to the benefits the companies get back. What’s $5M if you can turn it into billions in defense contracts? The ROI on those contributions must be off the charts. I wonder if they dare do any internal analysis on them.

          1. That’s why companies engage in rent seeking.

            However, it is a gamble. A dozen companies make may a 1 million dollar donation to get a 5 million dollar contract so in the aggregate, there is a large loss to the economy.

          2. They add up for an individual though:

            “In all, governments and corporations involved in the arms deals approved by Clinton’s State Department have delivered between $54 million and $141 million to the Clinton Foundation as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments to the Clinton family, according to foundation and State Department records.”

            http://tinyurl.com/o6x639e

            That’s a lot of money.

      2. Just Fuck off

  35. They’re testing to fix a site bug of some sort.

    They’re on to you, Fist. Get out while you can.

      1. THEY’LL NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE.

        1. I’ve waited patiently for years, Fist. Your days are numbered.

          *plugs in shiny black assault keyboard*

          1. You forget my doomsday device. It’s been successfully tested. I won’t tell you where, but let’s just say Pluto didn’t stop being a planet on its own.

            1. Well, obviously your device is on…

              …Uranus.

              *rimshot*

          2. *plugs in shiny black assault keyboard*

            W/ 101 chicklet capacity, shoulder thingie that goes up and foregrip integrated flash-suppressor-mouse.

  36. “Sen. Ted Cruz’s refusal to endorse Donald Trump as the GOP nominee continues to dominate the political media cycle even as Trump prepares to give his acceptance speech this evening.”

    I bet more people watch Trump’s speech than Hillary’s.

    1. It will be the Big Reveal when he admits it’s all been a plot to get Hillary elected….

  37. I randomly thought of this and so i’ll share:

    I was flying out of Portland a couple weeks back, and when I got in the TSA line, there was a TSA girl at the head of the line who handed me a green postcard with the time written on it. She said it was for measuring the wait time to try to “improve service.” I got through the line and handed the card to the TSA agent checking my ID, but she said to hold on to it until the end. I complied, and waited until I was through security and handed it to a TSA goon who was walking by. In one single motion, the guy grabbed the card and threw it in the trash can right in front of me. I had a little laugh at that.

    1. handed it to a TSA goon who was walking by. In one single motion, the guy grabbed the card and threw it in the trash can right in front of me.

      He wasn’t the goon responsible for collecting the cards, that was some other goon’s job. His job was to perform the cavity searches.

    2. Theater.

      they’re not interested in the time. they’re interested in making people think they’re interested in the time. or their managers are at least. they employees aren’t interested in anything except maybe stealing a few goodies each day.

    3. The system worked.

    4. I spent part of March and most of April in Japan. When I headed to Narita airport to fly back to the States, the one thing that struck me was how much more pleasant the security experience was.

      Not that it was less intrusive – same shit about no liquids, shoes off, laptops out of bags and all that horseshit. (And no TSA Pre-check to speed me on my way.) But the Japanese security folks were smiling, friendly, moved quickly and were actually paying attention. Mrs. Animal was with me, and she is visibly disabled (uses a walker) and the Japanese security folks fell all over themselves assisting her through the process.

      Japan is generally a pretty civilized place.

      1. Yeah, if only it weren’t filled with those racist slant eyed Japs

  38. In one single motion, the guy grabbed the card and threw it in the trash can

    And people say the TSA is inefficient.

    1. They were efficiently closed to precheck for both of my flights last weekend.

  39. “The Department of Justice will attempt to stop health insurance companies Anthem and Cigna from merging and also Aetna and Humana from merging.”

    So I guess the FBI is on board with this? Because I thought the DOJ doesn’t do anything unless the FBI recommends it.

  40. Trump says that if NATO countries want the United States military to help defend them, they better start shelling out more of their own money.

    I’m kinda starting to warm up to Trump’s statements on “foreign policy” (or whatever he thinks it is).

    Dems think this is what will sink him. They’re saying that he wants to back out of “our obligations” to go to war over some stupid regional conflict on the European perimeter.

    1. He picked a VP that never said those things so he must secretly not believe them himself. Oh and by the way you’re a fake ass libertarian for agreeing with something Trump said. /Kray Kray

    2. Um. Trump is essentially saying that the US military should be like some sort of mercenary force. Becoming globo rent a cop is not a great improvement from globocop. Oh and there’s the issue of him being insane.

      1. Demanding that allies lives up to their end of the contract and hiring oneself out as a mercenary are entirely different things. I thought a warmongering armchair general might have noticed the distinction. But I suppose it’s the proposed reduction in foreign entanglements that sticks in your murdering twelve year old craw.

        1. Trump has actually previously stated that America should get paid to do this.

    3. Dems think the average voter will be upset that Trump wants to spend less defending Europe? I don’t think so….

      1. The average voter won’t care.

  41. I’m just going to share this:

    The other day, in Target, I saw a a kid….

    Well, let’s just say he looked like an Eddy Izzard impersonator. I managed not to snicker too obviously until he had passed by. Wow.

    I know, I know- I’m a bad person, but good grief.

    1. I once spent 5 minutes in a grocery store trying to get a creep shot of a woman who looked just like Professor Snape. I failed.

      1. That’s beautiful.

      2. I successfully took some photos on the bus of a… person, sex indeterminable, who looked exactly like Nick Note.

        1. Nick Nolte, I mean. That gorgeously crazy SOB.

  42. The Department of Justice will attempt to stop health insurance companies Anthem and Cigna from merging and also Aetna and Humana from merging.

    Don’t worry. All they need to do is sign consent decrees agreeing to stay on the exchanges and the mergers will go through fine.

  43. The Department of Justice will attempt to stop health insurance companies Anthem and Cigna from merging and also Aetna and Humana from merging.

    This is the sort of thing that should be a huge fucking scandal, yet the media hardly even takes time to reflect before getting back to hyperventilating about RNC speech-plagiarism

    The industry simply can’t deal with the artificial constraints the Govt meddling has put on them. its like they’re being give a set of rules that simply result in failure, and they have no choice but to play that game until they fail.

    What’s the endgame? Govt takeover?

    1. Govt takeover?

      Yes. The original version of Obamacare had a public option. Essentially they idea was to make health insurance unaffordably expensive, reduce the availability of private health insurance, with increasing number of people ending up with the state paying for their health care. From there it would be easy to implement a U.S. version of NHS.

      Once that was pulled from the bill, the current shit-show was inevitable. The architects of the bill understood that, but couldn’t bear the stigma of failure that would accompany them pulling the bill, so they forged forward.

    2. But a government takeover requires money that just isn’t there. Vermont couldn’t maintain single-payer so I doubt the USG will.

    3. I think it is more likely that President Clinton will keep making ‘modifications’ to various parts of the (already modified beyond recognition) ACA just like Obama has, and will keep doing so until the ACA is swiss cheese.

      1. She says she will open it to illegal aliens. More of the immigration benefits that you’re always telling us about.

        1. “She says she will open it to illegal aliens.”

          YOU LIE!

  44. Wow, I have quite a bit more respect for Cruz. His speech wasn’t just an eloquent and principled ‘fuck you’ to the Orange One and his mongoloid supporters but also a brilliant political move. After Trump is turned into orange paste this November the losers supporting him will melt away back to the shitholes they came back from and probably OD on Xanatab. Cruz will be the one best positioned in that aftermath thanks in part to his speech. Too bad he can’t win the presidency as a republican, because we’re never seeing a GOP president again.

    1. Demography is destiny.

      Would you endorse a saffron tressed shyster who called your wife ugly?

      1. “Demography is destiny.”

        Oft-repeated but rarely true. Singapore, Hong Kong, and Dubai did not become wildly prosperous because of demographics. Institutions are what matter.

    2. As Hillary Polls Slump, Even Michael Moore Says “Trump Is Going To Win.” Even Nate Silver has Hillary only a few points ahead now.

      1. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA

        Trump can barely carry Arizona and may very well lose Utah. But hey, you’ve got Michael Moore in your corner. What is my data to that?

  45. “PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel’s speech tonight at the Republican convention will mention that he’s “proudly gay” and will warn the party against fighting “unnecessary culture wars” CNN has been told.”

    But boycotting an entire state over culture-war issues is *totally* necessary.

    He’s mad that people not only believe different things than he does, but hold their beliefs almost as intensely as he holds his.

    1. I was reading an article about Silicon Valley’s politics, and they used the phrase “militantly open-minded.” I thought it was apt. After spending most of the summer in SV, Ive never been to a place where politics and culture war was so damn integral to every conversation. I live in Dallas Texas and spent the rest of the summer in Washington DC, and neither of them come remotely close to the militancy of SV.

      1. I’m not saying anyone has a “right” to a job, but what kind of asshole would yank someone’s job away because some state legislators pass a law to (a) protect small business from regulatory harassment and (b) reserving government men’s rooms for people with dangly bits?

        1. But if the Repukes have this guy as a speaker, then that means that every favorable reference to “small business” in their platform is a lie.

          They want the big businesses to hire government muscle to stomp on small businesses which don’t share the bug guys’ values.

        2. Out there they are high on hype, smugness, and destructive energy. Unfortunately for the rest of us, they’re low on information and respect for others.

        3. Hah-hah! Dangly bits!

  46. I have little to no interest in reading this, the headline just made me lol

    Donald Trump presidency would set us back 40 years says UK mini-wall artist

    1. hmm link didn’t work http://www.irishexaminer.com/b…..46017.html

    2. Trump will turn the clock back to…1976?

      So…inflation and disco, but also:

      -gigantic Afros

      -AIDS not discovered yet

      -millennials, not born yet

      -people spoke more loudly and distinctly than they do now

      Sounds good to me!

      1. AIDS/HIV wasn’t discovered but it was still creeping around.

        Also, cars were shitty back then.

        1. You’re such a buzzkill.

          1. You’re only just now discovering this…?

        2. The new cars were. In 1976 I was driving a 1966 Galaxy 500 two-door hardtop with a thunderous 390GT. That was a hell of a great car.

          1. Yeah, if you like burning through fuel.

      2. People didn’t speak more loudly, you just got more deaf.

        1. What was that, sonny, speak up!

      3. No Cytotoxic either! Glorious times.

        1. ^this

  47. I’m staying in Copacabana Beach this week, right behind the temporary stadium for beach volleyball. This morning I could see at least six soldiers with automatic rifles in front of this Olympic object. A military ship was going back and forth as well, protecting the stadium from that side.

    1. A military ship was going back and forth as well, protecting the stadium from that side.

      From what?

      preventing looters from stealing the stadium? preventing people from dumping their garbage on the vollyball pitch?

      1. A submarine attack by ISIS or Russia, I’d guess.

        1. An amphibious assault of Russian track and field athletes.

        2. Probably the only way that Russia would get to participate in this Olympics.

  48. The Department of Justice will attempt to stop health insurance companies Anthem and Cigna from merging and also Aetna and Humana from merging.

    It’s almost as if everything the government does provides an incentive for industry consolidation.

    Meanwhile, certain segments of the world gaze in breathless wonder at the baffling phenomenon of ever-more-concentrated wealth.

  49. Brazilian Police Thwart ISIS Terrorist Plot Planned for Rio Olympics

    They were able to discover that the group had been recruited online by ISIS

    link text

    Must be blow-back for Brazil’s imperial meddling in the Middle East.

  50. Re the Milo thread: liking anyone because they ‘piss off feminists (or any other group)’ is idiotic, and Milo Yiounnopolis or whatever his name is is a moron whose only talent is to whip up the stupider elements of the gamergate movement into a froth by giving them validation, much like his Orange Daddy.

    1. Eh, Jon Stewart made a career in the genre. Rush Limbaugh did it a generation ago. “shock jock” just evolved into “twitter troll”

      1. They all suck ass.

  51. Paging JACK!

    “The world is ending next week, according to group that is always dead wrong”
    http://www.sfgate.com/news/str…..398244.php

    1. “Do you seriously think a lone shooter killed Pikachu?”

  52. We can even create playlists of them so it will be very easy to find our videos which we like. We can also download those videos and can watch them offline. Showbox for pc

Please to post comments

Comments are closed.