Trump Accuses Clinton of Rigging Debates, ISIS Calls for Jihad in Russia, Candy Charms Goes to Iran: A.M. Links

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    Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton of rigging the presidential debates because two are scheduled during NFL games.Wikileaks founder Julian Assange says the organization has "even more material" on the Clinton campaign. WWE legend Goldust says he's voting for Gary Johnson.

  • There has been an attack directed or inspired by ISIS every 84 hours since June 8. The terror group has called on its members to wage jihad in Russia. Meanwhile, five people were killed when a Russian military helicopter was shot down over Syria.
  • The supreme leader of Iran complains that the average Iranian hasn't benefited from the Iran nuclear deal.
  • The prime minister of Cambodia filed a defamation suit against the leader of the opposition.
  • At least 16 people died in a hot air balloon crash in Texas.
  • British porn star Candy Charms revealed she traveled to Iran for a deal on a nose job.

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    1. If silicone is your thing.

      1. As much as i hate to agree with UCS’s taste in anything, those are way too big.

        1. You can see there’s a kinda hot woman in there, but it’s all distorted by the alien.

    2. She has a nose?

      1. It was too big, it was taking away from the size of her boobs.

    3. Hello.

      TITS!

      1. If I wanted a cartoonish looking woman, I’d rather have Krieger’s Virtual Girlfriend.

        1. +1 ‘Would’

    4. I’m gonna blow off work today.

      1. Please resubmit your masturbation announcement in the form of a euphemism.

    5. British porn star

      Uuuuuuhhhhh…. no thank you

      1. “I’m ‘ere ta clean your chim’ney, lovely.”

        1. “Ooh, guv’nor! I’m about to arrive!”

          1. -8 teeth

        2. “No time for the old in-n-out, love, I’ve just come to read the meter.”

        3. “‘Ello dearie, care for a spot of toad-in-the-hole?”

      2. A frnd of my used to distribute pornoes in Missoula. RAVE and CORNHOLE COWBOY were favorites. RAVE was all British porno. Holy fuck it was bad. I’d rather “read” CORNHOLE COWBOY any day.

    6. Boobs are nice and all, but when you get to the point where they’re more silicone than real, no thanks.

      1. Take 2, stupid hitting post in the middle of editing.

        “Boobs are nice and all, but when you get to the point where they’re more than 90% silicone than 10% real, no thanks.

        1. The original text was more coherent.

          1. You try typing that with one hand!

        2. Well that one’s edited perfectly!

        3. Transphobic bluster.

        4. I’d change that to “when they’re more than 10% silicone” no thanks. It’s too bad. I’m sure I’d love her accent. But those fake boobs are a total turn off.

          1. All boobs are gray in the dark, though, right?

    7. She’s holding her lip down because it’s the only way she can breathe.

  1. Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton of rigging the presidential debates because two are scheduled during NFL games.

    Deflating his chances of winning the contest.

    1. Unacceptable.

    2. What difference at this point, does it make?

      1. Angela Merkel agrees.

        http://gatesofvienna.net/2016/…..s-it-make/

  2. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange says the organization has “even more material” on the Clinton campaign.

    She’s the nominee. It makes zero difference now.

    1. The media won’t run it?

      So far they’ve buried any detail from round 1 under a mountain of “Russia done hacked us”!! bullshit.

      The degree of hackery displayed lately is astounding.

      1. Just imagine what Watergate would have looked like if Nixon didn’t have a hostile relationship with the press and you have Hillary Clinton to a T.

  3. Man wearing Richard Nixon mask found in tree

    Mount Vernon Police reports indicate that police were dispatched on a call of two men arguing at 8:45 a.m. in the area of the 200 block of Madison Street. The caller said they could hear the argument but could not locate where it was coming from.

    Upon arrival, they found a 53-year-old Mount Vernon man in a pine tree, shouting and wearing a Richard M. Nixon mask.

    The man voluntarily came down out of the tree. No citations were issued in the incident.

    1. They only found one person? Was he arguing with the ghost of nixon?

      1. Nope. The headless body of Spiro Agnew.

        1. He was kinda noisy for having no head?

    2. I think I literally know who that was. The guy calls himself a “treeman” and climbs trees for trimming work, but also to be alone, to think contemplatively or to gain a height advantage on adversaries. He’s a strange guy, the Nixon mask must be new.

      1. What’s so strange? Those are all perfectly sensible reasons to be up in a tree.

        1. A 53 year old man with a tree climbing fetish is the least weird thing about this guy.

    3. The other member of the gang skydived out of the tree before police arrived.

  4. Cognitive ability varies, but prejudice is universal

    When it comes to prejudice, it does not matter if you are smart or not, or conservative or liberal, each group has their own specific biases. In a recent study, psychologists show that low cognitive ability (i.e., intelligence, verbal ability) was not a consistent predictor of prejudice. Cognitive ability, whether high or low, only predicts prejudice towards specific groups. The results are published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.

    “Very few people are immune to expressing prejudice, especially prejudice towards people they disagree with,” says lead author Mark Brandt (Tilburg University, Netherlands).

    Analyzing the results, the researchers found that people with both relatively higher and lower levels of cognitive ability show approximately equal levels of intergroup bias, but towards different sets of groups. People with low cognitive ability tended to express prejudice towards groups perceived as liberal and unconventional (e.g., atheists, gays and lesbians), as well as groups of people perceived as having low choice over group membership (e.g., ethnic minorities). People with high cognitive ability showed the reverse pattern. They tended to express prejudice towards groups perceived as conservative and conventional (e.g., Christians, the military, big business).

    1. Meanwhile, people with really high IQs hate everybody.

      1. “I’ll try to be nicer if you try to be smarter.”

        1. Eh, just get off my lawn

      2. “Listen, I’m not the nicest guy in the Universe, because I’m the smartest. And being nice is something stupid people do to hedge their bets.”

    2. People with low cognitive ability tended to express prejudice towards groups perceived as liberal and unconventional (e.g., atheists, gays and lesbians), as well as groups of people perceived as having low choice over group membership (e.g., ethnic minorities).

      That’s interesting given that people with the lowest “cognitive ability” in the US are ethnic minorities (presumably self-hating ethnic minorities). And of course the smartest people hate “big business,” as Jews and Asians are legendary for hating business.

      I’m sure these results will be replicated as quickly and easily as everything else social psychologists do.

      1. Social “Science” is also known as “Confirmation Bias, the musical”

    3. it does not matter if you are smart or not, or conservative or liberal, each group has their own specific biases
      but some biases are more equal than others

    4. So smart people are liberal and dumb people are conservative?

      Is that the takeaway here?

      1. And smart people are biased towards [acceptable targets]

  5. The supreme leader of Iran complains that the average Iranian hasn’t benefited from the Iran nuclear deal.,/i>

    They’re bad at negotiation. Sad.

    1. You’re bad at tags. Sadder!

      1. I’m trying something new.

        1. What, sucking at tags?

            1. Real shitty at HTML?

  6. British porn star Candy Charms revealed she traveled to Iran for a deal on a nose job.

    Belle Knox, you’re next. Labiaplasty, too, while you’re at it.

    1. I’m not sure “getting a deal” is how I want my plastic surgery or LASIK. Nope. Give me the price for the doctor and team who want to be there and take pride in their work.

      1. Apparently they are the nose job capital of the world. I would guess they know what they’re doing.

        1. Given the Persian and Levantine girls I’ve known, they have good reason to be*.

          *I’ve never looked at a woman (who didn’t have a tumor or cyst on her face) and thought, “man, I just can’t get past that nose.” Its just weird to me.

          1. Nothin’ wrong with a big nose, man. I agree.

          2. If her nose was longer than your junk, then you’d have trouble getting past it.

            1. If that’s the case start jelqing.

              1. How do you jelq a nose?

              2. That’s your answer to everything.

          3. I actually find too-small noses kind of disturbing.

            1. That’s what they all say, Big Nose!

              1. It’s proportionate to my big face, gosh!

  7. Deputies: Drug-induced Florida man chases ghosts using a machete

    Jonathan Ponce, 31, and Meghan Silva, 26, were found on a Deltona-area street with Silva telling deputies that she was running away from Ponce because he had a machete, WESH reports. Silva said they were under the influence of “Molly” with Ponce admitting to using the drug and taking the machete to chase ghosts with because their house was haunted, WKMG added.

    The machete was found in the front yard of their house with deputies saying they found the weapon’s sheath in a room where a 6-year-old and 8-year-old were asleep. Deputies said they both “displayed erratic and paranoid behavior”; the two were arrested and charged with child neglect, according to WESH.

    1. A machete isn’t going to hurt ghosts. It doesn’t have the correct ionic charge.

      1. Do you consider yourself a ghost ‘hunter’ or ‘buster’?

        1. Freelance paranormal consultant. I don’t go out into the field to do any of the messy work.

    2. Deputies said they both “displayed erratic and paranoid behavior”…

      But enough about the police officers.

    3. How are they neglectful parents? The kids were sleeping soundly, and the parents were trying like hell to keep the ghosts away!

      1. Yeah, seems to me they went above and beyond.

      2. Perhaps they forgot to look under the bed.

    4. I know what “drug-induced coma” means, and what “drug-induced vision” means (Erlich’s vision quest on Silicon Valley), and what “drug-induced ramblings” means (e.g., Agile Cyborg).

      But what is a “drug-induced Florida man”?

      1. It’s a redundant phrase. All Florida Men are drug-induced.

      2. Man from south Georgia who dropped acid and went for a walk.

        1. But only if he walked south.

          If he walked north, he’d be Carolina Man.

    5. So the drugs made him Florida Man? What do they teach at J-school these days? Certainly not English or how to use a dictionary.

    6. Well…did he get any ghosts or not??

  8. The prime minister of Cambodia filed a defamation suit against the leader of the opposition.

    Trump likes the cut of his jib.

    1. Hun Sen used to be a Khmer Rouge commie, but now he pretty much does what he wants without any ideological encumbrances. So Hillary probably likes the cut of his jib as well.

      The only reason he has any legitimacy is that he bailed from the Khmer Rouge after two things became obvious: first and foremost, he wasn’t going to prevail in leading that movement and, second, the movement was batshit crazy and sociopathically homicidal. He knew that the Thais (with US as ally) and the Vietnamese (with Russia as ally) weren’t going to tolerate the insanity next door. From the perspective of Khmer Rouge patriots, Hun Sen was a quisling who allied with Vietnam.

  9. Polygamous towns gradually becoming conventional American community

    Colorado City, Ariz. ? The train is running again in Cottonwood Park ? the small engine pulling kids in miniature cars on the thin tracks of steel that circle the park. […]

    A music festival is set for October. More parents are enrolling their children in the public schools. And George Jessop would like to start a restaurant.

    It would be called “The Destination.” Photos of the nearby national parks would hang on the walls. So would something else: long-sleeve shirts and prairie dresses ? the traditional attire of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

    Jessop knows that the tradition of polygamy in Colorado City and Hildale, collectively known as Short Creek, would attract visitors, too.

    “This is just a little oasis that’s just been discovered,” Jessop said.

    Short Creek, once known as an isolated enclave for polygamists who didn’t say hello to strangers, is threatening to become a conventional American community.

    More and more people are leaving the FLDS and the rigid prohibitions imposed by its leaders. Dissenters are reunifying with people who split from the faith earlier, and they want contact and commerce with the rest of the world.

    Short Creek’s location and its residents’ history offer opportunities ? and challenges.

    1. Gay people: “Yay! We get marriage licenses.”
      Polygamists: “What about us?”
      Gay people: “Fuck you guys.”

  10. Aggressive beaver scares swimmers at B.C. swimming hole

    An aggressive rodent named ‘Justin’ beaver has been attacking swimmers and pets at a popular Port Alberni swimming hole this summer.

    It’s caused quite a stir among residents, with many fearing for their safety.

    “He’s got some pretty big ferocious claws and teeth,” Fiona Gibson, who was once charged by Justin, told CTV.

    “He came at me! I was surprised, it’s not something you expect from a beaver or a rodent.”

    1. “He came at me! I was surprised, it’s not something you expect from a beaver or a rodent.”

      Actually it is exactly what I expect overgrown river rats to do.

      These people have no understanding of how nature works.

    2. Come to Canada: We have no real problems.

      1. You wish. They post this type of article to distract from the real issues that are making your country somehow worse than the US.

      2. Except that it’s full of Canadians?

        1. Not exactly full. Canada is the second-largest country on earth by land area, yet there are only about 30 million flappy-headed people living there, most of them within 100 miles of the U.S. border.

            1. One Canadian is one too many.

              1. Now that depends on the Canadian.

                1. Is this the Neil Young defense?

                  1. Neil Young is no defense… or should that be spelled defence?

          1. Er, 36 million!

            But it’s true. It’s a distraction. The wait times for corrective surgery for flappy heads are obscene!

    3. Aggressive beaver

      Nice band name.

      1. Passive aggressive beaver is more realistic.

        1. *** gives straffinrun the cold shoulder ***

        2. Hm. I guess I will just post comments all by myself. It’s no big deal. You don’t have to help.

          1. No, I really want to know what you’re thinking.

    4. You know who else caused quite a stir?

      1. A teaspoon?

  11. Julian Assange: Hacked Emails Include Info On Hillary’s Arming of Jihadists, Including ISIS, in Syria:

    So, those Hillary Clinton emails, they connect together with the cables that we have published of Hillary Clinton, creating a rich picture of how Hillary Clinton performs in office, but, more broadly, how the U.S. Department of State operates. So, for example, the disastrous, absolutely disastrous intervention in Libya, the destruction of the Gaddafi government, which led to the occupation of ISIS of large segments of that country, weapons flows going over to Syria, being pushed by Hillary Clinton, into jihadists within Syria, including ISIS, that’s there in those emails. There’s more than 1,700 emails in Hillary Clinton’s collection, that we have released, just about Libya alone.

    1. WDATPDIM?

      1. This is old news, really when you think of it everyone already knew Chris Stevens was in town to facilitate a gun buyback program to sell to the Syrian rebels because he knew all the players. This is old and irrelevant news.
        /democrats

    2. BUT TRUMP SAID MEAN THINGS ABOUT KHAZIR KHAN!!11!!!!!!!!

      1. And can you believe how Trump exploited poor Patricia Smith?

        Interested to see how Trump retakes the narrative now.

        1. Old and busted: Nominating convention speeches being limited to party hacks and the occasional celebrity bobblehead.

          New hotness: Adding the relatives of the slain to weaponize their grief.

  12. British porn star Candy Charms revealed she traveled to Iran for a deal on a nose job.

    Iran, also known for its world-class pillow farms.

  13. Dallas Weatherman Resigns After Post Bashing DNC For ‘Parading Mothers of Slain Thugs’

    A Dallas meteorogist has resigned after writing a racially insensitive Facebook post bashing the Democratic National Convention.

    Bob Goosmann was a weatherman at KRLD when he posted about the DNC speeches by the so-called “Mothers of the Movement,” such as Eric Garner’s mother, on Wednesday.

    “As many of you have probably noticed, I’ve stayed away from politics on FB. The DNC parading the mothers of slain thugs around on their stage has me furious,” read the post, which has since disappeared.

    The post has disappeared and Goosmann’s Twitter account also appears to have been disabled.

    Among the mothers who appeared Tuesday in the lead-up to Hillary Clinton’s nomination were Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner; Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland; Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin; and Lezley McSpadden, mother of Mike Brown.

    Paul Mann, KRLD’s news director, confirmed that Goosmann had resigned as the station’s chief meteorologist, “effective immediately” according to the Dallas News.

    According to his Facebook profile, Goosmann is now employed as a real estate agent.

    1. He should have bashed the Republicans for parading the mothers of slain Fascist cops and CIA operatives. He’d still have his job.

      1. And a promotion to ‘chief meteorologist and political officer’.

    2. Why do all the mothers have different last names than their respective progeny?

    3. So thug is a racially insensitive term now?

  14. Trump adviser: Melania nude picture ‘nothing to be embarrassed about’

    “They’re a celebration of the human body as art,” Jason Miller, the Trump campaign’s senior communications adviser, said on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”

    “There’s nothing to be embarrassed about,” Miller said. “She’s a beautiful woman.”

    The Post published several nude photos — which were reportedly taken in 1995 and appeared in a now-defunct French men’s magazine — that had not previously been published online. The headline on its cover was “The Ogle Office.”

    According to an article about the photographs, Trump told the Post, “Melania was one of the most successful models and she did many photo shoots, including for covers and major magazines. This was a picture taken for a European magazine prior to my knowing Melania. In Europe, pictures like this are very fashionable and common.” Similarly, on “Reliable Sources,” Miller noted, “These were photos that are 20 years old, before Mrs. Trump met Mr. Trump.”

    1. She’d shatter the glass ceiling of doable first ladies.

      1. *Forgot Jackie. Oops.

        1. The fact of Jackie speaks, were it even necessary, to the insatiability of the political animal.

          If someone must rule, I’d prefer taking my chances with somebody picked completely at random.

    2. I don’t think these people realize that Trump’s base isn’t socons and that most of them hate his guts already.

  15. Is the photo actually of “Candy Charms” or it is just a stacked stock image?

    1. Oh, that’s her. Well, some of that is her.

  16. Men In Iran Are Sharing Photos Wearing Hijabs To Support Women Who Are Forced To Cover Their Hair

    Over the last week, a number of men have appeared in photos wearing a hijab with their wife or female relative next to them who have their hair uncovered.

    The photos come in response to a call by Masih Alinejad, an Iranian activist and journalist living in New York, who is urging men to support her campaign against enforced hijab for women.

    If you don’t like hijabs, why don’t you try to stop it, rather than participate? I’m sorry, this is retarded.

    1. I think it’s meant to shock, so that people start thinking and talking about the compulsory hijab.

    2. Hey! It’s wrong to identify Islam with retardation!

    3. This is trying to stop it, by showing that the practice does not carry the unconditional support of the people; same principle as using mockery.

      If you want change without violence, and you should when the subject is hats, then that seems like a step in the right direction.

      1. What you said makes sense to me. I’ll bet those guys get fucked up, though.

    4. I’m glad that the “take a picture rather than do something” rot is spreading to Iran.

      1. #ChicksWithoutHats

    5. A while ago, after Iranian officials forced a critic of the Iranian government into drag complete with hijab and took pictures, then arrested him for lewdness.

      That issue too was protested by Iranian men posting images of themselves in hijabs.

      I think it’s time to just come out and admit it: Persian men just dig wearing headscarves.

    6. #bringbackourcurls.

  17. Divorce continues to take a psychological toll on kids

    IIn the early 1920s, a list of exceptionally bright children was assembled for a study about growing up as a genius. These individuals became known to psychologists, affectionately, as the “termites”, after the Stanford researcher ? Professor Frederick Terman ? who began the study. The termites completed many surveys over their lifetimes, and the vast majority of the group have now died.

    Their death certificates reveal that those whose parents divorced before their 21st birthday lived four years fewer than those whose parents stayed together until at least that point. Male termites typically lived to 76 as opposed to 80; female termites made it to about 82, instead of 86.

    Although this group was a bit different to the rest of us ? they each scored a minimum of 135 in high school IQ tests ? brains and possible dweebish tendencies don’t appear to have exacerbated the impact of parental divorce. Overall, the termites handled life no better or worse than the US population as a whole. They committed suicide, developed alcoholism and themselves got divorced at the national rates.

    1. Shit, my parents divorced when i was 20. Fuck!

      1. You should sue them for 4 years of life.

      2. Mine didn’t divorce until I was 26. My brother gets screwed over though.

        1. Mine just divorced when I was 29. I feel very close to you know JB.

          *leans in to cry on shoulder*

          1. Look out JB! He’s making a pass!

      3. 11 here. Of course, I had my mid-life crisis at 28, so there’s not much hope for me to only die four years too soon.

        1. Your pancreas is a leading indicator.

          1. Divorce and they were both diabetics. (Although neither were overweight.) I never had a chance.

          1. The diabetic that pervs twice as hard pervs half as long.

      4. /…as Citizen X squeezes his puppy dog doll.

        1. Best euphemism so far.

    2. I’m the result of my parents having stayed together, so you never know.

      1. Yeah, me too. They were married 50 years and two months when my Ma kicked off.

    3. Filed under “no shit”

  18. At least 16 people died in a hot air balloon crash in Texas.

    The name of that hot-air balloon? Candy Charms.

  19. Why ‘white trash’ Americans are flocking to Donald Trump

    […]J.D. and his people are called rednecks, white trash, hillbillies. But Vance made it out of the holler, way out. The Marines led him to Ohio State, then Yale Law School and finally a job as a principal at a Silicon Valley investment firm. Looking back on his youth, and all he fled, yields a frank, unsentimental, harrowing memoir, “Hillbilly Elegy.” It’s a superb book given an extra layer of importance by its political reverberations: When Vance returns home these days, he sees yard after yard festooned with Trump signs.

    Nancy Pelosi says blue-collar white men vote “against their own economic interests” because of guns, gays and God, “God being the woman’s right to choose.” The Washington Post noted that this group does care about gun rights more than the average voter but it’s a myth that their views on gays and God differ much from everyone else’s, and Pelosi’s regal dismissal of the bitter clingers is not only too reductive, it’s an attitude that drives voters away from the Democratic Party.

    Though “Hillbilly Elegy” is about people, not politics, it is an eye-opening field guide to an unruly and hard-to-understand group, many of them born and bred Democrats, who could cost Hillary Clinton what looked like an easy election win. White voters without a college degree[…] love Donald Trump.

    1. SF’d the link.

      1. Whoops. Let’s try again. It’s actually a mildly interesting, especially for the Post.

    2. “God being the woman’s right to choose.”

      So they’re just openly calling feminist issues “God” now??

      1. +? Alanis Morrissette, Dogma

    3. I fail to see how opposing big, high tax government that Pelosi epitomizes is “against their own economic interests”.

      1. They is dumb. We, the enlightened peoples of San Francisco, know the truth of how to govern ill-bred souls like theirs.

  20. Austrian anti-migrant group LEAD first election poll as anger at open borders increases

    Eurosceptic Norbert Hofer has been given another chance to become the first far-right head of state in the EU after losing out in May by just 31,000 votes.

    According to early opinion polls Mr Hofer has a four per cent lead over main rival Alexander Van der Bellen.

    Mr Hofer received the support of 52 per cent of respondents to a Gallup poll and Mr Van der Bellen got 48 per cent.

    1. Remember when they promised to kill you last? They lied.

    2. Oh great. Next thing you know Germany will be talking about how Austria was always a part of a larger German nation.

    3. You know what other Austrian didn’t like other ethnicities?

      1. Waldheim?

      2. Arnold Schwarzenegger? Oops, he likes Mexicans (well, at least one.)

    4. According to early opinion polls Mr Hofer has a four per cent lead over main rival Alexander Van der Bellen.

      If he loses, is it referred to as having been “Bellen’d”?

  21. Pope says it’s wrong to identify Islam with violence

    Pope Francis said on Sunday that it was wrong to identify Islam with violence and that social injustice and idolatry of money were among the prime causes of terrorism.

    “I think it is not right to identity Islam with violence,” he told reporters aboard the plane taking him back to Rome after a five-day trip to Poland. “This is not right and this is not true.”[?]

    “I don’t like to talk about Islamic violence because every day when I look at the papers I see violence here in Italy – someone killing his girlfriend, someone killing his mother-in-law. These are baptized Catholics,” he said.

    “If I speak of Islamic violence, I have to speak of Catholic violence. Not all Muslims are violent,” he said.

    He said there were various causes of terrorism.

    “I know it dangerous to say this but terrorism grows when there is no other option and when money is made a god and it, instead of the person, is put at the center of the world economy,” he said.

    “That is the first form of terrorism. That is a basic terrorism against all humanity. Let’s talk about that,” he said.

    1. social injustice and idolatry of money were among the prime causes of terrorism

      Liquidate the Vatican’s holdings stat.

      1. If you’ve never been through the Vatican’s, um, art collection — check it out sometime.

        I mean, the stuff on public display.

        1. Here’s a stat for you – and I’ve come across this in a couple of history books and The Economist over the years: 40% of the world’s and 60% of Europe’s treasure lie within Italy’s borders. I would love to know how much is in The Vatican. It’s crazy nuts; like you said just the stuff they reveal.

          1. Between the Romans & the HRE, Italy did have ~1500 years to amass some amazing wealth & artifacts. I too would love to know what is in the Vatican archives.

      2. “Liquidate the Vatican’s holdings stat.”

        They really, really can’t.

        I mean, I’m no Papist, but it’s not like the majority of Catholic wealth is in paper money or gold or something that could be easily liquidated.

        A lot of it is in priceless historical artifacts that are expensive to store and maintain and, frankly, there just isn’t a big enough buyer’s market.

        My brother once told me that if the Papists sold the Papal Crown, a massive golden hat, based on the value of the hat they could feed every poor person in the world for a week. I have no clue if his claim was true, but my counterpoint was, assuming that is true, who on this planet would even have enough money to buy the Papal Crown FROM the Vatican??

        1. Melt it down.

    2. Fancis has proven himself so ill-suited to the job I’m now in favor of him being bounced back to Cardinal and having Benedict forcably un-retired. Ratzinberger might have looked like evil incarnate, but at least he wasn’t actively working counter to the Papal job description.

      1. Pope Francis: “We can no longer trust in the unseen forces and the invisible hand of the market” …

        Yes, he actually said that.

        1. So if we only give the TOP MEN power to run the market, then utopia and heaven on earth!

        2. Bearded socialist: That’s what I’ve been saying for years!

          It’s an interesting, though not unsurprising take, since religion is but about the unseen.

    3. Commie Pope strikes again.

      1. If the Pope says it’s wrong to identify Islam with violence, he should have no problem with identifying Muhammad with violence. Because according to Islamic texts, he was a violent man.

    4. What a dipshit. When your version of redemption is less “confession and hail marys” and more “die slaughtering the unbelievers”, you’re going to have a bloodier faith. And that’s a pure question of theology and religious doctrine.

    5. I didn’t even know a Pope could get cucked.

      1. +1 Sad Alter Boy?

    6. someone killing his girlfriend, someone killing his mother-in-law.

      This is exactly like suicide bombing crowds of people!

      1. The “honor killing” problem outstrips the random murders in the west all on its lonesome, when you add in terrorism, the two societies are not even in the same ball park.

      2. Hey, what’s over 80 men, women, and children being run-down and killed by an Islamic terrorist in a truck when some Catholic killed his girlfriend?

    7. when money is made a god and it, instead of the person, is put at the center of the world economy

      Because people are supposed to be the center of everything? Do you even Christian, bro?

      1. This pope seems borderline obsessed with being praised and loved by men.

  22. More hype.

    Johnson’s campaign has been courting Romney, the 2012 Republican candidate who has been a vocal critic of Donald Trump. Romney was the first major Republican to come out against Trump, and now Johnson has been trying to get Romney to endorse the Libertarian ticket instead, the Deseret News reported.

    Johnson told CNN this week that he’s been in discussion with Romney to give him an official endorsement, saying that Romney was open to the idea.

    1. You know how TBN puts out those family-values type religious movies and digs up some washed up born-again D-list actor to star in them so that the evangelicals can feel cool? That’s kinda what the Johnson campaign is like.

      1. So you are saying it is a winning strategy?

        1. For some value of “winning” I suppose. Neither of the Crouches died broke. On the other hand, I don’t think anybody has The Omega Code at the top of their resume.

          1. See my Sy-Fy comment below.

            Its a valid 3rd party strategy.

          2. Nor Best of the West, but it was on a major network.

            I am sure Joel Higgins has Silver Spoons instead of that on his resume.

      2. +1 Kirk Cameron

      3. This is also the Sy-Fy strategy (minus the born-again part).

        1. And Lifetime, although they seem to get a little bit higher talent for their movies.

          1. But none of Lifetime’s movies feature a Sharknado.

          2. That WIll Ferrell babysitter spoof was fucking hilarious.

  23. Plague detected at Lake Tahoe-area campground

    A flea from a yellow chipmunk in the Lake Tahoe area tested positive for plague, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

    On Tuesday, the Lake Tahoe Basin Unit of the Forest Service, El Dorado County, Calif., officials and theCalifornia Department of Public Health reported they confirmed the presence of plague in the flea taken from Fallen Leaf Campground. The campground is about a quarter mile north of Fallen Leaf Lake inSouth Lake Tahoe.

    According to the Forest Service, the flea was taken during routine plague surveillance May 18, with state results confirming it was the plague June 2.

    1. I don’t think this is a big deal, or at least not unusual. When I was out there a few years ago there there were signs everywhere warning about rodents and other small furries carrying plague. I assumed there was a reason for the signs.

  24. Arch Bishop of Paris at funeral of halal-slaughtered priest. He seems a lot more honest about things than the Pope.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBpjH7cbxMA

    1. “halal-slaughtered priest”

      Unless the priest in question was like a cow that was ordained for some reason, I’m not sure how you get around the basic halal requirements that exclude human meat as a halal food.

    1. Needs more parallel reconstruction

    2. Why would anyone want to read about Hillary Clinton’s yoga schedule and grandmother duties?

        1. /Heaves so hard, my eyes pull back in my head.

    3. I’ve been saying this for years.

      If the NSA doesn’t have all her emails, they are utterly incompetent and the agency should be closed.

  25. WWE legend Goldust says he’s voting for Gary Johnson.

    Yay?

    1. Still holding out for the endorsement from Godlust.

    2. Adrian Adonis unavailable for comment.

    3. Goldust is cool.

  26. I applaud Reason’s new “more titty pix” policy

    Clearly my letter-writing has paid off

    1. So that the sound of a one-handed applause.

      1. What is the sound of one hand fappin?

        1. Have you ever put chicken bones in garbage disposal?

          1. Yes. And you’re a terrible person. How do you come up with this stuff?

            1. Apparently the pancreas is where the soul resides.

    1. The stories always sound like the whole thing was pre-planned.

    2. Whoa now bruh, she niggA, not niggER. Nigga is totally cool. Even Gwyneth Paltrow thinks so.

      1. What about “niggRA”? Can we get a reading?

        1. NiggRA?

          Wasn’t he one of the ThunderCats?

          1. I believe the correct term for a female is “Negress”.

    3. We need to teach whites to call themselves ‘wigger’

      Chapman agrees

      1. Don’t be a hater, it’s ‘wiggah’.

    4. We need to teach whites to call themselves ‘wigger’

      Chapman agrees

    5. Oh for fucks sake, every white kid under 25 talks like that these days.

      1. well, the ones who haven’t checked their privilege anyway

  27. Ross Douthat: Liberalism’s Big Bet

    With that olive branch to anti-Trump Republicans, he (Obama) shifted his party’s convention from the mission of its first two days (shoring up the base, mollifying Berners) to the mission of its grand finale: the appropriation of conservative tropes and themes ? God and country, the flag and 9/11, the founding fathers and the Constitution ? in the service of symbolic outreach to Republicans and right-leaning independents.

    As a gesture, it was immensely powerful. Anyone who came of age with Ronald Reagan found more to recognize in the Democratic Party’s rhetoric last week than in Donald Trump’s self-aggrandizing George Wallace imitation.

    But it was also just a gesture. Yes, the convention’s showmanship was strikingly unifying, bipartisan, moderate ? but Hillary Clinton’s domestic agenda is not. She’s running as a liberal, full stop, with a platform well to the left of where her party stood five or 10 or 20 years ago.

    She’s happy to make right-leaning voters feel a little better about fleeing Trump, but she isn’t offering them substantive concessions, or seeking a grand centrist coalition. Instead she’s telling them: It’s me or Trump, and you know you can’t put the nuclear codes in his undersize hands, so my offer is ? nothing.

    But here’s a flag to cheer you up.

    1. Abortions for some, tiny American flags for them as well.

    2. “As a gesture, it was immensely powerful””

      To whom?

      To anyone w a brain it made no sense.

      A Muslim waving the constitution around…. in ref to immigration ?

      Half the crowd chanting “no war” while the rest said “more!”?

      1. ‘Half the crowd chanting “no war”‘

        More and more anti-war democrats are coming out of hibernation it seems!! Clear signals that Trump is about to win the election. They don’t come out of their holes unless a Republican is going to get the White House, and they return to hibernation as soon as a Democrat steps foot in the White House.

  28. Clinton says Russian intelligence services hacked DNC:

    “We know that Russian intelligence services hacked into the DNC and we know that they arranged for a lot of those emails to be released and we know that Donald Trump has shown a very troubling willingness to back up Putin, to support Putin,” Clinton said in an interview with “Fox News Sunday.”

    Does anyone think that this strategy is going to work? It’s really dumb for a number of reasons.

    1. “We said those terrible things in confidence, no fair making them public!”

    2. Sounds like somebody could use a big red reset button.

    3. Do we need to start identifying which Clinton says something dumb? Or is the default Hillary, with Bill being identified when it’s him?

    4. My favorite part of this story is that the FBI came to them in March and said, “hey, we think you’ve been hacked by the Russians. Could you turn over server logs and other information that might help us find out who they were and how much they took?”

      And the DNC said, “Fuck right off.”

      1. They wanted to save it for when the dirt became public.

        There’s no reason to suggest there *is* any dirt until someone outs it.

    5. You CAN’T vote Trump!! It will result in CO-OPERATION between the US and Russia the likes of which hasn’t been seen since FDR!! How will we continue our cold war hostilities if Trump wins??

    6. We know that Russian intelligence services hacked into the DNC

      We do? How do we know that, exactly?

      As a diversion, its working a charm because the DemOp Media flogs it relentlessly. Shame Fox didn’t call her out on it.

      Even worse, since she raises the issue of working relationships with Russia, why didn’t Fox ask her about the millions of Russian dollars “donated” to the Foundation, in odd proximity to favors being done for Russians by State.

  29. The process is the punishment.

    Judge gets pissed Louisville jail sends a woman to court in just a t-shirt.

    1. Apparently she did have shorts, just not full pants.

      But the judge did the right thing.

    2. Good on the judge though. I’d figure most judges would probably have punished her even further for it.

    3. Petunia Pigging it?

  30. Syria’s secret library

    The siege of Darayya by government and pro-Assad forces began nearly four years ago. Since then Anas and other volunteers, many of them also former students whose studies were brought to a halt by the war, have collected more than 14,000 books on just about every subject imaginable.

    Over the same period more than 2,000 people – many of them civilians – have been killed. But that has not stopped Anas and his friends scouring the devastated streets for more material to fill the library’s shelves.

    “In many cases we get books from bomb or shell-damaged homes. The majority of these places are near the front line, so collecting them is very dangerous,” he says.

    “We have to go through bombed-out buildings to hide ourselves from snipers. We have to be extremely careful because snipers sometimes follow us in their sights, anticipating the next step we’ll take.”

    1. War is hell. That’s a crime against civilization’s literary and cultural patrominy. Power to these people.

  31. From our pal AMSOC

    http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016…..-blue.html

    Funny thing is: what the authors accuse others of doing (cherry picking, using aggregate, being partisan) is the exact same thing they are doing. And the conclusion paragrap (MOAR SPENDING = MORE PROSPERITY) is a false dichotomy.

    Apparently if you throw more money at higher education and live in a blue state..you will be better off thru osmosis or something. Doesnt really say

    1. No false dichotomy there. Government spending has what, a 985x multiplier in the public sector? I’ve lost count, they keep moving that number up.

      1. Lol. That multiplier exists for government spending but not private sector spending which appears to be their argument. Even though that multiplier is based on people spending said money after the government does which is what happens in private sector

      2. Lol. That multiplier exists for government spending but not private sector spending which appears to be their argument. Even though that multiplier is based on people spending said money after the government does which is what happens in private sector

      3. Lol. That multiplier exists for government spending but not private sector spending which appears to be their argument. Even though that multiplier is based on people spending said money after the government does which is what happens in private sector

        1. See the multiplier effect really does work at least 3X!

  32. Jonathan Franzen on Fame, Fascism, and Why He Won’t Write a Book About Race

    Have you ever considered writing a book about race?

    I have thought about it, but?this is an embarrassing confession?I don’t have very many black friends. I have never been in love with a black woman. I feel like if I had, I might dare.

    Is there any contradiction between that and what you said earlier about not feeling you could write about race because of a lack of experience?

    No, that was about love. That was about love. I feel it’s really dangerous, if you are a liberal white American, to presume that your good intentions are enough to embark on a work of imagination about black America. I am particularly vigilant there. I have thought about it?you know, race is big in America.

    1. Franzen gets so much shit for everything he writes from feminists engaged at his success, he smart not not to touch the third rail of liberal America.

    2. you know, race is big in America.

      Big business.

    3. “”it’s really dangerous, if you are a liberal white American, to presume that your good intentions are enough”””

      Maybe you should write a book about that, jon

  33. Clinton’s claim that the FBI director said her email answers were ‘truthful’

    As we have seen repeatedly in Clinton’s explanations of the email controversy, she relies on excessively technical and legalistic answers to explain her actions. While Comey did say there was no evidence she lied to the FBI, that is not the same as saying she told the truth to the American public ? which was the point of Wallace’s question. Comey has repeatedly not taken a stand on her public statements.

    And although Comey did say many emails were retroactively classified, he also said that there were some emails that were already classified that should not have been sent on an unclassified, private server. That’s the uncomfortable truth that Clinton has trouble admitting.

    Four Pinocchios

    1. I used to think she/s just a shameless liar, but after the Chris Wallace interview I understand she just “didn’t hear Director Comey say that”.

    2. And although Comey did say many emails were retroactively classified,

      I thought it was more “These emails have classified info in them, were classified all along, but nobody put the header on them until now”.

  34. “The supreme leader of Iran complains that the average Iranian hasn’t benefited from the Iran nuclear deal.”

    Really? I’ve heard nothing but glowing reports!

  35. Gawker’s theory on the Trump debate comments:

    Donald Trump Already Scrambling for Excuses to Bail on Hillary Debates

    Last season on “Donald Trump Is Terrified of Being Humiliated by People Who Actually Know What They’re Talking About,” Trump set a precedent of laying groundwork for his debate ditching long before the actual debate could take place. And now, season two Trump is gearing up to be just as craven…

    …The Donald Trump/Hillary Clinton debates would be incredible to behold, which is exactly why Trump will cancel as many of them as humanly possible. But thankfully for the viewers at home, that’s a big ask?even for Donald Trump.

    1. I think he wants her exposed in the debates…not hidden by football games

      1. Yeah, as always, his bluster ruins the message, but it is fair to question why are we matched up against Sunday night and Monday night football.

        1. He should keep hitting that button. “The people who are going to put me in the White House are exactly the type of people who would rather watch a football game than listen to Crooked Hillary tell more lies about how she is going to save their jobs, when she’s really already sold them out to [immigrants/free trade/TPP]. And Crooked Hillary knows that her only chance is to go up against something far more entertaining.”

          1. Wait, I thought Trump was something far more entertaining?

            1. He can only carry her boring ass so far.

        2. If there were 7 debates, I wouldn’t see a problem with a Sunday and Monday one each.

          But with four?, scheduling matters.

    2. Why?? Clinton’s popularity only goes DOWN with every debate, which is why SHE bailed on debates with Sanders!!

  36. Hillary’s New Bedford Story In Her Acceptance Speech Is Yet Another Lie

    “I remember meeting a young girl in a wheelchair on the small back porch of her house. She told me how badly she wanted to go to school ? it just didn’t seem possible in those days. And I couldn’t stop thinking of my mother and what she’d gone through as a child.

    It became clear to me that simply caring is not enough. To drive real progress, you have to change both hearts and laws. You need both understanding and action.

    So we gathered facts. We built a coalition. And our work helped convince Congress to ensure access to education for all students with disabilities.””

    1. Mayor John Markey:

      “I took over as Mayor in January of 1973. We had a budget for vans with drivers and provided services to students with disabilities. It was Tremblay Bus. They would pick them up and drop them off at their homes. Now, they may not have been able to go to the local neighborhood school, depending on whether or not the schools were accessible for wheelchairs and may have had to drive uptown or somewhere in the city but there were many schools then which could and did accommodate our handicapped students in wheelchairs”.

      “In fact, we had a local guy (Katz) who was a paraplegic, injured in a diving accident who came to my office many times to advocate for the disabled and I actually spent an entire day in 1973 in a wheelchair to better understand the challenges they face everyday. Soon after that we were cutting out sidewalks for wheelchairs and doing things in New Bedford before the laws ever compelled us to.”

  37. what’s the mystery?

    Mysterious ‘Smiley Face’ Appears in Hawaiian Volcano During Eruption

    A Hawaiian volcano was ready for its close up.

    A “smiley face” was spotted inside the Kilauea volcano’s crater during an ongoing eruption.

    Mick Kalber of helicopter tour company Paradise Helicopters captured the remarkable scene.

    The Kilauea volcano has been continuously erupting since 1983, making it one of the most active volcanoes in the world, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

    1. The Goddess Pele is happy.

      1. Pele is smiling at Hillary’s nomination. She is with her!

    2. ‘A “smiley face” was spotted inside the Kilauea volcano’s crater during an ongoing eruption.’

      Wow, I was expecting some vague “kinda sorta looks like a face if you squint at it” thing, but no, that’s a straight-up smiley face.

  38. Monday Morning FB:

    I’m so sick of “not racist” white people. You get no cookies for basic traits of humanity. It’s more then liking black people. In order to change this society you have to be anti racism. That means acknowledging the system of oppression and inequality. That means unpacking your privilege and prejudices. That means calling out those around you. That means amplifying the voices of poc around you, never silencing them. That means being an ally. Just not being racist is not enough!

    1. That means unpacking your privilege and prejudices

      In your old kit bag and smile smile smile?

    2. This was equally stupid but mercifully concise when it was a bumper sticker reading: If you’re not part of the solution you’re part of the problem.

      1. I always preferred:

        I you’re not part of the solution, you are the precipitate.

    3. Your response: I agree. You sound extremely racist.

    4. I’m so sick of “not racist” white people.

      Racist white people though, can’t get enough of them.

    5. It’s getting to the point where I’m considering acting like an overt racist just to piss these people off. If you don’t get any credit for not being a bigot and just going about your life then what’s the damn point?

      1. It’s getting to the point where I’m considering acting like an overt racist just to piss these people off.

        If you don’t understand that, to those people, you are ALREADY acting like an overt racist, why bother?

        They are at a level of derp your mind simply cannot comprehend.

        Be thankful.

    6. There is no winning with that crowd even if you submit to their lunacy.

      I used to date this cis, hetero White guy ? let’s call him Josh.

      Josh was as well-meaning as they came. Josh acknowledged that racism is a thing and that White privilege is real. In fact, he was so comfortable acknowledging his White privilege that he had seen more Spike Lee films than me.

      To add to his well-meaning White guy glory, Josh just loooooovvved Black women.

      When I was dating Josh, I was working through my own internalized shit.

      Josh desired me for the same qualities that society taught me were undesirable. He even watched Good Hair in solidarity (I never watched it myself), and he’d proudly proclaim his love of natural hair over weave.

      Sometimes, he’d say, “The darker the berry, the sweeter the juice.” Except I’m not very dark. Maybe he thought my juice was relatively sour?

      Many White people who are attracted to, date, and love Black women mean well. Some of them even think their attraction to Black folks makes them “progressive,” because they’re going against the grain of White beauty standards.

      But good intentions have never been enough to stop oppression. So how can you look beyond your intentions and figure out if your attraction has a hurtful impact?

      1. When I was dating Josh, I was working through my own internalized shit.

        Madame, you are not nearly finished. Someday, you’ll be happy and not think about this shit at all. Get a really good therapist and take their suggestion.

      2. Josh just loooooovvved Black women
        I used to work with a girl (African American studies major) who used to gush about how much she looooved black people. They were like pets to her.

      3. he was so comfortable acknowledging his White privilege that he had seen more Spike Lee films than me. …. He even watched Good Hair in solidarity (I never watched it myself)…..

        ….

        ….

        i presume dude was like, “I donno, ‘he went downhill after ‘She’s Gotta Have it‘” and the chick just swoons like he’d just adopted a negro cripple-baby.

        these people are so deep and sophisticated.

        She measures people’s racial-harmoniousness based on their Netflix-history.

        1. When I want to get my black appreciation on I watch a few Tarantino movies.

      4. Sometimes, he’d say, “The darker the berry, the sweeter the juice.” Except I’m not very dark. Maybe he thought my juice was relatively sour?

        Sounds to me like your juice has gone rancid.

    7. Join team racist, we won’t ask you to do shit.

    8. $20 says that poster was a “not racist” white person.

      That means acknowledging the system of oppression and inequality.

      No, I reject your un-falsifiable hypothesis.

  39. In order to change this society you have to be anti racism. That means acknowledging the system of oppression and inequality. That means unpacking your privilege and prejudices. That means calling out those around you.

    Be a sanctimonious twat; all day, every day. Ostentatious moral preening, FTW!

    1. That means acknowledging the system of oppression and inequality.

      Okay, I acknowledge that the system of Affirmative Action and government set-asides promotes oppression and treats people unequally.

    1. That is true every election. There was nothing stopping people from participating in the primaries.

      1. Furthermore, we have a second round of elections for just this reason.

      2. And the winner in Nov will have something like 20%.

  40. I’m so sick of “not racist” white people.

    Like the black folks could ever make anything of themselves without your guidance and stewardship.

    1. Since real racism is insignificant these days, they need to move on to micro-racism to maintain their narrative of victimhood.

  41. New Mexico’s former top cop endorses Gary Johnson

    “Republican Darren White, the state’s former top cop and ex-sheriff of Bernalillo County, is supporting Libertarian Gary Johnson for president ? 17 years after he abruptly left Johnson’s administration because of differences over drug legalization.”

    1. Is this a repeat or a 2nd person that left his administration over drug legalization?

  42. In fact, he was so comfortable acknowledging his White privilege that he had seen more Spike Lee films than me.

    Well, then.

  43. OT: Send for Roland and that sonofabitch van Owen, Congo is having democracy problems again.

    1. Van Owen is in a barroom in Mombasa drinking gin.

      1. Incorrect…his body’s been blown to Johannesburg. Not entirely sure if his head went with it, TBH.

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  45. Transgender Youtube personality is bullied.

    For being libertarian.

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