U.S. Launches Air Strikes in Libya, GOP Convention Leads to Negative Support, Denton Files for Bankruptcy: P.M. Links

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    The United States is now conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State in Libya, claiming that the current Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against al Qaeda also applies here.

  • For the first time since Gallup started asking in 1984, viewers walked away from the Republican National Convention feeling less supportive of the party's candidate.
  • Gawker founder Nick Denton has filed for personal bankruptcy in the aftermath of his (and the company's) loss in the Hulk Hogan sex tape lawsuit.
  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is supporting legislation to block the state's registered sex offenders from playing Pokemon Go because everything is a source of panic.
  • A federal judge is hearing arguments today in a lawsuit attempting to block the implementation of North Carolina's new law that requires transgender people to use school and government building facilities that match the sex listed on their birth certificates.
  • A top Jeb Bush adviser is leaving the GOP and is considering voting for Hillary Clinton.

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  1. A top Jeb Bush adviser is leaving the GOP and is considering voting for Hillary Clinton.

    He was never going to vote for Jeb!!!

    1. Then it’s a good thing Jeb! didn’t win the nomination.

      1. You’re sexist. Maybe the adviser is a woman. (And it is. Vagina power!)

        1. VOTE VAGINA!!111!111

          /GynoAmericans

  2. A top Jeb Bush adviser is leaving the GOP and is considering voting for Hillary Clinton.

    That adviser’s name? Jeb Bush.

      1. C’mon Jeb. You aren’t running for office again. You have nothing to lose. Say: “Gary Johnson”

    1. I would just like to point out that, technically, i tied Fist for first comment.

      1. His is first on the page, so even though they were both submitted within the same minute and have the same time-stamp, Fisty is still Firsty.

        Technically wrong is the worst kind of wrong, Citizen. As a regular here, you should know that. 😉

      2. Yours was funnier, though.

  3. Gawker founder Nick Denton has filed for personal bankruptcy in the aftermath of his (and the company’s) loss in the Hulk Hogan sex tape lawsuit.

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

    1. What you going to do when you see the Hulkster’s spraying some goo!

      1. /rimshot

      2. Have we given up on euphemism?

        1. We’ve moved beyond the limitations of euphemism. Transcended them, one might say.

          1. Can we say “Penetrated the limitations”?

    2. Was he using his stock to leverage other purchases?

      How does the one cause the other?

  4. Gawker founder Nick Denton has filed for personal bankruptcy…

    The moral kind?

  5. Gawker founder Nick Denton has filed for personal bankruptcy in the aftermath of his (and the company’s) loss in the Hulk Hogan sex tape lawsuit.

    Someone who was not in the sex tape got f***ed .

  6. Compliments on the alt-text.

    1. NSFW due to pixelated nipples.

      1. NSFW Japanese due to pixelated nipples.

        1. The Japanese normally just pixilate the genitalia…

          Or so I’ve heard.

          1. That is a funny typo. Pixie genitalia is not my thing.

      2. Damn, that will eliminate her from a shot at Miss America.

        Racy girl pix = DQ from Miss America

        (or at least it did in 1984)

    2. I love you Slammer.

    3. Finally! A first lady I can respect.

      1. Whew. We’re back to doing euphemisms, I see.

        1. If you really wanna see some euphemisms, wait until we have a First Gentleman.

          1. That’s gonna be a long wait, even if Hillary wins. . . .

            1. You’re right, I should have said First “Gentleman” [Big Air Quotes]

    4. Stop trying to make us vote for Trump! Ok, don’t stop trying.

    5. Waiting for Trump to compare Melania to Hillary…

      1. Waiting for Trump to compare Melania to Hillary Bill…

        ftfy

    6. Sweet Baby Odin!

    7. Remarkably unappealing, all things considered.

      1. Classy.

    8. So she’d be the first LGBT first lady, if it weren’t for Eleanor.

  7. For the first time since Gallup started asking in 1984, viewers walked away from the Republican National Convention feeling less supportive of the party’s candidate.

    Even McCain managed to wow them?

    1. They were probably more wowed by Palin.

      1. Bob Dole ’96 wasn’t exactly a highlight reel, if I (don’t) recall.

  8. For the first time since Gallup started asking in 1984, viewers walked away from the Republican National Convention feeling less supportive of the party’s candidate.

    Walked away where? To the Libertarian Party? I hope so…

    1. Of course not. This is the most important election in history, and if you don’t vote major party the rivers will turn to blood and we’ll be overcome by locusts and your first born sons will die if you don’t put ram’s blood on your door.

      1. Just keep reminding Democrats that Hillary voted for Iraq.

        Everytime someone says voting against Trump justifies voting for Hillary, remind them that they are using bad judgment to vote for a woman who showed bad judgment with the Iraq war vote.

        It’s like meta-bad judgment. And if they whine about it, tell them how Obama has killed 20 times with drones as many kids as Adam Lanza did with his gun.

        1. And watch them not care about any of that.

          1. I’ve watched them hem and haw but eventually dismiss it many times.

        2. So, what you’re saying is: Barack Obama is basically Adam Lanza.

        3. I made a comment in our local news website about how interesting it was that Mr. Khan is asking Trump about what sacrifice he’s made while he’s supporting a woman who voted to send his son to Iraq. The responses were remarkable.

          “The authorization to use force wasn’t authorization for an invasion” (despite the title).

          “The political climate made it too dangerous to vote against.” Well there’s a profile in courage.

          “She wasn’t enthusiastic about it.” So she voted to hang our troops out to dry once things got tough. That’s the worst possible decision.

          Serious cognitive dissonance.

    2. Now you’ve done it. You’ve gone and lit the SIV signal.

    3. Maybe! I’ve managed to convince a couple folks to vote third party in my little social circle, so there is hope if the person you’re talking to isn’t dead behind the eyes.

      1. As have I, three that I know of. One of them was an ardent Berniebot before the DNC convention, now he’s spouting out nothing but libertarian talking points and wants to burn the whole system to the ground.

        Not sure if I should be happy he’s now in the fold or depressed that his convictions are so shallow that he would flip from one political extreme to the other.

        1. Well… at least he was driven away by his old party to find us? Does that count as a silver lining?

          So far all my folks generally vote strongly on R party lines, but these folks specifically said to me that they “couldn’t vote for Trump” and, of course, they wouldn’t ever vote for Hillary…

          “Excuse me, sir. Do you have time to talk about a third party?”

          1. Doesn’t “third party” mean something else in the Riven household?

            1. I’d say it depends on the context.

              Mr. Riven and I discuss third parties all the time–usually when our server is especially cute.

              1. *makes note to have dinner with Riven sometime*

              2. The devil’s threesome? Ok, that works too, I guess. I was referring to something else, though.

    4. Also, more from my progressive friends, this one shared from others. Getting lectured on the topic from across the sea…

      ?#?BernieOrBust? ?#?JillNotHill? ?#?NeverHer? folks:

      Who are you voting for and how many counties in your state do you expect your candidate to carry?

      Do you and everyone against Hillary or Trump agree on Jill? Or are some writing in Bernie’s name? Or are some voting Libertarian? Are the Anti-Trump and Hillary crowd all united behind one candidate?

      If not, then it’s guaranteed they won’t do as well as Bernie did, and that’s ignoring the former Bernie supporters who are going to vote for Hillary.

      Sorry to shit on your parade, but I’ve lived under a three party system, and the third party always cannibalises the party that appeals to moderate, sensible, progressive people like you and I.

      Your choices are the Cheeto Antichrist and a woman you’ve heard some bad things about on the news or internet.

      This election is not secure enough or guaranteed enough for you to vote your conscience, sorry to be a bummer, but part of being a grown up is eating shit now and again. Voting tactically falls entirely under that umbrella.

      In the context of THIS election, 3rd party voting is stupid self righteous bullshit from every fucking angle. A 3rd party vote works in Trump’s favour EVERY way you cut it.

      Don’t be that fucking person. Take it from someone who knows ?#?Brexit?.

      1. Yes, this election. Like that isn’t trotted out in every election where a third-party might draw votes off in a tight election.

        “Beatings will continue until morale improves.”

      2. Brexit is the greatest thing since sliced cheese.

        Vote 3rd party!

      3. Slickette is winning my state by 20 points regardless. Voting my conscience is the way to go.

      4. My guess: your friend has voted twice for the libdems, and once for labour. And once against brexit.

      5. Your choices are the Cheeto Antichrist and a woman you’ve heard some bad things about on the news or internet.

        Such objective. Many reasons. Wow.

      6. Cheeto antichrist sounds tasty. The end times are upon us!

        1. They’re so fucking good.

          1. I could eat 666 of them.

      7. Allow me to quote Drew Carey:

        I don’t give a fuck. If your person doesn’t get enough votes, you lose. I don’t want to hear it. There are more than two choices and you are allowed to vote for whoever you want. This is America. If you can’t get the votes to win, tough shit.

        1. I remember Ralph Nader saying something like “You dems should be beating Bush by 40%. The small percentage of demonstration votes I draw should not be the reason you can’t beat Bush. Don’t blame me if you can’t beat Bush…blame yourselves.” back in 2000.

      8. I’ll take voting advice from a fucking redcoat as soon as… never. I forgot what I was going to say.

        1. She can take her tea and go for a swim.

        2. britons are not people and should be eradicated.

        3. ^This.

          :pffft: “favour”…. Go fuck yourself.

      9. moderate, sensible, progressive

        ? One of these things is not like the others…One of these things just doesn’t belong…

      10. Brexit tears are yummy.

      11. I thought we fought a Revolution so we wouldn’t have to listen to British nanny-pants.

      12. The proper response: “Ok, you convinced me. Whatever my conscience says, the threat of electing someone so disgusting, dishonest, and dangerous is too much to risk this election. I guess I have to vote Trump instead of third party.”

        I mean, you didn’t really need FB friends anyway.

      13. I hope you told that person to STFU and mind their own business. It’s one thing to have an opinion about foreign countries politics, quite another to tell them who to vote for.

        I’ve recently decided that instead of unfriending people I don’t like on the derpbook, I would challenge them on their stupid posts as much as I can, and if they can’t take the heat, or stop saying stupid shit, they will eventually unfriend me. Why would I bother doing the job if they can do it for me and let me enjoy being a complete asshole along the way ?

        1. “Cancel your own goddam friend request”

  9. A top Jeb Bush adviser is leaving the GOP and is considering voting for Hillary Clinton

    Truly shocking.

    1. No kidding. My takeaway from the ongoing Khan condemnation is that the GOP establishment desperately wants Trump to lose more than they care if Hillary gets elected.

      1. Being the opposition to the most hated candidate might be preferable to defending the most hated candidate in the long run.

        The one thing I really like about this election is that Team politics is laying a stink log in all their mouths.

        1. It’s amazing watching supporters of one or the other scramble to rationalize how that mouthful of poo tastes finer than filet mignon. A man could do some groundbreaking psychological research, were he so inclined.

          1. “Faith of Their Fathers” by Philip K. Dick describes a society fooled into obeying an alien monstrosity by being continually dosed with hallucinogens. It seems very prophetic in the light of this crap election.

            “The dead shall live, the living die. I kill what lives; I save what has died. And I will tell you this: there are things worse than I. But you won’t meet them because by then I will have killed you.”

            1. Do you have any proof that Hilldog’s sweat does not have hallucinogenic properties? Would explain a lot.

          2. rationalize how that mouthful of poo tastes finer than filet mignon

            It’s not even that good. It’s more like “My candidate has corn and peanuts in their healthy shit, and your candidate has green diarrhea from eating candy and beer for three days!”

            1. OK, ok, enough with this anal-ogy please.

              1. Hands if you read that as “anal-orgy”

      2. I don’t think there’s much question, Cdr.

  10. Gawker founder Nick Denton has filed for personal bankruptcy in the aftermath of his (and the company’s) loss in the Hulk Hogan sex tape lawsuit.

    Slap him with punitive damages for trying to avoid paying.

    Also, law-people… is there an interest clock running as he tries these delaying tactics?

    1. Indeed there is. Interest runs from the day the judgment is entered, and accumulates during appeals, etc.

      1. Good. I hope it’s a loan shark vig.

        1. It varies. In CA, its 10% per annum, which is pretty close to loan shark vig in this market.

      2. And you typically have to post a bond for the judgment to make the appeal.

  11. …the current Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the al Qaeda also applies here.

    The Commerce Clause of war powers.

    1. They’ll get that post-convention bounce in the polls even if they have to kill people to do it!

      1. Anyone else read that as “that post conviction Bounce”?

  12. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is supporting legislation to block the state’s registered sex offenders from playing Pokemon Go because everything is a source of panic.

    How could you possibly hope to enforce that?

    1. It’s a tool for harassing The Wrong People.

      1. I suppose you could potentially harass a registered sex offender if you see someone playing and just so happen to know they’re a sex offender… But seriously. Do they just intend to stop every adult they see playing out in the wilds of the world? It’s not like you have to give the app your actual name/age/etc when you sign up, so how do they propose this would even work?

        1. they just intend to stop every adult they see playing out in the wilds of the world?

          No; just the ones that look icky in other ways.

        2. Do they just intend to stop every adult male they see playing out in the wilds of the world?

          Yes.

          1. Well that’s fucked up. And wrong.

            Let’s go make our own Pokemon–with blackjack! And hookers!

            On second thought, forget the Pokemon!

            1. That’s not a bad idea. Go around collecting porn stars instead of pokemons.

              1. You know what else would be a really terrible replacement for Pokemons in a location based game?

        3. Sounds like market opportunity for special alt-perv-Pokemon. Find and collect all the toddlers. Android only.

          1. What you’re describing is just Pok?mon.

        4. You just routinely monitor their phones.

          Obviously.

    2. Track their app downloads/purchases.

      Pokemon Go download? Visit from the Overlord.

    3. By playing Sexoffender Go?

  13. The United States is now conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State in Libya, claiming that the current Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the al Qaeda also applies here.

    Authorization for Unlimited Military Force?

    Authorization for Unprecedented Mother F***ing?

    1. Authorization for Use of Military Intelligence in Limiting of Freedoms.

  14. Cuomo is supporting legislation to block the state’s registered sex offenders from playing Pokemon Go

    Block ’em from playing Solitaire too while you’re at it, Andy.

    1. Cuomo misread Pokemon as Poke-a-Man, hence the panic.

  15. OT: A theater in my medium-sized town (65,000-ish, about 10-15K more in surrounding area) had a showing of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan this past Friday. I went with my brother and a friend.

    There were five other people in the theater. FIVE.

    Greatest movie of all time, and fewer than ten people came to watch it. I live in a cultural wasteland.

    1. Greatest movie of all time? Hmm… Nah

      1. So they were also playing Armageddon?

        1. Bay is bae.

            1. KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!

              /Trump impersonating Shatner

      2. +1 Bigger Boat

    2. “FIIIIIIVE!!”

    3. So you’re saying they task you?

      Maybe they just enjoy hurting you, and wish to go on hurting you?

    4. “There were five other people in the theater. FIVE.”

      Why the hell should I be bothered to get out of my house, drive somewhere, and pay a ridiculous amount of cash to see the movie and maybe get some food at the theater, when I can lay in my bed butt-naked with a home-cooked steak and stream the movie from the internet on my TV??

      Just no point in going out and paying shitloads to the theaters to see a movie that isn’t a new release.

  16. Administration blatantly breaks the law yet again for the umpteenth time, unilaterally granting amnesty to thousands of Syrians regardless of their legal status, despite the fact that the courts have ruled again and again and again that these scumbags don’t have the right to do this sort of thing.

    1. Love Trumps Hate.

      Feelings Trump the Rule of Law.

        1. It’s not “make America great again”, but it’ll do.

  17. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is supporting legislation to block the state’s registered sex offenders from playing Pokemon Go…

    How long until they realize they’ve forgotten to exempt police pedos from the ban?

    1. You know as well as i do that the police unions would lobby to carve out an exemption for current and former officers.

      1. Well they have to be exempt! If it takes a pedo to recognize and potentially stop a pedo, then this will be a feature not a bug!

  18. claiming that the current Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the al Qaeda also applies here

    No reasonable prosecutor would bring charges.

  19. Gawker filed for bankruptcy with a plan to sell itself to media company Ziff Davis LLC for $90 million. That offer sets the floor for bids in a court-supervised auction scheduled for later this summer.

    In all seriousness, can someone provide me with a reason for why anyone in their right minds would buy Gawker?

    “Well, this media company has had massively bad publicity around it for the last couple years, and even before that it was seen mostly as a yellow tabloid. It doesn’t even have the parody-esque legitimacy of the National Enquirer, but fuck it, buy it anyway.”

    1. The National Enquirer has better lawyers.

      Also, it’s more respectable.

      1. Gawker didn’t have bad lawyers. They were just the most retarded and offensive clients in the history of scum bag journalist litigation. What the fuck is a lawyer supposed to do when one of his clients says during a deposition that they think a sex tape of a nine year old kid has news value and they would publish it?

        Gawker lost because they were just monumentally stupid. Even before the trial, they left the video up on their site after a judge ordered them to take it down. What dumb asses.

        1. Karma’s sure a bitch Alan, and revenge is a dish best served cold.

          Just loved Denton’s public plea of “why cant we just get togthere and talk this one through Peter?”

          Beautiful.

        2. They really reminded me of Cartman’s appearance in Maury Povich

          I do what I wan’

          1. All they had to do was take the video down after Hulk asked them to and none of this would have ever happened. And once the video was up and on the site, there was no point in keeping it up. The damage was done. And yet, they still did it. And refused to take it down even after Hulk got a temporary restraining order. It is amazing how stupid they were.

    2. Some of the sub-brands (lifehacker, deadspin, jalopnik, etc.) are probably still quite valuable if someone can figure out a way to spin them off.

  20. Gawker founder Nick Denton has filed for personal bankruptcy in the aftermath of his (and the company’s) loss in the Hulk Hogan sex tape lawsuit.

    So damn delicious.

    1. Let me give you a few even more yummy thoughts to consider. First, the Hulk verdict is an intentional tort and is not something you can get rid of in bankruptcy. Second, transferring assets to defraud creditors in a bankruptcy proceeding is a federal crime and the kind of crime that gets people thrown into prison fairly often. So if Nick tries to hide his assets or do some kind of insider transfer to screw his creditors, he is risking prison. And federal bankruptcy trustees are generally pretty sharp and not easy to fool. I give it 50/50 that Denton doesn’t try something stupid that lands him in prison.

      1. I used to work for a BK atty. Even on the little bs personal (I bought a boat and now I can’t pay my mortgage) BKs most Trustee’s were very good at sniffing out people’s bullshit.

        I remember being at a confirmation hearing and the Trustee grilling this woman about the type of horse, its lineage, everything. It was great.

        1. All the trustees do is sit around all day looking to catch people trying to screw their creditors or creditors trying to screw one another. They have pretty much seen it all. You are not going to get much passed them. And Denton is just the type of arrogant douche who would try it.

        2. Indeed.

          When I forced a physician into bankruptcy, the trustee noticed that he listed a note on a motorcycle as a debt, but didn’t list the motorcycle itself. Which the doc still had, of course. And which he was going to need, since his wife divorced him when he filed for bankruptcy, and took the car.

          Good times, good times

      2. So there’s a good chance The Hulk will collect $$ on the verdict?

        Excellent.

        Good one Mr Thiel.

      3. I am still trying to understand the details.

        Was he also sued or was it just Gawker. I thought it was Gawker, so why would his personal assets come into play. But if it was both, that makes more sense, but the article linked doesnt make that clear at all.

  21. Fun with The Guardian:

    My partner has a different political opinion than me and that’s just untenable!

    The dilemma This evil referendum has driven a wedge between me and my partner. We’re in midlife and have no children. My parents were immigrants ? my mother Scottish, my father a British Indian soldier who came to the UK after the war. I was brought up to be open and accepting of other cultures. My partner has a close-knit, rather insular family and has limited contact with anyone outside the UK. He’s not a political person: he veers towards conservatism, whereas I have been a trade union rep for many years and active campaigner. He voted to leave and the period since the results has been among the lowest in my life. I told him that if it weren’t for immigrants I wouldn’t be here at all. I have never felt so isolated ? having a partner who feels this way makes me despair even more. Any attempt to discuss the issue ends in petty squabbling. I feel he is diminishing me, but voicing this will cause a deeper rift. I know you can’t solve the catastrophic situation we find ourselves in, but please give me advice on where to go from here.

    1. Do the guy a favor and split up.

    2. There’s a simple solution to the rift.

      It’s starts with the letter “s”.

      1. is the next letter “u”?

        1. Supper? Surrender? Surgery?

          1. SUICIDY

    3. Lefties, definitely allow politics to invade absolutely every aspect of your lives. You’ll be much happier that way.

      1. And they are so fucking melodramatic about it.

    4. I told him that if it weren’t for immigrants the British empire I wouldn’t be here at all.

      FTFY.

      1. Yeah, that part was weird. Her mom’s from the UK and her dad’s from a Commonwealth country. That’s not exactly immigration as most people would define it.

        1. Moreover, if you watch Brexit the movie, the big point they make about immigration is that the current EU law fucks over both immigrants and visitors from commonwealth countries. Daniel Hannan gets pretty apoplectic about how frequently some veteran who served in the British army and stayed in his home country when it was granted independence can’t visit relatives in England because of EU law.

          1. Euro MP Danile Hannan is a very skilled and articulate debater, watched him on You Tube.

            Loved his line, “I want you to make me redundant”

      1. Yup. Her spin can be decoded as, “He’s pretty chill, with a fair ‘traditional’ streak, whereas I am a loudmouth, a shit-disturber by trade, and someone who can’t let people be because everything is political (duh).”

        Can you imagine what it must be like for her man?

        She should do him a solid and get the hell out of his life (even for her own sake).

    5. The Guardian “intelligentsia” is still at the denial stage of BREXIT.

    6. She’s so stupid she doesn’t realise that her father came over as a Commonwealth immigrant, and the EU has been trying to pressure the Brits into giving up special Commonwealth immigration rules and join the EU Borg on immigration.

      IOW, if she had her way, her father wouldn’t have immigrated, and she wouldn’t have been born. Her partner is trying to preserve the very immigration schema that led to her existence.

      1. No shit. This shit has gone bananas. It’s like no one immigrated before the EU.

    7. The only way it could be more ironic is if the guy actually had a harem of partners, one for each country of the EU.

    8. The guy with bad taste in women wouldn’t be in the UK either without immigration. It’s quite possible that his ancestors number among the Anglo-Saxon migrants to Britain that eventually reached a critical mass and exterminated the preexisting culture.

    9. He voted to leave and the period since the results has been among the lowest in my life. I told him that if it weren’t for immigrants I wouldn’t be here at al

      What does one have to do with the other?

    10. My parents were immigrants ? my mother Scottish, my father a British Indian soldier who came to the UK after the war.

      Technically, neither of those people are immigrants. Both are commonwealth citizens and would be free to relocate in anywhere in in commonwealth nations just as easily before the EU existed as well as after.

      in fact, that’s exactly what happened.

      He voted to leave and the period since the results has been among the lowest in my life. I told him that if it weren’t for immigrants I wouldn’t be here at all.

      Brexit was not a ban on “Immigration”. And as already noted, has no effect on intra-commonwealth migration, which are policies entirely separate from EU membership.

      What’s very typical (yet apex-retarded) about this person and their question… is that they see themselves as very informed and reasonable… and posture themselves as the “enlightened” one in the discussion….

      … and yet casually state such absurd, factually-incorrect, hyperbolic, unreasonable things.

      and their monumental ignorance is only reinforced by both the Guardian writer as well as (most) of the commenters.

      Its a process of mutually reinforced, collective ignorance… which we call “News”

    11. Fuckwad. The whole point of Brexit was that the UK wanted more British Indian soldiers and fewer Turkish muslim refugees.

  22. A top Jeb Bush adviser is leaving the GOP and is considering voting for Hillary Clinton

    What is funny about that is that these people have their heads buried so far up their asses that they actually think they are hurting Trump by making a show of refusing to vote for him. If there is anything that is going to get Trump elected, it is people like this woman making it clear to the public that Trump is not one of them.

    1. If it’s going to be a referendum on elitism then it’s Trump’s election to lose.

      1. I think that’s going to be a (big?) part of it.

        The rest will be driven by events, and bad news works in Trump’s favor. He’s in pretty decent shape, but nothing the Republicans haven’t thrown away in the past, and those were elections where the establishment actually wanted the nominee to win.

        Still a tossup, in my book.

  23. Gawker founder Nick Denton has filed for personal bankruptcy i

    Until Sam Biddle and Hamilton Nolan are raped and torn apart by frenzied baboons, justice will not be served.

    1. I think that’s part of the interview process at Gawker.

    2. No, forced to live together and star in a wacky sitcom. Nolan writing manifestos about who turns it is to do the dishes and Sam forced to make his living as an Uber driver.

      1. Didn’t you just describe the plot of every episode of Friends?

        1. No, because neither of them could ever convince women to spend time with them. It’s Perfect Strangers, but with more autism.

    3. Sam Biddle has apparently managed to find work at The Intercept as a technology reporter. Why the man isn’t completely unemployable in the field of journalism is beyond me.

      1. “Networking” = its how incompetent people climb the ladded.

        Everyone’s got a buddy working somewhere. The question is, will they vouch for you.

        1. Ah, explains a lot. As a misanthrope I regularly fail at successful networking.

    4. To be fair, Nolan’s been schooling people recently on why the DNC email leaks are such a big deal and that trying to suppress or ignore them is actually counter to good journalistic practices.

      1. I’m not surprised they might be rediscovering the merits of “Actual Journalism” now that the shit-throwing-ship they’ve been sailing for the last decade is now rapidly sinking.

      2. Nolan’s a communist so he only cares about the DNC email leaks because his man Bernie lost.

    1. There’s this whole fear of social repercussions when you tell someone you eat trash,” he explained.

      Huh.

      1. It’s like he took George Costanza’s dilemma an entire step forward.

    2. Loved this:

      Gus Mueller
      Aside from the fact that he’s a lying homo who mooches off friends and steals from steam tables, I’m not buying the bit about food in dumpsters behind pharmacies. First, there are very few pharmacies in Washington DC. Second, why would they be throwing food away?

      That guy does look very punchable….

    3. “As far as Dumpster diving goes, so long as this is an issue, so long as it’s possible to survive off of trash, so long as there’s perfectly good food in the Dumpster ?- yeah, I’ll be Dumpster diving until I’m 87. I mean, I’ll take my kids Dumpster diving,” he said. “This habit is not going anywhere anytime soon.”

      Oh god, he plans to breed.

    4. The Portlandia skit on dumpster diving is pure gold. Almost as good as “Eddie Vedder tattoo”

  24. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvs…..dence.html

    Some woman that used to be on Glee, decides that maybe she needs to get some straight men as fans. And frankly seems to have the right idea. Damn.

    1. Yeah, there was something about flaws… I didn’t really read it.

      1. She doesn’t seem to have too many flaws to me. She is not perfect, but close enough.

    2. She was fun in Scream Queens. Which I recommend. It’s hit or miss, but the hits are hilarious.

    3. Guys guys guys, can’t you see she’s being exploited?

  25. A federal judge is hearing arguments today in a lawsuit attempting to block the implementation of North Carolina’s new law that requires transgender people to use school and government building facilities that match the sex listed on their birth certificates.

    Which bathroom did the Obama Administration say Bradley Manning had to use?

    1. They cleverly arranged for “him” to have his own.

    2. She’s in solitary, so she has her own bucket, so I think they’ve got that one covered.

  26. I know this is going to shock everyone so strap in – Hillary lied in her convention speech. Apparently the story about helping the little cripple girl was pure BS.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.co…..peech-lie/

    1. I’m sure George Stephanopopopolous will be all over this story lest his colleagues beat him to the punch.

  27. THIS WOMAN GIVING BIRTH IN A STREAM HAS BEEN WATCHED OVER 54 MILLION TIMES (NSFW)

    Typically, the miracle of birth is a very private affair, involving only the mother, father, and maybe a handful of doctors. Simone Thurbur is not a very typical person. Thurbur is a therapist and mother of four, but she’s probably best known for having more people than the entire population of California and New York City combined watch her give birth.

    What’s with this video and why has it been seen millions of times? Thurbur edited the birth down to a 22 minute video and posted it on YouTube in 2013. According to Thurbur, the video was posted to show what a normal and natural birth looks like. Currently, the video has over 54 million views and over 40,000 comments. The video comes with an inappropriate content warning, and it’s warranted. You see all parts of the mother. However, the exposing nature of the video doesn’t bother Thurbur. “There’s kind of this strange anonymity even though everyone’s seen me naked and it’s like, ‘Wow, that many people have seen my vagina and my butt hole,’ but it’s so removed from me,” she said.

    1. Look, I don’t get a shot every three months so I can experience the “miracle” of childbirth second-hand.

      1. I just watched the most important parts, and I am disappointed. I was hoping for it to be more gross. I wanted some kind of disgusting Cronenberg moment but nothing came. It’s literally just someone pushing a slimy grapefruit out of their vagina.

    2. According to Thurbur, the video was posted to show what a normal and natural birth looks like.

      Does she die of infection three days later?

      1. Does her child die of respiratory failure?

  28. The United States is now conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State in Libya, claiming that the current Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the al Qaeda also applies here

    The Al Qaeda? Sounds like my dad telling me about the latest happenings on the Twitter.

    1. More of Hillary’s “Smart Power at its Best”

    2. US is bombing a country and the headlines are all ‘TRUMP IS A BIG OLD MEANIE!”

      Remember when Clinton would fire a few cruise missiles and it would be front page news but now we drop bombs and fire drone missiles daily and no one gives a fuck?

    1. I ask you, is this the face of a killer?

      Uh…YES!

    2. *makes waxing appointment*

      1. Redd Foxx said you gots to wash your ass, not wax your ass.

    3. In an appearance in federal court in Cincinnati, Christopher Cornell…

      Fuck. Now who’s gonna sing for the Audioslave reunion/farewell tour?

      1. I was contemplating a Soundgarden joke, but passed. that is better

        1. Dude does look like he should be in a Soundgarden cover band, he could be either his namesake or the guitarist – Kim ‘some weird name’.

          1. lol

            thayall?

            I spent a year in love with that guy in like …. whenever their first record came out. then i forgot all about them until Superunknown. I was prone to bursts of guitar-infatuation. I still do love his riffing steez, and anything involving 5/4 or 7/4

            1. Temple of the Dog sold out their tour within minutes today.

              1. and they only had 1 song!
                (that anyone knew)

                1. Say hello to heaven, poser.

      2. Life is a highway.

        1. What does Red Rider have to do with any of this?

  29. Gawker founder Nick Denton has filed for personal bankruptcy in the aftermath of his (and the company’s) loss in the Hulk Hogan sex tape lawsuit.

    When gay people accumulate a massive amount of wealth they will use it to settle personal grudges that will eventually destroy the freedom of the press.

      1. Or pizza parlors that don’t routinely cater weddings but hypothetically could

        1. Hey, some of us might have got married at a pizza place!

          1. +1 Laverne and Shirley.

    1. The media whining over that case was a new low. That put a stolen sex tape up on their site and refused to take it down. The actual tape had no news value or value beyond humiliating the people in it. And no one ever said Gawker couldn’t report the contents and tell the world the Hulkster was into banging the wives of his friends while they watched. The only issue in the case was whether they could put up the actual stolen tape.

      Yet, any number of journalists had to scratch their chin and put up a thumb sucking piece about how sure Gawker was bad but what about “freedom of the press” as if the case was in any way a threat to the freedom of the press. Just pathetic.

  30. Officer Tries to “Break Up Argument” = Shoots Someone

    See, ‘sharp object’. I suspect if it were a ‘knife’ they would have said so. So, basically, anything in your hand? bang bang

  31. Good afternoon anonymous libertarian internet commenters. I’m thrilled to announce the birth of Derp-o-Matic 6000, 9lb 2oz boy, born Friday. Mom and baby healthy and kicking ass.

    1. Long may he rule.

      1. … and may death come swiftly to his enemies.

    2. I hereby raise a toast to your deceased good-night’s sleep.

      1. Nonsense. Just keep preaching the goodness of breastfeeding. Eventually your wife will stop even trying to wake you up in the middle of the night. “Sorry hun, you’re the milk factory.”

        My daughter’s been sleeping through the night since she was a month old. I’m sure our next one is going to be a colicky nightmare.

        1. That and let the kid sleep in the bed with you. My wife would give all of our kids the tit when they started crying during the night and they’d go right back to sleep.

          But yeah, become a big advocate of breast feeding because you can’t do it.

          And congrats on the papoose. Enjoy them while they are young and cute. Pretty soon they turn into surly teenagers like I have.

    3. Congratulations! Save me some of the afterbirth.

    4. Congrats dude!

    5. Awesome! Hooray!

    6. Congrats!

    7. congrats

    8. I pray that Derp-o-Matic 6000 will die gloriously in battle and gain Valhalla

    9. Congrats. And over 9 lbs? My condolences to Mrs. Matic.

    10. May he ride eternal, shiny and chrome.

    11. Congrats.

    12. Way to go!

    13. Congrats. 9 2 is a lot of baby. Are you Giants?

    1. The putting-more-eggs-in-its-eggs is Dunkin’ Donuts, not McDonald’s. McDonald’s always used real eggs, at least for the Egg McMuffin (the scrambled eggs and the biscuit sandwiches use an Egg Beaters-like product, or at least did when I worked there in the early 2000s).

      1. You really take my mock-headlines too seriously

  32. We have always been at war with Eastasia!

    1. I expect, no I demand it be called the Third Barbary Pirate War.

  33. A top Jeb Bush adviser is leaving the GOP and is considering voting for Hillary Clinton.

    And so should Jeb, if he loves the GOP. To save the free market, his brother had to abandon it. So it all makes sense.

    1. Imagine my embarrassment when the computer I’m on was connected to the conference room speakers.

      1. “What’s that rhythmic slapping/squelching sound? Its getting faster and louder.”

  34. Justice Dept Deletes Another Asset Forfeiture Document

    No sooner did the Memory Hole 2 post deleted asset forfeiture reports from the 1990s than the Justice Department’s Criminal Division yanked another, more recent document on the same sensitive subject.

    On July 8, 2016, “Selected Federal Asset Forfeiture Statutes” – a 227-page PDF – disappeared from the Criminal Division’s FOIA Reading Room. We’ve brought it back.

  35. Atheists annoyed by pranksters listing ‘Jedi’ as their religion for census

    An atheist organisation in Australia is urging people not to name ‘Jedi’ as their religion in a forthcoming census.

    Kylie Sturgess of the Atheist Foundation of Australia told the Sydney Morning Herald that she put herself down as a Jedi in an earlier census as she’s a big fan of science fiction.

    However, she now believes that the large number of Australians calling themselves Jedis makes the country look more religious than it is ? and the AFA has launched a campaign urging would-be Jedis to tick the census box marked “no religion” instead.

    “People shouldn’t waste their answer,” Ms Sturgess said.

    “Answering the religion question thoughtfully and honestly matters because it benefits all Australians when decisions on how to spend taxpayer dollars are made on sound data that accurately reflects modern-day Australia.”

    1. Kylie’s metachlorians are not woke.

    2. 0.2%. Why are humorless lefties so bad at concepts of scale?

    3. “Answering the religion question thoughtfully and honestly matters because it benefits all Australians when decisions on how to spend taxpayer dollars are made on sound data that accurately reflects modern-day Australia.”

      Exactly what decisions regarding government spending are dependent on the government knowing the population’s religious affiliations?

  36. Texas Students Can Now Carry Guns To Class

    August 1 marks the 50-year anniversary of the University of Texas Tower shootings, an event that many credit with ushering in our era of all-too-frequent mass gun violence at schools (and elsewhere). In a bizarre historical twist, August 1 also marks the day Texas public universities will allow concealed weapons in classrooms and other parts of campus.

    1. In an all too awesome historical twist an armed civilian was involved in stopping Charles Whitman

      1. There was more than one. Several(?) pulled their hunting rifles out returned fire from the ground while an assault was mounted up the Tower stairs.

        1. True, but IIRC there was one armed citizen that went with the officers up the tower where Charles Whitman was shooting from.

          1. TIL about the armed civilians helping out.

          2. Don’t recall, but I remember reading that once the locals started returning fire, he didn’t land another shot.

          3. The manager of the bookstore across the street got handed a shotgun by a state trooper and went up there with that trooper and a sheriff’s deputy. IIRC, he did not fire the gun.

  37. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new…..ekend.html

    Chelsea Clinton breaths a sigh of relief this weekend as she officially gives up the title of “homeliest child of a President” and passes it to Malia Obama.

    1. Hey! Children of politicians are “out of bounds”!

      *Kindly* stick to maligning their spouses, only.

    2. I always felt bad for Chelsea. She came into the spotlight right when puberty started to kick the shit out of her. You know who looked good at age 12? Absolutely nobody*. We’re all horribly deformed at that age. Now she’s a slightly odd looking but mostly normal adult, ugly when compared to the attractive people she often is surrounded by but otherwise generally unremarkable.

      *That reality probably the most confusing thing about pedophiles as far as I’m concerned. You’re sexually attracted to those wretched things? WTF is wrong with you?

    3. Leave the childrens out of politics.

      1. Sorry that train long since left the station when the Bush twins using a fake ID became national news.

        1. Stooping to a lower level then the other scumbag will leave your soul into the darkest abyss. /Agile channeling

    4. Amy Carter dead or something?

  38. At lunch I was stuck watching some clips of the Hillary appearance Sunday. I have been watching Hillary for over 20 years. Although I have always thought she was awful, she always seemed very sharp on her feet. That is until now. Serious question, am I the only one who wonders if she is mentally all there? Maybe I am just engaging in confirmation bias but to me she just seemed out of it. The whole “that is not what I heard” is not a Hillary answer. I expected her to give some clever half truth explaining how sure he dais that but here is why it doesn’t matter. I really wonder about her health and frankly her mental acuity.

    1. I had a little discussion with Groovus about this. IIRC, some of her behavior can be explained by anti-anxiety meds.

    2. She has been off since she “didn’t have a stroke” a few years ago.

    3. To be fair, if you forced me to get up early enough on a Sunday to be on a live show starting at 9am, I’m sure I’d sound out of it too.

  39. President Signs Law That Overturns Vermont GMO Labeling Rules, Replaces Them With Barcodes

    Earlier this month, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell fast-tracked a controversial piece of legislation aimed at overturning and preempting state laws for labeling foods made with genetically modified ingredients. The Senate passed the bill without going through committee or debate, and then the House okayed it without changing a word. Now comes confirmation from the White House that President Obama has signed the legislation into law.

    1. Obama always signs laws passed this way. Its become habit.

    2. Strangely enough, this bill may be an actual correct application of commerce clause authority.

  40. Everybody who is making a “binary choice” to vote for candidate B because they hate him/her less than candidate A needs to remember one thing. Come February 2017, the new President is going to trot out some truly awful ideas and claim that s/he has The Mandate Of The People to implement them. YOUR VOTE is going to be held up as proof positive of their vast popular support. A vote for Hillary looks exactly the same whether it is cast by a despondent #nevertrump republican or by Huma Abedin (same goes for Trump–you get the idea). If you don’t support a candidate, the ONLY way to send that message is to VOTE FOR SOMEONE ELSE. You can do that, because it is *not* a binary choice, despite what the Dempublicans claim.

    If you vote for a candidate, then you support them, period, and you own the result.

    1. Good point.

    2. One advantage of voting libertarian is never having to own the result.

      So far, at least.

      1. I have voted LP since 1980. I would love to have to own it, just once.

      2. That just means you’re responsible for whoever lost…losing.

    3. But what if their election and awful ideas are an unintended consequence of my vote? Doesn’t that get me off the hook?

      1. If you didn’t vote for them, it’s not your fault. It’s the fault of the morons who voted for them.

        1. I do encourage everyone I know to vote(yes, I’m that guy). That way you have the right to bitch about it afterwards.

          1. Right to bitch is covered by the 1st amendment, vote or not.

          2. Sure turn in a ballot, but you do not have to put your mark next to any candidate in any race.

            My dream would be if everyone left the presidential race blank. It would be fun to see the results be: Trump 4,102 votes to Hillary 3,800 votes and No Selection 328,000,000.

            Of course, in a race that close, it would be horrible to watch the two parties go full on Florida 2000 mode where they argued about everyone of those blank ballots. Trying to convince a judge that the blank really meant that it was for their candidate.

            And I’m also sure that Trump would claim a mandate anyhow.

            1. Not sure about every state, but here in AZ a blank vote is left out of the total count.

            2. My dream would be if everyone left the presidential race blank. It would be fun to see the results be: Trump 4,102 votes to Hillary 3,800 votes and No Selection 328,000,000.

              So you dream of a 52-48% Trump victory? Because that’s how that’d be reported.

    4. Yep, votes are counted and not weighed. If you want your vote to be noticed, then don’t submerge it with the others voting for a candidate you despise. You think the GOP or Dems are going to be impressed with a need to change their ways if Johnson and Stein only pull 1%?

    5. I’d be happy to take responsibility for sending Hitlery one step closer to jail.

    6. I hate to tell this to you, but the winner is going to claim a mandate no matter what happens, and claims the results favor their policies, they will espcially obscure this by using margin of victory in percentages of votes cast.

  41. Lessons from Miss Teen USA: Being white, privileged and crowned means never having to say you’re sorry

    know many of you are going to be upset by what I’m going to say. I know all of your arguments about how very unfair it is. But white people, save yourself some time and angst and public embarrassment ? and just don’t say the N-word. No, really, don’t. This goes about double if you’re a blonde, blue-eyed, teenage girl. Oh, does that disrupt your sense of entitlement? I’m so sorry. How hard the world must be for you.

    So, speaking of white girls, have you met Karlie Hay? Over the weekend, the Texas 18-year-old beat out her near-identical blonde, blue-eyed competition to win the crown as Miss Teen USA.[…] As director Xavier Burgin pointed out, our new Wonder Bread-level white Miss Teen has an unfortunate Twitter history of very casually referring to her buddies as “n____r”[…] “Several years ago, I had many personal struggles and found myself in a place that is not representative of who I am as a person?I admit that I have used language publicly in the past which I am not proud of and that there is no excuse for. “[…] So how do we parse that statement, coming from an 18-year-old blonde girl who just competed for and won a tiara?

    1. You can’t say nigger. And you really superduper can’t say nigger if you have blonde hair and blue eyes. It’s amazing how casually one can spout off anti-white racism in an ostensibly white majority country with social impunity.

    2. So how do we parse that statement, coming from an 18-year-old blonde girl who just competed for and won a tiara?

      Maybe you don’t because it’s not important at all?

      1. The author is a ginger. She has some serious jealousy issues. It would be properly termed “self-loathing” if not for the fact that gingers aren’t people.

        1. The author is a ginger

          Ah! Anagram time, eh?

          1. +1 dyslexics for the win

    3. Maybe she didn’t have to say she was sorry, but she apologized anyway.

      1. STOP UNDERMINING THE NARRATIVE

    4. ” “Several years ago, I had many personal struggles and found myself in a place that is not representative of who I am as a person?I admit that I have used language publicly in the past which I am not proud of and that there is no excuse for. “[…] So how do we parse that statement, coming from an 18-year-old blonde girl who just competed for and won a tiara?”

      Well, for one thing, you could parse it as something she is sorry for or high school age kids rebel in ways that will be embarrassing to their older selves.

  42. Church Organist Busted In Glory Hole Gambit

    A church organist is facing an indecent exposure charge after he allegedly “shoved his penis” through a bathroom divider wall “and waited” for a response from the man occupying the adjacent stall, police report.

    1. He’s way to used to touching organs.

    2. Organist? The joke writes itself.

    3. Why did J. S. Bach have so many children?

      He had no stops on his organ.

  43. There was more than one. Several(?) pulled their hunting rifles out returned fire from the ground while an assault was mounted up the Tower stairs.

    Oddly enough, I was just reading a “Good Guys With Guns Is a MYTH” story the other day. The author claimed those crazy gun toting hicks actually impeded the cops and put their lives at risk.

    Also, college kids are a bunch of drunken hormone-addled cretins and should never be allowed to bring their hoglegs to class.

    1. I’m going off memory, and haven’t looked at it in years, so caveat my recollection.

    2. Pretty good story here.

      But as Martinez and the man made their ascent to the top of the iconic tower to stop the madman, the stranger asked an unusual question: “Are we playing for keeps?”

      “You’re damn right we’re playing for keeps,” Martinez later recalled answering.

      “Well, you better deputize me,” the man said.

      Then, it was clear. The man with Martinez wasn’t a plainclothes officer. He was a civilian ? Allen Crum, one of many who armed themselves on Aug. 1, 1966, in an effort to stop the first mass shooting at an American university.

      Regular people from all over Austin had grabbed their guns from their trucks or homes that day and rushed to campus to fire at Whitman from the ground. Their bullets pelted the tower, kicking up clouds of limestone. At times, witnesses said, the campus felt like a war zone, but with armed frat boys and hunting enthusiasts instead of soldiers.

      http://www.khou.com/news/local…../285530964

      1. Thanks for this. Putting it in the favorites for ammunition later

  44. If you didn’t vote for them, it’s not your fault. It’s the fault of the morons who voted for them.

    Exactly.

    I won’t be voting for any of those assholes, and I plan to bitch loud and long.

  45. Trump’s predictable response to his wife’s old photos getting published:

    Donald Trump signs pledge to crack down on Internet porn

    1. It’s actually more of a pledge to crack down on dreaded CP. Not necessarily a good move for liberty but it is a good political move on his part.

      1. No, it’s a pledge to crack down on regular porn because children might see it.

        1. Actually, we’re both right (and wrong).

  46. Funny poll result. According to the latest CNN poll, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein have more support from non-white voters than Donald Trump.

    http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2…..ention.pdf

  47. http://www.mydaytondailynews.c…..r_email/##

    2 year anniversary of this shooting. How is this not a crime again? I’d also like to push the pants-shitter than made a 911 call down a well. I guess he’s never been in a sporting goods store out west that are *shock* filled with people carrying REAL rifles.

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