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    Former CIA staffer Evan McMullin has launched a third-party campaign for president designed to appeal to conservative Republicans who refuse to vote for Donald Trump. His biggest challenge is that ballot access deadlines have already passed in many states.

  • A pack of 50 GOP national security staffers signed a letter warning that Trump would put the country's national security as risk.
  • Trump's economic speech today was big on attacking Hillary Clinton and calling for a drop in business taxes. Of note, he has changed his personal tax simplification plan from last year so that the highest bracket would be taxed at 33 percent instead of 25 percent.
  • The mayor of the Virginia city of Fairfax has resigned following his arrest for allegedly trying to trade meth for sex.
  • New Jersey lawmakers will not being putting up to vote a ballot referendum to require the state to actually make its pension payments for public employees.
  • The 10-year-old son of a state lawmaker died in Kansas on a massive water slide in a Kansas City water park. The park is currently closed and the circumstances behind his death have not yet been released.
  • In the now-inevitable Pokemon Go news, Iran has banned the mobile game, and a man was shot to death in San Francisco while playing in a park.
  • In other big gaming news, No Man's Sky, a highly hyped game featuring an entire procedurally generated universe to explore, is releasing this week.

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  1. Trump’s economic speech today was big on attacking Hillary Clinton and calling for a drop in business taxes.

    Is this a 140 character speech or an actual speech?

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          1. I report Fist every day and they haven’t done a thing to him.

            1. I’ve done many things to them, though.

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  2. A pack of 50 GOP national security staffers signed a letter warning that Trump would put the country’s national security as risk.

    Unsecure sever in the bathroom risk or just a general twitting out secrets risk?

    1. Loss of jobs for useless “national security staffers” kind of risk.

    2. Trump would put the country’s national security as risk

      Compared to who?

  3. New Jersey lawmakers will not being putting up to vote a ballot referendum to require the state to actually make its pension payments for public employees.

    Why do NJ lawmakers hate democracy?

    1. Good. Let the state workers eat cat food.

      1. Let them eat each other.

  4. …and a man was shot to death in San Francisco while playing in a park.

    Is it at all possible the game was incidental?

    1. The victim probably would not have been out there at that time of night if he weren’t playing the game. So while the game isn’t to blame this event does raise alarms. The story doesn’t say when the shooting happened but I think it is unlikely it was during a high traffic time of night. Totally random crime, and therefore terrifying.

      1. He was shot here.

        Police responded at 9:51PM.

        Should we insist on a dusk to dawn curfew to keep everyone safe from Pokemon Go?

        1. Wow, I was wrong. This is just plain fucked up.

        2. Which is – or used to be – a perfectly safe area even at the time. I used to work evenings neary and hang out there for my lunches.

    2. Possible. It is also possible since he is a gamer that this game was his only reason to contact the outside world. Besides junk food runs. Runs having a double meaning.

  5. Venezuela’s death spiral is getting worse

    Surprisingly this article doesn’t blame “bad luck”.

    1. At least they don’t have 23 types of underarm deodorant.

      1. Wasn’t Venezuela Death Spiral a wrestling move banned by the WWE?

        1. Could be one of those strange secks euphemisms I keep reading about.

    2. Are we in some kind of alternate universe? That is the Washington Post, a bunch of goddamned pinkos. Yet there it is, a plain laying out of the faults and evils baked into the socialism cake.

      1. Because they’re pretending we don’t have politicians agitating for the same kind of economic governance as they have in Caracas.

    3. I like this comment:

      Ian Flanders
      3:48 PM CDT
      Wherever there is a jackboot crushing the head of a poor third world citizen, there is an American college student pointing out that the crushed head under the jackboot has free heath care and college.

        1. Stupid SEXY Flanders.

      1. It’s nice to see people play the Scandinavian-socialism card and get smacked down.

    4. Won’t be long before Venezuela replaces Somalia as the left’s ridiculous caricature of a libertarian state.

  6. The 10-year-old son of a state lawmaker died in Kansas on a massive water slide in a Kansas City water park.

    I see new legislation in their future.

    1. “Nice water park you have here”

      1. “Wouldn’t it be bad if someone peed in it, and you had to drain all the water?”

    2. If the kid was acting irresponsibly, it’ll be fun to see if people call for Dad’s arrest.

      1. I think the initial report was that kids had to be at least 14 and of a certain height to get on the ride. There has been no statement why this kid in particular (e.g, the child of an “important person”) was on the ride.

    3. “Caleb’s Law”

    4. This is sad. The schlitterbahn water parks are the paragon of excellence in the industry especially in terms of waterslide innovation. This kid must have been ejected from the raft designed to run with a total rider weight of 450-550 pounds. Given that the ten year old might have been only 10% of the total mass his ejection is certainly possible. But it was in no way a foregone conclusion. There were a series of fuckups to cause this tragedy. If another rider on the raft had simply grabbed the kid this would not have occurred. There are witnesses and the investigation will be revealing.

    5. How can we somehow link this to too many minorities in the water park?

        1. Yup- if “White Men Can’t Jump” can make money…- “Black Men Don’t Float” should be a hit movie. Have you noticed the remarkable paleness of the swimming finals so far…

    6. Sadly true… I wish we could go back to those mythical olden times when everybody would “tsk tsk terrible shame” and then get back to riding the super awesome slide where “that one kid died, that one time” and everybody moved on… of course that would be back in the day when people had 7 or 8 kids because it was assumed you’d lose a couple to mishap or disease….

  7. Melania may be an illegal after all.

    Can we deport her please? And have Slovenia pick up the tab for her flight ticket?

    Melania Trump granted green card ‘based on marriage’ in 2001 ? four years before she and The Donald wed

    1. Was she previously married to someone else?

      1. Melania, 46, told Larry King in 2005 she had not been married before meeting her billionaire husband, Univision reported.

    2. If I understand correctly, Melania became a US citizen less than 2 years after her marriage to Trump. However, after getting a green card because of the marriage to a US citizen, an immigrant has to wait at least 3 years before he or she can naturalize. It cannot be done faster, unless one serves in the military. This is a discrepancy in Melania’s immigration story that I don’t know to interpret.

      1. If it’s only one year after the 10 year green card and she previously lived here on a 2 year conditional green card, then it’s possible.

        1. But how did she get a green card 3 years before the day she became a US citizen. She married Trump in January 2005, only after that she could apply for a green card. And in less than 2 years she became a US citizen in 2006. She would still be on the conditional green card in 2006 — ineligible to apply for citizenship. Something is not right here.

          1. Hey folks have you heard about this green card? Green card where somebody just jumps, jumps to the head of the line, and, this is the crazy part, just naturalizes! It’s crazy, how do these people just jump ahead and – What? Melania? It’s Melania we’re talking about?

            Hey folks have you heard of these people who, you know people who’ve never even met a pretty lady from another country, yet they’re so willing to just judge them based on some jumping they might have done…

            1. Meh – I hear all the time of sports figures becoming citizens in record time. She had some sort of “model” card. That’s just how it works.

              1. It’s not that common in the US. It happens, but one has to join the military.
                http://www.runnersworld.com/ol…..e-olympics

          2. I don’t know. Maybe they applied for change of status. I don’t actually know anyone who’s done that, and it would still be a 3 year wait. Maybe the peasant rules don’t apply to Trump?

          3. She married Trump in January 2005, only after that she could apply for a green card.

            You can get a green card for a lot of reasons, not just marriage. She was here originally on an H1-B visa, which is a green card (shorthand for non-tourist visa).

            1. No, a Green Card is permanent residency status.

              H1-B is a temporary visa for a specific work purpose. You are not permitted to such for work other than the job for which you are hired and for which the visa is issued. When the work assignmnet is conplete the visa is terminated and the holder is required to return home.

              1. You are not permitted to search for work…

            2. An H1-B visa is a non-immigrant temporary visa, it’s completely different from the green card, which is the permanent status given to immigrants. When Melania was in the US on her H1-B visa, her employer (a model agency) could sponsor her for a green card. This is a very common way of getting a green card. However, in this case Melania would have received an employment-based green card, not a family-based (through marriage) green card. This is a very different channel of immigration. I’ve never heard that Melania’s employer sponsored her for a green card.

              1. With an employment-based green card, you have to wait for five years to apply for naturalization, as well, rather than the three required with a marriage-based green card.

                1. So, was she DACA, Dreamer, Refugee, or just another illegal that was allowed to stay because “racism”?
                  (I forgot… whites need not apply.)

    3. What’s the big deal? Trump was a Democrat back then, and they don’t mind illegal immigrants. Now he switches parties and it’s suddenly a problem.

    4. Here we go…the birth certificate debacle all over again.

    5. Slovenia is not sending us their best!! Some, I assume, are good people.

      1. They’re sending rapees

    6. I thought only mingers had to go back to Slovenia.

    7. Melania may be an illegal after all.

      Well, not now, since she is a citizen now. And has been for ten years.

      1. Citizenship acquired fraudulently is usually revoked.

        1. I suspect the better explanation is that someone has his or her timelines mixed up.

          It would kind of help to see some documentation and dates for these events.

  8. Earth’s resources used up at quickest rate ever in 2016

    In just over seven months, humanity has used up a full year’s allotment of natural resources such as water, food and clean air ? the quickest rate yet, according to a new report.

    Well, I guess we should just all lay down and die now.

    1. “A full year’s allotment”? WTF is this crap?

      *** reads article ***

      1. The point of “overshoot” will officially be reached on Monday, said environmental group Global Footprint Network — five days earlier than last year.

        “We continue to grow our ecological debt,” said Pascal Canfin of green group WWF, reacting to the annual update.

        “From Monday August 8, we will be living on credit because in eight months we would have consumed the natural capital that our planet can renew in a year.”

        You can’t fool *me*, rts. That’s from The Onion.

        1. Ecological debt.

          Damn. Why didn’t I think of that!

        2. How did they determine these rates of renewal, exactly?

        3. Where are the “borrowed” resources coming from? The Future?

          1. Not a problem. We can always print more ecology.

    2. WTF is a full year’s allotment of clean air?

      Seriously. The writer should suffocate on his own farts in a hermetically sealed chamber.

      1. Probably about the same as a year’s worth of water.
        I mean, we all know that water is used up and once it’s been used, it can never, ever, in any way, be made usable, for anything at all, ever again.
        That’s why we’re running out of water.

        Good lord people are dumb.

        1. That is why we shouldn’t ‘waste’ water Shirley.

        2. That’s… not what it means. If you’re going to attack the merits of the measurement, at least take the two minutes to research it.

          1. Some statements are so absurd that they can safely be dismissed out of hand.

      2. I’m imagining the sucking scene in Spaceballs.

      3. The writer has used up a full year’s allotment of derp in one article.

    3. Note how the media immediately rebroadcast any shit the WWF [sic] and similar groups put out.

        1. Pandas aren’t actually bears.

          Sorry to disappoint you.

          1. The giant panda is a member of the bear family, which scientists call the Ursidae. Among the bears, it is most closely related to the spectacled bear of South America. Scientists no longer believe that giant pandas are more like raccoons than bears. Also, giant pandas are not marsupials (pouched mammals).

            Science.

            1. If the biome is predominantly populated by bamboo and an animal shits in it, is it still a bear?

            2. I don’t care what “science” says. If an animal doesn’t occasionally tear apart other animals to eat, IT IS NOT A BEAR!

              1. And Grizzzly, you should have your bear card revoked just for referencing this trash!!

          2. Wow, way to other burly Asian gay men, Ted.

          3. The fuck they aren’t. Not only are pandas real bears, they are the most fuckable bears.

            1. Besides Jesse, of course.

              Hey Jesse, are you still thinking about Warty wearing nothing but cowboy boots and a pair of Raybans?

              1. are you still thinking about Warty wearing nothing but cowboy boots and a pair of Raybans?

                Damn it, I wasn’t, but now I am.

                *goes to bunk, TrapperKeeper held awkwardly over crotch*

    4. lie down.

      Dammit.

    5. The hell’s a ‘full year’s allotment’ of natural resources defined by?

      In 1961, according to the network, humankind used only about three-quarters of Earth’s annual resource allotment. By the 1970s, economic and population growth sent Earth into annual overshoot.

      Ah, arbitrary unit sent by idiot hippies in the 60s, got it.

      1. Also, if we were to continue their idiotic ‘allotment’ and ‘credit’ argument, we’ve been running on a massive surplus for the last couple thousand years, making this pointless anyway.

        1. Couple thousand? or couple billion?

          1. I’m just going with homo sapiens who possessed agriculture here, since environmentalists seem to place our tool development and agrarian lifestyles as our ‘ate from the tree of knowledge’ moment where we gained inherent sin.

      2. You forgot stoned, idiot hippies.

      3. I feel like these people are getting stupid predictable now. What is so special about the mid-1970s, besides the fact that the environmental movement began infecting academia in earnest?

        1. They’re Marxists first. Enviromentalists second. Even if they don’t know it themselves. These people are tools.

    6. France24 used up a bunch of electricity publishing that shit

      1. “Overshit”

          1. Nope. Not clicking that.

            1. Oh, it’s perfectly cromulent.

    7. All of these must be rationed, because once they’re gone, they can’t be replaced.

      1. I’m gonna take a shit.

        Well don’t take one of mine! I’ve only got two left and the weekend’s coming up!

        1. You don’t take a shit, you leave a shit.

          1. I don’t shit… I fertilize… jus sayin

            1. You do it in your backyard?

    8. a full year’s allotment of natural resources

      OK, I’ll bite — how do they figure out what a full year’s allotment is?

      1. The same way they figured out we would run out of oil in 10 years, in the mid 70s.

    9. So, we’ve been overshooting for like 40 years? How is it that we have any clean air, water or food left?

      Seems to me that air and water is cleaner than it was in the 70s and food is more abundant than ever.

      “Allotment” is a nice touch. Because all those things are fixed and there is no way to improve productivity or efficiency. Nope. That never happens.

      1. Word Origin and History for allotment Expand
        n.
        1570s, “action of allotting,” from Middle French allotement, from Old French aloter (see allot). Or else a native formation from allot + -ment. Meaning “portion assigned to someone or some purpose” is from 1670s.

        1. OK. I think I know who wants to do the alotting.

    10. So we’ve used up our allotment of resources? According to the 1970’s outlook, we used up all the world’s fossil fuels like twenty years ago.

  9. A pack of 50 GOP national security staffers signed a letter warning that Trump would put the country’s national security as risk.

    As opposed to Hillary, who *has* put the country’s national security as risk.

    1. Hillary and Trump would make the perfect human centipede. Really.

      1. We need to make this happen.

        1. It takes three to make a human centipede. I say Bernie takes up the rear, if only for the awkward human centipede reunions that would engender.

          1. Might as well throw Johnson in there too, he’s stuck up Hillary’s ass already.

      2. Honestly I don’t know who I’d want in the front and in the back…

        Maybe Clinton as the middle piece, Trump in back, and we can draft Sanders for the front.

        1. Umm, why not strike out a bit from the centipede cliche and just make a human ouroboros. No beginning or end, only middle.

          1. “YOU ARE ALL THE MIDDLE PIECE!!”

            I love it.

            1. +1 multiplier effect

  10. The mayor of the Virginia city of Fairfax has resigned following his arrest for allegedly trying to trade meth for sex.

    His dealer doesn’t accept cash?

    1. No he was dealing the meth in return FOR gay sex. He purchased the meth from his suppliers with cash.

    2. A scene from the upcoming TV show adaptation:

      “I AM THE ONE WHO KNOCKS FARTS!”

  11. On the massive water slide…. 67 mph speed for riders, with no safety equipment?!?

    I wonder what drugs the fucking underwriters who approved their liability insurance were high on?!?!?

    1. Mescaline, man. It’s the only way to fly.

    2. The same ones used by Disney, who have a 60 mph or so slide at their waterpark in Florida.

    3. It looks more like a roller coaster with a little bit of water.

      The riders are strapped in.

      1. Yeah, my mistake.

        When the news first broke, I read an article that implied people were going down the sort of slide where individuals are entrained in a water flow. Didn’t help that they had stock photos of people going down one of those water slides.

    4. There used to be one on the FL coast that had a 90 degree sheer drop for 30 feet before it sloped out enough for you to really come into contact with the slide, then 60 feet drop of decreasing slope until you entered a long horizontal shute. I was about 30, in my prime and full of shit. I didn’t see anyone going down it so I climbed up there. There were a dozen older teenage and early twenty somethings sitting around at the top all wanting to go but not quite able to work up the courage.

      Dumbass me (I once did a 100 foot free fall jump into water) told them to get out of the way and I would show them how it is done. I knew better than to hesitate so I just went.

      When I got out of the shute and was walking away they yelled at me to come show them how it was done again. I told them to wait for me while I went and changed my swimsuit. They thought that was funny and they all came back down the steps.

      That was a seriously dangerous slide. They took it down not long after that.

      1. I’ve seen more than a few people have to get rescued at the bottom of the shark slide at Atlantis.

        It’s the Bahamas, though. If you try and sue, they’ll laugh at you.

  12. The mayor of the Virginia city of Fairfax has resigned following his arrest for allegedly trying to trade meth for sex.

    Quid pro quo or tit for tat. You decide.

    1. Wouldn’t that be Quim pro quo?

  13. In the now-inevitable Pokemon Go news, Iran has banned the mobile game, and a man was shot to death in San Francisco while playing in a park.

    “Get off my lawn blanket.”

  14. New Jersey lawmakers will not being putting up to vote a ballot referendum to require the state to actually make its pension payments for public employees.

    We can’t do that. It might actually pass!

  15. The mayor of the Virginia city of Fairfax has resigned following his arrest for allegedly trying to trade meth for sex.

    The real problem with doing that is you end up dating Winston’s Mom.

      1. I’m using the Winston’s Mom definition.

        It involves butt-sex in an alley.

  16. How electoral reform could benefit Elizabeth May’s Greens

    May stresses there are other reasons to pursue electoral reform, but for all the principles and possible consequences that might be considered, there is at least one likely consequence of federal reform: more Greens.

    Christ, no.

    1. More Greens? You mean like kale?

      1. It’ll be in the form of a cucumber…

        1. These euphemisms!!

    2. I double that ‘Christ, no’.

      1. I’ll see your “Christ, no” and raise you a “Fuck me, no way!”

      2. Funny thing is the liberals have been the party that has benefitted most from first past the post… The idiots won’t pull out the knives until after PM zoolander has fucked them royally… good times!

    3. Just remember, this is the party which still have members actively debating whether oil is biotic and who’s leader thinks wifi is dangerous.

      1. And they’re taken seriously by the chattering classes.

      2. WiFi screens in particular.

      3. I wonder why it is, that every industrialized “democracy” has the same types of people screaming for “electoral reform” regardless of the system.

        “If only we had….”

        First Pass the Post
        Party List Proportional Representation
        Mixed Member Proportional
        Two-Round System

        ….the people could really be heard!”

        1. Selection…

  17. #DrSebi: Holistic Health Practitioner Dies in Honduras, His Company Says

    According to multiple sources, Sebi, a well-known celebrity, was arrested at the Roatan Airport in Honduras. The reason for his arrest was the approximately $37K in cash on his person. Sebi was held for several weeks in a Honduran prison while his family attempted to gain his release. While in prison it is alleged by family that he contracted pneumonia and his health began to quickly decline.

    1. JERRY: Eckman? I thought he was doing time?

      KRAMER: No, no, he’s out. He got out. See, the medical establishment, see, they tried to frame him. It’s all politics. But he’s a rebel.

      1. +1 Jerry has too much dairy.

    2. If he’s so smart, then how come he’s dead?

    3. The reason he died was that he didn’t have access to his crystals, copper bracelets, and his reiki practitioner.

  18. In just over seven months, humanity has used up a full year’s allotment of natural resources such as water, food and clean air ? the quickest rate yet, according to a new report.

    Paging Reverend Malthus!

    1. Is he gone for the day? Maybe Paul Ehrlich is still here.

  19. Yahoo Messenger: Yahoo Announces Shutdown of Instant Messaging Service’s Desktop Application

    Oil traders, who have utilized Messenger as a standard communication tool since its inception, are unable to use Yahoo’s online, follow-up version due to compliance standards, Reuters reported Friday.

    RIP YIM

    1. They should move to ICQ.

      (That still exists, BTW)

      1. Aren’t ICQ/AIM now the same thing or at least cross compatible?

        1. AOL used to own ICQ but sold it, and AIM still exists independently. AFAIR they were interoperable at some point; I don’t know if they still are.

          I miss AIM.

      2. I’ve got a 6 digit ICQ number. Top that, bitches.

    2. First MSN Messenger got folded into Skype and now this?

      How will teenagers sext with strangers now!?

      1. Snapchat and Kik

        1. *takes notes*

          Tell me more about these things…

  20. ‘Booby Trap’ bra sales surge after jogger’s brutal murder

    New Yorkers are snapping up sports bras made with a secret pocket that holds a knife or pepper spray in the wake of a beautiful jogger’s murder in Queens, the firm’s founder said Monday.

    Sales of Booby Trap Bras, which feature a pocket sewn into the lining, have spiked 80 percent after Karina Vetrano’s tragic death in Howard Beach last week, said Texas-based bra developer Jennifer Cutrona.

    There’s another tool companies make for people to defend themselves with…what was it again?

    1. The fact that women want to arm themselves tells us something awful about society.

    2. Yeah, pepper spray won’t work when you come up against someone who has built up an immunity to it, like that guy in Under Seige 2.

      1. That’s when the ol’ razor blades in the snatch come into play.

      2. like that guy in Under Seige 2.

        yeah, that guy, that’s the ticket…

    3. ….Aaaaannnnd, Albany and NYC will find a way to ban them.

      Because we can’t have people protecting themselves with such obviously dangerous attire. Think about the safety of the perp people!

      1. TEACH WOMEN NOT TO JOG!

    4. There was another horrible murder of an attractive, young female jogger in Boston. There is going to be a lot of “protect us” and “teach men not to rape/murder” pieces soon.

      1. “I fit the profile, dennis!”

    5. Sales of Booby Trap Bras, which feature a pocket sewn into the lining, have spiked 80 percent after Karina Vetrano’s tragic death in Howard Beach last week

      So, one could say they saw a bounce in sales, eh?

      1. You are a horrible person.

        1. Don’t jiggle the narrative.

      2. They’re milking the fear.

    1. Germans FTW

    2. I take back an earlier comment that women’s beach volleyball is the only redeeming factor of these Olympics.

    1. Sorry I violated protocol.

      Family of ‘Clock Boy’ Ahmed Mohamed sues Texas school officials

  21. It’s awesome that they’re releasing No Man’s Sky on a Friday. All night beer drankin No Man’s Sky playin marathon!

    1. Wait…I thought it was being released tomorrow. they moved the release date again??

      1. I thought it was today. But now it’s the 12th. On PC that is, otherwise I don’t know.

        1. I’m guessing they needed a couple extra days to wipe the servers before launch.

          1. I’ll spend the first 2 hours watching the whiney ass shitstorm on Steam that happens every time there’s a major game release. Witcher 3 was the best ever. This may top it.

        2. On PC that is

          Ah! Tomorrow for the PS4.

          Man, I was thinking it was never gonna get released.

  22. Thousands of Roaming Dogs Are Cited as Problem in Poor Areas of Dallas

    On Thursday, the Boston Consulting Group, hired by the city, released a report that estimated there were 8,700 loose dogs in the area, representing the first time officials had tried to quantify the problem.

    “It’s not that it’s 24/7, that there’s constantly dogs out and people can’t even leave their house,” Peter Brodsky, the chairman of the Dallas Animal Advisory Committee, said in an interview. “But it is a prevalent enough problem that it is really impeding people’s quality of life, such that there’s diminished walking down the street. Sometimes you can’t go into a park.”

    1. Thousands of Roaming Dogs Are Cited as Problem in Poor Areas of Dallas

      But enough about Dallas women…

      1. But enough about poor, Dallas women…

        FIFY

        1. What do you have against the poor, and why are you telling it to Dallas women?

          Is she like Florida Man?

          Or is this some kind of barter thing, trading meth or information for sex?

      2. Dallas women are not dogs! Harrumph!

    2. Dallas PD officers seen licking their chops at the possibilities.

      1. *Golf clap*

    3. Maeleska Fletes, the president of the Dallas Companion Animal Project, said the problem could be solved by knocking on doors, educating dog owners and offering free spaying and neutering.

      Bitches get stitches.

      1. *golf clap*

      2. *golf clap*

    4. Time for a dog hunt?

  23. Qualcomm: Security Flaws in Company’s Processors Could Affect Up to 900 Million Android Devices

    Technology security firm Check Point said it found four vulnerabilities in the firmware run by Qualcomm chips, leaving them vulnerable to unauthorized access. Three of the flaws have been fixed.

  24. In the now-inevitable Pokemon Go news, Iran has banned the mobile game, and a man was shot to death in San Francisco while playing in a park.

    The last time someone was shot in a San Francisco park, they were feeding the ducks. Think about it.

  25. Court says IRS must prove it stopped tea party targeting
    Judge says IRS tried to catch groups in catch-22

    “A federal appeals court slapped the IRS with yet another rebuke Friday, ruling that it did, in fact, discriminate against tea party groups and insisting the tax agency prove that it’s permanently stopped the unconstitutional targeting of groups because of their political leanings.

    “The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said tea party groups can’t sue individual IRS employees such as former senior executive Lois G. Lerner, but said the tax agency itself has not sufficiently proved that it has banned any future targeting. The three-judge panel sent the case back to a lower court for a more thorough ruling.”

    1. Court says IRS must prove it stopped tea party targeting

      or else *what*?

        1. All taxes on the honor system.

      1. A predict a judge gets audited.

    1. That poor girl. Get her a steak, STAT!

    2. I need the number of her surgeon.

    3. Would

      1. I’m just gonna go find a cash machine.

        1. Ken can’t watch though, or he has to pay a hundred.

        2. You can pay her in diet pills.

      2. Would what? Adopt her and feed her?

    4. Gah! Hideous.

  26. Anyone else notice how huge and bulky Hillary’s pantsuit Mao coats are getting? Am I the only one who thinks that maybe she can’t walk now and she’s hiding a couple of midgets under there who are carrying her around?

    1. Anyone seen Groovus lately?

      Perhaps bulking up is a side effect of her anti-seizure medication?

    2. I bet she drops dead before the election.

      1. Don’t get my hopes up.

    1. WOW! Talk about overpaying.

      1. I know. They should have shopped online for a better price. Maybe at Amazon.

  27. On Thursday, the Boston Consulting Group, hired by the city, released a report that estimated there were 8,700 loose dogs in the area, representing the first time officials had tried to quantify the problem.

    Am I the only one who thinks the Boston Consulting Group has exactly zero credibility?

    1. wikipedia quotes 9,286 square miles for the Dallas metro area.

      “Hmm, I’d say about one dog per square mile. What do you guys think? Shoot a bit low? Sounds good. Alice, please finalize and send the report. Also, don’t forget to send the invoice.”

    2. I did some work with them back in the day.

      They had a practice of sending out dozens of “requests for proposals” to other vendors

      ….then complaining that the props weren’t detailed enough…

      ….until after some weeks they had effectively gotten dozens of highly detailed case-studies prepared on their behalf…

      …then cut and pasted all of those into their own powerpoint template, at which point they used this as a pitch to Fortune 500 firms, usually netting a half-dozen contracts worth a few million bucks.

      Then they farmed out parts of the work piecemeal to those same secondary vendors… with the promise that there would be “more lucrative work to come” if they over-delivered on this highly labor-intensive, but low-margin work.

      Then they’d cut-paste those results into their own templates, and prance around bragging about their “thought leadership”.

      Basically, 90%+ of what they did was outsourced to some other monkey for 10% of their fee.

      If you ever had questions about the work they did for your company, god help you…. because you’d ask them a question, and they’d have to go find out who actually ‘did that’, then try and ask them (which could be awkward, considering that half the time they refused to pay their vendors until their own client had given them the ‘all clear’ that the job was done and dusted and fully paid).

      The only decent think BCG produces are the people who leave there knowing how the ropes of ‘how deals get done’.

  28. https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/240749/

    An open letter to my daughter from some ass clown. There is so much to hate about this thing that my rage and hatred of this guy cannot be fully expressed within the reason character limits. I will pick the worst part which is where after spending line after line talking about integrity and the importance of it he claims to have “begged and pleaded not to be sent to the front lines” while he was in Iraq.

    There are few people on earth I hold in lower regard than people who volunteer for the military and then try to get out of doing their jobs when the time comes. Just what did this asshole think was going to happen if he got his way and they didn’t send him? They would send some other poor bastard in his place. And Mr. Integrity here was apparently okay with that. And of course, while he was begging and pleading and crying, the other people in his unit were no doubt working their asses off getting ready to go and taking up the slack left by his whining and crying. And oh, BTW, they couldn’t trust him even if he did go.

    But now he is all about telling his daughter about the importance of integrity. It makes me want to fucking vomit. God I hate this guy.

    1. When I was a young boy, I was told by other boys that nothing was better than getting one free hand up a girls shirt in the middle of a dark movie theater. It was a strange sentiment because I just wanted her to smile at me and hold my hand. But holding hands was for “fags” they said. Grow a pair and cop a feel.

      There is a terrible thing that happens in a young boy’s head when confronted by other members of your pack. Like jackals running wild, you do not want to be left alone to hunt, for fear that the pack may turn and devour you. So when they ask you to take down the innocent gazelle, you shyly comply to prove that, you too, are a member of this pack. This tribe.

      I tapped out.

      1. When I was a young boy, I was told by other boys that nothing was better than getting one free hand up a girls shirt in the middle of a dark movie theater. It was a strange sentiment because I just wanted her to smile at me and hold my hand. But holding hands was for “fags” they said. Grow a pair and cop a feel.

        The easy thing to say is that this guy was a closet case. But, I don’t think that is fair to closet cases or gays. Even closet cases are not that pathetic.

        1. The guy has no backbone whatsoever. At no point on any date I’ve ever been on did I find myself asking myself, “what would other guys think of what I’m doing right now?”. I sure as hell didn’t find myself ever in a situation where people said “you held hands? wTF is wrong with you? Are you a fag?”

          Maybe I ran in an effete crowd. Or maybe I wasn’t such a pussy that the center of my being was the agonized fear of what total strangers thought of me.

          1. I sure as hell didn’t find myself ever in a situation where people said “you held hands? wTF is wrong with you? Are you a fag?”

            Same here but if I did there would have been a crack about masturbation heading the opposite direction.

          2. Maybe I ran in an effete crowd. Or maybe I wasn’t such a pussy that the center of my being was the agonized fear of what total strangers thought of me.

            Ah, the goodle days.

            This is no longer a thing.

          3. The guy doesn’t even have the guts to wait and tell his daughter one on one. He uses the internet to virtue signal how awesome he is. And the comments give him what he wants.

          4. My guess would be, it was only the voices in his own neurotic head that ever told him that stuff.

          5. No. You didn’t run in an effete crowd. Even at my most clueless as a teenage boy, I can’t imagine ever giving a shit what my friends thought those few times I was lucky enough to get the attention of a girl. Even if you didn’t score with her, you were still out with a girl. That placed you above the majority of other guys who never got dates of any sort. Yeah, it is all great to be a man whore in high school, but at that age even getting in the game is a badge of honor.

            This guy is just pathetic.

        2. There is nothing wrong with that, besides giving a shit what other people think about how you comport yourself on dates.

          1. Ugh. Not reading an article. The piece is much deeper than just sexual hijinx.

            There is a certain swagger young men carry when they’re insecure. Perhaps it’s why we hunt women sometimes. My swagger disappeared in the wars. Some men will piss themselves. Others cry for their mothers. I begged and begged not to be sent to the front lines.

            I will not lie, Adi. Men died, and I was afraid. But some men displayed honor until the moment of their death.

            An entire platoon refused to shoot a little girl carrying ammunition to the enemy each day. That decision would cost some their lives. Other men would brave bullets and death to save an injured friend. One held the hand of a fellow soldier and told him over and over it “would be okay ” until he passed. It didn’t matter he was still being shot at. Some would share their meals with poor farmers.

            After the war, I saw honor in different ways from other men who were not in the military. One evening, a group of us sat in a local pub nursing a beer, when one of the men began bragging about the sexual exploits of a friend who was getting away with infidelity. The jeering was reaching a crescendo when a voice boomed over the laughter.

            “What a sad excuse for a husband.”

            The laughter died, and the men stared blankly into their beers for a long moment, refusing to look at the man who had defied them, while he glared, daring them to challenge him.

            1. Do not confuse velvet words and simply holding a door open as honor. Instead, observe how he treats others, your waiter, the homeless, and the marginalized. For if you see how he treats those at their highs and lows, you’ll understand how he will treat you during your high and low points. Heed this wisdom and do not become disillusioned, for honorable men will still break your heart. A dishonorable man will break up with you via text, SnapChat (if that still exists), or simply ignore you. But an honorable man will break your heart face-to-face.

              Do not despair, my daughter, for as you read this, you may be tempted to believe that honorable men disappeared in the years before you were born. They still exist. You must search to find them, and that may take many years. In your search, though, you will encounter many men without honor. Do not blame them.For they had fathers who didn’t know how to train their sons in the ways in which a man should walk. Many grew up without a male figure to explain what honor and integrity look like. Feel compassion for them, instead. Point them to other men you see acting in honorable ways.

            2. Shoulda shot that little girl.

              I can’t even begin to try to make anything of that whole excerpt, let alone the whole thing. Just rollin’ along.

              1. I felt the need to share more because I loathe everyone.

                This writer’s mindset really comes down to his thinking that he is one of the few “good” men who respects women, while in reality he is stripping women of their agency, assuming that all women are unwilling victims of a male’s pursuit.

                Other points:

                1) men – especially younger men – are boisterous braggers who exaggerate anything and everything
                2) women have the ability to act just as terrible as some men can act.

                I have a friend who thinks like this. We have a friend (we all grew up together) who has always treated women poorly, including while working in a high school (who saw that coming?). The Tool is disgusted at the Creep’s actions, and yet they still hangout, and I am pretty sure he even helped him move. So, if your friends are that horrible, stop being their friend. It is pretty simple.

                1. 2) women have the ability to act just as terrible as some men can act.

                  (has flashback to junior-highschool, PTSD relapses, quickly downs half-bottle of prozac and locks self in the closet)

      2. Dude, you could have gotten the cooties, you’re lucky.

      3. I think he meant skirt not shirt. Unless he started late.

        1. I don’t see how that makes it any better.

          1. Dude obviously needs to grow a pair and end his misery.

      4. Every time I read shit like this I wonder who these people were friends with growing up. I mean, I was three sport letterman in high school and my friends were other teenage athletes and I can’t remember anyone calling anyone else a fag for holding hands with a girl or demanding that someone sexually assault their date.

        1. Me either. When you are in high school, just getting a date is a pretty big deal. No guy who gets a date ever gets any shit in high school. No matter how far you did or did not get with her, you got a date and that puts you above a whole lot of other guys.

        2. Same here. I’ve been on many sports teams – never saw it.

      5. What the fuck are the jackals supposed to do? Starve?

        Does he think that jackals with more integrity only go after guilty gazelles that deserve to die?

    2. My impression is that this guy sees that there is money to be made in the

      “Ostentatious Display of Utter and Total Sincere Emotional Wokeness”-industry

      There’s a whole cultural subcurrent which involves people talking and acting like they’re all “Life-Coaches”, struggling with some super-serious and way-deep-man psychological-trauma(s)?(ae)? which everyone knows is like totally a product of our fucked-up social-culture which oppresses genders and imposes all sorts of unrealistic standards on stuff like body-image and dood just look at this high definition photo of me staring off into space and contemplating epic-deep shit….

      i’m reminded of that south african dude who was trying to raise money to pedal a boat across the atlantic… his website gave off a lot of that very same vibe, although instead of being a life-coach type, he used the “we need to raise awareness about the environment and being vegan”-schtick…. which seems to be just a variation on the same theme = its not “what you’re so sincerely invested in”, or “why”…. its just the act of being soooooo enlightened and woke and shit which will soon be the basis of your TEDx talk and hopefully an appearance on a reality TV show sometime soon.

      1. * the latter was this guy

        I respect the stuff he does. i’m less interested in his “causes” or his awareness-raising sillyness.

    3. “he claims to have “begged and pleaded not to be sent to the front lines”

      They stuck us with one of those guys once. I made it plain that if he got someone killed he wasn’t coming back on his shield or with it. “Suits me” is the reply I got.

  29. The mayor of the Virginia city of Fairfax has resigned following his arrest for allegedly trying to trade meth for sex.

    Looks like this bitch…

    [dons sunglasses]

    …just set him up.

    1. Male detectives (suppose you could call them bitches), meth for group sex.

      “My faith in God and myself will get me through the biggest challenge of my life,” Silverthorne told NBC Washington on Monday. “I ask that people keep me in their prayers.”

  30. Trump Voter Shot After Bar Political Debate Turns Violent

    Darnell Hall has been charged with felonious assault.

    Bullshit. No reasonable prosecutor would bring charges.

    1. I think the pressing question here is “where was Oates?”

      1. Oates is watching you, seeing your every move.

        1. I can’t got for that. No can do.

          1. Watch out boys, they’ll chew you up.

  31. So am I to believe that someone in the GOP said, “Say! I’ve got an idea. What this country needs is a CIA veteran in the Oval Office. That’ll fix things. That’ll fix things good!”

    1. One thing about it, it puts an end to any idea that they are not affirmatively pro Hillary. An endless amount of pointless semantic discussion has occurred about whether refusing to support Trump makes a Republican pro Hillary. The Never Trump defense has always been they are free to vote their conscience and if Trump can’t win enough votes to defeat Hillary, that is his fault not theirs. It is one thing to refuse to support Trump. It is quite another to launch a last minute third party campaign that if successful would only throw the election to Hillary, especially when there are acceptable alternatives to voting for Trump like Johnson and whoever the Constitution Party guy is, available. They don’t have to support Trump and there are options for not supporting him available. Yet, they are still launching a last minute third party bid. They are pro Hillary. There is no denying that now.

      1. Given how late in the game this is and the unlikely possibility of him getting on more than a couple of state ballots, I can’t see this throwing more than a few thousand votes, even assuming this isn’t all bullshit.

        1. The guy is a Mormon. The Utah deadline is August 15th. I guess they figure they can at least make it harder for Trump in Utah. The guy can’t get on enough ballots at this point to win the election even if he won every state where he appeared on the ballot. I guess their fig leaf is going to be “we can thrown it into the House”. But no one is going to believe that. They are doing it in hopes of flipping a state or two to Hillary.

          That shows two things; first no matter how much they insist otherwise and how many push polls they release to prove it, they clearly think Trump might win. Otherwise, why do this? Second, all of that bullshit about Johnson being an “honorable choice” and all of the nice things Never Trump people have been saying about Johnson, was just that, bullshit. If Johnson is such an honorable candidate, why do you need another one?

          1. This might be a way to get leverage: They tell Trump to “shape up.” If he shapes up enough, the new guy can drop out. (If not, then they would prefer Clinton.)

            1. They couldn’t do that. They have made so many statements about Trump, this guy dropping out would make them look even more ridiculous. They just would prefer Hillary to Trump but are not honest enough to admit as much.

          2. This is the same shit that got them into this mess in the first place, mouthing platitudes to their base while quietly handing victory to the other side. Trump didn’t destroy the R party, they did. The stupid cowards cant figure out how Trump has done what he has done. It is past time for them to be gone.

    2. How about the CIA director?

      1. If you want to trace our current ills back to the George H. W. Bush presidency, I’m not going to get in your way.

    3. “is a CIA veteran in the Oval Office”

      If he was any good at being CIA we wouldn’t have any way to verify his credentials. Basically if someone is running on their experience as a “CIA veteran”, they were either some paper-pushing bureaucrat or a shitty spy.

      1. I’m not comfortable with anyone from the Cia. Their track record sucks and they’re effectively above the law as evidenced by the torture debate.

    4. If it’s good enough for Russia…
      (I feel dirty for even joking about this, where’s AmSoc when you need a socialist scumbag perspective?)

  32. “It’s an extreme uphill climb, but his supporters are confident McMullin, 40, can act as a disruptor who they hope can peel off some red states in a race where some Republicans are still resistant to Donald Trump.”

    Shouldn’t that say: “… where some Republicans are still resistant to Hillary Clinton”?

  33. In other big gaming news, No Man’s Sky, a highly hyped game featuring an entire procedurally generated universe to explore, is releasing this week.

    Dog is my copilot…

    1. *scribbles down note, ‘shoot Paul and Dog from sky’*

  34. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Former Iranian Leader Asks President Obama to Return $2 Billion in Seized Assets

    The former official’s request follows a Supreme Court ruling in April that said families of victims of Iran-linked violence could collect monetary damages from frozen Iranian assets.

    1. They likely have Hillary’s missing emails. They probably have a lot of other communiques from the Obama White House and State Department saying God only knows what kind of embarrassing and politically damaging things. My advice to Obama is that unless he wants President Trump to be his legacy, he better pay up.

      1. Yes, we are the only people that don’t have Cankles emails.

        Paying up would do more to elect Trump than anything Trump himself could do. BTW, has Cankles weighed in on this ransom money scandal?

    2. “It is the clear expectation of the Iranian nation that the particular case of property seizure … be quickly fixed by your excellency …. I passionately advise you not to let the historical defamation and bitter incident be recorded under your name,” Ahmadinejad added.

      Damn, that guy’s good.

      1. Most of the strongmen, particularly Xi Jinping and Putin, know how to push Obama’s buttons very easily. In their parties the Obama-types tend to get outmaneuvered and displaced by the more cunning ones fairly quickly.

    3. Why not? We’re a soft touch, as they say.

  35. There is a terrible thing that happens in a young boy’s head when confronted by other members of your pack. Like jackals running wild, you do not want to be left alone to hunt, for fear that the pack may turn and devour you.

    MNG- is that you?

  36. “‘No Man’s Sky’ the most libertarian game ever”

    I still think Recettear can’t be beaten in that department. The game’s slogan is “Capitalism Ho!!” and it’s ALL ABOUT ORPHAN LABOR.

    1. Meh, we’ll see. I’ve never seen any claims about it being libertarian anything. There are lots of games where you can run around and do pretty much whatever you want. So why is this sandbox game the most libertarian ever?

      1. IDK, it was just the alt text.

        Again, if I’m gonna get my Libertarian Fix in, I’m gonna go to Recettear and force a small, virtual orphan girl to sell things while extolling the virtues of capitalism.

        1. That game looks like some weird Anime JRPG thingy.

    2. Anno would be pretty damn libertarian if it weren’t explicitly mercantilist.

      In Tropico 5 you can sent up a Latin American libertarian republic with the best constitution ever.

  37. Florian Fuchs and Linus Butt: Viewers Comment on Jerseys as German Field Hockey Players Stand Together

    A photo taken of a paused television screen shows the backs of the players’ jerseys, reading “Butt” and “Fuchs.” The image is from Germany’s 6-2 win over Canada in the group state of the Rio Games.

    1. Butt and Fuchs beat Canuckistan? German’s are my new heroes.

      1. In….field hockey.

        1. Men’s field hockey. Don’t you Canucks have any pride at all? We leave that shit for the ladies. I guess there’s always curling and poutine. You guys apparently don’t even play real hockey anymore unless you’re living in America.

  38. Is progressivism good for the Jews? Spoiler alert – it’s not.

    “…For most of American history, for better or worse, the common view was that private institutions, companies, clubs, and so forth had the right to choose with whom to associate and not to associate….The class [of exceptions] was narrowly defined precisely because the liberty to associate with whom we choose was recognized as essential in a liberal nation that made a hard distinction between the realm of the state and the realm of civil society….

    “It is difficult for us at this distance to appreciate the radicalism of the Civil Rights Act. Law can change two things. It can change behavior regarding the particular problem it addresses; it can also change how citizens understand the purpose of law and the liberty that law is supposed to protect. The Civil Rights Act did both….

    “In principle, the 1964 Civil Rights Act held that people were still generally free to decide with whom to associate, being prohibited from discriminating against only a small list of people in what the Act designated as “protected classes.”… it also declared that henceforth almost all businesses, and all charitable institutions, were, in essence, “public accommodations” in the eyes of the law. As such, the federal government had the right to tell every business whom it must serve or, even, hire….

    1. “…A large body of American opinion holds that it is the government’s job to prevent any and all discrimination. That belief is pushing government more and more deeply into our daily affairs….

      “Do any Americans still understand the prohibition of discrimination as an exception, and a carefully hedged one, to the general rule of liberty? There is reason for skepticism?and nowhere more so than in the area of religious liberty. With the progressive left’s success at passing laws or obtaining court rulings establishing gays as a constitutionally protected class and sanctioning same-sex marriage, the legal arena has shifted from race relations to one of the few remaining pockets of the private sphere that have so far remained relatively secure in (to quote Washington) their “liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship.”…

      “even Gary Johnson, the Libertarian party’s candidate for the presidency, also embraces the contemporary view….Johnson invoked the supposed “principle that, when a business opens its doors to the public, that business enters into an implied contract to serve all of the public.” Formerly, few Americans would have asserted that any such “implied contract” existed. But the new understanding of businesses as “public accommodations” has transformed our conception of private institutions and enterprises, for-profit and not-for-profit alike….

      1. “Today’s post-Christian, anti-Christian bigots have set themselves against the “large and liberal policy” that to George Washington also left Jews free to be Jews, to associate with whom they chose, and to live by the teachings and practices of their tradition: liberties that, along with legal equality, became enshrined as of natural right in the American Constitution.”

    1. Lovely story, especially because a lot those dogs are pit bull types. Do yourself a favor and don’t read the one comment.

      1. Some people just hate fun.

        1. It is my understanding that some shelter volunteers are afraid to deal with pits, so this story is even sweeter for that reason.

      2. I currently have a pit/lab mix and my last dog was all pit. Best dogs ever. They were both dogs that no one wanted. Turns out all they needed was a person to treat them right.

    2. Psht, all we had on our x-country training runs were naked masturbating homeless men popping out of the bushes and joining in on the runs in Griffith Park.

      1. I am pretty sure the shelter pit bulls would have solved that problem for you.

        1. I don’t think anyone on the team ever actually complained about them. It was more seen as something ridiculous happening on otherwise boring training runs.

      2. You were like come on coach, one more lap PLEASE!

      3. There’s a joke in there about being startled and having a stroke…

        or two.

    3. That is nicest thing I have read in a while. I kept expecting it to end with the cops shooting the dogs. And for once on here it didn’t.

  39. Oh, golf-clap on the alt-text, Scott.

  40. Saw Hillary Clinton commercials during the olympics this weekend.

    “Here are all the reasons you should hate me” seems to be the theme.

  41. You can find yourself on a planet with no other human beings to bother you, making ‘No Man’s Sky’ the most libertarian game ever.

    Unless you can trade meth for sex there, what’s the point?

    1. Seems like tactical nuclear strikes on this planet would accomplish the same thing.

      1. This is what Gillespie means by the Libertarian Moment?

    2. They think libertarians are Asimov’s Spacers?

  42. I have the feeling that No Man’s Sky is the ultimate conclusion of the trend in video games to have vast worlds and landscapes with fuck all for the player to do in them.

    1. eighteen quintillion unique planets channels, and nothing on.

      1. Whoa dude, I was just on this planet, and you know those big chicken like things? On this planet those were green instead of blue! Who, that’s radical dude!

        I go into these things with the lowest of expectations, so I’m never disappointed.

        1. Don’t get me wrong.. this (and Horizon Zero Dawn) might actually be what I end up finally getting a PS4 for.

          1. I’m strictly PC gamer. Master race and all that, you know.

    2. The goal is to acquire enough resources that will enable you to upgrade your ship’s FTL capabilities so you can reach the center of the galaxy, where supposedly some sort of surprise awaits the player.

      This is probably a very cerebral game but at least it’s trying to be different.

      1. Oh good, there is a goal then…..I wonder if you’ll get eaten by a black hole when you finally make it. I remember hearing a theory that that’s what is in the center of our galaxy.

        1. I have been postulating that that is what is at the center of ever galaxy since my freshman year in HS. I has one teacher accuse me of blasphemy. That is the word he used, ‘blasphemy’.

          Turns out that is exactly what is at the heart of every galaxy.

          Yeah, fly there and you will get a surprise alright.

      2. Is it Romero’s head on a pike?

        1. +1 way to win the game

      3. The goal is to acquire enough resources that will enable you to upgrade your ship’s FTL capabilities so you can reach the center of the galaxy, where supposedly some sort of surprise awaits the player.

        So it’s Spore?

      4. It will take a lot to convince me that it’s not like every other massive space sim: 80% of the time is traveling/warping, 15% gathering resources, 3% visiting space stations, 2% getting blown out of the sky by kids in Eastern Europe who play 12 hours a day and losing everything.

  43. I saw a GIF of a clip purporting to show Hillary having a seizure during an impromptu interview with several journalists. While at least one of the journalists reacts visibly to the strange movements, others stand quietly by.

    The clip I saw also appears to have been edited, with a short section reversed and replayed possibly to enhance the twitchy nature of the event. But if it was edited, it seems that would be rather obvious (hell, I noticed it) and would tend to undermine any medical speculation.

    Has anyone else seen this clip and noticed the apparent edit?

      1. No, it was a GIF of a clip that may be included in that video you posted. There was a portion that appeared to be reversed and repeated. I was asking if others had seen the same phenomenon I noted.

        1. I think it’s clear this clip was edited. I assumed it was supposed to be funny. I larfed.

          1. I did like the first comment though

    1. Well it’s probably impossible to get close enough to splash holy water on her so I guess we’ll never know.

    2. You talking about this?

      It looks to me like she was just having fun with reporters.

      1. Without context of what they were talking about it, it could go either way. Though it seems they were just discussing how good the coffee was.

        1. Iced chai tea pretty good

      2. Yep.

        I don’t see it as a seizure so much as what happens when a wooden person who hates interacting with people is faking being gregarious and genial.

        1. Yeah she is trying to turn up the “normal, likeable person” control, but hers only went up to “3”and the knob broke off so they had to put a pair of old vise grips on it and boy is that hard to adjust precisely now.

        2. I agree. But it’s such a total over-attempt to act natural. She ain’t right in the head.

        3. what happens when a wooden person who hates interacting with people is faking being gregarious and genial.

          This. Seizure my ass. There are plenty of things wrong with Hillary that we don’t have to resort to pretending we can diagnosis her over a youtube video.

          1. bah, diagnose (just a little seizure, I’m ok)

      3. Yes, but it was a GIF that someone had edited. The full video looks much more like a joke. The youtube video doesn’t show the one reporter’s appalled and concerned-looking reaction that the GIF does, however.

    3. Yep. Something’s wrong with her. That’s not normal and at least 3 people in the crowd seemed to have been very startled by it.

      1. When programming loops, it’s very common for a loop counter or some time based condition to be added to the code that triggers an exit from the loop. This ensures the program never gets stuck in an infinite loop.

        In the Hilbot’s case that feature is kicking in way too late.

    4. Yes. that was proof of Hillary’s brain-tumor, according to our resident experts.

      1. I don’t know if it’s a tumor, but she’s an obvious brain-freak and loonier than a shithouse rat.

    5. It was an old fat lady making exaggerated movements as a joke, and yes, it was edited. I hate to say that because I really really wanted it to be a seizure.

  44. New Jersey lawmakers will not being putting up to vote a ballot referendum to require the state to actually make its pension payments for public employees.

    I’m not clicking the link and due to your syntax, I have no idea what you’re talking about.

  45. “In other big gaming news, No Man’s Sky, a highly hyped game featuring an entire procedurally generated universe to explore, is releasing this week.”

    So anyone in the beta and able to give us a sneak preview?

    1. There’s plenty of stuff on Youtube. I wasn’t even aware of a Beta.

        1. Man, that’s a cool ass honkey.

  46. the ultimate conclusion of the trend in video games to have vast worlds and landscapes with fuck all for the player to do in them.

    WTF? No chainsaws? No bulldozers?

    NO OIL RIGS?

  47. All y’all dudes go on about women’s beach volleyball, but I just discovered women’s rugby. Sure, the outfits aren’t as skimpy, but the girl-on-girl action is much more….tantalizing. I was even turned on.

    1. Kathryn Johnson: US Women’s Rugby Player Lays Out Opponent With Head-to-Head Hit

      Johnson lowered her shoulder into the Australian ball-carrier along the sidelines for the hit in the early moments of the pool play match on Sunday. The game ended in a 12-12 draw.

      1. She did it for America. FUCK YEAH

      2. I seem to recall a rugby tackle was supposed to be w/ your shoulder, not the “head-ram” maneuver.

        but hey, you go girl

      3. Yep. Rugby isnt a bunch of pussies who fall and feign injury is someone gives them a mean look. Notice those two girls immediately got back on their feet and no one got mad.

    2. Sure, the outfits aren’t as skimpy, but the girl-on-girl action is much more….tantalizing.

      Well, a lot of women’s rugby teams are doing calendars for charities and team funding. So really it’s the greatest sport ever.

      1. Two of those girls have belly button rings. What sane person has something that can be ripped out of your belly button in a sport like Rugby.

        1. You take them out if you’re not stupid. My ex had a scar above her lip that people thought was from hairlip correction surgery. Nope, lip piercing she didn’t take out in high school rugby. Smart woman.

      2. Rugby was on in a bar last night and I commented about one the players being a strapping young lad but a bit downsy looking and was told it was women’s rugby. Ah well.

        1. a bit downsy looking

          Not cool, corkey

            1. (snaps fingers)

              Reason magazine in 1990 commented on the strange burst of interest in TV-character-‘tardation

              Most of us feel we’ve been on a first-name basis with Benny, anyway, throughout the four- years of “L.A. Law”on NBC, which is a tribute to the show’s writers and to Larry Drake’s portrayal of McKenzie, Brackman’s mentally retarded file clerk.

              The same sort of friendly familiarity is generated by Chris Burke and the creators of ABC’s “Life Goes On,” which features Bill Smitrovich and Patty Lupone as the parents of a retarded teenalger who is sent to high school with brighter youngsters after years of special ed. ‘What’s notable about the series, which is far more simpleminded than “L.A. Law,” is that Burke, who plays the retarded boy, Corky, has Down’s Syndrome himself.

              Broth networks should be commended for tackling the subject of mental retardation?and for doing so, for the most part, with thoughtfulness and good humor. That said, this writer?a Bennyphile from way back?is beginning to have his doubts.

              What follows is an analysis of the subject of retarded people humping.

        2. Your mother must be so proud.

          1. I’d be doing something very wrong with my life if she were.

    3. My Olympic Crush this year is on Ally Reissman. She has so many curves for a gymnast.

      1. Google Amber Jo Hill

        1. Gunfree Limeyland has a shooting team???

          1. Air rifles. And the upper classes still get to shoot at stuff.

            1. So like… air guitars?

  48. Remember the story about the Navy changing uniforms? Look at one of the directives:

    * Commands may now authorize the wear of a “Don’t Tread on Me” and Reverse U.S. Flag patches on NWU Type II and Type III.

    1. When I was in, the oldest ship got to fly the “Don’t tread on me” Union jack (snake on red and white stripes).
      We flew it.. not sure if they still do that.

      1. After 9/11, all ships have been flying the First Jack.

        1. Ah.. I’m sure I had heard about that, forgot.

          When we’re ALL special, no one is.

  49. I love that the only people using tat “promoted comments” things are anonybots.

    1. Top comments by people who are NOT commentors on H&R. Who came up with such a brilliant thing?

      1. I saw mary stack on there once.

      2. It’s a metaphor for the 2016 election.

      3. It seems tautological that the promoted comments are in fact made by commenters on H&R.

  50. Has anyone tied to McMullin said what the target audience for this campaign is? I can’t think of any right leaning group that is willing to vote third party, but that isn’t already covered by either the Libertarian Party or the Constitution Party?

    1. I can’t think of one either. In fact, I think it likely hurts their cause more than helps it. Before this “Never Trump” was pretty vague. It was just a Republican who couldn’t support Trump but supported some set of principles that were never really spelled out but left for people to fill in whatever they wanted. Now, “Never Trump” has a face and it is this guy. If anything, that is going to make “Never Trump” seem less attractive as people realize that maybe a former CIA agent and Goldman Sachs guy isn’t quite what they were looking for.

      Other than to con gullible rich people out of their money and enrich out of work campaign consultants, i honestly can’t see what they hope to accomplish here. This is the dumbest thing I have ever seen. All it does is set them up to take the blame if Trump loses or really be the victim of pay back if he wins.

      1. The only thing I can think of is that the party establishment are worried the GOP implodes, taking all their political influence with it, and this actually more about hurting Johnson than hurting Trump, to make sure the Libertarian Party doesn’t become the new second major party.

        1. But the GOP isn’t imploding. No matter what happens in November, it will still own a big majority of the state capitols, a huge majority in the House and likely the Senate. That is hardly a party that is imploding. If Trump loses, he leaves the political stage and the party goes on, if for no other reason because there isn’t an alternative. The LP is not an alternative. Getting 15% at most in a year when both nominee are unpopular and not having a single member of Congress is not an alternative. It just isn’t.

          I think what is happening is they are terrified is going to win. If they were sure he was going to lose, they would do nothing. Let him lose and then come back and take over the party afterwards. The only reason you do this is if you think he might win and that flipping a state or two might be the difference.

          That is the only explanation i can see. Not only that, but actually doing a third party means they not only want Trump to lose to Hillary but want it badly enough to be willing to take the blame for it happening. They must be pretty desperate to try this.

      2. McMullin on social media:

        As Donald Trump continues attacking Muslims and as a former CIA officer, I’d like all Americans to know the truth: American and other Muslims have played a central role in virtually every counterterrorism win we’ve had since 9/11. They are an indispensable asset in this fight. Attacking them as a group makes America weaker, not stronger.

        Authoritarians like @realDonaldTrump use promises of law & order to justify infringing on civil rights as they consolidate control by force.

        Americans deserve to see @realDonaldTrump’s tax returns immediately. If he won’t be transparent on this, how could we trust his presidency?

        Sounds like he’s targeting libertarians.

        1. So why would a libertarian vote for this guy and not Johnson?

          1. Exactly Stormy. What Libertarian is going for the ex CIA guy? I wonder what this guy thinks of NSA surveillance and Edward Snooden? I wonder what he thinks about further involvement in Iraq?

            I bet nothing Libertarians would like very much.

        2. Or suburban liberals disgruntled with Hillary. But what brand of crack do you have to be smoking to think that a Neocon former CIA agent is going to attract Libertarian support?

        3. Americans deserve to see @realDonaldTrump’s tax returns immediately.

          “I e-mailed them to Hillary”

    2. It doesn’t make sense to me.

      They guy missed half the ballot deadlines, and will have trouble making several more.

      Johnson winning is a long shot, but it’s possible. McMullin can’t win. If Trump looses because Johnson did well, that legitimizes the LP.

      Trying to help Trump’s defeat by targeting UT and talking votes from Johnson? Maybe?

      1. Then again, if they are trying to derail Johnson, they missed the deadline for NM.

        but they could still hit the deadlines for AZ, UT, ID. the heaviest LDS states.

        1. But derail Johnson to what end? Just because people vote for Johnson doesn’t mean they are joining the Libertarian party. And remember, doing this means they can’t go back to the Republican Party, no matter who wins. If they hadn’t done this, they could have set back and seen if Trump lost and then came back in afterwards. Now they can’t do that because they are going to get blamed for the loss.

          I don’t think they would burn all of their bridges with the GOP just to keep Gary Johnson from getting 15%, especially when half of those additional votes will be from Democrats and the ones from Republicans are likely to go back to the GOP once Trump is no longer the head of the party.

          This may hurt Johnson, though I doubt it. I don’t see how doing that is the purpose of it however.

          1. I’m not 100% sure TBH.

            Like I said, it doesn’t make much sense.

            My thinking is that it’s a sacrifice play to save the GOP ‘brand’ from Trump. If they can make Trump lose without helping Johnson, all the better.

            Johnson may be an alternative to Trump, but it’s still a competing party.

            I can’t find much info on who is backing or endorsing McMullin. And like I said below, there is no upside for a sitting politician to endorse him.

      2. One more thought:

        I can’t imagine any sitting politicians endorsing a guy with no way to win. There’s no upside.

  51. Remember that time the IRS discriminated against Tea Party groups because they were anti-Obama?

    A lower court ruled some time ago that issue was moot and dismissed dozens of lawsuits against them–but an appellate court just overruled the lower court.

    Dozens of lawsuits against the IRS are back on again.

    Yay!

    “In a 22-page ruling by Judge David Sentelle, a unanimous three-judge panel ruled that since it is “plain” to all parties including the Treasury Inspector General and a lower federal court that the IRS “cannot defend its discriminatory conduct on the merits, the governing issue is now whether the controversy is moot. The district court held that it was; we conclude that it is not.”

    To establish mootness, Judge Sentelle said the IRS had to show there is “no reasonable expectation” that the targeting will happen again and that events since have fully healed the negative effect of the violation. That clearly hasn’t happened since even the IRS has admitted that some tax-exempt applications caught in the targeting still haven’t been processed.”

    http://tinyurl.com/jooabed

    Boo-yah!

    The Obama Administration totally sucks.

    I thought it was amazing that Lois Lerner was walking around free. Can you believe some of those applications still haven’t been processed?!

    Hasn’t it been six years or so?

    How many years since the scandal broke?

      1. Okay, point being that it should have been in links.

        I don’t know where the people putting up AM and PM links are getting their news, but they keep missing important items.

        The whole idea of AM and PM links was to give us a place to discuss news of the day–so we wouldn’t be putting up irrelevant posts in threads anymore.

        The problem with having a news of the day post that doesn’t include the news of the day is twofold. First, it doesn’t have the news of the day. Second, it forces people to discuss unrelated news in threads when they ignore important stories.

        Newspapers divide it up so they don’t miss important stuff. They’ve got local news. They usually have international and national news. They’ve got a business section and Sports. AM and PM links are supposed to be like the front page of the news. The important stuff goes there.

        If Robby were programming your local news broadcast, He’d lead off with the Rape Report. Then he’d go to the Trump Report.

        Point is, they keep putting stuff from page B-10 on the front page.

        I know what’s important to regular commenters may not be as important as it is to the rest of the web traffic out there. When you look at Most Visited Stories, up yonder, it’s rarely what I think would be important to most people. That being said, this is a story that Reason has covered a lot in the past. Why isn’t it in PM links?

        1. Beats me. They seem to be missing a lot lately.

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