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  1. The Clinton-Trump debate is very nearly here! Are you shivering in anticipation? Or fear? Or apathy?

    I’m watching for the “will they/won’t they” Sam and Diane thing.

    1. Drink!

      I’m starting early.

      1. I’m a little surprised to come here this late after links posting, see ‘shivering with anticipation’ mentioned, and no one yet has referenced Rocky Horror Picture Show.

    2. Hello.

      Norm!

      1. Norm’s podcast is back, and judging from the Stephen Merchant episode, it is as irreverent as ever!

        1. Good to know.

        2. Co-inky-dink. I am youtube listening to Norm’s most recent Stern Interview.

          So entertaining.

          I’ve heard his new book (Memoirs) is brilliant.

    3. Sheesh, Fist — How old *are* you?

      1. I suppose you’d have preferred Ross and Rachel?

          1. Fine. Pick a couple from Degrassi then.

        1. Rich is more of a Tony and Jeannie sort of guy.

          1. Sheesh, Crusty — How old *are* you?

          2. Let’s get more recent. Like the will they/won’t they between Raylan Givens and Boyd Crowder.

            1. You’re so naive. What the hell do you think, “We dug coal together?” means?

    4. Little ditty, ’bout Sam and Diane….

      1. **handclap**

      2. I thought he was talking about two well-known reporters at first.

        1. Took me a full moment there, I can’t seem ti remember anything before Kirsti Alley and Woody Harrelson.

          1. It was way better before Kirsti Alley.

            1. And Kristi Alley was way better before America got to know her.

              1. Like when she was a Vulcan babe?

              2. Is that another way of saying “before she was a fat-ass Scientologist”?

          2. When she played the role of Diane, Shelley Lee Long was much cuter than Kirsti Alley.

    5. Much like one of the candidates, we could also be shivering from all the drugs propping up our nervous system.

    6. Well, aaahhhhhh, it’s a little known fact that Trump and Hillary are aaahhhhhhhh, fraternal twins from a forced copulation between Adolf Hitler and Eleanor ahhhhhhh Roosevelt.

      -Cliff Clavin

      1. Who are four people who have never been in my kitchen?

    7. Are you shivering in anticipation? Or fear? Or apathy?

      Yes! YES! OH GOD, YES!!!

  2. More on the man allegedly responsible for shooting and killing five people at a mall in Seattle last week. (Spoiler: He had a troubled background.)

    F***ing retard. Swastika confusion between the Hindu and Nazi swastikas?

    The Houston Mall shooter was a lawyer of Indian descent, drove a black porsche, was supposedly unhappy about his failed law firm.

    Nathan Desai, 46, identified by Houston officials as the gunman, died after a shootout with police. He was wearing an old German military uniform adorned with Swastikas, KPRC-TV reports.

    1. I’m uncertain if I can accuse a Swastika wearing person of Indian descent of appropriation if they are in a Nazi costume. Can I get a ruling?

      1. You cannot. Consider the handedness.

      2. Why does it matter? They all think they’re aryans.

    2. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/09/26/…..eader.html

      He also had a picture of the leader of Isis on his blog. So if he was a Hindu, he was a seriously self hating one. It is entirely possible that he was pissed off about his failed law firm and that is why he decided dying for the Jihad and killing the infidel was a good idea, assuming he is in fact a Muslim.

      1. “He also had a picture of the leader of Isis on his blog.”

        In what context??

        I can’t think of why a Muslim would have a Hindu swastika on his person…

        1. Maybe it was a tattoo from his teenage experimentation with religions that piss of his mum and dad.

    3. So the Hindu Nationalists have finally decided to set their sights on America!!

      I’m gonna be honest, I did not see that coming.

      1. This guy is screwed up with nth degree psychological dissonance.

        Indian descent guy with a Hindu last name, wearing Nazi swastikas, with anti-Hindu, anti-infidel ISIS stuff on his blog.

        1. I thought the ISIS stuff was the Washington Mall shooter.

          1. You’re right. I mixed them up.

            Still, the Nazi stuff doesn’t make much sense. I think this guy was off his rockers and am frankly happy he was stopped.

            1. He lived in Seattle Houston, cut him some slack.

              1. Listen. I just tried to find good margaritas and fajitas in my part of Florida. In Houston, you couldn’t swing a dead possum without hitting a restaurant that could do that. Jesus. I have an idea to get rich. Export Ninfas/Gringos/Papas to Central FL.

                1. @Brett L. I spend some of my work week in central FL.

                  I also spent a month in Houston earlier this year. Never seen so many ghetto people in one place.

                2. I thought you were in Tallahassee.

                  1. That was for Brett L

              2. Frankly, I am surprised there aren’t more incidents in Houston, what with the humidity and how long it takes to get out of Chinatown.

      2. Give her credit, Dalmia has been warning us of the Hindu Nationalist menace for years!

    4. From the Seattle Times article:

      Island County District Court records show Cetin was told by a judge on Dec.?29 that he was not to possess a firearm.

      Apparently the judge did not correctly perform the magic ritual to keep this man from acquiring his contraband rifle.

    5. Yeah but that porsche looks like an earlier model of the boxster. They are dirt cheap on craigslist in warmer climates because the car has a 60% chance of breaking and the repair bill costing more than the car is worth. Definitely not a car a sane man would use as a daily driver. Tsk.

    6. I’m loving the racist mom story below. Of course it’s Florida.

  3. Chaska High School and the 13 other schools in the Eastern Carver County School District will be in recess while the Ryder Cup is in town.

    “It was clear from the PGA perspective, public safety perspective that it would not be good to run school this week”

    1. But the bigger cost benefit might be the hundreds of thousands of people who will have their eyes on Chaska.

      Somebody’s optimistic.

    2. PGA players are a bunch of clowns. Good move.

  4. Lab research shows inflation may be all in your mind

    The traditional theory ? one that many still ascribe to ? is that low interest rates make money cheap. Then people feel free to borrow, invest and spend, thus strengthening the economy. That drives inflation up.

    But a behavioural analysis suggested by Chicago Fed economist Leonardo Melosi presents a different view. If people think of the central bank as having privileged information about the economy and its future, the bank can mistakenly send the wrong message.

    “When they set low interest rates, that suggests to the public that the Fed is pessimistic about the future state of the economy,” says Petersen. That has the perverse effect of convincing people and businesses “to save more and spend less.”

    You hear that Venezuela and Zimbabwe? It’s just all in your head.

    1. “When they set low interest rates, that suggests to the public that the Fed is pessimistic about the future state of the economy,” says Petersen. That has the perverse effect of convincing people and businesses “to save more and spend less.”

      … in what world do lower interest rates encourage savings?

      1. It doesn’t.

        They say climate change deniers should be arrested.

        In fact, every damn progressive propagandist that pimps this crap out of their asses should be in prison.

    2. Zimbabwe would be free from capitalism if Chavez hadn’t been assassinated in a zoo when a capitalist piglet fell into-

      eh, forget it

      1. Goddamnit, NO SPOILERS.

    3. Rising prices and superfluous printing backed by nothing is all in your mind….riiiiiight.

      1. Venezuelans would love to have something – anything – to spend all those bolivares on.

  5. Don’t be surprised if those statistics are completely ignored tonight following a mass shooting at a Houston shopping center that injured nine people.

    If you outlaw attorneys only outlaws will have attorneys.

  6. The officer who shot Keith Scott in Charlotte was, in fact, wearing a body camera, but it wasn’t turned on during the confrontation, in violation of department policy.

    I’m sure he’ll learn his lesson from the paid vacation administrative leave he’ll be “punished” with.

  7. WHAT THE FUCK

    1. Gotham sucks. Deal with it.

      1. That’s still on? I gave up after season 2, when it still couldn’t decide if it was a drama or a comedy.

        1. A suspicious Ivy spies on them and is caught. Fish orders her killed, ignoring Selina’s protests, but she runs and falls down a sewage pipe but not before being touched by one of Fish’s monsters, the one who can drain the youth out of a person.

          Even the golden age of TV storytelling will lay some truly rotten stuff.

          1. Person of Interest was the best version of Batman ever put on TV.

      2. Good job Crusty, someone had to say it.

        1. Hasn’t everyone been saying it for three years now?

  8. The Clinton-Trump debate is very nearly here! Are you shivering in anticipation? Or fear? Or apathy?

    Thirst.

  9. Disney is reportedly considering a bid to buy Twitter. Well, they have become kind of a Mickey Mouse outfit.

    Expect Twitter to turn even more childish.

    Their trust and safety BS is going to get worse.

    1. Well, Disney is the company that brought you that brilliant internet idea Go.com (the failed domain of which is still mucking up their web structure for their other businesses even today).

  10. Students at University of Vermont hoisted a Black Lives Matter flag on campus and predictable things happened.

    Kaepernick put his hand over his heart and Clevenger knelt?

    1. You sir, are a treasure.

      1. As a separatist Sovereign Citizen, only a regional treasure.

  11. ‘The line is crossed, and it’s crossed daily’: The struggles of female bartenders

    “In the rock-and-roll world, it’s all about women behind the bar ? maybe because it’s about sex, it’s about sales,” she says. “When I first got into the craft cocktail world, the first thing you realize is you’re very much alone.”

    TW: It’s like 5 million words long.

    1. TW: It’s like 5 million words long.

      Serious note– I’ve noticed this trend which further confirms that we have the whitest, first world problems in the Galaxy.

      I’m finding the more trivial the subject, the more wind it generates. This was first noticed in Wikipedia where an article on mitochondria was a page and a half as opposed to an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which got 17 pages with a massive cache of footnotes.

      1. 17 pages is too short to capture the rich and vast texture of the Buffyverse!

        1. Damn! I thought they’d have a foldout of Busty the Vampire Layer.

          1. And the mitochondria article is too long. You only need one sentence:

            The mitochondrion is the powerhouse of the cell.

            1. And it gives you the power to use the Force.

              1. That was the worst part of the Star Wars reboot, that and Shortround.

              2. No, that’s midichlorians. The midichlorian wiki article is longer than a page and half too.

      2. Could just be that scientists are trained to make everything simple and understandable to a wide audience, while those who write about media usually like details.

        1. I chalked it up to not very many people knowing about mitochondria, but every douchebag with a television could comment on Buffy.

      3. She has a tattoo of the DC flag on her hand. That’s all I needed to see.

      4. I’m finding the more trivial the subject, the more wind it generates.

        Yup. Someone linked an article on twitter the other day that was about how pockets were sexist. This goddamn thing had to be 15000 words.

    2. Look, you make about 3x as much in tips as dudes who are comparatively attractive because you’re selling sex and availability. If you don’t want to sell sex and availability, go work in a dive bar and sell desperation and poor decisions.

      1. OMG. Women have a hard time breaking into the world of craft cocktail bartending, and apparently guys like you are fine with it. Big surprise.

        1. I wish they didn’t have so many problems breaking into the world of warcraft cocktail bartending…

        2. I won’t buy over-priced cocktails from either sex or hermaphrodites. “Oh look, we’re going to make an old-fashioned with ‘craft’ ingredients and charge you $15.”

      2. No shit. Is there an easier way to make money in the world than being a hot bartender with a good personality and the ability to flirt and chat up men? There are but not many.

        I don’t begrudge women who have looks and the advantages that go with them. I do, however, begrudge women who have those advantages and then still bitch and moan about how hard they have it.

        1. “Stop looking at me in my 2 sizes too small stripper dress!” *hot girl that likes to play the victim

          1. Give it ten years and she will be writing about how men just look through her now and she misses feeling desired.

            1. I’ve seen that one a few times as well.

              Is there any problem too trivial to publicly wine about?

              1. Which lives matter?

        2. It’s not as easy as it seems, especially when Crusty is your bar patron and takes the fact that you were willing to touch his cocktail napkin as a sign that you are now married.

          1. That is what you get for working at a place he would frequent.

            1. She was asking for it, showing up for her shift every day.

        3. I’ve mentioned this here before. I have a friend that was hotter than Georgia asphalt and tall to boot. When we would walk through the skyways everybody — and i mean everybody — turned and looked at us. I have never had that happen with anyone else. A real eye-catcher. Smart too. Had an MBA from a top 25 school. Anyway, she was successful in business because she was smart. Unfortunately for her, people would assume and whisper that she got where she got due to her looks, not her brains. Kind of sad for her actually.

          1. I have known women like that too. It is not that attractive women don’t have crosses to bear. They like everyone do. It is that you never hear about women like your friend. What you always get is women who do rely on their looks and then still bitching and moaning about it.

          2. Honestly? That in and of itself is a benefit: people underestimate your prowess, and you hand them their asses. What’s the alternative, she gets the unalloyed respect of subordinates and rivals? Fuck ’em, she doesn’t need their approbation.

          3. Certainly some of you are the subtergenius type who also aren’t insanely good looking who have to live with folks whispering how we got ‘it’ because we were smarter. If anything, they’re more meanspiritted about that than about getting it for being nice looking.

      3. If you don’t want to sell sex and availability, go work in a dive bar and sell desperation and poor decisions.

        “Sell crazy somewhere else, we’re all stocked up here.”

    3. Tough titty sweetie, pour them shots, and shake that ass. Rent ain’t gonna pay itself.

      Prediction: she’s aged out of the premium bar gigs and is now bitter about it

      1. Tough titty sweetie, pour them shots, and shake that ass. Rent ain’t gonna pay itself.

        During the debate, Trump needs to avoid lines like this one to avoid appearing hostile to women.

        -Genius Political Consultant

        1. My advice to most mammals is to absolutely not follow my example in doing anything at all

      2. That’s what she gets for turning 22. Fucking disgusting old hag.

    4. Holy crap those are some unattractive bartenders. You’d have to be drunk to hit on them. I’m calling bullshit on this whole article.

      1. Holy crap those are some unattractive bartenders. You’d have to be drunk to hit on them. I’m calling bullshit on this whole article.

        This. My personal hotness scale is pretty generous, and in that whole group there’s two, maybe three barely-doables.

        1. I mean, yeah, a couple are OK on the “saw her in Target, don’t want to barf” scale, but constantly hit on? No way.

      2. You’d have to be drunk to hit on them.

        haha?

        1. If you aren’t going to factor in beer goggles, what was the article even about, tho?

      3. There is not one woman in that picture that I would sleep with.

        1. What if you were the last man on earth?

      4. I was friends with my hot bartender for years. We had a couple encounters, but she was in and out of a relationship with a dude and I couldn’t be bothered to clean up enough to ask her out proper.

        One night she swings by after a shift, but doesn’t want to wake my roommate, so she calls while waiting outside. And I missed it. And she never again put herself on offer. Still regret that.

  12. “Walmart has apologized for employees at a Georgia store refusing to make a cake for a retiring police officer because they felt the symbolism of the “thin blue line” was racist.”

    I think we finally found a cake that Johnson will not force you to bake! Liberty!

    1. The fat blue line, of course, would have been more appropriate.

      1. In the picture I saw, they did make the blue line quite fat.

      2. This illustrates we’ve only scratched surface of social pastry justice.

        For instance, is a donut a microaggression?

        1. OK, that was brilliant. Social pastry justice…..

    2. Racist? What, against blue people?

  13. Walmart has apologized for employees at a Georgia store refusing to make a cake for a retiring police officer because they felt the symbolism of the “thin blue line” was racist.

    IF ONLY THE NFL ACTED SO FORCEFULLY!!11!!

    1. I mean, cops are obviously racist against anyone who isn’t blue.

      1. Not everyone is sad about that.

  14. I’ll be opening a bottle of scotch and firing up one of these.

      1. That ring looks pretty small.

    1. The review wasn’t very good. Maybe they had too much Scotch beforehand.

      1. Nothing switching to a larger, external battery can’t fix.

        1. Maybe one of these?

          http://www.generac.com/all-pro…..17&cat=249

          1. Awesome, we can asphyxiate from the gas fumes at the same time.

  15. Walmart has apologized for employees at a Georgia store refusing to make a cake for a retiring police officer because they felt the symbolism of the “thin blue line” was racist.

    Find another word, Walmart employees. Racist is played out.

    1. They should’ve just filled it with “cream” filling and be done with it. The cops probably would’ve tasted like the usual donuts they get for free.

        1. Thanks! I miss Irish…

          1. Yeah, his posts were always worth reading.

  16. Students at University of Vermont hoisted a Black Lives Matter flag on campus and predictable things happened.

    Everything got covered in maple syrup?

    1. Ben & Jerry’s made a flavor about the flag?

      1. Ben & Jerry’s Sanders Socialist Supreme! Combining socialist shit and progressive piss with chunks of whatever stolen from the lands of farmers!

        FOR YOUR OWN GOOD.

        1. If they made a Bernie Flavor and gave it away for free, I’d have some respect for B.

    2. Vermont Euphemism

    3. Bernie Sanders went on an incoherent rant about free shit?

      1. Bernie went on a rant about how we don’t need 13 brands of ice cream – two will do: Ben and Jerry.

  17. “The officer who shot Keith Scott in Charlotte was, in fact, wearing a body camera, but it wasn’t turned on during the confrontation, in violation of department policy.”

    Like I said, inquest juries whenever there’s a dubious death (which includes all government-caused deaths).

    1. Which should shut up those rioters who say “the people don’t have a voice!”

      1. (of course, any inquest jury, grand jury or trial jury which renders the “wrong” decision is racisty racist)

    2. Initially I thought this was probably a legal shooting but the cops have been so fucking squirrely every step of the way I have changed my mind.

      1. Yeah, at first it’s like you’re asked to choose between rioters and cops.

        You know, One can be against *both.* One can call for the prosecution of *both.*

        1. And once the Eddie Law is passed, it will be a crime for a cop, when causing a death, to wilfully have his camera off in defiance of law or policy. This would apply even to justified shootings, so that defense will be cut off.

      2. I note the official line has always been ‘a gun was recovered’ and now ‘he absolutely was in possession of a gun’
        These statements would be technically true if the gun was still in the holster or if he had left it in the car.

        It’s interesting that over at Brietbart the ‘he-had-it-commingists’ have pointed out to an encounter with the police years ago in which he had a gun but laid it on the seat before getting out of the car.
        Hmmm.

        Of course now we know why they want the law that they don’t have to produce video. That way if the video is good for them they can produce it, if not they don’t have to come up with these lame excuses.
        So, in that ‘split second encounter’ where you had enough time to leave the scene, grab your raid vests, and head back but somehow didn’t have time to hit record. Uh huh.

        Also, wouldn’t be surprised if the next announcement is that the ‘blunt’ once tested turns out to be plain old Bali Shag.

  18. The Clinton-Trump debate is very nearly here! Are you shivering in anticipation? Or fear? Or apathy?

    When is the Reason Drinking Game coming out? That’s the only way you’ll get me to watch this dumpster fire-carrying train trainwreck.

  19. “The Clinton-Trump debate is very nearly here! Are you shivering in anticipation? Or fear? Or apathy?”

    This is either gonna be hilarious or shit. Gonna turn it on in the background in case it’s hilarious while I read a book in case it’s shit.

  20. The officer who shot Keith Scott in Charlotte was, in fact, wearing a body camera, but it wasn’t turned on during the confrontation, in violation of department policy.

    Man, what are the fucking odds? More importantly, what are the fucking odds that the camera was functioning just fine, it just offered damning evidence.

    1. That seems to happen a lot, doesn’t it? Crazy coincidence.

  21. …but it wasn’t turned on during the confrontation, in violation of department policy.

    His worst violation committed that day.

    1. No, that was the smartest thing he did all day.

      1. Well, there are likely no consequences for any of it.

        1. What makes you think there would have been repercussions if the camera was on? Look at what happened with the Tamir Rice and Eric Garner cases.

          1. Having the camera on would have just made the Union’s job slightly harder. They would have had to actually draft an argument.

  22. Walmart has apologized for employees at a Georgia store refusing to make a cake for a retiring police officer because they felt the symbolism of the “thin blue line” was racist.

    When will they finally allow the cake to just decide for itself what it wants to be?

    1. If it was a yellow cake then it didn’t have a dog in this fight.

      1. Yellowcake! Great idea. Give them that special glow.

  23. Sophomore Akilah Ho-Young could hardly contain her excitement.

    That about sums it up.

  24. Walmart has apologized for employees at a Georgia store refusing to make a cake for a retiring police officer because they felt the symbolism of the “thin blue line” was racist.

    Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man.
    Bake me a [gay wedding / cop retirement / insert your favorite] cake as fast as you can;
    OR ELSE…

  25. (Spoiler: He had a troubled background.)

    You mean… beyond Islamism?

  26. So who wants some top-notch analysis from Beloved State broadcaster?

    How about some economy: Inflation might be in your head

    “When they set low interest rates, that suggests to the public that the Fed is pessimistic about the future state of the economy,” says Petersen. Even if a central bank is not pessimistic, such a signal could inadvertently have the perverse effect of convincing people and businesses “to save more and spend less.”

    University of Alberta economist Constance Smith points out that the inflationary effect of the current money glut may still be slowly working its way through the system. “This can take years.”

    However, if inflation is created in our mind by our expectations, then last week’s comments by Poloz that retirees should expect interest rates to be “lower for longer” will just make people, especially those saving for retirement, clutch their money more tightly.

    Not mentioned – collapse in price of oil. Also, implication that inflation is a Good Thing We Need is baffling to me.

    1. Or, you can have some foreign affairs: Rancid small-state nationalism surges in Europe

      Hungary’s referendum poses other problems for Brussels. Its attempt to impose a common refugee policy, with quotas for each EU member states, was already in disarray. The vote, which will almost certainly be overwhelmingly against accepting any refugees in Hungary, will only complicate things further.
      ….
      The second, particularly in the case of the referendums, is the belief that Brussels is now so beset by crises that it can do little to stop or punish these nasty initiatives.

      The three horrible things are:
      a) Hungary asking its own populace if they want to accept tens of thousands of refugee claimants Merkel invited (counter to rules) and now wants to get rid of (counter to rules)
      b) a nationalist party who was in power when Croatia was independent and when they kicked out the Serbs and when Bosnia was divided up came back to power
      c) the Serbian part of Bosnia passed a new holiday, marking the day that part was declared. This is horribly evil because it led to the war. The holiday, that is – obviously existence of that part is A-OK since it has been repeatedly ratified and acknowledged.

      1. If West Virginia could secede from Virginia which seceded from the US, then it stands to reason Bosanska Srpska could seceded from Bosnia which seceded from Yugoslavia.

      2. Well, according to the Idiot Prince Canada doesn’t have a national identity, so we shouldn’t be surprised that the State Mouthpiece will decry any nation that dares to show a hint of national policy.

        Oh, and it’s written by Don Murray too, an expert in the field of smug vapid WASPy Torontonian bullshit.

        1. He really is unimpressive.

          Anyone who voted for him is just as unimpressive.

          And that includes friends and family.

    2. I’ve been mulling the MTV News-level of reporting that Inflation is Good. I’m beginning to think that Inflation Is Good because bubbles are now the only way the quality of a modern, western economy can be measured.

    3. So we imagine there is inflation and respond by saving money?

      What school of economic thought led to this conclusion?

  27. http://www.thesun.co.uk/living/185365…..ve-in-god/

    Sex makes men more likely to believe in God. Well, that explains a lot.

    1. “Oh God, I’m coming.”

      Of course you become a believer.

      1. My lady friend always says to me, “Why are you giving him all the credit, I’m the one doing all the work.”

    2. Every time an article from that piece of shit excuse for toilet paper called The S*n is posted I will point out how horrible that piece of shit excuse for toilet paper is.

      JFT96

      1. Lack of sex apparently effects your sense of humor as well.

    3. Depends on the woman I would guess.

    4. “But science has shown that having more sex makes men more devout and more likely to pray.”

      This smells like IFLS crap… let’s see here…

      “The men who were given the hormone were more likely to say that spirituality was an important part of their lives, whether they had previously stated that faith played a part or not.”

      Yeah, so they’re just measuring the wrong thing here. They needed to measure the INCREASE in people that said that spirituality was important against the control group, not just the hormone group being “more likely in to say” that spirituality was important to them, for all we know (this article’s sure not telling, doesn’t even link the study) they could have been more spiritual than the control group to begin with.

      The fucking “I Fucking Love Science” crowd is just a bunch of fools.

    5. Guys will say anything to get laid.

      1. Cite needed.

        Oh wait…

        1. Sex makes men more likely to sit through romantic comedies too.

    6. Hey, men who like to fuck who want to get into a religion:

      You can choose the religion that says you need to be stuck with one women, or you can choose the religion that wants you to learn how to have multiple orgasms.

      I know you’ll make the right decision.

      1. One women? Is this singular plural thing some Taoist trick?

    7. So no atheists in a fox’s hole?

  28. Disney is reportedly considering a bid to buy Twitter.

    They did kind of steal their mascot from Song of the South.

    1. The bird’s name is Uncle Remus?

  29. The officer who shot Keith Scott in Charlotte was, in fact, wearing a body camera, but it wasn’t turned on during the confrontation, in violation of department policy.

    It will never happen, but we absolutely need a rule of evidence that states that if a body camera is turned off/”falls off”/”malfunctions”, there is a presumption that the officer in question is lying.

    1. They had time and wherewithal to depart to a secure nearby location, gear up, get backup, and in all these preparations the camera slipped his mind, brah.

      1. What are the chances that said camera was functioning just fine?

    2. There needs to be a camera built into the gun that automatically turns on whenever it’s unholstered and can’t be turned off until it goes back.

  30. I’m only posting this as a general interest. I do so for two reasons. One, the Parti Quebecois are nationalist-socialist-populist with a mean anti-English streak that make Trump and Sanders look like little Sindy dolls. Two, it cuts right to the heart of what libertarians consider to be an attack on civil liberties and freedom of expression.

    So I caught snippets of the PQ leadership race and to make a long story short. Candidate #1, a female, rails that Saskatchewan isn’t bilingual why should we? Two wrongs make a right in Quebec. Never mind, though, there’s little reason for that province to do this; unlike Quebec with its sizeable Anglo community and history. But it’s a predictable trick among them. They’ll usually, when confronted with this, retort ‘I can’t get services in French in Toronto’ ergo that’s supposed to justify their own bull shit.

    Candidate #2 responds by saying, ‘hey, we can’t do that because we have to respect the law. It’s unfortunate, but that’s the law!’ Notice the ‘unfortunate’ part. Those damn laws preventing us from further desecrating the joual version of French because of our insecurities and projections!

    This party represents about 25% of the population.

    1. Just so we’re clear to expand on that ‘but Toronto!’ false equivalence. Here, we tell people to their faces we can’t speak English (as happened in a Tim Hortons near my house) because someone complained. Or speaking English on a campus at a big university is strictly forbidden or that they practice linguistic discrimination by administering extremely difficult French tests to non-Francophones to get a lousy real estate or mortgage broker license. Never mind about L’office de la langue Francaise; a language police department.

      None of this crap happens anywhere else on the continent.

      1. Wasn’t there an article recently about a doctor (maybe you posted it, but I’m braindead) who’d be the only specialist in Quebec in a certain very much needed area but he can’t get a medical license there because he can’t pass some French language test?

        1. Yup. Was me. He’s the only retinal disease specialist in the province. He’s Egyptian and his wife is French-Canadian – so they speak French.

          Not good enough for those pieces of shits in the OLF. Honestly, that the government didn’t immediately reinstate him is disturbing and they can go fuck themselves for playing politics with the health of people.

          Again. Doesn’t happen ANYWHERE else.

          1. Panel du le mort

      2. Francophones seem to generally be the most culturally dead people out there. They refuse to let anything “corrupt” their generally shitty cultures and refuse to grow, innovate, or change. Hopefully this will simply result in the death of their “culture” in the future.

        1. They’ve taken ‘simplicity’ to new heights with the added feature of pretending they’re ahead of the curve. I can’t tell you how many times they claim they’re a leader in something yet I can never really find a source proving it.

          It’s like they’re completely unaware at how far down the province has fallen as long as it’s done in French.

          1. By the way, I have to make clear. These are the nationalists doing this. The average Quebecer is more on par with the rest of the continent but the PQ are a big block and have been making a mess of things since 1976. I understand it’s harder for them to be aware of what’s going on since it’s never reported in the French media. They react indignantly when they here such stories believing them to be isolated.

            But it’s not.

            How can it be when you have dumbass politicians going on about stupid business signs?

            1. Well, out west we have a fair amount of stupidity re business signs as well, as in “too much Chinese”.

              That plus the Foreign owner tax and we swear we aren’t racist, no sir.

              1. Yes, I know. And it’s equally retarded.

                I saw a report of two white women complaining about it on the news. Really stupid, air headed ‘we can’t understand it’ garbage.

        2. Once the Catholic church fell apart in Quebec the French were ripe for insular cultural stagnation. The church was the leading force in French integration with the rest of the country, and served as an overarching identity that allowed them to interact and merge with some of the English population. Its extremely positive relationship with the Crown allowed it to remain a legitimate French institution while also arguing against overly insular thinking.

          The church managed to be both the best and worst thing for Quebec: rallied against republicanism and any attempt at secular government, but managed to run some great institutions. Then it collapsed and threw the entire French identity of this country into chaos.

          1. Absolutely.

            And they’ve been sinking ever since.

            Language is the last of their concerns in my view.

            1. It’s too bad. This place has potential.

              I stand by Quebecers are natural libertarians.

              1. Maybe if Reason were published in French, we’d pick up some more libertarians from the PQ?

                1. Probably just end up with more people in the comments screaming “Putain vous coupez les d?penses.”

    2. , retort ‘I can’t get services in French in Toronto’ ergo that’s supposed to justify their own bull shit.

      Speaking of which, I’ve got some tour dates in Toronto the week of October 3rd. If I can swat the groupies off for ten minutes, I can do an outer Toronto Richmond meetup– probably at a Tim Horton’s or something.

    3. “general interest”?

    4. They’ll usually, when confronted with this, retort ‘I can’t get services in French in Toronto’ ergo that’s supposed to justify their own bull shit.

      Sounds like she has a business opportunity?

      For the 0.6% of Torontans who speak primarily French.

  31. Walmart has apologized for employees at a Georgia store refusing to make a cake for a retiring police officer because they felt the symbolism of the “thin blue line” was racist.

    To be fair, though, they did made him a donut.

      1. Eddie’s great.

      2. “Ich bin ein Berliner”, because of the definite article, means “I am a jelly donut”.

        https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berliner_Pfannkuchen

        1. Once I discussed this with a German friend of mine — he actually grew up in West Berlin. He didn’t think it was such a horrible mistake. It would have been overlooked if the speaker wasn’t known as a non-German speaker.

          1. Maybe your “German” friend likes the idea of being a jelly doughnut.

          2. It’s about on a level as a Russian saying “I am New Yorker”. I mean, yes, with an ‘a’ it means you said you’re a magazine, but come on.

            1. I know, but for some reason I got a lot of grief over stuff like that when I was learning to talk to those people and wanted to share a little of the pedantry dumped on me.

    1. Do you know why like donuts? They look like they’ve been shot.

      1. *silence followed by cough echoing in the back of mostly empty room*

        1. I’m why the cops thought making themselves look like humorless jerks was the best response to the situation.

          1. I calls ’em like I sees ’em.

      2. Not jelly donuts.

        1. Jelly donuts have the injection hole, and that even has red stuff leaking out of it.

  32. The officer who shot Keith Scott in Charlotte was, in fact, wearing a body camera, but it wasn’t turned on during the confrontation, in violation of department policy.

    Which due to zero tolerance means he is fired.

    Glad to hear it.

  33. So the cops aren’t racist, they merely stole BLM’s slogan? Because of the epidemic of cop deaths in the country?

    1. Because of the epidemic of cop deaths in the country?

      They believe it exists the same way you believe the problem of government is not enough taxes.

    2. Tony, i replied to your comment over in the Suderman Fact-checking thread. Please respond as i am perplexed by your statements

      1. Not going to bother? of course not, you’re a lying little bitch

  34. Psychiatrist: Hospital provokes patients to enrich itself

    A doctor who trained for four years at the psychiatric unit of a New York hospital said in a lawsuit Monday that adolescent patients were routinely provoked into acting out, then restrained and drugged, extending their hospitalization and Medicaid payments.

    He recounted an instance while on duty, when the nursing staff asked that he order restraints on a disruptive patient, which he declined to do without actually seeing the teen first. He said that he witnessed staff “encroaching on the inpatient’s space and using provocative and threatening language and tone,” escalating the agitation, and that he instead talked to and calmed the youth, making restraints unnecessary.

    1. That’s funny. This is how my parents met.

    2. Well, sure. How else would they lock up foster kids in a mental hospital for running away? Someone has to pay for that.

    3. I’ve been in a lot of psych wards over the years with my own young-crazy brother, and i’d believe it. They operate behind closed doors, are underfunded, and staffed w/ those considered unqualified to deal with “regular sick-people”.

    1. SO THERES NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT I MEAN THEY ALL DID IT YOU JUST HATE WOMEN

      1. IT departments are notoriously sexist. I am sure no one made an effort to help the poor dear and probably were mean to her or something. What was she supposed to do?

        1. Given who she is/was married to, I can see why she doesn’t trust a bunch of dudes to keep anything secure on the internet.

      2. I’m just a woman. Why I would know what (C) means how to print an email?

    2. Holy crap. Surprisingly poor tradecraft for a Muslim Brotherhood operative!

      1. This is why they don’t let women have any responsibility or power.

    3. Wait, wasn’t Yahoo just the target of a massive cyber attack?

      Whoops…

  35. Are you shivering in anticipation?

    Now I’m picturing Trump and Clinton debating while dressed as Doctor Frankenfurter. Damn you, Shackford.

    1. I read it as “Are you shaving in anticipation?”

    2. Why are you dressed as Dr. Frankenfurter?

  36. Disney is reportedly considering a bid to buy Twitter. Well, they have become kind of a Mickey Mouse outfit.

    You’re one of us, Shackford. You’ve always been one of us.

    1. Excuse me Toots, but I am not a SJW masquerading as a libertarian in order to infiltrate the powerful liberty lobby from inside the comfy confines of Reason’s Koch-funded headquarters.

      1. Of course you aren’t. You can spell.

      1. “Gooble,Gobble.” God d*mned no edit buttoning comment board mothe…….

  37. Wife of Chechen man killed by FBI charged with lying

    The indictment accuses Reniya Manukyan of falsely telling a federal investigator that an “individual with whom she had associated” returned on a bus from Massachusetts to Atlanta in 2011, two years before the bombing. In fact, she had driven the individual from New York to Atlanta, according to the federal indictment filed last week in Atlanta.

    Timely!

    1. What ever happened to the wife of Omar Mateen?

      1. You will find out in three years, Ted.

    2. But no reasonable prosecutor would prosecute someone for just lying, right? Director Comey assured me of this.

      1. IIRC the lying to the public is irrelevant and when the fbi interviewed her she was not under oath…so…there is that.

        1. You might try asking Martha Stewart how well that distinction worked for her.

  38. Students at University of Vermont hoisted a Black Lives Matter flag on campus and predictable things happened.

    THAT IS NOT THE BLACK FLAG MENCKEN WAS TALKING ABOUT.

  39. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/po…..publicans/

    Remember when the Republicans were totally justified in overturning the results of the primaries at the convention because Trump was going to cause them to lose the Congress and destroy the party?

    It is almost like the entire thing was self serving bullshit or something.

    1. The real question is: How long will Trump’s coattails be?

      He is bringing out a lot of formerly disinterested people who are conservative.

  40. I have a bone to pick with you people. I cracked a beautiful joke on an earlier thread as a retort to Tony’s retardation, and you guys ignored it!!!!!!

    Tony|9.26.16 @ 12:37PM|

    She’s superior in ways too numerous to list. That we can’t possibly know how Trump will handle matters of war is, again, not a point in his favor. He has endorsed policies favoring using nukes and targeting civilians, so that’s what you have to go on.

    kbolino|9.26.16 @ 12:46PM|

    She’s superior in ways too numerous to list.

    i.e., 0

    tarran|9.26.16 @ 1:29PM|

    No.

    Hillary’s accomplishments are very real negative ones coupled with lots of positive imaginary ones.

    In other words, to count Hillary’s accomplishments, one needs to use a complex number like -4,687 + 2,498i .

    Sometimes I think you guys are ungrateful swine.

    1. I chuckled. The first time I saw it.

    2. Tony’s been bored today; can you blame some of us for scrolling past his weak trolling?

    3. Tldr. Again.

    4. Try the veal

    5. Sometimes I think you guys are ungrateful swine.

      Only sometimes?

      1. We’ll have to try harder.

    6. Sorry, man. When I see “Tony” I reach for my mousewheel.

      1. These euphemisms…

  41. I was under the impression UVM put the flag up, not students.

  42. Disney is reportedly considering a bid to buy Twitter. Well, they have become kind of a Mickey Mouse outfit.

    This just in: Twitter’s for sale and investment bankers are throwing out the name of every company who could possibly buy Twitter in an effort to make money.

    1. I’m sure Verizon will want to pay too much for it.

    2. Amazon should buy Twitter, and rename themselves AmaTwit.

      1. I kinda like Twitazon.

      2. “Alexa, tweet a Harambe joke”

      3. I think Amazon likes making money.

    3. Whatever happened to the Saudi investors who owned a significant partition of Twitter?

    1. Sick Illary? Come on Mike. Who has a better name? I’ll start.
      Shrillary Rodram Clitgun

      1. “Sick Illary” is just redundant.

      2. Goddamn you making sit here for two minutes and think of stupid shit.

        Hitlery Cumton.

        1. Better than thinking about the debate shitshow.

      3. Clint Dong Ill.

    2. My wife works with a bunch of PHD MD medical researchers. Their educated guess is that she has has this very obscure very progressive disease called vascular progressive supranuclear palsy. They obviously have never examined her and wouldn’t stake their reputations on it or anything. But they all have PHDs and some have both PHDs and MDs. So I wouldn’t dismiss them lightly.

      1. John… Johnathan… we’re all dying…

        1. True but some of us are dying more quickly than others. Hillary seems to be sliding down the slope pretty quick.

          1. Not soon enough, although on the stage would be nice.

            1. You are more soft hearted than I am. I want her to lose the election and mourn herself to death by Christmas.

              1. No, John…think bigger. Hillary, strapped to a hospital bed on January 20th, watching the inauguration of Donald Fucking Trump with all of her family in the room. (Of course, Bill isn’t paying attention because hey, hot nurses)

                1. John, you do know that was the diagnosis I suggested on this very board over two weeks ago, right?

                  And you had to get it from some wife’s coworker’s friend? Does she also make $8873 per month on the internet and just bought a new Audi?

              2. She’ll have to be haunted by the Ghost of Christmas Facts, which will confront her over her lying, cover-ups, and treason. Then she gets a visit from the Ghost of Christmas Present, where she is confronted with the loss of the election (which is a present to us all). Finally she meets the Ghost of Christmas Never-to-come, where she shrivels away for good.

      2. well, I’m no physican, but i disassembled more than my fair share of brains, and this seems like a good guess.

        0.

    3. I don’t see any of the ‘holding onto something– aside from the handrail. There’s nothing remarkable about that video- other than yes, she’s wearing a very heavy coat when no one else is.

      1. That’s her extra special body armor. Because Trumpsters are scary, gun-toting, bloodthirsty, racist, homophobic, infantile, psychopaths, or something.

        1. And seriously, that could be it. She may wear body armor when stepping onto a street that’s not in the SS control, and a heavy coat obscures the vest. But who knows. It’s all just nuggets and speculation.

          1. I think they wear body armor whenever in public. But why not a windbreaker or light jacket over it?

            1. But why not a windbreaker

              Not fashionable.

              But seriously… who knows. If HillarITy collapses on a street and has to be hustled into a van and no one around her seems to be concerned (suggesting this is a regular thing), that’s something to talk about. But all the ancillary stuff is just too speculative. Blue ‘seizure’ sunglasses… maybe she just likes blue sunglasses. Who knows.

        2. Hillary could very well be first box-store-moped-lady president in history. So many shattered ceilings.

      2. You try and keep tentacles in line with just a windbreaker.

        1. You’re teasing your next episode. Got to give the peeps what they want can’t stop looking at.

        2. Hentai them up!

    1. She thought he was poisoned so she packed his intestines in formaldehyde prior to analysis?

      Ok then.

  43. ACLU to Represent NYC Bomber

    I’m sort of fuzzy on this…. is it normal for the ACLU to get in on the action when their client is the *perpetrator* of violent acts? I thought they’d normally jump in to defend people who were victims of racial abuse or something… unless…. i mean, i’m just sort of unclear on what the “Civil Liberties” angle is here. If there was a civil-rights claim being made, its the first i’ve heard of it. And even so, i’m not sure how it would affect charges of “trying to blow up random groups of strangers”

    1. Actually, it makes sense:

      1) The feds won’t appoint him a public defender since they haven’t formally arrested him.

      2) He is nonetheless in custody – intubated and strapped to a hospital bed.

      So they say they will represent him until he is formally arrested. And given that he is de facto in police custody and they are declining to arrest him as a way of not starting a bunch of clocks, they are defending the sixth amendment here.

      1. fair enuf.

        Are they pissed they skipped doing this in the case of the Boston Bombers? because i don’t recall the ACLU running to his bedside in that instance, and it was pretty clearly a violation of the guy’s miranda etc.

    2. I thought they’d normally jump in to defend people who were victims of racial abuse or something… unless….

      Was the NYC bomber not a victim of ‘punching down’?

  44. “I wanted to cry when I saw this,” Ho-Young said in a Sept. 22 Facebook post that included a picture of the Black Lives Matter flag flying outside the student center, alongside the American and state flags.

    “My body filled with lots of joy to know that my predominantly white university is paying tribute to the deaths in the black community,” she said. “It’s the littlest thing that just means so much to me!”

    Cult member has been brainwashed for years to expect alien spaceship to come and take her away to utopian afterlife. Cult leader announces that aliens will arrive shortly, whips up cult with promises of “The day has finally come!”. Would the cult members behave any differently than this poor fool, even though they have not yet seen any aliens?

    I think I know the answer.

    Behold, the useful idiot.

    1. Is Ho-Young her street name or family name? And how much?

    2. When the minefield needs to be cleared for progressives to move forward, it is good to know there are many options.

  45. Is tony a sock puppet? Just wondering if i should bother engaging him.

      1. Ah thanks. Because i have noticed some inconsistencies in views…sort of like krugman

        1. Tony, AmSoc, daijal, addictionmyth & Cytotoxic are to be avoided.

          1. Yea i know i didnt know if they were actually sincere about their views

            1. I’m pretty sure Amsoc is sincere in the way that morons with zero self awareness are.

              Cytotoxic’s what happens when autistics read Atlas Shrugged early in their development.

              Dajjal is literally Arabic for liar so I have no idea why anyone treats it seriously.

          2. Michael Hihn is to be ridiculed. Your performance of said ridicule will be evaluated when the EMT’s discover his dead body in the apartment that is filled with feces, dead cats, cheeseburger wrappers, ketchup packs, unused condoms, barbie dolls and the file cabinet that has all the hateful things Reason commenters have posted about him.
            *giggles then farts
            *corpse fucks this thread later

            1. If I recall Hihn has some videos up on youtube? He really is just a crazy, demented old dude. Trying to debate with him is an exercise in futility. I know Tony is a sock. I suspect daijal is also a sock. AmSoc, not so sure. Cytotoxic is just an idiot.

              1. dajjal and AddictionMyth seem to be one and the same. They have similar modes of writing (even the exact same phrases at times) and the same personality disorder, whatever it is. But I don’t think either one is a sock for anyone else (and at any rate, he doesn’t seem to disguise himself very well).

                I don’t think AmSoc is a sock, per se, but I do think he used a different handle in the past.

                Cytotoxic is just a moron. Fortunately, it seems like the increased load of homework has kept him away from here ever since he made it to high school.

        2. Another commentator (don’t remember who) has suggested that more than one person uses the Tony handle. I don’t know if that’s true but it’s certainly plausible.

          1. I’ve always believe Tony was a group effort of Reason staffers, sort of like ‘who does the Links today? Soave? Ok, _______, then you’ll be Tony.”

            1. Is Tony Tonio? I like Tonio even tho he’s a shill, Tony is a moron of the first order

    1. We are all sock puppets.

      1. ^see?

      2. I am Tulpa

        1. If I didn’t know any better I’d think this was done on purpose.

    2. We’re all sock puppets.

    3. The Tony handle has been busted a number of times as a sock. Only worth engaging if it brings up some point no one has touched on yet, but don’t engage it as if it is a real person.

        1. Proof?

          Corresponding angles are congruent.

  46. I will not look at facebook for the next week. I will not look at facebook for the next week. I will not look at facebook for the next week. I will not look at facebook for the next week. I will not look at facebook for the next week. I will not look at facebook for the next week. I will not look at facebook for the next week.

    1. Just pull the plug. Amazing and i didn’t have much politics on mine (from others that is)

      1. I deleted it for a while but there is information on facebook I look at somtimes (mostly local business social media, events). I’ve hidden most of the derp-tards who post about politics but I imagine tonight will be extra retarded from people who don’t typically discuss it. I especially love the people who never pay attention to politics but then tune into the debate as if that is what participatory democracy means – watching two lying fucks trade lies for 2 hours and scorn anyone who doesn’t watch the debate because “politics is important”.

    2. You look at Facebook?

  47. Pretty sure this was covered over the weekend, but god damn, I’m bummed about the death of Jose Fernandez. I got to watch him completely shutdown the Nats back in May. Great kid and a fantastic pitcher. Tragic loss.

    1. There is more to that story that we aren’t getting.

      1. He shouldn’t have tried to ship himself to the Rockies.

    2. I’m not a Marlins fan, but I live in South Florida. Was lucky enough to see him pitch about half a dozen times.

      This is a loss.. Jose was the Marlins. Everybody in this area, whether a Marlins fan or not, whether a baseball fan or not, loved him. I don’t think I’ve ever reacted this strongly to a celebrity death. It’s just… goddammit this sucks. I can’t think of another thing to say about it.

      1. I was a little bummed about Arnold Palmer, of all people. And I don’t even like golf. I just thought he seemed like a genuinely nice guy. I also like ice tea and lemonade.

        Strangely enough, the drink name will probably live on much longer than anyone will remember him individually, sort of like the Earl of Sandwich.

        1. And Mamie Taylor.

          Er, well… sort of.

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