Student Arrested for Wearing Gorilla Mask to Black Lives Matter Rally, Claremont Cancels Speedo-Bikini Hike: Special College Edition P.M. Links

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    Police arrested an East Tennessee University student who wore a gorilla mask to a Black Lives Matter rally. The student was handing out bananas and trying to provoke event participants (this was not, as I initially suspected, some kind of pro-Harambe thing). Note that the rally took place in the campus's "free speech" area. According to video footage of the incident, the BLM folks left the student alone, but somebody else called the police. The student was charged with "civil rights intimidation," which seems very concerning from a First Amendment perspective.

  • California Gov. Jerry Brown signs the so-called Brock Turner bill into law, creating mandatory minimums for sex crimes.
  • Mizzou suspended a fraternity because some members were suspected of yelling racial slurs at a group of black women. But the police report from the altercation suggests to me that the fraternity members didn't actually do anything wrong, and some of the black women were themselves quite hostile.
  • Claremont calls off its annual Speedo / bikini hike because the event was deemed "non-inclusive" toward people who aren't in good physical shape.
  • The University of Michigan's pronoun policy has backfired in spectacular fashion.
  • Northern Michigan University backs down: students can discuss self-harm without fear of being disciplined.

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327 responses to “Student Arrested for Wearing Gorilla Mask to Black Lives Matter Rally, Claremont Cancels Speedo-Bikini Hike: Special College Edition P.M. Links

    1. Hello.

      Okey-doke.

      /pulls pants down.

      1. Friday caused Soave to slack, not for you to drop your slacks.

      2. No no, you’re thinking of casual Friday.

        This is causal Friday, where we discuss Deism and metaphysics.

        1. Cogito ergo sum. It assumes the premise, discuss.

        1. Collage

      3. Stop it! You’ll attract the one who juggles crusties.

    2. I think Robby is a follower of “If I do a job badly, they’ll stop asking me to do it” school of link posting.

        1. That’s something I can at least respect.

          1. These links are fine. It’s fine.

            1. That hot sarcasm needs more wasabi.

            2. “It’s terrible, and it’s fine.”

            3. Robby, these links are alt-right with me.

              1. But not alt-text!

      1. Hey, one of the links has more than one complete sentence. That sounds like he’s stepped his game up to me.

        1. I really like what Robby does. Leave him alone!

          1. And Brittney, too.

            LEAVE HER ALONE!

      2. ‘Strategic Incompetence’

  1. …students can discuss self-harm without fear of being disciplined.

    Even self discipline?

    1. What’s a guy gotta do to get disiplined around here

      1. Spelling errors are a good place to start. [Starts slapping palm with leather paddle.]

        1. Oh I wasnt awear it was tgat eesy.

  2. But the police report from the altercation suggests to me that the fraternity members didn’t actually do anything wrong, and some of the black women were themselves quite hostile.

    But what did the fraternity do to make them hostile?

    1. exist.

    2. But what did the fraternity do to make them hostile?

      Having penises and being (I assume) mostly white?

    3. Breathing while white. Yes, black people had a shitty time of it in the past, but no matter how many white people you intimidate isn’t going to erase that. And if you need to oppress others to make yourself feel better, then you’re just a psychopath.

      1. I can’t get past the fact that there is a “Legion of Black Collegians” housed in the “Black Culture Center”. I swear this country is more obsessed with race than at any time in my 4+ decades.

        1. Yup.
          And to think many people voted for Obama thinking that we’d become a ‘post-racial society’.
          Oops.

          1. We are post-racial. Society is now race-obsessed.

        2. “Legion of Black Collegians” sounds like a third rate Warhammer 40k Chaos Space Marine chapter.

          1. Blood for the aww fuck it.

            1. Is there a Legion of Substitute Black Collegians?

        3. Welcome to post-racial America.

          That should be rubbed in the faces of every Obumbles voter at every opportunity from now until the day the idiots die.

  3. This is the worst excuse ever. And it will probably work.

    The Tulsa cop who fatally shot an unarmed black man pleaded not guilty to first-degree manslaughter Friday as her attorney claimed she was temporarily deaf during the shooting.

    Officer Betty Shelby appeared in court for the first time Friday since the fatal shooting of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher two weeks ago.

    The five-year force veteran faces life in prison if convicted. Her preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 29.

    A day earlier, her attorney, Scott Wood, claimed Shelby was so hyper-focused before and during the Sept. 16 shooting that she didn’t hear other officers arrive on the scene ? or even the deadly gunshot she fired.

    “She didn’t hear the gunshot, didn’t hear the sirens coming up behind her just prior to the shot,” Wood said Thursday.

    The condition, sometimes called “auditory exclusion,” happens when people in high-stress situations tune out noises around them, Wood said.

    “It’s not only a common phenomenon described in literature, but it’s the No. 1 perceptual distortion by people I have represented who have been involved in shootings ? diminished sound or complete auditory exclusion,” he argued.

    1. Possibly true, actually, but she still didn’t have a goddamn reason to shoot the guy.

    2. Every sentence that the lawyer says in trial should be answered by at least one “what?”

    3. but it’s the No. 1 perceptual distortion by people

      covering their own asses by lying through their teeth.

      1. it’s the No. 1 perceptual distortion by people I have represented

        Chewbacca defense.

      2. By people he has represented. So it sounds like he’s instructing them on how to lie

    4. So being temporarily deaf made the gun go off? I don’t get the connection nor how that’s a defense.

      1. I think the claim is that she didn’t hear the other cops who had arrived on the scene and thought she was alone in dealing with a “bad dude” who was “clearly on something” or some such horseshit.

        1. Uh, her partner was right there, too.

    5. The condition, sometimes called “auditory exclusion,” happens when people in high-stress situations tune out noises around them

      Further evidence that this woman had no business being a cop in the first place if she gets so panicky and stressed that she suffers from “auditory exclusion” when placed in the kind of high stress situation that a cop might face on any given day.

    6. “Shelby was so hyper-focused before and during the Sept. 16 shooting that she didn’t hear other officers arrive on the scene ? or even the deadly gunshot she fired.”

      Exactly what I thought. She panicked and her frontal cortex shut down. She was operating on lizard brain (no offense Mr. Lizard). The instant that happened it was a certainty she was going to shoot. Any stimuli at all that triggered a possible threat to her lizard brain and she was going to shoot it.

      These are the people who have no business walking around with a gun and a badge.

  4. Why Clinton Must Woo Weld
    Has the trade deadline past? Do the Dems even have a libertarian to offer in exchange or would this trade be for a future draft pick?
    The comments weren’t as one-sided as I was expecting.
    My favorite bit of votesplaining: If you have to hold your nose to vote, you are doing it wrong.

    1. Woo weld?!? These euphamisms

    2. That’s what will get all the Millennial voters to jumpship; they’ll follow the Weld anywhere!

    3. I am OK with giving them Weld if it means we get a libertarian to run with Johnson.

  5. Apparently everything worth knowing this week happened on a college campus.

    1. And they want to know why your tuition check is late.

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  7. Claremont calls off its annual Speedo / bikini hike because the event was deemed “non-inclusive” toward people who aren’t in good physical shape.

    Seemed to be a club voluntarily being asinine, so the outrage isn’t there.

    1. I would suggest they hand out the Oculus Rifts and then even the couch potatoes can participate in a VR hike, but then you’ve got the blind and the crippled and the agoraphobics to contend with. Not to mention the billions of people who don’t even go to Claremont that will feel left out.

      1. Jerry Skids speaks the truth. Why even have college at all since some people don’t have the mental capacity to comprehend the material being taught there?

        1. Why even have college at all since some people don’t have the mental capacity to comprehend the material being taught there?

          Why are colleges allowed to be exclusionary by not admitting people regardless of their mental capacity? RETARDS DESERVE A COLLEGE EDUCATION TOO!

          Actually, they probably do admit people regardless of mental capacity. It would explain a lot.

          1. Retarded people do go to college. I mean certified, developmentally-disabled students who were in special education for K-12 go to actual college.

        2. And here I always thought he was Jerry’s Kids. Thanks for the clarification.

    2. the event was deemed “non-inclusive” toward people who aren’t in good physical shape

      The campus will also be calling off all dancing in what will be known as the ‘Footloose Gambit’.

      Dating will have to be curtailed as well.

      Forget about ‘Netflix and chill’ too.

  8. Republicans who vote for Johnson are really voting for Trump

    A Republican tells other Republicans to vote for Gary, which means those votes are for Trump?
    We’ve reached DERPCON 4

    1. If the left is telling us that a vote for GarJo is a vote for Trump, and the right is telling us that a vote for GarJo is a vote for Hillary, does that mean that it cancels itself out to the point where a vote for GarJo is just a vote for GarJo?

      1. It means people think Clinton is going to lose.

      2. How soon until Clintonistas start saying “Not voting is a vote for Trump!”?

        1. This weekend? I think things have shifted against her in a very decisive way. They are starting to panic and probably with good reason.

          1. The polling isn’t looking as good today :/

        2. I believe Donna Brazile said that on CNN yesterday. Not joking.

          1. Obama has said it too. This derpiness is getting serious:

            “President Barack Obama on Wednesday warned Americans against staying at home on Election Day, saying such a move would be a boon for Donald Trump. “If you don’t vote, that’s a vote for Trump,” Obama said during an interview on “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” broadcast Wednesday. “If you vote for a third-party candidate who’s got no chance to win, that’s a vote for Trump.
            http://www.politico.com/story/…..iew-228837

            1. It’s good that everybody is voting for Trump.

            2. We Americans have been a disappointment to Obama. Hillary would only be even more disappointed in us.

              1. http://nypost.com/2016/09/18/i…..r-clinton/

                None of us were ever good enough for The Lightbringer.

            3. What the hell is a sitting US president doing on a show hosted by Steve Harvey? Is he going to make a cameo on Jersey Shore next week?

              1. Wendy Williams was already booked solid?

      3. Probably means that votes for Johnson are really votes for Stein

    2. On Hate Radio on the way home from work tonight, the host was almost hysterical about the Tribune endorsement. “Cowardly! Racist! Two-faced!” And he was just getting warmed up. “How DARE the newspaper that represents this city spit in the faces of our minority population like this! They have painted a target on the back of every black and Hispanic resident!”

      It was hilarious and delicious. He actually started doing a literal pounding of the table.

      BTW, did you know that the Koch Brothers, for whom GJ is a “:wet dream,” have sunk a billion dollars into Libertarian races this year?

      1. The lefties have their own hate radio? I thought Air America folded

        1. Progressive Talk Radio (in Chi-town, it’s WCPT). They have a series of dummies, the stupidest being Thom Hartmann. This particular guy on my afternoon drive is Chicago-based, and is essentially a Michael Savage of the left.

    3. Then I’ll just vote for Trump then. I’ll vote for Hitler before I’ll vote for Clinton.

  9. Library Worker Heroically Defends Patron’s Free Speech, Is Brutally Arrested in Library Where He Works

    He told the security detail that he was director of programming for the library and that Rothe-Kushel had indicated that the would leave voluntarily if asked to. The security detail let go of Rothe-Kushel and he left.

    Woolfolk, from past experiences with off duty police, knew that the only thing they could arrest Rothe-Kushel for was trespassing. Woolfolk wanted to make clear that this was a public event at a public library and thus Rothe-Kushel was not trespassing. He went to find his supervisor, but before he could do so Woolfolk says an off-duty and out of uniform police officer grabbed him from behind and threw him against a pillar. Per Woolfolk, the officer never announced who he was or told Woolfolk he was under arrest, but just kept telling him to “stop resisting.” As Woolfolk told the Dissent NewsWire, he informed the officer, “I’d be happy to do whatever he wanted, and that all I was resisting was the urge to fall face first onto the floor.”

    True heroes the lot of ’em. *wipes tear away*

    1. “I’d be happy to do whatever he wanted, and that all I was resisting was the urge to fall face first onto the floor.”

      I’m not so sure, this Woolfolk sounds like a bit of a sheep.

      1. Nope. He left the cop with no excuse for his behavior.

        1. No, see, Woolfolk…sheep…

          It was a baaaad pun anyway, think mutton of it.

          1. Can I get some muscle a *narrowed gaze* over here?

    2. The off-duty officers were part of a small, private security squad arranged by the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City…

      You know who else…?

    3. They knee-capped him as well. Torn MCL.

  10. The student was charged with “civil rights intimidation,” which seems very concerning from a First Amendment perspective.

    It’s Not Okay. NONE OF THIS IS OKAY.

  11. California Gov. Jerry Brown signs the so-called Brock Turner bill into law, creating mandatory minimums for sex crimes.

    Aren’t we trying to get rid of mandatory minimums? Haven’t we proven time and time again that they do nothing but fuck everything up and don’t lead to actual justice?

    1. Drafting laws based on feels is a terrible idea.

      1. I have a lawyer friend who had a bit of involvement in the Brock Turner case. Turns out it was nowhere near the way it got painted in the press (who would have guessed?), and the legal punishment he got was likely appropriate, in my friend’s view.

        But of course, you can’t tell that to the screamers everywhere, and now as a result, we’ll likely see 18-year-old guys soon doing hard time for fooling around with their 17-year-old girlfriends. Mandatory minimum, sorry!

        1. Brock Turner. I love that name.

          Brock Turner. Man of men.

          1. Do you love it more than Haven Monahan ?

    2. All laws named after somebody are a bad idea. This one is no different.

  12. Renaissance porn:

    http://www.manchestereveningne…..n-11897884

    1. I thought all renaissance art was porn

      1. Tits out for Raphael.

        1. +1 TITian.

  13. Must I be the first to say it?

    Chick in the picture? A fucking forest of wood.

    1. That’s just there to placate the masses. Don’t be placated. Demand punctuality!

      1. Man I don’t give a fuck about your lynx. I’m a woman’s man. You can tell by the way I use my walk.

        1. How do you have time to talk?

    2. Yeah, but where’s the lobster?

      1. …it’s obviously in her ass or in her vagina. Duh.

        1. My, what big pleopods you have!

    3. Robbo is just trying to woo us after all his trolling and lateness. It won’t work! I won’t look at your hair, beautiful dreamy hair… *goes into hair coma

      1. Whoops, meant separate post there.

      2. And it’s almost* factually accurate, to boot!

        *other people called him Hitler, his response is “Hitler killed three million Jews, and I’d kill three million drug addicts”

        1. Definitely more accurate than I was expedting

  14. He’s not going to stop.

    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/new…..26401.html

    “Having had this office has given me this incredible perch from which to see how the world works. The power of the office is unique and it is a humbling privilege,” Obama said. “With that power, however, also comes a whole host of institutional constraints. There are things I cannot say. There are things that…”

    1. In other words, once he’s out of office he’s going to say those things and try to keep himself in the news.

      And the shits in the media will keep him in the news.

      1. We’re gonna see the true Obama once and for all. It may still end up good for us.

    2. “With that power, however, also comes a whole host of institutional constraints. There are things I cannot say. There are things that…”

      Spiderman said the same thing.

      1. Whiny navel-gazing little web-spinner is always grousing about his ‘great power-great responsibility’ BS.

        I prefer Tony Stark in the last Avengers’ mashup calling him “Underoos”, that seems more on target for Spidey-snowflake.

    3. No, and I fully expect he will fuck things up often. It’s not hard to foresee a President Clinton or Trump manage to negotiate some sort of agreement with Russia that nobody likes but everybody can live with and have Obumbles wreck it by going on Trevor Noah’s show and talking about what a treacherous cocksucker Putin is, or see him fly in to after some racially charged incident and make a bad situation worse by giving an Al Sharpton-type speech with the gravitas of America’s First (Half) Black President behind it.

    4. “There are things I cannot say.”

      Fuck it, I say.

      If I was a president with no decent legacy I’d use my last day in office to pardon every nonviolent criminal AND reveal every single government secret that seemed shady.

      Go out with a bang and be remembered forever as that crazy president who lost his mind and actually enacted a transparent government on his last day in office.

      1. He probably has to pardon them one at a time, and that sounds like work.

  15. The student was handing out bananas and trying to provoke event participants (this was not, as I initially suspected, some kind of pro-Harambe thing).

    I don’t know what’s more provocative than Harambe.

    1. So the kid didn’t have his dick out?

    2. The only thing more provocative than Harambe is Harambe wearing a Pepe the Frog mask.

    3. A gorilla mask with an Hawaiian shirt and beach hat is always in fashion.

  16. “County clerks are complaining that a crowded ballot of presidential candidates in Colorado is complicating the process and leading to voter confusion….

    “What could have been an 11-inch ballot in La Plata County, turned into an 18-inch ballot, explained Clerk and Recorder Tiffany Parker….

    “”It’s more costly, it’s very confusing to voters … We know these candidates aren’t going to be able to be president of the United States, it’s just not going to happen,” Parker said.”

    h/t Ballot Access News

    1. 11 inches is a lot, 18 is way too much. Or so I’ve been told.

      1. I wouldn’t be surprised if the ballot I’ll be handed in November is that big.

        We used to have voting machines with levers, but now we get an OCR/scanner type thing that requires us to fill in bubbles. Except that we get an actual paper ballot with the names of the candidates next to the appropriate bubbles to fill in, and the ballots could be counted by hand if need be.

        It’s probably the least bad situation after the way FedGov fucked up voting procedures with HAVA.

      2. I’v been informed that the size of the waves isn’t as much of an issue as the motion of the ocean.

        1. I’m sure the guy who got his dick stuck in his wedding ring will be glad to hear that

    2. Oh the humanity! Will no one lsten to the county clerks!

    3. The ease at which presidential candidates can make the ballot in Colorado has led to an onslaught of participants; 22 presidential candidates on the ballot this year, including the major and minor party candidates.

      No one needs 22 choices for president when there are kids starving in this country!

    1. Why are there separate leagues for men’s and women’s chess? It’s not a physical sport so *in theory*, the match-ups should be relatively equal.

      1. Because you can’t convince men to wear burkas, duh!

      2. God, Susan Polgar remains a goddamned idiot. Her sisters are great; not sure what happened to big sis.

      3. The women’s league includes a swimsuit competition.

      4. Women are innately much worse at chess, is why.

  17. At least he didn’t lie about the time stamp this time.

  18. The student was charged with “civil rights intimidation,” which seems very concerning from a First Amendment perspective

    And he was in a free speech zone and everything!

    1. How is that charge even possible when the kid has no power over anybody?

      1. Because fuck you, that’s why.

      2. Same legal theory as the one behind a sole count of resisting arrest, one might suspect.

  19. U.S. considers military options in Syria

    Noted = never in any reporting on this stuff does anyone ever ask “Why” we need to have “options” at all, or what exactly the US interests are in ‘other people’s civil-wars’

    The analyst there makes some insane comment re: how the US might “shoot cruise missiles’ in order to try to get various parties “back to the negotiating table”

    Because that’s how you promote a cease fire = interject yourself and shoot missiles at people.

    1. Because there is a humanitarian crisis in Syria and we have an obligation to make it worse.

      1. From what I can tell, the civil war in Syria has ended everywhere in the country except Aleppo.
        No mention in the news on hostilities anywhere else in the country. Only Aleppo. Aleppo.
        I wonder why all the news about Syria only deals with Aleppo?

        1. True story:

          Not long ago, just before the time of Gary Johnson’s Aleppo gaffe, my wife was listening to a radio news report about leprosy when she was briefly interrupted. When she came back to the news, there was a story about Aleppo, which she had never heard before. She thought the radio guy was talking in rude slang about someone with leprosy, referring to them as “A Lepo”.

          Now, of course, whenever I hear about Syria, I’m picturing some poor guy covered with leprosy lesions.

          1. Your wife and my wife should get together.

            1. Go on…

    2. “Create a desert and call it peace” worked for 500 years…

    3. It made that Bin-Laden guy stop his shenanigans when Clinton did it back in the 90’s. Oh, wait….

    4. The funny thing is cruise missiles aren’t going to scare anyone, no going in and dropping a handful of MOAB’s in uninhabited areas just outside of but within view of major cities followed by dropping leaflets saying the next ones come with nuclear fallout might get some peoples attention but you still havn’t answered the relevant question of whether this is any of our business.

      1. [Ben Rhodes waves the idea aside = “Too high profile!”]

  20. First he makes a couple of posts without any of his usual “to be sure, this is a problem because _______” and now a PM links with a picture of a hot chick in a bikini…

    I think Soave is trying to get on the commentariat’s good side. There’s an enormous nut punch coming soon.

    1. Perhaps so. But at least you guys get cheesecake. No beefcake for me, Jesse and the ladies.

      1. Sorry for anyone else I missed who likes the beef.

        1. You should be apologizing to the ladies who prefer cheesecake. And to Jesse, who may or may not identify as a lady.

        1. Kristen, IFH and Riven.

          1. Yeah, I know there’s more here than we like to pretend. Same with the youths.

          2. I’m pretty sure Riven’s up for whatever you put on the table.

            1. STEVEN SMITH ON TABLE…..waiting…..

      2. 1) Everyone knows that the ladies’ sexuality is more fluid.

        2) Take another look at the pic, dude. Nobody is that gay.

        1. You must be related to Ray Gilette

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lyt5z86ZYAI

      3. What makes you think the ladies don’t enjoy a nice juicy piece of cheesecake from time to time

        1. There are no female Libertarians. It is known.

          Well, except for Kennedy, but I called dibs like 20 years ago.

  21. “Voter Fraud is a Conservative Lie” Proven False Yet Again [Warning: video auto-plays if you mouse over it]

    It appears that some university student “community organizers” registered a bunch of people to vote including a recently-deceased local politician. Oops. And kudos to the JMU student newspaper “The Breeze” for bringing this to light, apparently scooping the mainstream media.

    The shitweasel response:

    Del. Marcus B. Simon, D-Fairfax, said it’s “very disingenuous” to suggest the applications were part of a large-scale fraud, because votes would have to be cast either in person by elderly impostors or through absentee ballots sent to real home addresses.

    “There’s no way any reasonable person could conclude that this was part of an effort to actually cast votes for people that aren’t able to cast votes,” Simon said.

    Mmmmkay…so why go to the trouble of registering them?

    1. Why should anyone be registering anyone else to vote in the first place?

    2. You know, if gun registration is as thorough as voter registration, maybe we should just throw the left a bone and let them have their pony. You could register your assault rifle (the one with the thing that pops up) as a small revolver belonging to your neighbor’s deceased uncle.

    3. Were they getting paid by the head?

    4. “Mmmmkay…so why go to the trouble of registering them?”

      They are filling out absentee ballots and mailing them in. Had they gotten away with it I bet every envelope containing a ballot would have a postmark from the same post office on the same day.

      With lefties you can be sure of this: If they deny they are doing something, they are doing it. If they accuse their opponents of something shady, they are doing exactly that themselves.

      1. Dead voters might be the least of our problems.

        https://www.veooz.com/news/iLesUT0.html

  22. East Tennessee U, Claremont, Mizzou, Michigan, Northern Michigan U – what the hell is this, a PM Lynx for stewed ants?

  23. Claremont calls off its annual Speedo / bikini hike because the event was deemed “non-inclusive” toward people who aren’t in good physical shape.

    That’s a load of crap. I see people wearing speedos and bikinis all the time who really don’t have the bodies for it.

    1. I see people wearing speedos and bikinis all the time who really don’t have the bodies for it.

      That’s the best reason for a man to wear a speedo. I know I ain’t got it and I’m flauntin’ it, baby!

    2. How is it non-inclusive? Are fatties not invited?

    3. Will they call off the “take back the night” walk? The leaders of the walk don’t want men present and often shame men with false allegations of them being rapists.

  24. California Gov. Jerry Brown signs the so-called Brock Turner bill into law, creating mandatory minimums for sex crimes.

    Mandatory minimums worked out so well in every other area we’ve tried. Let’s apply it to all the things!

    1. With all apologies to the woman who was fingered behind a dumpster while passed out, this will be Brock Turner’s greatest offense.

  25. The terrorists haven’t won, and the world is not in a dire place. How do I know? Coffee in a cone,the latest food craze and the most Instagrammable coffee.

    Coffee in a cone. Harambe. Clown rape. Some stupid frog.

    1. Dessert sucks. Unless it’s cheese and whisky.

        1. SugarFree, I could understand saying it. Although I don’t think he can drink that much whisk(e)y.

          1. I went drinking(heavily) for the first time since my onset of Diabetes. NOBODY warned me my blood glucose level would drop to 60. I felt like shit. I’ve been doing good up til that point. Guess I’ll just stick to weed, ass sex and killing messicans.

      1. more for the rest of us

      2. Where did the Pillsbury Dough Man touch you, Zeb? Tell us. We’re here to help.

        And then tease mercilessly.

      3. /me salutes Zeb with his single malt

        Savory-salty for the win.

    2. How long has coffee ice cream been around?

    3. Does the coffee cool off before it destroys the cone?

  26. “It reminds me of how complicated UMSI’s people-information-technology triad can be and how difficult it can be for well-intended leaders such as our campus administration to anticipate how a well-intended system can be thwarted by folks,” Fontichiaro wrote in the email.

    The eternal lament of the central planner: free will.

    She added, however, that she would not utilize titles as pronouns in her classroom.

    “One final thing … should any #umpronounchallenge fans be on this list, please be advised that I do not plan to use ‘Your Majesty’ or ‘Professor’ as pronouns in my classroom,” she wrote. “Call me an old-fashioned former English teacher, but titles are not pronouns.”

    Challenge her on that. See how comfortable the former English teacher is referring to a student as “it”.

    1. My preferred pronoun is She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. I’m pretty sure that’s not a title.

      1. May your friends refer to you as the Dominoed Daredoll?

    2. me/my/myself.

      Can’t argue they aren’t pronouns. Make her sound like an idiot.

    3. That seems like an easy argument to make. How are titles substantially different from pronouns? Her Grace Queen of England and Scotland isn’t a proper name, but we all know who she’s talking about if she says it.

    4. Sue the bitch. And the University.

    5. “Call me an old-fashioned former English teacher, but titles are not pronouns.

      An old-fashioned English teacher would also know that there are male and female pronouns to reference people, and no others.

  27. Climate Science is Allowed to “Learn New Things” – But Only If It Makes Current Assumptions Worse

    1. trajectory to keep the world from warming more than 2 degrees Celsius above the temperature where it stood prior to industrialization.

      Huh?

    2. we are still thwarted by methane, which comes from a diversity of sources that range from oil and gas operations to cows.

      Huh?

      A major network of methane gas and frozen methane was discovered by New Zealand and German scientists. The methane network, located in New Zealand’s sea floor off the East Coast, has been causing underwater landslides and greenhouse gas emissions.

      The 16-member team used 2D and 3D technology to map the underwater methane off the North Island. According to New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), the area was identified as prone to landslides of up to 15 km long and 100 metres thick. Scientists discovered 99 gas flares in a 50 square km area coming from the ocean floor in columns measuring 250 metres high. NIWA has described the area as the “densest” concentration of gas vents in New Zealand.

      1. “Scientists discovered 99 gas flares in a 50 square km area coming from the ocean floor”
        Well at least the rise in ocean temperatures has been explained now.

      2. What these fucking liars and cons don’t want people to know is that ocean floors are covered with incalculable amounts of methane in the form of clathrite, a methane/water complex formed under high pressure and low temperature. Any change in those conditions, which happens naturally all the time, causes the solid clathrite to rapidly decay back to gaseous methane and liquid water. The source of the methane is rotting organic material which has sunk to the bottom of the ocean.

        The ocean naturally produces more methane in a day than all of mankind does in a year. This has been known for many decades, yet these morons are just now finding out about it? How is it these fucksticks have any credibility at all?

  28. Police arrested an East Tennessee University student who wore a gorilla mask to a Black Lives Matter rally.

    In unrelated monkeyshines

  29. Claremont calls off its annual Speedo / bikini hike because the event was deemed “non-inclusive” toward people who aren’t in good physical shape.

    I don’t ask for much, Robby, not even hat tips anymore. Just fyi.

    1. You’re just posting S*n articles to needle me now, aren’t you.

  30. Another progressive has won the victory over himself:

    When Hillary Clinton became the presumptive Democratic nominee, I was distraught. Months before I had written about her, explaining that I despised her not for her gender ? as some of her supporters accused ? but for her hawkishness, her center-left policies, her husband’s crime bill that incarcerated so many people of color, her support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and her inability to get progressive on climate change policy.

    […]

    Secretary Clinton, I’m sorry. And I retract my previous position of hatred and angst towards you. You have made mistakes, some of them grave, and some of them unforgivable. Unfortunately, that comes with decades of life in the public eye, pressure, and microphones in your face. But you have also accomplished far more in your life as a public servant than just about anyone that’s run for this office, and certainly far more than I ever will. When November rolls around, you’ll have my vote.

    And you’ll get it enthusiastically.

    This piece has everything.

    1. Secretary Clinton, I’m sorry. And I retract my previous position of hatred and angst towards you. You have made mistakes, some of them grave, and some of them unforgivable.

      Some of those words don’t mean what she thinks they do.

      1. Important thing is, that everything is gonna be all right. He has learned to love the Big Sister.

    2. He had a nice nap, and when we woke up he realized that Hillary was great.

    3. explaining that I despised her not for her gender

      Oh, because whenever someone says they despise Hillary, I always immediately assume that it’s because of her gender. Thanks for clarifying.

    4. Better not call Saul.

    5. unforgivable

      I do not think it means what you think it means.

    6. Secretary Clinton

      I was not aware that Hillary holds a cabinet seat. Which one?

  31. German Lawyer Insists “Not Censoring” is a Crime

    1. You know what other German lawyer believed in censoring stuff?

    2. “Must…control…people’s thoughts.”

    3. So if someone claims your post is racist you have now committed a crime ?

    4. I am not sure how this works exactly. I make a post here, will Reason receive a complaint because my posting here on an American based blog by someone in America violates hate speech laws in dumbfuckistan?

  32. However, many others used social media to condemn the campaign.

    Me today, other people later this week.

  33. Och-Ziff’s Sprawling Africa Bribery Network Laid Out by U.S.

    n court filings in federal and administrative courts Thursday, the government outlined more than $100 million in bribes as well as the questionable takeover of a Congo mining company and “suspicious payments” in Zimbabwe. Though the Securities and Exchange Commission said Och didn’t know about the bribes, the firm acknowledged it failed to accurately reflect how assets were used and didn’t have adequate internal controls.

    “Och-Ziff, one of the largest hedge funds, positioned itself to profit from the corruption that is sadly endemic in certain parts of Africa, including Libya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Chad and Niger,” U.S. Attorney Robert Capers in Brooklyn, New York, said in a statement. “Despite knowing that bribes were being paid to senior government officials, Och-Ziff repeatedly funded corrupt transactions.”

    1. More or less sprawling than the Clinton Global Initiative?

    2. In November, the Libyan Investment Authority agreed to invest $300 million in Och-Ziff funds and the next month paid the agent a fee through a shell company, the complaint said. Some of the millions of dollars Och-Ziff transferred reached Qaddafi’s son, it said.

      The top European executive also made an $18 million personal loan to a Libyan agent in 2008 so the official could build a “super yacht,” the SEC said. But by 2010, the agent was unable to pay him back. So, without informing Och-Ziff, the top executive directed funds to a London-based mining company with the understanding that $4 million would be routed to him to help offset the personal loan, the SEC said.

  34. Point for discussion: Can totalitarianism ever be well-intentioned?

    1. I’d say it almost always is. Or at least sold that way.

      1. The people selling it — usually the ones who would be the totalitarians — claim to be well-intentioned, but I submit that they aren’t.

      1. That’s what they get for working against the forces of good.

    2. “The problem with the other origin of the “good,” of the good man, as the person of ressentiment has thought it out for himself, demands some conclusion. It is not surprising that the lambs should bear a grudge against the great birds of prey, but that is no reason for blaming the great birds of prey for taking the little lambs. And when the lambs say among themselves, “These birds of prey are evil, and he who least resembles a bird of prey, who is rather its opposite, a lamb,?should he not be good?” then there is nothing to carp with in this ideal’s establishment, though the birds of prey may regard it a little mockingly, and maybe say to themselves, “We bear no grudge against them, these good lambs, we even love them: nothing is tastier than a tender lamb.”

    3. How can one extract “good intention” from “force people to act against their own consciences”? The premise is inherently ill-intentioned. It’s flummoxing that anyone could arsk such a question…

      1. Plus it’s one of the most diabolicly monstrously evil expressions of human destructiveness and baseless cruelty. If totalitarianism can at any time be honestly seen as “well-intentioned”, then even more certainly must child-rape and sadistic torture and fraud at times be even more well-intentioned.

      2. In case you’re wondering, I made the comment on this thread that “totalitarianism can never be well-intentioned”, and somebody responded, “where to even begin”.

  35. Very Interesting *(haven’t read it all) Piece on Chinese High-Rolling Gamblers in Vegas
    & How Vegas Uses “Shill Gamblers” to Help them Gamble Anonymously, and in Massive Sums

    is there a libertarian angle? Maybe. Why do they need to hide their gambling at all?

    Its reporting like this (*or, say, things like the NYT nail salon expose) which i think Reason could be doing more of. interesting stuff.

    1. One of the more interesting bits about the MIT blackjack club was the inherent racial angle of it.

      Basically, casino pit bosses never questioned some asian kid coming and dropping $5000 every hand, because it was just kind of assumed that rich asian kids had parents who had shady backgrounds you didn’t want to ask too much about.

  36. Claremont calls off its annual Speedo / bikini hike because the event was deemed “non-inclusive” toward people who aren’t in good physical shape.

    Pikers. Nudity is rather pervasive at the Rainbow Gathering. You’ll be headed down Main Trail,see boobs, and idly say to yourself, “Oh look, more boobs” and it isn’t a thing, because they’re everywhere.

    Then you look up and the boobs belong to a 30 year old fat guy you just know works in development.

    It occasionally seem that the more traumatic it is to witness, the more comfortable they are flaunting it.

    I suspect everyone deals with it because sometimes you look up at a 19 year old and at that moment, everything seems right in the world.

  37. “My personal pronoun is ‘cunt’. Say it. SAY IT!”

    1. … soon to be included in the list of words that constitute a hate crime

  38. New York City’s Next Giant Boondoggle

    Because the 2nd avenue subway isn’t enough; i expect this thing won’t actually be finished for 20 years, and will make the Big Dig look like Operation Quick ‘n Easy.*

    *points to anyone who recalls the Simpson’s reference.

  39. California Gov. Jerry Brown signs the so-called Brock Turner bill into law, creating mandatory minimums for sex crimes.

    Good to see Dems tout their tough-on-crime bona fides.

  40. Happy Friday, everyone.

  41. Offshore Wind Farms See Promise in Platforms That Float

    As clean-energy engineers seek to make offshore wind farms more financially, aesthetically and environmentally viable, they are turning to floating supports to enable wind turbines to move into deeper waters farther from the coast.

    Right now, almost all offshore wind turbines require fixed platforms built into the seafloor. Floating turbines, with anchors, would mean new flexibility in where wind farms could be placed, with potentially less impact on marine life ? and less opposition from the human neighbors on shore.

    I care about the environment, but not if it will ruin my few off the Vineyard.

    1. And the bad part:

      And the Obama administration recently released an updated offshore wind strategy that identifies the floating structures as important in fighting climate change. More than half of the United States’ potentially capturable offshore wind capacity ? more than what the entire nation can now produce ? is in deeper waters, said Jos? Zayas, who directs the Wind Energy Technologies Office at the federal Department of Energy. Mr. Zayas predicts that floating platforms may come to outnumber fixed-foundation installations.

      WETO at DOE.

      1. Will no one think of the seagulls?

    2. And will the electricity transmission lines be floating to shore as well? Or will the electricity be stored in large jugs to be hand-transported by sailboats to shore?

      1. Leyden jugs for the win.

      2. All of that is under the water, I believe. It is fascinating technology – and apparently it works well (or fairly well) off the coast of Japan – it just has very expensive upfront costs.

        1. Yes — I was more making light of the idea that the faraway floating wind farms would be ‘less disruptive to marine life’ than the fixed near-shore wind farms. I’d think that the additional miles of transmission lines’ disruption to marine life would likely more than make up for the lack of a fixed site’s foundation.

          1. A fixed foundation does affect marine life…positively. It creates a reef, shelter for all kinds of critters.

        2. They should be combo generation platforms.

          Wind and waves. If they are gonna be anchored offshore the up and down motion of the waves should be captured also.

          Just don’t put any down here in the Gulf of Mexico because hurricanes.

          They should all be stationed off of Martha’s Vineyard.

    3. All this ugly green energy should be built near poor people. *polishes monocle*

    4. +1 Ted Kennedy

  42. From Robbie’s first item: I have noticed that people have started using the term “concerning” when it seems they should be saying “of concern” or “disconcerting”. Is it just me or have others noticed it as well?

    1. Yes. And I don’t like it.

    2. I find it concernable

    3. So problematic

    4. I’m going to punch the next person I meet who uses “ask” as a noun.

      1. I’ll have you know that I tried to conceive sentence using ask as a noun just to piss you off but I couldn’t get off in time to do it.

        1. you need better porn or better technique.

  43. “strangely, it hasn’t been much highlighted since the presidential election began”

    Benghazi Violence Has Been Escalating For Over a Year

    The fighting has raged in Benghazi since 2014 when forces commanded by powerful military commander Khalifa Hifter began a campaign against militants there, including branches of al-Qaida and the Islamic State group. Hifter, supported by British, French, and American military advisers and special forces, has managed to take control over much of the city. Ganfouda is one of the few districts where the militants have put up fierce resistance against Hifter’s National Libyan Army forces.

    However, international groups have been appealing for the creation of safe corridors to evacuate civilians trapped in Ganfouda.

    Amnesty quoted a resident who identified himself as Mohamed as saying that residents are in desperate need for humanitarian supplies, especially the youngest residents.

    Given that Obama expressed such dismay about having mucked up Libya, you’d think he’d be just as concerned with attempting some diplomatic efforts to “fix” the situation there…. but instead its, “forget the past things we fucked up, let’s look at new things to get involved with”.

    Because we shouldn’t dwell on failures, lest it undermine faith in the present.

    1. CIA and Special Ops are there as advisors, Gil. Secret wars are the way to go.

    2. Khalifa Hifter

      Do you worst, commentariat.

      1. Mom was not a spelling Wiz?

        1. Nevermind.

      2. They told me if I didn’t vote for Obama our foreign policy would be to support a bunch of Hifters overseas. And they were right.

    3. Hillary supporters continue to argue that her ability to convince Obama to go into Libya is what of her great accomplishments.

  44. Trump did have audio mic issues during debate, commission says

    The Commission on Presidential Debates admitted Friday that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump did in fact have some technical issues with his audio setup at Monday night’s debate at Hofstra University.

    “Regarding the first debate, there were issues regarding Donald Trump’s audio that affected the sound level in the debate hall,” read the terse one-line statement by the Commission.

    1. But did the mic contribute to The Donald being The Donald?

      1. The mic told him to randomly insult Rosie O’Donnell during a presidential debate.

        1. Prudence tells one to do that. It doesn’t require a faulty mic.

        2. I thought that was the the hat.

    2. The mic kept firing cocaine up his nose?

  45. I don’t know why that picture was used, and I don’t care.

    1. It’s Robby fat-shaming any potential visitors of the website a la the Speedo/bikini hike.

    2. Thong and bikini theme for body-shaming link, that someone didn’t get a hat tip on.

  46. Stuff I’m Listening To:

    BADBADNOTGOOD‘s entire catalogue so far
    canadian jazz guys who remake hiphop tunes. not nearly as gay as that sounds.

    Everything Edwin Birdsong ever did, all of which is… batshit

    He has been sampled by everyone over the last 30 years, but its amazing how everything that has sampled him sounds dated now, while the originals don’t. He’s the only person about whom you can describe as “Avante Garde Disco“, and not mean it as a joke or an insult.

    African and Brazilian soul/disco from late 60s/early 70s. Bananas. Mostly looking for samples.

      1. that’s funny, that same thing has popped up in my recommended feed many times. I subscribe to LombardMod which covers all that “Mod-Jazz” stuff

        1. If you like that kind of stuff, I STRONGLY recommend a movie called Thick as Thieves— and make sure you get the 1999 one with Alec Baldwin– there’s another movie of the same name which I know nothing about.

          It’s a very obscure movie that few have seen and is quite possibly one of the more underrated comedies in memory.

          I think that modern audiences like comedy films that are FUNNY!!!! whereas this movie is Funny.

          It has excellent characters and top notch dialog, but it’s method and delivery is very subtle, something that takes– in my opinion– real skill to write effectively.

          Baldwin plays a professional thief who’s obsessed with 60s Mod Jazz and if you go on them internets, one of the most common discussion threads on the movie is “Where in HELL can I get the soundtrack?!!”

          A lot of the songs are hard to find even on youtube.

    1. *not necessary, but not all those links are “60s/70s”. just most of the stuff i happen to be scouring is.

  47. Girl in that bikini. Holy shit I would. And by ‘would’ I mean chain her up in my basement and sire upon her a race of blonde hair blue eyed supermodels to take over the fashion industry.

    1. What makes you think entering your genes into the equation would improve the situation?

      1. I have a proven track record of producing children that Hitler wouldn’t kill.

    2. The joke’s on you! That’s Buffalo Bill wearing his skin suit.

      1. I’ll put the lotion in his or her basket anytime.

    1. I know Eddie gets all kind of shit, but he’s not exaggerating or being sarcastic. Any connoisseur of derp owes themselves to read that link. It is a magnificent example of single-minded stupidity trampling everything standing in its way to Fullretardsville.

      1. Any atheists who unironically uses the term ‘Islamophobia’ is to be disregarded immediately as a joke who doesn’t understand their own position (this also applies to Marxists, funny enough).

    2. Thank god all the children are here to hear authentic frontier derp.

    3. Wow, they’re bragging about Democrats voting in favor of the Iraq War and the Patriot Act while haranguing Hitchens for being a neocon. That’s some mighty fine cognitive dissonance there, Lou.

    4. Wow, they’re bragging about Democrats voting in favor of the Iraq War and the Patriot Act while haranguing Hitchens for being a neocon. That’s some mighty fine cognitive dissonance there, Lou.

      1. So glad I took up squirrel hunting last summer.

        1. Squirrel season opens here tomorrow morning. School was out today. Half of the businesses in the parish were shut down.

          Clearly Reason isnt the only site suffering from squirrel mayhem.

    5. I don’t believe in supreme beings, but I’m unwilling to use the term “atheist” because of stupid shit like this.

      There probably are a few instances where church and state could be more separate than they are, but I’m hesitant to get involved with any atheistic movement simply because most of them are complete fascists who believe in no freedoms except having abortions and gay marriages. At this point, I’d sooner tolerate mandatory prayer in public schools than some of the totalitarian crap that most “atheist” groups propose.

      1. Ditto. I usually go with agnostic.

  48. From the Huffington Post

    “…the [U.S] commission [on Civil Rights] has put out a report that ultimately came down on the side of those who believe religious exemptions have the potential to “significantly infringe” on a person’s civil rights….

    “The commission advocated for a return to looking at exemptions as a way to protect religious beliefs, rather than religious conduct….”

  49. Claremont calls off its annual Speedo / bikini hike because the event was deemed “non-inclusive” toward people who aren’t in good physical shape.

    “People who aren’t in good physical shape” sounds very judgmental and othering on Claremont’s part.

    1. Especially considering that “round” is a shape.

      1. (did I steal that from Dilbert?)

        1. I think that came from “Raising Arizona”.

      2. and a very good shape at that!

    2. Miss Universe?

    3. Miss Universe?

  50. “The student was charged with “civil rights intimidation,”

    Just like the NBPs were back in 2012(?) in Philidelphia when they intimidated white voters with nightsticks, threats and racial epithets?

  51. Some talking head dude on Fox’s “The Five” was wondering why the Chicago Trib would endorse Gary Johnson even though he just demonstrated “he couldn’t name one foreign leader.” Talk about media dishonesty.

  52. “Civil rights intimidation” can’t possibly be a law on the books anywhere. Can it?

    1. Apparently it is in Tennessee:

      http://www.tncrimlaw.com/TPI_Crim/30_02.htm

      Tenneseeing, is Tennebelieving

    1. Lobster- with a side of boob.

  53. OT: There’s a biological female inmate at the prison (doing 22 years on an aggravated arson charge) who, for the past several years, has been attempting to get hormone treatment to become a man, or somewhat less of a woman, or something like that. She is in contact with some LGBTXYZ rights group and their lawyers. She’s also in correspondence with a male inmate at another prison who is trying to become a woman; he has been coaching her about how to get the prison authorities to give hormone replacement therapy.

    She was out in the waiting area when her therapist walked by, and the inmate said something about a new development in her case, and she called the male inmate “he… I MEAN, she!”

    I just thought it was funny that even transgender people themselves are prone to bungling up the wonky pronoun demands.

  54. “Claremont calls off its annual Speedo / bikini hike because the event was deemed “non-inclusive” toward people who aren’t in good physical shape.”

    Does this mean all races and competitions should now be called off because they’re “non-inclusive” toward people who aren’t very good at physical (or mental?) activity?

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