Gary Johnson Polls 25 Percent in New Mexico, Hurricane Matthew Approaches Haiti, Kim Kardashian Robbed at Gunpoint in Paris: A.M. Links


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    The New York Times received a copy of Donald Trump's 1995 tax returns in the mail, with a return address from the Trump Towers. It showed a nearly billion dollar income loss that year. The Hillary Clinton campaign has canceled upcoming joint appearances with Bernie Sanders. Over the weekend the former Democratic candidate said her comments about his supporters, whom she called basement dwellers, bothered him. Gary Johnson pulled 25 percent in a recent poll in New Mexico, where he served as governor for eight years.

  • Vladimir Putin signed a decree suspending an agreement between Russia and the U.S. concerning plutonium disposal.
  • Thousands of people in Haiti are defying government orders to evacuate as Hurricane Matthew approaches.
  • Spain has gone without a government for 288 days and everything is fine.
  • Voters in Colombia narrowly rejected the peace deal the government negotiated with the Marxist guerilla group FARC.
  • A European Union migrant resettlement plan was overwhelmingly rejected by voters in Hungary, but turnout did not meet the 50 percent required for the vote to be valid.
  • Kim Kardashian was reportedly robbed at gunpoint in Paris by masked men dressed as police officers.

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  1. …Gary Johnson pulled 25 percent in a recent poll in New Mexico


    1. Hello.

      “Kim Kardashian was reportedly robbed at gunpoint in Paris by masked men dressed as police officers.”

      Nothing compared to her and her family’s robbery of high American culture.

      1. Meh. Brian Lochte did it before and better.

        1. *Ryan* would have scrolled down before posting.

          *** gets coffee ***

      2. … robbery of high American culture.

        Can’t steal something that doesn’t exist.

      3. Something is off about that. The woman is constantly surrounded by paparrazi and about 5-10 bodyguards every time she goes out. And a couple random yabbos manage to steal $10 million in jewelry from her without anyone seeing anything?

        1. They were fake cops, and it was in her hotel room. Or something like that, from the brief headline I saw as the entertainment section scrolled past.

          1. Poor baby.

            Poor, hot lil’ babydoll.

            1. Every time I see her face on a new site or from, it has that same stupified look, as if her entire face was botoxed. Sometimes I think that’s too mean, and wonder how I’d feel with cameras following me around all the time, but that passes in seconds because she wants those cameras, she lives by those cameras, and I go back to wondering if she’s botoxed her entire face. I have never been curious enough to search for videos of her, such as her TV show, because I’d have to barf after about 5 seconds, I think.

              1. Agreed, she’s gross.
                Amazing how in just a few years our national definition of beauty goes from Cameron Diaz to that cow.
                It’s just encouraging more and more women to become overweight and never worry about it, thinking that “I look like a Kardashian”!

                1. Can’t tell if Troll, or sincere idiot.

                2. In fairness, she’s not really overweight, since so much of it is not flesh. You wouldn’t count the weight of clothes, shoes, jewelry, right? Why count the injected padding?

                3. Amazing how in just a few years our national definition of beauty goes from Cameron Diaz to that cow.

                  Is that what happened? I’m not too tuned into popular culture these days, but it seems like I encounter more people who think she’s awful and not that attractive than otherwise.

    2. “…Gary Johnson pulled 25 percent in a recent poll in New Mexico”

      So he’s in the Albuquerque debate??

  2. A European Union migrant resettlement plan was overwhelmingly rejected by voters in Hungary

    Never vote with low blood sugar.

    1. boooooo…….

    2. *narrows gaze, wanders off*

  3. Damn anti-Semitic Reason posting on Rosh Hashanah.

    1. Well, at least they didn’t make Sullum do it.

    2. Old Man With Yamulke hit hardest.

    3. “Damn anti-Semitic Reason posting on Rosh Hashanah.”

      Happy Jew Year!

      Feel better?

  4. Kim Kardashian was reportedly robbed at gunpoint in Paris by masked men dressed as police officers.

    If you’re masked, you’re not really dressed as a police officer.

    1. So SWAT is no longer dressed as cops?

      1. No, they’re playing soldier.

        1. Soldiers don’t act like that.

          1. Nobody said they knew anything about how to be a soldier…

            They learned it from watching ‘Universal Soldier’.

        2. Or Starship Trooper

          1. *Remembers shower scene*


            1. Felicity’s tits are disappointing.

    2. That settles it. Ryan Lochte is smarteer than Kim Kardashian.

      1. Perfect.

      2. Ryan Lochte’s speedos are smarter than Kim Kardashian.
        The water Ryan swims in is smarter than Kim Kardashian.
        The corpse of Ryan’s great-great-great-great-grandfather is smarter than Kim Kardashian.
        How was this ever a question that needed settling?

        1. I don’t know what she’s famous for, but whatever it is she seems to be making a good living off of it. Maybe she’s a genius and we’re all morons.

          1. She’s famous for being famous.

            Her dad was one of OJ’s lawyers and her stepdad is Mr. Garrison’s Vice Presidential candidate.

            1. “She’s famous for being famous.”

              Paris Hilton started it.

              The Kardashians/Jenners have simply taken it to new levels.

          2. Yes apparently the joke is on us. While I would rather tear out my eyes with a fork than watch a reality TV show, there are enough who disagree with me which results in no talent, narcissists taking ‘selfies’ making millions of dollars.

            1. Hence, Obama.

          3. Ugh, Fist. Years ago she put a D-list black penis in her mouth on video, and she loses and gains weight a lot. What more do you need to know?

            1. That’s actually more than enough.

            2. And now she’s moved up to an A-list black penis in her mouth, so that’s some discernible progress right there.

          4. Famous-for-being-famous Kim Kardashian went on a gun control rant earlier this year that was every bit as intelligent as you would expect for someone who shot to fame for a sex tape and stayed there because of the size of her butt.

            – from an article linked to by a Facebook friend

          5. One of the funniest comments I recall from her marriage was something about ‘in five years when she proves that she’s brilliant and Kanye is the dumbest motherfucker in the world when she takes half his shit’.

            1. Rumor has it that Kanye hooked up with her primarily because he was a big OJ supporter and her dad was OJ’s lawyer, so banging her was like a personal full-circle for him.

              Not sure if that’s true, but knowing what a water-headed dipshit Kanye is, it wouldn’t surprise me.

              1. Kanye was a big OJ supporter, huh.

                Chalk this one up to ‘totally unsurprising’.

              2. He’s not a gay fish.

            1. Her bare rear end looks exactly like that of a horse — just missing the tail.
              If you are into that, you should see Equus, it’s your life story.

              Seriously, that picture looks like you are walking up behind a centaur.

            2. Old saying:

              The bigger the cushion, the better the pushin’

        2. I dunno – Ryan Lochte had to develop athletic skill in order to become famous. Kim Kardashian figured out how to turn gettin’ peed on by Ray J into eternal presence in the public eye.

          1. Kim Kardashian’s mom figured out how to turn her daughter gettin’ peed on by Ray J on video she commissioned into eternal presence in the public eye.

            That show has been on for 11 fucking years.

            1. Everyone talks about that show but I have no idea where or when it’s on. Until your comment just now I didn’t know if it even was still on.

            2. That show has been on for 11 fucking years.

              Get the fuck outta here.

            3. 11 years, huh? You know, maybe America deserves a presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

              1. “11 years, huh? You know, maybe America deserves a presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.”

                The movie “Idiocracy” looks more prescient every year.

                (quotes suck – on iPad. sorry)

            4. Not to mention all the spinoffs. That show was playing all the time in the office during one of my deployments, and I remember feeling sorry as hell for Bruce because he ended up being stuck in this family of attention whores. Little did I anticipate that he’d become as big a one as any of them.

            5. I thought Chappelle’s Show ended a while back.

            6. What annoys me is the people who insist she’s actually this savvy businesswoman because she’s merchandised the hell out of her name and show. As if she personally does any of that. Kudos to her for hiring competent people to make her fabulously rich, I guess, but I’m not going to agree that is an valid argument that she isn’t stump-dumb.

              1. At one point her social-climbing smartphone app was making $1 million a day.

          2. Leave Kim alone! *runs out of room sobbing*

          3. Whatever bad things you can say about Ryan Lochte, he had to work his fucking ass off to become a world-class swimmer. Kim Karsashian lounges around a fucking pool, rides around in luxury cars, and goes shopping……and that has made her immensely rich. Not even close to being equivalent.

    3. Publicity stunt?

      1. I was thinking insurance fraud. Maybe being famous isn’t paying as well as it used to.

      2. Pistol whipped or it didn’t happen.

  5. 1995 tax returns in the mail, with a return address from the Trump Towers

    The calls for releasing tax returns are coming from inside the house.

    1. They also received a letter from the NYT building showing that the NYT had not paid taxes in 2014 but somehow it ended up in the shredder.

      “””””The New York Times paid no taxes and got an income tax refund of $3.5 million even though they had a pre-tax profit of $29.9 million in 2014. “””…..77f0af6577

      1. And GE paid $0 om taxes in 2010 (since their Comcastic networks will be big hypocrites on this too).

    2. Like I said yesterday, I wouldn’t be surprised if Trump leaked this himself to troll the NYT. The billion-dollar loss was already public knowledge because he wrote a book about the whole episode, and now not only does he have the Times over a barrel for publishing his tax information without his consent, he’s got businesspeople all over the country coming to his defense by pointing out that not only was what he did perfectly legal, it’s common practice–especially for large-scale businesses that have to carry losses forward in order to continue to operate. And the Times jumped on it because their desire to embarrass Trump overcame their sense of perspective.

      If Trump provides nothing else that’s positive in this election, he’s at least giving a master class in how to troll the media and make them look like fools.

      1. I just keep thinking “Dan Rather”… Any evidence these documents are actually real?

        1. According to the article, the documents were mailed directly from Trump Tower. Trump hasn’t denied yet that it’s his actual return, and is instead milking it to show that he understands how convoluted the tax system is.

          Sure, it could be made up, but based on Trump’s reaction to it so far, I don’t think so.

  6. …after the former Democratic candidate said her comments about his supporters, whom she called basement dwellers, bothered him.

    You don’t need a choice of basements.

    1. After all, nobody needs 23 kinds of basements.

  7. Thousands of people in Haiti are defying government orders to evacuate as Hurricane Matthew approaches.

    This thing might kill more people than the earthquake did.

    1. Would you really trust the Haitian government? Even if it was right?

      1. No. And a hell of a lot of people would die even if everyone listened.

    2. Yeah, several feet(potentially) of rain on a area with basically no tree cover. The whole thing might just slide into the ocean.

      1. Well look at the shape of the island, most of that half already has…

    3. Where are they gonna go? Away from the coast? Into the hills they have spent decades denuding? Floods or mudslides…take your pick.

    4. Where are they supposed to go?

  8. canceled upcoming joint appearances with Bernie Sanders after the former Democratic candidate said her comments about his supporters, whom she called basement dwellers, bothered him

    It’s almost like he was looking for any excuse to distance himself.

    1. He’s an old man. I’m pretty sure he was just trying to avoid making the trip.

      1. “He’s tired and wants to go to bed.”

        That line kills me.

    2. Bernie may soon expire under not-at-all-suspicious circumstances.

      1. Bernie is frail enough to expire under a stiff breeze.

    3. He already got the free house from hillary for not running as a Green, so now he can stop kissing her ass.

  9. My fianc? wants to dress as Bigfoot for our wedding. Deal-breaker or no?

    That’s what I keep telling Sweetums, who has said for the past three Halloweens that he wants a furry Sasquatch outfit so he can stand along dark roadsides and scare people. For those of you who are thinking, “How cute. That Sweetums has such a sense of fun and mischief!” No. What he has is a death wish. And I’m marrying him in two weeks.

    Most couples argue about such things as where to put the neon PBR sign the guy brings to the household ? Him: in the living room. Her: in the far reaches of the landfill. Me: Her answer is correct. (Well, it’s my column, I should get a vote).

    But Sweetums and I are dealing with something much more stressful ? his growing collection of all things Sasquatch, including several action figures, two stuffed toys, a set of vintage Bigfoot comic books and his personalized license plate that reads “Squach.” (See some of the items in the accompanying photo gallery)

    Despite several, meaning eight, T-shirts saying otherwise, Sweetums doesn’t believe in the existence of Bigfoot. He’s just fascinated with the myth and the legend. I think. I comfort myself with the knowledge that he’s never gone on a Bigfoot hunt. That I know of.




    4. For fuck sake, just elope.



    5. I’m guessing that she’s a hairy girl…

    6. Isn’t Sweetums already bigfooty enough?


  10. …after the former Democratic candidate said her comments about his supporters, whom she called basement dwellers, bothered him.

    “Oh, very well. A *basket* of basement dwellers.”

  11. “Thousands of people in Haiti are defying government orders to evacuate as Hurricane Matthew approaches.”

    So what’s the problem? I thought the Clinton Foundation fixed Haiti by using 10% of its expenditures on tents.

    1. A tent in a hurricane? Bad idea man.

  12. Vladimir Putin signed a decree suspending an agreement between Russia and the U.S. concerning plutonium disposal.

    In an effort to recreate every action movie from the 1980s

    1. And sci-fi horror mutant films.

  13. Voters in Colombia narrowly rejected the peace deal the government negotiated with the Marxist guerilla group FARC.


    1. /motions to Swiss.

    2. *narrows gaze and really wanders off this time*

  14. A world without work is coming ? it could be utopia or it could be hell

    Just as a lottery cheque does not free the winner from the shackles of the human condition, all-purpose machine intelligence will not magically allow us all to get along. And what is especially tricky about a world without work is that we must begin building the social institutions to survive it long before the technological obsolescence of human workers actually arrives.

    Despite impressive progress in robotics and machine intelligence, those of us alive today can expect to keep on labouring until retirement. But while Star Trek-style replicators and robot nannies remain generations away, the digital revolution is nonetheless beginning to wreak havoc. Economists and politicians have puzzled over the struggles workers have experienced in recent decades: the pitiful rate of growth in wages, rising inequality, and the growing flow of national income to profits and rents rather than pay cheques. The primary culprit is technology. The digital revolution has helped supercharge globalisation, automated routine jobs, and allowed small teams of highly skilled workers to manage tasks that once required scores of people. The result has been a glut of labour that economies have struggled to digest.

    1. A world without work is coming ? it could be utopia or it could be hell

      One supposes it depends on whether it’s a world without *people*.

      1. “…it be utopia or it could be hell”

        Then she lit up a candle,
        & she showed me the way..


        1. Cue The Dude

    2. For those that don’t know how to fill free time with fulfilling activity it will be hell. Sucks for them.

      1. I have about 10 years worth of shit to do if money and time are no longer constraints. About four of those are just time.

      2. I have about 10 years worth of shit to do if money and time are no longer constraints. About four of those are just time.

    3. With the appropriate gaming technology and arts, we won’t need these, so-called “social institutions”.

    4. Probably heaven. Look what free shit without jobs has done for our inner cities.

    5. Only if you’re the sort for whom “drudgery” is the only kind of work.

  15. It showed a nearly billion dollar income loss that year.

    What’s the dollar exchange rate with Libyan lives?

    1. What difference at this point does it make?

    2. That currency not worthy much. Been debased with lead.

  16. The Hillary Clinton campaign has canceled upcoming joint appearances with Bernie Sanders after the former Democratic candidate said her comments about his supporters, whom she called basement dwellers, bothered him.

    Other things that bother Bernie Sanders:

    other people having money
    “kids these days”
    historical evidence

    1. deodorant

        1. Nah, I meant deodorant. I’m sure he smells like an old couch.

          1. And his wife smells like an old ….

            1. spice bottle?

            2. depends

    2. haircuts
      poor people in other countries doing jobs he thinks Americans ought to do
      poor Americans being able to buy nice things because poor people in other countries made money by making and exporting them more cheaply than Americans could

    3. Super that is too hot. Also, soup that is too cold.

    1. I suspect she might not comply.

    2. Death and taxes.

      1. Except for the NYT.

    3. She’s spending a year dead for tax reasons.

      1. +1 Hotblack Desiato

  17. Near ‘Collapse,’ Minnesota to Raise Obamacare Rates by Half

    Minnesota will let the health insurers in its Obamacare market raise rates by at least 50 percent next year, after the individual market there came to the brink of collapse, the state’s commerce commissioner said Friday.

    The increases range from 50 percent to 67 percent, Commissioner Mike Rothman’s office said in a statement. Rothman, who regulates the state’s insurers, is an appointee under Governor Mark Dayton, a Democrat. The rate hike follows increases for this year of 14 percent to 49 percent.

    “It’s in an emergency situation — we worked hard and avoided a collapse.” Rothman said in a telephone interview. “It’s a stopgap for 2017.”

    On average, rates in the state will rise by about 60 percent, said Shane Delaney, a spokesman for MNSure, the state’s marketplace for Obamacare plans

    1. What are you talking about? Obamcare is a success! 20 million people gained coverage.

      Actually, I keep reading that put forth by progressives. Has this been established? All I seem to read about is how insurance companies are leaving the ‘market place’.

      1. Based on what I see in a hospital every day, I believe the following is a pretty good estimate:

        16 million are on expanded Medicaid; no subterfuge, just tax supported comprehensive health insurance including drug plan with $3-$6 co-pays

        3.9 million have high deductible “market plans” that are heavily subsidized and pay on average $50-$60 a month for them [the rest being tax supported]

        Maybe of all the 20 million subscribers, it is possible that 100,000 [and I think that is high] pay the actual cost of the plan, but I doubt it as it just isn’t worth the premium.

        That is Obamacare.

        1. I’m paying the damn premium, no subsidies. And I feel like an asshole for it.

          1. In Minnesota at least, subsidies get clawed back when you die
            Quick google suggests it’s an issue in Washington state too.

            “What caught his eye was a notification that if you’re 55 or older and on Medical Assistance ? Minnesota’s version of Medicaid ? the state places an estate claim with which to recover its costs after you and your spouse have died.”

          2. I’m paying as well. Way too much for a lousy policy.

      2. Sure, it’s true. Mind you, a big chunk of that number was from Medicaid expansion: 7 million according to articles I’ve read on the subject. Then there are the people who signed up but never paid the initial premium. And the people who were already covered under a plan but lost insurance when the ACA deemed their plans inadequate. But yeah, for the rest, they got coverage. Of course, the cheaper plans carry high deductibles and the premiums are going up, but, hey, it’s insurance, right?

      3. I’ve been assured by my more progressive family members that Obamacare has been an incredible success

    2. Despite the spin from shitlib bobbleheads, it’s obvious as hell that Obamacare’s been a complete failure. If it was successful in any way, Hillary would be touting it as a major success and every Democrat running for office would be holding it up as an example of how a government program should be run.

      Not a single one is doing so, which is as damning an indictment of the program as you can get.

      1. Hillary will use Obamacare’s failure as the reason we will need to go to single-payer.

        “We tried the free market, and it didn’t work!”

  18. Scandal is make-or-break moment for Cuomo

    It is not possible to overstate the sweeping nature of the latest Albany corruption charges. Joseph Percoco, described by Cuomo as his father’s third son and Andrew’s longtime enforcer, is alleged to have used his position to solicit $315,000 in bribes. Longtime Cuomo associate Todd Howe has pleaded guilty to being the conduit between businesspeople seeking favors and Percoco. Alain Kaloyeros, the SUNY official who turned Albany into a nanotech center and was given oversight of the upstate billions, is charged with rigging bidding for key projects including the Buffalo solar-panel plant slated to get the biggest chunk of the money.

    U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara also charged the alleged bribers?including two of the most high-profile upstate businessmen who, not coincidentally, are large Cuomo donors.

    The governor has tried to distance himself from these individuals and the specific actions in the indictment, but seems unlikely to succeed given his obsessive, hands-on control of all his office does.

    1. He does look like a micro-manager. And he doesn’t give the impression he’s nice or polite about it either.


      Know what Cuomo rhymes with?

      1. Schlomo?

    2. Seeing Cuomo marched off in handcuffs would be one of my greatest joys. Preet’s still an asshole. At least he’s turned his attention to other assholes for the time being.

      1. It’s nice to see statists claw each others balls off.

        How long before we have the joy of watching Preet fall?

        1. Sometime after he retires from the Supreme Court, probably.

        2. For now, I’ll cheer him on.

          But I’m not selling my woodchipper.

          1. As long as Preet goes after the rot in the state government, I’m not going to be too harsh on him. (The joy from seeing Silver fall alone was worth the leniency)

        3. I dunno, the guy’s made enough powerful enemies that he’ll be lucky to fall.

        4. Is bestLity a crime in New York?

    3. Anyone else notice that the word “Democrat” appears nowhere in this news? Not even the (D) annotation.

  19. Polk man arrested, charged with ‘possession of dairy crate’

    On Thursday just before 10 p.m. a PSCO deputy stopped two men on bikes. The deputy noticed that Timothy Troller, of Auburndale, had a dairy crate attached to his a purple Mongoose BMX bicycle.

    The dairy crate had the business name of Sunshine State Dairy Farms clearly marked on the sides of the dairy crate. Troller claimed he found the crate on the side of the road and attached it to his bike.

    Troller was arrested and charged with Possession of Dairy Crate. “I never heard of it. This is the first time ever,” Edward Hale, Troller’s grandfather said. “He didn’t know it was against the law, or he wouldn’t have put it on the front of the bicycle and rode up and down the road,” Hale said.

    “You’re possessing something that is stolen from a business, whether it’s as small as a milk crate, or a shopping cart,” Polk County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson, Carrie Horstman said. “He was charged with possessing stolen property. He may pay a fine or spend a few days in jail.”

    1. The dairy industry brought this upon themselves by not making those crates available on the open market. The dairies themselves could have sold crates that were specifically branded “Consumer Use – Not Stolen.” But they have obstinately refused this revenue stream. Also, the similar crates sold at places like Target are made of much less rugged plastic so are useless for many tasks. Also, also the restaurant and grocery industry are the biggest thieves of those crates and they never get busted. Go into any commercial kitchen and you’ll find those crates used for long-term storage, step stools, etc.

      1. You’d think that someone could just make the same kind of milk crate and sell them, whatever the dairy industry thinks.

        I suppose restaurants and stores could just claim that they hadn’t returned the crates yet.

        1. Yes. This is just another product of the plastics industry. I don’t know if there is some type of contract in place saying they can only sell those heavy-duty crates to the dairy industry, but I suspect not or that it could be gotten around in some fashion.

          Yes, that’s what the stores and restaurants would claim, but the dairy industry turns a blind eye to that because they are large commercial customers. But that turning a blind eye is what makes the dairy industry hypocritical.

          And I don’t see why they are ignoring a revenue stream. I’d pay a premium to have a high quality crate that didn’t come with the risk of a ticket.

          I suspect that they wanted an excuse to arrest that guy because pretty much every moped/scooter or bicycle used for delivery or as primary transportation has one of those crates on it.

          1. This looks to be the real thing. Maybe people are just too lazy to not steal them.

          2. Make American Crates Again!!

    2. That’s most likely a contempt of cop charge.

    3. Well, it does say right on the side of the crate that possessing it is illegal.

      1. I’m just surprised PCSO deputies could read it.

    4. E.T. hardest hit.

      1. *golf clap*

    5. “He was charged with possessing stolen property. He may … spend a few days in jail.”

      And justice is served.

  20. Hold the presses, we’ve got a new term of art in the proggie universe!


    Microinvalidations are momentary acts that serve to invalidate the very people of color we care about. These unconscious interactions perpetuate the hopelessness many African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and other people of color, feel in this country.

    Many of you may stop reading now, thinking, “Here we go with the political correctness.” You say to yourself: “I’m not perpetuating racism, and I’m certainly not invalidating people of color. Donald Trump may be, but not me.”

    That’s what I used to think. But, right there, you’re committing a microinvalidation. It’s called Denial.

    1. I wonder if it is a different thing, or just a new name for microaggression. Being a proggie is so confusing…

      1. Being a proggie is so confusing…

        No, it’s painfully non-complex. As a proggy, you need not trouble yourself with concerns that your arguments be internally consistent, you don’t need to worry about whether or not the policies you support achieve their stated purpose and you don’t need to worry about your beliefs being well-reasoned so long as those beliefs promote egalitarianism and class warfare.

    2. If you dispute that you are a racist oppressor, that makes you a racist oppressor.
      Sure, that sounds like a valid argument. You can’t even parody these fucking lunatics.

    3. This article is a goldmine of bad psychology dissertation ideas.

      Shutting down or going blank is referred to as “race-related narcolepsy.” Racism retains a foothold when white people reach a threshold in their racial sensitivity and invoke their white privilege to “check out,” and go silent, instead of sticking out the racial awareness process.

      1. That. That right there is fucken total gold.


        That’s why gold will never lose its value. There’s just too much derp.

      2. But… but I thought we were supposed to shut up and listen?

    4. Breathing is a microaggression, people.

    5. The photograph that accompanied the article was of a small child, age three or four, sitting at a desk with the words “college” written across his sweatshirt. The Atlantic was sending a clear message: College students are immature babies.

      It’s the only possible interpretation.

    6. Denial ain’t just a microinvalidation in Egypt.

    7. That’s what I used to think. But, right there, you’re committing a microinvalidation. It’s called Denial.

      No. Fuck you.

      1. Pretty sure that’s a macroaggression, shitlord.

    8. Isn’t referring to people as “Latino” a microaggression against the slightly more than half who are not men?

      So hateful.

      1. That’s why we now have “Latinx”. True story.

        1. Is that like Nginx? I’ve been trying to get my company to use that for a while now but they’re married to Apache.

          1. It could be worse. Your company could be wedded to SunONE!

            1. Holy crap! Are they going for some kind of strange Guinness record or something? Why not just see if they can serve a website off a Mac 512k?

              1. Not anymore – we moved off of that during my early tenure. Its last bastion was running part of the citrix gateway before we upgraded off that too.

          2. Nginx, please?

    9. If you lay the minefield thick enough – NONE SHALL PASS.

    10. Alright, that’s it. The first person who accuses me of a microinvalidation or microaggression or who snaps their fingers at me like a fucking beat poet or refers to my supposed “privilege” is losing a finger. These little bastards clearly have no concept of “aggression” or “violence”, and it’s high time they learn.

      1. “Lemme help you out here. See, that wasn’t an “aggression”, micro or otherwise. I’m not even going to show you what real aggression looks like, because you aren’t worth the jail time. Instead, I’ll show you what verbal aggression looks like, you fucking nancy. Etc.”

    11. hopelessness many African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and other people of color, feel in this country.

      That sounds like a macroassumption.

    12. How did I know that link went to Everyday Feminism?

    13. Oh fuck off. Microaggressions isn’t that egregious, as silly and pointless as it can be. But this “invalidation” language is just insultingly stupid.

      1. Micro aggressions are a 1%ers problem.

  21. How can Reason not be covering Bill Clinton’s son?

    1. …skeptical, but I do kind of see a resemblance…

      1. Also skeptical, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Bubba had bastards all over the place.

        1. It’s like one of those situations where the particular case might not be true but the fact that it seems reasonable is its own indictment.

        2. So Bubba is Robert Baratheon and Hillary is Circe? Makes sense.

        3. So Bubba is Robert Baratheon and Hillary is Circe? Makes sense.

      2. I’ll believe it if he ends up dead in the next month, because it would hurt Hillary to have him proven Bill’s kid.

    2. A Pretender to the Clinton throne?
      Guard ya back son.

      1. His last facebook post will be a picture of him on a row boat…

  22. Thanks to Printing Typo, Russian Charity’s New Leaflets Advocate Beaver Genocide

    Thanks to subtleties of the Russian language, a typographical error left the “Mercy Capital” charitable foundation with 1 million leaflets encouraging genocide against beavers.

    According to Ivan Makarov, a representative for the foundation (and an animal rights activist, to boot), the printing house hired to produce the pamphlets is refusing to take responsibility for the printing error, citing regulations dating back to the Soviet era that small typos don’t qualify as contract violations. The printing house also claims “no one will notice” the typo, and told Mercy Capital to go ahead with distributing the leaflets.

    “As an animal rights activist,” Makarov told reporters, “I fear that people might really start exterminating beavers, if the foundation starts handing out leaflets like these, the way they are now.”

    1. First they came for the kulaks….

      1. That made me wince

        1. Did it cause your gaze to do anything?

    2. Mr. Buttle?

    3. Yeah, good luck with that.

      I have been doing battle with the beavers for decades. It is a lost cause.

      1. You’re saying that beavers always get their way?

      2. “I have been doing battle with the beavers for decades”


    4. …citing regulations dating back to the Soviet era that small typos don’t qualify as contract violations.

      And that pretty much sums up why socialism doesn’t work in the long term. Or medium term.

      1. It’s nothing special in the short term, either.

        1. We just haven’t stuck with it long enough.

          /Prog response

  23. ‘A nightmare coming true’: Gangs of clowns terrorize N.S. drivers

    An Ohio public school was closed on Friday after a man in a white mask, red wig, and striped costume grabbed a woman by her throat. According to the New York Post, he told the victim “I should kill you now,” adding: “Some students and teachers would wish they were never born at junior and senior high school today.”

    Two Long Island, N.Y. school districts were also put on lockdown, and kids were banned from playing outside Friday after a separate creepy clown sighting.

    In North Carolina, a machete-wielding clown tried to lure a woman into a wooded area on Sept. 3. The woman told Forsyth County, N.C. sheriff’s officials the man wore a red nose and bushy hair, black gloves, a tie and white shoes.

    The unexplained rash of clown sightings has led some to suggest the phenomenon is part of an elaborate hoax, or an attempt at a viral marketing campaign.

    Some have linked the sightings to the upcoming remake of “It,” the Stephen King novel-turned-film about a sadistic, wisecracking clown able to transform itself to exploit the phobias of its victims.

    1. I’m getting a whole “Satanic Cult Panic” vibe over this – mere hype and mass hysterics

      1. I suspect most of these reports are total bullshit.

        1. I certainly think that “junior and senior high school” seems vague enough and with a wide enough web to come across as totally fake.

    2. And we thought witchcraft styled hysteria was relegated to the 17th Century, and we could just talk about fondly, armchair style.

      1. “Armchair style” is my favorite sexual position.

        1. +1 Risky Business

    3. “unexplained rash of clown sightings”

      *cough* *bullshit* *cough*

    4. Are these Killer Clowns by any chance From Outer Space?

    5. Some students and teachers would wish they were never born at junior and senior high school today

      Clowns who don’t understand where to put their prepositional phrases aren’t scary, just sad.

  24. Federal agents are using license plate scanners to track the identities of people who attend gun shows and is running those people’s identities against other databases.

    “Emails reviewed by The Wall Street Journal show agents with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency crafted a plan in 2010 to use license-plate readers?devices that record the plate numbers of all passing cars?at gun shows in Southern California, including one in Del Mar, not far from the Mexican border.

    Agents then compared that information to cars that crossed the border, hoping to find gun smugglers.”

    Gun-Show Customers’ License Plates Come Under Scrutiny”
    Federal agents enlisted local police to scan cars’ plates at shows’ parking lots…..1475451302

    Notice, this is just one example. It is unclear how extensive the practice of scanning license plates at gun shows into a database is, or what other databases they may be running those people against.

    1. To find gun smugglers? They are looking in the wrong place. Try running the license plates of ATf agents…

    2. Time to start Ubering to gun shows.

  25. Kim Kardashian was reportedly robbed at gunpoint in Paris by masked men dressed as police officers.

    S’en foutre comme de sa premi?re chemise!

    1. Never trust Google Translate.

  26. Behind WSJ Paywall:

    Gun-Show Customers’ License Plates Come Under Scrutiny
    Federal agents enlisted local police to scan cars’ plates at shows’ parking lots

    Emails reviewed by The Wall Street Journal show agents with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency crafted a plan in 2010 to use license-plate readers?devices that record the plate numbers of all passing cars?at gun shows in Southern California, including one in Del Mar, not far from the Mexican border.

    Agents then compared that information to cars that crossed the border, hoping to find gun smugglers, according to the documents and interviews with law-enforcement officials with knowledge of the operation.

    The investigative tactic concerns privacy and guns-rights advocates, who call it an invasion of privacy. The law-enforcement officials say it is an important and legal tool for pursuing dangerous, hard-to-track illegal activity.

    There is no indication the gun-show surveillance led to any arrests or investigative leads, but the officials didn’t rule out that such surveillance may have happened elsewhere. The agency has no written policy on its use of license-plate readers and could engage in similar surveillance in the future, they said.

    1. The law-enforcement officials say it is an important and legal tool for pursuing dangerous, hard-to-track illegal activity.

      Which, we all know, is mutually exclusive with unconstitutionality.

    2. I wish the various idiots in the media who are so worried about gun shows would attend one sometime. They are about on the level of a Star Trek convention and about as much of a threat.

      1. I find the people who attend gun shows to be less of a threat than the people who attend trek conventions.

        1. Tough call on that one. Although there’s always at least 3 trophy wives getting shown off at every gun show. I’m talking late-model after-market super bike class rebuilds

          1. You’ve never been to an audio gear show. It’s half-gay men and half aspies, with a sprinkle of women who have been dragged along against their wills.

            1. I think audiophiles might be the most douchy species of geek there is. Trekies and comic book geeks at least have a sense of humor about themselves. Car and gun geeks are at least pursuing a reasonably masculine hobby. Audio geeks are totally humorless and pursuing way too gay of a hobby not to have a sense of humor about it, which they never do.

              1. Tell me about it. I’ve dropped out of the hobby several times because many of the people associated with it are some of the most unlikable I’ve ever met.

                I originally got into audiophile junk because I got to hear music in a way that I had never heard before. But it was all about the music…

                Btw, have you seen my McIntosh 2100?!?!?!!

                *hit self with hammer*

                1. They fall in love with the equipment and forget about the music. I don’t get that. There is something to be said for convenience. I understand that the MP3 files on my phone are compressed and not anything like listening to a high end recording. But sometimes I just want to hear the music now. Audiophiles never get that.

                  1. Sometimes I wish my wife sounded like a cheap vinyl record.

    3. Tulpa hurt himself jacking off to this.

      1. He cranked his tiny shaft so hard he dislocated both wrists.

  27. Not one story about the Ryder Cup? Why am I not surprised?

    1. I don’t even know what that is. A moving truck rodeo?

      1. If you don’t know what it is, it’s probably a delicious alcoholic beverage

        1. What spore of madness is that?

      1. Sore losers.

      2. Golfers will rue the day they permitted their terrible sport to be televised.

  28. We need more masked police like they have in France. To round up the illegals and jihadis and other assorted trolls.

    Jill Stein insistently encourages everyone to look at her.

    1. Credit where it’s due, AddictionMyth: I find you utterly loathsome, but I find your Jill Stein finishers surprisngly amusing.

      I mean, I’d rather you fuck off, but good job on those.

  29. Spain has gone without a government for 288 days and everything is fine.

    FTA: There are no mounds of uncollected garbage, no unpaid police officers, no shuttered ministries, no public trains or buses halted.

    Budget money is still flowing. Government ministries are functioning. Social service recipients and civil servants are being paid. Even if no new government has been formed when the 2016 national budget expires this fall, the old budget will simply become the new budget for 2017.

    But government is paralyzed in other ways. Nobody is proposing legislation, debating international affairs or even rotating Spain’s ambassadors.

    They don’t not have a government, they just don’t have any more government. Sad that not growing the government seems to be as much paradise that one can hope for, forget ever making it actually smaller. And kinda alarming that the bureaucracy is obviously a machine that runs itself.

    1. It’s sad that having a government that isn’t furiously passing new laws and rubber stamping new bureaucratic regulations is considered “no government”.

    2. In parliamentary countries “government” is often used as short hand for “governing coalition or majority in the parliament”

      1. You know I was typing this out earlier and couldn’t think of a reason for that particular distinction, but I think you’re right, it’s a parliamentarian thing.

        1. What they still have is a “State” but not a “Government” which is odd because the administrative branches of the state can govern without high level executive control or new legislation, but language does weird things, especially one shared between so many cultures like the English language.

          1. Imagine that here: The EPA, DoE,DoD, AFT, IRS, etc running amok.

            Oh, wait…

  30. Thousands of people in Haiti are defying government orders to evacuate as Hurricane Matthew approaches.

    Are Haitians generally a readily mobile people?

    1. Not the ones still in Haiti.

    2. A mobile Haitian is called a Dominican.

      1. Or a Floridian.

  31. Migrant child brides put Europe in a spin

    Should a 14-year-old married girl who migrates to Europe be viewed as a child – or a spouse?

    The issue has put European governments in a spin: forcing a policy U-turn in Denmark, new legislation in the Netherlands and an agonised debate in Germany.

    Analysts say early marriage is often carried out in refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey by families trying to protect girls from poverty or sexual exploitation. Elsewhere, poor families might marry off their young daughters in exchange for dowries.

    The question is one of rights and protections – but which? When authorities stop minors cohabiting with their older spouses, are they combating child abuse or breaking up (often already traumatised) families?

    Depending on where you go in Europe, you’ll find a radically different range of responses to the issue.

    1. Europe is lucky to have those migrants. They are made better by having them and all of the barbaric anachronisms they bring with them.

      1. Hey, that 14-year-old child bride could give birth to the next Steve Jobs!

        1. Why do people venerate that salesperson so much?

          1. He was one of the few people, throughout all of modern history, who could really pull off a turtleneck.

            1. Only one person looks good in a turtleneck, and its this man.

                1. Even The Rock looks bad in a turtleneck.

                  TW: Dorkiest photo ever.

                  1. complete with a fanny pack.

            2. Mock turtleneck. Get it right.

            3. I thought the correct answer was Sterling Archer

    2. It will be delicious if they establish one standard for muslims and another for everyone else.

  32. Kim Kardashian was reportedly robbed at gunpoint in Paris by masked men dressed as police officers.

    She probably just vandalized a gas station bathroom or something.


    Hillary Clinton proposed drone striking Julian Assange. Remember, it is Trump who is thin skinned and too dangerous to be President. Right?

    “Can’t we just drone this guy?” Clinton openly inquired, offering a simple remedy to silence Assange and smother Wikileaks via a planned military drone strike, according to State Department sources. The statement drew laughter from the room which quickly died off when the Secretary kept talking in a terse manner, sources said. Clinton said Assange, after all, was a relatively soft target, “walking around” freely and thumbing his nose without any fear of reprisals from the United States. Clinton was upset about Assange’s previous 2010 records releases, divulging secret U.S. documents about the war in Afghanistan in July and the war in Iraq just a month earlier in October, sources said. At that time in 2010, Assange was relatively free and not living cloistered in in the embassy of Ecuador in London.

    She clearly was not joking and was serious. But, hey Trump doesn’t like NYT v. Sullivan and that is totally worse than supporting the murder of someone for the crime of leaking embarrassing information. Hillary is everything the pants shitters pretend Trump is.

    Maybe I am overreacting here. Is advocating the murder of leakers wrong but “within the normal parameters of wrong” as the Never Trump people assure us?

    1. She’s like a cartoon villain

      1. She really is. That is terrifying how casual and reckless she is about murdering someone.

        1. And Trump is the scary one. My mother-in-law was freaking out about him over the weekend, she doesn’t like Hillary either because she stayed with Bill after he cheated on her. I didn’t even know how to respond because it’s like she has no idea who either person really is. Trump says mean things and Hillary is a battered wife with no self-respect. Unlike me, she was an adult during the Clinton presidency and should know better.

          1. I have a friend who is normally very rational and smart but has gone insane over the issue of Trump. In same conversation he swore up and down that Trump was crazy and belligerent and going to get us into World War III with Russia and then in the next breath said he was an isolationist who was going to abandon Europe to Putin. And I could not get him to see the problem with holding those two positions.

            1. Trump Derangement Syndrome is even worse than the Bush version.

    2. Wow, that’s huge. Too bad that will get no play whatsoever.

      1. Not with the major media. I would be nice, however, if reason would at least talk about it. Last I looked they took drones and drone strikes pretty seriously. That is a hundred times worse than anything Trump has said.

        1. Your information about the media and drones is seriously out of date. They stopped caring about that on or in late January 2009.

          1. I know that. I mean reason in particular. They didn’t stop caring about drones.

    3. It’s just a bad joke. But when you get into the context of Hillary’s foreign policy and advocacy of drone strikes on, well, anyone the US doesn’t like, it becomes less of a joke.

      I don’t think this deserves to be a big deal, but I do think it says a lot about her.

      1. I don’t think it was a joke. When everyone laughed, Hillary didn’t. She was serious. From the link given by Instapundit

        Following Clinton’s alleged drone proposal, another controversial remedy was floated in the State Department to place a reward or bounty for Assange’s capture and extradition to the United States, sources said. Numbers were discussed in the realm of a $10 million bounty. A State Department source described that staff meeting as bizarre. One minute staffers were inquiring about the Secretary’s blue and black checkered knit sweater and the next minute, the room was discussing the legalities of a drone strike on Assange and financial bounties, sources said.

        Immediately following the conclusion of the wild brainstorming session, one of Clinton’s top aides, State Department Director of Policy Planning Ann-Marie Slaughter, penned an email to Clinton, Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, and aides Huma Abebin and Jacob Sullivan at 10:29 a.m. entitled “an SP memo on possible legal and nonlegal strategies re Wikileaks.

        Nonlegal remedies is the euphemism for drone strikes. She was dead serous. It was not a joke.

        1. Maybe not entirely a joke, but I have a hard time believing that she would actually call for an armed attack on London.

          1. She wouldn’t and that is why we didn’t drone strike him. Yeah, you are right, she wouldn’t drone strike London. She clearly would, however, have had a drone murder Assange if he had been somehow where a drone strike would have been possible. If Assange had been in say Yemen, this story leaves little doubt that Hillary would have supported using a drone to kill him.

            The point is not that Hillary is crazy enough to launch a drone strike on London. The point is Hillary is evil enough to order the murder of someone for the crime of leaking information that embarrasses her. That is fucking terrifying.

            1. What fun is being president or SOS if you can’t murder people who piss you off?

            2. When was that ever in doubt? There is one helluva trail of bodies associated with Cankles going back decades. The latest being the DNC operative who probably leaked DNC emails who was gunned down in front of his apartment.

      2. There are some things you just don’t joke about when you are SoS or POTUS. Doesn’t look presidential.

        And, if another candidate had joked about that the media would have gone into a howling frenzy.

        1. Trump should quote her without noting he’s quoting and let the feeding frenzy run for a while before pointing out he’s quoting her.

    4. Hillary is everything the pantsuit shitters pretend Trump is.


      1. Ewwww. Besides, doesn’t she have a bag taped to her leg to catch the runoff?

        1. From her frequent wobbling, I’d say it gets collected in a hollow prosthetic leg.

  34. The rift has widened in recent weeks, with Moscow accusing Washington of not delivering on its promise to separate units of moderate Syrian opposition from “terrorists”.

    Love the scare quotes.

    1. Should have put those scare quotes around “moderate”.

    “Hillary-Hatred Derangement Syndrome”

    I clicked on that expecting to see Shikha writing for the wsj

    1. It is Dorothy Rabinowitz, who have I always liked and admired. Trump must represent some kind of mortal threat to the ruling and media class. Otherwise, how has he caused them to lose their minds like this?

      1. The old trotskyites are returning to the democrat party, now that their nominee is sufficiently murderous.

      2. Because he’s going to lose this shitshow to Hillary.

        1. No. They don’t seem to have a problem with Hillary. Their problem is with Trump. And Trump is more competitive now that Romney was at this time in 2012. And he is a thousand times more competitive than Jeb Bush would have been, and they loved Bush.

          And I am sorry, but I really think you are going to be disappointed. Trump isn’t going to lose.

          1. Unless Trump somehow manages to win outside of the Margin of Fraud, he will not be the next president. And the race is too close for the Democrats not to steal it.

          2. I’m pulling for Trump. The guy pisses me off to no end given how badly and frequently he fumbles, how the guy who’s supposed to be pointing out lefty media bias and hypocrisy is constantly helping make their case against him, and the fact that this shouldn’t be a race at all. He pisses me off for being an anti-trade fascist-wannabe, and I’m pretty sure he’s going to trade SCOTUS appointments for policy wins. But he’s still preferable to Hillary. I’ll be disappointed (though unsurprised) when he loses.

            1. Trump sucks, but he’ll be penned in by virtually all of Congress and a media that would chew broken glass to bring him down. Hillary on the other hand will do whatever the fuck she wants, breaking any and all laws that she views as inconvenient, and the press will lick her boots every step of the way. That’s the one and only reason I hope for a Trump victory because the guy is pretty vile.

        2. I’m not so sure he’s going to lose? all my liberal FB friends are posting articles that seem to be postmortems on a Clinton loss.

  36. John C. Wright: The New Leviathan:

    An article from the Guardian newspaper, home of Damien Walter, who in times past has been kind enough to give Larry Correia writing advice, and who is gifted with sufficient foresight to have predicted the end of my career just before I won the Dragon Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.

    It seems their political writer, one A Mr. Robert Shiller, brings the same sagacity to bear on national and international affairs:

    “For the past several centuries, the world has experienced a sequence of intellectual revolutions against oppression of one sort or another. These rebellions operate in the minds of humans and are spread eventually to most of the world, not by war, which tends to involve multiple causes, but by language and communications technology. Ultimately, the ideas they advance, unlike the causes of war, become noncontroversial.

    The next such revolution, likely to occur in the 21st century, will challenge the economic implications of the nation state. It will focus on the injustice that follows from the fact that, entirely by chance, some are born in poor countries and others in rich countries. As more people work for multinational firms and get to know more people from other countries, our sense of justice is being affected.”

    1. (cont’d):

      And it is both the privilege of omniscient man to foretell and yet undo natural woes and within his omnipotent power to do it! For who else can rewrite the laws of nature aside from the godlike beings our mental and moral superiors on the Left conceive themselves to be?

      Why, I myself often brood over the remarkable injustice done me by requiring me to be born here on Earth, among humans, rather than on the island of Houyhnhnmland, my natural home, or planet Vulcan.

      You might ask, since justice means giving to each what he has earned by his merit, how I could have earned the right to be born one place or the other, and by what act someone could have deprived me of what I was due, or who that someone could be?

      Fret not! Because in this generation the toxic socialism of the Old Left has turned into the Alt-Left, their brains have turned entirely to mush, and what were once bleeding hearts full of pity, have withered like prunes, soured, shrank, and darkened. (Think of the ending of HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS with the film being played in reverse gear.)

    1. Shouldn’t that be something to be ashamed of?

    2. So he actually did father a child after all?

    3. Don’t run from this, Clinton. Give the kid a Super PAC and get him in line for the presidency after Chelsea.

      1. He’s probably pissed because Chelsea is most likely not Bill’s kid and he is, yet she’s gettin’ all the goods.

        1. Whose child is Chelsea, then?

          1. Product of parthenogenesis.

          2. Webster Hubbell is the suspect, or Satan as part of some deal, I’m not sure which.

            1. Cheslea is obviously the produce of a three-way between Webb Hubbell and Vince Foster. Vince thought she was his, and pushed for a paternity test.

          3. Weiner. Huma may have not gargled.

          4. Chelsea has no mother, no father except the eternal chaos of this, the darkest timeline.

            1. Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Chelsea R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn

            2. One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.

              1. All this has happened before and will happened again.

          5. Sheesh people, don’t you know anything? Everyone knows Janet Reno’s the father!

    4. That poor kid. What a cross to bear.


  37. I have a (unrefined. Because I’m lazy and not that bright) theory where people who demand trigger warnings are doing sane people a favor.

    Think of it. It flushes the flakes out and makes choosing a partner or friend easier. The second you hear someone babble on about microinvalidations and macrosuckmyballs and whatever, you walk away.

    That was the advice I gave my nephew this weekend after he experienced being accosted by a person for triggering her. A friend no less. She took offense to him repeating what a professor said in class regarding Native tribes (in of itself innocuous). It pissed my nephew off because he was tired of listening to her keep talking about her father being ‘racist’ (which he’s not according to him) and putting up with ‘white ass privileged princesses’ being offended for others.

    I told him to shut it down. Stay clear of her. Nothing can come good of it.

    1. Not a response to your comment: Bob Bradley appointed manager of Swansea City.

    2. Response your comment: agree. I practice this with a lot of people: I might talk to them about professional matters but stay away from everything else.

    3. I find myself exercising discretion in a lot of situations like that. Obviously the SJW shit is a big tell, but there’s also the #bluelivesmatter/#blacklivesmatter folks, just as one example. I don’t know if I’m noticing it more or if the political environment really has turned more…idiotic…but it seems like there are a certain topics that some people just can’t discuss rationally. The microaggression crybullies are the worst because they’re spoiled, self-entitled, socially-crippled man/woman-children who cannot be dealt with as rational human beings. You have to treat them as you would treat a person with a severe mental illness who has stopped taking medication and is wandering around with a chef’s knife: completely irrational and possibly dangerous, to be avoided as much as possible.

    4. That’s my policy too. If I hear the word microaggression or triggering, I tend to avoid that person as much as possible.

  38. ‘The force of each bite was like a sledge hammer with teeth’: Knifemaker describes terrifying moment he was attacked TWICE by a mother bear while hiking in Montana

    He was hiking near Ennis, Montana when he spotted the grizzly bear and her cubs on the trail in an open meadow.

    Orr had been careful to holler ‘Hey bear’ every 30 seconds to signal himself and avoid surprising any bears. But the mother bear charged him anyway.

    He tried to yell at her, hoping she would realize he was a human and would turn back. He attempted to repel her with bear spray, in vain.

    After five or ten minutes, Orr heard the bear again.

    ‘She either followed me back down the trail or cut through the trees and randomly came out on the trail right behind me.

    He tried to grab his pistol in case the bear was still nearby but he couldn’t see due to the blood in his eyes.

    But he couldn’t find the pistol and realized the gun had landed five feet from him during the attack.

    1. I am amazed he survived. I figured it must have been a black bear, since he was still alive. I think the bear was just fucking with him. If she had wanted to kill him, he would have been dead.

      1. Black bears are a lot more skiddish, I can’t see one stalking him as he’s walking away. But a grizzly just might, owing to their much more pronounced territoriality.

        1. Black Bears rarefy attack. Grizzly bears do and unless the person is armed, the victim rarely survive. They are just monsters. They are magnificent creatures but nothing you ever want to tangle with.

          1. I saw a grizzly pull the side door off of a minivan, completely remove it, and toss it away with the same effort you put into taking the lid off of a shoebox. There was an ice chest locked in the van that had tuna salad sandwiches in it.

            Yeah, if a grizzly attacked him in earnest he would be dead.

            It could hvea been a black bear. There are a zillion videos like this one:


            I get the impression from watching that that the bear isnt as much stalking as it is looking for a friend or a handout. I could see a mother bear being a bit more aggressive.

          2. Black Bears are chickens. We had one on top of my parent’s trash collection area before we sealed it better (in the Southern Smokies), and he woke me up at like 5 in the morning. I thought it was another raccoon, looked outside with a flashlight to scare him off (trash bin is right outside the window of the room I sleep in while there), and saw a bear. I literally told it “Get the F*ck out of here bear!”, not yelling or anything, and the bear stepped down from the trash cans and padded on down the stairs. It helps that the neighbors’ dogs always come visit our place, since my dad and I will play with them and pet them, plus give them some water if they want it, so the place always smells like dog to the bears anyways.

    2. True fact: some bears actually like the taste of pepper spray.

      He probably should have avoided hiking in bear country when bears are trying to put on fat for winter

      1. Sounds like a hell of a sports weekend in Oz: Footscray, Cronulla, and Ricciardo.

        1. Yep, great to see the underdogs win. There is however a downside to the Ricciardo win

          1. Not a smart thing to do in Malaysia.

      2. +1 difference between black bear and grizzly bear scat

        (Black bear droppings are smaller and often contain berries, leaves, and possibly bits of fur. Grizzly bear droppings tend to contain small bells and smell of pepper.)

        1. Why don’t tourist boards ever talk about scat-sniffing?

        2. Rangers in Yellowstone have a joke about how to tell what kind of bear is chasing you: climb a tree. If the bear climbs up after you, it’s a black bear; if it shakes the tree until you fall out, it’s a grizzly.

  39. As Donald?locked in the bathroom of his hotel?tweeted and shat and shat and tweeted, his hat and hair?nearly fused into a single mass from many long and sweat public appearances?discussed the state of Donald’s campaign for President of the United States amongst themselves from where they had been abandoned behind the nightstand.

    “I’m going to have the entire New York Times lined up against a wall and shot,” the hat said. “From the Editor right down to the lowliest paper boy, that crippled one that has to have his mom drive him around.”

    “A tax return was bound to get out,” the hair said.

    “I’ll have her shot too,” the hat said.


    “The mom. The mom of that asshole crippled kid.”

    “I was going to decide when we leaked the tax returns. Just some of the good ones. I had it planned after the second debate if we can’t control him again.” The hat shivered and stiff strands of the hair quivered along with it.

    “Stop doing that,” the hair snapped.

    “I have to have you up my ass all day long,” the hat said. “You just stuffed up in there. Can’t I have a break at night?”

    “You think I like it any better?” the hair asked. “I can’t breathe down here.”

    “You don’t breathe, idiot.”

    “Don’t be a Hillary. You know what I mean.”

    They struggled in silence to get away from each other.

    1. “It’s no use,” the hair said. “We’ll just have to wait until he’s done. I can’t hear him laughing in there. Fuck knows what damage he’s doing.”

      “The peanut-munching morons love his tweets. What could he say to turn them off now?”

      “He could endorse Hillary,” the hair said darkly.

      “He could play that off as just a joke. Or say he got hacked. No one hack Twitter accounts, but the press lap up that excuse every time.” They both laughed derisively.

      “What if he dies in there?” the hair asked after a minute or so of silence.

      “He’s not going to die,” the hat said.

      “But what if he did? That’s the way he’ll go, you know. Shitting and tweeting. What will happen to us?”

      “We still have Ivanka. Or Junior. One of them would take care of us. Maybe put us in a fancy museum,” the hat said.

      “You really think so?” the hair asked.

      “The Donald J. Trump Museum of Classy Trump Stuff,” the hat mused.

      Donald farted explosively in the bathroom and groaned.

      1. this story has a poetic beauty; the sad, fragile hat/hair combination fused together in frustration and the realization of their doomed future. Very New Wave cinema ala Godard.

        1. Yet there’s a De Sica realism to it all.

          1. Only a Canadian would come up with something so jejune.


  40. Electric Vehicles: Loved by Environmentalists, but What about the Child Labor?

    A day before the Paris Auto show opens to the public, Amnesty International has accused manufacturers of clean, green electric cars of having dirty hands.

    The human rights organization threw a wet blanket over the large crop of EVs exhibited in Paris, issuing a release targeting certain automakers for indirectly employing child labor in the construction of its vehicles.

    Using data drawn from its own report on the issue, Amnensty International claims that many lithium-ion battery pack suppliers use children as young as seven to mine cobalt in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Cobalt is a key component of the batteries, and 20 percent of it is mined by hand, the organization claims. Fatal accidents and lung disease are common in the crude mines, where laborers are paid as little as one dollar a day. Between September 2014 and December 2015, 80 miners died in underground mines in southern DRC, the organization claims.

    1. Delicious. Wonder how they are going to spin that.

      1. The spin the comments is “well everyone else does it too”. Which i am not sure is correct and environmentalists tend to take this holier than thou moral superiority road.

    2. A day before the Paris Auto show opens to the public, Amnesty International has accused manufacturers of clean, green electric cars of having dirty hands.

      The human rights organization threw a wet blanket over the large crop of EVs exhibited in Paris, issuing a release targeting certain automakers for indirectly employing child labor in the construction of its vehicles.

      I TOLD you the greenies were NOT serious about “saving the planet”. As with any commodity, cobalt is used in many applications and not just electric cars. The only way Amnesty International can make such claim is by looking at the purchase orders from these electric car companies and from there follow the supply chain and MAYBE the organization can make the claim that electric cars equal “child labor”. But I don’t believe they did, first, and I don’t think they care, second. GREENIES don’t want us using electric cars or wind turbines or solar panels. They want SOCIALISM and thus they want everybody to just fucking die already!

  41.…..iling-out/BCBS begins to bail on Obamacare markets.

    But that’s not the case anymore. Despite getting approval on an eye-popping rate hike of nearly 60% for 2017, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee announced that it was quitting three of the largest ObamaCare markets in the state, which will leave 100,000 enrollees to scramble for an alternative coverage next year.

    The state’s Blue Cross had lost half a billion dollars in ObamaCare’s first three years, and the company’s spokesman said “there are too many uncertainties to continue participating on a statewide level as we have before.”

    That decision came shortly after Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska’s announcement that it was pulling out of ObamaCare entirely in that state ? stranding some 20,000 ObamaCare enrollees ? after losing $140 million. “We can’t take another hit,” said CEO Steve Martin last Friday. The decision came after the company had won approval for a 42% premium increase.

    I wonder how many rate increase requests were intended to pave the way to withdrawal after being denied, except even the exchange commissioners could feel the way the wind was blowing and approved them.

  42. Kim Kardashian was reportedly robbed at gunpoint in Paris by masked men dressed as police officers.

    You know who else was robbed at gunpoint by masked men dressed as police officers?

    1. Anyone made victim on asset forfeture?

      Oh wait, you said masked.

      1. SWAT teams wear masks, don’t they?

  43. How can anyone be robbed at gunpoint in France? Guns are illegal there!


  44. Question regarding the scenario outlined in that other article where neither Clinton nor Trump wins a majority of electoral votes and the election goes to the House of Representatives. Does the House have to pick one of the accredited presidential candidates or could they pick someone else. Unlikely they would vote for Johnson, but I could see them picking Pence or Kaine as a compromise.

    1. Pence and Kaine flip a coin; the loser has to be president.

    2. No, they don’t, which is why injecting an independent candidate into the race who could throw the contest into the House was the fever dream of the Never Trump GOPers, who then figured they could get Jeb or Rubio to be voted in by the House. Cause that wouldn’t cause mass unrest at all, right?

      1. Read the 12th Amendment

        The person having the greatest Number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot,

        The House can only choose from the top three finishers in Electoral votes. They can’t take someone who didn’t run and didn’t get any votes.

        So, no Jeb or Rubio. That is not happening.

        1. OK, I was wrong about that….but I’m sure they can get one elector to give a vote to one of their lackey candidates.

          1. The vote would be done by state, with the Congressman from each state voting and deciding how their state would vote. Not only do the Republicans have a big majority in the House, the Democrats have become such a regional party that relies on near domination of a few areas that I would be shocked if there are more than 15 states that have majority Democratic House members. So, Trump as the GOP nominee would have a huge built in advantage. He would only need 26 states to win and there are Republican Majorities in at least 30 or more likely 35 states. So even if some of the GOP tried to put in someone else, they likely still would not stop Trump.

            Ultimately, in that scenario taking someone over Trump would involve the GOP telling a huge number of their voters to go fuck themselves. I can’t see them doing that. If they were willing to do that, they would have screwed him at the convention. If they wouldn’t screw him then, when he was behind in the polls and all the right thinking people were sure he was going to lose, I can’t see them screwing him after he fights the election to a tie and if he didn’t help at least didn’t cause them to lose the Congress.

            If it went to the House, Trump would almost certainly end up President.

            1. 14 states with Democrats in the majority in the U.S. House, 3 ties, the rest Republicans.

              1. Thanks. That is about what I thought. That means 33 states would if they voted by party line vote Republican if it ever fell to the House. Trump only needs 26 to win. I find it hard to believe he wouldn’t get that. Maybe the never Trump people could get a few states. But they would have to get 8 of them to keep him from winning. That seems pretty unlikely.

          2. I’m sure they can get one elector to give a vote to one of their lackey candidates.

            If no third party candidate wins a single EC vote, that would make their shill one of the top three. Might work, on paper.

            But, the howling (and justified?) outrage at this transparent ploy would make it a nonstarter.

          3. It would need to be one more vote than Johnson got. So if Johnson won New Mexico and it’s 5 electoral votes, they would need at least that many faithless electors to back their choice.

    3. Yes, they do. Under I think the 12th Amendment, they can only choose among candidates who have won at least one electoral vote. I suppose, you could get around that by having at least one elector go rogue and vote for someone other than Trump or Hillary or maybe Johnson if he won a vote. To be eligible, the candidate must get a vote in the electoral college. So, absent an elector going rogue, they couldn’t put Paul Ryan in or something. They would have to choose from the candidates who won votes.

      When you realize that constraint, it seems pretty likely that Trump would win the Presidency if it went to the House. The Republicans are almost certainly going to have a big majority in the House and the rules will prevent them from choosing another Republican besides Trump. So, they would almost certainly go for Trump and give him a majority on the first vote.

  45. Oh, and speaking of Obamacare: did anyone catch the insurer bailout Obama is planning by shelling out payments from the Treasury Judgment Fund? It’s the same source he used for the Iranian hostage ransoms.

    1. Its the executive-branch’s secret piggy-bank?

      I suppose until congress sues, or otherwise tries to challenge it as a breach of separation of powers or something, … everyone will just look the other way and let it slide?

      1. I doubt anyone is particularly interested in shouldering this burden until after January, and probably not even then. In fact I can’t see any reason why Trump or Hillary wouldn’t do likewise, nor why anyone but a few fiscal hawks in Congress will oppose it.

      2. Let’s talk about Trump’s taxes instead.

      3. Its the executive-branch’s secret piggy-bank?

        I believe the technical term is “slush fund”.

  46. Vladimir Putin signed a decree suspending an agreement between Russia and the U.S. concerning plutonium disposal.

    Oh, no, he didn’t!

    Thousands of people in Haiti are defying government orders to evacuate as Hurricane Matthew approaches.

    Only government can do ROADZ island-wide evacuations!

    Spain has gone without a government for 288 days and everything is fine.

    I don’t know about “fine” but I bet everything is still the “same” since the country (and any country for that matter) is in reality run by bureaucrats.

    A European Union migrant resettlement plan was overwhelmingly rejected by voters in Hungary, but turnout did not meet the 50 percent required for the vote to be valid.

    You can bet that, even if it had reached the 50% threshold, the result would be the same: “Oh, did we say 50%? Oh, silly us! NO! We meant to say 150% turnout! Our bad!”

    Kim Kardashian was reportedly robbed at gunpoint in Paris by masked men dressed as police officers.

    In France, police officers rob you!

  47. Hmm, maybe patients would prefer progress and better meds over grandstanding?

    “Patient groups, with loyalties split, sidestep drug price debate”
    “Public anger over the cost of drugs has burned hot for a year, coursing through social media, popping up on the presidential campaign, and erupting in a series of congressional hearings, including one last month over the rising price of the allergy treatment EpiPen.
    But one set of voices has been oddly muted ? the nation’s biggest patient advocacy groups. The groups wield multimillion-dollar budgets and influence on Capitol Hill, but they have been largely absent in the public debate over pricing.”…..517847.php

    Not a word on how the ‘monopolies’ came about.

    1. The downside of running a murderous cult is the people below you necessarily are okay with murder and often think they should be in charge rather than you.

      I hope they are in a lot of pain and suffering.

      1. I hope it prompts them to reconsider their lives – not very likely, but with God all things are possible.

        “You mean *this* is how it feels?”

        1. “Man, i DESERVE to spend the rest of my life in fear of American death robots.”

        2. Doubtful? my money is on al-Baghdadi claiming to be chosen by Allah to lead ISIS into victory over the world if he survives.

    2. That is olde school, son. Well done, assassin person.

  48. Just ran the numbers (caveat: in my head) for Clinton v Trump at RCP. Likely voter polls give Clinton a 2% average lead, within the margin of error. Still basically a dead heat.

    Yet the chattering on the morning news was about Trump’s collapse.

    1. And every poll I have seen that has Clinton in the lead has a partisan sample of Democrat +10 or more. No way in hell is the actual electorate going to favor Democrats by that much. It only favored them by 6 in 2012 with Obama on the top of the ticket.

      I don’t see how you can conclude that Trump is behind much less that he has collapsed. The claims that he has are just made up talking points designed to discourage Trump voters from voting and most of all get the undecided voters to go with Hillary thinking that Trump doesn’t have a chance. It is nothing but party propaganda.

      It will, however, pass just like it has every other time this election when the media proclaimed Trump to have “collapsed”.

      1. has it that Trump lost a little bit recently, most likely due to the debate. He went from being just one state away from being in the lead, to having three very swing states (Nevada, Florida, and North Carolina) barely flip to Hillary. If Trump can flip those three states back, plus either Colorado or NH, and hang on to Ohio, he wins it.

        Basically, the race could hinge on how the next two debates turn out, and whether Trump can put aside his arrogance and actually do some debate prep this time around instead of just winging it — plus voter turnout.

        1. 538 is only as accurate as the polls it relies upon. The polls can’t really measure who is going to show up and who isn’t. When the polls are wrong it is almost always because one side said they were going to show up and vote but didn’t do so.

          Are the polls right? They might be. But I think given the general lack of enthusiasm towards Hillary on the part of blacks and youth voters in particular, they are likely to be wrong because a smaller percentage of the people telling pollsters they plan to vote for Hillary are actually going to show up and do it than those saying they are voting for Trump.

          That is what happened in the BEXIT vote. All of these people said they were against BREXIT but when it came time to actually vote, a whole bunch of them didn’t. I really wonder if that isn’t going to happen here with Hillary.

          1. The lack of enthusiasm for Hillary is noticeable in San Francisco and environs. Remarkably few visible signs or bumper stickers.

    2. The media has essentially become a Buzzfeed clickbait article: You won’t believe Trump’s Twitter Meltdown!

      1. His lack of self-discipline in letting himself get sucked into stupid Twitter slap-fights about fat beauty queens is the biggest disappointment.

        Why not just “Yeah, I called her fat because she porked up on the job. So what? Is that worse than Hillary systematically destroying Bill’s bimbos?”

        1. Fuckin’ ay. God, he is a total shitshow.

  49. Kim Kardashian was reportedly robbed at gunpoint in Paris by masked men dressed as police officers.

    Tell me it was Armenian immigrants.

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