Donald Trump

"Donald Trump Will Protect You. He Is the Only One Who Can."

Is Trump's new campaign ad just more high-level trolling of his foes, or another sign that we can't rightly expect a peaceful, non-bellicose Trump administration?

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Many on the non-interventionist wing of the libertarian coalition like to believe that Donald Trump is the best major party choice, mostly because he's willing to say over and over again that the Iraq war was a disastrous mistake and because most of the usual bad suspects of the GOP foreign policy establishment seem to hate him.

That is, most of them usually do, except for neocon thought leader David Frum, Mr. "Axis of Evil" himself. Frum says this week in The Atlantic that the key to the Republican Party moving forward is to accept and recognize that Trump is mostly right about everything even if he's a bit of jerk, and Frum is so undisturbed by anything about Trump's foreign policy that he doesn't mention it at all, merely saying he's glad Trump is for "enforc[ing] borders and national identity."

Matt Welch and I have both suggested that what we seem to know about Trump's foreign policy commitments moving forward aren't really all that hopeful for those who anticipate a Trumpian Peace.

A new ad from the Trump campaign with lots of images of a fragile and ill-seeming Hillary Clinton should add to the disquiet that any non-interventionist on the Trump train should feel.

The ad is mostly about listing menaces to America that a woman this lacking in vigor, in the ad's telling, can't be expected to handle on behalf of the American people: "Iran promoting terrorism, North Korea threatening, ISIS on the rise, Libya and North Africa in chaos."

We are told by an ominous voice that "Hillary Clinton failed every single time as secretary of state" to end those problems.

And in an unspoken and frankly super-creepy slogan flashed at the end: "Donald Trump will protect you. He is the only one who can." (The best one can hope is this is more chat board level trolling of his nerdy enemies who dare suggest there is something fascistic at the root of Trumpism.)

There is not in this official campaign spot a hint of a suggestion of a clue that Trump's method of protection will involve less foreign intervention than is traditional for the past few decades of U.S. foreign policy.

However, since the ad says nothing specific one way or the other, and obviously some of the problems like Libya are clearly connected to past (though feckless) interventions she supported, I suppose those emotionally attached to Trump can keep holding on to non-interventionist hope.

The ad:

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  1. “Donald Trump Will Protect You. He Is the Only One Who Can.”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA 11111111

    1. DON’T LET HER FAIL US !!!

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!!!!

      1. JOHNSON IS MANIFESTLY UNQUALIFIED BECAUSE HE DOESN’T KNOW WHETHER WHEN TO BOMB ALEPPO

        1. 91% of libertarian Aleppans reject the libertarian brand, thanks to the 10% who are anti-gummint goobers.

          1. libertarian?

          2. If you’re not an anti-government goober then you’re not a (l)ibertarian. (l) and (L) are not synonymous.

              1. same as Democrat. Nice.

            1. INFILTRATOR!

              Goober Agammemnon is a Paulista homophobe and is what’s wrong with the Libertarian Party. He hasn’t head that Cato surveys find that 648% of libertarians reject the libertarian label. He’s probably bitter because Bill Weld killed his brother Menalaus.

          3. Michael Hihn is correct.

            1. (laughing)

              All of these impersonations are AGGRESSIONS by BULLIES! But what can you expect from a bunch of Paulista THUGS??

              1. Well, now that everybody is Michael Hihn, I should probably invest in a 3D printer to start selling shift keys and all of the punctuation mark keys.

              2. All these Trumpian wingnuts are so unhinged by you Michael that they go through the process of forging your signature. I want what you’ve got. You must be pissing them off.

                1. I can’t wait until Hillary wins and takes action against the woodchipper gang. I already tracked down Ken Shultz and I’ll help Hillary’s justice department find all of you too. Your full-throated defense of Donald Trump makes you too dangerous to move about freely in the new socialist paradise we’re going to have.

                  1. Thugs will thug.
                    Go starve some Ukrainians, asshole.

                  2. Die Thug

                  3. “can’t wait until Hillary wins and takes action against the woodchipper gang. I already tracked down Ken Shultz and I’ll help Hillary’s justice department find all of you too. Your full-throated defense of Donald Trump makes you too dangerous to move about freely in the new socialist paradise we’re going to have.”

                    I like this American Socialist/s. He best expresses my id when it comes to how I feel about Trumpian assholes.

                  4. You…. tracked down a guy who uses his real name, and tells everyone where he lives???

                    That’s fucking amazing.

                    Even more amazing than not knowing how swimming pool chemistry works. In spite of the fact that you worked in the field for 18 years, but somehow weren’t paid enough to cover your mortgage.

                2. Oh, hi.

                  How ya doing, racist?

                3. “All these Trumpian wingnuts are so unhinged by you Michael that they go through the process of forging your signature. I want what you’ve got. You must be pissing them off.”

                  sniggers
                  These Paulist Wingnuts can’t handle the truth.

                  AmSoc, have I told you about a Cato survey that found that 57% of libertarians reject the libertarian label? Would you like some pamphlets I have in my trunk?

                4. “I want what you’ve got.”

                  Uh, I think you already have what Michael Hihn’s got.

                  1. But enough about the herpes we all caught from Michael Hihn’s mom.

              3. Guffawing

                Michael Hihn nailed it. All you goober thugs, stop impersonating us!

                We know you’re jealous of our tenure as an elected libertarian official, having served faithfully for three months as the deputy sewage inspector in Pigfucker Township, Kansas.

                chortles

                1. Actually, Pigfucker Township is located in Missouri. It’s a metropolis in the Ozarks. 🙂

  2. Is this post a Star Wars reference? Asking for a friend who’s never been laid.

    1. Diane you are our only hope. Please talk to your mother !!!!

    2. The Trumpire Strikes Back: “Youuuuuure Out!”

      1. Well, if Trump can repackage himself into a svelte, athletically built, desert dwelling lass with an impeccably upper-crust English accent then he just may sway me yet…as long as he intentionally leaks cellphone nudie pics.

        1. Wait, what Star Wars movies had one of those in it? The only people in Star Wars with British accents are men.

          1. The most recent addition to the franchise? Unless my ear for the English accent has grown completely out of wack or has always been sadly misinformed(which is far too common), Miss Pretty English What’s Her Tits had an accent reflecting a lineage from a very successful merchant class background, at the least.

            It’s really not a huge gripe for me though. As far as Hollywood is concerned: Period piece from exotic land/SciFi reality means English actors in an American market. For whatever reason we just find it more palatable.

            1. What most recent addition? Oh wait, are you confusing the nu-Trek movie ‘Star Trek: The Force is made obsolete by a poorly though out macguffin that we’ll never mention again’?

            2. It’s really not a huge gripe for me though. As far as Hollywood is concerned: Period piece from exotic land/SciFi reality means English actors in an American market.

              To be fair, at least for some cases, like with Romans, using upper and lower class English accents is actually a pretty good way to highlight period language class distinctions in a way that you can understand without knowing Latin.

              1. Miss-where’s-her-tits, from what I’ve seen of her on the tee-vee. Haven’t seen The Force Regurgitates, yet.

                Daisy Ridley in the Daily Mail in a black one-piece swimsuit.

                1. no boobies? WTF?

          2. Carrie Fisher actually had one early on and thankfully ’twas scrapped.

            Accent

    3. AmSoc is your friend?

    1. I am almost consumed by hatred of Hillary to the point where no matter how loathsome Trump is, I just don’t care.

      1. It doesn’t matter, dude. Remember when Barabas was released? Politics is politics.

      2. She truly is despicable. She exudes wench witchery. She’s corruption personified.

        Each time she smiles a little orphan dies.

          1. Goddam. Sugar gave us a vocabulary word today: slattern
            Use it!

        1. But we need these orphans to work in the stuffing mines !!!!!!!!

    2. Thank you for the nightmares I will be having.

  3. Trump is for “enforc[ing] borders and national identity.”

    What does “enforcing national identity” mean? Punishing people for not being American the right way?

    1. Locking up japs and anti-war commies?

      1. See. In a way, he understands legacy Progressivism.

    2. Keeping out the mooslums

      1. They weren’t really a *problem* in the past. They aren’t today either in comparison to The OverReaction.

        1. Read the news from Europe recently? Is your plan to not object to importing more of them, until they become that level of problem?

          1. The Problem in Europe is the Social Welfare State last time I checked. I tell my lefty friends: ‘I realize that I’m outnumbered by everyone who wants the social welfare state but at least get the fucking bitch [BitCoin just popped up as a possibility for what I intended to be bitch] funded. Oh, and btw. Get it FULLY funded. Then the Koch Bros can’t steal it from you.

            1. The social welfare state causes jihadism and rape…? Funny thing is, it didn’t seem to do those things before the Muslims showed up.

              1. Did you see the latest from Sweden with the wheelchair bound woman?

              2. No. The Social Welfare State invites gamers. A certain percentage consists of immigrants but certainly not a preponderance.

                1. Depends what you mean by “preponderance.” Muslims are very overrepresented on European welfare rolls, as well in crime statistics and prison populations. And, of course, as terrorists and terror supporters.

              3. It invites it maybe. Hard for correlation is causation types to follow.

            2. They hate us for our social democracy.

            3. BUT always but

    3. Beating up quinoa eating hipsters.

      1. I don’t necessarily see anything wrong with that.

        1. Hipsters stole quinoa. They even pronounce it the stupid french way. I ate it before it was cool.

      2. Do hipsters still eat quinoa? I thought they were all in farro now.

        1. I thought they just sucked on hops buds.

          1. You misspelled “mom’s breasts”.

        2. Yes. Quinoa. Kale. Acai. Superfoods! I’m gonna live forever!
          I laugh every time I hear them say corporations and marketing suck.

          1. [Throws quinoa, kale, and acai berry bowl against the wall.]

            Fuck you.

            [Walks out.]

      3. “Beating up quinoa eating hipsters”

        I’m all for that. In fact lets give them Pinochet hekicopter rides.

        1. Is that a very mild helicopter? 😉

      4. Quinoa is delicious. You’ll have to pry it from my cold, dead hands.

    4. Beating the shit out of hippies who eat deep-dish pizza while me drinking a Corona with lime.

      1. corona, it’s so bad you have to add a lime to make palatable

    5. You have to eat at least one hot dog a day.

    6. Mandatory bacon eating.

  4. neocon thought leader David Frum

    Fun Fact: Not every Jewish conservative is a neocon.

    1. Some Jews are anti-Semitic because they don’t support the State of Israel unapologetically.

    2. Or a Canadian.

      1. It’s always one bad egg…..

    3. If David Frum isn’t a neocon, no one is.

      1. Are you retarded or insane?

        1. Evidently you’re both. How is he not? The guy practically regards himself as a neocon for Christ’s sake. He went on a nice long screed in 2003 specifically declaring “paleocons” unpatriotic for opposing the Iraq War. I don’t know if he embraced the label himself, but the neocons were clearly the heroes of the story in his mind.

          http://www.nationalreview.com/…..david-frum

          1. He went on a nice long screed in 2003 specifically declaring “paleocons” unpatriotic for opposing the Iraq War.

            2003 was 13 years ago, genius. He’s apologized for his role in the Administration and admitted the paleos were right. He’s currently anti-interventionist and anti-immigration, IOW the exact fucking opposite of a neocon.

            1. Oh well if he said sorry then I guess that changes everything. Tell me, does that apply to Hillary as well?

              And btw, if you admit that he definitely *was* a hardcore neocon, then why the bullshit remark about his (well-earned) reputation as a neocon having anything to be with being a Jew? I mean I’m sure wantonly accusing people of anti-Semitism is a great way to avoid dealing with criticism, but hardly a respectable tactic.

              1. Tell me, does that apply to Hillary as well?

                What did Hillary change her mind about?

                And btw, if you admit that he definitely *was* a hardcore neocon

                I did no such thing. Invading Iraq was popular among mainstream cons, neocons, and neolibs.

                having anything to be with being a Jew?

                Doherty: “Frum says this week in The Atlantic that the key to the Republican Party moving forward is to accept and recognize that Trump is mostly right about everything even if he’s a bit of jerk”

                Trumpism is a wholesale rejection of current neocon-ism. There’s nothing left to tie Frum, who’s barely even American, to neoconservatism other than Judaism.

                I mean I’m sure wantonly accusing people of anti-Semitism is a great way to avoid dealing with criticism, but hardly a respectable tactic.

                NYT, WSJ, WP, The Atlantic, Bloomberg are all disreputable outlets, huh. Who knew?

              2. “Oh well if he said sorry then I guess that changes everything”

                Actually, it does, yeah.

  5. another sign that we can’t rightly expect a peaceful, non-bellicose Trump administration

    I have no idea what any of this means. What the fuck is he talking about? Trump is going to grab the nations collective pussy?

    : “Donald Trump will protect you. He is the only one who can.” (The best one can hope is this is more chat board level trolling of his nerdy enemies who dare suggest there is something fascistic at the root of Trumpism.)

    I read that as him suggesting that Clinton et al (‘everyone not trump’ in the political mainstream) are all parasites living on the blood of the Volk.

    And that Trump will be like “OFF”-bugspray, keeping their shit at bay, at least for a short time.

    But the whole point of vague, bullshit political rhetoric is to allow people to inject their own projected visions into it.

    It doesn’t reveal anything about “Trump”. It reveals everything about you through your own reaction to it.

    1. Trump’s blowing a dog whistle, so it makes it easy to see who the dogs are, eh?

    2. IOW, He’s not responsible for his bellicose rhetoric or his campaign commercial implicit suggestion that HRC just fucking keel over from her Parkinson’s Disease. The fault lies with your interpretation of the commercial. Gilmore, I hope you take me off filter, because I want to say to you that you are a genius. Thank you. You’re alright with me.

    3. I want you to take me off your Reason filter.

  6. There is not in this official campaign spot a hint of a suggestion of a clue that Trump’s method of protection will involve less foreign intervention than is traditional for the past few decades of U.S. foreign policy.

    Trump’s tough guy act is ominous in ominous video. That’s the what the argument boils down to here, right?

    Meanwhile, Hillary wants a no-fly zone in Syria and refuses to say how she’ll enforce it. We are closer to war with Russia than at any point since the Cuban Missile Crisis because of the policies Hillary supports and she would up the ante on. I know what Hillary is going to do, and it’s fucking stupid. Democrats seem to think that as long as Western Europeans agree with their retarded foreign policy choices, then all is well.

    Trump doesn’t give a fuck about Assad. The stupid focus on Assad and embarrassing willingness to go along with the Gulf States – especially those cunts the Saudis – is what’s getting us into the most trouble right now. Trump is completely untethered to that stupidity.

    Hillary has been bought by the Saudis ala Bush. She’s incredibly insecure on foreign policy to the point where she’ll support any intervention just to say she did.

    1. Trump doesn’t give a fuck about Assad. The stupid focus on Assad and embarrassing willingness to go along with the Gulf States – especially those cunts the Saudis – is what’s getting us into the most trouble right now. Trump is completely untethered to that stupidity.

      ^Very much this^

      Trump is firmly against the bipartisan and bureaucratic consensus that we have to depose Assad, and crush the Shia on behalf of our Sunni (and other) “friends and allies in the region”. The preferred establishment policy has no outcome other than another round of US-led nation-building and/or all out war with Iran.

      1. More evidence the US State Dept. is an offshoot of the British Foreign Office.

        1. since the BFO has run the Planet since 1914, Right
          /Dolt

    2. But this time it’s not existential, I guess? Fuck people that think that. Who would have ever thought during the Cold War that in a future rid of The Threat, Progressives would go against their socialist fellow travelers. Kinda like Goths vs Emos really.

    3. I must say, watching the debate taught me that Hillary wants to risk a major conflict with Russia because of some photo of a Syrian child (at least that’s how she put it to the dumb hicks like us).

      I ended up fearing her more, not less.

    4. How on earth did Assad suddenly become an enemy worth confronting – along with his Russian ally – just at the time ISIS is installing what seems to be a worse regime in part of Assad’s country?

      What the fuck kind of logic is that?

      I guess I just don’t Middle East very well.

    5. There is not in this official campaign spot a hint of a suggestion of a clue that Trump’s method of protection will involve less foreign intervention than is traditional for the past few decades of U.S. foreign policy.

      Trump’s tough guy act is ominous in ominous video. That’s the what the argument boils down to here, right?

      Seems to. It’s like the blogger has bought the assumption that he’d be expected to criticize: that the only way to protect the country is via foreign intervention.

  7. What the fuck is he talking about? Trump is going to grab the nations collective pussy?

    Matt Welch hardest hit.

    1. “nations collective pussy”

      Winston’s mom?

  8. I’ve come to the conclusion that we would be better off to stay 100% the hell out of the middle east. No advisors, no trainers, no drones, no bombers, no troops, no nothing. I don’t see how anything we have done the In the past 15 years has advanced our national interest. Let’s let the ME sort itself out. Even if ISIS takes over large parts of it, I don’t care. Are they any more inhumane and anti American than any other regime, even the ones that are our so called allies.
    We’ve tried 15 years of intervention with no success. Let’s try 15 years of non intervention and see how things are and reevaluate.

    1. You are 100% correct. GTFO and STFO. Our intervention just prolongs the carnage. Not the job of American women to breed cannon fodder for everyone else’s civil war.

      1. Bring the troops home, and put them on the border.

        1. So you want to have more of those ICE checkpoints, and with full on soldiers manning them.

          1. At the border.

            1. So how far into the country does an immigrant have to get before the military has to let them go because they’re no longer “at the border” and thus the military is no longer allowed to stop them?

              Is it like a giant game of red rover where the soldiers stand, arms linked, right at the edge and if and if the immigrant can break through the line they get to go in? Or does martial law extend several miles inland?

              1. Once beyond the border, it’s a matter for police and ICE.

    2. I don’t see how anything we have done the In the past 15 years has advanced our national interest.

      That’s becuz you’re a Peace Nazi.

      If we just stay the course for another 15-30 years, I’m sure it’ll all work out for the best. Just like Cuba.

      1. or Germany?

    3. I’ve come to the conclusion that we would be better off to stay 100% the hell out of the middle east.

      Only if it includes an absolute ban on any flights originating from there.

      It does no good if there won’t stay there. Which it won’t. Because it’s not about land, it’s about jihad.

  9. I think the Trump campaign needs a 1970s Italian Action Movie Soundtrack

    Because Hillary’s campaign sounds like a commercial for menopause treatment. Trump’s campaign should sound like a coke & hooker binge on a runaway train.

    1. That is some sweet-ass Italian funk.

    2. “…like a coke & hooker binge on a runaway train.” Ah, Tuesdays.

  10. There is something refreshing about a pragmatic outlook, and the fact that Hillary can’t look at her support for Iraq or her support for the Iran nuclear deal and find any mistakes is alarming.

    If this race were only being decided on the basis of security policy, I’d definitely give the edge to Donald Trump.

    Oh, and if Hillary wins, don’t be surprised if our problems with Iran turn out to be nothing but a big misunderstanding according to Hillary. . . . after Iran coughs up a few million for the Clinton Foundation.

  11. Is Trump’s new campaign ad just more high-level trolling of his foes

    Yes, it is trolling. And this is how stupid the Reason staff is. They know it is trolling yet they will still take the bait.

    1. I was assuming it was a deathbed confession; I guess it still might be.

    2. Shhh, shhh, voter ID is racist.

    3. Jesus, just finished the video. There’s no “out of context” there.

      1. So, bets on indictments?

    4. “But-but-but a study by a leftist group says there’s no such thing as vote fraud!!1!”

    5. Now now, Ron Bailey has assured us on several occasions that voter fraud isn’t a problem.

    6. End of the day, it won’t stick because there’s no proof, just a guy who admits to not being wholly a Dem saying that unnamed Dems do bad stuff.

      That said, I certainly believe the guy.

  12. He did make a good point at the debate when Hillary and her debate team who were supposed to be moderating talked about arming the Syrian rebels, and he responded that she doesn’t even know who they are. That’s exactly right. The enemy or your enemy is not always your friend. That is especially true in the middle east. I don’t know how interventionist he is but an ad portraying your political opponent as weak in a dangerous world doesn’t mean anything. I’m still voting for Johnson.

  13. I actually finally watched the referenced video.

    I don’t know what’s more ridiculous – the over-use of the “Hillary being dragged around like a sack of potatoes” images… or the fact they exist in the first place.

    This skit about campaigning has been re-done a number of times, but its always fun.

    1. Well, everyone knows she drinks a lot.

      1. Is that true? I had not heard that. Married to Bill though I don’t doubt it.

        1. Well, she’s falling down drunk all over that video.

          Either that or maybe she on Valium.

          What a drag it is getting old.

          1. Yeah, but does she fuck sheep?

            1. Yes, she does fuck sheep.

              And God forbid there’s a cute intern around late in the afternoon when she’s rip roaring drunk.

              That crazy, drunken, sheep-shagging crone.

              1. What’s the difference between Mick Jagger and a Scotsman?

                Mick Jagger says “hey! you! Get offa my cloud!”
                The Scotsman says “hey McLeod! Git offa mah ewe!”

                A lonely Scotsman gets caught shagging a sheep. His friend laughs and laughs at him. He says “it is kinda funny that I shagged a sheep.” His friend says “I’m not laughing at ye ’cause ye shagged a sheep. I’m laughin’ at ye ’cause you shagged an ugly one.”

                1. A joke about australians, which requires you to perform an aussie accent in role

                  An English tourist visits Australia, excited to see rugged, rural living firsthand
                  He sticks his head inside a barn and sees an aussie laborer fucking a sheep from behind
                  He stammers, “Good God man, shouldn’t you should be *shearing* that sheep!?”
                  The Aussie snaps back, “I’m not shearing this sheep with eenyone! Bugger off, ay!”

                  1. LOL years of watching footy has me hearing it in Aussie.

            2. No, the question is: Does she get explicit consent before she fucks the sheep?

              1. Look sheep, we’re having sex whether you say yes or you say no, so you may as well say yes.

                1. I thought it was New Zealanders who…never mind, I can’t keep these stereotypes straight.

                  1. Montana?

              2. Sure. She asks it “If you consent, say baaaaaaaaahhhhhhh.”

    2. Hillary drinks so much, they’ve got somebody who walks around behind her with a barf bag just in case.

      I bet she’s got that old drunk lady smell, too. You know, like a cross between a nursing home and a gas station.

  14. There’s a bear in the desert- No, wait, that’s no good. There’s a camel in the woods. For some people, the camel is easy to see. Others don’t see it at all. Some people say the camel is tame. Others say it’s vicious and dangerous. Since no one can really be sure who’s right, isn’t it smart to be as water retaining as the camel? If there is a camel.

    Also, you can substitute in a burro, depending on the target demo.

    1. Not bad, but you should have worked in wolves somehow:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_s71-Q2XBZg

    2. What about a burro show? Is that too much to ask?

    3. [Applauds with one hand]

  15. The ad is mostly about listing menaces to America that a woman this lacking in vigor, in the ad’s telling, can’t be expected to handle on behalf of the American people: “Iran promoting terrorism, North Korea threatening, ISIS on the rise, Libya and North Africa in chaos.”

    We are told by an ominous voice that “Hillary Clinton failed every single time as secretary of state” to end those problems.

    Good content. Can’t watch the video, so I can’t say how the visuals and audio go, but this is a drum that needs to be beaten like a lazy orphan.

    HER RECORD IS TERRIBLE. Forget the scandals, forget the lies. Just look at her record. ITS AWFUL.

    1. The important thing is she was in those positions for a long time. Therefore, EXPERIENCE!!!!

      1. “And she meant well!”

    2. Tell me about it; her pitch is off, the instrumentals are all over the place, and the cover art is idiotic. I’m not looking forward to her next record either.

      1. Her record makes Jill Stein’s record look like a Beatles record!

  16. The Montana Department of Employment, Division of Labor Standards claimed a small rancher was not paying proper wages to his help and sent an agent out to investigate him.

    AGENT: I need a list of your employees and how much you pay them.

    RANCHER: Well, there’s my hired hand who’s been with me for 3 years. I pay him $200 a week plus free room and board. Then there’s the mentally challenged guy. He works about 18 hours every day and does about 90% of all the work around here. He makes about $60 per week, pays his own room and board, and I buy him a bottle of Jack Daniels every Saturday night so he can cope with life. He also sleeps with my wife occasionally.

    AGENT: That’s the guy I want to talk to – the mentally challenged one.

    RANCHER: That would be me.

    h/t Maggie’s Farm

    1. “AGENT: That’s the guy I want to talk to – the mentally challenged one.
      RANCHER: That would be me.”

      Back in the Neolithic when I started my first company (partnered), we were definitely under-paid compared to the hired help, regardless of commie-kid’s whining about exploited labor.
      We finally came good when we sold the company, but we’d earned it all by then. I’m guessing he has never done other than collect a salary.

  17. Good luck!

    “Germany votes to ban production of gas-powered engines”
    […]
    “The German government has voted to ban the production of all internal combustion engines by 2030.
    Der Spiegel reports Germany’s top governing body ? the Bundesrat ? voted to allow only zero-emission vehicles on roads in 14 years.”
    http://www.aol.com/article/new…../21577773/

    1. Soon to be followed by a law outlawing externally combusting batteries.

      1. I hope Samsung doesn’t make cars.

    2. Huh, I wonder if this is an indirect way of curbing immigration.

    3. Germany’s number 1 and number 2 exports are cars and car parts, so maybe not the most cunning plan ever.
      link

      1. Machinery Having Individual Functions

        Is the name of my next band.

      2. After something like 15 years, thousands of dollars of subsidies per car, constant PR whining, free charging, HOL access and for most of that time, gas well over $4/gal, CA counts electrics and hybrids as 1% of car registrations.
        And Germany is gonna hit 100% in 14 years while they dismantle the nuke power-plants.
        Go long horses; they’re gonna make a comeback!

        1. It’s like the NYC (or SF) council is running a whole country now.

      3. The top 15 includes: Aircraft, Helicopters and Spacecraft, engine parts, trucks, transmissions. Number 30 is…combustion engines.

      4. Now Germany’s biggest exports will be car companies and car part manufacturers.

        Boom.

    4. Are dead acid leaking batteries an emission?

    5. And to think the Germans nearly conquered Europe. WWII must have taken quite a toll on the national IQ.

    6. Oh, *now* they decide to stop using gas!

  18. “…creepy message…”

    Trump is a piker in this respect. He has nothing on The Lightbringer.

      1. “It’s not fascist when we do it!!”

  19. I saw Trevor Noah came out today and bashed Trump for his pussy comments. I have no clue what he said in particular. Just know its trending on the Facebook.

    Apparently, he doesn’t remember having to say this:
    “To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn’t land is not a true reflection of my character, nor my evolution as a comedian.”

    It’s only ok when he makes off-color sexist and anti-Semitic “jokes.”

    1. Trevor Noah’s jokes land about as often as Pioneer 10.

      1. *Rimshot*

      2. I gave up on the Daily Show many years ago, when it became clear that they had become the Humor Division of the DNC.

        1. Which is about as effective as the BBC Special Effects Department in the 1960s.

          1. Well, they helped get Obama elected twice.

    2. Who is Trevor Noah?

      1. I’m not going to enact that labor for you, Troy. It’s called Google.

        1. More cheap immigrant labor the media industry uses, so they don’t have to hire `Murrican comedians.

  20. A President who wants to protect the country?? OMG, what an archaic, out-of-date attitude! Everyone who matters knows that’s the very last thing the federal government should be doing! It interferes with their first duty, which is to help foreigners.

    1. It interferes with their first duty which is protecting my rights.

      ‘I will keep you safe’ is just the first half of a sentence that ends with ‘and you will do what I tell you to.’

        1. I don’t know what that means but I love it!

      1. When immigrants are on welfare, or in prison, or under government surveillance, that infringes on your rights. Reducing the need for all three should increase your rights, if done properly. Which I realize is not a trivial task.

    2. If “protect the country” means violate my rights and freedom he can go and fuck right off.

    3. I prefer “I will do my best to keep you free” to “I will do my best to keep you safe”. One leads to beneficial things, while the other tends to lead to things like interning the Japanese and massive surveillance state legislation.

      1. Oh that’s adorable. You think the surveillance state was authorized by legislation.

    1. (laughing)

      What kind of gibberish is this?? Heroic (sic) Mulatto, after being completely wrong swimming pools, is apparently too drunk or high to even make sense!!

      These Paulista BULLIES and THUGS would never prosper in a free society. Think of it this way: In a libertarian society, we’d all live in gated communities with private police forces and competing court systems. John Galt’s statue would stand in every town square. But in a free society, Galt’s Gulch could exist right next to a Marxist commune ? lesbians up the street from a community of Christian Fundies ?. retired Catholic priests across the field from Wiccans. Voluntary communities. The statue would be Voltaire, inscribed: “I disagree with what you say, but I will fight to the death for your right to say it.”

      Do you think Heroic Mulatto or any of the other Paulistas would lift a finger for your rights? NO WAY!

      1. I commented with Michael Hihn. I knew Michael Hihn. Michael Hihn was a stalker of mine. You’re no Michael Hihn.

        1. Heroic Mulatto|10.11.16 @ 9:52PM|#
          “I commented with Michael Hihn. I knew Michael Hihn. Michael Hihn was a stalker of mine. You’re no Michael Hihn.”

          I (laughed) at Michael Hihn and (farted in his general direction), and I think there’s sufficient wackiness in the post that it might be (laughing) Michael Hihn.

      2. Heroic (sic) Mulatto, after being completely wrong swimming pools, is apparently too drunk or high to even make sense!!

        Irony? Is this ironic?

        1. It’s not even the real Hihn.

          Someone is just bored.

          1. We are all Michael Hihn.

            BTW there’s weird stuff coming out of my penis.

            1. His name is Michale Hihn. His name is Michael Hihn. His name is Michael Hihn.

      3. Heroic Mulatto defeated again by the Hihn!

        Goober Paulist losers! are bitter over being denied the right to not to sell cake to gay people! Rand Paul alienated 34583% of libertarians who reject the libertarian label, and these yokels still cling to his LOSING right wing brand.

        They hate Johnson and Weld for their immeasurable success at articulating libertarian principles to the American public.

        (laughing, accidentally fills depends)

  21. So, I realized tonight having a conversation with a Never-Trump Republican that even after reading Reason everyday throughout this election cycle, I still have no clue what the long term goal of voting Johnson is. What the hell is supposed to motivate me to get off my ass and file a protest vote? The support Johnson is collecting isn’t real. It’s not pro-Johnson or pro-libertarianism. These aren’t principled cast-offs of the Republican party. And there’s no realistic expectation that they will stay with the LP going forward. Nor has a clear version of libertarianism been sold to the public in the process of all this. Is the Republican party going to be pulled in a libertarian direction?

    Is the LP going to be in any better a position the day after the election, in reality, than it was before?

    Maybe Johnson will save the down-ticket ballots from some of the negative-Trump effect. That’s the biggest highlight I can find. But I am not a Republican. I have never voted. Why the hell should this election cycle be any different? Despite months of Reason writers pushing Johnson, there’s nothing more to voting here than some shred of respectability for libertarianism that will be nothing but ephemeral or illusory.

    1. Brochettaward|10.11.16 @ 8:56PM|#
      “So, I realized tonight having a conversation with a Never-Trump Republican that even after reading Reason everyday throughout this election cycle, I still have no clue what the long term goal of voting Johnson is.”

      I live in CA. My vote for either major party clown means nothing; the felon-clown is a lock.
      I hope, by sticking one more pin-prick in the side of the republicrats, to make it clear some of us are not happy with this corruption and foolishness.

      1. I honestly have no clue what the protest value for Johnson is. Vote Libertarian to prove that in a race against two historically hated presidential candidates with supposedly the best candidate the Libertarian Party has run in 20 years, they might be able to crack 10% of the vote? Who the fuck cares?

        Johnson isn’t a libertarian and he never won a race as a Libertarian. He only joined the LP because he wasn’t a big enough factor in the Republican Party to get into the debates. His running mate (who hijacked the messsaging) definitely isn’t libertarian. He’s made little to no effort to pull libertarian or conservative support and he’s mainly siphoning support from Hillary. If she’s not in the race, that support vanishes immediately. He’s also done about as anemic a job of campaigning as anyone I’ve ever seen running for President…I would (seriously) not be surprised to learn he was high the entire time, because he has come off as consistently unfocused, unprepared, and unengaged.

        Sorry, but there’s no reason I’ve seen for someone who despises the Clintons and opposes their criminality to consider voting for Johnson. And it’s disappointing how myopic the Reason staff has been in their hatred of Trump to the exclusion of Clinton’s unprecedented abuses of the law in a presidential candidate. It’s cluelessness on their part.

        1. “I honestly have no clue what the protest value for Johnson is.”
          Not real bright I see. UCrawford and SIV for TRUMP!
          And you disagree with a vote for Johnson since he isn’t libertarian enough? Goody! Louts need brainless followers; your face will thank you for cutting off that nose.

          1. Why on earth would I vote for Gary Johnson? The guy is a trainwreck…he had a meltdown in a CNN interview a few days ago and I’m pretty sure the guy is getting high regularly and cracking under the strain. A vote for him is basically a vote for Bill Weld, who seems to have taken over the ticket and is handling the interviews. I have zero interest in voting for that Rockefeller Republican and his fondness for Hillary Clinton and “assault weapons” bans.

            There’s no libertarian candidate in this race and you’re fooling yourself if you think otherwise. I’m not going to throw my vote away on a guy who can’t even handle the mental strain of campaigning for the job.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h41aZvqpLcY

          2. Incidentally, it’s the last month of the campaign and according to their website Johnson and Weld have exactly one event scheduled anywhere in the U.S. On Thursday in D.C. You’re seeing Trump and Clinton out meeting with people in key districts, pressing the flesh, giving speeches, and getting in front of the camera. Johnson did a Q&A on C-Span from his house where he still couldn’t demonstrate a grasp of foreign policy and he seemed pretty clueless about how to assemble a Cabinet, and I don’t know what else he’s doing in terms of actually campaigning.

            He’s lucky to be polling where he is.

  22. http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.c…..1787678550

    So, has anyone heard anything about this?

    1. media blackout on this, it seems.

    2. Well, unless it’s a completely separate missile attack, then the earlier media reports claimed it fell harmlessly into the ocean. Nothing was said about it having to be shot down.

        1. That was the party where 140 where killed by the Saudis.

          Missiles fired from rebel-held Yemen land near US destroyer.

          Where do rebels in Yemen get cruise missiles?

          1. Well, for one thing this is the post-lawsuit Gawker and Tyler Rogoway has moved on. Given the quality of the posting since its very likely that the author doesn’t know the difference.

            1. Per the Washington Post, though, they were likely anti-ship missiles supplied by Iran. That is almost certainly the source regardless of what, but the government is keeping a wraps on the details.

          2. “Where do rebels in Yemen get cruise missiles?”

            If you go to the Evergreen Air Museum in McMinnville, OR, you’ll see the Spruce Goose and a Russian cosmonaut capsule. When I saw it some years back, I asked a docent where they got it: Ebay.
            Now, I’m not saying you can go to Ebay and get a cruise missile, just that many Russians are peddling all sorts of stuff if they can…

          3. it’s not clear if the SM-2s did their job, or if the incoming missile, likely a 1990s vintage Chinese-made cruise missile supplied to Houthi militants by Iran, simply sputtered out and hit the water of its own accord.

            I think there’s a range of things people might refer to as “cruise missiles” which can go from “cheaper-and-dumber”, to “super-advanced-and-smart”, the principle differences being their types/layers of guidance systems, their speed, and their payload. Still, the same piece points out that there hasn’t been any incident this ‘advanced’ (advanced missiles fired at US ships) since… probably the falklands, when exocets were used.

            I think its funny that the media will go ballistic (pun sorta intended) over “hacking” as a sign of hostile nations intending to influence the election…

            …but when *some nation* actually DOES engage in a hostile act, possibly to do that very thing? They bury it as one big misunderstanding. Because they didn’t invent *this* one, and it may not work as intended.

    3. mentioned a few times in the last few days. The media is downplaying it because (gasp) i mean, its not like we want to acknowledge the current administrations wars!? that might make people think poorly of his legacy. Besides, Bush was worse.

    1. I have no sense of humor.

      Also, the correct Boney.

  23. Remember when like a week after Trump announced that he was running, how we were already totally sick of hearing about Trump? When we started going, “Trumpity, Trump Trump!” in every thread ’cause we were so sick of it already?

    That was months ago and we’ve been getting all Trump all the time ever since.

    I think Trump’s name should become a verb. “Trump” should be a verb for when a dead horse has already been flogged to death, and then you keep flogging it through spring, summer, and all the way to November. When you trump something, it’s when you do it so repetitively that the feeling talking about it again provokes goes beyond any existing word already in the English language you could use to describe it.

    It isn’t boring. It isn’t tedious. It’s isn’t monotonous. It isn’t unbearable. It’s “trump”.

    I know there are important things that still need to be said about Trump. And we’ve got at least another three weeks of them to go.

    But at this point, I might rather talk about abortion or gay marriage.

    Where’s John?

    Hey John! What do you think about gay marriage?

    1. Hey John! What do you think about gay marriage?

      He thinks it’s trump.

      1. ^^^^ I’m pretty sure this dude is Michael Hihn

      2. I always knew it was you blue hihn !!!!! =D

    2. I have strong opinions on pizza I would like to discuss now.

      1. Discuss? No. I’m going to talk at you.

        The best pizza in the world doesn’t even have tomato sauce.

        1. I hope you die in a fire.

          1. I did. And then I came back as Jesus to tell you about pizza.

            1. That’s Freddy Krueger. Krueger died in a fire and came back, not Jesus.

              1. I didn’t know he was a pizza expert too.

                1. You’ve seen his face, right? Plus, a man’s got to do something to bring in a few bucks. Murdering teenagers in creatively gruesome ways is a fine hobby but it doesn’t pay well.

            2. You ain’t junior and that ain’t pizza.

              1. I ate a lot of pizza in Berkeley. Blondie’s, Fat Slice, etc.

                The only 510 area code phone number that I still have memorized (other than my own number) is Round Table Pizza.

        2. Can’t I just shove a clove of garlic into a tomato and get the same effect?

          1. The white sauce is actually ranch dressing.

            I figured it out when I saw the commissary truck delivering 50 gallons of ranch to Round Table.

            1. I think I’m going to puke.

              Warm ranch dressing . . .

        3. 1. You are right that the best pizzas do not have tomato sauce.

          2. You are wrong that ‘creamy’ anything sauce is on any contender.

          Olive oil or pesto FTW.

        4. Eat at Spumoni Gardens, and thank me later.

          i don’t believe in any silly “best” notions of anything edible. Food is good, or it is not good. some things are very good. The pizza there is very very good.

          1. When I go to NY, it isn’t for pleasure. Pizza isn’t on the agenda

            1. i meant that for Titor, and general reference purposes. what you do is your business.

  24. So after our rants against ESPN this morning, here I am watching ESPN – and they’re plugging SJW Hour with The President after this. Yeah, no.

  25. I just want to let people know that this was a thing that happened once.

    1. I don’t know what this is, but I can’t believe I’ve lived all this time without it.

    2. Inscrutable.

    3. I had no idea that you were a stage dad.

      1. Stage dad, suitcase pimp…the boundaries are blurred nowadays.

    4. At least it’s not that [bleep]ing dancing skeleton again.

    5. SMAP is breaking up this year. I know, it’s a pity.

  26. Today was #National Coming Out Day, and I’m appalled that Reason – a publication which apparently cares little for lgbt courage – did not cover it.

    1. Does my turtle head count?

    2. Well, leave it to the Chron:

      “James Charles is first male CoverGirl”
      […]
      “Just wrapped another great @CoverGirl shoot. Honored to have the pleasure to announce the very first COVERBOY, James Charles! Follow him @JCharlesBeauty!” she wrote with a photo of the two of them.”
      http://www.sfgate.com/news/art…..962889.php

      Uh, OK…

        1. I hope that comment is regarding Perry. I hope.
          And for added gag-factor:
          “One year ago, he boldly chose to launch his Instagram to the world, using transformative, dynamic makeup looks to showcase the many facets of his personality, serving as an inspiration to anyone who might have been afraid to do the same.”
          I know *I’m* inspired!

          1. I am attracted to bravery.

              1. Easy, breezy, beautiful…Playa Manhattan…?

          2. “using transformative, dynamic makeup looks to showcase the many facets of his personality,”

            Cut this guy a break. He just wanted to have his outward appearance reflect his inner appearance. You know…. Fake.

            1. So David Bowie?

              1. Or Elton John?

      1. Liek SO BRAVE! MUCH COURAGE!!!

      2. I use the 1/4″ wide black felt Sharpie to label boxes in my garage.

        I never would have thought to use it to draw eyebrows on my face.

        1. But it’s one of his many “looks”! Along with “look at me! I’ll do anything I can to make you look at ME!”
          ME, ME, ME!
          Now we know what trueman looks like.

      3. Why are there 2 beaver tails pasted to its forehead?

        1. I JUST SAID THAT BUT MORE CLEVER.

          Beaver tail is a reference to vagina, BTW, and I don’t think anyone asked that dude to piss in a cup.

          1. Beaver tail is a reference to vagina, BTW

            i feel that’s sort of unfair to the beavers. they are very functional tails in their own right. I never saw a vagina do ad-hoc masonry work. maybe i need to get out more.

            it now occurs to me that during my paddle-time in canada, i never asked if anyone ate beaver, and if so, if the tail was good/bad, or not consumed, or what. (or maybe i did and forgot)

            this guy says = it’s what’s for Dinner. and these guys rank it #4 on america’s wild-edibles list. apparently the tail can be consumed, but its just fat.

  27. Each year the cult of personality around our politicians just gets worse and worse. There is no libertarian moment. We want to be ruled. Our only policy solutions are putting the right top men in charge. We’ll be Europe soon, with a Sanderista socialist vs. a Trumpian nationalist to choose from each year

    1. “We want to be ruled.”

      “We”? Is that a turd in your pants?

    2. Trumpian nationalism is potentially somewhat compatible with libertarianism, assuming libertarianism gives up on open borders and endless immigration. But Sanderista socialism, or the milder Hillary version, is much less so.

  28. “Complete collapse: Giants’ bullpen blows it again to end season”
    http://www.sfgate.com/
    Just to end the season, I think Bochy will be looking for a new job next year.
    You don’t take the same crew that got you the best record in the NL before the break, have the ownership hand you what you please and then collapse in the second half without taking the load.
    Nice going, Bruce, until the rest of the league caught up to you and you didn’t figger it out. So long, I hope.

    1. Hope he comes back to the Padres.

  29. SAVE US DONALD YOU’RE OUR ONLY HOPE

    If you had told me this would be the 2016 election back in the summer of 2012, I would have jumped.

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