Trump Sued, Won't Release Tax Returns, Gambia Missing Millions After Ex-President Leaves Country, Patriots, Falcons Going to Super Bowl: A.M. Links

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    President Trump is being sued today by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which claims his failure to divest from his business interests or place them into a blind trust violated the Constitution's prohibition on gifts from foreign governments. The president has reportedly already sent architects to Jerusalem to explore a move of the U.S. embassy there. The Trump administration may suspend the Obamacare health insurance mandate before the law is repealed, according to Kellyanne Conway, who also said Trump would not be releasing his income tax returns. Sean Spicer started his first White House press conference by lambasting a reporter who tweeted about a bust of Martin Luther King that didn't actually leave the White House, and then the broader media for reporting about crowd numbers at the inaugural, which were not as large as the 2013 inauguration or the women's protest march the next day.

  • The prime minister of the United Kingdom says she has faith in the country's nuclear weapons system after a report that a test missile veered off-course last summer.
  • Millions of dollars are missing in Gambia after the former president left the country. His cargo plane was also reportedly loaded with luxury cars and other items.
  • The transport minister of Malaysia is meeting with families of the victims of missing flight MH370.
  • Samsung says the only problem with the Note 7s, which was recalled after a number of units exploded, was the battery.
  • Martellus Bennett was the only player to act excited about the New England Patriots going to the Super Bowl, where they'll face the Atlanta Falcons.

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  1. Samsung says the only problem with the Note 7s, which was recalled after a number of units exploded, was the battery.,/i>

    And the shrapnel.

    1. And the italic tags.

      1. It’s all part of the plan.

      2. Should I get recognition for first when something like this happens? I say yes*

        Official Ronald Bailey disclosure: I am the author of the comment that will be recognized as first.

        1. Are we still keeping count of firsties?

        2. No. Plausible typos not a dq.

          1. What about implausible typos?

    2. Hello.

  2. President Trump is being sued today by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which claims his failure to divest from his business interests or place them into a blind trust violated the Constitution’s prohibition on gifts from foreign governments

    For being a nazi fascist, Trump seems to be engaging in some pretty routine boring scandals.

    1. CREW however found no problem with Hillary’s pay to play while at the State Department.

      1. There’s a reason for that. Follow the money.

      2. Look, those were totally legitimate charitable operations. Just pay no attention to the fact that the donations vanished as soon as she lost the election.

    2. If the lawsuit succeeds, it would basically mean any successful businessman could never be president without completely abandoning his business. Failed lawyers are fine, though!

      1. I also like that there is no curiosity about Obama having an income of $400K a year and leaving office with a net worth of $12.2 Million.

        1. True but what expenses has he had the last 8 or more years? First his campaign payed for almost everything and then the US taxpayers paid for almost everything.

          1. $400K a year for 8 years is still only $3.2 Million.

          2. $400K * 8 = $3.2M

            He must have one hell of an investment manager.

            1. He took the money and invested in cattle futures and real estate deals.

            2. It was supposedly from all the book deals for books that absolutely no one has actually read.

              I’m sure there are massive warehouses, owned by left supporting agencies and unions, filled to the rafters with unread copies.

              1. Yep, that’s a way they use to get around direct payments. Politician has a ghost writer pen a book, rich supporters buy up warehouses full of copies.

              2. This is why Print on Demand is the future of publishing.

        2. Book royalties.

          1. Yeah. If memory serves, he came in with a net worth of about $8m. If that’s correct then there is nothing untoward about being worth $12m considering his salary, lack of expenses, and the stock market’s performance over the last 7 years.

            1. It doesn’t seem to be anything untoward.

              It does suggest that maybe the president doesn’t need to get paid quite so much, though.

              1. But we need the high salary to attract the best people!

                1. Sounds like we should increase the salary then.

        3. He did write a couple of books, is immune from insider trading, and had all of his expenses paid for the last 8 years, so 12 million isn’t really that bad in the grand scheme of things.

        4. According to the pie charts, book sales from his bio accounted for most of it. Unless you have a cite to debunk the numbers, you’re barking up the wrong tree.

          Also, you just made me defend Obama. Stop it.

          1. I think he was given substantial advances on the books too.

      2. If the lawsuit succeeds, it would basically mean any successful businessman could never be president without completely abandoning his business.

        If the lawsuit succeeds, it will prohibit anyone covered by the emoluments clause from having any member of their family own stock in any company that does business with any foreign government.

        Of course, “emoluments” doesn’t mean “any payment”. It means “gifts”, so the lawsuit should fail.

    3. The cattle cars will be loaded yet!

    4. “For being a nazi fascist, Trump seems…”

      But African Marxists are just fine?

      1. only if they understand sarcasm

    5. Seems like an odd interpretation to consider commercial transactions “gifts”.

      I don’t think it’s nothing. His businesses probably would make it easier in some ways for foreign people or governments to do him personal favors. But it doesn’t seem like a unique or particularly significant danger.

      1. Sometimes, when kkkorporations receive money, it’s a “gift”, but most of the time, it’s “theft”, “extortion”, “graft” or worst of all, “profit”.

      2. It’s not theft, it’s taxes. You didn’t build that. Corporations don’t get speech. We have to make them unequal to make them equal. Government is the good we do together. Without socialism we’d have no middle class. Russia hacked our election. Women are oppressed. Trump is literally Hitler.

        Yeah, “odd” interpretation.

  3. 279) (Part I of IV) I used to read Slate because it had lots of interesting articles, if from a leftward slant. Gradually, the interesting articles disappeared, but I continued to read it because Marcotte (Grade A entertainment!) and Dear Prudie. Now Marcotte’s gone, but there’s still Dear Prudie. Well, actually there’s a new Prudie, but she’s still pretty much the only reason to go over there. She’s been there about a year now, and she sure is different than the old one! Let’s try a few sample letters:

    1. (Part II of IV) Dear Prudie, My husband has a terrible snoring problem. I’ve gotten him to switch sleeping positions, to stop drinking alcohol before bedtime, and we’ve even tried those nasal strips, but nothing seems to work. What can I do? Sleepless in Salina

      Dear Sleepless, You should definitely see a therapist to discuss these problems, but many people find an open marriage works best for this type of problem. Open marriages can take a lot of work and communication, but I think in the long run you’ll find it’s worth it.

      1. Wait, what? Is that for real?

    2. (Part III of IV) Dear Prudie, My girlfriend and I have kind of an awkward problem. We live in an apartment building with thin walls, and we can often hear our neighbors having sex! I don’t think they know we can hear them. Is there a polite way we can bring this up with them, or is this just something we have to live with? Embarrassed neighbors

      Dear Neighbors, Of course, your first step is to find a good therapist to discuss your problem with, but eventually you may find an open relationship to be the most beneficial thing. It’ll take a lot of work, but open relationships are usually worth it in the long run.

      1. we can often hear our neighbors having sex!

        For the life of me, I can’t understand why people view this as a problem. I keep hoping for neighbors like that.

        1. Sometimes you have to wake up in the morning and the annoying noises don’t help you sleep.

          1. UCS doesn’t like listening to people scrumping. Big shock.

        2. What if your neighbours look like this and sound like moose?

          1. Crusty approved?

          2. I don’t know what moose sound like…

        3. It gets old after a while.

    3. (Part IV of IV) Dear Prudie, My children have the worst sibling rivalry. They just cannot get along. We’ve tried everything?time outs, apologies, family game nights. They keep arguing no matter what we do! Their father and I love them both and try to give them all the attention they need, but this is driving us out of our minds. What do you think we should do? Krazy Kids.

      Dear Kids, Your family needs to get into therapy, pronto. After that, the obvious next step would be an open marriage. Sure it’ll mean lots of honest talking and hard work, but your family relationships are sure to come out stronger for it in the end.

      1. Paid for by the “Open Relationship Therapy Guild of America”

        1. “Sponsored by the Oneida Society”

    4. So they don’t have a Prudie anymore, they have a Prudiebot.

      1. Your family needs to get into therapy, pronto. After that, the obvious next step would be an open marriage. Sure it’ll mean lots of honest talking and hard work, but your family relationships are sure to come out stronger for it in the end.

      2. Our bots are better.

        1. What if we could combine them….?

          I couldn’t believe the Cheque I saw for the online werk on open relastionship – my sister-in laws aunt’s hairdresser was fired 8 months ago, now buys Citro?n C3 for family therapy!

        2. They’ve been through therapy and are in open bot-marriages.

    5. You seem pretty obsessed with open marriages. When did your wife ask for one?

    6. The new Dear Prudence is terrible. Emily Yoffee would miss some letters, but she had some life experiences that allowed her to have some humility and didn’t blind her when giving pointless advice online to strangers. Mallory Otberg is basically hacking and missing at batting practice fastballs on anything other than LGBT issues.

    7. Marcotte writes for Salon now. You can go over there to get your fill of derp, if you’d like.

  4. Millions of dollars are missing in Gambia after the former president left the country. His cargo plane was also reportedly loaded with luxury cars and other items.

    Point of order: It’s The Gambia. It’s like The Ohio State University. But with more corruption and less drunk co-eds.

    1. The Dalles

    2. He took the “The” with him, too.

    3. with more corruption

      Citation needed

    4. Sure enough, it is. Apparently, The Bahamas is the only other country starting with “The”. When it was part of the Soviet Union, there was The Ukraine, but they deliberately dropped the “The” on independence. Or the “the”, it’s not clear if the article should really be capitalized for any of these places. Then there is The Hague, which I believe is always capitalized, and the Bronx, which isn’t. There’s also Le Havre, but since that doesn’t get translated, I guess it doesn’t count.

      1. I think that the “The” in “The Ukraine” was always just something English speakers tacked on.

    5. Fun fact: in German it’s “Gambia” – but “The Switzerland”, “The Iraq”, “The Iran” and many others.

    6. fewer drunk co-eds, dammit!

      1. That’s not really a thing.

    7. I thought that was how people in Ohio talked.

      I am going to The Donut Shop to get a coffee. I will take The Car and bring it back to The House in a half hour.

  5. Martellus Bennett was the only player to act excited about the New England Patriots going to the Super Bowl, where they’ll face the Atlanta Falcons.

    Goddammit. At least the Bruins got their comeuppance yesterday.

    1. Yeah, but by the Penguins, so only Yinzer scum can truly enjoy it.

    2. Not as exicted as Jamie Collins, though

    3. Goddammit. At least the Bruins and Stealers got their comeuppance yesterday.

      Best thing about the AFC Championship? One of them had to lose.

      1. I was surprised at that game. Brady just dominated them. Their defense didn’t play too shabby either, but they generally play pretty well against non-mobile quarterbacks.

        This is why I’m glad that ATL is in the SB, no matter how good their offense is, they don’t match up as well as GB and SEA would have against the pats.

        1. Though I would have preferred the Cowboys in the SB, that would be an automatic victory for NE.

  6. Trump Sued, Won’t Release Tax Returns, Gambia Missing Millions After Ex-President Leaves Country, Patriots, Falcons Going to Super Bowl: A.M. Links

    It’s The Gambia. The definitive article is part of the country’s name.

    1. Oh. Is it pedant or The Pedant?

    2. I like them because they retain that “The.” Kind of charmingly old-fashioned. The Ukraine. The Levant. The Argentine. Sad to see those go.

      1. Ukrainians get annoyed for some reason if you call it the Ukraine rather than just plain Ukraine.

        1. Reminds them the name of their country means borderlands

        2. Very good, Ed. You get a gold star! I still remember when you posted all that stuff about Julija Tymoshenko (spits).

          Ukrainians get annoyed for some reason if you call it the Ukraine rather than just plain Ukraine.

          “a”, “an”, and “the”, don’t exist in either Ukrainian or Russian.

          *Currently residing in The Pearl of Ukraine.-) Didja get that one, Ed?

          1. Aha. I only know this because the mother of my daughter’s best friend is Ukrainian and she got pissy and corrected me when I called it the Ukraine.

          2. Russian also doesn’t have “Is”

            But yeah, it’s because it drives home that Ukraine was a territory shared by regional hegemons and not a country for almost all of it history. Though I’ve been playing so much Crusader Kings 2 I now think of it all as Ruthenia.

            1. Then Bill Clinton’s defense must have looked particularly bizarre to them.

              1. “What definition of”

            2. Russian also doesn’t have “Is”

              And also doesn’t have, “are,” either.

              Pravil’no! But only in the present tense, by the by. The verb, “to be,” in Russian is “byt'” (translit) and only used in past or future tenses.

              Ukrainian also omits, “is,” and, “are,” generally, but, “Je,” (translit) can be used for, “are,” as an informal ephasis, usually a simple sentence.

              1. Just for fun, translated Clinton to Russian and back, didn’t come out too bad.

                “This depends on the fact that the word “is” is.”

              2. The present tense of to be does exist, but is rarely used. It is used for ‘there is’ or military slang for ‘yes’.

                1. The present tense of to be does exist, but is rarely used. It is used for ‘there is’ or military slang for ‘yes’.

                  Technically correct, “est'” when used to denote the physical existence of something (a tangible, countable object) at a vague nonspecific location, i.e. “here” & “there” (zdes’ & tam), though never use it and neither does my wife. In fact, I can count on one finger the last time I heard “est'” used in that context whilst in Euro-landia.

                  “est'” primarily used with an impersonal construction (mne nravit’sja) and the, “I have,” (y menja) with a countable, existent noun/object, and “est'” functions as, “have” – Y menja est’ means “Near me to have” literally.

    3. I’m cheap so I get the knock-off Gimbia

      1. You misspelled Gimpia.

        1. Where I buy all my leather goods.

      2. And if you order now we’ll throw in Urkbezikstan and Beru for free!

      3. I thought your kind were called, “spunky,” what with you being a knock-off Essie Davis.

        1. Is that Essie as Miss Fisher, or Essie in The Babadook?

          1. Miss Fisher. You really had to ask?

            1. -1 Lady Crane

    4. Afraid have to agree here.

      WHERE ARE THE INTERNS?! DO YOU NOT PAY THEM A LIVING WAGE?

  7. warning: male naked bums

    Let’s get physical A bizarre new fitness trend is sweeping the nation ? where participants exercise completely NAKED

    This month, ten brave participants cast off their clothes to take part in the first Nude-ercise class in Southampton.

    Former recruitment consultant Helen Smith, 35, put the class through their paces with a circuits-style workout, which included jumping-jacks, sit-ups, push-ups and partner work.

    For ?8, gym goers can attend the hour-long class, which is described as “gentle boot-camp style exercise with partner games and teamwork”.

    1. I’ve seen nude yoga classes for men locally. It’s advertised to the gays, but presumably open to all (men). Doesn’t really do anything for me.

      1. Have you tried jelqing?

        1. Have you tried jelqing?

          Yes.

      2. Yup. A local “healing institute” also has clothing-optional yoga classes. I have heard it’s only dudes who attend.

        1. As a woman you could be welcomed, or – more likely – shunned for ruining the pickle party.

    2. +1 skin infection

    3. This is dangerous for those of us who have to pay the airlines extra even if we only bring a personal item.

    4. Warning: England.

  8. President Trump is being sued today by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which claims his failure to divest from his business interests or place them into a blind trust violated the Constitution’s prohibition on gifts from foreign governments.

    Suddenly everyone has standing to sue the president.

    1. Also, paying a fee in return for services and goods is not a gift.

      1. All of those donations to the Clinton Foundation weren’t meant to be gifts, but… SUPRISE!

    2. Prepare for four years of all manner of shit being thrown against the wall. He’s a republican though, so some of it will stick.

      1. They’re hoping to get lucky like with Nixon.

        Of course, Nixon kind of contributed to his downfall by covering up a burglary, which when you get right down to it *is* a crime.

        1. Chocolate Nixon scoffs at Vanilla Nixon losing his job over one single relatively minor crime.

  9. Sean Spicer started his first White House press conference by lambasting a reporter who tweeted about a bust of Martin Luther King that didn’t actually leave the White House

    Using a microphone to criticize a tweet? What a luddite.

  10. President Trump is being sued today by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which claims his failure to divest from his business interests or place them into a blind trust violated the Constitution’s prohibition on gifts from foreign governments.

    This is going to get a whole lot of attention for a case that will be thrown out of court for lack of standing within 30 seconds of it landing on a judge’s desk.

  11. Hit and Run Public Service Announcement

    OK groovers, given that the next four years will be full of boring arguments about Trump and accusations of bad faith, TDS, and and general lunacy, it seemed a good idea to get a record of how Hit ‘n’ Runners will mark Trump.

    If you want to play, you have to set out:

    (A) What Trump would have to do to be even a semi-success in your eyes

    AND

    (B) What Trump would have to do to be even a semi-failure in your eyes

    Put your answers here, or email them to invisiblefurryhand@gmail.com

    I’ll post this message every day this week, and then collate the answers and share the doc next week. You can then use this as a way to keep track of people’s positions (and your own) so we don’t get to pretend we had different criteria four years down the track.

    1. (A) What Trump would have to do to be even a semi-success in your eyes

      Get into 4 years of total government gridlock.

      (B) What Trump would have to do to be even a semi-failure in your eyes

      Achieve his aims.

      1. “(A) What Trump would have to do to be even a semi-success in your eyes”

        Force public orgies.

        Because I don’t have the guts to engage in one privately.

        It’s my ONE government coercion program I will permit.

        1. Having seen the public, I do not support that policy.

          1. I have to agree with UCS here. DISLIKE.

          2. Yeah, we went to Disneyworld a couple years ago. DO NOT WANT

            1. What if there’s amendment you get to choose who you dinky-dink-rink with?

              1. That will resemble a gang bang much more than an orgy.

                1. That’s definitely a Trump Train I have no interest in.

              2. Someone is always the last one left standing when teams are picked.

    2. I’ll just be happy if he doesn’t get any oranger.

      1. Trump is already at maximum orange.

    3. My answers aren’t any different than they would be for any President. Failure’s more easy to identify: He keeps his promises. Trade restrictions/tariffs, “health insurance for all” (whatever that means), “the wall” and immigration restrictions. Things like that. Success means he tears down cabinet departments like DoE, replaces Obamacare with nothing, backs off on the tariffs.

    4. Do you mean a “success” or a “failure” from MY point of view, or from the point of view from his supporters?

      Because if he were to actually do many of the things that he pledged to do, then that would make him a failure in my eyes, but not in the eyes of his supporters.

      I would rather he not build the Berlin Wall of the South, and I would rather he not start a trade war with China. But his acolytes demand these things above all, evidently.

      About the only thing that he could do that would make him somewhat redeemable in my mind is to scrap ObamaCare *as well as* most of the insane health care regulations that predated ObamaCare, and replace it all with a Singapore-style HSA/HDHP system. But I think what will happen instead is that Republicans will put their own lipstick on the ObamaCare pig and call it “success”.

      1. Controlling a border is a little different than building a Berlin wall meant to shut down a country and draw an iron curtain over it and shoot down whoever dares to escape.

        Just saying.

      2. A mine field would be more effective, ’tis true.

        1. Instead of bouncing betty devices, should we call them bouncing bonitas? Bouncing Juans?

    5. Semi-success? Torch Obamacare, take a chainsaw to the Federal Register, fire everyone working at OCR in the DOJ

      Semi-failure? Actually building the wall, engaging in trade wars, ramping up the WOD even more

    6. I hate Rorschach tests

    7. and share the doc next week

      I’m not that kind of guy, lass.-)

    8. A) Leave office with fewer wars than he inherited

      B) Leave office with more wars than he inherited

      1. That’s where I was going to go.

    9. (A) What Trump would have to do to be even a semi-success in your eyes

      Easy ways: Kill Obamacare and a bunch of regulations on the economy, moderate protectionism is fine but nothing too stupid, decent or at least not ‘living document’ SCOTUS picks. Keep out of Syria as much as possible.

      Wishful thinking: Destroy or at least damage the Cult of the Presidency (accidentally), continue to delegitimize the social justice crowd and the left by their insane response to him, close down some bases in Europe, pull back the surveillance state somewhat.

      (B) What Trump would have to do to be even a semi-failure in your eyes.

      Easy ways: More intervention, continued use of drones as the ‘hand of god’ to assassinate foreigners, continued or expansion of surveillance, stupid extreme protectionism, wasting a absurd amount of money on The Wall, keeping Obamacare half-alive in a shitty Republican version.

      Stupid, unlikely to happen ways: The camps, cattle cars, fascism deal, more Presidential power, etc. Media restrictions that contradicts the First Amendment.

      1. Oh, also wishful thinking for success: He kills a couple of federal agencies, but I’m cynical.

        1. Also, in terms of China: If you’re going to roll full-on ‘fuck the Chinese’ for their economy, at least call them out on their autocracy and human rights abuses, the forced labour camps and organ harvesting and religious persecution and what-not. Tear down the image China has been building for itself that let’s scummy Westerners praise it and not be called on it.

          1. “(A) What Trump would have to do to be even a semi-success in your eyes”

            Do anything opposite Obama or Bush and don’t be a fucken dick about it.

            “(B) What Trump would have to do to be even a semi-failure in your eyes.”

            Not repeal Obamacare. I don’t see what would be so hard – it’s never been popular from the beginning and the GOP control the reigns of power now; it’s not like they signed the law and they’re not beholden to Obama who made his bed. And, fail to outgrow Obama’s economy.

      2. A. Maim Obamacare with a crippling blow.

        De-regulate anything.

        Bring the troops home.

        Get rid of any of the following: EPA, DoE, Guantanamo, underboob sweat

        Significantly reduce any of the following: IRS, reality TV, FDA, telecom monopolies

        B. Basically any return to the Bad Old Days of over-regulating freedom from conservative Top Men. War on Drugs. Pro-police, pro-asset forfeiture. High spending, no focus on the economy.

        1. Sounds like someone is angling for underboob sweat inspector.

          1. My cold hands make me eminently qualified for the position.

    10. What Trump would have to do to be even a semi-success in your eyes

      If he can push through meaningful reform of the tax code, nuclear regulations, or FDA, AND assuming that he doesn’t fuck other things up too badly, there is a chance he could be a net positive.

      What Trump would have to do to be even a semi-failure in your eyes

      Semi-failure would actually exceed my expectations. But if you are looking for something specific, delivering on any of his trade and immigration promises.

      1. I’ll throw in meaningful school choice reform as well for A)

    11. “(A) What Trump would have to do to be even a semi-success in your eyes”

      Uphold his campaign rhetoric on pointless foreign wars and/or NATO and/or paying to defend Japan and North Korea.

      “(B) What Trump would have to do to be even a semi-failure in your eyes”

      Pull an Obama on Foreign Policy.

    12. (A) What Trump would have to do to be even a semi-success in your eyes

      These eyes…cry every night for you.

      (B) What Trump would have to do to be even a semi-failure in your eyes

      These eyes, are crying. These eyes have seen a lot of loves, but their never gonna see another one like I had with Trump.

    13. A. Trump goes pro ice on a bunch of alphabet soup and sets fire to the Federal Register.

      B. Protectionism, tariffs, trade wars, real wars.

    14. Success:

      Decreases the national debt by any amount. Hell, I’ll accept only a dollar at this point.

      Undos all of Obama’s legacy.

      Gives half of the Progessives in the US an aneurysm.

      1. Sorry Banjos, need a B answer too

        1. Adds any amount to the debt, starts any new war or foreign entanglement of any kind, increases the federal workforce.

    15. Semi-Success: 1. Ends current wars, with no new Wars started.
      2. Does not enact any of his tariff/Trade Plans
      3. Any of the following will help:
      a. Remove Cabinet Positions/ Departments like HS, and Edu.
      b. Audit the Fed
      c. Indict Hillary Clinton (i know it’s not his job specifically)
      d. End NSA (not just the wiretapping, just end them)
      f. End the war on Drugs
      g. in general just end things that the government is doing currently.

      Semi-Failure: 1. Starts new wars
      2. Fails to end old wars
      3. Enacts his tariff/Trade Plans
      4. Does nothing about debt and deficit
      5. Any of the following will hinder:
      a. Pursue the War on Drugs in states that have legalized marijuana.
      b. Expand EPA and other parts of the government
      c. Raises Corporate Taxes.

      I’m positive over the course of four years there will be more thing to add to the list, but this seems like a good starting point. Also, i don’t like repeating myself, so cases that or on the Pro’s side would be on the Con’s side in the case that he does the opposite, and vice-versa

    16. (A) American citizen’s natural rights are strong. Constitution is followed and not reworded. Government is smaller and more efficient. Our enemies respect and fear us. Our friends respect and emulate us. Rule of Law not Rule of Man. Socialism/Progressivism/Communism is mocked and minilamized. Free market success with minimal government interference. National debt is reduced.

      (B)Natural rights being oppressed. More Executive overreach. More surveillance state tactics/abuses. Constitution is not followed. Protectionist policies that hurt us.

    17. (A) What Trump would have to do to be even a semi-success in your eyes

      Make the Supreme Court saner, put Roe v. Wade on the road to being overturned or irrelevant.

      (B) What Trump would have to do to be even a semi-failure in your eyes

      Screw up the economy, implement his dumb promises, violate the good ones.

      On immigration, that means being somewhat selective on who gets to come here, generously letting in people with potential and a certain proportion of refugees (ie, those actually and demonstrably threatened by persecution, especially by hard-core Islamists). Deporting those who jump the queue, but taking advantage that we’re still the kind of country people want to come to – remembering that limiting immigration was a *grievance* of the Founding Fathers against George III. A Mexican wall doesn’t freak me out, it sadly seems the logical solution to make the border less porous, but it won’t *cure* the problem, of course.

    18. (A) What Trump would have to do to be even a semi-success in your eyes

      Signing a balanced budget at least once in his term.

      (B) What Trump would have to do to be even a semi-failure in your eyes

      I start from the default of every president being a semi-failure, so… maintain the status quo.

      Overall, this is rather hard. Trump has said so many vague things that could end up good or could end up horrible. He could gut entire departments or fire up a bunch of internment camps, so it’s hard to point to any one thing that will define success or failure.

  12. so racist…

    A rare albino Bigfoot spotted near Rice Lake?

    It was obviously a Bigfoot. I knew that as soon as I saw it, but it didn’t look like what I expected one to look like if I ever had the chance to see one. It was well over 6 feet tall, maybe even topping 7 feet, and was covered all over with fairly long hair ? maybe four to six inches. But the most striking thing about it was that its hair was white. Actually, it wasn’t snow white, but instead had kind of a slight cream-colored tint to it. I have never heard of a white Bigfoot before.

    “It was not actually running, but it’s steps were so long that it was covering quite a bit of ground with each one. It never did turn its head to face me completely, just kind of glanced in my direction as if to make sure I wasn’t too close, but from what I could tell it had thinner hair on its face and looked pretty well like a human. Because of his color, I tried to get a look at the eye color, since an albino of any species usually has pink eyes; these were definitely dark in color, probably brown.

    1. STEVE SMITH JUST GOING A LITTLE GRAY!!

    2. STEVE SMITH LOSE SUNTAN IN WINTER MONTHS!

    3. STEVE SMITH JUST A SUICIDE BLOND!

      1. Dang….I think ifh wins this round.

    4. Isn’t a white-haired bigfoot a Yeti?

  13. (((Mark Krikorian)))
    ?@MarkSKrikorian
    Hey, @womensmarch, I checked you site & there didn’t seem to have been any marches in Riyadh or Kabul or Tehran or Cairo. How come?

    1. Nor in Ramallah. Huh.

    2. I also missed their marches during the Clinton administration.

    3. I think it’s a tad insulting to Cairo to lump them in with the other three.

    4. [golf clap] for Krikorian.

    5. Women already have marches in India, but it’s against rape, which surprisingly doesn’t seem to include Trump’s election.

  14. The president has reportedly already sent architects to Jerusalem to explore a move of the U.S. embassy there.

    It’s going to be a beautiful embassy, very classy. The Muslims are gonna love it, believe me.

    1. The Muslims are gonna love it, believe me

      Why they’re just bursting with excitement.

      1. You misspelled “excrement.”

        1. Chipwooder got it.

          Honestly I was expecting a Swiss Stare…

      2. overcome with explosive joy

    2. He can even put it near a very classy wall I hear they have there!

    3. I recommend a giant gold dome for the new embassy.

    4. It’s there. It is doubtlessly one of the largest and most expensive embassies we have. No need to move it.

    5. It’s part of Trump’s sinister anti-Jewish agenda – how can that rabbi give his children the horrible news that Trump was elected?

      Obviously, Trump is a fundamentalist Protestant who wants all the Jews gathered together in Israel in order to spark Armageddon.

  15. This is ten days old – but hey, science!

    NASA Shares Video Taken by Probe That Landed on Saturn’s Moon

    Titan, the largest of Saturn’s many moons, is one of the most fascinating bodies in the solar system, and scientists think there could be some sort of strange life living in the moon’s liquid methane lakes. Now, NASA has shared an absolutely amazing video of this alien world, taken from a probe as it landed on Titan’s surface.

    The probe, Huygens, landed on Titan back in 2005. Huygens, which was named after Titan’s discoverer, Christiaan Huygens, separated from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on Christmas Eve in 2004 and entered the moon’s atmosphere 20 days later. As the probe began its descent, it passed through Titan’s thick atmosphere, revealing a stunning landscape underneath.

    “The Huygens images were everything our images from orbit were not,” said Carolyn Porco, the leader of the Cassini imaging team.

    1. ehhh, soundstage in Burbank

    2. Where does the government get off, naming things after Christiaan’s ?!?! Where is my Freedom from religion!?

  16. which were not as large as the 2013 inauguration or the women’s protest march the next day.

    “Women’s” doesn’t look right here. Is it? I truly have no idea.

  17. Jesse Jackson: Trump’s inauguration speech was ‘full of hope and inclusion’

    Not long after President Donald Trump was sworn in, we happened to run into the Rev. Jesse Jackson on the street. He gave a thumbs-up to Trump’s inauguration speech but said the new commander in chief has much work to do in order to unify a nation riven by a divisive campaign.

    “The speech was full of hope and inclusion and he reached out to cities in a way they’ve not been reached out to for a long time,” he said. “But with that must come a target, a timetable and a budget.”

    Trump’s speech hit many of the populist chords he refined on the campaign trail, portraying Washington as full of elite insiders indifferent to the common man.

    well it was a dark speech. amirite?

    1. Jesse Jackson is clearly a racist Trumpalo!

    2. I guess Jesse doesn’t get CC’d on the memos anymore?

    3. Jesse hears a politician talking about how shitty the inner cities are and he hears the cash register ringing.

    4. “But with that must come a target, a timetable and a budget.”

      Pay me.

    5. Wow, I wonder how much it cost to get him to say that, and who actually paid him.

      1. Or, perhaps this is a harbinger of a sea-change in consituencies.

        1. Trump has pointed out that black people have been voting exclusively Democrat for decades and the only thing they’ve gotten is generally worse off.

    6. Of all the identities within the democratic party, African Americans seem the least upset about Trump. Outside of a few stooges, they don’t seem to be anywhere near the same frenzy as all the white liberals.

      1. That has been my anecdotal experience as well. The white liberals are (literally) weeping, going catatonic or rioting (every person I saw arrested at the inauguration was white, but admittedly I only saw maybe a dozen being led away in cuffs). The African-Americans I know seem much more nostalgic for Obama as opposed to getting a rage-on for Trump.

    7. Rainbow coalition includes orange people?

      makes sense, I guess.

      1. Orange is the new black.

    8. “But with that must come a target, a timetable and a budget.”

      So NOW Jesse Jackson calls for a budget. Where was this asshole 8 years ago?

    9. “”The speech was full of hope and inclusion and he reached out to cities in a way they’ve not been reached out to for a long time,” he said. “But with that must come a target, a timetable and a budget.””

      I think this means “I’ll hold off the criticism in hopes Trump’s infrastructure spending gets to the inner cities with the accompanying jobs.”

  18. Millions of dollars are missing in Gambia after the former president left the country.

    At least the keyboards all retained their W keys.

    1. Well duh, he took the computers with him.

  19. Anyone taking/placing bets on what time the nukes get launched at Russia? I’m betting around 3 PM EST.

    1. 12:45 EST?

      11:45 Lunch meeting with Cabinet

      12:30 DoD aide delivers “football”

      12:45 Birds away!

      /Stolen WH schedule document

      1. “Can’t give details of today’s National Security briefing, let’s just say I’m going to put to the rest the reports of favoritism toward Russia. Also, Russia may finally get some warm-water ports. #MAGA.”

    2. Just aim for the Caucasus Mountains, is all I ask. Big ass meteorites strike there all the time, and no one gets vapourised.

      1. vapourised

        Didn’t take you long to go native.

        1. Oj!

          Almost all English here is written in The Queen’s. Commonwealth has a way of totally consuming all in its path.

          1. Sure, blame the keyboard.

            1. Which is currently a Cyrillic one as well, ATM (JCUKE). So’s yeah, I am transliterating as well as the Commons.

              Fortunately, all our home devices, and all the workstations at the hospital allow for on-the-fly keyboard selection.

          2. FWIW, answered you in the BB.

            1. I got you a slice of Chocolate Cake.

    3. Did I miss something, did McCain stage a coupe?

        1. And it’s a Buick.

      1. Before Trump took office, we were promised World War III. Now I want WWIII, dammit!

      2. He called dibs on Biden’s Camaro!

      3. He did, he had all the corpsemen on his side too.

        1. There you go. LH’s Booktitle.

          Corpsemen

  20. Diplomat says China would assume world leadership if needed

    Topping the bill at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Xi portrayed China as the leader of a globalized world where only international cooperation could solve the big problems.

    Speaking days before Trump assumed the presidency, Xi also urged countries to resist isolationism, signaling Beijing’s desire to play a bigger role on the global stage.

    Elaborating on that theme, Zhang said China had no intention of seeking global leadership.

    “If anyone were to say China is playing a leadership role in the world I would say it’s not China rushing to the front but rather the front runners have stepped back leaving the place to China,” Zhang said.

    “If China is required to play that leadership role then China will assume its responsibilities,” he added.

    Rice bowls and little red books?

    1. Middle Kingdom Syndrome. They still think they’re the center of the world.

      1. And their leadership has a case of racism that is equivalent to Japan’s pre WWII attitude. It’s particularly ridiculous because they’ve been proven to be second class to the USSR in terms of Socialism, and they reverted to pre- Communist ideas about The Middle Kingdom.

        1. I thought the UN existed as a sort of China fan-club where world leaders can gather to acknowledge Chinese suzerainty over them. No?

    2. Will international cooperation solve the problem that China is a communist dictatorship?

    3. I get the feeling that in thirty years all the fiction showing China running the world is going to look as ridiculous as all that 80s stuff about Japan being the world economic superpower.

    4. “We don’t want to be the most powerful country in the world, but if you offer us the job we won’t decline, and indeed we’ll have an acceptance speech ready for the occasion.”

  21. Good Morning Everyone, and welcome to Tonio’s Women’s March Derpfest. Please post the most derptastic signs (etc), below. My fave:

    I fear some pervy white guy more than ISIS.

    As noted when I originally posted this on Saturday, had this protest happened in ISIS territory the participants would have all been machine-gunned to death, the lucky ones anyway.

    1. My son made a joke about Trump doing more to get fat lesbians to exercise in 2 days than Michelle Obama did in 8 years.

    2. I can’t help but notice many of the signs are variations on Trump as a sexual harrasser–but presumably most of these people voted to BRING BILL CLINTON BACK INTO THE WHITE HOUSE!

    3. “I wish my uterus fired bullets, then maybe they wouldn’t try to regulate it!”

      Because apparently guns are not regulated, but people should be forced to pay for your birth control. (Like they’re forced to pay for gun owner’s ammo?)

      1. “Regulation” in progressivese, refers to “lack of subsidization” if talking about something one agrees with and refers to “something that is completely and totally controlled by the State” if talking about something one disagrees with.

      2. I wish my uterus fired bullets

        Somebody’s fetish.

      3. Is that the feminist version of a Plaxico?

      4. “I wish my uterus fired bullets, then maybe they wouldn’t try to regulate it!”

        I wish your uterus did too. That way attempts at “Gun Control” would be slammed as “sexism” and we’d have full 2nd amendment support.

      5. A friend told me he saw some shoot ping pong balls.

      6. What’s the muzzle velocity of a 25mm pussy?

        1. An African pussy or a European pussy?

          /racist

          1. “you could grab it by the husk”

            1. BRAVO

    4. I HOPE SOME DAY WOMEN WILL RECIEVE THE SAME RIGHTS AS GUNS

      Because guns can vote, serve on a jury, own property and if I leave one it gets half of my things.

    5. I hope they make these marches a monthly thing. Get her out of the house for that time, anyways.

      1. So long as they’re in the house making sandwiches for the rest of the month?

    6. As a woman, I hope one day to have as many rights as a gun

      1. So… she wants to be property that can be publically bought and sold between non-felons?

        1. And banned from many venues and even certain cities and states.

          1. Never thought I would agree so strongly with Ashley Judd.

          2. And some which do not ban outright would require she be locked up outside of permitted venues and activities.

            1. Not to mention being locked in a closet with handcuffs on while at home.

              1. But only after being stripped, cleaned and oiled

            2. Explains their attraction to Islam.

      2. It seems to me that you can. If you can afford all the guns, you can buy all the guns. If you can afford all the lawyers, you get special “rights”.

    7. Not sure if march-related, but probably:

      If abortions are murder then blowjobs are cannibalism.

      But I must duly note that while Catholic (Mormon, etc) dogma does not raise itself to that level of idiocy, that they do oppose the “spilling of seed” because it angers their god(s).

      1. I don’t know about Mormons, but Catholics ask: Why do we have sex organs and sex desires? Answer: So we can get married and have sex with out spouses.

        So if we use our sex organs and desires for any other purpose…it’s like using a gun as a back-scratcher.

        1. sigh…sex with *our* spouses.

    8. Never underestimate the power of a faggot with a tambourine.

      This one has been shared by multiple people as if it’s a quip worthy of Mencken or Iowahawk. Sad, just sad.

      1. Seems almost impossible to underestimate the power of someone with zero power.

      2. Scott Bradlee’s tambourine guy – faggot or not – is a pretty powerful human being.

        1. Man. I have never in my life enjoyed anything as much as that guy is enjoying playing his tambourine. I have to rethink some things.

          1. PMJ is the bomb. Morgan James is amazing, and tambourine guy is a hoot.

    9. By FAR, the best sign at the womens march was: “Make them pay for razors if we have to pay for tampons”

      Because apparently men get thier razors provided for free down at the Men’s Health Clinic.

      1. Wait… Gilette did send me that Free razor in the mail when I turned eighteen. Was I supposed to keep my address up to date to keep getting them?

      2. There’s your male privilege right there!

      3. I have mine delivered by The Patriarchy.

    10. “More cats, less catcalling”

  22. Sean Spicer started his first White House press conference by lambasting a reporter who tweeted about a bust of Martin Luther King that didn’t actually leave the White House…

    Reporters who tweet their reporting should generally be discounted.

  23. Trucker loses trailer of 38,000 pounds of marbles on I-465

    State police tell TV station WXIN that a truck carrying 38,000 pounds of marbles lost its trailer Saturday on southbound Interstate 465, near Pendleton Pike. The marbles were on the shoulder and in the median.

    There were no injuries, but a lane of traffic in that area was affected by the cleanup during much of the day.

    cue the comedic slip-n-fall music

    1. Fun fact: they all belong to Ashley Judd.

      1. That assumes that she had any to begin with.

        Hey, remember when she was seriously trying to run for the Senate? That was fun, wasn’t it?

      2. I wish she’d come get them. Traffic was unbearable.

      3. I don’t know how Haggis Bolognese stayed married to her all those years.

    2. So, he lost his marbles?

  24. “I have never heard of a white Bigfoot before.”

    Yeti haz a sad.

    1. The squirrelz however, remain cheerful as always.

  25. How comes it that razors are free but tampons aren’t free?

    1. Wait… Razors are free? What have I been paying for!?

    2. I’ve been contemplating suicide,
      But it really doesn’t suit my style /Rowland S. Howard

    3. You know how ‘not giving is taking’, not denouncing Trump makes one a Trump supporter… well you see since tampons aren’t exempted from sales tax as a “necessary” item like razors are, this conveniently translates to the latter is free, the former is not..in proggie land.

      1. How about free razors and tampons, WHITE MAN?

        1. In what jurisdiction are razors exempted from sales tax? Because here in Ohio, I’ve always had them taxed.

          1. That’s what makes it such a stupid issue to raise at a national march: sales taxes aren’t national, they are state/local.

    4. Because one is for the five days men don’t want anything to do with you and the other is for the 28 when we do.

      1. I hope I’m not getting that backwards. Who am I kidding? It works either way.

      2. 28 +5 = 33.

        Menstruation sex is best sex.

  26. Man buys lottery ticket after trees in two cities fall on his vehicles the same night

    “I walked up to my truck and I saw it was ‘taco’d’ around a tree,” he said.

    Karpekin’s use of “taco” as a verb is apt, because his Ford F-150 now resembles the shape of a taco shell after a giant eucalyptus tree fell right in the middle of it.

    After his truck was destroyed, Karpekin didn’t expect to come home to West Sacramento to find another tree had come down on two cars in front of his home, one being his.

    “Yeah, and then I come home and two other cars, huh? My luck. I bought a lottery ticket. It didn’t win, but…” Karpekin said. “I feel like I’m the luckiest guy. Why? I came out alive. Everything is fine. My insurance is covering it. There’s no other way to look at it, right?”

    1. THE HAPPENING is happening?

      1. “What??? Noooo!”

  27. Terrifying ‘alien’ worm lurking at bottom of sea named after penis-slashing wife

    The alien-looking creatures lurk in the ocean floor waiting for prey to pass over them.

    Like something out of movie Tremors, the worms explode out of the ground when it detects the fish nearby.

    And it then shoots out grapple-like hooks to reel in its dinner in a savage display of nature.

    It is known to attack with such speed it can even slice its prey in half.

    This has earned them the name Bobbit worm ? named after Lorena Bobbit who made headlines worldwide after she cut off her husband’s penis in 1993.

    But the bizarre creature usually injects a toxin into its catch, so it can be easily eaten even if it is much bigger than the worm.

    1. Sounds like Warty Hugeman’s next foe!

      1. Sounds like Warty Hugeman’s Doomcock.

    2. Lorena’s gonna be pissed, with that whole PR makeover she was trying to pull off

      1. After she changed her name to Kellyanne Conway, I’m not sure she has much of a say of how her former name is used.

    3. That thing is like something out of an Alien movie….

    4. I love how they like to turn nature documentaries into action movies or horror films to make them more interesting.

      1. Kind of like how they turned the history channel into shows about aliens, the illuminati, and glorified dumpster diving.

  28. David Harsanyi ?@davidharsanyi 17m17 minutes ago
    how about communists, who embrace an ideology responsible for the death of 100s of millions?

    Jamelle Bouie @jbouie
    And it is not so obvious to me that “freedom of speech” requires treating Nazis as legitimate participants in public discourse. (3/3)

    1. And it is not so obvious to me that “freedom of speech” requires treating Nazis as legitimate participants in public discourse

      It’s not obvious to me, either, but we still shouldn’t pass laws that try to silence them or anyone else.

      1. Stop trying to analyze Jamelle’s comments, it’s an expression of commitment and passion, not some factual assertion to be analyzed.

    2. Yeah, there have been a disturbing number of tweets, etc., saying you don’t need to talk to fascists, just punch them in the face. Nothing wrong with that attitude. I guess good luck.

      1. I really, really don’t think the people saying that have thought through the implications of that becoming the standard for discourse.

    3. The USSC decided this years ago. Nazis are legitimate participants in public discourse who do have the same freedoms to speak their political minds as everyone else. Everyone who isn’t acting on behalf of a government agency should feel free to ignore them.

    4. What is “public discourse?” Is that speaking “in public?” If so, the only one who has any say in what is said is the owner of the mouth saying it. If ‘public discourse’ means getting air time on CNN, well of course CNN has no obligation to give air time to anyone.

      I think progressives have a serious problem distinguishing between allowing something and forcing people to do it. It’s like a tick with them. And they persistently invent concepts like ‘public discourse’ apparently for the sole purpose of suppressing freedom. What discourse does the public own? It’s an absurd concept.

  29. Millions of dollars are missing in Gambia after the former president left the country. His cargo plane was also reportedly loaded with luxury cars and other items.

    This is my complete lack of surprise. That’s how third world, tinpot dictators roll, after all.

    1. Hrmmm… that explains Hillary’s departure from the White House.

      Did anyone do an inventory after Barry and the Wookie left?

      1. Being the federal government, I’m sure there are inventories.

        1. Whether the several inventories agree or not, or are accurate, is of course another discussion.

  30. The FBI ran a child porn site to catch predators, and now the accused are crying foul

    The American Civil Liberties Union compared it to Operation Fast and Furious, a failed sting operation run by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives beginning in 2009 that resulted in 2,000 firearms winding up in the hands of criminals.

    The FBI declined to comment about Operation Pacifier. The U.S. attorney’s office in Dallas said in court filings that it acted within the law and that dismissing the case would give people like Pawlak a “free pass” for trolling the web for photos and videos of children being sexually abused.

    “The FBI’s process here should be encouraged, not deterred,” a prosecutor in Dallas said in a court filing.

    In February, the FBI obtained a search warrant from a federal judge in Virginia that allowed the agency to run Playpen for up to 30 days on a government-controlled server.

    Agents hacked into the computers of people who logged into Playpen and accessed its content. Agents were not authorized to rummage through a computer’s files or search other content, court records said.

    1. You have to create crime in order to stop it.

  31. “Samsung says the only problem with the Note 7s, which was recalled after a number of units exploded, was the battery.

    Apart from that, Mrs. Lincoln, did you enjoy the play?

    1. There’s no sugar coating it, they get hot.

      1. Give you people pocket warmers at no extra charge and all you do is bitch

  32. Did you see the Obama “tribute” on SNL? They sang “To Sir, with love” to him, because we’re all just children to his wise teacher. Of course all of the “news” sites called it touching or moving, but it was the creepiest thing I’ve ever seen.

    1. it was the creepiest thing I’ve ever seen.

      Lulu is rolling over in her grave.

    2. Yes, my comment yesterday was that Cecily Strong grew up wanting to be Monica Lewinsky. The new black girl just wants the white folks to like her.

    3. Everything these people do just deepens the amount of disgust I have for them.

    4. Its just the media telling truth to power

    5. Because what’s more progressive and radical that pledging love to those who rule over you and look upon you down the barrel of a gun.

  33. Can someone tell me one good thing, just one, that has ever come out of Boston? I tried and couldn’t come up with anything. The intellectual and emotional core of the Revolution was in Virginia and Pennsylvania anyway. They have been riding the coattails of a bunch of guys that got drunk and dumped tea into the harbor for 300 years and frankly, I’m just done with it.

    1. Bobby Orr played for Boston… and I’ve got nothing…

      1. And Phil Esposito.

        But they’re from Ontario so they don’t count.

        1. The best hockey players are Canadian players… well minus the Russians and Chris Chelios.

          1. Toronto’s best player is from California. /up yours, hosers!

    2. Eliza Dushku.

      1. FTW

    3. Bostin Cream Pie, Boston Baked Beans, some decent beer.

      1. My wife’s family from Vermont makes baked beans, they aren’t uniquely Boston. And citation needed on beer – I guess you mean Sam Adams? I give them credit for being an early entry in the craft beer movement. They’ve been eclipsed by better beers and overall human beings.

        And Boston Cream Pie is actually a cake, not a pie, so fuck that, too.

        1. You sound bitter. Steelers fan?

        2. You sound bitter. Steelers fan?

          1. My point stands regardless. Is there a city with a more undeserved sense of superiority than Boston? Take the last decade of sports accomplishments away and it’s about as relevant as Charleston, SC, but with worse weather and people.

            1. I’m not arguing. I’ve never meant a person from Boston who wasn’t an asshole.

              1. I’ve never met a person from that wasn’t an asshole.

            2. Hey, you can take away the last decade of Patriots’ accomplishments, mostly. Tuck Rule, Spygate, and Deflategate all delegitimize their Superbowl appearances and wins.

              1. mmm your salty tears will make the perfect garnish for superbowl sunday.

            3. I spent a lot of time in and around Boston last year. Total dump, and don’t even get me started on the supermutants.

              1. I dunno that reporter who followed me around was pretty cute.

    4. In the early 1990s, back before the craft beer movement had reached Tennessee, Sam Adams was the closest thing we could get to a decent American beer.

    5. Uma Thurman

    6. The awesome and sorely missed band Morphine

      1. My thought was Aerosmith, but yours is good too

        1. Morphine was great. The only good thing about Aerosmith is Liv Tyler.

      2. And of course the band Boston

        1. It’s more than a feeling.

    7. Gang Green

      “Another Wasted Night”

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVFea_9Vexw

      Dropkick Murphys

      “Barroom Heroes”

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpIVk2AY3sw

      1. Dropkick Murphys suck.

        1. Sheesh, check out UnCivilServant over here.

        2. Yeah, and so does Primus.

          1. Watch your mouth Ken. Next you’re going start talking smack on Tool. Careful. *loosens gloves(See Tundra?)

    8. The Mighty J, Geils Band

    9. All that computer research done at MIT and Digital (as in DEC, the company).

    10. In before Crusty… Marky Mark

    11. Benjamin Fucking Franklin. Buncha dummies up in here.

      1. I had forgotten that he was born there. Thanks, KK!

        1. Not only that, but his entire life’s philosophy was informed by his early years in Boston. Specifically his reading of Cotton Mather and ye olde “Puritan work ethic”.

      2. He belongs to Pennsylvania and nothing you say will convince me otherwise.

        1. Can someone tell me one good thing, just one, that has ever come out of Boston

          Don’t move those goalposts. BF literally “came out of” Boston, to Philly.

          1. He “came all over” the Hellfire club.

            1. Not to mention any number of French ladies.

    12. y u mad tho

  34. …then the broader media for reporting about crowd numbers at the inaugural, which were not as large as the 2013 inauguration or the women’s protest march the next day.

    I wonder why that is. It must be because he’s an evil man who stole the election and no one in America likes him.

    No one should take away the media’s argumentum ad populum, but perhaps they might think this through a little before doubling down.

      1. Now that’s what I call perspective.

    1. Dooms Over My Hammy! Reports of your demise were greatly exaggerated…

    2. I think the press has learned how to goad Donald. This is just the kind of thing he’d get upset about. “Nah ah, my crowds are bigger than your crowds!!”

      This is how they’re going to make sure that the next four years no one talks about actual public policy.

  35. “The Trump administration may suspend the Obamacare health insurance mandate before the law is repealed.

    I hope and pray the progressives keep screaming about pussy grabbing and crowd sizes–while Donald Trump dismantles ObamaCare and Dodd-Frank.

    1. Didn’t we find out during the immigration thing that Progressives are okay with the President not enforcing the law? It is just prosecutorial discretion right?

    2. I have a small hope this will happen.

      If it does, then I don’t care if they run with that crap for 4 years.

    3. Trump really does seem to play them for the idiots they are.

  36. http://dailycaller.com/2017/01…..to-racism/

    Someone was shot and critically injured outside Milo Yianappolis speech at the University of Washington. One protester shot another claiming he thought the protester was a “white supremacist”. The police are investigating but released the shooter without charges. I guess you can shoot people in Washington as long as you claim you thought they were a white supremacist.

    This is a very disturbing story. This is the dark night not of fascism. Good thing reason is all over this story and ignoring the usual media circus about crowd sizes and bullshit ethics lawsuits. Right?

    1. No details about any confrontation between him and the critically wounded man were available Saturday. But one of the law-enforcement officials said the man who fired the gun claimed he had been assaulted before shooting the other man, whom he believed to be some type of white supremacist.

      C’mon.

      1. The victim was a protester who had a tattoo that somehow resembled a swastika but in fact was meant to be a message against it. It really was a case of a violent retard not knowing who he was supposed to be shooting.

        1. True, but he’s claiming self defense, not that he was entitled to shoot because he thought the guy was a white supremacist.

          1. Lets see if he ever gets indicted. I can’t imagine a valid claim of self defense for shooting someone without them being on top of you Trayvon Martin style or having a gun themselves.

            1. Geez John, it’s ok to shoot Nazis in Washington. It’s like shooting blacks in Alabama, totally legit.

    2. If you try to kill someone “because racism”, that qualifies as self-defense because his arguments are so offensive they’re violent!

      /Post-racial America

    3. Free Minds and Free Markets
      I guess the claim is just for the feelz.

  37. I remember the first time I went to a queer people of color-centered party that I felt truly had potential.

    If that’s enough to make you click then there’s this…

    Even though there were no white folks present, it was still apparent that those who looked whitest were still the in-crowd. It was still the light-skinned ones, the thin folks, the masculine people, the ones without any visible disabilities.

    As a fat person, I still felt so invisible and unwelcome, even though I was also a person of color like those around me. This felt like an even deeper betrayal, as it wasn’t white people for whom I have low expectations who were harming me ? it was people with whom I was meant to be in community.

    1. not enough

    2. We can only have parties that cater to disabled, dark skinned, fat gays. Everyone else should understand that they need to stay out of public gatherings and indoors where they belong.

      1. There is a nugget of truth in there, although they completely miss the ramifications of it.

        Concepts of privilege and oppression are shaped to be intentionally ambiguous. They are meant to be confusing so that they can make invisible the ways even the oppressed can oppress others.

        1. Ha. So ambiguous it’s impossible to disprove its presence in any context, ergo it must always exist!

          #proglogic

    3. And yet I’ve known fat people who were the life of the party. I know a couple pretty hefty dudes who married great-looking women. I remember a fat girl in college, a drama major with a very friendly and outgoing personality, I’m not sure how her dating life was but she was quite popular. I’ll agree being fat is a generally a disadvantage but it’s not an automatic disqualifier. It’s almost as if this person’s problems are internal, or a poor personality, and they are using their weight as an excuse.

      1. Close experience: I knew a very er, statuesque woman in college who was the life of the party. She was almost as tall as I am and she wasn’t skinny by any stretch of the imagination. But she never had a shortage of friends or guys chasing after her. She was just fun to be with.

        1. Huh. Its almost like how you act is important!

          1. Check your pleasant-personality privilege!
            /jk

            1. Give it a few years and ‘nice privilege’ will be a real thing with regular articles about it in HuffPo.

      2. And there are plenty of chubby chasers out there in gayland.

    4. You will never convince me that Everyday Feminism isn’t a parody site.

      1. I mean, look at #2 on that list

        2. Remember That Thinness Can’t Be Separated From Whiteness

        The way most people have been taught to think about body size is through the Body Mass Index, or BMI chart.

        But what people don’t know is that the BMI was created by a Belgian statistician named Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet, who used what was available to him ? all white adult European men ? for his study.

        And recent examinations of the BMI have shown that racialized bodies don’t measure up the same way. So in addition to all its other problems, the BMI is, quite frankly, racist and sexist.

        Come ON. That can’t be real. It’s impossible.

        1. The Racialized Bodies would be a good name for a band.

          1. The Racialized Bodies are opening up for This American Carnage on the new tour!

        2. How are these people any different from the “race realists”?

          1. “Race realists” are typically not supremacists and they don’t necessarily attach moral value to one’s “blackness” or “whiteness” or whatever the fuck.

        3. And recent examinations of the BMI have shown that racialized bodies don’t measure up the same way.

          Racialized body? I can’t even.

        4. Who acts as though BMI is the standard metric for assaying attractiveness? Dating websites don’t ask for BMI, they ask for build. What a very stupid thing to write.

          1. She’s probably just upset that her very particular demographic, fat, physically crippled, mentally retarded black women are not highly sought after on those dating websites.

            1. … yeah, but if “she” was trans-, she might be in with a chance.

      2. And this!

        But what is wrong with being unhealthy?

        I would say that an aversion to unhealth also comes from whiteness. They were the ones who rounded up all the sick and segregated them in the Dark Ages. This anxiety towards sickness sounds like intergenerational trauma and stigma.

        As Dr. Huhana Hickey has noted, “[T]he conceptualization of disability is steeped in Westernized concepts of impairment.”

        She goes on to say that:

        Disability as a Westernized concept is that it is based on a Westernized human rights and disability framework that is often considered individualistic. Indigenous peoples do not easily work as individuals or within individual constructs, however, but embrace a concept of collective or group mentality.

        Folks of color have always incorporated our sick into our lives and taken care of them. We have always had more interdependent ways of living.

        1. To sum up, the author is saying “Shut up about me being a racist landwhale”?

        2. I would say that an aversion to unhealth also comes from whiteness. They were the ones who rounded up all the sick and segregated them in the Dark Ages.

          Unimpeachable logic.

          Also, only white people ever separated the sick from society. Nobody else ever exiled lepers, etc.

          1. The Cuban government sent their HIV-infected to camps to segregate them from the rest of society. The people sent to camps included many afro-cubans. Somehow, all that is conveniently forgotten.

            1. Cubans are white-Hispanics you dolt! /prog

              1. Pogroms do tend to change demographics…

                1. My comment was a response to Tyler.C

        3. White folks don’t take care of their sick and disabled, I guess. As a white person, I guess my family has been doing things all wrong.

          1. There should be a term for when someone tries to show how their race is superior to other races… but i just can’t put a finger on it.

        4. Haha, these people apparently never bothered to read about how the Chinese use to treat their infirm.

    5. Is there anything easier to guess than a link to Everyday Feminism? I still want to believe it’s a wickedly accurate satire rather than a real site.

    6. it was people with whom I was meant to be in community

      It’s a fundamental human right, after all.

      Please tell me there is some sort of awakening by the end of the article?

      1. If you are going to stay to the side imagining offense and feeling bad, don’t be surprised if people don’t engage with you.

    7. it was people with whom I was meant to be in community.

      It’s disturbing to me that there has been made a culture that seriously believe that his race confines him or entitles him to a community. Seriously the progressives have done nothing but increase racial tensions in this nation.

      As a fat person, I still felt so invisible and unwelcome, even though I was also a person of color like those around me.

      at what point do we get to present these peoples stated beliefs as evidence that they have serious mental issues, regarding self-esteem. Seriously. Blaming all your issues on everyone else being rude or oppressive should be classified as a form of Narcissism.

      1. They can’t face the simple fact that most of the world does not give one single fuck about them at all.

        1. Don’t let them get into math because, statistically speaking, nobody loves you.

          1. Statistically speaking, we’re all a dead Chinese woman named Mohammed.

              1. It was.

      2. Blaming all your issues on everyone else being rude or oppressive should be classified as a form of Narcissism.

        It’s a recognized symptom of Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

        1. Is it? It wouldn’t surprise me. The follow up issue is that we have created a society that enables people like this to not seek help.

          And i don’t mean necessarily medical help. I tend to think that a lot of “personality disorders” (narcissistic etc) are just people being assholes, and the best way to deal with it (as a society) is to not treat people who are assholes as if they have a medical problem rather than a social integration problem.

          1. There is no known treatment for NPD or psychopathy. It’s just a diagnosis, with specific criteria (such as “blaming other for shortcomings/failures”).

            It’s pretty obvious why movements like BLM and the KKK are appealing to narcissists – they can position themselves as victims and suck up all the empathy without having to be empathetic with others.

            So, you’ll find a high concentration of NPD people in those kinds of movements, is what I’m saying.

        2. I’ve long noticed an explosion in the number of narcissists, and it’s not confined to the US either.

          1. Hold on, I’m gonna take a selfie so everyone can remember I was a part of this moment.

            1. Flower crown or GTFO

          2. I’ve long noticed an explosion in the number of narcissists, and it’s not confined to the US either

            Narcissism is a handmaiden of wealth and comfort. I also think it is a consequence of the egalitarianism of the age, since people take egalitarianism too literally. While proper egalitarianism recognizes the basic equality of all people due to their common humanity and that all should be treated equally (ie justly) before the law, far too many people take it further and imagine that everyone is literally equal and should therefor be given the same respect and admiration as everybody else, regardless of merit. If a lazy bastard is taught that he is just as good as his industrious neighbor, it will be easy for him to be narcissistic, as he believes he is entitled to the praise without the effort.

  38. I said before the election that it would be worth it if Trump won–just so we could see progressives and social justice warriors running around in circles screaming with their panties in a wad–and this weekend has certainly lived up to that promise.

    The left has gone batshit crazy. They weren’t this crazy when Reagan was in office.

    I’m not sure they’re going to get over it, and if this keeps up, they’re gonna get Trump reelected.

    1. This is how they’re acting before he even does anything. Imagine where we’re going when he actually starts making policy.

      1. You’d think he was a pro-free trade, evangelical!

      2. The type of planning and leadership needed to put on a single event (the march) is very, very different than the type of planning and leadership you need to oppose policies and laws. That type of action requires patience, money and working within the system. Also, at some point they will be forced to prioritize, no matter how much that violates “intersectionality.” My guess is they are going to expend all their efforts on DeVos and other inconsequential actions and appointments, because of teh feelz.

    2. just so we could see progressives and social justice warriors running around in circles screaming with their panties in a wad

      1. This was amusing for the first month but, for me, it’s now getting tiresome.

      2. There is a danger that this could escalate to the point where it delegitimizes the president’s actual constitutional power.

      1. But if the side effect is to deligitimize the imperial presidency, is that so bad? (Hint Reason writers, here’s your article for next month).

        1. Agree, that’s why I was trying to say the legitimate role but it was clumsily worded. And, of course, almost all these protesters just want to de-legitimize Trump, not the imperial presidency itself.

      2. I’m more concerned about what happens when the pendulum swings back in the other direction, and swings hard.

  39. Okay peeps – I’m looking for a title for my latest book. I’m sure I will get a bucket o’ snark…

    Short synopsis: A meteorite storm hits multiple parts of the Earth, spreading a quick-acting alien virus that kills off 99% of the population. The “dead” come back to life as vampires, and hunt the remaining survivors. Our hero, who has lost everyone he knows, road trips to warmer climes and picks up stragglers along the way. There is also a military element left over who creates a whole bunch of trouble as they are rounding up survivors to use as test subjects to find a cure.

    The Vampire Virus has been used, along with The Vampire Diaries, so I’m a bit stumped for now.

    1. I will, of course, give a thanks to anyone in the title page.

      1. Well,why didn’t you say so?

        Saving The 1%.

        1. Saving The 1%.

          I like it, but of course it’s Lord H’s book…

    2. Feminism, A Story

    3. The Twilight of our Deep Impact

    4. “Totally Not Another Zombie Story”

      1. They totally aren’t zombies! … ok they are kinda-sorta but not the same propagating effects.

        1. Fine! “Totally Not Resident Evil”

    5. Since they’re hunters, how about Vampire Vigilantes?

    6. Call it the Stand or Stand II or Stand Again.

      1. The Re-Standing.

      2. The Andromeda Stand

    7. The Vampire Virus has been used, along with The Vampire Diaries

      So you’re looking for something a bit cheesy, or more straight faced?

      After the End, Daywalker, Dead Man Walking, The Long March.

      1. Those are good…

      2. The Walking Undead

      3. With the meteors and vampires, perhaps some sort of play on the phrase “blood moon”?

    8. Space Vampires From Hell

    9. The Sky’s Gone Out

    10. It came from Outer Space

      LOL. But, srsly, do they actually die and then reanimate? That’s more horror/fantasy than scifi. So, actual blood-sucking vampires? Photophobia? Other magical powers or limitations?

      1. It’s pretty weak sauce science, but I like to have some sort of reasonable explanation for my horror books.

        Those who die have actually gone into a deep, deep coma. When they awake, the virus has completed its job transforming the human husk into a new creature. The creatures are afraid of the sun, but their bite doesn’t propagate the species, nor do they fear garlic, crosses, mirrors, or holy water. They can also die if you shoot or run them over with a car. So no, they aren’t really vampires, but that’s what the survivors call them for lack of a better word. 28 Days Later would be a closer approximation – or the much-despised “Fast Zombies”.

        1. Damn squirrels!

          OK, Assume you are familiar with Matheson’s novel I am Legend and its derivative works.

          You need something to explain why they need blood as opposed to just being hungry.

          Good luck.

          1. It’s a bioweapon, clearly, the need to feed on other members of the base species is part of the knock-on effect to clear them out. It saves the nonsapient biosphere for the aliens’ ecopark.

        2. The Vampire Monologue’s

    11. Okay peeps – I’m looking for a title for my latest book.

      Virulence Porphyry: The Cheljabinsk Genesis

      *it’s where a big ass meteor landed in Russia a few years ago.

      1. Isn’t that more properly known as a babushka ass meteor?

        1. Depends.

          *meteorik, in Russian, means, “flatulence,” by the by.-)

    12. The Vampire Virus has been used, along with The Vampire Diaries, so I’m a bit stumped for now.

      Duh, just use “The Virus of Vampires” or “The Virus that affects Vampires” (or if its a virus that creates vampires) “The Virus the effects Vampires”.

      Let me know how you want to send me my royalties.

      1. “The Virus that effects Vampires”

        Is edit functionality really that hard to add?

    13. IMHO, leave anything vampire out of title.
      Last Impact
      The Long Walk
      Armageddon Rain
      Last Steps
      Jaunt
      Surviving the Fall
      Autumn’s March

      1. You could go Lovecraftian with the title and use evocative or otherwise powerful nouns:

        The Dead must Wait

        Or include at least one word that isn’t in common use – in this case, “sciency” …

        The Leonid Harvest

    14. Are the Zombie-Vampires intelligent? Because if not, then your protagnonist is a retard for not heading north where the zombies would freeze out in the elements. If so, don’t feel bad, every other zombie story protagonist was just as retarded for not doing so.

      1. No they aren’t intelligent. Even doors flummox them.

        1. Then the survivors of this plague should be surviving in far greater numbers up north where cold and therefore the immutable laws of nature, would give living humans a decisive advantage in fighting them or not even having to fight them at all for much of the year. People who travel towards the equator to escape them deserve their death. Though admittedly, that makes for a more boring story.

    15. Sweet Meteor o’ Haemophagy

      1. OK then .. Just use “S.M.O.D.” It worked for ET, MASH and many others.

    16. World War V – may be derivative though 🙂

      1. You’d need to go ‘one more’ than Z, so you’ll be looking at Old English ‘thorne’, or maybe elvish.

    17. Blood Zombies.

  40. Trump’s speech is characterized as ‘dark’ (racist!) because absent was rhetorical and emotional deception.

    People love to eat ‘hope and change’ bull shit up even knowing deep down it’s bull shit.

  41. Nnnnnooooo!!!

    Hillary Clinton plots her next move
    The Democrat has been studying election presentations, including reports on where she underperformed.

    There have been no conversations about starting her own political group but Clinton has spoken with leaders of emerging Democratic-leaning organizations about their work, and has discussed possible opportunities to work with Organizing For Action, former President Barack Obama’s initiative. Among the potential political priorities she has mentioned to associates are building pipelines for young party leaders to rise and ensuring that a reconstructed Democratic National Committee functions as an effective hub that works seamlessly with other party campaign wings.

    The one-time secretary of state has been in contact with a range of ex-aides, studying presentations as she tries to better understand the forces behind her shocking November defeat.

    Included among those presentations has been a series of reports pulled together by her former campaign manager Robby Mook and members of his team, who have updated her not just on data and polling errors, but also on results among segments of the electorate where she underperformed, according to Democrats familiar with the project.

    1. Perhaps don’t ignore Michigan seeing how in the primary you were supposed to win by 15 pts and lost to Sanders.

      Don’t call half the population deplorables

      Have a personality that isn’t stenched in corruption.

      Don’t come off as a robot who could only run on i am not the other guy (like McCain)

    2. How do they not see how toxic she is yet? Do they have to be completely wiped out to realize no one else likes her?

      1. Yeah, at least Bush ’43 had the common sense to stay the fuck away from anything that mattered.

      2. She’s toxic but she’s also dug herself and her brand into all the money people in the party. They can’t sideline her because she still has her claws on a lot of purse strings.

        1. A lot of them are personal friends or are owed favors and have a lot more to gain from president Hillary than from just any Dem. This political incesteousness is going to be a big problem for them until the old guard dies off or has the good sense to retire.

    3. The wisest thing they can do is freeze her out. But they don’t realize that. They think that everyone likes her, or has the potential to like her, as much as their base does. They have repeatedly demonstrated that they are incapable of processing how deeply disliked she is by moderates, independents and swing voters, and how those people will never see her as a victim.

      1. I see her as the mirror universe of my mom (who is better educated than her, and ten years younger), if she married a politician and became evil.

    4. as she tries to better understand the forces behind her shocking November defeat.

      Because she was an absolutely awful candidate. Pretty simple, really.

    5. She’s like an athlete who insists playing past their prime.

      How addicted to power is this woman? I’d like to think it’s for public service, but that would be foolish and naive of me.

      1. I wish the world would retire the awful “public service” euphemism, in favor of the more accurate “feeding at the trough”. Also, if she’s getting a paycheck, it’s not “public service” anyway.

    6. I thought that Hillary was just going to keep wandering through the woods, sparking “white Bigfoot” sightings?

  42. Tom Steyer concluded that the people overwhelming support democratic policies and their problem was just the messaging. Lol how delusional do you have to be? Climate change is a losing issue….just look at the actions of the dems around election time–> they hardly bring it up.

    He can only pull his eco social engineering crap in california and like all other progressives think because he wants it then everyone else must want it.

    What is amusing is the democrats are having their policies dictated by a billionaire (no self-awareness necessary)

    1. I have a liberal friend on Facederp who posted on inauguration day that everyone needs to avoid attacking the people who voted for Trump. Instead, we need to educate them.

      Nothing wins over people who hate arrogant lefties like being educated on how they’re wrong.

      1. I’d rather have the opportunity to avoid an endless cascade of “Explainer” pieces than have to walk around with a set of brass knuckles and a six-pack of mace.

  43. For some reason, I finished watching The OA last night, I’m really not sure why. But now I want to perform interpretive dance at odd moments.

    1. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

      1. There’s an estate auction in Chesapeake today, complete with the obligatory box of magazines in the garage.

        1. Welp, there goes my afternoon.

          1. I thought of you when I saw that (and Crusty, but don’t take that the wrong way…)

            1. There is not a right way to take that, Lee.

    2. It was well made but they tried too hard to come up with an original story that ended up being pretty unoriginal in the end. It just never really clicked for me.

      1. I felt like it had been developed as a collective effort in a sophomore year creative writing class.

        1. That’s a damn good description.

    3. Never has the last ten minutes of something so totally broke the narrative spell.

      1. I felt somewhat betrayed. After the painfully long expository, they wrap it up with that?

        1. I wonder if that was their ending all along or if they wrote themselves into a corner.

          A couple of people at work watched the first few episodes and gave up. When I explained to them how it ended, they both thought I was making it up and being really mean.

          Most of Brit Marling’s stuff it like that, build up and no payoff. I don’t know if I would call any of her movies truly successful.

          1. The only reason I continued with was the performances of the teacher and the rebellious teen. Those actors were compelling. Everything else was meh (well everything except Paz Vega).

    4. I also watched it waiting for some payoff. The whole concept of the weird shale bunker was great, but now I just want back 6 hours of my life.

  44. All those white tarps making the inauguration crowd size look smaller are actually the thousands of Klan outfits packed together.

    1. +1 opera applause

    2. Yeah, people were totally losing their shit over that. One person bravely posted online as how if he saw one of those people (hooded klansmen) that he’d take a baseball bat to them. Like he walks around DC with a baseball bat.

      And, of course, their right to not be offended is far more important than the right of those racist scum to wear silly outfits.

    3. It was Trump’s (people’s) opportunity to use the line. It was tailor made to use the line. The line, man … and they blew it!

      “Actually, you are right, the inaugural crowd was smaller than Obama’s. See, most Republican have to work for a living.”

  45. If Trump releases his tax returns, everyone will see the 1099s from C.H.U.M.P., the Criminal Headquarters for the Underworld’s Master Plan. His cover will be totally blown. Also, he “expensed” an awful lot of lot of bananas in his attempts to woo Mata Hairi.

    1. You’re old, dude.

  46. …and then the broader media for reporting about crowd numbers at the inaugural, which were not as large as the 2013 inauguration or the women’s protest march the next day.

    I didn’t vote for Donald Trump. I don’t give a shit about the number of people who attended his inauguration. It’s bullshit. And it’s the sort of idiotic government worship libertarians are supposed to be above. Reason’s been going on about this non-issue for two days now. We don’t care. Remember when a lot of us warned that the media’s hyperventilating ran the risk of turning into the boy who cried wolf? Well, even Reason is flirting with that right now.

    1. Flirting With the Wolf-Boy: An Oral History Of Reason Magazine

      1. “Falling in Love with the Wolf Boy”

        Then we could do a pop-punk cover of this for the theme song.

    2. Yea i am only here for the comments. The actual articles are too much tabloid for me now. I like ENB’s article and Veronique i think it is. Ron for the most part and Boehm if covering like the train boondoggles.

      But this is tiresome. The comments are the most informative i have seen imo.

      1. 2Chilly coming back is the highlight of current Reason so far.

    3. At Trump’s press secretary’s first press conference he spoke about the number of people at the inauguration and didn’t take any questions, which is why it is a story. Trump and his staff made it a story, and they continue to make it a story.

      1. And people called bullshit on it. Even as he was right about the rest of the issue (the MLK bust). Now move the hell on. Donald Trump has a touchy ego about his popularity. What the fuck? News at 11?

        1. I don’t disagree with you, but it’s not like it’s a bullshit issue. They called for a special press conference on Saturday specifically to whine about the inauguration numbers, and then sent Conway out on Sunday to talk about “alternative facts.” This shit is all their fault. I assume we will have moved on to other pointless issues this week.

          1. Maybe it is actually a smart play. Like in the lord of the rings return of the king….keep mordor blind to all the things that move.

      2. Agreed. Both are being petty.

      3. If they do another article or long blog post about it, that would be silly. Mentioning it in the morning links seems appropriate.

        1. Two yesterday and another this morning.

  47. “Beachfront Owners Reject US Help, Pay for Own Storm Barrier”
    […]
    ” Oceanfront homeowners in this wealthy New Jersey shore enclave have so little faith in the government’s ability to protect them from catastrophic storms that they’ve spent $5 million of their own money on boulders placed between their homes and the ocean.
    Members of the group, which includes a national Republican fundraising powerhouse, wants a judge to exempt them from a plan by Republican Gov. Chris Christie to erect protective sand dunes along New Jersey’s entire 127-mile coastline. Their homes lie in an area that was devastated by Superstorm Sandy in 2012.”
    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireS…..r-44968212

    WE ARE NOT ALONE!

    1. In Jersey, no less. Talk about being the odd man out.

      1. Cue a long string of breathless think-pieces about how unfair it is for the wealthy to opt out of “public sea barriers”.

  48. it’s the sort of idiotic government worship libertarians are supposed to be above. Reason’s been going on about this non-issue for two days now.

    It’s all about making an unflattering comparison between Trump and Obama whenever the opportunity presents itself. “See? Trump’s such a horrible choice for President, nobody even bothered to come.”

    It’s like making fun of some fifth grader because none of the cool kids showed up at his birthday party.

    1. It’s like making fun of some fifth grader because none of the cool kids showed up at his birthday party.

      Yeah, I’ve made that observation before in the context of the proposed anti-Trump concert. And I kind of understand it coming from progressives who look at government as some sort of Father/God. But, libertarians are supposed to be the ones who don’t look at government that way. It’s a little disheartening seeing libertarians treat inauguration crowd-counts as anything other than evidence we need more school choice.

  49. “Beachfront Owners Reject US Help, Pay for Own Storm Barrier”

    How long ’til the Army Corps of Engineers arrives to bulldoze their seawall?

  50. they’ve spent $5 million of their own money on boulders placed between their homes and the ocean.

    They should have used crushed cars.

    1. Stay at home mom Kelly Richards from New York after resigning from her full time job managed to average from $6000-$8000 a month from freelancing at home? This is how she done

      ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, http://www.Joinpay40.com

      1. Dude, use an “off topic” warning next time.

  51. libertarians are supposed to be the ones who don’t look at government that way. It’s a little disheartening seeing libertarians treat inauguration crowd-counts as anything other than evidence we need more school choice.

    Exactly. A libertarian President would just cancel the goddam extravaganza, and get right to work burning the Federal Register in a 55 gallon barrel on the White House lawn.

    1. Well, they might make an event out of the bonfire.

      “And now we ignite….The EPA regulations…Aaahhh-ooo!!!”

    2. A libertarian President would just cancel the goddam extravaganza, and get right to work burning the Federal Register in a 55 gallon barrel on the White House lawn

      First of all, where are the orphan slaves?

      Second, a 55-gallon barrel? It’ll be full of ash before you get through even one Department’s worth of regulations. Call up a refinery and tell them you’ll take as many barrels as they can supply. You might need to call more than one.

      1. There would be nothing inherently unlibertarian in calling up a local garbage hauling firm and getting their experts to do the job. Competitive advantage FTW, unless the POTUS hourly wage is lower than the trash guys.

  52. “Millions of dollars are missing in Gambia after the former president left the country. His cargo plane was also reportedly loaded with luxury cars and other items.”

    So, the transfer of power is going normally for West Africa.

  53. Most of the approximately 230 protesters arrested on Inauguration Day will be charged with felony rioting, federal prosecutors said.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the offense is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. The office said most of those arrested will be released without having to post bail and must return to court in February.

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