A.M. Links: Trump Travel Ban in Court Today, Democrats Protest DeVos, Suicide Bombing Outside Afghan Supreme Court

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  • Gage Skidmore

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit will hear arguments today over the nationwide temporary restraining order filed against President Donald Trump's ban on travel from seven majority-Muslim countries.

  • The Senate remained in session all night last night as Democrats protested the nomination of Betsy DeVos for secretary of education. The Senate is scheduled to vote on DeVos's nomination today.
  • A suicide bombing outside the Afghan Supreme Court in Kabul has killed at least 20.
  • The suspect in the attack on the Louvre in Paris is reportedly talking to investigators.
  • "Three Chinese Coast Guard ships entered waters near a chain of islands claimed by both China and Japan in the East China Sea on Monday, according to authorities from both sides."

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  1. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit will hear arguments today over the nationwide temporary restraining order filed against President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from seven majority-Muslim countries.

    So-called court.

    1. The lying, failing 9th circuit.

      1. What is their record for having their rulings overturned when challeneged?

        1. They used to get overruled a *lot* by the Supremes, I don’t know what their recent record is.

    2. Hello.

      The Bruins are dysfunctional.

      1. Oh, thank God. I first read that as “The Brains” and I was getting worried.

        1. It does say the Brains.

          Are you telling us that you see the word “Bruins”?

        2. The so-called Bruins, then?

    3. You’ll be shocked to find out how they rule.

  2. The Senate remained in session all night last night as Democrats protested the nomination of Betsy DeVos for secretary of education.

    Any windows get broken?

    1. The paid rioters are not allowed into that “prestigious” institution I guess….

    2. It would cost six francs to repair the damage.

  3. 286) Here’s a treat: the Slati-est Slate headline I’ve seen in quite a while.

    Kids’ TV Is Ignoring Climate Change

    In case you’re worried the article might not live up the click-bait headline, I can put your fears to rest, because the article is bat-shit insane too. I heard somebody argue today that internet humor just isn’t as funny as it used to be, but obviously that can’t be true because of lines like this:

    I don’t know about you, but I’d rather my kid learn a little about the melting polar ice caps than accumulate yet another piece of trivia about colossal squids.

    (Headlines and quotes courtesy of Slate, the finest comedy available on the Web today.)

    1. What’s Captain Planet? Chopped liver?

      1. A pretentious colorblind fool.

        1. I think the old 1930s Popeye cartoons are the best, as they have absolutely no redeeming social value, with the exception of the obvious parental sop of “eat your spinach.”

          1. And the pro-spinach propaganda was based on a German study that had erroneously determined that spinach contained an order of magnitude more iron than it actually does. The results were corrected in Germany, but by then they’d gone all Hitlery and the U.S. wasn’t talking to them anymore.

            1. See the impact a misplaced decimal point can have?!

            2. Poor Popeye, doomed to eat canned spinach to get superpowers because of it.

              1. And all so he could bang a beanstick…

                1. And all so he could bang a beanstick…

                  Louis Prima approves

                2. To be fair, you are talking about a man with a serious speech impediment, a bad eye, a deformed face and a propensity for violence.

                  1. Leave Stallone alone!

          2. Popeye was desgined so that Big Spinach could take over our popular culture. I think it’s safe to say, they were successful. Look closely at your favorite TV shows and tell me you don’t get an overwhelming urge to buy spinach, I know I do.

    2. “but I’d rather my kid learn a little about the melting polar ice caps than accumulate yet another piece of trivia about colossal squids.”

      Here’s a cuckoo idea. If you want your kid to learn about melting polar icecaps, maybe YOU could teach them about it, instead of kvetching that cartoons won’t do your job as a parent.

      1. Colossal Squid are more interesting.

        1. Robot Sea Monsters are Communist and Violent, IIRC.

          1. Progs never think communists are bad..

              1. Well they do think violence is bad when they have to lie about the other side (you know, the fascists) doing it. But since its to make the case for the usual narratives, it is all good. If the other side will not just do it themselves so the left can virtue signal about how bad it is, they just have to take matters into their own hand.

      2. I’d rather my kids learn interpersonal relationship skills from golden age Warner Bros cartoons.

          1. RAz ma Taz Ma Flub Ma Flippity Raz…..

      3. It’s cute that you think they’re worried about what their kid is learning. It’s yours that they’re concerned with.

        1. That is it right there. The author’s statement though was “my” kid. I’m under no illusion she was telling the truth though.

      4. Can anyone resist the long arm of the squid lobby?

    3. It’s almost like kids don’t like being lecturing at, or something.

    4. I see a correlation between the fall of Saturday morning cartoons and emasculated millennials.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQnnZOJSlh0

      1. As an older millennial, we still had Power Rangers and Darkwing Duck…yeah.

        1. Also Ren and Stimpy. No way would that be aired today.

    5. Would Smurf homes being drawn smaller be a climate change matter or a housing policy issue?

  4. The suspect in the attack on the Louvre in Paris is reportedly talking to investigators.

    The Mona Lisa was unaccompanied by a male family member.

    1. Wait what? Didn’t this dood know that was a picture of Leo when he was figuring out what he wanted his gender to be?

  5. A suicide bombing outside the Afghan Supreme Court in Kabul has killed at least 20.

    #bashthefash

    1. I’m glad you posted, I was starting to think FoE and I were the only two commenters left at Reason.

      1. There is only one commenter left here.

        1. We Are All Tulpa

          1. This is the sound of one Tulpa commenting?

            1. No, I think it’s more like: *click**click**click**click**click**click*”Fuck You!”*click**click**click*

            2. Is there a Guinness World Record for “most prolific troll”?

              1. They were going to – but then they were on the receiving end and scrapped it.

          2. aut Tulpa, aut nullus

      2. Did tarran’s idea to boycott comments today get accepted by the hive mind?

        1. Where was the idea proposed?

          1. I think it was in one of the weekend posts.

            1. There are posts on the weekend??

              1. In between sixpacks, yes.

            2. I’m only here during the workday.

        2. I never heard of it.

      3. Thanks for noticing. I really don’t have time to post regularly as it is; my leaving wouldn’t be as big a deal as long-timers and the more prolific posters. Hell, I haven’t even logged on to Steam since last week.

        You’d think I’d be further away from the poverty line than I am. :/

        1. You post all the time. Changing your name except for the Jr. reduces your visibility.

          1. I don’t feel like I post that much. Today’s a bit different, kind of slow at work.

    2. Robby Soave ?@robbysoave 14h14 hours ago
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      Leftist students are finally interested in self defense, and now conservative kids are like wahhhh my safe space

      #bashthefash

      1. Is that a real tweet? Also, what in the world is he referring to?

        1. His dumbass article about some leftist organization holding ‘self-defense’ classes for leftists that are certain the fascist insurrection isn’t actually them. After, of course, he accused conservative groups on campus of being violent and citing one incident that appears to be actual self-defense (as Tuccille noted earlier today).

          1. He’s trying to out-stupid Dalmia. Problem is, some poor fuck who doesn’t know any better might actually believe Robby.

            1. There has to be a Republican group on some university campus somewhere who will be willing to very publicly invite Robby and/or Dalmia to speak at an event. Maybe alongside someone more well known, but completely inoffensive, like Christina Hoff Sommers.

              It will be interesting to see how they report the response to their own presence on campus.

        2. He had an HnR post last night about some Lefty Fight Club thing where a socialist group at UCF was conducting a self-defense class. Someone, whom Robby Horses merely assumes was a College Republican type, complained to the school. The notice advertising this thing encouraged its participants to “BASH THE FASH!”

          1. Are slogans getting dumber or do we just live in dumb times?

            1. Yes.

              1. Wouldn’t that be “Citizen VI”?

            2. Just like athlete nicknames; particularly in hockey.

              1. What? Adding “ie” to your name isn’t witty?

            3. I’m this case, correlation IS causation.

            4. I don’t understand your question. Please type slower.

          2. The proggies are approaching cop levels of paranoia.

            STOP RESISTING

      2. Not Okay.

      3. Robby spends time every article lecturing on how legitimate left-wing talking points are, how we should have the discussion with them, and how their complaints are valid.

        First thing he says about Republicans is that they’re ‘whining’.

        What a cunt.

        1. I hope there is more Soave bitching on every post! MORE! MORE! MORE!

        2. You forgot effeminate, SJW, proggie, hairpiece asshole. If you want to stay with the in-group, you better stop slacking on the insults.

            1. To be sure, he does write like my 14 year old second cousin. Did I do it right?

              1. His insignificance is significant.

        3. Well, as ENB helpfully instructed us, the goals of social justice are noble even if the tactics are unsavory.

          1. The goals of Social “Justice” are marxism and equality of outcome regardless of effort or capacity.

            This is not a noble end.

          2. She said that?

            I see little nobility even in their goals since it’s rooted in ignorance and faulty premises.

            1. She most certainly did, showing ignorance of the basic truths that UCS already outlined.

            2. +1 Noble Savage

        4. ^^^This

        5. Yeh, that was utter bull shit by Soave. He acted like a cunt indeed.

        6. It’s so difficult to discern whether you’re a republican or not.

          1. YES, another self-centered American called me a secret Republican! Jesus Christ people, get outside your bubble. A clever person would at least call me a Tory.

            If Soave called the left-wing out on being whiners as well there’d be no problem. Instead he has spent his entire time here qualifying how what they’re saying is important and how he sympathizes with them. As soon as their opponents say something of the same vein however, suddenly he lacks sympathy and calls them out. It’s almost like that’s a implicit, scummy bias or something.

            1. Robby’s just upset that it’s not right-wingers attacking leftists on campus, he hates it when his leftist biases are not confirmed.

              1. It looks like a ton of people have been attending John’s mind reading school.

                1. I don’t think you really need mind-reading powers to recognize the blatant bias present in Robby’s work after that piece.

                  (Unless you’re directing this at FS, in which case, carry on)

                  1. Sparky is unhappy that so many people are picking on poor Robby.

                    1. Look, another attendee of John’s school.

                    2. John Xavier’s School for Gifted Keyboard Warriors?

                    3. HUR DUR U B PICKEN ON MUR ROBBIE!!!!!

                  2. (Unless you’re directing this at FS, in which case, carry on)

                    Go on. Do tell me how my criticism of Robby is unwarranted, while yours is elevated.

                    1. So quick to signal your team membership there, John. Don’t worry, I’m fairly sure that Sparky knows that you’re a fellow goodthinker.

                    2. So quick to signal your team membership there, John.

                      “DUR HUR YOU MUST BE THE OTHER, THE OTHER!!!”

                      You’re not helping your argument by assuming you know my motivation.

                    3. Mine’s based on his actual written argumentation and yours is based on assuming a motivation that confirms your bias? If you’d said ‘Robby was dishonest about what he called ‘right wing violence’ that is based on actual written arguments.

                    4. You’re not helping your argument by assuming you know my motivation.

                      Do you know how to make any argument other than “Stop thinking you can read my mind” ? This is your canned response to fucking everything. I commented on what I see as your signal, a thing you said to someone else on the internet that other people can see as well. You might think I’m wrong, but that’s not mind reading.

                      Mine’s based on his actual written argumentation and yours is based on assuming a motivation that confirms your bias?

                      I can’t help it if you haven’t been reading my posts. I routinely take Robby’s arguments and statements apart piece by piece and explain exactly whats wrong. I am of the opinion that Robby has a bias towards the left and towards the left’s caricatures of right-wingers. I am not alone in this, I am not some lone wacko for thinking Robby has a left wing bias. I too read his posts.

                      If you’d said ‘Robby was dishonest about what he called ‘right wing violence’ that is based on actual written arguments.

                      I do, and often. I don’t think that’s it’s necessary that every single post in which I invoke his name feature a detailed analysis from the previous day’s articles that would satisfy the holier-than-thou John Titor.

                    5. My motivation is that I disagree with your assessment, and think you are putting words into Robby’s mouth. That’s it. But you are more interested in creating a tribalist tit-for-tat where I obviously must be part of some opposing ‘team’. If you don’t want to be mocked as a mind reader, don’t pretend you understand my motivation.

                      I can’t help it if you haven’t been reading my posts. I routinely take Robby’s arguments and statements apart piece by piece and explain exactly whats wrong. I am of the opinion that Robby has a bias towards the left and towards the left’s caricatures of right-wingers.

                      And note how I haven’t said anything about those, almost like that’s exactly what I just said. What I didn’t say was how I know Robby’s secret motivation and emotional views towards political violence. Pointing out a bias based on evidence is not the same.

                      I do, and often. I don’t think that’s it’s necessary that every single post in which I invoke his name feature a detailed analysis from the previous day’s articles that would satisfy the holier-than-thou John Titor.

                      Great, we’re in agreement then. A detailed analysis, or at least an actual argument, would be better than a reflexive tribalist amygdala hijack, thank you.

            2. You’re not a secret Republican. If you think it’s a secret, that’s sad. Sad!

              1. Let me explain something to you Konima, in basic terms you will understand:

                I’m from this place called ‘Not-America’. I still live in this place called ‘Not-America’. I have this nationality called ‘Not-American’. I’m a registered member of a party known as the ‘Not-Republican Party’. There’s this thing called ‘the rest of the world’ and they don’t exist in your idiotic Americocentric political worldview. So grow up and learn something.

                1. Thanks for making me laugh, guys. Of course my reference to John’s school of mind reading is thanks to the original John, not John Titor, and his ability to always know and give voice to whatever a particular person is really thinking. That fact that you guys started eating each other over it really gives it that nice hilarious flavor.

                  1. We’re both aware you were referencing John. We’re just arguing about our different perspectives of Robby’s bias.

                2. Is that what you tell everyone as you pretend to not be a Republican? Why are you so concerned with American politics? If you were truly a Canadian libertarian, you would have plenty of shit to focus on in Canada. You aren’t fooling anyone.

                  Best case scenario, you’re whatever Canada’s version of a Republican is. Canada is irrelevant on the world stage, so forgive me if I know little about non-factors.

                  1. Maybe I’m thinking of this wrong. Maybe you being a Canadian is why you’re so ill-informed when it comes to American politics, and so ill-educated in general.

                    So, yeah, be Canadian.

                  2. Why are you so concerned with American politics?

                    One cannot have hobbies?

                    If you were truly a Canadian libertarian, you would have plenty of shit to focus on in Canada. You aren’t fooling anyone.

                    I’m an excellent multitasker. And fooling anyone? I am Canadian. I use metric and British spelling here and it drives the Yanks nuts, it’s great.

                    Best case scenario, you’re whatever Canada’s version of a Republican is.

                    Oh boy, that’s particularly stupid. Again, the world doesn’t exist in your little American political bubble. There’s no ‘Canadian version of a Republican’, and if you weren’t a profoundly ignorant individual you’d at least avoid making that assumption. Again, a clever person would call me a Tory (even though I’m not one actually).

                    Canada is irrelevant on the world stage, so forgive me if I know little about non-factors.

                    Yes, yes, ignorant American nativism, you’ve done this before. It’s just as vapid and stupid as preciously.

                    Maybe you being a Canadian is why you’re so ill-informed when it comes to American politics, and so ill-educated in general.

                    Ladies and gentleman, a product of the American school system. Impressive, no?

                    1. “Ladies and gentleman, a product of the American school system. Impressive, no?”

                      I didn’t partake in the American school system.

                      “I’m an excellent multitasker. And fooling anyone? I am Canadian. I use metric and British spelling here and it drives the Yanks nuts, it’s great.”

                      I have British relatives. You don’t compare.

                      You don’t know how to use the term American nativism either. Maybe you’ve made up your own definition for it. None of my beliefs could be construed as “American nativism” even by the most rhetorically creative.

                    2. I apologize to the American education system for suggesting you were a product of it, that was unfair.

                      Perhaps “idiot nationalist” is a better descriptor. What with your constant need to belittle foreigners and revel in your international ignorance. “DUR HUR A G20 NATION IS IRRELEVANT ON THE WORLD STAGE.”

                    3. “Perhaps “idiot nationalist” is a better descriptor. What with your constant need to belittle foreigners and revel in your international ignorance.”

                      Canadians aren’t foreigners. They’re just generally shittier Americans.

                  1. (“Odin’ Aenir’s policy has continued to fail our 1000-year old children. This cycle, Vote Vanir!”)

  6. Word of the Day: ‘Splaining

    Many feminists are familiar with mansplaining, but there are other forms of ‘splaining that occur in feminist spaces, including thin-splaining, able-splaining, and white-splaining.

    For those who don’t know, privileged explaining, also known as “‘splaining,” is when a person with privilege explains a form of oppression they don’t experience to a person who experiences it.

    This looks like a man explaining catcalling to a woman, or a thin person telling a fat person how they should navigate through a fat-stigmatized world.

    When ‘splaining, you usually do a number of harmful things:

    You incorrectly explain something because of your privileged perspective. You speak over voices who are more qualified to speak on the subject. And you tell marginalized people how to deal with oppression, rather than helping work to alleviate it.

    1. a thin person telling a fat person how they should navigate through a fat-stigmatized world.

      As a fat person I would like to tell this author to suck it up, thicken your skin, stop stuffing your face and get some damn exercise.

    2. “For those who don’t know, privileged explaining, also known as “‘splaining,” is when a person with privilege explains a form of oppression they don’t experience to a person who experiences it.”

      Oh, the irony of this explanation.

      1. Splainsplaining!

        1. Metasplaining (though splainsplaining is sort of catchy).

        2. Less ‘splaining, more splaying!

      2. They need to check their splain-splaining.

    3. Ugh, Ricky Ricardo is literally the worst

      1. Privileged capitalist pig whose family fled the righteous revolution that brought a level of justice and equality to Cuba unseen in the Western Hemisphere. So yeah, his splaining is the worst.

    4. This makes me want to engage in some sporadic-violence-splaining.

    5. It tells something that the social left thinks an ad hominen fallacy is a killer argument.

      1. It’s the entire basis of the progressive stack.

    6. “‘splaining,” is when a person with privilege explains a form of oppression they don’t experience to a person who experiences it.
      Ah, see, that’s the original definition. Today, ‘mansplaining’ is typically understood to mean ‘disagreeing with a woman.’

    7. [To-Do,-Lucy-You-Got-Some]-‘Splainin’

  7. Circuit courts and district courts do not have the authority to issue restraining orders that apply outside of their jurisdictions. The fact that the judge issued a nationwide order alone makes his actions an overreach.

    1. Remember that politicians on both sides of the aisle have been fighting to give circuit and district courts the right to issue nationwide warrants for computer crime. This is just an extension of that.

      1. True. And that is bullshit as well. What is the point of having circuit courts if they all have nation wide jurisdiction?

        1. Would they be allowed to restrain it within their district?

        2. Supreme Courts for everyone!

          1. Oprah for Government!

            1. She should’ve seized power when she had it.

    2. I’m kind of surprised more people haven’t questioned this – If we are concerned about executive overreach, should n’t we be concerned about judicial overreach as well? (They all just go around barking orders). How does a District, or even a Circuit Court issue rulings that apply outside of their own jurisdiction?

  8. The Senate remained in session all night last night as Democrats protested the nomination of Betsy DeVos for secretary of education.

    She may be truly dangerous. Mustn’t get in the way of that NEA graft.

    1. She’s a billionaire! What more do you need to know?!

      1. Better to have someone who comes into office poor…but doesn’t leave poor.

        1. That’s a politician that’s Buyable, the best kind.

          1. Establishment or bust!

  9. “The suspect in the attack on the Louvre in Paris is reportedly talking to investigators.”

    You know who else attacked Paris in a fit of ideological hatred?

    1. Clovis the Frank?

      1. +1 field of lies.

      1. Only poor people carry chihuahuas anymore.

    2. ‘This is NOT Halal!’

    3. Ragnar Lothbrok?

    4. Nicole Richie?

  10. http://www.bustle.com/p/half-o…..sing-34343

    Half of US Adults believe the law should require women to take their husband’s last names when they marry. Everyone talks about how we assimilate immigrants but they never mention how they assimilate us. The influence goes both ways. What do you want, progressive first world social attitudes or millions of immigrants from more traditional cultures? Pick one or some mix because you cannot have all of one or the other.

    1. I’m watching my friends get all these hyphenated names and wondering what they plan on calling their children? Is there some girl power-approved standard for this or is it just anything goes?

      1. I don’t think they’re thinking that far ahead.

      2. Children? Empowered women do not have children. They may rent some poor African baby for a while, but they’ll be sure to give it a suitably African name.

      3. You linked to a climate change article yesterday. Do you happen to have it to post here? I lost it.

        1. It was somewhere here – this guy has a lot of ’em. The latest is about the whistleblower who came forward over the weekend.

            1. Sorry, I only do text at work.

      4. A family I’m friends with gave all the girls the mother’s last name and the boys the father’s last name.

        1. Social/virtue signaling!

    2. +1 There Oughta Be A Law

      1. What a whiny article. I love this bit:

        “It’s just a name!”

        Then why are you making such a big deal out of it? Ugh, I can’t even.

    3. It depends on the situation when you are marrying, and what you want to do with both of your careers. My mom kept her last name because she had earned her PhD right before they got married, and all her published work was in that name, so in order to get interviews, she needed that name recognition. My brother and I have my father’s last name. Simple.

    4. I’m for everyone assimilating and eventually phasing out religion entirely.

      1. ^^^ Secret Republican ^^^

  11. Let’s make it about me.

    Trump’s Muslim Ban is Fundamentally Anti-Black

    Seriously, I may not be on board with the order, but this is the dumbest criticism yet.

    1. The majority of black people in the world are either Christians or African animists. Are they not black black?

      1. This particular criticism caught my eye.

        Last week’s immigration order banned citizens of seven Muslim countries from entering the United States. Three of those countries are African. Two are predominantly Black. Members of the African Union blasted the U.S. for “taking many of our people as slaves” but refusing to accept them now as refugees. These are refugees the United States has itself created.

        So the reason there are refugees from African countries now is because local chieftains sold salves to the Dutch slave traders in the early nineteenth century. And that’s the USA’s fault.

        1. I thought one of the great crimes of slavery was the brain drain it caused in Africa. That has been blamed for any number of post colonial problems there. I guess that is last year’s criticism.

          1. Where’s the evidence that the population removes was disproportionately cerebral?

            1. I have no idea. I have just heard the claim made.

              1. It seems like an odd claim to make. Slavery in West Africa was largely driven by larger empires and kingdoms like Mali enslaving the tribals around them. Tribals also enslaved and sold other tribals captured in raids, first to the larger kingdoms and then to Europeans.

                I mean, I can get a ‘brain drain’ argument from say, Roman slavery, because they tended to need literate slaves for administration reasons, but early modern slavery was largely labour based.

            2. Most of them were prisoners of war.

            3. I think you have it backwards.

              American progressives think that Africans are dumb as rocks. They also think the black Americans they know are “OK”. Since progressives see themselves as smart and non-racist, the only logical conclusion to them must be that evil white slavers only brought the smart Africans to America.

              According to at least one regular commenter here, everyone is a racist. He is just the nicer racist because he realize it and try to mitigate it in day-to-day life. He knows this because he sees racism everywhere, and can’t understand why people don’t put a lid on it.

              It’s projection all the way.

        2. It’s particularly stupid because Triangle Trade slaves were bought and sold in West Africa, where none of those countries are a part of the ban. European and American slavers were not in the business of going all the way to Somalia.

          1. I didn’t even parse it that far. It was just too stupid.

          2. But Arab Slavers routinely hit Somalia and points south – and they were far worse masters than any plantation owner.

            1. Obviously but the Arabic slave trade isn’t addressed in the ‘point’ they’re trying to make.

            2. Why just go ask any descendants of African slaves taken by the Arabs alive to day. You can find them in.,. uh….well you can’t find them. So I guess the Europeans were the worst after all!

    2. Hah…..Arabs are some of the most racist people on earth

      1. The Arabs imported African slaves for over a millennium. How many black people do you see in the Middle East? That tells you all you need to know.

    3. 1) It’s not a Muslim ban but retards are gonna retard.

      2) Someone mentioned and wondered if that site is a nothing but guys parodying SJW. I’m awfully tempted to set up such a site. I would have a blast.

    4. Nice “Splaining” there Barb.

  12. In Age of Trump, Scientists Show Signs of a Political Pulse.

    Scientists have always been strictly apolitical, but this new guy Trump has one or two of them thinking maybe scientists should start expressing a scientific opinion on the issues of the day.

    But the idea that they should be above the fray has been slowly unraveling as researchers realize that their own aloofness may largely be to blame for public disregard for the evidence on issues like climate change or vaccine safety. And in the era of Trump, some say it could finally come completely apart.

    “I think that many people have moved well beyond that,” said Andrew Rosenberg, director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists, which is enlisting scientists to monitor what is occurring in federal agencies. “It’s nonsense ? you need to follow your own heart. You can do science and still be a good citizen.”

    They even provide a helpful link you can follow to find out this group so concerned about Science In The Age Of Trump was founded in 1969. I don’t know about you, but I think any group that saw Trump coming from 50 years away should be treated with some respect.

    1. UCS and apolitical don’t go together.

      1. I have always found that name to be creepy. “Concerned” is such a vague and all encompassing term. I honestly have no idea exactly what they are concerned about, but it has never given me a good feeling.

        1. I am concerned about these so-called “concerned” students misappropriating my initialism.

    2. What they really want: To force-march scientists to their political agenda.

    3. Scientists have always been strictly apolitical,

      All it took was six words to make me discredit anything that followed this statement.

      1. Right, in about three seconds I thought of Einstein campaigning against the atomic bomb, and Galileo and the Catholic Church.

        1. Benjamin Rush’s role in the American Revolution

        2. But the scientists only speak the truth, so it’s not up for debate, therefore it’s not political.

        3. Hypatia, now a part of atheist mythology as a martyr for The Cause, was actually killed due to political conflict in Egypt at the time.

      2. IKR! Half the mofos at Trinity were card carrying communists. Give me a physical break.

    4. They need to up their ‘science-‘splaining’ game.

    5. Scientists have always been strictly apolitical,

      *fart noise*

    6. Maybe it has something to do with science being used as a justification for the government limiting choices about your medical care and your oroperty and resources?

      Being told, “you must do this” raises people’s hackles even if it is a go5id idea.

    7. Scientists have always been strictly apolitical

      [citation needed]

  13. You mean to tell me the Senate will fall over itself to confirm a piece of shit like Jeff Sessions, but they’re holding an all night vigil to block Betsy DeVos?

    I give up on everything. Time to run away to the mountains and become a hermit.

    1. They can work with a bog-standard authoritarian. They can’t deal with someone who is an avowed enemy of the teacher’s union gravy train.

      1. Actually, I suspect that while the unions do have a lot to do with the pants shitting, the real and abject fear is that the left will lose the indoctrination monopoly they have build over the least 4 or 5 decades. In these times where the unwashed plebes have turned on their betters, it is even more important that they retain control of the public education system so they can “shape” young minds…

    2. It does seem weird. School choice is an issue supported by many Democrats. This must have to do with teachers’ union political muscle, but I certainly didn’t realize that (lowercase-t) trumped just about everything else.

      1. I welcome this stupid hill they’ve chosen to die on.

        1. So do I, because it’s going to be yet another failure for them

        2. They don’t see it as stupid. To the left brainwashing them young is an integral pillar of their revolution..

      2. Oh yes. Look at local politics in any large, heavily-democratic city. The teachers union is the most powerful entity around.

      3. The NEA is part of the financial heart of the democrat party. The other stuff, the culture war bs, is mostly there to distract the useful idiots that support the donks from seeing all the graft.

    3. It makes perfect sense:

      Insider Sessions is a Senator who will lead the DoJ.

      Outsider DeVos is a private citizen who threatens the very existence of the DoE and , if we’re really really lucky. public education.

    4. Sessions was one of them. That makes it different. Devos is an outsider. The good old boy club is alive and well.

  14. http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/256679/

    Trump has been in office two weeks and already his re-election is looking more likely every day.

    1. Trump isn’t invulnerable – more people voted for &^&%ing Hillary than for him.

      On the other hand, Reps seem to be winning lots of Congressional, legislative and gubernatorial races.

      So, bottom line, it’s hard to make predictions, especially about the future. /Yogi Berra

      1. She might have won the popular vote, but there was no contest when it came to electoral votes. With CA and NY having something like a fifth of the US population, I think it’s fair to say the Democrats have the popular vote sewn up for a while.

  15. “Three Chinese Coast Guard ships entered waters near a chain of islands claimed by both China and Japan in the East China Sea on Monday, according to authorities from both sides.”

    Growing tensions between two rival powers in Asia?

    Thank heavens we have a calm, serious, level-headed individual as Commander in Chief! We wouldn’t want him to do anything rash or anything.

    1. I thought he was a Putin stooge. Pick a talking point.

      1. Who here is claiming he’s a Putin stooge?

        1. Just resign yourself to your characterisation as a DNC hack. Everyone knows.

          1. Darn it, you are right! John figured me out. Why everyone knows that the Venn diagram between “people who don’t like Trump” and “people who work for the DNC” is a perfect overlap.

            1. You are funny. Do you really think anyone has fallen for your bullshit? How much is Soros paying you to come here and do this? Because if you are not getting paid you are an idiot. If you are getting paid, then at least they are the idiots for wasting their money…

    2. ^^^ Cytotoxic ^^^

  16. Lena Dunham: I’ve lost weight over Trump

    “Donald Trump became president and I stopped being able to eat food,” the “Girls” star and prominent Hillary Clinton supporter said on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM show Monday, as first reported by Entertainment Weekly.

    “Everyone’s been asking like, ‘What have you been doing?’ And I’m like, ‘Try soul-crushing pain and devastation and hopelessness and you, too, will lose weight.'”

    She looks good here! Thanks, Trump!

    1. Thankfully, she has enough fat stores to last years.

      (Disclaimer: I have nothing against fat people. I’m kind of overweight. But Lena Dunham deserves all the ridicule she gets)

      (Disclaimer: I added a disclaimer to piss certain people off. Virtue signaling FTW!)

      1. +1 Robert Soave

      2. Thank you for your input, you fat fuck.

    2. First he solved the global clown crisis disappear, now he’s made america’s least asked for, but maybe deserved, nude exhibitionist lose weight? He might just have my vote in 2020.

      1. He made leftists look even stupider than they already did before the election. He made the Patriots win the Super Bowl. Is there anything this man can’t do???

    3. Not clicking, but if this is true Trump should get credit as a miracle worker.

      1. I don’t know what you have against a pretty lady in a bikini.

        1. This moment I personslly have nothing against a pretty woman in a bikini, but I would like to.

    4. ‘Try soul-crushing pain and devastation and hopelessness and you, too, will lose weight.’

      Teen girls immediately start Googling ‘soul-crushing pain,devastation and hopelessness.’

      1. Fetishes.. I just don’t get this stuff..

  17. San Francisco transit janitor who makes more than $250K a year – $160K in overtime – is caught hiding for hours in a closet doing nothing

    Liang Zhao Zhang, earned $57,945 in 2015 for cleaning San Francisco’s Powell Street station.
    But public records released by Transparent California, show that Zhang also made an additional $162,050 in overtime, bringing his total salary and benefits that year to $271,243, according to an investigation by KTVU.
    Zhang’s timecard data showed that he worked every day in 2015, and most days he worked overtime.
    BART paid Zhang for working 17-hour days for 18 days straight in July 2015, according to the station.

    However, there is an explanation, according to BART’s Chief Transportation Officer Roy Aguilera.
    Aguilera told KTVU that it was possible for Zhang to work that many hours because he never refuses extra work and picks up the overtime hours offered.
    According to Aguilera, there is a large population of homeless people spend time in the Powell Street station, which means the janitorial staff spends much of their time cleaning up urine, feces, and needles.

    1. He’s still more useful than the City Council.

      1. Indeed. If only all of our politicians and “civil servants” spent half the workday in a broom closet.

    2. Completely innocent misunderstanding, I’m sure.

      They told Zhang he was in charge of supplies. He was going to pop out of the closet when the boss walked by and yell “Supplies!”

      1. You would normally get a Swiss gaze 🙁

    3. I remember living there 20+ years ago and reading similar exposes about how the bus drivers are taking the taxpayers for a ride – like, tales way beyond anything that’s typical in any other city – to the point where even the lefty press was outraged. I see nothing has changed.

  18. Botched Navy SEAL raid was secretly targeting leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula who is now taunting Donald Trump as the ‘fool of the White House’

    The January 29 Navy SEAL raid on Yemen was supposed to result in killing or capturing al Qaeda’s head operative in the Arabian Peninsula, military officials said.

    But Qassim al-Rimi is still alive following the raid – and is taunting Donald Trump via an audio message released Sunday.

    Al-Rimi said: ‘The White House’s new fool has received a painful blow at your hands in his first outing on your land.’

    1. Tough talk al-Rimi, but I remind you that al Qaeda leadership come with an expiry date of six months to four years.

      1. Yeah, but then it’s virgins for days in the beyond.

    2. Rimi’s not as funny as Andrew Heaton.

  19. ?The Senate remained in session all night last night as Democrats protested the nomination of Betsy DeVos for secretary of education. The Senate is scheduled to vote on DeVos’s nomination today.

    This just shows how hopeless Reason’s desperate attempt to make a “Liberaltarian” alliance is.
    Not only are Democrats making their stand on by far the least consequential of all Trump nominees, they’re doing so for all the wrong reasons.

    They certainly won’t pull this shit on someone legitimately awful like Sessions who’s position actually does impact the rest of the country. DoEd is by far the smallest cabinet post with the least amount of real responsibility. It’s stupidly symbolic fight with nothing at stake.

    1. Except for the fact that teachers’ unions have a disproportionate pull in party politics.

      1. Bingo. The NEA depends on the DoEd for any semblance of control outside of NY and California.

    2. And yet my Facebook progressive friends and relatives are slobbering all over it. I think maybe they just smell blood in the water, and want a win — but this is foreordained political theater, she’s getting through.

      1. It’s a good these people are incredibly stupid otherwise they might interpret this transparent attempt by Senate Dems to throw a bone to their base as kind of insulting.

    3. DoEd is by far the smallest cabinet post with the least amount of real responsibility. It’s stupidly symbolic fight with nothing at stake.

      I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part!

    4. DoEd is by far the smallest cabinet post with the least amount of real responsibility. It’s stupidly symbolic fight with nothing at stake.

      Well I would not go that far. They do have outsized influence in the culture wars due to their Title IX idiocy. And culture wars can gin up activism and voters.

      1. And spparently, the teacher unions really like the Title IX idiocy. Protecting Title IX is one of their stated beefs with DeVos.

  20. “Three Chinese Coast Guard ships entered waters near a chain of islands claimed by both China and Japan in the East China Sea on Monday, according to authorities from both sides.”

    Someone resurrect the corpse of John Kerry. Otherwise who is going to suck off and tickle the balls of the PRC politboro?

    1. She’s not wrong.

    2. When even Maxine Waters notices you flubbed….

      1. Maxine Waters thinks every Republican is Bush.

        1. Maxine Waters thinks

          I just stopped reading right there, realizing the rest of the sentence was invalid.

        2. Trump is actually secretly Donald J. Bush ? the J stands for Jeb!

    3. “Of course, it may well be that Pelosi has gone dotty, over the edge into a dementia whose full impact will become clearer over time.”

      Wait, when was Pelosi NOT dotty?

      1. Didn’t she once say that Susan B. Anthony spoke to her in the White House or something? And when people said “you mean, like, metaphorically?” she said no?

        1. Wait, she isn’t just old enough to have met Anthony?

          1. This was in like 2010 or something, she apparently sat down in a chair at the White House and said some hippie mumbo-jumbo about how she could ‘feel the women of the past speaking to me’.

          2. EDIT: Here’s the story from 2012, could just be her making bullshit up obviously.

            1. So you’re the one with the edit button!

        2. When you’re worth $120 million, you can say what-ever you like.

    4. So I guess impeachment is off the table.

      1. Perhaps Pelosi can sit on the table and ask it?

  21. OH MY GOD REASON LISTED ONLY 2 TERRIST ATTACKS OUT OF THOUSANDS IM LEAVING AND NOT COMING BACK

    1. If only that were true

  22. Not sure if this was already covered, but on Monday, Missouri became the 28th state to be right-to-work.

    http://www.kansascity.com/news…..83664.html

    1. NH may be next, first in the northeast.

  23. Suicide bombings are not caused by ‘radical islam’. They are caused by (1) oppressive governments that don’t have free speech and (2) marrying and having a daughter at a young age while being in a society where they put off having a family for another decade. Just sayin’.

    1. So. England?

    1. WHO ATE MY HARAMBE CHEETO!?!?!?

      /looks down and sees 4 year-old chomping on Harambe’s head.

      YOU OWE ME $99 900!!!!

      1. No one is actually going to pay the auction.

        1. I’m thinking about it.

    2. This will help advance my master plan of praying to Harambe for miracles so that, in time, the Pope will have no choice but to canonize him as a Saint!

    3. Now we know what those lavishly paid SF janitors spend their money on.

  24. Good morning my sweet, clever anarch0-frankentrumpkencucks. Why do you hide yourselves from me?

    1. Help! The syllables “Franken” are triggering me!!

      1. No Joke: Al Franken for President?

        Al Franken isn’t a punch line in the Sen?ate any?more. He’s emerged as one of the Demo?crats’ most ag?gress?ive and ef?fect?ive ques?tion?ers of Pres?id?ent Trump’s Cab?in?et nom?in?ees. He’s gen?er?ated nu?mer?ous made-for-TV clips as one of the few Demo?crats will?ing to go full-bore against his party’s top tar?gets … This is Al Franken’s mo?ment in the spot?light, and if he chooses, he could par?lay his good for?tune in?to a bid for the pres?id?ency in 2020.

        To be sure, Franken, 65, may not be the Demo?crats’ strongest can?did?ate in the gen?er?al elec?tion. His deeply lib?er?al polit?ics and long-stand?ing dis?missive?ness of Re?pub?lic?ans turn off many voters in the middle. But with Demo?crats look?ing for strident op?pos?i?tion to Trump in the early days of his pres?id?ency, they’re prob?ably not go?ing to be in a prag?mat?ic mood in the primar?ies. So far, much of the lib?er?al ex?cite?ment has centered around Sens. Eliza?beth War?ren and Bernie Sanders, but they will be 71 and 79, re?spect?ively, dur?ing the gen?er?al elec?tion. Neither has shown any abil?ity to win sup?port out?side the most pro?gress?ive pre?cincts. Franken, at least, can point to a re?cord of elect?ab?il?ity with groups that Demo?crats will need to win over.

        1. No thanks.

  25. I don’t even understand this story.

    Medical pot facility in NY can’t produce enough MJ oil, so they smuggle 12 lb. of oil from a Minnesoda plant and super vapors ensue.

    1. NY Law makes it hard to produce anything legally, and federal law says that moving it across state lines is a crime. One way or another, they’ve violated the law.

      1. The lesson being, don’t try to run a small business in New York. I believe the motto of the NY Chamber is “Big Politically Connected Business Welcome, All Others Need Not Apply.”

        1. All the small businesses in NYC are run by immigrants. “Is less graft than my home land!”

          1. Now that I think about it, immigrants seem uniquely suited to cope with hyper-regulation and graft where Americans just throw in the towel.

            1. In my corner of the city it is wall-to-wall small businesses, with a few national chain franchises here and there, for seemingly miles in every direction. And of course it’s not all immigrants but a lot of it is. In any event I am impressed with anyone who can run a business here; it can’t be easy.

              1. I’ve noticed that NY legislature has a fetish for signage. Restaurant bathrooms have a compulsory couple paragraphs of legaleese posted instructing workers to wash their hands and for customers to inform on rule breakers. Then out by the cash register there’s another sign from the health department and another from some consumer agency. I’m sure that in the kitchen some relevant labor laws were hung up on a 2×5 banner.

                1. like the “California Causes Cancer” labels, no one sees them anymore.

                2. It’s the little stuff that irks the most, maybe because it’s so ubiquitous or maybe because contemplating the big stuff, like being thrown in a cell or target by the IRS, is too much to bear. But that signage crap is one thing that always gets my hackles up. Forget patronizing, forget compelled speech, it’s bothersome because it asserts that the feds are there to vouchsafe your interests. That’s manifestly untrue: you are a breeder and a milkcow and a blood bank for the feds. You will bleed when they tell you to bleed, you will forfeit what they tell you to forfeit, you keep only what you’re allowed to keep, and your children will be yoked to them, same as you.

  26. Ed Gillespie – God wanted me to lose the senate race

    That is socon-speak for saying God wants him to run for governor.

    I really don’t like politicians.

  27. Part One

    Part Two

    Somewhere in America?

    “You have no idea what Hitler looks like, do you?” asked the stand-in.

    The pink haired woman looked indignant. “Of course I do! I know all about fascists and Nazis and Hitlers.” The stand-in seemed unconvinced.

    “Good!” I said, thoroughly convinced. “As the new but temporary version of Danger 5, you must all be experts on fascists and Nazis and especially Hitlers. At least until the real Danger 5 comes back from the moon, or wherever I sent them. Otherwise how will you ever manage to kill Hitler?”

    “Hitler!?!” the woman shrieked. “Where is he?!”

    “Shut up. Now,” I continued, “we don’t have any time for mucking about. We’ve got a story to deliver, a real human interest piece. Something news readers might appreciate, to break up the monotony of depressing news about how Hitler remains unkilled, the Nazi bastard. Something to tempt them back to this metaphorical comment section of a country, like red meat thrown to carnivorous partisans. Like pictures of unsavory women shown to crusty jugglers. Like,” I waved my arms vaguely, “like inside jokes and unsubtle references told on the Internet.”

    1. Rallying myself, I continued even harder: “Much as I would like to just push you all out of the nest like normal human children, I don’t trust you lot to manage this on your own, so I’m going with you.”

      It was really the only option. Who else would keep an eye on that ambiguous, wily-looking stand-in? Who else would stop this narration from switching to third person? It had to be me. I sighed. “Are you all armed?”

      The yokel grinned and hefted his rifle. The dapper millennial urbanite on the other side of him gasped. “You can’t bring that!” he exclaimed. “That’s an assault weapon! It’s even got that shoulder thing, that goes up! I mean, you have a right to self-defense, to be sure, but why not bring a pistol? Something less intimidating?”

      “Fuck you,” the yokel cheerfully replied.

      “Shut up, all five of you,” I informed them. “I suppose it will have to do. Move out!”

      Tactically rolling to the door, the yokel kicked it open, his combat knife pointed at the opening, shoulder thing fully upright. Quite sensible, I thought; Hitler might have been on the other side.

      Hitler was not on the other side. HQ’s entrance opened onto the street, and dozens of people with signs were streaming past. Maybe even hundreds. “Blast!” I cursed. “It’s worse than I feared. We’re in the midst of The Million Protester March.” I struck a pose, just in case some unseen camera was zooming in on me in dramatic fashion.

      *Cut to commercial*

    1. […] woman forced by Trump to give birth […]

      There, it’s no longer too local.

      1. Now it’s “right for Reason”

    2. Nothing says “too local” like “Macomb.”

    3. Is she an illegal immigrant?

  28. A Day Without a Woman

    Because they’re not appreciated enough, obviously.

    1. If they could arrange it on the day of next year’s Super Bowl, that would be great.

    2. This is why they’re worth less than men

    3. “Most Productive Day in Human History As Women Go On Strike”

      1. In office bear attacks drop by 72%.

      2. “Women go on strike, men invent flying cars and Mars rocket”

    4. Cute…they just got to the part of their Freshman lit class where they read that Greek play about the sex strike.

      1. Wait… you’re telling me women haven’t already been striking for the last several months?

    1. Yes yes yes

      1. I feel kind of bad for the brunette sister. She is plenty hot but a little bit of a butter face. Meanwhile her sister and her mom are Greek goddesses. It is just not natural for a woman to look that good at 63.

        1. She bathes in the blood of sacrificed virgin girls.

          1. She does something and whatever it is, it isn’t normal.

            1. She could be a crazy semi-vegitarian, like my current Step grandmother (6th wife of 7 marriages for my grandfather. He’s a stubborn and annoying guy to live with, but an awesome grandpa). She worked in a shoe factory in So-Cal, designing shoe marketing materials for sellers to department stores (degree in art, and a very good artist). Anyways, 90% of the factory workers and other folks at the company managed to get cancer from chemical exposure, and as a result, she has been subsisting on only organic food for over 30 years, and the only meat she’ll eat is organic salmon, wild caught. She also has an amazing garden, probably works 50 plus hours a week in it, and makes the best damn salad I’ve ever had.

        2. The brunette daughter is Alexa, her daughter with Billy Joel. Alexa had the misfortune to get more than a bit of her father’s looks than her mother’s.

          And yeah, it’s absolutely insane that she still looks like that. I’ve been drooling over her for 30 years. There’s something really odd about that.

    2. How is the 63-year old the hottest one there?

      1. That has got to be some next-level CGI. I’ve seen 63. 63 is a good friend of mine. And that is no 63.

  29. Rachel Manteuffel: Dear Ruth Bader Ginsburg: If you need anything ? blood, organs ? take mine.

    I assume you see what I am driving at. My driver’s license says organ donor, but I have added a sticker stipulating that you get first right of refusal for all parts. If you need to keep me on life support in your house, just in case, while you slice off any bits that appeal to you, that is totally fine and my loved ones will understand. Believe me, they understand. We have discussed it.

    I am somewhat bigger than you are, so my heart might not be a perfect fit. Have it cut to size.

    1. What is wrong with these people?

      Also, are the blood types of the justices even public knowledge? A bad transplat could just finish off the old bat.

    2. I am somewhat bigger than you are, so my heart might not be a perfect fit.

      Leftists are certainly the most compassionat people on Earth. We know this because they’re willing to have others kidnapped, maimed and killed to force them to be compassionate too! It’s so damn easy to be a prog.

    3. This modern remake of Frankenstein is really lame.

    4. The WP is approaching Democratic Underground levels of retardation. It’s really kind of sad.

    5. Could she afford the massive internal hemorrhaging from his heart?

  30. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit will hear arguments today over the nationwide temporary restraining order filed against President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from seven majority-Muslim countries.

    It’s not a ban. El Se?or Presidente Trumpo called it a ban but pointing that out is only leftist media disinformation.

    A suicide bombing outside the Afghan Supreme Court in Kabul has killed at least 20.

    Partisan issues are taken too seriously over there.

    The suspect in the attack on the Louvre in Paris is reportedly talking to investigators.

    “Ok, this is how you make the best Tabbouleh…”

    “Three Chinese Coast Guard ships entered waters near a chain of islands claimed by both China and Japan in the East China Sea on Monday, according to authorities from both sides.”

    MINE! MINE! MINE!
    MOM!

    1. It’s not a ban. El Se?or Presidente Trumpo called it a ban but pointing that out is only leftist media disinformation

      Remember, Trump always says that he has “the best words.” At no point has he ever argued that he has “the correct words.”

  31. I figured 84 Lumber was a trendy jeans line, so their Superbowl ad seemed like some mix of social posturing, sentimentality, and cashing in on the moral indignation of the left.

    But, no, it is in fact a lumber firm.

    1. I thought that too! I’ve never seen one of the stores, so it never occurred to me it was actual lumber and jeans were the only thing that seemed to fit in the ad. I wonder how many people googled 84 Lumber to find out where those jeans are sold and were disappointed.

  32. Thomas Sowell shows what a super-racist self-hating Uncle Tom he is:

    Instead of being given a guided tour of the school, as happens in too many other places, the principal simply walked with me down the corridors on each floor and let me decide which classroom door I wanted to open and go in.

    Wherever we went in, the class in progress was clearly one where children were learning, were well-behaved, and were saying intelligent things in plain English. They were doing work that was either at their grade level or somewhat above their grade level.

    Code words for “acting white.”

  33. Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue unveil new bill to cut legal immigration by 50%:

    Cotton and Trump plot crackdown on legal immigration

    Because remember, Republicans are only against ILLEGAL immigration and totally don’t just hate immigrants in general!

    1. If you’re right, Stormy, this bill will sail right through Congress.

      I’m guessing you are wrong.

    2. Good. All immigration needs to be stopped. We have enough Slovenian models in this country as it stands now.

    3. Nice strawman. Shame you can’t edit comments and remove this fallacy, but then against, no one except Cytotoxic was listening to you anyway, Stormy.

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