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    The Department of Homeland Security has proposed a rule to exempt large chunks of data collected on immigrants from the Privacy Act.

  • Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) accused Trump administration members of not defending Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, saying Tillerson, Defense Secretary James Mattis, and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly were protecting the country from "chaos."
  • Michael Moore called for the repeal of the "ancient" and "outdated" Second Amendment.
  • A city in Georgia wants to de-annex part of its land and name it Amazon if the company opens its second headquarters there.*
  • The Cardinal of Caracas accused the Venezuelan regime of clinging to a "Marxist, totalitarian system" in his report to the pope.
  • The parliament of Catalonia is considering whether to declare independence from Spain.
  • Joachim Frank was among three scientists awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work on cryo-electron microscopy.
  • Archaeologists in Turkey believe they've found the body of Santa Claus.

*A previous version of this post said the city was going to change its name to Amazon; that was incorrect. Sorry for the error

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  1. Michael Moore called for the repeal of the “ancient” and “outdated” Second Amendment.

    Come on. It’s only 100 years old.

    1. Is it really such a slow news day that Michael Moore’s opinion on anything is worth any attention?

      1. An outright repeal has to be easier than chipping away at it through unconstitutional gun control legislation, right?

      2. This sounds like a great strategy for the Democratic Party.

        It would be refreshing to hear Democrats debate the Constitution with intellectual honesty rather than the usual distortions they make about the meaning of “well-regulated militia”, “necessary”, “free state”, “right of the people”, “keep and bear Arms”, and “shall not be abridged”.

        1. Yeah, stop violating the Bill of Rights. Submit the amendment to repeal the Second Amendment, and see how it does.

          Maybe they’ll learn it’s not just a Koch Brothers/NRA plot, but popular will in a large majority of states that is keeping guns legal.

          1. Hey, they’re PROGRESSives, not PROCESSives…

    2. What is “Mike Hihn’s Favorite Pickup Line”?

      1. My heart doth quiver at the bare sight of your ankle.

      2. Like that dumb bastard has ever had that much brevity in his life. His favorite pickup line is a 15 minute, incoherent monologue, the subject of which is known only to Hihn because no one has ever been able to listen to him long enough or care enough to figure out what it is about.

        1. Any rejection, of course, means that the object of his ancient affection is a bully.

          1. (I look forward to him finding this thread at 4 o’clock tomorrow morning and calling us fascists.)

            1. Well if the shoe SS armband fits,

        2. Hey, I read everything he writes and try really hard to understand. I don’t understand it because it’s incoherent.

          1. And you are fascist. If you don’t understand or in any way fail to agree with Hihn, it is because you are a fascist. That is the only idea Hihn can coherently express.

      3. “My eys daaaahnce to the beat of your jugular, which glistens inviiiihtingly under the soooohft glow of these spermaceti candles.”

        [pops in dentures]

        “You have bullied your way into my heaaaahrt.”

      4. “If you were more like everyone else, people would like us”.

    3. At least he’s being honest about it.

      Most of the time anti-gunners won’t say they want to repeal the 2A.

  2. Archaeologists in Turkey believe they’ve found the body of Santa Claus.

    Uh, then who’s been giving me all this coal on Christmases that I’ve been asking for?

    1. Doesn’t everyone just get given coal every day in Central PA?

      1. Some days it’s scrapple.

        1. It really fills out the Christmas stocking.

        2. Mmm, that’s an extra good day.

        3. Done correctly, scrapple should look like coal.

        1. Central PA is everywhere that’s not Philadelphia or Pittsburg.

          1. You’re just digging a hole for yourself.

          2. It’s Pittsburgh, with an h

    2. A CT scan, a geo-radar and eight academics had been brought in for the final stages of the excavation work.

      They gotta wait until Christmas morning to open the tomb – and I’m assuming those are eight tiny flying academics.

    3. More importantly, who was mommy kissing?

      1. A corpse. Yo momma’ s a necrophiliac.

    4. Was it buried with 8 diminutive hooved animals?

      1. We don’t like to bring up MLP here now, not after the incident.

  3. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) accused Trump administration members of not defending Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, saying Tillerson, Defense Secretary James Mattis, and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly were protecting the country from “chaos.”

    Weird, i didn’t know the Cult of Sigmar was so heavily represented at the highest levels.

    1. You cannot imagine how much Warhammer I’ve played the past few days.

      1. You think the Skaven are getting ready for their big move against the Surface World?

        1. If they do the High Elven Brettonian Aliance will be ready.

          1. Do you paint minis?

            1. For sure, that’s where it started. I’m more of a gamer than a painter though — literally have boxes of unpainted minis. That’s why Total War is the dream come true, provides the experience I’d never be able to achieve on the table top. That said, a full table set up with a full army and dice rolling would be an amazing thing.

              1. Yeah, same here. Though I find painting (when I actually find the time), to be very therapeutic.

              2. Jesus Christ those minis are expensive.

                If it costs thousands of dollars to play a game, I’m out.

    2. Goddamn tyranids.

    3. Chaos is one of Mattis’s call signs.

  4. A city in Georgia promises to change its name to Amazon if the company opens its second headquarters there.

    Same day delivery is dope af.

  5. Archaeologists in Turkey believe they’ve found the body of Santa Claus.

    The Leftist-Muslim War on Christmas continues.

    1. I have it on good authority that Crusty is half Santa Claus.

      1. The other half is horse. He is a Santaur.

        1. Crusty is the much less popular reverse centaur. It is known.

  6. The Cardinal of Caracas accused the Venezuelan regime of clinging to a “Marxist, totalitarian system” in his report to the pope.

    And His Holiness replied, “I can only hope.”

    1. The Bishops in Venezuela actually wrote the commie bastard last year asking him to shut the fuck up about the glories of socialism. No kidding

      http://eponymousflower.blogspo…..ancis.html

  7. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/…..-1.4319245

    Man charged in Edmonton terror attacks deported from the US in 2011. Diversity is our strength!!

    1. Shoulda deported that guy in Vegas back to his home country.

      1. Because we have homegrown terrorist, why not invite more in from the outside? Solid thinking there Juice. Solid thinking.

        1. smh. We’ve had this discussion before. If preventing someone from entering the country stops some future crime, then it would be logical to deport people who are already here too. They have the potential to commit just as much crime.

          I can also use your logic to advocate for gun control. If one person who owns a gun kills someone, no one should be allowed to have guns. If one immigrant commits a crime, no immigrants should ever be allowed to enter the country. This logic can be used to justify all sorts of rights violations in the name of safety.

          Better safe than sorry free.

          1. When another country is deporting a guy because they think he is a danger, it is probably a good idea not to let him in. I realize you think that Muslims are sacred and that everyone has a right to go over any border and governments have no responsibility to protect or in any way act in their interests of their own citizens. But, maybe in some cases, like when a guy is being kicked out of another country because they think he is nuts, that you should reconsider those positions.

            1. You sort of just ignored his point. Why is it not reasonable to deport citizens we consider dangerous?

            2. I realize you think that Muslims are sacred

              *wanking motion*

              everyone has a right to go over any border and governments have no responsibility to protect or in any way act in their interests of their own citizens

              Why don’t I need a visa or any kind of permission to cross the border into a neighboring US state? Aren’t they inviting criminals to cross their borders and commit crimes?

              1. Because state borders are not international borders. And again, when another country says “this guy is dangerous”, why would you still let him into the country?

                Don’t let me stop you. Please continue to take that position and make sure that it is associated with the open borders position. Absolutely continue to claim that not allowing someone from Somalia into the country who is a known danger is totally the same as not letting an American citizen travel to California. Good luck with that position.

                Seriously, I couldn’t come up with a straw man to make open borders people look like delusional fanatics that would be any more effective than the position you actually take here.

                1. Because state borders are not international borders. And again, when another country says “this guy is dangerous”, why would you still let him into the country?

                  Is the only difference legal? So is your entire reasoning that it’s the law and therefore it is a fundamentally meaningful difference?

                  Absolutely continue to claim that not allowing someone from Somalia into the country who is a known danger is totally the same as not letting an American citizen travel to California.

                  He specified a dangerous American citizen. At that point, the two are barely different. He is asking why does a state just have to accept a dangerous person entering into them when a country can ban it. Why does the state have to allow that? My understanding is that the difference is one of these people was born here. What logical difference does this make?

                  Good luck with that position.

                  What do you mean by this? Is your reason that his argument is bad because it’s unlikely to come into effect?

                2. continue to claim that not allowing someone from Somalia into the country who is a known danger is totally the same as not letting an American citizen travel to California

                  Well, it seems to me that the only difference there is that the law and constitution say it’s not allowed for California to stop a person from Nevada known to be likely to commit a crime from crossing the state border and say that it is allowed to stop someone from Somalia from crossing the national border. The question is what justifies that distinction? And if borders are good and necessary for security, why wouldn’t restrictions and searches when crossing state borders also be good and necessary for security?

                  I’m not taking a strong position here. I think that in the imperfect world we have, it’s probably rational and good to have some control over international borders. And that restrictions on state borders would be an unreasonable restriction of liberty. But it is an interesting question for those who think that tightly controlled national borders are a necessity and pose no dilemma when it comes to individual liberty.

              2. Please, Juice, don’t change. Don’t ever change.

              3. Do you believe that there is any justification for any type of border? You are here, so I am assuming you stand-by private property (correct me if I’m wrong). What is the justification for the existence of those borders. Certainly, you do agree that someone should not be allowed on private property without the permission of the property owner.

                If this is true, why can’t collectives of property owners come together to a shared agreement on who is allowed in?

                1. BUCS is just running squares around himself at this point.

                  1. I’m just wondering what they think.

  8. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) accused Trump administration members of not defending Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, saying Tillerson, Defense Secretary James Mattis, and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly were protecting the country from “chaos.”

    Operation CHAOS?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    1. He actually said “KAOS“.

      1. That was my first thought but I could not remember the spelling or show.

  9. Archaeologists in Turkey believe they’ve found the body of Santa Claus.

    Look away kids, look away.

    1. This is gonna lead to a Series Of Unfortunate Events.

    2. “Archaeologists in Turkey believe they’ve found the body of Santa Claus”

      In a related story, billions of people couldn’t find a fuck to give.

  10. A city in Georgia promises to change its name to Amazon if the company opens its second headquarters there.

    Anything’s better than its current name: Gingrichville, Georgia.

    1. What the fuck were they trying to get out of Newt when they named it that?

      1. A moon base.

  11. The parliament of Catalonia is considering whether to declare independence from Spain.

    Sure, Spain seems open to the idea.

    1. I can’t wait to see a civil war in a modern 1st world nation.

      1. Maybe Italy and Germany will chip in troops.

        de ja vu

        1. Reruns are so boring, like homage to catatonia.

        2. If we get a Hemingway and an Orwell out of it…

  12. …protecting the country from “chaos.”

    They’re all CONTROL agents.

    1. Dammit. Missed it by that much.

  13. The Department of Homeland Security has proposed a rule to exempt large chunks of data collected on immigrants from the Privacy Act.

    ‘Who is your daddy and what does he do?”

  14. Indiana court rules that sex with 16-year-olds is fine, but sexting them is not

    Thakar’s charge ? a felony count of disseminating matter harmful materials to a minor ? was originally dismissed last year on the basis that the state’s dissemination statute was vague because the age of consent for sex in Indiana is 16, the paper reported. While an appeals court upheld the dismissal, the state’s top court disagreed.

    The Supreme Court judges acknowledged that while the laws may seem inconsistent, there’s no conflict between them because it’s still possible to follow both simultaneously.

    “The Dissemination Statute clearly protects minors under the age of 18 from the dissemination of matter harmful to them,” Justice Mark S. Massa wrote in the court’s decision.

    The law is the law, motherfucker.

    1. Need to keep that phone down, keep throwing dick around. Only way to be safe.

    2. That’s okay. I’ll just sext MILFs while I give the 16 y/o teens the ol’ rusty venture.

      1. A rusty venture? You keep a snorkel in your bedroom?

        1. I am not comfortable with this conversation.

    3. Gotta keep people from disseminating on them teenagers.

    4. So film yourself naked and send it to a 17 year old, that’s harmful and illegal. Show the film in a theater and have the same person pay to see it, that’s fine.

      Do I have this right?

  15. The parliament of Catalonia is considering whether to declare independence from Spain.

    Spain’s been making a strong case for it.

  16. http://www.techdirt.com/articl…..nded.shtml

    Known terrorists roaming the country in the witness protection program. This terror attack is brought to you by ISIS with the cooperation and support of the FBI.

    1. Right, like the federal government would ever lose track of… oh.

  17. Joachim Frank was among three scientists awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work on cryo-electron microscopy.

    They should have waited to award it until they actually revived Walt Disney.

    1. Nobel- the group that gave Obama a peace prize in Oct 2009.

      The USA was at war at the time and Obama okayed war in Syrian, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia.

      Hacks is what I would call the Nobel eligibility board.

      1. Plus, what has Obama ever contributed to the field of cryo-electron microscopy?

  18. The Department of Homeland Security has proposed a rule to exempt large chunks of data collected on immigrants from the Privacy Act.

    Is it the data collected from public Facebook pages?

    1. *the feds* missing words like whoa.

    2. Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota

      I wonder if those three have laws causing this, or if it’s just there so low population that they only have it in their big city.

      pro-life pseudo-clinics

      What is a pseudo=clinic?

      1. A tentacle that provides medical care? I KNOW you have plenty of videos of just that phenomenon.

        1. A tentacle that has pacifiers instead of suckers.

      2. I business that tries to make itself look like a medical clinic, but that doesn’t offer any other services besides “pray to Jesus and everything will turn out right somehow”.

        1. And you know this is what these places are how? Did the little Charles Darwin that lives under bed tell you this?

          1. “Charles Darwin”? Is natural selection a left-wing plot now? Or did he have a life I didn’t know about as a pro-abortion activist?

    3. So, free competition and freedom of speech, competing for mind share. What’s the issue?

      1. Abolitionists once called legalized slavery “the sum of all villainies.” It wasn’t just wrong in one respect, it was wrong in all respects – it endangered life, freedom, the integrity of the family, and even freedom of speech by suppressing critics.

        Perhaps legal abortion is showing some of these tendencies. It’s not simply wrong in one respect, it endangers people’s lives, and protecting abortionists gives the government an excuse to suppress First Amendment rights.

  19. Maybe Marissa Mayer should have been a little less busy leaning in and demanding promotions and jobs she didn’t deserve and playing mommy and should have been doing her job.

    Every Yahoo account that ever existed was compromised in 2013.

    http://arstechnica.com/informa…..2013-hack/

    1. Heck, just stop ruining what used to be good Yahoo products, like Yahoo Mail, Yahoo News, Yahoo Sports, Yahoo message boards, Yahoo Groups, etc. They’re all a mess now, or gone.

  20. http://www.azcentral.com/story…..717896001/

    Trump will win if the left keeps calling him racist. So, basically, it is a sure thing.

  21. Sex, Hefner and America’s hookup culture

    Hugh Hefner has been quoted talking about the devastation of infidelity ? his first wife cheated on him. He also said, during that CBS interview, “I think that there are certain aspects of adolescence that might be best retained for a lifetime.” Pretending this is a healthy attitude would fall on the immature side of our perpetual adolescent times and would mean we’ve learned nothing from Hefner’s life and legacy.

    Hefner’s passing invites us to get moving on next steps, so love won’t be lost more permanently ? out of reach for so many ? to a state of misery pretending to be freedom.

    Never change, KJW.

    1. What we get is leaving us hungering for still more or longing for some emotion or transcendent satisfaction that cheap sex seems to promise but seldom delivers.

      I really wish that guy in college hadn’t chewed his arm off and instead made an honest woman of Lopez. It would have saved the world from so much nonsense.

      1. I thought Lopez and the scholar she cited had some good points, but then I read your rebuttal and realized that they are mistaken. /sarc

    2. Cheap sex has been mass-produced with the help of two distinctive means that have little to do with each other ? the wide uptake of the Pill and mass-produced high-quality pornography

      This professor certainly has firm opinions on porn quality.

      1. What exactly is low-quality pornography? Does Lopez have a special porn rating scale?

        1. They haven’t seen porn they didn’t like, so they just extrapolate that it’s allllll goooooood.

        2. If you can see pixels, it is low quality.

          1. So most Japanese porn then.

            1. He’s right. That stuff is awful.

        3. What exactly is low-quality pornography?

          In the 70s, I remember seeing 8mm black and white silent porn projected onto a nasty bedsheet.

          That was pretty low-quality.

          1. What did your friends think?

    3. I love this line, Online porn is now standard operating procedure for a near-majority of men. , because men in the past never watched stag films, went to burlesque shows or frequented hookers. Nope. The world was as pure a driven snow before the internet came and corrupted it.

      1. +1 French Postcard

      2. +1 carefully folded Land o Lakes butter box.

      3. +1 spying on the female camp counselors

      4. But now they can get porn privately, in the comfort of their own homes, and for free or cheap, with little risk of arrest, paper cuts or social stigma. The horror.

      5. “The world was as pure a driven snow before the internet came and corrupted it.”

        And the article says this…where?

  22. Archaeologists in Turkey believe they’ve found the body of Santa Claus.

    Not unlike a Domino’s driver in the ghetto. Santa got lured to his doom. Occupational hazard.

    1. “Is that you, Santy Claus?”

  23. The Cardinal of Caracas accused the Venezuelan regime of clinging to a “Marxist, totalitarian system” in his report to the pope.

    I’m not sure “accused” is quite the word you’re looking for there. Maybe “lauded” or “praised”.

    1. That’s how Il Papa is gonna read it, anyway.

      1. And how is Papa Emeritus gonna read it? With an angelic voice, that’s how.

  24. Barack Obama Gave a Two-Minute Tribute to Michelle Obama on Their Anniversary

    There are no wrong ways to celebrate the union between the former FLOTUS and POTUS; for her part, Shonda Rhimes interviewed Michelle at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women. They talked about where the bar is set for minorities, especially female minorities, versus some other guy. They talked about speaking up and not suffering fools just so you don’t have to use your voice. They spoke of past eight years in the White House and the “standard of ethics” the country was treated to then, and how to increase diversity in Congress.

    And then, in a twist nearly worthy of Shondaland, Michelle’s husband showed up to say some words (via pre-recorded video, but nevertheless). “Hey, honey,” he said, before calling her a “saintly, wonderful, patient person.” Barack continued:

    Thats’s so sweet.

    1. Say what you want about Obama, but he has always been a man who valued keeping his arm in its socket.

      1. You have to wonder what a sham their marriage is. She ditches their 25th to flap her gums at some SJW conference? It’s perfect.

        1. Then there is the fact that Valerie Jerrett lived with them in the White House for 8 years.

          1. Bill Clinton says he didn’t sleep with her either.

            1. Maybe he had insomnia.

    2. What did you do for Barack and Michelle Obama’s 25th wedding anniversary on Tuesday? Go for a porterhouse at The Grill at the Four Seasons? Did you light your votives and draw a bath? Movie date? Southside With You was surely screening somewhere. Play Cher’s “Turn Back Time” on repeat until there are no tears left?

      LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

      1. The article’s sub-title is also fun.

        1. I can’t wait until global warning kills us all.

      2. I’m a bit confused. Is that supposed to be a joke or not?

        Who the fuck celebrates former presidents’ anniversaries?

        Please tell me it’s a joke.

    3. Do they still call Donald and Melania Trump the POTUS and FLOTUS?

      1. Who’s “they”? Someone probably does.

  25. Infringing on the right to keep and bear arms is consistent with the second amendment provision of not allowing the government to infringe on the right to keep and bear arms.-Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill)

    “I would hope that when you look at what’s happened with mass shootings in the last years that we, at a minimum, establish the principle that if you are going to own a military-type weapon that should be locked away in a gun club and not carried in public ? that is completely consistent with the Second Amendment and it’s a principle that we should apply nationally,”…”A well-regulated militia is completely consistent with having military-style arms put under lock-and-key in a regulated environment,”…”We should not be selling guns of mass destruction like that. Those are not guns that are used for people to defend themselves in their homes. Those are guns that are just used to kill hundreds and injure hundreds of people. They’re not really used for self-defense.

    Oh…well, when you put it like that… ///DirectViolationofOathofOffice

    1. Also, “Illinois”… LOL How is Chicago looking these days, Mr. Foster?

      1. It’s the next state over’s fault. Jerk.

      2. How is Chicago looking these days, Mr. Foster?

        Because you asked:
        Final September Totals
        Shot & Killed: 57
        Shot & Wounded: 273
        Total Shot: 330
        Total Homicides: 57

      3. The single city of Chicago moved up US national murder stats by almost 10%.

    2. Because the American Revolutionary War started when the lawful British government of the colonies sent its troops to take away the arms stashed in local armories at Lexington and Concord?

  26. A correction on a Politico article:

    Corrections: An earlier version of this article stated that associates of the Koch brothers proposed and lobbied Congress to pass the law establishing Puerto Rico’s fiscal control board. There is no evidence of any Koch involvement in the passage of the law. An earlier version of this article also stated that the fiscal control board had reduced the minimum wage in Puerto Rico to 4 dollars an hour. The board did not lower the minimum wage, the governor did. And the governor raised it this year. An earlier version of this article stated that the U.S. Congress imposed austerity measures on Puerto Rico. The fiscal control board established by Congress instructed the commonwealth to work towards balancing its budget. The governor decided what cuts to make.

    Fact checking is quaint.

    1. There is no evidence of any Koch involvement in the passage of the law. So, why did your article say otherwise?

      1. Every Politico article starts with a Koch Brothers conspiracy theory.

    2. “And we intended to say that the Kochs were *not* the Supreme Leaders of the Lizard People Conspiracy, but the *not* was omitted accidentally.”

  27. All automatic and semi-automatic guns are banned.

    So cops will have to use old timey single shot pistols? Remember this is a constitutional amendment, so it would ban it for everyone.

    One’s guns must be stored at a licensed gun club or government-regulated gun storage facility.

    I remember the take-home message of Bowling for Columbine was that no one really has a good solution and that gun control and confiscation was not necessarily the answer. Am I wrong about that? Did I watch the movie wrong?

    1. I listened to the official news this morning, and it described bumper stocks as upgrading a gun to fire as if it was a semi-automatic weapon. I wouldn’t be surprised if people don’t know what that means.

      That being said, who are you quoting?

      1. The Michael Moore FB post from the article.

    2. I remember the take-home message of Bowling for Columbine was that

      It’s really easy to make fun of a guy with alzheimers who once stood up for civil rights when it mattered?

        1. We don’t remember.

    3. As nearly half of all gun deaths are suicides, mental health care must become a top national health priority and must be properly funded. And by making it more difficult to purchase a gun – and requiring its storage outside the home – easy access during a suicidal moment is denied.

      I have a hard time articulating how unreasonable I think that is. We talk about suicide as if it is something that should never happen. By doing we completely remove maybe the one type of ownership we as humans have, our choice over our own lives. People claim that when someone commits suicide they are mentally unwell and thus are not competent at that time. I think that is a horrendous statement, removing people of their inherent will and volition.

      I hate that shit.

      1. I have been called some pretty horrible things for articulating this same basic opinion regarding suicide.

        1. Please list those horrible things. Thank you.

          1. 1) Hornswaggler
            2) Party Pooper
            3) Dangman
            4) Shit Seeking Missile
            5) A Joke
            6) Michael Hihn
            7) Fatass MacMegaton
            8) Skinny Dick
            9) Dripple Nipple

            1. We must have lived in the same college dorm.

          2. ‘Heartless piece of shit’ comes to mind.

            It’s just a topic that elicits some very emotional responses. Kind of like drug abuse, ultimately it comes down to an individual making a decision(s) over their own life. However, there is a lot of collateral damage, as far as suffering and grief, for friends and family. So, naturally, people insist that something be done to prevent that individual autonomy.

            1. There is a lot of religious crap wrapped up in it as well.

              1. Yeah there is, and I’ve never really understood that. I’m a church-going Baptist, but I’ve never found a verse in the Bible that directly addresses suicide one way or the other.

                1. I believe it is, Thou Shalt Not Kill. Suicide is Self-Killing. Therefore it is a mortal sin. Do many traditions make a big deal out of suicide other than Catholics? I know Catholics take issue because you die in a state of mortal sin and are unable to either confess or receive Last Rites.

                  1. Most translations go with ‘Though shalt not Murder’ (Exodus 20 – 13); so I guess it becomes a matter of interpretation and whether it would be considered self-murder. I don’t think it’s as big a deal with Baptists as it is Catholics, but its definitely… frowned upon, if that’s the right phrase.

                    1. Yes, but the King James Bible is clearly the English translation that God truly intended.

                2. If you don’t mind a Catholic take on it, check out sections 66-67 of Pope John Paul II’s Evangelium Vitae, which has some good scriptural and doctoral commentary on the issue.

                  http://w2.vatican.va/content/j…..vitae.html

                  (I was going to post an excerpt, but doing so on my iPad was proving unwieldy).

                  The basic premise that scripture returns to on the issue is God’s authorship of life and death and our usurpation of such power (seen especially in the Old Testament). Also, for the Christian, the importance of how our lives (and deaths) and united with Christ’s (a central tenet of Paul). That might be a start to find Baptist writings on the issue.

        2. The right to suicide is probably the most fundamental right we have. I try to respect someone’s choice when they have decided to end it. Especially if they deliberated for a while and were sure they wanted to do ut.

          1. Really? So, if I say took every other right you had and locked you in a cage but gave you the right to kill yourself, you would be more “free” than if I let you out of the cage but took away your right to kill yourself?

            Is that your final answer?

            1. How did you get that from what I said. Fundamental does not mean highest on a preference scale. But in some situations, yes. What if I was in unbearable pain?

            2. All of those would necessarily impede on the fundamental right here, which is the right to ones own body.

          2. But most of the people who do it are mentally ill, and could use help. And the moment can pass, but not if you’re already dead. And it’s not like guns are the only way to do it.

            1. Yes. I definitely think we should try to help suicidal people find another way. Unless perhaps their life is close to over and they have a lot of physical or emotional pain.
              But I also don’t think it should necessarily be grounds to declare someone legally incompetent or in need of a guardian.

            2. And the moment can pass, but not if you’re already dead.

              Exactly. So, big whoop.

      2. A right to live entails a right to die, imo.

        1. A right to live entails necessitates a right to die, imo.

        2. And we don’t even have that. As far as I can tell, even when people discuss Right-To-Die it is within a narrow context where you would need to seek official council who would give you the right to do so.

  28. When President Obama tried to get Congress to pass simple, common sense gun control legislation after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, polls showed 90% of the country backed him! But the NRA beat him. LET’S ORGANIZE THE 90%!

    As always, I would love to know what that poll asked. Because “common-sense gun control” means literally nothing. “Common-sense” anything is just a buzzword devoid of actual meaning. It’s like saying I’m for “Good laws” it’s nothing, and it’s adjective presupposes an answer without requiring us to actually ask what is considered good.

  29. “Michael Moore called for the repeal of the “ancient” and “outdated” Second Amendment.”

    What about the ancient and outdated concept of statism?

    1. Is that where people keep stating their opinion on subjects they know fuck-all about?

  30. “A city in Georgia promises to change its name to Amazon if the company opens its second headquarters there.”

    Not exactly stunning. The city (Stonecrest, GA) has existed as a city for less than a year and is named after its main, and pretty much only, attraction: Stonecrest Mall. A mall which was okay for the first couple years, but has been a shithole for the last decade.

    1. Haha. I love knowing certain people on here live in Georgia.

      Gwinnett County myself.

      1. Speaking of shithole malls that used to be nice… Gwinnett Place! I’m over on the Cobb side, but I grew up in Stone Mountain.

  31. 15 Cuban diplomats expelled from the U.S.

    By the way, this is yet another major story in recent weeks that Reason has decided to completely ignore in their oh-so-noble dedication to honesty, balance, and fairness: the advanced sonic weapon attacks the Cuban government has been perpetrating on our diplomats in Havana, leading in many cases to chronic headaches, hearing loss, and even worse sickness in some cases.

    I guess that stupid, naive asshole Mofobama was wrong when he thought we could have normal, civil relations with the Castro family dictatorship. Obviously, that’s not happening any time soon.

    1. More info because espionage intrigues me

      A report from the American Foreign Service Association, which represents members of the United States Foreign Service, said on Friday that its representatives had spoken to 10 people who had received various treatments for ailments related to the alleged sonic attacks in Cuba. It said that many had suffered “permanent hearing loss”, while others were diagnosed with mild brain injuries.

      Either Cuba, or a third party who stand to gain by US Cuban relations reverting back to Cold War status quo. The Russians obviously have a stake in there being a communist country so close to US soil; but who can say?

  32. Fire everyone at DHS and throw away the key. They are the single biggest waste of billions in the whole fucking state.

    1. What do you mean? They have all the friendliness of a police force, with all the power of a federal institution. What’s not to like??

      1. Anybody else notice how many weed prosecutions/investigations they are wrapped up in? Of Americans who are entirely operating domestically?

  33. I’d like to invite Michael Moore to go fuck himself.

    -jcr

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